Stories for July 2009


Friday, July 31

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Robinson excited about Cavaliers’ camp

Basketball notes compiled on a gorgeous, sunny, mid-80 degree Friday at Alvamar Public Golf Course, site of Mario Chalmers’ inaugural National Championship Golf Classic. ...

KU football season-opener to be televised

Northern Colorado game will be aired on Fox College Sports

The Kansas football team's season-opener against Northern Colorado on Sept. 5 will be televised by Fox College Sports.

Jayhawks’ McCray on Wade Watch list

Kansas University’s Danielle McCray was one of 25 women named to the Women's Basketball Coaches Association’s "Wade Watch" list for The State Farm Wade Trophy Div. I Player of the Year.

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Chalmers hits course for fundraiser

Mario Chalmers will host his first golf benefit fundraiser at Alvamar.

Kansas’ Stuckey Good Works nominee

Kansas University senior football standout Darrell Stuckey has been named as a nominee for the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team.

Jayhawks quietly confident

The 2009 Kansas University football contingent exudes a quiet confidence but so far hasn’t shown any tendencies for hot-doggery. Hope it stays that way.

KU volleyball lands academic award

For the fourth straight year, the Kansas University volleyball team has earned the Game Plan/American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic Award for achieving a 3.31 cumulative grade-point average during the 2008-09 academic year.

Gooden signs contract with Dallas

The Dallas Mavericks signed Drew Gooden and expect him to back up Dirk Nowitzki at power forward and play alongside him at center.

Thursday, July 30

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Snyder seeks return to K-State glory

Bill Snyder wants to return Kansas State football to the lofty heights he acheived the first time around.

Wednesday, July 29

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Tech's Leach rips BCS

Red Raiders coach campaigns for playoff system

It's one of the most disputed topics in the sports world today: The Bowl Championship Series. Fans, coaches, columnists, bloggers, Congress and even President Obama have voiced their opinions for and against the system decided by polls and computers that determines college football's national championship.

Dugan Arnett’s KU football notebook

On Tuesday, during the second day of the Big 12 Conference’s media days, Kansas University coach Mark Mangino issued a vote of confidence in Dezmon Briscoe, saying he expects the recently suspended player to be eligible for the start of the upcoming season.

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Jayhawks’ focus is on winning North Division title

When you have been playing football at Kansas University for three years, as Jayhawks quarterback Todd Reesing has, you learn to temper your expectations in matters of media affection.

Ex-KU golfer leads Kansas Amateur

Former Kansas University golfer Andrew Storm of Omaha opened with a 3-under par 67 to lead the field following round one of the stroke play qualifying portion of the Kansas Amateur at Kansas City Country Club.

Spots open for Chalmers’ golf tourney

There is room for one more foursome in the inaugural National Championship Classic Golf tournament, set for a 1 p.m. Friday at Alvamar. A banquet will follow at 6:30 p.m.

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MU ready to move past disappointments

Missouri offensive lineman Kurtis Gregory flipped through some television channels this summer while relaxing at his home.

Injured Jayhawks making progress

Several Kansas University men’s basketball players are making steady progress in their return from injuries, Jayhawk coach Bill Self said Tuesday night.

Tuesday, July 28

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Ducky? Huh?: Huskers’ Suh a dino dead-ringer

Nebraska’s Ndamukong Suh explained his nickname at the first day of Big 12 Football Media Days.

Dugan Arnett's Big 12 football notebook

Note and quotes from Day One of the Big 12 Football Media Days.

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Kansas guard relishes ’Frisco

Morningstar working out in City by Bay

Kansas University's Brady Morningstar is working hard during his summer visit to San Francisco.

Kivisto Field gets a makeover

The finishing touches are being put in place at Kivisto Field at Memorial Stadium.

Monday, July 27

Purported Mizzou Web address sends Internet surfer to a more crimson destination

The owner of is using the address to direct visitors away from their expected online lair — a home page affiliated with the University of Missouri — and lure them instead into the official, virtual world of the Kansas Jayhawks:

Ohio prep says KU on list of finalists

Adreian Payne is considering Kansas, Kentucky, Arizona, Michigan State and West Virginia.

Jayhawks lacking minutes

Kansas University's men's basketball team has tons of talent, but it's lacking experience.

KU football summer tour rolls through Topeka

The 2009 Jayhawk Summer Tour rolled through Topeka Sunday. Fans in Topeka gathered to help welcome in the upcoming football season.

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Kansas recruit excels in Vegas

Woolridge scores 33 in tourney game

Kansas University basketball recruit Royce Woolridge had 33 points in a tournament game in Las Vegas.

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Growth in licensed merchandise increases KU revenue

In 20 years between basketball titles, distribution of official gear skyrocketed

Winning a national championship in basketball doesn’t just mean happy fans. It’s big business, too.

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Well received

Football assistant Beaty a standout recruiter

Kansas University receivers coach David Beaty is establishing a reputation as a solid recruiter.

Sunday, July 26

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Hoops tourney heats up

Self scouting talent at Vegas AAU games

Tourists are putting their cell-phone cameras to good use this week in Las Vegas. “It’s coaches everywhere,” said Kansas City Pump N Run basketball coach L.J. Goolsby, who Tuesday through today — as he has for the last 10 years — has brought three local teams to the desert to play in the adidas Super 64 AAU Tournament.

Friday, July 24

Crawford's departure creates opportunity at RB

With the recent news that Jocques Crawford has left the Kansas University football team, a door officially opened with a path that leads to being Jake Sharp's backup. OK, so it might not be the most glamorous job on the team — being the backup and all — but filling the spot will be extremely important.

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Jocques Crawford leaves KU football team

RB Crawford seeks 'more playing time'

Kansas University running back Jocques Crawford has left the team and will transfer to a lower-division school, KU coach Mark Mangino announced Friday.

KU's Briscoe, Stuckey named to media's preseason all-Big 12 team

Kansas wide receiver Dezmon Briscoe and safety Darrell Stuckey were both named to the media's preseason All-Big 12 team Friday.

Winning North realistic for KU football

Kansas University football fans, players and coaches have hoped, wished and dreamed their Jayhawks could win a Big 12 North title since the league was formed in 1996. But up to their 7-1 conference title tie in the Orange Bowl season of 2007, they never had better than a fourth-place finish to “celebrate.”

Blankenship, Heere all-star selections

Kansas University baseball players Travis Blankenship and Brian Heere were selected to participate in the Southern California Collegiate Baseball Association vs. Pacific West Coast Conference All-Star game, set for 8:15 p.m. Saturday at Palm Springs Stadium.

Thursday, July 23

Garlington leads KU volleyball into 2009 season

KU volleyball player Karina Garlington leads four returning starters back to the Horjesi Center this season.

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KU football picked 2nd in North by preseason media poll

For the second straight year, the Kansas football team has been picked to finish second in the Big 12 North in the annual preseason media poll.

Relax: Henrys will fit in

Don't worry. Like Brandon Rush, the Henry brothers will do just fine once they get to Kansas.

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Something to prove

Kansas’ Sharp motivated by doubters

Kansas University running back Jake Sharp is driven to succeed, at least in part, by the folks who said he wouldn't.

Wednesday, July 22

KU men's basketball has Big 12 schedule released

The Kansas men's basketball team will play 13 of this year's 16 conference games on either ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU or CBS in a Big 12 slate released by the league Wednesday.

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The next McAnderson?

Freshman Toben Opurum, mature beyond his years, ready for next level

Teenagers generally don’t talk the way Toben Opurum talks. They haven’t lived long enough to exhibit the sort of wisdom Opurum revealed when answering questions before he handed out meals to the homeless in town recently with a few teammates. A freshman running back from Plano, Texas, Opurum saw past the end of his nose, saw hype for its worthlessness and generally showed he already has a feel for what makes Kansas football a winning program under the direction of Mark Mangino.

Former Kansas golfer Woodland out for year

Former Kansas University golfer Gary Woodland, a rookie on the PGA Tour, has decided to end his season in order to have shoulder surgery, said Ross Randall, Woodland’s college coach.

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Ex-Baylor coach Bliss returns to Texas

Former basketball coach Dave Bliss is back in Texas after hiding from a scandal that started with a player’s killing and snared Bliss in a web of lies and financial shenanigans.

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KU’s Little expects big senior year

Aside from an all-too-brief trip home for the Fourth of July holiday weekend, it’s been all work and very little play for Kansas University senior basketball player Mario Little this summer.

Tuesday, July 21

KU women's basketball announces complete 2009-10 schedule

The Kansas women's basketball team will open Big 12 play with a road game against Kansas State as part of a Big 12 slate that was released by the conference Tuesday.

Kansas football releases 2011 schedule

A road non-conference game against ACC opponent Georgia Tech and home games against UTEP and Northern Illinois have been set as part of the Kansas football team's 2011 schedule, which was released Tuesday.

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Stepping up

Arthur trying to find role with Grizzlies

Most rookies at the NBA Summer League learn that pro ball is a whole different game compared to what they just came from playing. Memphis Grizzlies forward Darrell Arthur was no different last summer in Las Vegas. But his true eye-opening experience came about six weeks later.

Monday, July 20

KU football season weeks away

The KU football team is gearing up for the upcoming season with its summer camp. The season officially begins in less than three weeks.

Sunday, July 19

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Ex-KU guard Robinson impresses Magic officials

Former Kansas University point guard Russell Robinson impressed Orlando Magic officials with his solid play in last week’s Orlando NBA Summer League.

Rodriguez brothers arrested

A former Kansas University football starter and his brother, a current KU player, were arrested after an early morning bar fight Saturday.

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Tightening the gap

Rule change enables Kansas to catch up with other states

The eight Kansas junior colleges that field football programs are allowed 12 spots per year for out-of-state athletes, while coaches are required to fill the other 43 spots of the final 55-man rosters with quarterbacks, linebackers, offensive linemen and kickers — among other positions — from Kansas high schools.

Saturday, July 18

KU tennis tournament showcases new courts

ITA summer circuit event brings junior and college players together at revamped First Serve facilities

The new outdoor courts at First Serve tennis facility will be put to good use this weekend as Kansas University plays host to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association summer circuit.

Friday, July 17

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Self should have Taylor earn his headband

In July, you take your basketball controversies where you can get them, which brings us to the Headband Hulabaloo.

Simien hopes to teach more than hoops

Former NBA player and Jayhawk leading Called to Greatness camps

Whistles and buzzers sound off around the Free State High School gym as girls run through shooting and passing drills. Coaches offer tips on agility, shooting techniques and ball handling.

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Ex-Jayhawk Pollard still holding out for NBA

Scot Pollard knows the odds of an NBA team calling on him after a year off are slim at best.

Collins better get in shape

While Sherron Collins keeps one eye on the fast food-fatness chart to get his weight where it has to be, he might train the other ocular orbit on a Kansas basketball teammate with the wherewithal to take over Collins’ job if Sherron gets too fat and sassy.

Thursday, July 16

KU volleyball holds youth camp

The Kansas University volleyball team hosted kids Thursday at its annual youth camp.

Four Big Monday games set for KU men's basketball team; Taylor won't wear headband

For the fourth straight season, Kansas University’s basketball team will be featured four times on ESPN’s Big Monday, the Big 12 Conference announced Thursday.

KU’s 10 biggest stars

Wilt Chamberlain, Lynette Woodard, Gale Sayers, Jim Ryun, Danny Manning, John Hadl, John Riggins, Bill Nieder, Clyde Lovellette, Jo Jo White, Paul Pierce, Wes Santee, Billy Mills, Ray Evans, Willie Pless, Bob Allison, Otto Schnellbacher, Bobby Douglass, Nolan Cromwell, Brandon Rush, Aqib Talib. Kansas seldom falls short on star power, even in years when depth is lacking. Even by KU standards, this shapes up as a particularly bright upcoming year for stardom in Kansas sports.

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McCray’s improved defense elevates game to new level

As Danielle McCray, back from Belgrade, Serbia, where she and teammates won the gold medal in the World University Games, discussed the experience it became evident just how far she has come as a defender.

Taylor steps up after shaky start, leads U.S. to gold medal

Tyshawn Taylor isn’t ready to give up his hopes of wearing a headband during Kansas University basketball games. “Me and coach (Bill) Self have gotta talk,” the KU sophomore-to-be said with a grin. “I played good with it.”

Wednesday, July 15

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Back with a vengeance

Defensive back Thornton thrilled to be reunited with team

Kansas University cornerback Justin Thornton spent the end of last season suspended. Now, the senior is back with the team and looking to make up for lost time.

Tuesday, July 14

Langford hitting his stride overseas

Keith Langford, who scored nearly 2,000 points as a Jayhawk, is putting his NBA dreams on hold for another go-round in Europe.

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Simien, Moody to chair tourney

Charity golf event to benefit Lawrence’s Family Promise

The inaugural Family Promise of Lawrence Charity Golf Tournament, set for Sept. 21 at Lawrence Country Club, will benefit the Lawrence chapter of Family Promise, a faith-based, non-profit program designed to help homeless adults with children.

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K-State working to rebuild trust

Kansas State is putting football coach Bill Snyder at the head of the parade in its campaign to recapture the trust of angry donors and disillusioned fans.

Monday, July 13

Texas RB commits to Kansas

James Sims, a running back prospect out of Texas' MacArthur High, has given a verbal commitment to the Kansas University football team, according to

Self issues statement on Buford incident

Kansas men's basketball coach Bill Self issued a statement Monday regarding walk-on Chase Buford, who was arrested early Saturday on charges of operating a vehicle under the influence.

Football recruits, look up

After a job well done for the Kansas University athletic department, for whom he served as associate athletics director for marketing and revenue development, Andrew Steinberg is leaving to take a big job with the Kansas City Wizards, a Major League Soccer club. Steinberg’s sense of humor will be missed and his are big shoes to fill, which is why I feel compelled to step up and help his as-yet chosen successor get off to a head start by supplying him or her with a way to market the football team, which ultimately could help recruiting.

Sunday, July 12

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Taylor leads U.S. to U-19 championship

Tyshawn Taylor delivered a game-high 18 points, six assists and five steals, leading the U.S. men's U-19 team to an 88-80 victory over Greece in the championship game of the FIBA World Championships on Sunday morning in Auckland, New Zealand.

Reesing’s goal to play professional football

Kansas University football fans hoping to see Todd Reesing on a football field following a distinguished collegiate career could very well get their wish.

KU's McCray wins gold medal

Kansas University senior forward Danielle McCray is returning from Serbia with a gold medal in hand.

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‘Truest competitor’

KU’s Meier, Reesing reflect on ex-quarterback’s career

While the murder-suicide that claimed the life of former NFL quarterback Steve McNair continues to send shockwaves across the nation, it appears that the ripples of such a tragedy have traveled all the way to Lawrence.

Saturday, July 11

KU guard Buford arrested Saturday for OUI

Kansas University basketball player Chase Buford was arrested early Saturday on charges of operating a vehicle under the influence.

KU's Taylor to play for gold medal

Tyshawn Taylor scored nine points as the U.S. men's U-19 team held on for an 81-77 victory over Croatia in the semifinals of the 2009 FIBA World Championships on Saturday morning in Auckland, New Zealand.

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Gentle giants

Jayhawks pay visit to local youngsters

A group of local youths had a ball playing with Kansas University football players at Langston Hughes Elementary School.

Friday, July 10

Taylor posts 10 points, 7 assists in U.S. victory over Canada

Kansas sophomore guard Tyshawn Taylor contributed 10 points and a game-high seven assists, helping the U.S. men's U-19 team to a 93-73 victory over Canada on Friday in Auckland, New Zealand.

KU softball adds assistant, loses recruit

New Kansas University softball coach Megan Smith has gained an assistant coach, but lost a recruit.

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Family comes first

Collins relieved after uplifting news about his mother

Sherron Collins desperately wanted to represent his country this month at the World University Games in Belgrade, Serbia. A lock to make the team, Kansas University’s senior basketball point guard on June 15 informed USA Basketball officials he wouldn’t be able to fulfill a promise to attend tryouts in Colorado Springs.

Women’s hoops program on rise

Bonnie Henrickson still hasn’t coached the Kansas University women’s basketball team into the NCAA Tournament, but her bunch has managed to pull off a feat thought to be far more improbable. It has converted me from an unapologetic basher of women’s basketball to someone looking forward to next season.

Mitchell, Frederick, Harp will be dearly missed

The grisly Rule of Three recently pervaded the Kansas University athletic family and claimed a trio of stalwarts — Bob Frederick, Martha Sue Harp and Jack Mitchell. If you’re in the dark, legend has it that The Reaper grabs notables in threes.

Discus record-holder picks Kansas

Mason Finley, a high school national record-holder in the discus, will attend Kansas University this fall.

McCray sparks USA women

Kansas University senior All-American Danielle McCray scored a team-high 15 points and grabbed five rebounds in the USA Women’s World University Games Team’s 81-66 victory over Australia on Thursday.

Thursday, July 9

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Rest for the weary

Taylor, U.S. team reach quarters

Kansas University's Tyshawn Taylor had a team-high 13 points in the United States' 76-69 victory over Lithuania.

Wednesday, July 8

Taylor's 13 points lead U.S. to 76-69 victory over Lithuania

Kansas sophomore guard Tyshawn Taylor had a team-high 13 points and four assists, leading the U.S. men's U-19 team to a 76-69 victory over Lithuania on Wednesday morning in Auckland, New Zealand.

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A journey back

Ex-KU signee Damian Rolls returns to K.C., hopes to play in majors again

There’s a baseball bat in Lawrence, an all-black, Carolina Club model C271, that probably is better suited to be displayed in a memorabilia museum or perhaps even the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.

Ticket Marketplace to be offered online

Williams Fund members can scalp tickets

Kansas University basketball ticket holders will be able to scalp their seats to individual games with the blessing of the athletic department this season.

McCray scores 15, USA batters Czechs

Danielle McCray had 15 points in the United States' 115-78 victory over Czech Republic.

UNLV announces Thomas transfer

UNLV officially announced the arrival of former Kansas University player Quintrell Thomas.

Tuesday, July 7

KU football lands TE commit

Trent Smiley, a tight end prospect out of Frisco (Texas) Wakeland High, has become the Kansas University football team's seventh known commitment in the Class of 2010.

Taylor scores 8 as United States has no problem handling Puerto Rico

The United States jumped out to an early lead and never looked back as they cruised to an easy 82-61 victory against Puerto Rico in the U19 World Championships. KU guard Tyshawn Taylor played nearly 21 minutes and scored 8 points.

Kansas pitcher Walz earns second U.S. victory

Kansas University sophomore pitcher T.J. Walz pitched six solid innings to earn his second victory with the U.S. National Team, leading the Americans to a 5-2 victory over the Holyoke Blue Sox, a collegiate summer league team, on Monday evening.

Bill’s Boogie moved

Due to a scheduling conflict, Bill’s Basketball Boogie, a fundraising event for Kansas University men’s basketball coach Bill Self’s Assists Foundation, has been moved from this October to June 11-12, 2010, at the NABC’s College Basketball Experience next to the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.

KU’s Redwine tapped as Team USA aide

Kansas University track coach Stanley Redwine has been selected as the men’s distance coach for Team USA at the IAAF World Outdoor Championships in Berlin, Germany.

Mitchell had many talents

He’s the only Kansas football coach ever tendered a “lifetime” contract. During his tenure (1958-66), Memorial Stadium was expanded twice.

Appleton transferring to Southwest Baptist

Former Kansas University basketball reserve point guard Tyrone Appleton will play his senior season at NCAA Div. II Southwest Baptist (Mo.) University, sixth-year Bearcats coach Jeff Guiot said Monday.

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The master motivator

Former Jayhawk coach Mitchell dies at 85

When you get right down to it, when you cut away all the pomp and personality and everything else, Jack Mitchell was a recruiter.

Monday, July 6

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Former KU coach Jack Mitchell dies

Former Kansas University football coach Jack Mitchell has died in Sun City, Ariz., the Journal-World has learned.

Taylor scores eight points in U.S. basketball victory over Greece

Kansas University sophomore guard Tyshawn Taylor scored eight points, helping the USA men's U-19 team to an 85-69 victory over Greece on Monday at the World Championship in Auckland, New Zealand.

KU gains football commitment

Antonio Burton, a safety from Denton (Texas) Guyer High, has given Kansas University football an oral commitment.

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KU’s Self hitting recruiting trail

Kansas’ top needs: center, two guards

Bill Self and the rest of the nation's college basketball coaches can evaluate high school prospects July 6-15 and again July 22-31.

McCray scores 12

Kansas' Danielle McCray had 12 points in the United States' 75-67 victory over Poland.

Sunday, July 5

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When will KU go retro?

Pro baseball teams do it. So do pro football teams. Why not college football teams, too?

Saturday, July 4

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Kansas football rookies adjusting

Freshmen getting crash course in rigors of Div. I ball

Huldon Tharp and Tyrone Sellers Jr. are learning quickly what it takes to compete at the Div. I level.

McCray helps U.S. hammer Serbia, 84-50

Danielle McCray had 12 points in the United States' 84-50 victory over Serbia.

Friday, July 3

Flu-ridden Taylor watches U.S. down Egypt

USA Basketball's Under 19 men's basketball team didn't need the services of Kansas University's Tyshawn Taylor in a 112-55 drilling of Egypt today at the FIBA Under 19 World Championships in Auckland, New Zealand.

McCray scores 15, U.S. thumps Brits

Danielle McCray had 15 points in the United States' 93-59 rout of Great Britain.

Taylor helps U.S. improve to 2-0

Tyshawn Taylor had seven points and five assists in the United States' 71-55 victory over France.

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International stage

KU’s Walz pitching for U.S.

Last week, Kansas University pitcher T.J. Walz was in his hometown of Omaha, Neb., taking in a College World Series game at Rosenblatt Stadium when Kansas baseball coach Ritch Price called Walz’s cell phone with a surprising proposition.

Thursday, July 2

KU's Taylor leads U.S. to 106-55 rout of Iran

Kansas University sophomore guard Tyshawn Taylor scored a team-high 13 points in the United States’ 106-55 drubbing of Iran in the U-19 World Championships this morning in New Zealand.

Kansas’ McCray starts as U.S. rips France

Kansas University’s Danielle McCray started and scored nine points as the U.S. women’s basketball team smashed France, 118-30, in its World University Games opener Wednesday in Belgrade, Serbia.

Gary Bedore's KU Basketball Notebook

Bill Self said there’s a chance Xavier Henry will attend second session of summer school. C.J. Henry, who will be 100 percent recovered from a cracked bone in his foot by August, will definitely remain in Oklahoma City until school starts in August.

Wednesday, July 1

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Self confident Henrys will attend Kansas

Kansas coach Bill Self confirmed Wednesday afternoon that the Henry brothers remain committed to KU.

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Henrys stick with KU

Xavier and C.J. Henry will remain members of Kansas University’s basketball program.

Randall retires from KU athletics

After 30 years, Ross Randall announced his retirement from Kansas University's athletic department.

Sampson’s appeal denied

The NCAA is finished with the latest Kelvin Sampson saga. The NCAA on Tuesday rejected an appeal from the former Indiana basketball coach, who was slapped with five years of potential penalties for taking part in more than 100 impermissible calls to recruits while coaching the Hoosiers.

Stephenson picks Cincinnati

Lance Stephenson finally has found a college he can call home.

Ex-Jayhawk earns mound honor

Ex-Jayhawk Ryan Knippschild was named Northern League pitcher of the week.

Integrity at issue, not ability

Once a college basketball player signs a letter of intent, he can’t sign another, even if he is released by a school from the obligations of that letter. At that point, all a school can bank on is a recruit’s word.

In wake of audit, KSU reconsiders improvements to athletic facilities

Faced with a struggling economy and a scathing athletic department financial audit, Kansas State University is re-evaluating a planned $70 million upgrade of athletic facilities. New athletic director John Currie told university faculty and students during a Monday forum that the projects have not been eliminated but are on hold pending the review.