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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 06.25.14

A look-see around today's internets.

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Getting into the NBA draft today - if any of the contributors could get up some draft profiles of Embiid and Wiggins, that would be awesome - preferably by tomorrow afternoon.  Let me know if you can help.

- Kansas Sports -

Jayhawks get visits from Maker brothers |

Thon, who is ranked No. 3 in the Class of 2016 by but may reclassify to the Class of 2015, has received scholarship offers from KU, MU, Kentucky, Louisville, Memphis, Arizona, Georgetown, LSU, Ohio State and others.

KU’s Conner Frankamp ready to take that next big shot for Jayhawks | The Kansas City Star

Now back in Lawrence for this second summer as a Jayhawk, Frankamp is determined to make sure his second college season finishes better than his first. But before that, he’d also like to ensure that it starts better, too.

Andrew Wiggins vs. Jabari Parker: Whom should the Cavs select? -

The Joel Embiid news threw a huge wrench into the Cleveland Cavaliers' plan of selecting him with the No. 1 pick in the 2014 draft. Instead of selecting a franchise center for years to come, the injury risks are just too severe to take the risk of selecting a big man who will be battling back and foot concerns for quite some time. They now are faced with the decision of selecting between Jabari Parker out of Duke and Andrew Wiggins out of Kansas.

2014 NBA Draft: How the Joel Embiid-Hakeem Olajuwon Comparisons Hold - Lost Lettermen

Joel Embiid enters the NBA draft with a lot of similarities to Hakeem Olajuwon when he played collegiately at Houston. Can the one-and-done Kansas star stay healthy and embark on a “Dream”-like pro career of his own?

2014 NBA Draft: The Cautionary Tale of Josh Selby - Lost Lettermen

Rivals’ top overall recruit in the Class of 2010 ahead of the likes of future NBA Rookie of the Year Kyrie Irving, Selby boasted the ball-handling skills, aerial explosiveness and range from distance that seemingly made him destined for stardom. So why is Selby - who would’ve completed his senior year at Kansas this past spring - now without a pro hoops home at the tender age of 23?

2014 NBA Draft: A Letter From Sam Bowie to Joel Embiid - Lost Lettermen

Don’t let this ordeal prevent you from displaying the same zeal for life and the game of basketball that we were so lucky to see at Kansas. Folks will be quick to label you as a bust because they’re afraid of being sucked in by another big man with injury problems. They label you because it’s easier to be cynical than optimistic.

Big Apple Bloggin' — It's the final day of draft prep for Andrew Wiggins in NYC | Tale of the Tait |

By this time tomorrow, former Kansas University freshmen Joel Embiid and Andrew Wiggins will have done all they can do to convince their potential future NBA destinations that they are the right guys to pick in this year's NBA Draft, which is set for 6 p.m. Thursday night at the Barclay's Center in Brooklyn.

University of Kansas Softball KU Softball Adds Wesley to Roster for 2015

Wesley, a right-handed pitcher from Fontana, California, played her first two seasons of collegiate softball at Cal State Fullerton. With the Titans, Wesley posted a 7-6 record with a save and 74 strikeouts. She pitched against programs including Tennessee, Nebraska, Arizona, UCLA and DePaul, who all appeared in the 2014 NCAA Tournament.

University of Kansas Women's Basketball Jayhawks Chill for a Good Cause

Chillin4Charity began late last week at the University of Arizona, where head coach Niya Butts initiated the challenge to several other coaches in the Pac-12. She had a cooler of ice-cold water dumped on her and she called out others to follow suit.

- College Sports -

Schools aiming to improve fan amenities - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

The national epidemic of declining attendance, most troublingly among students, has spurred athletic departments across the country to get creative in improving their football stadium fan amenities, while also investing heavily in the most obvious of solutions.

Fringe benefit of College Football Playoff? No more mythical titles -

Claiming "lost" titles has become a sort of a laughable, outlaw cottage industry. For years, Alabama (which claims 15) and Notre Dame (11) have listed championships outside the accepted boundaries. Everybody just kind of winked because they were Alabama and Notre Dame -- war daddies high on their own fumes. Then, suddenly, it seems to have gotten ridiculous. Recently Texas A&M -- even Minnesota -- gave themselves championship makeovers.

Big Ten presidents endorse four-year, full-cost scholarships -

But with the Pac-12 presidents recently establishing exactly where they stood as the O'Bannon trial loomed, the Big Ten's presidents and chancellors have now followed suit with the O'Bannon trial ongoing. Each of the league's 14 top officials signed a statement issued Tuesday afternoon, one stressing "the value of establishing a 21st century system to meet the educational needs of current and future student-athletes."

Missouri Valley coaches try to play catch-up with Wichita State | Wichita Eagle

“Wichita State has set a bar,” Loyola coach Porter Moser said. “Everybody is chasing that extremely hard. The level of recruiting has really been amped up.”

- Professional Sports -

Sporting KC eliminated from U.S. Open Cup with 3-1 loss to Portland | The Kansas City Star

The Timbers eliminated Sporting Kansas City from the U.S. Open Cup bracket with a 3-1 rout Tuesday in front of 11,138 fans at Sporting Park.

Ross Detwiler: Giver of No S%*&s

Check out the pitch sequence Nationals reliever Ross Detwiler used during his four innings of relief on Tuesday evening.

- In The News -

Kansas City Star YouTube Video

Vet shares his experience in a WWII B-17.

Court: Fan hit by hot dog from Royals mascot Sluggerrr gets new trial | Wichita Eagle

The state Supreme Court said the risk of being injured by a tossed hot dog is not an inherent risk of watching a baseball game. (Ed. Note: Sigh. Really? I mean... REALLY?)

Verrückt, world’s tallest water slide, opens Sunday (with video) | The Kansas City Star

The Guinness Book of World Records has declared Verrückt — German for “insane” — the world’s tallest water slide. It edged out the Kilimanjaro slide in Rio de Janeiro by several feet. To get to the top, riders will climb 264 steps. That’s about 17 stories. (Ed. Note: If any RCTers go down this, we wanna hear about it.)

Leawood makes 9-year-old remove Little Free Library |

Leawood officials said the family had to take the library down because it violates a city ordinance. The city said Collins’ neighbors complained about the library. (Ed. Note: What kind of jerk complains about kids reading? Criminy.)

- World Cup -

USA plays at 11 AM tomorrow morning, I believe.

U.S. vs. Germany more than just a game for Jurgen Klinsmann - Yahoo Sports

He really, really wants to beat his old team, the one he as a player led to the 1990 World Cup championship (then as West Germany) and coached to third place in 2006. He said as much directly – "We want to go for gold" – but that wasn't the most notable part.

Yahoo Sports expert predictions - Day 14 - Yahoo Sports

Nigeria vs. Argentina, Noon, ESPN

Bosnia vs. Herzegovina-Iran, Noon, ESPN2

Ecuador vs. France, 4 p.m., ESPN

Honduras vs. Switzerland, 4 p.m., ESPN2

(Ed. Note: I assume all of those are Eastern Time.)

- This Day in Sports History -

1921 - Jock Hutchinson became the first US citzen to win the British Open.

1968 - Bobby Bonds of the San Francisco Giants became the first player to hit a grand slam in his major league debut.

2003 - Barry Bonds' 73rd home run ball sells at auction for $517,500.

- Videos of the Day -

Replay Review Doesn't Prevent Umpires From Completely Blowing Call

The best way to get people complaining about how much time replay reviews add to games is to have umpires getting calls wrong even after making everyone sit around and wait while they make up their minds.

VIDEO: How to Run the Bases Like a Big Leaguer - SportsPickle | SportsPickle

One way to run to first base I like to call "The Big Papi." That's where you run halfway and walk the rest. I do this because when you hit the ball to the outfield, they don't pay Big Papi to stretch a single into a double, so you just stop at first base.

- Daily Trivia -

Yesterday's answer: Isaac Byrd was drafted by both NFL and Major League Baseball teams out of KU.

Today's question: Paul Pierce's highest scoring game as a professional came against Cleveland in February 2006.  How many points did he explode for that day?