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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 4.29.15

I felt like Deion!

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Believe it or not, we will be covering the NFL draft for you here at RCT.  Prepare for more (KU) player profiles over the next several days, and feel free to pop into the open threads we'll have available once the draft gets going.

- Kansas Sports -

Cheick Mate: Diallo Signs at Kansas

McDonald's All-Star Game and Jordan Brand Classic MVP Cheick (pronounced Shek) Diallo has signed at Kansas and will be a Jayhawk next season, KU head coach Bill Self announced Tuesday.

Joel Embiid, Part II? KU's Diallo is another shot-blocking import with upside | FOX Sports

OK, maybe that's not entirely fair to Cheick Diallo, the newest member of the Kansas men's basketball program. But that's the quick take on the 6-foot-9 center out of Our Savior New American High in Centerreach, New York, who announced his commitment Tuesday afternoon via Twitter.

KU basketball lands 'quiet, humble' player in top-5 recruit Cheick Diallo |

"I think they're a nice fit for each other, but obviously, Cheick's going to have to come in and work and earn that playing time like Self makes any of the young guys do."

Cheick Diallo might be the next great Kansas big man | Smithology |

The big man stole the show at the McDonald’s all-star game earlier this month, where his name was called repeatedly, bucket after bucket, and he wowed the Chicago crowd with a fast-break spin-move on his way to an 18-point/10-rebound performance.

Beaty adamant on spreading KU's recruiting influence, especially instate | FOX Sports

Beaty and his coaching staff's job will continue and only intensify as they now turn their attention to recruiting for the 2016 class and beyond.

Kansas tackler who injured Cummings torn up about spring game accident | FOX Sports

Glatczak may be torn up about the costly accident, but both Cummings and head coach David Beaty have been forgiving about the accident.

The Star’s NFL Draft projections for former Kansas players | The Kansas City Star The Kansas City Star

Former Kansas standouts Ben Heeney and JaCorey Shepherd lead a group of former Jayhawks who could hear their names called in this week’s NFL Draft. A few other players, including former receiver Nigel King, will likely sign as free agents or earn invites to a rookie camp. Here’s a look at where these former KU football players could be drafted.

Softball - Rock Chalk Weekly: Greater Expectations

Heading into the last home series of Pille's senior season, KU softball's ace has accumulated 638 strikeouts in her career, which is sixth-most in Kansas history. She is also just the sixth player in school history to reach the 500-strikeout mark.

- College Sports -

Sterling Gibbs transferring from Seton Hall -

Gibbs, who began his career at Texas, spent the past three seasons with SHU, the first of those a redshirt year. Last season he averaged 16.3 points and 3.8 assists. The 6-foot-2 senior-to-be was Second Team All-Big East last season as well.

- Professional Sports -

Report: Thunder begin 'formal discussions' with Billy Donovan -

Donovan has been listed as the Thunder's preferred coach since they fired Scott Brooks a week ago, as reported by's Ken Berger when OKC canned its coach. It provides them with a high-profile hire with a wider offensive conceptual background to try and improve the Thunder's crunch time execution.

Orioles-White Sox at Camden Yards on Wednesday closed to public -

MASN confirmed it will be televising the game Wednesday, so locked-out fans will be able to watch on TV.

Why the NFL decided to start paying taxes -

The NFL's league office will begin to pay taxes, relinquishing a strange exemption that had been in place since 1942.

Nationals mad at Andrelton Simmons after late slide injuries Yunel Escobar -

We've got another controversial slide, and another Escobar down. This time, the slider was Andrelton Simmons of the Atlanta Braves, who slid (landed?) late and recklessly onto the third base bag in the fifth inning Monday night, but not before spiking the left hand of Yunel Escobar of the Washington Nationals and knocking the ball from his glove.

- Videos of the Day -

WATCH: Bo Jackson murders golf ball over 330 yards -

The man is 51 (!) and won this long drive contest as part of the Peach Bowl Challenge with a 332-yard drive against a bunch of SEC football coaches and other celebrities.

WATCH: Fan goes all-out to retrieve foul ball -

Sometimes you don't have to actually catch the foul ball to get the ball though. You just have to be the first person to run over and pick it up. At Tuesday night's Indians-Royals game, one fan went all-out to get a Brett Hayes foul ball in left field.

WATCH: Missouri State's Blake Graham is going to catch this ball -

Yep, we checked, and he caught it.