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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 8.05.14

A look-see all around today's internets.

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Weird Wednesday is due for a comeback any week now, so if you've come across some odd news stories, be sure to email them to misterbrain (along with your RCT username for credit).

In other news - well, that's pretty much all I have today is other news.  Only a couple of links deal directly with KU today.  Regardless, hope you enjoy.

- Kansas Sports -

Kansas Basketball Roundup |

NBC solves case of Wiggins jerseys; Kansas-Kentucky gametime announced; Chad Ford's 2015 mock draft; Chase Jeter picks Duke; Brandon Ingram to visit KU and Kentucky; Dennis Smith lists KU; Hunter Mickelson overseas update

Tracking the progress at Memorial Stadium, Part III | Tale of the Tait |

There's still some work to be done, with regard to stitching in the lines and markings off of the playing field and adding the new Big 12 logo to the turf and the new black, decorative fence that will surround the south end, but the bulk of what's going to be there on Saturdays this fall is in place and you can really start to see what it will look like.

University of Kansas Football KU Kickoff at Corinth Square Set For August 22

Kansas Athletics and the KU Alumni Association will join forces to host the family-friendly event located at 83rd & Mission Road in Prairie Village, Kansas. KU football head coach Charlie Weis and women's basketball head coach Bonnie Henrickson will each address the crowd at Corinth Square. (Mr. Ed says: They've had Bill Self there in the past, I wonder why he won't be there this year.)

The Season: The best of the Big 12 - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Kansas: Gale Sayers, RB, 1963

(Jake Trotter's) take: Sayers' 1964 season was magnificent, too, when the "Kansas Comet" led the Jayhawks to a 15-14 upset over Oklahoma. How monumental was that win? Kansas has defeated the Sooners only six times since.

- College Sports -

University of Kansas Big 12 to Host Forum on State of Collegiate Athletics Wednesday

The Big 12 Conference will host "The State of College Athletics Forum" the first in a series of forums dedicated to the issues facing college athletics, Wednesday, August 6, at 3 p.m. CT. A broad-based panel from college athletics and the sports media will sit down to discuss the current state of intercollegiate athletics and its place within the context of higher education. A live stream of the event will be available above, or by visiting

Candid Coaches: Which NCAA player would you take over all others? -

Today's question: If you could pick any Division I (basketball) player and put him on your team for this season, which Division I player would you pick?

Steve Spurrier would rather schedule East Carolina than a 'bottom Big Ten team,' and rightly so | Dr. Saturday - Yahoo Sports

South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier has never been known to hold back his opinion, and at his media day news conference Sunday, the Gamecocks head coach offered what could be perceived as a slight at the Big Ten.

- In The News -

Jim Brady dies: Reagan aide, gun control advocate | Wichita Eagle

Mrs. Reagan, the former first lady, said Monday she was "deeply saddened to learn of Jim Brady's passing today. Thinking of him brings back so many memories — happy and sad — of a time in all of our lives when we learned what it means to 'play the hand we're dealt.'"

'Big Bang Theory' Stars Ink New Deals

Warner Bros. has shown Big Bang Theory stars Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco the money.

100 years on, buried WWI shells pose threat in French fields - Yahoo News

The fields and woods around Verdun, site of one of the most devastating and protracted battles of World War One, may now appear tranquil. But remnants of the war - unexploded ordnance - still pose a threat 100 years on.

Former enemies unite for World War I commemoration - Yahoo News

On Monday, from Glasgow, Scotland to Liege and the small Saint-Symphorien in southern Belgium, leaders of the former enemies Belgium, France, Britain and Germany stood together in a spirit of reconciliation to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of conflict that became known as The Great War.

Married nearly 62 years, couple die 4 hours apart | Wichita Eagle

The California couple died just four hours apart in July, spending their last moments side by side. He was 90 and she was 87.

- This Day in Sports History -

1921 - The first play-by-play broadcast of a baseball game was done by Harold Arlin.  KDKA Radio in Pittsburgh, PA described the action between the Pirates and Philadelphia.

1960 - For the first time, two MLB clubs traded managers.  Detroit traded Jimmy Dykes for Cleveland's Joe Gordon.

1984 - Toronto's Cliff Johnson set an MLB record by recording the 19th pinch-hit home run of his career.

1999 - Mark McGwire of the St. Louis Cardinals hit his 500th career home run, in the process setting the record for fewest at-bats to hit career home run #500 mark.

- Videos of the Day -

Lots of videos today, including a trip down memory lane.  Saving the best two for last...

VIDEOS: Blanco throws out Lagares, Lagares returns the favor -

The Giants beat the Mets thanks to a ninth-inning rally on Monday afternoon (SF 4, NY 3), and earlier in the game their top defensive outfielders took turns throwing each other out on the bases.

GIFs: Tigers' Ezequiel Carrera makes 'catch of the year' candidate -

As you can see, Carrera snared it on the heel of the glove, so the biggest miracle of all may be that he was able to hang on to it after impact.

VIDEOS: Albert Pujols vs. Yasiel Puig -

Mr. Ed says: There are several videos in this link, each better than the last. It sure seems like Puig and Pujols are building up some sort of rivalry with each other.

Watch Alabama fans sprint 100 yards for Nick Saban's autograph (Video) | Dr. Saturday - Yahoo Sports

Mr. Ed says: Sigh. There is some comedy gold in here, though. Enjoy.

Watch a 46-year-old Nolan Ryan repeatedly punch a dude in the face for charging the mound - The Week

Twenty-one years ago Monday, Robin Ventura taught us all a valuable lesson: Don't mess with Nolan Ryan. Ever.  (Mr. Ed says: If you'd like to see Ventura get punched in slow motion, skip ahead to the 5:11 mark.)

- Daily Trivia -

Yesterday's answer: Dick Harp succeeded Phog Allen after Allen's retirement.

Today's question: Unfortunately, Gale Sayers only completed four full NFL seasons. How many times did he lead the NFL in rushing?