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Rock Chalk Talk News and Notes: 5-3-15

A look around the top stories from the weekend

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Kind of a slow day for sports yesterday

Kansas Sports

Fiery Ben Heeney calms down once Raiders draft him |
The linebacker from Kansas University couldn’t help himself. Between the time he spent this offseason training in Florida, his involvement in the East-West Shrine Game and his trip to the NFL Scouting Combine, Heeney knew his fellow draft classmates well. With his competitive juices pumping on the biggest day of his football life, he kept seeing familiar names come off the board. "I was starting to get pissed off," the fiery Jayhawk related, "and I was just sitting there waiting."

Pro day standout Dexter McDonald goes to Oakland in Round 7 |
The cornerback from Kansas University didn’t start second-guessing himself necessarily as round Nos. 4 through 6 went by, but he ceded during Round 7 to the notion he might have to take the free agent route to achieve his dream.

KU's JaCorey Shepherd ready to prove NFL worth with Philadelphia Eagles following costly mistake |
Kansas cornerback JaCorey Shepherd tried to play Yahtzee and Trouble with his cousins, but it was difficult while the rest of his family members were paying attention to the NFL Draft on Saturday.

Jayhawks land NFL deals |
Although only three Kansas University football products heard their names called during the NFL Draft on Saturday, a number of their fellow Jayhawks signed free-agent deals in the hours that followed.

Fearlessness, desire to improve made Andrew Wiggins Rookie of the Year | 'Hawks in the NBA |
The first Canadian and Timberwolf to win the award, and the first Jayhawk to do so since Wilt Chamberlain (1960), Wiggins’ 16.9 points per game led all rookies (in 25 games, Parker scored 12.3, finishing second).

Professional Sports

Kentucky Derby 2015: American Pharoah Wins a Close Race -
It was no secret that Bob Baffert had brought a couple of big horses to America’s biggest race, the Kentucky Derby: Dortmund had never been beaten, and his stablemate, American Pharoah, was being compared to the great Seattle Slew. In fact, some closed their eyes and transported themselves back to 1948, when the legendary trainer Ben Jones brought a couple of iconic colts named Citation and Coaltown to Churchill Downs.

Mayweather Defeats Pacquiao, KOs Pay-Per-View Providers | Rolling Stone
So, while the nation's biggest cable and satellite providers buckled beneath the weight of massive pay-per-view buys, we all sat around and screamed at our televisions – or, if you lived in parts of New York, Los Angeles or Dallas, some poor, overworked customer service rep. And then, eventually, the so-called "Fight of the Century" finally began, and after 12 rounds of feints and holds and occasionally scintillating boxing, betting frontrunner Mayweather defeated sentimental favorite Pacquiao by unanimous decision.

Time Warner Cable Had a 12-Hour Wait for Customer Support on Fight Night
If you were hoping to watch the matchup between horrible man Floyd Mayweather and the less horrible Manny Pacquiao, it’s possible you had some trouble with your cable provider tonight. And if you were a Time Warner subscriber, customer support would get around to you sometime the morning after the fight.

Chris Paul, Clippers’ Limping Leader, Knocks Out Spurs on Last-Second Shot -
Seconds after Chris Paul grabbed at the back of his left hamstring while dribbling the ball up the court late in the first quarter, he left for the bench and buried his head in his hands as a trainer tended to him. Paul soon departed for the Clippers’ locker room at Staples Center on Saturday night, his steps slow and tentative, his face contorted in a grimace.

Odds and Ends

Man Sues MillerCoors for Pretending Blue Moon Is a "Craft Beer"
A San Diego beer drinker is suing massive alcohol conglomerate MillerCoors, the second macro-est macrobrewer in the world (behind Anheuser-Busch Inbev), for false advertising because he’s been buying Blue Moon all these years, believing it was a "craft beer." Did he actually drink any of it? Because that probably would have cleared things up pretty quick.

Councilman Pees While Wearing Hot Mic, Totally Doesn't Wash Hands
In a (presumably unintentional) tribute to HBO’s The Jinx, a city councilman in Georgetown, Texas recently took a bathroom break while wearing a live microphone. Unlike Jinx star Robert Durst, however, the councilman did not seemingly confess to several murders and just peed instead, to the obvious delight of the city’s mayor pro tem.

‘It wasn’t basketball anymore': Halifax Rainmen coach, players address Game 7 scandal | Metro
"We’re players and we want to go out there and do our job," star forward Kevin Young added. "If we don’t feel safe to do our job, then we can’t go out there." (Ed Note, yes that Kevin Young)