Benton Smith

Benton Smith is a sports writer for the Journal-World.

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KU football players shrug off negativity
July 29, 2014
It takes a special kind of confidence and optimism to represent Kansas University football. By Benton Smith
Cavs sign Andrew Wiggins, starting 30-day hold on trades
04:22 p.m., July 24, 2014 Updated 12:46 a.m.
Andrew Wiggins signed his first NBA contract on Thursday. The one-and-done Kansas University product is a Cleveland Cavalier, for now.
Ben McLemore relishes NBA hardware
July 24, 2014
Hoisting the Larry O’Brien Trophy, it was not. But second-year guard Ben McLemore and his Sacramento teammates did get a trophy and on-court presentation after winning the 24-team Las Vegas Summer League tournament this week. By Benton Smith
Big 12 football notebook: WVU loss to KU still stings
July 23, 2014
A junior punter for West Virginia, Nick O’Toole has heard his share of verbal insults spewed from fans in nearby seats. Such is the life of a college football player, particularly on the road. O’Toole, on Tuesday at Big 12 football media days at the Dallas Omni Hotel, said one taunt in particular stood out from the Mountaineers’ trip to Kansas University in 2013. Notebook by Benton Smith
Reports: Wiggins to sign contract, but Cavs still pursuing trade
11:37 a.m., July 22, 2014 Updated 12:12 a.m.
Let the Andrew-Wiggins-for-Kevin-Love debate continue — for at least 30 days. An Associated Press report, citing a source close to the situation, claimed Wiggins, the No. 1 pick out of Kansas University, will sign with Cleveland as soon as Wednesday.
KU basketball notebook: Coach K says Cavs should trade Wiggins
July 22, 2014
If Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski were running the Cleveland Cavaliers, Andrew Wiggins would already be wearing Timberwolves gear. By Benton Smith
Big 12 notebook: Baylor’s Briles takes cuts
July 22, 2014
Big 12 Football media days began Monday morning at the Omni hotel, oddly enough, with a bit of baseball talk. By Benton Smith
Rookie tight end drawing praise
July 20, 2014
A red-shirt freshman tight end for Kansas University, Ben Johnson hasn’t caught a pass, run a route or played a down in a college football game. No one is more aware of that than the man in charge of the Jayhawks, coach Charlie Weis. Yet, even months before the start of the 2014 season, the third-year KU coach couldn’t stop himself from singing the unproven player’s praises when discussing the team’s tight-end options. By Benton Smith
Nothing but The Truth: Paul Pierce exception as superstardom eludes NBA Jayhawks
July 15, 2014
Since Paul Pierce’s NBA debut, 24 other Kansas University players have entered the league. None have been able to match, let alone eclipse, his success. By Benton Smith
Chasing the Dream: Olajuwon, Embiid inextricably linked
July 6, 2014
The day Joel Embiid was born, Hakeem Olajuwon was half a world away, in the midst of an MVP season, coming off a 41-point, 12-rebound double-double for the Houston Rockets. By Benton Smith

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The Big 12 Conference's football media days take over the third floor of the Omni Dallas Hotel.

Lawrence High's football team has three quarterbacks vying for the Lions' starting spot. Pictured, from left, are sophomore Alan Clothier, junior Nyle Anderson and senior Tucker Sutter.

Lawrence High's Grace Morgan

Fred Wyatt, left, and Joe Dineen

Joe Dineen

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