Stories for February 23, 2008


Lead stories

Rush's last-second three falls short, KU drops nail-biter in Stillwater, 61-60

STILLWATER, Okla. - Bill Self said his team played like one that was distracted. Distracted or not, the result Saturday in Stillwater was a 61-60 setback in the KU coach's third trip back to Gallagher-Iba Arena as the Jayhawk sideline commander. The win boosts the surging Oklahoma State Cowboys to 14-12 overall and 5-7 in the league with three straight wins over three of the top five teams in the league. KU drops to 24-3 overall and 9-3 in Big 12 play, falling behind Texas' pace atop the conference standings.

Thomas signs with Cavs

Former Kansas University guard Billy Thomas on Friday signed a contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Commentary: Williams, Coach K reveal human side

'Injurygate' provides a little more spice to Duke-North Carolina rivalry

They are two of the greatest basketball coaches ever - hall of famers who teach, innovate, win championships and do all of it without cheating. But Roy Williams and Mike Krzyzewski just can't help themselves. As much as they like to stay above the fray, the North Carolina-Duke rivalry brings out their inner beasts. They snipe at each other - the latest chapter being Injurygate.

Collins, Eaton atypical

KU, OSU standout guards defy stereotypes

Most basketball players call to mind the body type of a young Tommy "The Hit Man" Hearns, long and lean. Two of the quickest guards in the Big 12 are built more like former heavyweight champion Joe Frazier.

Sampson out at Indiana

Coach accepts $750,000 buyout

Kelvin Sampson tainted the Indiana basketball program's cleancut reputation. Now the Hoosiers are hoping the fallout doesn't do any further damage.

KU softball wins two at Houston tourney

Kansas University's softball team collected eight runs off 14 hits to go 2-0 on the first day of the Houston Invitational on Friday.

KU baseball wins opener, 2-1

Welcome home, Wally. Oahu native Wally Marciel allowed just one run on five hits in six strong innings to lead Kansas University's baseball team to a season-opening 2-1 victory over the University of Hawaii at Hilo on Friday at Simmons Field.

Two Jayhawks shaken by relatives' deaths

Teammates, family lend support as Stewart deals with brother's murder, Jackson grapples with cousin's slaying

Tragedy hit Kansas University's basketball family this week. Rodrick Stewart's brother, Allen, 21, was murdered on Wednesday in Seattle. Darnell Jackson's cousin, Kascey Corie McClellan, 19, also died on Wednesday of gunshot wounds sustained in a Feb. 9 incident at an Oklahoma City nightclub. Stewart and Jackson both practiced Friday and made the four-hour bus ride to Stillwater and will play in today's 3 p.m. game against Oklahoma State.

NCAA ruling favors OU

Oklahoma will have its wins reinstated from its 2005 Holiday Bowl season after an NCAA appeals committee partially overturned a ruling in the infractions case involving former quarterback Rhett Bomar.