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KU baseball wins first home game of season

Play ball - finally! After numerous delays due to bad weather, the first home game of the 2007 KU baseball season took place today at Hoglund Ballpark.

Rush, Wright earn top conference honors

After winning the Big 12 regular season team title yesterday at Allen Fieldhouse, some individual Jayhawks were honored today as the League announced the coaches picks for the All-Big 12 team.

Wright, Rush named to first team All-Big 12

Kansas University sophomores Brandon Rush and Julian Wright, who were named the Big 12 Conference's Preseason Co-Players of the Year, Sunday were honored as first team All-Big 12 performers. Texas freshman Kevin Durant, who scored 32 points in a 90-86 loss at KU Saturday, was named the league's Player of the Year.

Extra Minutes: Kansas 90, Texas 86

Tying up loose ends from Saturday's wildly-entertaining game in Allen Fieldhouse. Making the postgame festivities even more enjoyable for the Jayhawks was the way in which they got there. KU came back from a blistering Texas first half, finishing the game with a 52.4 field goal percentage, led by a career-high five three-pointers from Mario Chalmers. Russell Robinson hit three of them, too, which was also a career-best. Oh yeah, and Texas' Kevin Durant wasn't too shabby in what will probably be his only Fieldhouse visit.

Fear tactics

To the editor: Ignorance and fear. These are the tools of the self-proclaimed moral majority, including Phill Kline and Rep. Lance Kinzer. Using public ignorance and fear, these men try to intimidate people into complying with their narrow religious conservative agenda.

Judge enjoys courtside company

Two of Lawrence's most powerful residents have a friendship that's taken a visible, front-row seat this basketball season.

Tease photo

1900: OUTRIGHT!

Jayhawks celebrate title win

Bill Self snipped the last four strands of net and forcibly tore the twine from the rim, putting the finishing touches on a joyous celebration Saturday afternoon in Allen Fieldhouse.

Keegan: Durant at best in best

A holy man doesn't walk into St. Peter's Basilica and start sinning. Tiger Woods doesn't shank shots at Augusta. Pavarotti doesn't hit a flat note inside Carnegie Hall.

KU tennis team tops ISU

The Kansas University women's tennis team won five of six singles matches and swept all three doubles contests to earn a 6-1 victory Saturday against host Iowa State.

Wissel earns NCAA spot

Kansas University's Colby Wissel ran a career-best 7 minutes, 53.08 seconds in the men's 3,000 meters Saturday at the Alex Wilson Invitational in South Bend, Ind., to qualify automatically for the NCAA Indoor Championships.

Grand slams key KU sweep

The Kansas University softball team swung hot bats in both games of Saturday's doubleheader at the Great Western Downtown Plaza Classic, scoring a combined 17 runs in a sweep of North Texas at the Donna J. Hardesty Sports Complex.

Oread Books announces book signing

Roderick Townley, author of the just-published young adult novel "The Red Thread: A Novel in Three Incarnations," will give a lecture and reading, and sign books in an appearance from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. March 13 at Oread Books, Kansas University.

Big 12 champs!

1,900 wins, plus No. 1 seed in OKC

Jayhawk fans have a lot to be proud of after Kansas University's 90-86 win over Texas on Saturday. The victory marks the team's 1,900th all-time victory and makes them outright Big 12 regular season champs this year.

Kansas basketball notebook

Kevin Durant, who is just 18 years old, has quite a presence about him.

Durant had to 'suck it up'

Kevin Durant returned from the locker room in the second half with a slight limp - and received a standing ovation in Allen Fieldhouse.

KSU wins finale, looks to avoid return home

No offense to the home fans, but Cartier Martin really doesn't want to play in Bramlage Coliseum again.

A&M center shows off

Mom watches as Aggie sets career mark

Antanas Kavaliauskas' mother traveled more than 5,000 miles from Lithuania to see him play college basketball for the first time.

'Takeover mode' hits Chalmers

Kansas guards 'terrific'

The best way to sum up Mario Chalmers' relationship with the three-point shot during the Jayhawks' 16-game Big 12 Conference schedule is that of a true labor of love. For Russell Robinson, it was merely a flirtation.

Huskies' defense, post play overwhelm UCLA

Jon Brockman couldn't stop complimenting UCLA, from its bevy of talented weapons to the Bruins' suffocating defense.