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Bobby Nightengale

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No offense: Jayhawks thumped against Iowa State, 45-0

In an Air Raid offense that’s supposed to stretch the field and hurt opposing defenses with a quick tempo, the Kansas football team did neither of those things in its most dismal offensive performance of the season. By Bobby Nightengale

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Jayhawks dropped by Texas Tech, 65-19

Coming out of its bye week, the Kansas football team endured the same problems that it had prior to Saturday’s 65-19 loss to Texas Tech at Memorial Stadium. By Bobby Nightengale

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Out of bye week, Jayhawks preparing for talented Texas Tech offense

Even before the Kansas football team went into its bye week, there was plenty of familiarity with Texas Tech quarterback Nic Shimonek. By Bobby Nightengale

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Beaty: 'I don't believe in moral victories'

Entering a bye week, Kansas football coach David Beaty said he saw some improvements during his team’s 56-34 home loss to West Virginia last weekend. But following KU’s third straight defeat, Beaty wasn’t going to spend much time emphasizing only the positives. By Bobby Nightengale

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Herbert regains his confidence with breakout games

Despite little playing time in the first two games of the season, Kansas football players and coaches were aware of the talent of sophomore running back Khalil Herbert. By Bobby Nightengale

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Grounded: Mountaineers spoil Herbert's big day, KU's comeback bid

Despite one of the best outings in school history by sophomore running back Khalil Herbert on Saturday, the Kansas football team couldn’t keep up with West Virginia in a 56-34 loss at Memorial Stadium in its Big 12 opener. By Bobby Nightengale

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Road woes continue: Jayhawks fall at Ohio, 42-30

Like so many road games in the past several seasons, the Kansas football team fell into an early deficit and couldn’t climb back. By Bobby Nightengale

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Jayhawks crushed against Central Michigan, 45-27

Any momentum the Kansas football team picked up last week in a season-opening victory disappeared during a 45-27 loss to Central Michigan on Saturday at Memorial Stadium. By Bobby Nightengale

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Bender throws 4 TDs, Jayhawks roll in opener

On a night to celebrate the 2008 Orange Bowl champions team, the current version of the Kansas football team put on its own show Saturday at Memorial Stadium. By Bobby Nightengale

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'A heck of a player': Big 12 offensive linemen respect Dorance Armstrong

Following a breakout sophomore year, Kansas defensive end Dorance Armstrong Jr. won’t be sneaking up on any opponents during the 2017 season. By Bobby Nightengale

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KU football players share media day experience with parents

When Hakeem Adeniji and Daniel Wise returned to their home state for Big 12 football media days last month, they had some special guests by their side. By Bobby Nightengale

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KU football coaches, players conscious of head injuries and CTE studies

Kansas football coaches and players are aware of the dangers of their sport. Head injuries, including concussions, have become a popular topic. By Bobby Nightengale

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KU walk-on Vaughn Taylor making early impact on defensive line

At one of the deepest and most talented position groups, defensive end Vaughn Taylor Jr. quickly impressed his Kansas football teammates and coaching staff. By Bobby Nightengale

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Smashing hit: Lee looking to improve on solid freshman season

During the spring football game in April, Kansas safety Mike Lee saw a screen pass developing in front of him around the 15-yard line and his eyes lit up. By Bobby Nightengale

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Lawrence's Boye-Doe picks up offers from KU, K-State

After beginning the summer searching for his first Division I college football scholarship offer, Lawrence High senior cornerback Ekow Boye-Doe landed offers from Kansas State and Kansas on back-to-back days. By Bobby Nightengale

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Junior Olympics help fulfill Rock Chalk Park 'dream'

With thousands of athletes in attendance at Rock Chalk Park on Tuesday night, Olympic gold medalists Carl Lewis and Ashton Eaton sat on a podium ready to offer words of advice.

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K-State football captain Dayton Valentine grew up a KU fan

Long before Dayton Valentine was named one of the five captains of the Kansas State football team, he had dreams of playing for a different team in the state. By Bobby Nightengale

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Big 12 football notebook: Texas building a competitive culture

After being named the head football coach at Texas in November, Tom Herman has spent the following months trying to develop a competitive culture. By Bobby Nightengale

Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby plans to sign contract extension

Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby told reporters Monday that he expected to sign a contract extension through the 2024-25 season.

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Ehambe prepared to make big impact on defensive line

Josh Ehambe's next step is trying to transfer all of his accomplishments from the weight room to the field. His goal is to line up on the opposite side of the defensive line from preseason All-American candidate Dorance Armstrong Jr. By Bobby Nightengale

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Beaty pleased with KU's progress during the offseason

Counting down the days until the start of the upcoming college football season, Kansas coach David Beaty said the Jayhawks have the same hopes and dreams as all of the other programs. By Bobby Nightengale

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Beaty's former college teammate enjoys chance to see recruiting up close

When Kansas football coach David Beaty met with Nick Williams, KU’s latest commit, on his unofficial visit to campus earlier this month, he saw a familiar face in the room. By Bobby Nightengale

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Lawrence baseball coach Brad Stoll thrilled to see former players drafted

It was the second time Bryce Montes de Oca went through the Major League Baseball Draft process, but it was still the same amount of joy for Lawrence High coach Brad Stoll.

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St. Louis offensive lineman commits to KU football; Louisiana safety decommits

The Kansas football program received one commitment and one de-commitment on the recruiting trail Wednesday. By Bobby Nightengale

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Zenger announces plans for renovation of Memorial Stadium, new indoor facility

During a meet-and-greet event for the Kansas football team Wednesday, KU athletic director Sheahon Zenger delivered news that renovation of Memorial Stadium and other football-related projects totaling $300 million are around the corner. By Bobby Nightengale

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Self will attend NBA Draft, hopeful Mason can sneak into 1st round

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self will travel to New York for the NBA Draft next week and he’s hopeful that two KU players will be selected in the first round. By Bobby Nightengale

KU baseball comeback falls short against Baylor

Trailing by a run in the bottom of the eighth inning Friday, the Kansas baseball team had everything set up for a late-inning comeback against Baylor.

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Ducks embrace road atmosphere, underdog role in Elite Eight win

Entering Saturday’s Elite Eight game against Kansas at Sprint Center, the Jayhawks’ home away from home, Oregon basketball players were happy to play the role of the underdog. By Bobby Nightengale

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KU's small-ball lineup pays off in big way

At the beginning of the season, Kansas basketball players weren’t sure how much time they’d spend on the court in a four-guard lineup. Now the small-ball lineup is one of the reasons the Jayhawks are thriving in the NCAA Tournament. By Bobby Nightengale

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Purdue coach Matt Painter on KU: 'Shoot the way those guards shot then they can't be stopped'

After KU’s 98-66 victory over Purdue in the Sweet 16 on Thursday at Sprint Center, Purdue head coach Matt Painter was asked whether he could see anybody stopping the Jayhawks. By Bobby Nightengale

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Most player of the year votes counted before Mason and Swanigan tip off

Most of the ballots were mailed and the majority of the votes will be counted by the time Frank Mason and Caleb Swanigan face off against each other Thursday night in the Sweet 16. By Bobby Nightengale

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Tom Izzo on Jayhawks in tournament: 'They have a good chance to have some success'

After Kansas advanced to the Sweet 16 with a 90-70 second-round victory at BOK Center, Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said the Spartans lost to the better team. By Bobby Nightengale

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Jayhawks make the most of UC Davis technical foul

It doesn’t take much to spark the No. 1-seeded Kansas basketball team, and perhaps, all it took was one whistle Friday. By Bobby Nightengale

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Deja vu? Les faces Kansas in the first round again

Exactly 11 years ago Friday, Jim Les coached a team past Kansas in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. By Bobby Nightengale

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A peek at the path forward for Big 12 teams in NCAA tournament

The Big 12 Conference was considered one of the best conferences in the nation throughout the season and it was rewarded with six teams in the NCAA Tournament. By Bobby Nightengale

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TCU senior after upsetting Jayhawks: 'This is the win of my career'

As soon as TCU senior Brandon Parrish saw Kansas guard Devonte Graham’s 3-pointer at the buzzer bounce off of the rim, he punched the air and let out a scream. By Bobby Nightengale

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Jayhawks secure outright Big 12 title with win over Texas

With an opportunity to lock up an outright Big 12 title Saturday, the Kansas basketball team leaned on some of its players off of the bench in a 77-67 victory over Texas at the Frank Erwin Center.

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Brandon Rush fights back emotions during jersey retirement ceremony

With about five minutes remaining in the first half of the Kansas men’s basketball game Wednesday, Brandon Rush took a few moments to drink water and gather himself. By Bobby Nightengale

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Jayhawks enjoy giving back at Special Olympics clinic

Only a few days away from an opportunity to clinch another Big 12 title, Kansas basketball players spent their Sunday afternoon helping other teams. By Bobby Nightengale

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Kansas football adds commitment from Missouri defensive lineman

Less than a week after adding the first player in the 2018 recruiting class, the Kansas football team picked up its eighth pledge Thursday. By Bobby Nightengale

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Firebirds' Dineen inks with Kansas

As soon as Free State High senior Jay Dineen woke up Wednesday, he quickly filled out paperwork and sent it to the University of Kansas. By Bobby Nightengale

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Misfire: Jayhawks struggle to shoot in 84-54 loss to Oklahoma

In Thursday’s Big 12 opener against Oklahoma, the Kansas women’s basketball team made five shots in the first three minutes. Then the Jayhawks missed nine straight shots and never recovered in an 84-54 loss at Allen Fieldhouse.

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Jayhawks outlast Riverside in OT thriller, 90-84

With 12 lead changes in the second half against UC-Riverside on Wednesday, the Kansas women’s basketball team kept turning to sophomore McKenzie Calvert.

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Jayhawks drop season finale at K-State, 34-19

Similar to the arc of the 2016 season, the Kansas football team couldn’t fight back from a big first-half deficit in its regular season finale against Kansas State, a 34-19 loss at Bill Snyder Family Stadium on Saturday.

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Career days from Vick and Azubuike lift Jayhawks to 95-57 win

Kansas sophomore Lagerald Vick and freshman Udoka Azubuike both earned the first starts in their careers Friday and made sure to make the most of it in a 95-57 victory over UNC Asheville at Allen Fieldhouse.

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Admiration for Ainise: Havili leads KU volleyball in many ways

The Kansas volleyball program continues to reach new heights, its latest step winning the school's first-ever Big 12 title. One of the biggest reasons for the Jayhawks’ success is their do-it-all junior setter Ainise Havili. By Bobby Nightengale

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Wyman redeems himself, credits teammates following game-winning field goal

Heading into overtime Saturday, Kansas senior kicker Matthew Wyman had made 26 field goals in his four-year career. But none were as important as his game-winning, 25-yard field goal in overtime, lifting the Jayhawks to a 24-21 victory over Texas at Memorial Stadium. By Bobby Nightengale

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KU football upsets Texas in overtime, wins first Big 12 game

Kansas true freshman Mike Lee grabbed an interception in overtime and Matthew Wyman drilled to a 25-yard field goal to lift the Kansas Jayhawks to a 24-21 victory over Texas on Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

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Fifth-year senior walk-on highlights Iowa State's win over KU

During a drive at the end of the third quarter, there was no stopping Iowa State running back Mitchell Harger. The fifth-year senior walk-on Harger carried the ball eight times for 58 yards, ending an 80-yard drive with a six-yard touchdown — the first score of his career. By Bobby Nightengale

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Jayhawks fail to get enough stops in 31-24 loss to Iowa State

Looking for its first Big 12 victory in more than two years, the Kansas football team will have to wait at least another week. The Jayhawks certainly had their chances against Iowa State on Saturday, leading by eight points in the third quarter, but couldn’t register enough stops on defense in a 31-24 loss.

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