No. 25 Texas women create early separation over La. Tech

AUSTIN, Texas — Charli Collier scored 22 points, Audrey Warren added 19 and No. 25 Texas beat Louisiana Tech 84-57 on Wednesday night.

Collier entered the game with a nation-leading 34.5 points per game — which now stands at 30.3. The Longhorns have won their first three games by an average of 34.3 points.

Celeste Taylor scored 14 points, and Joanne Allen-Taylor and DeYona Gaston each had 10 for Texas.

Despite missing 12 of 17 from the 3-point line, Texas shot 33 of 66 overall and were largely never challenged. Allen-Taylor’s layup with 3:26 to go in the first quarter gave Texas an 18-5 lead.

Brianna Harris lead Louisiana Tech with 25 points on 9-for-11 shooting.

The game featured two of the more storied programs in NCAA Division I history. The Lady Techsters have 1,141 wins, which is fourth highest, and Texas has 1,110 for sixth.

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Cyber Monday Estimates Lowered, Signaling Early Shopping

(Bloomberg) — Online shoppers in the U.S. will spend up to $11.4 billion on Cyber Monday, according to a revised estimate from Adobe Inc., indicating consumers responded to deals from retailers that enticed them to begin shopping before the annual event.



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Amazon.com Inc. boxes sit at a United States Postal Service (USPS) facility in Fairfax, Virginia, U.S., on Tuesday, May 19, 2020. The Postal Service in recent weeks has sought bids from consulting firms to reassess what the agency charges companies such as Amazon, UPS and FedEx to deliver products on their behalf between a post office and a customer’s home, the Washington Post reported last week.

Adobe revised its Cyber Monday spending estimate downward from an earlier projection of a record-busting $12.7 billion, after retailers this year started to entice people to shop earlier in the season to avoid capacity problems. Despite the revision, Cyber Monday is on track to set another record for online spending in a single day, topping the $9 billion spent on Black Friday and up as much as 21% from a year ago, since pandemic-spooked consumers are shifting more of their purchases from stores to websites.

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“While COVID-19, the elections and uncertainty around stimulus packages impacted consumer shopping behaviors and made this an unprecedented year in e-commerce, we expect to see continued, record-breaking e-commerce sales from now until Christmas,” Taylor Schreiner, director of Adobe Digital Insights, said in an emailed statement.

The big spending shift presents a valuable opportunity for retailers whose websites, customer service departments and delivery operations can withstand the period of crushing traffic. Amazon.com Inc., Walmart Inc., Target Corp., Best Buy Co. and others have been preparing for the 2020 holiday deluge for months. This week will be the ultimate test for their new investments in ramping up delivery capacity and adding features like parking lot pickup for digital orders.

Nearly 30% of Cyber Monday spending will happen between 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. Pacific time, when bargain-hunting shoppers finally pull the trigger, according to Adobe.

All that spending in a compressed time means that any service interruptions on Cyber Monday — slow websites, payment processing problems, shopping carts that vanish before checkout — could be painful for companies.

“Even large retailers could be crippled with the demand,” said Mario Ciabarra, chief executive officer at Quantum Metric, which helps online retailers fix website problems. “Every minute counts and every customer counts.”

There were already signs that some web stores are struggling to handle the load. Sites for prominent retailers had 39% more errors on Black Friday than they did a year ago, according to Quantum Metric.

Black Friday spending of $9 billion also missed Adobe’s forecast of $10.3 billion, another sign of cautious consumer spending during the pandemic and shoppers reacting to deals earlier in the holiday season. But Cyber Monday will likely still be the peak, because many shoppers are conditioned to hold off on big purchases in anticipation of price cuts.

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BYU’s women’s basketball team has loads of grit, and the Cougars will need it early this season

Provo • One more play. One more shot.

When BYU women’s basketball coach Jeff Judkins blows his whistle to end practice, his team usually asks the 20th-year coach for a few more minutes. The players don’t like ending on a bad play or shot. That mentality has led Judkins to describe his team as ruthless. And that ruthlessness will be put to the test almost immediately.

The Cougars will face two tough opponents opening weekend at the South Point Shootout in Las Vegas. BYU will play LSU on Friday and Washington on Saturday.

“It’s hard to play two tough games in a row, but you know, that’s where you get better,” Judkins said. “That’s how you get better as a team. And so, we’re looking forward to the challenge.”

Originally, the Cougars were going to face UT-Martin in the second game of the South Point Shootout, but due to travel restrictions, the Skyhawks needed to back out of the tournament. Luckily, officials were able to get Washington to fill the empty slot.

But seeing the way the coronavirus has already had an impact on the season before a game has even been played has set in the severity of the pandemic.

The Cougars will succeed if:
The team can get more production out of more of the roster — having Shaylee Gonzales back in the lineup will be a big help for that. Last season BYU was led by two players, but it wasn’t enough. The Cougars will need at least three big shooters, along with strong supporting roles from the reserves.

The Cougars won’t succeed if:
Chemistry will serve an important role as the Cougars have a lot of new faces and graduated standout Brenna Drollinger last year. The players’ roles are likely to change and everyone will need to lock down their new roles.

Bottom line:
The Cougars should see an improvement from last season, which was a step down from the 2018-19 season when BYU made it back to March Madness and bowed out in the second round. However, it will still have plenty of competition within the WCC.

Judkins has been seeing COVID affect different college athletic programs around the nation, but it hits different once it reaches home.

“It’s just so mental,” Judkins said. “And it’s not just mental with the players, it’s mental with the coaches. I mean, it’s like, how do you prepare? What do you do and how do you not overwork them? It’s a tough, tough thing, but it’s going to make us better.”

What will also help make the Cougars better will be the depth the team is boasting.

Returning to the Cougars’ roster are nearly a dozen players, including senior guard Paisley Harding, a 2020 WCC First Team honoree and a two-time Preseason All-WCC Team member, and senior center Sara Hamson, the two-time WCC Defensive Player of the Year who led the nation in blocked shots (137) and blocked shots per game (4.72) last season. Hamson was also a

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The 10 Best Early Black Friday Fashion Deals Are Under $40 on Amazon

One of the biggest shopping holidays of the year begins tomorrow, but that doesn’t mean you have to wait until the clock strikes midnight to start taking advantage of the sales. Amazon has already released tons of early Black Friday fashion and shoe deals, and we found the 10 best items under $40.  



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From cozy sweaters to on-trend outerwear to winter-ready boots, the Amazon Fashion Black Friday section has you covered with everything you need to take on the cold weather. Some standout deals include over 20 percent off this faux-shearling jacket, over half off this best-selling faux-leather tote, and a pair of mesh Puma sneakers for just $40. Keep scrolling to see all 10 of our favorite Amazon Fashion early Black Friday sale picks. 

10 Best Black Friday Fashion and Shoe Deals on Amazon: 

  • Zesica Leopard Print Cardigan, $29.99 (orig. $34.99)
  • NSQTBA Long-Sleeve Crew Neck Pullover, $15.99 (orig. $19.99)
  • Levi’s 720 High Rise Super Skinny Jeans, $35.70 (orig. $69.50)
  • Levi’s 724 High Rise Straight Crop Jeans, $24.29 (orig. $59.50)
  • Ecowish Faux-Shearling Jacket, $31.47 with coupon (orig. $42.99)
  • Columbia Benton Springs Full Zip Fleece Jacket, $29.98 (orig. $60)
  • Puma Prowl Alt Knit Mesh Sneaker, $39.99 (orig. $65)
  • LifeStride Paloma Ankle Boot, $39.97 (orig. $59.99)
  • BomKinta Snow Boots, $28 (orig. $54.99) 
  • Dreubea Faux-Leather Tote Bag, $14.53 (orig. $30.99)



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If you’re using Black Friday as an opportunity to refresh your sweater collection, we recommend checking out this super soft crew neck pullover. It comes in six different colors and ranges in size from S to XXL. One shopper emphasized the sweater’s versatility: “It’s oversized, cozy, and pairs great with a pair of leggings (long enough to cover your butt). It would also look great dressed up with jeans and heels.”

In the outerwear section, we can’t believe this Columbia jacket, which is the best-selling women’s fleece jacket on Amazon, is on sale for just $30. Available in 41 different colors, the jacket is made from soft-to-the-touch polyester, and it’s even machine-washable. With nearly 12,000 perfect ratings, this Columbia fleece is clearly a favorite among Amazon shoppers. 

And for all your denim needs, there are tons of Levi’s jeans included in the sale. The brand’s signature skinny jeans are almost 50 percent off, coming in at just $36. Shoppers call the denim style “extremely stretchy, comfortable, and flattering.”

Before Black Friday madness begins tomorrow, get a head start on your shopping and add these under-$40 fashion and shoe steals to your Amazon cart now. 



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Buy It!  NSQTBA Long-Sleeve Crew Neck Pullover, $15.99 (orig. $19.99); amazon.com 

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Shopping Mall Activists Score an Early Win

Trans-Atlantic mall giant
Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield
has pulled back from the brink. Finding a lasting fix for its debt problem will be more challenging.

Late Wednesday, Europe’s largest listed-property company by assets said it had issued bonds worth €2 billion, equivalent to $2.4 billion: one with a six-year maturity and coupon of 0.625% and an 11-year bond at 1.375%. Half of the cash will be used to refinance existing debt. The size and low cost of the issue is a win for activist investors who have been pushing for a new approach.

Along with French telecoms billionaire Xavier Niel, Unibail’s former chief executive Léon Bressler successfully persuaded investors to vote against a controversial €3.5 billion equity raise two weeks ago. Back then, Unibail’s chairman and chief executive warned that unless shareholders stumped up, the company could lose access to bond markets. Both men have since been ousted, with Mr. Bressler taking over as chairman.

News that a Covid-19 vaccine will soon be available helped the activists’ case. The yield on Unibail’s outstanding bonds has increased slightly since investors voted against the capital raise, but remains much lower than during the March selloff.

The new debt will come on top of net borrowings already equivalent to 12 times the earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization Unibail generated last year. To get that number down, the activists want Unibail to sell underperforming Westfield malls in the U.S. But with the rise of e-commerce weighing on the value of stores, it may be hard to find buyers at an acceptable price.

The company may still raise equity. Unibail’s shares have rallied 85% since
Pfizer
said its vaccine is effective. Under the old management’s plan to raise €3.5 billion, shareholders would have been diluted by 37%, according to
UBS.
At today’s higher share price, that dilution falls to 28%. Unibail needs to keep bond markets sweet: Any increase in the cost of debt would make it harder to refinance its €29 billion of total borrowings.

Mr. Bressler has been correct so far, but more difficult decisions are still to come.

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The Early Black Friday Fashion Sales Are Already SO Good

We’ve had plenty of deal-hunting practice this fall, from a postponed Prime Day to a better-than-ever Singles Day. Meaning, now, we’re perfectly primed for the main event that sale-savants bide their time for all year long: Black Friday (ever heard of her?). For many, the day after Thanksgiving is spent sleeping off a mashed-potato hangover; for others, it’s the annual moment of truth in which all of the season’s gift-shopping goes down. While some may seek markdowns on big-ticket home buys or enviable beauty bundles, this page is specifically reserved for scoring wearable duds on the cheap.

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For the fashion crowd, we crafted this roundup of every single style sale happening around the World Wide Web. While we’re still a ways out from November 27, there are a lot of discounts already in full swing. Whether it’s a too-good-to-be-real discount on a dreamy cashmere sweater or an incredibly sweet deal on comfy-chic ankle boots, we sussed it out for your pre-holiday shopping pleasure ahead. Click through to find the best of Black Friday’s slashed-price fashion — and bookmark this story for updates as we get closer to the big day.

At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.

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Researchers develop lung-on-chip model to study the body’s response to early TB

Scientists have developed a lung-on-chip model to study how the body responds to early tuberculosis (TB) infection, according to findings published today in eLife.

TB is a disease caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium tuberculosis (M. tuberculosis) and most often affects the lungs. The model reveals that respiratory system cells, called alveolar epithelial cells, play an essential role in controlling early TB infection.

They do this by producing a substance called surfactant – a mixture of molecules (lipids and proteins) that reduce the surface tension where air and liquid meet in the lung.

These findings add to our understanding of what happens during early TB infection, and may explain in part why those who smoke or have compromised surfactant functionality have a higher risk of contracting primary or recurrent infection.

TB is one of the world’s top infectious killers and affects people of all ages. While it mostly affects adults, there are currently no effective vaccines available to this group.

This is partly due to challenges with studying the early stages of infection, which take place when just one or two M. tuberculosis bacteria are deposited deep inside the lung.

“We created the lung-on-chip model as a way of studying some of these early events,”

Previous studies have shown that components of surfactant produced by alveolar epithelial cells can impair bacterial growth, but that the alveolar epithelial cells themselves can allow intracellular bacterial growth. The roles of these cells in early infection are therefore not completely understood.”


Vivek Thacker, Study Lead Author and Postdoctoral Researcher, McKinney Lab, École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne

“We used our model to observe where the sites of first contact are, how M. tuberculosis grows in alveolar epithelial cells compared to bacteria-killing cells called macrophages, and how the production of surfactant affects growth, all while maintaining these cells at the air-liquid interface found in the lung.”

The team used their lung-on-chip model to recreate a deficiency in surfactant produced by alveolar epithelial cells and then see how the lung cells respond to early TB infection.

The technology is optically transparent, meaning they could use an imaging technique called time-lapse microscopy to follow the growth of single M. tuberculosis bacteria in either macrophages or alveolar epithelial cells over multiple days.

Their studies revealed that a lack of surfactant results in uncontrolled and rapid bacterial growth in both macrophages and alveolar epithelial cells. On the other hand, the presence of surfactant significantly reduces this growth in both cells and, in some cases, prevents it altogether.

“Our work shines a light on the early events that take place during TB infection and provides a model for scientists to build on for future research into other respiratory infections,” says senior author John McKinney, Head of the Laboratory of Microbiology and Microtechnology at EPFL.

“It also paves the way for experiments that increase the complexity of our model to help understand why some TB lesions progress

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Fashion Fair Mall will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, open early on Black Friday

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) — You won’t be able to get in any early Christmas shopping on Thanksgiving at Fashion Fair Mall.

The mall will be closed for the holiday but will open bright and early for Black Friday shopping at 6 am on November 27.

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Store owners have extended their hours to accommodate the busy shopping season while keeping everyone safe.

Fresno County remains in the purple tier, meaning indoor shopping malls can only operate at 25% capacity.

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Retailers have implemented contactless payment options, plexiglass shields and mask requirements at their stores.

The mall has also intensified cleaning and sanitizing procedures, and the food court will remain closed.

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