Stories for March 12, 2006


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6Sports video: Big Sunday for Jayhawk basketball

KU cruised to the Big 12 tourney title in Dallas on Sunday with a win over Texas and also came away with a date with Bradley as a fourth seed in the NCAA Tournament.

KU earns 4-seed in Oakland Regional

Jayhawks will play Bradley on Friday in Michigan

Less than an hour after becoming Big 12 Tourney champs for the first time since 1999, Kansas (25-7) learned that it will be a No. 4 seed and will play 13th-seeded Bradley (20-10) on Friday at The Palace in Auburn Hills, Mi.

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Kansas wins Big 12 Tourney title

KU avenges loss to UT; earns a No. 4 NCAA seed

Kansas University's players got the payback they wanted against Texas Sunday afternoon when KU won the Big 12 Tournament title with a 80-66 victory over the Longhorns at American Airlines Center. Whether the win will pay off in a higher-seed in next week's NCAA Tournament, the Jayhawks will have to wait about an hour for the official NCAA brackets to be released.

Storm damage halts KU softball

Three Kansas University sports venues suffered damage during Sunday morning's storm. Arrocha Ballpark, home of the softball team, appeared to have been the hardest hit.

Land's HR drops Tigers

Freshman Preston Land's solo home run in the top of the eighth inning helped the No. 25 Kansas University baseball team knock off No. 2 Clemson, 6-5, before a crowd of 5,261 on Saturday at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.

Office pools drain productivity

Consultant estimates tourney costs $3.8B in work

U.S. businesses are poised to lose as much as $3.8 billion in worker productivity during the next three weeks, as employees enter office pools, track their picks and otherwise watch and gab about games that culminate with the NCAA basketball championship April 3 in Indianapolis.

Stanley lights timely spark for KU

Senior delivers crucial run as slumping Jayhawks salvage split

As one of Kansas University's two first-team selections on last season's All-Big 12 softball team, Heather Stanley was half the answer to a trivia question posed to the crowd Saturday afternoon at Arrocha Ballpark.

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Jackson doubles up

New shot helps forward score 13

Darnell Jackson has added a nifty inside shot to his repertoire. "A baby hook," as he called it, is what the Kansas University sophomore power forward used in part to score to a career-high-tying 13 points - to go with 10 rebounds - in the Jayhawks' 79-65 Big 12 Conference tournament semifinal victory over Nebraska on Saturday in American Airlines Center.

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Collier's run could be over

Nebraska coach's future undecided, AD says

In an attempt to shake some soul into a silent Nebraska locker room, an NU basketball staff member turned the volume knob up on a boombox playing Al Green's classic hit "Love and Happiness."

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Keegan: KU-UT should be classic

For two hours this afternoon, set aside the seeding possibilities and related stress. Recline your chair just so, turn off the cell phone, ban all chronic talkers from the vicinity, and treat yourself to what promises to be one terrific basketball game.

Poor doubles play continues to doom Jayhawks

Once again, a poor showing in the doubles matches Saturday had the Kansas University women's tennis team dropping another home dual.

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KU-Nebraska notebook

Kansas University will find out at 5 p.m. today where it is headed and what team it will be playing in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

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Winner takes all

KU sets up showdown with win over NU

The men's basketball co-champions in the Big 12 Conference will break the tie today. Texas, the pride of the South, and Kansas University, the darling of the North, will tangle at 2 p.m. in American Airlines Center with league supremacy in mind. Each went 13-3 in the conference season to tie for the league crown.

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Tucker does it all in Texas victory

No matter what numbers on the stat sheet sparkle next to Texas standout P.J. Tucker's name, the Big 12 Conference player of the year's best effort Saturday might have come when no one was looking.

Mid-majors hope for breakthrough

College basketball's traditional powers face a fierce battle for NCAA Tournament spots this year from the "mid-major" conference teams that are all the rage.