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Triple delight

Aldrich records rare triple-double

Walter Aldrich adjusted his glasses. His vision was blurred Sunday afternoon as he attempted to watch a CBS-TV reporter interview the star of Kansas University’s 60-43 second-round NCAA Tournament victory over Dayton. That would be his son — hometown hero Cole Aldrich. “Grown men aren’t supposed to cry,” Walter Aldrich said, his eyes welling with tears as he stood in front of his fifth-row seat in the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. Yet he couldn’t help but be gripped by emotion on on a day his son recorded the first official triple-double in KU history.

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FINAL: Aldrich gets first "official" triple-double in school history, helps KU to 60-43 victory

The KU center had 13 points, 20 rebounds and 10 blocks as the Jayhawks advanced to the Sweet 16, where they will play Michigan State.

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KU women top Creighton in WNIT

Her name contains 16 letters, but it really takes a 17th to describe Aishah Sutherland. “She’s our X-factor,” teammate Ivana Catic said. “It’s no secret that when she plays well, we play well.” Sutherland scored a career-high 15 points and matched her career-high with 12 rebounds to help Kansas spill Creighton, 79-64, in a WNIT basketball game Monday night in Allen Fieldhouse.

Commissioner Hack drops proposal to rename part of Missouri Street after coach Fambrough

City commissioners won’t debate, after all, whether a portion of Missouri Street should be renamed in honor of a former Kansas University football coach.

Basketball writers group gives Self national coach of the year award

The U.S. Basketball Writers' Association today gave Bill Self its national coach of the year award.

KU women face familiar foe: Creighton

Kansas University's women's basketball team will open the Women's NIT witih a familiar foe: Creighton.

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Triple-double sweet!

Aldrich shines as KU advances to Sweet 16

Saving the most dominant basketball weekend of his college career for his hometown fans, Cole Aldrich led Kansas University into the Sweet 16 by registering the first official triple-double in school history Sunday in the Metrodome.

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Kansas tennis falls to Missouri, 5-2

Coach Amy Hall-Holt wasn’t all that thrilled with the performance of her Kansas University tennis team in its 5-2 loss to Missouri on Sunday at First Serve Tennis Center. But at least she’s finally starting to reap some rewards, however small they may be, on her doubles pairing plan — one finally based more on personal preference than necessity.

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Flyers in awe of mountainous Aldrich

Dayton impressed by Jayhawks’ shot-blocking center

One of Dayton’s greatest strengths this season had been attacking the basket. It didn’t work Sunday against Kansas University and center Cole Aldrich. “You get past the first guy and you look up and there is a mountain in the middle of the lane,” Dayton forward Charles Little said after his team’s 60-43 loss. Aldrich recorded 10 blocks against the Flyers, which tied for the second-most in NCAA Tournament history.

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English sparks MU to Sweet 16 berth

Four unbelievable minutes. Two gargantuan free throws. Freshman Kim English came off the bench to “pinch shoot” for the hurting J.T. Tiller and made two free throws with 5.5 seconds left Sunday to give Missouri the go-ahead points in an 83-79 victory over Marquette. It was quite an encore for English, who had an out-of-body 41⁄2-minute shooting spree in the first half, scoring 15 points and helping third-seeded Mizzou (30-6) turn a six-point deficit into a 16-point lead.

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Next up for Kansas: Michigan State

An unexpected scoring binge from the Big Ten’s defensive player of the year propelled Michigan State to a familiar place. Travis Walton scored a career-high 18 points to lift the second-seeded Spartans to a victory over 10th-seeded USC in the Midwest Regional, putting Michigan State in the round of 16 for the eighth time in 12 years. MSU (28-6) advanced to the regional semifinals more times in the last dozen years than any team besides Duke.

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Triple delight

Aldrich records rare triple-double

Walter Aldrich adjusted his glasses. His vision was blurred Sunday afternoon as he attempted to watch a CBS-TV reporter interview the star of Kansas University’s 60-43 second-round NCAA Tournament victory over Dayton. That would be his son — hometown hero Cole Aldrich. “Grown men aren’t supposed to cry,” Walter Aldrich said, his eyes welling with tears as he stood in front of his fifth-row seat in the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. Yet he couldn’t help but be gripped by emotion on on a day his son recorded the first official triple-double in KU history.

Collins provides plenty to love

For some fans of Kansas University, watching Sherron Collins play basketball can amount to a hate-love relationship with their television sets. When he makes his defender look like a klutz and finishes with a bucket at the hoop, you scream “Wow!” at your TV. Then you scream “Bad shot!” Then “Wow!” Then, “Bad turnover!” Then, “Wow!” Then, “Bad shot!” Then, “Wow!”

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Kansas basketball notebook

Kansas University’s 60-43 victory over Dayton put a smile on the face of junior guard Tyrone Appleton, who has been mourning the loss of his buddy Dennis Williams, who was murdered late last week in Gary, Ind. “It’s been tough, real tough,” Appleton said after scoring one point versus the Flyers.

NCAA to blame for empty seats

With just over a minute to play, a chant of joy came out of the postage-stamp section of Arizona fans. “Sweet 16! Sweet 16! Sweet 16!” It was then a NCAA official looked to the empty upper deck in AmericanAirlines Arena and said, “Listen. Hear the echo?”

KU softball falls to Oklahoma State, 6-2

KU fell to Oklahoma State, 6-2, in Big 12 Conference softball.