Stories for January 4, 2008


Lead stories

6Sports video: Guess we finally played somebody -- and won

For the first time in nearly 40 years, last night the Jayhawks returned to the Orange Bowl to put a cap to the season they'll never forget.

6Sports video: Amidst football hype, hoops still going strong

Lost in the middle of all the Orange Bowl celebration is the Kansas men's basketball team. Tomorrow morning the Jayhawks look to stay unbeaten at Boston College.

6Sports video: KU women edge past Xavier

The Kansas women were on the road earlier this afternoon. The Hawks fought their way past Xavier to a 62-60 finish.

6News video: Bowl shirts going fast

A hot item on the streets of Lawrence today: Orange Bowl championship t-shirts.

6News video: Victory redeems generations of Jayhawks

KU's sweet win in Miami helps erase the foul taste that generations of Jayhawks endured.

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6News video: Jayhawk Nation celebrates victory

The Orange Bowl champs received a heroes' welcome upon their return to today to the Sunflower State.

6News video: Back home, fans go wild

Moments after the Jayhawks clenched the victory, fans poured out of downtown bars to celebrate.

KU women close non-con slate with 62-60 win at Xavier

Behind 24 points from sophomore Danielle McCray, the Kansas University women's basketball team avenged last year's home loss to Xavier Friday night in Cincinnati with a 62-60 win. The victory puts the Jayhawks at 11-2 with Big 12 conference play now on the horizon. The women open the league slate Wednesday night at 7 p.m. in Allen Fieldhouse against Oklahoma State, who the Jayhawks defeated last season in the opening round of the Big 12 tournament.

Virginia governor: Ham's on its way

Sebelius wins Orange Bowl wager

Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine told Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius "the ham is on its way."

No parade planned - yet

Some Jayhawk football players didn't return to Lawrence

The Kansas University athletics department currently has no immediate plans for a Lawrence parade to celebrate Thursday's Orange Bowl victory.

Jayhawks land at Forbes Field in Topeka

KU Jayhawks football team landed at Forbes Field this afternoon.

The Fifth Quarter: Kansas 24, Virginia Tech 21

Tying up loose ends from possibly the biggest win in KU football history. The Jayhawks silenced several critics who had questioned the team's schedule this season, and the defense, which returns at least 10 starters next season, ended 2007 with possibly its best performance yet.

How they scored

Minute-by-minute Orange Bowl analysis

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B-C-Yes indeed

Talib sets tone as KU gets signature win

It was an early warning - albeit an illegal one - that Kansas University was here to win a football game and do so with a little spunk. Aqib Talib, after jumping in front of a Virginia Tech pass, high-stepped his way into the end zone in the first quarter of KU's 24-21 Orange Bowl victory on Thursday.

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Jayhawk heaven

Kansas defeats Virginia Tech in historic Orange Bowl victory

As oranges flew into the crowd Thursday night and with their favorite players on the grandstand, fans of the Kansas University Jayhawks danced in their seats. And fans in Lawrence crowded downtown, screamed for joy and shot off fireworks.

Game doesn't 'fit' for Tech

Virginia Tech has earned a reputation under coach Frank Beamer as being a program that thrives on forcing opponents to make mistakes. The emphasis, heavy on special teams and defense, even has a nickname familiar to many college football fans: "Beamerball." On Thursday night at the Orange Bowl, however, the Hokies got beat at their own game.

Texas A&M cruises, 84-53

Morenike Atunrase scored 22 points in her best game since returning from an injury last month, helping No. 13 Texas A&M to an 84-53 victory over Stephen F. Austin on Thursday night.

Mountaineers stick with Stewart

Interim tag taken from West Virginia football coach

Bill Stewart didn't need an actual job interview. His performance in the 21â2 weeks since Rich Rodriguez resigned, punctuated by West Virginia's resounding victory over Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl, was enough.

Orange Bowl notebook

Kansas University offensive tackle Anthony Collins said after Thursday's game that there will be a press conference, probably on Monday in Lawrence, with him and cornerback Aqib Talib regarding the players' decisions on the NFL.

Big 12 tourney tickets on sale

A limited number of tickets for the 2008 Big 12 men's basketball tournament, scheduled for March 13-16 at Sprint Center, will be available to the public.

Commentary: Bowl participants reap fringe benefits

They don't take home the Hibachi grill or a set of steak knives. Those are the parting gifts for contestants who leave the "Wheel of Fortune" a few spins short of winning the Bermuda vacation. College football players who go to bowl games get show-up gifts, precious presents for being present, and we're not talking about wicker fruit baskets or mere tokens of logo-emblazoned pens, trinket travel mugs or souvenir T-shirts.

DePaul stuns No. 17 'Nova

C.J. Giles suspended for Beavers' loss to UA

After a disastrous non-conference season, Cliff Clinkscales and DePaul teammates were more than ready to get the Big East portion of the season under way.

KU women eye aggressive road showing

The road has been a tricky place for the Kansas University women's basketball team this season. Tonight, at 5 p.m. against Xavier in Cincinnati, KU will get a chance to add to the chapter.

Mortensen's kick block proves huge

Virginia Tech's football team had one tangible chance to tie Thursday's Orange Bowl game in the second half. But Joe Mortensen's unblocked body put a quick end to it.

Keegan: Jayhawks prove they're best ever

The 21st century is young, but it already has clinched the title as the best in the history of a Kansas University football program born in 1890. Orange Bowl champions. A 12-1 record. The last of lingering doubts perished Thursday night in Dolphin Stadium.

Ads promoting Kansas run during Orange Bowl

Come back to Kansas. That's the underlying message in television ads that ran in selected markets Thursday night during the Orange Bowl matchup between Kansas University and Virginia Tech.

Kaun finds touch at free throw line

Six games into the season, Bill Self had seen enough. It was time for a coach/player chat with Kansas University senior center Sasha Kaun, who bricked three of four free throws in a Nov. 28 rout of Florida Atlantic.