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Jayhawks look to take advantage of primetime matchup with Sooners

Kansas senior linebacker Joe Dineen has experience his fair share of early kickoffs in his career. That’s why Dineen is looking forward to playing one of his last games as a Jayhawk in front of a national audience. KU (3-7, 1-6 Big 12) is slated to take on No. 6 Oklahoma (9-1, 6-1) at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in a road conference clash that will be broadcasted on Fox.

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Shane Jackson: With nothing to lose, Beaty should take more chances against OU

During a weekend in Vegas this past summer, I placed a $5 bet on an electronic horse racing game and somehow — much to the chagrin of the rest of the bachelor party — managed to win $150 from that short race. For the rest of the weekend, I took more chances at the roulette table, or at least as risky as a recent college grad with a pile of student debt could be. After all, I was playing with money that I didn’t deserve to have.

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Big 12 commissioner confident in Jeff Long during KU's latest coaching search

When Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby got off the plane in Lawrence, he was greeted by a group of local reporters. Bowlsby, of course, knew he was not the reason for this welcoming party at the Lawrence Municipal Airport. It marked the second time that reporters were at the airport regarding the coaching search since Kansas Athletic Director Jeff Long announced that David Beaty would not be the head football coach following the conclusion of the 2018 season.

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Quick recap: Vick pours in 32 points to lift KU past Vermont

After a slow start, No. 2 Kansas did enough in the second half to finish off a 84-68 win over Vermont in the home opener.

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Undefeated Jayhawks drop to No. 2 spot in AP poll

Despite knocking off a top-10 team in the season opener, Kansas was unable to keep its No. 1 spot in the latest AP poll, which was released Monday morning.

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Quick recap: Kansas drops narrow decision to Kansas State

Kansas State made enough plays down the stretch to hold off Kansas yet again. With 2:46 left in the game, K-State quarterback Alex Delton scored on a 21-yard touchdown run to give the hosts the final advantage in the 21-17 victory. The win extended the Wildcats’ (4-6, 2-5 Big 12) dominance in the Sunflower Showdown, as they have won 10 consecutive meetings over the Jayhawks.

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Jayhawks closing gap on Wildcats ahead of latest Sunflower Showdown

The Sunflower Showdown has featured its fair share of lopsided affairs, particularly this decade.

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New-look Jayhawks hang on to knock off Spartans in Champions Classic

In the first official action of the new season, No. 1 Kansas demonstrated its talent on the national stage. Behind contributions from several new players, KU was nearly always in control during its 92-87 win over No. 10 Michigan State Tuesday night during the Champions Classic. It marked the third consecutive season that the Jayhawks have won their matchup in the Champions Classic, which was moved up a weak earlier this season.

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Jayhawks struggle on offense in lopsided loss to Cyclones

After notching its first conference win of the year, the University of Kansas football team could not build on that momentum against Iowa State. ISU scored a pair of touchdowns in the first quarter, and KU never recovered during a 27-3 loss Saturday at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium. The Jayhawks (3-6, 1-5 Big 12) have now lost their last four meetings to the Cyclones (5-3, 4-2) following the lopsided defeat.

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Kansas knocks off TCU to end Big 12 losing skid

The University of Kansas football team ended another streak.

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Big 12 tournament to stay put; league also announces series with Big East

The Big 12 men’s basketball tournament will remain in Kansas City. Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby made two announcements during his brief press conference at the Big 12 Media Day Wednesday morning at the Sprint Center, one of which included that the conference has selected Kansas City to serve as the host site for the Phillips 66 men’s and women’s basketball championships in a multi-year agreement that will run from 2021-24.

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Quick recap: Kansas falls to No. 9 West Virginia

The University of Kansas football team was unable to do enough to pull off the upset over No. 9 West Virginia. WVU led the entire contest during a 38-22 home win over KU Saturday at Milan Puskar Stadium. The Jayhawks (2-4, 0-3 Big 12) created four takeaways on the defensive end, while holding the Mountaineers (5-0, 3-0) to a season low in points scored. Kansas has dropped the previous five meetings with West Virginia

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Quick recap: Oklahoma State cruises past Kansas football

It was an all too familiar result for the University of Kansas football team. Oklahoma State scored first and never looked back during a 48-28 victory over Kansas at David Booth Memorial Stadium Saturday. The Jayhawks (2-3, 0-2 Big 12) struggled to move the ball offensively at times, and were overmatched on the defensive end to suffer their second loss in as many weeks during conference play.

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Kansas ends road losing streak with win over Central Michigan

The streak is over. After an overtime loss in the season opener, the University of Kansas football team ended its infamous losing skid on the road with 31-7 victory at Central Michigan Saturday. The Jayhawks (1-1) had dropped the previous 46 straight road games, which was the longest such streak in college football.

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Quick recap: KU football falls to Nicholls State in overtime

The University of Kansas football team lost its 12th-straight game Saturday at Memorial Stadium in the season opener. Following a field goal by Gabriel Rui on the first possession of overtime, Nicholls State scored the necessary touchdown to finish off a 26-23 victory. Junior quarterback Chase Fourcade delivered the game-winning score on a 4-yard rushing touchdown.

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KU linebackers Keith Loneker Jr. and Joe Dineen prepare for final season together

For as long as they can remember, University of Kansas senior linebackers Joe Dineen and Keith Loneker Jr. have been inseparable. Loneker, who is 20 days older than Dineen, have been lifelong friends due to their parents’ connection. Dineen was the only person at Loneker’s first birthday, and there is a photo of them in diapers together. They both played for the same pop warner team when they first started playing football in the second grade.

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KU football roster has plenty of local flavor in 2018

Former Lawrence High head coach Dirk Wedd didn’t stay retired very long. Not long after finishing his 19th season at LHS last November, Wedd was offered a chance to make an impact at the collegiate level. David Beaty, who is the head football coach at the University of Kansas, decided to bring Wedd on the staff as a defensive analyst for the 2018 season.

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Jayhawks excited for start of fall sports

For the first time in awhile, the Kansas volleyball team will have a new setter this season. Ainise Havili, who netted three consecutive Big 12 Setter of the Year honors, has since graduated. Kansas volleyball coach Ray Bechard, who spoke to reporters at Fall Sports Media Day on Thursday in Allen Fieldhouse, believes he has multiple options to help fill that void in 2018.

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After 2 shoulder surgeries, Kansas OL Hakeem Adeniji poised for big step

Dating back to the first grade, Hakeem Adeniji has never missed a game. A junior offensive tackle at the University of Kansas, Adeniji has overcome every minor injury throughout his football career. Since arriving in Lawrence in 2016, he has started all 24 games with the Jayhawks, and never doubted whether he’d be ready to go this fall after undergoing two different shoulder surgeries in the offseason. By Shane Jackson

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Evan Fairs determined to become complete receiver for KU this fall

Kansas junior receiver Evan Fairs still remembers the first time he beat his older sister in a race. The sibling showdown was formed by Fairs’ parents when he was 8 years old in Fulshear, Texas. They challenged both Erin Fairs and Evan Fairs to run to the stop sign, which was about a mile away from the house, and the winner received money. By Shane Jackson

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'I just feel like it's my time': KU TE James Sosinski on a mission this fall

It has been a bizarre journey for James Sosinski. A junior tight end for the Kansas football team, Sosinski hasn’t played a meaningful snap since his senior year of high school in 2014. Since then, Sosinski has switched positions, changed schools and even competed in a different sport to get to this point. As a result, Sosinski wants to prove something when he steps on the field in David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium this fall. By Shane Jackson

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Former Missouri players reflect on favorite moments of Border War

There have been a number of memorable moments during the historic rivalry between Kansas and Missouri. For former Tiger Keyon Dooling, though, one play still stands with him 18 years later. Moments before the scrimmage between alums from both schools — a game dubbed “Rivalry Renewed” — Dooling reflected on the greatest dunk that never happened. By Shane Jackson

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Jeff Withey enjoys KU's size amid evolution of basketball

It’s no secret that basketball has changed at both the collegiate and professional level.

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Frank Mason hosts youth basketball camp in Lawrence

During his charity softball game in June, former Kansas guard Frank Mason decided to seek reinforcements for another event in late July. Mason asked Sherron Collins, a fellow former point guard, if he would be willing to help out with a youth basketball camp. Without hesitation, Collins agreed to serve as a special guest for Mason’s youth basketball camp at Sports Pavilion Lawrence on Wednesday.

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Russian tennis duo enters final season at KU with determination

For Anastasia Rychagova and Nina Khmelnitckaia, who will be seniors this year, it seems like just yesterday that the two arrived in Lawrence from Moscow, Russia.

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KU volleyball coach Ray Bechard pleased with new AD

Kansas volleyball coach Ray Bechard did his homework on his new boss. As soon as Kansas hired Jeff Long as the university’s new athletic director, Bechard reached out to people that have worked with Long. Bechard heard nothing but positive things about his new athletic director, which he saw firsthand during Long’s introductory press conference in the Lied Center Pavilion Wednesday. By Shane Jackson

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Big 12 Commissioner on sports gambling: Still in wait-and-see mode

Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby kicked off the Big 12 Media Days with a lengthy discussion on a variety of topics Monday morning in Frisco, Texas. One of the first topics Bowlsby discussed was about a conference-wide discussion about legalized sports gambling. Bowlsby had prepared for a number of questions during the opening day, but sports gambling was not a topic he expected to talk about.

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Mykhailiuk shines among former Jayhawks in Summer League

Former KU sharpshooter Svi Mykhailiuk gave Jayhawk fans plenty of reason to care about the NBA Summer League this year.By Shane Jackson

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New Big 12 coordinator of officials discusses rule changes

Big 12’s new Coordinator of Officials made his debut at the Big 12 Media Days in Frisco, Texas. Greg Burks, who replaced Walt Anderson in June, spoke to reporters Tuesday about the new rule changes that were implemented over the offseason. Burks was a referee for the first CFP National Championship, while serving as an official for the Big 12 from 1996-2014.

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Quarterbacks dominate 2nd day of Big 12 Media Days

Nearly every summer football conversation starts with the quarterback position. The second day of Big 12 Media Days was no different, as all five coaches were asked about their respective signal callers. Baylor, Kansas State, Oklahoma State, Texas and West Virginia all fielded questions about their quarterbacks — among other things — during a press conference in Frisco, Texas.

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At Big 12 Media Days, coaches weigh in on upcoming seasons, starting QBs

The coaches of some of Kansas football's Big 12 competitors had a lot to say Monday about their own respective programs during the first day of the NCAA's College Football Big 12 Media Days event.

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New KU athletic director enjoys moment with his family

New Kansas athletic director Jeff Long understands the importance of family. Long, who has spent more than two decades in athletics, knows how hard it can be for those working in this field to spend time with their respective families. That’s why Long told Kansas coaches to not change any vacation plans in order to attend his introductory press conference Wednesday morning at the Lied Center Pavilion.

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Former KU players slated to compete in NBA Summer League

Several former Kansas basketball players will be in action at the MGM Resorts NBA Summer League 2018, in Las Vegas. The Summer League tips off Friday, and will run through July 17 at the Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion. All 30 NBA teams will compete for the first time ever during the 11-day event. By Shane Jackson

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Former KU athletic director to join Free State football staff

Former University of Kansas athletic director Sheahon Zenger won’t be leaving Lawrence anytime soon. On Friday, Zenger told the Lawrence Journal-World that he plans to join the coaching staff for the Free State football team. Zenger will serve as the linebackers coach for the Firebirds, who made it to the 6A quarterfinals last fall.

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Devonte' Graham ready to learn behind Kemba Walker in Charlotte

Devonte’ Graham understands how much his time playing at the University of Kansas helped prepare him for professional basketball. By Shane Jackson

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Self, Grimes discuss recruiting impact of FIBA Americas U18 Championship

Kansas freshman Quentin Grimes won’t forget the locker room celebration anytime soon. Grimes, who spoke to reporters in Allen Fieldhouse Tuesday, described the scene after Team USA captured a gold medal with a 113-74 win against host Canada. By Shane Jackson

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Frank Mason competes in charity softball game with former Jayhawks

Moments before the first pitch was even thrown, Frank Mason was hopeful that his charity softball game could become an annual event. Mason, who played for the University of Kansas between 2013-17, will forever be attached to the area. And that is why the first charity event he coordinated — since getting drafted by the Sacramento Kings in 2017 — was held at a place close to Lawrence.

Kansas softball packs punch, 13-5

The moment the ball cleared the left field fence, Kansas softball coach Megan Smith told her team that everything was going to be just fine.

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One-time dancing sensation Tyrone Miller Jr. now flipping hips as safety

Tyrone Miller Jr. maintains that it was an easy decision, and one he certainly doesn’t regret. During the summer before his senior year of high school, Miller had to choose between football and dancing. For the previous five years, he had managed to balance both. By Shane Jackson

Goddard strikes out 13, pitches Jayhawks past OSU

Kansas baseball coach Ritch Price believes sophomore Jackson Goddard is one of the best pitchers in the nation when Goddard is at his best.

KU baseball closes out 5-4 victory over Texas

Players of the Kansas baseball team were flooded with elation as soon as the ball fell safely into the glove of right fielder Brett Vosik for the final out Sunday.

KU softball can't keep up with Baylor in 5-1 loss

As soon as the ball left her bat, Kansas junior catcher Harli Ridling began her trot around the bases. By Shane Jackson

Goddard, Jayhawks clinch series finale against Houston Baptist, 4-2

Sophomore starter Jackson Goddard unleashed a roar and pounded his chest as he walked back to the dugout. His catcher, freshman Jaxx Groshans, was the first to greet Goddard with an approving high-five. The rest of the Kansas baseball team bombarded him with a flurry of fist bumps and other congratulatory responses.

KU baseball falls to NW State in 10 innings

Kansas freshman Benjamin Sems walked right up to head baseball coach Ritch Price and apologized to him after Sunday’s series finale at Hoglund Ballpark.

KU-OSU women at a glance

The Kansas women's basketball team will face Oklahoma State tonight in the Big 12 Tournament.

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Rough start costs KU baseball in 12-1 loss

Kansas baseball coach Ritch Price could tell right away that something was different from the moment the first pitch left the hand of freshman pitcher Ryan Zeferjahn. By Shane Jackson

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KU women slip in Sunflower Showdown on Senior Day

Kansas guard Jessica Washington could only put her hands on her hips as she shook her head in disbelief. By Shane Jackson

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Freshmen, newcomers rounding out Kansas’ latest baseball team

It has become an annual tradition for Kansas baseball coach Ritch Price to start getting excited around this time about the prospect of returning to the diamond. By Shane Jackson

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TCU tops Kansas, 80-68

Junior guard Chayla Cheadle didn’t even try to plead her case. She merely gave the official a puzzled look.

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KU softball gears up for new season, new identity

When the Kansas softball team takes the diamond in Deland, Florida on Feb. 10, it will be a much different group than the one that walked off the diamond in May of last year.