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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 07.09.14

A look-see around today's internets.

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- Kansas Sports -

KU's Kelly Oubre ready for competition at James' camp | Wichita Eagle

Oubre is headed to the LeBron James Skills Academy, a four-day camp for elite high school and college players that begins Wednesday in Las Vegas. Oubre will join a collection of familiar faces among the 30 college players in attendance. Kansas junior forward Perry Ellis scored an invite, as did Wichita State junior Ron Baker and Kansas State sophomore Marcus Foster.

Hustle guy Jamari Traylor builds toward breakout season |

“He (Bill Self) has me working with the guards sometimes — me and Perry (Ellis, 6-8 junior),” Traylor said. “We’ve been working on everything. It depends what he wants to do with us. We can go small. We can go big with some guys at the small forward position. He can have one of us come in (at small forward).”

KU's Jamari Traylor 'wasn't mad' when he posted controversial July 4 tweet |

"I wasn't mad. I was just tweeting about how I was feeling and my dad's situation," Traylor said Tuesday.

KU freshman Cliff Alexander has sprained right ankle, will miss a 'few weeks' of workouts |

Kansas University freshman forward Cliff Alexander suffered a severe right ankle sprain about a week ago at a KU workout and will have his foot immobilized for a “few weeks,” coach Bill Self reported Tuesday night in a text message to the Journal-World. Self stressed that no surgery would be required.

Former KU guard Andrew White to visit Florida State |

White, who transferred after two seasons at KU, has already visited Nebraska and Notre Dame.

KU forward Black grabs 10 rebounds in NBA summer league action |

He went 2-of-4 from the field and 3-of-4 from the free-throw line while starting and playing 25 minutes.

University of Kansas Football Mundine Earns Spot on Mackey Award Watch List

The John Mackey Award Selection Committee announced Tuesday that Kansas senior tight end Jimmay Mundine was named to the 2014 John Mackey Award preseason watch list.

- College Sports -

NCAA tries to make its case in post-Ed O'Bannon trial brief -

In its 36-page brief, the NCAA used the word “amateurism” 46 times and cited the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents v. Oklahoma case on 22 occasions. U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken previously said amateurism isn't a useful word in this case and that the 1984 Supreme Court ruling in Board of Regents that ended the NCAA's monopoly on football TV contracts isn't applicable to the question of paying players.

Senate committee going hard after NCAA in Wednesday hearing -

The committee sent out a release late Tuesday laying out its line of questioning. Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John D. (Jay) Rockefeller, IV, will chair the hearing. NCAA president Mark Emmert is one of the witnesses.

Rashad McCants: $10M coming from UNC, $300M from NCAA -

"Not at all," McCants said when asked if he had been contacted by the NCAA. "I'm still waiting on that. And UNC hasn't reached out to me, and neither has the NCAA. But we have strategic plans in place to really make some strides and get the awareness out for the people who don't know anything about what's really going on." (Ed Note: Maybe I'm misunderstanding, but it seems like McCants is expecting a $310M payday.  He seems a little out of touch with reality...)

- Professional Sports -

Besler meets with Sporting KC to discuss future | Wichita Eagle

As his Sporting Kansas City future lingers in a precarious position, Matt Besler took part in productive conversations with club owners over the weekend, according to his agent.

Brazil 1-7 Germany - World Cup hosts utterly humiliated in semfinal - ESPN FC

Tears flowed like water in the Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte as before even half-an-hour had gone, Brazil were 5-0 down, and the final scoreline was 7-1, equalling their worst-ever defeat, 6-0 to Uruguay back in 1920 before the World Cup had even begun.

Adidas has signed Cleveland Cavaliers draft pick Andrew Wiggins to shoe deal, according to sources - ESPN

Andrew Wiggins, the first overall pick of this year's NBA draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers, has signed a shoe endorsement deal with adidas, sources have told Sources with knowledge of the signing say the contract is a multiyear deal that comes with a guarantee of at least $2 million annually.

Eight 2014 Home Run Derby participants officially announced -

Eight of the 10 participants in the 2014 Home Run Derby -- which takes place Monday in Minnesota's Target Field -- were officially announced Tuesday night by Major League Baseball.

- In The News -

Crews remove all 3 Boeing fuselage from derailment site (VIDEO) | Wichita Eagle

Nineteen train cars derailed Thursday, spilling three fuselages into the Clark Fork River near Alberton and three more near the tracks. Frost says the fuselages and their flatbed cars weigh a combined 70 tons each.

Smallpox vials turn up in an old storage box | The Kansas City Star

The find was disturbing because for decades after smallpox was declared eradicated in 1980, world health authorities said the only known samples left were safely stored in super-secure laboratories in Atlanta and in Russia.

Visitor trapped in Chicago jail for about 30 hours | Wichita Eagle

A visitor to Chicago's Cook County Jail was trapped inside for about 30 hours over the July Fourth weekend.

US workers encountered man left in cell for days | Wichita Eagle

Chong, a student at University of California, San Diego, was detained in a drug sweep and told after brief questioning that he would be released. Last year, he reached a multimillion-dollar settlement with the federal government over what his attorneys called a near-death experience.

- This Day in Sports History -

1968 - The first MLB All-Star game to be played indoors took place at the Astrodome in Houston, TX.

1985 - Herschel Walker of the New Jersey Generals was named MVP of the USFL.

1997 - Mike Tyson was banned from the boxing ring and fined $3 million for biting the ear of opponent Evander Holyfield.

2000 - Pete Sampras set a record when he won the men's singles championship at Wimbledon, his 13th Grand Slam title.

2002 - The MLB All-Star game ended in a 7-7 tie after 11 innings after both team managers informed commissioner Bud Selig they had run out of players. (Ed Note: Ugh, don't get me started on this.  I hate that the MLB All-Star game is played (and managed) like an exhibition.  Even now, even though they say "it counts" for World Series home field advantage.)

- Video of the Day -

Or GIF of the day in today's case.

GIF: Phil Mickelson hits flop shot backwards at Scottish Open -

This shot came in a practice round on Tuesday in Scotland but with the way he struck it he might want to keep that one in the bag for one of the two Opens he's about to play.

- Daily Trivia -

Yesterday's answer: The San Antonio Spurs won the 2006-07 NBA Championship with Jacque Vaughn on the roster.

Today's question: What Milwaukee Bucks player recorded a triple-double (15 pts, 13 assists, 10 rebs) vs the Cleveland Cavaliers on March 14, 2012?