Stories for June 2014


Sunday, June 29

KU’s Stigler 2nd at U.S. Track

Kansas University senior Michael Stigler finished runner-up in the 400-meter hurdles at the USA Track&Field Championships on Sunday.

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Juco safety commits to KU

After a slow start landing commitments in the Class of 2015, Kansas University football picked up the pace and gained pledges from eight players this month, the latest coming Sunday from Trinity Valley Community College safety L.B. Bates. By Matt Tait

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Column: Ben Heeney the face of KU football

The psyche of a Kansas University football fan in recent years has slipped from euphoria to frustration to anger to the dangerous place it now resides: apathy. By Tom Keegan

Current, former Jayhawks compete at USA Outdoor Track Championships

Kansas University alumnus Kyle Clemons earned a bronze medal in the 400-meter race on Saturday at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

Saturday, June 28

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Tarik Black to play for Houston Rockets in NBA summer leagues

Former Kansas University basketball center Tarik Black will be playing for the Houston Rockets’ summer league teams in both Orlando, Florida, and Las Vegas, he confirmed on Saturday. By Gary Bedore

Friday, June 27

KU golfer Brown wins in Nebraska

Lincoln, Neb. — Kansas University redshirt senior golfer Bryce Brown defeated Carson Schaake, 2 and 1, to win the 47th Nebraska Match Play Championship on Friday at the Country Club of Lincoln.

Firnbach joins KU softball staff

Mary Jo Firnbach is joining the Kansas University softball program as associate head coach, head coach Megan Smith announced Friday.

KU center surprised by No. 3 selection

Former Kansas University center Joel Embiid had no inside information regarding his draft stock entering Thursday’s 2014 NBA Draft.

Embiid must win over tough Philadelphia fan base

Known for having some of the toughest fans around, Philadelphians are never without their opinions about what’s happening with their beloved professional sports franchises. Such was the scene on a New York City subway train late Thursday night, as a pack of Philadelphia 76ers fans, donning sport coats over Sixers jerseys, cycled through a wide range of emotions concerning their team’s choice to select former Kansas University center Joel Embiid with the No. 3 pick in this year’s NBA Draft at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

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Wiggins downplays rivalry with Parker

The NBA has been known to fall in love with intense rivalries throughout the years. Teams, players, cities and coaches, all have been paired together in a tumultuous tango designed to ramp up the hype and make the league and its players more marketable.

Self: Having two of NBA draft's top picks 'means a lot' for KU

Kansas University’s domination of the 2014 NBA draft had coach Bill Self beaming in the Big Apple on Thursday night. By Gary Bedore

Column: Sixers had guts to draft Embiid third

In my book, Sam Hinkie, general manager of the Philadelphia 76ers, came to the plate for Thursday’s NBA draft with an 0-2 count. But man, what a two-strike hitter this Hinkie guy is. He showed that underneath his mound of statistical printouts and inside the cone of silence lies a man with a burglar’s guts. Column by Tom Keegan

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Philadelphia swoops in to snag injured Joel Embiid at No. 3

Fresh off last week’s foot surgery, Joel Embiid couldn’t fly from California to New York for Thursday’s 2014 NBA Draft. So the 7-footer out of Kansas University did the next best thing, enjoying the draft with family members in his agent’s house in Los Angeles, the city where he’s been working out and where he had the surgery. By Gary Bedore

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KU football picks up commitments from Texas preps

The Kansas University football team on Thursday added a couple of Texas players to its commitment list in the Class of 2015.

Thursday, June 26

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Destiny achieved: Andrew Wiggins goes No. 1 to Cleveland in NBA draft

With his million-dollar smile and versatile game already in place, Andrew Wiggins needed just one more thing to look the part of the undisputed No. 1 pick in this year’s NBA draft. Thursday night, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, Wiggins delivered. Wearing a silver-and-black sparkling suit and black bow tie, Wiggins was selected No. 1 by the Cleveland Cavaliers. Story from Matt Tait

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NBA draft trades may obscure final destinations for Wiggins, Embiid

Potential deals may complicate the otherwise straightforward order of Thursday night's NBA draft.

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NBA lottery hopefuls root for Joel Embiid

The Cleveland Cavaliers may have ruled out former Kansas University center Joel Embiid for the No. 1 pick in tonight’s NBA draft, but that didn’t keep Embiid’s name from popping up Wednesday in Times Square. By Matt Tait

Ex-KU guard Andrew White still weighing options

Former Kansas University basketball shooting guard Andrew White III will make an official recruiting visit to the University of Nebraska today and Friday, White reported Wednesday. Basketball notes by Gary Bedore

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Andrew Wiggins keeps calm with NBA draft destiny to be revealed tonight

On Wednesday, Andrew Wiggins and 19 other NBA draft lottery hopefuls went through one final day of preparation for this year’s main event, which begins at 6 tonight in Brooklyn's Barclays Center. By Matt Tait

Wednesday, June 25

KU golf’s Hanna qualifies for APL Championship

Kansas University men’s golfer Chase Hanna qualified for the July 14-19 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship with a two-round 142 on June 17 at Swope Golf Course in Kansas City, Missouri.

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KU begins removal of Memorial Stadium track

After years of discussion about whether to remove the track at Kansas University’s Memorial Stadium, it took just days to get started. Construction — a six-week process to rip out the track and replace it with turf and asphalt — began around 7 a.m. Wednesday morning.

Tuesday, June 24

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Column: This year could make memories of No. 1 at NBA Draft

This week marks the fifth year in a row that I’ve made the summertime trek to the Big Apple to cover the NBA Draft, an obvious sign that the Kansas University basketball team has had some pretty good players during recent years.

Jayhawks get visits from Maker brothers

Basketball notes. ... Thon Maker, a 7-foot junior center from Carlisle School in Martinsville, Virginia — and his 6-foot-10 sophomore brother, Matur — made unofficial recruiting visits to Kansas University on Tuesday, then drove to Columbia, Missouri, for similar trips to Mizzou.

Kansas softball adds transfer

Kansas University’s softball team has added transfer Monique Wesley, a right-handed pitcher who played two seasons at Cal State Fullerton, coach Megan Smith announced Tuesday.

Track removal pushed back by one day

Don’t worry. Kansas University’s Memorial Stadium will soon be track-less — even though the removal process didn’t begin on Tuesday.

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Column: Kansas center Black could be taken late in NBA Draft

Not all of the intrigue surrounding members of the most recent Kansas University basketball team during Thursday night’s NBA Draft will take place toward the front of the lottery, where teams will make decisions on Joel Embiid and Andrew Wiggins.

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Memorial Stadium track demolition slightly delayed

Don’t worry. Kansas University’s Memorial Stadium will soon be track-less — even though the removal process didn’t begin on Tuesday.

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Column: NBA mock drafts a mockery; Embiid still No. 1

Trace the origin of most mock drafts to lies and misdirection plays. So instead of looking at NBA mock drafts to try to figure out what your favorite lottery team will do Thursday night, just ask yourself what you would do by ranking 1 through 14 the prospects available for this draft. In so doing, you’ll probably get closer to draft results than the mocks constructed by those who have NBA sources. Column by Tom Keegan

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Basketball notebook: Embiid soccer tweet draws ire

Former Kansas University center Joel Embiid stirred up United States soccer fans Sunday by tweeting congratulations to Portugal soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo for setting up the tying goal in Portugal’s draw with the United States on Sunday. Basketball notes by Gary Bedore

NBA’s one-and-done rule draws mixed reviews

Donnie Nelson didn’t waste much time voicing his displeasure about players who join the NBA after playing just one year of college ball. “We’re not in the babysitting business,” the Dallas Mavericks’ president of basketball operations said.

Darrell Arthur opts to stay with Nuggets

Nuggets forward Darrell Arthur has exercised his contract option for the upcoming season. Denver general manager Tim Connelly announced the news Monday.

The curse of the NBA big man always affects drafts

Greg Oden has had years to think about the plight of his knees, and still has no good answers. The No. 1 pick in the 2007 NBA draft is a poster child for big man bad luck, an epidemic that's been sweeping the league for years. The latest victim seems to be Joel Embiid, a 7-footer expected to be the No. 1 pick in Thursday's draft before a recently suffered stress fracture in his right foot almost certainly robbed the former Kansas star of that chance.

Monday, June 23

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NBA teams get a look at Tarik Black before draft

Former Kansas University and University of Memphis power forward Tarik Black’s name isn’t showing up on any of the many mock drafts as the 2014 NBA Draft approaches. However, league general managers and scouts are familiar with the 6-foot-8, 252-pound Black, who has had workouts with a handful of teams. By Gary Bedore

Sunday, June 22

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Safety first: Weis excited about track removal

The way Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis sees it, Jayhawk games just became a lot safer thanks to Friday’s decision by the KU administration to begin removal of the track around the field at Memorial Stadium next week. By Matt Tait

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NBA Draft to have Kansas flavor

Embiid won’t attend, but Wiggins, Self will

Joel Embiid won’t be in the NBA Draft Green Room, impeccably dressed in a new $20,000 suit Thursday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. By Gary Bedore

Saturday, June 21

Kansas women's basketball adds to staff

Kansas University’s women’s basketball program has hired Drew Markowitz as the Director of Player Personnel/Analytics, KU coach Bonnie Henrickson announced Friday.

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Self optimistic about Embiid’s NBA future

News that former Kansas University center Joel Embiid had successful foot surgery Friday morning certainly brightened the rest of Bill Self’s day. “I’m glad the doctors said surgery went well. It’s obviously an injury that he should be able to recover from,” Self, who coached the 7-foot Cameroon native for one season at KU, said Friday night. By Gary Bedore

Friday, June 20

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KU to remove track from Memorial Stadium

Construction set to begin Tuesday

Removal of the track that surrounds the playing surface at Memorial Stadium is set to begin Tuesday. The process, as first reported by the Journal-World on Friday, is expected to take six weeks and will be finished before the 2014 Kansas football season. By Matt Tait

Former Kansas center Joel Embiid has successful foot surgery in California

Joel Embiid had surgery on his right foot on Friday in Los Angeles.

KU puts 50 on rookie academic team

Fifty Kansas University student-athletes who recently completed their freshman year were among 455 athletes named to the Academic All-Big 12 Rookie Team on Thursday.

Japanese golfers sweep Woodland golf titles

As former Kansas University golf star Gary Woodland continues his quest to become one of the top players in the world, the Topeka native has made sure not to forget about the generation of young golfers hoping to follow in his golf shoes. By Matt Tait

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Joel Embiid's injury could prove costly

Joel Embiid, who missed the 2014 NCAA Tournament because of a stress fracture in his back, today will undergo surgery to repair a stress fracture in the navicular bone of his right foot. News of the foot fracture shook the NBA on Thursday, just seven days before the 2014 Draft in Brooklyn, New York — a draft in which the 7-foot former Kansas University center was expected to be selected No. 1 overall. By Gary Bedore

Column: Embiid’s foot injury complicates NBA Draft

As long as the goal is set exactly 10 feet off the floor — just like back in good, old Hickory — basketball coaches and team executives will always see the value, and hear the siren song, of having players able to visit that lofty area with ease.

Thursday, June 19

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Joel Embiid has stress fracture in foot, will undergo surgery Friday

Former KU center will not attend next Thursday's draft in New York

Former Kansas University center Joel Embiid is scheduled to have surgery Friday to repair a stress fracture in his right foot, a stunning development that could affect the top choices in next week's NBA draft.

Wednesday, June 18

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Column: KU newcomer Graham positive at point guard

In some ways, the less you notice a point guard, the better he’s playing. It can mean he’s keeping the ball moving, getting it into the right hands at the right time, not monopolizing it. I didn’t hear much about freshman point guard Devonté Graham’s play in last week’s Bill Self Camp exhibition game featuring past and present Kansas University basketball players, so I decided to take in the camp game Wednesday. Column by Tom Keegan

KU’s Jones earns Big 12 softball's top academic honor

Kansas University fifth-year senior Alex Jones earned the Big 12’s Softball Scholar Athlete of the Year award, the league announced Wednesday.

Drive to win: Motivated Mason hits game-winner in camp scrimmage

Kansas University sophomore Frank Mason sped through the lane for a driving layup with 7.8 seconds left in overtime of Wednesday's Bill Self basketball camp game, giving the Red team an 84-83 victory over the Blue squad. “Any game I play, I always want to win. I take pride in it. Today it was just a camp game, but still I just wanted to win it,” Mason said. By Gary Bedore

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Team USA vet Frankamp eager for second international tour

For Connor Frankamp, Kansas University basketball's participation in the 2015 World University Games marks an opportunity to win a second gold medal while playing for the red, white and blue. He scored 22 points to lead the U.S. over Australia in the gold-medal game of the FIBA Under 17 World Championships in the summer of 2012 in Lithuania. By Gary Bedore

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Column: Pierson should play RB, not WR

The closer it gets to college football season, the more columnist Tom Keegan thinks about ways to get the ball in the hands of Tony Pierson more often.

Tuesday, June 17

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KU basketball tradition touted as 'great fit' for World University Games

Kansas University basketball’s standing as one of the top programs in the country was one of the biggest reasons the Jayhawks were chosen to represent the United States in the 2015 World University Games in Korea. “Kansas was a great fit,” said Craig Jonas, the deputy head of the USA delegation, during a news conference Tuesday at KU. “When you walk the halls here, you realize what a great tradition Kansas has, and we’re ecstatic about having them there.” By Matt Tait

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KU officials discussing track removal at Memorial Stadium

Kansas University football fans have long clamored for the removal of the track surrounding the field at Memorial Stadium. Now that the new track-and-field facility at Rock Chalk Park has become a reality, KU officials may be close to making a move. By Matt Tait

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Jayhawks add juco WR Cory Butler

The commitment parade continued on Tuesday for Charlie Weis and the Kansas University football program, which picked up its seventh commitment in the past four days when four-star junior-college wide receiver Cory Butler switched his commitment from Utah to Kansas.

Kansas women to face Irish

Eight teams that appeared in the 2014 postseason — including national runner-up Notre Dame — appear on Kansas University’s women’s basketball nonconference schedule, which was released Monday.

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Gary Woodland dispenses wisdom at clinic

Golfers in town from all over the country to compete in the Gary Woodland Championship, an American Junior Golf Association event at Alvamar public, had their chance to pepper Woodland himself with questions Monday afternoon, and they didn’t choke under pressure. They asked him some good ones, one day after he completed his final round in the 114th U.S. Open played at Pinehurst No. 2. By Tom Keegan

Monday, June 16

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KU football adds Iowa Western offensive lineman

6-8, 340-pound Larry Mazyck expected to be eligible this fall

The Kansas University football program on Monday picked up an offensive lineman from Iowa Western Community College who may be able to help the Jayhawks right away.

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Self: Jayhawks thrilled to represent U.S. at 2015 World University Games

Kansas University’s men’s basketball team is going global. By Gary Bedore

Tinkering Gary Woodland settles for 52nd at Open

Even at the highest level, golfers relentlessly tinker, seeking the secret to making that final step from good tour player to great one. By Tom Keegan

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Flippin' Frank Mason wows campers with gymnastics

Bill Self knows how to wake up his young basketball campers during any lulls in the action: Self, Kansas University’s 12th-year coach, asks sophomore guard Frank Mason to perform a gymnastics routine. By Gary Bedore

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA playoff games of June 15

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA playoff games of Sunday, June 15.

Sunday, June 15

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KU QB Jake Heaps headed to Miami

2013 starter will join the Hurricanes after graduating from KU in late June

Two days after the Kansas University football program announced that Jake Heaps was graduating and transferring, the Jayhawks' 2013 starting quarterback confirmed to the Journal-World that he was headed to play for the Miami Hurricanes.

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KU football lands 5 juco commitments during busy weekend

Always in search of upgrading the talent at his team's positions of greatest need, Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis enjoyed a productive weekend on the recruiting trail.

Column: Wind woes bend, don't break Woodland at Open

Gary Woodland yanked his tee shot left, deep into the waste area that hugs the fairways at Pinehurst No. 2, up against a fence, in among the pine trees. From there, Woodland’s round went backward. Literally. Column by Tom Keegan

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Possible top pick Embiid kills lyin’ once and for all

Former Kansas University player Joel Embiid is projected to go first overall in the June 26 NBA Draft, according to a five-expert panel in the latest issue of ESPN the Magazine, which also gets to the bottom of the 7-footer's tall tale about a lion in Cameroon. Basketball notes by Gary Bedore

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Fatherhood’s end, beginning transform KU TE Mundine

Rather than succumb to sadness after his father died, Kansas University tight end Jimmay Mundine used the tragedy as the catalyst to become a better man. By Matt Tait

Friday, June 13

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Stigler second, Vollmer injured at outdoor NCAA track championships

Kansas University track and field juniors Michael Stigler and Lindsay Vollmer both entered day three of the NCAA Championships Friday with individual event titles in reach, but neither could reach the top of the podium.

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Ex-Kansas guard Morningstar finds Finland lots of fun

Former Kansas University basketball guard Brady Morningstar had what he called “a great experience” playing in Finland’s top professional league this past season.

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Thompson looks ahead after Open experience

His appetite whetted for the big-time, Chris Thompson flew back to Kansas City on Friday night. On Sunday, he’ll drive back to the minor leagues of professional golf, so that he can be in position for Monday qualifying for the tour event in Wichita.

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Disappointing finishes costly for Woodland

U.S. Open golf courses tend to be gas guzzlers, tearing through the mental and physical fuel tanks of the world’s best golfers.

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QB Jake Heaps leaving Kansas; RB Darrian Miller, WR Andrew Turzilli also done

With 3 saying goodbye, KU lands commitments from 2 in Class of 2015

After several weeks of Internet speculation about Kansas University quarterback Jake Heaps' future as a Jayhawk, word surfaced Friday that Heaps plans to transfer.

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In fine form: Reed shoots sweet as ever at KU alumni classic

Left open in the corner with the outcome of the Rock Chalk Roundball Classic on the line, former Kansas University guard Tyrel Reed delivered on Thursday night in a packed Lawrence High gym. By Gary Bedore

KU heptathlete Vollmer begins title defense

Kansas University junior Lindsay Vollmer sits in second place after the first four events of her heptathlon title defense, Thursday at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

Thompson struggles to 80 in first round at U.S. Open

Too often, the longest walk in golf stretches from the driving range to the first tee. And since it was the U.S. Open, where everything is longer and tougher, Thursday it became the longest walk of Chris Thompson’s life. By Tom Keegan

Ex-KU golfer Woodland off just a tad at U.S. Open

Gary Woodland took a 6-iron to the tee on the 213-yard 17th-hole at Pinehurst No. 2 and hit it high and on the pin. He heard the excitement of the crowd building and then a loud moan and then a thundering ovation. By Tom Keegan

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA playoff games of June 12

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA playoff games of Thursday, June 12.

Thursday, June 12

KU long jumper Conley 7th at NCAA Outdoor; Stigler tops semifinal

Kansas University sophomore Sydney Conley earned first-team All-America honors Wednesday, placing seventh in the long jump finals at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

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Bounce back: Selden shows off healthy hops in KU camp game

Frank Mason lofted a perfectly-timed pass to fellow Kansas University sophomore Wayne Selden, who threw down a vicious one-handed slam dunk Wednesday in Horejsi Center. The 6-foot-5 Selden, who scored 17 points off an assortment of drives, dunks and jumpers in the Blue Team’s 79-67 Bill Self camp game victory over Ben McLemore and Cole Aldrich’s Red squad, showed he’s recovered nicely from offseason knee surgery. By Gary Bedore

Ex-KU golfer Woodland gets tips during tuneup for U.S. Open

The gallery following Matt Kuchar, Gary Woodland and Andres Echavarria for their final practice holes in advance of the 114th U.S. Open slowly swelled as word spread as to the identity of the slender, well-dressed man walking stride-for-stride with Woodland down the fairway. By Tom Keegan

Column: Call Thompson anything except overwhelmed by U.S. Open debut

All of his life his name had been Chris Thompson. And then, at age 37, he finally qualified for a PGA Tour event and his name became Nicholas Thompson. Per the official bag tag he was given upon his arrival Monday to play in the 114th U.S. Open in which he tees off at 1:42 p.m. today at Pinehurst No. 2, his name now is “Casey Thompson.” Thompson took to Twitter to have fun with the latest case of mistaken identity, posting a picture of the bag tag and a message: “How you know when you’ve arrived.” Column by Tom Keegan

Wednesday, June 11

A crisis of confidence for Miami’s Mario Chalmers

Mario Chalmers was still awake at 5 a.m. Wednesday. He stayed up all night watching tape of his play in the last two NBA Finals, looking for answers. The Miami Heat hope their point guard found them.

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA playoff games of June 10

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA playoff games of Tuesday, June 10.

Tuesday, June 10

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Oubre plays at full speed

Kansas University’s basketball players tend to play unbelievably hard, even in 4-on-4 full-contact halfcourt drills for Bill Self basketball campers.

Improved Thompson prepared for Open

Seinfeld had the summer of George. On the Kansas golf scene, this has been the summer of Chris Thompson.

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Vollmer sets sights on another heptathlon title

It’s been a shade over a year since Kansas University’s Lindsay Vollmer clutched a bouquet of yellow flowers and shiny national championship trophy in her left hand and raised her right hand high into the air while wearing a smile that tried to make sense of all that had just happened.

KU closer on Freshman All-America team

Kansas University closer Stephen Villines earned second-team Freshman All-America honors, the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association announced Monday.

Lessons learned, KU jumper Conley ready to win

Kansas University sophomore Sydney Conley knew her friends and family were expecting her to take first place in the long jump last week at NCAA West Preliminaries. Though she was jumping at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, her hometown, with plenty of supporters watching, finishing first wasn’t her goal. By Bobby Nightengale

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Crowd-pleaser: Ex-KU star McLemore speaks, slams at Self camp

Still a kid at heart, 21-year-old NBA jumping jack Ben McLemore heeded the requests of a throng of young Bill Self basketball campers, who chanted “360, 360” at the 6-foot-5 Sacramento Kings guard Monday in Horejsi Center. By Gary Bedore

Monday, June 9

KU O-Lineman Joe Gibson earns scholarship for coming season

Monday afternoon, red-shirt freshman Joe Gibson, a 6-foot-3, 295-pound Rockhurst High graduate, learned that he had officially been placed on scholarship for the 2014 season during a brief team meeting at the KU football complex.

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KU newcomer Alexander promises ‘power’

Kansas University newcomer Cliff Alexander kept it short when characterizing his game after signing autographs Sunday at KU coach Bill Self’s basketball camp. “One word ... power,” Alexander said. And Self agrees. By Gary Bedore

KU thrower Maroszek ready for spotlight at NCAA Outdoor

At some track and field meets, a thrower can feel slighted. Plenty of spectators come not to watch the discus, shot put, javelin or hammer throw events, but to enjoy the bursts of speed on display around the track. Certain venues even render throwers less visible, sending them to compete outside of the stadium, away from the vast majority of the crowd and the spotlight. Jessica Maroszek doesn’t take such scenarios personally. By Benton Smith

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA playoff games of June 8

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA playoff games of Sunday, June 8.

Sunday, June 8

Five more Jayhawks drafted

Five Kansas University baseball players were drafted on the final day of the Major League Baseball amateur draft on Saturday.

Ex-players stick up for Roy Williams

Some of Roy Williams’ former Kansas University basketball players were quick to stand up for their coach Saturday in the wake of allegations from disgruntled former North Carolina player Rashad McCants, who alleged Williams was aware of no-show courses in the Afro- and African-American Studies Department at UNC. By Gary Bedore

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Danny Manning: Wake welcoming … so far

The 48-year-old Danny Manning, who moved from Greensboro, North Carolina, to Lawrence in 1983 for his senior year at Lawrence High and ensuing four years at KU, has received a hero’s welcome in his return to Carolina Country. By Gary Bedore

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Up-and-comer: KU hurdler Stigler overcame slow start

As Kansas University junior hurdler Michael Stigler illustrated by coming from way behind to win the first of his three Big 12 400-meter hurdle titles, it’s not how you start, rather how you finish. By Tom Keegan

Williams disputes accusation

North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams, with 11 of his Tar Heel players in attendance, conducted a 35-minute on-camera interview with ESPN on Saturday, a day after former Tar Heel Rashad McCants alleged academic impropriety at UNC.

Saturday, June 7

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KU recruit Mykhailiuk garners 5-star rating has awarded future Kansas University basketball player Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk a five-star rating, the website reported Friday. Basketball notes by Gary Bedore

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KU football’s Dineen speaks in memory of late rival

Kansas University freshman Joe Dineen’s quest to honor the late Andre Maloney — a fellow KU football recruit and Sunflower League standout — included another memorable stop on Friday. By Matt Tait

Friday, June 6

Chalmers’ woes slow down Heat in Game 1 of NBA Finals

Mario Chalmers said his ball-handling responsibilities — always less than the traditional point guard — have been reduced somewhat in these playoffs, to the point where he is “just trying to figure out where I fit in right now.” Regardless, the Miami Heat needs a more efficient, productive Chalmers than the one who was turnover- and foul-prone in Game 1 of the Finals against the San Antonio Spurs.

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Rangers take KU pitcher Benjamin in fifth round of MLB Draft

With the 156th pick of the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft, the Texas Rangers selected Kansas University baseball’s junior left-handed pitcher Wes Benjamin Friday afternoon.

KU volleyball aide hired at James Madison

Kansas University volleyball volunteer assistant coach Wendel Camargo has been hired as an assistant at James Madison University, the programs announced Thursday.

Column: Triple-A hasn’t changed ex-KU player Robby Price

The third of the baseball Price sons is watched in a very modern way, but it’s Robby Price's old-school qualities as a ballplayer that keep him moving steadily up the Tampa Bay Rays farm system. Column by Tom Keegan

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Pundits praise KU freshman point guard Graham

ESPN’s Paul Biancardi recently ranked Kansas University point guard Devonté Graham No. 2 on a list of the “nation’s most important freshmen,” behind Indiana’s James Blackmon. Basketball notebook by Gary Bedore

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA playoff games of June 5

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA playoff games of Thursday, June 5.

Thursday, June 5

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KU to shuffle seating at Allen Fieldhouse

More donor seating will be added closer to floor in northwest corner of building

Section U, which has been reserved for students, will be available to Williams Fund donors this season.

Lions’ Freeman, Jayhawks Hoag, Wesley in Hall Class of 2014

Former Lawrence High football and track coach Bill Freeman and Kansas University standouts Charlie Hoag and Walt Wesley will be inducted into Kansas Sports Hall of Fame on Oct. 5 at the Wichita Boathouse.

Heavy topics dominate Kansas Athletics meeting

Fresh off of their recent stint in Dallas for the Big 12 spring meetings, Kansas University Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little and athletic director Sheahon Zenger on Wednesday needed little time to bring the Kansas Athletics, Inc., board of directors up to speed on what topics were discussed at the annual meetings. By Matt Tait

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Weis headed to Hawaii for camp

Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis is headed to Hawaii this weekend to attend the Maximum Exposure camp put on by the Pacific Islands Athletic Alliance. By Matt Tait

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Kansas center Hunter Mickelson fired up to contribute

Hunter Mickelson had a smile on his face and bounce in his steps as he worked with 100 or so youths at Wednesday’s Ed Fritz College Stars camp at the Fieldhouse of Kansas City.By Gary Bedore

Wednesday, June 4

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KU coach Bill Self still in favor of shorter shot clock

The ACC, and maybe the SEC, will be two conferences to experiment with a 30-second shot clock in exhibition basketball games during the 2014-15 preseason. Kansas University coach Bill Self thinks that's a move in the right direction. By Gary Bedore

Broncos’ CB Talib gives nod to Manning

Aqib Talib figures he has upgraded quarterbacks by moving to Denver, and he has definitely traded up when it comes to the wide receivers he’s facing in offseason workouts.

Tuesday, June 3

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Seldom-seen Brannen Greene trusts in KU program, coach

Brannen Greene didn’t play a lot, in fact, he didn’t crack the regular rotation, during his freshman season at Kansas University. Though that came as somewhat of a surprise to the confident 6-foot-7 wing, he says he never, ever considered fleeing to another school via transfer. By Gary Bedore

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James Sims still looking for shot in NFL

Former Kansas University running back James Sims is still looking for his shot in the NFL. In early May, Sims, KU’s third leading rusher of all time, went undrafted but was picked up as a free agent by the Green Bay Packers in the hours immediately following the draft. One problem: Sims’ deal with the Packers was for a weekend tryout only and did not come with any financial compensation or guarantee. By Matt Tait

Monday, June 2

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Former KU golfer Chris Thompson qualifies for U.S. Open

The best golf year of Chris Thompson’s life got better Monday when he qualified for the U.S. Open. Thompson, a former Kansas University golfer, was the third and final one to make it at Springfield Country Club, site of one of 10 sectional qualifiers that took place Monday throughout the country. By Tom Keegan

One city product in super regionals

Four city high school products earned trips to the NCAA Baseball Tournament, but just one advanced out of the regional round Sunday.

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Bill Self says 2-year rule just fine with him

If first-year NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and the league’s Players Association ultimately agree on a new “two-and-done” rule, there actually will be some contented college freshmen and sophomore stars. By Gary Bedore

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Kansas football shifts focus

Coaches turn attention to ’14 opponents

After spending most of May recruiting the Class of 2015 and beyond, Kansas University’s football coaches are set to transition into the first true act of the 2014 season. By Matt Tait

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KU baseball season ends with 8-6 loss to Kentucky

Kansas University battled back from an eight-run deficit, but the Jayhawks’ first NCAA Tournament trip in five seasons ended with an 8-6 regional setback to Kentucky on Sunday at Jim Patterson Stadium.

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Self confident Embiid’s back healthy

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self assured a pair of Philadelphia radio talk show audiences last week that Joel Embiid’s once-injured back is healed. Notes by Gary Bedore

Former LHS, FSHS standouts continue play at NCAA baseball regionals

Former high school baseball standouts from the city of Lawrence continued play in NCAA regionals on Saturday.

KU track qualifies relays for NCAA Outdoor

Two Kansas University relay teams qualified Saturday for the NCAA Outdoor track and field meet June 11-14 in Eugene, Oregon.

Column: Ex-KU golfer Thompson preps for next shot

The way most of us look at it, the fine line between birdie and bogey, a foot here, a bounce there, is a matter of luck. That’s not how those who make a living playing golf explain it. Column by Tom Keegan

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA playoff games of May 31

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA playoff games of Saturday, May 31.