Stories for April 2006


Sunday, April 30

6Sports video: KU baseball struggles against Oklahoma

Early Sunday afternoon in game two of KU's series with number eight Oklahoma, the Jayhawks were completely dominated, 17-2. In any event, KU could still salvage the sweep in game three also Sunday afternoon.

6Sports video: Former KU football players get chance in pros

Former KU football players, Nick Reid, Charles Gordon and Charlton Keith did not end up going in the NFL draft. But unfortunately for the Jayhawk trio, Sunday's selections ended without any of their names being called. But that still won't stop them from getting their shot in the pros.

Rush again says he'll be back

For the third time since Kansas University's upset loss to Bradley last month, freshman Brandon Rush again said he will return to Lawrence for his sophomore season.

Former Jayhawks ink free agent contracts

None of the three Kansas University football players (Charles Gordon, Charleton Keith, Nick Reid) who were considered pontential NFL draft picks were selected in this weekend's seven-round, 255-pick draft. But all three former Jayhawks had agreed to free agent contracts Sunday evening.

Keegan: Fans can analyze all day

You'll never see draftniks mocked in this space. The NFL and NBA drafts entertain me more than the games of those professional sports leagues.

KU softball washed

Saturday's scheduled Big 12 Conference softball game between Kansas and Oklahoma was postponed due to heavy rains.

Sooners survive furious Jayhawk rally

Maybe the rain was a blessing in disguise.

Big 12 football, Sherrill's way

As radio host, former A&M coach tireless as he analyzes league inside and out

He put in an offense that resulted in Dan Marino throwing 37 touchdown passes as a junior at the University of Pittsburgh. He coached Texas A&M to the Cotton Bowl.

KU sophomore Agafonov wins hammer throw

Kansas University sophomore Egor Agafonov won the Drake Relays hammer throw Saturday in a school-record distance of 233 feet, zero inches. Agafonov broke his previous KU best mark of 228-6 and now has the second longest throw in the country this season.

Saturday, April 29

Mayer: Proactive response helps KU

My advice and 30 cents will get you a cup of coffee at one of our office machines. So if Kansas University gets zapped hard for its various NCAA athletic transgressions, I'll give you back the 30 cents.

Rain washes out KU-OU baseball game

Friday night's scheduled baseball game between Kansas and Oklahoma was rained out.

Manning records best at Drake Relays

Kansas University sophomore Crystal Manning placed second in the triple jump Friday at the Drake Relays in a personal-best 41-41â2.

KU tennis falls in Big 12 semifinals

The Kansas University women's tennis team couldn't make it two straight victories at this year's Big 12 Championships, falling 4-0 against top-seeded Baylor in Friday's quarterfinals.

Baby, do you have what it takes?

Mascot hopefuls learn high art of Jayhawk spirit

It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. A chance to be one of the most-recognized faces in Kansas, a celebrity, adored by young and old. Strangers will rush to hug you. They'll want your autograph. "How many people can say they're Big Jay?" said Annie Thompson, among the many vying for a chance to be Kansas University's Big Jay mascot.

Sooners swinging big sticks

Kansas University's talented pitching tandem figures to face its toughest Big 12 Conference test this weekend. Kassie Humphreys and Serena Settlemier, who rank 2-3 in the league respectively in earned run average, will go against the conference's top hitting team in Oklahoma.

Friday, April 28

6Sports video: KU golfer named to All Big 12 team

Today, KU golfer Gary Woodland was named to the all Big 12 golf team. The Topeka junior led the 'Hawks with a 73 stroke average.

Tease photo

Students try out for Big Jay, Baby Jay

They are sporting symbols, they can pump up any crowd, yet no one will ever know their true identity. KU students were given their chance to cheer on sports teams in a different way this evening as day one of tryouts for future Big Jays and Baby Jays began.

6Sports video: Rain shuts down KU baseball

Today's rain totals were too much for Hoglund Ballpark, to the surprise of no one. Tonight's Big 12 showdown between KU and Oklahoma was postponed. Instead, the two teams will play two games tomorrow - at 1 pm and 6 pm. THen wrap up the series on Sunday at 1.

6Sports video: Keith waiting for draft

It could be a life changing weekend for former Kansas Football player Chalton Keith. Four months removed from helping the Jayhawks to a win in the Fort Worth Bow, the standout defensive end will spend the next 72 hoiurs waiting to be selected in the NFL draft.

6Sports video: Former 'Hawks looking forward to draft

Charles Gordon, Nick Reid and Charlton Keith have been looking forward to this weekend ever since walking off the football field in Fort Worth, Texas. On Saturday, the NFL Draft begins. It concludes on Sunday. All three former Jayhawk standouts are hoping to be selected.

KU-OU baseball rained out

Friday night's scheduled baseball game between Kansas and Oklahoma was rained out.

Agent: Versatile Gordon ready for NFL

Charles Gordon's camp has heard the whispers ever since the Kansas University junior turned pro. He's not fast enough, and certainly not big enough, to be an early entry for this weekend's NFL Draft.

Woodling: '77 easily was KU's best class

These days, it's top-of-the-page news when a Kansas University football player hears his name called on the first day of the NFL Draft.

KU tennis wins

Kansas University's tennis team tripped Colorado, 4-3, on Thursday in the first round of the Big 12 Conference championships. The No. 8 seed Jayhawks (14-10) will meet No. 1 seed Baylor today.

Dixon nominated

Former Kansas University basketball player Tamecka Dixon is one of 30 nominees for the WNBA's All-Decade Team. Dixon, who plays for the Houston Comets, played for Los Angeles from 1997 to 2005.

KU names Brent sports psychologist

Kansas University has hired Megan Brent as its first full-time sports psychologist. Brent will provide performance-enhancing consultation to coaches and athletes, as well as individual and group counseling for mental-health issues. Prior to working at Cincinnati, Brent completed a pre-doctoral internship and a post-doctoral fellowship at Kansas State.

Time to get serious

Kansas seniors key as OU, Texas loom

There will be no more juggling for Kansas University baseball coach Ritch Price. Starting today, the skipper will not jumble the middle of his order. The Jayhawks' offense only will go as far as seniors Ritchie Price, Matt Baty, Gus Milner and Jared Schweitzer can carry it.

Thursday, April 27

KU Crew victim of theft

For the second time this week, the KU crew team is the target of theft. Someone stole a four thousand dollar boat motor from a secured storage area at Burcham Park.

Keegan: Buck must stop at top

With each passing day since last Friday's unveiling of the NCAA notice of allegations given to Kansas University Chancellor Robert Hemenway, it becomes increasingly difficult to forget the image of Richard Nixon wiping sweat from his upper lip in the wake of the Watergate scandal and uttering his most infamous quote: "I'll accept responsibility, but not the blame."

New Czyz on the block

Bluejays can't hit a lick against freshman Nick

With reporters surrounding him, Nick Czyz stopped in mid-sentence when he felt a tap on his backside. He had just pitched his best game as a Jayhawk. And, like always, his brother Don was right behind him.

KU gets no hits

Cornhusker starter Ashley DeBuhr earned her second no-hitter of the season, and the Kansas University softball team fell, 1-0, Wednesday night at Nebraska's Bowlin Stadium.

Self sees trouble with NBADL rule

High school basketball players cannot head directly from senior graduation ceremonies to the NBA. They can, however, skip college and sign a professional contract with the NBA's Developmental League, thanks to a new rule that lowers the minimum age requirement to 18 years.

KU women's lacrosse wins pair at Plains

Kansas University's women's lacrosse club squad split two matches Saturday at the Central Plains women's league championships at Lindenwood University.

Voice of the Jayhawks honored at Statehouse

Retired radio announcer Max Falkenstien was honored Wednesday by the Legislature and Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.

Wednesday, April 26

6Sports video: KU baseball battles Creighton

The KU baseball team finished up play in the best of the Midwest challenge Wednesday. Jayhawks faced Creighton at Community America Ballpark.

Falkenstien honored in Capitol

TOPEKA - Retired radio announcer Max Falkenstien was honored today by the Legislature and Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.

Jayhawks' Woodland ties for seventh

Oklahoma claims conference crown; Kansas finishes eighth in team standings

Kansas University junior Gary Woodland tied for seventh, while the Jayhawks as a team placed eighth at the Big 12 golf championships on Tuesday at Southern Hills CC.

Settlemier claims Big 12, national honors

Kansas University softball player Serena Settlemier hit the daily double Tuesday.

KU to open tourney against Colorado

The Kansas University women's tennis team will begin play in the 2006 Big 12 Championships on Thursday in Waco, Texas, against Colorado.

Jayhawks net three on Big 12 academic team

Three members of Kansas University women's tennis squad were named Academic All-Big 12 First Team, the conference announced Tuesday.

Jayhawks, Huskers set

Rarely do Big 12 Conference softball teams meet in a rubber game, but that will be the case when Kansas and Nebraska collide tonight. Game time will be 5 p.m. at NU's stadium.

Rainy weather doesn't faze McNamara

Right-hander handles the elements, Southeast Missouri State with ease

Brendan McNamara proved one thing Tuesday. The Kansas University pitcher is the baseball equivalent of the all-weather radial tire.

Vegas tourney set

Florida, Ball State highlight Thanksgiving slate

A game against national champion Florida and rematch of a 2001 Maui Invitational loss to Ball State will highlight Kansas University's participation in the 2006 Las Vegas Invitational basketball tournament.

Tuesday, April 25

6Sports video: KU baseball takes break from Big 12 play

The Kansas baseball team returned to the diamond Tuesday as part of the best of the Midwest challenge at Community America Ballpark. After taking two of three games from Kansas Sate over the weekend, Tuesday afternoon's contest offered a break from Big 12 play for KU as they met Southeast Missouri State.

6Sports video: Jayhawks softball pitcher receives high praise

Some high praise came the way of Jayhawks pitcher Serena Settlemier. The Kansas senior was named the Co-national collegiate player of the week by USA softball, and the Big 12 player of the week.

KU Athletics linked to party where fight began

An official from the Kansas University Athletics Department helped organize a late-night party where a brawl sent six people to jail and another four to the hospital with injuries.

Walters hopes to land FAU gig

Recruit Arthur to visit LSU this weekend

Rex Walters has been offered a position as lead assistant men's basketball coach at Southern Methodist.

Mr. Irrelevant?

Dead-last pick in NFL Draft might 'honor' KU product

The first two rounds of the past 12 NFL Drafts have passed without a team selecting a player from Kansas University.

KU's Woodland in second place

Jayhawks tied for sixth at rain-plagued conference tournament in Oklahoma

Kansas University junior Gary Woodland is in second place after 30 holes of the Big 12 Conference men's golf tournament.

Midweek wins big help to Jayhawks' RPI

If this is late April, then it's a cinch college baseball coaches around the country have one eye on the diamond and the other on the RPI.

Report in 2001 told KU to boost staff

Kansas University was encouraged to boost its athletic compliance staff nearly five years ago, after an independent assessment of the athletic department was done just prior to former athletic director Al Bohl's hiring.

Woodling: Serena simply amazing

Unless this weekend's NFL Draft produces an eyebrow-raiser or two, Serena Settlemier will enjoy a Kansas University distinction this school year.

Monday, April 24

6Sports video: KU softball has turning point in season

Sunday at home the KU softball team upset number two Texas, 1-0. The win was the Jayhawks sixth out of their last seven. It also might be the turning point of the 0-6 season.

Mayer: Pigskin names aid KU

One of the basics of this business is that names make news. Kansas basketball hasn't lacked prominent personalities for a long time. That and loads of victories spawned productive attention and support.

Moxie on the mound

No. 2 Longhorns tumble despite one-hitter

So much for the last-inning whammy. Good-bye, dreaded diamond hex. Kansas survived a late scare and held off No. 2-ranked Texas, 1-0, in Big 12 Conference softball Sunday at Arrocha Ballpark.

Kansas tennis falls to No. 19 Texas

Kansas University's women's tennis squad closed its regular-season play Sunday, falling, 6-1, to No. 19-ranked Texas. KU's only point was won at No. 3 singles by senior Christine Skoda.

KU signee Collins shines in Jordan Classic

Kansas University basketball signee Sherron Collins didn't bounce the ball off the backboard, catch it and dunk as he did at the McDonald's All-America game.

Outfielder's late heroics save Wildcat victory

With the tying runner at second, Erik Morrison could only think of two words after connecting on the soft liner to centerfield: extra innings.

Sunday, April 23

6Sports video: KU softball battles ranked Texas

On the KU campus Sunday afternoon, the Jayhawks softball team took on number two Texas.

6Sports video: Thousands of fans pack stands for Kansas Relays

Saturday a crowd of over 26,000 packed into Memorial Stadium to watch the final day of the Kansas Relays. The second largest crowd in meet history watched as Olympic champions Justin Gatlin and Kansas City native Maurice Green completed in the 4x100 relay Goldzone II main event.

6Sports video: KU baseball plays in Sunflower Showdown

Last Friday night in Lawrence, the KU baseball team got some clutch hits last to beat K-State, 8-5. Saturday in Manhattan the Jayhawks spoiled the Wildcats' biggest crowd in school history with a 5-2 win. Sunday, KU tried to sweep the Sunflower Showdown.

KU's Bacchus, Battle shine

The wind was - but wasn't - a factor on the final day of the Kansas Relays.

Keegan: Relays bring out legends

GoldZone 2 came to an anti-climactic conclusion because the winning 400 relay team was too good for the rest of the field, so the anticipated showdown between Maurice Greene and Justin Gatlin never materialized.

Baldwin's Garcia has busy weekend

After two long days at the Kansas Relays, Baldwin High sophomore Heather Garcia was ready for a nap.

Relays Notebook

Christian Cantwell, a former University of Missouri standout, broke his own invitational shot put record, tossing 70-feet, 3 3/4-inches - the best throw in the world this year. His previous Relays record was 70-11/2.

Lions enjoy exciting finish

LHS girls relays win silver, bronze; Free State's Toussaint third in 400

Unlike the previous 24 hours, there was no gold rush by the two city schools Saturday at the Kansas Relays.

Oh, Zone!

Gatlin-anchored squad sets Relays record

The 26,211 sun-baked fans stood and waited ... and waited ... and waited for what seemed an eternity as Justin Gatlin, Maurice Greene and other Olympic-caliber sprinters positioned on the track for Saturday's "Main Event" 400-meter invitational relay at Memorial Stadium.

Kansas can't get to Cat

Humphreys' hiccup helps Texas legend slam door on KU

One pitch. That was it. "One hanging curve ball," Kansas University softball coach Tracy Bunge said.

Perkins: Mangino excellent

AD says extension likely for KU coach

Taking a short break on a table in the shade during the Kansas Relays on Saturday afternoon, Kansas University athletic director Lew Perkins uttered his most supportive recent words about football coach Mark Mangino, with whom he has been discussing a contract extension.

Sox stretch win streak to seven

Jermaine Dye hit a three-run homer, and Jim Thome added a two-run drive Saturday night to help the Chicago White Sox win their seventh straight game, 7-2 over the Minnesota Twins.

Texas A&M routs Kansas in tennis

Edina Horvath claimed Kansas University's only singles victory - at No. 5 - in the Jayhawks' 6-1 Big 12 Conference tennis loss Saturday at Texas A&M. KU fell to 13-9 overall, 4-6 in the Big 12.

KU rowers compete at Minnesota races

Kansas University's rowing squad won one of five races Saturday. The Jayhawks beat Minnesota in the second novice eight race, but lost their other four against the Gophers and Boston University.

Jayhawks make sure 'Cats pay

The difference between winning or losing a baseball game can be this small: When the other team makes one tiny mistake, do you feast on it or help your opponent up?

Saturday, April 22

6 Questions with Muna Lee had the chance to ask Olympic finalist and Kansas City native Muna Lee a few questions when she came back for the 2006 Kansas Relays and GOLDZONE II.

Allman propels Kansas

Kansas baseball edges K-State, 8-5

Kansas University baseball coach Ritch Price will tell you that John Allman has not arrived. At least not yet.

KU women's hoops signee shines

The Kansas Relays can carry just as much pressure as a last-second, game-winning shot in basketball.

Ex-recruit Weekley may have tipped investigators

The Kansas University football team's recent troubles with NCAA violations, including allegations of academic fraud, may have surfaced as a result of former defensive end Monroe Weekley coming forward.

Frederick: Finding 'unfair'

The words are a dagger to someone in charge of an athletic department: lack of institutional control.

Keegan: Cloud hovering over KU

Day two of the Kansas Relays was another sunny one without a single cloud hanging over Memorial Stadium on Friday afternoon.

NCAA: Kansas lost institutional control

The NCAA alleges Kansas University demonstrated a lack of institutional control within its athletic department from 1997 to 2003, according to information released by KU on Friday.

Nation's best pitchers to tangle at Arrocha

Who'll pitch against whom? That's the intriguing question as Kansas University prepares to tangle with national power Texas in softball this weekend.

Tongie's Grizzle 'awesome' in javelin

Somewhere between a serious case of pre-event nerves and postperformance jitters, Roxanne Grizzle found the time to unleash the javelin toss of her lifetime.

Ready to rumble

Elite sprinters' trash talk escalates

Don't be surprised if the sprinters pass a boxing glove instead of a baton during today's Kansas Relays "Main Event," set for 5 p.m. at Memorial Stadium.

Valencia runs away with gold in 3,200

Alysha Valencia talked about playing it smart during her trek through the 3,200 meters at this year's Kansas Relays.

Russell relishes javelin win

Bright-blue skies, upper-70-degree temperatures, a light breeze, mom and dad and a batch of friends in attendance :

Relays Notebook

Defending Relays pole vault champ Jacob Pauli will compete against Olympic gold medalist Nick Hysong and ex-Jayhawk Pat Manson at 2 p.m. today.

Friday, April 21

6Sports video: Main attraction at Relays makes appearance

Friday at the Kansas Relays, the main attraction made his first appearance at Memorial Stadium. Friday afternoon, 2004 100-meter Olympic champion, Justin Gatlin, met with the media at the Kansas Relays.

Local fourth graders ran in Kansas Relays for Kids

It was "ready, set, go" Friday morning for local children and volunteers at the second annual Kansas Relays for Kids event. Anschutz Pavilion filled with children and cheers this morning as over 600 fourth graders took part in their own form of Kansas Relays.

6Sports video: Local athletes shine at Kansas Relays

Free State High's Alysha Valencia won the girl's 3200-meter run. The Firebird senior took the morning event by just over 14 ticks with a time of 10 minutes, 49 seconds. Tonganoxie's Roxi Grizzle won the girls Javelin, while fellow Chieftain Ali Pistora took third.

6Sports video: NCAA rule violations on the hill create storm

When Kansas Relays Meet Director Tim Weaver saw the clear weather forecast for the Goldzone II competition on Saturday, he commented that perhaps with his luck he should buy a lottery ticket. Turns out Weaver spoke too soon. Although the forecast is clear, talk of additional NCAA rule violations on the hill created a storm that blew the Relays right out of the headlines.

6Sports video: KU baseball defeats in state rival

On Friday, Kansas baseball hosted game one of the Sunflower Showdown series. With a big crowd, the Jayhawks defeated their in state rival, the Kansas Wildcats, 8-5.

Chat transcript with Olympic Champ Maurice Greene

Olympic Champ Maurice Greene chatted with readers Friday, April 21 on a variety of topics, including what it means to take part in the Kansas Relays and what is going through his mind when he lines up in the blocks.

NCAA responds to KU's self-report

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has responded to Kansas University's July 2005 self-report, and has issued a Notice of Allegations regarding violations of NCAA rules from 1997-98 to 2002-03.

Kansas senior Czyz on stopper watch list

Kansas University senior baseball closer Don Czyz was named to the NCBWA Stopper of the Year midseason watch list Thursday. Czyz, from Overland Park, leads the nation with 13 saves heading into this weekend's series against Kansas State. He's 5-0 with a 1.30 earned-run average.

Kansas to reveal NCAA charges

Penalty phase still several months away

The NCAA has responded to Kansas University's self-report on rules violations by giving the athletic department an official list of allegations.

Settlemier, KU slam Creighton

Serena Settlemier smashed a grand slam.

Off and running

Smack talk inspires sprinter Greene

Mo is ready to go. Judging by the 2000 Olympic 100-meter champ's reaction to a reporter's question Thursday, the 79th edition of the Kansas Relays might be a more personal for Maurice Greene than past meets.

Kansas Relays notebook

It was a matter of seconds for the Kansas University track and field team Thursday at the Kansas Relays.

Russian Jayhawks runners-up

Record-holding Agafonov, Tarasova second in hammer toss

Egor Agafonov heard mention of Kansas University while growing up in Togliatti, Russia - a town located 621 miles southeast of Moscow.

State or Relays gold? Tough call, preps say

Asked to compare winning a high school state championship with the possibility of doing the same at the Kansas Relays, Scott Penny and Alysha Valencia played it safe, sticking to themes of self-improvement and old-fashioned fun during their final appearances at the legendary annual invite.

World-class runner hits stride with curious students

A speedy visitor from the Caribbean dropped in Thursday at a Lawrence elementary school.

Bedore: Big O provided big fun

I had to chuckle after reading "Ostertag notables," an insert in a Utah Deseret News article accompanying a story on Greg Ostertag's decision to retire after playing 11 years in the NBA.

KU to scout Tatum this weekend in Texas

Kansas University's basketball coaches will be closely watching high school senior basketball shooting guard Cameron Tatum at this weekend's Kingwood Classic in Texas.

Spots remain open at Self hoops camps

Space is still available in all three Bill Self Basketball Camp summer sessions - June 11-15 and June 18-22 available to any young man ages 8 to 19 - and the June 23-24 Parent Child Camp, available to any boy or girl ages 4 to 7.

Showdown resumes today

Jayhawks have won five of last six with rival Wildcats

Kansas State's Brad Hill hasn't forgotten.

Kansas to limit Meier's running

Kerry Meier didn't get many opportunities to show off his speed during spring football practices.

Thursday, April 20

6Sports video: Lions senior makes most of special invite

Lawrence High senior Scott Penny competed in the event named for his father and bettered his own school record with a throw that earned him 13th place.

6Sports video: Jayhawks take silvers in hammer throw

The Kansas Relays officially got underway this morning with the hammer throw.

6Sports video: Greene's competitive side ready for Relays

Olympic medalist and three-time 100-meter world champion Maurice Greene will square off against rival and current Olympic 100-meter champ Justin Gatlin at the Kansas Relays on Saturday.

Softball team riding high

A doubleheader against Creighton didn't prove to be much of a challenge for the high-flying KU softball squad.

Tease photo

Gatlin's team breaks Relays record

Eleven records fall in final day of Relays

In the end it didn't come down to Maurice Greene and Justin Gatlin. Although both sprinters put on quite a show for the second largest crowd of 26,211 in the 79-year history of the Kansas Relays. But it was Gatlin's Sprint Capitol team, much like their coach Trevor Graham boldly proclaimed earlier in the week, that received its greatest test from the clock.

Star athlete visits fourth-graders

A star 800 meter athlete from the Caribbean made a special stop before competing at the Kansas Relays - Jamaal James visited with fourth graders at Lawrence's Broken Arrow Elementary.

Keegan: Mile's ahead of rest

At last check, Kansas Relays meet director tireless Tim "Dream" Weaver had lined up approximately six billion Olympians and advised spectators to bring roughly two million rolls of film to capture shots of the stars.

Settlemier's slam lifts Jayhawks

Serena Settlemier very well may be softball's Queen of the Salami. Nobody really knows.

KU baseball keeps focus in rout

It's not that Kansas' Gus Milner doesn't like baseball blowouts. He just realizes they're sometimes hard to finish.

Top stopper

KU's Don Czyz turned himself from marginal to magnificent - one of the top closers in the country

Don Czyz is making an inspired run toward Kansas University baseball history.

KU hoops eyes series with B.C.

Boston College and Kansas are expected to begin a home-and-home series in men's basketball next season at Allen Fieldhouse.

Battle has football past, but career on track

On crisp, fall Saturdays when Kansas University's football team takes the field, Sheldon Battle gets the urge to put on the pads and hit somebody.

Wednesday, April 19

6Sports video: Crawford looking to compete in front of crowd

Shawn Crawford is nearly back to 100 percent following some foot ailments in 2005 and is excited about getting back to form in front of a huge crowd at Memorial Stadium.

6Sports video: Softball squad avenges earlier loss

The home-field advantage paid off for Serena Settlemier, who hit the Tigers with a grand-slam to help take home a 5-1 Border Showdown victory.

6Sports video: Jayhawk bats on a roll

The offensive momentum from KU's victory over Missouri State spilled into its game with Tabor, resulting in a 14-4 victory.

Chat transcript with Kansas Relays Meet Director Tim Weaver

This is the second year in a row the Kansas Relays will include a GOLDZONE, where some of the world's elite track and field athletes will square off against one another. More than 100 major champions and 36 Olympians comprise this year's event. Meet Director Tim Weaver sits down and talks about professional athletes

Keegan: Quit coddling pitchers

William Nathaniel Showalter III, manager of the Texas Rangers, specializes in boring quotes that reveal little of his bent on life, less about his team and nothing on opposing players.

Meier, speedy 'D' atop depth chart

Just two freshmen are listed as starters on Kansas University's football post-spring depth chart, and both come at key positions: Kerry Meier at quarterback, the offensive leader; and Darrell Stuckey at free safety, the last line of defense.

Running (not so) wild

Olympic champ Crawford ready to be healthy again - and race against humans

One of the world's fastest humans, Shawn Crawford admits he's no match for the animal kingdom.

Jayhawk bats blast Bears

Simpson nearly hits for cycle; KU gets RPI boost

Brock Simpson didn't want the help. He got it from Justin Ellrich anyway.

KU signee Collins honored by USA Today

Kansas University basketball signee Sherron Collins has been named second-team high school All America by USA Today.

Burcham Boats? KU eyes state-owned park for rowing home

The Kansas University student body passed referendum No. 2 last week, meaning a boathouse will be built for the KU rowing team in the future.

Erratic Tigers to visit Arrocha

A weekend sweep of Texas Tech breathed new life into Kansas University softball.

Tuesday, April 18

6Sports video: 'Cheetah Man' to take on human competition

Shawn Crawford will be taking on the standard competition at this year's Kansas Relay, but track fans might recognize him from racing both a giraffe and zebra as part of Fox's "Man Vs. Beast" TV competition in January 2003.

6Sports video: Crawford offers Relay preview

Elite athletes are arriving in town for this weekend's Kansas Relays, and Tuesday afternoon 200-meter Olympic gold medalist Shawn Crawford worked out at Memorial Stadium.

6Sports video: Offense huge in KU victory over Bears

The heavy Kansas winds transformed the KU/Missouri State matchup Tuesday into an offensive showcase for the Jayhawk baseball team.

Allen added to Kansas Relays

Kansas Relays meet director Tim Weaver announced the addition of Olympic champion Allen Johnson to the list of competing athletes for GOLDZONE II, the highlight events of the 79th Kansas Relays.

A run at peace

Cold War couldn't keep Soviets from emotional visit during 1983 event

Igor Ter-Ovanesyan was overwhelmed, simply because brutal fear of what could be passed through his tired mind.

Randle cited for skirmish

Kansas University defensive back Jerome Kemp, 22, and former KU running back John Randle, 21, were involved in a fight with each other shortly before 3 a.m. Saturday in an alley in the 1000 block of Kentucky Street, according to a police report released Monday.

Missouri State on tap for KU baseball

Kansas University's baseball squad will play host to Missouri State at 6 tonight at Hoglund Ballpark. Brendan McNamara (0-1, 3.80 earned-run average) will pitch for KU against Missouri State's Jake Shafe (2-1, 4.40).

KU women's golf 11th at Big 12 Championship

Kansas University's women's golf squad is in 11th place after Monday's first day of the Big 12 Women's Championship at Country Club of Lincoln. KU shot an opening-round score of 316 on the par-72 layout.

Hammer should be fierce

The first event of the 2006 Kansas Relays figures to be one of the best.

Monday, April 17

6Sports video: Kansas Relays to feature pre-zone activities

Justin Gatlin, Allyson Felix and Maurice Greene will all be at Memorial Stadium on Saturday for the Goldzone II. But they won't be the only reasons to head to the hill this weekend. The University of Kansas wants to make it more than just a track and field meet, and that's just what the committee did by adding two pre-zone activities.

6Sports video: KU football shifts focus to defense

In last Friday's scrimmage, Kerry Meier answered all questions as to who will be KU's starting quarterback in 2006. The focus now shifts to the defensive side of the ball.

Former Jayhawk Randle in trouble again

Kansas University defensive back Jerome Kemp, 22, and former KU running back John Randle, 21, were involved in a fight with each other shortly before 3 a.m. Saturday in an alley in the 1000 block of Kentucky Street, according to a police report released Monday.

Ex-KU guards to play in finals

Former Kansas University basketball players Keith Langford and Aaron Miles will play for the NBA Development League title Saturday.

Keegan: Pressure key for KU 'D'

Even though the 2005 Kansas University football defense gave the highlight-film editors so much to work with, the plays that trigger the biggest ovations at alumni gatherings are easy to recall.

Quick, Czyz save series

For the fourth straight Sunday, Kodiak Quick earned the win and Don Czyz the save for Kansas University's baseball team.

The Replacements

Atypical Sunday lineup lifts Jayhawks

Kassie Humphreys admitted she was surprised. Nicole Washburn raised her eyebrows, too.

Sunday, April 16

6Sports video: Meier hopes to hold number one spot

Last Friday's spring game, all eyes were on number one quarterback Kerry Meier. The season opener is not until September 2, but if Meier looks anything like he did in the blue vs. white scrimmage, Jayhawk fans have a lot to look forward to.

6Sports video: Humphreys attempts second shutout

Saturday, KU softball pitcher Kassie Humphreys threw a complete game shutout as the Jayhawks beat Texas Tech, 1-0. Just before the start of Sunday's game, she found out that she would head to the hill again to try and do the same thing.

KU hurler catches a break

Humphreys strikes out 10 in four-hit shutout

Finally, the capricious gods of softball smiled on Kassie Humphreys.

Rowers win twice

The Kansas University women's rowing team placed first in both the petite finals of the JV eight and the varsity four Saturday at the 2006 Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championship.

Jiles runs to victory

Sophomore Julius Jiles won the 110-meter hurdles Saturday to lead a number of strong performances by the Kansas University track and field team on the final day of the Tom Botts Invitational.

Tennis squad rallies for win

The Kansas University women's tennis team won two doubles matches to pick up the crucial doubles team point and secure a 4-3 victory Saturday against Colorado.

Football Notebook

Defensive drop-off? Much of the chatter following Friday's spring game surrounded the offense and the effectiveness of quarterback Kerry Meier.

Spring season finished, but Jayhawks won't rest

And, just like that, Kansas University's spring football season is done. It took only a month, began with a microburst postponing a practice, was halted by spring break and finished with a flurry of big plays and impressed fans at Friday night's spring game.

Cowboys dominate slugfest

The Kansas University baseball team drilled six home runs Saturday - and didn't even finish atop that statistical category in the final box score.

Mayer: Cruising for KU's bruising

You're in Santiago, Chile, on March 17 and you're going nuts about how to learn about the Kansas University-Bradley basketball game. Shazam! The Crowne Plaza hotel has a free Internet service. Did Lady Luck blow on your dice or what?

Saturday, April 15

KU softball hoping bats will get better

How low can you go? With only four hits in its last three games, Kansas University's softball team has hit bottom.

Keegan: Big year awaits TE Fine

Wilt Chamberlain, Gale Sayers, Danny Manning, John Hadl, Jim Ryun and Lynette Woodard all had decent runs at Kansas University.

Long stands out - in losing cause

Public-address announcer Hank Booth gave the warning to Jeff Long, after the Kansas University football alumnus made a diving catch near the end of the third annual alumni game.

Football Notebook

Kerry Meier might have stolen the show Friday, but another freshman quarterback, Todd Reesing, got his share of snaps, too.

Meier on fire

'Golden Boy' glitters in win

The normally unimpressed patrons of the press box were humming Friday. That's how sharp Kerry Meier looked.

KU rowing wins twice

Kansas University's rowing team won both its heats - in Varsity Four and Novice Four - during Friday's first day of the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championship.

KU's Wissel, Hefferon win at track invite

Kansas University's Colby Wissel and Paul Hefferon claimed distance-event victories Friday, the first day of the Tom Botts Invitational.

Cowboys trample Jayhawks

Oklahoma State's Shelby Ford homered twice, leading the Cowboys to a 9-5 victory over Kansas University in Big 12 Conference baseball Friday.

Friday, April 14

6Sports video: KU track head coach eager for relays

For KU track and field coach Stanley Redwine, the Kansas Relays propose a bit of a dilemma. On the one hand, Redwine's job is to coach the Jayhawks and that's what he'll do next Saturday at Memorial Stadium. On the other, he's a huge fan of the track and would love to just sit back and relax and watch the Pro's.

6Sports video: Kansas football suits up for intra-squad scrimmage

The spring practice season concluded for the Kansas football team under the lights of Memorial Stadium Friday. It was the first chance for the rock chalk nation to get a glimpse of the 2006 team as the Jayhawks suited up for the intra-squad scrimmage.

White defeats Blue in Spring Game

Meier accounts for four touchdowns

Several Jayhawks will make their debut tonight when Kansas University's football team offers KU fans a sneak peek at the 2006 squad during the annual Spring Game at Memorial Stadium.

'Fam' and friends juiced up for alumni game

Kansas University football alumni are trickling into Lawrence carrying thoughts of re-living their glory days - flag-football style.

Players pumped for spring game

With the Easter holiday on Sunday and the Kansas Relays filling Memorial Stadium next weekend, the schedule was tight for Kansas University's spring football game.

KU baseball traveling to Oklahoma State

Kansas University's baseball squad will play a three-game series this weekend at Oklahoma State.

Woodling: Rowers, politics win big

Jennifer Catloth was the first to give me the news. And good news it was for the Kansas University rowing team.

Thursday, April 13

6Sports video: Look for KU's top athletes at Kansas Relays

Next week at the Kansas Relays be sure to keep an eye on more than just the headliners. Be on the lookout for some of KU's top athletes as well.

6Sports video: KU football's spring scrimmage, freshman to start at quarterback

Friday's spring scrimmage for the Kansas football team will likely feature freshman Kerry Meier at the number one quarterback, a move that signal's he's the top arm come fall.

Chat transcript with KU tracksters Amy Linnen and Jeremy Mims

Former KU tracksters Amy Linnen and Jeremy Mims chatted with readers this afternoon about next weekend's 79th annual Kansas Relays. The two talked about the events they would compete in and what some of their activities are in the offseason.

K-State basketball lands 7-3 center

Jacksonville standout Bennett picks Wildcats over Auburn

Jason Bennett, a 7-foot-3 center from Jacksonville, signed a national letter of intent Wednesday to play for Kansas State and new coach Bob Huggins.

Kansas escapes Bison

Kansas University's baseball squad threw its freshmen at North Dakota State University - and it almost came back to bite the Jayhawks in an 8-5 victory Wednesday at Hoglund Ballpark.

Kansas reveals Relays field

Kansas Relays meet director Tim Weaver on Wednesday revealed a list of 110 athletes set to compete at GOLDZONE II, the featured portion of the 2006 Relays, to run 2-5 p.m., Saturday, April 22 at Memorial Stadium.

The Cornish question

KU coaches not certain how to handle versatile back

What would you do? Think through it - maybe even outside the box - when examining perhaps the most intriguing question surrounding Kansas University's football team this offseason: With only so much energy in Jon Cornish, how would you divide his responsibilities on the football field?

Gary Bedore's KU basketball notebook

Kansas University assistant basketball coach Joe Dooley has withdrawn his name from consideration as a candidate for the head-coaching job at UNC-Wilmington.

MU softball blanks KU

Kansas University managed just one hit in a 4-0 loss Wednesday at Missouri.

Keegan: Chalmers odds-on favorite

Last Halloween, I attended a Kansas University basketball practice and attempted to predict who would lead the Jayhawks in scoring.

Quigley could help solve riddle

If there's one guy who could make the Jon Cornish Question easier to solve, it's Kansas University freshman Angus Quigley.

Wednesday, April 12

6Sports video: Jayhawks battle Bison once more

Erik Morrison recorded his ninth home run of the year in tonight's game against North Dakota State, a solo shot that helped KU to an 8-5 victory.

6Sports video: Battle to compete at Kansas Relays

Five-time all-American Sheldon Battle, a senior hammer and discus champion for the KU track team, will be taking the field next weekend for the Jayhawks.

Relays to host 36 Olympians, 110 major champions

Athletes will represent 641 schools and 17 states

Kansas Relays officials unveiled Wednesday a roster of 36 Olympians and 110 Major Champions who will compete during GOLDZONE II next Saturday during the 79th annual event held at KU's Memorial Stadium.

Capel introduced as Sooners' coach

Ex-VCU leader signs five-year deal for $850,00 annually

All along, Jeff Capel has heard he's too young and doesn't have enough experience to be a successful coach. It hasn't stopped him yet.

Football facility plans to be revealed soon

Get the eyeballs ready. In roughly three or four weeks, Kansas University athletic administrators anticipate some sort of visual rendering of the Anderson Family Football Complex to be made public.

MVP Rush reiterates plans to return

Brandon Rush, who was awarded Kansas University's most-valuable-player award by teammates and coaches Tuesday night, says he'll be back next year to try to win it again.

KU baseball survives scare from NDSU

After three minutes, Kansas University baseball coach Ritch Price felt like he hadn't said enough to reporters. So he thanked them. And then apologized.

Olympic vaulter added to GOLDZONE

Nick Hysong, the 2000 Olympic champion in the pole vault, will compete in the men's invitational pole vault at GOLDZONE II, Kansas Relays meet director Tim Weaver announced Tuesday.

KU's Humphreys honored by league

For the second consecutive week, Kansas University's Kassie Humphreys was named Big 12 Conference softball pitcher of the week.

Jayhawks headed to MU

Customarily, Kansas University softball coach Tracy Bunge does not announce her starting pitcher until just before game time.

Tuesday, April 11

Rush reiterates that he'll return

Freshman was also named KU's MVP

Kansas University freshman Brandon Rush backed up the words he uttered after KU's defeat to Bradley last month, saying Tuesday that he would indeed return for his sophomore season instead of leaving Lawrence for the NBA draft.

6Sports video: North Dakota State nearly throws KU for a loop

The Bison entered the action at Hoglund Ballpark against KU with only a 2-24 record on the season, but they gave the Jayhawks all they could handle this evening.

KU soccer to play Canadian National Team

Kansas University's soccer team will face the Canadian National team Thursday, April 13 at Hummer Sports Park in Topeka, Kan. The start time for the match has been moved up two hours to 3 p.m. and admission is free.

Humphreys earns Big 12 Honor for second straight week

Junior pitcher struck out 34 in 27 innings

For the second consecutive week, Kansas softball's Kassie Humphreys was named Big 12 Conference Pitcher of the Week, the league office announced Tuesday. Humphreys claims her third overall and second straight honor in 2006. It also marks the first time in Big 12 history that KU has won the pitcher award in consecutive weeks.

KU women's recruits thrive at Showcase

Kansas University women's basketball recruits Danielle McCray and Lindsay Ballweg each played Sunday in the State of Kansas Women's Basketball Showcase in Salina.

KU women's golf ninth at Susie Maxwell Classic

Kansas University's women's golf squad tied for ninth place after Monday's final round at the Susie Maxwell Berning Classic.

Jayhawks eager for chance at midweek victories

Objective number one is winning. With an NCAA Regional berth within reach of Kansas University's baseball team, every victory counts, including today's and Wednesday's games against North Dakota State (2-24).

Full house expected for hoops banquet

No tickets remain for tonight's Kansas University basketball awards ceremony set for 7 p.m. at the Kansas Union Ballroom.

Monday, April 10

6Sports video: KU baseball talks post-season play

The last time KU baseball team made the NCAA tournament the number one song on the charts was "I Swear" by All-4-One. The year, of course, was 1994. Fast forward to this years Jayhawk squad and talk of post-season play is once again hovering around Hoglund Ballpark.

Jayhawks rally, but Bears win finale, 2-1

Kansas University rallied in the top of the seventh, but ultimately fell to Baylor, 2-1, in Big 12 Conference softball on Sunday.

Heroic hurlers

Pitchers deliver another series victory

The Kansas University baseball team snagged another Big 12 Conference series over the weekend, and did so exactly the way it couldn't in past years - strong starting pitching, a setup man to shut the door and a closer to deadbolt it and start the celebration.

KU lacrosse makes playoffs

Kansas University's lacrosse club went 3-0 over the weekend and wrapped up its first playoff spot.

Powerhouse Baylor rips KU tennis

Kansas University's tennis squad ended at least one of No. 8 Baylor's current streaks.

Sunday, April 9

6Sports video: Next two conference games crucial for KU baseball

After a series loss at Nebraska, KU baseball coach Ritch Price called the next two conference series 'must win.' Last weekend the Jayhawks beat rival Missouri. Sunday, they could earn a series victory over 26th-ranked Texas Tech.

6Sports video: KU rowing loses trophy to rival Wildcats

Last spring, the Kansas State rowing team rolled into Lawrence and beat KU to win the Kansas cup for the first time in six years. Sunday, the Jayhawks has the chance to take it back, but unfortunately the trophy once again returned to Manhattan. The Wildcats edged the Jayhawks, 13-8.

Tennis rolls over Mizzou; rowing falls

Kansas University's tennis team dropped just one match on the day in a 6-1 rout of Missouri at Robinson Courts.

Battle takes third at Texas shot put

Kansas University's Sheldon Battle placed third in Section A of the shot put during Saturday's final day of the Texas Relays.

KU rowing tumbles in Kansas Cup

Kansas State retained the Kansas Cup with a 13-8 rowing victory over Kansas University on Saturday on the Kansas River at Burcham Park.

Veterans power Jayhawks

Settlemier's blast, Humphreys' hurling give KU victory

Senior Serena Settlemier pounded another home run, junior Kassie Humphreys tied a career high with 13 strikeouts, and the Kansas University softball squad earned a 2-1, 11-inning victory over No. 18-ranked Baylor on Saturday at Getterman Stadium.

Jayhawks can't get big hit

Texas Tech's baseball squad gave Kansas University a gift Saturday. The Jayhawks destroyed the contents and lost the receipt.

Saturday, April 8

KU softball hits road to take on Baylor

Kansas University's Serena Settlemier leads Big 12 Conference softball in home runs (16), RBIs (42) and slugging percentage (.820).

Back in saddle again

Baty sparks KU in series opener

For the first time all season, a country song blared from the Hoglund Ballpark speakers in the middle of the first inning Friday night.

McAnderson's role expands

Fullback likely to become more of a ball-carrier, not just blocker, this fall

kansas For two years now, fullback Brandon McAnderson has been asked to block. Often his reward was watching another Kansas University running back sprint past him for a big gain.

Kansas rowing Senior Day today

Kansas University's rowing team will play host to Kansas State in the Kansas Cup today.

KU's Bacchus second at Texas long jump

Kansas University's Charisse Bacchus placed second in the long jump to highlight KU's Friday at the Texas Relays.

Kansas goes 1-1 on NCAA appeals

KU will not lose football scholarships, but baseball penalized

The NCAA's response to Kansas University's appeal regarding Academic Progress Rate scores in baseball and football was a mixed bag for the Jayhawks. While the NCAA approved KU's appeal regarding football, it wasn't so forgiving of the Jayhawks' baseball appeal.

Friday, April 7

6Sports video: History on the line for KU baseball senior

History was on the line twice Thursday for one member of the Kansas baseball team. With his Jayhawks facing Texas Tech, senior closer Don Czyz was one appearance away from tying the KU single season mark at 11. Of course, for Czyz to reach either of those numbers the Hawks would need to have the lead late.

Who's No. 3? Heck, jury's still out on 1, 2

Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino has learned his lesson. When it comes to the quarterback position, a one-deep or two-deep depth chart just won't do at KU.

Self expected high rankings

On the road recruiting the past couple of days, Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self hasn't had time to read the many newspaper and Web-site articles proclaiming his Jayhawks a top-six-ranked team for next season.

Baseball forum slated at KU school of law

Baseball attorney Steven Fehr from the players' side and Rob Manfred from the management side will partake in a forum on the sport's burning legal and business topics Monday evening at the Kansas University School of Law, room 104 of Green Hall.

Raiders next test for KU

He was disappointed, sure. But it didn't long for Kansas University baseball coach Ritch Price to put his team's 4-0 loss to Wichita State on Wednesday in perspective.

Tarasova sets record in hammer

Kansas University freshman Zlata Tarasova broke the school record for hammer throw with a toss of 195-feet, 10-inches Thursday at the Texas Relays.

Woodling: Begging by KU improper

I don't pretend to follow Kansas University student politics, but in skimming the campus newspaper the other day I noticed an election is coming up next week.

Thursday, April 6

6Sports video: KU looking for new star linebackers

The linebacking trio of Nick Reid, Banks Floodman and Kevin Kane is gone, and now the Jayhawk defense is looking to find some new stars to replace them.

6Sports video: High school speedsters gearing up for Kansas Relays

Some big names will be competing at the Kansas Relays, but the event is also one of the premier events for high school athletes in the Midwest.

6Sports video: Offense a problem for KU softball

The close games have been killers for the Kansas softball team, which despite having three of the most prolific home-run hitters in KU softball history on the roster is having trouble scoring runs.

Relays hurdles loaded

World champions Bershawn Jackson (400-meter hurdles) of the United States and Ladji Doucoure (110 hurdles) of France highlight entries for the GOLDZONE II Invitational hurdle-event portion of the Kansas Relays.

Watkins to remain at Missouri

Former interim head coach hired by Anderson as aide

Melvin Watkins, who finished last season as the interim coach at Missouri, was one of four coaches hired Wednesday by new head man Mike Anderson.

Statistics prove Kansas stingy

Jayhawks led nation in FG-percentage D

Kansas University's men's basketball team finished in the top 10 nationally in four categories in the final 2005-06 season statistics tabulated this week and now available at

Kansas' Kemp undrafted by WNBA

Crystal Kemp fully expected to hear her name called during the live telecast of Wednesday's WNBA Draft.

Shocks get even

Inspired Wichita State blanks KU

They might not know his name - or even his correct position - but the 21st-ranked Wichita State baseball team members sure knew about Kansas University left fielder John Allman and his comments about being the "best team in the state" last week.

KU baseball on TV

Three Kansas University baseball games will be televised this season. Metro Sports (Sunflower Broadband Channel 37) will broadcast the Jayhawks' game at 6 p.m. April 18 against Missouri State and their regular-season finale at 1 p.m. May 21 against Texas A&M. Also, Fox Sports Net (Sunflower ch. 36) will air KU-Kansas State at 1 p.m. April 23.

Nebraska puts end to tennis win streak

The Kansas University tennis team's six-match winning streak came to an end with a 4-3 loss Wednesday at Nebraska.

Softball sweeps Arkansas

A home run by Stevie Crisosto and three hits from Destiny Frankenstein helped Kansas University's softball team sweep Arkansas, 2-1 and 1-0, on Wednesday at the Lady 'Back Yard.

Wednesday, April 5

6Sports video: 'Hawk defense sporting new look for spring

The formidible Kansas defense that ranked 11th in the nation in 2005 has lost eight of 11 starters, and now it's up to James McClinton, Aqib Talib and Jerome Kemp to mentor the next group of Jayhawk defenders.

Big 12 honors Settlemier, Humphreys

Kansas University's Serena Settlemier and Kassie Humphreys have swept Big 12 Conference weekly softball awards.

No-no an uh-oh? Oh, boy

Humphreys throws no-hitter, but unearned runs doom KU

Tossing a one-hitter and losing was bad enough. "Throwing a no-hitter and losing stinks," Kansas University softball coach Tracy Bunge said.

Kansas gunning for WSU sweep

His teammates now know him as "The Quote."

Dooley to interview at Wilmington

Kansas University assistant basketball coach Joe Dooley will interview for the UNC-Wilmington head-coaching job today in Wilmington, N.C.

Woodling: Miracles not boys anymore

Chris Piper will turn 42 in July. Milt Newton's 41st birthday will be in August. Danny Manning will hit the Big Four-Oh next month. Kevin Pritchard will be 39 in July.

KU football notebook

Kansas University will get a taste of Friday night football this fall.

Tuesday, April 4

6Sports video: Jayhawks unable to score in no-hitter

The Kansas softball team had 4 hits against the Cornhuskers, who were held with none - but it was Nebraska who came away with the 2-0 win.

White 'hurts' after another Hall snub

Former Kansas University basketball great Jo Jo White has been snubbed by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame ... again.

Relays Hall of Fame inductees revealed

Kansas Relays meet director Tim Weaver on Monday revealed the 2006 class of the Kansas Relays Hall of Fame.

Twice as nice

Terrapins, Blue Devils basking in return to Boston

During Maryland's last visit to this city, for a regular-season game against Boston College, coach Brenda Frese took her team on a surprise bus trip.

Noah simply dominant

Florida center does it all in star-making victory

Ponytail power. Every kid in America might want to toss away those oh-so-yesterday headbands, grow out the dreadlocks and tie their hair back in a large bun. Forget about Kobe, LeBron, A.I. and Nash.

Gator glory

Florida bites Bruins for first hoops title

Game, set, match - and a championship, too - for Joakim Noah and the Florida Gators. The tennis star's son dominated UCLA with 16 points, nine rebounds and a record six blocks Monday night to key a 73-57 blowout that gave Florida its first national title in basketball and officially wiped away its reputation as only a football school.

KU women's lacrosse topples Nebraska

The Kansas University club lacrosse squad beat Nebraska, 10-2, on Sunday at Broken Arrow Park. Lisa Allen scored four goals for the Jayhawks, including three in the first half. Kristen Sheahen (2), Crystal Thomas, Bitz Marohl, Maddie Meyers and Stacy Seglem also scored.

Settlemier having huge year

Serena Settlemier didn't want to settle for an ordinary senior season.

Final chapter awaits Currie

The course load Monique Currie took at Duke this spring includes the humanities class "Stratification of the Life," a study of events in one's personal history.

Monday, April 3

6Sports video: All Kansas football eyes on quarterback position

All Kansas football eyes are on the quarterback position this off-season. With the departure of seniors Jason Swanson and Brian Luke, junior Adam Barmann and freshman Kerry Meier are left to battle for next season's starting gig.

Tale of the tape: Florida vs. UCLA

Gators (32-6) vs. Bruins (32-6)

Savvy sophs to replace 'Amigos'

The losses didn't hit harder anywhere on the Kansas University football field. They were the face of KU's resurgent defense the last two seasons - three linebackers, overachievers, guided by intelligence and hard work. Nick Reid, Kevin Kane and Banks Floodman all ran out of eligibility, and the stinger is that they all did so at the exact same time.

KU sweeps singles vs. ISU

Jayhawks extend winning streak to six; Huskers next

A sweep of the six singles matches by the Kansas University women's tennis squad gave KU a 6-1 victory over Iowa State on Sunday, increasing the Jayhawks' winning streak to six.

Hoglund heart-pounder

Czyz shaky, but Jayhawks hold on

Kodiak Quick never flinched. Sure, the go-ahead run was at the plate, Kansas University closer Don Czyz suddenly was hittable, and the wind that howled toward center made every pop-up a potential base-clearer.

Duke rolls to title game

Duke's defense ganged up on the smoothest scorer in women's college basketball, shutting down Seimone Augustus and blowing LSU away Sunday night to set up an all-ACC matchup for the NCAA title.

One to go for Maryland

Terps clinch berth in championship

Maryland is playing for its first national championship, and these Terrapins are no fluke. The only team to beat top-ranked North Carolina in the regular season did it again Sunday night, outhustling and outmuscling the disjointed Tar Heels 81-70 in the NCAA women's national semifinal.

This UCLA team unlike the rest

The 2006 Bruins winning with defense, and that wasn't the case with past championship teams

John Wooden's teams scored 100 points or more 88 times. That could be the UCLA you know - the hook shots of Lew Alcindor (before he became Kareem Abdul-Jabbar), the bank shots of Bill Walton, the silky-smooth jump shots of Keith Wilkes (later Jamaal Wilkes), the long left-handed ones of Gail Goodrich, the swoops to the hoop of Marques Johnson.

All-ACC showdown on tap

Duke, Maryland will meet for fourth time this season

The NCAA women's basketball tournament will end with an absolute certainty: An Atlantic Coast Conference team will win the national championship.

Storied finalists to clash for first time

Florida, UCLA - programs on the rise with powerful histories - are testaments to dynasties of the past and parity of the present

UCLA had Bill Walton, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and all those championship banners. Florida had Vernon Maxwell and Norm Sloan.

Sunday, April 2

6Sports video: KU baseball ties series with Mizzou

Saturday afternoon, the KU baseball team had the tough task of facing Mizzou pitcher Max Schwerzer, who many believe might be next year's number one draft pick. Although Schwerzer didn't pick up the loss, his team did as the Jayhawks evened the series at one a piece.

6Sports video: KU tennis defeats ISU

After a 5-6 start, things didn't look good for the KU tennis team, but six wins in a row later, the Jayhawks are one of the Big 12's hottest teams. After disposing of OU Saturday, the ladies beat Iowa State Sunday, 6-1.

6Sports video: KU softball coach picks up 300th win

Congratulations go out to KU softball Coach Tracy Bungee. Saturday, she picked up her 300th win as the Jayhawks head coach with a 12-0 beat down of Oklahoma State.

6Sports video: KU football held controlled scrimmage

Saturday in Topeka, fans had the chance to check out the 2006 KU football team. The Jayhawks held a controlled scrimmage at Hummer Park that lasted just under two hours.

KU baseball defeats MU 9-6

Jayhawks pick up first Big 12 series win

Kansas University's baseball team will try to win its first Big 12 series today when it takes on No. 29 Missouri at 1:50 p.m. at Hoglund Ballpark. The game was originally scheduled for 1 p.m., but severe weather in the nearby area delayed the start.

Patriots' dream derailed

Lee Humphrey lingered outside the arc, determined to keep on shooting. Swish. Swish. And make it three.

Defense wins, 86-85

Kansas University football coaches had a complex scoring system in place for Saturday's scrimmage at Hummer Park, and the defense won, 86-85.

Kansas football notebook

Kansas University's football team is relatively healthy, except for previously reported injuries to Gary Green, Eric Washington, Todd Haselhorst and Rodney Harris.

Keegan: Fams errs; Herford improved

Spring football is the time to make mistakes, and former Kansas University football player and coach Don Fambrough made a gigantic one Saturday. Fambrough found himself sitting alone on the wrong bus at KU, and not just any wrong bus. Fambrough, who has kept himself busy in retirement by bashing all things Missouri athletics, mistakenly walked onto the bus of the Mizzou baseball team.

Meier's the man at quarterback - for now

There has been no announcement, and certainly nothing ever is for sure when speaking of Kansas University's quarterback situation.

KU softball splits with Oklahoma State

Jayhawks drop 1-0 heartbreaker in opener, claim 12-0 blowout in nightcap

No need to tell Kansas University's softball players how many one-run games they've lost this season. They know.

Morrison's blast barely carries KU

Erik Morrison never will know what carried his game-winning home run just a few feet over the wall in Saturday's 3-2 Big 12 Conference baseball victory over Missouri, but he made sure to thank his strength coach in the dugout anyway.

Tennis shuts down OU

Kansas University's tennis team swept the doubles, then won four of six singles matches for a 5-2 Big 12 Conference victory Saturday over Oklahoma.

KU routs Yale, 7-2, in spring soccer

Holly Gault exploded for five goals, and Lacey Novak added two in Kansas University's 7-2 victory over Yale in spring soccer action at Morrison Soccer Stadium. Gault also assisted on both of Novak's goals.

Kansas rowing 4-2 at home regatta

Kansas University's rowing team won four of six races at its first home regatta Saturday on the Kansas River.

Dooley to Wilmington?

KU basketball assistant reportedly candidate for coaching job

Kansas University assistant basketball coach Joe Dooley is listed in media reports as a possible candidate for the vacant head-coaching job at UNC-Wilmington.

Commentary: Patriots' fairy tale up in smoke

George Mason awoke Saturday night and became George Mason again.

Saturday, April 1

KU baseball defeats MU, 3-2

Jayhawks can win first Big 12 series on Sunday

A two-run home run by Erik Morrison gave KU a 3-2 victory Saturday at Hoglund Ballpark.

NCAA tourney has room for more

Sixty-five teams not enough in today's era of competitive balance in college basketball

He is not calling for a revolution or even suggesting major surgery. He is not asking for an all-comers free skate or even proposing a major increase in the number of participants. But Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim does want the NCAA Tournament field expanded.

Self likes Florida to win title

With zero No. 1 seeds in the field for the first time in 26 years, this year's Final Four truly is up for grabs.

MU pitcher nearly unhittable

Tigers' Culp shuts down Jayhawks in CG win

Missouri's Nathan Culp might not have the name, but he sure brought the game Friday night against Kansas University's baseball squad.

Oklahoma St. up next as KU tries to recover

After two gut-wrenching losses last weekend at Texas A&M, Kansas University's softball team will try to bounce back in Big 12 Conference competition this weekend at Arrocha Ballpark.

Fans, prepare for slogfest

Tigers, Bruins concentrate on defense foremost

Baby blue is their color. Black and blue is their attitude. At some point early in coach Ben Howland's tenure on the West Coast, the UCLA Bruins woke up and realized they looked more like bruisers than a bunch of SoCal softies.

Slipper time

Cinderella Geo. Mason set to battle red-hot UF

Before the madness began, before the world came calling to their campus, hardly anyone outside of Fairfax, Va., knew anything about George Mason's Patriots.

Williams AP national coach of year

Self fourth in voting; Duke's Redick tapped top player

North Carolina and Duke can get along. Roy Williams, the coach of the Tar Heels, and J.J. Redick, the star guard of the Blue Devils, had good things to say about each other Friday when they received awards from the Associated Press as the national coach and player of the year.

Keegan: Top 10 awaits Kansas

Among the 20 starters for the Final Four teams, just six are seniors, and one is a junior. Nine sophomores and four freshmen start for Final Four teams.