Stories for July 2017


Monday, July 31

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Texas prep receiver Hunt de-commits from Kansas

The Kansas football team’s 2018 recruiting class shrank by one commitment Monday evening, with Texas prep Tevailance Hunt announcing his decision to de-commit from David Beaty’s program. By Benton Smith

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Tom Keegan: Football transfers need more than talent to succeed

Sometimes, if it seems too good to be true, it’s false.

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Jayhawks' hunger extends well beyond excitement of getting back on the court

Having waited more than a full year for the opportunity to get back on the court and compete in a real game, one would think that Kansas transfer Malik Newman would be most excited about his own return ahead of this week’s trip to Italy. By Matt Tait

Sunday, July 30

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Tom Keegan: Maturity translates to minutes for Marcus Garrett

Sometimes the players who don’t hog the highlights are the ones who end up becoming most popular with Allen Fieldhouse spectators. The little things they do that play huge parts in long winning streaks give them crimson-and-blue-collar appeal.

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KU forward Dedric Lawson will not make Italy trip

Practice incident will leave Memphis transfer home

One day before his team boarded a plane for Italy, Kansas coach Bill Self revealed that the Jayhawks’ flight overseas would be one body lighter. By Matt Tait

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Rock Chalk Park draws rave reviews after Junior Olympics

After hosting events such as the NCAA West Preliminaries in 2016 and the Big 12 Championships in May, Kansas track and field coach Stanley Redwine was looking forward to see how Rock Chalk Park would be able to accommodate the USATF National Junior Olympics. By Chris Duderstadt

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Receiver LaQuvionte Gonzalez dismissed from KU football program

Thought to be one of the Kansas football team’s deepest positions this fall, the Jayhawks’ receiving corps suffered an unexpected blow just days before the start of preseason camp. KU’s second-leading receiver a year ago, would-be senior LaQuvionte Gonzalez has been dismissed from the program, a KU official confirmed to the Journal-World Sunday afternoon. By Benton Smith

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Summertime seven-on-seven workouts keep Jayhawks fresh

Preseason Kansas football camp begins on Tuesday. But the Jayhawks aren’t worried about coming in rusty. Every week they were on campus this summer, team leaders made sure players convened every Tuesday for seven-on-seven competition — offense versus defense. By Benton Smith

Friday, July 28

Chase Hanna birdies five of first six holes in professional golf debut

Golfer Chase Hanna certainly has a knack for making his birthdays memorable ones.

Gary Woodland fires 63 in second round of Canadian Open

Former University o f Kansas golfer Gary Woodland shot a 9-under 63 Friday in the second round of the Canadian Open to move to 11-under heading into the final two rounds.

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Former KU point guard Frank Mason III considered joining Jayhawks in Italy

Back in Lawrence for the second of a four-leg summer camp tour that started in Olathe on Thursday, continues Friday in Wichita and will wrap in his new home of Sacramento next week, former Kansas point guard Frank Mason used some of his spare time to try to make special arrangements to join the Jayhawks in Italy. By Matt Tait

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Tyler Self snags opportunity with the San Antonio Spurs

Former Kansas guard Tyler Self, the son of KU coach Bill Self, is headed to San Antonio to begin his career in basketball. By Matt Tait

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Defense made strides a year ago, but Beaty looking for further progress

Up to a point, the defensive improvements shown by his Kansas football team in 2016 encouraged head coach David Beaty. He still speaks some eight months later about how proud he was to see coordinator Clint Bowen’s group lead the Big 12 in third-down defense and finish second in red-zone defense. Beaty raves, too, about KU’s star defensive end, Dorance Armstrong Jr., leading the conference with 20 tackles for loss. The head coach’s usual enthusiasm, though, remains tempered by reality. By Benton Smith

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Tom Keegan: Kansas counting on Chase Harrell to turn potential into production

One minute he has a roof over his head, is looking forward to finishing his final high school football season, starting his final basketball season and graduating in the spring with his friends. The next minute, he, his brother and mother are evicted from their home. By Tom Keegan

Thursday, July 27

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Frank Mason III returning to Lawrence for youth camps

National player of the year in middle of camp circuit in Kansas, Sacramento

Former Kansas point guard Frank Mason III will be back in Lawrence for a one-day camp today, inspiring and teaching young players of all ages who one day hope to follow in his footsteps. By Matt Tait

Start of Digital Ally Open pushed back to Friday

Thursday's first round of the Digital Ally Open was postponed until Friday because five inches of rain fell on Nicklaus Golf Club at LionsGate in Overland Park, the tour announced. The second round is scheduled for 36 holes and the golfers who make the cut are scheduled to play 36 holes Sunday.

Wednesday, July 26

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Landen Lucas lands pro contract in Japan, eyes spot on 2020 Japanese Olympic team

Landen Lucas’ bid to make an NBA roster fell short after his summer with the Boston Celtics. But that does not mean the former Kansas center has reached the end of big time basketball. By Matt Tait

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Zenger: Memorial Stadium renovation project is KU's 'all-encompassing campaign'

In ongoing efforts to revitalize the Kansas football program, no strategy looms larger than the planned $300 million renovation project for Memorial Stadium. KU athletics director Sheahon Zenger, appearing Wednesday on “The Program” with Soren Petro in part to discuss the university’s new partnership with 810 WHB, said he has looked forward to the massive task at hand since arriving in Lawrence in 2011. By Benton Smith

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810 WHB new K.C. radio home for KU football and men's basketball broadcasts

ESPN Kansas City affiliate to air KU basketball exhibitions, live from Italy

A day after University of Kansas football and men’s basketball fans learned one radio station in the Kansas City area would no longer broadcast live play-by-play action of KU games, a new radio home for the Jayhawks emerged. 810 WHB and the Kansas athletics department announced Wednesday 810 will carry KU football and basketball games beginning this season. By Benton Smith

Tuesday, July 25

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Junior Olympics help fulfill Rock Chalk Park 'dream'

With thousands of athletes in attendance at Rock Chalk Park on Tuesday night, Olympic gold medalists Carl Lewis and Ashton Eaton sat on a podium ready to offer words of advice.

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610 Sports Radio no longer carrying KU radio broadcasts

University of Kansas fans accustomed to listening to football and men’s basketball games on 610 Sports Radio will have to get used to finding the Jayhawks elsewhere on the radio, beginning this season.

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Former Jayhawk Jeff Boschee enjoys seeing Lawrence's growth

Former Kansas sharp-shooter Jeff Boschee, who still holds most of KU’s biggest 3-point shooting records, has not been able to get back to Lawrence as often as he would have liked since the end of his playing days, with his own coaching career and busy family life dominating most of his time. By Matt Tait

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Beaty glad KU will have either Bender or Stanley as a backup QB

Head coach David Beaty says he is in no hurry to name the Kansas football team’s starting quarterback for the quickly-approaching season. When that declaration comes, though, Beaty will be glad to have whomever finishes second between junior transfer Peyton Bender and redshirt sophomore Carter Stanley in a backup role. By Benton Smith

Monday, July 24

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K-State football captain Dayton Valentine grew up a KU fan

Long before Dayton Valentine was named one of the five captains of the Kansas State football team, he had dreams of playing for a different team in the state. By Bobby Nightengale

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KU's receiving depth has David Beaty fired up about group's potential

When Kansas football coach David Beaty makes a public appearance or fields questions from reporters, he often finds himself on the topics of KU’s quarterback competition and/or the program’s current star defensive linemen. When Beaty considers the Jayhawks’ roster for the upcoming season, though, the talent at another key position group — wide receiver — gets him characteristically fired up about KU’s potential. By Benton Smith

Sunday, July 23

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Chris Thompson, hottest Saturday putter in Omaha, slips into deep freeze Sunday

Omaha — Same man, same putter, same caddie, same greens. Couldn’t miss Saturday, couldn’t make one Sunday. It even happens to men so skilled they make their livings playing golf.

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Be seen? Mission accomplished for hundreds of AAU players at Hardwood Classic in Lawrence

Big-name college coaches flock to event by the dozens

Above the entrance to Sports Pavilion Lawrence this weekend hung a huge banner announcing the Hardwood Classic AAU basketball tournament that simply said #BeSeen. That was the goal for the players from the more than 250 teams that invaded Lawrence over the weekend for the second, and best, event of its kind in Lawrence’s shiny new facility, and that was incredibly easy to do given the impressive list of college coaches who made the trip to evaluate some of the top talent in the next few recruiting classes. By Matt Tait

Saturday, July 22

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Ex-KU All-American golfer Chris Thompson fires 29 on back nine in tour event

Former Kansas All-American golfer Chris Thompson started the third round of the tour’s Pinnacle Bank Championship in Omaha in atypically poor fashion and more than made up for it with a spectacular finish Saturday.

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Word from Daniel Wise: Playing multiple sports pays off in long run

The potential recruiting benefits for the University of Kansas to having Rock Chalk Park jammed with AAU games being played on eight different courts in the same building are obvious.

Friday, July 21

Woodland tied for 6th place

Four months after personal tragedy made him withdraw from his match with Rory McIlroy in the World Golf Championship Match Play tournament, Gary Woodland will walk 18 holes today with McIIroy in the third round of the British Open at Royal Birkdale.

Ex-KU golfer Thompson tied for 24th in Omaha

Chris Thompson shot a 1-under par 70 Friday in the second round of the Pinnacle Bank Championship in Omaha, Neb.

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Self will seek to fill scholarship opened up by Whitman departure

Although news of forward Jack Whitman’s departure from the program caught him “totally off guard,” Kansas coach Bill Self already has started thinking about what to do with the scholarship vacated by Whitman’s departure.

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KU forward Mitch Lightfoot breaks nose, will be held out of contact for a few days

Kansas forward Mitch Lightfoot will be held out of contact for the next few days after completing surgery for a broken nose, Kansas coach Bill Self said Friday. By Matt Tait

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Kansas center Udoka Azubuike impresses at Under Armor All-American camp

With its front court depth taking a hit with the unexpected departure of transfer forward Jack Whitman on Wednesday night, the Kansas men’s basketball team got some good news in the big man department. By Matt Tait

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Tom Keegan: 'Stache in the Pan gone; time to fantasize about getting Marvin Bagley on board

If Jack Whitman’s departure from the Kansas basketball program were nothing more than a convenient means of clearing a roster spot for the possibility of landing Marvin Bagley, then that would have happened much later, so it’s not that.

Thursday, July 20

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Kansas golfers active in pro, amateur tournaments

Chris Thompson shot a 3-under par 68, good for a tie for 26th place in the first round of the Pinnacle Bank Championship, a tour event at The Club at Indian Creek in Omaha.

Wednesday, July 19

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Forward Jack Whitman to leave KU basketball program

A source close to the Kansas basketball program confirmed to the Journal-World on Wednesday night an earlier report from ESPN’s Jeff Goodman that William & Mary transfer Jack Whitman had decided to leave the program. By Matt Tait

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Tom Keegan: Joe Dineen leading way for Kansas football

The statistics say Joe Dineen had a productive sophomore season, but he’s serious enough about becoming a better football player than to let numbers tell the story.

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AAU circuit invades Lawrence for monster weekend

Starting Thursday and running through Sunday, Lawrence, Kansas, will become the focal point for college basketball recruiting, with some of the top teams and talents in the country traveling to the Midwest to play in this year’s Hardwood Classic. By Matt Tait

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Mario Chalmers set to rejoin the Memphis Grizzlies

Former Kansas star Mario Chalmers on Tuesday found "the right fit," in his NBA return, agreeing to a one-year, partially guaranteed deal with the Memphis Grizzlies for the 2017-18 season, according to a report from ESPN. By Matt Tait

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Tom Keegan: K-State coach Bill Snyder remains in son's corner when time comes to name replacement

The best at their jobs in sports transcend rivalries and gain the respect of the enemy. In college football, Kansas State coach Bill Snyder has reached that level of respect, regardless of the loyalties of fans, players and coaches. By Tom Keegan

Tuesday, July 18

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Notebook: KU's coach thinks Daniel Wise's impact for KU overlooked

Before David Beaty arrived at Ford Center on Monday for Big 12 Media Days, he anticipated hearing numerous questions and providing subsequent sound bites about Kansas star defensive end Dorance Armstrong Jr. So part of the KU head coach’s personal mission, with all those cameras and audio recorders pointed his direction, became to introduce the conference to a Jayhawk “nobody really talks about,” Daniel Wise. By Benton Smith

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Big 12 football notebook: Texas building a competitive culture

After being named the head football coach at Texas in November, Tom Herman has spent the following months trying to develop a competitive culture. By Bobby Nightengale

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Report: Aaron Miles to be named G League head coach

Two years after leaving his job at Kansas to advance in the coaching ranks, former KU point guard Aaron Miles is poised to become a head coach. By Matt Tait

Monday, July 17

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Tom Keegan: Texas upset still echoes for Kansas football

So far, third-year Kansas football head coach David Beaty has something in common with the three other men, one interim head coach and two permanent ones, to fill the office once held by Mark Mangino. By Tom Keegan

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Notebook: Beaty in no hurry to name No. 1 QB for upcoming season

Even though Kansas football’s preseason camp begins the first week of August, a decision on the Jayhawks’ starting quarterback might not be imminent. By Benton Smith

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'Humble' Dorance Armstrong surprised he has become face of KU football

Riding home this past week, Kansas defensive end Dorance Armstrong Jr. saw a giant surprise out the window. High above the city street soared his likeness, on a massive KU advertisement. Actually, the billboard qualified as the junior defensive lineman’s second shock of the week, seeing as how his preseason Defensive Player of the Year honor also caught him off guard. By Benton Smith

Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby plans to sign contract extension

Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby told reporters Monday that he expected to sign a contract extension through the 2024-25 season.

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From Muleshoe to Big 12 Rileys enjoy life of football

Lincoln Riley makes his game debut as head coach of perennial powerhouse Oklahoma three days in advance of his 34th birthday and isn’t the family’s lone football prodigy.

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Former KU star Paul Pierce signs to retire a Celtic

Former Kansas great Paul Pierce, who recently wrapped up a stellar, 19-year NBA career, on Monday signed one last pro contract designed to enable him to go out with the team he came in. By Matt Tait

Sunday, July 16

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Jayhawks counting down the days to preseason camp, opener

As head coach David Beaty, preseason Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year Dorance Armstrong Jr., and his Kansas teammates Daniel Wise, Joe Dineen and Hakeem Adeniji prepare to spend most of their Monday discussing the program at Big 12 Media Days, the Jayhawks’ Sept. 2 opener versus Southeast Missouri State — and the end of college football’s lengthy offseason — feels closer than ever. By Benton Smith

Saturday, July 15

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Black signs with Rockets; Collison returning to Thunder

Former Kansas forward Tarik Black is headed back to the NBA team with which he started.

Tom Keegan: Matt Gogel driving force behind Jayhawk Club golf course facelift

When Alvamar Country Club turned 25, Matt Gogel was a member of the University of Kansas golf team. When it turns 50 under a different name next year, he’ll take pride in being a driving force behind its facelift.

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Friendly competition: Housemates Bender and Stanley vying for KU's QB job

When Peyton Bender arrived in Lawrence as a challenger to Carter Stanley’s job as the starting quarterback at the University of Kansas, Stanley didn’t view Bender as an adversary. In fact, KU’s incumbent No. 1 QB welcomed the man recruited to possibly replace him with open arms. By Benton Smith

Friday, July 14

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Jayhawks unfazed by last-place finish in preseason poll

If news of Big 12 media members picking Kansas football last in the 2017 preseason poll had made its way through Anderson Family Football Complex Thursday afternoon, players weren’t paying much attention to the prognostication. By Benton Smith

Thursday, July 13

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Self says Jayhawks targetting 'everything' on recruiting trail

As if preparing for four games on Italian soil in early August was not making things busy enough, Kansas coach Bill Self and his staff have been running ragged on the recruiting trail of late. By Matt Tait

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KU football once again picked last in preseason Big 12 poll

It has become a conference tradition. Every year since the Big 12 scrapped divisions following the 2010 season, the Kansas football team has been picked by media members to finish last in league play. By Benton Smith

Wednesday, July 12

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'Meat and potatoes' the focus for Kansas basketball during prep for Italy

With practices for their upcoming trip to Italy in full swing, Kansas coach Bill Self and a couple Jayhawk players recently explained the difference between their summertime exhibition routine and the grind that comes with the regular season.By Matt Tait

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Dorance Armstrong Jr. becomes KU's first Big 12 preseason Defensive Player of Year

The secret is out. The University of Kansas is the home of one of the Big 12’s best football players. Despite the program’s longstanding struggles to escape the conference’s basement, the talent of junior defensive end Dorance Armstrong Jr. is so great that media voted Armstrong the preseason Defensive Player of the Year in the Big 12. By Benton Smith

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Tom Keegan: Kansas-Missouri basketball game possible as soon as 2018

All the whining in the world isn’t going to bring the Border War back to life, but an NCAA tournament bracket has the potential to make it happen as soon as March of 2018. By Tom Keegan

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Newcomer Dedric Lawson right at home with Jayhawks

If you didn’t know his name, his number or his situation, you might have thought that junior forward Dedric Lawson was preparing for his third or fourth season at Kansas, not his first. By Matt Tait

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KU's Johnson and Ribordy land on preseason watch lists

Just as he did a year ago, ahead of his junior season, Kansas tight end Ben Johnson found his name on the John Mackey Award preseason watch list Tuesday, when the rundown of college football’s best at his position was unveiled. By Benton Smith

Tuesday, July 11

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Bill Self on Border War: 'Nothing's changed in my regard'

Although he showed up to discuss his team’s upcoming summer trip to Italy, Kansas basketball coach Bill Self couldn’t get through a media session Tuesday afternoon without the subject of the currently dead Border War coming up. By Benton Smith

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Summer standouts poised for bigger roles for 2017-18 Jayhawks

Although he said he was pleased with the work put in by his entire roster so far this summer, three names came rolling off of Bill Self’s tongue first when the KU coach was asked, before practices for Italy began, which Jayhawks had stood out during summer workouts. By Matt Tait

Monday, July 10

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Armstrong's play, Dineen's service have Jayhawks up for college football honors

With actual college football games less than two months away, preseason awards and watch lists season has arrived, and players at the University of Kansas aren’t being left out. By Benton Smith

Sunday, July 9

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Josh Jackson continues up and down start to NBA Summer League action

True to the form he showed throughout his one year at Kansas, Josh Jackson has filled up the stat sheet with numbers and the floor with energy and effort, which has led to several good moments and a few bad during his first two NBA Summer League games with the Phoenix Suns. By Matt Tait

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Tom Keegan: Kansas football better than 101 ranking

ESPN uses a formula that ranks all 130 Football Bowl Subdivision schools. It’s called Football Power Index (FPI) and is defined as “a measure of team strength that is meant to be the best predictor of a team’s performance." By Tom Keegan

Saturday, July 8

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Blue blood beginning: Frank Mason III and 3 other Sacramento rookies aiming to rebuild the Kings

With 268 college victories between them, former NCAA standouts and current NBA rookies De’Aaron Fox, Justin Jackson, Harry Giles and former KU point guard Frank Mason III will be asked to bring a winning culture back to Sacramento during the next few years. By Matt Tait

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Jackson's Suns outduel Mason's Kings in NBA Summer League debuts for both players

They did not spend much time matched up against each other, had plenty of good moments and bad and watched their new teams do battle in a down-to-the-wire, NBA summer league game in Las Vegas. In the end, it was Josh Jackson’s Phoenix Suns who topped Frank Mason’s Sacramento Kings, 89-85 in Vegas, during the first official NBA action for the two former Kansas teammates. By Matt Tait

Friday, July 7

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Experience as true freshmen expected to fuel sophomore success for KU trio

Headed into the 2016 season, the Kansas football team needed all the on-field help it could get — on all fronts. Accordingly, some true freshmen, instead of slowly working their way up through the ranks, got legitimate chances to shine as starters. The Jayhawks hope that also brings some payoff in 2017, when three of the more important players on the roster will be sophomores. By Benton Smith

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Tom Keegan: Jacob Bragg ready to pop back up on depth chart

Historically, Kansas hasn’t landed many recruits who play in prestigious, nationally televised high school football all-star games, so when Jacob Bragg, a three-star center from Nacogdoches, Texas, did in 2013, hard-core KU football fans celebrated the news.

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Key returning starters to represent KU football at Big 12 media days

When David Beaty heads to Frisco, Texas, later this month for the Big 12’s annual football media days extravaganza, the Kansas football coach plans to bring four players with him to pose for photos and answer questions about the upcoming season. By Benton Smith

Thursday, July 6

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All 4 of KU's exhibition games in Italy to be streamed live online

Jayhawks set to face a mixture of young, professional Italian talent

The four Kansas men’s basketball games played on Italian soil in August will be streamed live online for fans back home to watch and will carry with them a familiar sound. By Matt Tait

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Mykhailiuk plans to meet Jayhawks in Italy in time for exhibition tour

Having spent most of the summer playing with his national team in Ukraine, KU senior-to-be Svi Mykhailiuk is expected to meet up with the Jayhawks in Italy in time for Kansas' four exhibition games abroad during the first week of August. By Matt Tait

Tuesday, July 4

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Ehambe prepared to make big impact on defensive line

Josh Ehambe's next step is trying to transfer all of his accomplishments from the weight room to the field. His goal is to line up on the opposite side of the defensive line from preseason All-American candidate Dorance Armstrong Jr. By Bobby Nightengale

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Tom Keegan: No stopping rise of Daniel Wise

Family and close friends at the Wise household in Lewisville, Texas gathered to watch the television coverage of the third day of the NFL draft. Everyone in the room was confident that an NFL team would select Deatrich Wise it was just a question of when.

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As always, Jayhawks a serious factor for several Top 10 prospects

As the all-important recruiting month of July heats up, here's a quick look at some of the Kansas basketball program's top targets in the Class of 2018. By Matt Tait

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Josh Jackson inks rookie deal with Phoenix

Former Kansas standout Josh Jackson this week officially became a member of the Phoenix Suns, signing his rookie contract, which, over four years, is expected to be worth more than $27 million. By Matt Tait

Monday, July 3

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Crazy talk?: KU football players have bowl aspirations

It’s not the job of an athlete to care about what others deem possible or impossible in his or her sport. Nor is an athlete required to base personal or team goals solely off of recent history. All of which is helpful to keep in mind while considering this: football players at the University of Kansas have bowl game aspirations. As in this year. By Benton Smith

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Tom Keegan: Zac Woodfin brings scientific mind and savage mindset to KU football

The message on the T-shirts of the athletes grabbed the attention of visitors to the Kansas football program’s weight room during a recent workout session for the offensive and defenisve linemen: SAVAGE MINDSET.

Sunday, July 2

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McLemore finds fresh start in Memphis

Former KU guard Ben McLemore, once the No. 7 overall pick by the Sacramento Kings in the 2013 NBA Draft, has agreed to a two-year deal with Memphis, which, according to ESPN's Chris Haynes, is worth a total of $10.7 million. By Matt Tait

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Tom Keegan: Walk-ons centers of attention for Kansas football

A pair of Class of 2015 offensive linemen from Kansas, one from Louisburg, the other Overalnd Park, didn’t receive any scholarship offers to play Div. I-A football and read those snubs the same way.

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Lightfoot, Azubuike counted on to lead new crop of KU big men

It was just a single moment in a simple drill during the first team workout of the summer, but it was as telling as anything possibly could be about the new reality for the Kansas men’s basketball team. By Matt Tait

Saturday, July 1

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Inexperienced linebackers expected to step up for Kansas this fall

For all the havoc expected to be produced by the Kansas football team’s defensive line this coming fall, move a level back on the Jayhawks’ defense and you’ll find a less heralded unit accompanied by more reservations then presumptions. Not one senior will play linebacker for KU in 2017. Nevertheless, redshirt junior Joe Dineen thinks the group is up for the challenge of supporting the defensive studs who play in front of them. By Benton Smith

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Selden signs 2-year deal with Memphis Grizzlies; Tarik Black waived by L.A.

While the moves might not have carried the same splash as Paul George being traded to Oklahoma City or Chris Paul going to the Houston Rockets, the first official day of NBA free agency 2017 featured some news involving a couple of former Jayhawks. By Matt Tait