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KU sells courtside basketball seats for $15,000 each

For decades, it was said the media had the best seats in Allen Fieldhouse. No more.

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Stories to follow in 2009

Odds and ends while daydreaming about the Kansas football team meeting Oklahoma here after a 6-0 start, including Big 12 victories over Iowa State and Colorado:

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KU sells courtside basketball seats for $15,000 each

For decades, it was said the media had the best seats in Allen Fieldhouse. No more.

McCray on Wooden list

Kansas senior All-American Danielle McCray was named a preseason candidate for the 2009-10 women’s basketball John R. Wooden Award on Thursday.

Stadium renovations in exploratory phase

Possible plans to carry out considerable renovations to the east side of Kansas University’s Memorial Stadium are still in the “exploratory phase,” KU associate athletic director Jim Marchiony said Thursday.

Football Kickoff on tap

Kansas chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little, football coach Mark Mangino and women’s basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson will speak at the fourth annual KU Football Kickoff from 6:30 to 10 tonight at Corinth Square.

Royals release Metcalf

Former Kansas University baseball standout Travis Metcalf has been unconditionally released by the Kansas City Royals organization.

Baseball seeks consistency

Third baseman Thompson coming off big year

Last season, the Kansas University baseball team’s objective was to put a bit of swagger back into the program. Having done that — and then some — during a surprisingly successful 2009 campaign, the team’s challenge now will be to maintain it.

Volleyball shoots for top-half finish

Head coach Ray Bechard’s favorite memory of the 2008 Kansas volleyball season was senior night. Facing a tough Baylor team with a better record and some hard hitters, Kansas rallied to take the match in four sets.

Soccer squad experienced

Francis expects eight freshmen to push returning veterans

As the winningest soccer coach in Kansas University history, Mark Francis enters his 11th season of coaching with a squad full of potential.

Softball returns ‘good talent’

Megan Smith didn’t find an empty cupboard when she took over Kansas University’s softball program in July.

Title would have been vacated

Let’s pretend for a moment Mario Chalmers missed a late three-pointer and KU lost the 2008 national championship game to Memphis. Would KU have been deemed national champion Thursday, following the NCAAs ruling that Memphis must forfeit all its games in 2007-08 for using an ineligible player?