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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 7.29.14

A look-see around today's internets.

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Not really a lot of stuff out there today.  I'm not going to get into the Stephen A. Smith thing.

- Kansas Sports -

KU football players shrug off negativity |

Being perceived as a member of a lesser program, Mundine said, didn’t bother him, because he focuses on getting back on the field this fall with the rest of KU’s experienced senior class. The tight end from Denison, Texas, remains convinced the Jayhawks have play-makers who can win one-on-one battles in the Big 12.

University of Kansas Men's Basketball Jayhawk Bigs to Spend Summer Vacation Playing Abroad

Mickelson will be part of Guy Rancourt's USA East Coast Basketball Team that will compete in the 2014 Four Nations Cup in Estonia and Finland, August 4-8, while Lucas will represent Athletes in Action (AIA) in a Baltic Tour of Estonia and Latvia with games, August 8-13.

Bill Self says staff 'got some things accomplished' on July recruiting trail |

Kansas coach Bill Self hasn’t taken it easy over the last three weeks, crisscrossing the country to watch top basketball recruits during the July recruiting period.

- Professional Sports -

Feelin' the Heat: Mario Chalmers still likes Miami’s makeup |

Chalmers, who will make $4 million next season and $4.3 million in 2015-16, was asked why he re-upped with the Heat, the only team he has played with in his six-year NBA career.

Report: Some Astros players upset over Mark Appel promotion, bullpen -

As was reported Saturday night, the Houston Astros have promoted Mark Appel to Double-A. The 2013 No. 1 overall pick in the June draft, it's not surprising that the 23-year-old Appel would get to Double-A just over a year since being selected. Given his pretty awful Class A numbers, though, it's surprising how he's gotten there.

Royals send Valencia to Blue Jays for Hendriks, Kratz -

This is hardly the blockbuster fans of either team were hoping for, but it's a trade nonetheless. The Kansas City Royals have acquired catcher Eric Kratz and pitcher Liam Hendriks from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for infielder Danny Valencia, the Royals have officially announced.

How to watch baseball on TV | The Kansas City Star

TV coverage tends to concentrate on the pitcher and catcher, so when you watch a televised game, you can do the same.

- In The News -

Romantic comedy to film in Kansas City this fall

Vetter Brothers attached several names to their film such as YouTube sensation Tiffany Alvord, “Supernatural” alumni Osric Chau, and “Saturday Night Live” alumni Victoria Jackson. They have more cast members to announce, but cannot be named yet.

A storm shelter for you and 500 of your friends

A re-purposed United States military bunker in North Kansas City is for sale. With 10,000 square feet, there is plenty of room for everyone. Bring your Ham radio as there is a two hundred foot antenna.

- This Day in Sports History -

1940 - John Sigmund of St. Louis, MO completed a 292-mile swim down the Mississippi River.  It took him 89 hours and 48 minutes to go from St. Louis to Caruthersville, MO.

1983 - Steve Garvey of the L.A. Dodgers set the National League consecutive game record at 1,207.

2003 - Bill Mueller of the Boston Red Sox became the first player in MLB history to hit a grand slam from both sides of the plate in the same game.

2003 - Marcus Giles of the Atlanta Braves tied an MLB record when he went 5-5 to give him hits in nine straight at-bats.  The record was shared by 10 players at that time.

- Videos of the Day -

Melky Cabrera homer breaks windshield across from Fenway Park -

That's a rough night for a Red Sox fan -- spending money to watch the team get shellacked and leaving the park to discover a broken windshield.

Brett Gardner Only Hits Home Runs Against Yu Darvish

Until Brett Gardner's seventh-inning single off Darvish, that headline was actually not hyperbole; it was fact. He had four career hits in 10 at-bats against Darvish, all home runs.

Andrelton Simmons Makes Yet Another Impossible Play

Andrelton Simmons put another entry in his ridiculous, ever-growing defensive highlight reel with this slick bare-handed play during today's game against the Padres.

VIDEO: Rockies Announcers Are Sick of the Rockies Being Terrible - SportsPickle | SportsPickle

Colorado Rockies: 2011-present … Did I just witness that?

Vintage Video: Maddux, Glavine and 'chicks dig the longball' -

With Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine enshrined into the Baseball Hall of Fame together Sunday, let us get in the Wayback Machine and view this vintage commercial.

Big 12 Football Coaches Read Mean Tweets - Video - Campus Insiders: Live video and breaking news for college basketball and college football

College football coaches are heavily criticized on social media. Luckily, the coaches of the Big 12 have a good sense of humor and read some of the things people are saying about them on twitter.

- Daily Trivia -

Yesterday's answer: Jim Ryun took home the silver medal in the 1,500 meter run at the 1968 Olympics.

Today's question: Who was the first NFL player to lead the league in all-purpose yards in each of his first three seasons?

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