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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 7.31.14

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A look-see around today's internets.

Jamie Squire

Fall camp for KU starts August 7.

- Kansas Sports -

Head and shoulders: Holsopple aims to develop leaders on KU football team | KUsports.com

Since Holsopple arrived on campus after being hired away from Florida by KU coach Charlie Weis, the Penn State graduate and former boxer has emphasized his belief that athletes should be trained first from the shoulders up, with the neck and the brain being two of the most important target areas.

- College Sports -

Workers at UCLA Bruins' Pauley Pavilion trying to save waterlogged court - ESPN Los Angeles

Kelly Schmader, UCLA's top official in charge of campus facilities, said the court is buckling and that the school is working to save it.

Bo Pelini on Damore’ea Stringfellow spurning Nebraska for Ole Miss: 'Read between the lines' | Dr. Saturday - Yahoo Sports

“Read between the lines,” Pelini said, per the Omaha World-Herald. “I think we all know what happened in that situation.”

In the world of college football, Pelini’s “read between the lines” comment like that can be perceived to mean a bevy of different things. I won’t put words into Pelini’s mouth, and, in a follow-up question, a reporter asked Pelini if it was frustrating if a parent gets too involved in a player's recruitment.

The coach replied: “Yeah. And especially when it’s a clueless parent.”

Jake Heaps: 'I didn't come (to Miami) to be the backup' quarterback | Dr. Saturday - Yahoo Sports

“I didn’t come here to be the backup,” Heaps said, per the Miami Herald. “I made this decision for a reason. I came here to play, but you have to earn that. No one is going to give that to you, and that’s what I knew coming into this situation and that’s what I wanted. That’s the only way you’re going to earn your teammates’ respect and gain their confidence. This is my last year and it’s extremely important for me to perform well.”

- Professional Sports -

Royals need offense, but at what cost? - Yahoo Sports

The Royals are last in the American League in home runs and walks, 12th in slugging and 13th in on-base percentage. If the Royals continue to flounder offensively, no hitter available on the trade market will help them appreciably. (Mr. Ed says: I highly doubt the Royals make a move today that moves the needle very much.)

Minnesota Timberwolves talking Kevin Love trade only with Cleveland Cavaliers - ESPN

The Minnesota Timberwolves were engaged in serious Kevin Love trade talks with no teams other than the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday, adding to the growing belief around the NBA that Love teaming up with LeBron James is inevitable, according to sources briefed on the situation.

- In The News -

Oklahoma Joe’s fills $1,400 order for Obama, Air Force One | Wichita Eagle

President Obama apparently can't get enough of Kansas City barbecue.

Wait For It: 10 Restaurants Worth Waiting in Long Lines For

1. Oklahoma Joe's - Kansas City, Kan. You’d think a barbecue place that operates out of a gas station wouldn’t be much to write home about. But with a line starting at 10 a.m. and lasting until closing, Oklahoma Joe's is clearly serving up some to-die-for ribs.

2 women escape oncoming train on Indiana bridge | Wichita Eagle

A video camera captured the terrifying plight of two women as a freight train bore down on them as they walked along an 80-foot-high railroad bridge in Indiana.

Houston floats ideas as state considers historical status for Astrodome

There are moves afoot to preserve the Astrodome's legacy, however, The Texas Historical Commission is currently discussing whether to designate the empty dome as a "state antiquities landmark."  Doing so would make demolition of the facility much more difficult, but would not answer the question of what exactly to do with the structure.

'Big Band Theory' Delays Production as Cast Still Without Contracts

Stars Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar have not yet reached a new deal with studio Warner Bros. Television, The Hollywood Reporter has learned, with the cast officially not returning to work on season eight.

Poker Player out $1 million on worst tournament beat ever

To be pedantic, this isn't technically a "bad beat," since Drinan wasn't the heavy favorite going into the flop, but that's not much comfort at this point. Drinan ended in 18th place, and walked away with nothing but the worst bad-cards story in poker history.

- This Day in Sports History -

1961 - The first tie in MLB All-Star Game history was recorded when it was stopped in the 9th inning due to rain at Fenway Park in Boston.

1981 - The seven-week baseball players' strike came to an end when the players and owners agreed on the issue of free agent compensation.

2001 - Korey Stringer of the Minnesota Vikings collapsed during practice.  He would die the next day due of multiple organ failure due to heat stroke.

- Videos of the Day -

WATCH: Michael Strahan tackles a shark in Sharknado 2 - CBSSports.com

Give Strahan an Oscar but it's obvious that shark took a bigger dive than Favre.

VIDEO: Manny Machado's arm is ridiculous - CBSSports.com

That's without a plant, meaning the throw is all arm. To bring that sort of power along with the necessary precision is amazing.

VIDEO: Pirates draw walk, make two outs on the bases - CBSSports.com

Taking the NL champion Cardinals the distance in the NLDS last season and being right in the mix of contention this season have spared the Pirates from such statements like "the following video sums up the last 21 seasons of Pirates baseball." So, good for them for escaping that type of snark. (Mr. Ed says: Stick with the video, you get a better look at what happened at 40 seconds in.)

Home Run Explodes In Woman's Beer Cup

At least three people tried to catch this home run—although "tried" might be a stretch for the guy in orange—and it eluded all of them.

- Daily Trivia -

Yesterday's answer: Bob Johnson recorded the first ever 200 yard receiving day for Kansas in 1983.

Today's question: Who kicked the longest field goal ever by a Jayhawk in a game vs Ball State during the 1992 season?  Bonus point if you tell me how long the field goal was.