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‘Crown jewel’ of 76ers, recovering Joel Embiid argues he was Rookie of Year

Joel Embiid would like it if you forgot the number 31. And 51 for that matter. Do the former Kansas center a favor, and don’t remember that he played in 31 games as a rookie for Philadelphia — and missed 51 in total, due to both his ... Continue reading

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The Jayhawks who stood out most to coaches during spring football

After five weeks and 15 practices, one of the most crucial stretches of the Kansas football team’s offseason has come to a conclusion. Spring ball is over, and the Jayhawks won’t reconvene for full team drills in helmets and pads with David Beaty and his position coaches ... Continue reading

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Plans filed to build two new fraternity houses near KU campus; foreclosure completed on shopping center

Hearing that two new fraternity houses are being built in your neighborhood will wake you up quicker than an $8 cup of Starbucks. That’s indeed the case for one Lawrence neighborhood, but this neighborhood may not mind much. It already speaks Greek. Plans have been filed for ... Continue reading

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Kansas OC/WR coach Doug Meacham explains the traits of each letter in the receiver alphabet

The ability to communicate in terms that are easy to understand is a trait successful coaches in all sports share. First-year Kansas offensive coordinator/receivers coach Doug Meacham does a nice job of sifting through the alphabet soup that comes with spread offenses favored by so many college ... Continue reading

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Twelve AP All-Americans in nine seasons for Kansas basketball

The Bill Self statement that resonated most loudly at the team banquet came in reference to Malik Newman, who practiced with Kansas last season after transferring from Mississippi State. “I’ll be disappointed if Malik’s not an all-league or All-American player next year,” Self said. The KU coach ... Continue reading

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Wayne Selden Jr. comes through with highlight jam in Memphis playoff victory

Wayne Selden Jr., only experienced 14 regular-season games as an un-drafted rookie, but the former Kansas guard on Thursday night didn’t let a much larger stage keep him from delivering his first NBA Playoffs moment. With Memphis on its way to putting away Western Conference juggernaut San ... Continue reading

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Forbes magazine says Lawrence is one of the best places in the nation to retire; other surprising data about the city and its retirees

I thought for sure that when Forbes magazine released its list of best places to retire in 2017, it would keep it simple: The Trump cabinet. Fortunately for Lawrence, the magazine was more detailed. Lawrence has been named one of 25 communities on the Forbes list, which ... Continue reading

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Five more questions with Kansas Poet Laureate Eric McHenry

The Lawrence Public Library has been a steadfast supporter of local writing talent, so much so that we’re curating a [local author section][1]. Given this, and April being National Poetry Month, it felt synergistic to check in with Eric McHenry, Poet Laureate of Kansas. In [2015][2], we ... Continue reading

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Former Jayhawk Carlton Bragg Jr. eyeing five schools for fresh start

ESPN.com’s Jeff Goodman on Wednesday revealed five possible destinations for former Kansas forward Carlton Bragg Jr., who decided after two seasons as a Jayhawk to leave Lawrence during the offseason. According to Goodman and several other reports, Bragg is considering Arizona State, Cincinnati, Illinois, North Carolina State ... Continue reading

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Baldwin City to have annual wine celebration; Fiber to Farm Festival to tour Douglas County farms; Eudora event to give away oak trees

Two events, the Farm to Fiber Festival and the Baldwin City Chamber of Commerce’s annual Wine Fest, will put the Earth Day focus on unique agricultural pursuits in the area. Rain is forecast from Friday evening through Saturday morning, but it should not affect the Wine Fest, ... Continue reading

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As Earth Day nears, new reports on how clean Lawrence’s air is and how not green Kansas is

As someone who lives with a teenage boy, air quality is always on my mind. In our house, the main particulate we measure is Axe Body Spray. The rest of you may have air quality matters on your mind because Earth Day is approaching. Even if you ... Continue reading

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Keith Loneker Jr. shapes up as key to stopping the run

Sophomore safety Mike Lee is the lone returner in the five-man secondary, so opponents will look to shred Kansas with the pass. Or will they? The Jayhawks have allowed higher than a five-yards-per-carry average and ranked outside the top 100 among 128 FBS schools in that statistical ... Continue reading

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KU one of the leaders for Cal transfer Charlie Moore?

According to a Tweet from college basketball analyst Jon Rothstein, Kansas and Illinois have emerged as the two favorites to land Cal point guard Charlie Moore, who plans to transfer in the offseason. Moore, a 5-foot-11, former four-star prospect in the Class of 2016, averaged 12 points ... Continue reading

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Stock watch: Josh Jackson’s versatility makes him best small forward in NBA Draft

Still almost a month away from the May 16 NBA Draft Lottery and some real clarity about where one-and-done Kansas star Josh Jackson could land in the NBA, one factor in his stock is discernible: Jackson is the best small forward available. For months, experts have raved ... Continue reading

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Audiobooks you should be listening to on Hoopla

Sure, that title has a clickbait quality to it, but I’m pretty serious and vocal about my love for all things Hoopla. I’ve sung its praises in the past (mostly because the graphic novel selection is pretty darn great), but only recently have I really delved into ... Continue reading

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An update on what may replace Lawrence’s J.C. Penney when it closes; new commercial real estate brokerage opens

We are in wait-and-wonder mode when it comes to Lawrence’s J.C. Penney store. Many of us are waiting for the going-out-of-business sale and the deals that come with it. Those in the development world, though, are wondering about the future of one of south Iowa Street’s larger ... Continue reading

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KU Crime Blotter: April 10-16

The following incidents were reported to the University of Kansas Office of Public Safety between Monday, April 10, and Sunday, April 16. Incidents are listed by date reported. This list may not include all crimes reported to police during the date range, as incidents occasionally are posted ... Continue reading

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So far so good for Kansas quarterback Peyton Bender

Not particularly tall, broad or mobile, Kansas junior quarterback Peyton Bender doesn’t need to be any taller, broader or more mobile to become the best prospect the Jayhawks have had standing in the shotgun since Todd Reesing. Bender need do no more than he did in Saturday’s ... Continue reading

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More final rankings for the Class of 2017

As Kansas coach Bill Self and his staff continue to try to put the finishing touches on the 2017 recruiting classes, recruiting services everywhere are doing the same. This week, both ESPN and 247 Sports released their final rankings of the 2017 class, which, to date, includes ... Continue reading

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Say What? Tait’s weekly appearance on Rock Chalk Sports Talk

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