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KU football prepares to take on Texas at home

The Longhorns visit Lawrence for the first time since 2004.

Collins displays leadership abilities

Before the Kansas men's season even started, junior guard Sherron Collins was the default leader.

Big 12 basketball players predict the conference MVP

At the 2008 Big 12 Media Day in Oklahoma City, players from around the conference weighed in on which player they liked, other than themselves, to win the conference's MVP award.

Snaer to announce on ESPNU on Friday; Self happy with new signee Robinson

Michael Snaer, a 6-foot-4 senior shooting guard from Rancho Verde High in Moreno Valley, Calif., will reveal his college choice Friday on ESPNU, network officials reported Wednesday.

KU walk-on ear-to-ear happy

Juenemann gets first points in exhibition blowout

The smile was still on Jordan Juenemann's face as he stood outside the locker room after Tuesday's exhibition game against Emporia State. "This is definitely the No. 1 moment in my life," Juenemann said after scoring his first points as a Jayhawk in the final minute of Kansas University's 103-58 victory at Allen Fieldhouse. "It's just awesome. I'm just so thankful."

Planned site upgrades postponed

Some of your favorite features about LJWorld.com, KUSports.com and Lawrence.com will be unavailable Wednesday night as we complete a major upgrade to the back end of our Web site.

Heisman hopefuls

Trophy near-lock to land in Big 12

Three players in the Big 12 era have won the Heisman Memorial Trophy, awarded to the most outstanding player in college football at the end of each season. Barring any outrageous circumstance, the conference will add a fourth in 2008. This player would join Ricky Williams (Texas, 1998), Eric Crouch (Nebraska, 2001) and Jason White (Oklahoma, 2003) in striking the famous pose.

Top 25 Football: Ball State reaches 10-0

For the first time, Ball State is a perfect 10. Nate Davis threw for a touchdown and ran for another in a quick-strike offense, and the 14th-ranked Cardinals stayed unbeaten by wearing down the Miami RedHawks for a 31-16 victory Tuesday night that made a little bit of school history.

Big 12 football notebook

Nebraska nose tackle Ndamukong Suh may have been the first Big 12 football player ever to earn defensive player of the week award for a game in which he also scored an offensive touchdown. Suh had a career-high 12 stops in Saturday's 45-35 win over Kansas, including 2.5 sacks. Suh also plays fullback in goal-line situations and caught a two-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter.

Dugan Arnett's KU football notebook

Mark Mangino reflects on a 2004 outburst that cost him $5,000. Quarterback Todd Reesing is recovering from being sacked five times last week.

KU thrilled about tourney berth

Deep down, Mark Francis knew all along. Francis, Kansas University's 10th-year soccer coach, did the math. He figured a victory by his team in the first round of the Big 12 tournament - which would give Kansas 12 on the season - was going to be enough to ensure a berth in the NCAA Tournament.

Top 25 Basketball: Georgia Southern no match for eighth-ranked Duke, 97-54

Kyle Singler scored 19 points for the second straight game, and No. 8 Duke rolled into the 2K Sports Classic semifinals by routing Georgia Southern, 97-54, on Tuesday night. Nolan Smith added 13 points, and Gerald Henderson and Greg Paulus each finished with 11 to help the Blue Devils (2-0) win their 61st straight nonconference game at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Marcus figuring it out

Today is the first day high school basketball players can sign national letters of intent. So ends the signees' recruiting process, and in the minds of so many begins the necessary step of going through the motions of playing one year of college ball before they begin to collect the inevitable NBA paycheck.

Neglected guard Pyle shines

Hornet makes most of make-up start against Kansas

Months from now, Alex Pyle hopefully can laugh about the peculiar predicament he encountered Monday night. Pyle, a guard on the Emporia State men's basketball team, was supposed to make his season debut that evening in the Hornets' opening exhibition game against Wichita State. But a funny thing happened to Pyle on his way to the scorer's table.

Kansas basketball notebook

¢ KU signs one recruit, and waits on two more.¢ KU freshman Quintrell Thomas says his shoulder is OK.¢ Sherron Collins hit his elbow, but recovers.¢ KU shot 80 percent in the first half.¢ Bill Self joins Colin Powell and Rudy Giuliani at the Get Motivated Seminar in Kansas City, Mo.

Weis to call Irish plays

Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis will call the plays on offense for the Irish against Navy. Weis said at his news conference Tuesday he is taking over the play-calling for at least one game because offensive coordinator Mike Haywood will miss some practices this week to attend a funeral.

NU linebacker suspended

Nebraska coach Bo Pelini has announced that linebacker Cody Glenn has been suspended indefinitely from the team for violating team rules.

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The usual suspects

Aldrich, Collins lead way

Everybody knows Kansas University's basketball team will rely heavily on Cole Aldrich and Sherron Collins this season. "We have two standouts," KU coach Bill Self said of the dynamic duo, who erupted for 39 points off combined 14-of-19 shooting in the Jayhawks' 103-58 thrashing of Emporia State on Tuesday night in Allen Fieldhouse.

Holt passes (out) tough test

Question: How do you know you've done something unusually tough and physically impressive? Answer: When Joe Mortensen, Kansas University's hard-talkin', head-shavin', tattoo-wearin' senior linebacker, takes notice.