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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 12.10.14

A look-see around today's internets.

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- Kansas Sports -

Big challenge: KU wary of Hoyas’ massive center |

The Jayhawks are quite familiar with Smith, who chose Georgetown over KU as his transfer destination after two seasons at UCLA. This will be KU’s fourth meeting against the McDonald’s All-American.

Getting to know the Hoyas | Smithology |

Here are the Hoyas Bill Self’s Jayhawks will have to hold back in order to pick up a victory in their first true road game, at Verizon Center.

Beaty aware of Kansas’ obstacles |

From the obvious transition period that often brings trouble to inheriting a roster short on numbers and a group of players who lack experience and know nothing about consistent success, Beaty is aware of the obstacles he’ll face in his first season as a college head coach, and he’s not afraid to admit it.

University of Kansas Athletics - Former Kansas Football Captain Arnold Snell Passes

Former Kansas football standout Arnold Snell passed away Saturday, Dec. 6, after a long battle with cancer. He was 49. He was a three-time letterwinner (1986-88). The fullback rushed for 1,762 yards on 431 carries for eight touchdowns to rank him 15th all-time on the program's career rushing list, while making him one of 17 players to rush over 1,600 yards from scrimmage over the course of a KU career.

University of Kansas Volleyball - Albers, Havili Named AVCA All-Region First Team

With first-team accolades in tow, Albers and Havili are now eligible for All-America consideration.

University of Kansas Rowing - Kansas Rowing to Host Open House

The Kansas rowing program will host an open house Sunday, Jan. 25th at the University of Kansas Boathouse in Burcham Park and will begin at 2pm. The open house is for high school junior and senior women interested in rowing at KU. No prior rowing experience is necessary.

- College Sports -

Eastern Michigan Eagles vs. Michigan Wolverines - Recap - December 09, 2014 - ESPN

After Eastern Michigan stunned crosstown foe Michigan 45-42 on Tuesday night, John Beilein congratulated Rob Murphy by telling him that the Eagles' stifling 2/3 zone defense was one of the toughest zones Beilein had ever seen. That's an even bigger compliment, considering Michigan cracked Syracuse's similar defensive style just one week ago in a 68-65 Michigan win.

Arkansas-Fort Smith accepts a technical foul to help needy children -

Here's how the event works. People come to the game with soft toys. Once the Lions score their first basket, the fans throw the toys onto the court in unison. The toys are then picked up and sent off the Salvation Army, who gives them out before the holidays. All of this results in a technical foul, which Lions' coach Josh Newman says is well worth it.

VIDEO: Jeff Long says committee did not try to send Big 12 a message -

Long specifically addressed the Big 12's exclusion, reiterating previous statements that the league's lack of a championship game hurt it more in the sense that other conferences' representatives had 13 games in their "bodies of work," compared to TCU and Baylor's 12 games each.

- Professional Sports -

Cubs agree to sign Jon Lester to 6-year, $155M deal -

The Cubs have agreed to sign left-handed starting pitcher Jon Lester to a six-year, $155 million deal, reports Jon Heyman. There's a vesting option for a seventh year and an additional $15 million.

Cam Newton car crash: Panthers QB has two fractured vertebrae -

Newton will remain in the hospital overnight for additional observation, and it's unclear when he will return to work. According to the Charlotte Observer, doctors don't think Newton suffered a head injury of any kind.

Jay Glazer Calls Out ESPN For Stealing His Johnny Manziel Scoop

Jay Glazer of Fox Sports broke the news that Johnny Manziel would replace Brian Hoyer as the Browns' quarterback this weekend. Naturally, ESPN took that report and "sourced" all over it.

Aaron Rodgers kneel down on final play causes fantasy football chaos -

Let's be honest though, that guy should probably be blaming Gio Bernard for his loss. And how did a 3-10 team even get in the playoffs? I want to be in this league next season.