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Philadelphia swoops in to snag injured Joel Embiid at No. 3

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

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KU golfer Brown wins in Nebraska

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.

Firnbach joins KU softball staff

Mary Jo Firnbach is joining the Kansas University softball program as associate head coach, head coach Megan Smith announced Friday.

KU center surprised by No. 3 selection

Former Kansas University center Joel Embiid had no inside information regarding his draft stock entering Thursday’s 2014 NBA Draft.

Embiid must win over tough Philadelphia fan base

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.

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Wiggins downplays rivalry with Parker

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.

Self: Having two of NBA draft's top picks 'means a lot' for KU

Kansas University’s domination of the 2014 NBA draft had coach Bill Self beaming in the Big Apple on Thursday night. By Gary Bedore

Column: Sixers had guts to draft Embiid third

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

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Philadelphia swoops in to snag injured Joel Embiid at No. 3

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

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KU football picks up commitments from Texas preps

The Kansas University football team on Thursday added a couple of Texas players to its commitment list in the Class of 2015.