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Icing on the cake

Jayhawks celebrate anniversary, Senior Night with victory

Kansas University senior Wayne Simien wept as he walked toward his parents amid a shower of flowers before Wednesday's Senior Night game against Kansas State at Allen Fieldhouse.

Blazers turn to Pritchard

Portland names ex-Jayhawk interim coach

Kevin Pritchard, who played on Kansas University's 1988 national championship team, on Wednesday was named interim head coach of the Portland Trail Blazers.

Woodling: Game routine, but night wasn't

The Big Three-Oh on The Big Five-Oh. On the Golden Anniversary of Allen Fieldhouse, Kansas University's men's basketball team made it 30 straight victories over Kansas State.

Simien especially poignant

Big Dub's Senior Night speech culmination of lifelong dream

They saved the Big Dub for last, and there's a reason for that.

Jayhawks' Giddens shrugs off bad miss

J.R. Giddens' first three-pointer missed by a wide margin on Wednesday at Allen Fieldhouse.

KU golf victorious in Texas invitational

It wasn't a thing of beauty, but Kansas University golf coach Ross Randall was smiling Wednesday after the Jayhawks won the two-day Texas-San Antonio Invitational.

6Sports video: Former KU guard now NBA coach

Former Kansas University men's basketball player Kevin Pritchard has taken over as interim head coach of the Portland Trail Blazers. Pritchard was the director of player personnel for Portland.

6News video: Family has 'magical' night at Fieldhouse

A local family in need had prime seats Wednesday night at their first KU basketball game. Kyra Welter has been dealing with difficulties since her husband, Steve, a Lawrence firefighter, was deployed to Iraq.

Massey: 'Cats 'were terrible'

Jeremiah Massey found no solace in playing Kansas University tough on Senior Night.

KU outfielder honored

Kansas University junior outfielder A.J. Van Slyke has been selected the Big 12 Conference Player of the Week. Van Slyke batted .556 with a 5-for-9 week, two home runs and six RBIs with a slugging percentage of 1.333 against Northern Colorado. His homers were a grand slam and a walk-off in the bottom of the 11th of Sunday's 9-8 win.

Sweet send-off for seniors

Foreclosure threat yields tickets

As special as Wednesday night was to the seniors on Kansas University men's basketball team, the evening was downright magical for an Osawatomie woman and her two children who had never been to a KU game before -- let alone to an intrastate rivalry as Allen Fieldhouse turns 50.

6Sports video: 'The Stilt' comes in as Fieldhouse's No. 1

Simply put, Wilt Chamberlain was the best player KU's ever had, and his debut in December 1956 changed everything. His arrival on the Kansas basketball court against Northwestern is the No. 1 moment in Allen Fieldhouse history.

6News video: Changes coming to venerable fieldhouse

A wholesale change of venue is not on the schedule for Kansas basketball, but an update for Allen Fieldhouse is in the works.

Notebook

Kansas University's Aaron Miles and Christian Moody were named to the 2005 men's basketball academic All-Big Conference 12 team, the league announced Wednesday.