The Daily Mauling: 4.7.2020

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My eyes! The goggles do nothing!

The Rock Chalkboard

Dwyane Wade, Udonis Haslem share funny Mario Chalmers story
“He comes to compete every night, man; I love that about Rio,” James told reporters at the time. “He has the biggest guts, man, I’ve ever seen, I’ve ever played with. I always know that the biggest games, with the brightest lights, he’s going to be there.”

FiveThirtyEight projection: KU would’ve reached 2020 title game
Funny enough, FiveThirtyEight also projected that same national final. The website had the Jayhawks taking on the No. 3-seeded (on projection) Michigan State Spartans, with the Jayhawks as a 56-percent favorite to win the game.

Wooden Award to be announced Tuesday; KU’s Doke among finalists
While Garza and Toppin have earned several national player of the year honors, Azubuike has received plenty of postseason awards in his own right. The senior KU center was named as Big 12 player of the year and as a first- and second-team All-American by various outlets, as well as national defensive player of the year by the NABC.

March Madness 2021 Bracketology by Joe Lunardi
Before diving into next year’s projections, SportsLine simulated the entire would-be 2020 Tournament and gave fans a decent look at what could have happened this year. March Madness did not totally disappear.

Bits o Chalk

Pep Guardiola’s mother Dolors Sala Carrio dies after contracting the coronavirus
Manchester City have confirmed that Pep Guardiola’s mother has died after contracting the coronavirus.

NBA sets guidelines on draft prospect workouts in memo
The NBA informed teams on Monday that organizations are prohibited from conducting in-person workouts or interviews with draft-eligible players until further notice, according to a memo obtained by ESPN.

Nebraska expels two former Cornhuskers after violations of the school’s sexual misconduct policy
The University of Nebraska expelled two former football players after a school investigator last year found them responsible for violating the school’s sexual misconduct policy, according to a document obtained by ESPN.

Sources – Rams, Chargers set for ‘Hard Knocks’
For the first time, “Hard Knocks” is planning to supersize and feature two teams in the same summer: the Los Angeles Rams and the Los Angeles Chargers, league sources told ESPN — if there are training camps.

Eraser Dust

Boris Johnson ‘remains in charge’ after coronavirus hospital admission – CNN
Johnson was admitted to hospital for tests as a precaution, and continues to receive briefing papers, according to the spokesperson. The regular morning briefing on coronavirus was chaired by foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, the most senior Cabinet minister after Johnson.

Japan poised to declare state of emergency over coronavirus | World news | The Guardian
Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, is poised to declare a state of emergency in Tokyo and six other prefectures as early as Tuesday in an attempt to stem a sharp rise in coronavirus cases in the capital and other major cities.

Boris Johnson receives oxygen in ICU as he battles coronavirus
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was being given oxygen as he remained in intensive care Tuesday while battling the coronavirus.

Trump’s Aggressive Advocacy of Malaria Drug for Treating Coronavirus Divides Medical Community – The New York Times
If hydroxychloroquine becomes an accepted treatment, several pharmaceutical companies stand to profit, including shareholders and senior executives with connections to the president. Mr. Trump himself has a small personal financial interest in Sanofi, the French drugmaker that makes Plaquenil, the brand-name version of hydroxychloroquine.

Machine Gun Kelly + Yunglud Cover Oasis’ ‘Champagne Supernova’
In response, the Oasis twitter account offered up, “Nice one” before requesting the next entry in the #oasisartchallenge. For the uninitiated, it looks as though the social media account has been accepting entries from fans attempting to recreate moments from the band’s history. You can see a sampling of the entries here.

Kalispell support group participants stay consistent during COVID-19 outbreak | KECI
On any given day, meeting rooms at the Alano Club in Kalispell would be filled with people in recovery.

Daily Inter Lake
Russell addressed numerous public comments raising concerns about a potential curfew, restrictions on ingress or egress into and out of the city, and a lack of accountability for the city manager in the emergency situation. He said the council had no intention to enact a curfew or restrict ingress or egress, and the city manager still has accountability with his emergency responsibilities.

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