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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 4.20.15

Well, um, actually a pretty nice little Saturday, we're going to go to Home Depot. Yeah, buy some wallpaper, maybe get some flooring, stuff like that. Maybe Bed, Bath, & Beyond, I don't know, I don't know if we'll have enough time.

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And we're back.

- Kansas Sports -

Kansas Football Finalizes 2016 and 2017 Non-Conference Schedules

Kansas will open the 2016 season with Rhode Island on Sept. 3, while beginning the 2017 campaign with Southeast Missouri State traveling to Lawrence on Sept. 2. The Jayhawks were previously slated to match-up in a home-and-home series with Hawaii in 2016-17. (Mr. Ed says: Ooooh this is muuuuuuch more exciting. Yes that was sarcasm.)

What caught my eye at Day 11 of KU football's 2015 spring practices | Tale of the Tait |

One special teams drill I hadn't seen yet was the onside kick recovery drill, which featured roughly 30 different guys running through the drill. One at a time, the guys would practice fielding the bouncing kick and then going down to the ground to secure it. Mixed results, as expected, but it was a fun drill to watch. About that attention to detail, special teams coach Gary Hyman got all over his kickers during the drill for not going rapid-fire enough. “This is their drill, not yours,” Hyman barked. “Get the kicks off faster.”

Race on to land remaining preps |

There’s a lot of talking going on in gyms and living rooms — as well as on the phone these days — between the few uncommitted blue-chip high school basketball prospects in the Class of 2015 and high-profile college coaches.

Kansas is the USA National Team, hosting Team Canada at Sprint Center

The games will be played June 23 and 26 at 7 p.m. Tickets are currently available for Williams Education Fund members; seating will be based on WEF level and points. A two-game ticket package is available for $50. General public sales will begin on May 13. This will be the first public appearance by the 2015-16 Jayhawks, and will include the incoming recruiting class.

Kansas’ 2015-16 BB Team Will Play The Canadian National Team Featuring Andrew Wiggins This Summer

Mr. Ed says: I'm pretty sure this isn't true. Can any internet sleuths out there confirm or deny?

Host of Jayhawks Contribute in Quad Sweep at 88th Kansas Relays

Ten event titles propelled both the men's and women's Kansas teams to victories in the 88th Kansas Relays quadrangular competition Friday inside Rock Chalk Park.

KU Men's Golf Finishes Sixth at the Hawkeye Invitational

With three top-20 finishers, the Kansas men's golf team placed sixth at the Hawkeye Invitational at Finkbine Golf Course in Iowa City, Iowa, Sunday.

- College Sports -

UCF's George O'Leary talks spring scrimmages vs. other Florida teams -

O'Leary said he plans to ask other coaches from the state if they would be interested in replacing the spring game with a scrimmage and donate proceeds from the event to charity.

Creighton lands Marcus Foster -

The 6-foot-2 guard will miss the 2015-16 season per NCAA transfer rules. He'll debut for Creighton in November 2016 and have two seasons of eligibility remaining.

Big Ten: NCAA sports is 'house of cards' if education can't be defended -

Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany on Friday released a 12-page paper presenting the idea for freshman ineligibility, arguing that college sports “stands as a house of cards” if the industry can't demonstrate that educating athletes is paramount.

Report: 8.6 percent of 2014 Michigan attendance came via free tickets -

If those numbers may or may not be all that different from the numbers at other struggling major programs, what is different is that Michigan has long touted its streak of Big House games with attendance over the 100,000 mark -- and the free tickets may have had much to do with that streak's survival into 2015.

College hoops has a new November tournament -- in the Cayman Islands -

Global Sports Management is putting on the event, which is being publicized as the Cayman Basketball Classic. It'll be an eight-team field, a tournament that's pushing off its start date until a few years from now in an effort to lure in the best programs possible.

- Professional Sports -

Billy Butler received a nice ovation prior to his first at-bat on Friday night, which was very nice to see.  Good on you, Royals fans.  I expected nothing less.

Tebowmania Returns: Eagles will sign Tim Tebow on Monday -

After what's already been an offseason of upheaval, the Philadelphia Eagles are prepared to sign former Denver Broncos and New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow on Monday, per multiple reports. According to FOX's Jay Glazer, the Eagles will keep Tebow as their fourth quarterback in their off-season program.

Five Royals ejected Sunday after more beanballs for Brett Lawrie -

Lawrie drew the two bean balls from Kansas City after a controversial slide into second Friday when he went in with his spikes up, trying to take out Escobar at second. Escobar felt the slide was dirty and Lawrie intended to hurt him.

Alex Torres wears oversized cap for protection and earns 1st career save -

Torres's cap won't be practical for everyone. It looks funny. And it won't protect him from a line drive to the face — like the one that hit Carlos Carrasco a few days ago — so it's not the ideal product. Only a helmet with a face mask would do the trick, and what's with available today, pitchers won't submit to wearing them.

Tom Watson is 2nd-oldest player to make cut for PGA Tour event -

It's Watson's third cut made in the last two seasons (2014 British Open, 2014 Greenbrier Classic).

- Awful Person of the Week Nominee -

Woman stripped of St. Louis marathon title after not running race -

She is believed to have slipped onto the course after the last checkpoint in an attempt to fool race officials into believing she ran the entire 26.2 miles. Schler also had her third-place finish in 2014 erased.

- Video of the Day-

WATCH: Cool angle of walk-off homer in Korea -

Rare is the highlight-smith who's able to capture the swing, the bat-flip, the ball leaving the park and the dugout spillover all in quick succession and all in a single shot.