Stories for June 2018


Saturday, June 30

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Notebook: KU receivers learning ins and outs of plays thanks to new position coach

Based on height, weight, speed, reach and other factors, receivers generally end up better suited to play either outside or in the slot. That may be true for the passing targets within the Kansas football team’s offense, too. But first-year receivers coach Justin “Juice” Johnson wants to make sure the Jayhawks learning from him know how to line up and execute from every possible spot. By Benton Smith

Friday, June 29

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KU baseball travels to Taiwan next week

The Kansas baseball team will fly to Taiwan next week to compete on the diamond. On Friday, the International University Sports Federation finalized the sixth World University Baseball Championship, which includes the Jayhawks, who will represent the United States. Kansas begins competition against Hong Kong on Thursday, July 5.

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KU basketball's 2018-19 non-conference schedule finalized

Rematch with Villanova slated for Dec. 15

As always seems to be the case, the Kansas men's basketball team will tackle another tough non-conference schedule during the 2018-19 season. Six teams on KU's non-conference schedule — released Friday afternoon — competed in the 2018 NCAA Tournament. National champion Villanova, Kentucky, Michigan State, Arizona State, Tennessee (possible opponent in the Preseason NIT) and New Mexico State are all slated to square off with the Jayhawks this coming season.

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After injury-shortened rookie year, Landen Lucas seeking next pro basketball opportunity

Though his first foray into professional basketball came with an inopportune season-shortening injury, former University of Kansas center Landen Lucas entered this summer recovered and eager to find his next opportunity. By Benton Smith

Thursday, June 28

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Notebook: Unheralded KU RB Kezelee Flomo 'a force,' according to defenders

Each of the Jayhawks’ top three rushers from 2017 — Khalil Herbert, Taylor Martin and Dom Williams — return. Plus, KU added four-star Louisiana recruit Anthony “Pooka” Williams to its roster. An entirely different, unsung running back, though, left an impression on the team’s linebackers during spring practices. By Benton Smith

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Kansas Athletics largely exempt from KU budget cuts; other details about budget murky

As departments across the University of Kansas campus are being ordered to make budget cuts of about 6 percent, the budget for Kansas Athletics Inc. is expected to grow by about 6 percent, leaders were told Wednesday. By Chad Lawhorn

Wednesday, June 27

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Tom Keegan: Kansas banking on three blockers from same juco to upgrade offensive line

Running back Pooka Williams and quarterback Miles Kendrick were the most celebrated signings recruited to spice up a sluggish offense, but unless Kansas significantly upgrades its offensive line, newcomers and holdovers alike at skill positions won’t have space to show their talent.

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Girod indicates search for new athletic director drawing to a close

The search for a new athletic director at the University of Kansas is on pace to be done by the end of summer, but could wrap up as shortly as two weeks, Chancellor Douglas Girod said Wednesday.

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Notebook: S Mike Lee impressed by freshman Kansas RB Pooka Williams

Entering his junior season as a safety at the University of Kansas, Mike Lee, with his 21 games of experience, 16 career starts and numerous highlight hits, qualifies as the preeminent Louisiana native on the roster. So who better to provide some insight on the newest “Louisianimal” to join the Jayhawks? By Benton Smith

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Notebook: Kansas WR Evan Fairs discovers consistency through trash-talking

Expected to become a more integral part of the offense this coming fall, University of Kansas receiver Evan Fairs discovered this past spring a painless way to maximize his development. A junior, Fairs experienced the epiphany after first diagnosing a flaw. By Benton Smith

Tuesday, June 26

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KU football finds 2nd Class of 2019 commitment in state

The Kansas football program’s 2019 recruiting class finally has a second member. Four months after four-star New Orleans quarterback Lance LeGendre became the first prep player from the class to send a commitment KU’s way, the Jayhawks found another pledge inside the Sunflower State. By Benton Smith

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Tom Keegan: Ochai Agbaji, KU's stealth recruit, fits right in

His junior year soccer season at Oak Park High in Kansas City, Mo., was winding down, basketball season around the corner, when Ochai Agbaji received a couple of scholarship offers to play Division I basketball.

Jayhawks release 2018-19 nonconference schedule

The Kansas women’s basketball team released its nonconference schedule Tuesday afternoon.

Monday, June 25

Finley claims 2nd at USATF Championships

Former Kansas standout Mason Finley claimed second in the discus competition at the USATF Championships in Des Moines, Iowa this past weekend.

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Tom Keegan: Does anybody care who wins Kansas QB job?

Nobody knows the identity of the starting quarterback for the upcoming Kansas football season. Nothing new there. That has been the case pretty much every summer since gunslinger Todd Reesing hopped on his horse and rode it back to Austin.

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Chemistry developing quickly for KU big men Udoka Azubuike, Dedric Lawson

If Kansas center Udoka Azubuike is going to follow up his fabulous, 120-slam, sophomore dunk-fest by reaching triple digits in dunks again during the 2018-19 season, he’s going to have to make sure he’s ready to catch the ball from at least one different position — the 4. By Matt Tait

Sunday, June 24

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Tom Keegan: Chris Thompson inches up Tour money list

The beauty of golf’s version of baseball’s Triple A is that unlike baseball players, golfers don’t reach a point where their paths to the big leagues are blocked by the dreaded “non-prospect” label.

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Class of 2019 target Jeremiah Robinson-Earl headed to IMG for senior year

This past weekend might have been all about former college basketball players learning their fate and preparing to make the jump to the NBA, following last Thursday’s NBA Draft in Brooklyn, N.Y. But there also was a significant piece of news regarding potential future Jayhawks that surfaced, as well. By Matt Tait

Saturday, June 23

Chris Thompson tied for sixth heading into final round of Wichita Open

Chris Thompson rebounded from a slow start Saturday to finish strong and heads into the final round of the Wichita Open in a four-way tie for sixth, five strokes behind leader Scott Pinckney.

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Tom Keegan: Michael Jordan won championships playing with guards of Devonte' Graham's ilk

It’s not at all surprising that Devonte’ Graham was acquired on NBA draft night by Michael Jordan’s franchise, the Charlotte Hornets.

Friday, June 22

Chris Thompson fires 64, tied for third at Wichita Open touring pro Chris Thompson fired a 6-under 64 Friday at Crestview Country Club to move into a tie for third halfway through the Wichita Open Supporting Wichita’s Youth.

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Graham, Mykhailiuk enjoy welcome-to-NBA moments after wild draft night

Videos and photographs are no substitute for seeing things in person, but judging by the looks on their faces and bounce in their step on the videos that have been floating around the Internet, former Kansas guards Devonte’ Graham and Svi Mykhailiuk have yet to come down from Thursday night’s NBA Draft high. By Matt Tait

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Former KU athletic director to join Free State football staff

Former University of Kansas athletic director Sheahon Zenger won’t be leaving Lawrence anytime soon. On Friday, Zenger told the Lawrence Journal-World that he plans to join the coaching staff for the Free State football team. Zenger will serve as the linebackers coach for the Firebirds, who made it to the 6A quarterfinals last fall.

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Devonte' Graham ready to learn behind Kemba Walker in Charlotte

Devonte’ Graham understands how much his time playing at the University of Kansas helped prepare him for professional basketball. By Shane Jackson

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Tom Keegan: Nice guys don't always finish last

Sometimes good things really do happen to good people.

Thursday, June 21

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Tied to the end: Graham, Mykhailiuk officially leave Kansas 13 picks apart in 2018 NBA Draft

Fellow former Jayhawks Malik Newman, Billy Preston not selected

Forever linked during their KU careers thanks to their close friendship, sweet shooting strokes and ability to lead Kansas to a lot of victories during the past four seasons, Devonte’ Graham and Svi Mykhailiuk delivered one final act together as Jayhawks on Thursday night by becoming second round picks in the 2018 NBA Draft. By Matt Tait

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Los Angeles Lakers snag Svi Mykhailiuk with 47th pick in 2018 NBA Draft

He was seated in the stands at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, with his agent, coach from Ukraine, parents and girlfriend, when former Kansas guard Svi Mykhailiuk heard his name called out in this year’s NBA Draft. By Matt Tait

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KU's Devonte' Graham picked No. 34 overall by Atlanta, quickly traded to Charlotte

As predicted by most mock drafts throughout the past several weeks, former Kansas point guard Devonte’ Graham became the first KU player selected in the 2018 NBA Draft on Thursday night, when the Atlanta Hawks picked him with the fourth pick of the second round, No. 34 overall. By Matt Tait

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It's time! Four Jayhawks hope to hear names called in tonight's NBA draft in New York

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self, who has spent his entire 33-year coaching career in college basketball, has a phrase he uses for the way prospects view their chances at making it in the NBA when draft time rolls around. By Matt Tait

Wednesday, June 20

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Tom Keegan: A 10-year look back at 2008 NBA draft

Even 10 years later, looking at who should have gone where in the 2008 NBA draft has a subjective element to it.

Former KU golfer Ryan Vermeer wins PGA Professional Championship, qualifies for six tour events, including PGA Championship

Former University of Kansas golfer Ryan Vermeer qualified for the PGA Championship for the second year in a row Wednesday by winning the PGA Professional Championship at Bayonet Black Horse in Seaside, California.

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Notebook: Kyron Johnson shows why he's KU's fastest linebacker

Teammates describe University of Kansas linebacker Osaze Ogbebor as fast. And the 6-foot-1, 225-pound senior agrees with that assessment. Ogbebor even ventures to call himself the fastest linebacker at KU right now — an argument he admits comes with a technicality. By Benton Smith

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Self, Grimes discuss recruiting impact of FIBA Americas U18 Championship

Kansas freshman Quentin Grimes won’t forget the locker room celebration anytime soon. Grimes, who spoke to reporters in Allen Fieldhouse Tuesday, described the scene after Team USA captured a gold medal with a 113-74 win against host Canada. By Shane Jackson

Tuesday, June 19

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Tom Keegan: How Bill Self has grown as coach the past three years

Bill Self’s basketball teams always have been known to play tough defense, but in recent seasons it sunk it to me that what they actually do best is play with an extreme degree of confidence offensively.

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KU freshman Quentin Grimes handed heavy praise by new head coach

With his latest prized pupil sitting to his right and their recently claimed gold medals tucked safely away in their respective homes, Kansas coach Bill Self on Tuesday heaped the kind of praise onto KU guard Quentin Grimes that is not often attached to a true freshman. By Matt Tait

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Bill Self: KU in 'good place' with Silvio De Sousa's eligibility

It’s been more than two months since a federal indictment alleged the guardians of two unnamed University of Kansas basketball players — widely believed to be current KU big man Silvio De Sousa and former forward Billy Preston — received illegal payments in a scandal orchestrated by an Adidas executive. But nothing that has transpired since leads head coach Bill Self to think De Sousa will be ineligible to play as a sophomore this coming season. By Benton Smith

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KU coach Bill Self still plans to meet with Lagerald Vick about future plans

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self on Tuesday stopped short of saying that the door was completely closed for Lagerald Vick to return to Kansas for his senior season. And it’s clear, at least as of Tuesday, that Self and Vick will sit down for a conversation about the Memphis native’s options and desires in the coming days. But whether that meeting leads to the 6-foot-5 guard rejoining the Jayhawks for one more run is uncertain. By Matt Tait

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Potential AD candidates at Kansas forever a part of Oklahoma AD Joe Castiglione's tree

As the University of Kansas continues its search for a new athletic director, Oklahoma AD Joe Castiglione recently took time to discuss the characteristics of those groomed under him who may be in the running for the KU job. By Matt Tait

Sunday, June 17

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Early talk with Bill Self at FIBA Americas fueled Quentin Grimes’ run to MVP

New to representing USA on an international stage, University of Kansas freshman Quentin Grimes took some time to feel out his surroundings this past week at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship. Although Grimes entered the event in a unique position, playing for his college coach, Bill Self, the 6-foot-4 guard didn’t interpret his situation as a green light to assume a starring role on a roster full of talent. By Benton Smith

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Former KU guard Elijah Johnson taking his new 'Too Strong Tour' across Kansas

When Elijah Johnson began contemplating his summer plans while playing in Israel this past season for Galil Gilboa, the former University of Kansas guard thought he wanted to include some form of a youth basketball camp in his off-season calendar. Johnson also recognized if he were to add one such experience to his agenda, upon returning to the area where he played college basketball, he wanted to give it an uncommon spin. By Benton Smith

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KU coach Bill Self eager to see commitment level of trio of transfers

Now that Kansas basketball coach Bill Self has finished leading Team USA to a gold medal at the U18 FIBA Americas tournament, Self can turn his attention back to the Jayhawks and preparation for a fast-approaching 2018-19 season. By Matt Tait

Saturday, June 16

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KU's Bill Self, Quentin Grimes help USA U18 win gold at FIBA Americas

Jayhawks' Grimes named MVP

USA Basketball defied a quick start from host team Canada well enough Saturday night in the FIBA Americas U18 Championship gold medal game. But when coach Bill Self needed his group of U.S. players to totally take control, University of Kansas freshman guard Quentin Grimes did his part to make it happen in the second quarter. By Benton Smith

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Frank Mason competes in charity softball game with former Jayhawks

Moments before the first pitch was even thrown, Frank Mason was hopeful that his charity softball game could become an annual event. Mason, who played for the University of Kansas between 2013-17, will forever be attached to the area. And that is why the first charity event he coordinated — since getting drafted by the Sacramento Kings in 2017 — was held at a place close to Lawrence.

Friday, June 15

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Quentin Grimes scores 26 as USA defeats Argentina in FIBA Americas semifinal

USA Basketball’s U18 team faced its toughest competition to date at the FIBA Americas Championship Friday evening, but with University of Kansas freshman Quentin Grimes leading the way, head coach Bill Self’s group of U.S. players knocked off Argentina, 104-92, in the tournament semifinals. By Benton Smith

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Devonte' Graham confident in his shot headed into final 2 pre-draft workouts

Between bouncing from airports to gymnasiums and back again, all in the name of proving himself worthy of some NBA team’s draft pick, Devonte’ Graham’s travels over the past several weeks occasionally have brought him back to Lawrence, where he made a name for himself on the college basketball landscape as a point guard at the University of Kansas. It was during one such brief swing through KU’s campus that Graham really felt like a former college player and a college graduate. By Benton Smith

Thursday, June 14

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USA stays unbeaten at FIBA Americas U18 Championship, reaches semifinals

It wasn’t quite on par with the complete demolition job USA Basketball pulled off to flatten Panama earlier in the week, but the US opened tournament play at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship Thursday night in similarly devastating fashion. By Benton Smith

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Amid NBA Draft preparation, Devonte' Graham returns to Lawrence for Rock Chalk Roundball Classic

With one of the biggest days in his basketball existence coming up next week, no one would have blamed Devonte’ Graham if the aspiring NBA point guard had spent this week focusing on his future. However, when asked to participate in the 10th annual Rock Chalk Roundball Classic, a charity fundraiser for families with children who are battling cancer, the recent University of Kansas graduate and busy pro prospect saw no reason to decline. By Benton Smith

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Tom Keegan: Ben McLemore still reaching for the stars

That time of year arrived again again Thursday night, that time when Ben McLemore dominates the Rock Chalk Roundball Classic and leaves everyone in the packed gymnasium at Free State High wondering the same thing to themselves as they either line up for autographs or head outside for fresh air.

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Notebook: KU's next starting point guard following footsteps of greats

After back-to-back years of playing an All-American at point guard, the position will look distinctly different this coming season at the University of Kansas. No Frank Mason III. No Devonte’ Graham. No upperclassman in waiting. By Benton Smith

Wednesday, June 13

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Tom Keegan: Devon Dotson knows freshman season won't be easy

For freshmen, one of the more enjoyable aspects of the first days as Kansas basketball players involves playing with and against NBA athletes that they in the past they had seen only on television.

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Charlie Moore, current Jayhawks roll at KU camp scrimmage

Over the course of the past several years, Wayne Selden has played in enough Kansas basketball summer camp scrimmages that they all basically blend together in his mind. The former KU guard, now with the Memphis Grizzlies, finally experienced one that took on a different feel Wednesday afternoon inside Horejsi Family Athletics Center. By Benton Smith

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10th Rock Chalk Roundball Classic just one event in busy charity weekend

One of the biggest Kansas basketball celebration weekends of the year is set to tip off Thursday night, when Brian Hanni’s 10th annual Rock Chalk Roundball Classic charity basketball game gets going at 7 p.m. at Free State High. By Matt Tait

Tuesday, June 12

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KU freshman Quentin Grimes' 20 points help USA improve to 3-0

University of Kansas freshman Quentin Grimes supplied his most productive outing to date at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship Tuesday night, helping USA Basketball seal up first place in Group A, with a victory over Puerto Rico. By Benton Smith

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Former Kansas WR Chase Harrell to transfer to Arkansas

Former University of Kansas receiver Chase Harrell has left the Big 12 for the SEC. Two months after making public his decision to leave KU, Harrell announced Tuesday his plans to enroll and play football at Arkansas. By Benton Smith

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Notebook: Udoka Azubuike still not a shooter, but working on his free throws

Sure, Udoka Azubuike spent most of May hearing from NBA evaluators about his draft stock and potential as a player at the next level. That doesn’t mean the big man returned to the University of Kansas with the notion of adding a 3-pointer to his repertoire, to replicate the skillsets of many professional centers. By Benton Smith

Monday, June 11

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USA trounces Panama, 118-26, at FIBA Americas U18 Championship

Appropriate for a game live-streamed on YouTube, USA Basketball’s U18 team produced what amounted to a 40-minute highlight mixtape Monday night at the FIBA Americas championship. By Benton Smith<

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Tom Keegan: Charlie Moore leads with confidence

It seems not at all uncommon for a team’s most confident athlete in the huddle, on the diamond or in the layup line to double as the most confident. Think: Todd Reesing, Jose Altuve, Allen Iverson.

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KU freshman PG Devon Dotson 'a jet' in the open floor

In the wake of the en masse departure of four starting guards who helped the Jayhawks reach the Final Four this past March, the Kansas backcourt looked rather thin the first week of June, when players arrived on campus for summer classes and workouts. The backcourt took on a more formidable air, though, once freshman point guard Devon Dotson arrived in Lawrence this past Thursday. By Benton Smith

Sunday, June 10

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USA rolls at FIBA Americas in Bill Self's debut as U18 head coach

Jayhawk Quentin Grimes scores 8

Bill Self didn’t face many snags during his debut as head coach of USA Basketball’s U18 team Sunday night at the FIBA Americas championship. Nevertheless, after the US rolled past Dominican Republic, 105-73, in its preliminary-round opener, in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, the University of Kansas head coach sounded as demanding in June as he would in the heat of Big 12 play in January or February. By Benton Smith

Tom Keegan: Andy Spencer defends Watson Challenge title, edges Tom Watson by one stroke

Olathe — All in all, not a bad Sunday afternoon for University of Kansas rising junior golfer Andy Spencer.

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After receiving NBA feedback, Udoka Azubuike aims to get in 'way better shape'

Udoka Azubuike shouldn’t have to completely re-invent himself during his junior season at the University of Kansas to cement his NBA stock. In fact, according to the 7-foot center from Nigeria, some teams he spoke with in May while weighing his future said he had a chance to become a late first-round pick this June if he decided to stay in the 2018 draft. By Benton Smith

Saturday, June 9

KU's Lokedi finishes 12th in 5K; Coppinger 7th in steeplechase at NCAAs

Already a 2018 national champion in the 10K, University of Kansas distance runner extraordinaire Sharon Lokedi completed her NCAA outdoor track and field career Saturday night, in Eugene, Ore., with a 12th-place finish in the women’s 5K race at the NCAA Championships.

Friday, June 8

Ottawa High alum Kord Ferguson, KU's Bryce Hoppel earn first-team All-America honors at NCAA meet

Ottawa High product Kord Ferguson (third place in the discus throw) and Kansas sophomore Bryce Hoppel (fourth in the 800 meters) earned first-team All-America honors at the NCAA track and field outdoor championships on Friday at Oregon's Hayward Field.

Thursday, June 7

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KU's Sharon Lokedi wins national title in 10,000 meters, breaks 30-year-old NCAA meet record

Kansas standout distance runner Sharon Lokedi won the 10,000 meters on Day 2 of the NCAA outdoor track and field championships on Thursday at Oregon's Hayward Field with a meet record time of 32:09.2.

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Dedric Lawson says brother, K.J., has 'improved a lot'

With their red-shirt year now behind them, Memphis transfers Dedric and K.J. Lawson have jumped in feet first to their first official season as Jayhawks. But just because it was Dedric who drew most of the attention and praise during the Lawson’s red-shirt season does not mean that K.J. is merely here as an afterthought. By Matt Tait

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Summer workouts underway for KU football

Actual practices won’t begin until early August, but a crucial stretch of preparation leading up to preseason camp began this week for University of Kansas football players. By Benton Smith

Wednesday, June 6

KU's Hussain Al Hizam ties for 5th in pole vault on Day 1 of NCAA Meet

After winning an NCAA indoor pole vault title in March, Kansas junior Hussain Al Hizam tied for fifth at the NCAA outdoor championships on Wednesday at Oregon's Hayward Field.

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Tom Keegan: It just might pay for Kansas coach Bill Self to think bigger than ever

Here’s how the popular storyline goes for Kansas and its perennial powerhouse basketball program: After a two-year, personnel-driven shift from a lineup with two post players to just one big man, Hall of Fame basketball coach Bill Self will return to his comfort zone and send two big men onto the court again.

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Un-hyped Jayhawks don't mind entering season without buzz

The summer of 2017 was one of hope for Kansas football. A year later, at least for those not personally invested in the successes and failures of the team, a similar sense of interest in KU football likely doesn’t reverberate much outside of the Lawrence city limits. That’s just fine with David Beaty. By Benton Smith

Tuesday, June 5

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Off & Running: KU forward Dedric Lawson shows off wide range of offensive skills in camp scrimmage

It was a sneaky-quiet 20 points and it came in a camp scrimmage against his teammates, but the particulars were not important. What was noteworthy was the way Kansas forward Dedric Lawson scored those 20 points during the Blue team’s 81-74 loss to the Red squad at the first Bill Self Basketball Camp scrimmage of the summer on Tuesday afternoon at Horejsi Family Athletics Center. By Matt Tait

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Tom Keegan: David McCormack doesn't look, sound or play basketball like a teenager

I always tamp down my expectations when taking a first look at a young big man playing basketball. And then there was Tuesday afternoon’s scrimmage at Horejsi, home of the Bill Self basketball camp.

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Former LHS standout Justin Roberts transferring to Niagara

Amid conference play during his second season as a backup point guard at Toledo, former Lawrence High standout Justin Roberts began to determine he wanted to try something new. A few months later, Roberts solidified his plans to transfer from the MAC program and complete his college career elsewhere. By Benton Smith

Monday, June 4

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Tom Keegan: Credit 12-1 Orange Bowl team's leading rusher with recruiting assist

For Brandon McAnderson, leading rusher for Kansas during its 12-1 Orange Bowl season, what started as a project intended to help his cousin ended up as a means of helping his alma mater.

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Day 1 of Kansas basketball summer workouts features familiar look from years past

With KU’s star-studded and mostly new cast of guards scattered all over the place on Monday — one at the USA Basketball tryout, others working camps nearby and one more yet to arrive on campus in the first place — the Jayhawks’ first day of summer workouts took on a decidedly bigger look. By Matt Tait

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Class of 2019 Free State teammates Keenan Garber, Jax Dineen weighing options

Broad-shouldered offensive tackle Turner Corcoran isn’t the only member of Free State High’s football team picking up interest from a number of college programs. Offers for rising seniors Keenan Garber and Jax Dineen also began piling up this past spring. By Benton Smith

Sunday, June 3

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Tom Keegan: KU pitcher Jackson Goddard gives MLB scouts plenty to like

For college baseball players, it’s not the first impression that lasts the longest, it’s the last one.

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KU forward Mitch Lightfoot bulks up to better fit in with bigger KU basketball roster

Up 16 pounds from his playing weight at the end of the 2017-18 season, Kansas junior Mitch Lightfoot, said Sunday that, with all of the beef on this year’s KU basketball roster, getting bigger was not just the goal but also necessary for him to fit in. By Matt Tait

Saturday, June 2

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4-star Class of 2020 OT Turner Corcoran's long list of options includes KU

A 6-foot-6 Free State High offensive lineman, Turner Corcoran’s college recruitment exploded over the past couple of months, as he began receiving scholarship offers from such celebrated programs as Notre Dame, Nebraska, Michigan and Clemson, making his future a popular topic. By Benton Smith

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Big 12 Conference announces record revenue number for 2017-18

The Big 12 Conference wrapped up its annual spring meetings on Friday and did so with a couple of big things to celebrate. By Matt Tait

Friday, June 1

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Former Jayhawk Lagerald Vick pulls name from NBA draft pool

NBA G League and a return to school now among guard's top options

Fresh off of his experience at the Professional Basketball Combine in Florida in late May, former Kansas guard Lagerald Vick has pulled his name out of the 2018 NBA draft pool and is undecided about his immediate future. By Matt Tait

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Special Olympics Kansas inducting Lawrence's Brady Tanner into its hall of fame

Regardless of what Brady Tanner’s Friday entailed or where it took him he would be smiling. Tanner’s grin just might stretch a little wider tonight, when the Special Olympics inducts the Lawrence athlete into its Kansas hall of fame. By Benton Smith