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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 8.04.14

A look-see around today's internets.

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- Kansas Sports -

Column: OC John Reagan gets point across |

At one point, when the group was working under the 5-foot-tall metal chute utilized to emphasize good pad level, Reagan hopped under there with them and, rep after rep, put himself through some of the physically demanding tasks he was asking his players to endure.

Drop-plagued TE Jimmay Mundine heeds coach’s call: ‘Catch the ball’ |

Junior-year drops kept him from transforming into the total package he aspired to be, so this summer — while still working on all the things players would prefer to ignore (see: getting down in a three-point stance) — he has lived by three words: catch the ball.

Kansas football camp questions | Wichita Eagle

Mr. Ed says: Whoever put this together answered most of these questions with more questions. Whatever.

UK football commitment Mathis headed to Kansas | Football recruiting |

Mathis told the Herald-Leader on Saturday morning that he now plans to enroll at Kansas University in the spring after finishing up one more class at Kilgore College (Texas) this fall. He said he will have two years of remaining eligibility after going through spring practice with the Jayhawks next year.

Juco CB switches commitment from Kentucky to Kansas |

Mathis hopes to finish his academic requirements at Kilgore in time to join the Jayhawks in December and take part in spring football.

2014 Big Twelve Football Position Rankings | Linebackers - Crimson And Cream Machine

8. Kansas Jayhawks - With seniors Michael Reynolds (37 tackles/6.5 sacks) and Ben Heeney (88 tackles/2 sacks) joining junior Jake Love (58 tackles) as returning starters, there is no way KU should be ranked this low at the end of the season.

Figuring Out Jake Heaps - State of The U

With Kevin Olsen suspended for a game, it seems clear that Heaps is the favorite to start against Louisville, barring a miraculous recovery from Ryan Williams, or an incredible camp from Brad Kaaya.

KU great Loneski dies |

Loneski, who was a roommate of Wilt Chamberlain at KU and starter on KU’s 1957 NCAA runner-up team, was first-team all-league for three seasons and honorable mention All-American.

Kevin Haskin: Former KU linebacker gets Kiss of television |

Tough, yet personable, the former Kansas linebacker gave the new Los Angeles franchise a marketable personality. So much so, producers for a documentary that will soon air on AMC were drawn to Mortensen’s vibrant character.

- College Sports -

Even as college athletic department revenues rise, student subsidies remain | The Kansas City Star

Take the case at the University of Kansas, for example, where the athletic department responded to a reduction in its student fee subsidy by selling some of the best student men’s basketball seats in Allen Fieldhouse to donors and increasing the price of student football and men’s basketball ticket packages to compensate for $350,000 in lost revenue.

Charlie Strong confirms suspensions, dismissals for Texas Longhorns players - ESPN

Strong announced the dismissal of running backs Joe Bergeron and Jalen Overstreet and defensive back Chevoski Collins in his first public comments since July reports that the trio had been kicked off the team. All three players have been granted a release to transfer.

- Professional Sports -

Andrew Wiggins of Cleveland Cavaliers -- I want to play where I'm wanted - ESPN

"I just want to play for a team that wants me. So whichever team wants me I'll play for," he told ESPN's "SportsCenter," from Tarrytown, New York, where he was taking part in a photo shoot for Panini trading cards.

What's Love Got To Do With It?

The Cavs are a team, with Wiggins, that can win 55-58 games this season and who are more than capable of advancing to the NBA Finals. Winning a championship? I don’t know about that, but Kevin Love wouldn’t help them beat the Western Conference – remember, Spurs, defense, and all that stuff? So trading away a 19-year old potential superstar to get to the exact same place that you could get to with him this season, is just nonsensical. If the Cavs are even remotely considering dealing Wiggins for Love we may need a fan intervention.

Tigers become first team since 2006 to score in every inning -

Detroit is the first team to score in every inning since the Yankees did it to the Blue Jays in April 2006. They're only the fifth team to score in every inning in the last 35 years.

(Almost literally) no one watched Wednesday's Astros-A's game on TV -

Let's give a special nod of ridicule to's local blackout policy, in the absence of which fans in Oakland and Houston might have been able to, you know, watch their teams play. Things as they were, though, literally almost no one saw the game.

MLB: 'Catcher did not provide a lane' during play in Reds-Marlins game -

The league has been quick to make adjustments to the new blocking rules this year, but I'm not sure what they could change after this. They're not going to eliminate the rule and make the game less safe. This is all on the New York crew making a mistake during the review. Winters, the home plate ump, nailed the initial call. He got it exactly right. The review crew screwed up.

An ambidextrous pitcher wows Cape Cod League - Yahoo Sports

The 20-year-old from tiny Judson University in Illinois is one of baseball's rare ambidextrous pitchers. He's been all the rage in the prestigious Cape Cod League since he touched the low 90s on the radar gun - with both arms - in last week's All-Star game.

Toughest jobs in sports: Professional gambler | The Turnstile - Yahoo Sports

A gambler must win 52.4 percent of even-money bets just to avoid losing money and closer to 55 percent year-round to earn a worthwhile living because bookmakers build a guaranteed profit into the action by requiring bettors to wager $11 to win $10. Winning just over half the time sounds deceptively easy to inexperienced gamblers, but studies suggest that 97 percent of sports bettors lose money wagering longterm — and the losses can mount quickly.

- In The News -

Ohio's 4th largest city has no drinking water | Wichita Eagle

The warning effectively cut off the water supply to 400,000 people in Toledo, most of its suburbs and a few areas in southeastern Michigan.

- Today in Sports History -

1934 - Mel Ott became the first MLB player to score six runs in a single game.

1983 - Dave Winfield (New York Yankees) threw a baseball during warmups and accidentally hit and killed a seagull.

1985 - Tom Seaver of the Chicago White Sox picked up his 300th career victory.

1985 - Rod Carew of the California Angels picked up his 3,000th hit.

1986 - The USFL cancelled the 1986 season.

- Videos of the Day -

McKayla Maroney cartwheels and flips her way to impressive first pitch | Big League Stew - Yahoo Sports

Nevertheless, McKayla Maroney, who became famous as much during the 2012 Olympics for her "not impressed" facial expression than her actual gymnastic abilities, arrived to U.S. Cellular Field with a plan — or maybe we should say a routine — that guaranteed her first pitch would stand out from the others.

Jeff Bridges channels The Dude, bowls first pitch at Dodgers game | Big League Stew - Yahoo Sports

Of course, Bridges was actually there to promote his new film, The Giver, which opens in theaters on Aug. 15, but he couldn't help but have a Dude moment when going through with his delivery. Rather than throwing the pitch to Dodgers reliever Brian Wilson, Bridges made the approach and rolled it like a bowling ball, which took many back to a famous scene from The Big Lebowski.

VIDEO: Jon Singleton hits an inside the park home run -

Yes, the initial call on the field was out, but Astros manager Bo Porter challenged the call and won. And Singleton has his first career inside-the-park homer. It was his 10th homer of the season.

VIDEO: Sam Fuld tumbles, throws runner out at the plate -

Replay confirmed the out call, though I'm not sure if the Royals challenged the tag or whether the catcher was blocking the lane to the plate. Either way, great throw by Fuld.

- Daily Trivia -

Friday's answer: KU's punter during the 2002 season was Curtis Ansel.

Today's question: Who succeeded Phog Allen as Kansas' men's basketball coach?