- KANSAS SPORTS -
Kansas senior Frank Mason III received his second national player of the year trophy on the day, while KU head coach Bill Self also received an award at the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) AT&T NABC Awards Guardians of the Game Show Sunday at the Orpheum Theatre in Phoenix.
Mason, the consensus national player of the year, has swept all of the major awards for national player of the year ahead of Friday's Wooden Award announcement.
The NBA draft combine will take place from May 9-14 in Chicago, and players will have the next 10 days (May 24) to make a decision on whether they want to withdraw from the draft and return to their school.
“He’s the whole package,” Davis said of Self. “He’s a great game coach and a tremendous recruiter. The thing he does that’s different is that Bill is such a people person. He remembers everybody’s name and remembers things about them.”
This sounds too good to be true. When the call came to Kansas coach Bill Self that he had been named to the Naismith Hall of Fame, he was on campus. On Naismith Drive. “It actually happened,” he said over the weekend. “That’s not a story.”
Clutch hitting and outstanding pitching from its bullpen paved the way for a Kansas baseball series victory over Texas, 5-4, Sunday afternoon at Hoglund Ballpark.
A goal from freshman Sophie Maierhofer in the 68th-minute helped break a 1-1 tie and lifted the Kansas soccer team to a 2-1 win over the Minnesota Golden Gophers Sunday afternoon inside Rock Chalk Park. The match served as the opener for Kansas' five-game spring exhibition season.
Nine Jayhawks and two relay teams picked up top-three finishes as a large Kansas contingent took part in the Emporia State Relays Saturday inside Fran Welch Stadium. Junior Nicolai Ceban collected a victory in the discus by way of a career-best toss, while the Jayhawk women leaned to a win in the 4x400-meter relay.
- COLLEGE SPORTS -
Had BYU not toppled Gonzaga in its final regular-season game, the Zags’ already difficult task Monday night against North Carolina would be significantly tougher. They would have the extra burden of trying to become the first undefeated champion in 41 years in addition to merely taking aim at the program’s first national title.
AL.com reports that Briles was, for some reason, invited to the Birmingham Football Coaching Clinic by UAB coaches to speak to high school coaches in a session titled, “Making Concepts Into Themes.”
- PROFESSIONAL SPORTS -
Sunday served as a great appetizer for baseball fans around the world. After a long offseason that was, admittedly, made better by an exciting World Baseball Classic last month, baseball was finally back. Six teams competed in three games scattered across the day. It was a nice taste of that sweet, sweet baseball we've been craving. Now, we get to dive back into the onslaught of baseball around the league that we will soon be used to but (hopefully) never take for granted.
With the Cleveland Indians' emergence as the reigning AL champion and the Detroit Tigers still hanging strong, the Royals and Twins enter this season quietly.
To put together the 256-game regular season schedule, the four NFL employees have to take hundreds of things into account. For example, in 2014, the schedule-makers had to account for a One Direction tour that was making its way across the United States that fall. In 2015, the schedule-makers had to account for the Pope’s visit to the United States during the NFL season . I mean, you can’t have a game in an NFL stadium if the Pope is there.