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College football weighs its terrible options

Nebraska's Scott Frost is one of many coaches angling to play this season. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)
Nebraska’s Scott Frost is one of many coaches angling to play this season. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)

Sometimes, there are no good options. Sometimes, the choice is only between horrendous and devastating. 

The entire 2020 college football season sits on the precipice of oblivion. Teams and conferences alike are wrestling with the question of postponing or canceling their most precious, prized and valuable asset. They’re balancing questions of safety for players against certainties of financial and emotional hardship. And they’re trying to make this decision for a sport where passions run among the highest and hottest in the country, where any choice will bring down nuclear heat. Good luck with that. 

Put simply: playing means accepting the possibility of dire health consequences (and associated liability). On the other hand, not playing means the absolute certainty of loss: eight- and nine-figure revenue shortfalls, opportunities missed for players, shared experiences of

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  • August 10, 2020
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‘Find Kristin Smart’ group says it’s serious about buying home next to Paul Flores’ mom

A group of community advocates seeking justice for missing Cal Poly student Kristin Smart is floating the idea of buying an Arroyo Grande home next to the property of Susan Flores.

Flores is the mother of Paul Flores, the last person seen with Smart when the 19-year-old woman went missing after a party in San Luis Obispo in 1996.

Members of the Find Kristin Smart Facebook group started discussing the idea when the home on the 500 block of East Branch Street was listed for sale online. The group had more than 30,000 members as of Monday.

“Ok serious proposal,” group member Pascoe Bowen wrote on Aug. 5. “What if we bought the house for sale next door to (Susan Flores) and turned it into the Kristin Smart memorial museum, and research center for missing people? The house is selling for $700,000, we have over 29,000 members in this group.

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  • August 10, 2020
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Eco-Challenge Fiji’ hosted by Bear Grylls premieres, Selena Gomez debuts cooking show, Gloria Estefan drops ‘Brazil305’ album [Video]

The It List is Yahoo’s weekly look at the best in pop culture, including movies, music, TV, streaming, games, books, podcasts and more. During the coronavirus pandemic, when most of us are staying at home, we’re going to spotlight things you can enjoy from your couch, whether solo or in small groups, and leave out the rest. With that in mind, here are our picks for Aug. 10-16, including the best deals we could find for each. (Yahoo Entertainment may receive a share from purchases made via links on this page.)

STREAM IT: Bear Grylls runs wild as the host of Amazon Prime’s World’s Toughest Race: Eco-Challenge Fiji 

He’s eaten bear-chewed salmon with President Barack Obama, ran from crocodiles alongside Brie Larson and narrowly escaped death by bee stings. For his latest adventure, famed survivalist Bear Grylls is hosting the world’s toughest race: Eco-Challenge Fiji. The latest installment of

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  • August 10, 2020
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What To Expect In The Light Earnings Week Ahead

During the last two weeks, the market danced to the tune of earnings of Big Tech and tech in general. Although, we’re in for a breather this week with a light earnings schedule. Hopefully, the optimism that the previous two weeks brought will be maintained. Tech titans and the world’s largest corporations, namely Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT), Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN), and Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) literally blew away estimates. Square Inc (NYSE: SQ) and Etsy Inc (NASDAQ: ETSY) followed this positive trend last week. Since March lows, the S&P 500 is now in the green for the year and the Dow Jones Industrial Average could be next.

Canopy Growth Corp (NYSE: CGC) and Marriott International Inc (NASDAQ: MAR) reported before markets opened today. Canadian-based Canopy Growth’s previous fiscal fourth-quarter report from late May lacked luster. This time, its stock surged 6.8 percent after a smaller than expected loss. The

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  • August 10, 2020
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How moms are coping right now, from online therapy to forest bathing

Staying at home is a small sacrifice during the coronavirus pandemic, but it’s not without its challenges. How does one ward off loneliness in the absence of community? What can we do to keep anxiety at bay during such an emotionally fraught time? How do we fill the hours stretching out before us, and use this time to make connections, pursue long-neglected hobbies and discover new ones, and inject a little positivity and calm into our everyday lives?

Introducing The Unwind, a new, recurring feature in which Yahoo staffers share the ways we’re finding moments of peace, levity and inspiration during these trying times. From adopting soothing strategies that boost our mental health, to losing ourselves in virtual social calls, newfound passions and other joyous diversions, these are the things getting us through the quarantine. The days may feel uncertain, but beauty and bright spots abound.

As we reach

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  • August 10, 2020
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Diller’s IAC/InterActive Invests $1 Billion in MGM Resorts

(Bloomberg) — IAC/InterActive Corp.’s $1 billion investment in casino operator MGM Resorts International demonstrates media mogul Barry Diller is still a top dealmaker.

IAC, a media and internet company with more than 150 brands and products, announced Monday that it built a 12% stake in MGM, just weeks after it spun off online dating behemoth Match Group Inc. “With the separation of Match Group from IAC, and ‘new’ IAC emerging with $3.9 billion of cash, no debt, and its opportunistic zeal intact, we are energized and excited to make this investment in MGM,” Diller, IAC’s chairman, said in a statement. News of the deal caused MGM Resorts shares to jump as much as 25%. IAC shares declined about 2%.

One thing that attracted Diller to MGM in particular is an area that currently comprises a tiny portion of IAC’s revenue — online gaming. That market represents a $450 billion global

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  • August 10, 2020
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FBG Duck brought a street fight between the ‘have-nots’ into the turf controlled by the ‘haves’

Two opposite worlds inhabited by the “haves” and the “have-nots” collided last week on a glitzy street in the heart of Chicago’s Gold Coast.

It isn’t often the two paths cross, which makes it easy for the “haves” to forget that violence does not recognize boundaries. Until now, the “have-nots” largely kept to themselves, seemingly content executing their deadly system of street justice within their own distressed communities on the South and West sides.

There was no need for the “have-nots” to disturb the “haves” with their petty street fights and social media taunts that send hundreds of Black males to their graves each year.

The “haves,” of course, weren’t oblivious to the killings. But no one expected the “have-nots” to penetrate their isolated cocoons tucked far away on the North Side.

The killing of Chicago rapper FBG Duck, gunned down in broad daylight on Oak Street, the home of

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  • August 10, 2020
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Will the coronavirus pandemic end snow days forever?

Are there any two words more beloved by children than “snow day”?

If you grew up in a region of the country where flakes fall and blizzards come to town, then you no doubt remember that feeling of sheer, unadulterated glee when you found out school was canceled due to snow.

Who doesn’t recall being shaken from their slumber when the phone rang at 5 a.m. with a monotonous school recording informing parents that school will be closed that day? And who can forget trying to go back to sleep knowing there’s no school? The budding excitement over knowing what lies ahead on such a magical day kept us all awake.

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And, if that call never came, you’d keep your fingers crossed when you woke up that your school would be listed as closed

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  • August 10, 2020
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Technology to Play Increasing Role in Film Festivals and Markets, Locarno Panelists Say

Day three of the Locarno Film Festival StepIn 2020, moderated by Variety‘s Leo Barraclough and hosted by the Variety Streaming Room platform, brought professionals from various parts of the film festival and market sectors together for a panel on the Future of Film Festivals and Film Markets.

Jérôme Paillard, executive director of Cannes Film Market; Lili Hinstin, artistic director of the Locarno Film Festival; Alberto Barbera, artistic director of the Venice Film Festival; Sarah Schweitzman, from CAA’s Film Finance and Sales Group, which helped set up the agency-led virtual film market at Cannes; and Tabitha Jackson, director of Sundance Film Festival, made up the panel’s members.

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As many events this year have gone virtual on account of the COVID-19 pandemic, some film festivals also had to adapt and utilize online platforms, including Cannes. The panelists noted that the virtual route has so far offered both positive

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  • August 10, 2020
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Connecticut towns make final preparations for Tuesday primaries as power is restored to polling places

With less than 20 hours before the polls open, state and town officials were making the final push Monday morning to ensure that the presidential primaries run smoothly.

After confusion over whether the state or town would be sending out last-minute absentee ballots, many voters received their ballots late and some headed to town halls to rectify the situation.

A major complicating factor in the primaries has been the fallout from Tropical Storm Isaias, which knocked out power to half of the state at its peak. Town halls not only need electrical power, but they also need internet service to have access to the state’s central voter registration system.

With 2,300 electric and tree crews on the ground, Eversource has been reconnecting town halls and polling places throughout the weekend and into Monday. The company has pledged to have virtually all power back by midnight Tuesday, but town officials say

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  • August 10, 2020