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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 06.26.14

A look-see around today's internets. USA soccer this morning, NBA draft tonight!

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- Kansas Basketball -

University of Kansas Men's Basketball Jayhawks Prepping for NBA Draft

Should Black not be selected in the two-round NBA Draft, he would plan on competing in upcoming the NBA summer league. Wiggins will be attending the NBA Draft in New York, while Embiid will not be at the Barclays Center.

How far will Embiid fall? Teams willing to gamble on injured center -

As the anticipation of a frenzied free-agent summer has almost made Thursday night's draft an afterthought, one key point remains of profound interest around NBA front offices: How far will Joel Embiid fall?

KU’s Andrew Wiggins is part of NBA’s northern exposure | Wichita Eagle

Wiggins and Stauskas both grew up in the Toronto area, idolizing Vince Carter and the Raptors. They played a few AAU events together in their teens — Stauskas was 15, Wiggins was 13 — and Stauskas remembers Wiggins throwing down a 360, behind-the-back dunk in one of their first scrimmages.

Andrew Wiggins keeps calm with NBA draft destiny to be revealed tonight |

In some ways, this moment has been Wiggins’ destiny for a while. A year ago in New York, there was plenty of chatter about Wiggins as the obvious No. 1 pick in the 2014 draft. Today, there’s more uncertainty about Wiggins’ top-dog status, but he has never wavered.

Ex-KU guard Andrew White still weighing options |

White has said he’d heard from coaches from Nebraska, Wake Forest, Maryland, Richmond, Notre Dame, Miami and Florida State. He averaged 2.3 points a game his sophomore season while playing in 19 games.

NBA lottery hopefuls root for Joel Embiid |

Wiggins said he and Embiid spoke on Tuesday and, although they had some playful banter along the way about wanting to out-do one another for the top spot, Wiggins emphasized that he’ll be rooting for his former teammate.

- Kansas Sports -

University of Kansas Football Removal of Track at Memorial Stadium Underway

After delivering all of the equipment needed to demolish and remove the track on Tuesday evening, workers got busy in the early morning hours Wednesday with the actual digging up of the track.

University of Kansas Track and Field Kansas Track & Field Sending Three to USA Championships

The meet, which will be hosted by Sacramento State University June 26-29, will feature the top athletes, professional and amateur, from across the U.S. Three current Jayhawks and two alums will be competing.

University of Kansas Men's Golf KU’s Hanna Qualifies for 2014 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship

Hanna is coming off of an outstanding freshman season at Kansas. He led the Jayhawks in scoring in seven of his 11 events and posted a season scoring average of 73.24 per round in 2013-14. Hanna had two top-10 finishes, with his best being tied for fifth place at the Badger Invitational in October 2013.

Former student body president questions KU Athletics' tickets-for-bond agreement |

This isn't what Andrew Knopp intended to sign the Kansas student body up for. Knopp — KU’s student body president from 2003-04 — questions the ethics of KU Athletics in regards to a contract signed in 2004. The contract terms, he says, were never supposed to stretch nearly a quarter-century.

- College Sports -

2014 College World Series -- Vanderbilt Commodores edge Virginia Cavaliers for 1st national championship - ESPN

John Norwood's tiebreaking homer in the top of the eighth inning carried Vanderbilt to a 3-2 win over Virginia in the third and deciding game of the CWS finals, giving the Commodores their first national championship.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Georgia Bulldogs to meet in 2017 and 2019 - ESPN

Notre Dame and Georgia announced Wednesday a home-and-home series for the 2017 and 2019 seasons, marking the first regular-season matchups between the storied programs. The Fighting Irish will host the Bulldogs on Sept. 9, 2017, in South Bend, Indiana, before visiting Athens, Georgia, on Sept. 21, 2019.

- Professional Sports -

Woman behind fight against Washington’s NFL nickname says Chiefs should be on guard | The Kansas City Star

The woman who took on and (at least for the moment) defeated the corporate entity that owns Washington’s NFL team would like to see the same type of case brought against the Chiefs.

Chiefs hope parking changes alleviate game-day crunch at Arrowhead Stadium | The Kansas City Star

The Kansas City Chiefs are looking to alleviate game-day crunches at the tollgates by overhauling their parking policies at the Truman Sports Complex.

- World Cup -

USA and Germany, 11 AM this morning.

United States vs Germany | ESPN FC World Cup Essentials

This is it. The one we’ve all been waiting for. And with four points, the U.S. control their destiny: with a win or draw against Germany, the Yanks break through the Group of Death and advance to the Round of 16.

Will Germany and U.S. play to World Cup draw? - ESPN FC

Let us begin with one undeniable fact: There is no rational reason for the U.S. and Germany to play to anything other than a scoreless draw here on Thursday.

Graham Zusi dismisses talk of Manaus curse ahead of World Cup game against Germany | The Kansas City Star

Every team at this year’s World Cup that has played in the muggy heat of Manaus, as the Americans did Sunday against Portugal, has lost in their subsequent game. It’s an impressive list, too: England, Italy, Cameroon and Croatia.

USA Match Day Preview: Can the U.S. get the job done? | The Kansas City Star

Needing a draw or a victory the Germans — a flawed but extremely talented contender to win the whole thing — how will the Americans handle this pressure? Can they salvage a draw? Can the Americans actually win this game outright?

U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann: ‘We are very capable of beating Germany’ | Wichita Eagle

A win — or even a tie — against Germany would secure a spot in the Round of 16 and ramp up the American party to an unprecedented star-spangled frenzy. A loss, combined with a Ghana victory over Portugal, could boot the U.S. team from the tournament and cloud all the progress the team has made.

World Cup Odds: All on the line for U.S. in final group match vs. Germany |

Germany is a -165 favorite to pick up the win against the United States. The USA is going off at +750 to win the game outright, +220 to play to a draw and +130. The total is set at 2.5 goals. Even at big underdog odds, one sportsbook was reporting 70 percent of the betting action on the United States.

PICTURE: Guy's Work Manager Really Doesn't Want Anyone to Ruin USA-Germany Match for Him - SportsPickle | SportsPickle

Whoever tells this guy that it’s possible to watch sports online will no doubt receive a raise.

- In The News -

Schlitterbahn cancels media rides on Verrückt; Sunday opening is uncertain | The Kansas City Star

A problem with the raft conveyor system has forced officials to cancel news media rides on Thursday and Friday, said Schlitterbahn spokeswoman Winter Prosapio. (Ed. Note: Well that didn't last long. Tell ya what, I'll let ya know after the first paying customer goes down.)

Amelia Earhart namesake with Kansas ties to re-create famous global flight | The Kansas City Star

Unlike the first Amelia Earhart, this modern-day adventurer is able to take the world along for the ride: She’ll be live-tweeting on a handheld GPS device, using the hashtag #flywithamelia.

North Korea threatens war over Seth Rogen’s new movie | The Kansas City Star

The country’s government has not taken the film’s premise lightly, and on Wednesday it said the movie’s release would be an “act of war.”

Two men sue lottery after they threw away $1 million ticket | The Kansas City Star

Two New York men are suing the New Jersey Lottery after they threw out a winning Powerball ticket worth $1 million. (Ed. Note: I think y'all know where I stand on this already.)

How a viral video made Eudora’s Kawehi the face of a trend | Ink

What happened was a one-woman musical showcase that would, in the coming days, take the Internet by storm. Her intricate rendition of Nirvana’s “Heart-Shaped Box” quickly became an editors pick on the video-sharing site Vimeo, the basis for stories by Esquire and the Huffington Post and, for many viewers, the mainstream introduction to an evolving musical practice.

- Video of the Day -

VIDEO: Josh Reddick reaches around fan to make catch -

Oakland A's right fielder Josh Reddick made an outstanding catch in foul territory Wednesday. Take a look.

- Daily Trivia -

Yesterday's answer: Paul Pierce dropped 50 on Cleveland for his career high in points scored in a game in 2006.

Today's question: What NBA team did Julian Wright play for in his first three professional seasons?