Stories for June 2013


Sunday, June 30

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New KU kicker: ‘I can do better’

When Trevor Pardula was a sophomore in high school, he sat in the stands and watched his high school team struggle to kick the football. By Matt Tait

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Report: T-Rob t-raded

Deal with Blazers frees up cap space for Rockets

Former Kansas University All-America power forward Thomas Robinson will be playing for his third NBA team during the 2013-14 season.

After draft, Kings have a guard surplus

Ben McLemore, the shooting guard out of Kansas, might replace Tyreke Evans in the Kings' starting lineup.

Hiawatha prep Peyton Newell still lists KU

Kansas University’s football program on Saturday survived the second cut from highly recruited Hiawatha High standout Peyton Newell.

Saturday, June 29

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QB Brady Quinn, Charlie Weis share respect

Coach says his former Notre Dame player still viable NFL quarterback

Quarterback Brady Quinn and coach Charlie Weis don't work together any more, but they stay in touch. By Matt Tait

Paul Pierce trade marks end of an era for Boston Celtics

Letting Doc Rivers go to the Los Angeles Clippers was the first sign. Getting rid of Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett clinched it. The Boston Celtics are rebuilding.

Friday, June 28

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NBA vets: McLemore's good, but don’t compare rookie to all-timer yet

For the past few weeks, and, really, the past several months, former Kansas University basketball star Ben McLemore has heard hundreds of times how he compares favorably to 10-time NBA All-Star and two-time NBA champion Ray Allen of the Miami Heat. By Matt Tait

Undrafted Travis Releford, Elijah Johnson join NBA summer squads

Former Kansas University guard/small forward Travis Releford, who was not selected in Thursday’s NBA Draft, will be playing summer league basketball for both the Indiana Pacers and Denver Nuggets, Releford told the Journal-World on Friday. By Gary Bedore

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Opinion: Teams will regret passing on McLemore

In letting Ben McLemore slip all the way to seventh in Thursday night’s draft, NBA general managers were guilty of obsessing on Cindy Crawford’s mole, the hitch in Jim Furyk’s golf swing, the raspy flatness to Bob Dylan’s voice. Column by Tom Keegan

Memphis forward Darrell Arthur traded to Denver

A person with knowledge of the situation says the Denver Nuggets traded Kosta Koufos to the Memphis Grizzlies for Darrell Arthur and the 55th pick in Thursday's NBA draft.

Opinion: Tom Keegan's take on the first round of the NBA Draft

Journal-World Sports Editor Tom Keegan comments on the first round of the NBA Draft.

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On 'stressful' night, Jeff Withey relieved to be taken by Portland with 39th pick

Surrounded by family and friends in San Diego, Kansas University center Jeff Withey needed something to break the tension of a stressful draft night, finally deciding to play pool with some of his old high school coaches during the second round. He was still at the table when the Portland Trail Blazers made him the 39th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft on Thursday night.By Jesse Newell

Kings: 'We got the best player in the draft' in McLemore

The Sacramento Kings are taking another chance on a Kansas product with potential. With Thomas Robinson’s first-round flop still fresh from last season, Sacramento’s new ownership and basketball operations team selected the latest Jayhawks standout with the seventh pick in the NBA draft Thursday night: shooting guard Ben McLemore.

Thursday, June 27

KU golf’s Hanna earns Smith Award

Kansas University incoming freshman Chase Hanna has been named winner of the Kenneth Smith Award.

KU’s Bergmann gets academic nod

Kansas University senior thrower Heather Bergmann was one of 15 collegians named to the Capital One Academic All-America Women’s Track & Field First Team, as chosen by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

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His moment of Truth? Ben McLemore goes No. 7 in NBA Draft to Sacramento Kings

When the Sacramento Kings snagged Ben McLemore at No. 7 in the NBA Draft, those around McLemore turned their thoughts to another former Jayhawk who unexpectedly slipped down the board on draft night 15 years ago: Paul Pierce. By Matt Tait

Celtics agree to trade Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett to Nets

The Brooklyn Nets will acquire Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett from the Boston Celtics in a deal that was still developing as the NBA draft ended, according to a person with knowledge of the details.

KU soccer signs Houston defender

Jen Rush, a defensive specialist from Houston Clements High, has signed a soccer letter of intent with Kansas University.

Bill Self completes staff: adds former SJU assistant, promotes Bechard

Fred Quartlebaum, who worked for Kansas University assistant basketball coach Norm Roberts six years at St. John’s University, for the past several months had planned to bring his family to Lawrence for Bill Self’s KU basketball camp. By Gary Bedore

Wednesday, June 26

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New York state of mind: Ben McLemore awaits his NBA fate

New York City is no Lawrence, Kan., just as the NBA is no college basketball. But in the days ahead, beginning with today’s 6 p.m. draft at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, Ben McLemore is determined to prove he belongs in both. By Matt Tait

Opinion: Cavs’ choice obvious

Now that we (almost) all agree that the Cleveland Cavaliers should not select a center with an injury history, let’s look at the smartest place for them to turn with the first selection in tonight’s draft, televised by ESPN. By Tom Keegan

Brennan Bechard promoted to KU director of basketball operations

Self hires Fred Quartlebaum as director of student-athlete development

Kansas men’s basketball coach Bill Self has promoted Brennan Bechard to director of basketball operations, the coach announced Wednesday afternoon.

Offensive lineman Apa Visinia orally commits to KU football

Apa Visinia, a 6-foot-4, 375-pound offensive lineman from Grandview (Mo.) High School, has orally committed to the Kansas University football team, he announced on his Twitter account Wednesday afternoon.

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Heat exercising option on former KU guard Mario Chalmers

The Miami Heat have decided to exercise their team option to keep starting point guard Mario Chalmers for the 2013-14 season.

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NCAA fines, reprimands KU coach Bill Self for damaging scorers table in NCAA Tourney

Self: ' ... my emotions got the best of me'

Kansas coach Bill Self received a fine and public reprimand from the NCAA on Wednesday morning because of "misconduct" during the 2013 NCAA Tournament.

Tuesday, June 25

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KU basketball notebook: Self still saying no to KU-MU

As long as the Big 12/SEC Challenge goes on in men’s basketball, Kansas University will not be facing the Missouri Tigers. KU coach Bill Self reiterated that point Tuesday during a Big 12 teleconference, responding with a simple “No” when asked if he anticipated playing MU in the conference agreement. Notes by Jesse Newell

Former Jayhawk McCray undeterred by injuries

Former Kansas University standout Danielle McCray says she never considered retirement despite two major injuries at the start her professional basketball career. By Jesse Newell

Opinion: In NBA, drafting smaller smarter

To center, or not to center, that is the question in the NBA draft. History says the guy with his finger on the button will press center. History also teaches that to do so is to take a risk not worthwhile. Column by Tom Keegan

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Ex-KU star Angel Goodrich finding way in WNBA

Former Kansas University guard Angel Goodrich says she's adapting well to the more physical brand of basketball in the WNBA. By Andrew Hartsock

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New KU TV deals may limit handful of hoops games

Tuesday’s announcement of a seven-year deal between Kansas Athletics and ESPN did little to squash concerns of Kansas University basketball fans nationwide about six games at the beginning of the upcoming season. For some fans, the deal may limit access to those handful of games, but KU officials caution that "the full story may not have been written yet." By Matt Tait

KU Athletics, ESPN announce rights agreement

Kansas Athletics and ESPN have agreed to a seven-year agreement, beginning with the 2013-14 academic year, under which ESPN3 annually will carry a minimum of 70 live events distributed nationally, one of the largest deals the multiscreen network has signed to date.

Monday, June 24

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‘Wow’ factor: Cole Aldrich impressed by Jayhawks

Though he's going into his fourth year in the NBA, Cole Aldrich, a former KU center, says he feels like one of the least-athletic guys in the building when he scrimmages with the current Jayhawks. By Jesse Newell

NCAA tweaks college basketball replay, block-charge rules

An NCAA panel voted Monday to expand the use of replay review in college basketball, and instituted the 10-second backcourt rule for the women's game.

Robbery case moves forward against former KU football player Chris Martin, other defendants

Former Kansas University football player Chris Martin and two other men were bound over for trial today in a robbery case stemming from a May 13 home invasion in southwest Lawrence. Martin has been dismissed from the KU football program and now faces at least 55 months in prison if he is convicted of aggravated robbery. His attorney, Chris Joseph, has said he believes the handgun allegedly involved in the robbery might have been a toy gun, and that he was in plea negotiations with Douglas County prosecutors. By Ian Cummings

Sunday, June 23

KU’s Maroszek 7th in discus at USA Track

Kansas University junior Jessica Maroszek placed seventh with a school-record performance in the discus on the final day of the 2013 USA Track & Field Championships on Sunday.

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Power struggle: Four spot well-stocked during Bill Self decade

During Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self’s first 10 years in Lawrence, the power-forward position has been filled by a wide range of skilled players. We take a look at the best of them.

Saturday, June 22

Geubelle wraps up KU career with 7th in USA long jump

Kansas University senior Andrea Geubelle placed seventh in the long jump at the USA Track and Field Championships on Saturday at Drake Stadium.

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McLemore sliding before Thursday’s NBA draft

As it stands today, the experts say Ben McLemore could go as high as No. 2 to Orlando — as low as No. 5 to Phoenix — in Thursday’s NBA Draft, but more than one expert has said McLemore’s stock has been dropping because of sub-par workouts for Cleveland, Orlando and Phoenix. By Gary Bedore

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Perry Ellis studying game of ex-Jayhawk Marcus Morris

Kansas University sophomore forward Perry Ellis has hit the film room this offseason to improve his game. One of his main studies? Former Jayhawk Marcus Morris, whom Ellis watched quite a bit growing up. By Jesse Newell

KU’s Simpson wins long jump; Stigler 15th

Kansas University’s Francine Simpson won the long-jump title at the Jamaican National Championship on Friday night, while KU’s Michael Stigler failed to advance past the semifinals of the men’s 400-meter hurdles at the USA Championships.

Two-sport twins commit to Kansas volleyball, women's basketball

Twins Kayla and Chayla Cheadle, seniors from Rock Bridge High in Columbia, Mo., have orally committed to play volleyball and basketball at Kansas University, the Columbia Tribune reports.

Friday, June 21

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Tyrel Reed relishes chance to play at camp

An onlooker who watched Tyrel Reed hit seven threes in a pair of Bill Self campers games in successive weeks wondered where the former Kansas University shooting guard would be playing basketball next season. "I'm done," Reed said. By Gary Bedore

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Happy anniversary: Charlie Weis fundraiser star-studded affair

On the 21st anniversary of their wedding night, Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis and his wife, Maura, celebrated by honoring the 10th anniversary of the charity that changed their lives. By Matt Tait

James, Heat repeat as NBA champs; Chalmers wins second ring

LeBron James and the Miami Heat remain atop the NBA, and not even a proud push from the San Antonio Spurs could knock them down. James led the Heat to their second straight title, scoring 37 points and grabbing 12 rebounds in a 95-88 victory Thursday night in a tense Game 7 that was tight until Miami pulled away in the final minute.

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KU reunion in Phoenix among draft possibilities for Withey

Former Kansas University center Jeff Withey's whirlwind draft workout tour continued Thursday in Phoenix, the current NBA home of former teammates Marcus and Markieff Morris. By Gary Bedore

Big 12 academic list includes 37 KU freshmen

Kansas University placed 37 freshmen on the inaugural 383-person Academic All-Big 12 Rookie Team, the league announced Thursday.

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KU's Geubelle wins triple jump at USA Track Championships

Kansas University senior Andrea Geubelle can cross another item off her to-do list. After coming up short at NCAA Outdoor meets and the Olympic Trials, Geubelle won the triple jump on Thursday at the USA Track and Field Championships in Drake Stadium. The victory follows 2012 and 2013 NCAA Indoor triple jump championships but is her first at an outdoor meet on the national level.

How former Jayhawks fared in Game 7 of NBA Finals

A look at how Mario Chalmers fared in Game 7 of the NBA Finals.

Thursday, June 20

KU officials won’t comment on Cobb meeting with NCAA

Kansas University officials had no comment on Thursday when asked if members of the athletic department attended a meeting between Ben McLemore’s AAU coach, Darius Cobb, and NCAA enforcement staff officials this week in Indianapolis.

Wednesday, June 19

Charlie Weis: Chris Martin failed to follow ‘protocol’

Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis on Tuesday spoke briefly via Skype with Bonnie Bernstein of about the recent dismissal of defensive end Chris Martin.

Kansas soccer signs French defender

Aurélie Gagnet, a defender for the U19 French National Team, will join Kansas University’s soccer team this fall, KU coach Mark Francis announced.

Opinion: Freshman given rock-star treatment

There’s no doubting that Andrew Wiggins, the 6-foot-7, freak-of-nature forward, belongs in the company of the biggest rock ’n’ roll stars ever to invade the United States. He’s that fab. By Matt Tait

KU football lands two oral commitments

Top-rated center, SM West D-back pick Jayhawks

The Kansas football team picked up a pair of oral commitments Wednesday night.

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Andrew Wiggins scores seven points in Bill Self campers game

Freshman from Canada dunks twice, says he's happy to be at KU

Andrew Wiggins scored seven points in Wednesday's camp scrimmage in Horejsi Center.

KU closer Piché named All-Region

Kansas University closer Jordan Piché earned a spot on the American Baseball Coaches Association’s All-Midwest Region second team, the organization announced Tuesday.

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Opinion: Dick Vitale loves life, wife and Andrew Wiggins

ESPN college basketball commentator Dick Vitale says heralded Kansas University freshman Andrew Wiggins is even better than advertised. Column by Tom Keegan

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Transfer Hunter Mickelson to sit out, soak it up for a year

Able to practice but unable to play in games during the 2013-14 season, Arkansas transfer Hunter Mickelson will have plenty of time to familiarize himself with Kansas University’s basketball program. By Gary Bedore

How former Jayhawks fared in Game 6 of NBA Finals

A look at how Mario Chalmers fared in Game 6 of the NBA Finals.

Tuesday, June 18

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Terrific threes: A look at KU’s top small forwards in the Self era

In the third installment of our summer series, the Journal-World and staffs look at the top small forwards in the Bill Self era.

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Freshman Frankamp brings hot shot to KU

Kansas University freshman guard Conner Frankamp showcased his deadly three-point shot in a camp game last week and says he's adjusting well to life as a Jayhawk. By Gary Bedore

New TV deal expands KU athletics coverage, access

Kansas Athletics and IMG College, along with Time Warner Cable and Kansas City’s Metro Sports, have teamed up on an endeavor that will bring Kansas University sports fans unprecedented access to KU athletics during the coming year and well into the future. By Matt Tait

Monday, June 17

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KU football player Chris Martin dismissed from team

Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis has dismissed junior defensive end Chris Martin from the program, KU announced through a press release Monday afternoon.

Sunday, June 16

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Joel Embiid happily signs for campers

Seated at a table with freshman teammate Brannen Greene to his left and Andrew Wiggins to his right, Joel Embiid bent over, closed his eyes and placed his head on the hard surface Sunday afternoon in Kansas University’s Booth Family Hall of Athletics. By Gary Bedore

How former Jayhawks fared in Game 5 of NBA Finals

How Miami's Mario Chalmers fared in Game 5 of the NBA Finals.

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Former KU guard Sherron Collins working on pro comeback

Former Kansas University guard Sherron Collins has been in town the past several weeks, trying to shed some pounds and rejuvenate his hoops career. By Gary Bedore

Saturday, June 15

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Ritch, Ritchie Price savor second father-son stint with KU baseball

Kansas University baseball coach Ritch Price and his son, KU assistant coach Ritchie, are enjoying their second stretch together in the Jayhawks' dugout. Ritchie returned to Lawrence to work with his father after a successful career as a KU shortstop and a three-season stint as South Dakota State's head coach. By Matt Tait

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Andrew Wiggins arrives in Lawrence, will begin summer school this week

The buzz started late Saturday morning when Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self told his campers that prize freshman forward Andrew Wiggins of Toronto was en route to KC International Airport. Just a few hours later, the country’s No. 1-rated recruiting prospect in the Class of 2013 was on KU’s campus, as confirmed to the Journal-World by Self. By Gary Bedore

KU rowing adds nine signees

Kansas University rowing coach Rob Catloth announced the addition of nine rowers to the roster.

Kansas women 8th in Cup

Kansas University’s women’s athletics moved up 10 spots to a tie for No. 8 in the Capital One Cup standings, which track the athletic fortunes of all Div. I colleges.

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Ryan Robertson comes ‘full-circle’

Former Jayhawk guard bonds with son at Self’s parent/child camp

Ryan Robertson, who attended Roy Williams’ Kansas University Basketball Camp as a freshman at St. Charles (Mo.) West High, on Friday was back in Allen Fieldhouse for Bill Self’s Parent/Child camp. By Gary Bedore

Friday, June 14

KU track coaches earn top honors

The U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association has named Kansas University head coach Stanley Redwine and assistant Wayne Pate as its outdoor women’s coaches of the year.

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Opinion: Jayhawks old, new entertain in games

This week's pick-up and charity basketball games with Kansas University newcomers and alumni provided plenty of entertainment and possibly a peek at the 2013-14 Jayhawks' starting point guard. Column by Tom Keegan

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Reed game-winner highlights annual KU alumni classic

Tyrel Reed swished a three in overtime to give the Kansas University alumni Blue team a victory over the White squad in Thursday’s Rock Chalk Roundball Classic charity game at Free State High. By Gary Bedore

Thursday, June 13

How former Jayhawks fared in Game 4 of NBA Finals

A look at how Mario Chalmers fared in Game 4 of the NBA Finals.

Former Jayhawk Aishah Sutherland to play for U.S.

Former Kansas University women’s basketball player Aishah Sutherland will play on the United States team at the Four Nations Tournament, June 17-30 in China. The 12-player U.S. team will join China’s national “B” team, the Australia Rising Opals and the Hungary national team in a three-city round-robin tournament for a total of nine games.

Sprinter Denesha Morris: Kansas ‘good choice’

After looking at pictures online, Denesha Morris committed to Kansas University’s track team four years ago without ever setting foot on campus. By Jesse Newell

Opinion: Tyshawn Taylor cautions about vultures

It was nice to see Wednesday afternoon that the Tyshawn Taylor we all saw grow up before our eyes during his time in Lawrence, highlighted by a big emotional growth spurt late in his career, has continued to mature. By Tom Keegan

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Change of heart: Brannen Greene puts on a show at camp

There was a time when Kansas University freshman Brannen Greene had little in common with the 800 crimson-and-blue-loving youths who watched him erupt for a game-high 21 points in Wednesday’s Bill Self campers game in Horejsi Center. By Gary Bedore

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Off the Beaten Plate: Bill Self Pasta at 23rd Street Brewery

Winningest coaches call for winningest food combinations — like buffalo chicken and homemade mac ‘n’ cheese. 23rd Street Brewery staffers say that while Kansas University men’s basketball coach Bill Self didn’t necessarily create his namesake dish, he has been known to order it.

Wednesday, June 12

Opinion: Track title sets tone for other KU sports

During Kansas University athletic director Sheahon Zenger's first two-and-a-half years in town, perhaps no team better illustrated his vision for KU sports than the women’s track and field team that was crowned the 2013 NCAA outdoor champions last weekend in Eugene, Ore. Column by Matt Tait

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Perry Ellis, now a KU veteran, aims to build on freshman finish

Kansas University sophomore forward Perry Ellis says he's working hard to build on strong play from the end of his freshman season. By Gary Bedore

How former Jayhawks fared in Game 3 of NBA Finals

Here's a look at how Mario Chalmers fared in Game 3 of the NBA Finals.

Tuesday, June 11

KU officials eye Twitter account

Kansas University associate athletic director Jim Marchiony responded to a Twitter posting by the “KU Boobs” account on Monday, indicating the KU athletic department is not trying to shut down the KU Boobs Twitter account.

KU men’s hoops perfect in APR report

It’s academic-progress-rate time at universities across the country, and at Kansas University that means yet another reason for the men’s basketball program to celebrate. By Matt Tait

Kansas names tennis coach

Todd Chapman, who helped guide Texas Tech to the 2012 and 2013 Big 12 regular-season titles, has been named head women’s tennis coach at Kansas University.

KU track racks up All-Americans

Kansas University’s women’s track and field team earned a nation’s-best 16 first-team All-America awards this outdoor season.

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Jamari Traylor’s tale captivates campers

Kansas University sophomore forward Jamari Traylor didn’t expect to break down and cry before 800 youths during his appearance as guest speaker at the Bill Self basketball camp on Monday in Horejsi Center. But he did. By Gary Bedore

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Top shots: A look at Bill Self’s best shooting guards

In the second installment of our summer series, the Journal-World and staffs look at the top shooting guards in the Bill Self era.

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Indoor second inspired Kansas track

Assistant coach Wayne Pate delievered a short-but-sweet speech that proved to be the catalyst to last weekend’s outdoor national championship domination by Kansas' women's track and field team. By Matt Tait

Monday, June 10

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Frank Mason gets taste of hoops hoopla

Frank Mason and his Kansas University basketball teammates good-naturedly signed shirts, shoes, basketballs, posters and plain sheets of paper for hundreds of KU coach Bill Self’s basketball campers during a marathon 21⁄2-hour orientation session Sunday in Booth Family Hall of Athletics. By Gary Bedore

Sunday, June 9

Opinion: Kansas’ Lindsay Vollmer multiple threat

Champions all start somewhere. Technically, Kansas University sophomore Lindsay Vollmer started on her way toward a national championship in the heptathlon at the age of 8, when she took up track and field, the sport her parents competed in during college. By Tom Keegan

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Hero’s welcome: KU track title, turnout exceed expectations

On a breezy and sunny summer Sunday, nearly 500 KU fans headed inside and filled the north end’s lower level at Allen Fieldhouse, rising to their feet when Andrea Geubelle and senior sprinter Paris Daniels led the Kansas women's track and field team from the southwest tunnel to the north end, the national-title trophy in tow. By Matt Tait

How former Jayhawks fared in Game 2 of NBA Finals

Here's a look at how Mario Chalmers fared in Game 2 of the NBA Finals.

Saturday, June 8

Jayhawks popular in MLB draft

Five current and former Kansas University baseball players and one future Jayhawk were selected during the third day of the 2013 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft on Saturday.

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Ex-Jayhawk Tunde Bakare starts fitness site

Although his training-camp invitation from the Chicago Bears did not lead to a contract, former Kansas University linebacker Tunde Bakare remains on the Bears’ potential-call-ups list and hopes to get another chance at professional football. By Matt Tait

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Andrew Wiggins on his way

One unexpected piece of news at Bill’s Basketball Boogie raised the party atmosphere to a fever pitch on Saturday night at Abe & Jake’s Landing: news that Canadian freshman sensation Andrew Wiggins likely will be on campus for summer school Monday or Tuesday. By Gary Bedore

Kansas AD relishes title

Kansas University athletic director Sheahon Zenger shook the hand of women’s track coach Stanley Redwine and hugged him after Redwine’s Jayhawks on Saturday won the NCAA Outdoor title at University of Oregon’s track.

Opinion: Stanley Redwine best coach in nation

He won’t say it, so someone else must: Kansas has the best track and field coach in the nation. By Tom Keegan

Andrew Wiggins expected to be in Lawrence this week

Frosh sensation won't be playing summer ball for Canada

Andrew Wiggins is expected to arrive in Lawrence this week, coach Bill Self says.

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KU wins NCAA women's track title

Kansas University has won its first NCAA women’s track title. The top-ranked Jayhawks had 60 points to hold off runner-up Texas A&M (44) and Oregon (43).

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Football notebook: Jayhawks land on early preseason lists

The arrival of June often marks the beginning of the prediction season for the upcoming college football campaign, and the first batch of predictions regarding the Big 12 Conference are now out. Notes by Matt Tait

Kansas Athletics budget, revenue on the rise

Kansas Athletics Inc., the operating arm of the Kansas University athletic department, on Friday approved a proposed budget for the 2014 fiscal year that is $5.4 million dollars — or 7 percent — higher than the one it worked with during 2013.

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Selden: Nothing painful about process of picking KU

Kansas University freshman Wayne Selden says picking KU was an easy choice once he visited for Late Night in the Phog. By Gary Bedore

KU golfer ties for 15th at LPGA Thailand

Kansas University women’s golfer Thanuttra Boonraksasat shot a 1-under par 71 on Friday and finished tied for 15th at the Singha-Sat Thai LPGA Championship at Black Mountain Golf Course. Her 5-over 221 for the three-round tournament tied the Bangkok, Thailand, native for third among the 25 amateurs in the field.

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KU's Vollmer wins NCAA Outdoor heptathlon title; women's team still leads

Kansas University sophomore Lindsay Vollmer is a national champion, an honor she hopes to share with her teammates today. Vollmer earned the first individual outdoor title in program history Friday with a dominant performance in the heptathlon at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Vollmer’s performance helped extend the Jayhawks’ lead in the women’s team standings with one day to go.

Selden: Picking KU easy process

The recruiting process for five-star, Top 20-ranked high school boys basketball players can be long, drawn out, excruciatingly painful for those players, their parents and fans.

Friday, June 7

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KU basketball Late Night set for Oct. 4

The Kansas University men’s and women’s basketball teams will celebrate the beginning of the 2013-14 season a bit earlier this season, with the 29th annual Late Night in the Phog set for Friday, Oct. 4, in Allen Fieldhouse.

Surprise visit makes Jayhawk fan’s day

Barb Parker, single mother of former Douglas County Jayhawks Special Olympics basketball team star Tony Parker, was eating dinner with her favorite player when the doorbell rang Sunday around 7 p.m.

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No time to lose: Transfer Tarik Black already working hard

It hasn’t taken Kansas University basketball newcomer Tarik Black long to invest himself fully in strength coach Andrea Hudy’s weight program. By Gary Bedore

KU women cling to Outdoor lead

Kansas University junior Jessica Maroszek placed fourth in the discus Thursday, and KU’s women’s track and field team held onto the lead after two days of the NCAA Outdoor Championships at Hayward Field.

How former Jayhawks fared in Game 1 of NBA Finals

Here's a look at how Mario Chalmers fared in Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

Thursday, June 6

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KU extends deal with adidas through 2019

Thursday afternoon, Kansas University officials announced via press release that Kansas Athletics and adidas have agreed to renew their footwear and apparel partnership — one of the largest such partnerships in college athletics — through 2019. The commitment extends by six years the original eight-year agreement between adidas and KU, which was signed in 2005.

KU women in 1st at NCAA Outdoor

The top-ranked Kansas University women’s track and field team is in first place after the first day of the NCAA Outdoor Championship, Wednesday at Hayward Field.

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With eye on recruiting, Weis schedules future series with Hawaii

If Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis has his way during the next few years, the second leg of a home-and-home series between KU and Hawaii in 2016 and 2017 will be a homecoming for several players on his roster. By Matt Tait

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Self foundation donates millions toward city rec center

KU coach visits with Wiggins in Canada

Bill Self in the spring of 2008 started talking about the need for a recreational campus in Lawrence “to provide kids with a new and safe place to play and learn how to live healthy lives.” Five years later — thanks in part to a Bill and Cindy Self Assists Foundation donation of $2 million — a proposed 181,000-square foot recreation center at Rock Chalk Park has become a reality. By Gary Bedore

Area golf notebook: Former Jayhawks miss finals at Alvamar

The Kansas University golf program long has been affiliated with Alvamar’s public golf course, so it’s never a surprise when former Jayhawks win events there. On Wednesday during the Kansas Golf Association four-ball tournament, it was a day of near misses for former Jayhawks. Notes by Tom Keegan

Visit from Perry Ellis lights up Special Olympics basketball player's life

Barb Parker, single mother of former Douglas County Jayhawks Special Olympics basketball team star Tony Parker, was eating dinner with her favorite player when the doorbell rang Sunday at around 7 p.m. The young man at the door of her home in the Wichita suburb of Bel Aire, wondered if Tony, 27, could come out to shoot hoops. The visitor? Tony's favorite player, KU sophomore Perry Ellis. By Tom Keegan

Wednesday, June 5

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KU football, Hawaii to play home-and-home series starting in 2016

The Kansas football team will play a home-and-home series with Hawaii starting in 2016, the schools announced Wednesday afternoon.

KU women's track begins bid for NCAA Outdoor title today

Kansas University’s top-ranked women’s track and field team and No. 15 men’s team will compete in the NCAA Outdoor Championships today in Eugene, Ore.

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KU-UNC connection continues with Brad Frederick hire

Former Lawrence High basketball standout Brad Frederick, who worked for former Kansas University assistant Kevin Stallings the past 14 years as a full-time aide at Vanderbilt, is headed to North Carolina to serve as director of basketball operations for former KU coach Roy Williams. By Gary Bedore

Tuesday, June 4

Cost estimates for Rock Chalk Park infrastructure come in about $3 million higher than expected; Self's foundation to make $2 million donation

Cost estimates for roads, sewers and infrastructure at the Rock Chalk Park facility in northwest Lawrence have come in nearly $3 million above what the city estimated, but Bill Self’s Assists Foundation has agreed to make a $2 million donation to partially offset some of the overage.

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KU football opener to kick off at 6 p.m. on Jayhawk Network

The Kansas football team's season-opener against South Dakota on Sept. 7 will kick off at 6 p.m. and will be televised on Jayhawk Network, the Big 12 announced Tuesday. By Matt Tait

KU’s Geubelle, track coaches honored

Kansas University senior jumper Andrea Geubelle, KU head coach Stanley Redwine and assistant coach Wayne Pate claimed Midwest Regional Awards, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced Monday.

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Jamal Brown to walk on to KU football

Former Lawrence High football player Jamal Brown — the son of former Kansas University defensive tackle Gilbert Brown, who played 10 seasons with the NFL’s Green Bay Packers after starring for the Jayhawks from 1989-92 — will join the program for the 2013 season as a walk-on. By Matt Tait

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Trail Blazers work out Elijah Johnson

Former Kansas University combo guard Elijah Johnson worked out for the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday. By Gary Bedore

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Opinion: Roger Twibell peddles popular putters

A collection of decorative putters leaning against the wall in the corner of his office inspired longtime broadcaster Roger Twibell to come up with a product that merges the loyalty aspect of those impractical door prizes with a golfer’s desire to trim strokes. By Tom Keegan

How former Jayhawks fared in June 2 NBA games

A look at how former Kansas University players fared in Monday's NBA playoff game.

Monday, June 3

Former KU cornerback Tyler Patmon to play for Oklahoma State

Former Kansas cornerback Tyler Patmon, who graduated from KU in May and left the team at the end of the 2012 season, will join the Oklahoma State program for the 2013 season, OSU officials announced through a press release Monday.

Air Force assistant joins staff of Kansas women

Kansas University women’s basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson announced the hiring of assistant coach Shay Robinson on Sunday to replace Terry Nooner, who took a similar position at Alabama.

Chicago prep Matthews considers KU

New Kansas University basketball assistant coach Jerrance Howard’s connections in Chicago might be paying off in recruiting already. By Gary Bedore

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Good point(s): A look at best point guards in Bill Self era

Over the next 10 weeks, we'll look back on some of the top players, moments and memories of the Bill Self era at Kansas University. In the first installment, we look at Bill Self's top point guards. By the Journal-World Staff

Sunday, June 2

How former Jayhawks fared in June 1 NBA games

A look at how former Kansas University players fared in Saturday's NBA playoff game.

KU football newcomers set to arrive soon

With the Kansas University football team set to make the transition into summer workouts Monday, the anticipation surrounding the next crop of new arrivals seems to grow by the day. In all, 19 scholarship players in the Class of 2013 have yet to report to campus and a good chunk of those players are expected to arrive during the next few days.

Saturday, June 1

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New KU assistant Howard grateful to learn under ‘great coaches’

New Kansas University assistant coach Jerrance Howard says he's enjoyed working for former KU coach Larry Brown at SMU, Bruce Weber at Illinois and Billy Gillispie at Texas A&M and Kentucky. By Gary Bedore

KU football cracks Hiawatha DT Peyton Newell's top six

Charlie Weis' Kansas University football program on Saturday night made the list of the final six schools vying for the services of Hiawatha High standout Peyton Newell, a 6-foot-3, 280-pound defensive tackle ranked by as the fourth best prospect in Kansas in the Class of 2014. By Matt Tait