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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 8.12.14

A look-see around today's internets.

Jamie Squire

The Royals are in first place!  In mid-August!

p.s. - All you Billy Butler haters can go suck a lemon.

- Kansas Sports -

University of Kansas Football With A New Outlook, Offensive Leaders Meet with Media Monday

"Jitters, not being comfortable in the offense and not having confidence in myself," Cozart said. "I worked on widening my base in the pocket, being more equal, (Staying) more comfortable in the pocket and being patient. I think those four things I worked on have definitely helped my accuracy."

Kevin Haskin: Cozart feeling more confident in new KU offense |

With all that must be done with the offense install, developing Cozart is job one. "There's nothing that will drive an offense to success, or failure, more quickly than a quarterback," Reagan said.

Work of (Coz)art: Kansas QB’s confidence soaring |

"I wanted to stay (close to home) and be one of those hometown heroes that you hear about and put Kansas back on the map," he said. "Hopefully we’re going to do that this year. ... Those guys are counting on me, and I’m ready for it and looking forward to it."

KU's Tony Pierson unafraid following concussion issues last season |

"Back then it really scared me," Pierson said, "but now, I don't even really think about it. I just go out there and play ball."

Updated roster shows big gains for several KU football players |

The weights that changed were from their most recent weigh-in and differed from what was listed on signing day last February, before many of the players arrived in Lawrence and began working with KU strength coach Scott Holsopple.

University of Kansas Men's Basketball KU to Appear on ESPN’s Big Monday Four Times for Ninth Straight Season

Since the inception of the Big 12 in 1996-97, Kansas is 52-17 all-time on ESPN's Big Monday (29-1 at home, 23-16 on the road), including 33-9 under head coach Bill Self. Additionally, KU has won 22-straight ESPN Big Monday games in Allen Fieldhouse, which includes an 18-0 mark under Self.

University of Kansas Women's Golf Kansas Women’s Golf Inks International Recruit

Winyarat will be the third member currently on the KU roster from Thailand, joining junior Yupaporn Kawinpakorn and sophomore Pornvipa Sakdee. Last year, Kawinpakorn set the KU single-season stroke average record with a 74.46 in earning All-Big 12 honors. Sakdee was the only freshman on the KU team last season and recorded two top-10 finishes. Another Thailand native, Thanuttra Boonraksasat, graduated from KU last spring and is Kansas' all-time leader in event appearances with 47.

- College Sports -

Jameis Winston Twitter campaign backfires on Florida State Seminoles - ESPN

The Twitterverse quickly went on the attack. The tweets covered a wide range from witty to malicious. Most were aimed at Winston, but others questioned why the university would risk this type of response.

WVU's Dana Holgorsen: 'You lie in recruiting a bunch' -

Dana Holgorsen is being very honest about recruiting when he says that a big part of recruiting is ... lying. When speaking to the media on Monday the West Virginia coach didn't feel the need to sugarcoat what goes into the recruiting process.

- Professional Sports -

Oakland Athletics vs. Kansas City Royals - Recap - August 11, 2014 - ESPN

Alcides Escobar pumped his fist. Jarrod Dyson did a backflip. And for the first time in more than a decade, the Kansas City Royals were in first place in mid-August.

Royals get Willingham from Twins for minor leaguer - Yahoo Sports

The Royals bolstered their offense Monday by acquiring outfielder Josh Willingham from the Minnesota Twins, a move the long-suffering franchise hopes will help them end a playoff drought that stretches back nearly three decades.

SungWoo Lee, Royals fan from South Korea, takes in first game at Kauffman Stadium | The Kansas City Star

Mr. Ed says: This is old news, but if Dayton Moore lets this guy get on an airplane back to South Korea, that would be the worst move the Royals have made since the Jermaine Dye/Neifi Perez trade.  The Royals haven't lost since SungWoo landed in the USA.

Wiggins deflects questions about trade to Wolves |

"Going to Kansas University kind of prepares you for moments like this," he said, "because at Kansas they treat the basketball players like rock stars."

- In The News -

Robin Williams Dead of Apparent Suicide

Robin Williams, the manic comic genius who morphed from TV's Mork from Ork to Oscar-winning glory, is dead of an apparent suicide. He was 63.

Police: Several arrested in unrest near St. Louis - Yahoo News

Authorities in Ferguson used tear gas and rubber bullets to try to disperse a large crowd Monday night that had gathered at the site of a burned-out convenience store damaged a night earlier, when many businesses in the area were looted.

California debates 'yes means yes' sex assault law - Yahoo News

The legal definition of rape in most states means the perpetrator used force or the threat of force against the victim, but the California legislation could set the stage in which both parties could accuse each other of sexual assault, he said. "This bill would very, very radically change the definition of rape," he said.

WWII Vet, 89, Bids Tearful Goodbye to 3-year-old Best Friend

Kindem's friendship with his next door neighbor Emmett Rychner, 3, in Farmington, Minnesota, became a heartwarming story that went viral.

Someone found the unbeatable Goomba in Super Mario 64

If you've played the classic 1996 game (or any Mario, really), you’ve undoubtedly stomped on more than a few Goombas. But it turns out that one of those little mushroom-shaped baddies is also the only antagonist in the game that can't be defeated.

- This Day in Sports History -

1964 - Mickey Mantle set an MLB record when he hit home runs from both sides of the plate in the same game.

1969 - The Boston Celtics were sold for $6 million, at that time, the highest price ever paid for a pro basketball team.

1973 - Jack Nicklaus won his 14th major golf title.  That win broke Bobby Jones' 50-year-old record.

1986 - Rod Carew became the first player in the history of the California Angels franchise to have his uniform number retired (#29).

1994 - MLB players went on strike rather than allow team owners to limit their salaries.  The strike lasted 232 days, wiping out the World Series for the firs ttime in 90 years.

- Videos of the Day -

VIDEO: The Orioles made a lot of bad throws on this play -

Please the witness the following series of pratfalls from Monday night's Yankees-Orioles game - pratfalls that would quite possibly make Tom Emanski take a hostage.

Runner can't cut the mustard at KC Royals Hot Dog Derby (VIDEO) | Wichita Eagle

A young boy participating in the Kansas City Royals' Hot Dog Derby falls repeatedly while trying to keep his costume pants on during the traditional foot race this past weekend.