Stories for March 2019


Sunday, March 31

No. 17 Kansas tennis knocks off TCU, 6-1

No. 17-ranked Kansas defeated TCU emphatically Sunday afternoon, 6-1, at the Jayhawk Tennis Center.

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Behind a rally fish, Kansas softball notches series win against Baylor

Ever since a blue beta fish was adopted by the Kansas softball team, things have been a little different at Arrocha Ballpark. The fish, whom the team named Carl, joined the Jayhawks ahead of their trip to Wichita State. The next weekend, Kansas swept Green Bay.

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Worth the wait: Lefty Eli Davis dazzles in home debut to lead KU baseball past Baylor

Six hundred seventy-seven. That’s the number of days between Eli Davis’ Tommy John surgery and his first collegiate home start. It proved to be well worth the wait, though, as the left-handed starter posted a terrific outing on the mound to lead Kansas past No. 25 Baylor, 12-7, during the series finale Sunday afternoon at Hoglund Ballpark. Shane Jackson

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Les Miles' recruiting strategy helping program within 'the Kansas footprint'

From the day he first flew to Lawrence and was introduced as the new head football coach at the University of Kansas, Les Miles made clear his intention to recruit as much in-state talent as possible. His plan of attack, Miles shared months later, after KU signed three high school standouts from the Sunflower State in its 2019 recruiting class, was to identify local recruits as soon as possible. By Benton Smith

Saturday, March 30

Kansas softball earns walk-off win against Baylor

Kansas stormed back to earn its second walk-off in as many games to beat Baylor, 9-8, at Arrocha Ballpark. The Jayhawks earned their first Big 12 opening game win since March 28, 2014, when Kansas beat Oklahoma State, 1-0, in Lawrence.

KU baseball swept by Baylor in doubleheader

The Kansas baseball team dropped two games to Baylor Saturday in its first home action of the 2019 season.

Two Jayhawks in top-20 heading into final round

Kansas sophomore Sera Tadokoro carded a round of even par 72 on Saturday and is in a tie for 13th place overall to lead the women's golf team after 36 holes of play at the LSU Tiger Golf Classic.

KU track concludes busy weekend of split squad action

The Kansas men's and women's track & field teams wrapped up a weekend of split squad action, competing at the Texas Relays in Austin, Texas, the Florida Relays in Gainesville, Florida and the Oral Roberts Invitational in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Saturday.

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Sophomore guard Charlie Moore to transfer from KU

Reserve guard Charlie Moore is leaving Kansas, KU coach Bill Self confirmed to the Journal-World on Saturday. By Matt Tait

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O-lineman Jacobi Lott back with KU football and focusing on present, future

Jacobi Lott prefers not to talk about it. The details of the incident, the offensive lineman says, he wants to keep in his past. What Lott, a redshirt freshman from Amarillo, Texas, is focusing on now, he’ll tell you, is his football present and future. By Benton Smith

No. 17 Kansas tennis claims 5-2 win over No. 25 Texas Tech

No. 17-ranked Kansas tennis began its homestand of five-consecutive Big 12 Conference matches with a 5-2 victory over No. 25 Texas Tech Friday night at the Jayhawk Tennis Center.

Friday, March 29

Chou's under-par round guides KU women's golf at LSU Tiger Golf Classic

Yi-Tsen Chou's 1-under 71 led the Kansas women's golf team into an eighth-place standing after Monday's opening round of the LSU Tiger Golf Classic in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The team shot a collective score of 18-over 306, sitting in a tie for eighth place with Chattanooga.

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3 juco transfers on KU football offense point to chemistry as key to spring success

Three Class of 2019 signees who project as key members of the offense in Les Miles’ first season as head coach at the University of Kansas already are on campus. If junior college transfers and spring semester enrollees Thomas MacVittie, Ezra Naylor and Andrew Parchment are setting the world on fire during the closed portions of spring practices, when all of the critical on-field playbook and scheme preparation takes place, then Miles is keeping that information secure somewhere under his signature white cap. By Benton Smith

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KU football star Pooka Williams agrees to domestic violence diversion; terms include community service, anger management

A University of Kansas star football player who was accused of punching a woman in the stomach and grabbing her throat has agreed to steps that could end the criminal case against him.

KU baseball, softball tweak weekend schedules vs. Baylor

Dark skies and rainy weather inspired both the KU baseball and softball programs to tweak their weekend schedules on Friday.

Thursday, March 28

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Recent KU football standouts weigh in on program's future, under Les Miles

As their college careers came to an end this past November, the seniors on the 2018 Kansas football team closed a chapter of their lives just as a new one was opening for the program. Out went standouts Daniel Wise, Joe Dineen and Steven Sims Jr., and in came renowned former LSU coach Les Miles, their paths barely crossing. By Benton Smith

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Freshmen leading the way for KU softball ahead of Big 12 opener

After a 6-19 start to the season under first-year head coach Jennifer McFalls, the Kansas softball team has now won five out of its last six games.

Wednesday, March 27

KU baseball ends losing skid with win over Missouri State

The Kansas baseball team got back on track with a 9-5 road win over Missouri State Wednesday night.

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Jayhawks experience highs and lows at KU football pro day

Wise improves 40 time; Dineen hurts hamstring

Daniel Wise arrived Wednesday at the Kansas football team’s indoor practice facility with one very specific goal in mind. Sure, the 6-foot-2, 279-pound NFL hopeful wanted to impress scouts with his position drill work, too, but Wise resolved long before KU’s pro day to use the showcase as an opportunity to prove he was faster than he showed at the NFL Scouting Combine. By Benton Smith

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Danny Manning to remain at Wake Forest for season No. 6

Despite the program finishing 13th in the ACC with an 11-20 overall record during the 2018-19 season, Wake Forest recently announced that basketball coach Danny Manning would return for a sixth season. By Matt Tait

Tuesday, March 26

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Les Miles reveals KU football planning to have Rick Ross perform at spring game

Following his team’s sixth spring practice Tuesday evening, University of Kansas football coach Les Miles didn’t reveal much about the status of any position battles, but he couldn’t hold back a detail regarding the program’s upcoming spring game. While as of Tuesday night KU didn’t officially have a deal in place with the Grammy-nominated rap artist, a KU spokesperson confirmed that the athletic department has been in the process of setting up a performance by Ross for the event. By Benton Smith

Charlie Hillier notches first career victory, KU men's golf claims runner-up

Behind an 8-under score in the final round, the Kansas men's golf team climbed up the leaderboard to claim a runner-up finish at the Hootie at Bulls Bay Invitational. The Jayhawks shot an 849 (-15) for their fifth finish inside the top-five this season.

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Report: David Beaty calls KU's claims he refused to cooperate with investigation 'verifiably false'

Former University of Kansas football coach David Beaty, who recently filed a lawsuit against KU, said Tuesday that the university's claim that he refused to cooperate with an investigation into possible NCAA violations is "verifiably false." By Benton Smith

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Dedric Lawson's 2018-19 season sits among the best in KU history

Say what you will about Dedric Lawson’s junior season at Kansas — how it looked, its fire, its consistency and its superstar allure. But if you’re dogging Dedric for any of those things, be careful not to do it in an argument with someone who chooses statistics as his or her weapon of choice. By Matt Tait

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KU target Matt Hurt sets date to announce college decision

Top 10 prospect likely to choose between Kansas, Duke, North Carolina and Kentucky

One of the top remaining uncommitted prospects in the 2019 basketball recruiting class has set a date for decision day. By Matt Tait

Monday, March 25

KU women's golf inks third signee for 2019-20

The Kansas women's golf teamed officially announced the addition of a third signee for its 2019-20 class Monday afternoon. The Jayhawks inked Rivani Sihotang, who is from from Depok, Indonesia.

KU senior Charlie Hillier leading by two strokes entering final round

After tying a career day to the start the tournament on Sunday, senior Charlie Hillier matched his round one total of 5-under par to lead Kansas men's golf Monday in the second round.

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Former Kansas LB Joe Dineen aiming to prove detractors wrong at pro day

College football’s FBS leader in solo tackles in each of his final two seasons at the University of Kansas, Joe Dineen was vexed. The NFL invited 337 prospects this year to attend its annual scouting combine in Indianapolis, and the Jayhawks’ first-team All-Big 12 linebacker didn’t make the cut. By Benton Smith

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Topeka QB Da'Vonshai Harden Jr. commits to KU football

As head coach Les Miles and his Kansas football staff continue building for the program’s future, the Jayhawks’ 2020 recruiting class picked up another offensive addition on Monday. Da’Vonshai Harden Jr., a standout dual-threat quarterback at Topeka High, announced on Twitter his intentions to join KU. By Benton Smith

Sunday, March 24

No. 16 KU tennis drops 4-3 decision at No. 18 Texas

No. 16-ranked Kansas tennis dropped a 4-3 decision to No. 18 Texas Sunday afternoon at the Texas Tennis Center.

KU baseball falls short at Oklahoma

A four-run seventh-inning rally was not enough Sunday afternoon at L. Dale Mitchell Park, as the Kansas baseball team lost its third-straight game at Oklahoma by a 10-5 margin.

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Key Jayhawks not focused on discussing their futures at Kansas

Salt Lake City — For a program like Kansas basketball, the end of the season brings with it questions about the future of the roster, the stay-or-go dilemma for KU’s future pros and the prospects of what the next group — in this case the 2019-2020 team — might look like in the very near future. By Matt Tait

Saturday, March 23

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Notebook: KU coach Bill Self on season: ‘I’m really proud of our guys’

Salt Lake City — Saturday night, during the Jayhawks’ 89-75 loss to Auburn, Kansas coach Bill Self elected to start four freshmen — and five first-time NCAA Tournament participants — for the 13th consecutive game, which, Self believed, put a little perspective on what the Jayhawks accomplished and endured during the 2018-19 season.

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Benton Smith: No miracle March run for Dedric Lawson and Jayhawks

On a Kansas basketball team devoid of both senior stars and heavy March experience, the Jayhawks would only go as far in this NCAA Tournament as a junior transfer could carry them.

KU baseball handed 4-3 defeat by Oklahoma

A three-run first inning was too much to overcome as the Kansas baseball team dropped its second-straight contest at Oklahoma, 4-3, Saturday night at L. Dale Mitchell Park.

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It's Over: Kansas suffers 89-75 season-ending loss to Auburn in Round of 32

Salt Lake City — Even if you had not seen a single second of Saturday’s first half at Vivint Smart Home Arena, the vision of the Jayhawks walking off the floor at halftime would have told you all you needed to know. By Matt Tait

Jayhawks post 5 wins, 2 NCAA top-10 marks at ESU Spring Invite

Kansas track & field opened the 2019 outdoor season at the Emporia State Spring Invitational on Saturday, with Jayhawks picking up five wins on the day. On top of the five wins, KU sophomore discus throwers Alexandra Emilianov and George Evans each posted NCAA top-10 marks.

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KU football picks up first in-state commitment for 2020 in TE Will Huggins

The Kansas football team had a few recruits visiting campus during its first scrimmage of spring football on Saturday. Not too long after the practice session ended, one of them was ready to commit to head coach Les Miles and the Jayhawks. By Benton Smith

KU softball completes series sweep of Green Bay

The Kansas softball team wrapped up its first series sweep in walk-off fashion Saturday afternoon at Arrocha Ballpark.

Friday, March 22

Xu concludes NCAA Championships with two All-American honors

The 2019 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships concluded for the Jayhawks after senior Vicky Xu earned her second All-America honor Friday night inside the Jamail Swimming Center.

No. 16 Kansas tennis knocks off Baylor, 6-1

No. 16-ranked Kansas tennis claimed a 6-1 win during a road match over Baylor Friday night at the Hurd Tennis Center.

KU baseball drops Big 12 opener at Oklahoma

After a nine-game win streak, the Kansas baseball team has now lost five consecutive contests.

Kansas softball claims two wins over Green Bay

Kansas tallied two victories on the first day of the two-day series against Green Bay at Arrocha Ballpark on Friday.

Kansas softball claims two wins over Green Bay

Kansas tallied two victories on the first day of the two-day series against Green Bay at Arrocha Ballpark on Friday.

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Game Day Breakdown: No. 4 seed Kansas vs. No. 5 seed Auburn

A look at some of the keys for 4th-seeded Kansas in tonight's second-round NCAA Tournament clash with No. 5 seed Auburn at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. By Matt Tait

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Benton Smith: Auburn preparing to harass Jayhawks into turnovers

Who needs full-court pressure and trapping when you can create turnovers in the half court? “Simply put,” Bruce Pearl said during his Friday afternoon press conference inside Vivint Smart Home Arena. “We try to take a look at what you like to do and take away what you like to do and make you do something else.” By Benton Smith

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Quick turnaround: Jayhawks embracing all aspects of rapid-pace preparation for Auburn

Salt Lake City – By the time the 4th-seeded Kansas men’s basketball team had moved on to preparing for No. 5 seed Auburn in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, the hard work was already done. By Matt Tait

Thursday, March 21

KU senior diver earns All-American at NCAA Championships

Kansas senior Vicky Xu concluded her first day of competition at the 2019 NCAA Championships as an All-American on the one-meter board Thursday evening inside the Jamail Texas Swimming Center. \

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Notebook: Jayhawks' defense rises to challenge on big stage in route of Huskies

Salt Lake City — Defense, defense, defense. That was the focus all week for the 4th-seeded Kansas men’s basketball team ahead of its first-round, NCAA Tournament matchup with hot-shooting Northeastern.

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Benton Smith: KU freshman Devon Dotson far too fast and tough for Northeastern

Salt Lake City — There was no collective gasp inside Vivint Smart Home Arena Thursday afternoon, because there weren’t enough Kansas basketball fans on site for the Jayhawks’ NCAA Tournament opener way out west for their reaction to overtake the air space.

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Marcus Garrett fuels KU's dominant defensive showing against Northeastern

Salt Lake City — It took just six-plus minutes for Kansas sophomore Marcus Garrett to send a message. Garrett checked into the game at the 17:42 mark, and he struck a few minutes later. After he made a layup with 13:58 left in the first half, Garrett elected to pick up Northeastern senior Vasa Pusica as he dribbled up the floor.

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'My boys are winners': Lawson brothers carry Kansas to 87-53 win over Northeastern in NCAA Tournament

Salt Lake City — They combined for 38 points, 14 rebounds and one big victory while helping lead No. 4 seed Kansas to Thursday’s 87-53, first-round victory over No. 13 Northeastern at Vivint Smart Home Arena. But the one statistic that made the whole thing possible may have been an assist from mom. Matt Tait

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Quick recap: Kansas dismantles Northeastern, advances to Round of 32

Salt Lake City — Kansas avoided being on the wrong end of a Cinderella Story in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.

KU baseball loses in extra innings at Wichita State

The Kansas baseball team suffered a heartbreaking loss against an in-state foe Wednesday night.

KU softball falls to Wichita State in extra innings

After a back-and-forth battle all night, the Kansas softball team suffered an 11-10 loss at Wichita State Wednesday night.

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Game day breakdown: No. 4 seed Kansas vs. No. 13 seed Northeastern

A look at some of the keys for 4th-seeded Kansas in today's first-round NCAA Touranment matchup with No. 13 seed Northeastern at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. By Matt Tait

Wednesday, March 20

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Sophomore guard Marcus Garrett continues to serve as KU's ultimate X-factor

Kansas coach Bill Self hinted this week that he may be looking at tweaking his starting lineup ahead of Thursday’s 3 p.m. NCAA Tournament opener against No. 13 seed Northeastern at Vivint Smart Home Arena. But whether he switches things up or starts the same five he has for the past 11 games, Self can rest easy knowing he has a player on his roster named Marcus Garrett, who gives him maximum lineup flexibility, from the bench to pregame introductions and the backcourt to the paint. By Matt Tait

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KU chancellor has not considered suspending coach as NCAA investigates; Regents chairman also weighs in

Although FBI wiretaps in federal court revealed University of Kansas assistant basketball coach Kurtis Townsend said KU would do “what it takes” to land a highly touted recruit, KU Chancellor Douglas Girod said Wednesday that he has not considered suspending any KU coaches, including Townsend.

Standout Nebraska prep Luke Kluver commits to KU golf

A two-time high school state champion in Nebraska, Luke Kluver announced this week his plans to join the men’s golf program at the University of Kansas.

Tuesday, March 19

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Carrying Kansas: Junior forward Dedric Lawson born and bred for what lies ahead

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self has a saying he uses this time of year that probably applies to this KU team better than most during his 16-year run with the Jayhawks. “When you’ve got a great player, which we do, you can always ride that guy." By Matt Tait

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Jayhawks arrive in Salt Lake City more 'under the radar' than in recent years

Salt Lake City — Usually, by now, Kansas basketball coach Bill Self has done a dozen different radio and television interviews and talked until he was blue in the face about his team’s status entering the NCAA Tournament, both as a top contender and as a general representative of one of the greatest sporting events on the calendar each year. But there’s been nothing typical about the 4th-seeded Jayhawks’ pre-tourney status this season.

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Shane Jackson: Kansas should wait to go small against Northeastern

By now you have heard the narrative regarding KU’s first-round matchup in the NCAA Tournament. Many are wondering how Kansas is going to defend Northeastern’s four-guard lineup when the two teams square off at approximately 3 p.m. Thursday in Salt Lake City. It is a reasonable conundrum for the Jayhawks, who just faced a similar style of play in a double-digit loss to Iowa State during the Big 12 championship.

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Les Miles: KU football's third spring practice focused on 'physicality'

After getting the previous week off for the university’s spring break, the Kansas football team got back to its spring practice schedule Tuesday afternoon and, unlike the first two sessions from earlier this month, the Jayhawks got to wear some shells and do some hitting. By Benton Smith

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Northeastern has 'more fire power' with 2 key rotation players back from injuries

Coach Bill Coen’s Northeastern basketball team has lost just twice since its 3-point road setback at Hofstra on Jan. 5, and enters its NCAA Tournament first-round matchup with Kansas not only trending way up, but also benefiting from the boost provided by the return of two crucial rotation players. By Benton Smith

Chou guides Jayhawks to top-10 finish at Briar's Creek Invitational

The Kansas women's golf team finished in a tie for eighth place with No. 22 Clemson, firing a collective score of 884 (+20) over 54 holes of play at the Golf Club of Briar's Creek.

Sentencing for basketball recruiting fixer moved to September

A college basketball recruiting fixer who revealed that he had made illicit payments to University of Kansas basketball players will now have to wait until September for sentencing.

Monday, March 18

Chou's steady play paces Jayhawks at Briar's Creek Invite

Kansas showed its balance and consistency after two rounds at the Briar's Creek Invitational at the par-72, 6,101 yard Golf Club at Briar's Creek Monday afternoon.

Lexy Mills tosses no-hitter to lead KU softball past Omaha

Freshman Lexy Mills did not allow a single hit through six innings Monday afternoon at Arrocha Ballpark.

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3-point D: KU was better by the numbers than you might think

In 13th seeded Northeastern, No. 4 Kansas will face one of the best 3-point shooting teams in the country. The Huskies enter Thursday's 3 p.m. game with Kansas in Salt Lake City shooting 38.8 percent from 3-point range, which ranks them 14th in the nation. KU's 3-point D will be put to the test for 40 minutes. Here's a quick look back at how the Jayhawks' 3-point defense fared during the first 34 games of the 2018-19 season. By Matt Tait

Sunday, March 17

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3-point loving Northeastern to meet KU in Round 1

“For us everybody here is just so excited to see your name pop up on Selection Sunday that I think the first emotion is just pure elation,” Northeastern coach Bill Coen said. “And then the second emotion is, ‘Oh, no. We’ve got to play Kansas.’” By Benton Smith

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KU's streak of consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances reaches 30

The consecutive Big 12 Conference title streak might be dead, but by earning a spot in this year’s NCAA Tournament, the Kansas men’s basketball program kept alive another impressive streak. When things get going in the Big Dance later this week, the Jayhawks will be playing in their 30th consecutive NCAA Tournament, dating back to the 1989-90 season.

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16 teams that could win it all in the 2019 NCAA Tournament

These 16 teams are poised to make a run in the postseason.

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5 reasons KU can make a run in the 2019 NCAA Tournament

What becomes of the Jayhawks this postseason remains to be seen, but here are five reasons KU fans can be optimistic about their team’s chances to make a run.

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Selection Sunday Notebook: Jayhawks forced to wait to find out NCAA Tournament fate

Kansas freshman Devon Dotson has looked forward to a day like Sunday for as long as he can remember. That was what made it a bit torturous for Dotson and his Kansas teammates on Sunday, when they had to wait through three sets of commercials and all the way to the final region to learn that the Jayhawks had drawn a No. 4 seed in the Midwest region and would play No. 13 Northeastern at 3 p.m. Thursday in Salt Lake City. By Matt Tait

No. 10 Kansas tennis edges No. 30 Oklahoma

No. 10-ranked Kansas tennis won a hard-fought road victory over No. 30-ranked Oklahoma Sunday by a 4-3 margin.

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4th-seeded Jayhawks prepared for different path in this year's NCAA Tournament

Jayhawks to face No. 13 Northeastern at 3 p.m. Thursday in Salt Lake City

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self’s first thought when the 2019 NCAA Tournament bracket was revealed Sunday evening could be boiled down to a single word. By Matt Tait

KU baseball swept by St. John's

The Kansas baseball team lost its third-straight contest Sunday afternoon after St. John's completed the series sweep, 11-3, at Jack Kaiser Stadium.

KU softball claims 1-0 win over Nebraska

Morgyn Wynne made her first start as catcher and provided Kansas with the game-winning hit in the sixth inning against Nebraska in a 1-0 victory at Arrocha Ballpark. KU finished the Rock Chalk Challenge 2-2, with two victories over Nebraska.

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Kansas earns No. 4 seed in Midwest, will face Northeastern in opening round

For the first time in awhile, there was plenty of uncertainty regarding the Kansas men’s basketball team on Selection Sunday.

Saturday, March 16

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Notebook: Jayhawks will turn their attention to NCAA tournament after loss to Cyclones

Kansas City, Mo. — All season, whenever the Jayhawks had a bad outing on a Saturday, the quickest they could hope to put it behind them and move forward from their latest loss was two days away.

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Benton Smith: Jayhawks not dwelling on negatives after 4-guard lineup comes up short

Kansas City, Mo. — Over the course of the past few weeks, David McCormack morphed from being a large freshman who plays minutes here and there for Kansas into an effective, at times overpowering producer in the paint.

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Shooting struggles doom Kansas in loss to Iowa State during Big 12 title game

Kansas City, Mo. — If you’re looking for black-and-white examples of how Iowa State handed Kansas its latest loss in the Big 12 tournament title game on Saturday night at Sprint Center, look no further than the 78-66 final score and the fact that the Cyclones led for more than 36 minutes of the 40-minute game. Matt Tait

KU softball splits doubleheader during Rock Chalk Challenge

On the second day of the Rock Chalk Challenge, the Kansas softball team split a doubleheader against Nebraska and Tulsa.

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Quick recap: Kansas suffers 78-66 loss to Iowa State in Big 12 championship game

Kansas City, Mo. — Kansas was unable to make amends for the letting its NCAA-record streak of 14 consecutive regular-season conference titles come to an end.

Ryan Cyr's complete game not enough for KU baseball

Redshirt-junior right hander Ryan Cyr tossed a complete game, as the Kansas baseball team dropped its second-straight contest at St. John's, 3-1, Saturday afternoon at Jack Kaiser Stadium.

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KU's Bill Self expecting Sprint Center to be slanted Iowa State's way for Big 12 title game

Kansas City, Mo. — The stage is set for the 2019 Big 12 tournament title game and it’s No. 3 Kansas vs. No. 5 Iowa State for the hardware and confetti. But Kansas coach Bill Self is not exactly planning on his team having the home-court advantage in today’s 5 p.m. final like the Jayhawks are accustomed to inside Sprint Center. By Matt Tait

Friday, March 15

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Benton Smith: Toughness, defense on display in spurts for Jayhawks vs. Mountaineers

Kansas City, Mo. — College basketball coaches don’t come much more hard-nosed than Bill Self and Bob Huggins. Both made their reputation in the business with their no-nonsense styles and the correspondingly uncompromising standards to which they hold their players.

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Late run in first half lifts Kansas past West Virginia in Big 12 semifinals

Kansas City, Mo. — The shot was big, the foul was foolish but the pass was pristine. Late in what was, in just about every way, a sluggish offensive half for the third-seeded Kansas Jayhawks in Friday’s Big 12 semifinal against West Virginia at Sprint Center, freshman point guard Devon Dotson darted his way up the floor after a West Virginia miss and needed about three steps to know where he was headed. Matt Tait

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Kansas set to take on Iowa State in highly-anticipated championship game

Kansas City, Mo. — The more things change, the more they stay the same. Once again, Iowa State and Kansas will battle for a Big 12 tourney title Saturday night at the Sprint Center after both teams notched wins in their respective semifinal matchups. It guarantees that either the Jayhawks or the Cyclones will win the Big 12 championship for the seventh season in a row.

KU softball falls to Tulsa in Rock Chalk Challenge opener

In its first game of the Rock Chalk Challenge, Kansas fell to Tulsa by an 11-5 margin at Arrocha Ballpark.

Kansas baseball falls to St. John's in extras

A wild pitch in the bottom of the 10th sealed Kansas baseball's fate Friday afternoon at Jack Kaiser Stadium in an 1-0 loss to St. John's.

Thursday, March 14

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Benton Smith: Devon Dotson leads KU's freshmen 4 as Jayhawks advance in Big 12 tourney

Kansas City, Mo. — Some coaches like to say that freshmen aren’t really freshmen anymore this time of year. The theory goes that they’ve played so many games by this point of a college basketball season, experienced so much in the previous four months that to label them as unqualified or inexperienced isn’t accurate.

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Mighty McCormack: Freshman center helps Kansas power past Texas in Big 12 quarterfinals

Kansas City, Mo. — Bigger was better for the 17th-ranked Kansas men’s basketball team in the quarterfinal round of the 2019 Big 12 tournament. In addition to playing with a bigger seed than they had in a decade, the third-seeded Jayhawks got a major lift from freshman big man David McCormack to power past 6th-seeded Texas, 65-57, Thursday night at Sprint Center. Matt Tait

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Kansas set for unlikely rubber match with West Virginia in Big 12 semifinals

Kansas City, Mo. — It is not the rubber match many people were expecting to take place.

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Les Miles fires up KU basketball fans at pre-game pep rally

After spending a little more than 10 minutes clapping, cheering and enjoying the scene inside the Power & Light District’s KC Live! block Thursday evening, a throng of mostly crimson and blue-clad fans crescendoed when a man they immediately recognized rambled onto the stage. By Benton Smith

Wednesday, March 13

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Game day breakdown: No. 17 Kansas basketball vs. Texas (Big 12 Tournament)

A look at some of the keys for 17th-ranked and 3rd-seeded Kansas in tonight's quarterfinal Big 12 matchup with No. 6 seed Texas at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo. By Matt Tait

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KU coach Bill Self says college basketball in better shape than it might appear

Kansas City, Mo. — As college basketball heads into its postseason, where a champion will be crowned and uncertainty will follow, Kansas coach Bill Self said Wednesday that the state of the game was strong. By Matt Tait

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Bring on the pressure: Young Jayhawks bracing for different feel in postseason play

Kansas City, Mo. — Throughout his college career, Kansas junior Mitch Lightfoot has sort of become the unofficial spokesman for the idea that, when you sign up to play basketball at Kansas, you agree to take on all of the pressure that comes with it. By Matt Tait

KU baseball defeats Seton Hall for 9th win in a row

A three-run rally in the bottom of the eighth inning propelled the Kansas baseball team to a 7-4 victory over Seton Hall Wednesday afternoon in the Snowbird Classic.

Tuesday, March 12

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Former KU football coach David Beaty suing Kansas Athletics for $3 million

KU: Money being withheld pending investigation into alleged violations

The David Beaty era at the University of Kansas may have ended on the field in November of 2018, but the athletic department that fired him hasn’t heard the last from the former embattled head football coach. Beaty filed suit against his former employer, Kansas Athletics, Inc., on Tuesday, alleging a breach of contract and unpaid wages of $3 million owed to him. By Benton Smith

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'That's a big move for us': Corione Harris excited about what Les Miles has in store for KU

Growing up in New Orleans, it’s true that Corione Harris dreamt of one day playing football for Les Miles. He just never figured that would happen for him at Kansas. While many KU fans felt exhilarated this past November when Miles was hired to take over the football program, Harris was right there with them. By Benton Smith

Kansas tennis returns to top-10

The Kansas women's tennis team is ranked No. 10 in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association's (ITA) poll, which was released Tuesday afternoon.

Brett Vosik's career day lifts KU baseball to 8th consecutive win

Junior Brett Vosik batted a perfect 5-for-5 at the plate as the Kansas baseball team outlasted Central Connecticut State, 10-8, Tuesday morning at North Charlotte Park in the Snowbird Classic.

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Edged Again: KU's Dedric Lawson earns second Big 12 Newcomer of the Year honor this week

After two and a half months and 18 games for each team, the writers who cover the Big 12 Conference saw it the same as the coaches who watched from the sidelines. By Matt Tait

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Former KU tennis coach, TV stars charged in college admissions bribery scheme

Fifty people, including a former University of Kansas tennis standout-turned-coach and Hollywood stars Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, were charged Tuesday in a scheme in which wealthy parents allegedly bribed college coaches and other insiders to get their children into some of the nation's most elite schools.

Monday, March 11

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Let it fly: Jayhawks hoping for hot shooting at Big 12 tournament

Winning three games in three days at this week’s Big 12 tournament in Kansas City, Mo., will be no easy task for any of the 10 teams attempting to do it. But Kansas coach Bill Self on Monday outlined a blueprint that he thought would take KU to the title. By Matt Tait

Sunday, March 10

KU softball suffers 2 losses on final day of Jayhawk Invitational

The Kansas softball team suffered two losses in as many games during the Jayhawk Invitational Sunday afternoon at Arrocha Ballpark.

Harry Hillier leads KU men's golf to runner-up finish

Behind a 287 (-1) on the final day, No. 38 Kansas men's golf climbed up two spots to take second place in a 12-team field at the Desert Mountain Intercollegiate on Sunday in Scottsdale, Arizona.

KU junior wins 800 national title at NCAA Indoor Championships

Kansas junior Bryce Hoppel highlighted the Jayhawk action on the second day of the 2019 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships in Birmingham, Alabama.

KU baseball takes down Ball State for 7th win in a row

Strong pitching and timely hitting paced the Kansas baseball team to a 6-1 victory over Ball State Sunday morning at North Charlotte Park in the Snowbird Classic.

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KU's Dedric Lawson named Big 12 Newcomer of the Year

Guards Devon Dotson, Marcus Garrett also honored on 2019 all-Big 12 teams

In the running for Big 12 player of the year after posting 20 double-doubles during his first season with the Jayhawks, Kansas junior Dedric Lawson had to settle for being named the Big 12 Newcomer of the Year on Sunday. Lawson also earned a first-team all-Big 12 nod in the awards voted on by the Big 12 coaches. By Matt Tait

Saturday, March 9

KU baseball erases early deficit in 6-2 win

The Kansas baseball team scored six unanswered runs to erase an early deficit with a 6-2 win over Georgetown Saturday afternoon at North Charlotte Park in Port Charlotte, Florida.

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KU women's basketball team suffers 75-58 loss to Iowa State

The Kansas women’s basketball team suffered a 75-58 loss to Iowa State to end its season Saturday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

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Benton Smith: Dedric Lawson knew he had to be better and delivered

Halfway through the Kansas basketball team’s regular season finale, the Jayhawks only held a one-possession lead against Baylor, and it didn’t take a deep dive into the first-half footage or box score to figure out why.

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Notebook: Jayhawks finish off perfect season at home by beating Bears

With Saturday’s 78-70 victory over Baylor at Allen Fieldhouse, the 2018-19 Kansas men’s basketball team achieved something that not even last season’s Final Four bunch did — a perfect record at home.

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Dynamic duo: McCormack, Lawson lift Kansas past Baylor in regular-season finale

On a day when recent Oscar winner Kevin Willmott was honored on the court during a timeout at Allen Fieldhouse, Kansas coach Bill Self turned to a legendary Hollywood actress to describe the current state of his team following a 78-70 victory over Baylor in the regular-season finale for both teams. Matt Tait

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Quick recap: No. 13 Kansas defeats Baylor in regular-season finale

For the first time in awhile, the Kansas men’s basketball team was not playing for a league title in the final weekend of the season.

Friday, March 8

KU women's basketball team snaps 10-game losing skid

The Kansas women’s basketball team made enough plays down the stretch to secure its first win since Jan. 30.

Kansas softball splits home doubleheader

The Kansas softball team split Friday’s doubleheader at Arrocha Ballpark.

Groshans' slam lifts KU baseball to 7-5 win over Saint Joseph's

Behind a seventh-inning grand slam by junior catcher Jaxx Groshans, the Kansas baseball team earned a 7-5 victory against Saint Joseph's Friday afternoon in the Snowbird Classic at the Charlotte Sports Park.

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Game Day Breakdown: No. 13 Kansas basketball vs. Baylor

A look at some of the keys for 13th-ranked Kansas in today's regular-season finale at Allen Fieldhouse against the Baylor Bears. By Matt Tait

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'I'm not going to let it slip': Thomas MacVittie calls playing QB at KU 'amazing' opportunity

As the QB competition inspires him, so too does the basic act of being on the football field. Thomas MacVittie, whose complicated career arc led him to Kansas, said sometimes he just takes a deep breath and thinks about what’s in front of him. By Benton Smith

Thursday, March 7

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Les Miles shares expectations for KU football skill positions this spring

When Les Miles met with media members shortly after the conclusion of his Kansas football team’s first spring practice on Wednesday evening, the program’s first-year coach didn’t want to reveal too much about his offensive philosophy at this early stage of the offseason. However, Miles proved to be a little more forthcoming about some of the competition going on at three key spots for the offense. By Benton Smith

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KU coach Bill Self says senior Lagerald Vick should be remembered 'in a very favorable way'

While Saturday’s regular season finale against Baylor at Allen Fieldhouse will be the rare season-ender without a celebration of KU’s seniors, Kansas coach Bill Self took time in the days leading up to it to reflect on the lone senior on his 2018-19 roster. By Matt Tait

Wednesday, March 6

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Jayhawks 'just scratched the surface' in 1st spring practice under Les Miles

It was just some special teams review. A chance for offensive linemen to go over a formation and walk through their assignments. A minor yet necessary part of the first day of spring football practice. And there was Les Miles, former head coach at powerhouse LSU, right in the thick of it, jumping in to go over footwork and technique in one of the early periods of his Kansas football team’s introductory practice under his guidance. By Benton Smith

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Les Miles: No timetable for RB Pooka Williams' possible return

While almost all of the 90-plus players listed on the Kansas football roster suited up Wednesday, sans shells and pads, for the first day of spring practice inside the program’s new indoor facility, running back Pooka Williams was nowhere to be seen. By Benton Smith

KU seniors Kylee Kopatich, Christalah Lyons earn All-Big 12 honors

Kansas women's basketball seniors Kylee Kopatich and Christalah Lyons were named All-Big 12 Honorable Mention for their efforts during Big 12 Conference play this season, as announced by the league office Wednesday afternoon.

Tuesday, March 5

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This Is The End: Kansas overwhelmed by Oklahoma, ending KU's quest for another Big 12 title

Norman, Okla. — The Kansas Jayhawks left nothing to chance on Tuesday night. Instead of a spirited effort that would take the conference race down to the final day and at least give the Jayhawks a glimmer of hope of extending their NCAA-record streak of 14 consecutive conference titles to 15, the 13th-ranked Jayhawks showed up dead flat at Lloyd Noble Center and watched Oklahoma run away from them from start to finish during a 81-68 OU victory that put the Jayhawks two games behind Kansas State and Texas Tech with one game to play. By Matt Tait

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Benton Smith: Inexperience catches up with Jayhawks as Big 12 title streak perishes

Norman, Okla. — It’s over. The long shot — probably not so realistic chance if we’re being honest — hopes of the Kansas men’s basketball program extending its absurd run of Big 12 dominance died Tuesday night at Lloyd Noble Center.

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Notebook: Dedric Lawson continues to deliver double-doubles for KU

Norman, Okla. — When KU forward Dedric Lawson first arrived at Kansas, he brought with him 36 career double-doubles from his two seasons at Memphis, where he both grew up and played before transferring to KU prior to the 2017-18 season.

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Jayhawks about to experience first practice under Les Miles' guidance

They’ve met him, spent time around him inside Anderson Family Football Complex and even sprinted through conditioning drills as his watchful eyes observed. But now players in the Kansas football program will get to find out what it’s like to truly be coached by Les Miles. By Benton Smith

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Senior guard Jessica Washington no longer with Kansas basketball

The once-promising, injury-riddled Kansas basketball career of Jessica Washington officially has come to a close.

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Gatto, others in NCAA basketball scandal sentenced to months in prison

The three men who were convicted of fraud for their schemes in a college basketball recruiting scandal — which included the University of Kansas program — were sentenced on Tuesday to months in prison.

Monday, March 4

KU women's basketball drops regular season finale at No. 19 Iowa State

Despite staying within single digits for 33 of the 40 minutes, the Kansas women's basketball team couldn't close out an upset over No. 19 Iowa State in a 69-49 loss Monday night at Hilton Coliseum.

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Game day breakdown: No. 13 Kansas basketball at Oklahoma

A look at some of the keys for 13th-ranked Kansas in tonight's Big 12 road finale at Oklahoma. By Matt Tait

Sunday, March 3

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KU freshman Ochai Agbaji takes small step back toward big production

Kansas freshman Ochai Agbaji rediscovered his scoring touch during Saturday’s 72-67 win at Oklahoma State, but his 11-point outing in 29 minutes against the Cowboys did not come without its rough patches. By Matt Tait

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Daniel Wise finishes in top 10 among D-linemen in 2 drills at NFL combine

After spending the three months since the end of his final collegiate season preparing for the stage, former University of Kansas standout Daniel Wise finally got to show NFL coaches, general managers and scouts what he has to offer. By Benton Smith

KU softball falls to Campbell, beats Charleston Southern

The Kansas softball team (4-14) split the final day of competition at the NC State Invitational and Duke Invitational, falling to Campbell 9-3 in the first game of the day and beating Charleston Southern by a 6-0 margin.

No. 7 KU tennis sweeps Oregon to end nonconference season

No. 7 Kansas tennis rebounded from Friday night's tough loss at No. 22 Washington to blank Oregon, 7-0, Sunday afternoon at the Student Tennis Center. The win moves Kansas' record to 9-2 as it completes nonconference play.

Saturday, March 2

Kansas women’s basketball falls to West Virginia

The Kansas women’s basketball dropped its 9th straight game in a 75-61 home loss to West Virginia on Saturday. Kylee Kopatich and Christalah Lyons were the only players to score in double figures with each putting up 17 points. Austin Richardson added 9 points off of 3-for-7 clip from 3-point range.

Price's 500th win sweeps Northern Illinois series

Thanks to a stellar performance from its pitching staff, the Kansas baseball team earned its first series sweep of 2019 and the 500th KU victory for head coach Ritch Price with a 3-1 win over Northern Illinois Saturday afternoon at the Melissa Sports Complex.

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Notebook: Early win, full of clutch play, allows Kansas to watch Big 12 leaders

Stillwater, Okla. — Following Saturday’s wild, come-from-behind, 72-67 win over Oklahoma State at Gallagher-Iba Arena, Mitch Lightfoot’s eyes lit up with that, “You must be crazy,” look when asked if he and the Jayhawks planned to watch Big 12 basketball the rest of the day. By Matt Tait

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Benton Smith: Jayhawks' persistent 3-point defense sets up must-have road win

Stillwater, Okla. — To an extent, the Jayhawks knew what they were getting into at Gallagher Iba Arena on Saturday.

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Stillwater survival: No. 15 Kansas dodges bullet with narrow win over OSU

Stillwater, Okla. — Sometimes you need a little good fortune to stay alive. Matt Tait

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Quick recap: Kansas outlasts Oklahoma State to earn crucial road win

Kansas will live to fight another day.

Friday, March 1

Kansas baseball sweeps doubleheader against NIU

Backed by a strong showing from redshirt-junior Ryan Cyr, the Kansas baseball team completed the Friday doubleheader sweep with a 7-2 win over Northern Illinois at AirHogs Stadium. The Jayhawks claimed an 8-1 victory over the Huskies in the first game.

Jayhawks suffer heartbreaking defeat at NC State

An inopportune weather delay handed the Kansas softball team a heartbreaking defeat Friday.

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Game Day Breakdown: No. 15 Kansas basketball at Oklahoma State

A look at some of the keys for 15th-ranked Kansas in today's key, Big 12 road clash at Oklahoma State. By Matt Tait

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Les Miles to go 'Over the Edge' for Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence

You’ve seen him eat grass. You’ve seen him steal the national championship trophy in a Dr. Pepper commercial. And soon you’ll have a chance to watch Les Miles rappel down the side of a building. By Benton Smith