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Kansas basketball recruiting class reminiscent of past

As the Kansas basketball team embarks on its national championship defense, this year's squad has striking similarities to the 2005 recruiting class of Coach Bill Self.

Xavier Henry involved in car accident

Prep standout suffers fractured cheekbone

Xavier Henry, Rivals.com's No. 3-rated high school basketball player, was involved in a car accident Wednesday in Oklahoma City, the Daily Oklahoman reported Wednesday night.

Dugan Arnett's KU football notebook

Through two and a half quarters of the Kansas University football team's loss to Oklahoma last Saturday, running back Jake Sharp put together the best performance, arguably, from a Jayhawks running back this year.

Cowboys fired up for challenge of No. 1 Texas

There's a different feeling in the air around Oklahoma State these days. Quarterback Zac Robinson noticed it when he ran into star receiver Dez Bryant before weightlifting Monday morning.

Collins: Team not worried about low expectations

Kansas University's men's basketball team won't be saddled with great expectations nationally heading into the 2008-09 season. Blue Ribbon Yearbook, which is generally regarded as the most knowledgeable of the preseason publications, has tapped the defending national champion Jayhawks No. 17 in the country.

Keegan: North title up for grabs

The rules dictated that somebody had to represent the Kansas City Royals in the 1969 All-Star Game. The American League needed another catcher, so Ellie Rodriguez made the team, despite carrying a .260 batting average, two home runs and 12 RBIs into the break. You think those numbers made Rodriguez, his family, friends and members of his fan club (both of them), any less proud of him when he was called to the line in pregame introductions? Rodriguez, a .245 career hitter, finished with 16 home runs in nine seasons, but he was a two-time All-Star (1972, representing the Milwaukee Brewers). An All-Star is an All-Star.

Scoreboard boosters: Will defenses ever catch up to high-octane offenses in Big 12?

Lamenting the demise of defense in college football? Get used to it. Some coaches in the high-octane Big 12, with its ridiculously rich crop of great young quarterbacks and four of the top eight teams in the country, say there's been a fundamental shift in the game and the pendulum might never swing back.

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Under the radar

WR Briscoe quietly putting up big numbers for Jayhawks

In the days leading up to the Kansas University football team's 11 a.m. matchup with eighth-ranked Texas Tech on Saturday, much of the pre-game focus will center on the Jayhawks ability to slow down Red Raiders receiver Michael Crabtree, last year's Biletnikoff Award winner and consensus all-American. What won't be discussed nearly as much - but could play just as big a role in the game's outcome - is how the Tech defense hopes to limit Kansas receiver Dezmon Briscoe.