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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 7.21.14

A look-see around today's internets

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- Kansas Sports -

KU football steps up Heeney hype |

Heeney, a linebacker from Hutchinson and preseason All-Big 12 first-team selection, is the marquee man on, a promotional website unveiled Friday by the KU football program.

Then and now: Ex-lineman Ryan Cantrell returns to sidelines of alma mater KU |

During Cantrell’s five seasons in crimson and blue, KU won all three bowl games for which it qualified, including the 2008 Orange Bowl.

Rookie tight end drawing praise |

A red-shirt freshman tight end for Kansas University, Ben Johnson hasn’t caught a pass, run a route or played a down in a college football game. No one is more aware of that than the man in charge of the Jayhawks, coach Charlie Weis. Yet, even months before the start of the 2014 season, the third-year KU coach couldn’t stop himself from singing the unproven player’s praises when discussing the team’s tight-end options.

Lean and mean: Landen Lucas ready to fight for minutes |

Lucas, who will be joined on the Athletes in Action team with Kansas State’s Brandon Bolden and Justin Edwards, Baylor’s Royce O’Neale and Ish Wainright, Wichita State’s Darius Carter and others, explained the work he has been doing on his body.

- College Sports -

Dedric Lawson makes it official, says he's following dad to Memphis -

Dedric Lawson told 10 days ago that Memphis hiring his father as an assistant would "probably seal the deal" for his commitment. Six days later, Memphis hired his father. And now the Class of 2016 star has publicly committed to Memphis.

No one can stop Jaylen Brown this summer -

Brown is ranked as the No. 8 player and top small forward in his class, according to ESPN. He has offers from every major program in the country, and said he plans on making official visits to arguably the two biggest, Kentucky and Kansas.

Non-Power 5 commissioners -- 'No chance' of moving to spring - ESPN

"I think the have-nots [non-Power Five leagues] should go ahead and move to the spring just like the USFL did," Jones told WDAE-AM on Thursday. "I think that there's an opportunity to do a complete other side of that division and I think that if we don't think that way as a group of have-nots, we're going to get left behind."

Five things to know as Big 12 media days begin |

The new-look Big 12 is ready for some football. OK, the conference’s logo is what’s new this year. There are no changes in the makeup or format of the 10-team league, the only power conference with a round-robin schedule that determines a champion without an extra game.The goal now for the Big 12, last represented in the BCS national championship game five seasons ago, is to get a team in the new four-team College Football Playoff that begins this season. The first championship game will be played in the heart of Big 12 country — Arlington, Texas.

Media Preseason Football Team Announced - Big 12 Conference - Official Athletic Site

The Big 12 Conference has announced its 2014 Preseason All-Big 12 Football Team and individual awards, chosen by media representatives who cover the league.

Media Preseason Football Poll Announced - Big 12 Conference - Official Athletic Site

Oklahoma was picked to win its ninth Conference championship in the 2014 Big 12 Football Preseason Poll, voted on by media representatives who cover the league.

- Professional Sports -

Andrew Wiggins gets bit of everything from first NBA summer league |

Wiggins averaged 15.5 points per game in Las Vegas for the Cavaliers, shooting 41 percent from the floor. There was much to like; his athleticism alone separated him from just about everyone else playing in Vegas over the last few days, and he got to the foul line 20 times in what turned out to be his summer finale.

Mario Chalmers ready for fresh start with Heat |

"I'm past the Finals," Chalmers said, speaking at his basketball camp at Miami-Dade Boys & Girls Club. "Over and done with."

Xavier Henry, Drew Gooden re-sign with NBA teams |

“Prove em wrong again #LA” Henry wrote on Twitter on Friday.

Former KU guard Sherron Collins still has plans to play as pro |

“I’ll be playing somewhere this year. I have a couple offers. I’m going to try to see what’s out there. I might try the (NBA) D-League. If it doesn’t work out, I might go overseas. I’ve got some good things in front of me. I have a couple offers, so ...,” Collins said, his voice trailing off in a recent interview from Cole Aldrich’s basketball camp in Robinson Gym.

Colby Lewis of Texas Rangers has problem with Colby Rasmus bunt - ESPN Dallas

The right-hander was irked when Rasmus laid down a two-out bunt single with the Blue Jays up 2-0 and the Rangers playing the shift. (Mr. Ed says: Sorry pal, can't back ya up on this one. If you play a shift, you deserve to have this happen to you. I don't know why Moustakas doesn't try it. Do it enough times and they'll quit playing a shift on you.)

MLB Tries To Get Cute On Twitter With Poor Results

We all love the 1989 classic "Major League." Most of us love a great pop culture reference. However, we don't love cheaters who lie to our face and drag an innocent person's name through the mud. The MLB lost sight of this with a seemingly harmless tweet Sunday.

The Cubs Are Suing The People Responsible For Fake "Billy Cub" Mascot

Even though their own official mascot is a pantsless terror, the Chicago Cubs are suing the people responsible for a fake Cubs Mascot that has been hanging around Wrigley and causing all kinds of problems. Most notably, the fake mascot, known as "Billy Cub," punched someone in a Wrigleyville bar back in April.

Matt Besler, Graham Zusi agree to designated player contracts with Sporting KC | The Kansas City Star

Besler and Zusi agreed to designated player contracts Saturday with Sporting KC, the club announced. The extensions will be guaranteed and will run through the 2018 season, Sporting Club CEO Robb Heineman said. Other terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Chiefs have to decide whether to continue holding training camp in St. Joseph | The Kansas City Star

This marks the final guaranteed year of the original 10-year contract between the Chiefs and the school, and Brett Esely, Missouri Western's associate director of athletics for external relations, said the Chiefs now have five one-year options to keep the camp in St. Joseph.

- In The News -

Film, TV legend James Garner, reluctant hero, dies at 86 (VIDEOS) | Wichita Eagle

He burst on the scene with his disarming style in the 1950s TV Western "Maverick," which led to a stellar career in TV and films such as "The Rockford Files" and his Oscar-nominated "Murphy's Romance."

Special report: Merger with T-Mobile would dial up tough choices for Sprint | The Kansas City Star

On the second day of a two-day series, The Star looks at Overland Park-based Sprint Corp.’s possible merger with T-Mobile US Inc. The deal could mean throwing the Sprint brand under the bus and putting T-Mobile’s flamboyant top executive, John Legere, in charge.

Street racers tie up traffic near Kansas City on I-435 | The Kansas City Star

Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers, assisted by air patrol, on Sunday were looking for the operators of about 40 or more motorcycles and street-racing cars who blocked three lanes of highway traffic to record video of each other performing stunts about 6 p.m.

KC Southern caught in migration debate | The Kansas City Star

For more than a year, the Kansas City-based rail line has deflected allegations that it is somehow complicit in the violence that happens to the migrants, many of them children traveling alone. Gangs often target the Central Americans for robbery, rape and extortion.

- This Day in Sports History -

1968 - Arnold Palmer became the first golfer to make a million dollars in career earnings after he tied for second at the PGA Championship.

2006 - Alex Rodriguez collected his 2,000th career hit and became the youngest player to reach the 450 home run mark.

- Videos of the Day -

GIF: Endy Chavez lays down the most perfect bunt in history, possibly -

Bunts don't get any better than that, folks.

Rangers, Blue Jays Baffled At The Sight Of Birds

At Saturday's Rangers-Blue Jays game, it looked like neither team knew how to deal with a couple birds.

VIDEO: Cubs' Rizzo makes great catch, but maybe he shouldn't have -

That's a championship effort and catch by Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo (who also homered in the road half of the same frame). However, his catch-and-tumble carried him out of the field of play, which, as Cubs play-by-play man Len Kasper explained, means all base-runners automatically advanced. Since David Peralta was on third, he came home with the go-ahead run. The D-backs would go on to win by that same margin.

You need to see this footage from a minor-league game in 1932 -

Via @MinorsTeamNames comes the following footage of a 1932 contest between two International League clubs: the Rochester Red Wings (then an affiliate of the Cardinals) and the unaffiliated Reading Keystones. (Mr. Ed says: I love photos and footage from this time period. I wouldn't want to live back then, but it's cool to see what it was like.)

- Daily Trivia -

Friday's answer: Mike McCormack and John Hadl each had six NFL Pro Bowls.

Today's question: Name the ex-Jayhawk that had 45 relief appearances in games for the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2012.