Kansas Jayhawk News and Notes: 5.7.2019

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‘It is our playground here’: KU tennis completes undefeated season at home by notching Sweet 16 berth | KUsports.com
It wasn’t long before freshman Sonia Smagina capped things off by winning No. 4 singles, sending KU to its first Sweet 16 since 1998 with a 4-2 victory over Florida in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Burnham, Cyr earn Big 12 Weekly honors | KUsports.com
The Big 12 Conference named Kansas redshirt-junior right-handed pitcher Ryan Cyr the league’s Pitcher of the Week and freshman outfielder Casey Burnham the league’s Newcomer of the Week Monday afternoon for their performances in the Jayhawks’ series sweep of Texas over the weekend.

Schneider adds Tidwell, Player to Kansas coaching staff | KUsports.com
Tidwell and Player fill vacancies left by Aqua Franklin and Jory Collins, who both became Division I head coaches last week. Collins left to become the head coach at North Dakota State, while Franklin was named the head coach at Lamar University.

Malik Newman among former Jayhawks headed to G League Elite Camp
“We’re thrilled to introduce the NBA G League Elite Camp as an essential addition to our comprehensive evaluation process of potential NBA and NBA G League talent,” said NBA G League President Shareef Abdur-Rahim via the G League’s official website. “This event will provide more players with exposure as they enter the next phase of their careers.”

KU women’s basketball announces hiring of new assistants
After assistants Jory Collins and Aqua Franklin departed the program to accept head coaching positions, Schneider, through a KU Athletics release, announced Jhasmin Player would be signing on as an assistant coach, while Larry Tidwell would be joining the program as associate head coach.

Top247 update: Tracking changes for KU basketball targets
The Jayhawks are still in on several other prospects in the rankings — and on the transfer market — with several spots to fill in the upcoming class. Here is a look at the KU basketball targets remaining in the class of 2019 and how they are currently ranked…

Final Top247 basketball rankings for class of 2019
The decision for No. 1 overall in the class was difficult, especially as the high school season ended and the all-star circuit began. You could make a case for Anthony Edwards, James Wiseman or Cole Anthony for the top spot.

247Sports expert makes RJ Hampton pick
And now Evan Daniels, 247Sports director of basketball recruiting, is picking Kansas to end its slight recruiting downturn and pick up one of the nation’s best guards. Daniels logged a 247Sports Crystal Ball pick for Kansas in Hampton’s recruitment, bringing the Jayhawks a bit closer to Memphis, still listed as Hampton’s favorite.

KU’s Silvio De Sousa won’t attend NBA G League combine | The Kansas City Star
Kansas sophomore forward Silvio De Sousa will not attend the NBA G League Elite Camp after all, KU coach Bill Self confirmed to The Star on Monday.

Other Sports News

Sherman – If Bosa can play, comments forgotten
“One thing about football is that nobody really cares what you say if you can play,” Sherman told The Sacramento Bee on Monday. “At the end of the day, I think a guy that has played with African Americans his whole life, not saying he can’t be racist, but they know how to maneuver around African Americans.”

Kyrie mired in career-worst 3-game playoff slump
As the final seconds ticked off the clock at TD Garden on Monday night, Kyrie Irving marched off the court well ahead of his Celtics teammates. He got off the court and down the long hallway outside of Boston’s home locker room so fast that by the time he ducked in the door and disappeared from view, none of his teammates had even reached it.

CP3: Rockets still need to ‘be better’ despite win
“Yeah, we won the game, but we’ve got to be better,” said Rockets point guard Chris Paul, who grabbed the rebound of Curry’s miss and split a pair of free throws to seal the win. “We understand that. Going back to the Bay, they’re probably not going to miss those shots.”

After four games, the Rockets-Warriors series is a classic in the making
That’s how Steve Kerr described Houston Rockets-Golden State Warriors games. It was an unexpected but quite effective comparison: a bruising team that looks for contact and spends lots of time on the floor against a long, lean squad that uses teamwork and finesse to build toward power spikes.

Medal of Freedom awarded to ‘true legend’ Tiger
President Donald Trump awarded golfer Tiger Woods the nation’s highest civilian honor on Monday, describing the 43-year-old as a “true legend” who transformed golf and then fought through years of injury to return to the sport’s summit.

Other News

What Happened After My 13-Year-Old Son Joined the Alt-Right
When my son Sam,* who was then 14, asked me to take him to the Mother of All Rallies on the Mall in September 2017, I said no. The pro-Trump event was billed as a demonstration to preserve “traditional American culture,” and white supremacists were expected to show up in force. Not only was this not how I wanted to spend a Saturday—like almost everyone I knew, I’d been devastated by the 2016 election results—but I had serious concerns about safety. At Charlottesville’s Unite the Right rally only a month earlier, a neo-Nazi had killed counterprotester Heather Heyer. I couldn’t shake off the shock of her violent murder, or of watching men with tiki torches shout racist slogans across the University of Virginia grounds. Police there were unable to protect citizens; I couldn’t reasonably expect this gathering in DC to be any different.

Trump pardons former U.S. soldier in Iraqi prisoner’s murder – AOL News
Behenna was convicted of unpremeditated murder in a combat zone after killing Ali Mansur, a suspected al-Qaeda detainee in Iraq. A military court in 2009 sentenced Behenna, who claimed self-defense, to 25 years in prison. He moved back to his home in Oklahoma after he was paroled five years later and was scheduled to remain on parole until 2024.

Denver to hold referendum on magic mushroom use – BBC News
If passed, the measure would bar officials from “spending resources to impose criminal penalties” for personal use and possession of the drug.

Daily Inter Lake – Front Page Slider, Whitefish man with criminal history dies
Showen was sentenced to 15 years in prison in 2015 after he pleaded guilty to shooting at two motorcyclists on Montana 35 in August 2014; but his criminal history goes back to his teens.

Kim Kardashian Quietly Helped Free 17 Inmates in 90 Days | TMZ.com
We’ve learned Kim and her legal team helped 17 prisoners gain freedom over the last 3 months or so — each of them having served years of life sentences without parole … for low-level drug offenses.

Scientists simulating an asteroid strike last week couldn’t save New York from being obliterated – BGR
Some of the world’s top scientists and disaster response teams spent a big chunk of last week simulating what might happen if a large asteroid were headed straight for Earth. The idea was to see if mankind could find a way to prevent a deadly impact if we had something like eight years to prepare for it. Apparently the answer is a resounding “nope.”

Anti-vaxers make life tough for parents of young babies in New York – CNN
The Singers live in an ultra-Orthodox Jewish community in Rockland County, New York, where a measles outbreak continues to grow, health officials say, because many parents refuse to vaccinate their children.

Oregon House passes bill to eliminate religious, philosophical vaccine exemptions | TheHill
The bill, which would allow exemptions to vaccinations solely for medical reasons, passed the Oregon state House 35-25, largely along party lines but with two Republicans voting for it, including Rep. Cheri Helt, who introduced it, and four “nay” votes from Democrats. Gov. Kate Brown (D) has indicated she will sign the bill if it passes the state Senate.

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