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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 7.25.15

Happy weekend to everyone! Stay cool out there, y'all.

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fizzle really dropping the ball on these weekend news and notes...

- Kansas Sports -

Jerod Haase happily returns |

University of Alabama-Birmingham head coach and former Kansas University guard Jerod Haase arrived at the Sunflower Showcase on Friday afternoon to recruit with UAB assistant Jeff Wulburn.

Big attraction: No. 2 recruit Porter popular |

"It’s not really a factor," Porter said. "I’m not pressured to go to Mizzou or not go to Kansas by my family, at least. But by people in town, of course I am. Living near Mizzou doesn’t really affect going to Kansas at all."

Undrafted Cliff Alexander signs with Portland | 'Hawks in the NBA |

Though the 6-foot-9 power forward didn’t dominate as a temporary member of the Brooklyn Nets, Alexander did enough to impress the Portland Trail Blazers, who signed the undrafted post player to a contract Friday afternoon.

VIDEO: #PlayforDre - Cafe 29

A couple of days ago, Cafe 29 had it's biggest sales day ever. It was literally the biggest! 16 members of the Kansas Jayhawks' football team arrived all at once at the new restaurant in Overland Park. It was more than just hungry football players looking for a meal between off-season workouts, because this trip had a special meaning.

KU Track Alumn Earns Bronze at Pan Am Games

Kyle Clemons, who competed for the Jayhawks from 2010-13, was the lone American in the 400-meter final after running to the second-fastest qualifying spot in the semifinals Wednesday. In the final, Clemons turned in the fastest quarter-mile of his career, rounding the track in 44.84. The time, which moves the former KU trackster into the top-20 of the world ranks for 2015, earned Clemons the bronze medal and upped the USA Track & Field medal count to 26, which leads all countries.

- College Sports -

Alabama's cost of attendance stipend will rank among highest in nation -

Nick Saban was concerned about differences in cost of attendance stipends. No need -- Alabama's will be one of the highest in the nation this season.

Big 12 coaches: Another playoff snub could bring back title game - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Should the league get snubbed by the committee again this season, the Big 12 could promptly abandon its current format and add the championship game for 2016.

- Professional Sports -

Schedules set for 2018 FIFA World Cup, 2017 Confederations Cup -

We are only two years away from the 2017 Confederations Cup, and a year after that the 2018 FIFA World Cup from Russia will arrive. FIFA released the schedules for the competitions ahead of World Cup qualifying really heating up in the fall.

NFL rewrites Dez Bryant rule and it might actually be more confusing -

Dez Bryant's no-catch still won't be a catch under the NFL's new rule for making a reception.

Independent league team to host game with computer umpire system -

The independent San Rafael Pacifics of the Pacific Association will use an automated balls and strikes system next week. There won't be a human umpire. The Pacifics will use PitchFX to call balls and strikes on July 28 and 29 against the Vallejo Admirals.

- VIDEO SERIES: Chris Harris featured by the Denver Broncos -

The Underdog: Part 1 - Chris Harris

From high school to the NFL, Chris Harris Jr. has proved the doubters wrong. This is his underdog story.

The Underdog: Part 2 - Chris Harris

From just one Division I scholarship offer to going undrafted, Chris Harris Jr. took the road less traveled to the NFL. This is his underdog story.

The Underdog: Part 3 - Chris Harris

Making the roster as a college free agent and overcoming a torn ACL, Chris Harris Jr. has cemented his place in the NFL, but now he's hungry for more recognition. This is his underdog story.

- Pics and Videos of the Day -

LOOK: Les Miles dresses as a referee, providing image for endless memes -

So there you have it: Les Miles, college football official. I can only assume the hilarity that would ensue if he was put in charge of the game clock.

LOOK: Nine-foot alligator climbs into visitor's dugout in minors -

A 9-foot alligator climbed into the visitor's dugout in Port Charlotte, Florida, home of the Rays' high Class A affiliate.

WATCH: Rockies top Reds on walk-off ... wild pitch? -

File this under "things I don't see everyday." The Rockies beat the Reds on a wild pitch on Friday.