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KU Memorial Day News and Notes 05.26.14

A look-see around today's internets.


Take a moment to reflect on what today means, not only for each of us individually but for America as a whole.

- Kansas Sports-

Playing it forward: KU football players visit schools to ‘give back’ |

The Jayhawks made it to nearly a dozen schools for four- or five-hour blocks during the two weeks leading up to final exams.

KU baseball’s Connor McKay eager to bust slump |

This is the same player who carried the Jayhawks throughout nonconference and early Big 12 play. McKay still ranks fifth in the Big 12 and leads KU with 44 RBIs this season. He’s also 11th in the conference in slugging percentage (.454) and tied for third in home runs (9).

NCAA Baseball Tournament 2014 Selection Show: Time, TV schedule and more -

The eight national seeds and the remainder of the 64-team field of the 2014 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship bracket will be revealed on Monday afternoon (today), with a televised selection show on ESPNU. The one-hour selection show will begin at noon ET.

Embiid, Wiggins submit to tape |

Embiid, Wiggins work out for NBA scouts; Norm Roberts well respected around college basketball; John McLendon, Kansas' forgotten coach; Former KU track thrower Mason Finley on track to qualify for Olympics in 2016.

- Professional Sports -

Boston Red Sox vs. Tampa Bay Rays - Recap - May 25, 2014 - ESPN

Stuck in their longest skid in 20 years, the Boston Red Sox didn't like the way they played. The World Series champions lost their 10th straight game and brawled with the Rays during an 8-5 defeat Sunday.

Dee Gordon becomes fastest player to 30 stolen bases in five years -

Gordon, 26, is the second-fastest Dodgers player to 30 steals, according to Eric Stephen of True Blue LA. Maury Wills stole his 30th base in the team's 46th game back in 1965. I can't find the all-time record for the fastest to 30 steals in one year, but the safe assumption would be Rickey Henderson or Vince Coleman.

- In The News -

Threat to frogs may be sign of worse to come, some Kansas scientists say -

So far, frogs and other amphibians in Kansas seem to be fine, said Travis Taggart. He's the curator of herpetology at the Sternberg Museum in Hays and spends much of the year on foot or on the road, studying the state's amphibians and reptiles. (Ed. Note: Next time you're headed west on I-70, stop in Hays and go to Sternberg. It's actually pretty cool, and very kid-friendly.  Allow at least two hours for your visit.)

Golf in the rough as thousands leave sport | Wichita Eagle

Once the go-to activity for corporate bonding, the sport is suffering from an exodus of players, a lack of interest among millennials, and the closure of courses.

- Video (and photo) of the Day -

VIDEO: Long-drive champ hits ball through watermelon -

The 2010 world long-drive champion, Joe Miller, was on hand at the BMW PGA Championship last week and decided "hey, why don't we hit some golf balls through some watermelons?"

Spikes of the day: A pair of 1916-25 Spaldings, which would hurt -

These spikes roughly coincided with the latter and probably crankier half of Ty Cobb's career. I don't know whether he came in with Spaldings high, but whatever he wore, they were probably like what you see above.

- Today is Memorial Day -

Thank a Veteran if you see one today.

One of our oldest veterans remembers the meaning of Memorial Day -

Here's a Memorial Day message from one of the oldest veterans in the Kansas City area, if not the oldest. At days shy of 102, Overland Park resident Sam Montague is among the few living pre-World War II veterans.

Submarine veterans in landlocked Midwest are united by their underwater experience -

More than 100 submarine veterans live in eastern Kansas and western Missouri, far from the sea. This Memorial Day, the Topeka-Jefferson City Base of the U.S. Submarine Veterans group is gathering in Columbia, Mo., to participate in the city's Salute to Veterans parade.

Tuskegee Airman, 95, remembers his fight for freedom, including here at home | Wichita Eagle

Miller became a Tuskegee Airman – the all-black air crew that fought in World War II – for "one year, two months," he says with both pride and disappointment.

The 8 Wonders of Kansas Customs - A Kansas Sampler Foundation Project

Emporia is the Founding City of Veterans Day as an Emporia man changed Armistice Day into Veteran's Day.