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Monday, March 31

KU coach Bill Self responds to Naadir Tharpe photo

In the moments following Andrew Wiggins' press conference to announce he was declaring for the NBA Draft, Kansas University men's basketball coach Bill Self responded to questions about an inappropriate photo of junior point guard Naadir Tharpe that surfaced on Twitter on Sunday.

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KU freshman Andrew Wiggins declares for NBA Draft

Now that Andrew Wiggins has made it official and declared for the 2014 NBA Draft, the next step for the 6-foot-8 Canadian sensation is to make sure he’s selected No. 1 on June 26 in New York. By Gary Bedore

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Done deal: Wiggins expected to declare for NBA today

Kansas University freshman basketball guard Andrew Wiggins will hold a news conference at 2 p.m. today, at which he will announce his intentions to enter the 2014 NBA Draft. By Gary Bedore

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of March 30

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Sunday, March 30.

Sunday, March 30

Oklahoma blanks KU tennis

Kansas University tennis was shut out for the second straight match by a Sooner State squad Sunday.

Kansas softball sweeps OSU

On a day when the offense was outhit and the defense committed the only two errors of the game, Kansas University capitalized on a couple of Oklahoma State miscues in the bottom of the ninth inning to pick up a Big 12 softball series sweep with a 2-1, extra-inning victory Sunday at Arrocha Ballpark. By Matt Tait

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Salvage job: KU baseball avoids sweep

Dakota Smith finally changed his fortune when he drilled a fastball over the head of a diving left fielder for a walkoff double, scoring Justin Protacio and providing the heroics for Kansas is it avoided getting swept with a 4-3 baseball victory at Hoglund Ballpark in front of a crowd of 1,178. By Bobby Nightengale

Wiggins to hold 2 p.m. news conference on Monday to announce NBA plans

Andrew Wiggins is expected to declare for the 2014 NBA Draft at a news conference at 2 p.m., Monday.

KU rowing loses Sunflower Showdown

The Kansas University rowing team lost the Sunflower Showdown to Kansas State, 17-6, on Saturday at Wyandotte County Lake.

KU soccer falls to pro squad in exhibition

Kansas University’s soccer team lost its first spring exhibition match, 3-1, to FC Kansas City, a National Women’s Soccer League professional squad, on Saturday at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex.

KU track finishes competition at Texas Relays

Kansas University’s women’s track and field team finished its four days of competition at the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays with three events on Sunday.

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Column: Kansas football's potential on defense intrigues

If defensive coordinator Clint Bowen and the Kansas University football position coaches can draw maximum effort and attention to detail out of the players, KU should field a competitive defense this coming fall. The blend of talent, experience and depth is the best it’s been in years. Column by Tom Keegan

OU pitchers quiet KU baseball offense

The Kansas University and University of Oklahoma baseball teams feature two of the top offenses in the Big 12 Conference. Their matchup on Saturday at Hoglund Ballpark had everything but offense. In a pitcher’s duel, the Jayhawks couldn’t muster any clutch hits in the late innings and dropped their second straight game to the Sooners, 2-1. By Bobby Nightengale

Brickey’s highlights lift KU softball over OSU

Chaley Brickey already had slammed into the dugout fencing while racing down a foul pop-up Saturday afternoon at Arrocha Ballpark. So getting mobbed by her teammates following a go-ahead, solo home run in the fifth inning just added to the beating she took while helping Kansas University’s softball team defeat Oklahoma State, 4-0. By Benton Smith

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Jeff Boschee settles in as college head coach

Former Kansas University combo guard Jeff Boschee is a college head basketball coach at the age of 34. “I’m full of energy,” Boschee said Saturday, asked about his first few days as successor to Robert Corn as head coach at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, Mo. By Gary Bedore

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of March 29

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Saturday, March 29.

Saturday, March 29

KU tennis falls to Oklahoma State, 7-0

Oklahoma State handed Kansas University its first Big 12 women’s tennis loss of the season, 7-0 on Friday at the Jayhawk Tennis Center.

Kansas track wins 2 at Texas Relays

Michael Stigler defended his 400-meter hurdle title, and Colleen O’Brien won the B-section high jump to highlight Kansas University’s day at the Texas Relays on Friday.

Kansas softball wins in extras

After stranding its leadoff hitter on base for seven consecutive innings, Kansas University finally made its early-inning offensive prowess pay off in the first extra inning of Friday’s 1-0, eight-inning softball victory over Oklahoma State at Arrocha Ballpark. By Matt Tait

OU closes out baseball victory over KU

In a showdown between Big 12 closers, Oklahoma’s Ralph Garza beat out Kansas University’s Jordan Piché on Friday at Hoglund Ballpark. By Benton Smith

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Virginia Tech big man eyeing Kansas

Another college basketball big man has Kansas University on his list of possible transfer destinations. By Gary Bedore

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of March 28

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Friday, March 28.

Friday, March 28

Column: Familiar name would be nice fit for coaching vacancy

No officials from Marquette University, my alma mater, have asked for my opinion since basketball coach Buzz Williams left for the browner pastures of Virginia Tech. And really, why should they? Don’t forget, they have access to my transcript. Then again, I’ve never been one to wait to be asked for my opinion, so I’ll offer it here. Column by Tom Keegan

NCAA-leading victories pace KU track at Texas Relays

Kansas University track and field juniors Lindsay Vollmer and Clint Bowen kicked off their outdoor seasons with nationally ranked victories, Thursday at the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays.

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Allen’s growth gives KU depth at defensive back

On Tuesday, Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis called third-year sophomore Greg Allen “probably the most pleasant surprise on defense” this spring. Thursday, defensive backs coach Scott Vestal explained why. By Matt Tait

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To correct drops, new receivers coach focuses on Jayhawks’ form

For the past two years, it seemed, Kansas University wide receivers mimicked the stock market of Sept. 29, 2008 — one drop after another. Eric Kiesau, hired in February to coach the Jayhawks’ pass-catchers, came into this job with eyes wide open. “That was the whole thing I heard about from everybody before practice started,” Kiesau said of the rash of drops. By Tom Keegan

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of March 27

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Thursday, March 27.

Thursday, March 27

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Self: Positively no decision has been made regarding Joel Embiid's future

After a wild morning of reports and Twitter comments about Joel Embiid's future, Kansas University coach Bill Self told the Journal-World late Thursday morning that "positively no decision has been made regarding Joel Embiid's future." By Gary Bedore

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KU assistant Howard has ‘unbelievable’ first year with Jayhawks

Jerrance Howard, who played for Bill Self at the University of Illinois, now knows what it’s like to work for his former coach. “Unbelievable,” the 33-year-old Howard said of his first season on Self’s Kansas University basketball staff. By Gary Bedore

Column: For our sakes, Embiid should stay at KU

Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan hopes that Kansas University freshman center Joel Embiid returns for a second year. His motives are pure, as in purely selfish.

Labor board OKs college athlete unions; KU officials watching closely

The Chicago division of the National Labor Relations Board ruled Wednesday that football players at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., have the right to unionize, which would be a first in college athletics and could lead the way to athletes receiving compensation, among other benefits. For now, it seems that KU officials are doing little more than monitoring the situation. By Matt Tait

KU baseball blanks Creighton

Three pitchers combined to throw a four-hit shutout, and Kansas University won its first midweek baseball game of the season against Creighton, 11-0, on a cold and windy Wednesday at TD Ameritrade Park.

KU-WSU softball ppd. due to rain

The softball game between Kansas University and Wichita State scheduled for Wednesday at WSU was postponed due to forecasted rain.

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of March 26

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Wednesday, March 26.

Wednesday, March 26

Kansas' Vollmer in third in heptathlon

Kansas University’s Lindsay Vollmer won the shot put portion of the heptathlon and was in third place overall after four of seven events Wednesday at the Texas Relays.

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WR Rodriguez Coleman turning heads

Rodriguez Coleman, a 6-foot-3, 195-pound junior-college transfer who caught eight passes for 208 yards and a touchdown in three starts in 2013, has, according to KU coach Charlie Weis, performed as well as any player on offense so far this spring. By Matt Tait

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Wiggins tapped second-team All-American by NABC

Kansas University freshman Andrew Wiggins has been named to the 2014 National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-America Second Team.

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Column: Tharpe's time as KU's starting point guard may be over

The past two years, the Kansas University point-guard position has had something in common with the school’s quarterback spot. No matter the starter, the chorus crying for somebody else showed up ready to sing every game, just in case. Column by Tom Keegan

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Weis testing KU's less-experienced quarterbacks; Heaps still in race

When the Kansas University football team hit the field Tuesday for the sixth of 15 spring practices, it did so with the knowledge that 2013 starting quarterback Jake Heaps would sit out a significant portion of the competitive drills. By Matt Tait

KU catcher Ridling named Big 12 Player of the Week

Kansas University freshman catcher Harli Ridling was named the Big 12 Conference Softball Player of the Week, the league announced on Tuesday.

Gardner earns WBCA honors

Kansas University women’s basketball forward Chelsea Gardner was named to the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s All-Region team, the organization announced Tuesday.

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of March 25

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Tuesday, March 25.

KU women’s track ranked 10th

The defending national champion Kansas University women’s outdoor track and field team enters the season ranked 10th, the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Association announced Thursday.

KU women’s golf finishes seventh at Briar's Creek

Kansas University’s women’s golf team shaved seven strokes off its score for the second straight round on Tuesday, finishing the 17-team Briar’s Creek Intercollegiate in seventh place.

Tuesday, March 25

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One not done: Wayne Selden to return for sophomore season at Kansas

Kansas University freshman guard Wayne Selden took to Twitter Tuesday afternoon to announce his plans to return for his sophomore season at KU, rather than enter the 2014 NBA Draft. By Gary Bedore

KU golfer tied for 10th place

Kansas University’s Thanuttra Boonraksasat improved by three strokes from the first to second rounds and sits in a tie for 10th place after two rounds Monday of the Briar’s Creek Women’s Golf Invitational at The Golf Club of Briar’s Creek.

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Kansas football expects better defense

While the installation of a new offense and the transition to new offensive coordinator and offensive-line coach John Reagan and wide receivers coach Eric Kiesau have been among the biggest story lines of Kansas University's spring thus far, the forward movement of a defense that made positive strides in 2013 has operated a little under the radar. By Matt Tait

Column: Absence proved Embiid’s worth

Maybe Fred Hoiberg was right. Maybe Joel Embiid was the best player in college basketball. Hoiberg seems to be right about a lot of things, such as how to get a team peaking for the postseason. By Tom Keegan

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‘What if ... ’: Jayhawks ponder what could have been

Kansas University freshman center Joel Embiid took to Twitter on Monday to express his feelings about the 2014 NCAA Tournament. “WHAT IF..........?????” the 7-footer from Cameroon wrote. By Gary Bedore'

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of March 24

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Monday, March 24.

Monday, March 24

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Former KU center Ryan Cantrell joins KU football coaching staff

Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis announced a couple of changes to his coaching staff on Monday afternoon. Former Jayhawk Ryan Cantrell, a center, who played at Kansas from 2005-08, has been hired as the assistant director of football operations and Maurice Crum has moved from that position into a new role as assistant director of high school relations.

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of March 23

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Sunday, March 23.

Sunday, March 23

KU softball tops No. 8 Kentucky

Harli Ridling’s two-run home run — her eighth homer of the season — in the seventh gave Kansas University the lead, and the Jayhawks held on for a 7-5 nonconference softball victory over No. 8-ranked Kentucky on Sunday.

Sweep eludes KU baseball

On a cold Sunday afternoon with a dusting of snow outside of the Hoglund Ballpark field, it seemed like one run was all Kansas University’s baseball team would need to complete a three-game sweep of Dartmouth. Chance after chance after chance, the offense just couldn’t get the job done, and KU lost in 10 innings, 3-2. By Bobby Nightengale

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Notebook: Joel Embiid planned to play in Sweet 16

It turns out Kansas University freshman Joel Embiid would have been available for Thursday’s Sweet 16 matchup against Dayton, had the Jayhawks been able to defeat Stanford on Sunday in Scottrade Center. By Gary Bedore

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Arch sadness: KU's season ends in St. Louis, in round of 32

Jayhawks shoot 33 percent in loss to Stanford

This is not the way Andrew Wiggins wanted his college basketball career to end, sitting in front of his locker room stall with tears welled in his eyes. “It hurts. I feel I let my team down, my coaches, my fans, Kansas fans, everybody,” the 6-foot-8 freshman one-and-done sensation said after Kansas University’s 60-57 NCAA Tournament Round of 32 loss. By Gary Bedore

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Column: March can seem like November for freshmen

Elite freshmen dominate the November news in college basketball. Superlatives fly. So do the freshmen. Sometimes they trip and fall, too. Then they get better as league play toughens them. And then the NCAA tournament arrives. So often, one-and-done pressure of an elimination tournament can reset the clock for teenagers experiencing something new. By Tom Keegan

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Tarik Black respects play of Stanford counterpart in loss

With his team trailing by two points and his college basketball career in jeopardy, Kansas University senior Tarik Black made a pit stop on his way to the Kansas bench after picking up his fifth foul during the Jayhawks' 60-57 loss to Stanford Sunday at Scottrade Center. By Matt Tait

Notebook: Cardinal handed Bill Self first KU loss

Kansas University’s basketball team holds an 8-2 series advantage against Stanford. Yet in the last meeting, the Cardinal defeated the Jayhawks, 64-58, on Dec. 6, 2003, in Anaheim, Calif. By Gary Bedore

Column: KU needs to keep up its dunking ways

At the time an MRI revealed a stress fracture in the lower back of Kansas University freshman center Joel Embiid, he led his team with 31 dunks. That’s one area in which the Jayhawks have not slowed down without the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year. By Tom Keegan

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Curtain call: Traylor, Kansas face big test of brawn, brain

Kansas University power forward Jamari Traylor admits Stanford has a size advantage on the Joel Embiid-less Jayhawks entering today’s 11:15 a.m., NCAA Tournament Round of 32 game in Scottrade Center. But Traylor bristles at any assertion the Cardinal players have supremacy in brain power over his Jayhawks. By Gary Bedore

Canada: It’s not just hockey anymore

Kansas’ Wiggins, Stanford’s Nastic, Powell native Canadians

Today, when second-seeded Kansas University steps onto the floor for an 11:15 a.m. tipoff against 10th-seeded Stanford in the Round of 32, 30 percent of the starting lineups will be Canadian, with Wiggins starting for KU and Stefan Nastic and Dwight Powell starting for Stanford. By Matt Tait

KU golfer Philley ties for eighth

Kansas University golfer Logan Philley fired a career-low 6-under 66 to tie for eighth place Saturday in the Desert Shootout at Palm Valley Country Club. Philley had a three-day total of 9-under 207.

Arthur’s pick? KU, of course

This is how you start a riot in an NBA locker room: Break out a bracket. Sure enough, just as I slipped the blank sheet to Nuggets forward Darrell Arthur, the lobbyists infiltrated his locker space, school pride in tow.

Rowers complete spring training

Kansas University’s rowing team wrapped up its spring training with three top-three finishes at the Clemson Regatta, including a second-place finish in the Second Varsity Four. KU’s Second Varsity Four: Erin Brogan, Alexa Fowlkes, Jennifer Hartzler, Sarah Lasini and Jackie Adamle.

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of March 22

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Saturday, March 22.

Kansas softball splits pair

Kansas University’s softball team split of pair of games Saturday, defeating Saint Francis, 10-2, and falling to Kentucky, 4-2.

Reaney sets U.S. record

Lawrence native Emma Reaney broke her own American record in the 200 breaststroke on her way to winning a national championship Saturday at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships.

KU baseball clips Dartmouth

Kansas University’s baseball team struggled to score runs during its recent road trips. Home, sweet home has changed all of that. For the second straight day, the Jayhawks pounded Dartmouth pitching, and junior Dakota Smith powered the middle of the order. Smith drilled a grand slam in the sixth inning, his first home run of the season, to help lead the Jayhawks to an 11-7 victory over Dartmouth on Saturday afternoon at Hoglund Ballpark.

Saturday, March 22

UCLA spoils Danny Manning's NCAA tourney debut with Tulsa

Eventually, the pain of losing to UCLA in the NCAA tournament will go away for Danny Manning and the Tulsa Golden Hurricane. They want to become tournament regulars and win some games. It just didn't happen this time. Jordan Adams had 21 points and eight rebounds, and Norman Powell scored 15 in his hometown to lead fourth-seeded UCLA to a 76-59 victory over 13th-seeded Tulsa on Friday night, spoiling Manning's NCAA tournament head coaching debut.

KU baseball rolls past Dartmouth

Nine players combined for a season-high 19 hits, and Kansas University’s baseball team defeated Dartmouth, 13-5, on Friday at Hoglund Ballpark.

KU softball wins twice

Freshman Harli Ridling’s team-leading seventh home run of the season gave Kansas University its second-straight come-from-behind win as the Jayhawks defeated Fairfield, 6-4, on Friday. The Jayhawks defeated Kent State, 6-2, earlier Friday.

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of March 21

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Friday, March 21.

KU tennis wins eighth in a row

Kansas University’s women’s tennis team outlasted Central Florida, 4-3, Friday. Maria Jose Cardona, Maria Belen Ludueña and Paulina Los earned the three singles victories for the Jayhawks. Kansas won two of the three doubles matches to take the deciding point.

Reaney third in 100 breast

Lawrence native and Notre Dame junior Emma Reaney finished third in the 200 breaststroke at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships Thursday.

Friday, March 21

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Notebook: Andrew Wiggins moves to top of KU freshman scoring list

Andrew Wiggins is the highest scoring freshman in Kansas University basketball history. Wiggins, a 6-8, 200-pounder from Ontario, Canada, totaled 19 points off 7-of-13 shooting in KU’s 80-69 NCAA Tournament opening victory over Eastern Kentucky on Friday in Scottrade Center. By Gary Bedore

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Unleashed energy: Sub Jamari Traylor's double-double pushes Kansas to next round

Kansas University senior Tarik Black was the first Jayhawk to greet his big buddy, sophomore Jamari Traylor, after the final horn sounded in KU’s 80-69 victory over Eastern Kentucky on Friday in an NCAA Tournament opener in Scottrade Center. “I just told him, ‘Thank you for the win. Thank you for extending my senior season,’" Black said. By Gary Bedore

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Column: Mistake-free play of Conner Frankamp just what KU needed

Wichita State fans wearing gold didn’t have to check their programs to learn the identity of  the little guy wearing the white No. 23 jersey entering the game off the bench. Conner Frankamp scored more points in high school than anybody in the history of basketball-rich Wichita. By Tom Keegan

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Jayhawks to face 10th-seeded Stanford in Round of 32

Game to tip at 11:15 a.m. Sunday

With a victory Friday over Eastern Kentucky in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, the second-seeded Kansas University men's basketball team earned a date with No. 10 seed Stanford at 11:15 a.m. on Sunday.

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Andrew Wiggins even better than EKU expected

For the better part of the past two weeks, a couple of players on the Eastern Kentucky roster made Kansas forward Andrew Wiggins the focal point of just about every basketball thought they had. By Matt Tait

Former KU football player, one of four charged in May 2013 robbery, sentenced to probation

District Judge Paula Martin sentenced Christopher Omigie to one year of probation on Friday, which he will serve while pursuing graduate school in Texas. Omigie pleaded guilty in January to an amended charge of felony theft, reduced from his initial aggravated robbery charge. By Stephen Montemayor

Eric Stutz lone EKU non-bomb threat

On a team full of shooters, Eastern Kentucy forward Eric Stutz is the one guy the Kansas University basketball team probably won’t have to worry about behind the three-point line during today’s second-round NCAA Tournament game at Scottrade Center. By Matt Tait

Notebook: Wiggins ‘loved’ year at KU; Black wary of first foe

On a scale of 1 to 10, Andrew Wiggins rates his one-and-done season at Kansas University a “10.” “I loved it,” Wiggins said Thursday. By Gary Bedore

Column: Wiggins brothers relish St. Louis reunion

Nobody had more cause for celebration when Kansas University and Wichita State were sent to St. Louis to start this season’s NCAA Tournament than members of the Wiggins family. It became unnecessary for them to decide which son’s team to watch in person. Andrew, a freshman, leads KU in scoring. Nick, a senior, is seventh man for the Shockers. By Tom Keegan

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Let's dance: Naadir Tharpe motivated by last year's loss to Michigan

On occasion, Kansas University junior point guard Naadir Tharpe lets his mind drift back to last year’s season-ending loss to Michigan in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. By Gary Bedore

Reaney seventh in NCAA 200 IM

Lawrence native and Notre Dame junior Emma Reaney placed seventh in the 200 IM on Thursday at the NCAA swim championships.

KU tennis falls to Indiana, 5-2

Kansas University’s women’s tennis team fell to Indiana, 5-2, on Thursday. Paula Los claimed the Jayhawks’ lone singles victory, 6-4, 2-6, 1-0 (7) over Alecia Kauss. KU also won the doubles point. Dylan Windom teamed with Los, and Claire Dreyer teamed with Morgan Barnhill for doubles victories.

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of March 20

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Thursday, March 20.

Thursday, March 20

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Evan and Danny Manning separated by postseason responsibilities

For the first time in his life, Kansas University sophomore Evan Manning will play the part of unaccompanied Jayhawk Friday at Scottrade Center, where the second-seeded Jayhawks will take on No. 15 seed Eastern Kentucky at 3:10 p.m. By Matt Tait

Column: Some questions best left unasked at NCAAs

Somewhere approaching a billion questions will be asked of coaches and athletes today in Scottrade Center, site of four NCAA Tournament basketball games Friday, two Sunday. Column by Tom Keegan

New Mexico rallies past Kansas baseball

Kansas University scored four runs in the first three innings combined, but New Mexico scored five in the eighth alone in a 10-4 Lobos baseball victory on Wednesday at Lobo Field.

KU softball splits

Kansas University lost a squeaker in the opener and won a laugher in the nightcap.

Kansas’ Piché on CLASS list

Kansas University senior closer Jordan Piché was named one of 30 candidates for the Senior CLASS Award in collegiate baseball.

Eagle Bend lands Mid-Amateur

Eagle Bend will host the 2014 Kansas Mid-Amateur Golf Championship, May 3-4.

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of March 19

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Wednesday, March 19.

Tulsa coach Danny Manning proving mentor right

In just his second year as Tulsa’s coach, Danny Manning has reached the NCAA tournament with the Golden Hurricane earning an automatic bid by winning the Conference USA tournament title. Tulsa (21-12), the No. 13 seed in the South Region, will open against No. 4 seed UCLA (26-8) Friday in San Diego.

Wednesday, March 19

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As Jayhawks arrive in St. Louis, injured Embiid still sidelined for practices, games

Kansas University center Joel Embiid, who has a stress fracture in his back, hadn't practiced and is expected to miss this weekend's NCAA Tournament games, KU coach Bill Self said Wednesday as the Jayhawks arrived in St. Louis. By Gary Bedore

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Self: ‘It’s been a fun year’ with young Jayhawk team

There are plenty of statistics available for those who wish to proclaim Kansas University’s basketball program the most dominant in the country during the entire 11-year Bill Self era. Perhaps most impressive is the fact the Jayhawks have won 10 consecutive regular-season Big 12 titles and 10 of 11 overall. Self’s first KU team placed second in the conference. By Gary Bedore

Column: Crafting winning bracket as easy as 1-2-3

Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan has three steps to help you win your bracket contest.

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KU freshmen: Big 12 tourney good prep for NCAAs

It lasted only a couple of days and ended two victories shy of expectations, but the recent Big 12 basketball tournament was a crucial experience for at least five players on Kansas University’s roster. Last week, freshmen Conner Frankamp, Brannen Greene, Frank Mason, Wayne Selden and Andrew Wiggins received their first taste of the win-or-go-home environment the Jayhawks will face this week in the NCAA Tournament. By Matt Tait

KU baseball falls to New Mexico

New Mexico scored six runs on seven hits off of Kansas University starter Drew Morovick, and the KU baseball team fell, 6-3, on Tuesday at Lobo Field.

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of March 18

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Tuesday, March 18.

Big 12 honors KU softball’s Pille

Kansas University junior Alicia Pille was named the Big 12 Pitcher of the Week, the league announced on Tuesday.

Tuesday, March 18

Study: Eight teams fail to meet standard; KU perfect

An annual study of the schools in the men’s NCAA tournament shows a slight increase in teams that fall below graduation rate standards. Kansas University’s team is the only squad in the field of 68 to have a perfect APR and graduation rate.

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of March 17

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Monday, March 17.

Monday, March 17

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Eastern Kentucky eager for Kansas matchup with or without Embiid

With just two players on the Eastern Kentucky roster standing 6-foot-8 and 11 of the 13 others coming in at 6-5 or shorter, the 15th-seeded Colonels know they caught a bit of a break by matching up with a second-seeded Kansas University squad that figures to be without 7-foot center Joel Embiid in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday in St. Louis. By Matt Tait

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Kansas assistant Townsend recalls days at EKU

Former Western Kentucky basketball standout Kurtis Townsend remembers catching a lot of flak during a reception held before his one and only season as assistant hoops coach at Eastern Kentucky University. By Gary Bedore

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Column: Cozart’s future at QB, not WR, for Kansas

Todd Reesing beat out Kerry Meier in the spring of 2007, and not too long after that, Meier became one of the most prolific wide receivers in Kansas University football history. Might that happen with Montell Cozart in the event either Jake Heaps or T.J. Millweard beats out Cozart for the starting quarterback job? Probably not. By Tom Keegan

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Eastern Kentucky eager for KU ‘challenge’

Eastern Kentucky men’s basketball coach Jeff Neubauer and his players had very little reaction to seeing Kansas University on the line above theirs when the 68-team NCAA Tournament bracket was revealed Sunday afternoon. “We knew we were going to draw a great team,” said Neubauer, now in his ninth season in charge of the Ohio Valley Conference tournament champions. “We knew we were gonna draw a Duke or Michigan or Kansas. And we just happened to draw one of the greatest programs in the history of college basketball, so our team is looking forward to the challenge, and we’ll see if we’re ready for this test.” By Matt Tait

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Self pleased with KU’s No. 2 seed despite tough NCAA regional draw

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self can make a case for the NCAA Tournament’s South Regional being the toughest of all four in the upcoming Big Dance. "But you just want to win two games this weekend. That’s the focus,” Self said after it was revealed his No. 2-seeded Jayhawks would meet No. 15 seed Eastern Kentucky in a South Regional opener at 3:10 p.m. Friday in St. Louis. By Gary Bedore

Kansas rowing gets 2 more wins

Kansas University won Third Varsity Eight and Third Varsity Four races and had six top-three finishes Sunday at the Louisville Rowing Invitational.

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Column: Without Embiid, possible UNM rematch would be toss-up

One game, more than any other, demonstrated how much having 7-foot freshman center Joel Embiid on the floor changes the Kansas University basketball team for the better: Dec. 14 in Sprint Center against New Mexico, a possible NCAA Tournament opponent in St. Louis if KU survives Eastern Kentucky. Column by Tom Keegan

KU tennis rolls over WVU, 7-0

Paulina Los ran her singles winning streak to eight matches, and Kansas University tennis routed West Virginia, 7-0, Sunday at the Ridgeview Racquet Club.

Kansas baseball wins UT series

Kansas University rode a five-run ninth to a 6-1 Big 12 baseball victory over 10th-ranked Texas on Sunday at Disch-Falk Field.

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of March 16

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Sunday, March 16.

Sunday, March 16

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KU basketball earns No. 2 seed in South region for NCAA Tournament

Jayhawks to tip off NCAA Tournament run at 3:10 p.m. Friday

The Kansas University men's basketball team earned a No. 2 seed in the 2014 NCAA Tournament and will open its run at 3:10 p.m. CDT on Friday in St. Louis against 15th-seeded Eastern Kentucky.

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of March 15

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Saturday, March 15.

Saturday, March 15

KU golfer 10th at Lady Jaguar

Kansas University’s Pornvipa Sakdee shot a third-round 74 and tied for 10th overall at the Lady Jaguar Intercollegiate women’s golf tournament on Saturday.

Kansas’ Bishop 15th in pole vault

Kansas University senior Alex Bishop earned second-team All-America honors after finishing 15th in the pole vault Saturday night at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships.

Texas baseball slips past KU, 2-1

Texas scored two unearned runs in the first inning, then held on to beat Kansas University, 2-1, in Big 12 baseball on Saturday at Disch-Falk Field.

Kansas softball splits pair at own tourney

Kansas University stranded the tying run at third in the final inning of the day and lost to 14th-ranked Nebraska, 1-0, in the second of two games Saturday in the Jayhawk Softball Invitational at Arrocha Ballpark.

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One and the same: Strength coach Hudy consistent in her approach

To the naked eye, Kansas University freshmen Conner Frankamp and Andrew Wiggins are about as different as can be. But through the finely trained eyes of those in charge of bulking up and working out the KU basketball roster, the two are exactly alike. By Matt Tait

Jayhawks say semi setback history

None of Kansas University’s basketball players or coaches will be thinking about Friday’s Big 12 tournament semifinal loss to Iowa State when they gather at 5 p.m. today in Allen Fieldhouse to watch CBS-TV’s NCAA Tournament Selection Sunday show. By Gary Bedore

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Danny Manning, Tulsa punch ticket to NCAA Tournament

Former Kansas University basketball standout and assistant coach Danny Manning has led the Tulsa Golden Hurricane back to the NCAA Tournament in just his second year in charge of the program.

Kansas' Conley fourth in long jump

Kansas University sophomore Sydney Conley earned a fourth-place finish in the long jump Friday night at the NCAA Indoor.

Kansas tennis defeats ISU

Kansas Univerity’s women’s tennis opened Big 12 play Friday with a 6-1 victory over Iowa State.

KU golfers 5th at Lady Jaguar

Yupaporn Kawinpakorn shot a 5-over-par 77, and Kansas University’s women’s golf team held fifth place after the first round of the 3M Lady Jaguar Intercollegiate on Friday at Forest Hills Golf Club.

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Ex-Kansas RB Sims gets up to speed

The minute former Kansas University running back James Sims learned he had been left off the list for February’s NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis, he refocused his mind to KU’s Pro Day, which took place Friday morning at the KU football facilities. By Matt Tait

KU softball rolls over NIU

Senior Nikki Bruce’s two-run double in the second inning ignited Kansas University’s offense, and KU opened the Jayhawk Invitational with a 10-0 win over Northern Illinois on Friday at Arrocha Ballpark.

Kansas baseball upends UT, 3-2

Kansas University’s Jordan Piché struck out Jeremy Montalbano with the tying run on third base to preserve Kansas University’s 3-2 Big 12 baseball victory over No. 10-ranked Texas on Friday.

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of March 14

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Friday, March 14.

Friday, March 14

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Notebook: Andrew Wiggins remains confident Kansas can win NCAA tournament

Even after Kansas lost to Iowa State in the Big 12 semifinals, Jayhawks freshman Andrew Wiggins said he’s confident his team can win six in a row and the NCAA title. By Gary Bedore

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Column: Iowa State's hot shooting too much for most defenses, including KU's

Sometimes, it’s about the other guys, especially when the other guys play a brand of basketball as innovative as Iowa State’s under coach Fred Hoiberg. When the Cyclones hit their shots, they’re tough to beat. When they can’t get them to drop, they seldom have the defensive personnel to walk away winners. By Tom Keegan

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'Unacceptable' performance: Jayhawks lament lack of defense in loss to Iowa State

Kansas gives up 94 points — most in regulation by any Self KU team

Soft-spoken Perry Ellis issued a stern warning to his Kansas University basketball teammates after Friday’s 94-83 loss to Iowa State in a Big 12 tournament semifinal in Sprint Center. By Gary Bedore

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Cyclones attack paint to knock KU out of Big 12 tourney

In the waning minutes of Thursday's quarterfinal game between Kansas and Oklahoma State, the Jayhawks benefitted greatly from OSU's willingness to settle for jump shots with the game on the line. Kansas was not as lucky in the semifinals on Friday, as fourth-seeded Iowa State continually attacked the rim and exploited the absence of Joel Embiid in a 94-83 victory at Sprint Center. By Matt Tait

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of March 13

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Thursday, March 13.

Thursday, March 13

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Column: Tarik Black brings passion to Big 12 tournament

Players can't view a conference tournament like a breather before the NCAAs. Tarik Black knows it better than anyone on the Kansas roster because he’s played in more of them than anybody. By Tom Keegan

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Notebook: Joel Embiid's father says center will return 'soon'

Joel Embiid’s dad, Thomas, says he believes his injured son will play in the 2014 NCAA tournament. By Gary Bedore

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No doubt: Andrew Wiggins explodes for 30 points in OT win over Oklahoma State

Andrew Wiggins has sensed some gloom and doom — outside of Kansas University’s basketball locker room — regarding the Jayhawks’ chances of making a deep run in the NCAA Tournament without injured big man Joel Embiid. The freshman scored 30 points off 9-of-17 shooting to prove KU can win without its starting center. By Gary Bedore

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Jamari Traylor makes up for miscues with hustle plays vs. OSU

Thursday's 77-70, overtime victory by the Kansas University basketball team over Oklahoma State in the Big 12 tournament served as the stage for arguably the most Jamari Traylor night of any the Jayhawks have had all season. By Matt Tait

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Cowboys: Jayhawks just as good without Joel Embiid

Even though his presence would have added a 7-foot shot-blocker in the paint who averaged 11 points, eight rebounds and blocked 72 shots during the regular season, Oklahoma State senior Markel Brown said he would rather have seen Kansas University's Joel Embiid on the floor during the Cowboys' 77-70, overtime loss to KU in Thursday's Big 12 tournament quarterfinal match-up at Sprint Center. By Matt Tait

Embiid's dad says son's injury 'not serious,' expects him to play at some point in NCAAs

Thomas Embiid says decision on NBA to come 'soon' after the end of season

Joel Embiid's dad said he thinks his son will play again this season.

Notebook: KU aware OSU seed doesn’t match talent

Kansas University coach Bill Self says he can never remember a No. 8-seeded team in a conference tournament as talented as 21-11 Oklahoma State. By Gary Bedore

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Column: Brannen Greene has potential to spark KU in postseason

Talk centers on superstars in advance of big games. But sometimes, a stealth bomber sneaks in below the chatter and swings the contest in favor of his team. It could be anybody and it’s impossible to predict. So I ask myself over and over: Why do I think freshman Brannen Greene could be that guy today? Column by Tom Keegan

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Oklahoma State trounces Texas Tech, sets up KU rematch

The basketball rims at Sprint Center looked a little larger than normal to Oklahoma State senior guard Markel Brown Wednesday night, as his 20 points helped the Cowboys dispose of Texas Tech, 80-62, in the first round of the Big 12 Men’s Basketball Championship. The on-court landscape, Brown hopes, will continue to shift in Oklahoma State’s favor today, when the eighth-seeded Cowboys (21-11) face top-seeded Kansas University (23-8) for the third time this season. By Benton Smith

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Jayhawks: No change in goals with Embiid out for Big 12 tourney

Injured Kansas University center Joel Embiid spent some of Wednesday's Big 12 tournament practice “jacking around,” according to KU coach Bill Self, but the freshman big man will not play in the tournament. KU will open its postseason with Tarik Black in the starting lineup when the Jayhawks face Oklahoma State at 2 p.m. today. By Gary Bedore

KU basketball coaching tree flourishing

It has been a banner year for college basketball coaches with strong ties to Kansas University, none more so than former Jayhawk great and assistant coach Danny Manning. Manning, Tulsa’s second-year coach, was voted Conference USA’s Gene Bartow Coach of the Year on Wednesday

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of March 12

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Wednesday, March 12.

Wednesday, March 12

KU men's golf finishes last at Louisiana

The Kansas University men’s golf team stayed in last place out of 12 teams after the third and final round of the Louisiana Classics on Tuesday.

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KU football seniors hope to finish careers strong

The Kansas University football squad’s spring practices mark the beginning of the end of two dozen college careers. But Tuesday, as the team went through its third day of spring practices and first in full pads, the majority of the Jayhawks’ seniors said their focus was elsewhere. By Matt Tait

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Prep coach: Embiid had back pain last year, too

Kansas University freshman center Joel Embiid has experienced back discomfort off and on during the early stages of his still-young basketball career. “He had that a little bit last year. He tried to fight through it, mostly after the season,” Embiid’s high school coach, Justin Harden of The Rock School in Gainesville, Fla., said in a phone conversation Tuesday. By Gary Bedore

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KU coach Self outlines timeline of Joel Embiid's back injury

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self took the time Tuesday night in a telephone conversation to clarify any confusion as to when freshman center Joel Embiid suffered a stress fracture of the lower back and how he and his family were informed. By Tom Keegan

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of March 11

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Tuesday, March 11.

KU baseball opens home season with loss to ORU

As far as home openers go, the Kansas University baseball team’s matchup with Oral Roberts on Tuesday had all the makings of a perfect day, except for the final outcome. And even that — an 8-7 loss — was in question until KU’s last at-bat.

KU softball wins two in return from road

Chaley Brickey spent most of the past few weeks punishing opposing softball pitchers around the Southeast. Tuesday afternoon at Arrocha Ballpark, the Kansas University sophomore shortstop finally got a chance to do the same in Lawrence.

Tuesday, March 11

As city increases efforts to attract basketball visitors, Lawrence hasn't hosted state championships since 1987

There’s no question Lawrence is making its bid to become the basketball capital of Kansas and beyond, Lawrence hasn’t hosted a state high school basketball championship since 1987. By Chad Lawhorn

KU men’s golfers last in Louisiana

The Kansas University men’s golf team struggled in its first round on Monday at the Louisiana Classics, falling to the bottom of the team leaderboard despite a 15-stroke improvement in Round 2.

Kansas sprinter Dixon named Midwest Track Athlete of the Year

Kansas University senior sprinter Diamond Dixon on Monday was named the Midwest Region Track Athlete of the Year by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

Obama honors KU track champs at White House

President Barack Obama honored 19 NCAA Division I championship teams, including the 2012-13 Kansas University women’s track and field team, during a ceremony Monday at the White House.

Column: Kansas can spin its fate into fuel

There's nothing good about losing a talented 7-footer, but as the Kansas University's men's basketball team may learn, losing the ever-present weight of expectations can have its benefits. Column by Tom Keegan

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of March 10

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Monday, March 10.

Wiggins, Embiid pick up AP Big 12 awards

Kansas University freshman Andrew Wiggins was named unanimous first-team Associated Press All-Big 12 on Monday and received four Player of the Year votes. By Gary Bedore

Monday, March 10

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Joel Embiid ruled out for Big 12 Tournament

Kansas center, who suffered a stress fracture in his back, unlikely to play first weekend of NCAAs

Kansas University freshman center Joel Embiid, who has a stress fracture in his lower back, will miss the upcoming Big 12 basketball tournament and is a “longshot” to play the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament, coach Bill Self said Monday night. By Gary Bedore

Big 12 Teleconference notes: Embiid's family asked for second opinion from back specialist

Self says KU happy to comply and that's why 7-footer is in Los Angeles

Joel Embiid is in Los Angeles today receiving a second opinion on his aching back

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of March 9

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Sunday, March 9.

Sunday, March 9

Ex-Jayhawk Clemons gets track record share

The United States 4X400 relay team — including Kansas University product Kyle Clemons — set the indoor world record Sunday.

Kansas softball blanks Brooklyn

Chaley Brickey and Maddie Stein each had two hits, and Kelsey Kessler threw a complete-game, two-hit shutout as Kansas University softball blanked LIU Brooklyn, 6-0, Sunday on the final day of the Under Armour Showcase.

KU baseball suffers 1-0 loss

Kansas University senior Frank Duncan was marvelous. His Stanford counterpart was just a bit better.

Column: Big 12 really is best league

It happens every March in every power conference. As Selection Sunday draws closer, coaches take the podium and talk up their league as “the best in the country.” This year, it happens to be true for the Big 12. By Tom Keegan

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KU's Wiggins named Big 12 freshman of the year, Embiid named defensive player of the year

Iowa State's Melvin Ejim wins Big 12 player of the year honor; Embiid in L.A. today

Kansas University freshman guard Andrew Wiggins was a unanimous selection for first-team All-Big 12 and also was named conference freshman of the year by the league coaches on Sunday. Wiggins, a 6-foot-8 guard from Ontario, Canada, also made the all-newcomer team, but was not tapped the league player of the year. That honor went to Iowa State’s Melvin Ejim. By Gary Bedore

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of March 8

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Saturday, March 8.

Saturday, March 8

Wizards sign Gooden again

Forward Drew Gooden was signed to a second 10-day contract by the Washington Wizards.

KU tennis loses at Tulsa, 6-1

The 33rd-ranked Kansas University tennis team lost to No. 19 Tulsa, 6-1, on Saturday.

KU softball wins pair in Florida

Kansas University sophomore shortstop Chaley Brickey hit her second and third home runs of the weekend in a pair of KU victories Saturday at the Under Armour Showcase.

Kansas baseball rally falls short vs. Stanford

Kansas University’s baseball team fell behind by five runs against Stanford on Saturday and couldn’t complete a comeback in a 5-4 loss.

Bob Huggins: Juwan Staten best PG in country

West Virginia junior point guard Juwan Staten of Dayton, Ohio, sat down with his father last summer to discuss goals for the upcoming season. Staten made becoming a unanimous first-team all-conference pick and Big 12 player of the year honors two of his primary goals. By Tom Keegan

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Notebook: Joel Embiid to visit specialist in California

Kansas University freshman center Joel Embiid was to fly to Los Angeles Sunday and visit a back specialist on Monday morning, coach Bill Self confirmed to the Journal-World after the Jayhawks’ 92-86 loss to West Virginia on Saturday at WVU Coliseum. By Gary Bedore

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Column: Kansas not so dynamic without freshman duo

Even on a day Andrew Wiggins totaled 41 points, eight rebounds, four blocked shots and five steals, he needed another superior talent, fellow freshman Joel Embiid, for KU to knock off a hungry West Virginia team that played a terrific game. By Tom Keegan

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West Virginia unwelcoming to Andrew Wiggins, Jayhawks

Fans in the state where Kansas University freshman Andrew Wiggins played high school basketball booed him and/or chanted “USA, USA” in derision pretty much every time the Canadian sensation touched the ball on Saturday at WVU Coliseum. He didn’t quite get the last laugh, as the Mountaineers beat the Jayhawks, 92-86. By Gary Bedore

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Baylor overwhelms KU women in Big 12 quarterfinal, 81-47

Kansas couldn’t duplicate the magic from its biggest win of the season. The Jayhawks trailed Baylor by just a point at halftime on Jan. 19 before dominating the second half and winning by 16. In the rematch Saturday, the ninth-ranked Lady Bears led by 26 at the break and routed Kansas 81-47 in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament.

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Andrew Wiggins named Wooden Award finalist

Kansas University men's basketball freshman Andrew Wiggins was named to the final John R. Wooden Award Ballot, announced Saturday by The Los Angeles Athletic Club on ESPN’s College GameDay.

KU track champs invited to White House

The Kansas University women’s track and field team, which earned the program’s first national title in June at the NCAA Outdoor meet, will be honored by President Barack Obama on Monday at the White House.

KU softball splits twinbill at USF

Sophomore shortstop Chaley Brickey’s first-inning home run started a string of nine straight runs for Kansas University in its eventual 9-3 victory over host South Florida on Friday at the Under Armour Showcase.

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KU men wrap up Big 12 regular season at WVU

Maybe more impressive than the Kansas University basketball team's domination at home during the 11-year Bill Self era is KU’s 65-25 record in Big 12 enemy arenas heading into today’s regular-season finale against West Virginia. By Gary Bedore

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of March 7

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Friday, March 7.

Friday, March 7

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Kansas women open Big 12 tourney with OT victory over K-State

Chelsea Gardner scored six of her 29 points in overtime as eighth-seeded Kansas defeated No. 9 seed Kansas State 87-84 in the opening round of the Big 12 tournament on Friday night.

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Future Jayhawk Cliff Alexander named Naismith High School Player of Year

Kansas men’s basketball signee Cliff Alexander has been named the Naismith Boys High School Player of the Year, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced Friday.

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New KU WR coach Kiesau hits ground running

Former Washington offensive coordinator Eric Kiesau was days away from a family trip to Hawaii — flip-flops and sunscreen packed — when he took a call from Kansas University O.C. John Reagan. Instead of soaking up the sun, Kiesau found himself on a 6 a.m. flight to Lawrence, where he met with Reagan and KU coach Charlie Weis about joining the Jayhawks as their wide-receivers coach. By Matt Tait

KU baseball adjusts schedule for March 11-12

The Kansas University baseball team has canceled its make-up game against Creighton, scheduled for Wednesday, and instead will play Oral Roberts at 3 p.m. Tuesday.

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Kansas women eager for KSU rematch

KU gets a rematch with the Wildcats at 6 tonight in Oklahoma City, site of the Big 12 Tournament. By Benton Smith

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Bill Self says Andrew Wiggins Big 12’s best

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self hopes freshman Andrew Wiggins will be named 2014 Big 12 Conference Player of the Year when the league reveals its annual award winners Sunday. By Gary Bedore

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of March 6

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Thursday, March 6.

Thursday, March 6

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Kansas basketball to break out new uniforms for March

Kansas University's men's basketball team and adidas unveiled the "Made in March Uniform System" for the 2014 NCAA basketball postseason Thursday morning.

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of March 5

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Wednesday, March 5.

J-W sports wins in four categories

For the second consecutive year, the Journal-World has hit a grand slam in the Associated Press Sports Editors annual national contest.

KU baseball 26th

Kansas University is rated No. 26 nationally in the latest Collegiate Baseball rankings. KU (11-1) also received votes in two other polls; the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) poll and the USA Today Coaches’ poll.

Wednesday, March 5

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Notebook: Andrew Wiggins experiences mixed emotions in home finale

Kansas University one-and-done freshman Andrew Wiggins didn’t speak to the fans after his final game in Allen Fieldhouse. But the Canadian sensation was implored to stand up after Wednesday’s 82-57 victory over Texas Tech — before the senior speeches — by coach Bill Self. By Gary Bedore

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Center stage: Tarik Black controls paint in Senior Night rout of Texas Tech

Tarik Black’s Senior Night at Kansas University truly couldn’t have been scripted any better — or gone any better. By Gary Bedore

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Column: No need to rush Joel Embiid's return

Tarik Black looked so strong, so focused, so talented in place of injured Joel Embiid, it was difficult to stop picturing the two centers playing together when KU faces a team armed with long and strong inside players. By Tom Keegan

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Red Raiders fail to keep pace in rematch with KU

With a gut-wrenching, one-point home loss to Kansas still fresh in their minds, the Texas Tech Red Raiders took the floor at Allen Fieldhouse on Wednesday night hoping to unleash another inspired effort. It never happened. Instead of playing with the Jayhawks wire to wire, the Red Raiders found themselves getting run out of the gym early in an 82-57 loss on KU's Senior Night. By Matt Tait

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Installation of new offense this spring won't slow KU football down

Despite the addition of a new offensive coordinator, a new wide receivers coach and a new offense, KU football coach Charlie Weis expects the Jayhawks' offense to move fast this spring. By Matt Tait

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of March 4

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

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Single season at KU ‘life-changing’ for senior Black

Kansas University senior pivot Tarik Black, who will start tonight's Senior Night game against Texas Tech and possibly beyond, says he's had a great time at KU since transferring from Memphis. “I learned so much about basketball, life and myself in this one year being in this program than I have ever learned playing the game of basketball leading to this point,” Black said. By Gary Bedore

Tuesday, March 4

Six Jayhawks win Big 12 award

The Big 12 Conference honored six Kansas University athletes among the 64 recipients of its Dr. Gerald Lage Award, the league’s highest academic award.

Kansas softball adds twinbill

Kansas University’s softball team has added a doubleheader to its schedule next week, coach Megan Smith announced Tuesday.

KU tennis climbs to No. 33 in poll

Kansas University’s tennis team climbed to a program-best No. 33 in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association poll.

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Kansas women unable to play spoiler as WVU wins share of Big 12 title

Bria Holmes scored 16 points to lead No. 7 West Virginia to a 67-60 victory over Kansas University on Tuesday night for a share of the Big 12 women’s championship. The Jayhawks did their best to spoil West Virginia’s party but couldn’t overcome a 13-point deficit in the second half. Kansas lost its fifth straight game.

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Roles played: Before acting, KU senior Wesley left mark as key big

Off the court, Justin Wesley is best known in Lawrence for his film portrayal of Wilt Chamberlain in the recent movie release, “Jayhawkers.” On the court, he’s the walk-on transfer from Lamar University who averaged 8.6 minutes a game — 7.8 minutes in Big 12 action — for KU’s 2011-12 NCAA runner-up/Big 12 championship team. By Gary Bedore

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KU women to tackle No. 7 WVU

After four straight losses dropped the Kansas University women’s basketball team’s record to five games below .500 with one date remaining in the regular season, one might think the outlook couldn’t get much worse for the Jayhawks. By Benton Smith

Monday, March 3

Column: Weis makes winning moves in offseason

Seven years as a college football head coach and 10 years of wisdom later, humility has replaced fantasy for Kansas University coach Charlie Weis. Column by Tom Keegan

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Pierson returns to Jayhawks' lineup for spring football

Plenty of elements contributed to the offensive struggles of Kansas University’s football team during the 2013 season. The loss of Tony Pierson to injury might have been one of the biggest. As Pierson, who has completed the transition from running back to wide receiver, prepares for his final spring practices as a Jayhawk, he does so healthy. By Matt Tait

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of March 3

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Monday, March 3.

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Joel Embiid to miss next two KU games

Self says 7-footer will be reevaluated Sunday

Kansas University freshman Joel Embiid will miss the Jayhawks' game against Texas Tech on Wednesday and the game Saturday at West Virginia because of his lower back strain, coach Bill Self said Monday afternoon. By Gary Bedore

KU baseball home opener pushed back again

The winter storm that swept the Midwest this past weekend forced the Kansas University baseball program to move its home opener against Creighton back from Tuesday, March 4 to Wednesday, March 12.

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of March 2

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Sunday, March 2.

Sunday, March 2

Kansas softball 1-1 at final day of tournament

Kansas University softball concluded the Coach B Classic with a win and a loss on Sunday at Warner Park.

Kansas baseball routs HBU

Justin Protacio went 4-for-5 to lead Kansas University’s 18-hit effort in a 14-1, run-rule-shortened baseball victory over Houston Baptist on Sunday at QuikTrip Park.

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KU has high hopes for OL Keyon Haughton

Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis isn’t afraid to share his expectations for mid-year junior-college transfer Keyon Haughton. By Bobby Nightengale

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Hoops 'junkie': Senior Niko Roberts lives, breathes ball

Son of current KU assistant/former St. John’s head coach Norm Roberts, Niko Roberts has lived and breathed basketball at KU the last four seasons. By Gary Bedore

Column: At KU, confetti cannon overkill

If KU were to break out the confetti cannons and stage a full-bore celebration Wednesday, it would signal a step away from authentic and onto a slippery slope toward Hollywood. By Tom Keegan

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Bill Self denies Marcus Smart’s net talk

Oklahoma State sophomore guard Marcus Smart caused quite a stir on Saturday night by saying one of the reasons he played so well against Kansas the second half was his desire to keep the Jayhawks from cutting down the nets in Gallagher-Iba Arena. By Gary Bedore

KU baseball splits twinbill vs. Houston Baptist

Senior right-hander Frank Duncan tossed a two-hit shutout on Saturday night as Kansas University’s baseball team beat Houston Baptist, 5-0, to avenge its first loss of the season.

KU softball wins walkoff, shutout

Kansas University’s softball team took advantage of errors and errant pitches to pull out a 3-2 walk-off victory over Murray State on Saturday night at the Southern Illinois Coach B Classic.

KU swimming league runner-up

Kansas University sophomore Chelsie Miller followed up her historic Big 12 title in the 400 IM on Friday by adding a runner-up finish in the 1650-yard freestyle on Saturday at the league meet.

Dixon, Stigler win at Big 12 track

Kansas University senior Diamond Dixon and junior Michael Stigler earned individual Big 12 Championships as the KU track and field teams closed out the league’s indoor meet on Saturday.

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Notebook: Joel Embiid, Naadir Tharpe leave OSU banged up

Kansas University junior point guard Naadir Tharpe exited Gallagher-Iba Arena with a huge ice pack engulfing his entire left hand Saturday night. KU freshman center Joel Embiid needed to leave the game in the second half after re-injuring his back. By Gary Bedore

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No reason to celebrate: Jayhawks lose at OSU, win Big 12 outright

This was not the way Kansas University’s basketball team envisioned wrapping up an undisputed 10th straight Big 12 Conference regular-season championship. By Gary Bedore

Saturday, March 1

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Column: Desperate Cowboys steadier than KU

Kansas University had Marcus Smart’s Oklahoma State team, which desperately needed a victory to revive sagging NCAA Tournament hopes, on the ropes. Then Markel Brown got hot. Then Smart smelled blood, and when that happens, all best are off. By Tom Keegan

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Cowboys soak in excitement of upset victory over Kansas

After thousands of his new closest friends stormed the floor at Gallagher-Iba Arena to celebrate Oklahoma State's 72-65 victory over No. 5 Kansas on Saturday night, OSU senior Markel Brown found himself crowd surfing above the jubilant crowd.By Matt Tait

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Kansas women suffer fourth straight setback in home finale

The past few days, Kansas University women’s basketball practices haven’t exactly been pleasant. Losing streaks tend to have that effect. After the skid extended to four games Saturday night at Allen Fieldhouse, in an 87-79 loss to Iowa State, things won’t look any less bleak for the Jayhawks in the days to come. By Benton Smith

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of March 1

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Saturday, March 1.

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Kansas-OSU ‘rivalry’ to resume today

The officials were kept busy trying to keep order on the court the last time Kansas University played Oklahoma State in basketball. By Gary Bedore

Close calls haunt KU women

As the Kansas University women’s basketball season heads toward an end, and losses outnumber wins, the narrow defeats are the most difficult ones for coach Bonnie Henrickson to forget. The Jayhawks (12-16 overall, 5-11 Big 12) have lost five of their last six games, and some of those losses would qualify as winnable games in Henrickon’s mind.

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Feb. 28

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Friday, Feb. 28.

KU swimmer Miller champion

Sophomore Chelsea Miller delivered Kansas University its first Big 12 swim champion in program history Friday night. Miller won the 400-yard IM by seven seconds (4:07.97) to set a school record.

KU track athletes second at Big 12 Indoor

Runner-up finishes from Sydney Conley and Natalia Bartnovskaya were among Kansas’ highlights Friday at the Big 12 Track Indoor. Conley was second in the women’s long jump at 20-81⁄2. Bartnovskaya was second in the women’s pole vault at 14-11⁄4.

KU baseball wins ninth straight

Junior right fielder Connor McKay and senior center fielder Tucker Tharp homered as Kansas University’s baseball team posted its ninth straight victory, 11-5 over Houston Baptist on Friday.

KU tennis falls

A late rally wasn’t enough to prevent Kansas University women’s tennis from absorbing a 4-3 loss to Wichita State on Friday at the Jayhawk Tennis Center. After losing the doubles point and the first two singles matches, KU gained singles victories from Maria Belen Ludueña, Paulina Los and Claire Dreyer.