WRITER: Matt Tait

Back-to-Back! Free State softball wins second straight 6A state title with 1-0 win over unbeaten Washburn Rural

The game-winning hit came Friday. The celebration came Saturday. And it included chants of “Back-to-Back” and approximately 35 million hugs and smiles. For the second year in a row, the Free State High softball team was the one standing in the middle of the field at Arrocha Ballpark, hoisting the hardware that read, “State Champions.” The Firebirds (23-2) achieved the feat with a 1-0 victory over ...

NCAA, KU hold Silvio De Sousa appeal hearing

According to a report from CBS Sports, the appeal hearing for Kansas forward Silvio De Sousa took place Friday morning and a ruling could come in a matter of hours. A source confirmed to the Journal-World that the hearing with the NCAA’s Student-Athlete Reinstatement committee took place at 9:15 a.m. via teleconference. KU is appealing the NCAA’s two-year suspension of De Sousa, which was handed out in ...

Silvio De Sousa wins appeal, becomes eligible to play at KU during 2019-20 season

The wait is over. Kansas forward Silvio De Sousa will play basketball for the Jayhawks next season. After being suspended by the NCAA for two seasons on Feb. 1 because of his guardian, Fenny Falmagne's role in accepting money from a former Adidas executive who later was declared a KU booster, De Sousa on Friday morning finally had his appeal heard by the NCAA’s Student-Athlete Reinstatement committee. By ...

Free State softball sits 12 outs away from second consecutive state title

Three timely hits in a pair of Class 6A state tournament games on Friday put the Free State softball team 12 outs away from winning its second consecutive state title. But thanks to Mother Nature and unbeaten Washburn Rural, there remains work to be done before the defending champs can hoist the trophy again. After knocking off Olathe North, 1-0, in Friday’s semifinals, the Firebirds jumped on top of ...

R.J. Hampton sets date for college announcement

Five-star prospect R.J. Hampton, the No. 6-ranked player in Rivals.com's 2019 rankings and a top Kansas target, announced on Twitter on Friday afternoon that he had picked a date to reveal his college decision. "The time has come," Hampton Tweeted. "Watch Get Up ESPN on Tuesday, May 28. I have an announcement to make." This news on the same day that [Kansas learned that Silvio De Sousa had won his ...

Report: Hampton family waiting to see who stays in NBA Draft before making college decision

There is now actual evidence that Class of 2019 KU target R.J. Hampton is waiting for the NBA’s underclassman draft deadline to make his college decision. That’s what Hampton’s father, Rod Hampton, told Adam Zagoria this week during an interview about the 5-star guard’s future. “We will know a lot more after next week,” Hampton’s father told Zagoria on Thursday. “Need to see who stays in ...

Free State dominates Olathe Northwest in state softball opener

The deja vu ran wild on Thursday afternoon at Arrocha Ballpark, where the Free State softball team advanced to the Class 6A state semifinals for the second year in a row with a dominant 6-0 victory over Olathe Northwest in Round 1. Same field. Same team. Same result. Even the magic bush that was a big, superstitious part of last year's run to the 6A state title made an appearance on Thursday. Granted, it was ...

Kansas Athletics shifts health care oversight from KU's campus to medical offices

Forty Kansas Athletics employees specializing in sports medicine are now reporting to actual doctors and medical professionals instead of KU administrators. Through a collaboration with The University of Kansas Health System and LMH Health, Kansas Athletics on Wednesday morning announced the launch of Kansas Team Health, a third-party health care group that will be charged not only with providing KU’s ...

KU baseball drops Game 1 at Big 12 tourney, 12-8 to West Virginia

An early eight-run hole proved to be too much for the Kansas baseball team to climb out of during a 12-8 loss to West Virginia in the opening round of the Big 12 tournament at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City. The 5th-seeded Jayhawks were able to battle back and make a game of it but never got closer than two runs. Kansas (31-25) actually led in the game in the top of the first inning, when left ...

Is Michigan back in the mix for KU target Jalen Wilson?

Although many recruiting analysts have called the race to land [Class of 2019 prospect Jalen Wilson][1] a battle between Kansas and North Carolina, a third program has found its way into the mix. And it's the very school that the 6-foot-8 Wilson committed to in the first place. Wednesday afternoon, multiple reports indicated that Michigan had hired former Wolverine and longtime NBA forward Juwan Howard as ...

KU baseball hoping to keep hot streak alive at Big 12 tournament

After opening the season with 24 consecutive road games and a 2-7 record in Big 12 play, the Kansas baseball team finished the regular season with a winning record and enters this week’s Big 12 tournament as one of the hottest teams in college baseball. Winners of nine of their last 12 games, including series sweeps over Texas and Kansas State, the fifth-seeded Jayhawks (31-24 overall, 12-12 Big 12) open Big ...

Five-star target R.J. Hampton eyeing return visit to Kansas; may join good friend Jalen Wilson later this month

There has been plenty of chatter in the past several days about the possibility of top-tier Class of 2019 prospects [R.J. Hampton][1] and [Jalen Wilson][2] teaming up in Lawrence for the 2019-20 college basketball season. But there’s a chance the two could be on KU’s campus together even sooner than that. According to a Monday report from 247 Sports recruiting analyst Evan Daniels, Hampton, the No. ...

Former Jayhawk Gary Woodland shoots best round of the day to crack Top 10 at PGA Championship

Nobody shot a better final round at the 2019 PGA Championship than former Kansas golfer Gary Woodland on Sunday. And as a result, the former Jayhawk and Topeka native carded his second ever Top 10 finish at one of golf’s major tournaments. Woodland, who finished at +1 for the four-round tournament at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, N.Y., shot a two-under-par 68 on Sunday to move up from 39th into a tie for ...

A deeper look at KU basketball target Jalen Wilson

By now, you’ve probably at least heard the name Jalen Wilson mentioned a time or 20 in connection with Kansas basketball. And, yeah, it appears as if there is mutual interest between the [4-star guard who recently requested his release from Michigan][1] and KU, making a future pairing easy to see. What you might not know, however, is exactly who Wilson is or how he got to this point. So let’s take a ...

Pair of former Jayhawks vying for strong finish at PGA Championship

With one round left to play at this year’s PGA Championship golf tournament at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, N.Y., a pair of former KU greats are among those golfers vying for a strong Sunday finish. Although neither has much of a shot of catching run-away leader Brooks Koepka, who sits at 12 under par and carries a seven-stroke lead into the final round, both Gary Woodland and Ryan Vermeer are poised to ...

3-point shot has been an emphasis for Dedric Lawson ahead of NBA combine

It’s officially draft combine time for a handful of Kansas Jayhawks who are hoping to make a name for themselves this week in Chicago in front of NBA eyes. Starters from the 2018-19 team, Dedric Lawson, Quentin Grimes and Devon Dotson are three of the 66 players invited to the annual skills showcase that will feature testing, interviews, scrimmages and drill work today through Sunday. According to an Eastern ...

Back and Loving It: Free State ace Tatum Clopton enjoys first full season with Firebirds

Despite dominating during Free State’s postseason run to a Class 6A state title a season ago, there was still something missing from Free State sophomore Tatum Clopton’s high school softball career. Specifically, regular season wins. One year after shoulder issues limited Free State’s standout pitcher to designated hitter status throughout the 2018 regular season, Clopton was back on the field with the ...

Jayhawks sitting on the brink of serious recruiting upswing

Recruiting often goes in cycles, and the cycles seem to be never-ending. One year, a program can’t miss on its desired targets and gets just about everybody it wants and, occasionally, even a couple of players it didn’t want but lucked into. A couple of years later, especially among the blue bloods of the college basketball world, that same program finds itself on the outside looking in for the top-tier ...

Jayhawk Breakdown: NBA scout sizes up Devon Dotson's pro prospects

We’re now a week into May, and that means it’s draft season for the folks in the NBA and dozens of draft hopefuls who will spend the next several weeks working to impress that one NBA scout, coach or GM just enough to get a shot at a pro career. It won’t happen for all of them, of course. And several of them will return to college next season, a move that has become even easier to make under new rules ...

KU target R.J. Hampton reportedly moves up timeline for college decision

According to ESPN recruiting analyst Paul Biancardi, Kansas basketball target R.J. Hampton has moved up the timeline for his college decision. Hampton, a 5-star prospect from Little Elm, Texas, who recently reclassified into the 2019 class from 2020 told Biancardi that he now plans to pick a school at the end of May instead of waiting until the completion of the AAU circuit and making a decision in July. ...