Hope everyone had a good and safe weekend. Got a new feature at the end of the links I think you'll all enjoy - daily trivia! No cheating and using the internet to find the answer.
- Kansas Sports -
The Jayhawks will face Kentucky, Friday, May 30, at 1 p.m., in the double-elimination format regional, with Louisville and Kent State to follow at 5 p.m. All games throughout the regional, which runs from May 30 – June 2 (if necessary), will be aired on ESPN3 and can be heard on Jayhawk Digital Passport through KUAthletics.com/Showcase.
A year ago, in that same locker room, it was a much different scene. The hourlong selection show came and went without the name “Kansas” appearing on the screen, and rather than firing up his troops for a run at the College World Series in Omaha, Neb., Price called for his guys to turn in their equipment, a painful sign that the offseason had arrived.
KU’s inclusion in the NCAA Tournament completes a regular season that defied expectations from the beginning. The Jayhawks were picked last in the Big 12 preseason coaches poll after finishing 34-25 last season.
The NCAA baseball tournament bracket. I looked for Kansas State and Missouruh, but didn't find them anywhere... weird...
Malik Newman and Diamond Stone, the Nos. 1- and 3-ranked high school basketball players in the recruiting Class of 2015, say they’ll definitely attend the same college as part of a so-called “package deal.”
- College Sports -
Some league officials wonder if reconnecting the events will benefit the women's tournament, which average 4,877 per session in OKC in March.
Providing athletes with a cost-of-attendance stipend is one of the most prominent benefits being discussed. Slive said the SEC must first determine for itself how it feels cost of attendance — the value of attending college beyond what's covered in a scholarship — should be calculated. Then once the 65 schools from the power-five conferences meet, one of the next questions becomes whether conferences mandate that their schools provide cost-of-attendance stipends and to which athletes, Slive said.
Being a Division I college basketball coach is a good gig. But that doesn't mean that all the jobs are good jobs. There are some bad ones.
- Professional Sports -
George Springer has more home runs in the past four games than any Kansas City player does this season. (Ed. Note: I'm about ready to throw in the towel on the 2014 Royals. This is getting embarrassing.)
Ventura will undergo an MRI on Tuesday afternoon.
Ventura, 22, left in the third inning of his start against the Astros on Monday after giving up five runs in 2 2/3 innings. The rookie, whose fastball usually runs close to 100 miles per hour, was throwing fastballs as slowly as 91 mph.
Starling is hitting .316 during his 15-game hit streak with a double and two triples. Of more importance, his strikeout rate is plummeting (11 in 15 games) and he is taking more walks.
Group G was the headliner when the balls were picked and the draw was announced back in December. And not only because it featured the United States. It was considered the “Group of Death” by many neutrals, as all four countries have experience in the knockout stages – and all four have the talent to get back there this year. Germany are one of the favorites to win the trophy, while Portugal have perhaps the world's most recognizable player. Throw in the presence of the United States and the most successful African side in recent World Cups, and it's a must-watch group.
- In The News -
After 83 years on the Country Club Plaza, Jack Henry is closing. The men's clothing store has shut it doors to mark down items for a going-out-of-business sale that will start at 9 a.m. June 5.
Close to three months after the Malaysian jetliner disappeared, the government on Tuesday released reams of raw satellite data it used to determine that the flight ended in the southern Indian Ocean, a step long demanded by the families of some of the passengers on board.
Rural school districts are at a distinct disadvantage in being able to attract high-quality teachers out of college compared with suburban and urban districts, according to recent study funded by the Spencer Foundation and released online in The American Review of Public Administration.
One of the richest collections of World War I era art in the country can now be found at the University of Kansas’ Spencer Art Museum through Professor Eric G. Carlson’s gift of more than 3,000 pieces.
Daniel J. Calhon, 19, of Snohomish, Washington, told investigators he fainted Sunday afternoon while holding his breath in the Highway 26 tunnel near the comunity of Manning.
The Great War may have ended nearly a century ago, but its legacy lives on. As these remarkable images taken by Irish photographer Michael St. Maur Sheil illustrate, it's going to take a very long time for the scars of this war to completely heal.
- Pic of the Day -
While visiting Leziria Grande at Vila Franca de Xira in Portugal recently, photographer Ana Filipa Scarpa noticed something off in the distance that resembled a funnel cloud. But it wasn't a tornado, or even a funnel for that matter. Rather, it was something... alive.
- Daily Trivia -
What year did basketball inventor James Naismith take over as the Kansas men's hoops coach?
Answer in tomorrow's news and notes.
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