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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 8.01.14

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A look-see around today's internets.

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Anyone go down Verruckt yet?

- Kansas Sports -

Nick Harwell brings new element to Kansas' offense - ESPN

Harwell's playmaking ability could create more space for Mundine, receiver/running back Tony Pierson and quarterback Montell Cozart in KU's new offense. If the Jayhawks' spring game is any indication, offensive coordinator John Reagan will make it a point to put the ball in the hands of the explosive Harwell.

KU football lands former UT offensive-line commit for 2015 | KUsports.com

Aaron Garza, a three-star offensive lineman in Rivals.com’s Class of 2015, orally committed to the Kansas University football program Thursday night. Garza, whom Rivals ranked 98th in its Texas 100 list, made his announcement on a live TV broadcast in Sherman, Texas. The 6-foot-3, 287-pound lineman initially had committed to Texas but backed out in January following the departure of former UT coach Mack Brown. Garza held offers from Arizona State, Auburn, USC, Baylor, Oklahoma State and several others.

Other news bits in this article: Jenkins-Moore lands at North Dakota; Corinth Square pep rally set for Aug 22; Fall camp opens Aug 8, full pads on Aug 12, Aug 16 is fan appreciation day at Memorial Stadium

University of Kansas Men's Basketball Self, TWC Bring Basketball to the Classroom

Five common basketball moves made ideal demonstrations to show how STEM in Sports can be applied. The duo started with defensive stance to explain center of gravity, then moved on to spinning a ball on their fingers to showcase centripetal force. They worked kinetic energy into their third demonstration, using bouncing tennis balls versus bouncing basketballs.

- College Sports -

Florida State Seminoles are No. 1 in preseason coaches' poll - ESPN

Overall, the SEC leads the way with seven teams in the poll. The Pac-12 is represented by six teams, and the Big 12 and Big Ten each have four teams in the poll.

Pain points: From ice to OxyContin, CFB healing process runs gamut - CBSSports.com

Interviews with more than 15 prominent players from power conferences show a variety of methods teams and athletes use to combat major or minor ailments.

Oregon has scratch-and-sniff season tickets - CBSSports.com

Yep, scratch-and-sniff tickets. If you scratch your Oregon ticket you'll suddenly be accosted by the scent of a burger from Carl's Jr. It was the only next logical step in ticket technology.

Mark Dantonio: 'We would have been national champions' in 2013 playoff - CBSSports.com

“I thought we would have been national champions, to be perfectly honest with you,” Dantonio told reporters at Big Ten media days Tuesday, per the Detroit News. “I think we would have had a shot to do that because I think we were playing, coming out of the end of the season -- that stretch coming out of the season -- we were playing great football and we were believing in ourselves."

Full-page ad asks Texas Tech to pay Mike Leach's 2009 salary - CBSSports.com

A group of anonymous Texas Tech fans and alumni took out a full-page ad in the Lubbock Avalanche Journal asking the school's chancellor, Robert Duncan, president, Duane Nellis and the Board of Regents to pay Leach the remainder of his $2.6 million salary from the 2009 season.

Iowa's Ferentz: 7-5 bowl eligibility cutoff worth 'a discussion' - CBSSports.com

A 7-5 cutoff wouldn't come close to fulfilling 40 bowl games, but that's sort of the point. Are there too many bowl games? "You could argue that. I have an opinion on that," Ferentz said.

- Professional Sports -

MLB non-waiver trade deadline was yesterday.  Did you team get any help?  If your team is the Royals, the answer was a resounding "No."

David Price traded to Detroit Tigers in deal with Tampa Bay Rays - ESPN

The Detroit Tigers added another Cy Young Award winner to their star-studded rotation, acquiring Price from Tampa Bay in a three-team deadline deal Thursday.

Jon Lester traded to Oakland Athletics, Yoenis Cespedes to Boston Red Sox - ESPN Boston

The Boston Red Sox traded ace pitcher Jon Lester and outfielder Jonny Gomes to the Oakland Athletics not with an eye to the distant future, but to next season, acquiring slugger Yoenis Cespedes.

Dayton Moore explains why Royals didn’t deal at trade deadline | Wichita Eagle

General manager Dayton Moore spoke with reporters for about 11 minutes before Thursday’s game, and explained the factors that hampered his ability to make a move.

Tampa Bay Station Makes Fun Of Detroit; Detroit Station Burns Them Back

Detroit's FOX 2 hit them with the comeback, though.

Royals' Hosmer (finger) to miss 3 to 6 weeks - Yahoo Sports

Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer will be out three to six weeks with a stress fracture of the third finger of his right hand.

Seattle Seahawks' Marshawn Lynch ends holdout, arrives at camp - ESPN

The Seahawks agreed to bump Lynch's base salary to $6 million instead of the $5 million he was scheduled to make this season, a source confirmed to ESPN. The $1 million addition is a combination of the $500,000 in pregame roster bonuses and $500,000 in incentives if he rushed for 1,500 yards. The Seahawks also are taking $500,000 that Lynch was slated to get paid in 2015 and giving it to him now. Lynch will now make $6.5 million this season.

- In The News -

CIA admits it broke into Senate computers; senators call for spy chief’s ouster | Wichita Eagle

An internal CIA investigation confirmed allegations that agency personnel improperly intruded into a protected database used by Senate Intelligence Committee staff to compile a scathing report on the agency’s detention and interrogation program, prompting bipartisan outrage and at least two calls for spy chief John Brennan to resign.

Kansas City Council votes to ban ‘open carry’ of firearms | The Kansas City Star

At Mayor Sly James’ urging, the City Council voted 9-0 Thursday to ban the “open carry” of firearms, saying Kansas City doesn’t need any more weapons on the streets.

French company offers $15 billion for T-Mobile US, beating Sprint to a bid | The Kansas City Star

Iliad SA, founded by multibillionaire Xavier Niel, offered $15 billion in cash Thursday for a 56.6 percent stake in T-Mobile, or $33 a share. It also offered itself as a like-minded industry disruptor well suited to team up with T-Mobile

Milton Wolf confronts Pat Roberts at campaign stop | The Kansas City Star

Tea Party challenger Milton Wolf confronted U.S. Senator Pat Roberts as he campaigned in downtown Emporia.

- This Day in Sports History -

1945 - Mel Ott hit his 500th career home run.

1972 - Joe Namath signed a two-year contract worth $500,000 with the New York Jets.

1976 - The Seattle Seahawks played their first (preseason) game, losing 27-20 to San Francisco.

1978 - Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds has his 44-game hitting steak stopped.

1986 - Bert Blyleven became the 10th pitcher to rack up 3,000 strikeouts in a career.

1993 - Reggie Jackson is admitted to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

2005 - Raphael Palmeiro is suspended for 10 days after testing positive for steroid use.  Palmeiro stood by his statements made five months earlier to the US Congress that he had never taken steroids.

- Videos of the Day -

Manny Machado makes a great play to throw out Albert Pujols — yes, again | Big League Stew - Yahoo Sports

No, we're not talking about the play from Wednesday night. Machado did it again Thursday, during Baltimore's 1-0 extra-inning loss to the Angels.

VIDEO: One hand is for the line drive, the other for the beer - CBSSports.com

We humans, you see, have two hands for a reason: one for wholesome, nutritious alcohol and one for this, our baseball.

- Daily Trivia -

Yesterday's answer: Dan Eichloff booted a 61-yard field goal vs Ball State in 1992.

Today's question: Sticking with the kicker theme, name the punter who drilled an 82-yard punt and an 83-yard punt during the 2002 season.