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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes: 6.06.15

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- Kansas Sports -

Devonté Graham projects as one of KU's all-time great point guards | Smithology |

At Kansas, one comes to expect significant individual improvements from season to season, and Graham has heaps of potential as a point guard. Just ask his coach, Bill Self.

Self draws recognition from Hall for Assists venture |

In recognition of Self’s work with Assists, the Hall has named KU’s 12th-year coach one of three winners of this year’s Mannie Jackson Humanitarian Award. The award will be presented to Self on official Hall of Fame induction weekend in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Here's why Kansas Jayhawks fans should be rooting against Fred Hoiberg in the NBA | FOX Sports

If you're a Kansas fan and you like stability and calm, you're rooting for Gregg Popovich to coach in San Antonio forever. You're rooting for the Chicago Bulls and Oklahoma City Thunder to soil their respective bedsheets. Because if Fred Hoiberg works, because if Billy Donovan works, there will be more NBA calls, more NBA dollars dangling in front of Jayhawks coach Bill Self. Not less.

- College Sports -

Dave Clawson isn't a fan of Stephen Colbert -

"This is a school that respects tradition," Colbert said during the speech. "Traditions like rolling the quad with toilet paper after big wins. And this is actually an eco-friendly tradition because, looking at this season's win-loss record, you guys saved a lot of paper."

- Professional Sports -

It's Pat! Ambidextrous pitcher Pat Venditte makes MLB debut -

Over two scoreless innings, Venditte allowed one hit in a 4-2 loss to Boston. He was the first pitcher since Greg Harris in 1995 to use both hands in the same game.

Kyrie Irving to have surgery, out 3-4 months with fractured knee cap -

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving left Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday, and the team announced on Friday that he'd suffered a fractured knee cap and would need surgery. He will be out for three to four months.

Paul Pierce on playing next season: 'I do feel like I can still play this game' -

But after some weeks away from the game, which allowed him time to ruminate on his future, Pierce may be leaning towards playing for one more season. And from the sounds of it, he could be suiting up for the Wizards again.

- Triple Crown Attempt Today -

2015 Belmont Stakes live blog: Can American Pharoah win Triple Crown? -

American Pharoah, winner of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, is shooting for the first horse racing Triple Crown wince Affirmed in 1978. Standing between Pharoah and history is the 1 1/2-mile track at Elmont, N.Y.

- Video of the Day -

Skunks nest found in Cardinals dugout at Dodger Stadium -

Hayes reports that skunks have been found living in the stadium before, and in "most" previous encounters, they didn't spray.