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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 05.16.14

A look around today's internets. Happy Friday everyone!

Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

- Kansas Sports -

University of Kansas Baseball No. 22 Jayhawks Conclude Regular Season at Michigan

The Jayhawks (33-21, 15-9 Big 12) have won 10 of their last 11 games and head to Ray Fisher Stadium to face the Wolverines (27-26-1, 13-11 Big Ten) for the first time since March 22, 2002.

University of Kansas Baseball Wright Named to Academic All-Big 12 Second Team

The Big 12 Conference named Kansas sophomore second baseman Colby Wright to the 2014 Academic All-Big 12 Baseball Team Thursday afternoon.

University of Kansas Softball NCAA Tournament: KU Finishes Final Prep for Columbia Regional

Kansas softball finished its final preparations during practice Thursday afternoon at University Field in Columbia, Missouri. The Jayhawks have one day remaining until kicking off the 2014 NCAA Tournament with a rematch against No. 19 Nebraska on Friday, May 16 at 12:30 p.m. (Ed. Note: That means today. Tune in if you can!)

KU softball gets second shot at Nebraska in NCAAs |

The Huskers (40-15, No. 19 in the nation) won, 1-0, at Kansas on March 15. But the Big Ten co-champions, like the Jayhawks, only managed three hits. Nebraska’s lone run off of Kansas pitcher Kelsey Kessler came on a sacrifice fly in the second inning.

University of Kansas Softball Pair of Jayhawks Earn NFCA Honors

More postseason accolades continue to roll in for Kansas softball, a team which is a little over 24 hours away from its first NCAA Regional appearance since 2006. Sophomores Chaley Brickey and Kelsey Kessler earned National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Region honors as announced by the NFCA Thursday.

Ukrainian basketball prospect Mykhailiuk to visit KU |

Mykhailiuk, who turns 17 in June, has graduated high school in Cherkasy, Ukraine and reportedly has decided to play college basketball for two seasons before entering the NBA Draft when he turns the age minimum of 19. Several teams in Europe reportedly have been looking to sign Mykhailiuk, who is considered perhaps the top outside shooter in all of Europe.

Chat with Matt Tait |

Join KU football beat writer Matt Tait at 11 a.m. Friday as he sizes up the Jayhawks as they head into the summer during our latest live chat at

- College Sports -

Oklahoma State Cowboys to lose practice days after APR falls below minimum standard - ESPN

The Oklahoma State Cowboys will be practicing a little less this season because the program's Academic Progress Rate score has dropped below the NCAA's minimum standard.

Brian Kelly says he'd like to see Notre Dame Fighting Irish continue series vs. Michigan Wolverines, Michigan State Spartans - ESPN

Michigan and Notre Dame are contracted to play just once more in the foreseeable future, but many -- including Fighting Irish coach Brian Kelly -- want to see the series continue in some form.

Nick Saban of Alabama Crimson Tide still favors more challenging schedules - ESPN

"If it was totally up to me, I'd say you've got to play all 12 games in the Big 5" conferences, Saban said Wednesday at the Regions Tradition Pro-Am. "If we did that, I think we would be less averse to playing more conference games because I think we have such a great conference. But I don't think anybody's going to be in favor of that until we change how you select bowl teams. I think you ought to do it based on the RPI and strength of schedule and all that for all bowls."

Les Miles got in a good dig at Texas' lack of 2014 NFL draft picks | Dr. Saturday - Yahoo Sports

Speaking at a Tiger Tour stop in Houston on Wednesday, Miles made sure to get in a dig at Texas when he was touting his school's number of draft picks. LSU had nine picks in the 2014 draft, the second straight season nine LSU players were selected. "Some schools in this state didn't have any," Miles said.

Pac-12 football championship game moving to neutral site in Bay Area - ESPN

Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott, San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York and 49ers team president Paraag Marathe will make the official announcement during a news conference Thursday at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., where this year's game will be played on Dec. 5.

Boise State Broncos allowed by NCAA to provide immediate assistance for incoming recruit Antoine Turner - ESPN

Incoming recruit Antoine Turner, who is currently homeless, is allowed to receive immediate assistance from Boise State after the NCAA granted a waiver request Wednesday.

- Professional Sports -

Indiana Pacers vs. Washington Wizards - Recap - May 15, 2014 - ESPN

The Heat and Pacers will meet in the Eastern Conference Finals for the second straight season.

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Los Angeles Clippers - Recap - May 15, 2014 - ESPN

Durant had 39 points and 16 rebounds, and Oklahoma City advanced to the Western Conference finals vs San Antonio with a 104-98 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 6 on Thursday night.

Preakness Stakes hits - ESPN

A rundown of the field for Saturday's 139th Preakness Stakes.  (Ed. Note: California Chrome won the Kentucky Derby.)

Sepp Blatter says 2022 World Cup in Qatar heat 'a mistake' -

The Qatar World Cup has been under scrutiny since the city was awarded the 2022 tournament, and now FIFA President Sepp Blatter has said that it would be a "mistake" playing the games in the extreme heat common to the region.

Michael Sam receiving backlash from teammates and media for documentary on Oprah Winfrey's network | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo Sports

Sam repeated his desire to be known as a football player, not his sexual orientation, after he was selected. However, Sam contradicted himself by agreeing to let OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network, produce a multi-part documentary series on his life. According to a press release, the cameras "will follow Sam as he works to earn his spot on the St. Louis Rams all while under the intense scrutiny of being the first openly gay player in the NFL."

- In The News -

Churchill Downs wants money back on Wes Welker bet | SI Wire

Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker was a big winner at the Kentucky Derby two weeks ago, and he was seen carrying big stacks of cash and handing out the benjamins to total strangers. Now officials at Churchill Downs say that they want some of that money back.

Two jailed after Craigslist sale ends in robbery -

Jackson County prosecutors charged a man and woman with robbery after they allegedly stole a video game system at gunpoint Tuesday from a man who was trying to sell the equipment on Craigslist. (Ed. Note: It's not hard, people. When buying or selling on Craigslist, always meet in a busy, public place - preferably a bank lobby.)

Chris Hayes’ MSNBC show goes ‘All In’ on Kansas -

MSNBC’s “All In With Chris Hayes” (7 p.m. weeknights) will feature stories from Kansas all next week, part of the show’s “All In America” series. Stories include: The conservative revolution in Kansas; a small town elementary school closing; Greensburg; wind farms; the new clinic opened in the same building where George Tiller once practiced.

- Video(s) of the Day -

Ana Ivanovic gets a very lucky bounce to win a point off Maria Sharapova | Busted Racquet - Yahoo Sports

One of the most uncomfortable moves in all of sports is the "I'm sorry I won that point" wave that tennis players give other tennis players when a lucky break goes their way. Ana Ivanovic couldn't even muster a straight face when she gave Maria Sharapova that apology wave during their third-round match at the Italian Open.

Well I just got back from swimming in the pool.  And the water was cold.

Ah.  You mean... shrinkage.

Yes!  Significant shrinkage!