Kansas University opened its cross country season with two team victories and an individual triumph in the Bob Timmons Dual Classic on Saturday at Rim Rock Farm.
Omaha native Sara McClinton, who is friends with a bunch of players on Creighton University’s volleyball team, knew the No. 23-ranked Bluejays had revenge on their minds entering Saturday’s rematch of last year’s NCAA Tournament Round of 32 contest in Horejsi Center.
Kansas University senior JaCorey Shepherd was born to be kind.
Kansas University is one of six finalists for Tyler Dorsey, a 6-foot-4 senior shooting guard from Maranatha High School in Pasadena, California. By Gary Bedore
Kansas University’s women’s soccer team was depleted due to injury and suspension, but the Jayhawks still had the firepower to overcome Texas-San Antonio, 2-1, Friday at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex. By Chris Duderstadt
Just as freshman Joe Dineen started getting comfortable at Kansas University’s preseason football camp, his head coach offered him an opportunity that would change that instantly. By Benton Smith
Nobody has to tell Kansas University sophomore safety Anthony “Fish” Smithson that failing to prepare is preparing to fail. By Tom Keegan
Kansas University’s volleyball team, which claimed the 700th victory in program history on Friday afternoon, found No. 701 surprisingly elusive on Friday night. By Gary Bedore
Diamond Stone, a 6-foot-10 senior center from Milwaukee Dominican High, has cut Kansas University and Kentucky from his list of prospective schools. By Gary Bedore
There’s a true freshman currently going through his first preseason camp that may be positioning himself to slide into the Ben Heeney role for the next few years. By Matt Tait
Basketball notebook. ... Former Kansas University center Tarik Black has signed a two-year, partially guaranteed contract with the NBA’s Houston Rockets, the Houston Chronicle reported on Wednesday night.
In a sense, the 2014 Kansas University football season starts tonight. No, the Jayhawks won’t be in uniform, under the lights with the roar of the crowd and smell of tailgating in the air. But their first opponent of the season will be.
Tarik Black has signed a two-year partially guaranteed contract with Houston.
After being declared ineligible two nights before last year’s season-opener, Kansas University junior cornerback Kevin Short is so excited about the season ahead he can barely stand it. By Matt Tait
Andrew Wiggins is definitely feeling appreciated following his trade from Cleveland. By Gary Bedore
Kansas University's soccer team will return to its new home field at Rock Chalk Park — just not anytime soon.
Led by senior linebacker Ben Heeney tossing out the ceremonial first pitch, Sunday will mark “KU Night at the K” for the Kansas University football program and the Kansas City Royals.
Senior left offensive tackle Pat Lewandowski opened preseason camp as the first-string left tackle for KU, but his first contributions to the program came as a defensive end and tackle as a red-shirt freshman. He moved to left offensive tackle (where he played behind Tanner Hawkinson) as a sophomore and started six games at center as a junior. By Benton Smith
The FIBA World Cup basketball tournament starts Saturday in Spain — five days after the opening bell of Kansas University’s academic school year. The fact KU freshman Sviatoslav “Svi” Mykhailiuk is entered in the Cup as a member of Ukraine’s national team makes some wonder how he’ll be able to pass the 12 hours of schoolwork he’s required to take first semester at KU. By Gary Bedore
He owes his very existence to KISS, so it’s no surprise that Joe Mortensen withstood punishing hits on behalf of the quirky rock band. By Tom Keegan
Svi Mykhailiuk will be playing for Ukraine at the upcoming World Cup.
KU’s season-opening victory Friday against Wyoming left its new home field with some divots and potholes, so the Jayhawks headed back to the facility they have played at for years and practiced at all preseason for a 3-0 victory over the visiting Mustangs. By Benton Smith
It’s a good thing Victor Simmons does not fear change, because the Kansas University senior has experienced nothing but transition since joining the program. By Benton Smith
It’s possible Taylor Cox and especially Brandon Bourbon actually could be missed more in the passing than running game. By Tom Keegan
Just one Kansas University basketball player did not participate in the team’s ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Sunday afternoon outside Allen Fieldhouse. The one missing Jayhawk was freshman Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, who had an excused absence. By Gary Bedore
Svi Mykhailiuk will be on KU's campus sometime in early to mid September.
After a hard-fought match took its toll on the new pitch at Rock Chalk Park on Friday night, Kansas University officials have opted to move the Jayhawks’ match today against SMU to the team’s former game field at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex. The game will still kick off at 1 p.m. and will be free to the public.
Prior to Kansas University volleyball’s Crimson and Blue alumni match Saturday, the Jayhawks ran over to the west wall of the Horejsi Family Athletics Center to unveil the 2013 NCAA Sweet 16 banner.
Basketball notes. ... Eudora High sophomore guard Mitchell Ballock continues to make a name for himself as one of the country’s top sharpshooters.
As long rumored and reported, former Kansas University guard Andrew Wiggins will begin his NBA career with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
During the first few months of Charlie Weis’ initial season back in 2012, the new Kansas University football coach and several of his assistants often stressed the need for improved speed.
Tyler Davis, a 6-foot-10 senior center from Plano (Texas) West High, on Friday orally committed to play at Texas A&M. Davis, who is ranked No. 35 in the Class of 2015 by Rivals.com, also had Kansas University, Arizona, Baylor, Texas and others on his list of schools. By Gary Bedore
In his seventh season as the KU football team’s head athletic trainer and his fifth as the university’s director of sports medicine, Murphy Grant and the rest of the Big 12 athletic trainers have pooled their brains and research to find better ways to detect and treat sickle cell anemia, cardiac issues and heat illnesses. By Tom Keegan
Friday night marked the first home game in the Kansas women’s soccer program’s history that was played under the lights of Rock Chalk Park, and the Jayhawks shined under them in a 3-1 victory against Wyoming in their season opener. By Chris Duderstadt
Don’t expect Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis to spend any time on his phone texting his vote for which of three uniform combinations the Jayhawks will wear Sept. 6 in their home opener against Southeast Missouri State. By Benton Smith
Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis didn’t have to use the words “bowl game” to fire up a parking lot full of crimson-and-blue-clad supporters Friday evening at Corinth Square. By Benton Smith
The blockbuster trade that will send Kevin Love to team up with LeBron James in Cleveland will be completed today, making the Cavaliers an instant favorite in the Eastern Conference and turning Andrew Wiggins into something of an anomaly.
Several Kansas University basketball recruiting prospects will participate in the Under Armour Elite 24 all-star game, set for 6 p.m. Saturday at Brooklyn Bridge Park in New York. By Gary Bedore
Kansas University volleyball coach Ray Bechard lost seven seniors from the first Sweet-16 team in program history, but all he has to do is pick up KU’s media guide to be reminded of the quality players returning from a historic 2013 run. By Benton Smith
De’Andre Mann, either No. 1 or No. 2 on the depth chart at running back in the wake of injuries to seniors Brandon Bourbon and Taylor Cox, wears No. 23, and it has nothing to do with Michael Jordan. By Tom Keegan
You may know him as Kansas University freshman running back Corey Avery. But he also answers to “Superman.” By Matt Tait
Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis, volleyball coach Ray Bechard, track coach Stanley Redwine and now men’s basketball coach Bill Self have successfully completed the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
Fifty years ago, Ron Oelschlager was the guy blocking for the guy everybody wanted to watch. Today, he’s the grandfather of the Kansas University running back in the news, former Free State High star quarterback/safety Joe Dineen. Column by Tom Keegan
Flanked by senior teammates Nick Harwell and Cassius Sendish at the Mrkonic Auditorium podium in the Anderson Family Football Complex, Kansas University senior Ben Heeney was introduced Wednesday as the Jayhawks’ first repeat captain since Toben Opurum in 2011-12.
Eudora High sophomore Mitchell Ballock received hugs, high-fives and plenty of pats on the back Tuesday — the day after it was made public that he’d received a scholarship offer to play basketball at tradition-rich Kansas University. By Gary Bedore
It becomes more important now than ever for quarterback Montell Cozart, a big-play threat as a runner and potentially as a long-ball thrower as well, to stay on his feet. That’s where Larry Mazyck, a 6-foot-8, 360-pound left tackle in his first season at KU after two years of junior-college football, can help. By Tom Keegan
What once was a position of strength for the Kansas University football team quickly has transformed into one of the team's least experienced units. KU coach Charlie Weis announced Tuesday night that senior running backs Brandon Bourbon (torn ACL) and Taylor Cox (torn Achilles' tendon) both will miss the 2014 season after suffering injuries during preseason camp. By Matt Tait
Monday’s Kansas University football practice produced the first significant position change of the 2014 season. Third-year sophomore Jordan Shelley-Smith, a tight end from Waco, Texas, spent Monday working with the offensive line, and it looks as if the shift is permanent. By Matt Tait
Eudora High sophomore combo guard Mitchell Ballock, who led the Cardinals to the Class 4A-II state championship last March and starred at this summer’s Stephen Curry camp in California, has been offered a scholarship to play basketball at Kansas University. By Gary Bedore
Shortly after his sophomore season, Andrew White III figured it was time he left Kansas University's basketball program in search of a better opportunity to play meaningful minutes. A little more than three months later, the 6-foot-8 wing has a new home, not too far away. By Gary Bedore
Kansas University recruiting target Stephen Zimmerman was named MVP of the Nike Global Challenge last weekend in Chicago. By Gary Bedore
It didn’t take long for Conrad Roberts to get back to his winning ways at the Lawrence Amateur Golf Association’s city tournament. By Bobby Nightengale
For a Kansas University football team that looks better on defense and so much better at wide receiver than in Charlie Weis’ previous two seasons as head coach, the state of the offensive line stops me from believing those gains will add up to a bowl bid. By Tom Keegan
Tyler Dorsey, a 6-foot-4 senior combo guard from Maranatha High in Pasadena, California, on Saturday cut his list of schools to 10 and scheduled official visits to two of the finalists — Kansas University and Oregon.
The 11th practice of Kansas University’s preseason football camp featured a little different element than the 10 that came before it: fans. By Matt Tait
Today's Fan Appreciation Day and open practice for the Kansas University football program will go on as scheduled.
Kansas University scored three goals in the final 30 minutes to claim a 3-0 exhibition victory over South Dakota State on Friday at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex.
Kansas University strength coach Andrea Hudy’s first book, “Power Positions: Championship Prescriptions for Ultimate Sports Performance,” will be available Thursday on Amazon.com. By Gary Bedore
Maybe it’s his experience, maturity or veteran status, but former Maryland and current Kansas University wide receiver Nigel King already has figured out a plan for the 2014 season. By Matt Tait
Tyler Dorsey, a 6-foot-4 senior combo guard from St. John Bosco in Bellflower, California, will visit Kansas University for the Oct. 10 Late Night in the Phog, Jayhawkslant.com reports. By Gary Bedore
Now a 6-foot-2, 265-pound junior defensive lineman on scholarship after bouncing around from position to position as a special-teams and show-team warrior in 2013, T.J. Semke spent some of his spare summer time as “extra muscle” for a bail bonds business. By Benton Smith
The Big 12 unveiled its 2014-15 conference schedule Thursday afternoon, and Kansas University will open league play on the road, January 7, at Baylor — four days after most of the conference's teams begin squaring off.
Basketball notebook. ... Kansas University sophomore forward Landen Lucas scored eight points and grabbed 13 rebounds in Athletes In Action’s 108-99 victory over the Barons, a Latvian professional team, on Wednesday in Riga, Latvia.
Corey Avery might be the newcomer Charlie Weis has enjoyed watching the most, but he’s far from the only one who has caught the attention of Kansas University’s third-year head football coach.
When a football team has the luxury of giving the ball to a guy like Kansas University senior receiver Tony Pierson, using the words “most exciting” to describe another player has a way of opening some eyes. Such was the case Wednesday, when KU coach Charlie Weis touted freshman running back Corey Avery as one of the early head-turners from the first few days of preseason camp.
Kansas University's soccer team was predicted to finish sixth in the 2014 league standings, according to the Big 12 preseason coaches’ poll released Wednesday.
Jaylen Brown, a 6-7, 200-pound senior small forward from Wheeler High in Marietta, Georgia, will visit KU for the Oct. 10 Late Night in the Phog, Rivals.com and 247Sports.com reported Tuesday. Brown is ranked No. 3 in the Class of 2015 by Rivals.com. He’s also considering UCLA, Kentucky, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Florida and Ohio State. By Gary Bedore
Tony Pierson, the 5-foot-10 wide receiver who led the Jayhawks with 333 receiving yards on 24 receptions last season and is up to a career-best 177 pounds, said earlier this week that the lingering affects of the injury are a thing of the past. By Matt Tait
I’m sick and tired of naysayers who are sick and tired of anything nice written or said about any aspect of the Kansas University football program. By Tom Keegan
KU's last four basketball coaches will gather in Allen Fieldhouse on Oct. 27. Ticket information will be available in September.
The networks and times have been finalized for the second SEC/Big 12 Challenge, the two conferences and ESPN announced Tuesday.
As students return to Kansas University and football season gets under way, fans may be more interested in depth charts and tailgating. But athletics officials are looking at court decisions and administrative actions. By Scott Rothschild
Senior tight end Jimmay Mundine will miss a couple of weeks of practice while recovering from a small procedure he had done on Monday, Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis announced today.
Kansas University women’s golf coach Erin O’Neil has signed another Thailand native, Pitsinee “Lizzie” Winyarat, to a national letter of intent.
Stephen Zimmerman, a 7-foot senior center from Bishop Gorman High in Las Vegas who will visit KU for the Oct. 10 Late Night in the Phog, will have an in-home visit with KU’s Self on Sept. 15, Jayhawkslant.com reports. By Gary Bedore
Montell Cozart didn’t say anything that could revive the ill will that existed between the basketball and football teams a few years back. His words were all in good fun, but he did want to let everyone know he can hoop. By Tom Keegan
Young in the face but wise where it counts, Montell Cozart spent the past few months fine-tuning his game so he would be ready for showtime. By Matt Tait
When training camp begins in October, he'll be trying to block and deflect shots in the NBA. On Monday, No.1 overall draft pick Andrew Wiggins was deflecting questions about precisely where he'll be playing.
Kansas University football officials on Monday released an updated player roster with several new player weights, many of them for the newcomers.
Mondays, as always, will be big for Kansas University's men's basketball team this coming season. For the ninth straight year, the Jayhawks will make four appearances on ESPN’s Big Monday, as announced by the Big 12 Conference.
Kansas University senior Michael Stigler and junior Sydney Conley each earned a second-place finish as they competed for the United States at the North America, Central America and Caribbean (NACAC) U23 Championships.
It didn’t take the Kansas University football program’s best recruiter, Reggie Mitchell, long to see how another member of Charlie Weis’ staff could be used to open doors. By Tom Keegan
Nineteen years old and soon to be living the life of a multi-millionaire, Andrew Wiggins looked like a guy with no worries Sunday at Bill Self’s basketball ProCamp at Shawnee Mission West High. By Gary Bedore
For a guy joining a football team that finished 117th out of 123 FBS programs in passing yards per game a year ago, wide receiver Nick Harwell sure seems upbeat about what Kansas University can accomplish by throwing the ball this season. By Benton Smith
Kansas University safeties coach Scott Vestal knew what he was about to say would sound a bit hollow. But he couldn’t help himself: "There’s a different feel. ... I don’t even think it’s a belief. I think it’s knowing ... knowing we’re on the cusp of something pretty good here." By Matt Tait
Kansas University sophomore forward Landen Lucas scored eight points and grabbed eight rebounds in Athletes in Action’s victory over a Lithuanian pro team, Saturday in Estonia. Notebook by Gary Bedore
Former Kansas University golfer Gary Woodland shot a second straight 1-over-par 72 at the PGA Championship on Friday and missed the cut by one stroke.
Allen Fieldhouse will have a shiny, new basketball floor for its 60th anniversary season. Workers started the process of sanding, sealing, painting and buffing KU’s playing surface on July 29 with the court to be available for men’s and women’s practices around Labor Day. By Gary Bedore
Kansas University soccer has moved its scheduled exhibition match against South Dakota State on Aug. 15 from Rock Chalk Park to the Jayhawk Soccer Complex.
The Kansas University volleyball team was voted second in the Big 12 preseason poll, released Friday.
Friday’s first practice of the 2014 Kansas University football season began a new era for third-year KU coach Charlie Weis. “I’m really looking forward to being a head coach,” said Weis, who fired himself as the team’s offensive coordinator during the offseason. By Matt Tait
Kansas University football coaches for years have said landing commitments after visits is not the difficult part; it’s getting recruits to visit. Column by Tom Keegan
Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis announced through a press release Friday that junior Dylan Admire would forego his final two years of eligibility to concentrate on academics.
Former Kansas University golfer Gary Woodland shot 1-over 72 during Thursday’s opening round of the PGA Championship.
Kelsey Arnold, who spent the past three years as an assistant rowing coach at Grand Valley State University in Michigan, has joined Kansas University’s rowing staff.
Incoming Kansas University setter Ainise Havili was named Big 12 Preseason Freshman of the Year.
If the Kansas University football team had the Hogs, the famous line of the 1980’s fielded by the Washington Pigskins, then Jake Heaps might have emerged from the spring as the starting quarterback. By Tom Keegan
The long-rumored trade of Andrew Wiggins from the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers to the Minnesota Timberwolves was confirmed by Yahoo Sports and USA Today on Thursday. “I think this is kind of anticlimactic,” Kansas University coach Bill Self said with a laugh Thursday on ESPN radio’s “SVP and Russillo” show. By Gary Bedore
Kansas University’s wide-receiver corps added 24 Div. I appearances, 575 career yards and five touchdowns to the mix on Thursday. By Matt Tait
Minnesota and Cleveland have agreed in principle to a trade that will send Love to the Cavaliers for a package that includes Andrew Wiggins, two people with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press on Thursday.
Kansas University has added another big name wide receiver via transfer. Former Maryland standout Nigel King, a 6-foot-3, 210-pound, junior who will be eligible to play his final season of college football for the Jayhawks this fall has joined the Kansas program and is in Lawrence.
The average Kansas University football fan brings healthy skepticism to any conversation regarding the offense. Let’s look at the most common sources of suspicion and label each one fair or unfair. Column by Tom Keegan
Beginning Friday, the Kansas University football team will hop back onto the practice field for the first time in months, marking the official beginning of the 2014 season. Here’s a quick look at some of the more interesting storylines as camp kicks off. By Matt Tait
Former Oregon signee Ray Kasongo, a 6-foot-9, 235-pound unranked power forward from Canada who will visit Kansas University with his parents Friday through Sunday, as a freshman will be able to hold his own physically against top college talent. So said his mentor, former Louisville player Brandon Bender. By Gary Bedore
Former Kansas University basketball player Ron Loneski, who was a roommate of Wilt Chamberlain and starter on the Jayhawks’ 1957 NCAA runner-up team, was more than willing to talk hoops with fans after making Lawrence his permanent home in 2005. However ... “Being a basketball hero was not important to him,” stressed Paul Gray, a Lawrence pastor and friend of Loneski. By Gary Bedore
Forget the impressive statistics, relentless playing style, superhero website and preseason accolades. Kansas University linebacker Ben Heeney isn’t buying any of it. But coaches and teammates are happy to acknowledge Heeney's place as the Jayhawks’ top defender. By Matt Tait
Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self isn’t finished pursuing players in the incoming Class of 2014. The Jayhawks — who still have one scholarship available in recruiting — this weekend are scheduled to host Ray Kasongo, a 6-foot-9 power forward who was recently denied admission to Oregon. By Gary Bedore
Kansas University's men's basketball team now knows its Thanksgiving Day plans. The Jayhawks will begin bracket play against Rhode Island in the 2014 Orlando Classic at HP Field House, located at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World resort, near Orlando, Florida.
A report that Andrew Wiggins’ Cleveland Cavaliers jerseys were “discontinued” by the NBA because of a likely trade to Minnesota is false, a league official told NBCsports.com. By Gary Bedore
Athlon’s preseason college football magazine ranked the Football Bowl Subdivision coaches from 1 through 128. The good news for Kansas University’s Charlie Weis: He wasn’t the lowest among former Notre Dame coaches. The bad news: He ranked 102nd. By Tom Keegan
Former Kansas University basketball player Ron Loneski died Friday at Lawrence Memorial Hospital at the age of 77. Arrangements are pending and will be announced by Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.
Incoming Kansas University freshman Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk was named most valuable player of the Under 18 European championship Div. B basketball tournament on Sunday in Sofia, Bulgaria. By Gary Bedore
To say I was impressed by what I saw from John Reagan during the 90 minutes of one spring practice open to the media would be putting it mildly. I was blown away. By Matt Tait
Incoming Kansas University freshman Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk scored 22 points off 8-of-18 shooting to lead Ukraine to a 65-64 victory over Finland in Saturday’s semifinals of the Under-18 European Championship Div. B tournament in Sofia, Bulgaria. Basketball notes by Gary Bedore
Junior-year drops kept Kansas University tight end Jimmay Mundine from transforming into the total package he aspired to be, so this summer he has lived by three words: catch the ball. By Benton Smith
The Kansas University football team picked up its 13th commitment in the recruiting class of 2015 on Saturday. Like No. 12, he chose KU after switching his commitment. Michael Mathis, a 6-foot-2, 205-pound cornerback from Kilgore Junior College, orally committed to Kansas after originally pledging his services to Kentucky. By Matt Tait
Kansas University junior forward Perry Ellis and freshman guard Kelly Oubre are working as college counselors at the fifth-annual adidas Nations event Friday through Monday in Los Angeles. Basketball notebook by Gary Bedore