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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 07.14.14

A look-see around today's internets.


- Kansas Sports -

KU's Ellis, Oubre mentioned among top collegians at LeBron James camp |

Basketball notes: Oubre faring well at LeBron camp; Buddy Hield predicts OU will win Big 12; Carlton Bragg to visit KU, UK

Jayhawks' Ukranian signee avoids comparisons |

“I think I will go to camp with the Senior National Team. So my summer is really hard,” noted Mykhailiuk, who likely will arrive at KU in late August or early September after working out with the Senior National squad, which will compete in the World Cup from Aug. 30 to Sept. 14 in Spain.

Mark Randall’s interest in Jayhawks steady as his KU records slip |

“Run the floor and make layups. It’s not a tough thing,” Randall said. “I still get compliments every now and then for the way I was able to post up and hold the post and get the ball down low.”

Louisville’s Rick Pitino once said he’s never seen a better post player — inch for inch and pound for pound — than Randall.

Boyer, Petty among Big 12 nice guys - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Cornerback JaCorey Shepherd, Kansas: Another guy who is active with Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Shepherd also volunteers at local elementary schools. He won KU's Galen Fiss Award, which is given for exemplary service to the community and campus. On the field, he's a impact cornerback and kick returner for the Jayhawks leading KU with 15 passes defended in 2013. He was a finalist for the Big 12 male sportsperson of the year.

Ex-KU star Stuckey gives back with free football camp |

What Stuckey did Saturday at Free State High should come as no surprise. But because football clinics in today’s world are big-time money-makers for athletes and coaches, Stuckey’s free camp at Free State seemed all the more impressive.

- Jayhawks in the NBA Notes -

LeBron James' decision to head home brings uncertainty for Andrew Wiggins | Tale of the Tait |

Perhaps the biggest sign that it might be in the works comes from James himself, who, in an essay penned at, talked about the Cavs' roster and did not mention Wiggins. It's possible the former Jayhawks' omission was simply out of respect for the process since Wiggins has not yet signed with Cleveland, but there's also a better than good chance that James knows something about Cleveland's willingness to explore moving Wiggins to bolster the roster.

Cavs coach: Wiggins 'not going anywhere' |

The Cavaliers are insisting, both privately and publicly, Wiggins won’t be changing teams.

Cavaliers Think They Can Get Kevin Love Without Trading Andrew Wiggins

Cleveland's still interested in acquiring Love, and apparently they believe they can pull it off without giving up Maple Jordan. The Cavaliers' reported first offer to Minnesota: Dion Waiters, Anthony Bennett, and a first-round pick for Love. Haha, nah.

Paul Pierce, Washington Wizards agree on two-year deal |

Pierce and the Wizards agreed to terms on a two-year deal on Saturday night, a person with knowledge of the agreement told The Associated Press. The deal is for the mid-level exception, which is about $5.3 million for next season, and includes a player option in the second year of the contract. The person requested anonymity because the Wizards have not officially announced the signing.

Former KU forward Robinson scores 19 in NBA summer league opener |

Robinson was 7-of-10 from the field and 5-of-9 from the free-throw line. He also had five turnovers in 30 minutes. Former KU center Cole Aldrich, who had a strained left calf, did not play for New York, one day after signing a new deal with the Knicks. Former KU forward Tarik Black had two points, two rebounds and a steal in nine minutes for Houston, while former KU guard Elijah Johnson did not play for Philadelphia in the Sixers’ victory over Utah.

Report: Kirk Hinrich returns to Bulls -

The Chicago Tribune reports that the Bulls have reached an agreement with point guard Kirk Hinrich for what is believed to be the Room Exception, starting around $2 million per year for as many as two years.

- College Sports -

NCAA's next big lawsuit over scholarships comes into focus -

The Shawne Alston, Shariff Floyd, Nick Kindler, Kendall Gregory-McGhee and Alex Lauricella plaintiffs were grouped together last month. They seek to represent all football, men's basketball and women's basketball players in Division I who received a scholarship since March 5, 2010. They particularly are going after the five major conferences -- the SEC, ACC, Big 12, Pac-12 and Big Ten.

- Professional Sports and World Cup Final -

Carmelo Anthony reaches deal with New York Knicks - ESPN New York

The team announced Sunday that it had re-signed Anthony, but did not disclose terms. The contract will be for more than $122 million but less than the five-year, $129 million max figure, a source told ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard on Saturday.

Germany 1-0 Argentina - Mario Gotze seals fourth World Cup triumph - ESPN FC

Germany were crowned world champions for the fourth time thanks to a stunning extra-time winner from super-sub Mario Gotze.

Argentina forward Lionel Messi wins Golden Ball award - ESPN FC

His win, however, may come as a surprise to some, given that only his one assist -- to set up Angel Di Maria's winner in the round-of-16 clash against Switzerland -- came in the knockout stages of the competition. Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella defended the choice of Messi after Sunday's final.

Germany will earn $35 million thanks to its World Cup championship | Dirty Tackle - Yahoo Sports

After Germany defeated Argentina in extra time of the final of the World Cup, not only did it get to hoist an 18-carat trophy, but it also hauled off a cool $35 million. It’s fitting that the largest prize in World Cup history was distributed in the most expensive World Cup in history. Spain, winner of the 2010 World Cup, received $30 million.

Does Germany get to keep the World Cup? | Dirty Tackle - Yahoo Sports

The feeling of lifting 13.61 pounds of 75 percent pure 18-carat gold and then watching that prized possession be taken and locked away for the next four years is heartbreaking, but Germany isn’t the first team to go through this loved-and-lost scenario. Since 1974, the winners of the World Cup have all walked away with replicas.

- In The News -

KC’s Russell Stover poised to be sold to Swiss company for $1.5 billion | The Kansas City Star

The Swiss maker of Lindt chocolate is closing in on a deal to acquire Kansas City-based Russell Stover Candies, the storied U.S. boxed-chocolate maker, according to a person briefed on the matter. Russell Stover was expected to sell for about $1.5 billion, according to a Wall Street Journal report. The closely held company has about 4,500 employees.

Payday loan case showcases brutal interest rates in an industry under fire | The Kansas City Star

The Montana case was only the latest in a collection of legal issues involving Geneva Roth and its CEO, Mark Curry. Several other states already had barred the company from doing business, according to court records.

TV Station Interrupts World Cup For Weather Coverage; Viewers Outraged

Viewers in southern New York and northern Pennsylvania missed the ending of today's World Cup final when Elmira ABC affiliate WENY cut away from the action with six minutes left to cover a tornado warning.

- This Day in Sports History -

1967 - Eddie Matthews hit his 500th career home run.

1968 - Hank Aaron hit his 500th career home run.

- Videos of the Day -

VIDEO: Cavs' Andrew Wiggins is a pregame contortionist dunker -

Cleveland Cavaliers' rookie Andrew Wiggins throws down a fancy dunk before his second summer league game.

GIF: Jonny Gomes' very subtle foul tip strikeout -

Jonny Gomes struck out when a two-strike pitch hit the knob of his bat -- he wasn't swinging -- and was caught by the catcher.

VIDEO: Twins 2B Brian Dozier throws runner out at the plate from CF -

It's not often you see a second baseman throw a runner out at the plate -- by several steps -- from shallow center field.

Carlos Gomez strikes out against Adam Wainwright, fails to break bat over knee | Big League Stew - Yahoo Sports

Gomez's bat-breaking technique appeared to be a little off. You definitely want to go lower on the leg, closer to the knee to get full impact. Gomez went much higher, and not surprisingly had to settle for the bat and helmet slam.

GIFs: Billy Hamilton's bunt single is ridiculous, incredible, lovely -

Reds center fielder/purveyor of hasty feats Billy Hamilton against the Pirates on Friday night authored a bunt single that is quite possibly unlike any bunt single you've ever and never seen before. Please bear slack-jawed witness.  (Mr. Ed says: This is one of the best plays I've seen in a long time.)

- Daily Trivia -

I still need to get that recount done and get an updated standing posted.

Friday's answer: KU product Chuck Dobson won 10 or more games for five straight years, including 15-5 with the Oakland A's in 1971.

Today's question: Which NFL team did ex-Kansas player Elvis Patterson start at cornerback for in Super Bowl XXI (1987)?