Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 7.03.14

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A look-see around today's internets.

- Kansas Sports -

KU’s Oubre faces off with NBA MVP Durant | KUsports.com

Oubre returned to Lawrence earlier this week after a three-day stint at the Kevin Durant Skills Academy in Washington, D.C. It marked back-to-back invitations to the clinic for Oubre, a 6-foot-7, 200-pound wing who was Rivals.com’s No. 6-ranked player in the Class of 2014 and a McDonald’s All-American. A counselor this year, Oubre said the only difference from his experience as a prep was the intensity of the workouts.

Leavenworth star commits to KU women’s basketball | KUsports.com

Tyler Johnson, the No. 1-ranked player in the Sunflower State in the class of 2015 according to MaxPreps, helped lead the Pioneers to a Class 5A state championship last season. She earned first-team all-state honors and averaged 15.6 points per game.

- College Sports -

O'Bannon plaintiffs try to make their case in NCAA post-trial brief - CBSSports.com

The Ed O'Bannon trial may be over, but critical elements remain before a bench ruling that could allow college athletes to be paid: Post-trial briefs.

Senators reschedule NCAA hearing for July 9 - CBSSports.com

The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation announced Wednesday it will hold a hearing titled “Promoting the Well-Being and Academic Success of College Athletes.” The committee, chaired by Sen. Jay Rockefeller IV (D-W. Va), will explore the NCAA's stated mission to integrate college sports and academics, and whether the commercial enterprise unfairly exploits athletes.

Observations: Key point guard additions boost Kentucky, UCLA and Cal - CBSSports.com

This and That - Kansas transfer Andrew White told CBSSports.com that he visited Notre Dame this week. He also recently visited Nebraska. The 6-6 wing will have two years of eligibility remaining and averaged 2.4 points and 1.2 rebounds last season for the Jayhawks.

- Professional Sports -

NFL arbitrator rules that Jimmy Graham of New Orleans Saints is a tight end - ESPN

In a groundbreaking decision, the NFL has confirmed that arbitrator Stephen Burbank denied Graham's request to officially be declared a wide receiver under the NFL's franchise-tag rules.

Report: Clippers looking into a sign-and-trade for Paul Pierce - CBSSports.com

It didn't take long for Doc Rivers to start looking at getting the band back together. As the Los Angeles Clippers look for roster upgrades this summer, Rivers is reportedly interested in finding a way to get Paul Pierce on the roster.

- World Cup -

Jozy Altidore: I wasn't ready for U.S.-Belgium game - ESPN FC

U.S. striker Jozy Altidore has told ESPN's Mike & Mike radio show he suffered a grade two hamstring tear against Ghana and would only have been available to start games if the Americans had reached the later stages of the World Cup.

Jurgen Klinsmann says United States now in position to win a World Cup - ESPN FC

The day after the United States was eliminated from the 2014 World Cup, U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann insisted that he believed his team could win the tournament -- even though he said the opposite before the competition began.

FIFA executive: US may bid to host 2026 World Cup - CBSSports.com

"There is a commitment to work with US soccer," Valcke said to Brazil newspaper Globo. "What we see in the United States is staggering. The audience is unprecedented, more than the NBA. The country has the largest level of youth soccer in the world, with 20 million young people playing. I think after 2022, they have an interest in hosting the 2026 World Cup."

- In The News -

Man With Only One Arm Fined for Riding His Bike With Only One Brake

Bogdan Ionescu was slapped with a £20 fine by police and chastised for riding his bike in Cologne, Germany with only one handbrake, even though he only has one arm. Authorities finally apologized and reimbursed him—three months later.

- Videos of the Day -

Lots of cool stuff today.

Take a terrifying, first-person plunge down the world’s tallest water slide | Plugged In - Yahoo Sports

Meet the Verruckt, a monstrous water slide soon to open at Kansas City’s Schlitterbahn Park. Standing an absurd 168 feet high -- a Guiness World Record for a water slide -- the Verruckt straps riders into a four-person raft and sends them screaming to their doom at speeds reaching 70 mph.

VIDEO: Troy Tulowitzki, DJ LeMahieu turn outstanding double play - CBSSports.com

This double play has it all. Glove flip? Check. Barehand grab? Check. Pirouette? Check!

VIDEO: David Ortiz Takes Walk Before Ball Four Even Arrives - SportsPickle | SportsPickle

When you’re late into your career, you don’t have time to wait around for actual ball four.

Rene Rivera's three-run single a first in MLB since 2008 | Big League Stew - Yahoo Sports

With two outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the first, backup catcher Rene Rivera hit a line drive that Cincinnati center fielder Billy Hamilton got his glove on, but couldn’t squeeze. That allowed all three runners to race around and score, but the not-so-fleet footed Rivera only made it to first. For those scoring at home, that's a straight up three-run single, which is something else we don't see in MLB very often.

Here is the Nick Kyrgios shot that you'll want to re-watch a few times | Busted Racquet - Yahoo Sports

Nick Kyrgios is a 19-year-old Australian that got matched up against Rafael Nadal on Centre Court at Wimbledon. Re-read that sentence to yourself again if you need it, because it makes this shot he pulled off against Nadal in the second set of their fourth-round match all the better.

10 Days Of Tennis Destroying Wimbledon's Grass Captured In A Single GIF - Yahoo Sports

One of the most beautiful sights in sports is the perfectly manicured grass on day one of The Championships at Wimbledon. But after ten days, that gorgeous grass has a decidedly more worn look that perfectly reflects what the players go through during the fortnight.

- Daily Trivia -

Yesterday's Answer: Sherron Collins (is the best ever and I love him) put up 32 points on North Dakota State in the 2009 NCAA Tounament.

Today's Question: Who did Kansas defeat 64-62 to advance to the 2012 NCAA Tournament Championship game?

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