Stories for April 7, 2008


Lead stories

KU cancels classes Tuesday to celebrate victory

No classes will be held at Kansas University's Lawrence campus Tuesday in recognition of the Jayhawks' victory tonight in the NCAA national championship game, Chancellor Robert Hemenway has announced.

6News video: Fans line up for bars early

Some dedicated fans went to great lengths to make sure they got seats at their favorite bars to watch Monday night's game.

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6News video: Former mayor commandeers 'Hawkinator'

Former Lawrence mayor Marty Kennedy took his Hawkinator float out for a spin on Monday to celebrate KU's national championship berth.

Around and about Lawrence on the night of the NCAA championship

We're out and about again in Lawrence tonight, as part of our coverage of Kansas University's National Championship game against the University of Memphis. Mark Fagan and Jonathan Kealing are where the fans are. Here's their report, which will be updated throughout the evening.

Heavy rain expected to cover basketball celebrations

People looking to celebrate outside tonight as part of National Championship festivities should prepare to get wet - and not just with champagne.

KU secures 2008 NCAA crown, 75-68 in overtime over Memphis

SAN ANTONIO - Mario Chalmers gave his team the hope when it seemed to be fading, and after his last-gasp three-pointer fell late in regulation, his teammates helped do the rest in overtime, as KU secured its third NCAA national title in school history Monday night in San Antonio with a 75-68 win over Memphis. Chalmers finished with 18 points, second only to Darrell Arthur who led all Jayhawks with 20, and KU overcame a late second-half deficit which at one point was as large as nine.

A new baby Jayhawk

My grandmother and my mother went to KU and now my first grand-child will be born Monday.

Jayhawk in a Tarheel world

I grew up in Kansas ... lived in Lawrence for several of them and love my Hawks!

The Three Little Jayhawks and The Big, Bad Tarheel

Adapted from Coach Don Fambrough's The Three Little Jayhawks

I wrote the following for our Final Four Pep Rally at the nursing home in Eudora. I took liberties with Coach Fambrough's story: The Three Little Jayhawks. I hope he doesn't mind. Steve Jensen gave voice to the story. Our residents loved it. Best wishes to the Jayhawks and Coach Self!

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Stage set for championship

Jayhawk fever saturates Lawrence

Lawrence is no longer on Earth. It's on Cloud Nine. "It's unbelievable," said Ryan Owens, manager of Jock's Nitch, 837 Mass. "The buzz - it's electric here in town." The Jayhawks' stomping of the University of North Carolina Tar Heels Saturday night drew people to the streets, where a general state of glee continued Sunday.

Keegan: Calipari, Self cut from same cloth

Memphis basketball coach John Calipari could buy a mattress store or three with cash today if he so desired, but it wasn't always that way.

Hilltoppers hire Texas aide

Texas assistant Ken McDonald was hired by Western Kentucky Sunday to replace Darrin Horn, who left the Hilltoppers for South Carolina last week.

For Rush, final a family affair

Brandon expects support tonight from relatives

Kareem Rush really wants to see his baby brother play basketball tonight on the country's biggest stage.

Gary Bedore's Kansas notebook

Kansas University's basketball players credit former Jayhawk guard Jacque Vaughn for some of their inspired play against North Carolina on Saturday night.

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All the marbles

KU, Memphis tangle for title

Bill Self was in the building the last time Kansas University won a national basketball championship. "My seats were really bad. They were up at the top," Self, KU's fifth-year coach, said with a grin.

Jayhawks slip to 7th

Kansas University's women's golf team fell from fourth place, after round one, to seventh after round two at the Berning Classic.

BU crushes KU softball

Baylor's Shaina Brock limited Kansas University's softball team to just four hits, while the Bears exploded for 10 as the Jayhawks fell, 8-1, to split the weekend series.

Baylor stomps Kansas

Baylor outmuscled Kansas University's baseball team, 17-7, despite a pair of home runs from KU senior Erik Morrison.

Head to head

Talk at the Final Four is that depending on which team ends up with the No. 1 pick, Derrick Rose, and not Kansas State's Michael Beasley, could go first.

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Raiders rally past Jayhawks

It was a rough Sunday for the Kansas University women's tennis squad at Robinson Courts.

Lady Vols escape with late putback

With points in short supply, Alexis Hornbuckle made her only two count. It was just enough to put defending champion Tennessee back into the title game.

Pickens to pony up?

The Tulsa World indicates Oklahoma State booster T. Boone Pickens plans to offer Kansas coach Bill Self a lot of money to coach at Self's alma mater.

Tiger star merits 2 names

Douglas-Roberts a mouthful - and a handful

Chris Douglas-Roberts is an All-America basketball player for the University of Memphis. His parents saw success like this coming, which explains why Douglas-Roberts has a mouthful of a last name that everybody now knows.

Ryan Wood's Memphis notebook

Memphis point guard Derrick Rose was scheduled to take part in about an hour of media activities on Saturday. But as the first news conference was about to begin, Rose walked into the room, whispered something to coach John Calipari, then left. He wasn't seen again.

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Tigers' aggressive offense to test KU

It's called the dribble-drive motion offense, a type of rim-crashing attack that Memphis basketball coach John Calipari adopted five years ago. Since that time, he has tweaked it and, more importantly, recruited the perfect players to make it work.