Stories for August 24, 2007


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6Sports video: McClinton named to Lombardi watch list

Kansas defensive lineman James McClinton has been named to the 38th annual Rotary Lombardi Award watch list.

6Sports video: KU volleyball headed to Oregon

The 2007 fall sports season officially begins for the University of Kansas this evening. The first team to take the court: the Kansas Volleyball squad.

6Sports video: McAnderson looking for more playing time

For years, he terrorized members of the Sunflower League. More often than not, he ran over them on the way to the endzone on Friday nights. After shouldering the load at Lawrence High for three years, Brandon McAnderson left for bigger and better things at KU.

Coach has KU corners fired up

Kansas University's cornerbacks insist they'll perform better than last season. Ask them why, and you'll hear two universal answers. Experience. And Je'Ney Jackson. "Coach Jackson's the real deal, man," junior Aqib Talib said. "He got my press technique up to par. He's been there before. He knows what it takes to get up to the next level."

Hadl left off ballot for Hall

Ex-LHS, KU, Charger great 'disappointed'

The Pro Football Hall of Fame seniors selection committee revealed its two candidates to be included on the ballot for the next class, and former Lawrence High, Kansas University and San Diego Chargers great John Hadl did not make the cut. "I'm obviously very disappointed, and the reason is all my friends took a lot of their time to try to make it happen, obviously it didn't happen," Hadl said.

Kansas' Talib on Camp watch list

Kansas University football standout Aqib Talib was named to the Walter Camp Football Foundation Player of the Year Award watch list this week.

Illinois prep considering KU

Verdell Jones, a 6-foot-4, 165-pound senior from Central High in Champaign, Ill., who played well at the Jayhawk Invitational in April, is still in the process of narrowing his long list of prospective colleges. Jones on Thursday told that Kansas, Kentucky, Georgia Tech, Virginia, Oregon, Gonzaga, Tennessee and Marquette have extended invitations for official campus visits.

Ex-Jayhawk Metcalf had 'crazy' day

Travis Metcalf's Wednesday started near the French Quarter and ended in what felt like the fourth quarter. Metcalf, a Kansas University product, went from New Orleans, where he was playing for Triple-A Oklahoma, to Baltimore, where he was a part of a record-breaking doubleheader night for the Rangers, and back to Arlington in 24 hours. It was a full day of plane flights, two full games (he played 12 innings), tying a club record for RBIs in a doubleheader and shaking his head in disbelief - "Did we really just score 30 runs?"

Mayer: Riggins colorful character

When John Riggins is involved, there almost always is "more to the story." Two noteworthy adventures involved Sandra Day O'Connor, the brilliant retired U.S. Supreme Court justice with a sense of humor to cope with the inimitable Riggo. John, former Kansas University, New York Jet and Washington Redskin running back, will join the KU Ring of Honor on Oct. 13, something he fully deserves as one of only three Jayhawks in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.