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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 8.15.14

A look-see around today's internets.

Jamie Squire

Happy Friday, y'all!

- Kansas Sports -

University of Kansas Football Big, Yet Athletic Defensive Line Interviewed Thursday

Senior Tedarian Johnson agreed that one of the goals in the position group is to get faster, while still being strong and tough enough to hold up against the run.

Dogged pursuer: Junior DL Semke relentlessly chases perps, QBs |

Now a 6-foot-2, 265-pound junior defensive lineman on scholarship after bouncing around from position to position as a special-teams and show-team warrior in 2013, Semke spent some of his spare summer time as “extra muscle” for a bail bonds business.

KU defensive lineman T.J. Semke has uncommon second job: bounty hunting |

"The difference between a quarterback and a person you're trying to apprehend," Semke said with a smile, "is there's a 300-plus-pound guy in front of you."

What caught my eye at Thursday's practice: Aug. 14 | Tale of the Tait |

Don't forget about Courtney Arnick. Just a sophomore, but in his third year in the program, Arnick is bigger than he has been in the past but still looks as fast and as quick as he was. He's played some linebacker and some nickelback during his first two years and seems to fit the mold of what the defense is looking for: fast, athletic guys who can make plays in space.

University of Kansas Football Football Fan Appreciation Day Saturday

Gates on the west side of Memorial Stadium will open at 1 p.m., with practice slated to begin at 1:30 p.m. Kansas head coach Charlie Weis and the Jayhawk players will sign autographs for 30 minutes following the conclusion of practice.

University of Kansas Men's Basketball KU Schedule Complete as Big 12 Announces Men’s Basketball 2014-15 Slate

Kansas' 2014-15 men's basketball schedule potentially includes 13 opponents which advanced to the 2014 postseason (10 NCAA, three NIT), including five foes that won their way to the 2014 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 or farther as the Big 12 announced its schedule Thursday.

Tyler Dorsey to visit for Late Night |

Tyler Dorsey, a 6-foot-4 senior combo guard from St. John Bosco in Bellflower, California, will visit Kansas University for the Oct. 10 Late Night in the Phog, reports. Dorsey, who is ranked No. 18 in the Class of 2015, recently decommitted from Arizona.

- College Sports -

K-State’s Thomas Gipson arrested after traffic stop | The Wichita Eagle

Kansas State basketball player Thomas Gipson was arrested Wednesday in Junction City on suspicion of driving while his license was revoked. He was also ticketed for speeding.

The U of Northwestern Ohio's new baseball field is ... interesting -

As you're about to witness, the new baseball field at the University of Northwestern Ohio (go Racers!) makes use of a somewhat non-tradional color palette.

Comeback coaches: Youngstown helps Mark Mangino back into big time -

For all the bad things said about Mangino in 2009, scores of former and current players jumped to his defense. What exactly happened remains a mystery. This is not: Mangino remains Kansas' only above-.500 coach in the past 61 years.

Q&A: Larry Brown reflects on 27-win season, Mudiay decision, SMU's future -

Larry Brown has made SMU into a nationally relevant college basketball program in less than three years on the job. The Hall of Fame coach led the Mustangs to 27 wins last season along with a runner-up finish in the NIT. CBS Sports Network and's Jon Rothstein sat down with Brown in East Hampton to discuss last year's highs and lows, the situation surrounding prized recruit Emmanuel Mudiay and what's ahead for SMU in 2014-15.

- Professional Sports -

Still in first place, y'all.  As a jaded Royals fan, I assumed it would last all of one day.  Here we are on day 3!

Royals announce pricing plan for playoff tickets | The Wichita Eagle

The team said Major League Baseball requires postseason invoices to include tickets for every potential playoff game at Kauffman Stadium. That means tickets for all potential playoff games, including tiebreaker games (for the wild card or AL Central title), are included in the postseason ticket packages available to season-ticket holders.

- In The News -

Gov. Jay Nixon orders the Highway Patrol to take over security in Ferguson | The Kansas City Star

Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson, who grew up in the community, ordered armored vehicles kept away, told his troopers not to carry their gas masks and announced: “We are going to have a different approach and have the approach that we’re in this together.”

Kansas City cop has dance-off with kids - Yahoo News

On Sunday, J. Krebs, a patrol officer with the Kansas City Police Department, challenged some children in East Kansas City to a dance-off. (Mr. Ed says: You just got served!)

Reminder: You Have a Right to Record Police

As a U.S. citizen, you have the right to record the police in the course of their public duties. The police don’t have a right to stop you as long as you’re not interfering with their work. They also don’t have a right to confiscate your phone or camera, or delete its contents, just because you were recording them.

Little girl survives 11 days in Siberian forest -

A little girl lost in a remote region of Siberia inhabited by bears and wolves survived 11 days in the subarctic forest by eating wild berries and drinking river water before her dog finally left her side to summon help, leading rescuers to her location.

GRAPH: Popular fantasy football team names on Vol. 3 -

Oy. Uninspiring. But while boring names litter the top 10, most of you seem to have similar themes on your minds. After staring all day at a list of around 3,000 of the most popular names, here's my analysis in pie-chart form.

- This Day in Sports History -

1990 - Mark McGwire hit a grand slam to become the first MLB player to hit 30 or more home runs in his first four seasons.

1993 - Nolan Ryan of the Texas Rangers picked up his 324th and final victory in a 4-1 win over the Cleveland Indians.

1997 - Dan Wilson hit the 3,000th home run in Seattle Mariners franchise history.

1997 - The LA Dodgers retired Tommy Lasorda's #2 jersey.

- Videos and Pic of the Day -

PICTURE: Blue Jays Broadcast Knows the Key to Victory is Scoring More Runs Than Other Team - SportsPickle | SportsPickle

Canada is finally starting to grasp baseball.

Sammy Watkins Is Out Here Embarrassing Dudes

The Sammy Watkins low-res highlight reel keeps on picking up clips. This latest one is from Steelers beat writer Mark Kaboly, taken during a joint practice with the Bills this afternoon. Watkins completely turns around Steelers cornerback Lew Toller and just blows past him.

22 of the Best Simpsons Chalkboard Gags

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