Stories for May 2009


Sunday, May 31

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KU baseball ends season with 12-1 loss to North Carolina

The Jayhawks defeated Coastal Carolina, 5-1, earlier Sunday

The Kansas baseball team ended its season with a 12-1 loss to North Carolina on Sunday afternoon in the Chapel Hill, N.C. regional.

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Texas A&M takes NCAA golf title

Texas A&M’s Bronson Burgoon hit a gap wedge from the rough to within 3 inches of the 18th hole Saturday to win his match and clinch the first NCAA Division I men’s golf title for the Aggies.

Two more Jayhawks earn NCAA track bids

Kansas University’s Keith Hayes and Lauren Bonds qualified for the 2009 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday at the Midwest Regional meet at Jacobs Track Complex. Hayes, a freshman from Wichita, placed second in the 110 hurdles in 13.79. Bonds, a junior from Hutchinson, placed fifth in the 1,500 run in 4:26.04.

Saturday, May 30

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KU throttles Dartmouth

Zac Elgie went 2-5 with a grand slam and six RBIs, and the Kansas University baseball team blasted Dartmouth, 16-0, on Saturday in NCAA Tournament action.

Kansas’ Tarasova makes NCAAs in track

Kansas' Zlata Tarasova placed fifth in the hammer throw at 183-4 in the NCAA Midwest Regional.

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Higher court: Former Jayhawk Wayne Simien turns away from pro career for ministry work

It seems like a plot jumping off the pages of a perfectly epic summer beach read: A professional athlete, tremendously talented, leaves at the height of his career to return to the heartland of his birth intent on helping the next generation.

Schaake paved the way

The late Elmer Schaake shouldn't be overlooked when former Lawrence High and Kansas University sports stars are recalled.

Collins on senior list

Kansas' Sherron Collins was named to the all-senior team by

Self's 'Boogie' slated

Bill Self's "Basketball Boogie" will be held Oct. 2 in Kansas City, Mo.

Friday, May 29

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KU baseball falls to Coastal Carolina, 11-3

Chanticleers thump KU in regional

The Kansas baseball team fell behind early and never recovered, losing 11-3 to Coastal Carolina on Friday in the Chapel Hill, N.C. Regional.

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Provost at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill named KU chancellor

Her priorities: grad rates, research, fundraising

The Kansas Board of Regents has named Bernadette Gray-Little as Kansas University's 17th chancellor.

KU women's basketball team to play in Junkanoo Jam

Kansas University’s women’s basketball team will compete in the 2009 Junkanoo Jam on Grand Bahama Island, according to Basketball Travelers, Inc.

A look at Coastal Carolina

No. 2 seed (46-14, won Big South Conference championship)

Future bright for Jayhawk baseball team

To glance over the Kansas University baseball team’s 2009 roster is to begin to understand the potential for 2010.

Miranda mourned

Former KU hoops aide dies at 78

Former Kansas University assistant basketball coach Sam Miranda died at the age of 78.

Men's basketball recruit on USA team

Wichita Heights sophomore forward Perry Ellis is one of 21 athletes named to the 2009-10 USA Basketball Men’s Developmental National Team, USA Basketball announced Thursday.

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Ready to start

Former Jayhawk Rush preparing for role as starter with Indy

Brandon Rush dribbled the basketball through an obstacle course of orange cones, pulled up and swished his trademark jump shot from the corner.

Thursday, May 28

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KU's Thompson named third-team All-American

Kansas University third baseman Tony Thompson was honored as a third-team All-American on Thursday by Louisville Slugger. He becomes the 14th Jayhawk to be selected as an All-American and the first since Don Czyz in 2006.

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Former KU basketball assistant Sam Miranda dies

Former Kansas basketball assistant Sam Miranda died Thursday in Lawrence. He was 78.

Pitching will tell story

Amid the euphoria of back-to-back pastings of Kansas State at Hoglund Ballpark that ended the Kansas University baseball team’s season, an undercurrent of worry swept through the seats.

Report: Memphis accused

The University of Memphis is responding to an NCAA notice of allegations accusing the men’s basketball program of major violations during the 2007-08 season under John Calipari, a newspaper reported Wednesday.

KU softball's Chapple named to all-academic team

For the second straight season, Kansas University softball third baseman Val Chapple has been named to ESPN The Magazine’s Academic All-America second team. The senior is just the sixth Jayhawk to earn academic All-America distinctions and only the second multiple-time recipient.

Wednesday, May 27

City clerk leaving to become KU Athletics' HR director

The city leader responsible for keeping track of many of the city’s licenses and ordinances is leaving for a job with the Kansas University Athletics Department.

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Taylor selected for USA tryouts

Motivated Jayhawks guard relishes unique opportunity

Kansas University sophomore guard Tyshawn Taylor has been selected to attend the 2009 USA Under 19 National team trials June 16-18 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.

KU tours on tap

Kansas University’s athletic department and the KU Alumni Association have partnered on a 2009 summer tour.

Three KU stars not alone

Given the chance to head into a season with three All-American candidates, one a senior, one a junior and one a freshman, what positions would a college basketball coach ideally want those players playing?

Prep chooses Memphis

Latavious Williams, a 6-foot-7 basketball forward from Christian Life Center in Humble, Texas, on Tuesday chose Memphis over Kansas State, Oklahoma, Baylor, Georgetown and Florida International.

Tuesday, May 26

Dugan Arnett's KU baseball notebook

Kansas coach Ritch Price might tweak his rotation for the upcoming NCAA regional.

Monday, May 25

Kansas baseball team makes NCAA Tournament

Jayhawks will face Coastal Carolina (46-14) in Chapel Hill, N.C., Regional

The Kansas baseball team earned a bid into the NCAA Tournament as a No. 3 seed and will take on second-seeded Coastal Carolina in the Chapel Hill, N.C., Regional.

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Those were the days

Former Kansas University baseball coach Floyd Temple reflects on his tenure and likes what he's seen out of current coach Ritch Price.

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Texas beats Tigers for Big 12 crown

Texas repeated as Big 12 baseball champions with a 12-7 victory over Missouri in the title game.

Sunday, May 24

Woolridge, Barnes on Kansas’ hot list

Kansas University basketball fans — who will be suffering from hoops withdrawal from now until the Oct. 16 Late Night in the Phog — can satisfy some cravings this summer by following a season that never ends.

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KU finishes tourney winless with 8-4 loss to BU

Well, this was certainly unexpected. Entering the Big 12 Conference tournament, the Kansas University baseball team — a team whose regular-season exploits included a sweep of then-No. 1 Texas and a program-best fifth-place conference finish — arrived in Oklahoma City with sizable aspirations.

Athletic systems broken

University presidents with large athletic programs saw the beast coming.

Dugan Arnett’s KU baseball notebook

Assuming the Kansas University baseball team hears its name called during this week’s NCAA Tournament selection show — which will air Monday at 11:30 a.m. on ESPN — the Jayhawks can take solace in the fact that, wherever they end up, it probably won’t be as unforgiving as what they just endured.

Saturday, May 23

Final: Baylor baseball defeats KU, 8-4

Kansas will try to salvage its first Big 12 tournament appearance in three years with a victory over eighth-seeded Baylor today, in a game that could likely have NCAA tournament implications.

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Bochy humble about roots

In many ways, Kansas University sophomore pitcher Brett Bochy is just like his 30 or so teammates: Sweating through daily workouts, dealing with the stresses that come with being a student-athlete, battling to make a name for himself in the ultra-competitive world of Big 12 baseball.

Dugan Arnett’s KU baseball notebook

Representing the last line of defense in the Kansas University baseball team’s quest to avoid a winless Big 12 tournament, Lee Ridenhour will take the mound at 9 a.m. today against eighth-seeded Baylor.

K-State donors angered

Prince deal causing backlash for KSU

Many Kansas State donors are so disgusted over the secret agreement to funnel more than $3 million to fired football coach Ron Prince they’re closing their checkbooks and vowing, “No more.”

Friday, May 22

Quintrell Thomas will transfer to UNLV

Former Kansas forward Quintrell Thomas has decided to transfer to UNLV, reported Friday night.

Dugan Arnett's KU baseball notebook

Kansas' David Narodowski hit his second home run of the Big 12 tournament in a second-round loss to Texas.

K-State loses two guards

Kansas State’s basketball team is losing two of its backup guards to other colleges next season. Coach Frank Martin said Thursday that junior Buchi Awaji and sophomore Fred Brown have been released from their athletic scholarships and will transfer to other colleges.

Financial figures startling

Maybe it didn’t surprise you, but a March 23 article in Sports Illustrated by Pablo S. Torre astounded me.

Thousands mourn Tisdale

With his casket carried in a horse-drawn carriage, Wayman Tisdale was remembered Thursday as a basketball star and gifted musician by thousands of mourners swaying to gospel tunes.

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A Texas-sized trap

Jayhawks’ offense stagnant in 9-3 setback to Longhorns

On Wednesday, in a Big 12 tournament-opening loss to Kansas State, the story of the game had been the Kansas University baseball team’s inability to execute with runners on base, as KU stranded 12 runners in a one-run setback. In a 9-3 loss to top-seeded Texas on Thursday, however, the Jayhawks struggled in merely getting runners on base.

Thursday, May 21

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FINAL: No. 5 Texas takes down KU, 9-3

The Jayhawks lost their second straight game at the Big 12 tournament in Oklahoma City.

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KU squanders chances in Big 12 opener

Kansas stranded 12 runners in a 5-4 loss to Kansas State in the Big 12 baseball tournament.

KU baseball has rough road to title game

Kansas University hasn't been eliminated from the Big 12 tournament title, but the Jayhawks need some help.

Wednesday, May 20

Collins officially accepts invite to try out for World University Games

Kansas senior-to-be Sherron Collins is one of 15 collegians that has accepted an invitation to attend the 2009 USA Basketball Men’s World University Games Team training camp June 16-24 in Colorado Springs, Colo.

KSU files suit to declare secret $3.2 million agreement with Ron Prince invalid

Kansas State University and its athletic department filed suit Wednesday, asking a court to declare a secret agreement signed by former athletic director Bob Krause and former football coach Ron Prince invalid.

FINAL: KSU baseball defeats KU, 5-4

The Wildcats broke a four-all tie in the eighth, taking down the Jayhawks in the first game of the Big 12 Tournament.

Dream title: KU vs. UK

A chain of events good for the quality of play in college basketball started on the final day of March when coach John Calipari left Memphis for Kentucky and concluded Tuesday when John Wall, the nation’s top recruit, committed to Kentucky.

Dugan Arnett's KU baseball notebook

Barring some unforeseen change of plans, the Kansas University baseball team won’t face Kansas State standout A.J. Morris in today’s Big 12 tournament in Oklahoma City.

Tuesday, May 19

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Self expects C.J. Henry to push for major minutes

C.J. Henry might not be overshadowed by his brother, Xavier, much longer.

Completed chat with Kansas baseball coach Ritch Price

Kansas baseball coach Ritch Price will join for a chat at 3 p.m. Tuesday.

KU to install new FieldTurf at Memorial Stadium

New surface will debut in football season-opener on Sept. 5

Kansas University will install new FieldTurf at Memorial Stadium this summer, athletic director Lew Perkins announced in a press release.

Narodowski named Big 12 newcomer of year

In the spring of 2008, having realized his scholarship money had all but dried up, Kansas University baseball coach Ritch Price attempted to sell recruit David Narodowski, then a second-year player at tiny Vernon (Texas) College, on an idea

Sought-after Wall opts to play for Kentucky

Top-rated prospect John Wall has ended his recruitment and will play for Kentucky next season, multiple sources — including, and — reported Tuesday.

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KU still lagging in Big 12

Clang. That’s the sound of the gate slamming shut on another Big 12 Conference sports season.

Monday, May 18

KU catcher Afenir named Big 12 player of the week

Kansas catcher Buck Afenir was named the Big 12 player of the week, the conference announced Monday,

Welcome to the big time

Kansas University's baseball team officially has become "Big Time."

OU dismisses Pattillo

Forward Juan Pattillo has been kicked off Oklahoma’s basketball team for an undisclosed violation of team policy. Sooners coach Jeff Capel announced Sunday that he had dismissed Pattillo, who came out of a red shirt halfway through last season and helped Oklahoma reach the regional finals in the NCAA Tournament.

Kansas rowing ends season at regionals

Kansas University's rowing season ended at the South/Central Region Championship.

KU women 10th, men 12th at Outdoor

Kansas' women placed 10th and its men 12th at the Big 12 Outdoor.

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KU’s McCray a finalist for USA squad

Kansas University’s Danielle McCray is one of 14 finalists for the 2009 USA Women’s World University Games Team.

Sunday, May 17

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KU baseball run-rules K-State, 17-7

Jayhawks take two of three in series

The Kansas baseball team defeated No. 11 Kansas State, 17-7 in seven innings, on Sunday night at Hoglund Ballpark. With the victory, the Jayhawks won the series over the Wildcats, 2-1.

KU baseball to face K-State in Big 12 tournament opener

Regardless of the outcome of Sunday's regular season finale against No. 11 Kansas State, the Kansas University baseball team will open next week's Big 12 tournament with a game against the Wildcats

KU rowing team competes in regionals

The Kansas University rowing team earned three second-place finishes on Day One of the South/Central Region Championships on Saturday.

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Tisdale will be missed tremendously

Jerry Reynolds was devastated. His voice was husky, and he spoke in halting, uncharacteristically awkward phrases. He learned of Wayman Tisdale’s passing while listening to his car radio Friday morning, and was still shocked at the news, at the loss of another of his former Kings players at far too young an age.

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K-State KO’d

KU’s Walz strikes out 12 in victory

In case anyone on hand for the Kansas University baseball team’s Saturday night matchup with rival Kansas State needed concrete evidence about the level of dominance turned in by Jayhawks starter T.J. Walz, he or she needed only to take a quick glance toward the right-field bullpen.

KU’s Price shows off his glove

When scoring a Kansas University baseball game, make sure to use a pencil equipped with an eraser. That way, when you scratch whatever symbols you prefer for a ground-ball single up the middle and Robby Price turns into Ozzie Smith, gets a glove on the ball, makes a jump turn and puts enough mustard on the throw to retire the batter, you can erase the symbols and replace them with 4-3*.

KU's Powers shoots 80

Kansas University golfer Emily Powers improved one stroke in the second round of the Duramed FUTURES Tour event on Saturday.

Bishop leads KU at Big 12 meet

Kansas University’s Brian Bishop finished in third place in the men’s discus with a career-best throw, and four Jayhawks qualified for five finals to lead Kansas on Day Two of the Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championships at the Terry & Linda Fuller Track.

Thomas to visit Iona

Former Kansas University basketball power forward Quintrell Thomas will make a recruiting visit to Iona College on Monday.

Saturday, May 16

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Tisdale’s death saddens Jayhawks

Self, Manning recall former OU great

Bill Self and Danny Manning recalled former Oklahoma standout Wayman Tisdale, who died of cancer at age 44.

Kansas’ Tarasova fourth in hammer

Kansas' Zlata Tarasova placed fourth in the women's hammer throw at the Big 12 Outdoor.

KU’s Powers 10-over

Kansas University's Emily Powers shot a first-round 10-over-par 81 at the Duramed FUTURES Tour event.

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Off to a rough start

Jayhawks flustered by K-State ace Morris

Kansas University fell to 11th-ranked Kansas State, 4-1.

The art of the walk-up song

Jayhawks discuss tune’s importance

Nick Faunce’s introduction to matters involving the walk-up song — that is, the song played throughout a stadium as a particular player walks to the plate — came four years ago, during his red-shirt freshman season with the Kansas University baseball team.

Tisdale on hand for net cutting

Wayman Tisdale was part of the Oklahoma team that clipped the nets at Kansas University's Allen Fieldhouse in 1984.

Friday, May 15

Former Oklahoma great Tisdale dies at 44

Wayman Tisdale, a three-time All-American at Oklahoma who played 12 seasons in the NBA, has died after a two-year battle with cancer. He was 44. Tisdale died about 8 a.m. Friday at St. John Medical Center in Tulsa, hospital spokeswoman Joy McGill said.

Kansas golfer Powers in FUTURES event

KU's Emily Powers will play in the Mercedes-Benz of Kansas City Golf Championship.

Free State’s Kilwein to run with KU

There will be no rest for the sidewalks and streets of Lawrence.

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Kleinmann headed to ‘enemy territory’

Matt Kleinmann will continue his education at Washington University in — gasp! — Missouri.

Six KU baseball players on all-academic team

Kansas University placed six players on the Academic All-Big 12 teams.

Chapple named MVP of Jayhawks' softball

Val Chapple was named MVP of the Kansas softball team.

KU’s Afenir named Bench semifinalist

KU's Buck Afenir is one of 13 semifinalists for the Johnny Bench Award.

KU baseball team eager to face Kansas State

If the Kansas University coaching staff can take solace in one thing heading into the final weekend of the 2009 regular season, it’s that their jobs should be relatively easy-going: No need to spend too much time devising inspirational pep talks or digging too deeply into the bag of motivational tricks.

Kansas State names AD

John Currie will be Kansas State’s next athletic director, inheriting a department whose major sports programs have fallen behind those of archrival Kansas.

Thursday, May 14

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Miles relishes time overseas

Aaron Miles, who played pro basketball in Greece this past season, in Spain in 2007-08 and in France in ’06-07, doesn’t know where he’ll land during the ’09-10 campaign. “I’m not opposed to anything right now,” said the 26-year-old former Kansas University point guard, who splits time in Lawrence and his native Portland in the offseason with his fiancee and baby boy.

Kansas track puts 18 on academic teams

Eighteen Kansas University track athletes were named to the Academic All-Big 12 teams.

Jayhawks to hold clearance sale

Kansas Athletics will hold a clearance sale Saturday at Horejsi Center.

Packer deserves credit

Billy Packer, the semi-retired college basketball analyst, has encountered floods of critics in his long career. A goodly number of them are Kansas-oriented. But local folks shouldn’t be quite so harsh with the former Wake Forest guard since he was a key man in bringing Larry Brown here to inaugurate an unparalleled run of Jayhawk success.

Wednesday, May 13

Heere a budding prospect

Baseball scouts keep more than their eyes open when evaluating prospects. They also use their ears. They talk to a prospect’s parents, his coaches, past and present, his best friend, his girlfriend, his ex-girlfriend, his preacher.

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Strong family ties

KU slugger’s rise to stardom inspired by special memory

Tony Thompson stopped in the middle of breakfast with his baseball team. Sometimes the best ideas come at the craziest of times. He needed to do something for his grandmother Betty Brandt — the one who’d picked him up from preschool and laughed the loudest and made sure to go to all his baseball games.

Wall’s final list: Duke, Miami, Kentucky

Former KU guard Thomas hoping for another chance in NBA

The recruitment of’s No. 1-rated prospect appears to be heating up with a week left in the spring signing period.

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McCray hopeful for USA trials

Throughout the first 20 or so years of her life, the idea of a consequential tryout has been a laughable matter for Kansas University guard/forward Danielle McCray.

Tuesday, May 12

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Ex-Jayhawk Langford dazzles in Italy

Former Kansas University basketball player Keith Langford — who recently led his La Fortezza Virtus team to a first-place finish at the 2009 EuroChallenge — has finished third in most valuable player voting in the Italian League.

Monday, May 11

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Missouri wins Big 12 title

Gina Schneider homered to back a two-hit shutout by freshman Chelsea Thomas as Missouri beat top-seeded Oklahoma, 5-0, Sunday to win its first Big 12 softball title in 12 years. Thomas (13-4) struck out four and walked two in her third straight start without giving up a run. She has thrown 18 straight scoreless innings since losing to the Sooners, 4-2, two weeks ago.

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Former Jayhawk Wilkes begins acting career

The acting bug has bitten former Kansas University basketball player Omar Wilkes. “I’ve always enjoyed being the entertainer,” said the 24-year-old Wilkes, who on Fridays and Saturdays performs in the comedic thriller, “Eavesdropper,” at the Underground Annex in his hometown of Los Angeles.

Wild ninth inning sinks Kansas; Missouri takes 2 of 3

In a crazy ninth inning, Kansas University’s Tony Thompson hit a game-tying grand slam in the top of the frame, but Ryan Ampleman’s walkoff solo home run gave Missouri a 13-12 victory Sunday in Big 12 baseball action.

Sunday, May 10

Former Jayhawk Walters: Coach Daly a special man

Rex Walters held a coaching clinic at the University of San Francisco last Aug. 31, just 41⁄2 months after the former Kansas University basketball guard was hired as head coach at the West Coast Conference school.

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KU baseball team rallies past Missouri, 7-4

Preston Land’s two-run single in the top of the fifth broke a 3-all tie, and David Narodowski and Casey Lytle each had a career-high four hits as the 23rd-ranked Kansas baseball team trumped Missouri, 7-4, Saturday at Taylor Stadium.

KU’s Chapple honored

Kansas senior third baseman Val Chapple has been named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District First Team for the second consecutive year.

Hadl recalls Kemp

Fresh off playing in the Chicago Charities College All-Star Game, John Hadl reported to his first pro football training camp with the San Diego Chargers in 1962. He put his bags down and met his new roommate. The two men, both quarterbacks, weren’t teammates for long, but remained friends for life. Hadl lost that friend a week ago Saturday when Jack Kemp died of cancer.

Saturday, May 9

Kansas baseball tumbles

Missouri pulls away for 8-5 victory

Missouri beat Kansas, 8-5, but the Jayhawks still qualified for the Big 12 tournament.

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KU softball season ends

Kansas University's softball season ended with a 2-0 setback to Iowa State.

U.S. teams to invite Collins, Taylor

Sherron Collins and Tyshawn Taylor are expected to be invited to compete for berths on USA Basketball teams this summer.

Friday, May 8

Collins, Taylor eye USA Basketball team trials

Look for Kansas University’s Sherron Collins and Tyshawn Taylor to compete at a pair of USA Basketball Team Trials this summer.

KU softball to face ISU in Big 12 Tournament

Will the third time be the charm for Kansas University’s softball team?

KU web extends all over

They’re 1-2-3 on the college basketball victory list: Kentucky at 1,988; North Carolina at 1,984; Kansas at 1,970. But the best story is who propelled them to such lofty heights. Think Kansas University.

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Education of Ridenhour

Freshman pitcher learning lessons with each game

Lee Ridenhour wants to talk about Texas A&M.

Owens, Self golf in Scotland

Former Kansas University basketball coach Ted Owens, who turns 80 on July 16, early Thursday morning returned to the United States after one of the most memorable vacations of his lifetime.

Thursday, May 7

Report: Chalmers fined

Miami Heat point guard Mario Chalmers and forward Michael Beasley were fined repeatedly for minor violations of team rules during their rookie season, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported. Coach Erik Spoelstra said the fines were not for major violations of team rules.

KU baseball rips Wichita State

Kansas University sophomore Tony Thompson hit his team-leading 15th home run and collected four RBIs, five different Kansas players collected two hits, and No. 23 Kansas beat Wichita State, 8-3, on Wednesday night at Eck Stadium.

Big 12 to keep tiebreaker

Big 12 coaches have rejected a proposal to change the controversial tiebreaker that gave Oklahoma the nod over Texas in the three-way tie in the Big 12 South last season. Meeting at a resort on Wednesday, they voted to keep the Bowl Championship Series standings as the method to break ties between more than two teams.

Two preps join KU roster

Catherine Carmichael of Manhattan and Morgan Boub of Blue Valley West have signed Kansas University volleyball tenders. The 6-foot-2 Carmichael was an All-Centennial League honorable mention selection. The 5-8 Boub was a two-time all-state pick.

McCray invited to trials

Kansas University’s Danielle McCray has been invited to next week’s USA Women’s World University Games trials in Colorado Springs, Colo. McCray and 29 other invitees will contend for one of the 12 roster spots. The dozen players selected will participate in the World University Games July 1-11 in Belgrade, Serbia.

Langford earns MVP award at EuroChallenge in Italy

Former Kansas University basketball standout Keith Langford earned MVP honors in leading his Virtus Bologna Fiere team to a first-place finish in the 2009 EuroChallenge in Italy.

Wednesday, May 6

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All-Big 12 NBA team full of Jayhawks, Longhorns

Together, Kansas University and Texas make up nearly half of the Big 12 players currently playing in the NBA. Of 41 Big 12 players in the NBA, 19 of them (46.3 percent) wore a Jayhawk or Longhorn uniform in college.

Fieldhouse closed for construction

The doors of Allen Fieldhouse slammed shut on April 4, just a few hours after Kansas University’s women’s basketball loss to South Florida in the finals of the WNIT.

Plans for a gameday shuttle in the works

Plans for a gameday shuttle from downtown to Memorial Stadium are again in the works for Kansas University football game days. Commissioners even are open to the idea of expanding the shuttle service to take people from different areas of town to the stadium. Areas discussed included South Iowa Street, the area near the Holidome in northern Lawrence, and an area along East 23rd Street.

O-line looks promising

The interest level in Kansas football has reached the point that 122 days before the 2009 season kicks off against Northern Colorado, plenty care about which five players will form the wall that protects quarterback Todd Reesing in his final season.

Tuesday, May 5

KU athletes promote fitness to 3rd graders

More than 20 Kansas University student athletes volunteered their time last Friday to help with Kansas Kids Fitness and Safety Day (KKFD), a statewide event held every year in May.

Self’s ‘think tank’ supports youth

Bill Self’s Assists Foundation is sponsoring a youth wellness “Think Tank,” on Friday, June 5 at Kansas City Wyandotte High School.

WNBA’s Fever sign KU product Dixon

Kansas University product Tamecka Dixon has signed a free-agent contract with the Indiana Fever of the WNBA.

Jayhawks hitting weights

Strength coach says KU men’s basketball team motivated

Andrea Hudy’s cell phone started flashing in Kansas University’s basketball team bus an hour and a half after the Jayhawks’ season-ending loss to Michigan State on March 27 in Indianapolis.

Monday, May 4

City Commission will consider future of KU football gameday shuttle

The future of a Kansas University football shuttle service that takes fans from downtown Lawrence to Memorial Stadium is up for discussion by the Lawrence City Commission on Tuesday. Commissioners are being asked by staff members to consider charging for the service, which last year was provided for free to users.

Thompson earns Big 12 player of week honors

Kansas University sophomore Tony Thompson on Monday earned the Big 12 player of the week award for games played April 27-May 3.

Recruit Wall charged with breaking and entering

One of the nation's most sought-after basketball recruits has been charged with a misdemeanor breaking and entering after police found him walking out of a vacant house in North Carolina, police said Monday.

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Big 12 South will remain football juggernaut

Don’t expect too many changes in Big 12 South football this fall. When the dust settled last season, Texas was fourth in the final Associated Press poll with a 12-1 record, Oklahoma (12-2) was fifth and runner-up to Florida in the national championship game, Texas Tech (11-2) finished 12th, and Oklahoma State (9-4) was 16th.

Kaun's squad second

Former Kansas University basketball center Sasha Kaun’s CSKA Moscow squad fell to Panathinaikos of Greece, 73-71, in Sunday’s Euroleague championship game in Berlin.

Sorry, hoops-heads: Baseball king in this town

Lawrence long has been a basketball hotbed, but for natives and move-ins, it's a baseball town.

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Pump N Run ‘n’ done

Iowa team ends K.C.’s mastery

All-Iowa Attack beat KC Pump N Run, 76-72, in the championship game of the 17-under division of the Jayhawk Invitational.

Kansas softball falls in finale

Kansas University's softball team fell to Iowa State, 3-1, in the regular-season finale for both teams.

Sooners salvage finale

OU clips Kansas, 10-9 in 10 innings; Jayhawks still claim series, 2 games to 1

Oklahoma won the third game of its baseball series with Kansas, 10-9 in 10 innings.

Sunday, May 3

Jayhawk softball stumbles

Kansas University's softball team suffered a 7-2 setback at Iowa State.

KU third in Big 12 rowing

Kansas' rowing team placed third at the first Big 12 rowing championships.

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All grown up

Younger Releford creating name for himself

There is something Trevor Releford would like you to know. His name. It is Trevor. Not “Little Releford” or “Travis’ brother.” Just Trevor.

Prep star Beal comfortable in Kansas

One of the top high school basketball players in the state of Missouri feels right at home in Kansas.

KU swimming hands out annual awards

Four swimmers earned individual honors at KU's annual awards banquet.

Kansas baseball rips OU

Jayhawks claim sixth straight victory and seventh straight over Sooners, 9-5

Kansas University beat Oklahoma, 9-5, to clinch its first series victory on the road over a ranked team since 2006.

Kansas’ Bonds ninth in speedy 1,500

Kansas' Lauren Bonds placed ninth in the 1,500 in 4:20.95.

Saturday, May 2

KU women’s relay team wins in Arkansas

Due to inclement weather, Friday's Arkansas Twilight in Fayetteville, Ark., was cut short, and the meet will not be rescheduled.

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Welcome to Kansas

KU commit Woolridge scores 29 in first game

Royce Woolridge insisted nerves weren’t a factor on Friday night. Playing big games in front of bigger crowds, after all, is nothing new for Kansas University’s first men’s basketball commit from the class of 2010.

Barnes feels ‘the love’

Harrison Barnes waved to the fans after receiving a loud ovation at the end of his All-Iowa Attack’s 78-67 victory over the Arizona Magic on Friday night at Haskell’s Coffin Complex.

KU softball seeks favorable postseason seeding

The Kansas University softball team is wrapping up its regular season this weekend at Iowa State with Big 12 Tournament seeding on the line.

KU baseball tops No. 9 OU

Kansas University junior Robby Price and sophomore Casey Lytle hit first-inning home runs and the Jayhawks’ bullpen pitched 3 1⁄3 innings of scoreless relief as Kansas defeated No. 9 Oklahoma, 5-4, Friday evening at L. Dale Mitchell Park.

Friday, May 1

KU roster could be best ever

UCLA has not been kind to Kansas basketball, so it’s exciting that KU will go to Los Angeles come Dec. 6 with a loaded arsenal that can hibernate the deadly Bruins in their home den. Working further in KU’s favor is that the legendary Ukes are losing three of four of their top players to the pros and may be down a notch or two.

2010 recruit Barnes to showcase talent tonight

It’s a quiet period in recruiting, which means no college basketball head coaches or full-time assistants can attend tonight’s featured game of the 2009 Jayhawk Invitational.

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KU softball's 4-1 win special for Bunge

The first questions were easy. The ones about the wet playing conditions and the tremendous pitching effort and her team’s late-season surge? Kansas University softball coach Tracy Bunge could handle those easily enough.

Simien retires from pro hoops

Former Kansas University basketball All-American Wayne Simien has decided to retire from professional basketball to pursue work in the ministry.