Stories for May 2015


Sunday, May 31

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Former Ole Miss center Dwight Coleby transferring to KU

Big man opts for Jayhawks while on his campus visit

Former Ole Miss big man Dwight Coleby has decided his next college basketball home will be at Kansas University.

Four more KU track athletes NCAA-bound

Four more Kansas University track-and-field athletes earned berths to the NCAA Championships after their performances Saturday at the West Preliminary.

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KU football notebook: Juco linebacker flips pledge to KSU

Chalk up another victory for Kansas State in the Sunflower Showdown — this time in the recruiting war. By Matt Tait

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Ex-Jayhawk Releford sparkles for his team in Israel

Former Kansas University guard Travis Releford exploded for 26 points with six assists and four rebounds in leading Maccabi Kiryat Gat to a 93-74 victory over Ironi Kiryat-Ata on Friday in the deciding Game Five of Israel’s National League basketball finals.

Source: New Orleans Pelicans hire Alvin Gentry as head coach

A person familiar with the situation says the New Orleans Pelicans have hired Golden State Warriors assistant Alvin Gentry as head coach.

Saturday, May 30

Two more Jayhawks earn NCAA berths

Two more Kansas University track-and-field athletes earned berths to the NCAA Championships with their performances at the West Preliminary on Friday.

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Ole Miss transfer visiting Kansas

Former Ole Miss center Dwight Coleby, who on May 19 announced plans to leave the SEC school after his sophomore season, will make an official recruiting trip to Kansas University this weekend. By Gary Bedore

Big 12, big money: Schools share record $252M revenue

Big 12 schools will split a record $252 million in revenue, the ninth year in a row of increases.

Heat guard Mario Chalmers undergoes knee procedure

The Miami Heat’s offseason maintenance included a knee procedure Friday on guard Mario Chalmers.

Woodland scores ace at Byron Nelson

Former Kansas University golfer Gary Woodland had a hole-in-one on the par-4-turned-par 3- 14th hole in the AT&T Byron Nelson on Friday at the saturated TPC Four Seasons.

Friday, May 29

Ole Miss big man transfer Dwight Coleby to visit KU this weekend

Sophomore center, 6-9, averaged 5.4 points and 4.8 boards last season for Rebels

Dwight Coleby will make a recruiting visit to KU this weekend. He recently announced plans to leave Ole Miss after his sophomore season.

Four Jayhawks advance to track and field championships

Four Kansas University track and field athletes secured their spots in the finals in their respective field events at the NCAA West Preliminary Thursday, while an additional five Jayhawks extended their weekends in Austin by moving on to quarterfinal races on the track.

Thursday, May 28

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K.C. to keep Big 12 tourney through 2020

The Big 12 men’s basketball tournament will remain at Kansas City’s Sprint Center through the year 2020, league commissioner Bob Bowlsby announced Thursday.

Wednesday, May 27

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Self sees summer contests as chance to grow

Bill Self has heard about 5,000 tickets have been sold for Kansas University’s two World University Games exhibitions against Canada, set for 7 p.m., tips on June 23 and 26 in Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri.

How former Jayhawks fared in the NBA playoff game of May 27, 2015

Here's a look at how former Jayhawks fared in the NBA.

Men's basketball, women's cross country and volleyball lead KU in latest APR data

Three sports programs at Kansas University registered high marks of 990 or above and each KU team remained in good standing — above 930 — according to the latest NCAA Academic Progress Rate (APR) data released Wednesday.

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KU commitment Vick 50/50 on reclassifying

LaGerald Vick sees positives in starting his college basketball career during the 2015-16 season rather than attending prep school for a year.

Bill Self's 'Boogie' on tap

The fifth “Bill’s Basketball Boogie, a benefit for the Assists Foundation,” will be held 7 p.m. until midnight, June 13, at Abe and Jake’s Landing in downtown Lawrence.

Tuesday, May 26

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Bill Self wins Mannie Jackson - Basketball Human Spirit Award

KU coach 'surprised, honored,' by Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame recognition

Bill Self has been honored by the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts.

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More glowing reports on KU hoops commitment Vick

Future Kansas University basketball guard LaGerald Vick ranks fifth in scoring on the Under Armour Association spring circuit following a productive weekend for Team Thad AAU in New York. By Gary Bedore

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Column: Seeing Stars? Wake Forest turns out more NBA All-Stars than Kansas

Bill Self and Roy Williams, Kansas University’s only two basketball coaches for the past 27 years, combined for six Final Fours, four NCAA title-game appearances and one national title for KU. They have done so employing different coaching styles and personalities.By Tom Keegan

Sunday, May 24

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Milt Newton giving back

Former Jayhawk guard helps create charitable foundation in Virgin Islands

Minnesota Timberwolves general manager/former Kansas University guard Milt Newton, who was born and raised in the Virgin Islands, returned to St. Thomas with his wife, Shalaun Newton, earlier this month to speak with youths about the importance of education and also announce the formation of a charitable foundation to assist youngsters who live in the U.S. territory. By Gary Bedore

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Inextricably linked: Bourbon, Cox bound through injury, rehab

Running backs preparing for sixth season — but only one as a Jayhawk

James Sims exhausted his eligibility and cleared the path for seniors Brandon Bourbon and Taylor Cox to compete for the starting tailback job as seniors. The competition ended for both of them when they suffered season-ending injuries on back-to-back days in mid-August. By Tom Keegan

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

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

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Kansas commit Vick gets positive reviews

LaGerald Vick, who has committed to play basketball at Kansas University — likely starting in the 2015-16 season — continues to compete on this spring and summer’s Under Armour Association Circuit.

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Texas high school safety chooses Jayhawks

Kansas University football coach David Beaty was back on Twitter on Saturday, using his #neatdeal approach to tip his hand that the Jayhawks might have landed another commitment in the Class of 2016.

Saturday, May 23

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Providence transfer center to visit Kansas

Paschal Chukwu, a 7-foot-2, 225-pound center who has announced plans to leave Providence after his freshman year, will visit Kansas University the first weekend of June, Chukwu told on Friday. By Gary Bedore

Friday, May 22

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Schedule announced for KU's USA National Team

Bill Self’s Kansas basketball team will begin representing the USA at the World University Games on July 4, in Gwangju, Korea, when the Jayhawks and SMU’s Nic Moore take on Turkey to open pool play. Because of the 14-hour time difference, it will be 10 p.m. on July 3 back in Lawrence when the game begins.

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KU adds SMU’s Moore for Games team

Bill Self has added one of the country’s top perimeter players — a 5-foot-9, 170-pound dynamo who can both score and distribute — to the roster of Kansas University’s World University Games basketball team.

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

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

Thursday, May 21

KU women add 6-3 center Lott

Chelsea Lott, a 6-foot-3 center from Fort Bend Hightower High in Houston, has signed a grant-in-aid and will join Kansas University’s women’s basketball team for the 2015-16 season, KU coach Brandon Schneider announced Thursday.

Kansas claims 39 track spots

Thirty-nine entries for Kansas University’s men’s and women’s track teams have been accepted for the preliminary round of the NCAA Outdoor, set for May 28-30 in Austin, Texas.

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SMU's Nic Moore to play for KU's World University Games team

Guard Nic Moore of SMU will play for KU's World University Games team this summer.

Wednesday, May 20

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Kansas basketball awarded academic recognition

Kansas University’s men’s basketball team has earned its eighth-straight NCAA Academic Performance Program (APP) Public Recognition Award, KU and the NCAA announced Wednesday.

Kansas golfer tapped all-region

Kansas University women’s golfer Yupaporn Kawinpakorn has been named to the Women’s Golf Coaches Association all-region team.

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Brandon Schneider completes coaching staff

Natalie Knight to remain with KU as graduate manager

Kansas women's basketball coach Brandon Schneider announced Wednesday the additions of Andy Majors (director of player development) and Donease Smith (director of basketball operations) to his coaching staff. Plus, Natalie Knight, a four-year starting guard for the Jayhawks, will remain with the team in the role of graduate student manager.

KU basketball earns NCAA Academic Performance Program Public Recognition Award

It's eight in a row for Jayhawks

KU's basketball team was honored by the NCAA on Wednesday for academic achievement.

KU LHP Krauth lauded by league

Kansas University junior left-handed baseball pitcher Ben Krauth was named Big 12 Conference Newcomer of the Year and was named to the All-Big 12 second team, the league announced Tuesday.

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of May 19, 2015

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of May 19, 2015

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Kansas leads country in lottery picks

Business Insider Australia has written a short piece that gives Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self some valuable ammo in recruiting. By Gary Bedore

Tuesday, May 19

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Disappointing KU baseball season ends on high note

Junior pitcher Ben Krauth named Big 12 newcomer of the year; 6 other Jayhawks honored

The 2015 Kansas University baseball season ended in disappointing fashion, with the Jayhawks (23-23 overall, 8-15 in Big 12 play) losing the final series of the season to Kansas State and being the lone team left out of this week's Big 12 Conference tournament in Tulsa, Oklahoma. But seven Jayhawks earned all-Big 12 honors on Tuesday, putting a silver lining on a frustrating season.

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Healthy Schyler Miles looking to make impact for KU football

Despite having two years remaining in a college football career that has been littered with injuries, Kansas University linebacker Schyler Miles believes the time is now for him to make an impact. By Matt Tait

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Column: Svi can be a teen dream

Those held hostage by numbers, which only speak to the past and leave so much to be desired when the topic is the future, probably don’t spend much time thinking about the contributions Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk will make next season.By Tom Keegan

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Tyrel Reed joining Lawrence practice

Former Kansas University basketball guard Tyrel Reed, who was awarded a doctorate in physical therapy during KU Med School graduation ceremonies on Sunday at Memorial Stadium, is joining Lawrence’s OrthoKansas, LLC as a physical therapist, the company announced Monday on Facebook. By Gary Bedore

Monday, May 18

Kansas rowing fourth at league

Three of the four Kansas University boats that competed in Sunday’s Grand Final races at the Big 12 Championship earned medals, pacing the Jayhawks to a fourth-place finish in the five-team field.

KU’s Stigler wins Big 12 hurdles

Kansas University senior Michael Stigler claimed his fourth consecutive 400-meter hurdle title on Sunday at the Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

KU baseball digs deep, drops KSU

With nothing but pride to play for in the final game of the season Sunday at Hoglund Ballpark, Kansas University’s baseball team spotted Sunflower State rival Kansas State a five-run lead and then woke up. By Matt Tait

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A step forward: KU softball strands 15 in season-ending loss

Kansas University’s softball team continually applied pressure on Missouri in Sunday’s NCAA regional championship, but the Jayhawks never delivered the big hit.

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High-scoring Memphis guard LaGerald Vick picks Kansas

High-scoring Memphis Douglass High senior combo guard LaGerald Vick on Sunday committed to play basketball at Kansas University. By Gary Bedore

Sunday, May 17

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LaGerald Vick commits to Kansas

AAU coach says 6-foot-5 guard had great campus visit to KU Wednesday through Friday

LaGerald Vick has committed to play basketball at KU.

Missouri knocks Kansas softball out at regional

An early two-run lead and a late four-run rally weren't quite enough to extend the Kansas University softball team's NCAA Tournament run Sunday at Missouri, where the Tigers beat the Jayhawks, 7-6, to advance out of the Columbia regional.

KU puts 4 boats in Grand Finals

Four of Kansas University’s five boats advanced Saturday to today’s Grand Finals of the Big 12 Rowing Championships.

Kansas’ Conley wins long jump

Kansas University junior Sydney Conley claimed the first conference title of her career when she won the long jump at the Big 12 Championships on Saturday.

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Kansas not unanimous preseason No. 1

Just because one publication likes Kansas as the preseason favorite for the 2015-16 college basketball season doesn’t mean all — or any — of the others have to. By Benton Smith

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Cliff Alexander hopes to make up for lost time

NBA scouts and front-office personnel didn’t get to see much of Cliff Alexander in his one season at Kansas University. As a result, the 6-foot-8 1⁄2 power forward from Chicago said during a media session at the Draft Combine he’ll have to prove himself to various teams in the weeks to come. By Benton Smith

K-State ends Kansas baseball's posteason hopes

When senior right-hander Drew Morovick stepped onto the mound to start the eighth inning Saturday at Hoglund Ballpark, Kansas University’s baseball team owned a three-run lead and was in complete control of its biggest game of the year. Two innings later, the Jayhawks’ season was effectively finished. By Matt Tait

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KU softball falls to Tigers, but earns rematch

Kansas University softball pitcher Alicia Pille said after the Jayhawks’ 5-3 loss to Missouri on Saturday afternoon she planned “to throw until I cannot throw any longer.” That time hasn’t come yet.

Saturday, May 16

Mizzou tops KU softball, 5-3, in NCAA regional action

Jayhawks now play do-or-die game later tonight

For the second year in a row, the Missouri Tigers proved to be an immovable force for the Kansas University softball team in the second game of an NCAA regional in Columbia, Missouri.

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Former Baylor signee Kobie Eubanks visiting KU

Former Baylor basketball signee Kobie Eubanks is scheduled to make an official recruiting visit to Kansas University today until Monday.

KU-Mizzou softball pushed back to 3 p.m.

Saturday's NCAA regional softball game between Kansas University and former Border War rival Missouri has been pushed back to a 3 p.m. start because of inclement weather in Columbia, Missouri.

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

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

Friday, May 15

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Self says proposed changes in rules acceptable

The NCAA made a series of changes to men’s college basketball two seasons ago in an attempt to boost scoring and reduce physical play under the basket.

KU track third at Big 12 meet

A trio of Kansas University men’s pole vaulters and thrower Daina Levy (shot put) all recorded second-place finishes to put KU men’s and women’s track and field teams in third after Day 1 of the Big 12 championships.

KU baseball hammered by K-State, 11-0

A dominant performance by Kansas State pitcher Nate Griep and a slow and methodical 11-0 pounding by the Wildcats’ offense have made things crystal clear for the Kansas University baseball team the rest of the weekend. Win or else.

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KU softball outlasts Louisville, 1-0, in NCAA regional opener

The Kansas University softball team advanced to the winner's bracket of the 2015 NCAA softball regional in Columbia, Missouri, with a 1-0 victory over Louisville on Friday.

Rules committee recommends switch to 30-second shot clock

The NCAA Men's Basketball Rules Committee has recommended reducing the shot clock from 35 to 30 seconds, among a series of changes aimed at speeding up a game that has reached historic lows in scoring.

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

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

Thursday, May 14

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Jayhawks bank on regional softball experience

A year ago, Kansas University’s softball players packed their gear and headed into their first NCAA Tournament blind. The program hadn’t been invited to compete in a postseason regional since 2006 before coach Megan Smith’s Jayhawks busted out of the slump in 2014.

Ex-VCU commit Mack to announce Tuesday

Former VCU commit Tevin Mack, a 6-foot-6 small forward from Columbia, South Carolina, is nearing a decision on his college basketball future.

Eight KU baseball players on academic team

Eight members of Kansas University’s baseball team have been named academic all-Big 12.

Five KU softball players named all-region

Five members of Kansas University’s softball team were named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Midwest All-Region team on Thursday.

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Kentucky to face Kansas at Allen Fieldhouse next season

The Kentucky Wildcats are coming to Allen Fieldhouse next season. The Big 12 and Southeastern Conferences announced the matchups for the 2015-16 Big 12 / SEC Challenge on Thursday afternoon and the UK at Kansas matchup headlines the slate.

Kansas’ Redwine joins U.S. staff

USA Track & Field named Kansas University head track coach Stanley Redwine to the coaching staff that will lead Team USA at the Pan American Games this summer.

Big 12 honors 18 KU rowers

Kansas University’s rowing team landed 18 Jayhawks on the 2015 Academic All-Big 12 Rowing Team. A total of 172 student-athletes around the conference were recognized.

KU tennis names assistant coach

Caroline Lilley was named Kansas University assistant tennis coach Wednesday, head coach Todd Chapman announced.

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NBA sizes up Alexander, Oubre

Former Kansas University basketball players Cliff Alexander and Kelly Oubre Jr. were measured by NBA officials on Wednesday — the first day of this week’s Draft Combine in Chicago. By Gary Bedore

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KU softball’s Chavez having ‘crazy’ rookie year

Freshman Daniella Chavez leads Kansas University's softball team with 15 home runs — on a pace of one every 10 at-bats — and has a .353 batting average to go with her .693 slugging percentage.

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

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA playoff games of Wednesday, May 13, 2015.

Wednesday, May 13

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Schneider adds Aqua Franklin to KU women's hoops staff

First-year Kansas University women's basketball coach Brandon Schneider on Wednesday continued with the reunion theme in filling out his coaching staff by announcing the hiring of former Kansas assistant Aqua Franklin.

KU track receives academic honors

Twenty-six members of Kansas University’s men’s and women’s track and field teams have been named academic All-Big 12, the league announced Tuesday.

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Shooting guard Vick to begin KU visit

LaGerald Vick, who recently decommitted from SMU and is planning on reclassifying from the recruiting Class of 2016 to 2015, today is scheduled to begin his official campus visit to Kansas University.

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Column: QB Stanley could give big boost to Kansas

True, they are called highlight videos for a reason. Bad plays don’t make the cut. The videos are intended to spark the interest of college coaches holding precious scholarships. Still, I challenge anyone to watch the highlight video of 2014 Vero Beach (Florida) High quarterback Carter Stanley and find a potential weakness.

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Jayhawks set for Columbia regional again

A few weeks ago, Kansas University softball senior Maddie Stein outlined a “Heading for Home” mantra for the Jayhawks to follow to the end the season.

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

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

Tuesday, May 12

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Tickets for Kansas vs. Canada go on sale Wednesday

Tickets for the Kansas University men’s basketball team’s summer exhibitions against Team Canada will go on sale Wednesday, the school announced.

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Juco linebacker commits to Kansas

Less than 24 hours after adding an offensive lineman scheduled to graduate in December to the Class of 2016, the Kansas University football program picked up another commitment from a juco linebacker, who also is expected to arrive early.

KU taps diving coach

Gabe Downey, a Kansas City native with extensive junior, high school and club-level coaching experience who has served as Kansas University’s interim diving coach since January, was named Monday as KU’s head diving coach Monday.

Big 12 honors KU baseball freshman Owen Taylor

Kansas University freshman Owen Taylor was named Big 12 Baseball Newcomer of the Week on Monday for his performances May 5-9 at Northwestern and at No. 3-ranked TCU.

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Eubanks schedules his visit to Kansas

Former Baylor basketball signee Kobie Eubanks, a 6-foot-5, 215-pound graduate shooting guard who played this past season at Elev8 Sports Academy in Delray Beach, Florida, will make an official recruiting visit to Kansas University, Saturday through Monday. By Gary Bedore

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Column: Kansas football MVP up in air

Sometimes, it’s easy to predict a college football team’s MVP coming into a year, as was the case with Kansas University in advance of Todd Reesing’s final two seasons. Other times, it’s a challenge, which can be either a good or bad thing. By Tom Keegan

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

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

Monday, May 11

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Jayhawks add juco offensive lineman to 2016 class

The Kansas University football program picked up its second oral commitment in the Class of 2016 on Monday night, when Snow College offensive lineman Joe Malanga pledged his services to the Jayhawks. By Matt Tait

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

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

KU baseball washed

Due to severe weather in the Fort Worth area, the Big 12 baseball series finale between Kansas University and TCU was canceled on Sunday.

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Local ‘palace’ to host youth hoops tourney

Plans continue for the Sunflower Showcase — a fixture at Okun Fieldhouse in Shawnee the past several years — to be moved to the new Sports Pavilion Lawrence at Rock Chalk Park this summer. By Gary Bedore

Déjà vu: Kansas softball gets familiar berth

In what is becoming a rite of late spring, Kansas University’s softball team is headed back to the NCAA Tournament.

Sunday, May 10

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Ex-Jayhawk Shepherd grateful for pro chance

All JaCorey Shepherd wanted was a chance. By Benton Smith

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Kansas’ Landen Lucas: Time off ‘great’ for his health

Kansas University sophomore power forward Landen Lucas suffered some significant aches and pains at the end of the 2014-15 basketball season. By Gary Bedore

KU golfer just misses NCAA bid

Kansas University junior Yupaporn Kawinpakorn shot a final-round 3-over 75 and tied for 10th at an NCAA women’s golf regional, missing a berth to the NCAAs by a stroke.

Throwing error in 10th dooms KU baseball, 2-1

An ill-timed throwing error in the 10th inning doomed Kansas University to a 2-1 Big 12 baseball loss to No. 3-ranked TCU on Saturday at Lupton Stadium.

Chavez helps KU softball sweep ISU

Kansas University freshman designated player Daniella Chavez hit a record-setting grand slam in the opener, then went 4-for-4 with another homer in the nightcap to help the Jayhawks sweep a Big 12 softball doubleheader with Iowa State on Saturday.

KU bowling alumni celebrate Jaybowl

Several past and present members of the Kansas University bowling team gathered on Saturday afternoon for one last time at Jaybowl before the 62-year-old bowling alley in KU’s student union officially closed its doors. By Chris Duderstadt

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

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA playoff games of May 9, 2015.

Friday, May 8

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

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA playoff games of May 8, 2015.

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Black’s rookie season in NBA a big hit

Tarik Black, who played at Kansas University just one season after three at Memphis, said he felt the complete support of Jayhawk Nation during an ultra-successful rookie campaign in the NBA.

Kansas softball powers past ISU

Daniella Chavez and Chanin Naudin combined for seven RBIs to ignite Kansas University’s softball team in an 11-4 win over Iowa State on Friday.

Kawinpakorn tied for fourth

Kansas University junior Yupaporn Kawinpakorn fired a 1-under 71 on Friday and was tied for fourth after the second round in an NCAA women’s golf regional at Briggs Ranch Golf Course.

KU baseball falls to TCU, 4-2

TCU used a three-run fifth inning to slip past Kansas, 4-2, on Friday in Big 12 baseball.

Thursday, May 7

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Morris twins plead not guilty to assault

Phoenix Suns players Marcus and Markieff Morris have pleaded not guilty to two counts of felony aggravated assault.

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Kansas will face strong schedule in ’15-16

A trip to Hawaii for the Maui Invitational, a Champions Classic clash against Michigan State in Chicago, a road contest versus San Diego State and a home game against a yet-to-be-determined foe in the Big 12/SEC Challenge highlight Kansas University’s 2015-16 nonconference basketball schedule, which was released on Thursday. By Gary Bedore

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Jayhawks enjoy Special Olympics clinic

A quirk in the schedule that forced the postponement of last winter’s Special Olympics clinic with the Kansas University women’s basketball team turned out to be beneficial for first-year KU coach Brandon Schneider and his new team.

Kawinpakorn tied for first

Kansas University’s Yupaporn Kawinpakorn shot a 5-under 67 on Thursday to tie for first after the first round at the NCAA Regional. Kawinpakorn was tied with Baylor’s Hayley Davis for first in the 96-player field.

Kansas rowing lands nine

Kansas University’s rowing team has added nine signees, coach Rob Catloth announced Thursday.

Woodard receives Naismith honor

Former Kansas University women’s basketball standout Lynette Woodard has been chosen for the 2015 Naismith Outstanding Contributor to Women’s Basketball Award, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced Thursday.

Kansas men's basketball reveals nonconference schedule

Kansas University's men's basketball on Thursday announced its 2015-16 nonconference schedule.

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Lions’ Bledsoe open-minded about college destination

Lawrence High football coach Dirk Wedd has a new nightly routine these days. He picks up his phone to call up lineman Amani Bledsoe and talk about the junior’s schedule for the coming day. By Benton Smith

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Firebird Liston signs KU letter

Free State High senior Ryan Liston remembers sitting down for lunch with a friend last year, and they started talking about their future college options. He liked Kansas University’s journalism program but didn’t think there was any way he would be good enough to make the school’s cross country and track team. A year later, he did just that. By Bobby Nightengale

KU tennis signs three

Kansas University tennis Wednesday announced the signing of three international student-athletes.

Stigler honored by Big 12 again

For the second time this season, Kansas University senior Michael Stigler was named Big 12 Track & Field Athlete of the Week.

Martin’s slam lifts KU baseball

Freshman catcher TJ Martin’s grand slam in the top of the ninth inning lifted Kansas University to a 10-7 nonconference baseball victory over Northwestern on Wednesday at Rocky Miller Park.

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Mitchell Ballock accepts Curry invite

Eudora High sophomore basketball standout Mitchell Ballock has accepted an invitation to the 2015 Stephen Curry Select Camp, set for June 29 to July 2, in Alameda, California. By Gary Bedore

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The right approach: Gary Woodland wisely picks his spots

Our local touring PGA player can be a frustrating guy to follow. By Tom Keegan

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of May 6, 2015

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Wednesday, May 6, 2015.

Wednesday, May 6

KU baseball tips Northwestern

Owen Taylor hit a three-run home run, and T.J. Martin belted a solo shot during a four-run fourth inning, and Kansas University’s baseball team defeated Northwestern, 6-2, on Tuesday.

KU women’s track No. 21 in poll

Kansas University’s women are ranked No. 21, and the KU men are just outside the rankings at No. 37 in the latest poll of the U.S. Track&Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

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

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

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ISU seen as strong challenger to Kansas

Kansas University’s men’s basketball team figures to face stiff competition from Iowa State in its quest for a 12th-straight Big 12 title.

Tuesday, May 5

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KU football picks up another offensive lineman

Former Missouri commitment, Harneet Gill, an offensive tackle from Pierce College in Los Angeles, has committed to the Jayhawks, reported Tuesday night.

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KU women's basketball coach Brandon Schneider adds 2 to staff

Newly named Kansas University women's basketball coach Brandon Schneider, who officially took over the program in April, on Tuesday announced the names of two members of his first KU coaching staff.

Simmons gets Seahawks tryout

Victor Simmons became the 11th Kansas University player to move on to the professional football ranks as he earned a rookie mini-camp invite with the Seattle Seahawks on Monday afternoon.

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Serious student: Cheick Diallo learns from watching the pros

Cheick Diallo had his TV tuned into the Bulls-Cavaliers NBA playoff game as he conducted a phone interview with the Journal-World on Monday night from Centereach, New York. By Gary Bedore

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Ex-Kansas TE Jordan Shelley-Smith gaining weight, reps on OL

A year ago, Kansas University football player Jordan Shelley-Smith was a 248-pound tight end preparing for his third season in the KU program. Today, he’s on the verge of joining the 300-pound club. By Matt Tait

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

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

Monday, May 4

KU baseball bombed by Baylor, 14-4

Kansas University baseball coach Ritch Price said he’s trying to remain as positive as he can this season. But the Jayhawks didn’t give him much to be excited about Sunday after they were shelled in a 14-4 loss to Baylor at Hoglund Ballpark. By Bobby Nightengale

Sunday, May 3

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Heeney: KU's football struggles hurt draft stock

When 139 college football players — including 18 linebackers — heard their names called in the 2015 NFL Draft before Ben Heeney did, the first-team All-Big 12 linebacker from Kansas University began to wonder why he was still available in the fifth round Saturday. By Benton Smith

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Slip and slide: Kansas softball losing streak hits 5

Kansas University’s first regular season at Arrocha Ballpark at Rock Chalk Park concluded Sunday with a 7-0 loss to No. 14 Baylor. By Chris Duderstadt

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Kevin Young Halifax favorite

Former Kansas University forward Kevin Young emerged as one of the best players in the National Basketball League of Canada this past season. By Gary Bedore

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

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA playoff games of May 3, 2015

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Gary Woodland falls to Rory McIlroy in WGC Match Play Championship

Rory McIlroy didn't need another comeback to win the Match Play Championship. Three times in the last three days, McIlroy had to rally from a late deficit to reach the championship match Sunday at TPC Harding Park. He removed any suspense by winning four straight holes against an errant Gary Woodland and never looked back.

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Big names to host camps

Some heavy-hitters in the basketball world will be holding camps in Lawrence in coming months.

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Baylor turns back Kansas softball on Senior Day

Kansas University softball players were hoping to give their seniors a few extra reasons to celebrate on their Senior Day, but a couple of bad innings cost them in a 6-1 loss against No. 14 Baylor on Saturday at Arrocha Ballpark at Rock Chalk Park.

Baylor hangs on against Kansas baseball

A seventh-inning home run from Kansas University freshman Owen Taylor gave the Jayhawks just a momentary boost Saturday afternoon at Hoglund Ballpark, where KU’s bullpen faltered in the final two frames of a 6-3 loss to Baylor.

Stigler powers Kansas track

Senior Michael Stigler was victorious again in the 400 hurdles to lead Kansas University’s track and field team Saturday in the Rock Chalk Classic at Rock Chalk Park.

KU rowing upends KSU

Kansas University’s rowing team defeated Kansas State, 14-9, Saturday in the Sunflower Showdown at Wyandotte County Lake.

Behind the Lens: Journal-World drone could offer a different perspective

Recently, editors at the Lawrence Journal-World approached the photo department about incorporating video and still photographs shot from a drone into our reportage. Initially, the idea was met with some hesitation, in part because of the potential costs. But speaking at least for myself, I also was a bit nervous about crashing the thing and getting blamed for trashing a piece of expensive equipment.

Saturday, May 2

Jayhawks land NFL deals

Although only three Kansas University football products heard their names called during the NFL Draft on Saturday, a number of their fellow Jayhawks signed free-agent deals in the hours that followed.

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Pro day standout Dexter McDonald goes to Oakland in Round 7

Only 14 picks remained in the final round of the NFL Draft when Oakland made Kansas cornerback Dexter McDonald the 25th pick of the seventh round (242nd overall). “It’s definitely an intense feeling,” the happy new Raider told the Journal-World.“ By Benton Smith

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Offseason hamstring issues hurt JaCorey Shepherd's draft stock

A torn left hamstring compromised JaCorey Shepherd's ability to impress NFL scouts in drills leading up to the NFL Draft. But Philadelphia took him with the 15th pick of Round 6. By Benton Smith

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Fiery Ben Heeney calms down once Raiders draft him

Even though four linebackers got picked ahead of him on Day 3 of the NFL Draft, former Kansas linebacker Ben Heeney finally calmed down Saturday when the Oakland Raiders chose him with the fourth pick in Round 5. By Benton Smith

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Raiders draft KU's Dexter McDonald in final round

Only 14 picks remained in the entire seven-round NFL Draft Saturday when Kansas University cornerback Dexter McDonald finally heard his name called.

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JaCorey Shepherd picked by Philadelphia in 6th round

JaCorey Shepherd began his Kansas University football career as a wide receiver, but he’ll enter the NFL as a cornerback after turning heads in the secondary during his final three seasons for KU. Philadelphia made the 5-foot-11 defensive back the 15th pick in the sixth round of the NFL Draft on Saturday.

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Oakland selects Kansas LB Ben Heeney in 5th round

A starting linebacker in his final three seasons at Kansas University, Ben Heeney learned what his NFL future holds Saturday, when the Oakland Raiders selected him with the fourth pick of the fifth round, in the NFL Draft.

Ex-Jayhawk joins FCKC

Former Kansas University soccer standout Caroline Kastor was added to the roster of FC Kansas City of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL), the club announced Friday.

KU softball falls to Baylor, 4-2

Daniella Chavez hit a two-run home run, but struck out with two on in the seventh inning of Kansas University’s 4-2 loss to No. 14 Baylor in Big 12 softball on Friday at Arrocha Ballpark at Rock Chalk Park.

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No. 3-rated Jaylen Brown commits to Cal

Jaylen Brown, the No. 3 prospect in the recruiting Class of 2015, will join No. 7-rated Ivan Rabb at the University of California next season. By Gary Bedore

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Gem dandy: Krauth ‘really special’ for KU baseball in 2-0 victory over Baylor

There are often times in baseball when the defense helps out the pitcher after a poorly located pitch or tough inning, but Kansas University left-hander Ben Krauth needed no such pick-me-ups Friday at Hoglund Ballpark. By Chris Duderstadt

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Column: Prep Jaylen Brown’s decision barely registers

One of the nation’s elite high school basketball seniors cut Kansas University from his list of possible suitors Thursday, and the news barely registered as noteworthy for those who frequent Allen Fieldhouse. By Benton Smith

Friday, May 1

Home finale awaits KU softball seniors

Time is running out on the Kansas University softball team’s regular season. Senior pitcher Alicia Pille has the X’s to prove it. By Benton Smith

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Self ‘proud’ of Rookie of the Year Wiggins

Minnesota Timberwolves guard Andrew Wiggins on Thursday became the second player out of Kansas University to be named NBA Rookie of the Year. By Gary Bedore

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of April 30, 2015

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of April 30, 2015

Andrew Wiggins voted top NBA rookie

Dressed in a Navy blue tuxedo with shiny black lapels, Andrew Wiggins certainly looked the part while collecting his NBA rookie of the year award Thursday.