What’s the best play in Iowa State vs. Oklahoma State?

The Big Ten and Mountain West both return to action this week, so there are a lot more college football options on the board at BetMGM. It will be tempting to wager on a few of these Big Ten matchups, but I’m going to try to stay disciplined and stick with teams that have already played this year.

Last week was a good one for my picks. In fact, I was a garbage time kick return touchdown (with multiple missed tackles) by Kansas away from a perfect 5-0 week. Despite that bad beat, I’ll take 4-1 any week I can get it.

That effort put me up to 19-14 overall for the year. Let’s see what Week 8 has in store. 

(Note: All times ET, odds from BetMGM)

Georgia Southern at No. 25 Coastal Carolina

Time: Noon | TV: ESPNU | Line: CCU -6.5 | Total: 51.5

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OSIRIS-REx probe touches down to grab bits of an asteroid

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An artist’s conception shows NASA’s OSIRIS-REx probe lowering its sample collection arm to the surface of the asteroid Bennu. (Lockheed Martin Illustration)

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx probe reached the climax of its seven-year round trip to deep space today and briefly touched down on a near-Earth asteroid, propelled by thrusters made in the Seattle area.

Scientists and engineers at Lockheed Martin’s Mission Support Area in Colorado received word at 4:12 p.m. MT (3:12 p.m. PT) that the touch-and-go maneuver at asteroid Bennu was successful, sparking cheers and fist-shaking. The maneuver was aimed at collecting samples of dust and gravel on the asteroid’s surface.

Mission team members wore masks and tried to observe social distancing as a COVID-19 safety measure, but some hugged nevertheless.

“I can’t believe we actually pulled this off,” said the University of Arizona’s Dante Lauretta, principal investigator for the mission. “The spacecraft did everything it was supposed to do.”

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DeVos says it isn’t Department of Education’s job to track schools’ coronavirus reopening plans

Education Secretary Betsy DeVosElizabeth (Betsy) Dee DeVosOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Trump creates federal council on global tree planting initiative | Green group pushes for answers on delayed climate report | Carbon dioxide emissions may not surpass 2019 levels until 2027: analysis Trump creates federal government council on global tree planting initiative Private schools prove reopening learning institutions safely can be done MORE said Tuesday it is not the job of her department to track school districts’ reopening plans or the number of coronavirus cases they are grappling with as districts look for guidance as to how to conduct classes safely during the pandemic. 

“Well I’m not sure there’s a role for the Department of Education to compile and conduct that research,” DeVos said Tuesday at an event hosted by the Milken Institute in response to a question about the role of the federal government to boost confidence regarding in-person schooling. 


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Texas college student flies home from California to cast his ballot as voter turnout surges

When Texas Sen. John Cornyn saw the latest Texas early voting numbers on Monday, he asked his Twitter followers a simple question: “Who says voting in Texas is hard?”

Bradley Bain, a 23-year-old senior from Dallas at Pomona College in California, is one Texan taking exception because they’re finding it very difficult to vote.

“I’m literally spending >$400 to fly to Dallas and vote in person because you ‘accidentally’ flagged me as committing voter fraud in 2018, took me off the voter rolls, and made me ineligible to vote by mail in 2020,” Bain responded to the Republican in a tweet that has more than 176,000 likes as of Tuesday evening.

Bain hadn’t received a response for weeks after sending his absentee ballot application to the Dallas County Elections Department, so he booked a last-minute flight on Monday home to Dallas so he could vote in person.

“It’s been such

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Lakers reportedly want career-ending injury exception on Luol Deng’s salary, but are facing an uphill battle

Luol Deng hasn’t played for the Lakers since Oct. 19, 2017, but for the next several weeks, he is perhaps the single most important player to their offseason plans. The Lakers signed Deng to a four-year, $72 million contract in 2016. In 2018, they used the stretch provision to waive that contract and spread the remaining cap hit over several years. The Lakers still owe Deng $10 million, which is split into $5 million increments over the next two seasons and is guaranteed to be paid to Deng no matter what, but according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, the Lakers have requested a career-ending injury application in the hopes of clearing that money off of their cap sheet. 

Why does that matter? There are two major reasons, one for each of the next two offseasons:

  • If the Lakers want to use the Non-Taxpayer Mid-Level Exception on a free agent this
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US spacecraft touches asteroid surface for rare rubble grab

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A NASA spacecraft descended to an asteroid Tuesday and, dodging boulders the size of buildings, momentarily touched the surface to collect a handful of cosmic rubble for return to Earth.

It was a first for the United States — only Japan has scored asteroid samples.

“Touchdown declared,” a flight controller announced to cheers and applause. “Sampling is in progress.”

Confirmation came from the Osiris-Rex spacecraft as it made contact with the surface of the asteroid Bennu more than 200 million miles away. But it could be a week before scientists know how much, if much of anything, was grabbed and whether another try will be needed. If successful, Osiris-Rex will return the samples in 2023.

“I can’t believe we actually pulled this off,” said lead scientist Dante Lauretta of the University of Arizona. “The spacecraft did everything it was supposed to do.”

Osiris-Rex took 4

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How NASA’s Osiris-Rex spacecraft lands on asteroid to collect rock

  • NASA’s Osiris-Rex spacecraft landed on an asteroid called Bennu and collected samples of its rock on Tuesday.
  • The probe, which is the size of a 15-passenger van, maneuvered around hazardous boulder fields to reach its small landing zone.
  • NASA does not yet know whether Osiris-Rex scooped up enough rock. If it did, the sample could help scientists learn how life arose on Earth.
  • The mission could also help NASA deflect the asteroid if it is found to be at risk of crashing into Earth.
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NASA just landed a spacecraft on an asteroid.

If everything went as planned, the probe also sucked up a sample of dust and rock from the surface.

From 200 million miles away, NASA and its engineering partner, Lockheed Martin, instructed the Osiris-Rex spacecraft to descend to the surface of a space rock called Bennu, touching it for just five

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Field hockey players get creative in gaining the attention of college coaches

But when those events were either cancelled or modified (including the MIAA shifting to 7 vs. 7 play in a truncated 10-game regular season because of COVID-19 concerns), Crowley had to get creative. So she, like many other recruits, put together highlight packages from previous high school games or club tournaments to send to college coaches.

“It was all about sending film, emailing, making yourself known, and making your presence known to all these coaches because you can’t play [in front of] them,” said Crowley, a forward who recently confirmed her commitment to attend Bryant, a Division 1 program in the Northeast Conference.

Fellow Westwood senior Hannah Blomquist re-created various stickhandling videos she found on the internet to send to coaches.

“This spring was so crucial to coaches to see who is able to motivate themselves when you are not actually being forced to go to practice, or signing up

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Facing more allegations, Gregg Marshall’s run as an elite college basketball coach appears to be over

If you were Gregg Marshall, hunkered down in the metaphorical castle he’s built at Wichita State while the entire narrative of his career collapses around him, you would almost certainly be asking: Why now?

a man standing in front of a crowd: Wichita State head coach Gregg Marshall yells during a February game against Tulsa.

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Wichita State head coach Gregg Marshall yells during a February game against Tulsa.

Why are former players at not just one but two schools publicly accusing him of abusive behavior, as outlined in new reporting Tuesday in The Athletic about Marshall’s time at Winthrop? Why is the coaching style that brought him from obscurity to a Final Four and was rewarded with wealth beyond belief suddenly inappropriate and over the line? Why is the mob only coming for him now after 22 years as a college head coach?

It must be stunning and confusing to Marshall to see his treatment of players exposed now, after dragging Winthrop to the NCAA

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The pandemic affected a seamstress’ career. Now she uses a pushcart for her innovative side hustle.

Right from the tailor shop she fashioned out of a pushcart that was once used to roast nuts, Makayla Wray sews new life into customers’ clothing and into New York City. The 29-year-old seamstress began her sidewalk side hustle after the pandemic ripped away her freelance jobs in the fashion industry.

“During this pandemic you are proof that New York City is still alive,” CBS News told Wray.

“I think it definitely is,” she responded. “I feel like this gives people the time to be creative. I definitely have allowed the city to push me and move me just to, like, survive.”

Wray refashions threads, zippers and buttons, and creates tailor-made memories, like an elephant she created from a COVID-19 victim’s shirt as a keepsake for his widow.

“The elephant choice came to mind because that was her – their last vacation together,” said Wray. “So I was like, ‘We’re

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