Kansas State's Ahearn Fund set a record for athletic donations in a fiscal year with $17.7 million, the university announced. That total is up 5 percent from last year and surpassed the fund's goal by more than $1 million.
The Ahearn Fund's success was due in part to its total membership growing by 14.5 percent to a high of 7,027, and to seven individual donors who made gifts in excess of $1 million since the fall of 2009.
Track and field
Wichita State signed 17 female athletes, including 11 from Kansas. Bishop Carroll's Cara Detmer won the Class 5A pole vault title as a junior and senior and her personal-best height is 12 feet, 6 inches. Also signing are sprinter Lauren Pickens (Peabody), jumper Jalisa Brice (Gardner), hurdler Cassidy Downing (Topeka), thrower Sadie Suenram (Salina), hurdler Jill Kurtz (Chapman), distance runner Elida Bailon (El Dorado), vaulter Amanda Gardner (Douglass), jumper Danielle Burleson (Olathe), thrower Caitlin Bauer (Liberal), distance runner Kaitlyn McLeod (Raymore, Mo.), distance runner Olivia Albin (North Richland Hills, Texas), vaulter Meg Loontjer (Geneva, Neb.) thrower Brooke Jackson (Colorado Springs, Colo.), distance runner Agnes Loyomo (Eldoret, Kenya) and steeplechase athlete Kayla Deighan (Newmarket, Ontario).
Kansas coach Turner Gill will appear as part of a Jayhawk gathering from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. July 28 at Larry Bud's Sports Bar & Grill, 21st and Woodlawn. Admission is free.
* Mark Duper, Ottis Anderson and 73 other former players sued the National Football League, claiming it concealed information about the danger of concussions for decades.
The negligence, fraud and liability suit was filed Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court. Many players' wives also are plaintiffs.
The suit alleges the NFL knew as early as the 1920s of the harmful effects of concussions but concealed them from coaches, trainers, players and the public until June 2010. It also names helmet-maker Riddell, the NFL's official helmet supplier.
It seeks unspecified damages.
"We have not seen the complaint but would vigorously contest any claims of this kind," NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said in a statement.
Riddell spokeswoman Laura Moore said the company had not yet reviewed the complaint and its policy was to not comment on pending litigation.
Regular-season racing in three modified divisions, two stock car classes and hornets is scheduled for 81 Speedway on Saturday. Gates open at 5 p.m., racing begins at 7.
Wichita State is one of 92 teams to receive an American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic Award. WSU compiled a 3.385 grade-point average last season.
Seimone Augustus tied her season-high with 25 points and the Minnesota Lynx pulled away for a 106-98 victory over Phoenix on Wednesday, snapping the Mercury's six-game WNBA winning streak. The Lynx have won five of six games.... Angel McCoughtry scored a season-high 33 points to help Atlanta get its first road win since June 14, beating Washington 86-79.
Serena Williams is using her special injury-protected No. 1 ranking to get into the U.S. Open field.
She is ranked 172nd this week, and only the top 105 players have been granted direct entry into the field for the year's last major championship, which starts Aug. 29 in New York.
But because Williams was sidelined more than six months by a series of health issues, she has the right to use her special ranking to enter up to eight tournaments, including one Grand Slam.
Sporting Kansas City missed out on several decent scoring chances, including two in a span of a couple minutes of the second half, and played English Premier League club Newcastle United to a 0-0 draw in a friendly Livestrong Park in Kansas City, Kan.
High school students on Hawaii's Kauai island will be playing football in the daytime again this fall to make sure their stadium lights don't harm threatened and endangered seabirds. The Kauai Interscholastic Federation on Wednesday said teams would play night games until the fledging season begins and young seabirds begin leaving their nests to head out to sea on Sept. 15. The teams must avoid night games because the stadium lights confuse and distract seabirds following the moon and stars while migrating to the ocean. Kauai teams follow the schedule to keep the county in compliance with federal laws protecting the endangered and threatened seabirds.