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Kansas golfers prepare in style for national finals after winning NCAA regional

The five Kansas golfers who won the NCAA Pacific Regional last week and delivered the university in the NCAA finals for the first time since 2000, gathered Tuesday at the new practice facility at Jayhawk Club to field about the upcoming tournament at Karsten Creek in Stillwater, Oklahoma, which starts Friday.

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Tom Keegan: KU needs to find the department leader who can find the football leader

If the recent Scottsdale pow-wow attended by billionaires (with a ‘b’) didn’t cost Sheahon Zenger his job, it obviously didn’t save it.

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Tom Keegan: Class of 2020 basketball prospect N'Faly Dante worthy of hype

The best basketball prospect playing Saturday night on Court 3 at Lawrence Sports Pavilion wasn’t difficult to spot. He was the one calling for the ball and more often than not, not having it passed to him.

Kansas baseball ousts Oklahoma, 6-5, in 10-inning game

The June amateur free agent baseball draft is just 2 1/2 weeks away, so the 26 scouts aiming radar guns from several rows behind home plate at Hoglund Ballpark weren’t local bird dogs trying to get lucky by identifying a sleeper.

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Kansas head golf coach Jamie Bermel shares what fueled team to win regional, end 17-year drought

The five Kansas golfers competing at the Pacific Regional wondered why assistant coach Chris Wilson and wife Heather weren’t at the team dinner on the eve of Wednesday’s final round, so head coach Jamie Bermel summoned the composure to do what he had to do and told them the truth. It wasn’t easy.

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Tom Keegan: Legalized gambling will make sports more exciting, more dangerous

Before getting too euphoric over the Supreme Court’s decision to put the fate of legalized sports gambling in the hands of the states, consider the reason that an inordinate number of gamblers still wear polyester disco shirts that went into and out of style in the early 1970s.

Kansas in third, one stroke behind co-leaders heading into final day of men's golf regional

If the Kansas men’s golf team can play as well in Wednesday’s third and final round of the NCAA Pacific Regional as it did in the first two, the Jayhawks will qualify for the NCAA Championships for the first time since 2000.

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Tom Keegan: Competing in third language doesn't keep KU scholar-athlete from winning award

When an athlete takes up track and field at the age of 17 and within four months becomes the national junior champion of Moldova, word has a way of spreading to college coaches in the United States.

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Tom Keegan: Too early to bury Tall Ball in college basketball

Even sports, from time to time, fall prey to fads. In basketball, NBA and college, 3-pointers are all the rage.

Tom Keegan: Jamie Stanclift latest success story from family coaching tree

Playing softball during her teenage years for the Lawrence Legends, which became the Kansas City Fusion, Jamie Stanclift’s head coach was her father, former University of Kansas softball coach Bob Stanclift and his long-time assistant, Gary Hines.

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Tom Keegan: Billionaires latest to hear Matt Baty's stadium-renovation pitch

The search committee, multiple people who would know have told me, recommended University of Kansas Provost Neeli Bendapudi as successor to Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little, but the regents went with their own choice, Dr. Doug Girod.

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Tom Keegan: Competitive football teams, not shiny stadiums, draw crowds

“Raise the Chant,” seems far too ambitious a slogan for the fundraising campaign aimed at giving David Booth company in trying to bring state-of-the-art upgrades to the Kansas football stadium.

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Tom Keegan: 11 players remain from David Beaty's first Kansas recruiting class

Signing day always makes ever-energetic Kansas football coach David Beaty percolate faster and louder than ever. Beaty loves talking about the fruits of the staff’s recruiting. So far, his best two recruits came from his first class.

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Tom Keegan: Spring slump grows deeper by day for Kansas Athletics

The weekend that just concluded pretty much summarized how things have been going of late for Kansas Athletics.

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Tom Keegan: Former teammates, coaches celebrate launch of Dorance Armstrong's pro career

His Kansas playing days behind him, Dorance Armstrong Jr. gave his teammates one more thrill Saturday.

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Tom Keegan: Commission on College Basketball report includes toothless threats designed to end one-and-done rule

Even if you’re in the camp that believes that the one-and-done college basketball system is at the root of all corruption, don’t applaud the Commission on College Basketball (CCB) for doing anything to accelerate its demise. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: Changes coming this week in college basketball

The commission charged with cleaning up college has been at work for several months in presents its findings Wednesday to the NCAA. Before going to the trouble of rolling your eyes, let NCAA president Mark Emmert do it for you.

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Tom Keegan: Count on Silvio De Sousa rebounding from scandal

Silvio De Sousa remains a member of the Kansas basketball program, but will he ever play another game for the Jayhawks? Probably not. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: Longtime scout projects driven Dorance Armstrong to go in fourth or fifth round

Every college football player fueled by NFL aspirations needs to listen to what Dan Shonka of Ourlads scouting service has to say about why he likes former Kansas defensive end Dorance Armstrong.

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Tom Keegan: Downtown Shot Put was great while it lasted

The posters were printed. The field of nine professional athletes, including two 2016 Olympic medal winners and two other competitors in the Rio Games, was set.

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Tom Keegan: Najee Stevens-McKenzie back at fighting weight, battling for job

Considering how long it took Najee Stevens-McKenzie to reach Lawrence, his new address just might mean more to him than it means to most Kansas football players. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: Is Adidas money worth the embarrassment for Kansas Athletics?

The Kansas athletic department finds itself in an interesting pickle, having negotiated a 14-year, $191 million sponsorship and apparel agreement scheduled to go into effect July 1, 2019.

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Tom Keegan: Adidas cloud hovers where all college basketball roads lead

Finally, the ominous, sneaker-shaped cloud that has hovered over college basketball for nearly six months settled over Lawrence in an under-the-chin way on Tuesday, and it doesn’t seem as if it’s in any hurry to move on down the road.

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Tom Keegan: Kansas men, women preparing for competitive Kansas Relays field

Suspenseful college quadrangular meets that have been known to come down to the final race have softened the blow of the Kansas Relays no longer attracting big-name professional athletes to the event.

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Tom Keegan: Talented Dom Williams hunting big sophomore season

A smorgasbord of excuses for a so so freshman season lies well within reach for running back Dom Williams should he choose to go there.

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Tom Keegan: David Beaty says Kansas will commit to running game

During the same session in which he avoided to the best of his ability hyperbolic compliments, David Beaty actually uttered a 17-word sentence that I found more encouraging than any words I ever have heard him speak. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: Kansas offense can't crackle and pop until it snaps

Before the coaches decide who takes the snap, they must find someone who can make the snap. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: NCAA tournament a memorable one in 2018

A look at eight gigantic non-KU stories from the tournament, in chronological order.

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Tom Keegan: Next season's Kansas basketball roster deeper, more balanced, greener

Next season, Kansas will be bigger, far deeper and way less experienced than Bill Self's third Final Four squad. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: Graham will be missed even more than he misses it

San Antonio — Kansas guard Devonte’ Graham could have gone on so long as to miss the team flight home when asked after a national-semifinal loss to Villanova what he’ll miss about playing basketball for Kansas.

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Tom Keegan: Final Four loss doesn't take away from Jayhawks' accomplishments

The better team doesn’t always win. If it did, college basketball would be dreadfully dull and not worth watching, instead of a billion-dollar industry that draws 68,257 spectators to the Alamodome for a Saturday night game on the final day of March. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: Kansas as underdog no longer appropriate

The Las Vegas book on Kansas basketball must be in an attic somewhere, collecting dust, untouched for months by the hands of those charged with updating information. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: Final Four coaches cut from same good-guy cloth

San Antonio — Sitting at a raised table, the Final Four head coaches talked down to media members seated in chairs, but only in a literal sense.

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Vick vs. Bridges: From biding their time to prime time

San Antonio — This Final Four, devoid of one-and-done players and featuring 13 out of 20 starters who are juniors and seniors, has a throwback feel to it. Work hard and your turn will come.

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Tom Keegan: In search of the psychological edge in Kansas vs. Villanova

San Antonio — In gargantuan basketball games too big to be called big, it’s only natural to look beyond heights and wingspans, shooting percentages and rebounding numbers, in search of psychological/emotional edges.

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Tom Keegan: Kansas connections to other three schools add spice to Final Four

It’s not difficult to find compelling connections between schools for nearly any game played in the tournament.

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Tom Keegan: Malik Newman's rise makes Kansas a much tougher out

McDonald’s All-American. A dominant scorer for the scout team against Kansas regulars last season. Predicted by no less an authority than Bill Self to earn first-team All-Big 12 honors once he became eligible after transferring from Mississippi State.

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Tom Keegan: Svi for 3 and great 'D' in KU's Elite Eight victory

His legs weary from leaning into 7-foot Marvin Bagley III all Sunday afternoon, Svi Mykhailiuk’s jumpers started glancing off the front of the CenturyLink Center rim. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: Teammates determined to launch Devonte' Graham to Final Four

Omaha, Neb. — We can all see what Devonte’ Graham does on the court to make teammates do their jobs better, but with the senior from Raleigh, N.C., it runs deeper than that.

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Tom Keegan: Jayhawks ready to let it fly in Elite Eight

As difficult as it was for the pro-Kansas crowd to watch a 20-point lead shrink to one-fifth that size, the final 10 minutes of KU’s 80-76 survive-and-advance victory Friday night against Clemson served a purpose. “Certainly nobody can say that we’ve played our best game yet,” Kansas coach Bill Self said in the hall outside of his team’s cramped locker room inside CenturyLink Center. “Hopefully, that will come Sunday.” By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: Udoka encouraged by pace of knee recovery

The moment Kansas center Udoka Azubuike earned 100 percent credibility on the topic of the fitness of his left knee was the moment he answered the question as to whether he had recovered 100 percent. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: Clemson thriving in the shadows of giants

Omaha — Clemson just might be the least-talked-about school in the Sweet 16 field for a variety of reasons, none of which have anything to do with the quality of the team that will face Kansas on Friday night.

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Tom Keegan: Duke vs. Kansas best of potential Elite Eight matchups

Most believe that matchups and magic play big parts in surviving and advancing in the NCAA tournament. But few ever mention the other hidden key to staying alive: timing.

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Tom Keegan: Nudge in right direction awakens Malik Newman

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self had finished talking to his team during a timeout midway through the first half of Saturday night’s second-round game against Seton Hall, but he had one more thing to say to sophomore Malik Newman. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: Guard Khadeen Carrington the X factor for Seton Hall

Wichita — The basketball courts in the parks of Brooklyn, N.Y., are rich with tales of superhuman feats from the likes of Connie Hawkins and Pee Wee Kirkland, Fly Williams and Jumpin’ Jackie Jackson.

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Tom Keegan: Azubuike makes small progress in return vs. Penn

Nine days after hitting the floor in practice, sent there by a sprained MCL of the left knee, Kansas starting center Udoka Azubuike checked into Thursday’s first-round NCAA tournament game with 8:32 left in the first half and Kansas trailing by eight points. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: Polyglot power forward Silvio De Sousa focused on rebounding

Wichita — Kansas freshman forward Silvio De Sousa came to the United States for high school from the Southern Africa nation of Angola, colonized by Portugal in the 1600s.

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Tom Keegan: Devonte' Graham has sterling NCAA tournament record

This NCAA tournament features a few talented guards who have had more to celebrate in the postseason than Kansas senior Devonte’ Graham, who has a 7-3 record on college baksetball's biggest stage.

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Tom Keegan: Kansas could revisit the site of its last tourney triumph

Mention of San Antonio triggers one of two powerful emotions for the typical Kansas basketball fan. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: Wilson ball of fire for Kansas shooters

An informal survey of a few of the Kansas basketball team’s talented outside shooters as to their preferences in basketball brands led to an interesting revelation from Svi Mykhailiuk, a senior sharpshooter from Ukraine.

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