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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 4.13.15

Y'know, this was supposed to be my weekend off, but noooo. You got me out here draggin' your heavy ass through the burnin' desert with your dreadlocks stickin' out the back of my parachute. You gotta come down here with an attitude, actin' all big and bad... and what the hell is that SMELL??? I could've been at a barbecue!!

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Apparently there was some golf tournament this weekend?  Who knew.

- Kansas Sports -

Fresh start: KU baseball takes series, ‘huge step forward’ |

“We’ve been grinding and competing, and it’s nice to see our players get rewarded for how hard they’re working,” KU coach Ritch Price said. “I’ve had some other clubs here that, if they would’ve got buried early in the season like that, they wouldn’t continue to compete at the same level. But the energy and enthusiasm in our dugout is really special.”

What caught my eye at Day 8 of KU football's 2015 spring practices | Tale of the Tait |

I got my first look at some kickoff return drills and it's safe to say that there's still quite a battle going on back there for which guys will get first team reps with that unit this fall. On Friday, Rodriguez Coleman, Derrick Neal, Ke'aun Kinner, Corey Avery, De'Andre Mann and walk-on Ryan Schadler (a red-shirt freshman from Hesston, Kansas, who ran track at Wichita State and continues to catch my eye with his blazing speed and all-out effort) all took turns with the first team.

Top-10 player spring update: Kansas Jayhawks - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Remember, these lists won't include junior college or freshman signees who have yet to arrive on campus. We're only looking at players currently with their teams this spring. These rankings are sure to change, but here's our best assessment for the moment. We complete the series today with the Kansas Jayhawks.

Ex-Kansas safety Isaiah Johnson tweets he'll transfer to South Carolina -

Two-year Jayhawks starting safety Isaiah Johnson will transfer to the Gamecocks, reported. A fifth-year graduate senior, Johnson has one season of eligibility remaining and will be immediately eligible. Johnson confirmed his decision on Twitter.

Jayhawks give (fantasy) coaching a try |

Kansas University freshmen Devonté Graham and Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk each climbed a ladder and cut a piece of the north Allen Fieldhouse net, walking away with trophies with head coach Miles Simon of ESPN and several Bill Self Fantasy Pro Camp players 35 years old and up Sunday afternoon in Allen Fieldhouse.

Golf - Kawinpakorn Ties for First at SMU/DAC Invitational

Kansas junior Yupaporn Kawinpakorn tied for first at the SMU/DAC Invitational but lost medalist honors on the second playoff at the SMU/DAC Invitational at the Dallas Athletic Club Saturday.

Track and Field - Jayhawks Post Impressive Marks on Final Day of John McDonnell Invite

Another 1,500-meter win from junior Hannah Richardson as well as a pair of NCAA top-25 performances from senior Michael Stigler and junior Sydney Conley highlighted a strong final Saturday for Kansas track & field as the Jayhawks competed on the second and final day of the John McDonnell Invitational.

Tennis - Jayhawks Rally to Defeat No. 29 Oklahoma in a Thriller, 4-3

Kansas women's tennis defeated No. 29 Oklahoma in thrilling fashion as the Jayhawks edged the Sooners, 4-3, at the Headington Family Tennis Center Sunday afternoon.

Rowing - Top-Five Finishes Propel Kansas in Knecht Cup

The Kansas rowing team continued its impressive performance from day one of the Knecht Cup into the final day of racing as the Jayhawks improved in each boat and had a successful day overall. In total, Kansas returns to Lawrence with two medals from the weekend's races.

- College Sports -

Lauren Hill dies after fighting brain tumor to play college basketball -

Lauren Hill, who became an inspiration playing college basketball while battling an inoperable brain tumor, died Friday morning, the co-founder of her nonprofit foundation told The Associated Press.

Death of UAB football: A spring game for the deceased Blazers -

"We came here in the early days thinking that in 20 years we would be bringing our family back to a stadium on campus that we truly were a part of building," said Justin Craft, a UAB safety from 1995-97, as he fought back tears. "It's a celebration of the hurdles we've overcome and the hurdles we're going to overcome in the future."

Big 12 can have its (championship) cake -- but needs to stop scheduling cupcakes, too | FOX Sports

The Big 12 getting a conference championship game in football won't do 'em a lick of good if nonconference schedules remain as soft as they are currently.

Fred Hoiberg of Iowa State Cyclones to have open heart surgery

The 42-year-old Hoiberg said Friday that he's scheduled to have open heart surgery to replace his aortic valve, a procedure he put off twice during the season. Hoiberg, who retired from the NBA following the 2004-05 season because of heart issues, will have the surgery next Friday at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

- Professional Sports -

Joel Embiid wowing Sixers while working back into game shape | 'Hawks in the NBA |

Bob Cooney of the Daily News reported the recovering young 7-footer also displayed his jump-shooting and post moves after a recent practice. Philly coach Brett Brown, of course, has seen far more. And he says Embiid has a long way to go.

The Tigers, Royals and a brief of history of teams that started 6-0 -

Those 43 teams to start the season 6-0 (or better) have combined for a winning percentage of .565. Scaled to a 162-game season and rounding off, that comes to a mark of 92-70. Of those 43 teams, just four -- the 1968 Twins, 1985 Mariners, 1987 Astros and 1992 Yankees -- finished with a losing record. On the positive end of things, 18 of the 43 teams in question -- or 41.9 percent -- made the postseason. Of those 18 playoff teams, nine went on to win the World Series (the 1984 Tigers among them).

NBA playoff races and magic numbers update for April 13, 2015 -

Here are the playoff scenarios entering play Monday, April 13. There are six days until the NBA playoffs begin.

2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs: Who are the real contenders? -

Now that the playoff field is set and the games are ready to begin, which teams are the true contenders to win the 2015 Stanley Cup?

Jordan Spieth (-18) ties Tiger's scoring record, wins 2015 Masters -

Jordan Spieth won the 2015 Masters on Sunday with a 2-under 70 and tied a new Masters scoring record in the process at 18-under 270. He beat Justin Rose and Phil Mickelson by four.

Jordan Spieth just earned $4.1 million in four weeks by playing golf -

That's more than Arnold Palmer made in his entire career and approaching what Jack Nicklaus made in his. The kid is king of Augusta. He might have more more money than kings of some countries soon.

Ex-NFL DB: My Mom said I owed her $1 million after I was drafted 17th overall -

Former first round pick Phillip Buchanon was shocked in 2002 when his mom told him that he owed her $1 million.

- Videos of the Day -

George Springer makes Texas-sized, walk-off-grand-slam-saving catch -

The Rangers had chipped away in the seventh and eighth to come back from a four-run deficit, and were threatening in the 10th. With the bases loaded and two outs, Leonys Martin turned on a hanging breaking pitch from left-hander Tony Sipp, driving it deep to right. Springer ran to the track, leaped into the fence, reached up over the top and hauled in the ball as he crashed into the springy fence, back-first.

WATCH: Andrelton Simmons makes magic against Mets -

Andrelton Simmons of the Atlanta Bravesa went deep, deep, DEEP into the hole between short and third base in the top of the third inning against Travis d'Arnaud of the Mets on Friday night, making a ridiculous scoop, leap and throw from shallow left field. Most impressive: Look how close to the third-base line he was when he made the throw.