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Well that is probably the crazier 24 hours we’ll see for a while. Coronavirus becoming a pandemic. Harvey Weinstein get sentenced in court. NCAA announces no fans are allowed to attend March Madness. US suspended incoming travel from Europe (Schengen countries) for 30 days. NBA season cancelled. Liverpool gets knocked out of the Champions League. Tom Hanks infected with the Coronavirus. Fred Hoiberg sent to the ER for the flu. There’s that and plenty more below.

Despite all the travel delays, quarantines and cancellations in regards to the coronavirus, I still plan on flying from Denver to Paris in May for a summer in Europe (assuming my flight isn’t cancelled. I plan to spend most of my time in the Balkans which hasn’t been severely affected by the coronavirus...yet. A lot can change in the next week and the next month. Anyways...onto Flakes.

Frosted Flakes

Nebraska Coach Fred Hoiberg Released From Hospital After Flu Diagnosis | Basketball | Corn Nation

Nebraska basketball head coach Fred Hoiberg had to leave the Big Ten tourney basketball against Indiana because of an illness. He was taken to a hospital, and the Nebraska basketball team was quarantined in the locker room area after the game for a short while.

March Madness Without Fans | Basketball | Corn Nation

Covid-19 strikes at the heart of March Madness as the NCAA announces attendance will be limited to families and “essential personnel.”

Former Husker Quarterback Eric Crouch Selected to 2020 College Football Hall of Fame | Football | Corn Nation

Crouch is among the group of players selected from the national ballot that included 76 All-Americans. Crouch becomes the 19th Nebraska player to earn induction into the College Hall of Fame and gives NU 25 overall members of the Hall when including six coaches.

Mailbag: What’s the Impact of Nebraska’s Ready Now Program | Sports | Hail Varsity

Hail Varsity staff members Mike Babcock, Jacob Padilla, Greg Smith, Erin Sorensen and Brandon Vogel tackle your questions about the latest news in Husker Nation.

Nebraska Football Cancels Junior Day Due to Coronavirus Concerns | Football | Omaha World-Herald

Multiple recruits on Wednesday night confirmed that Nebraska football’s Junior Day event, scheduled for Saturday, has been canceled due to concerns surrounding the spread of the coronavirus.

Life in the Red: Husker Freshman Smother Learning the Ropes in Huskers QB Room | Football | Lincoln Journal Star

A talented one, too. Smothers arrived on campus in January as a mid-year enrollee and wasn’t all that far off a rugged finish to his high school career. Back in November, Smothers cracked four ribs, had a partially collapsed lung and also a hip pointer after a playoff game, then attempted to play the next week.

Brackets Released for 2020 Wrestling Championships | Wrestling |

The NCAA released brackets this evening for the 2020 NCAA Wrestling Championships, which will take place from March 19-21 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. This is the second season the NCAA has seeded each individual weight class 1-33, meaning all 10 Nebraska qualifiers received a seed.

Huskers Head to NCAA Indoor Championships | Track and Field |

Nebraska’s entries in the meet are Alencar Pereira (weight throw), Burger Lambrechts Jr. (shot put), George Kusche (mile and 3,000 meters) and Kristina Insingo (shot put). All four Huskers will be competing at the NCAA Indoor Championships for the first time in their careers.

Huskers Travel to Kentucky for NCAA Championships | Rifle |

The Nebraska Rifle team is headed to Lexington, Ky. this weekend for the 2020 NCAA Rifle Championships. The top eight teams in the country will face off March 13-14 for the right to be crowned national champion. Action is scheduled to begin at Memorial Coliseum at 9 a.m. both days.

Watching Sports in a Season of Coronavirus | Sports | The New Yorker

In Japan, baseball teams are playing pre-season games inside otherwise empty stadiums, the announcer’s voice echoing strangely as it bounces around the bare stands.

Surfing in Fukushima and How a Community Rebuilt After a Nuclear Disaster | Sports | SB Nation

On the morning of the triple disaster, surfers bobbed in the water, nine miles from Murohara’s shop. They felt the water flatten and recede, a harbinger, and scrambled from the ocean up the nearby hill where a shrine and playground complex sit. From their perch they watched the waves return, bigger and bigger and bigger. They survived, but the world around them crumbled and broke.

Travel and More

How Airlines Are Sanitizing Planes Amid the Coronavirus Outbreak | Travel | Conde Nast Traveler

Airlines usually clean plane cabins to varying degrees when turning around the aircraft between each flight. Usually, this can entail picking up trash, switching out linens, and wiping down surfaces with an EPA-approved disinfectant. When the aircraft is done flying at the end of the day, crews usually give the plane a deeper scrub so it’s refreshed for the next day.

Everything You Need to Know About Cruising and the Coronavirus | Travel | Conde Nast Traveler

Cruise lines are united in doing everything in their power to help ensure crew and guest health and safety. Ships that are part of CLIA continue to put enhanced—and regularly updated—screening measures in place, including mandatory fever screenings before boarding.

Why I’m Not Cancelling My Travel Plans for COVID-19 | Travel | Outside Online

Whether or not to travel is a personal decision that many of us will have to make in the coming weeks and months. I plan to keep going.

I Traveled to Asia For My Honeymoon Amid the Coronavirus Outbreak | Travel | Travel and Leisure

That said, if travel teaches us anything, it’s resilience. At its best, it reminds us to live in the moment, to listen, to empathize, to adapt when things don’t go as planned. And so, once things hopefully improve, it’s important to get out there again, to book those trips, and support the local economies.

I Attend My First Vienna Ball Alone and Had the Time of My Life | Travel | Travel and Leisure

Balls are big in Vienna. Every winter, more than a hundred balls are held in January and February for all manner of professions, from the Jägerball for hunters to the BonBon Ball for chocolatiers. The televised Opera Ball is the biggest and most well-known, but the Philharmonic Ball is even more exclusive and elegant.

The Future of Travel is Female. Here’s Why. | Travel | National Geographic

Women-focused travel companies have existed on the fringes of the tourism industry since the late 1970s. And yet, when Wild Women Expeditions got its start with all-female canoe trips in Ontario in 1991, “women-only travel was the laughingstock of the outdoor adventure travel world,” says Jennifer Haddow, the outfitter’s current owner.

The Pacific Coast Island of Niue is the First Whole Country to Become a Dark Sky Nation | Travel | Lonely Planet

The Pacific island of Niue is the world’s first whole country to become a dark sky nation. Dark skies allow people to get a clear, unpolluted view of the stars, and they are rare because 80% of Earth’s land mass suffers from light pollution.

You Can See the Impact of the Coronavirus from Space | Space | Quartz

As the virus causes production to slow down in some places because governments seek to halt its spread, other industries in other parts of the world are responding with more activity.

The Psychology of Panic Buying: How to Resist the Urge to Shop | Life | Stylist UK

As the number of new UK coronavirus cases hits 456, the shelves of UK supermarkets are being emptied of the basics as people stock up. But where does this impulse to panic buy come from, and how can we resist the urge to bulk buy?

How to Work from Home and Actually Get Things Done | Business | Money

A 2019 survey by Owl Labs found that 62% of U.S. employees work remotely at least occasionally. Of that group, 54% of respondents say they work remotely at least once per month, and 30% work remotely full-time. Ditching the cubicle life was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Still, it’s not right for everyone.

How the killing of an abusive father by his daughters fueled Russia’s culture wars | Russia | The Guardian

The notorious case of three teenage sisters inspired a campaign for change – and a backlash from the patriarchy.

Why the US Sucks at Building at Public Transit | Technology | VICE

America is worse at building and operating public transit than nearly all of its peers. Why is that? And what can we do to fix it?

Do People With a Dark Sense of Humor Have a Higher IQ? | Life | The Ladders

The participants in the study were asked to read and rank various jokes and were then asked questions about them. These questions related to how hard it was to understand the joke, how surprised they were by the joke’s content, whether the joke was novel to them and how interesting they found the joke. Those who enjoyed the darker jokes tended to be more highly educated.

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