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Diplodocus fossil, at the Natural History Museum, in Paris, Illustration from French newspaper Le Petit Parisien, May 10, 1908, Private Collection, Photo by Leemage/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

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College basketball's Stock Risers: The players who have boomed in 2021-22
Every college basketball player entered the 2021-22 season with the hope that they could potentially be the next big thing. But that doesn't happen for everybody. The boom of the NCAA transfer portal has overtaken college basketball. Players are looking for the best fit so they can show their full arsenal to NBA talent evaluators. A few big names out of the transfer portal have erupted and their stock is booming like the next Bitcoin. But way more of the biggest offseason names have yet to make their mark.

Game Primer: How to Watch, Key Players and Important Information for Iowa State Cyclones at Kansas Jayhawks - Blue Wings Rising
The Kansas Jayhawks are looking to keep their regular season conference title hopes alive when they host the Iowa State Cyclones Wednesday night in Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas Jayhawks Player Ratings to the Theme of Bands Reuniting - Blue Wings Rising
The Jayhawks absolutely exploded on offense in their 102-83 rout of in-state “rivals” Kansas State. So today, you don’t get any kind of game specific theme, you just get a music related theme, a popular favorite in these parts. Today, we rate the players against bands that have reunited, and there is a caveat: the band couldn’t just do one or two reunion shows and call that a reunion, Led Zeppelin style. Nope, it has to be a full fledged reunion or tour. On to the ratings.

Rankings for NCAA Women's Basketball are broken - Blue Wings Rising
Top 25 Rankings. One of the most hotly debated topics in the sports world, they spawn countless arguments, lead random people to insult various media members, and generate so many accusations of individual bias that it's almost comical. No matter how much people try to tell you they don't matter, it's clear that a large portion of sports consumers consider them to be very important.

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Hall of Fame Material: Bill Self has 'perfect DNA for the job,' per Roger Morningstar |
“If I owned an NFL team, I would consider hiring Bill Self as my head coach,” he said from a booth at Morningstar’s New York Pizza. “The head football coach is not responsible for every play. He’s responsible for feel. Bill’s the greatest manager of it I’ve ever seen. You put all the football guys around him and he can make the other stuff happen.”

Russia Attacks Ukraine, Drawing Broad Condemnation - WSJ
KYIV, Ukraine—Russian armored columns pushed into Ukraine and airstrikes hit the country’s capital and dozens of other cities early Thursday after President Vladimir Putin ordered an offensive that he said was aimed at toppling the government in Kyiv and demilitarizing the country.

Why Putin's long-feared attack on Ukraine will rock America and the world | CNN Politics
President Vladimir Putin’s long-feared assault will reverberate far beyond Russia and its democratic neighbor. It will bring consequences including painful spikes in already high gas prices for Americans struggling to navigate out of a once-in-a-century pandemic. And it may rekindle a Cold War that had once seemed a relic of history, creating a precarious new standoff between the US and Russia, the world’s largest nuclear powers. President Joe Biden will unveil the most punishing set of sanctions ever imposed against Russia when he addresses the nation later Thursday.

Russian stocks crash and ruble plunges to record low | CNN Business
Russian banks and oil companies were among the hardest hit in volatile trading, with shares in Sberbank (SBRCY) — Russia’s largest lender — at one stage losing 57% of their value. Rosneft, in which BP (BP) owns a 19.75% stake, plunged as much as 58%, before steadying a little. BP (BP) shares dropped 4% in London. Gazprom (GZPFY), the giant gas company behind the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, was down 40%.

Cyberattacks accompany Russian military assault on Ukraine | AP News
BOSTON (AP) — The websites of Ukraine’s defense, foreign and interior ministries were unreachable or painfully slow to load Thursday morning after a punishing wave of distributed-denial-of-service attacks as Russia struck at its neighbor, explosions shaking the capital of Kyiv and other major cities.

Solving the Housing Crisis - Flathead Beacon
Maiden finalized a contract with the park’s previous owners last year after negotiating the sale for the residents at market value. To benefit the seller, they often work directly with the owner to avoid realtor fees and their Montana state capital gains are forgiven.

'Dinosaur asteroid' wrought springtime devastation - BBC News
Scientists can't pinpoint the exact year that an asteroid came out of the sky to wipe out the dinosaurs but they're sure now that the huge space rock struck Earth in the Northern Hemisphere springtime.