Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 06.11.14

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A look-see around today's internets.

- Kansas Sports -

Oubre plays at full speed | KUsports.com

Oubre, who enters KU as Rivals.com’s No. 6-rated player in the Class of 2014, said he’s as hungry as anybody.

Kansas coach Bill Self gets a handle on a more versatile Jayhawk backcourt | The Kansas City Star

What Self is really hoping for is a return to a style that often defined some of his best teams at Kansas: Multiple combo guards on the floor, versatile playmakers in the backcourt, and a shared responsibility at the point guard spot.

Vollmer sets sights on another heptathlon title | KUsports.com

“I want to repeat. I want to win,” said Vollmer, who will kick off her title defense Thursday in Eugene. “The competition’s gonna be tough and I know it’s not going to be easy. But I think that’s what this year’s about, just showing that last year wasn’t a fluke.”

Notesblog: Heaps still looking, recruiting about to pick up and more talent on the way? | Tale of the Tait | KUsports.com

Matt Tait with a Jake Heaps update and a recruiting update.

University of Kansas Baseball Villines Named Second-Team Freshman All-American

Villines earned Second-Team All-American recognition as a relief pitcher on the Jayhawks' staff. In 29 appearances, the side-arm slinger racked up eight saves en route to a 1.50 ERA in 48 innings pitched. He held opponents to a .200 batting average, allowing just eight earned runs while striking out 23 batters.

- College Sports -

Cleanthony Early and the NBA Draft | Shockwaves | Wichita Eagle Blogs

We are 16 days from the NBA Draft and it appears certain Cleanthony Early will end a Wichita State drought that stretches to 1987 and likely end one dating 1985. Henry Carr (1987, 7th round, Clippers) is the most recent Shocker drafted. Xavier McDaniel (1985, Seattle) is the last Shocker to go in the first round.

So BYU is full frontal about Big 12 desires? Time to go all out - CBSSports.com

Camouflaged by NCAA litigation and LeBron's leg cramps was a nice and tidy nugget of news last week courtesy of Bronco Mendenhall. BYU's coach would like to join the Big 12. "I would love to be a member of that conference," Mendenhall told the Austin American-Statesman. "I think that would make a lot of sense."

- Professional Sports -

San Antonio Spurs vs. Miami Heat - Recap - June 10, 2014 - ESPN

Kawhi Leonard scored a career-high 29 points, and the Spurs made a Finals-record 75.8 percent of their shots in the first half in a 111-92 victory over the Miami Heat on Tuesday night that gave them a 2-1 lead.

- World Cup -

Starts tomorrow!  The U.S. doesn't play until Monday, June 16.  They'll meet Ghana at 6 PM EDT.  It will be televised on ESPN.

United States arrives in Brazil for start of 2014 World Cup - CBSSports.com

The United States Men's National Team landed safely in Brazil a week before they are scheduled to play Ghana in the World Cup.

Michael Bradley says heat, travel won't bother United States - ESPN FC

"When you talk about playing in the heat, the travel, it doesn't bother us," midfielder Michael Bradley said Tuesday. "And not only does it not bother us, it excites us to see that now the other teams are so worried about it."

This is the U.S.'s definitive moment - ESPN FC

The U.S. is on the cusp of the definitive point in this cycle, one in which its success or failure will be judged. As such, the memories from the past 3½ years will fade into the background over the next several weeks, replaced by dramatic incidents of all kinds. Quite understandable, but the significant incidents from the current cycle shouldn't be forgotten.

World Cup 2014 Group E preview - Germany, Portugal, United States, Ghana - ESPN FC

Beating Ghana in their first game in Natal on June 16 may be the Americans' best hope they have of making an impact in this group, while they can also hope that Portugal's inconsistencies will offer them hope before they run into the juggernaut that is Joachim Loew's well-oiled German machine.

Portugal winger Nani expects 'strong' United States side - ESPN FC

Germany and Portugal are the favourites to emerge from Group G, which also contains Ghana, but Nani fears Jurgen Klinsmann's side could cause problems.

- In The News-

Fight rages over definition of Tennessee whiskey | Wichita Eagle

A battle between two worldwide liquor companies — owners of rival brands Jack Daniel's and smaller rival George Dickel — is being waged over who has the right to label their drink as following authentic Tennessee style.

- Today in Sports History -

1913 - Vince Lombardi is born in Brooklyn, NY.

1977 - Seattle Slew claims the Triple Crown at the Belmont Stakes.

1990 - Nolan Ryan became the oldest pitcher to throw a no-hitter, the sixth of his career.

1997 - Michael Jordan plays his famous "Flu Game," overcoming a stomach virus to score 38 points and lead the Chicago Bulls to a 90-88 victory over the Utah Jazz in Game 5 of the NBA Finals.

- Videos of the Day -

Yoenis Cespedes Gets Howie Kendrick Out At Home With A Flawless Throw

Ed. Note: Wow. Shades of Bo Jackson here.

Speaking of Bo Jackson...

Ed. Note: Sorry, this was the best video I could find of "the throw."  Bo Jackson nails Harold Reynolds at home.  A little disappointed that no Royals fans have posted any better videos than this.

Man Trapped Overnight at Vegas Airport Shoots Ridiculous Music Video

Caught overnight at Las Vegas' McCarran Airport with practically no one else around, Richard Dunn could have taken a cab back to the strip and partied until his flight in the morning. Instead, he whipped out his iPhone and made this gloriously cheesy music video for Celine Dion's 1996 cover of "All By Myself."

I have a headache.

It might be a tumor.

It's not a tumor!

- Daily Trivia -

Yesterday's Answer: Al Oerter was a four-time champion at the Summer Games.

Today's Question: Sticking with the track and field theme, what ex-Jayhawk won the javelin title at the 2012 Kansas Relays?  It marked the ninth time he placed first in that event int he last 12 years at these relays.

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