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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 7.30.14

A look-see around today's internets.

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- Kansas Sports -

Jayhawks set as 100-1 long shots to win Big 12 football title | Tale of the Tait |

Kansas, which has won just three Big 12 Conference games in the past five seasons, is tied with Iowa State at 100-to-1 to win the Big 12. (Mr. Ed says: Shouldn't there be another zero there?  If I'm putting real money on Kansas to win the title, I need a bigger payoff than that.)

The Sideline Report with KU linebacker Ben Heeney |

BH: I just hope, as a team, that we win a lot more games than we did the previous couple years. Obviously, we all want to win a bowl game and win the Big 12. That would be the perfect season if we could surprise the entire nation and win the Big 12.

Top Big 12 players: Nos. 20-16 - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

16. Ben Heeney, LB, Kansas: Don’t blame Heeney for the Jayhawks’ 3-9 record last year. The Big 12’s top returning tackler spearheaded a defense that gave opposing offenses fits at times in 2013, despite getting virtually no assistance from the Kansas offense. With nine starters back, the Jayhawks could create even more problems for the offenses of the Big 12. Especially with Heeney manning the middle.

Another big plans to visit Late Night |

Former KU center Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers, who has announced via Twitter he’ll be a Late Night visitor. “I miss Kansas ... I swear I had the best life and the best time there. I’m gonna try to make it to ‘Late Night in the Phog’ in a couple weeks,” Embiid wrote on Twitter.

Why Kansas Jayhawks will be even better in '14-15 - College Basketball - ESPN

The last time Kansas failed to win the Big 12 title, man was just climbing out of the primordial ooze. Before every season we naively ask: "Will this be the year that someone knocks Kansas off its lofty perch?" (Mr. Ed says: This is an ESPN Insider article.)

- College Sports -

One true champion? |

Apparently not. The explanation is right there in the conference’s football media guide: “The Big 12 Conference champion is the team that finishes the regular season with the highest winning percentage in conference games. If more than one team has the same winning percentage, the tied teams are declared co-champions.”

NCAA lifts Oklahoma State Cowboys' APR penalty - ESPN

The university announced Tuesday that the NCAA has lifted the Cowboys' Academic Progress Rate penalty after school officials discovered the recent graduation of a football player from the 1990s. The addition of the delayed graduation pushed Oklahoma State above the NCAA's minimum standard rate of 930.

UCLA Bruins' Pauley Pavilion court flooded as water main breaks - ESPN Los Angeles

Photos posted to social media helped reveal the potential damage. The Pauley Pavilion court, set up for volleyball, was soaked. Water ran down the steps outside the arena. UCLA basketball staffers were attempting to salvage what they could from the locker room.

- Professional Sports -

Fantasy Football - 2014 Draft Prep: Busts for Draft Day :

Who might not live up to expectations in 2014 based on a variety of circumstances? Dave Richard shares a dozen names he'll likely be avoiding on Draft Day.

A Mets Game, As Experienced By The Team Twitter Account

With a healthy dose of self awareness and self-loathing humor, the twitter account presented the Mets Fan Experience, in eight tweets.

- In The News -

During his visit to KC, President Obama listens to ordinary folks | The Kansas City Star

That Obama chose to meet with “real people” has become standard operating procedure. He’s done it repeatedly throughout his time in office to connect with everyday citizens. He’s also used such meetings to drive home political issues.

Al-Qaida relies on ransom money to finance its global terror operations | The Kansas City Star

While European governments deny paying ransoms, an investigation by The New York Times found that al-Qaida and its direct affiliates have earned at least $125 million in revenue from kidnappings since 2008.

Fisherman finds rare calico lobster | Wichita Eagle

Ellen Goethel of the oceanarium said calico lobsters are the "second most rare lobster" in the world, after albino lobsters. She said the spots are the result of a genetic pigmentation mutation occurring in 1 in every 30 million to 50 million lobsters. (Mr. Ed says: I was kinda hoping for a picture...)

'Caucasians' t-shirt satirizes Cleveland Indians' logo -

As you can see, that's obviously taking a jab at the Indians' nickname and Chief Wahoo logo. In terms of execution and target, it calls to mind the "Fighting Whites" intramural basketball team that popped up at the University of Northern Colorado more than a decade ago.

Remember The Titans Is A Lie, And This Man Still Wants You To Know It

"In reality," says Paspatis, "Boone was a combination of the worst of Frank Kush and Woody Hayes and John Thompson," referring to the dictatorial—and, in the cases of Kush and Hayes, violent—college coaches from Boone's era.

- This Day in Sports History -

1930 - Uruguay won soccer's first World Cup, defeating Argentina 4-2.

1966 - England wins the World Cup.

1968 - Ron Hansen of the Washington Senators makes the first unassisted triple play in MLB in 41 years.

2001 - Michael Irving pleads "Innocent" to a felony charge of possession of less than a gram of cocaine.  The charges stemmed from an arrest the prior year.

2001 - Lance Armstrong becomes the first American to win three consecutive Tours de France.

- Videos of the Day -

VIDEO: Neil Walker and his 'double play pivot of the year' nominee -

Most excellent! Let's extend some gratitude to shortstop Jordy Mercer for his less-than-ideal feed. After all, a better throw would've deprived the people of what the people witnessed above, and what the people witnessed above was Neil Walker's "double play pivot of the year" nominee. (Mr. Ed says: Meh. It was a nice double play, but probably not a "double play of the year.")

VIDEO: Worst High-Dive Attempt Ever - SportsPickle | SportsPickle

Mr Ed says: Ow!

- Daily Trivia -

Yesterday's answer: Gayle Sayers, of course, was the first player to lead the NFL in all-purpose yards in his first three seasons in the league.

Today's question: Which player on the 1983 KU football team became the first player in program history to record a 200-yard receiving day?