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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes: 7.27.15

Congrats to the newest MLB Hall of Famers!

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- Kansas Sports -

Linebacker reveals his plans to play for Kansas |

On Saturday, KU coach David Beaty and company learned that Kurtis Taufa, a 6-foot-2, 235-pound outside linebacker from Snow College had switched his commitment from Utah to Kansas.

KU players pay tribute to ex-recruit Maloney |

Maloney always told his mother that he would like to open a restaurant for her someday, and after his passing, she moved to make the dream a reality. The restaurant features all kinds of KU and Maloney touches and dubs itself as a “fine bakery and deli.”

- College Sports -

Oklahoma, Nebraska, Texas A&M, Kansas and Iowa State Sought To Join Big Ten in 2010 | FOX Sports

In a sign of how falsely pious universities can be when their rivals move up to a better conference and they get left behind, Kansas, a school secretly attempting to join the Big Ten, ended its rivalry with Missouri when the Tigers joined the SEC. Kansas's rationale? Mizzou's lack of commitment to the Big 12. Yep, it's conference realignment hypocrisy of the highest order.

Inside College Sports: Sun Belt may end 'addiction' to Power Five games -

The SEC and Sun Belt will square off nine times in 2015, but the Sun Belt commissioner hopes his league's teams can get a better return on their investment.

Golfer loses US Junior Amateur, gets date with Holly Sonders instead -

Andrew Orischak was so close to winning the US Junior Amateur on Saturday. He walked away with a much different prize instead.

- Professional Sports -

Johnny Cueto traded to Royals: Five things to know -

Sunday, one of the biggest names known to be on the trading block was moved, as the Reds sent Johnny Cueto to the Royals along with some cash in return for pitchers Brandon Finnegan, John Lamb and Cody Reed.

John Smoltz: The Hall of Fame career Tommy John surgery couldn't derail -

John Smoltz became the first player inducted into the Hall of Fame after coming off Tommy John surgery.  Smoltz won 213 games and saved 154 games in his career, making him the only pitcher in baseball history with 200-plus wins and 150-plus saves. (Fellow Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley won 197 games with 390 saves.) The role change -- starter to reliever and eventually back to starter again -- was not necessarily by choice, however.

- Pics and Videos of the Day -

Best pictures, videos, quotes from Hall of Fame induction ceremony -

Craig Biggio, John Smoltz, Randy Johnson and Pedro Martinez were inducted into Baseball's Hall of Fame with a ceremony in Cooperstown Sunday. Here are some highlights.

Blue Jays' baserunning blunders lead to triple play for Mariners -

The batter is out 3-unassisted. Then we have a 3-6-2 putout along with a 2-unassisted putout. Fun.

WATCH: Arena Football player celebrates TD with The Rock's elbow -

The Jacksonville Sharks honored The Rock by performing the People's Elbow as a touchdown celebration.