Stories for May 2008


Saturday, May 31

Mayo probe launched

The California attorney general's office is investigating whether funds from a sickle-cell charity were illegally used to pay for benefits to former USC basketball player O.J. Mayo, a state Department of Justice special agent said Friday.

Calhoun battles skin cancer

UConn coach treated for second time

Connecticut basketball coach Jim Calhoun is being treated for a second bout of skin cancer but expects to be on the bench this fall for his 22nd season with the Huskies.

Gary Bedore's KU Basketball Notebook

Darrell Arthur not only took a physical, but worked out in front of NBA scouts Friday at the pre-draft camp.

Two qualify for nationals, more try for bid today

Kansas University seniors Kate Sultanova and Crystal Manning each clinched a spot in the NCAA Championships with top-five finishes, while seven more Kansas track and field athletes qualified for the finals of their events Friday at the Midwest Regional Championships.

OU recruit pleads guilty

Oklahoma will follow through on its recruitment of highly touted wide receiver Josh Jarboe after he pleaded guilty to gun charges that were reduced from felonies to misdemeanors.

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Arthur tells media he's headed to NBA

Kansas University power forward Darrell Arthur told reporters at the NBA pre-draft camp Friday that he has played his last game at KU. Arthur, who is projected by many as a lottery pick in the draft, told Yahoo! Sports and Florida reporters that he would hire an agent next week. "Yes, I'm coming out," Arthur said in Orlando, Fla., referring to staying in the draft.

Benefits reaped from KU title run

Sales tax collections up 9 percent

You may not have worked it off yet, but those series of March Madness celebrations are beginning to pay off for the city's coffers. Sales tax collections for the late March and early April period - the heart of the Jayhawk's National Championship run - were more than $160,000 higher, or about 9 percent greater, than they were a year ago, city leaders recently learned.

Keegan: Get the deal done already

One bank thermometer said 94, the next 91, the one after that 96. They looked like the radar-gun readings Aaron Crow put up for Missouri in working his way to a three-hit shutout Friday afternoon against Mississippi in the NCAA regional opener. Why those bank thermometers vary so much is an issue best left for sharper minds. No matter. They weren't needed to inform the public it was hot any more than radar guns were needed to validate the opinion that the Royals should use the No. 3 overall selection in the upcoming draft on Crow.

Friday, May 30

6Sports video: Arthur's KU days are done

KU sophomore forward Darrell Arthur's college career is over. Arthur has decided to keep his name in the upcoming NBA Draft.

6Sports video: KU recruit invited to Team USA tryouts

Incoming KU freshman Travis Releford has been invited to USA basketball's Under 18 team tryouts.

6News video: Jayhawk's title run benefits city sales tax figures

The city of Lawrence appears to be reaping another benefit from KU basketball's National Championship run.

Arthur definitely not returning to KU

Darrell Arthur confirmed at the NBA pre-draft camp Friday in Orlando, Fla., that he will not play for Kansas University next season.

Mayer: LHS, Omaha and back

The sports realm has a fabulous way of assembling people for a common goal, dispersing them like those whirlygigs that spin off in a zillion directions in a July 4 aerial display, then somehow re-assembling some of them in a single spot, in this case, Lawrence. Often, totally by happenstance.

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A&M leads league

Jayhawks eighth in mythical all-sports standings

Despite banner years in football and men's basketball, Kansas University's overall athletic program ranked in the Big 12 Conference's second division during 2007-08.

Camp hasn't helped Jayhawks

Seniors Jackson, Kaun, Robinson so-so in Orlando

Kansas University seniors Darnell Jackson, Sasha Kaun and Russell Robinson have not yet distinguished themselves on the court at this week's NBA pre-draft camp in Orlando, Fla.

Thursday, May 29

Martincich honored by Big 12

Katie Martincich, a Kansas University volleyball player, has been named the Big 12 Conference female sportsperson of the year.

KU's Price recognized

Kansas University baseball head coach Ritch Price has been inducted into the California Community College Baseball Coaches Association's Hall of Fame. Price attended his Hall of Fame induction Friday at a banquet in Fresno, Calif.

Ryan Wood's KU football notebook

After getting a break once the spring semester wrapped up, the Jayhawks will start summer conditioning drills Monday.

KU basketball notebook

The New Jersey Nets, who have picks 10, 21 and 40 in the 2008 NBA Draft, will be working out a pair of Jayhawks next week.

Chapple honored for academic excellence

Kansas third baseman Val Chapple has been named an Academic All-America Second-Team selection by ESPN The Magazine.

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White House to honor Jayhawks Tuesday

Bill Self was impressed with the focus of Kansas University's basketball players on their postseason trips to Omaha, Detroit and San Antonio.

N.C. A&T player dies

North Carolina A&T State University says a football player has died from complications of heat illness.

Mason makes career change

Glen Mason visited the homes of hundreds of recruits in three decades of coaching football, sitting down and giving a sales pitch that could equate to victories on the field - and job security in the long run.

KU signee Ridenhour named player of year

Kansas University signee Lee Ridenhour has been named Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year in the Sunflower State.

Wednesday, May 28

6Sports video: Rush working out in Chicago

Brandon Rush will not take part in this week's pre-NBA draft camp in Orlando.

6Sports video: Morris twins waiting on academic qualifications

On Tuesday, Kansas head coach Bill Self told Lawrence Journal-World basketball writer Gary Bedore that incoming freshman twins Marcus and Markieff Morris have not yet qualified academically.

6Sports video: KU volleyball player honored

This afternoon Kansas junior Katie Martincich of the Kansas volleyball team was named Big 12 Sportsperson of the Year.

Orlando camp lists offer insight

Kansas University's Arthur grouped with elite, likely signaling end of possible return to school

At a time when few, if any, scouts are willing to tip their hands, the NBA offered insight into the top of this year's draft with the release of three lists of participants at the Orlando draft camp.

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Self: KU duo likely 'gone'

Kansas University's Darrell Arthur and Mario Chalmers - who declined invitations to compete at this week's NBA pre-draft camp in Orlando, Fla. - have until June 16 to decide whether to keep their names in the draft or return to school. Both appear to be leaning strongly toward playing for pay with Decision Day about three weeks away.

KU's Ellrich honored

Kansas University infielder Justin Ellrich was named a third-team Academic All-American by ESPN the Magazine on Tuesday.

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Keegan: The Barber Poll

Local hair-cutters speak their minds on upcoming KU football season

As I was well into an opinion-finding tour of the downtown hair-cutting establishments, the sign on Ninth Street stared mockingly from a distance, like mirages teasing thirsty cowboys in all those Spaghetti Westerns: "Joe's Bakery."

Gary Bedore's KU basketball notebook

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self is awaiting the results of a Dallas school district investigation into a former South Oak Cliff High teacher's allegation that KU's Darrell Arthur had grades changed to remain eligible during his high school days.

Florida Atlantic taps Jarvis

Former George Washington coach replaces Walters

Mike Jarvis found a home in Boca Raton four years ago. Now, he's got a job to go with it. Jarvis was introduced Tuesday as the men's basketball coach at Florida Atlantic, returning to run a program for the first time since St. John's fired him six games into the 2003-04 season.

Indiana lands transfer

Georgetown guard Jeremiah Rivers, the son of Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers, will transfer to Indiana.

Tuesday, May 27

6Sports video: Ellrich named Academic All-American

ESPN The Magazine named Kansas senior infielder Justin Ellrich a third-team academic All-American. Ellrich is the first Jayhawk honored on the squad since Pete Smart in 2001.

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Woodling: '07-'08 huge year, but best?

I wasn't there for Bob Hemenway's commencement address, but I know many folks who heard it weren't pleased with the Kansas University chancellor. Hemenway, they felt, put too much emphasis on the Jayhawks' football and men's basketball accomplishments and not enough on academics.

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Lee hard at work in Tar Heel country

Former Jayhawk dives into new job

Michael Lee answered the phone on the first ring Monday night in his Gardner-Webb University assistant men's basketball coach's office.

Big 12 sends 6 to battle for trip to Omaha

Miami was selected as the top seed for the 64-team Division I college baseball tournament Monday, two-time defending champion Oregon State was left out of the field and the Big 12 Conference officially learned that six league schools had qualified for the postseason.

Monday, May 26

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Recruit Henry drops 47 at classic

The top four basketball players in the recruiting Class of 2009 - who all have Kansas University on their list of prospective schools - traveled to various AAU tournaments over the Memorial Day weekend. No. 1 ranked John Wall and No. 3 Derrick Favors were among the blue-chips at the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions in Chapel Hill, N.C. No. 2 Xavier Henry was the top billing at the Nike Memorial Day Classic in Nashville, Tenn. while No. 4 Renardo Sidney competed at a tourney in San Jose, Calif.

Regional hosts selected

Top-ranked North Carolina, the two-time College World Series runner-up, was one of four ACC schools selected Sunday as regional hosts for the NCAA tournament.

Sunday, May 25

Texas, K-State to play for conference title

David Hernandez singled in the winning run to cap a three-run ninth inning as Texas stunned Oklahoma 11-10 on Saturday to advance to the Big 12 Conference baseball championship game.

Saturday, May 24

Chamber not paying for canceled banquet

The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce hasn't acceded to Kansas Athletics Inc.'s request for as much as $6,400 to cover the department's costs associated with canceling a postseason basketball banquet at the Lawrence Holidome. And chamber leaders don't intend to, either.

KU recruiting class ranked No. 2 in land

Kansas University's seven-man basketball recruiting class of 2008 has been ranked No. 2 in the country by

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New deal for Mangino in works

Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino signed a five-year contract in 2006 which paid him $1.5 million per year. Nobody knew at the time that it'd take just one special season to outdate it.

NU nudges K-State

OSU too tough for Baylor

Jake Opitz had three RBIs, including a two-run homer that helped seal Nebraska's 5-2 victory over Kansas State in the Big 12 Conference baseball tournament on Friday.

Friday, May 23

Mangino, KU working on new contract

Kansas University is close to reaching a new agreement with football coach Mark Mangino, the Journal-World has learned.

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Rush impresses in Chicago

Kansas University's Brandon Rush, Kansas State's Bill Walker and several other college standouts have been working out in Chicago the past several weeks under the direction of Tim Grover, who is regarded as one of the top athletic trainers in the world.

Mayer: Arthur's KU days history

Not long ago there seemed to be about an 80 percent chance that Kansas basketball star Darrell Arthur would enter the June 26 NBA Draft. After that alleged grade-changing to keep him eligible in high school, a move that could have factored in his collegiate career, up that to 110 percent.

Ex-OU QB Mildren dies

Jack Mildren, a former lieutenant governor and the first quarterback in the University of Oklahoma's lofted wishbone offense, died Thursday.

OU-Texas time set

The Red River Rivalry is moving back to the morning. After being played in the afternoon the past three years, Oklahoma's annual rivalry game against Texas will be played at 11 a.m. on Oct. 11 in Dallas.

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Eighth-seeded Oklahoma wins again

Jamie Johnson hit a two-run double with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning, lifting Oklahoma to a 4-3 win against Missouri on Thursday night in the Big 12 Conference baseball tournament.

Relive national championship online

Journal-World Web sites and have given fans of Kansas University a place to go from now until the end of time to relive the 2007-08 national-championship season.

Mangino's '04 rant hot topic again

So it was a bit calculated, after all. Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino was in Dallas last week speaking on a panel as part of the National Football Foundation's football forum.

Thursday, May 22

Electrical outage affects traffic signals on 23rd Street

A total of 920 Westar Energy customers in Douglas County were without power about 7:45 Thursday morning after powerful storms ripped through the area overnight.

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KU signee Releford globe-trotting

Kansas University freshman-to-be Travis Releford is in Shanghai, China, this week, playing basketball for an Adidas-sponsored high school all-star team.

Bucknell hires coach

Dave Paulsen was hired as Bucknell's basketball coach after coaching Williams of Division III the last eight years.

Ex-OU QB picks Spartans

Former Oklahoma backup quarterback Keith Nichol says he is transferring to Michigan State. Nichol, from Lowell, Mich., will sit out next season and have three years of eligibility remaining with the Spartans.

Coach discusses Johnson

Iowa State coach Greg McDermott believes that Wesley Johnson took some of his coaching personally and couldn't get past it.

Oklahoma stuns A&M

Andrew Doyle pitched a complete-game five-hitter and struck out a career-high 12 batters as Oklahoma upset top-seeded Texas A&M, 4-1, on Wednesday in pool play in the Big 12 Conference baseball tournament.

KU grad Jacobs inducted into tennis hall of fame

Tom Jacobs, a Kansas University graduate and longtime NCAA staffer, was one of nine new members inducted into the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Men's Hall of Fame on Wednesday night.

Wednesday, May 21

OU guard to transfer

Former Oklahoma guard Tony Neysmith is transferring to Auburn.

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Jayhawk projected in lottery

Darrell Arthur emerged as a lottery pick in four of five mock drafts released moments after Tuesday night's NBA Draft lottery in Secaucus, N.J. Arthur, a 6-foot-9 power forward who just completed his sophomore season at Kansas University, was tapped eighth overall (Milwaukee) by ESPN's Jay Bilas, ninth (Charlotte) by, 12th (Sacramento) by ESPN's Chad Ford, 13th (Portland) by Sporting News' Mike DeCourcy and 16th (Philadelphia) by

Jayhawk gets Corvette treatment

A fiberglass Jayhawk is back in the fast lane, spiffed up by a high-end auto body shop to shine, sparkle and shimmer at a busy Lawrence intersection. The Jayhawk - "Peace, Love and Daisy Hill Forever," from Jayhawks on Parade five years ago - is back resting on its concrete stand atop a base of stone tiles on the lawn out front of Douglas County Bank, at the southwestern corner of 31st and Iowa streets.

Big 12 title up for grabs

Top eight fight for postseason championship

In case anyone's keeping track, Texas A&M leads the Big 12 in postseason conference championships this academic year with five. There have been 19 postseason sports titles played out in the Big 12, and one more remains, lingering into the summer after college students have vacated their respective campuses.

Keegan: Arthur finally climbing

Finally, the draft projections for national-title-game superstar Darrell Arthur appear reasonable. Why it took so long for him to get ranked in the top 10 remains a mystery.

Sorrentino Scale

Staff writer Eric Sorrentino ranks the Big 12 baseball teams from best to worst.

Tuesday, May 20

6Sports video: Six Jayhawk baseball players honored

In Kansas baseball news - six Jayhawks collect postseason awards from the Big 12 today.

6News video: Jayhawk statue returns to local bank fully restored

A point of pride for a local bank is back on its public perch - in full, restored glory!

Iowa guard transfers to SIU

Tony Freeman, Iowa's leading scorer from last season, is transferring to Southern Illinois.

Final Four floor heading to KU

The 2008 Final Four floor soon will belong to Kansas University's athletic department.

ISU forward transferring

Last summer, Iowa State coach Greg McDermott called forward Wesley Johnson the face of the program. But Johnson shocked McDermott over the weekend by telling him he intends to transfer, dealing a serious blow to McDermott's efforts to rebuild.

Monday, May 19

6Sports video: Wildcat win ends KU baseball season

No celebration today for Rich Price and the Kansas baseball team: in fact, it's quite the opposite. 6Sports reporter Andrew Baker has more.

6Sports video: Magazine ranks KU football #13 in nation

Athlon sports magazine is currently revealing its top 25 teams for the 2008 college football season.

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Unhappily ever after

Jayhawks' season comes to abrupt end

The storybook ending was in place - a two-out, two-run home run by Justin Ellrich in the top of the ninth inning that gave Kansas University's baseball team a dramatic one-run lead. The entire KU squad mobbed Ellrich at home plate. The Jayhawks were going wild.

Gary Bedore's KU basketball notebook

Russell Robinson, who started at point guard for Kansas University's 2008 national championship basketball team, has chosen McClaren Sports of Houston as his sports agency.

Keegan: Kansas one arm short

The scoreboard showed Kansas University with a one-run lead going into the bottom of the ninth at Kansas State's Tointon Stadium on a sunny Sunday afternoon. To know anything about the state of KU's pitching staff at that point was to know the Jayhawks' surviving the inning qualified as an extreme long shot.

Kansas women 4th, men 9th at Big 12 track

Nickesha Anderson broke a 27-year-old Kansas University record and sparked the KU women's track and field team to its best-ever finish in the Big 12 Conference Outdoor Championships.

KU rowing 18th at regional

Kansas University's rowing season ended with an 18th-place finish at the 22-team South-Central Regionals on Sunday.

Pierce lifts Celts in Game 7, 97-92

Paul Pierce hit a shot. Then LeBron James answered. Pierce hit another, and so did James.

Sunday, May 18

6Sports video: KU's baseball season ends in Manhattan

The Kansas baseball team still had the ability to control its own destiny on Sunday, taking on Kansas State.

KU baseball loses season finale, 11-10

The Kansas University baseball team's 2008 season ended in cruel fashion, when a bases-loaded beanball drove in the winning run in Kansas State's 11-10 victory Sunday at Tointon Stadium.

Jayhawk's brother arrested

Former USC star charged with battery near Lawrence bar

Lodrick Schron Stewart, 24, was arrested and charged with battery following an incident early Saturday morning, police said.

KU rowing winds down

Kansas University's rowing team placed one boat - the Novice Eight - high enough Saturday to advance to today's Petite Finals at the South-Central Regionals.

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A walk to remember: 4 to graduate

Sasha Kaun, who spoke just a handful of words of English upon arriving in this country seven years ago, will receive a computer-science degree today from Kansas University.

USC signs Coliseum lease

Southern California has signed a new 25-year lease that will keep the Trojans' football team in the Los Angeles Coliseum and include improvements in the stadium.

Sultanova wins title

Kansas University's Kate Sultanova claimed her second Big 12 Conference title in the pole vault Saturday at the Big 12 Championships.

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Running out of chances

KU still controls destiny despite loss

Kansas University's baseball team tripped over its own shoelaces once again on its way to the finish line. Still, the Jayhawks aren't out of this thrilling race. Quite the opposite, in fact.

Playoffs seen as likely

Here's a ray of hope for college football fans bummed by the recent rejection of the plus-one model to determine a national champion.

Saturday, May 17

Kansas State defeats KU baseball, 5-4

Kansas State scored a run in the eighth inning and slipped by Kansas University's baseball team, 5-4, Saturday at Tointon Stadium.

Teacher defends allegations; Arthur 'frustrated'

Darrell Arthur is in Dallas right now, staying in shape and preparing for the NBA pre-draft camp in two weeks. His inner circle, meanwhile, is trying to put out a lot of fires.

Jayhawk Agafonov wins hammer for 3rd time

For the third consecutive year, Kansas University's Egor Agafonov won the hammer throw at the Big 12 Championship - becoming the first athlete to do so in conference history.

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Backed against the wall

After sloppy loss, KU faces win-or-else weekend

Barely a minute had passed after the conclusion of Friday's baseball game at Hoglund Ballpark when the scoreboard behind the right-field fence was reset and turned off. It probably was better that way.

Friday, May 16

6Sports video: KU baseball falls to KSU

A rivalry weekend for the Kansas baseball team will have major implications on postseason play.

6Sports video: Arthur's high school grades disputed

According to a story aired by WFAA TV in Dallas last night, Darrell Arthur twice had math grades changed in high school.

6News video: Arthur's high school eligibility questioned

Questions arise about KU basketball star Darrell Arthur's eligibility while in high school, but KU officials are confident the university did nothing wrong. 6Sports director Kevin Romary has more from the newsroom.

KU baseball falls to K-State, 5-0

Jayhawks shut out in series opener

Kansas State shut out Kansas University, 5-0, on Friday at Hoglund Ballpark. The series will move to Manhattan on Saturday.

KU star Darrell Arthur's eligibility questioned

Officials are investigating whether Kansas basketball star Darrell Arthur was eligible to play in high school, which could affect whether he should have ever played for the national champion Jayhawks, according to a television report.

Report: Arthur's grades altered

A report by Dallas television station WFAA alleges that Kansas University basketball forward Darrell Arthur was the beneficiary of improper grade-changing while in high school.

Regents rubber-stamp facilities

The $55 million renovations of Allen Fieldhouse and the surrounding facilities are a go, after approval was given at Thursday morning's Kansas Board of Regents meeting.

Ex-Jayhawk RB McAnderson cut by St. Louis Rams

Former Kansas University running back Brandon McAnderson was released by the St. Louis Rams, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Finals cut into KU-KSU baseball preparations

At Kansas University's baseball practice Wednesday, about half of the hitters were missing in action, stuck in a classroom taking finals or with a tutor studying for them. Down I-70 in Manhattan, Kansas State had a similar, so-so week of work.

KU's McCaulley honored

Kansas University center fielder Dougie McCaulley was named to the Midwest All-Region second team by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association on Thursday.

KU baseball puts five on academic teams

Four Kansas University baseball players were named to the Academic All-Big 12 first team, and another was named to the second team.

CU player to turn pro

Forward Aija Putnina is forgoing her final two years of eligibility at the University of Colorado to play professionally in Europe.

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Bee prepared

Hip-hop legend Busy Bee brings wild style to town in honor of KU basketball star's graduation

Jayhawks basketball guard Russell Robinson is netting another honor this year to go along with his NCAA championship ring: He'll be graduating from Kansas University with a degree in communications.And communication is the key word when it comes to how Robinson will be celebrating the occasion.

Commentary: Age rule brings trouble for NCAA

The NBA and NCAA continue to pound square pegs into round holes. What you end up with are simmering - though hardly shocking - scandals such as the one implicating former Southern Cal basketball player O.J. Mayo.

Mayer: Jayhawks, be like Ostertag

I've never pulled harder for Kansas senior basketball players to reach the big-bucks level of the NBA than I'm rooting for Sasha Kaun, Darnell Jackson and Russell Robinson. They've contributed greatly and reflected high credit on KU. I'd like to see patient pro teams sign them, refine their skills and give them a full chance.

Thursday, May 15

6Sports video: Keegan and Romary fall short in coaching debut

After last night's barnstormers game at Lawrence High, it's pretty obvious that Tom Keegan and Kevin Romary should never go near a sideline again. On Wednesday night, KU's seniors knocked off Keegan and Romary's talented squad of prep all-stars. The only thing holding back the high school kids, obviously - coaching...

Dallas TV station to report Darrell Arthur allegedly may have benefited from academic improprieties in high school

Dallas television station WFAA is teasing a story set to air at 10 p.m. tonight about a former South Oak Cliff athlete -- presumably KU basketball player Darrell Arthur -- who may have benefited from improprieties in high school that helped him qualify for a college scholarship.

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Jammin' in the Jungle

High school players relish facing KU's five seniors

Baba Diallo clutched a clump of sweaty basketball clothes tightly to his body Wednesday night. Lawrence High's 6-foot-6 senior forward, still dripping with perspiration, was savoring his last minutes in the LHS gymnasium, not believing the contents of the clothing in his possession. Darnell Jackson's jersey and shorts. Rodrick Stewart's shorts. Russell Robinson's shirt.

Ex-Jayhawk Metcalf farmed by Rangers

Former Kansas University baseball player Travis Metcalf was optioned Wednesday to the Texas Rangers' Triple-A farm club in Oklahoma City.

Self receives honor

Kansas University men's basketball coach Bill Self and University of Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt received the Winged Foot Award on Wednesday at a gala banquet at the New York Athletic Club.

Wednesday, May 14

6Sports video: KU seniors hit the hardwood with Romary, Keegan on the sidelines

Russell Robinson, Sasha Kaun, and Darnell Jackson on the same basketball court with Kevin Romary and Tom Keegan? It may not make much sense, but those KU basketball National Champions hooped it up with the World Company's sports media giants tonight at Lawrence High School.

Regents direct universities to undertake background checks on new employees

Policy change takes effect in September

The Kansas Board of Regents Wednesday afternoon directed all six state universities to implement background checks of new employees by September.

KU's Lee accepts coaching position

Ex-Jayhawk heading to Gardner-Webb

Michael Lee has landed his first full-time NCAA Div. I men's basketball assistant coaching position at the age of 25. Lee, a former Kansas University guard who worked as graduate student manager this past season for the national champion Jayhawks, on Tuesday was hired as assistant at Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, N.C.

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Kansas University's seniors will have one more hometown go-round

These days, two groups of basketball players dominate the brains of obsessed fans of Kansas University hoops.

Tough as nails

Many on bubble in Big 12 before conference tourney

The importance of the regular season, compared to the postseason, seems to vary within each sport. With football, for instance, it can be argued no other sport places as much importance on the regular season. To even have a shot at a conference title and/or BCS berth, teams typically have a margin of error of one loss.

Gary Bedore's KU basketball notebook

Kansas University coach Bill Self and Tennessee's Pat Summitt tonight will receive the Winged Foot Award at the New York Athletic Club.

Tuesday, May 13

6Sports video: KU seniors to play charity hoops game

The seniors from the National Champion Kansas basketball team have one game left on the Lawrence hardwood. It takes place tomorrow night at Lawrence High School as part of the Barnstormers Tour.

6Sports video: Former KU guard lands assistant coaching position

For KU basketball guard Michael Lee has landed an assistant coaching position at the Division 1 level.

6Sports video: Ryne Price ready for K-State series

The Kansas baseball team readies itself for this weekend's series with K-State. Senior Ryne Price is hoping the season doesn't end on Sunday. If Ryne can continue to do what he's done for four straight years, the Jayhawks should have no problem advancing to next week's Big 12 tournament.

Lee named assistant coach at Gardner-Webb

Former Kansas University guard Mike Lee, who this past year served as a graduate assistant under Bill Self, accepted a job on Tuesday to become an assistant coach at Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, N.C. Gardner-Webb, which made news early last season by upsetting Kentucky 84-68 in Lexington, returns four starters from a 16-16 squad that made the Atlantic Sun Conference semifinals for the third time in four years.

Barnstorming Tour comes to Lawrence High Wednesday night

Kansas University's men's basketball seniors will hold their final Barnstorming Tour game of the postseason on Wednesday night at Lawrence High's gym. KU seniors Sasha Kaun, Russell Robinson, Darnell Jackson, Jeremy Case, Rodrick Stewart and Brad Witherspoon will sign autographs from 5:30 to 7:15 p.m., Wednesday with a game to follow at 7:30 p.m.. Tickets are on sale for $10 at the LHS cafeteria. The event is a benefit for the Devin McAnderson Medical Fund.

Powers 56th at regional

Kansas University golfer Emily Powers placed in a tie for 56th at the NCAA West golf regional.

Kansas baseball controls own postseason destiny

Win the series. Three words illustrate the cleanest path Kansas University's baseball team can take to the Big 12 Conference tournament, which starts next week in Oklahoma City. The Jayhawks (30-24 overall, 9-15 in Big 12 play) are guaranteed a spot in the eight-team tournament if they win two out of three against Kansas State starting Friday.

NCAA opens Mayo investigation

Confidant says ex-USC star received cash, benefits

The NCAA on Monday opened an investigation into whether former USC basketball player O.J. Mayo received tens of thousands of dollars in cash and benefits from an agent's representative before and during the one season he played for the Trojans.

IU responds to NCAA

Indiana University told the NCAA on Monday that its own self-imposed penalties should be enough to keep the organization from having to punish the school for improper phone calls made by Kelvin Sampson before he resigned as basketball coach.

Mortensen on list

Kansas University linebacker Joe Mortensen has been named to the watch list for the 2008 Bronko Nagurski Trophy, which is awarded to the best defensive player in college football.

Monday, May 12

6Sports video: KU baseball team focused on K-State

One more Big 12 Conference series to go - and an important one at that - for the Kansas baseball team.

Mayo reportedly took gifts

A former associate of USC freshman guard O.J. Mayo claims the basketball star received thousands of dollars in cash and other gifts from an event promoter over the past four years that would violate NCAA rules, ESPN reported Sunday.

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Splittin' mad

KU steamed after dividing doubleheader

Any momentum lingering from a heroic victory in the first game of Kansas University's baseball doubleheader Sunday didn't show its face in the nightcap.

Jayhawks-to-be get a little good press

All five of Kansas University's incoming freshmen men's basketball players were included in USA Today's final Top 100 list for the recruiting Class of 2008.

Sunday, May 11

6Sports video: Powers comes in 56th at golf regional

This weekend at the NCAA West golf regional, KU's lone representative Emily Powers fired a one under 71 on Saturday to close the three-day event.

6Sports video: Jayhawk baseball splits

This afternoon, Mother Nature made it possible for you to take your mom to not one but two Kansas baseball games in this year's Border Showdown.

Kansas baseball splits doubleheader with Missouri

Robby Price goes 5-for-5, drives in winning run in Game One

Robby Price blooped an RBI single over the shortstop's head in the bottom of the ninth inning, knocking in the winning run in Kansas University's 7-6 baseball victory over Missouri.

KU, MU to play two

Saturday evening's rain delayed Kansas University's chase for sixth place in Big 12 Conference baseball.

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Right-hand man

Top assistant Dooley 'wired to compete'

Bill Self and some of his closest friends celebrated into the wee hours of the morning Tuesday, April 8, at San Antonio's Hilton Palacio del Rio Hotel, located just down the road from the Alamodome, site of Kansas University's national championship victory over Memphis.

Florida player arrested

University of Florida football player Jamar Hornsby was arrested Friday in Alachua County for allegedly using the credit card of a person who has been dead for almost seven months.

Three KU softballers second-team choices

Kansas University softball players Betsy Wilson, Dougie McCaulley and Amanda Jobe earned second-team berths on the All-Big 12 Conference squad selected by league coaches.

Saturday, May 10

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Program takes kids out to the ballgame

New charity lets at-risk youth attend KU baseball games

Come Monday, Sandy Davalos knows what some of her young students will be talking about in class: their experience at a Kansas University baseball game.

Nebraska stuns KU at Big 12 softball

A wild pitch in the top of the sixth proved costly as Kansas University opened the Big 12 Conference Softball Championship with a 4-3 loss to Nebraska on Friday.

KU's Self talks up fundraising 'Boogie'

Bill Self, between bites of hot wings and a burger with no bun, at lunchtime Friday spoke with media members for close to two hours about his new passion - Bill's Basketball Boogie.

Keegan: MU ace puts on a show

The rhythm of the game of baseball encourages conversation for those watching, at least when the loudspeakers aren't violating the peaceful air with annoying racket.

OU reserve QB to transfer

Third-string quarterback Keith Nichol plans to transfer from Oklahoma after just one season.

Chapple on team

Kansas University junior third baseman Val Chapple was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District First Team, it was announced Friday.

St. John's renews Roberts

Despite his team's disappointing record last season, St. John's basketball coach Norm Roberts is likely to remain coach for at least five more seasons.

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Crow's feat intact

MU pitcher mows down KU, moves to 11-0

The Kansas kid wearing the Missouri uniform with the cannon for an arm brought his spectacular stuff to Hoglund Ballpark on Friday night. He carried with him an equally spectacular individual winning streak - including a season's goose egg in the loss column - and left with it intact.

KU's Powers 87th at NCAA regional

Kansas University's Emily Powers shaved three shots off her first-round score and was tied for 87th Friday after two rounds of the NCAA West Golf Regional.

Friday, May 9

6Sports video: KU to face Tigers

The Kansas baseball team enters its weekend homestand winners of four straight games in Big 12 play. The streak started with a win over #14 Missouri last Tuesday at Kauffman Stadium.

6Sports video: Tigers break KU baseball streak

Any time there's a Kansas-Missouri matchup on the table, there's always promise to be a heated rivalry.

Kansas baseball edged by Missouri

The Kansas University baseball team lost the first game of a three-game series against Missouri, 5-3, Friday night at Hoglund Ballpark.

Commentary: NCAA numbers only part of story

The people who run college athletics took time off the other day from counting the millions of dollars top athletes make for their schools to pat themselves on the back because more athletes are actually going to class.

Ellrich honored

Kansas University senior infielder Justin Ellrich has been named to the Academic All-District Seven First Team, which is presented by ESPN the Magazine.

Mayer: Self's contract complex

Simple, huh? A guy runs a stellar basketball program, wins two more league championships and the national title and deserves a new contract to keep Oklahoma State wolves at bay. Write it up, boost the pay and benefits to match other headline coaches' goodies, throw in nifty bonuses and incentives and get it signed. It's not that easy.

Powers opens with 80

Kansas sophomore Emily Powers, playing in the NCAA West Golf Regional as an individual, opened by shooting an 8-over-par 80 Thursday at Lincoln Hills Golf Club.

MU's Lyons to return

Missouri forward Leo Lyons, who led the Big 12 Conference in field goal percentage, on Thursday withdrew his name from the NBA Draft and announced he would return for his senior season.

Schramka honored at scholar banquet

KU senior swimmer Terri Schramka was honored as the Robert Frederick Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year at the annual Jayhawk Senior and Scholar Athlete Banquet to top off a season of success for the 2007-08 Kansas swimming and diving team.

Recruiting young gaining popularity

Like his buddy, Billy Gillispie, Kansas University coach Bill Self would accept an oral commitment from an eighth-grade basketball player. "I would take Lew Alcindor. I'd take Wilt, Danny and Lew," Self said of former UCLA phenom Alcindor (later Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) as well as KU greats Danny Manning and Wilt Chamberlain, whose exploits as players were well-known early in their stages of development.

KU softball faces Nebraska today

Kansas University may be only the No. 7 seed in the Big 12 Conference softball tournament, but the Jayhawks have an outside chance at earning an NCAA Tournament berth.

Huggins hurt in fall

West Virginia University officials say basketball coach Bob Huggins has been taken to a hospital in Charlotte, N.C., for precautionary reasons after tripping on an airport tarmac and hitting his head on the pavement.

Thursday, May 8

6Sports video: KU golfer struggles at regionals

KU's only representative at the NCAA West Regional golf championships struggled on day one.

6Sports video: Former Jayhawk doing fine at NFL camps

A lot has changed for Kansas senior tight end Derek Fine in six long years.

Woodling: Son of voice of Jayhawks paying dues in Arkansas

The young usherette tapped Steven Davis on the arm and said, "Excuse me, but do you know where these seats are?"

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New rule helps NBA Draft hopefuls

It should come as no surprise 69 college underclassmen have declared for the 2008 NBA Draft as compared to 58 a year ago.

Ex-Jayhawk a Gladiator

Former Kansas University track weight and hammer thrower Jen Widerstrom will join season two of NBC's American Gladiators as the newest Gladiator, "Phoenix," as announced by the network Wednesday.

Fla. International penalized

Florida International was placed on four years' probation by the NCAA on Wednesday and will lose scholarships for a variety of infractions.

Sports facility upgrades expanded

$55M to be spent on Allen Fieldhouse, other buildings

With upgrades to the Kansas University football team's facilities nearly complete, attention this summer will return to Allen Fieldhouse and the area around it for $55 million in upgrades, expansions and additions.

Jayhawk on award list

Kansas University football center Ryan Cantrell was named to the 2008 Spring Watch List for the Rimington Trophy on Wednesday.

WNBA player joins KU women's staff

Tamika Raymond, an assistant coach at Ohio State for the last five seasons, has joined the Kansas University women's basketball staff. Raymond, 28, replaces Kyra Elzy, who left last month to become an aide at Kentucky.

KU reliever honored

Kansas University junior reliever Paul Smyth has been named to the College Baseball Foundation's National All-Star Lineup for the week of May 7.

Chamber to honor coach Mark Mangino

The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce plans to honor Mark Mangino, Kansas University football coach, during a May 29 luncheon at the Lawrence Holidome, 200 McDonald Drive.

ORU, Kansas washed

Wednesday night's scheduled Kansas-Oral Roberts baseball game at Hoglund Ballpark was canceled because of rain.

DLI likely won't pay $6,400 bill

The Kansas University athletics department won't be able to count on a $6,400 check from Downtown Lawrence Inc. to cover the cost of canceling its basketball banquet at the Lawrence Holidome.

Wednesday, May 7

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6News video: DLI won't help KU cover cost

DLI will not help KU cover the costs for canceling the men's basketball awards banquet, which was originally scheduled at the Holidome.

KU-Oral Roberts baseball game canceled

The scheduled KU-Oral Roberts baseball game, which was set for Wednesday evening at Hoglund Ballpark, has been canceled due to the threat of thunderstorms and will not be made up.

Huggins pact revealed

West Virginia basketball coach Bob Huggins' new contract stipulates he can be fired for substance abuse or habitual intoxication affecting his job performance.

Keegan: MU ace fearless, talented

The most dominant college athlete to visit Lawrence since Michael Beasley brings his stuff to town Friday night for the opener of a three-game series at Hoglund Ballpark. Chances are you won't recognize his name.

Fifteen more years for Self? 'That's still a long time'

Today, on the one-month anniversary of Kansas University's NCAA basketball championship victory over Memphis, Bill Self returns to the site of the Jayhawks' first- and second-round tournament victories.

Sorrentino Spring Scale

Staff writer Eric Sorrentino hands out preseason Big 12 football rankings from best to worst.

CWS contract 25 years

Short of being named permanent host of the College World Series, Omaha couldn't have asked for more than the 25-year agreement it reached with the NCAA to keep the baseball championship through at least 2035.

Big 12 South Preview: Locked & loaded

OU beams with returning talent

When it comes to the Big 12 South, the Red River Rivalry between Oklahoma and Texas typically decides which team will advance to the conference championship game with a chance at a BCS berth.

NCAA report may hit schools hard

More than 700 teams fail to make academic grade

NCAA president Myles Brand wants college teams concerned as much about academic scores as final scores. If they aren't, they might be barred from NCAA tournaments.

Sorrentino: North making strides

Comparing the Big 12 North football division to the Big 12 South division a few years ago used to be like comparing the NBA Eastern Conference to the Western Conference.

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The $6,400 question: Should KU Athletics be reimbursed?

Downtown groups asked to pay for post-basketball season changes

The weeklong celebration that engulfed Lawrence after the Kansas University Jayhawks won the national basketball championship didn't come without a price. The final tally: more than $130,000 for the city and KU, most of it spent on police.

Gary Bedore's KU basketball notebook

Chad Ford, ESPN's NBA Draft analyst, lists KU sophomore Darrell Arthur as the No. 16 prospect in the 2008 Draft, junior Brandon Rush 20th, junior Mario Chalmers 36th, senior Sasha Kaun 65th and senior Darnell Jackson 79th. There are 60 total picks in the draft, 30 in Round One.

Coaches give K.C. agency thumbs up

'Powerhouse' firm offers clients 'whole package'

The idea started more than a year ago, when a lawyer and an agent were discussing two of their clients, North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams and Southern Cal football coach Pete Carroll.

Tuesday, May 6

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6News video: KU Athletics officials ask city to help pay for victory celebrations

KU Athletics officials are asking downtown Lawrence and the Chamber of Commerce to fork it over. The University says they should pay the bill for canceling a postseason banquet planned at the Holiday Inn.

6Sports video: KU prospect Elijah Johnson happy with Lawrence visit

Elijah Johnson didn't expect to play in the Jayhawk Invitational AAU Basketball Tournament last weekend. However, a last-minute plant ticket enabled the KU basketball prospect to come to Lawrence.

6Sports video: KU baseball team's offense on a roll

Over the weekend, the Jayhawks dropped 39 runs on the Oklahoma Sooners. That's the most EVER by a KU squad in a three-game Big 12 series.

6Sports video: Kansas softball team ready for Big 12 Tournament

Tracy Bungie's squad takes its best record in more than a decade into the Big 12 Tournament this weekend.

KU baseball's Allman league player of week

Kansas University senior baseball left fielder John Allman was named Big 12 player of the week.

Kaun chooses sports agency

Kansas University senior basketball center Sasha Kaun has chosen Justin Zanik of New Jersey-based ASM Sports as his professional sports agent.

Forward leaving Michigan

Forward Ekpe Udoh is leaving Michigan after two seasons, but has yet to decide to which school he will transfer.

KU softball's Stanton gets service award

Kansas University sophomore Ally Stanton was named the Chik-Fil-A Community of Champions recipient for the week.

Monday, May 5

6Sports video: KU baseball up three spots

From last place to still alive, last week was just what the Kansas baseball team needed heading into the final two weeks of the regular season.

6Sports video: KU softball seeded seventh

The postseason begins now for the Kansas softball team.

6Sports video: Van Treese impresses at Jayhawk Invitational

A half dozen top 100 players from the class of 2009 took to Allen Fieldhouse last weekend. Among those players listing KU as a possible college choice: a four-star forward out of the Hoosier State.

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Kansas softball sends seniors out in style

In some respects, Kansas University's softball team had nothing to play for Sunday afternoon. The regular-season finale meant zilch to the Jayhawks' postseason fate, with a No. 7 seed already having been locked up for next week's Big 12 tournament.

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B(r)oomer Sooner

Jayhawks complete sweep

Kansas University's baseball team was finishing up its much-needed weekend of success Sunday when two fans in the Hoglund Ballpark bleachers pulled out brooms and started waving them over their heads.A sweep - and a badly needed one, too.

Another Invite crown for K.C.

Seven games in three days - including a trio on Sunday for Kansas City Pump N Run - is a lot of basketball, no matter who you are. That's why L.J. Goolsby is glad he has Mike Dixon running the show.

Sunday, May 4

6Sports video: KU sluggers sweep Oklahoma

Entering the weekend, the Kansas baseball team was stuck in the cellar of the Big 12 standings. But Friday and Saturday conference wins over Oklahoma changed all that.

6Sports video: Jayhawk Invite comes to an end

The Jayhawk Invitational AAU Basketball Tournament wrapped up today at Allen Fieldhouse.

6Sports video: KU softball squad nabs Senior Day victory

The Kansas softball team was looking for a Senior Day win against Iowa State. Tracy Bunge's squad was struck with the flu this week, but was not affected on Sunday...

KU baseball sweeps Oklahoma

Kansas University's baseball team beat Oklahoma, 9-4, on Sunday to complete the three-game sweep at Hoglund Ballpark.

ISU pitcher outduels KU

Rachel Zabriskie allowed just three hits over the full seven innings to lead Iowa State to a 2-1 Big 12 Conference softball victory over Kansas University on Saturday at Arrocha Ballpark.

KU rowing 2nd at Big 12

Kansas University placed second at the three-team Big 12 Rowing Invitational on Saturday. Texas won, and Kansas State placed third.

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Seventh? Heaven!

Big 12 standings suddenly look good for KU

Golfers curse the wind. Fools spit into it. And Kansas University baseball players seem to love it. The Jayhawks again rode a strong outward-blowing wind to a victory Saturday afternoon against Oklahoma University, this time by a 13-10 margin.

Favors big man on campus

When you stand four inches taller and weigh 20 pounds more than anybody on the opposing team, you can pretty much do what you want in the paint. When your opponents simply step out of the way when you enter the lane, your name is probably Derrick Favors, the No. 3-ranked recruit by in the Class of 2009.

Saturday, May 3

KU baseball wins second straight against Oklahoma

Jayhawks' bats stay hot

Kansas jumped to seventh place in the Big 12 standings with a 13-10 baseball victory over Oklahoma.

LSU dismisses quarterback

LSU quarterback Ryan Perrilloux, who had legal and disciplinary problems throughout his college career, was kicked off the team.

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Wind-aided win

Jayhawks rally for wild victory

Just this one time, the howling wind offered no help. Kansas University closer Paul Smyth served up a strike to Oklahoma's cleanup hitter, Aaron Baker, with two outs and one on in the ninth inning. Baker crushed it to left-center field, carried along by the strong breeze blowing out on a chilly Friday night at Hoglund Ballpark.

Politicians celebrate KU wins

Politicians put aside their differences Friday to honor Kansas University's men's basketball, football and debate teams.

Huggins signs 11-year deal

WVU coach gets $1.5 million per season

West Virginia basketball coach Bob Huggins signed an 11-year contract with the school on Friday that will keep him at his alma mater until he's 65.

Commentary: Coaching's call too strong for Brown

He has had the itch for some time now. That is why Larry Brown planted himself at Jay Wright's Villanova practices day after day after day, why Brown agreed to serve in some nebulous role with the 76ers for the last two years, why he went to the Final Four a few weeks ago.

Rivals eyeing rematch at Invite

A rivalry is brewing in the AAU basketball ranks, and the Jayhawk Invitational will be ground zero this weekend for that potential storm. K.C. Pump N Run is once again the favorite to win the Jayhawk Invite after winning it the last three years. But last year's runner-up, Howard Pulley Black, is back, and the players have just one thing - and one team - on their minds.

Keegan: K.C. team atypical

Acronyms tend to trigger predictable images. Play the word-association game with several listed below and see if you don't spit out the same responses.

KU football TV special to begin airing today

A 30-minute television special featuring the Kansas University football team will air on Fox Sports Net (Sunflower Broadband channel 36) starting today.

KU's Powers named to All-Big 12 golf team

Kansas University's Emily Powers - the lone Jayhawk invited to the NCAA Regional as an individual - was named to the All-Big 12 Women's Golf Team on Friday.

Three KU individuals win Arkansas track events

Egor Agafonov, Jordan Scott, Stephanie Horton and the women's 1,600-meter relay team posted victories for Kansas University's track and field teams Friday at the Arkansas Twilight on Friday night. Julius Jiles and Matt Baysinger also posted regional marks for the Jayhawks.

Friday, May 2

6Sports video: Hoopsters hit the Fieldhouse for Jayhawk Invite

At Allen Fieldhouse, the 9th Annual Jayhawk Invitational AAU basketball Tournament winds down this evening.

6Sports video: KU takes first game over Oklahoma

An important weekend for the Kansas baseball team begins tonight. The Jayhawks sit in last place in the Big 12 standings entering their three game series with Oklahoma.

6News video: 3 victorious teams from KU get special recognition from state capitol

The Jayhawk football, basketball, and debate teams were recognized in a special ceremony with the Governor on Friday.

KU wins baseball shootout with Oklahoma

Jayhawks upend Sooners, 17-15

Jayhawks tally 16 hits in 17-15 home victory against Oklahoma

KU basketball, debate and football teams honored at Capitol

Kansas University basketball, football and debate teams were recognized for their performances during ceremonies in the Capitol.

Commentary: Recruiting outweighs academics

There's no Minnesota high school that does more to promote the growth of its students than DeLaSalle, the Catholic institution on Nicollet Island in Minneapolis. It starts with Brother Michael Collins, the school president and a man as dedicated to creating a school that will prepare young people for college and life as any educator you will find.

IU's Holman to transfer

Freshman center Eli Holman threw another potential wrench into Indiana's rebuilding project Thursday, telling coaches he intended to transfer before apparently throwing a tantrum in their office that required a call to the campus police.

Ex-Vols guard treated

Former Tennessee guard Chris Lofton underwent treatment for testicular cancer after a failed drug test at the 2007 NCAA Tournament revealed he potentially had a tumor.

High school sophomore commits

Veteran Phoenix Sunnyslope High basketball coach Dan Mannix annually asks his players to watch the NCAA Tournament closely, to study tendencies of college teams in an attempt to improve their own games.

Jayhawk Invitational tips off

Top high school recruits playing in Lawrence

Some of the top high school basketball players in the Class of 2009, including No. 3-ranked Derrick Favors and No. 4 Lance Stephenson, headline the ninth-annual Jayhawk Invitational, held tonight through Sunday at Allen Fieldhouse, Horejsi Center, Haskell and Lawrence High.

Mayer: No one better than Gale

Back when Jack Steadman was administering the Kansas City Chiefs football program considerably better than Carl Peterson does today, K.C. made what could have been its best draft selection of all time. K.C.'s draft choices over the years have ranged from outstanding to annus horribilus, but the No. 1 pick in 1965 could have been the best.

Holtz headed to hall

Aikman, Cannon among 15 honorees

Lou Holtz, Troy Aikman and Billy Cannon were among 15 former players and coaches elected Thursday to the College Football Hall of Fame.

Thursday, May 1

2010 prospect Woolridge commits to KU

Royce Woolridge, a 6-2 sophomore guard from Sunnyslope High in Phoenix, Ariz., made his verbal commitment to play basketball at Kansas University official in a news conference held at his school. Woolridge, the son of former NBA player Orlando Woolridge, becomes KU's first known commitment beyond the 2008 class. "Kansas is where I want to go, Kansas is the best fit for me," Woolridge said Thursday from his high school.

Bennett gets $1 million

Washington State on Wednesday released coach Tony Bennett's amended contract, upgraded after the Cougars went to the Sweet 16 and he rebuffed several enticing - and more lucrative - offers elsewhere.

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Lawrence women ride ups, downs of tourney

Victims of ticket fraud wind up in second row

Any witness to the brief eternity that was a Jason Richards three-point shot suspended in air as Bill Self fell to his knees understands what peaks and valleys March Madness engenders.

Husker faces July trial

Nebraska football player Andy Christensen is scheduled to go on trial in July on charges that he sexually assaulted a woman at a Lincoln bar.

St. Petersburg Bowl set

The home of Major League Baseball's Tampa Bay Rays will be transformed into a football stadium for one day each year with the creation Wednesday of the St. Petersburg Bowl.

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BCS rejects postseason proposal

Four-team playoff plan, starting in 2010, turned down

There will be no playoff for the BCS anytime soon. Bowl Championship Series officials rejected a plan Wednesday to turn the controversial system for deciding a national champ into a four-team playoff, starting in the 2010 season.

KU softball splits

Kansas University's softball team rallied for a 6-3 victory over Nebraska after dropping game one, 5-4.

Jayhawks in Greensburg featured on 'Early Show'

Kansas University was featured prominently in Wednesday morning's CBS "Early Show."

UCLA freshman to transfer

UCLA swingman Chace Stanback, a freshman reserve who played in 25 games this season, will leave the program and transfer to another school.

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Kaun, others honored

Sasha Kaun already has plenty of hardware - namely, a national-championship trophy as a senior forward on the Kansas University men's basketball team.

Gary Bedore's KU basketball notebook

Kansas University's basketball players and coaches are going to accept President Bush's offer to visit the White House.

Pierce denies symbolism

Celtics forward Paul Pierce, fined $25,000 for what the NBA called a "menacing gesture" during Game 3 of Boston's playoff series against Atlanta, denied that the sign was gang-related.