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Tuesday, April 30

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Cole Aldrich completes KU degree in NBA, will graduate this month

Former Kansas University center Cole Aldrich will graduate from KU this month with a degree in communication studies, he announced Tuesday. By Gary Bedore

Texas prep Myles Turner turning heads

The most-watched player at the 2013 Jayhawk Invitational led his Texas Select team to the tourney’s 17-and-under title last weekend in Olathe. By Gary Bedore

How former Jayhawks fared in April 29 NBA games

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

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Move might await NFL draftee Tanner Hawkinson

Tanner Hawkinson’s versatility was one of the biggest reasons the Bengals targeted the 6-foot-5, 298-pound McPherson native. By Matt Tait

Monday, April 29

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Extra weight hindered transfer Hunter Mickelson

Packing on the pounds is generally considered a good thing for a lanky, 6-foot-10 college basketball big man. Not so — at least so far — in the case of future Kansas University power forward Hunter Mickelson. By Gary Bedore

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Dayne Crist grateful for shot at NFL

Former Kansas University quarterback Dayne Crist on Saturday night fielded a call from the Kansas City Chiefs and accepted an invitation to mini-camp in a couple of weeks. By Matt Tait

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Opinion: Note to Self: Hire Mitchell Wiggins

I have no idea whether former NBA guard Mitchell Wiggins has any coaching experience, but I sure would ask him if he has any interest in trying out the profession if I were one of the four schools recruiting his son, Andrew Wiggins. By Tom Keegan

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Just out of reach: Jayhawks’ softball rally comes up just short

In a clutch situation, Kansas University softball first baseman Mariah Montgomery did exactly what was needed. She just ended up hitting the ball too hard. By Jesse Newell

Sunday, April 28

How former Jayhawks fared in April 28 NBA games

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

KU track claims four event wins

Kansas University throwers won three events Saturday at the Wildcat Open at Baker University.

Kansas soccer splits a pair

Kansas University soccer closed out its spring season with a 4-0 victory over UMKC and a 1-0 loss to Arkansas in an exhibition doubleheader on Saturday at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex.

WVU baseball sweeps Kansas

Jayhawks drop two more 1-run decisions

West Virginia seems to have Kansas University’s number, and it would seem to be “1.”

KU softball splits with Baylor

Alex Hugo’s second homer helps save day against Bears

Alex Hugo helped salvage what would have been a disheartening day for Kansas University’s softball team with one swing.

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Bill Self in favor of September (!) start

The NCAA Board of Directors on Thursday is expected to pass a measure that will add two to three weeks to the college basketball season. By Gary Bedore

How former Jayhawks fared in April 27 NBA games

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

Saturday, April 27

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KU offensive lineman Tanner Hawkinson drafted in fifth round by Cincinnati Bengals

Kansas senior offensive lineman Tanner Hawkinson was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals with the 23rd pick in the fifth round of the NFL Draft on Saturday. By Matt Tait

KU tennis falls in Big 12 quarters

Kansas University fell to top-seeded Baylor, 4-0, in the Big 12 women’s tennis championships Friday, ending the Jayhawks’ spring dual season.

WVU outduels KU baseball

Brady Wilson’s RBI triple in the eighth finally put an end to the succession of zeros being thrown up, and that lone run gave West Virginia a 1-0 Big 12 baseball victory over Kansas University on Friday at Epling Stadium.

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Feel a draft? Ex-Jayhawks McDougald, Hawkinson hope to end KU’s three-year draft drought today

It has been three years since Kansas University produced an NFL Draft pick, but that streak could end today, thanks to the pre-draft efforts of former KU safety Bradley McDougald and offensive lineman Tanner Hawkinson. By Matt Tait

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Bill Self: Transfer Hunter Mickelson a ‘poor-man’s’ Jeff Withey

Just as one shot-blocker extraordinaire — Jeff Withey — leaves Kansas University, another arrives: Hunter Mickelson, a 6-foot-10, 235-pound junior-to-be from the University of Arkansas. By Gary Bedore

How former Jayhawk fared in April 26 NBA game

A look at how the lone former Kansas University basketball player fared in NBA playoff games on April 26, 2013.

Friday, April 26

KU softball postponed Friday

Because of rainy conditions, the Kansas softball team has postponed Friday's 6 p.m. game against Baylor.

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KU coach Bill Self says Hunter Mickelson 'more of a perimeter player' than Jeff Withey

Coach also addresses open assistant coaching spot, says he will hire from outside

Kansas coach Bill Self announced the addition of Arkansas 6-foot-10 transfer Hunter Mickelson on Friday morning.

KU tennis wins Big 12 tournament opener

Kansas University won the doubles point, then claimed three straight-set singles victories to open the Big 12 Tennis Championships with a 4-1 victory over Iowa State on Thursday at Headington Family Tennis Center.

How former Jayhawks fared in April 25 NBA games

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

Thursday, April 25

KU to play New Mexico in men's basketball

Kansas University's basketball team will play the University of New Mexico on Dec. 14 in Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., KU officials confirmed Thursday. By Gary Bedore

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6-foot-10 Arkansas transfer Hunter Mickelson picks KU

Big man says he's fan of KU tradition

Hunter Mickelson, a 6-foot-10, 245-pound sophomore power forward from the University of Arkansas, who recently announced plans to transfer, has committed to play basketball at Kansas University, his dad Darien Mickelson confirmed to the Journal-World on Thursday. By Gary Bedore

How former Jayhawks fared in April 24 NBA games

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

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Basketball recruiting notebook: KU courts Memphis transfer Tarik Black

Tarik Black, a junior power forward from the University of Memphis who has announced plans to transfer, is being courted by Kansas University and Duke, among others. By Gary Bedore

KU baseball walks all over Baker

With a lot of plate discipline — and just a touch of pop — the Kansas University baseball team made the most of its six hits in a 7-1 victory over Baker on Wednesday night at Hoglund Ballpark.

Pille, KU softball shut out UMKC twice

Kansas University sophomore Alicia Pille shut out UMKC twice, allowing just three total hits against 20 strikeouts in KU’s 11-0 and 4-0 victories Wednesday night at Arrocha Ballpark.

Kansas men's golf finishes eighth at nine-team Big 12 Championship

Kansas University senior Chris Gilbert finished among the top-10 golfers in the field for the fifth time this season, and the Jayhawks placed eighth place in the Big 12 tournament Wednesday at Prairie Dunes Country Club.

Wednesday, April 24

How former Jayhawks fared in April 23 NBA games

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

Kansas baseball’s Piché named to reliever watch list

Kansas University right-handed relief pitcher Jordan Piché was named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers’ Association Stopper of the Year midseason watch list on Tuesday.

Weather pushes back finale of Big 12 men's golf championship

Inclement weather forced the cancellation of play on Tuesday at the Big 12 men’s golf championship at Prairie Dunes.

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Former KU players catch on in NBA’s D-League

Three former Kansas University basketball players who did not play in any NBA games this past season — Darnell Jackson, Mario Little and Brady Morningstar — did spend time in the NBA’s minor league, the NBA Development League. By Gary Bedore

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Opinion: Speedy KU LB Heeney making up for time spent standing still

Watching Ben Heeney play football is a bit like viewing a high-speed demolition derby. He has no problem sacrificing his body, throwing it into harm’s way at a very high speed. In fact, he appears to enjoy it quite a bit. Just don’t tell him to stand still and watch. Column by Tom Keegan

Tuesday, April 23

KU tweaks baseball, softball slates

Kansas University canceled its baseball game scheduled for today and postponed a softball doubleheader a day because of forecasted bad weather.

KU’s Chris Gilbert takes early lead at Big 12 men's golf

Kansas University senior Chris Gilbert shot a first-round-best 69 to lead the field after 18 holes and sat in third place when play was suspended near the end of the second round of the Big 12 Men’s Golf Championship on Monday at Prairie Dunes Country Club.

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Joe Dooley wins over Gulf Coast players

Joe Dooley was introduced Monday as new head coach at Florida Gulf Coast University. By Gary Bedore

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A running battle: A look at Kansas football's strongest position

It’s no secret that the Kansas University football program’s strongest position heading into the 2013 season is running back. Here’s a quick look at the focus for each of KU’s top four returning backs this offseason. By Matt Tait and Tom Keegan

How former Jayhawks fared in April 22 NBA games

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

Monday, April 22

Kansas rowing wins two of three races

Kansas University rowing won two of three races to conclude the Lake Natoma Invite on Sunday.

Texas Tech baseball rips KU in finale, 16-5

Texas Tech cleanup hitter Jarrard Poteete went 4-for-5 with a double and three RBIs, and left fielder Brett Bell chipped in four hits and three runs as the Red Raiders avoided the sweep with a 16-5 Big 12 baseball victory over Kansas University on Sunday at Rip Griffin Park.

Kansas freshman finishes in 10th at Big 12 women's golf

Kansas University freshman Yupaporn Kawinpakorn shot a 4-over 76, tied for 10th and was named to the all-tournament team at the Big 12 Women’s Golf Championship on Sunday at The Harvester Golf Club.

KU tennis wins Senior Day, 4-3

Kansas University won the doubles point and Nos. 2-4 singles to claim a 4-3 Big 12 tennis victory over Iowa State on the Jayhawks’ Senior Day on Sunday at Jayhawk Tennis Center.

How former Jayhawks fared in April 21 NBA games

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

Jayhawks fall in softball, 3-1

Kansas University outhit Oklahoma State but stranded eight runners — including three in the seventh inning — in a 3-1 Big 12 softball loss to the Cowgirls on Sunday at Cowgirl Stadium.

Sunday, April 21

Chris Gilbert leads KU men's golf into league

Kansas senior Chris Gilbert from Simi Valley, Calif., keeps getting better and better and better, and he has the scorecards to prove it. By Tom Keegan

Bill Self in good company at L.A. tourney

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self, who last week said he’d like to sign an additional two or three players in the Class of 2013, is also recruiting for future classes during this current spring evaluation period. By Gary Bedore

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Opinion: Guessing game — Nobody knows where prep phenom Andrew Wiggins will spend his one year in college

A voice of reason rises above the discordant sounds of self-annointed expertise regarding the recruitment of an 18-year-old basketball player. And that wise voice belongs to the teenager himself. By Tom Keegan

Jayhawks row at Lake Natoma

Kansas University rowers competed against four teams ranked in the top 20 on Saturday at the Lake Natoma Invite.

KU soccer ties in exhibition doubleheader

The Kansas soccer team continued its spring exhibition season Saturday as it took on Iowa State and Iowa Saturday afternoon inside ISU Soccer Complex. Both matches ended in ties, as the Jayhawks and Cyclones played to a 0-0 tie, while KU managed to earn a 2-2 draw with the Hawkeyes.

KU women in eighth place at Big 12 golf

Kansas University sophomore Minami Levonowich shot a KU career-low 73 (+1) and junior Meghan Potee 75 to lead the Jayhawks on the second day of the Big 12 Women’s Golf Championship on Saturday at The Harvester Golf Club.

Hugo’s homers lead Kansas softball past OSU

Kansas University freshman Alex Hugo hit her second home run of the game in the fifth inning to give Kansas the lead, 5-4, on the way to a 9-7 softball victory on Saturday at Oklahoma State.

KU baseball clinches series at Texas Tech

Sophomore pitcher Wes Benjamin earned his fourth victory of the year, allowing one run over seven innings, as Kansas clinched the series with a 6-1 victory over Texas Tech, Saturday evening at Rip Griffin Park.

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Future KU center Embiid part of Nike all-star victory

Kansas University basketball signee Joel Embiid scored seven points and grabbed seven rebounds as the World Team defeated the U.S. squad, 112-98, in Saturday’s Nike Hoops Summit played in the Rose Garden in Portland, Ore.

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KU's Stigler runner-up in competitive Kansas Relays men's hurdles field

Michael Tinsley, a 2012 Olympic silver medalist, earned Most Outstanding Male Performer honors by winning the 400 hurdles in 48.77 seconds on Saturday at the Kansas Relays, in front of KU up-and-comer Michael Stigler, who was second in 49.42. By Gary Bedore

How former Jayhawks fared in April 20 NBA games

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

Saturday, April 20

Kansas Relays results (Friday)

Results from the Kansas Relays on Friday.

Jayhawks win tennis dual, 6-1

Kansas University snapped a 21-match Big 12 tennis losing streak with a 6-1 victory over West Virginia on Friday at Jayhawk Tennis Center.

KU women’s golfer in third at league

Kansas University freshman Yupaporn Kawinpakorn carded a 4-over 76 and is tied for third after the first round of the Big 12 women’s golf tournament Friday at The Harvester Golf Club.

Cowgirls edge Kansas softball

Kansas University loaded the bases in the top of the seventh, but Oklahoma State escaped that jam to claim a 3-1 Big 12 softball victory over the Jayhawks on Friday at Cowgirl Stadium.

KU baseball upends Tech

Kansas University opened its Big 12 baseball series with Texas Tech with a 4-3 victory over the Red Raiders on Friday at Rip Griffin Park.

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Conner Frankamp stands out at all-star game

Future Kansas University basketball player Conner Frankamp scored 20 points while playing 20 minutes in Friday’s Derby Festival Classic high school all-star game in Louisville. By Gary Bedore

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Boston on his mind: Former KU vaulter Jordan Scott honors victims

Former Kansas University pole vaulter Jordan Scott, who had a Jayhawk painted on the back of his head for the 2011 Kansas Relays and the Relays logo etched onto his skull last year, used his mohawk hair-do Friday to honor a city 1,500 miles from Lawrence. By Gary Bedore

Friday, April 19

KU women learn Paradise Jam pairings

Kansas University’s women’s basketball team will face Central Michigan, Xavier and Duke at the 2013 Ezybonds Global Payments U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam.

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Bill Self: OSU team to beat

Point guard deluxe Marcus Smart’s decision to stay in school for his sophomore season has made Oklahoma State’s basketball team the early odds-on favorite to win the 2013-14 Big 12 regular-season title. By Gary Bedore

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Breaking new 'ground: Olympian wins in unusual venue

Olympic bronze medalist Janay DeLoach-Soukup, who has long-jumped in stadiums big and small all over the world, now can say she’s competed — and won — in a livestock arena. By Gary Bedore

Thursday, April 18

Kansas' Paris Daniels nets track honor

Kansas University senior Paris Daniels was named the Big 12 Track & Field Female Athlete of the Week, the league office announced Wednesday.

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Whiting edges defending champ Hoffa in Relays shot-put showcase

Ryan Whiting, a 2012 Olympian and indoor world shot-put champion, defeated an elite field on his final throw at the 86th-annual Kansas Relays on Wednesday night inside Douglas County Fairgrounds’ Community Arena. By Gary Bedore

Big 12 golf awaits Kansas women

A Friday forecast that calls for a chance of snow and strong winds in Rhodes, Iowa, puts a great big smile on Kansas University women's golf coach Erin O'Neil's face. By Tom Keegan

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Opinion: Pro basketball, not Rubik's Cube, in Kevin Young's future

Kansas basketball player Kevin Young’s appearance in the Douglas County Fairgrounds livestock arena Wednesday did nothing but grow the popularity of the senior from Southern California. It was quite the sight watching the long, slender basketball player doing battle in the Rubik’s Cube with an Olympic shot-put medalist. Column by Tom Keegan

How former Jayhawks fared in April 17 NBA games

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

Wednesday, April 17

Building that will house original "Rules of Basket Ball" will be called the DeBruce Center

James Naismith's original "Rules of Basket Ball" will be housed in a three-story center at KU to be named the DeBruce Center in honor of Paul and Katherine DeBruce, who have provided the lead gift for the $18 million building. By Matt Erickson and Scott Rothschild

KU baseball's Wednesday game against Ottawa canceled

Because of thunderstorms expected in the Lawrence area this afternoon and evening, Kansas baseball has cancelled its makeup game with Ottawa University scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday evening.

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KU assistant Joe Dooley hired as head coach at Florida Gulf Coast

Dooley hopes to keep up-tempo style at FGCU

Longtime Kansas University men's basketball assistant coach Joe Dooley agreed to head the Florida Gulf Coast University program on Wednesday. By Gary Bedore

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Jayhawks hope to add depth as spring signings start

Kansas University men's basketball coach Bill Self has three scholarships available to award in the spring signing period, which starts today and ends on May 15. By Gary Bedore

KU softball game at Nebraska canceled

Kansas University softball’s game today at Nebraska was canceled because of weather concerns.

Creighton topples KU baseball, 12-4

Creighton center fielder Mike Gerber went 3-for-5 with three RBIs, and third baseman Federico Castagnini collected four RBIs as the Bluejays defeated Kansas, 12-4, Tuesday night in a nonconference baseball game.

Opinion: Relays throws will still be fun show

Lawrence is a favorite stop for the behemoths of the track and field world in part because of how much they enjoyed the Kansas Relays' downtown venue the past two years. Tonight's shot put event will be indoors, but the show should still be a good one. Column by Tom Keegan

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Top thrower Hoffa also taking a shot at Kansas Relays cube challenge

Reese Hoffa, bronze-medal winner at the 2012 Olympics, realizes he could go from being the fan favorite in tonight’s Kansas Relays shot put competition to the villain in a hurry. By Gary Bedore

Tuesday, April 16

KU’s Piché gets Big 12 baseball honor

For the second week in a row, Kansas University junior baseball relief pitcher Jordan Piché has been named the Big 12 Conference’s Newcomer of the Week.

How former Jayhawks fared in April 15 NBA games

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

Opinion: Boston scene turns ‘surreal’ for wife of KU soccer coach

Entrant No. 17700 in the 117th Boston Marathon, Tiffany Francis of Lawrence, was feeling good about exceeding her expectations by finishing in 3 hours, 35 minutes. Then a sunny day took a sharp, dark turn. By Tom Keegan

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Thanks for sharing: Jeff Withey, Travis Releford co-award winners

Kansas University seniors Travis Releford and Jeff Withey were named co-winners of the Danny Manning/Mr. Jayhawk Award for contributions on and off the court at Monday’s basketball banquet at the Holidome. By Gary Bedore

Monday, April 15

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KU guard Angel Goodrich drafted in third round by Tulsa Shock in WNBA Draft

Kansas University point guard Angel Goodrich was selected by the Tulsa Shock with the fifth pick in the third round (29th overall) in Monday's WNBA Draft.

KU grad finishes Boston Marathon just before explosions

A KU graduate who crossed the finish line less than a minute before the bomb explosions was one of several people with local connections who were in Monday's Boston Marathon. By Jesse Newell (AP Photo/The Daily Free Press, Kenshin Okubo)

KU Relays downtown shot put, long jump events moved to Douglas County Fairgrounds

The high-profile Kansas Relays downtown shot put won't be taking place downtown this year, meet director Milan Donley said. Instead, it will be moved indoors to the Douglas County Fairgrounds livestock arena. Wednesday's weather forecast that calls for severe thunderstorms resulted in the decision to move the event.

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KU football player Nick Sizemore arrested on suspicion of DUI, leaving the scene of an accident

A senior Kansas University football player was arrested on suspicion of DUI early Sunday morning in the 1800 block of West Sixth Street.

Jayhawks win 2 races at rowing regatta

Kansas University rowing won the Grand Finals of the Second Varsity Four and First Varsity Four on Sunday at the Knecht Cup.

Kansas women 2nd at golf meet

Kansas University junior Thanuttra “Fhong” Boonraksasat placed second individually, and KU placed second in the team race at the Indiana Women’s Golf Invitational on Sunday.

Chris Gilbert keys win for KU men’s golf

Chris Gilbert claimed a share of medalist honors and helped Kansas University hold off a furious charge from tournament-host Iowa to win the Hawkeye-Great River Entertainment Invitational by a stroke on Sunday at Finkbine Golf Course.

KU tennis falls to Texas Tech

Dylan Windom claimed Kansas University’s only point-scoring victory in a 6-1 tennis loss to No. 15-ranked Texas Tech on Sunday at Jayhawk Tennis Center.

KU softball routs Furman

Kansas University collected eight runs off seven hits in the third inning of an 11-1, run-rule-shortened softball rout of Furman on Sunday at Pepsi Stadium.

Sunday, April 14

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KU wideouts say spring a harbinger

It took until the fourth score of Saturday’s spring football game, but Kansas University finally celebrated a touchdown from a wide receiver again. By Matt Tait

Opinion: Jake Heaps instant upgrade

During a spring football game in which he threw accurate passes, long and short, Kansas University junior-to-be quarterback Jake Heaps eased anxiety in the minds of so many who hope he becomes the school’s first productive player since Todd Reesing at the most important position on the field. By Tom Keegan

Kansas hoops banquet tonight

Kansas University’s 2012-13 basketball team will be honored at the Jayhawks’ postseason awards banquet tonight at the Holidome. By Gary Bedore

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Locking ’Horns: Kansas wins testy baseball finale, series with Texas

More than anything, Kansas University baseball coach Ritch Price was proud of his team’s fight following the Jayhawks’ 4-3 victory over Texas on Sunday at Hoglund Ballpark. By Jesse Newell

How former Jayhawks fared in April 14 NBA games

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

Kansas rowers qualify for Knecht Cup finals

Kansas University’s rowing team qualified four boats for the Grand Finals and two boats for the Petite Finals at the Knecht Cup on Saturday.

KU soccer wins two exhibitions

Kansas University’s soccer team earned exhibition victories over South Dakota State and Drake on Saturday at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex.

KU women’s golf in second at Indiana

Thanuttra Boonraksasat was tied for third place after two rounds of the Indiana Invitational on Saturday as Kansas University’s women’s golf team was in second place heading into today’s final round.

KU men’s golf leads at Hawkeye Invitational

The Kansas University men’s golf team leads the Hawkeye Invite after two rounds at Finkbine Golf Course in Iowa City.

KU women’s track third at Arkansas meet

Kansas University senior Paris Daniels raced to the third-fastest 200-meter time in the world this year as the KU women’s track and field team finished third on Saturday at the John McDonnell Invitational.

Kansas softball splits doubleheader at Furman

The Kansas University softball team ended up on both sides of dominant pitching performances Saturday afternoon and split a doubleheader with Furman at Pepsi Softball Stadium.

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KU signee Joel Embiid praised for defense at Jordan Classic

Future Kansas University basketball center Joel Embiid blocked a game-high five shots to help the West to a 102-98 victory over the East in Saturday’s Jordan Brand Classic in Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. By Gary Bedore

Longhorns win pitchers’ duel against KU baseball

It took a masterful, complete-game pitching performance from Texas sophomore Dillon Peters to halt Kansas University’s four-game baseball winning streak Saturday afternoon at Hoglund Ballpark. By Gary Bedore

KU spring game notebook: Cummings-Ford connection leads White team

With most of Kansas University’s top offensive playmakers suiting up for the Blue team during Saturday’s spring game at Memorial Stadium, the White squad, which was led by sophomore quarterback Michael Cummings was forced to find a way with several Jayhawk reserves. By Matt Tait

Saturday, April 13

How former Jayhawks fared in April 13 NBA games

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

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Opinion: Justin McCay makes big first impression

After sitting out most of the last three seasons, Kansas University receiver Justin McCay needed to stand out in the spring game, and he did, Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan writes.• Box score• Charlie Weis postgame audio

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Dazzling debut: Jake Heaps shines in Blue's spring game win

The Kansas University Blue team's offense, made up of first-team players, was sensational, rolling up 352 yards and capping six drives with points during a scrimmage that featured a running clock. By Matt Tait• Box score• Charlie Weis postgame audio

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Elijah Johnson, Travis Releford solid at Invitational

Kansas University senior Elijah Johnson has not suffered a case of the jitters at this week’s Portsmouth Invitational for NBA prospects in Virginia. By Gary Bedore

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Timely hitting: Tharp’s single lifts KU baseball to extra-inning win

Tucker Tharp singled to right field with two outs in the bottom of the 12th inning to give Kansas a 7-6 baseball victory against Texas at Hoglund Ballpark. By Matt Tait

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Spring(board?) game nigh for KU football

During Kansas University senior Christian Matthews’ first three seasons in Lawrence, the 6-foot-1, 192-pound wide receiver enjoyed back-to-back big spring games and believed each time that the strong showing in the annual scrimmage was a sign of things to come. It wasn’t. By Matt Tait

KU tennis falls to UT

Kansas University tennis remained winless in the Big 12 with a 6-1 loss to 29th-ranked Texas on Friday at Jayhawk Tennis Center.

How former Jayhawks fared in April 12 NBA games

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

Friday, April 12

Court won’t shorten sentence of felon in KU tickets case

A federal judge refused Friday to shorten the sentence of a former Kansas University athletics consultant caught up in a $2 million ticket scalping conspiracy, rejecting defense claims that Thomas Blubaugh’s former attorney did a poor job representing him.

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KU football playing to strengths in spring game

Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis will play off the strengths of his quarterbacks in splitting the squads for Saturday's spring game. By Matt Tait

How former Jayhawks fared in April 11 NBA games

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

Thursday, April 11

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Shot star, Kevin Young to hold cube-off at Kansas Relays

Kansas University men's basketball forward Kevin Young will be the underdog in a Rubik’s Cube battle of the brains against Olympic shot put medalist Reese Hoffa. By Gary Bedore

Pro soccer squad taps Kansas soccer assistant

Kansas University soccer associate head soccer coach Kelly Miller was named goalkeeping coach for the National Women’s Soccer League’s (NWSL) FC Kansas City.

KU baseball cruises, 10-1

Senior Alex DeLeon and sophomore Connor McKay each homered and combined for five RBIs as Kansas University claimed its third straight victory, a 10-1 rout of Missouri Valley College on Thursday at Hoglund Ballpark.

Opinion: Sorry, Tiger: Tony Pierson top draw

Kansas University’s spring football game has a Tiger Woods element to it, except that in one sense it brings even more suspense. We won’t know when the ball will find the hands of KU’s most electric player, junior-to-be Tony Pierson. By Tom Keegan

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NBA scout: Ben McLemore top-2 pick

Well before the NBA combine and prospects’ trips to team camps for individual workouts, things are looking up for 20-year-old millionaire-to-be Ben McLemore. By Gary Bedore

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Back in the picture: Darius Willis pleasant surprise for KU football this spring

Darius Willis’ resurgence has earned the respect of Kansas football coach Charlie Weis, who recently singled out the 6-foot-2, 240-pound senior as one of the pleasant surprises of spring practice. By Matt Tait

How former Jayhawks fared in April 10 NBA games

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

Wednesday, April 10

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Opinion: Nice guy McLemore must beware frauds who come with fame

The pool into which Kansas freshman Ben McLemore is about to plunge is rife with jewels. And jewel thieves. Column by Tom Keegan

KU softball's Kessler named Big 12 Pitcher of the Week

Kansas University freshman pitcher Kelsey Kessler was named the Big 12 Softball Pitcher of the Week, the conference announced Tuesday.

Kansas baseball tops Iowa, 8-3

Kansas University’s Michael Suiter crossed the plate three times, adding two hits and an RBI single as the Jayhawk baseball team defeated Iowa, 8-3 on Tuesday.

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New-look KU offensive line takes shape

Positional battles continue nearly everywhere on the field as Kansas University's spring football game approaches, but the Jayhawks’ offensive line, which lost three multi-year starters from last season, is coming together. By Matt Tait

How former Jayhawks fared in April 9 NBA games

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

Tuesday, April 9

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KU freshman Ben McLemore declares for NBA Draft

Kansas freshman guard Ben McLemore declared for the NBA Draft during a press conference with coach Bill Self at Allen Fieldhouse on Tuesday afternoon. By Gary Bedore

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QB Jake Heaps: Kansas football just clicked

At the midway point of spring football practices, Kansas University quarterback Jake Heaps noticed he and his teammates had flipped a switch and started treating each day a little differently. By Matt Tait

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Rio Adams a goner; Ben McLemore decides today

One Kansas University freshman basketball player — reserve Rio Adams — officially exited KU’s program Monday. Today, another Jayhawk freshman — second-team All-American Ben McLemore — will announce his future plans at a 2:30 p.m. news conference in Allen Fieldhouse. By Gary Bedore

Kansas baseball's Jordan Piché gets Big 12 honor

After earning two saves in Kansas University’s baseball series victory against No. 19 Oklahoma State, KU junior relief pitcher Jordan Piché was named the Big 12 Conference’s Newcomer of the Week on Monday.

Angel Goodrich honorable mention All-American

Kansas University senior women’s basketball point guard Angel Goodrich was named a Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) honorable mention All-American on Monday.

Monday, April 8

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KU guard Ben McLemore sets press conference for 2:30 p.m. Tuesday

Kansas redshirt freshman guard Ben McLemore — along with KU coach Bill Self — will address the media in a press conference at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.

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Following second meeting with Bill Self, guard Rio Adams decides he will transfer from KU

Kansas University freshman guard Rio Adams will transfer from KU at the end of the school year, KU coach Bill Self said Monday. By Gary Bedore

Sunday, April 7

Kansas tennis shut out at TCU

Texas Christian’s No. 35-ranked women’s tennis team blanked Kansas University, 7-0, on Sunday at Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center.

KU’s Gutesha 9th at golf meet

Kansas University senior Alex Gutesha shot his second consecutive round under par and placed ninth — his second top-10 finish in three tournaments — with an even-par 213 at the Irish Creek Collegiate golf invitational on Sunday.

Vault title highlight for KU

Kansas University junior pole vaulter Natalia Bartnovskaya set the school vault record for the second consecutive week during the KU track-and-field team’s appearance at the Sun Angel Classic on Saturday.

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Opinion: KU TE Jimmay Mundine primed for breakout year

Jimmay Mundine have a great deal going for him in pursuing his goal of 10 TD receptions in his junior season. By Tom Keegan

Kelsey Kessler throws no-no for KU softball

Kelsey Kessler, a freshman from Blue Springs, Mo., threw a complete-game no-hitter as Kansas softball beat Tech, 4-0, to claim its first conference road sweep since they swept a two-game set at Tech in 2007.

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Nice save: Piché, KU baseball close door on OSU

For most baseball teams, a one-run lead in the late innings can be a nerve-wracking and pressure-packed experience. Luckily for Kansas University’s baseball team, closer Jordan Piché prefers those moments. By Matt Tait

How former Jayhawks fared in April 7 NBA games

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

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KU's Jeff Withey named co-defensive player of the year by NABC

Jeff Withey on Sunday was named co-defensive player of the year by the NABC. By Gary Bedore

Kansas rowing wins 4 races

Kansas University won four of six races against Indiana and Georgetown in a rowing regatta on Saturday.

Gilbert, Gutesha top KU men’s golf

Kansas University’s Chis Gilbert and Alex Gutesha shot 1-over-par 143s over two rounds to tie for 13th after the first day of the Irish Creek Collegiate golf invitational on Saturday.

KU track cleans up in Mesa

Kansas University’s Jessica Maroszek, Alena Krechyk and Paris Daniels turned in NCAA top-five performances, and Jayhawks claimed victories in four other events Friday at the Mesa Track and Field Classic.

Kessler, KU softball shut out Tech

Kelsey Kessler threw a complete-game, four-hit shutout, and Chanin Naudin and Chaley Brickey homered to lift Kansas University to a 3-0 Big 12 softball victory over Texas Tech on Saturday at Rocky Johnson Field.

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KU basketball notebook: KU-Syracuse recalled; Scot Pollard kills it

Today marks the 10-year anniversary of Kansas University’s 81-78 loss to Syracuse in the finals of the 2003 NCAA Tournament. By Gary Bedore

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Duncan, Kansas baseball rocked by OSU

Oklahoma State knocked Frank Duncan around for seven runs in 5 2/3 innings, taking control early in a 14-3 victory over Kansas University on Saturday afternoon at Hoglund Ballpark. By Jesse Newell

Saturday, April 6

How former Jayhawks fared in April 6 NBA games

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

KU tennis falls to Baylor, 5-2

Maria Belen Ludueña won at No. 2 singles and Nastya Trubica at No. 5, but Kansas University’s tennis team fell to 0-4 in Big 12 play with a 5-2 loss to Baylor on Friday at Hurd Tennis Center.

Kansas softball holds off Tech

A third inning solo shot from sophomore third baseman Chanin Naudin proved to be the game winner as Kansas University edged Texas Tech, 4-3, in the opening game of a three-game Big 12 softball series on Friday at Rocky Johnson Field.

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KU basketball notebook: Frankamp on fire; latest on Rio Adams

Future Kansas University basketball combo guard Conner Frankamp hit 22 of 25 three-pointers in the final round to win the third-annual American Family Insurance High School 3-Point Championship on Friday at Greater Atlanta Christian School. By Gary Bedore

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It’s all good: Kansas baseball solid all around vs. OSU

Friday night, after a 7-5 victory over No. 19 Oklahoma State at Hoglund Ballpark that was way more all-Jayhawks than the final score indicated, Kansas baseball coach Ritch Price had a difficult time pinpointing where to begin. By Matt Tait

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Opinion: Kansas juco DL Chris Martin shoots straight

Junior-college transfer Chris Martin, a projected starter on the defensive line for Kansas University, isn’t afraid to let Big 12 quarterbacks know that they will be facing a different pass rush than they are accustomed to seeing from the Jayhawks. By Tom Keegan

How former Jayhawks fared in April 5 NBA games

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

Friday, April 5

How former Jayhawks fared in April 4 NBA games

How former Jayhawks fared in Thursday's NBA games.

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Rio Adams might stay

Guard has second thoughts about transferring; Self says two will meet again

Rio Adams, who has announced plans to leave Kansas University and was released from his scholarship Wednesday, is apparently having second thoughts. By Gary Bedore

Thursday, April 4

How former Jayhawks fared in April 3 NBA games

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

Wednesday, April 3

KU baseball blanks Saint Mary

Alex DeLeon drove in three runs and the Kansas University pitching staff threw a four-hit, shutout victory, 3-0, against Saint Mary on Wednesday at Hoglund Ballpark.

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KU receiver Justin McCay has focus on football again

Last year at this time, Kansas University wide receiver Justin McCay was battling the NCAA about his eligibility. This year, he’s focused on playing football again. By Matt Tait

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Rio Adams: Transfer from KU a ‘family decision’

Rio Adams has a message for Kansas University basketball fans as he prepares to continue his college career someplace other than KU. “It was a great run. I appreciate the support,” Adams, a 6-foot-3 freshman from Seattle, told the Journal-World Wednesday night, hours after he was granted a release by coach Bill Self. By Gary Bedore

Poor inning sinks Kansas baseball vs. Creighton

One bad inning was enough to sink Kansas University’s baseball team. Creighton center fielder Mike Gerber went 2-for-5 with a solo home run as part of a five-run second inning, and the Bluejays beat KU, 6-4, Tuesday night at Hoglund Ballpark.

Weis to KU defense: No loafing allowed

During a recent meeting with the media, Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis said flying to the football had been an emphasis for the KU defense so far this spring, and during practice on Tuesday, KU players seemed to have gotten the message. By Matt Tait

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Opinion: Sneak peek at KU football whets appetite for 2013 season

Kansas University football opened its first spring practice to the media on Tuesday, and the signs of progress are evident. Column by Tom Keegan

McDonald's All-American Wayne Selden next up for KU hoops

Kansas University men's basketball recruit Wayne Selden, who will play in tonight's McDonald's All-American game, says he's ready to step up and lead a young KU team next season.

Tuesday, April 2

How former Jayhawks fared in April 2 NBA games

How former Jayhawks fared in Tuesday's NBA games

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KU freshman Rio Adams to transfer

Self seeking 'immediate impact' players in spring signing period

Kansas University freshman guard Rio Adams announced on Twitter that he will be transferring and coach Bill Self confirmed the news on Tuesday night. By Gary Bedore

How former Jayhawks fared in April 1 NBA games

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

Monday, April 1

KU softball’s Maggie Hull selected in pro draft

Kansas University senior softball outfielder Maggie Hull was selected 11th overall by the Chicago Bandits in the National Pro Fastpitch College Draft, held Monday night in Nashville, Tenn.

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KU freshman Ben McLemore earns All-America honors

Kansas University freshman Ben McLemore was named to the Wooden All-America team and Associated Press All-America second team on Monday, while Jeff Withey was named to the AP third team. By Gary Bedore

KU football lands juco cornerback

The Kansas University football program added to its already juco-heavy recruiting class last weekend, when Pierce Community College cornerback Brandon Hollomon orally committed to join the Jayhawks. By Matt Tait