Stories for August 2011


Wednesday, August 31

Gray-Little, Zenger react to Texas A&M departure from Big 12

Although most of the action regarding Texas A&M's decision to leave the Big 12 Conference has taken place in Texas, Kansas University chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little and athletic director Sheahon Zenger have been involved in a variety of ways in ensuring the survival and continued success of the Big 12.

Matt Tait's KU football notebook

All offseason, Kansas University football coach Turner Gill raved about his team’s improved speed and the impact that the new crop of faster players would have on his team. Tuesday, at his first regularly scheduled news conference of the 2011 season, Gill said fans should not have to wait long to see it.

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Jayhawks recall painful memories of loss to NDSU

It’s been 361 days since the Kansas University football team opened the Turner Gill era with a loss to North Dakota State in front of a stunned Memorial Stadium crowd.

Position switch for Toben Opurum makes sense one year later

It seemed like such a gross miscalculation and nothing that happened in the North Dakota State game changed that perception. One year later, it’s not too soon to hand down a verdict: Turner Gill’s decision to move Toben Opurum, the team’s leading rusher as a true freshman, to defense made Kansas University a better football team and Opurum a better NFL prospect.

Arkansas prospect to visit KU on Sept. 24

Archie Goodwin, the No. 12-rated prospect in the college basketball recruiting class of 2012, told on Tuesday he will attend Kansas University’s Sept. 24 Legends of the Phog alumni game as part of an official campus visit.

Group to discuss replacements if Texas A&M leaves

The Big 12 Conference board of directors has formed a committee to look at possible replacements for Texas A&M if the Aggies leave the league as expected.

KU soccer’s Vidal honored twice

Kansas University soccer freshman Ingrid Vidal took home two honors on Tuesday, one from the Big 12 Conference for newcomer of the week, and the other from College Soccer 360 for the Primetime Performers Honor Roll for games played from Aug. 22-28.

No. 1 Oklahoma works toward own TV network

While rival Texas has been rolling out its Longhorn Network, top-ranked Oklahoma has been working to expand its television capabilities, too.

Tuesday, August 30

City, KU team up to offer $1 shuttle rides from Downtown Lawrence to home football games

The city of Lawrence and Kansas University’s transit systems again will offer a shuttle service between downtown and Memorial Stadium on all KU home football dates.

Former KU running back Deshaun Sands pleads guilty in municipal court case

One day after Kansas University football coach Turner Gill announced Deshaun Sands was removed from the team for violating team policies, Sands pleaded guilty and settled his pending Lawrence Municipal Court case.

Ex-wife of former KU athletics administrator says no fraud relating to ticket scandal in divorce settlement

The ex-wife of the highest-ranking official caught in the University of Kansas ticket scalping scandal has denied any fraudulent transfer of assets in their divorce settlement.

Investigation into K-State’s online merchandise store sales intensifies

A state investigation continues into whether Kansas State University’s online merchandise store is skirting sales tax law, and now some state legislators also are beginning to question KSU’s online practices.

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Bill Self shrugs off Aggies’ departure

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self is not losing any sleep over Texas A&M’s apparent departure from the Big 12 Conference.

Report: Texas A&M leaving Big 12

Texas A&M has notified the Big 12 it will withdraw from the conference, according to a newspaper report.

No. 1 Sooners to unveil Sam Bradford statue

A statue of Sam Bradford will be added to Oklahoma's Heisman Park on Wednesday.

Recruits Metoyer and Wade won't join No. 1 Sooners

Coach Bob Stoops says receiver Trey Metoyer and defensive tackle Jordan Wade will not be joining top-ranked Oklahoma for the upcoming season.

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Big 12 coaches hope focus turns to games

After another uncertain offseason for the Big 12, there is finally some talk about playing actual games. At least from the coaches.

Academic woes, postseason bans taking heavy toll on SWAC

The academic failures of Southwestern Athletic Conference schools have crippled some of the league’s most popular, money-making programs heading into the football season.

Garrett Gilbert to start at QB for Texas

Garrett Gilbert has earned a second chance to be the starting quarterback at Texas.

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A numbers game

A look at KU football’s new base defense

In the past few months, Kansas University’s football team — under new defensive coordinator Vic Shealy — has switched its defense from a 4-3 base formation to a 3-4 base formation. Here’s a closer look at the change.

Kansas CC teams earn rankings

Kansas University’s cross country teams are both included in the top 15 of the Midwest Region preseason rankings that were announced by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Monday.

Monday, August 29

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Junior among KU's four captains

True freshmen Alex Mueller and Tanner Gibas will be special teams starters for Kansas in its first game, according to the team's depth chart released Monday afternoon.

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Starters set, but don’t forget Lubbock Smith

With all the talk about Kansas University’s football safeties focused on projected starters Bradley McDougald and Keeston Terry, it can be easy to overlook Lubbock Smith. Not a good idea.

Kansas soccer upends USD

With just under 10 minutes remaining, freshman Ingrid Vidal scored two goals within a four-minute span to lift Kansas University to a 2-1 soccer victory over No. 20 San Diego on Sunday afternoon.

Three newcomers await NCAA word

Kansas University freshmen basketball players Braeden Anderson, Ben McLemore and Jamari Traylor have yet to arrive on campus as they await word on their eligibility from the NCAA clearinghouse, coach Bill Self confirmed Sunday night.

Kansas football foes loaded with stars

Several Kansas University football players will fare better this season because they either have improved their conditioning or have sharpened their minds with an extra year of experience. The problem, of course, is that the players from opposing teams have grown, too. A quick look at the foes on the schedule reveals why the most popular predictions for a KU victory total seem to range from one to three.

Sunday, August 28

Junior hoops player Kevin Young maturing, fitting in

Kansas University basketball newcomer Kevin Young didn’t cite Tyshawn Taylor’s speed, Thomas Robinson’s strength and/or Elijah Johnson’s hops when asked to identify what’s impressed him the most so far about the 2011-12 Jayhawk team.

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Speed demons: KU’s D-linemen place added emphasis on quickness

After spending last season with the defensive linemen, Toben Opurum can already tell this year’s group is improved.

KU volleyball wins tourney

Kansas University’s volleyball team, led by tournament MVP Allison Mayfield, claimed the Georgia Bulldog Invitational title on Saturday night with a 25-16, 25-19, 25-14 victory over Georgia.

AP source: A&M still leaving Big 12

Big 12 officials expect Texas A&M to announce within the next week that it plans to leave the conference.

Saturday, August 27

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Monday message from Zenger to set tone for KU Athletics

On Monday, when he stands in front of the entire Kansas University student-athlete population, Athletic Director Sheahon Zenger will deliver a message he hopes will reshape Kansas athletics.

'Challenge' ahead for basketball rules at KU

David Booth can do the math: 13 rules + two sheets of paper + one signature = one heck of a tourist attraction.

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Buffalo transfer Nick Sizemore eager to add new element to KU offense

All Kansas University fullback Nick Sizemore ever wanted to do was play linebacker. Back at Manheim Township High in Lititz, Pa., Sizemore was an all-state selection after finishing his senior year with 111 tackles and 5.5 sacks.

Kansas soccer slips past Southern Cal

Freshman Jamie Fletcher’s goal in the 62nd minute proved to be the game-winner as Kansas University beat Southern Cal, 3-2, on Friday night in the opening game of the USD Tournament.

KU volleyball opens with victory over FAMU

Powered by a career-best .700 attack percentage from junior middle blocker Tayler Tolefree, Kansas University opened its volleyball season with a 3-0 victory over Florida A&M on Friday.

UConn adds top prep to haul

Defending national champion UConn on Friday night drastically improved its chances of cutting down the nets at April’s Final Four in New Orleans.

Time for Big 12 to raid Big East

Publicly, Big 12 officials and athletic directors of member schools must voice a positive, calm spin every time an institution bolts for another conference. Privately, they know they must poach or be poached. They’re looking, but maybe they aren’t looking in the right places.

Friday, August 26

Owner of Naismith's ‘Basket Ball’ rules thanks Lawrence, teacher for lessons learned

David Booth, a 1964 LHS graduate, entertained more than 550 attendees at Friday’s Community Education Breakfast by sharing tales of how he purchased the rules for $4.33 million, to be displayed at KU; how he founded a financial firm that today has more than $200 billion under management; and how his name now graces the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, which he dubbed “the No. 1 rated business school in this or any other galaxy.”

Kansas volleyball to open season today

Most college teams face a big challenge early on: meshing newcomers with the players with college experience. This feeling-out process can lead to early-season miscues, meaning that the team isn’t playing its best until later in the season.

Texas A&M serves league notice

Texas A&M took another step toward leaving the Big 12 on Thursday, formally telling the conference it was exploring all its options.

Wildcats relish competition

Snyder held off on depth chart to encourage players to battle

Bill Snyder understands better than most what ticks inside the minds of young men. It’s a big reason he’s won 149 games at one of the most nondescript schools in major college football.

Gary Woodland 5-back at Barclays

Harrison Frazar has opened The Barclays with a 7-under 64. All anyone wanted to talk about was Irene.

Kansas football assistant David Beaty sells KU as the UT of Kansas to Texas recruits

For nearly half his life, sophomore James Sims, Kansas University’s leading rusher a year ago, has known KU receivers coach David Beaty.

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Former Jayhawk Darnell Jackson on ‘L.A. Ink’

Former Kansas University basketball forward Darnell Jackson was featured on the reality TV show “L.A. Ink” Thursday on cable network TLC.

SMU eyes Big 12

SMU wants to join an automatic qualifying BCS conference and believes the Big 12 would be the best fit.

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KU football team begins preparations for McNeese State

With the season opener against McNeese State just eight days away, Kansas University’s football team is beginning its preparations for game day.

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No. 9 Cowboys enjoy hype, but want more

Mike Gundy can appreciate all the compliments directed at No. 9 Oklahoma State after it matched the highest preseason ranking in school history.

Thursday, August 25

Family of former KU athletic director Bob Frederick reaches out-of-court settlement of lawsuit filed after his death

The family of former Kansas University Athletic Director Bob Frederick has reached an out-of-court settlement with the final two defendants in a lawsuit filed after his 2009 death following a bicycle accident, attorneys said Thursday.

Athletics Advisory Committee for Kansas Athletics, Inc. beginning to take shape

Wednesday marked the first meeting of the new school year for the Kansas Athletics, Inc. Board of Directors. Fittingly, it was not unlike the first day of classes.

CB Aqib Talib meets with Roger Goodell

Cornerback Aqib Talib has rejoined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after missing one day of practice to meet with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell about the player’s role in an offseason shooting in Texas.

Matt Tait's KU football notebook

DEs Toben Opurum, Keba Agostinho emerging along line

It’s still a little too early to predict how well Kansas University’s defensive line will perform this fall.

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Former KU guard Ryan Robertson stoked for Paul Pierce's return

Ryan Robertson, who played combo guard at Kansas University from 1995-99, is looking forward to seeing a batch of his former teammates at KU’s Legends of the Phog basketball exhibition game Sept. 24 in Allen Fieldhouse.

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KU RB Rell Lewis working to stay in the mix

The last time Kansas University running back Rell Lewis was on a football field during a live game came in the 2009 season finale, when he picked up 54 yards on three carries and one reception during a heartbreaking, season-ending loss to Missouri at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.

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Missouri AD Mike Alden offers qualified support of Frank Haith

Missouri athletic director Mike Alden is standing behind the school’s embattled men’s basketball coach — to a point.

Wednesday, August 24

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… out with the new: Brock Berglund done for fall

The Brock Berglund Watch officially can be called off.

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Former Jayhawk Aaron Miles Russia-bound

Former Kansas University basketball point guard Aaron Miles will be playing in Russia’s top professional league this season.

Kansas soccer’s Jamie Fletcher honored

Kansas University freshman Jamie Fletcher has been named the Big 12 Soccer Rookie of the Week for games played Aug. 19-21, it was announced by the league office Tuesday.

Kansas RB Brandon Bourbon impresses John Hadl, Chuck Long

Since nothing is new on the quarterback front for Kansas University’s football team, let’s concentrate on the position creating all the buzz. Not just in football camp, not just on campus, but in the streets of Lawrence as well. Let’s focus on the running backs, one in particular.

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In with the old …: Jordan Webb focused as starting QB

After Tuesday’s practice, Kansas University quarterback Jordan Webb spoke to reporters for the first time since being named the Jayhawks’ starting quarterback for the 2011 season.

Tuesday, August 23

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Freshman QB Brock Berglund will no longer practice with Jayhawks in fall

RB Deshaun Sands removed from roster

Kansas University football coach Turner Gill announced two personnel changes regarding the roster Tuesday afternoon.

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The back pack: Why KU football coach Turner Gill loves the running back

Until recently, Kansas University football coach Turner Gill had spent dozens of days recruiting running backs but very little time explaining why.

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Q: Who might be KU’s most improved RB? A: Brandon Bourbon

Just a few minutes after Brandon Bourbon entered the meeting room on his first day of camp last season, he already was getting grilled by Kansas University running backs coach Reggie Mitchell.

Sports Illustrated gives KU break it needs

First, Brock Berglund, the dual-threat quarterback out of Colorado who graduated early with the intention of competing for the starting quarterback job during spring football, returned home before a practice, thereby killing any chances of winning the job. Then he got in the middle of a legal problem that seemingly hasn’t allowed him to spend more than three days in a row outside of Colorado.

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Fans critical of new Cy-Hawk trophy

Fans, a former coach and the governor all are unhappy with the new Cy-Hawk trophy awarded to the winner of the annual football game between Iowa and Iowa State.

Monday, August 22

Kansas Athletics replaces Touchdown Club recliner stolen from south end of Memorial Stadium

Kansas Athletics Inc. officials have replaced a Touchdown Club recliner that was stolen from Memorial Stadium last week.

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Paul Pierce to headline Legends of the Phog all-star game

Boston Celtics phenom Paul Pierce, who last visited Kansas University’s Allen Fieldhouse for his jersey-retirement ceremony in January of 2003, will be back again Sept. 24.

KU sophomore running back Deshaun Sands arrested for missing court date on disturbing the peace charge

A sophomore Kansas University running back was arrested Saturday night on an outstanding warrant for missing a June court date related to an April misdemeanor disturbing the peace citation.

September court date set for KU freshman linebacker Benjamin Heeney charged with driving drunk, racing on highway

A freshman Kansas University football player faces a September hearing in a drunken driving case in Douglas County District Court, according to court records.

Ex-Jayhawk Brady Morningstar headed to Greece

Former Kansas University basketball guard Brady Morningstar will begin his professional career on the Greek Island of Crete, fifth-largest island in the Mediterranean Sea.

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Far and wide: KU receivers put emphasis on big play

Daymond Patterson, who makes conversation interesting and refreshing with his shoot-from-the-hip approach, laid out a basic goal he has for Kansas University wide receivers this season.

Ex-KU golfer Chris Thompson makes it

After so many years and so many tournaments, professional golfers develop a feel for what it takes to reach the magic number.

Kansas soccer rips Hogs, 4-1

Freshman Jamie Fletcher collected two goals, and senior Kortney Clifton and sophomore Amy Grow also found the back of the net to lift Kansas University to a 4-1 soccer victory over Arkansas on Sunday afternoon at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex.

KU’s Finley 8th in discus

Kansas University thrower Mason Finley finished his week at the World University Games with an eighth-place finish in the discus throw Sunday night.

Sunday, August 21

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Running wild: Backs Bourbon, Pierson stand out

All offseason, Kansas University football coaches raved about their talented stable of running backs and how much the group would help improve KU’s offense this season.

Ex-Jayhawk Chris Thompson falls to tie for 25th

Former Kansas University golfer Chris Thompson of Lawrence shot a 1-under par 70 Saturday in the third round of the Midwest Classic to tumble from tied for fourth to tied for 25th. Thompson is scheduled to tee off at 10:56 a.m. in today’s final round.

Saturday, August 20

Ex-Jayhawk Chris Thompson tied for fourth

Chris Thompson of Lawrence fired a second-round 67 Friday to put himself in a five-way tie for fourth place at 11-under par halfway through the Midwest Classic, a Nationwide Tour event being played at LionsGate in Overland Park.

Penalty-kick goal dooms KU to 2-1 opening setback

Caroline Brown’s successful penalty kick in the 98th minute lifted Tennessee to a 2-1 overtime soccer victory over Kansas University on Friday afternoon at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex in the season-opener for both teams.

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Bearded KU basketball coach Bill Self ‘impressed’ with KU football

Bill Self spoke to Jayhawk Nation from a huge stage, as did football coach Turner Gill, athletic director Sheahon Zenger and Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little.

KU thrower Mason Finley advances

Kansas University thrower Mason Finley advanced to the finals of the discus throw Friday morning at the World University Games.

Friday, August 19

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Jordan Webb named KU's starting quarterback

Kansas head football coach Turner Gill has named Jordan Webb the team's starting quarterback.

KU women don’t play final contest in Italy

Due to a scheduling conflict, the Kansas University women’s basketball team was unable to play the final contest of its European tour Thursday night.

Dixon takes fourth in University Games

Kansas University sophomore Diamond Dixon placed fourth in the finals of the women’s 400-meter dash Thursday night at the World University Games.

Former KU golfer Thompson fires 64 at Nationwide event

The hot summer for former Kansas University golfers continued Thursday when Chris Thompson fired an opening-round 7-under par 64 in the Midwest Classic at LionsGate in Overland Park.

Early optimism natural

Palm-tree optimism colors nearly every story written from spring-training camps throughout major-league baseball. Nothing inappropriate about that. Every young ballplayer deserves to have the skills that gave him a shot at the big leagues highlighted. After all, he hasn’t lost a single game.

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Going out in style: WR Patterson (‘Mighty Mouse’) hoping for big season

Daymond Patterson isn’t one of the biggest wide receivers on Kansas University’s football roster.

Texas, ESPN say UT network won’t hurt Big 12

The University of Texas and ESPN defended the $300 million Longhorn Network on Thursday amid uncertainty over whether Texas A&M will remain in the Big 12 after expressing concern over its archrival’s exclusive television outlet.

KU football notebook: Young offensive linemen fitting in quickly

With injuries to Kansas University’s defensive line being one of the big stories from the first couple of weeks of fall camp, one piece of good news came from senior Patrick Dorsey and red-shirt freshman Pat Lewandowski being sidelined.

Former Kansas guard Robinson to play in Paris

Former Kansas University point guard Russell Robinson, who played professional basketball in Barcelona last year, is off to Paris for the 2011-12 season.

Texas A&M, SEC play out teen love drama

I suspected there would come a time when having a teenage daughter would come in handy. I didn’t anticipate that benefit would pop up in the wide world of sports.

Thursday, August 18

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Jayhawks land Waco, Texas TE Jordan Smith

The Kansas University football staff continues to have recruiting success in Texas. That point is illustrated by Turner Gill and the Jayhawks recently picking up up an oral commitment from three-star tight end Jordan Smith, of Waco's Reicher High.

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Fresh faces: Several rookies have chance to play

The coaches have said it and a couple of players have Tweeted it. But there’s just something more convincing about actually hearing the words come out of the players’ mouths.

Kansas women cruise in Italian exhibition

A balanced offense that saw six players finish with double-digit points helped Kansas University’s women’s basketball team claim an overwhelming 110-25 victory versus Selezione Lombardia Wednesday night in the small town of Varese, Italy, located between Como and Milan.

KU soccer optimistic

In 2010, the Kansas University soccer team struggled mightily to put the ball in the back of the net.

Diamond Dixon advances in China

Kansas sprinter Diamond Dixon advanced to the finals of the 400-meter dash Wednesday night at the World University Games.

Kansas LB coach sheds light on first stringers

Although the competition will not end officially for a few more weeks, Kansas University linebackers coach Vantz Singletary on Wednesday opened up about which players were leading the race to play with the first-team linebackers this fall.

Booster implicates two K-Staters

A jailed University of Miami booster who claims to have provided cars, cash, prostitutes and other impermissible benefits to 72 athletes told Yahoo! Sports two current Kansas State players were among the recipients.

Bill Self has Kansas on winning streak

Bill Self’s words served as panic-attack tonic the last time conference realignment threatened to blind-side Kansas University all the way into non-BCS-conference status. No need for him to step to the podium now because the uneasy feelings about the stability of the Big 12 have a more distant feel.

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Tyrel Reed signs with Belgian team

Burlington native/Kansas University graduate Tyrel Reed will begin his professional basketball career far from home.

Wednesday, August 17

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Questions linger for KU at D-Tackle

When the Kansas University football team entered preseason camp on Aug. 3, it did so with at least one experienced and proven player at defensive tackle.

Top 10 KU football players to watch

Fullback Nick Sizemore gives the Kansas University football team a short-yardage back, a physical pass-blocker in the backfield and a guy who in some packages can plow the way for smaller backs.

Matt Tait’s KU football notebook: Dorsey injury hits hard

Monday, Kansas University football coach Turner Gill announced that senior defensive tackle Patrick Dorsey would miss six to eight weeks because of a broken foot.

DT John Williams figures to have an increased role

Oftentimes, Kansas defensive tackle John Williams’ job is to line up right across from KU center Jeremiah Hatch in practice.

Big East commish contacts Beebe

Big East Commissioner John Marinatto says he has been in constant contact with Dan Beebe of the Big 12 and John Swofford of the Atlantic Coast Conference in recent days and has suggested the three meet to discuss conference realignment.

Oklahoma State's Boone Pickens to Texas A&M: Stay put

Oklahoma State megabooster T. Boone Pickens believes the Big 12 will survive the latest conference realignment threat and suggests that Texas A&M stay put instead of joining the Southeastern Conference.

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Still the one? Webb remains in position to take starting QB spot

With just 18 days remaining before Kansas University’s first football game of the 2011 season, the battles for starting spots in preseason camp are starting to heat up. But few seem as hot as the competition at the team’s most visible position — quarterback.

Report: Players received gifts from Miami booster

Current Missouri men’s basketball coach Frank Haith caught up in allegations from his time with ‘Canes

Nevin Shapiro, a former Miami booster who is serving a 20-year prison sentence for masterminding a $930 million Ponzi scheme, has told Yahoo! Sports he provided impermissible benefits to 72 of the university’s football players and other athletes between 2002 and 2010.

Notre Dame perfect fit for Big 12

They have spent the better part of a year and a half fighting off the ropes, challenged from all sides in this ongoing saga of college sports hostile takeovers.

Former KU guard Collins to play pro ball in Turkey

Former Kansas University point guard Sherron Collins will play professional basketball for Turkish League team Hacettepe Universitesi during the 2011-12 season, reported this week.

KU track’s Finley takes bronze in China

Kansas University junior Mason Finley earned a bronze medal on Tuesday in the shot put at the World University Games, despite fighting a case of food poisoning.

KU baseball freshman named MVP of tourney

Kansas University freshman outfielder Dakota Smith was named Most Valuable Player of the 2011 Connie Mack World Series last weekend as his Midland Redskins won their third title at Rickets Field.

Tuesday, August 16

'Passionate’ coach keeps ISU fired up

It’s difficult for Iowa State linebacker Jake Knott to ignore coach Paul Rhoads’ enthusiasm.

KU baseball’s Manship named an all-star

Kansas University senior catcher/first baseman Chris Manship was named to the Northwoods League’s Postseason All-Star team on Monday.

KU track’s Dixon, Finley advance in China

Kansas University track athletes Diamond Dixon and Mason Finley advanced in their respective events at the World University Games on Tuesday.

Kansas State to start high-definition network

Kansas State announced plans Monday for a high-definition digital network that will broadcast live sports, replays of classic games, news conferences and other events.

Lefty pitcher Cody Kukuk, Red Sox agree for $800,000

It took 69 days and what seemed like hundreds of phone calls for it to become official.

In college football, money trumps tradition

The Big Ten has 12 schools. The Big East is branching out to Texas. And if that’s not confusing enough, the Big 12 may soon be the Little Zero.

Translation: A&M will still bolt

Two days ago, the easy answer to the question, “Will Texas A&M leave the Big 12 for the SEC,” was “Definitely.” But now? Don’t be fooled. That’s still the answer. It’s just a matter of how and when.

Texas A&M facing ’lengthy’ process

Texas A&M is looking into joining the Southeastern Conference, and contemplating remaining in the Big 12.

Dual-threat QB takes reins at MU

After a successful string of pocket passers, the Missouri Tigers are putting their faith in a dual-threat quarterback in 2011.

Missouri OT Fisher injures knee

Missouri senior offensive tackle Elvis Fisher collapsed at practice Monday, screaming in pain and clutching at his left knee before he was helped off the field by two trainers.

KU football notebook: Washington, D.C., defensive end De’Jon Wilson commits to KU

Credit Kansas University basketball player Thomas Robinson with an assist. Monday night, reported that De’Jon Wilson, a defensive end from Washington, D.C., had orally committed to the Kansas football program.

Ex-KU golfer Chris Thompson shines in Alvamar qualifier

Ryan Vermeer, on his way to the first tee box Monday on the private side of Alvamar, explained his decision to play that course instead of the public one in the qualifier for this week’s Midwest Classic, a Nationwide tournament at LionsGate in Overland Park.

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A helping hand: Cole Aldrich gives back to community, shops for city youths

Cole Aldrich, college basketball’s 2010 Academic All-American of the Year, would love to see 20 Lawrence youths attain similar success in the classroom.

Monday, August 15

Texas House committee won't meet about Texas A&M

A Texas lawmaker has indefinitely postponed a Tuesday hearing on Texas A&M potentially leaving the Big 12 for the Southeastern Conference.

KU faculty line up seats for basketball games

Allan Hanson, a Kansas University anthropology professor, now knows exactly how long he’s worked for KU: 45.205479452 years, according to his seating sheet.

Bears bolstered by bowl appearance

Baylor University’s football team had suffered long enough. In 2010, Art Briles made sure Bears fans finally had something to cheer about.

KU women win again

Carolyn Davis scored 25 points, and Kansas University’s women’s basketball team improved to 2-0 during its tour of Italy with a 90-76 victory over Roma Selezione on Sunday.

Arkansas guard Archie Goodwin narrows his list

Archie Goodwin, a 6-foot-4, 180-pound senior shooting guard from Sylvan Hills High in Little Rock, Ark., has narrowed his college basketball recruiting list to eight, reports.

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A new beginning: Darius Willis thrilled to be at QB, er, LB for KU

It didn’t raise so much as an eyebrow when Darius Willis reported to Kansas University’s preseason football drills sporting a new number.

Kansas soccer falls in OT

Butler University defender Claire Milam’s goal from 27 yards out just over three minutes into overtime lifted the Bulldogs to a 3-2 exhibition soccer victory over Kansas University on Sunday at Jayhawk Soccer Complex.

Realignment a matter of perspective

Jayhawks’ only move to remain loyal to Big 12

With Texas A&M clamoring to bolt for the SEC and the rest of the Big 12 Conference working to keep the Aggies, the future of the league once again is ambiguous at best.

At least one A&M grad says SEC a perfect fit

If a friendly man named Joe Giles should happen to offer you a free golf tip, box your ears, shut your eyes and sprint in the other direction. During his swing, his body takes more high-speed twists and turns than a Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix race car.

SEC passes on inviting A&M for now

Don’t start printing those Texas A&M SEC T-shirts just yet.

Longhorns learned from rare down year

During 2010, the University of Texas football team turned in a very un-Longhorn like season, finishing 5-7 overall, 2-6 in the Big 12 and missing out on postseason play while finishing last in the Big 12 South.

Full-time QB has Aggies optimistic

Last year at this time, Texas A&M’s Ryan Tannehill was splitting his time — and his reps — between quarterback and wide receiver.

Sunday, August 14

Oklahoma football team loaded

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops doesn’t mind admitting the truth about the most powerful conference in college football. For the past several years, that conference has not been the Big 12.Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops doesn’t mind admitting the truth about the most powerful conference in college football. For the past several years, that conference has not been the Big 12.

K-State has gaping void at RB

Soph Bryce Brown to replace workhorse Daniel Thomas

When the Kansas State football team opens the 2011 season, it will take the field without a backfield luxury that often swung the pendulum of momentum in the Wildcats’ favor.

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Big 12 vows to go on with or without A&M

A day that began with rumors of Missouri joining Texas A&M in bolting the Big 12 Conference for the SEC ended with one message: The Big 12 wants to stay together, preferably with A&M on board.

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Separated at birth? Jayhawks say tackle Tanner Hawkinson looks like Ricky Bobby

Kansas University junior offensive lineman Tanner Hawkinson resembles somebody who appears regularly on the big screen.

Alvamar to host qualifier

Ex-Jayhawk Chris Thompson to vie for berth

Picturesque, power golf swings and sweet putting strokes will stock both Alvamar courses Monday, when competitors will try to go low enough to qualify for the Midwest Classic, a Nationwide event scheduled to tee off Thursday at Nicklaus Golf Course at Lions Gate in Overland Park.

Gary Woodland tied for 30th at PGA Championship

The 18th hole continues to vex Gary Woodland.

Saturday, August 13

KU women victorious in Italy

Monica Engelman scored a team-high 19 points and produced five steals as the Kansas University women’s basketball team defeated Roma Selezione, 66-38, Friday night in its first of four contests during its European tour.

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Mean streak: Speedster D.J. Beshears adopts aggressive style at wide receiver

Yes, D.J. Beshears is a 5-foot-9, 185-pound wide receiver with a natural ability to outrun just about anyone on the football field, given the proper hint of daylight. And sure, the Kansas University junior is constantly looking for creative ways to showcase his speed, whether it’s during a kickoff return, taking a handoff or catching a pass. But make no mistake about Beshears: His game isn’t all about finesse and highlights.

Class of 2013 point guard: Kansas is my leader

One of the top high school basketball point guards in the Class of 2013 says Kansas University is his current leader in recruiting.

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Nonconference foes Jayhawks mindful of last year’s opener

KU hopes to avoid NDSU repeat

Heading into last year’s season opener, Kansas University’s football team figured it would kick off the Turner Gill era in style with a victory over visiting FCS school North Dakota State.

Tommy Tuberville has felt KU’s ‘pain’

They come from different worlds, have accomplished different things and coach at different universities. But Texas Tech football coach Tommy Tuberville has a pretty good idea what it felt like for Kansas University coach Turner Gill in 2010.

Oklahoma State: Offense alone won’t win crown

Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy knows that if his Cowboys are to win the Big 12 for the first time in their history, they’re going to need more than an explosive offense.

Friday, August 12

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KU AD Sheahon Zenger working hard to protect Jayhawks' conference interests

Kansas University’s future in the Big 12 Conference — or any other conference, for that matter — may be a little more in doubt today than it was a few weeks ago, but it’s not because of a lack of focus from the school’s athletic director.

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Jayhawks upgrade depth, speed

‘We’ve got so many guys who can play and are good’

In 2010, Kansas University linebackers Justin Springer, Drew Dudley and Steven Johnson played just about every snap and even took turns on special teams.

Key for Kansas: Pound the rock

Jayhawks need to shorten the game, not air it out

My first college football game. Our seats were right behind the Syracuse University bench, close enough to hear the banging and the growling. My father didn’t like the seats.

Vic Shealy stoked about KU defense’s progress

Kansas University defensive coordinator Vic Shealy spoke with reporters for about 25 minutes following Thursday’s practice and it seemed as if he could’ve talked for at least twice that long.

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Open competition: KU football special teams spots (mostly) up for grabs

So far, Aaron Stamn isn’t playing favorites. The Kansas University special teams coach has yet to publicly declare a starter for kicker, punter, punt returner or long snapper.

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Stacked at running back: Jayhawks should have improved ground game

For most of last season, Kansas University football coach Turner Gill and his coaching staff struggled to figure out the best way to use the limited weapons the Jayhawks had on offense.

Thursday, August 11

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Prospect Perry Ellis trims list to four schools

Perry Ellis, a 6-8 senior forward from Wichita Heights, has cut his list of prospective colleges from seven to four, Heights coach Joe Auer announced Thursday night.

KU-Northern Illinois football game to be televised on Fox College Sports

The Kansas football team's home game against Northern Illinois at 6 p.m. on Sept. 10 will be televised by Fox College Sports, KU announced Thursday.

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GameDay chooses KU-MU hoops

ESPN selects Feb. 4 contest in Columbia as part of showcase

The Kansas men's basketball team will be a part of one and perhaps two ESPN College GameDays in 2012.

‘Lockdown’ Brown says KU looks all sped up

Any prediction as to which potential star will develop into the Most Valuable Player on the 2011 Kansas University football team is no easy task.

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Kansas WR Chris Omigie hopes this is his breakout season

Kansas University sophomore Chris Omigie is one of those guys on the Jayhawks’ football roster you probably should know something about.

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Major expectations: Former KU golfer Gary Woodland has high hopes for PGA

Gary Woodland’s PGA Championship game plan is set, and priority No. 1 is to find the fairway.

Is Texas A&M going to leave the Big 12 for the SEC?

With one response, Gov. Rick Perry elevated the rumors linking Texas A&M and the Southeastern Conference beyond message board chatter and Twitter.

Markieff Morris weighs Athens interest

Panathinaikos, a pro basketball team in Athens, Greece, is pursuing former Kansas University basketball player Markieff Morris, Morris’ agent Tony Dutt told the Tucson Citizen newspaper Wednesday.

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After 14 years, Eric Chenowith earns KU degree

Southern California native Eric Chenowith is expecting an important document to arrive in the mail any day now. That’d be his 2011 Kansas University diploma.

Wednesday, August 10

Feds sue former KU athletics official Ben Kirtland and his ex-wife

Federal prosecutors on Wednesday sued the highest-ranking official caught in a ticket scalping scandal at the University of Kansas and his ex-wife, alleging the property settlement in their divorce defrauded the United States.

KU can, must run first

Nobody knows better than Kansas University offensive coordinator Chuck Long that shifting from a pass-first to run-first football team doesn’t always require a long, arduous process.

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Head and shoulders: James Sims obvious No. 1 running back for Jayhawks

He arrived with a killer hairdo, tons of potential and no known role.

Allen Fieldhouse floor getting spruced up

There’s no better time than now to spruce up the Allen Fieldhouse floor for the 2011-12 season.

KU coach Turner Gill ‘more relaxed’

As he enters his second season in charge of the Jayhawks, coach Turner Gill definitely has a much more Zen-like approach than he did a year ago.

Tuesday, August 9

Freshman RB impresses Texas

Malcolm Brown making early push for playing time

Players have yet to start popping pads in Texas’ fall football camp, where practices began last week. But one newcomer, freshman tailback Malcolm Brown, already has captured the attention of veteran teammates.

Longhorns’ safety arrested

Texas senior safety Christian Scott has been arrested and charged with misdemeanor assault with bodily injury.

KU women excited for exhibition trip to Italy

Kansas University women’s basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson says she’s most looking forward to one sight during her team’s exhibition trip to Italy from today through Aug. 19.

Gary Bedore's KU basketball notebook

KU hoops offers N.C. prep Allerik Freeman scholarship

Allerik Freeman, a 6-foot-4, 210-pound junior-to-be from Olympic High in Charlotte, N.C., on Monday received a scholarship offer from Kansas University.

Matt Tait's KU football notebook

DE Pat Lewandowski to miss 2-3 weeks

Kansas head football coach Turner Gill said defensive end Pat Lewandowski would miss two to three weeks because of a leg injury.

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Master recruiter: NIU coach Doeren lured some of KU’s best

Likeability, strong communication skills, an organized mind, a relentless work ethic, steady self-confidence, thick-enough skin to bounce back from rejection, the ability to, as Alec Baldwin so famously said, “A-B-C. A-always, B-be, C-closing. Always be closing. Always be closing.”

OU experimenting with secondary

The search for All-American free safety Quinton Carter’s replacement has Oklahoma considering a shuffle in its defensive lineup.

Monday, August 8

State plans audit of K-State athletic department's online sales tax practices

That new K-State jersey you purchased may draw more than just scorn from Jayhawk fans. It soon may be the subject of a state investigation. The Kansas Department of Revenue confirmed it has asked its audit division to look into the online sales practices of Kansas State University’s Athletic Department to determine whether the school is failing to collect sales taxes on merchandise sold through its online store.

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KU football coach Turner Gill announces that DE D.J. Marshall has left the team

Kansas University sophomore D.J. Marshall, a defensive end who, in 2009, was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma, has left the team.

Battery charge against KU's Thomas Robinson dismissed; victim not interested in prosecution

As part of an agreement, the city prosecutor has dismissed a misdemeanor battery charge against Kansas University basketball player Thomas Robinson.

Former KU golfer Chris Thompson 44th

Lawrence resident and former Kansas University golfer Chris Thompson finished in a tie for 44th place in the Cox Classic, a Nationwide Tour event played in Omaha, Neb. Thompson earned a spot in the tournament, his first nationwide event of the season, in a Monday qualifier. Thompson earned $2,755 and finished 12-under par in the tournament played at Champions Run. Thompson shot a 2-under 69 Sunday and finished three strokes out of the top 25, which would have earned him a spot in this week’s Nationwide event in Springfield, Mo.

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Gary Bedore's KU basketball notebook

Brady Morningstar likely headed to Greece

Former Kansas University basketball guard Brady Morningstar likely will be playing for a professional team in Greece during the 2011-12 season.

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The big three: Isiah Barfield, Tyler Patmon and Greg Brown hope to continue rise

If the 2010 season had been three or four games longer, Kansas University cornerbacks Isiah Barfield, Greg Brown and Tyler Patmon might have been in the running for all-conference honors.

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KU football notebook: Sacks bother KU line coach

Grimes: Coaches, players speaking same language

When reflecting on last season, Kansas offensive-line coach J.B. Grimes said there was one area his unit needed the most improvement.

Kerry Meier making up for lost time

KU product toiling to overcome lost season

Kerry Meier was the last player off the practice field at the Atlanta Falcons’ training camp on Sunday morning. The receiver kept running goal-line routes and catching soft lob passes over his shoulder while his teammates were signing autographs or headed to the locker room.

Sunday, August 7

KU’s Self honored at Illinois for Big Ten titles

Ninth-year Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self returned to Champaign, Ill., on Friday for a banquet honoring his 2000-01 and 2001-02 University of Illinois Big Ten championship basketball teams.

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Healthier & happier: Improved KU O-line injury-free heading into fall

Kansas University offensive line coach J.B. Grimes recently shared a story about the nickname he gave to head football trainer Murphy Grant.

Saturday, August 6

Is K-State football on brink?

’Cats ready to reap benefits of rebuilding

This wasn’t the rebuilding job Bill Snyder inherited the first time he arrived at Kansas State. Not by a long shot. The program back then was on the verge of extinction, its facilities on the level as some high school programs — and its performance on the field not much better.

Touted point guard J-Mychal Reese picks A&M over Jayhawks

One of the top point guards in the college basketball recruiting Class of 2012 on Friday orally committed to Texas A&M.

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Asia's adversity: Freshman Boyd had ‘rough’ run of luck

Two hours after she graduated on June 6, Asia Boyd’s journey from Detroit to Lawrence began on a Greyhound bus.

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Jury still out on new Kansas QBs

Freshmen Brock Berglund, Michael Cummings make early impression

Thursday’s first practice of the season marked the first time Kansas University offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Chuck Long had the opportunity to work with freshmen QBs Brock Berglund and Michael Cummings.

Friday, August 5

KU officials decide not to pursue civil lawsuit against defendants convicted in athletic ticket scandal

Kansas University officials won’t file a civil lawsuit against former athletic department employees who stole $2 million in a football and basketball ticket scheme, a KU spokesman said Friday.

KU track members get academic award

Eight members of the 2011 Kansas University track and field team Thursday were named to the all-academic squad of the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

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Off and running (and passing and catching and blocking and … ): KU football camp gets under way

The first day of fall football practice is different for every player just about every year. That held true Thursday, when Kansas University’s football team ran through its first official practice of the 2011 season, determined to move forward and leave behind the painful memories of last year’s disappointing season.

Kansas swimmer earns another Trials invite

Kansas University swimmer Stephanie Payne will compete in two events during the 2012 Olympic Trials in Omaha, Neb.

’Horns eager to move forward

The Texas Longhorns reported to training camp Thursday ready to leave behind the smoldering wreckage of their dismal 2010, but even the fresh start on a new season came with the news they’ll be without yet another veteran receiver.

Big 12 football preview: Despite change, OU still rules

There are no more divisions and two fewer teams. Welcome to the new-look Big 12, where one thing hasn’t changed. Oklahoma is still king.

Thursday, August 4

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Brock Berglund practices, but will return to Colorado Friday

Kansas University freshman Brock Berglund, a 6-foot-4, dual-threat quarterback from Highlands Ranch, Colo., who has been in and out of Lawrence since graduating from Valor Christian High last December was at the Jayhawks’ first practice Thursday and went through all of the team’s drills.

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KU men's basketball to play Georgetown in first game of Maui Invitational

The Kansas men's basketball team will open this year's Maui Invitational against Georgetown at 11 p.m. CST on Monday, Nov. 21.

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KU men's basketball opens with K-State in 2011-12 conference slate; Self calls sked toughest he's had at KU

The Kansas men's basketball team will open the new 18-game Big 12 slate with a home game against Kansas State on Jan. 4.

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Moving forward: Jayhawks’ football preseason gets under way today

Some carried extra blankets and pillows, while others hauled in televisions and video-game systems, and a couple even teamed up to transport a mini-fridge into their temporary homes. Yep, it’s that time of year again, and Wednesday the entire Kansas University football team reported on time and in style to the Jayhawks’ preseason football camp.

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Recruit Zach Peters resumes football career

KU hoops pledge returns to field amid tragedy

Zach Peters’ first football practice of the 2011 season ended in tragedy Monday at Prestonwood Christian Academy in Plano, Texas.

KU men’s golf earns academic honor

Kansas University’s men’s golf team earned All-Academic honors from the Golf Coaches Association of America on Wednesday.

Wednesday, August 3

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Observe & report: Six KU football storylines to follow as fall practices begin

They won’t put on pads, aren’t planning on picking up a football and certainly won’t be game-planning for their first opponent, which comes to town one month from now in the form of the McNeese State Cowboys.

Gurley pleased in new role

Former KU guard thrilled in position with Williams fund

Greg Gurley played in 124 games — while starting just one — during his four-year Kansas University basketball career.

Tuesday, August 2

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KU women's basketball releases schedule

The Kansas University women's basketball team will play 19 teams that advanced to the postseason last year in its 2011-12 schedule, which was released Tuesday.

Athletic director Sheahon Zenger ready to take charge after getting feel for KU

After being hired on Jan. 3, new Kansas University athletic director Sheahon Zenger’s intention for the first few months was to “walk beside his staff” and observe them without being obtrusive. That changed June 1.

KU basketball offers Texas prep

Phil Forte’s father former football Jayhawk

Kansas University’s basketball team has offered a scholarship to Phil Forte, a 5-foot-11, 180-pound senior-to-be from Marcus High in Flower Mound, Texas, reported Monday.

Royals, KU football similar

The Kansas City Royals are 46-62, in last place in the AL Central and are once again in line to have a top-five pick in next year’s MLB Draft. But look a little deeper, and you’ll see K.C. might not be as far from respectability as it appears.

Big 12 hooks ’Horns’ prep plans

Big 12 Conference athletic directors voted Monday to prohibit the broadcast of any high school sporting events on the newly created Longhorn Network for at least the next year.

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It’s BEER-ee: KU tight end Tim Biere hopes to brew up big season

By now, Kansas University football fans are well aware of how to pronounce senior tight end Tim Biere’s last name.

Monday, August 1

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Coveting the Comet: Texas A&M RB Gray’s all-time favorite? KU’s Sayers

For most young football players who grew up as fans of the game during the past couple of decades, there was no shortage of running backs for which they could root for and fall in love with.

K.C. Pump N Run’s title run finally ends

Two-time defending champion Kansas City Pump N Run’s reign is over at the Metro Sports/Kansas City Prep Invitational.

Scott Stallings nabs first PGA win; Gary Woodland stroke back

Scott Stallings made a birdie on the final hole to qualify for a three-way playoff, then sprinted in excitement toward the 18th tee and showed he could repeat the feat on the first extra hole.