Stories for July 2016


Sunday, July 31

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Kansas seeking go-to wideout

In his 20-plus years as a football coach, David Beaty has seen enough successful offenses to realize the importance of a go-to wide receiver. By Benton Smith

Tom Keegan: Ranking potential Big 12 suitors

I thought it would be fun to rank 11 suitors and one blind résumé from a Big 12 school, 1 through 12, in four weighted categories and see what the numbers say. This is not meant to reach a definitive conclusion, rather to serve as a starting point for discussion on the relative merits of the many suitors. By Tom Keegan

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Self's stamp: How KU transitioned from Roy’s Boys

Five tweaks allowed Bill Self to take the torch from Roy Williams and continue Kansas basketball's winning ways. By Matt Tait

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Free State pipeline for KU football

When Kansas football recruits have questions about the program and the city of Lawrence, Free State High senior linebacker Jay Dineen is more than happy to answer any questions. By Bobby Nightengale

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Still battling: Ellis fighting for spot in pro ranks

Perry Ellis has received his first taste of professional basketball. His experience in the Las Vegas summer league was not quite as sweet as the pastries in the 23rd Street Hy-Vee Bakery, where he signed autographs and posed for pictures with fans Saturday afternoon. By Gary Bedore

Friday, July 29

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Smithson hopes to tighten KU defense

Senior safety Fish Smithson, set to enter his third season as a key contributor for the Kansas defense, will be the first to tell you that covering world-class athletes in the Big 12 Conference can be a nightmare.

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Three Jayhawks working at camp

Kansas University basketball players Carlton Bragg Jr., Devonté Graham and Frank Mason III are working as college counselors at this weekend’s adidas Nations camp in Los Angeles.

Woodland misses cut

Former Kansas University golfer Gary Woodland missed the cut Friday at the PGA Championship.

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KU AD Zenger explains idea behind search for football fundraiser

Kansas athletic director Sheahon Zenger’s hiring of former KU baseball standout Matt Baty to lead the Williams Education Fund’s efforts into the future indirectly represents one of the strongest public commitments to upgrading Memorial Stadium. By Matt Tait

KU volleyball adds player

Jacqui Mostrom, a 5-foot-3, defensive specialist from Springfield (Mo.) Glendale High, has joined Kansas University’s volleyball team, KU coach Ray Bechard announced Thursday.

Woodland struggles to 73 at PGA Championship

Former Kansas University golfer Gary Woodland had a rough first round Thursday at the PGA Championship.

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Kansas on list of Vegas prep Brown

Troy Brown, a 6-foot-6 senior combo guard from Centennial High in Las Vegas who is ranked No. 10 in the recruiting Class of 2017 by, on Thursday cut his list of prospective colleges to eight. By Gary Bedore

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Tom Keegan: Jayhawks should be better on glass

A school doesn’t win 12 consecutive Big 12 basketball titles without at least a little variance in relative strengths and weaknesses. Take the case of Kansas and rebounding. By Tom Keegan

Thursday, July 28

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KU hires former Jayhawk Matt Baty to lead Williams Fund efforts

Zenger also announces search for football fund raiser: 'It's now time to focus on Memorial Stadium'

According to a Thursday morning press release, former Jayhawk baseball standout Matt Baty has been named Associate Athletics Director, Williams Education Fund, Marketing & Sales. Baty replaces Banks Floodman, a former KU football linebacker, who led the department for the past three years.

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Kansas still on Oklahoma prep Young’s list

Trae Young, a 6-foot-1, 170-pound senior guard from Norman (Okla.) North High who is ranked No. 14 in the recruiting Class of 2017 by, listed Kansas University among his six finalists Wednesday night on Twitter. By Gary Bedore

Tuesday, July 26

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Ellis, Self, Manning named to Honors Court

Kansas University senior basketball guard Tyler Self and recent KU graduates Perry Ellis and Evan Manning have been named to the 2015-16 National Association of Basketball Coaches Honors Court, the NABC announced Tuesday.

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Tom Keegan: Don’t bank on Kansas heading to Big Ten

Big 12 expansion talk runs hot so it’s time for us all to board the plane to Fantasy Island, time for Herve Villechaize to come back from the dead to greet us, time for us to talk about what to wear for the wedding between the Big Ten and Kansas.

Monday, July 25

Kansas women to face Alabama in SEC/Big 12 Challenge

Kansas University’s matchup with Alabama on Dec. 4 is one of 10 games in the 2016 SEC/Big 12 Women’s Basketball Challenge, which features every Big 12 program for the first time.

Thompson makes tourney

Local professional golfer Chris Thompson will compete in the Ellie Mae Classic at TPC in Hayward, Calif., this week, making it five of the past six tournaments for which he has qualified.

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Mykhailiuk scores 21 in final loss

Kansas University junior guard Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk scored 21 points off 7-of-14 shooting in Ukraine’s 105-103 loss to Czech Republic in the final consolation game of the FIBA Under 20 world championships on Sunday in Finland. By Gary Bedore

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Workout Warrior of the Week: Center Gibson ‘benchmark’ on OL

Microwaving is not an option when turning high school offensive linemen into Big 12-ready blockers. It’s purely a slow-cook. Shortcuts don’t exist. Kansas center Joe Gibson, entering his fourth season in the program, spent his first season as a red-shirt walk-on determined to get bigger, stronger and quicker. By Tom Keegan

Sunday, July 24

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What if Kansas paid its basketball players? It already does, sort of

From cost-of-attendance stipends to what comes next

If you want to be a Kansas basketball player, 82 is an important number to know. It’s how many games are in an NBA season. It’s also how many times more money KU coach Bill Self made than his 13 men’s basketball scholarship athletes last year. This may seem unbelievable, but it’s true: Self earned more than $3.9 million, while the 13 players on scholarship took home $47,372 combined. The unbelievable part is that the players were paid at all.

Saturday, July 23

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Former Jayhawk Kaun reveals retirement

Sasha Kaun, one of only two Kansas University basketball players, along with Hall of Famer Clyde Lovellette, to win an NCAA title (2008), NBA title (2016) and medal in the Olympic Games (2012 bronze), has decided to retire from pro ball at the age of 31.

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Tom Keegan: Speed bump boosts Kansas outlook

The next college football head coach or assistant who says the staff has downgraded recruiting will be the first and won’t be in office for long.

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Svi scores 12 in setback

Kansas University junior guard Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk scored 12 points off 5-of-21 shooting in Ukraine’s 64-52 loss to Germany on Friday in the quarterfinals of the Under 20 FIBA European Championships in Finland.

Friday, July 22

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Former KU commitment and 3-star DB Akayleb Evans picks Tulsa

The Kansas football program’s strong recruiting stretch took a small hit this week, when three-star Texas defensive back Akayleb Evans announced he was de-committing. By Matt Tait

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Expectations high for KU offense

When Kansas University’s football team opens camp during the first week of August, second-year head coach David Beaty will have one major expectation about the new-look Air Raid offense. By Matt Tait

Kansas softball adds 2 coaches

Kansas University softball coach Megan Smith filled several of the vacancies left on her staff at the end of the 2016 season with the addition of Maggie Hull-Tietz and Jessica Hancock.

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Svi, Ukraine meet German team today

Kansas University junior guard Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk’s Ukrainian national team will meet Germany in the quarterfinals of the FIBA Under 20 world championships today in Finland. By Gary Bedore

KU men’s golfers are top scholars

Kansas men’s golfers Connor Peck and Chase Hanna have been named Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholars by the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA).

Thursday, July 21

KU golfer advances at U.S. Girls Junior

Kansas University women’s golfer Annika Cedo defeated Connor Beth Ball, 1 up, in the first round of match play Wednesday at the U.S. Girls Junior Championship at Ridgewood Country Club.

KU women's basketball schedule

Kansas University’s women’s basketball team will play eight of its 11 regular-season nonconference games at home next season.

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Report: Diallo agrees to three-year deal

Former Kansas University forward Cheick Diallo has reached an agreement on a three-year contract with the New Orleans Pelicans, reported Wednesday.

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Beyond a doubt: Kansas QB Cozart unfazed by criticism

Fourth-year junior Montell Cozart has heard and seen just about everything during his days as a Kansas University football player. The loudest sounds have come from the doubters. By Matt Tait

Wednesday, July 20

KU golfer advances at U.S. girls’ tourney

Kansas University incoming freshman golfer Annika Cedo has qualified for match play at the U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship at Ridgewood Country Club.

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Emporia State game moved to Nov. 6

Kansas University’s men’s basketball exhibition game against Emporia State, initially set for Nov. 7, now will be played at 7 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 6 in Allen Fieldhouse, KU announced Tuesday.

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Week 2 foe? Beaty says he doesn’t know

In front of a room full of reporters who instantly caught David Beaty in his favorite little white lie Monday morning at the Omni Dallas Hotel, the second-year Kansas University football coach repeated a concept he first introduced to his players months ago. By Benton Smith

Grobe: Baylor’s ‘issues’ not unique

Interim Baylor football coach Jim Grobe admitted Tuesday at Big 12 Football Media Days the job ahead of him, with the program and university reeling this offseason in the aftermath of a sexual-assault scandal, will be daunting.

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At a loss: Jayhawks reflect on winless 2015 season

Monday afternoon at a ballroom in the Omni Hotel in downtown Dallas, the Kansas University football program played the role of the bearded lady. By Matt Tait

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Tom Keegan: Bragg’s game under control

Based on the inflated heights on some college basketball rosters, the players must have been measured when standing on high school press clippings. By Tom Keegan

Tuesday, July 19

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Big 12 directs commissioner to evaluate expansion candidates

The Big 12 is accepting resumes from expansion candidates.

Journal-World staff changes announced with upcoming ownership change

Ogden Newspapers Inc. on Monday hired 61 staff members as part of its acquisition of The World Company’s media assets, including the Lawrence Journal-World.

KU tennis sweeps ITA circuit crowns

Kansas University sophomore Nina Khmelnitckaia won the singles championship and KU’s Tess Bernard-Feigenbaum and Anastasia Rychagova won the doubles title at the ITA Summer Circuit on Monday at the Jayhawk Tennis Center.

Big 12 coaches mostly skirt topic of Baylor’s sexual-assault scandal

Coaches and football players from Kansas University, TCU, Texas Tech, Iowa State and Oklahoma State arrived Monday at the Omni Dallas Hotel ready to take on all questions at Big 12 Football Media Days. But on some occasions the topic of conversation steered away from those programs and toward the disastrous past few months for Baylor. By Benton Smith

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Tom Keegan: It's tough to win at KU, but …

David Beaty was asked at Big 12 Media Days if he has found his job as football coach at Kansas to be as tough as he thought it would be, and naturally he polished his answer with positive paint. The Kansas job is considered a career-killer by many, and several factors do make it a risky challenge for a young coach to undertake. By Tom Keegan

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Role models: KU reps to Big 12 Media Days reflect Beaty’s mantra

David Beaty and his staff want to help create good young men who will go on to become good fathers and husbands well after their days as good football players are behind them. By Matt Tait

Monday, July 18

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Tucker Vang officially added to KU men's basketball roster

Tucker Vang has joined the KU men's basketball team as a walk-on.

Sunday, July 17

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KU lineman Williams turns it around

Lufkin, an East Texas town of 35,000 hit hard by the job reductions in the oil industry, still brings spirited passion for its main attraction.

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Jayhawks set to face Big 12 media

Some of the top athletes and coaches in the Big 12 Conference will invade the heart of Big 12 country today and Tuesday for the annual and unofficial start of the college football season known as Big 12 media days.

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Mykhailiuk nets 12 in win

Kansas University junior guard Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk scored 12 points off 5-of-9 shooting and grabbed three rebounds in Ukraine’s 90-69 victory over Serbia in the second pool play game of the FIBA Under 20 European Championships on Sunday in Helsinki, Finland.

Thompson 13th at event

Lawrence resident and former Kansas University golfer Chris Thompson shot a 6-under-par 65 and finished in a tie for 13th place Sunday in the Lincoln Land Charity Championship, a Tour tournament.

KU dominates ITA tournament

It will be an all-Kansas University final in both women’s singles and doubles at the ITA Summer Circuit today at Jayhawk Tennis Center.

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Tom Keegan: Olympian Geubelle overcomes adversity

NBC has done a nice job through decades of Olympic coverage at shining a light on athletes overcoming odds, turning obstacles into opportunities, tears of agony into joyful sobs.

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Mykhailiuk unloads for 14 in U-20 tourney

Kansas University junior guard Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk scored 14 points off 5-of-22 shooting and grabbed 11 rebounds in Ukraine’s 70-68 loss to Slovenia in the first game of the FIBA Under 20 European Championships on Saturday in Helsinki, Finland.

Saturday, July 16

KU tennis players advance at ITA

Six Kansas University women’s tennis players advanced at the ITA Summer Circuit on Saturday at the Jayhawk Tennis Center.

Thompson tied for 22nd at

Lawrence resident and former two-time All-American golfer for Kansas University, Chris Thompson shot a 3-under-par 68 to finish the third round of the Lincoln Land Charity Championship in a seven-way tie for 22nd place Saturday, eight strokes behind leader Wesley Bryan in the Tour event.

Thompson 5 back at event

Lawrence resident and former Kansas University golfer Chris Thompson followed up his opening-round 68 with a 66 on Friday and sits in a tie for 14th place, five strokes off the lead of Jason Millard, in the Lincoln Land Charity Championship.

ITA tournament begins today

Action gets underway today at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s (ITA) 2016 ITA Summer Circuit hosted by Kansas University.

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Miles to join Dooley at Florida Gulf Coast

The all-time assist leader in Kansas University and Big 12 basketball history on Monday begins a coaching career meant to help others develop their games. By Gary Bedore

Selden invited to join Grizzlies

Former Kansas University guard Wayne Selden Jr. has been invited to Memphis Grizzlies preseason camp, the Commercial-Appeal reports. Selden will be a non-roster player with no guaranteed contract.

Kaun to be cut following trade

Former Kansas University forward Sasha Kaun on Friday was traded from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Philadelphia 76ers, ESPN reported. The move created room on the roster for Cleveland to sign center Chris Andersen in a separate deal.

Friday, July 15

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Aaron Miles hired by former KU assistant Joe Dooley at Florida Gulf Coast

Friday morning, Florida Gulf Coast University announced that Aaron Miles was leaving Kansas to become a full-time assistant on Joe Dooley’s coaching staff.

Thursday, July 14

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KU tapped last, but it’s not unanimous

When the results of the 2016 preseason Big 12 football media poll were released on Thursday, it came as no surprise that Oklahoma was the overwhelming favorite to win the conference, securing 258 points and 24 of 26 first-place votes.

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Wiggins recalls time at KU with fondness

Andrew Wiggins, who spent just one year in college, figures to be a walking, talking advertisement for Kansas University’s basketball program for some time to come.

Thompson four back at event

Lawrence resident and former Kansas University golfer Chris Thompson shot a 3-under-par 68 Thursday and is a 24-way tie for 40th place, four strokes off the lead shared by five golfers, in the Lincoln Land Charity Championship. The tournament is being played at Panther Creek Country Club.

Kansas softball adds two players

Kansas University’s softball team added two players Thursday: transfer Sarah Miller and freshman Zara Voulgaris.

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Leaner Finley among Rio-bound Jayhawks

Even at a wide, muscular, massive 6-foot-8, former Kansas University weight thrower Mason Finley has a distinctly different look these days. He looks so much thinner, which makes sense because he has lost more than 80 pounds over the past three years. By Tom Keegan

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Matt Tait: Big 12 honors elude Kansas football; here are top Jayhawk candidates

Wednesday, the Big 12 Conference released this year’s preseason all-conference football selections as voted by the media. As you might have guessed, no Kansas University players were mentioned. By Matt Tait

Wednesday, July 13

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'For the kids': McLemore in town for youth camp

Sacramento Kings guard Ben McLemore, who has been working diligently on his game this summer as he prepares to complete the final year of his first NBA contract (four years, $13,087,722), has developed a reputation as a guy who spreads his wealth around. By Gary Bedore

KU’s Smithson on awards lists

Kansas University senior football safety Fish Smithson was named to the Wuerffel Trophy watch list and the Allstate American Football Coaches Association Good Works Team on Wednesday.

Ex-KU pitcher Duncan a Triple-A All-Star

Former Kansas University pitcher Frank Duncan threw one perfect inning in the International League All-Stars’ 4-2 victory over the PCL All-Stars in the Triple-A All-Star game on Wednesday.

Tuesday, July 12

Oubre scores 16 in summer league

Kelly Oubre Jr. scored 16 points off 5-of-13 shooting (two of eight threes) with six rebounds in Washington's 87-85 NBA summer-league win over Brooklyn on Tuesday in Las Vegas. For the summer, Oubre has hit five of 23 threes.

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Goddard's Tucker Vang to join KU basketball team as walk-on

Former Goddard High football and basketball player Tucker Vang will be joining the KU basketball team as a walk-on.

Schneider tourney set for Saturday

The second-annual Brandon Schneider Golf Tournament will take place on Saturday at Alvamar Golf and Country Club in Lawrence. All proceeds from the tournament support Kansas University women’s basketball and the Lawrence Memorial Hospital Breast Center.

Thompson makes field

No need to send local golf pro Chris Thompson a birthday gift for turning 40 Monday. It couldn’t compare to the one he gave himself.

Ex-KU sprinter tapped for Rio

Former Kansas University sprinter Kyle Clemons is officially an Olympian after he was selected to the American 4x400-meter relay squad that will compete next month in Rio, Team USA announced Monday.

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Self says recruiting may get harder

DeAndre Ayton, the No. 1-rated basketball player in the recruiting Class of 2017 according to who has a final list of Kansas University, Kentucky and Arizona, says he’ll definitely attend college one year. By Gary Bedore

Monday, July 11

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Tom Keegan: Big 12 signal callers ranked

Anyone not willing to acknowledge that the SEC ranks ahead of every other college football conference views it through green glasses colored so by envy. As for the best quarterback conference, the Big 12 rules in terms of talent, excitement and famous genes. Three of the 10 projected starting quarterbacks in the Big 12 are sons of former major-league baseball players who combined to play in 36 seasons. By Tom Keegan

KU LB Duckworth booked over the weekend in connection with February arrest

The name Kendall Nyear Duckworth appeared on a booking report at the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office over the weekend, but not because of any new criminal activity.

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Diallo plays, talks a good game

Former Kansas University forward Cheick Diallo has made a good first impression on his New Orleans Pelicans teammates. By Gary Bedore

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Who's No. 1? Sure it’s early, but puts Jayhawks No. 2 in 16-team power rankings

The 2016-17 season doesn’t tip off for another four months, but college basketball prognostication is a year-round business. Last week, published its preseason power rankings, awarding the No. 2 spot in the nation to Kansas University. By Benton Smith

Saturday, July 9

Diallo scores 11 points in NBA Summer League debut

Kansas University product Cheick Diallo played a team-high 28 minutes and scored 11 points in his NBA Summer League debut on Friday, an 85-65 loss by his New Orleans Pelicans to the Los Angeles Lakers.

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Matt Tait: Despite lingering questions, it's still too early to judge KU's QB situation

I noticed recently that the Kansas University football coaching staff had extended a scholarship offer to Class of 2018 pro-style quarterback Cammon Cooper, a 6-foot-4, 185-pound Utah prospect who already is receiving interest from several big-time programs.

KU’s Sanni added to Nigerian team

Kansas University senior Zainab Sanni has been named to Nigeria’s women’s 4x100-meter relay pool that will compete at the Rio Olympics next month.

Friday, July 8

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James joins Jayhawks’ Louisiana pipeline

Kansas’ Memorial Stadium may sit 811 miles from the Baton Rouge, Louisiana, city limits, but, to three-star defensive end Troy James, it felt closer than that. By Matt Tait

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Finley wins Olympic Trials discus

Mason Finley, an eight-time All-American while at Kansas from 2010-12, won the discus championship Friday afternoon at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials at Hayward Field.

Greene scoreless in Memphis debut

Ex-Kansas guard Brannen Greene was scoreless in his first action for the Memphis Grizzlies’ summer league team.

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Jamari Traylor’s summer run ends

Former Kansas forward Jamari Traylor’s run with Indiana’s summer league team came to a close Friday in Orlando. Traylor, a 6-foot-8, 220-pound backup big for the Pacers during the past week, played a personal-high 21 minutes in an 85-72 win over the Magic’s Blue squad.

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Larry Brown resigns from SMU

Well traveled basketball coach Larry Brown led SMU to at least 25 wins in each of the past three seasons, but won’t be back for a fifth year with the Mustangs.

Blazers waive Alexander

The Portland Trail Blazers waived former Kansas forward Cliff Alexander on Thursday to create salary cap space, according to a tweet from The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Alexander, who played one season at KU, only appeared in eight games for the Blazers last season, scoring 10 points in 36 minutes.

Henry to play for Warriors’ summer team

Former Kansas University guard Xavier Henry is a member of the Golden State Warriors’ summer-league team, the organization announced. Henry, a 6-foot-6, 220 pounder from Oklahoma City, finished last season with Golden State’s D-League team in Santa Cruz, Calif.

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Ex-Jayhawk Geubelle qualifies for Olympics in triple jump

Kansas University product Andrea Geubelle, a three-time NCAA champion for KU from 2010-13, qualified for the Rio Olympics by placing third in the triple jump at the U.S. Trials on Thursday night at Hayward Field.

Thursday, July 7

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Happy face: Carlton Bragg Jr.’s smile belies competitive nature

The most famous smile on the Kansas University campus belongs to a student whose listed and seemingly outdated height is 6-foot-9, but he’s well over 7-feet when going from one class to another atop his preferred mode of transportation, a hoverboard. By Tom Keegan

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Blazers add Mickelson

Former Kansas University basketball forward Hunter Mickelson is a member of the Portland Trail Blazers’ NBA summer league team, the squad has announced.

Wednesday, July 6

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KU tight end Ben Johnson on Mackey Award watch list

With college football season getting closer by the day, some of the award watch lists have started to trickle out. Kansas football tight end Ben Johnson became the first Jayhawk to earn preseason recognition Wednesday, when the John Mackey Award’s selection committee placed Johnson on its watch list.

Tuesday, July 5

Kansas golfer earns honor

Kansas University sophomore-to-be Ariadna Fonseca Diaz was named a Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) All-American Scholar Tuesday by the organization.

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Tom Keegan: Who will lead 2016-17 Jayhawks in scoring?

Bill Self ranks “hard to guard” as one of the most important qualities in a basketball player when he wears the general manager’s hat and determines which players to offer scholarships. By Tom Keegan

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No. 4 prospect Bamba will cut list to 10 in August

Before the summer is over, one of the busiest and most sought-after basketball players in the Class of 2017 plans to cut his list of potential schools to 10. By Benton Smith

Monday, July 4

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Matt Tait: Pro possibilities smaller for Self

On a day when the 2017 NBA title was pared down to a race between two teams — Golden State and Cleveland — the constant radar tracking whether Kansas basketball coach Bill Self one day could jump to the NBA himself may have been trimmed to one team.

Ex-Jayhawk Geubelle advances

Former Kansas University athlete Andrea Geubelle was fifth in the women’s triple jump preliminaries Monday at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials.

Sunday, July 3

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Workout Warrior of the Week: Kansas football WR Jeremiah Booker ‘never quits’

It came as no surprise when Kansas University strength-and-conditioning coach Je’Ney Jackson named sophomore wide receiver Jeremiah Booker as the fourth Workout Warrior of the Week, following defensive tackle Daniel Wise, defensive end Josh Ehambe and LaQuvionte Gonzalez. By Tom Keegan

Chalmers holds off Woodland

Greg Chalmers won the Barracuda Championship on Sunday at Montreux for his first PGA Tour title, eagling the final hole for a six-point victory in the modified Stableford scoring event. Former Kansas University golfer Gary Woodland, the 2013 winner, was second.

Woodland six points back at Reno

Greg Chalmers birdied five of the final six holes Saturday to increase his lead to six points in the Barracuda Championship, the PGA Tour’s lone modified Stableford scoring event.

Saturday, July 2

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Tom Keegan: Newman decision helps KU even more this time

Malik Newman commits to Kansas University out of high school, and the internet breaks, the Mass Street bars sell out of legal beverages, and every baby boy born in Lawrence for the next six months is named Malik.

KU’s Levy earns Olympic trip

One Kansas University track and field athlete has earned a trip to the Rio Olympics, while others still have a chance.

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Howard happy to welcome Newman

Kansas University basketball assistant Jerrance Howard, who had spent two years recruiting Mississippi high school phenom Malik Newman, remembers the disappointment felt on April 24, 2015 — the day’s No. 8-rated player announced for Mississippi State over KU and Kentucky.

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Hull of a hire

First-year KU football assistant Tony Hull tapping into Louisiana roots

During his first four months on the job, Kansas University running-backs coach Tony Hull’s deep connection to his hometown of New Orleans has paid off more quickly than expected for the rebuilding Jayhawks.

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Second chance: MSU transfer Malik Newman, KU ‘perfect marriage’

Former Mississippi State basketball guard Malik Newman, who admittedly was in a great mood Friday after announcing plans to transfer to Kansas University, laughed into his cell phone upon hearing a question he particularly embraced. “Did you ask if this was a great marriage? I like that. I think it’ll be a perfect marriage. Can I use that?” Newman asked a Journal-World reporter after making what he called at least a two-year commitment to KU. By Gary Bedore

Woodland tied for 2nd in Reno

Greg Chalmers birdied five of his last eight holes to take a two-point lead in the Barracuda Championship, the PGA Tour’s only modified Stableford scoring event.

Friday, July 1

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Malik Newman: Arrows were pointing toward KU

Former Mississippi State guard praises coaches Self, Howard, says he'll definitely 'play in a Kansas jersey'

Malik Newman says 'arrows' were pointing to KU not once, but twice.

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Malik Newman chooses Kansas

KU coach Self says Jayhawks 'very lucky' to land guard

Malik Newman, a 6-foot-3 combo guard from Mississippi State, has decided to transfer to Kansas, saying "I'm glad they wanted me again."