Stories for July 2012


Tuesday, July 31

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KU’s Bill Self not quite so road-weary this summer

The just-completed July college basketball recruiting evaluation period wasn’t as taxing on Kansas University coach Bill Self as some in the past.

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Ten things to look for in KU football preseason

One of the most anticipated preseason camps in Kansas University football history kicks off today, when the Jayhawks report to campus for their initial team meeting and then begin fall practice Thursday.

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Stress test: Bill Self says freshmen ‘have a lot to learn’

There’s never a dull moment for Bill Self when he’s working with Kansas University’s 10 freshmen basketball players.

Kansas TE coach Charlie Weis fan

Jeff Blasko says his boss ‘creative,’ poised

When the Kansas University football team finds itself in an early deficit or some other predicament this season, tight ends coach Jeff Blasko is confident the man in charge won’t get rattled.

Jacque Vaughn has ‘faith’ he can fix Magic

With a new general manager and the status of All-Star Dwight Howard still in limbo, there’s much to be resolved before the Orlando Magic take the floor next season. But the team’s top officials believe they have the right person in new head coach Jacque Vaughn to help turn the page on a year that almost everyone in the franchise wants to forget.

Captain Toben Opurum: Kansas motivated by 2-10 record

Rarely one to wear his feelings on his sleeve, Kansas University senior co-captain Toben Opurum recently talked bluntly about the toll KU’s 2-10 season a year ago took on him and his teammates.

Monday, July 30

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The greatest: Staff picks for KU’s all-time bests

Throughout the summer, we’ve brought you a different set of lists from five staff members who have covered Kansas University sports at different times during the past four decades.

Jerod Haase: Jacque Vaughn hire no surprise

Ex-teammate says new Magic coach ‘whole package’

Jerod Haase, the 38-year-old, first-year head coach at UAB, was out recruiting Saturday when news broke that former Kansas University backcourt-mate Jacque Vaughn had been hired to coach the NBA’s Orlando Magic at the even younger age of 37.

Sunday, July 29

KU, Self take look at Class of 2014

The July college basketball recruiting evaluation period was not only about tracking players in the high school Class of 2013, but juniors in the Class of ‘14 as well.

Briscoe eager for fresh start in Washington

The newest Washington Redskin is eager for a fresh start after his promising career in Tampa Bay became enmeshed with his messy personal life.

Jayhawk soccer duo loses to Team USA in Olympic play

Kansas University sophomore soccer players Ingrid Vidal and Liana Salazar and the Colombian national team lost, 3-0 to the United States in group play on Saturday at the 2012 Olympic Games.

Saturday, July 28

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Magic hire former KU guard Jacque Vaughn as head coach

Orlando announced the hiring of Jacque Vaughn, 37, as its next head coach on Saturday, bringing the latest 30-something member to a basketball operations department following the hiring of 30-year-old general manager Rob Hennigan last month. He will be formally introduced at a news conference Monday.

Report: Kansas football contacts Penn State linebacker

According to a report from ESPN’s Kipp Adams, the Kansas University football program has reached out to another Penn State football player about the possibility of him transferring to Kansas.

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Self: Ben McLemore’s talent ‘off the charts,’ but still learning

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self, who lavished praise on red-shirt freshman Ben McLemore during an interview at the July 8 MLB All-Star Celebrity Softball Game in Kauffman Stadium, again lauded the Big 12 freshman of the year candidate — this time on ESPNU.

Friday, July 27

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'Jayhawkers,' local film about Wilt Chamberlain, seeks funding

Thursday is the last day for the upcoming feature film “Jayhawkers” to receive much-needed funding from the community whose story it tells.

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Kansas basketball rookies getting workout

Summer practices give newcomers crash course

Kansas University’s basketball players have completed half of their NCAA-allocated 10 practices preceding an Aug. 6-14 tour of Switzerland and France. The five workouts — which have run about two hours apiece — have definitely tested the squad’s six true freshmen and two freshman walk-ons.

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Coachspeak: League peers sound off on Charlie Weis

The connections are few and far between, but the ones that exist are meaningful. Only four of the Big 12 Conference’s nine other football coaches knew Kansas University coach Charlie Weis prior to his being hired by the Jayhawks, and earlier this week at Big 12 media days in Dallas, those four shared their memories with the Journal-World.

Thursday, July 26

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Reluctant recruits: As KU, others eye Penn State football departures, players vow loyalty

Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis on Tuesday might have been one of the only coaches to talk about the idea of adding Penn State transfers to his roster. But he was hardly the only one thinking about it.

KU soccer duo plays for Colombia in Olympic opener

Two Kansas University soccer players and native Colombians, Liana Salazar and Ingrid Vidal, saw the field in the Colombian national team’s Olympic debut Wednesday, a 2-0 loss to Korea DPR.

Wednesday, July 25

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KU men's basketball to be on ESPN's Big Monday four times

The Kansas men’s basketball team will make four appearances on ESPN’s Big Monday, the Big 12 announced Wednesday.

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Media darling: Charlie Weis witty, pointed at gathering

After spending the offseason cobbling together a roster he believes can compete in the Big 12, first-year Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis is looking for more.

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KU football notebook: Freshman Tevin Shaw moved from RB to S

This week’s revealing of the Kansas University football media guide provided a glimpse at a couple of position changes and player departures that had not previously been reported.

OL Tanner Hawkinson recalls wooing Dayne Crist

Just after Kansas University offensive lineman Tanner Hawkinson answered the phone, teammate Trevor Marrongelli asked him for a favor. “Dayne’s over here,” Hawkinson recalls Marrongelli saying. “Come over here and talk to him. He wants to meet the O-line.”

Hinrich says he’s happy to be back with Bulls

The Chicago Bulls will be without one familiar face for much of the coming season, so they’re bringing back another to help fill the void.

Mountaineers familiar with Big 12

West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen is no stranger to the Big 12.

Tuesday, July 24

Coaches dodge PSU issue

While half of the football coaches in the Big 12 Conference prepared for the marathon that was the opening round of Big 12 media days, the NCAA levied unprecedented penalties against Penn State University on Monday morning in the wake of former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky’s sexual abuse of children on the PSU campus.

TCU lineman fueled by in-state snubs

On the day before a game last year, Blaize Foltz pulled out his phone and read the text message from his father, Roger. “You’re too small to play.”

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Rivalry revived: Will loss of MU be Showdown’s gain?

Opinions are mixed when talking to Kansas State folks about the ways in which the absence of Missouri from the Big 12 might change the Sunflower Showdown with Kansas University. But the man whose word always seems to carry the most weight in Manhattan believes the rivalry will grow.

Monday, July 23

The 12 worst scandals in college sports

Years of child sex abuse at Penn State by longtime assistant Jerry Sandusky may represent the worst scandal in the history of college sports. The NCAA is set to announce its sanctions on Monday. While it's hard to compare Sandusky's crimes, and the institutional problems described in the Louis Freeh report released on July 12, to other cases involving unacceptable benefits or point-shaving, this is a list of some of the scandals that drew massive attention prior to Penn State.

Penn State fined $60M, wins vacated from '98-11

The NCAA slammed Penn State with an unprecedented series of penalties Monday, including a $60 million fine and the loss of all coach Joe Paterno's victories from 1998-2011, in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

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Underrated: Staff picks for most overlooked Jayhawks

The question regarding what makes an athlete underrated brings different answers from different people.

Gary Woodland moves up to 34th-place tie

Former Kansas University golfer Gary Woodland moved up nine more spots during the final round Sunday to tie for 34th place at the British Open.

Florida prep Chris Walker taps UF

Chris Walker, the No. 6-rated player in the recruiting Class of 2013 according to, on Sunday orally committed to the University of Florida. He chose Billy Donovan’s Gators over Kansas University, Louisville, Kentucky, Ohio State, Syracuse and Baylor.

Sunday, July 22

Gary Woodland moves up to 43rd

Moving Day was kind to former Kansas University golfer Gary Woodland on Saturday at the British Open.

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Milton Doyle comes highly regarded

NBA Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas recommended his former Florida International commit, Milton Doyle, to Kansas University after Thomas was fired as FIU coach in April.

Saturday, July 21

Woodland makes late push, avoids second-round cut at British Open

Former Kansas University golfer Gary Woodland birdied five of his last 10 holes to make the cut Friday in the British Open.

Doherty has leg up as do-it-all KU kicker

When the 2011 season ended, the Kansas University football program had a couple of young kickers on its roster, both of whom received meaningful playing time and handled different duties throughout the season. As the Jayhawks crawl toward the start of training camp — players report Aug. 1 and practices begin Aug. 2 — only junior Ron Doherty and a host of unknowns remain.

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Self: Milton Doyle fully qualified to play at KU

Kansas University freshman guard Milton Doyle has qualified academically to play basketball at KU this season, coach Bill Self told the Journal-World on Friday night.

Friday, July 20

Times set for KU football's first three games

The Big 12 office released game times Friday for the Kansas football team's first three games.

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Preseason media poll places KU football last, OU first in Big 12

Although he gave no official comment, it’s a safe bet that Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis was neither surprised nor disappointed when he saw the results of the Big 12 preseason media poll, released Thursday.

KU simplifies Williams Education Fund deadlines

The Williams Educational Fund, the fundraising arm for Kansas Athletics, long ago established today as the deadline for purchasing basketball season tickets. That hasn’t changed, but the calendar for the following year’s donations has.

Thursday, July 19

Greg Gurley takes over as KU men's basketball radio analyst

Former Kansas University guard Greg Gurley has been named radio analyst next to veteran play-by-play announcer Bob Davis for KU men’s basketball games this season, IMG sports network general manager Jason Booker announced Thursday.

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Charlie Weis, Sheahon Zenger mutual admirers

By now, we all know that Kansas University athletic director Sheahon Zenger is a big fan of new football coach Charlie Weis. But it turns out Zenger’s admiration for Weis is far from a one-sided deal.

Wednesday, July 18

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Straight shooter: Freshman Andrew White prides himself on his shot

Andrew White was feeling fidgety. His mother, Sheryl, had just left the Kansas University campus, and White figured he needed to do something productive on his first night by himself in Lawrence last month.

Jayhawks offer scholarship to 2013 point guard Demetrius Jackson

Demetrius Jackson, a 6-foot-1, 180-pound senior basketball point guard from Marian High in Mishawaka, Ind., has received a scholarship offer from Kansas University.

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Weis masters motivational art of 'button-pushing'

One of the eye-opening bits of information that came from a recent sit-down with Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis was the fact that the man keeps a mattress and blankets in his office so he can grab some quick sleep before getting back to work without having to go home for the night.

Monday, July 16

Ex-KU assistant Chuck Long taking year off

Three years removed from sitting on the sidelines for a season after being fired by San Diego State, former Kansas University offensive coordinator Chuck Long plans to take another year off from coaching.

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Jeff Withey might decline invite

Trip to Europe could keep center from Adidas camp

Kansas University senior center Jeff Withey, who worked the invitation-only Amar’e Stoudemire and LeBron James camps in Chicago and Las Vegas earlier this summer, may respectfully decline an offer to attend the season-ending Adidas Nations camp, Aug. 3-6 in Orange County, Calif.

KU golf mantra: no brats

High school golfers might think carding low scores automatically results in earning a college scholarship, but so much more enters the equation, according to a man who makes the decisions.

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Tough guys: staff picks for Kansas enforcers

Luckily, for the next installment of our summer series, which takes a look back at some of the most memorable Jayhawks from the past, KU has had no shortage of tough guys come through Lawrence.

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KU recruit Conner Frankamp breaks foot

Future Kansas University basketball player Conner Frankamp suffered a hairline fracture in a bone in his left foot in an AAU basketball tournament Sunday in St. Louis.

Sunday, July 15

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Rivals analyst evaluates KU’s 2013 hoops recruiting class released its updated 2013 basketball recruiting rankings earlier this month, and Kansas commit Conner Frankamp moved up from No. 42 to 28 while fellow KU commit Brannen Greene remained at No. 31. national recruiting analyst Eric Bossi, who has been on the road more than 50 days since mid-March evaluating high-school players, took some time to talk about the new rankings and also the potential for KU coach Bill Self to have a strong recruiting class in 2013.

Thrills absent in July sports schedule

With the NBA Draft, NBA Finals, and, really, this year’s entire thrilling NBA postseason now over, it’s time to roll into the leanest and meanest days of the summer months.

Selby stars Saturday at NBA summer league

Former Kansas basketball player Josh Selby scored a game-high 20 points on 7-for-11 shooting, leading the Memphis Grizzlies’ summer league team to a 93-77 victory over the New York Knicks on Saturday.

Saturday, July 14

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Show of support: Assistant Kurtis Townsend attends Classic

Kansas University basketball assistant coach Kurtis Townsend was happy to support a former Jayhawk on Friday, attending Mario Chalmers’ National Championship Classic golf tournament at Alvamar with new KU director of basketball operations Doc Sadler.

Ex-Jayhawk Tim Biere seeking ‘niche’

Throughout most of his college career, former Kansas University tight end Tim Biere faced very little competition for playing time. Now, as he gets set to open his first NFL training camp with the Kansas City Chiefs, the undrafted free agent finds himself facing stiff competition for a spot on the roster.

Friday, July 13

KU’s Yowell wins Kansas Amateur tournament

Kansas University golfer Audrey Yowell won the 90th Kansas Women’s Amateur Championship by firing a final-round 1-over 72 Thursday at Manhattan Country Club.

Defensive depth a focus for Weis in fast-paced Big 12

Most years, and with most teams, players focus their efforts and attention on cracking the first team on the depth chart.

Once again, Mario Chalmers returns to town as a champion

Former Kansas guard Mario Chalmers likes life as an NBA champion.

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Morningstar: KU high-flier McLemore the 'spitting image' of Brandon Rush

Pick-up basketball games mirror Big 12 action about as much as a toothache resembles a slice of berry pie with a scoop of melting vanilla ice cream on top, served by Heather Graham on roller skates on a really hot summer day. Nobody knows that better than Brady Morningstar, former Free State High and Kansas University guard.

Jayhawk to play for Canadian soccer

Kansas University senior soccer midfielder Sarah Robbins will represent her home country of Canada during an Under-20 National Team tour of Europe, beginning this weekend.

Thursday, July 12

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KU AD Zenger: Memorial Stadium changes coming ... just not for a while

When Kansas University athletic director Sheahon Zenger someday decides to give Memorial Stadium a makeover, it won’t be at the request of new football coach Charlie Weis.

Jeff Withey working toward shot at NBA

Google “David Stern” and “smug” and 238,000 results pop up in 0.27 seconds. That’s the price the NBA commissioner pays for all that exposure he gets announcing the first-round draft choices and for being, well, smug.

How former Jayhawks fared (July 12)

Former Kansas University guard Tyshawn Taylor scored 12 points for the Brooklyn Nets in a 79-71 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday at the NBA summer league.

KU punter Doherty added to watch list

For the second time this week, a member of the Kansas University football program landed on a national watch list for the annual college football awards handed out at the end of every season.

Wednesday, July 11

KU-Michigan State basketball game will be part of ESPN marathon

The Kansas men’s basketball team's game against Michigan State on Tuesday, Nov. 13, will be part of ESPN’s College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon, the network announced Wednesday.

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KU linebackers facing new schemes

It may be a little too early to tell which linebackers are going to play the most snaps for the Kansas University football team this fall. But those who were here this spring said they already had figured out what they had to do to earn a spot.

Kansas vaulter Bowen 11th in Spain

Kansas University sophomore-to-be Casey Bowen tied for 11th in his qualification flight and failed to advance to the final in the pole vault at the IAAF World Junior Track & Field Championships on Tuesday.

Tuesday, July 10

Three Jayhawks get Hall call

Jaynes, Simien, Stallworth to be enshrined

Former Kansas University standouts David Jaynes, Wayne Simien and Bud Stallworth are among the nine members of the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2012, it was announced Tuesday.

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Cole Aldrich MIA at camp

Ex-KU big man still playing

For reasons he could not have expected when he made the schedule, former Kansas University center Cole Aldrich missed the opening day of his basketball camp Monday at Olathe Northwest High.

Jamari Traylor crucial newbie

Thomas Robinson doesn’t become the nation’s only unanimous first-team All-American and finish second in the Player of the Year voting without having the perfect complement to him doing all the things that brought out the best in him.

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Four for ‘Fore!’ Staff picks for ultimate scramble

One of the most popular events of the summer golf season is the scramble. Four guys get together for a few laughs, a couple of beverages and a fun round. It’s the perfect set-up for any golfer, from awful to average, and it allows for players of all skill levels to compete on an even playing field. Such a setting is the scene for the fourth installment of our summer series, which looks back at some of the biggest and best names to come through KU.

Monday, July 9

Kirk Hinrich expected to rejoin the Chicago Bulls

The notion began on the June 2010 draft night the Bulls traded Kirk Hinrich to the Wizards for additional salary cap space in their attempt to go all in for LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in free agency. John Paxson’s first draft selection as Bulls general manager one day would return.

Sunday, July 8

Five Jayhawks earn track medals

Five of the six members of Kansas University’s track and field team who competed for Team USA in the North American, Central American and Caribbean (NACAC) Under-23 Championships earned medals.

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Big shot: Bill Self homers — yes, homers — in losing cause

Bill Self, who was booed heavily by Missouri fans and cheered wildly by Kansas supporters, stepped into the batters box during the second inning of Sunday’s all-star celebrity softball game in Kauffman Stadium.

Saturday, July 7

Kansas D-tackle to bring ‘nasty’

For a player who is supposed to be so mean on the field, new Kansas University defensive tackle Keon Stowers sure seems awfully nice off of it.

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Bill Self troubled by accusations, but stands by ‘kids’

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self took some hard hacks in the softball batting cages twice last week at Clinton Lake Sports Complex. His sole purpose was to practice for tonight’s All-Star Celebrity softball game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., not to release any pent-up aggression over recent claims that an Overland Park man allegedly supplied marijuana to multiple players from his 2010-11 Jayhawk hoops team.

Behind the Lens: Stuck in a photo rut

Several readers have commented to me before that they can often pick with a great success rate which Journal-World photographer shot a particular photo on a given day without looking at the credit.

Friday, July 6

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Batter up: Bill Self to play softball

Kansas City Royals greats George Brett, Bo Jackson and Mike Sweeney, as well as MLB sensations Ernie Banks, Andre Dawson, Rollie Fingers, Rickey Henderson, Ozzie Smith, Dave Winfield, Joe Carter and Mike Piazza, will compete in Sunday night’s All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game at Kauffman Stadium. Oh, yes — so will 10th-year Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self.

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Hard work the ticket to KU for freshman guard Anrio Adams

Anrio Adams’ high school coach has compared the 6-foot-3, 185-pound Kansas University freshman combo guard to Miami Heat phenom Dwyane Wade. It’s a likening that Adams likes ... a lot.

Thursday, July 5

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Michigan State, Ohio State highlight KU men's basketball nonconference schedule for 2012-13 season

The Kansas University men's basketball program on Thursday released the dates and opponents for the non-conference portion of the 2012-13 schedule and two marquee match-ups with Big Ten opponents jumped off the page.

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KU officially adds Anrio Adams to men's basketball team

Guard Anrio “Rio” Adams has signed a grant-in-aid agreement to play men’s basketball at Kansas University, KU coach Bill Self announced Thursday.

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Grunhard, Bowen to lead KU football in recruiting Kansas

For the past few decades Kansas University football coaches have approached recruiting the state in a variety of ways.

Future KU guard Frankamp scores 17 for U.S. on the Fourth

Future Kansas University basketball guard Conner Frankamp scored 17 points in the United States’ 116-47 rout of China on Wednesday in the final preliminary-round game of the FIBA Under-17 world championships in Lithuania.

Tuesday, July 3

Recruit Anrio Adams reports today to KU

Anrio Adams, the sixth and final member of Kansas University’s incoming recruiting Class of 2012, will report to campus today and attend classes on Thursday, KU coach Bill Self told the Journal-World on Tuesday.

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Beginning of the end: Ex-Husker to conclude career at KU

Throughout the offseason, new Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis and his coaching staff talked plenty about the group of defensive linemen headed to campus this summer that, they believed, would significantly upgrade the position. Last week, during a sit-down with a small group of reporters, Weis went one step further and talked at length about one of them — former Nebraska defensive end Josh Williams.

KU names Colorado State's Jamie Bermel new men's golf coach

Jamie Bermel, who has guided the Colorado State men’s golf program to 12 NCAA Regional appearances in the last 13 years, has been named Kansas head men’s golf coach, KU director of athletics Sheahon Zenger announced Tuesday.

Monday, July 2

Italian club signs former KU guard Keith Langford

Former Kansas University guard Keith Langford has signed a two-year contract with EA7 Emporio Armani Milano, a professional basketball team based in Milan, Italy, the team announced Monday.

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Sights set on senior season, LHS' Strauss trains with ex-KU QB Webb

Early this year, as a junior still months away from the start of his senior football season at Lawrence High, quarterback Brad Strauss sat down with his coach, Dirk Wedd.

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Jayhawks remember former KU baseball coach Floyd Temple

A proud but humble member of the United States military, Floyd Temple never spoke to his Kansas University baseball players about his being awarded a Purple Heart in World War II.

KU’s Stigler 7th, Geubelle 11th at U.S. Trials

Kansas University freshman Michael Stigler placed seventh in the men’s 400-meter hurdles on Sunday at the U.S. Olympic Trials at Hayward Field.

Conner Frankamp helps U.S. rip Egypt

Future Kansas University guard Conner Frankamp scored 18 points as the United States clobbered Egypt, 111-73, in the Men’s Under 17 world championships.

Texas prep cornerback picks KU

Kansas University’s football program picked up an oral commitment from another highly regarded Texas cornerback over the weekend.

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Peerless leaders: Staff picks for favorite KU coaches

There are plenty of reasons for those playing sports to have a favorite coach. But when you’re covering them, it’s a whole different ballgame. In our business, favorite coaches aren’t necessarily the ones who do the most for you or push you beyond your limits.

Jeff Withey relishes camp, block

Jeff Withey starts his story with the good news: During two-on-two drills a week and a half ago, he blocked six-time NBA All-Star Amar’e Stoudemire on a shot attempt.

Sunday, July 1

Local golf notes: Ex-KU coach Grove back on the links

Recently ousted Kansas University golf coach Kit Grove was married Saturday in Lawrence, a ceremony originally scheduled to take place in Colorado Springs but moved because of the fires.

Former Jayhawk rower returns as assistant coach

Carrie Callen has been named an assistant coach for the Kansas University rowing team.

Former KU RB Cornish rushes to top of CFL

Like any college football player, former Kansas University running back Jon Cornish often thought about his professional future while still playing for the Jayhawks.

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Wesley gets chance to play Wilt

It’s only natural that when watching a college basketball player, the mind drifts to a name from that school’s past he recalls. When Kansas University forward/center Justin Wesley goes to the free-throw line, Wilt Chamberlain comes to mind.

KU swimmers finish with Olympic Trials

Brooke Brull, rising KU senior, finished the preliminaries of the 200 back with a time of 2:19.34 at the Olympic Trials on Saturday. Brull’s swim marked the end of KU swim performances at the Trials.

KU soccer player joins Canadian U20 team

KU soccer’s Sarah Robbins, a rising senior, was one of 24 players invited to train with the U-20 Canadian national team this week.

Frankamp, U.S. U17 team defeat Czech Republic

Conner Frankamp, a Class of 2013 Kansas University basketball commitment out of Wichita North, contributed 11 points, three assists and four steals to the under-17 United States men’s national team in a 95-57 win over Czech Republic at the FIBA U17 World Championships Saturday.

Robinson gives Kings much to like, more

Thomas Robinson is full of surprises. On Thursday, he is drafted No. 5 instead of No. 2. On Saturday, he introduces himself to Kings fans as a hardworking, ordinary guy who just happens to be a perfect rebounder. Later in the afternoon, he attracts an exuberant crowd at Arden Fair mall, his appeal and size of the gathering exceeding the Jimmer Fredette frenzy a year ago.