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Thursday, May 31

KU junior Anastasia Rychagova earns All-American honor

Kansas tennis junior Anastasia Rychagova became the first Jayhawk to be named an Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-American in 20 years following the conclusion of the 2017-18 season.

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Nonconference, season-finale kickoff times announced for KU football's 2018 schedule

Four kickoff times on the Kansas football team’s 2018 schedule are set, with the Big 12 revealing on Thursday television broadcast assignments for early-season matchups, as well as special dates for the coming fall. By Benton Smith

Wednesday, May 30

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Tom Keegan: Decision benefits Udoka Azubuike and KU

He returned to work on his game, which he will do with the extra motivation of trying to make those who told him that his game wasn’t yet worthy of NBA dollars regret they didn't guarantee him a spot in the first round.

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Notebook: KU veteran receivers show progress

Hasan Defense spent the spring lining up against University of Kansas receivers, fixated on stopping them from making catches. Through those countless repetitions, as well as video reviews of practices, the junior cornerback learned a great deal about the Jayhawks’ receiving unit. By Benton Smith

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KU center Udoka Azubuike to return for junior season

The Kansas Jayhawks officially have their big man back. Sophomore center Udoka Azubuike, who spent the past month or so testing his status with the NBA, announced today that he would return to Kansas for his junior season. By Matt Tait

Tuesday, May 29

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Tom Keegan: Loose deadline enables Kansas to take AD search beyond obvious candidates

Kansas needs a strong leader loaded with common sense and a forceful, charismatic personality that wears well. The department needs a leader who has experience working with massive budgets, hitting aggressive financial targets, can demonstrate a history of growing a business.

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KU's Late Night set for Sept. 28

Kansas basketball fans who each year count down to the official beginning of yet another KU season on the hardwood have to be thrilled by Tuesday's news that the 34th annual Late Night in the Phog season tip-off event will take place on Sept. 28 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Monday, May 28

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KU coach Bill Self sounds off on King James' streak

A man who knows a little about streaks himself, Kansas basketball coach Bill Self was in complete awe on Sunday night when he watched Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James knock off the Celtics in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals to reach his eighth consecutive NBA Finals. By Matt Tait

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KU golfer Harry Hillier a major talent and work in progress

"I’ve watched 27 years of golf and he has about as high a ceiling as I’ve been around. Now whether he gets there, that’s up to him. He’s going to have to work harder." — KU men's golf coach Jamie Bermel and freshman Harry Hillier.

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'Ready to play': Kansas DBs impressed by true freshman CB Corione Harris

As former prep teammates Mike Lee and Corione Harris reunited at the University of Kansas during this past spring semester, Lee appreciated Harris’ situation. Entering his junior season with the Jayhawks, Lee, a safety, wouldn’t judge the young corner too harshly if it took Harris some time to adapt to playing at the college level. And that’s why even the KU veteran who knew Harris best walked away from spring practices impressed. By Benton Smith

Sunday, May 27

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Kansas misses cut, putting end to historic men's golf season

Kansas moved up six spots Sunday to finish 23rd in the 30-school NCAA tournament championships, and even after it became obvious the team wouldn’t make the cut to play another day, a little drama remained.

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Former Ohio State OT to join KU as grad transfer

Just a few years ago, Kevin Feder was a four-star prep offensive lineman with enough potential to sign with national powerhouse Ohio State. Now he's oh his way to Kansas. By Benton Smith

Saturday, May 26

Kansas fades on long, hot day at NCAA golf championship

The difficulty of the course, the short turnaround, the searing heat and the enormity of the stage combined to make this not just another Saturday on the golf course for the Jayhawks.

Friday, May 25

Kansas baseball season ends with 4-2 loss to Oklahoma

Oklahoma sent Kansas home from the Big 12 baseball tournament with a 4-2 victory Friday and needed just one inning of offense to do so.

KU golfer Andy Spencer finishes first day of NCAA play with great shot in the dark

Andy Spencer, No. 1 player for the University of Kansas golf team, decided to hit one more shot, and it was a beauty.

KU's Khmelnitckaia and Rychagova eliminated from NCAA doubles tournament

After a first-round victory in the NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Doubles Championships, University of Kansas juniors Nina Khmelnitckaia and Anastasia Rychagova suffered a season-ending defeat Friday, in the Round of 16.

Dudarev paces KU track and field on Day 1 of NCAA West Preliminaries

Kansas sophomore Gleb Dudarev won the men's hammer throw to lead the KU track and field team on Day 1 of the NCAA West Preliminaries on Thursday at Hornet Stadium in Sacramento.

Thursday, May 24

Baylor blasts Kansas, 10-5, in Big 12 tournament

Sweating from the outset on an intensely steamy day, Kansas co-ace Ryan Zefferjahn felt the heat more than he was able to deliver it within the boundaries of the strike zone Thursday in a second-round Big 12 tournament game against Baylor in Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.

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Kansas golfers ready to tackle challenging Karsten Creek

Other than sophomore Andy Spencer, the University Kansas golfers had not played a round on Karsten Creek, Oklahoma State’s home course and site of the NCAA golf finals, until today’s practice round.

KU's Khmelnitckaia and Rychagova advance to Round of 16 in NCAA doubles tourney

Though they hadn’t played together since mid-March, the University of Kansas doubles pairing of Nina Khmelnitckaia and Anastasia Rychagova advanced out of the first round of the NCAA Women's Tennis Doubles Championship.

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Kansas, Kentucky to meet again next season in SEC/Big 12 Challenge

The University of Kansas men's basketball team will face fellow blue blood Kentucky for the fifth straight season in 2018-19, the schools announced Thursday.

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Big 12 AD discusses challenges of the job in the current college athletics landscape

Hired by Iowa State at the start of the 2005-06 academic school year, Jamie Pollard has seen quite a change in the office he has occupied as the Cyclones' athletic director for the past 13 years. By Matt Tait

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Hillier brothers have long and short games covered for KU golf

Harry, the younger brother, is more outgoing and arrived in the spotlight in need of taming, compared to his older brother, who is more reserved and naturally blessed with a personality befitting the expectations that accompany his role.

Wednesday, May 23

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Kansas edges top-seeded Texas in Big 12 tournament opener, 3-2

Oklahoma City — When a No. 8 seed defeats the regular-season champion in any conference tournament it’s called an upset. Yet, it doesn’t really feel like one when Kansas, the No. 8 seed, sends one of its co-aces to the mound.

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KU defensive standouts Daniel Wise, Joe Dineen make pre-season all-league list

Though they play for a team often overlooked on the national landscape, Kansas football redshirt seniors Daniel Wise and Joe Dineen won’t go unnoticed in their final year with the Jayhawks. By Benton Smith

Tuesday, May 22

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Kansas golfers prepare in style for national finals after winning NCAA regional

The five Kansas golfers who won the NCAA Pacific Regional last week and delivered the university in the NCAA finals for the first time since 2000, gathered Tuesday at the new practice facility at Jayhawk Club to field about the upcoming tournament at Karsten Creek in Stillwater, Oklahoma, which starts Friday.

KU sophomore pitcher Ryan Zeferjahn named 2nd-team All-Big 12

On the eve of the Big 12 Baseball Championship, the conference unveiled Tuesday its All-Big 12 teams for the 2018 season. Sophomore right-handed pitcher Ryan Zeferjahn led the way for Kansas, as a second-team selection.

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Rock Chalk Park started as $39 million deal for KU; now it may top $100 million after KU allowed lease to be changed

Former Kansas Athletic Director Sheahon Zenger agreed to a contract change that could cost KU tens of millions of dollars in additional lease payments at Rock Chalk Park, a review by the Journal-World has found.

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Tom Keegan: KU needs to find the department leader who can find the football leader

If the recent Scottsdale pow-wow attended by billionaires (with a ‘b’) didn’t cost Sheahon Zenger his job, it obviously didn’t save it.

Monday, May 21

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Possible AD candidates for Kansas

Jayhawks prep for search for new athletic director in wake of Sheahon Zenger firing

The University of Kansas is in the market for a leader of its athletic department for the first time since late 2010 now that Sheahon Zenger is out. Monday morning's news that KU Chancellor Doug Girod had relieved Zenger of his duties, effective immediately, means that the university is looking for its 11th AD in school history. By Matt Tait

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David Beaty reacts to firing of Sheahon Zenger

The man who hired David Beaty to coach the University of Kansas football program lost his job Monday.

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Chancellor Girod fires KU Athletic Director Sheahon Zenger, citing lack of progress and necessary change in leadership

University of Kansas Athletic Director Sheahon Zenger has been fired, effective immediately, KU Chancellor Douglas Girod announced Monday.

Sunday, May 20

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Notebook: KU football's leaders aim to change program's culture

Realistically, it would be difficult for any of KU football's leaders of today to come close to reproducing the success of the program’s all-time greats. So how do the Jayhawks go about getting back to the point where they’re playing in and winning big games? By Benton Smith

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With the NBA combine behind him, it's now countdown to decision time for Azubuike

This week's NBA combine in Chicago brought with it a mixed bag of results for Kansas center Udoka Azubuike, the lone KU player of the five in attendance who still could return to KU for the 2018-19 season. By Matt Tait

Kansas walks way to 19-6 victory over Western Illinois in regular-season baseball finale

Kansas reached base 14 times on walks and three times on hit batsmen in a 19-6 rout over visiting Western Illinois in a game shortened to seven innings in Sunday’s regular-season finale.

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Tom Keegan: Class of 2020 basketball prospect N'Faly Dante worthy of hype

The best basketball prospect playing Saturday night on Court 3 at Lawrence Sports Pavilion wasn’t difficult to spot. He was the one calling for the ball and more often than not, not having it passed to him.

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Should KU be worried about getting dumped from a Power 5 Conference? The financial stakes are huge

“Power” may not be a strong enough word to describe the financial benefits of being a member of a Power 5 Conference.

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Girod: Athletics important to KU, but there is a "disconnect" too

When University of Kansas Chancellor Douglas Girod thinks about his university’s athletic department, a number sometimes comes to mind. It is not one you’ll find on the scoreboard or in the record books, though. Rather, look through enrollment records.

Saturday, May 19

Oklahoma defeats Kansas baseball, 14-6; KU faces Texas in first round of Big 12 tourney Wednesday

Oklahoma rode a seven-run third inning and hit four home runs to defeat Kansas, 14-6, Saturday at Hoglund Ballpark.

Friday, May 18

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NBA Combine Notebook from Friday: Graham gets going, Svi stays hot

The NBA combine taking place this week in Chicago is all about drills, testing, scrimmages and interviews designed to give all 30 NBA franchises an even better picture of the players they might draft during the June 21 NBA Draft in Brooklyn, N.Y. By Matt Tait

Thursday, May 17

Kansas baseball ousts Oklahoma, 6-5, in 10-inning game

The June amateur free agent baseball draft is just 2 1/2 weeks away, so the 26 scouts aiming radar guns from several rows behind home plate at Hoglund Ballpark weren’t local bird dogs trying to get lucky by identifying a sleeper.

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KU's Mykhailiuk shoots lights out during Day 1 of scrimmages at NBA combine

Azubuike, Graham squared off as opponents in Thursday's first scrimmage

While Day 2 at the NBA combine in Chicago proved to be beneficial for all five Jayhawks in attendance, sharp-shooting guard Svi Mykhailiuk may have helped himself the most. By Matt Tait

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WR Bobby Hartzog Jr. transferring from KU as graduate

Receiver Bobby Hartzog Jr. won’t be a part of the University of Kansas football program this coming fall.

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'He's a big boy now': Kansas LB Kyron Johnson preparing for larger role

The official KU roster lists linebacker Kyron Johnson at 220 pounds, up 10 from his weight as an early high school graduate and spring enrollee, in 2017. But linebacker Joe Dineen thinks Johnson looks and plays as if he’s added 20 to 25 pounds since joining the program a little more than a year ago. By Benton Smith

Wednesday, May 16

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Kansas head golf coach Jamie Bermel shares what fueled team to win regional, end 17-year drought

The five Kansas golfers competing at the Pacific Regional wondered why assistant coach Chris Wilson and wife Heather weren’t at the team dinner on the eve of Wednesday’s final round, so head coach Jamie Bermel summoned the composure to do what he had to do and told them the truth. It wasn’t easy.

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It's NBA combine time for five Jayhawks

Azubuike, Graham, Mykhailiuk, Newman and Preston all set to tackle pre-draft showcase in Chicago

The mere idea that former Kansas point guard Devonte' Graham, he of 17 games of 40-plus minutes and 11 more of 38-plus during the 2017-18 season, could be deemed “out of shape” less than two months after the end of his senior season is borderline laughable. By Matt Tait

Tuesday, May 15

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Tom Keegan: Legalized gambling will make sports more exciting, more dangerous

Before getting too euphoric over the Supreme Court’s decision to put the fate of legalized sports gambling in the hands of the states, consider the reason that an inordinate number of gamblers still wear polyester disco shirts that went into and out of style in the early 1970s.

Kansas in third, one stroke behind co-leaders heading into final day of men's golf regional

If the Kansas men’s golf team can play as well in Wednesday’s third and final round of the NCAA Pacific Regional as it did in the first two, the Jayhawks will qualify for the NCAA Championships for the first time since 2000.

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New appreciation for video study turning KU's Hasan Defense into better CB

During his first season competing at the Big 12 level, Hasan Defense didn’t master the art of cornerback. As the self-assured, 5-foot-11 corner prepares for his upcoming junior year, though, Defense feels optimistic he can free himself of the blown coverages, penalties and other errors that spoiled his debut fall with the Jayhawks. By Benton Smith

Monday, May 14

Daniel Sutton catches fire, vaults Kansas into second at NCAA golf regional

Kansas senior Daniel Sutton caught fire on the back nine of the first day of competition at the men’s golf NCAA Stockton Regional and carried the Jayhawks into a second-place standing, three strokes behind Iowa State and one stroke ahead of Alabama, the nation’s seventh-ranked team.

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Supreme Court ruling on sports gambling likely to lead to lengthy discussions at KU, across Kansas

It is still too early to know whether Kansas will legalize sports betting in the wake of Monday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling, but already Kansas Athletics can envision the ruling changing its operations. By Matt Tait

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KU center Azubuike ready for next step in stay-or-go decision

KU sophomore Udoka Azubuike may have made his first trip to workout with an NBA franchise at this time last week, but according to Kansas coach Bill Self, now that final exams have finished, Azubuike's workout schedule may increase dramatically. By Matt Tait

Sunday, May 13

KU's Lokedi and Al Hizam defend Big 12 titles

Two days after securing her third 10,000-meter conference title in a row, Kansas senior Sharon Lokedi had another repeat gold-medal performance left in her legs.

K-State takes Sunflower Showdown baseball series with extra-inning victory

For the second time in its weekend series with Kansas State in Manhattan, the Kansas baseball team found itself in extra innings on Sunday. This time, however, it was the Wildcats who emerged victorious, 7-6 in 11 innings in the series rubber match, to take this year's Sunflower Showdown two games to one. All three games were decided by one run.

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'Finally': KU linebacker Joe Dineen amped for redshirt senior season

When Joe Dineen thinks about this stage of his college football career, and how close he is to launching into his senior season, one word springs from his mind and out of his mouth. “Finally.” By Benton Smith

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How much does KU spend on athletics? More than the city spends on police, fire and roads, but returns are big too

In Lawrence, college athletics is a basic necessity. Don’t believe it? Look at the numbers. In 2017, according to budget documents, the city of Lawrence spent $81.9 million on police, fire and roads — often ranked among the most important of government services. Kansas Athletics during its fiscal year 2017 spent $94.7 million hosting athletic events and serving the university’s approximately 500 student athletes.

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Administrative salaries jumped by 42 percent in a single year at Kansas Athletics; KU salaries top K-State's

The year of the big deal for the Big 12 conference was 2012. The year for big paychecks at Kansas Athletics Inc. came right after it with administration salaries increasing by $6 million — or 42 percent — in a single year, a review by the Journal-World has found.

K-State baseball evens series with Game 2 win over KU

The Kansas State Wildcats baseball team out-dueled Kansas, 1-0, on Saturday night at Tointon Family Stadium to even the series at one win apiece heading into Sunday's rubber match.

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A Mother's Day first for Kansas basketball coach Bill Self and family

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self has celebrated plenty of Mother's Days throughout his 55 years, honoring both his mother, Margaret, and wife, Cindy, many times over on the special holiday. But he's never had one like this. By Matt Tait

Saturday, May 12

KU freshman thrower Emilianov sets program, Big 12 championship records

When Kansas freshman Alexandra Emilianov released her fifth and final discus throw of the night Saturday at Baylor’s Clyde Hart Track and Field Stadium, it set program, stadium and Big 12 Track and Field Championship records.

Pepperdine eliminates KU tennis in NCAA Tournament's 2nd round

After dropping five of the six first sets in singles play in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, the Kansas tennis team never recovered against No. 12 Pepperdine.

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KU Cheer Team placed on probation for hazing, other offenses; report alleges initiation involved nudity of cheerleaders

The University of Kansas’ Cheer Team has been placed on probation for a year because of at least one incident of hazing and action that harmed people, the university has confirmed.

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Notebook: Miles Kendrick learning QBs must 'run the show'

Miles Kendrick first met the man who will mold him into whatever type of quarterback he becomes for the University of Kansas football program late this past year. By Benton Smith

Friday, May 11

KU's Lokedi and Dudarev successfully defend Big 12 track and field titles

Kansas senior Sharon Lokedi’s final journey to the Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championship looked a lot like her previous two when the distance runner from Kenya captured her third consecutive league title in the 10,000 meters race on Friday.

KU baseball takes Game 1 from K-State, 9-8 in 10 innings

Despite a five-run ninth inning by Kansas State, the visiting Kansas baseball team emerged victorious in Game 1 of its Sunflower Showdown series in Manhattan Friday night, 9-8 in 10 innings.

KU tennis beats Denver, 4-3, for program's first NCAA Tournament win in 19 years

The Kansas tennis team needed one more victory to advance past the NCAA Tournament’s opening round for the first time in 19 years, and sophomore Maria Toran Ribes delivered it Friday at Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center, in Malibu, Calif.

Chase Hanna finishes round with two eagles in three holes at Costa Rica Classic

Chase Hanna, Big 12 individual golf champion as a senior at Kansas in 2017, eagled two of his final three holes Friday in the Costa Rica Classic, carding a 3 on a pair of par-5 holes.

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Notebook: Dorance Armstrong reportedly signs 4-year deal with Cowboys

Former Kansas defensive end Dorance Armstrong Jr. didn’t waste any time making his partnership with the team that drafted him official. By Benton Smith

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The Final Act: Big weekend of celebrations awaits KU point guard Devonte' Graham and his family

As far as weekends go, they don't make them much bigger than the one KU senior Devonte' Graham and his family will experience during the next couple of days. By Matt Tait

Thursday, May 10

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Tom Keegan: Competing in third language doesn't keep KU scholar-athlete from winning award

When an athlete takes up track and field at the age of 17 and within four months becomes the national junior champion of Moldova, word has a way of spreading to college coaches in the United States.

4 KU tennis players pick up Big 12 honors on eve of NCAA Tournament

On the eve of their NCAA Tournament opener, four members of the Kansas tennis team earned awards from the Big 12 conference.

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Former KU teammate Brett Ballard: Collison 'at peace' with decision to retire

In Nashville to check out the Justin Timberlake concert with his wife, Kelly, former Kansas basketball player and current Washburn head coach Brett Ballard got a first-hand look this week at the end of an era. By Matt Tait

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KU great Nick Collison calls it a career after 15 years in the NBA

Former Kansas great Nick Collison on Thursday announced his retirement from the NBA after spending 15 years with the same franchise in Seattle and Oklahoma City. By Matt Tait

Wednesday, May 9

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Tom Keegan: Too early to bury Tall Ball in college basketball

Even sports, from time to time, fall prey to fads. In basketball, NBA and college, 3-pointers are all the rage.

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Juco CB originally from Louisiana plans to join KU football

A Kansas football secondary already counting on contributions from newcomers this coming fall could have another addition in the mix.

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KU guard Marcus Garrett ready to begin the process of fixing his jump shot

After shooting just 27 percent from 3-point range and losing a little bit of his confidence during his freshman season at Kansas, KU guard Marcus Garrett has big plans for how to fix his jumper and improve his game this summer. By Matt Tait

Tuesday, May 8

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Notebook: Mike Lee trusting of KU secondary's newcomers

When Mike Lee lined up in the secondary during practices or sat down for a meeting with his fellow defensive backs this spring, someone new to the Kansas football roster tended to be right next to him, or at least nearby. By Benton Smith

Monday, May 7

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Former Jayhawk Rex Walters talks college basketball corruption, real and fictional

With a background that includes serious accolades on the court and a small part in the 1994 movie "Blue Chips" on the silver screen, former KU guard Rex Walters offers an interesting perspective into the corruption surrounding college basketball. By Matt Tait

Sunday, May 6

Tom Keegan: Jamie Stanclift latest success story from family coaching tree

Playing softball during her teenage years for the Lawrence Legends, which became the Kansas City Fusion, Jamie Stanclift’s head coach was her father, former University of Kansas softball coach Bob Stanclift and his long-time assistant, Gary Hines.

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Texas shooting guard announces plans to walk on at Kansas

Depending on the circumstances, walk-ons can have a hard time adjusting to the world of big time college basketball. But doing so does not sound like it will be a problem for new Jayhawk E.J. Elliott, a 6-foot-4, 185-pound shooting guard from just outside of Dallas, who made his plans to come to Kansas official over the weekend by announcing his decision to walk on via Instagram. By Matt Tait

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Taylor Turski's strong outing backed by home runs as KU baseball earns series win over West Virginia

Taylor Turski called his start against West Virginia on Sunday the best performance on the mound this season, and it couldn’t have come at a better time for the Kansas baseball team.

Dellinger's dinger propels KU softball past Iowa State in regular-season finale

Sam Dellinger belted a three-run home run in the first inning to set the tone in the Kansas softball team's 4-1 win over Iowa State on Sunday at Arrocha Ballpark at Rock Chalk Park.

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KU football ticket sales down about $6 million per year; some question whether $300 million in new facilities will help

Part of Kansas football and its falling fortunes involves a math problem. The key number in the equation is about $6 million. A Journal-World review of Kansas Athletics Inc. finances found that KU needs to sell about $6 million in additional tickets per year just to get the program back to the brief glory days it had nearly a decade ago in the Mark Mangino era.

Saturday, May 5

Citta carries KU baseball to 13-3 win over West Virginia

Brendt Citta went 3-for-5 with two home runs, a double, five RBIs and three runs scored to lead the Kansas baseball team to a 13-3 victory over West Virginia on Saturday at Hoglund Ballpark.

KU softball falls in extra innings to Iowa State

Iowa State scored a run on a wild pitch in the top of the eighth inning to upend the Kansas softball team, 4-3, on Saturday at Arrocha Ballpark at Rock Chalk Park.

Friday, May 4

West Virginia slams reeling Kansas baseball team, 21-3

West Virginia slammed the reeling Kansas baseball team, 21-3, Friday night in the opener of a three-game series at Holglund Ballpark.

Kansas powers its way to first Big 12 softball victory, 12-4, over Iowa State

The Kansas softball team made its first Big 12 victory of the season a convincing one Friday at Arrocha Ballpark.

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Notebook: Repetitions 'fairly even' for Kansas QBs this spring

As University of Kansas football coaches evaluated their quarterbacks throughout the spring, each of the three Jayhawks vying for the starting job received equitable chances to make his case. By Benton Smith

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How, and why, Albany guard Joe Cremo became one of the hottest targets in college basketball

Grad transfer set to take official visit with KU this weekend

In the period of about four weeks, Joe Cremo transformed himself from little-known college basketball player who hails from a town of 3,000 people just north of Albany, N.Y., to one of the hottest commodities on the recruiting trail. By Matt Tait

Thursday, May 3

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Tom Keegan: Billionaires latest to hear Matt Baty's stadium-renovation pitch

The search committee, multiple people who would know have told me, recommended University of Kansas Provost Neeli Bendapudi as successor to Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little, but the regents went with their own choice, Dr. Doug Girod.

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'I'm gonna talk that trash': KU safety Mike Lee's banter prominent throughout spring

Every time a Kansas football quarterback experienced the misfortune of throwing an interception during a football practice this spring, the guilty party had more to deal with than the instantaneous frustration related to making a mistake. Those passing turnovers, whether they transpired during drills, seven-on-seven work or team periods, came with an impromptu party in the KU secondary, hosted by safety Mike Lee. By Benton Smith

Wednesday, May 2

KU baseball ends 11-game skid with 9-4 win over Missouri State

The Kansas baseball team snapped an 11-game losing streak with a 9-4 road win over Missouri State on Wednesday at Hammons Field. Jaxx Groshans powered the KU offense with two two-run doubles. James Cosentino also provided some pop for the Jayhawks with a solo shot in the sixth inning.

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Tom Keegan: Competitive football teams, not shiny stadiums, draw crowds

“Raise the Chant,” seems far too ambitious a slogan for the fundraising campaign aimed at giving David Booth company in trying to bring state-of-the-art upgrades to the Kansas football stadium.

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Notebook: KU football veterans regard atypical spring as a success

Although numerous injuries among offensive linemen inhibited the Kansas football team’s ability to scrimmage as it typically would throughout the past several weeks, veterans of the program deemed the spring portion of the offseason a success. By Benton Smith

Tuesday, May 1

Drama-free selection show reveals KU tennis part of NCAA Tournament for 3rd year in a row

Gathered in a half-circle in front of a flat screen TV Tuesday afternoon on the second-floor deck inside Jayhawk Tennis Center at Rock Chalk Park, members of the University of Kansas women’s tennis team didn’t greet their inclusion in the upcoming NCAA Tournament by jumping out of their seats or howling with joy.

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David Beaty identifies KU football's under-the-radar spring contributors

While anybody who follows the program knows how valuable veterans such as Daniel Wise, Steven Sims Jr. and Joe Dineen are for Kansas football, the significance of dozens of their teammates easily goes unnoticed, especially this time of year, with the season still months away. Accordingly, head coach David Beaty recently commended some of the less heralded players who impressed him in one way or another over the past several weeks. By Benton Smith