Hope everyone had a good holiday weekend. Y'all still have all your fingers?
Probably the biggest news of the weekend in the world of sports was the Chicago Cubs trading Jeff Samardzija to the Oakland A's. That's right. Oakland. Also, Wimbledon wrapped up this weekend.
On to the links!
- Kansas Sports -
Keith Langford signs with UNICS Kazan in Russia; Mario Little, Tarik Blck playing well in NBA summer league; Jamari Traylor stirred up Twitter; Derrick Jones to visit KU; Cole Aldrich basketball camp starting up in Lawrence
Christian Garrett, a 6-foot-3 senior basketball walk-on at Kansas University, shot through the lane and, despite being closely guarded, scored over 6-foot-6 Kentucky starter/future NBA player Andrew Harrison in late May in one of former NBA coach John Lucas’ workout facilities in Houston.
Other Big 12 players to be attending: Marcus Foster, Kansas State; Georges Niang, Iowa State and Juwan Staten, West Virginia. Wichita State’s Ron Baker also has been invited as well as 80 of the top high school players in the country.
Nearly a half-century ago, Howard Arndt shot baskets, Kansas splashed across his chest, Allen Fieldhouse crowds sparking his adrenaline. Now he shoots eagles. Not on a golf course, but in the wilderness. Not with a 7-iron in his hand, rather a camera.
“I liked buck a little bit better, personally, because if you look at the NFL statistics, it’s the second-highest paid position,” Goodman said, grinning. “I just want to win, and if me playing defensive end or me playing buck — if I had to play safety — I’ll play anything just for us to win, and just to turn this program around.”
- College Sports -
Receiver Dorial Green-Beckham, who was dismissed by Missouri in April after several off-the-field incidents, was added to Oklahoma's roster after a visit with the Sooners.
- Professional Sports -
For the second straight season, three Kansas City Royals — Perez, outfielder Alex Gordon and closer Greg Holland — will represent the club at the All-Star game, Major League Baseball announced Sunday night.
With the Cubs, Samardzija was 2-7 despite a 2.83 ERA. He was voted to the NL All-Star team but won't pitch and will spend the game in the AL dugout.
Sporting Kansas City and Chicago played to a 1-1 draw Sunday afternoon in front of 20,858 fans at Sporting Park, the venue’s 45th consecutive sellout.
"I'm extremely happy here in Kansas City. It's a dream of mine to play here. It would be a dream of mine to play my entire career here. That's one of my dreams," Besler said. "But you have other dreams, as well. Maybe one of my other dreams could be to play in Europe. If that's one of my dreams, that's something I have to think about."
Novak Djokovic won his second Wimbledon title and denied Roger Federer his record eighth by outlasting the Swiss player in five sets Sunday.
In one of the most dominant performances in a women's final at Wimbledon, the sixth-seeded Kvitova of the Czech Republic overpowered and overwhelmed 13th-seeded Eugenie Bouchard of Canada 6-3, 6-0 in only 55 minutes Saturday to add to her 2011 title at the grass-court Grand Slam.
Candlestick Park officially hosted its final NFL game on Dec. 23 when the 49ers beat the Falcons on Monday Night Football. Unofficially though, there's one more football game to be played and it will involve some of the best players in NFL history. Hall of Famer Joe Montana will lead a "Legends of Candlestick" team in a flag football game against Dan Marino and his "All-Star" team on July 12.
Seventy-five years ago -- July 4, 1939 -- a dying Lou Gehrig delivered the Gettysburg Address of baseball.
- In The News -
Three airplane fuselages that slid down a steep embankment into the Clark Fork River following a train derailment in western Montana could take until Tuesday to remove, railroad officials said Sunday.
Months after the prairie began to shake, scientists still struggle to explain a surge in Kansas earthquakes that appears connected to increased fracking.
There on the fuselage, about two-thirds of the way from the plane's nose to its tail, is a rectangular patch that shines a peculiar silver on the aircraft's dusky skin. Could it be a clue — the clue — to what happened when Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan vanished somewhere over the trackless Pacific Ocean three months later?
Scientists can be right about data and still get the argument all wrong, Gonzalez said. Tying it too strongly to fossil fuel companies, when they are only doing what markets and people want them to do, is a losing proposition, for science and for everyone, Gonzalez said.
- This Day in Sports History -
1953 - The Dodgers set a major league record when they hit a home run in their 24th consecutive game.
1964 - Shea Stadium hosted its first and only All-Star game.
1985 - Boris Becker became the youngest, the first unseeded, and the first German player to win the Wimbledon men's finals.
1990 - Martina Navratilova won a record ninth Wimbledon's women's singles title.
- Pictures of the Day -
Right-hander Jeff Samardzija made his first start for the Athletics on Sunday afternoon (GameTracker) following Friday's trade. The fans in Oakland came up with an excellent sign for the occasion.
We’re not hateful racists, we just got free white ponchos. Sure. Suuuuuurrrre.
- Videos of the Day -
If what it means to behold and experience Dodgers man on fire Yasiel Puig is reducible to a single play, then that play likely unfolded on Saturday against the Rockies
Jon Maciel of the West Michigan Whitecaps became the newest avian murderer in today's game against the Fort Wayne TinCaps. You can't really catch it at normal speed, but the multiple replays show that yep, that's a dead bird.
Brewers outfielder Logan Schafer totally lost his footing today while fielding a hit, or maybe he tripped over an invisible turtle. We can't really rule out that possibility.
Vincenzo Nibali was flanked by two women as he celebrated on the podium after winning the second stage of the Tour de France today. One handed him flowers and in return, Nibali gave her those courtesy kisses on the cheek. He wasn't as smooth with the other girl.
- Daily Trivia -
I warned you guys I was running out of easy questions...
Thursday''s answer: The Jayhawks defeated Ohio State 64-62 to advance to the 2012 NCAA Tournament final.
Today's question: What year did John Riggins win the NFL's Comeback Player of the Year award? He rushed for 1,014 yards that year.