Stories for October 30, 2007


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6Sports video: Simien cut by T-Wolves

From Miami to Minnesota to...nowhere. Late last night, the Minnesota Timberwolves released former Jayhawk basketball star Wayne Simien.

6Sports video: Kansas women's basketball team kicks off the 07-08 season this weekend

Bonnie Henrickson's team takes on Pittsburg State this Sunday. The 'Hawks are hoping to improve on last year's 11-20 record.

6Sports video: KU-NU to square off in familiar scenario, but with roles reversed

One team is ranked 8th in the nation and the other is trying to stay alive in the Big 12 North standings - that's a pretty typical scenario heading into the KU-NU football showdown - only this year, it's KU thinking Big 12 title and Nebraska thinking big-time upset.

6Sports video: KU hoops squad hits the hardwood this Thursday

The Kansas Jayhawk basketball season tips off this Thursday when the 'Hawks take on Pittsburg State in exhibition fashion.

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Now what? Jayhawks prepare for unknown QB

Kansas University's football team has answered every challenge it has faced so far this season. But here's a new one: a quarterback who is almost completely unknown. Nebraska coach Bill Callahan, whose team is preparing for Saturday's game against the unbeaten Jayhawks, said Monday that NU starting quarterback Sam Keller is out for the season because of an injury to his left shoulder.

Ticket fix?

New paperless tickets aim to cut misuse

For faculty and staff, paper tickets to Kansas University basketball games have gone away, replaced with a new debit access card. The athletic department recently sent a letter to all faculty and staff season ticket holders, informing them that starting this season, instead of receiving a stack of tickets in the mail, they would receive an access card, with all their tickets stored electronically.

Commentary: MU ends tradition, avoids letdown

It was another day of carnage for college football's elite class, another wild and crazy Saturday afternoon when the Top 25 rankers were getting reshuffled like a deck of cards.

Cal guard to miss month

California point guard Jerome Randle underwent a biopsy on his kidney Monday and likely will miss at least a month.

Ryan Wood's KU football notebook

The Nov. 10 game between Kansas and Oklahoma State in Stillwater, Okla., will kick off at 7 p.m. and be televised by ABC, it was announced Monday. It will mark the sixth straight game Kansas will play in front of a television audience and the first on ABC this season. Kansas last played on ABC in 2005 when it traveled to Texas.

KU women's tip moved

Start time for Kansas University's women's basketball regular-season opener against Hartford has been moved up an hour, to 1 p.m. on Nov. 11.

Nevada player hurt in fight

A Nevada basketball player was hurt in a fight at a Halloween party, where three people were shot to death.

Gary Bedore's KU basketball notebook

Don't be surprised if senior guard Rodrick Stewart plays a lot in Kansas University's exhibition opener Thursday at Allen Fieldhouse. "Rodrick has been one of our most consistent performers, counting everyone on the team," KU coach Bill Self said. "Rod is by far the most active defender we have. He's always been pretty good. He's become better."

Georgia coach apologizes

Georgia coach Mark Richt apologized Monday for his team's raucous celebration after its first touchdown against Florida, a display that he encouraged in hopes of firing his team up. The motivational tactic seemed to work - the No. 10 Bulldogs went on to a 42-30 victory, only their third win against the 18th-ranked Gators in the last 18 years.

Osborne: Callahan's firing not imminent

Nebraska interim athletic director Tom Osborne said Monday that a comment he made in a television interview last week is not to be interpreted as a sign that he has decided to fire coach Bill Callahan.

Texas loses freshman guard

Texas freshman guard Dogus Balbay will have surgery on his right knee today and will be out indefinitely, school officials announced Monday.

Rush's attire all buzz

'Bumblebee' wearing yellow in drills

A Missouri Tiger hasn't infiltrated Kansas University's men's basketball practices. Jayhawk junior guard Brandon Rush is the player who has been wearing a yellow jersey daily at Allen Fieldhouse and Horejsi Center.

Tickets to KU game to be sold only in sets

Officials say deal will help boost attendance, keep out Jayhawk fans

For years, the University of Colorado's Coors Event Center has been lovingly referred to by Kansas University fans as Allen Fieldhouse West. It's a topic for TV commentators and newspaper columns, and the Rock Chalk Chant can be heard on TV at the end of each KU victory as if the game were at Allen Fieldhouse Original.

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Woodling: 'Muck' slogan must go

Bless their pea-picking hearts, the budding journalists at the University Daily Kansan are on a crusade. Is Kansas University's student newspaper lobbying for a reduction of tuition and fees? No. They realize they have a better chance of forcing the administration to change KU's nickname from Jayhawks to Persimmons.