Happy Friday, y'all!
- Kansas Sports -
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.
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.
"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."
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.
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.
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, 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, Jayhawkslant.com reports. Dorsey, who is ranked No. 18 in the Class of 2015, recently decommitted from Arizona.
- College Sports -
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State basketball player Thomas Gipson was arrested Wednesday in Junction City on suspicion of driving while his license was revoked.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.
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.
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.
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 CBSSports.com'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!
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 -
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.”
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!)
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.
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.
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 -
Canada is finally starting to grasp baseball.
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.
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