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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 06.16.14

A look-see around today's internets.

Ed Zurga

- Kansas Sports -

Lots of stuff happened on the weekend, be sure to check out the Weekend Roundup.

Jake Heaps transferring from Kansas Jayhawks to Miami Hurricanes - ESPN

With Ryan Williams recovering from a knee injury, that leaves redshirt freshman Kevin Olsen, sophomore Gray Crow and incoming freshmen Brad Kaaya and Malik Rosier competing for the job.

KU QB Jake Heaps headed to Miami |

Heaps made an official visit to Miami about a month ago and decided this weekend to officially pursue the opportunity. He'll compete for the starting job with a pair of true freshmen and a red-shirt freshman.

Flippin' Frank Mason wows campers with gymnastics |

Self, who calls Mason “the best athlete on the team,” has said he doesn’t want to go with a true point guard this year except in the closing minutes of games. He wants any of several players on the court to bring the ball up and start the offensive possession.

- Professional Sports -

Miami Heat vs. San Antonio Spurs - Recap - June 15, 2014 - ESPN

The Spurs finished off a dominant run to their fifth NBA championship Sunday night, ending the Heat's two-year title reign with a 104-87 victory that wrapped up the series in five games.

2014 NBA playoffs -- Kawhi Leonard of San Antonio Spurs named Finals MVP - ESPN

When commissioner Adam Silver announced Leonard as the MVP, he was mobbed by his teammates and Spurs coach Gregg Popovich roared with laughter, knowing Leonard would have to do what he hates most -- talk about himself.

Martin Kaymer closes out wire-to-wire U.S. Open win for second major championship - ESPN

Kaymer set the 36-hole scoring record by opening with a pair of 65s. He never let anyone closer than four shots over the final 48 holes. Equipped with a five-shot lead, he was the only player from the last eight groups to break par.

Martin Kaymer's US Open win was historic, too bad nobody appreciated it -

While Kaymer was busy doing what only man has ever done better -- taking 271 strokes to complete a US Open (Rory McIlroy took 268 in 2011) -- folks were too busy with the World Cup and the College World Series and preparing all the hot sports takes you can handle on LeBron James. The TV ratings, when they're released, will look like Kaymer's scores -- preposterously low. The crowds at Pinehurst even openly cheered the few slip-ups Kaymer had on the week.

Punchless Royals can hang in weak Central - SweetSpot Blog - ESPN

So here's the deal: Two weeks ago, the Kansas City Royals were scuffling along at 26-30, Ned Yost was doing funny things with the batting order, nobody was hitting for power, and Yordano Ventura's elbow had an ache. Two weeks later, the Royals are 36-32 after winning 6-3 on Sunday, Ned Yost is still doing funny things with the batting order, the Royals have slugged 11 home runs and 28 doubles in their past 12 games, and Ventura is back in the rotation.

- World Cup -

U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann backtracks, says his return flight booked for after World Cup final - ESPN FC

The U.S. team's runs at the previous two World Cups have ended with losses to Ghana. Klinsmann said, "It's exciting to see Mexico win, to see Costa Rica win ... We want them to do well because we are all representing CONCACAF. We want to follow up on that."

Klinsmann sounds more confident on eve of opener - Yahoo Sports

The U.S. has never advanced after starting with a loss, and it is grouped with the 37th-ranked Black Stars along with No. 2 Germany and No. 4 Portugal.

2014 FIFA World Cup: USA vs. Ghana preview -

This game is about exorcising demons for the US. Coach Jurgen Klinsmann has said that it's a must-win, and for all of his candor, the US manager is dead-on when it comes to needing a result against Ghana with Portugal and Germany looming.

USA MatchDay Preview: How the United States can beat Ghana | The Kansas City Star

A win for the United States is almost (but not quite) imperative in the opener. (Really, a draw with Ghana is OK if Portugal and Germany draw in the earlier game. That would then make the game against Portugal a must-win.)

World Cup Odds: How should you bet on the Group of Death? |

Perhaps the toughest game to predict in the entire first week of World Cup play, Ghana vs. USA is a straight pick'em on the two-way line. Both teams are receiving identical odds of +160 to win the game on the three-way line, with a draw going off at +250. The total is set at 2.5 goals.

- In The News -

2 earthquakes hit Oklahoma City metro area | The Kansas City Star

The first quake had a magnitude of 3.5 and hit at 5:30 a.m. Monday. The USGS says the second quake had a magnitude a 4.2

Power of ‘Frozen’ over families shows no signs of thawing | Wichita Eagle

For the uninitiated, "Frozen" - which tells the story of how Anna and Elsa overcome Elsa's terrible power to turn everything into ice and snow - has become the fifth-highest grossing film of all time, raking in $1.2 billion in box office earnings worldwide.

Lenexa boy’s injury highlights dangers of riding mowers | The Kansas City Star

Consumer safety advocates argue that an industry standard that requires a mower’s blades to stop while backing up helps but that dash-mounted override switches can negate the critical safety measure.

- This Day in Sports History -

1883 - The New York Giants host the first "Ladies Day", admitting all ladies to the ballpark for free.

1938 - Jimmie Foxx set a major league record with six walks in a game.

1970 - Brian Piccolo dies of cancer.

1975 - The Milwaukee Bucks trade Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to the L.A. Lakers.

1991 - Otis Nixon sets a new major league record by stealing six bases in one game.

- Videos of the Day -

Carlos Beltran doubled up after losing track of outs | Big League Stew - Yahoo Sports

Beltran ran through the bag at first and, dispiritedly, made a rounded right turn toward the Yankees dugout. Teammates yelled for Beltran to turn around, and he did, casually, apparently trying to avoid arousing suspicion. The A's were slow to realize what was happening, but Kyle Blanks eventually took a throw from Punto and put a tag on Beltran, who hung his head.

VIDEO: Kawhi Leonard Responds to Stupid Stuart Scott Question Perfectly - SportsPickle | SportsPickle


VIDEO: Girl in High Heels Falls Hard on Ice After Kings Win Stanley Cup - SportsPickle | SportsPickle


- Daily Trivia -

Pretty disappointed in you guys... I had a basketball question and nobody even attempted an answer.

Friday's answer: Darrell Arthur, Mario Chalmers, and Brandon Rush earned AP All-America honors in the 2007-08 season.

Today's question: Let's test your soccer knowledge - Who tops the Kansas women's soccer career scoring list?