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Reesing, Briscoe spark historic win

In the aftermath of the Kansas University football team’s historic 42-21 Insight Bowl victory over Minnesota — which long will be remembered as the day Jayhawks quarterback Todd Reesing and receiver Dezmon Briscoe essentially were unstoppable — the two players made their way to a news conference at Sun Devil Stadium, where dozens of reporters wanted to know how, exactly, they had managed to do what they had just done.

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KU plays host to 300 area youngsters

The Kansas University women's basketball team hosted the annual Bonnie Henrickson Holiday Hoops Clinic Thursday.

KU looking to Aldrich for leadership

The Jayhawks welcome No. 14 Tennessee to Lawrence on Saturday.

No surprise: KU is the star of 2008's top sports stories

Two bowl victories and a national basketball championship make the Jayhawks the number one sports story of the year.

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K-State QB expected to enter NFL draft

Kansas State quarterback Josh Freeman was expected to announce that he's skipping his senior season to enter the NFL draft. A person with knowledge of Freeman's decision Thursday told The Associated Press, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly, the school planned to make a formal announcement Friday.

No. 19 Bears crush JSU

A recap of Big 12 men's basketball action.

Dugan Arnett’s quick hits

Quick hits from Tempe.

Game balls & gassers

Heroes and goats from Tempe.

KU defense turns grimace to grin

Just moments earlier, Kansas University had won its third bowl game in four years, 42-21, Wednesday night against Minnesota in the Insight Bowl at Sun Devil Stadium. Defensive coordinator Clint Bowen was sporting that signature grin, the one that lights up his whole face, the one that had been replaced by a clenched jaw in the early stages of the Big 12 season.

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Reesing, Briscoe spark historic win

In the aftermath of the Kansas University football team’s historic 42-21 Insight Bowl victory over Minnesota — which long will be remembered as the day Jayhawks quarterback Todd Reesing and receiver Dezmon Briscoe essentially were unstoppable — the two players made their way to a news conference at Sun Devil Stadium, where dozens of reporters wanted to know how, exactly, they had managed to do what they had just done.

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Sure enough, Meier’s WR pass works

Former quarterback tosses and catches touchdowns in KU victory

Kerry Meier wasn’t going to back down. The Kansas University receiver said he refused to remain silent after a wide-receiver pass was added to the playbook a month ago.

Gophers’ offense stalls

So, fans wondered, just how much would the Gophers offense really change? Lots.

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Gophers easy prey for Hawks

It wasn’t the Orange Bowl, but in dominating Minnesota 42-21 Wednesday night in the Insight Bowl played at Sun Devil Stadium, Kansas University’s football team looked worthy of a BCS bowl game.

KU football notebook

News and notes from KU's Insight Bowl victory.