Stories for July 2013


Tuesday, July 30

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Opinion: Don’t sell Weis short for choice of words

Since perception is ninth-tenths reality, it’s safe to say Charlie Weis goofed by going national with his “pile of crap,” phraseology he used with recruits when he let them know they should feel confident about immediate playing time.

Withey signs with Pelicans

The New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday signed former Kansas University center Jeff Withey to his rookie contract, the NBA team announced in a news release.

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KU's Miller hopes to make most of second chance

When news broke in late May that former Kansas University running back Darrian Miller was coming back to Lawrence to rejoin Charlie Weis’ program, the only official reaction from KU came through a press release that included comments from Miller about being thankful for the second chance.

Monday, July 29

Opinion: Kansas golfer Chase Hanna on roll

Chase Hanna will join Kansas University’s golf team already having been crowned a champion, and by that we don’t mean he won the second flight of the city tournament. By Tom Keegan

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Eyes on the prize: Assistant Jerrance Howard relishes role as recruiter

First-year Kansas University assistant basketball coach Jerrance Howard enjoyed representing his new school during the just-completed July recruiting period. By Gary Bedore

KU to play Wake Forest in first round of Battle 4 Atlantis

The Kansas men's basketball team will face Wake Forest in the Battle 4 Atlantis at Paradise Island, Bahamas in November, tournament officials announced Monday. The game will be televised on AXS TV.

Sunday, July 28

KU freshman Hanna wins Kansas Amateur

Chase Hanna of Leawood defeated Sam Stevens, 5 and 3, in the 36-hole final match of the Kansas Amateur on Sunday at Indian Hills Country Club.

Mario Chalmers’ golf ‘coming along’

In the past, Mario Chalmers has either hit the ceremonial tee shot — or asked his dad, Ronnie, to do the honors — at the National Championship Golf Classic, which today marks its fifth anniversary at Alvamar. By Gary Bedore

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Comeback kids: A look at the top rallies in the Bill Self era

In Part 9 of our 10-part series that has looked back on the best players and most memorable moments of Kansas University men’s basketball coach Bill Self’s first 10 years in town, we’ll tackle the games that most likely sent the blood pressure of all of those reading this to new heights — comebacks.

Saturday, July 27

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KU newcomer Sendish embraces challenge of turnaround

Kansas University defensive back Cassius Sendish, one of more than 20 junior college newcomers on KU's roster, thinks his experience can be an asset as the Jayhawks try to improve from last year's 1-11 season. By Jesse Newell

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Ex-KU guard Russell Robinson finds overseas career rewarding

Like the vast majority of highly-recruited basketball players from the Big Apple, New York City Rice High’s Russell Robinson dreamed of someday playing in the NBA, not far, far away in Europe. But the former Kansas University guard says he's embraced his overseas career and is "enjoying it, living life and making good money doing it." By Gary Bedore

Friday, July 26

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Opinion: Youth, college baseball ranks need more knucklers

The knuckleball is one of baseball's hardest pitches to hit, catch and throw. Those who throw it don't get much respect, but a knuckler could be a big signing for a college program, like Kansas University, in search of another pitcher. Column by Tom Keegan

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Jayhawks get goofy to cap summer workouts

Friday morning marked the final workout of the summer offseason for the Kansas University football team. And thanks to some wild imaginations, the Jayhawks went out in style. Instead of donning their regular weight-room attire — blue shorts, KU T-Shirts and tennis shoes — the Jayhawks were invited to loosen up and have fun with the final offseason grinder led by KU strength coach Scott Holsopple. By Matt Tait

KU swimming adds four signees

Kansas University’s swimming and diving program has signed three swimmers and one diver to national letters of intent, KU coach Clark Campbell announced Friday.

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Chalmers returns to Lawrence to give back

Mario Chalmers, who held a four-day youth camp and all-star basketball game Monday through Thursday in Olathe, now moves to Lawrence for a set of events supporting his Mario V. Chalmers Foundation. By Gary Bedore

Thursday, July 25

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Ex-Jayhawks have no issue with Weis’ remarks

2013 Kansas University graduates Bradley McDougald and Toben Opurum may no longer be playing football in Lawrence, but both have a bunch of friends still on the team and an interest in the future of the program, particularly since they both are attempting to get their professional football careers going just down the road in Kansas City, Mo.

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McLemore a big hit at Chalmers’ all-star game

The Sacramento Kings will be happy to know their top draft pick, Ben McLemore, didn’t risk injury by playing in Mario Chalmers’ Miracle Shot basketball camp all-star game Thursday night at Olathe East.

Opinion: KU football media guide cover picks hit the mark

You can tell some things about a book by its cover. Last year, the Kansas University football program’s book of hype, known as the media guide, centered on one player, savior Dayne Crist, and had two others, Tanner Hawkinson and Toben Opurum, flanking him. The eye goes right to Crist though.

Wednesday, July 24

Chalmers sets sights on repeat

Two-time NBA champion Mario Chalmers is planning on cutting down the nets again in 2013-14.

Opinion: KU football at bottom of new pile

The Kansas University football team headed by Charlie Weis sits at the bottom of a pile. It’s a stinky place to be, all the way at the bottom of a pile that includes 63 teams. Alabama is at the top, Kansas at the bottom. It’s known as Division 4 college football.

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Eleven ex-KU players reporting to camps

By sometime this afternoon, 11 former Kansas University football players hoping to stick in the NFL this preseason will have reported to various training camps around the league.

Baker head coach joins KU softball staff

Baker University head softball coach and assistant volleyball coach Matt Windle announced his resignation of both positions on Sunday and will move on to Kansas University, where he will join the softball coaching staff.

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KU basketball notebook: Ex-Jayhawks set for Chalmers all-star game

Former Kansas University basketball players Jeff Graves, Jeff Hawkins, Brady Morningstar, Russell Robinson and Conner Teahan are scheduled to play in Mario Chalmers’ celebrity all-star game at 7 p.m., Thursday, at Olathe East High School. Admission is $20. Notes by Gary Bedore

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Once tied with KU as Big 12's worst, Baylor now contending

In 2009, the Baylor Bears finished tied with Kansas University at the bottom of the Big 12 Conference standings, 1-7 in Big 12 play and 4-8 overall. Three years later the Bears sat at Big 12 media days talking about conference titles, national championships and Heisman Trophies. By Matt Tait

Tuesday, July 23

Opinion: Sting of injury lessened by Love

Charlie Weis’ uncensored tongue has the Big 12 media buzzing, but it’s the news about talented junior college linebacker Marcus Jenkins-Moore undergoing knee surgery that has the Kansas University football fan base steaming.

Freshman KU basketball player Brannen Greene cited for leaving scene of accident

Incoming freshman Kansas University basketball player Brannen Greene is scheduled to appear in Lawrence Municipal Court after being cited last week for leaving the scene of an accident. The 6-foot-7 small forward was ranked 47 among ESPN's top 100 high school players in the recruiting Class of 2013. By Ian Cummings

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Notebook: Texas coach Brown praises balanced Big 12, including KU

Texas football coach Mack Brown, whose team was picked to finish fourth in the Big 12 preseason media poll, said Tuesday he did not put too much stock in the ranking because he believed the Big 12 was the most balanced conference in the country. Brown backed up his claim by pointing at a KU team he thinks 'will be back soon.' By Matt Tait

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KU basketball notebook: Morris twins runners-up in Vegas

Former Kansas University basketball players Marcus and Markieff Morris combined for 27 points and 13 rebounds in the Phoenix Suns’ 91-77 loss to Golden State in Monday’s finals of the Las Vegas Summer League. Notes by Gary Bedore

Monday, July 22

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KU’s Jake Heaps out to prove he can be a top QB

Of the 34 players who made their way to Dallas for this year’s Big 12 media days, only two were quarterbacks. Kansas University junior Jake Heaps, one of those two, says he may not be as well-known as passers in other conferences, but he's working hard to prove he belongs with the best of them. By Matt Tait

KU running back Sims confident, motivated as senior

As a freshman, Kansas University running back James Sims didn't want to do interviews. Now a senior, Sims comfortably sat at an elevated table answering questions for two hours during Monday’s Big 12 media days and said he's come a long way both on and off the field. By Jesse Newell

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Notebook: Charlie Weis draws attention for 'pile of crap' comment; Marcus Jenkins-Moore has knee surgery

It may have been unexpected, but the Kansas University football program and coach Charlie Weis captured the media’s attention on Monday, the opening day of Big 12 media days at the Omni Hotel. By Matt Tait

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Big 12 commish Bob Bowlsby: NCAA needs changes

Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby, now in his second year on the job, kicked off Big 12 Media Days by addressing the media for 20 minutes and then fielding questions for another 20.

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Good game: A look at the best KU games in the Bill Self era

For the eighth installment of our summer series, which looks back at the top players and moments of the Bill Self era thus far, we rank the best basketball games, taking into account the stakes, outcomes and pure entertainment of it all.

Morris twins to play for NBA summer league title

Kansas University’s Morris twins will be playing for an NBA summer league championship today in Las Vegas.

Sunday, July 21

A year later, Bowlsby proven prophetic about Big 12

Bob Bowlsby was only a few weeks into his new job as Big 12 commissioner when at the league’s football media days last July he kept repeating the same thing to all who would listen.

KU golfer 7th at LPGA event

Kansas University women’s golfer Thanuttra “Fhong” Boonraksasat shot a 1-over-par 72 for the second straight day and tied for seventh at the LPGA Singha Hua Hin Open on Saturday at the Royal Hua Hin Golf Course.

Saturday, July 20

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Strength coach Holsopple has Jayhawks hoppin’

Never one to shy away from searching for new motivational tactics, Kansas University strength coach Scott Holsopple has come up with a couple of doozies this summer. By Matt Tait

Prep big men gather at Summer Jam

Three of the top 10 big men in the recruiting Class of 2014 — Kansas University targets Cliff Alexander and Myles Turner, plus Kentucky commit Karl Towns — competed at the Under Armour Summer Jam last week in Milwaukee.

Basketball notebook: McLemore erupts in summer league finale

Ben McLemore’s fifth and final 2013 NBA Summer League game proved to be his finest on Friday in Las Vegas. McLemore, a 6-foot-5 former Kansas University guard, erupted for 27 points — 19 in the third quarter — in the Sacramento Kings’ 93-87 victory over the Atlanta Hawks. Notes by Gary Bedore

Friday, July 19

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Opinion: New Jayhawk Sendish inspired by highlights of 'Kansas Comet'

Kansas University safety Cassius Sendish, a junior college transfer likely to start for the Jayhawks, looked back on his days of youth football and it didn’t take him long to mention the name of a Kansas great whom Sendish never has met: Gale Sayers. Column by Tom Keegan

Thursday, July 18

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McLemore: Summer league struggles correctable

Former Kansas University star Ben McLemore has made just 28 percent of his shots in four Las Vegas summer league games, all losses. But the Sacramento Kings rookie vows to keep improving before his first NBA season. By Gary Bedore

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KU football picked last in Big 12 media poll

The Kansas football team was picked last out of the 10 Big 12 football teams in the media preseason poll released Thursday. By Matt Tait

KU basketball notebook: Andrew Wiggins recognized at ESPY show

Kansas University freshman basketball player Andrew Wiggins was recognized at the ESPY Red Carpet Show on Wednesday in Los Angeles. By Gary Bedore

OL Pearce Slater ‘recruited’ by fellow signee

Although he has been relatively quiet since arriving on campus earlier this summer, Kansas University defensive tackle Marquel Combs, the team’s unofficial recruiting guru, is still at it. So says El Camino Community College offensive lineman Pearce Slater. By Matt Tait

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Opinion: KU football assistant Jeff Blasko making juco inroads

Jeff Blasko not only is Kansas University's tight-ends coach, he was a key reason the Jayhawks landed so many big fish from the juco ranks. By Tom Keegan

Wednesday, July 17

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Hudy hoorah: Kansas strength coach, visiting Wounded Warrior ‘clicked’

Sgt. Michael Pride, a 33-year-old Marine from Kansas City, Mo., has been in Lawrence the past several days for instruction and conditioning — Andrea Hudy-style — on Kansas University’s campus. By Gary Bedore

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Mizzou’s Pinkel pines for return of Border War

The Missouri Tigers may be on the verge of playing their second season in the ultra-tough Southeastern Conference, but head coach Gary Pinkel’s thoughts have not strayed too far from the Big 12. Tuesday at SEC Media Days in Birmingham, Ala., Pinkel said that he missed Missouri’s annual match-up with Kansas University. By Matt Tait

For veteran golfers, handing clubs to a new generation is a joy

After playing golf together regularly at courses in Lawrence and throughout Kansas since 1948, Al Gallup, 97, and Dick Schiefelbusch, 94, recently stepped away from the game and began searching for new owners for their well-used clubs. Two young Lawrence boys are the beneficiaries of their generosity. By Matt Tait

Tuesday, July 16

City Commission approves Rock Chalk Park

Construction on the Rock Chalk Park recreation center should begin soon, after the Lawrence city commissioners approved the project Tuesday night. By Giles Bruce

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Andrew Wiggins named Gatorade male high school athlete of the year

Kansas University freshman Andrew Wiggins was named Gatorade male high school athlete of the year at an awards banquet on Tuesday in Los Angeles. By Gary Bedore

Monday, July 15

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Painful reminders: A look at Bill Self’s saddest setbacks

KU coach Bill Self has lost just 59 games during his first 10 years in Lawrence. Because of their scarcity, many of those 59 losses have been tough for fans and players to swallow.

Andrew Wiggins awaits award fate

Kansas University freshman basketball sensation Andrew Wiggins arrived in Los Angeles on Monday for tonight’s Gatorade High School Athlete of the Year awards ceremony in Hollywood. By Gary Bedore

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Attorney: WR Nick Harwell’s case still open

Don Jackson, an Alabama-based attorney who has been representing the wide receiver’s interests, told the Journal-World Monday night that Nick Harwell’s case was ongoing and that he remained “cautiously optimistic” that a positive resolution could be reached soon. By Matt Tait

Sunday, July 14

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Jeff Withey finally makes his pro debut

Former Kansas University center Jeff Withey of the New Orleans Pelicans scored four points and grabbed five rebounds in his NBA debut. By Gary Bedore

Opinion: Potee surgical on way to women's city golf title

The speedy greens at Lawrence Country Club require players to handle wedges with the hands of a surgeon. In running away with the title in the women’s championship flight of the Lawrence Amateur Golf Association’s city tournament, Meghan Potee was up to that challenge Sunday. By Tom Keegan

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McLemore struggles with shot in summer NBA debut

Aggressiveness wasn’t a problem for Ben McLemore in his NBA Summer League debut on Saturday in Las Vegas. The former Kansas University off guard, who dropped in the 2013 Draft partly because of concerns about his desire to take over games, scored 11 points off miserable 4-of-23 shooting in Sacramento’s 76-73 loss to Dallas. By Gary Bedore

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Jayhawks hone basketball knowledge, skills with help of video tech

Past and present Kansas University basketball players, including former walk-on-turned-sixth-man Conner Teahan, have taken advantage of Synergy video technology to break down their own games, as well as film of their opponents and comparable college or professional stars. By Jesse Newell

Friday, July 12

Jeff Withey’s debut delayed by details

Former Kansas University center Jeff Withey’s debut with the New Orleans Pelicans in the Las Vegas NBA Summer League has been delayed. By Gary Bedore

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HoopTube: New video technology boon to KU men's basketball

A video service called "Synergy," for which KU and most other Div. I schools pay thousands of dollars each year, has reshaped how Kansas University’s basketball coaches recruit, study and analyze the game. By Jesse Newell

Thursday, July 11

Kansas tennis assistant named

Aaron Fuller, an accomplished high school coach and Texas Panhandle Sports Hall of Fame inductee, has been named assistant coach for Kansas University’s women’s tennis team, new head coach Todd Chapman announced Wednesday.

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Thomas Robinson basks in glow of Trail Blazers’ praises

Thomas Robinson admits it was nice to hear words of praise from Portland Trail Blazers’ coach Terry Stotts and general manager Neil Olshey at Robinson’s introductory news conference Thursday in Oregon. By Gary Bedore

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Volleyball ambassador: Kansas' Sara McClinton says trip to China 'incredible'

For two weeks in late June, Kansas University junior Sara McClinton, an outside hitter on KU’s up-and-coming volleyball team, did her offseason conditioning in China playing against some of the best players in the world. By Matt Tait

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Opinion: Golf benefits kicker

Listen to Kansas University walk-on kicker Austin Barone and see if you don’t think coaches should be scouting local golf courses. By Tom Keegan

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Lakers give Josh Selby a shot

Former Kansas University basketball combo guard Josh Selby will play for the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2013 Las Vegas Summer League, Friday through July 22. By Gary Bedore

Tuesday, July 9

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Opinion: KU football has shot to recapture past playmaking magic

For the first time since Mark Mangino, Kansas University’s first winning football coach since Jack Mitchell, was pressured to resign, KU has a shot to flood the field with potent playmakers. Column by Tom Keegan

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Self, staff turn attention to July recruiting period

The newly revamped 12-day July college basketball recruiting period opens on Thursday. Several tournaments across the country will keep Kansas University head coach Bill Self and assistants Jerrance Howard, Norm Roberts and Kurtis Townsend busy from Thursday to Sunday of the next three weeks. By Gary Bedore

Monday, July 8

KU prep prospects impress at LeBron camp

Two of the top seven high school basketball seniors in the country, who both are considering Kansas University, excelled at the LeBron James Skills Academy, which concluded Monday in Las Vegas. By Gary Bedore

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Oft-injured KU RB Bourbon feeling as strong, confident as ever

Kansas University running back Brandon Bourbon, a fourth-year junior, says he feels better than ever after an injury-riddled start to his KU career. By Matt Tait

Tyshawn Taylor leads Nets in summer league loss

Former Kansas University point guard Tyshawn Taylor scored a team-leading 17 points off 6-of-18 shooting with one assist against six turnovers in the Brooklyn Nets’ 76-67 loss to Detroit in an Orlando Summer League opener on Sunday. By Gary Bedore

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Super subs: A look at the best bench players in the Bill Self era

For the sixth installment of our summer series, which looks back at the top players and moments of the Bill Self era thus far, we rank the best Jayhawks who came off the bench at some point during their careers at Kansas University.

Saturday, July 6

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Second-year pro Tyshawn Taylor auditions to back up Nets' star guard

Former Kansas University standout Tyshawn Taylor, a second-round pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, enters today’s Orlando Summer League opener against Detroit with a chance to impress new Brooklyn Nets head coach Jason Kidd. By Gary Bedore

Friday, July 5

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Warriors trade ex-Jayhawk Rush to Utah

Former Kansas University guard/forward Brandon Rush — who tore an anterior cruciate ligament just two games into the 2012-13 season — will make his comeback with the Utah Jazz. By Gary Bedore

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Double vision: Gonzalez twins ‘next big thing’

Though No. 1 men’s basketball recruit Andrew Wiggins has received most of the headlines this summer, it’s possible that a pair of outgoing twins from Pocatello, Idaho, could end up bringing nearly as much publicity to KU. By Jesse Newell

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Opinion: Wide receiver Nick Harwell still coming to KU whether his former school cooperates or not

Miami (Ohio) University transfer Nick Harwell, a wide receiver who announced in May that he was heading to Kansas University, is still seeking immediate eligibility to play for the Jayhawks this fall, but the 6-foot-1, 193-pound senior-to-be needs the cooperation of his former school to make that happen. By Matt Tait

Thursday, July 4

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Report: Portland trades rookie Jeff Withey to New Orleans

Former Kansas University center Jeff Withey, who was a second-round pick of the Portland Trail Blazers in last week’s NBA draft, has been traded to the New Orleans Pelicans, various NBA writers reported Thursday. By Gary Bedore

Texas prep Myles Turner has KU on long list

Prize big-man prospect Myles Turner, who is ranked No. 6 nationally in the recruiting Class of 2014 by, had an ESPN reporter reveal his current list of 26 schools via Twitter on Wednesday. By Gary Bedore

Opinion: Light fuse, get away: Ten KU athletes who will pack wallop

A particularly interesting crop of explosive newcomers will light things up in Kansas University athletic contests this coming school year. A look at some of the must-see shows debuting during the 2013-14 school year. By Tom Keegan

Wednesday, July 3

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Leaps & bounds: Justin Wesley works to earn playing time

Kansas University senior forward Justin Wesley says his vertical has been measured this year at 45 inches — up from 42 inches a year ago. By Jesse Newell

KU football adds offensive lineman for 2013 season

The Kansas University offensive line received a shot in the arm Wednesday night, when El Camino Community College tackle Pearce Slater, a 6-foot-8, 340-pound tackle, sent his paperwork to Lawrence, making him eligible for the upcoming season.

Tuesday, July 2

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Early returns on, off field positive for KU juco transfer Sendish

The Big 12 on Tuesday released the names of the 34 football players who will represent their schools at the annual Big 12 media days later this month in Dallas. Three veteran Jayhawks will be joined by juco transfer Cassius Sendish, who has made a good impression since his arrival in January. By Matt Tait

KU basketball notebook: 2014 prospect Pope cuts list

Malik Pope, a small forward ranked No. 14 in the recruiting Class of 2014 by, on Tuesday narrowed his large list of schools to nine, including Kansas University. Notes by Gary Bedore

Monday, July 1

KU women’s golfers get academic honor

Kansas University women’s golfers Gabby DiMarco and Meghan Potee were named All-American Scholars for 2012-13 by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) on Monday.

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Newest King has new digits

Ben McLemore to sport ‘lucky’ 16 now

Ben McLemore, who wore jersey No. 23 his one season at Kansas University, has selected No. 16 for his rookie campaign with the Sacramento Kings. By Gary Bedore

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Standing tall: A look at the top centers in the Bill Self era

For the fifth installment of our summer series, which looks back at the top players and moments of the Bill Self era thus far, we size up the big guys who protected the rim and made life miserable for opposing offenses.

Attorney questions city's authority to issue no-bid contract for Rock Chalk Park

The city is breaking its own law by allowing a more than $12 million, no-bid construction contract for infrastructure at Rock Chalk Park, a local attorney specializing in construction law said today. By Chad Lawhorn

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KU football unveils five new helmets for 2013 season

The Kansas University football program on Monday unveiled five new football helmets, four of which prominently feature the Jayhawk on the side. According to KU officials, the helmet upgrade is just Part I of a uniform overhaul which will be completed in time for the 2013 season. By Matt Tait

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Former KU guard Rio Adams transfers to Ohio

Ohio University basketball coach Jim Christian announced the addition of former Kansas University guard Rio Adams in a release on Monday afternoon.