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KU Late Afternoon News and Notes 05.04.14

May the Fourth Be With You! (aka Happy Star Wars Day.)

Jamie Squire

- Kansas Basketball -

Illinois prep Brunson considering Kansas |

Jalen Brunson considering Kansas; More on Devonte Graham; Big12/SEC Challenge pairings to be released this week, possible KU-UF rematch in Lawrence

- Kansas Sports -

Point taken: KU baseball sends message with 6-4 win |

Kansas will look for the series sweep at 1 p.m. today and will close out Big 12 play next weekend at home against West Virginia. Every victory they can muster the rest of the way only helps the Jayhawks’ positioning for the postseason, but they’re not thinking too much about the big picture.

Kansas softball rips UT |

The Jayhawks collected 10 hits in a 5-2 victory over Texas on Saturday, ending a seven-game losing skid overall and 14-game skid against UT. It also was Kansas’ first win in Austin since 2007. The Jayhawks are 30-20 overall, 4-10 Big 12.

KU track picks up 17 event victories |

Diamond Dixon paced the Kansas women with a pair of victories. Dixon won the 200 in 23.44 seconds and the 400 in a meet-record 52.45 seconds.

- College Sports -

Baylor Bears WR Robbie Rhodes arrested on drug charge - ESPN

Baylor University sophomore wide receiver Robbie Rhodes reportedly is free on bond after his arrest on marijuana possession and evidence tampering charges.

Jim Brown calls NCAA 'most reprehensible organization God ever created' - ESPN

"The NCAA is probably the most reprehensible organization God ever created," the Hall of Fame running back said at a roundtable discussion on the NFL with Barry Sanders and Harry Carson on his right and host Larry King on his left. "Total exploitation. The kind of money they make, the kind of life they live, it's embarrassing."

K-State President Kirk Schulz helped craft change coming to college sports -

Schulz is a member of the steering committee that crafted the 57-page plan that was endorsed by the Division I Board of Directors last week and he’s already dealing with concerns. Commissioners Jim Delany of the Big Ten and Mike Slive of the SEC have issues with some of the voting structures.

A senior year doesn't help most real NBA prospects like some suggest -

Lots of people think juniors who are projected second-round picks should return for their senior years to solidify a spot in the first round. Problem is, that rarely happens. And, beyond that, recent history suggests that being a second-round pick isn't the death sentence most suggest.

- Professional Sports -

Kevin Durant of Oklahoma City Thunder to be named MVP, according to sources - ESPN

Durant led the league in scoring during the regular season with 32 points per game. He would become the first player to win both the scoring title and MVP award in the same season since Allen Iverson did it in 2000-01, according to ESPN's Stats & Information.

- In The News -

Powerade drops controversial ingredient -

Coca-Cola is dropping a controversial ingredient from its Powerade sports drink, after a similar move by PepsiCo's Gatorade last year.

- Around the State of Kansas -

Lawrence most expensive area in Kansas |

Lawrence is the most expensive metro area in Kansas, according to new government figures.

Arid opening to 2014 echoes Dust Bowl spring in 1936 | Wichita Eagle

The arid opening to 2014 has plunged Kansas back into drought. Essentially the entire state is in moderate, severe or extreme drought – more than double the extent at the turn of the year, according the U.S. Drought Monitor. The drought is worst in far western Kansas, west of a line from Liberal to Garden City to Oakley. But there’s also a tongue of extreme drought that covers Sumner and Sedgwick counties.

- May the Fourth be with you! -

May the Fourth be with you! | Wichita Eagle

The Force is strong again and "Star Wars" fans will celebrate it on May 4.