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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes: 7.9.2015

Nuke the whales? You don't really believe that do you? I don't know, gotta nuke something.

World University Games

No letdown: Team USA finishes pool play with flair |
With six minutes left in the third quarter against Switzerland on Thursday, Kansas University senior forward Hunter Mickelson sprinted to mid-court for a loose ball.  It didn’t matter that the United States men’s basketball team had already secured a spot in the World University Games quarterfinals. It didn’t matter that the Jayhawks had a 25-point lead on their way to a 96-57 victory at DongKang College Gymnasium. Mickelson wasn’t giving up on the play.

Overseas KU fans take advantage of 'once-in-a-lifetime opportunity' |
More than 6,000 miles away from Lawrence, across the Pacific Ocean, Kansas University men’s basketball players have been supported by a number of fans who do the Rock Chalk chant at the end of games or chant “U-S-A” during the games.

Notebook: Freshman Lagerald Vick shows signs of 'elite' future |
With the starters off of the court, Kansas University freshman guard Lagerald Vick made the most of his minutes in USA’s 96-57 victory against Switzerland on Thursday at DongKang College Gymnasium.

Most Crucial Jayhawks 2015: No. 24 - S Fish Smithson | Tale of the Tait |
A big reason for that was Fish's upbringing, when he left his native Baltimore to live with his brother, Shaky, in Utah while Shaky starred for the Utes football program. Being tossed into an environment like that forced Fish to mature more quickly than most guys his age and the up-close-and-personal look at college football at a young age allowed him to pick up little things that later would help him make the transition.

University of Kansas Athletics - USA Completes Undefeated Pool D with 96-57 Win Against Switzerland
Behind 18 points from Julian DeBose and 16 from Wayne Selden, Jr., the USA men's basketball team completed Pool D undefeated at the 2015 World University Games with a 96-57 win against Switzerland Thursday at Dongkang College Gymnasium in Gwangju, Korea.

Other Sports

Wild day in the NBA and NFL offseasons yesterday

Free agent circus ends with Jordan back in LA, league looking foolish -
It's hard to say what the low point was, the emoji wars or Blake Griffin tweeting a picture of a chair wedged against the door of DeAndre Jordan's house. All we know is that we can mark down July 8, 2015, as the day the NBA became a mockery of itself.

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban never heard from DeAndre Jordan
"There will be a time when I detail everything I know regarding the last 48 hours," Cuban wrote in a CyberDust message to fans that never mentioned Jordan by name. "I don't think the time is right to say anything beyond the facts that he never responded to me at all yesterday. Not once. To this minute I have not heard anything from him since Tuesday night.

Report: Jason Pierre-Paul has right index finger amputated -
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Pierre-Paul had his right index finger amputated on Wednesday.

NFL players angered by Adam Schefter tweeting medical record - NY Daily News
But now some athletes are pointing the finger at Schefter and ESPN, questioning the ethics behind Schefter’s decision to put a photo of Pierre-Paul’s medical records on Twitter for the sports world to see rather than just reporting the information and leaving the photo out of it.

Other News

Appeals Court Considers 'Big Mountain Jesus' Case - ABC News
A federal district judge in 2013 said the Flathead National Forest could reissue a 10-year permit for the statue that has stood along a ski run at the Whitefish Mountain Resort since 1954. The judge, Obama appointee Dana Christensen, said no reasonable observer would conclude the Forest Service was endorsing Christianity by permitting a private party to place it on land it leases from the government. (Ed Note, including this one because it is right in my backyard. this has been a big story around here the last few years)

South Carolina House Votes to Remove Confederate Flag From Statehouse
Early this morning, the South Carolina House of Representatives followed the State Senate’s lead and voted to permanently remove the Confederate flag from the statehouse grounds. Once ratified, the bill will be sent to Republican Gov. Nikki Haley, who supports the flag’s removal.

Judge cites Confederate flag plates, Iverson in Redskins decision - Yahoo News
A federal district judge has ruled against the Washington Redskins in a trademark dispute, referring to a recent Supreme Court case about confederate-flag license plates and a famous Allen Iverson rant along the way.