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Kansas Jayhawks Saturday News & Notes 06.07.14

A look-see around today's internets.

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- Kansas Sports -

University of Kansas Baseball Benjamin Drafted by Rangers in Fifth Round

With the 156th pick of the 2014 Major League Baseball (MLB) Draft, the Texas Rangers selected Kansas baseball's junior southpaw Wes Benjamin Friday afternoon. (Ed. Note: This article does not address whether or not Benjamin will return to KU for his senior year. Doesn't sound promising, though.)

KU Basketball Updates |

KU recruit Mykhailiuk garners 5-star rating; Larry Brown, Tad Boyle on's Top-50 coaches list; Danny Manning in Lawrence today, will make an appearance at Dick's Sporting Goods

KU football’s Dineen speaks in memory of late rival |

Kansas University freshman Joe Dineen’s quest to honor the late Andre Maloney — a fellow KU football recruit and Sunflower League standout — included another memorable stop on Friday.

- College Sports -

Bronco Mendenhall says BYU would love to be in Big 12 - ESPN

BYU suddenly has plenty of motivation to join a conference. The ACC and SEC excluded BYU from their power five no-conference scheduling mandate, which could make it difficult for the independent Cougars to fill out their football schedule. Also, if the power-five conferences (ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12, SEC) gain autonomy from the NCAA, BYU could get even further left behind.

Manhattan officially reinstates coach Steve Masiello -

Masiello had been on leave since late March, after it was revealed he never graduated from Kentucky in 2000, as his resume indicated. Masiello had previously agreed on a five-year deal to become the next head coach of South Florida, but discussions fell apart when the USF-hired search firm found the degree-related discrepancy in his background check.

ESPN: Williams knew of program to keep UNC players eligible |

Rashad McCants told ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” that Williams, a former University of Kansas coach, had full knowledge of the system that required students merely to write one term paper— as opposed to actually going to class — to receive a grade.

- Professional Sports -

Quin Snyder soon to be named Utah Jazz coach - ESPN

The Utah Jazz have named Atlanta Hawks assistant coach Quin Snyder their new head coach, the team announced Friday. Snyder has a close relationship with Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey from their time together in San Antonio. He will be a first-time NBA head coach after coaching Missouri at the college level.

2014 Stanley Cup finals -- Game 3 highest-grossing NHL game in StubHub history - ESPN New York

The NHL hit another business milestone on Friday, as ticket resale site StubHub said Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals Monday will be the highest-grossing league game in company history. The median ticket price sold for the game in New York between the Rangers and the Los Angeles Kings stood at $1,320 a ticket as of 9 p.m. ET on Friday night.

Report: Phillies accidentally traded prospect in 2011 Hunter Pence deal -

Less than two months after they picked George Springer from the University of Connecticut, the Astros sent Pence and cash to the Phillies on July 29, 2011, for Cosart, Singleton, Zeid and a player to be named, which ended up being Santana. In spring training, a Phillies official admitted that Santana wasn't actually supposed to be on the list that was given to the Astros to pick from to satisfy the final piece on Aug. 15, 2011.

French Open women’s final preview: Maria Sharapova vs. Simona Halep | Beyond The Baseline

When Maria Sharapova and Simona Halep step on Court Philippe Chatrier for Saturday’s French Open final (Ed. Note: starting at 9 a.m. ET, airing on NBC, aka, now), we’ll be faced with the battle of The Known vs. The Unknown.

Sporting KC beats Houston Dynamo 2-0, ends five-match winless streak | The Kansas City Star

Sporting Kansas City sidestepped a trio of key injuries — and one ejection — for a 2-0 victory Friday in Houston. Sporting got goals from Soony Saad and Dom Dwyer and put an end to a five-match winless streak that dated back to May 10.

- Triple Crown attempt today -

California Chrome set to try for Triple Crown in Belmont Stakes | The Kansas City Star

California Chrome was made a 3-5 favorite by oddsmakers to win the race from post No. 2. His jockey is Victor Espinoza, who tried to win the Triple Crown in the 2002 Belmont Stakes with War Emblem. War Emblem stumbled at the break and finished eighth in a race won by 70-1 shot Sarava. (Ed. Note: The actual race begins at 5:52 CDT on NBC.)

- World Cup -

Five days to go.

Germany's Marco Reus ruled out of the World Cup -

Germany has plenty of depth and talent in their attacking group, but they will be without one of their most promising young players in Brazil. Marco Reus has been ruled out of the World Cup after suffering an ankle injury in Friday's friendly against Armenia.

- In The News -

Tracy Morgan in intensive care after 6-car crash | The Kansas City Star

Actor and comedian Tracy Morgan was in intensive care Saturday after the limousine bus he was riding in was involved in a multi-vehicle accident on the New Jersey Turnpike, state police said.

Oklahoma governor signs bill repealing Common Core | Wichita Eagle

Gov. Mary Fallin has signed legislation making Oklahoma the third state to repeal the Common Core education standards, saying the federal government's attempt to influence state education policy is reason enough to abolish the math and English guidelines that had been scheduled to take effect in the upcoming school year.

- Videos of the Day -

GIFs: Rangers' Elvis Andrus turns tremendous double play -

Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus on Friday night pulled off one of the best double plays we've seen in a while.

VIDEO: Cardinals turn triple play in loss to Blue Jays -

Cardinals turn triple play for the first time in more than nine years.