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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 7.08.14

A look-see around today's internets.

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- Kansas Sports -

University of Kansas Football Heeney Named to 2014 Chuck Bednarik Award Watch List

The Maxwell Football Club announced Monday that Kansas senior linebacker Ben Heeney was named to the 2014 Chuck Bednarik Award preliminary watch list.

Video: Discussing Kansas Jayhawks WR Nick Harwell - ESPN

Nick Harwell is relatively unknown in the Big 12 region but the Kansas receiver could become a household name this fall.

KU's Devonte' Graham leaning on former Jayhawk in first weeks on campus |

“I think he’ll be a good leader,” Aldrich said of Graham. “It’s going to take some time for him to feel comfortable with the guys like, ‘Hey, we’re setting the offense up. You get there. You get there. Come off the screen.’ I think he’s going to have that trait, though.”

Cole Aldrich sold on PG Graham |

Graham said the biggest difference from high school and college is “just to be tough. Mentally and physically, you’ve got to be tough. When you get fatigued is when you have to be the most (tough), especially mentally, because you’ve got to push yourself through it.”

University of Kansas Women's Volleyball ESPNU, FSN Finish Volleyball’s Television Slate

As Kansas volleyball continues its upward trend on the court, in the NCAA Tournament and in the national rankings, the Jayhawks are keeping an increased pace for television time, as well. For the second-straight season, every Kansas volleyball home match will air on ESPN3 with additional national networks also jumping on board.

- College Sports -

New Faces, New Places: Danny Manning on Bill Self, transfers, more -

Though only entering his third year as a head coach, Manning speaks like a wise and seasoned veteran. He lists his father, Ed, along with Larry Brown and Bill Self, who gave Manning the opportunity to learn as a staff assistant and eventually associate head coach at Kansas, as the greatest influences on his coaching philosophy.

Green-Beckham transfer to Oklahoma makes one wonder -- about Oklahoma -

In his two years at Missouri, Green-Beckham was arrested twice for marijuana-related issues and was the subject of a burglary investigation. In that last instance, that police report stated he allegedly shoved a woman down a flight of stairs.

North Carolina Tar Heels officials have attempted to reach former player Rashad McCants over allegations of academic fraud - ESPN

University of North Carolina officials have reportedly attempted to set up a meeting with former player Rashad McCants about allegations concerning academic fraud that he made on ESPN's "Outside the Lines." UNC associate athletic director Vincent Ille confirmed to the Charlotte Observer that text messages and a certified letter were sent to McCants, but he had yet to respond.

- Professional Sports -

Jim Brown says 1964 NFL title ring up for auction was stolen from him -

The 1964 NFL title ring that was presented to and worn by Browns Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown has gone up for auction at, and with four bids, the price, as of 6:30 p.m. Monday, is up to $33,275. But here's a wrinkle in the sale: Brown says that the ring was stolen from him five decades ago.

Cleveland Cavaliers attracting bets at Vegas books - ESPN

More bets have been placed on the Cleveland Cavaliers to win the 2015 NBA title than on any other team at the Las Vegas Superbook.

English coach says national team should start taking cues from U.S. - Yahoo Sports

The Jurgen Klinsmann-led U.S. World Cup campaign ended nearly a week ago but still tributes are pouring in. Mainly, incredibly, from the country that was derisive enough about American soccer ability that just four years ago its media mocked the "Yanks," urging its own national team to win "the Soccerball World Series" when the sides met in South Africa.

Fantasy Football - 2014 Fantasy Outlooks: Kansas City Chiefs :

The Chiefs were reborn under Andy Reid a year ago, with Jamaal Charles emerging as the best single asset in Fantasy. Jamey Eisenberg shares his expectations for Kansas City for 2014.

PHOTOS: All-Star Game to have self-serve beer, ridiculous food -

The 2014 All-Star Game is next week in Minnesota's Target Field, and the event is going to be special for the fans -- especially those who enjoy beer and some outrageous food creations.

- In The News -

More Twinkies rolling off the line | The Kansas City Star

Emporia, Kan., could have bragging rights as the Twinkie capital of the world. Its Hostess Brands plant, reopened last year and expanded this year, has added $30 million worth of improvements, including a $25 million bakery line to churn out more snack cakes.

Willie Nelson gives big Starlight Theatre crowd a rousing, timeless performance | The Kansas City Star

Nelson headlined a bill that included Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit and Alison Krauss and Union Station.  (Ed. Note: I'm not much of a country music person, but I did land some free tickets and actually had a good time.)

- Frivolous Lawsuit of the Week -

I could probably make this a recurring feature if I tried hard enough.

Yankees fan caught sleeping sues ESPN announcers | Wichita Eagle

A Yankees fan has filed a $10 million lawsuit against two ESPN announcers contending they mocked him when he was caught on national television sleeping in his seat during a game at Yankee Stadium.  (Ed. Note: If you want to take a nap, take a nap.  If you want to go to a baseball game, go to a baseball game.  Don't combine the two.  Imagine the storm if this guy had taken a hot dog to the face while taking his nap!)

- This Day in Sports History -

1953 - Notre Dame announced that the next five years of its football games would be shown in theatres over closed circuit TV.

2003 - Dominik Hasek announced he was coming out of retirement and joining the Detroit Red Wings.

- Videos of the Day -

Fredi Gonzalez ejected after umps overturn possible neighborhood play -

According to the rules of the new instant replay system, the neighborhood play at second base is not reviewable. It's about safety more than anything. Infielders "cheat" and leave the bag early while turning a double play all the time just to avoid the oncoming runner. They've been doing it for years and MLB understandably decided to make it a non-reviewable call. (Ed. Note: I think it's dumb that the "neighborhood play" is not reviewable, but whatever. I think they should have to be on the bag.)

Brian Wilson throws up hands at Carlos Triunfel's odd choice on defense | Big League Stew - Yahoo Sports

It's not often that we see one Major League Baseball player express displeasure with a teammate in front of the entire world. But after infielder Carlos Triunfel made a curious decision that appeared to cost the Los Angeles Dodgers a run Sunday afternoon, right-hander Brian Wilson couldn't help himself

Low-approaching F-16 causes crowd to duck at Waddington air show (VIDEO) | Wichita Eagle

Crowds of people watching the RAF Waddington Air Show this weekend had to duck out of the path of an oncoming Turkish F-16.

- Daily Trivia -

Yesterday's answer: John Riggins won the NFL Comeback Player of the Year award in 1978.

Today's question: What NBA Championship team from 2006-2007 included Jacque Vaughn on the roster?