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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 06.23.14

A look-see around today's internets.

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Not much going on in regards to Kansas athletics.  Lots of World Cup stuff, so I guess that's... something...

- Kansas Sports -

Safety first: Weis excited about track removal |

“I know for the fans it’s more cosmetic,” Weis said Saturday afternoon. “But for me, it’s more about safety, and I’m very pleased about both aspects.”

NBA teams get a look at Tarik Black before draft |

Black — he averaged 5.5 points and 3.9 boards with 17 blocks in 33 games (15 starts) in his senior season at KU — is listed as the No. 74-ranked prospect on Chad Ford’s 100-player “ESPN Big Board.”

Joel Embiid’s story is almost too good to be true ... until now | Wichita Eagle

He could be the next elite center in the NBA, the heir to Olajuwon and Howard. He could also be the next cautionary tale, the heir to Bowie and Oden. The NBA Draft is four days away, and the question remains. Is Joel Embiid too good to be true?

2014 NBA mock draft: Take 4 - Yahoo Sports

From Yahoo Sports: Joel Embiid's foot injury has shaken up the NBA draft. Who's going No. 1 now?

Joel Embiid Supports Cristiano Ronaldo, Receives Twitter Bile

NBA draft prospect Joel Embiid was happy for Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal when they tied the U.S. in a last-minute finish. Americans on Twitter were not happy with Joel Embiid. (Ed. Note: Some of the vitriol from self-professed KU fans is shocking.)

- College Sports -

Vandy, UVa to meet in College World Series final (plus catch of the day) -

On Saturday in College World Series play in Omaha, Virginia topped Ole Miss by a score of 4-1, and Vanderbilt nipped Texas 4-3 in 10 innings. That means Virginia and Vanderbilt will meet in the best-of-three final to determine the 2014 national champion.

Former Baylor star Isaiah Austin has career-ending medical condition - ESPN

The 20-year-old Austin, who had been projected as a late first-round pick, underwent a standard physical at the NBA combine where his EKG test revealed an abnormality. After additional genetic tests, results came back positive for Marfan syndrome.

- Professional Sports -

Royals let down Yordano Ventura, drop fourth straight with 2-1 loss to Seattle Mariners | The Kansas City Star

In three of these four losses, the Royals (39-36) have scored only one run.

Wie delivers at US Women's Open for first major victory - Golf, LPGA Tour, PGA Tour -

Wie bounced back from a late mistake at Pinehurst No. 2 to bury a 25-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole, sending the 24-year-old from Hawaii to her first major championship Sunday, a two-shot victory over world No. 1 Stacy Lewis in the US Women's Open.

- World Cup -

Sigh.  Where were you when Portugal scored the equalizer?

Tantalizingly close to advancing, US lets opportunity slip away -

Geoff Cameron must feel terrible. His middle-school miskick gifted Portugal the first goal and his shocking inability to cut off service literally in the final seconds of the match gave Portugal a free header to tie the match, where it finished 2-2 seconds later. Simply put, that can't happen at this level.

How The US Blew Its Greatest World Cup Opportunity In Just 55 Seconds - Yahoo Sports

The United States national team did exactly what it had to do with a 2-2 draw with Portugal in their second World Cup match. But the U.S. could have had so much more if not for a horrible 55-second sequence of blunders and bad luck leading up to Cristiano Ronaldo's last-second pass to set up the equalizer.

U.S. teammates back Graham Zusi after casual sub stroll sparks controversy - Yahoo Sports

"I think so," said goalkeeper Tim Howard, when asked if Zusi had done the right thing by making a slow walk to the bench. "You have to kind of balance it. You don't want to take too much time but you have to take enough to run the clock down."

Michael Bradley has 'no regrets' on United States performance after settling for draw with Portugal - ESPN FC

"The ball popped up and I was able to make a few quick steps and get there. It was tight and unfortunately I wasn't able to make a good enough play to keep it for us or get a foul. At that point the ball turns over and it's up to us to deal with the situation."

United States 2-2 Portugal Varela scores late equaliser to deny USA - ESPN FC

The world player of the year rarely sparkled on a hot and humid night in the jungle, but his inch-perfect stoppage-time cross set up Varela for the equalizing goal Sunday in Portugal's 2-2 draw against the United States at the World Cup.

Portugal rescues 2-2 draw with US at World Cup | The Kansas City Star

Ronaldo, who has been playing despite a left knee injury, sent in a cross in the fifth minute of stoppage time and Varela scored with a diving header in the last seconds of the match.

‘We could taste the second round,’ Sporting KC’s Matt Besler says of America’s World Cup draw with Portugal | The Kansas City Star

Portugal’s Silvestre Varela scored in the final minute to deny the Americans a victory and prevent them from celebrating an early berth into the World Cup knockout stage.

Klinsmann: 'Everything done for favourites' - ESPN FC

"Obviously, disappointed not to close it out and come away with three points but we have no choice but to keep going," Bradley said. "It's a short turn-around and we'll get ourselves ready for another game on Thursday."

Germany 2-2 Ghana Miroslav Klose equals Ronaldo World Cup goalscoring record - ESPN FC

Miroslav Klose scored his 15th World Cup goal to salvage a 2-2 draw for Germany after Ghana had fought back from a goal down in Group G.

Klose: I'll set the World Cup scoring record against the USA - Yahoo Sports

Germany striker Miroslav Klose intends to set the record for goals scored in the World Cup in his team's next game against the United States.

How the U.S. can qualify for the last 16 - ESPN FC

Following the thrilling 2-2 draw between the U.S. and Portugal, here are the scenarios that would allow the U.S. to clinch a spot in the round of 16.

- This Day in Sports History -

1917 - Ernie Shore (Boston Red Sox) replaced Babe Ruth after Ruth had been ejected and retired all 26 batter he faced.

1972 - U.S. President Nixon signed the Higher Education Act of 1972. Title IX of this congressional act barred sex bias in athletics and other activities at colleges receiving federal assistance.

1996 - Michael Johnson broke the world record for the men's 200 meter race with a time of 19.66 seconds.

- Videos of the Day -

Some laughs to hopefully brighten all the bummed out soccer fans.

Hey Edison!  How about sharing some of those lightbulbs, huh?

Hey, figure it out for yourself, man!

You take the ugly one!

No, you take the ugly one!

I'll take the ugly one!

Which one's the ugly one?

- Daily Trivia -

Friday's answer: Tamecka Dixon was Big 12 Player of the Year in 1997.

Today's question: Which NFL team drafted Kansas linebacker Don Goode in the first round in 1974?