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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 7.17.14

A look-see around today's internets.

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- Kansas Sports -

More Ben Heeney love.  Man I hope this guy stays healthy all year.

University of Kansas Football Ben Heeney Named to 2014 Preseason All-Big 12 Team

Heeney, who was an All-Big 12 Second Team selection in 2013, is heading into 2014 as the conference's leading returning tackler. Last year the Hutchinson, Kansas native recorded a team-high 88 tackles and finished fourth in the conference with 8.7 tackles-per-game. Heeney also recorded double-digit tackles in six of his 10 games played a season ago and is one of six active linebackers with 200 tackles and 20 tackles for loss in the last two seasons.

Who's No. 2? Millweard, Cummings battling to serve as Kansas' backup QB |

No official depth chart has been released since the end of the 2013 season, but it’s not tough to see that, with Montell Cozart being named the starter back in April, the competition to fill the all-important back-up role is between junior Michael Cummings and sophomore T.J. Millweard.

Four-star RB Tyreik Gray planning official visits to Louisville, Kansas, and Oklahoma -

A consensus four-star prospect ranked as the No. 16 running back nationally, Gray said he has not yet narrowed down his list, but plans to do that during his upcoming senior season.

Tracking the progress at Memorial Stadium, Part II | Tale of the Tait |

It's been almost two weeks since our last look at the progress at Memorial Stadium, where construction crews are working to remove the track and lay down asphalt and turf in its place

- College Sports -

Alabama Crimson Tide, USC Trojans to play in 2016 Cowboys Classic at AT&T Stadium - ESPN

The game against the Trojans is the latest of the Crimson Tide's high-profile neutral-site openers. Alabama will play West Virginia in Atlanta this season and Wisconsin in Arlington in 2015.

Memphis Tigers hire Keelon Lawson as assistant coach - ESPN

Memphis coach Josh Pastner hired high school coach Keelon Lawson -- who is also the father of three elite recruits -- as an assistant on his staff Wednesday.

How Big 12 teams fare in ESPN's win projections - ESPN

Kansas: ESPN's projections have KU winning 3.3 games, which is fewest for any program in Big Five conference (Purdue and Wake Forest were tied at 3.6) and third-fewest among all FBS teams. The Jayhawks' best bets for wins are against Southeast Missouri State (91.4 percent), Central Michigan (64.5) and Iowa State (41). They're projected to be double-digit underdogs in every other game.

- Professional Sports -

Report: NBA submits lottery reform proposal -

The proposal, which dominated the lottery-reform discussion in league meetings this week, is essentially an attempt to squeeze the lottery odds at either extreme toward a more balanced system in which all 14 teams have a relatively similar chance at the no. 1 pick, per sources familiar with the proposal.

Warriors, Brandon Rush agree to 2-year deal |

Rush, 29, averaged 9.8 points and 3.9 rebounds for the Warriors in 2011-12. He tore his left anterior cruciate ligament in the team’s 2012-13 home opener, then was traded to Utah in the summer of 2013. Coming off knee surgery, he played in 36 games for the Jazz last season before becoming a free agent.

Joel Embiid’s surgeon optimistic about 7-footer’s future |

“Once he’s fully healed, his chances of having a long career are very good,” Ferkel said in a phone interview. “There’s no reason he shouldn’t have a great NBA career and be very successful. Once this heals, hopefully this won’t be an issue for him in the future.”

Sporting beats Columbus Crew 2-1, continues road streak | The Kansas City Star

Benny Feilhaber rifled a shot that nicked the crossbar before crossing the goal line in the third minute of stoppage time, giving Sporting Kansas City a 2-1 victory against the Columbus Crew.

Matt Besler confirms Fulham, Sunderland have expressed interest | The Kansas City Star

English soccer clubs Fulham and Sunderland are two of the teams that have shown interest in acquiring Sporting Kansas City defender Matt Besler, he said during a radio appearance Wednesday morning.

- In The News -

I assume by now you've all heard about the Comcast Customer who had an issue with disconnecting his service.  Reminds me why I'll never be a Comcast customer again, as I had a negative experience with them as well.  Apparently a lot of other people are coming out of the woodwork now too and describing their experiences.

Mom defends Taco Bell worker charged with using BB gun on customer | Wichita Eagle

Steven Noska was released on $250 bail after pleading not guilty Tuesday to charges including assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

93-year-old Wendy's Employee Still Hard At Work

Not many people reach the age of 93, let alone make it to work every day.  Enter Joel Presson, who has been an Oxford, Ohio, Wendy’s employee for 25 years and counting.

- This Day in Sports History -

1941 - Joe DiMaggio goes hitless for the first time in 57 games, ending his record setting streak (at 56 games).

1994 - Brazil won a record fourth World Cup in soccer, defeating Italy 3-2 on penalty kicks.

- Videos of the Day-

VIDEO: Will Ferrell previews the 2014 British Open -

In the first video he talks about how much he loves the open and poorly marked courses in England and Scotland. "When Tom Watson won he just played the 17th hole I think about 30 times over and over again because he got lost."

Video of Charlie Sheen 'hammered' at Taco Bell goes viral | The Kansas City Star

You’re sitting there waiting to get your quesarito when wait, what? Dude, is that Charlie Sheen stumbling around over there?

'Weird Al' Yankovic parodies 'Blurred Lines' with 'Word Crimes' | Wichita Eagle

Mr. Ed says: All RCT writers and editors should be required to memorize this song.

- Daily Trivia -

Yesterday's answer: KU's first year of varsity baseball was 1880.  (You guys were right, James Garfield was a dead giveaway.  My bad.)

Today's question: What year did Kansas women's volleyball make it's first NCAA Tournament appearance?  Hint: It was less than 20 years ago.