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<strong>FINAL:</strong> Collins scores 19 as KU holds off Temple, 71-59

Dionte Christmas scores 18 of his 21 points in 2nd half, but Jayhawks hang on for win

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KU aims to spoil Temple’s Christmas

Owls’ guard proud of festive last name

Temple University’s best basketball player has a favorite holiday. “Christmas, most definitely,” said Owls’ All-America candidate Dionte Christmas, mighty proud of his last name — and not at all burned out — in fielding questions about his festive moniker.

Jayhawks shop for area families

Roger Morningstar huddled Kansas University’s men’s basketball team at the front right entrance of Wal-Mart on Thursday night with two quick final messages for the shopping-cart-wielding players.

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FINAL: Collins scores 19 as KU holds off Temple, 71-59

Dionte Christmas scores 18 of his 21 points in 2nd half, but Jayhawks hang on for win

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Big Jay picked for nationals

Apparently it’s not just Jayhawk fans who really love Big Jay. The Kansas University mascot has earned the right to participate in a national competition in Orlando, Fla., for the first time. To earn a trip to the Universal Cheer and Dance competition, Jan. 16-18, the mascots had to submit a video that would be judged against other entries. The top 10 entries earn bids to nationals.

Chief of Staff wanted

Chief of Staff. Where can I get one of those? I sure could use one. Barack Obama has Rahm Emanuel. Lew Perkins has Nicole Corcoran. Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford had Alexander Haig. What’s that you say, sports editors don’t get to have a Chief of Staff? The world is changing. If an athletic director can have one, so can I.

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KU aims to spoil Temple’s Christmas

Owls’ guard proud of festive last name

Temple University’s best basketball player has a favorite holiday. “Christmas, most definitely,” said Owls’ All-America candidate Dionte Christmas, mighty proud of his last name — and not at all burned out — in fielding questions about his festive moniker.

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Colorado cruises past Prairie View

Cory Higgins scored 17 points and grabbed a team-high eight rebounds to lead Colorado. Dwight Thorne II finished with 12 points for the Buffaloes (5-3), while Levi Knutson came off the bench to add nine points. Colorado took control early as Higgins scored 15 of his points in the first half. The Buffs went into the break with a 43-18 lead.

Gary Bedore's KU basketball notebook

To Kansas University junior Sherron Collins, the most disappointing thing about last Saturday’s loss to UMass was the fact the Jayhawks weren’t totally into the game from the start.