Stories for April 2015


Wednesday, April 29

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Diallo’s progress draws applause

Cheick Diallo joined New York Team SCAN’s AAU basketball program in the spring of 2012 as a skinny, 6-foot-7, 15-year-old eager to learn all about a sport he started playing at his dad’s suggestion in the winter of 2010 in Mali.

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Heeney taking different approach to workouts

When the image of former Kansas University linebacker Ben Heeney working out comes to mind, one might expect a lot of grunting, screaming, sweating and swearing.

KU men’s golfers eighth at Big 12

Freshman Daniel Hudson and sophomore Chase Hanna fired rounds of 3-over 73 to guide Kansas University’s men’s golf team to an eighth-place finish Wednesday at the Big 12 Championship.

Arkansas-Pine Bluff tops KU baseball

Arkansas Pine Bluff rallied for five runs in the second inning, and Kansas University’s baseball team could not recover in a 6-5 setback Tuesday at Hoglund Ballpark.

KU’s Welle 16th, but team in 8th

Kansas University junior Ben Welle is in 16th place, but KU men’s golf is next-to-last after Tuesday’s round of the Big 12 Championship at Southern Hills Country Club.

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Column: Addition makes Kansas Final Four contender

Nearly every talent evaluator who watches Cheick Diallo comes away with reports that go something like: Runs rim to rim with excellent speed and passion. Super high motor. Explosive leaper. Potential to become a decent shot-blocker. Physical. Strong rebounder at both ends. Powerful. Raw offensive skills keep him from being a guy around whom a team would want to build its offense.

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McDonald’s MVP Diallo commits to Jayhawks

Cheick Diallo, the MVP of the McDonald’s All-American Game and Jordan Brand Classic who had Big Apple school St. John’s on his final list of prospective colleges, didn’t hold a lavish news conference at Our Savior New American High in Centereach, New York, on Tuesday to announce his college choice.

Tuesday, April 28

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Cheick Diallo announces decision to play at KU

Cheick Diallo, a 6-foot-9 senior center from Our Savior New American High in Centereach, New York, has committed to play basketball at Kansas University.

KU men’s golfers eighth at Big 12

With two Jayhawks in the top-20, the Kansas men’s golf team sits in eighth after Day One at the Big 12 Championship at Southern Hills Country Club.

KU golfer to play in NCAA’s

Kansas junior women’s golfer Yupaporn Kawinpakorn has been selected to compete as an individual in 2015 NCAA Regional in San Antonio at Brigg Ranch Golf Course on May 7-9.

KU’s Krauth earns Big 12 recognition

The Big 12 Conference named junior transfer Ben Krauth the league’s baseball Co-Newcomer of the Week Monday afternoon, for his performance Friday night at West Virginia.

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of April 27, 2015

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA playoff games of April 27, 2015

Monday, April 27

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Former South Carolina LB announces intentions to join KU football

Less than 24 hours after from former Texas A&M wide receiver LaQuvionte Gonzalez tweeted out his plans to make KU his new college football home, former South Carolina linebacker Marcquis Roberts announced on his Facebook page his intentions to become a Jayhawk.

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Brandon Ingram chooses Duke over KU, others

Prize recruit Brandon Ingram on Monday committed to Duke.

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Michael Cummings to have surgery on left knee

Kansas senior quarterback Michael Cummings will require surgery on his left knee, KU coach David Beaty announced in a release Monday morning.

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Coveted recruit Ingram to declare Monday

Monday is Decision Day for prize basketball prospect Brandon Ingram, who is ranked No. 3 in the recruiting Class of 2015 by ESPN and No. 4 by By Gary Bedore

Jayhawks 4-5 at Big 12 women's golf

Kansas University’s Pornvipa Sakdee placed fourth and Yupaporn Kawinpakorn tied for fifth at the Big 12 Women’s Golf Championship on Sunday at Dominion Country Club.

KU baseball falls in finale at WVU

Kansas University jumped to a four-run lead in just two innings but couldn’t score again in a 5-4 Big 12 baseball loss to West Virginia on Sunday.

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Spring over, Beaty turns attention to recruiting — especially in-state

Now that first-year Kansas University football coach David Beaty and his staff have completed their first spring season, it’s time to hit the recruiting trail. By Benton Smith

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Jayhawks’ softball rally falls short vs. OU

On most days, loading the bases with no outs in the bottom of the seventh inning means a softball team just needs one or two positive at-bats for a tie or a win. However, when Kansas University’s first three batters reached in the final frame Sunday afternoon at Arrocha Ballpark at Rock Chalk Park, the Jayhawks would have needed a grand slam and then some to make up their deficit. By Benton Smith

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Column: Here’s a look at seven KU football newbies to watch

A look at seven Kansas football players who helped their bids for fall playing time during the spring, listed in alphabetical order. By Tom Keegan

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of April 26, 2015

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA playoff games of April 26, 2015

Sunday, April 26

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Former Texas A&M WR says he's headed to Kansas

This past Monday, Texas A&M wide receiver LaQuvionte Gonzalez took to Twitter to announce he was leaving the program to pursue his college football career elsewhere. Sunday night, he hopped back on social media to tweet he is headed to Kansas. By Benton Smith

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Spring game nets KU receiver Braylon Royal

A cavalcade of Kansas University football recruits and commitments watched Saturday’s spring game at Memorial Stadium, and before the big weekend concluded for the Jayhawks, one of those undecided high school players in attendance told KU’s coaches he plans to make Lawrence his future home. By Benton Smith

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of April 25, 2015

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of April 25, 2015

Saturday, April 25

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Transfer rule controversial

It’s understandable if Cleveland State basketball coach Gary Waters is frustrated over the rule that allows players who have graduated with one year of eligibility remaining to transfer to another school and be eligible to play immediately.

KU's Muchkayev 15th

Kansas University’s Anastasiya Muchkayev placed 15th in the Triton Invitational’s women’s invitational shot put with a throw of 15.66 meters.

KU rowers fourth

Kansas University’s rowing team joined up with Oklahoma on Saturday in the Big 12 vs. Big Ten Double Dual as the Jayhawks and Sooners took on Iowa and Wisconsin.

Kansas soccer tops Creighton

Ashley Williams scored three goals, and Kansas University defeated Creighton, 5-0, in women’s soccer Saturday night at Rock Chalk Park.

Two KU golfers second at Big 12

Kansas University’s Yupaporn Kawinpakorn shot the low round of the day, 3-under 69, to move into a tie for second place Saturday after the second round of the Big 12 women’s golf championship.

KU baseball belts West Virginia

A five-run first inning and a four-run ninth sent Kansas University past West Virginia, 9-5, on Saturday in Big 12 baseball.

Kansas softball falls to OU, 13-0

Oklahoma handed Kansas University’s softball team its worst loss of the season Saturday, shutting out the Jayhawks, 13-0, at Arrocha Ballpark.

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Bryan Sperry, 89, steals show in alumni flag football game

Prior to Saturday's spring football game, Kansas University had about 40 alumni take the field for a flag football contest. While most participants weren’t too far removed from their glory days, it was a Kansas standout from 1946-48 who stole the show. By Benton Smith

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Notebook: David Beaty brings back Kansas greats

While Saturday’s Kansas University spring football game served as a reminder of the uphill climb ahead for new coach David Beaty and his staff, the days leading up to the exhibition also featured examples of attainable success. By Benton Smith

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Jayhawks' productive spring ends with plenty left to accomplish

Shortly after the conclusion of Kansas University’s annual spring game, head coach David Beaty showed up for his news conference with the same bounce and energy he takes with him everywhere. But even the most optimistic person in the room didn’t try to paint a false picture of the Blue team’s 20-7 victory against White in the Saturday scrimmage at Memorial Stadium. By Benton Smith

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Column: 'Uncertain' future ahead for KU football

Oh well, at least nothing was falling from the sky during the Kansas University football team’s annual spring game. Yet, plenty else was falling, including the sky itself. The big black cloud that hovered over the stadium seemed appropriate. By Tom Keegan

KU’s Sakdee leads Big 12 golf

Kansas University sophomore Pornvipa Sakdee took the first-round lead on Friday at the Big 12 Women’s Golf Championship at the Dominion Country Club.

Levy highlights Kansas track

Kansas University junior Daina Levy claimed the top collegiate finish in a field of some of the top hammer throwers in the nation Friday at the Triton Invitational. She added a season-best mark in the discus and was joined by two other Jayhawks in top-25 finishes at the event in La Jolla, California.

KU tennis falls in Big 12, 4-0

Kansas University’s tennis season ended with a 4-0 loss to 11th-ranked Oklahoma State on Friday in the Big 12 Tournament.

Kansas baseball upends WVU

Solid starting pitching and an even better bullpen carried Kansas University to a 3-1 Big 12 baseball victory over West Virginia on Friday at Monongalia County Ballpark.

Chavez homer lifts KU softball past No. 5 Oklahoma

Daniella Chavez hit a two-run, one-out home run to give Kansas University a huge 4-2, eight-inning, walkoff victory over No. 5-ranked Oklahoma in Big 12 softball on Friday at Arrocha Ballpark at Rock Chalk Park.

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Prep Ingram to pick Monday

Brandon Ingram, a 6-foot-8 senior forward from Kinston (North Carolina) High, will announce his college choice at 5:10 p.m., Central time, Monday in his school’s gymnasium. By Gary Bedore

KU to play it ‘very basic’ at spring game

The annual Kansas University football spring game has provided KU fans an opportunity to get a fresh look at the team the Jayhawks will put on the field each fall. By Matt Tait

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of April 24, 2015

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of April 24, 2015

Friday, April 24

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of April 23, 2015

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of April 23, 2015

Thursday, April 23

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Malik Newman chooses Mississippi State

Malik Newman, a 6-foot-3 senior combo guard from Callaway High in Jackson, Mississippi, who is ranked No. 8 nationally in the Class of 2015 by, announced for Mississippi State today.

UC Santa Barbara names Bonnie Henrickson women's basketball coach

Bonnie Henrickson, fired by Kansas University as women’s basketball coach after 11 seasons without a Big 12 regular-season winning record, didn’t stay out of work for long.

Kansas softball holds off SIU-Edwardsville, 6-4

A four-run third inning carried Kansas University to a 6-4, nonconference softball victory over SIU-Edwardsville on Wednesday at Arrocha Ballpark at Rock Chalk Park.

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KU basketball recruiting notebook: Newman undecided

Not so fast. Malik Newman, a 6-foot-3 senior from Callaway High in Jackson, Mississippi, says he has not chosen Mississippi State as reported by By Gary Bedore

Self: Women's coach Schneider ‘solid’

Bill Self met with new Kansas University women’s basketball coach Brandon Schneider last week when Schneider was on campus for his job interview. By Gary Bedore

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Column: KU freshman Aldridge ‘loves’ new coach’s message

Because of her Tuesday class schedule, Kansas University women’s basketball point guard Lauren Aldridge — and the rest of the KU women’s team — was unable to attend the news conference introducing new coach Brandon Schneider. By Matt Tait

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Column: SFA senior says new KU women's coach discourages ‘robots’

Most coaches, by nature, are control freaks: “Go here. Don’t go there. Do this. Don’t do that.” Almost to a man, coaches who have worked with male and female basketball players say that women follow instruction better. New Kansas University women’s basketball coach Brandon Schneider said it Tuesday at his colorful introductory news conference. By Tom Keegan

Wednesday, April 22

KU reliever on watch list

The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) named Kansas University baseball sophomore closer Stephen Villines to the Midseason Stopper of the Year Watch List, the organization announced Tuesday.

Two Jayhawks on academic tennis team

Kansas University senior Maria Belen Ludueña and sophomore Maria Jose Cardona were named to the Academic All-Big 12 Tennis Team on Tuesday after achieving grade-point averages higher than 3.20.

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Beaty reaching out to students

As part of his ongoing quest to bring the Kansas University student body and the KU football team closer together, first-year head coach David Beaty plans to spend some time competing with those outside of the program.

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of April 21, 2015

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of April 21, 2015

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KU target Newman says he’ll announce on Friday

Kansas University recruiting target Malik Newman, a 6-foot-3 senior shooting guard from Callaway High in Jackson, Mississippi, will reveal his college choice on Friday, Newman said Tuesday.

Jayhawks sweep season series with WSU

Tuesday’s 11-6 victory over Wichita State at Hoglund Ballpark marked the Kansas University baseball team’s sixth consecutive victory over the once-mighty Sunflower State rival.

Tuesday, April 21

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Schneider takes over as Kansas women's basketball coach

New Kansas University women’s basketball coach Brandon Schneider didn’t have to look outside of his family to fully appreciate where the program he has taken over stands on the school’s hoops pecking order.

Malik Newman to announce college choice at noon Friday

No. 3-rated player has KU on list that includes Kentucky, Mississippi State, LSU, Mississippi and North Carolina State

Malik Newman will announce his college choice on Friday.

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Recruiting target Diallo sets Twitterverse abuzz

Cheick Diallo is hinting that he is mighty close to announcing his college choice. By Gary Bedore

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Who are these guys? KU wideout corps unknown for now

The 2015 Kansas University wide receivers are a pretty anonymous group. And position coach Klint Kubiak expects it to stay that way. By Matt Tait

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Challenge awaits new KU women’s coach

Brandon Schneider, new women’s basketball coach at Kansas University, will be introduced to the program’s small fan base via a 10 a.m. news conference Tuesday. The session with the media will offer the first clues as to whether Schneider has what it takes to bring relevance to a program dwarfed by the perennial-powerhouse men’s basketball team. By Tom Keegan

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of April 20, 2015

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of April 20, 2015

Monday, April 20

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Kansas announces Brandon Schneider as new KU women's basketball coach

The Kansas University athletic department has announced that Stephen F. Austin coach Brandon Schneider has been hired as KU's new women’s basketball coach. KU will hold a 10 a.m. Tuesday press conference to formally announce the hiring.

Column: Blame Weis for ’15 struggles

So little depth at so many positions combined with a brutal schedule puts the Kansas University football team in danger of going 0-12 in 2015. By Tom Keegan

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Race on to land remaining preps

There’s a lot of talking going on in gyms and living rooms — as well as on the phone these days — between the few uncommitted blue-chip high school basketball prospects in the Class of 2015 and high-profile college coaches. By Gary Bedore

Sunday, April 19

Texas tennis blanks Jayhawks

Kansas University dropped every set in a 4-0 Big 12 tennis loss to No. 31-ranked Texas on Sunday at the Caswell Tennis Center.

Tulsa outlasts KU softball, 3-2

Two swings of the bat doomed Kansas University to a 3-2 nonconference softball setback against Tulsa on Sunday at the Collins Family Softball Complex.

KU men’s golf sixth at Hawkeye

Three Kansas University golfers placed in the top 20, and the Jayhawks were sixth in the team race at the Hawkeye Invitational, which concluded Sunday at Finkbine Golf Course.

Blown away: Texas tees off on KU, takes series

When Kansas University baseball coach Ritch Price arrived at Hoglund Ballpark on Sunday and saw the wind blowing out, he knew his pitching staff and depleted bullpen would need some help topping Texas. By Matt Tait

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Sources: KU to name SFA's Schneider next women's coach Tuesday

Brandon Schneider will be announced as Kansas University’s next women’s basketball coach at a Tuesday news conference, according to sources with inside knowledge of the hiring process. By Tom Keegan

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Transfer target Thorne taps Illinois

Former UNC Charlotte center Mike Thorne Jr., who had Kansas University on his list of possible transfer destinations, on Saturday committed to University of Illinois during his campus visit. By Gary Bedore

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Mood swing: McKay’s walk-off blast fires up KU

Less than 24 hours after walking off the Hoglund Ballpark field with their heads hanging after a devastating 14-inning loss to Texas, Kansas University’s baseball team left Saturday’s 5-4 victory like over-caffeinated teenagers leaving a rock concert. By Matt Tait

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SFA’s Schneider front-runner for KU post

Kansas University moved three steps closer last week to naming Stephen F. Austin coach Brandon Schneider as its next head women’s basketball coach. By Tom Keegan

Hanna tied for 8th; KU men’s golf in sixth

Kansas University sophomore Chase Hanna shot rounds of 70 and 71 to end up tied for eighth place at 3-under par after Day One of the Hawkeye-Great River Entertainment Invitational on Saturday.

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of April 18, 2015

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of April 18, 2015

Saturday, April 18

Game 2 of KU-UT baseball series pushed back

First pitch for Game 2 of Kansas University's three-game, home baseball series against Texas at Hoglund Ballpark has been pushed back because of rainy weather and now will not be thrown out until 6 p.m. tonight.

Kansas tennis blanked by Bears

Baylor University dropped just two games in sweeping the doubles point, then dropped just seven games over three singles matches to rout Kansas University, 4-0, in Big 12 tennis on Friday at Hawkins Indoor Tennis Center.

Big 12 honors 10 KU golfers

Ten Kansas University golfers were named to the Academic All-Big 12 teams, the conference announced Friday.

Weather alters KU-Tulsa events

The threat of inclement weather altered two Kansas University sporting events scheduled this weekend in Tulsa.

Texas edges Jayhawks in 14 innings

Kansas University catcher Michael Tinsley scored a run, drove in another and threw out a runner trying to steal second base.

Column: Shot put circuit perfect for TV

Five years of interviewing shot putters and watching them compete sparked a light bulb in my head, a genuinely good idea, one I’m putting down on paper here before it dies of loneliness or gets trampled by the debris that flies around up there in stops and starts, billions of tumbleweeds caught in that ceaseless wind storm between my left and right ears.

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Jayhawks to play exhibitions in K.C.

There will be summertime basketball in Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri.

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Change in plans can’t stop Stigler

Michael Stigler had his Friday all mapped out. Venture out to Rock Chalk Park. Jog. Stretch. Pretty simple.

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Cantwell claims crown for second time in Downtown Lawrence Shot Put

One never really knows what to expect out of the Downtown Lawrence Shot Put. Not even its defending champion, Christian Cantwell.

Friday, April 17

Kansas to play Canada in World University Games tuneup in Sprint Center

Tickets on sale for Williams Fund members; general public sales to begin May 13

Kansas will play Team Canada in a pair of exhibition games at Sprint Center in June before heading to South Korea as Team USA for the World University Games.

KU football finalizes 2016, 2017 non-conference schedules

With its previously scheduled home-and-home series with the University of Hawaii recently coming off the books, the Kansas University football program moved quickly to fill the open spots in its 2016 and 2017 schedules.

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KU's Chelsea Gardner selected by Indiana in WNBA draft

The Indiana Fever chose Chelsea Gardner of Kansas with the 21st overall pick in the WNBA draft Thursday night.

Thursday, April 16

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Greene undergoes hip surgery

Jeffrey Greene noticed some signs that his son, Kansas University sophomore Brannen Greene, was hurting a bit more than the 6-foot-7 guard admitted to late last season.

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Vollmer sets Relays mark in heptathlon

Lindsay Vollmer had just set a Kansas Relays record Thursday at Rock Chalk Park, with her heptathlon-winning score of 5,767 points. Instead of basking in the victory or pondering her place in Kansas University history, though, the senior’s mind entered an inner-debate.

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Column: Downtown event made for Hoffa

Just about everything in life has a face. Here, Bill Self is the face of basketball, Jim Ryun the face of the mile, Mike Amyx, barber shears in hand, the face of Lawrence politics.

Saturday's portion of Kansas Relays called off because of expected bad weather

Busy day of track and field slated for Friday

There will be no Kansas Relays events held Saturday.

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KU QBs Montell Cozart and Michael Cummings relishing competition, fresh start

Ask Michael Cummings and Montell Cozart what it will take to win the job as Kansas University's starting quarterback for the 2015 season and one theme comes pouring out of both players' mouths — Consistency. By Matt Tait

Perry Ellis named Big 12 men's basketball scholar-athlete of year

Perry Ellis received the league's basketball scholar-athlete of the year award today.

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KU sophomore Brannen Greene's surgery deemed a success

Self says 'rehab will be somewhat significant,' player to return to court 'approximately five months'

Brannen Greene's surgery to repair a torn labrum has been deemed a success.

Kansas baseball blanked by Bears

Kansas University went 7 2⁄3 innings before collecting its first hit and managed just two on the night in a 3-0 loss to No. 15 Missouri State on Wednesday at Hoglund Ballpark.

Quad format helps Relays return to roots

Kansas University athletic director Sheahon Zenger is taking a different tack to return the Kansas Relays to its former glory. By Matt Tait

Vollmer leads heptathlon

Kansas University All-American Lindsay Vollmer took the overnight lead in the heptathlon as the Kansas Relays kicked off Wednesday at Rock Chalk Park.

UALR women's coach interviews at Kansas

University of Arkansas Little-Rock women’s basketball coach Joe Foley interviewed Wednesday for the Kansas University vacancy created by the firing of Bonnie Henrickson. By Tom Keegan

Kansas’ Stigler Relays must-see

Michael Stigler’s 48.44 time in the 400-meter hurdles, set at the Texas Relays, remains the fastest mark in the world thus far in 2015. He’s a must-watch at this weekend’s Kansas Relays. By Tom Keegan

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Column: Perry Ellis’ return huge for KU

Now that Perry Ellis has eased tension about next season’s outlook by announcing his return, the Kansas University basketball program has one necessity and one luxury remaining. By Tom Keegan

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KU’s Self boasts about newest recruit

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self was elated to receive Carlton Bragg’s scholarship letter of intent early Wednesday, the first day of the monthlong spring signing period. By Gary Bedore

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of April 15, 2015

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Wednesday, April 15, 2015.

Wednesday, April 15

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of April 14, 2015

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of April 14, 2015

Tuesday, April 14

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Carlton Bragg signs letter-of-intent with KU

Forward's tweet: 'Glad to say I'm officially a Jayhawk'

McDonald’s All-American Carlton Bragg, the state of Ohio’s Div. III player of the year who orally committed to Kansas University on Jan. 8, today signed a letter-of-intent with KU on the first day of the spring signing period.

SFA coach a top candidate for KU women's basketball position

Brandon Schneider, Stephen F. Austin University’s women’s basketball coach, has emerged as a leading candidate to fill the vacancy at Kansas University created when Bonnie Henrickson was fired.

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‘When the Tarahumara Indians Ran’: Ultra-marathon fueled excitement in early days of Kansas Relays

When “Born to Run” hit The New York Times best-seller list in 2009, millions of readers discovered for the first time a mysterious indigenous Mexican tribe for whom hundred-mile runs on rugged canyon trails had been a way of life for generations. Little do most know, thousands in Lawrence witnessed the Tarahumara Indians’ endurance-running prowess more than 80 years earlier. By Sara Shepherd

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KU's pool play competitors for World University Games announced

When Kansas University’s men’s basketball team begins representing the USA at the 2015 World University Games this summer, the Jayhawks will start things off in Gwangju, Korea, in the same pool as Brazil, Chile, Serbia, Switzerland and Turkey.

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Brannen Greene to undergo hip surgery

Kansas University sophomore guard Brannen Greene will have hip surgery Thursday and will miss up to five months of basketball workouts, coach Bill Self told the Journal-World after Monday’s KU basketball banquet at Lawrence’s Holiday Inn. By Gary Bedore

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KU football coaches measuring spring progress

Eight practices are in the books, six remain before the annual spring game on April 25, and the first-year Kansas University football coaching staff is in the process of trying to identify just how much progress the largely inexperienced Jayhawks have made this spring. By Matt Tait

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Column: Shot putter says street sweet

Late-blooming, world-class shot put athlete Kurt Roberts has competed all over the world, thanks to his ability to launch a 16-pound lead ball long distances. His favorite venue? The Kansas Relays Downtown Shot Put. By Tom Keegan

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Back for more: Perry Ellis to return for senior season

Kansas University junior Perry Ellis received a loud, long standing ovation during his acceptance speech for his Danny Manning “Mr. Jayhawk” team MVP award at Monday night’s basketball awards banquet in Lawrence’s Holiday Inn convention center. By Gary Bedore

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of April 13, 2015

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of April 13, 2015

Monday, April 13

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Perry Ellis reveals decision to remain at Kansas for senior season

Kansas University junior forward Perry Ellis has decided to return to KU for his senior season, Ellis revealed at Monday night's postseason awards banquet at Lawrence’s Holiday Inn.

KU tennis rallies past Sooners, 4-3

Kansas University dropped the doubles point, then rallied with straight-set victories in four singles matches to claim a 4-3 Big 12 tennis victory over No. 29-ranked Oklahoma on Sunday.

Kansas softball drops TTU finale

Held scoreless through six innings, Kansas University rallied with a four-run seventh, but the Jayhawks couldn’t quite overcome Texas Tech in a 5-4 KU softball setback Sunday at Rocky Johnson Field.

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Jayhawks give (fantasy) coaching a try

Kansas University freshmen Devonté Graham and Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk each climbed a ladder and cut a piece of the north Allen Fieldhouse net, walking away with trophies with head coach Miles Simon of ESPN and several Bill Self Fantasy Pro Camp players 35 years old and up Sunday afternoon in Allen Fieldhouse. By Gary Bedore

Sunday, April 12

Column: Older Turgeon right fit for KU women

The more I learn about Iowa Western Community College basketball coach Jim Turgeon, the more I think he is the right fit to succeed Bonnie Henrickson to lead Kansas University’s women’s basketball program. By Tom Keegan

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Fresh start: KU baseball takes series, ‘huge step forward’

There’s not a player in the Kansas University baseball dugout who doubts the Jayhawks will finish the season strong and play their best baseball of the year in the weeks ahead. By Matt Tait

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of April 12, 2015

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of April 12, 2015

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Kansas hoops recruiting targets stellar at Nike Summit

Kansas University recruiting target Cheick Diallo, who was MVP of the April 1 McDonald’s All-America game, scored 12 points off 5-of-11 shooting with eight rebounds and three blocked shots in the World Select Team’s 103-101 victory over the U.S. squad in Saturday’s Nike Hoop Summit in Portland, Oregon. By Gary Bedore

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Getting even: Morovick pitches KU past ’Pokes

Heading into the 2015 season, there was hope inside the Kansas University baseball clubhouse that senior right-hander Drew Morovick, with his experience and unflappable demeanor, would emerge as the Jayhawks’ Friday-night starter. By Matt Tait

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of April 11, 2015

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of April 11, 2015

Saturday, April 11

KU’s Kawinpakorn places second

Kansas University junior Yupaporn Kawinpakorn tied for first, and Kansas University’s women’s golf team placed seventh at the SMU/DAC Invitational on Saturday.

Jayhawks claim track victories

Kansas University junior Hannah Richardson won her second straight 1,500-meter race, and Michael Stigler won the 110 hurdles to highlight KU’s Saturday showing at the John McDonnell Track and Field Invitational.

Kansas softball wins in extras

Kansas University surrendered four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to allow extra innings, but then scored five runs in the top of the 10th to claim a wild 11-9 softball victory over Texas Tech on Saturday at Rocky Johnson Field.

Kawinpakorn leads KU women's golf

Kansas University junior Yupaporn Kawinpakorn was tied for sixth and the Jayhawks were tied for fifth in the team race after two rounds of the SMU/DAC Women’s Golf Invitational on Friday.

Kansas tennis blanked by OSU

Oklahoma State made short work of Kansas University in a Big 12 tennis dual Friday.

Jayhawks sweep high jump events

Kansas University seniors Nick Giancana and Colleen O’Brien claimed victories in the high jump Friday in the John McDonnell Invitational.

Kansas softball upended by Tech

Kansas University collected 13 hits — including three home runs — but managed to drop an 8-7 Big 12 softball decision to Texas Tech on Friday at Rocky Johnson Field.

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Selden returning for junior year

Kansas University sophomore guard Wayne Selden Jr. has decided now is not the time to begin his professional basketball career.

Spieth dominates Masters; Woodland misses cut

Jordan Spieth is making the Masters look easy.

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Oklahoma State rallies past Jayhawks, 7-2

For the first six innings of Friday night’s 7-2 loss to No. 9 Oklahoma State at Hoglund Ballpark, Kansas University starter Ben Krauth pitched like he was honoring the name of the school he transferred to KU from — Diablo Valley.

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of April 10, 2015

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of April 10, 2015

Friday, April 10

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Wayne Selden Jr. announces he'll return to KU

At least one member of Kansas University’s men’s basketball team has announced his intention to stick around for the 2015-16 season. Days removed from freshmen Kelly Oubre Jr. and Cliff Alexander deciding to enter the 2015 NBA Draft, KU announced in a release Friday afternoon sophomore Wayne Selden Jr. will be back for his junior season.

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Column: Coaching secondary at Kansas presents challenge

Both starting safeties are gone, as are cornerbacks JaCorey Shepherd and Dexter McDonald, both potential NFL draft picks. And a pile of fast-paced Big 12 football offenses will be eager to run up scores to impress the selection committee that chooses the four schools that will vie for the national title.

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Bowen helped KU build foundation

Last fall, when Clint Bowen took over as the Kansas University football program’s interim head coach four weeks into the season, the purpose of putting him in charge went far beyond giving him a chance to prove himself or giving the 2-2 Jayhawks a shot in the arm.

Spieth up by 3 at Masters; Woodland fires 71

Jordan Spieth pulled off the unthinkable Thursday. With the best opening round in 19 years, he managed to make the Masters about a lot more than the Grand Slam bid of Rory McIlroy and the curious return of Tiger Woods.

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of April 9, 2015

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of April 9, 2015

Thursday, April 9

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Top prospects to meet at Summit

The top uncommitted high school basketball players in the country, who were in Chicago for the McDonald’s All-America game last week, have descended upon Portland, Oregon, for Saturday’s Nike Hoop Summit (2 p.m., ESPN2).

KU v-ball players U.S. selections

Three members of Kansas University’s volleyball team were selected to the U.S. Collegiate National team program.

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Column: Cliff Alexander proof system flawed

I feel sorry for Cliff Alexander. By Tom Keegan

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New Kansas D-line coach Calvin Thibodeaux credible

When Calvin Thibodeaux runs defensive line drills at Kansas University football practices, he doesn’t do so lightheartedly. Less than 10 years ago the defensive-line coach played the position at Oklahoma and led the Big 12 in sacks (10) in 2005, when he was first-team all-conference.By Benton Smith

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Perry Ellis has info to make pro decision

The NBA Undergraduate Advisory Committee has provided Kansas University junior forward Perry Ellis information on his draft stock as he decides whether to enter the 2015 NBA Draft or return to KU for his senior season, coach Bill Self said Wednesday. By Gary Bedore

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Midweek treat: Efficient Jayhawks complete sweep

The offense continued to click for Kansas University’s baseball team as the Jayhawks completed a two-game sweep of New Mexico with a 10-5 victory over the Lobos on Wednesday at Hoglund Ballpark. By Chris Duderstadt

KU tennis falls to Tulsa, 5-2

Tulsa won the doubles point, then took three of four singles matches for a 5-2 nonconference tennis victory over Kansas University on Wednesday at the Jayhawk Tennis Center.

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of April 8, 2015

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in games of Wednesday, April 8, 2015.

Talib investigated in Dallas assault

According to a report in The Denver Post, current Denver Broncos and former Kansas University cornerback Aqib Talib and his brother, Yaqub, are under investigation for possible involvement in an aggravated assault at a downtown Dallas nightclub early Wednesday morning.

Suns’ Morris twins accused of assault

The Phoenix Suns’ Marcus and Markieff Morris are being investigated on allegations that they beat a former mentor.

Wednesday, April 8

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KU's Perry Ellis receives report from NBA committee, continues to consider pro options

Coach Bill Self says forward's 'head is in the right place'

Perry Ellis has not yet decided whether to return to school or enter the NBA Draft.

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Report: Morris twins under investigation for role in alleged assault

Former Kansas University basketball standouts and current Phoenix Suns teammates in the NBA, twin brothers Marcus and Markieff Morris are being investigated by Phoenix police for their part in an alleged assault, according to a report.

Downtown shot put event set for April 17

The Downtown Lawrence Men’s Shot Put is back for a fifth spring and is scheduled for Friday, April 17, in its usual location, on Eighth Street between Massachusetts and New Hampshire Streets, the Lawrence Convention & Visitors Bureau announced Tuesday.

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of April 7, 2015

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of April 7, 2015

Tuesday, April 7

Kansas baseball trips New Mexico

Kansas University started and finished strong with four runs each in the second and eighth innings to defeat New Mexico, 10-9, Tuesday at Hoglund Ballpark.

KU golfers 7th

Chase Hanna and Daniel Hudson cracked the top 20 to power the Kansas University men’s golf team to a tie for seventh place Tuesday in the final round of the Old Waverly Collegiate Championship.

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Cliff Alexander to leave KU after one season, enter NBA draft

Freshman forward projects as first-round pick

Kansas University freshman basketball forward Cliff Alexander, who had what coach Bill Self calls “an interesting and educational year,” has decided to end his college career and enter the 2015 NBA Draft.

Hanna leads KU at golf tourney

Kansas University’s Chase Hanna was in 11th place after shooting 2-under par through 28 of 36 scheduled holes after the first day of the Old Waverly Collegiate Men’s Golf Championship on Monday.

Big 12 baseball honors Kansas' McLaughlin

Kansas University freshman third baseman Matt McLaughlin was named Big 12 co-newcomer of the week by the Big 12 Conference on Monday.

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Five-star RB visits Kansas

Najee Harris, the 6-foot-2, 222-pound sophomore running back from Antioch, California, who is listed by as a five-star prospect, was at Kansas University’s football practice Monday on an unofficial visit.

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Jo Jo White 'overwhelmed' to join Naismith Hall

Jo Jo White, whose jersey hangs in the rafters of both Allen Fieldhouse and the NBA’s Boston Garden, next will be immortalized in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts. By Gary Bedore

Monday, April 6

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Jo Jo White to be inducted in Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

Former KU guard, Kentucky coach Calipari in Class of 2015

Jo Jo White is a member of the Hall of Fame's Class of 2015.

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Ted Owens likes Badgers

Former KU coach recalls Wisconsin series

Kansas University’s basketball team has played Duke two of the past four seasons, splitting a pair of games while trailing the all-time series, 7-3. Games against Wisconsin, the Blue Devils’ opponent in tonight’s NCAA championship game (8 p.m., Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis) have not been nearly as frequent. By Gary Bedore

Sunday, April 5

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Column: Skilled Duke, UW deserve to be in title showdown

It can’t be anything but good for college basketball that two of the top three most-efficient offensive teams in the nation, per rankings, play for the national title tonight in Indiana. By Tom Keegan

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KU football D-backs coaches already clicking

After spending just a couple of days with them on the field, first-year Kansas University football coach David Beaty was ready to proclaim the teaming of defensive assistants Clint Bowen and Kenny Perry a rousing success. By Matt Tait

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of April 5, 2015

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of April 5, 2015

WBCA honors KU’s Gardner

Kansas University senior women’s basketball forward Chelsea Gardner earned honorable mention to the 2015 Women’s Basketball Coaches Association All-America team, it was announced Saturday.

Jayhawks row to one victory

Kansas University’s Second Varsity Eight boat won its race at a weather-plagued regatta Saturday at Southern Methodist University.

KU baseball falls in extras

For the third time in four days, Kansas University baseball suffered an extra-inning setback.

Kansas softball sweeps OSU

Daniella Chavez’s base hit to right field in the eighth inning scored Lily Behrmann from second base, and No. 23-ranked Kansas University held on to beat Oklahoma State, 3-2, Saturday to complete a three-game Big 12 softball sweep.

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Bill Self: College game needs work

The demise of college basketball appears to have been somewhat exaggerated. But … “I think our game is not quite as good as what it has been,” Kansas University coach Bill Self said recently. By Gary Bedore

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Ludueña has unfinished business, but KU wins tennis Sunflower Showdown

When Kansas University women’s tennis coach Todd Chapman describes the passion senior Maria Belen Ludueña has for competition and for her school, he uses her actions while watching a KU men’s basketball game as a reference point. By Benton Smith

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of April 4, 2015

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of April 4, 2015

Saturday, April 4

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of April 3, 2015

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of April 3, 2015

Friday, April 3

KU soccer rolls

Five Kansas University players scored a goal, and the Jayhawks limited Drake to just six shots in a 5-0 exhibition soccer victory on Friday night at Rock Chalk Park.

KU’s Richardson first in 1,500

Hannah Richardson won the 1,500 meters, and six Kansas University track-and-field athletes earned runner-up finishes at the Baylor Invitational on Friday at Clyde Hart Stadium.

KU baseball falls to Sooners, 6-3

Kansas University managed just six hits in a 6-3 Big 12 baseball loss to Oklahoma on Friday at L. Dale Mitchell Stadium.

Kansas softball turns back OSU

Kansas University used a four-run fourth to pull away in an eventual 10-5 Big 12 softball victory over Oklahoma State on Friday at Cowgirl Stadium.

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Self’s prediction: UK over Duke in final

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self, who is in Indianapolis for the Final Four, was willing to play prognosticator for the Journal-World on Friday.

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of April 2, 2015

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Thursday, April 2, 2015.

Thursday, April 2

KU baseball falls to Sooners in 10

Oklahoma handed Kansas University’s baseball team an extra-inning loss by scoring four runs in the ninth inning and one in the 10th to defeat the Jayhawks, 7-6, in 10 innings on Thursday.

KU softball edges OSU

A five-run sixth inning and two-run seventh pushed Kansas University’s softball team past Oklahoma State, 7-6, on Thursday for the Jayhawks’ first Big 12 win.

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Bragg battled nerves at McDonald’s game

Future Kansas University basketball forward Carlton Bragg was mighty nervous before Wednesday’s McDonald’s All-America game, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

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Jayhawks place emphasis on earning their way

During the past five seasons of mostly disappointing Kansas football, there have been a lot of Twitter hashtags associated with the KU program.

Column: KU makes dependable receivers a priority

The No. 1 required quality for success in coaching is the ability to communicate clearly. After all, coaching is nothing if not teaching

KU baseball tops WSU in 11

Dakota Smith’s 11th-inning sacrifice bunt drove in his fifth run of the evening, lifting Kansas University to a wild 13-12 baseball victory over Wichita State on Wednesday at Eck Stadium.

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of April 1, 2015

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of April 1, 2015

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Jayhawks’ new offense coming along

Speaking with the media one day before the fifth practice of the spring session, Kansas University offensive coordinator Rob Likens did not sugarcoat anything about the installation of KU’s new offense, nor did he make any promises about how productive, efficient or exciting that offense would be this fall.

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KU’s Oubre ‘ready’ to enter NBA Draft

Kelly Oubre Sr. and his son, Kansas University freshman Kelly Oubre Jr., have spoken daily since the Jayhawks’ season-ending loss to Wichita State on March 22 in Omaha, Nebraska.

Column: Top-flight quarterback may not be enough for Kansas

Many a football season the mind naturally drifted to the same question: If Kansas University just had a good quarterback, how many more victories could it squeeze out of its brutal schedule?

McDonald's All-America game: Diallo tops among all-stars

Kansas University recruiting target Cheick Diallo scored 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to pace the East team to a 111-91 victory over the West in Wednesday’s McDonald’s All-America game at the United Center.

Wednesday, April 1

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Kansas freshman Kelly Oubre Jr. decides to enter NBA Draft

Wing player to 'fulfill dream' by playing against 'best in the world'

Kansas University freshman Kelly Oubre Jr., has decided to put his name in the 2015 NBA Draft.

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of March 31, 2015

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of March 31, 2015