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Benton Smith was born in Kansas City, Mo., and bounced around in the years that followed, living in Pennsylvania, Iowa and North Carolina, before moving to Lawrence in 2006. Along the way, he lived in Sanford, N.C., for a huge chunk of his life and graduated in 2002 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill — an institution, he assures die-hard Kansas fans, which he attended primarily for its in-state tuition and journalism program. Shortly after moving to Lawrence, Smith began working part-time at the Journal-World, initially covering youth sports. Next, he covered Free State High athletics and area sports for the J-W, before taking on the position of sports editor for one of The World Company's weekly newspapers, The Mirror, in Tonganoxie. He worked there from 2008 to 2011, until returning to the Journal-World to lead its high school sports coverage. In 2013, Smith took on a new role with, as a digital editor, blogger and writer.

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Beaty fires up KU football fan base

No, February doesn’t really qualify as football season. But new Kansas University football coach David Beaty and his staff certainly don’t care. They already have made stops in Hays, Hutchinson and Topeka this month as they tour the Sunflower State for a series of meet-and-greets designed to introduce the new coaches to the KU fan base.

Kansas-TCU women at a glance

A look at Tuesday's Kansas-TCU women's basketball game By Benton Smith

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KU women lose battle of boards, home game vs. Texas

Kansas University’s women’s basketball team made Texas earn it baskets Saturday night at Allen Fieldhouse, but the Jayhawks had issues matching up with the Longhorns — especially junior forward Imani McGee-Stafford — on the glass.

Kansas-West Virginia women's basketball at a glance

A look at Tuesday's Kansas-West Virginian women's basketball game. By Benton Smith

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KU women go cold late, lose to OSU

Kansas University’s women’s basketball team led visiting Oklahoma State by as many as 15 points in the first half Saturday night at Allen Fieldhouse. But OSU’s determination and interior play eventually wore down the Jayhawks in a 65-57 loss. By Benton Smith

Kansas-Texas Tech women at a glance

A look at Wednesday's Kansas-Texas Tech women's basketball game By Benton Smith

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Stigler stalwart for Jayhawks’ track and field

Seeing how the Super Bowl is just a few days away, a couple Kansas University track athletes had some advice for head coach Stanley Redwine before he stepped to the podium Thursday afternoon for the team’s preseason media day at Rock Chalk Park.

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KU softball sets sights on NCAA repeat

Senior Kansas University softball pitcher Alicia Pille spent the offseason often reminiscing about the moment last spring when the Jayhawks found out they were NCAA Tournament-bound.

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No. 3 Baylor women escape KU with 71-63 win

Unranked and winless in Big 12 play, Kansas University’s women’s basketball team gave No. 3-ranked Baylor a scare before falling 71-63 Saturday afternoon at Allen Fieldhouse.

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Jayhawks blow 14-point first-half lead in Sunflower Showdown

Wildcats beat KU 58-52

Kansas University’s women’s basketball team couldn’t sustain a hot start in the Sunflower Showdown Sunday afternoon at Bramlage Coliseum, and lost its third straight Big 12 game in a 58-52 setback to rival Kansas State.

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