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Josh Jackson Throws First Pitch; Plans on Sticking with Basketball

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Former KU star Josh Jackson threw a truly dreadful ceremonial first pitch
Jackson, who was drafted Thursday night as the No. 4 overall pick by the Phoenix Suns, was at Friday night’s Arizona Diamondbacks game. He threw out the first pitch along with Haason Reddick, who was a first-round pick by the Arizona Cardinals in the NFL Draft.

KU hoops notebook: Phoenix Suns fans applaud pick of Josh Jackson at No. 4 in NBA Draft reports that a “few thousand fans” in a crowd of 5,200 roared at the team’s draft watch party on Thursday night at Talking Stick Resort Arena (home of the Suns) when the Boston Celtics selected Jayson Tatum with the third pick.

Former KU forward Perry Ellis to play for Minnesota Timberwolves summer team
Former Kansas forward Perry Ellis will play summer league basketball for the NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves, his mother confirmed on Friday afternoon.

Suns, Josh Jackson share mutual excitement over KU freshman falling to Phoenix |
Forget that he fell to the No. 4 spot in Thursday night’s NBA draft. Forget that the Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers and Philadelphia 76ers all decided to go elsewhere with their first-round selections. And forget about the fact that he’s headed to a team in the middle of a rebuilding project.

Landen Lucas to join Boston Celtics' summer league squad |
Friday afternoon, former Kansas center Landen Lucas revealed on Twitter that he was joining the Celtics' summer league squad for sessions that run July 3-6 and July 7-17.

Former Kansas golfer Ryan Vermeer in PGA Championship field |
Former Kansas All-American golfer Ryan Vermeer gave up the dream of catching on as PGA touring pro, stopped playing the mini-tour circuit and headed back to Omaha six years ago.

Other Sports

NBA Draft Grades: Evaluating each team's full draft; Celtics come out with a D -
The 2017 NBA Draft has come and gone, but there is still a lot to evaluate. This was not a quiet draft night. The No. 1 overall pick was traded. Jimmy Butler was traded. In a really deep class, a lot of teams added multiple players that, at first glance, look like the foundation of real progress. We won't be able to evaluate the full scope of these picks for a few years, but right now, given the information we currently have, here are the grades for every team's 2017 draft class.

Jimmy Butler after trade from Bulls: 'I just don't like the way some things were handled' -
Just a few picks into the 2017 NBA Draft on Thursday night, the Chicago Bulls and Minnesota Timberwolves shocked the NBA world by agreeing to a trade that sent Jimmy Butler to the Wolves in exchange for Kris Dunn and Zach LaVine, along with a swapping of first-round picks.

LOOK: Derek Carr takes hilarious jab at Seahawks for Super Bowl XLIX blunder -
If the Raiders ever have the ball on the 1-yard line during the waning seconds of a Super Bowl, you can probably safely assume that they won't be making the same mistake the Seahawks made near the end of Super Bowl XLIX.

People are probably going to get mad at Rob Gronkowski for his roast of David Ortiz -
The city of Boston is basically throwing a party for David Ortiz this week, renaming a street near Fenway Park in honor of the former superstar slugger and having a David Ortiz Roast.

Report: Clippers' Chris Paul declines option, will become unrestricted free agent -
Early Friday evening, the news broke that Blake Griffin had decided to opt out of the final year of his contract with the Los Angeles Clippers in order to become an unrestricted free agent.