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Sunday's loss at Michigan (28-27-1, 13-11 Big Ten) mainly resulted from an offense that failed to get a baserunner past second base, as the Jayhawks posted just four singles on the day, three of which were infield hits.
“I think it was an important two-game series,” KU coach Ritch Price said. “Obviously, we didn’t swing the bats very well either day. The greatest thing that has happened here is we got a chance to play two days. We picked up a ‘W’ yesterday. I’m disappointed in the outcome of the game today, but from a bigger-picture standpoint, this sets us up for what’s most important — being prepared to play Wednesday of next week.”
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Though the Jayhawks (34-23) finished with winning records each of the previous three seasons, too, Newman said 2014 felt far more special with KU’s postseason selection and Friday’s victory over Nebraska at the double-elimination regional.
The Jayhawk women ended the competition at fourth place in the team standings after amassing 100.5 points, while the Jayhawk men tallied a seventh-place finish with their 67-point total.
It was a late surge by Texas — which included a collegiate record breaker — that gave the Longhorns their eighth conference crown.
Kansas, whose only other women's national championship came in track and field in 2013, is one of 24 teams, and six individuals, which advanced through NCAA Regional play May 8-10.
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Thanks to seven home runs, including a quartet of two-run bombs by sophomore second baseman Hailey Decker, it didn’t prove to be that difficult in an 11-4, 8-1 sweep.
The 2013 Big 12 champions followed up their historic campaign by going 25-30 overall and 5-19 in the Big 12, finishing dead last in the conference and missing out on an opportunity to play in the Big 12 Tournament.
The Mountaineers announced Friday that FCS All-American defensive end Shaquille Riddick will transfer to West Virginia for the 2014 season. Riddick's 19 tackles-for-loss in his 2013 junior season for Gardner-Webb placed him second in the FCS, his 8.5 sacks good for 19th. He is currently the No. 12-ranked defensive end in the 2015 draft class, according to NFLDraftScout.com.
Administrators from, and fans of, the leagues that require nine conference games are worried that the ACC and SEC schools will load up on patsies to artificially inflate their records. Those teams will play FCS opponents, a practice the Big Ten has banned. Fans and administrators worry that the selection committee will simply follow the loss column -- a legitimate concern considering the polling process that placed teams in the BCS title game the past 16 seasons -- and won't critically examine the schedules each team played to reach its respective record.
No conference got burned by its championship game more than the Big 12 when the league was accurately named -- but Big 12 leaders would also appreciate the flexibility. Before the debate over potential changes begins, someone should probably explain why the rule exists and why it requires 12 teams and two divisions. The reasoning and research behind the requirements should be examined to determine whether they still apply today.
- Professional Sports -
Joel Embiid falling down the draft board.
Unable to overcome a makeshift defense and the resulting pair of penalty-kick goals from reigning most valuable player Mike Magee, Sporting KC suffered a 2-1 defeat Sunday against the Chicago Fire at Toyota Park.
Adam Scott ascended to No. 1 in the world on Monday in the Official World Golf Rankings, taking the throne from Tiger Woods who had been there for 60 straight weeks.
With the dust having settled on this year’s installment of the NFL draft and rookie minicamps in full swing around the country, the LVH sports book in Las Vegas released their 2014 NFL season win totals on Sunday afternoon.
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William Bowen, former president of Princeton University, used his commencement speech at Haverford College outside Philadelphia to criticize students who campaigned against Robert Birgeneau, former chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley.
- Today in Sports History -
1910 - Cy Young wins his 500th game.
1973 - Secretariat wins the Preakness on his way to the Triple Crown.
2008 - Jon Lester pitches the 18th no-hitter in Red Sox history with a 7-0 win over the Kansas City Royals.
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