Stories for May 2010


Monday, May 31

Big Ten expansion on spring agenda at Big 12 meetings

Even after Big 12 powerbrokers assemble in Kansas City for their annual spring meeting this week, the size and stability of the conference won’t be decided for months.

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Like father, like son: Young Sands follows father’s footsteps

Like father, like son indeed applies to 5-foot-7, 190-pound KU red-shirt freshman back Deshaun Sands, who, when asked by KU officials to name his favorite athlete of all-time for inclusion in KU’s media guide, chose his papa, a 5-6, 175-pounder who rushed for 3,788 yards from 1988 to ’91.

Florida prep picks KU

All that time Kansas University football coach Turner Gill and his staff spent recruiting Florida during the past six months appears to have paid off.

KU can’t just run in place

The Kansas University athletic department long has been running in place underneath a black cloud that last week burst with embarrassing specifics regarding a shameful ticket scandal.

Sunday, May 30

Discus throwers qualify for KU

Eighteen Jayhawks are headed to NCAA championships

Kansas University’s Mason Finley and Brian Bishop placed second and fourth in the discus at Saturday’s NCAA Outdoor Track and Field West Preliminary.

KU baseball falls again

Baylor shortstop Landis Ware hit a two-run homer as part of a three-run sixth inning, which proved to be the difference in the Bears’ 6-3 triumph over Kansas

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Collins, Henry on fire at Combine

Former Kansas University basketball players Sherron Collins and Xavier Henry shot well during individual drills at the recent NBA Draft Combine in Chicago.

Saturday, May 29

KU Athletic Director Perkins victim of alleged blackmail scheme

A Lawrence police report has surfaced identifying Kansas University Athletics Director Lew Perkins as the victim of blackmail.

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Coach defends Pump N Run

L.J. Goolsby, the eighth-year coach of Kansas City Pump N Run, takes issue with anybody who says the youth basketball program funnels players to Kansas University.

Four Jayhawks advance to NCAAs

Four more members of the Kansas University track and field team advanced to the NCAA Championships.

KU baseball falls to K-State at tourney

Kansas State used three three-run innings to knock off Kansas University, 10-5, in the Big 12 baseball tournament on Friday at Bricktown Ballpark.

Friday, May 28

Kansas Athletics pledges to go 'above and beyond' to restore confidence of Jayhawk community

Kansas Athletics Inc. officials plan to go “above and beyond” the recommended fixes for their broken ticket-distribution system, one that permitted the documented diversion of nearly 20,000 football and basketball tickets for the personal gain of five former employees and a paid consultant.

Pump brothers release statement on KU ticket scandal through

Dana and David Pump, who were linked to the current Kansas University ticket scandal in a Yahoo! Sports report Wednesday, have released a statement, according to a blog post by's Gary Parrish.

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Jayhawk Flashback: Video of 1952 NCAA championship game

I had to go deep into our dusty 6Sports archives for today's Jayhawk Flashback — one that will take us back some 58 years.

KU scandal prompts universities to look at ticket rules

Athletic departments around the country said Thursday they are taking a close look at their ticket policies, one day after the University of Kansas admitted losing at least $1 million in an alleged scalping scheme run by a handful of school employees.

Blubaugh resigns from university

Charlette Blubaugh, who was the executive administrative assistant to the athletic director at the University of Central Oklahoma, resigned that position Wednesday, the Daily Oklahoman reported Thursday.

KU volleyball adds four

Kansas University volleyball coach Ray Bechard announced the addition of four players on Friday.

How the scam happened and what KU is doing about it

Employees took tickets that otherwise would go to donors, then sold them to brokers.

Sporting News taps KU football No. 31

The Sporting News Preseason Top 100 list ranked the Kansas University football team No. 31 in the country for the upcoming 2010 season.

Legal eagles circling

Local legal eagles, their ears aflame with anger vented from Williams Fund members who feel cheated by the ticket scandal, are circling, looking for prey that could lead to a class-action lawsuit.

KU thrower Finley 2nd

Kansas University freshman Mason Finley placed second in the shot put at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field West preliminary Thursday.

Thursday, May 27

KU faculty, Gov. Parkinson express concerns over ticket scandal

A report of ticket misconduct at Kansas Athletics caused concern and disappointment among Kansas University’s faculty as they began to process the news.

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Todd Reesing signs with Saskatchewan Roughriders

Former Kansas quarterback Todd Reesing is officially a member of the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Oklahoma baseball defeats Kansas in Big 12 Tournament

Cody Reine hit a two-run double in the ninth inning as Oklahoma rallied to beat Kansas 3-2 in the Big 12 tournament Wednesday night.

Self praises Perkins’ response to scam

Bill Self applauds Kansas University’s response to the secretive ticket scam by several former athletic department employees that resulted in the sale of at least $1.03 million worth of basketball and football tickets to brokers and individual buyers.

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Perfect pair: Big 12 freshman of the year has clicked with coach

Kansas University track and field throws coach Andy Kokhanovsky wasn’t surprised when the country’s No. 1 high school prospect in the Class of 2009 decommitted from UCLA last summer and signed with KU.

Wednesday, May 26

Director Lew Perkins needs to open up his eyes

Wednesday morning broke with a report from that revealed David Freeman started singing about the origins of the ticket scandal back in 2006 to a reporter now working for Yahoo.

Biggest, longest lasting impact of ticket scandal at Kansas University may have very little to do with tickets

When a scandal hits an athletics department at a major university, its impact is wide-ranging and can affect many different stakeholders of a university, observers say.

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More than $1 million worth of KU basketball, football tickets involved in ticket scam

AD Perkins: "I accept responsibility. I don't accept responsibility for anything criminal or any of those things."

Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little, Athletics Director Lew Perkins, University General Counsel Jim Pottorff and Jack Focht of Foulston Siefkin are addressing the media at the press conference at the Dole Institute of Politics.

KU discusses investigation into ticket operations

Kansas University will release the results of an "independent investigation" into the ticket scandal that is ongoing in its athletic department.

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Back in the swing: Thompson starting to find his groove again

For all of the things that have gone wrong for the Kansas University baseball team this season, from injuries to late-inning losses and even a tie, one thing finally has started to go right.

RB decommits from Jayhawks reported Tuesday that Blue Springs (Mo.) High running back Darrian Miller has decommitted from Kansas University.

History of fieldhouse enticing, but idea of KU hosting play-in games still ‘far-fetched’

If Saint Joseph’s University athletic director Don DiJulia had his way, the four opening-round games of the expanded 2011 NCAA men’s basketball tournament would not all be played in Dayton, Ohio — site of the play-in game the last several years — but historical buildings like Kansas University’s Allen Fieldhouse and Philadelphia’s Palestra.

ISU forward to transfer

Iowa State forward LaRon Dendy plans to transfer, the fourth significant loss to the Cyclones’ frontcourt this spring. New coach Fred Hoiberg announced Dendy’s departure Tuesday. Dendy averaged 7.3 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game as a junior last season.

Tuesday, May 25

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Heere, Price named first-team All-Big 12

Kansas junior outfielder Brian Heere and senior infielder Robby Price both were selected to the All-Big 12 first team released Tuesday by the conference.

Reesing expects to sign with CFL’s Roughriders soon

Todd Reesing, the former record-setting Kansas University quarterback known off the field for his passion for finance, soon may have to learn the value of the Canadian dollar.

Monday, May 24

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Pac-10 games highlight KU's non-conference men's basketball schedule

Home games against Pac-10 teams USC and UCLA, road battles versus Michigan and California, as well as appearances in the Jimmy V Classic and Las Vegas Invitational highlight Kansas University’s non-conference men’s basketball schedule, released Monday.

K-State golfer edges Jayhawk for KGA title

Kansas State golfer Ross Geubelle, of Lakin, defeated Kansas University golfer Jeff Bell, of Wichita, on the third playoff hole to win the KGA Public Links Championship on Sunday at Colbert Hills.

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Sooners’ rally keeps KU reeling, 9-6

Kansas University’s baseball team enters the postseason on a sour note.

Sunday, May 23

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KU baseball team lets lead slip away in ninth

Several Kansas University baseball players remained in the dugout — and stared silently at the ground — a good 20 minutes after the final out was made in an 8-7 loss to No. 14-ranked Oklahoma on Saturday night at Hoglund Ballpark.

KU’s Barbee finishes NCAAs with 71

Junior Nate Barbee, representing the Kansas University men’s golf team as an individual, capped off his first NCAA Tournament appearance on Saturday by firing a 71 in the final round to move up the leaderboard 22 spots and finish the event tied for 39th at Carlton Oaks Golf Club.

Bell, Geubelle lead at KGA Public Links

Jeff Bell and Ross Geubelle both opened the Kansas Golf Association Public Links Championships with 1-over par 73s to lead after the first round on Saturday at Colbert Hills Golf Course.

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Texas recruit Peters enjoys welcome in Kansas

Zach Peters is still adjusting to life after orally committing to play basketball at Kansas University.

Saturday, May 22

KU baseball slammed by Sooners, 14-4

T.J. Walz waltzed through the first five innings Friday night at Hoglund Ballpark.

Official NBA Combine figures released

The NBA released its official draft measurements of college players at the NBA Combine Friday at Attack Athletics Training Center.

Kansas’ Barbee tied for 61st at golf regional

Kansas University golfer Nate Barbee shot a 79 on Friday and is tied for 61st place after two rounds of play at the NCAA Southwest Golf Regional in Santee, Calif.

Friday, May 21

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Mark Mangino leaves Lawrence, moves to Florida

The last of the moving vans wheeled off the premises Tuesday night of the Lawrence home Mark and Mary Jane Mangino, according to friends and neighbors of the couple.

Jayhawk in 40th at golf regional

Kansas University’s Nate Barbee shot a 4-over-par 76 Monday and was tied for 40th after the first round of the NCAA Southwest Golf Regional. Barbee is competing in the three-round event as an individual.

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Former Jayhawks in Combine

Collins, Aldrich, Henry reunite in Chicago

Three former Kansas University basketball players are holding a reunion of sorts in the Windy City this week.

Kansas golfer honored

Kansas University golfer Meghan Gockel was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District At-Large team. The senior is now eligible for Academic All-America honors, which will be announced June 10.

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Birds of a feather: From Firebirds to Jayhawks, three have stuck together

In every group of friends there exists a certain dynamic that surfaces after years of spending time together. Typically, someone emerges as the leader, while another acts more like a younger sibling or class clown, and the rest fill the spaces in between.

See Heere run, catch and bunt

Watch Brian Heere run so fluidly, tracking a deep fly with the crack of the bat, crashing into the center-field fence for another web gem. Now watch him at the plate, killing a bunt in no-man’s land, burning down the line for a base hit. Now look at the scoreboard and see his batting average, which starts with a “.4.”

Thursday, May 20

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Picture perfect: Recruit Zach Peters says Kansas ideal

Kansas, Plano prep Zach Peters says, was the perfect choice.

Oregon prep star dumps Washington for Kentucky

The wait is over. On the last day of the signing period for the 2010 class, Portland, Ore., basketball standout Terrence Jones ended a long and unusual courtship with the Huskies on Wednesday night when he reneged on a verbal committed and signed recruiting papers to play at Kentucky next season.

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Football lacking stars

The closest thing Kansas has to a star player is a running back who does his best work running between the tackles and is not listed anywhere on new coach Turner Gill’s two-deep depth chart he released after spring football.

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KU thrower Finley honored by league

Kansas University freshman thrower Mason Finley was named Big 12 track outstanding male freshman of the year Wednesday by the league coaches.

KU football players honored

Though they were shut out on the first team, 10 Kansas University football players landed on Phil Steele’s All-Big 12 preseason teams, released Wednesday.

Wednesday, May 19

Seven KU baseball players honored

Seven Kansas University baseball players were selected to the Academic All-Big 12 Baseball Team, which was released Tuesday.

KU baseball survives

Junior Brian Heere went 2-for-3 with a home run and four runs scored, while junior Wally Marciel recorded a career-high eight strikeouts in 5 2⁄3 innings of scoreless relief as Kansas knocked off Arkansas-Little Rock, 11-8 Tuesday night at Dickey-Stephens Park.

Tuesday, May 18

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Hinson named KU's director of basketball operations

Former Missouri State head basketball coach Barry Hinson, who has worked primarily as a fundraiser for Kansas University’s hoops program the past two years, on Tuesday was named Bill Self’s director of basketball operations.

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KU’s APR numbers in good standing with NCAA

For the second consecutive year, three Kansas University athletic programs — men’s basketball, men’s cross country and women’s cross country — received a perfect score in the Academic Progress Rate, KU officials said Monday.

A&M basketball recruit dies in car crash

Texas A&M basketball recruit Tobi Oyedeji has died from injuries he suffered in a car accident.

Court dates set for ex-football players

Two former Kansas University football players appeared in Douglas County District Court on Monday afternoon, after being arrested Friday in connection with an attempted armed robbery.

Another prep hoops sophomore wants to suit up for Jayhawks

Kansas University, which recently received an oral commitment from Zach Peters of the high school basketball recruiting class of 2012, is in strong position to land another prep junior-to-be.

Monday, May 17

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Marcus similar to Pierce

Most NBA Draft websites have Marcus Morris making himself eligible for the NBA after his junior season, but it’s not a reach to believe Morris will play four years for Kansas. For one thing, the NBA labor situation is such that players might be scared to leave early after next season, for fear players will be locked out. For another, Markieff Morris isn’t likely to be ready for the NBA after his junior season, and the twins are extremely close, so much so that it’s easy to see Marcus delaying his professional career in order to room with Markieff for one more year.

KU rowing 7th at C-USA

Kansas University placed seventh at the inaugural Conference USA Rowing Championships and 19th overall in the South-Central Regional on Sunday.

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Not so fast: KU gets off to quick start, but fizzles

For three innings Sunday, Kansas University freshman Tanner Poppe owned the mound, and the KU bats lit up the scoreboard. A couple of singles and an errant throw in the fourth changed all that, though, and from then on it was nothing but doom and gloom for KU, which lost to K-State, 8-5, at Tointon Stadium.

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Bulls work out Henry

Former Kansas University basketball guard Xavier Henry worked out for the Chicago Bulls on Sunday at the Bulls’ practice facility.

Thrower paces Kansas track

Kansas University freshman Mason Finley won the discus Sunday and was named one of three winners of the men’s high-point-performer award at the Big 12 Track and Field championships.

Sunday, May 16

KU softball eliminated by Tech

Brittany Hile and Allie Clark collected two hits apiece, but the Kansas University softball team fell to Texas Tech, 5-3, on Saturday in the opening game of the Big 12 Championship.

KU men’s, women’s track in 5th at Big 12

Freshman Mason Finley won the shot put, while junior Jordan Scott took home the title in the pole vault to lead the Kansas University men’s track and field team to a fifth-place standing after the second day Saturday of the Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

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Hawkins new basketball coach at Perry-Lecompton

Jeff Hawkins plans to borrow from a pair of his mentors as he embarks on his career as a high school head boys basketball coach.

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Road redemption: Selik propels KU baseball to rare win at KSU

The bullpen bailed out Kansas University senior right-hander Cameron Selik when he made a mess on the mound the previous week, and it was his turn to return the favor Saturday night in Tointon Family Stadium, where 2,296 spectators witnessed a Big 12 baseball rivalry game.

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Senior wide receiver Wilson hopeful for 2010

Forgetful '09 season motivates senior WR

Johnathan Wilson never could make it through a whole game.

Saturday, May 15

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Gill putting added emphasis on recruiting

For many college coaches — in both football and basketball — one of the most grueling parts of the job is recruiting. Not for Kansas University football coach Turner Gill.

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KU baseball drops opener to ‘Cats

The late-game dramatics that capped a series sweep over Missouri Sunday were absent against another Kansas University rival on Friday at Hoglund Ballpark.

Krechyk wins hammer, paces KU women’s track

Kansas University sophomore Alena Krechyk claimed the hammer throw title in the first day of action at the Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Friday.

KU softball postponed at Big 12 tourney

Thunderstorms and heavy rains postponed the Kansas University softball team’s first game in the Big 12 Championship against Texas Tech.

Montgomery named All-Big 12 Second Team

Kansas softball freshman Mariah Montgomery was named to the All-Big 12 Second Team on Friday.

3 KU rowers honored

Kansas rowers Katie Beall, Stacy Rachow and Nicole Schneider on Friday were named to the 2010 Conference USA All-Academic Team, which was voted on by the league’s sports information directors.

Friday, May 14

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KU football player dismissed from team after attempted armed robbery Friday morning

A Kansas University football player has been removed from the team in connection with an attempted armed robbery early Friday morning at an apartment complex.

Texas players get waivers

Texas guard Varez Ward and forward Shawn Williams have been granted medical-hardship waivers from the Big 12 for last season, allowing them to keep a year of eligibility.

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KU red shirt DE Young blossoming

Last week, when Kansas University football coach Turner Gill released his post-spring depth chart, red-shirt freshman Kevin Young was penciled in as a starter at defensive end.

OU boss sees Big 12 intact

University president David Boren expects Oklahoma to stay in the Big 12. He doesn’t think any other schools are leaving the conference either.

Thursday, May 13

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KU men's basketball posts highest attendance in Big 12

The Kansas men's basketball team led its conference in attendance for the 24th straight year, once again posting the Big 12's highest attendance numbers during the 2009-10 season.

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KU men's basketball team might be even better next season

A thought made its way into the massive wind tunnel that is my brain and before it died of loneliness, I decided to write it down: Bill Self’s next basketball team just might find a way to win more games than his last one.

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Pickens: OSU should stay

Prominent Oklahoma State booster T. Boone Pickens believes his alma mater should stay put in the Big 12.

KU men’s basketball, cross country teams honored by NCAA

The NCAA on Wednesday recognized three Kansas University teams — men’s basketball and men’s and women’s cross country — for achieving Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores that are among the nation’s top 10 percent in their respective sports.

Four KU softball players on academic team

Four members of the Kansas University softball team were named to the Academic All-Big 12 Softball team, it was announced Wednesday by the league office.

Wednesday, May 12

KU rowing holds awards ceremony

Kansas University’s rowing team handed out awards at its annual banquet Sunday.

Jayhawks put 36 on academic track team

Thirty-six Kansas University athletes were named to the Academic All-Big 12 Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Teams.

CU’s Boyle taps two aides

Newly hired Colorado basketball coach Tad Boyle is adding two assistants to his staff. Boyle said Tuesday that he hired Jean Prioleau and Mike Rohn. They will join Tom Abatemarco, who will be retained from the previous staff.

Big Ten quashes expansion rumors

Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany e-mailed conference officials Tuesday to stamp out a rumor that four schools already had been offered a chance to join the league.

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Sharp looking for work

Former Jayhawk won’t be invited back to Bears camp

Jake Sharp’s first shot at the NFL didn’t last long.

Shakeup hinges on Irish

Four 16-team superconferences. The Big East blown to bits. The SEC boasting the majority of superpower football programs. The Big 12 reeling. It all sounds so futuristic, so sexy, even a little Star Trekky. That’s why everyone near a computer is advancing the ball.

Tuesday, May 11

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KU’s Barbee selected to play in golf regional

Junior Nate Barbee was selected as an individual and will represent the Kansas men’s golf team at the 2010 NCAA Championship Regional on May 20-22 at Carlton Oaks Golf Club in San Diego, Calif.

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Reesing one step closer to Canada?

Todd Reesing appears to be one step closer to calling Canada home.

Monday, May 10

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Kansas sweeps Tigers

KU baseball wins finale, 10-9 in 10

Casey Lytle, who’d just cracked a two-run, game-winning double in the bottom of the 10th inning, watched in amazement as his Kansas University teammates dog-piled Jimmy Waters, who crossed home plate with the decisive run in a 10-9 victory over Missouri on Sunday at Hoglund Ballpark.

KU softball 10 seed

Kansas University’s softball team earned the No. 10 seed and will face seventh-seeded Texas Tech at 5 p.m. Friday in the opening round of the Big 12 Championship at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City.

Sunday, May 9

KU baseball edges MU, 9-8

Just a freshman, Kansas University relief pitcher Colton Murray trudged off the mound after surrendering a walk-off home run in the deciding game of last year’s three-game series at Missouri.

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Jayhawks softball splits with ISU on senior day

Saturday’s senior day was extra special and a little different for Kansas University freshman Alex Jones.

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Dearly missed: Jackson opens up about his mother’s tragic passing

Grief-stricken Darnell Jackson collapsed onto his late mother Shawn’s bed, tears welling in his eyes. “I lay down, smelled her sheets, moved the pillows back, and the only thing I saw was a couple words she left on a sheet of paper: ‘Please watch over my kids.'"

Saturday, May 8

Kansas softball schedule tweaked

Due to forecasted inclement weather, Kansas University has altered its weekend softball schedule. Instead of playing single games today and Sunday, KU will host a doubleheader with Iowa State at noon today. It will be the regular-season finale for both teams.

Baseball thriving locally

Sometimes, when the cold wind howls as it did Friday night, Lawrence feels as if it should be a hockey town. Yet, to know anything about the talent that dots baseball diamonds at both high schools year in and year out is to know that this is a baseball town to the bone, even on nights bones shiver.

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In full swing: Offensive outburst, Walz’s pitching lift KU

The last time the Kansas University baseball team faced Missouri, the Jayhawks needed just one run to pick up the victory. Friday at Hoglund Ballpark, the Tigers continued the low-scoring theme, but the Jayhawks didn’t, exploding for 10 runs on 19 hits in a 10-3 victory against Missouri.

‘Boogie’ tickets on sale

Tickets are on sale for Bill Self’s Basketball Boogie, set for June 11 at the College Basketball Experience at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo. Tickets are $200 apiece. Details are available at

Friday, May 7

LB Love commits to KU

KU has received an oral commitment from Tonkawa, Okla., linebacker Jake Love.

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Conner Teahan to stick with basketball at KU

Junior guard won't be playing for football team in fall

Conner Teahan told coach Bill Self on Friday that he's sticking with basketball and won't be playing football at KU.

KU men’s golf signs pair of recruits

The Kansas men’s golf team completed its incoming recruiting class by announcing the signings of Bryce Brown and Jordan Lowery during the spring signing period.

Soccer freshman invited to Canadian camp

Kansas University freshman midfielder Sarah Robbins has been invited to attend the U-20 Canadian National Team Camp next weekend in Toronto.

Kansas pitcher Walz named to all-star lineup

Kansas University right-handed pitcher T.J. Walz has been named to the National All-Star Lineup by the College Baseball Foundation for the week of May 5.

‘Bark in the Park’ at KU softball Sunday

Kansas University softball will host the fifth annual Bark in the Park at noon on Sunday at Arrocha Ballpark when the Jayhawks play host to Iowa State.

LHS senior headlines KU rowing class

Lawrence High senior Jasmyn Turner headlines a list of 18 additions to the Kansas University rowing team, announced by coach Rob Catloth on Thursday.

Negro Leagues display to visit Hoglund

An exhibit from the Negro Leagues Museum in Kansas City will be displayed this weekend at Hoglund Ballpark during the Kansas-Missouri Border Showdown series.

Hudy: UNI loss in hoops ‘brutal’

Kansas University’s basketball players needed some time to get over their shocking season-ending loss to Northern Iowa. “I don’t want to sound cheesy, but there was a dream that died there in the locker room. It was brutal,” Andrea Hudy, KU’s assistant athletic director for sports performance, said, referring to the tears that flowed after KU’s 69-67 second-round NCAA Tournament setback in Oklahoma City’s Ford Center.

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KU depth chart doesn’t reveal No. 1 QB

The first official Kansas University football depth chart of the Turner Gill era is out and, as expected, it provides no definitive answer to the question of who will start under center for the Jayhawks this fall.

Thursday, May 6

KU softball splits twinbill

Kansas University slipped past Drake, 2-1, in the opener, but suffered a 6-0 setback in the nightcap of a nonconference softball doubleheader on Wednesday.

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Uncharted waters: Kansas rowing jumping ship to join C-USA

While the NCAA braces for potential changes to the conference landscape, Kansas University’s rowing program has joined Conference USA as an affiliate member.

KU takes steps on Title IX issue

Kansas Athletics has reached an agreement with the government addressing a complaint that it discriminates against male athletes.

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Recruit saga turns ugly

Spurned fans lash out at Portland prep

Terrence Jones as of 9:45 p.m. Wednesday had 3,807 followers on Twitter. Though many of the followers are friends, some became instant enemies of the McDonald’s basketball All-American late Friday afternoon.

Wednesday, May 5

Andover grad Nugent to transfer to KU golf

Katy Nugent has transferred from Arkansas to play golf at Kansas University, it was announced Tuesday by Jayhawk head coach Erin O’Neil. Nugent will be a junior in the fall.

Olympian shares one regret

His family had just moved to Lawrence from New York City in 1944 when Bill Nieder went to work as a caddy at Lawrence Country Club, lugging a bag on each shoulder. It wasn’t until Tuesday night, as guest of former Kansas University football coach Don Fambrough, that Nieder set foot in the club’s dining room.

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Gary Bedore’s KU hoops notebook

Kansas University — in contrast to Kentucky — has been riding a wave of positive pub concerning its recent men’s basketball academic achievements. The Jayhawks recorded a 2.95 GPA for the fall semester after recording a 3.00 in the spring of 2009.

KU track moves up

Kansas University’s men’s track and field team moved up four spots in the latest U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Div. I national team rankings to No. 19, while the Jayhawk women’s track and field team entered the outdoor rankings for the first time this season, debuting at No. 21.

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Former Jayhawk Reesing honored

Though his playing days are behind him, Kansas University quarterback Todd Reesing continues to collect hardware.

Tuesday, May 4

Scandal quiet...for now

All’s quiet on the multiple investigations front in terms of the Kansas University ticket scandal. So quiet that if you listen closely you might be able to hear a sweat bead drop.

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KU’s Releford, Reed among AAU team’s best of all-time

L.J. Goolsby, who is in his eighth year as head coach of Kansas City Pump N Run’s 17 & under AAU team, came up with some familiar names when asked to rank the top three players in program history.

KU pitcher Walz honored

Kansas junior right-handed pitcher T.J. Walz was named the Big 12’s Pitcher of the Week on Monday.

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Double vision: Hull twins seeing action on field as freshmen

There’s an advantage that Kansas University freshmen Maggie and Rosie Hull use that has made their adjustment to Big 12 softball easier than expected.

Monday, May 3

OU blanks KU softball

Kansas University’s softball team was shut out for the second straight game in a 7-0 loss to No. 12/10 Oklahoma on Sunday in the Jayhawks’ final regular-season Big 12 road game.

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Simply having a ball: Jayhawk Invitational ‘just fun’ for preps like Austin

Rail-thin 7-footer Isaiah Austin, a ballyhooed 212-pound sophomore from Grace Prep High School in Arlington, Texas, acknowledged that it’s sometimes difficult being so young and so darn tall.

KU baseball falls

Despite a pair of hits from junior Brandon Macias and 52⁄3 strong innings by freshman Tanner Poppe, Kansas University allowed three runs in the final two innings to permit Oklahoma State to rally for a 5-4 victory in the teams’ Big 12 baseball finale on Sunday at Reynolds Stadium.

Sunday, May 2

Walks, dismal offense doom Kansas softball

The Oklahoma University softball team shut out Kansas University, 2-0, Saturday at OU.

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Gill gets to strap on a helmet at Kansas Speedway

Most father-daughter outings aren’t like this.

St. Louis junior excels at Jayhawk Invitational

Ben McLemore attended the final prom in Eskridge High School history on Friday night in his hometown of St. Louis.

KU rowing takes third place at Big 12

Kansas University’s rowing team finished third at the Big 12 Championship on Saturday behind Texas, who swept all the events, and Oklahoma.

Jayhawks fall in 12 innings

Oklahoma State’s Davis Duren hit the game-winning single with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 12th inning as Oklahoma State overcame a pair of multi-run deficits in the final four innings to knock off Kansas, 8-7, on Saturday afternoon.

Saturday, May 1

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Goodrich making progress in return from ACL injury

After a tear to her left anterior cruciate ligament sidelined her for the 2008-2009 season, Angel Goodrich, Kansas University’s red-shirt freshman point guard, came into this past season with high expectations.

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Good as advertised: Prep standout Perry Ellis drops 25 at invite debut

Perry Ellis, who started receiving recruiting letters from major-college basketball coaches as a 6-foot-6 eighth-grader at Wichita’s Brooks Middle School, says all that early attention proved a bit overwhelming.

Niang’s stories motivate

Spellbound, the players from the Lawrence-heavy U16 Run N’ Gun AAU boys basketball team rode along in a van to Iowa and listened to their coach from Senegal tell them of the time he had to prove his courage to tribal leaders.

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Gill tees it up, gives benefit a boost

The idea was for Kansas University football coach Turner Gill to get a group of more than 70 golfers fired up about his participating in their event.

Walz ‘magnificent’; KU rolls

T.J. Walz stopped the bleeding for Kansas University’s baseball team with aplomb. After having surrendered 20-plus runs in consecutive games, the Jayhawks nearly turned the tables in a 17-3 rout at Oklahoma State on Friday.