Stories for June 26, 2008


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Five Jayhawks drafted, then traded: Brandon Rush and Darrell Arthur chosen in first round; Mario Chalmers, Darnell Jackson and Sasha Kaun selected in second round

Brandon Rush, first KU player selected, taken by Portland with 13th pick, and then traded to Indiana Pacers. Then came Darrell Arthur at No. 27, who after three trades winds up in Memphis. Mario Chalmers (Miami), Darnell Jackson (Miami) and Sasha Kaun (Cleveland) were all selected in the second round. All five players were traded, Arthur three times. picks up second consecutive APME award

Honor given for coverage of the KU basketball national championship and the staffs of the Lawrence Journal-World and 6News earned a second consecutive APME award, this time for its coverage of the Kansas Jayhawks' run to the national championship.

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Who goes where?

Rush confident in abilities at next level

Brandon Rush, who turns 23 on July 7, has been deemed "NBA ready," by so-called experts entering tonight's draft at New York's Madison Square Garden. Rush, whose brother Kareem plays for the Indiana Pacers, knows exactly what that tag means. "I've spent three years in college. I've developed my body. I've gotten stronger. I play the type of game they play in the NBA, pick and roll, up-tempo," former Kansas University guard/forward Rush said Wednesday at a pre-draft news conference for possible lottery picks (top 14) at the Westin Times Square Hotel.

Brian Murphy to transfer to Emporia State

Former Free State High star running back Brian Murphy, who redshirted at Kansas University last season with twin brother Ryan, said Wednesday he is transferring to Emporia State.

Fine signs with Bills

Former Kansas University tight end Derek Fine has signed a contract with the Buffalo Bills.

Fresno St. wins improbable title

Fresno State was smashing in its final performance as college baseball's team of destiny, winning a championship that would have been impossible to predict.

OU'S Capel receives raise

University of Oklahoma regents approved raises on Wednesday for athletic director Joe Castiglione and men's basketball coach Jeff Capel.

Keegan: Don't pass on Arthur

Ten years later, it's time to learn from the 1998 draft. As the saying goes, those who don't learn from history ... get fired. Kansas University teammates Raef LaFrentz and Paul Pierce were considered neck and neck by most trying to project the draft. Then-KU coach Roy Williams didn't offer a guess as to which player would go first, but shared that he was assured both players would not slip past the eighth pick.

Bradley coach joins Kansas softball staff

Buddy Foster, head coach at Bradley University the last three seasons, has been named associate head softball coach at Kansas.

Self confident five Jayhawks will be drafted

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self - and a bunch of NBA analysts - are certain three Jayhawks will be selected in the first round of tonight's draft at New York's Madison Square Garden. Where Darrell Arthur, Mario Chalmers and Brandon Rush are tapped, however, is anybody's guess.