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Mann of the hour

Walk-on’s first start message to big men

Matt Kleinmann took a deep breath as he finished signing autographs outside Kansas University’s locker room, readying himself for a long, uphill trek from Allen Fieldhouse to Marvin Hall, high atop Jayhawk Blvd.

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Jayhawks keep streak going against JSU

The Jayhawks soundly beat Jackson State on Saturday.

KU women fall to Marquette, 67-57

Shades of last year for Kansas University’s women’s basketball team. The Jayhawks, who led the Big 12 Conference in turnovers last season, lapsed into their old ways Sunday afternoon by coughing up the ball 28 times.

KU to face Minnesota in Insight Bowl

Minnesota athletic director Joel Maturi announced Sunday that the Golden Gophers (7-5, 3-5 in the Big Ten) have accepted a bid to play in the Dec. 31 bowl in Tempe, Ariz., against Kansas University.

Kansas basketball notebook

Kansas University junior guard Sherron Collins bemoaned KU’s “lack of toughness” Saturday against Jackson State. “We’re not tough right now. Call it like it is. We outrebounded them by one (39-38). Think what it’ll be like when we play Texas. We need to get better, quick,” Collins said.

Jayhawks impress JSU

Coach: KU at least top 15

Jackson State University’s men’s basketball team proved Saturday afternoon it just might be the best one-win squad in the country. Following the team’s 86-62 defeat at No. 25 Kansas, however, the Tigers were convinced they’d just lost to one of the top one-loss schools in the nation.

KU swim team wins

KU's swimming and diving team won the Kenyon Invitational.

Oklahoma-Florida likely scenario for title

One loss each. No questions asked. Florida and Oklahoma each won conference title games Saturday virtually to assure themselves a showdown for the national championship on Jan. 8 — a matchup hardly anyone outside of Texas can argue with

KU’s Taylor gets mixed review

Freshman’s performance panned despite double-double

Though Tyshawn Taylor had 10 points, 11 assists and two steals against Jackson State on Saturday, he still had a head coach wishing for a bit more. “I think this is the best stat line that Ty maybe has had and probably the worst that he’s played,” Kansas University coach Bill Self said after KU’s 86-62 victory over the Tigers.

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Sooners lower boom on Missouri, 62-21

Bradford solidifies Heisman cred; Oklahoma proves it belongs in BCS championship game with rout

Oklahoma routed Missouri in the Big 12 championship football game, clearing the way for a likely BCS championship game berth.

Kansas lacking on glass

Sherron Collins took his eye off of a pass coming his way and fumbled it out of bounds. A long rebound fell right into Brady Morningstar’s hands in front of the home team’s bench. He couldn’t hold onto it. Tyshawn Taylor tried to feed the post with a line drive when a looping pass was in order.

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McCray ready for rematch with Marquette

Kansas University's Danielle McCray heads to Marquette a marked woman.

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Mann of the hour

Walk-on’s first start message to big men

Matt Kleinmann took a deep breath as he finished signing autographs outside Kansas University’s locker room, readying himself for a long, uphill trek from Allen Fieldhouse to Marvin Hall, high atop Jayhawk Blvd.