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- Kansas Sports-
Tony Pierson puts last season's injuries behind him; Jimmay Mundine out two weeks for 'minor' knee procedure; Greg Allen in line for a breakout season; Joe Mortensen's TV debut Tuesday night; Saturday is fan appreciation day; Former KU player Kyle Moore-Brown selected for Arena Football League Hall of Fame
Senior Trent Smiley (6-4, 240), red-shirt freshman Ben Johnson (6-5, 235) and sophomore Jordan Shelley-Smith (6-5, 245) will take more reps in Mundine's absence, with Florida transfer Kent Taylor, who has to sit out the 2014 season in accordance with NCAA transfer rules, also getting in the mix.
The defensive backs who were available for interviews and who shared their thoughts about the upcoming season included; junior corner/nickel Kevin Short, junior corner Ronnie Davis, junior safety Isaiah Johnson, sophomore corner/nickel Greg Allen and sophomore safety Fish Smithson.
His JUCO credentials were impressive. In two years at Fort Scott CC, he broke the school record for career interceptions with 10 while also being selected as first-team NJCAA All-American.
The uniform, dubbed Crimson Chrome features red pants, red jerseys, a red helmet (complete with a chrome face mask) with a huge Jayhawk head on the top and side and chrome numbers, letters and Jayhawks dotting the look. (Mr. Ed says: Now these, I LIKE!)
10. Kansas Jayhawks: With nine starters back on defense and far superior options at wide receiver in Nick Harwell and Tony Pierson, the Jayhawks should be improved in Charlie Weis' third season. But will that improvement translate into actual wins? The answer to that will hinge on how quickly sophomore quarterback Montell Cozart develops after being handed the reins to the offense in the spring.
Jaylen Brown to visit Late Night; Landen Lucas has double-double; Isaac Humphries lists KU; Tarik Black in Lawrence working out for NBA veteran's camp; Ray Kasongo down to Indiana and LSU
Coaching legends Ted Owens, Larry Brown, Roy Williams and current head coach Bill Self will reunite in Lawrence to pay homage to college basketball's most storied building. The four will join together on James Naismith Court the evening of Oct. 27 for "Celebrating 60 Years." Ticket information will be released in early September.
Kansas tied the program's highest ranking last season at No. 17 after advancing to the Sweet 16 for the first time in program history. Combined with the 2014 preseason ranking, the Jayhawks have appeared on the poll for the last 12-consecutive weeks. Since 2012, Kansas has either been in the top-25 or received votes on 24 of the last 27 national polls.
- College Sports -
Oklahoma has officially filed Green-Beckham's eligibility waiver, according to a source. The Sooners are making a case under the "run-off" waiver, that he lost his spot on Mizzou's roster out of his control.
- Professional Sports -
The no-hitter started on July 24 in Durham, where weather caused the game to be suspended until Monday in Rochester. That's 18 days and 634 miles that separated the start of the game from its finish. And still no hits for the Bulls. Crash Davis would be disappointed.
Mr. Ed says: Y'all better get busy picking fantasy team names. So far, there's a bunch of lazy owners in our league.
- In The News -
"Yesterday, I lost my father and a best friend and the world got a little grayer," his son Zak Williams said in a statement Tuesday. "I will carry his heart with me every day. I would ask those that loved him to remember him by being as gentle, kind, and generous as he would be. Seek to bring joy to the world as he sought."
Suicide is not an easy topic to talk about, not in the privacy of our own homes and certainly not in public. We saw that on Monday in the aftermath of Robin Williams’ death when, in the shock of the moment, both Fox News anchor Shepard Smith and "Different Strokes" actor Todd Bridges made huge missteps that they both now regret.
Lauren Bacall, a bewitching actress whose husky voice and smoldering onscreen chemistry with her husband Humphrey Bogart made her a defining movie star of the 1940s and who decades later won Tony Awards in the Broadway musicals "Applause" and "Woman of the Year," died Tuesday in New York. She was 89.
"The antichrist is God in disguise," the note read in part. "I represent good and evil. I’m coming for what is mine."
A trove of signatures and rare baseball cards from Boston Red Stockings players was appraised at $1 million for insurance purposes, series producer Marsha Bemko said. She said it's the largest sports memorabilia find in the history of the 19-year-old public TV show, which travels America looking for varied heirlooms and treasures.
Two German artists have claimed responsibility for replacing American flags on the Brooklyn Bridge with faded white versions last month in a bizarre urban mystery that exposed holes in security at one of the city's most enduring landmarks.
- This Day in Sports History -
Pretty weak day in history, with only one note:
1986 - USFL standout Herschel Walker signs with the Dallas Cowboys of the NFL.
- Videos/Pic of the Day -
He would do poorly in college Wheel Of Fortune.
He got real close, but no dice. Instead, a Reds fan got a souvenir and a high five from Papi. And we all got to watch him shuffle around, out of his element. Everyone wins!
That's quite a week. Lee will return home Thursday and continue to root on his beloved Royals, only now he'll have a lifetime's worth of memories. Good for him.
"Luck is the residue of design," as Branch Rickey was wont to thunder, possibly to no one in particular.
On Monday night, Zach Klein of WSB-TV in Atlanta paid his own little tribute to Robin Williams by slipping the titles of a whole bunch of the late actor's movies into his 150-second sportscast.