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Wednesday, November 30

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Kansas volleyball happy to be playing at home sweet Horejsi

The road to Columbus, site of the NCAA women’s volleyball Final Four, starts Thursday for Kansas in a 6:30 p.m., first-round match against Samford at Horejsi Center.

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KU's Landen Lucas nominated for Allstate Good Works Team

Kansas forward Landen Lucas on Wednesday was nominated for the 2017 Allstate NABC Good Works Team by the National Association of Basketball Coaches.

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Juco D-lineman KeyShaun Simmons commits to Kansas

With the 2016 season complete and Kansas football coaches out on the recruiting trail searching for more talent to add to the roster, David Beaty received some good news Wednesday when one of the rebuilding program’s targets called the head coach to commit to KU. By Benton Smith

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Bragg's 2nd half a positive sign, but plenty of work still to be done

Kansas forward Carlton Bragg looks a lot like the same person he was as a freshman, but watching his play and reading his stats tells a different story, one that nobody expected and many are trying to decode as the Jayhawks (6-1) prepare for their eighth game of what was supposed to be Bragg’s breakout season. By Matt Tait

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Kansas QB Carter Stanley earned respect after winning starting job

The revolving door for the Kansas football team’s quarterback position finally closed over the course of the season’s final weeks, thanks to redshirt freshman Carter Stanley. Though far from perfect, Stanley now enters the offseason as the Jayhawks’ incumbent No. 1 quarterback. By Benton Smith

KU-Creighton women at a glance

A preview of the Kansas women's basketball team's game at Creighton on Wednesday.

Tuesday, November 29

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Notebook: Injured Landen Lucas sits out versus Long Beach State

Kansas senior Landen Lucas was held out of Tuesday’s 91-61 victory over Long Beach State for what KU coach Bill Self described as “a little strain in his oblique or whatever it is in his side.” Lucas, who has struggled to regain the form that made him a key member of last year’s Elite Eight squad, suited up and went through warm-ups but never ditched the warm-up pants. By Matt Tait

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Tom Keegan: Vick proves to be the perfect complement for KU's backcourt

Larry Brown has worn stylish glasses for decades, but don’t let that fool you. There never has been anything wrong with Brown’s basketball eye. By Tom Keegan

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Need for speed: No. 4 Jayhawks blow past Long Beach State, 91-61

There are a variety of numbers one could point to while trying to demonstrate just how fast fourth-ranked Kansas played during Tuesday’s 91-61, run-away victory over Long Beach State at Allen Fieldhouse. By Matt Tait

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Vick's career-high 23 points help Jayhawks run past LBSU

Lagerald Vick might make it impossible for Kansas head coach Bill Self to remove him from the starting lineup. Starting for just the second time in his college career, Vick led KU to a 91-61 thumping of Long Beach State by scoring a new career-high 23 points while not missing a shot from the field.

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Kansas volleyball a fifth-set phenom since 2015 Elite Eight match

The Jayhawks went 8-0 in five-set matches and won them by an average margin of 15-9.

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Gameday Breakdown: No. 4 KU basketball vs. Long Beach State

A look at some of the keys for fourth-ranked Kansas in tonight's home match-up with Long Beach State. By Matt Tait

Monday, November 28

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Starting role gives KU's Lagerald Vick a boost of confidence

Coming off a freshman year in which he played just 91 minutes in 19 games, Kansas guard Lagerald Vick said Monday that he had no idea he would be quite this comfortable nearly this quickly during his second season with the Jayhawks. By Matt Tait

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Kelsie Payne named Big 12's Player of the Year

After leading the Kansas volleyball team to its first Big 12 title in program history, junior outside hitter Kelsie Payne was picked as the conference's Player of the Year, highlighting a long list of Jayhawks to earn postseason honors, announced Monday.

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First Amendment scholars question KU’s immediate discipline of cheerleaders connected to ‘Kkk go trump’ social media post

On Monday, the four spirit squad members remained suspended from performing with the squad

Constitutional law experts say the University of Kansas may have acted too quickly in publicly disciplining four cheerleaders linked to a social media post that some people interpreted as racist. “This is a classic example of ready, fire, aim — they punished these kids before they had any evidence."

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Tom Keegan: Teammates, coach weigh in on Landen Lucas' struggles

Kansas senior center Landen Lucas hasn’t been brought to recent media-availability sessions, which generally are reserved for players who aren’t battling slumps, so the “What’s wrong with Landen?” questions have fallen to others to answer.

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Tom Keegan: Four victories best bet for KU football in 2017

The Kansas football program made legitimate progress at the end of the season. KU went 1-2 against its final foes, Iowa State, Texas and Kansas State, with an average score of Opponents 29, Kansas 22. A year ago, against the same three schools, the numbers were Opponents 47, Kansas 16. Much offseason work remains to keep the arrow pointing upward. By Tom Keegan

Sunday, November 27

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Outright Big 12 volleyball champ Kansas plays second fiddle to Texas in NCAA Tournament seeding

Kansas (26-2, 15-1) drew the fifth overall seed, highest in school history, in the NCAA volleyball tournament and had legitimate reason to feel slighted. Texas (22-4, 14-2), which finished second to Kansas in the Big 12 standings, was seeded No. 4 overall, which means that if it wins its first two matches it will the be host school for the regional in which the Jayhawks are competing.

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Jayhawks fight back with defense in OT win over North Dakota

Kansas women's basketball coach Brandon Schneider knew he had something in his back pocket when the situation presented itself. At last, trailing by eight points with less than five minutes to go in regulation, Schneider chose to employ his full-court pressure defense. And the result worked to perfection. By Shane Jackson

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KU freshman Josh Jackson, head coach Bill Self on same page through 6 games

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self will be the first to tell you that having a 6-foot-8, wildly athletic and ultra-versatile player to experiment with during the 2016-17 season already has been an absolute joy. By Matt Tait

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KU football players and coaches thank seniors following finale

As the Kansas football team congregated in the visitors’ locker room at Bill Snyder Family Stadium on Saturday minutes after its loss to Kansas State, head coach David Beaty didn’t say a whole lot about the Jayhawks’ season-ending defeat. Instead, Beaty elected to turn the focus to the 22 seniors on KU’s roster. By Benton Smith

Saturday, November 26

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Azubuike's presence in KU's starting lineup plenty exciting but not necessarily permanent

Starting 7-foot center Udoka Azubuike during Friday night's victory over UNC Asheville brought some excitement to the Kansas basketball lineup, but it's not a given that Azubuike will remain there and he still has plenty of work to do to become a complete player.By Matt Tait

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KU volleyball clinches outright Big 12 title in 5-set win

It took another five-set match, but the No. 4-ranked Kansas volleyball team clinched sole possession of the Big 12 Conference title with a thrilling road victory against Baylor on Saturday, 25-20, 25-15, 16-25, 22-25, 15-9.

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Notebook: KU special teams find success; road woes continue

With only fair catches and no returns in the punt game in its season-ending loss Saturday at Bill Snyder Family Stadium, the Kansas football team finished the year with negative-10 punt return yards in 2016. However, the Jayhawks kept themselves in what became a 34-19 defeat at Kansas State with some special teams success. By Benton Smith

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Tom Keegan: K-State's Bill Snyder celebrates 200th win in his own way

The man who built something truly amazing out of nothing reached a milestone Saturday afternoon with his 200th football victory at Kansas State. His players celebrated the moment by pouring water on him and then carrying him off the field. By Tom Keegan

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Big takeaway: Turnovers cost Jayhawks in loss to K-State

When David Beaty looks back on the final Saturday of his second season as Kansas football coach, he will find it difficult to ignore a bumpy first-half stretch that sent his underdog Jayhawks into constant comeback mode for the remainder of the Sunflower Showdown. By Benton Smith

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Jayhawks drop season finale at K-State, 34-19

Similar to the arc of the 2016 season, the Kansas football team couldn’t fight back from a big first-half deficit in its regular season finale against Kansas State, a 34-19 loss at Bill Snyder Family Stadium on Saturday.

Friday, November 25

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Notebook: Lagerald Vick finds shooting stroke; less minutes for Graham and Mason

Kansas sophomore Lagerald Vick just continues to impress. And it’s getting to the point where Kansas coach Bill Self seems to be expecting nights like Vick’s 15-point, 9-rebound effort in Friday’s 95-57 win against UNC Asheville at Allen Fieldhouse. By Matt Tait

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Tom Keegan: Graham facilitates big night for teammates in win

Junior Devonte' Graham easily could have scored a ton of points Friday night in Allen Fieldhouse if that had been what he set out to do against an overmatched UNC-Asheville. But why would he do that when Kansas didn’t need that from him? By Tom Keegan

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U-dunk-a: Azubuike dominates in first career start, 95-57 victory

Thursday might have been Thanksgiving, but it could have felt more like Valentine’s Day for the Kansas men’s basketball team. By Matt Tait

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Career days from Vick and Azubuike lift Jayhawks to 95-57 win

Kansas sophomore Lagerald Vick and freshman Udoka Azubuike both earned the first starts in their careers Friday and made sure to make the most of it in a 95-57 victory over UNC Asheville at Allen Fieldhouse.

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QB Carter Stanley needs to 'trust the rules' in first career road start

About to make just his third career start, and first on the road, Kansas quarterback Carter Stanley has shown head coach and offensive coordinator David Beaty a lot during the past few weeks — some good, some bad. By Benton Smith

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Gameday Breakdown: KU football at Kansas State

As the Kansas football team prepares for its season finale, on the road against rival Kansas State, get the keys to the Sunflower Showdown, the mega matchup and much more. By Benton Smith

Thursday, November 24

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Admiration for Ainise: Havili leads KU volleyball in many ways

The Kansas volleyball program continues to reach new heights, its latest step winning the school's first-ever Big 12 title. One of the biggest reasons for the Jayhawks’ success is their do-it-all junior setter Ainise Havili. By Bobby Nightengale

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Armstrong vs. Willis: Big 12's top defensive ends finally meet (sort of)

At no point Saturday will Dorance Armstrong Jr. and Jordan Willis take the field at the same time and line up against each other to go one-on-one in the Sunflower Showdown. But Armstrong knows the name and game of Kansas State’s Willis as well as some of the offensive linemen he figures out ways to rush past in pursuit of quarterbacks. By Benton Smith

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Gameday Breakdown: No. 5 KU basketball vs. UNC Asheville

A look at some of the keys for fifth-ranked Kansas in tonight's home clash with UNC Asheville. By Matt Tait

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KU's Dwight Coleby eager for encore performance

With the Jayhawks slated to face UNC-Asheville at home tonight, Kansas big man Dwight Coleby is hoping his next trip to the scorer’s table will lead to something close to the two-point, four-rebound, four-block effort he turned in against Georgia last Tuesday, when he earned the unofficial honor of Big Man of the Game from KU coach Bill Self. By Matt Tait

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Better over time: KU tops Oral Roberts, 64-56, in double-OT game

Kylee Kopatich couldn’t help but breathe a sigh of relief as she watched the ball drop through the bottom of the net.

Wednesday, November 23

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Tom Keegan: Giving thanks for Delightful Dozen KU athletes

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I’m taking the opportunity to thank in-season KU athletes I enjoy interviewing the most.

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New starting linebacker Keith Loneker Jr. turning heads with productivity

It almost didn’t make sense to David Beaty. Sure, Texas kept handing the ball off to its massive junior running back D’Onta Foreman — the Kansas football head coach expected that much. What amazed Beaty this past weekend was how often Foreman’s carries ended with Keith Loneker Jr., KU’s would-be backup linebacker, bringing the nation’s leading rusher to the ground. By Benton Smith

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Junior guard Devonte' Graham not worried about KU's frontcourt issues

It's been a rough start to the 2016-17 season for KU's starting forwards, Landen Lucas and Carlton Bragg Jr., but junior guard Devonte' Graham is not worried about his frontcourt teammates. By Matt Tait

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KU junior Dwight Coleby surprises father with nice gift — playing time

After playing just three minutes, missing his only shot and grabbing just one rebound during Monday night’s 20-point Kansas win over UAB, junior forward Dwight Coleby was not quite sure what to tell his father. By Matt Tait

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Tom Keegan: Frank Mason outplays his size yet again

Kansas senior Frank Mason III, listed at 5-feet-11, 190 pounds, entered the night averaging 22.3 points, and came out of it having led his team in scoring in four of five games. Georgia’s 5-10, 155-pound J.J. Frazier came in averaging 18.8 points. The showdown never materialized for a couple of reasons. By Tom Keegan

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Perimeter-oriented attack carries KU past Georgia

This Kansas team, at least through five games, appears as if it will go as Frank Mason III, Devonté Graham and Josh Jackson go on most nights. Luckily for the Jayhawks, that trio went very well on Tuesday during a late-tip, 65-54 victory over Georgia in the CBE Hall of Fame Classic championship game at Sprint Center. By Matt Tait

Tuesday, November 22

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Notebook: Dwight Coleby steps up to contribute inside

Junior forward Dwight Coleby played his first significant stretch of minutes for the Kansas men’s basketball team during Tuesday’s 65-54 victory over Georgia in the CBE Hall of Fame Classic championship game at Sprint Center. By Matt Tait

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No time for mistakes: KU football makes punt return change

Mistakes won’t cut it for Kansas football on the road against K-State (6-4 overall, 4-3 Big 12). With that in mind, the possibility of a special teams blunder inspired Beaty to make a change on KU’s punt return team. Junior LaQuvionte Gonzalez, who muffed a catch each of the past two weeks and has lost four fumbles on the season, is out. By Benton Smith

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Quarterbacks and punt returners judged more accurately in games than practices

Kansas head coach David Beaty has his strengths, but also still shows growing pains. He tends to get so wrapped up in what he sees in practice that he puts too little emphasis on what the rest of us see in games. That’s a particularly dangerous habit to fall into when evaluating players’ ability to perform the two most difficult jobs in football, punt returner and quarterback, in that order.

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Gameday Breakdown: No. 5 KU basketball vs. Georgia

A look at some of the keys for fifth-ranked Kansas in tonight's CBE Classic championship game match-up with Georgia. By Matt Tait

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KU suspends cheerleaders from squad after ‘Kkk go trump’ social media post

Student denies that she posted the Snapchat photo

The University of Kansas has suspended four cheerleaders after a photo with the words “Kkk go trump” appeared on a cheerleader's Snapchat account.

Monday, November 21

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Time to explode: Josh Jackson carries KU in KC

Unable to play more than 27 minutes in the first three games of his college career, Kansas freshman Josh Jackson stayed away from silly fouls and stayed on the floor for 33 minutes en route to helping the fifth-ranked Jayhawks run past UAB, 83-63, Monday night at Sprint Center. By Matt Tait

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Tom Keegan: Azubuike continues to grow through each game

The sooner Udoka Azubuike builds up his stamina and learns to play without piling up fouls so quickly, the sooner Kansas can become a team that does more than dominate teams from the perimeter. By Tom Keegan

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KU's Jackson, Mason and Graham combine for 58 points in win over UAB

Sure, the No. 5-ranked Kansas basketball team utilized its much discussed four-guard lineup options Monday night at Sprint Center against UAB. Really, though, the Jayhawks leaned on just three of their perimeter players on the first day of the CBE Classic.

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Notebook: Jayhawks prepare for Big 12-SEC matchup in CBE title game

It’s the SEC and the Big 12 in the championship game of the 2016 CBE Classic. Because of its 83-63 victory over UAB on Monday night, the Kansas men’s basketball team at 9 p.m. tonight will take on Georgia. By Matt Tait

Soucie earns Big 12 honor

University of Kansas senior middle blocker Tayler Soucie was named Big 12 co-Defensive Player of the Week after leading KU to its first Big 12 volleyball title and extending the fourth-ranked Jayhawks’ winning streak to 13 matches. It is Soucie’s fourth career Big 12 weekly honor.

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Party's over: Jayhawks quickly turn focus to finale at K-State

David Beaty had no problem allowing his Jayhawks — some of whom had gone just more than two years without beating a Big 12 or FBS foe — to soak in the favorable vibes in the wake of a rousing win over Texas. The coach likely derived even more confidence on that front upon witnessing many in the locker room discussing the upcoming season finale before the party had as much as slowed down. By Benton Smith

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Juco corner Hasan Defense commits to Kansas

With five seniors currently occupying key roles within the Kansas football team’s secondary, the need for new defensive backs for 2017 couldn’t be ignored. Head coach David Beaty can spend a little less time worrying about that aspect of the future now. Hasan Defense, a three-star junior college cornerback according to Rivals, called Beaty Monday morning to commit to KU. By Benton Smith

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Jayhawks jump to No. 5 in latest AP Poll

A win over No. 1 Duke and 21-point victory over Siena in the home opener was good enough to bump the Kansas men's basketball team back into the Top 5 in the AP Poll. By Matt Tait

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Matthew Wyman and Dorance Armstrong Jr. win Big 12 awards

Following KU’s galvanizing overtime victory over Texas, a pair of Jayhawks received the league’s top weekly honors. Matthew Wyman, the senior kicker mobbed by teammates after his field goal sealed the upset win, fittingly earned the distinction of Special Teams Player of the Week, while sophomore defensive end Dorance Armstrong Jr. shared Defensive Player of the Week with Iowa State junior safety Kamari Cotton-Moya. By Benton Smith

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Josh Jackson named Big 12 newcomer of the week

For the first of what could be many, many times this season, Kansas freshman Josh Jackson on Monday was named the Big 12 Conference's newcomer of the week for his play in victories over Duke and Siena. By Matt Tait

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A good time to wear 11: Jayhawks wearing jersey No. 11 shined over the weekend

The 11th month on the calendar always packs powerful potential for sports entertainment on the University of Kansas campus because it’s when the fall and winter seasons overlap.

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Jayhawks continue frenzied stretch vs. UAB

Exhausted in some ways and eager for time to work with his team in practice now that he has seen a taste of what it can do in live games, Kansas basketball coach Bill Self has one eye on tonight’s CBE Classic clash with UAB and the other eye on the calendar. By Matt Tait

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Gameday Breakdown: No. 5 KU basketball vs. UAB

A look at some of the keys to the KU men's basketball team's showdown against UAB, Monday, Nov. 21, 2016 at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri. By Matt Tait

Sunday, November 20

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Former WSU QB Peyton Bender commits to Kansas

During an official visit to KU, former Washington State quarterback Peyton Bender watched the Jayhawks upset Texas in overtime at Memorial Stadium. Now Bender hopes to be a part of such wins for Kansas in the future. By Benton Smith

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Jayhawks win turnover battle to end losing streaks

Members of the Kansas football team know all too well the pitfalls associated with losing possession. The Jayhawks dropped nine consecutive games, in part, because they ranked worst in the nation in surrendering turnovers. For at least one Saturday against Texas, though, the KU defense specialized in football abduction and the offense didn’t self-destruct. By Benton Smith

KU women earn first win of the season after several ejections

Eight Kansas players were ejected in the second quarter, but the KU women's basketball team earned its first win of the season on the road against Memphis, 68-58, at Elma Roane Fieldhouse.

KU women add three in early signing period

Playing without a freshman this season, the Kansas women's basketball team will add several first-year post players next year.

KU sophomore Lokedi places fifth at NCAA XC meet

Kansas sophomore Sharon Lokedi earned all-America honors for the second consecutive season after placing fifth overall at the NCAA cross country meet Saturday at the LaVern Gibson Championship Course.

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 19, 2016

Here's a look at how former Kansas players fared in NBA games of Nov. 19, 2016.

Saturday, November 19

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Foul trouble holding back KU freshman Josh Jackson

Friday night, during KU’s 86-65 victory over Siena in the Jayhawks’ home opener, freshman Josh Jackson stepped to the brink of taking over the game but walked to the sideline instead of the spotlight, with foul trouble plaguing him for the third consecutive game. By Matt Tait

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Steven Sims saves Jayhawks with critical plays in win over Texas

In a memorable victory full of crucial, game-altering plays, one Kansas football player came through with two in the fourth quarter by showing off some offensive and defensive skills. By Benton Smith

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Wyman redeems himself, credits teammates following game-winning field goal

Heading into overtime Saturday, Kansas senior kicker Matthew Wyman had made 26 field goals in his four-year career. But none were as important as his game-winning, 25-yard field goal in overtime, lifting the Jayhawks to a 24-21 victory over Texas at Memorial Stadium. By Bobby Nightengale

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Sweet, sweet victory: Jayhawks earn comeback win over Texas, 24-21 in OT

Once senior kicker Matt Wyman drilled his second crunch-time field goal of the final minutes, every soul wearing crimson and blue felt the density of not just a nine-game losing streak this season, but also a 19-game Big 12 losing streak dating back to 2014, vaporize. By Benton Smith

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Tom Keegan: Armstrong showcases 'sensational' talent against Texas

The heights and weights listed on the rosters, the betting line, the stars placed next to their names by recruiting services, all tell me that I’m supposed to write that the team of misfit toys somehow found a way to slay giants Saturday at Memorial Stadium. By Tom Keegan

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KU football upsets Texas in overtime, wins first Big 12 game

Kansas true freshman Mike Lee grabbed an interception in overtime and Matthew Wyman drilled to a 25-yard field goal to lift the Kansas Jayhawks to a 24-21 victory over Texas on Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

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Big 12 champs! KU volleyball beats Iowa State for first-ever league title

When coach Ray Bechard walked into the locker room to speak to the Kansas volleyball team he uttered the simplest of post-game remarks to his squad. “We are Big 12 Champs.” By Shane Jackson

KU-Memphis at a glance

A preview of the Kansas women's basketball team's game against Memphis on Sunday.

KU falls to North Carolina in NCAA soccer

The Kansas women’s soccer team saw its season come to an end on Friday night with a with a 2-0 road loss to North Carolina in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 18, 2016

Here's a look at how former University of Kansas players fared in NBA games of Nov. 18, 2016.

Friday, November 18

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Tom Keegan: Bill Self's Allen Fieldhouse record stunning

As everyone knows by now, the Kansas coach has more Big 12 regular-season titles (12) than Allen Fieldhouse losses. No school has beaten him twice in his favorite building. Richmond, Iowa State, Nevada, Kansas State, Oral Roberts, Texas A & M, Texas, Oklahoma State and San Diego State each have gotten him once, but no school twice. By Tom Keegan

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Notebook: Bill Self expects more from Landen Lucas

For the third consecutive game to open his senior season, KU forward Landen Lucas spent more time laboring and less time on the floor than he did during the final stretch of his sensational junior season, when he proved to be an indespensable part of KU’s Elite Eight team. By Matt Tait

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Time to step up: Lagerald Vick helps KU dispose of Siena

Last Tuesday night, in its win over No. 1 Duke in New York City, the Kansas backcourt was tested by, and wound up out-dueling, some of the best guards in the country. Friday night in the home opener against Siena, KU’s backcourt turned in an inconsistent effort but delivered when it had to in knocking out the Saints, 86-65, to give head coach Bill Self his 207th victory in Allen Fieldhouse, the most of all-time. By Matt Tait

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Jayhawks finish strong in home-opening victory over Siena

In a bit of an anti-climactic home opener, the No. 7-ranked Kansas basketball team, coming off games against Indiana and Duke, handled Siena, but struggled to put the visitors away until the final minutes in an 86-65 victory Friday night at Allen Fieldhouse. By Benton Smith

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'How cool would that be?': Jayhawks hope to send seniors out in style

Every senior in a Kansas football uniform knows it’s coming. Just how or when it hits them, that remains to be seen. KU will honor the 23 seniors on its roster prior to kickoff (2:30 p.m., ABC) against Texas, Saturday at Memorial Stadium. But dealing with the finality of a college career varies from person to person. By Benton Smith

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Jayhawks land 5-star forward Billy Preston

The Kansas men’s basketball program finally landed its top-tier player in the Class of 2017 on Friday, when Billy Preston chose the Jayhawks live on ESPNU.By Matt Tait

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2017 PF Billy Preston picks Kansas

The Kansas men’s basketball program finally landed its top-tier player in the Class of 2017 on Friday, when Billy Preston chose the Jayhawks on ESPNU. By Matt Tait

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Former KU QB/WR Kale Pick new head coach at Fort Scott CC

Kale Pick, 27, spent the past season as Fort Scott’s offensive coordinator and was promoted to head coach Wednesday night.

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Gameday Breakdown: KU football vs. Texas

Get the keys for Kansas football and read about the mega matchup and much more before the Jayhawks player their home finale against Texas. By Benton Smith

Thursday, November 17

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Gameday Breakdown: No. 7 Kansas vs. Siena

A look at some of the keys to the KU men's basketball team's showdown against Siena, Friday, Nov. 18, 2016 at Allen Fieldhouse. By Matt Tait

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KU's Frank Mason bringing stellar start to Allen Fieldhouse

Jayhawks welcome Siena for home opener at 7 p.m. Friday

Fresh off of a 51-point explosion against a pair of Top 12 teams in high-profile, high-pressure situations, Kansas point guard Frank Mason finally gets to bring his act home for the Jayhawks' home opener at 7 p.m. Friday against Siena in Allen Fieldhouse. By Matt Tait

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Former Washington State QB Peyton Bender to visit KU

Trying to re-build the Kansas football program currently qualifies as a never-ending endeavor. So while second-year head coach David Beaty and his staff attempt to get their players to execute a game plan worthy of upsetting Texas on Saturday in the Jayhawks’ home finale at Memorial Stadium, they’ll also spend portions of the weekend pitching KU to a former Pac-12 quarterback. By Benton Smith

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Tom Keegan: Josh Jackson says Kansas can become 'great' defensive team

Kansas took control by outscoring Duke, 33-16, in the first 12 minutes after the break. During that stretch, Duke committed five turnovers and made 5 of 15 shots from the field.

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Ole Miss transfer Dwight Coleby still awaits his Kansas debut

Ole Miss transfer Dwight Coleby is healthy enough to play, just not yet able to play the way he did before undergoing ACL surgery.

John McLendon documentary premieres at Wescoe Hall tonight

It seems only fitting that the same campus where one of the nation’s fastest college basketball teams plays is where the premier showing of a documentary about the coach credited with introducing the fast break to the game takes place.

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The Jayhawks' one-two punch: Mason, Graham bring ‘assassin mentality’ to team

Equal parts tough and talented, experienced and improving, Frank Mason III and Devonte’ Graham have shown an unquestioned ability to lead this team during the Jayhawks’ first two regular season games against big time programs.

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Jayhawks struggle to shoot in 75-63 loss to SMU

With one minute left in the first quarter, Kansas coach Brandon Schneider called the play “fist” as his team brought the ball up the court. Moments later, SMU coach Travis Mays called the play out to his team, directed his defenders to exactly where the play was supposed to go, and it resulted in Kansas junior McKenzie Calvert getting her shot blocked.

Wednesday, November 16

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KU volleyball avoids West Virginia’s upset bid; Kelsie Payne injures ankle

The Kansas volleyball team survived a Wednesday night road match with its one-game lead in the Big 12 standings in tact, but it was far from easy and required five sets.

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Updated objective: WR Steven Sims Jr. trying to reach 1,000 yards

Ten games into his second year with Kansas football, Steven Sims Jr. examined the preseason goals he set for himself, compared them to his current statistics and reached a realization: he needs more goals. The sophomore receiver already checked 60 receptions, 700 yards and seven touchdowns off his to-do list, after a nine-catch effort and a touchdown this past weekend. By Benton Smith

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Tom Keegan: Josh Jackson put stage fright behind him on big stage

The nerves quickly faded, never to return, and Rivals’ No. 1-ranked high school player from the Class of 2016 introduced himself to the nation late Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden.

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Duke's Krzyzewski on Kansas: 'They're really good'

Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski had nothing but good things to say Tuesday night about the seventh-ranked Kansas squad that knocked his Blue Devils from the ranks of college basketball’s unbeaten. By Matt Tait

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Notebook: Jackson 'sparked' Jayhawks in second half; KU-Stanford create series

Foul trouble again tried to steal Kansas freshman Josh Jackson from the spotlight on Tuesday night. But after a slow and uncertain start to the Champions Classic clash with No. 1 Duke at Madison Square Garden, Jackson refused to allow that to happen.By Matt Tait

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Tom Keegan: KU's bench delivers big punch during win against Duke

It doesn’t take an entire village to beat Duke, the nation’s top-ranked college basketball team. But it does take a bench, and Kansas certainly had one of those Tuesday night in Madison Square Garden, the self-anointed world’s greatest arena. By Tom Keegan

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 15, 2016

Here's a look at how former Kansas players fared in NBA games of Nov. 15, 2016.

Tuesday, November 15

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Fearless Frank: Mason drills game-winning shot for 77-75 win over No. 1 Duke

With his face plastered on all sides of a building dubbed as the World’s Most Famous Arena on the outside, Kansas senior Frank Mason III knocked down the biggest shot of his Kansas career on the inside to lift No. 7 KU to a 77-75 victory over No. 1 Duke. By Matt Tait

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Not this time: Jayhawks avoid OT, second loss by knocking off Duke

Even if they would have come against two highly-ranked, well-known programs, the Kansas Jayhawks weren’t interested in starting the season 0-2. Following a timeout with 8.2 seconds to play in regulation, senior KU guard Frank Mason nailed a dagger pull-up jumper to beat No. 1 Duke, 77-75, Tuesday night at the Champions Classic, inside New York’s Madison Square Garden. By Benton Smith

KU-SMU women at a glance

A preview of the Kansas women's basketball team's game against SMU on Tuesday.

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Eight Kansas volleyball players earn all-conference academic honors

Kansas seniors Maggie Anderson, Tayler Soucie and Cassie Wait, junior Kayla Cheadle and redshirt freshman Patricia Montero received first-team Academic All-Big 12 honors, the conference announced Tuesday. Juniors Ainise Havili, Tori Miller and Madison Rigdon earned second-team recognition.

KUsports.com announces contest to give away historic Wilt Chamberlain print

Basketball season is finally here, and the Lawrence Journal-World and KUsports.com are doing something special to commemorate the rich history of KU basketball.

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Kansas defense loses two to season-ending injuries

Olobia tore Achilles tendon; Roberts ruled out due to shoulder issue

While key Kansas football seniors play their final game at Memorial Stadium on Saturday against Texas, two key defensive players will not get that same opportunity. KU head coach David Beaty announced Tuesday neither would-be starting linebacker Marcquis Roberts nor defensive end Anthony Olobia — both seniors — would be available, due to injuries. By Benton Smith

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 14, 2016

Here's a look at how former Kansas players fared in NBA games of Nov. 14, 2016.

Monday, November 14

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Tom Keegan: Can Kansas stop Grayson Allen, Duke's top Devil?

Grayson Allen was by far the most popular choice as college basketball’s preseason player of the year and therefore deserves to be called college basketball’s top player until somebody proves otherwise. That helps to explain why Allen is a player Duke-haters love to hate.

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Trust key for KU in bounce-back effort vs. Duke at Champions Classic

Fresh off of a 30-point performance that added to the legend of his Fearless Frank Mason persona, KU’s senior guard posted a simple message on social media following last week’s season-opening loss to No. 11 Indiana in Honolulu. Trust the process, Mason wrote.By Matt Tait

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Gameday Breakdown: No. 7 KU basketball vs. No. 1 Duke

A look at some of the keys to the KU men's basketball team's 2016-17 Champions Classic showdown against No. 1 Duke, Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. By Matt Tait

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Carter Stanley 'pretty efficient' in first career start for Kansas

Redshirt freshman starting again this week

In the minutes following his team’s latest defeat, Kansas football coach David Beaty was not prepared Saturday to immediately grade new starting quarterback Carter Stanley’s performance in a 31-24 home loss to Iowa State. Upon reviewing the game footage, Beaty said Monday the redshirt freshman played a “pretty efficient game” in his first career start. By Benton Smith

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Jayhawks drop to No. 7 in latest AP poll

After a season-opening loss against Indiana on Friday, the Kansas Jayhawks dropped four spots to No. 7 in the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll.

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Frank Mason opens season as Big 12 Player of Week

As a result of willing the Kansas basketball team to overtime against Indiana Friday in Honolulu, and tying his career-high with 30 points prior to fouling out, KU senior point guard Frank Mason opened the season as the Big 12’s Player of the Week.

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KU women drop season opener to Missouri State, 87-64

The Kansas women’s basketball team trailed for most its season opener Sunday, taking every punch that Missouri State threw its way through three quarters. The same can’t be said for the fourth quarter. By Evan Riggs

Sunday, November 13

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Even strong rushing performance can't get KU in win column

For a running back averaging 5.8 yards a carry on the season, Kansas senior Ke’aun Kinner hasn’t had many opportunities to break long runs or score many touchdowns in 2016. The 5-foot-9 rusher from Little Elm, Texas, experienced some respite on those fronts Saturday against Iowa State, though even his 152-yard day couldn’t put an end to the Jayhawks’ current nine-game losing streak. By Benton Smith

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Winning Strike: Heuchan's goal in OT lifts KU soccer over Missouri

When junior Lois Heuchan fell to the turf and awaited her teammates, tears of joy flooded down her face. As the rest of the Kansas soccer team swarmed in, Heuchan disappeared under the dog pile at the top of the 18-yard box. By Shane Jackson

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Self still seeking rebounding help as KU prepares for top-ranked Duke

A little less than two weeks ago, Kansas basketball coach Bill Self spent 40 minutes watching his team struggle on the glass in an exhibition victory over Washburn at Allen Fieldhouse and followed it up by proclaiming simply, “I think we're a pretty poor rebounding team right now.” Last Friday night in Hawaii, that fact reared its ugly head again and cost Kansas in a 103-99, overtime loss to No. 11 Indiana in the Armed Forces Classic. By Matt Tait

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Three-star DT Zach McKinney commits to Kansas

Although the Kansas football team suffered its ninth consecutive loss on the field Saturday at Memorial Stadium, head coach David Beaty and his staff received some positive news Sunday when recruiting target Zach McKinney verbally committed to the program. By Benton Smith

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Jayhawks tour 9/11 Memorial in New York City

Nearly 4,000 miles and four days apart, the Kansas men's basketball program toured two sites that played a significant role in some of the darkest days in American history. By Matt Tait

Saturday, November 12

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 12, 2016

Here's a look at how former Kansas players fared in NBA games of Nov. 12, 2016.

Ex-Jayhawk Thompson fires 64 but fails to advance

Former University of Kansas All-American golfer and Lawrence resident Chris Thompson shot a 64, the lowest score of the 74 golfers competing Saturday in the fourth and final round of four in the second stage of Web.com qualifying at TPC Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas, but it was one stroke from good enough to move on to the third stage.

Woodland holds one-stroke lead

Former Kansas golfer Gary Woodland took a one-stroke lead into the final round of the PGA Tour’s OHL Classic at Mayakoba after dropping two strokes on the par-3 15th Saturday.

KU volleyball moves atop Big 12 after beating TCU

Sometimes all it takes is a wake up call. The Kansas volleyball team got the message after dropping the first set to TCU, 21-25. The Jayhawks went on to win the next three sets (25-16, 25-16, 25-17) to extend their winning streak to 11 consecutive matches. By Shane Jackson

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Tom Keegan: Carter Stanley infused energy into Jayhawks and then he punted

Timeout. The second quarterback punt on fourth-and-2 in two weeks, this time from the 37, this time a touchback.The energy never returned and Iowa State rallied to a 31-24 victory in front of 23,757 in Memorial Stadium.

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Notebook: Stanley displays 'poise' in first career start; Kinner suffers rib injury

Kansas football head coach David Beaty asked a lot of his redshirt freshman quarterback, Carter Stanley, Saturday at Memorial Stadium, where the QB made his first career start against Iowa State. By Benton Smith

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IU's Tom Crean thrilled by win over KU, 'shoo-in' Hall of Famer Self

While Friday's 103-99, overtime victory over Kansas in Hawaii was big for the 11th-ranked Hoosier players, it seemed just a little bigger for their once-embattled leader, Tom Crean, who moved to 1-0 in head-coaching match-ups against KU coach Bill Self. By Matt Tait

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Fifth-year senior walk-on highlights Iowa State's win over KU

During a drive at the end of the third quarter, there was no stopping Iowa State running back Mitchell Harger. The fifth-year senior walk-on Harger carried the ball eight times for 58 yards, ending an 80-yard drive with a six-yard touchdown — the first score of his career. By Bobby Nightengale

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Devastating defeat: Jayhawks couldn't hold lead in 31-24 loss against Iowa State

The pass down the west sideline of Memorial Stadium didn’t figure to win the game, but the Kansas football team and new starting quarterback Carter Stanley needed it to connect in the final minutes in order to have a shot at an upset Saturday afternoon. By Benton Smith

KU-Missouri State women at a glance

A preview of the Kansas women's basketball team's season opener against Missouri State on Sunday.

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Jayhawks fail to get enough stops in 31-24 loss to Iowa State

Looking for its first Big 12 victory in more than two years, the Kansas football team will have to wait at least another week. The Jayhawks certainly had their chances against Iowa State on Saturday, leading by eight points in the third quarter, but couldn’t register enough stops on defense in a 31-24 loss.

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KU's Bill Self laments team's mistakes as much as missed calls in season-opening loss to Indiana

Moments before boarding the team bus in a rush attempt to head straight to the airport to catch one of three KU flights from Honolulu to New York City, Kansas coach Bill Self found himself lamenting the biggest of a few crucial mistakes — by the Jayhawks and others — that cost Kansas in a 103-99, overtime loss to Indiana. By Matt Tait

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Blue Bloodied: Jayhawks drop opener to Indiana in OT, 103-99

And they say early season losses don’t matter in college basketball. No one in attendance at Hawaii’s Stan Sheriff Center Friday night would ever have guessed that, even if Kansas’ 103-99 loss in the Armed Forces Classic more often resembled a college football game than the regular season opener. By Matt Tait

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Notebook: Self calls opener a 'seeding game,' willing to make IU an annual series

Even though Friday’s season opener between No. 3 Kansas and No. 11 Indiana featured two of the top teams in the country and carried with it an NCAA Tournament feel, KU coach Bill Self said the result was secondary in the big picture of the young 2016-17 season. By Matt Tait

KU sophomore Lokedi second at NCAA Midwest XC regional

Kansas sophomore cross country runner Sharon Lokedi placed second at the NCAA Midwest Regional Friday to qualify for the NCAA championship meet for the second consecutive season.

Friday, November 11

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Indiana outlasts Kansas in overtime

In the first meeting between two of the nation’s most recognizable college basketball programs in more than 20 years, No. 3-ranked Kansas and No. 11 Indiana delivered an overtime thriller Friday night at the Armed Forces Classic, in Honolulu.

KUsports.com and Lawrence Journal-World announce contest to give away historical Wilt Chamberlain print

Basketball season is finally here, and the Lawrence Journal-World and KUsports.com are doing something special to kick off the season.

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'A baller,' Carter Stanley taking over as KU's No. 1 QB

“He’s a baller,” KU receiver Steven Sims said of quarterback Carter Stanley. “If he gets the job, I can’t wait to see what we do this week.” Sims and every person in Memorial Stadium Saturday morning will get to witness Stanley’s impact on the KU offense for themselves. Head coach David Beaty announced Friday his decision to start Stanley against Iowa State. By Benton Smith

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Gameday Breakdown: KU football vs. Iowa State

Get all the keys for Kansas football before the Jayhawks take on Iowa State on Saturday. By Benton Smith

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KU sophomore Carlton Bragg believes fresh start can end funk

Kansas sophomore Carlton Bragg Jr., is putting a poor exhibition performance behind him and looking to come out gunning in tonight's season opener against No. 11 Indiana in Honolulu.By Matt Tait

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Tom Keegan: Upset in Saturday forecast for Kansas football

Against all odds, I believe suddenly in this Kansas football team because I believe Carter Stanley is just what it needs: A fresh face capable of using his feet and ability to move through his progressions and lead the offense confidently.

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David Beaty names Carter Stanley starter for Iowa State game

Redshirt freshman Carter Stanley will become the 10th quarterback in seven seasons to start a game for Kansas in Saturday's 11 a.m. kickoff vs. Iowa State at Memorial Stadium.

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It's showtime in paradise

KU-IU offers Jayhawks golden opportunity to test four-guard lineup

Perhaps Kansas coach Bill Self was looking ahead to his team’s regular-season opener against No. 11 Indiana when he dreamed up the idea to experiment with more four-guard lineups this season. If not, he probably should have been. By Matt Tait

Thursday, November 10

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Tom Keegan: Carlton Bragg will be better than ever when he emerges from funk

Kansas needs much better out of him in tonight’s season-opener vs. Indiana, but if Bragg doesn’t deliver it, that doesn’t mean his star is fading. It means he’s getting worse before he gets better, a temporary condition experienced by many college basketball players.

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Gameday Breakdown: No. 3 KU basketball vs. No. 11 Indiana

A look at some of the keys to the KU men's basketball team's 2016-17 regular season opener against No. 11 Indiana, Friday, Nov. 11, 2016 at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu. By Matt Tait

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That's a wrap: Final preseason practice in the books for Jayhawks

The Kansas men’s basketball team wrapped up their final full practice before the start of the regular season around 1 p.m. Thursday at the Stan Sheriff Center on the campus of the University of Hawaii. By Matt Tait

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Collin Sexton chooses Alabama over KU

Despite a visit to Late Night in the Phog last month, highly coveted Class of 2017 guard Collin Sexton announced Thursday that he was headed to Alabama.

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Dorance Armstrong Jr. added to Hendricks Award watch list

Dorance Armstrong Jr’s pursuit of opposing quarterbacks makes Big 12 foes respect and fear his ability as an edge rusher. Now the Kansas defensive end’s stellar sophomore season has gained him some national recognition. Armstrong, a 6-foot-4 sophomore from Houston, had his name added to the Ted Hendricks Award watch list this week. By Benton Smith

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Hawaii offers Jayhawks chance to appreciate U.S. military, history

Touring the USS Chafee may have produced better pictures and videos, but Kansas men’s basketball coach Bill Self said late Wednesday night that he thought his team’s trip to the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor may have been the most memorable part of KU’s day. By Matt Tait

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KU trio named to Naismith Watch List

One day away from their season opener in paradise against No. 11 Indiana, the Kansas men's basketball team learned that three players, Frank Mason III, Devonte' Graham and Josh Jackson, have been named to the Naismith Award Watch List.

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Indiana's Crean calls clash with Kansas a 'huge opportunity' for Hoosiers

Talking with reporters before a kids clinic at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam near Honolulu on Wednesday night, Indiana basketball coach Tom Crean said the opportunity to come to a place like Hawaii to take on a program like Kansas was a tremendous opportunity and too good to pass up. By Matt Tait

Wednesday, November 9

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Carter Stanley always at his best in games, per high school coach

Kansas quarterback Carter Stanley's high school coach, Vero Beach High's Lenny Jankowski, remembers him as "a gamer," who didn't wow anybody in camps or practice, but always showed his best in games.

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Jayhawks enjoy meaningful, memorable tour of USS Chafee at Pearl Harbor

Landen Lucas OK despite wearing walking boot

Kansas coach Bill Self is used to being at the top of the college basketball world. But sitting at the helm of a 509-foot long, active U.S. Navy destroyer is a whole different experience. Such was the scene Wednesday at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam near Honolulu, where Self and the Jayhawks toured the USS Chafee during their day with the military. By Matt Tait

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KU forward Landen Lucas wearing boot as preventative measure

Kansas coach Bill Self said Wednesday before the Jayhawks fulfilled their military duties at Pearl Harbor that senior forward Landen Lucas was wearing a walking boot on his right foot as a preventative measure and that Lucas was not in jeopardy of missing Friday’s season opener against No. 11 Indiana. By Matt Tait

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Apologetic Daniel Wise says ejection taught him lesson

For a couple days at Anderson Family Football Complex, the Kansas coaching staff and important defensive cog Daniel Wise thought the team’s starting defensive tackle would have to miss the first half of the upcoming Iowa State game. The best-case scenario played out for Kansas (1-8 overall, 0-6 Big 12) and the 6-foot-3 tackle. Nevertheless, head coach David Beaty used Wise as an example. By Benton Smith

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Marcus Garrett celebrates 18th birthday by making KU commitment official

A few months after becoming the first player in the 2017 recruiting class to orally commit to the Jayhawks, four-star combo guard Marcus Garrett on Wednesday became the first player in the class to sign with Kansas. By Matt Tait

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After long travel day, Jayhawks adjust to new surroundings in Hawaii

Moments before checking in to the team hotel on Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, Kansas men’s basketball coach caught up with reporters after a travel day that spanned roughly 20 hours from the time the Jayhawks left Lawrence and the time they arrived at the hotel, their home away from home for the next few days. By Matt Tait

Tuesday, November 8

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Jayhawks arrive in Hawaii

For the second November in a row, the Kansas men’s basketball team landed safely in Hawaii on Tuesday, right around 8 p.m. central time, three days ahead of its regular season opener with No. 11 Indiana in the Armed Forces Classic. By Matt Tait

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'Competition mode' to determine KU's starting QB vs. ISU

As of Tuesday afternoon, Kansas football coach David Beaty still didn’t feel comfortable naming a starting quarterback for this week’s home game against Iowa State. By Benton Smith

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Distant, early-season classics not always an indication of team's strength

When Kansas and Indiana help usher in another season of college basketball Friday night in the Armed Forces Classic on ESPN from the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, college basketball analyst Jay Bilas will be courtside, eager to soak up every second of the game that matches the No. 3 and No. 11 teams in the country. By Matt Tait

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Tom Keegan: Bill Self needs cool hand from Luke

KU's post depth isn't as experienced as in most years so senior Landen Lucas, facing a tough assignment in Indiana's Thomas Bryant, must stay out of foul trouble.

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KU soccer gears up for Missouri in first round of NCAA tournament

For the second time in the last three seasons, the Kansas women's soccer team will host Missouri in the first round of the NCAA tournament. The Jayhawks (10-5-4) will take on the Tigers (11-6-2) at 1 p.m. Sunday at Rock Chalk Park in their seven NCAA tournament appearance in program history.

Tom Keegan: Quarterback named Peyton potential answer to KU's prayers

Peyton Bender, a third-year sophomore at Itawamba Community College in Fulton, Miss., ran the Air Raid at Cardinal Gibbons High in Fort Lauderdale, spent two seasons learning Mike Leach’s Air Raid at Washington State, participated in spring football, 2016, then transferred to Itawamba, where you guessed it, he triggered an Air Raid offense. He's on pace to graduate in December.

Monday, November 7

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2016-17 Jayhawks enjoying process of developing identity

Next up for the Kansas men's basketball team is back-to-back regular season games against No. 11 Indiana and No. 1 Duke and both Bill Self and the Jayhawks themselves are looking forward to finding out just how ready for prime time this KU team is.By Matt Tait

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Injury could force KU to name new starting QB for Iowa State game

With incumbent starting quarterback Montell Cozart going through concussion protocol, Kansas football coach David Beaty said Monday the competition for No. 1 QB this week remained in flux. Should Cozart remain sidelined, Beaty would at least have to consider giving redshirt freshman Carter Stanley the first start of his career Saturday against Iowa State (11 a.m. kickoff, FOX Sports Net). By Benton Smith

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5-star wing Troy Brown picks Oregon over Kansas

Another Class of 2017 target for the Kansas men’s basketball program chose to play his college basketball elsewhere on Monday, when five-star small forward Troy Brown announced that he was headed to Oregon. By Matt Tait

KU golf garners sixth-place finish at Ka'anapali Collegiate Classic

Kansas senior Chase Hanna tied for sixth at the Ka'anapali Collegiate Classic to lead the KU men's golf team to a sixth-place finish Sunday at the Royal Ka'anapali Golf Club.

KU tennis rounds out fall season with four singles wins over Denver

The Kansas tennis team earned four singles victories over Denver on the third and final day of the Notre Dame Invitational Sunday to conclude its fall season.

Sunday, November 6

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Notebook: Rebounding was 'better' in exhibition win; Vick earns start

Never one to shy away from giving his honest opinion on any aspect of his team, Kansas basketball coach Bill Self did exactly that about KU’s 49-31 rebounding edge over Emporia State during a 104-62 Jayhawk victory Sunday night at Allen Fieldhouse. By Matt Tait

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Tom Keegan: Azubuike flashes potential in exhibition win

That doesn’t mean it’s not an enjoyable exhibition to watch, particularly when the basketball has been lobbed in the air and KU freshman center Udoka Azubuike, a 17-year-old, 7-footer with extra-long arms, sure hands and an ability to track the ball well, is in the vicinity. By Tom Keegan

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Mr. Do-It-All: Mykhailiuk shows leap of improvement in 104-62 exhibition win

The list of Jayhawks who showed improvement from last week’s exhibition opener to Sunday’s 104-62 victory over Emporia State at Allen Fieldhouse was long. And the areas in which Bill Self’s players improved were many. But few Jayhawks made the Carl-Lewis leap from "eh" to "oh" like junior guard Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk. By Matt Tait

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KU basketball rolls to 104-62 rout in final tune-up

Five days before their season-opener against No. 11 Indiana, the Kansas basketball team played with the urgency of a group eagerly anticipating its nationally-televised debut in Honolulu, Hawaii.

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Notebook: Penalties latest issue for KU football

The Kansas football team, always searching for any competitive edge it can get, entered this past weekend as the least penalized team in the Big 12. However, in a 48-21 loss at West Virginia Saturday night, the Jayhawks impaired their chances of competing by committing a season-worst nine penalties and suffering another low for the year in penalty yardage (104). By Benton Smith

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Jayhawks dominate with defense in exhibition win

In Sunday’s 81-57 victory at Allen Fieldhouse, the Kansas women’s basketball team forced 27 turnovers — including 18 in the first half — to close out its two-game exhibition slate on a high note. By Shane Jackson

KU golfer Hanna cards 61 to set school record at Ka'anapali Collegiate Classic

Kansas senior golfer Chase Hanna fired a round of 61 to set a school record, and move into a tie for first place Saturday at the Ka'anapali Collegiate Classic.

Payne, Soucie reach milestones in comeback win for KU volleyball over Oklahoma

Senior middle blocker Tayler Soucie recorded her 500th career block, and right-side hitter Kelsie Payne notched her 1,000th career kill in the Kansas volleyball team's four-set comeback win over Oklahoma Saturday.

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 5, 2016

Here's a look at how former Kansas players fared in NBA games of Nov. 5, 2016.

Saturday, November 5

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Notebook: Stanley plays 'meaningful minutes' in loss; Wise ejected

With 5:35 left in the third quarter and the Kansas football team down 38 points at No. 14 West Virginia, KU head coach and offensive coordinator David Beaty inserted backup quarterback Carter Stanley to run the offense. By Benton Smith

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Same ol' story: Jayhawks flattened at No. 14 WVU, 48-21

Once again visiting another Big 12 program’s stadium as a massive underdog, the Kansas football team needed plenty to go its way at Milan Puskar Stadium Saturday night against West Virginia. The last thing the Jayhawks could afford was another substantial first-half deficit or a sub-par performance from its defense. By Benton Smith

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Tom Keegan: Unpredictable play equals predictable result

In the event you turned the TV off after Kansas was guilty of a taunting penalty on the opening kickoff, quickly followed by the standard litany of sins from the offense in the first four minutes: hold, false start and a Montell Cozart interception near the sideline, congratulations. By Tom Keegan

Game balls and gassers: KU at West Virginia

Taylor Martin rushed for 43 yards and sprinted 45 yards for a touchdown reception.

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False Start: Jayhawks can't recover from slow start in 48-21 loss

Another week, but the same story for the Kansas football team. Once again, the Jayhawks fell behind in an early first-half hole and couldn’t recover. This time, No. 14 West Virginia scored on three straight drives in the second quarter Saturday and cruised to a 48-21 victory over the Jayhawks at Milan Puskar Stadium.

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Gameday Breakdown: No. 3 KU basketball vs. Emporia State

A look at some of the keys to the KU men's basketball team's 2016-17 exhibition finale against Emporia State on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016 at Allen Fieldhouse. By Matt Tait

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Rebounding a major focus for Jayhawks in exhibition finale vs. Emporia State

Kansas men’s basketball coach Bill Self would like any and all players on his roster who are able and willing to provide rebounding the attention he believes it deserves to report to Allen Fieldhouse as soon as possible for Sunday’s 7 p.m. exhibition finale against Emporia State. By Matt Tait

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 3, 2016

Here's a look at how former Kansas players fared in NBA games of Nov. 4, 2016.

Friday, November 4

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Kansas will attempt to solve West Virginia's 3-3-5 scheme

Mountaineers' defense tops in Big 12

When No. 14 West Virginia lines up in its 3-3-5 defense, the only thing opposing offenses can expect is the unexpected. Kansas junior quarterback Montell Cozart and the Jayhawks (1-7 overall, 0-5 Big 12) will try to solve the conference’s best defense in hostile territory Saturday night at WVU’s Milan Puskar Stadium (6 p.m. kickoff, ESPN2). By Benton Smith

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Gameday Breakdown: KU football at No. 14 West Virginia

Get the keys for Kansas football as the Jayhawks travel to take on No. 14 West Virginia. By Benton Smith

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Tom Keegan: Hunt is on for graduate or juco transfer QB

This year's options at quarterback can't be candidates to start in 2017 or Memorial Stadium will become a ghost town.

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Decision week looming for 2 of KU's top 2017 targets

Exhibition play may have started and the Jayhawks may be starting to prepare for their Nov. 11 and Nov. 15 regular season openers against Indiana and Duke, but recruiting, as always, remains a major priority for the Kansas basketball program. By Matt Tait

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 3, 2016

Here's a look at how former Kansas players fared in NBA games of Nov. 3, 2016.

Thursday, November 3

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Tom Keegan: No shortage of junkyard dogs in Kansas basketball program

A ranking of the four most aggressive men, aka junkyard dogs, in the Kansas basketball program.

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Too strong to keep down: Dorance Armstrong Jr. surging after injury scare

Dorance Armstrong Jr. hasn’t thought about the particular preseason rep in months. Still, the sophomore defensive end remembers it well. “The moment I did it, I didn’t know what to think,” KU’s star defensive end recalled. “I was scared.” So were his teammates and the Kansas staff. By Benton Smith

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Josh Jackson still learning Bill Self's definition of aggressive

Now that Kansas freshman Josh Jackson has had an opportunity to work through some of those inevitable first-game jitters, KU coach Bill Self has a better idea of what he would like to see from his high-profile guard in Sunday’s final tune-up for the regular season against Emporia State. And it has nothing to do with points. By Matt Tait

Wednesday, November 2

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Kansas sweats out five-set volleyball victory at Kansas State

Win out and grab at least a share of the school’s first Big 12 volleyball title. That has become the battle cry of a Kansas team that made its first Final Four last fall and is looking to make more history. The battle cry still applies, but the Jayhawks had to sweat out a five-set victory Wednesday night in old Ahearn Field House, a mixture of modern seating, musty charm and hot, stuffy air.

No. 24 KU soccer upset by TCU in Big 12 tourney

For just the third time this season, the Kansas women’s soccer team was shutout in a 1-0 loss to TCU in the Big 12 quarterfinals. By Shane Jackson

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Jayhawks lead Big 12 in third-down defense

Defensive coordinator Clint Bowen recently realized he needed to remind the Jayhawks they have a talented defense. One of the first examples Bowen can utilize in such pep talks is KU’s third-down defense. Eight games into the season, the Jayhawks (1-7 overall, 0-5 Big 12) lead the conference in third-down stops. By Benton Smith

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KU basketball shuttle bus no longer free and you still have to walk a little

Construction around Allen Fieldhouse has prompted other changes to game-day parking

A lot of University of Kansas men's basketball fans are walking a little farther and paying a little more to reach Allen Fieldhouse this season, prompted by ongoing construction and increasing demand for parking. The shuttle bus from park-and-ride lots to Allen Fieldhouse is no longer free, and it drops off riders farther away than previous years. Also, some Williams Fund donors' assigned lots are now farther away.

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Breaking down KU's four-guard attack in Tuesday's exhibition opener

The four-guard era for the 2016-17 Kansas basketball team officially arrived with 12:40 to play in the first half of Tuesday’s 92-74 exhibition victory. By game's end, KU coach Bill Self had used 11 different lineups in the new-look offensive attack.By Matt Tait

Tuesday, November 1

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Notebook: Jackson blames nerves for slow first half in exhibition win

He did not record his first bucket until the 13:50 mark of the second half and was on the floor for all of 23 seconds before being subbed out in the second half. But once Kansas freshman Josh Jackson got it going, visiting Washburn had trouble slowing him down during Tuesday’s 92-74 exhibition victory by Kansas at Allen Fieldhouse. By Matt Tait

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Ugly exhibition: Jayhawks 'out-scrapped' in 92-74 win over Washburn

The final score read 92-74 in Kansas’ favor, but the postgame words from the players and coaches who helped the Jayhawks defeat Washburn on Tuesday night in the exhibition opener for both teams did not match it. By Matt Tait

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Svi Mykhailiuk fan of KU's four-guard lineups

But Bill Self not pleased with guard's turnovers

Consider Kansas shooting marksman Svi Mykhailiuk a fan of coach Bill Self’s four-guard lineup experiments. The backup junior wing from Ukraine thrived as a scorer in the Jayhawks’ exhibition debut Tuesday night at Allen Fieldhouse, scoring 16 points on 5-for-7 shooting. By Benton Smith

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Tom Keegan: Frank Mason stands tall in near triple-double effort

Never one to pass up a chance to deliver constructive criticism in a way that sticks, Kansas basketball coach Bill Self included a little of that in telling senior Frank Mason he had a good game Tuesday night as the guard checked out for the final time. By Tom Keegan

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Jayhawks cruise, 92-74; Mason barely misses on triple-double

The highly-anticipated debut of Kansas basketball’s latest freshman phenom, Josh Jackson, didn’t start out the way most inside Allen Fieldhouse Tuesday night anticipated. But the No. 3-ranked Jayhawks didn’t need their likely lottery pick to do it all in a 92-74 exhibition victory over Washburn. By Benton Smith

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Kansas natives Cassie Wait and Tayler Soucie key to Jayhawks' dominant volleyball defense

A pair of seniors who competed for Kansas high schools, both recruited by Kansas State, have a lot to do with those numbers. Cassie Wait, a libero, leads the Big 12 with 5.09 digs per set and middle blocker Tayler Soucie is second with 1.37 blocks per set.

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Joe Dineen injury has silver lining for KU football

The longer Joe Dineen remained out of the Kansas football lineup the more inevitable the news seemed. Tuesday at David Beaty’s weekly press conference, the Jayhawks’ head coach made it official: Dineen, a junior linebacker who hasn’t played for KU since a Week 3 loss at Memphis, will miss the remainder of the season. By Benton Smith

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Dorance Armstrong Jr. partially tore ACL in preseason

Neither health nor production has ever seemed like an issue for Kansas sophomore defensive end Dorance Armstrong Jr. this season. But head coach David Beaty revealed this week the defense’s sack-master partially tore his right anterior cruciate ligament on the first day of preseason camp. By Benton Smith

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Kansas All-American Kelsie Payne named AVCA National Player of the Week

One day after Kansas junior All-American Kelsie Payne was named Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year for the sixth time in her career, the American Volleyball Coaches Association selected her as National Player of the Week.

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adidas, KU unveil special uniforms for Armed Forces Classic

An official announcement from adidas and KU Tuesday morning unveiled the special uniform Kansas will wear when it takes on Indiana at the Armed Forces Classic in Honolulu on Nov. 11. By Matt Tait