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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 4.06.15

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- Kansas Sports -

What caught my eye at Day 5 of KU football's 2015 Spring practices | Tale of the Tait |

We were only able to stay for the first 20 minutes of practice, so we did not get to see how the 11-on-11 action looked when things were run full speed and the hitting was live. That's probably just as well. It's far too early — and there are way too many players missing, either because of injury or because they have not enrolled yet — to make too many definitive calls on what this team looks like or how it plays.

KU football D-backs coaches already clicking |

After spending just a couple of days with them on the field, first-year Kansas University football coach David Beaty was ready to proclaim the teaming of defensive assistants Clint Bowen and Kenny Perry a rousing success.

Bill Self: College game needs work |

“The game is more physical than what it has been. Me personally, I’d like to see the clock lowered (from 35 seconds to 30), see some things where there are more possessions,” Self said. “The thing that is a little discouraging is not length of game, but pace of play. Possessions per game is at an all-time low. We need to do something to spice it up. It’s for people smarter than me to figure it out.

A Tale of Two Halves: What Sunk the 2014-15 Jayhawks?

As in most seasons, media and fans hyped this year’s edition of the Jayhawks. Even though KU lost two top-five draft choices, Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid, and a key contributor in Tarik Black, most thought the Jayhawks reloaded. Incoming freshmen Cliff Alexander and Kelly Oubre were to fill Embiid and Wiggins’s shoes. Returning contributors Frank Mason III, Wayne Selden Jr., and Perry Ellis were expected to pick up some of the lost production.

KU's Elite Eight loss to VCU comes up on Shaka Smart's first day at Texas | Smithology |

With Smart landing at Texas, that VCU-Kansas game came up at his introductory press conference. A reporter asked the new Longhorns coach whether his “havoc” brand of hoops translated well to a major conference such as the Big 12. Smart’s fearlessness and swagger showed up in his answer.

Soccer - Kansas Offense Erupts in 5-0 Exhibition Win over Drake

Kansas soccer found its shooting boots as the Jayhawks posted a 5-0 victory over the Drake Bulldogs in its third spring exhibition Friday night at Rock Chalk Park.

Track and Field - Jayhawks Strong Across the Board at Baylor Invitational

A host of highly-ranked performances highlighted a solid outing for the University of Kansas men's and women's track & field teams at the Baylor Invitational Friday.

Track and Field - Morgan Outstanding in Outdoor Debut for Jayhawks

Junior Jacob Morgan wasted little time in adding his name to the Kansas record book after posting one of the fastest 10,000-meter times in school history Friday night at the Stanford Invitational. Morgan's finishing time of 29:02.13 is the second-fastest in Kansas history and has him among the best in the NCAA this season.

Tennis - Jayhawks Blank Wildcats in Senior Day Sunflower Showdown, 4-0

The Kansas women's tennis team snapped a six-match losing streak against Sunflower showdown rival Kansas State en route to a 4-0 victory on Senior Day Saturday afternoon at the Jayhawk Tennis Center.

Softball - Chavez Clinches Series Sweep Over Cowgirls in Extra Innings

Kansas' (32-5, 3-3) victory in the series finale improved KU to a perfect 3-0 record in extended games and clinched the series sweep. The Jayhawks increased their win streak over the Cowgirls (17-21, 1-5) to six-straight games dating back to the 2014 season.

Baseball - Jayhawks Swept at Oklahoma, 8-7, in Extras

For the third time in four days the Kansas baseball team found itself in an extra-inning bout succumbing to the series sweep by the Sooners, 8-7, Saturday afternoon at L. Dale Mitchell Park.

- College Sports -

Jean-Jacques Taylor -- Shaka Smart is ideal hire for Texas Longhorns basketball

See, college basketball is all about the coach. Get the right coach, and it won't take him long to turn a program into a winner. This isn't football; all a basketball coach needs is one or two players and a team that believes doing what he says will lead to victories.

Upset loss to cost Kentucky Wildcats, retailers millions

Industry insiders estimate that losing out on a title, and an undefeated season, will cost the University of Kentucky as much as $1.5 million in royalty fees and retailers as much as $15 million in Wildcats championship gear they now won't sell.

Kaminsky: 'Nothing needs to be made out of' Andrew Harrison's slur -

With 17 words, Kaminsky shut down the issue at Wisconsin's team press conference on Sunday. "He reached out to me. We talked about it. Over it," Kaminsky said. "Nothing needs to be made out of it."

Kentucky fans riot, Wisconsin fans celebrate after Badgers pull upset -

As you might expect, Kentucky fans did not take the loss to Wisconsin well. and other reporters on the scene in Lexington started reporting on the madness from State Street in the early hours of Sunday morning.

- Professional Sports -

Football town? Baseball town? In Kansas City, the debate rages on | FOX Sports

Welcome to our civic quandary. Pull up a chair. Oh, and it's a good problem, to be sure. Opening Day for the Royals beckons on Monday, the unofficial start of spring and the launch of the S.S. Eternal Hope. Celebrating the spoils of the 2014 American League championship, our Blue October, is the first order of business.

Padres acquire Craig Kimbrel, Melvin Upton from Braves : Fantasy News

The Padres and Braves have an agreement in place for a trade that would send closer Craig Kimbrel and outfielder Melvin Upton to San Diego for Cameron Maybin, Carlos Quentin, Matt Wisler, Jordan Paroubeck and the No. 41 overall pick in next year's draft, according to Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. The teams later confirmed the report.

Braves continue odd offseason with Craig Kimbrel trade -

But all of this activity makes the Markakis deal even odder. The team seemed like a few transactions away from being able to compete in the NL East, and certainly for a wild card spot. Rather than adding, they've been shedding.

Quote of the Day: Barry Zito on accepting assignment to Triple-A -

Zito could have easily hung up his spikes and spent the rest of his life sitting on the beach. Instead, he'll spend the summer riding buses in Triple-A. If that's not love of the game, I don't know what is.

OUCH: Jay Cutler autographed football gets 0 bids at charity auction -

People will bid on almost anything at a charity auction -- which makes sense, because the money's going to charity -- but apparently, even charitable people have their limits.

Lots to love about Royals Yordano Ventura extension -

The Kansas City Royals and young starting pitcher Yordano Ventura have agreed upon a five-year, $23 million extension that also includes two club option years, reports Jon Heyman of The deal is pending a physical, but once it becomes official, it'll be a home run for the Royals.

- Videos of the Day -

WATCH: 'Hefty Lefty' Jared Lorenzen belly flops into tiny hotel pool -

The University of Kentucky didn't get to leave Indianapolis with the NCAA title, but the school does get to leave knowing that one its former students now unofficially holds the title for best belly flop of all-time.

LOOK: Nebraska fan sings parody song called 'I Miss Bo' -

Nebraska fan Scott Voorhees wrote a parody of the song, but his was titled "I Miss Bo," and is dedicated to former Nebraska coach Bo Pelini. Skip ahead to the 25 second mark to save time, or just stare at words for 25 seconds. It's your life, and your time.

LOOK: Coastal Carolina busy installing teal field -

Back in January, FCS Coastal Carolina announced that it would the join the ranks of teams with team-tinted artificial turf by installing a teal field at Brooks Stadium.