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Tuesday, December 31

6Sports video: Jayhawk men move up in AP poll

6Sports recaps the action from Saturday's win over the California Golden Bears. and the Jayhawks' movement in the AP poll.

KU pillages Pirates

Jayhawks dominate inside against Hampton

For the Kansas University women's basketball team, it seems so simple. If the guards utilize their options, make smart passes and occasionally drain a jump shot, the forwards can have a big night. Such was the case Monday.

6Sports video: KU women get revenge

6Sports reports on Monday night's KU womens basketball game against the Hampton Lady Pirates.

6Sports video: Recruit enters plea on shoplifting charges

6Sports reports on KU basketball recruit J. R. Giddens.

Woodling: Pauley trip, Bohl among monthly highlights of year

Month by month, I will have these 2002 moments to remember.

Collison lives up to nickname

'Mr. Consistency' leads team with 18.8 ppg

A quizzical look crossed Aaron Miles' face when a West Coast reporter asked Miles, Kansas University's point guard, if he'd noticed anything different about All-America candidate Nick Collison the past four games.

KU men's bowling team wins tournament

The KU men's bowling team successfully defended its title at the Colgate Invitational Tournament on Monday in Maple Shade, N.J. The No. 7 KU men finished first, leading throughout the tournament and topping second-place and No. 3-ranked Saginaw Valley by more than 500 pins. The team's three-game team series total of 3671 pins was just six pins from the Collegiate bowling record.

Monday, December 30

Kansas up to No. 18 in AP Top 25

(Web Posted Monday at 5:04 p.m.) Kansas has moved up one spot to No. 18 in this week's AP Top 25 with Saturday's victory over California.

The KUsports.com All-Time 'Hawks Hoops Team

Ask some long-time Kansas University sportswriters to pick an all-time KU men's basketball team and you'll get a two-tiered response. First, they'll smile and start thinking back. Then they'll frown and you'll swear somebody started playing the "Mission Impossible" theme song. "No way. There are too many good ones," said Chuck Woodling, Journal-World sports editor, who's been around KU basketball since the 1960s.

KU's Waltz unimpressed by sixth win

Jayhawks can surpass last year's total tonight

A victory for Kansas University's women's basketball team tonight could be both a relief and a good sign. After all, a victory would be KU's sixth this year -- one more than it got all of last season. Then again, sophomore Blair Waltz said, six victories doesn't mean much to her.

Lee delighted by dunk

Sophomore guard slams 'when he wants to'

The topic of dunking was discussed during Kansas University's pregame meal on Saturday morning in Oakland, Calif. Not dunking doughnuts, but dunking the basketball.

Sunday, December 29

Notebook: Langford plays despite broken nose

Keith Langford wasn't about to wear one of those spooky hockey masks to protect his broken nose on Saturday at the Arena in Oakland.

KU clobbers Cal - Kansas 80, California 67

Jayhawks inspired by fans of Raiders

It took Kansas University's team bus a long time to inch its way through thousands of Oakland Raiders fans tailgating in the Oakland Coliseum/Arena in Oakland parking lot Saturday morning.

Cal coach wanted do-over

Braun: Bears doomed by 42-24 deficit in first half

In college basketball, there are no mulligans. "Is Roy Williams still here?" California coach Ben Braun quipped following the Golden Bears' 80-67 loss to Kansas University. "I was going to ask Roy if we could play the first half over."

Bowling: Jayhawks win tournament

Kansas University's men's bowling team defended its title in the Colgate Collegiate Invitational on Saturday. KU had a pinfall of 10,390 to finish ahead of Saginaw Valley (9,816) and San Jose State (9,588) in the 38-team field.

Miles' 'huge game' helps Kansas starters shine

Now I know perhaps the real reason Drew Gooden turned pro after his junior season at Kansas University. By opting for the NBA, Gooden will have two homecoming games in the Arena in Oakland instead of one.

Woodling: Miles' 'huge game' helps Kansas starters shine

Now I know perhaps the real reason Drew Gooden turned pro after his junior season at Kansas University. By opting for the NBA, Gooden will have two homecoming games in the Arena in Oakland instead of one.

Hallman lifts KU women to fifth win - Kansas 83, IUPUI 61

As one of the point guards for Kansas University's women's basketball team, Erica Hallman might have experienced a slice of heaven on Saturday.

Saturday, December 28

Cal trip was Gooden's homecoming

Roy Williams said he agreed to bring his Kansas University basketball team to California for two reasons. The fact one of those reasons didn't pan out has him re-thinking his way of rewarding players with a trip home.

Ransburg thriving despite injuries

For freshman Tamara Ransburg, life on the basketball court is getting a whole lot easier. It's getting a little more painful, too.

Kansas women: Ransburg thriving despite injuries

For freshman Tamara Ransburg, life on the basketball court is getting a whole lot easier. It's getting a little more painful, too. The Kansas University women's basketball forward, like several of her freshman teammates, has experienced her share of growing pains this season.

6Sports video: KU women hoping to end losing streak

6Sports reports on today's KU womens basketball game against the IUPUI Jaguars.

6Sports video: Hawks back in action against Cal

6Sports reports the men's basketball game between KU and California, the Jayhawks' first game in seven days.

Cal trip nearly homecoming for Niang

Moulaye Niang conceivably could have returned home to his native Senegal for Christmas.

Kansas defeats Cal, 80-67

California cut Kansas' 22-point lead to eight with an 16-2 run, but Kansas stormed back to an 13-point victory, 80-67.

Friday, December 27

6Sports video: Nick Collison shows that he's an All-American

Collison is putting up big numbers and demonstrating good leadership for the Jayhawks.

KU basketball tapped No. 1

Kansas University grabbed plenty of headlines in 2002 with its best basketball season in years: a 16-0 Big 12 season followed by the Jayhawks' first trip to the Final Four since 1993.

KU's Williams just another legend to coach in Challenge

The afternoon of Jan. 25, 1986 started the evolution of college basketball in San Francisco.

Diggs getting it done for Golden Bears

California junior guard following in footsteps of former Cal standout Kidd

Two basketball players with little in common -- besides their alma mater -- share the single-game steals record at the University of California. Physically gifted guard Jason Kidd, one of the most highly recruited 6-foot-4 players in history, had eight thefts in a Pac-10 contest against Washington in January of 1993.

KU lands wide receiver

Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino received at least one jolly Christmas greeting Wednesday.

Jayhawks will be judged by performance in March

It's a long, long way from March to December and the two Big 12 Conference basketball teams that reached the NCAA Final Four last March appear to have taken divergent paths into December. Oklahoma has lost only to No. 1-ranked-and-unbeaten Alabama while Kansas already has dropped three games -- to North Carolina and Florida in New York City, and to Oregon in Portland, Ore.

Thursday, December 26

Academic aptitude

Jayhawks earn top ranking for graduates

Most, but not all, of the talk at last year's Final Four was about college basketball. Kansas graduated 64 percent of its players from the last NCAA reporting period, followed by Indiana (43 percent), Maryland (19) and Oklahoma (0).

Williams praises admissions changes

The NCAA's emphasis on standardized test scores has long puzzled Kansas University basketball coach Roy Williams. "I've always been against standardized testing as a measurement for someone's perceived success at the college level," Williams said of initial eligibility requirements based on minimum ACT and SAT scores the past 16 years.

6Sports video: Lady Jayhawks are boosted by Burras

The sophomore newcomer does it all for the Kansas women's team.

Wednesday, December 25

Basketball Notebook: Collison's black band combats 'jumper's knee'

This and that regarding college basketball. ... Did you ever notice Kansas senior forward Nick Collison often wears a black band under his right knee at practices and in games?

Christmas tidbits plentiful

Player-by-player notes on KU basketball team

Stocking stuffers about Kansas University's men's basketball team ...

6Sports video: Win over Bruins creates peaceful holiday for Williams

6Sports reports on KU head coach Roy Williams' thoughts on past holiday seasons.

Woodling: Christmas tidbits plentiful

Player-by-player notes on KU basketball team

Stocking stuffers about Kansas University's men's basketball team ...

6Sports video: Area athletes, coaches have big plans for holiday break

6Sports reports on the holiday plans of some area athletes and their coaches.

Strength center on target

Forty-day drought aiding construction of Anderson Center

Kansas University athletes won't be lifting weights in the Shaffer-Holland Strength Center much longer. The 42,000-square-foot Anderson Family Strength and Conditioning Center is within its $8 million budget and on schedule to open in March.

Tuesday, December 24

Hinrich honored by Big 12

Kansas University senior Kirk Hinrich has been named Big 12 Player of the Week. Hinrich, a 6-foot-3 guard from Sioux City, Iowa, scored a season-high 27 points off 8-of-13 shooting in the Jayhawks' 87-70 victory over UCLA on Saturday.

Questions abound around KU's Bohl

AD has had ups, downs since being hired

Sixteen months into Al Bohl's tenure as Kansas University's athletic director, season football ticket sales are up and so are contributions to the Williams Fund. But there have been downers, too.

6Sports video: 27-point outing earns Jayhawk conference honors

6Sports reports on senior Kirk Hinrich and recaps Kansas' victory over UCLA on Saturday.

Hawkins still adjusting to college game

Kansas red-shirt freshman sometimes lacks confidence while making transition from KC Sumner

Jeff Hawkins doesn't have a Christmas wish list this year. "I really don't want any presents," the Kansas University red-shirt freshman guard said. "I just want to be with my family and relax at the house."

Jayhawks gain linebacker

Kansas University has swayed junior college linebacker Gabe Toomey away from Iowa State.

Monday, December 23

Kansas stays at No. 19 in AP Top 25

(Updated Tuesday at 2:09 a.m.) Even with Saturday's 87-70 victory over UCLA, Kansas University's mens' basketball team kept its No. 19 ranking in the newest AP Top 25 poll.

Hinrich named Big 12 player of the week

(Updated Tuesday at 2:09 a.m.) Kansas University senior guard Kirk Hinrich was chosen as Big 12 player of the week for his 27 points on 8-of-13 shooting against UCLA in the Jayhawks' 87-70 victory on Saturday.

Jayhawks' Miles excited about holiday break

Visions of family, friends and food no doubt danced through Aaron Miles' head on Sunday as he boarded a flight home to Portland, Ore., where he'll spend the Christmas holiday.

Bruins were clueless against Kansas

KU's Williams against UCLA's Lavin isn't even debateable; it showed in Jayhawks' 87-70 win

The sad part for anyone who cares even the smallest bit about UCLA basketball wasn't Kansas 87, Bruins 70. There was actually a touch of honor in that final score of Saturday's game at Allen Fieldhouse, a reflection of continued effort despite an apparent lost cause.

Texas RB commits to Kansas

Kansas football coach Mark Mangino's list of recruits is now at 14 after Taurance Rawls verbally committed to the Jayhawks, according to Jon Kirby of Rivals.com.

KU stays at No. 19 in AP Top 25

Even with Saturday's 87-70 victory over UCLA, Kansas University's mens' basketball team kept its No. 19 ranking in the newest AP Top 25 poll.

Sunday, December 22

KU notebook

Young Jayhawk women thumped by Kangaroos - UMKC 74, Kansas 62

After playing like veterans in the season's first four games, the Kansas University women's basketball squad's inexperience has been revealed.

'Today was just perfect' - Kansas 87, UCLA 70

Vaughn impressed with win over Bruins

It proved fitting that Jacque Vaughn had his No. 11 jersey retired on Saturday afternoon at Allen Fieldhouse. Nobody likes in-your-face defense -- the kind of 'D' the No. 19-rated Jayhawks exhibited in an 87-70 victory over UCLA on Saturday -- more than Vaughn, who combined with Jerod Haase to form one of the best defensive units in KU history.

Woodling: Hinrich lives up to billing

Surely, John Wooden, the former UCLA basketball coach and living legend, was watching this one at home, I thought. Then I wondered if the Wizard of Westwood had flipped to another channel in disgust. As bad as the Bruins looked against Kansas in the first half, you couldn't have blamed him. Nah, I'm sure Wooden didn't give up on UCLA, and he was rewarded for his faith by a second-half comeback that had the fans in Allen Fieldhouse wondering if Bruins' coach Steve Lavin was descended from the Grinch.

Bruins downplay Allen din

Coach Lavin insists crowd had hand in UCLA's slow start

Jayhawks 'lost focus'

Kansas slacked off after halftime break

Fans rocked Allen Fieldhouse during pregame introductions all the way through the first half of Saturday's Kansas-UCLA game. The 16,300 spectators also shook the roof with applause during ceremonies to retire Jacque Vaughn's No. 11 jersey at intermission.

Hinrich lives up to billing

Surely, John Wooden, the former UCLA basketball coach and living legend, was watching this one at home, I thought. Then I wondered if the Wizard of Westwood had flipped to another channel in disgust. As bad as the Bruins looked against Kansas in the first half, you couldn't have blamed him.

Saturday, December 21

Mayer: Readers can learn a lot from sports pages

Mom used to rag at me for spending so much time reading sports pages. Said I ought to devote every bit as much attention to other parts of the newspaper. In frustration, she talked to one of my junior high teachers, who said, in effect: "Leave him alone. At least he's reading a lot. Too many kids aren't reading anything; if they don't they won't get a decent education."

6Sports video: Breaks between games don't bother Jayhawks

6Sports reports on the thoughts of KU head coach Roy Williams and sophomore Wayne Simien on the long breaks between games during the holiday season.

Teddleton faces sentence on battery charges

A former Kansas University football player will be sentenced in February for his role in a fight outside of a Lawrence bar earlier this year.

No trial date set yet for Giddens

Williams, prep coach mum on status of Oklahoma City standout

The juvenile justice system in Oklahoma City has started its work on J.R. Giddens, the Kansas University men's basketball signee arrested early Thursday on complaints stemming from a plot to defraud a Wal-Mart store.

Kansas women's basketball: Transfer to make KU debut

Becker eligible today against UMKC

Roy Williams isn't the only Kansas University basketball coach with a team suffering from beyond the three-point arc. Marian Washington's women's basketball team has had its own problems from long distance, hitting just more than 30 percent (19-63) of its three-point attempts.

Three-pointers help Kansas in 87-70 victory over UCLA

Kansas hit a season-high eight three-pointers in an 87-70 victory over UCLA on Saturday in Allen Fieldhouse.

Basketball gig just the ticket for retired sports fanatics

Ernie and Mary Ann Swanson want your first step into Allen Fieldhouse to be as memorable as the moment Kansas University seals a victory and the crowd chants "Rock Chalk Jayhawk."

Hawkins could have picked UCLA

UCLA has raided Kansas City for some fine basketball players throughout the years -- athletes such as Lucius Allen, JaRon Rush and Earl Watson.

Bruins hope to rebound at KU

Jason Kapono stood at center court, dribbled forward two steps and hoisted a rather long three-point try early Friday afternoon at Allen Fieldhouse. Swish. Darned if Kapono, UCLA's 6-foot-8, 215-pound senior forward didn't work on his halfcourt shot for about five minutes, sinking about 10 desperation bombs while working up quite a sweat after the Bruins' practice on Kansas University's court.

Friday, December 20

Former KU football player to be sentenced on battery charge

(Web Posted Friday at 2:31 p.m.) A former Kansas University football player will be sentenced in February for his role in a fight outside of a Lawrence bar earlier this year.

Williams' appointment 'dream'

Jayhawks' coach joins U.S. Olympic staff

One of Roy Williams's lifelong dreams is a reality. Kansas University's 15th-year men's basketball coach will represent his country at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.

Simien relishes reputation for dunks

Powerful Wayne Simien has yet to shatter a backboard at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas basketball signee Giddens arrested

Kansas University basketball signee J.R. Giddens and three other individuals were arrested early Thursday on a variety of complaints stemming from a plot to defraud a Wal-Mart store, police told the Daily Oklahoman newspaper. Giddens, 17, of Oklahoma City's John Marshall High, was arrested on felony complaints of conspiracacy to commit grand larceny, grand larceny from a retailer, concealing stolen property and obtaining property by false pretense.

Mangino confirms 2 signings

Kansas University's football season ended 34 days ago, but Mark Mangino's coaching staff hasn't taken a break. Wednesday was the first day junior-college players could sign national letters of intent, and KU landed two recruits Mangino says should make an impact in 2003.

Kinsey makes debut

Former Kansas University football and basketball player Mario Kinsey played 23 minutes off the bench in his debut for Sam Houston State on Wednesday night.

6Sports video: Future Jayhawk in juvenile detention

J.R. Giddens has been arrested on fraud charges.

6Sports video: Jacque Vaughn's jersey will be retired

The former Jayhawk will be honored at the upcoming game against UCLA.

6Sports video: KU women's team visits patients

Coach Marian Washington, the Lady Jayhawks and Chancellor Hemenway spread cheer at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Putting some bounce in the day

6News video: KU Women's team visits patients

Coach Marian Washington, the Lady Jayhawks and Chancellor Hemenway spread cheer at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

6Sports video: Coach Williams goes to the Olympics

The coach will be able to fulfill his dream of being part of the Olympic games.

Williams Fund hits 4,000

Kansas University's Williams Educational Fund reached the 4,000-member plateau this week.

Thursday, December 19

Kansas Football inks two junior college players

The University of Kansas football team signed two junior college players to national letters-of-intent, coach Mark Mangino announced on Thursday. Wide receiver Lyonel Anderson and offensive lineman Joe Vaughn will join the team in the spring semester.

Williams named USA Senior National Team Assistant Coach

University of Kansas men's basketball coach Roy Williams has been named one of three assistant coaches on the 2003 USA Basketball Men's Senior National Team, USA Basketball announced on Thursday.

KU to retire Vaughn's jersey at halftime of UCLA game

Former University of Kansas standout guard Jacque Vaughn will have his jersey retired in a ceremony at halftime of the KU-UCLA game on Dec. 21 in Allen Fieldhouse, KU officials announced on Thursday.

Lavin livid at UCLA's play

The loselavin.com Web site likely had a lot of hits on Wednesday. Bruins fans in Internet-land had to be steaming after Tuesday night's 67-63 loss to Northern Arizona, contested before a tiny home crowd of 5,736 at historic Pauley Pavilion.

6Sports video: Firebird headed to Emporia

6Sports reports on Free State senior hurdler Kelly Perme, who signed with Emporia State on Wednesday.

Bobble Roy

KU's Williams can finally boast his very own sculpted Mini Me

Not too long ago, I walked into Culver's, one of the 127 or so places in the South Iowa Street retail megalopolis where you can buy a hamburger, fries and a soft drink.

6Sports video: Lee, Graves getting most minutes off the bench

6Sports reports on Jayhawk mens' basketball players Michael Lee and Jeff Graves.

Woodling: Bobble Roy

KU's Williams can finally boast his very own sculpted Mini Me

Not too long ago, I walked into Culver's, one of the 127 or so places in the South Iowa Street retail megalopolis where you can buy a hamburger, fries and a soft drink. Soon after entering, I noticed a Plexiglas box across from the soft-drink dispenser next to the ketchup and napkins. The box had a slot on top and a poster on the side that offered patrons the opportunity to win a Roy Williams bobblehead through a sweepstakes drawing.

Wednesday, December 18

6Sports video: Jayhawks buckle down for finals

The team takes the time to focus on the "student" part of "student-athlete."

Jayhawks snag another Kansas oral commitment

Nebraska football coaches showed up Monday at Schlagle High School in Kansas City, hoping to recruit defensive end Rashaad Norwood.

Kinsey to debut for SHSU

Former Kansas University football and basketball player Mario Kinsey will make his Sam Houston State debut tonight when the Bearkats tangle with Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark.

Starting five should lead Jayhawks in minutes

Let's talk minutes. No, not the minutes of the last meeting. I'm talking about Kansas University men's basketball minutes. Minutes Played is a statistic that didn't begin appearing in box scores until the mid-1970s so we have no idea how many minutes per game were logged by such KU standouts as Clyde Lovellette, Wilt Chamberlain, Dave Robisch and many others.

Jayhawks overcoming early identity crisis

KU sophomore Langford says squad has had to forget about last season's success, focus on present

Armchair quarterbacks and couch potatoes all have their theories about Kansas University's slow start in men's basketball this year. So do the Jayhawk players.

6Sports video: Jeff Hawkins improves steadily this year

The redshirt freshman had a strong showing against Emporia State.

6Sports video: Hawkins improves steadily this year

The redshirt freshman had a strong showing against Emporia State.

Woodling: Starting five should lead Jayhawks in minutes

Let's talk minutes. No, not the minutes of the last meeting. I'm talking about Kansas University men's basketball minutes. Minutes Played is a statistic that didn't begin appearing in box scores until the mid-1970s so we have no idea how many minutes per game were logged by such KU standouts as Clyde Lovellette, Wilt Chamberlain, Dave Robisch and many others.

6News video: Hawkins improves steadily this year

The redshirt freshman had a strong showing against Emporia State.

Tuesday, December 17

'Ask Gary' rings in the holidays

It's Christmastime, baby! Oops, that's Dick Vitale's line. Sorry, don't want to be accused of plagiarism, so I'll drop that greeting right now. It's Christmastime, dearies! It's Christmastime, dudes and dude-ettes! It's Christmastime, people! All drivel aside, here are a few gifts I'd like to give the Jayhawks if NCAA rules allowed...

Woodling: Tweaking schedule helps KU

Kansas showing commitment to Mangino

In an age when college football schedules are cut in custard instead of Carborundum, it was a bit of a surprise when Kansas University announced its 2003 schedule last week.

Tweaking schedule helps KU

Kansas showing commitment to Mangino

In an age when college football schedules are cut in custard instead of Carborundum, it was a bit of a surprise when Kansas University announced its 2003 schedule last week.

6Sports video: Jayhawks used Hornets for UCLA game

6Sports recaps the action from Saturday's KU basketball game against the Emporia State Hornets.

Basketball Notebook: Jayhawks preparing for finals, UCLA game

Now is not an easy time to be a Kansas University men's basketball player. The Jayhawks this week not only must prepare for a test against UCLA at 4 p.m. Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse, but also must prep for final exams in classrooms all over KU's campus.

Receiver commits to KU

Kansas University has received another verbal commitment from a junior-college football player.

Monday, December 16

KU men move up to No. 19

Kansas moved up one spot in the AP Men's Top 25 Basketball poll Monday.

Mom still Langford's biggest fan

Taylor supports her son at games, on Internet

Her real name is Charlene Taylor. But her moniker on the phog.net Kansas University men's basketball Internet message board is KLM - for "Keith Langford's mother."

Jayhawks help out Santa

KU basketball players gather gifts to be donated

For Kansas University's men's basketball team, 'tis the season to be jolly ... and to be generous. Which is why 13 KU players and several student managers played the role of Santa late Sunday night, good-naturedly prancing through the aisles of Wal-Mart, 3300 Iowa, while purchasing items for needy families.

Sunday, December 15

Bluejays bludgeon Kansas - Creighton 72, KU women 58

Creighton's full-court pressure was coming. Marian Washington knew it, and she made sure her Kansas University basketball players knew it, too. "I didn't think we'd have trouble with it," KU guard Aquanita Burras said. "We worked on it the last two practices."

Notebook: Collison confident shooting trey

KU senior forward connects twice from three-point range in rout of ESU

Guys Nick Collison's size hit three-pointers all the time in the NBA. "It's definitely a makeable shot," Kansas University's 6-foot-9, 255-pound senior forward said after sinking a pair of threes in three tries for the second straight game Saturday night.

Hornets coach says Kansas 'whooped us'

Emporia State men's basketball coach David Moe's game plan for Saturday night's game against Kansas University was to pack the lane against the taller Jayhawks, forcing KU to win with jump shots.

Bluejays bludgeon Kansas - Creighton 72, KU women 58

Creighton's full-court pressure was coming. Marian Washington knew it, and she made sure her Kansas University basketball players knew it, too. "I didn't think we'd have trouble with it," KU guard Aquanita Burras said. "We worked on it the last two practices."

KU bench lives up to high hopes

Subs want to help by not hurting

Make no mistake about it - Kansas University's 113-61 lopsided victory over Division II foe Emporia State was important in the eyes of KU coach Roy Williams.

Jayhawks sting Hornets - Kansas 113, Emporia State 61

Basketball is not meant to be played with a scowl on oneâÂÂs face. At least not all the time. Keeping that in mind, Kansas senior Kirk Hinrich decided to quit copying Scrooge and have some good, olâ fashioned fun against NCAA Div. II Emporia State on Saturday night at Allen Fieldhouse.

Sophomore picks up slack for Jays

Creighton's Christy Neneman, the 2001-02 Missouri Valley Conference women's basketball player of the year, averaged 17.8 points and 8.2 rebounds before Saturday's game against Kansas University.

Saturday, December 14

Williams has history with Emporia State's Moe

Doug Moe happens to be one of the most colorful, most quotable figures in NBA history. He also happens to be a pal of Kansas University men's basketball coach Roy Williams and the father of Emporia State coach David Moe, who brings his second ESU team to Allen Fieldhouse tonight.

Mayer: Capt. Kirk key for Jayhawks

Wayne Simien's tendinitis problem won't go away but barring complications, the powerful Kansas sophomore basketeer's contributions will continue to be impressive.

Women's Basketball: KU trying to rebound

Jayhawks set to square off against Creighton today

Allen Fieldhouse should look good to Kansas University's "new-look" women's basketball team today.

Williams believes in bench

KU coach hasn't lost faith in any of his reserves

Michael Lee and Jeff Graves have been logging the most minutes of any of Kansas University's bench players of late.

Giddens excells

Williams traveled to St. Louis on Thursday to watch KU signee J.R. Giddens of Oklahoma City score 23 points in Marshall High's 59-51 victory over Hazelwood (Mo.) High.

KU trying to rebound

Jayhawks set to square off against Creighton today

Allen Fieldhouse should look good to Kansas University's "new-look" women's basketball team today. The freshman- and sophomore-laden Jayhawks, coming off their most embarrassing loss of the season, will try to bounce back against Creighton.

Jayhawks swat the Hornets, 113-61

With just over ten minutes to play in the game, Kansas hit the century mark on a Kirk Hinrich jumper. On the following time out, with KU up by 55 points, Roy Williams pulled all five starters. KU's bench and ESU played fairly evenly after that, but the Hornets outscored KU 19-13 after the Jayhawk starters left the game. All told, 11 different Kansas players scored.

Capt. Kirk key for Jayhawks

Wayne Simien's tendinitis problem won't go away but barring complications, the powerful Kansas sophomore basketeer's contributions will continue to be impressive.

Friday, December 13

First road win sweet for Kansas

Nobody dumped a cooler of Gatorade on Kansas University basketball coach Roy Williams on Wednesday night. Yet a mild celebration did break out in the visitors' locker room at Tulsa's Reynolds Center after the Jayhawks' first road victory of the 2002-03 season.

Football receives verbal

New Jayhawk recruit: Kansas' football squad has received a verbal commitment from Johnny Urrutia, a 6-3, 320-pound offensive guard from Mount San Antonio (Calif.) Junior College, Jon Kirby of MoKan Football and rivals.com reports.

6Sports video: Tulsa learns to be wary of what they wish for

The Jayhawks broke the Golden Hurricane's winning streak.

Jayhawks add home date to 2003 grid slate

Kansas University has tweaked its 2003 football schedule to add another home game. KU officials have dropped a scheduled trip to San Diego State and replaced the Aztecs with a home game against Jacksonville (Ala.) State, an NCAA Div. I-AA school.

Thursday, December 12

Kansas' Lee takes out mascot

A former standout high school football player, Michael Lee recorded his first college tackle on Wednesday night at Reynolds Center.

Turnovers, boards doom TU

Kansas forces 22 giveaways, grabs 19 offensive rebounds

Two numbers on the final box score were as devastating to the Golden Hurricane as Hurricane Andrew. Following Tulsa's 89-80 loss to Kansas in raucous, standing-room-only Reynolds Center, TU coach John Phillips pointed to 22 turnovers by his players and 19 offensive rebounds by the Jayhawks.

6Sports video: Jayhawks overcome the Hurricane

KU improved steadily over the course of the game to bring home the win.

Jayhawks bounce back - Kansas 89, Tulsa 80

Collison propels KU past Hurricane

It took a couple of days for Kansas University senior Nick Collison to forget all about last Saturday's stinker at Oregon. "He was disappointed. He was taking it personally. He felt he cost us that game," KU coach Roy Williams said of his 6-foot-9 senior forward, who bounced back in a big way Wednesday night.

WSU women shock KU - Wichita State 84, Kansas 58

Crystal Kemp had 15 points and eight rebounds, but Kansas University's women's basketball squad couldn't compete with Wichita State, losing 84-58 on Wednesday night at O'Shaughnessy Hall. The Shockers outrebounded the Jayhawks, 44-32, and forced 21 turnovers, including eight from sophomore Blair Waltz. She finished with just two points on 1-for-6 shooting.

Win over Tulsa might prove to be watershed for Kansas

Two-for-two in Tulsa isn't too bad. Kansas University's football team, winless on the road, came down here in October and stuck the Golden Hurricane by 10 points. Then on Wednesday night, KU's men's basketball team, also winless on the road, came down and stuck the Golden Hurricane by nine points.

Woodling: Win over Tulsa might prove to be watershed for Kansas

Two-for-two in Tulsa isn't too bad. Kansas University's football team, winless on the road, came down here in October and stuck the Golden Hurricane by 10 points. Then on Wednesday night, KU's men's basketball team, also winless on the road, came down and stuck the Golden Hurricane by nine points.

Wednesday, December 11

Kansas picks up road win at Tulsa, 89-80

It was a barn-burner in Tulsa. Roy's Boys rebounded from a loss at Oregon last weekend by making the Golden Hurricane their first road victom of the season, thereby avoiding its first 3-4 start since 1971. No matter how many times Kansas tried to pull away, the Golden Hurricane kept pulling back into the game.

It might be time to scrap KU's feast-famine recruiting

Annual vigilance in the pursuit of college basketball talent has become more of a necessity at Kansas University.

Robinson: Return 'should be interesting'

The University of Tulsa's $32 million Reynolds Center is not known as "The House that Steve Robinson Built." However :

6Sports video: Hinrich expects to be emotional leader

6Sports prepares for Wednesday's KU men's basketball game against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane.

Hurricane warning

20th-ranked Jayhawks leery of No. 17 Tulsa

Tulsa University has one of the tiniest major-college basketball backcourts in the country. The 17th-ranked Golden Hurricane also have one of the best in Dante Swanson and Antonio Reed, both 5-foot-10.

Young candidate at Tulsa

Hurricane interested in KU coordinator for opening

Kansas University defensive coordinator Bill Young is a candidate for the head coaching job at Tulsa, according to a report in Monday's Tulsa World.

Shockers up next for KU

After a 5-25 record last season, Kansas University's women's basketball team is on the rise this season at 4-1. Wichita State, the Jayhawks' opponent tonight, also is improving.

Hurricane warning - 20th-ranked Jayhawks leery of No. 17 Tulsa

Tulsa University has one of the tiniest major-college basketball backcourts in the country. The 17th-ranked Golden Hurricane also have one of the best in Dante Swanson and Antonio Reed, both 5-foot-10.

Woodling: It might be time to scrap KU's feast-famine recruiting

Annual vigilance in the pursuit of college basketball talent has become more of a necessity at Kansas University.

Women's Basketball: Shockers up next for KU

After a 5-25 record last season, Kansas University's women's basketball team is on the rise this season at 4-1. Wichita State, the Jayhawks' opponent tonight, also is improving.

UDK's "Sports Free for All" for December 10, 2002

Once a week, the University Daily Kansan publishes a series of rants and raves left on a voice answering system. Here are the KU sports-related messages for this week...

University, KU football schedules conflict

Oops. A change in next year's Big 12 Conference football schedule left the only home game in October during fall break. Homecoming week, which is almost exclusively in October, has to culminate with a home football game. Therefore, one has to be moved, said Kevin Boatright, associate executive vice chancellor for University Relations.

Tuesday, December 10

Fan mail wasted on Williams

Kansas coach weary of critical correspondence

All mail sent to Roy Williams' office will be treated as junk the rest of this season. Cards and letters will either pile up on the Kansas University basketball coach's couch or be tossed into the circular file - the waste basket.

6Sports video: Burras not enough to snag tourney title

6Sports reports on the first loss of the season for the KU womens' basketball team, against Western Illinois.

KU drops to 20th in poll

Arizona No. 1 for fifth straight week

Kansas dropped six more spots in The Associated Press college basketball poll released Monday.

Woodling: Bowls bountiful for Big 12

Quick, name the four Big 12 Conference football teams that gave their fans the opportunity to spend their extra cash on Christmas presents instead of bowl trips. Answer: Kansas, Baylor, Texas A&M and Missouri.

KU Basketball Notes: Slow starts not new for Hinrich

Kirk Hinrich has been through this before. "My senior year in high school we started out 1-3. After that we won 22 straight games and a state championship," said Hinrich, Kansas' senior guard from West High in Sioux City, Iowa.

6Sports video: Turnovers cause for concern for KU men

6Sports reports on KU coach Roy Williams' thoughts after KU's showing against the Oregon Ducks.

Jayhawks' Burras named top rookie

Kansas University sophomore Aquanita Burras has been named Big 12 Conference women's basketball rookie player of the week.

Monday, December 9

KU women bowlers fall in semis

Kansas University's men failed to advance to the elimination rounds, but the KU women finished in the top four at the Leatherneck Classic bowling tournament over the weekend.

Tough schedule taking toll on Jayhawks

Kansas has started slow this season with 3-3 record, but every loss has been against a ranked team

If it's any consolation, Kansas University's 3-3 men's basketball team has lost to some pretty good teams. North Carolina, Florida and Oregon all have been ranked at some point, with the Gators and Ducks ranked in the Top 10 at the time of their games against KU.

Kansas falls to 20th in latest AP poll

The Assocated Press says that Kansas has the 20th best men's basketball team in the nation this week. The Jayhawks plummeted from no. 14 after their loss at Oregon, who climbed up to the no. 5 spot. KU is the only three-loss team in the poll.

Sunday, December 8

KU women suffer first setback - Western Illinois 48, Kansas 46

Kansas falls to Westerwinds in championship game of Jayhawk Classic

It took five games, but Kansas University's women's basketball team finally succumbed to its youth and inexperience.

KU Basketball Notebook: Hinrich's back 'feels good'

Kirk Hinrich felt some mental anguish but no physical pain after Kansas University's 84-78 men's basketball loss to Oregon on Saturday at the Rose Garden.

Jayhawks make strides in defeat

Kansas University's swimming and diving team played host to No. 22 Texas A&M on Saturday, its last tuneup before the stretch run starts after the new year.

Daggum Ducks! - Oregon 84, Kansas 78

Oregon hands Jayhawks third loss

Nick Collison dressed quickly and silently, his voice barely louder than a whisper as he fielded questions from reporters late Saturday afternoon.

KU's swoon down stretch disturbing

Not thrilled about playing Oregon in the Ducks' claustrophobic den of din known as MacArthur Court, Kansas University basketball coach Roy Williams asked for an alternative.

Ducks savor vengeance

Payback is hell, and Kansas University paid the price for ending Oregon's season in the NCAA Elite Eight last March.

Saturday, December 7

Jayhawks plucked by Ducks, 84-78

After not holding the lead since three minutes into the contest, Kansas battled back from down by as many as 14 points to forge a tie with 3:40 remaining in the game. Oregon scored the next basket to regain the lead, and held KU to just one free throw on the next Jayhawk possession. In fact, Kansas could only hit one field goal after that tie, getting outscored 10-4, and let the game slip away.

Lukes lead Ducks against KU

No. 14 Jayhawks concerned about No. 7 Oregon's Jackson, Ridnour

At Oregon, two Lukes are better than one. "They are both good, real good," Kansas University sophomore guard Michael Lee said of "Luke squared" - Luke Jackson and Luke Ridnour, the top two players on the University of Oregon men's basketball team.

KU extends sizz

Jayhawks rout Texas Southern, 83-45

After opening the season with three close victories, Kansas University's women's basketball team finally won a laugher, defeating Texas Southern University, 83-45, Friday in Allen Fieldhouse.

6Sports video: Jayhawks ready for Ducks

6Sports reports on the Jayhawks' thoughts on their upcoming game against the Oregon Ducks.

Valentine: It's our turn this time

Former KU guard hoping for Jayhawks' win today

Darnell Valentine hopes Kansas University fares better today than the last time the Jayhawks played a men's basketball game in Oregon.

6Sports video: Jayhawk women still undefeated

6Sports reports on the KU women's basketball game against the Texas Southern Tigers.

Biggest disappointment? It's Kansas

Meanwhile, Texas climbs to No. 2 in this week's rankings, but folks in Austin could care less

Which ranked team has been the biggest disappointment so far this season? While UCLA fans making their annual call for Steve Lavin's neck might disagree after the Bruins lost to San Diego and then Duke to start another soap opera season in Westwood, here's a vote for No. 14 Kansas.

Swimming and Diving: Jayhawks prepare to face Aggies in conference meet

After a strong showing at the Nike Cup in Chapel Hill, N.C., the Kansas swimming and diving team is ready to start Big 12 Conference competition.

Friday, December 6

Record year ends too soon

The Jayhawks finished the season 19-10 overall and 10-10 in the Big 12 Conference. They set a team record with 10 conference victories, and the .500 conference-winning percentage tied the school record. Kansas' four conference victories on the road are the most ever in a single season for a Jayhawk squad. Its 12-match sweeps are an all-time high.

Rivals.com reporting KU to get top placekicker

MoKan Football and Rivals.com are reporting that Kansas University's football team has landed a verbal commitment from Scott Webb, a highly-regarded placekicker from Tulsa Union High in Oklahoma.

6Sports video: The Lady Jayhawks have entirely new look

The women's basketball team already has a 3-0 record.

Miles from home - Two KU guards eagerly await trip to native city

A standing ovation -- like the one Jeff Boschee received last year in North Dakota -- probably is out of the question. Yet Portland natives Aaron Miles and Michael Lee figure to hear more cheers than boos before, during and after Saturday's Kansas University-Oregon men's basketball game in Portland, Ore.

KU extends Mangino's contract

Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino's contract has been extended a year. Mangino is now under contract through the 2007 season. His original five-year pact ended in 2006. "It is important we demonstrate our commitment to coach Mangino and our football program for the future," KU athletic director Al Bohl said Thursday. "Mark has made a very positive impact in developing the blueprint for our future success on the football field."

Newcomers help Jayhawks improve

A group of talented newcomers has quickly turned around the Kansas University women's basketball team.

Ducks finally get rematch with Kansas

"We want Kansas. We want Kansas," University of Oregon men's basketball fans chanted after the Ducks' 96-66 victory against in-state rival Portland on Wednesday night in Eugene, Ore. "Bring on Kansas," read the opening line in the game story in Thursday's Oregonian newspaper.

More to manager than model

Shannon O'Connor's eyes give her away. At first glance, you might miss them. She looks like one of the lucky ones. She could be. A glowing smile, framed by delicate features and olive skin, has undoubtedly led many to that conclusion. Then there are the layouts in the Women of KU calendar. O'Connor is one of two models to make a second appearance in the swimsuit and fashion calendar worthy of a PG-13 rating.

Thursday, December 5

KU gets back in saddle - Kansas 97, CMSU 70

Hinrich watches Jayhawks flog Mules

Kirk Hinrich looked rather dapper in his tan suit coat and slacks on Wednesday night at Allen Fieldhouse. "Actually he was pretty funny. He was saying some of the same things the coaches were saying," Kansas University sophomore guard Keith Langford said after the Jayhawks downed Central Missouri State, 97-70, with their injured senior leader playing the role of assistant coach/cheerleader on the bench.

KU bench struggles

An NCAA Div. II opponent didn't bring out the best in Kansas University's bench on Wednesday night at Allen Fieldhouse.

6Sports video: Jayhawks turn in "workmanlike" performance

While KU's starters did well against CMSU, but the bench struggled to produce points.

Simien shines despite pain in ankle

During the Kansas University men's basketball team's 97-70 victory against Central Missouri State on Wednesday, sophomore Wayne Simien was on his feet -- when he was posting up, when he was running the floor, even when he was out of the game. "I was trying to stay loose," he said.

KU bench struggles

An NCAA Div. II opponent didn't bring out the best in Kansas University's bench on Wednesday night at Allen Fieldhouse.

McFall in awe of fieldhouse

Back when he was a boy growing up in Olathe, Jeremy McFall had a favorite uncle.

Wednesday, December 4

Jayhawk football snags verbal commitment

Kansas University's football team has picked up a verbal commitment from Bruce Ringwood, a linebacker from Blue Springs (Mo.) High.

Woodling: Kansas has lacked Heisman hopefuls

Three things I know about the Heisman Trophy: 1) You can't eat it, 2) it hasn't been portrayed by Brian Dennehy and 3) no Kansas University football player has ever won it.

Jayhawks skin Mules, 97-70

Kansas did just fine without Kirk Hinrich. The four other regular starters each notched over 20 points - career nights for Wayne Simien and Aaron Miles - completely absorbing Hinrich's absence. On the down side, the Jayhawk bench did not step up, scoring just 10 points, including two from plug-in starter Bryant Nash on the only shot he put up. Combined, KU's bench went 2-for-13 from the floor, and 6-for-9 from the foul line.

6Sports video: Nash to fill in for Hinrich

Sophomore Bryant Nash will be replacing senior Kirk Hinrich in the starting lineup for the Jayhawks for Wednesday's game against Central Missouri State.

Mangino making mark

Coach had highs, lows since being hired one year ago today

Mark Mangino's second season at Kansas University won't start until next fall, but KU's football coach begins his second year in Lawrence today.

Hinrich still recuperating

Williams: Guard should play Saturday at Oregon

Kirk Hinrich has been practicing a sport other than basketball this week. "He's either been in the swimming pool or is going to the pool," Kansas University men's basketball coach Roy Williams said Tuesday of the 6-foot-3 senior guard, who has been receiving treatments for a back strain that will keep him out of tonight's game against Central Missouri State.

Kansas has lacked Heisman hopefuls

Three things I know about the Heisman Trophy: 1) You can't eat it, 2) it hasn't been portrayed by Brian Dennehy and 3) no Kansas University football player has ever won it.

Jayhawks hope to get bounce back

KU trying to halt losing streak tonight

Kansas University definitely could use one of those "feel-good" men's basketball victories tonight. You know, a win where lots of KU players force lots of turnovers and score lots of points against NCAA Div. II Central Missouri State.

Tuesday, December 3

KU Basketball Notebook: Bad back benches Hinrich

Senior guard won't play Wednesday night against CMSU

Ironman Kirk Hinrich will sit out the first game of his college basketball career on Wednesday night.

Jayhawks tumble to 14th

North Carolina made a massive jump, while Kansas suffered a pretty significant drop in this week's AP Top 25 poll.

Lima on Big 12 first team

On Sunday, Kansas freshman volleyball standout Josianne Lima was listed as an honorable mention all-league selection by the Big 12 Conference.

6Sports video: Jayhawk volleyballers not invited to tourney

6Sports reports on the KU volleyball team and their thoughts after not being invited to the NCAA tournament.

6Sports video: Hinrich not playing on Wednesday

KU senior Kirk Hinrich will be sitting out of Wednesday's game against the Central Missouri State Mules.

Wilt's debut can't be matched

Forty-six years ago tonight, Wilt Chamberlain knocked the socks off the college basketball world. No KU player before or since has surpassed Chamberlain's collegiate debut.

Woodling: Wilt's debut can't be matched

Forty-six years ago tonight, Wilt Chamberlain knocked the socks off the college basketball world. No KU player before or since has surpassed Chamberlain's collegiate debut.

Volleyball: Lima on Big 12 first team

On Sunday, Kansas freshman volleyball standout Josianne Lima was listed as an honorable mention all-league selection by the Big 12 Conference.

Jayhawks in the pros

Now that the NBA regular season is in full swing, every Tuesday we will update you on how your favorite former Jayhawk athletes are doing in the professional ranks.

Monday, December 2

KU bowlers place third at national tournament

Kansas University's men's bowling club team placed third in a 52-team field Saturday at the National Collegiate Team Match Games, the largest event of the fall semester.

Kansas looking ahead following losses

Yes, the sun still shined in Lawrence the mornings after Kansas University's men's basketball losses Wednesday night and Friday night.

KU Vollyball: Jayhawks denied by NCAA

Not earning invitation disappointing to Kansas

For Kansas University's volleyball team, the emotions were all on the surface. The Jayhawks displayed anxiety, hope, fear, optimism and shock Sunday as the 64 teams receiving invitations to the NCAA Tournament slowly were unveiled. Kansas was not one of them.

KU volleyball Jayhawks denied by NCAA

Not earning invitation disappointing to Kansas

For Kansas University's volleyball team, the emotions were all on the surface. The Jayhawks displayed anxiety, hope, fear, optimism and shock Sunday as the 64 teams receiving invitations to the NCAA Tournament slowly were unveiled. Kansas was not one of them.

Sunday, December 1

Kansas reeling after NIT

CMSU next for KU

A 4 a.m. wake-up call Saturday was not Roy Williams' way of punishing his Kansas University basketball players for back-to-back, double-digit losses in New York.

Mayer: Stadium improvements don't draw fans

Jayhawks must win games if they expect spectators to fill seats

Ah, the bizarre fortunes of college football. Forty years ago, Kansas University was struggling to expand old Memorial Stadium. Jack Mitchell's first five teams had really excited fans. The evidence was that folks would be flocking here in growing numbers as things got even better.

Whittmore honored by Big 12 coaches

In a season in which Kansas University failed to win a conference football game, quarterback Bill Whittemore compiled statistics too good to be ignored.

Volleyball: Jayhawks jolt Buffs

If Saturday night marked the end of the 2002 Kansas University volleyball season, it certainly was an unforgettable finish.

Women's Basketball: KU extends streak to three games - Kansas 59, San Diego 56

For the first time in two years, Kansas University's women's basketball team has a three-game winning streak.

Jayhawks jolt Buffs

If Saturday night marked the end of the 2002 Kansas University volleyball season, it certainly was an unforgettable finish.

KU extends streak to three games - Kansas 59, San Diego 56

For the first time in two years, Kansas University's women's basketball team has a three-game winning streak.

Stadium improvements don't draw fans

Jayhawks must win games if they expect spectators to fill seats

Ah, the bizarre fortunes of college football. Forty years ago, Kansas University was struggling to expand old Memorial Stadium. Jack Mitchell's first five teams had really excited fans. The evidence was that folks would be flocking here in growing numbers as things got even better.