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'They're blessed': Diamond Dixon, Kyle Clemons among four inducted into KU Athletics Hall of Fame

If an athlete could be inducted into a collegiate Hall of Fame twice, Diamond Dixon would have as good a shot of any: Once for her athletic achievements. Once more for what her name has meant to the program.

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Kristen Hixson returns to Lawrence, defends Street Pole Vault crown

After competing in the various rounds of the third-annual Kansas Relays Street Pole Vault, the seven athletes were called back to the stage. This time, the voice doing so was not one from a Kansas Relays official, nor that of the PA announcer, whose voiced boomed over the speakers in the Salty Iguana parking lot.

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TCU blasts past KU baseball, ruins Ryan Cyr's first KU start

There was no question as to where the biggest out of the game was recorded. Even if you missed it, the mark imprinted on the padding out in center field told the story of one of the game’s biggest plays.

KU coach Price lauds 'dominant' TCU starter, closer in series-opening loss

The raindrops blurring the camera behind home plate may as well have been a ray of sunshine. The Jayhawks, facing a Major League-level left-hander, had a chance to cut into the lead.

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KU baseball shut out, blown out by Texas Tech, 10-0

The tone of the day was set in the first inning. No, it wasn’t the score that told the story — at least at that point — but rather the opportunities the Jayhawks had already let slip away. By Scott Chasen

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Present at KU's last 2 titles, U.S. Army's Preston Willis hopes to sneak away for 1 more

Preston Willis hasn’t interacted with many Kansas fans working for the U.S. Army. That hasn't stopped him from talking some smack after the Jayhawks defeated Duke to advance to the Final Four.

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Newman vs. Booth: How resiliency shaped both KU's red-hot guard and Villanova's lockdown defender

Malik Newman’s childhood basketball court was nothing like the one he’ll see on Saturday. It was some dirt, a tree and the remnants of a bicycle. By Scott Chasen

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Bill Self, Sunflower League coaches eyeing NCAA tournament success of Clayton Custer, Ben Richardson

Sam Stroh may not have made the call himself. But he may as well have passed off the winning March Madness lottery ticket to his mother-in-law. By Scott Chasen

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Alumni Association announces Final Four week events for KU fans in San Antonio

Bill Self joked San Antonio was the most expensive place in the country to fly into this week. If you’re in and around, the area, though, there are plenty of chances to make sure you get your money's worth. By Scott Chasen

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Free State's Jalan Robinson signs with KU football

Jalan Robinson had already held off on his decision by seven weeks. He wasn’t going to waste any more time before the celebration. By Scott Chasen

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Dorance Armstrong Jr., Montell Cozart return for KU football Pro Day

Dorance Armstrong’s first return trip to Kansas since the end of the 2017 season brought back memories of his three-year college career almost right away. Some of the feelings, Armstrong said with a smile, were almost a little too familiar. By Scott Chasen

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Silvio De Sousa's 'terrific,' bloody performance saves KU in Elite Eight

Silvio De Sousa sat at his locker with a bandage on his left knee, a bloodstain on the fabric over his thigh and a single piece of red confetti stuck to his shoulder. It was a “heavyweight bout,” coach Bill Self would later say, and De Sousa looked the part of the champion. By Scott Chasen

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The story behind the rap about KU basketball's point guard

RedHead, the man behind two raps about Frank Mason, recently came out with another for Devonte' Graham. This is the story behind his music-making. By Scott Chasen

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'It's been hard': How Silvio De Sousa keeps strong ties with family, Angola

Silvio De Sousa may have left Angola before his freshman year of high school, but he still keeps reminders of his home country with him everywhere he goes. All he needs is his cellphone. By Scott Chasen

Brandon Schneider adds Jory Collins to KU women's basketball staff

A familiar face is joining the KU staff, replacing an assistant who departed after 12 years at KU. By Scott Chasen

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Azubuike-less Jayhawks advance past OSU in Big 12 tournament

Even without its all-Big 12 center, the top-seeded Kansas basketball team wasn’t about to fall to the same opponent for a third time. By Scott Chasen

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Clay Young looking forward to 'emotional' senior night

Now that he’s had a chance to catch his breath, Clay Young can finally think up his speech. Well, he'd better hurry. By Scott Chasen

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KU clinches share of 14th-straight Big 12 title in win over Tech

The Jayhawks entered Lubbock with a chance at a Big 12 title. They left with a piece of history. By Scott Chasen

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KU baseball's Ritch Price on upcoming season: 'I expect to play in June'

Ritch Price’s KU baseball squad was picked to finish sixth in the Big 12, but he’s setting his sights a little higher. By Scott Chasen

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Udoka Azubuike sparks KU in bounce-back win over ISU

Despite three early fouls, Udoka Azubuike showed exactly why he’s so hard to take off the court. By Scott Chasen

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'A class act': Ted Owens honored with bench dedication ceremony

As hundreds of people packed into the concourse at the Booth Family Hall of Athletics, Isaac "Bud" Stallworth asked for the former players in attendance to stand. He had the right idea, although the initial request drew some laughter. By Scott Chasen

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'Played her guts out': Benoit sparks defense but KU women can't upset No. 8 Texas

After missing out on a chance to upset a top-10 opponent, the frustration oozing out of Brandon Schneider was palpable. By Scott Chasen

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Adrian Mitchell becomes fourth KU women's player to have jersey retired

Moments after the spotlight intensified on the blue canvas in the rafters of Allen Fieldhouse and the fans greeted her with a standing ovation, Adrian Mitchell, just the fourth KU women’s basketball player ever to have her jersey retired, passed the credit right back. By Scott Chasen

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'It's an honor': KU can't hold off K-State in celebration of program's 50th season

As the 30-plus former Kansas players walked off Naismith Court, Marlene Mawson held her ground. By Scott Chasen

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'She's not a coward': Brandon Schneider praises guard, blasts team after loss to Texas Tech

Brianna Osorio's 28-point performance was just about the only thing KU coach Brandon Schneider reflected favorably upon after a loss to Texas Tech.

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KU women blitzed in third quarter in loss to West Virginia

Immediately following KU's loss to West Virginia, the two head coaches couldn't have differed any more in their comments. By Scott Chasen

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KU rebounds from home loss, survives test at TCU

Staring down the barrel of another two-game losing streak and a second early loss in Big 12 play, the Jayhawks responded in hostile territory. By Scott Chasen

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KU scrapes past Nebraska to snap 2-game skid

It had been a while — nearly five years, in fact — since KU basketball lost three games in a row. Playing at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Saturday, the No. 13-ranked Jayhawks were determined to keep it that way. By Scott Chasen

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'Proud for her': Jayhawks claw past SEMO on late free throw

On a day when just about nothing bounced her way, Kylee Kopatich needed the extra second. Really, the whole team did. By Scott Chasen

'A learning experience': Nebraska hands KU women's basketball first loss of 2017-18

Following his team's first loss of the season, it was a "four" on the box score that jumped out to KU coach Brandon Schneider. By Scott Chasen</strong

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Clay Young's 'MVP' performance helps KU over Syracuse

If Clay Young doesn’t want MVP honors, he’ll have to settle for president. After all, that was the honor bestowed upon him by a teammate after his previous career-best outing. By Scott Chasen

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Devonte' Graham, Clay Young spark KU past Syracuse

All the attention was inside. Devonte’ Graham made sure it didn’t stay there very long. By Scott Chasen

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Missouri-KU clash leading to reunion for KU volleyball's Taylor Alexander

Melanie Crow and Taylor Alexander have shared the court before — as teammates. The two will be on opposite sides as the NCAA tournament begins. By Scott Chasen

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'Ugly, ugly, muddy game': Christalah Lyons helps Jayhawks grind past UMKC

UMKC coach Jacie Hoyt didn't want to let KU's Kylee Kopatich get into a rhythm. Fortunately for the Jayhawks, they had another player step up. By Scott Chasen

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Brianna Osorio, Jayhawks come up with key plays, remain unbeaten

While Brianna Osorio didn't have the flashiest night, the JUCO transfer scrapped for three important plays down the stretch of KU's grind-it-out win over Rice at Allen Fieldhouse. By Scott Chasen

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KU basketball winning with different styles in 2017

Days after setting program highpoints for 3-point shooting, No. 3 KU seemed to have a different game plan in mind. By Scott Chasen

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'Didn't want to cry': KU volleyball falls short on Senior Day

The cheers, clapping and tears after the match were to be expected. There was only one thing missing. By Scott Chasen

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Jayhawks stay hot, dominate Oakland to improve to 5-0

If there were any concerns about a Thanksgiving hangover, the Jayhawks were quick to quiet them. By Scott Chasen

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At your service: KU volleyball littles prepare for senior day

Although the trio of Ainise Havili, Madison Rigdon and Kelsie Payne will headline KU's senior day, senior back-row players Addison Barry and Tori Miller have also left their mark on the program — oftentimes with their serving. By Scott Chasen

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Kelsie Payne preparing for program history on KU volleyball's senior day

Kelsie Payne's first successful swing on Saturday will bring about an anticlimactic conclusion to one of the most momentous achievements of her career. By Scott Chasen

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‘I’m here now’: How KU volleyball’s Taylor Alexander honors, preserves memory of late teammate

Before transferring to KU, Taylor Alexander hit her lowest point. This is the story of how she learned to stop blaming herself for what happened. By Scott Chasen

'Just like money': Kylee Kopatich, Jayhawks dominate first half in blowout win vs. Delaware State

When Kylee Kopatich saw her opponent on Wednesday, her ever-present smile got a little wider. By Scott Chasen

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Udoka Azubuike goes for career-high, leaves Self wanting more

Svi Mykhailiuk needed only one word to summarize what will go down as one of the nastiest KU dunks in recent memory. Really, his smile said it all. By Scott Chasen

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Jayhawks set school 3-point records in win over Texas Southern

The first half of Tuesday's game in Allen Fieldhouse resembled that of a Harlem Globetrotters’ scrimmage far more than a competitive game. Then again, it wasn't really that either. By Scott Chasen

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‘Crazy decisions’: KU overcomes turnover woes, sneaks past Yale

The sound of the final buzzer following KU’s 81-75 win over Yale brought joy to many of the 1,918 fans in Allen Fieldhouse on Sunday. Six-year-old Cole Schneider was not one of them. By Scott Chasen

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Bill Self on Devonte' Graham: He doesn't need to get 18 a game

By this point, T.J. Otzelberger has probably had enough of coaching against Kansas guards — even if he can’t quite remember their names. By Scott Chasen

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Notebook: Bill Self passes Roy Williams with win over SDSU, KU commits 0 turnovers in 1st half

Bill Self would've been just fine if the topic of his place on the all-time wins list at KU never came up. By Scott Chasen

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Svi Mykhailiuk catches fire, sparks blowout win over South Dakota State

The only person who could stop Svi Mykhailiuk was Svi Mykhailiuk. Early in the first half against South Dakota State, the senior guard cot fire, tallying 19 points in what would become a blowout win. By Scott Chasen

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‘Big-boy play’: KU dominates offensive boards in ‘great, grind-it-out win’

Sometime in the hours before his 2:30 a.m. snack of popcorn ended up on his beard — and Devonte’ Graham’s Snapchat story — Malik Newman was hitting a crucial shot in KU’s 65-61 win over Kentucky. Yet it was the play before that encapsulated the difference in the game. By Scott Chasen

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'Can't stop me there': Kylee Kopatich, Jayhawks dominate Campbell in opener

The icy look on Kylee Kopatich's face held up until the game was out of reach. Even then, a song that blared over the PA system in Allen Fieldhouse might have had something to do with it. By Scott Chasen

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