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Kansas Jayhawks Weekend News and Notes: 6.27.2015

So I grab him by the collar, I take him out of the seat, I get behind the wheel, and now I'm driving the bus

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I saw on twitter this morning Cliff will be playing summer league with Brooklyn but I couldn't find any links on that, so take it with a grain of salt.

Kansas Sports

Selden powers KU to sweep of Canada |
“I think he’s played more explosively than he has the last two years. He seems more explosive,” KU coach Bill Self said Friday night after the 6-foot-5 Roxbury, Massachusetts, native scored 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the Jayhawks’ 87-76 victory over Team Canada before 8,415 fans in Sprint Center.

Mickelson provides KU with energy |
“Coach stressed putting more energy into the game during halftime,” said Mickelson, who finished with five points, three offensive rebounds, a block and a steal in nine minutes. “I tried to do that when I was out there. I kind of got some breaks and got current guys on the team giving me some opportunities, so I just made the best of it.”

Stigler advances at U.S. Track & Field Championships |
Kansas senior Michael Stigler advanced to the 400-meter hurdle final at the USA Track & Field Championships Friday night inside Hayward Field. The reigning NCAA Champion will try to nab a top-three finish in tomorrow’s final and a spot on Team USA that will travel to the World Championships in Beijing, Aug. 22-30.

Wizards’ Kelly Oubre filled with confidence |
Basketball fans are enamored with the idea of native son Kevin Durant playing for the Washington Wizards starting in 2016. Starting this fall, Kelly Oubre Jr. begins his rookie campaign in Washington as a draft-day trade landed the Kansas product with the Wizards.

Team Canada hoping for rematch with KU |
When Canada’s basketball team assembled a week ago for the upcoming World University Games in South Korea, coach Barnaby Craddock figured this week’s pair of exhibitions against Kansas University, the USA’s National Team, would go a long way in preparing his group for the competition ahead.

Professional Sports

The US is dominating the Women's world cup and we cleaned up FIFA. Just send all the soccer trophies here

Carli Lloyd's header gives USA 1-0 win vs. China, spot in semifinals -
In the 51st minute, Julie Johnston, positioned 10-15 yards away from the midfield line, sent in a long, hovering pass. The ball traveled toward Carli Lloyd's run in the middle of the box. Near the penalty spot, Lloyd, the team's captain, beat her defender to the ball in the air and headed the ball down toward the turf. The placement was perfect. The ball darted across the goalline and just inside the post.

Hey China, come and get your whoopin' -
Hell, basicaly Chinas been a J.V. America for years. First they bought Tibet just so there country could look pretty much exactly like ours shapewise, then they got a nucular weapon like a bunch of copycats, but I have to admit they had us beat by about 20 years when it comes to having thousands of citizens marching through there biggest cities screaming "I cant breathe."

Where would be the best fit for LaMarcus Aldridge this summer? -
In the blink of an eye, it looks like the Portland Trail Blazers are on the verge of losing one of their main building blocks. Just months ago, it seemed like a foregone conclusion the Blazers would re-sign All-Star power forward LaMarcus Aldridge to a five-year deal for around $100 million. Depending on the rumors you believe, Aldridge may have already checked out from the idea of remaining with the Blazers and could be looking to move on to a new chapter in his career.


Asa Ingram: Southerners, you didn't protect your brand
You see, for those of you who truly believe the flag stands for your heritage and the glamorous aspects of the antebellum South, you’ve made a big mistake over the decades. You haven’t protected your brand. Here’s what I mean from a marketing perspective. Disney will sue the pants off anyone, big or small, who uses Mickey’s likeness without their approval. Remember the stickers of Calvin from Calvin and Hobbes urinating on various logos? Bill Watterson, the strip’s creator, sued to protect that brand from such usage. Does Coca-Cola let just anyone use their iconic logos whenever they see fit? Try to sell merchandise with your favorite college’s logo without their permission and watch the cease and desist letter arrive promptly in your mailbox.

This Python Ate a Porcupine, Which Turned Out to Be a Bad Idea
We all eat the wrong thing sometimes, but this 12-foot-long South African python made a major error. It swallowed a porcupine whole. Spoilers: No, it did not survive.

Pool Bear Is Getting This Summer Started Right
This is awesome and worth watching

Discussion Questions

1. Its supposed to be super hot this weekend. How will you be cooling off?

2. Read anything good recently?