Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 6.30.14

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A look-see around today's internets.

- Kansas Sports -

Juco safety commits to KU | KUsports.com

After a slow start landing commitments in the Class of 2015, Kansas University football picked up the pace and gained pledges from eight players this month, the latest coming Sunday from Trinity Valley Community College safety L.B. Bates.

University of Kansas Track and Field Stigler Snags Silver at USA Championships

Kansas senior-to-be Michael Stigler added a runner-up finish at the USA Track & Field Championships to his 2014 résumé as he claimed the silver medal in the 400-meter hurdles Sunday afternoon inside Hornet Stadium. The finish was the best of his young career at the national meet and marked the third-straight year a Jayhawk has earned a spot on the podium in an event at the USA Championships.

- Professional Sports -

Report: Heat's Big Three discussing how contracts will be structured - CBSSports.com

With it looking like all three players will have opted out of their deals before free agency starts on Tuesday, the Heat can rest a little easier with the idea of keeping the Big Three together. ESPN.com is reporting the three players have been discussing the potential structuring of the three upcoming contracts.

Philadelphia 76ers' GM: Joel Embiid is a 'calculated risk' | NBC on Yahoo Sports - Yahoo Sports

When Embiid does take the court, Sixers head coach Brett Brown looks forward to coaching a Tim Duncan-David Robinson type frontcourt combination in Embiid and Nerlens Noel. “My memories are of Tim Duncan and David Robinson,” Brown said. “You need to play defense in the NBA if you want to go where you want to go. I think Joel Embiid is beyond exciting. How it played out is really quite extraordinary.”

Jose Altuve running toward history - CBSSports.com

Altuve swiped two bases Sunday and it marked the fourth consecutive game that he stole at least two. Guess how many times in history that has happened before?

- World Cup -

US World Cup players buoyed by large audience | The Kansas City Star

"All the bars and the pubs and restaurants are packed, and it's all over social media and people are taking off work," goalkeeper Tim Howard said. "That says a lot. They do that for the Super Bowl. So the fact that they're doing it for the World Cup is special."

World Cup fever won't elevate U.S. soccer to the big leagues | Daily Ticker - Yahoo Finance

The American approach to professional sports — as a business first and an athletic contest second — may help explain why prospects for professional soccer in the United States remain weak, despite a spirited performance by the U.S. team in this year’s World Cup.

- In The News -

Keystone pipeline in Kansas part of a much bigger story | Wichita Eagle

Backers of the Keystone XL Pipeline are gearing up for (yet) another showdown in the five-year-long fight over whether to build the pipeline from Canada to the Gulf Coast – but, in Kansas, the debate’s been a big yawn.

Auburn rancher restores prairie, bison | CJOnline.com

When settlers arrived in the Great Plains centuries ago, they found tens of millions of bison, but by the end of the 19th century, less than 1,000 remained, according to the Nature Conservancy. Similarly, only 1 percent of the tallgrass prairie in North America still exists. Bison are now being placed back on the prairie, re-establishing their role with its ecosystem and increasing their number. Currently, about 400,000 bison can be found in North America.

2 fans hit in face by foul at Marlins-A's game - Yahoo Sports

The Athletics-Marlins game was halted for 10 minutes Sunday while medical personnel treated two fans hit in the face by the same foul ball. (Ed. Note: Nick Punto better put a good lawyer on retainer, just in case.)

Woman Is Given Free Weed With Meal At Sonic, Inexplicably Complains

The number one rule of getting free weed is that you keep the free weed, a lesson that Carla McFarland of Frederick, Md. was not privy to on Wednesday. When she ordered food from local fast food chain Sonic, and it arrived with a baggie filled with weed, McFarland complained to a manager and called the police.

- This Day in Sports History -

1962 - Sandy Koufax pitched his first career no-hitter vs. the New York Mets.

1970 - The Cincinnati Reds move into Riverfront Stadium.

1978 - Willie McCovey hits his 500th career home run.

1994 - The US Figure Skating Association stripped Tonya Harding of the 1994 national championship and banned her from the organization for life due to the attack on rival Nancy Kerrigan

- Videos of the Day-

Mike Napoli on Masahiro Tanaka's pitch selection on go-ahead homer: 'What an idiot' | Big League Stew - Yahoo Sports

With a 1-2 count, Tanaka shook off catcher Brian McCann twice because he wanted to go fastball away to set Napoli up. The pitch ended up catching way too much plate, allowing Napoli to extend his arms and drive it just over the right field fence.

Jose Altuve steals home with sensational slide, cements All-Star résumé | Big League Stew - Yahoo Sports

Detroit catcher Alex Avila attempted a snap pickoff throw on George Springer at first base. Springer was safe, and without hesitation Altuve broke from third in an attempt to steal home. The return throw from Miguel Cabrera was off line but had Altuve beat. However, Altuve used his quickness and his 5-foot-5 stature to slip around the tag and get a hand on home plate.

VIDEO: Cleveland Cavaliers Introduce Andrew Wiggins as Mitchell Wiggins - SportsPickle | SportsPickle

Cleveland likes to get their athletes used to mistakes right away.

Someone Beat 'Super Mario Bros' In Under 5 Minutes

Most likely, your 8-year-old self will be filled with awe and envy.

- Daily Trivia -

Friday's answer: Kansas produced 10 lottery picks from 2000-2012.

Today's question: What team drafted Xavier Henry with the 12th choice of the 2010 NBA Draft?

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