Stories for April 8, 2008


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6Sports video: Mario makes cover of SI

Mario Chalmers' miracle three-point shot is featured on the cover of this week's issue of SI.

6News video: A tribute to the Jayhawks

Some sights and sounds in the aftermath of the Jayhawks' dramatic OT victory in San Antonio to win the national championship.

6News video: Fans rush to buy Jayhawk gear

Jayhawk fans are taking advantage of well-deserved bragging rights - and they're grabbing the gear to do it.

6News video: Parade chances are slim

Prospects for a parade to celebrate KU's national championship are a lot like the weather that greeted the team home today - cloudy at best.

6Sports video: 25,000 fans greet Jayhawks

The celebration may have subsided on Mass. St., but that wasn't the case this afternoon at Memorial Stadium.

6News video: Jayhawk fans soak in the glory

Today, Jayhawk fans were still out and about in downtown Lawrence, still on cloud nine.

6News video: Police say crowd was mostly well-behaved

Last night's huge celebration left its mark on the city. There were broken windows and several injuries - but police say overall the night was a success.

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6News video: Jayhawks return to Lawrence

KU returned to Lawrence as national champions today for the first time since 1988. They were greeted at Memorial Stadium by a sea of crimson and blue!

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Welcome back, champs!

25,000 fans rejoice with No. 1 team

Despite the rain, despite the cold and despite a party that did not end until 2 or 3 in the morning, about 25,000 Jayhawk fans poured into Memorial Stadium on Tuesday afternoon to fete their national champion basketball team.

KU won't commit to downtown parade for National Champions

It doesn't look like a parade will be part of Kansas University's National Championship celebration.

Self, KU invited to White House

President Bush gives Kansas coach special wake-up call

SAN ANTONIO - Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self, who slept 45 minutes Monday night into this morning after winning the national championship game, received a special wake-up call Tuesday. "President (George W.) Bush called me at eight o'clock," Self said. "It was good. He talked about how exciting a game it was, and how happy and proud I must be of our guys. He said something that was cool, he said 'You need to get here soon. You've got great seniors. If you don't get out here soon, they won't get a chance to come, because they'll all be going different ways. If you want to come, get out here in the next month, month-and-a-half.'"

6News covering the Memorial Stadium festivities live

Team expected to return to Lawrence around 3 p.m.

Extra Minutes: Kansas 75, Memphis 68 (OT)

Tying up loose ends from Kansas 37th and final win of the 2007-08 season, one which claimed the third NCAA national title in KU history. The game featured KU capitalizing on late Memphis mistakes (mostly from the free throw line) and Mario Chalmers stepping up as the hero, sending the game into an overtime period which the Jayhawks dominated.

Commentary: Title mends Jayhawks' grieving hearts

The game was slipping out of Kansas' grasp, the national title falling in a flurry of Derrick Rose baskets. But then, like so many people warned that it would, Memphis' fate came down to the free throw line.

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Keegan: Kansas' best - ever

The shot was in the air as the game clock ticked down to 2.1 seconds. The right guy shot it. Just another big shot in a lifetime full of them for Mario Chalmers, who witnessed a Final Four in the same building in 2004. It misses and it goes down as another near miss for another outstanding Kansas team.

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'We're better than everyone'

Jayhawk Nation celebrates second title in 20 years

Jessica Greenwood, a Kansas University senior, stood in the middle of Massachusetts Street, under the glow of hundreds of cell-phone snapshots and digital camera flashes, knowing that she needed to capture the moment forever.

Final four No. 1 Seed vs. No. 1 Seed

The NCAA began seeding teams in 1979.

What others are saying about...

Comments from around the country on Kansas, Memphis and the game

Indiana's Gordon leaving

Indiana freshman Eric Gordon is entering the NBA Draft.

Rice taps ex-Cal coach

Former California coach Ben Braun took over Monday at Rice, promising to turn around a team that won only three games this season.

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KU's previous Final Four history

Here's a recap of the Jayhawks' previous trips to the NCAA Final Four.

Kansas basketball notebook

Kansas University coach Bill Self said he would take the call if Oklahoma State phones him about its coaching vacancy.

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Vitale headed to Hall of Fame

Broadcaster joins Riley, five others as newest selections

Broadcaster Dick Vitale, a man who had limited success as a coach but brought the game of basketball to millions of TV watchers, was selected to the game's Hall of Fame on Monday alongside Pat Riley, one of the most successful NBA coaches of all time.

NCAA Tournament MOP's

Most Outstanding Players of the NCAA Tournament

Tigers lament loss

'I thought we were national champs'

With 10.8 seconds left in regulation on Monday, Memphis basketball coach John Calipari told his team to foul when Kansas University inbounded the ball down three. But KU's Sherron Collins slipped away and dished the ball to Mario Chalmers, who drilled the game-trying three-point shot with 2.1 seconds left.

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Mario and the miracle!

Big 3 forces OT, lifts Kansas

Mario Chalmers raced to his mother, Almarie, and hugged her tightly on the Alamodome court, streamers falling from the rafters after Kansas University's one-for-the-ages 75-68 national championship victory over Memphis on Monday night.

Which Candi(a)ce can?

Star players likely to determine 2008 champion

Candice Wiggins and Candace Parker, two of the country's top players, will get a final chance in college to showcase their talent with the NCAA championship on the line tonight.

Xavier's Lavender arrested

Xavier point guard Drew Lavender was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct and possession of marijuana.

Marquette promotes aide

Marquette picked assistant coach Brent "Buzz" Williams on Monday to replace Tom Crean, who left last week to become coach at Indiana. Assistant athletic director Scott Kuykendall said the university scheduled a news conference for today to introduce Williams as the new head coach.

Jayhawks finish in third

Despite strong Oklahoma winds, the Kansas University women's golf team posted a third-round 294 to finish in third place at the 30th annual Susie Maxwell Berning Classic on Monday.

KU works overtime for title

Defense, determination and timely plays take Jayhawks to the top

The last strand of net was reserved for head coach Bill Self, who ascended up the ladder and cleanly snipped it off the rim. Cheers engulfed the Alamodome. A national title officially was christened.

Campanile to ring in KU victory in National Championship

After the game - When the bells of the Campanile ring tonight, you can thank Kim Sedberry and her fellow classmates in the carillon class.

OSU to pay Sutton $2.7 million

Oklahoma State will pay Sean Sutton $2.7 million over 10 years as part of a settlement reached between the university and its former basketball coach, who resigned under pressure last week.

Arthur comes up big

'Shady' talks it up, then backs it up

All it took was Darrell Arthur opening his mouth. Seriously, that's it.

Nearly 40,000 turn out to commemorate win

Police watched over an even larger downtown crowd Monday following the championship game than had turned out to celebrate Saturday's Final Four victory against North Carolina. Nearly 40,000 people came out to celebrate the historic victory.