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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 5.22.15

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Happy Friday and happy Memorial Day weekend everyone!  Take some time out of your weekend to remember not only our military veterans that have passed, but any loved ones that have gone on before us.  And then go thank a veteran if you're fortunate to live in this great country of ours.

- Kansas Sports -

SMU Guard Nic Moore to Join USA National Team for World University Games

SMU standout guard Nic Moore has accepted an invitation from Kansas head coach Bill Self to join the KU team, which is serving as the USA National Team, for the 2015 World University Games, July 3-14 in Gwangju, Korea, Self announced Thursday.

Movie Night at Memorial Stadium presented by Emprise Bank set for June 18

Kansas Athletics will open Memorial Stadium on Thursday, June 18 for fans to bring their blankets and pillows and enjoy a free movie on the stadium videoboard as it is hosting Movie Night at Memorial Stadium presented by Emprise Bank.

Track & Field - Jayhawks Secure 39 Spots for NCAA West Prelims

The No. 25-ranked KU women feature 17 athletes and a relay earning 22 entries into the meet, while the Jayhawk men boast 15 athletes and a relay earning 17 entries into the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds. (Mr Ed says: So apparently track is NOT over with yet.)

KU women add 6-3 center Lott |

Chelsea Lott, a 6-foot-3 center from Fort Bend Hightower High in Houston, has signed a grant-in-aid and will join Kansas University’s women’s basketball team for the 2015-16 season, KU coach Brandon Schneider announced Thursday.

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Barry Alvarez: Co-champions hurt Big 12 in CFP playoff selection -

When asked at the Big Ten spring meetings whether having co-champions impacted the Big 12, Alvarez replied, "One of our main criteria is conference championship. You can't give two teams in a conference the conference championship. You can't give two teams credit for that." Alvarez said the Big 12 "didn't have a champion, they had co-champions."

Syracuse says status of No. 44 has not changed -- it's 'retired' -

"[Tuesday's] announcement was simply a reiteration of that commitment and another opportunity to celebrate the great accomplishments of those who have worn the number with Syracuse pride and honor," said Syracuse Senior Vice President for Public Affairs Kevin Quinn in an email to

Notorious SEC referee behind controversial calls decides to retire -

The Bulldogs and the rest of the SEC -- Auburn fans also had multiple issues with Wagers -- can now rest easy, as can Wagers, who no longer has to deal with fanatical college football supporters on a weekly basis this fall.

2016 NFL Draft: Kansas State Preview -

The Wildcats have a lot of holes to fill this season, mainly at quarterback and wide receiver to replace the electric Tyler Lockett, but the talent cupboard isn't empty in Manhattan. (Mr. Ed says: I just thought we'd check out the competition, that's all.)

- Professional Sports -

Sizing up the current NBA landscape by school | Tale of the Tait |

Perhaps spurred on by an earlier conversation at work about which Florida guys Billy Donovan might try to stockpile on the Thunder, I then got serious and started racking my brain and searching the internet for a current NBA starting five from several of the powerhouse college programs.

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LOOK: Fan mows Tennessee logo into lawn for Google Maps -

If you decide that you want to keep mowing the Tennessee logo into your lawn just so you can wait for Google Maps to update and it'll be visible on the Internet for the entire world to see, you do it. No matter how often your friends make fun of you, or how often your family hangs their collective head in shame when you tell others of your plans.

LOOK: Northern Illinois is unveiling a new field design -- one of six choices -

The school has released six possible designs for the field at Huskie Stadium next season via Instagram, and it will "eliminate" possibilities over the coming days. Here are the six designs.

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WATCH: Madison Bumgarner homers against Clayton Kershaw -

It's the first home run to a pitcher that Kershaw's ever allowed. It looked like a batting practice fastball, and Bumgarner treated it as such. It is his seventh career homer and his second straight against a Dodgers pitcher, the previous one coming in September against Zack Greinke.

WATCH: James Harden turns ball over in final seconds of Game 2 -

Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals came down to the wire. The Golden State Warriors escaped with a 99-98 victory but the result could have been much different had James Harden been able to get a shot off on the game's final possession.

Matt Duffy jumps away from Howie Kendrick liner hit right at him -

Matt Duffy of the Giants broke the wrong way on a ball hit right at him. Actually breaking any direction was not the right way to go. If Duffy stands still, it's probably an L-4 (line drive to the second baseman)

WATCH, ENJOY: Ross Ohlendorf's old-timey windup -

It should be noted this not new. Ohlendorf has employed the old school windup since at least 2013, when he was with the Nationals. (Mr. Ed says: I love it!  Reminds me a bit of Paul Byrd with the Royals back in the day.)