Stories for March 2012


Saturday, March 31

Jayhawks land Bishop Miege QB Montell Cozart

The quarterback parade continues for the Kansas University football team, which learned Saturday that Bishop Miege High quarterback Montell Cozart had orally committed to Charlie Weis and the Jayhawks.

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Bruce Weber to be next Kansas State coach

Bruce Weber knows that Kansas State fans may not accept him right away. That much became clear when a small rally for another coaching candidate turned into a protest of his hiring.

How former Jayhawks fared (March 31)

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of March 30.

Jayhawk baseball falls, 3-1, to Red Raiders

Texas Tech starting pitcher Duke von Schamann limited Kansas University’s baseball team to two hits and one run in nine innings Friday as the Red Raiders beat the Jayhawks, 3-1, at Hoglund Ballpark.

Texas tennis blanks KU, 7-0

Kansas University doubles partners Monica Pezzotti and Dylan Windom won KU’s only match of the day as the Jayhawks lost a dual to the Texas Longhorns, 7-0, on Friday at the Penick-Allison Tennis Center.

Sooners softball perfect vs. KU

Oklahoma All-American pitcher Keilani Ricketts threw her first career perfect game as the seventh-ranked Sooners beat Kansas, 8-0 in five innings, on Friday at Marita Hynes Field.

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Wesley has been here before

The last time Kansas University forward Justin Wesley was in the Superdome for the Final Four, he was 11 years old and there to watch his brother.

Jayhawks tickled by big stage

The elevated court in the New Orleans Superdome takes some getting used to.

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FINALLY: KU, Ohio State healthy, ready for rematch

Tyshawn Taylor had trouble concentrating fully on basketball back on Dec. 10 — the afternoon of the Kansas-Ohio State game in Allen Fieldhouse.

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‘Glue guy’ Travis Releford keeps Jayhawks calm

The clock on the locker room wall expired, and when Jordan Juenemann saw it, he and the rest of the Kansas men’s basketball players prepared to take the court for the Jayhawks’ Sweet 16 game against N.C. State.

OSU’s Aaron Craft better player than coach

It’s a well known fact that Ohio State point guard Aaron Craft is the glue that holds the Buckeyes together, the motor that makes his team go, the tough-as-nails, lead-by-intensity player who would do anything to help his team win.

Son Tyler Self saw success coming

Tyler Self remembers exchanging thoughts with Bill Self, Kansas University’s ninth-year coach, during one of their fairly common father-son basketball rap sessions, not long after the release of the preseason college basketball polls.

Geubelle second for KU track and field at Texas Relays

Kansas University triple-jumper Andrea Geubelle placed second on the third day of the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays on Friday.

Friday, March 30

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Aaron Craft tough, but Tyshawn Taylor won't bare soul

One of the smallest key players in the Final Four also happens to be one of the biggest pests. That’s so often how it works, isn’t it? His name is Aaron Craft and teammates talk tall about him.

Missouri's Frank Haith is AP Coach of the Year

Frank Haith has capped his first season at Missouri by being selected The Associated Press' Coach of the Year.

Third level of Lawrence's parking garage will be closed Saturday night for Final Four downtown security

In your strategic planning for a parking space downtown in the event of a major celebration after Kansas University’s Final Four game Saturday, you can eliminate the top level of the New Hampshire Street parking garage.

Get your KU basketball 'Traditions' poster inside Saturday's Journal-World

The Lawrence Journal-World will be publishing a KU basketball "Traditions" Final Four poster inside Saturday's Journal-World.

Bluegrass rivalry ‘just pure hatred’

Although the bracket was set up for it to happen, second-seeded Missouri’s loss to Norfolk State in the second round in Omaha, Neb., ended all hope of one more Border War showdown between Kansas University and arch-rival Mizzou. But that didn’t keep the topic of college basketball’s greatest rivalries from coming up at the Superdome on Thursday.

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Elijah Johnson enjoying ‘red-carpet’ treatment

Kansas University guard Elijah Johnson has felt like royalty since Sunday, the day the Jayhawks defeated North Carolina in St. Louis and punched their ticket to the Final Four.

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Jared Sullinger-Thomas Robinson only part of it

When former Ohio State point guard James “Scoonie” Penn helped lead the Buckeyes to the 1999 Final Four, he did so without the luxury of playing with a dominant big man.

T-Rob must extend his ‘D’

In case you haven’t noticed by now, I can be a little dense sometimes. For example, it took me 38 games to figure out what “a tough match-up for KU” means. It’s code speak for either Thomas Robinson is going to have to show he can defend the perimeter, or Jeff Withey will head to the bench for long stretches.

KU’s Vollmer 7th in heptathlon

Kansas University’s Lindsay Vollmer recorded personal-bests in two events and led the javelin portion of the heptathlon as the Jayhawks kicked off the Texas Relays on Wednesday.

How former Jayhawks fared (March 30)

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of March 29.

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A banner day: Jayhawks excited for Danny Manning, Barry Hinson

Hall of Fame basketball coach Larry Brown, who tutored Danny Manning for four years at Kansas University, beamed with pride Thursday when his prize pupil accepted the head-coaching position at Tulsa University.

Thursday, March 29

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Baker coach Brett Ballard will be assistant under Danny Manning at Tulsa

Baker University men’s basketball coach and former Kansas player Brett Ballard has accepted an assistant coaching position at the University of Tulsa with new coach Danny Manning, the BU athletic department announced Thursday afternoon.

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Danny Manning hired as Tulsa's head coach

Kansas assistant coach Danny Manning has been announced as Tulsa' 29th head basketball coach, UT athletic director Ross Parmley announced Thursday morning.

Barry Hinson introduced by Salukis

Kansas University director of basketball operations Barry Hinson, who worked nine seasons as head coach at Missouri State before arriving at KU four seasons ago, on Wednesday was introduced as head coach at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Ill.

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... Big Easy go

Manning headed to Tulsa?

It looks as if Kansas University assistant basketball coach Danny Manning will be the next head coach at Tulsa University. But, Golden Hurricane officials and KU head coach Bill Self cautioned that, despite ESPN and reports that Manning had taken the job, nothing had been finalized as of Wednesday night.

How former Jayhawks fared (March 29)

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of March 28

’Mates respect Tyshawn Taylor

When Kansas University senior Conner Teahan reflects on the season that led the Jayhawks to the Final Four, he finds himself in the Kansas locker room in the Lahaina Civic Center, site of the Maui Invitational. KU had just lost to Duke, 68-61, to drop its record to 3-2.

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Big Easy come ...

Jayhawks jazzed to arrive in New Orleans

Sirens filling the air, Kansas University’s basketball team bus received a police escort into downtown New Orleans at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Wednesday, March 28

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Danny Manning appears Tulsa bound

Kansas University assistant basketball coach Danny Manning is expected to be named Tulsa University head coach in the near future as he works on contract details with the Conference USA school.

Allen Fieldhouse to open Saturday night for viewing of KU game against Ohio State on video board

Allen Fieldhouse will open on Saturday evening to allow basketball fans to watch Kansas University’s Final Four game on the fieldhouse’s giant video board.

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Barry Hinson to be hired by SIU at 3:30 p.m. press conference

Self says Hinson ' ... positive, energetic, unselfish'

Kansas director of basketball operations Barry Hinson will be announced as Southern Illinois' head coach at a 3:30 p.m. press conference.

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Just how do KU and Ohio State match up — off the court

Perhaps some of you will be going to the Final Four in New Orleans this week, where surely you’ll run into an Ohio State Buckeye.

Missouri St. edges out KU baseball

Missouri State senior Kevin Medrano’s bases-loaded single in the bottom of the ninth inning broke a tie and gave the Bears a 9-8 victory over Kansas Tuesday night at Hammons Field.

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Time to shine: Withey’s long wait, hard work paying off

The college basketball dream Jeff Withey lives — preparing to go to the Final Four after swatting so many key shots that helped his team reach New Orleans — started more like a nightmare packed with cruel teases.

Self: Team thrives on unity

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self, who has coached two teams to Final Four berths, was willing to tackle a tough, hypothetical question on Tuesday:

KU softball splits pair with Bears

Kansas split its doubleheader with Missouri State Tuesday night at Killian Stadium, winning 4-2 in the opener, then losing 5-4.

Weis excited by hoops success

During his first few months in town, Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis made it clear that he was a big fan of college basketball.

KU junior Goodrich earns AP All-America honors

Kansas University guard Angel Goodrich was named Tuesday to the Associated Press’ women’s All-America team as an honorable mention.

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Weis’ ways evident as Jayhawks emerge for spring football

It may have taken Kansas University athletic director Sheahon Zenger 11 days to find new football coach Charlie Weis last December, but it took only about 10 minutes on Tuesday to comprehend how much Weis already had changed the culture at Kansas.

How former Jayhawks fared (March 28)

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of March 27.

Tuesday, March 27

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Report: Hinson in as Southern Illinois coach

Kansas University director of basketball operations Barry Hinson has accepted an offer to become the head coach at Southern Illinois, according to Jeff Goodman of CBS Sports and Carbondale KFVS-TV 12's website.

Final Four ticket prices: They're a moving target

Huddled in front of a computer in New York City, Myles Kaufman, data analyst for the sports ticket website, has been busy crunching numbers figuring out the current rate for prized Final Four tickets.

K-State AD denies rift led to Martin's departure

Kansas State athletic director John Currie denied Tuesday that a rift with Frank Martin was the primary reason the popular basketball coach left for the same job at South Carolina.

South Carolina hires men's basketball coach Martin

South Carolina has hired Frank Martin to revitalize its basketball program.

Final Four field filled with royalty

The 2012 Final Four is being billed as one of the best in history, with No. 1 seed Kentucky, No. 2s Kansas and Ohio State and No. 4 Louisville set to duke it out in New Orleans. “It’s a great field. You’ve got some of the most historic, tradition-rich programs in the country hooking up and going at it,” KU coach Bill Self said during Monday’s Final Four coaches teleconference.

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Tyshawn Taylor not yet dome-free

When a reporter informed Kansas University senior guard Tyshawn Taylor the day before the North Carolina game that he never had hit a three-pointer in a dome, more stewing than laughing took place on the platform at which the coach and five starters sat.

Thad Matta hopes to enjoy it

The last time Thad Matta guided an Ohio State basketball team to the Final Four, he learned a valuable lesson that stuck with him. This time, when his squad invades New Orleans this weekend to face Kansas University at 7:49 p.m. Saturday, Matta vows to take five minutes to look around and enjoy what he and the Buckeyes (31-7) have accomplished.

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KU spring drills begin today

When new Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis was introduced in December as the 37th head coach in school history, he promised he and his coaching staff would make life miserable for the Jayhawks following their return from the holiday break.

Monday, March 26

AP Sources: Frank Martin takes South Carolina job

People familiar with the decision say Frank Martin has agreed to become South Carolina's next men's basketball coach.

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Thomas Robinson unanimous AP first-team All-American

Kansas forward Thomas Robinson has even more in common with Blake Griffin now. Not everything, though.

Following the Jayhawks to New Orleans? Check this out

Are you so inspired by the Jayhawk’s Sunday win over the Tar Heels that you’re ready to catch them live at the Final Four in New Orleans? Here’s a guide to help you get there, stay there, and get in the Superdome for the March 31 and April 2 games.

Ian Naismith, grandson of basketball inventor, dies at 73

There was no such thing as a casual conversation with Ian Naismith, at least in volume.

Baylor baseball sweeps KU series

Baylor’s Max Muncy knocked in the winning two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning as the Bears edged out Kansas University’s baseball team, 8-6, on Sunday at Baylor Ballpark.

Kansas tennis falls, 6-1, to Tech

Texas Tech dominated Kansas University’s tennis team, 6-1, Sunday at the Jayhawk Tennis Center.

How former Jayhawks fared (March 26)

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of March 25.

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Four-ward! Believe it — KU in Final Four

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self motioned wife Cindy, daughter Lauren and son Tyler onto the court as his Jayhawk players partied on the podium after an 80-67 Elite Eight victory over North Carolina on Sunday in Edward Jones Dome. “Unbelievable,” Self said as he hugged and kissed Cindy.

Tyshawn Taylor: ‘I’m a loveable guy, man’

Kansas University senior guard Tyshawn Taylor, who scored 22 points, grabbed six rebounds, dished five assists and plucked five steals in 36 minutes in the biggest game of his life, grinned when asked if Jayhawk fans would now love him forever. He was reminded he’s had a love/hate relationship with the fans in the past.

KU softball loses finale of OSU series

Given all that Kansas University’s softball team accomplished during its weekend series with Oklahoma State, KU coach Megan Smith wasn’t about to let a little thing like a loss in the finale dampen her spirits.

Sunday, March 25

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KU players know it pays to listen to Bill Self

Not a single McDonald’s all-American on the roster, a first for Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self since he left Tulsa. Just one returning starter on a team that lost two lottery picks and another NBA draft choice. The two top recruits declared academically ineligible for the season.

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Roy Williams, Tar Heels hurting after loss to Kansas

North Carolina men's basketball coach Roy Williams had been in this position before. More times than he would care to count, in fact.

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UNC confirms that point guard Kendall Marshall will not play Sunday against KU

North Carolina starting point guard Kendall Marshall will not play against Kansas and also will not be in uniform, UNC officials confirmed about an hour before Sunday's game.

KU track and field opens outdoor season

The Kansas University women’s track and field team took first and the men’s team placed second on Saturday in KU’s outdoor-season opener at the Baker Relays.

How former Jayhawks fared (March 25)

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of March 24.

KU women’s golf finishes 14th

The Kansas University women’s golf team finished in 14th place out of 15 teams after the final day of the Mountain View Invitational on Saturday.

Kansas tennis loses dual with Baylor, 4-3

Kansas University’s tennis team fell to 13th-ranked Baylor, 4-3, on Saturday at the Jayhawk Tennis Center.

Baylor baseball rocks KU in shutout

Baylor rocked Kansas University starting pitcher Thomas Taylor for 12 hits and eight earned runs in five innings as BU baseball shut out KU, 9-0, on Saturday at Baylor Ballpark.

KU softball beats OSU for milestone win

Kansas University softball coach Megan Smith collected her 200th career win as KU took down Oklahoma State, 3-2, Saturday at Arrocha Ballpark.

Kansas men’s golf places 8th in Ariz.

Kansas University men’s golfer Chris Gilbert carded a 2-under 70 to finish in a tie for ninth place on Saturday after the final day at the Desert Shootout.

KU notebook: Bill Self praises predecessor Roy Williams

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self publicly praised his predecessor, North Carolina’s Roy Williams, on Saturday at Edward Jones Dome.

Jayhawk rowers lose to Clemson

The Clemson Tigers swept the Kansas University rowing team in a road dual on Saturday.

Saturday, March 24

Angel Goodrich bright spot for KU again

Kansas University junior point guard Angel Goodrich, who led the women’s basketball team to a berth in the Sweet 16, scored 20-plus points for the fourth game in a row Saturday in the Jayhawks’ 84-73 loss to Tennessee at Wells Fargo Arena.

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KU women overcome adversity, but can’t overcome UT

Nothing came easily for Kansas University’s women’s basketball team this season. The Jayhawks’ trip to the Sweet 16 was no different.

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Arch rivalry: Thomas Robinson keeps KU focused — on Heels

Thomas Robinson was tempted to start a food fight with Kansas University basketball teammate/best buddy Tyshawn Taylor during brunch Saturday in a ballroom at the Hyatt Regency at the Arch Hotel.

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UNC notebook: Roy Williams says Jayhawk sticker criticism unfair

Shortly after Kansas University's run to the 2008 national championship was complete, North Carolina coach Roy Williams took quite a beating from the folks in Chapel Hill, N.C., for wearing a Jayhawk sticker and supporting his former school during the national title game against Memphis.

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UNC point guard Kendall Marshall's status still up in air

Last Thursday, during the media session leading up to his team's Sweet 16 matchup with Ohio, North Carolina coach Roy Williams could not go 20 seconds without fielding a question about the status of injured UNC point guard Kendall Marshall.

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Tyshawn Taylor's career shouldn't, won't be defined by UNC game

Shielded more from the media during the season, when the locker rooms are off limits to reporters, Kansas University basketball players get questions fired at them on a far more regular basis during the NCAA Tournament.

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Tennessee dominates second half in 84-73 victory over KU women in Sweet 16

Des Moines, Iowa -- Nothing came easy for Kansas University's women's basketball team this season. The Jayhawks' trip to the Sweet 16 was no different. After seeing one of its top players unexpectedly transfer in December and its All-Big 12 forward suffer a season-ending ACL injury in February, KU rode junior point guard Angel Goodrich to some March Madness magic before Tennessee derailed the No. 11 seed's roller-coaster season with an 84-73 victory Saturday at Wells Fargo Arena.

Wolfpack size up KU-UNC

During the past three months, North Carolina State’s men’s basketball team has faced the two teams left standing in the Midwest Regional of this year’s NCAA Tournament a combined four times. That kind of makes the Wolfpack players well suited to break down Sunday’s Elite Eight showdown between top-seeded North Carolina and second-seeded Kansas, which knocked off N.C. State, 60-57, Friday at Edward Jones Dome.

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Jeff Withey helps ice win

Big man’s blocks key as Kansas ‘straps up’ defensively

Thomas Robinson sat at his locker Friday night wearing the aches and pains, the bumps and bruises of another physical defense aimed at him. He looked forward to the ice bath he would take before getting a good night’s sleep. The box score suggested Robinson was the main man in a 60-57 Kansas victory against North Carolina State. He had 18 points, 15 rebounds, two assists and two steals. But Robinson sent the credit for this one a few lockers to his right, where Jeff Withey drew a crowd.

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Elite forces: KU dispatches ’Pack; UNC next

Kansas University’s basketball team smoked one of the schools on Tobacco Road — North Carolina State — on Friday night in the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16. The Jayhawks’ 60-57 victory over the Wolfpack before 23,964 fans at Edward Jones Dome — made possible in large part by the fearless shot-blocking prowess of junior center Jeff Withey — now sets up an Elite Eight clash on Sunday against a more-renowned team from the Triangle.

Heels’ Jerod Haase seeks ‘opportunity’

Former Kansas University guard/current North Carolina assistant basketball coach Jerod Haase, who turns 38 on April 1, does indeed want to be a head coach some day.

Baylor baseball pummels KU, 10-2

Kansas University’s Jake Marasco was a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate, but the KU baseball team lost its Big 12 conference opener to Baylor, 10-2 on Friday at Baylor Ballpark.

How former Jayhawks fared (March 24)

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of March 23.

Vols familiar with Kansas women's team

It isn’t too often that Kansas University’s women’s basketball team makes it to the Sweet 16.

KU softball wins home opener with strong pitching, walk-off HR

A pair of Kansas University freshmen combined to win a dramatic 1-0 Big 12 softball battle against Oklahoma State in extra innings on Friday at Arrocha Ballpark.

KU women’s golf sits in 14th place

Kansas University’s women’s golf team was in 14th place after the second day of the Mountain View Invitational on Friday.

KU golfer Gilbert leads men in Arizona

Kansas University golfer Chris Gilbert carded a 2-under 70 to lead the KU men’s team on Friday, during the second day of the Desert Shootout.

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No. 1 North Carolina wins OT thriller over No. 13 Ohio

Ready for Round 2?

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KU women up against powerhouse Vols

Throughout the season, Kansas University’s women’s basketball team has seen its share of juggernauts.

Friday, March 23

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’Pack mentality: N.C. State has KU’s full attention

Kansas University center Jeff Withey worked up quite a sweat during a pair of practices Thursday: the first at St. John Vianney High School and the second a 50-minute shootaround at Edward Jones Dome, site of today’s 9:17 p.m. Sweet 16 game against North Carolina State.

KU men's golfer McClure tied for 7th at Desert Shootout

Kansas University freshman golfer Dylan McClure carded a 4-under 68 to tie for seventh place after the first day of the Desert Shootout on Thursday.

How former Jayhawks fared (March 23)

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of March 22.

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KU women bask in tournament’s sweet glow

It’s called the Sweet 16 for a reason. Life itself seems candy-coated these days for Kansas University’s women’s basketball team, a bracket-busting No. 11 seed still alive in the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament.

Wolfpack insist they’re not ’dogs

There was some discrepancy about whether 11th-seeded North Carolina State actually is the underdog in this one. Some of it even came from the same place.

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Roy Williams still fan of Jayhawks

Roy Williams, who has 61-year-old knees, takes a daily walk, instead of a jog these days. Thursday, the ninth-year University of North Carolina basketball coach who coached the previous 15 years at Kansas University crossed the path of a KU fan during his morning stroll.

Angels reliever keen on Kansas

March Madness always helps to carry major-league baseball players through the dog days of spring training. They chase playing games that mean nothing with watching ones that mean everything. “I’m a much bigger fan of college basketball than I am of baseball,” veteran Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim reliever LaTroy Hawkins said by phone from Arizona. “When you play a sport, you usually like watching another sport better.”

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Guard battle could be key

The battle between North Carolina State big man C.J. Leslie and Kansas University power forward Thomas Robinson in tonight’s Sweet 16 game at the Edward Jones Dome will be one of the most-watched individual duels of the tournament.

Jayhawks big fans of women’s team, too

If Kansas University’s basketball team wins tonight against North Carolina State in the Edward Jones Dome, it will spend the entire weekend in St. Louis. But for two hours Saturday, the players’ hearts will be in Des Moines, Iowa, rooting for their female counterparts, Angel and the Miracles.

Thursday, March 22

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Some KU fans go to extraordinary lengths to ensure a Jayhawks win

Sarah Breuer is a wee bit superstitious when it comes to Kansas University basketball. Trusty shirts have varying levels of luck and so, on occasion, she’ll change out of one shirt and into another if KU is in a slump.

Kansas baseball wins in extras

Kansas University sophomore Ka’iana Eldredge went 5-for-7 and drove in the winning run in the bottom of the 11th inning as KU beat Southern Utah — which is coached by Eldredge’s father, David — on Wednesday at Hoglund Ballpark.

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Naadir Tharpe’s nadir: Freshman not sulking over lack of court time

When Kansas University freshman point guard Naadir Tharpe is having a bad day, it usually doesn’t last long.

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KU arrives in St. Louis focused on Wolfpack

Kansas University’s basketball charter bus pulled directly in front of the Hyatt Regency at the Arch Hotel at 7:45 p.m. Wednesday in the heart of downtown St. Louis.

Carolina drama intrigues

Kendall Marshall. Kendall Marshall. Kendall Marshall. Stilman White. Stilman White. Stilman White. There, now you don’t have to watch Roy Williams’ news conference today.

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It’s no dream: KU women still dancin’

The jolt from the norm was so shocking, Kansas University senior forward Aishah Sutherland was having a hard time distinguishing between fantasy and reality.

How former Jayhawks fared (March 22)

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of March 21.

Wednesday, March 21

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Elijah Johnson’s big three reflects ‘great confidence’

It won’t go down in history as a shot as important as, say, Mario Chalmers’ three-pointer against Memphis — one that forced overtime in Kansas University’s 2008 national title victory over the Tigers in San Antonio.

How former Jayhawks fared (March 21)

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of March 20.

America, meet Angel Goodrich

Bob Cousy. Calvin Murphy. Muggsy Bogues. Spud Webb. And now, introduced to America on Tuesday night, basketball’s latest pint-sized point guard sensation, Angel Goodrich.

Tuesday, March 20

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KU women advance to Sweet 16 with upset over third-seeded Delaware

Delaware’s Elena Delle Donne came in with all the hype, but Kansas University junior point guard Angel Goodrich stole the show and sent an All-American home Tuesday night at Jack Stephens Center.

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Everyone's talking about … Elena Delle Donne

Jayhawks wary of Blue Hens’ star

It’s difficult to go more than a few seconds at Jack Stephens Center these days without hearing her name. Elena Delle Donne.

Bonnie Henrickson: KU must shoot better

Kansas University’s women’s basketball team didn’t have the hottest shooting night in its NCAA Tournament first-round victory over Nebraska on Sunday at Jack Stephens Center.

Jayhawks in the NBA (March 19)

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of March 19.

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Kansas’ Ben McLemore headed home

KU freshman hopes to show teammates Gateway Arch during NCAA Tourney trip to St. Louis

Ben McLemore sat with his buddy — fellow ineligible Kansas University freshman Jamari Traylor — just a few rows behind the Jayhawk bench, cheering wildly during the latter stages of a 63-60 second-round NCAA Midwest Regional victory over Purdue on Sunday in Omaha’s CenturyLink Center.

Mizzou gets assist for KU’s victory

Until Sunday night in the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb., Bill Self had never coached a team that won an NCAA Tournament game it trailed at halftime.

Monday, March 19

KU spirit squad, band members help save trapped man before NCAA women's tournament game

Members of Kansas University’s spirit squad and band had no idea their spring break would involve saving a man’s life.

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Switch stymies Robbie Hummel

For Kansas University basketball fans who believe in omens, Sunday’s 63-60 third-round NCAA Tournament victory against 10th-seeded Purdue had to be a sweet sign. In each of the last three years, the team that has knocked out the Boilermakers in the NCAA Tournament has advanced to the Final Four.

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Elijah Johnson comes up big for KU

In the final 3:12 of KU’s 63-60 victory against Purdue, which advanced the Jayhawks to a Sweet 16 match-up against North Carolina State, Johnson sensed somebody had to make things happen, and he didn’t see any reason not to be that somebody.

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Sweet survival: Jayhawks rally past Purdue

Tyshawn Taylor pulled his Kansas University basketball jersey over his head, breathing a quick sigh of relief. Teammate Elijah Johnson thrust his hands high in the air, celebrating with fans who were dancing in the aisles of CenturyLink Center after the final horn sounded in KU’s 63-60 NCAA Midwest Regional victory over Purdue on Sunday.

KU novice rowers pick up victories

The Kansas University novice eight rowing crews picked up two wins on Saturday and a two second-place finishes on Sunday at the Louisville Invite.

Missouri blanks Kansas softball for second, third straight games

Kansas University’s 20-game softball winning streak has turned into a three-game losing streak. Missouri swept the Jayhawks, 5-0 and 9-0, on Sunday.

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Upstart Wolfpack next up for KU

No. 2-seeded Kansas University will meet No. 11 seed North Carolina State on Friday in the Sweet 16 in St. Louis. Game time is 9:17 p.m. at Edward Jones Dome.

KU baseball beats Houston Baptist, 3-2

Kansas University starting pitcher Thomas Taylor allowed just one run over 7 2/3 innings to help KU beat Houston Baptist, 3-2, in the final game of the Irish Baseball Classic on Sunday.

Sunday, March 18

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Kansas women knock off Nebraska in first round

In its first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 2000, Kansas University's women's basketball team knocked off Nebraska in the first round Sunday night, 57-49, at Jack Stephens Center.

Former KU linebacker Banks Floodman released from hospital after suffering facial injuries in March 9 altercation in Kansas City, Mo.

Kansas University officials confirmed Sunday that former KU football player Banks Floodman, currently a fund-raiser for KU’s Williams Fund, was involved in an altercation in Kansas City, Mo., following the Big 12 Tournament games on March 9.

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Rock Chalk Mass: Omaha priest shares KU allegiance with his church, congregation

They say it takes a little luck to get through March Madness and into the Final Four. But there's a man at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in north Omaha who believes a little holy devotion can help, too.

How former Jayhawks fared (March 18)

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of March 17.

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Cramping Tyshawn Taylor ‘fine’

T-Rob turns 21, celebrates with ‘pillow, bed’

Kansas University senior guard Tyshawn Taylor sipped on orange Gatorade as he chatted with reporters in a CenturyLink Center hallway Saturday afternoon. He has been drinking lots of fluids to make sure he doesn’t have a recurrence of leg cramps that limited him to 23 minutes in Friday’s 65-50 victory over Detroit.

Kansas-Missouri softball postponed

The second softball game between Kansas University and Missouri was postponed Saturday because of severe weather.

KU tennis wins, 4-3, vs. Houston

Kansas University’s tennis team edged Houston, 4-3 in dual competition on Saturday.

Kansas golf ends 15th at tourney

Kansas University’s men’s golf team finished 15th out of 16 teams on Saturday at the Border Olympics.

KU baseball gives up early lead, loses to Houston Baptist, 7-4

Houston Baptist took down Kansas University’s baseball team, 7-4, on Saturday at the Irish Baseball Classic.

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KU women familiar with first foe

It didn’t take Kansas University women’s basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson long to allow the excitement surrounding the Jayhawks’ first NCAA Tournament berth since 2000 to morph into apprehension about the team’s first-round opponent.

Robbie Hummel has KU’s respect

For Purdue senior Robbie Hummel, the road to Omaha has been about much more than putting together a solid season and helping the Boilermakers overcome a sixth-place finish in the Big Ten to get into the NCAA Tournament.

Kevin Young, bench might be needed

Word spread all the way here that back home in Lawrence people were so fired up about Missouri getting knocked out of the NCAA Tournament the city decided to hold a downtown parade Saturday and encouraged everyone to wear the color of the school that bounced the Tigers.

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Elijah Johnson over ’due: Guard knows all about Boilermakers

Elijah Johnson, who was born and raised in Gary, Ind., moved to Las Vegas when he was in the eighth grade. As part Hoosier/part Sin Citian, he knows all about Purdue — the Big Ten school that will take on Kansas University in an NCAA Tournament game at 7:40 p.m. today in CenturyLink Center.

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Purdue dishes on big men

Boilermakers compare Jared Sullinger, Thomas Robinson

When Kansas University’s men’s basketball team knocked off second-ranked Ohio State in December at Allen Fieldhouse, an injury to OSU big man Jared Sullinger forced KU power forward Thomas Robinson to miss out on an opportunity to size up his game against one of the best big men in the country. With KU’s next NCAA Tournament opponent having faced Sullinger twice this season, a few of the Purdue University players on Saturday served as the de facto experts on comparing and contrasting the skills of the two.

Saturday, March 17

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Titans troubled by Jayhawks’ size

He entered the night billed as the only former McDonald’s All-American on the floor, but played a game more befitting of a Hardee’s all-star.

Notre Dame drops Kansas baseball

Notre Dame pitchers Will Hudgins and Cristian Torres combined to shut out the Kansas University baseball team, 1-0, on Friday at the Irish Baseball Classic.

Missouri snaps streak, one-hits KU softball for 10-0 win

The Kansas University softball team’s 20-game winning streak came to an abrupt end Friday as the Jayhawks managed just one hit and lost, 10-0, at No. 12 Missouri.

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No mercy: Kansas avoids upset

Tyshawn Taylor was lounging in his Embassy Suites hotel room Friday afternoon when he decided to check his infamous Twitter account. “Somebody wrote on there that we should call today ‘Upset Friday,’’’ Taylor, Kansas University’s senior point guard, said after the Jayhawks’ 65-50 Midwest Regional-opening victory over Detroit Mercy in CenturyLink Center.

Kansas women staying sane before March Madness debut

Things have been pretty relaxed the last few days for the Kansas University women’s basketball team.

Purdue holds off St. Mary’s

Although there were dozens of plays by both teams that helped shape the outcome of Friday’s 72-69 victory for No. 10 seed Purdue over No. 7 seed St. Mary’s, the most important ones were the type children dream about year in and year out.

Defense carries Jayhawks

The Kansas University basketball players were back in the team hotel when Norfolk State knocked Missouri out of the NCAA Tournament. They were listening to their coach, Bill Self, give his pregame speech when Lehigh had Duke on the ropes.

How former Jayhawks fared (March 17)

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of March 16

Purdue next test for KU

Kansas at 7:40 p.m. Sunday will meet Purdue, a 72-69 winner over St. Mary’s on Friday night. Purdue (22-12, 10-8 Big 10) led by as many 13 points before holding on for the victory.

Friday, March 16

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Norfolk State (!) sends Tigers packing, 86-84

The ink hadn't even dried on the boxscore and already T-shirts were on sale on the official Norfolk State website: "This Was No Upset."

Report: Irish TE to transfer to Kansas

Thanks to a report from the South Bend (Ind.) Tribune, we now know the identity of at least one of the transfers that Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis talked about back on signing day in February.

KU plays waiting game

Kansas University’s basketball players will have a lot of time to kill before today’s 8:57 p.m. tipoff against Detroit in Century Link Center.

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Two Jayhawks get All-Region nods

The good news keeps rolling in for Kansas University’s women’s basketball team.

Titans ‘flying high’

Detroit Mercy point guard Ray McCallum Jr., the coach’s son, brings the leadership qualities and basketball instincts stereotypical of a coach’s son. He also brings so much leaping ability he placed second in the 2010 McDonald’s All-American dunking competition. The winner? Josh Selby. The name rings a vague, almost silent, bell, but I can’t quite place him.

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Big man meant no disrespect

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know by now that University of Detroit Mercy big man Eli Holman made a somewhat shocking statement about Kansas University forward Thomas Robinson after learning that the 15th-seeded Titans would face No. 2 seed Kansas at 8:57 tonight in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

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Pay heed: Veteran Conner Teahan’s advice: Listen up

Conner Teahan, the only remaining Kansas University basketball player to clip the nets after the 2008 national title game, has shared with his 2011-12 teammates the secret to winning it all.

Travis Releford keeping eye on baby brother

A little before 1 p.m. today, eight hours before the Kansas University men’s basketball team hits the floor to take on 15th-seeded Detroit in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, KU junior Travis Releford figures to have his eye on the Midwest region’s 8-9 game in Greensboro, N.C.

Indiana State baseball tops KU

Kansas University managed just one run off six hits in a 2-1 college baseball loss to Indiana State in the first game of the Irish Baseball Classic on Thursday. James Stanfield had three of KU’s hits.

How former Jayhawks fared (March 16)

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of March 15.

Thursday, March 15

KU track earns national awards

Kansas University sophomore sprinter Diamond Dixon and KU assistant track coach Wayne Pate earned national awards Wednesday from the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

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Taylor-made: Senior Tyshawn Taylor worked hard for trey success

Set, square, rise, release, follow through. That, in a nutshell, is a list of the key components of the perfect jumpshot.

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Omaha has familiar feel for Jayhawks

Kansas University’s basketball team bus pulled in front of the downtown Embassy Suites hotel about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, the path to the entrance mighty familiar to ninth-year Jayhawk coach Bill Self.

KU better off Withey than without-ey

The road to the Final Four starts in the same building for Kansas as it did four years ago, when the Jayhawks won the NCAA Tournament for the third time in school history.

How former Jayhawks fared (March 15)

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of March 14.

Wednesday, March 14

KU bowling club goes to nationals

Kansas University’s men’s bowling club placed fourth at sectionals to earn a trip to the United States Bowling Congress Intercollegiate Team Championships.

KU NFL hopefuls to show off skills

With the start of spring practice less than two weeks away, the Kansas University football program will put the finishing touches on last year’s group today at the Anderson Family Football Complex and Memorial Stadium.

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Post presence: Assistant coach Manning making most of ‘great spot’ on KU bench

Danny Manning, who has worked on Bill Self’s Kansas University basketball coaching staff the past nine seasons, wants to run his own program some day.

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Dunkin’ Detroit may fuel KU’s fire

Gargantuan scoreboards that play basketball highlights tend to show more plays featuring players dunking than curling around screens, catching the ball, squaring to the hoop and swishing the shot.

How former Jayhawks fared (March 14)

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of March 13.

Reports: Big 12, ESPN near $1.3 billion TV deal

The Big 12 and ESPN are close to a nine-year, $1.3 billion extension of the conference’s current television contract, according to reports by SportsBusiness Daily and

Tuesday, March 13

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Sunflower power: Kansas turns out better than expected

The stark reality of losing the Morris twins, Tyrel Reed, Brady Morningstar, Josh Selby and Mario Little — and replacing them with no eligible blue-chip recruits — hit Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self hard last summer and into the fall.

Seven track Jayhawks All-Americans

Seven Kansas University track and field athletes collected 10 All-America distinctions, it was announced Monday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. It’s the most All-Americans during an indoor season in program history and comes on the heels of the Jayhawks’ runner-up finish at the NCAA Indoor over the weekend in Nampa, Idaho.

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Bill Self: Loss gets Jayhawks’ attention

For the first time in three seasons, Kansas University’s basketball team enters the NCAA Tournament following the sting of a loss.

Jayhawks in the NBA (March 12)

How former Jayhawks in the NBA fared in games of March 12.

Humility crucial for KU

This is the time of year that all coaches, broadcasters and office bracket-pool participants say the same words ad nauseum: “It’s not about the seedings in the tournament. It’s all about the match-ups.”

Monday, March 12

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KU women make NCAA Tournament as 11 seed, will face sixth-seeded Nebraska in first round Sunday

The Kansas women's basketball team was selected as a No. 11 seed in the NCAA Tournament and will face sixth-seeded Nebraska in the first round in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Jayhawks add mammoth offensive lineman to 2012 recruiting class

Nearly six weeks after national signing day, the Kansas University football program continues to add prospects to its 2012 recruiting class. KU officials announced Monday the addition of junior-college offensive lineman, Aslam Sterling, a 6-foot-5, 360-pound tackle from Nassau Community College in New York.

KU wins the Academic Performance Tournament national championship

Kansas University grasped top honors in the website Inside Higher Ed’s annual Academic Performance Tournament, which uses teams’ graduation rates and academic performance to determine a winner.

Lawrence tops the country in sports jobs LQ — location quotient

As Lawrence and the Kansas University community brace for another March Madness run, it’s clear sports — especially college basketball — play a prominent role here.

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Kansas women will learn fate tonight

It seems clear that the cases for and against Kansas University’s women’s basketball team being included in the NCAA Tournament field are pretty equal.

KU rowing rolls over Creighton

Kansas University’s rowing team swept Creighton in the final four races Sunday at the Oklahoma Invite.

Kansas tennis falls to Oklahoma State

Freshman Maria Belen Ludueña claimed Kansas University’s only singles victory in a 6-1 Big 12 tennis loss to Oklahoma State on Sunday at the Jayhawk Tennis Center.

Katy Nugent paces KU to golf victory

Katy Nugent tied the tournament single-round record with a 3-under 68 and placed second overall, and Kansas University’s women’s golf team won the Rio Verde Invitational on Sunday.

Jayhawk softball runs streak to 20

Twenty consecutive victories, four consecutive tournament titles … Kansas University’s softball team put together quite a nonconference season.

Uh-oh, Sully: Detroit it is

Remember column subject Sully, the guy with a Jayhawk tattooed on each shoulder? He was the guy who thought Turner Gill should start Christian Matthews in the final Border War football game and was proven right when Kansas moved the football better when Matthews was under center. Then Matthews inexplicably was removed from the game, at which point everything stalled.

Top Titan familiar with KU

Jayhawks among big-name schools that wooed Ray McCallum

Throughout the years, very few opposing coaches who faced Kansas University in the NCAA Tournament have gotten the kind of look at KU’s program that University of Detroit Mercy coach Ray McCallum received a little more than two years ago.

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It takes two: Kansas draws Detroit in Omaha, Neb.

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self on Sunday told his players to not expect a No. 1 seed in the 2012 NCAA Tournament. “We blew that by not performing better in Kansas City,” Self said of his pre-barbecue dinner message to the Jayhawks (27-6).

Sunday, March 11

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KU is No. 2 seed in Midwest region, will face 15th-seeded Detroit at approximately 8:57 p.m. Friday

The Kansas men's basketball team has been selected as a No. 2 seed in the Midwest region and will face 15th-seeded Detroit at approximately 8:57 p.m. Friday.

Tourney top seeds appear fairly set

Like the names inside an Oscar envelope or the unveiling of a wedding dress, the NCAA Tournament field is one of the few anticipated revelations that remain secret until a pivotal moment.

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All for 1 ... or 2: Jayhawks say seed doesn’t matter

Kansas University’s basketball players rested Saturday, catching their collective breath in advance of today’s practice and 5 p.m. NCAA Tournament Selection Show on CBS. “No idea on 1 or 2,” KU coach Bill Self said in a text message Saturday night, responding to the question of the day — whether his Jayhawks (27-6) would be awarded a No. 1 seed for the third straight year and fifth in the last sixth years or a No. 2 seed in the 2012 Big Dance.

Jayhawk softball extends KU record with 18th, 19th straight wins

Kansas University’s softball team set a school record for consecutive victories on Saturday at the Osprey Classic, winning its 18th and 19th straight games.

How former Jayhawks fared (March 11)

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of March 10.

Home runs push KU baseball to 9-4 win

Connor McKay belted out a grand slam, Chris Manship hit another home run, and Kansas University’s baseball team took down Minnesota, 9-4, on Saturday at the Golden Gopher Baseball Classic.

KU women win 2 titles, place 2nd in Indoor

Kansas University’s women’s track and field team had two individual national champions and placed a program-best second in the team race at the NCAA Indoor Championships on Saturday.

KU women’s golf in fourth place

The Kansas University women’s golf team is tied for fourth place out of 16 teams after the second day of the Rio Verde Invitational on Saturday.

Kansas soccer beats Nebraska

The Kansas University soccer team defeated Nebraska, 2-1, on Saturday at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex.

Jayhawk divers finish NCAAs

Kansas University divers Christy Cash placed 18th and Alyssa Golden finished 28th after the final day of competition at the NCAA Zone D Diving Championships on Saturday.

Saturday, March 10

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Baylor bomber’s treys sink KU

It might not have been a career night for Baylor guard Brady Heslip in the box score, but it definitely was as important a night as he ever had experienced.

How former Jayhawks fared (March 10)

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of March 9.

Jayhawks place at track nationals

Kansas University long jumpers Francine Simpson and Andrea Geubelle took sixth and eighth places respectively on Friday at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships.

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Final, not MU, on KU’s minds

There will be no third meeting between Kansas and Missouri this college basketball season ... unless the squads meet in the NCAA Tournament.

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Wait and see: KU must sweat out NCAA seed

Senior point guard Tyshawn Taylor spoke up, breaking the silence in a somber Kansas University basketball locker room Friday night in Sprint Center. “I just told my team once coach walked out that everybody should be disappointed because we shouldn’t have lost,” Taylor said after the Jayhawks’ 81-72 Big 12 tournament semifinal setback to Baylor.

If foe looks good, Kansas doesn’t

Nothing about the way the teams looked sharing the Sprint Center court made it seem as if the guys who lost were the ones who won the conference and the guys who won were seeded fourth after finishing four games out of first place during an 18-game schedule.

Jayhawk softball team wins, 17-1, ties school record

Five Kansas University softball players hit home runs as KU beat down Delaware State, 17-1, on Friday at the Osprey Classic and tied a 1992 school record for consecutive wins, with 17.

KU baseball splits doubleheader

The Kansas University baseball team split a doubleheader against Stony Brook on Friday at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome.

Jayhawks most disappointed in ‘D’

Kansas University guard Conner Teahan was honest when asked what contributed most to his team’s poor defensive effort Friday against Baylor. “I guess airheadedness,” the senior said following KU’s 81-72 loss in the Big 12 semifinals. “I know that there were times where people were not knowing what defense we were in or what we were doing — like, ‘Are we trapping the post or not trapping the post?’”

KU tennis loses 5-2 to Oklahoma

Kansas University’s tennis team lost its third straight dual, 5-2, to Oklahoma on Friday at the Jayhawk Tennis Center.

Friday, March 9

Former KU standout Charlie Hoag dies

Charlie Hoag, a four-sport star at Kansas University and a member of the school’s 1952 national-championship basketball team, died Thursday at KU Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan., the school announced Friday.

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Tyshawn Taylor named Cousy Award finalist

Kansas senior guard Tyshawn Taylor has been named one of five finalists for the 2012 Bob Cousy Award, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced Friday.

Aggies pick poison, Elijah Johnson makes ’em pay

Three times now, the Texas A&M men’s basketball team has tried to limit the production of Kansas University’s All-Big 12 stars Thomas Robinson and Tyshawn Taylor, and three times other Jayhawks have made the Aggies pay.

How former Jayhawks fared (March 9)

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of March 8.

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Home cookin': Family visit gives Elijah Johnson boost

Kansas University junior combo guard Elijah Johnson headed home to Gary, Ind., with a heavy heart Sunday as he mourned the death of his beloved uncle, William D. “Dough Boy” Couisnard, Sr. Johnson returned to campus Tuesday night with a smile on his face, feeling invigorated after spending quality time with his loved ones at Monday’s visitation and Tuesday morning’s funeral service.

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Kansas women fall, anxiously await fate

Let the waiting begin.

Coach Bill Self not happy with KU board work

Kansas coach Bill Self entered the halftime locker room and told his team that it needed to rebound better and that it stunk in that area Thursday. Or, at least his words were close to that, KU guard Tyshawn Taylor said.

Bill Self ‘not a fan’ of Baylor's neon uniforms

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self heard Baylor’s Bears will wear black jerseys today, not the bright neon green outfits they sported in an 82-74 Big 12 tournament quarterfinal victory over Kansas State on Thursday in Sprint Center.

Thursday, March 8

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Matchup of Perry Jones III, Thomas Robinson should be doozy

Perry Jones III, the sleeping giant of the Big 12’s sleeping giants, awakened on his opening day of the postseason, Thursday in the Sprint Center.

KU-MU could scramble seeding

If the Kansas basketball team wins the Big 12 tournament title Saturday in the Sprint Center, it earns its fifth NCAA Tournament No. 1 seed in six years, and nothing is left to chance. But what if Kansas doesn’t win it? More specifically, what if Missouri defeats the Jayhawks in the title game? Does that mean the Tigers get a No. 1 seed and Kansas a No. 2?

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Bring on Aggies: ‘Different’ men’s team at Sprint Center

Kansas University’s basketball players on Wednesday returned to the scene of their depressing mid-December loss to mid-major Davidson. The Jayhawks followed a rigorous practice in Allen Fieldhouse with a 35-minute shootaround in Sprint Center, site of today’s 2 p.m. Big 12 tournament quarterfinal between KU (26-5) and Texas A&M (14-17).

KU women relish A&M opportunity

There are two ways of looking at the Kansas University women’s basketball team’s position as the No. 6 seed in this week’s Big 12 tournament, which opened Wednesday and continues today at Municipal Auditorium.

MU guard adds fuel to rivalry

Outspoken Missouri guard Kim English figures to hear some jeers from Kansas University fans if the rival teams advance to Saturday’s Big 12 tournament finals.

How former Jayhawks fared (March 8)

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of March 7.

KU baseball falls to North Dakota

Kansas University baseball coach Ritch Price was in no mood to sugar coat Wednesday’s 12-9 loss to visiting North Dakota at Hoglund Ballpark.

Wednesday, March 7

Former Kansas great Delvy Lewis dies at 68

Delvy Lewis, the starting guard for the Kansas team that lost to Texas Western in the 1966 NCAA tournament, has died after a nine-year fight with cancer. He was 68.

How former Jayhawks fared (March 7)

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of March 6.

KU men’s golf takes 13th place

Kansas University golfer Dylan McClure shot a 73 and finished tied for 17th place Tuesday, on the final day of the Louisiana Classics Tournament.

Self’s awards well-deserved

Sporting News got it right in naming Bill Self its National Coach of the Year.

Home runs the difference in KU baseball home opener

Ten games into the 2012 season, Kansas University senior third baseman Zac Elgie still was looking for that one offensive highlight that he could talk about for years to come.

Lovellette selected for Hall of Fame

Former Kansas standout Clyde Lovellette and Georgetown great Patrick Ewing lead a 10-member class that will be inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in November

Tuesday, March 6

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Bill Self named Sporting News national coach of the year

Kansas coach Bill Self was selected as the Sporting News' national coach of the year, the publication announced Tuesday.

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‘Still Kansas City’: Self speaks out on Big 12 (minus MU) and K.C. tourney

The Phillips 66 Big 12 men’s basketball championship will be held in Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., this week as well as in March of 2013 and ‘14.

Nation’s coaches honor KU track

The U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association named Kansas University sophomore sprinter Diamond Dixon the Midwest region’s female track athlete of the year, and KU’s Wayne Pate the region’s women’s assistant coach of the year.

KU men’s golf sits in 11th place

The Kansas University men’s golf team posted a four-under 284 and is in 11th place with a 36-hole total of five-over 581 after the first day of the Louisiana Classics.

Monday, March 5

Big 12 coaches, media honor Kansas women

Still riding high from Sunday’s surprise victory in Norman, Okla., the Kansas University women’s basketball team received a double dose of good news on Monday.

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Thomas Robinson wins AP Big 12 Player of the Year

MU coach Frank Haith named coach of year

Kansas University junior power forward Thomas Robinson on Monday was named the Associated Press Big 12 Player of the Year one day after the conference coaches accorded him the same honor.

Kansas’ season amazing

Statisticians armed with state-of-the-art calculators still were busy finding a definitive answer to Saturday night’s burning question when Bill Self shut the door on an amazing regular season.

KU swimmer earns trip to Trials

Kansas University’s Brooke Brull this weekend earned a trip to the Olympic Trials this summer.

KU baseball falls to Zags

Kansas University managed just two runs off six hits in a 7-2 college baseball loss to undefeated Gonzaga on Sunday, the Jayhawks’ third straight loss.

Kansas softball rained out

Inclement weather forced the cancellation of Kansas University’s scheduled softball game Sunday against Connecticut.

Jayhawks in the NBA (March 4)

How former Jayhawks fared in the NBA in games of March 4.

Sunday, March 4

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KU women pick up road win over Oklahoma, 83-77

Jayhawks earn No. 6 seed in Big 12 tourney

Senior forward Aishah Sutherland posted 23 points and nine rebounds, leading the Kansas women's basketball team to an 83-77 road victory over Oklahoma on Sunday in Norman.

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Thomas Robinson named Big 12 player of the year; Self earns Big 12's co-coach of the year honors

Robinson, Taylor named 1st team all-Big 12; center Jeff Withey named Big 12 defensive POY

Kansas University junior and national player of the year candidate, Thomas Robinson, was named the Big 12 Conference player of the year by the league’s coaches on Sunday afternoon. Robinson also earned all-Big 12, first-team honors and was joined by teammate Tyshawn Taylor on the first team. KU coach Bill Self was named the Big 12's co-coach of the year with Iowa State's Fred Hoiberg and junior center Jeff Withey was tapped as the Big 12's defensive player of the year. Withey also was named to the all-defensive squad.

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Tyshawn Taylor named co-Big 12 player of the week

Kansas guard Tyshawn Taylor has been named the co-Big 12 player of the week, the conference announced Sunday.

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Ending suits Conner Teahan

All week, those around Kansas University senior Conner Teahan had told him that once he picked up the microphone for his senior speech, he was going to start rambling.

Seniors give thanks to fans

Kansas University seniors Jordan Juenemann, Conner Teahan and Tyshawn Taylor spoke to the fans following Saturday’s 73-63 victory against Texas in Allen Fieldhouse.

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UT’s Rick Barnes praises KU’s Thomas Robinson

With 25 points, 14 rebounds and yet another victory, Kansas University junior forward Thomas Robinson put the final stamp on his player-of-the-year campaign during a 73-63 victory against Texas on Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse.

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Victory the end for T-Rob, too

No manufactured drama will follow Thomas Robinson into the postseason. Everybody, from coach Bill Self to Robinson himself, realized long ago that the issue of whether he would return to Kansas for his senior season was not an issue at all. So why fake it?

KU’s Kocon, Pille dominate as softball wins 15th in a row

Kansas University senior Liz Kocon drove in four runs and became KU’s all-time RBI leader during a 4-0 victory over Wisconsin Saturday morning, and the Jayhawks were crowned champions of the Charleston Southern Tournament.

Jayhawks desperate for win entering finale vs. Sooners

Kansas University’s women’s basketball meeting today at Oklahoma has more than the usual end-of-season urgency about it.

How former Jayhawks fared (March 4)

Here's a look at how former Kansas University player fared in NBA games of March 3.

Kansas track team finishes regular season

The Kansas University track and field team finished its regular season Saturday at the Alex Wilson Invitational.

KU tennis loses first dual of 2012

The Kansas University tennis team lost its first dual of the season, 6-1 to North Texas on Saturday.

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Cheers, then tears: KU wins again on Senior Night

Another Kansas University basketball tradition lives on.

Kansas baseball loses to Louisiana despite Smith’s sensational day

Freshman Dakota Smith was a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate, with a three-run home run, but the Kansas University baseball team couldn’t overcome an early deficit and lost, 8-6, to Louisiana on Saturday at the UTSA Classic.

Saturday, March 3

KU seniors to be honored tonight

There will be a short ceremony honoring Kansas University seniors Jordan Juenemann, Conner Teahan and Tyshawn Taylor and their parents before today’s KU-Texas game in Allen Fieldhouse. The trio will speak to 16,300 fans after the 8 p.m. contest.

How former Jayhawks fared (March 3)

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of March 2.

Kansas baseball falls, 7-4

Kansas University’s baseball team rallied with a three-run ninth, but it was too little, too late in a 7-4 loss Friday at Texas-San Antonio.

KU softball streak hits 14

Kansas University softball ran its winning streak to 14 with two victories Friday.

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Charlie Weis, Tim Grunhard team up for charity event

As coincidences go, the connection between Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis and new KU offensive line coach Tim Grunhard runs pretty deep.

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'I'm still here': Tyshawn Taylor’s story marked by adversity

Life is good for Tyshawn Taylor at Kansas University — better, he says, than ever before.

Friday, March 2

KU says Title IX satisfied in case

Kansas Athletics has filed documents that show it has satisfied a Title IX complaint lodged by a former Kansas University swimmer who had hoped to encourage the university to offer more men’s sports.

Prosecutor denies allegations of entrapment by KU basketball player accused of illegally possessing alcohol

A Douglas County prosecutor in court Friday denied that an Alcoholic Beverage Control officer used someone undercover the night he wrote Kansas University basketball player Ben McLemore a citation for minor in possession of alcohol.

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Once a scout team player, sixth-man Teahan showing skills in games

Conner Teahan — who worked so hard for four years for the opportunity to play meaningful minutes on Kansas University’s basketball team — actually panicked a bit during the 2011-12 exhibition season when his dream became a reality.

Self: Report of feud with Baylor's Drew ‘inaccurate’

The current edition of Sports Illustrated — which features a story on Baylor’s wildly successful athletic department — maintains Kansas University coach Bill Self has a problem with Bears’ coach Scott Drew.

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Wilt’s wonder: KU legend’s 100-point game turns 50 years old

Fifty years ago today, Joe Ruklick sat comfortably courtside in warmups, watching his friend Wilt Chamberlain play the greatest game in the greatest season ever produced by a basketball player.

How former Jayhawks fared (March 2)

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of March 1.

Thursday, March 1

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Brett Ballard has BU ballin’

Now director of basketball operations for Kansas University’s third-ranked basketball team, Barry Hinson knows how to evaluate college basketball coaches, having been a successful one himself.

How former Jayhawks fared (March 1)

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Feb. 29.

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Jordan Juenemann ‘worked so hard’ for his shot

A Fort Hays State University scholarship offer didn’t tempt hometown hero Jordan Juenemann, nor did overtures from various other NCAA Div. II teams and junior colleges in Kansas.