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Jesse Newell

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Whistle-stop win: KU women cruise past Eagles in foul-fest

Before starting her postgame news conference, Kansas University coach Bonnie Henrickson turned to reporters and said what most of them were already thinking: “You guys like that free-throw contest?”

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Knight recovered from ACL injury in time for KU women's opener

Natalie Knight has accomplished her goal. After tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee on Jan. 30, the Kansas University junior guard recovered in time to rejoin the starting lineup for the Jayhawks’ regular-season opener — today’s 2 p.m. game against Oral Roberts at Allen Fieldhouse. By Jesse Newell

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ULM coach laments missed layups

ULM coach Keith Richard’s biggest frustration after his team’s 80-63 loss against Kansas University on Friday wasn’t his team’s shot quality. Instead, it was his team’s accuracy.

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No knockout here: Fort Hays State coach pleased with team's fight

Fort Hays State may have left Allen Fieldhouse with a loss on Tuesday night, but men's basketball coach Mark Johnson was pleased that his team avoided being hit with KU's hay-makers.

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Simply better: Hornets put scare into KU women

Sometimes, the game of basketball can be summed up pretty simply. Given the box score, one wouldn’t have needed a calculus class — or even a calculator — to see the main reason for the Kansas University women’s basketball team’s 61-53 exhibition victory over Div. II Emporia State on Sunday afternoon at Allen Fieldhouse. By Jesse Newell

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KU women face tough foe in ESU

Kansas University coach Bonnie Henrickson was brutally honest with her team in the locker room following an 85-54 exhibition victory over Pittsburg State on Wednesday. By Jesse Newell

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WR Coleman learning on Weis’ watch

It’s called “sticking a route,” and Kansas University receiver Rodriguez Coleman has learned a whole lot more about it in the last few weeks. That’s because KU football coach Charlie Weis has been spending more of his time at practice and in film sessions working with the receivers. By Jesse Newell

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Cole shows speed, control for KU women in exhibition victory over PSU

If the flashes that Kansas University point guard Lamaria Cole showed in Wednesday’s 85-54 exhibition victory continue, the transition from the Angel Goodrich era might be a whole lot smoother for the Jayhawks than anyone imagined. By Jesse Newell

Young KU women to open with Gorillas

A Kansas University basketball coach is ready to see how a young Jayhawks team reacts to a game situation against Div. II Pittsburg State. Sound familiar? By Jesse Newell

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Cole, Hawkins step up for KU women

Kansas University’s Lamaria Cole was the first point guard on the floor during five-on-zero drills Monday, racing up the court while leading her teammates in the fast-break exercise. It’s quite a change from a year ago. By Jesse Newell

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Kansas center Gavin Howard completes cycle

Shortly after he received word that he would become Kansas University’s new starting center a few weeks ago, Gavin Howard texted his best friend to brag a little. By Jesse Newell

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KU soccer snaps drought

Finally, Kansas University soccer coach Mark Francis believes his team was able to catch a few breaks. By Jesse Newell

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Self: KU needs Tharpe to be irreplaceable

Kansas University coach Bill Self expects more — much more — from point guard Naadir Tharpe in his junior season. “I need Naadir to be our most valuable player,” Self said Tuesday before the Coaches vs. Cancer Season Tipoff Reception at Municipal Auditorium. By Jesse Newell

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Charlie Weis: Tony Pierson could miss 'substantial' time with head injury

Kansas receiver Tony Pierson could miss extended time after suffering a head injury in the third quarter, KU coach Charlie Weis said in his press conference following the Jayhawks' 54-16 loss to Texas Tech on Saturday.

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Changing of the guard: Bonnie Henrickson welcomes new faces

Speaking at Wednesday’s media day, Kansas University women's basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson says she has had to re-emphasize patience — even to herself — as it will be especially important with a 2013-14 team that lost three 1,000-point scorers while adding five freshmen who all should compete for immediate playing time. By Jesse Newell

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Hard-earned goal: In quest to play, KU soccer's Salazar tackles grueling course load

Kansas University sophomore midfielder Liana Salazar completed over 50 credit hours in one calendar year to regain eligibility after the NCAA denied her academic waiver. By Jesse Newell

KU soccer rolls, 2-0

After getting shut out in three straight games heading into the weekend, the Jayhawks delivered their second straight two-goal effort Sunday, posting a convincing 2-0 victory over Illinois State at Jayhawk Soccer Complex. By Jesse Newell

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Ex-walk-on Embree earns keep as KU's standout returner

Kansas University's Connor Embree had four punt returns for 92 yards in Saturday’s season-opener against South Dakota, and his coach thinks it may be the start of big things for the former walk-on, who earned a scholarship in August. By Jesse Newell

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Offensive lineman Pearce Slater hasn't returned to KU

Kansas offensive lineman Pearce Slater still has not returned to Kansas University, KU coach Charlie Weis announced at his weekly press conference on Tuesday.

Kansas soccer pounds Purdue

After a 4-1 victory over Purdue on Sunday at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex, coach Mark Francis' new strategy might be sticking around awhile. By Jesse Newell

KU freshmen sweep cross country duals at Bob Timmons Classic

In his first cross country race at Kansas University, freshman Tyler Yunk ran away from the field down the stretch on Saturday at Rim Rock Farm, winning the Bob Timmons Classic by more than four seconds with a time of 19:34.19. By Jesse Newell

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Veteran Matthews entrenched at WR for Jayhawks

Christian Matthews, a 6-foot-1 receiver from Arlington, Texas, has drawn high praise from KU’s coaches in fall camp for his work to improve himself and also teammates. By Jesse Newell

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KU safety Dexter Linton motivated by miss

Dexter Linton, a Kansas University safety, sat at his locker following the Jayhawks’ 25-24 home loss to Rice on Sept. 8 of last year, knowing if he’d made the tackle on fourth-and-four against Rice tight end Vance McDonald in the final two minutes, his team would be celebrating a victory. By Jesse Newell

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KU coach Charlie Weis says he doesn't know when, if juco OL Pearce Slater will return to campus

Kansas coach Charlie Weis opened his Friday press conference by addressing the status of junior-college offensive lineman Pearce Slater, who left the team Saturday to attend a family emergency.

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Greater expectations: Kansas volleyball’s Jarmoc says, ‘The bar is high’

Caroline Jarmoc isn’t bothered if others have high expectations for Kansas University’s volleyball team this season. Her goals are even more ambitious. By Jesse Newell

Special teams standout Ford aims for KU's starting WR job

Kansas senior receiver Josh Ford is ready to be more than a special teams player. After spending most of last season third at X receiver on the depth chart, Ford’s strong camp has put him in position to compete for a starting job. By Jesse Newell

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Pierson, Coleman held out as precaution

Kansas junior receivers Tony Pierson and Rodriguez Coleman did not participate in the Jayhawks’ Friday practice that was open to media members.

Cliff's notes: Charlie Weis press conference: Aug. 13

Keeping the tradition from last week, here's the new-look Cliff's notes version from Kansas coach Charlie Weis at his press conference today.

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Stealing the Cliff's notes: Charlie Weis' press conference

After typing up 67 minutes worth of Cliff's notes, I paid the price for not saving by losing every one of those words. Lesson learned.

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Rising star Perry Ellis, KU freshmen turn heads at adidas camp

Kansas University sophomore Perry Ellis and freshmen Wayne Selden and Joel Embiid served as counselors and played games at last week's adidas Nations camp in Los Angeles, where the trio received positive reviews from media in attendance. By Jesse Newell

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Quote, unquote: A look at some of the top quotes of the Bill Self era

For our final installment in this year’s summer series that looked back the best players and most memorable moments of the first decade of the Bill Self era in Kansas basketball, we dug through scores of stories and racked our brains to come up with a few of our favorite quotes from the past 10 years.

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Quarterback competition no problem for Texas Tech

First-year Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury didn't mind going into fall camp with a quarterback competition. By Jesse Newell

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Baylor 'belittled' by memory of Robert Griffin III

Baylor running back Lache Seastrunk has given up watching ESPN. He says it just makes him mad that his team doesn’t get the publicity it deserves. By Jesse Newell

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Even with unproven QB, Oklahoma offense solid

Oklahoma center Gabe Ikard pulled out his phone to check his list, then told a reporter at Big 12 media days he was the 42nd person that day to ask him who the Sooners’ starting quarterback would be this season. By Jesse Newell

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Oklahoma State relishes role as Big 12 favorites

For the first time in Big 12 history, Oklahoma State was the preseason pick by media members to win the league. OSU coach Mike Gundy is taking the selection as a compliment. By Jesse Newell

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Dual-threat QB David Ash to lead Texas Longhorns

If a good quarterback is the key to winning in the Big 12, then the Texas Longhorns should feel good about their chances in 2013. By Jesse Newell

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Iowa State settled on its quarterback

Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads described it as the most boring, uneventful and terrific media days in his five years with the Cyclones. By Jesse Newell

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Comeback kids: A look at the top rallies in the Bill Self era

In Part 9 of our 10-part series that has looked back on the best players and most memorable moments of Kansas University men’s basketball coach Bill Self’s first 10 years in town, we’ll tackle the games that most likely sent the blood pressure of all of those reading this to new heights — comebacks.

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KU newcomer Sendish embraces challenge of turnaround

Kansas University defensive back Cassius Sendish, one of more than 20 junior college newcomers on KU's roster, thinks his experience can be an asset as the Jayhawks try to improve from last year's 1-11 season. By Jesse Newell

KU running back Sims confident, motivated as senior

As a freshman, Kansas University running back James Sims didn't want to do interviews. Now a senior, Sims comfortably sat at an elevated table answering questions for two hours during Monday’s Big 12 media days and said he's come a long way both on and off the field. By Jesse Newell

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Good game: A look at the best KU games in the Bill Self era

For the eighth installment of our summer series, which looks back at the top players and moments of the Bill Self era thus far, we rank the best basketball games, taking into account the stakes, outcomes and pure entertainment of it all.

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Painful reminders: A look at Bill Self’s saddest setbacks

KU coach Bill Self has lost just 59 games during his first 10 years in Lawrence. Because of their scarcity, many of those 59 losses have been tough for fans and players to swallow.

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Jayhawks hone basketball knowledge, skills with help of video tech

Past and present Kansas University basketball players, including former walk-on-turned-sixth-man Conner Teahan, have taken advantage of Synergy video technology to break down their own games, as well as film of their opponents and comparable college or professional stars. By Jesse Newell

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HoopTube: New video technology boon to KU men's basketball

A video service called "Synergy," for which KU and most other Div. I schools pay thousands of dollars each year, has reshaped how Kansas University’s basketball coaches recruit, study and analyze the game. By Jesse Newell

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Super subs: A look at the best bench players in the Bill Self era

For the sixth installment of our summer series, which looks back at the top players and moments of the Bill Self era thus far, we rank the best Jayhawks who came off the bench at some point during their careers at Kansas University.

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Double vision: Gonzalez twins ‘next big thing’

Though No. 1 men’s basketball recruit Andrew Wiggins has received most of the headlines this summer, it’s possible that a pair of outgoing twins from Pocatello, Idaho, could end up bringing nearly as much publicity to KU. By Jesse Newell

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Leaps & bounds: Justin Wesley works to earn playing time

Kansas University senior forward Justin Wesley says his vertical has been measured this year at 45 inches — up from 42 inches a year ago. By Jesse Newell

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Standing tall: A look at the top centers in the Bill Self era

For the fifth installment of our summer series, which looks back at the top players and moments of the Bill Self era thus far, we size up the big guys who protected the rim and made life miserable for opposing offenses.

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On 'stressful' night, Jeff Withey relieved to be taken by Portland with 39th pick

Surrounded by family and friends in San Diego, Kansas University center Jeff Withey needed something to break the tension of a stressful draft night, finally deciding to play pool with some of his old high school coaches during the second round. He was still at the table when the Portland Trail Blazers made him the 39th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft on Thursday night.By Jesse Newell

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KU basketball notebook: Self still saying no to KU-MU

As long as the Big 12/SEC Challenge goes on in men’s basketball, Kansas University will not be facing the Missouri Tigers. KU coach Bill Self reiterated that point Tuesday during a Big 12 teleconference, responding with a simple “No” when asked if he anticipated playing MU in the conference agreement. Notes by Jesse Newell

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