Stories for November 23, 2007


Lead stories

6Sports video: Big 12 North title on the line

In less than 24 hours, the endless buildup and hype for possibly the biggest game ever played in Arrowhead Stadium will come to an end and the Border Showdown will be decided on the field.

6Sports video: LSU loss gives KU shot at #1

An unranked Arkansas beat top ranked LSU on Friday night, which means a win for KU on Saturday would make the Jayhawks the number one ranked team in the nation.

6Sports video: KU prepares for Arizona

Believe it or not, there's a pretty big basketball game Sunday night at Allen Fieldhouse

6News video: Security tightens at Arrowhead

Security will be heavier than usual for Saturday night's KU-MU football game

6Sports video: Jayhawks defeat Drake

The Kansas women's basketball team defeated the Drake Bulldogs on Friday night, 69-49

6News video: Showdown to draw worldwide attention

Saturday night's KU-MU match-up is on national TV, but the game is expected to draw some worldwide attention.

LSU loses, KU in line to be No. 1

LSU, the No. 1 team in college football, lost this afternoon to Arkansas, 50-48.

Sooners' QB cleared to play

Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford was cleared to play Saturday against Oklahoma State.

George Mason stuns K-State

John Vaughan scored 21 points, and Folarin Campbell and Will Thomas each added 18 to lead George Mason to an 87-77 upset of No. 18 Kansas State in the opening round of the Old Spice Classic on Thursday night.

Commentary: Playing at home should be worth more than money

Change of venue took advantage away from KU

Kansas has led for most of the game, but it's late and Missouri is driving. A field goal wins its for the Tigers, whose fans are in a mad frenzy at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., as the seconds wind down in a game up for grabs. KU's fans are too tense to lift a finger, anticipating the biggest game they've ever seen their team play is about to get away.

Mayer: QB's ankle the key

If Todd Reesing has 100 percent of his physical faculties and can go the route, Kansas is going to defeat Missouri in Saturday's football showdown. If "Sparky" is still hindered by that dinged-up ankle that had him limping the past two games, MU is likely to prevail.

A&M hopes to avoid repeating history against Texas

Five years later, Texas A&M is back where it started. In 2002, the Aggies were 6-5 heading into their season finale with Texas, and disgruntled fans were calling for a coaching change. By then, A&M had slipped from elite to ordinary, the "Wrecking Crew" defense had become a remnant of the past and its once-steady supply of in-state recruits had started looking elsewhere.

Jayhawks take to the road

KU opens with Drake in Hoops for the Cure Classic

Nicollette Smith burst comet-like onto the Kansas University women's basketball scene. Then she quickly faded away. Now the question is: Will Smith return to view tonight when the Jayhawks tangle with Drake in SMU's Hoops for the Cure Classic?

USC clobbers Arizona State, 44-24

Despite two losses, Southern California still believes it is one of the nation's best teams. The Trojans looked like it on Thursday night.

Former coach, famed Mizzou hater picks KU

You pick up the phone and dial the numbers to Don Fambrough's house just days before Saturday's Border War game between No. 2 Kansas and No. 3 Missouri. A perfect chance, you think, to pick the brain of the most passionate Mizzou hater out there. Busy signal. Big surprise.

Top 25 Roundup: Villanova rolls over UCF

Corey Fisher made his first basket, then another. The Villanova freshman didn't stop until the No. 20 Wildcats finished off Central Florida in the opening round of Old Spice Classic.

NU's Callahan 'just focused on Colorado'

The stakes go way beyond bowl eligibility when the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Colorado Buffaloes play their annual grudge match on the day after Thanksgiving. Only interim athletic director Tom Osborne knows for sure if this is Bill Callahan's last game as Nebraska's coach, and the Buffs could clear up the matter for everyone else with a win today.

Paris sisters lead Sooners to first win

Courtney Paris had 16 points and 19 rebounds, and sister Ashley scored 21 points to help No. 10 Oklahoma win for the first time this season, beating 14th-ranked Arizona State, 69-57, in the Caribbean Challenge.

Coach helps foreign players feel at home

A traditional Russian salad and a Hungarian chocolate dessert added to the international flair of one Lawrence home during Thanksgiving. Amy Hall-Holt, head coach of Kansas University's women's tennis team, invited her international players to join her and her family to experience the American holiday feast. However, she also requested they bring a dish from their native country.

Commentary: Texas missed shot at Reesing, Daniel

The eyes of Texas' college football fans are focused on College Station, awaiting today's big game on the Big 12 schedule. But to fans in 49 other states, the Texas A&M-Texas rivalry is dwarfed by this week's truly Big Game in the Big 12.

Singletary pulls out of Baylor consideration

Mike Singletary is staying with the 49ers for now. Singletary pulled himself from consideration for the Baylor head coaching opening Thursday. He said he wasn't offered the job at his alma mater.

Walk-on living up to bomber reputation

Conner Teahan arrived at Kansas University with a reputation as a "pure shooter" with range past the 3-point arc. He hasn't disappointed yet this young season, cashing five 3s in six tries - including three of three from 3-point land - in Wednesday's 87-46 rout of Northern Arizona at Allen Fieldhouse.

Anatomy of a rivalry

Border hostilities run deep

Scoreboard. That word printed below a picture of Lawrence burning on a Missouri-yellow T-shirt was enough to ignite the Jayhawk faithful. Soon, drawings of John Brown superimposed over the state of Kansas popped up on the Internet. Kansas fans were making their own statement about a rivalry that dates back more than 150 years. Yes, the rivalry between Oregon and Oregon State actually is known as the Civil War. But Saturday night's Armageddon at Arrowhead - alternately known as the Border War or the Border Showdown - is rooted in the actual, shooting Civil War.

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The rise of Reesing

KU quarterback showed aggressive spark at early age

To follow the footprints back to answer the question why the man who recommended Todd Reesing to the Kansas University athletic department did so is to go all the way back to when the quarterback was about 5 years old. Todd's father, Steve Reesing, and Tom Stoetzner were college roommates at the University of Texas and friends before that. Stoetzner's son, Jake, alerted Kansas to Reesing after his big junior season for Lake Travis High in suburban Austin, Texas.