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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 06.06.14

A look-see around today's internets. Happy Friday everyone! Today is the 70th Anniversary of the Allied landings in Normandy in WWII. Take a moment of silence and remember our greatest generation. And if you are fortunate to have a WWII vet in your life, please let them know that you appreciate what they and their comrades accomplished.

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Tons of stuff for you guys again today.  If the comments section is sparse, it's not my fault.

- Kansas Sports -

Kansas Basketball Updates |

Pundits praise KU freshman point guard Graham; Bill Self with Andy Katz and Seth Greenberg on Joel Embiid; Bill Self on Brad Stevens and the NBA; OKC Thunder job looks like it will not open up this season; Roundball Classic rosters; NCAA won't block class-action settlement payments to current players

KU to shuffle seating at Allen Fieldhouse |

The seating chart at Allen Fieldhouse will receive a small makeover during the offseason, as more donor seating will be added closer to the floor in the northwest corner of the building.

University of Kansas Men's Basketball Sixth Annual Rock Chalk Roundball Classic Set for June 12

A who's who of Jayhawk celebrities will return to Lawrence to participate in the Sixth Annual Rock Chalk Roundball Classic on Thursday, June 12, at Lawrence High School. Former Kansas men's and women's basketball and football players along with other KU luminaries will play in a friendly basketball game which raises money each year for local children fighting cancer and other life-altering diseases. Tickets are $7 and can be purchased in advance at the 23rd St. Brewery in Lawrence and at AAA on Wanamaker in Topeka. Doors open at Lawrence High School at 5:30 p.m. with the event starting at 7 p.m.

Make your own all-Roy Williams KU team by spending $15 |

Ed. Note: Jesse Newell with a new game for ya. Maybe notkapowski can put a separate article on this for discussion.

University of Kansas Football Heeney One of Eight Jayhawks Honored By Phil Steele Magazine Entering 2014 Campaign

Kansas linebacker Ben Heeney was one of eight Jayhawks recognized by Phil Steele Magazine in its annual Preseason All-Big 12 awards. Heeney was chosen for First Team honors by the publication, while five Jayhawks were tabbed to the second team and two more picked up third team honors.

Jayhawks well represented on Phil Steele's preseason all-Big 12 teams | Tale of the Tait |

All in all, it's a pretty good showing for the Jayhawks, who, if things go well, easily could have a couple of other guys crack the all-Big 12 lists by the end of 2014. The omitted names most likely to show up on similar lists in the postseason include: senior wide receiver Tony Pierson, defensive backs Kevin Short and JaCorey Shepherd, right tackle Damon Martin and defensive tackle Keon Stowers.

University of Kansas Women's Soccer Twelve Rock Chalk Park Matches Highlight 2014 Schedule

Fans will enjoy ample opportunities to watch Kansas soccer's fall campaign as the Jayhawks will host 12 of their 19 regular-season games at newly-constructed Rock Chalk Park it was announced Thursday with the release of KU's 2014 schedule.

- College Sports -

Iowa State receives more conference revenue than every SEC school

Now, SEC fans will rush to their computers and will do one of the following: that they think it’s outrageous that Iowa State receives more conference revenue than Alabama, or they’ll just retort angrily with, “WHATEVER, SEC NETWORK IS GOING TO MAKE BILLIONS.” Because the SEC just has to be better at everything in their minds.

Former North Carolina basketball star Rashad McCants says he took sham classes - ESPN

Rashad McCants, the second-leading scorer on the North Carolina basketball team that won the 2004-05 national title, told ESPN's "Outside the Lines" that tutors wrote his term papers, he rarely went to class for about half his time at UNC, and he remained able to play largely because he took bogus classes designed to keep athletes academically eligible.

Kentucky Wildcats sign John Calipari to seven-year deal - ESPN

Kentucky has signed men's basketball coach John Calipari to a new seven-year deal worth $52.5 million guaranteed, the school announced Thursday.

College football fan is selling LEGO models of college football stadiums (Photos) | Dr. Saturday - Yahoo Sports

He’s selling these for $400.

- Professional Sports -

Royals select pitcher Brandon Finnegan with first-round pick in MLB draft |

The Kansas City Royals selected Brandon Finnegan, a left-handed pitcher from Texas Christan University with the No. 17 pick in the first round of the 2014 MLB draft Thursday.

Miami Heat vs. San Antonio Spurs - Recap - June 05, 2014 - ESPN

With an air-conditioning failure making it feel like a sauna and causing James to battle cramps that knocked him out of the decisive stretch, the Spurs pulled away to win the opener of the first Finals rematch since 1998.

Gatorade trolls LeBron James after Heat star leaves Game 1 early with cramps | The Point Forward -

James left the game with under four minutes remaining after scoring a layup and seizing up on the landing. That led Gatorade to take a few swipes at the four-time MVP and face of their top rival.

Next up for the Madden curse? Richard Sherman or Cam Newton -

Just a bit of advice here Seahawks and Panthers fans: Instead of voting to get your guy on the Madden cover, you should be voting to get him off it. Ron Rivera's using that strategy. The Panthers coach wants Sherman to be on the Madden cover so Newton can 'avoid the jinx.'

- Triple Crown Chase -

The case for and against California Chrome in the Belmont Stakes - ESPN

Strictly from a handicapping perspective, California Chrome has so much going for him, it is difficult to envision his defeat.

William Nack: My years chasing the Triple Crown - ESPN

A staggering total of 1,360,000 thoroughbred horses have come of age as 3-year-olds in that stretch. Of that number, only 11 managed to win both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, but not one of them had what it took to sweep all three. I have been at Belmont Park for all these dances, and of all the pretenders who came up short, none evoked a final scene as stunning as the one that unfolded, in vivid color, following the defeat 10 years ago of Smarty Jones, the wildly popular colt who came to the 2004 Belmont, undefeated in eight starts, off smashing victories at Churchill Downs and Pimlico.

- World Cup -

Six days to go.

The 2014 World Cup's Top 10 group stage matches to watch | Dirty Tackle - Yahoo Sports

The 2014 FIFA World Cup is right around the corner, so it's time to get excited about the best matches in the group stage. From defending champion Spain to host favorite Brazil to perennial power Italy, several countries will be playing in can't-miss matches. Here are our 10 best, listed in chronological order.

- Today is the 70th Anniversay of D-Day -

There is literally TONS of good stuff out there.  Here are a few of the links I've already clicked on today.

70 years later, D-Day vet Jim 'Pee Wee' Martin jumps again -

Martin was part of the U.S. 101st Airborne Division that parachuted down over Utah Beach in their bid to retake France and, eventually, the rest of Europe from Nazi Germany. They actually touched down in enemy-controlled territory a night before what's referred to as D-Day. His jump Thursday in the same area was different and -- despite his being 93 years old now -- a whole lot easier.

Fort Riley observes 70th anniversary of D-Day |

Neighbors of Fort Riley can expect more noise than usual as the northeast Kansas post observes the 70th anniversary of D-Day and marks the founding of the Army’s 1st Infantry Division.

Editorial: D-Day veterans declining, their impact never will |

Reports from Normandy indicate many of the veterans who made the trip think it will be their last visit to the beaches where so many of their friends died, and they wonder how long people will remember what happened there once all the participants are gone.

70 years after D-Day, families remember area veterans who missed the big anniversary | The Kansas City Star

Only about 1 million of approximately 16.1 million World War II veterans still will be alive as of Sept. 30, according to a Department of Veterans Affairs estimate. The National World War II Museum in New Orleans estimates that an average of 555 World War II veterans die every day, and that by 2036 there may be no living veterans to recount their experiences.

World honors D-Day's fallen, 70 years on | Wichita Eagle

Gone are the screaming shells, seasick soldiers and bloodied waters of 1944. On Friday, a sun-splattered Normandy celebrated peace, with silent salutes, tears and international friendship marking 70 years since the D-Day invasion helped change the course of World War II and modern history.

AP WAS THERE, 1944: Allies win footholds in France - Yahoo News

The Associated Press had some two dozen writers and photographers among the Allied forces as they landed on Normandy's coast on June 6, 1944. From Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower's London headquarters, Wes Gallagher — who later went on to become AP's top executive — wrote up the first Allied official dispatches announcing D-Day and sent them in the sealed pouch to AP's London office by military courier, after the military censor authorized their release.

- Video(s) of the Day -

Phil Mickelson, the king of the flop shot, gives us another great one on Thursday at the St. Jude | Devil Ball Golf - Yahoo Sports

The shot was nearly impossible, but Phil pulled it off, rolling in the par putt and posting an opening 67, leaving him just a shot off the lead as weather has delayed much of the play on Thursday at TPC Southwind.  (Ed. Note: What kind of club is he using that he takes a full swing at the ball and it doesn't go very far?)

Unlucky Norichika Aoki Gets Hit In Head With Throw Back To Mound

Royals outfielder Nori Aoki has had an odd string of bad luck recently. (Ed. Note: Seems like a bit of overreaction, but... whatever...)

The principle is sound.

To avoid illness, expose yourself to germs, enabling your immune system to develop antibodies.

- Daily Trivia -

Yesterday's Answer: Bobby Douglass held the single season rushing mark for a quarterback for over 30 years with 968 in 1972.

Today's Question: What three NBA teams did Drew Gooden play for during the 2008-2009 season.

Remember, no internet sleuthing!