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Column: Today’s hot tip: take the under

Oddsmakers don’t take setting lines lightly. They want to draw action on both sides of a proposition and in setting the over-under for the 2015 Kansas University football team at 1.5, 5Dimes set up an argument between believers and non-believers.

Column: He’s the right hire for ISU

Fred Hoiberg’s departure from hometown Ames, Iowa, to the NBA still stings for anybody who roots for the Big 12, so imagine how it must numb Iowa State backers. By Tom Keegan

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Column: Seeing Stars? Wake Forest turns out more NBA All-Stars than Kansas

Bill Self and Roy Williams, Kansas University’s only two basketball coaches for the past 27 years, combined for six Final Fours, four NCAA title-game appearances and one national title for KU. They have done so employing different coaching styles and personalities.By Tom Keegan

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Column: Svi can be a teen dream

Those held hostage by numbers, which only speak to the past and leave so much to be desired when the topic is the future, probably don’t spend much time thinking about the contributions Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk will make next season.By Tom Keegan

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Column: QB Stanley could give big boost to Kansas

True, they are called highlight videos for a reason. Bad plays don’t make the cut. The videos are intended to spark the interest of college coaches holding precious scholarships. Still, I challenge anyone to watch the highlight video of 2014 Vero Beach (Florida) High quarterback Carter Stanley and find a potential weakness.

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Column: Kansas football MVP up in air

Sometimes, it’s easy to predict a college football team’s MVP coming into a year, as was the case with Kansas University in advance of Todd Reesing’s final two seasons. Other times, it’s a challenge, which can be either a good or bad thing. By Tom Keegan

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The right approach: Gary Woodland wisely picks his spots

Our local touring PGA player can be a frustrating guy to follow. By Tom Keegan

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Column: Addition makes Kansas Final Four contender

Nearly every talent evaluator who watches Cheick Diallo comes away with reports that go something like: Runs rim to rim with excellent speed and passion. Super high motor. Explosive leaper. Potential to become a decent shot-blocker. Physical. Strong rebounder at both ends. Powerful. Raw offensive skills keep him from being a guy around whom a team would want to build its offense.

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Column: Here’s a look at seven KU football newbies to watch

A look at seven Kansas football players who helped their bids for fall playing time during the spring, listed in alphabetical order. By Tom Keegan

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Column: 'Uncertain' future ahead for KU football

Oh well, at least nothing was falling from the sky during the Kansas University football team’s annual spring game. Yet, plenty else was falling, including the sky itself. The big black cloud that hovered over the stadium seemed appropriate. By Tom Keegan

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Column: KU freshman Aldridge ‘loves’ new coach’s message

Because of her Tuesday class schedule, Kansas University women’s basketball point guard Lauren Aldridge — and the rest of the KU women’s team — was unable to attend the news conference introducing new coach Brandon Schneider. By Matt Tait

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Column: SFA senior says new KU women's coach discourages ‘robots’

Most coaches, by nature, are control freaks: “Go here. Don’t go there. Do this. Don’t do that.” Almost to a man, coaches who have worked with male and female basketball players say that women follow instruction better. New Kansas University women’s basketball coach Brandon Schneider said it Tuesday at his colorful introductory news conference. By Tom Keegan

Column: Blame Weis for ’15 struggles

So little depth at so many positions combined with a brutal schedule puts the Kansas University football team in danger of going 0-12 in 2015. By Tom Keegan

Column: Shot put circuit perfect for TV

Five years of interviewing shot putters and watching them compete sparked a light bulb in my head, a genuinely good idea, one I’m putting down on paper here before it dies of loneliness or gets trampled by the debris that flies around up there in stops and starts, billions of tumbleweeds caught in that ceaseless wind storm between my left and right ears.

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Column: Downtown event made for Hoffa

Just about everything in life has a face. Here, Bill Self is the face of basketball, Jim Ryun the face of the mile, Mike Amyx, barber shears in hand, the face of Lawrence politics.