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Frosted Flakes: Kate Cain Going Pro, Baseball Wins Again

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The women’s basketball team learned of Kate Cain’s decision over the weekend. The 6-5 center and shot blocker extraordinaire has decided to start her pro career rather than return for another season of college basketball. I don’t know if she will hear her name called in the WNBA draft (she isn’t currently projected in any of the mock drafts I saw) but a rim protector of her caliber could catch a team’s eye. More likely, I see her heading overseas where, barring injury, I can see her having a long and successful pro career.

If she had returned, I would have looked for the Huskers to have the pieces for a top-four finish in the conference next season. A talented group of freshman, including two native Nebraskans, will be joining an experienced core of players led by all-conference honorees Sam Haiby and Isabelle Bourne. This should be a team that has the pieces to get an NCAA tournament bid. Of course, transfers or injuries could change that quickly. Hopefully, it is a quiet offseason for the ladies.

The baseball team picked up another series win at Illinois this weekend. Will Bolt’s team is tied for first in the Big Ten standings. More than that, this is a fun team to follow. Bolt and his staff aren’t afraid to call an aggressive game. This weekend included a suicide squeeze, stealing home, and double steals. There’s still time to get on the bandwagon!

Frosted Flakes

For a year, Babe Ruth and a Norfolk hen shared headlines as reco - NORTHEAST - NEWS CHANNEL NEBRASKA
Babe Ruth had a co-star in headlines in 1927, sharing newspaper space with a northeast Nebraska chicken dubbed the ‘Babe Ruth of Hens’.

Huskers Win Three Titles, Sweep Javelins in Florida - University of Nebraska
The Nebraska track and field team swept the javelin tiles and won three overall individual events on the final day of the B1G North Florida Invitational in Jacksonville,

Former Husker Wins 3X3U National Title - University of Nebraska
Former Husker Haanif Cheatham helped team Big Ten/MAC take home first place and a $50,000 grand prize in the Dos Equis 3X3U National Championship on Sunday in Indianapolis.

Cain Excited to Pursue Pro Career - University of Nebraska
Nebraska senior Kate Cain rewrote the Husker record book in her four seasons in Lincoln. The 6-5 center from Middletown, N.Y., shattered the Husker career blocked

Confidence and a Clear Path Forward for the Huskers’ Defense This Spring - Nebraska Football | Hail Varsity
Nebraska’s defense has confidence and a few goals. What we heard from them at the open of spring ball was encouraging.

Husker women’s hoops set up for positive future despite Cain’s departure | Sports |
The departure of senior center Kate Cain, the best shot blocker in the history of the Nebraska women’s basketball program, might lead some to believe that the team will take

Seven-run sixth inning gives Nebraska baseball series win over Illinois | Sports |
Nebraska baseball battled back to a series win over Illinois Sunday afternoon after falling behind 5-0 early in the game.

Steven M. Sipple: Entreating football gods for help understanding NU football’s predicament | Column |
A columnist’s conversation with a spokesman for the football gods may help Nebraska fans feel a bit better about Scott Frost’s plight.

Nebraska softball gets split at Rutgers
Nebraska took game one but fell to Rutgers in game two

The Huskers split the four game series with the Scarlet Knights.

Breaking into a new market: Sidney business opens smash room in basement of existing store | Sandhills Express
Smash rooms are making their way to the Good Life.

Sportsin’ Stuff Outside the 402/308

Eliza Carpenter, the Black Jockey Who Made Horse Racing History | Mental Floss
While women jockeys face obstacles, perhaps none has faced the level of challenge that Eliza Carpenter did.

Student with Down syndrome recounts his big touchdown run in high school game
Sam Jordan, a high school senior with Down syndrome, said on TODAY that his 50-yard touchdown run for his high school football team was "the best thing that ever happened" to him.

The breakout star of March Madness? A coach ‘representing moms’ and pumping breast milk at halftime
Over three magical weeks, Barnes engineered a stunning NCAA tournament run. She did it while “representing moms.” While pumping breast milk at halftime.

How Haley Jones helped Stanford win the 2021 NCAA women’s basketball championship
A Most Outstanding Player performance by Haley Jones put the Cardinal on top again after a 29-year wait. Plus, we look at what to expect in 2021-22.

WATCH: Gonzaga’s Jalen Suggs drains epic buzzer-beater in OT to win Final Four, play for national title -
With the game tied in the waning moments of overtime, Suggs pulled up from the logo and sent the Zags to the title game

Los Angeles Angels star Shohei Ohtani’s two-way showing was a success and there needs to be more of it
It was part Little League magic, part elite professional prowess and completely engrossing. That’s why the answer to whether the Angels should try to use Ohtani more as a two-way player was always “of course.”

March Madness: Gonzaga-Baylor national championship dream matchup - Sports Illustrated
Gonzaga and Baylor, the two best college men’s basketball teams all year, will meet in the national title game after their in-season matchup was called off

More Noise and Other Disturbances

The CIA Tried To Use Cyborg Cats To Spy On The Soviets | IFLScience
The CIA spent millions of dollars and years of work developing a cyborg-kitten spy designed to bug the Soviets and covertly retrieve information.

Chocolate's secret ingredient is the fermenting microbes that make it taste so good
Sauerkraut, sourdough, beer...and chocolate? They're all fermented foods that rely on microbes of various types to transform the flavor of their raw ingredients into something totally different.

Why procrastination can help fuel creativity - BBC Worklife
There's strong evidence that creative insights need time to percolate – and that the right amount of distraction may be key to innovation.

Isn't it irenic? It's time to bring back beautiful words we have lost | Family | The Guardian
The word for ‘tending to create peace’ is one of dozens of forgotten positive terms – while negative terms flourish. Let’s redress the balance

Mafia fugitive caught after YouTube cooking show accidentally reveals his identity: Report | Fox News
A mafia fugitive couldn’t take the heat, so he went to the kitchen.

Bizarre ‘worm tornado’ in New Jersey has scientists baffled | Live Science
A resident of Hoboken, New Jersey spotted the unusual worm spiral after days of heavy rainfall.

People Are Stealing Legos. Here’s Why : NPR
“Well, that’s very difficult to prove that there’s a black market. However, there is an enormous amount of collectors out there who are missing out on certain sets right now and are willing to pay a lot of money for these sets,” he says.

Thousands of bees swarm parked car
A full-time firefighter, who is also a part-time beekeeper, helped remove 15,000 bees that swarmed onto a parked car in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Couple adopts 7 siblings after parents die in car crash
Pam and Gary Willis, who have 5 biological children, adopted 7 siblings from foster care after their parents were killed in a car accident.

Stray Dog Kept Sneaking Into Dollar Store For a Stuffed Unicorn – Now He and the Toy Have a New Forever Home
A stray dog that fell for a unicorn toy at a general store in North Carolina has found his forever home with the stuffie.

Another Week - Another Poop Article

Godzilla vs. King Kong: Whose Poops Would Be Bigger? | Mental Floss
If 'Godzilla vs. Kong' were a pooping contest, who would produce the most waste: a radioactive amphibious lizard or a colossal ape?

I may need to retire the poop article section after this one.

Pandemic Wipes Create Sewer-Clogging Fatbergs - Bloomberg
Across the U.S., cities and towns are being forced to throw more money at solving blockages as consumers buy (and flush) more wipes than ever.

Then There’s This

Cleared for lunch: Japanese airline serves £390 in-flight meals on parked planes | Airline industry | The Guardian
All Nippon Airways’ first-class meals on grounded jets is latest industry wheeze to claw back revenue lost in Covid crisis