WRITER: Henry Greenstein

Local softball luminary Bradney picked for Kansas Sports Hall of Fame

Jill Larson Bradney had already been a three-sport athlete at Kansas and the Jayhawks’ first-ever softball All-American by the time she found her way to Perry-Lecompton High as an assistant volleyball coach. “I had a friend that knew me, I was working here in town at a daycare center, I was trying to apply for some jobs, and I was going back and getting my master’s,” she recalled. “And they called and ...

Hansen celebrates team success, memorable goal in first pro season

Kaela Hansen started more games and played more minutes than anyone else in Kansas soccer history and never scored a goal. She made herself an irreplaceable fixture on the Jayhawks’ back line for five distinguished seasons, but took just 19 shots during her tenure. A little over two months into her professional career, though, Hansen controlled a pass outside the box with a smooth touch to put the ball on her ...

Buoyed by "modest surplus," Kansas Athletics approves increased budget for fiscal year 2024

The Kansas athletic department benefited from a reenergized football fanbase in the fiscal year 2023, to the tune of increased revenues from ticketing, concessions, merchandise and sponsorships. “I think the theme for ’23 is return on investment, particularly in football," Kansas Athletics Chief Financial Officer Pat Kaufman said. "A couple years ago we invested in a coaching staff in a bigger way than we ...

Mock drafts projecting diverse destinations for Dick and Wilson

Just under a week away from next Thursday's 2023 NBA Draft, the mock-draft-industrial complex is starting to reach something resembling a consensus on Gradey Dick. The 6-foot-8 wing from Wichita, whose shooting prowess and uncommon size helped him rocket up draft boards following just one season at Kansas, looks increasingly likely to go to the Orlando Magic at No. 11 after long being projected as a top-10 ...

Another prominent cornerback commits to Kansas

The first big weekend of June visits continues to pay dividends for Kansas football. Cornerback Jalen Todd of Southfield A&T in Michigan announced his commitment Wednesday night to join the Jayhawks in 2024. He visited Lawrence last weekend, along with his high-school quarterback and prior KU commitment Isaiah Marshall, and now becomes the fifth player Kansas has added from that slate of a dozen visitors ...

KU/Wichita State game set for Dec. 30 in Kansas City

After 10 days of swirling rumors, Kansas and Wichita State have officially agreed to play a nonconference basketball game that has been in the making for much, much longer. The two in-state schools will face off in the regular season for the first time in 31 years when they battle at the T-Mobile Center in downtown Kansas City on Saturday, Dec. 30. Early reports of the pending game had placed the date a day ...