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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 4.24.15

Foos-ball? Buncha overgrown monsters man-handlin' each other... 'Member when dat man wanted you to play foos-ball, Bobby?

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- Kansas Sports -

Kansas Spring Game on Saturday

The game will be televised live on the Jayhawk Television Network in the state of Kansas and the Kansas City metro area and nationally on ESPN3. Additionally, the game will be broadcast live across the state of Kansas on the Jayhawk Radio Network, with an audio stream also available at

Jayhawks, Beaty Enjoy Student Appreciation Day

Beaty partook in different yard-style games like cornhole, pop-a-shot and the quarterback challenge. The event, officially named, "Coach Beaty's Campus Challenge," was a hit with both the students and the Jayhawks' first-year head coach. Beaty was engrossed in friendly competition nearly the whole hour and a half he participated in the numerous challenges.

Kenny Perry keeps KU football coaches relaxed in midst of challenging overhaul | Smithology |

Beaty’s staff, the coaches hope, are building a foundation through their camaraderie. Likens said they have more fun together than any staff he has worked on in 23 years. There is something to that, he added, because this can be a trying time for them as they attempt to build Kansas into a successful program.

How Kansas’ Jordan Shelley-Smith gained 50 pounds and earned look at left tackle | The Kansas City Star The Kansas City Star

In the last eight months, Shelley-Smith has transformed from a 248-pound sophomore tight end to a 297-pound offensive lineman. In eight months, he has gone from offensive afterthought to potential starter at a premium position (left tackle).

College Basketball Notebook |

Newman set to announce at noon today; Thon Maker a hoax victim; Former ISU guard Custer transferring to Loyola; Cleveland State's Anton Grady looking to transfer; UF's Chris Walker may transfer or turn pro; KU coaches to attend the Adidas Gauntlet tournament in Indianapolis this weekend

Softball - Jayhawks Host No. 5 Oklahoma in Big 12 Action

The Jayhawks return to Big 12 action after taking a break from league play for two non-conference match ups with a three-game series against No. 5 Oklahoma, April 24-26, at Arrocha Ballpark at Rock Chalk Park. The first contest of the series is slated for Friday, April 24 at 5 p.m.

Soccer - Jayhawks to Close Out Spring with Bluejays Saturday

Kansas soccer will play its final match of the 2015 spring exhibition season when the Jayhawks welcome the Creighton Bluejays to Lawrence on Saturday, April 25. The Jayhawks and Bluejays will square off inside Rock Chalk Park at 6 p.m. Admission is free to the public.

- College Sports -

College basketball's crossroads -

The drama and excitement of the recent NCAA Tournament coupled with Kentucky's unsuccessful run at a perfect season can't mask the sport's problems. To be sure, this figures to be an important offseason for college basketball. Generally speaking, the game has become slow and grinding. The sport endured its worst season for points per game (67.6) since 1952 and the fewest possessions per 40 minutes since analyst Ken Pomeroy began charting tempo in 2002.

2015 College Football Spring Game Viewer's Guide: April 24-25 -

Saturday gives us one final tease with several spring games on the same day. If you close your eyes and ignore the situational scrimmages and kicking contests, it almost feels like a gameday in the fall. Get all your streaming information below for the spring games in the power conferences this weekend. (Mr. Ed says: The TV information they have for KU is incorrect. See the very first link above for KU spring game on TV info.)

UC Santa Barbara names Bonnie Henrickson women's basketball coach |

“Her head coaching experience and established recruiting contacts in California will be key in moving our program forward,” UCSB athletic director John McCutcheon said in a release put out by the school to announce the signing. “We are extremely fortunate to have a person with such a proven track record on and off the court of leadership and commitment to her student-athletes such as Bonnie join the Gaucho family.”

- Professional Sports -

White Sox, Royals fight after Yordano Ventura-Adam Eaton staredown -

Umpires ejected five players in the bottom of the seventh Thursday night, including Yordano Ventura of the Royals and Chris Sale of the White Sox — both starting pitchers — after a bench-clearing fight at U.S. Cellular Field. White Sox pitcher Jeff Samardzija, along with Royals pitcher Edinson Volquez and outfielder Lorenzo Cain, also were ejected after the fracas. The Royals won 3-2 in 13 innings.

MLB Recap - Oakland Athletics at Los Angeles Angels - Apr 23, 2015 -

Kole Calhoun's two-run homer was the Angels' only hit in a 2-0 victory Thursday night.

NFL players attend birthday party for girl who thought no one was coming -

By the time the birthday party rolled around on April 18 -- just one day after the Facebook plea went out -- over 200 people showed up to a local park to help celebrate MacKenzie's birthday. The group that showed up included Vikings wide receiver Charles Johnson and Bills tight end MarQueis Gray.

NFL Draft: Redskins will give you $1M if you correctly pick the 1st round -

The Redskins have announced that they're going to give $1 million to any fan out there who can correctly pick the order that all 32 players will be selected in during the first round of the NFL Draft on April 30.

For a slightly easier challenge, you can head to the Tennessee Titans website. All you have to do in their challenge is correctly pick the first 15 draft picks, the only catch there is that you're only going to win $50,000, instead of $1 million.

Dwayne Bowe returns to Kansas City to pay respects to Chiefs fan -

Dwayne Bowe spent eight seasons with the Chiefs, where he caught 532 passes and scored 44 touchdowns. He signed with the Browns in the offseason, but returned to Kansas City on Tuesday to pay his respects to longtime Chiefs fan Betty Johnson, who died last week at the age of 86.

- Video of the Day -

If you missed it, there was video of the brawl between the Royals and the White Sox in a link above.  Jeff Samardzjia(?) pushing down a first base coach - now that's how you show people you're a man I guess.

WATCH: Giancarlo Stanton low liner is also a home run -

We're gonna be hard pressed to see either a ball with a lower initial trajectory or a ball that takes less time to get out of the park than this Giancarlo Stanton shot all season.