NCAA officials say extending the nets at the home of the College World Series in Omaha has been talked about and in the works to happen next year or the year after. Sunday’s incident adds to the argument to stretch the nets.
Baseball traditionalists might scowl at the change. The extra netting could lower your chance to take home an autograph or a foul ball, but the concept is as constructive as requiring batters to wear helmets when that started in the 1950s.
Millennials who can’t put their phones down have less to worry about, but baseball fans can’t neglect the importance of being alert to the game.
Cleveland Cavaliers newcomer Kyle Korver connected on two free throws with 19 seconds left in Game 4 of the series-clinching win over the Indiana Pacers. It gave the Cavaliers a three-point lead, 105-102, before one final free throw by LeBron James sealed it. In Game 2 of the first-round series, Korver scored 12 points on four three-pointers in five attempts. On a championship caliber team, the former Creighton Bluejays standout is entering unexplored territory in his basketball career.
Baylor forward Ish Wainwright is making the best of his senior year with a Sweet 16 appearance, the first since his freshman season with the Bears in 2014. He helped his team with two important free throws to secure the lead against USC with 16 seconds left. Wainwright played two seasons at Montrose Christian Academy (Md.) after two seasons in the beleaguered Raytown South (Mo.) program where he caught the attention of Kansas coach Bill Self. While at Raytown South, Wainwright played under coach Brad Oestreich, who is suing the Raytown School District for wrongful termination and discrimination. Oestreich said he had nothing but good memories of Wainwright in his two years at Raytown South.
In Leavenworth—a Kansas town known for its U.S. Army base and a federal prison —there’s a segment of the population that’s obviously isolated from everyone else. But you can’t blame James Baldwin, a non-criminal in Leavenworth known to everybody as JB, if he feels like he’s away from the action, too. Continue reading Kansas Family Going Northwestern→
With the Kim Anderson hiring at Missouri not turning out well, it doesn’t bode well for other NCAA Division II coaches under consideration for power conference jobs. For Washburn coach Bob Chipman, who had hoped to land the head coaching job at Kansas State in the 1990s, his Division II career turned out okay. Link to KPR’s full story
Kansas Jayhawks senior guard Frank Mason wanted the crowd to be loud and we’re not talking about the home crowd at Allen Fieldhouse. The extreme noise level from the Kansas State crowd for a visit from the in-state rival Jayhawks was unforgettable. Continue reading Mason’s Team: Bricks or No Bricks→