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Friday, June 29

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Ex-KU quarterback Jordan Webb picks Buffs

Former Kansas University starting quarterback Jordan Webb is headed from the Big 12 to the Pac-12.

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Jayhawk pride: Morris twins ready to welcome Thomas Robinson to NBA

Their seats at the Prudential Center were in a different spot, but their emotions were the same.

KU commit Frankamp scores 13 at U17 World Championships

Conner Frankamp, a Wichita North senior-to-be who has committed to play basketball at Kansas University, scored 13 points and dished a team-high five assists as the USA men’s basketball team defeated Australia, 89-67, on Friday at the FIBA U17 World Championships in Kaunas, Lithuania.

KU’s Stigler, Geubelle move to Trials finals

Kansas University freshman Michael Stigler claimed a spot in the final of the 400-meter hurdles while junior Andrea Geubelle moved into the final of the long jump Friday at the U.S. Olympic Trials at Hayward Field. Both will compete for spots on Team USA in their event finals Sunday.

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Former KU baseball coach Floyd Temple dies

Former Kansas baseball coach Floyd Temple, who posted 438 wins from 1954 to 1981, passed away Friday at the age of 85.

Prosecutor alleges KU basketball players got pot from dealer

A newspaper report says a Kansas man at the center of a large-scale marijuana case allegedly supplied the drug to multiple players from the 2010-11 Kansas men's basketball team. The Kansas City Star reported Friday that an assistant U.S. attorney made the claim during a detention hearing for Samuel Villeareal III.

KU football completes signing class with addition of linebacker Jon Shelby

Kansas football coach Charlie Weis announced the addition of junior-college linebacker Jon Shelby on Friday.

Nearby Nets draft Tyshawn Taylor after second-round slide

Tyshawn Taylor had heard all sorts of things from people once his name wasn’t called in the first round of Thursday’s NBA draft.

To stick in the NBA, Taylor must defend

Wayne Simien, Julian Wright, Brandon Rush, Darrell Arthur, Xavier Henry, Cole Aldrich, Marcus and Markieff Morris, and Thomas Robinson. Two centers, five power forwards and two small forwards out of Kansas University have been chosen in the first round of the NBA draft since the last guard, Kirk Hinrich in 2003, earned the honor.

Kentucky claims top two spots, six total picks in NBA draft

Best in the country and No. 1 and 2 in the NBA draft. The celebration goes on for Kentucky’s kids.

KU swimmer misses Olympic Trials cut

Outgoing Kansas senior captain Stephanie Payne finished her final career swim in the second heat of the 200 fly preliminaries with a 2:18.38 time on Thursday at the U.S. Swimming Olympic Trials.

Jayhawks make Colombian Olympic soccer team

Kansas University sophomore soccer players Liana Salazar and Ingrid Vidal earned roster spots on the inaugural Colombia Olympic national team for the London Games later this summer.

KU golf pioneer Toalson elected to Hall of Fame

Bill Toalson, the first golfer to earn a scholarship at Kansas University, was elected to the Kansas Golf Hall of Fame on Thursday.

Kings draft Robinson based on need

Kansas University’s Thomas Robinson was considered perhaps the most NBA-ready player in the draft and the Sacramento Kings need plenty of immediate help after missing the playoffs for a sixth straight season.

Kansas track duo advances at Olympic Trials

Kansas University junior Paris Daniels moved into the semifinals of the 200 meters, and freshman Michael Stigler advanced to the 400-meter hurdles semifinals on Thursday at the Olympic Trials.

Thursday, June 28

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Memorable hug, tears just part of emotional night for Thomas Robinson

Former KU forward taken fifth by Sacramento Kings

Even though his name was called a couple of spots lower than he expected, the dip from No. 2 to No. 5 in Thursday’s NBA draft at the Prudential Center did nothing to spoil the moment for former Kansas University forward Thomas Robinson.

Prosecutors dismiss DUI charge against former KU, pro football player

Douglas County prosecutors Thursday dismissed a DUI charge against former Kansas University and NFL football player Elvis Patterson related to a June 4, 2011, traffic stop east of Lawrence.

Charlie Weis knew his stuff all too well with Irish

The three captains — quarterback Dayne Crist, left tackle Tanner Hawkinson and pass-rusher Toben Opurum — also happen to rank among the most talented guys on the Kansas University football team, but it doesn’t always work that way.

Wednesday, June 27

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Thomas Robinson, Tyshawn Taylor await NBA call

Tuesday night, a little less than two days before the suits and smiles of the NBA Draft take the place of the more familiar high tops and high-fives, former Kansas University standouts Thomas Robinson and Tyshawn Taylor met up for one more game of basketball.

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KU's Border War win up for ESPY

The Kansas men's basketball 87-86 overtime victory over Missouri on Feb. 25 has been nominated for "Game of the Year" in this year's ESPY awards, ESPN announced Wednesday.

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LIVE from New York: It's time to dive into NBA Draft 2012

For the third year in a row, fans of the Kansas University men’s basketball program have a rather compelling reason to tune into the annual NBA Draft — two of them actually.

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Tyshawn Taylor exhibits growth potential

To get to know Tyshawn Taylor, even at big-time college basketball player/reporter distance, is to love him. Unbridled enthusiasm for playing the game, such a people person, so funny.

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Former Jayhawk Jeremy Case named assistant at Houston Baptist

Former Kansas guard Jeremy Case has accepted an assistant coaching position with Houston Baptist.

Former Jayhawk third in heat at swim trials

Former Kansas University swimmer Danielle Herrmann finished third in her heat in the 100 breaststroke Tuesday at the U.S. Olympic Trials. Herrmann, a four-year KU standout from 2005-09, was leading her heat heading into the final lap and finished with a time of 1:12.87. She was not one of the 16 swimmers to advance to the semifinal round.

Tuesday, June 26

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Path to success: Former Jayhawk Russell Robinson shares advice with Naadir Tharpe

Last week, when former Jayhawk point guard Russell Robinson got his first up-close look at current Kansas University sophomore Naadir Tharpe, he liked what he saw.

Former KU assistant Pfitsch dies

Former Kansas basketball assistant coach John A. Pfitsch died Friday at age 92 according to an obituary appearing in the Des Moines Register.

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Weis settled in at KU, getting head start on fall preparations

With the backdrop of Memorial Stadium over his right shoulder and a box containing an inflatable mattress, comforter and pillow sitting on the floor near his desk 10 feet in front of him, Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis on Monday delivered a state of the summer address to a small contingent of media members.

KU's Andrea Geubelle takes third in finals of Olympic Trials, misses team cut

Kansas University senior-to-be Andrea Geubelle finished third in the triple jump Monday at the U.S. Olympic Trials at Hayward Field.

Monday, June 25

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Time to pick teams for an all-Jayhawks game of H-O-R-S-E

Writers ponder 'best' opponents in latest installment of summer series

It’s one of the oldest and easiest games of basketball known to man and also the setting for Part II of our summer series of fun and memorable questions that cover some of the biggest and best names in Kansas University sports history.

KU track star Diamond Dixon earns spot on U.S. Olympic team

The dream season for Kansas University track star Diamond Dixon continued on Sunday, with the KU sophomore earning a spot on the 4x400-meter U.S. Olympic team which will compete next month in London.

Sunday, June 24

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KU track stars Dixon, Geubelle advance to finals of Olympic trials

Kansas University’s Andrea Geubelle and Diamond Dixon advanced to the U.S. Olympic team trial finals, Saturday at Hayward Field.

Friday, June 22

KU’s Diamond Dixon advances

Kansas University sophomore Diamond Dixon placed third in her heat and 11th overall in qualifying to advance to the semifinals of the 400 meters on Friday at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials at Hayward Field.

Mario Chalmers joins exclusive two-title club

Mario Chalmers and his Miami Heat teammate, Shane Battier, joined an exclusive club Thursday night.

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Thomas Robinson, Andre Drummond work out for Bobcats

Thomas Robinson made a quantum leap during his junior year at Kansas University. He spent Friday morning trying to convince the Charlotte Bobcats that he has even more upside.

Chalmers 2nd Jayhawk with NCAA, NBA titles

Former Kansas University guard Mario Chalmers of the Miami Heat joined Clyde Lovellette Thursday in becoming only the second Jayhawk to win an NCAA championship and an NBA title.

Kansas thrower on academic team

Kansas University junior thrower Heather Bergmann on Thursday was named to the 2011-12 Capital One Academic All-America Women’s Track and Field second team, as chosen by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

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Unidentical twins: Rajon Rondo, Tyshawn Taylor have alliterative names, different games

In November of 2010, Kansas University’s then-junior point guard, Tyshawn Taylor, sat in the media room of Allen Fieldhouse and offered a self-evaluation.

Thursday, June 21

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So long, Chicago: Collins relocating to town

Former Kansas University point guard Sherron Collins, who has been rehabilitating a sprained knee that sidelined him at the end of the 2011-12 Turkish Basketball League season, has decided to relocate from Chicago to Lawrence to get in what he hopes will be the best shape of his life.

Wednesday, June 20

LJWorld.com, other World Company sites undergo maintenance tonight

Due to technical maintenance beginning tonight at 9:30, some stories may not appear on LJWorld.com, KUSports.com, Lawrence.com or WellCommons.com until Thursday morning. We apologize for this inconvenience. For breaking news stories Wednesday night, please check out our Tumblr page, and our social media channels on Facebook and Twitter.

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Incoming guard Doyle hoping to live up to legacy of Chicago Jayhawks

The city of Chicago has been kind to Kansas University’s basketball program during the Bill Self era.

Tuesday, June 19

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KU men's basketball team records 6th straight perfect APR score

The Kansas University men’s basketball team may be riding an unprecedented streak of eight straight Big 12 Conference championships, but that’s not the only streak that has school officials smiling. Tuesday morning, KU released the results of the most recent Academic Progress Rate numbers from the 2010-11 academic year and they revealed that head coach Bill Self’s squad had delivered a perfect APR score of 1,000 for the sixth straight year.

Bill Self to participate in All-Star Legends and Celebrity Softball Game

KU coach chooses jersey number '08' for contest at Kauffman Stadium

KU basketball coach Bill Self will play in a celebrity softball game on July 8 at Kauffman Stadium.

Mario Chalmers big plus for Heat

In general, new-fangled sports statistics rank right down there with sore throats, airplane seats next to compulsive talkers, extremely deliberate amblers negotiating crosswalks, golfers who take more than one practice swing, snakes, spiders and litterbugs.

Aqib Talib charges dismissed

Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reported Monday that the case against former Kansas University cornerback Aqib Talib had been dropped.

Monday, June 18

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KU announces addition of Milton Doyle to basketball team

Chicago Marshall High guard enrolled in summer school

Milton Doyle has officially joined KU's basketball team.

Kansas’ Christian Garrett back from hoops/ministry trip

Kansas University sophomore basketball player Christian Garrett is seeing the world during a memorable spring/summer of 2012.

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Guess who's coming to dinner?

Table set for summer series

Inspired by a question posed in one of our weekly Kansas University football chats, we would like to introduce the first installment of a summer series that will take you on a trip down memory lane.

Sunday, June 17

Kansas snags commitments from state's top football prospects

Late last week, Rivals.com released its state-by-state rankings for the top prospects in the Class of 2013, and the Kansas University football team appears to be doing quite well in the Sunflower State.

High school coach: Chicago guard Doyle will be ‘great fit’ at KU

Florida International University basketball coach Isiah Thomas traveled to his hometown of Chicago last fall to land one of the recruiting sleepers in the Class of 2012 — Marshall High combo guard Milton Doyle.

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Russell Robinson savoring summer in Lawrence

Russell Robinson, who has played professional basketball in Spain and Turkey the past two seasons after a stint in the NBA Developmental League, says he’s thoroughly enjoyed competing overseas.

Humble coach, mentor deserves spotlight

Gospel of Luke, chapter 14, verse 11, reads, “Whoever exalts himself will be humbled and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted.”

Saturday, June 16

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Ex-KU aide Barry Hinson sets out on coaching comeback at SIU

Endless smiles. Quick one-liners. Southern-fried charm. An encouraging word and a drop of wisdom for everyone who crossed his path.

Former KU golfer Gary Woodland misses U.S. Open cut

Former Kansas University golfer Gary Woodland shot 77 in the second round of the U.S. Open Friday at The Olympic Club, missing the cut by three strokes.

Friday, June 15

Milton Doyle to play basketball at Kansas University

Chicago combo guard to attend summer school classes Monday

Chicago Marshall High guard Milton Doyle will arrive on campus on Sunday and begin attending class Monday. He's KU's latest addition to the recruiting Class of 2012.

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Putting on a show: Keith Langford scores 47 in charity game

Stretching his 6-foot-4 frame as high as possible, Keith Langford caught a lob pass from former Kansas University teammate Aaron Miles and flushed a resounding dunk in the second half of Thursday’s Rock Chalk Roundball Classic at Free State High’s gym.

How former Jayhawks fared (June 15)

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in Thursday's NBA Finals.

Woodland shoots 4-over 74

Former Kansas University golfer Gary Woodland shot a solid if not spectacular 4-over-par 74 on the opening day of the U.S. Open on Thursday at The Olympic Club and sits in the middle of the pack.

Bill Self a fan of new recruiting rule

A new NCAA rule that will allow unlimited phone calls and texts to recruits who have finished their sophomore year in high school begins today. The old rule allowed just one call a month and no texts.

Athletes’ tendencies to ‘cluster’ in certain academic fields problematic, some say

An in-depth Journal-World study of Big 12 athletics, including the incoming and outgoing teams this year, found widespread clustering — defined by researchers as 25 percent of a team sharing one major — in men’s basketball and football programs.

Thursday, June 14

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Rest-less rookie: Big man Landen Lucas leg-weary

It’s easy to understand why Landen Lucas missed three floor shots and a pair of free throws during Wednesday’s Bill Self campers game in Horejsi Center. The huge 6-foot-10, 244-pound Kansas University freshman center has been running on just a handful of hours of sleep all week.

Wednesday, June 13

National Football Foundation honors local football players

For the 13 recipients of this year’s scholar-athlete awards handed out by the National Football Foundation’s Sunflower Chapter, Wednesday’s banquet provided one more opportunity to be coached. And while all of their coaches were in attendance, they were not the ones doing the coaching.

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Doc Sadler officially named director of basketball operations for KU men's basketball

Doc Sadler says he’s going to enjoy the Allen Fieldhouse experience a lot more as a member of the home team’s basketball staff than he did as a visitor.

Ex-Nebraska coach Doc Sadler expected to join Self's KU staff

Former University of Nebraska basketball coach Doc Sadler is expected to soon be named director of basketball operations at Kansas University.

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Ex-Jayhawk Julian Wright confident NBA is in his future

Julian Wright believes an ultra-successful season in the NBA Developmental League has resurrected his basketball career.

Weis seeking solutions, not silver linings at KU

Last Sunday, as part of KSHB 41 Action News’ weekly Sunday Night Sports Report series, Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis sat down with Jack Harry and talked about all things Jayhawks.

Monday, June 11

Lineman Chad Kolumber bolts

The parade out of Lawrence grew by one recently when Kansas University offensive lineman Chad Kolumber decided to transfer to Richmond.

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LB Schyler Miles happily trades surf for turf

It may sound crazy, but Schyler Miles could not wait to leave his home state of Florida for his new home in Kansas.

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Making the grade: Perry Ellis averaged 25.8 PPG, 4.0 GPA

McDonald’s All-American Perry Ellis, the all-time leading scorer in Wichita City League history, capped his Wichita Heights basketball career by winning his fourth straight state championship and fourth-straight Gatorade Player of the Year Award.

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Southern Miss track coach cheering for KU's Andrea Geubelle in Olympic trials

Kansas University junior Andrea Geubelle is looking ahead to the Olympic trials in Eugene, Ore. (June 23 preliminaries, June 25 finals), where she has a realistic chance to leap long enough to earn the chance to represent the United States in London (Aug. 3 preliminaries, Aug. 5 finals).

Sunday, June 10

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Evan Manning returns to camp

Evan Manning sat at a table with fellow Kansas University freshmen Zach Peters and Tyler Self for 21⁄2 hours Sunday afternoon in Booth Family Hall of Athletics, fulfilling his first official obligation as a Jayhawk basketball player.

How former Jayhawks fared (June 10)

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared Saturday in the NBA playoffs.

Saturday, June 9

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Finally, Zach Peters arrives at KU

Hoops signee hits town 26 months after committing

Zach Peters, the tall Texan who orally committed to play basketball at Kansas University two years and two months ago, has finally arrived in Lawrence to begin his college career.

It's time to review the review that cost Geubelle title

Sometimes it takes a controversy that taints an outcome and creates a suspicion that seedy gamesmanship has been rewarded at the expense of good sportsmanship for a rule to get changed in sports. The time has come for the NCAA to change a track and field rule and call it the Andrea Geubelle Amendment.

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KU jumper wins — then loses — NCAA title; KU women fourth

The thrill of victory, painted all over her face with an All-American smile, never felt better for Kansas University junior triple jumper Andrea Geubelle than when she and everyone else in Drake Stadium thought she had won an NCAA Outdoor championship Saturday in the triple jump. An endless stream of tears streaming down that same face made it clear that the agony of having that title taken away when an appeal by a coach from another school was upheld after completion of the event gave her a worse feeling than she ever had experienced.

Three KU baseball signees drafted

Three Kansas University baseball signees were drafted this week by major-league organizations in the first-year player draft.

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T-Rob’s stature growing

Bill Self laughs off big man’s combine shrinkage

Thomas Robinson, who was listed as a 6-foot-10 power forward his junior season at Kansas University, shrunk just a bit at this week’s NBA Combine in Chicago. “I saw Thomas measured 6-83⁄4 (in shoes), which is good. I was hoping anything 6-8 (or taller),” KU coach Bill Self said with a smile at Friday’s Otto Schnellbacher Classic at Firekeeper Golf Course.

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Disappointed Diamond: Dixon 3rd in 400; women in 5th

The night before the 400 finals, Diamond Dixon picked up the notepad in her hotel room and started writing notes to herself.

Report: Kevin Pritchard to be Pacers’ GM

Former Kansas University basketball guard Kevin Pritchard will likely become general manager of the Indiana Pacers, according to Yahoo!Sports.

Friday, June 8

Future Jayhawks at women’s camp

Kansas University’s women’s basketball team will welcome two future Jayhawks to coach Bonnie Henrickson’s Elite Camp this weekend. They are: Jada Brown, a 6-foot senior forward from Las Vegas Centennial High, and Keyla Morgan, a 5-9 senior guard from Long Beach (Calif.) Poly Tech.

How former Jayhawks fared (June 8)

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared Thursday in the NBA playoffs.

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Bill Self defends CU series

KU coach: ‘We have a great relationship with Colorado’

Some Missouri fans, radio talk show callers and Internet message board posters were grumbling last week when it was revealed that Kansas University and Colorado would begin a home-and-home men’s basketball series next season.

Thursday, June 7

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Great leap forward: Jayhawk jumpers 4-6; women in 2nd

Kansas University horizontal-jumps coach Wayne Pate knew his two competitors in the long jump probably thought he was disappointed in their efforts Thursday. He wasn’t.

Merv Lindsay transferring to University of New Mexico

Former KU basketball player decides while on campus visit

Former KU forward Merv Lindsay will play basketball at New Mexico.

KU-Northern Illinois football game to be televised on ESPNU or ESPN3

The Kansas-Northern Illinois football game scheduled for Sept. 22 in DeKalb, Ill., will be televised on the ESPN family of networks, ESPN and the Big 12 Conference announced Thursday.

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No days off: Jayhawks to sweat through the summer with strength guru Holsopple

Now that June has arrived, things begin to get very interesting with the Kansas University football team.

KU thrower Mason Finley runner-up on first day at NCAA Outdoor Championships

Down to his final throw in the discus, Mason Finley decided it was time to listen.

Wednesday, June 6

How former Jayhawks fared (June 7)

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in the NBA playoffs on Wednesday.

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Kansas, KU a hit so far for freshman Andrew White

Approximately 100 KC Gym Rats campers huddled around Kansas University veteran basketball player Travis Releford and newcomer Andrew White late Tuesday afternoon at Blue Valley Northwest High School.

How former Jayhawks fared (June 6)

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in Tuesday's NBA playoffs.

KU football’s GPA jump a 'big stinkin’ deal'

Kansas University associate athletic director for student support Paul Buskirk has been employed by the department since 1987.

Tuesday, June 5

KU picks up another commitment as Dallas cornerback taps Jayhawks

Tuesday night, the Kansas University football team picked up an oral commitment from Colin Spencer, a 5-foot-10, 174-pound cornerback from Woodrow Wilson High in Dallas.

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Tyler Self to play for dad

It was several days after Free State High’s graduation ceremony that Firebird shooting guard Tyler Self decided to act on his dad Bill’s offer to join Kansas University’s basketball team.

How former Jayhawks fared (June 5)

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in Monday's NBA playoffs.

KU track honored

Kansas University sophomore sprinter Diamond Dixon, head coach Stanley Redwine and assistant coach Wayne Pate earned Midwest Region awards Monday.

KU softball hires pitching coach

Former All-American pitcher Abbie Sims has joined Kansas University’s softball coaching staff, head coach Megan Smith announced Monday.

Monday, June 4

KU football lands oral commitment from QB Jordan Darling

SM East QB becomes KU's fourth commitment in Class of 2013

Quarterback U? Perhaps. Monday night, the Kansas University football team received its fourth commitment from the Class of 2013 when Shawnee Mission East prospect Jordan Darling orally committed to the Jayhawks in Lawrence.

KU linebacker Jake Farley to transfer to Northern Iowa

Jake Farley, a 6-foot-1, 220-pound sophomore linebacker from Cedar Falls, Iowa, will transfer to Northern Iowa, KU coach Charlie Weis announced Monday.

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Future KU PG boosts stock

Conner Frankamp stands out in AAU scene

Future Kansas University point guard Conner Frankamp, who earned first-team all-state honors after averaging 32.3 points a game last season for Wichita North High, continues to emerge as a major player nationally on the spring/summer AAU scene.

Jayhawks in the NBA (June 3)

Here's how former Jayhawks in the NBA fared in playoff games of June 3.

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Road weary: Aide Buddy Wyatt had busy winter

A recruit’s parent asked Buddy Wyatt how his wife was handling his crazy travel schedule. The Kansas University defensive-line coach just smiled. “I don’t know,” he said. “She’s not talking to me right now.”

Sunday, June 3

Dave Campo can see beyond numbers

“Moneyball” would have us believe that any skilled researcher can predict the future success of an athlete making a big step up in competition primarily by studying his statistical past. Nonsense. It takes trained sports professionals to make projections that can’t be backed up statistically and aren’t obvious to most of us.

How former Jayhawks fared (June 3)

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in Saturday's NBA playoffs.

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Weis’ candor draws star wideout to KU

Since arriving in town nearly six months ago, Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis has earned a reputation for being honest.

Saturday, June 2

How former Jayhawks fared (June 2)

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in Friday's NBA playoffs.

KU signee Ellis named national player of the year

Incoming Kansas University forward Perry Ellis has been named high school boys basketball player of the year, the National High School Coaches Association announced Friday.

Man with a plan: Incoming commish Bowlsby envisions innovative Big 12

Bob Bowlsby, who will officially take over as Big 12 commissioner on June 15, was far from timid during his first meeting with Big 12 beat reporters on Friday morning.

Friday, June 1

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Big 12 men's basketball tournament will stay in Sprint Center through 2016

Conference announces two-year extension

The Big 12 tournament will remain at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., through at least the 2016 season, the conference announced at a press conference at Sprint Center on Friday afternoon.The Big 12 tournament will remain at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., through at least the 2016 season, the conference announced at a press conference at Sprint Center on Friday afternoon.

Kansas recruit Perry Ellis nabs national player of year

Kansas recruit Perry Ellis has been chosen the high school basketball player of the year by the National High School Coaches Association.

NCAA president praises Big 12

NCAA president Mark Emmert made a surprise appearance at Thursday’s Big 12 spring meetings at the InterContinental Hotel near The Plaza.

2006-2007 Jayhawks to be enshrined in KU Hall of Fame

The 2006-07 Kansas University men’s basketball team will be inducted into the Kansas Athletics Hall of Fame during the Oct. 26-27 K-Club and Homecoming weekend.

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KU’s Zenger, Big 12 leaders laud Neinas for league’s revival, booming prospects

If you let the league’s presidents and athletic directors tell it, interim Big 12 commissioner Chuck Neinas is a direct descendant of Superman.