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Thursday, February 28

KU to wear alternate adidas camo uniforms in Big 12 tournament

The Kansas men's basketball team will be wearing alternate camo uniforms from adidas for at least one game in this year's Big 12 tournament, KU coach Bill Self confirmed during a weekly press conference Thursday. By Jesse Newell

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Jayhawks flocked to Elijah Johnson in victorious locker room

Call from dad most meaningful in wake of 39-point game; Self, Elijah forgive Iowa State

Iowa State's student body president says he was disgusted by tweets sent to Kansas University's Elijah Johnson after the Jayhawks' victory on Monday in Ames. By Gary Bedore

KU swimming in 5th at league

The 800-yard freestyle relay team gave Kansas University’s swimming and diving team 30 points on the first day of the Big 12 Championships on Wednesday night at the Jamail Texas Swimming Center.

Big 12 honors 16 KU swimmers

Kansas University landed 16 honorees on the Big 12 Academic Swim teams.

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Kansas’ Bill Self had a ball at ISU

Kansas University senior Elijah Johnson presented a gift to coach Bill Self on Monday night in a jubilant Hilton Coliseum locker room — a keepsake basketball. By Gary Bedore

Wednesday, February 27

How former Jayhawks fared in Feb. 27 NBA games

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

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KU women fall at Iowa State, 83-68

Angel Goodrich and Monica Engelman combined to score 41 points, but lack of an inside game doomed Kansas University’s women’s basketball team to an 83-68 loss to No. 23 Iowa State on Wednesday at Hilton Coliseum.

Tuesday, February 26

Kansas golfer Kawinpakorn ties for 12th in Miami

Kansas University freshman golfer Yupaporn Kawinpakorn tied for 12th place after the final round of the Sir Pizza Terrapin Challenge on Tuesday at Shula’s Golf Club.

Snow affects KU baseball, tennis schedules

Kansas Athletics made several changes to this week’s schedule after heavy snow Monday and Tuesday.

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KU's McDougald, Hawkinson build buzz at NFL combine

Three days after former Kansas University offensive lineman Tanner Hawkinson hit the turf at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis for the timing portion of this year’s NFL combine, former KU safety Bradley McDougald capped things off with a solid showing on Tuesday. By Matt Tait

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KU women hope to repeat men's magic at Hilton

Count KU women’s basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson among those who hope what KU senior Elijah Johnson did to Iowa State during Monday night’s 108-96 overtime victory will have a lingering effect on Hilton Coliseum. By Matt Tait

Opinion: Cyclones give boost to college hoops

The ugliness of the aftermath late Monday night deflected attention from the prettiest college basketball game in this season littered with ugly ones. Column by Tom Keegan

How former Jayhawks fared in Feb. 26 NBA games

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

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Self downplays run-in with 'animated' Iowa State fan

Kansas University men's basketball coach Bill Self said he did not feel threatened when an Iowa State fan approached and yelled at him after the Jayhawks' overtime victory on Monday in Ames, Iowa. By Gary Bedore

Big 12: Officiating errors were made at end of regulation in KU-ISU game

The Big 12 conference released the following statement Tuesday afternoon following Kansas' 108-96 overtime victory over Iowa State on Monday night in Ames, Iowa.

How former Jayhawks fared in Feb. 25 NBA games

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

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Jayhawks heap praise on QB for leadership

The more people within Kansas University’s football program talk, the more it becomes clear that junior quarterback Jake Heaps is taking his role as team leader very seriously.

Notebook: Bill Self's 500th win 'was a good one'

Bill Self’s 500th career coaching victory was one for the ages. By Gary Bedore• • Box score•KU coach Bill Self postgame audio

KU women's golf, golfer third in Florida

Kansas University golfer Yupaporn Kawinpakorn carded two even-par rounds to tie for third place after the first day of the Sir Pizza Terrapin Challenge on Monday.

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Opinion: Elijah Johnson responds to ‘man-up’ talk

Elijah Johnson, the guy who couldn’t shoot straight or dribble great for so much of the season, responded to a couple of “man-up” speeches by delivering a more clutch performance than any Kansas player since ... good question. A long, long time. By Tom Keegan• Box score• KU coach Bill Self postgame audio

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Perfect storm: Elijah Johnson buries ISU with 39 points

It’s safe to say Elijah Johnson’s senior slump is over. Johnson exploded for 39 points — that’s right, 39 — in the Jayhawks’ thrilling 108-96 overtime victory over Iowa State on Monday in Hilton Coliseum. By Gary Bedore• Box score• KU coach Bill Self postgame audio

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ISU coach Fred Hoiberg impressed by Elijah Johnson, says late no-call 'didn't go our way'

Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg didn’t hesitate to give Kansas guard Elijah Johnson credit for his late-game heroics in KU's 108-96 overtime victory over ISU, saying he played “great.” By Jesse Newell• • Box score•KU coach Bill Self postgame audio

Monday, February 25

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Jeff Withey wins Big 12 player award for second straight week

Kansas senior center Jeff Withey was named the Big 12's player of the week, the conference office announced Monday.

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Next KU victory will be Bill Self’s 500th

Milestone on the line tonight at Iowa State

Mario Chalmers believes a kinder, gentler version of Bill Self chases his 500th career coaching victory tonight in Iowa State’s Hilton Coliseum. By Gary Bedore

Kansas baseball called off

The threat of winter weather has forced Kansas baseball to cancel Tuesday’s scheduled game with Missouri State at Hoglund Ballpark.

Sunday, February 24

KU tennis wins

Kansas University dropped the doubles point, but rallied to win five of six singles matches to defeat Drake, 5-2, in collegiate tennis on Sunday at Jayhawk Tennis Center.

Gautier 16th; KU men's golf 12th

Stan Gautier led Kansas University with a 1-over 73 in the final round and finished tied for 16th, the highest finish of his KU career, as the Jayhawks concluded play Sunday at the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate at the Classic Club.

Kansas softball falls to Lobos

A two-out double in the top of the seventh doomed Kansas University to a 2-1 softball loss to New Mexico on Sunday at the Islanders Classic.

How former Jayhawks fared in Feb. 24 NBA games

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

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Kansas women snare 1st title in track

Kansas University claimed three more individual titles, and the KU women’s track-and-field team won its first Big 12 title on Sunday at the Big 12 Indoor.

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Can ‘magical’ McLemore trump Hilton Magic?

No Kansas University basketball player, coach or fan ever tires of watching the replay of Ben McLemore’s straight-on, last-second 22-foot shot that banked off the backboard that forced overtime against upset-minded Iowa State on Jan. 9 in Allen Fieldhouse. By Gary Bedore

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KU women's rally stopped short as Texas Tech prevails, 72-70

Christine Hyde put in a game-winning turn-around shot in the lane with 3.5 seconds left, and Kansas guard Angel Goodrich missed a desperation three at the buzzer as Tech held on for a 72-70 victory over the KU women's basketball team on Sunday at Allen Fieldhouse.

KU golfer Gautier in 13th at tourney

Kansas University sophomore golfer Stan Gautier worked his way into a tie for the lead after his first nine holes on Saturday at the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate. The back nine wasn’t as kind.

KU track athletes earn Big 12 titles; women in first place

Four Kansas University track-and-field athletes earned individual titles on the first day of the Big 12 Indoor Championships on Saturday.

KU softball cruises past winless Southern, 14-0

Kansas University scored 14 runs on 14 hits and held winless Southern to just one hit in five run-ruled innings on Saturday at the Islanders Softball Classic.

Kansas baseball splits two games

Senior Alex DeLeon was perfect at the plate as Kansas University’s baseball team rushed to an early lead and held on to beat Jackson State, 10-6 on Saturday.

Saturday, February 23

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KU women concerned about effort as Texas Tech awaits

Kansas University coach Bonnie Henrickson says there’s a lot of preparation that will go into the KU women’s basketball team’s noon game today against Texas Tech. None of it will matter, though, if the Jayhawks don’t play with more enthusiasm than they did in a 93-83 road loss to Texas on Wednesday. By Jesse Newell

How former Jayhawks fared in Feb. 23 NBA games

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

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TCU coach Trent Johnson: Visiting Allen Fieldhouse 'eye-opening' experience for players

TCU men’s basketball coach Trent Johnson said he was leaving Lawrence with a few positives following his team’s 74-48 loss to Kansas on Saturday afternoon. By Jesse Newell

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Notebook: Former KU coach Ted Owens says reunion 'one of those great moments'; Johnson recovering from illness

Former Kansas University basketball coach Ted Owens, who is 83 years old, on occasion shoots his age in golf. By Gary Bedore

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Keeping up the tradition: Jayhawks impress alums, rout TCU, 74-48

The Kansas men's basketball team made sure a good time was had by former Jayhawks of all ages and time periods by dominating TCU in a 74-48 victory on Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse. By Gary Bedore• Box score• KU coach Bill Self postgame audio

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Opinion: KU goes from purgatory to payback against TCU

The Kansas men's basketball team's starters outscored TCU's starting five, 34-0, in the first half. And that wasn’t even close to being the strangest half of basketball the teams played against each other this season, Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan writes.• Box score• KU coach Bill Self postgame audio

Opinion: Final floor worth it for memories, charity

Kansas University's 2012 NCAA runner-up team was one of Bill Self's most memorable in years, and one Lawrence business owner believes he can turn that fresh memory into big bucks for charity. Column by Tom Keegan

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In rematch vs. TCU, Jayhawks bring back bit of history for milestone

The Kansas University men's basketball team will wear 1988 throwback jerseys today against TCU as part of a 115 Years of KU Basketball celebration that will also honor the KU title team's 25-year anniversary. By Gary Bedore

Kansas softball claims two wins

Facing a four-run deficit and down to its final out, Kansas University’s softball team rallied past Auburn, 11-10, for its second victory Friday in the Islanders Classic.

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KU duo head to NFL Combine

For the third time in the past four years, the Kansas University football team will be represented at the NFL Combine, which starts today in Indianapolis. By Matt Tait

How former Jayhawks fared in Feb. 22 NBA games

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

KU golfer Gilbert opens with 71

Kansas University senior Chris Gilbert fired three birdies on the back nine, including two on par-3s, to finish the opening round of the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate as the only Jayhawk under par at the Classic Club on Friday.

KU baseball tops SIU-Edwardsville

Frank Duncan pitched 7 2/3 scoreless innings and Kansas University collected a season-high 14 hits as the Jayhawks defeated Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, 8-0, on Friday.

Thursday, February 21

Big 12 Track delayed

Due to severe winter weather, Big 12 officials have decided to push back the start of the league Indoor track and field meet from Friday to Saturday.

Angel Goodrich named Lieberman finalist

Kansas University senior Angel Goodrich on Thursday was named one of seven finalists for the Nancy Lieberman Award Thursday, honoring the nation’s top-collegiate point guard in women’s NCAA Div. I basketball.

KU softball shut out, 1-0

Kansas University sophomore Alicia Pille allowed just one run and struck out six over six innings, but the Jayhawks managed just four hits in a 1-0 shutout loss to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Thursday.

How former Jayhawks fared in Feb. 21 NBA games

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

Morris twins reunited in Phoenix

The Phoenix Suns again have a set of twins on their roster after making a trade to bring Marcus Morris from the Houston Rockets.

115 Years of Kansas Basketball Reunion list

Here’s a list of former KU basketball players, coaches, managers, trainers, broadcasters, administrators signed up for this weekend’s 115 Years of Basketball Reunion:

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Timeless miracles: Danny Manning-led 1988 title team approaching 25th anniversary

Twenty-five years after the fact — heading into this weekend’s 115 Years of KU Basketball reunion — the mere mention of “Danny and the Miracles” brings to mind a overcame the odds to win the NCAA men's basketball championship. By Gary Bedore

Kansas’ Hull CLASS award candidate

Maggie Hull, a Kansas University softball senior team captain, was named one of 30 candidates for the Senior CLASS Award in collegiate softball, the committee announced Wednesday.

KU baseball tweaks schedule

Due to the threat of a winter storm, Kansas University has canceled its baseball series with Northwestern, which was scheduled for Friday-Sunday at Hoglund Ballpark, and instead will play three games against three opponents in Arkansas.

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Notebook: Bill Self fired up during big win; Rio Adams 'frustrated'

Bill Self, who gave out a batch of handshakes and hugs and executed a fist pump or two after Kansas University’s double-overtime victory over Oklahoma State on Wednesday, admits he was more animated than usual on a snowy night at his alma mater. By Gary Bedore

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OSU: ‘We can’t sulk’

Cowboys must ‘move on,’ prepare for WVU

Spare Oklahoma State basketball coach Travis Ford any talk about this being a down year in the Big 12. This might not be the time to share the opinion the Big 12 schedule is easier this year than most. By Tom Keegan

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Opinion: Seniors Travis Releford, Jeff Withey huge for Kansas

The superstars ordained as NBA players before they step foot on a college campus dominate headlines and mock drafts, but there still is a place for seniors in college basketball. And that place late Wednesday night was Gallagher-Iba Arena. By Tom Keegan• Box score

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Mr. Big Shot: Naadir Tharpe’s field goal puts KU on top

Bill Self raced over to the man of the hour, the hero of the game, Naadir Tharpe, and wrapped his arms around the 5-foot-11 point guard, giving him a heck of a hug after Kansas University’s 68-67 double-overtime victory over Oklahoma State on Wednesday in Gallagher-Iba Arena. By Gary Bedore• Box score

How former Jayhawks fared in Feb. 20 NBA games

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

Wednesday, February 20

Rockets, Kings swap Aldrich, Robinson; Morris twins reunited in Phoenix

Former Kansas University players Cole Aldrich, Marcus Morris and Thomas Robinson were all on the move Wednesday night on the eve of the NBA's trade deadline.

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KU women fall to red-hot Texas, 93-83

Texas hit its first 10 field-goal tries and shot a scorching 76 percent from the floor in the first half and cruised to a 93-83 victory over Kansas University in Big 12 women’s basketball on Wednesday.

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Jayhawks plan payback, not backflips, at Oklahoma State

Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart’s victorious backflip on Feb. 2 at a stunned Allen Fieldhouse didn't sit well with Kansas University men's basketball players, who promise there won't be any acrobatics if KU wins at OSU today. By Gary Bedore

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KU women wary of complacency after big win

Kansas University women’s basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson had a simple message for her team following its 81-71 home victory over No. 22 Oklahoma on Saturday: Don’t become complacent. By Jesse Newell

Opinion: McLemore, Smart face off again as Big 12's best freshmen

Kansas University's Ben McLemore and Oklahoma State's Marcus Smart play different positions and with different styles, but their superstar performances as freshmen have set them apart from the rest of the Big 12's newcomers. Column by Tom Keegan

How former Jayhawks fared in Feb. 19 NBA games

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

Tuesday, February 19

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City gives preliminary approval to development agreement for $25M recreation center

Talk may soon start turning to action on a proposed $25 million, city-owned recreation center. Lawrence city commissioners on Tuesday gave preliminary approval to a development agreement that could allow construction on the center to begin by late April. By Chad Lawhorn

Details emerge about agreements between Fritzel entity and KU on Rock Chalk Park project

An entity controlled by Thomas Fritzel will be the exclusive provider of all concessions on the Kansas University portions of the proposed Rock Chalk Park project, according to documents released Tuesday. By Chad Lawhorn

Lawsuit documents provide insight into police traffic ticket scandal

City officials have remained mum about the internal investigation of two Lawrence police officers accused of fixing traffic tickets in exchange for Kansas University athletic tickets, but recently filed court documents help fill in some of the blanks. By Shaun Hittle

Former police sergeant's federal lawsuit against city alleges racial discrimination, wrongful termination

A 20-year veteran of the Lawrence Police Department — fired last March — filed a lawsuit Tuesday in federal court alleging racial discrimination and wrongful termination. By Shaun Hittle

Monday, February 18

KU baseball upended by Nevada

Nevada pinch hitter Brad Gerig’s two-strike double with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning plated the winning runs as the Wolf Pack rallied from three separate deficits in a wild 9-8 baseball victory over Kansas University on Monday at Hohokam Park.

KU’s Bill Self won’t revisit flippin’ OSU loss

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self didn’t take the bait Saturday when asked by a media member if, in coming days, he’d show his players tape of Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart performing a backflip during a celebration after the Cowboys’ 85-80 victory over the Jayhawks on Feb. 2 in Allen Fieldhouse. By Gary Bedore

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Danny’s new digs: Manning brings ‘new brand of hoops’ to Tulsa

When Danny Manning agreed to become the head basketball coach at the University of Tulsa, he knew he was adding his name to an elite list of coaches. What he didn’t know was that TU’s past success would be so in his face. By Matt Tait

KU moves up to No. 9 in both polls

The Kansas men's basketball team moved up to No. 9 in both the Associated Press and USA Today coaches polls released Monday.

How Keegan voted: Feb. 18 Associated Press poll

The following is Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan's ballot for the Associated Press men's basketball poll on Feb. 18, 2013.

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Kansas center Jeff Withey shares Big 12 player of the week honors

Kansas center Jeff Withey earned Big 12 player of the week honors, the conference announced Monday. Withey shares this week's honor with Kansas State guard Angel Rodriguez.

Kansas softball flogs Bryant, 10-2

Fourth-year junior Alex Jones tied her career high with eight strikeouts, and Mariah Montgomery drove in two runs as Kansas University softball concluded the Tiger Invitational with a 10-2, five-inning rout of Bryant on Sunday.

KU baseball downs Nevada, 6-3

Sophomore Michael Suiter went 2-for-4 with an RBI and scored the go-ahead run in the seventh inning, hustling home from second base on an infield hit as Kansas University baseball rallied from an early deficit to down Nevada, 6-3, Sunday at Hohokam Park.

Jayhawks’ Potee 18th at FSU golf tourney

Kansas University junior Meghan Potee shot a 2-over-par 74 and finished tied for 18th individually with a three-round score of 225 to lead KU at the inaugural Florida State Match-Up women’s golf tournament Sunday at SouthWood Golf Club.

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Jayhawks ‘Shake’ funk

Bill Self says dance video bonding experience for team

Kevin Young gladly discussed his role in production of KU’s “Harlem Shake” video, which was filmed in KU’s locker room Friday, and since being posted on YouTube has had more than 450,000 views. By Gary Bedore

Sunday, February 17

Opinion: Angel Goodrich refuses to let KU lose

Angel Goodrich did what point guards are born to do in leading Kansas University past Oklahoma, 81-71, because that’s what she always does. By Tom Keegan

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Angel Goodrich sets KU assists record as Jayhawks take down No. 22 Oklahoma, 81-71

Carolyn Davis scored 24 points on 10-for-17 shooting, leading the Kansas women's basketball team to an 81-71 victory over No. 22 Oklahoma on Sunday at Allen Fieldhouse. By Jesse Newell

Notebook: Traylor sprains thumb; Withey Big 12's top blocker

Notes and quotes from Kansas University's 73-47 basketball victory over Texas. By Gary Bedore

Mario Chalmers honored by jersey ceremony

Former Kansas University basketball combo guard Mario Chalmers had his jersey number 15 hung in the Allen Fieldhouse rafters in an emotional ceremony at halftime of Saturday’s KU-Texas game. By Gary Bedore

UT laments shooting woes

Longhorns hit just 21.8 percent of shots

The Longhorns made just 21.8 percent of their field-goal attempts in a 73-47 loss to Kansas University. “We didn’t simply mentally do the things we wanted to get done on either end,” Texas coach Rick Barnes said. “That’s the thing that bothers me.” By Jesse Newell

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Opinion: KU makes it hard for recruit Julius Randle to say no

Julius Randle, ranked second by Rivals behind only Andrew Wiggins in the Class of 2013 among high school basketball players, had a seat behind the Kansas University bench Saturday night. He was treated to an evening that highlighted the past and reminded the audience that the present, somehow, never strays far from the glorious days of yesteryear. By Tom Keegan• Box score• Bill Self postgame audio

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Simply smothering: Defense carries Kansas to rout of Texas

If ESPN’s “GameDay” announcers like defense, they’ll definitely push for more and more telecasts at Kansas University, site of the Jayhawks’ 73-47 smothering of Texas on Saturday in Allen Fieldhouse. By Gary Bedore• Box score• Bill Self postgame audio

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KU women counting on Monica Engelman for strong finish

Kansas University women’s basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson believes guard Monica Engelman’s career-best 26-point effort against TCU on Wednesday could be exactly what the senior needs to finish the season strong. By Jesse Newell

Former KU pitcher Brett Bochy joins dad in big-league camp

A little bit of playful razzing comes with the territory for Brett Bochy. He gets it. The former Kansas University pitcher is in his first big league camp for the San Francisco Giants. And, his dad’s the manager.

Saturday, February 16

KU tennis falls, 4-3, to College of Charleston

Kansas University’s tennis team fell to College of Charleston, 4-3, on Saturday.

KU golfer Meghan Potee tied for 20th at FSU tourney

Kansas University’s Meghan Potee sits in a tie for 20th place after the second round of the Florida State Match-Up women’s golf tournament on Saturday.

Nevada edges KU baseball, 2-1

Kansas University’s baseball team couldn’t get anything going at the plate on Saturday at Hohokam Park and fell, 2-1, to Nevada.

Kansas softball loses, 8-5, to undefeated Auburn

Kansas University surrendered five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning and lost, 8-5, to undefeated Auburn on Saturday at the Tiger Softball Invitational.

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KU midyear football transfers get weight-room wake-up

Although Kansas University football's eight midyear transfers — junior-college players who left their previous schools early and are enrolled at KU this spring — all have had different experiences and adjusted to life in Lawrence in their own ways, there are a few areas in which the transition has been the same. Most often, that has been in the weight room. By Matt Tait

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Jayhawks fired up to win one for Mario Chalmers

Kansas University senior center Jeff Withey will be in the locker room with his teammates and coaches, resting and receiving instruction at halftime of tonight’s KU-Texas game in Allen Fieldhouse. Thus, he won’t have a courtside view of Mario Chalmers’ jersey No. 15 being hung in the rafters. By Gary Bedore

KU tennis routs Charleston Southern

Kansas University’s women’s tennis team improved to 3-1 in dual play Friday, defeating Charleston Southern, 6-1.

Potee fires 3-over 75 to lead KU golfers

Kansas University junior Meghan Potee shot a 3-over par 75 on to lead KU after the first round of the inaugural Florida State Match-Up women’s golf tournament at SouthWood Golf Club on Friday.

Ex-KU basketball player Eskridge dies at 89

Former Kansas University basketball player Jack Eskridge has died at age 89. Eskridge, who died Monday, played two seasons at KU in the 1940s. He averaged 7.6 points per game in 1947-48 and was an assistant under Phog Allen in the 1950s

KU softball claims pair of victories

Maggie Hull drove in four runs, and Kelsey Kessler and Morgan Druhan combined on a shutout as Kansas University’s softball team defeated Indiana State, 8-0, on Friday in the Tiger Invitational.

Kansas clips Nevada in baseball opener

Kansas University used a seven-run eighth inning to break a tie and defeat Nevada, 11-4, on Friday in its baseball opener.

Friday, February 15

Lacking power, Kansas baseball emphasizing speed, singles

Changes in NCAA regulations have Kansas University baseball coach Ritch Price shifting to small ball for the 2013 Jayhawks, who will have a lineup filled with speed and singles-hitters. By Jesse Newell

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Mario Chalmers reflects as KU jersey retirement nears

Former Kansas University guard Mario Chalmers of the Miami Heat, who will have his jersey retired during halftime of the KU-Texas game on Saturday, says he'll never forget his time in Lawrence. By Gary Bedore

Thursday, February 14

How former Jayhawks fared in Feb. 14 NBA games

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

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KU signee Wayne Selden chosen for 2013 McDonald's All-American game

Kansas men's basketball signee Wayne Selden is one of 24 high school basketball players selected for the 2013 McDonald's All-American game. The rosters were announced Thursday.

Journal-World sports section earns APSE Triple Crown; Tom Keegan honored for columns

The Journal-World sports section earned a rare Triple Crown — and more — from the Associated Press Sports Editors in their annual contest, the results of which were announced Wednesday.

Big 12 honors Kansas swimmer Brull

Kansas University senior Brooke Brull was voted co-Big 12 Swimmer of the Week.

J-W’s Tom Keegan to participate in mock selection

Twenty media members from across the country, including Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan, will spend the next two days in Indianapolis serving on a mock NCAA Tournament selection committee.

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Bill Self: Naadir Tharpe solid on ‘D

Naadir Tharpe was cited as one of the stars of the game for his defense on Kansas State standout Rodney McGruder. By Gary Bedore

How former Jayhawks fared in Feb. 13 NBA games

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

Wednesday, February 13

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KU women rally from huge deficit, upend TCU

Senior Monica Engelman scored a career-best 26 points, including 18 in the second half, as Kansas University overcame a 23-point second-half deficit to post a 76-75 Big 12 Conference women’s basketball victory over TCU on Wednesday at the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.

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KU women hope to build momentum, starting at TCU

The Kansas University women's basketball team will look to snap its second losing skid in the past five weeks at 7 tonight at TCU. By Matt Tait

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Elijah Johnson reclaiming role as Jayhawks' driving force

Senior guard Elijah Johnson realizes that, whether he’s making shots or not, he’s vitally important to jump-starting Kansas University’s men's basketball team. By Gary Bedore

How former Jayhawks fared in Feb. 12 NBA games

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

Tuesday, February 12

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Notebook: Jeff Withey sets KU blocks record; assistants take over film session Sunday

Kansas University senior center Jeff Withey, who broke the KU and Big 12 single-season record for blocked shots a year ago, on Monday surpassed Greg Ostertag as leading shot blocker in school history. By Gary Bedore

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Opinion: Naadir Tharpe big reason nightmare stretch is over

On this night, especially in the first half, Kansas sophomore point guard Naadir Tharpe did a brilliant job of doing what point guards are supposed to do, which is to bring out the best in the other four players on the floor, Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan writes.• Box score• KU coach Bill Self postgame audio

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KU football counting on help from walk-ons

On Wednesday a few unfamiliar names made their way onto the Kansas University football radar on national signing day. By Matt Tait

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KSU coach Bruce Weber on loss to Jayhawks: ' ... we caught 'em at the wrong time'

Kansas State coach Bruce Weber had plenty of answers for why the Jayhawks turned a 12-7 slugfest into a 47-29 laugher in the final 13 minutes of the first half. By Matt Tait

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3 is enough: McLemore helps KU snap out of funk with win over KSU

Not only was birthday boy Ben McLemore thrilled to score 30 points, but he was also elated the Kansas men's basketball team snapped its three-game losing streak and avoided losing four in a row for the first time since the 1988-89 season with an 83-62 rout over Kansas State. By Gary Bedore• Box score• KU coach Bill Self postgame audio

Monday, February 11

How former Jayhawks fared in Feb. 11 NBA games

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

KU football program announces numerous coaching staff tweaks

Weis welcomes 3 new faces and several staffers shift roles

Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis announced several changes to his coaching staff Monday afternoon, most involving people in behind-the-scenes roles.

How Keegan voted: Feb. 11 AP college basketball ballot

The following is Lawrence Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan's ballot for the Associated Press men's basketball poll on Feb. 12, 2013.

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KU falls to No. 14 in AP poll, No. 13 in coaches poll

The Kansas men's basketball team fell nine spots to No. 14 in the latest Associated Press college basketball poll and eight spots to No. 13 in the USA Today coaches poll. Both rankings were released Monday.

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Bill Self hopes team plays with freedom tonight against Kansas State

Coach speaks on Monday coaches' call

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self this morning addressed today’s 8 p.m., Big Monday battle against Kansas State during the weekly Big 12 coaches teleconference. By Gary Bedore

How former Jayhawks fared in Feb. 10 NBA games

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

Sunday, February 10

Tulsa upends Kansas tennis, 5-2

With its top singles player sidelined because of an undisclosed injury, Kansas University’s tennis team suffered a 5-2 loss to No. 23 Tulsa on Sunday at Jayhawk Tennis Center.

KU softball falls in title game

Kansas University jumped to a two-run lead in the first inning, but North Carolina State rallied for a 3-2 victory over the Jayhawks on Sunday in the championship game of the Florida International Softball Tournament.

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Allen debut awaits K-State coach

Bruce Weber, who has coached in dozens of arenas in his 15 years as a head college basketball coach and 19 as an assistant, today experiences game day in Allen Fieldhouse for the first time. By Gary Bedore

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Amazing grace: Jeff Withey made late grandmother proud, proved to coach he belonged

Jeff Withey barely made it off the bench when he started his Kansas career and considered quitting the game. He since has tied Greg Ostertag as the Jayhawks' all-time top shot-blocker — and along the way made his late grandmother, Grace, quite proud. By Jesse Newell

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Opinion: Kansas' incoming defensive backs worth hype, hope

Charlie Weis isn’t always on target in his projections for recruits. He twice thought he landed a whopper when he hauled Dayne Crist into the boat. Strikeouts didn’t make Reggie Jackson stop swinging for the fences, and they won’t make Charlie hold the hype. By Tom Keegan

Kansas softball takes down Georgetown twice

Kansas University’s softball team collected its third and fourth victories of the season on Saturday at the Florida International Tournament.

Geubelle breaks another KU track record at Tyson Invitational

Kansas University senior Andrea Geubelle broke her own school record, again, on her way to the triple-jump title on Saturday at the Tyson Invitational.

Director of basketball rules documentary to appear at screening

Kansas University’s Student Union Activities will host KU basketball super-fan Josh Swade for a movie screening and discussion. Swade directed “There’s No Place Like Home,” the ESPN “30 for 30” documentary that chronicles his quest to bring James Naismith’s original rules of basketball to Lawrence.

How former Jayhawks fared in Feb. 9 NBA games

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

Saturday, February 9

KU swimming sweeps second day of dual, tops ISU

Kansas University’s swimming and diving team swept all eight events Saturday to win its final home dual of the season, 190-106, against Iowa State in Robinson Natatorium.

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OU coach Lon Kruger: KU loss to TCU 'didn’t change our approach'

Reviewing the video of Wednesday’s Kansas-TCU game was all Oklahoma needed to do to avoid feeling overmatched going into its Saturday game with Kansas. By Tom Keegan

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Notebook: Jeff Withey ties KU blocks record; Bill Self not panicking about being behind in league race

Add Cole Aldrich and Eric Chenowith to the list of former Kansas University big men offering congratulations to Jeff Withey for claiming the school’s all-time record for blocked shots. By Gary Bedore

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Opinion: This KU loss looks, sounds different than others

Though Kansas lost Saturday, it looked a lot closer to the version of itself that was successful earlier in the year, Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan writes.• Box score• Bill Self postgame audio

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Three and OUch: Jayhawks' skid continues with road loss to Sooners

Kansas' 72-66 loss to Oklahoma, coupled with a home setback to Oklahoma State on Feb. 2 and road defeat at TCU Wednesday, gave the Jayhawks three straight defeats for the first time since 2005. By Gary Bedore• Box score• Bill Self postgame audio

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Poor second half leads to another home loss for KU women

Jayhawks fall to West Virginia 72-56

The Kansas University women's basketball team suffered another home loss Saturday afternoon, falling to West Virginia, 72-56, at Allen Fieldhouse.

Opinion: Don't count out KU if losses mount

Kansas University men's basketball history proves that back-to-back setbacks don't signal the end to a team's title hopes. Column by Tom Keegan

Bartnovskaya sets KU pole vault record

Kansas University junior Natalia Bartnovskaya broke her own school women’s pole vault record Friday in the Tyson Invitational Friday in Fayetteville, Ark. Bartnovskaya claimed her fifth consecutive pole vault win with her mark of 14-6 1/4.

KU swimmers lead Iowa State

Freshman Chelsie Miller picked up two first-place finishes to get Kansas University’s women’s swim team off to a hot start and build a 106-44 edge after the first night of its two-day dual with Iowa State on Friday at Robinson Natatorium.

Jayhawks open softball season with two wins

Kansas University’s softball team opened its season Friday with a pair of victories. The Jayhawks defeated North Carolina State, 8-0, and Florida International, 6-3.

How former Jayhawks fared in Feb. 8 NBA games

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

Friday, February 8

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Reserve Asia Boyd playing larger role for KU women

Since a season-ending injury to Kansas University starter Natalie Knight, reserve Asia Boyd has been thrust into a bigger role for the KU women's team, which hosts West Virginia at 2 p.m. today. By Matt Tait

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Jayhawks try to refocus with players-only meeting

Kansas University freshman guard Ben McLemore is hoping a players-only team meeting held Thursday in the Jayhawks’ locker room will help cure what’s ailing the KU basketball team. By Gary Bedore

Thursday, February 7

KU soccer announces 5 signings

Kansas University soccer on Thursday announced the signing of five players to letters of intent.

How former Jayhawks fared in Feb. 7 NBA games

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

KU football recruiting class gets some national love

Now that the ink is dry and the faxes have fallen silent, what do the so-called experts think about Charlie Weis’ latest recruiting class? By Matt Tait

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Staying the course: Bill Self, Jayhawks not panicking over skid

Bill Self isn’t going to throw Kansas University’s basketball playbook out the window and start diagramming new offensive and defensive sets. By Gary Bedore

Opinion: Could KU be too nice?

Bill Self, a masterful brainwasher who year-in-and-year out has shown he knows how to put his players in the right frame of mind to maximize their abilities, is as good at getting his team to bounce back as any coach in any sport. Until, that is, Wednesday night in Fort Worth, Texas. By Tom Keegan

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Charlie Weis: Recruiting class permits ‘dramatic’ overhaul

The official signing-day release from Kansas University’s football program says the 2013 Jayhawks return 35 letter-winners and 12 starters from last season’s 1-11 team. Those who earned letters will get to keep them, but not everyone will be keeping his job. By Matt Tait

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Notebook: Jeff Withey says morale 'pretty low'

Kansas University senior center Jeff Withey admits team morale is “pretty low” following Wednesday’s 62-55 loss to TCU, the last-place team in the Big 12 Conference. By Gary Bedore

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First to ‘worst’: Lowly TCU stuns Jayhawks

Kansas University did much more than lose a basketball game on Wednesday to TCU, the last-place team in the Big 12 Conference. By Gary Bedore• KU-TCU

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TCU coach takes upset in stride

Texas Christian University basketball coach Trent Johnson didn’t appear to be overly excited following his team’s stunning 62-55 victory over No. 5 Kansas University on Wednesday. By Jesse Newell

Opinion: Setback as bad as it gets

If James Naismith had known Kansas University one day would butcher the game of basketball as badly as it did in the first half of a stunning loss Wednesday night in Fort Worth, Texas, he not only might have thought twice about starting the program, he might have passed on the entire idea of inventing the sport. By Tom Keegan

Wednesday, February 6

How former Jayhawks fared in Feb. 6 NBA games

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

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Baylor women throttle Kansas

Brittney Griner had 26 points and had 13 rebounds to help No. 1 Baylor rout Kansas University, 86-45, on Wednesday night.

KU track’s Geubelle earns another weekly honor

Kansas University senior horizontal jumper Andrea Geubelle earned another weekly honor Wednesday. Geubelle, who was named the Div. I National Athlete of the week Monday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), on Wednesday was named the Big 12’s Female Athlete of the Week.

KU women's track earns No. 1 ranking

The nation’s track and field coaches named the Kansas University women’s squad as the No. 1 team in the country, USTFCCA announced Tuesday.

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KU women get one last go at Griner, Baylor

Kansas University's women's basketball team will face top-ranked Baylor — and Bears center Brittney Griner — one more time, at 7 p.m. today in Waco, Texas. The Jayhawks hope they can apply lessons learned from previous encounters to slow down BU and its dominant senior star. By Matt Tait

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Latest group of KU football recruits set to sign today

Today, national signing day, marks the culmination of a year's worth of effort for the Kansas University football program as athletes across the country are expected to sign letters of intent with the Jayhawks. By Matt Tait

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Jayhawks looking to bounce back against rebuilding TCU

After a weekend loss to Oklahoma State, the Kansas University men's basketball team will be looking to get back on the winning track at 8 p.m. today at TCU. The Horned Frogs are winless in their first Big 12 season, but KU coach Bill Self says he expects a competitive game. By Gary Bedore

How former Jayhawks fared in Feb. 5 NBA games

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

Tuesday, February 5

Statehouse Live: Bill would require KU to play Wichita State University in basketball

A Wichita legislator on Tuesday introduced a bill that would require Kansas University men's basketball team to play Wichita State University annually. By Scott Rothschild.

Kansas assistant football coach: Recruiting game has changed

Fans aren’t the only ones who obsesses over the perceived worth of an incoming football prospect. By Matt Tait

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Opinion: Andrew White waiting, learning

The best way to get better at anything is to compete against somebody who is better at it than you, as Andrew White III is learning this season. By Tom Keegan

Monday, February 4

How former Jayhawks fared in Feb. 4 NBA games

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

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KU basketball great B.H. Born dies

Kansas men’s basketball great B.H. Born died Sunday, Feb. 3, in Peoria, Ill. Born was 80.

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KU's Elijah Johnson says Sunday's three-hour team meeting with head coach was productive

Kansas University senior Elijah Johnson is hoping a Sunday pep talk from his coach — during a three-hour team meeting in Allen Fieldhouse — is just what he needs to turn his season around. By Gary Bedore

How former Jayhawks fared in Feb. 3 NBA games

How former Kansas University basketball players fared in NBA games of Feb. 3.

Sunday, February 3

Kansas tennis rolls over Denver, 6-1

Kansas University lost just one singles match and one doubles match in a 6-1 tennis victory over Denver on Sunday at Jayhawk Tennis Center.

KU football recruiting draws to a close

With national signing day set for Wednesday and Kansas University’s football program still with two scholarships to hand out, the next couple of days figure to be interesting and exciting. By Matt Tait

Opinion: At this point, change is due

Nobody knows what is at the heart of senior point guard Elijah Johnson’s slump, but theories abound. By Tom Keegan

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Change of heart: Clinic helps Jayhawks put loss behind

Bill Self asked about 100 Special Olympians from the Sunflower State to do a favor for his Kansas University basketball team on Sunday in Allen Fieldhouse. By Gary Bedore

KU women's track third at Armory Invitational

Kansas University thrower Alena Krechyk led the KU women’s track and field team to a third-place finish on the final day of the Armory Collegiate Invitational on Saturday at the Armory Track and Field Center.

KU swim team falls to No. 18 Arkansas

Kansas University’s swimming and diving team fell to 18th-ranked Arkansas, 219-81, on Saturday at Robinson Natatorium.

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Developer, proposed Rock Chalk Park partner Thomas Fritzel involved in company that owes $3.4M in back taxes, fees

Thomas Fritzel, the key private partner in Kansas University’s proposed $50 million Rock Chalk Park, is part of an investment group that owes more than $3 million in back taxes and fees stemming from a troubled real estate project in Junction City. By Chad Lawhorn

How former Jayhawks fared in Feb. 2 NBA games

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

Ex-Jayhawk has 4 stops

Kansas University senior cornerback Greg Brown recorded four tackles and three pass breakups Saturday for the Texas All-Stars as part of the Texas vs. The Nation All-Star game. The National Team defeated Team Texas, 24-13.

Saturday, February 2

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Notebook: Phil Forte says watching son play his alma mater 'heart-wrenching'

Former KU football player Phil Forte’s son, Phil, scored 11 points and hit some huge free throws to help Oklahoma State beat the Jayhawks. By Gary Bedore

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Cowboys: It 'doesn't get any better' than breaking road skid at Allen Fieldhouse

KU, which had won 102 of its last 103 games at home, fell on Saturday to an Oklahoma State team that had gone 1-22 in its last 23 Big 12 road games. By Jesse Newell

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Bill Self questions team's toughness, desire following home loss to OSU

Markel Brown scored 28 points and Marcus Smart 25 in Oklahoma State’s 85-80 win over mistake-ridden Kansas University on Saturday in Allen Fieldhouse. By Gary Bedore • Box score• Bill Self postgame audio

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Opinion: Point guard Marcus Smart shows KU what it's missing

Point-guard play becomes more important in mid-March, when Oklahoma State will be in good hands with Marcus Smart at the controls. But what will happen to Kansas, Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan asks. • Box score• Bill Self postgame audio

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KU women's basketball team out-muscles Kansas State, 89-80, in double-OT

Make it two straight overtime victories for the Kansas University women's basketball team, which, three days after knocking off Iowa State in an extra session, topped Sunflower State rival Kansas State, 89-80, in double-overtime Saturday at Bramlage Coliseum. By Matt Tait

KU tennis wins

Kansas University’s tennis team claimed a 4-3 victory over Denver in its season opener Friday at Jayhawk Tennis Center.

KU track sets school records

Kansas University’s Andrea Geubelle and Natalia Barntovskaya each set school track-and-field records Friday at the Armory Collegiate Invitational.

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Bigger, badder Jeff Withey better blocker

The third-leading shot blocker — soon-to-be No. 1 human eraser in Kansas University basketball history — does not look all that menacing on the court. By Gary Bedore

How former Jayhawks fared in Feb. 1 NBA games

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

Friday, February 1

Kansas women seeking Sunflower sweep

Jayhawks lose Knight to knee injury

Kansas University’s women’s basketball team heads into the Sunflower Showdown as the favorite, for a change, but the Jayhawks won’t take a full contingent to the Little Apple. By Matt Tait

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KU guard Natalie Knight likely will miss rest of season with torn ACL

Kansas sophomore guard Natalie Knight tore the ACL in her right knee late in Wednesday’s 78-75 come-from-behind overtime victory over Iowa State, KU confirmed Friday.

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Ostertag OK with Withey breaking his KU blocks record

Former Kansas University center Greg Ostertag is rooting for current Jayhawk Jeff Withey in his pursuit of Ostertag's KU career blocks record. By Gary Bedore

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Persistence on and off court defines Kevin Young’s journey to KU

Before forward Kevin Young joined the Kansas University men’s basketball team, he was enrolled at three different schools, spent some time as an unofficial assistant coach and scrimmaged with a junior college women’s team. That path and his trademark persistence eventually led him to a starting role in his senior year with the second-ranked Jayhawks. By Matt Tait

McLemore's brother also playing winning basketball

Kevin McLemore, Kansas freshman Ben’s brother, is having a productive senior season at St. Louis Normandy High. Though he won't be joining the Jayhawks next season, Kevin says he's very proud of his older brother. By Gary Bedore

How former Jayhawks fared in Jan. 31 NBA games

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