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KU soccer season starts

The 2008 Kansas soccer team took the pitch for the very first time Tuesday.

Sharp may see 1000 yards this season

He hasn't yet rushed for 1000 yards in his college career, but don't be surprised if Jake Sharp rumbles into four digit territory during this season alone.

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Self discusses his new deal

KU hoops coach guaranteed $3 million a year

Bill Self, who has signed a new 10-year contract that will provide him a guaranteed $3 million a year through March of 2018, has one wish for the next decade. "In my perfect world, everybody will be happy the next 10 years, that we continue to recruit good guys and we win. That's my hope. That everybody involved with KU is happy," Self said in a cell phone conversation with the Journal-World Wednesday -the day details of his newly signed contract were released to the public.

Self signs new contract at KU

Bill Self has signed a new deal at Kansas University.

Heels to play Chaminade

North Carolina, which returns national player of the year Tyler Hansbrough and its top five other scorers from last season's Final Four team, will open the 25th annual EA Sports Maui Invitational against host Chaminade.

Woodling: Stadium pretty, imperfect

Few college football stadiums can boast as picturesque a setting as Kansas University's Memorial Stadium. Located at the foot of Mount Oread, with green space sprawling southward up Campanile Hill, Memorial Stadium is one of the few college facilities remaining that juxtaposes football with scenery. Nevertheless, Memorial Stadium is still the oldest campus stadium west of the Mississippi River, and it does have its drawbacks. Parking, for instance.

Mangino spills punt-return plans

For a moment Tuesday, during the Kansas University football team's annual Media Day, coach Mark Mangino opened up. Not one to reveal the inner-workings of his program readily, the normally reserved Mangino had no problem responding candidly to a question about who was in line to take over punt-return duties for the Jayhawks. "It's down to me and (offensive coordinator) Ed Warinner," he offered. "I've got better hands, but Ed runs better."

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Off and running

RB Crawford hopes to live up to hype

Jocques Crawford's dad, Xavier, played football at the University of Memphis. His aunt, who ran track at UM, and uncle are die-hard fans of the Blue and Gray. So Crawford admittedly had some mixed emotions on April 7, 2008, watching on TV in his Cisco (Texas) Junior College dorm room as Kansas University toppled his hometown Tigers, 75-68, in overtime in the 2008 NCAA basketball championship game.

Case joins Self's KU basketball staff

Former KU basketball guard Jeremy Case has been tapped as replacement for Michael Lee as student assistant/team manager on Bill Self's Jayhawk staff