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Extra Minutes: Kansas 90, Loyola 60

Tying up loose ends from KU's non-conference finale against Loyola. Sherron Collins replaced the injured Mario Chalmers in the starting lineup, scored 18 points, and KU polished off it's non-con slate unscathed for the first time since the 1996-97 season.

6News sports: Collins, Talib speak

Aqib Talib and Anthony Collins talked on Tuesday about foregoing their senior seasons to enter the NFL draft.

6News video: Virginia council tips hat to KU

The mayors of Lawrence and Blacksburg, Va., the home of Virginia Tech., settled a friendly wager tonight.

6News sports: Jayhawks round out non-con, smash Loyola

Bill Self's squad reached a perfect non-conference record after defeating Loyola (Md.) on Tuesday night.

Collins subs for Chalmers in starting rotation, leads Jayhawks to 90-60 win

With Mario Chalmers as a late scratch tonight, Sherron Collins took his turn to officially re-introduce himself to the starting five. The sophomore guard's 18 points - including three trifectas - paced KU to a 90-60 win in its non-conference finale against Loyola (Md.) Tuesday night in Allen Fieldhouse. Darrell Arthur, who scored 22 for the Jayhawks on Saturday in Boston, added 14 points, while Sasha Kaun scored 14 and had eight rebounds off of the bench. Darnell Jackson and Brandon Rush each scored nine, while Jeremy Case sparked KU off the bench with eight points, including two three-pointers and an assist coming while saving a ball from going out of bounds late in the game. The Jayhawks open Big 12 play Saturday night in Lincoln, Neb., against the Cornhuskers at 8 p.m.

Collins, Talib talk NFL decisions, final AP poll

Both visibly relieved to have one of the toughest decisions of their lives out of the way, KU juniors Aqib Talib and Anthony Collins met with the media Tuesday evening on what will be the last day in Lawrence for each of the NFL hopefuls. Talib, the MVP of last week's FedEx Orange Bowl, and Collins, along with Talib a first team All-American selection following KU's historic 12-1 2007 ride, both leave tomorrow for Tempe, Ariz. There, they will train leading up to the 2008 NFL Draft Combine, held in Indianapolis from Feb. 20-26.

KU finishes seventh in final AP poll

Kansas University's football team finished ranked No. 7 in both the Associated Press and the USA Today coaches poll. The Jayhawks entered bowl season ranked eighth. After beating Virginia Tech, 24-21, in the Orange Bowl, Kansas passed Oklahoma and VT in the polls, but dropped behind West Virginia.

Bayou beat-down

Tigers hand Bucks another title-game defeat

Les Miles unleashed an ear-piercing whoop, then leaned back and exhaled as if he had been holding his breath all night. "I just had to do that," the LSU coach said. Easy for him to say, now that he has the BCS national championship trophy.

Tar Heels hang on to top spot

North Carolina's overtime win at Clemson kept the Tar Heels unbeaten and the top of the Associated Press' college basketball poll unchanged Monday.

No. 14 Butler rolls, 66-55

Matt Howard scored 19 points, and No. 14 Butler won its sixth straight game, pulling away for a 66-55 victory over Loyola of Chicago on Monday night.

UConn unanimous No. 1

Connecticut steamrolled its way to a unanimous choice at No. 1.

Plus-one format on the table

BCS officials are going to have some serious discussions in the upcoming months about going to a plus-one format, which could create a four-team major college football playoff.

Jones says 'Aloha' to SMU

Staying at Hawaii would have been the easy choice for June Jones. It was the challenge of rebuilding a tattered football program that led him to take the coaching job at Southern Methodist, which stumbled to a 1-11 record this season.

Collins, Talib to enter draft

All-Americans leaving KU after junior season

Anthony Collins couldn't hide his excitement. After all, Mama is about to eat. Collins and Aqib Talib, both juniors on Kansas University's football team, each confirmed Monday that they will skip their senior season and enter the 2008 NFL Draft.

Tease photo

Jackson has clear mind, big ideas for senior season

Family tragedy in past, forward becomes frontcourt force

Shawn Jackson, so strong and brave around her son, Darnell, before and after her 10 surgeries the past two years, no longer could mask the pain. Following last July's triple fusion procedure to repair ankle, heel and talus injuries sustained in a May 29, 2005, car crash that claimed the life of her mother, Evon, Shawn confided in her oldest of three children she was hurting ... badly.

Preseason finale awaits Jayhawks

There's plenty of motivation for Kansas University's basketball players tonight in their final nonconference game of the 2007-08 season. "This is basically our championship game for the preseason, so we're going to treat it like a championship game," KU senior Russell Robinson said, referring to a 7 p.m. home battle versus Loyola (Md.) College. The championship he refers to would be an undefeated nonconference campaign. KU enters 14-0; Loyola 6-8.

K-State breaks records

Shot after shot clanged off the rim. Passes went to the wrong team, leading to easy baskets at the other end. Fans started yelling "Mercy bucket!" in hopes that Savannah State could find some way to get the ball in the basket at least once. Finally, one did, though it wasn't enough to avoid the record books.

Ryan Wood's KU football notebook

There was smoke, and now there's fire. Kansas University football assistant coach Tim Beck officially was named running-backs coach at Nebraska on Monday, ending weeks of swirling rumors that he would be leaving KU after the Orange Bowl.