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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 5.04.15

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- Kansas Sports -

Heeney: KU's football struggles hurt draft stock | KUsports.com

When 139 college football players — including 18 linebackers — heard their names called in the 2015 NFL Draft before Ben Heeney did, the first-team All-Big 12 linebacker from Kansas University began to wonder why he was still available in the fifth round Saturday.

Offseason hamstring issues hurt JaCorey Shepherd's draft stock | KUsports.com

As for the hamstring, Shepherd estimates it’s at 99.5 percent now. That’s what Philadelphia betted on, and now the cornerback feels confident he’ll arrive as a rookie who will compete for playing time. “I’m ready for it,” Shepherd said. “I’m ready to prove to all those teams that passed on me that they missed out on something that could’ve been good, just because of my hamstring.”

Assistant coach: KU was best fit for top recruit Cheick Diallo | CJOnline.com

“The biggest factor for him to choose Kansas was development and coaching,” Jaklitsch said. “Cheick knows he needs to get better at certain things to get where he wants to go with basketball. He felt Kansas was the right choice for him.”

Kevin Young Halifax favorite | KUsports.com

Young, 24, who played for the NBL runnerup Halifax Rainmen, averaged 22.7 points, 7.9 rebounds and 2.2 steals a game during the regular season. In nine playoff games, he averaged 22.4 points and 11.7 boards and, according to the Halifax Chronicle Herald “became a fan favorite at Scotiabank Center (home arena).”

KU baseball's homer issue at near-historic levels following 14-4 loss to Baylor | CJOnline.com

Sunday’s effort continued a troubling trend for KU’s hurlers. The Jayhawks have allowed 37 home runs, which is the second-most by any Big 12 team since the NCAA adopted new bat standards to reduce scoring in 2011. “The only positive thing for us is those (pitchers) have talent,” Price said. “They’re just pitching before they should be on the field.”

KU Soccer Alumna Kastor Named to FC Kansas City Roster

Kastor, who played for the Jayhawks from 2010-13, is making her first appearance on a professional roster since her career in Lawrence came to an end. The Wichita product finished her career at No. 2 on KU's all-time goal scoring chart (26) and No. 5 in total points (66).

Rowing - Senior-Led Kansas Wins Sunflower Showdown

Both teams saved the best race for the end of the day. With Kansas State leading the point race, 9-5, the Jayhawks needed a win in the First Varsity Eight to clinch the Kansas Cup for the first time since 2010.

Track & Field - Host of Jayhawks Walk Away with Hardware at Rock Chalk Classic

In his final collegiate performance at Rock Chalk Park, senior Michael Stigler assured it would be a memorable one as he contributed to two of Kansas' 16 event titles Saturday afternoon at the Rock Chalk Classic.

KU Alum Gary Woodland Finishes Runner-Up at WGC Cadillac Match Play Championship

A Topeka, Kansas, native, Woodland won four-straight matches en route to the championship round where he finished runner-up, with each round decided in 18-hole match play format.

- College Sports -

Mountain West considering two 'best' teams in championship game - CBSSports.com

The Mountain West Conference will discuss a deregulated championship game that matches the league's two "best" teams in order to enhance its standing in the College Football Playoff era.

Five-star forward Jaylen Brown commits to Cal for 2015-16 - CBSSports.com

It's been an interesting spring period of late commitments for a litany of 2015 five-star prospects, and Brown's the last upper-echelon talent off the board. It's fitting his pick wasn't typical -- he also had Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina, UCLA and Kansas on his list as of late -- as we've seen a lot of premier guys spread across the country over the last few weeks.

Friday Five: Great college players who never made it in the NFL - CBSSports.com

Mr. Ed says: Collin Klein? I call recency bias...

- Professional Sports -

2015 NBA Mock Drafts - Sam Vecenie - CBSSports.com Basketball

Kelly Oubre #10 overall; Cliff Alexander #32 overall, second pick of the second round

3-pointer: What we learned from Spurs-Clippers Game 7 - CBSSports.com

After 30 lead changes, 16 ties and seven games of pure fun and fury, Chris Paul – on one leg with a hamstring injury -- hit a running one-hander over Tim Duncan with one second left to lead the Los Angeles Clippers to a 111-109 victory over the defending champion San Antonio Spurs in Game 7 of their incredible first-round series on Saturday.  (Mr. Ed says: This story includes video of CP's game-winner.)

Georgia WR Chris Conley, a Star Wars filmmaker, drafted by Chiefs - CBSSports.com

You probably never even realized Star Wars took place at Sanford Stadium, or that Georgia coach Mark Richt was such an amazing actor, but now you do thanks to Chris Conley.  (Mr. Ed says: This story includes a link to Conley's homemade Star Wars film.)

- Videos of the Day -

WATCH: Logan Schafer homers* on ground ball to shortstop - CBSSports.com

On Saturday afternoon. Brewers outfielder Logan Schafer hit a home run on a ground ball to shortstop. No, it wasn't actually scored a home run, but still. It was functionally the same thing. It doesn't get much more Little League than that.

WATCH: Humberto Quintero makes perhaps the worst of all throws - CBSSports.com

Former big-league catcher Humberto Quintero is presently plying his trade for Triple-A Pawtucket. On Friday night against Triple-A Durham, Quintero perpetrated a throw from behind the plate that may correctly be described as "the quintessence of lousy-crappy." (Mr. Ed says: Not cool, Humberto. Not. Cool.)

WATCH: Kentucky football managers re-create 'Full House' intro video - CBSSports.com

The Wildcats' managers recreated the famous Full House opening montage and did a pretty great job with it. It shows one of them polishing a Gator cart, one hiding in an equipment trunk and several doing laundry.

Council Grove (KS) girl appears on ‘Ellen’ show again | KSNT News

5 year old Macey Hensley was back on the show to talk about her trip to the White House. (Mr. Ed says: This girl probably knows more about U.S. Presidents than you do.)

- May the Fourth be with you -

Star Wars Day 2015: May The 4th Be With You With These Deals : T-Lounge : Tech Times

In case you couldn't make it to the Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, Calif. this year, May 4 is your chance to celebrate Star Wars big time. You could do so by watching all six movies of the franchise or, you know, going to an actual party. However, the most fun and cost effective option might be for you to take advantage of the gazillion deals being offered on Star Wars products in honor of Star Wars Day this year.