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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 06.03.14

A look-see around today's internets.

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- Kansas Sports -

Kansas coach Bill Self again downplays interest in NBA -

Yep, it’s that time of year. In what has become an offseason tradition, Self on Monday offered his latest rebuttal of any NBA speculation involving his name.

Seldom-seen Brannen Greene trusts in KU program, coach |

“I love it here. I love it at KU. I love coach (Bill Self). I trust in coach. I trust in the program. I never even thought about leaving at any point in the season,” Greene added.

KU Football Roundup |

James Sims still looking for shot in NFL; Andrew Turzilli leaving Kansas; JUCO lineman may commit soon

University of Kansas Women's Volleyball Jayhawk Signee Makes U.S. Junior National Team

From Haltom City, Texas, and ranked No. 39 on PrepVolleyball's Senior Aces, Havili signed with the Jayhawks in November. Havili led her 17U TAV Club to the National Championship last fall, earning Tournament MVP honors in the process under the direction of club coach Ping Cao. Havili is in prime position to inherit the reins from the 2013 Big 12 Setter of the Year, departed senior Erin McNorton.

(Ed. Note: Setter will be the most important thing for Kansas Volleyball this fall.  They lost senior setter Erin McNorton, who rarely subbed out, and was one of the best in the Big 12.)

- College Sports -

Unheralded trio reach NCAA super regionals - ESPN

The College of Charleston Cougars became the fourth No. 4 regional seed to reach super regionals since the tournament went to its current format in 1999. Pepperdine and Kennesaw State were seeded third in their regions, as was Stanford, which upset host Indiana in Bloomington.

UC Irvine Anteaters win region, oust national No. 1 seed Oregon State Beavers - ESPN

The Beavers joined No. 2 Florida, No. 4 Indiana, No. 5 Florida State and No. 8 LSU as regional losers. The number of national seeds that lost in regionals matches 2007 for the most since the NCAA went to its current tournament format in 1999.

Top teams struggled mightily in NCAA baseball regionals - ESPN

Parity: We've seen the P-word thrown around for years. But let's be frank, it was always arguable whether it really existed in our sport. Sure, you'd have an uprising here and there -- the development of Oregon State, the stunning run of Fresno State, seeing Kent State and Stony Brook reach Omaha. But this year we got overrun by it.

- Professional Sports -

Royals may consider Morales to aid their struggling offense -

Kansas City is weighing a run at Morales, according to sources, and considering the way their offense is going -- they are last in the American League in runs, OPS, home runs and slugging percentage -- maybe that shouldn't be such a surprise. But before the Royals could get serious about the free agent first baseman/DH, they'd probably have to move a big salary first in trade, possibly Billy Butler.

Dan Marino files concussion lawsuit against NFL - Yahoo Sports

Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino is among the latest group of football players to file a concussion-related lawsuit against the National Football League.

- World Cup -

Nine more days to go.

Klinsmann gambling on Altidore, Dempsey to find scoring form in time for World Cup - Yahoo Sports

Head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has gone "all in" on frontline duo Jozy Altidore and Clint Dempsey and how things fare for the national team in South America may hinge on the performances of that tandem.

Brazil rushes to finish stadiums 10 days from World Cup - Yahoo Sports

With 10 days to go to the World Cup, Brazil was rushing Monday to finish installing seats in stadiums and deal with threats ranging from violent protests to dengue fever.

- In The News -

Now that captured soldier is back in U.S. hands, many veterans decry him as a deserter -

From military forums across the country, a groundswell of anger is rising over the Obama administration’s silence on perhaps the most controversial question surrounding the deal that freed Bergdahl in exchange for five senior Taliban members: Was he a deserter?

The Bidding For The 2022 Olympics Is A Disaster Because Everyone Figured Out That Hosting Is A Total Waste - Yahoo Sports

Researchers have known for years that hosting large sporting events like the Olympics always costs more than expected and always yields less revenue and useful long-term infrastructure than estimated. Now voters and politicians in democratically elected countries are starting to realize the same thing.

Bride gets backlash for attaching newborn to dress, dragging her down the aisle | Wichita Eagle

What do you do when your baby is too young to walk down the aisle on your wedding day? According to one Tennessee bride, you tie the tot to your train and drag it along.

Star Wars droid builders bring a galaxy far, far away closer to home -

The resulting droids are more than just nerd nirvana. They’re little robotic ambassadors doing good in the world. Their owners take them to charitable events and children’s hospitals, where they bring smiles from kids of all ages and special bonds with special-needs children.

- Daily Trivia -

Yesterday's Answer: The first high schooler to break the 4-minute mile was Jim Ryun, who later went on to compete for Kansas.

Today's Question: What was the nickname of Kansas two-sport star Otto Schnellbacher, a native of Sublette, KS?

- Video(s) of the Day -

VIDEO: Japanese League Pitcher Throws Mile High Eephus Pitch - SportsPickle | SportsPickle

Ed. Note: Pretty cool pitch, but probably wasn't a strike - in my opinion.  You can't just look at the glove... it's where the ball crosses the plate in relation to the batter, not where the catcher catches it.

I read that by 1984, the government will have tracking devices on all of us.

And after that, they're gonna jam electrodes in our brains so they can read our memories.