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Royals top Twins, 5-0
April 19, 2014
Jason Vargas began tinkering sometime between the second and third inning, after his pitch count had risen perilously high yet he’d managed to wiggle out of three straight jams. Whatever he did seemed to work.
KU baseball blanked by OSU, 7-0
April 19, 2014
Oklahoma State broke open a close game with a sixth-run seventh inning and defeated Kansas’ baseball team, 7-0, on Friday night.
KU softball falls to Texas Tech in extras
April 19, 2014
Kansas University’s softball team was one out away from defeating Texas Tech before the Red Raiders rallied for a victory, 9-7, in nine innings on Friday at Arrocha Ballpark.
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
Kansas signee Alexander earns MVP honors at all-star game
April 19, 2014
Kansas University basketball signee Cliff Alexander earned most valuable player honors for the West team during Friday night’s Jordan Brand Classic at Barclays Center in New York City.
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.
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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