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Bobby Nightengale

Sports reporter

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Bobby covers KU and high school sports for the Lawrence Journal-World.

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KU transfers Dedric and K.J. Lawson, Charlie Moore learned from redshirt seasons

Traveling to the Final Four in the final week of March, Kansas transfer Dedric Lawson experienced nearly everything that he teammates did. Except he never had to a chance to suit up for a game. By Bobby Nightengale

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Azubuike vs. Spellman: A different defensive challenge for Udoka

Udoka Azubuike has faced some of the most talented big men in the country this season: Duke’s Wendell Carter Jr., Seton’s Hall’s Angel Delgado, West Virginia’s Sagaba Konate and Texas’ Mo Bamba, among others. Azubuike’s Final Four matchup against Villanova big man Omari Spellman will present some new challenges. By Bobby Nightengale

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Udoka Azubuike says it'll be an 'emotional moment' when he sees his mom at Final Four

Azubuike's mom approved for visa Thursday

Udoka Azubuike paused for a couple of seconds, smiling with his eyes trained toward the locker room floor but his mind racing to a moment he’s dreamed about for years. By Bobby Nightengale

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Final Four appearance yet to sink in for Jayhawks

Fans filling Allen Fieldhouse after the Kansas basketball players returned to Lawrence with their regional championship trophy? That was cool. Stopped by several people to take photos at Walmart? It was funny. The moment that caught Malik Newman off guard? It was something that he’s never seen before. By Bobby Nightengale

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Family Fun: NCAA pays family travel expenses for Final Four participants

De Sousa, Mykhailiuk's parents headed to San Antonio

As special it is to play in his first Final Four this week, it’s just as meaningful to Kansas freshman forward Silvio De Sousa that his parents will be in attendance for the first time in his collegiate career. By Bobby Nightengale

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Lawrence's Chisom Ajekwu commits to KU women's basketball

With an opportunity to stay close to home, Lawrence High junior Chisom Ajekwu said it was an easy decision when she decided to verbally commit to play in the Kansas women’s basketball program. By Bobby Nightengale

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Fueled by trash talk, Lagerald Vick at his best in NCAA Tournament

The celebration started at midcourt with about 10 seconds left on the clock and Malik Newman standing at the free-throw line. Lagerald Vick, with a smile whipped across his face, hugged Devonte’ Graham on the logo and started to soak in all of his emotions. By Bobby Nightengale

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Duke’s Marvin Bagley, offensive rebounding could be a ‘problem’ for Jayhawks

Attempting to reach the Final Four for the first time since 2012, the Kansas basketball team will have to confront one of its biggest weaknesses Sunday against one of the top players in the country. By Bobby Nightengale

Kansas softball ready to show off speed in new season

Returning the heart of the batting order from last season, the Kansas softball team will look to frustrate opposing pitching staffs in a different way than past years. By Bobby Nightengale

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Free State's Jalan Robinson chooses not to sign on Signing Day

Spencer Roe signs to walk-on at KU

After a whirlwind two weeks, Free State senior offensive tackle Jalan Robinson decided to press pause on his recruitment Wednesday and opted not to sign with any school on National Signing Day. By Bobby Nightengale

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