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Golfers in this week’s U.S. Open will be trying to avoid hitting a ball into the sand. But at courses in Harrisonville, Missouri, or Leonardville, Kansas, finding the sand is equivalent to a day at the beach.

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The University of Kansas fired its athletic director on Monday.

Sheahon Zenger has led KU’s athletic department since 2011. In a letter to the KU community, Chancellor Douglas Girod said KU athletics has failed to make progress in “key areas."

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March madness has many Kansans filling out their NCAA brackets. Kansas lawmakers are considering legislation that could tap into that market by legalizing sports gambling in the state.

A bill before the House Federal and State Affairs Committee would allow sports betting through the Kansas Lottery. At least one major professional league says it wants some input on the rules and a cut of the winnings.

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Mayor Jeff Longwell said Thursday that Wichita is in the final stages of talks to bring an affiliated baseball team back to the city.

After weeks of touting a major “baseball announcement,” Longwell said he can’t make the announcement everyone’s been waiting for—yet.

“If we were to name them today, we would jeopardize the process," he said during his address at the Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce Issue Forum.

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The commissioner of the American Athletic Conference says the organization isn’t taking a stand on the recent “Take a Knee” protests in the NFL.

Mike Aresco says the conference is leaving it up to the 13 individual member schools how to deal with potential protests by student athletes.

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Workers are nearing completion on two major projects at Intrust Bank Arena, with less than a year to go before the NCAA tournament comes to Wichita.

A.J. Boleksi, general manager of Intrust Bank Arena, presented a quarterly report to the Sedgwick County commission at its meeting Wednesday. He says renovations to the arena’s north entrance should be complete by mid-November. The renovation will include a new canopy, a new outdoor plaza and a larger entry lobby.

A project to install free wi-fi at the arena began this week. Boleski says that should launch in October.

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Updated at 4:50 p.m. Monday: Wichita State University is replacing women's basketball coach Jody Adams-Birch in what it called an amicable parting.

A news release issued Sunday did not say whether Adams-Birch was fired or resigned. At a press conference Monday, Wichita State University officials remained tight-lipped about the departure, except to say they "mutually and amicably agreed to part ways."

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Kansas was recently ranked one of the top states in the country for number of people who do volunteer work. All this week, the KMUW News team is looking at some local volunteers who are making a difference here in Wichita.

  

The Air Capital Flyers Special Olympics program is completely operated by volunteers from top to bottom; no one is paid. The local nonprofit exists to help enrich the lives of individuals with intellectual disabilities through competitive sports.

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A University of Kansas researcher has uncovered a rare audio recording of James Naismith, talking about the very first game of basketball, a game he invented. School officials believe this is the only known recording of Naismith.

In this 1939 radio interview, he talks about setting up the first basketball game in Massachusetts in 1891.

Hear the full interview here: http://exhibits.lib.ku.edu/exhibits/show/naismith150/collections/radio-interview

Roller Derby: A 'Really Different Kind Of Sport'

Sep 17, 2015
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The sport of roller derby has long been known for its intensity. But for Wichita’s ICT Roller Girls, the game is about much more than alter egos and injuries. KMUW's Abigail Wilson has this sound portrait.

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