Jesse Newell, The Kansas City Star

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The Kansas City Star

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Past articles by Jesse:

Les Miles’ most likely path to success with Kansas football? Break this recent curse

The Kansas Jayhawks’ QB struggles likely can be viewed as a systemic problem ... but it’s difficult to overstate how much this lack of production has hampered KU in recent college football seasons. → Read More

KU football’s Pooka Williams gets 1-game suspension following domestic battery charge

After a seven-month team suspension following a domestic battery charge, Kansas Jayhawks sophomore running back Pooka Williams will rejoin the Jayhawks this week before serving a one-game suspension. → Read More

What life’s been like for KU alum Gary Woodland since winning his first major

Gary Woodland, who golfed for the Kansas Jayhawks from 2003-07, broke through on June 16 to win the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach for his first major championship. Here’s a summary of what’s happened to him since. → Read More

Former Jayhawk Josh Jackson traded after offseason with arrest, marijuana accusation

Former Jayhawk Josh Jackson, who was the fourth overall pick by the Phoenix Suns in the 2017 NBA Draft, has been traded to the Memphis Grizzlies, according to a Wednesday report from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. → Read More

How KU’s new coordinators for Les Miles are looking to improve Jayhawks football

Kansas football’s new coordinators Les Koenning and D.J. Eliot are going at their new jobs in different ways under coach Les Miles. Koenning values versatility, while Eliot wants to rebuild his specialty. → Read More

KU football added six pledges this weekend — and, right now, has a top-20 class

If this all sticks, it could be considered a huge weekend for the Kansas Jayhawks football team. Coach Les Miles pulled in six verbal commitments in the last 48 hours for KU’s 2020 recruiting class. → Read More

A lucky dollar. A Danny Manning snub. Former Jayhawks share top personal KU memories

Some former KU basketball players took us down memory lane, telling Allen Fieldhouse stories included lying naked in the locker room, finding a lucky charm and feeling like the president of the United States. → Read More

What KU’s newest freshman Jalen Wilson hopes to bring to Jayhawks

Forgive Jalen Wilson — a 6-foot-8 freshman forward from Denton, Texas — if he’s still gaining his bearings. After committing to the KU Jayhawks basketball team, he quickly made his way to Lawrence this week. → Read More

Pebble Chalk, Jayhawk: Gary Woodland breaks through for first major win at U.S Open

Former University of Kansas Jayhawks golfer Gary Woodland has won his first major championship. Woodland, a Topeka native, held off Brooks Koepka to win the PGA’s U.S. Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links. → Read More

Former KU golfer Gary Woodland on verge of history while maintaining lead at U.S. Open

Former Kansas Jayhawks golfer Gary Woodland held it together with bold plays and two unlikely pars for a 2-under 69 at the U.S. Open, moving him to 11-under which gave him a 1-shot lead over Justin Rose heading into Sunday’s final round → Read More

Former KU golfer Gary Woodland sets 36-hole record, leads U.S. Open

Former Kansas Jayhawks golfer Gary Woodland is in prime position while in search of his first major title, as he leads the U.S. Open by 2 strokes after two rounds at Pebble Beach Golf Links. → Read More

Royals fail to snap unpleasant series streak in 3-2 loss to Detroit

The Kansas City Royals — with a chance to win their first series in nearly two months — wasted a strong outing from starter Danny Duffy in a 3-2 loss to the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday night. → Read More

SportsBeat KC podcast: New additions headed to KU hoops, including Jalen Wilson

After the NCAA Tournament loss, Kansas basketball was facing a rebuilding job. It’s happened quickly. KU beat writer Jesse Newell drops by the SportsBeat KC podcast studio to discuss the latest developments and takes a stab with host Blair Kerkhoff at picking some of the greatest one- and two-year players in KU basketball history. → Read More

KU’s Ochai Agbaji is reworking his shot this offseason. Here are some of the changes

Kansas Jayhawks guard Ochai Agbaji — during Tuesday’s camp game at Allen Fieldhouse — had another example of the progress he’d made after working to retool his shot over the last few months. → Read More

Why accepting a reduced role could be Isaiah Moss’ best chance for success with KU

Iowa Hawkeyes graduate transfer guard Isaiah Moss is the latest addition to the Kansas Jayhawks men’s basketball roster, and it’s not difficult to see why he’d be appealing to KU and coach Bill Self. → Read More

Why a renovation to KU football’s Memorial Stadium isn’t likely to begin soon

Though a renovation of Memorial Stadium, KU’s football home, remains high on Kansas Athletics’ priority list, the execution of that remains far into the future, Jayhawks athletic director Jeff Long said Thursday. → Read More

Adalberto Mondesi comes through, helps Royals break long losing skid

Kasnas City Royals shortstop Adalberto Mondesi, along with his teammates, ended up responding well in Friday night’s game, as KC took a 6-4 victory over the Chicago White Sox to break a six-game losing streak. → Read More

KU Athletics added $8 million to this year’s budget. The main reason? Football

Kansas Athletics added nearly $8 million to its 2019 fiscal year budget after proposing the change at a board meeting Thursday, with almost all of that money needed to cover the Jayhawks’ football expenses. → Read More

KU’s Les Miles to be inducted into Louisiana hall of fame ... along with a famous QB

Kansas Jayhawks football coach Les Miles will be inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in Natchitoches, LA. Former NFL quarterback Peyton Manning also will be one of the 11 inductees. → Read More

A strange triple — and unlikely bullpen meltdown — part of Royals’ 8-3 loss to Boston

The Kansas City Royals MLB baseball team lost to the Boston Red Sox 8-3 on Tuesday, June 4, 2019, in a game at Kauffman Stadium in Missouri. Relief pitchers Scott Barlow and Jake Diekman had poor performances. → Read More