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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 4.15.15

Bats, they are sick. I cannot hit curveball. Straightball I hit it very much. Curveball, bats are afraid. I ask Jobu to come, take fear from bats. I offer him cigar, rum. He will come.

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- Kansas Sports -

Bragg set to sign with KU |

McDonald’s All-American Carlton Bragg, the state of Ohio’s Div. III player of the year who orally committed to Kansas University on Jan. 8, today is slated to sign a letter-of-intent with KU on the first day of the spring signing period.

KU Representing the USA in Pool D for Upcoming World University Games

Kansas men's basketball will be representing the USA as the National Team at the 2015 World University Games (WUG) in Pool D, July 3-14, at Gwangju, Korea, the Games announced April 12.

Sounds like some time as a Small Forward is in Perry Ellis' future | Tale of the Tait |

He's been good in the post and hit from the outside. He's shown the ability to put the ball on the deck and create for himself and score by hitting the offensive glass. His mid-range jumper (particularly from the baseline) is as smooth as butter and he's a career 74 percent free throw shooter.

What caught my eye at Day 9 of KU football's 2015 spring practices | Tale of the Tait |

If you're looking for signs of optimism regarding the progress of the Kansas University football team this spring, here's a nugget that might interest you. (Mr. Ed says: Yes, please, feed us more sunshine and rainbows!)

SFA coach a top candidate for KU women's basketball position |

Brandon Schneider, Stephen F. Austin University’s women’s basketball coach, has emerged as a leading candidate to fill the vacancy at Kansas University created when Bonnie Henrickson was fired. Before that, he coached Div. II Emporia State to 11 NCAA tournament appearances, two Final Fours and a 2010 national championship in 12 seasons.

KU Track & Field Set to Host 88th Kansas Relays

The Kansas men's and women's track & field teams will return to host one of the most historic meets in the U.S., the Kansas Relays, this weekend. The 88th installment of the meet will begin on Wednesday, April 15 and continue through Saturday, April 18. Saturday afternoon's scored collegiate quadrangular will also be televised on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel as well as ESPN3 beginning at 1 pm (CT).

‘When the Tarahumara Indians Ran’: Ultra-marathon fueled excitement in early days of Kansas Relays |

The athletics director was F.C. “Phog” Allen, whose promotional events during the relays’ early years helped get the annual event “off the ground,” said Joe Schrag, author of “The Kansas Relays: Track and Field Tradition in the Heartland.”

- College Sports -

West Virginia Mountaineers athletic director wants to renew "Backyard Brawl" rivalry with Pittsburgh Panthers

The Mountaineers and Panthers have met 104 times, but the rivalry between the two former Big East schools ended in 2011 thanks to conference realignment.

Charlie Strong, Kevin Sumlin want Texas-Texas A&M; what's the hold up? -

Chris Low, of, spoke to both Charlie Strong and Kevin Sumlin about the hiatus in the rivalry. Strong went as far to say that he would "love" for Texas to play Texas A&M again. Kevin Sumlin went as far as saying that he thinks the series will be renewed, citing the passion of alums and students behind getting the Aggies and Longhorns back together on the football field.

Ten college rivalries killed by conference realignment

Just because the Border War (now the Border Showdown) doesn’t rise to the same level of national attention as Michigan-Ohio State or the Iron Bowl, that doesn’t make it any less nasty across all sports. Before Missouri left for the SEC, Kansas-Missouri was the oldest rivalry West of the Mississippi. The series has included brawls, conniving and upsets over the years. But now it’s just a Cold War. While he won’t be the final say, Kansas basketball coach Bill Self has indicated he wouldn’t mind of the Jayhawks never played Missouri again.

Duke Blue Devils freshman Justise Winslow to enter NBA draft

The 6-foot-6 wing averaged 12.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game this season and also shot 42 percent from beyond the arc. Multiple NBA executives told ESPN that Winslow is a lock as a lottery pick, and could be selected in the top five. He is No. 6 on ESPN NBA Insider Chad Ford's most recent big board.

Army West Point's sharp, minimalist rebrand with new name and logo -

Announcing the results of a Nike-fueled rebranding effort on Monday, the program has officially changed its name from Army to Army West Point while introducing a brand new primary logo -- The Athena Shield (see above) -- and updated uniforms for all of its athletic teams.

How the Rolling Stones are helping Georgia Tech football -

Bobby Dodd Stadium will be hosting the Rolling Stones on June 9 as part of the band's upcoming "Zip Code" North American tour. In addition to playing just the tenth concert in the stadium's 102-year history, the Stones will be helping Georgia Tech cover cost-of-attendance for its student athletes.

- Professional Sports -

Paul Pierce calls his one year with the Nets a 'horrible experience' -

After reading the entire interview, it is quite clear to see that Pierce is happy to have said goodbye to Brooklyn.

- Videos of the Day -

WATCH: Nolan Arenado with early 'catch of the year' nomination -

If there are more than a few catches better than the one made by Rockies third baseman/all-world defender Nolan Arenado this season, it'll be the year of the defender.

WATCH: Yoan Moncada makes Red Sox debut -- with one fan watching -

It's not the majors, it's not really the minors yet, and the Red Sox didn't use the main field at JetBlue Park as a showcase. They might not have even advertised that it was happening, outside of the usual media reports. But the event was open to the public, and we know that because... And one fan showed up. One!