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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 05.05.14

Es cinco de Mayo!

Jamie Squire

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- Kansas Baseball -

KU baseball sweeps Texas Tech, makes case for NCAA berth |

KU’s turnaround has been dramatic. The Jayhawks now have sole possession of third place in the Big 12, and they lifted their RPI from 57th a week ago to 39th on Sunday morning. And that should go up even further after Sunday’s result.

Jayhawks complete sweep of Texas Tech with seventh consecutive victory |

In winning their seventh game in a row behind yet another masterful performance from a starting pitcher, the Jayhawks swept back to back conference foes — KU took three from Baylor last weekend — for the first time since 1994 and picked up their first home sweep of the Red Raiders (36-16 overall, 11-10 Big 12) since 2008.

- Kansas Basketball -

Bill Self wants to watch NBA, not coach it |

More on Self's comments on the NBA; Jacque Vaughn to stay in Orlando; Jaylen Brown recruiting update; Stephen Zimmerman update; Cliff Alexander's dad can still dunk

- Kansas Sports -

University of Kansas Women's Rowing Kansas Rowing Finishes in Third Place at the Big 12 Championships

The University of Kansas rowing team wrapped up the Big 12 Championship racing with a pair of victories, highlighted by the Fourth Varsity Eight and First Varsity Four, en route to a third-place finish in the conference.

- College Sports -

Spring brings quarterback clarity to the Big 12 - ESPN

TCU’s future starting quarterback might have spent his spring in College Station, Texas. It’s possible Texas' next starter hasn’t even moved to Austin yet. And half the teams in the Big 12 still haven't officially named a starter for the 2014 season.

Big East, Big Ten to hold challenge series - ESPN

The Big Ten and the Big East on Monday will announce a new partnership, the Gavitt Tipoff Games, an annual series of eight games between the two conferences that will run through 2020.

College Football Playoff to release polls on ESPN - College Football - Stewart Mandel -

When it comes to the one element that should elevate the CFP to a higher level of sophistication than its predecessor -- the revolutionary new 13-member selection committee -- organizers have unfortunately decided to resurrect a certain staple of the old system. And the end result could be far more bewildering and frustrating to teams and fans than anything the BCS computers ever spit out.

Oregon State fires head basketball coach Craig Robinson - College Basketball - Pete Thamel -

Oregon State fired head coach Craig Robinson on Sunday night, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. In six seasons, Robinson went 93-104 with no NCAA tournament appearances. The Beavers went 16-16 last season and are losing all five starters from that team.

- Professional Sports -

Brooklyn Nets vs. Toronto Raptors - Recap - May 04, 2014 - ESPN

Paul Pierce blocked Kyle Lowry's shot from the lane on the final play of the game, and the Nets held off the Toronto Raptors 104-103 in Game 7 on Sunday to advance to the second round of the playoffs.

- Around the State of Kansas -

3 Sumatran tiger cubs born Sunday at Topeka Zoo |

The city’s news release said the cubs will be on display in 90 days.

Wichita sees 102 degrees on Sunday, sets record | Wichita Eagle

"It is not only the first time this year we reached 100, it was the first time ever this early in the season we reached 100," said Brad Ketcham, meteorologist for the National Weather Service.

Kansas has vast untapped hydropower potential, federal study says | Wichita Eagle

Kansas has one hydropower dam of any size: the privately owned Bowersock Mills and Power Co. on the Kansas River in Lawrence. It has capacity for 7 megawatts – 0.3 percent of the estimated state potential. (Ed. Note: This article claims most of the potential lies in the Arkansas River. This is confusing due to the fact that most of the time, the Arkansas River is a dry riverbed throughout probably half of it's course through Kansas due to existing dams in Colorado.)

- Pop Culture -

'24' Returns to television with a new season

The unlikely, semi-terrific, possibly problematic return of ‘24’

- Funny Video of the Day -

Wear the fox hat

An oldie but a goodie.