Definitely the doldrums for Kansas sports right now.
- Kansas Sports -
KU athletic director Sheahon Zenger told me (Matt Tait) last week that he's still got the lowering the field option on his radar. But while architects are working up preliminary plans for a major renovation at Memorial Stadium down the road — so KU can be ready to strike when the money and momentum (perhaps in the opposite order) are in hand — nothing about the bigger project is set in stone at this point.
Thon Maker, a 7-foot forward in the class of 2016, took an unofficial visit to Kansas on Monday, Rivals.com reported. Maker, who attends the Martinsville (Va.) Carlisle School, is expected to drop in at Missouri on Tuesday.
- College Sports -
The Commodores (50-20) can win their first national championship in a men's sport with a victory Tuesday night.
Early, a 6-foot-8, 220-pound forward, is on track to become the first WSU basketball player drafted since 1987, when the Los Angeles Clippers took Henry Carr in the seventh round. Many projections have Early going late in the first round, a status last bestowed on a Shocker in 1985, when Seattle grabbed Xavier McDaniel with the fourth pick.
Rhodes, the No. 3 rated receiver recruit in the country out of Fort Worth Southwest, was expected to play a significant role in the nation's No. 1 scoring offense.
The school announced Monday that revenue-producing sports -- football, men's and women's basketball -- will start offering four-year scholarships for its players. The way the system works now: players are on one-year scholarships that are renewed or, in sometimes, not. In the interest of more fairness for student-athletes, the NCAA changed a bylaw in 2011 to allow for multi-year scholarships.
It was not the first time the basics of college sports have thrown the judge. She tried to sort out conference realignment during the trial's first week and abandoned the query when it quickly became mired in detail. And she was incredulous when she learned that committees, not the NCAA or the conferences, were in charge of bowl games. On other occasions, Wilken has asked penetrating questions that cut through the legalese and the obscurities of an antitrust trial and hit the heart of the key issues.
- Professional Sports -
He owns the worst quality possible for someone in an untenable situation: honesty. And even though his sentiment echoed that of every person who has spent almost 30 years waiting for the Kansas City Royals to play in a postseason game – tired of waiting – their truth is different than his.
The 2014 Derby will move away from the old structure in a big way. Here's how things will work on July 14 at Target Field.
It will feature six teams, a 40-man roster for each, six games per season, and $1,000 per week for each player. But most importantly, the league wants to serve as a stepping stone for those who feel they belong in the NFL. According to the Associated Press, it won't have any NFL affiliation.
Milwaukee Bucks co-owner Marc Lasry spoke at a press club and rotary club event on Monday morning, and discussed his team's draft plans, which no longer include Joel Embiid.
LeBron James' agent, Richie Paul, has informed the Miami Heat that James will exercise his early termination option and become an unrestricted free agent.
The president of Ghana's soccer association was caught on camera negotiating a contract that would have Ghana playing in fixed international matches. The Telegraph and Dispatches conducted a six-month undercover investigation into Ghana's soccer association and found that they were set to pay a company to set up matches and use dirty officials to fix them.
- World Cup -
There has been much speculation that the USA and Germany might be encouraged to split the points on Thursday, particularly because coaches Klinsmann and Jogi Loew are good friends. When this idea was mooted in the post-match press conference following the Portugal draw, however, Klinsmann was quick to dismiss it.
United States coach Jurgen Klinsmann says his team won't be satisfied with a draw against Germany in their final Group G match on Thursday, even though that result would see them qualify for the round of 16 along with the Germans.
Would the United States and Germany try to play to a tie Thursday that would guarantee World Cup advancement to both nations?
While Besler and Sporting Kansas City teammate Graham Zusi further carve out their roles within a surging national team, their international stock is rising — an undeniable fact that could lead to a cascade of new opportunities upon their return from Brazil.
The Nielsen company said Sunday's gripping game was seen by an average of 24.7 million viewers on ESPN and Univision. That matches it with the 24.7 million U.S. viewers who watched the 2010 World Cup final between Spain and the Netherlands.
- In The News -
The “Memphis Belle” is at Wheeler Downtown Airport and will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
The draft is written in pencil on four sheets of hotel letterhead stationery with revisions, additions, notes and doodles: a hat, a bird, an animal with antlers. The stationery comes from the Roger Smith Hotel in Washington, D.C.
To a casual observer, the intersection of two dirt roads a mile south of this small town might seem an unlikely place for a collision. (Ed. Note: These kids are from the same high school I went to. I'm very familiar with the road they were on and the intersection.)
- This Day in Sports History -
1911 - John J. McDermott became the first American-born winner of the U.S. Open.
1922 - The American Professional Football Association took the name of The National Football League (NFL).
1968 - Jim Northrup of the Detroit Tigers tied a major league baseball record when he hit two grand slams in one game.
2003 - Barry Bonds became the first player to reach 500 home runs and 500 stolen bases.
- Videos of the Day -
Chelsea Baker, a 17-year-old female high school pitcher from Florida (her MaxPreps page), learned the knuckleball from the great Joe Niekro. It so happens that she was able to put her skills on display Monday night when Rays manager Joe Maddon let her throw batting practice to his team before their 8-1 loss to the Pirates.
And he does! And there he goes off in that direction. And everyone is happy.
- Daily Trivia -
Yesterday's answer: The San Diego Chargers drafted ex-Kansas linebacker Don Goode with a first-round pick in 1974.
Today's question: What two-sport athlete for KU in the mid-1990s was drafted by both NFL and Major League Baseball teams?