What to look for when betting on college basketball games, like Kansas vs. Kentucky, early in the season

Hey, welcome to your Tuesday afternoon. Before we get into today’s news and picks, I’d like to publicly thank the man who writes the morning version of this newsletter, Pete Blackburn. Pete led off this morning’s newsletter with the sentence, “welcome to December!”

Reading that sentence this morning was the moment when I realized it was December. Where does the time go? I swear, it feels like it was only yesterday when I could go outside and be amongst other people without the crippling fear that they were all capable of killing me just by saying “hello” a little too closely.

Anyway, hi! It’s December! I hope you’re enjoying your first day of the final month of this disaster of a year. I have been. I’ve been watching Champions League soccer on CBS All Access, and not just because I get it for free as a CBS employee. Tonight, I’ll

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California unveiled a blueprint for the future of early education. Critics say it’s built on shaky ground

After months of delays and pandemic upheaval, California officials on Tuesday released the long-awaited Master Plan for Early Learning and Care, a 113-page blueprint to remodel the state’s Byzantine child-care system and dramatically expand public preschool.

a little girl sitting at a table: Consuelo Garcia sanitizes toys at the Children of the Rainbow child-care center in San Diego. (John Gibbins / San Diego Union-Tribune)

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Consuelo Garcia sanitizes toys at the Children of the Rainbow child-care center in San Diego. (John Gibbins / San Diego Union-Tribune)

“The Master Plan shows how one state can achieve goals that are soon to become national ones,” the authors noted. “California can use the Master Plan to signal its fitness as an early partner with the incoming Biden administration,” which advocates early-education reform and better access to child care.

But critics say the forward-looking document does little to shore up the existing infrastructure, even as it crumbles underfoot. Unlike K-12 schools, preschools and day-care centers have been allowed to operate throughout the pandemic. Yet since March, almost

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It’s early, but Jose Mourinho is delivering the best performance of his managerial career

Going into this season, it was fairly evident that Jose Mourinho faced the toughest job of his managerial career.

He was in charge of a Tottenham Hotspur team that had been in slow decline for several seasons; from the 2016-17 season through 2019-20, its Premier League points totals tumbled from 86 to 77 to 71 to 59. But Spurs stubbornly refused to add new players that might turn things around. Mourinho had done an admirable job the prior season, taking over from Mauricio Pochettino in November and dragging the side from 14th place to sixth. 

Questions lingered about his ability to adapt with the times and adjust to the modern high-pressing game when his teams traditionally hadn’t pressed much at all. In his last job, Mourinho had been fired ignominiously by Manchester United, marking his first job with a major club in which he had not won the domestic league. 

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NY Jets’ Denzel Mims has shown early promise, but he’s not satisfied


New York Jets RB Frank Gore talks after the Jets’ loss to the Chargers on Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, dropped the team to 0-10.

EAST RUTHERFORD — New York Jets rookie receiver Denzel Mims has already provided glimpses of the all the necessary tools to be a game-changing playmaker in the NFL.

He’s made contested catches, fought for yardage after the catch and found ways to get himself open when the defense is focusing on him. But the one talent that might be most important to his future is best on display when the ball isn’t coming his way.

Watch Mims block on Sunday, when the Jets host the Dolphins (1 p.m., CBS). He attacks his assignment with intensity and sense of urgency. Sometimes, there’s even an edge and chippiness in it. It’s a window into Mims’ entire attitude, which will be the most important factor to whatever

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College football scores, NCAA top 25 rankings, schedule, games today: Florida, Oklahoma State in early action

After two straight weeks off, Clemson is returning to the field Saturday with something to prove. The Tigers sit at No. 3 in the College Football Playoff Rankings and can ill-afford a lackluster performance against Pittsburgh with No. 5 Texas A&M and No. 6 Florida also in action Saturday as the race for CFP positioning heats up.

The 7-1 Tigers might have their hands full with a Panthers team that improved to 5-4 with a 47-14 thrashing of Virginia Tech last week. If Clemson slips up, the Aggies or Gators could be ready to slide into the playoff picture. Texas A&M is seeking revenge for last year’s 50-7 loss to LSU, while No. 6 Florida will be looking to to keep its offense rolling against a Kentucky team that gave up 63 points to Alabama last week. Meanwhile, No. 7 Cincinnati should have no trouble against Temple but will be

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One of Nicolet’s biggest stars will graduate early to start on his college basketball journey this season

The future is now for former Nicolet basketball standout James Graham.

a basketball player in front of a crowd: Nicolet forward James Graham puts up a three-pointer against Whitefish Bay.

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Nicolet forward James Graham puts up a three-pointer against Whitefish Bay.

Yes, former.

The 6-foot-8 forward who signed with Maryland earlier this month announced Friday on Instagram he will graduate from high school early, enroll in college and be available to play for the Terrapins this season.

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“The biggest thing for me was I feel like, as a competitor, I had to do it,” Graham told the Journal Sentinel. “To get ahead of the competition, take advantage of the opportunity I had, that was huge.” 

Shortly after Graham’s announcement, Maryland coach Mark Turgeon confirmed the news with an announcement on the team’s website.

Graham broke the news with

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DETAK by Brawijaya University Researchers detects Heart Disease Early and Accurately

Malang, East Java, Indonesia, Nov 27, 2020 – (ACN Newswire) – Researchers from the Brawijaya University (UB) Medical School in Malang, East Java have developed DETAK, a smartphone application for patients with heart disease. The app works on an AI (artificial intelligence) algorithm, to provide early and accurate detection of heart disease, or acute coronary syndrome, and prevent delays in proper diagnose and treatment.

Acute coronary syndrome describes a host of conditions linked to the sudden, reduced flow of blood to the heart. One such condition is a myocardial infarction, or heart attack, in which cell death results and can lead to damaged or destroyed heart tissue. DETAK was designed to prevent these types of occurrences with early discovery.

“Apart from functioning as an early detection tool encouraging patients to seek treatment, DETAK serves to remind heart disease patients to take their medication and undergo medical checkups regularly,” noted Mohammad

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University Center Club at FSU brings early Thanksgiving to local shelter, police


Members of the University Center at FSU staff deliver meals planned for last Saturday’s FSU-Clemson game to City Walk Urban Mission. (Photo: Special to the Democrat)

Saturday’s sudden postponement of the Florida State-Clemson gridiron clash was a bummer for fans. But, thanks to those behind the scenes, it turned into an early Thanksgiving for a local shelter and the FSU Police Department.

As it turns out, the staff at University Center Club at FSU, located inside Doak Campbell Stadium, got the news about an hour before opening for guests on Saturday that the game had been canceled.

Just as the Seminoles were prepped for the game, so was the culinary staff at the University Center Club.

They asked: Now what?

“Our group handles the culinary and catering services for all of the premium

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Aminu Mohammed Likely to Leave for College in Early January

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Five-star guard Aminu Mohammed is expected to start his high school season at Greenwood Laboratory School before departing for college in early January, his guardian told the Springfield News-Leader on Tuesday.

This means Mohammed’s college decision should be coming within the next few weeks.

His guardian, Shawn Harmon, said Mohammed’s commitment will likely be announced through a national media outlet. 

Indiana first offered Mohammed in July 2019, so the Hoosiers have been recruiting him for over a year now. Mohammed attended Indiana’s home game against Maryland this past season, and he has been talking to Archie Miller and his staff over Zoom since quarantine started.

Indiana’s main competition for Mohammed right now is Maryland, Georgetown, Kansas State, Georgia and Oklahoma State.

Mohammed was dominant in his junior season, averaging 34.8 points, 15.7 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 2.5 blocks per game as his team went 26-4.

A few

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Darwin’s early notebooks on evolution feared “stolen” from Cambridge

London — Two of Charles Darwin‘s notebooks containing his pioneering ideas on evolution and his famous “Tree of Life” sketch are missing, believed stolen, the Cambridge University Library said on Tuesday. The British scientist filled the leather notebooks in 1837 after returning from his voyage on the HMS Beagle. The library said they were worth millions of pounds.

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Charles Darwin’s

In one book, under the simple heading, “I think,” he drew a diagram showing several possibilities for the evolution of a species and later published a more developed illustration in his 1859 book “On the Origin of Species.

The University of Cambridge’s vast library first listed the notebooks as missing in 2001 after they were moved out of the Special Collections Strong Rooms to be photographed in a separate, temporary building amid construction work.

Charles Darwin smiling for the camera: Charles Darwin / Credit: Wikipedia

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