TONS of stuff for you guys today!
- Kansas Sports -
Jayhawk legends Walt Wesley and Charlie Hoag will be inducted into State of Kansas Sports Hall of Fame (KSHOF) October 5. The 10-member Class of 2014 will be enshrined in ceremonies at the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame in the Wichita Boathouse.
Former Lawrence High football and track coach Bill Freeman and Kansas University standouts Charlie Hoag and Walt Wesley will be inducted into Kansas Sports Hall of Fame on Oct. 5 at the Wichita Boathouse.
Weis will be joined by KU tight-ends coach Jeff Blasko and will be one of a handful of head coaches to speak at the event designed to get some of the top talent in Hawaii recognized by coaches and programs from the mainland.
As we get closer to the NBA Draft, Bill Self's Kansas University basketball program continues to get free pub from its one-and-done stars. The latest endorsement came via an NBA.com interview, in which retired shooting guard Steve Smith went one-on-one with the Jayhawks' Andrew Wiggins.
“Unless you came to Late Night, you haven’t seen him. Next to Andrew White, Brannen Greene, Conner Frankamp, he probably led us in scoring at practice,” KU coach Bill Self said at the season-ending awards banquet. “He can score. He’s good. He can shoot. Anytime you have tall guys that can shoot, it’s something.”
Gray-Little and Zenger said the discussions conducted by the Big 12’s athletic directors, presidents and chancellors were informal and informative and merely served as an opportunity to make sure all parties were aware of what was going on.
- College Sports -
Pearl and his fellow SEC coaches are counting on the SEC Network's national exposure and better nonconference schedules to bolster a league that has been criticized in recent years for a lack of depth.
Nebraska coach Bo Pelini has a solution to slow down the recruiting process: Eliminate national signing day altogether and put greater accountability behind scholarship offers.
If the courts allow football and men's basketball players to be paid or give them the right to collectively bargain, how does Title IX factor into this equation? Because there is no case law yet, there are no clear answers.
- Professional Sports -
The Royals pick 17th, a product of finishing with 86 victories last season. It marks the longest wait to make a first selection since 1995, when they picked 19th. But with four picks in the first 56 slots, the Royals will be busy Thursday. They added another first-round slot, No. 28 overall, when they lost Ervin Santana in free agency to the Braves. The Royals also have the 40th and 56th overall selections.
Ed. Note: Eric Hosmer started the bottom of the ninth inning rally by picking up a golden sombrero (4 K's in one game for the uninitiated) but reached first base as the ball skipped by St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina. Fortunately, I did not stay up and watch the extra innings.
The NFL announced on Wednesday that Super Bowl 50 will be graphically represented using standard Arabic numerals instead of Roman numerals, which the league has been using since Super Bowl V in 1971. It's a one-year break, said Jaime Weston, the league's vice president of brand and creative, because the "L" isn't as pleasing to the eye.
Kings winger Justin Williams, known for his Game 7 heroics, stepped up again, but this time in OT for a Game 1 Stanley Cup finals win, Pierre LeBrun writes.
Colin Kaepernick gets a $126 million deal with $61 million in guaranteed money, but if he doesn't improve as a pocket passer, the Niners will come to regret it.
The Chicago Cubs are ending their partnership with WGN Radio, one of the longest such relationships in broadcast history.
He played alongside Jackie Robinson on the only Brooklyn Dodgers team to win the World Series. He coached Derek Jeter on the New York Yankees' latest dynasty. And his own manager once was the illustrious Casey Stengel. For 66 years, Zimmer was a most popular presence at ballparks all over, a huge chaw often filling his cheek. Everyone in the game seemed to know him, and love him.
- World Cup -
Seven days to go.
Good news: EA decided to save everyone a lot of time by just simulating this year’s World Cup now so you don’t have to watch it. Four years ago, EA’s simulation correctly predicted that Spain would win the World Cup.
USA is currently 250/1.
FIFA released their June rankings on Thursday, the final release ahead of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The United States Men's National team moved up one spot to No. 13 and remain the highest ranked team from the CONCACAF region.
FIFA vice president Michel Platini said that he supports a re-vote on the Qatar World Cup if the latest corruption allegations are proven true, he told French outlet L'Equipe.
- In The News -
His early efforts in sports didn’t go well. He was cut by his church’s baseball team, cut by the Curtis Junior High basketball squad. He couldn’t even make his junior high’s track team.
Anyone itching to make a little music could head to downtown Emporia, where a dozen specially decorated pianos have been placed along several blocks of sidewalks.
She was a fixture — and sometimes a lightning rod for controversy — at KCTV-5 in Kansas City for 17 years. She joined the station in 1994 and became chief meteorologist, replacing Gary Amble, in 1998. Horner was replaced by current chief meteorologist Chris Suchan. She then reportedly launched a career in real estate. No word at this point on Horner's career plans.
- Today in (Sports) History -
1883 - The Orient Express begins operations.
1937 - War Admiral wins the Belmont Stakes, becoming the fourth Triple Crown winner.
1982 - Cal Ripken, Jr. begins an MLB record streak of 8,264 consecutive innings played.
- Video of the Day -
It was a turning point in the history of bat flipping, too, setting a new standard for all. Often considered a violation of baseball's unwritten rules, the bat flip is becoming more and more commonplace in the sport. In Smith's case, however, the entirety of the moment almost required such a dramatic response. (Ed. Note: I completely disagree. This was high school. And I don't care if it's Game 7 of the World Series. Have a little respect. And no, I'm not a total "no-fun" guy. Kirk Gibson did it right.)
- Daily Trivia -
Yesterday's answer: Bud Stallworth scored 50 points against Missouruh in 1972.
Today's question: Which ex-Jayhawks star held the single-season mark for rushing yards by an NFL quarterback for more than 30 years (968 yards in 1972)?