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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 7.01.14

A look-see around today's internets.


- Kansas Sports -

KU’s Self: It’s not fair to compare |

Although Self put together a stellar incoming class that not only ranked highly against other hauls but also fit KU’s needs perfectly, the two most touted players in the class, big man Cliff Alexander and wing Kelly Oubre, already are drawing comparisons to Embiid and Wiggins because they figure to pick up a solid chunk of the playing time available because of the duo’s departure.

University of Kansas Women's Basketball Jayhawk Captains Embark on Blog Adventure

Head coach Bonnie Henrickson announced Monday that all four KU seniors will be captains for the 2014-15 season. Natalie Knight and Bunny Williams will lead the team for the second year in a row, while Asia Boyd and Chelsea Gardner will join them as captains for their final season in the Crimson and Blue.

University of Kansas Big 12 Conference Announces New Branding Initiatives

As the calendar turns to July 1 and a new athletic season, the Big 12 Conference has undertaken a new set of branding and identity standards, beginning with the 2014-15 school year.

- College Sports -

Conference realingment for 2014-15: New teams in new leagues -

Well, July 1 brings about the new fiscal year and the new academic year as well. As of today, conference realignment clicks into place again.

NCAA reopens investigation into academic scandal at North Carolina - ESPN

The NCAA has reopened its investigation into the academic scandal that has rocked North Carolina over the past three years.

- Professional Sports -

Going to Knicks ‘a blessing’ for Cleanthony Early | Wichita Eagle

Early, born in the Bronx, spoke to reporters on a conference call Monday and focused on his future. Projected by many to go in the first round, Early waited at Brooklyn’s 40/40 Club on Thursday evening until the Knicks grabbed him with the 34th pick, four spots into the second round.

Kyrie Irving of Cleveland Cavaliers accepts max contract extension - ESPN

Dogged by rumors that he was wanted out of Cleveland, franchise cornerstone Kyrie Irving and Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert tweeted early Tuesday that they have agreed to terms on a five-year contract extension.

Milwaukee Bucks officially name Jason Kidd coach after trade - ESPN

The Milwaukee Bucks hired Jason Kidd as coach Tuesday after completing a deal with the Brooklyn Nets. The Bucks sent the Nets two second-round picks (one in 2015 and another in '19) for Kidd, who went 44-38 in his only season as Brooklyn coach.

Wimbledon: No. 5 Sharapova stunned in fourth round loss to Kerber -

Ninth-seeded Angelique Kerber earned a thrilling, upset victory over No. 5 Maria Sharapova on Tuesday morning, winning 7-6, 4-6, 6-4 despite dropping six match points in the final set. The win earns Kerber a spot in the quarterfinals where she'll face Canada's Eugenie Bouchard.

- World Cup -

US vs Belgium today at 3 PM Central Time.  I'm guessing Grad (and others) will go home "sick" after lunch today... ?

Besler, Zusi back on big stage for U.S. soccer team’s game vs. Belgium | The Kansas City Star

The opportunity is this: The United States has returned to the knockout stage for the second consecutive World Cup. The Americans will play Belgium at 3 p.m. today to close out the round of 16.

Focus on Altidore, referee before U.S.-Belgium game |

They know the eyes of the United States will be on them from thousands of miles away, and they say they are ready. The Americans try to reach the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time since 2002 when they play Belgium on Tuesday.

Jurgen Klinsmann cautious on Jozy Altidore return vs. Belgium - ESPN FC

"We don't know how much [he can play] ... but he's available," Klinsmann said during a news conference in Salvador. "It's now difficult to say how many minutes."

U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann concerned with Algerian referee - ESPN FC

While Klinsmann praised the job Haimoudi did in the two games he worked in the first round -- the Netherlands' 3-2 win over Australia and Costa Rica's 0-0 draw with England -- the former Germany coach is concerned that while all FIFA referees must be able to speak English, the Belgian players will be able to communicate with Haimoudi in his native tongue.

Report: Waffle House calls for boycott of Belgian Waffles -

Of course, the United States men's national team faces Belgium in the Round of 16 on Tuesday, and people have jokingly called for a boycott on everything Belgium in the last few days. From waffles to beer to the gross idea of putting mayonnaise on fries, people are doing their best to steer clear of Belgian traditions.

- In The News -

Big Supreme Court Decision Yesterday.  I don't necessarily want to get into a political debate (or abortion debate), but it is news and in case you somehow missed it, I wanted folks around here to be aware of it.

Supreme Court rejects birth control rule in Hobby Lobby case | The Kansas City Star

In an ideological split that undercuts the 2010 health care law, a narrowly divided Supreme Court ruled Monday that certain business owners can reject on religious grounds the law’s mandate to provide employees with birth control coverage. In a groundbreaking 5-4 decision, the court concluded that closely held corporations may claim religious rights similar to those enjoyed by individuals.

Kansas forms plan to keep water flowing for next 50 years | The Kansas City Star

The Kansas Water Office plans to post the document Tuesday on its website, so that citizens may read it before officials begin a statewide tour next week to gather more public input.

Ruling goes against boy in Pop-Tart gun case | Wichita Eagle

A hearing examiner has affirmed the suspension of a Maryland boy who chewed his breakfast pastry into the shape of a gun.

Tips on how to have a dog-friendly Fourth of July | Wichita Eagle

According to AKC Reunite, the American Kennel Club’s (AKC) pet ID and recovery service, the 4th of July is among the most active times of year for pet recovery. The sound of fireworks commonly causes dogs to panic and run away. To help dog owners keep their four-legged friends safe while having a fun Independence Day, the AKC offers the following tips.

- This Day in Sports History -

1910 - White Sox Park, later named Comiskey Park, opened.

1932 - Helen Moody won fer fifth women's singles title in six years at Wimbledon.

1941 - Joe DiMaggio extended his hitting streak to 44 games.

1951 - Bob Feller records his third career no-hitter.

1982 - Cal Ripken began playing shortstop for the Baltimore Orioles.

1985 - Robin Yount of the Milwaukee Brewers picks up his 1,800th career hit.

1995 - The NBA locked out its players, the first work stoppage in the league's history.

1998 - The NBA locked out its players for the second time in history.

- Videos of the Day -

Cowboys players read "mean tweets" from fans.

Players read some less than flattering Tweets from fans.  See what happens.

Commander Riker will assume we have made this analysis.

And knowing that we know his methods, he will alter them.

- Daily Trivia -

Yesterday's answer: The Memphis Grizzlies selected Xavier Henry with the 12th pick in the 2010 NBA Draft.

Today's question: Which Kansas women's basketball player was taken with the seventh overall pick in the 2010 WNBA Draft?