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Amid talk of NBA prospects, KU's Tarik Black gets NFL attention

An imposing 6-foot-9, 260-pounder who likes to rebound, but also possesses a soft shooting touch around the rim, Tarik Black figures to make some money next season playing basketball in Europe, if not the NBA. “If I was him, I’d try out for an NFL team, though,” KU coach Bill Self said Wednesday on his weekly “Hawk Talk” radio show. By Gary Bedore

Column: Andrew Wiggins' half-court three ends slump

When a player arrives in college basketball lugging outrageous expectations and doesn’t hide his intention to stay just one year, it’s as if every game counts as 10. Do the math and that calculates to Andrew Wiggins being seconds from a 15-game slump when he stole a pass under the hoop, took a few dribbles and buried a half-court shot to beat the buzzer and the slump. By Tom Keegan

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Ex-KU pitcher Walrond hired by Red Sox

Former Kansas University left-hander Les Walrond has been hired to work for the Boston Red Sox in the organization’s professional scouting department.

Pole vaulter wins KU's third straight Big 12 weekly award

Kansas University senior pole vaulter Natalia Bartnovskaya earned the KU women’s track and field team’s third-straight Big 12 Athlete of the Week award, the conference announced Wednesday.

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Amid talk of NBA prospects, KU's Tarik Black gets NFL attention

An imposing 6-foot-9, 260-pounder who likes to rebound, but also possesses a soft shooting touch around the rim, Tarik Black figures to make some money next season playing basketball in Europe, if not the NBA. “If I was him, I’d try out for an NFL team, though,” KU coach Bill Self said Wednesday on his weekly “Hawk Talk” radio show. By Gary Bedore

Column: Vets key to KU’s tourney success

In many ways, the most significant development to come out of the Kansas University basketball team’s 69-52 victory Tuesday at Baylor involved the strong play of non-freshmen. Looking ahead to the NCAA Tournament, KU’s heavy reliance on freshmen makes forecasting its postseason prospects a little shaky. Column by Tom Keegan

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KU women fall short in upset bid at No. 12 OSU

Kansas University senior guard CeCe Harper missed a last-seconds layup to tie the game against Oklahoma State on Wednesday night at Gallagher-Iba Arena, giving the No. 12 Cowgirls a 76-74 victory over the Jayhawks.

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Feb. 4

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Tuesday, Feb. 4.