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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 06.02.14

A look-see around today's internets.

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Well, congrats to the baseball team on their successful season.  Despite ending with a loss in the regionals, Kansas surprised just about everyone this year.  Highlights included taking two of three from #10 Texas in Austin, taking two of three from Kansas State, and sweeping #19 Texas Tech in Lawrence.  Kansas achieved their highest ranking since 2003, appearing at #21 in the polls in mid-May.  The 'Hawks were definitely outclassed in the NCAA Tournament, but held their own and fought hard.  In their first loss against Louisville, they brought the winning run to the plate in the bottom of the ninth inning.  And in their elimination game against Kentucky, they brought the tying run to the plate twice in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Congrats again.  On to the links.

- Kansas Sports -

University of Kansas Baseball NCAA Tournament: KU Falls in Elimination Bout to Kentucky, 8-6

Although the comeback didn't quite happen like the movies portray, Eldredge hopes the team can use the momentum left by the senior class and continue the growth of the KU program. "For the seniors, this was our first time in the NCAA Tournament," Eldredge said. "It has been cool to be here and an awesome experience. We told the younger guys it's all a learning experience. They know what to do and how hard to play going forward, and coach Price is going to have a lot more NCAA tournament appearances if the young kids continue to work hard and have the passion for the game."

KU baseball season ends with 8-6 loss to Kentucky |

Kansas University battled back from an eight-run deficit, but the Jayhawks’ first NCAA Tournament trip in five seasons ended with an 8-6 regional setback to Kentucky on Sunday at Jim Patterson Stadium.

Bill Self says 2-year rule just fine with him |

If first-year NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and the league’s Players Association ultimately agree on a new “two-and-done” rule, there actually will be some contented college freshmen and sophomore stars. So says Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self.

Kansas football shifts focus |

A big portion of the next four weeks will be spent doing initial breakdowns of the teams on the 2014 schedule, starting with nonconference foes Southeast Missouri State, Duke and Central Michigan and moving into the other nine Big 12 teams shortly thereafter.

- College Sports -

Power conferences in NCAA: Play ball with us or else -

The power conferences deal from a position of, well, power. They also have the added benefit of being right about this issue. Conferences and the NCAA have been challenged by a handful of lawsuits that have to do with cost of attendance, not to mention the Northwestern football union vote. The momentum to provide student-athletes more benefits is stronger than ever, and the power conferences have the leverage.

Sunday Women's College World Series roundup - ESPN

Hannah Rogers pitched a complete game and helped Florida defeat Baylor 6-3 on Sunday to advance to the Women's College World Series national championship best-of-three series. Florida will play Alabama for the title beginning Monday.

Big 12 schools share record $220M revenue - ESPN

The eight remaining charter members of the Big 12 each collected $1 million more than they did last year -- totaling $23 million apiece -- in distribution, with the bulk of the money coming in via TV contracts, bowl games and NCAA basketball tournament appearances.

Can Heisman Hopeful Keenan Reynolds Take Navy Football Further? - Edge -

While there's a clear-cut Heisman favorite in Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, who became the first freshman to win the award a year ago, it's not outlandish to believe Reynolds could find himself sitting in New York as a finalist next December, if he keeps doing what he's been doing. The last Midshipmen to win the Heisman was Roger Staubach in 1963.

- Professional Sports -

Mike Moustakas rejoins Royals as Danny Valencia heads to disabled list -

Moustakas hit .355 with a .960 on-base plus slugging percentage for the Storm Chasers. He worked closely with Omaha hitting coach Tommy Gregg, who counseled Moustakas during his hype-riddled minor-league career. He focused on "getting back to doing things I used to do," Moustakas said.

Los Angeles Kings vs. Chicago Blackhawks - Recap - June 01, 2014 - ESPN

Alec Martinez scored at 5:47 of overtime, and the Kings beat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-4 on Sunday night to advance to the Stanley Cup finals for the second time in three years. Los Angeles improved to 7-0 in elimination games with its third Game 7 win on the road this postseason. It will host the New York Rangers in Game 1 on Wednesday night.

New York Rangers glad to rest before facing Los Angeles Kings in Stanley Cup finals - ESPN New York

The Rangers returned to practice Sunday after having two days off following their stirring 1-0 win over Montreal at home on Thursday in Game 6.

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Schedule, TV listings for Stanley Cup Final -

Here is the schedule and television listings for the 2014 Stanley Cup Final.

- World Cup -

10 more days until World Cup begins.

United States hold on to beat Turkey 2-1 in pre-World Cup friendly - ESPN FC

Goals by Fabian Johnson and Clint Dempsey led the United States over Turkey 2-1 on Sunday for the Americans' second straight win in their World Cup sendoff series.

Qatar World Cup corruption, worker deaths a criminal combination -

The bribes are at the allegation stage, but the dying at the 2022 World Cup site in Qatar is real. And I'll be honest: If I had to bet, I would bet the bribes are real, too. This column wouldn't be written if I hadn't believed long ago that the 2022 World Cup was awarded to stiflingly hot, blatantly corrupt Qatar -- against all odds, against all common sense -- because large sums of money were exchanged.

Defense troubling for US men just two weeks before World Cup -

The US Men's National Team showed better sequences of passes from the run of play against an improved opponent in Turkey in their second World Cup tuneup, but the overall product was pedestrian at best. The 2-1 victory was not indicative of the amount of mistakes that came out of the backline, with central defender Matt Besler looking suspect in the first half and left back Timmy Chandler shaky in the second half at Red Bull Arena.

- In The News -

'Brady Bunch' actress Ann B. Davis dies in Texas | Wichita Eagle

Emmy-winning actress Ann B. Davis, who became the country's favorite and most famous housekeeper as the devoted Alice Nelson of "The Brady Bunch," died Sunday at a San Antonio hospital. She was 88. (Ed. Note: Initial reports are COD was a subdural hematoma suffered after a fall in her home.)

After 5 months, Colorado sees downside of legal high | Wichita Eagle

Law enforcement officers in Colorado and neighboring states, emergency room doctors and legalization opponents increasingly are highlighting a series of recent problems as cautionary lessons for other states flirting with loosening marijuana laws.

Debate over ownership of ATSF No. 3463 enters Shawnee County court |

When ownership of the ATSF No. 3463 engine was officially transferred from Railroad Heritage, Inc., to Minnesota nonprofit Sustainable Rail International in January 2013, SRI officials had no idea controversy would arise from the sale.

Capturing every drop: Russell, Kan., learns to live with drought -

Standing on a bridge over the public wellfield southwest of Russell, the mayor looks down upon the Smoky Hill River. And all he sees is a winding swath of sand. A nearby farmer, Nathan Roth, recalls when continual releases from the upstream Cedar Bluff Reservoir fed enough water into the Smoky Hill to allow him to swim in it all summer. It has been mostly dry for years. Water levels in the reservoir are 26 feet below what’s needed to allow for continual releases.

- Today in Sports History -

1941 - Lou Gehrig died from ALS.

1959 - Ted Williams picked up hit number 2,500.

1990 - Randy Johnson throw the first no-hitter in Seattle Mariner's franchise history.

2000 - Fred McGriff becomes the 31st major-league player to hit 400 career home runs.

-Daily Trivia -

Friday's answer: The first college player to ever rush for a 99-yard touchdown was KU's Gale Sayers in 1963 vs Nebraska.

Today's Question: Who was the first high schooler ever to break four minutes in the mile run?