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KU's Releford eligible; twins waiting on clearance

Self says Collins a month behind in conditioning

Kansas University freshman basketball player Travis Releford has been deemed academically eligible by the NCAA Clearinghouse, KU coach Bill Self said Thursday. Freshmen Marcus and Markieff Morris, however, were not cleared Thursday, thus they did not participate in an afternoon practice, KU's first workout in preparation for a three-game, Labor Day weekend trip to Canada.

Markieff Morris' attorney enters not guilty plea in battery case

An attorney entered a not guilty plea for incoming Kansas University basketball player Markieff Morris Thursday in Lawrence Municipal Court.

Keegan: KU will be able to run

Former Kansas University offensive coordinator Nick Quartaro ran a spread offense. Successor Ed Warinner ditched the huddle, spread the field even more and had a superior quarterback in Todd Reesing. Both coordinators had productive running backs. Jon Cornish led Quartaro's offense with 1,457 rushing yards and eight touchdowns as a senior. A year later, in Warinner's offense, Brandon McAnderson rushed for 1,125 yards and 16 touchdowns.

Kansas soccer expects increase in scoring

There were times last season when the goal looked as tiny as a thimble for the Kansas University women's soccer team. Eight times, to be exact. That was the number of games in which KU failed to record a score, with players stumbling through their first losing season (7-10-4) since they arrived at KU.

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Jayhawks hold meet-and-greet

On Wednesday night, during the Kansas University football team's annual fan appreciation day, 11-year-old Parker Hopkins got a lot of work done. Every preseason, Hopkins, a Lawrence resident, gets a football. And every year, he sets out to collect on it the signature of every member of the Jayhawks' football team by season's end. "I've got a ball from every Mangino year," Hopkins said proudly, referring to seventh-year KU coach Mark Mangino. "I haven't missed one."

Ex-Husker accused in theft

Former Nebraska cornerback Andre Jones is jailed in Lincoln, accused of stealing a big-screen television in June.

Self awaiting word on twins, Releford

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self hopes three incoming freshmen will be available to practice today, the first day of the 2008-09 school year. Twins Marcus and Markieff Morris, as well as Travis Releford, need to get the OK from the NCAA Clearinghouse before being eligible to take part in workouts prior to the Jayhawks' trip to Canada.

KU grad Russell reaches finals

Former Kansas University standout Scott Russell, competing for Canada, advanced to the finals of the Olympics javelin competition today.

NCAA slaps New Mexico

The NCAA has penalized the University of New Mexico with three years of probation for academic fraud within the football program.