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Chuck Woodling

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Don’t be deterred, kids

No way of knowing for sure, but I hope I’m smarter than a fifth-grader … although maybe not as smart as Miss Cochrane’s bunch.

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Huskers shut out frustrated Jayhawks, 2-0

Kansas had Robinson Crusoe-itis on Wednesday evening.

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KU softball blanked by Longhorns

Sometimes all you can do is look on the bright side. “Defensively, we made plays,” Megan Smith said. “That’s a positive.”

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Aldrich: Collison or Big O?

Is Cole Aldrich more like Nick Collison? Or is Aldrich another Greg Ostertag?

KU baseball's Lisher rewarded for hard work

In the high-powered contemporary world of major-college athletics, Brett Lisher is an anomaly — a walk-on who starts.

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Macias’ game-winning hit lifts KU baseball

Brandon Macias was an unlikely candidate to produce a game-winning hit.

KU women overcome adversity

Who would have believed it? Who would have believed Kansas University’s men’s basketball season would end before the KU women were done? Or that this would be the second straight year it happened?

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KU women hold off Creighton in WNIT, 71-68

Davis propels KU women into WNIT Sweet 16

Carolyn Davis scored 25 points and pulled down 12 boards off the bench, and the Kansas University women's basketball team defeated Creighton in the WNIT, 71-68, on Sunday at Allen Fieldhouse.

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KU women set for Creighton

What a difference three months makes. Last time Creighton University’s women played in Lawrence, freshman point guard Angel Goodrich burned the Bluejays for a career-high 20 points in Kansas’ 77-56 romp.

Prognosis looks good for McCray to recover fully

Danielle McCray’s college basketball career may have ended on a sad note, but the future looks bright for the former Kansas University standout.

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Unexpected boost from Boogaard lifts KU in WNIT

Saskatchewan native Krysten Boogaard produced a career-high 37 points in a rare start as Kansas plunked Prairie View A&M, 82-70, in its WNIT basketball opener Wednesday night in Allen Fieldhouse.

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Tonight’s foe can feel KU women’s pain

No doubt Kansas University’s women’s basketball season has been marred by the loss of Danielle McCray, the Big 12 Conference’s preseason player of the year. But would you believe virtually the same thing happened to Prairie View A&M?

Olathe South junior KU-bound

Those of you with a head for Kansas University men’s basketball trivia probably know the answer to this question: Who are the only three brothers who have earned letters while wearing a KU uniform?

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Kansas softball splits doubleheader

When Kansas University wins a softball game, chances are Alex Jones will have been involved.

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KU women lose opener, earn WNIT bid

Andrea Riley scored 37 points, Toni Young added 16 and No. 20 Oklahoma State put away Kansas 76-69 on Thursday in the first round of the Big 12 tournament.

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KU women have new life

Injuries have taken a toll on Kansas University’s women’s basketball team. And the impact hasn’t been just physical.

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Greatest KU games No. 2: Danny and the Miracles

Twenty-two years. A long time. Bodies are thicker and hair is thinner. Memories tend to grow wispier, too.

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Aggies ruin Senior Night for KU women, 78-54

Carolyn Davis joined the list of injured Kansas University women’s basketball players, and the Jayhawks were thumped again. With Davis shelved due to a concussion suffered during Friday’s practice session, Texas A&M had little difficulty disposing of the demoralized Jayhawks, 78-54, on Saturday in Allen Fieldhouse.

Reeling KU women to entertain No. 17 Aggies

Four losses in a row is a tailspin, not a crash dive.

Wilt’s record revisited

Where were you 48 years ago today?

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So close again: KU women lose another heartbreaker to ranked team

Carolyn Davis summed it up in 14 words. “They played like a ranked team that didn’t want to lose,” Davis said, “and we didn’t.”

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Tourney implications on line for KU women vs. Iowa St.

On the plus side is a positive RPI. A negative, however, is the brutal remaining schedule.

McCray’s career not over after injury

Some day, Danielle McCray will play for pay. When is the question.

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Tickled Pink

McCray cheers KU past 'Cats

In its first game without Danielle McCray, the Kansas University women's basketball team edged Kansas State, 70-60, on Sunday in Allen Fieldhouse.

Heartbroken Jayhawks to face Wildcats Sunday

Fate has dealt Kansas University’s women’s basketball players a bad hand. First the Jayhawks lost starting point guard Angel Goodrich to an anterior cruciate ligament injury in January. And now leading scorer Danielle McCray has been hit with a similar affliction.

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Injuries happen, but McCray's is shocking

I thought Danny Manning was immortal. Sure, he was a tremendously talented basketball player, but I’m talking about his durability.

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Senior McCray tears ACL, out for season

Danielle McCray seemed almost bulletproof. Every time Kansas University’s All-Big 12 basketball player went down with an apparently serious injury, she always bounced back. Not this time. The 5-foot-11 senior suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee during Thursday’s practice, and the college career of one of KU’s most talented athletes is over.

Ol’ Roy’s boys tanking

It’s Groundhog Day and I’m sure you’ve heard the joke. Punxsutawney Phil comes out of his burrow, sees his shadow and, somebody cracks, “Uh, oh, six more weeks of bad basketball.”

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Slump busted: McCray carries KU past Buffs

KU women defeat Colorado, 75-64

Danielle McCray scored 29 points and tied a career high with 16 rebounds, helping the Kansas women to a 75-64 victory over Colorado on Wednesday at Allen Fieldhouse.

Slumping KU women’s team returns home

Bonnie Henrickson isn’t ready to push the panic button and probably never will be.

KU’s Gridiron Club flops

Glowing rhetoric to the contrary, the vaunted Gridiron Club sure looks dead in the water to me.

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Morris helps Kansas hold off Tigers

Kansas senior guard Danielle McCray scored 26 points, leading the KU women to a 72-59 victory over Missouri on Sunday at Allen Fieldhouse.

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KU women to open second post-Goodrich era today

Kansas University’s women’s basketball team lost point guard Angel Goodrich prior to last season, and now the Jayhawks will be sans Goodrich for the remainder of this season.

KU players mostly aides in NFL

Mike McCarthy and Mike McCormack. Similar names. Similar distinctions. McCarthy is the only former Baker University football player who has been an NFL head coach. He’s currently the Green Bay Packers’ head man.

Afternoon tip spices up Pepperdine-KU women’s game

That’s not a typographical error. Kansas University’s women are indeed playing a basketball game on a weekday afternoon.

McCray dominates highlights

A surprisingly large crowd, stunning performances by Danielle McCray, a long-time coach’s departure and unprecedented territory for Haskell Indian Nations University.

McCray finding her rhythm

Danielle McCray did something unusual the other night. Kansas University’s senior basketball player recorded her career scoring high without attempting a single free throw.

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Not his true calling: It’s a good thing Turner Gill gave up baseball

When Turner Gill was named Kansas University’s new football coach, I told our desk people I thought we had an old black-and-white print of him in our photo files. So I went to search one of the drawers in the large sports-department filing cabinet, found the G section, shuffled through some photos, and there it was — a picture of Gill playing shortstop for Nebraska in the early 1980s.

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McCray has her way

Senior scores 30 to carry KU to victory

With her Kansas University teammates in an apparent post-finals funk, Danielle McCray scored 30 points, and the No. 22-ranked Jayhawks flicked aside UC Riverside, 75-60, on Sunday in Allen Fieldhouse.

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KU women to clash with UC Riverside

UC Riverside may be in a funk, but Kansas University’s next women’s basketball foe won’t be treated lightly by coach Bonnie Henrickson.

Mangino, Long set financially

Call this “A Tale of Two Settlements.”

Don’t forget Reesing

Anybody around here remember a guy named Todd Reesing?

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Turner Gill hiring follows a KU trend

They’re all pretty much the same, you know. Introductory news conferences inevitably contain bubbly remarks about the new hire, glowing optimism from the new man and a smattering of enamored boosters scattered among the media cameras and tape recorders.

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Goodrich makes Jays pay

Creighton plays off KU point guard, so she keys KU’s rout

KU point Angel Goodrich, avoided by Creighton defenders Sunday like she had the bubonic plague, erupted for a career-high 20 points as KU thumped the Jays, 77-56, in Allen Fieldhouse.

KU women expecting tough test from Creighton

Back-to-back wins by virtually the same score were polar opposites as far as Bonnie Henrickson is concerned.

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Secret’s out: Xavier excellent

If you didn’t know it already, you found out for certain on Saturday afternoon.

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Kanga-romped: KU women bounce back on ‘D,’ rout ‘Roos

Last time out, Bonnie Henrickson was seeing red. This time, Kansas University’s women’s basketball coach had her players wearing red.

KU women refocused for UMKC

When last we heard from Bonnie Henrickson, Kansas University’s women’s basketball coach was hardly in the Christmas spirit.

Departures of Mangino, Fambrough comparable

If you think Mark Mangino resigned willingly as Kansas University’s football coach, I have some oceanfront property near Oskaloosa I’ll sell you, and I’ll throw the Tonganoxie Split in free.

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KU women roll; coach unimpressed

Bonnie Henrickson wasn’t awarding any gold stars Sunday afternoon. Kansas University had just walloped Northern Colorado, 81-54, in Allen Fieldhouse, and KU’s women’s basketball coach sounded like the Jayhawks had lost by 27.