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Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer has been hiring and acquiring at a dizzying rate. That trend continued this week when Mayer announced in a Tumblr post Monday that Katie Couric would join the company as Global Anchor.

Under Mayer, Yahoo! has made several key acquisitions and takeovers. The former “Googirl,” a title Mayer earned as Google’s first female engineer, has made a point to woo media-based assets Yahoo! hopes will bring more people to its already popular homepage. 

One of the first of these large acquisitions was the blog site Tumblr, which was purchased for $1.1 billion back in May. Mayer has frequently hit the recruiting trail herself in an attempt to bring high-profile talent to the once-giant and now-resurgent Yahoo!. Last month, David Pogue, long-time tech columnist for the New York Times, announced he would be leaving his job at the paper to work with Yahoo! on a new consumer-tech website.

Since Google purchased YouTube back in 2006, tech giants have been looking to expand their proprietary media outlets, which can bring in a lot of money in the form of advertising revenue. They have brought in so much ad revenue that online media companies such as Netflix and Amazon are even producing their own content, with the most prominent example being Netflix’s popular original series “House of Cards.” But Silicon Valley is coming up with plenty of ways to tie itself closer to Hollywood, such as Google’s YouTube Awards earlier this year.

Media and news are heavily influenced by the growing tech scene. Print media’s struggles are no secret, as more and more readers look to online sources for both their news and entertainment, but there are people in the tech community who do not see print as being entirely dead. In September, Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos purchased The Washington Post for $250 million. 

The paradigm shift is clear, and the scenarios seem almost absurd. Katie Couric, one of the world’s most popular and accomplished news personalities, is leaving her television spot to be featured on a website’s homepage. Tumblr, a site whose revenue up to this point is next to nothing, was sold for around four times as much as the Washington Post, a prominent figure in American journalism since 1877. While it is unclear what exactly Mayer’s or Bezos’ visions might be for their respective purchases, it will almost certainly mean more media and more advertising revenue.

Last-minute fantasy basketball pickups heading into the playoffs

Is your fantasy team riddled with injuries? Need some depth to make that final push for the playoffs in your fantasy basketball league? Here is a list of four players that are more than likely still available in your league and could immediately contribute to your squad as you head into the fantasy post season:

Gerald Henderson, SG, Charlotte Bobcats

Henderson is averaging more than 16 points in his last 10 games and is shooting right around 45 percent from the field. You can also count on Henderson to contribute solid numbers is the assist and rebound category. In addition, he has seen an increase in his minutes played in the last 10 games, so fantasy owners can be sure that he will have plenty of opportunities to continue putting up impressive numbers. Anyone that wants to add Henderson will have to act quickly, as he is now owned in 37 percent of Yahoo! leagues and 48.9 percent of ESPN leagues.

Jason Thompson, PF, Sacramento Kings

In his last 10 games, Thompson put up 13.6 points per game and 7.6 rebounds per game, which is a significant increase in production. If you are looking for a
player who can provide consistent rebound production and put up more than 10 points, Thompson would be an excellent choice. It looks like
the secret may be out on his increase in production, though. He is now owned in 43 percent of Yahoo! leagues and 51.1 percent of ESPN leagues.

Antawn Jamison, PF, Los Angeles Lakers

The veteran power forward is only averaging 8.9 points and 4.5 rebounds per game for the entire season, but with Pau Gasol out with a foot injury, Jamison’s averages have sky-rocketed. In the last six games he has averaged 15.7 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. With Gasol expected to be sidelined for the rest of the regular season, Jamison would be a solid pickup for anyone looking to gain some extra point production off the bench. Jamison is owned in 32 percent of Yahoo! leagues and only 13.9 percent of ESPN leagues.

Andre Miller, PG, Denver Nuggets

Miller is averaging 9.1 points and 5.8 assists per game this season. Whether you need a backup guard or a utility player who will consistently contribute points and assists, Miller would be a great addition to your squad. He is only owned in 45 percent of Yahoo! leagues and 36.1 percent of ESPN leagues.

Other Solid Pick-ups:

Elton Brand, PF, Dallas Mavericks (averaging 9.2 points and 7.9 rebounds in February)
Derrick Williams, PF, Minnesota Timberwolves (scored 17-plus points in his last five games)
Al-Farouq Aminu, SF, New Orleans Hornets (great pickup if you need a lift in blocks and rebounding)
Carlos Delfino, SG/SF, Houston Rockets (averaging 10.6 points and 3.2 rebounds per game this season)

Sophomore point guard Myck Kabongo has been suspended for the entire season by the NCAA, Yahoo! Sports reported Wednesday night.

Kabongo has already missed the Longhorns' first 11 games of the year while he was being investigated for allegations that he received impermissible benefits during the offseason. Kabongo flew to Cleveland in May to work out with Cavailers forward and former Longhorn Tristan Thompson, a childhood friend of Kabongo's.

Head coach Rick Barnes would not confirm or deny the report after his team's 85-67 win over No. 23 North Carolina on Wednesday.

"There's a process that every athlete goes through and I can only tell you that process is not done," Barnes said. "They're in the middle of that process and when it's done, we'll go from there. I can't say it any better than I just said it. Every student-athlete is entitled to a process if something comes up. That process is still ongoing."

Thompson's agent, Rich Paul, who also represents Miami Heat superstar LeBron James, allegedly paid for Kabongo's flight, which would constitute a NCAA violation.

NCAA Bylaw 12.3.1.2 states that a student-athlete would be deemed ineligible if they accepted "transportation or other benefits from... any person who represents any individual in the marketing of his or her athletics ability [or]... an agent, even if the agent has indicated that he or she has no interest in representing the student-athlete."

According to Pat Forde of Yahoo! Sports, the reason for Kabongo's season-long suspension was that he lied while being interviewed by NCAA investigators.

Kabongo decided to put his professional career on hold, returning for his sophomore season after averaging 9.6 points and 5.2 assists per game as a freshman last year. The 22nd-ranked prospect by ESPN, which projects him to be a mid-first round pick, Kabongo is projected to be an early second round pick by CBSSports.com and draftexpress.com.

Texas takes on No. 20 Michigan State in East Lansing on Saturday in what will likely be the 12th straight game Kabongo misses this season.