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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 06.27.14

Today's look around the interwebs.

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Filling in for mikeville today (who has been filling in for me while I'm studying for my professional exam).  Going to try to keep it in the same vein as what he has been doing. I even got him to send me trivia for the day.

Kansas Basketball

Destiny achieved: Andrew Wiggins goes No. 1 to Cleveland in NBA draft |

He became the second Jayhawk to be picked in the top spot (Danny Manning, 1988), the 11th international player taken No. 1 overall, the second Canadian in a row taken with the top pick, and, perhaps most importantly, the talk of the night in every way imaginable.

Philadelphia swoops in to snag injured Joel Embiid at No. 3 |

"It’s a very exciting day for me and my family," Embiid told ESPN, happy he’s in Philly. "A lot of hard work has gone into my journey to be here and I am truly blessed to be able to realize my dream of being drafted. While I wish I could be in New York, I’m happy that my family is here with me to celebrate with me. I’m more determined than ever and looking forward to getting back to work with my new team."

Self: Having two of NBA draft's top picks 'means a lot' for KU |

"We’ve had others taken high in the draft without question, never two this high. Coming in the same year with two kids that are as good a kids as they are players, I think it bodes well for our program and certainly gives a lot of Kansas fans a lot to brag about," Self added.

Bids for building to house original rules of basketball came in too high /

Construction of the DeBruce Center, which will house the original rules of basketball, will be delayed by a few weeks, officials said Thursday.

Andrew Wiggins talks about "dream come true" of going No. 1 in 2014 NBA Draft (Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews) |

KU coach Bill Self thrilled for Wiggins, Embiid and Kansas (Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews) |

Kansas Football

KU football picks up commitments from Texas preps |

Defensive end Carl Thompson, a 6-foot-3, 260-pound Guyer High senior-to-be from Denton, and speedy running back Taylor Martin, 5-9, 187 from Dunbar High in Fort Worth, both confirmed their commitments to Jon Kirby of

Q&A: Kansas WR coach Eric Kiesau - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Charlie Weis made a change heading into 2014, hiring former Washington and Cal receivers coach Eric Kiesau to coach KU's receivers. The veteran coach, who has tutored NFL standouts DeSean Jackson and Keenan Allen during his 14-year career, took some time to chat with about his plans for the Jayhawks receivers, Miami (Ohio) transfer Nick Harwell and his growth as a coach.

Big 12 Conference defensive stats for success in 2014 - ESPN

Here's a look at one stat from a defensive player on each Big 12 team that could be a sign of success for their teams.

Charlie Weis is easily impressed - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

A football camp put on by the University of Kansas usually doesn't generate headlines.

With one possibly serious/possibly sarcastic/possibly awesome tweet, KU coach Charlie Weis changed all of that Wednesday afternoon.

Stadium renovations rampant in Big 12 - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

The Sooners' stadium innovation plans are now full steam ahead after receiving regent approval on Tuesday, but nearly every other program in the conference is busy raising money and working up blueprints for facility changes, big or small, this offseason. A rundown of every upgrade currently in the works, starting with the league's newest palace:

KU's Memorial Stadium track had its glory days | The Kansas City Star

World records were set and future gold medalists provided sneak peeks of their podium performances in Lawrence. It was the home track of famed runners Glenn Cunningham, Wes Santee and Jim Ryun, who ran before crowds of 30,000 and more at the Relays.

Professional Sports/NBA Draft

Austin honorary 1st round NBA pick - Baylor Men's Basketball

The 7-1 Austin learned Saturday that his competitive basketball career is over after he was diagnosed with Marfan syndrome, a genetic disorder that affects the body’s connective tissue, and can be life threatening.

Wichita State’s Cleanthony Early chosen by the New York Knicks | Wichita Eagle

Early was projected by many mock drafts to go in the first round. He fell to the Knicks early in the second round, and received the bonus of returning home. Early grew up in the Bronx and Middletown, N.Y.

Eric Hosmer, Royals search for answers as slump continues | The Kansas City Star

Under the guidance of new hitting coach Dale Sveum, the Royals’ offense has rebounded. Yet Hosmer continues to flounder. He looked "defeated" at the plate, remarked one opposing player during this most recent homestand, "like he knows he’s out before he even gets up there."

In the News

Lester Munson: Math majors the most important witnesses in Ed O'Bannon-NCAA trial - ESPN

When the O'Bannon trial adjourns Friday, the judge will have heard 23 witnesses. They included three former athletes, the president of the NCAA, a couple of conference commissioners and two experts on consumer surveys. But the most important witnesses are the two math majors who examined the same data and reached opposite conclusions.

Sherri Shepherd, Jenny McCarthy leaving ‘The View’ | The Kansas City Star

"‘The View' will be moving in an exciting new direction next year, and ABC has made decisions to evolve the show creatively," the network said, without any specifics.

World Cup

'We can play with anyone,' Matt Besler says after U.S. advances in World Cup | The Kansas City Star

"Advancing out of this group is a huge accomplishment," Besler said in a text message. "There’s a bunch of people who never thought it was possible, but we’ve proven them wrong. U.S. Soccer belongs on the world stage, and we can play with anyone."

Luis Suarez ban is "excessive", says Giorgio Chiellini - ESPN FC

"I don't have any feelings of joy, revenge or anger towards Suarez for an incident which happened on the field and finished there," Chiellini said on his own website. "I'm just angry and disappointed about losing the game. At the moment, my only thoughts are with Luis and his family because they're faced with a very difficult period."

U.S. midfielder Jermaine Jones suspects nose broken during 1-0 loss to Germany - ESPN FC

U.S. midfielder Jermaine Jones said he fears his nose was broken on Thursday during a collision with teammate Alejandro Bedoya in Germany's 1-0 victory in Group G.

Germany, U.S., Algeria through - ESPN FC

The United States and Germany reached the knockout stages of the World Cup, with Portugal and Ghana edged out in Group G. Algeria then took the final berth in the knockout rounds by drawing with Russia in Group H.

U.S. needs possession to continue run - ESPN FC

The Americans withstood withering pressure to beat Ghana 2-1, played brilliantly before coughing up a late equalizer against Portugal and finally concluded group play with a 1-0 defeat to Germany. Omar Gonzalez summed up the experience perfectly when he said, "Last game's draw felt like a loss, and today's loss felt like a win. It's pretty weird."

U.S. ride their luck in World Cup to reach round of 16 - ESPN FC

Survival comes in different shapes, by different means. Having barely made it out of Group G, this World Cup's so-called group of death, the U.S. now have to ask themselves: Does it matter how you survive so long as you do?

PHOTOS: Top 11 players from group stage - ESPN FC

Video of the Day:

The many faces of Jurgen Klinsmann - ESPN FC Video

Today in Sports History:

1986 - Robby Thompson (San Francisco) was caught stealing bases four times in one game.

1988 - In Atlantic City, Mike Tyson knocked out Michael Spinks in 91 seconds.

2004 - The Boston Red Sox scored 10 runs before making an out against the Florida Marlins. The final score was 25-8.

Daily Trivia:

Yesterday's answer: Julian Wright spent his first three years with the New Orleans Hornets.

Today's question: How many NBA Draft lottery picks did Kansas produce from 2000-2012?