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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 6.25.15

NBA draft is tonight: Where will Cliff and Kelly go?

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- Kansas Sports -

Oubre, Alexander to learn NBA fate |

Kelly Oubre Jr., has made some bold, brash, entertaining statements in media interviews on his recent workout tour of various NBA cities preceding tonight’s NBA Draft.

Stock watch: NBA Draft Eve edition | 'Hawks in the NBA |

Now that NBA Draft Eve has arrived, let’s take one last look at where Oubre and Alexander might end up, as they embark on their professional careers.

NBA Draft experience changing with time | Tale of the Tait |

See, part of the fun of covering the draft has been covering the people and personalities associated with it. I'll never forget 2010 and how gracious Cole Aldrich and Xavier Henry were to let me follow them around for just about the entire day before their big moments.

Kansas football notebook |

Hometown to honor Chris Harris; Jacorey Shepherd a finalist for Big 12 2014-15 Sportsperson of the Year award; Two-star Texas safety Michael Clark decommits from KU

The Best & Worst Case Scenarios for Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas | FOX Sports

Congratulations, first-year head coach David Beaty! He has limited experience as a coordinator and on paper, has a team that could easily be worse than any Turner Gill and Charlie Weis ever fielded. I'll spare you the details on this one, but the worst case scenario for Kansas is simple: Every game ends with the same result and most of them aren't close.

Kansas Jayhawks: Dream and nightmare scenarios - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Everything comes together and Kansas goes back to the Orange Bowl. That’s the long-term dream, at least. Probably a tad too optimistic for Year 1 under new head coach David Beaty. But we can draw up a beautiful blueprint for getting this program back on the right track right away.

- College Sports -

Oklahoma president David Boren puts possible Big 12 expansion in news - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Wednesday, Oklahoma president David Boren made waves when he suggested the Big 12 “should strive for” a 12-team league. Boren’s comments were the first from a Big 12 leader advocating expansion in a long time.

College World Series, Day 12: Virginia wins first national championship -

For the first time in school history, the Virginia Cavaliers are national baseball champions. They were able to beat Vanderbilt's star power -- the Commodores have three 2015 first- round draft picks on their roster, including first overall pick, shortstop Dansby Swanson, and 24th overall pick, right-hander Walker Buehler, who started Game 3 on Wednesday night -- thanks to some timely hitting, stellar defense, and gutty pitching.

Kentucky loads up with commitment of 2015 five-star guard Jamal Murray -

Is UK once again going to be the No. 1 team in the country heading into a season? Quite possibly. The Big Blue Nation picked up the final missing piece to what's likely to be a stellar starting five next season when it landed the verbal commitment of Canadian combo guard Jamal Murray on Wednesday night.

When Alabama was in legitimate danger of receiving the death penalty -

Would Nick Saban be in Tuscaloosa -- and would the Crimson Tide be the force it is today -- if the NCAA had actually handed down the dreaded death penalty to Alabama?

- Professional Sports -

Report: Cavs forward Kevin Love opts out of contract : Fantasy News

Cavaliers forward Kevin Love has decided to decline the final year of his contract and become a free agent instead, sources told ESPN. He will officially become a free agent July 1.

Why the Axe Bat, Dustin Pedroia may help make the round handle obsolete - Yahoo Sports

A 2014 study claims the axe handle bat will result in a decrease of wrist injuries and increased performance.

- Pics and Videos of the Day -

WATCH: The optical illusion that makes it so hard to hit a curveball -

Seeing the spin is much easier said than done, of course, especially because our eyes and our brains tend to play tricks on us. This video, which was put together by a group of University of Rochester researchers, demonstrates a phenomenon known as the "curveball illusion," which basically tricks hitters into thinking a curveball is dropping quicker than it is.

Heavy rain creates golf course sinkhole in Lenexa - KCTV5

There is a new kind of golf hazard on a Lenexa course, and this one isn't man-made - a massive sinkhole.

There’s a giant hole that’s draining a lake on the border of Oklahoma and Texas like it’s a bathtub - Yahoo Finance

One of the largest reservoirs in the US, Lake Texoma lies on the border of Oklahoma and Texas and is formed by the buildup of water at Denison Dam on the Red River. When the water levels get too high, as they have in recent weeks, the Army Corps opens sluices, called floodgates, at the bottom of the lake to drain the water into the river.