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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes: 6.24.15

Canada: America's hat.

Jesse Smith

- Kansas Sports -

Kansas Claims First Exhibition Win for USA

Kansas began its dual role as the USA National Team in a 91-83 exhibition victory against Team Canada Tuesday night inside Sprint Center.

Frank Mason III delivers fireworks in KU's victory over Canada |

“Frank ran the show. That’s probably as good as Frank’s played since he’s been at Kansas,” KU coach Bill Self said after the first of two exhibitions vs. Canada. The two teams will go at it again at 7 p.m., Friday, in Sprint Center.

Forget Steve Rogers: Kansas Jayhawks' Frank Mason is the REAL Captain America, baby | FOX Sports

Take off, eh! Actually, in crunch time, Mason got the rock and did just that. Repeatedly. The 5-foot-11 guard took advantage of the international, 24-second shot clock, driving and kicking or driving and finishing, rubbing off screens and generally bouncing between Canadian defenders the way a pinball does between bumpers.

Bill Self: KU freshmen 'pretty good' vs. Canada |

“I thought they were both pretty good,” KU coach Bill Self said. “They don’t know what they’re doing, obviously. Legerald tries hard and his man just goes around him whenever he wants to. Carlton is not physically strong yet to, you know, get rebounds in traffic and stuff.”

Team Canada arrived in K.C. familiar with KU brand |

“Growing up watching the NCAA Tournament, you'd always see Kansas and it was exciting to hear we were going to play Kansas, because it's one of the biggest schools for basketball in America.”

KU Track & Field Heads Back to Oregon for USA Senior and Junior Championships

The Jayhawk men's and women's track teams will send five to the USA Senior and Junior Championships this week in Eugene, Oregon. The meet will exhibit hundreds of the nation's top athletes at both the junior and senior levels and will include five athletes from the University of Kansas.

Stein Claims Top Big 12 Softball Academic Honor

For the second year in a row, a Kansas softball player has earned the top Big 12 academic honor after former first baseman Maddie Stein was selected as the 2015 Big 12 Softball Scholar-Athlete of the Year, as announced by the league on Tuesday afternoon.

McKay Signs Free Agent Deal with Texas

"I was absolutely devastated McKay didn't get drafted," Price said. "To put together one of the best seasons offensively in the Big 12 and be honored by the league's coaches as a first-team selection, I was stunned his name didn't get called."

- College Sports -

College World Series, Day 11: Virginia beats Vandy to force Game 3 -

The 2015 College World Series Finals is a repeat of 2014 and, like a year ago, it comes down to Game 3. Vanderbilt had a chance to clinch its second straight title Tuesday night after taking the opener, but Virginia came through to even the series. The winner of the next game wins it all.

Bob Huggins doesn't like the new rule changes in college hoops -

"I thought we had a great game," Huggins said. "I don't know why we're doing what we're doing. You watch the NBA Playoffs and it comes down to throwing the ball to the best player in the world and letting him play. You think about the guys we consider the great coaches of all time and they ran great offense. They really controlled the game with their offense and I think the more and more we reduce the shot clock, the more and more the best players are always going to win. Can't run a lot of offense."

- NBA Draft -

NBA Draft Big Board: Last Call | The Student Section

fetch releases his final Big Board before the NBA draft on Thursday night.

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BAD IDEA: Torii Hunter makes off-balance throw to no-man's land -

You watch this game long enough, you'll see something new every now and again. Torii Hunter made a throwing miscue in the ninth inning Tuesday night that seems unbelievable, given the 18,625 innings he's logged in the outfield since 1998. Hunter's error didn't cost the Minnesota Twins a victory, but it cost them at least a run in a 6-2 loss to the White Sox. It also cost Hunter a little pride, or should have.

Cat takes extreme flight on plane wing - and survives! (VIDEO) — RT News

The video, aptly titled ‘Remove cat before flight’ was posted by YouTube user Romain Jantot on Sunday, who was apparently the pilot of the light plane. He says the cat's wild air ride took place in a flying club in Kourou, French Guiana.