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Sharing the load: Jayhawks' stable of backs successful in 31-14 win over South Dakota

Last year, week in and week out, it was James Sims who did the heavy lifting for the Jayhawks' running game. That wasn't the case Saturday. By Matt Tait • Charlie Weis postgame audio• Box score

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Catch him if you can: Despite challengers, Sims still KU's No. 1 RB

Tony Pierson, Brandon Bourbon and Taylor Cox are faster than James Sims. Bourbon and Cox weigh more than Sims. Darrian Miller and Pierson are even more slippery than Sims. So what is it about the senior from Irving, Texas, that enables him to keep his role as the Kansas University football team’s featured running back? By Tom Keegan

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Game Balls and Gassers: South Dakota

Game Balls and Gassers for Kansas' 31-14 victory over South Dakota.

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Opinion: KU's offense not quite right in opener

Based on first glance, something isn’t quite right with the Kansas University football team’s offense, Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan says. • Charlie Weis postgame audio• Box score

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Notebook: KU's special teams impress; LB Ben Heeney deals with cramps

The Kansas University football team's offense and defense may have taken small steps forward during a 31-14 victory against South Dakota at Memorial Stadium on Saturday night, but the special teams made a giant leap. By Matt Tait• Charlie Weis postgame audio• Box score

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Sharing the load: Jayhawks' stable of backs successful in 31-14 win over South Dakota

Last year, week in and week out, it was James Sims who did the heavy lifting for the Jayhawks' running game. That wasn't the case Saturday. By Matt Tait • Charlie Weis postgame audio• Box score

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Catch him if you can: Despite challengers, Sims still KU's No. 1 RB

Tony Pierson, Brandon Bourbon and Taylor Cox are faster than James Sims. Bourbon and Cox weigh more than Sims. Darrian Miller and Pierson are even more slippery than Sims. So what is it about the senior from Irving, Texas, that enables him to keep his role as the Kansas University football team’s featured running back? By Tom Keegan

Kansas vs. South Dakota: Tale of the Tape

A unit-by-unit look at the Kansas-South Dakota football game.

Matt Tait’s KU football notebook: South Dakota vs. Kansas

Asked if he would hold back some of the playbook in the opener to keep from giving away anything to future opponents, Kansas coach Charlie Weis made it clear that he’d thought plenty about that. Notes by Matt Tait

Weis combats ‘loser’s mentality’

As Kansas University’s football team gets set to enter its second season under head coach Charlie Weis, it seems clear that Weis and his coaching staff have been successful in chipping away at the losing culture that has lingered around the program for the past few seasons. By Matt Tait

Opinion: Jayhawk running backs' skills stack up nicely

Tony Pierson isn’t only the fastest player at the deepest position for the Kansas University football squad, he’s the speediest on the entire roster. So, if the other four running backs, James Sims, Taylor Cox, Darrian Miller and Brandon Bourbon, lined up to chase Pierson, which guy would finish second? Depends, naturally, on the person answering the question. Column by Tom Keegan

Newton takes post as Timberwolves’ GM

The Minnesota Timberwolves hired former Washington Wizards executive Milt Newton as general manager Friday, with new president of basketball operations Flip Saunders tapping a familiar face to help him reshape the franchise’s front office.

KU soccer ties Arizona

Caroline Kastor’s third goal of the season and goalkeeper Kaitlyn Stroud’s six saves helped Kansas University’s soccer team to a 1-1 tie with Arizona on Friday night as part of Arizona State’s Sun Devil Classic.