Sports briefs: Former BYU quarterback Jake Heaps leaving Kansas
NFL • Another highly touted transfer has fizzled out as the Kansas starting quarterback. Former five-star prospect Jake Heaps, who was heralded by coach Charlie Weis after his arrival from BYU, said in a statement issued by the school Friday that he'd be leaving the program when he finishes his degree requirements at the end of the month.
Heaps was considered one of the nation's top prep quarterbacks coming out of Washington's Skyline High School. He ended up at BYU and set several freshman passing records, but eventually lost his starting job and decided to transfer to Kansas.
But like former Notre Dame quarterback Dayne Crist, who also lost his starting job after joining the Jayhawks, Heaps was eventually passed over as the starter by freshman Montell Cozart.
Heaps only completed 49 percent of his passes for 1,414 yards with eight touchdowns and 10 interceptions as the Jayhawks struggled to a 3-9 finish last season.
Houston's Clowney undergoes surgery
NFL • Jadeveon Clowney, the No. 1 overall pick in the draft by the Houston Texans, is recovering from sports hernia surgery. Coach Bill O'Brien disclosed the procedure Friday and said Clowney had been struggling with a groin issue. O'Brien said the standout from South Carolina was sent to a specialist in Philadelphia. The surgery was performed Thursday. O'Brien expects Clowney to be ready for training camp, which begins in late July.
• New York Giants linebacker Jon Beason has broken a bone in his right foot and is expected to miss most of training camp. The team announced Friday that he also tore a ligament during Thursday's offseason training activity workout.
Harvick claimspole in Michigan
NASCAR • Kevin Harvick posted the fastest qualifying speed in NASCAR's top series since 1987, winning the pole at Michigan International Speedway on Friday at 204.557 mph. Harvick's pole-winning speed was the fastest since Bill Elliott set the record of 212.809 mph at Talladega Superspeedway in April 1987, but drivers have routinely broken 200 mph at Michigan since the track was repaved before the 2012 season.
Points leader Jeff Gordon was second, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. was third.
The Associated Press
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