Stories for June 27, 2008


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Russell Robinson joins Houston Rockets

Russell Robinson has accepted an invitation to play for the Houston Rockets' summer-league team.

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Fans make case for TitleTown

Lawrence: City of Champions? Several hundred Kansas University fans made the case to name Lawrence ESPN's "TitleTown USA," as the sports network filmed a segment on Friday at Allen Fieldhouse. Earlier this week, ESPN named Lawrence one of 20 cities vying to be named the country's top championship city.

Gary Bedore's KU basketball notebook

As the No. 13 pick in the NBA Draft, Brandon Rush will make $1,499,300 next season and $1,611,800 the following year. The Indiana Pacers have an option for the third and fourth years at $1,724,200 and $2,463,880, respectively.

KU coach Self watches NBA Draft with pride

Kansas University's basketball players gathered at coach Bill Self's house Thursday night to watch the NBA Draft on ESPN-TV. They viewed with interest for more than four hours as KU tied UConn in 2006 and Florida in 2007 for most players selected (five) in a two-round draft.

High schoolers value playing at Fieldhouse

Playing basketball at the collegiate level isn't for everyone. So for the campers at the Bonnie Henrickson basketball camp, playing in Kansas University's Allen Fieldhouse left a lasting impression. "It was amazing," said Ashley Harry, a junior at Skutt Catholic High in Omaha, Neb. "Just playing in so much history and just thinking about how Paul Pierce and all those greats played in there.

Commentary: Heat hit a home run with Beasley

The worst team in the NBA stopped being that in a jubilant instant Thursday night. Younger, better, more fun, more exciting and an immediate playoff contender is what the Miami Heat became with one draft pick and two fairly magical words: Michael Beasley.

Five Jayhawks taken in NBA draft

Rush, Arthur only two in first round

Kansas University tied an NBA record by having five players taken in Thursday night's draft, but only two players were selected in the first round. Many expected this to be the first time KU had three players selected in the first round of the same draft, but it didn't happen.

Indiana AD to resign

Indiana athletic director Rick Greenspan will resign at the end of December amid new NCAA allegations that the school failed to monitor the men's basketball team.

Four Kansas athletes in Olympic track trials

Three Kansas University track and field athletes - seniors Ashley Brown and Crystal Manning and sophomore Jordan Scott - will compete in the U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore.

Chicago taps former Memphis guard Rose No. 1

Derrick Rose is going home, and a record crowd of freshmen are following him to the NBA.

Kansas athletes set record for spring GPA's

Kansas University student-athletes earned a combined 3.03 grade-point average during the 2008 spring semester, setting a KU athletic-department record.

OU lineman faces hearing

Oklahoma offensive lineman Phil Loadholt faces a July court hearing on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and transporting an open container.

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Jayhawks make history

KU produces record five players in draft

The Kansas University basketball team scripted some suspenseful moments on the way to the 2008 national championship, and NBA Draft night turned out to be more of the same for the Jayhawks. Three dramatic storylines evolved as Brandon Rush, Darrell Arthur and Mario Chalmers combined to make Kansas history. For the first time since 1989, when the draft was trimmed to two rounds, more than two Jayhawks were selected in a single draft. Rush was a lottery pick, Arthur became the sympathetic figure who dropped lower than expected, and Chalmers, who will always hold a special spot in KU history, was taken in the second round.

KU's Powers cards 81 in U.S. Women's Open

Kansas University junior-to-be Emily Powers opened the U.S. Women's Open Golf Championship on Thursday with an 8-over 81.

Ex-UT players plead guilty

Two former Texas football players pleaded guilty Thursday to robbery charges, a Travis County prosecutor said.

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Keegan: Arthur gets shaft in draft

Somebody done somebody wrong, and the second somebody is Kansas University forward Darrell Arthur. This became obvious to the world when Arthur was queried on national television about a reported kidney issue that led to him tumbling in the draft. "My health is fine," Arthur said. "I took another blood test in Washington, and everything came out fine, but I guess those guys never contacted anybody. Everything is cool."