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Thursday, December 31

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 31, 2015

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 31, 2015

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Kansas' drive for a dozen starts Saturday

Kansas University’s basketball players do not need to be reminded that on Saturday — when they tangle with Baylor in a 3 p.m., tip in Allen Fieldhouse — they begin defense of the program’s 11th straight Big 12 regular-season title. By Gary Bedore

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Tom Keegan: Gathers’ strength KU’s next challenge

One of the cooler aspects of the Big 12 featuring even more loaded teams than usual is that it presents 11-time-defending league champion Kansas University with a legitimate problem nearly every night. By Tom Keegan

Fonseca Diaz wins Florida golf tourney

Kansas University freshman women’s golfer Ariadna Fonseca Diaz won the Orlando International Amateur at the 6,110-yard, 72-par Orange County National Golf Center Wednesday.

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 30, 2015

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 30, 2015

Wednesday, December 30

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Tom Keegan: Self rates Big 12 ‘a monster’

It’s usually a tough sell convincing rabid fans of the Kansas University basketball program that RPI, a computer ranking on which members of the NCAA tournament selection committee rely way too heavily, is utter hogwash.

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Graham’s touch sparks Jayhawks

Kansas University sophomore guard Devonté Graham went 3-of-5 from three-point land, his teammates 0-for-5 in the first half of Tuesday’s 78-53 victory over UC Irvine in Allen Fieldhouse.

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KU women fall to Oklahoma

Kansas University’s women’s basketball team shot 31 percent from the field and was outrebounded by 17 in a 67-44 loss to Oklahoma in the Big 12 opener for both teams Wednesday night.

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Top recruit Josh Jackson still considering KU

Josh Jackson, the No. 1 recruit in the Class of 2016 according to Rivals.com, updated mlive.com on his recruitment Monday, after playing in the Throwdown in Motown in Dearborn Heights, Michigan.

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Notebook: No. 1 versus No. 2 on the horizon?

There’s a chance Kansas University and Oklahoma will be ranked Nos. 1 and 2 in the AP poll on Monday.

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Hunter Mickelson shows off moves in KU victory

Kansas University senior forward Hunter Mickelson was involved in perhaps the offensive play of the game in Tuesday’s 78-53 victory over UC Irvine.

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Tom Keegan: Bill Self too secure to worry about freshmen minutes

Bill Self, coach of a program that has finished first in the Big 12 in each of the past 11 basketball seasons, dreams the same dreams as the average Kansas University basketball fan. He pictures talented freshmen Cheick Diallo and Carlton Bragg sprinting the court, throwing down lobs, swatting shots, hitting jumpers and turning Allen Fieldhouse into a wild party. By Tom Keegan

Kansas coach Bechard honored

Kansas University volleyball coach Ray Bechard has been named national coach of the year by PrepVolleyball.com.

Kansas-Oklahoma women's basketball preview

Here's a look ahead to Wednesday night's Kansas-Oklahoma women's basketball game in Norman, Oklahoma.

Tuesday, December 29

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 29, 2015

Here's a look at how former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 29, 2015

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Big deal: KU front court delivers late to beat UC Irvine

Bill Self playfully slapped 7-foot-6, 300-pound giant Mamadou Ndiaye on the backside as he interacted with the UC Irvine junior seconds after the final horn sounded in Kansas University’s 78-53 victory over the Anteaters on Tuesday night in Allen Fieldhouse. By Gary Bedore

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Jayhawks harass 7-foot-6 Mamadou Ndiaye in win

Landen Lucas leaned, Hunter Mickelson fronted, Jamari Traylor dug in and a number of different Jayhawks dove at him from the perimeter every time he touched the ball. But that was the way things went all night during Tuesday's 78-53 loss to second-ranked Kansas for UC-Irvine big man Mamadou Ndiaye, the 7-foot-6 center from Senegal, who made even KU's biggest players look small. By Matt Tait

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No. 2 Jayhawks open both halves strong to beat UC Irvine

A pair of strong starts to each half helped the 2nd-ranked Kansas University men's basketball team improve to 11-1 with a 78-53 victory over pesky UC-Irvine on Tuesday night at Allen Fieldhouse.

Monday, December 28

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Rest of Big 12: Eleven is enough

With conference play tipping off Saturday, the rest of the Big 12 once again will be reminded of its recurring nightmare: seeing Kansas University finish atop the men’s basketball standings year after year. By Benton Smith

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Big ’Eaters: Self calls UC Irvine 'ridiculously huge'

The tall trees of UC Irvine will be on display in Allen Fieldhouse tonight. By Gary Bedore

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Tom Keegan: Short can be good, too!

So much has changed since I first covered college basketball as a traveling beat writer, following the UC Irvine Anteaters everywhere they went for two years, 30 years ago, but at least one thing has remained the same: It was more of a little man’s game back then than anybody gave it credit for being and it remains so today. By Tom Keegan

Sunday, December 27

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 27, 2015

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 27, 2015

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Happy camping: Jayhawks ‘get back at it,’ host annual clinic

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self’s birthday falls on Dec. 27, which means that for the past three decades or so, he has celebrated the occasion in one of his favorite facilities — a gym. By Gary Bedore

Saturday, December 26

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 26, 2015

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 26, 2015

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Big Fish: Smithson has proven to be a valuable Jayhawk

When Kansas University defensive coordinator Clint Bowen looked over the roster he would take into the 2015 season, he simply nodded his head and moved on when he came across the name Fish Smithson at safety. By Matt Tait

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Tuesday’s foe is tall order for Kansas

Kansas University’s basketball players and coaches, who today host their annual holiday hoops clinic in Allen Fieldhouse, will also begin preparations for a (10-4) UC Irvine team that visits for an 8 p.m., battle on Tuesday. By Gary Bedore

Friday, December 25

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 25, 2015

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 25, 2015

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Matt Tait: Several Jayhawks deserve watching

A few weeks ago, I wrote about the seven red-shirts from the 2015 season who stood to make the biggest impact on the Kansas University football program in 2016. Today, we’re taking that theme and tweaking it just a little bit to give you a look at the six players I’m most excited to see in 2016.

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Proposed rule would benefit potential pro players

The NCAA Div. I Council is expected to pass a rule in January that will help college basketball players make more informed decisions on whether they should turn pro or return to school.

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A&M transfer Murray lands at OU

A pair of highly touted quarterbacks are leaving Texas A&M, but it does not look like Kansas University will be the landing spot for either one. Thursday afternoon, perhaps as an early Christmas present to Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops, former five-star Allen (Texas) High quarterback Kyler Murray signed with the Sooners after leaving A&M following one season. By Matt Tait

Thursday, December 24

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Column: Let kids play multiple sports

Obviously, there have been a lot of people much smarter than me and doctors in various fields of psychology and sports orthopedics who are documented as saying it’s unhealthy for kids to participate in one sport year-round. By Scot Pollard

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 23, 2015

Here's a look at how former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 23, 2015

Wednesday, December 23

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Tom Keegan: Mason, Graham make life miserable for foes

he myriad responsibilities for guards in basketball can be boiled down to two jobs: 1. Make sure your team puts up a good shot every time down the floor; 2. Make sure the other team doesn’t get off good shots by pestering ball handlers so that they can’t get the ball where it needs to go.

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Bledsoe excited about All-American Bowl

After a busy month focusing on recruiting, Lawrence High football standout Amani Bledsoe is excited to make his return on the field.

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Self happy Curry didn’t take last shot

The more Stephen Curry dominates the NBA ... the more impressive the fact Kansas University survived Curry’s Davidson Wildcats, 59-57, in an NCAA Tournament Elite Eight game in 2008 in Detroit.

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Bill Self praises role players for win at SDSU

After Kansas University won its first road game of the season, 70-57, at San Diego State Tuesday night, KU coach Bill Self lauded the play of Brannen Greene (four points, four boards, 26 minutes) and Jamari Traylor.

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Senior forward Jamari Traylor gives KU lift off bench

Jamari Traylor definitely filled his role as Kansas University’s “energy guy” in the Jayhawks’ 70-57 victory over San Diego State on Tuesday night in San Diego State’s Viejas Arena.

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Missed chances haunt Aztecs in loss to KU

Jeremy Hemsley had a chance to blow the roof off Viejas Arena. But he missed a high-percentage layup. Winston Shepard had an even better chance just seconds later, but his put-back dunk clanked off the rim. So it went for San Diego State’s men’s basketball team in its 70-57 loss to Kansas University on Tuesday.

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KU Christmas crisis averted: Jayhawks win at SDSU

There will be nonstop ho-ho-hoing and mistletoe-ing in the household of Kansas University’s basketball players and coaches this Christmas. No need for Scrooge-like mentions in 2015: The Jayhawks gave their fans an early present in the form of a 70-57 victory over San Diego State. By Gary Bedore

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Dual-threat Texas QB headed to KU

One of the most interesting quarterback prospects in the state of Texas announced last week that he plans to enroll at Kansas University in time for the spring semester and spring football. By Matt Tait

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Annual shopping trip rewarding for Kansas players

Kansas University’s basketball players truly love the “Santa’s Helpers” program that brings them to Wal-Mart every year for a shopping excursion to benefit area families, whose names are provided by Salvation Army. By Gary Bedore

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Notebook: Carlton Bragg’s first semester at KU eye-opening

Kansas University freshman forward Carlton Bragg, who had just two points and one rebound Tuesday night in the Jayhawks’ 70-57 victory at San Diego State, said recently his first semester in college was certainly eye-opening. By Gary Bedore

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Jayhawks looking forward to brief holiday break

The holiday season may be short, but it’s certainly sweet for Kansas University’s basketball players.

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Tom Keegan: Televised or not, Jayhawks handle road test

Since most of you don’t have access to the cable network that covered Tuesday night’s Kansas University basketball game against San Diego State in Viejas Arena, I thought I would do something a little different. I’ll  share what I saw and heard in chronological order, breaking the game down into the eight segments that stretch from one TV timeout to the next. By Tom Keegan

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 22, 2015

Here's a look at how former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 22, 2015.

Tuesday, December 22

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Nation's top player visiting KU in January

Josh Jackson, a 6-7 senior guard from Prolific Prep in Napa, California, who is ranked 1 in the Class of 2016 by Rivals.com, visited Arizona last weekend. 

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Package deal still alive for Kansas

Kansas University, which still has work to do in recruiting for players in the Class of 2016, continues to be in the hunt for the 2017 package deal of Michael Porter, Jr., and Trae Young.

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KU women fall to ORU

Kansas University’s women’s basketball team concluded nonconference play with a 70-63 loss to Oral Roberts on Tuesday at Allen Fieldhouse. By Chris Duderstadt

Kansas-ORU women at a glance

A look at Tuesday's Kansas-Oral Roberts women's basketball game By Matt Tait

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Tonight at San Diego, Jayhawks hope to avoid another nightmare before Christmas

On the third day before Christmas last season, Kansas University’s basketball team suffered a 77-52 setback to Temple in Philadelphia. For the KU players and coaches, it left a taste as sour as rotten eggnog and was as depressing as receiving a lump of coal in one’s stocking. By Gary Bedore

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Tom Keegan: Greene has shot to lead nation

If Brannen Greene consistently puts forth the effort in all areas that he did in Saturday’s rout of Montana, then it’s not premature to say Bill Self already has made his best move of the season by suspending Greene for six games (minus one for good behavior). By Tom Keegan

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 21, 2015

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 21, 2015

Monday, December 21

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Danger zone: Defense flummoxes KU

Kansas University women’s basketball coach Brandon Schneider received a little taste of what life as an NFL quarterback is like during Sunday night’s 66-53 loss to Washington State at Allen Fieldhouse. By Matt Tait

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Tom Keegan: KU post with most? Pick 'em

If your name’s not Perry Ellis and you play in the post for the second-ranked Kansas University basketball team, chances are good you’ll watch more minutes than you’ll play. By Tom Keegan

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Svi ‘all right’ at point for Jayhawks

Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk looked mighty comfortable during his stint as a point guard down the stretch of Saturday’s 88-46 victory over Montana in Allen Fieldhouse. By Gary Bedore

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 20, 2015

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 20, 2015

Sunday, December 20

KU women fall at home for 4th time this season, 66-53 to Washington State

After playing close the entire game, the Kansas University women's basketball team lost touch in the final quarter and fell to Washington State, 66-53, on Sunday night at Allen Fieldhouse.

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KU football adds to coaching staff, picks up veteran WR coach Jason Phillips

The Journal-World learned Sunday that the Kansas University football program was poised to hire Jason Phillips to join the KU coaching staff as a wide receivers coach. KU coach David Beaty later confirmed the hire in a news release.

Kansas-Washington State women's basketball preview

Here's a look at Sunday's women's basketball matchup between Kansas University and Washington State.

Saturday, December 19

Payne named to NCAA all-tournament team

Kansas University sophomore Kelsie Payne was named to the NCAA volleyball all-tournament team on Saturday night.

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 19, 2015

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 19, 2015

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Notebook: Examining the numbers from KU's home win

With an 88-46 shellacking of Montana on Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse, Kansas University’s men’s basketball program added another win in a number of sections of the record book.

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Devonté Graham's 'sleep disorder' leads to temporary bench role

Kansas University sophomore guard Devonté Graham came off the bench on Saturday for the first time this season. “Devonté had a sleep disorder this morning. He overslept,” KU coach Bill Self said after the Jayhawks’ 88-46 victory over Montana in Allen Fieldhouse.

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Energetic Wayne Selden Jr., Jayhawks fly by Montana

With no regard for his own personal safety, Wayne Selden, Jr., dove head first for a loose ball near the scorer’s table, teammate Devonté Graham picking it up and cashing a layup in the first half of Kansas University’s non-conference clash against Montana on Saturday in Allen Fieldhouse. Selden gave up his body with the Jayhawks already up 15 points on the visitors from the Big Sky Conference. By Gary Bedore

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Tom Keegan: KU still searching for best post combo

On a day Wayne Selden Jr. infused the entire team with crazy energy by applying serious defensive intensity, phenomenal passing and relentless effort, freshman Carlton Bragg followed that lead and weighed in with a strong game at a position where the team needs help. By Tom Keegan

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How ’bout that team: Montana has no answers for KU

Montana basketball coach Travis DeCuire opened his post-game news conference following Saturday's 88-46 drubbing by No. 2 Kansas with four words that would have worked as a replacement for any of the detailed answers he gave during the next five minutes. By Matt Tait

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KU basketball fans break holiday-sweater world record

Much has been said about the atmosphere at Allen Fieldhouse when the Jayhawks play, but "festive" isn’t a descriptor that usually comes to mind. On Saturday, though, as thousands of fans wore holiday sweaters to the Kansas University men’s basketball game against Montana, the word certainly applied.

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Jayhawks deliver highlights in romp

The Montana Grizzlies strolled into Allen Fieldhouse on Saturday afternoon with a 4-5 record and not much of a chance. They left the victims of a 88-46 whipping by second-ranked Kansas, which got good balance from its lineup throughout and broke away from Montana early in the first half, never looking back. By Matt Tait

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 18, 2015

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 18, 2015

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Matt Tait: Kansas volleyball progress impressive

The Friday morning banquet inside the CenturyLink Convention Center provided all the proof needed to illustrate that Kansas University volleyball coach Ray Bechard and his staff have begun to recruit the types of athletes needed to compete at the highest level.

Friday, December 18

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KU perfect against Big Sky

Kansas University takes a 16-0 all-time record against Big Sky Conference basketball teams into today’s matinee against Montana, set for a 1 p.m. tipoff in Allen Fieldhouse.

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Former KU, NBA star Scot Pollard to compete on next season of 'Survivor'

Former Kansas University and NBA player Scot Pollard will compete on the 32nd season of CBS' "Survivor," Entertainment Weekly reports.

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Fans encouraged to welcome KU volleyball home at 5 p.m. Friday at Horejsi

After competing in its first Final Four in school history on Thursday night — a four-set loss to No. 4 seed Nebraska in Omaha — the Kansas University volleyball team is expected to return to Lawrence around 5 p.m. today and Jayhawk fans and media members are invited to welcome the most successful team in program history back to Lawrence with a reception at Horejsi Family Athletics Center at that time.

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Notebook: Jayhawks leave Omaha with heads held high

All season, the Kansas University volleyball team believed it could compete at the highest level and hoped that this would be the year that the Jayhawks crashed the party and played on the same stage as some of the game’s perennial powerhouses. By Matt Tait

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Tom Keegan: Future is bright for KU volleyball

The most successful, thrilling season in the history of Kansas University volleyball ended Thursday night in front of the largest crowd ever to watch the sport in a collegiate match. By Tom Keegan

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End of the road: Huskers too much for KU in Omaha

The Kansas University volleyball program’s dream season came to an uncharacteristic end in front of an NCAA record crowd of 17,551 on Thursday night at CenturyLink Center. By Matt Tait

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 17, 2015

Here's a look at how former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 17, 2015

Thursday, December 17

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Partial qualifier Traylor about to earn KU degree

Jamari Traylor, who was deemed an academic partial qualifier by the NCAA upon his arrival at Kansas University in 2011, will be a college graduate in a matter of hours. By Gary Bedore

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KU volleyball's Laura "Bird" Kuhn named AVCA assistant of the year

KU associate head coach Laura Kuhn was named the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) National Assistant Coach of the Year at a banquet in Omaha.

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 16, 2015

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 16, 2015

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Tom Keegan: Jayhawks form special bond at Final Four

A red sea of Cornhuskers volleyball backers will fill CenturyLink Center for tonight’s national semifinal match between Nebraska and Kansas.

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Shopping cheers KU players

Wearing holiday sweaters and Santa Claus hats, Kansas University’s 16 men’s basketball players paraded around the Iowa Street Wal-Mart on Wednesday night, purchasing Christmas gifts for Lawrence families in conjunction with the Salvation Army.

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Payne happy she wound up at KU

It’s not every year that a head coach of a powerhouse program that has been to five consecutive Final Fours is answering questions about how he let an All-American get out of town.

Wednesday, December 16

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Janae Hall wins Elite 90 Award at NCAA Volleyball Final Four

Janae Hall, a junior at the University of Kansas, is the recipient of the Elite 90 award for the 2015 NCAA Volleyball Championship. Hall, majoring in Film & Media, currently carries a 3.95 GPA and has started all matches for the 9th-ranked Jayhawks.

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Coaches connection: KU volleyball coach Ray Bechard, Nebraska coach John Cook longtime friends

In 1998, Ray Bechard moved to Lawrence to become the head coach of the Kansas University volleyball program. Two years later, just up the road in Lincoln, Nebraska, John Cook took the reins at Nebraska. From that day on, for the next 13 years, Bechard and Cook had at least two showdowns on the volleyball court every year as members of the Big 12 Conference and now the two are reuniting at the Final Four in Omaha, Nebraska.

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Fourth-seeded Nebraska sizes up semifinal match-up with Kansas volleyball

The Nebraska Cornhuskers, seeded fourth and owning a 30-4 record, were the first team to take the podium at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska, on Wednesday. Here's a quick look at some of their responses regarding Thursday's 8:30 p.m. semifinal showdown with No. 9 overall seed, Kansas (30-2).

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Hey Ma, guess what? KU volleyball stars Havili, Payne earn All-America honors

Kansas University sophomores Ainise Havili and Kelsie Payne on Wednesday were named first-team All-Americans by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. By Matt Tait

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Three mid-year football transfers make KU commitments official

Months of hard work and pavement pounding began paying off early Wednesday morning, when Kansas University football coach David Beaty announced the signing of a handful of mid-year junior college transfers. By Matt Tait

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Pollard will be in Omaha to cheer Kansas

A pair of tickets to the 2015 NCAA Volleyball Final Four have been reserved for one of Kansas University’s biggest, make that tallest, volleyball fans — Scot Pollard. By Gary Bedore

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Kansas kids: Soucie, Wait provide Sunflower spirit

There were more than a couple of reasons why Kansas University juniors Cassie Wait and Tayler Soucie made sure to seek each other out as quickly as possible after surviving the dog pile that followed last week’s Elite Eight victory over top-seeded USC that earned KU the school’s first trip to the Final Four. By Matt Tait

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Tom Keegan: Kansas’ Husker faces the Huskers

To most, the Nebraska Cornhuskers volleyball players look about the same as a decade ago, which is to say big and powerful, skilled and savvy. For Lincoln, Nebraska native Maggie Anderson, reserve setter for the Final Four-bound, 30-2 Kansas University volleyball squad, her view of them has changed. They have gone from idols to rivals. By Tom Keegan

Tuesday, December 15

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 15, 2015

Here's a look at how former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 15, 2015.

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KU professor discovers only known audio recording of James Naismith, inventor of basketball

In 1939 radio interview, coach describes a rough-and-tumble first game

In an audio recording, long-buried among countless others in Library of Congress archives, an animated 1930s radio announcer asks, “Dr. Naismith, how did you happen to invent basketball?” What follows is just more than two minutes of the only known recording of the voice of James Naismith himself — inventor of basketball and former Kansas University basketball coach — explaining how the game was born during an 1891 blizzard.

Nebraska fans snatch up Omaha Final Four tickets

Because this year’s NCAA volleyball Final Four is in Nebraska, a mere 59 miles away from the campus of the University of Nebraska — the event’s No. 4 seed and Kansas University's Thursday opponent — thousands of Cornhusker fans scooped up tickets long before KU even knew it would be playing. By Matt Tait

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ALL SET: Deceptive Havili stellar for Kansas volleyball

If Ainise Havili plays as well at the Final Four in Omaha, Nebraska, as she did at last weekend’s West Regional in San Diego, she could graduate all the way to the cover of Sports Illustrated. By Tom Keegan

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Younger Bechard ‘excited’ for dad

Kansas University’s basketball players — including the handful or so who attended KU’s home volleyball matches throughout the 2015 season — did not view tape of their just-completed win over Oregon State on their 45-minute bus ride from Sprint Center to Allen Fieldhouse on Saturday night. They were tuned into the Jayhawks’ five-set Elite Eight volleyball victory over USC, being shown live on ESPN2. By Gary Bedore

Monday, December 14

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 14, 2015

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 14, 2015

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KU volleyball headed to first-ever Final Four — things to know if you go

Plus tips for tracking the team on TV, online

Since the volleyball team’s feat is unprecedented, we thought you could use some tips for following the team to the big match.

Sunday, December 13

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Long time coming: KU basks in glow of Final Four berth

The first five points of the six-point run with which Kansas University finished its fifth set to reach the Final Four came so swiftly that the final point that sent the Jayhawks to their first Final Four seemed to take longer to earn than the previous five combined. By Tom Keegan

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Bragg brings energy in relief

Kansas University’s basketball bench consisted of just one person — Carlton Bragg — during the second half of Saturday’s 82-67 victory over Oregon State in Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri. By Gary Bedore

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 13, 2015

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 13, 2015

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KU volleyball gets huge welcome home from hundreds of Lawrence fans

Kansas University’s volleyball players, who had just completed an 11-hour travel day, marched off the team bus into the Horejsi Center about 5:15 p.m. Sunday, modeling “Kansas Volleyball: Omaha Bound” T-shirts for 200 of their most zealous fans.

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Kansas prevails in OT against Navy

A sluggish start nearly cost Kansas University’s women’s basketball team Sunday afternoon against Navy, but the Jayhawks found just enough offense late to score a 61-54 overtime victory at Allen Fieldhouse and avoid a three-game losing streak.

Welcome back rally for Final Four-bound volleyball team set for 5 p.m., today, in Horejsi Center

A welcome home rally for KU's volleyball team is set for 5 p.m., today in Horejsi Center.

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DREAM ON! KU volleyball reaches Final Four

Left for dead yet again, the remarkable Kansas University women’s volleyball team had one more comeback in it, and — miracle of miracles — the Jayhawks are headed to the Final Four for the first time in school history. By Tom Keegan

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 12, 2015

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 12, 2015

Kansas-Navy women's basketball preview

Here's a preview of Sunday's Kansas-Navy women's basketball game.

Saturday, December 12

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Oliver Luck admits Cheick Diallo case dragged on

Oliver Luck, the NCAA’s new vice president of regulatory affairs, concedes it took the Eligibility Center a long time to deem KU’s Cheick Diallo eligible.

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Unexpected lift not enough for Oregon State

Oregon State senior Gary Payton II — son of former NBA great Gary Payton — entered OSU’s matchup with No. 2-ranked Kansas University leading the Beavers in scoring, but it was another father-son combo that stole the show for the first half Saturday at Sprint Center. By Chris Duderstadt

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Benton Smith: Carlton Bragg makes his case for minutes

When Bill Self needed a victory Saturday night at Sprint Center and decided the best way to get one would be shortening his bench in the second half, Kansas University’s basketball coach knew only one of the four big men sitting near him would get a crack at helping the Jayhawks rally. By Benton Smith

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Jayhawks improve to 28-6 at Sprint Center

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self enjoys the Jayhawks’ annual holiday game in the Sprint Center.

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Less is more: Shortened rotation propels KU

The five starters — Perry Ellis, Hunter Mickelson, Wayne Selden Jr., Frank Mason III and Devonté Graham — plus one reserve, Carlton Bragg, monopolized all but one minute the second half as the Jayhawks maybe proved less is more in a 82-67 come-from-behind victory over the Beavers in Sprint Center. By Gary Bedore

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Jayhawks bounce back in K.C.

No. 2 Kansas University’s men’s basketball team rallied from an 11-point halftime deficit to defeat Oregon State, 82-67, Saturday at Sprint Center behind 22 points from Wayne Selden Jr. By Chris Duderstadt

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Kansas among nation’s best shooting squads

Kansas University’s basketball team scored 75 points — third-lowest mark of the season — against Harvard the day after it was revealed the Jayhawks ranked second in the country in points per game.

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KU volleyball advances in NCAA Tournament

The best volleyball team in the history of Kansas University accomplished another first Friday night in Jenny Craig Pavilion, and it was the biggest one yet.

Friday, December 11

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 11, 2015

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 11, 2015

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Lawrence High's Amani Bledsoe to visit KU football this weekend

Four-star Lawrence High defensive end Amani Bledsoe will be making an official visit to Kansas University this weekend, according to a source with knowledge of Bledsoe's recruitment.

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Hunter Mickelson happy to start

Hunter Mickelson, who started 25 games in his two seasons at the University of Arkansas, had come off the bench exclusively in 2014-15 and 2015-16 at Kansas University. Until Wednesday night, that is ... By Gary Bedore

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UMKC defeats out-of-sync KU women

The early portion of Thursday’s Kansas University women’s basketball game against UMKC at Allen Fieldhouse presented one heck of a head-scratching riddle. Was it more amazing that the Jayhawks opened the game shooting an ice cold 1-of-19 from the floor or was it more incredible that, even after doing so, they somehow were still in it? By Matt Tait

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Super sophs: Sweet 16 team built around sophomores

Volleyball statisticians track the numbers in oh-so-many categories: Kills, digs, blocks, assists, aces, points, hitting percentage. And then there is the one category that nobody computes, one that doesn’t apply to the sport yet crystallizes the magnitude of Kansas University right-side hitter Kelsie Payne’s athletic gifts. Dunks. By Tom Keegan

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Stuckey a Payton winner

The NFL finally has caught up with what fans of Kansas University football have known for years — Darrell Stuckey is one heck of a guy. By Matt Taqit

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 10, 2015

Here's a look at how former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 10, 2015

Thursday, December 10

Rough shooting night spells doom for KU women vs. UMKC

The Kansas University women's basketball team on Thursday fell victim to an awful shooting night and dropped a home game, 47-44, to visiting UMKC.

Kansas-UMKC women's basketball preview

Here's a preview of Thursday night's Kansas-UMKC women's basketball game.

Wednesday, December 9

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Tom Keegan: Coaching harmony key to KU volleyball success

The particulars of how the final, vital piece of Ray Bechard’s coaching staff came into place revealed a lot about how Kansas University has risen to volleyball prominence in recent years. Everybody played a part in making it happen. By Tom Keegan

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 9, 2015

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 9, 2015

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Notebook: Kansas has history with Holy Cross

With a 92-59 beating on Wednesday, Kansas University improved its all-time record against Holy Cross to 3-1. The Bob Cousy-led Crusaders won the first meeting, 57-53, on Dec. 20, 1949, in a game played in Boston. By Gary Bedore

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Landen Lucas, Jamari Traylor sit as precaution

Kansas University big men Landen Lucas (sprained big toe) and Jamari Traylor (ankle sprain) missed Wednesday’s game against Holy Cross for precautionary reasons.

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Great to be back: Kansas cruises in Brannen Greene's return

Kansas University junior guard Brannen Greene learned his six-game suspension had turned into a five-gamer — thus had expired — during a coach/player chat after practice on Tuesday. By Gary Bedore

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Punch-out: Jayhawks play role of Mike Tyson vs. Crusaders

Hands on his head, smile on his face, Holy Cross coach Bill Carmody conjured up a quote from legendary boxer Mike Tyson — minus the high-pitched voice — to explain his team’s 92-59 loss to No. 2 Kansas University at Allen Fieldhouse. By Matt Tait

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Matt Tait: KU takes the good and bad with Brannen Greene

A five-minute stretch midway through the first half of Wednesday's 92-59 Kansas University basketball victory over Holy Cross at Allen Fieldhouse perfectly summed up the hot-and-cold career of KU junior Brannen Greene. By Matt Tait

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Kansas blows out Holy Cross

No number of prayers could help Holy Cross hold off a red-hot Kansas basketball team Wednesday night in Allen Fieldhouse, where the second-ranked Jayhawks rolled the Crusaders, 92-59.

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KU football's Fish Smithson named 2nd-team All-Big 12

Three other Jayhawks earn all-Big 12 honorable mention nods

Junior safety Fish Smithson on Wednesday was one of four Kansas University football players honored in the Big 12 Conference coaches' postseason awards. Smithson, who led the Big 12 with 111 tackles, also led the nation in solo tackles per game (7.9) and earned a spot on the all-Big 12 second team.

KU’s Sanni earns track & field honor

Kansas University junior Zainab Sanni was named the national female athlete of the week by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association on Tuesday.

Kansas volleyball adds to honors

Kansas University volleyball added to its list of accomplishments this season as head coach Ray Bechard was named American Volleyball Coaches Association Midwest coach of the year and three Jayhawks were named to the AVCA All-Midwest Region first team on Tuesday.

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 8, 2015

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 8, 2015

Tuesday, December 8

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KU volleyball seeks uncharted territory

It’s only fitting that a Kansas University volleyball season that featured a handful of firsts has reached the point where the Jayhawks are on the brink of another.

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Holy Cross could give Jayhawks tough test

Simple logic — in the form of comparative scores — suggests tonight’s Kansas University-Holy Cross basketball game may be a bit closer than the records and the polls would indicate.

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Dorsey recalls KU’s first trip to NCAA Tourney

It may sound like a bit of a cliché, but there’s really no other way to put it — the Kansas University volleyball program has turned a corner. By Matt Tait

Juco athlete commits to KU

For the second time in the past week, Kansas University football picked up an oral commitment from a Class of 2016 wide receiver who could have a future on defense. By Matt Tait

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Big minutes?: Callers question playing time

A pair of Bill Self “Hawk Talk” radio-show callers had big-man minutes on their minds Monday night. By Gary Bedore

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 7, 2015

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 7, 2015

Monday, December 7

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KU football finds D-Line help

Long a position the Kansas University football coaches, double- and triple-check their wish lists for, KU's defensive line got a boost on Monday, when juco defensive tackle Isi Holani orally committed to the Jayhawks. Holani, a 6-foot-2, 315-pound, three-star prospect from Riverside College in California, made an official visit to Kansas last weekend and ended his recruitment Monday afternoon.

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KU football lands versatile Juco athlete

For the second time in the past week, the Kansas University football program picked up an oral commitment from a Class of 2016 wide receiver who could have a future on defense. Sunday night, Stephan Robinson, a 5-foot-11, 173-pound athlete from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M Junior College committed to the Jayhawks, first with a phone call to head coach David Beaty and then with a message on Twitter.

KU volleyball to play LMU in Sweet 16

Kansas University’s volleyball team will make the program’s second appearance in the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16 at 7:30 p.m. Central time on Friday at the Jenny Craig Pavilion in San Diego.

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After Harvard win, Self hits recruiting trail

Kansas University men's basketball coach Bill Self went recruiting Saturday night after the Harvard game. He headed to Kentucky to watch both Josh Jackson and Thon Maker. By Gary Bedore

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‘Svi’ slumping from three

Svi Mykhailiuk sizzled against Chaminade, sinking six of 11 threes and scoring 18 points in Kansas University’s Maui Invitational opener on Nov. 23. Since then, however, the 6-foot-8, 195-pound sophomore from Ukraine has sunk just five of 21 threes in four games, including one trey in six tries in Saturday’s 75-69 victory over Harvard. By Gary Bedore

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 6, 2015

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 6, 2015

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Tom Keegan: Don’t swear off KU just yet

If only all those people who rifled remotes at their TVs and swore off Kansas University basketball for life when Harvard tied the score with 7:36 remaining Saturday could have exercised just a wee bit more patience. They could call themselves a fan of the No. 2 team in the nation. By Tom Keegan

Sunday, December 6

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St. John's storms past KU women

Surrendering far too many high-percentage shots to St. John’s Sunday afternoon, Kansas University’s women’s basketball team lost its first home game of the season, 86-71.

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KU women's hoops at a glance

When: 2 p.m. today Where: Allen Fieldhouse Who: St. John’s Series: KU leads, 1-0

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 5, 2015

Here's a look at how former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 5, 2015

Saturday, December 5

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Notebook: Wayne Selden Jr. plagued by fouls

It didn’t impact the outcome of a 75-69 Kansas University men’s basketball victory over Harvard on Saturday, but junior guard Wayne Selden Jr. only played 22 minutes — a season low — after getting in foul trouble.

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Banged-up Perry Ellis keeping head up

Kansas University senior forward Perry Ellis elected to not challenge Harvard’s Agunwa Okolie on a one-handed dunk early in Saturday’s 75-69 win over the Crimson in Allen Fieldhouse. The lack of resistance on the slam bothered KU coach Bill Self. By Gary Bedore

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Tom Keegan: Perry Ellis hasn't been himself

The alleged mystery surrounding Perry Ellis’ sluggish play isn’t all that mysterious. He’s a perfectionist and when perfectionists are burdened by imperfections beyond their control, it sometimes bothers them more than most. It changes their routine, eats at their focus. By Tom Keegan

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'Real-game pressure': Jayhawks handle Harvard's heat

There certainly was angst in the Allen Fieldhouse stands during crunch-time on Saturday, with No. 4-ranked Kansas University and 22 1/2-point underdog Harvard tied at 56 with 7:35 to play. No trepidation existed in KU’s huddle, however. By Gary Bedore

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Composed Harvard comes close in upset bid

Harvard basketball coach Tommy Amaker, a disciple of Duke legend Mike Krzyzewski, emphasized four “C” words for his team's showdown with Kansas University Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse — concentration, composure, confidence and competitive. He forgot one. Close. By Matt Tait

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Jayhawks survive scare from Harvard

The Kansas basketball team survived a scare from Harvard on Saturday, inside Allen Fieldhouse, gritting its teeth down the stretch for a scrappy 75-69 victory.

Kansas swimming routs Jewell

Kansas University won every event and swept the top three places in six events in a 126-67 rout of William Jewell College in a swimming dual on Friday at Robinson Natatorium.

KU track cruises at Timmons

Kansas University claimed victories in 15 individual events at the Bob Timmons Challenge on Friday at Anschutz Pavilion.

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Mason shows way on boards, floor

The fact that the shortest player on Kansas University’s basketball roster leads the squad in defensive rebounds classifies as ... “Embarrassing,” KU coach Bill Self said Friday when informed 5-foot-11 Frank Mason III indeed has grabbed 27 defensive boards heading into today’s 2:15 p.m. home game against Harvard.

Matt Tait: Horejsi Center kind to KU

Need an explanation for why the Kansas University volleyball team chose to host first- and second-round NCAA Tournament matches inside cozy, 1,300-seat Horejsi Family Athletics Center instead of quadrupling the attendance by playing at Allen Fieldhouse? One word tells the story — attitude.

Friday, December 4

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 4, 2015

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 4, 2015

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KU volleyball sweeps Mizzou, advances to 2nd Sweet 16 in program history

The Kansas University volleyball team swept Border War rival Missouri, 25-16, 25-13, 27-25, on Friday night at Horejsi Family Athletics Center to advance to the second NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 in program history.

Kansas swims at AT&T nationals

Kansas University swimmers Chelsie Miller and Haley Molden took part in the opening session of competition at the AT&T Winter Nationals with a pair of swims Thursday at Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Washington.

KU’s Salazar on all-region team

Kansas University senior Liana Salazar was selected to the All-Central Region soccer first team Thursday by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

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Vick another high-flying KU freshman

Cheick Diallo wasn’t the only Kansas University freshman to deliver a crowd-pleasing dunk (or three) in Tuesday’s 94-61 nonconference basketball rout of Loyola Maryland in Allen Fieldhouse. By Gary Bedore

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Tiger tuneup: Furman dispatched, KU-Mizzou is next

Kansas University’s volleyball team may not have been as sharp as usual during a 3-0 first-round NCAA Tournament victory over Furman on Thursday night in Horejsi Center. Yet the outcome was never in doubt for the (27-2) Jayhawks, who advanced into today’s much-anticipated second-round contest against (27-5) Missouri, a 3-1 first-round winner over Missouri State. By Gary Bedore

Tom Keegan: Border War is just part of match

The gigantic television screen in the Naismith room on volleyball Selection Sunday revealed that Missouri had been sent to Lawrence for the NCAA tournament and the Jayhawks immediately erupted, a show of emotion that proved today’s Border War match involves more than a spot in the Sweet 16, which in itself is plenty exciting. By Tom Keegan

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Cornish retires from CFL

Kansas University’s strongest connection to Canadian football is no more. Wednesday, former KU great and CFL star Jon Cornish announced his retirement from the Canadian Football League after one of the most impressive nine-year careers in recent CFL history. By Matt Tait

Thursday, December 3

Woodard to be recognized this weekend

Kansas University’s greatest women’s basketball player is coming home for the weekend. Four-time Kodak All-American Lynette Woodard will be recognized for her achievements in women’s basketball during the first timeout of the Kansas men’s basketball game against Harvard on Saturday.

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 3, 2015

Here's a look at how former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 3, 2015

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 2, 2015

Here's a look at how former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 2, 2015

Wednesday, December 2

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Tom Keegan: Mason owning defensive boards

Defensive rebounds per inch. The statistic doesn’t exist yet, but the way the world is going, it won’t be long in arriving.

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Diallo’s debut makes impression on Selden

In case you could not tell by his reaction after Cheick Diallo’s highlight slam dunk late in the second half of Tuesday night’s 94-61 victory over Loyola at Allen Fieldhouse, Kansas University junior Wayne Selden Jr. was a little excited about Diallo joining the rotation.

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KU volleyball wants winning feeling

Losing to Arkansas-Little Rock in the first round of the NCAA Tournament was a heartbreaking way for Kansas University’s volleyball team to conclude the 2014 season.

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Jayhawks overcome slow start, clip Creighton

It’s rare that sophomore point guard Lauren Aldridge doesn’t enjoy the company of her teammates during a Kansas University women’s basketball victory, but she might have been pushed to the brink of mild annoyance Wednesday night at the end of the third quarter if she wasn’t having so much fun.

Kansas women handle Creighton

A highly productive third quarter keyed a 67-54 victory for Kansas University’s women’s basketball team against Creighton on Wednesday night at Allen Fieldhouse.

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 1, 2015

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 1, 2015

KU-Creighton women’s hoops at a glance

Here's a look ahead to Wednesday's Kansas-Creighton women's basketball game.

Tuesday, December 1

Notebook: Landen Lucas sits with injured toe

Kansas University junior forward Landen Lucas missed Tuesday’s KU-Loyola Maryland game because of a sprained big toe. By Gary Bedore

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Freshman prank: Jayhawks trick novice Cheick Diallo

Kansas University’s players played a joke on freshman Cheick Diallo before what turned out to be a 94-61 rout of Loyola in Diallo’s first game with the Jayhawks.

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Diallo delivers: Freshman recovers from slow start, shines off bench

An approachable guy who usually has a smile on his face, Cheick Diallo spoke with several members of Kansas University’s student body during his time on campus on Tuesday morning. And he completed the day with 13 points off the bench in a 91-64 KU victory. By Gary Bedore

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Tom Keegan: Uptempo Jayhawks play with style, substance

Take your pick of favorite moments from a spectacular second-half display of high-speed basketball Tuesday night in Allen Fieldhouse, where Kansas University ran Loyola-Maryland ragged, 94-61. By Tom Keegan

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Loyola coach G.G. Smith not surprised by Diallo or KU's second-half run

Loyola coach G.G. Smith came away very impressed by the debut of KU freshman Cheick Diallo during Tuesday night's 94-61 victory by the Jayhawks, which featured 13 points, six rebounds and three blocked shots by the freshman from Mali, Africa.

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Cheick Diallo doesn't disappoint in Kansas debut

It was billed the Cheick Diallo show and the freshman who sat out the first five games of the 2015 season in a highly publicized battle with the NCAA for eligibility did not disappoint.

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KU football picks up speedy WR from Huntsville, Texas

Three days after the official end of the 2015 football season, Kansas University coach David Beaty got a good jumpstart on 2016 when he picked up an oral commitment from Huntsville, Texas, wide receiver Jay Griffin.

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 30, 2015

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 30, 2015