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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 07.24.14

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Today's look around the interwebs.

Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

As Mike mentioned yesterday, he is out on vacation, so I'm covering for him today and tomorrow. Unfortunately, I'm not going to be able to include all the bells and whistles (mainly I can't track down videos as well as he does) bit I'll do as much as I can.

In a programming note, I will be restarting the weekly Weird Wednesday feature in August.  I'd like the first edition to feature anything we may have missed during the break, but I'll need help from everyone reading to send me links.  Feel free to email them to me, along with your RCT username so that I can give you credit.

Kansas Sports

All is well: KU receiver Nick Harwell eager to make mark | KUsports.com

“It actually excites me,” Harwell said. “It feels good that I’ve been gone for a year, and I’m still able to be in the mouths and ears of football followers. Last year humbled me. I felt like I was on top of the world at Miami, and I went from having everything, athletically, to not really being recognized for what I do.”

Most Crucial Jayhawks: No. 8 - DL Andrew Bolton | Tale of the Tait | KUsports.com

Big, strong, explosive and focused on nothing more than chewing up QBs, Bolton would have been a big addition for the defensive line. An early injury kept him off the field during his first season in Lawrence, but the year off might have been a blessing in disguise for the Hinds (Mississippi) Community College transfer.

Ben McLemore relishes NBA hardware | KUsports.com

Hoisting the Larry O’Brien Trophy, it was not. But second-year guard Ben McLemore and his Sacramento teammates did get a trophy and on-court presentation after winning the 24-team Las Vegas Summer League tournament this week.

College/Amateur Sports

Youth basketball tourney opens today | KUsports.com

The marquee player at this year’s Showcase is KU target Allonzo Trier, a 6-foot-3 guard from Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nevada, who is ranked No. 12 nationally by Rivals.com. His team will be playing the Florida Flash at 7 p.m. today, then at 1 p.m. Friday versus Top City and 7:15 p.m. Friday versus Southern Stampede in Okun Fieldhouse.

Can Emmanuel Mudiay find sweet spot overseas? - ESPN

On July 14, SMU commit Emmanuel Mudiay, the fifth-ranked player in the Class of 2014, announced that he would forgo the college hoops search for a one-year gig overseas instead. According to multiple media outlets, Mudiay will play in China.

The  uestion is: What took so long?

Playground basketball is dying

There is no single cause. The best players, young and old, want to be inside instead of out; they want organized games to showcase their skills, not pickup games to earn street cred. Violence has chased people off playgrounds and out of parks, and NBA and NCAA rules limit when and where guys can play in the offseason.

Professional Sports

Sporting Group’s latest vision further cements KC’s soccer-capital status | The Kansas City Star

Sporting Club thinks the training center concept, a $75-plus-million-dollar soccer wonderland a mile from Sporting Park, would create ripples similar to what another major professional sports franchise in the region would in terms of economic impact and identity.

Jamaal Charles agrees to contract extension, will head to Chiefs camp | The Kansas City Star

The Chiefs did not release terms of the deal, but a person with knowledge of the situation also told The Star that Charles is set to earn more than $18 million in new money from the agreement, including $5.1 million more than he had been set to make over the next two years.

Mike Moustakas, Royals slide into 2-1 victory over White Sox | The Kansas City Star

Flowers wrapped his glove around the baseball and shifted to place a tag. Except a funny thing happened on the way to yet another fizzled Royals’ rally. Moustakas‘ right knee collided with Flowers’ glove, the baseball shook loose and the Royals gathered the go-ahead run in the ninth inning of a 2-1 victory.

In The News

Could plan to offer financial services save the Postal Service? | Wichita Eagle

Lawmakers and government officials looking for a way to save the cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service are considering a proposal that would make check cashing, small loans, prepaid cards and other financial services available at your local post office.

General Interest

Hot Head? Mild Salsa! Exploring Manny Machado’s Meh Foray Into the Condiment Game «

Anytime you can blend sports, pop culture and food into a single article, I'm a big fan.

Today In Sports History

1978 - Billy Martin was fired for the first of three times as the manager of the New York Yankees baseball team.

1984 - Terry Bradshaw retired from the National Football League.

2005 - Lance Armstrong won his seventh consecutive Tour de France.  (Ed note: CHEATER!!)

Daily Trivia:

Yesterday's answer was..... I don't know. I couldn't find it on the internet.

Today's question: The Rock Chalk Chant was performed by the crowd during the Olympics as an example of a typical American college cheer. In what year and city did this happen?