It was a balmy 75 degrees this afternoon in Miami, Florida, the site of this year's Orange Bowl. Here in Lawrence, 75 would seem like a fantasy for the Kansas football team as they continue their preparation for Virginia Tech.
Today the Kansas women had their own business to take care of as they looked to improve to 8-1 against UC Riverside.
Well, it wasn't Allen Fieldhouse, but consider it a new home away from home for the Kansas men's basketball team. Yesterday the Hawks played host to the visiting Ohio Bobcats at Kansas City's brand new Sprint Center.
Behind a career-high 20 points from sophomore guard Sade Morris, the Kansas University women's basketball team capped finals week by winning its fifth straight game, knocking off UC-Riverside 62-49 Sunday night in Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks were forced to do so without leading scorer and rebounder Danielle McCray. The sophomore standout stayed in warmups on the KU bench with a stress reaction in her leg. She is day-to-day, as the injury is short of a stress fracture.
After so much had gone so wrong for No. 16 Oregon, coach Ernie Kent figured his Ducks would win when Tajuan Porter went to the free-throw line for a chance at a rare four-point play in the final seconds of regulation. Porter's seventh three-pointer tied it, but he missed his only free throw of the game Saturday, and Nebraska dominated the overtime, winning 88-79.
He was behind the play, and then he was the play. Kansas University reserve freshman center Cole Aldrich slammed home a missed shot with two hands to trigger a huge ovation from the crowd and the KU bench late in Saturday's 88-51 victory against Ohio University in the Sprint Center.
You can scratch Gary Pinkel's name off any other school's wish list. Missouri's coach has become a bit of a hot commodity in his seventh season, leading the Tigers to No. 1 before losing in the Big 12 championship game. But Saturday, as the team returned to practice for the Cotton Bowl, Pinkel said he was staying put.
Mario Chalmers, who hit three of four threes and scored 17 points, played well after getting chewed out by coach Bill Self in the opening minutes.
Both Micah Brown and his younger sister, Ashley, insisted they didn't know where the other was headed for college, even in the minutes leading up to signing their letters of intent for track scholarships. The two sat down at a table inside their Kearney, Neb., high school on national signing day during their senior years, only to find out both had selected the same school.
Northwest Missouri State set the very Division II record it was trying to avoid, thanks to a late touchdown by Valdosta State. Michael Terry scored with 22 seconds left, and Valdosta State beat Northwest Missouri, 25-20, Saturday, making the Bearcats the first team to lose three consecutive D-II title games.
Takia Starks scored 17 points, and No. 12 Texas A&M held off a second-half comeback by No. 14 Auburn to hand the Tigers their first loss, 62-60 Saturday night.
Thanks to shiny, new 18,500-seat Sprint Center, Kansas University's annual basketball trip to Kansas City is not drudgery any more. "This is so much better than Kemper. There's no birds (flying in rafters). It's just beautiful," Kansas City native Brandon Rush said Saturday after scoring 13 points with three assists and three rebounds in KU's 88-51 victory over Ohio - the Jayhawks' first game in the downtown arena that has replaced run-down Kemper Arena as "Allen Fieldhouse East."
KU coach Mark Mangino expressed his pride that two of his players - cornerback Aqib Talib and offensive tackle Anthony Collins - were named first-team All-America by the Associated Press last week.
Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose and sometimes - but not very often - you go on to Hawaii. "The good thing," Ohio U. coach Tim O'Shea said after the Bobcats' 88-51 bashing by Kansas University on Saturday in the Sprint Center, "is I get to lick my wounds on Waikiki Beach."
Kansas University's football team will call Lawrence home for about 10 more days - but only after some serious consideration to take the show somewhere else. KU coach Mark Mangino said he pondered taking the team south before Christmas to get some work in under more favorable weather conditions as his team prepares to face Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl on Jan. 3. But the Jayhawks instead will stay in town and try to make it work before heading to Miami.
Unable to shake a cold, Ty Abbott barely slept Friday night and didn't eat Saturday morning. He looked perfectly healthy Saturday afternoon, scoring 19 points to lead Arizona State to a 77-55 rout of No. 17 Xavier.
After a 49-21 victory Friday against Delaware for the NCAA's Football Championship Subdivision title, Appalachian State is on an unprecedented roll. No FCS program has won three straight championships, as the Mountaineers now have. Can Appalachian State make it four in a row next season? Here's what the Mountaineers can look forward to.
Rich Rodriguez discussed taking West Virginia to its second BCS game in three seasons and the challenge of facing Oklahoma's offense. What the Mountaineers' coach didn't want to talk about Saturday was Michigan's vacant head-coaching job.
Late great Marquette basketball coach and color commentator Al McGuire was noted for his descriptive quotes, delivered with a thick New York accent. Based on one of his most famous lines and on the defense-first philosophy he brought to the bench, McGuire would have loved Kansas University's senior point guard Russell Robinson.
Cinderella-ish shooting can overcome ugly sister-ish turnovers. Case in point: Kansas University's women's basketball team.
David Cutcliffe molded quarterback after quarterback into Heisman Trophy contenders and prized NFL draft picks. Now comes an even tougher construction project: transforming downtrodden Duke into a winner.