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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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Free State's Jalan Robinson watches football recruitment skyrocket before signing day

Before walking into school Monday, Free State senior Jalan Robinson received a phone call from a Mississippi State football coach. By Bobby Nightengale

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Jayhawks thumped by Oklahoma State in season finale, 58-17

Similar to many of the other Big 12 games this season, the Kansas football team fell into an early deficit and didn’t produce nearly enough offense to keep up in Saturday’s 58-17 loss to Oklahoma State at Boone Pickens Stadium. By Bobby Nightengale

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Lawrence's Amani Bledsoe enjoys 'fun' homecoming game against KU

There were more family and friends in the stands than usual, but Amani Bledsoe tried to treat Saturday’s football game against Kansas like all of the others. By Bobby NIghtengale

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Jayhawks dropped by Sooners, Mayfield in 41-3 loss

There was an icy standoff during the opening coin toss. Some trash talk and unsportsmanlike penalties after plays. But in the end, the result was the same for the Kansas football team as all of its other Big 12 games. By Bobby Nightengale

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Free State's Claire Campbell signs to swim under her dad at KU

When Free State senior Claire Campbell was ready to commit to the Kansas swimming team in late September, she made a phone call to tell her future coach. Sometimes good news can’t wait. Her dad, KU coach Clark Campbell, was out of town, so they celebrated over the phone.

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Turnovers cost Jayhawks in 42-27 loss to Texas

The Kansas football team committed four turnovers in the first half Saturday and lost its 45th consecutive road game against Texas, 42-27, at Darrell K. Royal Stadium. By Bobby Nightengale

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Jayhawks crushed by Baylor, remain in last place in Big 12

In a game between the bottom two teams in the Big 12 Conference, the Kansas football team stumbled into some of the same problems that have plagued the team all season. A multiple touchdown deficit at halftime. The offense never found the end zone. By Bobby Nightengale

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Jayhawks shoot past Pitt State, 100-54

Playing inside of Allen Fieldhouse for the first time this season, the Kansas men’s basketball team proved there’s no place like home. The Jayhawks led by 15 points within the first five minutes and never looked back in an eventual 100-54 victory over Pittsburg State in the team’s second exhibition game of the preseason. By Bobby Nightengale

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Boye-Doe picks K-State for family environment

A few weeks ago, Lawrence High senior cornerback Ekow Boye-Doe told Kansas State’s football coaches that he planned to commit in the near future.

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Jayhawks fall short against K-State, 30-20

For the first time in Big 12 play this season, the Kansas football team didn’t have to climb out of a major hole at halftime. But even an improved start wasn't enough to lead to a win. By Bobby Nightengale

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Jayhawks shutout for the second straight week, 43-0

For the first time since 1986, the Kansas football team failed to score any points in back-to-back weeks.

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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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