2011 NCAA Tournament

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It’s time to put up or shut up

Elite shot-put field features turkey-loving, Cube-solving bear of a man

Enterprising downtown restaurant chefs might want to bake and baste some turkey legs today just in case Reese Hoffa — the world’s No. 2-ranked shot putter — wins tonight’s Kansas Relays competition.

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Ten to watch: This week's must-see events at the Kansas Relays

First, allow me to guarantee sunny skies for this week’s Kansas Relays, which start downtown Wednesday with the shot put, continue Thursday with the downtown long jump and play out at the track inside Memorial Stadium from Wednesday through Saturday.

Ballyhooed hurdler to race at Relays

The world’s No. 2-ranked hurdler, Johnny Dutch, has committed to compete in the Kansas Relays. The Invitational 400-meter hurdles will feature the world’s No. 1- and 2-ranked hurdlers, as Dutch will go up against five-time Kansas Relays winner and the world’s top-ranked hurdler Bershawn “Batman” Jackson.

Kansas Relays shot put in downtown Lawrence a must-see

Soon, the air on Eighth Street between Mass and New Hampshire will be thick with testosterone. Loud music. Men ripping their shirts off and unleashing primal screams of passion.

‘Batman’ to return

After a one-year hiatus, Bershawn “Batman” Jackson will return to the 2011 Kansas Relays. A relays regular, Jackson is a five-time winner in the 400-meter hurdles and holds the current record.

Musical chair losers, winners

For a college basketball fan, Selection Sunday is Christmas Eve. The Thursday and Friday of the first week of the NCAA Tournament are (usually) the two best basketball game days of each year.

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Scott Bowers of Webb City, Mo., wins bracket contest

It took him less than three minutes to make all his picks, but in the end, Scott Bowers is happy that he stuck with his instinct to have UConn advance all the way in his bracket.

KU fourth in final ESPN/USA Today coaches poll

The Kansas men's basketball team placed fourth in the final ESPN/USA Today coaches poll released Monday.

Cold Bulldogs doomed

Butler hits record-low 18.8 percent

Butler couldn’t go inside. It couldn’t score outside. Its shots were blocked all night long.

Young coaches wise to be picky

Shaka Smart could have cashed in at North Carolina State. Chris Mooney could have bolted to Georgia Tech. Instead, these in-demand basketball coaches agreed to contract extensions with their current schools, Smart at VCU, Mooney the University of Richmond.

Shaka Smart staying at VCU

VCU coach Shaka Smart is staying with the Rams after leading them on a surprising Final Four run.

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Butler showing little guys how to get it done

College basketball's biggest party was once an exclusive affair, such a stretch for small schools there might as well have been "No Mid-Majors Allowed" signs plastered on the locker room doors at the Final Four.

Commentary: In tonight’s NCAA title, root for Butler

Richmond and Cleveland State were the 1980s pioneers, charming and obscure underdogs who crashed the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16.

UConn, Butler in bizarro final

Butler coach Brad Stevens loves an underdog, whether it’s his team back in the Final Four or Connecticut making an unprecedented five-games-in-five-nights run through the Big East tournament. Wait, what?