Stories for April 27, 2008


Lead stories

6Sports video: Jayhawks breaking losing streak

This afternoon Tracy Bunge's softball time was trying to snap their six-game conference losing streak with a visit from the Oklahoma State Cowgirls.

6Sports video: Talib headed to Tampa Bay

In his three seasons at Kansas, he was the face of the KU defense. During his junior campaign, Aqib Talib recorded five interceptions, two of them for touchdowns, and was voted the MVP of this year's Orange Bowl.

6Sports video: Collins going to Cincinnati

Talib wasn't the only Jayhawk selected to take his game to the next level. This afternoon former Kansas offensive lineman Anthony Collins was selected in the fourth round by the Cincinnati Bengals.

6Sports video: Fine selected in fourth round

Joining Collins and Talib in the league will also be former Kansas tight end Derek Fine.

6Sports video: Henry to play for Jets

This afternoon former Kansas wide receiver Marcus Henry was selected as the fifth pick in the sixth round for the New York Jets.

Free-agent frenzy begins

Former Kansas University and Lawrence High football standout Brandon McAnderson has agreed in principle to a free-agent deal with the NFL's St. Louis Rams.

Henry selected in sixth round by New York Jets

Henry was the fifth pick of the sixth round and went 171st overall. His stock skyrocketed after breaking out in 2007, when he caught 54 balls for 1,014 yards and 10 touchdowns for the 12-1 Jayhawks.

Fine selected in fourth round by Buffalo

Many mock drafts didn't place Fine in the middle rounds. But his strong showing in pre-draft workouts, including the prestigious NFL Combine, made him a wanted man by several NFL teams.

Collins selected in fourth round by Cincinnati

Collins was picked in the fourth round by the Cincinnati Bengals as the 112th overall selection Sunday. He was projected to be a second- or third-round pick, but slipped into the middle of the fourth.

Tease photo

Cowgirls too tough for KU

Val George looked unhittable in the first inning. Kansas University's top softball pitcher surrendered a slug-bunt single, then struck out the next three Oklahoma State batters swinging. But it was all downhill from there as the Cowgirls rolled to an 8-1 victory on Saturday afternoon at Arrocha Ballpark.

Talib first first-round Jayhawk since 1993

Despite character questions, Tampa Bay selects cornerback with 20th pick

As Saturday's NFL Draft progressed further and further down the first round, former Kansas University cornerback Aqib Talib thought back to his visit with Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden recently.

Coach touched by gifts

'It's been humbling'

Bill Self has been overwhelmed by all the cards, letters - and even some gifts - delivered to his Kansas University men's basketball head coach's office since the Jayhawks' national championship victory over Memphis on April 7.

Calipari signs extension

Memphis coach John Calipari signed a contract extension through the 2012-13 season that includes an annual raise of $500,000 and a $5 million bonus if he stays through the end of the contract.

Arkansas releases signee

The Arkansas basketball program announced Saturday that 2008 fall signee Daniel Payne was given an immediate release.

Afenir's HR not enough for Kansas

Buck Afenir hit a two-run homer, and Erik Morrison had three hits, but it was not enough. Oklahoma State scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth to break open a tight game and take a 10-3 victory Saturday over Kansas.

Minnesota blanks KU rowing, 7-0

Kansas University rowing fell to the 16th-ranked Minnesota on Friday evening along Lake Phalen in seven races.

Stanford hires Dawkins

Johnny Dawkins, a longtime assistant coach at Duke, has been hired as Stanford's new men's basketball coach.

Former Jayhawks await draft fate

Anthony Collins' NFL dreams were put on hold for one more day.

Jayhawks' Thiry fires 77 at Big 12 women's golf

Freshman Grace Thiry fired a second-round 77 to lead Kansas University's women's golf team at the Big 12 Championship on Saturday. While the Jayhawks improved their team score by eight shots, they fell two places to ninth after two rounds of the tournament.

Agafonov's hammer toss fourth-best in NCAA

Seniors Egor Agafonov, Crystal Manning and Maresia Pencil and juniors Stephanie Horton and Nickesha Anderson each grabbed individual titles for Kansas University's track and field teams at the Drake Relays and Sooner Invitational on Saturday.

Koelbel tied for 12th at Big 12 men's golf

Walt Koelbel shot a third-round 73 to lead Kansas University's men's golf team Saturday during the third round of the Big 12 Championship. The Jayhawks shot a third-round 298 to move up one spot to sixth place overall.