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Tom Keegan

Sports editor

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Tom Keegan, sports editor/columnist/Spodcaster/panelist for "The Drive" television show for the World Company, has a diverse media background as a baseball writer, author, and sports talk radio host.

A 1981 graduate of Marquette University, Keegan has written for the Orange County Register, National Sports Daily, Daily Southtown, Baltimore Sun and New York Post. Keegan also was co-host of an afternoon drive-time radio show on 1050 ESPN Radio in New York.

Keegan has written three baseball books: He co-authored "Sleeper Cars and Flannel Uniforms," the autobiography of late K-State great Elden Auker; authored "Ernie Harwell: My 60 Years in Baseball," an authorized biography of the Detroit Tigers Hall of Fame broadcaster; authored "The First Baseman," a look at the nuances of the position through interviews with several major league first basemen, past and present. During his career, Keegan has interviewed, among others, Hank Aaron, Barry Bonds, Jim Brown, John Hadl, Michael Jordan, Sandy Koufax, Tommy Lasorda, Willie Mays, Liza Minelli, Denny McLain (in prison), Terrell Owens, Cal Ripken, Jim Ryun, Wes Santee, Gale Sayers, Mike Tyson and Dwyane Wade. Keegan was named Marquette University 2005 Communicator of the Year at the Alumni Association Awards. He earned a second-place finish in the Associated Press Sports Editors contest, breaking news category, in 2006.

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Tom Keegan: Sam Cunliffe realizes the year-long wait made him more ready for prime time

Take us inside what your mind, Sam Cunliffe, at the moment coach Bill Self calls on you to resume your career Saturday in Lincoln, Nebraska, after a full year as a practice player for Kansas. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: Perseverance puts Lawrence pro golfer Chris Thompson back on tour

Eleven years after his first Q school survival, Chris Thompson finished tied for 16th Sunday, earning exempt status for the first eight tournaments of the Web.com tour. By the end of that eight-tournament, five-country stretch, he likely will have made enough money to qualify for the full 27-tournament schedule, the final 22 played in the United States. That would mean a year without the dreaded Monday qualifiers, one-day shots at earning entry into Web.com and PGA Tour events.

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Former KU golfer Chris Thompson qualifies for Web.com Tour

Lawrence resident Chris Thompson, a two-time golf All-American during his University of Kansas career, made it through the final stage of Q School to gain exempt status in the first eight tournaments on the Web.com tour for 2018.

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Tom Keegan: Jayhawks missing scoring spark off the bench

With no Josh Jackson on the scene to come to the defensive rescue of blown-by teammates and no Landen Lucas to lend timely help, Kansas has more defensive vulnerabilities than is typically the case. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: Basketball man-child Udoka Azubuike doing his best to catch up

At 7-feet tall and 280 pounds, he’s a man-child in many ways. Looking at him towering above the competition, it’s easy to forget that Udoka Azubuike just turned 18 in September. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: Malik Newman not playing selfless Bill Self basketball yet

The game drew inside the three-minute mark and Kansas trailed by double digits. Malik Newman had the ball alone in the left corner with all the time in the world to bury a 3-pointer and ignite the comeback. Newman didn't cash in and his struggles continued. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: Svi the senior playing Self defense

Knowing precisely what’s highlighted with a yellow marker in a scouting report doesn’t always require reading it. Sometimes all you have to do is watch what happens after a player checks into the game.

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Tom Keegan: Lagerald Vick's game and confidence steadily growing

If the Big 12 had a most improved basketball player award, Kansas junior Lagerald Vick would be nominated for the second consecutive year.

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Tom Keegan: Devonte' Graham even impresses NBA exec Pat Riley, who's seen it all

It takes a lot to impress Miami Heat team president Pat Riley. He coached Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson and James Worthy with the Lakers, Shaquille O’Neal and Dwyane Wade with the Heat and Patrick Ewing with the Knicks. He also signed LeBron James with the Heat. Riley’s seen it all, so to catch his attention a college basketball player must do something pretty special. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: Kansas AD Sheahon Zenger explains thinking behind retaining football coach David Beaty

Sheahon Zenger played football at Fort Hays State and MidAmerica Nazarene and served as recruiting coordinator at Kansas State, South Florida and Wyoming before taking a turn toward the administrative side of athletics in 2001 at K-State. The Kansas AD’s background hasn’t translated to on-field success for the Kansas football program. By Tom Keegan

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