Stories for April 21, 2006


Lead stories

6Sports video: KU baseball defeats in state rival

On Friday, Kansas baseball hosted game one of the Sunflower Showdown series. With a big crowd, the Jayhawks defeated their in state rival, the Kansas Wildcats, 8-5.

6Sports video: Main attraction at Relays makes appearance

Friday at the Kansas Relays, the main attraction made his first appearance at Memorial Stadium. Friday afternoon, 2004 100-meter Olympic champion, Justin Gatlin, met with the media at the Kansas Relays.

6Sports video: NCAA rule violations on the hill create storm

When Kansas Relays Meet Director Tim Weaver saw the clear weather forecast for the Goldzone II competition on Saturday, he commented that perhaps with his luck he should buy a lottery ticket. Turns out Weaver spoke too soon. Although the forecast is clear, talk of additional NCAA rule violations on the hill created a storm that blew the Relays right out of the headlines.

Local fourth graders ran in Kansas Relays for Kids

It was "ready, set, go" Friday morning for local children and volunteers at the second annual Kansas Relays for Kids event. Anschutz Pavilion filled with children and cheers this morning as over 600 fourth graders took part in their own form of Kansas Relays.

6Sports video: Local athletes shine at Kansas Relays

Free State High's Alysha Valencia won the girl's 3200-meter run. The Firebird senior took the morning event by just over 14 ticks with a time of 10 minutes, 49 seconds. Tonganoxie's Roxi Grizzle won the girls Javelin, while fellow Chieftain Ali Pistora took third.

Chat transcript with Olympic Champ Maurice Greene

Olympic Champ Maurice Greene chatted with readers Friday, April 21 on a variety of topics, including what it means to take part in the Kansas Relays and what is going through his mind when he lines up in the blocks.

NCAA responds to KU's self-report

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has responded to Kansas University's July 2005 self-report, and has issued a Notice of Allegations regarding violations of NCAA rules from 1997-98 to 2002-03.

Bedore: Big O provided big fun

I had to chuckle after reading "Ostertag notables," an insert in a Utah Deseret News article accompanying a story on Greg Ostertag's decision to retire after playing 11 years in the NBA.

KU to scout Tatum this weekend in Texas

Kansas University's basketball coaches will be closely watching high school senior basketball shooting guard Cameron Tatum at this weekend's Kingwood Classic in Texas.

Spots remain open at Self hoops camps

Space is still available in all three Bill Self Basketball Camp summer sessions - June 11-15 and June 18-22 available to any young man ages 8 to 19 - and the June 23-24 Parent Child Camp, available to any boy or girl ages 4 to 7.

Kansas senior Czyz on stopper watch list

Kansas University senior baseball closer Don Czyz was named to the NCBWA Stopper of the Year midseason watch list Thursday. Czyz, from Overland Park, leads the nation with 13 saves heading into this weekend's series against Kansas State. He's 5-0 with a 1.30 earned-run average.

Showdown resumes today

Jayhawks have won five of last six with rival Wildcats

Kansas State's Brad Hill hasn't forgotten.

Kansas to limit Meier's running

Kerry Meier didn't get many opportunities to show off his speed during spring football practices.

Russian Jayhawks runners-up

Record-holding Agafonov, Tarasova second in hammer toss

Egor Agafonov heard mention of Kansas University while growing up in Togliatti, Russia - a town located 621 miles southeast of Moscow.

World-class runner hits stride with curious students

A speedy visitor from the Caribbean dropped in Thursday at a Lawrence elementary school.

State or Relays gold? Tough call, preps say

Asked to compare winning a high school state championship with the possibility of doing the same at the Kansas Relays, Scott Penny and Alysha Valencia played it safe, sticking to themes of self-improvement and old-fashioned fun during their final appearances at the legendary annual invite.

Kansas Relays notebook

It was a matter of seconds for the Kansas University track and field team Thursday at the Kansas Relays.

Settlemier, KU slam Creighton

Serena Settlemier smashed a grand slam.

Off and running

Smack talk inspires sprinter Greene

Mo is ready to go. Judging by the 2000 Olympic 100-meter champ's reaction to a reporter's question Thursday, the 79th edition of the Kansas Relays might be a more personal for Maurice Greene than past meets.

Kansas to reveal NCAA charges

Penalty phase still several months away

The NCAA has responded to Kansas University's self-report on rules violations by giving the athletic department an official list of allegations.