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Wednesday, May 31

6Sports video: Coach Price returns home

The Jayhawks arrived in Corvallis, Oregon this afternoon in preperation for Friday's NCAA Regional opener against Hawai'i. For KU head coach Ritch Price, it's a trip home.

6Sports video: KU baseball ready for NCAA tournament

Usually at 8 a.m. on May 31, members of the KU baseball team are sleeping in and just beginning their summer vacations. But that isn't the case this year.

Keegan: Big crowds no bother for Czyz

On the same day Russell Robinson and the three freshmen were sticking it to a mouthy Iowa State bunch in raucous Allen Fieldhouse, the Kansas University baseball team was on the West Coast, quietly flashing a sign it could be at the beginning of a special season.

Coach makes Wright choice for his career

If Kansas University baseball coach Ritch Price had his way, Rob Cooper might well be headed to Corvallis, Ore., for an NCAA Tournament regional - as part of Price's coaching staff.

Beasley not a lock for K-State

Blue-chip center says Charlotte, others still in running despite Huggins hiring player's mentor

When Michael Beasley is at Oak Hill Academy, he sometimes gazes out at the Blue Ridge Mountains and thinks.

Unfinished business

KU senior Matt Baty didn't let a serious injury derail his plans of leading the Jayhawks back to the NCAA Tournament

Kyle Murphy wasn't worried about himself as he sat in the back of an ambulance Feb. 25. Paramedics assured him a batch of stitches would close an ugly gash on the side of his nose. Murphy, a junior center fielder on the Kansas University baseball team, was more concerned about left fielder Matt Baty - who was in much worse shape following their collision on a bloop hit to left-center during a game against Lipscomb in Nashville, Tenn.

Tuesday, May 30

6Sports video: 10 'Hawks headed to Track & Field championships

Next Wednesday in Sacramento, ten Jayhawks will compete in the 2006 Track and Field championships. Among those competing for KU will be senior Sheldon Battle in the shot put and regional champion Zlata Tarasova, who qualified in the hammer throw.

6Sports video: KU baseball record best since '93

Throughout their careers at KU, the seniors on the Jayhawk baseball team has had their share of ups and downs. Most of the downs came in their first three seasons in Lawrence, when the Jayhawks failed to finish in the top half of the conference, or even win a postseason game. This past year, however, things have changed around Hoglund Ballpark.

Woodling: NBA just dream for most

In sports-writing parlance, it is known as the D-word. We hear it every time a college underclassman announces he plans to leave school early in order to turn pro.

Temple recalls '49 champs

Kansas University's most recent conference baseball title before it won the Big 12 baseball tournament in Oklahoma City on Sunday was in 1949, when Red Hogan was the coach. Floyd Temple, the winningest baseball coach in KU history, feels connected to that team as well as this year's team.

Clemson not impressed by No. 1 seed

Clemson's players and coaches showed little emotion when the Tigers were picked Monday as the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Division I baseball tournament. No cheers, no wild celebrations - not yet.

Hawaii no paradise for baseball

Hawaii: Nice place to visit, but few want to play baseball there.

Next stop: Corvallis

KU's regional site homecoming for coach

There was no tension in the Naismith Room of the Booth Family Hall of Athletics on Monday morning as Kansas University's baseball players and coaches - as well as athletic-department members - gathered to watch the NCAA Tournament selection show on ESPN.

Monday, May 29

6Sports video: 'Hawks headed to Oregon

In Coach Ritch Price's first three years in Lawrence, the KU baseball team spent many Memorial Days disappointed after not hearing its name called in the field of 64. Today, they had nothing to worry about.

6Sports video: Kansas to start on the road to Omaha

The road to the College World Series in Omaha will be by way of Oregon for the Big 12 champion Jayhawks.

Kansas No. 2 seed at Corvallis, Ore., regional

Jayhawks to face No. 3 seed Hawaii Friday

Kansas University's baseball team will travel to Corvallis, Ore., as the No. 2 seed in a four-team NCAA Baseball Tournament Regional, KU announced this afternoon.

Kansas to play Hawaii in NCAA baseball tournament

The NCAA has released the Division I Baseball Championship brackets. Sixteen Regional sites will host the 64 teams in the tournament.

Save the date

Don Czyz's final out gives KU Big 12 title

Don Czyz gasped for breath, crushed against the turf, unable to move in near darkness. Pure delight.

Texas to be host for 1 of 16 regionals

Nebraska, Oklahoma join defending national champions as sites in Big 12 country

Defending national champion Texas was selected Sunday as one of the 16 regional tournament hosts by the NCAA Division I baseball committee.

Keegan: Another crown for town

It started in the autumn when Mark Mangino's seemingly sinking football team needed to win every game, save the virtually insurmountable one against eventual national champion Texas, to play for any sort of title.

Sunday, May 28

6Sports video: Big 12 title coming home with Jayhawks

Before the beginning of this week's Big 12 baseball tournament, Coach Ritch Price thought his team was still on the bubble for an NCAA bid. Three straight wins all but ensured the Jayhawks of a spot in the field of 64 - and a win over Nebraska for the conference title sealed the deal for an automatic berth.

KU's Battle, Tarasova earn NCAA track bids

Kansas University senior Sheldon Battle and freshman Zlata Tarasova advanced to the NCAA Championships after their top-five finishes in their events at the NCAA Midwest Regional track meet on Saturday.

Nebraska slips past Texas, 6-5

Nebraska advanced to Sunday's championship game of the Big 12 Conference baseball tournament, using a five-run second and six-and-two-thirds innings of scoreless relief for a 6-5 victory over top-seeded Texas on Saturday.

Jayhawks fight way into finale

Kansas University continued its bold run through the Big 12 Conference baseball tournament Saturday, refusing to let anyone - literally - stand in the way.

Saturday, May 27

KU track sends four to NCAAs

Agafonov wins regional hammer

Kansas University sophomores Egor Agafonov and Paul Hefferon, senior Charisse Bacchus and junior Cody Roberts earned top five finishes Friday at the NCAA Midwest regionals and have qualified for the NCAA track and field championships.

Missouri run-rules Oklahoma, 11-0

J.C. Field's three-run home run in the bottom of the seventh inning gave Missouri an 11-0 lead over Oklahoma, ending the game as the tournament's run-rule was in effect on Friday at the Big 12 baseball tournament.

Mayer: Odd tags on some Jayhawks

How could you not fall in love with a Kansas softball team with the tremendous charisma of the 2006ers and a star named Destiny Frankenstein? First time I ever saw her name, I got interested and started rooting for Tracy Bunge's Jayhawks harder than ever.

KU closes in on tourney

At this rate, Kansas may not need to wait for an NCAA selection committee invitation to the national tournament.

K-State's Martin suspended

Guard Taybron dismissed from team

Critics of Bob Huggins who say the Kansas State basketball coach coddles unruly players might get an argument now.

Friday, May 26

Six Jayhawks earn All-Big 12 honors

Six Kansas University baseball players earned All-Big 12 Conference honors from the league's head coaches.

OSU next test for improving KU baseball

Ritch Price remembers his first trip to the Big 12 Conference baseball tournament in 2003, when his Jayhawks couldn't match up on the mound and couldn't win a game.

Big 12 might tweak tourney

Task force to consider moving hoops finale

The Big 12 Conference men's basketball tournament has concluded on Sunday afternoons the past 10 years, the last strand of net cut by the winning team's players an hour or so before the NCAA Tournament selection show.

Kansas names Herberg as media assistant

Geoff Herberg has been named Kansas athletics media relations assistant for the next year, it was announced Thursday.

Thursday, May 25

6Sports video: Conference honors Jayhawks

Two Jayhawks earned Big 12 honors today. KU senior closer Don Czyz was named to the conference's first team pitching staff, and joining Czyz on the list is senior second baseman Jared Schweizter.

Bechard walks on to KU

Volleyball coach's son to join hoops squad

Kansas University's men's basketball team will have both a Free State High and Lawrence High graduate on the squad next season.

0-for-OKC no more

KU claims first league tourney win

Kansas University broke through to end one ugly streak Wednesday, producing the program's first Big 12 Conference tournament victory.

Tigers stun OSU

Seventh-seeded Missouri used a five-run ninth inning to upend second-seeded Oklahoma State, 9-5, on Monday at the Big 12 Conference baseball tournament. Nathan Culp (11-5) picked up the win.

Settlemier agrees to Thunder terms

Former Kansas University softball standout Serena Settlemier has signed a contract with the Texas Thunder of the National Pro Fastpitch League.

Ex-Jayhawk Norris signs with 49ers

Moran Norris, a former Kansas University fullback, has signed a free agent contract with the San Francisco 49ers.

KU radio team changes

Lawrence to replace Max in football

It'll be the "Bob and David" show on Kansas University football broadcasts next season.

Keegan: Jayhawks can run the table

The last thing Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self needs is for somebody to start cranking up the pressure on his deep, talented team six months before the season tips off.

Huggins' contract remains unsigned

K-State coach's lawyer says major issues resolved

Two months after Bob Huggins was introduced as Kansas State's new basketball coach, lawyers in Cincinnati and Manhattan, Kan., continue to haggle over his contract.

Wednesday, May 24

6Sports video: 'Hawks make Big 12 tourney mark

In their careers on the hill, the current Kansas baseball seniors have posted four 30-plus seasons. The group of eight Jayhawks will leave KU as the winningest senior class of all time. But until tonight, none of their wins had come in the Big 12 Tournament.

New opponent for Jayhawks in tourney

Towson replaces Hartford as opening foe in Las Vegas Invitational

Kansas University's opening opponent in the four-game, round-robin Las Vegas Invitational men's basketball tournament has changed.

KU wants to make Quick work of Sooners

Don Czyz may lead the NCAA in saves, but Kansas University's savior was Kodiak Quick.

Commentary: Gooden wants to return to Cavaliers

Former Kansas University forward is restricted free agent this offseason

Drew Gooden and Flip Murray became free agents Monday. One hopes to be back, but the other isn't so sure.

Tuesday, May 23

6Sports video: Jayhawks to begin posteason play

Postseason play for the Kansas Jayhawks starts tomorrow, and Ritch Price's squad will be the sixth seed at the Big 12 tourney in Oklahoma City this week.

Eight's not great

KU again struggled to hold its own vs. Big 12 opponents in 2005-06

Kansas University shared the Big 12 Conference men's basketball title with Texas. The Jayhawks did not win any other conference titles. If you care more about the first sentence than the second, don't feel bad. You no doubt have plenty of company in that regard.

Woodling: Similarities end with seedings

Those enamored with the inexplicable happenstance often associated with coincidence should be heartened about Kansas University baseball.

'Texting' takes hold in world of recruits

Cell phones becoming hot tool for coaches to keep in contact with prospects

A modern-day basketball coach with the gift of gab, Kansas University's Bill Self uses his cell phone a lot - for talking more than text-messaging.

Miles keeping busy

Former KU basketball point guard Aaron Miles, who opened the 2005-06 season with the Golden State Warriors and finished with the NBADL's Fort Worth (Texas) Flyers, will be playing with the Chicago Bulls in the Orlando (Fla.) Summer League and with the Seattle SuperSonics in the Rocky Mountain Revue in Salt Lake City this summer.

Monday, May 22

6Sports video: KU baseball prepares for Big 12 tournament

Rich Price's Jayhawks are two days away from the Big 12 Baseball Tournament in Oklahoma City. For the first time in a decade, KU is guaranteed to make it to weekend play.

Jayhawks prepare to face OU, OSU, MU at Big 12

Kansas University has been two and out in its only two appearances in the Big 12 Conference baseball tournament.

Seniors honored in victory

No crying in baseball? Says who?

Varsity woos

Recruiting picks up for Firebird Ballard

Here's the funny - and puzzling - thing about big-time college football recruiting: Making a commitment to attend a school often means getting dramatically increased attention from other schools.

Sunday, May 21

6Sports video: Seniors end with sweep

On Senior Day in Coach Ritch Price's first year at KU, the Jayhawks were trying to earn the final spot in the Big 12 Tournament. Today, almost four years later on his son Ritchie's Senior Day, KU had already locked up its bid in the conference tourney and was going for its first Big 12 sweep of the year.

Kansas golfer ties for 75th

Kansas University junior golfer Gary Goodland shot a final-round 75 and finished in a tie for 75th Saturday at the NCAA Central Regional.

Kansas done dancing

Big inning helps Huskies end Jayhawks' NCAA run, 3-0

Coming into Saturday's regional final, Kansas University softball coach Tracy Bunge knew her team was going to have to find a way to stifle the Washington offense.

Milner sparks Jayhawks

Kansas University's Gus Milner admits he's no statistician when it comes to the Jayhawks' NCAA Tournament chances.

Hoops group 'bright'

KU's Moody, Vinson, Niang graduate today

In all, 84 Kansas University student-athletes are eligible today to stroll down Campanile Hill in cap and gown and enter Memorial Stadium for 2006 graduation ceremonies.

Saturday, May 20

Mayer: Payola not rampant at Kansas

A college lands a high-profile athlete and there's no instrument that can measure how quickly people in opposing camps ask, "How much you slipping him under the table?" Loyalists may be equally inquisitive, but they don't go public with their queries.

Self lauds retiring mentor

Bill Self would love to be in the audience the day Oklahoma State coaching legend Eddie Sutton is inducted in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass.

KU falls to UW, topples BYU

After defeating Brigham Young University 2-1 Friday night, the Kansas University softball team is two victories away from advancing to the NCAA Super Regionals for the first time.

After 798 victories, Sutton retiring

Oklahoma State coach will hand reins to son, Sean

Two victories shy of his 800th win, Eddie Sutton decided it was time to leave college basketball and let his son coach Oklahoma State.

KU's Woodland tied

Kansas University golfer Gary Woodland is tied for 77th at the NCAA Central Regional at the Sand Ridge Golf Course in Chardon, Ohio. Woodland shot a second round of 76 (+5) for the second straight day and is 15 shots back of the lead with a 152.

KU center Ochoa named to Rimington watch list

Kansas senior David Ochoa was named one of 39 players on the 2006 Rimington watch list. The Rimington Trophy recognizes the best center in college football. Five sophomores, 11 Juniors and 23 seniors make up the field.

KU avoids no-hitter, snatches key victory

Quick, Czyz combine for series-opening win against Aggies

Six innings were in the books Friday, and Kansas University's baseball team still hadn't scratched out a hit.

In the neutral zone

Jayhawks' McCoy transitions back to civilian life

It's human nature. You meet a soldier back from Iraq and you want to ask him what it was like. You want him to share the horror stories, weigh in with his views on whether the war is justified, break it all down as if it were a football game, with a score and a storyline filled with stars and goats.

Friday, May 19

6Sports video: 'Hawks make final homestand

If the KU baseball team is going to make the NCAA Tournament, it needs some wins in a hurry. Texas A&M came visiting at Hoglund Ballpark, and the home field advantage paid off for the Jayhawks.

KU's Settlemier, Humphreys honored

Kansas University's Serena Settlemier and Kassie Humphreys were named Thursday to the Louisville Slugger/National Fastpitch Coaches' Assn. All-Region Teams.

Too hot to handle

Humphreys stellar in KU's 3-0 victory

Fresh off being named the national player of the week, Kansas University's Kassie Humphreys showed no signs of a slowdown Thursday.

K-State to take player if he's cleared

Virginia guard Evans indicted on charges of statutory rape, indecent assault and battery on a child

As a senior at George Wythe High in Richmond, Va., Tyree Evans scored 884 points, a season total exceeded in the state by only Allen Iverson and Moses Malone.

Texas' Tucker signs with agent

Move makes Longhorns' standout ineligible to return

Texas forward P.J. Tucker, the Big 12 Conference player of the year, has signed with an agent and will not return to the Longhorns.

Chiropractor wins over elite

Athletes call on Relay sponsor for adjustments

Justin Gatlin is the world's fastest man these days, tying the world record in the 100-meter dash less than a month after getting his neck, middle back and lower back adjusted by a Lawrence chiropractor.

Seniors eager to take next step

Matt Baty has been around Kansas University baseball since he was a high schooler from Wichita, watching older brother Ryan stand out on teams that never played for much on the season's final weekend.

NCAA tourney could grow to 80

There's a chance the NCAA men's basketball tournament could grow from 65 teams to 68 - maybe even 80 - before the end of this decade.

Whittemore to work with receivers, QBs

Ex-Jayhawk back - as promised - to help offense; KU schedule set

Mark Mangino had to assure Bill Whittemore, his beloved former quarterback, one thing when Whittemore set off to start a coaching career.

Thursday, May 18

KU softball defeats BYU

Kansas University's Kassie Humphreys threw a one-hit shutout and Heather Stanley gave the Jayhawks all the offense they needed as KU's softball team defeated BYU, 3-0, Thursday at Gail Miller Field in the opening game of the 2006 NCAA Regional Tournament. The Jayhawks (35-24), winners of eight straight games, will face the winner of the Washington/Southern Utah game on Friday at 2:30 p.m. (CT).

6Sports video: Jayhawks take down eighth straight win

The Kansas softball team opened play this afternoon in the NCAA Regionals for the fourth time in the Tracy Bunge era. But not since Bunge's first season in Lawrence, back in 1997, have the Jayhawks won a tourney opener.

League player of year Le'i drives BYU

Today's first-round NCAA Tournament softball game between Kansas and Brigham Young universities will feature reigning conference players of the year - KU's Serena Settlemier (Big 12) and BYU's Ianeta Le'i (Mountain West).

Defense key for KU softball in NCAAs

In football, they say offense sells tickets, and defense wins games. That may go double for softball - particularly for Kansas University.

World-wise Woodberry lands job with Bears

World traveler Steve Woodberry figures to bring an international flavor to Missouri State University's men's basketball coaching staff.

Wednesday, May 17

6Sports video: Jayhawks looking to roll in Provo

In the Jayhawks' three previous appearances in the NCAA regionals, they've never advanced beyond the first weekend of play. But this time, Kansas is looking to forget history and see things swing their way.

Former Jayhawk Woodberry joins Missouri State's basketball staff

Former Jayhawk Steve Woodberry was named the newest member of head coach Barry Hinson's men's basketball staff at Missouri State University on Wednesday.

KU volleyball announces 2006 schedule

Kansas head volleyball coach Ray Bechard announced Wednesday another challenging schedule for the Jayhawks in 2006. Coming off its third consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, KU will open its 32nd season of competition in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Aug. 25 and play a total of 10 non-conference contests before Big 12 play begins Sept. 13 at Nebraska.

Keegan: Hair today, softball tomorrow

It took 47 years, but now I finally can say it: I talked to a woman about hair. More shocking: I actually listened when she talked back. What's next: A conversation about where to shop for spring shoes?

Woodberry in line for first college coaching gig

Former Kansas University basketball player Steve Woodberry is close to landing his first college coaching job.

Mr. Big Shot

KU's Gary Woodland isn't afraid to bomb away on the golf course

Put on a blindfold, take a ride to the Alvamar practice range, listen to 10 different golfers tee off, and you shouldn't have any trouble knowing which ball was struck by Gary Woodland, ace of the Kansas University golf team and one of the longest drivers on the planet.

Red-hot KU likes its chances

A team player, Kassie Humphreys seemed downright embarrassed Tuesday after being named USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Week by the Amateur Softball Association.

Tuesday, May 16

6Sports video: Coach's hair waiting for extensions

KU softball coach Tracy Bunge promised her team in Oklahoma City that if they won the Big 12 Tournament, she'd get hair extensions - the team came through, and now the watch on the coach's 'do begins.

6Sport video: Golf team's biggest hitter heads to NCAA regionals

When the NCAA Central Regional tees off on Thursday, the KU golf team won't be there for the first time in 10 years. The Jayhawks however will be represented by junior leader Gary Woodland, whose 71 stroke average is among the best in school history.

Humphreys named National Player of the Week

After leading No. 24 Kansas to its first-ever Big 12 title, junior pitcher Kassie Humphreys was selected as the USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Week for the week of May 8-14 by the Amateur Softball Association. The Jayhawks (34-24), winners of seven straight games, entered the Big 12 Championship as the No. 6 seed but left with their first title after four consecutive wins.

KU baseball notebook

Kansas University (10-14 in the Big 12 Conference) officially clinched a berth in next week's Big 12 tournament over the weekend.

Woodling: Slipper fits KU softball

Everybody loves Cinderella, so it's no wonder folks in town are still buzzing about Kansas University softball. The Jayhawks' climb from a No. 6 seed to the Big 12 Conference tournament championship is arguably the most heart-warming happenstance in KU athletics since the men's basketball team won the 1988 NCAA championship.

New video board livens up Hoglund Ballpark

All it takes is a giant television screen to really boost Hoglund Ballpark's atmosphere. Kansas University's baseball team just finished its first weekend at its upgraded home field, winning two of four nonconference games with a $400,000 video board up and running behind the right-center-field wall.

Monday, May 15

6Sports video: Bill Self looks ahead for 2007 recruits

Last week KU basketball coach Bill Self snagged blue chip big man Darrel Arthur. Now that the Jayhawks have their big man for the 2006 class, fans can look ahead to the class of 2007. The lone commitment so far, six foot eleven inches center Cole Aldrich.

KU softball team scrambles to Utah

Jayhawks to face BYU Thursday; players frantically re-schedule final exams to fit unusual travel schedule

On Saturday, Kansas University's softball players pulled a stunner by winning the Big 12 Conference tournament. About 24 hours later, the tables were turned.

Mother of all gifts

McLouth native Smelser wins men's criterium

Mother's Day on Mass Street was a memorable one for one particular McLouth mom.

Weekend devastates Jayhawks

Kansas University's baseball team hurt its chances for an NCAA Tournament at-large bid Sunday, losing its second straight game to Northern Colorado, 7-4, at Hoglund Ballpark.

Releford relishes Allen

Travis Releford is not one to say no to a challenge - not in flip-flops, not exhausted and especially not against Kansas University guard Brandon Rush.

Texas running back arrested, charged

Sheriff finds marijuana, ammunition in car belonging to troubled Longhorn standout

Texas running back Ramonce Taylor, who scored a touchdown in the Longhorns' Rose Bowl win over Southern California, was arrested early Sunday by Bell County sheriff's deputies who said they found marijuana in his backpack in his car.

KU's Young, Battle earn second places

Kansas University's Denita Young and Sheldon Battle placed second in the javelin and shot put to highlight the Jayhawks' performance on the final day of the Big 12 track championships.

Jayhawk rowing takes 17th overall, 10th in region

Kansas University's first novice eight placed second in Final B competition Sunday at the Aramark South/Central Region Sprints.

Sunday, May 14

6Sports video: KU baseball looking to improve performance

While things are looking fine for the KU softball team, the same can't be said for the KU baseball team. After an 8-7 loss to Northern Colorado Saturday, Ritch Price's squad had dropped four out of its last six.

6Sports video: KU softball heads to NCAA Tournament

Saturday KU softball Coach Tracy Bunge called the Jayhawks Big 12 Championship victory over Oklahoma, the most exciting moment of the program's history since she's been there. Just one day after the improbable win in Oklahoma City, Bunge's bunch found out where it was headed for next week's NCAA Tournament.

6Sports video: Collegiate Cycling Championships finish downtown

The Collegiate Cycling Championships wrapped up Sunday morning in Lawrence with the downtown criterium. K-State cyclist Mark Smelser won the division one men's race while Rebecca Larson of Florida won the women's event.

Tourney tamers

Jayhawks continue May mastery by winning first conference crown

Oh, what a merry month of May. Kansas University continued its scintillating softball sizz by stunning Oklahoma, 4-2, on Saturday to become the unlikely champion of the Big 12 Conference tournament.

Keegan: Budget crunch ails HINU

On the future talent front, it was a big week for Kansas University basketball. Early in the week, Darrell Arthur's signing hogged the headlines. Friday night, KU Class of 2011 recruit Cole Aldrich hobbled through a poor effort in a Jayhawk Invitational game. Potential signees Tyrel Reed and Travis Releford played far better.

Jayhawks settle for split

Early deficit keeps KU from sweep at Classic

Two games, two different outcomes. And a chance at the holiest of hits - the grand slam - might've made the difference in both of them. KU sophomore John Allman smacked a seventh-inning bases-loaded home run in the first game Saturday, breaking a tie and leading the Jayhawks to an 11-5 victory over Bradley.

Bacchus, Battle second

Kansas University's Charisse Bacchus placed second in the long jump on Saturday at the Big 12 championships at Baylor University's track.

Costner 26th at tourney

Kansas University junior Amanda Costner finished in a tie for 26th on Saturday at the NCAA Central Regional tournament at Traditions Golf Course.

KU rowers in 'C' final

Kansas University's first varsity eight boat placed second on Saturday during first-day competition at the Aramark South/Central Region Sprints.

Crashes mar treks around Lake Perry

Kim Kissing looked like a wreck Saturday following her 53rd-place finish in the road race event of the USA Cycling Collegiate Road Nationals.

Lofty comparisons don't faze Reed

High school junior fully aware of his similarities to former KU star Kirk Hinrich

Tyrel Reed knows what you're thinking. He's not oblivious to it - nor does he try to dodge it or run away from it.

Saturday, May 13

KU's Agafonov sets league hammer mark

Kansas University sophomore Egor Agafonov claimed the second Big 12 Conference title of his career when he shattered the league record in the hammer throw on Friday at the Big 12 Outdoor Championships.

Cyclists give Lawrence a spin

City streets to host college championship

The spokes began spinning Friday morning on the South Lawrence Trafficway as more than 400 cyclists began competing in the national collegiate championships. Bicycle enthusiasts have looked forward to this weekend's event for months.

Football site plan revealed

Slowly, the long process for the construction of the Anderson Family Football Complex is beginning to take shape.

Kansas reaches title game

Nebraska made four errors, while Kansas University made none. As a result, the Jayhawks advanced to the championship game of the Big 12 Conference softball tournament with a 2-0 victory Friday over the Huskers at the Hall of Fame Stadium.

KU stings Bradley

It had to hurt. The scoreboard provided all the proof. In the fifth inning of Kansas University's 15-3 baseball victory over Bradley on Friday, KU senior Ritchie Price smoked a line drive up the middle that struck Bradley ace pitcher Brandon Magee on the throwing arm.

Happy to be here

KU recruit Aldrich tickled to play at 'home'

Cole Aldrich stood in the southwest tunnel of Allen Fieldhouse, a smile creasing his face as he watched his Minnesota Magic Elite teammates file onto the same court that in a year he'll be calling his own.

Mayer: Arthur just part of team

It's marvelous to see that the myopics who got their needles stuck so long in one groove finally realized Darrell Arthur is not the only person involved in the Kansas University basketball program.

Friday, May 12

6Sports video: KU baseball looks for revenge in Jayhawk Classic

Just two months ago, the Bradley Braves knocked the Kansas hoops team out of the NCAA Tournament, Friday the Kansas baseball team was after a little University revenge on the diamond in the Jayhawk Classic.

Tease photo

Collegiate Cycling Nationals speeds through Lawrence

The SLT was shut down this morning, thanks to hundreds of cyclists competing in the National College Championships. For the second year in a row, the city of Lawrence hosts the races this weekend.

6Sports video: KU cyclists battle in USA Cycling Collegiate Nationals

From the Lecompton Interchange to Highway-59 no four wheel traffic was allowed Friday morning on the South Lawrence Trafficway. Instead, two wheelers ruled the road for the USA Cycling Collegiate Road Nationals.

6Sports video: KU softball heads to National Championships

In the ten-year history of the Big 12 softball tournament, the Kansas Jayhawks have never been to the championship game. Friday, the Hawks had chance to change that, as they met Nebraska in an afternoon semi-final.

KU annouces new site of football field

KU announces the site of the new $31 million state-of-the-art football complex. And as promised the new facility and practice fields will not interfere with the views of Campanile Hill.

KU advances to Big 12 final

Jayhawks defeat NU 2-0 in semis

Kansas University's softball team knocked off second-seeded Nebraska, 2-0, Friday at the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium to advance to the 2006 Big 12 Championship game for the first time in conference history. The sixth-seeded Jayhawks (33-24) have won six straight games and will face either No. 5 Oklahoma or No. 7 Missouri in the championship Saturday at 3 p.m. on Fox Sports Net.

KU releases site plans for football facility

Kansas University's new football facility will be sited southwest of Memorial Stadium and two new practice fields will be southeast of the stadium, according to a site map released today by KU officials.

Woodling: Run for yards, not office

Hopscotching the sports world for headlines ... Item: Former Nebraska University football coach Tom Osborne, an icon in the Cornhusker State, fails in his bid to become governor, losing decisively to incumbent Gov. Dave Heineman in the state's Republican primary. Comment: Hardly a surprise. I mean, what has Osborne, who last coached the Huskers nearly a decade ago, done for them lately?

KU team diverse, dandy

Jayhawk squad melting pot of gung-ho cyclists

What do a gung-ho German, an against-all-odds ironwoman and a 34-year-old former forester have in common?

KU softball wins pair at Big 12 tournament

Like it has all season, Kansas University's softball squad rode stellar pitching Thursday to a pair of victories at the Big 12 Conference tournament at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium.

KU track headed to Big 12 Championships

Kansas University's men's and women's track teams will compete at the Big 12 Championships today through Sunday at Baylor University's track.

One more sendoff: Falkenstien, senior athletes honored

Just when Max Falkenstien thought he had enough sendoffs to last a lifetime, one more came his way Thursday.

KU adds weekend game

Jayhawks tweak lineup, rotation in preparation for Big 12 tourney

Needing every victory it can muster, The Kansas University baseball team could find this weekend's nonconference Jayhawk Classic holds the same importance as a Big 12 Conference series.

'Big-time talent' to take court at invitational

Six KU recruiting targets to participate in games in Allen Fieldhouse, Robinson Gymnasium

It's a dead period in recruiting, meaning college coaches will be prohibited from scouting this weekend's Jayhawk Invitational youth basketball tournament in Allen Fieldhouse and Robinson Gymnasium.

Thursday, May 11

KU softball wins a pair

Jayhawks to play NU-OSU winner in semis

Seven hours after knocking off third-seeded Baylor, No. 6 seed Kansas University's softball team returned to the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium and defeated No. 7 seed Missouri, 2-0, to advance to the semifinal round of the 2006 Big 12 Softball Championship.

6Sports video: Cyclists gear up for Collegiate Championships

About 300 riders checked into the Holiday Inn alone today as the start off the three-day 2006 Collegiate Cycling Championships approached. Although the event will be tough, the KU cycling team hasn't backed down in practice.

Arthur's signing cause for celebration

After one of the most mentally exhausting recruiting efforts of his career came to a satisfying conclusion early Tuesday afternoon, Bill Self, his assistant coaches and family members gathered for a mild celebration Tuesday night.

Jayhawks armed for Big 12 softball opener

Only time will tell if Kansas University will become the X-factor in the Big 12 Conference softball tournament.

Ex-QB Whittemore joins coaching staff

By Ryan Wood rwood@ljworld.com Kansas Uni

Keegan: Holy cow! Jayhawks loaded

Coaching basketball at the super-power level means forever seeing athletes that make the rest of us drop our jaws. Seeing them and yawning. It's what coaches do. They watch young, long, tall jumping jacks rattle rims, sprint the floor and block shots into the bleachers.

KU to hold annual athlete banquet

Kansas University will hold its annual Senior & Scholar Athlete Banquet at 7 tonight at the Sheraton Overland Park Convention Center.

Kansas track puts 26 on academic team

Kansas University placed 26 student-athletes on the Academic All-Big 12 Conference track and field teams, including Mark Gdowski and Dena Seibel, who boasted perfect 4.0 grade-point averages.

Serena supreme

KU standout Settlemier named Big 12 player of the year

Four summers ago, doctors told Serena Settlemier she probably would never play softball again.

Wednesday, May 10

6Sports video: KU senior named Big 12 softball player of the year

Jayhawk senior Serena Settlemier was named the 2006 Big 12 Player of the Year today.

6Sports video; KU golfer headed to NCAA regionals

Starting Thursday, junior golfer Amanda Costner will go where no KU woman has gone in more than a decade.

Whittemore returns to KU football

Jayhawk football fans will see a familiar face on the sidelines next season as former standout quarterback Bill Whittemore is returning to KU's football program as a graduate assistant.

Settlemier named Big 12 Player of the Year

Kansas University senior Serena Settlemier was named the 2006 Big 12 Conference Softball Player of the Year Wednesday at the league's annual postseason banquet. Settlemier, a pitcher/designated player from Kelso, Wash., is the first KU softball player to be tabbed Player of the Year, and joins junior Kassie Humphreys as an All-Big 12 First Team selection in 2006.

Former KU aide to be NAIA AD

Konzem to take reins at Atchison school

Since before he was born, Richard Konzem was destined to one day become the athletic director at Benedictine College.

A dream come true

Good night's sleep puts Arthur in Kansas state of mind

Dazed and confused hours after postponing a news conference to announce his college choice, a weary Darrell Arthur fell into a deep sleep late Monday night.

Tittrington: Slim Shady's rare gifts good reason to be excited

Judging by the number of phone calls we've fielded in the office this week, not to mention the non-stop Internet chatter taking place in a variety of college basketball portals, it seems Kansas University basketball fans can't get enough of the Darrell Arthur saga.

Interchangeable parts

Self has several lineup options next winter

Bill Self's Kansas University basketball team has added Darrell Arthur, Sherron Collins and Brady Morningstar, and subtracted Jeff Hawkins, Christian Moody, and Stephen Vinson.

Current players welcome addition

Kansas University's returning basketball players filtered into Allen Fieldhouse for an afternoon workout Tuesday, unaware McDonald's All-American Darrell Arthur had just signed a national letter of intent to play for the Jayhawks.

Keegan: Self knows how to close deals

Darrell Arthur said Tuesday that if he went ahead with a scheduled Monday afternoon news conference at a YMCA near his home, he would have announced he was going to Baylor University.

Tuesday, May 9

6Sports video: Softball team hoping for strong showing at Big 12 Tourney

The best way to describe the Kansas softball team's chances of making the NCAA Tournament is "on the bubble." The Jayhawks can change that, however, with a big run this weekend at the Big 12 Tournament.

6Sports video: Day makes all the difference for recruit

Darrell Arthur chose Kansas over Baylor and LSU on Tuesday, but 24 hours previous his decision would have been different.

6Sports video: Arthur announces selection

The Kansas men's basketball team has the final piece in its 2006 recruiting class, thanks to a long-awaited announcement from Dallas prep phenom Darrell Arthur.

Arthur chooses Kansas

Dallas star says decision came in dream

The prolonged recruitment of talented high school basketball prospect Darrell "Slim Shady" Arthur ended today, when the 6-foot-9 forward out of South Oak Cliff High in Dallas announced he would attend Kansas.

6Sports video: Jayhawk cyclists eager to please home crowd

More than 300 riders from around the county will converge on Lawrence this weekend for the 2006 USA Collegiate Cycling Championships, and among them will also be cyclists with a more local flair.

Shady Delay

Arthur's pick likely to be either LSU or Baylor, source says

The prolonged recruitment of talented high school basketball prospect Darrell "Slim Shady" Arthur will end today. Unless it doesn't.

Woodling: Oh boy, another Malik

Wither Malik Hairston? Surely, all of this brouhaha brought about by the reluctance of Dallas basketball prep Darrell Arthur to announce his college choice has kindled Malik Hairston dejà vu. A highly recruited 6-foot-6 guard from Detroit, Hairston kept 'em guessing about this time two years ago. In fact, if Arthur prolongs his indecisiveness until Saturday, he'll beat Hairston's painful procrastination by one day.

Monday, May 8

6Sports video: Arthur delays decision and press conference

Darrell Arthur didn't choose the University of Kansas Monday afternoon, but he didn't choose any other colleges either. His press conference has been rescheduled for Tuesday.

KU golfer to participate in national championships

KU's junior golfer Gary Woodland is dancing, but his Jayhawks teammates are not. For the fist time in 1997, KU was left out of the NCAA regional golf tournament. Woodland was however, one of nine golfers in the nation chosen to participate individually in the national championships.

6Sports video: Settlemier, huge contributor to Jayhawk softball success

The KU softball team sits at 30-24 after sweeping Iowa State this weekend. Last season 30 was the magic number that got the Jayhawks into the NCAA tournament. If the team is tourney bound again, senior pitcher Serena Settlemier will get much of the credit.

Woodland to play as individual in NCAA Golf Championship

Kansas University junior golfer Gary Woodland was one of nine players selected to compete as an individual in the 2006 NCAA Championships, the selection committee announced Monday. This marks the first time that Kansas has not made a regional appearance as a team since 1997.

Arthur postpones decision a day

Darrell Arthur, Kansas University's top recruiting basketball target, was supposed to end the suspense with a news conference at 12:30 p.m. today, but postponed it, according to his high school coach, James Mays.

Longhorns sweep KU

Quick has shortest outing

The Texas Longhorns became the first team to sweep the Kansas University baseball squad this season, blasting the Jayhawks, 11-1, in eight innings.

No senior slide

Upperclassmen help KU secure coveted sixth seed

Heather Stanley made her last game in Arrocha Ballpark a memorable one.

KU hoops recruit to reveal long-awaited decision

The lips were pretty much sealed Sunday, making today's news conference announcing the college choice of prep basketball standout Darrell Arthur all the more intriguing.

Triple Crown possible

The garland of roses was still draped over a wall near Barbaro's stall in Barn 42 at Churchill Downs on Sunday morning, and talk of a Triple Crown run already was blooming before the buds fully opened.

Sunday, May 7

6Sports video: KU softball seniors say goodbye to Arrocha Ballpark

Sunday afternoon, six seniors said goodbye to Arrocha Ballpark as the KU softball team took on Iowa State in the regular season finale.

6Sports video: KU Barnstormers storm KCAA High School All-Stars

Over in Eudora Saturday night the KU Barnstormers basketball team topped the KCAA High School All-Stars by a score of 140-83. The high school squad was led by Veritas Christian seniors Mark Randtke and Andrew Bartlow.

6Sports video: KU basketball prospect to make decision

After what feels like the longest wait in the history of the recruiting world, blue-chip basketball prospect Darrell Arthur has finally picked a school. But simmer down Jayhawk fans because it will be about another 14 hours before Arthur announces his decision.

Texas tough on KU

Longhorns cruise to 11-4 victory

Texas scored at least one run in four of the first six innings, then dropped a six-spot in the eighth to upend Kansas University, 11-4, on Saturday at Disch-Falk Stadium.

Jayhawks storm Eudora

KU seniors key victory over all-stars

Perhaps it was fitting that Stephen Vinson and Christian Moody played their last games in a Jayhawk uniform against a Christian all-star team. Not only were the pair reminded of where they had been, but also the direction in which they were going.

Moppin's blast dooms ISU

Massive clout lifts Kansas to 5-0 softball rout

A Kansas University softball player struck an historic home run Saturday. No, it wasn't Serena Settlemier.

KU product Keith has ailing wrist

Charlton Keith has been itching to prove his worth in the NFL. But he's going to have to wait a little longer.

Party on, but Arthur's decision still off-limits

Friends and family of prized basketball recruit Darrell Arthur gathered Saturday afternoon at the Arthur home to throw a celebratory barbecue.

Saturday, May 6

Mosley 'really good' in spring

The real Shaquina Mosley - not last year's bust - appears to have shown up in the Kansas University women's basketball program.

Return of the Comet

Ex-KU great a hit at fundraiser

OK, so golf never will be the sport for which Gale Sayers is remembered. That doesn't mean hitting the links can't help the former football great make a difference.

Senior sendoff on tap

Settlemier among six Jayhawks to bow out against Cyclones

Serena Settlemier's mother and father will come all the way from Kelso, Wash. Settlemier's older sister and her husband will be here, too.

Top prep Arthur to announce Monday

Darrell Arthur, Kansas University's top basketball recruiting target, will end the suspense Monday with a noon press conference, according to dallaspreps.com.

Mayer: Trouble brewing for KU?

On a dark and stormy night, I can conjure up Macbeth's creepy crones clustered around a gurgling, crackling cauldron marked "Kansas University Athletics."

OSU's Sutton pleads no contest

Oklahoma State coach receives deferred sentence

Oklahoma State basketball coach Eddie Sutton pleaded no contest Friday to drunken-driving charges for a traffic accident in which his SUV swerved, collided with another vehicle and then hit a tree.

Friday, May 5

Fearsome foe awaits KU

Price: Texas capable of return trip to CWS

Kansas University's baseball squad is running the gamut of opponent quality this week.

KU makes date with Toledo in Kemper

Eudora braces for barnstorming

Kansas University will play the University of Toledo not only in football, but also men's basketball, in 2006.

Woodling: Ervin back in big time

Has the leopard changed its spots? The leopard, in this case, would be Lauren Ervin, perhaps the most nomadic student-athlete of the 21st Century. You may remember Ervin from the days when she was a ballyhooed Kansas University basketball signee. That was three years ago.

Thursday, May 4

6Sports video: Jayhawks shaking things up this weekend

Nothing changes for KU on Sunday, but on Friday and Saturday things will be different on the mound for the Jayhawk baseball team as it takes to the road to meet No. 7 Texas.

Dramatic dinger saves KU

Settlemier waits out rain delay, delivers two-run shot to rally Jayhawks

Stick another shining star on the storybook softball season of Serena Settlemier. Settlemier, Kansas University's slugging senior, smashed her 21st home run Wednesday at Arrocha Ballpark, enabling the Jayhawks to trim Wichita State, 2-1.

KU coach discounts advantage

Jayhawks hosts for cycling nationals

For the second straight year, Kansas University will serve as host for the USA Cycling Collegiate Road Nationals. To hear coach Christopher Hess tell it, that might not be the advantage it would seem.

Ex-Jayhawk Norris sliced by Texans

Former Kansas University fullback Moran Norris was among 10 players released Wednesday by the Houston Texans.

Rush didn't agonize over NBA

Brandon Rush didn't lounge around his Jayhawker Towers apartment Saturday night watching the clock while debating whether to enter his name in the NBA Draft at the last minute.

Wednesday, May 3

6Sports video: KU softball battles WSU in rainy weather

The KU softball team battled the rain with the Wichita State Shockers at Arrocha Ballpark Wednesday afternoon. The inclement weather and lack of lights only allowed KU and WSU to get in one game of a scheduled double-header.

Healthy Afenir sparks KU

Buck Afenir calls himself a movie buff now. After spending nearly a week in isolation, he has the mumps to thank for that.

KU's Reid officially signs with Chiefs

Kansas University standout Nick Reid, a Wichita native and the coaches' choice as Big 12 Conference defensive player of the year, is headed for the team for which he always wanted to play.

Keegan: C.S. bug epidemic at Kansas

The flu is one of the many potholes that temporarily can derail a college basketball team during the long and challenging winter schedule. It has been around forever, so trainers and doctors know how to treat it. Coaches know how to deal with its consequences.

NBA list lacking surprises

The official 2006 NBA Draft early entry list, which will be released to the media today, was acquired by a couple of draft Web sites Tuesday.

KU hopes Shockers today beginning of good ending

Finish strong. That's the mantra of Kansas University's softball team.

Ex-KU team physician, football player dies

After stepping off the football field and into the operating room, John Wertzberger worked to heal people.

Tuesday, May 2

KU tennis players earn all-Big 12 honors

Kansas University sophomore Elizaveta Avdeeva and freshman Ksenia Bukina were named Monday to the All-Big 12 Conference tennis singles team, and the duo was awarded All-Big 12 doubles honors. Avdeeva went 18-7 as the primary No. 2 player. Bukina was 10-13 in dual match play at No. 1. In doubles, the tandem's Big 12 record of 8-3 was the league's best at the No. 1 position.

Reid, Keith find motivation from snub

Kansas University's football defense always was good at feeding off disrespect. There's enough stories out there to back that up. During the 2005 season, linebacker Nick Reid would catch word of bulletin-board material often in the days leading up to a game. If an opposing running back shot his mouth, Reid, Charlton Keith and the rest of the KU defense would shut him down. Reid then would go to the media and call him out.

Aldridge league's sure thing

Seven other Big 12 players could pull out of draft

Of the eight Big 12 Conference players who have declared for the NBA Draft, just one - Texas' LaMarcus Aldridge - is a certain first-round pick.

KU basketball notebook

Former Kansas University assistant coach Jerry Green on Monday was named director of basketball operations at Indiana University. Green worked in a similar capacity for new IU coach Kelvin Sampson last year at Oklahoma.

Saint Mary next for KU

After a grueling, rain-delayed weekend series with Oklahoma, the Kansas University baseball squad will try to recover against a lesser-known opponent when the Jayhawks play host to the University of Saint Mary at 7 tonight at Hoglund Ballpark.

KU golfer Costner tapped

Kansas University junior golfer Amanda Costner was one of nine players selected to compete as an individual in the 2006 NCAA Championships, the selection committee announced Monday. Costner becomes the first KU women's golfer to compete in the tournament since Holly Reynolds in 1993.

Friends dedicate tree in Morris' memory

A group of friends of a former Kansas University quarterback gathered Monday for the dedication of a tree that grows in his memory a short pass down the hill from the Campanile.

Monday, May 1

6Sports video: KU baseball moves down in Big 12 standings

It was almost an embarrassingly ugly weekend for the Kansas baseball team. But thanks to a win in the series finally, it was just a bad weekend. KU lost two of three games to Oklahoma and in the process dropped from sole possession of fourth to a tie for fifth in the Big 12 Conference.

6Sports video: NFL draft leaves KU players behind

The 2006 NFL draft passed this weekend without any Jayhawks hearing their names called. But, as we told you Monday night, four KU players did sign free agent contracts. Charles Gordon inked with Minnesota, Nick Reid with the KC Chiefs, Mark Simmons with San Diego and Charlton Keith with Cleveland.

Top prospect Beasley taps K-State

Power forward tells Cincinnati paper he's Manhattan-bound to play for Huggins

Michael Beasley, a 6-foot-8, 235-pound high school junior from Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va., apparently is headed to Kansas State to play basketball in two seasons.

Jayhawks strike out on draft day

It was a swing and a miss for Kansas University football players in this year's NFL Draft. But that doesn't mean the story can't end on a happy note.

KU, Quick rebound

Routed in opener, Jayhawks rally

Kodiak Quick was either superhuman - or super-lucky - to be able to pitch after getting plunked in the bullpen on Saturday by teammate Andy Marks.

NBA Draft deadline passes quietly

The NBA Draft early-entry deadline passed at 11:59 p.m. Saturday with no surprises involving Kansas University freshman Brandon Rush.

KU rowing ties for 2nd with KSU at Big 12

Host Kansas University tied for second place at the Big 12 Rowing Invitational on Sunday at Wyandotte County Lake.

Keegan: Sayers leads by example

It was nice to read recently that Denver Nuggets point guard Andre Miller didn't make all of his assists on the basketball court. He saved one for his alma mater, the University of Utah. And it was a big one.

Jayhawks drop pair to Sooners

The 23rd-ranked Oklahoma Sooners racked up 15 hits as they took a Big 12 Conference softball series from Kansas University, 2-0 and 4-1, Sunday afternoon at the OU Softball Complex.