Stories for December 10, 2008


Lead stories

Vegas says KU will win Insight Bowl

The Jayhawks continue to prepare for the Insight Bowl, which they are favored to win by 10 and a half points.

KU's Little returns to practice

Mario Little returns to practice after suffering a stress fracture in his leg.

Markieff Morris accepts diversion agreement

Kansas University freshman forward Markieff Morris has accepted a diversion agreement which will require him to perform 20 hours of community service for the Airsoft rifle incident last August at Jayhawker Towers, coach Bill Self announced at his weekly press conference Wednesday.

Basketball roundup: Abrams leads Texas

A recap of college basketball scores from around the country

Fewer turnovers crucial for Jayhawk women

Off to a 5-1 start, Kansas University’s women’s basketball team is forcing opponents into an average of about 20 turnovers a game.

Month off welcomed by KU

With just two weeks off leading up to its Border War matchup with Missouri, the Kansas University football team was able to nurse itself to health enough to upset the Tigers, 40-37, in Kansas City, Mo. on Nov. 29.

J-W staff's Big 12 bowl picks

The Journal-World sports staff predicts scores for the Big 12 bowl games.

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Fearless freshman

Taylor’s prep coach marvels at guard’s steady maturation

Basketball coaching legend Bob Hurley, Sr., who has won 23 state championships, three mythical national titles and more than 900 games the past 31⁄2 decades at tradition-rich St. Anthony High, remains a hoops junkie at the age of 61. When he’s not tutoring his own players at the Jersey City, N.J., prep powerhouse, he’s watching games — lots of Kansas University games — at home on satellite TV.“The KU package has been very good. I’ve been very excited getting to watch him play,” Hurley said of his prized pupil — St. Anthony grad Tyshawn Taylor — who is off to a spectacular start his freshman season at KU.

6-1 in bowls realistic prediction for Big 12

Sorrentino's lightning round

It’s about time the Big 12 gets over the hump of mediocrity in bowl games. It’s amazing to think that 5-3 is the best the conference has ever fared in bowl games.

Gary Bedore’s KU basketball notebook

University of Arizona freshman Jeff Withey, who finally received his release to transfer without penalty on Monday, told ESPN he likely will transfer to either Kansas University or the University of Texas.

Coach enjoys thrill

Just back from his latest stay in the hospital, this time for a touch of pneumonia, former Kansas University football coach and forever the program’s No. 1 ambassador, Don Fambrough, said he was looking forward to serving as host of Traveller’s group trip to the Insight Bowl.

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Silent assassins: Remember these little-known names in time for bowls

The Big 12 Conference and college football bowl games: not historically an unstoppable combination. The conference carries a mediocre 41-44 bowl record in 12 years. The Big 12’s best bowl record for an individual season is 5-3.

Big 12 football notebook

With 12 games down and one to go, Kansas University’s Todd Reesing has already thrown for more yardage than he did in 13 games last year.