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Kansas Jayhawks Sunday News & Notes 05.25.14

A quick look-see around today's internets.

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- Kansas Sports -

Cole Aldrich makes most of his minutes |

In the final three games of the season, a stretch in which the Knicks gave Aldrich a chance to show what he can do, he had 16 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks against Toronto; 13 points and 13 rebounds against Boston; and eight rebounds and six points against Chicago.

Examining the situation facing KU quarterback Jake Heaps | Tale of the Tait |

If the writing on the wall (or the depth chart) shows that playing time could be tough to come by, some guys look around for better opportunities and other places to play. That seems to be what Heaps is doing now and is the same thing he did when he left BYU to come to Kansas a couple of years ago. It doesn't mean he wasn't good enough to play at BYU or that he's not good enough to play here, just that the situation has changed to give others in front of him the first shot.

Healing KU ace Benjamin faces uncertain future |

Benjamin, drafted in the 48th round of the 2011 MLB Draft out of high school by the New York Yankees, was KU’s top pro prospect this year. That hasn’t changed. Before the season began, Baseball America ranked him as the No. 12 future pro in the Big 12.

- College Sports -

Not matter of if, but when College Football Playoff will expand - ESPN

How soon can we expect such growth to occur? The first time Alabama gets left out of the field? Or when a politician from Idaho or Utah steps in front of Congress and complains about Boise State or BYU or some other team from a non-power conference being unfairly left out of the four-team field? A few coaches, like Notre Dame's Brian Kelly and Stanford's David Shaw, believe a four-team playoff is only the starting point.

What would it take for Fred Hoiberg to leave Iowa State Cyclones? - ESPN

What would it take? There’s an NBA job out there for Hoiberg. It just doesn’t seem like it’s something he’s pursuing at this point in his career. The rumors have circulated for years. He was even recently linked to a Chicago Bulls job that isn’t even open.

- Professional Sports -

Chiefs sign first-round pick Dee Ford -

When the Kansas City Chiefs kicked off rookie minicamp on Saturday, they did it with all six of their draft picks officially under contract. First-round pick Dee Ford, the last unsigned member of the Chiefs' 2014 class, signed on Saturday, the team announced.

Landon Donovan: I thought I was not just in the World Cup 23, but in contention to start | Planet Futbol -

Landon Donovan made his first public comments since sensationally being left off the U.S. men’s national team’s World Cup roster, talking to reporters at StubHub Center in California as he prepares to return to action with the LA Galaxy on Sunday night, and, as has been his style, he did not hold back from expressing his true feelings.

Boston Red Sox vs. Tampa Bay Rays - Recap - May 24, 2014 - ESPN

Boston scored five runs in the first inning but still lost its ninth in a row for the first time since Aug. 25-Sept. 4, 2001.  (Ed. Note - I love it when the Red Sox or Yankees struggle.  It feels good.)

- In The News -

Should executions in the U.S. again be public? -

Some on both sides of the death penalty debate believe it’s time to consider making it a reality — the ultimate reality TV show. (Ed. Note: Seems like even talking about it brings us one step closer to real shows called "The Running Man" or "The Hunger Games...)

KC’s National World War I Museum boasts one of the few tanks left from the Great War -

Of the many hundreds of reasons to visit the National World War I Museum, the best might be the Renault FT17, with its mortal wound. Now that the centennial of the beginning of the war is about to roll over us, it’s time to take a closer look. (Ed. Note: The WWI Museum is definitely very cool, most especially for history buffs but even for the casual non-buff. Check it out sometime.)

Lesser prairie chicken designation ruffles feathers in western Kansas | Wichita Eagle

Federal rules that went into effect two weeks ago to protect the lesser prairie chicken appear to ban off-highway vehicles in the bird’s habitat, he says.

Gasoline prices have familiar look as summer nears | Wichita Eagle

Steady gasoline prices are largely the result of relatively steady crude oil prices, even though there has been a long list of global supply disruptions and political turmoil that that typically would push the price of oil higher.

Memorial Day events culminate with Liberty Memorial ceremonies Monday -

The Liberty Memorial observance will begin at 10 a.m. Monday on the deck at the National World War I Museum.

- Video of the Day -

Gordon’s circus non-catch in GIF form -

The ball bounced all over his head and body and he still managed to end up grabbing it. Whether or not it hit the wall is another story.