Stories for February 2011


Monday, February 28

How Keegan voted: Feb. 28, 2011 college basketball poll

The following is Lawrence Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan's Associated Press college basketball ballot for Feb. 28, 2011.

KU ranked No. 2 in both polls

The Kansas men's basketball team is ranked No. 2 in both national polls released Monday.

Kansas baseball to play Iowa on Monday

Kansas University’s baseball team — which was forced by bad weather to scrap its weekend games — will face Iowa in a single game at 3 p.m. today at Hoglund Ballpark.

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KU women's basketball team pinch-hits for men at Wilt Chamberlain Clinic

Kansas University’s men’s basketball players had hoped to play host to more than 100 Special Olympians at the 27th-annual Wilt Chamberlain Clinic, held Sunday afternoon in Allen Fieldhouse. Instead, foggy weather prevented the Jayhawks from returning from Norman, Okla. — site of Saturday’s 82-70 victory over the Oklahoma Sooners — until 6:45 p.m. Sunday, several hours after the conclusion of the clinic, which was rescued by KU’s women’s team.

KU softball wins UNCG Spartan Classic

Kansas University freshman Kristin Martinez threw a complete-game two-hitter, and the Jayhawks won their third tournament title in three weeks with a 1-0 victory over Minnesota in the championship game of the UNCG Spartan Classic on Sunday.

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Rodney McGruder and surging K-State top No. 7 Texas 75-70

Kansas State is surging at the right time. Texas, the team that two weeks ago looked unstoppable in the Big 12, is slipping at precisely the wrong one.

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The biggest winner? Tyrel Reed could become all-time winningest Jayhawk

Born in Kansas and raised as a Kansas University basketball fan, Tyrel Reed now has a chance to become the winningest Jayhawk player of all-time.

Kansas tennis wins dual with Denver

Ekaterina Morozova’s victory at No. 1 singles clinched a 5-2 victory for Kansas University’s women’s tennis team over Denver on Sunday at the Jayhawk Tennis Facility.

KU women’s golf in 10th in Sir Pizza Cards Challenge

Freshman Thanuttra Boonraksasat is tied for 10th place, and Kansas University’s women’s golf team is in 11th place following Sunday’s first round of the Sir Pizza Cards Challenge.

KU men’s golf 12th in Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate

Alex Gutesha placed 12th individually, and Kansas University men’s golf was 12th in the team standings at the season-opening Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate on Sunday.

Sunday, February 27

KU baseball doubleheader Sunday canceled

Teams working to reschedule for Monday

The Kansas baseball team's scheduled home doubleheader Sunday against Iowa has been canceled because of snow covering the field.

KU swimming finishes strong at Big 12 meet

Eight Jayhawks and one relay team finished in the top 10 to lead the Kansas University swimming and diving team to a fourth-place finish at the Big 12 championships on Saturday at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center.

Who's at point for KU men's basketball?

A second-half injury to Elijah Johnson, coupled with Tyshawn Taylor’s suspension, left Kansas University’s basketball team thin at point guard in the second half of Saturday’s 82-70 victory over Oklahoma.

Names change, but Kansas doesn’t

Start with a 33-3 college basketball team. Subtract two NBA lottery picks, Cole Aldrich and Xavier Henry, plus the team’s leading scorer, Sherron Collins, who also made his way onto an NBA roster for a few months.

KU softball run-rules Morehead State twice

Kansas University’s softball team recorded two five-inning, run-rule victories against Morehead State on Saturday and outscored the Eagles 25-0. KU won 14-0 and 11-0 at the UNCG Spartan Classic.

KU golf in 13th place

After one round of play, the Kansas University men’s golf team stood in 13th place at the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate, with a score of 307, putting it 13 strokes behind leader Texas A&M.

Finley leads KU track at Big 12 championships

The Kansas University women’s track and field team finished eighth and the men finished 11th at the Big 12 Indoor Championships on Saturday at the Devaney Center.

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Back in the hunt: KU’s win, UT’s loss forge tie at top of Big 12

Cole Aldrich of the Oklahoma City Thunder joined 200 or so fellow Kansas University basketball fans in an impromptu celebration 10 minutes after the Jayhawks’ resounding 82-70 victory over Oklahoma on Saturday in Noble Center.

OU coach Capel fan of Kansas' Morris twins

Though Jeff Capel isn’t their coach, he can’t help but root for Kansas University forwards Marcus and Markieff Morris.

Saturday, February 26

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Carolyn Davis' 36 points help KU women to 77-61 win over Nebraska

Kansas sophomore Carolyn Davis scored 36 points on 16-for-19 shooting, leading the KU women's basketball team to a 77-61 victory over Nebraska on Saturday night at Allen Fieldhouse.

Jayhawk tennis falls

Kansas University’s No. 5 singles player, Erin Wilbert, remained undefeated this season, but KU suffered a 5-2 loss to Texas-Arlingotn on Friday at the Jayhawk Tennis Facility.

KU baseball canceled Saturday

Due to winter weather that hit Lawrence Thursday, Kansas University’s baseball team has canceled both baseball games scheduled for Saturday in the Jayhawk Classic.

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Colorado upsets No. 5 Texas 91-89

Colorado overcame a 22-point first-half deficit to upset No. 5 Texas 91-89 on Saturday behind 33 points from Alec Burks and 21 from Levi Knutson.

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Big 12 roundup: Pullen leads Kansas State past No. 20 Missouri

Kansas State was willing to go into a swoon once Saturday when Jacob Pullen went to the bench with foul trouble. Only once.

KU swimming in 4th at Big 12

Kansas University junior Stephanie Payne set the school record in the 400-yard individual medley — twice — as the Jayhawks moved up in the team standings after Friday’s third day of the Big 12 swimming and diving championships.

Jayhawk sets school 400 record

Diamond Dixon broke the Kansas University record with a time of 53.48 to finish second in her heat and qualify for the finals of the 400-meter dash on Friday at the first day of the Big 12 Indoor Championships.

KU softball win streak ends at 10

The streak is dead. Long live the streak.

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Senior shoots out of slump

KU guard Brady Morningstar Big 12’s top 3-point percentage shooter

Brady Morningstar, who enters Saturday’s Kansas University-Oklahoma game as the Big 12’s top three-point percentage shooter, is the same guy who was mired in a 2-for-19 slump in late January.

Angel Goodrich leading charge for Kansas women

The brace on Kansas University guard Angel Goodrich’s right knee wasn’t much of a physical hindrance.

Friday, February 25

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Guard Elijah Johnson changes mind-set in starting role

For most of this season, Kansas sophomore Elijah Johnson has entered games from the bench — a role he says is difficult to master.

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Thomas Robinson touched by flourishing support

No matter how busy he is on a given day, Kansas University sophomore power forward Thomas Robinson makes time for the most special person in his life — his 7-year-old sister, Jayla Paris.

KU swimmers honored

Thirteen members of the Kansas University swimming and diving team were named to the first or second Academic All-Big 12 teams this week.

Jayhawks in the NBA

Here's a look at how former Jayhawks fared in NBA action on Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011.

Big 12 roundup: Oklahoma State guard Penn suspended

Longhorn’s suspension to end after 2 games

Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford has suspended point guard Ray Penn indefinitely for failing to follow team policy.

Bobcats cut Collins

Former Kansas University point guard Sherron Collins on Thursday was cut by the NBA’s Charlotte Bobcats.

Kansas swimming in fifth

Joy Bunting placed ninth in the 200-yard individual medley as Kansas University’s swimming and diving team earned 60 points to move within six points of fourth-place Nebraska on Day Two Thursday of the Big 12 Championships.

Thursday, February 24

KU baseball game Friday vs. St. Louis postponed

Due to the winter weather, Kansas University’s baseball contest against Saint Louis scheduled for 3 p.m. Friday was postponed.

Ben Kirtland pleads guilty in federal court to role in KU ticket scam

Ben Kirtland, the onetime leader of fundraising for Kansas Athletics Inc., pleaded guilty Thursday morning in federal court for his role in a ticket scam that cost the department millions of dollars.

Group to decide how to display James Naismith's basketball rules

David Booth wants to display James Naismith’s original rules of “Basket Ball” in Lawrence, at Kansas University, in conjunction with the school’s athletics programs.

KU swimming team tied for third at Big 12 Championships

After the first day and two events of the Big 12 Championships, the Kansas University swimming and diving team is tied for third place.

KU women rally against Oklahoma State

A late push propelled the Kansas women’s basketball team to a 73-66 victory over Oklahoma State on Wednesday at Gallagher-Iba Arena.

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KU coach Bill Self praises Elijah Johnson’s defense

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self chatted with his new starting point guard on Wednesday afternoon.

Atlanta acquires former Jayhawk Kirk Hinrich

The struggling Atlanta Hawks acquired guard Kirk Hinrich from Washington in a five-player trade Wednesday, upgrading their backcourt for the playoff run.

Big 12 roundup: Wildcats hold off Huskers, 61-57

The guy who made waves a month ago when he said he wouldn’t play in the NIT keeps doing all he can to make Kansas State worthy of an NCAA tournament bid.

Wednesday, February 23

KU women notch road win, defeat Oklahoma State, 73-66

A late push propelled the Kansas women’s basketball team to a 73-66 victory over Oklahoma State on Wednesday at Gallagher-Iba Arena.

Naismith's original basketball rules to be displayed in Kansas City's Nelson-Atkins Museum from March 5 to May 29

Exhibit will be free and open to public

Dr. James Naismith's rules of basketball, which will ultimately be housed in Lawrence, will be on display in Kansas City from March 5 through May 29 at Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

KU Relay events to be featured downtown

Sure, you’ve seen crazy, you’ve seen odd, you’ve seen unique in downtown Lawrence before. But city leaders are betting you’ve never seen world-class athletes heave a 16-pound steel ball nearly 70 feet down a public street.

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Gary Bedore’s KU basketball notebook: Markieff Morris steps up

Markieff Morris followed perhaps his worst game of the season (three points in loss to Kansas State on Feb. 14) with two monster games.

Jayhawks in the NBA

Here's a look at how former Jayhawks fared in NBA action on Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011.

Kansas women's basketball to hit road at Oklahoma State

After a victory over Border War rival Missouri, the Kansas University women’s basketball team will look to keep its momentum going on the road tonight at Oklahoma State.

Big 12 roundup: Sooners’ football workouts lead to violations

Texas suspends forward

Oklahoma’s football team has been required to give players a week off from athletic training during the offseason after reporting a series of secondary NCAA rules violations.

KU's Allison Mayfield to try out for U.S. volleyball team

Kansas University volleyball junior Allison Mayfield will attend tryouts for the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, from Feb. 25-27, at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

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Texas basketball trounces Iowa State

As shooting slumps go, Jordan Hamilton’s wasn’t very long.

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Creighton spoils KU baseball home opener

Creighton spoiled the home opener for the Kansas University baseball team with a 4-3 victory in 10 innings on Tuesday at Hoglund Ballpark.

Tuesday, February 22

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Tyrel Reed named first-team academic All-American

Kansas senior guard Tyrel Reed was named a first-team academic All-American on Tuesday, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

KU sophomore Carolyn Davis wins Big 12 Women’s Basketball Player of the Week

Kansas sophomore forward Carolyn Davis was named Phillips 66 Big 12 Women’s Basketball Player of the Week for the first time in her career after leading the Jayhawks to a 75-70 overtime victory over Missouri on Saturday.

Did Tyshawn Taylor just get Pipped?

Lou Gehrig didn’t become Lou Gehrig in one night, so it’s a little early to fit Tyshawn Taylor for the moniker Wally Pipp, but Elijah Johnson’s performance in the first game of Taylor’s untimely indefinite suspension opened a door that Johnson walked through quite gracefully Monday.

Texas Tech football coach Tommy Tuberville’s raise irks university faculty

A $500,000-per-year pay raise recently awarded Texas Tech football coach Tommy Tuberville through 2015 has angered some university faculty members, who have been asked to take a pay freeze in 2011.

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KU basketball impresses Oklahoma State; Cowboys say, ‘Too many weapons’

Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford wasn’t blaming his defense for Kansas University’s 92-point effort Monday night.

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Fabulous fill-in: KU's Elijah Johnson makes most of starting opportunity

Newly suspended Tyshawn Taylor slapped his replacement in the starting lineup on the backside as Elijah Johnson checked out with a couple of minutes left in Kansas University’s 92-65 rout of Oklahoma State on Monday night in Allen Fieldhouse.

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Notebook: Tyshawn Taylor out ‘indefinitely’; Thomas Robinson returns

Kansas University men’s basketball coach Bill Self announced Monday morning that he had suspended junior guard Tyshawn Taylor indefinitely for violating team rules.

Monday, February 21

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KU women's basketball guard Marisha Brown suspended indefinitely

Kansas University women’s basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson announced Monday afternoon that senior guard Marisha Brown has been suspended indefinitely for violating team rules.

How Keegan voted: Feb. 21, 2011 college basketball poll

The following is Lawrence Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan's ballot for the Associated Press college basketball poll on Feb. 21, 2011.

KU drops to No. 2 in coaches poll, No. 3 in AP

The Kansas men's basketball team dropped to No. 2 in the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll and No. 3 in the Associated Press poll released Monday.

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Tyshawn Taylor suspended for violating team rules

Kansas men’s basketball coach Bill Self announced Monday morning that he has suspended junior guard Tyshawn Taylor indefinitely for violating team rules.

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Bill Self: Thomas Robinson 'questionable' for Oklahoma State game

Bill Self commented on Thomas Robinson's status for the KU-OSU game on Monday's Big 12 teleconference. Self indicated Robinson remains "questionable" for Monday night.

KU softball wins Stetson Hatter Invitational

Kansas University’s softball team is 10-0 and 2-for-2. The Jayhawks routed Stetson, 8-0, in six innings in the championship of the Stetson Hatter Invitational championship game on Sunday to claim their second tournament title in two weeks.

Now who’s college basketball's No. 1? Topsy-turvy week provides proof of parity

The college basketball week started with Jacob Pullen totaling 38 points, five assists and two steals to spark Kansas State’s double-digit upset Monday of No. 1 Kansas, and it ended Sunday with E’Twaun Moore totaling 38 points, five assists and two steals to lead Purdue to a double-digit victory against Ohio State.

Thomas Robinson returns to KU basketball practice

Kansas University sophomore forward Thomas Robinson, who had surgery 10 days ago to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee, practiced Sunday.

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Last OSU meeting might not motivate ‘weird’ KU

Master motivator Bill Self isn’t so sure he’ll use last year’s Kansas-Oklahoma State basketball game as incentive for tonight’s Big Monday rematch against the Cowboys.

Kansas tennis cruises, 6-1

Kansas University’s tennis team snapped a three-match losing streak with a convincing 6-1 rout of Arkansas-Little Rock on Sunday at the Jayhawk Tennis Center.

Sunday, February 20

KU baseball knocks off No. 1 TCU, 4-3, in 14 innings

Kansas University junior Zac Elgie delivered a two-run double in the top of the 14th inning, leading the Jayhawks to a 4-3 victory over No. 1 TCU on Sunday afternoon in Fort Worth, Texas.

Ailing Thomas Robinson works out, feels good

Kansas University sophomore forward Thomas Robinson, who had surgery on Feb. 11 to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee, worked out for an hour before the game Saturday.

Big 12 Roundup: Nebraska knocks off No. 3 Texas

Count Texas among those impressed by Nebraska’s upset of the Longhorns.

Kansas softball wins 2 more, moves to 9-0

Brittany Hile hit a two-run home run, and Kendra Cullum drew a bases-loaded walk in the top of the eighth inning to help lift Kansas University’s softball team to an 11-8 victory over Stetson on Saturday evening to keep its win streak alive at 9-0, the best start in program history.

KU baseball falls at TCU

Top-ranked Texas Christian scored six runs in the final four innings to break open a tie game and rout Kansas University, 7-1, in college baseball on Saturday.

Game only downer for CU coach Tad Boyle

First, he received an unusually warm ovation from the Allen Fieldhouse crowd. Then, he caught a glimpse of himself in his No. 33 Kansas University jersey from the early 1980s during the Jayhawks’ intro video that accompanied Saturday’s starting lineups. Although that was about the point at which the welcome-home moment ended, current Colorado coach — and former KU player — Tad Boyle said he appreciated the gesture, even if it was followed by an 89-63 drubbing.

Markieff Morris helps KU put loss behind

On a day in which other college basketball giants fell, Kansas University picked itself up, and nobody did a better job of that than the giant of the starting lineup, 6-foot-9 junior Markieff Morris.

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Blame it on ’Rio: Visiting Mario Chalmers inspires Brady Morningstar in victory over Colorado

Mario Chalmers, who is spending the NBA All-Star break in Lawrence, stopped by buddy Brady Morningstar’s apartment Friday night.

Saturday, February 19

KU women escape with 75-70 overtime victory over Missouri

Monica Engleman hit a game-tying layup at the end of regulation, and the Kansas women's basketball team took control in the extra period for a 75-70 overtime victory over Missouri on Saturday night at Allen Fieldhouse.

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Buffs’ scoring duo of Burks, Higgins a challenging matchup

Colorado guards Alec Burks and Cory Higgins lived up to the hype in Kansas University’s narrow 82-78 victory over the Buffs on Jan. 25 at Coors Events Center in Boulder, Colo.

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Kansas women, in pink, to face Missouri

The color pink figures to dominate the scene at Allen Fieldhouse at 7 tonight, when the Kansas University women’s basketball team follows up the men’s team’s afternoon matchup against Colorado with a Border War battle with Missouri.

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Tigers still seeking first Big 12 road win

Unbeaten at home and often very beatable on the road, No. 20 Missouri is running out of chances to prove itself an all-around threat.

KU softball wins two, off to best start in team history

Kansas University’s softball program keeps producing victories in the beginning of the 2011 season.

Kansas baseball drops opener to No. 1 TCU

No. 1 TCU used four walks, two hits and an error to score five runs in the bottom of the first and held on to defeat Kansas University’s baseball team, 8-2, on Friday night in the season opener for both teams.

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Coaches Bill Self, Tad Boyle to collide again Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse

Kansas University point guard Tad Boyle and Oklahoma State floor general Bill Self met 10 times on the hardwood during their college basketball careers, which spanned from 1981-85.

Friday, February 18

Boston’s Paul Pierce, Ray Allen bring own styles to three-point shooting contest

Asked to handicap the three-point shooting contest, Ray Allen provided a thoughtful analysis of the players he will face at this weekend’s All-Star game in Los Angeles and complimented each of his opponents, in turn.

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Eager underdogs: After down year, Jayhawk baseball relishes diminished expectations

Last spring, the expectations for Kansas University’s baseball team were perhaps the loftiest in the program’s history.

TCU next top-ranked test for Kansas baseball

Kansas University’s baseball team opens the 2011 season at 6:30 p.m. Friday at top-ranked TCU.

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KU basketball's Tyrel Reed, Brady Morningstar on Academic All-Big 12 team

Kansas University seniors Tyrel Reed and Brady Morningstar were named to the Academic All-Big 12 basketball team announced Thursday by the conference office.

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Tyshawn Taylor shoulders blame for KU basketball's loss to K-State

Kansas University junior point guard Tyshawn Taylor cringed Wednesday as he watched the film of Monday’s 84-68 blowout loss at Kansas State.

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KSU’s Jacob Pullen learning to be leader

As you might recall, Kansas State coach Frank Martin recently blamed himself for Jacob Pullen’s early-to-midseason problems — just one of the many issues that have derailed a season that began with the Wildcats as a member of the preseason Top 10.

New bats change game

College baseball’s pings will have a little less zing this season.

KU key: Selective hearing

From Willie’s to the Bottleneck, from Watson Park to South Park, from Weaver’s to the Love Garden, from Auntie Em’s Deli to the Basil Leaf Cafe, it seems all anybody has been talking about all week are the words uttered by ESPN color commentator Bob Knight in the wake of Kansas State’s blowout victory against Kansas University on Monday night in Bramlage Coliseum.

Thursday, February 17

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Recruit Angelo Chol chooses Arizona over Kansas

Angelo Chol, a 6-foot-9 forward from San Diego’s Hoover High, on Thursday orally committed to play basketball at Arizona at a press conference at his high school.

Different strokes: New NCAA bat rule taking college baseball by storm

Kansas University senior outfielder Casey Lytle has never been much of a power hitter. So the new NCAA rule which regulates the performance of bats and figures to take some pop out of the game likely won’t have much impact on the way Lytle plays.

Kansas swimmer Amanda Maez honored

Kansas University senior Amanda Maez was honored by the Big 12 Conference and Chick-fil-A on Wednesday as a member of the 2011 Winter Community of Champions.

Nebraska football's Bo Pelini confirms former Jayhawk Tim Beck will be offensive coordinator

Nebraska coach Bo Pelini has confirmed the reorganization of his coaching staff, making Tim Beck his offensive coordinator and announcing four new assistants.

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Morris twins’ reputations called into question

Injured Thomas Robinson could be ready by Oklahoma game on Feb. 26

Some highly publicized transgressions on the court during the 2010-11 basketball season have called into question the character of Kansas University’s Morris twins.

KU football hands out awards

Though there will be no banquet to commemorate the 2010 season, the Kansas University football program and head coach Turner Gill on Wednesday announced the recipients of the team’s top honors from Gill’s first year in town.

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Big 12 men’s basketball roundup: Texas throttles OSU

Nebraska edges Oklahoma

Gary Johnson had 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Texas beat Oklahoma State on Wednesday night to tighten its grip on first place in the Big 12.

Jayhawks in the NBA

Here's a look at how former Jayhawks fared in NBA action on Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011.

NCAA men’s basketball tournament might not go to seed

Members of the NCAA men’s basketball selection committee meet in Indianapolis this week for a mock tournament trial run that will mostly involve throwing up their hands in advance of this year’s free-for-all.

J-W sports section recognized in APSE contest

The Journal-World again has been recognized as having one of the top sports sections in the country.

KU graduate Kevin Harlan true to tourney

For the first time, every NCAA Tournament game will be available on one of the following channels: CBS, TBS, TNT, truTV. That means the smart, funny, candid, very real voice of Charles Barkley sometimes will be heard at halftime. That could either add spice to an always riveting March, or it could backfire.

Wednesday, February 16

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Basketball recruit Angelo Chol to pick between KU, UNC and Arizona Thursday

Angelo Chol, a 6-foot-8 senior forward from San Diego’s Hoover High, will announce his college choice at 2:45 p.m., Central time, Thursday at his high school.

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Big 12 men’s basketball roundup: Missouri beats Texas Tech

LaceDarius Dunn leads Baylor past Wayland Baptist

Marcus Denmon scored 20 points, showing no after effects from a blow to the head three days earlier, to help Missouri beat Texas Tech on Tuesday night.

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Kansas basketball walk-on Christian Garrett settling in

New Kansas University basketball walk-on Christian Garrett had a rather emotional, out-of-the-ordinary first day on campus.

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KU baseball senior lefty Wally Marciel ready to start vs. TCU

Kansas University fifth-year senior Wally Marciel’s realization was one that most pitchers make at one point or another during their careers.

Tuesday, February 15

KU hoops notebook

KU is two games behind Texas in the league race.

KU women’s golf 2nd

Senior Meghna Bal finished in a tie for third place to pace the Kansas University women’s golf team to a second-place finish at the Claud Jacobs Intercollegiate on Monday.

Missouri guard Marcus Denmon’s status uncertain for Tuesday’s game

Missouri guard Marcus Denmon remains uncertain for Tuesday’s game against Texas Tech after he received two stitches under his right eye.

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Recurring Morris twins trouble especially disturbing

If it merely had been a case of the Kansas University basketball team not having the humility to handle the prosperity of holding the No. 1 ranking in the nation, no big deal.

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Kings for a day: Jayhawks rise to No. 1, fall — hard — to ’Cats

The new No. 1 team in the country didn’t play like the best squad in the land on Monday night in Bramlage Coliseum.

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KSU’s Jacob Pullen torches Kansas

Bill Self and Jacob Pullen had a compliment for each other in the hallway outside the locker rooms following Kansas State’s 84-68 victory over Kansas University on Monday night.

Jayhawks in the NBA

Here's a look at how former Jayhawks fared in NBA action on Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011.

Monday, February 14

How Keegan voted: Feb. 14, 2011 college basketball poll

The following is Lawrence Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan's ballot for the Feb. 14, 2011, Associated Press college basketball poll.

Kansas new No. 1 in both polls

Kansas is the new No. 1 in The Associated Press' college basketball poll.

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Bill Self addresses Josh Selby injury, potential No. 1 ranking during Big 12 teleconference

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self, who on Sunday night listed Josh Selby (stress reaction, right foot) as questionable for Monday’s game at Kansas State, addressed Selby’s status on Monday morning’s Big 12 teleconference.

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Marcus Morris named Big 12 player of the week

Kansas forward Marcus Morris was selected as the Big 12 player of the week, the conference announced Monday.

KU's Josh Selby ‘questionable’ for K-State

Kansas University freshman combo guard Josh Selby, who has missed the last three games because of a stress reaction in his right foot, has been upgraded to “questionable” for tonight’s game at Kansas State, coach Bill Self said Sunday.

Long snapper Tanner Gibas signs with KU football

California prep joins Class of 2011 reported Sunday that Tanner Gibas, a long snapper from Charter Oak High in Covina, Calif., signed a letter of intent with the Jayhawks late Saturday, making him the 28th member of the 34th-ranked class in the country.

Kansas softball moves to 5-0

Kansas University sophomore Rosie Hull had two hits and two RBIs as the Jayhawks beat Buffalo, 5-1, Sunday morning to win the Jacksonville University Tournament title and improve to 5-0 on the season, their best start since 1998.

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Purple passion: Bramlage sure to be rockin’ tonight for Sunflower Showdown

Some will be armed with rubber chickens, others merely with creative signs. Rest assured, almost all of the early-arriving Kansas State University students who attend tonight’s Sunflower Showdown will let Kansas University’s basketball players know what they think of ’em during pre-game drills.

Who should be ranked No. 1? Good question

A discussion similar to many breaking out across the country took place on ESPN between Mike Patrick and Len Elmore during their call of a Big East game Sunday. Patrick asked Elmore for his opinion on which school should be ranked No. 1, now that Ohio State, the last of the unbeaten, lost Saturday on the road to Wisconsin.

KU basketball's Jeff Withey working, eating hard

Center chowing down so he can bulk back up

Jeff Withey has been setting his alarm at 7:30 a.m. for an important reason. He has to wake up to eat.

Sunday, February 13

Big 12 roundup: Colorado escapes Kansas State at buzzer ... barely

Call this one the game-losing shot.

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Things are looking up: KU dispatches ISU, likely to be No. 1

Scoreboard watchers cheered wildly during the first TV timeout of Saturday’s Kansas-Iowa State basketball game in Allen Fieldhouse. That’s when it was revealed to 16,300 fans that No. 1-ranked Ohio State had fallen at No. 13 Wisconsin, meaning the No. 2-rated Jayhawks — if they took care of business against the Cyclones — on Monday assuredly would move to the top spot in the AP poll.

KU tennis falls to WSU, 4-3

Kansas University’s tennis team won three singles matches, but dropped the decisive doubles point, losing to Washington State, 4-3, on Saturday at the Simmelink Tennis Center.

KU track athletes compete at four different meets

Kansas University’s track and field team had members in meets across the country this weekend with a total of 60 athletes traveling to four different sites.

Kansas softball remains unbeaten

Junior Marissa Ingle hit a grand slam while freshman pitcher Kristin Martinez limited Jacksonville to two hits in her first collegiate start as the Kansas University softball team improved to 4-0 on the season with a 6-1 victory. Earlier Saturday, KU defeated Bethune-Cookman, 5-0, in day two of the Jacksonville University Tournament.

Jayhawks good, entertaining, too

Less than a year ago, as he was discussing in his plush office what he looks for in players when deciding whether to offer them a scholarship, Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self addressed the human aspect of the athletes.

Iowa State impressed by Jayhawks

One month after playing Kansas University within five points in a loss in Ames, Iowa, Iowa State men’s basketball coach Fred Hoiberg on Saturday got a better look at the team that might wind up ranked No. 1 in the country in Monday’s polls.

VIP Bill Bradley in fieldhouse

Former three-term U.S. Senator Bill Bradley spoke to the Jayhawks before the game. He attended as guest of KU graduate David Booth.

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Angel Morris mothers ailing Thomas Robinson

Thomasine “Angel” Morris provided some tender, loving care to a fallen Kansas University basketball player Friday afternoon.

Texas men's basketball drops BU; top spot next?

Texas keeps winning. Is a return to No. 1 next?

Saturday, February 12

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KU women blown out by No. 6 Texas A&M, 81-58

The Kansas women's basketball team committed 31 turnovers in an 81-58 loss to No. 6 Texas A&M on Saturday night in College Station, Texas.

Kansas softball starts season 2-0

Not a bad way to start the season.

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Danny Manning, Fred Hoiberg to cross paths Saturday

Kansas University’s Danny Manning, who is the Jayhawks’ all-time leading scorer, and Iowa State’s Fred Hoiberg, the Cyclones’ No. 3 point producer, didn’t compete against each other in college.

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KU women to take tough test at A&M

For a couple of weeks back in January, the Kansas University women’s basketball team was beginning to wonder if it ever would wind up on the winning side of a game again.

Friday, February 11

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Thomas Robinson could miss two weeks: KU forward has surgery to repair torn meniscus

Kansas University sophomore power forward Thomas Robinson had successful surgery to repair a torn medial collateral ligament (MCL) in his right knee and will be out for approximately two weeks, KU coach Bill Self reported Friday night.

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IRS could end up with forfeited funds from those convicted in KU ticket scandal

Three former employees of Kansas Athletics Inc. must pay up to $2 million for scamming to steal, sell and profit from the diversion of tickets to Kansas University football and basketball games, a federal judge has ruled.

Tyshawn Taylor still learning on job

The shots driving basketball players take off the dribble have many names, “floaters” and “teardrops” among them. The way Tyshawn Taylor delivered them the past couple of games, bullets and fire hoses more accurately described their velocity and trajectory.

KU softball happy to have Liz Kocon back

When Kansas University third-year junior Liz Kocon made a healthy return to the field this past fall, it was something of a revelation for her teammate, Maggie Hull.

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KU basketball coach Bill Self harps on defense

As happy he was with Kansas University’s offense in Monday’s 103-86 victory over Missouri, Bill Self was troubled by the defense.

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Head of the class: KU football recruiting coordinator Reggie Mitchell earns praise

With the letters from Kansas University’s 2011 football recruiting class signed, sealed and delivered, the attention has shifted to which schools fared the best on national signing day.

Tease photo 'Sign of the best KUSports fan' contest

Hasn't it been too long since we gave some stuff away? We thought so too. Make an amazing sign to win some.

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Testily, K-State coach Frank Martin says Curtis Kelly will play

Kansas State forward Curtis Kelly will play Saturday at Colorado, and that was about all coach Frank Martin would say about the senior on Thursday.

Longhorns could be what Baylor needs

Missouri coach Mike Anderson summed up the maelstrom in the middle of the Big 12 men’s basketball standings quite nicely.

TV deal allows staggered starts in NCAA tournament

The NCAA Tournament’s new TV deal will allow for more staggered starts of games, so all those buzzer-beaters aren’t happening at the same time.

D.A. Points, Steven Marino lead; former Jayhawk Gary Woodland lurks at Pebble Beach National Pro-Am

D.A. Points knew it was going to be a great week at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am when he found out Bill Murray was his amateur partner. It got even better Thursday.

Thursday, February 10

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Big 12 men’s basketball roundup: Texas stays unbeaten in league

Jordan Hamilton scored 20 points, Gary Johnson added 14, and Texas continued its perfect run through Big 12 play by beating Oklahoma on Wednesday night.

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KU hoops notebook: Bill Self discusses Tyrel Reed’s foot injury

Kansas guard Tyrel Reed figures to play in pain the rest of his senior season with a sore left foot.

Cowboys prepare for first game without Darrell Williams

When Darrell Williams went before a judge to face four felony charges, a handful of his teammates joined him at the courthouse as a show of support. Now, they’ll have to move on without him.

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Bill Self says incidents with Morris twins' temper have been ‘addressed’

A caller to Bill Self’s Hawk Talk radio show Wednesday night wanted to know if he should be concerned about the Morris twins occasionally losing their temper(s) on the basketball court.

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KU softball's Hull twins celebrate differences

For the better part of the first two decades of their lives, Kansas University softball sophomores Maggie and Rosie Hull were known simply as the Hull twins.

Jayhawks in the NBA

Here's a look at how former Jayhawks fared in NBA action Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011.

Wednesday, February 9

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Carolyn Davis for the win: Jayhawks upend Cyclones

The Kansas University women’s basketball team knocked off No. 20 Iowa State, 86-85, in overtime, Wednesday night at Allen Fieldhouse.

Federal government asks judge to order 3 defendants to turn over money gained in KU ticket scam

The federal government is moving forward with plans to collect up to $2 million from three defendants convicted in a scam to steal, sell and profit from diverted tickets to Kansas University football and basketball games.

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KU sophomore Travis Releford listed as "Dunk of the Year" nominee

Kansas University sophomore Travis Releford's windmill dunk against UMKC on Jan. 5 has been selected as a 2011 Dunk of the Year nominee in a contest run by company Intersport on Facebook.

Dancing flash mob at KU basketball game provides popular floor show

Before she spotted the sign-up sheet, Lindsey McAlonan didn’t even know what a flash mob was. If they didn’t before, the 16,300 fans who packed into Allen Fieldhouse for the Kansas-Missouri basketball game Monday have a much better idea of what it is, too.

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KU women's basketball point guard Angel Goodrich improving

Kansas University women’s basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson has a simple philosophy about basketball in February.

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K-State’s Curtis Kelly under investigation by athletic department

Curtis Kelly is the subject of a Kansas State athletic department investigation for a violation of a condition in the student-athlete handbook, the Wichita Eagle reported on Tuesday night.

NFL Alumni Association names former KU football player Aqib Talib defensive back of year

Former Kansas University standout cornerback Aqib Talib was named the 2010 Defensive Back of the Year by the NFL Alumni Association on Tuesday.

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Numbers illustrate KU basketball's depth

A basketball team doesn’t make it all the way to second in the national rankings without compiling some amazing numbers along the way. It’s time to have some fun with data created by the entertaining Kansas University basketball team.

Jayhawks in the NBA

Here's a look at how former Jayhawks fared in NBA action on Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011.

Paul Pierce to defend 3-point crown in All-Star contest

Paul Pierce will defend his three-point shootout title against a field that includes fellow Boston Celtics All-Star Ray Allen and NBA scoring leader Kevin Durant of Oklahoma City.

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Adversity molds Jayhawks into team

After playing 10 games in 29 days — six on the road, with an unexpected two-day trip to Washington, D.C., also thrown into the wintry mix — Kansas University’s basketball players can finally exhale.

Jordan Hamilton, Texas tearing up Big 12

After everything went so wrong for the Texas last season, Jordan Hamilton apologized to his teammates.

Tuesday, February 8

Reserves good, but Morris twins key for KU basketball — again

Thomas Robinson and Brady Morningstar, the sixth and seventh men when the team is at full strength, were a big part of the story Saturday in Lincoln, Neb., when Kansas University looked so smooth in hammering Nebraska. Most of the talk centered on Mario Little and Travis Releford, the eighth and ninth men on the team in Monday night’s impressive 103-86 victory against Missouri in Allen Fieldhouse, and rightly so.

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Travis Releford makes most of playing time against Missouri

At the four-minute media timeout, Kansas University assistant coach Danny Manning looked down the bench and could see the frustration on Travis Releford’s face.

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Missouri Tigers lament defensive performance in 103-86 loss at Allen Fieldhouse

Giving up 100 points in a college basketball game is never easy to swallow. Surrendering that many points to an archrival makes life even tougher.

KU hoops notebook: Josh Selby on mend

Kansas University freshman guard Josh Selby, who has a stress reaction in his right foot, missed his second straight game.

OSU forward faces rape charges

Oklahoma State suspended starting forward Darrell Williams on Monday after he was charged with four felony counts alleging he inappropriately touched two women without their consent.

Mark Wilson wins playoff; Gary Woodland finishes fifth

Packers fan Mark Wilson celebrated a big victory of his own on a playing field about as close to frozen tundra as it gets on the PGA Tour.

Jayhawks in the NBA

Here's a look at how former Jayhawks fared in NBA action on Monday, Feb. 7, 2011.

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Big-time blowout: Mario Little sparks KU basketball's rout over rival Missouri

Mario Little realizes time is rapidly running out on his Kansas University basketball career.

Monday, February 7

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KU football player Chris Omigie arrested on DUI

According to Douglas County Jail records, a KU Public Safety officer arrested 19-year-old Chris Omigie around 2:30 a.m. Saturday after a traffic stop near 21st Street and Naismith Drive on suspicion of operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol.

KU considers options for recovering losses in ticket scandal

Kansas Athletics Inc. knows it lost $1 million to $3 million, and maybe more, when at least six of its employees stole more than 19,000 tickets for football and men’s basketball.

Allen Fieldhouse helps Turner Gill recruit for KU football, too

“There’s no better place to coach, there’s no better place to go to school, there’s no better place to play.” Those words about Allen Fieldhouse, uttered by former Kansas University basketball coach Larry Brown, have given goosebumps to thousands of Jayhawk fans. Aside from providing one of the biggest home-court advantages in the country, KU’s gym plays another role that, at times, flies under the radar.

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‘Good’ Missouri Tigers have KU basketball team’s attention

Sensing reporters were searching for Border War bulletin-board material, Mario Little refused to take the bait. “Missouri’s good. I am not saying anything you all want me to say. I’m going to say what I feel. They’re good. They are capable of being good,” Little, Kansas University’s senior guard/forward, said with a smile.

Sunday, February 6

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Update: KU's Josh Selby remains doubtful for Missouri game

Update: On Monday’s Big 12 coaches call, Kansas University coach Bill Self indicated Josh Selby, who missed Saturday’s game at Nebraska because of a stress reaction in his right foot, remained doubtful for tonight’s game against Missouri.

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A rising star: Brady Morningstar stellar against Huskers

Brady Morningstar has been playing so well lately, he’s starting to remind his teammates of somebody whose jersey hangs in the Allen Fieldhouse rafters. “Brady to me is playing like Kirk Hinrich,” Kansas University junior forward Marcus Morris marveled after watching senior guard Morningstar score 19 points off 5-of-7 three-point shooting and dish six assists against no turnovers in the Jayhawks’ 86-66 victory over Nebraska on Saturday in Devaney Center.

Huskers awed by KU’s offensive show

Nebraska coach Doc Sadler wasn’t upset with his team’s defense following NU’s 86-66 loss to Kansas University on Saturday afternoon. Instead, he was left awed by the Jayhawks’ offense.

KU tennis routs Drake

Kansas University’s tennis team won five of its six singles matches and swept three doubles matches in a 6-1 victory over Drake on Saturday at the Jayhawk Tennis Facility.

Big 12 Roundup: K-State edges Iowa State

Down one with the ball and the shot clock turned off, Kansas State coach Frank Martin called a play his team hadn’t run all year. Predictably, the Wildcats didn’t execute the way Martin drew it up. But as he’s done so often in his brilliant career, Jacob Pullen was there to bail them out.

KU soccer holds banquet

Kansas University’s soccer team held its annual banquet and postseason awards reception Saturday at the Anderson Family Football Complex.

Finley sets meet record in shot put

Kansas University sophomore Mason Finley set a New Balance Collegiate Invitational record in the shot put with a throw of 20.40 meters (66-11.25 feet) on Saturday at the Armory Track and Field Center.

Kansas swimming clubs Cyclones

Kansas University’s swimming and diving team won 15 of 16 overall events and cruised by Iowa State, 195-99, on Saturday in the two-day dual meet at Robinson Natatorium.

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KU basketball team displays shades of ’08 national champions?

Balance. Efficiency. Unselfishness. Versatility. Depth. They all described Kansas University’s 2008 national-championship team, and they all fit this year’s squad, which illustrated that in convincing fashion Saturday during a two-hour clinic on how to turn ball movement into points.

Selby hurting, and other KU men's basketball notes

Kansas University freshman guard Josh Selby, who sprained his ankle against Kansas State on Jan. 29, has a stress reaction in his right foot.

Saturday, February 5

KU women fall to Texas, 80-68

An unselfish performance by Angel Goodrich couldn’t propel the Kansas University women’s basketball team over Texas in an 80-68 setback on Saturday at the Erwin Center.

Fox Sports Net to feature KU-OU baseball

The Big 12 Conference announced its 2011 college baseball television schedule on Fox Sports Net on Friday.

KU women look to ‘heal’ vs. ‘Horns

Most freshmen don’t have the kind of advantage that Kansas University guard Keena Mays will take into Saturday’s game at Texas.

Jayhawks’ swimming ahead of Iowa State

Senior captain Joy Bunting won two events, and the Kansas University swimming and diving team led Iowa State, 116-34, after the first day of a two-day dual Friday at Robinson Natatorium.

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KU to clash with confident NU

A three-point victory, 46 percent shooting from the floor, 53 percent shooting from the free-throw line and just 25 points in the first half.

Key injuries having impact in college game

Injuries have changed the landscape of college basketball as players sitting on the bench in street clothes have had as big of an impact as players on the court.

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Lasting KU-NU memories

Two crises apparently averted, it’s time for me to embrace the final Kansas-Nebraska basketball game to be played in cozy, underrated Devaney Center.

Friday, February 4

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Hitting his stride: Josh Selby answering call to be aggressive

Thrust into the role of pseudo-savior before he even had time to warm up, Kansas University freshman Josh Selby exploded onto the scene in mid-December with one of the most memorable debuts in KU basketball history.

Jayhawks in the NBA

Here's a look at how former Jayhawks fared in NBA action on Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011.

7 sign with KU soccer

Kansas University soccer coach Mark Francis announced the signing of seven players this week, bringing the total number of new players for the 2011 season up to nine.

KU football recruits impressed by talent of class

Incoming football players discuss why they chose KU

Officially, Wednesday was National Signing Day. But the fanfare and excitement surrounding the Kansas University football program’s most recent recruiting haul spilled over into Thursday and doesn’t figure to stop there.

Nebraska football secondary coach Marvin Sanders resigns

Marvin Sanders, who coached one of the top pass defenses in the nation, has resigned as Nebraska’s secondary coach.

Thursday, February 3

Ex-KU athletics official Ben Kirtland plans to plead guilty to federal charges in ticket scam case

The onetime leader of fundraising for Kansas Athletics Inc. plans to plead guilty later this month in federal court for his role in a tickets scam that cost the department millions of dollars.

Ex-KU football player Jamal Greene pleads guilty to burglary, assault for incident involving gun at Lawrence apartment

A former Kansas University football player pleaded guilty Thursday to two charges in connection with a May incident when four KU students were held at gunpoint.

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Bill Self: KU basketball's offense good, but could be better

Kansas University’s basketball team committed a season-low six turnovers while dishing 17 assists en route to a 51.4 percent shooting performance in Tuesday’s 88-66 road rout of Texas Tech.

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Fantastic future? KU football coach Turner Gill ecstatic with No. 34 recruiting class in country

Throughout his first 13 months on the job, Kansas University football coach Turner Gill demonstrated one thing above all else: He’s as steady as they come.

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KU women's basketball rips Colorado, 81-53

Throughout the history of women’s basketball at Kansas University, fewer than two dozen players have scored 1,000 points in a career.

Crimson Tide, Tigers tussle for blue-chips on national signing day

Alabama and Auburn were at it again on national signing day. The Iron Bowl rivals tussled for blue-chip recruits on the first day high school football players could make their college choices official.

Texas A&M recruit confirms mom forged letter of intent to wrong school

Floyd Raven says his mom was just trying to help when she forged his signature on a letter of intent to Mississippi Wednesday morning.

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5 names to keep in mind for KU football recruiting class

The forecast called for the temperature, without the wind-chill factor, to drop below zero during the night and I’m beginning to wonder if they have the material here to de-ice wings on airplanes.

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Big 12 men’s basketball roundup: K-State rolls; Mizzou falls

With Bramlage Coliseum silent for Jacob Pullen’s free throws, a Nebraska fan took the opportunity to scream, “Shave your beard!” There may have been times in a frustrating season when Pullen and the Wildcats would have been willing to do anything — maybe even remove trademark facial hair — to change their fortunes. But that was not the case on Wednesday night.

Jayhawks in the NBA: Thunder recall Aldrich from D-League

The Oklahoma City Thunder have recalled rookie center Cole Aldrich from the NBA development league.

Wednesday, February 2

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Red Raiders powerless against Morris twins, KU

Tech coach says twins in particular had an answer for his every move

It took Texas Tech coach Pat Knight all of 47 seconds to realize his defensive plan against Kansas University forward Marcus Morris wasn’t going to work.

KU women turn focus to Colorado

Talk about good timing. In search of a victory to snap its five-game conference losing skid, the Kansas University women’s basketball team will welcome the one Big 12 opponent it has managed to beat this season to Allen Fieldhouse at 7 tonight, when the Jayhawks play host to Colorado.

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Big 12 men’s basketball roundup: Buffs, Burks batter Cyclones, 95-69

Alec Burks had 19 points and 10 rebounds, and Colorado snapped a four-game skid with a victory over Iowa State in front of a sparse crowd on a frigid Tuesday night.

Jayhawks in the NBA

Here's a look at how former Jayhawks fared in NBA action on Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011.

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Chilly reception: KU rolls in ‘dead’ arena

The atmosphere in Texas Tech’s United Spirit Arena was not exactly electric on Tuesday night.

KU football to reveal speedy class

It’s not quite Bill Murray in the movie “Groundhog Day,” but it’s close. Throughout most of the recruiting period for the Class of 2011, one aspect kept popping up with nearly all of the players Kansas University football coach Turner Gill was targeting.

KU hoops notebook: Sheahon Zenger on the job

New Kansas University athletic director Sheahon Zenger spent his first official day on the job Tuesday with KU’s basketball team.

Jayhawks restore normalcy

Snow colored this southwestern town white, the wind-chill dropped below zero, and a Betty White story with photos was trending higher on Yahoo! than a Heidi Klum feature and photo gallery.

Four Jayhawks playing all-star football games

Two recent Kansas University football seniors will participate in all-star football games Saturday, while two more seniors are scheduled to compete in late March.

Tuesday, February 1

Jayhawks in the NBA

Here's a look at how former Jayhawks fared in NBA action on Monday, Jan. 31, 2011.

Texas routs Texas A&M

Moments after Texas wrapped up its victory over Texas A&M on Monday night, Aggies coach Mark Turgeon delivered a message to winning coach Rick Barnes.

Iowa State basketball coach Fred Hoiberg suspends Calvin Godfrey

Iowa State basketball coach Fred Hoiberg has suspended Calvin Godfrey for three games for violating team rules.

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Not lucky in Lubbock: Kansas basketball 0-3 at Texas Tech under coach Bill Self

Kansas University’s basketball team has compiled an amazing 43-16 record in Big 12 Conference road games under eighth-year coach Bill Self. The six-time defending league champs, however, are 0-3 in 15,020-seat United Spirit Arena (in the Self era) entering Tuesday's 8 p.m. contest between No. 2-ranked KU (20-1, 5-1) and unrated Texas Tech (11-11, 3-4).

Ohio State unanimous No. 1 in AP men's college basketball poll; KU No. 2

Ohio State, the lone remaining unbeaten team, is a unanimous No. 1 in the men’s college basketball poll by the Associated Press.

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KU hoops notebook: Josh Selby, Texas Tech's Mike Singletary honored

Texas Tech forward Mike Singletary on Monday was named Big 12 player of the week.

Signing Day coverage highlighted by live chat with OL Phil Ford

Signing Day 2011 is set for Wednesday, and will be there bright and early to provide updates throughout the day.

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Wally Judge quits K-State basketball team

Kansas State coach Frank Martin says forward Wally Judge has quit the team.

Jimmer Fredette, Kemba Walker and Jared Sullinger in mix for college basketball player of year

Have you been afflicted with Jimmermania? Officially Krazy for Kemba? Swept away by Sully?