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Kansas Jayhawks Saturday News and Notes 06.21.14

A look-see around today's internets.

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Yes indeed, that orange oval you see in the pic above is finally going to be a thing of the past.

- Kansas Sports -

University of Kansas Football Removal of Track at Memorial Stadium to Begin Tuesday

Work will begin next Tuesday (June 24) on a project that will remove the track from KU's Memorial Stadium.

KU football officially removing track at Memorial Stadium |

Zenger said an anonymous donor provided the funds for the track's immediate removal. Memorial Stadium is the seventh-oldest stadium in the country, with the Jayhawks officially moving there in 1921.

KU to remove track from Memorial Stadium |

The track will be replaced by turf that will extend 37 feet from the sideline, leaving just 10 feet of black “drainage asphalt” between the turf and the stands. In addition, a decorative fence will replace the chain-link fence on the south end of the stadium.

Self optimistic about Embiid’s NBA future |

“I’m glad the doctors said surgery went well. It’s obviously an injury that he should be able to recover from,” Self, who coached the 7-foot Cameroon native for one season at KU, said Friday night.

Report: Lakers would consider drafting Embiid at No. 7 -

The LA Daily News reports that the Lakers "would consider" drafting center Joel Embiid following his foot surgery Friday morning if they are given information on his surgery and prognosis to ease fears about his long-term health.

University of Kansas Baseball Kansas Baseball: Summer League Update No. 1

Summer baseball leagues are off and running, and so are many Kansas Jayhawks looking to carry momentum from a successful 2014 campaign at KU.

16 years later, Paul Pierce falling to No. 10 remains a mystery | Tale of the Tait |

There Pierce sat on draft night, falling a little more with every pick. It's hard to trust the mock drafts. They're almost never right and they're definitely never completely right. So Pierce falling from 2 or 3 to 5 or 6 would not have been that big of a deal. But 10 seemed insane. Still does.

- College Sports -

Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany takes stand at Ed O'Bannon trial - ESPN

Delany acknowledged that the Big Ten gets hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue from its sports, with each school receiving a $25 million share of the proceeds. But he said most of that money goes into programs and academics, even at a time when coaches are earning millions of dollars a year.

Mark Schlabach: Big 10's Jim Delany hurts NCAA's case during testimony - ESPN

After nearly 2½ hours of testimony, it might have been difficult for observers in the crowded courtroom to determine whether Delany was testifying for the plaintiffs or the defense. In fact, the NCAA might have been just as well off sending a member of the Drake Group or Knight Commission to the stand.

- Professional Sports -

NFLPA wins appeal on collusion claims against NFL - ESPN

A players' union lawsuit accusing NFL team owners of setting a secret salary cap in 2010 was kept alive by a federal appeals court Friday. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals partially reversed a federal judge's order that had rejected the NFL Players Association's collusion claim.

Wimbledon men's seed report: Watch out for Roger Federer - Tennis - Jon Wertheim -'s Jon Wertheim breaks down the men's seeds at Wimbledon. Read on for the dark horses, top first-round matchups and predictions.

Wimbledon women's seed report: Serena Williams the player to beat - Tennis - Jon Wertheim -'s Jon Wertheim breaks down the women's seeds at Wimbledon. Read on for the dark horses, top first-round matchups and predictions.

- World Cup -

How will the USA mark superstar Cristiano Ronaldo? - ESPN FC

The U.S. is set to square off against Portugal and Ronaldo on Sunday in Manaus, and the Americans have already gotten a taste of what can happen when they switch off for even a second defensively. Last Monday, Ghana midfielder Andre Ayew played a combination with Asamoah Gyan, and quickly passed by U.S. defender Fabian Johnson, allowing him to score the Black Stars' equalizer.

U.S. forward Jozy Altidore says no timetable for his return from injury to World Cup - ESPN FC

U.S. forward Jozy Altidore said on Friday he does not know when he will be able to return to World Cup play after being sidelined with a hamstring injury during the United States' 2-1 win over Ghana on Monday.

Media reaction as Costa Rica win against Italy confirms England exit - ESPN FC

England's faint and improbable mathematical hopes of staying in the World Cup were ended by Costa Rica's 1-0 win over Italy on Friday -- and the post-mortem in the British media has already begun.

- In The News -

Peregrine chicks banded at Iatan power plant | The Kansas City Star

High above, two peregrine falcons zip across the sky, mere flashes of brown as they hunt and scout around the towering smoke stack. Their nest juts from the tower’s side, 380 feet up.

A century ago, World War I loomed and Kansas City argued about … streetcars | The Kansas City Star

While Europe edged toward the catastrophe of World War I in June 1914, the overriding public issue in Kansas City was streetcars. Yes, we were arguing about streetcars 100 years ago, as we are now.

- Videos of the Day -

Rock Chalk Chant makes its way to Uganda |

This video, which was posted to YouTube on June 18, shows students from Nakivumbi Primary School in Nakivumbi, Uganda, delivering the Rock Chalk Chant.

Jayhawk Flashback: October 28, 2006

Todd Reesing drops the redshirt and leads KU to a 20-15 victory over Colorado in Lawrence.