Advertisement

Staff

Back to profile

Sara Shepherd

Stories by Sara

Tease photo

Texas flag flies over Fraser Hall during KU-UT football game

A Texas state flag flew over Fraser Hall on the University of Kansas campus Friday morning during the KU-Texas football game at Memorial Stadium.

Tease photo

Employee of apparel company illegally paid 2 KU basketball players' guardians, federal indictment alleges

The FBI is now alleging in a federal indictment that an employee of an apparel company illegally paid the family of a University of Kansas basketball player.

Tease photo

KU football receiver Chase Harrell arrested on suspicion of DUI

A University of Kansas football player was arrested on suspicion of DUI over the weekend in Lawrence.

Tease photo

Police called on suspicious person offering ‘free-throw advice’ at KU men’s basketball dorm

University of Kansas police were called to the men’s basketball dorm Wednesday afternoon, where a man reportedly kept showing up to give a resident there some “free-throw advice.”

Tease photo

DA won’t file rape charges from incident at KU basketball dorm; no suspect ever identified after alcohol-filled party

The Douglas County District Attorney’s Office will not file sex assault charges from a report that a 16-year-old girl was raped a year ago at the University of Kansas men’s basketball dorm.

DA drops assault charge against ex-KU football player accused of threatening girlfriend with gun

Judge orders probation, anger management for marijuana conviction instead

The Douglas County District Attorney’s Office has dropped a felony assault charge against a former University of Kansas football player accused of threatening his girlfriend with a gun.

Tease photo

KU says benched basketball player hit curb on 19th Street, damaged tires; university still mum on 'financial picture'

Local law enforcement agencies did not take any reports over the weekend of a vehicle accident involving University of Kansas basketball player Billy Preston.

Tease photo

Testing complete, DA awaits input from alleged victim in KU basketball dorm rape case

Additional testing in the case of a 16-year-old girl’s alleged rape at the University of Kansas men’s basketball dorm is now complete, Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson said this week. Now, the DA’s office is awaiting input from the alleged victim.

Affidavit alleges KU football player threatened to shoot girlfriend's 'kneecaps out'

A University of Kansas football player allegedly threatened to shoot his girlfriend while holding a loaded gun, according to a newly released court document, leading to his arrest and dismissal from the team.

Prosecutors: Woman accused of battery against former KU basketball player now charged with DUI

The woman accused of battery against former University of Kansas basketball player Carlton Bragg Jr. reportedly got a DUI, which appears likely to cost her her diversion in the case.

KU football player charged with felony assault, dismissed from team

A University of Kansas football player has been kicked off the team after allegedly threatening someone with a gun and being arrested Sunday evening in Lawrence.

Tease photo

KU counting on donations to enable $300 million football stadium renovation

The University of Kansas is counting on a significant amount of donations to enable a planned $300 million renovation to Memorial Stadium.

Tease photo

DA: No suspect identified in McCarthy Hall rape allegation, case remains under review

Six months after the rape of a 16-year-old girl was reported at the University of Kansas men’s basketball dorm, the case remains unresolved. The case is still under review by the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office pending results of additional lab testing, Cheryl Wright Kunard, assistant to District Attorney Charles Branson, said this week.

Tease photo

KU Athletics budget will increase to $93.3 million next year

University of Kansas Athletics expects its budget to increase to $93.3 million next year.

Community service, alcohol class ordered for woman who got in fight with KU basketball player

A woman accused of picking a fight with a University of Kansas basketball player she was dating last winter must perform community service and take an alcohol class as a result.

Tease photo

District attorney requests additional testing in McCarthy Hall rape case

The Douglas County District Attorney’s Office is seeking more testing in the case of a 16-year-old girl’s alleged rape at the University of Kansas men’s basketball dorm.

Tease photo

Majority of KU AD's $700K salary to be paid by private funds; KU says negotiations began more than 6 months ago

Kansas Athletics Inc. — as opposed to state dollars — will pay the majority of University of Kansas athletic director Sheahon Zenger’s salary, which was recently raised to $700,000 and extended for another four years.

Tease photo

KU athletic director's contract extension features $40,000 bonus for a winning football season

How much is a winning football season worth? An extra $40,000 a year for University of Kansas athletic director Sheahon Zenger. That annual performance bonus is among specific perks — rather, potential perks — outlined in Zenger’s latest contract renewal, requested and obtained Tuesday by the Journal-World.

Tease photo

KU police complete investigation into reported rape of 16-year-old at basketball dorm; DA considering charges

The Douglas County District Attorney’s Office is now considering charges in the reported rape of a 16-year-old girl at the apartment building that’s home to the University of Kansas men’s basketball team.

Tease photo

KU gets OK to ban handguns from football, men’s basketball games; purses will also be banned

The University of Kansas has received formal approval to ban guns from games at Allen Fieldhouse and Memorial Stadium. Metal detectors and guards would be put in place for men’s basketball and football games, primarily, but also to any other sporting event expected to draw more than 5,000 to the facilities, under a proposal approved Wednesday morning by the Kansas Board of Regents governance committee.

Tease photo

Three months after rape reported at KU men’s basketball dorm, police investigation still open

Three months after a 16-year-old girl was reportedly raped at the University of Kansas men’s basketball team dorm, the case remains under police investigation with no new details being released.

Wooden court damaged by water at KU men's basketball apartment building

The wooden basketball court floor inside McCarthy Hall sustained some water damage this week after a fire sprinkler head turned on inside the building.

Tease photo

'Forgotten' no more: Coach and Naismith protégé John McLendon broke color barriers in basketball

Documentary film set to air on television this month

In decades of coaching basketball — at the high school, college, pro and international levels, including championship wins — John McLendon never got a technical foul. The approximately 5-foot-6-inch African-American gentleman known to some as “Little Coach” was softspoken, deeply humble and never cursed. But that demeanor belied a grit that drove McLendon to be one of the most groundbreaking coaches in basketball history.

Tease photo

Alvamar Country Club changes name to Jayhawk Club; deal struck with KU

In a unique licensing and branding allowance by the University of Kansas, Lawrence’s Alvamar Country Club is now called the Jayhawk Club with a Jayhawk-emblazoned logo to match. KU on Monday announced the licensing agreement between the university and club ownership, an LLC headed by Lawrence developer Thomas Fritzel and his family, who also developed Rock Chalk Park.

Tease photo

KU basketball player Josh Jackson charged in car vandalism case; Self says he won't bench 'great ambassador' for KU

University of Kansas basketball player Josh Jackson was charged Friday with one count of criminal damage to property for allegedly damaging a car outside a Lawrence bar in December.

Tease photo

Records requests connected to McCarthy Hall rape investigation denied; judge cites mental health of witnesses

The substance of a search warrant connected to a rape investigation at the apartment building where the University of Kansas men's basketball team lives is sealed to the public, a judge ordered on Wednesday.

Tease photo

Bragg's diversion agreement effectively closes drug paraphernalia case, pending any other offenses

After being suspended three games, University of Kansas men’s basketball player Carlton Bragg Jr. was expected to be back in uniform Monday night against Kansas State. Off court, Bragg’s recent drug paraphernalia case appears to be wrapped up.

Tease photo

KU Athletics director explains ‘no comment’ stance on reports of basketball players’ misconduct

Zenger asserts department does not influence investigations

In recent weeks, members of the highly-ranked University of Kansas men’s basketball team have made national headlines due to off-court incidents. In an interview with the Journal-World on Friday, KU’s top athletics official assured that the KU basketball team is not out of control and said administrators' “no comment” stance on the alleged incidents was required.

Tease photo

KU's Bragg gets diversion in drug paraphernalia case

University of Kansas men’s basketball player Carlton Bragg is now on diversion in his drug paraphernalia case.

Tease photo

KU planning for metal detectors on game days at Allen Fieldhouse, Memorial Stadium

Security measures to prohibit guns estimated to cost more than $1 million

Starting this fall, prepare for an experience reminiscent of pro sports when entering Allen Fieldhouse and Memorial Stadium for games: metal detectors and security guards. Kansas law requires state universities to allow concealed handguns on their campuses beginning July 1, but KU anticipates banning guns from athletic events where attendance is expected to be more than 5,000 people, according to newly released concealed carry implementation information from the university.

Tease photo

Bragg drug paraphernalia case proceeding in municipal court

University of Kansas men’s basketball player Carlton Bragg Jr. has secured an attorney, and his initial court appearance in a drug paraphernalia case has been bumped to early March.

Tease photo

KU basketball player Bragg charged in drug paraphernalia case; Self comments on charge

University of Kansas men’s basketball player Carlton Bragg Jr. is the person charged with possession of drug paraphernalia in a case stemming from a rape investigation at the team’s dorm.

Attorney for former KU football recruit demands end to online posts labeling him ‘rapist’

Transfer hopeful disclosed involvement in Title IX investigation to KU months ago, attorney says

In a strongly worded letter, an attorney for a momentary University of Kansas football recruit accused a woman of defaming and harassing the man online — even going so far as to blame her posts for KU rescinding its verbal commitment to the player.

Tease photo

Bragg, suspended from basketball team, has had more than one encounter with law enforcement this school year

Another recent brush with the law by University of Kansas men’s basketball player Carlton Bragg Jr. came to light Friday, a day after coach Bill Self announced Bragg’s indefinite suspension from the team.

Tease photo

Drug case stemming from McCarthy Hall investigation now pending in municipal court

Drug charges are now pending against a suspect in a case that stemmed from the investigation of a reported rape at the apartment building where the University of Kansas men’s basketball team lives.

Tease photo

Self says he’s been given ‘zero information’ to warrant player discipline in connection with rape investigation

University of Kansas men’s basketball coach Bill Self said Thursday he had not received any information about the reported rape at the team’s dorm that would warrant discipline of players.

Tease photo

Why did KU police delay adding reported McCarthy Hall rape to public record?

Officials cite exceptions in daily crime log requirements of federal Clery Act

University of Kansas officials, citing federal law, are standing by the decision to delay publicly releasing a police log entry for a rape reported in December at the apartment building where the men’s basketball team lives. Most incidents are added to KU’s daily crime log a day or two after they are reported; the rape was added to the log more than a week after it was reported to police. A Journal-World reporter searching past months of log activity discovered it and published an article about the incident on Tuesday.

Self comments on reported rape at apartment building where basketball team lives

University of Kansas men’s basketball coach Bill Self responded Wednesday to the investigation of a reported rape of a 16-year-old at the on-campus apartment building where team members and other male students live.

Tease photo

Rape of 16-year-old girl reported at KU’s McCarthy Hall, home of basketball team and other male students

University of Kansas police are investigating the reported rape of a 16-year-old girl at the on-campus apartment building where the KU men's basketball team and other male students live.

Tease photo

KU alumnus' startup making inroads in sports tech industry

A year ago Austin Barone was catching his breath after a 21-hour semester, his last at the University of Kansas. Heading into this year’s industry sales season — Barone leaves Friday for the American Football Coaches Association convention — Just Play Sports Solutions has clients nationwide from high school to at least one pro team, a board of directors with semi-celebrity names, and an optimistic outlook.

Tease photo

KU cheerleaders involved in ‘Kkk go trump’ Snapchat post are off the squad

Four University of Kansas cheerleaders linked to a Snapchat post bearing the message “Kkk go trump” are no longer on the squad.

Woman involved in Bragg incident released from jail; case remains under review

The alleged victim in the battery case against University of Kansas basketball player Carlton Bragg Jr. was released from jail over the weekend without being charged. Her case remains under review.

Tease photo

KU basketball player Carlton Bragg accused of pushing woman down stairs, pleads not guilty; won't be allowed to play

University of Kansas basketball player Carlton Bragg Jr. was arrested and charged with battery on Friday, after reportedly striking a woman and pushing her down the stairs. He pleaded not guilty later the same day.

Tease photo

First Amendment scholars question KU’s immediate discipline of cheerleaders connected to ‘Kkk go trump’ social media post

On Monday, the four spirit squad members remained suspended from performing with the squad

Constitutional law experts say the University of Kansas may have acted too quickly in publicly disciplining four cheerleaders linked to a social media post that some people interpreted as racist. “This is a classic example of ready, fire, aim — they punished these kids before they had any evidence."

Tease photo

KU suspends cheerleaders from squad after ‘Kkk go trump’ social media post

Student denies that she posted the Snapchat photo

The University of Kansas has suspended four cheerleaders after a photo with the words “Kkk go trump” appeared on a cheerleader's Snapchat account.

Tease photo

KU basketball shuttle bus no longer free and you still have to walk a little

Construction around Allen Fieldhouse has prompted other changes to game-day parking

A lot of University of Kansas men's basketball fans are walking a little farther and paying a little more to reach Allen Fieldhouse this season, prompted by ongoing construction and increasing demand for parking. The shuttle bus from park-and-ride lots to Allen Fieldhouse is no longer free, and it drops off riders farther away than previous years. Also, some Williams Fund donors' assigned lots are now farther away.

Tease photo

How did player KU banished for alleged sexual assaults make it onto another D-1 team? New information reveals possibilities

Transfer school has since added safeguards; KU says student was allowed to withdraw in lieu of expulsion but that it’s not responsible for him joining new team

A University of Kansas football player who KU kicked off campus for allegedly sexually assaulting two women followed his former coach to another NCAA Division I football team. It appears that happened without the knowledge of the new school’s top athletics officials, though it’s unclear exactly what — if any — university policy lapses enabled it. In new court filings, KU says its actions aren’t to blame for the banished player’s ability to join the other school’s team. The school the player transferred to has since kicked him off the team, disciplined the coach and changed admission procedures to prevent something similar from happening again.

Tease photo

Jane Doe 7, plaintiff in KU sexual assault lawsuit, comes forward in video

Student who said football player raped her shares name, claims university made her life a 'living nightmare'

A woman who sued Kansas University, anonymously, for failing to properly address her sexual assault report came forward on Thursday.

KU athletics budget going up to $90 million next year

Kansas University’s athletics budget is anticipated to go up about 5 percent next year, to a total of $90 million.

Tease photo

KU says parents of student alleging rape lack standing to sue under consumer protection act

Kansas University is pushing for dismissal of a lawsuit that applies the Kansas Consumer Protection Act to an unconventional subject: campus rape. KU on Friday filed a motion to dismiss the case of James and Amanda Tackett v. KU, saying that since the Tacketts — whose daughter said she was raped on campus by a KU football player — are neither students nor parents of a current student, the couple are not consumers and have no standing to sue under the law.

Older