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Shane Jackson

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Former KU thrower Gleb Dudarev has realistic expectations for Olympics debut

Gleb Dudarev, who has been a hammer thrower since he was 3-years-old, has quite literally been training his entire life for this moment. But even the former University of Kansas thrower knows to temper his expectations for his first trip to the Olympic Games in Tokyo.

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KU volunteer coach Christina Clemons enters her first Olympic Games as fan favorite

Despite being a debutant at the Olympics, Christina Clemons is already well known entering the track portion of this year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo.

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Kansas center Mike Novitsky named to Rimington Trophy Watchlist

New Kansas football center Mike Novitsky enters the 2021 campaign as one of the top players at his position. Novitsky was named to the Rimington Trophy Watchlist on Friday, the Boomer Esiason Foundation announced.

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Quintet of Jayhawks slated to represent KU at upcoming Olympics

Five athletes with ties to the Kansas track and field program are slated to participate in this year’s Summer Olympics in Tokyo, bringing pride to the KU program and head coach Stanley Redwine. By Shane Jackson

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Jake Schoonover believes KU has 'nice nucleus' on special teams entering 2021 season

Jake Schoonover has only been coaching the special teams since joining the Kansas football staff in February, but he saw enough in the spring to be optimistic about the unit entering the 2021 campaign.

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Key returners to represent KU football at Big 12 media days

One player on each side of the ball will represent the Kansas football program at the Big 12’s annual football media days event next week in Arlington, Texas.

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KU freshman Bobby Pettiford nearing return after being sidelined with left foot injury

Kansas freshman point guard Bobby Pettiford is itching to get on the court with his teammates, and he will be one step closer to doing just that starting on Monday.

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'It's kind of a long time coming': Kansas basketball players in favor of new NIL policy

The college sports world changed overnight, when the NCAA board of governors approved an interim policy that allows athletes to be able to profit from their names, images and likenesses. By Shane Jackson

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Quick recap: No. 3 seed Kansas avoids upset in 93-84 win over No. 14 seed Eastern Washington

Third-seeded Kansas avoided an upset by taking control down the stretch in its 93-84 win over No. 14 seed Eastern Washington Saturday afternoon in Indiana Farmers Coliseum.

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Game day breakdown: No. 11 Kansas vs. No. 25 Oklahoma, Big 12 quarterfinals

A look at some of the keys for 11th-ranked Kansas in tonight's matchup in the Big 12 tournament at T-Mobile Center. By Shane Jackson

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Quick recap: Kansas defeats Texas Tech to earn fifth consecutive win

No. 23 Kansas sent a big statement by putting together one of its better performances of the season in a 67-61 win over No. 15 Texas Tech Saturday afternoon in Allen Fieldhouse.

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Quick recap: KU basketball completes season sweep of Iowa State

It might not have been as pretty as the other night, but the Kansas men’s basketball team completed the sweep of Iowa State with a 64-50 win Saturday afternoon in Hilton Coliseum.

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Quick recap: No. 23 Kansas falls at No. 17 West Virginia, 91-79

No. 17 West Virginia led wire-to-wire in its 91-79 victory over No. 23 Kansas Saturday afternoon in the WVU Coliseum.

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Lawrence High linebacker Cole Mondi embracing challenge as walk-on for KU football

Lawrence High senior Cole Mondi knows the challenge that he now has in front of him to carve out a role at the collegiate level.

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Quick recap: No. 9 Kansas falls at Oklahoma to suffer third consecutive defeat

The Kansas men’s basketball team has lost three games in a row for the first time since the 2012-13 season.

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Quick recap: No. 6 Kansas outlasts Oklahoma for 63-59 win

There is something especially meaningful about finding a way to win on an off night in a conference as tough as the Big 12. That was the case for the Kansas men’s basketball team during its 63-59 victory over Oklahoma on Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse.

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KU women's basketball turns attention to Big 12 play ahead of home meeting with West Virginia

Ready or not, the Kansas women’s basketball team will now turn its attention to conference action when it plays host to West Virginia at 5 p.m. Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse.

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KU women's basketball gets back in win column with 78-59 victory over New Mexico State

With three full days to prepare for New Mexico State, the Kansas women’s basketball team appeared to be in more of a rhythm Tuesday afternoon in Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks never trailed on their way to a 78-59 win over the Aggies.

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KU women's basketball looking to bounce back from loss to North Dakota State

One week after dropping a 72-69 decision to North Dakota State, the Kansas women’s basketball team will look to get back in the win column with an afternoon matchup against New Mexico State. Tipoff is slated for 12 p.m. and the game will be televised on ESPN+.

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KU gains natural born leader in Lawrence High senior standout Devin Neal

It was about 10 years ago when Freda McPhail first noticed that her son, Devin Neal, has what it takes to be a leader.

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Missing leading scorer, KU women's basketball drops 72-69 decision to North Dakota State

The combination of fatigue and playing without its best player proved to be too much to overcome for the Kansas women’s basketball team during a 72-69 loss to North Dakota State Monday afternoon at Allen Fieldhouse.

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Quick recap: No. 5 Kansas defeats No. 14 Texas Tech, 58-57, in Big 12 opener

If Thursday night’s Big 12 opener was any indication, this year’s race for the league title figures to be as interesting as it has ever been. KU earned a 58-57 win over Texas Tech in the United Supermarkets Arena.

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'It’s like a dream come true': Lawrence High standout Devin Neal signs to play football and baseball at KU

Lawrence High’s multi-sport standout Devin Neal officially signed his national letter of intent to the University of Kansas. He is staying in town to play both football and baseball at the collegiate level for the Jayhawks.

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Quick recap: No. 5 Kansas cruises to 95-50 win over Omaha

There was no drama in KU’s final game before the start of Big 12 play, as Kansas cruised to a 95-50 win over Omaha Friday night in Allen Fieldhouse.

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Quick recap: No. 5 Kansas escapes with 73-72 win over No. 8 Creighton

For the second game in a row, the Kansas men’s basketball team had to survive a scare in Allen Fieldhouse. Despite a late-game blunder, No. 5 Kansas held on for a 73-72 win over No. 8 Creighton Tuesday night in Allen Fieldhouse.

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KU women set for first road test of 2020-21 hoops season

Following a 2-0 start to the season, the Kansas women’s basketball team will face its toughest test yet when it travels to Ole Miss (1-0) Thursday night. Tipoff for the nonconference clash that is part of the annual SEC/Big 12 Challenge is slated for 7:30 p.m.

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Quick recap: No. 6 Kansas surrenders 102 points in loss to No. 1 Gonzaga in season opener

The long-awaited return of college basketball certainly delivered, even if it meant a 102-90 loss for the Kansas men’s basketball team.

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Kansas women's basketball beats Northern Colorado, 78-62, in season opener

It ended up being the perfect night for head coach Brandon Schneider, and not just because the Kansas women’s basketball team got the opportunity to play for the first time in nine months.

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KU women's basketball looking to build off first winning season under Brandon Schneider

The 2020-21 campaign is slated to begin on Wednesday for the Kansas women’s basketball team with a home matchup against Northern Colorado. And it is not hard to see why head coach Brandon Schneider is optimistic about his squad’s chances this year.

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Quick recap: Kansas football suffers 52-22 loss to No. 23 Iowa State

Missing key starters on both sides of the ball, the Kansas football team never really stood a chance.

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Quick recap: KU football suffers lopsided loss to Kansas State in Sunflower Showdown

Kansas State scored on two different punt returns and added a pick-six for good measure in a 55-14 win over Kansas Saturday afternoon.

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KU women's basketball returns to practice ahead of 2020-21 campaign

Even with a mask on during his interview, it was easy to sense the joy head coach Brandon Schneider had about returning to practice.

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Quick recap: Kansas falls to 0-4 after 38-17 loss to West Virginia

Playing without its head coach on the sideline, it was a familiar result for the Kansas football team on Saturday. KU jumped out to a 10-0 lead, but gave up 38 unanswered points in a 38-17 loss to West Virginia in Morgantown.

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True freshman CB Karon Prunty expected to make immediate impact for KU football

It didn’t take long for Robert Jackson to realize that KU freshman cornerback Karon Prunty had a bright future. In roughly 12 months, Prunty went from an under-recruited prospect originally committed to Liberty to a true freshman starter for a Power Five program. By Shane Jackson

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'We could relate on another level': Unique bond with KU assistant helped Clinton Anokwuru pick KU football

Ever since Kansas football started recruiting Clinton Anokwuru, assistant coach Chidera Uzo-Diribe knew he had a special connection with the three-star defensive end — the two men both belong to the Igbo tribe in Nigeria. By Shane Jackson

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'It’s home for me': Lawrence High's 2-sport standout Devin Neal plans to play for Kansas

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, there hasn't been a lot of positive news as of late. For a brief moment, at least in the city of Lawrence, Devin Neal changed all of that with a single tweet late Friday night. Shane Jackson

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Lawrence High junior Devin Neal commits to play 2 sports at KU

Lawrence High’s two-sport standout Devin Neal will be staying home at the next level.

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Quick recap: No. 1 Kansas tops Texas Tech to win outright Big 12 title

Before the first media timeout of the second half, No. 1 Kansas became the outright Big 12 champion. The rest of it was just gravy.

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Quick recap: No. 1 Kansas holds off Kansas State for 62-58 win

Manhattan — The rematch proved to be more interesting, at least from a basketball perspective. In a back-and-forth battle, No. 1 Kansas ultimately prevailed with a 62-58 win over Kansas State Saturday afternoon at Bramlage Coliseum.

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Shane Jackson: Consistent excellence makes Devon Dotson KU's MVP

Ranked No. 1 in the country and saddled with just three losses on the season, the Kansas men's basketball team has had plenty of things go right during the past few months. And there are three players who typically receive most of the credit for that. Each has had his stretch — or stretches — in which he has carried the team and helped make Kansas the legitimate national title contender it appears to be. And all three, when clicking at the same time, have made Kansas nearly unstoppable. So which one has been KU's most valuable player? Here are the cases for Udoka Azubuike, Devon Dotson and Marcus Garrett as KU's 2019-20 team MVP.

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Shane Jackson: Jayhawks become team to beat in college basketball after besting Bears

With Saturday’s win, the Jayhawks (24-3, 13-1 Big 12) have emerged as the team to beat in college basketball. And with four games remaining in the regular season, that supreme status comes at an opportune time.

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Quick recap: No. 3 Kansas rolls past Oklahoma for 87-70 win

With sophomore point guard Devon Dotson back in the mix, No. 3 Kansas had no problem taking care of business with an 87-70 win over Oklahoma on Saturday in Allen Fieldhouse.

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Quick recap: No. 3 Kansas knocks off No. 14 West Virginia in WVU Coliseum

After trailing for much of the night, No. 3 Kansas took control in the last five-plus minutes to come away with a 58-49 victory over No. 14 West Virginia in WVU Coliseum on Wednesday.

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Quick recap: No. 3 Kansas powers past TCU for 60-46 win

KU’s first possession of the second half really told the whole story of its 60-46 win over TCU Saturday afternoon in Schollmaier Arena.

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Quick recap: No. 3 Kansas holds off Texas Tech for 78-75 win

In a blink of an eye, No. 3 Kansas shut the door on any potential upset bid by Texas Tech. A sequence in the second half helped KU hold off Texas Tech for a 78-75 win on Saturday in Allen Fieldhouse.

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Quick recap: No. 3 Kansas pushes past Tennessee for 74-68 win

A depleted Kansas men’s basketball team was put to the test in the Big 12/SEC Challenge against Tennessee on Saturday in Allen Fieldhouse. In the end, the Jayhawks had the key players necessary to pull off a 74-68 win for their fourth victory in a row.

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Quick recap: No. 3 Kansas rolls to easy win over Kansas State, but Sunflower Showdown ends in brawl

No. 3 Kansas claimed the first installment of the Sunflower Showdown. And it wasn’t particularly close.

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Quick recap: No. 6 Kansas earns 66-57 road win over Texas

Behind three double-digit scorers, No. 6 Kansas did enough to come away with a 66-57 win over Texas Saturday afternoon in the Erwin Center.

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Shane Jackson: Rare home loss to Baylor highlights KU's limitations on offense

Kansas head coach Bill Self shouldered the blame, but it is unlikely anybody would have faulted him given the circumstances that led to his team's first league loss of the season.

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Quick recap: No. 3 Kansas overwhelms Iowa State in Hilton Coliseum

After years of tightly-contested battles between Big 12 foes, the first such matchup of the new decade was anything but that. No. 3 Kansas overwhelmed Iowa State from start to finish in its 79-53 win Wednesday night in Hilton Coliseum.

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