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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 06.17.14

A look-see around today's internets.

Jamie Squire

- Kansas Sports -

Self: Jayhawks thrilled to represent U.S. at 2015 World University Games |

Representing the United States, the Jayhawks — as a unit — will compete in the 2015 World University Games on July 3-14 in Gwangju, Korea, the school confirmed Monday.

University of Kansas Football Athlon Sports Tabs Eight Jayhawks for Preseason All-Big 12 Teams

Eight Kansas football players were recognized by Athlon Sports in its annual Preseason All-Big 12 awards, led by linebacker Ben Heeney who was chosen for First Team honors by the publication. Three Jayhawks were tabbed to the third team and four more picked up fourth team honors.

KU football adds Iowa Western offensive lineman |

Mazyck, who went through his red-shirt year at Iowa Western in 2012, when current Jayhawks Isaiah Johnson and Mike Smithburg helped lead IWCC to a juco national championship, earned first-team juco All-American at Iowa Western last season and drew offers from Maryland, Kansas State and Arizona State.

Heaps not the wrong player, just perhaps in the wrong time | Tale of the Tait |

Once he became KU's starter, and as the offensive line broke down around him, Heaps simply did not have enough escapability to avoid trouble and keep plays alive. To be fair, half the time he didn't have much of a chance, but that's perhaps the biggest reason that sophomore Montell Cozart beat him out for the 2014 starting job this spring and also why Cozart started the final three games of 2013 as a true freshman.

University of Kansas Women's Basketball Kansas Unveils Women’s Basketball Non-Conference Slate

The Kansas women's basketball 2014-15 non-conference schedule features eight teams that appeared in the 2014 postseason, headlined by national runner-up Notre Dame.

University of Kansas Kansas Athletics Now on 99.3 FM and 1440 AM in Topeka

Thanks to a four-year agreement between Jayhawk IMG Sports Network and Cumulus Topeka, the Kansas football and men's basketball radio broadcasts will now be simulcast on both an FM and AM signal in Topeka starting with the 2014-15 season. The Jayhawks will now be heard on 99.3 FM, The Eagle and 1440 AM, The Big Talker through the 2017-18 season.

- Professional Sports -

Kansas City Royals vs. Detroit Tigers - Recap - June 16, 2014 - ESPN

The Royals have won a season-high eight straight to pull within a half-game of Detroit atop the division. Kansas City has won 11 of 13 since trailing the Tigers by 6½ games at the start of the month.

Dayton Moore says David Glass would allow him to increase payroll as Royals chase playoff berth | The Kansas City Star

As the Royals push for their first playoff berth since 1985, Moore is confident the team’s ownership would allow him to expand the club’s record-setting payroll at next month’s trading deadline — if, of course, Moore deems it necessary.

Kansas City Chiefs put trust in untested defensive coordinator Sutton - ESPN

The message the Chiefs are sending these days -- and it's a serious gamble from this vantage point -- is that defensive coordinator Bob Sutton really has the goods to take this unit to the next level.

Mario Chalmers wants to stay with Miami Heat - ESPN

Free agent point guard Mario Chalmers wants to stay put and help the Miami Heat try to get back to the NBA Finals for a fifth consecutive season.

- World Cup -

Jurgen Klinsmann praises U.S. for fighting to the last second - ESPN FC

U.S. players ran onto the field to celebrate at the final whistle, jumping as supporters chanted "U-S-A! U-S-A!" Now the Americans are in good position in Group G, where Germany opened with a 4-0 rout of Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal.

U.S. forward Jozy Altidore's hamstring injury to be re-evaluated on Tuesday - ESPN FC

The 24-year-old forward was running down a ball with Ghana's John Boye when he lowered his head to attempt to control it, grabbed the back of his left leg and fell to the ground. He was expected to be re-evaluated Tuesday afternoon at the team's training headquarters in Sao Paulo.

GIF Recap: The U.S.’s Thrilling World Cup Win -- NYMag

The Americans book-ended the game with goals: Clint Dempsey opened the scoring in the very first minute, and shortly after a Ghana goal, John Brooks gave the U.S. the lead again in the 86th minute. Re-live the victory with a GIF recap.

- In The News -

Tornadoes flatten tiny rural Nebraska town; 2 dead | The Kansas City Star

A storm packing rare dual tornadoes tore through a tiny farming town in northeast Nebraska, killing a motorist and a 5-year-old girl, leaving grain bins crumpled like discarded soda cans and flattening dozens of homes.

Hutchinson to celebrate its Superman origins claim with festival | Wichita Eagle

Superman’s hometown has often been depicted as being somewhere in Kansas, although no specific city was ever named, and some Superman fans claim different states as his hometown. In the 2013 film “Man of Steel,” Clark Kent declares: “I grew up in Kansas. That’s about as American as it gets.”

Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn of San Diego Padres died - ESPN

He died early Monday morning at Pomerado Hospital in Poway, California, while surrounded by his family, the Baseball Hall of Fame announced.

- This Day in Sports History -

1943 - Joe Cronin of the Boston Red Sox hits a pinch-hit home run in both games of a doubleheader against the Philadelphia A's.

1960 - Ted Williams hits his 500th career home run.

1976 - The ABA announces the merger of four of its teams - New York Nets, Denver Rockets, Indiana Pacers, and San Antonio Spurs - into the NBA.

1994 - O.J. Simpson drove his Ford Bronco across Los Angeles with police in pursuit and millions of people watching live on television. After the slow speed chase ended Simpson was arrested and charged with the murders of Nicole Simpson and Ronald Goldman.

1995 - The New Jersey Devils set an NHL playoff record with nine road wins.

- Videos of the Day -

Jay Bruce turns tables on Brewers by turning double play | Big League Stew - Yahoo Sports

Bruce didn't take a home run away from Aramis Ramirez with a running catch in the gap in the bottom of the fourth inning, but he was able to make two outs in one play by turning and firing an impressive thow to Votto at first base to double off Gomez.

The latest Brian Williams rap from Jimmy Fallon's show.

I like big butts and I cannot lie.

- Daily Trivia -

Fail by the self-proclaimed "soccer fans" yesterday.

Yesterday's answer: Caroline Smith tops KU women's soccer career scoring list with 126 points.

Today's question: Which Kansas student-athlete tied for first place in the high jump at the 1958 Big Eight Track and Field Championship?  Hint: It's a bit of a trick question.