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Kansas running back steps up

For almost five games, KU running back Jake Sharp was practically invisible. In a matter of 30 minutes, that all changed for the Jayhawks junior.

Mangino at center of drive to silence obscene chant at KU football games

Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino will ask football fans this week to stop yelling an obscene chant after kickoffs.

Hinson to join KU men's basketball staff

Former Missouri State basketball coach Barry Hinson will join Kansas University's basketball staff as an administrative assistant, KU coach Bill Self confirmed on Wednesday.

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Historic powers take center stage in Dallas

The debate may continue for the majority of the season as to who's the best quarterback in the Big 12 Conference, or which team's spread offense packs the most exciting punch. There's little debate, though, when considering the most heated, intense and passionate rivalry in the 12-year history of the conference. Unless Big 12 fans have been waking up on another planet the last 12 years, they know the Texas-Oklahoma Red River Rivalry is historically the most coveted ticket to any game in the conference.

Keegan: Is sky really falling?

The defensive line can't put steady heat on the passer. The offensive line has trouble blowing open rushing lanes and protecting the passer. The running game often crawls. The secondary gets torched regularly. The remaining schedule is as tough as any in the nation. The sky is falling. The sky is falling.

Big 12 notebook

Kansas State should be delighted to face punchless Texas A&M on Saturday. After giving up a total of just 16 points in its first two games (North Texas and Montana State), the Wildcats' defense has been riddled for 133 points in the last three. K-State ranks No. 94 nationally in scoring defense.

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Grub for the gridiron: KU fans share tailgating tips, tricks

Tailgating is serious business for Mark Gwaltney. Before each Kansas University home game this season, he has been at his spot by 8 a.m., ready to tailgate. The grill is priority No. 1, and by 9 a.m. the meat - on this particular weekend 20 pounds of pork butt - is over the flames, and Gwaltney and his helpers are chowing down a just-grilled breakfast.

CU coach lands extension

Buffs lock up Hawkins through 2012

Colorado coach Dan Hawkins and the university have agreed to a contract extension that could keep him with the Buffaloes through 2012. Hawkins is 11-19 in his third year at Colorado, and the Buffaloes are 3-2 this season.

Powers, KU golfers seventh in Lubbock

Emily Powers' third top-10 performance of the season led Kansas University's women's golf team to a seventh-place finish at the 14-team McHaney/Morehead Invitational at Rawls Course.

Nebraska coach's confidence intact

Pelini puts loss to Missouri in past

Bo Pelini says his faith in his plan to rebuild Nebraska isn't shaken after a 35-point loss to Missouri. "I know how to get the job done," the first-year head coach said Tuesday. "I know exactly where we want to head and how to get there, and I'm committed to doing it. I'm working day and night to get it done."

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Comeback within a comeback

After sitting on bench, linebacker Rivera helped spark rally

Philanthropically speaking, Kansas University senior Mike Rivera is a jack of all trades. In his five years in Lawrence, the Shawnee native and three-year starter on the Jayhawks' football team has served his community in just about every way imaginable. Built houses for Habitat For Humanity. Helped organize Special Olympics bowling outings. Not long ago, he stopped by a classroom of elementary students and read them Dr. Seuss.

Late Night taking food donations

Admission is free to next week's Late Night in the Phog basketball event, but everyone attending is asked to bring nonperishable food donations or to donate funds at the door.