Sports Opinion

Tom Keegan: LeBron to Lakers great news for Svi Mykhailiuk

Svi Mykhailiuk’s prospects for success as an NBA rookie just took a gigantic leap forward with Sunday night’s news that LeBron James decided to sign a four-year, $154-million deal with the Los Angeles Lakers, who drafted Svi in the second round last month. This is how it works for ...

Tom Keegan: Kansas banking on three juco blockers to bolster O-line

Running back Anthony "Pooka" Williams and quarterback Miles Kendrick were the most celebrated signings recruited to spice up a sluggish offense, but unless Kansas significantly upgrades its offensive line, newcomers and holdovers alike at skill positions won’t have space to show their ...

Tom Keegan: Ochai Agbaji, KU’s stealth recruit, fits right in

TOPEKA — His junior year soccer season at Oak Park High in Kansas City, Mo., was winding down, basketball season around the corner, when Ochai Agbaji received a couple of scholarship offers to play Division I basketball. That was when he decided to finish up his soccer career to concentrate ...

Tom Keegan: Does anybody care who wins Kansas QB job?

Nobody knows the identity of the starting quarterback for the upcoming Kansas football season. Nothing new there. That has been the case pretty much every summer since gunslinger Todd Reesing hopped on his horse and rode it back to Austin. The problem, I fear, is that few care anymore as to ...

Tom Keegan: Chris Thompson inches up Web.com Tour money list

WICHITA — The beauty of golf’s version of baseball’s Triple A is that, unlike baseball players, golfers don’t reach a point where their paths to the big leagues are blocked by the dreaded “nonprospect” label. In golf, it’s all there on the black and white of the rule book that ...

Chris Thompson fires 64, tied for third at Wichita Open

Web.com touring pro Chris Thompson fired a 6-under 64 Friday at Crestview Country Club to move into a tie for third halfway through the Wichita Open. Thompson and Ben Kohles are one stroke out of second place and three strokes behind leader Scott Pinckney. Thompson teed off on No. 10, started ...

Tom Keegan: Nice guys don’t always finish last

Sometimes good things really do happen to good people. Devonte’ Graham, a grounded, friendly sort who didn’t allow the gathering fame he experienced in four years at Kansas change him, decided to come back for his senior year of college to give himself a better shot at getting drafted. It ...

Tom Keegan: A 10-year look back at 2008 NBA draft

Even 10 years later, looking at who should have gone where in the 2008 NBA draft has a subjective element to it. Still, in order to look at it, it helps to find an objective measure that best tells the story of a player’s career. Obviously, rebounds would not be a fair measure, because big ...

Tom Keegan: How Bill Self has grown as coach the past three years

Bill Self’s basketball teams always have been known to play tough defense, but in recent seasons, it sunk in to me that what they actually do best is play with an extreme degree of confidence offensively. I attributed noticing that more than ever last season to one of two factors: either an ...

Tom Keegan: Golf Channel candor great for the game

The 118th U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills featured a pair of controversies that not surprisingly were analyzed brilliantly by the Golf Channel, led by the man who consistently shines the brightest on a superstar panel. Brandel Chamblee is to golf what Charles Barkley is to basketball: the best ...

Tom Keegan: Ben McLemore still reaching for the stars

That time of year arrived again Thursday night, that time when Ben McLemore dominates the Rock Chalk Roundball Classic and leaves everyone in the packed gymnasium at Free State High wondering the same thing to themselves as they either line up for autographs or head outside for fresh ...

Tom Keegan: Charlie Moore leads with confidence

It seems not at all uncommon for a team’s smallest athlete in the huddle, on the diamond or in the layup line to double as the most confident. Think: Todd Reesing, Jose Altuve, Allen Iverson. It makes sense when you think about it. If they lacked confidence, they wouldn’t dare venture ...

Tom Keegan: Devon Dotson knows freshman season won’t be easy

For freshmen, one of the more enjoyable aspects of the first days as Kansas basketball players involves playing with and against NBA athletes that they, in the past, had seen only on television. For example, Devon Dotson was able to meet and share the court with free agent Mario Chalmers, a ...

Tom Keegan: Lawrence golfer proves it’s never too late to pick up the game

I would label my myriad golf swing thoughts as competing, except that in competitions there generally is a winner and all of my swing thoughts clearly are losers. Given that, I’ve always thought that reading the book “Zen Golf” might be the key to vacuuming the clutter between the ears. ...

Tom Keegan: It just might pay for Kansas coach Bill Self to think bigger than ever

Here’s how the popular storyline goes for Kansas and its perennial powerhouse basketball program: After a two-year, personnel-driven shift from a lineup with two post players to just one big man, Hall of Fame basketball coach Bill Self will return to his comfort zone and send two big men onto ...

Tom Keegan: Credit 12-1 Orange Bowl team’s leading rusher with recruiting assist

For Brandon McAnderson, leading rusher for Kansas during its 12-1 Orange Bowl season, what started as a project intended to help his cousin ended up as a means of helping his alma mater. McAnderson’s first cousin, Brian Lipscomb, had a “monster junior year,” as McAnderson put it, for ...