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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 7.11.14

A look-see around today's internets.

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Happy Friday everyone!

- Kansas Sports -

KU's Wayne Selden keeps goals simple, aims to step up as sophomore |

“Just be a better player than last year, that’s my biggest goal, to be a more productive player than I was last year,” Selden said. “I’ve been really trying to polish my overall game. I’ve been doing a lot of ballhandling and stuff like that, just trying to be a better player. My goal is to keep developing, keep getting better — just bring the team together

Perry Ellis impresses at LeBron James camp |

Former NBA coach John Lucas was impressed by Kansas University junior forward Perry Ellis at the LeBron James Skills Academy, Thursday in Las Vegas.

- College Sports -

O'Bannon lawyers: NCAA post-trial brief is 'admission of defeat' -

The NCAA's post-trial brief is “a stunning admission of defeat,” lawyers for the Ed O'Bannon plaintiffs wrote in their scheduled reply filing on Thursday.

Safety guidelines bring college football into a new age -

Don't you remember? A hundred or so forlorn Texas A&M players were taken into the outback to separate the real men from the boys. Only 30 or so made it out. Books were written, a film was made. A slice of prideful football lore was served from the American pie. But, today, Bear Bryant would have been canned for such a stunt. Forget revulsion, in 2014, we might go straight to criminal charges.

Memphis hiring Dedric Lawson's father would 'seal the deal' -

For the past couple of months, there have been rumors that Pastner is poised to hire Keelon Lawson as an assistant coach. Lawson is the father of Dedric, 2015 Memphis-commit K.J. Lawson and elite 2019 prospect Chandler Lawson. Dedric Lawson admits it's not a done deal yet, but Pastner hiring his father would sway him in the direction of the Tigers.

- Professional Sports -

Las Vegas a showcase for Andrew Wiggins, other KU products | 'Hawks in the NBA |

The Vegas summer league opens Friday, and between now and July 21, seven former Kansas University players will be in uniform — some just trying to work on their games and become valuable pieces for their franchises, others hoping to impress the right decision-makers enough to land contracts.

San Diego Padres vs. Los Angeles Dodgers - Recap - July 10, 2014 - ESPN

Chase Headley snapped Kershaw's streak at 41 innings with a tying homer in the sixth, but the two-time Cy Young Award winner finished with a three-hitter and 11 strikeouts in a 2-1 victory Thursday night over the San Diego Padres.

Kershaw (11-2) won his eighth straight start and came within 18 innings of the major league record set by Dodgers right-hander Orel Hershiser, who threw 59 consecutive shutout innings in 1988.

After halftime, German players agreed not to 'humiliate' Brazil -

“We just made it clear that we had to stay focused and not try to humiliate them,” defender Mats Hummels said to The Daily Mail, following the 7-1 train wreck. “We said we had to stay serious and concentrate at halftime. … You have to show the opponent respect and it was very important that we did this and didn't try to show some magic or something like this,” he added.

White Sox announcer Hawk Harrelson continues to stereotype Asian pitchers | Big League Stew - Yahoo Sports

It's one thing for Harrelson to thumb his nose at advanced statistics, but it's another thing entirely for him to pepper his broadcasts with racial and ethnic stereotypes. On at least three occasions this season, that's happened when Harrelson's talked about Asians.  (Mr. Ed says: I'm not really sure there's a story here, but what do I know.  I think most people recognize who Hawk Harrelson is and that he's not going to change.)

- In The News -

Germany demands that top U.S. official leave country over NSA spying allegations | The Kansas City Star

In a move that sounds as if it was ripped from a Cold War thriller, American ally and NATO member Germany on Thursday demanded that the top U.S. intelligence official stationed in Berlin leave the country over new allegations of U.S. spying

Kansas City’s Westport is bouncing back in a big way | The Kansas City Star

A dozen locally owned restaurants and bars — some that had their pick of locations all over town — have opened in the last few months or are planning to join the lineup. Westport hasn’t seen so many new tenants in such a short span for nearly two decades.

Rare, stinky corpse flower to bloom on webcam from Southwestern College in Winfield | Wichita Eagle

The flower, which is like a huge lily opening around a center spadix, only lasts 24 hours. It is expected to bloom sometime in the middle of next week. A webcam trained on the plant is expected to go live Friday until the bloom is finished; the link is at

Why Anesthesia Is One of the Greatest Medical Mysteries of Our Time

Anesthesia was a major medical breakthrough, allowing us to lose consciousness during surgery and other painful procedures. Trouble is, we're not entirely sure how it works. But now we're getting closer to solving its mystery — and with it, the mystery of consciousness itself.

Everything You Never Knew About The Making Of Last Starfighter

For a whole generation of video-game-playing kids, The Last Starfighter represents a special kind of wish-fulfillment: a down-on-his-luck kid becomes a video-game champ, only to find himself recruited to fight in an interplanetary war. How did something so perfect get made? Here's the whole, fascinating story.

- This Day in Sports History -

1914 - Babe Ruth debuted in the major leagues with the Boston Red Sox.

1985 - Nolan Ryan of the Houston Astros became the first MLB pitcher to earn 4,000 strikeouts in a career.

1987 - Bo Jackson signed a contract with the L.A. Raiders.  He continued to play baseball for the K.C. Royals.

- Video of the Day -

Watch This Botched Baseball Slide In Agonizing Slow-Mo

Baseball players: Do not slide like Lotte Giants infielder Hwang Jae-Gyun did into third base. This is not how to slide.

- Daily Trivia -

Yesterday's answer: Otto Schnellbacher led the All-American Football Conference with 11 interceptions as a rookie in 1948.

Today's question: What MLB pitcher and Kansas product recorded 10 or more victories in five straight years, including 1971 when he went 15-5 for the Oakland A's?