Stories for April 2011


Saturday, April 30

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Webb locked in spring QB battle — again

At last year’s annual spring football game, Kansas University quarterback Jordan Webb was in the middle of a battle for the starting QB position and took the field hoping to make the kinds of plays that would wow the coaches and inspire them to pick him as their starter.

Hinrich injury casts pall on series

Jamal Crawford answered his phone before one ring had completed.

Kansas baseball falls

Barrett Barnes slugged a two-out RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning to propel Texas Tech’s baseball team to a 3-2 victory over Kansas University on Friday night in the series opener at Law Field.

Jayhawks in the NBA

Here is how former Jayhawks fared in NBA action Friday, April 29, 2011.

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Feature presentation: Prep star Perry Ellis feels love from crowd in Lawrence

Perry Ellis stood in a corner of Haskell’s Coffin Complex, signing autographs and conducting interviews after scoring 19 points in Wichita Pray and Play Players’ 69-56 loss to Dream Vision in Friday night’s marquee pool-play game of the 2011 Jayhawk Invitational.

Friday, April 29

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KU leads conference in men's basketball home attendance for 25th straight year

For the 25th straight year, the Kansas University men's basketball team led its conference in home attendance.

Former KU official Rodney Jones requests medical delay before beginning prison sentence

A former assistant athletics director at the University of Kansas is requesting a medical delay before he begins a prison term for taking part in a $2 million ticket scalping conspiracy.

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KU basketball recruits paired

Jayhawk Invitational begins today

Two of Kansas University’s top targets in the high school recruiting Class of 2012 will compete against each other tonight at Haskell’s Coffin Complex.

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Students say foam-board letters at KU basketball games helped them achieve the 'pinnacle of fandom'

They say a dollar doesn’t get you quite what it used to. But, at Kansas University, $30 can get you national exposure. That’s what it cost for a group of KU students and diehard Jayhawk basketball fans to throw together a bunch of foam-board, cutout letters that they took to every home game throughout the season.

Former MLB pitcher, KU baseball coach Marty 'Duck' Pattin shares memories of the big leagues

Escalating fuel prices don’t make the hour-long drive from Lawrence to Kauffman Stadium any easier, even for those who can afford to invest so much time commuting. Those who can’t just might feel as if they are in the middle of a Major League Baseball game by pulling up a stool next to Marty “Duck” Pattin, who spent 13 seasons as an American League pitcher.

Sooners add JUCO player

Oklahoma basketball coach Lon Kruger has added a much-needed big man to the Sooners’ roster by signing 6-foot-10, 240-pound Casey Arent. Kruger announced the signing of the transfer from Sierra College (Calif.) on Thursday. Arent is from Penryn, Calif., and averaged 19.1 points, 11.4 rebounds and 2.3 blocked shots per game as a sophomore.

Jayhawk in the NBA

Here is how former Jayhawk Kirk Hinrich fared in NBA action Thursday, April 28, 2011.

Texas Tech coach talks politics

Texas Tech football coach Tommy Tuberville has left the gridiron and taken to the political airwaves.

Thursday, April 28

KU men’s golf takes ninth at Big 12

Behind the play of sophomore Chris Gilbert, who tied for 14th place individually, the Kansas University men’s golf team placed ninth at the Big 12 Championships on Wednesday at Prairie Dunes.

KU softball breaks school single-season home run record

Kansas University’s softball team broke the school single-season home run record in a doubleheader sweep of Wichita State on Wednesday.

Kickoff for KU Spring Game changed to 1:30 p.m.

KU officials announced Wednesday that kickoff for Saturday’s annual spring game at Memorial Stadium has been pushed back from 1 p.m. to 1:30. The start time was changed in order to accommodate the television broadcast.

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NFL Draft-day dreams: Former Jayhawks hope to be chosen

Although no Jayhawks are expecting to hear their names called tonight, when the 2011 NFL Draft kicks off in prime time at 7 p.m., the arrival of the first round of the annual pro draft brings with it a mixed bag of emotions for a handful of former Kansas University football players.

KU basketball recruits slip in latest rankings

Future Duke basketball player Austin Rivers, a 6-3, 175-pound combo guard from Winter Park (Fla.) High School, tops’s final individual rankings of the Recruiting Class of 2011.

Wednesday, April 27

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Kansas legislators call KU basketball standout Tyrel Reed a role model

Tyrel Reed, the winningest player in the history of Kansas University men’s basketball, was honored Wednesday by the state Legislature.

Kansas baseball falls, 5-3

Jordan Makovicka’s two-run single in the bottom of the eighth inning broke a tie and lifted Creighton to a 5-3 come-from-behind victory over Kansas University’s baseball team on Tuesday night.

College hoops games draw 32.8 million fans

College basketball attendance across the three divisions has decreased slightly to 32.8 million.

KU golf sits in 7th at Big 12’s

Kansas golfers Chris Gilbert and Doug Quinones were tied for 16th individually on Tuesday after the second day of the Big 12 Championships, where the Jayhawks sat in seventh place as a team.

Pair of KU basketball targets to display talents in Lawrence

Two of the top high school basketball players in the recruiting Class of 2012, who both have Kansas University on their list of prospective colleges, will meet in the marquee pool play game of the 2011 Jayhawk Invitational at 7:20 p.m., Friday, at Haskell’s Coffin Complex.

Spring KU football breakout hopefuls

The white tents already dot the hill. You can almost smell the fried doughnuts, the sausages, the honey pork tenderloin kabobs. Footballs will fly through the air Saturday outside Memorial Stadium, where for a one-day tease, it will be football season.

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Wide open race: Jayhawks still looking for go-to receiver

Last spring, Kansas University wide receiver Christian Matthews hauled in the game-winning touchdown catch for the blue team in the Jayhawks’ annual spring game.

Thrower Finley honored

Kansas University sophomore thrower Mason Finley was named the Big 12 Male Athlete of the Week on Tuesday. Finley captured first place in the shot put and the discus at the Kansas Relays this past weekend.

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Download some of our favorite photos from the 2010-11 Kansas men's basketball season to use for your computer's desktop background.

4 KU tennis players earn academic honors

Four Kansas University tennis players (seniors Kate Goff and Maria Martinez, junior Erin Wilbert and sophomore Sara Lazarevic) were named to the Big 12 Conference’s All-Academic first team, as announced Tuesday by the conference offices.

Jayhawks in the NBA

Here is how former Jayhawks fared in NBA action Tuesday, April 26, 2011.

Tuesday, April 26

Toben Opurum making strides

It takes more than one quick defensive end to put pressure on a quarterback.

KU men’s golf in 7th at Big 12

Doug Quinones matched his best round of the season with a first-round 69 and was in a tie for 13th place with a 146 after two rounds of the Big 12 Men’s Golf Championship on Monday.

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GWU eyeing aide Joe Dooley?

The Washington Post lists Kansas University assistant basketball coach Joe Dooley as a possible candidate for the head-coaching vacancy at George Washington University.

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Focal point: Jayhawks passionate in practice

Passion. Focus. Leadership. All are common attributes shared by successful college football programs around the country. And each has been more prevalent on the Kansas University practice fields this spring.

Monday, April 25

Jayhawks in the NBA

Here is how former Jayhawks fared in NBA action Sunday, April 24, 2011.

KU women 11th at Big 12 golf

Freshman Thanuttra Boonraksasat tied for 23rd, and senior Meghna Bal tied for 28th as Kansas University’s women’s golf team placed 11th at the Big 12 Championships on Sunday at Old Hawthorne Golf Course.

OSU thrower Andrew Hudson bonds with family of Spring Hill football player who died from head injury

When he left the small west Texas town of Bushland to play football on scholarship for Oklahoma State, Andrew Hudson felt like the luckiest young man on earth.

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Fast impression: KU football recruit shows off speed

With a smile befitting The Joker lighting up his face, Olathe North High senior and Kansas University football signee Adonis Saunders cruised across the finish line in first place over the weekend at the Kansas Relays.

Gary Bedore's KU basketball recruiting notebook

Jamari Traylor, a 6-7 power forward from IMG Academies in Bradenton, Fla., reportedly did not commit to KU on his weekend visit. Traylor, who visited Oklahoma State two weeks ago, has said he may visit Texas Tech. He also has visited Indiana and has had a list that includes St. John’s, Memphis, Tennessee and Mississippi State.

KU hoops fan says prized threads desecrated

A Missouri man who grew up in the Kansas City area and became a Kansas University basketball fan thought someday the T-shirt and shorts he wore for every game during the Jayhawks’ 2008 national championship season were destined for his man cave, not the police evidence room.

Sunday, April 24

UK, Ohio State among KU’s 2011-12 hoops foes

An appearance in a star-studded Maui Invitational, a neutral-site game against Kentucky in New York and a home clash against Ohio State highlight Kansas University’s 2011-12 nonconference basketball schedule, which was released Sunday.

KU softball trips ISU

Sophomore Maggie Hull launched her third grand slam of the season over the left-field wall in the fifth inning to give Kansas University’s softball team a lead it would not relinquish in an eventual 8-6 victory over Iowa State on Saturday.

Jayhawks in the NBA

Here is how former Jayhawks fared in NBA action Saturday, April 23, 2011.

Kansas rowing falls

Kansas University won the First Novice Eight and First Varsity Four Races to jump to an early 6-0 lead, but Kansas State won both Varsity Eight races and claimed the Kansas Cup regatta on KU’s Senior Day Saturday at Wyandotte County Lake.

KU women’s golf 11th

Thanuttra Boonraksasat shot a 1-over-par 73 and is tied for 24th place after Saturday’s second round of the Big 12 Women’s Golf Championship at Old Hawthorne Golf Course.

Spots for Bill Self camp remain

Spots remain open for two sessions of Bill Self’s Kansas basketball camp (June 5-9; June 12-16), KU offiicals reported this week.

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Kansas baseball salvages series, beats No. 4 Texas, 4-2

After two bad losses, Jayhawks win finale

After his team scored a run in the bottom of the first inning against No. 4 Texas, Kansas University coach Ritch Price turned to pitching coach Ryan Graves in the dugout.

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Kansas tennis falls to K-State, 5-2

For Kansas University’s tennis team, Saturday’s home meet against No. 45 Kansas State was a lesson in taking advantage of opportunities.

Royce Woolridge plans visits

Kansas University freshman basketball guard Royce Woolridge, who recently announced plans to transfer, will make three official visits in coming weeks.

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Na-na-na-na: Holy hurdles, Batman! Jackson wins again

Olympic bronze medalist/Kansas Relays fan favorite Bershawn “Batman” Jackson — who missed KU’s spring carnival last year — returned in a blaze of glory Saturday.

Saturday, April 23

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KU baseball avoids shutout, still dominated by Texas

Statistically, Cole Green came in as the weakest of Texas’ three weekend starters with a 3.27 earned-run average.

Jayhawks in the NBA

Here is how former Jayhawks fared in NBA action Friday, April 22, 2011.

Kentucky prep Tony Kimbro to visit

Tony Kimbro, a 6-foot-5 senior basketball guard from Louisville, Ky., told at Friday’s Derby Classic he plans to visit Kansas, Tennessee and Manhattan before the May 18 end of the spring signing period. He’s also visited Western Kentucky.

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Great Scotts: Jordan wins vault; Russell sets javelin record

There’s only one thing Kansas University senior pole vaulter Jordan Scott must do to become a contender for the 2012 Olympics and beyond.

ISU edges KU softball

Marissa Ingle hit a tying two-run home run in the fifth inning, but Iowa State responded for a 4-3 softball victory over the Jayhawks on Friday.

Friday, April 22

May 23rd hearing set for KU basketball player Thomas Robinson in battery case

Kansas University basketball player Thomas Robinson has a hearing set for May 23 for a misdemeanor battery case in Lawrence Municipal Court after his attorney entered an appearance for him.

KU officials laud TV deal

Television revenue was one of the hot topics at Thursday’s fourth and final meeting of the fiscal year of the Kansas Athletics, Inc. Board of Directors.

Another Penny turns up

Although much is made of the Kansas University athletic department turning into quite the money machine in recent years, a closer look reveals the truth: A generation doesn’t go by where the department is Penny-less.

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Soar winner: NU’s Gordon leaps to long jump title

Fans stood two rows deep to the left and right of University of Nebraska senior Nicholas Gordon. They clapped rhythmically as the Jamaican track and field sensation took off down the makeshift long-jump runway Thursday night in downtown Lawrence.

KU basketball recruits Jamari Traylor, Aaric Murray expected to visit this weekend

Frontcourt players Jamari Traylor and Aaric Murray will be on Kansas University’s campus this weekend as part of official basketball recruiting visits.

Kansas baseball two-hit by Longhorns

No runs, two hits, three errors and a major-league arm carving them up from the mound. There really was no better way to sum up Kansas University’s 9-0 loss to Big 12-leading Texas on Thursday than the way KU skipper Ritch Price did in the postgame meeting with the media. “Well, boys,” Price said, “that wasn’t much fun.”

Alec Burks leaving Colorado for NBA

Shooting guard Alec Burks is leaving Colorado early for the NBA Draft after a record-setting sophomore season with the Buffaloes.

Thursday, April 21

Lawrence epicenter of track and field revival

Everything has to start someplace. Historians will note that the revival of track and field in the United States began Wednesday, April 20, 2011, right here in Lawrence, on Eighth Street, 80 feet or so east of New Hampshire.

Tulsa softball sweeps twinbill with KU

Liz Kocon’s 12th home run of the season gave Kansas University’s softball team its only runs of the day. The Jayhawks were swept by Tulsa, 3-0 and 4-2, in a doubleheader Wednesday at Arrocha Ballpark.

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Mr. Big Shot: Canadian Armstrong wins Relays shot put title

Feeling parched after winning the first-ever downtown edition of the Kansas Relays shot put, Dylan Armstrong realized there were plenty of establishments close by to quench his thirst.

Tyrel Reed honored by Chick-fil-A

Kansas University senior guard Tyrel Reed was named a Big 12 Conference Winter Chick-fil-A Community of Champions honoree, it was announced by the league office Wednesday.

Self pays visit to Florida prospects

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self visited IMG Academies in Bradenton, Fla., on Wednesday to check in on senior prospects DeAndre Daniels and Jamari Traylor.

Wednesday, April 20

Nine KU rowers nab academic honors

Nine members of Kansas University’s rowing team received the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Medal.

Kansas baseball rolls to 11-5 win

DeLeon hits two of KU’s three homers

Sophomore catcher Alex DeLeon hit two of Kansas University’s three home runs as the Jayhawks pounded Saint Mary, 11-5, in a nonconference baseball game Tuesday at Hogund Ballpark.

Hurlers ready to rock

Everybody has witnessed live events that take up permanent residence in the memory.

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It’s time to put up or shut up

Elite shot-put field features turkey-loving, Cube-solving bear of a man

Enterprising downtown restaurant chefs might want to bake and baste some turkey legs today just in case Reese Hoffa — the world’s No. 2-ranked shot putter — wins tonight’s Kansas Relays competition.

Will Big 12 title game be missed?

The conference championship game is gone, but only some Big 12 coaches will miss it.

Hoops recruit Jamari Traylor to visit Kansas

Jamari Traylor, a 6-foot-7, 230-pound senior power forward from IMG Academies in Bradenton, Fla., will visit Kansas University this weekend, Traylor told

Four Kansas women on academic golf team

Kansas University seniors Meghna Bal, Jennifer Clark and Grace Thiry were named to the Academic All-Big 12 Conference women’s golf first team for the third straight season, while freshman Fhong Boonraksasat was named to the second team Tuesday.

Tuesday, April 19

Will KU basketball team play Wichita State? Zenger's not so sure after hearing about ‘chickenhawks’ comment

Speaking to Lawrence Rotarians on Monday, Sheahon Zenger, Kansas University athletics director, didn’t hold back when asked whether he would consider playing Wichita State University in basketball.

KU basketball player Thomas Robinson cited in misdemeanor battery case outside nightclub

KU coach Bill Self, associate AD Jim Marchiony aware of incident

Lawrence police have cited Kansas University basketball player Thomas Robinson to appear in municipal court on a misdemeanor battery charge in connection with an altercation outside a Lawrence nightclub, city prosecutor Jerry Little said Tuesday morning.

Alabama prep Trevor Lacey to visit

Bill Self has successful in-home recruiting visit

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self had a successful in-home recruiting visit Monday night with Trevor Lacey, a 6-foot-3, 200-pound senior guard from Butler High in Huntsville, Ala.

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Is Kale Pick the next Kerry Meier?

Former QB Pick following Meier’s path to receiver

Kansas University junior Kale Pick is getting pretty used to being compared to other people.

OSU forward off to North Texas

Oklahoma State forward Roger Franklin is transferring to North Texas to be closer to home.

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RB Darrian Miller drawing attention

So far, Kansas University football coach Turner Gill has decided to bar the media from watching his team’s intrasquad scrimmages, which has resulted in keeping the buzz about the 2011 season at barely audible levels and has kept ticket sales from reaching levels they might otherwise reach.

Former KU volleyball coach Isgur dies

Former Kansas University volleyball coach Jack Isgur died on Friday.

Jayhawks in the NBA

Here is how former Jayhawks fared in NBA action Monday, April 18, 2011.

Monday, April 18

Lawrence Rotarians quiz KU athletic director Sheahon Zenger on variety of topics

Kansas University’s new athletic director said Monday he hopes to make the department a place where student-athletes train.

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RB Brandon Bourbon injures leg at Monday practice, season in question

Kansas University running back Brandon Bourbon suffered a leg injury during Monday's practice and will be out indefinitely, with surgery scheduled for Tuesday.

Jayhawks shut out Mizzou

KU claims 6-0 win, clinches series

Freshman Ka’iana Eldredge went 3-for-3 with a key two-out RBI single, while three Kansas University pitchers held Missouri scoreless as the Jayhawks earned their first series victory over the Tigers in Columbia since 1983 with a 6-0 triumph Sunday afternoon.

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Ten to watch: This week's must-see events at the Kansas Relays

First, allow me to guarantee sunny skies for this week’s Kansas Relays, which start downtown Wednesday with the shot put, continue Thursday with the downtown long jump and play out at the track inside Memorial Stadium from Wednesday through Saturday.

KU men’s golf sixth in Iowa

Kansas University’s men’s golf team shot a second-round 295 and placed sixth in the team race at the Hawkeye Invitational on Sunday.

Kansas tennis falls to Oklahoma, 4-3

Dylan Windom extended her singles winning streak to six with a fifth singles victory Sunday afternoon, but it was not enough in Kansas University’s 4-3 tennis loss to No. 21 Oklahoma at the Gregg Wadley Indoor Tennis Pavilion.

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KU softball tumbles

Jayhawks suffer 8-0, run-rule loss

A tough bounce here, an error there, and suddenly another game had gotten away from Kansas University’s softball team.

Jayhawks in the NBA

Here is how former Jayhawks fared in NBA action Sunday, April 17, 2011.

La Salle center considers Kansas

John Calipari visits Trevor Lacey

TrevorAaric Murray, a 6-foot-10, 250-pound sophomore center who recently announced plans to leave La Salle University, likely will transfer either to Kansas University or West Virginia, Jon Rothstein of reported Sunday.

Sunday, April 17

Wally Judge released from scholarship at K-State

Forward Wally Judge will be allowed to transfer after he was released from his scholarship at Kansas State.

Oklahoma can’t wait for the fall

Bob Stoops paused at the door to the Switzer Center auditorium/meeting room Tuesday, turning back to members of the media assembled for the twice-weekly interview opportunity during Oklahoma spring training.

KU sophomores win track titles

Kansas University sophomores Kyle Clemons and Francine Simpson each claimed titles at the 2011 John Jacobs Collegiate Invitational on Saturday.

Missouri baseball rallies past KU

Missouri right fielder Blake Brown’s RBI single to right field in the bottom of the ninth lifted the Tigers to a 3-2 victory over Kansas University on Saturday afternoon to even the teams’ Big 12 baseball series at Taylor Stadium.

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Kansas softball falls to Baylor, 9-3

One out away from escaping Saturday’s second inning against No. 15 Baylor having surrendered just one run, Kansas University’s softball team quickly found itself in one heck of a hole after an error led to a big inning for the Bears.

Kansas men’s golf in fourth place

Kansas University’s men's golf team finished the first round of the Hawkeye Invitational in fourth place with a score of 308.

Josh Selby’s jump to pros might help KU basketball recruiting

Kansas University freshman Josh Selby’s decision to enter the 2011 NBA Draft may have helped the Jayhawks in the Trevor Lacey recruiting sweepstakes, recruiting analyst Jerry Meyer says.

Saturday, April 16

KU tennis drops marathon match

After more than five hours and a location change, the tennis match between Kansas and Oklahoma State finally ended with the Cowgirls winning.

Fomer KU AD Bob Frederick’s son to speak in Naismith Lecture Series

Brian Frederick, executive director of, will speak on “Making Some Noise: Educating and Empowering Sports Fans” at 5 p.m., Thursday, in Kansas University’s Hadl Auditorium in Wagnon Student Athlete Center. His speech is part of the Naismith Lecture Series. Frederick is the son of former KU athletic director Bob Frederick.

T.J. Walz ‘special’ in KU baseball team's victory over Missouri

The Kansas University baseball team evened its record at 17-17 with an 8-3 victory over Border War rival Missouri on Friday night at Taylor Stadium.

KU baseball player Jason Brunansky enjoyable to watch

The new college baseball bat standards that reduced the exit speed of a batted baseball have reduced batting averages 22 points and increased shutouts by 60.3 percent, according to a recent Fort Worth Star-Telegram report. In other words, the change has made the game more enjoyable to watch because baseball’s most beautiful plays come on defense and the slower the ball moves, the better chance fielders have of getting to it.

NCAA approves football rule changes

The NCAA has approved tougher restrictions on blocking below the waist and given teams the option of taking 10 seconds off the clock in the final minute of each half this season in penalty situations.

Friday, April 15

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Royce Woolridge to transfer from KU

KU guard: 'I love Kansas, but I just really want to play ... '

Royce Woolridge, who committed to Kansas University’s basketball program back as a sophomore in high school, on Friday announced plans to transfer at the end of his freshman year.

NBA riches await Josh Selby

Josh Selby will hear his name called when the NBA holds its draft. Why? You’re asking the wrong guy.

Ballyhooed hurdler to race at Relays

The world’s No. 2-ranked hurdler, Johnny Dutch, has committed to compete in the Kansas Relays. The Invitational 400-meter hurdles will feature the world’s No. 1- and 2-ranked hurdlers, as Dutch will go up against five-time Kansas Relays winner and the world’s top-ranked hurdler Bershawn “Batman” Jackson.

Kansas golf signs top-ranked recruit

Kansas University’s men’s golf team signed the top-ranked junior college prospect in the country on Thursday. Paul Harris, a sophomore at Central Alabama Community College in Oneonta, Ala., is the No. 1 junior-college prospect according to

Former Jayhawk Bobby Douglass arrested

Police say former Chicago Bears and Kansas University quarterback Bobby Douglass faces trespass and criminal-damage charges following an incident with an ex-girlfriend at her suburban residence.

Thursday, April 14

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Josh Selby bids KU adieu

Kansas University freshman Josh Selby, who had been training at Impact Basketball in Las Vegas a week-and-a-half while assessing his NBA options, decided after a particularly productive practice Wednesday that he’d be playing for pay next season.

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Former KU athletics ticket official Charlette Blubaugh sentenced to 57 months for her role in cash-for-tickets scheme

Charlette Blubaugh, a former associate athletics director at Kansas Athletics Inc., was sentenced Thursday to prison for her role in a ticket-theft scheme and conspiracy that prosecutors say cost the department at least $2 million.

KU softball splits with Tech

Good news and bad news for Kansas University’s softball team.

Kansas Relays shot put in downtown Lawrence a must-see

Soon, the air on Eighth Street between Mass and New Hampshire will be thick with testosterone. Loud music. Men ripping their shirts off and unleashing primal screams of passion.

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Former Jayhawk Mike Rivera volunteers time to teach crochet to city youths

At 6-foot-2, 252 pounds, with blue gym shorts, a backwards cap, a Nike T-shirt and an bulky bandage around his left knee, former Kansas University linebacker Mike Rivera hardly looked the part of a crochet teacher at Hillcrest Elementary on Wednesday.

Jayhawks in the NBA

Here is how former Jayhawks fared in NBA action Wednesday, April 13, 2011.

KU-TTU baseball to be televised

The Kansas vs. Texas Tech baseball game, scheduled for a 5 p.m. first pitch on April 30 in Lubbock, Texas, will be televised by Fox College Sports.

Wednesday, April 13

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Bill Self comments on signees Ben McLemore, Braeden Anderson

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self on Wednesday announced that shooting guard Ben McLemore and power forward Braeden Anderson have signed scholarship agreements to play hoops at KU.

Big 12 announces new TV deal with Fox

The Big 12 and Fox Sports Media Group announced Wednesday that the two sides have reached a 13-year agreement for exclusive cable rights for football games, a variety of Olympic sports events within the Big 12 and conference championships.

Prosecutors ask court to revoke diversion of man linked to 2009 fight involving KU players

Douglas County prosecutors are asking a judge to revoke a diversion agreement of a 21-year-old man who was connected to a 2009 fight outside the Burge Union involving Kansas University basketball and football players.

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Iowa St. putting faith in young, dynamic RBs

In a scrimmage last week, Iowa State running back Shontrelle Johnson bounced outside for a run that initially appeared so hopeless even coach Paul Rhoads stopped watching. A jubilant roar from the offense brought Rhoads’ vision back to his speedy sophomore, who broke out of a tight scrum with a stiff-arm, squirmed away from a pair of open-field tackles and sped to the end zone.

Frank Haith trying to win over Missouri

For his first dinner out as the new Missouri basketball coach, Frank Haith took his family to Murry’s, which had an appealing choice on the menu.

Jayhawks in the NBA

Here is a look at how former Jayhawks fared in NBA action on Tuesday, April 12, 2011.

KU men's, women's track and field teams ranked

The Kansas University track and field teams appeared in this week’s U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) rankings that were released Tuesday. The KU women are back in the poll at No. 25, while the Jayhawk men fell two to spots to No. 14.

‘Batman’ to return

After a one-year hiatus, Bershawn “Batman” Jackson will return to the 2011 Kansas Relays. A relays regular, Jackson is a five-time winner in the 400-meter hurdles and holds the current record.

Freshmen lead KU women’s golf team

The Kansas University women’s golf team finished sixth at the Baylor Spring Invitational behind strong play from freshmen Meghan Potee and Thanuttra Boonraksasat on Tuesday.

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O-line coming together for KU football

With Brad Thorson and Sal Capra lost to graduation, the Kansas University football team will have to replace two offensive lineman who combined for 48 starts during the past two seasons.

Kansas homers past Iowa

Jimmy Waters, Zac Elgie and Jake Marasco hit home runs and Thomas Taylor pitched seven shutout innings in Kansas University’s 12-5 baseball victory over Iowa on Tuesday at Banks Field.

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Spring signing period kicks off for KU basketball

Future Kansas University basketball players Braeden Anderson and Ben McLemore plan on signing national-letters-of-intent today, the first day of the month-long spring signing period.

Tuesday, April 12

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KU ticket felons await specific prison assignments

Kassie Liebsch wants to be near her parents in Wisconsin. Rodney Jones would prefer to spend the next few years in nearby Leavenworth. Thomas Blubaugh hasn’t indicated a preference. Just where the three co-conspirators in the KU tickets scandal will be incarcerated depends on the U.S. Bureau of Prisons. Two others are still awaiting sentencing.

Report: Recruit Otto Porter chooses Georgetown over KU, Missouri

Otto Porter, the 97th-best player in the class of 2011 according to, has picked Georgetown over finalists Kansas and Missouri, is reporting.

Baylor’s Perry Jones not going pro

Baylor freshman standout Perry Jones is staying in school.

KSU’s Frank Martin hasn’t talked to Miami — yet

Florida native Frank Martin says he hasn’t heard from the University of Miami about its vacant coaching position, and though he and his family are happy at Kansas State, he will always listen to other offers.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers GM, former LHS, KU grad, gets extension

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have agreed to a four-year contract extension for General Manager Mark Dominik, who just completed his second year in the position.

Musical chair losers, winners

For a college basketball fan, Selection Sunday is Christmas Eve. The Thursday and Friday of the first week of the NCAA Tournament are (usually) the two best basketball game days of each year.

Jayhawks in the NBA

Here is how former Jayhawks fared in NBA action Monday, April 11, 2011.

KU women’s golf ninth after two rounds

Kansas University’s women’s golf team was in ninth place after the first two rounds of the Baylor Spring Invitational Monday. The Jayhawks carded rounds of 312 and 317 and were 25 strokes behind leader Texas Tech.

KU’s Brunansky named Big 12 player of week

Kansas University’s Jason Brunansky was named Big 12 Player of the Week on Monday, marking the first time the junior baseball center fielder has earned the recognition.

Kansas safeties showing promise

Those of us who spend much of our springs daydreaming about what the Kansas University football team might look like in the fall tend to consider safety among the more sure-thing positions on a roster loaded with maybes.

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A family affair: Josh Selby, Tyshawn Taylor hot topics at season-ending banquet

Tyshawn Taylor, who arrived at the Holidome with a bulky, black splint on his right hand, and Josh Selby, who didn’t show up at all, provided two of the hottest topics of dinner conversation at Monday night’s Kansas University basketball banquet.

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Tyrel Reed recognized as Mr. Jayhawk

Kansas University senior guard Tyrel Reed was named winner of the “Danny Manning Mr. Jayhawk Award” at the conclusion of Monday’s basketball banquet at the Holidome.

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Jordan Webb, Quinn Mecham locked in QB battle ... again

For the second straight spring, Kansas University quarterbacks Quinn Mecham and Jordan Webb find themselves battling for the starting job.

Monday, April 11

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Former KU athletics consultant Tom Blubaugh sentenced to 46 months in federal prison for role in ticket scam

Thomas Blubaugh, a former consultant to Kansas Athletics Inc., is headed to prison for his role in tickets scheme that prosecutors say cost the department at least $2 million.

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Jayhawks flex muscles

Waters chats up Huskers in series-clincher

Jimmy Waters admits that his emotions got the best of him. After a three-run home run in the third inning of Kansas’ 11-5 victory over Nebraska on Sunday, the KU senior barked a few words toward NU pitcher Logan Ehlers while rounding the bases.

Jayhawks in the NBA

Here is how former Jayhawks fared in NBA action Sunday, April 10, 2011.

Kansas tennis clobbers CU

Sophomore Monica Pezzotti claimed her first Big 12 victory to clinch the team win for Kansas University in a 6-1 rout of Colorado in women’s tennis Sunday at the Jayhawk Tennis Center.

KU softball falls to OSU; Big 12 skid reaches 10

Kansas University blew a one-run lead in the bottom of the seventh inning in a 4-3 setback to No. 21 Oklahoma State on Sunday.

Canadian big man commits to KU

Late bloomer picks Kansas over UK, others

Braeden Anderson, a late-blooming basketball prospect from the town of Okotoks, Alberta, Canada, has read what the recruiting analysts think of him.

Sunday, April 10

Forward Braeden Anderson commits to Kansas

Braeden Anderson, a 6-foot-8, 215-pound senior from Wilbraham and Monson Academy in Massachusetts, orally committed to Kansas University on Sunday after noon.

KU soccer splits vs. Iowa, Minn. in exhibition

Kansas University’s soccer team earned a 1-0 victory over Iowa on Saturday afternoon in a Big 12/Big Ten Spring Challenge game at Jayhawk Soccer Complex.

Kansas softball, still winless in Big 12, falls to Oklahoma St.

A three-run fifth inning doomed Kansas University’s softball team in a 3-2 loss to Oklahoma State on Saturday.

Report: Larry Brown shows interest in UNLV

Larry Brown has been in touch with UNLV athletic director Jim Livengood about the Running Rebels coaching vacancy, the former Charlotte Bobcats coach told on Saturday.

Vaughn paces KU track

Sophomore Jesse Vaughn had his best finish of the year with a second-place showing in the ‘B’ section of the men’s javelin, and Kansas University’s track and field team closed out competition at the Texas Relays on Saturday.

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Hey ‘D’: need a lift? LB transfer Willis eager to hit field, wreak havoc for KU football

For most of 2010, Kansas University linebacker Darius Willis, a transfer from Buffalo, sat quietly and did his best to be part of the team.

NU evens series with KU baseball in chippy affair

If it wasn’t clear Friday night how important this weekend’s series between the Kansas University and Nebraska University baseball teams is, it became that way on Saturday.

Prep star Perry Ellis to be in town for Jayhawk Invite

Wichita Heights High School junior sensation Perry Ellis is planning on competing for Wichita’s Pray and Play Players at the 2011 Jayhawk Invitational youth basketball tournament set for April 29 to May 1 at various gyms in and around Lawrence.

Saturday, April 9

Ex-Jayhawk Harold England dies at 83

Former Kansas University basketball player Harold E. England, a longtime educator and coach at Altamont High School, died on Wednesday in Parsons. He was 83.

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Gary Pinkel gets two-year extension at Missouri

Missouri coach Gary Pinkel has received a two-year contract extension through the 2017 season that does not increase his salary but adds more money for his assistants.

Jayhawks in the NBA

Here is how former Jayhawks fared in NBA action Friday, March 8, 2011.

Texas-Baylor game moved

The Texas-Baylor football game is being moved to the first weekend in December as the Big 12 massages its new 10-team schedule. The game originally set for Oct. 22 in Waco will be played Dec. 3.

Jayhawk wins discus at Texas Relays

Kansas University’s Jessica Maroszek won the “A Section” discus title to pace the Jayhawks during the second day of the Texas Relays on Friday. Maroszek’s first toss of 177 feet, 4 inches, was her best.

Kansas tennis edges Tigers, 4-3

Kansas University freshman Dylan Windom claimed a tough third-set victory to help the Jayhawks beat Missouri, 4-3, in the tennis Border Showdown on Friday at the Jayhawk Tennis Center.

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Friday night fight: Walz helps Jayhawks scrap past NU

Nine timely singles, three survivable errors and three strong pitching performances. That was the winning formula Friday night for Kansas University’s baseball team, which crept closer to .500 with a 5-4 victory against Nebraska at Hoglund Ballpark.

Friday, April 8

Former Kansas Athletics official asks for less than 5 years in prison; claims KU didn't actually lose any money from ticket scam

A key official at the University of Kansas during a $2 million ticket scalping conspiracy claimed in a court document filed Friday that the school did not actually lose any money "in spite of the pilferage" because those tickets would not have been sold anyway.

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Prosecutors seek 46-month sentence for consultant Tom Blubaugh in KU ticket scam

Prosecutors have asked a federal judge to sentence a former University of Kansas consultant to 46 months in prison for his role in a $2 million sports ticket scalping scheme.

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Scott Bowers of Webb City, Mo., wins bracket contest

It took him less than three minutes to make all his picks, but in the end, Scott Bowers is happy that he stuck with his instinct to have UConn advance all the way in his bracket.

Former Kansas University receiver Henry signs CFL deal

Former Kansas University wide receiver Marcus Henry, a key member of KU’s 2008 Orange Bowl championship team, has a new home north of the border.

‘Blasters’ steal spotlight at Masters

His college coach at Kansas University, Ross Randall, watched the Masters coverage with wife Linda from their winter home in Boynton Beach, Fla., and his mind wandered to the days Gary Woodland, a strapping athlete who could crush a golf ball, worked so hard at polishing the rough edges.

Thursday, April 7

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Morris twins sign with agent, will declare for draft

KU coach Bill Self: " ... the time is right for those guys to go onto the next level"

Kansas University juniors Marcus and Markieff Morris are headed to the 2011 NBA Draft with the blessing of coach Bill Self.

Thomas Robinson's decision to stay at KU a good move

So many mock drafts and insider columns from which to choose on the Internet. A lesser man than Thomas Robinson would choose to read the projections and opinions that say he already is Superman, ready for instant stardom as a professional basketball player.

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Thomas Taylor masters MU in KU baseball's 7-1 victory

Kansan dominates Tigers at The K - again

Call him Thomas “The Tiger Tamer” Taylor. Wednesday night at Kauffman Stadium, the Kansas University starting pitcher surpassed his stellar performance against the Tigers from 2010 with a career night that led the Jayhawks to a 7-1 victory over Missouri.

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Kansas softball swept

There’s plenty to be said about the Kansas University softball team’s tenacity.

Wednesday, April 6

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Tyshawn Taylor, Thomas Robinson to return to KU

More decisions to come

Kansas junior guard Tyshawn Taylor and sophomore forward Thomas Robinson will both return to KU next season.

Former KU athletics ticket consultant asks judge for a sentence of no more than 21 months in prison

A former consultant for the University of Kansas asked a federal judge on Wednesday to sentence him to no more than 21 months in prison for his part in a $2 million ticket scalping scandal that has already sent two other conspirators to prison for longer terms.

KU men’s track team enters rankings

The Kansas University men’s track and field team is ranked No. 12 in the latest U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) rankings that were released Tuesday.

Border War hits the K

Three wins in three tries, and looking to make it four. That’s where the Kansas University baseball team stands entering tonight’s 5:30 contest against archrival Missouri at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.

KU men's golf team takes 15th at Cowboy Classic

The Kansas University men’s golf team finished in 15th place at the Cowboy Classic on Tuesday.

Former Texas Tech coach Pat Knight gets fresh start at Lamar

Pat Knight is getting a fresh start at Lamar.

Frank Martin happy at KSU, but would listen to Miami

Frank Martin says he’s happy coaching basketball at Kansas State.

Missouri State stifles KU baseball

Kansas coach Ritch Price wasn’t sugar-coating his team’s offensive effort following a 5-1 loss to Missouri State on Tuesday night at Hoglund Ballpark.

Tuesday, April 5

KU coach Self OK with Selby's basketball workouts in Las Vegas

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self on Tuesday night commented about freshman Josh Selby traveling to Las Vegas this week to work out at Impact Basketball.

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Josh Selby working out in Vegas, hasn’t declared for NBA Draft

Kansas University freshman guard Josh Selby hasn’t declared for the 2011 NBA Draft ... yet. Tuesday’s news that the 6-foot-2 Baltimore native is in Las Vegas working out at Impact Basketball with famed trainer Joe Abunasser, seems to indicate he’s leaning heavily in the direction of playing for pay, however.

KU fourth in final ESPN/USA Today coaches poll

The Kansas men's basketball team placed fourth in the final ESPN/USA Today coaches poll released Monday.

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KU QB Berglund to be in town to watch handful of spring practices

Three practices into spring drills, the Kansas University football program received some good news Tuesday. Brock Berglund, the three-star quarterback from Highlands Ranch, Colo., who graduated from Valor Christian High last December, enrolled and began taking classes at KU in January and returned home in early March because of “personal circumstances,” told the Journal-World, via text message, that he would be in town to watch a portion of spring practice.

Federal judge moves up sentencing for consultant in KU ticket scandal

A federal judge has moved up the sentencing date for the former University of Kansas consultant caught up in the school's ticket scalping scandal.

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Little brother says KU recruit Ben McLemore LeBron-like

Kevin McLemore stood to the side and watched with pride as his big brother, Ben, orally committed to Kansas University over runner-up Missouri at a news conference Sunday at Sears Centre in suburban Chicago.

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Kansas football ramps up fitness

Offseason conditioning more mental, intense

For the last four months, word spread rapidly about the Kansas University football program’s offseason strength and conditioning program being more intense than it was a season ago.

What the Haith?

Normally, a college basketball fan base doesn’t hate its coach and demand his ouster until he has lost his first game, or at the very least officially has been hired.

OSU player to face trial

Oklahoma State basketball player Darrell Williams will stand trial on rape and other felony charges alleging that he inappropriately touched two female students, a judge ruled Monday.

Shaka Smart staying at VCU

VCU coach Shaka Smart is staying with the Rams after leading them on a surprising Final Four run.

Young coaches wise to be picky

Shaka Smart could have cashed in at North Carolina State. Chris Mooney could have bolted to Georgia Tech. Instead, these in-demand basketball coaches agreed to contract extensions with their current schools, Smart at VCU, Mooney the University of Richmond.

KU men’s golf 13th at Cowboy Classic

Kansas University’s men’s golf team shot 296-287—583 and sat in 13th place after the first two rounds Monday of the Cowboy Classic.

Cold Bulldogs doomed

Butler hits record-low 18.8 percent

Butler couldn’t go inside. It couldn’t score outside. Its shots were blocked all night long.

Irish, Aggies unlikely finalists

‘New faces’ to meet tonight for crown

Already packed with one surprise after another, the NCAA women’s tournament has one big dose of intrigue left when Notre Dame and Texas A&M play for the championship.

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Top dogs: Huskies shut down Bulldogs

The only thing that could stop Kemba Walker and Connecticut’s amazing run was the final buzzer. On a night when the massive arena felt like a dusty old gym, UConn made Butler look like the underdog it really was, winning the national championship Monday night with an old-fashioned, grinding 53-41 beatdown of the Bulldogs.

Monday, April 4

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Missouri hires Miami's Frank Haith as coach

Frank Haith is returning to the Big 12 as Missouri’s head coach. Missouri announced Monday night that the former assistant to Rick Barnes at Texas had agreed to leave Miami and take over the Tigers.

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Butler showing little guys how to get it done

College basketball's biggest party was once an exclusive affair, such a stretch for small schools there might as well have been "No Mid-Majors Allowed" signs plastered on the locker room doors at the Final Four.

Woodland CAN win Masters

Horton Smith won the first Masters, in 1934, and Gene Sarazen, who did not play the year before, won in 1935. Forty-four years later, Fuzzy Zoeller was fitted for the green jacket in his Augusta National debut.

Boonraksasat 4th; KU women’s golf 9th

Thanuttra Boonraksasat tied for fourth — just four strokes out of first place — to pace Kansas University’s women’s golf team to a ninth-place finish Sunday at the Ole Miss Rebel Intercollegiate

Kansas women’s tennis upended by Huskers

Freshmen Dylan Windom and Amy Barnthouse won at Nos. 5 and 6 singles, but they provided the only points for Kansas University’s tennis team in a 5-2 loss Sunday to Nebraska.

Gone with the wind: Baylor’s 12-4 baseball blowout ends KU’s hope for sweep

Kansas University took the baseball field in position to sweep a Top-25 conference foe and left it wondering why that wasn’t enough to fire the Jayhawks up.

Commentary: In tonight’s NCAA title, root for Butler

Richmond and Cleveland State were the 1980s pioneers, charming and obscure underdogs who crashed the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16.

UConn, Butler in bizarro final

Butler coach Brad Stevens loves an underdog, whether it’s his team back in the Final Four or Connecticut making an unprecedented five-games-in-five-nights run through the Big East tournament. Wait, what?

Source: Mizzou expected to hire Miami's Haith as next coach

A person with knowledge of the negotiations tells the Associated Press that Frank Haith has agreed to leave Miami after seven seasons and take over as coach at Missouri.

KU softball falls to NU

If it seems like Kansas University’s softball team is playing a ranked team every weekend, it’s because it is. For the second straight day, No. 16 Nebraska’s Ashley Hagemann shut down KU’s lineup, this time in a 7-1 NU triumph on Sunday afternoon at Arrocha Ballpark.

Sunday, April 3

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St. Louis prep Ben McLemore commits to Kansas

Guard picks KU over mom’s beloved MU

Ben McLemore, a 6-foot-5 guard from St. Louis, on Sunday orally committed to play basketball at Kansas University.

TV coverage of NeXt All-Star game canceled

Shortly before the tipoff of the NeXt All-Star Game in Chicago, tournament organizers told the Journal-World the game would not be televised on CBS College Sports.

Huskers blank Kansas softball

Nebraska starting pitcher Ashley Hagemann was simply too much for Kansas University’s softball team on Saturday.

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McLemore decision coming today

St. Louis standout expected to pick KU

Ben McLemore, who had just swished five three-pointers and ripped home a slam dunk in a spirited NeXt All-America Classic basketball scrimmage Saturday in suburban Chicago, met with a handful of reporters after the two-hour workout.

KU rowing scores victory over UT in Second Novice Eight

Kansas University’s rowing team improved its times in all events from last month’s Oklahoma Invitational and scored a victory in the Second Novice Eight against No. 16 Texas on Saturday in the Jayhawks for the Cure Pink Event regatta.

KU women’s golf in 9th

Freshman Thanuttra Boonraksasat and junior Katy Nugent helped the Kansas University women’s golf team move into ninth place after the second round on Saturday at the Ole Miss Rebel Intercollegiate.

12 Jayhawks notch gold at Razorback Invitational

Twelve Kansas University track and field athletes took gold medals, with an additional 14 placing third or better Saturday at the Razorback Spring Invitational.

Bases-loaded walk lifts KU baseball past Baylor

From excitement to disappointment and back to elation again.

Saturday, April 2

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UConn holds on for 56-55 win over Kentucky

When it's win or go home, nobody's better than Kemba and the kids.

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Mack leads Butler back to national title game

The lovable underdog label is long gone. Now Butler is determined to drop that "first loser" tag, too.

Report: Lon Kruger accepts offer to coach Oklahoma

Lon Kruger is taking on another rebuilding project, this time at Oklahoma.

Kansas baseball blasts Baylor

Jayhawks tag pair of homers in 6-2 win

Kansas University’s baseball team enjoyed a resurgence of power on Friday, blasting two home runs in a 6-2 victory over No. 19 Baylor at Hoglund Ballpark.

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On a mission: Kansas football on quest for respect

Last spring, the focus for Kansas University’s football team was on replacing some of the school’s all-time greats. This year, the Jayhawks are determined to regain the respect those guys brought to the program, and their quest began Friday, when they kicked off spring drills for the second time under coach Turner Gill.

Report links Morris twins to agent

Kansas University’s Morris twins are one step closer to declaring for the NBA Draft. Yahoo! Sports NBA reporter Marc Spears reported Friday that juniors Marcus and Markieff Morris met with aspiring agent Jason Martin in Beverly Hills, Calif., earlier this week.

KU women’s golf in 11th place

Freshman Thanuttra Boonraksasat shot a first-round 73 to lead Kansas University’s women’s golf team to a tie for 11th place after the first day Friday of the Ole Miss Rebel Intercollegiate. Boonraksasat had four birdies and was tied for 11th individually.

Kansas tennis beats Iowa State again, 4-3

Kansas University squeaked out a 4-3 tennis victory over Iowa State on Friday, the Jayhawks’ 34th-straight victory over the Cyclones.

Final Four outcome unpredictable

Connecticut freshman guard Jeremy Lamb recently was struck with this thought: “Man, I can’t believe we’re in the Final Four.”

Big 12 Commissioner Dan Beebe encouraged by Fiesta Bowl's response

Big 12 Commissioner Dan Beebe says he is encouraged by the Fiesta Bowl’s response to an investigative report that led to the firing of its longtime president for alleged misuse of funds.

Kansas RB James Sims mystery no more

The mysterious James Sims, who quietly had a monster freshman season at running back for Kansas University’s 3-9 football team, was the source of bewilderment among reporters.

Friday, April 1

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Tyrel Reed named Lowe's Senior CLASS Award first team All-American

Kansas senior guard Tyrel Reed, who was one of 10 finalists for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award, was named All-America first team and recognized Friday during open practices at the Final Four at Reliant Stadium in Houston.

Wayne Simien Free Throw Challenge to benefit charities

Watching Kansas University’s loss to Virginia Commonwealth University might have some basketball fans upset at the team’s free throw shooting ability.

Former KU football player gets jail time, probation for burglary and assault

A former Kansas University football defensive lineman convicted of holding four students at gunpoint last May was sentenced Friday to serve 60 days in jail and three years on probation.

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Turner Gill more comfortable as spring drills begin

A little more than 12 months ago, Kansas University football coach Turner Gill strolled out to his new team’s practice fields for the first day of spring drills and tried his hardest to project that he was in control.

Danny Manning, Clyde Lovellette included on title-game list

Reputations, good and bad, are molded in NCAA Final Fours. Lew Alcindor and Chris Webber immediately come to mind.

Brady Morningstar falls to Jacob Pullen in three-point challenge

Kansas University men’s basketball senior Brady Morningstar converted nine three-pointers in the State Farm Three-Point Challenge on Thursday on the University of Houston campus.

Jayhawks in the NBA

The Boston Celtics' forward Paul Pierce was the only former Jayhawk in NBA action Thursday, March 31, 2011.

Nebraska guard leaving program

Nebraska guard Eshaunte “Bear” Jones says he’s leaving the program. Jones played in 28 games and averaged 4.1 points. The sophomore from Fort Wayne, Ind., said in a statement Thursday that he has “a lot of priorities back home and my family comes first.”

OSU player awaiting decision

A judge is deciding whether Oklahoma State basketball player Darrell Williams should stand trial on felony charges that allege he inappropriately touched two women without their consent.