Stories for July 2010


Saturday, July 31

On second thought, preps pick KU

Friday turned out to be quite the day for the Kansas University football program.

Friday, July 30

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Russell Robinson makes rounds of Lawrence charities to donate old gear to benefit others

Former Kansas University basketball player Russell Robinson posted a status update on Facebook asking for help. Fourteen minutes later, Lawrence resident Teri Guntert — one of Robinson’s 4,959 Facebook friends, and one whom he had never met — offered some advice.

Hancock: Big 12 shakeup won't affect BCS

Bowl Championship Series executive director Bill Hancock says the defections of Nebraska and Colorado from the Big 12 will not influence the BCS.

High-flyin’ St. Louis prep star dazzles

Ben McLemore wows K.C. with 21 points in win

St. Louis Eagles shooting guard Ben McLemore brought the basketball behind his head and prepared to attempt one of his epic one-handed dunks in the closing minutes of an 81-73 KC Prep Invitational victory over Tennessee’s Travellers on Thursday at Okun Fieldhouse.

Danny Manning an inspiring mentor

It’s tacky to take someone for granted. Some things need to be said, even if they don’t make for stop-the-presses moments.

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One last hurrah: Reliable Harris raises bar for senior year

Kansas University cornerback Chris Harris possesses just about everything a coach could possibly want from a senior leader.

Two KU track athletes honored

Kansas University track athletes Eric Fattig and Mason Finley received academic honors from the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Thursday.

Thursday, July 29

KU’s Yowell wins opening golf match

Kansas University sophomore-to-be Audrey Yowell won her first-round match at the 80th annual Women’s Trans Amateur Golf Championship on Wednesday.

Six KU track and field athletes named to academic team

The United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced the women’s 2010 Division I All-Academic Track & Field team Wednesday, with six Kansas University athletes on the list.

Cowboy safety charged with possession

Oklahoma State safety Victor Johnson will face a possession of a controlled substance charge in addition to an accusation of obstructing a police officer leveled against him after his weekend arrest.

Recruit Perry Ellis shows versatility

Wichita Heights junior sensation Perry Ellis played mostly on the perimeter, hitting mid-range jump shots and three-pointers, as well as driving layups at last spring’s Jayhawk Invitational at Haskell.

Big 12 media days notebook

Kansas University coach Turner Gill said Wednesday that the race to replace three-year starter Todd Reesing at quarterback could last the entire preseason.

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Comfort zone: Gill, Jayhawks getting to know each other

A quick look at the attendance sheet for this week’s Big 12 media days outside of Dallas revealed most teams had sent their best player. Pencil the Kansas University football squad into that category.

Wednesday, July 28

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Known quantity: KSU’s Thomas won’t sneak up on anybody

Last year, at this time, Daniel Thomas was just another name.

Six Jayhawks in national swim meet

Kansas University’s Abigail Anderson, Brooke Brull, Joy Bunting, Shannon Garlie, Brittany Potter and Stephanie Payne will compete in the 2010 ConocoPhillips National Swimming and Diving Championships Aug. 3-7 in Irvine, Calif.

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Beebe paints rosy picture

Commissioner says excitement rampant in Big 12

Big 12 Commissioner Dan Beebe on Tuesday made public the joke that so many people around the country made privately during the weeks that followed this summer’s conference realignment talks.

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Big 12 notebook: Weeden, KU’s Henry in similar situation

Oklahoma State sophomore quarterback Brandon Weeden has something in common with Kansas University basketball guard C.J. Henry: Both are former draft picks of the New York Yankees.

Big-time prep tourney on tap

Coaches to converge on Shawnee for high school hoops showcase

College basketball coaches from each of the schools in the Big 12 Conference — as well as staff members from a majority of the leagues in the country — will descend on the area today through Saturday for one of the final events of the July summer evaluation period. It’s time for the Metro Sports/KC Prep Invitati

Tuesday, July 27

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'Business as usual': Or so Pelini says, as Huskers embark on farewell tour

Baylor, Iowa State and Texas A&M all stayed loyal to the Big 12 Conference during the offseason’s turbulent realignment talks. But it was the Nebraska Cornhuskers and their impending exit to the Big Ten at the end of the 2010-11 season that dominated the talk on Day 1 of this year’s Big 12 media days outside of Dallas on Monday — even if Nebraska coach Bo Pelini didn’t want it that way.

Wizards fans should love Hinrich

It was Kirk Hinrich Day here Monday, in case you missed it. No mayoral proclamation, a la John Wall. Just my own proclamation, which isn’t the same, but still.

Big 12 football media days notebook

Texas A&M senior Jerrod Johnson had an interesting take on whom he thought would be the best quarterback in the country for the upcoming college football season.

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KU's Marcus Morris a happy camper

Marcus Morris won’t forget the Summer of 2010.

Monday, July 26

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Perry bench boasts bit of star power

Tidbits gathered at Mario Chalmers’ auction and golf tournament to benefit cancer research.

KU junior wins soccer crown

Kansas University junior Emily Cressy recorded an assist on the game-winning goal Sunday as the Eagles Soccer Club earned its third national championship with a 2-1 victory over the Arizona Rush in the U.S. National Women’s U-23 Cup final at the Overland Park Soccer Complex.

Sunday, July 25

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KU safeties looking to model their games after Stuckey

In his four different coaching stops, Robert Wimberly has never seen a position group quite like this year’s Kansas University safeties.

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Secondary options: Shealy thrilled with KU’s depth at cornerback

Kansas University cornerbacks coach Vic Shealy feels like — in terms of numbers — he’s one of the wealthiest coaches on the Jayhawks’ staff.

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Marcus Morris watches, learns at showcase scrimmage

Marcus Morris sat in the Thomas and Mack Center stands on Saturday night on the outskirts of UNLV’s campus in Las Vegas.

Saturday, July 24

Kansas football freshman finished

Kansas University football signee Jeremiah Edwards will not be a part of the Jayhawk football team after failing a physical, according to KU coach Turner Gill.

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Gill gets his swing on: KU football coach tickled to hit links

Turner Gill, who played both professional football and baseball after his highly successful four-year stay at the University of Nebraska, also knows his way around a golf course. Gill, Kansas University’s first-year football coach, was a surprise participant in Friday’s Mario Chalmers National Championship Classic four-person scramble at Alvamar.

Friday, July 23

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Former Jayhawk Chalmers in town to give back

Clutching a pair of crutches, Mario Chalmers climbed out of an SUV in front of The Oread Hotel at 6 p.m. Thursday, eager to join 150 or so guests at a mixer/auction to benefit cancer research.

Incoming freshman Edwards' football career possibly done

Sources close to the Journal-World confirmed Thursday that the football career of incoming KU freshman football player Jeremiah Edwards likely is over.

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Returning home: Former Firebird Manning transfers to play volleyball for Jayhawks

Twenty-five years ago, Julie Manning endured every emotion in the book while watching her boyfriend and future husband play basketball at Kansas University. Today, she spends her days preparing to watch her oldest child, Taylor Manning, suit up for the same school, albeit in a different sport.

KU’s Geubelle ninth at junior worlds

Kansas University sophomore Andrea Geubelle placed ninth in the triple jump at the 2010 IAAF World Junior Championships on Thursday. Geubelle was the top American finisher in the event.

Thursday, July 22

KU joins motion in support of trademark lawsuit filed by University of Alabama

Kansas University is one of 27 schools coming to the aid of a fellow school ensnared in a long court battle over trademarks.

KU men's basketball to play home-and-home with Ohio State starting in 2011

Kansas University's men's basketball team will begin a two-year home-and-home series with Ohio State starting in the 2011-12 season, KU senior associate athletic director Larry Keating said Thursday.

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Tanner Hawkinson named preseason All-Big 12 selection

Sophomore offensive lineman is only Jayhawk honored

Two years ago, Tanner Hawkinson arrived at Kansas University as a tight end hoping to earn some playing time.

Tech sets season-ticket record

The exit of Mike Leach and entrance of Tommy Tuberville as Texas Tech football coach hasn’t put a damper on season-ticket sales for the upcoming season.

KU target Nino Jackson in no rush to pick

Nino Jackson, a 6-foot-2, 175-pound junior shooting guard from Ardmore (Okla.) High School who recently was offered a basketball scholarship by Kansas University coach Bill Self, says he likely will wait until after the 2010-11 season before selecting a school.

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Darnell Jackson officially traded to Kings

Former Kansas University forward Darnell Jackson is a member of the Sacramento Kings.

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Lynette the legend: Camping Woodard recalls childhood

Surrounded by young girls reciting her catch phrases that drive home basketball fundamentals in the gymnasium at Bishop Seabury High, site of her camp, Lynette Woodard took a moment to reflect on when she was a little girl of 5, living in Wichita, spending so many of her days playing with her friend.

Wednesday, July 21

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KU football picked fourth in Big 12 North by media

The Kansas football team was picked fourth in the Big 12 North in the media preseason poll released Wednesday.

Marcus Morris soaks up camp excursion

Marcus Morris is having fun hanging out with the rich and famous this week in Las Vegas.

Missouri dismisses reserve LB

Reserve linebacker Tyler Crane is no longer a member of the Missouri football team.

KU O-lineman Thorson honored for service

In April, Kansas University senior Brad Thorson donated several eight-inch sections of his hair to cancer patients through Pantene Pro-V’s “Beautiful Lengths” program, one of several community-based acts of volunteerism the offensive lineman has been associated with since arriving at KU.

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Explosive devices? New wave of KU receivers looks to adopt big-play mentality

The unofficial buzz word for the 2010 Kansas University receiving corps may go a long way toward determining how successful the Jayhawks are under first-year head coach Turner Gill. “One of our team goals this year is to have a more explosive offense,” wide receivers coach Darrell Wyatt said. “We want to make it so (our receivers) are always involved in explosive plays.”

Lynette Woodard honored

Lynette Woodard was honored last weekend as the 2010 Pioneering Achievement award winner at the 14th annual Amelia Earhart Festival in Atchison.

Tuesday, July 20

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Marcus Morris named preseason second team All-America by Dick Vitale

Kansas junior forward Marcus Morris has been named a preseason-second team All-American by ESPN analyst Dick Vitale.

Blazers hire GM to replace Kevin Pritchard

New Trail Blazers general manager Rich Cho says while he’s impressed with Portland’s youth and depth, the team is still lacking the piece that will bring the city another championship.

Recruit Nino Jackson receives KU offer

KU has offered a scholarship to Nino Jackson, a 6-foot-2, 175-pound junior shooting guard from Ardmore (Okla.) High, Jackson tells

Wade: Heat will count on Chalmers

LeBron James will play some point guard for the Miami Heat. So will Dwyane Wade, as he has throughout his NBA career. Mike Miller will likely do some ballhandling as well. Thing is, none of them are true point guards. And that means this Heat summer of change still has some things left to address — particularly finding a starter at the point spot.

Ex-KU defensive lineman Greene interested in NAIA school

Former Kansas University defensive lineman Jamal Greene is exploring the possibility of transferring to MidAmerica Nazarene University, an NAIA school in Olathe.

Darnell Jackson could be traded

Source: Deal in works to send ex-KU forward to Kings

Former Kansas University power forward Darnell Jackson may have found a home with the Sacramento Kings.

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KU senior guard Reed adds physical therapy internship to busy summer schedule

Tyrel Reed rolled out of bed at 6:30 a.m., Monday for a 7 o’clock weightlifting session in Anderson Family Strength and Conditioning Center next to Allen Fieldhouse. Reed, Kansas University’s 6-foot-3 senior basketball guard from Burlington, completed his drills with strength coach Andrea Hudy, then showered, put on a pink golf shirt, gray dress slacks and a name tag and reported at 8:15 sharp for work as a physical therapy intern at OrthoKansas (1112 W. Sixth Street).

KU women's basketball coach Henrickson to host golf tourney Aug. 21

Kansas University women’s basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson will host her sixth charity golf tournament on Saturday, Aug. 21, at Alvamar Country Club.

Monday, July 19

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Jayhawks to play four Big Monday games

Jayhawks to face Missouri, K-State, Baylor, Oklahoma St.

Kansas University’s basketball team will make four appearances on ESPN’s Big Monday during the 2010-11 season, the Big 12 Conference announced Monday.

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KU hot on trail of Kansas prep Perry Ellis

Kansas basketball coaches fixtures at games of Wichita star Ellis

Wichita Heights High junior forward Perry Ellis — who is well on his way to becoming the first McDonald’s All-American from the state of Kansas since Wayne Simien in 2001 — is drawing a lot of attention on the July recruiting circuit.

Pac-10 must figure out new alignment

Once the collegiate Earth was done shaking in June and the Pac-10 was denied the biggest annexation since the Louisiana Purchase, the landscape cleaved neatly and gave the league Colorado and Utah.

Sunday, July 18

Dick Wilson will be missed

A woman in Lawrence. A man in Hot Springs Village, Ark. Both voices struck that haunting, sober chord symptomatic of the topic of which they spoke: Cancer.

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Jayhawks stressing versatility with LB corps in 2010

Drew Dudley is Kansas University’s top returning tackler from a year ago. Justin Springer was one of the Jayhawks’ best performers of the spring. So what happens when both of them play the same position at middle linebacker?

Family: Dean Smith dealing with memory loss

Dean Smith still plays golf, still pops into his campus office and still savors watching the North Carolina program he led for more than three decades take the court under Roy Williams’ direction. Yet his family also says that the Hall of Fame coach and former Kansas University player is also losing some of the remarkable memory that could recall even the smallest details of the past.

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Chalmers, special guests to return for charity

Mario Chalmers sliced the ceremonial tee shot into the trees at last summer’s National Championship Golf Classic at Alvamar.

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Henry, Memphis haven’t reached deal

Memphis Grizzlies owner Michael Heisley is being portrayed in various blogs on the Internet as exceedingly cheap regarding Xavier Henry’s still-to-be-signed rookie contract.

Saturday, July 17

Former KU track standout Dick Wilson dies at age 78

Kansas University Hall of Famer Dick Wilson passed away on Saturday after a battle with a brain tumor and terminal cancer.

Self gets breather from recruiting

First half of summer evaluation period ends

Bill Self sorted through a stack of mail on his office desk late Friday afternoon. He was catching up with correspondence after 10 days on the road.

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Same ol’ Stuckey: NFL trappings haven’t changed safety

Former Kansas University safety Darrell Stuckey was back in Lawrence this week and, from the look of things, joining the NFL hasn’t changed him much.

Arthur scores four in summer league

Former Kansas University forward Darrell Arthur scored four points in Memphis’ 66-65 loss to Minnesota on Friday in the NBA summer league.

Pump charity now off-limits to coaches

The NCAA has barred college basketball coaches from financial relationships with the Harold Pump Foundation, a charity run by college basketball power brokers David and Dana Pump, Yahoo! Sports reported Friday.

Friday, July 16

Darrell Arthur scores 17 for Memphis

Former Kansas University forward Darrell Arthur scored 17 points in Memphis’ 101-85 victory over the NBADL all-stars on Thursday in the NBA summer league.

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Miami doesn’t interest former Jayhawk Simien

All-American happy in Lawrence raising family, working as director of Called to Greatness ministry

A 2005 first-round draft pick of the Miami Heat, Wayne Simien isn’t tempted to come out of retirement to join the LeBron James-Dwyane Wade-Chris Bosh-led squad in South Beach during the 2010-11 season.

Athletes hone leadership skills at Big 12 summit

Kansas University junior track and field athlete Rebeka Stowe won the 3,000-meter steeplechase title Sunday at the NACAC Track and Field Championships.

Jacque Vaughn coaching in NBA summer league

Former Kansas University point guard Jacque Vaughn is working as an assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs’ summer league squad.

Thursday, July 15

Former KU Athletics employee Brandon Simmons pleads guilty in ticket scandal

A former assistant athletics director became the second Kansas Athletics Inc. employee to plead guilty in connection with a scandal involving more than $1 million worth of tickets the university says were stolen by insiders.

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Former Jayhawk and Heat guard Chalmers sprains ankle

Two weeks ago, former Kansas University guard Mario Chalmers was the last man standing for the Miami Heat, the only player the team had under contract. Now he no longer is standing.

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Level playing field: Rule change would prohibit schools from offering scholarships early

A proposed NCAA rule change that would alter the landscape of summer recruiting in all sports could help even out recruiting battles across the country, says Kansas University assistant football coach Reggie Mitchell, who doubles as the program’s recruiting coordinator.

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Northern Iowa wins best upset at ESPYs

The University of Northern Iowa basketball team was honored for its second-round NCAA Tournament victory over Kansas University at Wednesday’s ESPY Awards show in Los Angeles.

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Collins likely to garner preseason invitation

Former Kansas University point guard Sherron Collins likely will be invited to the Charlotte Bobcats’ preseason training camp, the Charlotte Observer’s Rick Bonnell reported Wednesday.

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Stuckey recognized by K.C. Sports Commission

Former Kansas football safety Darrell Stuckey was named as the co-Collegiate Male Athlete of the Year by the Kansas City Sports Commission at its 38th annual Awards Show on Wednesday night.

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KU golfer Barbee earns scholar honors

Kansas University senior golfer Nate Barbee was recently named a Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-American Scholar for his work both in the classroom and on the golf course.

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'Downtown' Terry Brown finds ‘second passion’ in graphic design

Some of Kansas University’s basketball players slept on the team bus on long road trips to Iowa State, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State during the 1990-91 season.

Wednesday, July 14

Former KU Athletics employee Jason Jeffries pleads guilty to ticket scandal charges

A former KU Athletics employee who resigned in the wake of the million dollar ticket scandal pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Wichita.

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Running backs unproven for KU

With the return of experienced backs Toben Opurum, Rell Lewis and Angus Quigley, along with the boost expected from newcomers Deshaun Sands, Brandon Bourbon and James Sims, the running back position appears to be a strength for the Kansas University football program heading into the 2010 season. Not so, according to running backs coach Reggie Mitchell.

KU soccer player Cressy in nationals

Kansas University junior forward Emily Cressy will lead the Eagles soccer club into the U-23 Adult Soccer Association finals July 23-25 at Overland Park Soccer Complex.

KU golfer Gockel makes scholar team

Former Kansas University golfer Meghan Gockel has been named to the National Golf Coaches Association All-America Scholar Team.

Former KU guard Billy Thomas mulls another year in pro basketball

Slowed by a nagging ankle injury, Billy Thomas was on the verge of announcing his retirement from professional basketball a month ago. Not so fast.

Robinson scores 20 for NBADL All-Stars

Former Kansas University guard Russell Robinson scored 20 points with three assists and four turnovers in the NBA Development League All-Stars’ 88-82 loss to Cleveland in Tuesday’s NBA summer league action in Las Vegas.

Tuesday, July 13

No criminal charges to be filed against man accused of blackmailing KU Athletics Director Lew Perkins

Douglas County prosecutors don’t plan on filing a criminal case against a former Kansas Athletics Inc. employee accused of blackmailing Athletics Director Lew Perkins over use of loaned personal exercise equipment.

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Meet ’n’ greet: Aldrich introduced in Oklahoma City

Cole Aldrich wore a gray suit and bright yellow tie to his introductory news conference at high noon Monday at Integris Health Training Center in Oklahoma City, practice court of the NBA’s OKC Thunder. The fashion statement didn’t end with Cole’s outfit.

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Kansas offensive tackle Spikes sidelined for season

The Journal-World has learned that junior tackle Jeff Spikes injured his Achilles tendon during a recent non-contact, non-football accident, and on Monday KU officials confirmed that Spikes “has a lower leg injury and will miss the 2010 season.”

Minnesota standout signs with Iowa State

Royce White needed a second chance, and Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg needed talent.

KU swimmers honored as Academic All-Americans

Four members of Kansas University’s swim team have been named Academic All-Americans by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America.

KU soccer player in U-20 national camp

Kansas University sophomore soccer midfielder Sarah Robbins has been invited to participate in a second camp for the Under-20 Canadian National Team.

KU’s Self OK with NCAA Tournament expansion plan

Get ready for a First Four before the Final Four.

Monday, July 12

Henry sits out; Jackson scores 17

Former Kansas University guard Xavier Henry of the Memphis Grizzlies did not make his NBA summer league debut Monday night because of what appears to be a contract dispute with the team, the Memphis Commercial Appeal reports.

NCAA unveils new NCAA tournament format

March Madness is about to get a little bit bigger.

Ex-Jayhawk golfer finishes 21st at John Deere Classic

Former Kansas University golfer Gary Woodland fired a final-round 70 Sunday to finish at 11-under-par 273, good for a tie for 21st place in the John Deere Classic, played at TPC Deere Run.

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Reign man: Former KU golfer Roberts takes fifth straight LAGA title

Some entered just to beat him, others came from out of nowhere, and still more went after him with youthful exuberance. In the end, after two days of the Lawrence Amateur Golf Association’s annual city tournament, Conrad Roberts continued his reign, winning the LAGA city title in the championship flight for the fifth straight year.

Kansas’ Stowe wins steeplechase title

Kansas University junior Rebeka Stowe won the 3,000-meter steeplechase title Sunday at the NACAC Track and Field Championships.

Sunday, July 11

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KU defensive line coach: Pass rush still needs improvement

Buddy Wyatt knows that what he’s about to say is going to surprise a few people.

KU’s Finley, Scott win at track and field meet in Florida

The Kansas University track and field team had a strong showing on Friday in the NACAC Under-23 Track and Field Championships with sophomore thrower Mason Finley and senior Jordan Scott winning the discus and the pole vault events, respectively.

Saturday, July 10

James gets No. 6, Chalmers switches to No. 15 for Miami Heat

The Miami Heat got its man Thursday night, when Cleveland Cavaliers free agent LeBron James announced he would be playing in South Florida.

KU golfer Nugent wins Kansas Women’s Golf Association Amateur Championship

For the second straight year, Katy Nugent, a Kansas University transfer, claimed a victory at the Kansas Women’s Golf Association Amateur Championship, while two other Jayhawks finished in the top eight on Thursday at the MacDonald Park Golf Course.

Friday, July 9

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Sherron Collins explodes for 32 points in Bobcats' summer league finale

Russell Robinson contributes 18 in Pacers' loss

Sherron Collins showed his scoring potential Friday, pouring in 32 points on 12-for-21 shooting in the Charlotte Bobcats summer league team's 80-77 loss to the Orlando Magic.

OKC confirms trade for rights to Aldrich

The Oklahoma City Thunder have acquired the draft rights to Cole Aldrich and veteran forward Mo Peterson from the New Orleans Hornets in exchange for the rights to Craig Brackins and Quincy Poindexter.

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Collins scores nine for Bobcats in 31 minutes

Former Kansas guard Sherron Collins received extended minutes for the Charlotte Bobcats summer league team Thursday, scoring nine points in the Bobcats’ 77-76 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers.

Little could be surprise

Somebody on the next Kansas University basketball team will win most-improved honors. Along the way, that somebody will get tagged the surprise impact player of the season.

Miege lineman picks Kansas

After receiving commitments from four offensive linemen in a six-day stretch last month, the Kansas University football program had to wait nine whole days for its next.

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From camp to camp: Fresh from Akron, Marcus Morris’ next stop is Las Vegas

Marcus Morris, who just returned from the LeBron James Skills Academy — where, as a camp counselor, he competed against some of the top college players in the country — soon will be going against some of the world’s best pros.

Thursday, July 8

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Marcus Morris selected to USA men's select team

Kansas University junior forward Marcus Morris has been chosen as one of 20 college players that will compete on the USA men's select team.

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Garbage men: KU receivers, corners talk trash — a lot

Try as they might, most Kansas University wide receivers and cornerbacks just can’t seem to keep their mouths shut, especially when facing each other on the practice fields.

Wednesday, July 7

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Collins does not play in Bobcats' summer league game Wednesday

Former Kansas guard Sherron Collins did not play (coach's decision) during the Charlotte Bobcats summer league team's 92-71 loss to the Boston Celtics on Wednesday in Orlando, Fla.

Two guilty pleas expected in KU athletics ticket scandal

Two former Kansas Athletics Inc. employees are facing federal charges that they knew about a ticket-theft scheme without telling authorities in a timely manner.

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Put it on the line: Coaches like look of offensive front

Some coaches like size, some like speed and others like quickness. Kansas University offensive line coach J.B. Grimes prefers intelligence and toughness, at least when it comes to his leaders.

Tuesday, July 6

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Sherron Collins scores two in second summer league game

Former Kansas guard Sherron Collins scored two points on 1-for-2 shooting in the Charlotte Bobcats summer league team's 86-85 victory over Oklahoma City on Tuesday in Orlando, Fla.

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Going ’Hog’ wild: KU ballpark getting another new look

Kansas University’s Hoglund Ballpark is getting another facelift, the park’s fifth since 1999.

Monday, July 5

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Sherron Collins scores 7 in first NBA summer league game

Russell Robinson does not play in Indiana's win

Former Kansas guard Sherron Collins scored seven points on 3-of-4 shooting in the Charlotte Bobcats summer league team's 85-83 victory over the Utah Jazz on Monday in Orlando, Fla.

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Rigorous July lies ahead for Self

Intense recruiting period begins soon for KU basketball coach

Bill Self’s Fourth of July backyard cookout included heaping helpings of baby back ribs, chicken, brats and sausage prepared on a Green Egg grill.

Sunday, July 4

NCAA picks format for 68-team tournament

The NCAA has settled on the format for the new 68-team men’s basketball tournament, though the announcement isn’t scheduled until sometime next week.

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Collison tickled OKC added Aldrich

Nick Collison says he’s thrilled fellow Kansas University big man Cole Aldrich has joined the frontcourt of the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder.

Jordan’s call gives Collins' spirits a lift

Consensus All-American Sherron Collins was both shocked and disappointed the night of June 24 when he failed to hear his name called in the NBA Draft.

NCAA picks format for 68 teams

The NCAA has settled on the format for the new 68-team men’s basketball tournament, though the announcement isn’t scheduled until sometime next week.

Saturday, July 3

Reports: Pierce staying in Boston

The Boston Celtics have agreed to terms with captain Paul Pierce on a deal that could keep the MVP of their 2008 title run with the team for another four seasons.

Big 12 reprimands Tuberville

New Texas Tech football coach Tommy Tuberville has been reprimanded by the Big 12 after an interview in which he questioned the future of the conference.

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KU's Selby eager to return to court

Wearing a Baker University basketball camp T-shirt and a big smile on his face, Josh Selby on Friday morning dribbled up and down the George F. Collins, Jr. Center court at half-speed.

Dominique Sutton to transfer from K-State

Senior forward Dominique Sutton has been released from his scholarship and will transfer.

Report: KU offensive lineman Thorson breaks foot

Reports surfaced late Friday that Kansas University offensive lineman Brad Thorson will miss an undisclosed amount of time because of a broken foot suffered Friday morning.

Friday, July 2

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First-hand experience: Gill, Long offer unique perspective to KU QBs

Kale Pick and Jordan Webb may not have taken many meaningful snaps during their college careers. But both Kansas University quarterbacks figure to enter the 2010 season with an advantage that most signal callers around the country won’t have — their coaches.

Boschee reflects on journeyman Gooden’s new deal

Former Kansas basketball guard has fond memories of ex-teammate, who signed with ninth NBA team

If anybody can handle playing for nine teams in nine NBA seasons, it’s Drew Gooden.

Texas Tech appeals ruling

Texas Tech is appealing a judge’s decision to allow former football coach Mike Leach to sue for breach of contract.

Bucks, Gooden agree to deal

Everyone who thought the Milwaukee Bucks would be among the most active teams on the first day of NBA free agency, please raise your hands. The Bucks made a surprising early splash Thursday, agreeing in principle to a five-year, $32 million deal with free-agent forward and former Kansas University standout Drew Gooden.

Thursday, July 1

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Robinson hopes for NBA invite

Former Kansas University basketball guard Russell Robinson will play for the NBA Development League Select Team in the upcoming Las Vegas Summer League, Robinson confirmed Wednesday.

KU’s Bonds is NCAA Woman of Year nominee

Kansas University track and field senior Lauren Bonds has been named a nominee for the NCAA’s Woman of the Year award, which is presented annually to a female student-athlete who has distinguished herself throughout her collegiate career in the areas of academic achievement, athletic excellence, service and leadership.