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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 1.09.15

A look-see around today's internets.

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Happy Friday!!

- Kansas Sports -

University of Kansas Softball - Stein to Represent Kansas, Big 12 at NCAA Convention

Kansas senior Maddie Stein is one of three Big 12 student-athletes selected by the commissioner of the Big 12 conference to represent the Jayhawks and the league at the 2015 NCAA Convention in Washington, D.C.

Carlton Bragg headed to that Kansas |

Bragg, the No. 14-ranked recruit in the Class of 2015 by, walked to the podium wearing a crimson-and-blue striped tie, reached down, grabbed a red-billed KU hat, placed it on his head and declared: “Next year, I’ll be playing at the University of Kentucky.” Instantly, the VASJ star, whose big moment was live-streamed by and, covered his face with his hands and stuck out his tongue, trying to wag the misplaced K-word away. “Kansas,” Bragg clarified.

The Day After: A barn-burner at Baylor | Tale of the Tait |

This team has talent and varying degrees of confidence. But Wednesday's effort may go down as one of the biggest they'll have all season because these guys now know they can win a tough game even when Mason does not play like a super hero.

KU's Mykhailiuk, Self work to overcome language barrier |

Self more than anything wants to see more aggressiveness out of Mykhailiuk. The coach believes the guard had more confidence going up against No. 1 Kentucky than he’s had the last few weeks in practice. “He needs something good to happen, and I think it will,” Self said. “He’s going to play out of it, and when he does, he’ll be really good.”

KU's Frank Mason is blowing up -- and so is the rap song he inspired | FOX Sports

"I recorded everything and he sent me a voice memo of him talking, of him giving me a shout-out," rapper RedHead -- real name Derek Minigan -- says of the tune, cut in late 2013, posted YouTube in March 2014, and, thanks to a series of Thursday tweets by national college basketball writers, one of the semi-viral videos of this past week.

- College Sports -

Surprisingly, no upsets in college bball to link for you today.

Urban Meyer is against expanding the College Football Playoff to eight teams -

"You can't do that," Meyer said. "Now that I've done it and, once again, there better be coaches on these committees. I think we learned a lesson, you know, with all the family travel and there better be student-athlete representation on any conversation, and I'm going to be very outspoken about that if there's any more conversation about adding games there better be coaches on that and there better be student athletes."

Kentucky college to offer video game scholarships | USA TODAY College

A private liberal arts college in Kentucky says it will make video games an official sport and start offering scholarships to gamers in the fall.

- Professional Sports -

Yeah, So, Andrew Wiggins Is Getting Good

There wasn't a whole lot to say about Andrew Wiggins in the early part of the season, because before dunking all over Kevin Love, he wasn't really doing much to get excited about. Lately, however, the 19-year-old rookie has started to look like a pretty damn good NBA player.

Titans live-tweet 'Music City Miracle,' Rams get last laugh -

The Tennessee Titans had what seemed like a bright idea on Thursday: Since it was the 15th anniversary of the 'Music City Miracle,' the team's Twitter account decided to live-tweet the Jan. 8, 2000 playoff game as if it were happening right now.

USOC gives nod to Boston, which will bid to host 2024 Olympics -

Boston won out over Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., all of which were considered finalists for the bid. Officials from each city made their pitches to the committee back in December.

Ex-Dolphins player falls in ocean, survives by swimming 9 miles to land -

Konrad had been fishing by himself when he fell in the ocean. According to the Coast Guard, Konrad's boat was on cruise control when he went overboard, so the boat continued on its predetermined route.

- Potpourri -

Can You Beat This Virtually Unbeatable Poker Algorithm?

The challenge is on. Computer scientists say they've created an algorithm that has essentially solved a version of Texas hold 'em, and it's guaranteed to beat every single puny human competitor in the long run. Don't believe it? Why, you can play against the program yourself.

Official's threat to keep name out of print backfires badly - Tulsa World: Ap

Kirby Delauter might need to rethink his strategy for keeping his name out of print. The Frederick County, Maryland, councilman's name was published Tuesday in newspapers, websites, news and opinion blogs and seemingly every corner of the Internet after he threatened to sue his local newspaper if it dared to publish his name without his permission.

Christmas Day charity shop fire was started by snow globe beaming burning shard of sunlight | Daily Mail Online

A fire in the window of a charity shop on Christmas morning was started by sunlight refracting through a snow globe.

Top 10 Biggest Design Flaws In The U.S.S. Enterprise

Star Trek broke new ground by having a spaceship without fins and rockets, and by consulting with the RAND Corp. on its design. And the Enterprise is indeed a beauty. But the Federation's coolest starship isn't flawless, by any means. Here are the 10 biggest design flaws in the U.S.S. Enterprise.

- Videos and Pics of the Day -

LOOK: Lions fans bash refs with 'lyin' billboards in Detroit -

The officiating crew from Sunday's Lions-Cowboys game probably shouldn't plan on visiting Detroit anytime soon because Lions fans definitely aren't over what happened to their team in Detroit's 24-20 wild-card loss.

11 Sports GIFs That Will Restore Your Faith In Humanity

With terrorist attacks in the U.S. and France, a man throwing his five-year-old daughter off a bridge to her death, and more alleged Bill Cosby victims, it's tough to have a positive outlook on the world at large. As a public service, then, we searched to find eleven GIFs that will restore your faith in humanity.

Man Runs Onto Court, Shoves Basketball Player, Gets Clotheslined

During a basketball game between Montenegro club Buducnost and Turkey club Banvit, some dude ran onto the court, and shoved a Banvit player after a free throw attempt. Banvit teammate E.J. Rowland came from behind and clotheslined the court invader's soul out of him. Don't run onto the court.