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After getting a break once the spring semester wrapped up, the Jayhawks will start summer conditioning drills Monday.

Mason makes career change

Glen Mason visited the homes of hundreds of recruits in three decades of coaching football, sitting down and giving a sales pitch that could equate to victories on the field - and job security in the long run.

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New deal for Mangino in works

Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino signed a five-year contract in 2006 which paid him $1.5 million per year. Nobody knew at the time that it'd take just one special season to outdate it.

Mangino, KU working on new contract

Kansas University is close to reaching a new agreement with football coach Mark Mangino, the Journal-World has learned.

Mangino's '04 rant hot topic again

So it was a bit calculated, after all. Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino was in Dallas last week speaking on a panel as part of the National Football Foundation's football forum.

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Unhappily ever after

Jayhawks' season comes to abrupt end

The storybook ending was in place - a two-out, two-run home run by Justin Ellrich in the top of the ninth inning that gave Kansas University's baseball team a dramatic one-run lead. The entire KU squad mobbed Ellrich at home plate. The Jayhawks were going wild.

KU baseball loses season finale, 11-10

The Kansas University baseball team's 2008 season ended in cruel fashion, when a bases-loaded beanball drove in the winning run in Kansas State's 11-10 victory Sunday at Tointon Stadium.

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Running out of chances

KU still controls destiny despite loss

Kansas University's baseball team tripped over its own shoelaces once again on its way to the finish line. Still, the Jayhawks aren't out of this thrilling race. Quite the opposite, in fact.

Kansas State defeats KU baseball, 5-4

Kansas State scored a run in the eighth inning and slipped by Kansas University's baseball team, 5-4, Saturday at Tointon Stadium.

Teacher defends allegations; Arthur 'frustrated'

Darrell Arthur is in Dallas right now, staying in shape and preparing for the NBA pre-draft camp in two weeks. His inner circle, meanwhile, is trying to put out a lot of fires.

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Backed against the wall

After sloppy loss, KU faces win-or-else weekend

Barely a minute had passed after the conclusion of Friday's baseball game at Hoglund Ballpark when the scoreboard behind the right-field fence was reset and turned off. It probably was better that way.

Finals cut into KU-KSU baseball preparations

At Kansas University's baseball practice Wednesday, about half of the hitters were missing in action, stuck in a classroom taking finals or with a tutor studying for them. Down I-70 in Manhattan, Kansas State had a similar, so-so week of work.

Report: Arthur's grades altered

A report by Dallas television station WFAA alleges that Kansas University basketball forward Darrell Arthur was the beneficiary of improper grade-changing while in high school.

Dallas TV station to report Darrell Arthur allegedly may have benefited from academic improprieties in high school

Dallas television station WFAA is teasing a story set to air at 10 p.m. tonight about a former South Oak Cliff athlete -- presumably KU basketball player Darrell Arthur -- who may have benefited from improprieties in high school that helped him qualify for a college scholarship.

Kansas baseball controls own postseason destiny

Win the series. Three words illustrate the cleanest path Kansas University's baseball team can take to the Big 12 Conference tournament, which starts next week in Oklahoma City. The Jayhawks (30-24 overall, 9-15 in Big 12 play) are guaranteed a spot in the eight-team tournament if they win two out of three against Kansas State starting Friday.

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Splittin' mad

KU steamed after dividing doubleheader

Any momentum lingering from a heroic victory in the first game of Kansas University's baseball doubleheader Sunday didn't show its face in the nightcap.

Kansas baseball splits doubleheader with Missouri

Robby Price goes 5-for-5, drives in winning run in Game One

Robby Price blooped an RBI single over the shortstop's head in the bottom of the ninth inning, knocking in the winning run in Kansas University's 7-6 baseball victory over Missouri.

Coaches give K.C. agency thumbs up

'Powerhouse' firm offers clients 'whole package'

The idea started more than a year ago, when a lawyer and an agent were discussing two of their clients, North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams and Southern Cal football coach Pete Carroll.

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B(r)oomer Sooner

Jayhawks complete sweep

Kansas University's baseball team was finishing up its much-needed weekend of success Sunday when two fans in the Hoglund Ballpark bleachers pulled out brooms and started waving them over their heads.A sweep - and a badly needed one, too.

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Wind-aided win

Jayhawks rally for wild victory

Just this one time, the howling wind offered no help. Kansas University closer Paul Smyth served up a strike to Oklahoma's cleanup hitter, Aaron Baker, with two outs and one on in the ninth inning. Baker crushed it to left-center field, carried along by the strong breeze blowing out on a chilly Friday night at Hoglund Ballpark.

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Kaun, others honored

Sasha Kaun already has plenty of hardware - namely, a national-championship trophy as a senior forward on the Kansas University men's basketball team.

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Kansas, Hall A-OK at 'The K'

K.C. metro native pitches KU to 3-0 victory over Missouri

Shaeffer Hall froze one last Missouri batter, tightened his arms up and let out a yell. Seven scoreless innings were in the books, and Kansas University's starting pitcher let the last drop of adrenaline come screaming out.

McClinton to try out with Chiefs

Former Kansas University defensive tackle James McClinton will attend the Kansas City Chiefs' rookie minicamp this weekend on a tryout basis, according to his agent Kevin Robinson.

Three more Jayhawks drafted

Four years ago, Marcus Henry was expecting to play junior-college football because nobody recruited him.

Free-agent frenzy begins

Former Kansas University and Lawrence High football standout Brandon McAnderson has agreed in principle to a free-agent deal with the NFL's St. Louis Rams.

Henry selected in sixth round by New York Jets

Henry was the fifth pick of the sixth round and went 171st overall. His stock skyrocketed after breaking out in 2007, when he caught 54 balls for 1,014 yards and 10 touchdowns for the 12-1 Jayhawks.

Fine selected in fourth round by Buffalo

Many mock drafts didn't place Fine in the middle rounds. But his strong showing in pre-draft workouts, including the prestigious NFL Combine, made him a wanted man by several NFL teams.

Collins selected in fourth round by Cincinnati

Collins was picked in the fourth round by the Cincinnati Bengals as the 112th overall selection Sunday. He was projected to be a second- or third-round pick, but slipped into the middle of the fourth.

Talib first first-round Jayhawk since 1993

Despite character questions, Tampa Bay selects cornerback with 20th pick

As Saturday's NFL Draft progressed further and further down the first round, former Kansas University cornerback Aqib Talib thought back to his visit with Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden recently.

Talib selected 20th overall by Tampa Bay

Former KU cornerback Aqib Talib waited just over two hours from the start of the 2008 NFL Draft Saturday morning to find out he's headed to Tampa Bay. The first team All-American was selected 20th overall by the reigning NFC South champs.

Jayhawks' NFL Draft fate: Hurry up and wait

Anthony Collins and Aqib Talib are with family today, watching the NFL Draft and the hopeful realization of their dreams with the loved ones who helped get them there.

Derek Fine needs a job - and has one in mind

Derek Fine left Lawrence. Not by choice, but because he had a burning desire to continue living.

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McAnderson expects to get shot at pros

Lawrence High football coach Dirk Wedd received a vow from Brandon McAnderson, his former pupil, that he hopes is fulfilled this weekend. "Sunday night," Wedd said, "he promised to call me."

KU reveals two-deep

Spring practices help depth chart shake out

Kansas University's football team released its post-spring depth chart on Tuesday, the last hint of where players stand until preseason practices start in August.

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No huddle? No problem

Hurry-up offense gaining popularity

If Kansas University's offensive attack entertained you last football season, just wait. That no-huddle spread offense? Well : it's spreading.

Injuries helped KU develop CB depth

Injuries, of all things, made an NFL defection much easier for Kansas University's football team to swallow.

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Faunce's first dinger lifts Kansas baseball late

Nick Faunce is a contact hitter, ideally a pest who can drop down a sacrifice bunt and set the table for the big bats. Eating the feast usually isn't for him.

Quantum leap

Video jogs jumper's memories of Wilt

It took a half a century for Bud Smith to learn that his rich memories had visual proof. Now 73, Smith has entered the twilight of his life, complete with charming stories of his past track-and-field accomplishments. One of his proudest moments, in fact, was at the 1957 Kansas Relays. There, he competed alongside several greats in the high jump - most notably KU legend Wilt Chamberlain.

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Spring slopfest

Players show rust at scrimmage

Kansas University's spring football game ended fittingly - a bullet pass by Todd Reesing down the middle of the field, right off Dezmon Briscoe's hands and to the turf. An oopsie. One of many.

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Decked out in KU gear, incoming running back Jocques Crawford watched the spring game Monday from the stands.

Spring football game won't be for show

Mark Mangino is a traditionalist when it comes to the spring football game. Yes, he likes that the fans get the chance to see football in April, and players always like performing in front of a crowd. But Mangino isn't interested in taking the team off track to make the spring game a fun, festive, lighthearted activity.

Tackle spots up for grabs at KU

Perhaps no holes on Kansas University's football team need to be filled with more urgency than one on each side of the offensive line.

Former Firebird Murphy switches to defense

Kansas University freshman Ryan Murphy spent his red-shirt season learning the ropes of wide receiver, even getting pegged scout team player of the week at one point during the 2007 season.

Kansas lands a legacy

Former Kansas University running back Tony Sands loves the coincidence - he enrolled at KU in 1988 on a football scholarship, just after the men's basketball team won the national championship. Now, his son is about to do the same.

Spring game moved

With the anticipation of crummy weather on Saturday, Kansas University moved its annual spring football game to Monday.

Tony Sands' son commits to KU

Kansas University's football team received a oral commitment from Deshaun Sands, a 5-foot-9 running back out of Coconut Creek, Fla. Sands is the youngest son of former KU running back Tony Sands, one of the Jayhawks' most decorated running backs ever.

Report sullies Talib's character

A report on a respected football Web site states that former Kansas University cornerback Aqib Talib is losing the interest of several NFL teams because of character concerns.

Tigers lament loss

'I thought we were national champs'

With 10.8 seconds left in regulation on Monday, Memphis basketball coach John Calipari told his team to foul when Kansas University inbounded the ball down three. But KU's Sherron Collins slipped away and dished the ball to Mario Chalmers, who drilled the game-trying three-point shot with 2.1 seconds left.

KU works overtime for title

Defense, determination and timely plays take Jayhawks to the top

The last strand of net was reserved for head coach Bill Self, who ascended up the ladder and cleanly snipped it off the rim. Cheers engulfed the Alamodome. A national title officially was christened.

Tiger star merits 2 names

Douglas-Roberts a mouthful - and a handful

Chris Douglas-Roberts is an All-America basketball player for the University of Memphis. His parents saw success like this coming, which explains why Douglas-Roberts has a mouthful of a last name that everybody now knows.