The Daily Mauling: 3.25.2020

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Skinner with, his crazy explanations. The superintendent’s gonna need his medication! When he hears Skinner’s lame exaggerations, there’ll be trouble in town tonight!

The Rock Chalkboard

Kansas lands two players on consensus All-America teams
Unsurprisingly, the Jayhawks had both sophomore point guard Devon Dotson and senior big man Udoka Azubuike appear on the teams. Both were second-team selections.

Lawrence under ‘stay at home order’ amid coronavirus pandemic
On Sunday, Douglas County health officer Dr. Thomas Marcellino issued a “stay at home” order as Douglas County, which encompasses Lawrence, continues to fight the spread of the COVID-19 virus. A day later, Kansas governor Laura Kelly imposed a cap of 10 people per gathering, which also went into effect on Tuesday.

Torvik model predicts 2021 preseason college basketball rankings
Everyone has their opinion on where the best teams in college basketball should rank to start the 2021 season. With no Sweet 16 tipping off this week, eyes turned early to next season. Multiple media outlets issued their own projected rankings as we await NBA Draft decisions, transfers and the second-signing period.

Jeff Long addresses potential spring football contingency plans
The most talked about college sporting event regarding cancellations in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic has been the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, but another season set to kick off was the spring football slate, which has now been put on hold.

Bits o Chalk

Karl-Anthony Towns — Mother in coma after showing COVID-19 symptoms
Minnesota Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns has become the latest public face in the fight against the coronavirus after revealing in an emotional video late Tuesday night that his mother has been hospitalized for the past week and is dealing with health complications from what he believes to be COVID-19.

Clippers’ Steve Ballmer reaches deal to buy the Forum for $400M in cash
LA Clippers owner Steve Ballmer has reached an agreement to purchase the Forum in Inglewood, California, clearing the biggest obstacle in the franchise’s way of building a new arena in the area.

MLB, union weighing variables for potential restart of season
As Major League Baseball handles the fallout of the coronavirus pandemic and tries to determine when — or even if — it will begin its season, the league is grappling with a number of key issues that could come to a head over the next few days, sources familiar with the dealings told ESPN.

Report — Olympics delay could cost Japan $5.7 billion in extra cost
With the Tokyo Olympics postponed until 2021, now comes the multi-billion-dollar question: Who pays the bills for the delay, and how large will they be?

NFL wants April draft to go on as scheduled despite GMs’ recommendation
The NFL plans to stick with its April 23-25 schedule for this year’s draft despite a recommendation from the league’s general manager subcommittee to commissioner Roger Goodell on Tuesday that it be moved back due to the coronavirus pandemic, league sources said.

Eraser Dust

Stimulus package: White House, Senate reach historic $2 trillion deal amid growing coronavirus fears – CNNPolitics
The White House and Senate leaders struck a major deal early Wednesday morning over a $2-trillion package to provide a jolt to an economy struggling amid the coronavirus pandemic, capping days of marathon negotiations that produced one of the most expensive and far-reaching measures in the history of Congress.

Coronavirus updates: Stimulus deal is ‘done’; US deaths, cases; Prince Charles
Also Wednesday, it was revealed that Britain’s Prince Charles tested positive for the virus. And stock futures were mixed following a historic rally Tuesday.

Florida coronavirus: Governor plans to expand self-quarantine mandate for travelers from New York tri-state area – CNNPolitics
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Tuesday he plans to expand his already far-reaching executive order mandating a 14-day self-quarantine or isolation period for travelers coming to Florida from airports in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Watch Lewis Capaldi cover Noel Gallagher in new series ‘The Birthday Song’
Noel Gallagher’s collaboration with Chemical Brothers, ‘Setting Sun’, was at the top of the charts when Capaldi was born on October 7, 1996. ‘The Birthday Song’ follows him into the studio in Helsinki to see him put his own spin on the track.

Local Schools Preparing for Next Round of Closures – Flathead Beacon
“It was an eerie, sad experience,” Flatau said. “A building that is usually a beehive of activity until 9, 10 o’clock at night was silent. And for an educator, that’s pretty sad, but we’ll get through it.”

Popeyes’ quarantine-focused “fried chicken and chill” campaign sets you up with Netflix
There are three eternal truths to life: death, taxes, and brands attempting to promote themselves even (or especially) in the darkest of times. The third one is quite hard to pull off; usually when companies try to get in on a crisis, it, uh, doesn’t go well. That’s why we’re surprised that Popeyes’ new quarantine-themed ad campaign, “fried chicken and chill,” actually manages to be…thoughtful, classy, and fun all at once? Way to go, Popeyes.

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