Stories for July 2015


Friday, July 31

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Jayhawks predicted to extend Big 12 title streak

Kansas University’s basketball team will win its 12th consecutive regular-season Big 12 title this season, predicted on Friday.

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KU cornerback Stewart profits from Perry’s insight

So impressed was cornerback Brandon Stewart about the opportunity to continue his football career at Kansas University, that he committed to KU while on a visit to California last December.

KU golfer second

Kansas University incoming freshman women’s golfer Ari Fonseca Diaz shot a 2-under 286 total to place second in the Optimist International Junior Golf Championship on Friday.

Thursday, July 30

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KU target Bolden schedules Duke visit, will still visit Kansas

Texas high school power forward deluxe Marques Bolden, who attended last season’s Late Night in the Phog on an unofficial campus visit, will visit Duke officially Sept. 18-19, according to By Gary Bedore

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Numbers crunch: Failed recruiting efforts leave Jayhawks short-handed

It’s no secret that first-year head coach David Beaty and the Kansas University football program are dealing with a light deck heading into the 2015 season. By Matt Tait

KU swimmer to compete at World Championships

Kansas University backstroker Yulduz Kuchkarova will compete against the top swimmers on the planet at the 2015 FINA World Championships next week in Kazan, Russia.

Wednesday, July 29

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KU target Giles to play at Oak Hill

Kansas University recruiting target Harry Giles, a 6-foot-10, 220-pound senior power forward out of Wesleyan Christian Academy in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, has decided to play basketball for Oak Hill Academy this school year.

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Bragg’s progress pleases Beaty

While spring practices in April gave Kansas University football coach David Beaty and his new team an opportunity to say hello and work through some of the growing pains associated starting from scratch, it’s preseason camp where the most serious work will be done.

Tuesday, July 28

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Column: No. 1 choice: Defensive end Mosby could make impact for Jayhawks

The question, posed in various word combinations, is often asked and almost always followed by a long pause and then a long list of possible answers, not one stated with much conviction.

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Manning in no rush to face Jayhawks in Maui

The leading scorer and rebounder in Kansas University basketball history, who has earned NCAA championship rings at KU as a player and coach, is in no hurry to oppose his alma mater.

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Jayhawks to face Chaminade in Maui Invitational opener

KU's Bill Self, Wake's Danny Manning happy their teams are on opposite sides of bracket

The Kansas University men's basketball team will open this year's Maui Invitational with an 8 p.m. central time tip-off against Chaminade on Nov. 23. The full bracket, which was released Tuesday, features KU taking on the host school in the opener and then facing the winner or loser of the final game of the opening day between UNLV and UCLA.

Monday, July 27

Column: Kansas football's Bates, Stewart: New team but still teammates

The summer months can drag for college football players, which is why it’s always nice for newcomers to have familiar faces with whom to pass the time.

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Fore thoughts: Self fills in as host of Chalmers’ tourney

Bill Self, who had been too busy coaching his World University Games basketball team and recruiting to play any golf this summer, grabbed an oversized driver and prepared to hit the ceremonial tee shot at the seventh-annual Mario V. Chalmers Foundation Tournament on Monday at Alvamar.

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Column: Mario Chalmers is still super

I wish every freshman college basketball player considering leaping to the pros could have been in the Alvamar Country Club fireside room Sunday night to hear Mario Chalmers answer a question about what was a happier feeling, winning a national championship with Kansas University or an NBA title with the Miami Heat. By Tom Keegan

Sunday, July 26

SE Elite Florida 16-and-under team wins 17-and-under division

The SE Elite Florida 16-and-under team did not betray its youth on its way to winning the 17-and-under platinum division of the Sunflower Showcase Sunday at Sports Pavilion Lawrence. By Chris Duderstadt

Saturday, July 25

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Column: Games experience to benefit Bragg

When the World University Games stretch of basketball started for Kansas University at Sprint Center with a pair of exhibitions vs. Canada, Carlton Bragg was getting tossed across the lane by a Canadian post player. No whistle. Hello basketball vs. men. Goodbye basketball vs. boys. By the end of the South Korean experience, Bragg was diving for loose balls, giving no thought to protecting his broken nose. It didn’t take him long to get the hang of it.

KU players pay tribute to ex-recruit Maloney

Sixteen members of Kansas University’s 2015 football recruiting class, which included former Shawnee Mission West standout Andre Maloney, who passed away in 2013 after collapsing on the sideline during a game with the Vikings, recently made a surprise visit to Cafe 29 in Overland Park, the restaurant run in Maloney’s honor by his mother, Rosaelida.

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Linebacker reveals his plans to play for Kansas

Snow in Kansas in the heart of the summer is hard to imagine, but the Kansas University football program keeps finding a way to make it happen.

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Jerod Haase happily returns

The Sunflower Showcase youth basketball tournament has brought coaches from all over the country to Sports Pavilion Lawrence for this weekend, but it pulled one play-caller in particular back to his roots. By Chris Duderstadt

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Big attraction: No. 2 recruit Porter popular

It’s impossible to miss Michael Porter Jr. at the Hardwood Classic youth AAU basketball tournament at Shawnee Mission South High. By Bobby Nightengale

Friday, July 24

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Column: Cummings contributes in spite of injury

Quarterback Michael Cummings, entering his senior season with KU, took a helmet to his left knee in the program’s spring game. The injury looked bad that afternoon, and the result proved worse. Cummings had surgery on the knee in June and is likely to miss the entire 2015 season. By Benton Smith

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Leaders emerging for Kansas football

For the 2015 edition of Kansas University’s football team, which is being asked to replace all but a couple of starters on defense and basically an entire batch of playmakers on offense, that leadership began to emerge over the summer. By Matt Tait

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Pair of preps plan to attend Late Night

Michael Porter Jr., the No. 2 ranked player in the Class of 2017 by, plans to make a trip to Lawrence for Late Night in the Phog.

Thursday, July 23

KU golfer Connor Peck named Academic All-American

Kansas men’s golfer Connor Peck has been named an All-America Scholar by the Golf Coaches Association of America.

KU's Maddie Stein nominated for NCAA honor

Former Kansas University softball player Maddie Stein has been nominated for the 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year honor.

Langford scores 17 in U.S. loss to Brazil

Former Kansas University basketball player Keith Langford had 17 points and 1 rebound in the United States’ 93-83 loss to Brazil Thursday in the Pan Am Games in Toronto.

Wednesday, July 22

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Beaty believes in Memorial Stadium

At Big 12 media days earlier this week in Dallas, one of the more popular inquiries thrown at first-year Kansas University coach David Beaty had to do with how much it helped him to have been at Kansas as an assistant in the past when the Jayhawks were rolling.

Column: Make it interesting: Pick Kansas’ football leaders

Instead of accepting that Kansas University will have a decline in average attendance for a seventh consecutive season, it is within your power to make sure that doesn’t happen and start a streak that heads in the other direction.

Basketball showcase on tap this weekend

Some of the best high school boys basketball players in the nation will be in Lawrence today through Sunday for the 810 Varsity Sports-Sunflower Showcase at Sports Pavilion Lawrence.

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Perry Ellis honored for community service

Kansas men’s basketball senior Perry Ellis received the Honorary Hero Award at the Real Men, Real Heroes Annual Recognition Event, Tuesday in Wichita.

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Frank Mason III and Wayne Selden Jr. rack up Games honors

The Kansas University men’s basketball team’s 8-0 run while representing Team USA in South Korea earlier this month earned Frank Mason III, Wayne Selden Jr. and Perry Ellis spots on the All-World University Games teams from

KU softball lands pair of transfers

Two transfers signed grant-in-aid agreements to join Kansas University softball in 2016, KU coach Megan Smith announced Tuesday.

Big 12 football notebook: Briles says Bears just need to win ’em all

After the College Football Playoff committee passed on including either TCU or Baylor in the inaugural four-team tournament for college football’s national championship last season, players and coaches from both programs knew they wouldn’t escape Big 12 Football Media Days without addressing the snubs. By Benton Smith

Column: Kansas football losing games, fans

Just as the 2007 Kansas University football season that ended 12-1 with an Orange Bowl victory wasn’t built in months, the decay didn’t happen all at once. By Tom Keegan

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Wrong number: Kansas DE Ben Goodman switches up digits

There’s a permanent stamp on a leg of Kansas University defensive end Ben Goodman that forever will remind him of the jersey number he wore for the first four years of his college football career. But it’s a place in his heart that inspired Goodman to ditch No. 93 — and deal with the tattoo — before his senior season and move to No. 10. By Matt Tait

Tuesday, July 21

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KU football notebook: QB Cummings already throwing but nowhere near ready

Injured during the spring game and thought to be out for the 2015 season, senior quarterback Michael Cummings recently shocked his head coach, just a handful of weeks removed from knee surgery.

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Snyder lauds Wildcat fans

The passion Kansas State’s fan base has for legendary football coach Bill Snyder doesn’t flow in one direction. By Benton Smith

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Chalmers watched gold-medal Jayhawks with pride

Former Kansas University standout Mario Chalmers watched his alma mater with pride when the Jayhawks won a gold medal at the World University Games in South Korea earlier this month. By Bobby Nightengale

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First-year Kansas coach David Beaty comfortable as face of anonymous program

A number of different looks, sounds and faces have represented Kansas University football at Big 12 Media Days in Dallas during the past several years. But few of them dripped the passion, excitement and enthusiasm that current KU coach David Beaty carried to the podium on Monday morning at the Omni Hotel. By Matt Tait

Column: Kansas golf coach Bermel coached Open winner

All things considered, Monday wasn’t a bad day for Kansas University golf coach Jamie Bermel to be on the road recruiting. By Tom Keegan

Monday, July 20

Reports say Embiid broke same bone in foot

Former Kansas University big man Joel Embiid re-broke the same bone in his foot that caused him to miss his rookie NBA season, according to a published report.

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Beaty: Dad was there when Lee Harvey Oswald was shot

In the city once rocked by the assassination of president John F. Kennedy, Kansas University football coach David Beaty recalled the tale of his father's eye-witness account of the murder of Kennedy's killer, Lee Harvey Oswald.

Sunday, July 19

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In the running: A look at some of the top basketball preps still considering the Jayhawks

Josh Jackson, a 6-foot-7 senior shooting guard from Prolific Prep in Napa, California, who is ranked No. 1 in the Class of 2016 by, has a list of KU, Arizona, Kentucky, Duke, Louisville, Michigan State, Maryland, UNLV and North Carolina. Here's a look at Jackson and some of the other top prospects who continue to list KU. By Gary Bedore

Column: A British Open cheat sheet

There are plenty of compelling story lines heading into the final round of the British Open. Here's a cheat sheet to reference when your co-workers start talking golf and you don’t want to be left out of the conversation because, well, like most people, you prefer to talk rather than listen. By Tom Keegan

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KU Football lands 2016 junior college D-tackle

Even though it won't do much to help this season, the Kansas University football program on Sunday took a step toward fixing one of its weakest and thinnest positions, when Snow College defensive tackle Manaia Perese orally committed to join the program.

Saturday, July 18

Freshmen lead KU tennis

Kansas University freshmen Anastasiya Rychagova and Nina Khmelnitckaia will face each other at 9 a.m. today in the women’s singles finals of the ITA Summer Circuit at the Jayhawk Tennis Center.

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Column: Look for Svi to be a key

One of the players key to the 2015-16 Kansas University basketball season hasn’t come up much in conversation lately because he wasn’t eligibile to play in the World University Games.

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Oubre, Alexander working toward NBA

Former Kansas University guard Kelly Oubre Jr. found his shooting stroke Friday in the sixth game of his pro basketball career.

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Goodman gives grand tour of KU campus

Kansas University senior Ben Goodman, a defensive end from Beaumont, Texas, was featured on ESPN SportsCenter’s Campus Crawl Saturday morning as sports anchor Matt Barrie’s tour guide of the KU campus.

Kansas tennis players advance in tournament

Four Kansas University tennis players advanced in the singles draw on the opening day of the 2015 ITA Summer Circuit held Friday at the Jayhawk Tennis Center.

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In like Klint: KU assistant Kubiak didn’t plan to coach, but he is

Football, at all levels, is full of sons wearing headsets or holding clipboards who followed their fathers into the coaching profession. But recently named Kansas University wide receivers coach Klint Kubiak is not one of them. By Matt Tait

Thursday, July 16

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Column: Will Self keep Kansas playing faster?

Having innate ability to control situations that easily could spin chaotically out of control is one of the qualities that makes good coaches successful.

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KU’s Aldridge sets sights on coaching

Kansas University sophomore Lauren Aldridge is educated enough to know that Becky Hammon being named the head coach of the San Antonio Spurs summer-league team in Las Vegas is not the most groundbreaking moment in her sport’s history.

Kansas softball adds assistant

T.J. Hubbard, who spent the past two seasons as associate head softball coach for Louisiana, has joined Kansas University’s softball staff as KU’s hitting coach, Kansas head coach Megan Smith announced Wednesday.

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Warm welcome: About 1,000 fans cheer gold medalists

The theme song from “Rocky” and Queen’s “We Are The Champions” played on the sound system at Kansas University’s Hoglund Ballpark at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday as the Jayhawks’ World University Games gold-medal-winning basketball team exited the team bus, then marched through a gate toward the pitcher’s mound. By Gary Bedore

Wednesday, July 15

Smithson, Shelley-Smith on Wuerffel preseason watch list

The community outreach work of Kansas University football players Jordan Shelley-Smith and Fish Smithson earned the two Jayhawks spots on The Wuerffel Trophy watch list, unveiled Wednesday.

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Column: Coach saw football in the future for Frank Mason

Chris Beatty, now running-backs coach at Virginia, knows what a big-time football prospect looks like, even when the athlete doesn’t have a single football play on film. By Tom Keegan

Aldrich signs with Clippers

The Los Angeles Clippers have added former Kansas University standout Cole Aldrich.

Tuesday, July 14

Two KU golfers qualify for U.S. Amateur

Kansas University golfers Spencer Painton and Daniel Hudson have qualified for the USGA’s U.S. Amateur Championship.

Robinson to have knee surgery

Former Kansas University forward Thomas Robinson of the Brooklyn Nets will undergo arthroscopic surgery today to repair a small tear in the meniscus of his right knee, the NBA team has announced.

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Selfs get father-and-son time in South Korea

Had Kansas University men’s basketball coach Bill Self been called to lead a select team to represent the United States at the World University Games, instead of his own Jayhawks, he wouldn’t have been able to spend some quality time in South Korea with his son, Tyler. By Bobby Nightengale

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SMU's Moore, Florida Gulf Coast's DeBose enjoyed filling in for KU

Florida Gulf Coast senior guard Julian DeBose and SMU senior guard Nic Moore joined Kansas University in representing the United States’ men’s basketball team this summer at the World University Games following injuries to Jayhawks Brannen Greene and Devonté Graham. Both KU fill-ins were thrilled to represent their country and learn from their short-term teammates. By Bobby Nightengale

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Jayhawks counted on junior point guard Frank Mason III at Games

Kansas University junior point guard Frank Mason III was confident in the final minutes of the United States’ men’s basketball team’s 84-77, double-overtime victory over Germany on Monday at Yeomju Gymnasium. His teammates were even more confident. By Bobby Nightengale

Monday, July 13

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Column: U.S. 'next plays' its way to victory

If your goal is to minimize the gold medal that Kansas-dominated Team USA won in the World University Games, you can find fodder to do so. By Tom Keegan

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Jayhawks honored to win gold at World University Games

With the final seconds running off the clock in the United States’ men’s basketball team’s 84-77, double-overtime victory in the World University Games championship against Germany on Monday at Yeomju Gymnasium, Kansas University junior Wayne Selden Jr. flung the ball as high as he could, setting off a wild celebration. By Bobby Nightengale

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Gold-medal winning Jayhawks to be welcomed home Wednesday at Hoglund Ballpark

The gold medal winners are expected to return home Wednesday and will be welcomed back inside Kansas' Hoglund Ballpark. Doors will open at Kansas' baseball stadium, just south of Allen Fieldhouse, at 6 p.m. with the USA, which consists primarily of KU student-athletes and staff, expected to arrive at 7 p.m.

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Bill Self would like another opportunity with USA basketball in future

In the past, Kansas University men’s basketball coach Bill Self had worked with a couple of select teams for international exhibition games, but the World University Games was his first experience coaching a USA national team. Despite using a university team instead of a select team, Self wants to coach USA basketball teams in the future. By Bobby Nightengale

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Jayhawks aim to carry Games success into upcoming season

After the United States’ men’s basketball team earned gold medals in the World University Games with an 84-77, double-overtime victory over Germany on Monday, the Jayhawks’ focus turned to carrying the experience into the 2015-16 NCAA season. By Bobby Nightengale

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Germans lament blown opportunities in double overtime loss

Watching the United States’ men’s basketball team celebrate its World University Games gold medal, Germany’s men’s basketball players stood on the other side of the court with their hands on their heads after USA’s 84-77, double-overtime victory on Monday at Yeomju Gymnasium. By Bobby Nightengale

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Grind for gold: Team USA outlasts Germany in double overtime

Whenever the United States’ men’s basketball team needed a basket in the final minutes of the World University Games championship on Monday, the Jayhawks turned to Kansas University junior point guard Frank Mason III. He led the Jayhawks to a gold medal in an 84-77 thriller, in double-overtime, against Germany at Yeomju Gymnasium, marking the first U.S. gold at the games since 2005, and 14th all time. By Bobby Nightengale

Sunday, July 12

Keith Langford makes Pan-Am team

Former Kansas University basketball guard Keith Langford has been named one of 12 players to compete for the United States at the Pan American Games, July 21-25 in Toronto.

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Germany hopes size, defense can disrupt Team USA offense in gold-medal game

When the final buzzer sounded on Sunday, German players and coaches were excited about their 59-49 semifinal win against Brazil. But they knew they still had work to do. Germany will face the United States men’s basketball team in the World University Games gold-medal game, after the Jayhawks beat Russia, 78-68, at 9 p.m Monday (7 a.m. CDT on ESPNU) at Yeomju Gymnasium. By Bobby Nightengale

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Notebook: Ellis breaks out in USA's semifinal victory

Kansas University senior forward Perry Ellis opened Sunday’s 78-68 victory over Russia in the World University Games semifinals with a dunk on the first possession, breaking past the defense in transition. Then Ellis missed his next six shots from the field. But his teammates told him to keep attacking. Ellis followed it up with a game-high 23 points on 8-of-21 shooting. By Bobby Nightengale

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One more: Team USA advances to the gold-medal game with 78-68 victory

Motivated by early exits from the NCAA Tournament for the past two seasons, Kansas University junior guard Wayne Selden Jr. wants to lead the Jayhawks to the next level. He's getting an early start this summer. Selden lifted the United States' men’s basketball team to the World University Games’ gold-medal game, drilling a go-ahead three-pointer in an eventual 78-68 victory over Russia on Sunday at Dongkang College Gymnasium. By Bobby Nightengale

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KU coaches targeted specific type of cornerback

With only a couple of cornerbacks with game experience returning to the roster, the Kansas defense will be counting on at least a couple of newcomers to fill out the depth chart at the one position that routinely faces the most stress from offenses in the Big 12 Conference. By Matt Tait

Column: Bulk of KU’s top 20 football players history

Of the top 21 Kansas University football players in The Keegan Ratings last year, only two possibly will suit up this season. By Tom Keegan

Saturday, July 11

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Team USA looks to create offense against Russia in semifinals

Before the United States men’s basketball team used its defense to create offense in the fourth quarter of its 70-48 victory against Lithuania on Saturday in the World University Games quarterfinals, the offense struggled. Finding a better offensive rhythm will be a focus against Russia in the semifinals at 6:30 p.m. Sunday (4:30 a.m. CDT on ESPNU) at Dongkang College Gymnasium.

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Lithuania goes cold in World University Games quarterfinal loss to U.S.

After averaging 86 points per game in pool play, Lithuania couldn’t get any offense going in a 70-48 loss to the United States men’s basketball team on Saturday at Dongkang College Gymnasium.  By Bobby Nightengale

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Landen Lucas rebounds against Lithuania

Kansas University junior forward Landen Lucas bounced back in a big way in Team USA’s 70-48 victory over Lithuania on Saturday at Dongkang Gymnasium. Lucas scored seven points (3-of-5 shooting) and added a game-high nine rebounds in 20 minutes. By Bobby Nightengale

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Locked in: Team USA one step closer to World University Games gold

The United States men’s basketball players couldn’t find any rhythm on offense in the third quarter against Lithuania in the World University Games quarterfinals on Saturday at Dongkang College Gymnasium.  So in the fourth quarter, they turned to their defense to create opportunities. The Jayhawks scored 15 straight points to earn a 70-48 victory and advance to the tournament semifinals. By Bobby Nightengale

Thursday, July 9

KU golfer Woods on scholar team

Kansas University graduate Michelle Woods has been named to the All-American scholar team by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association.

KU’s Stein takes softball honor

Kansas University softball senior first baseman Maddie Stein was named winner of the Big Jay Award, KU announced Thursday. Stein completed her KU career with a school-record 150 RBIs.

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Lithuania 'excited' for quarterfinals matchup against USA

Playing for a spot in the World University Games quarterfinals, Lithuania hit big shots in the fourth quarter to beat Australia, 74-67, on Thursday at DongKang College Gymnasium. Lithuania’s reward for the victory is a matchup with the United States men’s basketball team at noon Saturday (10 p.m. Friday on ESPNU). By Bobby Nightengale

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Notebook: Mickelson takes advantage of playing time

After Kansas University senior forward Hunter Mickelson scored 14 points and added seven rebounds in USA’s 66-65 win against Serbia on Wednesday, coach Bill Self declared the trip to Korea “the Hunter Mickelson coming out party.” By Bobby Nightengale

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D-Lineman Andrew Bolton no longer with KU Football

A Kansas University football spokesperson confirmed to the Journal-World on Thursdsay that senior defensive lineman Andrew Bolton was no longer with the team. By Matt Tait

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Overseas KU fans take advantage of 'once-in-a-lifetime opportunity'

More than 6,000 miles away from Lawrence, across the Pacific Ocean, Kansas University men’s basketball players have been supported by a number of fans who do the Rock Chalk chant at the end of games or chant “U-S-A” during the games. Drew Mountain, 30, was one of those fans Wednesday in USA’s 66-65 victory against Serbia. By Bobby Nightengale

Wednesday, July 8

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Notebook: Freshman Lagerald Vick shows signs of 'elite' future

With the starters off of the court, Kansas University freshman guard Lagerald Vick made the most of his minutes in USA’s 96-57 victory against Switzerland on Thursday at DongKang College Gymnasium. By Bobby Nightengale Jr.

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No letdown: Team USA finishes pool play with flair

With six minutes left in the third quarter against Switzerland on Thursday, Kansas University senior forward Hunter Mickelson sprinted to mid-court for a loose ball. It didn’t matter that the United States men’s basketball team had already secured a spot in the World University Games quarterfinals. It didn’t matter that the Jayhawks had a 25-point lead on their way to a 96-57 victory at DongKang College Gymnasium. Mickelson wasn’t giving up on the play. By Bobby Nightengale Jr.

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Serbia 'unlucky' in final minute against USA

Serbian players were confident they would find a way to win after climbing back from a five-point deficit in the final minutes of USA’s 66-65 victory on Wednesday at DongKang College Gymnasium. By Bobby Nightengale Jr.

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Notebook: Serbia zone troubles Team USA

In the second quarter of Team USA’s narrow 66-65 Wednesday victory, Serbia switched to a hybrid 2-3 zone that caused problems for the Jayhawks.  By Bobby Nightengale Jr.

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Survive and advance: USA secures quarterfinals berth by edging Serbia

Kansas University junior guard Wayne Selden Jr. has led all scorers at the World University Games. His biggest shot helped the United States men’s basketball team earn a spot in the quarterfinals after the U.S. beat Serbia, 66-65, on Wednesday at DongKang College Gymnasium.  By Bobby Nightengale Jr.

Tuesday, July 7

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Notebook: Jayhawks earn tiebreaker edge by running up score

With a 55-point lead against Chile on Tuesday and five minutes remaining, the United States men’s basketball team still had four of its starters on the floor. In most games, the main emphasis would be running out the clock. But the Jayhawks still had some ground to make up in their 106-41 victory over Chile at Muan Indoor Court. By Bobby Nightengale

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Jayhawks start fast; USA blows out Chile, 106-41

Five seconds into Tuesday’s game against Chile, SMU senior guard Nic Moore drained a three-pointer from the right wing. That set the tone for the United States/Kansas University men’s basketball team in a 106-41 blowout victory at Muan Indoor Court in the World University Games. By Bobby Nightengale

Monday, July 6

Beaty chooses trio of Jayhawks for media days

The Big 12 Conference on Monday announced the names of the athletes who will represent their universities at Big 12 football media days later this month.

Column: Kansas football’s media day delegation lacking in star power

Lack of depth is KU’s greatest concern in the upcoming season, one played against a particularly brutal schedule. But unlike last season, when depth was a problem, star power also is lacking. By Tom Keegan

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Notebook: KU assistants recruiting while Jayhawks play abroad; Ellis ankle 'good to go'

With one of the busiest months of college basketball recruiting underway, Kansas University men’s basketball coach Bill Self is confident the Jayhawks won’t miss a beat while he coaches abroad. KU basketball notebook by Bobby Nightengale

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Former KU football standout Kerry Meier living out dreams for two

WR was on hand as KU topped Brazil in World Games

Former KU football star Kerry Meier, now an English teacher in South Korea, took a break from his pursuit of living out his late brother's dreams to watch the Kansas University men's basketball team top Brazil at the World University Games less than an hour from where Meier is currently living. By Bobby Nightengale

Sunday, July 5

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Notebook: Frank Mason struggling with shot after suffering 'nicked' wrist

Kansas University junior point guard Frank Mason III has defended well, rebounded and dished plenty of assists to his teammates in the first two games of the World University Games. The only thing missing is his shot. By Bobby Nightengale

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Selden sparks Jayhawks after sloppy start; USA beats Brazil, 81-72

The United States men’s basketball team needed a lift after a sloppy first quarter against Brazil on Sunday night at DongKang College Gymnasium. Kansas University junior guard Wayne Selden exploded for 15 of his team-high 23 points in the first half, including eight in the second quarter, lifting the Jayhawks to a 81-72 victory. By Bobby Nightengale

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KU's Perry Ellis suffers 'tweaked' ankle

Kansas University senior forward Perry Ellis sat for most of the fourth quarter in Team USA’s 81-72 victory over Brazil on Sunday night because of a tweaked ankle.

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Jayhawks change jerseys, USA on the front

The USA men’s basketball team will have a new look with USA across its chest for the remainder of the World University Games. FIBA officials asked the USA head of delegation to place USA larger on its jerseys. The entire USA delegation team worked locally to comply with this request.

Saturday, July 4

Column: Beating Watson a thrill for KU’s Hanna

It’s evident from the stories, photographs and videos posted on by reporter Bobby Nightengale Jr. and photographer Mike Yoder that the Kansas University basketball players are having a blast on their basketball/culture-learning trip to Gwangju, South Korea.

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Team USA relies on intensity

After practicing through tired legs all week, and dealing with jet lag, United States/Kansas University men’s basketball players used their conditioning to their advantage in a 66-57 victory over Turkey on Saturday at DongKang College Gymnasium.

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KU tight end Johnson keeps learning

For the past couple of seasons, Kansas University tight end Ben Johnson had a front-row seat to watch the development of Jimmay Mundine.

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KU football lands one of top cornerbacks in Oklahoma

Class of 2016 target Kyle Mayberry on Saturday orally committed to join the Jayhawks. He becomes the seventh player and second defensive back to commit to KU from the 2016 recruiting class. By Matt Tait

Independence Day abroad has special meaning for Jayhawks

Gwangju, South Korea — Before Saturday, Kansas University men’s basketball coach Bill Self and most of his players had never represented the United States in an international basketball tournament.

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U.S. struggles shooting in victory over Turkey

The United States shot just 39 percent from the field in a 66-57 victory over Turkey in its World University Games men’s basketball opener on Friday night at the DongKang College Gymnasium. By Bobby Nightengale

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World class: U.S. rallies for win in Games opener

The United States/Kansas University men’s basketball team fought back from an 11-point deficit in the first quarter against Turkey to win its World University Games debut, 66-57, at DongKang College Gymnasium. By Bobby Nightengale

Column: Kansas QB Ryan Willis turning heads

According to multiple eyewitnesses, the 6-foot-4, 205-pound Ryan Willis has been a monster this summer, flashing good leadership skills, tremendous work ethic and his big arm on a regular basis. By Matt Tait

Friday, July 3

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Jayhawks practice outdoors, hold clinic for middle schoolers

With no practice gyms available on Friday, Kansas University men's basketball players went outside for their final walk-through prior to their start in the World University Games. The Jayhawks practiced at Hwangdeok Middle School in Gwangju, South Korea, then hosted a short clinic on ball handling, passing and shooting for middle school students. 

Source: Marcus Morris sent to Pistons

The Phoenix Suns have traded Marcus Morris, Danny Granger and Reggie Bullock to the Detroit Pistons for a future draft pick, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press. The move was very likely a bid to clear salary space to sign free agent LaMarcus Aldridge.

Thursday, July 2

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Jayhawks use free time to tour Gwangju

After a 10 a.m practice on Wednesday morning, Kansas University men’s basketball players used their free afternoon to spend time in the city of Gwangju.

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Jayhawks run past China for 93-56 victory

It’s a simple formula: Force turnovers to get transition buckets. That’s all Team USA needed to do in a 93-56 blowout victory over China in a scrimmage Thursday at Seolwol Girls’ High.

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KU basketball freshman Carlton Bragg sits out scrimmage, but expects to play Saturday

Kansas University freshman Carlton Bragg sat out of Team USA’s scrimmage against China on Thursday, one day after breaking his nose in practice. He doesn’t plan on sitting much longer.

Pierce, Clippers agree to $10M deal

Paul Pierce and Doc Rivers are reuniting.

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Column: Schneider making program exciting

Sure, Brandon Schneider knocked it out of the park at his introductory news conference, and, yes, he has won everywhere he has been, but he never had recruited against heavyweights for superstars, so didn’t it all just amount to talk or at best a potential upgrade?

Jayhawks’ Beck signs with Rays

Kansas University senior first baseman Blair Beck has signed a free-agent contract with Tampa Bay and is playing for the Rays’ rookie club in the Gulf Coast League

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Jayhawks 'more intense' for second practice in South Korea

Kansas University men’s basketball coach Bill Self wanted to raise the intensity at practice on Wednesday morning at Gwangju High, the second practice in South Korea for the Jayhawks. They completed that goal, but it wasn’t without a few hiccups.

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Young Loneker to walk on to KU

The uniform he’ll be asked to fill will not be quite as large, but Kansas University’s football team has cleared the way to add another Loneker. By Matt Tait