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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 05.13.14

A look around today's internets.


- Kansas Sports -

University of Kansas Baseball Kansas Enters National Poll at No. 22

For the first time since May 5, 2009, the Kansas baseball team finds itself ranked among the top-25 in the nation, sitting at No. 22 in the Baseball America national poll.

Kansas baseball returns to national rankings after sweeps |

Earlier this season, the Jayhawks (33-21 overall, 15-9 Big 12) earned a weeklong stay at No. 18 in Collegiate Baseball’s poll following a 14-5 start and a series victory at Texas. Before that, Kansas had not been ranked in a major Top 25 poll since March 2010 (No. 19, Collegiate Baseball).

Border War not dead yet? | Tale of the Tait |

During an end of spring football Google hangout on, Pinkel was asked about the rivalry and if he and the Tigers missed it. That brought up the quotes. But isn't it funny how Pinkel always seems to get about this? I mean, it's been two years. Most people have moved on.

KU's Self plans to attend next month's NBA draft |

Look for Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self to be in Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on June 26 for what could be a historic NBA Draft.

Defensive duo dropped from KU football roster |

Linebacker Samson Faifili and cornerback Brandon Hollomon, who were listed on the Jayhawks’ roster throughout spring practices, have been taken off.

- College Sports -

Kansas State losing QB-turned-WR Daniel Sams to transfer -

Kansas State has not commented officially, but Sams spent much of Monday evening on Twitter communicating with those wishing him well.

PHOTO: Iowa State stadium expansion to enclose south end zone -

Iowa State released "architectural sketches" Monday of an expansion project for Jack Trice Stadium, one announced in February that will enclose the open south end zone and increase capacity to above 61,000. (Ed. Note: Pretty sure this will leave Kansas with the smallest capacity football stadium in the Big 12.)

Ed O'Bannon judge denies NCAA's women's sports argument -

A federal judge on Monday denied one of the NCAA's attempts to redefine or delay the Ed O'Bannon trial over the use of college athletes' names, images and likenesses.

UCF, O'Leary reach new deal -

UCF and George O'Leary have agreed to a new contract that will make the 10-year Knights coach one of the highest paid in the American, according to sources. The contract is expected to average $2-plus million annually after incentives over the course of the four-year deal.

ACC to stay at eight conference games, require one Power 5 opponent beginning in 2017 | Campus Union -

The ACC will continue to play eight conference games but will require at least one contest against a school from one of the other Power 5 conferences or Notre Dame, commissioner John Swofford announced Monday at the league’s spring meetings.

Leaving early for NFL Draft a riskier proposition every year -

That came after a record 98 underclassmen declared for the draft resulting in a record 36 such players going unselected. That's a failure rate of almost 40 percent.

All quiet on the violations front ... is NCAA enforcement dead? -

So far, the NCAA has no Division I major violations cases on its public database since Fordham's baseball team was penalized last November. The nearly six-month stretch marks Division I's longest without a completed major case since an eight-month period in 1997 and '98.

- Professional Sports -

Team Report - KANSAS CITY ROYALS - Yahoo Sports

If there's a negative to having an off day, it's that the Royals' bats were finally starting to come alive. Sunday marked the first time this month that Kansas City hit multiple home runs in a game, with Giavotella and Alcides Escobar each going deep to account for seven of the Royals' nine runs in the win over Seattle.

It’s time for Mike Moustakas to go to Omaha -

It’s time for the Royals to stop waiting on Mike Moustakas. Time to be realistic. Time to look more at four years and 1,614 plate appearances of what he’s done rather than scouting reports about what he might do.

Chiefs sign six undrafted free agents -

Brigham Young safety Daniel Sorensen is probably the most highly-regarded player of the group. At 6 feet 2 and 208 pounds, he was ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper’s No. 11 overall safety prior to the draft.

Paul Pierce goes down like the Truth, but LeBron is greater than attitude -

For 48 minutes, well, roughly 47 minutes anyway, Paul Pierce did everything he could to try and transport the Barclays Center back to 2010, before this arena existed and he was starring for the Boston Celtics.

Newsday investigation releases new details in Alex Rodriguez case - MLB - Michael McCann -

According to a Newsday investigation, Major League Baseball knowingly purchased stolen records to advance its case against Alex Rodriguez. Baseball investigators are also alleged to have been potentially involved in the records' theft. Newsday, which obtained an arrest report authored by Boca Raton Police Department detective Terrence Payne, cites multiple law enforcement officials who say baseball investigators ignored warnings they were buying stolen materials.

Mike Trout has left big impact on tiny Millville, NJ | NBC on Yahoo Sports - Yahoo Sports

The 22-year-old prodigy, who has thrice graced the cover of Sports Illustrated, is arguably the best baseball player on the planet and is already drawing comparisons to the game’s all-time greats, happens to be a simple kid who likes to fish, hunt and, of course — hang out in Millville.

Pros switch on hi-tech racquets in time for Wimbledon - Yahoo Sports

Declared legal by the guardians of the sport, the International Tennis Federation (ITF), who adopted a new rule covering the technology at the start of the year, selected Babolat racquets will feature data-collecting sensors in their handles.

Snubs grab the attention, but U.S. roster surprises deserve the credit -

Upon a first pass through the 30-player preliminary U.S. World Cup roster released Monday, it was only natural to quickly think about the missing names. Eddie Johnson was the first to come to mind, followed by the likes of Juan Agudelo and Tim Ream. Even past Klinsmann favorites like Brek Shea and Michael Orozco merited a passing thought to what might have been.

- Around the Nation -

LA judge wants to know: Where is Casey Kasem? | Wichita Eagle

A judge on Monday ordered an investigation into the whereabouts of Casey Kasem after an attorney for the ailing radio personality's wife said the former "Top 40" host had been removed from Los Angeles without his children's knowledge.

Clay Aiken's primary opponent dies at his home | Wichita Eagle

Former "American Idol" singer Clay Aiken praised the North Carolina entrepreneur who died as he trailed him in a too-close-to-call Democratic primary for a Congressional seat, saying Keith Crisco never forgot his humble beginnings.

- Local Interest -

Missouri man charged with running over goose -

He is accused of running over a Canada goose April 13 in the parking lot of Springfield machinery company Grizzly Industrial while driving his girlfriend’s van. (Ed Note: Those things are annoying but you can't do this...)

Kansas board upholds Sen. Pat Roberts’ re-election filing | Wichita Eagle

U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts will remain on the Republican primary ballot after a state board rejected six challenges to his candidacy Monday.

Historic B-29 Superfortress ‘Doc’ expected to fly by year’s end | Wichita Eagle

The giant bomber will be one of only two restored B-29s in flying condition. Volunteers must still install the plane’s fourth and final engine, install avionics and fuel cells, check all the electrical systems and flight controls, and obtain an airworthiness certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration. (Ed Note: Very cool.)

Single-terminal KCI now up to airlines, Kansas City voters -

Plans for a single-terminal airport remain intact. For that, thanks (or blame) can be assigned to Mayor Sly James’ KCI task force, which voted for a single terminal last week. (Ed Note: I am so glad I don't live in the train-wreck of a city that is Kansas City, MO, and I honestly feel sorry for everyone who does.  Even if they did have a billion dollars to spend, there are so many other things that they should spend it on besides a new airport - perhaps the unaccredited schools or upgrading the 100-year-old sewer system.  Maybe I should save my thoughts for the comments, but this just irks me, and I don't even live there.  End rant.)