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Former KU golfer Chris Thompson finishes 3rd at Ellie Mae Classic

Touring Web.com pro Chris Thompson, who had multiple near misses over the years in Q school in his quest to make the PGA Tour, finished third in the Ellie Mae Classic at TPC Stonebrae on Sunday by shooting a 64.

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Woods and Woodland: Not on top, but still contending

Gary Woodland and Tiger Woods, playing partners Sunday, were hunting the same dangling carrot during strong weeks at Bellerive Country Club in the 100th PGA Championship. They both were seeking to slay outside doubts about their ability to achieve firsts. Woodland sought his first major title and came closer than ever, finishing in a tie for sixth. His previous best was a tie for 12th. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: Wild week for Woodland to end with a round with Tiger

St. Louis — As if this week hasn’t been wild enough already for Gary Woodland. He’s been the target of Mizzou hecklers ad nauseam during the 100th PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club, was the sole leader after the first and second rounds, and carded a triple-bogey on the 10th hole Saturday.

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Woodland, tied for third at PGA, to play final round with Tiger Woods

St. Louis — Gary Woodland, leader after each of the first two rounds of the PGA Championship, slipped into a three-way tie for third two strokes behind Brooks Koepka after shooting a 71.

Chris Thompson heads into third round at Ellie Mae Classic tied for 11th

St. Louis — Two thousand miles west of Bellerive Country Club, where Gary Woodland finished his round on top of the leaderboard for the second day in a row Friday, another former University of Kansas golfer kept his hot streak alive.

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Gary Woodland finishes his second day as leader in clubhouse at 10 under

The galleries at Bellerive Country Club for the PGA Championship were so thick that Gary Woodland’s parents, Dan and Linda, weren’t always able follow the flight of their son’s golf ball as it tore off they tee boxes Friday morning.

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Gary Woodland's hot putter makes him leader at end of first round of PGA

St. Louis — Gary Woodland, one of the world’s longest drivers of the golf ball, would be a fashionable pick to win a major, if only the shortest stick in his bag treated him better.

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Former KU All-American takes break from teaching to become PGA celebrity

St. Louis — Working on adjusting struggling golfers’ grips and other flaws as recently as Saturday, former University of Kansas golf All-American Ryan Vermeer was gripping a Sharpie, accommodating hordes of autograph seekers Wednesday at multiple locations on the grounds of Bellerive Country Club.

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KU golfers past and present competing in prestigious events this week

This is a busy week for several University of Kansas golfers, past and present.

Tom Keegan: Bullies had hand in KU punter's free education

University of Kansas punter Kyle Thompson called what led him to become a punter “actually a pretty funny story,” but nothing about his expression hinted at humor when he told it.

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Chris Thompson ties for fourth at KC Golf Classic

Chris Thompson had planned to skip this week’s stop on the Web.com Tour, the Ellie Mae Classic at TPC Stonebrae in Hayward, Calif. (near San Francisco), a week to remove himself from the pressure cooker, but he might have to call an audible.

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Tom Keegan: Will the real Daylon Charlot stand up this season?

Write off Daylon Charlot at your own risk, but before doing so, consider something just one more time. Alabama’s Nick Saban, worthy of a bust on the all-time Mount Rushmore of college football coaches, wanted him to play for the Crimson Tide not just once, but twice.

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Chris Thompson birdies final three holes to move into tie for third at KC Golf Classic

Overland Park — The skies darkened and the wind kicked into another gear late Saturday afternoon, making the possibility that Chris Thompson’s round, which had been a bit of a grind to that point, might be interrupted, making for a long day.

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Chris Thompson shoots 64 to move up KC Golf Classic leaderboard

Overland Park — The KC Golf Classic needed someone to step forward and become the man the average fan would take interest in following.

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Chris Thompson fires 67, tied for 22nd, in KC Golf Classic

Overland Park — Chris Thompson, Lawrence’s touring Web.com pro, gave himself ample reason to unravel late in his Thursday afternoon round at Nicklaus Golf Club at LionsGate.

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Oklahoma defensive end Amani Bledsoe on opposite side as high school coach now

In his 19 seasons as head football coach of Lawrence High, Dirk Wedd did not coach many players as talented as Oklahoma defensive lineman Amani Bledsoe.

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Tom Keegan: David Beaty could leave scholarship situation roughly same as one he inherited

Dealing in reality, one must conclude that Beaty has made a scholarship situation that seemingly only had one way to go (up) neither better nor worse during his three-and-a-half years on the job.

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Tom Keegan: Khalil Herbert reflects on coach he lost in Parkland shooting

Frisco, Texas — Big 12 football players take being selected to represent their universities at Media Day as an honor. They dress like business executives and genuinely seem to enjoy the experience.

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Tom Keegan: Can Jayhawks turn saving coach's job into motivational fuel?

It’s time to shelve all other building projects to put all efforts on an expansion that won’t take long and just might supply the motivation fuel the Kansas football team will need to overachieve in 2018.

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Tom Keegan: Resumption of rivalry with Missouri would help KU football

Playing Missouri in football is a no-lose proposition for Kansas.

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Tom Keegan: Why landing high-profile AD important to Kansas chancellor

It was important to Kansas chancellor Doug Girod to land an athletic director who has a national profile.

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New KU AD vows to 'break the cycle' of losing football

Jeff Long, the University of Kansas’ newly hired athletic director, made it clear at his formal introduction on Wednesday that he was determined to tackle two of the biggest challenges facing the department: rebuilding the ailing football program and dealing with an ongoing scandal in the college basketball world to which a current and former Jayhawk have been linked.

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Tom Keegan: Youth no longer the issue for veteran Kansas football team

If you’re a college football coach fighting for your job, you have to take at least a little comfort in knowing that if all the players you have in camp qualify academically and stick around, you’ll have a roster stocked with 47 juniors and seniors recruited on scholarship, as compared to 25 freshmen and sophomores.

Two Jayhawks competing in Web.com tour event

Two University of Kansas golfers, instead of the usual one, will be playing in this week’s Web.com Tour event.

Tom Keegan: Eric Peterson follows baseball dream back home to Lawrence

Dreams take the sleeping mind to such strange places, so different from anywhere the waking mind wanders.

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Tom Keegan: How many more games for David Beaty?

Now that Sheahon Zenger is gone, the length of the Kansas football coach’s tenure will be based purely on what’s best for the university’s future, not what’s best for anybody else’s job security.

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Tom Keegan: A report card on Jeff Long's past football hires

Fundraising, facilities upgrades, running a department in a cost-efficient, classy manner, compliance, hiring coaches in non-revenue sports, those all are important aspects of any athletic director’s job.

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Former KU AD Lew Perkins gives school thumbs-up for hiring Jeff Long

Former Kansas athletic director Lew Perkins gave a ringing endorsement Thursday to new athletic director Jeff Long.

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Tom Keegan: Next football hire will determine new AD Jeff Long's KU legacy

Kudos to the Kansas athletic department for not pretending David Beaty is anything but a lame-duck football coach who at the longest will last through the 2018 season.

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Tom Keegan: Crowded battles for many roles on Kansas pitching staff start in Taiwan

Kansas had an elite Friday-Saturday starting pitching combination during the 2018 college baseball season, but it takes more than two terrific prospects to make a pitching staff.

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Tom Keegan: Facing Japan in Taiwan next step in Kansas ace's baseball education

Never let it be said that right-hander Ryan Zeferjahn isn’t willing to go the extra 10,000 miles to advance his baseball education.

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Tom Keegan: LeBron to Lakers great news for Svi Mykhailiuk

Svi Mykhailiuk’s prospects for success as an NBA rookie just took a gigantic leap forward with Sunday night’s news that LeBron James decided to sign a four-year, $154-million deal with the Los Angeles Lakers, who drafted Svi in the second round last month.

Chris Thompson ties for 16th for second consecutive week

Chris Thompson birdied eight holes, including the first four of the back nine, en route to a 65 that enabled him to finish tied for 16th in the Lincoln Land Championship at Panther Creek Country Club in Springfield, Ill.

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Tom Keegan: Kansas banking on three blockers from same juco to upgrade offensive line

Running back Pooka Williams and quarterback Miles Kendrick were the most celebrated signings recruited to spice up a sluggish offense, but unless Kansas significantly upgrades its offensive line, newcomers and holdovers alike at skill positions won’t have space to show their talent.

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Tom Keegan: Ochai Agbaji, KU's stealth recruit, fits right in

His junior year soccer season at Oak Park High in Kansas City, Mo., was winding down, basketball season around the corner, when Ochai Agbaji received a couple of scholarship offers to play Division I basketball.

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Tom Keegan: Does anybody care who wins Kansas QB job?

Nobody knows the identity of the starting quarterback for the upcoming Kansas football season. Nothing new there. That has been the case pretty much every summer since gunslinger Todd Reesing hopped on his horse and rode it back to Austin.

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Tom Keegan: Chris Thompson inches up Web.com Tour money list

The beauty of golf’s version of baseball’s Triple A is that unlike baseball players, golfers don’t reach a point where their paths to the big leagues are blocked by the dreaded “non-prospect” label.

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Tom Keegan: Michael Jordan won championships playing with guards of Devonte' Graham's ilk

It’s not at all surprising that Devonte’ Graham was acquired on NBA draft night by Michael Jordan’s franchise, the Charlotte Hornets.

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Tom Keegan: Nice guys don't always finish last

Sometimes good things really do happen to good people.

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Tom Keegan: A 10-year look back at 2008 NBA draft

Even 10 years later, looking at who should have gone where in the 2008 NBA draft has a subjective element to it.

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Tom Keegan: How Bill Self has grown as coach the past three years

Bill Self’s basketball teams always have been known to play tough defense, but in recent seasons it sunk it to me that what they actually do best is play with an extreme degree of confidence offensively.

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Tom Keegan: Ben McLemore still reaching for the stars

That time of year arrived again again Thursday night, that time when Ben McLemore dominates the Rock Chalk Roundball Classic and leaves everyone in the packed gymnasium at Free State High wondering the same thing to themselves as they either line up for autographs or head outside for fresh air.

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Tom Keegan: Devon Dotson knows freshman season won't be easy

For freshmen, one of the more enjoyable aspects of the first days as Kansas basketball players involves playing with and against NBA athletes that they in the past they had seen only on television.

Tom Keegan: Andy Spencer defends Watson Challenge title, edges Tom Watson by one stroke

Olathe — All in all, not a bad Sunday afternoon for University of Kansas rising junior golfer Andy Spencer.

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Tom Keegan: It just might pay for Kansas coach Bill Self to think bigger than ever

Here’s how the popular storyline goes for Kansas and its perennial powerhouse basketball program: After a two-year, personnel-driven shift from a lineup with two post players to just one big man, Hall of Fame basketball coach Bill Self will return to his comfort zone and send two big men onto the court again.

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Tom Keegan: David McCormack doesn't look, sound or play basketball like a teenager

I always tamp down my expectations when taking a first look at a young big man playing basketball. And then there was Tuesday afternoon’s scrimmage at Horejsi, home of the Bill Self basketball camp.

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Tom Keegan: Credit 12-1 Orange Bowl team's leading rusher with recruiting assist

For Brandon McAnderson, leading rusher for Kansas during its 12-1 Orange Bowl season, what started as a project intended to help his cousin ended up as a means of helping his alma mater.

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Tom Keegan: KU pitcher Jackson Goddard gives MLB scouts plenty to like

For college baseball players, it’s not the first impression that lasts the longest, it’s the last one.

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Tom Keegan: Decision benefits Udoka Azubuike and KU

He returned to work on his game, which he will do with the extra motivation of trying to make those who told him that his game wasn’t yet worthy of NBA dollars regret they didn't guarantee him a spot in the first round.

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Tom Keegan: Loose deadline enables Kansas to take AD search beyond obvious candidates

Kansas needs a strong leader loaded with common sense and a forceful, charismatic personality that wears well. The department needs a leader who has experience working with massive budgets, hitting aggressive financial targets, can demonstrate a history of growing a business.

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