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Olympian-turned-underdog Cantwell victorious in downtown shot put
April 19, 2014
Christian Cantwell, who placed fourth in the shot put in the 2012 Olympics after winning silver in ‘08, has heard he’s over the hill at the still-young age of 33. “I was reading some stuff leading up to this. Everybody was talking about (Ryan) Whiting and (Reese) Hoffa, this and that, and they never once brought my name up. I was like, ‘Damn, did I drop off the face of the earth?’ It was like they forgot about me or something,” an animated Cantwell said after winning Friday’s downtown Lawrence shot put with a throw of 70 feet, 1 inch. By Gary Bedore
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Downtown shot put draws crowd despite funding issues
April 18, 2014
Amid a cloud of white powder, Christian Cantwell grips the shot put and nestles it into the side of his neck. The 6-foot-5, 300-pound shot putter spins around a few times to gain momentum and releases the 16-pound lead ball into the air. A few seconds later, the shot put falls with a thud at the opposite end of the limestone pit. The crowd erupts in cheers and the herculean Cantwell is decreed the winner of this year’s Downtown Shot Put competition.
KU starting pitcher Wes Benjamin done for season
April 18, 2014
Kansas University’s No. 1 starting pitcher Wes Benjamin recently underwent Tommy John surgery, KU baseball head coach Ritch Price announced Friday.
KU swimming adds prep senior
April 18, 2014
The Kansas University swimming and diving team signed Niwot (Colo.) High senior Hannah Driscoll to a national letter of intent, KU coach Clark Campbell announced Thursday.
Groundbreaking set for Naismith rules building
April 18, 2014
Kansas University will conduct a ceremonial groundbreaking for the new 32,000-square-foot DeBruce Center at 11:30 a.m. May 2, at the northeast corner of Allen Fieldhouse. The event is open to the public.
KU softball drops series opener against Texas Tech, 7-5
April 18, 2014
Kansas University’s softball team was eager to get back on the field after a nine-day layoff, but opened its series against Texas Tech with a 7-5 loss on Thursday at Arrocha Ballpark.
FSHS soccer beats ONW, 2-1
April 18, 2014
Tanna Fanshier and Maren Kahler scored goals, and Free State High’s soccer team defeated Olathe Northwest, 2-1, on Thursday night.
LHS baseball pitchers combine for no-hitter
April 18, 2014
Bryce Montes de Oca, Daonte Lowery, Michael Sinks and Parker Kirkpatrick combined on a no-hitter, and Lawrence High baseball defeated Olathe South, 2-0, on Thursday night.
FSHS baseball escapes with win against SMN
April 18, 2014
Shortstop Cooper Karlin may be the shortest player on Free State High’s baseball team, but he’s come up big in clutch situations throughout the season. Karlin delivered a one-out walkoff single in the eighth inning to give the Firebirds a 1-0 victory over Shawnee Mission North on Thursday night at FSHS. By Bobby Nightengale
SMW overwhelms LHS soccer, 11-1
April 18, 2014
Multiple times throughout the second half Thursday night, Lawrence High’s girls soccer players held their heads in disbelief. The Lions were down three goals to Shawnee Mission West at halftime, and after the break the hole grew deeper, almost by the minute. Before the teams could complete a regulation game at LHS, the 10-goal mercy rule ended it at 11-1 in the 75th minute. By Benton Smith
LHS softball splits vs. SMS
April 18, 2014
Marly Carmona’s aggressive swing led to a critical three-run error, which gave the Lawrence High softball team its first lead of a 5-2 comeback victory against Shawnee Mission South on Thursday at LHS. The Lions lost the first game of the doubleheader, 2-1. By Benton Smith
Free State softball ‘coming alive,’ sweeps again
April 18, 2014
Free State’s softball team has struggled in close games this season. Sometimes the defense faltered, and in others the bats just wouldn’t cash in with runners in scoring position. That’s not the case anymore. By Bobby Nightengale
Hammer time: Med school-bound Levy competes as KU thrower while she can
April 18, 2014
Kansas University sophomore hammer thrower Daina Levy can’t imagine choosing between two of her greatest loves — track and medicine — in the future. By Gary Bedore
Prep point guard set to begin KU recruiting visit
April 18, 2014
Devonte Graham, a 6-foot-2, 175-pound senior point guard from Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, N.H., today begins his official recruiting trip to Kansas University. Recruiting notes by Gary Bedore
Royals complete sweep of Astros
April 18, 2014
James Shields kept the Houston Astros off-balance all night. Then late in Thursday’s 5-1 win, the Kansas City ace really heated up. He struck out the side in the sixth and did the same in the seventh before striking out the first batter in the eighth to make it seven in a row. Astro after Astro simply watched the pitches zip past them — five players in that span struck out looking.
Montell Cozart named KU’s starting quarterback for 2014
09:58 a.m., April 17, 2014 Updated 12:23 a.m.
Thursday morning, KU coach Charlie Weis announced in a press release that the sophomore Montell Cozart’s body of work this spring was impressive enough to land him the Jayhawks’ starting quarterback job for the 2014 season. By Matt Tait
Three KU women on academic golf team
April 17, 2014
Kansas University women’s golfers Yupaporn Kawinpakorn, Minami Levonowich and Meghan Potee were named to the 2014 Academic All-Big 12 First Team, the conference office announced Wednesday.
Kansas baseball routs GCU, 7-1
April 17, 2014
Freshman Jon Hander allowed just one run off five hits over seven innings for his first career win, and Kansas University beat Grand Canyon, 7-1, Wednesday at Hoglund Ballpark to split a midweek nonconference baseball series.

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