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Lawrence: City of Champions? Several hundred Kansas University fans made the case to name Lawrence ESPN's "TitleTown USA," as the sports network filmed a segment on Friday at Allen Fieldhouse. Earlier this week, ESPN named Lawrence one of 20 cities vying to be named the country's top championship city.
Can Lawrence compete with the likes of Boston, Los Angeles and Detroit? What about Ann Arbor, Mich., Williamsport, Pa., and Valdosta, Ga.? ESPN thinks it can, and to prove it, the sports network today named Lawrence a finalist in its "TitleTown USA" competition, which seeks to name the country's top championship city.
It's all over. The frenzied celebrations of the last few weeks culminated Sunday night at Allen Fieldhouse, where more than 10,000 fans gathered to pay tribute to the Kansas University men's basketball team.
Sunday capped nearly a month of high-fives, hugs and impromptu celebrations, courtesy of Kansas University's men's basketball team. A victory parade in downtown Lawrence was the final chapter in a season that kept Jayhawk fans on edge but ultimately brought a national championship home.
Doors opened early at Allen Field House to accommodate a restless crowd, eager to find seats to a ceremony honoring the Kansas University men's basketball team.
Anticipation for this afternoon's victory parade honoring the Kansas University basketball team is growing, as sidewalks and street corners in downtown Lawrence fill up with spectators. Wrapped in blankets and perched on folding chairs, fans are proud of their Jayhawks and excited to see a celebration that is expected to draw 80,000 people to downtown.
It was like game day all over again. An estimated 6,000 fans waited for several hours to welcome the Kansas University men's basketball team to Allen Field House, following their Elite Eight victory over Davidson.
Call it Mass. chaos. Massachusetts Street turned into a tangle of triumph after Kansas University's Elite Eight victory over Davidson, sending the Jayhawks to the Final Four for the first time since 2003.
Kansas University associate athletic director Jim Marchiony confirmed that Allen Fieldhouse will open for fans to welcome the victorious Jayhawks when they return from Detroit. Assistant athletics director of operations and events Bill Dickerson said the field house will open between 9:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Police have blocked off Massachusetts Street between 9th and 11th streets to accommodate a makeshift street party in celebration of Kansas University's Elite Eight victory.
After defeating Texas in the Big 12 Tournament championship game, the Kansas University men's basketball team waited on the floor of the Sprint Center in Kansas City to learn its fate in the NCAA Tournament.
Scott Lienemann has thick skin. Clad in a purple Kansas State basketball jersey, he stuck out in a sea of blue Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse, when ESPN filmed its popular College GameDay program for the third time since 2005. The taping preceded an evening basketball match-up, where Kansas University looked for payback after losing to Kansas State on Jan. 30.
Hey, Mizzou ... how's that No. 1 ranking? Oh wait. The University of Missouri football team ended the season ranked sixth in the Bowl Championship Series, one spot ahead of Kansas University's team. And the Tigers didn't even get a BCS bid. It's sweet redemption for the BCS-bound Jayhawks, as they accepted a bid to play in the Orange Bowl on Sunday, while their archrivals in Columbia are stuck playing in the non-BCS Cotton Bowl.
For some, it's boring. For others, it's oblivion. Still others just don't care. "For crying out loud, what's wrong with them?" asked Ann Reaney, who was dumbfounded to learn that some of her fellow Lawrencians were not planning to watch Kansas University's showdown against Missouri at Arrowhead Stadium on Saturday.
Tickets to the Kansas-Missouri football game are a hot commodity, and Kansas University students camped out Sunday to ensure they get the best seats available. About 15 students set up tents and folding chairs Sunday in preparation for a long day and night of waiting to pick up tickets to the Nov. 24 Border Showdown, which become available at 9 a.m. today.
Kansas University's homecoming week culminated Saturday with a spirited gameday atmosphere and a lopsided victory against the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Before the game, hundreds of people lined Jayhawk Boulevard, the campus' main street, in anticipation of a colorful parade, which included Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, who served as grand marshal.