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I dumped a lot of flakes on you folks this morning. Enjoy the grind...

Mankilling Mastodons

If Nebraska's camp calculus works out, the experienced defense will be ready to lead the Huskers in 2021 – The Athletic
It's not a knock on the offense, but there’s something to be said for experience and the advantage it provides.

Payne working to be a pain for foes as Husker pass rusher
Pheldarius Payne had a whole bunch going on right after he arrived to Nebraska last year. Not a lot of it was favorable, and frankly...

Nicklin Hames, Lauren Stivrins to host volleyball camp - KLKN-TV
Lauren Stivrins and Nicklin Hames will have the event for kids 1st through 12th grade on Thursday, Aug. 5 at the Kinetic Sports Complex in Lincoln.

Former Husker Sarah Pavan exits in quarterfinals of Olympic beach volleyball tournament | Volleyball | omaha.com
Former Husker Sarah Pavan — the school's career record holder for kills — was eliminated in the quarters of the Olympic beach volleyball tourney, the second straight time she's exited

Tokyo Olympics

Banged-up US women's volleyball team heads to quarters; Larson confident in roster's depth | Volleyball | journalstar.com
Two key starters have gone down with ankle injuries. Ex-Husker Larson says, "We knew it was going to take a lot of us to find a way to win."

Simone Biles wins bronze: Her most powerful mental health quotes.
Simone Biles made a triumphant, bronze medal-winning return after withdrawing from previous Olympic events. She's a model for mental health awareness.

Olympics: U.S. men's basketball cruises into semifinals
The U.S. men pass their biggest test of the Olympics, smashing Spain to reach semifinals.

US rower Megan Kalmoe blasts Russia for winning medal at Tokyo Games
Four-time Olympic rower Megan Kalmoe tweeted her frustration about Russian competitors who won silver in Tokyo.

Women's Olympic park skateboarding: Sky Brown youngest Brit to medal, Japan wins 1-2 - Axios
All three medalists were born in Japan.

Olympics: Climbing format frustrates Tokyo Games athletes
Climbing is making its celebrated Summer Games debut. The format has already come under fire.

Sport climbing debuts at the Olympics and it's impressive as hell
Sport climbing is new to the Olympics, and it's pretty intense to watch.

College Football Madness

SEC Expansion Blues - Part 1: Enjoy it while it lasts - Rock M Nation
Missouri won the last round of realignment and got to coast during the most recent iteration. Don’t count on it being so easy next time.

Storms elsewhere, but it’s all blue skies for Greg Sankey and the SEC
In a college sports world that’s never been more uncertain, there’s nothing more certain right now than Greg Sankey and the SEC.

Texas: SEC move leads to state senator ripping Longhorns football team
Ouch.

Steve Spurrier on Texas jump to SEC: ‘They can’t win the Big 12 anyway’ - Orlando Sentinel
Former UF coach and six-time SEC champion Steve Spurrier questions the wisdom of Texas leaving the Big 12 to join the nation's top conference.

Texas, Oklahoma killed college football as we know it. Now CU Buffs might be wise to follow Nebraska's lead and call Big Ten.
Rooting for Nick Saban feels icky and scuzzy and wrong, but Lord Almighty, would it feel good to watch Alabama drop 60 points — hell, let’s make it 70 — straight onto Bevo’s behind.

Big Ten Coaches Talk Anonymously About Conference Foes for 2021 - AthlonSports.com | Expert Predictions, Picks, and Previews
A breakdown of coaches anonymously discussing other Big Ten teams for the 2021 season.

Other News From The Sporting World

It Pays to Be Old on This Year’s NBA Free-Agent Market - The Ringer
With teams looking to go all in on their current windows, old heads like Chris Paul, Kyle Lowry, and Mike Conley cashed in on the first day of free agency

Members of a bachelor party, as Big Ten schools - The Crimson Quarry
I’m gonna go hang with Wisconsin for a minute

Report: Trae Young agrees to maximum contract extension with Hawks - Peachtree Hoops
The Atlanta Hawks appear set to lock up their star point guard.

Why grandmasters like Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana lose weight playing chess
You wouldn't think that chess players, who sit for hours on end and extend their arms only from time to time, would struggle with weight loss. But they do. Inside the very real, very bizarre metabolic phenomenon gripping chess.

Report finds NCAA undervalued women's tournament, prioritizes men's basketball | TheHill The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has for years prioritized men’s basketball and taken multiple actions that contributed to gender inequities in the sport

Big Ten Coaches Talk Anonymously About Conference Foes for 2021 - AthlonSports.com | Expert Predictions, Picks, and Previews
A breakdown of coaches anonymously discussing other Big Ten teams for the 2021 season.

Yellow Journalism

Ludwig Wittgenstein: The Turbulent Life of a Philosophical Pioneer
An essential look into the life, work and philosophical transitions of the influential Austrian thinker Ludwig Wittgenstein.

Newcastle, Nebraska, school closed due to dwindling student numbers | Local news | siouxcityjournal.com
NEWCASTLE, Neb. -- For the first time in well over a century, there will be no public school classes this fall in the Dixon County community of Newcastle.

Bacon may disappear in California as pig rules take effect
Thanks to a reworked menu and long hours, Jeannie Kim managed to keep her San Francisco restaurant alive during the coronavirus pandemic.

Doggerland: Lost ‘Atlantis’ of the North Sea gives up its ancient secrets | Neanderthals | The Guardian
The land mass that linked Britain to continental Europe was rich in early human life until it flooded

Auditory Enlightenment