Kansas University senior Michael Stigler finished runner-up in the 400-meter hurdles at the USA Track&Field Championships on Sunday.
After a slow start landing commitments in the Class of 2015, Kansas University football picked up the pace and gained pledges from eight players this month, the latest coming Sunday from Trinity Valley Community College safety L.B. Bates. By Matt Tait
The psyche of a Kansas University football fan in recent years has slipped from euphoria to frustration to anger to the dangerous place it now resides: apathy. By Tom Keegan
Kansas University alumnus Kyle Clemons earned a bronze medal in the 400-meter race on Saturday at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Former Kansas University basketball center Tarik Black will be playing for the Houston Rockets’ summer league teams in both Orlando, Florida, and Las Vegas, he confirmed on Saturday. By Gary Bedore
Lincoln, Neb. — Kansas University redshirt senior golfer Bryce Brown defeated Carson Schaake, 2 and 1, to win the 47th Nebraska Match Play Championship on Friday at the Country Club of Lincoln.
Mary Jo Firnbach is joining the Kansas University softball program as associate head coach, head coach Megan Smith announced Friday.
Former Kansas University center Joel Embiid had no inside information regarding his draft stock entering Thursday’s 2014 NBA Draft.
Known for having some of the toughest fans around, Philadelphians are never without their opinions about what’s happening with their beloved professional sports franchises. Such was the scene on a New York City subway train late Thursday night, as a pack of Philadelphia 76ers fans, donning sport coats over Sixers jerseys, cycled through a wide range of emotions concerning their team’s choice to select former Kansas University center Joel Embiid with the No. 3 pick in this year’s NBA Draft at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
The NBA has been known to fall in love with intense rivalries throughout the years. Teams, players, cities and coaches, all have been paired together in a tumultuous tango designed to ramp up the hype and make the league and its players more marketable.
Kansas University’s domination of the 2014 NBA draft had coach Bill Self beaming in the Big Apple on Thursday night. By Gary Bedore
In my book, Sam Hinkie, general manager of the Philadelphia 76ers, came to the plate for Thursday’s NBA draft with an 0-2 count. But man, what a two-strike hitter this Hinkie guy is. He showed that underneath his mound of statistical printouts and inside the cone of silence lies a man with a burglar’s guts. Column by Tom Keegan
Fresh off last week’s foot surgery, Joel Embiid couldn’t fly from California to New York for Thursday’s 2014 NBA Draft. So the 7-footer out of Kansas University did the next best thing, enjoying the draft with family members in his agent’s house in Los Angeles, the city where he’s been working out and where he had the surgery. By Gary Bedore
The Kansas University football team on Thursday added a couple of Texas players to its commitment list in the Class of 2015.
With his million-dollar smile and versatile game already in place, Andrew Wiggins needed just one more thing to look the part of the undisputed No. 1 pick in this year’s NBA draft. Thursday night, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, Wiggins delivered. Wearing a silver-and-black sparkling suit and black bow tie, Wiggins was selected No. 1 by the Cleveland Cavaliers. Story from Matt Tait
Potential deals may complicate the otherwise straightforward order of Thursday night's NBA draft.
The Cleveland Cavaliers may have ruled out former Kansas University center Joel Embiid for the No. 1 pick in tonight’s NBA draft, but that didn’t keep Embiid’s name from popping up Wednesday in Times Square. By Matt Tait
On Wednesday, Andrew Wiggins and 19 other NBA draft lottery hopefuls went through one final day of preparation for this year’s main event, which begins at 6 tonight in Brooklyn's Barclays Center. By Matt Tait
Former Kansas University basketball shooting guard Andrew White III will make an official recruiting visit to the University of Nebraska today and Friday, White reported Wednesday. Basketball notes by Gary Bedore
Kansas University men’s golfer Chase Hanna qualified for the July 14-19 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship with a two-round 142 on June 17 at Swope Golf Course in Kansas City, Missouri.
After years of discussion about whether to remove the track at Kansas University’s Memorial Stadium, it took just days to get started. Construction — a six-week process to rip out the track and replace it with turf and asphalt — began around 7 a.m. Wednesday morning.
This week marks the fifth year in a row that I’ve made the summertime trek to the Big Apple to cover the NBA Draft, an obvious sign that the Kansas University basketball team has had some pretty good players during recent years.
Basketball notes. ... Thon Maker, a 7-foot junior center from Carlisle School in Martinsville, Virginia — and his 6-foot-10 sophomore brother, Matur — made unofficial recruiting visits to Kansas University on Tuesday, then drove to Columbia, Missouri, for similar trips to Mizzou.
Kansas University’s softball team has added transfer Monique Wesley, a right-handed pitcher who played two seasons at Cal State Fullerton, coach Megan Smith announced Tuesday.
Don’t worry. Kansas University’s Memorial Stadium will soon be track-less — even though the removal process didn’t begin on Tuesday.
Not all of the intrigue surrounding members of the most recent Kansas University basketball team during Thursday night’s NBA Draft will take place toward the front of the lottery, where teams will make decisions on Joel Embiid and Andrew Wiggins.
Don’t worry. Kansas University’s Memorial Stadium will soon be track-less — even though the removal process didn’t begin on Tuesday.
Trace the origin of most mock drafts to lies and misdirection plays. So instead of looking at NBA mock drafts to try to figure out what your favorite lottery team will do Thursday night, just ask yourself what you would do by ranking 1 through 14 the prospects available for this draft. In so doing, you’ll probably get closer to draft results than the mocks constructed by those who have NBA sources. Column by Tom Keegan
Former Kansas University center Joel Embiid stirred up United States soccer fans Sunday by tweeting congratulations to Portugal soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo for setting up the tying goal in Portugal’s draw with the United States on Sunday. Basketball notes by Gary Bedore
Donnie Nelson didn’t waste much time voicing his displeasure about players who join the NBA after playing just one year of college ball. “We’re not in the babysitting business,” the Dallas Mavericks’ president of basketball operations said.
Nuggets forward Darrell Arthur has exercised his contract option for the upcoming season. Denver general manager Tim Connelly announced the news Monday.
Greg Oden has had years to think about the plight of his knees, and still has no good answers. The No. 1 pick in the 2007 NBA draft is a poster child for big man bad luck, an epidemic that's been sweeping the league for years. The latest victim seems to be Joel Embiid, a 7-footer expected to be the No. 1 pick in Thursday's draft before a recently suffered stress fracture in his right foot almost certainly robbed the former Kansas star of that chance.
Former Kansas University and University of Memphis power forward Tarik Black’s name isn’t showing up on any of the many mock drafts as the 2014 NBA Draft approaches. However, league general managers and scouts are familiar with the 6-foot-8, 252-pound Black, who has had workouts with a handful of teams. By Gary Bedore
The way Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis sees it, Jayhawk games just became a lot safer thanks to Friday’s decision by the KU administration to begin removal of the track around the field at Memorial Stadium next week. By Matt Tait
Joel Embiid won’t be in the NBA Draft Green Room, impeccably dressed in a new $20,000 suit Thursday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. By Gary Bedore
Kansas University’s women’s basketball program has hired Drew Markowitz as the Director of Player Personnel/Analytics, KU coach Bonnie Henrickson announced Friday.
News that former Kansas University center Joel Embiid had successful foot surgery Friday morning certainly brightened the rest of Bill Self’s day. “I’m glad the doctors said surgery went well. It’s obviously an injury that he should be able to recover from,” Self, who coached the 7-foot Cameroon native for one season at KU, said Friday night. By Gary Bedore
Removal of the track that surrounds the playing surface at Memorial Stadium is set to begin Tuesday. The process, as first reported by the Journal-World on Friday, is expected to take six weeks and will be finished before the 2014 Kansas football season. By Matt Tait
Joel Embiid had surgery on his right foot on Friday in Los Angeles.
Fifty Kansas University student-athletes who recently completed their freshman year were among 455 athletes named to the Academic All-Big 12 Rookie Team on Thursday.
As former Kansas University golf star Gary Woodland continues his quest to become one of the top players in the world, the Topeka native has made sure not to forget about the generation of young golfers hoping to follow in his golf shoes. By Matt Tait
Joel Embiid, who missed the 2014 NCAA Tournament because of a stress fracture in his back, today will undergo surgery to repair a stress fracture in the navicular bone of his right foot. News of the foot fracture shook the NBA on Thursday, just seven days before the 2014 Draft in Brooklyn, New York — a draft in which the 7-foot former Kansas University center was expected to be selected No. 1 overall. By Gary Bedore
As long as the goal is set exactly 10 feet off the floor — just like back in good, old Hickory — basketball coaches and team executives will always see the value, and hear the siren song, of having players able to visit that lofty area with ease.
Former Kansas University center Joel Embiid is scheduled to have surgery Friday to repair a stress fracture in his right foot, a stunning development that could affect the top choices in next week's NBA draft.
In some ways, the less you notice a point guard, the better he’s playing. It can mean he’s keeping the ball moving, getting it into the right hands at the right time, not monopolizing it. I didn’t hear much about freshman point guard Devonté Graham’s play in last week’s Bill Self Camp exhibition game featuring past and present Kansas University basketball players, so I decided to take in the camp game Wednesday. Column by Tom Keegan
Kansas University fifth-year senior Alex Jones earned the Big 12’s Softball Scholar Athlete of the Year award, the league announced Wednesday.
Kansas University sophomore Frank Mason sped through the lane for a driving layup with 7.8 seconds left in overtime of Wednesday's Bill Self basketball camp game, giving the Red team an 84-83 victory over the Blue squad. “Any game I play, I always want to win. I take pride in it. Today it was just a camp game, but still I just wanted to win it,” Mason said. By Gary Bedore
For Connor Frankamp, Kansas University basketball's participation in the 2015 World University Games marks an opportunity to win a second gold medal while playing for the red, white and blue. He scored 22 points to lead the U.S. over Australia in the gold-medal game of the FIBA Under 17 World Championships in the summer of 2012 in Lithuania. By Gary Bedore
The closer it gets to college football season, the more columnist Tom Keegan thinks about ways to get the ball in the hands of Tony Pierson more often.
Kansas University basketball’s standing as one of the top programs in the country was one of the biggest reasons the Jayhawks were chosen to represent the United States in the 2015 World University Games in Korea. “Kansas was a great fit,” said Craig Jonas, the deputy head of the USA delegation, during a news conference Tuesday at KU. “When you walk the halls here, you realize what a great tradition Kansas has, and we’re ecstatic about having them there.” By Matt Tait
Kansas University football fans have long clamored for the removal of the track surrounding the field at Memorial Stadium. Now that the new track-and-field facility at Rock Chalk Park has become a reality, KU officials may be close to making a move. By Matt Tait
The commitment parade continued on Tuesday for Charlie Weis and the Kansas University football program, which picked up its seventh commitment in the past four days when four-star junior-college wide receiver Cory Butler switched his commitment from Utah to Kansas.
Eight teams that appeared in the 2014 postseason — including national runner-up Notre Dame — appear on Kansas University’s women’s basketball nonconference schedule, which was released Monday.
Golfers in town from all over the country to compete in the Gary Woodland Championship, an American Junior Golf Association event at Alvamar public, had their chance to pepper Woodland himself with questions Monday afternoon, and they didn’t choke under pressure. They asked him some good ones, one day after he completed his final round in the 114th U.S. Open played at Pinehurst No. 2. By Tom Keegan
The Kansas University football program on Monday picked up an offensive lineman from Iowa Western Community College who may be able to help the Jayhawks right away.
Kansas University’s men’s basketball team is going global. By Gary Bedore
Even at the highest level, golfers relentlessly tinker, seeking the secret to making that final step from good tour player to great one. By Tom Keegan
Bill Self knows how to wake up his young basketball campers during any lulls in the action: Self, Kansas University’s 12th-year coach, asks sophomore guard Frank Mason to perform a gymnastics routine. By Gary Bedore
Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA playoff games of Sunday, June 15.
Two days after the Kansas University football program announced that Jake Heaps was graduating and transferring, the Jayhawks' 2013 starting quarterback confirmed to the Journal-World that he was headed to play for the Miami Hurricanes.
Always in search of upgrading the talent at his team's positions of greatest need, Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis enjoyed a productive weekend on the recruiting trail.
Gary Woodland yanked his tee shot left, deep into the waste area that hugs the fairways at Pinehurst No. 2, up against a fence, in among the pine trees. From there, Woodland’s round went backward. Literally. Column by Tom Keegan
Former Kansas University player Joel Embiid is projected to go first overall in the June 26 NBA Draft, according to a five-expert panel in the latest issue of ESPN the Magazine, which also gets to the bottom of the 7-footer's tall tale about a lion in Cameroon. Basketball notes by Gary Bedore
Rather than succumb to sadness after his father died, Kansas University tight end Jimmay Mundine used the tragedy as the catalyst to become a better man. By Matt Tait
Kansas University track and field juniors Michael Stigler and Lindsay Vollmer both entered day three of the NCAA Championships Friday with individual event titles in reach, but neither could reach the top of the podium.
Former Kansas University basketball guard Brady Morningstar had what he called “a great experience” playing in Finland’s top professional league this past season.
His appetite whetted for the big-time, Chris Thompson flew back to Kansas City on Friday night. On Sunday, he’ll drive back to the minor leagues of professional golf, so that he can be in position for Monday qualifying for the web.com tour event in Wichita.
U.S. Open golf courses tend to be gas guzzlers, tearing through the mental and physical fuel tanks of the world’s best golfers.
After several weeks of Internet speculation about Kansas University quarterback Jake Heaps' future as a Jayhawk, word surfaced Friday that Heaps plans to transfer.
Left open in the corner with the outcome of the Rock Chalk Roundball Classic on the line, former Kansas University guard Tyrel Reed delivered on Thursday night in a packed Lawrence High gym. By Gary Bedore
Kansas University junior Lindsay Vollmer sits in second place after the first four events of her heptathlon title defense, Thursday at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Too often, the longest walk in golf stretches from the driving range to the first tee. And since it was the U.S. Open, where everything is longer and tougher, Thursday it became the longest walk of Chris Thompson’s life. By Tom Keegan
Gary Woodland took a 6-iron to the tee on the 213-yard 17th-hole at Pinehurst No. 2 and hit it high and on the pin. He heard the excitement of the crowd building and then a loud moan and then a thundering ovation. By Tom Keegan
Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA playoff games of Thursday, June 12.
Kansas University sophomore Sydney Conley earned first-team All-America honors Wednesday, placing seventh in the long jump finals at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Frank Mason lofted a perfectly-timed pass to fellow Kansas University sophomore Wayne Selden, who threw down a vicious one-handed slam dunk Wednesday in Horejsi Center. The 6-foot-5 Selden, who scored 17 points off an assortment of drives, dunks and jumpers in the Blue Team’s 79-67 Bill Self camp game victory over Ben McLemore and Cole Aldrich’s Red squad, showed he’s recovered nicely from offseason knee surgery. By Gary Bedore
The gallery following Matt Kuchar, Gary Woodland and Andres Echavarria for their final practice holes in advance of the 114th U.S. Open slowly swelled as word spread as to the identity of the slender, well-dressed man walking stride-for-stride with Woodland down the fairway. By Tom Keegan
All of his life his name had been Chris Thompson. And then, at age 37, he finally qualified for a PGA Tour event and his name became Nicholas Thompson. Per the official bag tag he was given upon his arrival Monday to play in the 114th U.S. Open in which he tees off at 1:42 p.m. today at Pinehurst No. 2, his name now is “Casey Thompson.” Thompson took to Twitter to have fun with the latest case of mistaken identity, posting a picture of the bag tag and a message: “How you know when you’ve arrived.” Column by Tom Keegan
Mario Chalmers was still awake at 5 a.m. Wednesday. He stayed up all night watching tape of his play in the last two NBA Finals, looking for answers. The Miami Heat hope their point guard found them.
Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA playoff games of Tuesday, June 10.
Kansas University’s basketball players tend to play unbelievably hard, even in 4-on-4 full-contact halfcourt drills for Bill Self basketball campers.
Seinfeld had the summer of George. On the Kansas golf scene, this has been the summer of Chris Thompson.
It’s been a shade over a year since Kansas University’s Lindsay Vollmer clutched a bouquet of yellow flowers and shiny national championship trophy in her left hand and raised her right hand high into the air while wearing a smile that tried to make sense of all that had just happened.
Kansas University closer Stephen Villines earned second-team Freshman All-America honors, the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association announced Monday.
Kansas University sophomore Sydney Conley knew her friends and family were expecting her to take first place in the long jump last week at NCAA West Preliminaries. Though she was jumping at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, her hometown, with plenty of supporters watching, finishing first wasn’t her goal. By Bobby Nightengale
Still a kid at heart, 21-year-old NBA jumping jack Ben McLemore heeded the requests of a throng of young Bill Self basketball campers, who chanted “360, 360” at the 6-foot-5 Sacramento Kings guard Monday in Horejsi Center. By Gary Bedore
Monday afternoon, red-shirt freshman Joe Gibson, a 6-foot-3, 295-pound Rockhurst High graduate, learned that he had officially been placed on scholarship for the 2014 season during a brief team meeting at the KU football complex.
Kansas University newcomer Cliff Alexander kept it short when characterizing his game after signing autographs Sunday at KU coach Bill Self’s basketball camp. “One word ... power,” Alexander said. And Self agrees. By Gary Bedore
At some track and field meets, a thrower can feel slighted. Plenty of spectators come not to watch the discus, shot put, javelin or hammer throw events, but to enjoy the bursts of speed on display around the track. Certain venues even render throwers less visible, sending them to compete outside of the stadium, away from the vast majority of the crowd and the spotlight. Jessica Maroszek doesn’t take such scenarios personally. By Benton Smith
Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA playoff games of Sunday, June 8.
Five Kansas University baseball players were drafted on the final day of the Major League Baseball amateur draft on Saturday.
Some of Roy Williams’ former Kansas University basketball players were quick to stand up for their coach Saturday in the wake of allegations from disgruntled former North Carolina player Rashad McCants, who alleged Williams was aware of no-show courses in the Afro- and African-American Studies Department at UNC. By Gary Bedore
The 48-year-old Danny Manning, who moved from Greensboro, North Carolina, to Lawrence in 1983 for his senior year at Lawrence High and ensuing four years at KU, has received a hero’s welcome in his return to Carolina Country. By Gary Bedore
As Kansas University junior hurdler Michael Stigler illustrated by coming from way behind to win the first of his three Big 12 400-meter hurdle titles, it’s not how you start, rather how you finish. By Tom Keegan
North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams, with 11 of his Tar Heel players in attendance, conducted a 35-minute on-camera interview with ESPN on Saturday, a day after former Tar Heel Rashad McCants alleged academic impropriety at UNC.
Rivals.com has awarded future Kansas University basketball player Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk a five-star rating, the website reported Friday. Basketball notes by Gary Bedore
Kansas University freshman Joe Dineen’s quest to honor the late Andre Maloney — a fellow KU football recruit and Sunflower League standout — included another memorable stop on Friday. By Matt Tait
Mario Chalmers said his ball-handling responsibilities — always less than the traditional point guard — have been reduced somewhat in these playoffs, to the point where he is “just trying to figure out where I fit in right now.” Regardless, the Miami Heat needs a more efficient, productive Chalmers than the one who was turnover- and foul-prone in Game 1 of the Finals against the San Antonio Spurs.
With the 156th pick of the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft, the Texas Rangers selected Kansas University baseball’s junior left-handed pitcher Wes Benjamin Friday afternoon.
Kansas University volleyball volunteer assistant coach Wendel Camargo has been hired as an assistant at James Madison University, the programs announced Thursday.
The third of the baseball Price sons is watched in a very modern way, but it’s Robby Price's old-school qualities as a ballplayer that keep him moving steadily up the Tampa Bay Rays farm system. Column by Tom Keegan
ESPN’s Paul Biancardi recently ranked Kansas University point guard Devonté Graham No. 2 on a list of the “nation’s most important freshmen,” behind Indiana’s James Blackmon. Basketball notebook by Gary Bedore
Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA playoff games of Thursday, June 5.
Section U, which has been reserved for students, will be available to Williams Fund donors this season.
Former Lawrence High football and track coach Bill Freeman and Kansas University standouts Charlie Hoag and Walt Wesley will be inducted into Kansas Sports Hall of Fame on Oct. 5 at the Wichita Boathouse.
Fresh off of their recent stint in Dallas for the Big 12 spring meetings, Kansas University Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little and athletic director Sheahon Zenger on Wednesday needed little time to bring the Kansas Athletics, Inc., board of directors up to speed on what topics were discussed at the annual meetings. By Matt Tait
Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis is headed to Hawaii this weekend to attend the Maximum Exposure camp put on by the Pacific Islands Athletic Alliance. By Matt Tait
Hunter Mickelson had a smile on his face and bounce in his steps as he worked with 100 or so youths at Wednesday’s Ed Fritz College Stars camp at the Fieldhouse of Kansas City.By Gary Bedore
The ACC, and maybe the SEC, will be two conferences to experiment with a 30-second shot clock in exhibition basketball games during the 2014-15 preseason. Kansas University coach Bill Self thinks that's a move in the right direction. By Gary Bedore
Aqib Talib figures he has upgraded quarterbacks by moving to Denver, and he has definitely traded up when it comes to the wide receivers he’s facing in offseason workouts.
Brannen Greene didn’t play a lot, in fact, he didn’t crack the regular rotation, during his freshman season at Kansas University. Though that came as somewhat of a surprise to the confident 6-foot-7 wing, he says he never, ever considered fleeing to another school via transfer. By Gary Bedore
Former Kansas University running back James Sims is still looking for his shot in the NFL. In early May, Sims, KU’s third leading rusher of all time, went undrafted but was picked up as a free agent by the Green Bay Packers in the hours immediately following the draft. One problem: Sims’ deal with the Packers was for a weekend tryout only and did not come with any financial compensation or guarantee. By Matt Tait
The best golf year of Chris Thompson’s life got better Monday when he qualified for the U.S. Open. Thompson, a former Kansas University golfer, was the third and final one to make it at Springfield Country Club, site of one of 10 sectional qualifiers that took place Monday throughout the country. By Tom Keegan
Four city high school products earned trips to the NCAA Baseball Tournament, but just one advanced out of the regional round Sunday.
If first-year NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and the league’s Players Association ultimately agree on a new “two-and-done” rule, there actually will be some contented college freshmen and sophomore stars. By Gary Bedore
After spending most of May recruiting the Class of 2015 and beyond, Kansas University’s football coaches are set to transition into the first true act of the 2014 season. By Matt Tait
Kansas University battled back from an eight-run deficit, but the Jayhawks’ first NCAA Tournament trip in five seasons ended with an 8-6 regional setback to Kentucky on Sunday at Jim Patterson Stadium.
Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self assured a pair of Philadelphia radio talk show audiences last week that Joel Embiid’s once-injured back is healed. Notes by Gary Bedore
Former high school baseball standouts from the city of Lawrence continued play in NCAA regionals on Saturday.
Two Kansas University relay teams qualified Saturday for the NCAA Outdoor track and field meet June 11-14 in Eugene, Oregon.
The way most of us look at it, the fine line between birdie and bogey, a foot here, a bounce there, is a matter of luck. That’s not how those who make a living playing golf explain it. Column by Tom Keegan
Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA playoff games of Saturday, May 31.