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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 07.10.14

A look-see around today's internets.

Ed Zurga

- Kansas Sports -

University of Kansas Softball Turf Installation Begins at New Arrocha Ballpark Wednesday

A group of workers from Hellas Construction took their turn working on the massive project in northwest Lawrence, beginning the installation of the artificial turf at the new Arrocha Ballpark, home of Kansas softball.

University of Kansas Football Pardula Named to Ray Guy Award Watch List

The Augusta Sports Council (ASC) announced Wednesday that senior punter Trevor Pardula earned one of 25 spots on the 2014 Ray Guy Award preseason watch list.

Report: Naadir Tharpe turning pro |'s Jon Rothstein reported Wednesday Tharpe, who left KU in May, after the conclusion of his junior season, will give the NBA D-League a shot.

2014 Schedule Analysis: Kansas Jayhawks - ESPN

Final analysis: While KU faces a challenging schedule, it's a schedule full of opportunity as well. The road slate is extremely difficult with visits to Oklahoma, Baylor, Kansas State, Texas Tech and West Virginia, but the home schedule doesn’t feature any games that aren’t winnable, particularly with significant questions about Texas, OSU and TCU heading into the season. A six-win season is attainable if the Jayhawks' offense takes a major step forward and the defense approaches or exceeds its 2013 performance.

Ex-KU football player Brad Thorson announces he's gay, lauds teammates' reaction |

After months of putting it off, Brad Thorson decided to make July 4 his own independence day. The former Kansas offensive lineman posted two words on his personal blog that would change his life forever.“I’m gay.” With that, Thorson became the first former University of Kansas football player to publicly announce that he is a homosexual.

Q&A: Former KU lineman Brad Thorson calls coming out 'cathartic' |

Former Kansas football player Brad Thorson announced on his personal blog July 4 that he was gay, becoming the first former KU football player to publicly come out as a homosexual. The following is the extended Q-and-A with Thorson from his interview with the Capital-Journal.

- Professional Sports -

New York 'niche': Cole Aldrich hopes to stick with Knicks |

Aldrich, who has played for four teams in four years, is a free agent who would most certainly like to re-up with New York, a squad led by first-year coach Derek Fisher, a former teammate of Cole’s with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Ben McLemore not sweating Kings' latest draft selection | 'Hawks in the NBA |

Considering his team, the Sacramento Kings, had just selected a shooting guard — the same position at which he started 55 games as a rookie — with the eighth overall pick in the NBA Draft, Kansas University product Ben McLemore played it cool on draft night.

Sporting KC goalie Kronberg fractures left hand |

Sporting Kansas City goalkeeper Eric Kronberg fractured a bone in his left hand during practice Wednesday and will miss about eight weeks for the defending MLS Cup champions.

Netherlands (2) 0-0 (4) Argentina Goalkeeper Sergio Romero sets up World Cup final with Germany - ESPN FC

Argentina are just 90 minutes away from lifting the World Cup in the Maracana after they edged past the Netherlands on penalties in Wednesday's semifinal at the Arena Corinthians.

Two good teams, one ugly World Cup semifinal - Yahoo Sports

Argentina clinched a spot in Sunday's final and was mightily grateful for it, but it didn't power its way over the line. Instead, it backed in at a snail's pace after winning 4-2 on penalty kicks after a 0-0 tie following extra time. The Argentines will play for the world title against Germany having scored two goals in 5½ hours of play during the knockout phase.

Reports: LeBron Waiting to Hear from Sources Where He'll Sign - SportsPickle | SportsPickle

Sources close to James say they are sources. “We are sources,” said the sources. “You can put that in your reports.” James said he hopes sources put him in a city for good soon. “Sources say this is getting a little tiring,” said James. “I can confirm what those sources are saying.”

- In The News -

Judge allows Lyft to operate in Kansas City while it prepares for court battle | The Kansas City Star

Arguing that Lyft is operating illegally by not complying with local regulations governing taxicab and livery services, city officials had hoped that District Judge Brian Wimes would shut the service down immediately. But a federal judge said the city provided no evidence that it would suffer “irreparable harm” if the service continued to operate while both sides prepare for that three-day trial set to begin Sept. 17.

Jury finds Los Angeles Dodgers negligent in beating of San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow, absolves owner Frank McCourt - ESPN Los Angeles

Stow, 45, was left with disabling brain damage and became a symbol of violence at sporting events. He was in the courtroom for part of the trial, his wheelchair positioned front and center so jurors could see the ghastly scars on his head where his skull was temporarily removed during efforts to save his life.

First riders go on Verruckt, world's tallest water slide (new VIDEOS) | Wichita Eagle

"Like dropping out of the sky." That was the description that won the day Wednesday at Schlitterbahn water park where the ride called Verruckt, at long last, was on task.

Heart pounds, eyes close on tallest waterslide |

Among the warnings delivered to riders before they start their ascent is that one of the possible side effects of going down is ... death.

Eight People Actually Bet That Germany Would Annihilate Brazil 7-1 - Yahoo Sports

In total, a confirmed eight "punters" made a bet that Germany would score seven goals to Brazil's measly one. Paddy Power had four people who placed the wager, with one Essex better placing £5 on the score and walking away with £2,505. Australia betting site TAB reported one gambler earning $500 for his correct prediction. And finally, back at England-based Betfair, spokesman Barry Orr said three winners wagered a total of $11 and cashed out a whopping $11,000.

- Today in Sports History -

1943 - Arthur Ashe was born.

1951 - Sugar Ray Robinson was defeated for only the second time in 133 fights as Randy Turpin took the middleweight crown.

1969 - The National League divided into two divisions.

1984 - Dwight Gooden became the youngest player to appear in an All-Star game as a pitcher at 19 years, 7 months, and 24 days old.

1999 - The US Women's soccer team defeated China to win the 1999 World Cup.

- Videos of the Day -

VIDEO: Adrian Beltre asks for time, gets rung up instead -

In a scene rarely witnessed at the big-league level, the result was actually a denial of the request and instead a "looking" strikeout.

Kevin Kiermaier hit a line drive so hard it went through Eric Hosmer's glove | Big League Stew - Yahoo Sports

It literally went through the webbing of Hosmer's glove as he stood firmly ready to catch the ball. In other words: Kiermaier hit a baseball so hard that the normal instrument used to catch baseballs could not contain it.

VIDEO: George Springer sacrifices body during outstanding catch -

What concentration and awareness. He knew where the wall was, because as the slow-motion replays showed, Springer took his eye off the ball at the last instant in order to begin bracing himself for impact.

- Daily Trivia -

Yesterday's answer: Drew Gooden put up a triple double with the Milwaukee Bucks in March, 2014.

Today's question: What ex-Kansas football player topped the All-American Football Conference with 11 interceptions in 1948 as a rookie?