Stories for January 2005


Monday, January 31

Stallworth to be honored at halftime

Kansas University officials knew it would be appropriate to retire Bud Stallworth's No. 15 jersey at one game and one game only.

Gooden steps up for injured Cavs

Time to stock up on the ice packs, aspirin and bandages. The Cavaliers are hurting. Already missing star forward LeBron James, another starter and a top reserve, Cleveland lost two more players to injury Sunday night before Drew Gooden, Zydrunas Ilgauskas and Jeff McInnis sparked a 104-87 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.

Jayhawks hold off Tigers, 73-61

Big second half leads to KU win

Kansas University's men's basketball team nearly suffered a let-down Monday against Missouri, but the Jayhawks regrouped in the second half and then held on for a 73-61 victory.

KU jumps to No. 3 in AP poll

Kansas University's 25-point blowout of Texas on Saturday helped rocket the Jayhawks to No. 3 in the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll. The Jayhawks (16-1) moved up three spots from six in last week's poll after a 90-65 victory over the Longhorns on Saturday and a 86-66 road win over the Baylor Bears on Tuesday.

Tigers coming to town

KU leery about Mizzou despite its struggles

Journalism major Keith Langford likes to come up with original thoughts in all his interviews with sports reporters. "No cliches. I hate the cliches," said Langford, Kansas University's senior guard from Fort Worth, Texas.

Missouri coming off tough loss

Just in time for its biggest game of the year, Missouri has hit rock-bottom.

X-Factor Game 11: Missouri 70, Kansas 68

Apparently the virtual Jayhawks couldn't keep any momentum from the real Kansas University men's basketball team's win over Texas on Saturday, falling to Missouri, 70-68, in the latest X-Factor simulation.

Short-handed Kings snuff out win Timberwolves' streak

The absence of two All-Stars didn't slow Sacramento. The main thing missing was Minnesota's energy.


Kansas University leads the all-time series with Missouri, 160-91. The Jayhawks have won three in a row versus MU.

Sunday, January 30


Kansas University's Keith Langford said he liked the excitement ESPN's GameDay brought to town, but wasn't happy to hear some of the announcers tapped Oklahoma State as perhaps the best team in the league.

Woodling: Kansas' lone loss history

What a difference a week makes. Or as the haunting tune from the Rogers and Hammerstein musical "South Pacific" goes: How far away Philadelphia, Pa.? How far indeed?

Isaac, Gnatzig lift KU to win over Arkansas

Kansas University's swimming and diving team improved to 7-5 in dual meets with a 163-133 victory Saturday over the University of Arkansas.

Langford expects fired-up Tigers

Keith Langford seemed a bit surprised when told about Missouri's fate against Kansas State on Saturday night in Columbia, Mo.

Celtics stop Bulls' streak

Ricky Davis provided the late spark for the Boston Celtics on a night when Paul Pierce was way off the mark.

Nuggets win second under new coach

Kenyon Martin wasn't hurting nearly as much as the Indiana Pacers.

Carter back in form for Nets

Vince Carter is having a good time on the court again -- and it shows.

Prime-time punishment

KU claims Texas-sized blowout

As far as Bill Self is concerned, ESPN's GameDay crew is welcome to set up shop in Lawrence any ol' day.

Texas vexed by turnovers

'We really didn't give ourselves a chance'

The only thing missing from Saturday's circus at Allen Fieldhouse was the clown with a frown -- but the Texas men's basketball team certainly appeared to be a worthy substitute.

Kansas women fall to Huskers, 59-48

Nebraska put an end to Kansas University's two-game women's basketball winning streak, 59-48, Saturday at the Devaney Sports Center.

Jayhawk spirit shines through on ESPN's College GameDay

Kansas University students had their moment in the national sports spotlight Saturday morning to cheer for their men's basketball team, and they took full advantage of it.

Saturday, January 29

GameDay crew lauds Fieldhouse

A Kansas University student shouted a good-natured barb at ESPN GameDay analyst Digger Phelps on Friday in the East lobby of Allen Fieldhouse. "Hey, you picked Villanova to beat us," a male fan in a KU sweatshirt complained to the former Notre Dame coach after his on-air prediction Saturday.

6Sports video: KU knocks off Texas

The Jayhawks improve to 6-0 in the Big 12 after knocking off the Longhorns, 90-65, Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse. KU is the only unbeaten team left in the conference. Senior forward Wayne Simien led the team by scoring 27 points and grabbing six rebounds.

Men's basketball briefs

Gruber helps Jayhawk swimmers stomp Drury

Kansas University's swimming and diving team topped Drury, 144-86, Friday, grabbing victories in 10 of the dual's 13 events.

KU denies hiring of assistant coach

A bizarre mini-soap opera erupted around the Kansas University football team Friday, centered on the reported resignation of an Arlington, Texas, high school football coach.

KU ready for 'big game' against Texas

The South has risen again in the Big 12 Conference men's basketball standings. Four of the top five teams in the league hail from the South entering today's Kansas University-Texas showdown at Allen Fieldhouse.

Jayhawks soaring toward St. Louis?

KU among elite at midpoint, but February looms as tough test for senior-heavy squad

If the past is prologue, then Kansas University very well could boast one of the four men's college basketball teams still needing its uniforms in April.

Mayer: Missed kick fuels fury about basketball officials

The Blown Call of the Year? This one gets my vote hands-down. Not only did all three officials miss Joe McCray's low-gut kick of Michael Lee here in the Jan. 19 Nebraska-Kansas basketball game, but a lot of people in the stands weren't aware of it, either. Then a clueless ref nailed the two for that ridiculous double-technical.

Kemp, Jayhawks seeking third straight Big 12 victory

It's been five years since Kansas University has won three Big 12 Conference women's basketball games in a row.

Jayhawks enjoy early tuneup

Bookman returns to train as youth shines for KU

During the men's 200-meter dash at Friday's Jayhawk Invitational, Leo Bookman saw a strange sight out of the corner of his eye: a competitor. The former Kansas University track standout won the race in a time of 21:23, but it was just by a smidgen over Kendrick Twiggs of Lindenwood (Mo.) University, who finished .05 behind.

KU hoops in national limelight

Sports network goes live from Fieldhouse

It was hard to tell exactly why 150 Kansas University students and fans were so pumped to be at Allen Fieldhouse at 6 a.m. Friday, when most of campus was still asleep. Maybe it was the 100-plus-year tradition of Jayhawk basketball. Maybe it was the chance to be on national TV. Maybe it was the sugar in the hundreds of Krispy Kreme doughnuts distributed.

Knicks Sweat It Out in Win Over James-Less Cavs

Palms were sweaty, throats were dry, and the Knicks didn't mind admitting it. When you've been wandering in the desert losing game after game the way the Knicks have been and you fight back from a 16-point, second-quarter deficit and can see a victory shimmering on the horizon like a beautiful mirage, well, you better believe the pressure and fear start to well up inside.

Suns blaze through Celtics

Suns blaze through Celtics

Amare Stoudemire scored 42 points, Quentin Richardson added 23 and the Phoenix Suns won their fourth straight with a 128-119 victory over the Boston Celtics on Friday night.

Kings defeat Rockets in OT

Kings defeat Rockets in OT

Tracy McGrady was terrific and Scott Padgett was almost perfect. But Chris Webber came through in the clutch, and that's what mattered most.

6Sports video: ESPN shines light on KU

More than a 100 Kansas University men's basketball fans were up at the crack of dawn Friday to be on the local broadcast of "Cold Pizza," an ESPN morning show, at Allen Fieldhouse. ESPN will also broadcast College GameDay before and after the KU-Texas game at Allen Fieldhouse on Saturday.

6Sports video: Shorthanded Texas still a problem for KU

Kansas head coach Bill Self says although Texas will be short on players; there will not be a drop off in the game Saturday. The Jayhawks will lock horns with the Longhorns at 8 p.m., Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse.

KU trounces Texas, 90-65

Jayhawks turn showdown into blowout

ESPN made a big to-do about Saturday's men's basketball matchup between Kansas University and Texas. Though hyped as a top-notch showdown for two days on the network, the game turned into a Jayhawk blowout as Kansas defeated the Longhorns, 90-65, at Allen Fieldhouse.

Friday, January 28

KU featured on ESPN broadcast

(Updated Friday at 10:37 a.m.) Lawrence and Allen Fieldhouse were in the national limelight this morning as ESPN started two days of broadcasts at Kansas University.

KU featured on ESPN broadcast

Lawrence and Allen Fieldhouse were in the national limelight this morning as ESPN started two days of broadcasts at Kansas University.

Spurs dethrone Kings

The Sacramento Kings played San Antonio twice this week _ the first time with Peja Stojakovic, the second without him. The Kings lost both times, but on Thursday they were more competitive minus their No. 2 scorer.

Bulls knock out Bobcats

Eric Piatkowski has often found himself watching fourth quarters from the bench during his 10-year NBA career, but he doesn't have to worry about playing time in critical situations under Bulls coach Scott Skiles.

Women in a MANager's world

Women managers find silver lining doing the "dirty work" of KU men's athletics' teams

Ellyn Angelotti has had about a hundred boy friends during her four years at the KU. She's done their dirty laundry, lugged their stuff around, counseled them in times of need and seen them all strike-out many a time. But there's one thing she won't do as the Jayhawks baseball team manager: Date them.

Jayhawk Invite on tap today

While cold temperatures persist, the Kansas University track and field team is looking for a winter warm-up in the Jayhawk Invitational.

6Sports video: Hawkins makes great comeback

Kansas' Jeff Hawkins began the season on suspension for violating team rules and was reinstated in late September. In the first 14 games of the season, Hawkins only played 12 minutes. But in the last two games, the junior guard has scored 19 points and logged in 30 minutes of playing time.

6Sports video: Robinson hits "freshman wall"

When the season started, Russell Robinson was a key player on the Kansas University's men's basketball team. But after falling out of the guard rotation, the freshman guard says he has hit the "freshman wall."

KU denies hiring football assistant

Despite published reports that a high school football coach in Arlington, Texas, resigned to take an assistant coaching position at Kansas University, the KU athletic department is denying that such a hiring has taken place.

Robinson pleased following meeting

KU freshman guard determined to improve after confab with Self

Russell Robinson had a two-hour, heart-to-heart chat with his boss Wednesday night. "It was a man-to-man talk, not really coach-to-player. It seemed more like man-to-man," Robinson stressed of his sit-down with Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self.

Sporting sacrifice sought: tickets to KU game

Would you give up your seats for the sake of civic pride?

Lynn Parman is looking to score 15 of the hottest tickets in town. Parman, vice president for economic development at the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce, is asking business leaders to part with tickets to the Kansas-Oklahoma State men's basketball game Feb. 27.

Woodling: KU men can take advantage of 'Feeble Five' on schedule

Once upon a time, pundits jocularly labeled Big Eight Conference football as Oklahoma and the Seven Dwarfs. But that was more than four decades ago. Today, the Big 12 Conference, the enhanced-revenue offspring of the Big Eight, doesn't have a single school that dominates like OU did in football in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

Jayhawks eager for '05 opener

Kansas baseball squad will make its official debut Feb. 4 in Hilo, Hawaii

Kansas University's baseball team might have been the only one in the Midwest practicing outside Thursday afternoon, but not even the cold weather could dash the smiles several Jayhawks flashed while talking about their season-opener Feb. 4 in sunny Hilo, Hawaii.

Thursday, January 27

6Sports video: No 'hard feelings' on Jayhawk bench

Freshman point guard Russell Robinson declined the offer to play in the final minutes of the Baylor game, but Coach Bill Self said the decision was no big deal, and that there's no hard feelings about the current guard rotation.

KU softball No. 8

Big 12 Conference softball coaches have picked Kansas University's softball squad to finish eighth in the league in 2005, according to the preseason poll. Texas is the favorite to win the league, followed by Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Baylor, Nebraska, Missouri, Oklahoma State, KU, Texas Tech and Iowa State.

Self: 'Hawk' the talk

Robinson's lack of time not issue, coach says

Jeff Hawkins and his 5-for-5 three-point shooting in Kansas University's 20-point victory over Baylor on Tuesday night drew raves in newspapers and on talk shows Wednesday.

Hoop dreams ... part two

Putting woes in the past, Luke Axtell enjoying life at Texas high school

Luke Axtell doesn't wear a suit, tie and Gucci shoes as he paces the bench and barks instructions to his Hill Country Christian School basketball players. That wouldn't fit Axtell's style.

X-Factor Game 10: Texas 109, Kansas 105

Despite missing P.J. Tucker and LaMarcus Aldridge while playing in Allen Fieldhouse, the Texas Longhorns held off the Kansas Jayhawks, 109-105, in this week's X-Factor simulation.

6Sports video: Lone Star State kind to Hawkins

Jeff Hawkins' performance from three-point land against Baylor doesn't show much resemblance to the rest of his play this season, but it does show a marked similarity to the TCU game from last year. And the rest of the Jayhawks were picking up the hot hand, as well.

6Sports video: 'Bonnie ball' on a roll

The hottest team on KU's campus belongs to Bonnie Henrickson, thanks to the Jayhawks' first consecutive Big 12 wins in two years.

6Sports video: Kansas women recharged following rest

The Jayhawks' victories over Missouri and Colorado came following a week off, which is key for a team with as little depth as KU.

Seattle falls to Jazz

The Utah Jazz may have found a point guard they'll stick with.

Net has remarkable night against Warriors

The game already was decided, and Brian Scalabrine still wouldn't stop. Jumpers, layups, even a wrong-footed running shot -- everything was falling on the most remarkable night of his largely unremarkable career.

James comes through for Cavs

The legend of LeBron James has a new chapter -- complete with a twist.

Wednesday, January 26

KU football gets another pledge

The Kansas University football team picked up its 23rd known pledge for the 2005 season, landing a nonbinding oral commitment from defensive back James Holt of Altus, Okla., according to

Sonics rain 3-pointers on Lakers

Vladimir Radmanovic has been sick for about a week. Maybe that explains why the Los Angeles Lakers gave him so much room on the perimeter -- they didn't want to catch whatever he has.

Woodling: Shooting prowess stunned Baylor

Scott Drew quickly launched into a laudatory spiel about Kansas University point guard Aaron Miles. Minutes after the Jayhawks had buried Drew's Baylor basketball team under an avalanche of three-point goals, the Bears' coach gushed about Miles' shooting.

KU's Robinson declines to play

Freshman Russell Robinson was the only Kansas University basketball player in the 15-man traveling party not to log any minutes in Tuesday's 86-66 rout of Baylor at Ferrell Center.

Tease photo

Deadly from downtown

Hawkins leads KU beyond arc

Jeff Hawkins showed up for Kansas University basketball practice Monday without his trademark braids. "I just wanted to cut off my hair, get a fresh start, get a new start," said the junior guard, who explained that "a guy named Marty" did the clipping at a Lawrence barber shop.

Celtics halt nine-game road slide

For the Boston Celtics to break their nine-game road losing streak, they had to learn to let Paul Pierce carry them down the stretch.

Baylor freshman impressed by KU

Aaron Bruce hasn't seen many college basketball teams, but Baylor University's freshman standout has Kansas University at the top of at least one list.

Kansas women claim second straight victory

Kansas University's women's basketball team claimed its second straight victory, a 65-60 decision over Colorado on Tuesday.


Kansas University hit a school-record 16 three-pointers in 27 tries Tuesday against Baylor, surpassing the old school record of 15 threes set in a 96-91 victory over North Carolina State on Dec. 10, 1994, in Raleigh, N.C. The 27 attempts were four off the school record of 31 taken against Baylor in 2001 and Oklahoma in 1995, both road games.

6Sports video: Back-to-back Big 12 wins for women

Kansas University's women's basketball team claimed its second straight victory, a 65-60 decision at Colorado.

Miller leads Kings over Nets

Though Brad Miller's teammates and coaches have begged him to shoot more, the Kings' center usually ignores their cajoling unless Chris Webber is out of the lineup.

Tuesday, January 25

Jayhawks hope team bonding helps against Bears

There wasn't much for Kansas University's basketball players and coaches to do, except talk, while snowed in at Philadelphia's Downtown Marriott on Saturday night.

Giles has bruised foot

An MRI on Kansas University freshman C.J. Giles' right foot showed he has a "bruised foot, not a fracture," KU basketball coach Bill Self said, announcing Giles would be shut down for as long as a couple of weeks.

Ex-Jayhawk dies

Mike Masucci, a former Kansas University basketball player, died Saturday at the Shawnee Mission Medical Center in Overland Park. Masucci was 36.

6Sports video: Jayhawks collapse against Villanova

After the loss, the team was forced to spend a great deal of time together and talk about what they needed to do.

6Sports video: Giles won't be able to help 'Hawks

Freshman C.J. Giles injured his foot and won't be able to play for at least a week. The team was stuck in Philadelphia after Saturday's loss, which gave them time to reflect on what went wrong against Villanova.

Bulls 107, Hawks 82

The Chicago Bulls are finally escaping the shadow of Michael Jordan.

6Sports video: Lady Jayhawks bring down Missouri

KU's suffocating defense helped them defeat their rivals.

Wizards 106, Cavaliers 97

After the final horn sounded, Washington's Anthony Peeler grabbed the ball and slammed it off the Gund Arena floor as hard as he could. As it rose toward the rafters, Peeler pumped his fist and yelled.

6Sports video: KU takes out Baylor

After a huge loss against Villanova last week, the Jayhawks redeemed themselves Tuesday night after taking out the Bears, 86-66, in Waco, Texas. KU's Jeff Hawkins led the team in three-pointers by shooting 5-of-5 from long range. In the end, the Jayhawks hit 16 of 27 three-pointers, which is a school record.

Jayhawks drop bombs on Bears

KU's three-point shooting leads to 86-66 victory over Baylor

Turnabout was fair play for Kansas University's men's basketball team Tuesday. Of course, the Baylor Bears probably didn't agree. Just three days after suffering a 21-point loss at the hands of Villanova and its 12-of-19 shooting from three-point range, the Jayhawks hit 16 of 27 long-range shots against the Bears in a 86-66 victory in Waco, Texas.

ESPN coming to KU

ESPN's new college basketball road show, College GameDay, will make its second stop on an eight-week tour at 10 a.m. Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse.

KU-Baylor notes

Kansas confident after win

Victory over Mizzou still fresh for Kansas heading to Colorado

Kansas University's women's basketball team appears headed in the right direction after notching its first Big 12 Conference victory Saturday against Missouri.

Monday, January 24

Simien: Jayhawks can learn from Villanova loss

There's at least one positive that came out of Kansas University's 21-point blowout loss to Villanova on a snowy Saturday in Philadelphia.

KU lands juco defensive end, loses prep defensive back

Kansas University may have landed the biggest fish yet in its 2005 recruiting class Sunday, earning a sudden commitment from Rodney Allen of Garden City Community College, according to

KU bowlers win Classic

Kansas University's men's bowling club, the defending national champion, rallied from 80 pins down on the final day Sunday to win the Blue and Gold Classic.

Jayhawks' trip from Philly no three-hour tour

Bundled in winter coats, most with wool stocking caps pulled over their ears, Kansas University's basketball players trudged off the team bus at 3 p.m. Sunday outside Allen Fieldhouse.

Spurs smother Sacramento

It has been more than nine years since any opponent played such suffocating defense in Sacramento, yet the San Antonio Spurs refused to take a bow.

Suns best Nets

Steve Nash and the Phoenix Suns got the best of Jason Kidd and the New Jersey Nets in a matchup of perhaps the best two point guards in the NBA.

Sonics take down Jazz

When Rashard Lewis gets on a roll, it's sure tough for anyone to slow him.

Kansas falls to No. 6 in AP poll

A 21-point road loss to Villanova on Saturday dropped Kansas University from No. 2 to No. 6 in Monday's Associated Press Top 25 poll. The Jayhawks (14-1) fell four spots after spending the past nine weeks in second. Seven of those weeks Kansas was behind top-ranked Illinois, which stayed No. 1 the latest rankings.

Sunday, January 23

Solid defense key to East victory

Return touchdowns difference in win over West; KU's McMillan shines for East squad

With NFL scouts watching closely, Ronald Stanley upstaged the big names at the Hula Bowl.


KU's basketball players and coaches, who were to fly out via charter right after the game, instead checked into the Downtown Marriott for an overnight stay because of blizzard conditions.

KU tennis squad slips past Illinois St.

Kansas University's tennis squad started its spring season with a 4-3 victory Saturday over Illinois State at Wood Valley Racquet Club.

'Better now than later,' say stunned fans about KU loss

Kansas University basketball fans moaned, groaned, rolled their eyes and shook their heads Saturday afternoon in downtown Lawrence after watching their undefeated men's team get smashed by unranked Villanova in Philadelphia.

Hawks surge late to beat Celtics

Al Harrington scored 21 points and went 6-for-6 from the free-throw line in the last two minutes to help the Atlanta Hawks overcome a 17-point deficit and beat the Boston Celtics 100-96 Saturday night.

Jayhawks finally return to Lawrence

The weekend blizzard in Philadelphia caused major travel problems for Kansas University's men's basketball team, which finally made it back to Lawrence at 3 p.m. Sunday.

KU track third at triangular

Kansas University's track and field team placed third in the team standings Saturday at the KU/KSU/MU Triangular.

Woodling: Kansas loses its poise

It may have been the worst 12 1/2-minute stretch in Kansas University's storied men's basketball history. I'm talking about the first 12 1/2 minutes of the second half of the Jayhawks' 83-62 thumping by Villanova -- a defeat so stunningly one-sided that 'Nova fans were chanting "Overrated, overrated" midway through the second half.

James records second triple-double

LeBron James usually claims he doesn't care about his numbers. Not this time: He couldn't deny a bit of excitement about the double digits all over his stat line these days.

Mayer: Rabid KU fans prove basketball's mass appeal

Phog Allen used to say things that sounded pretty nutty until he had the chance to explain and elaborate. Man, could that Kansas University basketball legend elaborate! Then Doc would sound like a genius with incredible vision, which he was.

KU women make MU first conference victim

Kansas University women's basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson would have liked to have had her first Big 12 Conference victory sooner.

Super 'Nova slams KU

Jayhawks 'exposed' by 'Cats

Bill Self saw this one coming. "The whipping we took today ... I don't want to say the whipping has been coming, but it has been," Kansas University's shell-shocked coach said Saturday afternoon after his previously undefeated, No. 2-ranked Jayhawks were socked by unranked Villanova, 83-62, at Wachovia Center.

Wildcats' perseverance pays

After string of close losses, Villanova gets big win

The weather outside may have been frightful, but for the Villanova fans who braved a snowstorm to watch the Wildcats, the outcome was so delightful.

Wizards slip past Pacers

Antawn Jamison conjured up a little Magic on his game-winning shot.

KU's Hawkins dealt a blow

Some hard hits will be administered during today's Eagles-Falcons NFC title game here in the City of Brotherly Love.

Saturday, January 22

Photo: Battle the Cat

Invites bode well for Jayhawks

Vaughn, Rideau, McMillan to play for bevy of pro scouts

As hectic as schedules are for college players shooting for the NFL, Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino -- another busy guy -- didn't even have a chance to congratulate two of his three players selected for today's Hula Bowl.

Kaun's game changes like the wind

Temperatures are expected to dip into the teens with heavy snow likely this weekend in the "City of Brotherly Love," site of today's Kansas University-Villanova nonconference men's basketball game and Sunday's NFC championship game between the Eagles and Atlanta Falcons.

Kansas swims past II-A power Truman

Kansas University's swimming and diving team isn't going to shy away from tough competition. The Jayhawks started the year by sandwiching home meets with Big 12 Conference behemoths Texas and Texas A&M around the conference relays in mid-October.

Wildcats outgun Jayhawks, 83-62

Three-pointers, turnovers doom KU in biggest loss under Self

For Kansas University's men's basketball team, Saturday's road matchup with Villanova was a perfect trap game. Sure enough, the Wildcats took the Jayhawks to school, trouncing the No. 2-ranked team in the nation, 83-62. The 21-point loss was KU's worst under coach Bill Self.

6Sports video: Former KU outfielder signs with White Sox

Former Kansas University baseball outfielder Matt Tribble has signed a contract with the Chicago White Sox organization.

Pacers defeat the Miami Heat in OT

Jamaal Tinsley scored 30 points, including a jumper to force overtime, and Reggie Miller hit a pair of 3-pointers in the extra session to help the Indiana Pacers defeat the Miami Heat 106-100 on Friday.

KU, MU struggling, but rivalry still intense

Tonight, Kansas University women's basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson will be introduced to the KU-Missouri rivalry. KU's first-year coach wasn't aware of the rivalry's intensity until well after she came to Lawrence.

Nets take out Celtics

Despite losing several key players in the offseason and getting off to a horrendous start, the New Jersey Nets are still in the hunt for a fourth straight Atlantic Division title.

Miami prep gives pledge to Kansas

Kansas University's football team received a non-binding oral commitment from the player of the year in Dade County, Florida, which covers the Miami metropolis.

Ex-Jayhawk Tribble signs with White Sox

Former Kansas University baseball outfielder Matt Tribble has signed a contract with the Chicago White Sox organization.

6Sports video: KU women rested, ready for Missouri

The Jayhawks have had a week to prepare for the Border Showdown against Missouri on Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse and Kansas head coach Bonnie Henrickson says her team needed the break.

6Sports video: Lady Jayhawks to take on rival MU

Although fights broke out between the Jayhawks and the Tigers last season in Columbia, Mo., junior guard Erica Hallman says she doesn't expect that to happen Saturday when the teams face off at Allen Fieldhouse.

Wildcats survived plane scare

Charter's malfunction frightening for 'Nova squad

Basketball didn't seem important to members of Villanova University's men's team and traveling party the night of Jan. 11. They had the scare of their lives two hours after a victory over Providence when the team's charter plane shook violently for 10 minutes after takeoff in Rhode Island.


6Sports video: Villanova KO's KU

Villanova knocked Kansas from the ranks of the unbeaten on Saturday by whipping the Jayhawks 83-62.

Timberwolves knock off SuperSonics

It's unlikely that Wally Szczerbiak will get back into the Minnesota Timberwolves' starting lineup any time soon.

Friday, January 21

Kings shut out Cavaliers

Mike Bibby ordered the Sacramento Kings to score when he passed to them. Then he ordered them out of the way so he could grab the rebound he needed to complete the second triple-double of his career.

6Sports video: Nebraska game too close for KU

Nebraska outrebounded Kansas, made more 3-pointers and made more free throws. Yet the Jayhawks were still able to pull out a 59-57 win over the Cornhuskers on Wednesday at Allen Fieldhouse.

6Sports video: Nets sign ex-Jayhawk Thomas

Former Kansas University basketball player Billy Thomas, who graduated in 1998, has signed a 10-day contract with the New Jersey Nets.

Ex-Jayhawk Thomas signs with NBA's Nets

Former Kansas University basketball player Billy Thomas' dream of playing in the NBA has come true.

Stewart itching to play

Transfer working hard at Jayhawk practice

Rodrick Stewart agonized on the bench as Nebraska's final possession unfolded on Wednesday night at Allen Fieldhouse. "I wanted to be out there so bad," said Stewart, Kansas University's 6-foot-4 basketball transfer from USC. "I'd do anything to help us get a win."

6Sports video: Self sensed trouble against Nebraska

Kansas head coach Bill Self says the Jayhawks did not have 'balance in their step' before the Nebraska game on Wednesday at Allen Fieldhouse.

Chalmers happy to be joining Kansas

When Mario Chalmers looked across the court during the Bass Pro Tournament of Champions, a high school basketball event, he may have been confused.

X-Factor Game 9: Kansas 105, Villanova 94

Despite missing center Jason Fraser with a broken hand, the virtual Villanova Wildcats gave the Kansas Jayhawks a run for their money in this week's X-Factor before falling to KU, 105-94.

Thursday, January 20

More lucky than good

Huskers throw scare into KU

Aaron Miles and his Kansas University basketball teammates felt a sense of dread as Nebraska's Corey Simms released a last-second, potential game-winning three-pointer Wednesday night at Allen Fieldhouse.

Carter, Kidd reach heights in Nets win

Vince Carter and Jason Kidd came close to having a game the NBA hasn't seen since Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen were in their prime.

James records triple-double for Cleveland

LeBron James turned 15 on Dec. 30, 1999 -- the same day Lamar Odom became the youngest player in NBA history to record a triple-double.

Pacers struggle against Hornets

Lee Nailon says the Hornets are getting a better grasp of what first-year coach Byron Scott wants from them on offense. In Nailon's case, the coach wants him to focus on his specialty -- scoring.

6Sports video: Strength coach puts Jayhawks back on their feet

When Wayne Simien returned to the KU lineup last week, it looked like he had not missed a beat. There's a reason for that, and the reason's name is Andrea Hudy.

Celts halt Bulls' streak at seven

Al Jefferson, scared to find himself on the floor in crunch time, kept his wits long enough to guide Boston to a victory.

KU's Miller picked

Kansas University soccer senior goalkeeper Meghan Miller will join junior Caroline Smith and sophomore Holly Gault during training with the Under-21 USA National Team. Miller, a Seattle native, led the Big 12 Conference in goals against average (0.57) and save percentage (.881) in 2004. She was selected a second-team All-American by both the NSCAA and SoccerBuzz magazine.

Woodling: Jayhawks get a 'D,' but is it for destiny?

Spring semester classes will begin today on the Kansas University campus. And that raises, in the wake of KU's desultory 59-57 basketball victory over Nebraska on Wednesday night in Allen Fieldhouse, the question of grades.

Simien sits for foul trouble

Wayne Simien picked up two fouls in the first three minutes on Wednesday night, reserving him a spot next to coach Bill Self on Kansas University's basketball bench.

NU reserve had shot at winner

Simms let fly with uncontested three -- that clanked

For a split second, Nebraska's chance at becoming the unbeaten-beater looked so promising when a buzzer-beating three-point attempt left the fingertips of senior Corey Simms uncontested.


Kansas University's Michael Lee and Nebraska's Joe McCray were whistled for a double-technical foul in the second half.

Wednesday, January 19

Kings top Portland in OT

Chris Webber scored eight of his 32 points in overtime and also had 13 rebounds, six assists and four steals in the Sacramento Kings' fifth straight victory, 113-107 over the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday night

Kansas holds off Nebraska, 59-57

Simien sparks Jayhawks in second half

Kansas University's men's basketball team spent three weeks without star senior Wayne Simien and barely missed a beat, winning all four games during that period including victories over Georgia Tech and Kentucky. Against Nebraska on Wednesday, though, Kansas struggled while Simien missed all but the first three minutes of the first half after picking up two fouls. Fortunately for Kansas, Simien returned for the second half and helped spark a 12-0 run that gave the Jayhawks the lead which they held onto just long enough in a 59-57 win.

6Sports video: 'King Kaun' coming into his own

The development of the three freshman big men has been slow for Coach Bill Self. But there is light at the end of the tunnel: Both Danell Jackson and C.J. Giles started in place of Wayne Simien, and both showed signs of improvement. Over the past two weeks, however, it's Sasha Kaun making the most of his minutes.

Sonics toppled in overtime

Earl Boykins was determined to finally shine in Seattle. He did, coming through with a record-setting performance.

Woodling: Kansas thankful for break

Schedule breaks often don't occur in college basketball during January and February, so you have to savor them when you can. You don't have to ask first-year Kansas University women's coach Bonnie Henrickson if she's glad the Jayhawks don't have a midweek game scheduled.

6Sports video: KU survives Nebraska

Although Kansas defeated Nebraska, 59-57, on Wednesday at Allen Fieldhouse, it was not an easy win for the Jayhawks. KU trailed by three points at halftime. And Nebraska's Corey Simms had the chance to win the game in the final seconds but was unable to knock out the 3-pointer needed for the win.


Wide receiver from Dallas changes his mind

South Oak Cliff standout Taylor plans to sign with Kansas State, not KU

It appears the Val Taylor saga finally is over.

Inconsistent Huskers next for red-hot Jayhawks

Beating Kentucky, Iowa State and Colorado during a six-day stretch has rejuvenated Kansas University's road-weary men's basketball players.

Nebraska game always special for Bahe

For most Kansas University men's basketball fans, tonight's game against Nebraska isn't as exciting compared to playing teams like Missouri or Oklahoma State.

Pacers slam Rockets

Jamaal Tinsley scored 28 points, including six during a key 10-0 run in the fourth quarter, and Jermaine O'Neal added 27 as the Indiana Pacers beat the Houston Rockets 87-74 Tuesday night.

Tuesday, January 18

Kansas football recruiting fluctuates

The stretch run of the football recruiting season is, as it is every year, maddening.

Nets 85, Hawks 84

Antoine Walker was so off-target that about the only shot he made was the one he was trying to miss intentionally.

Kings 89, Clippers 83

t was no surprise that the Los Angeles Clippers lost Monday to the Sacramento Kings, considering how poorly they shot.

Bulls 88, Knicks 86

After fanning the flames of optimism for more than a year, the great hot air balloon known as the Isiah Thomas regime suddenly is losing altitude and in danger of collapsing in a monumentally expensive and tangled mess.

6Sports video: Simien dominates even with one hand

Even though Wayne Simien was out for three weeks after surgery on his left thumb, he was a big presence in his first games of 2005. He's been named the Big 12 Player of the Week while playing with his left hand in a soft cast.

6Sports video: Texas takes down Oklahoma State

No. 15 Texas defeated no. 5 Oklahoma State in Big 12 action Monday night.

6Sports video: Jayhawks are still undefeated

KU is enjoying their best start since the 1996-97 season. Their victory over Colorado last Saturday has extended the Jayhawks' record to 13-0. Wayne Simien had a dominating game over the Buffs despite his injured left hand.

KU's Simien earns Big 12 player-of-week honors

Wayne Simien is starting to grow fond of the homemade cast stuck on his left thumb.


Monday, January 17

'Hawks take on new teammates for clinic

Special Olympians scrimmage with KU players

As Nick Bahe stood at half-court Sunday in Allen Fieldhouse, one young Special Olympian approached him, asked for an autograph, smiled and said, "I dunked on you guys today."

KU junior claims title

Kansas University bowler Rhino Page earned his first U.S. Amateur title at the USA National Bowling championships that concluded this weekend in Dallas.

Woodling: Jayhawks dominate with 'D'

Here we are close to the point of no return in Kansas University's men's basketball season, and sometimes it looks like Bill Self is doing it with smoke and mirrors.

KU at No. 2 for seventh week

Illinois still atop Associated Press Top 25 poll

After two hard-fought road victories over Big 12 Conference opponents last week, Kansas University's men's basketball team stayed at No. 2 in the latest Associated Press poll, a spot behind Illinois for the seventh straight week. The Illinois-Kansas run is the longest of its type in six years.

Kansas can't complain

Jayhawks in good spirits day after routing Buffaloes

C.J. Giles would have had a good excuse had he decided to stay in bed all day Sunday and watch NFL playoff games on TV.

Sunday, January 16

Three Jayhawks earn NCAA provisionals

Kansas University freshman Ekaterina Sultanova broke the KU record and won the pole vault with an NCAA provisional mark of 13-71/4 in just her second collegiate meet Friday at the Arkansas Invitational.

Cavaliers prevail over former teammate

The Cleveland Cavaliers are doing just fine without Carlos Boozer.

KU signee Chalmers eyes state title

With college scholarship guaranteed, guard can relax, focus on finale

With his college scholarship secured, Bartlett High basketball star Mario Chalmers can stop worrying about his future and start focusing on right now. That means winning another state title.

Old hands come through for Kings

While newcomer Cuttino Mobley drew the most interest, a pair of familiar players made the difference for the Sacramento Kings.

KU rallies, falls short

Kansas University's women's basketball team rallied from a 16-point second-half deficit and forged a tie with 15 seconds left, but Texas A&M's A'Quonesia Franklin hit the game-winning jumper with 1.8 seconds remaining as the Aggies escaped the Jayhawks, 62-60, Saturday night.

Mayer: Langford gives proof hoops a contact sport

Anybody who doesn't think basketball has become a collision sport, a la football, must not have seen that gonging Keith Langford got at Kentucky, or one rugby scrum a batch of Missouri and Oklahoma State players got entangled in Tuesday in Stillwater, Okla. The days of describing basketball as a "non-contact sport" are no longer with us.

Magic escape last-moment shot

Jamaal Tinsley watched as his improbable heave from just inside the halfcourt line banked in at the buzzer.

Gruber wins 3 events at Nebraska swim dual

Kansas University senior Amy Gruber won three individual events Saturday in the Jayhawks' Big 12 Conference dual at Nebraska, but the Cornhuskers won, 180-120.

Home away from home

KU faithful plentiful for victory over Buffs

Wayne Simien's mood brightened considerably before tipoff Saturday afternoon as his eyes scanned the stands of sold-out Coors Events Center.

Buffs stunned by support -- for KU

With just one senior gracing Colorado's men's basketball roster, five newcomers who get significant playing time and with a fan base that constantly struggles to fill up the Coors Events Center, Saturday's 76-61 loss to Kansas University in front of 11,057 fans opened eyes wider than dinner plates.

Dallas slips past Nets

Dirk Nowitzki wouldn't let a mildly sprained ankle keep him off the court for long.

Bulls' streak hits six

The last time the Chicago Bulls put together a streak like this, Michael Jordan was wearing No. 23.


Kansas University coach Bill Self was furious at halftime despite the fact the Jayhawks, who led by 18 early, held a 38-25 lead. He didn't like the fact KU was outboarded, 25-23 the first half. CU had 13 offensive rebounds to KU's four.

Moody pressed into duty

Bill Self wanted to give Kansas University junior Christian Moody the day off on Saturday.

Kaun a 'monster'

Freshman collects spectacular jam

There was no drawn-up play designed to make Sasha Kaun look like a beast Saturday.

Saturday, January 15

6Sports video: Freshmen gain experience from Simien's absence

When Wayne Simien was out, freshmen C.J. Giles and Alex Galindo stepped up and was able to excel on the court. And now that Big Dub is back, coach Bill Self says the team can only get better.

KU great honors King

Former Jayhawk Bud Stallworth shares his early experiences with racism, segregation

Former Jayhawk basketball standout Bud Stallworth didn't have an indoor gym in his all-black school in Alabama in the 1950s and 1960s. But the school for white children did.

Hula Bowl to have Kansas flavor

If anyone should be pumped about boarding a plane and heading to Hawaii for next week's Hula Bowl, it has to be Brandon Rideau. Senior football games like the this one are a chance for aspiring professionals to strut their stuff in front of dozens of NFL scouts.

6Sports video: KU knocks off Colorado

Wayne Simien led the Jayhawks to a 76-61 victory over the Buffaloes on Saturday in Boulder, Colo. Simien scored 23 points and grabbed 17 rebounds. Kansas led by 13 at halftime but held off a late Colorado rally to improve to 13-0 on the season and 3-0 in the Big 12.

Kansas defeats Colorado, 76-61

Jayhawks win third straight road game

Playing its third straight road game in seven days, Kansas University's men's basketball team had a little trouble holding off Colorado, but held on for a 76-61 victory over the Buffaloes on Saturday in Boulder, Colo.

SuperSonics take out Warriors

Ray Allen doesn't enjoy playing struggling teams. He defeated one Friday night, but that didn't mean he liked it.

Celtics clip Hawks

The Boston Celtics didn't have much trouble against the worst team in the Eastern Conference. Ricky Davis came off the bench to score 30 points, and Paul Pierce had 21 points and 15 rebounds Friday night to lift the Celtics to their seventh win in eight home games, 106-94 over the Atlanta Hawks.

6Sports video: Three Jayhawks to play in Hula Bowl

Kansas University's wide receiver Brandon Rideau, center Joe Vaughn and defensive end David McMillan will represent the school at the Hula Bowl next weekend in Maui.

Kansas women traveling to Texas

Jayhawks, Aggies to clash tonight in College Station

Kansas University's women's basketball team will get its second Big 12 Conference road test today when it travels to take on Texas A&M. KU is 7-7 overall, 0-3 in the Big 12, and has lost its last three games. Texas A&M is 10-3 overall, 1-2 in the league, and is coming off its first win in league play. Tipoff is 7 tonight in Reed Arena.

Men's basketball briefs

Lee thrives outside limelight

Senior happy to contribute off bench for Jayhawks

Reporters huddled two rows deep around Kansas University standout Wayne Simien late Wednesday night in a Hilton Coliseum hallway in Ames, Iowa. Taking a peek at the proceedings, a stocking cap pulled just above his eyes, Jayhawk senior Michael Lee tried to march unnoticed to the team bus.

Familiar faces long gone for new-look Buffaloes

For the first time in four seasons, David Harrison won't be on the court today when Kansas University's basketball team tangles with Colorado at Coors Events Center.

Friday, January 14

6Sports video: Langford's rings stolen

Keith Langford may have had a great game against Iowa State on Wednesday but the senior guard did not have a very good weekend. On Sunday, someone burglarized the home of Keith Langford's mother, stealing his two Final Four rings and two Big 12 championship rings.

6Sports video: Jayhawks have second-lowest scoring game in KU history

The Kansas University's women's basketball team avoided the record books by two points. On Wednesday, the Jayhawks had the second-lowest scoring game in KU history by losing to Iowa State, 70-37, at Allen Fieldhouse. The fewest points ever scored by a Jayhawk squad was 35.

Kansas football aide participates in program

Second-year Kansas University assistant football coach Earnest Collins participated in the NCAA's second-annual Advanced Coaching Program on Jan. 7-9 in Louisville, Ky.

Actions speak volumes

Langford's game, teammates talking for him

One of the top difference-makers in Kansas University's 71-66 victory over Iowa State on Wednesday night at Hilton Coliseum couldn't speak to media members afterward. Others were available to describe the heroic effort of KU senior Keith Langford, who has been muzzled temporarily for his mild criticism of the officials after the Jayhawks' victory over Texas A&M on Jan. 5.

Pair of Jayhawks training with U.S. team

Kansas University women's soccer players Caroline Smith and Holly Gault have been invited to training camp with the Under-21 United States women's soccer national team.

Rockets down Nets 94-85 in overtime

Bob Sura scored a career-high 35 points, including a game-clinching 3-pointer with 1:02 left in overtime Thursday to lead the surging Houston Rockets to a 94-85 victory over the New Jersey Nets.

Kings knock off Jazz

Check out this stat line from the Utah Jazz's black-and-blue rivalry with the Sacramento Kings: Two missing teeth, 18 stitches, at least one concussion, three technical fouls and one big flagrant foul.

Big 12 Web site taps Jayhawks all-league

Kansas University senior catcher Sean Richardson, junior shortstop Ritchie Price and junior outfielder Matt Baty have been selected to the Preseason All-Big 12 squad. They were named to the second team.

6Sports video: Simien, Giddens contribute to Iowa State win

Wayne Simien, who played 37 minutes, scored 13 points and grabbed nine rebounds for the Jayhawks while sophomore J.R. Giddens knocked out three of four 3-pointers against Iowa State. The Jayhawks defeated the Cyclones, 71-66, on Wednesday in Ames, Iowa.

6Sports video: Three Jayhawks named to preseason All-Big 12

Three Kansas University baseball players were named to's preseason All-Big 12 team on Thursday. Catcher Sean Richardson, outfielder Matt Baty and shortstop Ritchie Price all earned second-team recognition.

Thursday, January 13

6Sports video: Cyclones rip KU women

Kansas University's women's basketball team lost its third straight Big 12 game, a 70-37 setback to Iowa State that ranked as the Jayhawks' second-lowest-scoring game in school history.

Bulls surge ahead to fifth-straight win

Ben Gordon got so weary in the first half from chasing Allen Iverson, he asked to come out of the game to catch his breath.

Jayhawks on fire outside early

Call them hot, smoking, en fuego, or maybe even forgetful that their big hoss was back inside.

Proposal infuriates Naismith relative

Memorial should be a family affair, grandson says; park promoter resents 'cheap shot'

Ian Naismith is livid over plans to build a sculpture park in honor of his grandfather, James Naismith, the inventor of basketball.

Clippers confident in victory over Sonics

The last time the Los Angeles Clippers made the playoffs, Darrick Martin played all 82 games and was their fourth-leading scorer. Now that he's back, they feel confident about returning to the postseason.


J.R. Giddens, who scored 13 points, suffered two straight turnovers and thus didn't play the final eight minutes.

Frustrated Cyclones blow another late lead

When will the stinging stop for the Iowa State men's basketball team? It all set up so perfectly for the Cyclones on Wednesday against No. 2 Kansas University.

Big Dub keys big 'W'

Simien returns from injury, sparks Jayhawks past ISU

Wayne Simien desperately wanted to play. But he, his coach, his teammates -- heck, even his parents -- didn't know if Simien, Kansas University's senior All-America candidate, would be able to answer the bell for the first time in five games for Wednesday's Kansas-Iowa State Big 12 Conference battle at Hilton Coliseum.

Kansas' Lee ailing, too

Everybody knows Wayne Simien has been battling a thumb injury, Christian Moody an ankle sprain, Keith Langford a concussion, C.J. Giles a bruised foot, Russell Robinson a scratched eye and Sasha Kaun uprooted teeth.

KU flirts with futility

A layup by Kansas University forward Jamie Boyd with less than a second left saved the Jayhawks from tying a team record for lack of offensive production.

Defensive back commits to Kansas football

Kansas University's football team received a big commitment Wednesday when Justin Thornton called Kansas' coaches and told them he'd sign with the Jayhawks next month.

Raptors roll past Celtics

Morris Peterson was shooting so well from long range, he even made one from 40 feet away.

X-Factor Game 8: Kansas 91, Colorado 70

Just like the real-life men's basketball game Wednesday against Iowa State, our virtual Wayne Simien and Keith Langford led the X-Factor Jayhawks to victory in this week's simulation. Kansas defeated Colorado, 91-70, in this week's virtual match-up behind 33 points from Langford and 12 points and four rebounds from Simien.

6Sports video: Soccer team keeping its coach

Mark Francis is staying at KU. Florida State University announced Wednesday afternoon the hiring of USA U-19 coach Mark Crickorian to head the Seminole soccer program, which Francis had interviewed for.

6Sports video: KU recruit struts her stuff

Olathe East junior Danielle McCray scored 20 points in the Hawks' 64-64 win over the Free State Firebirds.

Wednesday, January 12

Solid ISU awaits Jayhawks

Depth still a concern for KU women's squad

Kansas University women's basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson could fret about having to face another tough Big 12 Conference team after losing to Texas and Kansas State, but she's not.

Self confirms Stewart's arrival to KU

Rodrick Stewart will sit for nearly a year, but the transfer will give the Kansas University men's basketball squad a strong contributor at practice, a versatile athlete and an extra body for the short-handed Jayhawks to push around.

Allen steps up for Sonics win

Ray Allen knew he'd have to step up for the SuperSonics when Rashard Lewis was accidentally kneed in the thigh on a drive to the basket in the first quarter.

Nets fall as Detroit extends streak

The post-Jefferson era began poorly for the New Jersey Nets, who learned Tuesday that they'll be without their leading scorer for the rest of the season and then went out and lost 89-80 to the Detroit Pistons

Pacers grab sole road win

Indiana coach Rick Carlisle is relieved to be going home with a win.

6Sports video: Injuries no help to 'Hawks

Keith Langford is still questionable for Wednesday's game at Iowa State, and both Christian Moody and Wayne Simien are doubtfull. It's a shame, because the Jayhawks will need all the help they can get at Ames.

6Sports video: Starting lineup in air

Don't ask Bill Self who's starting against Iowa State: even he doesn't know yet.

6Sports video: Consistent offense key for Kansas

Long dry spells on offense have hampered the Kansas women all season.

KU holds off Iowa State, 71-66

Simien, Langford have big games after injuries

Just three days after its first road game, Kansas University's men's basketball team defeated Iowa State, 71-66, Wednesday in Ames, Iowa. Wayne Simien returned from an injury and Keith Langford played after suffering a concussion Sunday against the Kentucky Wildcats, and both had big games in Wednesday's win.

6Sports video: KU takes out Iowa State

The Kansas University's men's basketball team is still undefeated after taking out Iowa State, 71-66, Wednesday in Ames, Iowa. Keith Langford led the team in scoring 18 points. And Wayne Simien, who played for the first time since his thumb surgery, scored 13 points and grabbed nine rebounds.

Former KU standout a Kansan of the Year

Lynette Woodard, former Kansas University basketball standout and coach, has been named Kansan of the Year by Native Sons and Daughters of Kansas.

Kings preoccupied in victory

"D.C. 13" was scrawled on Mike Bibby's shoe, and Brad Miller wore one of Doug Christie's old wrist bands on his calf.

Gooden sparks Cavs in overtime

Drew Gooden made sure the Cleveland Cavaliers weren't looking ahead.

KU recruit backs out

One of Kansas University's football commitments has changed his mind -- again.

Perkins offers change for Williams Fund mail

The money that poured into the Kansas University athletic department in the wake of the newly developed priority points system at Allen Fieldhouse caused KUAC employees a headache or two in 2004.


KU leads the all-time series, 157-57. The Jayhawks won the last meeting, 90-89, in overtime, Feb. 21 in Allen Fieldhouse.

Giddens trying to avoid NBA distraction

Between 10 and 20 pro scouts normally show up for marquee Kansas University men's basketball games. They're not on hand to check out the seniors -- those are guys they can poke and prod during individual workouts before the NBA draft.

Injury situation not so bleak

Ailing Jayhawks could play tonight at Iowa State

Kansas University's men's basketball injury report didn't seem as ominous Tuesday as the icy weather forecast.

Sculptor hopes to carve out memorial for basketball heroes

After six years planning and dreaming, more than a year of sculpting and hours of conversations, Elden Tefft and Merlyn Brown say now is the time to move forward with their plans for a park honoring James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, and other roundball greats.

Tuesday, January 11

Coaches agree: KU legit

Kansas University's success without Wayne Simien shocks nobody in the Big 12 Conference.

Rule could help teams in chilly climates

The NCAA is considering a uniform schedule for Division One baseball in an attempt to make climate less of an issue as teams, including Kansas University's, try to be competitive.

Langford's rings stolen

Someone burglarized the home of Keith Langford's mother, Charlene Taylor, on Sunday stealing Keith's two Final Four rings, two Big 12 championship rings and NCAA tournament and preseason NIT watches.

KU happy, but hardly healthy

Several Jayhawks ailing after Kentucky win

Kansas University has one of the best basketball teams in the country and one of the most banged-up.

More KU soccer honors

Kansas University soccer sophomore defender Holly Gault was selected first team All-America on Monday by SoccerBuzz magazine.

Celtics 119, Magic 101

The Orlando Magic lost a high-scoring guard in Cuttino Mobley and the Boston Celtics found one in rookie Tony Allen.

Bulls 94, Warriors 85

Bulls coach Scott Skiles thinks the positive buzz about his team is a little premature.

6Sports video: Francis may be leaving KU

Soccer coach Mark Francis may be in talks to take over the head coaching job at Florida State.

6Sports video: Jayhawks scrap their way to a win over Kentucky

Three Jayahawks were injured during the ugly game. Both teams had cold shooting in the first half, but KU came to life in the second half.

6Sports video: Kansas women fall apart against K-State

The Lady Jayhawks started off with hot shooting, but the Wildcats took over the game in the second half.

'Ask Gary' returns with a late holiday gift

Here's a Q and A session as my Christmas gift to you all. Wait, Christmas has long passed so it's my New Year's gift to you. Wait, NY's Rockin Eve has also passed, so forget all that blather and simply read this Q and A which might tide you over until V-tines Day.

Langford, Moody upgraded for ISU game

After Tuesday's practice, both Keith Langford and Christian Moody have had their injury statuses upgraded for Wednesday's game against Iowa State. Also, here is an update on a few other Jayhawks' injuries.

Monday, January 10

Jayhawks take lumps in victory

Kansas University forward Christian Moody, whose family made the trip from Asheville, N.C., had tried two three-pointers in his career before connecting on a big one Sunday.

KU second in AP poll again

Illinois and Kansas remained 1-2 in the Associated Press college basketball poll for the sixth straight week, while Marquette and Oklahoma cracked the Top 25 for the first time this season Monday.

Sonics snap Heat streak

For one week at least, Shaquille O'Neal and the Miami Heat met their match in Danny Fortson and the revitalized Seattle SuperSonics.

Langford questionable, Moody doubtful for ISU game

Pair of Jayhawk starters could miss Wednesday's game in Ames, Iowa

Here's an injury update on KU's men's basketball team after Sunday's win over Kentucky and looking ahead to Wednesday's game against Iowa State.

Suns rout Pacers

Shawn Marion scored 21 points and Amare Stoudemire had 20 points and 14 rebounds to help the Phoenix Suns rout the Indiana Pacers 124-89 on Sunday night for their sixth straight victory and NBA-best 30th of the season, one more than they won all of last year.

KU-Kentucky briefs

C.J. Giles said he broke into a cold sweat on Kansas University's charter flight Saturday afternoon to the Bluegrass State.


Lee's three lifts Kansas over 'Cats

Rolling on the ground with the basketball barely in his possession, Aaron Miles still felt in control late in Sunday's Kansas University-Kentucky basketball showdown at Rupp Arena.

Woodling: Miles crucial for KU

Imagine, if you will, a Kansas University basketball fan who, for some reason, was unable to watch Sunday's game on television.

Wildcat: KU behind Heels

Bobby Perry still likes Roy Williams' current team more than he likes Williams' former team.

Sunday, January 9

Mavericks continue offensive roll

The Dallas Mavericks were waiting to find out whether their recent offensive roll was for real. Even after playing the Indiana Pacers, they're still waiting.

Hornets snap losing skid

Baron Davis scrambled for a long rebound to notch his first triple-double in more than two seasons, then waved his arms to the delight of a victory-starved crowd that had been standing throughout the entire overtime period.

6Sports video: KU wins first road game

The Kansas University's men's basketball team defeated the Kentucky Wildcats, 65-59, Sunday at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky. -- the first ever win for KU at the University of Kentucky. Freshmen C.J. Giles and Sasha Kaun led the team to the victory.

KU downs Kentucky, 65-59

Jayhawks win first road game

In a game appropriate for two of the winningest men's basketball programs in NCAA history, the Kansas Jayhawks defeated the Kentucky Wildcats, 65-59, Sunday at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky.

Woodling: It wasn't always so easy

Exactly 313 months ago today, Kansas University suffered arguably the most excruciating defeat in its storied men's basketball history. The date was Dec. 9, 1978. The site was Rupp Arena. The score was Kentucky 67, Kansas 66.

Jayhawks come up half-empty

Kansas State defense clamps down in second half as Wecker, Wildcats pull away for 63-45 victory

Coming into its game against Kansas State, the Kansas University women's basketball squad had endured six straight losses to the Wildcats.

KU 150, Kentucky 95: 1989 rout of Wildcats unforgettable in Jayhawk hoops lore

Kentucky and Kansas University are considered equals, the elite of the elite, in men's college basketball. That's why it's somewhat surprising that in head-to-head matchups, Kentucky, which ranks first in all-time victories (1,886), thoroughly has dominated Kansas (1,835) throughout history.

Wildcat forward Hayes nearly chose Jayhawks

A former AAU teammate of Drew Gooden, Kentucky's Chuck Hayes once had his heart set on playing basketball for Kansas University.

Old-look Cavaliers clobber Knicks

No matter what era, the Cleveland Cavaliers seldom looked better.


Chicago getting into groove

Kirk Hinrich spread his game to all corners of the floor, shooting and passing and running the Chicago Bulls' offense that featured an added flavor Saturday night.

Comeback too late for Nets

Jason Kidd couldn't put the New Jersey Nets over the top after leading a frantic fourth-quarter comeback.

Saturday, January 8

Mike Bibby scores 31 points as Kings defeats Hawks 100-97

Mike Bibby scored 31 points, including a clinching jumper with 11.7 seconds remaining, and the Sacramento Kings handed the Atlanta Hawks their sixth straight loss, 100-97 Friday night.

6Sports video: Wildcats clip KU women

Kansas University's women's basketball team was tied with Kansas State University at halftime, but lost, 63-45, Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks led 17-8 a little more than seven minutes in, but the Wildcats tied the game with a 10-1 run and the teams played even the rest of the first half. Kansas State outscored Kansas 37-19 after intermission.

Nets knock out Warriors

When the New Jersey Nets combine the talents of their Big Three with a little defense, wins usually follow.

Bulls take out Jazz

Each time the Bulls needed a lift, Luol Deng took over. Deng keyed two Chicago runs and had 22 points, and Eddy Curry added 21 points to lead the Bulls to a 84-78 victory over the Jazz on Friday night, Utah's eighth consecutive loss.

6Sports video: KU women prepare for K-State

The Lady Jayhawks will face rival K-State in the Sunflower Showdown at 7 p.m., Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse.

6Sports video: 1989 KU, Kentucky game still memorable

6Sports reporter Mike Rigg takes a look back at one of the most memorable games in Kansas basketball history.

6Sports video: Jayhawks ready for first road trip

The Kansas men's basketball team will travel to Kentucky to face the Wildcats at Rupp Arena on Sunday. Although KU has never won a game in Lexington, the Jayhawks say they're excited and ready to play.

Jayhawks snag speedy tailback

Texas prep standout among top sprinters nationally in 100 dash

Kansas University's banner recruiting class for 2005 had one key position missing out of its first 22 commitments -- a running back. Problem solved.

Jayhawks eager for first road test

After playing nine games in Allen Fieldhouse and one in Kemper Arena, Kansas University's basketball players are more than ready to hit the road.

KU, K-State women seek first Big 12 win

Kansas University's women's basketball team will take the court in Allen Fieldhouse tonight in search of its first Big 12 Conference victory, but so will its opponent -- 20th-ranked Kansas State.

Mayer: Free throws secret to success in NCAA Tourney

College basketball coaches usually aren't too receptive when anyone questions if weak free-throwing is hurting chances for big-time success.

Former USC guard set to transfer to Kansas

Rodrick Stewart has met all the academic requirements to complete his transfer from Southern California to Kansas University.

Friday, January 7

Wizards take out SuperSonics

As the Washington Wizards huddled to celebrate their victory over the Seattle SuperSonics, Gilbert Arenas had one thing on his mind _ the fact that more people than usual were watching.

6Sports video: Galindo, Lee step up for Jayhawks

The Kansas men's basketball team may not have won Wednesday's Big 12 opener against Texas A&M if it weren't for Alex Galindo's 3-point basket or Michael Lee dropping ten points for the Jayhawks.

6Sports video: KU women lose Big 12 opener

The Longhorns beat the Jayhawks, 66-51, Wednesday in Austin, Texas.

Woodling: Indeed, crowd was loud

Notes and quotes while wondering if any mothballs will fall out of Kansas University's men's basketball blue road uniforms at Kentucky. ... How loud was it during Saturday's Kansas-Georgia Tech basketball game in Allen Fieldhouse? A decibel meter brought by Jonathan Kealing, a reporter for the University Daily Kansan, registered a high of 119.9.

A&M snuck up on KU

Big 12 loss would have been costly

As one of Kansas University's senior leaders, Keith Langford is free to speak his mind. He did before Wednesday's men's basketball game against Texas A&M -- the Big 12 Conference opener for both teams.

Kids day scheduled at KU women's game

All youths ages 13 and under or those in the eighth grade and lower will be admitted free to Saturday's Kansas-Kansas State women's basketball game in Allen Fieldhouse.

Handshy, Weinmaster selected for East squad

Three Kansas University football recruits and two city standouts have been selected to play in the Kansas Shrine Bowl. Lawrence High linebacker/running back Ian Handshy and Free State lineman Philip Weinmaster -- both All-Sunflower League selections -- were named to the East roster for the July 30 game at KSU Stadium in Manhattan.

KU soccer players earn all-region nod

Five Kansas University soccer players were named Thursday to the All-Central Region squad by SoccerBuzz magazine.

Senior year dynamite for Wright

Phenom, unflappable after making early college decision, trying to be more assertive on court

Typically, for a high school basketball player regarded as one of the top 10 prospects in the country, winter is a stressful time. There are phone calls, endless mail from every school imaginable and countless scouts ogling from the seats.

Final foe getting tougher to find

At this point, finding one more opponent for Kansas University's fall football schedule is about as much fun as scraping three inches of ice off a windshield. That's been the task of senior associate athletic director Larry Keating, and time really isn't on his side.

Stewart meets academic requirements

In other news, Simien aiming to return next week

USC transfer Rodrick Stewart has met all academic requirements to attend Kansas University, his father, Bull Stewart, has confirmed to the Journal-World. Rodrick's father said his son would arrive on campus Monday and be ready for practice.

Pacers no match for Spurs

Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs knew exactly what to expect from Indiana. Duncan scored 27 points, Tony Parker had 26 and San Antonio clamped down on defense in the second half for a 111-98 victory over the Pacers on Thursday night.

Thursday, January 6


Kansas freshman Sasha Kaun, who is slated for additional dental work today, dressed but did not play Wednesday. He has been suffering from an infection following a recent root-canal surgery.

Warriors miss Richardson in loss to Celtics

Golden State Warriors point guard Speedy Claxton fell on the loose ball and immediately called a timeout. There was 16.9 seconds left in the fourth quarter, and the Warriors trailed by one.

X-Factor Game 7: Kentucky 109, Kansas 92

Kansas University's first virtual men's basketball road game resulted in the team's third virtual loss, a 109-92 defeat at the hands of Kentucky in this week's X-Factor simulation.

Struggling Nets routed by Bucks

Six days into the New Year, and already Jason Kidd believes the Nets are running out of time. Richard Jefferson thinks the Nets are playing soft.

Cavaliers start slowly, finish tough in win

The Cavaliers' mental and physical clocks still seem to be an hour or so behind, but it is better to show up late than not at all.

Bosh has stand-out game over Kings

Chris Bosh made Chris Webber look bad.

Sonics blown away in Orlando

This is what happens at the end of road trips, when the miles take away the legs, when room service and jet lag become the sixth and seventh defenders on the floor.

6Sports video: Jayhawks make valiant effort against Texas

Heather Schreiber snapped out of a scoring slump with 18 points, and two-time defending Big 12 Conference champion Texas opened conference play with a 66-51 victory over Kansas University on Wednesday night. Erica Hallman scored 20 to lead Kansas.

Hinrich leads charge for Bulls

Just one year removed from all those rookie mistakes, Kirk Hinrich is now knocking down momentum-changing shots for the resurgent Chicago Bulls.

Defense helps A&M scare KU

The assumptions ran rampant that Texas A&M's 11-0 start was more a product of a patsy schedule than a talented squad.

Kansas coach 'proud' of pal

Coaching against a best buddy didn't prove too bizarre for Bill Self on Wednesday night.

Galindo puts A&M on ice

Freshman's big three lifts KU

Alex Galindo is getting good at hitting game-breaking shots. Galindo, Kansas University's fearless freshman bomber who hit a three in overtime Saturday to slice a four-point deficit to one in KU's overtime victory over Georgia Tech, hit a bona fide game-winner Wednesday night.

Longhorns hold off pesky Jayhawks

Schreiber finds form as Texas opens defense of Big 12 crown with victory

Heather Schreiber found her shooting touch for No. 7 Texas. Schreiber snapped out of a scoring slump with 18 points, and two-time defending Big 12 Conference champion Texas opened league play with a 66-51 women's basketball victory over Kansas University on Wednesday night.

Woodling: KU tames TAMU from line

Just win, baby. All season long, Kansas University's men's basketball team has been piddling -- except for Wayne Simien, and he's on the shelf -- at the free-throw line.

Wednesday, January 5

KU game still on

(Updated Wednesday at 12:56 p.m.) Despite the overnight storm that produced ice, sleet and snow, Kansas University's men's basketball game is still on.

UT tough way to open

Big 12 favorites top Jayhawks' league schedule

Rutgers may not have done Kansas University's women's basketball team a favor. Rutgers stunned Texas, 51-47, Sunday, ending the Longhorns' nation-leading 41-game home win streak, and KU potentially could be caught in the backlash.

Wizards nab record in win over Nets

Larry Hughes matched his season high with 33 points and the Washington Wizards made a franchise-record 14 3-pointers in a 112-88 victory over the New Jersey Nets on Tuesday night.

KU facility still waiting for big-time donor

Patience is a virtue, Kansas University football fans -- especially regarding an eight-figure monetary donation.

Gillispie old pal to Self

New Texas A&M coach was Tulsa, Illinois aide

Bill Self and Billy Gillispie will put their friendship on hold for about 2 1/2 hours tonight when their undefeated college basketball teams tangle at Allen Fieldhouse.

KU aware of Aggies' hot start

Kansas University senior Keith Langford hasn't seen Texas A&M play on TV yet this season.

Kings top Knicks

The first time Chris Webber laid eyes on Maurice Evans, one thought came to mind: Who's the guy who looks like Anthony Peeler's little brother?

Kansas holds off Texas A&M, 65-60

Jayhawks nearly doomed by cold shooting

Kansas University's men's basketball team Wednesday against Texas A&M shot like it was playing outside in the snow and ice, but the Jayhawks hit enough shots to pull out a 65-60 victory over the Aggies at Allen Fieldhouse.

6Sports video: KU women to start conference with clean slate

Bonnie Henrickson's Jayhawks will get a good glimpse of what the conference is all about on Wednesday as they take on Big 12 powerhouse Texas.

6Sports video: Bring on the Big 12

The win over Georgia Tech was a big one. But as impressive as that victory was, it won't mean much if the Jayhawks don't win on Wednesday night.

6Sports video: Galindo has history with Texas A&M

When Alex Galindo suits up for the Jayhawks on Wednesday, Bill Self will have the opposing school to thank for it.

Tuesday, January 4

6Sports video: Kansas' battle against Georgia Tech dubbed 'instant classic'

The Jayhawks were in deep trouble early during the game, but they fought their way back to an overtime game. Keith Langford stepped up to make the big shot that gave the 'Hawks the win. His performance earned him National Player of the Week honors.

Galindo gaining confidence

Alex Galindo has faced some tough times since committing to play basketball at Kansas University in April of 2004.

Simien on his way, but not back yet

KU senior still likely won't play against UK

Wayne Simien was happy Monday to shed the hard cast that extended from his left thumb all they way up his forearm.

Woodling: Jayhawks played with OU (for a half)

Pick your poison, Pete.

Chat wrap with coach Self

Kansas University men's basketball coach Bill Self answered questions from readers for 20 minutes Tuesday morning. Self discussed Russell Robinson, J.R. Giddens and KU's big-man rotation, among other topics.

6Sports video: Jayhawks prove they can win without Simien

Wayne Simien has been fitted with soft casts which allow him to practice, but he will not be able to play this weekend.

6Sports video: Simien wants to play, but will have to wait

Wayne Simien believes he is ready to play at Kentucky on Sunday, but coach Self says his recovery is not that far ahead of schedule.

6Sports video: Lady Jayhawks receive verbal commitment

Olathe East's Danielle McCray, one of the top players in the state, gave coach Henrickson a verbal commitment to play at Kansas in two years.

KU confirms hiring

Kansas University soccer coach Mark Francis has confirmed the addition of Emporia State soccer coach Kara Lowery to his staff.

Monday, January 3

Surviving sans Simien

Despite desire, All-American likely out for UK

It doesn't look like injured Kansas University senior Wayne Simien will be making a miraculous appearance in Sunday's nonconference contest at Kentucky.

Pistons swam Celtics

The Detroit Pistons are starting to play the way coach Larry Brown expects.

Kings top Spurs

KU still No. 2 in AP poll

Kansas University's men's basketball team stayed at No. 2 in this week's Associated Press Top 25 after an overtime victory over Georgia Tech on Saturday. The Jayhawks (9-0) remained a spot behind Illinois for the fifth straight week and in the second spot for the seventh straight poll. Kansas received 10 first-place votes and 1,724 points, 63 fewer than Illinois.

Sunday, January 2

Hinrich, Curry lead Bulls over Magic

Eddy Curry scored 22 points and Kirk Hinrich added 18 points and nine assists, leading the Chicago Bulls to a 105-90 victory over the Orlando Magic on Saturday night.

Olathe prep picks Kansas

Kansas University's women's basketball team secured its first commitment for the 2006-07 season Saturday when Olathe East standout Danielle McCray told KU coach Bonnie Hendrickson she would play for KU.

Instant classic

KU rallies from 16 down to sting Yellow Jackets

The Cotton, Outback, Gator, Rose, Fiesta and Capital One bowl games might have provided entertaining holiday fare on New Year's Day. But with all due respect to those football extravaganzas, college sports' finest offering just might have been played with a round -- not oblong -- ball Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse.

Woodling: Jayhawks display mental toughness

For a while, Kansas University and Georgia Tech seemed to be engaged in an eerie dejvu dance all over again. Just like in March in St. Louis, Tech bolted to a sizable early lead over the Jayhawks, Kansas rallied to forge a tie at the end of regulation and Geor- ... oops, change the script.

Valentine honored by jersey hanging

Except for the day he was married and the day his daughter was born, there has been no bigger day in Darnell Valentine's life than Saturday.

Jack smacks KU

Point guard shines in Tech's loss

Jarrett Jack once again was amazing for Georgia Tech, an automatic threat Saturday whether wide-open or being wrestled to the floor while taking a shot.


Wanting to get his players' attention last week in practice, Kansas University coach Bill Self copied a tactic of his mentor, Eddie Sutton. He had the Jayhawks put on the football pads at a workout Wednesday.

Nets take Knicks

The self-proclaimed "best point guard in the NBA" did not throw the pass of the night. Jason Kidd did, and Vince Carter had been waiting almost a decade to see one like it.

Saturday, January 1

6Sports video: Jayhawks come back from behind

Senior guard Keith Langford led KU to a 70-68 overtime victory over Georgia Tech Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse. Kansas trailed the game by 16 points in the first half. Aaron Miles also broke Jacque Vaughn's record career assists at KU.

Langford leads KU over Georgia Tech

Senior's strong late play leads to 70-68 win

Kansas University's men's basketball team was knocked out of last year's NCAA Tournament by a 79-71 overtime loss to Georgia Tech. Thanks to senior Keith Langford, this year's rematch looked similar but had a better result for a Jayhawks, a 70-68 overtime victory Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse.

6Sports video: KU women make progress

Although the Lady Jayhawks knocked off Ball State on Thursday, senior guard Aquanita Burras says the team still needs to work on the defense.

Jayhawks ready for rematch

KU, Tech offer break from bowls

Folks who have had their fill of college football will be happy to see a 1:30 p.m. diversion in their TV listings today. That's the time No. 2-ranked Kansas and No. 9 Georgia Tech tip off a holiday hoops alternative to a day and night's worth of gridiron action.

Kansas to honor Valentine

No. 14 to join legends in fieldhouse rafters

Darnell Valentine, the fifth-leading scorer, fifth-leading assist man and top free-throw shooter in Kansas University men's basketball history, produced a plethora of points for KU from 1977 to '81.

Mayer: Self's charm helping fans forget seating fiasco

Bill Self is a master at walking a tightrope. He does it with such grace, charm and style. The Suits at Allen Fieldhouse are smart enough to let him divert some of the heat from them.


Kings 109, Jazz 102

Chris Webber and the Sacramento Kings made themselves right at home in the Delta Center. Webber led Sacramento to its ninth straight victory in Utah, scoring 14 of his 25 points in the third quarter in the Kings' 109-102 win over the Jazz on Friday night.

SuperSonics 103, Bobcats 97

Seattle scored inside, outside and at the line. In the end, the Charlotte Bobcats just couldn't match it. Rashard Lewis scored 27 points and Seattle made 11 3-pointers in the SuperSonics' 103-97 victory over the Bobcats on Friday night.