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Thursday, April 30

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KU lends 2008 basketball championship trophy to speaker of Kansas House

Kansas University officials have loaned the 2008 men’s basketball championship trophy to House Speaker Mike O’Neal, R-Hutchinson.

Kansas deep, versatile

Teams that make it to the Final Four generally feature deep rosters packed with versatile players. Those advantages make it difficult for opposing coaches to figure out how to beat them because they have an answer for everything. Looking ahead to 2009-2010, no roster in the country has more depth and more flexibility than that of Kansas University.

Pederson 10th; KU golf 7th

Zach Pederson recorded the best finish of his senior season to lead the Kansas University men's golf team to a seventh-place finish Wednesday at the Big 12 Championship at Prairie Dunes Country Club.

Faunce, Herrmann snare KU scholar awards

Having spent the past five years as a member of Kansas University’s baseball team, senior Nick Faunce knows firsthand the struggles that come when the stresses of Div. I athletics collide with the demands of a full course workload.

Recruit 'circus' coming

Royce Woolridge played basketball in Lawrence last summer — at Bill Self’s Elite Camp, held behind closed doors in the privacy of Kansas University’s Horejsi Center. Friday, the future KU shooting guard from Phoenix Sunnyslope High will be back in town, this time showcasing his game for the public to see.

Wednesday, April 29

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KU coach Self receives award in home state

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self, who starred at Edmond High School, went on to play lead guard at Oklahoma State University and also served as head coach at state schools Oral Roberts and Tulsa, returned to his home state Tuesday to receive the Abe Lemons/Paul Hansen Award for Sports Excellence.

Kansas golfer Gockel on all-tourney team

Kansas golfer Meghan Gockel was named to the All-Big 12 tournament team.

Kansas men in fifth at Big 12 golf invite

Nate Barbee and Bryan Hackeberg carded rounds of 72 to help Kansas University’s men’s golf team move up the leaderboard into a tie for fifth place entering the final round of the Big 12 Championships on Tuesday at Prairie Dunes Country Club.

Kansas softball roughs up Shockers

Kansas University pitchers Val George and Sarah Vertelka combined for a one-hit shutout in the nightcap, and three Jayhawks combined for five home runs during the doubleheader as KU softball swept Wichita State, 9-2 and 3-0, on Tuesday.

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Jayhawks sweep midweek doubleheader

If pitchers Shaeffer Hall, T.J. Walz and Lee Ridenhour are the Kansas University baseball team’s Weekend Warriors, then consider junior right-hander Brett Bollman a Midweek Mercenary.

Gary Bedore's Kansas basketball notebook

Former Kansas University power forward Quintrell Thomas, who recently announced plans to transfer, told Lasvegassun.com he will visit UNLV this weekend. He visited St. Joseph’s last weekend and will visit Siena in two weeks.

Tuesday, April 28

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Mortensen to work out with Bills

Joe Mortensen, a former first-team all-Big 12 linebacker for the Kansas University football team, is scheduled to attend a three-day mini-camp with the Buffalo Bills in New York this weekend, he said Tuesday.

Former KU forward Quintrell Thomas narrowing choices

Former Kansas forward Quintrell Thomas is making progress in his search for a new basketball program.

Pederson puts Kansas in sixth at Big 12 golf

Zach Pederson was tied for 11th, and KU is in sixth place after the first day of the Big 12 men's golf championships.

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Freeman looks the part

Many years ago, when I was writing a feature story on a Kansas University football player, I went to his position coach for an assessment. After chatting for a minute or so, I asked the KU aide what he thought of the player.

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Now see Heere

Right fielder having ‘huge’ season for KU

Last season, Kansas University right fielder Brian Heere appeared in 21 games, made just two starts and was 1-for-3 with three runs scored while barely playing against Big 12 Conference baseball opponents. This year, Heere, a third-year sophomore, hits in the heart of the Jayhawks’ batting order and has become one of the most productive offensive players in the conference. It’s not by accident.

Monday, April 27

KU to play at UCLA in Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series

Jayhawks will travel to Los Angeles on Dec. 6

Two of the most tradition-rich schools in the nation will meet in the 2009 Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series, as the Kansas men's basketball team will travel to face UCLA on Dec. 6, 2009.

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Undrafted, KU’s Holt, Rivera get NFL shot

James Holt agreed to terms with San Diego, and Mike Rivera signed a free-agent deal with Chicago.

KU recruit Woolridge to kick off Invitational

Future Jayhawk Royce Woolridge will play the first game at the Jayhawk Invitational.

KU women’s golf fifth at Big 12

Kansas placed fifth at the Big 12 women's golf championships.

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Despite loss, Kansas softball encouraged

KU's softball team fell to Baylor, 11-8, on Senior Day.

Bunge’s retirement surprised Jayhawks

Kansas University's softball players say they were stunned to hear coach Tracy Bunge will retire at the end of this season.

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Two for the ages

Jayhawks win NU series for first time since ’97

Kansas University swept a baseball doubleheader with Nebraska, 9-2 and 8-4, to win the series.

Sunday, April 26

Q&A on the recruitment to KU of Xavier and C.J. Henry

Carl and Barbara Henry decided to name their youngest son, “Xavier” — pronunciation identical to the Atlantic-10 Conference college located in Cincinnati.

OU's Bradford taking huge risk

Sorrentino’s Lightning Round

I’m wondering what was going through Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford’s mind as Matthew Stafford held up a Detroit Lions jersey after being selected No. 1 overall in Saturday’s NFL Draft.

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Freeman goes to Bucs

Raheem Morris shrugged off question after question, rejecting the notion that it must have been difficult deciding between drafting Josh Freeman and finding help for a porous defense that cost Tampa Bay a playoff berth.

Local softball recruits accepting of change

There will be no fallout from the Tracy Bunge resignation from the Kansas University softball program like there was for Memphis when men’s basketball coach John Calipari bolted for Kentucky. At least not at the local level.

WR Crabtree slips to No. 10 overall

When Michael Crabtree unexpectedly slipped to the 10th pick in Saturday’s NFL draft, the San Francisco 49ers eagerly caught their highest-profile receiver since Terrell Owens left town.

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Clark’s big day powers new-look KU softball past Bears

Who were those Kansas University softball players? They weren’t the Jayhawks who flat-lined against Drake the other night, that’s for sure.

KU swimmers, divers work with Olympians

The Kansas University swimming and diving team played host to a one-hour clinic Saturday morning at Robinson Natatorium for 20 local Special Olympians.

Bonds, Fuller pace KU at Drake Relays

Lauren Bonds ran a career best in the 1,500 meters and Corey Fuller placed second in the men’s triple jump to pace the Kansas University track and field team on Saturday in the final day of the Drake Relays.

KU rowing falls to Minnesota

The Kansas University rowing team fell to No. 20 Minnesota on Saturday.

KU women fourth at Big 12 golf tourney

The Kansas University women’s golf team placed fourth Saturday after two rounds of the Big 12 Championship.

Saturday, April 25

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KU baseball game postponed to Sunday

Saturday night's Kansas University baseball game against Nebraska has been postponed. The two teams will play a double header Sunday beginning at 11 a.m. at Hoglund Ballpark.

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Holt, Colts seem like perfect match

Indianapolis Colts draft decision maker Bill Polian, have I got a player for you. His name is James Holt.

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Holt staying even-keeled as NFL Draft approaches

One mock draft has Jayhawk linebacker slated as sixth-round selection

James Holt already knows what will be on his mind Sunday during the second day of the NFL Draft: samurais.

KU, Baylor slated for softball twinbill

With thunderstorms forecast for Sunday, Kansas University’s weekend softball series with Baylor has been amended.

C.J. Henry talented, too

Carl Henry laughed after learning his son, C.J., would be a sophomore, not a freshman, at Kansas University next season.

KU golf in fourth place

Junior Meghan Gockel shot a two-over-par 75 on Friday to lead the Kansas University women's golf team to fourth place after round one at the Big 12 Championship.

No stunts needed by ‘Dippy’

Barbdip13. How could there be a more appropriate e-mail handle for the devoted sister of the late Wilt Chamberlain?

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Embarrassed at home

Jayhawks lose four-run lead, commit six errors in loss to Huskers

The general perception heading into Friday night’s Kansas University baseball game at Hoglund Ballpark was that the Nebraska Cornhuskers were down.

Bonds leads KU track

Lauren Bonds highlighted the Kansas University track and field team performances Friday at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa, placing sixth in the 800 meters with a time of 2:12.00.

Friday, April 24

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KU softball coach Tracy Bunge to retire

Tracy Bunge dropped a bombshell after Friday’s practice.

KUSports.com contest winner takes home TV

After over twenty years of filling out brackets, Ben Hendricks finally has something to show for it. Hendricks was the big winner in KUSports.com's 2009 NCAA Tournament bracket contest, sponsored by Kief's Audio/Video.

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Don't overlook C.J.'s impact on KU

Terrific talent Tyshawn Taylor sometimes looked as if he got caught standing up when he should have been locked in a defensive stance. Taylor’s coach let him have it for such lapses, but it’s not as if Bill Self could have replaced him with close to an equal talent. Now he can, which is one reason Taylor will push himself harder to remain in that defensive stance longer.

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Final answer? KU

All-American guard Xavier Henry chooses Jayhawks

Xavier Henry fiddled with his cell phone, delaying the start of his much-anticipated news conference late Thursday morning in Putnam City High School’s gym.

KU coach Self thrilled with landing Henry

Xavier Henry actually cell-phoned coach Bill Self with his decision to become a Kansas Jayhawk after a workout on Tuesday night in Putnam City High’s gym.

Lawson, Ellington leaving

Ty Lawson and Wayne Ellington put off a jump to the NBA last season so they could improve their draft standing and make another run at a national championship. Now with that title in hand, the juniors figure it’s the perfect time to give pro ball another try.

Drake drills KU softball, 7-1

Thursday was a forgettable day for Kansas University’s struggling softball team.

Talent runs in the family

In late summer of 1981, Barbara Adkins enrolled for her freshman year at Kansas University. Adkins had been recruited out of an Oklahoma City high school to play basketball for the Jayhawks.

KU tennis falls at Big 12s

The Kansas University tennis team ended its season with a 4-1 loss to Missouri in the first round of the Big 12 Tennis Championship on Thursday.

Three KU teams honored

The Kansas University men’s basketball, men’s cross country and women’s cross country teams were among those recognized Wednesday by the NCAA for being among NCAA Division I teams that earned multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores in the top 10 percent of all squads in their respective sports.

Thursday, April 23

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Xavier Henry announces he's coming to KU

Top basketball recruit Xavier Henry is coming to Kansas University.

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Bomb’s away at ‘The K’

First baseman repays coach’s loyalty with homer that sinks MU

Preston Land's sixth-inning home run helped Kansas University beat Missouri, 7-3, at Kauffman Stadium.

KSU forward plans transfer

Kansas State basketball player Ron Anderson Jr. has received permission from the university to transfer to another school. The 6-foot-8, 255-pound forward averaged 4.4 points and 4.7 rebounds last season.

KU tennis ready for Big 12 tournament play

The Kansas tennis team finds itself in a Border War rematch in the first round of the Big 12 Tournament, taking on Missouri.

College basketball roundup

• Tennessee forward declares • Title-game rematch set • Curry to announce Thursday

Wednesday, April 22

KUsports.com plans live stream of Xavier Henry press conference

Touted basketball recruit Xavier Henry appears to be ready to make his decision about where he’ll play college basketball next season.

New retention agreement ready to keep Perkins here past June 30

Bonus would equal more than $3 million

Kansas Athletics will be on the hook for more than $1.5 million to cover Lew Perkins’ personal income taxes in addition to his $2.05 million bonus if Perkins remains as athletic director through June 30, according to estimates from a certified public accountant.

Briscoe reinstated to KU football team

Wide receiver Dezmon Briscoe has been reinstated to the Kansas football team, KU coach Mark Mangino announced Wednesday.

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Xavier Henry calls news conference for 11:15 a.m. Thursday to announce college choice

Many sources say top-rated recruit will choose Kansas

Xavier Henry will hold a news conference at 11:15 a.m., Thursday, at Putnam City High School's gymnasium to announce his college choice, Putnam City athletic director A.D. Burtschi said Wednesday morning.

Henrys say prom will keep them from visiting Kentucky

A decision to attended Kansas is said to be near, but no confirmation as yet

Marc Maggard of Truebluekentucky.com on Tuesday night was reporting on his Web site that “Xavier Henry and C.J. Henry will commit to Kansas.” Nobody in the Henry family or sources around the Memphis, Kentucky or KU programs indicated this was the case as of late Tuesday night.

KU to host league rowing title

For the first time in school history, the Kansas University rowing team will compete for a league title. KU will play host to the first Big 12 Conference Rowing Championship on May 2 at Wyandotte County Lake in Kansas City, Kan.

Kansas aide Raymond to skip WNBA season

Kansas University women’s basketball assistant Tamika Raymond is taking a leave of absence from pro basketball.

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Leaps of faith: Slew of Big 12 players project as first rounders at next level

With the 20th pick in the 2008 NFL Draft, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected Aqib Talib, cornerback, Kansas University. It was the only time a Big 12 Conference player heard his named called in the first round. When the 2009 draft takes place Saturday in New York, that likely won’t be the case again.

Draft decision date changing

Players who declare will have until May 8 to change their minds

College basketball underclassmen with their eyes on the NBA Draft will be forced to speed up their decision-making process starting next spring. The NCAA’s legislative council voted Monday to give non-seniors who declare for the draft until May 8 to decide whether to keep their names in the draft hat or return to college.

Big 12's first rounders in '09 will leave mark

Sorrentino's lightning round

Projecting which college superstars turn into NFL standouts can be difficult (see Leaf, Ryan; Smith, Akili; Salaam, Rashaan, to name a few).

Steward taking ride on position carousel in stride

Not surprisingly, the hardest part of A.J. Steward’s transition to the receiver position has been the former quarterback’s ability to master his new responsibilities as a blocker. Of course, it’s not the physicality of the position that has given the 6-foot-4, 229-pound third-year sophomore fits. It’s the little guys tearing across the field that have been making his life difficult.

Kansas softball splits

After collecting eight hits and six runs in winning the first game of a doubleheader against Tulsa, Kansas University’s softball team was shut out in the nightcap.

Narodowski powers KU baseball

Junior jacks two HRs in 11-2 victory

If he had hit like this two months ago, David Narodowski might still be the Kansas University baseball team’s cleanup hitter. The 5-foot-9 Narodowski contributed two home runs — his first two of the season — as the Jayhawks coasted to an 11-2 victory Tuesday over Baker at Hoglund Ballpark.

Nine KU golfers earn All-Big 12 Academic

Meghan Gockel’s perfect 4.0 grade-point average paced six Kansas University women golfers and three KU men golfers on the All-Big 12 Academic first team.

Tuesday, April 21

Lassiter undrafted standout

With the NFL Draft — and all of its overhyped whoop-de-do coming this weekend — I found myself wondering again what it all means. For instance, we all know that John Hadl, Gale Sayers, John Riggins, Dana Stubblefield, et al., parlayed first-round selections into Pro Bowl careers.

Chalmers sits out

Miami Heat starting point guard and Kansas University product Mario Chalmers, who struggled in Sunday’s 90-64 Game 1 loss to the Hawks in this best-of-seven first-round NBA playoff series, sat out practice due to what the team described as a slightly twisted left ankle. He is scheduled to return to practice today, with Game 2 not until Wednesday.

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Reesing rising

No surprise: QB looks even better

Strangely, when a great athlete becomes greater, we tend to ask ourselves, “How did he do that? How did he become even greater at what he does that makes him great? It didn’t seem possible, but he did it. How?” When you think about it, we ought to react in opposite fashion. Of course they get better. They didn’t become great by letting complacency infect them. They became great by constantly challenging themselves to become more efficient, more precise.

K-State’s Kelly arrested

Kansas State forward Curtis Kelly has been arrested on two outstanding warrants for failure to appear. Lt. Kurt Moldrup of the Riley County Police Department told The Topeka Capital-Journal that the warrants stem from unpaid traffic violations.

Monday, April 20

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Henry brothers close to making decision; father says no visit to Kentucky, but later says visit on tap

Xavier and C.J. Henry are close to making a decision concerning where they'll play basketball next season, Carl Henry, father of the basketball playing brothers said Monday morning.

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KU tennis falls to A&M

Yuliana Svistun provided the only singles victory on the day for Kansas University’s tennis team, and the Jayhawks fell to 35th-ranked Texas A&M, 6-1, on Senior Day on Sunday at First Serve Tennis Center.

Kansas baseball trounces Tech

Kansas University salvaged the final game of its baseball series at Texas Tech.

KU softball tumbles to UT, 3-2

Kansas University’s seventh-inning rally fell short, and the Jayhawks suffered a 3-2 Big 12 softball setback Sunday to Texas to give the Longhorns a sweep of the weekend series.

KU rowing snares pair of thirds

Kansas University rowing took third in the Second Varsity Eight race and third in the Varsity Four race at the annual Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association regatta on Sunday. Kansas had all five boats qualify on Saturday to take place in the grand finals Sunday.

Kansas women’s golf 9th at Buckeye

KU's women's golf team placed ninth at the Lady Buckeye Invitational.

KU men’s golf finishes in 12th

Kansas' men's golf placed 12th at the Aggie Invitational.

Maryland pursuing Stephenson

Maryland coach Gary Williams had an in-home visit with Kansas University recruiting target Lance Stephenson.

Kansas signee dazzles

Prep Robinson returns to old haunt, has solid showcase

Thomas Robinson, who grew up in Washington, D.C., but elected to play his final year of high school basketball in New Hampshire, concluded his prep career back in his hometown Saturday night. “It was fun. My family finally got to see me play. There were probably 20 to 30 (friends and family) there,” said Robinson, a future Kansas University power forward.

Sunday, April 19

KU softball shut out

The Kansas University softball team struggled to put runners on base as Texas held KU to just two hits en route to the Longhorns' 5-0 victory. The loss, which dropped KU to 16-24 on the season and 4-7 in Big 12 play, spoiled a three-game win streak for Kansas.

KU signee scores 14

Kansas University basketball signee Thomas Robinson scored 14 points in helping Team Finish defeat Team Create, 134-131, in the Reebok All-American game on Saturday night at American University’s Bender Arena.

‘Meaningless’ rabbit has intriguing role on track

The marquee event of the Kansas Relays was well under way when track announcer David Lile let the crowd know to ignore the runner in the black shirt.

Kansas Relays notebook

Bershawn ‘Batman’ Jackson was a last-minute scratch to the men’s 400-meter hurdles Saturday at the 82nd annual Kansas Relays, ending a longtime string of victories for the charismatic 25-year-old.

Eyes on quarterbacks in Nebraska

Bo Pelini won’t name his starting quarterback until the fall, but there was little doubt after Saturday’s Red-White scrimmage that Zac Lee will be the guy.

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A memorable mile

Webb captures audience with hard-earned victory

Even now, 55 years after Roger Bannister made history on a dirt track in Oxford, the four-minute mile has managed to maintain a level of intrigue that defies true explanation.

T-Tech holds off Kansas rally, 7-5

Second baseman Robby Price went 3-for-3 with two RBIs in Kansas University’s 7-5 baseball loss to Texas Tech on Saturday at Law Field.

KU men’s golf team in 12th place

Zach Pederson shot a season-best 73 to put the Kansas men's golf team in 12th place at the rain-shortened Aggie Invitational.

KU soccer team shuts out South Dakota

Junior Monica Dolinsky scored a pair of goals to lead the Kansas soccer team past South Dakota, 5-0, Saturday in the final game of the team's spring season.

Cornerback picks KU

Dave Clark, a 6-foot-1, 190-pound cornerback from Independence Community College, orally committed to play football at Kansas University on Saturday, according to Rivals.com.

KU women’s golf team in eighth place

The Kansas women’s golf team sat in eighth place after 36 holes at the Lady Buckeye Invitational after the Jayhawks shot rounds of 309 and 314 Saturday at the Scarlet Course.

KU tennis team falls to Texas, 7-0

Kansas’ Edina Horvath and Kate Morozova outlasted Texas' 34th-ranked doubles tandem of Vanja Corovic and Marija Milic to win their doubles match, 8-3, but it wasn't enough as the Jayhawk tennis team fell, 7-0, to the No. 32 Longhorns at First Serve Tennis Center Saturday afternoon.

Saturday, April 18

Defense shines for Missouri

In the final showing of Missouri Tigers spring football, the defense, not the offense, came away with bragging rights headed into summer workouts.

Rhoads makes ISU debut

After spending four hectic months rebuilding a program stunned by Gene Chizik’s departure to Auburn, Paul Rhoads finally got a chance to roam the sidelines as Iowa State’s head coach.

Russell wins javelin again

Scott Russell won his fourth consecutive Kansas Relays javelin title.

Tech pounds KU baseball

Texas Tech ended KU's six-game winning streak, 15-10.

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‘Batman’ positive figure

Bershawn "Batman" Jackson is a terrific role model.

Miler Webb ready to run

Celebrated miler Alan Webb sees the Kansas Relays as his "Opening Day."

Friday, April 17

Little has surgery on lower left leg, will be back on court June 1

Kansas University junior basketball player Mario Little had surgery Thursday to repair the stress fracture in his lower left leg, KU coach Bill Self said Friday.

KU women awards scheduled Thursday

Kansas University’s women’s basketball postseason awards will be revealed at a reception Thursday in the Kansas Union Ballroom.

DT picks KU

Jeremiah Edwards, a 6-foot-1, 270-pound junior defensive tackle from Garland (Texas) High School, on Thursday orally committed to play football at Kansas University, according to Rivals.com.

Recruits won’t work miracles

Chamber of commerce-type promoters are always on the prowl for new businesses and industries to broaden a tax base, bring in socially productive executives and provide lots of high-paying jobs. Yet the good ones also know it’s even more vital to keep nurturing proven, established entities, those that got them to the picnic — “dance with the ones who brung ya.”

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KU dominates distance events

The good news for Amanda Miller, a sophomore distance runner on the Kansas University track and field team? With Thursday’s victory in the women’s 5,000-meter run, she earned her first victory in the Kansas Relays — a meet which counts Jim Ryun, Marion Jones and Maurice Greene as past participants. The bad news? “I have class tomorrow,” the Olathe native said.

Announcer Harmon used to call KU football, basketball

Former NBC announcer Merle Harmon, who died recently, used to broadcast Kansas University football and basketball.

Ryun’s record still stands

Comedian Will Ferrell, over-actor Paul Giamatti and tattoo model Pamela Anderson weren’t yet famous when the Kansas Relays mile record that still stands was set by Jim Ryun. In fact, they all were in their mothers’ wombs.

KU signee dazzles at Derby Classic

Elijah Johnson found out last weekend that folks of all ages in Kentucky are serious about their basketball.

KU’s Faunce finalist for CLASS award

Kansas University captain Nick Faunce has been named one of 10 finalists for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award, which honors the country’s most outstanding senior in Div. I baseball.

Thursday, April 16

Streaking KU baseball visits Texas Tech

The KU baseball team is off to Lubbock, Texas, to face the Texas Tech Red Raiders.

Send us your Kansas Relays photos, memories

The 82nd running of the Kansas Relays is underway now and KUsports.com is looking for your photos from this year and year's past, as well as any memories you may have at the relays.

KU women sign guard

Rhea Codio, a 5-foot-8 guard from Independence Community College, on Wednesday signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Kansas University, coach Bonnie Henrickson announced.

KU satisfactory in latest APR report

Kansas University on Wednesday released its 2008 Academic Progress Rate statistics, and for the first time since its inception during the 2003-04 academic year, each of the school’s 18 athletic programs earned satisfactory marks from the NCAA.

WR commits to KU

Ricki Herod Jr., a Class of 2010 wide receiver, told Rivals.com on Wednesday he made a non-binding verbal commitment to attend Kansas on a football scholarship.

Prices set for KU in K.C.

Prices have been set for Kansas University’s baseball game against Missouri on April 22 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. Tickets for students are $7 on April 22. KU students typically get into Hoglund Ballpark for free with a valid KUID.

Aldrich, McCray honored

Kansas University basketball players Cole Aldrich and Danielle McCray were honored Wednesday by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) with its annual All-American Strength and Conditioning Athlete of the Year Award.

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Fast out of the gate

KU’s Kratovil in second place after decathlon’s first day

There was no snow, and winds were not unbearably heavy, so in that regard, Wednesday was a good day to be a competitor in the Kansas Relays in the eyes of KU decathlete Corbin Kratovil.

Henry UK visit April 25-26

Basketball recruits Xavier Henry and his brother, C.J., plan on visiting Kentucky the weekend of April 25-26, the players’ father, Carl Henry, told the Lexington Herald-Leader on Wednesday. The two players, who have been released from the Memphis letters-of-intent, also have KU and Memphis on their list. Carl Henry has told Rivals.com Memphis likely is not an option.

Goodrich cleared

Kansas University women’s basketball freshman guard Angel Goodrich was medically cleared Wednesday for full participation following nearly six months of rehabilitation after having knee surgery in October of 2008 for a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee.

Wednesday, April 15

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Anderson deal official

Mike Anderson has signed a seven-year deal to remain Missouri’s men’s basketball coach. The third-year coach, who led the Tigers to a school-record 31 wins and snapped a five-year NCAA Tournament drought that ended just short of the Final Four, signed the new contract along with university officials Monday. The school released copies Tuesday.

KU volleyball adds middle blocker

The Kansas University volleyball team added its second National Letter of Intent signee for the 2009 season on Tuesday with the addition of Caroline Jarmoc out of Calgary, Alberta.

Price lifts KU baseball in 10th

Junior Robby Price’s sacrifice fly in the top of the 10th inning plated Casey Lytle from third base and lifted the No. 24 Kansas University baseball team to a 7-6 victory over Creighton on Tuesday at Rosenblatt Stadium.

Documents show Missouri missteps in O’Neal death

University of Missouri officials failed to follow policies for medical emergencies when freshman linebacker Aaron O’Neal collapsed and later died during a 2005 summer workout, according to legal documents obtained by The Associated Press.

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Jayhawks a favorite to win in 2010

The “I’m staying” declarations of Cole Aldrich and Sherron Collins have made Kansas University’s basketball team a popular early pick to win the 2010 NCAA basketball championship.

Kansas softball sweeps UMKC

Kansas University senior outfielder Dougie McCaulley went 3-for-3 to lead the Jayhawks softball team to a 7-2 rout of UMKC in the second game of a doubleheader on Tuesday night at Arrocha Ballpark.

Wilson making big leap

Most of the workout phenoms, the guys who light up the stopwatch and rip up the weight room, they go to Texas and Oklahoma, USC and Florida. For most of the rest of the coaching staffs in the nation, the challenge comes in projecting which athletes will work hard enough and learn thoroughly enough to close the gap on the physical marvels.

Tuesday, April 14

KU's Lew Perkins in line for extra $750,000 in retention bonus

Kansas University’s athletic director could be in line for $750,000 more this summer than originally planned in his contract. KU added the amount to a retention payment due to Lew Perkins this summer after he declined efforts made by another university in June 2006 to recruit him as its athletic director, said Lynn Bretz, a KU spokeswoman.

Concessions provider says 75 will lose jobs after KU terminates contract

An official at Mid-America Concessions said the local company is in line to cease operations after failing to acquire a bid from Kansas Athletics.

Wesley original nomad

If I walked along Massachusetts Street and asked passing pedestrians if they had heard of Walt Wesley, I would want to do it on a warm day. I couldn’t stand on Mass that long in cold weather. Who was Walt Wesley? He was a slender 6-foot-11 center on some of coach Ted Owens’ quality Kansas University men’s basketball teams of the mid-1960s.

Jayhawk players have a ball touting fitness to children

Members of men’s basketball team visit area schools

Basketball season may be over, but that is not stopping some Jayhawks from getting out into the Lawrence community and chatting with children at several area schools about the value of being physically fit. Mario Little and Brennan Bechard joined Jason Bott’s second-grade physical education class at Wakarusa Valley School on Monday to play basketball and learn some dance moves.

Monday, April 13

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Collins, Aldrich announce plans to return to KU next season

Kansas basketball players Sherron Collins and Cole Aldrich announced their intentions to return to the Jayhawks next season during the 2009 Awards Banquet on Monday at the Holiday Inn Holidome in Lawrence.

KU baseball earns national ranking

Jayhawks ranked 24th in Baseball America's Top 25

The Kansas baseball team, fresh off a three-game sweep of No. 17 Oklahoma State, has earned itself a spot in the national rankings.

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A gutty victory

Hurling hurler helps KU complete sweep

For five innings of the Kansas University baseball’s team’s matchup with visiting Oklahoma State on Sunday, Lee Ridenhour had done so well. For five innings, the freshman right-hander had stood on the mound at Hoglund Ballpark and — despite suffering from a brutal bout of food poisoning he’d had since Friday night — managed to gut through what would end up being a 4-3, extra-innings victory over the No. 17 Cowboys.

Henry scores 22 in junior loss

Xavier Henry scored 22 points off 7-of-12 shooting in the U.S. Junior National Select Team’s 98-89 loss to the World Team at Saturday night’s Nike Hoops Summit, played before 11,246 fans in Portland’s Rose Garden. Henry, a 6-foot-6 guard from Putnam City High in Oklahoma City, hit six of 11 threes. He had four rebounds and an assist.

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Relatives hint Aldrich, Collins will return

Tonight could be a huge night for Kansas University’s men’s basketball program. Relatives of Cole Aldrich and Sherron Collins on Sunday night strongly hinted to the Journal-World that the two standouts will make statements about their future at the sold-out postseason KU hoops awards banquet, set for a 7 p.m. start at the Holidome.

Sunday, April 12

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KU softball stuns Sooners

On Friday, Kansas University’s softball team couldn’t hit Oklahoma pitcher D.J. Mathis with cricket mallets. On Saturday, however, the Jayhawks chased Mathis in the third inning on the way to a 4-2 triumph over the No. 13-ranked Sooners at Arrocha Ballpark.

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Oh, the drama

Absences add intrigue to Spring Game

Kansas University's football Spring Game was interesting as much for players who weren't there as those who were.

Dugan Arnett's KU spring football notebook

Kale Pick got a "little wound up" in his first real action as Kansas University's backup QB.

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‘Hog’ heaven for KU again

Kansas University's home-loving baseball team dispatched Oklahoma State, 13-6.

Sandses mighty mites

Deshaun Sands, son of diminutive former Kansas University standout Tony Sands, currently is third on KU's running-back depth chart.

KU, Minnesota not set

Contrary to a published report, Kansas University hasn't set up a home-and-home men's basketball series with Minnesota yet.

KU recruit scores 11

Elijah Johnson had 11 points in the Derby Festival Classic.

Kansas track shines

Five Jayhawks qualified for the NCAA regionals at the John Jacobs Invitational.

Kansas soccer wins

Kansas soccer claimed a 1-0 victory over Arkansas.

KU men’s golf 15th

Walt Koelbel tied for 19th, and the Kansas men's golf team was 15th as a team.

KU rowing falls to KSU

Kansas State beat Kansas, 12-8, in rowing at Wyandotte County Lake.

Saturday, April 11

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FINAL: Johnathan Wilson posts 133 receiving yards; Blue team takes 20-7 victory in KU Spring Game

KU football coach Mark Mangino also announced Saturday that running back Jocques Crawford was suspended for violation of team policy.

Kansas baseball silencing doubters

Hall leads Jayhawks to 8-1 rout of OSU

Apparently, someone has forgotten to inform the Kansas University baseball team that it’s not supposed to be winning games this season.

OU softball roughs up KU

Sooners claim 8-0 rout; cancer benefit game today

Oklahoma run-ruled the Jayhawks, 8-0, at Arrocha Ballpark.

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Seals of approval

Ex-Jayhawks impressed with KU football’s transformation

Perhaps the greatest testament to the progress enjoyed by the Kansas University football program is this: Even at an event held primarily to celebrate the past, talk was never far from the future.

KU men's golf in 14th

Andrew Storm shot a two-round total of 147 (74-73) on Friday to lead the Kansas University men's Golf team to a 14th-place standing at the River Landing Intercollegiate.

KU tennis rips Tulane

The Kansas University tennis team swept its three doubles matches for the fourth time this season, and the Jayhawks beat Tulane, 6-1, on Friday at First Serve Tennis Center.

KU's Powers selected

Kansas University junior golfer Emily Powers received a sponsor’s exemption to compete in the Mercedes-Benz Championship of Kansas City from May 15-17 at Leawood South Country Club.

Juco PG visiting KU

Rhea Codio, a 5-foot-8 point guard from Independence Community College, is making an official women’s basketball recruiting visit to Kansas University this weekend. Codio, who hails from Brooklyn, N.Y., averaged 16.0 points and 7.0 assists for the Pirates last season.

Sought-after Appleton looking for major minutes

Tyrone Appleton, who announced his decision to leave Kansas University’s basketball program Thursday afternoon, had college coaches eager to speak with him Thursday night and Friday.

Friday, April 10

KU fans: What you post on Facebook could lead to NCAA rules violations for Jayhawks

College sports fans, be careful of the company you keep on Facebook. You might get yourself — and the program you support — in trouble.

Gary Bedore's Kansas Basketball Notebook

There’s a rumor going around that Collins and Aldrich definitely have decided to return to KU. Self says that's positively not true.

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Signs of spring

Ten things to watch for at Spring Game

As a general rule of thumb, it is wise not to read too much into the outcome of a collegiate spring football game. Coaches generally limit their playbooks significantly. Players are going against teammates (and schemes) they know inside and out. And most of a program’s newcomers — some of whom likely figure prominently into the team’s immediate plans — haven’t yet arrived on campus.

‘Batman,’ Russell back for Relays

Bershawn “Batman” Jackson, a five-time champion in the 400-meter hurdles, and a pair of decorated Canadian track and field athletes will return to the Kansas Relays.

KU, UNC deserve credit, too

Anniversary years in sports have a way of distorting the overall picture and awarding near-sainthood to events and people which may not deserve quite that level of reverence.

KU baseball adds game

Kansas University’s baseball team has added a game Tuesday against Baker University to make up for a game the Jayhawks lost due to inclement weather.

Thursday, April 9

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Thomas, Appleton leaving Kansas

Players transferring for more playing time

Kansas University freshman Quintrell Thomas and junior Tyrone Appleton, who played sparingly for the Jayhawks during the 2008-09 basketball season, both cited a desire for playing time — and lots of it — as their reasons for deciding to transfer away from KU.

KU offensive lineman released from hospital

Kansas University sophomore offensive lineman Ben Lueken was released from KU Hospital Thursday afternoon, KU Hospital spokesman Dennis Minich said.

K.C. claims ex-Jayhawk

The Kansas City Royals claimed third baseman Travis Metcalf on waivers from the Texas Rangers on Wednesday. Metcalf, 26, was added to the Royals’ 40-man roster and assigned to Triple-A Omaha. The Kansas University product batted .249 with 11 homers and 35 RBIs in 217 at-bats with the Rangers over the last two seasons.

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The great divide

Jayhawks fired up by twinbill split

Yogi Berra was right. It really isn’t over until it’s over. Elle Pottorf offered further proof when her two-run single helped Kansas University divide a softball doubleheader with Nebraska. Pottorf’s seventh-inning safety enabled the Jayhawks to post a 2-1 victory after the Cornhuskers had captured the opener, 4-0, Wednesday at Arrocha Ballpark.

KU recruit Woolridge to play in Invite

Royce Woolridge will compete in the Jayhawk Invitational basketball tournament, which will run May 1-3 at gyms throughout Lawrence.

KU pitcher honored

Kansas University's T.J. Walz was named to the College Baseball Foundation's National All-Star Lineup.

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Kansas tennis wins Sunflower Showdown

Kansas University's tennis team beat Kansas State, 5-2, at First Serve Tennis Center.

Kansas baseball wins, 9-3

Kansas University completed a two-game sweep of Iowa with a 9-3 victory.

Athletics fee survives Student Senate cuts

A number of different Kansas University entities had funding cuts on the table during a Student Senate fee-review session on Wednesday — but not Kansas Athletics. Senators approved cuts to the fee that funds student activity groups, to a renewable energy and sustainability fund, and to Student Union Activities — which brought in speaker George Stephano-poulos this week — among many others.

Wednesday, April 8

KU football player injured in weekend incident; reportedly in good condition

A Kansas University Hospital official confirmed Wednesday afternoon that Ben Lueken, a freshman football player at Kansas University, is being treated at the hospital for injuries sustained during a weekend incident on the KU campus.

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UConn cruises to title

With one final blowout, UConn grabbed the national title and a piece of basketball history.

KU baseball tops Iowa

Kansas University sophomore Brian Heere collected a career-high five hits, but it took freshman Zac Elgie's RBI single in the top of the ninth before the Kansas baseball team claimed a 5-4 victory against Iowa Tuesday afternoon at Duane Banks Field.

KU softball to meet Nebraska, Oklahoma

Four home games in the next four days are on tap for Kansas University’s softball team.

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OU's Griffin to enter NBA Draft

Sooners forward says he’ll forgo final two seasons

Oklahoma forward Blake Griffin will give up his final two years of eligibility and head to the NBA after a sophomore season that ended with him being recognized as college basketball’s top player.

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KU diver Mertz in her own class

As ecstatic as Kansas University diver Erin Mertz was to qualify for this season’s NCAA swimming and diving championships — and she was very much ecstatic — she couldn’t help but dwell on the one drawback that comes with establishing yourself as one of the nation’s finest aquatic performers.

Tuesday, April 7

KU men finish 10th in final ESPN/USA Today poll

The Kansas men's basketball team finished the season ranked 10th in the final ESPN/USA Today poll.

Memphis not hiring recruit’s father

Carl Henry says he will not be joining Pastner’s staff

Carl Henry will not be hired by the University of Memphis as director of basketball operations, the former Kansas University basketball guard said Tuesday.

KU softball deserves upgrade

Glen Mason may not have been the most popular football coach in Kansas University annals. Mason could be gruff at times, downright surly at others.

KU’s Walz earns honor

Kansas University sophomore T.J. Walz was selected as the Big 12 Conference’s Pitcher of the Week for the week of April 6.

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2 NU players transferring

Two Nebraska basketball players have announced plans to transfer to another school. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln announced Monday that sophomore Cookie Miller and redshirt freshman Alonzo Edwards both plan to transfer after contributing to the team’s 18-13 season.

National title game was clear cut

Yeah, fine. You Tar Heels go celebrate. But a little warning, fellas: Michigan State is going to kick your butt the third time around. Kidding, kidding. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say the better team won Monday night. This truth should make the result easier on Spartans fans — and, eventually, easier on the Spartans themselves.

KU women’s golf fourth

The Kansas University women’s golf finished in fourth place on Monday at the Susie Maxwell Berning Classic.

Robinson using McDonalds snub as motivation

It’ll take some time for Thomas Robinson to get over the disappointment of not being invited to play in the McDonald’s All-America basketball game.

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Carolina clobbering

Tar Heels claim fifth NCAA title with stomping of Spartans

Warm and fuzzy they were not. For a year, maybe more, North Carolina could feel this national championship coming. It was a calculated march, and behind the unrelenting play of Tyler Hansbrough, Wayne Ellington and Ty Lawson, the Tar Heels stomped out Michigan State’s inspirational run Monday night with an 89-72 blowout that wasn’t that close.

Monday, April 6

KU women’s golf in sixth

KU was in sixth place after the first day of the Susie Maxwell Berning Classic.

Anderson shines for KU

Senior sprinter claims 100, 200, 4X100 relay victories

Nickesha Anderson regionally qualified with victories in the 100 and 200 meters, contributed to the winning 4x100 relay team and led the 4x400-meter relay to a second-place finish to pace the Kansas University track & field team Saturday at the Jim Click Shootout.

Kansas softball tumbles to Tech

Kansas University claimed a run-rule-shortened Big 12 softball shutout from Texas Tech on Saturday. A day later, the Jayhawks suffered a 4-2 setback and had to settle for a split of the series. KU, which routed the Red Raiders, 10-0 in six inning on Saturday, fell to 12-21 overall, 2-4 in the Big 12. The Raiders improved to 13-29 and 2-7.

McCray, KU women get a little love, too

Danielle McCray ventured to downtown Lawrence on Friday night to get something to eat. Before and after dining, McCray was often interrupted by Kansas University basketball fans who recognized her and wished her well in the WNIT championship game the next day against South Florida. McCray had earned that limelight, and she basked in it.

Four ways Michigan St. upsets UNC

I have a theory about upsets: They usually aren’t as big as we think they are. One team gets overhyped. The other team, the underdog, is outstanding, but people don’t realize it yet.

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Going, going, gone

Baylor belts eight homers in blowout

Wind whistled and whirled in all directions on an unusually wacky Sunday afternoon at Hoglund Ballpark. The only direction in which the wind failed to blow was back into the ballpark. That meant a hitter’s paradise and spelled trouble for Kansas University’s normally steady pitching staff, which got waxed, 21-9, in the rubber match of a three-game series against No. 7 Baylor.

Gary Bedore’s KU basketball notebook

Former Kansas University guard Mario Chalmers of the Miami Heat was asked by the Associated Press on Sunday to reflect on his game-tying three-pointer with 2.1 seconds left that sent the 2008 NCAA title game between KU and Memphis into overtime.

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Darnell reflects on title

Jackson: NCAA crown ‘greatest feeling in the world’

Former Kansas University forward Darnell Jackson says winning the national title was the "greatest feeling in the world."

Michigan State gets another shot at Heels

The NCAA final between North Carolina and Michigan State is a rematch, though Carolina insists its even better than the team that beat the Spartans, 98-63, last time.

Kansas tennis falls to Texas Tech, 4-2

KU won just two of six singles matches in a 4-2 loss to Texas Tech.

Sunday, April 5

Kansas soccer ties, falls in exhibition

Kansas soccer tied Marquette, 1-all, and fell to St. Louis, 1-0.

KU softball run-rules Texas Tech, 10-0

Liz Kocon hit two home runs, and Kansas University softball routed Texas Tech, 10-0, in six innings.

It’s UNC-Michigan State, Part II

Michigan State has been itching for this do-over since December.

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Jayhawks draw a packed house

Record crowd cheers on team in loss

It might have been a different basketball team in a different tournament from what most Jayhawk fans were accustomed to cheering for this time of year. But that didn’t stop a huge crowd from pouring into Allen Fieldhouse on Saturday afternoon to watch Kansas University play the University of South Florida in the championship game of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament.

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Good with the bad

Off day comes at wrong time

Everybody has a bad day at the office now and then. Danielle McCray had one Saturday.

Jayhawks make strides, win fans

In sports, fan bases don’t grow overnight. It simply doesn’t happen. Except that it just did.

WNIT notebook

Saturday’s announced attendance of 16,113 fans easily eclipsed the previous KU women’s record of 13,352 established in 1994 in a regular-season game against Colorado.

Team makes strides, wins over fans

In sports, fan bases don’t grow overnight. It simply doesn’t happen. Except that it just did.

KU rowers shine in Varsity Fours

Kansas rowing won the First Varsity Four and Open Four races against Texas.

Saturday, April 4

KU’s Self adds to coaching awards

Kansas University’s Bill Self continues to pile up coaching awards for his work during the 2008-09 season.

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KU baseball team shuts out No. 7 Baylor, 6-0

KU right-hander T.J. Walz threw a complete-game shutout, allowing just five baserunners in the Jayhawks' 6-0 victory over No. 7 Baylor on Saturday at Hoglund Ballpark.

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FINAL: South Florida takes down KU women in WNIT championship, 75-71

The two teams played in front of a Kansas and Big 12 record announced attendance of 16,113.

KU men's hoops notebook

KU coach Bill Self will begin the process of gathering information from NBA sources next Tuesday and then sit down with both Sherron Collins and Cole Aldrich to discuss their plans.

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Jayhawks mindful of pesky Bulls ‘D’

Sometimes basketball statistics can be skewed by nuances like injuries, blowouts and schedule strength.

Jayhawks For a Cure game scheduled

The University of Kansas softball team will help out in the fight against breast cancer when it hosts Oklahoma at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 11, for its Jayhawks For a Cure game.

Bears rally past Jayhawks, 8-6

Entering the ninth inning of the Kansas University baseball teams’ matchup with Baylor on Friday, Paul Smyth found himself in prime position to wipe a string of shaky outings from his mind.

McCray in elite company

Her teammates and coaches call her “D,” as in short for Danielle, not as in short for defense. It’s her offense that makes Danielle McCray a legitimate All-American candidate, heading into next season.

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KU in history-making game today

Attaching labels is often mere oversimplification. Not when it comes to Kansas University’s women’s basketball season, however.

Henry wants to go to KU, father says

Things are looking positive for Kansas University in the crazy, ever-changing Xavier Henry sweepstakes.

KU’s Self wins AP coach of year

Kansas coach Bill Self took a long look at the college basketball coach of the year trophy he received Friday from The Associated Press and wondered how he would ever get through airport security on the way home.

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Team pulls together in inspiring fashion

KU in history-making game today

Attaching labels is often mere oversimplification. Not when it comes to Kansas University’s women’s basketball season, however.

Friday, April 3

Lengthy season just fine with KU women

Folks who like to walk and jog in Allen Fieldhouse can thank Kansas University’s women’s basketball team for a reprieve.

KU fans hope buzz about WNIT fills the fieldhouse

Bill Hougland says there’s been a change in his coffee conversations. The Lawrence resident, who gathers with friends each morning at McDonald’s at Sixth and Michigan streets, said the group has started talking about the Kansas women’s basketball team.

NBA offers tempting

In all the discussion about whether Kansas University basketball stars Cole Aldrich and Sherron Collins will bypass pro status and return for KU’s 2009-10 season, a human side of the equation too often is swept under the rug.

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A fitting finale

Unselfish Serbian all about her teammates

Five years later, listen to Serbian native Ivana Catic of the Kansas women’s basketball team recount her first day in America. Then listen to her high school coach’s perception of Catic on that day and see if you don’t reach the conclusion she is ideally suited to play point guard.

Boy with lung disease meets Chalmers during visit to Miami

Eleven-year-old Michael Douglas, of Wellsville, now can say he has walked in his favorite basketball player’s size 12 1/2 shoes.

Equal play

To the editor: Congratulations to the KU women’s basketball team on making the championship game of the WNIT. And, shame on the J-W for not routinely interviewing the girls on the team (aside from a comment or two from Danielle McCray).

Henry brothers in no hurry

There was no family meeting at the Henry household on Thursday night in Oklahoma City.

American record-holder in mile on Relays slate

Webb trying to run first sub-four-minute time at meet since 1997

Alan Webb, the American record holder in the mile (3:46.91), will compete in this year’s Kansas Relays.

Thursday, April 2

Lawrence, Tampa make WNIT wager

In a sign that WNIT fever is growing in the city, Lawrence Mayor Mike Dever will make a wager with Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio at 1 p.m. today.

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KU baseball rolls

Before his team’s 15-6 victory over visiting Northern Colorado on Wednesday afternoon, Kansas University baseball coach Ritch Price felt compelled to have a little chat with senior catcher Buck Afenir.

Linebacker gets his shot

In his four seasons as a member of the Kansas University football team, backup linebacker Jake Schermer hasn’t exactly enjoyed the clearest pathway to football glory. In his first season, he found himself buried on the depth chart behind former standouts Nick Reid and Banks Floodman. Later, he wound up stuck in the shadow of the three-headed monster of James Holt, Mike Rivera and Joe Mortensen.

Women’s games in vogue

The bandwagon that is Kansas University women’s basketball welcomed 8,360 people on board Wednesday night in Allen Fieldhouse, the fifth-largest audience in the program’s history.

KU softball splits doubleheader with MU

Sure, the circumstances were a little more pressure-packed than some of their previous encounters, but Amanda Jobe sensed the familiarity of the moment as she stared into the pitcher’s circle Wednesday evening at Arrocha Ballpark.

’Hawks fly past Redbirds to WNIT final

Students help provide fifth-largest turnout

Sade Morris and her teammates looked outside more than an hour before game time and saw people lined up at the Allen Fieldhouse ticket windows. “We’d never seen that before,” said Morris, a Kansas University junior basketball player. “We were excited.” KU officials had been expecting a crowd of around 3,500 for Wednesday night’s WNIT semifinal against Illinois State.

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Anderson pact has bonus

Mike Anderson’s new $1.35 million annual contract provides the Missouri coach a healthy raise as well as a big bonus if he stays at the school. Athletic director Mike Alden told the Columbia Daily Tribune that an additional $1.4 million bonus awaits if Anderson sticks around the full seven years of the deal.

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One win away

Jayhawks advance to WNIT championship

Nicollette Smith may not be able to buy a three-point basket, but she’s money from the free-throw line. Smith hit seven of eight free throws in the last 21 seconds as Kansas University squeezed Illinois State, 75-72, in a WNIT semifinal Wednesday night in Allen Fieldhouse.

Wednesday, April 1

Briscoe still being held out of KU practice

Almost a week after Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino revealed that receiver Dezmon Briscoe had been suspended from the team indefinitely, the coach acknowledged Wednesday that the sophomore receiver still hadn’t received clearance to practice with the team.

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FINAL: KU women advance to WNIT final with 75-72 victory over Illinois State

Danielle McCray scored 31 points; Jayhawks will take on South Florida at 1 p.m. Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse.

Recruit Henry’s dad: KU in the mix

The Henry family is scheduled to meet at 6 p.m. today in Oklahoma City to discuss the futures of basketball-playing brothers Xavier and C.J. Henry.

KU ends athletic ticket discounts for faculty and staff, citing budget concerns

The days of discounted athletic tickets for Kansas University faculty and staff are at least temporarily over while KU battles a tightening budget.

Lawrence No. 2 on list of "great college basketball towns to visit"

Lawrence ranks among five “great college basketball towns to visit,” according to CNN.com.

Tickets on sale for KU-Illinois State women's NIT game tonight

Tickets are available for Wednesday night's WNIT semifinal game between Kansas University's women's basketball team against Illinois State at 7 p.m. at Allen Fieldhouse.

Walkoff homer propels Kansas

t wasn’t exactly the performance Ritch Price hoped for, but the Kansas University baseball coach will certainly take it.

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Prep star delays decision

Stephenson to wait; Henry now available

Lance Stephenson, who had planned on revealing his college choice at the start of Tuesday’s McDonald’s All-America game Media Day session, instead put his decision on hold.

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Danielle and the Miracles

Kansas junior in midst of sizzling streak

For the most part, no one can quite put a finger on what has gotten into Kansas University junior Danielle McCray lately. People try, of course.

Jayhawks take on Illinois St. in WNIT semis

They say Danielle McCray does it all for Kansas University’s women’s basketball team. Yet Kristi Cirone may do even more for Illinois State than McCray does for the Jayhawks.

Wagon still has room

It seemed like a good idea to Kansas women’s basketball star Danielle McCray at the time, so she told sky-walking Aishah Sutherland, a 6-foot-2 freshman from Perris, Calif., to dunk the ball during halftime warmups Monday night in Albuquerque.