Stories for July 2007


Tuesday, July 31

6Sports video: Ritchie Price not done with baseball

One year ago, KU shortstop Ritchie Price was selected in the 18th round of the Major League Baseball Draft by the New York Mets. Just one year removed from the Hill, Price's playing days are now over.

Ryan Wood's KU football notebook

¢ Pair of practices open¢ Single-game tickets¢ CMU picked second

City's No. 2 heads for KU

Assistant city manager takes job in athletics department

City Hall's No. 2 administrator is leaving to take a job with the Kansas University athletic department. Debbie Van Saun, assistant city manager since 2000, will become associate athletics director and senior women's administrator at KU. "It just seemed like a good fit," said Van Saun, who has worked for City Hall more than 28 years.

KU soccer players titlists

Kansas University soccer players Monica Dolinsky and Emily Cressy earned gold medals at the U.S. Youth Soccer Nationals in Frisco, Texas.

DePaul coach Wainwright big fan of KU's Arthur

Shoulders slumped as he walked toward his rental car, Jerry Wainwright looked like a guy in dire need of a home-cooked meal and good night's sleep. "I am completely whacked out. This is a grind," DePaul's third-year basketball coach said, sporting bags under his eyes after watching several hours' worth of games at the AAU Price Chopper Invitational at Okun Fieldhouse.

Woodling: Pless worthy of honor

Those of you who pored over last May's endless list of Kansas University graduates - surely there aren't too many of you - may have noticed the name Willie Carr Pless. Willie Carr Pless? Is that a son of the former KU football player of the same name who went on to earn a berth in the Canadian Football Hall of Fame?

KU hoops prospects square off in semis

Kansas University men's basketball recruit Travis Releford didn't have a spectacular performance in a semifinal game of the Kansas City Price Chopper Invitational on Monday in Okun Fieldhouse. However, his 12 points still were enough to help Kansas City Pump N Run escape with a 52-51 victory over Urban DFW.

Monday, July 30

6Sports video: Summer to remember for Metcalf

The Royals' sweep of Texas over the weekend made for an awful homecoming for former KU thirdbaseman Travis Metcalf. The Wamego native was 0-9 in three starts for the Rangers at Kauffman Stadium.

Walters fulfills dream

Wearing a light-blue shirt with "Florida Atlantic" prominently displayed over his chest, Rex Walters stood alone in a corner of Okun Fieldhouse. The 37-year-old second-year FAU coach punched out text messages into his cell phone during breaks in the action at the Price Chopper AAU basketball tournament, appearing as intense as his days as a ballhawking combo guard at Kansas University.

Sunday, July 29

6Sports video: KU hosts Jayhawk All-Star Baseball Camp

The boys of summer played on as KU coach Ritch Price hosted the Jayhawk All-Star Baseball Camp. Over 200 kids age 10 to 18 came to campus this weekend for the three day event.

6Sports video: KU football ready to go

While the weather outside may feel like summer, the gray skies this afternoon had the look of an overcast autumn day, and you can't think about fall without thinking football. It's been eight months since the Kansas football team fell to Missouri in the Border Showdown sealing the end of the 0-6 season

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Up where he belongs?

Former Jayhawk Metcalf fitting in on field, in clubhouse for Rangers

It's just minutes after 4 p.m. in the refreshingly cool visiting clubhouse at Kauffman Stadium, and a few of Travis Metcalf's Texas Rangers teammates are getting antsy. Rapping fingers on the table, shuffling and re-shuffling a deck of playing cards, Marlon Byrd and Joaquin Benoit are waiting for Metcalf, a rookie third baseman, to finish interviews so they can get on with the game.

Self sees signee stand out

Releford shines in prep showcase

Bill Self and his son, Tyler, sat in the front row of a roped-off coach's section at Okun Fieldhouse, eyes fixed on future Kansas University basketball guard Travis Releford. The Selfs and 100 or so Jayhawk fans didn't applaud - there's no cheering during games at the Price Chopper Invitational - but had to leave impressed after watching the 6-foot-5, 190-pound Roeland Park Miege senior score 14 points with four rebounds in Kansas City Pump N Run's 102-57 rout of Georgia Elite.

Saturday, July 28

Eight ex-Jayhawks attending NFL camps

Eight former Kansas University football players are listed on the rosters of National Football League teams as preseason camps open this weekend.

Thompson's 71 keeps him near the top

Former Kansas University golfer Chris Thompson dropped to fourth place after the second round of the Nationwide Tour's Cox Classic on Friday. Thompson shot a 71 after firing a 60 on Thursday and is four strokes behind Roland Thatcher, who shot 63 on Friday. Thatcher is two strokes ahead of Scott Sterling (68) and four clear of Miguel Carballo (63), Michael Walton (64) and Thompson (71).

Talib has answers for everything

Ballyhooed corner sets lofty goals

Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino was speaking cautiously to a dozen or so reporters at the Big 12 media days earlier this week when the subject of Aqib Talib came up. Specifically, how is KU's star cornerback handling all of this attention? "I'm a little bit concerned," Mangino said. "A lot of people are tugging at him and wanting his time. Once we get him started with football, we're going to have him just focus on that."

Former KU great Pless to join Ring of Honor

Linebacker set standard for Jayhawk tacklers

Willie Pless will join a select Kansas University list this fall when he becomes the 14th football player to have his name added to the school's Ring of Honor. A linebacker for the Jayhawks from 1982-85, Pless is the KU and Big Eight Conference career tackling leader. He will be feted during the season opener Sept. 1 against Central Michigan.

2007-'08 Big 12 schedule unveiled

Jayhawks to play three of four Big Mondays in Allen Fieldhouse

For the first time in the Bill Self era, Kansas University's men's basketball team will play more ESPN Big Monday games at home than on the road. The Jayhawks on Friday were awarded Big Monday home games against Oklahoma (Jan. 14), Missouri (Feb. 4) and Texas Tech (March 3) and a road contest versus Texas (Feb. 11). The tally in Self's five years at KU now: Seven Big Monday games at home and 11 on the road.

Friday, July 27

6Sports video: Pless to join Ring of Honor

The Kansas football Ring of Honor will add its' 14th member on September 1 when the Jayhawks take on Central michigan. KU defensive legend Willie Pless will be added to the wall at memorial Stadium.

Wake coach Skip Prosser dies at 56

Heart attack believed to be cause of 'devastating' death

Skip Prosser, who led Wake Forest to its first basketball No. 1 ranking three seasons ago, died Thursday of an apparent heart attack, the university said. He was 56. Prosser was found slumped on his office couch and unresponsive by director of basketball operations Mike Muse shortly after returning from his noon jog, athletics director Ron Wellman said. Medical personnel performed CPR and used a defibrillator on Prosser, who was taken to Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center and pronounced dead at 1:41 p.m.

Ex-Jayhawk fires 60 on Nationwide stop

Lawrence resident and former Kansas University golfer Chris Thompson shot an 11-under par 60 Thursday in the first round of the Cox Classic, a Nationwide Tour event played at Champions Run in Omaha, Neb. Thompson, who carded two eagles, seven birdies and nine pars, takes a one-stroke lead over Scott Sterling into today's second round. Thompson played the back nine first and then fired a 29 on the front nine holes. He drove the green on No. 9, a par 4, and then made a 30-foot putt to secure the 60.

KU target adds 2 schools to list

Blue-chip basketball recruit Willie Warren, a 6-foot-4 guard from North Crowley (Texas) High, has added Connecticut and Seton Hall to his list of schools. From Las Vegas, he told the Louisville Courier-Journal "schools two through eight" on his list of 10 are "all the same. There's no two through eight."

KU soccer players coach at camp

Kansas University goalkeeper Julie Hanley doesn't plan to give up her starting job this season, but taking part in the KU Girls Residential and Preseason Soccer Camp on Thursday evening at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex, she took on another job title: coach. "It's great," Hanley said. "It's good coaching them. They're a lot of fun to work with, actually. And I think it helps us as players to kind of coach other kids." Hanley gave three campers advice on defending the goal.

Pollard: Ref 'didn't stand out'

Scot Pollard hasn't had any memorable run-ins with disgraced NBA referee Tim Donaghy, who has worked games during the former Kansas University forward's entire 10-year pro career. "I could say I don't like him that much, but there's a long list of refs I don't like very much," said always-colorful former Kansas University forward Pollard, who played last season with the Cleveland Cavaliers. "When I first heard of this, it's not like I said, 'I know who that is.' He didn't stand out in my mind."

Mayer: KU-MU moved before

Lew Perkins and The Suits on Mount Oread stirred up a mess of pottage when they shifted the Nov. 24 Kansas-Missouri football game from the KU campus to Kansas City. That's supposed to dump a million bucks or so into the Jayhawk cash drawer, to hell with the mucho bucks the move on a Thanksgiving weekend will cost local people who've carried the load so long and so well.

Thursday, July 26

6Sports video: Brumley ready for KU greens

Daniel Brumley made his debut for the Lawrence High varsity golf team in 2000. Back then, Daniel was just a freshman. He played in only one tournament that year and shot a 92. Seven years later, the former Lion is hoping his KU debut goes much better.

Wood: Meier's mugshot is pure magic

Clearing out the jam-packed notebook as Big 12 media days wrap up. Amazingly, all 12 of the league's coaches are optimistic about the 2007 season. :

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Wideouts break out

Bowman, Sweed lead Big 12's crack corps

It's pretty apparent when you listen to Adarius Bowman talk: He's made for the spotlight.

Wildcats scope out title site

Kansas State coach Ron Prince and his players who attended Big 12 media days Wednesday planned to make a pit stop before heading back to Manhattan.

Prep juniors flourish

With college basketball recruits getting younger and younger - Aurora, Ill., eighth grader Ryan Boatright recently orally committed to the University of Southern California - it should come as no surprise some high school juniors-to-be have flourished this summer on the AAU circuit.

Wednesday, July 25

6Sports video: KSU's Freeman: freshman mistakes 'won't fly' this year

Big 12 media day wrapping up in San Antonio today, this afternoon Texas, Oklahoma State, Colorado and the Jayhawks' Sunflower rival Kansas State met the media.

Media Day Q&A with..K-State's players on KU and 2007

For Kansas State, success came unexpectedly in most people's eyes last season, but the Wildcats are wanting to make up now for the way 2006 ended. After a stunning home upset of Texas, the Wildcats were punished in Lawrence by KU and took another lopsided loss in the Texas Bowl against Rutgers. On the final day of Big 12 Media Day in San Antonio, Texas, editor Ryan Greene had a chance to speak with defensive linemen Rob Jackson and Ian Campbell along with quarterback Josh Freeman about 2007's prospects.

Jayhawk recruits plan to narrow lists soon

Two of the top frontcourt players in the recruiting Class of 2008 say they will pare their lists of colleges after this week's Reebok Championships in Las Vegas and the Price Chopper/K.C. Prep Invitational set for Saturday through Tuesday at Okun Fieldhouse in Shawnee.

MU defense under pressure

Tigers loaded on offense, but 'D' could hold key to football season

So many powerful weapons dot Missouri University's football roster: Chase Daniel, Chase Coffman, Martin Rucker, Tony Temple and William Franklin, to name the best of them. Notice a pattern, though, one that could still bite Mizzou yet? All five of the renowned studs are offensive skilled players.

Cyclones coach expects defense to aid offense

Obviously, Gene Chizik wasn't looking for a team full of friends when he first showed up in Ames, Iowa. Iowa State's first-year coach is the lone newbie in the Big 12 football coaching ranks, and he was pestered about the transition Monday at Big 12 media days at the St. Anthony Hotel. One of Chizik's first ideas, his players said, was to have 5:30 a.m. morning conditioning during the frigid winter months, a way to weed out the weaklings, bond the team and get everyone in shape.

Tuesday, July 24

6Sports video: Big 12 football media days kick off

38 days and counting until the Kansas Football team opens its season against Central Michigan. And with Big 12 media days underway in San Antonio this week, the 2007 version of Jayhawk Football has already made it's first media appearance.

Media Day Q&A with...Iowa State's Todd Blythe

It wasn't too long ago that Iowa State was the darling of the Big 12 North and on the doorstep of the conference title game. Now, entering the 2007 season, the Cyclones have brought in Gene Chizik to run the show, a man who has won everywhere he's been. He inherits a team with a smattering of star power, including senior receiver Todd Blythe. editor Ryan Greene caught up with Blythe on Tuesday's second session of Big 12 Media Day in San Antonio, Texas.

Media Day Q&A with...Missouri's players on Arrowhead and expectations

High expectations and Missouri go hand-in-hand entering the 2007 football season. Despite Nebraska winning the Big 12 North in 2006, the Tigers are the media's preseason pick to represent the North in the Dec. 1 Big 12 Championship game in San Antonio, Texas - site of this week's Big 12 Media Day. editor Ryan Greene had a chance to ask the Tigers players in attendance Tuesday - Senior tight end Martin Rucker, senior defensive lineman Lorenzo Williams and junior tight end Chase Coffman - what they think of that preseason prognostication, plus their takes on the Kansas-Missouri game being moved to Arrowhead Stadium and avoiding Memorial Stadium, where the Tigers have faltered in their last two trips.

OU perseveres, takes aim at title

Somehow, Oklahoma University's football team not only survives, but thrives.

KU 12th in attendance

Kansas University ranked 12th in the country - and first in the Big 12 Conference - in men's basketball attendance for the 2006-07 season.

KU football notebook

Determined to fix whatever made Kansas University's football team fall flat late in games last year, coach Mark Mangino and his staff evaluated every single play of all 12 games last year, and especially directed their focus toward analyzing the fourth quarters.

Manning 'just Danny' at camp

As dozens of basketballs bounced simultaneously Monday afternoon at Free State High School, the youngsters involved in the drills didn't seem to notice the 6-foot-10 Kansas University basketball legend making his way around the hardwood.

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He's heard it all before

Mangino fields familiar questions at media day

In the grand scheme of things, Big 12 Conference football media days can be just a tad bit silly, can't they?

Monday, July 23

Media Day Q&A with...Oklahoma's Malcolm Kelly

Last year, when Rhett Bomar was dismissed and Paul Thompson slid in at quarterback at the last second, it made two-a-days one big adjustment period for the Oklahoma offense. Then-sophomore receiver Malcolm Kelly was as productive as ever, though, and now is among the Big 12's elite receivers as a junior. Again, Oklahoma has an unsure quarterback situation with two-a-days right around the corner, but Kelly is as confident as ever. He took some questions from editor Ryan Greene in Monday's Big 12 Media Day session.

Media Day Q&A with...Kansas' Brandon McAnderson

The Kansas University players and coach Mark Mangino Monday sounded confident that the running game can pile up as much yardage - if not more - as it did a year ago, this time by using a committee rather than just one back. One member of that corps is senior Brandon McAnderson, a Lawrence product who has gone from special teams superstar to now one of KU's top ball toters. He took some time Monday to speak with editor Ryan Greene at Big 12 Media Day in San Antonio, Texas.

6Sports video: 'Hawks ready after productive offseason

San Antonio, Texas, home of the 2007 Big 12 football title game in December and home to the Big 12 football media days that fired up today. Those taking the podium on day one: Oklahoma, Baylor, Nebraska, and your Kansas Jayhawks.

Media Day Q&A with...Kansas' Aqib Talib

With preseason accolades already rolling in from the likes of Playboy and the Big 12 media, Aqib Talib has established himself already as the face of this year's Kansas University football team. editor Ryan Greene fired some questions to him on Monday's first session of Big 12 Media Day in San Antonio, Texas. The talkative junior defensive back was more than entertaining.

KU among prep's top 10

Ballyhooed Oklahoman Clarke has Jayhawks among finalists

Rotnei Clarke, a 6-foot, 180-pound guard from Verdigris High in Claremore, Okla., pared his list of prospective colleges to 10 before heading to Las Vegas for this week's Main Event Tournament.

Keegan: Amateur champ has vision

Weekend golfers call it being in jail, surrounded by trees and branches, with no clear path to advancing the ball toward the hole. The only option for the weekend golfer is to go sideways, or even backwards to get back into the fairway. That's known as taking your medicine.

Woodland Amateur champion

Ex-Jayhawk holds on for 3-and-2 victory over Stonestreet

Gary Woodland will say goodbye to playing in the Kansas Golf Association, going out as the 2007 Kansas Amateur Champion after defeating Wes Stonestreet, 3-and-2, in the 36-hole title match at Topeka Country Club on Sunday.

Sunday, July 22

6Sports video: Woodland wins his second Kansas Amateur title

Today at Topeka County Club, former KU golfer Gary Woodland went for his second Kansas Amateur title in three attempts.

Former Jayhawk to join Team USA

Nick Collison, who once was nicknamed "Mr. USA Basketball" for the many occasions he represented his country on the court, will be wearing the red, white and blue again - at least in a practice setting.

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Compliance Cops

Office serves curious KU fans, protects university from more investigations

Every single day, the compliance office of Kansas Athletics, Inc., has phones ringing, e-mail inboxes dinging and strangers and friends dropping by to ask questions at random.

Woodland advances to final

The top two seeded players in the 97th annual Kansas Amateur each won a pair of matches Saturday to reach the finals.

Saturday, July 21

Ryan Wood's KU football notebook

KU's official Web site recently was spruced up to emphasize the upcoming football season.

Sin City tourneys draw top hoops recruits

After a welcome, NCAA-mandated six-day break, college basketball coaches will be back on the road Sunday through the end of the month continuing their pursuit of high school basketball players.

Three Jayhawks tapped preseason all-Big 12

Kansas University's football team led the Big 12 North with three players on the preseason All-Big 12 team.

Friday, July 20

6Sports video: Three Jayhawks earn preseason gridiron honors

To the gridiron where James McClinton, Anthony Collins and Aqib Talib were all named to the Preseason All-Big 12 team.

6Sports video: Woodland advances to final of Kansas Amateur tourney

To the links now for day four of the Kansas Amateur Tournament.

McClinton, Talib, Collins nab preseason All-Big 12 honors

The Big 12 Conference on Friday released its preseason All-Big 12 teams, as voted upon by the media. Three Kansas University players - senior defensive tackle James McClinton, junior cornerback Aqib Talib and junior offensive lineman Anthony Collins - earned spots on the list.

KU A.D. Perkins nets $20k raise

For the second straight fiscal year, Kansas University athletic director Lew Perkins received a 41â2 percent raise in his base salary, and will make $479,290 for FY 2007-08. It's a raise of $20,639. Salary summaries for 10 associate athletic directors at KU were made available Thursday after the Journal-World filed an open-records request.

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Rush reviews rehab

Guard says he'll return Dec. 1, give or take a month

Brandon Rush pushed open a hallway door in the northwest corner of Allen Fieldhouse, and, after glancing to his right, shook his head in utter disbelief. A whopping seven TV cameramen, as well as a batch of newspaper and radio reporters and print photographers had gathered to visit with Kansas University's junior shooting guard three months before the start of hoops season.

Jayhawks picked fourth in North

Big 12 media tap Texas, MU division champs

Kansas University's football team was picked to finish fourth in the Big 12 North division by 24 media members who cover the conference, according to a release sent out by the league office Thursday. "I am more focused on where we will stand in December, rather than the month of July," KU coach Mark Mangino said in a statement.

Graduate assistant Mast moves on

Nate Mast, who worked as a graduate assistant for Kansas University's basketball team the past three seasons, has been hired as assistant coach at University of Arkansas at Fort Smith. Mast, 28, replaces former Lions assistant coach Jared Porter. Porter was hired this past spring as a junior high basketball coach at Springdale (Ark.) George Junior High. Mast played guard for Self and Lon Kruger at the University of Illinois.

Mayer: Donaghue a Jayhawk to the end

The recent death of Al Donaghue, a Kansas University basketball player of note in 1958-60, left a sense of loss and grief in many a life, particularly those in his family. He had a tough battle with lymphoma, and I can only hope he's comfortable and enjoying himself again.

Thursday, July 19

6Sports video: 'Hawks predicted fourth

The 2007 preseason Big 12 football media poll is out and to ?? the Jayhawks will finish fourth in the north.

6Sports video: Rush discusses rehab, return

Seven weeks down, still months of rehabilitation to go for Kansas junior Brandon Rush. The Kansas City native fielded questions from the media today at Allen Fieldhouse about his recovery.

KU tapped 4th in North in Big 12 preseason poll

The Big 12 Conference on Thursday released its preseason football poll, as voted on by 24 media members covering Big 12 football. Missouri received 16 first-place votes, thus making them the favorite in the North. Nebraska was the only other North school to get first place votes, garnering eight. Voters tapped Kansas State third, Kansas University fourth, Colorado fifth and Iowa State sixth.

Gary Bedore's KU basketball notebook

Williams has vertigo: Former Kansas University coach Roy Williams, now fifth-year head coach at North Carolina, struggled to make it through his annual summertime media conference Wednesday in Chapel Hill. Williams, 56, spoke slowly and softly, barely able to move upon entering the room.

Golfer Woodland earns medalist honors

Former Kansas University golfer Gary Woodland tied for medalist honors at the Kansas Amateur at Shawnee Country Club and will enter match play as the second seed.

Recruit Warren lists Kansas third

Highly touted guard ranks his top eight schools; Mom has KU second

One of the top basketball players in the Class of 2008 has not only pared his list of schools to eight, but - in an interesting, maybe even unprecedented move in the wild world of recruiting - ranked the schools in order.

Keegan: Self made a monster in Gillispie

Wearing a white lab coat in a dark, damp basement several years ago, Bill Self, the mad scientist, created a monster on an operating table. The monster sat up straight, removed the bolts from his neck, and took a name: Billy Gillispie.

Uniforms tweaked again

Football, basketball duds to don Trajan font

Kansas University's athletic department is sticking to its commitment, and the team uniforms are getting replaced as a result.

Wednesday, July 18

6Sports video: Former KU golfer tops leader board at amateur tourney

It's the second and final day of stroke play at the Kansas Amateur Golf Tournament in Topeka.

Arthur gone, not forgotten by U.S. teammates

Darrell Arthur's USA Basketball Under 19 Select teammates haven't forgotten their injured comrade as they steamroll the competition in Serbia.

Keegan: Manning heads top class

Russell Robinson, Darnell Jackson, Sasha Kaun, Jeremy Case and Rodrick Stewart all will be gone after the 2007-08 basketball season. Darrell Arthur, Brandon Rush, Mario Chalmers and Sherron Collins are candidates for early exits, as well.

KU boathouse along Kaw gets go-ahead

Rowing team plans $6M facility at Burcham Park

City commissioners Tuesday evening jumped at a chance to make Lawrence look more like its moniker of River City.

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The gospel according to : Jo Jo

Former KU great speaks his mind about Bill Self, Julian Wright - and all things Jayhawk

One of the most ballyhooed ballers in Kansas University basketball lore, Jo Jo White still keeps up with the Jayhawks, even though he lives in Boston and works in the Celtics' front office.

Tuesday, July 17

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6News video: Commissioners approve KU's proposed boathouse

City leaders okay a major construction project in a northern Lawrence park.

Ex-Jayhawk Langford shines in Review

If at first you don't succeed : Keith Langford, who played sparingly for the San Antonio Spurs in three of five Las Vegas Summer League games, is off to a strong start for the Spurs at the Rocky Mountain Review in Utah.

OU's Williams has surgery

Oklahoma free safety Darien Williams had surgery on his left foot Monday, but is expected to return in time for the beginning of the regular season.

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Legends hit the links

Jayhawk greats, alumni take to course

Falcon Ridge could have passed for Jayhawk Ridge on Monday afternoon when Jayhawk greats and alumni from Kansas University migrated to the golf course in Lenexa for the inaugural Legends of KU Kansas City Golf Tournament.

OSU wideout out for year

Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said Monday that wide receiver Artrell Woods will miss the upcoming football season after having back surgery.

Monday, July 16

Chicago prep prevails

Express team wins battle of ballyhooed recruits

Two former teammates of Kansas University basketball players Sherron Collins and Darrell Arthur squared off in the championship game of the Honda Classic on Sunday at Okun Fieldhouse.

Collins, Chalmers won't wear red, white and blue

Kansas University guards Mario Chalmers and Sherron Collins will not be playing for the United States men's basketball team at the Pan American Games.

Sunday, July 15

6News video: KU's Chalmers, Collins cut from U.S. team

Now to the hardwood where last week, Jayhawk fans found out earlier today that both Mario Chalmers and Sherron Collins were cut from the USA Pan-American games team.

Two KU softball players headed to Russia

Former Kansas University softball players Kassie Humphreys and Jessica Moppin will travel to Russia this weekend to participate in a pair of tournaments with the Russian National Softball team over the next eight weeks.

Kansas prospects stand out at Classic

Standing at 6-foot-11, Urban DFW Elite's J'Mison Morgan has a point-guard's mentality despite his big man's frame. "I've been getting a lot of triple and double teams all summer, so I'm mainly just passing," said Morgan, a Kansas University recruiting target who is participating this weekend in the Honda Classic at Okun Fieldhouse.

Saturday, July 14

Former KU track great Karnes dies at 81

Former Kansas University track distance runner Bob Karnes died Thursday morning at the age of 81. The Overbrook native won 13 Big Eight Conference titles - more than any men's runner in the school's history - and served as captain for five Jayhawk teams.

OSU receiver Woods injured

Oklahoma State wide receiver Artrell Woods was hospitalized Friday because of an injury sustained during a voluntary workout on campus.

Keegan: KU A.D. golfing for good

The friendship started with a playful comment from the athletic director to the young spectator watching a Kansas University basketball game from his wheelchair. "Come on now," Lew Perkins told Zach Herries a few years ago. "You're here to watch the basketball game, not the cheerleaders." Don't worry about it, Zach, most of us have been there a time or two. Or a hundred.

Ex-Jayhawk Wright bounces back in Vegas

Julian Wright's best performance to date in the Las Vegas summer league followed his worst. The 6-foot-8 former Kansas University forward, who had zero points off 0-for-9 shooting in New Orleans' 72-58 loss to Milwaukee on Thursday night, bounced back with 14 points off 5-of-8 shooting in Friday afternoon's 94-86 loss to the Phoenix Suns.

Friday, July 13

Vaughn signing announced

Former Kansas University point guard Jacque Vaughn, who recently reached terms on a two-year deal with the San Antonio Spurs, has signed the contract, the Spurs announced Thursday.

Gooden to be traded?

The Cavaliers' pursuit of a point guard has heated up again.

Wright blanked in summer-league game

Former Kansas University basketball forward Julian Wright, who scored in double figures in his first two games as a professional, came up empty against the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday night. The 6-foot-8 first-round pick of the New Orleans Hornets went 0-for-9 from the field and failed to score in a 72-58 NBA summer-league loss in Las Vegas.

Mayer: Kansas truly loaded

Millionaire Julian Wright has removed himself from the Kansas basketball equation, and Darrell Arthur and Brandon Rush have medical obstacles to overcome before they are re-included. Those are players of merit whose absence would devastate a lot of college teams. Not so at KU.

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Tiger beat:

Missouri has offense to rule North, but South could rise to top of the Big 12 again

Get pumped. The college football season - at least in the Big 12 Conference - could be as wild and unpredictable as ever. There certainly are favorites to win the league (surprise, surprise, Texas and Oklahoma), and there are favorites to drag behind while getting re-situated (Iowa State and Baylor). But it has been awhile since there have been five or six legitimate candidates to make a league title run.

Thursday, July 12

6Sports video: KU volleyball squad hoping for return to NCAA Tourney

In 2003, Ray Bechard led the Kansas volleyball team into the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history. She did it again in 2004. Then, in 2005, the impossible happened ... KU made its third straight NCAA Tournament appearance. However, that run has since ended and the team is ready to return.

Gary Bedore's KU basketball notebook

Kansas University's Cole Aldrich and Tyrel Reed were disappointed Jayhawk teammate Darrell Arthur was unable to play for the U.S. Under 19 Select team in the Global Games finals in Dallas.

Bigger might be better for Pan Am hopefuls

The 12-man U.S. Pan American Games basketball roster will be filled with college players.

Oklahoma vacates wins

Calling the case "significant and serious," the NCAA's Division I infractions committee said Wednesday that Oklahoma must vacate its eight football victories during the 2005 season, including a bowl win, because of major violations involving players working at a Norman auto dealership.

KU baseball to play Croatian exhibition

Kansas University's baseball team announced it will open the 2007 fall season with an exhibition game against the Croatian National Team at 5 p.m. Sept. 2 at Hoglund Ballpark. Admission will be free.

KU's Wilson fifth at Women's Amateur

Kansas University's Sydney Wilson, a red-shirt freshman from Lawrence, shot a third-round 74 to place fifth at the 85th Kansas Women's Amateur Golf Championship on Wednesday at Reflection Ridge Golf Club Wichita, Wednesday.

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Kansas unfazed by OU penalty

Jayhawks likely to put asterisk next to loss

Historical revisionism at Oklahoma University probably won't have much of an impact on Kansas University's football history.

Wednesday, July 11

6Sports video: Free State alum Robinson setting higher goals with 'Hawks

To the pool now where Free State High alum Ashley Robinson has big goals following her first season of collegiate swimming.

6Sports video: KU's Wilson takes 5th at Kansas Women's Amateur

KU redshirt freshman Sydney Wilson finished 5th today at the Kansas Women's Amateur at Reflection Ridge Golf Course in Wichita.

Lawrence's Wilson 5th at Women's Amateur

Kansas University red-shirt freshman Sydney Wilson shot a second-round 74 and is in fifth place at the Kansas Women's Amateur Golf Championship at Reflection Ridge.

Volleyball camp draws a crowd

Bechard Skills Camp attracts 240 players

While many area students beat the heat Tuesday by taking a dip in the swimming pool, 240 volleyball enthusiasts from grades 6-12 took part in the Ray Bechard Summer Skills Camp at the Horejsi Center.

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Kansas freshmen bond at Global Games

Roommates at Kansas University this summer, freshmen basketball players Cole Aldrich and Tyrel Reed also bunked in the same quarters July 1-7 at Dallas' Radisson Hotel.

KU completes nonleague hoops slate

Jayhawks add Missouri-Kansas City, Washburn, NAU to schedule

Kansas University has added a pair of local schools - University of Missouri-Kansas City and Washburn - as well as Northern Arizona to its 2007-08 men's basketball schedule.

Official defends 'nation's easiest schedule'

Is all publicity good publicity? If so, Kansas University's football team is beaming over its latest mention by writer Mark Schlabach.

Grimes accused of striking man

Charges pending against Missouri's top rebounder

Missouri basketball player Kalen Grimes used the butt of a shotgun to strike a man in the face during a fight in suburban St. Louis, police said.

Tuesday, July 10

6Sports video: KU volleyball camp draws local players

KU head volleyball coach Ray Bechard's final session of summer skills camp is underway.

6Sports video: Chalmers, Collins prepare for national team tryout

One was named the co-Big 12 Defensive player of the year, the other was named to the Big 12 All-Rookie team. Together the KU guards Mario Chalmers and Sherron Collins will try to earn spots on the U.S.A. Pan American games team later this month.

KU finalizes non-conference men's hoops slate

The Kansas University Athletic Department on Tuesday released a finalized version of the 2007-08 men's basketball non-conference schedule, featuring 12 home dates plus a pair of exhibition games in Allen Fieldhouse.

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Jayhawks gain skills at camp

Chalmers, Collins return from stint with Steve Nash

One of the NBA's top point guards provided pointers to 10 of the country's best college basketball playmakers June 28 to July 2 at Kean University in Union, N.J. Steve Nash of the Phoenix Suns held his first Skills Academy, designed to fine-tune the games of Kansas University's Mario Chalmers and Sherron Collins, as well as D.J. Augustin (Texas), Darren Collison (UCLA), Eric Maynor (VCU), Drew Neitzel (Michigan State), Greg Paulus (Duke), Jeremy Pargo (Gonzaga), Scottie Reynolds (Villanova) and Jon Wallace (Georgetown).

MU forward Grimes suspended

Missouri senior forward Kalen Grimes, the team's leading rebounder last season, was suspended indefinitely Monday for violating team policy.

Monday, July 9

6Sports video: KU women's basketball team looking for leadership from soon-to-be sophomores

It's an important summer for more than a handful of freshmen-turning-sophomores on the Kansas women's basketball team. Last year was a learning experience for Bonnie Henrickson's largest-ever recruiting class, but this coming year, the excuse of youth and inexperience won't fly.

KU signees have nine points in loss

Kansas University men's basketball signees Tyrel Reed and Cole Aldrich combined for nine points in the Global Games All-Americans' 86-72 loss Saturday to the United States U19 World Championship team at Moody Coliseum.

Sunday, July 8

Wright avoids mayhem, makes solid pro debut

Lady Luck smiled on Julian Wright early Friday morning in the New York-New York Hotel and Casino on the south end of the famed Strip.

Saturday, July 7

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Stress fracture sidelines Kansas' Arthur

Kansas University men's basketball coach Bill Self announced Friday afternoon that sophomore forward Darrell Arthur, who in late June secured a spot on the USA U19 national squad, will be out four to six weeks after MRI results revealed a stress fracture in his left leg.

Friday, July 6

6Sports video: Arthur hurt before having chance to play in summer championship

KU sophomore Darrell Arthur has a stress fracture in his lower left leg.

Arthur to be sidelined 4-6 weeks with stress fracture

KU sophomore will not travel to Serbia with U19 national team

Kansas University men's basketball coach Bill Self announced Friday afternoon that sophomore forward Darrell Arthur, who in late June secured a spot on the USA U19 national squad, will be out for 4-6 weeks after MRI results revealed a stress fracture in his left leg.

Kansas recruiting heats up

Self & Co. hit road for summer evaluation

Given a choice, Bill Self would rather spend the month of July golfing and hanging out with his family than living out of a suitcase while on the road recruiting.

Ex-Jayhawk Langford on Spurs summer team

Former Kansas University guard Keith Langford has joined the San Antonio Spurs summer league team. Langford, a 6-foot-4 guard, will compete in the Las Vegas summer league with the Spurs this week and next as well as the Rocky Mountain Review July 16-20 in Utah.

Ex-Jayhawk Simien has left-knee surgery

Former Kansas University forward Wayne Simien of the Miami Heat had successful arthroscopic surgery of his left knee Tuesday, Heat officials announced Thursday.

Thursday, July 5

6Sports video: Teahan hopes to make most of opportunities at KU

After turning down several scholarship offers from several Division I mid-majors Connor Teahan decided to attend his dream school instead. The Rockhurst High product, however, wants to be more than just a walk-on at Kansas. His goal: contribute meaningful minutes.

6Sports video: Aldrich, Reed participate in Global Games

You won't see them in a Kansas uniform until Late Night in the Phog, but this evening KU freshmen Cole Aldrich and Tyrel Reed played their first meaningful hardwood minutes since coming to KU last month.

KU's Graves joins Lakers

Former Kansas University forward Jeff Graves will play for the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Summer League this month in Las Vegas.

No teams want to play in paradise

Hawaii finding it impossible to get teams to visit, absorb certain defeat

So this is what it has come to. Not only does Hawaii have to beg teams to play in paradise, it has to sweeten the deal with three-quarters of a million dollars. And still no takers.

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Canton or bust

Is this the year John Hadl finally gets call to the hall?

Somewhere in a room in Canton, Ohio, a small gathering of men will sit around a table during the third weekend of August and discuss the Hall of Fame candidacy of a number of players who have been out of the NFL for at least 25 years. Once again, John Hadl's name will spark interesting conversation, the particulars of which will remain private.

Wednesday, July 4

6Sports video: KU football ranked #1?

According to at least one analyst, KU football is ranked number one ... when it comes to the easiest schedule in college football, that is.

Departing KU administrator won't take pay cut to be AD

Kelly Mehrtens won't have to take a pay cut to become athletic director at North Carolina-Wilmington.

Spurs to keep Vaughn; Pacers sign K. Rush

Former Kansas University guard Jacque Vaughn will remain with the San Antonio Spurs. A free agent, Vaughn has reached agreement with the Spurs on a two-year contract that will pay him about $2.5 million.

Tuesday, July 3

6Sports video: Reed and Aldrich to play on US All-American Squad

Incoming KU freshmen Tyrel Reed and Cole Aldrich will be a part of this week's Global Games. Both 'Hawks will play on the US All-American Squad.

6Sports video: Former KU guard Vaughn re-signs with San Antonio

The San Antonio Spurs have reached a new contract with free agent Jacque Vaughn. The new 2-year deal is reportedly worth about 2.5 million dollars.

6Sports video: Arthur enjoying time with Team USA

Next summer he'll likely be an NBA lottery pick, this summer, however, Darrell Arthur is trying to be part of a gold medal team from the U.S.A.

Top prep remains undecided

Blue-chip basketball recruit Rotnei Clarke did not commit to Kentucky following an unofficial recruiting trip to Lexington last weekend. The 6-foot guard from Claremore, Okla., plans to take some official visits in the fall before choosing a school.

Wilmington raids KU athletic staff for AD

Kansas University senior women's adminstrator Kelly Landry Mehrtens has been named athletic director at North Carolina Wilmington. Mehrtens was introduced by Chancellor Rosemary DePaulo at a Monday morning news conference.

Woodling: KU sports business booming

Hello, and welcome to Fiscal Year 2007-08. Hope you didn't overindulge Saturday night while celebrating Fiscal New Year's Eve. As you know, July 1 was the first day of the new year for many entities, including arguably Lawrence's fastest-growing business - Kansas Athletics Inc.

Monday, July 2

Roberts repeats as city champion

Former Kansas University golfer cruises to seven-stroke victory

Conrad Roberts wasn't afraid to admit that he was a bit nervous when the Lawrence Amateur Golf Association City Championship was shortened to 18 holes because of Saturday's rain. Roberts still won the men's title for the second consecutive year, shooting a 4-under 68 to finish with a seven-stroke lead over 2004 champ Adam Stanley on Sunday at Alvamar Golf Course.

Former Jayhawk a finalist

Former Kansas University pitcher Tom Gorzelanny was put on the ballot Sunday night as one of five National League candidates for the Monster All-Star Final Vote, which allows fans to vote online for the final roster spot in each league for the midsummer classic.

Arthur's squad upends China

Kansas University sophomore forward Darrell Arthur scored six points and had three blocked shots in Team USA's 91-75 men's basketball Global Games exhibition victory over China on Sunday in Moody Coliseum.

Sunday, July 1

6Sports video: Rainy conditions put a damper on city golf championships

Saturday's action at Eagle Bend was called off due to rainy weather, meaning the championship today at Alvamar would be decided by only 18 holes.

6Sports video: KU's Arthur survives final cut for Team USA Under-19

Kansas sophomore Darrell will need to get a passport as he has been selected to play for the Team USA Under-19 Squad.

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KU staff busy at prep event

Even though she wasn't doing any coaching, Kansas University women's basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson stayed plenty busy at the Jayhawk Team Jamboree Saturday. Henrickson and her staff spent the bulk of the rainy day going back and forth between on-campus basketball courts to check out some of the 47 teams from Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Iowa that took part in the jamboree.

Bedore: Random thoughts on draft

Things on my mind three days after the 2007 NBA Draft :

Arthur survives U19 cuts

Kansas sophomore to represent U.S.

Kansas University sophomore forward Darrell Arthur has survived cuts at USA Basketball's Under 19 World Championship Team Trials in his hometown of Dallas.