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Kansas Jayhawks Sunday News and Notes 05.11.14

A look-see around today's internets; Post NFL draft wrap; Happy Mother's Day!

Jamie Squire

- Kansas Football -

James Sims picked up by Green Bay |

Sims, a 6-foot, 200-pound back from Irving, Texas, was regarded by most as a long shot to get drafted and seemed upbeat after deciding to join the Packers.

University of Kansas Football Trio of Jayhawks Sign NFL Free Agent Contracts

Kansas football players James Sims (running back), Aslam Sterling (offensive line) and Josh Ford (wide receiver) signed free agent contracts with National Football League teams immediately following the completion of the 2014 NFL Draft Saturday evening. Sims signed with the Green Bay Packers, Sterling with the Denver Broncos and Ford with the Atlanta Falcons.

- Kansas Baseball -

These guys continue to roll.

University of Kansas Baseball Eight in a Row: Smith Clutches Up, KU Beats West Virginia, 5-2

KU (32-21, 14-9) has won eight-straight Big 12 Conference games and nine of its last 10 overall, after taking down the Mountaineers (27-19, 9-10) for the second-straight day.

Jayhawks clutch in 5-2 baseball win over WVU |

The Jayhawks have won eight straight league games for the first time since 1978, when KU won nine in a row in the Big Eight.

University of Kansas Baseball Series Finale Against Mountaineers Bumped to a 12 p.m. Start

To accommodate the travel plans for visiting West Virginia, the Kansas baseball game versus the Mountaineers, Sunday, May 11, has been moved to a 12 p.m. start.

- Kansas Softball -

The ladies are finishing the season strong.

University of Kansas Softball Kansas Powers Past Iowa State, 10-3

Hatfield made her senior day memorable with her third home run of the season, which gave Kansas (32-21, 6-11 Big 12) the lead. The Arkansas City, Kansas, native was one of two Jayhawks to record a multi-RBI game after her long ball plated two runs.

Parting shot: Hatfield HR lifts Kansas softball |

After setting a school record for fielding percentage in 2013 (.975), KU entered the weekend ranked fourth nationally in that category (.979) and has made just 29 errors in 53 games and no errors in eight consecutive outings.

- Kansas Golf -

Making some school history.

University of Kansas Women's Golf KU Women’s Golf Historic Season Continues as Jayhawks Advance to NCAA Championship

The Kansas women's golf team advanced to the NCAA Championship for only the second time in school history Saturday.

- Professional Sports -

Jeff Gordon wins for third time at Kansas Speedway | Wichita Eagle

Gordon, a four-time Sprint Cup champion, became the first driver to win three races at Kansas Speedway on a surreal Saturday night when the lights temporarily went out on the backstretch of the first Sprint Cup night race at the track.

Billy Butler gets into heated discussion with Royals’ first-base coach -

Royals Notebook - Butler argues with first base coach; Sal Perez to get more days off; Alcides Escobar on stealing bases

Texas players shut out of NFL Draft for first time since 1938 -

In one of the draft’s stunning developments, no Longhorn was selected during the draft’s seven rounds and 256 picks concluding on Saturday. (Ed. Note: 1938 was also the last time Kansas beat Texas on the football field.  Coincidence?)

- Local Interest -

Taking a chance on Farkel dice game is a winning roll for Wichita entrepreneur | Wichita Eagle

What started out as a business in a barn has grown to a company with $1 million to $2 million in annual sales and seven employees.

Greensburg woman, 81, perseveres in hard years after tornado, husband’s death | Wichita Eagle

Few small towns ever get the attention this town got after it disintegrated seven years ago. Sarah Schmidt escaped nearly all attention. (Ed. Note: I thought this was an excellent article.  Please take the time to read it.  With severe weather season on again, please be sure you and your family are prepared for a tornado emergency.)

- Happy Mother's Day -

And finally, if you are a mom or have a mom or a married to a mom or are dating a mom or even just know a mom... tell them Happy Mother's Day!