Stories for June 2006


Friday, June 30

NCAA Tournament won't expand

Proposal to increase field from 65 to 128 rejected

The NCAA's little guys could still get locked out of the most lucrative championship event in college sports - even after George Mason's improbable tournament run last year.

Thursday, June 29

Bonnieball 101

Dribble-happy players close out three-day session

Ever heard the sound of 300 basketballs being dribbled in one gymnasium?

Five-player deal ships LaFrentz to Portland

The Boston Celtics selected Villanova guard Randy Foye with the No. 7 pick in the NBA Draft on Wednesday night, then promptly traded him to the Portland Trail Blazers for Sebastian Telfair in a five-player deal.

Keegan: Patrick, Bilas bring 'A' games

The greatest moment of Wednesday night's NBA Draft, televised by ESPN, wasn't supplied by a guard or a forward, a center or a coach. Instead, it was furnished by a broadcaster whose mouth was fresher than his brand-new burnt-orange hair dye job.

Raptors bag Bargnani at No. 1

Six lottery picks involved in flurry of draft-day trades

Andrea Bargnani went first. Then came the trades. The Toronto Raptors selected Bargnani with the No. 1 pick Wednesday night in an unpredictable NBA Draft that saw four of the top seven picks switch teams by the middle of the first round.

KU football lands in-state commitment

Kansas University's football team landed a 2007 commitment from another in-state athlete, Haven High's Isiah Barfield.

Wednesday, June 28

Mock draft: Bargnani should go first overall

Sam Smith's mock first round.

Scouting prospects from Big 12

No Kansas University basketball player is a candidate for tonight's NBA Draft, but it will be interesting to see where six early entries from the Big 12 are selected.

Bargnani on top, but questions unusually plentiful

As Andrea Bargnani told a curious media contingent about himself Tuesday, Tyrus Thomas sat a few feet away and was asked what he knew about the potential No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft.

Self 1, Huggins 0

Kansas coach nets one skin at charity event

Wedges in hand, six golfers - including Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self - stood 35 yards from the No. 18 hole pin Tuesday afternoon at Nicklaus Golf Club at LionsGate.

Keegan: Morrison could be best pro

Ask five different people for an opinion on which player from tonight's NBA Draft will have the best pro career, and you're liable to get five different answers.

All eyes on tonight's NBA Draft

Kansas held top prospects it faced this year in check

Eleven of the 60 players projected by to be selected in tonight's NBA draft faced Kansas University this past season and for the most part didn't do too much damage against the Jayhawks.

Tuesday, June 27

6Sports video: Thomas hopes to continue NBA career

In a pick-up game filled with lots of raw, young talent, veteran Billy Thomas showed Jayhawk fans and players that he still has game.

6Sports video: Rival coaches go head-to-head on golf course

They will meet on the hardwood for the first time in January, but today Bill Self and Bob Huggins met up on the golf course.

Wood: Big 12 returns to normal

Expect traditional powers to dominate this fall

Think a coaching change is a life saver from day one? History has something to say about that.

Watkins' words making big impact

Former Jayhawk releases first book of poetry through own company

Life keeps coming 100 mph at Travis Watkins. And the former Kansas University football player is relishing every minute of it.

Coaches to trade hoops for tees

Self, Huggins face off today in Skins Game

Bill Self and Bob Huggins figure to engage in some memorable battles on the bench in coming basketball seasons.

Monday, June 26

6Sports video: Kaun makes visit to Russia

While most of the KU men's basketball team is in the middle of summer workouts, Sasha Kaun is halfway around the globe. The 6-11 center is spending the next four weeks in his homeland of Russia.

Coaches seeking expansion

Bigger NCAA Tourney field to be discussed by hoops committee

In a perfect world, college basketball coaches would nearly double the size of the 65-team NCAA men's tournament field. Realistically, they'd accept a smaller victory.

Keegan: Scout: Jayhawks smart

Decision-making ability is one area NBA scouts look at when evaluating college prospects. In that regard, at least one scout is more impressed with Big 12 Conference players who didn't leave early for the draft than most who did.

Saturday, June 24

KU Hall closed July 3-4

Kansas University's Booth Hall of Athletics will be closed on July 3 and July 4. Normal business hours will resume on July 5. The Booth Hall of Athletics is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays.

Ex-Jayhawk Berry dies at age of 41

Former Kansas University football defensive back Derek Berry, 41, died Sunday at his Grandview, Mo., home.

Tar Heels coach battling bad back

North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams disclosed at his annual summertime news conference that he is having back and leg pain caused by sciatica.

Mayer: Ellis had intriguing careers

Oh, how they slip through the cracks so you lose track of them - former Kansas University athletes, famous and not-so-famous.

All together now

Jayhawks stress unity through June

Whether it's working as counselors at basketball camps of Kansas University coach Bill Self or Washburn's Bob Chipman, going to class, lifting weights and/or playing in pick-up games, the Jayhawks have had one major goal in mind for the month of June.

Knicks say Brown violated policy

Roadside interviews basis for $40 million dispute

The Knicks contend Larry Brown broke Madison Square Garden policy with his roadside interviews, a decision the team believes could wind up saving them millions.

Time has come for Brown to retire

Legendary coach already has done major damage to his reputation

His star has shone for years, despite his archaic ways. Even while Larry Brown was in the throes of controversy and tumult, unemployment was never a concern for him.

Friday, June 23

Jayhawk taking softball knowledge to Russia

Jessica Moppin never has been out of the country and knows little of the Cyrillic alphabet. Yet Moppin, a fixture at second base on Kansas University's softball team over the last four seasons, jumped at the chance to become a player-coach on the Russian National Team. "Everyone knows the safe and out signs for softball, so I think I'll be OK as far as that goes," Moppin quipped.

Track trio bound for Indy

Three members of the Kansas University track and field teams are off to Indianapolis to compete in this weekend's 2006 USATF Championships.

Woodling: KU game not so bad for Wade

Now that Dwyane Wade has been anointed the Second Coming of Michael Jordan, this may be the time to dispel a myth. Many Kansas University basketball fans believe Wade performed poorly in his final game as a collegian, and that's simply not true.

KU receives NCAA grant

The NCAA has selected Kansas University as one of 15 institutions to receive a CHOICES program grant this year.

Thursday, June 22

6Sports video: KU recruit making a name for himself

The newest Jayhawk basketball recruit Darrell Arthur is already in Lawrence making a name for himself on the court.

6Sports video: NY Knicks fire former KU coach

Former KU coach Larry Brown was fired as head coach for the New York Knicks after one season.

Jayhawks snag third Firebird football commitment

Firebirds senior running back Brian Murphy will become the third Free State High football player to become a Jayhawk in 2007.

Look who's back

Thomas dangerous downtown

A deadly long-range shooter at age 30, Billy Thomas suspects he'll remain the same at 40 or even 50.

Other Murphy taps KU

The pipeline - which is only a few miles long - continues between Kansas University football and Free State High.

Scrimmage serious business

The loss seemed to hit former Kansas University basketball player Michael Lee a little harder - perhaps because it affected his pocketbook, as well.

Wood: 'Trotter Lee plays it straight

Here he was, at long last. Mr. Globetrotter, Michael Lee, in the flesh and back in Lawrence to play a pickup game for participants in Bill Self's basketball camp Wednesday.

Perkins mulled Iowa AD opening

Kansas University athletic director Lew Perkins confirmed Wednesday he was contacted recently by University of Iowa officials about the Hawkeyes' vacant AD opening.

Wednesday, June 21

6Sports video: Alumni return for pick-up game

A small group of former players returned to campus today for the alumni pick-up game at Bill Self's basketball camp.

KU projects fiscal budget for 2006-07

Kansas Athletics, Inc., officials leave fiscal year 2005-06 pleased with how the operating budget stayed on the safe side of last year's projection.

Czyz wins state honor

Former Kansas University baseball player Don Czyz was one of three individuals with KU ties honored at the 34th annual Kansas City Sports Commission Awards Banquet Tuesday night at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center.

Perkins not interested in Iowa's AD opening

Lew Perkins isn't interested in filling the athletic director vacancy at Iowa University, his alma mater.

Self impressed with Wade's game

A virtual unknown in high school, Heat star now drawing Jordan comparisons

The basketball world has been buzzing about Miami Heat guard Dwayne Wade, a 6-foot-4 dynamo deemed the "best" player in the NBA by future Hall of Famer and current teammate Shaquille O'Neal.

Tuesday, June 20

Czyz named ABCA/Rawlings All-American First Team

Kansas University senior relief pitcher Don Czyz was named American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings All-American First Team on Tuesday. Czyz leads the NCAA with 19 saves and finished the 2006 season with a 6-0 record and a 1.56 ERA while striking out 60 batters in 63.1 innings.

Amateur qualifying canceled

The Kansas Amateur qualifying tournament scheduled today at Eagle Bend Golf Course has been canceled.

Morningstar shakes things up

Kansas men's basketball newcomer hopes body grows into his game

Brady Morningstar smiles into the television camera, all the while clutching an aluminum can in his right hand.

Brooklyn 'different' for Price

Despite 'scary' digs, ex-Jayhawk eager to make pro debut

Don't look back, baseball legend Satchel Paige once warned, because somebody may be gaining on you.

Purple reigns

Prince big draw for Catbacker event

Alvamar Golf Club head pro Randy Towner nailed it, much to the delight of Kansas State University fans surrounding him at mid-day Monday.

KU's Ochoa on watch list

Kansas University senior offensive lineman David Ochoa is among 54 players on the Outland Trophy watch list, an honor given to the nation's best football lineman.

Monday, June 19

6Sports video: Kansas women concentrate on offseason

Last season Bonnie Henrickson led the Jayhawks to their first postseason appearance since 1999. If Bonnie's bunch wants to continue the success, it all starts with the efforts in the offseason.

Big 12 combines old with new in '06-'07 bowl lineup

The Big 12 Conference's new postseason bowl lineup can be a bit confusing for football fans across the region, so let's keep it simple: If your team goes bowling, it's going to end up somewhere warm.

Keegan: Ex-Jayhawk relishes U.S. Open experience

If 10 years of living in Connecticut and working in New York City taught me anything, it was that if you leave yourself an extra half-hour to get someplace on time just to be safe, be a little safer and tack on another half-hour.

Giles to return to gym in a few weeks

Encased in cast because of dunking injury, junior's thumb can't handle basketball or Sharpie

His right hand in a soft cast, C.J. Giles couldn't sign autographs for 700 Bill Self basketball campers who filed by him Sunday in the Booth Family Hall of Athletics.

Sunday, June 18

6Sports video: Camp offers girls chance to shine

Last week Bonnie Henrickson hosted a basketball camp at the Horejsi Center for some of the elite players around the Midwest.

6Sports video: 'Hawks get some high-tech help

During the Jayhawks' annual kid's camp, a new machine was unveiled that should help the men's basketball team's shooting.

Courtship leads to big proposal

Anna Harvey, 23, first noticed Stephen Vinson, 22, when was a sophomore playing basketball for Lawrence High School and she was rooting for rival Free State High School as a cheerleader her junior year.

Fathers' examples still guide Kansas coaches

A verse from a poem by Helen Steiner Rice could have just as easily been composed by several Kansas University coaches who glowingly delivered Father's Day tributes to their dads in interviews with the Journal-World last week.

'Born to fish, forced to work'

Former KU footballer still can make a clutch catch

As Charley Bowen stands in his marble red fishing boat, nothing can break his concentration. In an effortless motion, he extends a fishing lure into Bismarck Lake with his right arm. Bowen shakes the fishing rod with his right hand until he feels something grab onto it. He grips the fishing rod firmly, trying to reel the fish into the boat in North Lawrence.

Saturday, June 17

KU women add camp to busy summer

Summer vacation for a Kansas University women's basketball player does not include much, if any, lounging at the pool. "They train. It never ends. It's conditioning and skill work and being on campus (going to class)," KU coach Bonnie Henrickson said Friday, watching her Jayhawks assist as coaches at her Elite camp for high school and junior high players at Horejsi Center.

Bechard eager to prove himself

Brennan Bechard says he has something to prove. Already. "A little bit, yeah," Bechard said. "Show some people wrong." He really shouldn't have to. The kid has been on the Kansas University campus a week, is just getting settled into his Intro to Jazz class, and is paying his own way to do so. Still, he's already heard the whispers from fans that he didn't earn his way on the Jayhawk basketball team.

Mayer: Coaches rolling in big bucks

Even younger people accustomed to enormous salaries and benefits for athletic personalities admit they're startled that new Kansas State basketball coach Bob Huggins will reap at least $5 million over the next five years - providing he does nothing "which results in material injury to the reputation of the university."

Hurst exits

Former Kansas University golfer Travis Hurst shot 78-78 for a 16-over-par total of 156 at the U.S. Open.

Friday, June 16

6Sports video: Hurst likely to be cut

Usually, if you're on the same side of the cut line as Tiger Woods at the US Open, you're in pretty good standing. That was not the case this morning for former KU golfer Travis Hurst.

Oral Roberts added to 2006-07 schedule

KU needs one game to finalize slate

Kansas University's men's basketball team will play three teams from the state of Oklahoma during the 2006-07 season. The Jayhawks, who meet Oklahoma State and Oklahoma each campaign in Big 12 play, will also tangle with Oral Roberts University of the Mid-Continent Conference on Nov. 15 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Thursday, June 15

6Sports video: 'Hawks add opponent

Bill Self's Jayhawks have added another opponent to their 2006-07 schedule.

6Sports video: Travis Hurst plays in first major

His 72 stroke average ranks fifth all-time at KU. But, that number won't do him any good this week at Winged Foot Golf Club in New York, site of the 2006 US Open.

6Sports video: Morningstar first Firebird on KU squad

This fall, Allen Fieldhouse will open its doors to another on of Lawrence's own. Except, for the first time in KU hoops history, it will be a former Free State Firebird wearing the crimson and blue.

Arthur soars at scrimmage

Darrell Arthur caught a pair of well-timed alley-oop passes and slammed the basketball through the Horejsi Center goal with force.

Woodling: Kelloggs two-deep on talent

When I opened Wednesday morning's Journal-World sports section to page 3C, my attention was quickly drawn to the four-column picture at the top.

Giles sidelined by thumb injury

Kansas University junior forward C.J. Giles had surgery Wednesday to repair torn ligaments in his right thumb.

Randall has long love affair with treacherous course

To a couple of generations of golf fans, mere mention of Winged Foot, site of the U.S. Open that tees off this morning, conjures images of a young and determined Hale Irwin surviving an impossibly difficult course and winning the U.S. Open with a seven-over-par 287 in 1974.

Wednesday, June 14

6Sports video: Pick-up game wraps up camp

Campers love it. So do many area fans who show up unannounced. And, judging from the game itself, the players love it too. Every summer, on the final day of Bill Self's basketball camp, the real Jayhawks take part in a little pick up game for the kids.

6Sports video: Giles out three to six weeks

CJ Giles did not play today. Instead, the Jayhawks' junior had surgery to repair torn ligaments on his right thumb.

Giles undergoes surgery to repair torn ligaments in thumb

Kansas University men's basketball junior center C.J. Giles underwent surgery Wednesday to repair torn ligaments in his right thumb which occurred while working out Tuesday, KU head coach Bill Self announced.

New digs for KU duo

Collins, Arthur arrive at Kansas, start to prepare for season

Blue-chip high school basketball recruits Darrell Arthur and Sherron Collins discussed the possibility of attending the same college last Oct. 14 while sitting in the bleachers soaking in the atmosphere at "Late Night in the Phog" in Allen Fieldhouse.

D-II, juco coaches lend hand at camp

Kansas University's football camps, which wrap up this week, ultimately are run by the KU coaching staff. But as far as instructors go, the Jayhawk coaches merely make up a slice of actual whistle-blowers barking compliments and tips to hungry learners.

Olathe athlete to focus on hoops at KU

McDonald's All-American McCray also dominated track at Olathe East

Few Sunflower State high schoolers have been as proficient in two sports as Danielle McCray. However, as a freshman at Kansas University, McCray will be wearing only one uniform.

Tuesday, June 13

6Sports video: Bechard returns to camp

Two years ago, he led Lawrence High to a 15-8 record and the 6AQ state basketball tournament in Emporia. Now, Brennan Bechard is back.

6Sports video: Czyz claims another award

Another day, another award for Kansas senior reliever Don Czyz. Today, the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association named Czyz a First Team All-American.

KU soccer releases 2006 schedule

Nine of KU's 19 regular season matches are against 2005 NCAA Tournament teams

Kansas University's soccer program announced its 2006 schedule Tuesday. Of the Jayhawks 19 regular season matches, nine will be against teams that made the 2005 NCAA Tournament.

Czyz named Pro-Line/NCBWA First Team All-American

Kansas University senior relief pitcher Don Czyz was named Pro-Line Cap/NCBWA All-American First Team by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association on Tuesday.

K-State running back suspended

Clayton to miss opener as result of battery conviction

Thomas Clayton, Kansas State's leading rusher last year, has been suspended for one game following a misdemeanor battery conviction and will miss the Sept. 2 season opener against Illinois State.

KU-MU football game slated for ABC schedule

The Kansas University football team's regular-season finale against Missouri on Nov. 25 will be televised by ABC. Kickoff at Faurot Field in Columbia, Mo., is set for 11 a.m.

Fairchild inks contract with Cleveland

Former Kansas University starting pitcher Ricky Fairchild has signed a free-agent contract with the Cleveland Indians.

Rush scores passing grade

New machine likes KU player's shooting stroke during camp workout

The eyes of 700 basketball campers were fixed on Brandon Rush as he flipped in shot after shot from the free-throw line Monday afternoon at Horejsi Center.

Aldrich invited to tryouts

Future Kansas University basketball center Cole Aldrich is one of 23 players invited to the USA Basketball Men's Under-18 team tryouts Friday through Sunday at the University of Texas-San Antonio.

Monday, June 12

6Sports video: Basketball camp begins

Seven-hundred campsters, sure, it sounds like a lot. But for head coach Bill Self, it's reality at this week's basketball camp. Assistant coach Danny Manning was the featured speaker this afternoon on day one.

6Sports video: Another KU pitcher drafted

Another one of Ritch Price's pitchers has joined the pro ranks. Second starter Ricky Fairchild signed a contract with the Cleveland Indians organization.

6Sports: Border Showdown will be on ABC

The Border Showdown is coming to ABC. The November 25th football clash between Kansas and Missouri will be televised live at 11 a.m. in Columbia.

Pitching camp

Self greeted by eager learners

Bill Self claims his job doesn't get any more difficult the next two weeks - even with over 700 athletes in town for his annual back-to-back Jayhawk basketball camps.

Sunday, June 11

WSU pair shocks Kansas duo

Wichita State's Potter and Hermreck win Four-Ball Championship despite KU team's hot start

Zechariah Potter calls himself lucky. Shortly after he and partner Brandon Hermreck won the finals of the Kansas Four-Ball Championship Sunday, he talked about all the breaks and good bounces they had received.

Huggy Bear's new 'Cats

New K-State coach settles in

Alumni from the Kansas State veterinary school who expected to see the in-your-face, intimidating, hollering figure they had seen on television, never caught even a glimpse of such a man during a luncheon at the student union.

Battle takes 5th in shot

Kansas University's Sheldon Battle added a sixth All-America honor to his resume on Saturday.

Saturday, June 10

Sabath takes over at Fort Hays State

Rick Sabath's tenure as a member of the Kansas University baseball coaching staff can be summed up in two words: productive and short.

Clutch finish

Late birdies carry KU duo into today's 36-hole final

Luke Trammell didn't just play the final holes with teammate Gary Woodland at Alvamar Golf Club on Friday. He did some admiring as well.

Another Morningstar joins Jayhawks

Brady's big sister will close out volleyball career at Kansas

Brady Morningstar won't be the only member of his family competing at Kansas University this season.

Mayer: Nuttiness not new in sports

When anatomies are as finely tuned as they are for modern athletic events, injuries that don't seem plausible often occur.

KU trio tapped All-Americans

Agafanov, Young, Heffernon excel at NCAA meet

The Kansas University men's and women's track and field teams added three more All-America honors to their total Friday at the 2006 NCAA Championships.

Friday, June 9

6Sports video: KU duo advances in tourney

Luke Trammell and Gary Woodland made it through to the finals of the KGA Four-Ball Championship.

Kansas' Czyz wins award

The honors keep pouring in for Kansas University baseball standout Don Czyz.

Firebird commits to KU

Ryan Murphy to join Ballard at Kansas

The Free State High bond might pay big dividends for Kansas University's football team in the future.

KU's Battle advances

Kansas University's Sheldon Battle had the second-best mark in the shot put, qualifying on Thursday at the NCAA Track and Field championships at Sacramento State University.

Simien hopes to return after bout with flu bug

Former Kansas University basketball forward Wayne Simien of the Miami Heat has been hit hard by the flu bug this week and was unable to make the trip to Dallas for Game One of The NBA Finals.

Golf goliaths fall

Cinderella on time for Four-Ball

Barrett Martens and Trent Twaddle didn't play well Tuesday at Alvamar Golf Course. They didn't play well Wednesday, either. Turns out they didn't have to.

Kansas football team sets academic record

Kansas University's football team set a team record with a 2.67 grade-point average in the spring 2006 semester, according to statistics released Thursday by Kansas University's athletic department.

KU hoops adds three opponents

Add Dartmouth, Detroit Mercy and Rhode Island to the list of teams Kansas University will play in men's basketball this season in Allen Fieldhouse.

Thursday, June 8

6Sports video: Four-Ball tourney continues

The stroke play portion of the KGA Four-Ball Championships is over as 32 teams played 36 holes of match play golf to advance.

6Sports video: Murphy to join the Jayhawks

A second Free State Firebird will be headed up the Hill to play football for Mark Mangino in 2007.

Czyz Named NCBWA Stopper of the Year

Kansas University closer Don Czyz has been named the 2006 winner of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association's Stopper of the Year Award, the association announced Thursday. The award honors the top relief pitcher in college baseball.

Ex-pro Troutman relishes amateur status

Frontenac's Jon Troutman is having quite the time becoming an amateur once again - at the age of 30.

KU grid recruits present

Just one member of class not on campus

Kansas University's public student directory lists all but one of KU's 25 incoming scholarship football recruits for the 2006 season.

Keegan: Simien must miss fieldhouse

Didn't get a chance to interview many NBA players during nearly three years of radio shows, but did particularly enjoy having a pair of college basketball stars on the show to talk about the draft.

Three from KU in track finals

Three Kansas University track and field athletes qualified Wednesday for finals at the NCAA Championships at Sacramento State's A.G. Spanos Sports Complex.

KU great headed to Hall

Marilynn Smith to be enshrined for lifetime achievement

LPGA pioneer Marilynn Smith will become a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame on October 30 as part of the Class of 2006.

Commentary: Sampson's infractions no minor matter

Even simple phone calls helped give former Oklahoma coach an extra edge during recruiting

Question: How many extra phone calls add up to an automobile?

KU pair snared

Schweitzer, Quick picked on Day Two

OK, so Jared Schweitzer doesn't have a shopping spree of sports cars, mansions and bling-bling ahead of him just yet.

Wednesday, June 7

6Sports video: Pitching squad to rebuild

Two underclassman draft picks will have serious consequences for Ritch Price's pitching staff next season.

6Sports video: Draft takes 2 more Jayhawks

The parade of Kansas baseball players entering the pro ranks continued on Day Two of the Major League amateur draft this afternoon.

6Sports video: Teams advance at KGA Four-Ball

The final round of stroke play wrapped up today at the KGA Four-Ball Tournament at Alvamar. The top 64 teams advance to the match play portion of the tournament.

Keegan: Price now can sell success

Kansas University baseball coach Ritch Price, your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to pretend I am 18 years old, tall, slender and blessed with a 90 mph fastball and good breaking stuff. All the College World Series regulars are text-messaging me, pretty much begging me to spend my college years with them. Convince me I should say no to all of them and commit to Kansas.

Hurst qualifies for Open

Former Kansas University golfer Travis Hurst was the only player to break par at Fox Run Golf Club and shot 70-67 to win the U.S. Open sectional qualifier in St. Louis.

Movin' on up

Four Jayhawks hear names called on Day 1

Knowing the possibility his fabulous senior year gave him, former Kansas University closer Don Czyz had the Internet stream of the Major League Baseball draft playing in his living room Tuesday, when he heard the name called.

Tuesday, June 6

6Sports video: Four 'Hawks drafted

Day one of the Major League Baseball amateur draft was good to the Kansas Jayhawks today. In all, four KU players are one step closer to the big league diamond.

Former Jayhawk Settlemier keeps slamming in pro ranks

Serena Settlemier's penchant for producing grand slams has carried over into the professional ranks.

FAU coach Walters taps Bauman

Florida Atlantic University basketball coach Rex Walters has completed his staff with the hiring of Justin Bauman as director of basketball operations.

Self: K.C. good for tourney

Kansas City lands 2008 Big 12 men's, women's basketball championships

The Big 12 Conference men's basketball tournament will return to Kansas City, Mo., in March, 2008.

Four-ball begins today

The 18th-annual Kansas Four-Ball Championship will begin at 8 a.m. today with the first of two qualifying rounds at Alvamar Golf Club.

Monday, June 5

6Sports video: KU Track & Field heads to NCAAs

The University of Kansas Men's and Women's Track teams are off to the 2006 NCAA Championships hosted by Sacramento State University. This afternoon, the ten qualifiers left Allen Fieldhouse for the Golden State.

6Sports video: Kirk to lead off for KU

KU kicks off its part in the NCAA Track & Field Championships with Jayhawk junior JOsh Kirk in the decathlon. HOwever, the Lawrence-born product feels no pressure to get his team early points.

6Sports video: KU baseball looking to the future

With the fantastic season coming to a close yesterday, it's already time for the KU Baseball team to think about the future. For some Jayhawks, their future could begin tomorrow with the Major League Baseball Draft.

NCAA panel limits desperation timeouts

The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel has approved a proposal from the basketball rules committee that will not allow an airborne player falling out of bounds - or into the backcourt - to be granted a timeout.

Texas out in Austin

N.C. State ousts defending champ

Jonathan Diaz had an RBI double, and Matt Camp doubled in the eighth inning to help North Carolina State eliminate defending national champion Texas, 6-3.

Langford signs with Salina

Former Kansas University guard Keith Langford has signed a free agent contract with the Kansas Cagerz of the United States Basketball League.

Last gasp too soon

KU's season ends despite early lead

Hawaii showed Sunday that it's a fast learner. On Friday, the Rainbows blew an early 5-0 advantage and lost, 9-6, to Kansas University in the opening game of the NCAA Corvallis Regional baseball tournament. On Sunday, however, Hawaii turned the tables, erased an early 5-0 KU lead and eventually ousted the Jayhawks from the double-elimination event with a 9-5 victory at Goss Stadium.

Sunday, June 4

KU ends season with 9-5 loss to Hawaii

Jayhawks finish season with a 43-25 record, second-best in school history

Despite scoring four runs in the first inning and taking a 5-0 lead the University of Kansas fell to the University of Hawaii (45-16), 9-5, Sunday afternoon in the NCAA Tournament. KU (43-25) ends its season with 43 victories, second most in school history.

Leave it to Beavers

Oregon State upends upstart KU, snaps win streak

Kansas University ran into a buzzsaw named Jonah Nickerson on Saturday night and toppled into the loser's bracket of the NCAA Corvallis regional after an 11-3 loss to top-seeded Oregon State.

Two and out for Nebraska

Aaron Poreda repeatedly worked out of trouble in his six-plus innings Saturday, and San Francisco knocked No. 6 national seed Nebraska out of the NCAA Tournament with a 5-1 victory in the Lincoln Regional.

Five KU honorees enshrined

In all, 14 individuals, including five with Kansas University ties, were enshrined into the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday.

Czyz's draft status an anomaly

Kansas University's Don Czyz looms as a rarity - a college senior who could go high in the June baseball draft.

Saturday, June 3

KU falls to OSU 11-3

Jayhawks play Hawaii Sunday at 3 p.m. in elimination game

Unlike Friday's NCAA opener, Kansas University's baseball team could not rally from an early deficit against Oregon State Saturday in its NCAA regional at Goss Stadium in Corvallis, Ore.

KU greats excited by Hall's call

Hougland, Washington headline today's 14-member induction class

This year's 14-member Kansas Sports Hall of Fame class includes five of the biggest names in Kansas University history. "It's quite a list," said Bill Hougland, two-time Olympic basketball gold medalist and member of KU's 1952 national title team. "It is amazing," indicated Marian Washington, who won 560 games in 31 seasons as KU women's basketball coach.

Quick 'in trouble' again

For better or worse, Kansas University coach Ritch Price knows exactly what to expect from starter Kodiak Quick. "He's always in trouble," Price said of the senior right-hander, who won a school-record 11 games this year. "If you look at the number of hits he gives up per innings pitched, there's usually somebody on base every inning."

KU's Czyz named All-American

Kansas University relief pitcher Don Czyz was named to the Louisville Slugger All-American first team Friday as announced by Collegiate Baseball magazine.

Homer happy

Jayhawks use long ball

The grit and resiliency displayed by Kansas University's baseball team during its run to the Big 12 tournament championship was evident again Friday in the first round of the NCAA regionals. Kansas used four home runs to erase an early five-run deficit in a 9-6 victory over Hawaii in the opening game of the Corvallis Regional at Goss Stadium.

Friday, June 2

6Sports video: Czyz named to Louisville Slugger All-America team

KU closer Don Czyz was named to the Louisville Slugger All-America team today. The senior from Overland Park leads the nation in saves with 19 and has a 1,62 ERA.

Kansas defeats Hawaii, 9-6

Jayhawks will play Oregon St.-Wright St. winner Saturday at 8 p.m.

Kansas University's baseball avoided big innings by Hawaii in the first and second when the Rainbows left the bases loaded in each even though they scored lone runs in both innings, but KU starter Kodiak Quick and the Jayhawks weren't so lucky in the third.

Pitching, defense key for Rainbows

WAC runners-up hit just 15 homers this season, but allowed just 18

The University of Hawaii baseball team isn't about to overpower anybody in the Corvallis, Ore., NCAA regional. The Rainbows belted a mere 15 home runs this season en route to a 43-win season and a runner-up finish in the Western Athletic Conference.

Tittrington: 12 years too long for KU

I've had 12 years to think about how I'd write this column. Yet, now that the day is here, I'm finding that I don't know exactly what it is I want to say. There is pride. There is joy. There is relief. Yet there is also knowledge that a group of 35 or so young men will never be looked at the same way again.

How does Kansas University spell pitching success? Q-u-i-c-k

It's hard to imagine now, even for Kodiak Quick himself. Ten years ago, he was one of those kids - who wear the yellow signs around their necks with only a newspaper sponsor and number to label them. Blessed with a good memory and an ability to memorize words, he advanced all the way to the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

KU's Czyz finalist for stopper award

Kansas University's Don Czyz was named one of five finalists for the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Assn. Stopper of the Year Award, the association announced Thursday. The other finalists are Kevin Gunderson from Oregon State, Josh Fields from Georgia, Vinnie Pestano from Cal State Fullerton and Cole St. Clair from Rice.

NCAA Tournament at a glance

Transition difficult for UNC coach

Ex-Jayhawk mentor says Tar Heels' Jordan greatest player he has coached, greatest player of all time

A question and answer session with former Kansas basketball coach Roy Williams, now fourth-year coach at North Carolina.

Thursday, June 1

6Sports video: Long wait for Jayhawks, Rainbows

When Big 12 champion KU takes to the diamond in it's four-team double-elimination regional tomorrow, they will be joined by two other conference holders.

Ex-KU football coach Mather dies at age 91

Six months after returning to Lawrence for a reunion with about 35 of his players, former Kansas University football coach Chuck Mather died Monday in suburban Chicago.

Young Price comes from long line of Rynes

Kansas University second baseman Ryne Price's first name has deep baseball roots, even deeper than he realized.

Mayer: '49ers deserve praise

There's ample reason to laud the 2006 Kansas baseball team that has made such a joyful noise in Big 12 circles. It deserves accolades galore. Yet let's also honor the 1949 Jayhawks, the last KU club to capture a league title.

Beavers dismiss slight

The team to beat in the Corvallis, Ore., baseball regional isn't wasting any energy stewing about the NCAA's decision not to award it a top-eight national seed.

On the road again

Jayhawks used to away games

Kansas University's baseball squad boarded the team bus early Wednesday for its trip to Corvallis, Ore., and the 2006 NCAA Tournament.

Peoples remains 'Late Night' sponsor

Peoples Bank will play at least another two seasons as official title sponsor of "Late Night in the Phog," the annual celebration that marks the beginning of basketball season at Kansas University.

Ex-Jayhawk Shareef killed in car accident

Former Kansas University basketball player Danielle Shareef was killed in an automobile accident Friday in Tampa, Fla.

Settlemier tapped 2nd-team All-American

Kansas University's Serena Settlemier has been named a second-team All-American by the National Fastpitch Coaches Assn.

Giangrosso qualifies

Kansas University junior Annie Giangrosso was one of three players who qualified for the US Women's Amateur Public Links Championship on Tuesday at St. Andrews Golf Course.