Stories for March 9, 2006


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Nebraska gets revenge over MU

Jamel White made a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 1:15 left and followed that with a key rebound, lifting Nebraska to a 71-64 victory over Missouri in the opening round of the Big 12 tournament Thursday night.

6Sports video: Kansas men's basketball enjoy first-round bye

The Kansas men will play their first game in the Big 12 Friday. As for Thursday, the Jayhawks got to enjoy a first round bye in Dallas, while the lower seeds battled it out to advance to the quarterfinals. Twelve victories in their last 13 outings, earned the Hawks the two seed in this weekends league championship.

6Sports video: Kansas softball to host 2006 Jayhawk Classic

The Kansas softball team won't have to travel anywhere this weekend. Starting Friday the Hawks will host Minnesota, Portland State and Eastern Michigan in the 2006 Jayhawk Classic. First pitch on Friday is set for 2 p.m.

6Sports video: Kansas baseball prepares for toughest opponent

This weekend the red hot Kansas Jayhawks will face one of the toughest road tests in the nation. Starting Friday the Hawks put their eight game winning streak on the line in South Carolina against Clemson.

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6Sports video: Colorado defeats Baylor in Big 12 tourney

In the game, Colorado against Baylor, no 12 seed has ever won a game in the Big 12 tournament. Struggling through most of the game, Colorado comes all the way back and regains the lead with two minutes to go and survives, 65-61.

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6Sports video: K-State loses tourney opener and coach

K-State loses its tourney opener to Texas Tech by eight points, and then KSU loses its head coach Jim Wooldrige. After the contest, K-State Athletics Director Tim Wieser announced that Wooldrige would not return as Coach for a seventh season with the Cats. Under his tenure, K-State never played a post-season basketball game.

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Oklahoma State starts title defense

Cowboys get second shot at Jayhawks

Torre Johnson followed a surprising scoring surge early with two rim-rocking baskets late in the second half and JamesOn Curry nailed a key shot with 1:40 left, helping Oklahoma State beat Iowa State 79-70 in the opening round of the Big 12 tournament Thursday night.

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Colorado keeps NCAA hopes alive

Colorado came to the Big 12 tournament focused on making sure an NCAA berth wasn't left to chance. The Buffaloes want to win and make it automatic. They almost didn't make it out of the first round Thursday against 12th-seeded Baylor.

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Texas Tech moves on

KSU loss likely means Wooldridge is done

Bob Knight managed to salvage at least one milestone from the worst season since his West Point days. Despite poor shooting by scoring star Jarrius Jackson, Texas Tech beat Kansas State 73-65 Thursday in the opening round of the Big 12 tournament.

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Wooldridge let go by Wildcats

Coach compiled a 83-90 record in six seasons

Kansas State fired basketball coach Jim Wooldridge on Thursday shortly after the Wildcats' season ended with a loss in the first round of the Big 12 tournament. Athletic director Tim Weiser said Wooldridge needed to get the team into the NCAA Tournament in order to keep his job. By finishing 15-13 following a 73-65 loss to Texas Tech, that wasn't going to happen, so he was let go.

Toplikar: Computer software takes work out of office pools

Lining up picks for NCAA Tournament easier with technology

"Dad, I can go home. Come up and get me!" Julie's voice on the phone sounded much better. She'd been at Lawrence Memorial Hospital for the last few days - after suffering from an unexpected lung collapse, she's doing just fine now - and our thoughts were getting her back to the normal life of a college freshman.

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Another award for tourney-focused Self

Another day, another coach-of-the-year honor for Kansas University's Bill Self. On Monday, KU's third-year coach was tapped Big 12 coach of the year by his peers. On Tuesday, he earned Region Six coach-of-the-year plaudits. It's all in recognition of 22-7 KU's comeback from a 3-4 start with a team that starts three freshmen and two sophomores.

Homers plentiful for KU

After his first home run of the season during Kansas University's 10-1 victory Wednesday over Baker University, Ritchie Price got a message from a kid seated behind KU's dugout at Hoglund Ballpark.

Season's fate on the line for OSU, ISU

A day after legendary Oklahoma State coach Eddie Sutton said he might not be done coaching, Sutton's son and OSU interim coach, Sean, said the Cowboys weren't done playing, either.

Replay changes up in air

Coach's challenges being considered

As with any new setup, the Big 12 Conference's football instant-replay system is being closely examined for potential changes.

Compiling quilt no small feat

Quilters collect 41 autographs of KU basketball athletes, coaches for Social Service League auction

It's an odd match - Jayhawk basketball, quilters and shoes for needy kids.

Just another bump in the road

Nagging illness was latest setback for KU's Jackson

Darnell Jackson is back. He'll tell you so himself. "I'm ready, man," a smiling Jackson said. "I'm ready to go out there."

Jayhawks good, but still ...

KU sweeps Missouri State, yet Bunge slightly steamed

Her hitters produced 14 runs. Her pitchers allowed only one earned run.

Group publicly bashes NCAA system

Not everyone is a fan of the new Academic Progress Rate - the same reform system that may penalize Kansas University's football and baseball programs this year.