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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 06.09.14

A look-see around today's internets.

- Kansas Sports -

KU newcomer Alexander promises ‘power’ |

"One word ... power," the McDonald’s All-American exclaimed, asked how to characterize his game. KU coach Bill Self would agree with that assertion.

Heralded recruit Cliff Alexander quietly begins his basketball career at Kansas | The Kansas City Star

After three days on campus, Alexander had yet to be stopped by any strangers in Lawrence — a common ritual for the most heralded of young Jayhawks.

Ex-players stick up for Roy Williams |

"I will stand by coach Williams 100 percent. As many times I had to get my butt out of bed and go to class, no way I could believe any of that," former KU guard Billy Thomas told the Journal-World.

Williams disputes accusation |

Williams told ESPN’s Jay Bilas he was in "shock and disbelief" when he learned McCants said tutors wrote McCants’ term papers, he rarely went to class and remained able to play largely because he took classes designed to keep athletes academically eligible.

Danny Manning: Wake welcoming … so far |

"Support has been outstanding. I’m excited about it. I also understand this is kind of the honeymoon phase," Manning said Saturday at Dick’s Sporting Goods, where he signed hundreds of autographs. A long line stretched through the store on grand-opening weekend.

University of Kansas Baseball Five Jayhawks Selected on Final Day of MLB Draft

The five men selected Saturday in addition to Friday's fifth-round draftee, junior lefty Wes Benjamin, round out the second-largest draft class in school history, as seven players were selected in a single draft three different times (1993, 2006 and 2010) prior to this year.

KU thrower Maroszek ready for spotlight at NCAA Outdoor |

In her four years at KU, the 5-foot-9 thrower has delivered plenty of notable performances. Not only does she hold the school record in the discus with 60.18 meters (197 feet, 5 inches), but she also holds spots No. 2 through 9 in the record book. Plus, her two best shot put marks came this season and rank third (53-3) and fourth (52-10) in the Kansas archives. She’s the Big 12’s back-to-back champion in the discus and a two-time All-American.

Up-and-comer: KU hurdler Stigler overcame slow start |

As Kansas University junior hurdler Michael Stigler illustrated by coming from way behind to win the first of his three Big 12 400-meter hurdle titles, it’s not how you start, rather how you finish.

- College Sports -

Conference Catchup: Kansas and Texas battle atop the Big 12 -

Kansas and Texas are solid at the top, with Iowa State, Oklahoma and Kansas State looking likely for an NCAA Tournament and a top-25 ranking. After that, though, there are questions. Oklahoma State and Baylor are taking steps back, while West Virginia probably won't rise in the standings. Texas Tech and TCU will struggle once again too. The league won't suddenly be terrible, but it definitely won't be on the same level it was last season.

2014 NCAA Baseball Tournament DI |

A look at the tournament bracket: UC Irvine, Texas, Louisville, Vanderbilt, and Texas Tech have all punched tickets to Omaha. Remaining Super Regional matchups are TCU/Pepperdine, LA-Lafayette/Ole Miss, Virginia/Maryland.

NCAA needs to be ready to lose Ed O’Bannon case | The Kansas City Star

Five years after filing, U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken will rule in a bench trial — no jury — whether college athletes can negotiate their own deals when it comes to the commercial use of their names, images and likeness. Remember the fuss over Johnny Manziel’s autograph sessions? If O’Bannon wins, athletes likely would be able to sell their signatures.

Ed O'Bannon vs. NCAA: A cheat sheet for college sports on trial -

Ed O'Bannon v. NCAA is headed for trial Monday in Oakland after nearly five years of litigation. Confused by what this case is all about and what it could mean? Here's what to expect at the trial.

- Professional Sports -

NBA Recap - Miami Heat at San Antonio Spurs - Jun 08, 2014 -

James had 35 points and 10 rebounds in a powerful comeback from the cramps that knocked him out of the opener, as the Heat tied the NBA Finals with a 98-96 victory against the San Antonio Spurs in Game 2 on Sunday night.

Rangers' missed opportunity in Game 2 could prove fatal in series -

The Los Angeles Kings have held leads in Games 1 and 2 of the Stanley Cup Final for a grand total of zero minutes, zero seconds, yet they lead the series 2-0 over the New York Rangers. At various points of Game 2 Saturday night, the Kings trailed 2-0, 3-1 and 4-2. They came away with a 5-4 win in double overtime.

Minnesota Twins pull off shocker, agree with Kendrys Morales for one year | Big League Stew - Yahoo Sports

Interest in Morales began to pick up again this week as the draft neared. The Yankees, Brewers, Rangers, Royals and even the Mariners were all strongly linked in recent days. All things considered, that makes his signing with Minnesota a bit of a surprise.

Ball boy makes play on fair ball in Yankees-Royals - Yahoo Sports

A Royals ball boy earned himself plenty of TV time on Sunday when he fielded a fair ball down the first base line and handed it innocently to a fan in the first row of seats.

- World Cup -

Three days to go.

U.S. 2, Nigeria 1 analysis: Who (and what) is ready for Brazil? -

The next time you see the U.S. Men's National Team, they'll be facing Ghana in Natal, Brazil, in their first match of the 2014 World Cup.

Brazil races to finish World Cup opener arena - Yahoo Sports

Brazilian workers are racing to complete the stadium that will host the World Cup's first game, wiping seats, checking beams and installing wiring just days before the opening whistle.

2014 World Cup Schedule -

2014 Fifa World Cup match schedules at View the 2014 World Cup schedules match for Fifa World Cup Brazil.

- French Open Champions -

Halep loses her focus, and her 1st major final - Yahoo Sports

Halep has risen through the rankings over the last year, and will be No. 3 on Monday. Her run at the French Open was impressive, winning her first six matches in straight sets. But in the third set on Saturday, tied 4-4 and serving to take the lead, Halep said she was unnerved when the chair umpire reversed a call to give Maria Sharapova a 0-15 lead. Sharapova then won the next seven points, and the match, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-4.

Rafael Nadal wins French Open

Doing what he does so well on the red clay of Roland Garros, a surface and site he dominates so completely, the No. 1-seeded Nadal wore down No. 2 Novak Djokovic 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, 6-4 Sunday to win his ninth French Open championship and fifth in a row, both records.

- Triple Crown -

California Chrome owner Steve Coburn still ranting a day later -

Steve Coburn has not cooled off. Instead, he has continued railing against the system, saying that it's unfair that horses that fail to enter the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes be allowed to run in the Belmont.

- In The News -

KU seeking to offer human sexuality degree | The Kansas City Star

Professor Alesha Doan, chairwoman of the Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Department, says it’s important for people to understand how human sexuality affects the world.

New Miss Kansas Amanda Sasek ‘gave everything my all’ at pageant | Wichita Eagle

Last year, Amanda Sasek earned her bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Central Missouri while holding down four jobs. She is now a graduate student in political science at the University of Kansas. And on Saturday night, she was crowned Miss Kansas.

Miss Nevada Nia Sanchez crowned as 63rd Miss USA | The Kansas City Star

The 24-year-old from Las Vegas, Nevada, beat out 50 other contestants from all the states and the District of Columbia on Sunday night for the title of 63rd Miss USA. First runner-up was Miss North Dakota Audra Mari. Sanchez will go on to represent the U.S. at the Miss Universe competition later this year.

For Kansas wheat, drought and Russia lead to a harvest of hard luck | The Kansas City Star

Bumper crops out of the Black Sea region have allowed Ukraine and Russia to export at prices more than 10 percent below what Asian countries would pay for U.S. wheat of similar quality.

Ad Astra: Kansans’ contributions to war effort came in many ways | Wichita Eagle

With the passing of the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landing last week, one can’t help but wonder about some of the significant contributions Kansas and Kansans made during World War II.

- This Day in Sports History -

1914 - Honus Wagner becomes the second player in baseball history to record 3,000 hits.

1973 - Secretariat wins the Belmont Stakes by 31 lengths to become the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years.

2008 - Ken Griffey Jr. becomes the sixth member of the 600 home run club.

- Video of the Day -

Wait wait, man, what you doin?

I always do the driving.

- Daily Trivia -

Friday's answer: Drew Gooden played for the Bulls, Kings, and Spurs in the 2008-09 season.

Today's question: What basketball player registered 954 career assists to obliterate the Kansas men's basketball record of 804 set by Jacque Vaughn?