With most of his Kansas University basketball players out of town for a four-week break before the start of first semester classes, Bill Self hit the road Thursday to do some teaching at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City, Wyandotte County Unit. By Gary Bedore
Aaron Garza, a three-star offensive lineman in Rivals.com’s Class of 2015, orally committed to the Kansas University football program Thursday night. By Matt Tait
Incoming Kansas University freshman guard Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk scored a game-high 17 points off 7-of-17 shooting in Ukraine’s 61-53 victory over Sweden on Wednesday at the Under 18 European Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria. By Gary Bedore
The annual look at KU’s best shots at victories, ranked from most likely to least. By Tom Keegan
Since Scott Holsopple arrived on campus after being hired away from Florida by KU coach Charlie Weis, the Penn State graduate and former boxer has emphasized his belief that athletes should be trained first from the shoulders up, with the neck and the brain being two of the most important target areas. By Matt Tait
Briana Evans, an outfielder who started all 52 games for Ball State last season, will transfer to Kansas University, KU coach Megan Smith announced Tuesday.
So far, two high school basketball players have said they’ll be attending the Oct. 10 Late Night in the Phog. They’ll be able to visit with another accomplished big man — former KU center Joel Embiid. By Gary Bedore
The Big 12 Conference’s ability to implement a full round-robin schedule distinguishes it from the other four power conferences, all of which boast more than 10 teams. It is that unique characteristic that led the league to its slogan: one true champion. By Benton Smith
Former Kansas University offensive lineman Aslam Sterling is done in Denver. By Matt Tait
It takes a special kind of confidence and optimism to represent Kansas University football. By Benton Smith
Vote for the player you think will lead KU in rushing and see if you can find five buddies to pony up for a friendly competition. By Tom Keegan
Miami Heat veteran combo guard Mario Chalmers knows it won’t be easy to win championships in the post-LeBron James era. By Gary Bedore
Hunter Mickelson and Landen Lucas will be playing basketball for all-star teams overseas in coming weeks.
Stephen Zimmerman, a 7-foot, 240-pound senior center from Bishop Gorman High in Las Vegas, will make an official recruiting visit to Kansas University for the Oct. 10 Late Night in the Phog. By Gary Bedore
This football season represents a litmus test for the toughness of the Kansas University sports fan. By Tom Keegan
The 38-year-old Cat Conti had been assigned to the Southeast Missouri State-Kansas game on Sept. 6, making her the first woman to work a football game in the Big 12 Conference.
Kansas University golfer and defending Match Play champion Chase Hanna won his quarterfinal, 2 up, before losing in the semifinal, 1 up, on Saturday at the Kansas Amateur.
Kansas University thrower Mitchell Cooper earned a sixth-place finish in the discus on Saturday at the IAFF World Junior Championships.
Former Kansas University point guard Naadir Tharpe, who left KU this spring with the intent to transfer after three seasons with the Jayhawks, recently decided to forego his final season of college eligibility to turn pro instead. Saturday, he explained that becoming a KU graduate and finishing what he started, academically, played a huge role in his decision. By Matt Tait
Former Kansas University guard Ben McLemore wanted to bring a taste of the NBA’s All-Star Weekend to his second home. So, late in his first Sir McLemore Summer Slam event Saturday at Lawrence’s Community Building, McLemore set about recreating his routine from February’s Slam Dunk Contest. The All-Star tribute put the finishing touches on a day that connected McLemore’s friends, family and fans in a place he holds near and dear to his heart. By Matt Tait
The Kansas University football team’s backfield depth got a little thinner on Saturday with the news that four-star freshman tailback Traevohn Wrench would not be eligible this season and, instead, will enroll at Butler County Community College.
Austin Barone's journey to becoming an app developer started when he applied for an internship at Google. The Lawrence native and Kansas University student planned to impress the technology giant by creating hardware, modeled after Google Glass, that would allow football players to view an interactive playbook on their visors during practice. But while he didn't have the capital necessary to create the hardware, he did the next best thing: He developed the digital playbook software. The result is Just Play, the new playbook app created by Barone's company, Just Play Sports Solutions. By Giles Bruce
Kansas University golfer Chase Hanna claimed two match-play victories on Friday at the Kansas Amateur at Mission Hills Country Club.
Ottawa High product Kord Ferguson qualified for the finals in the discus toss at the IAAF World Junior Championships in Eugene, Oregon on Friday.
Kansas University sophomore Mitchell Cooper placed eighth in qualifying at the discus competition at the World Junior Championships and advance to today’s finals.
John Rittman, who spent 18 years as head softball coach at Stanford and eight years on the United States National Team coaching staff, has joined the Kansas University softball staff as associate head coach.
After the changes Kansas University senior JaCorey Shepherd has been through, a potential shift in 2014 can’t be that bad. By Matt Tait
Remarkably, Kansas has a .735 road winning percentage in league play during the regular-season conference streak. By Tom Keegan
Kansas University sophomore Aurélie Gagnet was one of 21 players selected to the U20 French National Soccer Team, which will compete in the U20 World Cup next month in Canada.
Former Kansas University graduate assistant Steve Wallace will rejoin the KU women’s basketball staff as an assistant coach, KU head coach Bonnie Henrickson announced Thursday.
Kansas University golfer Chase Hanna finished first in stroke play on Tuesday and Wednesday at the Kansas Amateur and defeated his first opponent in match play on Thursday at Mission Hills Country Club.
Charlie Weis gave those who cringe their way through his press conferences a break this time at the annual Big 12 media days, a year after his steamy remarks put him at the bottom of a pile of criticism. Weis did, however, make two statements off-podium in Dallas that merit scrutiny. Column by Tom Keegan
Camera flashes were popping and phones were out to record every move as the Okun Fieldhouse crowd watched Kansas University recruit Allonzo Trier in his first game at the Sunflower Showcase national youth basketball tournament on Thursday. By Bobby Nightengale
Andrew Wiggins signed his first NBA contract on Thursday. The one-and-done Kansas University product is a Cleveland Cavalier, for now.
Former junior-college transfer Marcus Jenkins-Moore is leaving the Kansas University football program. By Matt Tait
The Sunflower Showcase national youth basketball tournament — which runs today through Sunday at Okun Fieldhouse in Shawnee — is headed to Sport Pavilion Lawrence at Rock Chalk Park in July of 2015. By Gary Bedore
Hoisting the Larry O’Brien Trophy, it was not. But second-year guard Ben McLemore and his Sacramento teammates did get a trophy and on-court presentation after winning the 24-team Las Vegas Summer League tournament this week. By Benton Smith
First-year Kansas University wide receiver Nick Harwell’s return to playing football on Saturdays has reached the homestretch. It has been a long and trying wait. By Matt Tait
Another top recruit in the Class of 2015 plans to experience Late Night in the Phog on Oct. 10, according to Rivals.com. Carlton Bragg, a 6-9 power forward from Cleveland (Villa Angela-St. Joseph) said he will attend the annual season kickoff event on the heels of 7-footer Stephen Zimmerman (No. 7 senior in the country) confirming the same.
A junior punter for West Virginia, Nick O’Toole has heard his share of verbal insults spewed from fans in nearby seats. Such is the life of a college football player, particularly on the road. O’Toole, on Tuesday at Big 12 football media days at the Dallas Omni Hotel, said one taunt in particular stood out from the Mountaineers’ trip to Kansas University in 2013. Notebook by Benton Smith
Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads and four of his players talked Tuesday at Big 12 media days about what the addition of former Kansas coach Mark Mangino as ISU offensive coordinator has meant for the program. By Matt Tait
Let the Andrew-Wiggins-for-Kevin-Love debate continue — for at least 30 days. An Associated Press report, citing a source close to the situation, claimed Wiggins, the No. 1 pick out of Kansas University, will sign with Cleveland as soon as Wednesday.
The Dallas Cowboys signed former Kansas University receiver Dezmon Briscoe on Monday.
Talented golfers from 30 states played 18 holes Monday at either Alvamar public or Alvamar Country Club. A dozen of them qualified for the Midwest Classic, a Web.com Tour event scheduled for Thursday through Sunday at Lionsgate in Overland Park. By Tom Keegan
If Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski were running the Cleveland Cavaliers, Andrew Wiggins would already be wearing Timberwolves gear. By Benton Smith
Big 12 Football media days began Monday morning at the Omni hotel, oddly enough, with a bit of baseball talk. By Benton Smith
At a place like Kansas University, where winning football games has been tough lately and dubious streaks are easier to recall than feel-good moments, one question seems to surface year after year around this time: Why will this season be different? By Matt Tait
The public posturing from both sides surrounding a potential Andrew Wiggins-for-Kevin Love swap has spiced up the short NBA offseason. By Tom Keegan
Former Kansas University guard Ben McLemore scored seven of his nine points in the fourth quarter to help the Sacramento Kings top the Houston Rockets, 77-68, Monday night in the NBA summer league championship game.
Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis gave his input on several hot topics surrounding the KU football program at Day One of Big 12 media days in Dallas. Here are some of the highlights. By Matt Tait
The Chicago Bulls have re-signed guard Kirk Hinrich to a two-year deal. The Bulls announced the move Monday.
Former Kansas University golfer Gary Woodland shot a 1-under 71 Sunday in the final round of the British Open and finished 1-under 287 in a tie for 39th place at Royal Liverpool.
The last time Kansas University assistant director of football operations Ryan Cantrell was walking the sidelines at KU, he was an offensive lineman in the program and a guy who expected the Jayhawks to go to bowl games. By Matt Tait
Former Kansas University golfer Gary Woodland was a picture of consistency Saturday at the British Open.
A red-shirt freshman tight end for Kansas University, Ben Johnson hasn’t caught a pass, run a route or played a down in a college football game. No one is more aware of that than the man in charge of the Jayhawks, coach Charlie Weis. Yet, even months before the start of the 2014 season, the third-year KU coach couldn’t stop himself from singing the unproven player’s praises when discussing the team’s tight-end options. By Benton Smith
A slimmer, trimmer version of Landen Lucas will be touring the Baltic States from Aug. 6-14 with Athletes in Action’s college all-star basketball team. By Gary Bedore
No one was harder on himself throughout last postseason than Mario Chalmers. A month later, Chalmers is back to his confident self. He has lots of reason to smile, mostly because the Heat re-signed him after many felt he was no longer wanted.
The first chapter of this year's No. 1 overall draft pick's initiation to the NBA was more hectic than he could have imagined, starting with the news that James was coming back to the Cavaliers and ending amid rumors that Wiggins himself might not be in Cleveland much longer.
Former Kansas University point guard Sherron Collins says his basketball career is far from over at the still-young age of 27. By Gary Bedore
Former Kansas University guard Xavier Henry has agreed to a one-year contract with the Los Angeles Lakers, worth $1,063,384, ESPNLosAngeles.com reported Friday. Meanwhile, former KU forward Drew Gooden re-signed with Washington on Friday, the Washington Post reported.
You can now add superhero to the long list of things Kansas University senior Ben Heeney has been compared to during his KU career. Heeney, a linebacker from Hutchinson and preseason All-Big 12 first-team selection, is the marquee man on CaptainHeeney.com, a promotional website unveiled Friday by the KU football program. By Matt Tait
In danger of missing the cut after an opening-round 75, former Kansas University golfer Gary Woodland survived and then some with a strong second round Friday at the British Open.
Kansas University senior linebacker Ben Heeney, junior safety Isaiah Johnson, senior tight end Jimmay Mundine and senior punter Trevor Pardula — named to the 2014 College Football Performance Awards watch lists based on their respective positions — won't have to worry about voters helping or hurting their chances.
Clark Campbell is only half joking when he suggests more than blood flows through his family’s veins. “I kid with my wife sometimes that we spend far too much time at the pool, whether it’s professionally or with the family, that I think our bloodstream has chlorine in it,” Clark said. “We are around the pool so much.” By Chris Duderstadt
Several Kansas University football players and coaches have adopted the slogan “It’s time” as the unofficial mantra for the 2014 season. Media members who cover the Big 12 Conference aren’t so sure. The Jayhawks, for the fourth year in a row, were picked by the media to finish last in the conference in 2014.
Andrew Wiggins came to summer league to get an early education on the NBA game, from playing against better competition to learning about what his new coach with the Cleveland Cavaliers will demand of him as a pro. The 19-year-old Canadian is also receiving a crash course in the NBA rumor mill.
A bad start and worse finish doomed former Kansas University golfer Gary Woodland to an opening-round 3-over-par 75 Thursday at the British Open at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club.
Andrew Wiggins better wait a bit before buying or renting a condo in Cleveland. Several Cavaliers beat writers — as well as ESPN — reported Thursday that the Cavs are now willing to trade former Kansas University wing Wiggins to the Minnesota Timberwolves as part of a package for three-time All-Star forward Kevin Love. By Gary Bedore
No official depth chart has been released since the end of the 2013 season, but it’s not tough to see that, with Montell Cozart being named the starter back in April, the competition to fill the all-important back-up role is between junior Michael Cummings and sophomore T.J. Millweard. By Matt Tait
Brandon Rush and the Golden State Warriors are headed for a reunion. By Gary Bedore
In an exclusive interview with The Philadelphia Inquirer, his first since performing the surgery that is supposed to salvage the career of Joel Embiid, Dr. Richard Ferkel described in depth the nature of Joel Embiid’s injury and the process by which he will treat it.
Kansas University senior linebacker Ben Heeney was named to the 2014 Preseason All-Big 12 football team as selected by members of the media and announced by the league office on Wednesday.
Kansas University men’s golfer Chase Hanna missed the cut after the second round of the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship, Tuesday at San Creek Station Golf Course.
One of Kansas University’s targets for the recruiting class of 2015 will headline the 2014 Sunflower Showcase youth basketball tournament a week from Thursday through Sunday (July 24-27) at Okun Fieldhouse in Shawnee. By Gary Bedore
Since Paul Pierce’s NBA debut, 24 other Kansas University players have entered the league. None have been able to match, let alone eclipse, his success. By Benton Smith
One of the most polarizing debates among front-office executives at summer league is what the Minnesota Timberwolves should do with Kevin Love and how aggressively the Cavs should pursue him and whether Cleveland should give up top pick Andrew Wiggins.
In Lawrence Tuesday for an unofficial visit to Kansas University, Class of 2015 wide receiver Kevin Thomas, from DeSoto, Texas, couldn't resist ending his college recruitment — or tweeting out his decision.
Senior Kansas University wide receiver Nick Harwell was one of 55 players named Tuesday to the 2014 Biletnikoff Award preseason watch list by The Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation, Inc.
Former Kansas University guard Andrew Wiggins converted a huge dunk off a spin move on his way to 10 points in the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 86-77 win over Philadelphia, Monday in Las Vegas summer-league action.
Former Kansas University standout Darrell Stuckey likes what he’s seen of the 2014 KU football team. “I’ve been working out with them, actually,” Stuckey said during a break at his youth camp on Saturday at Free State High. “I had an opportunity to speak to them, and it was phenomenal. They’ve been working hard all offseason, and they’re willing to do what it takes to win." By Matt Tait
Kansas University junior forward Perry Ellis ran the court as a teammate of future Hall of Famer LeBron James in a game at James’ skills camp last week in Las Vegas. By Gary Bedore
Kansas University men’s golfer Chase Hanna shot a 7-over 78 on the first day of the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship, Monday at Sand Creek Station Golf Course.
Kelly Oubre Jr. sprained an ankle at last week's LeBron James camp in Las Vegas and is slated to miss a couple weeks of workouts.
Kansas University coach Bill Self said Monday he spoke in general teams with the Cleveland Cavaliers’ front office about their head-coaching job, which was filled by David Blatt.
Call him Mr. Watch List. Kansas University senior linebacker Ben Heeney added two more preseason honors to his expanding résumé Monday, with the news he landed on both the Rotary Lombardi Award and Butkus Award preseason watch lists.
Incoming Kansas University basketball guard Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk’s skill-set has been compared to Manu Ginobili of the San Antonio Spurs, Nik Stauskas of the Sacramento Kings and the late Drazen Petrovic of Croatia, who played for both the Portland Trail Blazers and New Jersey Nets. By Gary Bedore
Life has been rapidly changing for Andrew Wiggins lately. No longer the freshman phenom at Kansas, he’s now the prodigy, the No. 1 pick in the draft. He’s also changing positions. But the Cavaliers are insisting, both privately and publicly, Wiggins won’t be changing teams.
Paul Pierce turns 37 in October and isn't quite the offensive force he was when he was leading the Boston Celtics to the championship seven years ago. The old man showed last year in Brooklyn that he still knows how to knock down a clutch shot and grind out a playoff series victory, which made the up-and-coming Washington Wizards eager to add the man known as "The Truth."
Former Kansas University forward Thomas Robinson had 19 points and seven boards for the Portland Trail Blazers in a loss to the New York Knicks, Saturday in Las Vegas summer league action.
Kansas always has held a special place in the heart of former Kansas University safety and current San Diego Charger Darrell Stuckey, so what he did Saturday at Free State High should come as no surprise. But because football clinics in today’s world are big-time money-makers for athletes and coaches, Stuckey’s free camp at Free State seemed all the more impressive. By Matt Tait
ESPN analyst Miles Simon was the latest to tweet praise about Kansas University junior forward Perry Ellis’ play at the LeBron James camp in Las Vegas. “Perry Ellis has been so consistent all week. Jumper falling. Attacking from perimeter. Quietly doing his thing. Should have a good year,” Simon wrote. Notes by Gary Bedore
Mark Randall, who ranked sixth on Kansas University’s all-time scoring list when he graduated in 1991, has since slipped to 12th overall. He's also dropped nine slots on KU’s career rebounding charts over the past 23 years. But Randall, who still follows the Jayhawks’ fortunes closely, admits there’s only one stat that still intrigues him — field goal percentage. By Gary Bedore
Two weeks ago, it looked like former Kansas University basketball standout Andrew Wiggins was well on his way to becoming the torch bearer for Jayhawks in the NBA. Today, that path seems a little less likely. By Matt Tait
Former Kansas University guard Andrew Wiggins, the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, won bragging rights over Duke’s Jabari Parker, the No. 2 overall pick, in their professional basketball debuts on Friday in Las Vegas. By Gary Bedore
Former NBA coach John Lucas was impressed by Kansas University junior forward Perry Ellis at the LeBron James Skills Academy, Thursday in Las Vegas “Perry Ellis is playing at another level right now. Doing all the intangibles,” Lucas wrote on Twitter. By Gary Bedore
Kansas University red-shirt freshman Brock Drogosch qualified for the 2014 U.S. Amateur with rounds of 67 and 66, Wednesday and Thursday on Panther Lake Course at Orange County National Golf Center & Lodge.
An honorable mention All-Big 12 selection as a mere freshman, Wayne Selden Jr. just might make the preseason all-conference team this October. “Just be a better player than last year, that’s my biggest goal, to be a more productive player than I was last year,” Selden said Thursday at Cole Aldrich's basketball camp. By Gary Bedore
Kansas University senior linebacker Ben Heeney's name continues to appear on college football's national radar. Heeney received more good news Thursday when the Football Writers Association of America announced he also made the 2014 Bronko Nagurski Trophy preseason watch list.
Kansas University senior Elizabeth Scherer was named Conference USA Rowing Scholar Athlete of the Year on Wednesday, a year after collecting the same award from the Big 12.
Late last week, former Kansas University offensive lineman Brad Thorson, who played at KU from 2008-10 after transferring from his native Wisconsin, revealed in a short entry on his personal blog that he is gay. By Matt Tait
Former Kansas University center Cole Aldrich said goodbye to his 65 basketball campers early Wednesday afternoon in Robinson Gym, leaving today’s final-day duties to his wife, Britt, as well as former KU players Mark Randall, Jeff Gueldner and Sherron Collins. By Gary Bedore
Another Kansas University football player has his name on a national award watch list. The latest Jayhawk to welcome preseason expectations is senior punter Trevor Pardula, named by the Augusta Sports Council as one of 25 players on the initial 2014 Ray Guy Award watch list.
Former Kansas University point guard Naadir Tharpe isn't transferring to a new college basketball program.
Former Kansas University big man Tarik Black had seven points, 10 rebounds and two blocks in the Houston Rockets’ 92-71 loss to Philadelphia in NBA summer league action Tuesday in Orlando, Florida.
Former Kansas University guard/forward Andrew White III will visit Florida State on Friday and Saturday, White said Tuesday in a text message to the Journal-World.
The Jamari Traylor who scored a career-high 17 points and grabbed a personal-best 14 rebounds in Kansas University’s NCAA Tournament victory over Eastern Kentucky last March looked like a guy who might contend for All-Big 12 honors his junior or senior season. By Gary Bedore
Cliff Alexander is out a few weeks with a right ankle sprain, coach Bill Self says.
Players and coaches on Big 12 defenses won't be the only folks looking out for Kansas University senior tight end Jimmay Mundine this fall. The John Mackey Award Selection Committee has placed Mundine, a 6-foot-2 senior from Denison, Texas, on its preseason watch list.
Cole Aldrich, who provided quite an inside-outside combination with 2010 All-America point guard Sherron Collins at Kansas University, teamed with one of the Jayhawks’ lead guards of the future in 5-on-5 pick-up basketball action Sunday. By Gary Bedore
The Maxwell Football Club announced Monday that Kansas University senior linebacker Ben Heeney had been named to the 2014 Chuck Bednarik Award preliminary watch list.
Former Kansas University guard Keith Langford has signed a two-year contract with UNICS Kazan, a professional basketball team in Kazan, Russia. By Gary Bedore
Christian Garrett, a 6-foot-3 senior basketball walk-on at Kansas University, paid his own way to attend one of former NBA coach John Lucas’ camps in Houston and plans to return. By Gary Bedore
The day Joel Embiid was born, Hakeem Olajuwon was half a world away, in the midst of an MVP season, coming off a 41-point, 12-rebound double-double for the Houston Rockets. By Benton Smith
Nearly a half-century ago, Howard Arndt shot baskets, Kansas splashed across his chest, Allen Fieldhouse crowds sparking his adrenaline. Now he shoots eagles. Not on a golf course, but in the wilderness. Not with a 7-iron in his hand, rather a camera. By Tom Keegan
Kansas University junior Perry Ellis and freshman Kelly Oubre, Jr., are two of 30 college basketball players invited to the LeBron James camp, which runs July 9-12 in Las Vegas.
Ben Goodman has to admit, there are far worse things a college football player can hear from his coaches. After playing all of his sophomore season as a Kansas University “buck,” a hybrid defensive end/linebacker position, Goodman learned early this offseason that the staff wanted him to play as a traditional lineman in 2014. By Benton Smith
Most of her basketball-playing life, people assumed that Tyler Johnson would want to follow in her father’s footsteps and play her college ball at Oklahoma. It never happened. By Matt Tait
When former Hartnell College running back De’Andre Mann began looking for a place to continue his college football career, he had just one thing in mind — playing time. By Matt Tait
There was a time when Kansas University basketball standout Wayne Simien, an All-American and Big 12 Player of the Year in 2005, couldn’t go anywhere in Lawrence without getting recognized. By Benton Smith
The Kansas University women’s basketball program picked up another commitment from an in-state standout in the Class of 2015 on Wednesday night. Tyler Johnson, a 6-foot-2 forward from Leavenworth High, joined Olathe South point guard Kylee Kopatich as Kansans who orally committed to KU coach Bonnie Henrickson’s latest recruiting class.
Kansas University freshman Kelly Oubre recently spent part of his summer matching up against one of the best players in the world. Oubre returned to Lawrence earlier this week after a three-day stint at the Kevin Durant Skills Academy in Washington, D.C. By Matt Tait
When the Philadelphia 76ers held an introductory press conference for their latest acquisitions this past weekend, a certain 7-foot center from Cameroon, by way of Kansas University, didn’t get a chance to join the organization’s 2014 NBA draft picks. Joel Embiid got to meet the Philly press via teleconference on Monday. By Benton Smith
Every summer, watching a camp game is all that’s necessary to trigger a debate as to whether this year’s Kansas University basketball team will outdo last year’s. For a better read on the basketball team’s 2014-2015, consider the head coach’s words. Column by Tom Keegan
Last week, at the NBA Draft in Brooklyn, New York, Kansas coach Bill Self cautioned against making unfair comparisons when it comes to searching for replacements for former Jayhawks Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid, the No. 1 and No. 3 picks in this year’s draft. By Matt Tait