- Kansas Sports -
For the first time since May 5, 2009, the Kansas baseball team finds itself ranked among the top-25 in the nation, sitting at No. 22 in the Baseball America national poll.
Earlier this season, the Jayhawks (33-21 overall, 15-9 Big 12) earned a weeklong stay at No. 18 in Collegiate Baseball’s poll following a 14-5 start and a series victory at Texas. Before that, Kansas had not been ranked in a major Top 25 poll since March 2010 (No. 19, Collegiate Baseball).
During an end of spring football Google hangout on GaryPinkel.com, Pinkel was asked about the rivalry and if he and the Tigers missed it. That brought up the quotes. But isn't it funny how Pinkel always seems to get about this? I mean, it's been two years. Most people have moved on.
Look for Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self to be in Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on June 26 for what could be a historic NBA Draft.
Linebacker Samson Faifili and cornerback Brandon Hollomon, who were listed on the Jayhawks’ roster throughout spring practices, have been taken off.
- College Sports -
Kansas State has not commented officially, but Sams spent much of Monday evening on Twitter communicating with those wishing him well.
Iowa State released "architectural sketches" Monday of an expansion project for Jack Trice Stadium, one announced in February that will enclose the open south end zone and increase capacity to above 61,000. (Ed. Note: Pretty sure this will leave Kansas with the smallest capacity football stadium in the Big 12.)
A federal judge on Monday denied one of the NCAA's attempts to redefine or delay the Ed O'Bannon trial over the use of college athletes' names, images and likenesses.
UCF and George O'Leary have agreed to a new contract that will make the 10-year Knights coach one of the highest paid in the American, according to sources. The contract is expected to average $2-plus million annually after incentives over the course of the four-year deal.
The ACC will continue to play eight conference games but will require at least one contest against a school from one of the other Power 5 conferences or Notre Dame, commissioner John Swofford announced Monday at the league’s spring meetings.
That came after a record 98 underclassmen declared for the draft resulting in a record 36 such players going unselected. That's a failure rate of almost 40 percent.
So far, the NCAA has no Division I major violations cases on its public database since Fordham's baseball team was penalized last November. The nearly six-month stretch marks Division I's longest without a completed major case since an eight-month period in 1997 and '98.
- Professional Sports -
If there's a negative to having an off day, it's that the Royals' bats were finally starting to come alive. Sunday marked the first time this month that Kansas City hit multiple home runs in a game, with Giavotella and Alcides Escobar each going deep to account for seven of the Royals' nine runs in the win over Seattle.
It’s time for the Royals to stop waiting on Mike Moustakas. Time to be realistic. Time to look more at four years and 1,614 plate appearances of what he’s done rather than scouting reports about what he might do.
Brigham Young safety Daniel Sorensen is probably the most highly-regarded player of the group. At 6 feet 2 and 208 pounds, he was ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper’s No. 11 overall safety prior to the draft.
For 48 minutes, well, roughly 47 minutes anyway, Paul Pierce did everything he could to try and transport the Barclays Center back to 2010, before this arena existed and he was starring for the Boston Celtics.
According to a Newsday investigation, Major League Baseball knowingly purchased stolen records to advance its case against Alex Rodriguez. Baseball investigators are also alleged to have been potentially involved in the records' theft. Newsday, which obtained an arrest report authored by Boca Raton Police Department detective Terrence Payne, cites multiple law enforcement officials who say baseball investigators ignored warnings they were buying stolen materials.
The 22-year-old prodigy, who has thrice graced the cover of Sports Illustrated, is arguably the best baseball player on the planet and is already drawing comparisons to the game’s all-time greats, happens to be a simple kid who likes to fish, hunt and, of course — hang out in Millville.
Declared legal by the guardians of the sport, the International Tennis Federation (ITF), who adopted a new rule covering the technology at the start of the year, selected Babolat racquets will feature data-collecting sensors in their handles.
Upon a first pass through the 30-player preliminary U.S. World Cup roster released Monday, it was only natural to quickly think about the missing names. Eddie Johnson was the first to come to mind, followed by the likes of Juan Agudelo and Tim Ream. Even past Klinsmann favorites like Brek Shea and Michael Orozco merited a passing thought to what might have been.
- Around the Nation -
A judge on Monday ordered an investigation into the whereabouts of Casey Kasem after an attorney for the ailing radio personality's wife said the former "Top 40" host had been removed from Los Angeles without his children's knowledge.
Former "American Idol" singer Clay Aiken praised the North Carolina entrepreneur who died as he trailed him in a too-close-to-call Democratic primary for a Congressional seat, saying Keith Crisco never forgot his humble beginnings.
- Local Interest -
He is accused of running over a Canada goose April 13 in the parking lot of Springfield machinery company Grizzly Industrial while driving his girlfriend’s van. (Ed Note: Those things are annoying but you can't do this...)
U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts will remain on the Republican primary ballot after a state board rejected six challenges to his candidacy Monday.
The giant bomber will be one of only two restored B-29s in flying condition. Volunteers must still install the plane’s fourth and final engine, install avionics and fuel cells, check all the electrical systems and flight controls, and obtain an airworthiness certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration. (Ed Note: Very cool.)
Plans for a single-terminal airport remain intact. For that, thanks (or blame) can be assigned to Mayor Sly James’ KCI task force, which voted for a single terminal last week. (Ed Note: I am so glad I don't live in the train-wreck of a city that is Kansas City, MO, and I honestly feel sorry for everyone who does. Even if they did have a billion dollars to spend, there are so many other things that they should spend it on besides a new airport - perhaps the unaccredited schools or upgrading the 100-year-old sewer system. Maybe I should save my thoughts for the comments, but this just irks me, and I don't even live there. End rant.)