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Analysts: KU-bound duo deserving all-stars

ESPN’s Reggie Rankin proclaimed Cliff Alexander and Kelly Oubre as “best finishers” of the 24 high schoolers who competed, and others raved about the two future KU players, who took part in Wednesday's McDonald's All-American Game. Notes by Gary Bedore

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Former KU football player Christopher Martin sentenced to 3 years of probation for May 2013 robbery

A former four-star defensive end who transferred to Kansas University last year — but left without playing a game after a robbery arrest — was sentenced to three years of probation Friday in Douglas County District Court. Christopher S. Martin, 22, of Oakland, Calif., struggled to speak as he addressed District Judge Paula Martin, taking responsibility for his role in a May 2013 west Lawrence robbery. By Stephen Montemayor

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Wake Forest hires coach Danny Manning from Tulsa

Danny Manning, the former Kansas University standout who spent the past two seasons coaching Tulsa, was hired Friday as Wake Forest’s basketball coach. He’ll be introduced at a news conference next week on campus in Winston-Salem, N.C., a short drive from where Manning grew up.

Column: Senior urgency driving Kansas football this season

Every magic bullet — another new coach, another new quarterback, a blockbuster junior-college recruiting class — wrapped in hope and designed to reverse the sagging fortunes of Kansas University football opens one more wound in the heart of even the most optimistic fan. The cause for hope this year is the most substantial, least flashy of any in recent years. It’s called experience. Column by Tom Keegan

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Analysts: KU-bound duo deserving all-stars

ESPN’s Reggie Rankin proclaimed Cliff Alexander and Kelly Oubre as “best finishers” of the 24 high schoolers who competed, and others raved about the two future KU players, who took part in Wednesday's McDonald's All-American Game. Notes by Gary Bedore

Shot put returns to downtown

The downtown shot put, a popular event the past three springs, will be back for a fourth with another field loaded with Olympians, the Lawrence Sports Corporation announced Thursday.

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KU football defense aims high

In terms of numbers, Kansas University’s football defense took steps forward in several statistical areas during a 3-9 season last fall. Now the group is gunning for more. By Matt Tait