Stories for April 4, 2008


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6Sports video: Former Jayhawks rooting for UNC

When the Jayhawks take on the Tarheels tomorrow night, two former players won't be rooting for KU. Kevin Romary has more.

6Sports video: KU baseball takes on Baylor

On the diamond tonight, the Kansas baseball team tackled 29th-ranked Baylor.

6Sports video: KU football preps for spring game

This afternoon the Kansas football team returned to the gridiron in preparation for next weekend's spring game.

6Sports video: Brown has ties to all Final Four teams

We all know the connections that Roy Williams has to Kansas, but what about Larry Brown? DJ Whetter has more.

6News video: KU media relations scrambles to fill void

No Rod Stewart this weekend, and almost no media guides as well. Kevin Romary has that story.

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6News video: Local businesses steady selves for Final Four crowds

The madness is nearly off the charts leading into tomorrow night's showdown with North Carolina. Businesses are cashing in as Rock Chalk Nation amps up.

6News video: Fans flock to San Antonio

It figures to be a party atmosphere this weekend for Jayhawk fans who made the trek to San Antonio for the Final Four. 6Sports director Kevin Romary caught up with a few of them earlier today at the Alamodome.

6Sports video: UNC faces balanced KU attack

Tomorrow evening Bill Self will try to contain AP Player of the Year Tyler Hansborough. But for Roy Williams, the responsibilities extend even further. DJ Whetter and Kevin Romary have more from San Antonio.

6News video: Party like it's 1988

You think it's madness out there now as we head into tomorrow's showdown between KU and North Carolina, but that's nothing compared to the party that went on in Lawrence 20 years ago tonight.

6Sports video: Roy's eyes on the prize

This afternoon UNC head coach Roy Williams addressed the media for one final time.

6News video: Police prepare for Final Four revelry

Local law enforcement officials are preparing for quite a party. Thousands of fans are expected to flock to downtown Lawrence and the KU campus to cheer on the Jayhawks Saturday night.

6Sports video: Injured Stewart out for season

With just 24 hours remaining before the Jayhawks and Tarheels take the floor, the last thing Kansas wanted was to suffer a setback. Kevin Romary has more.

Brandon Rush has court date in child support case

Kansas University junior basketball guard Brandon Rush has a Missouri court date related to a family court and child support case when the season ends.

A few good minutes with ... UNC's Danny Green

One unique aspect of Saturday night's KU-UNC matchup is that both team's sixth men are former McDonald's All-Americans. For Kansas, it's speedy spark plug Sherron Collins. For North Carolina, it's 6-foot-6 wing Danny Green, who was a hamburger all-star the same year as KU's Mario Chalmers. Green's minutes have bumped significantly this season, and in response, he's produced as a legit inside-outside threat. A huge factor in tomorrow night's game could be which sixth man provides the most punch off the pine. With that said, here was what Green had to say in a Q&A session Friday in the Carolina locker room ...

Finding the right outfit

I like your articles so far. My particular good luck behavior involves my outfits.

Office shrine

Our shrine is in our office rather than our home. The first attachment is the first thing everyone sees when they enter the office. The pen and ink drawing in the blue frame is a photograph of the original Jayhawk drawing by Hank Malloy. The inscription is to Allan's Grandfather. The original is in the Kansas State Historical Museum.

Stewart hurts knee during open practice

KU senior guard Rodrick Stewart was wheeled off the Alamodome court Friday afternooon during the Jayhawks' open practice after fracturing his knee cap during the Jayhawks' open practice. Stewart's knee was covered with a brace, and KU coach Bill Self said that surgery would be performed once the team got back to Lawrence.

Randall recalls 1991 victory

Kansas University's basketball team enters Saturday's Final Four semifinal against North Carolina as a 31â2 point underdog. The Vegas line shouldn't discourage the Jayhawks, says former KU forward Mark Randall.

Final Four has ex-coach conflicted

Larry Brown is conflicted. When you've been a coach since a peach basket was hoisted on a pole, you touch a lot of folks, but probably no one has touched as many as the 67-year-old Brown, the quintessential basketball nomad and former 76ers coach who lives with his family on the Main Line.

Final Four Notebook: From Topeka to DC, anticipation grows

Ever since an article on other schools with the Jayhawk as a mascot ran in Wednesday's Journal-World, e-mails and calls have been coming in with other schools or more information. A college spokesman for Muskegon Community College in Michigan said his school has had the Jayhawk mascot since the 1970s, because of an athletic director who liked the name.

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Love and honor, sure - but respect?

Tar Heel, Jayhawk hoping for wedded bliss, no matter who wins Saturday

When Jonathan Wingate and Hilary Smith get married this June, the church will be decked out in two hues of blue. The colors are commonly known as royal blue and light blue, but the happy couple know the colors by a slightly different description: Kansas blue and (North) Carolina blue. Uh oh.

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Big questions

Does KU's frontcourt have what it needs to slow Tar Heels?

North Carolina and UCLA arguably boast the best big men in the Final Four in Tyler Hansbrough and Kevin Love. No team taking the Alamodome court this weekend, however, has the inside depth of Kansas University's Jayhawks, who boast a strong pivot presence in starters Darrell Arthur and Darnell Jackson and reserves Sasha Kaun and Cole Aldrich.

Buckeyes win NIT, taunt NCAA committee

In a locker room outburst equal parts joy and angst, Jamar Butler finally dropped the charade Ohio State had been playing for nearly three weeks and revealed its main motivating factor for a roughshod run through the NIT.

Tigers give Memphis reason to celebrate

In a town commemorating the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. today, basketball and a Memphis team filled with 13 young black men are a cause for celebration.Blue, Tiger blue, is everywhere.

Thomas going for 2

Tar Heel only remnant of '05 title team

It was just three years ago that North Carolina's basketball team snipped down the nets in celebration of its fourth national championship. Might as well have been a decade.

KU track excels in Texas

The Kansas University track and field team had senior Ashley Brown (400-meter hurdles) and sophomore Kirk Cooper (pole vault) regionally qualify in the preliminaries of the Texas Relays on Thursday.

WVU ruling mixed

Rich Rodriguez may try to prove his claim he was fraudulently induced to sign a coaching contract with West Virginia that included a $4 million buyout clause he now refuses to pay.

Brown itching to coach again

Former Kansas boss: 'I want to get back so bad'

Larry Brown hasn't officially coached a basketball game in nearly two years, but his head and heart remain in the game, and he said on Wednesday that he hoped to land a head coaching job, either in the NBA or in college, for next season.

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Mayer: Focus on game, not Roy

Whenever people are engaged in an intensely competitive situation, they get added incentive to succeed if they have the convenience of a villain. Without a scapegoat, they may create one, ridiculous though the fabrication may be.