Stories for June 20, 2008


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6Sports video: Hawkins hopes to go pro

Former Jayhawk guard and Kansas City native Jeff Hawkins is trying to take the next step on the hardwood. Kevin Romary explains.

Alleged victim in Collins case speaks out through attorney

The attorney for a woman suing Kansas University basketball player Sherron Collins said her client showed "great courage in speaking the truth" from the day she was assaulted in a Jayhawker Towers elevator in May 2007.

Kansas City summer league tips off today

The second-annual Kansas City Pro-Am Summer League, which features a batch of Kansas University basketball players past and present, opens tonight at Penn Valley Community College's Pohlman Fieldhouse. "I think it will be a lot better than last year. We've worked out some kinks and gotten more teams," said former KU guard Terry Nooner, president of the league.

Pierce, Celtics savor their victory

Boston honors NBA champions with parade

Paul Pierce had not slept in 36 hours, but the Boston Celtics captain was more than ready to greet the tens of thousands of fans who turned out Thursday for the rolling rally celebrating the team's first NBA championship in 22 years.

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Recruiting the young

Trend creates dilemma for college coaches

Last summer, University of Southern California men's basketball coach Tim Floyd stirred the already-stormy recruiting pot by offering a 14-year-old, eighth-grader from Illinois a basketball scholarship. Floyd's offer to 5-foot-9 point guard Ryan Boatwright sent shockwaves through the college basketball community, and was greeted largely by disgust and disdain, as many believed it further corrupted the once innocent land of high school hoops.

NABC reacts to early recruiting

If college basketball coaches have their way, Michael Avery would be the last eighth-grader making a college commitment.

Mayer: Pierce new great Celtic

Paul Pierce was openly unhappy when he was picked "only" 10th in the 1999 NBA draft. He had misgivings as he entered this, his 10th, season with basketball's Boston Celtics. Chances are today he's eminently satisfied with that pair of 10s even though once he was hoping to be traded to a "contender."

Rain halts LSU-Carolina

The College World Series game Thursday night between North Carolina and LSU was suspended because of rain and will be resumed tonight.

KU's Powers ousted in Public Links event

Kansas University women's golfer Emily Powers reached the round of 16 before bowing out at the United States Women's Amateur Public Links tournament on Thursday.

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Kansas Comet honored by Sports Commission

Former KU football great Gale Sayers headlines KCSC's P.R.O.P.S. awards night

Gale Sayers sat at a table Thursday afternoon in the Sprint Center's Founder's Room, reminiscing about one of the most memorable athletic years in the history of Kansas University. He looked sharp, sporting a black suit with silver pinstripes. He spoke softly, with several hints of passion for his alma mater, which won the Orange Bowl and the national championship in basketball in the same academic year.