Stories for November 9, 2008


Lead stories

Hansbrough sits out

Tyler Hansbrough emerged from the tunnel to loud cheers from the Smith Center crowd. Yet as his North Carolina teammates warmed up for their exhibition game Saturday, the reigning national player of the year plopped down on the bench to stay.

Kansas football notebook

While Kansas University quarterback Todd Reesing took quite a pounding Saturday in Lincoln, limping through the final minutes of the Jayhawks' loss, he can take solace in at least one thing: He's now the Jayhawks' all-time top passer.

Commentary: Young athletes hear right message

During the past few days, black athletes and coaches have lined up to say that Barack Obama's victory in the presidential election proves to young African-Americans that anything is possible. They should have taken it a step further.

KU women expect stiffer competition

Little doubt Kansas University's women will face a different species of table fare in their second exhibition basketball game.

Game balls & Gassers

Dezmon Briscoe had six catches for 176 yards and a touchdown, and many of the yards came after the catch.

KU swim team wins dual against Evansville

The No. 23 Kansas swimming and diving team finished the weekend 2-0, defeating Evansville, 132-95, in a dual meet Saturday afternoon at Robinson Natatorium. KU (4-2) topped Drury on Friday night.

Huskers: Win 'awesome'

Nebraska quarterback Joe Ganz bruised his heel on one play and twisted his knee on the other, but his coach, Bo Pelini, said he didn't even consider removing him from the game. "If I wanted to fight him on the sidelines," Pelini said. "He would have fought me before he would have let me take him out." Pause.

Kansas sweeps Texas Tech

Sweeps week in November isn't reserved for the television set anymore. Saturday night at the Horejsi Center, Kansas University's volleyball team continued flaunting its own series of sweeps-week episodes.

Tease photo

Slipping away :

Jayhawks suffer costly setback

Entering Saturday's game against Nebraska, Kansas University's football team understood that a victory was a necessity in order for the Jayhawks to keep pace in the race for the Big 12 North title. And following Saturday's 45-35 loss to the Huskers, during a blustery day at Nebraska's Memorial Stadium, the Jayhawks understood the consequences of their defeat. "Coaches told us this is a game (where) we're playing for championships," said KU sophomore receiver Dezmon Briscoe, who caught six passes for 176 yards and a touchdown in a losing effort. "And we fell short of it."

Keegan: Huskers won this one on lines

Slammed to the ground for the second consecutive play, Kansas University quarterback Todd Reesing was pulled up by a teammate and slowly made his way off the field for the final time Saturday. He tried to run to the sideline, but his body wouldn't cooperate, so he hobbled, a beaten man, roughed up from start to finish, still clever enough to make a game of it, but in the end, beaten by a better team.

Dugan Arnett's quick hits

On first-and-10 from the Nebraska 28-yard line, Kansas quarterback Todd Reesing looked to be under fire as he scrambled in the backfield. But the 5-foot-11, 200-pound junior bounced off a defender, took a few steps backward, and fired a touchdown pass to a wide open Kerry Meier down the right sideline.

Kansas secondary takes a step back

Nebraska QB Ganz throws for 324 yards against beleaguered backfield

Just a week after it seemed to have things figured out, Kansas University's football secondary looked young and confused once again in Saturday's 45-35 loss to Nebraska on Saturday at NU's Memorial Stadium.

No. 1 Alabama survives Saban's return to LSU

Nick Saban lingered at LSU's end of the field, seeking out the players he once recruited to the Tigers. He wanted to give each of them a hug, pass along a few words about how much they still meant to him. Then it was time to head the other way. Saban's wearing crimson now.

Aldrich has interests outside of hoops

Cole Aldrich always has stood out from his peers. "I found an ID (card) a year or two ago from when I was in second grade. I was 4-foot-9. I was 6-foot tall in fifth grade," Aldrich, Kansas University's 6-foot-11 sophomore basketball center, said. "I was taller than some of the teachers in elementary school." His height definitely came in handy as a child growing up in Bloomington, Minn.

Bulls' Hinrich might miss three months

Ex-Jayhawk needs surgery for torn ligament in thumb

Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich needs surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb and will miss up to three months.

Wyoming stuns Tennessee

Ward Dobbs' 24-yard interception return for a touchdown helped Wyoming beat Tennessee, 13-7, sending the Vols and outgoing coach Phillip Fulmer to another loss. Wyoming (4-6) grabbed its first road victory of the season.

Top 25 Roundup: Iowa destroys Penn State's BCS title hopes

Last-second field goal lifts Hawkeyes over No. 3 Nittany Lions, 24-23

Penn State is perfect no more, its hopes for giving coach Joe Paterno another national title given a sharp and surprising kick by Iowa.

Big 12 Roundup: Texas Tech routs OSU

Harrell 40-50 for 456 yards, 6 TD's

Around the time Michael Crabtree caught his second touchdown and stood in the back of the end zone staring at the crowd - or maybe when he celebrated his third score with a high-flying chest bump into Graham Harrell - the questions about Texas Tech vanished.