Odds and Ends in Gwangju - Part #1

Sports reporter Bobby Nightengale and I don't have a lot of free time to experience Gwangju and Korea beyond our daily Team USA basketball coverage. ...


The Day After: Selden, defense lifts USA to win over Brazil

Kansas guard Wayne Selden Jr., throws down a slam dunk in the second-half of a Team USA 81-72 win over against Brazil Sunday, July 5, in Gwangju, South Korea.

For the second straight game, the United States men's basketball team played strong defense. KU junior guard Wayne Selden Jr. provided the offense in an ...

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Staying healthy in Korea

Hospital staff guard entrances at a local hospital to monitor for MERS.

I think I was already sick before I got on the plane to Korea. But certainly, the day we landed in Gwangju, Korea, I was ...


Eating on the run in South Korea or, “Do you have anything with protein?”

When you’re a member of the media covering large events, spread out over many days, you can never depend on getting 3 square meals a ...

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The Day After: USA rallies to beat Turkey

Kansas guard Frank Mason III, (0) passes out from beneath the basket in a Team USA 66-57 win against Turkey Saturday, July 4, in Gwangju, South Korea.

It wasn't pretty, but Team USA found ways to win in its World University Game opener on Saturday, defeating Turkey, 66-57, at DongKang College Gymasium. ...


Comparing rules of NCAA and FIBA

Kansas forward Jamari Traylor (31) delivers a tomahawk dunk over members of Team Canada during the third quarter of Friday's World University Games exhibition at Sprint Center.

If you caught either of Kansas basketball’s Team USA exhibitions against Canada at Sprint Center, you’re already a little familiar with some of the differences ...

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Thomas Robinson finds ‘right opportunity’ with Brooklyn Nets

Philadelphia 76ers' Thomas Robinson, left, dunks past Los Angeles Lakers' Robert Sacre during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 30, 2015, in Philadelphia. Los Angeles won 113-111 in overtime. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Thomas Robinson didn’t have to wait long to find his new NBA home for the 2015-16 season. On the second day of free agency, the ...

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Jayhawks savor Team USA appearance at opening ceremonies

USA Team athletes, including the Kansas Jayhawks', representing Team USA basketball, enter Gwangju Universiade Main Stadium during the opening ceremony of the 28th World University Games July 3 in Gwangju, South Korea.

When Turkey arrives for its game in a few hours, the opponents' uniforms will say Kansas. On Friday night in Gwangju Universiade Stadium, the Jayhawks ...


The Day After: USA wins big in scrimmage against China

Team USA and China take a group photograph together after a Team USA 93-56 scrimmage game win over China Thursday, July 2.

Team USA shined in its final tune-up before the World University Games opener, out-running and out-hustling China for a 93-56 victory in a scrimmage on ...


Phoenix splits up Morris twins, trades Marcus to Detroit

Phoenix Suns' Marcus Morris and Markieff Morris look to the bench during an NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)

Twin brothers Marcus and Markieff Morris might have played their final NBA game as teammates. Although Phoenix did the former Kansas stars a favor by ...


Korean pastels

My photography checklist for traveling to Korea includes 2 camera bodies, 3 lenses, a laptop, iPhone, a padded floor seat, a pocket point-and-shoot camera and ...


Free agent Thomas Robinson searching for right fit, respect in NBA

Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah (13) against Philadelphia 76ers forward Thomas Robinson (41) during an NBA basketball game Saturday, April 11, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)

There are far bigger, landscape-changing names on the NBA’s open market this summer than Thomas Robinson. But it’s hard to come up with many free ...

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Behind the scenes with the Jayhawks in South Korea

After 28 hours of travel, between practices and before games, the Kansas basketball team is making time for some well-deserved R&R in South Korea. And ...


Paul Pierce, Thomas Robinson, other Jayhawks hit free agent market

Washington Wizards' Paul Pierce, walks away after a confrontation with Atlanta Hawks' DeMarre Carroll, not pictured, in the third quarter of Game 5 of the second round of the NBA basketball playoffs Wednesday, May 13, 2015, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

When the clock strikes midnight and June turns to July, NBA free agent season officially begins. With the 2015 draft out of the way, teams ...

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2016 NBA rookie of the year odds include one former Jayhawk

By now, if you've been a longtime reader of, you know that every once in a while we post various odds that are sent ...


Team USA receives warm welcome in first practice

It was quite the scene on Tuesday night when Kansas University men's basketball players took the court for their first practice in Korea and were ...

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Kelly Oubre Jr. talking a big game before his NBA career even begins

Washington Wizards' Kelly Oubre Jr. spins the ball on his finger during a portrait session for team photographer Stephen Gosling after an NBA basketball news conference, Friday, June 26, 2015, in Washington. Washington moved up four spots in the first round to get the Kansas freshman in a trade with the Atlanta Hawks, who selected Oubre with the 15th overall pick in the NBA draft the night before.. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon

The newest Kansas basketball player to join the ranks of the NBA, Kelly Oubre Jr. doesn’t appear to care about making any friends before his ...

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So, about those KU hoops uniforms for Korea…

A quick look at what the Team USA/KU uniforms in Korea looked like in Matt Tait's mind.

By now, even if you weren't one of the thousands of people who packed the Sprint Center last week to check out the latest and ...

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ESPNU to televise KU basketball at World University Games

Night owls and early risers, rejoice. Fans in the United States will be able to watch the Kansas men's basketball team on ESPNU during this ...

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Landing in Korea

I flew to Europe 30 years ago, so I had forgotten what you have to endure on a long-distance flight. Kansas City to San Francisco ...

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