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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 8.06.14

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A look-see around today's internets.

Jamie Squire

Football practice starts in just a couple days.  Is fetch gonna be a bear until October?  Come on, man, it'll be ok, I know it's hard, but try and enjoy some football!

- Kansas Sports -

University of Kansas Football Football Opens 2014 Fall Camp Thursday; Fan Appreciation Day Set for Saturday, August 16

Kansas football players will report for 2014 fall camp Thursday, Aug. 7. Third-year head coach Charlie Weis will welcome the KU players to Lawrence as the Jayhawks prepare for the 2014 season.

University of Kansas Football Memorial Stadium Track Removal Nearing Completion

Work on a project to remove the track from KU's Memorial Stadium that began in late June is nearing completion.

Captain obviously: Accolade-averse Heeney clear star, say Jayhawks | KUsports.com

“You either get better or you get worse,” Heeney said. “If I stop trying to get better, then what’s the rest of the team gonna do? I feel like I definitely have a lot more to prove this year. I mean, we went 3-9 last year.” (Mr. Ed says: I really, really like this kid. I'm really pulling for him to stay healthy all year.)

University of Kansas Men's Basketball Kansas to Play Rhode Island in First Round of Orlando Classic

Kansas men's basketball will play Rhode Island Thanksgiving Day to open up bracket play of the 2014 Orlando Classic at HP Field House at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World resort near Orlando, Florida. Tournament officials released the bracket Tuesday.

Former Oregon signee Kasongo to visit KU | KUsports.com

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self isn’t finished pursuing players in the incoming Class of 2014. The Jayhawks — who still have one scholarship available in recruiting — this weekend are scheduled to host Ray Kasongo, a 6-foot-9, 230-pound power forward from Scarborough, Canada, who recently was denied admission to Oregon, but is said to be academically eligible to play in 2014-15. (Mr. Ed says: I wonder, is Oregon really that much more difficult to get into than Cal or KU?)

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

5. Kansas Jayhawks - Kansas has three of their four starting defensive backs returning in 2014. Strong safety Isaiah Johnson (JR), free safety Cassius Sendish (SR), and Dexter McDonald (SR) all return with experience while JUCO All-American Kevin Short steps in at corner.

- College Sports -

Big 12 and Bob Bowlsby to stage forum on collegiate athletics - ESPN

NBC broadcaster Jimmy Roberts will moderate the forum (3 p.m. CT) at the New York Hilton Midtown Hotel, which will be streamed live over Big12sports.com. (Mr. Ed says: This is the same forum as was linked yesterday; this is just a reminder in case you were interested.)

College of Charleston Cougars fire coach Doug Wojcik - ESPN

The move Tuesday comes more than a month after the school said it was investigating Wojcik, who players, assistant coaches and staffers in the athletic department said verbally abused them.

Mike Leach, staff gets raises from Washington State - ESPN

n Leach's two years at WSU, the Cougars are 9-16. They were 9-40 the previous four seasons, under former coach Paul Wulff.

Michigan State clarifies that it has dismissed Kenny Kaminski | The Dagger - Yahoo Sports

Two days after the 6-foot-8 redshirt sophomore said he intends to transfer to another school, Michigan State coach Tom Izzo released a statement indicating he had dismissed Kaminski from the program. Izzo explained the decision bluntly, noting that Kaminski "could not live up to the obligations necessary to be part of our program."

Big 12 Coaches: A Pro-Con Analysis - Bring On The Cats

Mr. Ed says: If you don't have a sense of humor, don't click here. I laughed out loud a couple of times.

- Professional Sports -

Becky Hammon hired by San Antonio Spurs - ESPN

The San Antonio Spurs hired Hammon as an assistant coach on Tuesday, making her the first full-time, paid female assistant on an NBA coaching staff. When Hammon retires from her 16-year WNBA career at the end of the San Antonio Stars' season, she will immediately move to the staff of the defending NBA champions, working with the revered Gregg Popovich on scouting, game-planning and the day-to-day grind of practice like no woman has ever done before.

Andrew McCutchen has a fractured rib with cartilage damage - CBSSports.com

Pirates star Andrew McCutchen was forced to leave Sunday's game with what at the time was believed to be a muscle issue -- possibly his oblique. As it turns out, though, the Pirates released a statement Tuesday saying that McCutchen actually has "an avulsion fracture involving the costochondral cartilage of the left 11th rib." (Mr. Ed says: I agree with the author of this blurb that MLB needs to do something about this. They need to send Bob Melvin a message.)

Latest Incident Shows Why The Diamondbacks Are Considered The Dirtiest Team In Baseball - Yahoo Sports

Even the Diamondbacks announcers agreed that the pitch that hit Goldschmidt was not intentional while the one that hit McCutchen clearly was. This means the Diamondbacks intentionally put an opposing player at risk over what was essentially a freak injury.

- In The News -

U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts defeats tea party challenger Milton Wolf in Kansas Republican primary | Wichita Eagle

U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts held off a primary challenge from Milton Wolf, a Leawood radiologist, after months of squabbling over whether Roberts was truly a Kansan.

Kansas City streetcar plan stopped in its tracks | The Kansas City Star

Voters hit the brakes Tuesday on an ambitious plan to expand streetcars past downtown. They trounced a new streetcar taxing district, with 60 percent voting against it in unofficial final returns.

Sprint is ending pursuit of T-Mobile, sources say, and replacing Dan Hesse as CEO | The Kansas City Star

Sprint Corp. has dropped its long efforts to acquire rival T-Mobile US Inc. and will replace chief executive officer Dan Hesse as early as Wednesday, published reports said.

Korean Royals fan gets royal treatment for first visit to Kansas City | The Kansas City Star

The Royals superfan made headlines when it was announced by his welcoming committee of Chris Kamler, Dave Darby, Kevin Robinson, Ethan Bryan and Jeff Huerter that Lee would finally make the trip to Kansas City to watch the Royals.

- This Day in Sports History -

1890 - Cy Young picks up his first MLB victory.

1926 - Gertrue Ederle became the first American woman to swim the English channel.

1952 - Satchel Paige became the oldest pitcher to complete an MLB game at age 46.

1969 - Willie Stargell of the Pittsburgh Pirates becomes the first player to hit a ball completely out of Dodger Stadium, the shot traveling an estimated distance of 506 feet from home plate.

- Videos of the Day -

Adam Dunn Pitched In A Game Tuesday Night

Dunn didn't just add his name to the list of all the random position players to have pitched in a major league game, he added his name to a very random and very short list of Hall of Famers.

Brendan Ryan Slows Liner Down With Glove, Makes Bare-Handed Grab

That's one way to record an out, sure. Not the most efficient way, but an out's an out and Brendan Ryan finally corralled J.D. Martinez's liner with his bare hand after it popped out of (or off) of his glove.

VIDEO, WEIRDNESS: Second ball on field costs Indians an out - CBSSports.com

Yep, that's a second ball on the field, and Murphy was extinguished at third because the non-sanctioned ball lured him off the bag. (Mr. Ed says: Man, that's a bummer, because he had his back to the play, he had no idea that the "real" ball in play was already in the infield.)

VIDEO: One-armed Dawson Batts pitches, hits in youth All-Star game - CBSSports.com

The North Carolina native was born without a left arm, and as you can see he's adapted quite nicely to a limitation that would probably keep the rest of us on the sofa. As this MLB.com piece notes, Batts was considered the top player on his tournament team, and he also turned a pair of unassisted triple plays during the season.

- Daily Trivia -

Come on you guys, don't let misterbrain have all the fun!

Yesterday's answer: Gale Sayers led the NFL in rushing in two of his four full professional season.

Today's question: What Kansas baseball player was selected by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association as the 2006 "Stopper of the Year?"