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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 7.16.14

A look-see around today's internets.

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On to the links!

- Kansas Sports -

University of Kansas Football Harwell Lands on Biletnikoff Award Preseason Watch List

The Tallahassee Quarterback Club (TQC) Foundation, Inc., announced Tuesday that senior wide receiver Nick Harwell has been named one of 55 players on the preseason watch list for the 2014 Biletnikoff Award.

Texas receiver Thomas commits to KU on visit |

A 6-foot-2, 180-pound wideout, Thomas chose KU, despite offers from the likes of Wisconsin, Nebraska and Clemson, among others.

University of Kansas Baseball Former KU Closer Selected to Triple-A All-Star Game

"My four years at KU were critical in my development as a baseball player," Smyth said. "The coaching staff always gives 100 percent of its time and effort to the betterment of its players. Their continuous support, as well as their advanced knowledge of the game, is what helped me get ready for the beginning of my professional career and effectively get me to where I am today."

Nothing but The Truth: Paul Pierce exception as superstardom eludes NBA Jayhawks |

Since Pierce’s NBA debut, 24 other Jayhawks have entered the league. None have been able to match, let alone eclipse, his success. KU coach Bill Self admitted as much in June at the NBA Draft.

Kansas recruit Trier set for area AAU tourney |

The Seattle native, who moved to Tulsa his sophomore year of high school before heading to Montrose Christian in Maryland for his junior campaign, is regarded as the second-best guard in the class behind No. 2 Malik Newman of Jackson, Mississippi, who also has KU on his list.

- College Sports -

In case you all didn't know, SEC media days is in full swing down south.  I assume most of us don't care.  If I'm incorrect, let me know and I'll look for a few links for tomorrow.  I've glanced at some of it, and just haven't found anything too terribly interesting (or relevant to KU/Big 12).  Well, other than Mike Slive basically threatening the NCAA that he'll take his ball and go home if they don't give him what they want.  There is that I guess.

- Professional Sports -

NBA executives debate hypothetical Wiggins-for-Love trade |

The Timberwolves have made it clear they won’t deal Love to the Cavs for anything less than top overall pick Andrew Wiggins. The Cavs, in turn, have dug in their heels at this point and declared him off-limits.

Thomas Robinson tears thumb ligament, out for summer league -

Portland Trail Blazers power forward Thomas Robinson has torn a ligament in his right thumb and will miss the remainder of summer league, the team announced on Tuesday.

Yankees' Derek Jeter goes out in style in All-Star game | Wichita Eagle

The storybook sentiment soured before Jeter even had a chance to leave the diamond. Adam Wainwright, the St. Louis ace and the National League’s starting pitcher, admitted to teeing up fastballs for Jeter in their first-inning encounter. “I was going to give him a couple pipe shots,” Wainwright said after pitching his inning. “He deserved it. I didn’t know he was going to hit a double, or I might have changed my mind.” (Mr. Ed says: I wondered about that as I was watching it.)

About the groove thing, Wainwright said he misspoke, 'messed up' -

"Usually I like to think before speaking," he said. "I'm an idiot. And I made a mistake."

Wainwright-Jeter drama reminds us All-Star Game shouldn't 'count' -

The goings-on with Jeter on Tuesday night -- pitches being grooved, hits off his bat almost being welcomed by the pitcher on the mound -- proves that players aren't serious about the game. They realize that it's factually an exhibition, and it's a game heralded by mascots on the red carpet and mic'd-up Disney Channel personalities playing softball. The only thing serious about the All-Star Game is Bud Selig's most famous contrivance -- that the outcome shall determine home-field advantage in the World Series. (Mr. Ed says: Yup.)

Saints, TE Jimmy Graham agree to terms on two-year contract -

A league source tells CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora that Graham's deal is for two years and is worth a maximum of $21 million. He'll get $13 million in Year 1, allows him to avoid the franchise tag for 2015, and gives him the flexibility to hit the open market while still in his prime.

Alex Gordon of the Royals, elite defender -

All-Star Alex Gordon of the Royals will be sitting out Tuesday's Midsummer Classic because of a wrist injury, but even though he won't take the field he's very much a deserving All-Star. His 2014 batting line of .268/.348/.425 (112 OPS+) is quite solid, but with Gordon it's in large measure the other ways he provides value that make him a frontline contributor. (Mr. Ed says: It's nice to see some Royals getting some national love.  Perez starts the ASG, Holland pitches a clean inning... it's about time.)

Sporting KC’s travel problems may have bigger implications | The Kansas City Star

An electrical storm along the East Coast turned Sporting Kansas City's latest road trip to Columbus into a 29-hour ordeal that included two canceled flights, a three-hour wait on the airport runway and an overnight stay in Manhattan, N.Y.

- In The News -

Japanese nuclear plant deemed safe, nears restart | Wichita Eagle

All of Japan's 48 remaining reactors are offline for safety checks and repairs since the 2011 earthquake and tsunami hit Fukushima Dai-ichi, causing multiple meltdowns.

‘Weird Al’ spoofs Pharrell’s ‘Happy’ with help from Jack Black, Eric Stonestreet | The Kansas City Star

“Tacky” is Yankovic’s first single from his new album, “Mandatory Fun,” which will feature parodies of Miley Cyrus, Iggy Azalea and Lorde.

- Today in Sports History -

1950 - The largest crowd in sporting history, 199,854, watched Uruguay defeat Brazil in the World Cup finals in Rio de Janeiro.

1964 - Little League Baseball Incorporated was granted a Federal Charter unanimously by the US Senate and House of Representatives.

1970 - The Pittsburgh Pirates played their first game at Three Rivers Stadium.

- Videos of the Day -

VIDEO: Jennie Finch toys with Adrian Peterson in softball game -

As part of MLB's All-Star weekend, Peterson played in the Legends and Celebrity Softball Game on Sunday and it was all fun and games until it was time for Peterson to go up against Jennie Finch.

VIDEO: Arena Football Fan Takes a Player Full-Speed to the Face - SportsPickle | SportsPickle

Mr. Ed says: Yowza.

- Daily Trivia -

Yesterday's answer: The Cincinnati Bengals took KU product Dave Verser in the first round of the 1981 NFL Draft.

Today's question: What year did Kansas play its first season of varsity baseball?

Hints: A long time ago.  Same year that: Southern Cal opened its doors; James Garfield gets elected president; The first cash register is patented; W.C. Fields and Christy Mathewson are born.