Stories for April 2010


Friday, April 30

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Oregon prep standout Terrence Jones picks Washington

Terrence Jones, a 6-foot-8, 220-pound senior forward from Jefferson High in Portland, Ore., announced plans to play basketball at Washington today in a ceremony at his high school.

Two more resignations for officials with ties to KU ticket office

Two more officials with ties to the athletics ticket office at Kansas University have resigned, Kansas Athletics Inc. announced Friday.

Bengals coach likes Briscoe

The Cincinnati Bengals had one goal in mind heading into last week’s NFL Draft — get help on offense.

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Star-studded Jayhawk Invite on tap today

Kansas City Pump N Run, which had won four consecutive Jayhawk Invitational championships, finally had its streak broken last spring.

Thursday, April 29

Tease photo to carry Terrence Jones press conference live

Oregon prep star Terrence Jones is set to announce his college choice at 5:30 p.m. Friday and you can watch the entire announcement live on

Jayhawks to face Memphis in Jimmy V Classic

KU will play Memphis at this year's Jimmy V Classic in December.

It’s been a spring to forget

If a Kansas University non-revenue sports team falls to last place in the standings and nobody is there to hear it, did it really happen? Yes. Does anybody care? Maybe, which is another way of saying maybe not.

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Still awesome, baby! ESPN’s Vitale talks about his love of college basketball at Washburn

ESPN college basketball analyst Dick Vitale is still going strong, showing no signs of slowing down at the age of 70.

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Hoiberg gets five-year deal as Iowa State's new coach

Iowa State has given “The Mayor” a five-year term to get things turned around. The school introduced former standout Fred Hoiberg as its new men’s basketball coach Wednesday,

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KU softball splits doubleheader with Wichita State

In a doubleheader split — 4-1 and 9-2 — with Wichita State on Wednesday at Arrocha Ballpark, Kansas University’s softball team recorded five hits in an opening-game loss and a season-high 14 in the nightcap.

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Dr. Bob Run, a 5K, set for Saturday on KU campus

Bob Frederick liked to run on campus. Now a 5K run, jog and walk is lined up for 8 a.m. Saturday, with proceeds to benefit a scholarship established in his name.

Wednesday, April 28

KU to host UCLA in Big 12/Pac 10 Hardwood Series

The Kansas men's basketball team will play host to the UCLA Bruins on Thursday, Dec. 2, in the fourth year of the Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series, the Big 12 announced Wednesday.

Terrence Jones to announce college choice at 5:30 p.m. Friday

Terrence Jones will announce his college choice at 5:30 p.m., Friday.

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Hoiberg headed to Iowa State

“The Mayor” is returning for a second term in Ames.

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Prime target: Tight end Biere relishes role

Tim Biere couldn’t help but grin when asked about his 20-yard touchdown reception in the Kansas University football spring game Saturday.

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Gary Bedore’s Kansas basketball notebook

Blue-chip basketball prospect Terrence Jones, who completed his official 48-hour recruiting trip to Kansas University on Tuesday afternoon, returned to his hometown of Portland, Ore., with positive feelings about KU.

KU track and field's Finley honored

Kansas University freshman Mason Finley was named the Co-Male Big 12 Athlete of the Week, it was announced Tuesday by the league office.

Shockers hammer Kansas baseball

Wichita State used two nine-run innings to hand Kansas University’s baseball team its second straight lopsided loss — 22-7 on Tuesday at Eck Stadium.

Tuesday, April 27

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Top high school hoops players to be in town

Wichita Heights sensation Perry Ellis headlines a group of blue-chip high school sophomore basketball players who will be competing at the 2010 Jayhawk Invitational, Friday through Sunday at several gyms in town.

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Night of honors: Bonds, Reesing among those who received awards

For the first time in the history of the Jayhawk Senior and Scholar Athlete Banquet, the ceremony took place at the heart of the Kansas University campus Monday night.

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Steelers give DB Thornton a chance; Sharp, Onyegbule also invited to NFL camps

When the sixth round of Saturday’s NFL Draft began, former Kansas University defensive back Justin Thornton started to pay more attention.

Monday, April 26

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Hillcrest Elementary wins $10,000 KU Athletics award

Students at Hillcrest Elementary School celebrated Monday when they learned their school won a district-wide competition.

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More than 1,000 attend Dylan Meier's funeral

Former Kansas State quarterback Dylan Meier was a tough competitor who spent his time off the field living life to the fullest and befriending those around him, according to speakers at Meier's funeral.

Reesing looking at CFL?

Former Kansas University quarterback Todd Reesing, the school’s all-time leader in nearly every passing category, may be headed to the Canadian Football League.

Services for Dylan Meier today

Services for former Kansas State quarterback Dylan Meier will be at 10 a.m. today at the Pittsburg Memorial Auditorium with Rev. Dan Moss officiating.

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Double trouble: Dozen two-baggers doom KU baseball

Tentative pitching, more than anything, was what ate at Kansas University baseball coach Ritch Price after his team dropped a pair of games to Texas Tech, 11-8 and 21-10, Sunday at cold and windy Hoglund Ballpark.

Kansas women’s golf places 12th at Big 12

Kansas University’s Emily Powers shot a final-day 76 and tied for 28th place Sunday at the Big 12 Women’s Golf Championships.

Barbee 27th; KU men 12th at league golf

Kansas University’s Nate Barbee tied for 27th place, and the KU men’s golf team placed 12th at the Big 12 Men’s Golf Championships on Sunday at Whispering Pines Golf Club.

D-ends provide hope

Looking for positives on a Kansas University football team that doesn’t have a single player who projects as a preseason first-team All-Big 12 selection? Then look at the defensive end position, based on Saturday’s spring game.

Portland prep visiting KU

McDonald’s All-American Terrence Jones, a 6-foot-8 forward from Portland, Ore., who is ranked No. 13 nationally by, told his 2,373 Twitter followers that he made it to Kansas safely late Sunday afternoon.

Kansas tennis blanked

No. 2-ranked Baylor ruined Kansas University’s tennis senior day, 7-0, on Sunday at the Jayhawk Tennis Facility.

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Lack of timely hitting sinks KU softball

Kansas University dropped a pair of games to Texas Tech, 4-2 and 4-1, Sunday.

Sunday, April 25

KU rowing manages one novice victory

Kansas rowing wrapped up its final competition before the Big 12 Championship on Saturday.

Don’t get hopes too high

All spring, the most frequently asked question of new Kansas University football coach Turner Gill was some variation of, “Which unit has stood out the most?”

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Nothing too fancy: Pick’s two-touchdown performance highlights ‘simple’ day

On the Monday before the Kansas University football team’s annual spring game, red-shirt sophomore quarterback Kale Pick talked about his goals.

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Matt Tait’s Kansas football notebook

The announced attendance for Saturday’s spring game was 12,500 people, and many of those spent the moments leading up to the game tailgating.

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Teahan plays series in spring game

Conner Teahan’s major-college football debut consisted of one completion in two attempts for 10 yards and a whole lot of applause from those fans who stayed for the second half of Kansas University’s spring football game Saturday in Memorial Stadium.

Bal paces Jayhawks at Big 12 women’s golf

Meghna Bal fired a 75 to pace the Kansas women’s golf team in the second round of the Big 12 Championship Saturday.

KU soccer splits spring finales

Kortney Clifton scored the game-winning shootout goal Saturday to help Kansas down Iowa, 2-1, in KU’s second match of the day at Robbie Stadium on the campus of the University of Minnesota.

KU sophomore 6th at Penn Relays

After recording the fourth-fastest prelim time in the men's 110-meter hurdles, Kansas sophomore Keith Hayes finished sixth overall in the event finals Saturday at the Penn Relays.

Thornton signs free-agent deal with Steelers

In other NFL Draft-day news, former Kansas University defensive back Justin Thornton reported on his Facebook page that he signed a free-agent deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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KU ballgames washed

Kansas University’s baseball game against Texas Tech was suspended because of rain in the bottom of the fourth inning Saturday with the Red Raiders up, 2-1 at Hoglund Ballpark.

KU freshman jumper soars at Drake

Kansas freshman Andrea Geubelle had the best jump of her career Saturday at the Drake Relays, leaping 13.39 meters (43 feet, 11.25 inches) to win the women’s triple jump competition.

KU senior leads men’s golf into final round of Big 12

Senior Bryan Hackenberg shot a 76 to lead the Kansas men’s golf team during the third round of the 2010 Big 12 Championship at Whispering Pines Golf Club.

Saturday, April 24

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Bengals grab Briscoe in 6th Round

Although he expected to be a mid-round selection, former Kansas wide receiver Dezmon Briscoe had to wait until the 22nd pick of the sixth round (191st overall) of the NFL Draft to hear his name called.

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Kerry Meier taken by Atlanta Falcons in 5th round

Many believed that former Kansas University wide receiver Kerry Meier possessed too much versatility to be passed over in this year’s NFL Draft.

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FINAL: Kale Pick looks sharp in Blue team's 14-10 win at Spring Game

Pick throws for TDs of 73 and 37 yards

Pick's final numbers (when you combine his Blue and White team stats): 14-for-22, 214 yards, two TDs, 0 interceptions.

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Stuckey scooped up by San Diego in Rd. 4

One of the first people that former Kansas University safety Darrell Stuckey spoke with after being selected by the San Diego Chargers with the 12th pick in the fourth round (110 overall) of Saturday’s NFL Draft was San Diego secondary coach Steven Wilks.

Barbee, KU men’s golf in 10th at Big 12

Kansas University’s Nate Barbee shot 70-72—142 and sat in a tie for 10th place after the first day of the Big 12 Men’s Golf Championships on Friday at Whispering Pines Golf Club.

KU women struggle at Big 12 golf meet

Megan Gockel, Emily Powers and Grace Thiry were tied for 35th place with first-round 78s as Kansas University got off to a rocky start at the Big 12 Women’s Golf Championships at Austin OU Golf Club.

KU soph wins hammer throw

Kansas University sophomore Alena Krechyk won the women’s hammer throw title Friday at the UCSD Triton Invitational in San Diego. Krechyk threw 204-feet, 5-inches.

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New look on display at spring game

Kansas takes field at 1 p.m. today

Most years, the Kansas University football team’s annual spring game is a lopsided affair that features a bunch of fan favorites beating up on a pile of backups.

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Jayhawk tennis tumbles, 6-1

Sophomore Ekaterina Morozova won her singles and doubles matches, but Kansas University’s tennis team fell to Texas Tech, 6-1, at the Jayhawk Tennis Facility.

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Muddy Waters: Stellar defense highlights KU baseball's pummeling of Texas Tech

A ballplayer wears no greater badge of honor than a dirty uniform. Kansas University left fielder Jimmy “Muddy” Waters, a junior from Council Bluffs, Iowa, looked as if he had been pinned in a mud-wrestling match after doing a little bit of everything to help the Jayhawks tag Texas Tech, 10-2, in Friday night’s Big 12 series opener at Hoglund Ballpark.

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Matt Tait’s KU football notebook

A slew of new faces will be on the field at 1 p.m. today, when the Kansas University football program kicks off its annual spring game at Memorial Stadium.

Friday, April 23

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Heralded recruit Terrence Jones to take visit to KU on Sunday

One of the most accomplished high school basketball players in Oregon history will be making an official recruiting visit to Kansas University on Sunday.

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Aldrich to throw out first pitch at Royals-Twins game

Kansas University junior basketball center Cole Aldrich will throw out the ceremonial first pitch when his hometown Minnesota Twins meet the Kansas City Royals at 1:10 p.m. Sunday at Kauffman Stadium.

KU track competing at Penn and Drake Relays

The Kansas track and field team had athletes participating in the Drake and Penn Relays on Thursday.

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Big 12 bonanza: Five of top six picks from conference

The Rockettes would have loved this show. From an early Oklahoma party to the Big 12’s dominance to Tim Tebow stealing the spotlight from overall top pick Sam Bradford, the NFL’s first prime-time draft was worthy of its Radio City Music Hall location.

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KU’s Engelman honored

The Kansas University women’s basketball team held its postseason awards reception and senior celebration Thursday night in the Kansas Union Ballroom, with freshman guard Monica Engelman nabbing the prestigious Ms. Jayhawk Award.

KU softball can’t hold on against Nebraska

Despite home runs from freshman Mariah Montgomery and sophomore Marissa Ingle, the Kansas University softball team could not hold on to its lead, and Nebraska defeated the Jayhawks, 8-5, on Thursday.

Webb not scared of change

More than just the identity of the quarterback will change in the Kansas University football offense. Where he’s standing also shifts.

Downtown festivities to accompany KU game

Sidewalk sales, buskers and kids zone will join Saturday’s football event

The way downtown Lawrence merchants see it, there’s no reason football needs to be big business just during the fall.

Stuckey’s name could be called today

Former Kansas University defensive coordinator Clint Bowen spent five years coaching Darrell Stuckey and a few more keeping an eye on him as a prep standout at Washington High in Kansas City, Kan. That alone makes Bowen as qualified as anyone to speak on what kind of pro player Stuckey might become, as this year’s NFL Draft picks up with rounds two and three at 5 p.m. today.

Thursday, April 22

NCAA Tournament set to expand to 68 teams, will be carried on a combo of CBS, TBS, TNT and TruTV

All games will be broadcast live; Self likes new format

Bill Self and several of his coaching comrades approve of the NCAA’s decision to expand the NCAA Tournament from 65 to 68 teams, starting next season.

Lawrence developer David Freeman gets 18-month sentence in bribery case, attorney says client discussed KU Athletics scandal with FBI, IRS

Lawrence developer David Freeman was sentenced to 18 months in prison Thursday morning in a bribery case relating to a Junction City housing project.

Kansas' football offense worthy of worry

First-year Kansas University football coach Turner Gill has revealed little about his football team during recent sessions with the media, which makes Saturday’s spring game, set to kick off at 1 p.m. in Memorial Stadium, a must-watch.

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Feel a draft? Kansas products eagerly await fate in NFL Draft

Although it’s unlikely the first round of this year’s NFL Draft — 6:30 tonight in New York City — will feature NFL commissioner Roger Goodell calling the name of any former Jayhawks, there are a few Kansas University players who should field phone calls from the NFL during the next three days.

KU softball adds Texas prep pitcher

Kansas University softball coach Megan Smith announced the signing of Kristin Martinez to a national letter of intent with KU.

Wednesday, April 21

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KU baseball tops Missouri, 1-0 in KC

Kansas knocked off Missouri, 1-0, in Big 12 baseball at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. on Wednesday.

Williams Fund head formally resigns; Perkins chooses interim associate director

Rodney Jones has resigned as an assistant athletics director at Kansas Athletics Inc., marking the third person to leave the department as a ticket scandal emerged amid an ongoing federal investigation and led to a continuing internal review.

Plano sophomore Zach Peters picks Kansas

Zach Peters, a 6-foot-9, 235-pound high school sophomore forward from Prestonwood Christian Academy in Plano, Texas, orally committed to play basketball at Kansas University.

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Rhea Codio, Annette Davis to transfer from KU

Kansas University women’s basketball guard Rhea Codio and forward Annette Davis will transfer following the spring semester, KUcoach Bonnie Henrickson announced Wednesday.

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Meiers not mourning alone

Dylan’s death sparks memories of strong family

Sometimes, it can look a little creepy when a 50-something man waits and waits and waits for an autograph from a college athlete. Is he selling it? Does he have so little going on in life that he makes heroes of young men in helmets?

AAU coach praises sophomore from Plano, Texas

Kansas University’s basketball program today hopes to land an oral commitment from Zach Peters, a 6-foot-9, 235-pound sophomore forward from Prestonwood Christian Academy in Plano, Texas.

Tuesday, April 20

Former KU athlete Higgins top American female finisher at Boston Marathon

Paige Higgins, a former Kansas University track and field standout, was the top American female finisher in the Boston Marathon on Monday.

Former K-State QB, brother of KU's Kerry Meier, dies in hiking accident

The Pittsburg Sun reported Monday night that Dylan Meier, the older brother of former Kansas University wide receiver Kerry Meier, died this weekend after falling from a cliff while hiking with family members in Arkansas.

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Open competition: Injuries create opportunity for plethora of linebackers

Kansas University defensive coordinator Carl Torbush said Monday he felt good about the group of linebackers running with his defense.

Matt Tait’s KU football notebook

Say this for Kansas University football coach Turner Gill: He’s consistent.

Buffs hire ex-Jayhawk Boyle

Northern Colorado basketball coach Tad Boyle, who played for both Ted Owens and Larry Brown at Kansas University, has been named new head hoops coach at Colorado.

Monday, April 19

Texas high school soph has Kansas on radar

6-foot-9 forward to choose from among Kansas, Kentucky, UNC and Texas

Zach Peters, a 6-foot-9, 235-pound sophomore basketball forward from Prestonwood Christian Academy in Plano, Texas, will announce his college choice at 2:40 p.m., Wednesday, in the high school’s gymnasium.

Waters’ homers spark KU baseball

Kansas University left fielder Jimmy Waters hit two home runs and drove in four runs, and freshman Tanner Poppe allowed just a run on four hits over six innings for his first Big 12 win as the Jayhawks beat Nebraska, 6-1, Sunday.

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Selby a ‘home run’ for Self

Bill Self felt as if he’d bashed a grand slam Sunday when the paperwork of No. 4-ranked Josh Selby arrived via the fax machine, making official Saturday’s announcement that the 6-foot-2 Baltimore Lake Clifton High standout would be a Jayhawk.

Kansas tennis falls to Oklahoma, 5-2

Freshman Victoria Khanevskaya recorded her fourth-consecutive victory in Big 12 Conference play, but Kansas University’s tennis team fell to Oklahoma, 5-2, on Sunday at the Jayhawk Tennis Facility.

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Kansas softball battles, but falls

Kansas University sophomore Marissa Ingle had two at-bats late in Sunday’s 4-3 loss to No. 9 Oklahoma State that demonstrated — in Ingle’s mind, at least — what the KU softball team is all about.

Sunday, April 18

KU announces signing of Selby

Jayhawks happy to add No. 4-ranked player in Class of 2010

KU coach Bill Self on Sunday announced the signing of Josh Selby to a letter-of-intent.

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Kansas-bound: With help from mom, Josh Selby makes it to KU

Josh Selby committed to Kansas University on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden in front of hundreds of thousands of fans on ESPN2. He’s the country’s fourth-ranked player according to, and that ranking might move up. Most fans know him as the 6-foot-3 guard with mad hops and nearly unlimited shooting range. His mother, Maeshon Witherspoon, says there’s something much more impressive about Selby than his basketball skills, though.

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Jamaican sets 200 record at Kansas Relays

Campbell-Brown takes spotlight in final day

Jamaican track sensation Veronica Campbell-Brown waved, bowed, then blew a kiss to the fans after storming to a resounding victory in the 200 meters on Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

Lineman donates his hair

With a pile of hair on the floor below him and a handful of eight-inch pony tails on the counter in front of him, Kansas University senior Brad Thorson ran his hand through what was left of his hair and nearly fainted.

Selby looking for ‘national championship’

After announcing his decision to attend Kansas next year during the Jordan Classic game, Josh Selby didn’t waste much time in making a bold declaration in the postgame news conference at Madison Square Garden.

Terrence Jones interested in Kansas visit

It didn’t take long for Josh Selby to turn from newest Kansas Jayhawk into lead recruiter.

KU commit Kukuk has monster day at Hoglund Ballpark

Tough call: Watch Free State High play baseball Friday in its own ballpark, not ideally suited for spectators, or watch the Firebirds play on a sunnier Saturday in a comfortable seat at Hoglund Ballpark.

KU softball falls to OSU

Oklahoma State used a dozen hits and a couple of big innings to beat Kansas University, 11-3, and run its winning streak to 15 games on Saturday at Arrocha Ballpark.

Kansas baseball holds off NU

Junior Brandon Macias went 2-for-3 with a three-run homer, and senior Cameron Selik pitched seven solid innings as Kansas University evened its three-game series at Nebraska with a 7-4 victory Saturday afternoon at Hawks Field at Haymarket Park.

Saturday, April 17

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Josh Selby chooses Kansas

As expected, Doron Lamb chooses Kentucky

Josh Selby, the No. 4 ranked basketball senior according to, will be attending Kansas University next year.

KU baseball's rally falls short at Nebraska

Kansas senior Robby Price and junior Jimmy Waters hit late home runs, but it was too little too late.

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Pole vaulter continues Northern Iowa success

Northern Iowa assistant track coach Jacob Pauli decided against driving a university van from Cedar Falls to Lawrence for the 2010 Kansas Relays.

KU tennis falls

Kansas freshman Victoria Khanevskaya won her third consecutive singles match in Big 12 play, but it was not enough as the KU tennis team lost to Oklahoma State, 6-1, on Friday at Jayhawk Tennis Center.

KU-MU baseball tickets on sale

The Kansas City Royals have announced ticket prices for the baseball game between Kansas and Missouri on Wednesday at Kauffman Stadium.

Friday, April 16

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Talk at Jordan Brand practice indicates good news coming for KU, Kentucky

Sources say KU no longer recruiting Lamb

Though official announcements won’t come until Saturday, top basketball recruits Josh Selby and Doron Lamb are believed to be heading to different schools.

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Tonganoxie student in a class by himself

Special graduation ceremony conducted for teen with cancer

With a “thumbs up” sign, Tonganoxie High School senior Connor Olson let THS Principal Jamie Carlisle know he was ready to receive his high school diploma.

Teen proved inspirational to KU football players

A couple of Fridays ago, Kansas University linebacker Steven Johnson strolled out to spring practice a little more slowly than normal.

Kansas' Davis honored

Kansas University freshman basketball forward Carolyn Davis was named a third-team freshmen All-America by “Full Court Press.”

Baseball make-up date set

Kansas University’s baseball team will meet Benedictine College in a make-up game at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Hoglund Ballpark. Admission is free.

KU athletic department certified by NCAA

The NCAA Div. I Committee on Athletics Certification announced Thursday that it has certified Kansas University’s athletic department as part of the organization’s ongoing athletics certification process.

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Kansas targets quiet about decisions

Doron Lamb wasn’t about to spoil the surprise.

Jayhawks’ Aldrich selects agent

Kansas University senior center Cole Aldrich has selected Excel Sports Management president Jeff Schwartz to represent him, Sports Business Daily reported on Thursday.

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Baker’s Hannon wins decathlon

Baker University junior Aaron Hannon on Thursday became the first Wildcat in school history to win an event at the Kansas Relays.

KU softball splits twinbill

Out of the opener early, Kansas University’s softball team won a thriller of a nightcap late.

Kansas multis plentiful

But even if the scholarly Conner Teahan somehow should become the No. 1 quarterback, then earn a starting spot on next season’s KU basketball team, he’d still be far in arrears of numerous earlier Jayhawk multi-sportsters.

NCAA tweaks wedge rule

Kickoff returns in college football could have a new look beginning with the 2010 season.

Thursday, April 15

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Collins preparing for draft in Vegas

Kansas University senior Sherron Collins reported via his Twitter account Wednesday that he’s in Las Vegas working out twice a day in preparation for the 2010 NBA Draft.

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High school football coaches impressed with KU coach Gill

So far this spring, Kansas University football coach Turner Gill has kept his practices closed to the public. But last weekend several area football coaches took an up-close-and-personal look at how Gill runs his program.

Don’t be deterred, kids

No way of knowing for sure, but I hope I’m smarter than a fifth-grader … although maybe not as smart as Miss Cochrane’s bunch.

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KU players give hoops lessons

Jaylynn Columbus started to scream when she saw them.

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Huskers shut out frustrated Jayhawks, 2-0

Kansas had Robinson Crusoe-itis on Wednesday evening.

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Bzdelik takes over at Wake Forest

Jeff Bzdelik is taking over Wake Forest’s program from a coach who was fired despite going 30 games over .500 at the school.

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Jump started: Ex-Husker leads decathlon; Lincoln senior top heptathlete

Former University of Nebraska competitor Skyler Reising and Lincoln College senior Anna Kay Campbell grabbed the first-day lead in the Kansas Relays decathlon and heptathlon Wednesday at Memorial Stadium.

Wednesday, April 14

Brandon Knight picks Kentucky

As expected, Florida prep Brandon Knight announced for Kentucky this afternoon.

KU baseball edges Missouri State

Freshman Thomas Taylor struck out a career-high eight batters, and the Kansas University baseball team swept the season series from Missouri State with a 6-4 victory on Tuesday at Hammons Field.

Celebrity antes up for charity

Diseases of the brain seldom seem to inspire philanthropists to the same degree as those of the body. Maybe that’s because nobody likes to feel sad, and thinking about them triggers that emotion even more intensely than many chronic physical disorders.

KU’s Henrickson adds two aides

Tory Verdi and Chester Nichols are the newest members of the Kansas University women’s basketball coaching staff.

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Baylor’s Udoh declares for draft

Ekpe Udoh is entering his name into the NBA Draft, but still could return for his senior season at Baylor. Udoh hasn’t hired an agent and still could play for the Bears if he withdraws his name from the draft by May 8.

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Recruiting focus today on Knight, likely Kentucky-bound

The first day of college basketball’s spring signing period figures to be a quiet one for Kansas University’s basketball program, which hopes to receive some good news later in the week regarding prospects Josh Selby and/or Doron Lamb.

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Perkins game for dealing with adversity

KU athletic director is candid during interview at Dole

Rest assured, Lew Perkins is looking forward to the end of a federal investigation and the completion of an independent review into the operations of his ticket office and Williams Educational Fund — and not just because he’s embarrassed or because he holds himself accountable.

Relays on tap today

The 2010 Kansas Relays officially begins today with first-day heptathlon and decathlon events, to run from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at Memorial Stadium.

KU men's golf takes fifth

Chris Gilbert shot a career-best 74 and the Kansas University golf team finished in a tie for fifth place on Tuesday at the Columbia Orthopaedic Group Missouri Intercollegiate.

Tuesday, April 13

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Gill: Kansas QB battle is wide open

Fifteen minutes into Monday’s practice — the 10th of the spring for the Kansas University football team — KU coach Turner Gill scurried behind red-shirt freshman quarterback Jordan Webb as the Jayhawks shuffled between drills.

KU cornerback Murphy making progress

Playing on a defense bereft of playmakers, Ryan Murphy, high school star/college role player, was showing signs of developing into a playmaker for Kansas University in 2009.

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Season in review: Aldrich, Collins named co-MVPs at KU men's basketball banquet

Kansas University’s Cole Aldrich and Sherron Collins were named co-winners of the Danny Manning/Mr. Jayhawk Award for the second-straight year at KU’s season-ending men’s basketball banquet Monday night at the Holidome.

Monday, April 12

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Kansas Athletics, Joe-College settle legal issues

Joe-College won’t have to pay the $127,000 in damages or more than $650,000 in legal fees owed to Kansas Athletics Inc. from a trademark-infringement lawsuit filed to stop the printing and selling of T-shirts.

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KU’s Gill to lead pledge against drugs

Kansas University officials announced recently that during halftime of the Jayhawks’ April 24 Spring Game, football coach Turner Gill plans to lead a group of youths and their parents in a pledge against the use of drugs.

UT baseball rips KU

Homers carry 'Horns to 10-4 victory

Texas veterans Kevin Lusson and Kevin Keyes both homered Sunday as the sixth-ranked Longhorns swept the three-game Big 12 series with Kansas University with a 10-4 victory over the Jayhawks at Disch-Falk Field.

Kansas basketball banquet on tap

Kansas University’s men’s basketball players and coaches will break bread with family members and fans tonight at the Holiday Inn Holidome and Convention Center.

CU’s Bzdelik to meet with Wake Forest

Buffaloes coach expected to accept potential offer

Colorado University basketball coach Jeff Bzdelik met with his team and told it he had neither accepted nor been offered the coaching position at Wake Forest.

Kansas softball clips Baylor

An errant Baylor throw in the fifth inning allowed Kansas University freshman Alex Jones to cross home plate and score what ultimately became the game-winning run as the KU softball team defeated No. 23 Baylor, 2-1, to pick up its first Big 12 Conference victory of the season on Sunday.

Sunday, April 11

Dooley not a candidate for UNC Wilmington job

KU's Joe Dooley said Sunday he's not a candidate to fill the UNC Wilmington coaching vacancy

KU soccer wins, 2-1

Freshmen Whitney Berry and Jamie White each scored a goal to lead Kansas University past Saint Louis University, 2-1, Saturday in an exhibition soccer match at CommunityAmerica Ballpark.

Kansas softball blanked by Baylor

Bears use seven-run sixth inning to claim run-rule-shortened victory

Kansas University’s softball team was held hitless through four-plus innings and managed just two over the run-rule-shortened six as the Jayhawks remained winless in the Big 12 Conference after an 8-0 loss to No. 23 Baylor on Saturday at Getterman Stadium.

Sixth-inning shot sinks KU baseball

Texas’ Tant Shepherd ripped a two-out home run in the bottom of the sixth inning to bust a 1-1 tie and lift the Longhorns to a 3-1 baseball victory over Kansas University on Saturday at Disch-Falk Field.

Denby to return to Kansas Relays

After a one-year hiatus from competition at the Kansas Relays, Nichole Denby will return to Lawrence to run in her specialty event, the invitational 100-meter hurdles. Denby is a three-time Kansas Relays champion in the event, as well as the Kansas Relays record holder.

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Greener pastures: Kansas DT Greene taking advantage of fresh start

When you’re as big as Kansas University senior Jamal Greene, it’s not so easy to hide.

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Teahan serious about playing football for KU

Conner Teahan arrives at Kansas University’s spring football practices early. He leaves late.

Reesing watching this one

For the past few years of autumn Saturdays, it was tough to beat a seat at Memorial Stadium. Changing directions more quickly than a circus unicyclist, fixing broken plays, all the while keeping his eyes downfield, Todd Reesing regularly whipped 50,000 spectators into a frenzy.

KU track wins eight events in Arkansas

Kansas University’s track and field team claimed eight individual victories at Saturday’s John McDonnell Invitational.

Saturday, April 10

Quigley newly inspired

I’m told the Corpus Christi Catholic School substitute teacher, who offered his services in exchange for a promise he would not receive compensation, walked into the third-grade classroom wearing a suit and quickly set down his rules.

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Focus put on improving woeful pass defense from ‘08, ‘09

It has been three seasons since the Kansas University football team ranked in the top half of the country in pass defense. KU coach Turner Gill believes the 2010 team could return to the upper division.

Ohio State’s Turner takes Wooden honor over Collins, field

Ohio State’s Evan Turner was named winner of the 2010 John R. Wooden Award on Friday night in a ceremony at the Los Angeles Athletic Club.

KU tennis edged by Mizzou, 4-3

Kansas University’s tennis team fell to Missouri, 4-3, in the Border Showdown on Friday.

Relays to feature distinguished sprinters

At this year’s 83rd Annual Kansas Relays, which begins Wednesday at Memorial Stadium, three distinguished international athletes will compete in a variety of men’s sprint events.

'Horns clip KU baseball, 3-2 in 11 innings

Texas left fielder Tim Maitland’s sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 11th inning lifted sixth-ranked Texas past Kansas, 3-2, in the teams’ Big 12 series opener on Friday in front of 6,446 fans at Disch-Falk Field.

Friday, April 9

KU reliever Bochy undergoes Tommy John surgery

Kansas University junior baseball reliever Brett Bochy underwent Tommy John surgery on Friday, KU officials confirmed.

Tables, railings, KU in ’11

Two technical aspects of college basketball keep bugging me as speculation broadens about next season and how Kansas fits into the 2011 Big 12 picture.

Matt Tait’s KU football notebook

Ex-Kansas University receiver Dezmon Briscoe worked out for his hometown team Monday, when the Dallas Cowboys hosted their annual “Dallas Day” at Cowboys Stadium.

Collins to learn Wooden fate today

The 2010 Wooden Award will be presented to Kansas University’s Sherron Collins, Ohio State’s Evan Turner, Kentucky’s John Wall, West Virginia’s Da’Sean Butler or Syracuse’s Wesley Johnson in a ceremony to be shown live on the CBS College Sports Network Internet site at 5:30 p.m. CDT today.

J-W writer wins award

Journal-World sports writer Dugan Arnett won first place in the breaking-news category of the Associated Press Sports Editors awards.

Thursday, April 8

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Danielle McCray selected 7th in WNBA Draft by Connecticut Sun

Kansas University senior Danielle McCray was selected seventh overall by the Connecticut Sun in the Thursday's WNBA Draft.

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New video board at Memorial Stadium to be ready for spring events

A new, state-of-the-art video board being installed at Memorial Stadium is expedted to be ready for both the Kansas Relays and the KU football program's Spring Game later this month.

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C.J. Henry expected back at KU

Kansas University freshman walk-on guard C.J. Henry declined comment on his future on Wednesday.

Kansas softball swept by Missouri

On the positive side for the Kansas University softball team, Amanda Jobe and Mariah Montgomery hit home runs on Wednesday.

Xavier seemed torn

Ever get an image that creeps into your mind and you can’t keep it from coming back to haunt you? That’s what happened to me Wednesday while Xavier Henry, between tears, eventually got around to saying he’s going to the NBA.

KU baseball triumphs over Creighton

Tony Thompson’s RBI double in the top of the ninth inning lifted the Kansas University baseball team to a 5-4 triumph over Creighton on Wednesday at Rosenblatt Stadium.

Wednesday, April 7

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An emotional exit: Teary-eyed Xavier Henry declares for 2010 NBA Draft

Kansas University freshman Xavier Henry declared for the NBA Draft during an emotional press conference Wednesday afternoon.

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Long: KU offense won’t be strictly shotgun

With each spring practice, Kansas University football coach Turner Gill and his staff slowly have revealed what the offense will look like in 2010. Monday, on the fifth day of drills, the coaches shared a little more.

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KU’s Collins a finalist for Wooden Award

Kansas University senior guard Sherron Collins on Tuesday was named one of five finalists for the John R. Wooden Award, which is presented to college basketball’s player of the year.

KU men’s golf fourth

Nate Barbee and Bryan Hackenberg both earned top-10 finishes to lead the Kansas men’s golf team to a fourth-place finish at the Shocker Classic at Wichita Country Club.

Tuesday, April 6

KU's baseball game Tuesday canceled

The Kansas University baseball team's scheduled game Tuesday against Missouri Valley College has been canceled because of rain.

KU baseball’s Price earns Big 12 honor

Kansas University second baseman Robby Price was named Big 12 Player of the Week on Monday, the second straight week the senior has earned the honor.

Kansas baseball time changed for Wednesday

To better accommodate the television audience for Wednesday’s Kansas-Creighton baseball game, the time of the contest was moved back 30 minutes to a 6:30 p.m. start.

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Climbing the chart: Freshman Webb playing his way into thick of QB battle

The Kansas University quarterback listed last in alphabetical order on the roster might have played his way into first on the field.

KU men's golf sixth

Nate Barbee led the Kansas men’s golf team to a tie for sixth place after two rounds at the Diet Pepsi Shocker Classic on Monday at the Wichita Country Club.

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Teahan looks to make impact on football field

Conner Teahan, who has worn jersey No. 2 for Kansas University’s basketball team the past three seasons, didn’t dare ask for the same digit last week when he decided to try out for football.

Ex-Jayhawk included in Hall of Fame honor

Former Kansas University basketball player Al Kelley remembers beaming with pride as the national anthem played during the medal ceremony at the 1960 Rome Olympics.

Monday, April 5

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Duke does it, in 61-59 thriller over Butler

The too-perfect basketball story with the too-perfect ending is still available on DVD. The real celebration for the new national champion — that's taking place on Tobacco Road.

Fundraising chief for Kansas Athletics resigns as reviews of operations continue

Ben Kirtland, the man in charge of all fundraising for Kansas Athletics Inc., resigned Monday as an independent review continues into operations of the KU Ticket Office and Williams Educational Fund, and after federal law enforcement began looking into potential illegalities regarding ticket sales.

Matt Tait’s KU football notebook

The second week of Kansas University’s spring football practices begins today, and, if Week Two is anything like the opener, coach Turner Gill figures to be a happy man.

Finalists Duke, Butler not all that different after all

Yes, it’s a matchup pitting a cute bulldog against a devil, America’s favorite underdog against the team people love to hate. Dig a little deeper, though, and basketball fans might see two programs, the Butler Bulldogs and Duke Blue Devils, who come from almost the same place.

Gary Bedore’s KU basketball notebook

Incoming Kansas University freshman guard Royce Woolridge scored 22 points off 9-of-14 shooting in the United States’ 67-66 loss to France on Sunday at the Schweitzer Games in Mannheim, Germany.

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What’s the rush? What makes Henry NBA-ready if Rush wasn’t?

Why is Xavier Henry ready for the NBA if Brandon Rush was not after his freshman season?

Kansas women’s golf 9th at Ole Miss

Meghan Gockel fired a 1-over-par 73 in the final round to help Kansas University’s women’s golf team to a ninth-place finish at the Ole Miss Rebel Intercollegiate Sunday. Kansas recorded a third-round score of 305 to bring its final score to 910 in its final event of the regular season.

Sunday, April 4

KU rowers win Kansas Cup

The Kansas rowing team made the most of senior day on Saturday by winning the 2010 Kansas Cup, 12-8, in dominating fashion at Wyandotte County Lake.

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With victory, Duke earns role of Goliath

After tossing a big, wet blanket on one feel-good story, Duke gets to go after another.

Final Four stats can be deceiving

Hoop notions, near and far

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KU baseball settles for a tie with Texas A&M

With rallies in the ninth and 11th innings, the Kansas University baseball team avoided losing its first Big 12 series after winning the opening game since 2007. In doing so, however, the Jayhawks picked up their first tie since 2004.

KU's Scott, Geubelle excel at Texas Relays

Kansas University pole vaulter Jordan Scott turned in the best performance of his career Saturday at the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays, as the senior from Watkinsville, Ga., cleared 5.71 meters (18-08.75 feet) to finish second behind long-time rival and defending NCAA outdoor champion Jason Colwick of Rice.

Powers, Bal lead women’s golf team

Emily Powers and Meghna Bal fired identical rounds of 76 to help Kansas finish in seventh place through the second round of the Ole Miss Rebel Intercollegiate.

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Texas pitcher shuts down KU softball team, 6-2

Megan Smith isn’t questioning the dominance of Texas Longhorns standout pitcher Blaire Luna. The Kansas University softball coach just thinks her Jayhawks might have contributed a little something to it.

Duke tradition to meet ‘The Butler Way’

Little Butler has faced one big test after another in its magical run through the NCAA Tournament. And the biggest awaits in Monday night’s title game: Duke, winner take all.

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Replacing Reesing: Six candidates are vying for KU starting quarterback position

The one question that may spark the most interest around the Kansas University football program this season might be the one that takes the longest to answer.

Saturday, April 3

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Butler does it - again - and will play for title

Kansas — gone. Kentucky — gone. Syracuse — gone. Little Butler — still going. How's that for a Hollywood hoops script? Call it "Hoosiers," the sequel.

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Collins tallies another honor

KU guard named first team Consensus All-American; Aldrich tapped second team

Kansas University senior guard Sherron Collins on Saturday was named a 2010 NCAA Consensus All-American, the Jayhawks’ first since Wayne Simien back in 2005.

KU’s Self assesses Final 4 matchups

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self, who worked as a studio analyst for CBS last weekend in New York, has studied Final Four participants Butler, Michigan State, Duke and West Virginia extensively. His expert opinion on the field after watching it perform in the Elite Eight?

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KU baseball baffled by reliever in 6-4 loss to A&M

Well, they did it again. Except this time they didn’t quite do it.

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Quiet confidence: Bochy, no longer an understudy, maturing into elite closer

The metal bat makes more than a wretched ping of a sound that triggers a craving for the music that is wood smacking cowhide. The metal bat also makes cowards out of pitchers. It keeps them from coming inside, thereby letting hitters crowd the plate.

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KU softball blanked by Longhorns

Sometimes all you can do is look on the bright side. “Defensively, we made plays,” Megan Smith said. “That’s a positive.”

Ex-KU soccer player signs pro contract

Former Kansas University soccer player Estelle Johnson signed a professional contract with the Philadelphia Independence of the Women’s Professional Soccer league on Friday.

Gary Bedore’s KU hoops notebook

Kansas senior guard Sherron Collins on Friday was named the winner of the inaugural Lute Olson National Player of the Year Award, as presented by

KU women’s golf tied for seventh

Senior Emily Powers and junior Meghna Bal fired even-par rounds of 72 and the Kansas women’s golf team sat in a tie for seventh place Friday after day one at the Ole Miss Rebel Intercollegiate.

Five-time Olympic medalist to compete at Relays

Veronica Campbell Brown, known as one of the greatest Caribbean sprinters of all-time, will run at the Kansas Relays in the 200-meter dash and 4x400-meter relay on April 17.

Future KU softball signee cracks ESPN’s top 25

ESPNU released its top 25 softball recruiting class on Friday and Kansas signee Laura Vickers cracked the list at No. 18.

KU track’s Finley dominates in discus

Kansas freshman Mason Finley earned the fifth-best mark in the country on Friday in the men’s discus with a toss of 58.22 m (191 feet) at the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays.

Coach K, Huggins to clash at Final Four

On one bench, there’s Bob Huggins, a coach who has dealt with an NCAA investigation, suffered a heart attack, been arrested for DUI, endured the stain of a zero-percent graduation rate and the tumult of two contentious job changes.

Friday, April 2

KU track’s Krechyk breaks school record

Kansas University sophomore Alena Krechyk owns the country’s top collegiate mark in the women’s hammer throw after her 64.57 m (211-10 feet) toss on Thursday at the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays.

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Not without drama: KU baseball team holds off Texas A&M in Big 12 home opener

For the third time in three days, the Kansas University baseball team delivered a series of stirring previews only to have the featured presentation draw mixed reviews.

KU’s Collins honored as Wooden All-American

Kansas University senior Sherron Collins on Thursday was named to the 10-player John R. Wooden Award All-America team.

KU football players still learning the lingo

It’s hard for most of us to imagine how difficult life would be if, all of a sudden, our car became known as our microwave. But that’s exactly what the Kansas University football team has spent the first few days of spring drills trying to get used to.

Underdog Butler a great story

Butler’s emergence as 2010 NCAA basketball champion would be one of the greatest underdog stories in college history, maybe sports in general. Go Bulldogs!

Thursday, April 1

E-mail from Kansas Athletics aims to reassure donors

Kansas Athletics Inc. is assuring its donors that their contributions are safe and secure, as questions swirl about an independent review of the department’s ticket office and Williams Fund.

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Elgie’s HR lifts KU baseball, 7-6

After pounding out six runs on six hits during the first two innings of Wednesday’s midweek battle with Missouri State, Kansas University’s baseball team shut its offense down.

KU track’s Neville 9th

Kansas University freshman Rebecca Neville completed four of seven events in the women’s heptathlon and sat in ninth place Wednesday after the first day at the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays.

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Patterson, no longer disgruntled, back at WR

Daymond Patterson found his mind wandering during practices with the cornerbacks last season.

Kansas tennis falls to K-State, 7-0

The Kansas tennis team dropped a dual against Kansas State, 7-0, on Wednesday.

Wanted: defensive playmakers

The question was put to Turner Gill about what sort of defense he prefers to play.

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McCray hopeful for WNBA chance

Former Kansas University women’s basketball standout Danielle McCray figured a season-ending ACL injury would affect her stock in the upcoming 2010 WNBA Draft, and a pair of league analysts agreed with that assessment Wednesday.