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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 1.26.15

A look-see around today's internets.

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I still don't think that the WVU player got fouled at the end of overtime.  Bad call, ref.

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'A' for effort: Texas needed this game, but Bill Self's Jayhawks WANTED it more | FOX Sports

Texas needed this game. Period. The Longhorns needed it the way the Cyclones needed last Saturday. If you don't handle Rock Chalk on your home court, good luck trying for a split at Allen Fieldhouse, where the Jayhawks allow opponents almost 10 fewer points per game than they do anyplace else on the planet.

#KUReview: Twitter questions center on one KU player |

KU coach Bill Self seems content with keeping Jamari Traylor in the starting lineup, and as long as the minutes start to swing more in Alexander's direction like they did Saturday (27 minutes for Alexander; 20 for Traylor), then it's obviously up to Self to determine who gives KU the best chance when playing the opening minutes.

The Day After: Near-perfection in Austin, Texas | Tale of the Tait |

While KU was doing its thing in Austin, TCU was taking West Virginia to the wire in Morgantown and Texas Tech was getting ready to knock off Iowa State in Lubbock. Just one week after a loss at Iowa State seemed to blow the Big 12 race wide open, the Jayhawks have jumped right back into the driver's seat in a big way.

KU football lands 4, loses 2 on recruiting trail |

The plus-two weekend for the Jayhawks brings their total number of commitments in the current recruiting class to 23, which leaves room for two more commitments before signing day.

Gardner's Historic Day Leads Kansas Women Over West Virginia, 65-59

For the first time in over 33 years a Kansas women's basketball player reached the 20-point, 20-rebound plateau. Senior forward Chelsea Gardner's exact 20-point, 20-rebound performance was instrumental in leading the charge over West Virginia, 65-59 as Kansas won its second comeback game in a row Saturday afternoon inside Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas Volleyball Celebrates 2014 Season

Stats aside, the banquet is reserved more for family time – both team and biological – than numbers. Bechard took the time to thank everyone on his coaching and support staffs, paying close attention to leave no one out. His mentors, the team bus driver, radio broadcasters, student managers, associate athletics director of academic and career counseling, massage therapist and many more made the 'thank you' list. He also gave a special thanks to certified athletic trainer Aimee Miyazawa for her nearly 10 years of incredible service to the team as she moves on to become the head athletic trainer for the USA Volleyball's beach national teams.

Kansas Leaves its Mark on Mabee Center with Seven Pool Records

Seven pool records fell and all but one event was won by Kansas in a double dual against Truman State and William Jewell Saturday afternoon.

Special Olympians Give Energy to KU Basketball at Annual Clinic

Ten teams from Special Olympics Kansas spent more than two hours with their college hoops heroes as the goals were lowered in Allen Fieldhouse. Following a group stretch, the clinicians broke up into their teams and rotated among stations such as ball handling, layups, free throws and dunks. The clinic concluded with the Jayhawks signing autographs for the Special Olympians.

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Trio of Jayhawks Make Pro Bowl Debuts

Harris and Stuckey helped lead Team Irvin to a 32-28 win over Talib's Team Carter. Harris tallied two solo stops in the win, while Stuckey was credited with one assisted tackle for Team Irvin. Talib was the second-leading tackler for Team Carter with five solo tackles.

Ernie Banks died after suffering heart attack, family says - ESPN Chicago

Ernie Banks' family has announced that the Chicago Cubs Hall of Famer died after suffering a heart attack. Banks, a two-time National League MVP who spent his entire major league career with the Cubs, died Friday at the age of 83.

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LOOK: Adam Vinatieri misses extra point on narrow uprights in Pro Bowl -

If the uprights look narrower on Vinatieri's kick, that's because they are. For the 2015 Pro Bowl, the league decided to narrow the uprights to 14-feet. The normal width of the uprights is 18-feet, six-inches.

WATCH: 'Saturday Night Live' mocks Patriots and Deflategate -

The opening monologue featured a fake Bill Belichick washing his hands of the whole thing and dumping the problem on Tom Brady.  "I love him like a son, just an estranged son I wouldn't trust around footballs," the fake Belichick said.

'Wheel of Fortune' contestant should have read the rules

After middle contestant Lindsey scores a “P,” revealing the “Landmark” category puzzle to be “THE  P _ _  NTED  DESERT,” she incorrectly guesses “The Pointed Desert.” Following that, participant James guesses, yep, the exact same phrase: “The Pointed Desert.”