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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 05.28.14

A look-see around today's internets.

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- Kansas Baseball -

Price, 'true team' of Jayhawks depart for NCAA regional |

“I’ve had better teams than this, there’s no doubt,” Price said. “This is a team, literally if you put all of its parts together, the whole is better than the individual parts. That’s why it’s a true team. We don’t have one star player like in the past with a Tony Thompson, who won a Triple Crown, and some of our guys have been first-team all-Big 12 in the past. This is a team, you put nine guys on the field, they are better as a group than individually."

Jayhawks embrace facing do-it-all Wildcat at NCAAs |

Waiting across the diamond at Louisville’s Jim Patterson Stadium will be Kentucky junior A.J. Reed, the Wildcats’ ace on the mound and top hitter in their batting order.

Cool head, hot hand: Freshman closer Villines quick to make impact for KU |

In 40.2 innings and 25 appearances, the freshman has given up just seven earned runs and walked 22 of the 142 batters he’s faced while striking out 22 and limiting opposing hitters to a .211 average. His 1.55 ERA is tops on the team. Two of those 22 walks came in his first college appearance, a 9-8 win over Milwaukee. He followed that up by walking just one batter in his next 11 outings.

- Kansas Sports -

University of Kansas Women's Volleyball Kansas Volleyball’s Incoming Class Ranked 15th

Filling the shoes of the most successful senior class in Kansas volleyball history is not easily done – but head coach Ray Bechard and his coaching staff got as close as possible as ranked KU's incoming class of 2014 No. 15 in the country. This 2014 group of rookies is the highest-rated recruiting class that Bechard and his regime have ever put together at KU.

University of Kansas Track and Field Jayhawks Primed for Strong Weekend at NCAA West Prelim

The Kansas men's and Women's Track & Field teams will travel to Fayetteville, Arkansas May 28-31 for the 2014 NCAA West Preliminary held at John McDonnell Stadium on the campus of the University of Arkansas. The event is the first of two meets as part of the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships that begin this week and conclude in Eugene, Oregon June 11-14.

Basketball notebook: Tharpe draws interest from New England schools |

Providence and UMass have emerged as possible transfer destinations of former Kansas University point guard Naadir Tharpe.

Gonzalez twins leave KU women's basketball team |

Kansas University women’s basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson announced Tuesday that freshmen guards Dakota and Dylan Gonzalez have been released to transfer. They will continue their collegiate careers at UNLV.

- College Sports -

K-State grants Leticia Romero release to transfer outside Big 12 | Wichita Eagle

Kansas State reversed course and granted Romero a release from her basketball scholarship. She is eligible to transfer to any school outside the Big 12 Conference and receive an athletic scholarship immediately. She will not be eligible to play until the 2015-16 season, per standard NCAA transfer rules.

SEC slots St. Louis, Tampa as future league tourney hosts -

The conference has announced St. Louis and Tampa will get a crack at hosting the league tournament. St. Louis' chance comes in 2018, while Tampa has to wait until 2022.

Dorial Green-Beckham could sit out 2014 season, enter NFL draft -

Sources from FCS-level Eastern Illinois -- where Green-Beckham was rumored to play next year – said the Panthers have not had contact with Green-Beckham and have been led to believe he's leaning toward sitting in 2014.

UGA AD confirms series with Irish could happen 'later this decade' -

Though cautioning that the deal wasn't in writing just yet and some kinks still had to be ironed out, Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity confirmed to the Macon Telegraph Tuesday that talks between the two sides have progressed, and that he "absolutely" intends to bring the Irish to Sanford Stadium.

Will Muschamp, coach of Florida Gators, wants to avoid FCS teams - ESPN

Florida coach Will Muschamp wants to avoid playing teams from the Football Championship Subdivision. And not because the Gators lost to lower-division Georgia Southern last year.

- Professional Sports -

Royals can exhale about Yordano Ventura but not their feeble offense -

You can’t win if you don’t score. The Royals aren’t just off in a collective slump. You can’t call it that after 51 games, three games fewer than a third of the season, the latest of which was a 3-0 loss to Houston on Tuesday. (Ed. Note: Ventura's MRI came back clean and he is expected to miss one start.)

Sporting KC’s winless streak hits four after 1-1 draw with New York Red Bulls -

The Sporting Kansas City winless streak reached four games Tuesday when the club settled for a 1-1 draw against the Red Bulls in front of the 44th consecutive sellout crowd of 19,221 at Sporting Park.

2014 French Open -- Venus Williams loses in second round - ESPN

Instead of looking forward to playing each other this week at the French Open, Serena and Venus Williams will both be heading home early.

- In The News -

Google: We're building car with no steering wheel -

The new cars would eliminate the driver from the task of driving. No steering wheel, no brake and gas pedals. Instead, buttons for go and stop.

The CEO got a huge raise. You didn't. Here's why. | Wichita Eagle

Pay for globe-trotting CEOs has soared to new heights, even as most workers remain grounded by paychecks that are barely budging.

Chicago-area woman goes for 18th 'Jeopardy!' win | Wichita Eagle

On the episode that aired Tuesday, the 31-year-old resident of the Chicago suburb of Wilmette became the third person in "Jeopardy!" history to win as many as 17 consecutive non-tournament games, earning her a total of $372,700 and making her the show's winningest woman.

- Daily Trivia -

Remember, no Googling.

Yesterday's answer: James Naismith became KU's basketball coach in 1898.

Today's question: Baseball coach Rich Price collected his 300th career win at Kansas with a 7-3 victory over Middle Tennessee in February 2012.  Who is the only other coach in KU baseball history to amass more wins, and how many wins did he finish with?

- Funny Video of the Day -

Caught this episode last night, and this scene really stuck out to me.

What do you plan to do about crime in the city?

A lot.