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Keegan: Valvano system works

The way Jim Valvano stared cancer in the face and laughed at it, even as it ravaged his body, rightly has made him one of the most inspirational figures in sports history. He knew the disease was killing him, but he wasn't about to let it kill his sense of humor, his spirit, his lust for life.

KU women's aide joins Kentucky staff

Kyra Elzy, an assistant women's basketball coach at Kansas University the last four years, has joined the staff at Kentucky.

Hommell breaks tie; Kansas tennis clips Huskers, 4-3

For the fourth time this season, senior Lauren Hommell broke a 3-all tie with a victory at No. 6 singles, sending Kansas University to a 4-3 victory over Nebraska on Friday afternoon at First Serve.KU improved to 8-12 overall, 4-6 in the Big 12.

Ford contract approved

The Oklahoma A&M Board of Regents unanimously approved a deal Friday that would pay new Oklahoma State basketball coach Travis Ford $1.3 million annually over seven years.

Douglas-Roberts leaving

All-American junior guard Chris Douglas-Roberts of Memphis will enter the NBA Draft, joining teammate Derrick Rose in leaving early for the pros. The school announced Douglas-Roberts' decision Friday.

Bucknell coach retires

Pat Flannery retired Friday after 14 years as Bucknell's basketball coach, leading the small Patriot League school to two NCAA tournaments, highlighted by a victory over Kansas in 2005 and a Top 25 ranking the next season.

Injuries helped KU develop CB depth

Injuries, of all things, made an NFL defection much easier for Kansas University's football team to swallow.

Tonganoxie's Grizzle wins girls javelin title - again

If not for a foot scratch on her final throw of the 2007 Kansas Relays, Tonganoxie High senior Roxi Grizzle would be a three-time javelin champion at the prestigious track and field event.

'Batman' returns to hurdles at Relays

The most outstanding performer of the 2007 Kansas Relays is back in town and wants everybody to know it. "You're going to see 'Batman' in action. Like the movie, 'Batman Returns,''' 24-year-old hurdles sensation Bershawn "Batman" Jackson said Friday at Memorial Stadium.

Nebraska edges KU in baseball

Craig Corriston's two-run single in the bottom of the seventh lifted Nebraska to a 7-6 Big 12 Conference baseball victory over Kansas University on Friday at Hawks Field.

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Going the distance

Local high schoolers go long on first day

Distance dominated the local scene at Friday's first day of high school action at the Kansas Relays. Behind a time that was more than 17 seconds better than her previous best, Free State High's Kyra Kilwein placed eighth in the 3,200-meter run and anchored the Firebirds' distance medley relay team to a 13th-place finish, 10 places better than it was seeded.

Ex-Jayhawk hurt winning javelin

A group of chilled-to-the bone track and field fans filed past former Kansas University great Scott Russell at the start of the men's javelin finals Friday night outside Memorial Stadium.