Stories for July 2014


Thursday, July 31

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Bill Self stresses science of hoops to youths

With most of his Kansas University basketball players out of town for a four-week break before the start of first semester classes, Bill Self hit the road Thursday to do some teaching at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City, Wyandotte County Unit. By Gary Bedore

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KU football lands former UT offensive-line commit for 2015

Aaron Garza, a three-star offensive lineman in’s Class of 2015, orally committed to the Kansas University football program Thursday night. By Matt Tait

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Ukrainian signee has 17 vs. Sweden

Incoming Kansas University freshman guard Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk scored a game-high 17 points off 7-of-17 shooting in Ukraine’s 61-53 victory over Sweden on Wednesday at the Under 18 European Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria. By Gary Bedore

Column: KU can win 4; here’s how

The annual look at KU’s best shots at victories, ranked from most likely to least. By Tom Keegan

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Head and shoulders: Holsopple aims to develop leaders on KU football team

Since Scott Holsopple arrived on campus after being hired away from Florida by KU coach Charlie Weis, the Penn State graduate and former boxer has emphasized his belief that athletes should be trained first from the shoulders up, with the neck and the brain being two of the most important target areas. By Matt Tait

Wednesday, July 30

KU softball lands Ball State transfer

Briana Evans, an outfielder who started all 52 games for Ball State last season, will transfer to Kansas University, KU coach Megan Smith announced Tuesday.

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Another big plans to visit Late Night

So far, two high school basketball players have said they’ll be attending the Oct. 10 Late Night in the Phog. They’ll be able to visit with another accomplished big man — former KU center Joel Embiid. By Gary Bedore

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One true champion?

League touts title purity — except when, you know, there’s a tie

The Big 12 Conference’s ability to implement a full round-robin schedule distinguishes it from the other four power conferences, all of which boast more than 10 teams. It is that unique characteristic that led the league to its slogan: one true champion. By Benton Smith

Tuesday, July 29

Ex-Jayhawk Sterling done in Denver

Former Kansas University offensive lineman Aslam Sterling is done in Denver. By Matt Tait

KU football players shrug off negativity

It takes a special kind of confidence and optimism to represent Kansas University football. By Benton Smith

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Column: Laying odds on Kansas' top rusher

Vote for the player you think will lead KU in rushing and see if you can find five buddies to pony up for a friendly competition. By Tom Keegan

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Feelin' the Heat: Mario Chalmers still likes Miami’s makeup

Miami Heat veteran combo guard Mario Chalmers knows it won’t be easy to win championships in the post-LeBron James era. By Gary Bedore

Monday, July 28

KU's Lucas, Mickelson to play for all-star teams in coming weeks

Hunter Mickelson and Landen Lucas will be playing basketball for all-star teams overseas in coming weeks.

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Big Vegas prep Zimmerman to visit for Late Night

Stephen Zimmerman, a 7-foot, 240-pound senior center from Bishop Gorman High in Las Vegas, will make an official recruiting visit to Kansas University for the Oct. 10 Late Night in the Phog. By Gary Bedore

Sunday, July 27

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Column: Top 10 reasons to watch this fall

This football season represents a litmus test for the toughness of the Kansas University sports fan. By Tom Keegan

Earning her stripes: Female official to work KU opener

The 38-year-old Cat Conti had been assigned to the Southeast Missouri State-Kansas game on Sept. 6, making her the first woman to work a football game in the Big 12 Conference.

KU golfer Hanna falls in Match Play semi

Kansas University golfer and defending Match Play champion Chase Hanna won his quarterfinal, 2 up, before losing in the semifinal, 1 up, on Saturday at the Kansas Amateur.

KU thrower 6th, Ottawa alum 9th at World Junior Championships

Kansas University thrower Mitchell Cooper earned a sixth-place finish in the discus on Saturday at the IAFF World Junior Championships.

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Ex-KU guard Naadir Tharpe explains pro decision, desire for Kansas degree

Former Kansas University point guard Naadir Tharpe, who left KU this spring with the intent to transfer after three seasons with the Jayhawks, recently decided to forego his final season of college eligibility to turn pro instead. Saturday, he explained that becoming a KU graduate and finishing what he started, academically, played a huge role in his decision. By Matt Tait

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Ben McLemore delights with dunks at inaugural Summer Slam event

Former Kansas University guard Ben McLemore wanted to bring a taste of the NBA’s All-Star Weekend to his second home. So, late in his first Sir McLemore Summer Slam event Saturday at Lawrence’s Community Building, McLemore set about recreating his routine from February’s Slam Dunk Contest. The All-Star tribute put the finishing touches on a day that connected McLemore’s friends, family and fans in a place he holds near and dear to his heart. By Matt Tait

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KU RB signee Traevohn Wrench headed to juco

The Kansas University football team’s backfield depth got a little thinner on Saturday with the news that four-star freshman tailback Traevohn Wrench would not be eligible this season and, instead, will enroll at Butler County Community College.

Saturday, July 26

KU football player develops app he says can improve the game he loves

Austin Barone's journey to becoming an app developer started when he applied for an internship at Google. The Lawrence native and Kansas University student planned to impress the technology giant by creating hardware, modeled after Google Glass, that would allow football players to view an interactive playbook on their visors during practice. But while he didn't have the capital necessary to create the hardware, he did the next best thing: He developed the digital playbook software. The result is Just Play, the new playbook app created by Barone's company, Just Play Sports Solutions. By Giles Bruce

Hanna wins 2 at Amateur

Kansas University golfer Chase Hanna claimed two match-play victories on Friday at the Kansas Amateur at Mission Hills Country Club.

Ottawa product in discus finals

Ottawa High product Kord Ferguson qualified for the finals in the discus toss at the IAAF World Junior Championships in Eugene, Oregon on Friday.

Kansas’ thrower makes finals

Kansas University sophomore Mitchell Cooper placed eighth in qualifying at the discus competition at the World Junior Championships and advance to today’s finals.

Kansas softball adds Rittman to coaching staff

John Rittman, who spent 18 years as head softball coach at Stanford and eight years on the United States National Team coaching staff, has joined the Kansas University softball staff as associate head coach.

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Kansas’ JaCorey Shepherd willing to give nickel a try

After the changes Kansas University senior JaCorey Shepherd has been through, a potential shift in 2014 can’t be that bad. By Matt Tait

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Column: Road success key to KU’s streak of hard-won hardware

Remarkably, Kansas has a .735 road winning percentage in league play during the regular-season conference streak. By Tom Keegan

Friday, July 25

French soccer taps KU’s Gagnet for U20 team

Kansas University sophomore Aurélie Gagnet was one of 21 players selected to the U20 French National Soccer Team, which will compete in the U20 World Cup next month in Canada.

Ex-KU grad assistant rejoins women's basketball staff

Former Kansas University graduate assistant Steve Wallace will rejoin the KU women’s basketball staff as an assistant coach, KU head coach Bonnie Henrickson announced Thursday.

KU’s Hanna atop Kansas Amateur Match Play

Kansas University golfer Chase Hanna finished first in stroke play on Tuesday and Wednesday at the Kansas Amateur and defeated his first opponent in match play on Thursday at Mission Hills Country Club.

Column: Weis’ claims of his deepest KU roster up for debate

Charlie Weis gave those who cringe their way through his press conferences a break this time at the annual Big 12 media days, a year after his steamy remarks put him at the bottom of a pile of criticism. Weis did, however, make two statements off-podium in Dallas that merit scrutiny. Column by Tom Keegan

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KU basketball recruit Allonzo Trier takes court at area tournament

Camera flashes were popping and phones were out to record every move as the Okun Fieldhouse crowd watched Kansas University recruit Allonzo Trier in his first game at the Sunflower Showcase national youth basketball tournament on Thursday. By Bobby Nightengale

Thursday, July 24

Cavs sign Andrew Wiggins, starting 30-day hold on trades

Andrew Wiggins signed his first NBA contract on Thursday. The one-and-done Kansas University product is a Cleveland Cavalier, for now.

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LB/DE Jenkins-Moore announces departure from KU football

Former junior-college transfer Marcus Jenkins-Moore is leaving the Kansas University football program. By Matt Tait

Youth basketball tourney opens today

KU basketball target Trier among players at Lawrence-bound Showcase

The Sunflower Showcase national youth basketball tournament — which runs today through Sunday at Okun Fieldhouse in Shawnee — is headed to Sport Pavilion Lawrence at Rock Chalk Park in July of 2015. By Gary Bedore

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Ben McLemore relishes NBA hardware

Hoisting the Larry O’Brien Trophy, it was not. But second-year guard Ben McLemore and his Sacramento teammates did get a trophy and on-court presentation after winning the 24-team Las Vegas Summer League tournament this week. By Benton Smith

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All is well: KU receiver Nick Harwell eager to make mark

First-year Kansas University wide receiver Nick Harwell’s return to playing football on Saturdays has reached the homestretch. It has been a long and trying wait. By Matt Tait

Wednesday, July 23

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KU hoops recruit Bragg plans to attend Late Night

Another top recruit in the Class of 2015 plans to experience Late Night in the Phog on Oct. 10, according to Carlton Bragg, a 6-9 power forward from Cleveland (Villa Angela-St. Joseph) said he will attend the annual season kickoff event on the heels of 7-footer Stephen Zimmerman (No. 7 senior in the country) confirming the same.

Big 12 football notebook: WVU loss to KU still stings

A junior punter for West Virginia, Nick O’Toole has heard his share of verbal insults spewed from fans in nearby seats. Such is the life of a college football player, particularly on the road. O’Toole, on Tuesday at Big 12 football media days at the Dallas Omni Hotel, said one taunt in particular stood out from the Mountaineers’ trip to Kansas University in 2013. Notebook by Benton Smith

Tuesday, July 22

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Cyclones psyched to have Mark Mangino back in Big 12

Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads and four of his players talked Tuesday at Big 12 media days about what the addition of former Kansas coach Mark Mangino as ISU offensive coordinator has meant for the program. By Matt Tait

Reports: Wiggins to sign contract, but Cavs still pursuing trade

Let the Andrew-Wiggins-for-Kevin-Love debate continue — for at least 30 days. An Associated Press report, citing a source close to the situation, claimed Wiggins, the No. 1 pick out of Kansas University, will sign with Cleveland as soon as Wednesday.

Cowboys sign former KU receiver Dezmon Briscoe

The Dallas Cowboys signed former Kansas University receiver Dezmon Briscoe on Monday.

Ex-Jayhawk Thompson fails to qualify at local golf tournament

Talented golfers from 30 states played 18 holes Monday at either Alvamar public or Alvamar Country Club. A dozen of them qualified for the Midwest Classic, a Tour event scheduled for Thursday through Sunday at Lionsgate in Overland Park. By Tom Keegan

KU basketball notebook: Coach K says Cavs should trade Wiggins

If Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski were running the Cleveland Cavaliers, Andrew Wiggins would already be wearing Timberwolves gear. By Benton Smith

Big 12 notebook: Baylor’s Briles takes cuts

Big 12 Football media days began Monday morning at the Omni hotel, oddly enough, with a bit of baseball talk. By Benton Smith

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Confident bunch: Weis, Jayhawks 'expect to win'

At a place like Kansas University, where winning football games has been tough lately and dubious streaks are easier to recall than feel-good moments, one question seems to surface year after year around this time: Why will this season be different? By Matt Tait

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Column: Love, Wiggins trade logical

The public posturing from both sides surrounding a potential Andrew Wiggins-for-Kevin Love swap has spiced up the short NBA offseason. By Tom Keegan

Monday, July 21

McLemore's Kings beat Black's Rockets for NBA summer league title

Former Kansas University guard Ben McLemore scored seven of his nine points in the fourth quarter to help the Sacramento Kings top the Houston Rockets, 77-68, Monday night in the NBA summer league championship game.

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KU football notebook from Dallas: Weis won't talk win total, Short update, roster tweaks and more

Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis gave his input on several hot topics surrounding the KU football program at Day One of Big 12 media days in Dallas. Here are some of the highlights. By Matt Tait

Bulls re-sign Kirk Hinrich to 2-year deal

The Chicago Bulls have re-signed guard Kirk Hinrich to a two-year deal. The Bulls announced the move Monday.

Sunday, July 20

Woodland ties for 39th

Former Kansas University golfer Gary Woodland shot a 1-under 71 Sunday in the final round of the British Open and finished 1-under 287 in a tie for 39th place at Royal Liverpool.

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Then and now: Ex-lineman Ryan Cantrell returns to sidelines of alma mater KU

The last time Kansas University assistant director of football operations Ryan Cantrell was walking the sidelines at KU, he was an offensive lineman in the program and a guy who expected the Jayhawks to go to bowl games. By Matt Tait

Woodland shoots even par at British Open

Former Kansas University golfer Gary Woodland was a picture of consistency Saturday at the British Open.

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Rookie tight end drawing praise

A red-shirt freshman tight end for Kansas University, Ben Johnson hasn’t caught a pass, run a route or played a down in a college football game. No one is more aware of that than the man in charge of the Jayhawks, coach Charlie Weis. Yet, even months before the start of the 2014 season, the third-year KU coach couldn’t stop himself from singing the unproven player’s praises when discussing the team’s tight-end options. By Benton Smith

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Lean and mean: Landen Lucas ready to fight for minutes

A slimmer, trimmer version of Landen Lucas will be touring the Baltic States from Aug. 6-14 with Athletes in Action’s college all-star basketball team. By Gary Bedore

Mario Chalmers ready for fresh start with Heat

No one was harder on himself throughout last postseason than Mario Chalmers. A month later, Chalmers is back to his confident self. He has lots of reason to smile, mostly because the Heat re-signed him after many felt he was no longer wanted.

Saturday, July 19

Andrew Wiggins gets bit of everything from first NBA summer league

The first chapter of this year's No. 1 overall draft pick's initiation to the NBA was more hectic than he could have imagined, starting with the news that James was coming back to the Cavaliers and ending amid rumors that Wiggins himself might not be in Cleveland much longer.

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Former KU guard Sherron Collins still has plans to play as pro

Former Kansas University point guard Sherron Collins says his basketball career is far from over at the still-young age of 27. By Gary Bedore

Xavier Henry, Drew Gooden re-sign with NBA teams

Former Kansas University guard Xavier Henry has agreed to a one-year contract with the Los Angeles Lakers, worth $1,063,384, reported Friday. Meanwhile, former KU forward Drew Gooden re-signed with Washington on Friday, the Washington Post reported.

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KU football steps up Heeney hype

You can now add superhero to the long list of things Kansas University senior Ben Heeney has been compared to during his KU career. Heeney, a linebacker from Hutchinson and preseason All-Big 12 first-team selection, is the marquee man on, a promotional website unveiled Friday by the KU football program. By Matt Tait

Former KU golfer Woodland makes up ground, survives cut at British Open

In danger of missing the cut after an opening-round 75, former Kansas University golfer Gary Woodland survived and then some with a strong second round Friday at the British Open.

Friday, July 18

Four Jayhawks on College Football Performance Awards watch lists

Winners determined by objective scientific rankings

Kansas University senior linebacker Ben Heeney, junior safety Isaiah Johnson, senior tight end Jimmay Mundine and senior punter Trevor Pardula — named to the 2014 College Football Performance Awards watch lists based on their respective positions — won't have to worry about voters helping or hurting their chances.

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A pool pedigree: Campbell family passes on love of swimming

Clark Campbell is only half joking when he suggests more than blood flows through his family’s veins. “I kid with my wife sometimes that we spend far too much time at the pool, whether it’s professionally or with the family, that I think our bloodstream has chlorine in it,” Clark said. “We are around the pool so much.” By Chris Duderstadt

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Kansas football predicted last in Big 12 again

Several Kansas University football players and coaches have adopted the slogan “It’s time” as the unofficial mantra for the 2014 season. Media members who cover the Big 12 Conference aren’t so sure. The Jayhawks, for the fourth year in a row, were picked by the media to finish last in the conference in 2014.

AP sources: Cavs' position on Wiggins unchanged, despite trade rumors

Andrew Wiggins came to summer league to get an early education on the NBA game, from playing against better competition to learning about what his new coach with the Cleveland Cavaliers will demand of him as a pro. The 19-year-old Canadian is also receiving a crash course in the NBA rumor mill.

Woodland struggles to 3-over 75 at British Open

A bad start and worse finish doomed former Kansas University golfer Gary Woodland to an opening-round 3-over-par 75 Thursday at the British Open at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club.

Thursday, July 17

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Cleveland continues Kevin Love chase, reignites Andrew Wiggins rumors

Andrew Wiggins better wait a bit before buying or renting a condo in Cleveland. Several Cavaliers beat writers — as well as ESPN — reported Thursday that the Cavs are now willing to trade former Kansas University wing Wiggins to the Minnesota Timberwolves as part of a package for three-time All-Star forward Kevin Love. By Gary Bedore

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Who's No. 2? Millweard, Cummings battling to serve as Kansas' backup QB

No official depth chart has been released since the end of the 2013 season, but it’s not tough to see that, with Montell Cozart being named the starter back in April, the competition to fill the all-important back-up role is between junior Michael Cummings and sophomore T.J. Millweard. By Matt Tait

Wednesday, July 16

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Warriors, Brandon Rush agree to 2-year deal

Brandon Rush and the Golden State Warriors are headed for a reunion. By Gary Bedore

Joel Embiid’s surgeon optimistic about 7-footer’s future

In an exclusive interview with The Philadelphia Inquirer, his first since performing the surgery that is supposed to salvage the career of Joel Embiid, Dr. Richard Ferkel described in depth the nature of Joel Embiid’s injury and the process by which he will treat it.

KU linebacker Ben Heeney named to All-Big 12 preseason team

Kansas University senior linebacker Ben Heeney was named to the 2014 Preseason All-Big 12 football team as selected by members of the media and announced by the league office on Wednesday.

Tuesday, July 15

KU golfer Hanna misses cut at Amateur Public Links championship

Kansas University men’s golfer Chase Hanna missed the cut after the second round of the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship, Tuesday at San Creek Station Golf Course.

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Kansas recruit Trier set for area AAU tourney

One of Kansas University’s targets for the recruiting class of 2015 will headline the 2014 Sunflower Showcase youth basketball tournament a week from Thursday through Sunday (July 24-27) at Okun Fieldhouse in Shawnee. By Gary Bedore

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Nothing but The Truth: Paul Pierce exception as superstardom eludes NBA Jayhawks

Since Paul Pierce’s NBA debut, 24 other Kansas University players have entered the league. None have been able to match, let alone eclipse, his success. By Benton Smith

NBA executives debate hypothetical Wiggins-for-Love trade

One of the most polarizing debates among front-office executives at summer league is what the Minnesota Timberwolves should do with Kevin Love and how aggressively the Cavs should pursue him and whether Cleveland should give up top pick Andrew Wiggins.

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Texas receiver Thomas commits to KU on visit

In Lawrence Tuesday for an unofficial visit to Kansas University, Class of 2015 wide receiver Kevin Thomas, from DeSoto, Texas, couldn't resist ending his college recruitment — or tweeting out his decision.

KU senior Nick Harwell named to Biletnikoff watch list

Senior Kansas University wide receiver Nick Harwell was one of 55 players named Tuesday to the 2014 Biletnikoff Award preseason watch list by The Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation, Inc.

Cleveland's Wiggins spins, slams at summer league

Former Kansas University guard Andrew Wiggins converted a huge dunk off a spin move on his way to 10 points in the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 86-77 win over Philadelphia, Monday in Las Vegas summer-league action.

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Three-time bowl champ Stuckey believes KU's on the right path

Former Kansas University standout Darrell Stuckey likes what he’s seen of the 2014 KU football team. “I’ve been working out with them, actually,” Stuckey said during a break at his youth camp on Saturday at Free State High. “I had an opportunity to speak to them, and it was phenomenal. They’ve been working hard all offseason, and they’re willing to do what it takes to win." By Matt Tait

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KU's Perry Ellis teams with LeBron James, faces top talent at camp

Kansas University junior forward Perry Ellis ran the court as a teammate of future Hall of Famer LeBron James in a game at James’ skills camp last week in Las Vegas. By Gary Bedore

KU golfer Hanna opens at Amateur Public Links Championship

Kansas University men’s golfer Chase Hanna shot a 7-over 78 on the first day of the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship, Monday at Sand Creek Station Golf Course.

Monday, July 14

KU's Kelly Oubre has sprained ankle, to miss a couple weeks of workouts

Freshman wearing boot after suffering minor injury at LeBron camp

Kelly Oubre Jr. sprained an ankle at last week's LeBron James camp in Las Vegas and is slated to miss a couple weeks of workouts.

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Bill Self talked with Cavs about vacancy

Kansas University coach Bill Self said Monday he spoke in general teams with the Cleveland Cavaliers’ front office about their head-coaching job, which was filled by David Blatt.

KU's Ben Heeney lands on two more watch lists

Linebacker in running for Lombardi, Butkus awards

Call him Mr. Watch List. Kansas University senior linebacker Ben Heeney added two more preseason honors to his expanding résumé Monday, with the news he landed on both the Rotary Lombardi Award and Butkus Award preseason watch lists.

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Jayhawks' Ukrainian signee avoids comparisons

Incoming Kansas University basketball guard Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk’s skill-set has been compared to Manu Ginobili of the San Antonio Spurs, Nik Stauskas of the Sacramento Kings and the late Drazen Petrovic of Croatia, who played for both the Portland Trail Blazers and New Jersey Nets. By Gary Bedore

Cavs coach: Wiggins 'not going anywhere'

Life has been rapidly changing for Andrew Wiggins lately. No longer the freshman phenom at Kansas, he’s now the prodigy, the No. 1 pick in the draft. He’s also changing positions. But the Cavaliers are insisting, both privately and publicly, Wiggins won’t be changing teams.

Sunday, July 13

Paul Pierce, Washington Wizards agree on two-year deal

Paul Pierce turns 37 in October and isn't quite the offensive force he was when he was leading the Boston Celtics to the championship seven years ago. The old man showed last year in Brooklyn that he still knows how to knock down a clutch shot and grind out a playoff series victory, which made the up-and-coming Washington Wizards eager to add the man known as "The Truth."

Former KU forward Robinson scores 19 in NBA summer league opener

Former Kansas University forward Thomas Robinson had 19 points and seven boards for the Portland Trail Blazers in a loss to the New York Knicks, Saturday in Las Vegas summer league action.

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Ex-KU star Stuckey gives back with free football camp

Kansas always has held a special place in the heart of former Kansas University safety and current San Diego Charger Darrell Stuckey, so what he did Saturday at Free State High should come as no surprise. But because football clinics in today’s world are big-time money-makers for athletes and coaches, Stuckey’s free camp at Free State seemed all the more impressive. By Matt Tait

KU's Ellis, Oubre mentioned among top collegians at LeBron James camp

ESPN analyst Miles Simon was the latest to tweet praise about Kansas University junior forward Perry Ellis’ play at the LeBron James camp in Las Vegas. “Perry Ellis has been so consistent all week. Jumper falling. Attacking from perimeter. Quietly doing his thing. Should have a good year,” Simon wrote. Notes by Gary Bedore

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Mark Randall’s interest in Jayhawks steady as his KU records slip

Mark Randall, who ranked sixth on Kansas University’s all-time scoring list when he graduated in 1991, has since slipped to 12th overall. He's also dropped nine slots on KU’s career rebounding charts over the past 23 years. But Randall, who still follows the Jayhawks’ fortunes closely, admits there’s only one stat that still intrigues him — field goal percentage. By Gary Bedore

Saturday, July 12

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Column: Wiggins’ future turns murky

Two weeks ago, it looked like former Kansas University basketball standout Andrew Wiggins was well on his way to becoming the torch bearer for Jayhawks in the NBA. Today, that path seems a little less likely. By Matt Tait

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Andrew Wiggins solid in pro debut

Former Kansas University guard Andrew Wiggins, the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, won bragging rights over Duke’s Jabari Parker, the No. 2 overall pick, in their professional basketball debuts on Friday in Las Vegas. By Gary Bedore

Friday, July 11

Perry Ellis impresses at LeBron James camp

Former NBA coach John Lucas was impressed by Kansas University junior forward Perry Ellis at the LeBron James Skills Academy, Thursday in Las Vegas “Perry Ellis is playing at another level right now. Doing all the intangibles,” Lucas wrote on Twitter. By Gary Bedore

Thursday, July 10

KU men's golfer qualifies for U.S. Amateur

Kansas University red-shirt freshman Brock Drogosch qualified for the 2014 U.S. Amateur with rounds of 67 and 66, Wednesday and Thursday on Panther Lake Course at Orange County National Golf Center & Lodge.

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KU's Wayne Selden keeps goals simple, aims to step up as sophomore

An honorable mention All-Big 12 selection as a mere freshman, Wayne Selden Jr. just might make the preseason all-conference team this October. “Just be a better player than last year, that’s my biggest goal, to be a more productive player than I was last year,” Selden said Thursday at Cole Aldrich's basketball camp. By Gary Bedore

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KU's Ben Heeney on Bronko Nagurski Trophy preseason watch list

Linebacker one of 81 players in contention for national defensive player of the year

Kansas University senior linebacker Ben Heeney's name continues to appear on college football's national radar. Heeney received more good news Thursday when the Football Writers Association of America announced he also made the 2014 Bronko Nagurski Trophy preseason watch list.

C-USA honors KU rower

Kansas University senior Elizabeth Scherer was named Conference USA Rowing Scholar Athlete of the Year on Wednesday, a year after collecting the same award from the Big 12.

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Ex-KU lineman Brad Thorson comes out

Former teammate supportive of announcement: ‘I’m real happy for the guy’

Late last week, former Kansas University offensive lineman Brad Thorson, who played at KU from 2008-10 after transferring from his native Wisconsin, revealed in a short entry on his personal blog that he is gay. By Matt Tait

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New York 'niche': Cole Aldrich hopes to stick with Knicks

Former Kansas University center Cole Aldrich said goodbye to his 65 basketball campers early Wednesday afternoon in Robinson Gym, leaving today’s final-day duties to his wife, Britt, as well as former KU players Mark Randall, Jeff Gueldner and Sherron Collins. By Gary Bedore

Wednesday, July 9

KU punter Trevor Pardula makes Ray Guy Award watch list

Another Kansas University football player has his name on a national award watch list. The latest Jayhawk to welcome preseason expectations is senior punter Trevor Pardula, named by the Augusta Sports Council as one of 25 players on the initial 2014 Ray Guy Award watch list.

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Report: Naadir Tharpe turning pro

Former Kansas University point guard Naadir Tharpe isn't transferring to a new college basketball program.

Tuesday, July 8

KU forward Black grabs 10 rebounds in NBA summer league action

Former Kansas University big man Tarik Black had seven points, 10 rebounds and two blocks in the Houston Rockets’ 92-71 loss to Philadelphia in NBA summer league action Tuesday in Orlando, Florida.

Former KU guard Andrew White to visit Florida State

Former Kansas University guard/forward Andrew White III will visit Florida State on Friday and Saturday, White said Tuesday in a text message to the Journal-World.

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Hustle guy Jamari Traylor builds toward breakout season

Kansas forward improving offense as junior year approaches

The Jamari Traylor who scored a career-high 17 points and grabbed a personal-best 14 rebounds in Kansas University’s NCAA Tournament victory over Eastern Kentucky last March looked like a guy who might contend for All-Big 12 honors his junior or senior season. By Gary Bedore

KU freshman Cliff Alexander has sprained right ankle, will miss a 'few weeks' of workouts

No surgery required, coach Bill Self says

Cliff Alexander is out a few weeks with a right ankle sprain, coach Bill Self says.

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KU's Jimmay Mundine on national watch list for tight ends

Players and coaches on Big 12 defenses won't be the only folks looking out for Kansas University senior tight end Jimmay Mundine this fall. The John Mackey Award Selection Committee has placed Mundine, a 6-foot-2 senior from Denison, Texas, on its preseason watch list.

Monday, July 7

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Cole Aldrich sold on PG Graham

Freshman ‘going to be a good leader’

Cole Aldrich, who provided quite an inside-outside combination with 2010 All-America point guard Sherron Collins at Kansas University, teamed with one of the Jayhawks’ lead guards of the future in 5-on-5 pick-up basketball action Sunday. By Gary Bedore

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KU senior LB Ben Heeney named to Bednarik watch list

The Maxwell Football Club announced Monday that Kansas University senior linebacker Ben Heeney had been named to the 2014 Chuck Bednarik Award preliminary watch list.

Sunday, July 6

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Langford spurns 76ers for Russia

Former Kansas University guard Keith Langford has signed a two-year contract with UNICS Kazan, a professional basketball team in Kazan, Russia. By Gary Bedore

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KU basketball walk-on Garrett driven to win

Christian Garrett, a 6-foot-3 senior basketball walk-on at Kansas University, paid his own way to attend one of former NBA coach John Lucas’ camps in Houston and plans to return. By Gary Bedore

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Chasing the Dream: Olajuwon, Embiid inextricably linked

The day Joel Embiid was born, Hakeem Olajuwon was half a world away, in the midst of an MVP season, coming off a 41-point, 12-rebound double-double for the Houston Rockets. By Benton Smith

Saturday, July 5

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Former KU forward Arndt spends retirement watching Jayhawks, eagles

Nearly a half-century ago, Howard Arndt shot baskets, Kansas splashed across his chest, Allen Fieldhouse crowds sparking his adrenaline. Now he shoots eagles. Not on a golf course, but in the wilderness. Not with a 7-iron in his hand, rather a camera. By Tom Keegan

KU’s Ellis, Oubre invited to LeBron James camp

Kansas University junior Perry Ellis and freshman Kelly Oubre, Jr., are two of 30 college basketball players invited to the LeBron James camp, which runs July 9-12 in Las Vegas.

Friday, July 4

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KU football moves Goodman’s speed back to D-line

Ben Goodman has to admit, there are far worse things a college football player can hear from his coaches. After playing all of his sophomore season as a Kansas University “buck,” a hybrid defensive end/linebacker position, Goodman learned early this offseason that the staff wanted him to play as a traditional lineman in 2014. By Benton Smith

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KU women's basketball recruit not swayed by dad’s alma mater

Most of her basketball-playing life, people assumed that Tyler Johnson would want to follow in her father’s footsteps and play her college ball at Oklahoma. It never happened. By Matt Tait

Kansas RB Mann plans to play right away

When former Hartnell College running back De’Andre Mann began looking for a place to continue his college football career, he had just one thing in mind — playing time. By Matt Tait

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Wayne who? Simien relatively unknown now

There was a time when Kansas University basketball standout Wayne Simien, an All-American and Big 12 Player of the Year in 2005, couldn’t go anywhere in Lawrence without getting recognized. By Benton Smith

Thursday, July 3

Leavenworth star commits to KU women’s basketball

The Kansas University women’s basketball program picked up another commitment from an in-state standout in the Class of 2015 on Wednesday night. Tyler Johnson, a 6-foot-2 forward from Leavenworth High, joined Olathe South point guard Kylee Kopatich as Kansans who orally committed to KU coach Bonnie Henrickson’s latest recruiting class.

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KU’s Oubre faces off with NBA MVP Durant

Kansas University freshman Kelly Oubre recently spent part of his summer matching up against one of the best players in the world. Oubre returned to Lawrence earlier this week after a three-day stint at the Kevin Durant Skills Academy in Washington, D.C. By Matt Tait

Wednesday, July 2

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Joel Embiid looking forward to his future in Philadelphia

When the Philadelphia 76ers held an introductory press conference for their latest acquisitions this past weekend, a certain 7-foot center from Cameroon, by way of Kansas University, didn’t get a chance to join the organization’s 2014 NBA draft picks. Joel Embiid got to meet the Philly press via teleconference on Monday. By Benton Smith

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Column: Kansas basketball should boast better depth, intensity

Every summer, watching a camp game is all that’s necessary to trigger a debate as to whether this year’s Kansas University basketball team will outdo last year’s. For a better read on the basketball team’s 2014-2015, consider the head coach’s words. Column by Tom Keegan

Tuesday, July 1

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KU’s Self: It’s not fair to compare

Last week, at the NBA Draft in Brooklyn, New York, Kansas coach Bill Self cautioned against making unfair comparisons when it comes to searching for replacements for former Jayhawks Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid, the No. 1 and No. 3 picks in this year’s draft. By Matt Tait