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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 05.08.14

A look-see around today's internets. Got lots of stuff for you guys today!

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- Kansas Sports -

University of Kansas Men's Basketball Kansas to Host Florida in SEC/Big 12 Challenge

The Kansas-Florida contest is one of two in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge that will pit preseason-ranked teams in the early "Fab 50" ratings.

Florida-Kansas rematch set for Dec. 5 in Allen Fieldhouse |

Kansas University’s basketball team will meet Florida for the second straight season in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge, the conferences announced Wednesday.

University of Kansas Men's Basketball Men's Hoops, Volleyball Recognized by NCAA for APR

Kansas is one of 40 NCAA Division I men's basketball programs and 66 NCAA Division I women's volleyball programs given Public Recognition Awards for achieving Academic Progress Rate (APR) success in the top-10 percent of its respective sports, the NCAA announced Wednesday.

Former Jayhawk Joel Embiid already trying to give back | All Eyes on KU |

Embiid, who declared for this year's NBA Draft last month after just one season as a Jayhawk, shared a video on his account that he said was the final thing that made him pick KU during his own recruiting process.

University of Kansas Baseball Jayhawks’ Streak Snapped, Fall to Missouri State, 5-3

Kansas (30-21, 12-9 Big 12) saw a seven-game winning streak end at the hands of a team it hasn't beaten in three years, Missouri State (21-25, 7-8 MVC).

Bears end KU baseball streak |

Missouri State sure seems to have Kansas University’s number, at least in baseball. The Bears beat the Jayhawks, 5-3, on Wednesday night, bringing the Jayhawks’ winning streak to an end at seven.

University of Kansas Baseball Family Activities Surround Final Big 12 Series on the Diamond

Kansas baseball and softball wrap-up their 2014 home slates by playing host to conference foes, West Virginia and Iowa State, May 9-11. The Jayhawks kick off the final home series by showing appreciation to their fans, and keep the fun rolling into the weekend.

Change of course: Kansas' Josh Ford has shot to be special in pros |

Throughout the season, KU coach Charlie Weis fielded inquiries from several NFL teams about Ford’s special-teams prowess. At KU’s pro day in mid-March, many of the teams in attendance talked with Ford only about special teams. Known as a playmaker, Ford admitted that putting his dreams as a wide receiver behind him was tough.

NFL Draft and the moments that follow worth keeping an eye on for KU fans | Tale of the Tait |

KU coach Charlie Weis has said with conviction throughout the past two years that Sims will play on Sundays. Here's a quick look back at some of Weis' strongest points about why the NFL is in Sims' future.

University of Kansas Football Kansas Athletics Launches

Kansas Athletics launched a new site, a one-stop shop for the 2014 Kansas Football season.

University of Kansas Women's Volleyball Incoming Jayhawk Makes Junior National Training Team

Incoming Kansas freshman setter Ainise Havili was named to the 18-player U.S. Women's Junior National Training Team (WJNTT) roster, announced Tuesday afternoon by USA Volleyball. A 5-10 setter from Haltom City, Texas, Havili signed with the Jayhawks in November.

- College Sports -

Pinkel believes Missouri and Kansas will play again someday -

The question on every die-hard college football fan's mind these days is "will Missouri and Kansas ever play each other in football again?" Well, dear reader, I don't know the answer, like you I can only cross my fingers and hope as hard as I can.

NCAA's latest cost of attendance debate offers questions, no answers -

All around the country, questions about drilling down into cost of attendance are met with shrugs and more questions. Schools are starting to discuss the topic at their conference spring meetings, including this week with the Pac-12, Big 12, Mountain West and Mid-American Conference all in Phoenix.

Kentucky Wildcats, North Carolina Tar Heels, Ohio State Buckeyes and UCLA Bruins to compete in CBS Sports Classic doubleheaders - ESPN

Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio State and UCLA will compete in doubleheaders in each of the next three seasons.

- Professional Sports -

NFLPA files grievance on behalf of Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints star - ESPN

It took a little longer than anticipated, but New Orleans Saints star Jimmy Graham has filed a grievance through the NFL Players Association to challenge whether he should be considered a tight end or wide receiver for franchise-tag purposes.

Richard Sherman signs four-year deal with Seattle Seahawks - ESPN

Seattle Seahawks star Richard Sherman has signed a four-year, $57.4 million contract extension, a deal that easily makes him the highest-paid cornerback in the NFL.

New England Patriots offer 'Jersey Guarantee' to fans - ESPN Boston

The New England Patriots will become the first NFL team to offer a jersey rebate if a fan purchases a jersey of a player who is no longer under contract within a year of that jersey being bought.

Is This the Future of Baseball Helmets? - Yahoo Sports

After wearing a hockey-style goalie helmet behind the plate last season, Ross switched to the traditional plastic-helmet-and-mask in 2014. But the old school look conceals cutting-edge technology. Inside, layers of protective padding—including material used in protective vests worn by law enforcement agencies—form a liner that shields his head from impact.

Rangers 1B Moreland shines on mound - Yahoo Sports

The veteran first baseman took the mound in the bottom of the eighth with the Rangers trailing the Rockies by 11 runs. He retired three consecutive batters, and Colorado completed a 12-1 win.

Colorado Rockies vs. Texas Rangers - Recap - May 07, 2014 - ESPN

Arenado's two-run double in the first extended his hitting streak to 27 games, matching teammate Michael Cuddyer's record streak from last year.

Seattle Mariners Class A affiliate finishes 16-run comeback - ESPN

The Clinton LumberKings trailed the Burlington Bees 17-1 after five innings Wednesday night in the game between clubs based in Iowa. Clinton wound up winning 20-17 in 12 innings.

Chiefs G.M. John Dorsey not afraid to make move in NFL Draft -

Dorsey was eager to make a couple of things crystal clear. The first is that he will stay true to his board and take the best player available with his first pick.

Kansas Speedway ready to light up for for Sprint Cup | Wichita Eagle

It took four years for Kansas Speedway to get night racing on the NASCAR schedule, but officials are hoping this week’s races will be the start of a nighttime tradition at the track, whether the date remains in May or, preferably, moves to the summer if NASCAR makes some changes to the 2015 schedule.

- World Cup -

Johannsson's arrival could be delayed at US camp - Yahoo Sports

While the club season ends this weekend for many of the Americans playing abroad, several players have club commitments extending beyond the opening of camp next Wednesday.

FIFA have 'been through hell' over World Cup - Valcke - Yahoo Sports

"In Brazil there are certain politicians who are against the World Cup, and the fact is that we've been through hell, essentially because in Brazil you have three political levels and there has been a change -- there was an election and we're not necessarily talking with the same people (as before) -- it was difficult to keep repeating the same message," Valcke said on Tuesday evening at a forum in Lausanne.

- Video(s) of the Day -

Pablo Sandoval Proves That He Really Will Swing At Anything

It's impossible not to be charmed by Pablo Sandoval's free-swinging ways, and that's why this botched hit-and-run swing from yesterday's game against the Pirates is a cause for celebration rather than ridicule.

Adorable Puppies Invade Soccer Pitch

Everyone who isn't a giant (jerk) knows that there are few things in this world that are more enjoyable than watching doggies run around on a soccer pitch.