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Monday, December 31

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Kansas PF Perry Ellis flashes potential

Guys who go against Kansas University freshman Perry Ellis every day — his frontcourt teammates — say the power forward’s double-double against American University is a sign of huge things to come. By Gary Bedore

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Kansas football 2012 in review: Top 10 stories of Jayhawks’ season

While the 2012 Kansas University football season delivered little more than losses, there were more than a few memorable things that took place — good and bad — during coach Charlie Weis’ first season in charge of the Jayhawks. By Matt Tait

How former Jayhawks fared in Dec. 31 NBA games

A look at how former Kansas University players fared in Monday's NBA games.

How Former Jayhawks Fared in Dec. 30 NBA games

A look at how former Kansas University players fared in Sunday's NBA games.

Sunday, December 30

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Lately, Naadir Tharpe incomparable

KU backup guard credits brother for his recent emergence

Naadir Tharpe, who has been on quite a roll with 22 assists against no turnovers the last four games, grinned Saturday night when asked if he’d compare himself to another height-challenged point guard, Allen Iverson. By Gary Bedore

Opinion: Can KU keep on streakin’?

No Big 12 basketball team looks to have what it will take to deny Kansas University (11-1) a ninth consecutive conference title, and the gap between the best and the rest appears wider than in most seasons. By Tom Keegan

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Break ’em, Hawks: KU women's clinic breaks up break-within-a-break

A 12-day gap in the schedule between their nonconference finale at Cal and their Big 12 opener at home against Kansas State afforded members of Kansas University’s women’s basketball team the chance to get away for the holidays. By Benton Smith

Game time set for KU-Temple basketball game

Tip for next Sunday's contest is 3:30 p.m., in Allen Fieldhouse

Tip for Sunday's KU-Temple game will be 3:30 p.m., in Allen Fieldhouse

How former Jayhawks fared in Dec. 29 NBA games

A look at how former Kansas University players fared in Saturday's NBA games.

Saturday, December 29

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Former Jayhawk Jake Sharp brings football to Salina

Former running back part owner of fledgling Bombers squad

Former Kansas University running back Jake Sharp may be done slapping on shoulder pads and strapping on a helmet, but that does not mean he’s finished with football. By Matt Tait

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Notebook: Jason Sudeikis, Olivia Wilde visit Allen Fieldhouse

Comedic actor/Kansas University basketball fan Jason Sudeikis asked coach Bill Self for a copy of his book, “Bill Self: At Home in the Phog,” before Saturday’s KU-American basketball game in Allen Fieldhouse. By Gary Bedore

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Paying heed: Travis Releford hot from three in KU's 89-57 rout over American

Travis Releford's teammates have been telling him to shoot it more lately, and the senior guard listened to that advice Saturday night, making five of six three-pointers in Kansas' 89-57 victory over American University. By Gary Bedore • Box score • KU coach Bill Self audio • Naadir Tharpe, Travis Releford and Jeff Withey audio

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Opinion: Confident Naadir Tharpe no longer questioning his ability

Remember the Naadir Tharpe that retreated when the opposition attacked? You can forget him now, Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan says, because the sophomore guard has pushed that timid player into the past.

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American coach Jeff Jones: KU's guards too much

The way American coach Jeff Jones saw it, it was the play of Kansas point guards Elijah Johnson and Naadir Tharpe that made things oh-so-easy for Travis Releford and the rest of the Jayhawks in an 89-57 victory. By Matt Tait • Box score • KU coach Bill Self audio • Naadir Tharpe, Travis Releford and Jeff Withey audio

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Ready to roll: Elijah Johnson, KU ‘re-energized’ after break

A short-but-sweet 3 1/2-day Christmas vacation in his hometown of Las Vegas has rejuvenated Kansas University senior point guard Elijah Johnson. By Gary Bedore

How former Jayhawks fared in Dec. 28 NBA games

A look at how former Kansas University players fared in Friday's NBA games.

Friday, December 28

How former Jayhawks fared in Dec. 27 NBA games

A look at how former Kansas University players fared in Thursday's NBA games.

Thursday, December 27

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Larry Brown hands-on at latest stop — SMU

For anyone who thought Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown went to SMU as a figurehead for a struggling program with a pending move to the ever-changing Big East Conference, it quickly becomes clear why he’s back in the game.

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Hutch kicker, offensive lineman to walk on at KU

Place kicker Michael Mesh and offensive lineman Colby Hamel, a pair of Hutchinson Community College football players, announced recently they would be walking-on to the Kansas University football team for the 2013 season. By Matt Tait

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Happy holidays: Ben McLemore cherishes visit with brother

The 450 youths in attendance at Kansas University’s 2012 Men’s Basketball Holiday Clinic made it clear that one of their favorite players was red-shirt freshman Ben McLemore. By Gary Bedore

Wednesday, December 26

How former Jayhawks fared in Dec. 26 NBA games

A look at how former Kansas University players fared in Wednesday's NBA games.

Jayhawks return from holiday break

Kansas University’s basketball team gathered for practice Wednesday night after a refreshing 3 1/2-day holiday break. By Gary Bedore

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High hopes for Jake Heaps

QB establishes himself during year off

Kansas football coach Charie Weis, beginning his second offseason in charge of the Jayhawks, recruited Jake Heaps out of high school and has known for a while what kind of quarterback Heaps would be, but fans and opponents have yet to truly see what Heaps can do. By Matt Tait

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Opinion: Ben McLemore inspired by Paul Pierce, LeBron James

His spectacular plays and high-rising ways leave basketball fans enjoying watching Kansas University freshman Ben McLemore compete as much as he enjoys playing the game. By Tom Keegan

Tuesday, December 25

How former Jayhawks fared in Dec. 25 NBA games

A look at how former Kansas University players fared in Tuesday's NBA games.

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Former player Greg Gurley settling into 'dream job' as KU radio analyst

Former Kansas University guard Greg Gurley is enjoying his first season as veteran broadcaster Bob Davis' sidekick on broadcasts of KU men's basketball games. “That’s my plan. I love what I do. It’s a dream job,” former Kansas University basketball guard Gurley said of working as color announcer for KU men’s games on the Jayhawk Radio Network. “Both are dream jobs,” added Gurley, who doubles as second-year director of development for the Williams Fund.By Gary Bedore

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New KU cornerback's name packs a punch

He does not own a flashy catch phrase, has pretty standard footwork for a college cornerback and never has dealt much with butterflies or bees. But Cassius Sendish, one of the newest defensive backs on the Kansas University football roster, shares his name with boxing legend Muhammad Ali, formerly known as Cassius Clay. By Matt Tait

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Years in Japan shape KU forward Landen Lucas' outlook

Kansas University freshman forward Landen Lucas says adjusting to a new culture and language in Japan when he was younger has prepared him to handle anything life throws his way. By Matt Tait

Monday, December 24

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With Weis at helm, KU academic staff not worried about juco signees' academics

The risk of bringing in junior-college transfers is diminished somewhat at Kansas University because of the way KU football coach Charlie Weis and Paul Buskirk, the school’s associate athletic director for student support, work together from the time a prospect sets foot on campus to enrollment and the beginning of classes. By Matt Tait

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Ben McLemore named Big 12 rookie of the week

Kansas freshman Ben McLemore was named the Big 12 rookie of the week, the conference announced Monday morning.

Sunday, December 23

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Bill Self happy to get holiday break

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self is in favor of taking his team to tournaments in Maui, Las Vegas and the Bahamas during Thanksgiving week. The week of Christmas, however, is another story. By Gary Bedore

How former Jayhawks fared in Dec. 23 NBA games

A look at how former Kansas University players fared in Sunday's NBA games.

How former Jayhawks fared in Dec. 22 NBA games

A look at how former Kansas University players fared in Saturday's NBA games.

Saturday, December 22

KU track’s Sydney Conley has famous friends, bloodline

Kansas freshman jumper and sprinter Sydney Conley is happy to talk about her famous father and brother and her friend, Greg Oden, the one-time No. 1 overall NBA Draft pick. She takes pride in all of them, but talks of them only when prompted. By Tom Keegan

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Notebook: Elijah Johnson pleased with Jayhawks' fight in victory

Elijah Johnson sees Saturday’s eight-point victory at No. 7-ranked Ohio State as an early-season statement game. By Gary Bedore

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Poor shooting dooms Buckeyes

Dec. 25 can’t come soon enough for Ohio State men’s basketball coach Thad Matta. “I asked Santa for Christmas to improve our jump-shooting,” Matta said with a wry smile following OSU’s 74-66 loss to Kansas University on Saturday afternoon. By Jesse Newell

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Opinion: Ben McLemore's game never stops soaring

The Kansas men's basketball team plays at a defensive advantage no other team in the country has: It doesn't have to try to defend the dynamic Ben McLemore, writes Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan. • Box score • KU coach Bill Self postgame audio • Jeff Withey, Ben McLemore audio

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Wrapped up: Travis Releford's D on Ohio State's Deshaun Thomas keys road win

Kansas senior Travis Releford stuck with Ohio State's leading scorer Deshaun Thomas, inspiring KU's defense in a 74-66 road victory over No. 7 Ohio State on Saturday afternoon. By Gary Bedore • Box score • KU coach Bill Self postgame audio • Jeff Withey, Ben McLemore audio

Notebook: OSU coach showers KU with praise

Ohio State University men’s basketball coach Thad Matta lavished praise on Kansas University’s program during a media session Friday in snowy Columbus.

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Jayhawks brace for revenge-minded Buckeyes

Revenge figures to be on the minds of Ohio State’s basketball players, coaches and fans entering today’s 3 p.m. nonconference clash against Kansas University in 19,049-seat Value City Arena. By Gary Bedore

How former Jayhawks fared in Dec. 21 NBA games

A look at how former Kansas University players fared in Friday's NBA games.

Friday, December 21

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KU women fall to Cal, 88-79

Layshia Clarendon scored a season-high 28 points, one of five California players in double figures, and the eighth-ranked Golden Bears beat No. 19 Kansas, 88-79, on Friday night.

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Kansas women expect challenge from bigs at Cal

The No. 19 Kansas University women's basketball team tonight faces No. 8 California, which looks to challenge the Jayhawks' formidable front-court with its own bevy of bigs. By Benton Smith

Thursday, December 20

How former Jayhawks fared in Dec. 20 NBA games

A look at how former Kansas University players fared in Thursday's NBA games.

Opinion: KU’s fast break is as good as it gets

Known more for his defense-first mentality, Kansas University men's basketball coach Bill Self has one of the finest get-out-and-go games around this year with guard Elijah Johnson and wings Ben McLemore and Travis Releford. Column by Tom Keegan

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Jayhawks focusing on slowing Buckeyes' Thomas

Kansas University's men's basketball team will meet a familiar and dangerous foe when they take on Ohio State on Saturday in Columbus, Ohio: The Buckeyes' All-American forward Deshaun Thomas. By Gary Bedore

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Weis: Juco Jayhawks have chance to challenge vets, turn around program

Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis says a major focus of his recruiting pitch to the Jayhawks' newly signed junior-college transfers was a challenge to turn the program's 1-11 record into a winning tradition. By Matt Tait

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KU's annual spring football game set for April 13

Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis announced Thursday that this offseason’s annual spring game will take place April 13, 2013.

How former Jayhawks fared in Dec. 19 NBA games

A look at how former Kansas University players fared in Wednesday's NBA games.

Wednesday, December 19

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Family follows KU forward Kevin Young to town

Kansas University senior Kevin Young’s brother and mother have decided to move to Lawrence to be closer to the KU men's basketball forward. By Gary Bedore

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Juco standouts: Signing with KU football signals start of a dream

Nine junior-college standouts signed letters of intent with the Kansas University football program on Wednesday. By Matt Tait

Tuesday, December 18

How former Jayhawks fared in Dec. 18 NBA games

A look at how former Kansas University players fared in Tuesday's NBA games.

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Jayhawk recruit Marquel Combs top-ranked juco prospect

What already was perceived by many as a solid Kansas University recruiting class received a little extra validation Tuesday, when ESPN released its list of the top 100 junior-college football prospects in the country. Six of those players have committed to KU, including top-ranked Marquel Combs. By Matt Tait

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Notebook: Naadir Tharpe challenging himself against Elijah Johnson in practice

Kansas University sophomore Naadir Tharpe has some epic 1-on-1 battles with senior point guard Elijah Johnson at Jayhawk basketball practices. By Gary Bedore

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Planet Withey: KU center moves up blocks list as Jayhawks rout Richmond

Though Kansas center Jeff Withey prides himself on his blocks, two of his most spectacular plays were steals in the Jayhawks' 87-59 victory Tuesday over Richmond. By Gary Bedore • Box score • KU coach Bill Self postgame audio • KU players postgame audio

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Opinion: KU-Ohio State will be must-see TV

There's a lot to like about this year's Jayhawks basketball team, but it's time to see if Kansas can prove itself on the road, Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan writes. • Box score • KU coach Bill Self postgame audio • KU players postgame audio

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Richmond coach Chris Mooney: KU 'every bit as good as advertised'

When scouting Kansas, Richmond basketball coach Chris Mooney was caught off guard that the Jayhawks started four seniors. Each of those upperclassmen played a role in the Jayhawks' rout over the Spiders. By Matt Tait • Box score • KU coach Bill Self postgame audio • KU players postgame audio

KU athletes play up spirit of giving

As the holiday season heats up and the spirit of giving takes priority, several members of the Kansas University athletic department are stepping up to bring joy and cheer to those less fortunate both in Lawrence and around the world. By Matt Tait

How former Jayhawks fared in Dec. 17 NBA games

A look at how former Kansas University players fared in Monday's NBA games.

Monday, December 17

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Bill Self recalls last Richmond game

Four current University of Richmond basketball players and three from Kansas University played in KU’s 77-57 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 victory over the Spiders on March 25, 2011, in San Antonio. By Gary Bedore

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KU's Monica Engelman ends trey drought

Monica Engelman hit her first three-pointer of the season on Sunday against Prairie View A&M and hopes it's a sign of treys to come. By Benton Smith

KU’s top 10 juco football recruits

Charlie Weis and his staff of assistants, motivated by a 1-11 season, hit the road sprinting after junior-college recruits. So far, 16 juco standouts have committed to play football for Kansas University. Here's a look at 10 projected to be the most promising. By Tom Keegan

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Close to home: KU’s Andrew White III familiar with tonight’s foe

A blue-chip basketball prospect living just 15 minutes from the University of Richmond’s campus, Andrew White III spent a lot of time with the Spiders’ players and coaches the past few years. By Gary Bedore

Sunday, December 16

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As Elijah Johnson gets better, so do Jayhawks

A healthy Elijah Johnson has helped rejuvenate Kansas University’s basketball offense, which has averaged 89.5 points a game in back-to-back victories over Colorado and Belmont in Allen Fieldhouse. By Gary Bedore

Opinion: Kansas football still needs help at wide receiver

It appears Charlie Weis, motivated by a miserable first season as Kansas University football coach, is in the late stages of a remarkable recruiting haul on the junior-college front. Strangely, however, wide receiver, the second-least-productive position (behind quarterback) for the 1-11 Jayhawks, still doesn’t look strong on paper. By Tom Keegan

How former Jayhawks fared in Dec. 16 NBA games

A look at how former Kansas University players fared in Sunday's NBA games.

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Goodrich helps KU women survive vs. Prairie View A&M

Kansas University's women's basketball team survived a scare from Prairie View A&M Sunday afternoon at Allen Fieldhouse in its final non-conference home game of the season once senior point guard Angel Goodrich scored seven of her 19 points in the final five minutes. By Benton Smith

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Kansas women looking to build good habits during softer span in schedule

The Kansas University women's basketball team isn't overlooking lesser foes like Prairie View A&M — 2 p.m. today at Allen Fieldhouse — but KU coach Bonnie Henrickson is making sure her team doesn't waste an opportunity to improve before a tough Big 12 conference slate. By Benton Smith

Saturday, December 15

How former Jayhawks fared in Dec. 15 NBA games

A look at how former Kansas University players fared in Saturday's NBA games.

Notebook: KU keeps Belmont bombers in check

Eleven Belmont University basketball bombers combined for 38 three-point attempts in Saturday’s 89-60 loss to Kansas University in Allen Fieldhouse. By Gary Bedore

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Opinion: Travis Releford making coach look prescient

Three autumns ago, in announcing that Travis Releford would red-shirt his second season on the Kansas University basketball team, coach Bill Self predicted the Kansas City, Mo., native would score 1,000 points during his career. By Tom Keegan

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Andrew White III catches fire, helps KU torch Belmont

Andrew White III, KU’s freshman shooting guard/small forward, exploded for a career-high 15 points off 6-of-8 shooting — 3-of-5 from three — while playing just 10 minutes in the Jayhawks’ 89-60 battering of Belmont. By Gary Bedore

Bruins 'embarrassed' by showing against KU

Belmont men’s basketball coach Rick Byrd figured Saturday’s task would be a tough one, but he thought his team would handle it better than it did. By Matt Tait

Four-star defensive end Chris Martin picks KU

The Kansas University football team picked up its second commitment from a four-star prospect on Saturday evening, when City College of San Francisco defensive end Chris Martin told Charlie Weis he would be a Jayhawk.

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Self, Jayhawks: There's nothing middling about mid-major Belmont

Coach Bill Self and his Kansas University men's basketball team aren't taking today's 6 p.m. match-up against mid-major foe Belmont lightly. In the words of KU senior Kevin Young, "We know they can play.” By Gary Bedore

How former Jayhawks fared in Dec. 14 NBA games

A look at how former Kansas University players fared in Friday's NBA games.

Friday, December 14

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KU football lands two more juco standouts, one high school receiver

The Kansas University football program picked up three more commitments, including two from junior college standouts, on Friday, bringing the total number commitments in the Class of 2013 to 22. By Matt Tait

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KU’s Justin Wesley suffers broken pinkie

Kansas University junior basketball forward Justin Wesley broke his left pinkie finger at practice Thursday and will miss approximately three weeks of practice and games, coach Bill Self said Thursday night. By Gary Bedore

Billy Thomas returns as coach

Thursday night at Bishop Seabury Academy’s small high school gymnasium, former KU standout Billy Thomas coached in his college town for the first time, leading Kansas City (Mo.) Barstow to a 62-32 victory over the Seahawks.

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Rock shop Jayhawk: KU men relish shopping excursion

For the 16th straight year, the KU men’s basketball team shopped for needy families at Wal-Mart in south Lawrence. By Jesse Newell

Thursday, December 13

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KU cornerback Tyler Patmon leaving program

The lone underclassman in Kansas University’s starting secondary will be joining the seniors in leaving the KU football program this offseason. Sources confirmed to the Journal-World that junior cornerback Tyler Patmon would not return to the team next season. Patmon, a 5-foot-11, 180-pound starter from Round Rock, Texas, announced similar news via Twitter on Thursday night. By Matt Tait

Iowa Western C.C. O-Lineman Mike Smithburg picks KU football

The Kansas University football program picked up its fourth offensive lineman in the 2013 recruiting class late Wednesday night, when Mike Smithburg, a 6-foot-3, 300-pound guard from Iowa Western C.C. orally committed to the Jayhawks. By Matt Tait

Ex-KU assistant Ed Warinner honored

Ed Warinner, Mark Mangino’s offensive coordinator during Todd Reesing’s three years as KU’s starting quarterback, including the 12-1 Orange Bowl season, was named by ESPN.com as the Big Ten assistant coach of the year.

KU’s Caroline Jarmoc on All-America team

Kansas University junior middle blocker Caroline Jarmoc became the first KU volleyball player to earn All-America honors after she was named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association’s second team on Wednesday.

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Tyler Self making most of minutes

As a member of the Red Team, also known as Kansas University’s basketball Scout Team, Tyler Self tries to bring his A game to practice every day. By Gary Bedore

Wednesday, December 12

How former Jayhawks fared in Dec. 12 NBA games

A look at how former Kansas University players fared in Wednesday's NBA games.

Navarro Junior College offensive lineman Zach Fondal becomes latest to pick KU football

Less than 10 hours after the Kansas University football program got word of a commitment from highly coveted defensive tackle Marquel Combs, the Jayhawks picked up some much-needed help on the other side of the ball when offensive lineman Zach Fondal, of Navarro Junior College, became the latest pledge to pick Kansas. By Matt Tait

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KU's Elijah Johnson healing, feeling more like his high-flying self

After playing the last few weeks with a banged-up knee, Kansas University senior point guard Elijah Johnson admitted he felt more like himself defensively during Kansas’ 90-54 victory over Colorado on Saturday. By Jesse Newell

How former Jayhawks fared in Dec. 11 NBA games

A look at how former Kansas University players fared in Tuesday's NBA games.

Tuesday, December 11

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Four-star defensive tackle Marquel Combs picks KU football via Twitter

The hits just keep on coming for the Kansas University football program, which scored its biggest recruiting victory of the 2013 class late Tuesday night, when four-star defensive tackle Marquel Combs picked KU over Kansas State. By Matt Tait

Safety Isaiah Johnson becomes next juco player to commit to KU football

Iowa Western Community College safety Isaiah Johnson on Tuesday orally committed to the Kansas University football program, bringing the Jayhawks' total in the current class to 16, with 10 being junior-college players. By Matt Tait

Monday, December 10

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Spirited victory helps Self preach high-energy approach to Jayhawks

Kansas University men's basketball's blowout victory over Colorado on Saturday has given Bill Self an extra tool to help coach up his team. By Gary Bedore

How former Jayhawks fared in Dec. 10 NBA games

A look at how former Kansas University players fared in Monday's NBA games.

Junior college cornerback Cassius Sendish picks Kansas

The Kansas University football team picked up its 15th commitment from an athlete in the Class of 2013 on Monday. Arizona Western C.C. defensive back Cassius Sendish became the latest player to orally commit to the Jayhawks, making him the ninth junior-college prospect in the current class. By Matt Tait

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Opinion: Dismal KU football season featured players and plays to celebrate

Journal-World beat writer Matt Tait looks back on the players and moments to remember from the 2012 Kansas University football season.

Sunday, December 9

Kicker commits to KU

Sunday, after welcoming more than a dozen recruits in for the weekend, Kansas football coach Charlie Weis learned Trevor Pardula, of DeAnza College in California, orally committed to the Jayhawks. By Matt Tait

How former Jayhawks fared in Dec. 9 NBA games

A look at how former Kansas University players fared in Sunday's NBA games.

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Jeff Withey proudly graduates early

Jeff Withey, who blocked five Colorado shots while wearing a Kansas University basketball jersey Saturday, capped his weekend in a cap and gown Sunday. By Gary Bedore

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KU women rock Newman, 97-64

The Kansas University women's basketball team raced to an 18-6 lead and never looked back, routing Newman, 97-64, Sunday at Allen Fieldhouse.

How former Jayhawks fared in Dec. 8 NBA games

A look at how former Kansas University players fared in Saturday's NBA games.

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After loss, KU women aim to fix energy, offensive focus against Newman

Kansas University women's basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson is hoping her Jayhawks bounce back from a loss with an energetic performance today against Newman University. By Matt Tait

Saturday, December 8

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Opinion: Ben McLemore also stands out when blending in

Kansas freshman guard Ben McLemore didn't take the lead role for KU on Saturday, but he still delivered a complete performance in the Jayhawks' rout over Colorado. By Tom Keegan • KU coach Bill Self audio • Box score

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Rebuffed: KU makes short work of former Big 12 foe in 90-54 win

The fans were energized and the Jayhawks were as well during a 90-54 rout of Colorado on Saturday in Allen Fieldhouse. By Gary Bedore • KU coach Bill Self audio • Box score

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Notebook: Travis Releford — not Ben McLemore — has dunk of the day

Normally, it’s Ben McLemore with Kansas University’s dunk of the day. On Saturday, Travis Releford’s driving one-handed slam dunk over Colorado’s Jeremy Adams is the one that had the fans most energized — the jam coming with 1:29 left in the first half of KU’s 90-54 rout of the Buffaloes in Allen Fieldhouse. By Gary Bedore

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Buffs' coach: Kansas 'manhandled us from start to finish'

Colorado men's basketball coach Tad Boyle didn't waste time sharing his feelings following his team's 90-54 loss to Kansas University on Saturday. By Jesse Newell • KU coach Bill Self audio • Box score

How former Jayhawks fared in Dec. 7 NBA games

A look at how former Kansas University players fared in Friday's NBA games.

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Boyle’s back in town: Former Jayhawk leads Colorado against KU

Former Kansas University basketball player Tad Boyle will coach the Colorado Buffaloes against his alma mater today at Allen Fieldhouse. By Gary Bedore

Friday, December 7

Weis, Jayhawks to host 15 recruits for weekend visits

Throughout the past several months, Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis has landed 13 oral commitments from high school and junior college recruits in the Class of 2013. But with signing day now just two months away, the push to fill out the rest of the class picks up. By Matt Tait

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Opinion: TV rights agreement ensures Big 12's long-term stability

Journal-World writer Matt Tait examines how the Big 12's "Grant of Rights" agreement works to protect the league's teams from the ever-active forces of conference realignment.

Paris Daniels records wins in KU track meet

Kansas University sprinter Paris Daniels set two facility records and won two individual titles at the Bob Timmons Challenge, the KU track and field team’s season-opening meet on Thursday at Anschutz Pavilion.

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Jayhawks practice with bigger point guards

A bit tall for the position, 6-foot-8 Kevin Young and 6-6 Travis Releford have played some point guard — yes, point guard — during this week’s Kansas University basketball practices. By Gary Bedore

How former Jayhawks fared in Dec. 6 NBA games

A look at how former Kansas University players fared in Thursday's NBA games.

Thursday, December 6

KU women suffer first loss, 64-56

Kansas University’s women’s basketball season-opening winning streak came to an end Thursday night in a 64-56 loss to Arkansas.

How former Jayhawks fared in Dec. 5 NBA games

A look at how former Kansas University players fared in Wednesday's NBA games.

Wednesday, December 5

KU rowing adds 10 recruits

Kansas University’s rowing team announced Wednesday the signing of 10 student-athletes to letters of intent.

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Rising above: Ben McLemore elevates above adversity

What must it be like to be Ben McLemore, Kansas University basketball star, floating sky-walker, owner of a million-dollar smile and a jump shot to match? By Tom Keegan

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Four KU football players earn second-team All-Big 12 honors

The Kansas University football team won just one game all season and saw its Big 12 losing streak grow to 21 games in 2012, but the league's coaches and media members who cover the conference saw enough to name four Jayhawks to the second-team All-Big 12 postseason squad.

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KU freshman Perry Ellis: College transition tough but rewarding

Kansas University freshman Perry Ellis says the adjustment from high school to college — both in the classroom and on the basketball court — has been trying at times, but he's focused on improving. By Gary Bedore

KU volleyball coach Bechard, star Jarmoc win all-region awards

Kansas University volleyball coach Ray Bechard earned the AVCA Central Region Coach of the Year award, while KU middle blocker Caroline Jarmoc was selected for the All-Central Region First Team.

Jayhawks, Wildcats vying for juco defenders, teammates

Juco teammates Marcus Jenkins-Moore and Marquel Combs are being recruited by both the Kansas University and Kansas State football programs, but Jenkins-Moore says he's sold on KU and hopes to play with Combs again under coach Charlie Weis. By Matt Tait

KU soccer earns all-region nods

Kansas University midfielder Whitney Berry was named to the All-Central Region First Team, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America announced Tuesday.

How former Jayhawks fared in Dec. 4 NBA games

A look at how former Kansas University players fared in Tuesday's NBA games.

Tuesday, December 4

Junior setter Erin McNorton an improbable quarterback for KU volleyball run

Junior setter Erin McNorton began her career as a walk-on, began the season unaware she would start and wound up delivering the third best single season assist total in Kansas University volleyball history while helping lead the Jayhawks to their best season ever.

KU softball lands juco pitcher

Beth Wilson, a 6-foot softball pitcher from Heartland Community College in Normal, Ill., plans to transfer next season to Kansas University.

KU golf lands Florida prep

Brock Drogosch, a senior at Windermere (Fla.) Prep School, has signed a national letter of intent with Kansas University’s men’s golf team.

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Bill Self fondly recalls Rick Majerus

College basketball coaches around the country have been celebrating the life of Rick Majerus, the former Marquette, Ball State, Utah and Saint Louis coach who died Saturday at the age of 64. By Gary Bedore

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Opinion: Mark Mangino to UK makes sense

It hit me like a hot-air shot onto a cavity delivered through one of those guns dentists like to use to amuse themselves and get a rise out of their patients: Mark Mangino very well could return to coaching soon as an offensive coordinator at a school that has challenges in building a football program similar to those at Kansas University. By Tom Keegan

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KU football by the numbers

Some of the digits behind Kansas’ fall into the abyss

Mind-blowing numbers help to illustrate just how deeply a Kansas University football program that went 12-1 and won the Orange Bowl five long years ago has slipped into the abyss. By Tom Keegan

Monday, December 3

How former Jayhawks fared in Dec. 3 NBA games

A look at how former Kansas University players fared in Monday's NBA games.

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Jeff Withey wins Big 12 player of week

Kansas center Jeff Withey was selected as the Big 12's player of the week, the conference announced Monday.

Sunday, December 2

How former Jayhawks fared in Dec. 2 NBA games

A look at how former Kansas University players fared in Sunday's NBA games.

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Jeff Withey nation’s leading swatter

Kansas University senior Jeff Withey, who set an NCAA Tournament record by blocking 31 shots in the 2012 postseason, continues to protect the basket at an astonishing rate. By Gary Bedore

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Gardner, KU bench help Jayhawks beat Minnesota

With Angel Goodrich and Carolyn Davis in second-half foul trouble, substitute forward Chelsea Gardner carried Kansas to a 65-53 win over Minnesota Sunday at Allen Fieldhouse. By Benton Smith

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KU running back James Sims says NFL can wait

During a disappointing 2012 season, Kansas University junior James Sims became the 11th Jayhawk all-time to rush for 1,000 yards or more in a single season and established himself as one of the top backs in the Big 12. While a playing future beyond college football now looks likely for the junior from Irving, Texas, Sims says he's not considering a jump to the NFL just yet. By Matt Tait

How former Jayhawks fared in Dec. 1 NBA games

A look at how former Kansas University players fared in Saturday's NBA games.

Jayhawks hope to see much more of Sprint Center

Kansas University’s Travis Releford, Jeff Withey and Ben McLemore surely are salivating over the possibility of playing as many as five more games in Sprint Center this season.

Saturday, December 1

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WVU's Geno Smith ties NCAA completion percentage record against KU

If Saturday’s events were an accurate indication, former Heisman Trophy candidate Geno Smith could have won the award by unanimous vote had he faced the Kansas University defense every week. By Tom Keegan

Game Balls and Gassers: West Virginia

Candidates for Game Balls and Gassers against West Virginia ...

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Notebook: James Sims cracks 1,000 rushing yards ... in nine games

When Kansas University junior James Sims was suspended for the first three games of the 2012 season after a DUI arrest this summer, many wondered if KU's leading rusher from the previous two seasons would lose his featured spot in the Jayhawks' backfield.

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Opinion: KU can't compete with a pass D like this

The Kansas football team's defense did not force an incomplete pass from West Virginia starter Geno Smith in its 59-10 loss to West Virginia, and until the Jayhawks can cobble together a better pass defense, they'll continue to lose Big 12 games, writes Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan.

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Final goodbye: West Virginia 'gross mismatch' for KU in seniors' last game

Despite going through three head coaches and suffering through 37 losses in four years, a pair of Kansas seniors stood tall when leaving the field for the final time as Jayhawks following KU's 59-10 blowout loss to West Virginia. By Matt Tait • Box score • KU coach Charlie Weis postgame audio

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Wichita State defeats KU volleyball, 3-1, in NCAA second round

The Wichita State volleyball team defeated Kansas, 23-25, 25-16, 25-19, 25-21, in the two teams' second round match Saturday night at Allen Fieldhouse. By Gary Bedore

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KU volleyball success: Fans can dig it

Supporters cheer on team at Allen Fieldhouse during opening-round NCAA tourney victory

The crowd of about 3,500 in Allen Fieldhouse did its best to rock the old barn, clapping along with the fight song and rising and yelling for each set point. The band was on hand to pump up the crowd, and the volleyball team even got in the mix with an impromptu dance between matches to the song “Gangnam Style.” By Adam Strunk

Wichita State volleyball survives scare

Wichita State’s route to the second round of the NCAA Tournament and a meeting with host Kansas was not easy Friday night.

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Oregon State center Joe Burton amazed by Jeff Withey's development since high school

Oregon State senior Joe Burton, who hails from Soboba, Calif., has seen quite a change in Kansas University men’s basketball center and San Diego native Jeff Withey since they played against each other in high school. By Jesse Newell

Kansas vs. West Virginia: Tale of the Tape

A unit-by-unit look at the Kansas-West Virginia football game.

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Notebook: Ben McLemore wows with high-flying dunk

Kansas University freshman skywalker Ben McLemore stole a pass near midcourt, dribbled through the middle of the lane and slammed the basketball through the goal. By Gary Bedore

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Geno’s last stand: KU wary of Mountaineers QB

None of the Jayhawks have Heisman votes, but it’s clear that they’re impressed by West Virginia QB Geno Smith. By Matt Tait

How former Jayhawks fared in Nov. 30 NBA games

A look at how former Kansas University players fared in Friday's NBA games.

KU women benefit from balanced attack

Kansas University women’s basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson certainly takes comfort in having as reliable a senior duo as forward Carolyn Davis and point guard Angel Goodrich at her disposal, but she didn’t mind watching other members of the team finish with higher point totals in the Jayhawks’ rout of Grambling State on Wednesday.