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Tuesday, February 28

Victories take toll on baseball team

Never before have three victories been so costly to Ritch Price and the KU baseball team, with three starters falling to injury.

Vinson's long 'in town' basketball career comes to end

On Wednesday night, Allen Fieldhouse will say good-bye to three seniors, a student assistant and a Hall of Fame broadcaster. While all five will be missed, one in particular holds the River City close to his heart.

Commentator celebrated by bank colleagues

Max Falkenstien isn't retiring from his day job, but his colleagues applauded him just the same Tuesday morning during a ceremony at Douglas County Bank.

Driver asks Hawkins to cover car repairs

Lindsey Frye said she didn't want to make trouble with the Kansas University men's basketball team. She just wanted someone to fix her car.

Keegan's top 25

Most of the teams in KU's neighborhood in the poll lost as well last week, so the Jayhawks didn't drop as far as they otherwise would have.

Duke, UConn 1-2 in poll; Kansas tumbles to No. 18

It's back to a familiar pair at the top of the Associated Press' college basketball poll.

Woodling: Women like men last year

Far be it from me to compare men and women. I'm not touching that one. And yet I feel compelled to liken this season's Kansas University women's basketball team to - are you ready? - last year's KU men's team.

Baseball, football grants at risk

Kansas University's football and baseball programs stand to lose a slice of their scholarship allotments unless the NCAA agrees with KU's recent request for a waiver on the punishment.

KU baseball suffers rash of injuries

Bad things, they say, happen in threes. Kansas University baseball coach Ritch Price isn't about to argue after three KU regulars suffered serious injuries during a three-game series in Nashville, Tenn.

Keith shines at Combine

Lineman happy with showing; Gordon goes today

Wearing a sleeveless No. 27 jersey and with a more up-and-down frame than most of his fellow, thicker defensive linemen, former Kansas University standout Charlton Keith fared well at Monday's NFL Combine workouts.

Self fan of senior speeches

Hawkins, Moody, Vinson, Niang to talk

A traditionalist, Bill Self likes the way Kansas University's fans yearly honor the departing basketball players on Senior Night.

Monday, February 27

6Sports video: Kansas women's basketball thinking post season

For the first time in a long time the Kansas women's basketball team is thinking post season. On Saturday the Jayhawks upset Missouri, 81-71 in overtime to put Bonnie's bunch 16-10 overall. That record combined with a solid finish to the season, could equal basketball in March.

6Sports video: Julian Wright named Big 12 Rookie of the Week

For the fourth time this year a Jayhawk is named Big 12 Conference Rookie of the Week. This time it is freshman forward Julian Wright. Last week Wright averages 19.5 points a game against Baylor and Texas.

6Sports video: Jayhawk men ready for final games of regular season

Saturday's 25-point loss to Texas did sever damage to KU's shot at a Big 12 title. With just two games left in the regular season, the Jayhawks sit at 11-3 in conference, a full game back of the longhorns in the title ranks. To earn a shot at the Big 12 trophy the Hawks now need wins over Colorado and K-State along with a Texas loss to A&M or Oklahoma.

6Sports video: Numbers still ugly for KU men's basketball

Forty-eight hours later and the numbers still ugly. Texas flat-out manhandled Kansas in Austin. A win by the longhorns on Saturday snapped the Jayhawks 10 game win streak and in the process vaulted the horns into first place in the Big 12.

KU falls in both polls

Jayhawks move down two spots in AP; four in Coaches Poll

Kansas University slid in both polls, thanks to its lopsided setback to Texas on Saturday, when the Week 17 national rankings came out on Monday. The Jayhawks fell two spots in the Associated Press Top 25 poll, down from No. 16 to No. 18. KU fell even farther in the ESPN/USA Today Poll, moving down to No. 22 from No. 18 last week.

Wright named Rookie of the Week

Wright becomes third KU player to win honor

Junior P.J. Tucker (Texas) and freshman Julian Wright (Kansas) have been named Phillips 66 Big 12 Conference Player and Rookie of the Week for games of Feb. 20-26 in voting by a panel of media covering the conference. Tucker wins player honors for the sixth time in his career, tying the Big 12 record. Wright is the third KU freshman to win rookie accolades in 2005-06.

KU softball falls in finale

Kansas University's softball team dropped a 2-0 decision to Pacific on Sunday, closing out the Palm Springs Classic with a 1-4 record.

KU lacrosse wins 2

Kansas University's women's lacrosse team ran its winning streak to eight with a pair of victories Saturday at Broken Arrow Park.

Aggies making move

Don't look now, but Texas A&M's men's basketball team is slowly but surely gaining on the competition in the league.

Keegan's report: college basketball

J-W sports editor Tom Keegan each week will observe and analyze the national college basketball scene. Here are his thoughts for Feb. 20-26.

Keegan: Jayhawks will rally from loss

A friend tells me the Olympics are over. I'm going to have to take his word for it. If it's true, this is good news. Now MSNBC can go back to airing its compelling shows on true crime and politics and sometimes a blending of the two.

Kansas won't concede

Jayhawks hold out hope for share of Big 12 hoops title

Texas' men's basketball team certainly looked like the best in the Big 12 Conference in routing Kansas University by 25 points Saturday night in Austin, Texas.

KU baseball wins again in tourney

Kansas University's baseball team scored all its runs in the fifth inning of a 4-3 victory Sunday over Vanderbilt, completing a perfect run through the Music City Challenge.

KU tennis slips past Tulsa, 4-3

Kansas University won four of six singles matches to edge Tulsa, 4-3, in college tennis on Sunday.

Sunday, February 26

6Sports video: KU basketball commit to play in McDonald's All-American game

It is never too early to look toward the future for KU. Earlier this weekend it was announced KU commit Sheron Collins will play in the McDonald's All-American game in March. The 5'11" point guard from Chicago will play for the west squad.

6Sports video: KU men take Texas-sized beating

The Jayhawks took a Texas sized beating last night against the longhorns. It seemed like a complete role reversal since last season. A year ago in Lawrence the sixth ranked KU squad smoked the 13th ranked Texas Longhorns by 25 points. Move ahead 13 months to Saturday night, a seventh ranked Texas team dominated a 16th ranked team also to the tune of 25 points.

6Sports video: KU women's basketball defeats MU in OT

The KU women's basketball team was in 10th place and didn't have much to play for in the Big 12, so the Jayhawks played the role of spoiler. And what a better opponent to play spoiler against is those Missouri Tigers. The Jayhawks got revenge against Mizzou Saturday with an 81-71 win in overtime.

Kansas explodes late

The Kansas University baseball squad scored 14 runs in the final four innings Saturday to earn a wild 15-10 victory over Lipscomb at the Music City Challenge.

Tease photo

Texas rolled 'em

KU fizzles, UT sizzles in battle for Big 12

Brandon Rush scratched his head as he sat dejectedly on Kansas University's bench, suffering quietly as the final seconds ticked off the clock Saturday night in the Erwin Center.

Hallman finds form

Senior catches fire, sparks KU past Tigers

Erica Hallman was tossing up enough bricks to build a chimney.

Jayhawks fall short

A pair of unearned runs proved the difference Saturday as the Kansas University softball team suffered a 4-3 defeat to No. 3 UCLA at the Palm Springs Classic.

'Sooner Magic' withers Wildcats

Call it a miracle, call it Sooner Magic, or call it luck. Whatever it is, call it another one-point victory for No. 22 Oklahoma.

Buffs shift inside to trample Tigers

With its primary offensive weapon, the three-pointer, ineffective and not falling, Colorado needed to change its game plan.

KU swimming 4th at Big 12 meet

Kansas University's swimming and diving team placed fourth Saturday at the Big 12 Championships. Texas won with 942.5 points and was followed by Texas A&M (761), Missouri (453) and KU (439).

Men's track sixth at Big 12

Kansas University's men placed sixth and its women ninth Saturday at the Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Championships.

Keegan: Big men for KU exposed

It looked like, almost sounded like, and felt like another game in Allen Fieldhouse. Loud crowd, the road team in helpless retreat, the home team piling on the points in a big-time blowout.

Longhorns praise youthful Kansas

When Texas forward P.J. Tucker, the likely Big 12 Conference Player of the Year, talked about how good his team is, he talked about the present. When he praised Kansas University, he talked about the future.

UT fans mock Jayhawks

Worse than Baylor? KU players want rematch

"Worse than Baylor" is the chant that emanated from the University of Texas student section in the closing minutes of the Longhorns' 80-55 victory over Kansas on Saturday in the Erwin Center.

Notebook

Saturday, February 25

UT blows out KU, 80-55

'Horns end KU's win streak, tie atop Big 12

Tonight two teams will walk into the Erwin Center in Austin, Texas as co-leaders atop the conference standings -- both only one team with leave with the Big 12 lead. "I think it will be a fun game. It's on College GameDay, so a lot of people will be watching. I came to college to play against top competition, to play in games like this," said KU's Brandon Rush.

KU women defeat Mizzou in OT

Hallman scores career-high 29 to lead Jayhawks

Kansas University's women's basketball team defeated Border Showdown rival Missouri, 81-71, in overtime Saturday afternoon at Allen Fieldhouse. Missouri sank three free throws to tie the game at 64-64 near the end of regulation, but the Jayhawks (16-10, 5-10 Big 12) scored the first eight points in the extra frame to seal the victory.

Ex-Jayhawk Thomas signs with Wizards

Former Kansas University basketball player Billy Thomas is back in the NBA.

Jayhawks split twinbill

Kansas University's softball team won one and lost one during first-day action at the Palm Springs Classic.

Jayhawks shut down Belmont

Kansas University junior Sean Land allowed just two hits over eight innings, leading the Jayhawks to a 4-2 baseball victory over Belmont on Friday in the Music City Challenge.

How they stack up

Here's an in-depth look at the University of Texas' major weapons and how Kansas University's players might match up during tonight's 8 p.m. marquee showdown in Austin, Texas:

P.J. Tucker, 6-5, 225, jr., forward - Tucker, who is UT's leading scorer at 16.3 points a game, is a relentless rebounder, especially for his size. He averages 9.2 boards per outing.

KU-Texas battle has Austin rocking

Dick Vitale and the ESPN GameDay crew are in town.

Tale of the tape

Jayhawks (20-6, 11-2)

Kansas-Texas briefly

Kansas University leads the all-time series against Texas, 12-4. KU has won two of three in the Frank Erwin Center. Texas has won two of the past three meetings.

Henrickson: KU defense can't let Mizzou duo feast

Bond and N'Garsanet. A tony Fifth Avenue boutique? Or perhaps an expensive wine?

Friday, February 24

6Sports video: Kansas women prepare for matchup with Tigers

Saturday at 11 a.m. border showdown resumes at Allen Fieldhouse as the Kansas and Missouri women go head to head for the second time this season. In the season's first match up the Tigers beat the Jayhawks 64-57.

6Sports video: Kansas men's basketball prepares for UT

With three games left in the conference, Saturday's game against Texas is the Big 12 championship game. Both teams enter with identical records of 11-2 in league play however, while the Jayhawks have been red hot and have won 10 straight, UT has struggled.

Swimmers battling with MU in team race

The Kansas University swimming and diving team is in fourth place after two days of competition at the Big 12 Conference Championships, nipping at Missouri's heels.

Woodling: Scouts high on Kaun

Notes and quotes while wondering if Sasha Kaun is how you say Sasha Cohen in Russian :

Hawkins optimistic in wake of incident

Kansas University senior guard Jeff Hawkins was eager to get back on the Horejsi Center practice court Thursday - his one-game suspension history.

KU softball once again packing for road

Kansas University's softball team will continue its month-long road stint this weekend at the Palm Springs, Calif., Classic.

Gordon eager to sell his skills

Former KU star hopes his savvy shines through at NFL Combine

It's perhaps a bit unfair to some degree, but Charles Gordon certainly had to have some idea what he was up against when declaring for the NFL Draft last month - a belief that on-field savvy can be taught if a prospect has the unteachables taken care of.

KU Football notebook

Make no mistake - this is an important time of year for Kansas University football.

Thursday, February 23

6Sports video: Jayhawks opponent, Texas, playing shaky

For ten straight games KU's mens basketball team has been very good. Good enough to win all ten, however that has not been the case for the Jayhawks opponents this Saturday. Texas has won nine of its 10 overall, but the last two have been very shaky at best. Oklahoma State pounded the horns last Sunday and last night Texas held on against K-State in Manhattan by one. Bill Self does not expect UT to play poorly three games in a row.

6Sports video: KU baseball travels to Nashville

The KU baseball team is back in action at the Music City Challenge in Nashville Tennessee. The tournament offers Jayhawks closer Don Czyz his next chance to continue his stellar pitching start.

6Sports video: Upcoming game may decide Big 12 champion

Although more than a week of games remain in the Big 12 schedule Saturday's contest between the Kansas men and Texas will likely decide the conference champion. The Hawks and Horns sit atop the league's standings with identical 11-2 records heading into this weekends showdown.

6Sports video: Three starts is good for KU's pitcher Kodiak Quick

Three starts in all is good for senior pitcher Kodiak Quick. Quick is 1-1 on the season with a 2.04 ERA. He's thrown 17 2/3 innings so far which leads the club, compared to last year however that number is a little low, but for a good reason.

Late turnover dooms Gators against Vols

Tennessee's Major Wingate stood in front of Corey Brewer, his 6-foot-10 frame and long arms making an inbounds pass very difficult. Maybe even impossible.

KU tied for third at Big 12 swimming

Kansas University's swimming and diving team was in third place after Wednesday's opening day at the Big 12 Conference Championships.

KU women fall to Tech

LaToya Davis scored 21 points on near-perfect shooting to lead Texas Tech past Kansas, 62-50, in Big 12 Conference women's basketball Wednesday night.

Self savoring time with young Jayhawks

Coaches sometimes dread heading to practice during the dog days of February.

Keegan: Dickie V, Fraschilla impressed

Fran Fraschilla had just arrived in Manhattan to analyze Wednesday night's ESPN telecast of the Kansas State-Texas game when he returned the phone call.

Building success

Mangino's plans for 'signature' football complex will help Jayhawks stack up in facility-rich league

The key word may be commitment - a feeling that Kansas University football is taken seriously at a school so renowned for its basketball tradition.

Texas barely gets by Kansas State

Kenton Paulino never did find his touch from the field - not that anyone is likely to remember after the free-throw-shooting clinic he put on.

Young sets board mark, Baylor rolls

Sophia Young had 20 points and grabbed two rebounds to become the Big 12 Conference's career rebounding leader in No. 10 Baylor's 86-40 victory over Colorado on Wednesday night.

Wednesday, February 22

Self hits Dallas for recruiting trip

On Tuesday, Bill Self was in Lawrence coaching against Baylor. On Wednesday, he was in Dallas, making a recruiting trip to the high school of Darrell Arthur, a 6-9 forward from South Oak Cliff High.

Kansas on conference hot streak

From 3-4 to the top of the Big 12, there is no more bubble talk surrounding the Kansas men's basketball team now. Instead, conference title talk consumes the Rock Chalk Nation.

KU baseball team on the road again

The Kansas baseball team hits the road this weekend for its fourth straight series away from Lawrence.

Threes fall, so do Bears

The Baylor University men's basketball team scorched the nets from long range Tuesday in a 76-61 loss to Kansas University.

Tease photo

Takin' care of business

Lethargic KU victory sets up showdown

The 1,000 or so Kansas University students who decided to skip Tuesday's KU-Baylor basketball game obviously had their minds on Texas.

Keegan: Giles gets it: D key

In the depths of a midseason slump, Kansas University sophomore C.J. Giles cleared his head and embraced a mantra he repeated over and over to himself and anyone who cared to listen: "Focus on defense, and the offense will come."

Hawkins sits 1 game

Cited by police, senior suspended

Kansas University guard Jeff Hawkins, who was cited by Lawrence Police for leaving the scene of an accident Sunday morning after he struck another car while trying to cut in line at a fast-food drive-through lane, was handed a one-game suspension by coach Bill Self and served it Tuesday night against Baylor.

Notebook

Kansas University reserve guard Jeremy Case, who learned at shootaround Tuesday that senior guard Jeff Hawkins would miss the game, said he was ready for extended minutes.

Louisville loses Padgett for season

Transfer from Kansas to undergo knee surgery

Louisville center David Padgett will miss the rest of the season because of an injured left knee and is expected to be ready to play next fall.

Misery continues as A&M tops MU

Kalen Grimes snatched the rebound, and the 6-foot-8 sophomore went up for the uncontested dunk that might have put the exclamation point on a Missouri upset.

Irish fight, but fall to Huskies

Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun had that sick feeling in his gut.

Jayhawks, Raiders playing for postseason

Texas Tech is clinging to hopes of an at-large NCAA Tournament bid. Kansas University would love to play in the postseason, too.

Ex-Jayhawks lead inductees

Engleman, Hougland, Douglass, Washington, Mitchell in 2006 class

Former Kansas University basketball standouts Howard Engleman and Bill Hougland, ex-Jayhawk football All-American Bobby Douglass and former KU standout coaches Marian Washington and Jack Mitchell were among the 14 coaches and athletes named Monday as the Class of 2006 for induction into the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame.

Sooners still perfect

Sherri Coale doesn't mind the talk about whether her team can go through the Big 12 Conference season undefeated.

Tuesday, February 21

Kansas defeats Baylor

On paper, the KU-Baylor game looked like a bit of a mismatch. But while most Kansas basketball fans would like to look forward to the matchup with Texas this weekend, Bill's boys had to fight that urge on Tuesday.

Kansas knocks off Baylor, 76-61

Jayhawks pick up 10th straight Big 12 win

Julian Wright's career-high 20 points, helped Kansas claim its 17th straight 20-win season with a 76-61 victory over Baylor Tuesday night at Allen Fieldhouse. Three other Jayhawks -- Brandon Rush (11), Darnell Jackson (11), and C.J. Giles (10) -- reached double figures as Kansas (20-6, 11-2 Big 12) picked up its 10th straight conference victory.

Jayhawks take to the court sans Hawkins

KU basketball player Jeff Hawkins did not play in Tuesday's game against Baylor, following a minor car accident this weekend.

Five Jayhawks inducted into the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame

Former Kansas University basketball standouts Howard Engleman and Bill Hougland, ex-Jayhawk football All-American Bobby Douglass and former KU standout coaches Marian Washington and Jack Mitchell were among the 14 coaches and athletes named Monday as the Class of 2006 for induction into the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame.

Hawkins cited in accident

Lawrence Police cited Kansas University basketball player Jeff Hawkins for leaving the scene of an accident Sunday morning after he struck another car while trying to cut in line at a fast-food drive-through lane, according to a police report.

KU's higher ranking 'good sign'

Jayhawks up to No. 16; Jackson feeling better

Kansas University's men's basketball team jumped to No. 16 in the Associated Press rankings and No. 18 in the USA Today/ESPN poll Monday, up from 22 in both polls last week.

Tale of the tape

Jayhawks (19-6, 10-2)

Baylor mired in tough situation

Baylor University's basketball team opened its 2005-06 season Oct. 15, just like everybody else.

Henrickson reinstates junior guard Mosley

Kansas University women's basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson said Monday she had reinstated junior guard Shaquina Mosley to the squad.

Free State's Ballard already ready to commit

Christian Ballard's track times - relative to his stocky 6-foot-5, 265-pound body - had college football coaches clamoring for his attention a full year before the Class of 2007 signs letters of intent.

Woodling: Redick rancid vs. KU

Statistics can be like icebergs. They can tell you only the tip of the story.

Duke back to No. 1; Jayhawks at No. 16

Duke moved back to No. 1 in the Associated Press' college basketball poll Monday, replacing the only other team to hold the top spot this season.

In the know with 'Zo

Ex-Jayhawk Jamison enjoying new gig as Mill Valley aide

Kids these days. They're all about snowboarding, iPods and the newest edition of Grand Theft Auto.

Monday, February 20

6Sports video: Jayhawks vault upward in national polls

Following double-digit victories over Oklahoma State and Missouri last week the Jayhawks vaulted upward in both national polls on Monday. The coaches moved KU up four spots this week from number 22 to number 18 while the Jayhawks jump six spots to number 16 in the AP poll.

6Sports video: Bonnie Henrickson reinstates Mosley

Head coach Bonnie Henrickson announced Monday that junior guard Shaquina Mosley had been reinstated. Henrickson suspended Mosley February 14, for undisclosed reasons.

6Sports video: Free State's Ballard verbally commits to Mangino

Christian Ballard will play his college football games in the same place he played his high school contests. After a weekend recruiting trip to KU the Free State High junior gave Mark Mangino and the University of Kansas a non-binding verbal commitment for 2007.

KU jumps to 16th in AP, 18th in Coaches

KU jumped into the polls for the first time this season last week at the 22nd slot in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll. On Monday the Jayhawks (19-6, 10-2 Big 12) hopped up six spots to No. 16. Kansas, which was also ranked 22nd in the ESPN/USA Today Poll last week, moved to 18th in the Coaches Poll. Texas -- which lost 81-60 at Oklahoma State on Sunday, and who KU will face on Saturday -- dropped one spot to seventh, in both polls.

Kansas baseball wins in 11

Run-scoring singles by Ritchie Price and Jared Schweitzer capped a three-run 11th inning that carried Kansas University to a 5-2 baseball victory Sunday over Vanderbilt in the Public Storage Classic.

KU softball falls to Rebs

Serena Settlemier hit two home runs and six RBIs, but Kansas University's softball team fell, 9-8, in eight innings Sunday to host UNLV on the final day of the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic.

Oklahoma State stuns Longhorns

Coach Eddie Sutton called the Oklahoma State locker room Sunday afternoon and offered words of praise to his team.

Big 12 up for grabs

Kansas focuses on Bears

Bill Self watched Oklahoma State's dismantling of Texas on TV on Sunday from his Parrott Athletic Center office.

Keegan's report: college basketball

J-W sports editor Tom Keegan each week will observe and analyze the national college basketball scene.

KU women allowed back in locker room

They're back. Kansas University's women basketball players have been granted access to their locker room again.

KU women's lacrosse upends Gophers in OT

Lisa Allen had three goals and three assists, and Crystal Thomas had three goals as Kansas University's women's lacrosse team opened its spring season with a dramatic 8-7 overtime victory Saturday over Minnesota.

Keegan: Hoops trumps Games

I wanted to make sure my preference for clicking back and forth between college basketball games over watching the Winter Olympics didn't make me out of touch with the community.

Sunday, February 19

6Sports video: KU men's basketball playing best ball of season

Heading into Saturday's game against Missouri, KU coach Bill Self said his team did not dwell on the lost against the Tigers back in January. However, he said that the team did grow closer together because of it. Nine wins in a row later the Jayhawks are playing their best ball of the season.

6Sports video: KU women's basketball win first road game of season

Earlier this week KU women's basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson kicked her team to the curb so to speak, by not letting her team use the locker room or wear anything that symbolized KU. With a 57-56 overtime victory over Iowa State Saturday the team won its first road game of the year and maybe back on Bonnie's good side.

KU softball drops pair

BYU scored twice in the bottom of the seventh inning to rally for a 2-1 victory over the Kansas University softball team in the first of two games Saturday at the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic.

KU tennis team nets victory

The Kansas University tennis team extended its winning streak to four matches Saturday with a 4-3 victory over No. 74 Louisville.

Big inning dooms KU baseball team

The University of San Diego broke open a tight game with a six-run sixth inning, eventually closing out a 17-6 victory over Kansas University at the Public Storage Classic.

KU women get road win

Kansas University's women's basketball team no longer is 0-for-the-road.

6Sports video: Jayhawks enjoy total dominance

Kansas jumped out to a 7-0 lead and never looked back in a definitive win over the Tigers on Saturday.

Keegan: Jayhawks conceited? Not yet

The Julian Wright highlight reel expanded yet again with a lot of this and a lot more of that during Kansas University's 79-46 bludgeoning over what is left of Missouri's basketball program Saturday afternoon in Allen Fieldhouse.

Lousy end to lousy week

Tigers 'terrible' in loss to Border War rivals

A disastrous and almost embarrassing week for Missouri University basketball ended : well, pretty fittingly.

Ex-Jayhawks in house

NBA's Simien, Hinrich take in rout

Miami Heat rookie Wayne Simien wore his old Kansas University letter jacket Saturday afternoon to Allen Fieldhouse.

Notebook

An alumni basketball game could have been contested after Kansas University's 33-point rout of Missouri on Saturday in Allen Fieldhouse.

Tease photo

They're grrrrreat!

Jayhawks 'kick 'em in the teeth,' avenge setback

Mario Chalmers concocted an effective rallying cry while getting his hair clipped with three of his Kansas University basketball teammates Friday night at Watson's Barbershop.

Saturday, February 18

KU women win first road game

Jayhawks pull out 57-56 OT win over Iowa State

It took overtime, but Kansas University's women's team picked up its first road win of the season when it slipped by Iowa State, 57-56, Saturday at the Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa. The win completed Kansas' first season sweep of the Cyclones since 2000.

KU gets revenge over MU, 79-46

Streaking Jayhawks win ninth in a row

Kansas University's basketball team is about as hot as anyone in the nation with its eight-game win streak, but today in Allen Fieldhouse a young Jayhawk team has to be thinking a little about revenge.

Sutton charged with DUI

Tests: Alcohol level nearly three times limit

Oklahoma State basketball coach Eddie Sutton was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol Friday after tests showed his blood-alcohol level was nearly three times the legal limit following a car crash last week.

All eyes on Gardner in MU-KU rematch

Big 12's leading scorer went off for 40 points in Missouri's 89-86 overtime victory in Columbia

He hit shots when he was open and when closely guarded. He swished them when his feet were set and when he was off balance.

Tale of the tape

Jayhawks (18-6, 9-2)

KU impresses Mizzou coach

'They're playing the best basketball in the conference'

Melvin Watkins, who is 1-0 as Missouri's interim basketball coach, realizes his unbeaten mark is in serious jeopardy today at Allen Fieldhouse.

KU baseball routed, 10-1

Ritchie Price broke up a no-hit bid by Southern California's Ian Kennedy with two outs in the ninth inning, a small feat in an otherwise dismal 10-1 Kansas University baseball loss to the Trojans on Friday at Dedeaux Field.

KU-MU Notebook

Official game time today is 2:50 p.m., five minutes later than on the official team schedule. CBS announcers Craig Bolerjack and Dan Bonner will work today's game.

Struggling KU women headed to Iowa State

Weariness won't cut it as a reason for Kansas University's late-season women's basketball woes.

KU softball wins twice

Destiny Frankenstein hit three homers on the day as Kansas University's softball team opened the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic with two victories Friday.

Mayer: Oh, those meddling parents

Can't publish the gentleman's name because he occupies a highly sensitive position in matters athletic and academic. Yet he provides delicious food for thought about the process of college basketball recruiting.

Friday, February 17

6Sports video: KU men's basketball ready to tackle MU

Back on Jan. 16, KU and MU basketball teams were polar opposites than of what they are now. Tigers shocked the Jayhawks in Columbia in overtime and KU fans were on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Fast forward now a month and all is well in Rockchalk nation.

6Sports video: KU baseball hooks up with Southern Cal.

Kansas baseball team prepares to take on one of the top college pitchers in the nation. Friday evening KU hooks up with Southern Cal., All-American Ian Kennedy at the Public Storage Classic in L.A. Kennedy is 1-1 on the season.

6Sports video: Kansas signee selected to play in All-American game and Sutton charged with DUI

OSU coach charged with DUI

Kansas signee Sherron Collins has been selected to play in the McDonald's All-American game. Collins is from Chicago and will play for the West squad. Also, Oklahoma State's head head basketball coach Eddie Sutton was charged with driving under the influence Friday, seven days after last friday's accident in Stillwater.

Who's laughing now?

With KU streaking, jovial Rush eager for Mizzou rematch

Kansas University freshman Brandon Rush, who can take a joke, was amused by signs held high by Missouri students before the KU-MU basketball game Jan. 16 in Mizzou Arena.

KU back in California

Jayhawks set for three games in L.A.

Kansas University's baseball squad is making another trip west, this time to the Public Storage Classic at USC's Dedeaux Field for a three-game set.

Humphreys' play boon to Jayhawks

Kassie Humphreys appears to have returned to form, and that's good news for Kansas University's softball squad.

KU to honor Anderson, Kivisto gifts

Two families were instrumental in the collection of $31 million for a new football facility. So, Kansas University chose to honor both.

Thursday, February 16

6Sports video: Restrictions placed on KU's women's basketball team by coach

Things are not getting any better for Bonnie Henrickson's team. Last night the Jayhawks dropped their ninth game in eleven tries. This time to Nebraska at Allen Fieldhouse. Wednesday night set back will not help the ladies get back in the locker room. Since falling to Colorado on February 1, Jayhwaks have only been allowed in the locker room before games and not before or after practices.

6Sports video: Moody wants another chance to beat Missouri

Christian Moody wants another chance to beat Missouri. Asked on Wed. whether or not he would like to be put on the free throw line on Saturday in a tie game with .4 seconds on the clock, and Christian responded by saying he would love to have that opportunity again.

6Sports video: Kansas baseball team's mission, "back it up"

This weekend's mission for the Kansas Baseball team, "back it up." Last weekend Ku knocked off 8th ranked Stanford twice in Palo Alto. This weekend at the Public Storage Classic in L.A. the Jayhwaks will take on two more ranked teams.

6Sports video: Kansas Board of Regents names new football facility

Thursday the Kansas Board of Regents announced the name of KU's future football facility at Memorial Stadium. The name the Anderson Family football complex, in addition the field inside Memorial Stadium will be known as Kivisto Field.

6Sports video: KU women fall again to Nebraska

Kansas battled Nebraska to seven ties and 13 lead changes Wednesday night at Allen Fieldhouse, but eventually it was the Jayhawks who fell, losing their six games in seven tries in a 65-57 defeat at the hands of the Cornhuskers.

Moody wants another shot

Senior haunted by memory of missed free throws at MU

Seeking redemption, Kansas University senior Christian Moody hopes he's sent to the free-throw line with :04 left on the clock with KU and rival Missouri deadlocked on Saturday afternoon at Allen Fieldhouse.

Keegan: Missouri needs homer

Here's hoping Missouri steps up to the plate and crushes a tape-measure shot when it hires a coach to replace Quin Snyder, who already has been replaced on an interim basis by Melvin Watkins.

Jayhawks add ULM to football schedule

It wasn't without a little bit of 11th-hour sweating. But Kansas University completed its 2006 football schedule Wednesday and, really, got exactly what it wanted out of its nonconference slate - three home games and a slow progression in challenge.

KU still searching

Floundering Jayhawks fall to Cornhuskers

Anybody remember December? Anybody recall when Kansas University's women's basketball team was the talk of the town following a 12-0 start?

KU outfielder Milner earns national honor

Collegebaseballinsider.com on Wednesday named Kansas University senior outfielder Gus Milner its Co-National Player of the Week. On Tuesday, Milner also was named Big 12 Conference player of the week.

6Sports video: Jayhawks, Tigers experience change of fortunes

Since Kansas' overtime loss in Columbia earlier this season, the Jayhawks have been on a streak, tearing through opponents. Things haven't gone so well for the Tigers, who have only won once since and have lost their coach in the process.

Wednesday, February 15

KU women fall again to Nebraska

Jayhawks have lost six of last seven

Kansas battled Nebraska to seven ties and 13 lead changes Wednesday night at Allen Fieldhouse. But eventually it was the Jayhawks that fell, losing their six games in seven tries in a 65-57 defeat at the hands of Nebraska. "Everytime we would make a run at them (Nebraska) they seemed to counter with a big shot," KU coach Bonnie Henrickson said. "Give them credit for showing great poise even when they had some key players in foul trouble.

Woodling: Carolina matchup not likely

Coaches play 'em one at a time, but sports writers have no such restriction, so I've been wondering about the chances of Kansas University and North Carolina meeting in the NCAA Tournament.

6Sports video: 'Hawks win weekly awards

Don Czyz and Gus Milner were named the the Big 12 Pitcher and Player of the Week respectively on Tuesday.

KU pleased with Hall of Athletics' early returns

Kansas University's athletic department has declared the Booth Family Hall of Athletics an early success -- though it's still only a month old and 95 percent complete.

6Sports video: Sutton takes leave of absence

Following Monday night's win, Bill Self addressed the situation surrounding his former mentor.

6Sports video: Single three changes KU momentum

With 11 minutes left against Oklahoma State on Monday, things did not look good. Moments later Russell Robinson stepped back and knocked down his only shot of the game, which turned out to be KU's only three-pointer.

Jayhawks looking to end February freefall

Kansas University had a December to remember. So did Nebraska.

Czyz, Milner win awards

Kansas University baseball players Don Czyz and Gus Milner were named Tuesday the Big 12 Pitcher and Player of the Week, respectively.

Snyder says he was told he would be fired

Missouri to investigate circumstances surrounding coach's departure

In his long-delayed farewell address Tuesday, Quin Snyder said he stepped down as Missouri's basketball coach after a university official sent by athletic director Mike Alden told him the entire administration had agreed to terminate his contract after this season.

Stingy KU defense in elite company

If defense truly wins championships, Kansas University's men's basketball team is in good shape in the Big 12 regular-season race, the postseason tournament and, yes, even the NCAAs.

KU pleased with Hall of Athletics' early returns

Kansas University's athletic department has declared the Booth Family Hall of Athletics an early success - though it's still only a month old and 95 percent complete.

Tuesday, February 14

Bucknell earning respect

Bison, Jayhawks enter poll; UConn stays No. 1, Duke No. 2

The giant killer now is among college basketball's big names.

Keegan: 'Spurt' saves KU - again

'Spurt' saves KU - againNo matter how ugly it gets and how hopeless it might look at times, this young Kansas University basketball team never stops believing it's going to turn it on and sprint to a bunch of points in a hurry.

Cited for DUI, Sutton finished for season

Using a soft voice and a careful choice of words, Sean Sutton finally spoke Monday of the head-coaching job he wasn't yet ready to assume.

KU plays down poll

'We didn't really talk about it'

Kansas University's basketball players didn't celebrate Monday after learning they were ranked 22nd in the country in both polls.

KU-OU Notebook

Former Missouri coach Quin Snyder on a recent radio show indicated the Tigers couldn't recruit KU's Brandon Rush because of possible academic issues. The Tigers, Snyder said, were faced with strict standards in recruiting following NCAA probation.

Mosley will play even less

Henrickson suspends underachieving guard

Nearly a year ago, Shaquina Mosley was named the national junior-college women's basketball player of the year.

6Sports video: Jayhawks pull past Cowboys, 64-49

If you like storylines, you had to love tonight's Kansas-Oklahoma State game. On the KU side the Jayhawks were playing their first game as a ranked team. As for Eddie Sutton, his Cowboys learned that their coach would be leaving the team for the rest of the season.

6Sports video: Men's basketball ranked for first time this year

It took 15 weeks, but finally the Kansas men's basketball team is ranked. Both the Associated Press and Coaches Poll ranked KU in the top 25 this afternoon.

6Sports video: Chalmers named Big 12 Player of the Week

For only the second time in league history, the Big 12 player of the week is a freshman. And considering the players leading the way for Kansas right now, it should be no surprise that player is a Jayhawk.

Keegan: 'Spurt' saves KU -- again

No matter how ugly it gets and how hopeless it might look at times, this young Kansas University basketball team never stops believing it's going to turn it on and sprint to a bunch of points in a hurry.

KU plays down poll

Kansas University's basketball players didn't celebrate Monday after learning they were ranked 22nd in the country in both polls.

Notebook

Former Missouri coach Quin Snyder on a recent radio show indicated the Tigers couldn't recruit KU's Brandon Rush because of possible academic issues. The Tigers, Snyder said, were faced with strict standards in recruiting following NCAA probation.

Mosley will play even less

Nearly a year ago, Shaquina Mosley was named the national junior-college women's basketball player of the year.

KU baseball moving up in Collegiate poll

After taking two of three games during a weekend series at Stanford, Kansas University's baseball squad is currently ranked No. 30 in the Collegiate Baseball national poll.

6Sports video: Several conference coaches leave team

It's a bad time in general to be a men's basketball head coach in the Big 12. In the last week, three conference coaches have left their teams for various reasons. Oklahoma state leader Eddie Sutton is done for the year, following his KUI citation over the weekend. In manhattan a bulging disc forced Kansas State head coach Jim Wooldriget to have neck surgery.

Ranked and rollin'

Bill Self spoke to his bruised and battered mentor, Eddie Sutton, on the phone Monday morning.

6Sports video: KU baseball moving up in Collegiate poll

After taking two of three games during a weekend series at Stanford, Kansas University's baseball squad is currently ranked No. 30 in the Collegiate Baseball national poll.

Keegan's top 25

At the time this ballot was due Sunday night, Atlantic 10 teams were 0-30 against teams in the Top 25.

Monday, February 13

Chalmers named Big 12 Player of the Week

For only the second time in league history, the Big 12 player of the week is a freshman. And considering the players leading the way for Kansas right now, it should be no surprise that player is a Jayhawk.

Men's basketball ranked for first time this year

It took 15 weeks, but finally the Kansas men's basketball team is ranked. Both the Associated Press and Coaches Poll ranked KU in the top 25 this afternoon.

Jayhawks pull past Cowboys, 64-49

If you like storylines, you had to love tonight's Kansas-Oklahoma State game. On the KU side the Jayhawks were playing their first game as a ranked team. As for Eddie Sutton, his Cowboys learned that their coach would be leaving the team for the rest of the season.

KU women's Mosley suspended

Drama on the ladies hardwood. Kansas women's basketball head coach Connie Henrickson suspended junior guard Shaquina Mosley indefinitely for undisclosed reasons. Last year's junior college player of the year has played in 18 games for KU, including three starts.

KU baseball moving up in Collegiate poll

After taking two of three games during a weekend series at Stanford, Kansas University's baseball squad is currently ranked No. 30 in the Collegiate Baseball national poll.

KU defeats Oklahoma State, 64-49

Ranked Jayhawks pick up eighth-straight win

Kansas University's basketball team is one of the hottest squads in the nation as it has won seven straight and 14 of its last 16 games dating back to Dec. 10. To be sure, pollsters on Monday voted the Jayhawks (17-6 overall, 8-2 Big 12) into the 22nd spot in both the Associated Press Top 25 Poll and ESPN/USA Today Poll.

KU ranked for first time this season

Bucknell in poll for the first time ever

The giant killer is now among college basketball's big names. Bucknell, the Patriot League school that has beaten some of the country's premier programs the last two seasons, joined The Associated Press' Top 25 for the first time Monday. So too did Bucknell's biggest slayed giant, Kansas, which had been unranked all season.

Sutton to take medical leave of absence

ESPN reports OSU coach cited for DUI

Oklahoma State University officials announced today that head basketball coach Eddie Sutton, who is recovering from injuries suffered in a Friday automobile accident, has asked to take a medical leave of absence for the remainder of the season.

Keegan: KU's Self top coach in Big 12

Raise your hand if you thought Bill Self was crazy back in the days he was playing Christian Moody and Jeff Hawkins ahead of Julian Wright and Mario Chalmers. (Man, is it hard typing with one hand).

Keegan: KU's Self top coach in Big 12

Raise your hand if you thought Bill Self was crazy back in the days he was playing Christian Moody and Jeff Hawkins ahead of Julian Wright and Mario Chalmers. (Man, is it hard typing with one hand).

Sutton rests at home after wreck

Oklahoma State basketball coach Eddie Sutton is resting at home two days after a car accident, and his status is uncertain for tonight's game against Kansas.

Notebook

Oklahoma State coach Eddie Sutton - who suffered injuries in a car accident Friday, putting his status for tonight's game in doubt - has earned 794 victories as a Div. I coach, which places him in fifth place on the all-time career coaching victories list.

Hammered in his first trip back to his alma mater, KU coach Bill Self tonight is hoping for a happier homecoming

Bill Self had a lot more fun playing basketball in Gallagher-Iba Arena in the early 1980s than coaching in Oklahoma State's tradition-rich building two seasons ago.

Keegan's report: college basketball

J-W sports editor Tom Keegan each week will observe and analyze the national college basketball scene.

Keegan's report: college basketball

J-W sports editor Tom Keegan each week will observe and analyze the national college basketball scene.

KU's Case inspired

Oklahoman eager to play dad's school

Jeremy Case takes extra incentive into tonight's Kansas University-Oklahoma State men's basketball game.

Loss to Mizzou had familiar feel for KU women

Twice this winter Kansas University's women's basketball team has donned crimson uniforms for road games against traditional rivals.

KU baseball falls in Stanford finale

A three-run fourth inning lifted eighth-ranked Stanford to an 8-3 baseball victory Sunday over Kansas University, helping the Cardinal avoid a sweep.

Oregon softball edges KU, 3-1, in 8

Pitcher Serena Settlemier homered in the bottom of the seventh inning to force an extra inning, but Kansas University's softball team ultimately fell to Oregon, 3-1, to conclude the Wilson/DeMarini Invitational on Sunday.

Tale of the tape

Players defend Snyder

Quin not talking; Tigers say he 'didn't quit'

Missouri players are adamant: Quin Snyder did not bail out on them.

6Sports video: KU women's basketball defeated on the road

The KU women's basketball team had a another chance to get their first road win of the season Satruday in the boader showdown against Missouri. The Jayhawks led for about 75 percent of the game, but once again the ladies found a way to snatch defeat out of the jaws of victory with a 64-57 loss.

Sunday, February 12

KU baseball can't complete sweep

Jayhawks fall 8-3 to Cardinal in Game 3

After winning the first two games of its three game series, Kansas University's baseball team could not complete the sweep of No. 8 Stanford, falling 8-3 at Sunken Diamond Sunday in Palo Alto, Calif.

ISU cries foul over foul calls

KU shoots 32 charities to 12 for Cyclones

A hack here, thwack there and whacks seemingly everywhere, and Kansas University basketball fans were able to take full advantage of the wheat-waving tradition.

Chesang, Battle record strong finishes at ISU Classic

Benson Chesang finished second Saturday in the 3,000-meter run as the Kansas University men's and women's track and field teams wrapped up their performances at the ISU Classic.

Jayhawks go deep to down Cardinal

Ryne Price and Buck Afenir each hit two-run homers in a four-run fourth inning Saturday as the Kansas University baseball team knocked off No. 8 Stanford, 5-4, to earn its second straight victory over the Cardinal.

Solo blast drops KU

Laura Durham connected for a solo home run in the top of the fifth inning Saturday to lead the Houston softball team to a 1-0 victory over Kansas University at the Wilson/DeMarini Invitational.

Keegan: Chalmers can take the heat

Long before the trash-talking escalated in Kansas University's 88-75 Saturday afternoon victory over Iowa State, the loudest, angriest words had been spoken by a man wearing sneakers and a suit and tie.

Notebook

Kansas University freshman Julian Wright was knocked in the ribs and was forced to leave the game for a spell the second half.

Solo blast drops KU

Laura Durham connected for a solo home run in the top of the fifth inning Saturday to lead the Houston softball team to a 1-0 victory over Kansas University at the Wilson/DeMarini Invitational.

KU freshmen 'really good'

Without looking at the box score, Kansas University coach Bill Self was able to accurately rattle off the combined points, rebounds and assists of his three freshmen starters after Saturday's 88-75 victory over a fiery Iowa State team.

KU loses late -- again

Another game, another tough-to-stomach loss for Kansas University's crumbling women's basketball team.

KU weathers blow

Jayhawks take ISU's best shot

Russell Robinson might want to wear shoulder pads the next time Kansas University and Iowa State meet in men's basketball.

KU loses late - again

Another game, another tough-to-stomach loss for Kansas University's crumbling women's basketball team.

Saturday, February 11

Jayhawks win rough game against Iowa State

Kansas wins again this time 88-75 over Iowa State. It's the Jayhawks' seventh-straight victory in Big 12 play. This one, however, was rougher than the others.

KU baseball beats Stanford again

Jayhawks hold off eighth-ranked Cardinal, 5-4

For the second day in a row, Kansas University's baseball team defeated No. 8 Stanford in Palo Alto, Calif. With the 5-4 victory, KU improves to 6-1 on the season while Stanford falls to 3-2. KU will look to sweep the three-game series tomorrow beginning at 1 p.m. central time.

KU women fall 64-57 to Mizzou

Jayhawks led by Hallman's 19 points

Kansas University's women fell to Missouri, 64-57, Saturday afternoon at the Mizzou Sports Arena in Columbia, Mo. The loss dropped KU to 14-8 overall and 3-8 in the Big 12, while the Tigers improved to 17-6 overall and 7-4 in the league.

6Sports video: Jayhawks win rough game against Iowa State

Kansas wins again this time 88-75 over Iowa State. It's the Jayhawks' seventh-straight victory in Big 12 play. This one, however, was rougher than the others.

Kansas defeats Iowa State, 88-75

Jayhawks record 14th win in 16 games

Iowa State made a big run, tempers flared late, but when all was said and done Saturday afternoon at Allen Fieldhouse it was the Jayhawks who emerged with their seventh-straight win in an 88-75 victory.

KU men's golf last at Hilo Intercollegiate

Kansas University's men's golf squad placed dead last out of 21 squads after Friday's final round at the UH Hilo Intercollegiate. KU shot a final-round score of 298 for a 905 total on the par-71 layout. The Jayhawks travel Feb. 27-28 to the All-American Intercollegiate in Houston.

Stinson seeking revenge

Russell Robinson, whose Kansas University men's basketball squad won Jan. 28 in Ames, Iowa, knows Curtis Stinson and Iowa State won't go down again without a fight.

6News video: Jayhawks on a winning streak, hottest in Big 12

In January, Kansas knocked off Iowa State in Aimes. Tomorrow Cyclones try to return the favor in Lawrence, but it will not be easy though. KU is the hottest team going into the Big 12 right now. Jayhawks have won six straight games since losing in OT to Missouri.

KU men's golf last at Hilo Intercollegiate

Kansas University's men's golf squad placed dead last out of 21 squads after Friday's final round at the UH Hilo Intercollegiate. KU shot a final-round score of 298 for a 905 total on the par-71 layout.

Tale of the tape

Tale of the tape: Jayhawks (15-6) vs. Cyclones (14-8)

Self feels for Snyder, 'a good person'

Kansas University men's basketball coach Bill Self was saddened Friday to learn Quin Snyder had resigned his head-coaching position at Missouri.

Mayer: Big Julie wonder to watch

I'm amazed at how many seemed to miss a fabutastic fast-break dunk that Kansas University's Julian Wright imposed on Nebraska in that 42-point basketball blowout here. Big Julie was roaring down one side of the court, and a Husker was keeping up with him pretty well ... until Wright exploded for what seemed to be two 20-foot steps and slammed the ball home. When Julian cut in the afterburner, it was as though the Husker defender suddenly hit a Krazy Glue spot and got frozen in his tracks.

Self feels for Snyder, 'a good person'

Kansas University men's basketball coach Bill Self was saddened Friday to learn Quin Snyder had resigned his head-coaching position at Missouri.

Kemp, KU to face upstart Mizzou

Ah, for another Crystal Kemp. Kemp has been, for the most part, the only consistent scorer for Kansas University's women's basketball team this season. Even during the Jayhawks' recent slide, the 6-foot-2 senior has been dependable.

Jayhawks cruise to pair of victories

Kansas University softball coach Tracy Bunge knew that her pitching staff would have to step up for the Jayhawks to thrive this season.

Jayhawks rip Stanford

Kansas University's baseball squad scored six runs in the final two innings, breaking a tie and cruising to a 8-2 victory over Stanford on Friday at Sunken Diamond, handing the Cardinal (3-1) their first loss of the season.

Friday, February 10

KU baseball defeats No. 8 Stanford, 8-2

Jayhawks first five hitters combine for 10 hits

Kansas University's baseball team scored six runs in the final two innings to break a 2-all tie and beat No. 8 Stanford, 8-2, Friday at Klein Field at Sunken Diamond in Palo Alto, Calif. The Jayhawks improved to 5-1 on the season while the Cardinal (3-1) suffered their first loss.

KU softball wins a pair on opening day

Jayhawks defeat No. 19 Florida, 6-0; crush Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in Wilson/Demarini Invitational

Kansas University's softball team started the 2006 season by shutting out #19 Florida, 6-0, and run-ruling Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 15-1, Friday in day one of the Wilson/Demarini Invitational. Despite a two-hour rain delay at Cougar Softball Stadium, the Jayhawks totaled 17 hits on the day while holding their opponents to just one run.

Missouri coach Quin Snyder resigns

Missouri basketball coach Quin Snyder resigned Friday, one day after saying he planned to finish what had become a disappointing season.

Jayhawks head west to face No. 8 Stanford

After a sunny five-game series at Hawaii-Hilo, Kansas University's baseball squad hopes to stay hot in a three-game series starting tonight at No. 8 Stanford.

6Sports video: Nebraska trails Kansas by 63 in four halves of play

Through four halves of play, Nebraska trails Kansas by 63. On January 21, at Allen Fieldhouse KU hammered NU by 42. Last night the Huskers managed to cut that margin in half at the Devaney Sports Center. Brandon Rush struggled, but Mario Chalmers and Jeff Hawkins did not.

Woodling: Big 12 does it Longar

Everything you wanted to know about Big 12 Conference men's basketball, but were too caught up in the Winter Olympics to ask:

Stanley seeks hot start as senior

Go figure Heather Stanley. Nobody else can. Not even Stanley.

KU men's track ranked No. 8

Kansas University's men's track and field team has ascended to No. 8 in the latest Trackwire.com national poll.

Kansas soccer's Gault will play for U.S. squad

Kansas University soccer player Holly Gault will travel with the U.S. Under-21 National Team for a weeklong, three-match trip to the United Kingdom.

Pitch and win

Vaunted lineup nice, but solid staff crucial for Jayhawks to thrive

Tracy Bunge can count many blessings as she begins her 10th season as Kansas University's softball coach.

6Sports video: Coach Bill Self stresses defense

It's no surprise to any KU fan that Coach Bill Self stresses defense and so far his lessons have not been lost on the young Jayhawks. KU continues to lead the nation in defensive field goal percentage after knocking off NE Wednesday night by 21 on the road. The Jayhawk defense held the Cornhuskers to just 34 percent shooting on the floor.

6Sports video: KU softball travels for season opener

The 2006 Kansas softball season starts early Friday morning at 10 a.m. in the Wilson/DeMarini Invitational in Houston, Texas. Kansas opens against Florida. The two schools have met just once before in 1997, where Kansas won that meeting.

Rookies drawing praise

KU freshmen earn rave reviews after Nebraska win

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self recently decreed his three freshmen starters "sophomores at the least."

Kansas soccer's Gault will play for U.S. squad

Kansas University soccer player Holly Gault will travel with the U.S. Under-21 National Team for a weeklong, three-match trip to the United Kingdom.

KU men's track ranked No. 8

Kansas University's men's track and field team has ascended to No. 8 in the latest Trackwire.com national poll.

Thursday, February 9

Nebraska trails Kansas by 63 in four halves of play

Through four halves of play, Nebraska trails Kansas by 63. On January 21, at Allen Fieldhouse KU hammered NU by 42. Last night the Huskers managed to cut that margin in half at the Devaney Sports Center. Brandon Rush struggled, but Mario Chalmers and Jeff Hawkins did not.

KU softball travels for season opener

The 2006 Kansas softball season starts early Friday morning at 10 a.m. in the Wilson/DeMarini Invitational in Houston, Texas. Kansas opens against Florida. The two schools have met just once before in 1997, where Kansas won that meeting.

Coach Bill Self stresses defense

It's no surprise to any KU fan that Coach Bill Self stresses defense and so far his lessons have not been lost on the young Jayhawks. KU continues to lead the nation in defensive field goal percentage after knocking off NE Wednesday night by 21 on the road. The Jayhawk defense held the Cornhuskers to just 34 percent shooting on the floor.

OU makes history at KU's expense

Sooners become first Big 12 women's team to open with 10 league wins

Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale wants her Sooners to enjoy their record-setting streak.

OU makes history at KU's expense

Sooners become first Big 12 women's team to open with 10 league wins

Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale wants her Sooners to enjoy their record-setting streak.

Keegan: Mario silences Huskers

Knowing when to answer back and when to keep quiet is an important part of growing up for any teenager.

Coach: Nebraska good 'in spurts'

The final margin might have looked a little better, but the frustration certainly could not have felt much better.

Notebook

Kansas University sophomore center C.J. Giles played with his right thumb taped. He sprained his thumb in practice this week.

Fans rile Hawkins

Inspired senior hits for 11 points

Jeff Hawkins, who hit five threes against Nebraska earlier this season at Allen Fieldhouse, swished three more in Wednesday's 69-48 victory over the Cornhuskers.

6Sports video: Kansas wins big over Cornhuskers

Despite the big-time win earlier in the season against Nebraska, Kansas was only favored by four points going in to the game at the Devany Center. However, no one must have told the Jayhawks that.

Tease photo

Carefree KU cruises

Pillow fights key to success

Brandon Rush broke into a devilish grin Wednesday night when asked the reason for Kansas University's runaway success on the road.

Coach: Nebraska good 'in spurts'

The final margin might have looked a little better, but the frustration certainly could not have felt much better.

Wednesday, February 8

KU defeats NU, 69-48

Chalmers scored 16 of game-high 20 points in second half

Kansas University's basketball team will try to make it six straight Big 12 victories tonight when it takes on Nebraska at 6:30 p.m. tonight at the Bob Devaney Center. But unlike the last time these two teams met two weeks ago, KU coach Bill Self said he doesn't expect a 40-point victory.

Despite rout, KU barely favorite

Huskers shot poorly during earlier loss in Allen

A 42-point winner over Nebraska 18 days ago in Allen Fieldhouse, Kansas University's men's basketball team is favored by just four points tonight in the KU-NU rematch.

KU must deal with 'Baby Shaq'

Taylor McIntosh usually draws the toughest inside defensive assignment for Kansas University's women's basketball team.

Mangino hires aide

Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino filled his lone coaching-staff vacancy this week with Mike Mallory, who most recently was defensive coordinator at Illinois.

Tale of the tape

6Sports video: Giles puts on show against Oklahoma

Since the beginning of Big 12 play a month ago, Kansas sophomore C.J. Giles hasn't done much. However, that was not the case this past weekend against the Sooners.

Notebook

Chiefs tap ex-KU aide

David Gibbs, a former Kansas University assistant football coach, has been named secondary coach of the Kansas City Chiefs.

KU must deal with 'Baby Shaq'

Taylor McIntosh usually draws the toughest inside defensive assignment for Kansas University's women's basketball team.

Nebraska playing with sudden fervor

Left for dead after a 25-point loss Nov. 5 to Kansas University, Nebraska's football squad finished the 2005 season with three straight victories, including a pulsating 32-28 victory over Michigan in the Alamo Bowl.

Keegan: Wright just gets better

As a rule, the last thing you'd want a grade school boy to do is absorb words of wisdom from a whack job like Dennis Rodman. Next thing you know, he'll be wearing dresses and carving messages into his pink hair.

Hayes joins Saints staff

Former Kansas University assistant and interim head football coach Tom Hayes has joined the coaching staff of the New Orleans Saints.

Tuesday, February 7

KU football hires linebackers coach

Mike Mallory was an All-American linebacker at Michigan

Kansas University officials announced Tuesday that Mike Mallory had been named an assistant football coach -- in charge of the Jayhawk linebackers.

KU not ranked - yet

Victories over No. 19-ranked Oklahoma and unrated Texas Tech weren't enough to propel Kansas University's red-hot men's basketball team into the Top 25 this week.

Keegan's top 25

Still paying the price for being young in the preseason, stale against Kansas State, and not clutch at Missouri, KU didn't make the rankings, placing 27th, one spot ahead of Bucknell.

KU leads great divide

Nobody in the Big 12 Conference draws fans like Kansas University's Jayhawks, who have a perpetual sellout of 16,300 each and every men's basketball game at Allen Fieldhouse.

KU not ranked -- yet

Victories over No. 19-ranked Oklahoma and unrated Texas Tech weren't enough to propel Kansas University's red-hot men's basketball team into the Top 25 this week.

Rush named Rookie of the week

Brandon Rush was named the Big 12 Conference Rookie of the Week for the second time this season when he averaged 21.0 points and 7.0 rebounds last week, leading Kansas to victories over Texas Tech (86-52) and Oklahoma (59-58).

6News sports video: KU football facility ready for construction

On Sunday KU announced that is was moving forward with plans for the new football facility at Memorial Stadium. Funding for the 31 million dollar project is complete, now it is time to start construction.

KU leads great divide

Jayhawks Big 12's biggest draw; Buffaloes last

Nobody in the Big 12 Conference draws fans like Kansas University's Jayhawks, who have a perpetual sellout of 16,300 each and every men's basketball game at Allen Fieldhouse.

Monday, February 6

Football project moving forward

KU officials announce funding secured; 2008 targeted

After painfully living through a 2-10 football season in 2002, Kansas University associate athletic director John Hadl met with Mark Mangino in the rookie football coach's office.

6Sports video: Hallman delivers in Kansas victory

After dropping three straight, the Kansas women's team desperately needed a win Saturday against Iowa State. And with five seconds left, senior Erica Hallman delivered with a free-throw to seal the win.

Giles provides spark for KU

Just when they needed him most, C.J. Giles turned back into a productive player Sunday in Allen Fieldhouse and helped Kansas University to its 59-58 comeback victory over Oklahoma.

Tease photo

Later, Sooners

Big rally lifts KU past Oklahoma

Not many, if any, fans had headed for the exits. Nobody on Kansas University's basketball team officially had thrown in the towel. Yet to players, coaches and spectators alike, things sure didn't look promising with 9 1â2 minutes to play Sunday in Allen Fieldhouse, with the young, unranked Jayhawks trailing an experienced, No. 19-rated Oklahoma team by 16 points.

Notebook

Brandon Rush squinted and looked uncomfortable much of the first half after getting poked in the right eye by Terrell Everett.

Keegan: Jayhawks exorcise demons

The star, Brandon Rush, played the first half with blurred vision brought about by a poke to the eye. The next-best player, Mario Chalmers, often looked like a freshman for a change and had eight turnovers to show for it. Reliable Russell Robinson missed all but two of his 10 shots.

OU bemoans finish

'It should've never come to that'

Michael Neal felt a hand on one of his as he tried to win the game at the buzzer. There isn't a doubt in his mind.

Keegan's report: college basketball

J-W sports editor Tom Keegan each week will observe and analyze the national college basketball scene.

6Sports video: New KU football facility announced

Earlier this week, recruiting experts praised KU's 2006 recruiting class. Today the Jayhawks took an even bigger step in the Big 12 Conference football arms race with the announcement that funding of the construction of a new facility is in place.

6Sports video: Jayhawks rally past Sooners

A 16-point deficit was no barrier for Kansas, which put things together to beat Oklahoma in the final seconds.

Sunday, February 5

Jayhawks rally past Sooners

A 16-point deficit was no barrier for Kansas, which put things together to beat Oklahoma in the final seconds.

Hallman delivers in Kansas victory

After dropping three straight, the Kansas women's team desperately needed a win Saturday against Iowa State. And with five seconds left, senior Erica Hallman delivered with a free-throw to seal the win.

KU completes improbable comeback

Jayhawks rally from 16 down to win, 59-58

Kansas completed an improbable comeback, rallying from 16 points down with 10 minutes to go to steal a 59-58 victory over No. 18 Sooners at Allen Fieldhouse on Sunday.

KU announces funding for football facility

Project to be complete by July 2008

There is a bigger game waiting to be played in Allen Fieldhouse, not to mention tonight's annual pigskin spectacular, but Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino said Sunday was a "super day" because of the announcement of KU's new football facility.

Green's return will be 'weird'

Former Kansas aide now on Sampson's OU bench

Jerry Green, who spent four successful seasons sitting next to best buddy Roy Williams on Kansas University's basketball bench in tradition-rich Allen Fieldhouse, today will experience the other side.

Determined Hallman KU's hero

It took theatrics, but Erica Hallman made sure to get the job done in the final seconds of Saturday's game against Iowa State in Allen Fieldhouse.

Green's return will be 'weird'

Jerry Green, who spent four successful seasons sitting next to best buddy Roy Williams on Kansas University's basketball bench in tradition-rich Allen Fieldhouse, today will experience the other side.

Tale of the tape

Jayhawks (14-6, 5-2)

Jayhawks ready to bruise it up

Super Bowl Sunday isn't all about football. Not in hoops-crazed Kansas, anyhow.

Keegan: KU fate decided in paint

Kansas University's most productive, most consistent, most entertaining three players start on the perimeter.

KU baseball squad splits with Hawaii-Hilo

The Kansas University baseball team couldn't overcome a six-run deficit Saturday, falling to Hawaii-Hilo, 8-6, to close the teams' season-opening five-game series.

Determined Hallman KU's hero

Senior's aggressive drive - and subsequent free throw - lifts Jayhawks

It took theatrics, but Erica Hallman made sure to get the job done in the final seconds of Saturday's game against Iowa State in Allen Fieldhouse.

Saturday, February 4

KU women hold off ISU

Hallman hits free throw in final seconds

Kansas University's women's basketball team defeated Iowa State, 65-64, Saturday afternoon at a raucous Allen Fieldhouse when senior guard Erica Hallman connected on a free throw with five seconds left.

6Sports video: KU and Oklahoma ranked 5-2 in Big 12 Conference

KU has a big challenge ahead of them. On Sunday the Jayhawks return to the Fieldhouse to take on the Oklahoma. Both teams are 5-2 in Big 12 conference play. Moody predicts a tough and tight match against the Sooners.

Rush leaning toward return - for now

If Brandon Rush had to decide today, he likely would choose another year of college over the NBA.

Keegan: Kivisto assists KU again

Tom Kivisto holds the Kansas University single-game assist record. You don't get 18 assists without being able to see the whole picture in front of you, reading it properly and making the right decision.

6News sports video: Kansas Tennis team hits the road for a mountain west showdown

The Kansas Tennis team hits the road for a mountain west showdown with Utah on Saturday. KU won its last match, 7-0 against Drake. Hawks won every singles match with the Bulldogs in straight sets.

Dangerous ISU awaits

While it's not too late to make a run in conference, Kansas University's women's basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson knows today's 1 p.m. matchup with Iowa State is as good a time as any for the team to get out of its league-play funk.

Rush leaning toward return -- for now

If Brandon Rush had to decide today, he likely would choose another year of college over the NBA.

Kansas softball coming together

It's more than practice now, and that's what excites shortstop Destiny Frankenstein the most.

Jayhawks now 3-0 in baseball

Kansas University scored six runs over the final three innings to rally to an 8-3 baseball victory Friday night over Hawaii-Hilo.

Mangino promotes 2 assistants

Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino continues to move assistants up the coaching ladder while working on swallowing the loss of Dave Doeren.

Friday, February 3

Kansas Tennis team hits the road for a mountain west showdown

The Kansas Tennis team hits the road for a mountain west showdown with Utah on Saturday. KU won its last match, 7-0 against Drake. Hawks won every singles match with the Bulldogs in straight sets.

KU and Oklahoma ranked 5-2 in Big 12 Conference

KU has a big challenge ahead of them. On Sunday the Jayhawks return to the Fieldhouse to take on the Oklahoma. Both teams are 5-2 in Big 12 conference play. Moody predicts a tough and tight match against the Sooners.

Football facility plans nearly set in stone

It appears Kansas University has secured enough funds to move forward with a long-proposed football facility.

Kansas pitcher Czyz named to watch list

Kansas University senior Don Czyz was named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Assn. Stopper of the Year Award watch list.

6Sports video: KU men's basketball gave no chance to the Red Raiders

Against Texas Tech it wasn't even close. The Red Raiders never had a chance on the glass. KU out rebounded Bobby Knight's team by an astounding 55 to 28.

Kansas baseball wins opener

Jared Schweitzer and Gus Milner hit solo home runs, and Matt Baty drove in three runs as Kansas University popped Hawaii-Hilo, 11-1, in its season baseball opener late Wednesday night.

6News sports video: Bud's Barbershop, a hidden tribute to pieces of KU history

There is one room in Lawrence that pays tribute to all of KU's most revered and decorated athletes. This gallery, known as Bud's Barbershop, has also become a piece of history.

These walls can talk -- of KU sports

Dilapidated building overflowing with images of Jayhawk greats

The late Waldo "Bud" Monroe, a barber and campus police lieutenant, received enough pictures from Kansas University athletes over several decades for his own hall of fame.

Rush making his mark

In what is partly a testament to Brandon Rush's ability and also a strong sign of Kansas University's youth, Rush, KU's freshman guard out of Kansas City, Mo., soon figures to become the Jayhawks' active career leading scorer.

Rush making his mark

Freshman likely to become active career scoring leader

In what is partly a testament to Brandon Rush's ability and also a strong sign of Kansas University's youth, Rush, KU's freshman guard out of Kansas City, Mo., soon figures to become the Jayhawks' active career leading scorer.

6Sports video: Kansas women continue to sputter through conference play

The Kansas Women continue to sputter through conference play. Wednesday night, KU lost to Colorado again. The Buffs have only two conference victories in nine tries, both have been against Kansas. Next up for the KU women, a Saturday showdown with Iowa State at Allen Fieldhouse.

These walls can talk - of KU sports

Dilapidated building overflowing with images of Jayhawk greats

The late Waldo "Bud" Monroe, a barber and campus police lieutenant, received enough pictures from Kansas University athletes over several decades for his own hall of fame.

Thursday, February 2

KU women's basketball struggles with defense

Staying on the hardwood where defensive stops have been hard to come by for the Kansas women's basketball team. In their last two games the Jayhawks have given up 167 points, while losing by 56 tallies combined.

KU men's basketball gave no chance to the Red Raiders

Against Texas Tech it wasn't even close. The Red Raiders never had a chance on the glass. KU out rebounded Bobby Knight's team by an astounding 55 to 28.

KU men's basketball three days from biggest test of season

Three days from its biggest test of the season, the Kansas men's basketball team took a much-needed rest today. They Jayhawks got the entire day off before starting preparation for Oklahoma on Friday.

Bud's Barbershop, a hidden tribute to pieces of KU history

There is one room in Lawrence that pays tribute to all of KU's most revered and decorated athletes. This gallery, known as Bud's Barbershop, has also become a piece of history.

Kansas women continue to sputter through conference play

The Kansas Women continue to sputter through conference play. Wednesday night, KU lost to Colorado again. The Buffs have only two conference victories in nine tries, both have been against Kansas. Next up for the KU women, a Saturday showdown with Iowa State at Allen Fieldhouse.

Mangino signs four local athletes

Amongst the 21 kids signed by Mark Magino on Wednesday, four are from the Kansas City area. One of them played in Lawrence this past season. In two games against Bob Lisher's Free State Firebirds, the Shawnee Mission West quarterback looked great.

Kansas baseball opened the 2006 season

Kansas baseball opened the 2006 season Wednesday night in Hawaii against the Hilo Vulcans. The Hawks win 11-1, after seniors Matt Baty, Bus Milner and Jared Schweitzer each recorded three hits to pace KU's 14 hit attack.

Self not thrilled with break in action

After playing - and winning - three games in six days, with two of those contests on the road, Kansas University's men's basketball players and coaches welcomed this week's relaxed schedule, right?

KU soccer inks six signees

Kansas University's soccer program announced the signing of six players to National Letters of Intent. Of the six signees, Monica Dolinsky (Carmel, Ind.) and Shannon McCabe (Tulsa, Okla.) earned NSCAA High School All-American status. Joining Dolinsky and McCabe are three Colorado natives, Kim Boyer (Arvada), Merideth Monson (Lone Tree) and Estelle Johnson (Fort Collins), and Megan Jensen of Lincoln, Neb.

6Sports video: Jayhawks come up short against Buffaloes

Kansas University's women's basketball team dropped its sixth game in seven tries Wednesday night, falling to Colorado, 77-71, at Allen Fieldhouse.

6Sports video: Tennis team gains local indoor practice facility

For the first time since Bishop Seabury Academy took over the Alvamar Racquet Club, the Kansas tennis team has a practice facility that is both indoors and in town.

6Sports video: Mangino wraps up 2006 recruiting class

Today after a ton of phone calls, e-mails, text messages and in-home visits, the Kansas football team announced its 2006 recruiting class.

6Sports video: Baseball team to open season in Hawaii

The Kansas baseball team's season gets started at 11 p.m. local time on Thursday, when it kicks off a five-game series with Hawaii-Hilo.

KU baseball wins season-opener, 11-1

Milner, Schweitzer both hit home runs

Kansas University's baseball team opened its 2006 season with an 11-1 victory over the University of Hawaii-Hilo Wednesday night in Hilo, Hawaii. Senior Kodiak Quick held the Vulcans to one run on six hits while striking out six batters in seven innings of work. Seniors Matt Baty, Gus Milner and Jared Schweitzer each recorded three hits to pace KU's 14-hit attack. Milner and Schweitzer also added solo home runs and Baty drove in three runs.

Kansas women flounder

Struggling Jayhawks fall to lowly CU, 77-71

The limbo stick drops lower and lower for Kansas University's women's basketball team.

Big 12 capsules

A class with class

Players fulfilled pledges to KU

In the mud-slinging world of college football recruiting, Kansas University somehow emerged from the struggle without a speck of dirt on its jersey this year.

Keegan: Mangino making strides

In the recruiting game, no definitive scoreboard tells the students it's time to uproot the goalpost and take it to Potter Lake for a swim.

Texas prep in mix at QB

With sudden depth issues at the quarterback position, the Kansas University football team may have gotten as immediate of a high school answer as it could in Todd Reesing, a dual-threat slinger from Lake Travis, Texas, who already is on campus.

Wednesday, February 1

Tennis team gains local indoor practice facility

For the first time since Bishop Seabury Academy took over the Alvamar Racquet Club, the Kansas tennis team has a practice facility that is both indoors and in town.

KU women fall to Colorado, 77-71

Jayhawks lose for sixth time in seven tries

Kansas University's women's basketball team dropped its sixth game in seven tries Wednesday night, falling to Colorado, 77-71, at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas inks 21 recruits on Signing Day

Anthony Webb heads newest class of Jayhawks

Kansas University's football team has received National Letters of Intent from 21 incoming players in what coach Mark Mangino called a class that met "our needs at every position on the field."

Rock solid: Rockhurst program still cranking out recruits -- including two to KU

There is enough game film to fill a week's worth of free time in this cozy downstairs office. Enough commemorative footballs bearing Tony Severino's name to satisfy an entire team of ball hogs.

For Davis, KU was academic

In '84, engineering helped KU land Rockhurst standout

Over the years, many products of Rockhurst High in Kansas City, Mo., have played football for Kansas University.

Self gives OK for Downs' transfer

Micah Downs cell-phoned Bill Self on Tuesday afternoon from his new home: Spokane, Wash., home of Gonzaga University.

Mangino: Doeren's departure didn't decimate class

With little time left to be proven wrong, Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino appeared honest when asked how assistant Dave Doeren's departure affected recruiting.

Rock solid: Rockhurst program still cranking out recruits - including two to KU

There is enough game film to fill a week's worth of free time in this cozy downstairs office. Enough commemorative footballs bearing Tony Severino's name to satisfy an entire team of ball hogs.

KU hoping to rebound against Buffs

Midseason meltdowns do happen, for better or for worse.

Woodling: O, those Omaha hoops

Notes and quotes while wondering how many people - in addition to me - have the same shirt size as Super Bowl XL. :

Self gives OK for Downs' transfer

Micah Downs cell-phoned Bill Self on Tuesday afternoon from his new home: Spokane, Wash., home of Gonzaga University.

Mangino: Doeren's departure didn't decimate class

With little time left to be proven wrong, Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino appeared honest when asked how assistant Dave Doeren's departure affected recruiting.

6Sports video: Competition to pick up for Kansas softball team

The Kansas softball team looked good going 10-0 in the 2005 fall season, but thing will be heating up for the Jayhawks when the 2006 spring season begins in 10 days.

Nebraska stings Oklahoma State

During his final timeout, Nebraska coach Barry Collier reminded his team to think about a quick rebound.

6Sports video: Jayhawks experiencing offensive renaissance

Kansas is riding a four-game winning streak, and while the defense has been good, the offense has been better.

For Davis, KU was academic

In '84, engineering helped KU land Rockhurst standout

Over the years, many products of Rockhurst High in Kansas City, Mo., have played football for Kansas University.