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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 6.12.15

Happy Friday!

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Perhaps surprisingly, TONS of KU-related stuff for you guys today.

- Kansas Sports -

Loss of Corey Avery brings questions to KU's RB position | Tale of the Tait |

On Tuesday, however, first-year coach David Beaty announced that Avery had been dismissed from the program for violating team rules and, all of a sudden, things don't look quite as deep or dependable in the backfield.

Sources: KU to add UAB wide receiver Quincy Perdue via transfer |

Perdue, a former three-star prospect out of Lassiter High in Georgia, is expected to be eligible immediately. Out of high school, Perdue received offers from Florida Atlantic, Marshall, Memphis and Troy. Coaches from many of those same schools checked in with him after learning he planned to transfer, with Mississippi State adding itself to the mix.

Jimmay Mundine Signs Free Agent Contract with New England Patriots

Jimmay Mundine signed a rookie free agent contract with the National Football League's New England Patriots, the organization announced Thursday. Mundine is the sixth Jayhawk from the 2014 senior class to officially sign a contract following the 2015 NFL Draft.

Graham working on three-point game |

“That was one of my focuses for this year, getting better beyond the arc, having people respect my three-point game,” Graham said. “That will open up the floor for more driving lanes. It will open up the court for Wayne (Selden, Jr.), Svi (Mykhailiuk) Brannen (Greene), everybody.”

KU basketball sophomore packing on muscle in hopes of larger role |

“I think it’s one of the most (glaring) weaknesses,” Mykhailiuk said, “so I try to go to the weight room more than anyone else and try to work out hard.”

KU freshman guard getting much-needed help from Jayhawk veterans |

“It’s a big difference from high school. In high school, we didn’t have that many plays,” the freshman guard said at Washburn coach Bob Chipman’s basketball camp Wednesday. “But now, we’re running five to 10 plays a day. So it’s a big difference, a big change.”

After losing confidence, KU's Graham says he'll be ready to shoot in 2015-16 |

Let’s be clear, though: It wasn’t that Graham was a poor shooter a year ago. It’s just that he wasn’t attempting many shots.

KU basketball stays updated on MERS |

“The Government of the Republic of Korea is taking very stringent precautions to avoid any further spread of this virus,” a statement from FISU read as reported by Inside the Games. “We anticipate that the MERS outbreak which has really been quite limited will not have any effect on the games. I can assure you that we are watching this closely.”

Booth Family Hall of Athletics Receives Honors

The Booth Family Hall of Athletics, located on the east side of historic Allen Fieldhouse, has recently received two honors – the 2015 Best of Lawrence Award and the 2015 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor.

Conley, Levy Turn In All-American Outings on Day Two of NCAA Championships

Junior Sydney Conley tallied a fifth-place finish in the long jump with the help of a career-best leap, while junior Daina Levy claimed sixth in the hammer throw to notch her highest career finish at the NCAA Championship meet.

- College Sports -

Jayhawk takes over at Indiana |

Former Kansas University tight end Lyonel Anderson, who played with the Jayhawks from 2003-04, earlier this week was named the head strength coach for Indiana University basketball.

Notre Dame, Boston College will share sideline in Fenway Park -

The neutral site game is part of Notre Dame's annual "Shamrock Series" in addition to being the 23rd edition of the Irish and Eagles "Holy War." Because the logistics involved with converting Fenway Park into a football stadium, the two teams will be bunched together on the same sideline.

Baylor F Rico Gathers arrested on suspicion of shoplifting from Walmart -

Gathers' June 1 shoplift was caught on video. The stolen items amounted to $171. Employees at the store told Waco Police they believed this was not the first time Gathers had walked out with items without paying.

- Professional Sports -

3-pointer: What we learned from Warriors-Cavs NBA Finals Game 4 -

The Golden State Warriors changed their starting lineup -- getting 22 points from Andre Iguodala -- wore down the weary Cleveland Cavaliers and altered the pace and complexion of the NBA Finals on Thursday night with a 103-82 victory that evened the best-of-7 series at 2-2.

Top teams collide when USA faces Sweden in 2nd World Cup game -

It might sound hyperbolic, but the US women's national team's game against Sweden has pretty much everything you could ask for in a soccer game. Sure, both teams are ranked in the top-5 in the world -- the US sits at No. 2 and Sweden at No. 5 -- but there's also the added drama of Pia Sundhage, who made the matchup that much more intriguing with her recent comments that were printed in The New York Times.

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LOOK: Here is what golf courses look like from space -

There's also a Dustin Johnson drive probably floating around somewhere up there.

LOOK: Fresno State has a new live mascot, Victor E. Bulldog III -

According to a release from the school, Victor III was born on March 14, 2015, and he was one of seven puppies in a litter belonging to his proud parents, Itchky and Ruby. He currently checks in at 13.5 pounds, but is expected to be between 40 and 50 pounds when he's fully grown.