Stories for June 2016


Thursday, June 30

KU athletes at Olympic qualifiers

With the start of the Rio Olympics just five weeks away, current and former Kansas University track and field athletes are ready to flock to their respective national team trials to take on their final hurdle to achieving their Olympic dreams.

ITA Summer Circuit returns

For the sixth consecutive year Kansas University will host the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s (ITA) 2016 ITA Summer Circuit. The tournament is being held at the Jayhawk Tennis Center located at 5200 Clinton Parkway. Matches will run July 16-18.

KU volleyball sets non-conference slate

Kansas University’s Final Four volleyball team will open the regular season on the road at the Bulldog Invitational in Starkville, Miss. The season begins Sept. 2 with host Mississippi State, followed by a Saturday doubleheader against Eastern Washington and Lamar.

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Newman will make choice public today

Former Mississippi State guard Malik Newman, who made an official recruiting visit to Kansas University on Tuesday and Wednesday, is expected to announce his transfer destination today.

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Beaty preaching optimism to team, fans

During the past couple of months, Kansas University football coach David Beaty continued his quest to mingle with supporters outside of the immediate area, visiting Denver, Tulsa, and various spots around the state to meet with KU fans and hear their questions, concerns and support for the rebuilding program. By Matt Tait

Lawrence swimmer Andrew 76th at Trials

Lawrence’s Michael Andrew finished 76th in prelims for the men’s 100-meter freestyle on Wednesday at the U.S. Olympic Trials at CenturyLink Center.

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Self says summer ‘serious’ time

Kansas University’s basketball players can work up quite a sweat during the two hours of official practice time per week that’s allotted by the NCAA while summer school is in session. By Gary Bedore

Wednesday, June 29

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Bill Self says Jayhawks' June workouts have been intense, productive

KU basketball coach discusses Josh Jackson hype on Big 12 summer teleconference

Bill Self spoke on a variety of topics on Wednesday's Big 12 summer coaches call.

Tuesday, June 28

Kansas swimmers gain experience

Kansas University swimmers past, present and future gained valuable experience Tuesday in the 200-meter freestyle and 200-meter individual medley preliminaries at the US Olympic Trials.

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Greene, Traylor to play in summer league

Former Kansas University guard Brannen Greene will play NBA summer league for the Memphis Grizzlies, while forward Jamari Traylor will compete for the Indiana Pacers, it was revealed Tuesday.

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KU Football lands second D-End commitment of the day

Three-star prospect Troy James becomes 4th player from Louisiana to commit to Kansas

Troy James, a three-star defensive end from Baton Rouge, announced on Twitter around 5 p.m. Tuesday that he was orally committing to Kansas.

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KU's Self, Schneider remember Pat Summitt as one of the best to ever coach

Kansas basketball coaches Bill Self and Brandon Schneider share their thoughts on legendary Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt, who passed away Tuesday morning at age 64 after a battle with early onset dementia. By Matt Tait

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Former Hawaii defensive end commits to KU football

Garden City-bound defensive end Jamie Tago, a 6-foot-3, 250-pound prospect originally from Hawaii on Tuesday orally committed to KU. By Matt Tait

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Brannen Greene to play for Memphis Grizzlies summer league team; Jamari Traylor on Indiana Pacers roster

Brannen Greene will play for the Memphis Grizzlies summer league team.

Former Jayhawk Hermann 78th

Former Kansas University swimmer Danielle Herrmann posted a 1:11.81 and finished just inside the top 80 in the women’s 100-meter breaststroke at the US Olympic Trials during Monday morning’s preliminaries at CenturyLink Center.

Kansas’ Payne on Pan Am roster

USA Volleyball has listed Kansas University’s Kelsie Payne on the 12-member Pan American Cup roster. The 12 athletes selected will train in California until the Pan American Cup begins Saturday in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

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Malik Newman, formerly of Mississippi State, visits Lawrence today

As expected, five-star guard Malik Newman ended up being a one-and-done at Mississippi State, just not the way the basketball world envisioned. By Gary Bedore

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Tom Keegan: Magley breathes new life into NBL

The pressures of running a professional sports league can turn a commissioner into a suspicious robot devoid of humor and fluent in corporate-speak. And then there is David Magley, commissioner of the National Basketball League of Canada and a former Kansas University basketball player coached by Ted Owens. By Tom Keegan

Monday, June 27

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Lawrence swimmer Michael Andrew in finals of Olympic Trials

Lawrence’s Michael Andrew placed fourth in the men’s 100-meter breaststroke semifinals at the U.S. Olympic Trials on Sunday, advancing to tonight’s finals at CenturyLink Center.

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Releford relishes chance to play overseas

Former Kansas University small forward Travis Releford has been on the go since turning professional after the 2012-13 season. By Gary Bedore

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Workout Warrior of the Week Gonzalez expects to pack punch for KU football

Long, lean and fast, Rodriguez Coleman had the physical tools to develop into a legitimate Big 12 wide receiver, but couldn’t follow the team rules and earned a one-way ticket out of the Kansas University football program. Coleman left the No. 1 jersey behind, and it has been filled by an even faster, more talented pass-catcher. By Tom Keegan

Saturday, June 25

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Vick making strides

Several Kansas University basketball players past and present paraded through a door connecting the Jayhawks’ practice facility to Horejsi Center, home of Bill Self’s weekly basketball campers games.

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Jayhawks represented at swim trials

Five women with ties to Kansas University swimming will join hundreds of other Olympic hopefuls this week in Omaha, Neb., at the CenturyLink Center for this year’s U.S. Olympic Trials.

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Something to prove: Diallo driven by fall to 2nd round

Cheick Diallo, 19, who averaged 3.0 points and 2.5 rebounds in 7.5 minutes a game during his one-and-done season at KU, on Thursday night told he was not pleased about the first-round snub. By Gary Bedore

Friday, June 24

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NBA free agent Perry Ellis to play for Dallas Mavericks this summer

Perry Ellis will play for the Dallas Mavericks this summer.

Rookie honors to 39 Jayhawks

Kansas University freshmen athletes Ariadna Fonseca-Diaz (golf), Kaitlyn Hartnett (rowing) and Ryan Liston (cross country/track and field) were among 39 total freshmen league honorees with perfect 4.0 grade-point averages named to the 2015-16 Academic All-Big 12 Rookie Team.

Five KU freshmen at USA meet

Five freshman members of the Kansas track and field teams are set to take part in the USA Junior Championships in Clovis, Calif., beginning today.

Jayhawks venture to Windy City for latest football commitment

The Kansas University football program is not stopping at Louisiana when it comes to mining new recruiting territory. By Matt Tait

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Second best: Kansas players shut out of first round

Former Kansas University forward Cheick Diallo, who had been projected as a likely first-round pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, went in the second round, while possible draft picks Wayne Selden Jr., Perry Ellis and Brannen Greene were not selected during Thursday’s proceedings in Brooklyn, N.Y. By Gary Bedore

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Tom Keegan: Ellis still has shot at long career

Quiet body language can lead to misconceptions that cause talent evaluators to miss badly. Wesley Matthews had quiet body language during his career as a four-year starter at Marquette. By Tom Keegan

Thursday, June 23

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Cheick Diallo taken by Los Angeles Clippers in second round of NBA Draft, then traded to New Orleans

Cheick Diallo was selected by the Los Angeles Clippers in the NBA Draft, but then was dealt to New Orleans.

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KU volleyball's Tayler Soucie named Big 12 female sportsperson of the year

Tayler Soucie, a junior on the Kansas University volleyball team that made history by reaching the Final Four last season, added some hardware to an already memorable season on Thursday, when she was named the Big 12 Conference's Female Sportsperson of the Year.

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D-day arrives: Jayhawks to learn draft fate tonight

Perry Ellis, who played four seasons of college basketball, and Wayne Selden Jr., who played three, enter Thursday's NBA Draft viewed as possible, yet not certain, second-round selections, while Cheick Diallo is expected to go in the first round.By Gary Bedore

Four Jayhawks on scholar team

Four members of Kansas University’s swimming and diving team earned honorable mention to the College Swimming Coaches Association of America Scholar All-America Team.

Kansas athletes have record GPA

More than half of Kansas University’s student-athletes posted a grade-point average of 3.0 or better during the spring semesters, lifting the cumulative GPA to a record 3.04, according to numbers released Wednesday.

KU women’s golf adds Taiwan prep

Kansas University’s women’s golf team has signed Yi-Tsen “Tina” Chou, coach Erin O’Neil announced Wednesday.

Wednesday, June 22

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Chicago DB Robert Topps picks KU

Marist High prospect becomes KU's 6th 3-star commitment in 2017 class so far

Late Monday night, roughly 12 hours after learning about an oral commitment from McKinney, Texas safety Akayleb Evans earlier in the day, Kansas football coach David Beaty and company picked up another commitment from a 3-star defensive back.

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KU women pick up graduate transfer from Ohio State

Second-year Kansas University women’s basketball coach Brandon Schneider just added some much needed height and experience to the 2016-17 roster. Schneider announced Wednesday the addition of graduate transfer signee Lisa Blair, who is eligible to join Kansas on the court immediately.

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KU football adds another 3-star commitment

The Kansas football program picked up another three-star commitment on Wednesday, marking a big day for both the player and the program. By Matt Tait

Tuesday, June 21

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Tom Keegan: Trusting teammates hallmark of winners

During this year's NBA playoffs, it occurred to me that Kansas coach Bill Self’s stock must be rising in the eyes of NBA executives because he has proven to be terrific at inspiring players trust each other.

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Dream job now a reality for Brian Hanni, the new voice of the Jayhawks

Tuesday proved to be the day a dream came true for Brian Hanni, who learned from Kansas athletic director Sheahon Zenger via telephone that he was the choice to be the next play-by-play voice of Kansas basketball and football, succeeding Bob Davis, who retired this season after holding the post since 1984. By Matt Tait

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Brian Hanni named new voice of the Jayhawks

Former Lawrence radio personality and current voice of Texas Tech men's basketball, Brian Hanni, has been named the replacement to Bob Davis, who retired from his duties as the voice of Kansas basketball and football following the 2015-16 hoops season.

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Ellis completes final workout before draft

Perry Ellis worked out for the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday, then returned to his hometown of Wichita to relax a bit before Thursday’s NBA Draft. He’ll watch the proceedings on TV with family and close friends in Wichita. By Gary Bedore

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Tom Keegan: Golfer Thompson rolling to Wichita

As Twitter was blowing up with some of the world’s greatest golfers mocking the USGA for messing with Dustin Johnson’s head for telling him in the middle of his final round Sunday that he might be assessed a one-stroke penalty after he finished, another professional golfer who had a good week was behind the wheel of his car, making his way from Nashville back to Lawrence. By Tom Keegan

Monday, June 20

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Jayhawks land in-state offensive lineman

Joey Gilbertson, a 6-foot-4, 290-pound tackle from Wichita’s Northwest High, on Monday announced via Twitter that he had orally committed to KU. By Matt Tait

Sunday, June 19

How former Jayhawks fared Game 7 of the NBA Finals

How former Jayhawks fared Game 7 of the NBA Finals

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Pundits mixed on Diallo's draft outlook

Those individuals who release NBA mock drafts in anticipation of Thursday's two-round, 60-pick extravaganza in New York certainly do not compare notes when prognosticating. Proof of that is the difference of opinion regarding 19-year-old former Kansas University forward Cheick Diallo. By Gary Bedore

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Workout Warrior of the Week: Ehambe 'freakin' animal'

When sophomore defensive end Josh Ehambe learned that he had been selected by Kansas University strength and conditioning coach Je’Ney Jackson as this week’s Workout Warrior of the Week, one of the first places his mind traveled was to his good friend and teammate Cameron Rosser. By Matt Tait

Saturday, June 18

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KU’s football coaches keep priorities straight

Coaching college football is hard enough without having to figure out how to be a father at the same time. But that is exactly the challenge that Kansas University offensive line coach Zach Yenser has faced during his two seasons at KU.

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Self excited about NBA Finals matchup

Fearless forecaster Bill Self isn’t backing down from his pre-2016 NBA Finals prediction that the Cleveland Cavaliers will emerge as world champions.

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Matt Tait: On golf course, Bill Self strives to be just one of the guys

Kansas University men’s basketball coach Bill Self has one goal when he trades in his whistle for a driver and heads out to the links for a round of golf: He just wants to be one of the guys. By Matt Tait

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Breath of fresh air: Self takes swing at sizing up freshman class

The setting happened to be sunny, scenic Eagle Bend GC, and the event the Bill Self/Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department Golf Classic, but the subject after lunch and right before 1 p.m. tee time Friday was basketball, of course. By Gary Bedore

Friday, June 17

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Derryck Thornton picks USC over Kansas, Washington, Miami

Former Duke point guard to sit out season, be eligible in games in 2017-18

Derryck Thornton has chosen USC as his transfer destination.

Bill Self’s tournament tees off today

This afternoon, after wrapping up another week of Kansas University basketball summer camps on campus, KU coach Bill Self will hit the golf course to help young athletes in a different way. By Matt Tait

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Classic Ben: McLemore says it’s great to be in Lawrence

Former Kansas University guard Ben McLemore was determined to give a sellout crowd something to talk about Thursday night at Free State High. By Gary Bedore

Thursday, June 16

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA Finals Game 6

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in Game 6 of the NBA Finals.

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Matt Tait: Freshmen show hustle, drive

Freshmen Josh Jackson, Udoka Azubuike and Mitch Lightfoot showed that, even in a pick-up basketball environment, they understand clearly that the easiest way to earn minutes on a Bill Self-coached team is to give maximum effort when they’re on the floor and make that the baseline for the rest of their game.

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'Monster' game: Azubuike abuses rims in scrimmage

Several hundred Bill Self campers watched Udoka Azubuike, the advanced 16-year-old big man, abuse the rims to the tune of 26 points in his Blue team’s 111-88 victory over the Red squad. By Gary Bedore

Kansas’ Tinsley on regional team

Kansas University junior catcher Michael Tinsley was named to the ABCA/Rawling All-Midwest Region Second Team.

KU swimming earns honor

Kansas University’s swimming and diving team earned its 28th consecutive Scholar All-America Team recognition from the College Swimming Coaches Association of America, the CSCAA announced Wednesday.

Wednesday, June 15

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Frank Mason III scores 29 to lead Blue team to victory in Self's campers game

Frosh Udoka Azubuike explodes for 26 points

Frank Mason III led the way with 29 points at Wednesday's Bill Self campers game.

Tuesday, June 14

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Bragg making fashion statement

Carlton Bragg Jr., remembers the day he made his own fashion statement on the basketball court, discarding long, saggy shorts for the kind basketball players wore before Michael Jordan dropped the seam in the 1980s.

KU track lands NCAA honor

Kansas University’s women’s track and field and cross country program finished 13th in the Program of the Year standings, the USTFCCCA announced Tuesday.

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Graham charms campers

It should come as no surprise that Kansas University junior Devonté Graham, who coach Bill Self has been told by his players is “the most popular kid on campus,” charmed several hundred of Self’s basketball campers on Monday in Horejsi Center. By Gary Bedore

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Tom Keegan: Kansas’ 2-deep offense, perhaps

The freshman quarterback became the school’s first to throw an accurate deep ball in several years. He showed promise, even in an 0-12 season, and needed the spring to smooth out the rough edges. And then Ryan Willis played in a pickup basketball game and broke his wrist. By Tom Keegan

Monday, June 13

How former Jayhawks fared in Game 5 of the NBA Finals

How former Jayhawks fared in Game 5 of the NBA Finals

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Coaches to examine NCAA Tournament selection process

Kentucky's John Calipari and West Virginia's Bob Huggins are among more than a dozen coaches and administrators who have been chosen to examine the NCAA men's basketball tournament selection system.

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Lightfoot planning to ‘put on some weight’

He has spent a lot of time with McCarthy Hall roommate Devonté Graham and also bonded a bit with fellow freshmen Udoka Azubuike and Josh Jackson. Mitch Lightfoot in his first two weeks on Kansas University’s campus also has made the acquaintance of some key athletic-department personnel. By Gary Bedore

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Wise on the rise: Workout Warrior of the Week Daniel Wise impresses with attitude

A 6-foot-5 third-year sophomore defensive tackle from Lewisville, Texas, Daniel Wise — the first Workout Warrior of the Week — weighed in at 288 Friday, up 17 pounds from a year ago. He successfully has added weight and improved his conditioning, not an easy juggling act. By Tom Keegan

Saturday, June 11

KU seniors place at NCAAs

Kansas University senior discus throwers Daina Levy and Dasha Tsema put the finishing touches on a solid week for the Kansas track and field teams Saturday at the NCAA Outdoor Championships inside Oregon’s Hayward Field.

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Tom Keegan: Embiid deserves a bit of luck

Some images live somewhere in the brain and every so often surface to the conscious level. They never will disappear until that brain shuts down completely.

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Offensive linemen Jayhawks’ foundation

One of the quickest ways for the Kansas football team to make a meaningful and noticeable improvement in 2016 and beyond is to transform the offensive line into a force.

Three KU players selected on final day of MLB draft

Three Kansas University baseball players were selected Saturday on the final day of the MLB draft.

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Prospect Young to remain in Oklahoma

Blue chip basketball point guard prospect Trae Young has decided to remain at Norman (Okla.) North High School for his senior year, the Oklahoman newspaper has reported.

Kansas throwers Cooper, Ceban 10th, 13th in discus

For the second consecutive season, Kansas University junior Mitch Cooper earned second-team All-America honors, while sophomore Nicolai Ceban accomplished the feat for the first time at the NCAA Track and Field Outdoor on Friday at Hayward Field.

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Indians take KU catcher Tinsley in 7th

With the 212th pick of the 2016 Major League Baseball (MLB) Draft, the Cleveland Indians selected Kansas University junior catcher Michael Tinsley on Friday afternoon.

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Self singles out Simien, Robertson at Parent/Child Camp

Bill Self was mighty happy to see one of his former Kansas University basketball players, Wayne Simien, and one of Roy Williams’ KU players, Ryan Robertson, bring their children to his Parent/Child camp Friday in Allen Fieldhouse and Horejsi Center. By Gary Bedore

Wiggins won’t play for Canada

Andrew Wiggins will not play for Canada in the Olympic qualifying tournament this July, instead preferring to spend his summer gearing up for his third season with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Friday, June 10

How former Jayhawks fared Game 4 of the NBA Finals

How former Jayhawks fared Game 4 of the NBA Finals

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Former KU football commitment Jared Hocker picks Texas Tech

Just a couple of days after de-committing from Kansas, Class of 2017 offensive lineman Jared Hocker announced Friday on Twitter that he had committed to Texas Tech.

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KU lands 4-star CB from New Orleans

Late Thursday night, first-year KU running backs coach Tony Hull, a native and former high school coach from New Orleans, landed his biggest prospect to date when four-star cornerback Mike Lee, of Landry-Walker High in New Orleans, orally committed to Kansas. By Matt Tait

KU’s Lokedi sixth in 10,000

A career best, school record and All-America honors were just a few of the many historic accolades Kansas sophomore Sharon Lokedi attained by way of her sixth-place finish in the 10,000 meters Thursday evening at the NCAA Outdoor Championships inside Hayward Field.

Thursday, June 9

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Young runs with new Jayhawks at camp

Former Kansas University basketball forward Kevin Young, who just recently returned from Puerto Rico, where he played this past season for Indios de Mayaguez of the Baloncesto Superior National League, fit right in with the current Jayhawks during Wednesday’s Bill Self campers game in Horejsi Center. By Gary Bedore

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Matt Tait: Kinner’s shoulder is ready, so is he

The Kansas University football program received some much-welcomed good news earlier this week, when Arkansas running back Denzel Evans revealed that he was planning to graduate early from Arkansas to transfer to KU. Though still unproven, the addition of Evans would add depth and experience to a thin KU backfield. But the Jayhawks gained help at that position this offseason in ways other than player additions. By Matt Tait

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Jane Doe 7, plaintiff in KU sexual assault lawsuit, comes forward in video

Student who said football player raped her shares name, claims university made her life a 'living nightmare'

A woman who sued Kansas University, anonymously, for failing to properly address her sexual assault report came forward on Thursday.

Ex-KU running back Winbush gets probation

Former Kansas University running back David Gerard Winbush, now 36, has been sentenced to four years community service for indecency with a child-contact, stemming from a 2012 relationship with a Reagan High student who was under 17 at the time, the San Antonio Express-News reported Tuesday.

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Tom Keegan: Freshman Jackson shows elite poise

The word expectations appears a lot in stories about pre-ordained “one and done” basketball talents. Mine generally are very low in terms of how interview sessions go with them. By Tom Keegan

Kansas LF Foyle freshman A-A

Kansas University baseball left fielder Devin Foyle was named to the Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American team, Collegiate Baseball announced Wednesday.

Jayhawks Scott, Hampton awarded

Kansas University rower Tessa Scott and distance runner James Hampton were announced as two of the Big 12’s Dr. Prentice Gautt Postgraduate Scholarship recipients, the league announced Wednesday.

KU relay team 18th at Outdoor

Kansas University’s men’s 4X400 relay team placed 18th and failed to reach the event finals at the NCAA Outdoor on Wednesday at Hayward Field.

Wednesday, June 8

Six with KU ties headed to Kansas Hall of Fame

Four former Kansas University student athletes, a former assistant basketball coach and longtime broadcaster Bob Davis will be inducted into the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame on Oct. 2, the KSHOF announced Wednesday.

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA Finals Game 3

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in Game 3 of the NBA Finals.

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Josh Jackson survives hard fall unscathed, thrills campers with 21-point outing

Country's No. 1 recruit jokes that he's already talked to teammate about physical play

Josh Jackson scored 21 points in his KU 'debut' on Wednesday in Horejsi Center.

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Josh Jackson scores 21 points in camp scrimmage

No. 1 prospect in country helps Blue team beat Red squad, 92-85

Josh Jackson poured in 21 points in Wednesday's Bill Self camp scrimmage

Tuesday, June 7

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Jackson, Azubuike draw raves during Self’s basketball camp

Josh Jackson and the rest of Kansas University’s perimeter players ran through shooting drills on one end of the court, while fellow freshman Udoka Azubuike and the other Jayhawk big men roamed the other side, thrilling several hundred Bill Self basketball campers during a 30-minute exercise on Tuesday at Horejsi Center.

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Tom Keegan: Jackson doesn’t fall far from Apples’ tree

If Josh Jackson, the nation’s No. 1 recruit, can bring to the Kansas University basketball team in his one season what his mother brought to UTEP in her one year in El Paso, he will make Allen Fieldhouse rock even louder, predicts someone who would know.

This weekend is last Open chance for Woodland

Gary Woodland was tied for the lead on Sunday at the Memorial and still very much in contention when he missed an 8-foot par putt on the 17th hole and failed to convert a birdie from about the same distance on the 18th. He tied for fourth and moved up 14 spots in the world ranking to No. 64.

Broncos begin minicamp minus Talib

The Denver Broncos are awaiting Aqib Talib’s return to team headquarters today so they can begin charting the cornerback’s recovery from a gunshot wound to his right leg.

KU athletics budget going up to $90 million next year

Kansas University’s athletics budget is anticipated to go up about 5 percent next year, to a total of $90 million.

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KU basketball's Late Night set for Oct. 1

The Kansas University men's basketball program announced Tuesday that the 2016-17 season will begin as early as possible in October. Late Night in the Phog is set for Saturday, Oct. 1 and will run from 6:30 p.m. to approximately 9:30 p.m.

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Arkansas RB Denzell Evans eyeing transfer to Kansas

The Kansas University football program may be getting some help in its backfield in the form of Arkansas running back Denzell Evans, a junior-to-be from Houston who is looking to transfer and plans to become a Jayhawk. By Matt Tait

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Little hopes to bring hope to hometown

Mario Little, a 28-year-old success story from the mean streets of Chicago’s Far South Side, bleeds emotionally for his city — one infested with violence to the tune of six deaths and 58 others wounded in shootings over Memorial Day weekend. By Gary Bedore

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Tom Keegan: Don’t bet on Kansas to go over or under

A year ago, oddsmakers put the over/under for Kansas University football victories at 1.5, and I urged readers who might find themselves in front of a window in Las Vegas to jump through it with a fist full of cash and plunk it down on the under. Las Vegas hasn’t budged on the 1.5 number, but the wager has gone from a layup to a full-court heave in terms of degree of difficultly. Don’t get anywhere near a window with cash in your hand if your intention is to go either over or under on Kansas. By Tom Keegan

Monday, June 6

Talib released from hospital

Star cornerback Aqib Talib was released from a Dallas hospital on Monday amid reports suggesting he may have accidentally shot himself.

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Kansas appeals court upholds conviction in theft, sale of KU championship rings for meth

Mandy Hurd was convicted in 2014 of stealing two KU championship rings from her father-in-law, a Kansas University Athletics Department official, and selling the rings in exchange for methamphetamine.

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Vegas: KU football won’t win 2

The verdict is in, and the bottom line has not changed. For the second year in a row, the folks in Las Vegas do not seem to have much faith in Kansas University football. By Matt Tait

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Tom Keegan: A stab at the Kansas football defense 2-deep

Kansas University football coach David Beaty didn’t go public with a depth chart until the brink of the 2015 season-opener and doesn’t have one now, which makes it fun to cobble together an educated guess. Here’s a stab at the two-deep on defense heading into summer conditioning, listed first string/second string. By Tom Keegan

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A good sign: Landen Lucas to work on offense with Wayne Simien

Rugged Landen Lucas, who led Kansas University’s 33-5 basketball team in rebounding during his breakout junior season, plans to improve his “offensive game” the next few months. By Gary Bedore

How former Jayhawks fared Game 2 of the NBA Finals

How former Jayhawks fared Game 2 of the NBA Finals

McGirt claims Memorial; Woodland ties for 4th

William McGirt thought he hit it big when he won the Cabarrus Classic and pocketed $16,000, the second-largest prize on the Tar Heel Tour. That was in 2007, and it felt like a lifetime ago compared with the perks from winning the Memorial on Sunday. Gary Woodland, a former Kansas University golfer, shot a final-round 73 and fell into a tie for fourth.

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Ex-Jayhawk Talib shot in nightclub

Star cornerback Aqib Talib will miss the Denver Broncos’ trip to the White House today after getting shot at a Dallas nightclub early Sunday morning.

Sunday, June 5

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Friends and FOE: Former Jayhawks launch line of merchandise

NBA players Thomas Robinson and the Morris twins, who were at The Oread Hotel on Saturday for the launch of their new “FOE” line of snapbacks, beanies, dad hats, shirts and pins, plan to play some pick-up basketball with current members of Kansas University’s team this week. By Gary Bedore

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Ellis’ position in NBA Draft remains a mystery

With the NBA Draft less than a month away and the decisions about who’s staying in and who’s returning to school in the rearview mirror, the picture for the four former Kansas University basketball players eligible for this year’s draft is becoming clearer. By Matt Tait

Woodland tied for Memorial lead

Former Kansas University golfer Gary Woodland is tied for the lead entering the final round of the Memorial.

Saturday, June 4

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Nick Collison to return for 14th season

Steady, reliable, non-controversial Nick Collison needed no time this offseason to decide whether he had a 14th NBA season left in his tank. By Gary Bedore

Friday, June 3

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KU football lands commitment from second linebacker in 2017 class

Late Friday night, in the moments following its first Friday Night Lights camp of the summer, the Kansas University football program picked up an oral commitment from a linebacker from Arlington, Texas.

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KU says parents of student alleging rape lack standing to sue under consumer protection act

Kansas University is pushing for dismissal of a lawsuit that applies the Kansas Consumer Protection Act to an unconventional subject: campus rape. KU on Friday filed a motion to dismiss the case of James and Amanda Tackett v. KU, saying that since the Tacketts — whose daughter said she was raped on campus by a KU football player — are neither students nor parents of a current student, the couple are not consumers and have no standing to sue under the law.

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KU AD Zenger: Camaraderie, leadership strong in Big 12 Conference

Fresh off of his final meeting as the chair of the Big 12 Conference athletic directors, Kansas University AD Sheahon Zenger returned to Lawrence late Thursday night from the Big 12’s spring meetings in Dallas and landed with the same feeling as many of his cohorts.By Matt Tait

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Big 12 bringing back football championship game

The Big 12 is bringing back its football championship game in 2017.

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KU wide receiver Darious Crawley leaving the program

Second-year Kansas University wide receiver Darious Crawley on Thursday announced on Twitter that he was leaving the program. By Matt Tait

Thursday, June 2

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Self picks Cleveland Cavs in NBA finals

Speaking before the start of Game One of the 2016 NBA Finals, Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self peered into his crystal ball and deemed Cleveland’s Cavaliers the winner of what he predicts will be “a great series.” By Gary Bedore

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA Finals Game 1

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in the NBA Finals on Thursday.

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Tom Keegan: Newman would be good get for Kansas

Any time a McDonald’s All-American advertised as a one-and-done sensation struggles to find consistency as a freshman and transfers, the spoiled-brat radar goes up, especially when a parent does his talking for him. Then you look at what Horatio Webster said about his son, Malik Newman, leaving Mississippi State and a different picture emerges. By Tom Keegan

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Transfer Malik Newman to visit KU, NC State

Former Mississippi State basketball combo guard Malik Newman, who has announced plans to transfer from the SEC school after one season, is expected to visit Kansas University and North Carolina State in the near future, Jon Rothstein of reported Wednesday. By Gary Bedore

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Big 12 commish presses for decisions on expansion, championship game

Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby wants conference leaders to make decisions one way or the other on the lingering topics of expansion, a football championship game and a league network by the end of the summer.

Wednesday, June 1

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KU football to open under the lights at Memorial Stadium

The Kansas University athletic department on Wednesday released three game times for the upcoming KU football season.

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KU’s nonconference schedule again loaded

Duke, Kentucky and Indiana, which are ranked Nos. 1, 3 and 11 respectively in ESPN’s early 2016-17 preseason college basketball poll, as well as power-conference schools Stanford and Nebraska, tradition-rich UNLV and always-tough Cinderella NCAA Tournament candidate Davidson highlight KU’s upcoming nonconference basketball schedule, which was released Tuesday. By Gary Bedore