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Thursday, February 28

6Sports video report: KU Seniors get the game rolling

Kevin Romary reports on the KU seniors' last home game of their college careers against Kansas State. After the game, the six Jayhawk seniors expressed their thanks to family, friends, and coaches.

6Sports video report: KU women still have a shot in Big 12 tourney play

James Sido reports on the chance the KU women's basketball team has for revenge during the Big 12 tournament.

KU Basketball Notebook: Kappelmann OK with not starting

By Gary Bedore Kansas has six, not five, seniors on its men's basketball roster. That fact, of course, meant one senior player would have to sit at the start of Wednesday's Senior Night contest against Kansas State.

Fieldhouse fans pay homage to Jayhawk seniors

Here's a sampling of what the six Kansas University seniors had to say in the Senior Night speeches. Extra online-only: See pre-game photos, video from senior night; join the KUsports.com Forum discussion.

KU admissions official to leave

By Terry Rombeck The director of admissions and scholarships at Kansas University is leaving after five years for a job at the University of Nebraska. Alan Cerveny is returning to his alma mater, which he said hopes to emulate success KU has had recruiting students.

6Sports video report: KU women still have a shot in Big 12 tourney play

James Sido reports on the chance the KU women's basketball team has for revenge during the Big 12 tournament.

Wednesday, February 27

World Online report: Kansas seniors roll, 103-68

(Web Posted Wednesday at 9:22 p.m.) All six seniors tried to take the court for the start of the game. The referee made one of them leave, and Todd Kappleman had to take a seat. For the first time this year the Kansas Jayhawks had a different starting lineup. Jeff Carey, Chris Zerbe, Lewis Harrison, Brett Ballard and Jeff Boschee took the opening tip and ran out to a 10-to-0 lead.

6Sports video report: Seniors end college career with 0-16 conference record

Kevin Romary reports on the KU women's basketball game against the University of Texas. Tuesday night was Senior Night for the women's team.

Women's golf ties for 12th

The University of Kansas women's golf team finished in a tie for 12th-place, in the 22-team field, after Tuesday's final round of the Carolinas Collegiate Classic.

6Sports video report: Seniors end college career with 0-16 conference record

Kevin Romary reports on the KU women's basketball game against the University of Texas. Tuesday night was Senior Night for the women's team.

Tuesday, February 26

KU seeks official to oversee campus information services

By Matt Merkel-Hess Four candidates for the associate vice chancellor of information services will visit Kansas University during the next three weeks. Glen Thurman, administrative assistant for Academic Computing Services, said the university conducted a nationwide search for the new position.

Basketball speeches on Cable 6

Kansas University's men's and women's basketball postgame Senior Night speeches will be telecast on a delayed basis by Cable 6 at 5 p.m. on both Thursday and Friday.

KU golfers in 10th place

Kansas University's women's golf team is in 10th place with 320 strokes after the first round of the 22-team Carolina Collegiate Classic on Monday at the Pinehurst Golf Course. Sophomore Jennifer Bawanan leads Kansas with a share of eighth place, shooting a one-round score of 75.

Arena to celebrate anniversary

By Bill Snead In 1957 seeing Kansas University coaching legend Phog Allen in the stands watching a KU basketball game was akin to catching your old Aunt Pauline dancing in the kitchen with a broom.

House to study tuition waivers

By Dave Ranney Daisy DeKnight's testimony might make a difference. The Kansas University student's testimony Monday helped persuade a legislative committee to take a second look at a plan to waive tuition for foster children seeking university or trade school training.

6News Video Reports: State budget cuts will bite into KU

KU's officials are upset about the coming budget crunch.

UT women foe tonight for KU finale

By Chuck Woodling Marian Washington's season from hell is in the homestretch. In 28 previous years as Kansas University's women's basketball coach, Washington had a handful of losing seasons, but nothing like this.

Kansas lacrosse goes 2-1

Kansas University's women's club lacrosse team won two of three games last weekend in a Northfield, Minn., tournament. Lindsey Johnson scored nine goals and Kristen Bloom recorded eight. Goalkeeper Amy Fortney had 18 saves in the two wins.

KU baseball canceled

Today's scheduled Kansas-Creighton baseball game at Hoglund Ballpark has been canceled because of cold weather. KU is scheduled to play host to Northwestern this weekend.

Monday, February 25

KU finds guys to 'step up'

Hinrich, Collison fight foul trouble; reserves rise to occasion

By Robert Sinclair With starters Kirk Hinrich and Nick Collison in foul trouble, No. 1-ranked Kansas University could have panicked against Nebraska on Sunday afternoon. Instead, the Jayhawks prevailed.

Huskers lament lost 'opportunity'

By Robert Sinclair Nebraska senior guard Cary Cochran was looking for redemption against top-ranked Kansas University on Sunday afternoon. Instead, all he found was disappointment.

KU women's rugby team romp in opener, 59-0

Laura Wolfe scored three tries and Melissa McKibben scored two on Saturday as Kansas University's women's rugby team opened its spring season with a 59-0 victory over Oklahoma.

NU 'on fire' from 3-point range

By Gary Bedore Nebraska hit some wide-open threes.

KU wraps up Big 12 title - Kansas 88, Nebraska 87

Langford's huge three caps rally past NU

By Gary Bedore The first reaction was to celebrate, to jump up and down and pump his left fist in the air. "It felt so good," freshman guard Keith Langford said after accepting a pass from Brett Ballard and swishing a game-winning three-pointer with 33 seconds left in top-ranked Kansas' 88-87, Big 12 title-clinching victory over Nebraska on Sunday at Devaney Center.

Langford's huge three caps rally past NU

KU clinches Big 12 title thanks to clutch three-pointer by Langford

By Gary Bedore The first reaction was to celebrate, to jump up and down and pump his left fist in the air. "It felt so good," freshman guard Keith Langford said after accepting a pass from Brett Ballard and swishing a game-winning three-pointer with 33 seconds left in top-ranked Kansas' 88-87, Big 12 title-clinching victory over Nebraska on Sunday at Devaney Center.

Sunday, February 24

World Online report: Jayhawks escape Lincoln, 88-87

(Web Posted Sunday at 5:39 p.m.) With Kirk Hinrich having fouled out just before, Keith Langford hit a clutch three-pointer to give Kansas the lead with 32.9 seconds left in the game - their first lead since the 16:24 mark. The Jayhawks overcame a very determined Cornhusker team that hit a monstrous 18 of their 37 three-point shots.

Cyclones pull away for 77-59 win over Kansas women

A big night by Kansas University freshman Blair Waltz wasn't enough to keep the Jayhawks from dropping their 15th straight game. Waltz scored a career-high 19 points, but No. 13 Iowa State exploded late and recorded a 77-59 women's basketball victory on Saturday night in Hilton Coliseum.

Slow economy sends workers back to school

By Terry Rombeck A year ago, David Whinery could have traded his law practice for a career in business consulting with no problems. Now, with a slumping economy, the Topeka defense attorney and Lawrence resident says the offers he was getting are no longer available. So he's returning to school this fall to get a master's degree in business administration from Kansas University.

KU swimmers fifth at league

Kansas University's women finished fifth in the Big 12 Conference championships that concluded on Saturday. The Jayhawks were only four points out of fourth and 22 points behind third-place Iowa State heading into the final day.

KU still unbeaten

By Levi Chronister After Friday's victory over Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Kansas baseball coach Bobby Randall said he thought his team was anxious and pressing at the plate. After Saturday's 8-7 and 13-1 doubleheader sweep of the Panthers, it appeared many of those worries vanished.

Ex-Jayhawk Bradford gaining confidence in role with Knights

By David Mitchell Getting cut didn't make Nick Bradford bitter. It might have made him better. Bradford, the former Kansas swingman, was the last player cut by the Kansas City Knights last year prior to the ABA's inaugural season.

Meeting helps train student activists

By Mindie Paget Too often, student activists possess strong convictions and enough motivation to invoke change but aren't sure how to mobilize forces and get key decision-makers on their side. A handful of Kansas University students this weekend are getting a lesson in grassroots advocacy through a three-day campus conference put on by the United States Student Assn.

Saturday, February 23

Russell wins again

Scott Russell is running out of records to break. Kansas University's senior won his third Big 12 Conference title in the weight throw Friday at Devaney Center during the first day of the league's indoor championship.

6Sports video report: KU looking to keep undefeated record in conference

Kevin Romary reports on Sunday's upcoming KU basketball game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers in Lincoln, Nebraska.

2nd dean finalist to visit university

By Terry Rombeck The second finalist for Kansas University's dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will visit campus early next month, KU officials announced Friday. John Lipski, head of the Spanish, Italian and Portuguese department at Pennsylvania State University, will meet with students, faculty and staff at 3:30 p.m. March 4 at Alderson Auditorium in the Kansas Union.

KU women fifth at Big 12 swims

The Kansas women's swimming and diving team remained in fifth place with a score of 315.5 points heading into the final day of the Big 12 Swimming and Diving Championships. KU's Gwen Haley and Heidi Landherr paced the Jayhawks as they finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in the championship heat of the 400 IM.

Gooden good as gone? KU junior leaning toward NBA

By Gary Bedore More and more, with each passing day, it looks as if Drew Gooden is headed to the NBA. "This could, probably will, be my last year. We don't know yet, so I don't take anything for granted," Gooden, Kansas University's 6-foot-11 junior forward, said Friday.

KU baseball now 6-0

By Levi Chronister Once again, Kansas University baseball pitchers helped support a lackluster offensive showing most recently in a 4-1 victory over Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Friday at Hoglund Ballpark.

Displays energize KU event

By Terry Rombeck Thirty-five pounds was what it took to turn Joe Bell's pasta bridge into a macaroni massacre. But the Lawrence High School senior was pleased with his team's performance in the design competition, which was part of the Kansas University Engineering Expo on Friday.

6Sports video report: KU looking to keep undefeated record in conference

Kevin Romary reports on Sunday's upcoming KU basketball game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Friday, February 22

Big 12 Track Indoor: Jayhawks hope to improve on last year

Kansas University's men's and women's track teams both finished ninth at last year's Big 12 Indoor championships. Kansas isn't talking championship this weekend in Lincoln, but the Jayhawks are hoping to climb the points ladder.

6Sports Video Reports: KU is back on top

While the Jayhawks say their current No. 1 ranking doesn't matter much, they do want to hold on to it a little longer.

Allen takes job as Iowa State assistant

By Chuck Woodling Former Kansas University football coach Terry Allen officially became an Iowa State aide on Thursday. Speculation that Allen, who was fired with three games remaining in KU's 2001 season, would become associate head coach under ISU's Dan McCarney surfaced last week.

Hinrich Highlights

Need proof Kirk Hinrich is having a career year? The junior has improved his single-game best totals in almost every category this season.

Thursday, February 21

Wakarusa reception for Mangino

A reception welcoming new Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino and his staff to Lawrence is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. on March 1 at the Wakarusa Corporate Center, 15th and Wakarusa. Advance reservations are required. For information, call 864-1079.

Entrance memorializes chancellor

By Terry Rombeck The gateway to Kansas University under construction at 15th and Iowa streets will memorialize former Chancellor Deane Malott, KU officials announced Wednesday. Robert and Elizabeth Malott of Kenilworth, Ill., have pledged $1 million toward campus landscaping, including the new campus entrance.

Jayhawks stifle Newman - KU 8, Kansas Newman 1

By Levi Chronister After Kansas University's 8-1 victory over Kansas Newman on Wednesday, Jayhawk baseball coach Bobby Randall wanted to talk about his pitching staff, not his team's hitting. "I think you saw another pretty quality performance by the pitching staff," Randall said.

Kansas holds second at Big 12 swimming

Kansas University's Rebecca McFall placed second in one-meter diving, and the Jayhawks held second place after the first day of the Big 12 women's swimming and diving meet Wednesday.

KU, KSU provosts promise aid to counteract tuition hikes

By Terry Rombeck Kansas students won't be priced out of higher education despite looming tuition increases, officials from the state's two largest universities told school superintendents Wednesday.

Wednesday, February 20

Malott family pledges $1 million for KU landscaping projects

(Updated Wednesday at 1:43 p.m.) The family of former Kansas University Chancellor Deane Malott will donate $1 million toward landscaping on campus, KU officials announced today.

World Online video report: Gene Budig speaks at KU (part 3)

Former Kansas University Chancellor and former American League President Gene Budig makes a prediction on the NCAA tournament.

6Sports video report: Williams wants half of net left up

Kevin Romary reports on the reasons KU basketball coach Roy Williams wanted what was left of the net to be left up after the Jayhawks grabbed a share of the Big 12 championship.

KU baseball postponed

Tuesday's scheduled baseball game between Kansas and Newman universities was postponed 24 hours because of wet grounds. The game was rescheduled for 3 p.m. today at Hoglund Ballpark.

Williams coach-of-year finalist

Kansas men's basketball coach Roy Williams is one of 20 finalists for the Naismith College Coach of the Year award.

Budig makes homecoming call on KU

By Terry Rombeck Gene Budig rarely wears his 1988 NCAA basketball championship ring. But he donned the ring which Kansas University earned during his tenure as chancellor Tuesday during a return visit to campus. "I'm hopeful the chancellor (Robert Hemenway) will have one of these in the next several months," Budig said.

City, KU bus systems talk future integration

By Joel Mathis Kansas University and city officials are putting their heads together to find ways to integrate their two bus systems. Officials said Tuesday that a merger is unlikely in the short term KU Student Senate just renewed its contract with Lawrence Transit System to provide campus service through 2005 but other cooperation is feasible.

Jayhawks surpass predictions

By Chuck Woodling Spring comes on forever, and with it the blossomy pronouncements of baseball's preseason. Managers burgeon with optimism. Players predict unrealistic possibilities. Fans believe it all.

KU video crew feted

Kansas University's video board production at home football games has been honored as the top overall presentation at the university level by the Information Display and Entertainment Association.

Fifth-year senior Carey clips net first

By Gary Bedore The first Kansas basketball player to climb the ladder and clip the north end zone net Monday at Allen Fieldhouse was not Big 12 player of the year candidate Drew Gooden. It was not Nick Collison or Kirk Hinrich.

6Sports video report: Williams wants half of net left up

Kevin Romary reports on the reasons KU basketball coach Roy Williams wanted what was left of the net to be left up after the Jayhawks grabbed a share of the Big 12 championship.

Tuesday, February 19

World Online video report: Gene Budig speaks at KU (part 7)

Returning to baseball, Gene Budig, former American League President, states his belief that Major League Baseball is alive and well.

First CLAS dean candidate visits KU

By Terry Rombeck Job candidate Kip Hodges said collaboration among faculty in different departments would be a priority if he became dean of Kansas University's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Hodges, one of four finalists for the position, met with students, faculty and staff during a forum Monday afternoon.

KU Basketball Notebook: Zerbe atones for K-State blunder, scores 100th point

By Gary Bedore It was, perhaps, poetic justice that Kansas senior Chris Zerbe hit the free throw that gave Kansas 100 points in Monday's 102-66 victory over Iowa State at Allen Fieldhouse. "I figure it's payback to the fans for letting the ball slip out of my hands in Manhattan. I blew it and tell everybody I blew it over there," Zerbe said.

Cyclones awed by Kansas

By Chuck Woodling Perhaps not even the NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers would have knocked off Kansas on Monday night. That's conjecture, though. "The Lakers might," Iowa State's Shane Power opined. "The Bulls wouldn't."

KU baseball to take on Kansas Newman

The undefeated Kansas University baseball team will face Kansas Newman at 3 p.m. today at Hoglund Ballpark. The Jayhawks are 4-0, with a season-opening victory over Ottawa University and a three-game sweep of Centenary last weekend in Shreveport, La.

Jayhawks share third in Islander Invitational

Kansas University's women's golf team was in a tie for third place Monday after shooting a 657 during the first two rounds of the Islander Invitational. KU opened the two-day tournament with a first-round total of 338, followed by a tournament-best second-round score of 319 on the 5,900-yard, par-72 King's Crossing Golf and Country Club.

KU vice chancellor to visit western Kansas

Janet Murguia, Kansas University's executive vice chancellor for university relations, will tour western Kansas this week. Murguia will speak to Hispanic students Thursday at Goodland High School to stress the importance of education.

Houston Texans tap former Jayhawk

Former Kansas University football player Sean McDermott was selected as the 14th pick of the Houston Texans in Monday's NFL Expansion Draft. McDermott, a 6-foot-4, 250-pound tight end from Arlington, Texas, was selected off the roster of the Tampa Bay Bucs who used him mostly on special teams last season.

Monday, February 18

World Online report: Kansas crushes Cyclones, 102-66

(Web Posted Monday at 10:22 p.m.) Break out the scissors. The Rock-Chalk chant had some competition at the end of the Jayhawks' victory over the Iowa State Cyclones. In addition to that time-honored tradition, the crowd implored junior Drew Gooden to stay "one more year!" Right at the end, the cry changed to "we're number one!"

Wildcats control KU

K-State enjoys edge on court, in stands

By Doug Pacey Fans of Kansas University's men's basketball team like to refer to Kansas State's Bramlage Coliseum as Allen Fieldhouse West. It's an appropriate nickname because the KU men haven't lost a game in the arena since it was built 13 years ago. But the Jayhawks never have received the kind of support in Bramlage as the Wildcats' women's team did Sunday afternoon at Allen Fieldhouse.

Big 12 title 'big-time goal' for KU

By Gary Bedore Kansas University's men's basketball players can make one of their dreams come true tonight at Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks (23-2 overall, 12-0 Big 12) can claim at least a share of the Big 12 Conference championship with an ESPN Big Monday victory against Iowa State (11-15, 3-9). Tip is 8:05 p.m. at Allen Fieldhouse.

Sunday, February 17

Maryland clips KU in Ohio

Kansas University's women's tennis team dropped a 4-3 decision to Maryland in a nonconference match Saturday at Jesse Owens West Recreation Center. "We came out real strong in doubles, but Maryland was really strong at the top of their lineup," KU coach Kilmeny Waterman said.

Kansas softball drops two games

Kansas University's softball team was defeated twice during the first day of the Las Vegas Classic on Friday.

Jayhawks pop Centenary

Kansas University's offense came alive in a 17-3 whipping of Centenary in college baseball on Saturday. Just one day after being held to two runs and five hits in a 2-1 victory, the Jayhawks belted 10 extra-base hits to improve to 3-0.

Saturday, February 16

World Online report: Lackluster Jayhawks beat Bears, 87-72

(Web Posted Saturday at 5:30 p.m.) The kid brothers of Nick Collison and Keith Langford sat in with the student section. The way the big Jayhawks were playing, the younger versions would have done just as well as their brothers. Kansas' margin of victory only grew as big as it did in the game's closing minutes, and Kansas came away with a respectable-looking 15-point win.

Undefeated in Big 12, Jayhawks to entertain Baylor

By Gary Bedore Six teams in Kansas University men's basketball history have gone undefeated in conference play. The 2001-02 Jayhawks, 11-0 heading into today's game against Baylor (3:05 p.m., Allen Fieldhouse), want to become lucky No. 7.

Russell, Mims win at Kansas State meet

Kansas University freshman Jeremy Mims won the 800 meters with a personal best time of 1:56.37 Friday at the Kansas State University Open, the Jayhawks' final tuneup before the Big 12 Championships next weekend in Lincoln, Neb.

Barr finalist at Arkansas

Johnny Barr, Kansas University's linebackers coach last season, is one of three candidates for a defensive post at Arkansas.

Jayhawk golf team finishes eighth

Kansas University's golf team entered the final round of the Taylor Made/Big Islander Invitational in fourth place, but the Jayhawks shot their highest round of the event and finished eighth Friday in the 24-team field.

Kansas baseball team rallies to top Centenary, 2-1

Senior Jeff Davis scattered seven hits over nine innings and Kansas University rallied for a 2-1 victory over Centenary on Friday night. Davis, a Lawrence High graduate, struck out nine and walked three in a complete game effort.

Anschutz hours sliced

Kansas University's athletic department has cut in half the time Anschutz Pavilion's track is available to the public for indoor walking and jogging.

KU seeking director for Williams Fund

Kansas University's athletic department has been without a Williams Fund director since Scott McMichael resigned last summer, but the position should be filled sometime this spring.

Friday, February 15

Ohio State aide replaces Borbely on KU staff

Goodbye, Dave Borbely. Hello, Ken Conatser. New Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino lost offensive line coach Borbely to Colorado, but quickly replaced him by hiring Conatser away from Ohio State.

Men's golf in fourth

Kansas University's men's golf team was in a tie for fourth place after the first two rounds of the Taylor Made/Big Island Invitational on Thursday.

KU softball, baseball hit road

Kansas University's softball team, fresh from winning three of five games in Phoenix last weekend, will be in Las Vegas today for the start of another three-day tourney.

Williams disappointed by flag flap

By Gary Bedore Kansas coach Roy Williams was on top of the world during Monday night's 110-103 overtime victory at Texas. "Very seldom in a college basketball game do you have a chance to say during the game, 'This is fun,''' Williams said Thursday.

Could Kansas land four players on All-Big 12 team?

By Chuck Woodling Is it too early to begin thinking about the All-Big 12 Conference men's basketball team? Well, maybe it is, but what the heck? The league race is winding down. Kansas, in fact, will clinch at least a tie for the championship if it defeats Baylor on Saturday and Iowa State on Monday a likelihood with both games in Allen Fieldhouse and the Jayhawks outscoring their body temperatures in their last five outings.

Thursday, February 14

Huskers hold off Jayhawks - Nebraska women 77, KU 70

By Chuck Woodling Ripe for the plucking was Nebraska's women's basketball team. "They were real beatable," Kansas guard Selena Scott said, "but we had some crucial lapses because we hadn't been in that situation before." Indeed the 0-for-2002 Jayhawks made a late rush before bowing, 77-70, on Wednesday night in Allen Fieldhouse.

Wednesday, February 13

KU baseball team opens with 10-6 win

By Levi Chronister Baty's back. Second baseman Ryan Baty returned to action for the first time in more than a year with a 4-for-5 effort at the plate and led the Kansas baseball team to a 10-6 season-opening victory over Ottawa on Tuesday at Hoglund Ballpark.

Jayhawks scoring at record-setting pace

By Gary Bedore Kansas University's men's basketball team is scoring points at an unprecedented rate. The fastbreaking Jayhawks, 22-2 following Monday's 110-103 overtime victory at Texas, lead the country in scoring at a school-record pace of 92.6 points per game. The old school standard is 92.1 ppg set by the 1989-90 team.

Musser player of week

Kansas senior left fielder Christi Musser has been named Big 12 softball player of the week. Musser, a Scottsdale, Ariz., product, batted .545 with five RBIs and two home runs at the Fiesta Bowl Classic in Phoenix over the weekend.

ROTC color guard suspended from KU games

For the first time all season, the ROTC color guard did not march onto the court for the national anthem at last Saturday's Kansas -Texas Tech basketball game at Allen Fieldhouse. KU's game management staff of associate AD Richard Konzem and facilities directors Darren Cook and Brad Nachtigal suspended the group's involvement at games until a time management problem could be resolved between the color guard and KU officials.

Missed court date results in arrest

A former Kansas University football player was arrested by KU Public Safety officers Monday on a warrant for failure to appear in Lawrence Municipal Court. Officers took Termaine Fulton, 23, who last fall was a fifth-year senior wide receiver, directly to court on the warrant.

Nebraska next for KU women

Kansas University's struggling women's basketball team will attempt to break its 12-game losing streak tonight against a team it hasn't had much luck against lately. The Jayhawks (5-20 overall, 0-12 Big 12 Conference) will play host to Nebraska (13-11, 3-8).

6Sports video report: Jayhawks' transition game taking on added dimension

James Sido reports on the Jayhawks' fast break ability this season.

Tuesday, February 12

KU baseball slated to open season today

Kansas University's baseball team will open its season against NAIA opponent Ottawa today at Hoglund Ballpark. The Jayhawks will start senior right-hander Dan Olson, who is healthy after undergoing arm surgery last summer. He went 1-3 last year in seven appearances.

Tease photo

KU hits all 5 field goals in extra period of win

Jayhawks take down Longhorns in OT, 110-103

By Gary Bedore Everybody knows Kansas University can win basketball games when scoring in the 100s. Now everybody knows the Jayhawks can win allowing 100 points, too. "That was fun to watch," KU coach Roy Williams said after the Jayhawks' 110-103 overtime victory over Texas in a Monday night shootout at Erwin Center.

6Sports Video Reports: KU battles Texas into overtime

Kirk Hinrich and Drew Gooden looked like the best players in the conference during a hard game. The team played nearly perfectly in overtime.

Kansas-Texas battle big boost for Big 12

By Chuck Woodling All I could see of Big 12 Conference commissioner Kevin Weiberg was the back of his head. Not that it mattered. I knew the commish, sitting in the media row in front of me at the Erwin Center, was smiling.

Monday, February 11

World Online report: Kansas wins overtime thriller, 110-103

(Web Posted Monday at 10:46 p.m.) Two Kansas freshmen got a little older on the road. With Drew Gooden in foul trouble for most of the night, Wayne Simien and Aaron Miles stepped up and turned in performances that would look good on a graduating senior.

Sunday, February 10

KU claims pair in Classic

A day after opening its season with two losses, Kansas University's softball team bounced back with a pair of victories Saturday at the Fiesta Bowl Classic. Kansas run-ruled Utah State, 8-0, in five innings before knocking off No. 17 Southwest Texas State, 6-5.

Hinrich has been magical since landing Potter tag

By Chuck Woodling It would appear Kansas University fans are into the Harry Potter thing with Kirk Hinrich, and who can blame them the way Hinrich has been playing lately? A sign hanging in the north end zone of Allen Fieldhouse on Saturday read: "Harry: Take Us to the Quidditch Final Four."

KU track continues to cruise

Kansas University's track and field team continued its sizz in the second day of the Iowa State Classic. During the two days of competition, KU athletes provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championships in six events.

Gooden, Storozynski knock heads

By Levi Chronister No dental work will be necessary for Drew Gooden after Kansas' 108-81 victory over Texas Tech on Saturday, but the junior forward wasn't so sure 40 minutes after the game. "I was just looking at my reflection in the camera and seeing if my teeth were straight," Gooden said with a laugh to a throng of TV, radio and print reporters.

Gogel, Pollard in house

Two former Jayhawk dignitaries attended Saturday's game. KU presented 1994 KU grad Matt Gogel an autographed basketball at the first timeout. Gogel won last week's Pebble Beach golf tournament for his first victory on the PGA Tour.

MU women dump Kansas

Kerensa Barr scored 24 points, and Evan Unrau added 16 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, as Missouri defeated Kansas, 69-57, in women's basketball Saturday. Barr's performance on 9-of-17 shooting, including 3-of-4 from three-point range, tied her career high for points against the Jayhawks, who have lost their past 12 games and 14 of their past 15.

Saturday, February 9

6Sports video report: The Knight factor could have an effect on game crowd

James Sido reports on the effect the presence of Texas Tech coach Bobby Knight will have on the Allen Fieldhouse crowd.

Kansas swimmers lose season finale

The Kansas women's swimming and diving team closed out its regular season Saturday, falling to Iowa State in a dual meet, 153-147.

KU still in top 10 for scholars

By Terry Rombeck Scholarship opportunities began to pour in after Derek Breid was named a National Merit scholar. So why did the Minnesota native choose to attend Kansas University? "Basically, it came down to KU offered me the most money," he said.

KU softball drops pair to open its season

Kansas University's softball team managed six hits in a 7-1 season-opening loss to Massachusetts on Friday at the Phoenix Classic.

6Sports video report: The Knight factor could have an effect on game crowd

James Sido reports on the effect the presence of Texas Tech coach Bobby Knight will have on the Allen Fieldhouse crowd.

Friday, February 8

Cook to leave for Speedway

Darren Cook, director of facilities for the Kansas University athletics department, is leaving at the end of this month for a similar post at Kansas Speedway. Cook, 41, will be in charge of grounds, maintenance and security at the 2-year-old race track in Kansas City, Kan.

KU, GTAs to begin mediation in contract dispute

By Terry Rombeck Kansas University administrators and graduate teaching assistants will resume contract discussions later this month, this time with the help of a federal mediator. But conflict between the two sides emerged again Thursday, as KU officials told members of the Graduate Teaching Assistants Coalition they couldn't set up a table and distribute fliers in or near Strong Hall.

Kansas soccer lands four prep standouts

Four high schoolers, including one standout Kansan, have signed national soccer tenders with Kansas University. The Kansan is Jessica Smith of Wichita Southeast.

NBA next for Gooden?

It should come as no great surprise if Drew Gooden leaves Kansas for the NBA after this, his junior season. "I think it's a high possibility," Gooden, KU's college player of the year candidate said Thursday on Jim Rome's national radio show. "I might not have to think about it as long as much as I did last year."

Track team in Ames

Kansas University's track teams will be in Ames, Iowa, today and Wednesday to participate in the Iowa State Classic. It's the last competition for the Jayhawks prior to the Big 12 Indoor on Feb. 22-23 in Lincoln, Neb.

Jayhawk swimmers drop dual to Hawkeyes

The Kansas women's swimming and diving team lost to the University of Iowa, 175-125, Friday, to drop to 7-3 overall in dual meet competitions this season.

6Sports video report: Williams has respect for Knight

James Sido reports on Roy Williams and the respect he has for Texas Tech coach Bobby Knight.

Area briefs

Transient found unconscious on sidewalk late Wednesday Police probe embezzlement from convenience store Lawrence commuters narrowly avoid accident KU moot court regionals focus on cyberterrorism

6Sports video report: Williams has respect for Knight

James Sido reports on Roy Williams and the respect he has for Texas Tech coach Bobby Knight.

Thursday, February 7

6Sports video report: KU women still winless in conference play

James Sido reports on the KU womens' basketball game against the Iowa State Cyclones.

6Sports video report: Mangino and staff snag 23

James Sido reports on the recruiting done by the KU football coaching staff.

6Sports video report: KU women still winless in conference play

James Sido reports on the KU womens' basketball game against the Iowa State Cyclones.

KU close to solving scoreboard question

By Gary Bedore Roy Williams has said many times he does not want a new arena for Kansas men's basketball. But KU's 14th-year coach is always in favor of facility improvements like the installation of a new scoreboard/videoboard in 47-year-old Allen Fieldhouse.

KU Football Signees

Wednesday, February 6

For Riggins, a different playing field

John Riggins lumbers across West 46th Street's evening rush hour with the same resolve he showed when sports writers called him "Diesel" and fans roared as he pounded defensive linemen who got in his way.

KU hopes to make ISU its first Big 12 victim

By Chuck Woodling Six years ago, Oklahoma was the doormat of Big 12 Conference women's basketball, winning only one league game. Today the Sooners are the highest ranked team in the conference.

6News video report: Meningitis case prompts university to treat students

Karen Bledsoe reports on the steps being taken by university health officials to get students on preventative medication after their professor developed meningitis.

Mangino to reveal signings

By Robert Sinclair Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino and his staff have been hard at work recruiting since being hired in early December. Today the Jayhawks will find out if that hard work paid.

Tuesday, February 5

6Sports video reports: KU continues its win streak over KSU

The Jayhawks have never lost in the Wildcats' Bramlage Coliseum. The emotions were high all night, and KSU's Coach Wooldridge was ejected in the second half.

TBS lands Big 12, Pac-10

TBS acquired the rights to Saturday night Pac-10 and Big 12 football games starting next season from Fox Sports Net on Monday. The five-year deal covers 11 games per season through 2006.

Monday, February 4

World Online report: Jayhawks extend Bramlage streak, 98-71

(Updated Monday at 10:32 p.m.) Jim Wooldridge should get ejected more often. With 11:21 to go in the second half, the Kansas State coach objected to a no-call on the court and got a technical foul for his concern. Angered, he stormed out to center court where a second official gave him a second tech, automatically removing him from the game.

KU's Kansans relish rivalry

By Gary Bedore Kansas State didn't beat Kansas last year at Bramlage Coliseum. But the Wildcats, who have dropped 22 straight overall to KU and 18 in a row in the Little Apple, did provide major resistance in a 77-65 setback.

Sunday, February 3

Student musicians to compete in finals

Two Kansas University musicians are advancing to the national finals of the annual Music Teachers National Assn. Collegiate Artist Performance Competition.

KU tennis claims home opener, 7-2

By Levi Chronister Playing indoors suited Kansas University's tennis team just fine Saturday. Competing at Alvamar Racquet Club because of the recent inclement weather, the Jayhawks won their home opener, 7-2, over Wichita State.

Slide continues for KU women - No. 4 Oklahoma 79, Kansas 57

Caton Hill played a lot better Saturday than her last time on the court. Hill recovered from an 0-for-10 outing in her previous game by scoring 21 points and grabbing eight rebounds to lead No. 4 Oklahoma past slumping Kansas, 79-57, on Saturday.

This team might return in 2052

By Chuck Woodling Take that, Punxsutawney Phil. On the same day the famed Pennsylvania rodent emerged from a burrow and saw his shadow, superstitiously signifying six more weeks of bad weather, Kansas University basketball fans were secure in the prospect of six more weeks at least of good basketball.

Saturday, February 2

Russell shines in throw

By Robert Sinclair Already the Kansas University, Big 12 and Canadian record holder in the men's 35-pound weight throw, KU senior Scott Russell came within two millimeters of setting the NCAA standard Friday.

Barton to honor Bechard

Kansas University volleyball coach Ray Bechard will be inducted into the Barton County Community College Sports Hall of Fame next month. Prior to coming to KU in 1998, Bechard spent 13 years at the Great Bend school, compiling a 92.3 winning percentage.

Allen predicted 1952 title

By Bill Mayer Kansas had just whipped Saint Louis University 74-55 in Kansas City to win the 1952 NCAA regional basketball title. Dick Snider of the Topeka Capital and I approached Phog Allen at midcourt for some remarks.

Former Jayhawks to start

Rod Jones, who played for Kansas University from 1992 to 1995, will start at right offensive tackle for the St. Louis Rams in Sunday's Super Bowl against the New England Patriots.

6Sports video report: KU men looking to hit 26-0

Kevin Romary reports on Saturday's game between the Colorado Buffaloes and the Jayhawks. The Buffs have not won in Lawrence since 1983.

6Sports video report: 1952 men's team back in town

Kevin Romary reports on the 50th reunion of the 1952 KU men's basketball team. The members will be honored at halftime at Saturday's game.

6Sports video report: KU men looking to hit 26-0

Kevin Romary reports on Saturday's game between the Colorado Buffaloes and the Jayhawks. The Buffs have not won in Lawrence since 1983.

Allen predicted 1952 title

Kansas had just whipped Saint Louis University 74-55 in Kansas City to win the 1952 NCAA regional basketball title. Dick Snider of the Topeka Capital and I approached Phog Allen at midcourt for some remarks.

Buffs hope to change luck in fieldhouse

By Gary Bedore Good at home, rotten on the road describes Colorado's men's basketball team. The Buffs (12-6, 3-4 Big 12) take a 1-5 road record including an 0-3 mark in league games into today's 3:05 p.m. clash at Kansas (18-2, 7-0).

Friday, February 1

Prep changes mind about KU

One of the top prep players to commit to Kansas University's football team has changed his mind. After originally giving KU coach Mark Mangino a nonbinding oral commitment last week, Lawrence Pinson, a Tulsa (Okla.) Jenks High linebacker, changed his pledge to Oklahoma State.

KU softball to have familiar look

By Chuck Woodling Leah Tabb has already envisioned it. She swings late, the softball careens past the first baseman into the right-field corner and she scoots into third base standing up. "I'm aiming for a triple this year," says Tabb, a Kansas University catcher-outfielder. "I haven't had one in my whole career."

6Sports video report: Hinrich laughs about comparison to Harry Potter

Kevin Romary reports on Kirk Hinrich's reaction to some comparing him to the fictional character, Harry Potter.

Juniors could be key for Kansas baseball

By Levi Chronister Men's basketball might not be the only Kansas University sport that relies on the maturation of juniors for success this year. Baseball coach Bobby Randall is hoping increased contributions from a group of third-year offensive players help to lead the Jayhawks.