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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 7.03.15

Jayhawks open World University Games tonight at 10 PM (Central Time).

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- Kansas Sports -

USA National Team (KU) to Open Play vs. Turkey

The USA will begin World University Game Pool D competition when it plays Turkey on July 4 at noon, which is July 3 at 10 p.m. in Kansas. The game will be played at Dongkang Gymnasium and televised on ESPNU.

USA National Team Runs Away from China, 93-56

Kansas men's basketball, representing the USA National Team at the 2015 World University Games, ran past China 93-56 in a scrimmage game Thursday afternoon at the Seolwol Girls School Gymnasium in Gwangju, Korea.

Bill Self relying on veterans to guide KU during World University Games |

“I want to go play well over there and win,” Self said before KU embarked on the trip, “but the biggest thing about doing this is to help prepare guys for next year.”

- College Sports -

What the Big 12 TV deal news means for BYU - Vanquish The Foe

The biggest bombshell on BYU Media Day didn't come from Provo, but Oklahoma. Here's what the news means for BYU.

Lamont Smith hopes to be the man who defines San Diego basketball -

The biggest challenge for Smith and San Diego basketball might not be San Diego State, or Gonzaga -- but the city itself.

Home-field advantage: Wisconsin, Arkansas nearly a TD better at home -

The popular belief, as noted in their blog post, is that home field is worth about three points. This particularly comes into play with gambling lines as we (fans and analysts) try to determine how the oddsmakers are power ranking teams when lines are released. As you'll see below, home field is not always worth three points.

Dating site for Kentucky fans goes live, is actual, real thing that exists - is live, right now, and you can create a profile for future connections to Kentucky crazies. If that's your thing.

- Professional Sports -

Three things in USA's favor ahead of World Cup final against Japan -

The squad hasn't been very convincing in this cup, forcing coach Jill Ellis to modify the formation and personnel to make things mesh. But in the semifinal against Germany, the US put on a show in convincing fashion for the 2-0 victory. Now, just ahead of the final, there are three things playing in the Ellis' advantage as the ladies look to reach the summit of women's soccer yet again.

Steelers seeking to have Super Bowl LVII played in Pittsburgh -

After watching New York and New Jersey successfully host a cold-weather Super Bowl in February 2014, the Steelers are now convinced that their city is ready to host the NFL's biggest game.

- Potpourri -

Missouri high school will start girl at QB | Prep Rally - Yahoo Sports

Brooke Liebsch has been playing Pop Warner football for six years. "I used to play soccer and I didn’t like it," she told Kansas City’s WDAF. "Then, one day, I caught a football and I’m like, I want to play football. Let’s go."

- Videos of the Day -

LOOK: Braves minor leaguer Reed Harper makes great barehand catch -

Going back on a ball and catching it over your shoulder is hard with a glove. Barehanded? That's as good as it gets right there. Heck of a player for Harper, who was Atlanta's 25th round pick in 2013.

LOOK: Controversial call gives Braves walk-off win over Max Scherzer -

Third base umpire C.B. Bucknor said the ball was fair, giving Maybin the walk-off single and Scherzer the loss. The Nationals didn't like the call, so no big deal, they can ask for instant replay, right? Wrong. This play was not reviewable.