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Notebook: 2 Players Medically Cleared for KU Basketball; Red Sox Maul Drafting KU Pitcher

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Kansas News

KU's Bryce Hoppel eyeing another 800 win and another NCAA championship |
“It would be amazing,” Hoppel told the Journal-World, while discussing the possibility of capping his junior year by solidifying his spot as the nation’s top runner in the 800. “Indoor was great, but I think the outdoor season is the pinnacle of track and field. I think it would be even more special to get that, let alone get the repeat.”

Azubuike, Elliott cleared to return to action for KU basketball program |
“He hasn’t been full speed or contact yet,” Self said of the 7-foot senior from Nigeria, who suffered almost the exact same injury to his left wrist during his freshman season at KU. "They let him put a ball in his wrist about the last 4-6 weeks, but no contact. … We’ll probably bring him in slowly, but he can start working out and there shouldn’t be any limitations.”

Red Sox select KU pitcher Zeferjahn, catcher Groshans in 3rd and 5th rounds of MLB draft |
“Getting drafted is always a kid’s dream growing up, and today was the day it became real,” Zeferjahn told the Journal-World a couple of hours after being selected. “It’s kind of surreal to feel that it’s time to start my career with the Boston Red Sox, and to be able to be teammates with Jaxx again is cool. He caught me for three years and to move forward with him is a cool opportunity.”

KU walk-on Garrett Luinstra plans to transfer |
The 6-foot-2, 155-pound shooting guard who twice earned all-league honors and whose father, Brian Luinstra, was a trainer who died in the tragic Oklahoma State men’s basketball plane crash in 2001, set Free State’s single-season scoring record by recording 456 points during the 2017-18 season while leading the Firebirds to the Class 6A state title game.

Other Sports News

Pats cut TE Seferian-Jenkins on 1st day of camp
Seferian-Jenkins had signed a modest one-year, $895,000 contract on April 10, and he was vying for a roster spot at a position where the Patriots are transitioning without the retired Rob Gronkowski. The contract included just $50,000 in guaranteed money.

Four big questions that will decide this mysterious NBA Finals
After four years of LeBron James stalking Stephen Curry, and the Golden State Warriors flitting around an overmatched Cleveland Cavaliers defense, it is a relief to land upon an NBA Finals that feels like a mystery after two games.

UCLA beats OU for 1st WCWS title since '10
"The history is as old as dirt,'' said UCLA coach Kelly Inouye-Perez, who has been with the program in some capacity for three decades. "I'm so proud to be a part of it -- player, assistant, head coach. This is about the here and now. This is about UCLA softball in 2019. This team got on a mission.''

Frazier - No regrets ducking media after miscues
Two days after he declined to speak to reporters immediately following what he called the "most difficult game of my professional career in the outfield," New York Yankees outfielder Clint Frazier doubled down Tuesday, saying he had no regrets about avoiding the cameras and ducking questions about the series of defensive miscues he had Sunday night.

Manfred -- Don't expect in-season netting changes
"Look, I think it is important that we continue to focus on fan safety," Manfred said. "If that means that the netting has to go beyond the dugouts, so be it. Each ballpark is different. The reason I hesitate with 'beyond the dugout,' I mean, a lot of clubs are beyond the dugout already. But there is a balance here. We do have fans that are vocal about the fact that they don't want to sit behind nets. I think that we have struck the balance in favor of fan safety so far, and I think we will continue to do that going forward."

Other News

After Restraint And Seclusion, Students With Disabilities Pay An Emotional Toll : NPR
Every time Jennifer Tidd's son was secluded or restrained at school, she received a letter from his teachers. Her son has autism and behavioral issues, and over three years — from 2013 to 2016 — Tidd got 437 of those letters.

Beverly Hills Council approves sweeping ban on most tobacco sales
The Beverly Hills City Council late Tuesday unanimously approved a ban on the retail sale of most tobacco products with a sweeping ordinance that is believed to be the first of its kind in the nation

Human remains found in Kalispell identified | KECI
Human remains found in northwestern Montana have been identified as those of a Spokane, Washington man who was last seen two years ago.