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Column: Jayhawks recall Royals reliever Finnegan

Just six months ago, left-hander Brandon Finnegan stared in at the catcher’s signs from atop the mound at Hoglund Ballpark, a Jayhawk in the batter’s box. By Tom Keegan

Column: Ritch Price marvels at run by Royals

Kansas University baseball coach Ritch Price, who has friends in the organizations of both World Series teams, did a nice job of articulating the key moment for the Royals, America’s darlings. By Tom Keegan

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Column: KU linebacker Heeney remarkable, irreplaceable

Seldom has a football player who does everything so right and with all his might so often been asked to explain what went wrong as Ben Heeney. Kansas University’s senior middle linebacker is a team captain and as such a team spokesman. His team usually loses. So he has to try to break down why. By Tom Keegan

Column: ‘Dark side,’ Bowen driving KU football

When true freshman Derrick Neal made the switch from offense to defense, team captain Ben Heeney initiated him with five words: Welcome to the Dark Side. It’s the side you want to be on. By Tom Keegan

Column: Kansas must be smarter in hiring next coach

When Charlie Weis draws his final paycheck from Kansas Athletics in 2016, he will have been paid $12.5 million for winning one Big 12 game. Turner Gill made $10 million for one Big 12 victory.

Column: 50 years after Olympic gold, Billy Mills has sweet memories

Billy Mills, who shocked the world 50 years ago today by winning the gold medal in the 10,000 meters at Tokyo, considers his memories and friendships from his days in Lawrence priceless. By Tom Keegan

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Column: Bowen's passion, intensity rubbing off on Jayhawks

Two games, both losses, don’t supply enough evidence for Kansas University athletic director Sheahon Zenger to call off the coaching search and remove the interim tag from Clint Bowen. Yet, anybody who hasn’t seen a serious change in the way the team plays either isn’t watching, doesn’t want to see it, is blinded by Bowen’s lack of celebrity, or all of the above. By Tom Keegan

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Column: Alexander doesn't have to be great, but freshman headed that direction

Kansas University freshman center Cliff Alexander didn’t have a baby hook shot until Bill Self taught him one in Lawrence. Now he looks as if he has had it his whole life. By Tom Keegan

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Column: Football is passion of Bowen family

Clint, the youngest of three sons born to Charley and Joyce Bowen, said his brother Charley was a better football player than he was for Lawrence High and Kansas University. Charley said his kid brother Clint was a harder worker.

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Column: CB Boateng received trial by fire

Dexter McDonald, Kansas University’s talented senior cornerback, ran off the field with his shoulder stinging, and the West Virginia announcers were on it immediately. By Tom Keegan

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Column: Jayhawks’ Graham exudes confidence

All sorts of modifiers capture different types of confidence, ranging from “quiet” to “obnoxious.” “Classy” is the best word to put in front of confidence as it relates to Kansas University freshman point guard Devonté Graham.

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Column: Know who’s perfect 6th man?

Two starters return from last year’s Kansas University basketball team, but a surplus of starter-caliber players, not a shortage, makes projecting which five will make the most starts together a tricky proposition. By Tom Keegan

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Column: Now is not the time for Bowen, Jayhawks to hesitate

New Kansas University football coach Clint Bowen is trying to make something out of nothing. Based on how Bowen handled his first week of practices and first of eight games during his head-coaching tryout, hesitation won’t be a problem for him. By Tom Keegan

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Column: Pierson, RBs give Kansas a chance

Corey Avery and De'Andre Mann bring excitement to KU’s rushing attack, but nobody the team has puts a scare into a defense the way senior Tony Pierson does. By Tom Keegan

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Column: Mason an expert on Kansas turnaround

One of the many things Kansas University’s interim football coach Clint Bowen said that resonated during his Monday introductory news conference was that he is prepared for this job because he witnessed turn-around efforts under Glen Mason and Mark Mangino.

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