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Server accuses KU's Dedric Lawson of skipping out on bar tab; eatery's manager issues statement supporting KU forward

Early Thursday morning, the name of Kansas forward Dedric Lawson appeared in a police report in his hometown of Memphis after a server at a local bar and grill alleged that Lawson skipped out on a tab worth $88.20. But by Thursday night, the general manager of the Bar Louie restaurant had given The Commercial Appeal in Memphis a statement that was sympathetic to the Kansas sophomore. By Matt Tait

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Self calls Dedric Lawson's handling of recent suspension 'very good'

Asked on a radio appearance Wednesday about the recent suspension of transfer forward Dedric Lawson, who missed KU's trip to Italy earlier this month, Kansas basketball coach Bill Self said the former Memphis standout was "very good about it" and understood why he was disciplined the way he was. By Matt Tait

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Golf tournament a reminder of strong connection between Lawrence and former KU star Mario Chalmers

There are very few people who can steal the spotlight of an entire golf tournament without ever swinging a club. But that’s exactly what former Kansas star Mario Chalmers, the hero of the 2008 national title game, did on Monday afternoon at The Jayhawk Club, which hosted Chalmers’ ninth annual charity golf tournament benefitting the Mario V. Chalmers Foundation. By Matt Tait

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KU guard Lagerald Vick continuing to emerge

Set to enter his third year with the program, Kansas junior Lagerald Vick continues to make the kind of progress that has transformed him from deep reserve as a rookie to bona fide weapon in Year 3. By Matt Tait

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The Journey Continues: Opportunity to play in Italy meaningful for KU walk-on Clay Young

After starring at Lansing High and moving on to Kansas City Kansas Community College, KU walk-on Clay Young's journey with the Jayhawks has taken him places he never would have imagined he'd go.By Matt Tait

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Mario Chalmers returns to Lawrence for weekend of fundraising fun

Former Kansas guard Mario Chalmers returned to Lawrence late Friday night to kick off a weekend of fundraising events for The Mario V. Chalmers Foundation that will culminate with his annual golf tournament on Monday at The Jayhawk Club Golf Course. By Matt Tait

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Class of 2018 PG Devon Dotson sets August visit to KU

It’s shaping to be a big recruiting month for the Kansas men’s basketball team and that goes far beyond the arrival of Mitchell Robinson, the 7-foot center and former McDonald’s All-American who is expected to make a visit to campus this weekend. By Matt Tait

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Aaron Miles officially introduced as new G League coach

Former Kansas point guard Aaron Miles, who got a crack at the NBA and spent eight years playing overseas and later coaching on KU coach Bill Self’s staff, officially was named the head coach of the NBA G League’s Santa Cruz Warriors on Wednesday. By Matt Tait

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Jayhawks grew closer in Italy but still are striving for more

Team bonding and a better understanding of the newcomers was a major point of emphasis for the Kansas men's basketball team during its recent trip to Italy. And while many Jayhawks felt progress was made in that department, they also feel there's still room to do more. By Matt Tait

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Jayhawks enjoy tour of Lake Como on final day of Italy trip

After cruising through four games against Italian foes on the basketball court during their eight-day exhibition tour of Italy, the Jayhawks boarded a boat on Monday morning and spent their final day abroad on an actual cruise.

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Arrivederci: Before heading home, Jayhawks impressed Self with fast pace in Italy

The competition wasn’t great and the games were completely one-sided, but that did not keep Kansas coach Bill Self from learning something about his basketball team during the Jayhawks’ recently completed eight-day, two-city tour of Italy. By Matt Tait

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A stroll through Milan: Jayhawks explore top attractions, celebrate a birthday

Andrea Hudy has had a handful of memorable birthdays in her life — most on a beach somewhere, or during her childhood — but none of them were spent in Italy. Until Sunday, that is.

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KU notebook: Graham tickled by assist total on quiet scoring night

Kansas senior Devonte’ Graham, the pick by many to lead the Jayhawks in scoring during the 2017-18 KU basketball season, did not score his first basket of his team’s 118-74 win at Palasport gymnasium outside of Milan on Sunday night until the midway point of the third quarter. By Matt Tait

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Red hot Jayhawk: Newman's 32 points key 118-74 Kansas win in Italian finale

Saving their best for last, the Kansas men’s basketball team, behind 32 points from Malik Newman, steam-rolled Dream Team Italy, 118-74, at Palasport gymnasium outside of Milan on Sunday night. By Matt Tait

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KU notebook: Italian guard both familiar with and impressed by Jayhawks

His older brother’s status as a bona fide NBA scorer with the Denver Nuggets and now Los Angeles Clippers makes him at qualified to know what good basketball looks like. And Players Group guard Federico Gallinari believed he saw it on Saturday night. By Matt Tait

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Staying hot: Jayhawks cruise to another easy victory in Italy, 99-71 in Milan

The Kansas men’s basketball team moved to 3-0 in Italy this month with a 99-71 victory over the same Players Group team they beat 92-61 a couple of nights ago in Rome. By Matt Tait

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KU guard Svi Mykhailiuk easing into senior status in Italy

Fresh off of a summer spent playing with his home country in the U20 European Championships, Kansas guard Svi Mykhailiuk has rejoined the Jayhawks in Italy looking to slide into the role of senior leader.By Matt Tait

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KU notebook: Udoka Azubuike learns his lesson

The thing about Udoka Azubuike’s second game in Italy this summer — a 92-61 win over Players Group at Honey Sport City gymnasium in Rome — was not that he stopped dunking or even that he stopped dunking so hard. Instead, the KU big man started dunking smarter. By Matt Tait

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Repeat performance: Jayhawks deliver another blowout in Italy

The talent of the opponent was slightly better but so were the Jayhawks. That was the story Thursday night from Rome, where the Kansas men’s basketball team improved to 2-0 on its four-game Italian exhibition tour with a 92-61 victory over Players Group Roma, a collection of professional players from various Italian leagues. By Matt Tait

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Vatican tour a mind-blowing experience for Jayhawks

For Kansas guard Sam Cunliffe, an Italian Catholic who grew up among pictures on his grandparents’ walls of the old country’s most magical places, the signature moment of Thursday’s team trip to Vatican City came when he was in the silent Sistine Chapel staring up at Michelangelo’s “The Creation of Adam” some 70 feet above his head.

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KU notebook: Preston makes start in unofficial KU debut

Freshman Billy Preston joined Udoka Azubuike, Devonte’ Graham, Malik Newman and Lagerald Vick in the starting lineup during the Jayhawks’ 90-56 exhibition victory over Stella Azzurra / HSC Roma at Happy Sport City gymnasium in southwest Rome on Wednesday night. And, according to Kansas coach Bill Self, did so with good reason. By Matt Tait

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Rolling in Rome: Jayhawks grab 90-56 win in exhibition opener

The signature moment of the Kansas basketball team’s 90-56 victory in its Italian exhibition opener over Stella Azzurra/HSC Roma was not the three monster dunks by sophomore center Udoka Azubuike nor the three Devonte’ Graham 3-pointers that unofficially kicked off the KU point guard’s senior season. By Matt Tait

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Colosseum, Pantheon highlight KU basketball's city tour of Rome

The Kansas men’s basketball players can now add walking out of the tunnel at the Roman Colosseum to the thrill of running out of the tunnel for home games at Allen Fieldhouse. By Matt Tait

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KU freshman Billy Preston fully cleared, looking to make a jump in Italy

Shortly after arriving in Rome, where his team will play two of its four games in this week’s exhibition tour on Italian soil, Kansas coach Bill Self confirmed that freshman forward Billy Preston had been fully cleared by the NCAA to play this season. By Matt Tait

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Jayhawks arrive in Rome weary but ready to go

By the time Kansas big man Udoka Azubuike took the first steps off the team bus after leaving Fiumicino Airport and taking an all-encompassing city tour en route to the Jayhawks' hotel in the heart of Rome, the clock read 1:51 p.m. local time, more than 19 hours after the Kansas basketball team’s flight took off from Kansas City, Mo. By Matt Tait

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Jayhawks' hunger extends well beyond excitement of getting back on the court

Having waited more than a full year for the opportunity to get back on the court and compete in a real game, one would think that Kansas transfer Malik Newman would be most excited about his own return ahead of this week’s trip to Italy. By Matt Tait

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KU forward Dedric Lawson will not make Italy trip

Practice incident will leave Memphis transfer home

One day before his team boarded a plane for Italy, Kansas coach Bill Self revealed that the Jayhawks’ flight overseas would be one body lighter. By Matt Tait

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Former KU point guard Frank Mason III considered joining Jayhawks in Italy

Back in Lawrence for the second of a four-leg summer camp tour that started in Olathe on Thursday, continues Friday in Wichita and will wrap in his new home of Sacramento next week, former Kansas point guard Frank Mason used some of his spare time to try to make special arrangements to join the Jayhawks in Italy. By Matt Tait

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Tyler Self snags opportunity with the San Antonio Spurs

Former Kansas guard Tyler Self, the son of KU coach Bill Self, is headed to San Antonio to begin his career in basketball. By Matt Tait

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Frank Mason III returning to Lawrence for youth camps

National player of the year in middle of camp circuit in Kansas, Sacramento

Former Kansas point guard Frank Mason III will be back in Lawrence for a one-day camp today, inspiring and teaching young players of all ages who one day hope to follow in his footsteps. By Matt Tait

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Landen Lucas lands pro contract in Japan, eyes spot on 2020 Japanese Olympic team

Landen Lucas’ bid to make an NBA roster fell short after his summer with the Boston Celtics. But that does not mean the former Kansas center has reached the end of big time basketball. By Matt Tait

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Former Jayhawk Jeff Boschee enjoys seeing Lawrence's growth

Former Kansas sharp-shooter Jeff Boschee, who still holds most of KU’s biggest 3-point shooting records, has not been able to get back to Lawrence as often as he would have liked since the end of his playing days, with his own coaching career and busy family life dominating most of his time. By Matt Tait

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Be seen? Mission accomplished for hundreds of AAU players at Hardwood Classic in Lawrence

Big-name college coaches flock to event by the dozens

Above the entrance to Sports Pavilion Lawrence this weekend hung a huge banner announcing the Hardwood Classic AAU basketball tournament that simply said #BeSeen. That was the goal for the players from the more than 250 teams that invaded Lawrence over the weekend for the second, and best, event of its kind in Lawrence’s shiny new facility, and that was incredibly easy to do given the impressive list of college coaches who made the trip to evaluate some of the top talent in the next few recruiting classes. By Matt Tait

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Self will seek to fill scholarship opened up by Whitman departure

Although news of forward Jack Whitman’s departure from the program caught him “totally off guard,” Kansas coach Bill Self already has started thinking about what to do with the scholarship vacated by Whitman’s departure.

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KU forward Mitch Lightfoot breaks nose, will be held out of contact for a few days

Kansas forward Mitch Lightfoot will be held out of contact for the next few days after completing surgery for a broken nose, Kansas coach Bill Self said Friday. By Matt Tait

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Kansas center Udoka Azubuike impresses at Under Armor All-American camp

With its front court depth taking a hit with the unexpected departure of transfer forward Jack Whitman on Wednesday night, the Kansas men’s basketball team got some good news in the big man department. By Matt Tait

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Forward Jack Whitman to leave KU basketball program

A source close to the Kansas basketball program confirmed to the Journal-World on Wednesday night an earlier report from ESPN’s Jeff Goodman that William & Mary transfer Jack Whitman had decided to leave the program. By Matt Tait

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AAU circuit invades Lawrence for monster weekend

Starting Thursday and running through Sunday, Lawrence, Kansas, will become the focal point for college basketball recruiting, with some of the top teams and talents in the country traveling to the Midwest to play in this year’s Hardwood Classic. By Matt Tait

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Mario Chalmers set to rejoin the Memphis Grizzlies

Former Kansas star Mario Chalmers on Tuesday found "the right fit," in his NBA return, agreeing to a one-year, partially guaranteed deal with the Memphis Grizzlies for the 2017-18 season, according to a report from ESPN. By Matt Tait

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Report: Aaron Miles to be named G League head coach

Two years after leaving his job at Kansas to advance in the coaching ranks, former KU point guard Aaron Miles is poised to become a head coach. By Matt Tait

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Former KU star Paul Pierce signs to retire a Celtic

Former Kansas great Paul Pierce, who recently wrapped up a stellar, 19-year NBA career, on Monday signed one last pro contract designed to enable him to go out with the team he came in. By Matt Tait

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Black signs with Rockets; Collison returning to Thunder

Former Kansas forward Tarik Black is headed back to the NBA team with which he started.

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Self says Jayhawks targetting 'everything' on recruiting trail

As if preparing for four games on Italian soil in early August was not making things busy enough, Kansas coach Bill Self and his staff have been running ragged on the recruiting trail of late. By Matt Tait

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'Meat and potatoes' the focus for Kansas basketball during prep for Italy

With practices for their upcoming trip to Italy in full swing, Kansas coach Bill Self and a couple Jayhawk players recently explained the difference between their summertime exhibition routine and the grind that comes with the regular season.By Matt Tait

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Newcomer Dedric Lawson right at home with Jayhawks

If you didn’t know his name, his number or his situation, you might have thought that junior forward Dedric Lawson was preparing for his third or fourth season at Kansas, not his first. By Matt Tait

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Summer standouts poised for bigger roles for 2017-18 Jayhawks

Although he said he was pleased with the work put in by his entire roster so far this summer, three names came rolling off of Bill Self’s tongue first when the KU coach was asked, before practices for Italy began, which Jayhawks had stood out during summer workouts. By Matt Tait

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Josh Jackson continues up and down start to NBA Summer League action

True to the form he showed throughout his one year at Kansas, Josh Jackson has filled up the stat sheet with numbers and the floor with energy and effort, which has led to several good moments and a few bad during his first two NBA Summer League games with the Phoenix Suns. By Matt Tait

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Blue blood beginning: Frank Mason III and 3 other Sacramento rookies aiming to rebuild the Kings

With 268 college victories between them, former NCAA standouts and current NBA rookies De’Aaron Fox, Justin Jackson, Harry Giles and former KU point guard Frank Mason III will be asked to bring a winning culture back to Sacramento during the next few years. By Matt Tait

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Jackson's Suns outduel Mason's Kings in NBA Summer League debuts for both players

They did not spend much time matched up against each other, had plenty of good moments and bad and watched their new teams do battle in a down-to-the-wire, NBA summer league game in Las Vegas. In the end, it was Josh Jackson’s Phoenix Suns who topped Frank Mason’s Sacramento Kings, 89-85 in Vegas, during the first official NBA action for the two former Kansas teammates. By Matt Tait

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All 4 of KU's exhibition games in Italy to be streamed live online

Jayhawks set to face a mixture of young, professional Italian talent

The four Kansas men’s basketball games played on Italian soil in August will be streamed live online for fans back home to watch and will carry with them a familiar sound. By Matt Tait

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