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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 6.29.15

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I'm Ron Burgundy?

Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

- Kansas Sports -

Jayhawks En Route to Gwangju

On June 28, the USA National Team departed Allen Fieldhouse at 6:15 a.m. to Kansas City International Airport. From there the squad flew to Detroit where there was a two-hour layover before boarding a multi-level plane for Seoul-Incheon, Korea, for a 12-plus hour flight (approximately 6,650 miles).

Passport thief thwarts KU forward Dwight Coleby's plan | KUsports.com

It was spoiled by a thief who broke into Coleby’s buddy’s car outside a Nassau gymnasium and swiped clothes, shoes and, more importantly, Coleby’s passport.

Self-improvement Bragg’s priority | KUsports.com

Polite, personable, eager to please. That’s always subject to change once the hero worship hits him in big doses and the recruiters for agents try to fill his head with notions of getting to the NBA as quickly as possible and making not getting hurt the primary goal of college basketball. Clearly a sharp thinker, Bragg is more equipped to see through all the nonsense and make self-improvement a priority over self-adoration. He already understands that playing well against college basketball players is tougher than it looks on television.

Cedar Ridge’s Peterson to play in Kansas’ secondary | Varsity News

On Sunday, Cedar Ridge senior defensive back Ian Peterson pledged to join the University of Kansas’ 2016 recruiting class. A three-star prospect who held multiple scholarship offers from schools like Colorado, Houston, SMU and Wisconsin, Peterson announced his decision on Twitter.

Stigler Takes Fourth in 400 Meter Hurdles at USA Championships

The 2015 NCAA Champion held his own against the world championship-caliber field, never falling below fourth place. With 100 meters to go, Stigler was neck-and-neck with two-time World Champion Kerron Clement in the third position. The veteran, Clement, was able to outkick Stigler down the homestretch to claim the third and final qualifying spot to Beijing, with Stigler coming across the finish line half a second later.

- College Sports -

Providence transfer Paschal Chukwu commits to Syracuse - CBSSports.com

Providence transfer Paschal Chukwu has committed to Syracuse, multiple sources told CBSSports.com on Sunday morning. The 7-1 big man must sit out next season per NCAA rules and will have three seasons of eligibility remaining.

The nightmarish scourge of a few extra bowl games must be stopped! - CBSSports.com

But some things are too important not to overexplain, and the way the New Mexico Bowl is eroding the fabric of our game -- and, indeed, our nation -- is one of them. Here's why the sooner college football returns to the good old glorious days of seven or maybe eight bowls (don't get uppity with us, Independence), the much, much better.

- Professional Sports -

Cliff Alexander to play for Brooklyn Nets in Orlando, Vegas summer leagues | KUsports.com

Former Kansas University forward Cliff Alexander, who was not selected in the 2015 NBA Draft, will play for the Brooklyn Nets for their Summer League teams in both Orlando and Las Vegas, the New York Post reports.

Home Run Derby format changed, now involves a clock - CBSSports.com

Instead of getting five or 10 "outs," now the players will be on the clock. Each batter will have five minutes to hit as many home runs as he can. The time starts with the release of the first pitch. In the last minute, however, the timer will stop on a home run and not start again until the batter swings and doesn't hit a home run. So if he gets real hot, there's still a chance at, in theory, unlimited homers.

The remarkable consistency of Phillies ace/trade target Cole Hamels - CBSSports.com

What also should make Hamels appealing for contenders as the July 31 non-waiver deadline draws closer is his remarkable consistency. Pitching is a volatile craft, and when you're trading for, say, 10-15 starts from a midseason acquisition, you're leaving yourself more open to short-run randomness. That's a consideration with any July trade pick-up, but it's especially the case with pitchers. Hamels doesn't allay these concerns entirely, but he's about as much of a known quantity as a pitcher can be.

MiLB manager forgets to list bullpen, uses position players in relief - CBSSports.com

Completely filling out a lineup card would be a tedious venture on a daily basis, but it's also essential for each baseball game. Kingsport Mets (Rookie ball) manager Luis Rivera found out the hard way on Friday.

Q&A: Ex-NBA player Antoine Walker on financial planning, Paul Pierce - CBSSports.com

Walker has partnered with Morgan Stanley Global Sports & Entertainment to help educate young athletes about the importance of financial planning. Walker recently spoke with CBSSports.com over the phone, about his partnership with Morgan Stanley, Karl-Anthony Towns and his former teammate Paul Pierce.

Bob Costas says he'll apologize to Pedro Strop for on-air remarks - CBSSports.com

Costas made the comments as the Cubs' reliever was removed from the game during Friday night's loss to the Cardinals.

- Videos of the Day -

Bubba Watson burns fan, hits incredible shot anyway - CBSSports.com

Bubba Watson doesn't need advice from the patrons at the Travelers Championship. That's what he says anyway.

WHOOPS! Jeff Francoeur has a little trouble in the outfield - CBSSports.com

It actually looks like part of an old Buster Keaton act, or like an imaginative game of pepper played by a member of the old Gashouse Gang. Except it wasn't on purpose. It might have been accidental art, though. Span would score on a sacrifice fly, and the Nationals kept a 3-2 lead in the ninth, so it was a big play, a big mistake. But also funny.