Stories for February 2009


Saturday, February 28

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K-State’s Clemente following legacy

Denis Clemente is driven by the legacy of a man he never met. Passionate, competitive, motivated to become the best at whatever he does — so much of what defines Kansas State’s point guard comes from his connection to a second cousin who died 14 years before he was born: Puerto Rican baseball great Roberto Clemente.

KU, Mizzou in good position entering matchup

Border rivals Kansas and Missouri are playing for the highest of stakes entering the last week of the Big 12 Conference men’s basketball regular season.

KU softball to play in North Texas event

For the fourth straight week, Kansas University’s softball team (6-9) will take to the road this weekend. The Jayhawks (6-9) will compete in the North Texas Invitational in Denton, Texas. KU will play North Texas (8-6) and Harvard (0-0) on each day of the two-day tournament. The Jayhawks will meet Harvard at 11 a.m. today and 9 a.m. Sunday, and North Texas at 1:30 p.m. today and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Mayrovich, Kuzhil place in top five

Kansas University had several strong individual performances Friday at the Big 12 swim championships. Leading the Jayhawks were Maria Mayrovich and Iuliia Kuzhil, both of whom had top-five finishes in their respective events. Stephanie Payne continued to improve upon her school-record 400-yard I.M. time by earning 10th-place finish in a time of 4:15.69.

KU vaulter Scott takes Big 12 title

Jordan Scott won his third-consecutive Big 12 Championship in the pole vault after tying a career-best vault of 18-21⁄2 to lead Kansas University on Friday at the Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Championships. “It feels great to come here and keep my streak alive,” Scott said. “This is my third indoor championship, so it’s good to know that I keep getting better.”

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KU hoping for third straight win

Kurt Budke trotted out everything he had in his arsenal to try to stop Kansas standout Danielle McCray. Nothing worked for the Oklahoma State women’s basketball coach.

Friday, February 27

KU tennis moves

Kansas University's scheduled tennis match with UMKC has been moved inside to First Serve Tennis Center because of expected bad weather.

KU mulls Gridiron Club

Kansas University is considering the formation of a Gridiron Club, which would include a new premium seating section at Memorial Stadium. In a March 7 meeting for Williams Fund members at KU’s Wagnon Student Athlete Center, the university plans to address the possibility of forming a Gridiron Club, which would include a new premium seating section within the confines of Memorial Stadium.

KU swimming in 4th at Big 12 meet

Kansas University's swimming and diving team is in fourth place after two days of the Big 12 Championships.

Draft gossip quiet

One of the most delightful aspects of this Kansas University basketball season is the absence of incessant blattering about which Jayhawk underclassman will be turning professional after NCAA time. No seniors have even a faint prayer.

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McCray finalist for Naismith Trophy

Kansas University's Danielle McCray is a Naismith Trophy Mid-Season candidate. McCray is listed as one of 30 mid-season candidates. The Big 12 has six of those candidates: Kansas State guard Shalee Lehning, Oklahoma forwards Ashley and Courtney Paris, Oklahoma State guard Andrea Riley and Baylor forward Danielle Wilson.

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Hinrich amazed by honor

Ex-KU guard grateful for jersey retirement

Kirk Hinrich, who won two Big 12 championships and played in two Final Fours at Kansas University before being tapped seventh overall in the 2003 NBA Draft, says the greatest moment of his storied hoops career will take place Sunday.

Gary Bedore's KU basketball notebook

Some analysts have compared Kansas University’s Cole Aldrich to former NBA great Kevin McHale. “Well, they are both tall, they are both white, and they are both from Minnesota so there’s obviously some similarities, and both have funky shots,” KU coach Bill Self said with a laugh.

Boathouse dedication upcoming at KU

Kansas University's rowing team will dedicate its new boathouse at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

Thursday, February 26

KU pitcher Hall gets another award

Kansas' Shaeffer Hall was named national player of the week by

Collison to attend Hinrich ceremony

Thunder forward to be in fieldhouse for Bulls guard's honor

Nick Collison will be on hand Sunday when Kirk Hinrich's jersey gets hung in the Allen Fieldhouse rafters.

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Big 12 men's roundup: Missouri routs K-State

DeMarre Carroll had 21 points and a career-best 14 rebounds as Missouri improved to 17-0 at home.

Wall still undecided

Kansas men's basketball recruit John Wall still hasn't decided on which school he will commit to.

Kansas baseball falls in 10, 9-8

Kansas University's baseball team dropped a 9-8, 10-inning decision at Arkansas.

Big 12 women's roundup: Baylor rolls past Tech

Jhasmin Player scored 18 points, and Danielle Wilson added 13 points and 13 rebounds as Baylor easily handled Texas Tech.

Mawson to be inducted into KU Hall of Fame

Marlene Mawson will be inducted into the Kansas University Athletics Hall of Fame on Saturday.

Kansas swimming sets two records

Kansas University swimmers set school records in both events at the first day of the Big 12 Championships.

Wednesday, February 25

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KU women break road skid, top OSU, 67-52

Danielle McCray scored 30 points on 9-for-13 shooting, helping the Kansas women snap a 14-game road conference losing streak in a 67-52 victory over Oklahoma State in Stillwater, Okla.

KU women riding road skid

Struggling OSU to play host to Jayhawks tonight

Kansas University's women's basketball team has lost 14 straight Big 12 Conference road games, while Oklahoma State has lost five straight home games.

Five-year plan update

Here we are early in the fourth year of Lew Perkins’ five-year strategic plan for Kansas University athletics, and, in many ways, the KU athletic director’s grand vision appears on target.

KU baseball stuns Arkansas

Ridenhour claims first collegiate win; Kansas rolls, 9-3

Lee Ridenhour pitched Kansas University to a 9-3 baseball victory over No. 21-ranked Arkansas.

Texas overcomes early deficit, tops Tigers

Brittainey Raven scored a career-high 31 points, and 16th-ranked Texas overcame an early 10-point deficit to beat Missouri. The Longhorns (20-7, 8-5 Big 12) also got 10 points each from Ashley Lindsey and Kathleen Nash as they shook off back-to-back losses to Oklahoma State and Texas A&M.

Iowa State 71, Baylor 62

Craig Brackins scored 19 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as Iowa State beat Baylor to snap a three-game losing streak. Iowa State broke open a tight game with a 13-4 run to open the second half. The Cyclones (14-14, 3-10 Big 12) pushed a four-point halftime lead to 46-33.

A&M stuns NU at buzzer

Josh Carter’s buzzer-beating three-pointer gave Texas A&M a come-from-behind victory over Nebraska. The Aggies (20-8, 6-7 Big 12) fell behind by 18 early in the second half. But Nebraska (16-10, 6-7) scored just seven points in the final 14 minutes and made only two field goals in the last 16:52. The Aggies scored 10 of the game’s final 11 points.

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Griffin makes game different

Self, Aldrich hope to play OU again with star healthy

There’s no way Oklahoma power forward Blake Griffin could have played in Monday’s key conference clash against Kansas University.

KU track adds signee

Prep pole vaulter Corey Shank has signed with Kansas University.

Kansas swimmers put 18 on academic teams

Kansas University put 18 on the Academic All-Big 12 Swimming and Diving teams.

KU pitcher Hall national player of the week

Two organizations named Kansas' Shaeffer Hall as the national pitcher of the week.

Tuesday, February 24

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Sooners miss star Griffin

Oklahoma guard Willie Warren thought some good could come from the Sooners playing without their top player, Blake Griffin. Maybe the Sooners could rally around each other. Maybe they could come closer together as a team. OU coach Jeff Capel wasn’t buying the argument after his team’s 87-78 loss to Kansas University on Monday at Lloyd Noble Center.

KU baseball's Hall named player of the week

Kansas University junior pitcher Shaeffer Hall has been named Big 12 Conference pitcher of the week.

Jayhawks deserve their lofty perch

Not a single returning starter from a year ago, only one player who logged more than four minutes in the national-title game and an unavoidable heavy reliance on freshmen added up to no chance for Kansas University to extend its streak of at least a share of consecutive Big 12 regular-season titles to five. Right? Wrong.

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Top of the heap

Kansas survives Griffin-less OU

Kansas University center Cole Aldrich walked off the Noble Center court with Oklahoma big man Blake Griffin, Aldrich’s long right arm draped around the shoulders of college basketball’s leading player-of-the-year candidate. “Just get well. Get better. Take your time getting better,” Aldrich told Griffin, who watched helplessly from the bench as his good buddy grabbed a career-high 20 rebounds in the Jayhawks’ 87-78 ESPN Big Monday victory over the Sooners.

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Kansas basketball notebook

Kansas University sophomore Cole Aldrich’s 20 rebounds passed his old career high of 18 set against Oklahoma State on Feb. 7. It seems Aldrich was pumped up to hit the boards hard after seeing a former KU great and current Oklahoma City Thunder player sitting in the stands.

Monday, February 23

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FINAL: Collins' clutch threes secure KU's 87-78 victory over No. 3 OU

Sherron Collins hit five of his final six threes, while Tyshawn Taylor contributed a career-high 26 points and Cole Aldrich added 20 rebounds in the Jayhawks' victory.

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Griffin ruled out tonight against No. 15 Jayhawks

Oklahoma star forward Blake Griffin won't play in tonight 8 p.m. matchup against Kansas, according to a report by the Oklahoman.

KU ranked No. 15 in latest AP/ESPN polls

The Kansas University men's basketball team is ranked No. 15 in the latest Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today polls that were released today.

Collins named Big 12 player of the week

Kansas University junior guard Sherron Collins was named the Big 12 Player of the week, it was announced today.

Gary Bedore's KU basketball notebook

Three teams remain in contention for the Big 12 regular-season men’s basketball title entering tonight’s Kansas University-Oklahoma game, set for an 8 p.m. tipoff at Noble Center. KU and OU are 11-1, Missouri 10-2. MU plays at KU on March 1; OU is at Missouri on March 4.

Kansas softball splits at tourney

Kansas beat Cal, 3-2 in eight innings, then fell to Cal Poly, 3-1, at the Cathedral Citiy Classic.

Jayhawks baseball tumbles

Kansas University's baseball team fell to Memphis, 2-1, at the Service Academy Classic.

McCray pleases crowd

Danielle McCray had 24 points and 16 rebounds and signed countless autographs after the Kansas women's basketball team upset Iowa State, 58-47.

Sunday, February 22

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KU women upset No. 21 Iowa State, 58-47

Danielle McCray scored 24 points and added a career-high 16 rebounds as the Kansas women's basketball team upset No. 21 Iowa State, 58-47, on Sunday at Allen Fieldhouse.

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Griffin's status vs. KU won't be known until closer to game time

Bill Self and his Kansas University basketball players hope to see Oklahoma phenom Blake Griffin on the court tonight — not on the bench in street clothes — for the eagerly anticipated KU-OU Big Monday showdown at Noble Center.

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Nebraska latest fieldhouse victim

Kansas has won last 39 in venerable home

The coach emerged from the visitors’ locker room much like the other coaches before him — sullen, exhausted, a bit disheveled. On Saturday, minutes after his Nebraska Cornhuskers had suffered a 70-53 loss to Big 12 foe Kansas University, Doc Sadler, his tie loosened and forehead still sweat-soaked, made what has become a regular and undesirable pilgrimage for opposing coaches at Allen Fieldhouse — the walk from the locker room to a waiting media area, where they are charged with explaining why the Jayhawks can’t seem to be beaten at home.

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Meet Baby Mangino: Wichita infant now famous KU fan

Not long ago, it came to light that Baby Mangino — the rotund infant who recently earned a great deal of national attention for his Halloween costume depicting Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino — did not actually go trick-or-treating as a college football coach.

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First things first

KU dispatches Huskers to set up showdown

Kansas University team leaders Sherron Collins and Cole Aldrich weren’t going to let the Jayhawks stumble at home Wednesday against Iowa State and Saturday versus Nebraska — not with a monster matchup against Oklahoma looming on Big Monday.

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Abrams sparks UT’s upset

OU's Griffin sidelined due to concussion

Texas’ A.J. Abrams was firing away and knocking down shots while Oklahoma’s Blake Griffin sat on the bench in a daze. The Longhorns’ little guy was scoring points in bunches and the Sooners’ big man was clouded by a concussion sustained in the first half.

Don’t bet against Kansas

Playing as the underdog in sports is like being handed a round-trip ticket to Las Vegas, a wad of somebody else’s cash and a certificate for free meals and a hotel on the house. Sure, it still feels better if you turn that cash into more cash, but it’s not as if you’re stressed out making the wagers.

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Self singles out Markieff

Though Markieff Morris’ putback was one of the highlights in Kansas University’s 70-53 basketball victory over Iowa State, the freshman still criticized his effort afterward. “I could have dunked it way better than I did. It kind of slipped out of my hand at the end,” Morris said. “It got to my fingertips. I could have caught it way higher than I did, but as long as I finish it … ”

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KU band heralded after recorded music switch

It was all band, almost all the time at Saturday’s Kansas University men’s basketball game. A switch to more recorded music over the loudspeakers and less band music at Wednesday’s game versus Iowa State had some fans worried that KU’s basketball tradition was being tainted with NBA-style shenanigans. But the tune changed on Saturday.

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Kansas basketball notebook

Kansas University’s students made it clear they want Lance Stephenson to play basketball for the Jayhawks next season. Students made several banners recognizing the presence of the 6-foot-5 Brooklyn, N.Y., Lincoln High guard, who sat behind KU’s bench as part of his official recruiting visit. “We Like Lance-A-Lot,” one banner read.

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Cyclones await turnover-prone KU women

Struggling Jayhawks to play host to Iowa State today in breast-cancer-benefit game

Kansas University's women's basketball team will have to cut down its turnovers dramatically if it hopes to beat No. 21-ranked Iowa State.

KU tennis team loses to DePaul, 7-0

The Kansas University tennis team fell to DePaul, 7-0, Saturday afternoon.

KU baseball game canceled due to rain

The Kansas University baseball team has canceled its Saturday game against Bradley at the Service Academy Classic because of rain.

KU softball team shut out in California

The Kansas University softball team was shut out, 4-0, by the University of California-Santa Barbara on day three of the Cathedral City Classic on Saturday evening.

Saturday, February 21

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FINAL: Aldrich and Collins combine for 40 points in KU's 70-53 win

KU's Sherron Collins scored 22 points and Cole Aldrich added 18 as the Jayhawks improved to 11-1 in conference by beating Nebraska.

A trio of good games

Good things come in threes, such as small, medium and large cups of coffee. On a national scale, most things good in sports in February and March happen on the basketball court, unless watching grown men stretch away the sins of winter and then play meaningless exhibition games in Arizona and Florida floats your boat.

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KU basketball game to help cancer centers

Kansas University women’s basketball and Kansas Athletics hope to raise awareness and funds for the fight against breast cancer during Sunday’s game against Iowa State. The Jayhawks will wear pink-and-blue uniforms during the game that starts at noon at Allen Fieldhouse. Kansas Athletics will donate $1 for every fan in attendance, with the money being divided between Lawrence Memorial Hospital and KU Cancer Center.

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Jeers don’t concern Cookie

Cookie Miller expects to hear some boos and jeers in Allen Fieldhouse today. “I know it's going to be something. I’m just looking forward to it. It doesn't matter what it is,” Nebraska’s 5-foot-7 sophomore point guard said of the reception he’ll receive from Kansas University fans during today’s 3 p.m. battle between the Jayhawks (21-5 overall, 10-1 Big 12) and Cornhuskers (16-8, 6-5).

Gary Bedore’s Kansas basketball notebook

Lance Stephenson, a 6-foot-5 senior shooting guard from Lincoln High in Brooklyn, N.Y., is expected to attend today’s KU-Nebraska game as part of his official recruiting visit.

KU softball snaps skid

Kansas University's softball team beat Brigham Young, 3-1, in the Cathedral City Classic.

Arthur's team stripped

Dallas South Oak Cliff High is forfeiting its 2005 state boys basketball championship after an independent investigation determined that grades for three players were improperly changed from failing to passing, Dallas ISD superintendent Michael Hinojosa said Friday.

Friday, February 20

KU pitcher Shaeffer Hall throws no-hitter in season-opener

Shaeffer Hall pitched the fifth no-hitter in KU baseball history on Friday, shutting down Air Force as the Jayhawks opened the season with a 5-0 victory over Air Force at the Service Academy Classic in Millington, Tenn.

KU softball loses two

The Kansas University softball team fell to Oregon State and North Carolina on Thursday at the Cathedral City Classic.

KU coach Bonnie Henrickson asks fans to support cancer research at weekend game

I am writing this letter to ask for your help in fighting breast cancer. On Sunday, Feb. 22, our Kansas women’s basketball team will host Iowa State in our annual “Pink Zone” game. Our Jayhawks will proudly sport pink uniforms as they face the nationally-ranked Cyclones in an important game in the Big 12 Conference race. More importantly, they will be assisting in finding a cure for a deadly disease.

Unofficial statistics count

We hear plenty about triple-doubling in college basketball and the likelihood that UConn junior Hasheem Thabeet may manage that feat several more times before reaching the NBA

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Morningstar’s minutes not affecting endurance

Kansas University guard/forward Brady Morningstar, who red-shirted last season, averages an Ironman-like 30.6 minutes per game through 26 games his red-shirt sophomore campaign.

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What was that music?

Jared Anderson noticed the change during Wednesday’s Kansas-Iowa State game right away. “We’re sitting there, with a couple of buddies of mine, during a TV time-out,” the 2008 KU graduate began. And instead of, say, the KU band’s rendition of “Carry on, Wayward Son,” they heard something else over the public address system …

Dallas investigation now includes Rogers

WFAA-TV reporter Brett Shipp has uncovered new information regarding the possible ineligibility of two basketball players on South Oak Cliff High’s 2005 state championship team.

KU’s junior day rich with talent

Although barely two weeks removed from finalizing its 24-member 2009 recruiting class, the Kansas University football team is already turning an eye toward the Class of 2010.

Thursday, February 19

10-year-old with lung disease gets to meet the Jayhawks

Ten-year-old Kansas University fan Michael Douglas won’t forget Feb. 18.

Collins lively; KU dead

The Allen Fieldhouse seats all were filled, as usual, but you have to wonder how many of the minds drifted away from Wednesday night and all the way to Norman, Okla., all the way to Big Monday, to the biggest Big 12 game of the season.

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Brackins ‘terrible’

ISU standout struggles in rematch

If Craig Brackins’ dazzling 42-point home performance against Kansas University three weeks ago was part of Iowa State University’s famed Hilton Magic, call Wednesday evening’s encore presentation against the Jayhawks a slice of Allen Fieldhouse Tragic.

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Turnovers plague KU

Sherron Collins had no turnovers, but Kansas University’s men’s basketball team still had 18 giveaways Wednesday against Iowa State. Though the Jayhawks came away with a 72-55 victory at Allen Fieldhouse, they didn’t exactly improve upon what has been their biggest weakness lately.

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Home cookin’

KU wins return to Allen

To Cole Aldrich, it seemed like an eternity since Kansas University had played a game in much-beloved Allen Fieldhouse. “We had what they call in the NBA a West Coast swing, where we were gone for a week and a half. It’s great to finally get back. Like they say, ‘There’s no place like home,’’’ sophomore center Aldrich said after scoring 22 points off 9-of-12 shooting and grabbing 11 rebounds in Wednesday’s 72-55 victory over Iowa State.

KU basketball notebook

A “Phantom of the Phog” tribute video to Cole Aldrich was played on the videoboard in the second half. Kansas University freshman Quintrell Thomas recently nicknamed Aldrich “Phantom of the Phog” because of the sophomore center’s Phantom of the Opera-like protective facemask. “I heard about it. I didn’t quite see it. If anybody wants to send me a copy, I’d love to see it,” Aldrich said.

Bulls trade Gooden to Kings

The Chicago Bulls have traded former Kansas University standout Drew Gooden to the Sacramento Kings.

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Jayhawks’ rally falls just short

After trailing by a dozen, Kansas University's women's basketball team rallied for a late lead, but eventually fell to Colorado, 69-62.

KU shut out of Combine

A year after the Kansas University football team had four players drafted into the NFL — defensive back Aqib Talib, offensive lineman Anthony Collins, tight end Derek Fine and receiver Marcus Henry — none of the 2008 team members earned an invitation to the NFL Combine, according to a university spokesman.

KU softball to play in Palm Springs

For the third straight weekend, Kansas University’s softball team will be on the road, this time in the four-day Cathedral City Classic in Palm Springs, Calif.

Wednesday, February 18

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FINAL: Aldrich leads KU to 72-55 victory over Iowa State

KU center Cole Aldrich posted 22 points and 11 rebounds, while Sherron Collins also contributed 22 points in KU's win.

KU baseball’s Afenir tapped second teamer

Kansas senior catcher Buck Afenir has been named to the preseason All-Big 12 Second Team by the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. The publication projected all-conference players Tuesday, selecting Texas A&M senior Luke Anders as the preseason Player of the Year and Oklahoma State’s Tyler Lyons as the projected Pitcher of the Year.

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KU women seek repeat in Colorado

Colorado University must look like a life raft on the horizon for Kansas University’s sinking women’s basketball ship.

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’Cats win without Clemente

Dominique Sutton scored 16 points and Luis Colon had 12 points and 12 rebounds to lead Kansas State over road-weary North Carolina Central on Tuesday night. The Wildcats (18-8) played without leading scorer Denis Clemente, who was suspended for one game by coach Frank Martin for an altercation in Saturday’s 85-74 loss to Kansas.

Kansas women’s golf places 13th

The Kansas University women’s golf team placed 13th in the Central District Invitational on Tuesday. Junior Emily Powers led the way for KU with a 230 for the tournament, which put her in 29th place individually. Auburn edged out LSU by three strokes to claim the team title with a three-round total 882. Megan McChrystal of LSU shot four-under-par to take the individual title with a 213.

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KU’s mission vs. ISU: limit Brackins

The Morris twins, Mario Little, Quintrell Thomas and Cole Aldrich took turns guarding 6-foot-10 Iowa State sophomore forward Craig Brackins on Jan. 24 in Ames, Iowa.

Is it Monday yet?

If a game as gargantuan as the Big Monday matchup in Norman between Oklahoma, which could be ranked No. 1 in the nation by then, and Kansas, which has lost only once in the Big 12, were to take place in college football, the daily buildup to the event would dominate headlines.

Gary Bedore's KU Basketball Notebook

Kansas State guard Denis Clemente was suspended one game by coach Frank Martin for Clemente’s actions against Kansas University in Saturday’s game in Manhattan.

Tuesday, February 17

KU football to hold open practices

The Kansas University football team will hold two spring practices open to the public, on March 11 and March 27.

KSU's Clemente suspended for tonight's game

Kansas State guard Denis Clemente has been suspended one game by KSU coach Frank Martin for Clemente's actions against Kansas in Saturday's game at Manhattan. Clemente will serve his suspension during tonight's home game against North Carolina Central.

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Big 12 teams scrambling for postseason position

The Big 12 Conference had six teams get into the NCAA Tournament a year ago, including eventual national champion Kansas University and regional finalist Texas. Matching that number this year could prove to be difficult.

KU women’s golf team in 12th place at Invite

The Kansas University women’s golf team wrapped up its first two rounds at the Central District Invitational Monday.

Monday, February 16

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Rivalry run-ins

Reed: K-State’s Clemente shouldn’t be punished for hit

Kansas University guard Tyrel Reed, who was the recipient of a head slap by Kansas State's Denis Clemente while boxing out the Wildcat guard in Saturday's KU-K-State game, doesn't want to see Clemente disciplined for the sock to the side of his head.

KU coach focusing on Iowa State, not KSU guard's actions

Kansas State guard Denis Clemente elbowed Kansas University’s Brady Morningstar in a way Saturday that drew a technical foul and helped to turn Saturday’s Big 12 game in KU’s direction.

KU ranked 18th in coaches' poll, 15th in AP; MU leaps to 10th, 11th

After splitting games at Missouri and Kansas State last week, the Kansas men's basketball team fell from 16th to 18th in the latest ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll.

KU notches one-hitter in finale

Val George threw a five-inning one-hitter as Kansas University pounded Bowling Green, 9-0.

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Ready & willing

Appleton called on at KSU

Kansas coach Bill Self called on reserve Tyrone Appleton early against Kansas State.

Kansas’ Bonds qualifies for NCAA Indoor

Kansas' Lauren Bonds placed fifth in the mile at the ISU Classic.

Lower women's standards

Oklahoma, the No. 2 women’s basketball team in the nation, coached by marquee attraction Sherri Coale, made its biennial appearance in Allen Fieldhouse on Saturday night, and one night later, nobody could be heard talking about it in public. Courtney Paris, one of women’s college basketball’s biggest stars, came and went without a murmur about her.

Sunday, February 15

KU swimming receives academic recognition

Kansas University swimming and diving was named an Academic All-American team by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America for the 2008 fall semester.

KU softball team drops two in Florida

Jayhawks lose to Tennessee, Bradley

The Kansas University softball team lost two games on day two of the UCF Early Bird Tournament.

Windisch leads KU in first day of events

Several Kansas University track and field athletes competed Friday at the ISU Classic in Ames, Iowa, and the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark.

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Comeback kids

KU rallies from 16 down

Cole Aldrich admits Kansas University’s basketball team pulled off “a heck of a comeback” on Saturday afternoon at Bramlage Coliseum. But one for the ages? The sophomore center, whose 21 points helped 16th-ranked KU overcome a 16-point deficit in a thrilling 85-74 victory over Kansas State, wasn’t so sure about that.

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Kansas basketball notebook

Cole Aldrich fell victim to a cruel prank by a Kansas State fan this week. The fan — who said he cell-phoned Aldrich to harass Kansas University’s big man in days leading up to the KU-KSU game — claimed Aldrich called back and left an obscene message on the fan’s phone.

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Clemente sorry for ‘T’ — sort of

Denis Clemente was sorry that he hurt his team with a technical foul midway through the second half. He wasn’t apologetic, though, for elbowing Kansas University’s Brady Morningstar to pick up the ‘T.’ “He elbowed me in my stomach, and I’m not going to let nobody bump me in my house,” the Kansas State guard said after KU’s 85-74 victory Saturday. “This is my house. So I punched him back.”

Marcus proves mettle

A soft basketball team couldn’t have made it out of Bramlage Coliseum with an ounce of self-esteem remaining, much less a victory, Saturday afternoon. The capacity crowd, filled with so many students, brought the energy to fuel the home team, the venom to rattle the visitors and all the tension that a snakepit is supposed to bring in college basketball.

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Children spend quality time bonding with enforcement officers, Jayhawks

For 11-year-old Devon Spoonhunter and her 10-year-old friend Shaye White, the coolest thing about Saturday’s Hawks, Cops & Kids event was watching the water vibrate as members of Kansas University’s drum line played at the Robinson Center indoor pool.

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Poor shooting dooms KU

If there were any curiosity about how Kansas University women’s basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson felt watching her team struggle to arguably its most stagnant shooting performance of the season Saturday night, it was quickly put to rest when, in the moments following the Jayhawks’ 69-54 home loss to No. 2 Oklahoma, she immediately began grasping for hyperbole.

Saturday, February 14

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FINAL: Aldrich's 21 points lead KU to 85-74 victory over KSU

Sherron Collins added 19 points while Marcus Morris had 15 in KU's win.

Gary Bedore's KU basketball notebook

Mario Little chose Kansas University over Kansas State and Illinois in recruiting. “A guy that we went nose-to-nose with Kansas recruiting — and there’s a reason why we recruited him because we thought he was good — was Mario Little,” KSU coach Frank Martin said of the former Chipola (Fla.) Community College forward.

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KU women to face No. 2 OU

Kansas University’s women’s basketball team will entertain the No. 2-ranked team in the country tonight. Powerful Oklahoma, 21-2 overall and 9-0 in the Big 12, visits for a 7 p.m. tip in Allen Fieldhouse.

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Self, KU look to start new streak

Perhaps for old time’s sake, the media resurrected talk of “The Streak” this week. You remember: Kansas University’s 24-game men’s basketball win streak over Kansas State on the Wildcats’ homecourt, a streak that finally ended when the Michael Beasley-led Wildcats slapped KU, 84-75, Jan. 30, 2008, at Bramlage Coliseum.

Baylor mentions Manning in lawsuit against Clippers

One of the most provocative allegations in the lawsuit filed by former Los Angeles Clippers executive and NBA Hall of Famer Elgin Baylor against the Clippers, the NBA and owner Donald Sterling and team president Andy Roeser dealt with a comment allegedly made by Sterling about his former player, Danny Manning.

Completed chat with's Michael Ashford

Michael Ashford of completed a chat with readers at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 13

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Wildcats mindful of horrid start

Kansas State’s basketball players felt as if they’d been run over by the Wabash Cannonball.

KU softball splits

The Kansas University softball team split games against Western Carolina and South Carolina on Friday.

Friday, February 13

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10-year-old Jayhawk fan fights rare lung disease

Wellsville boy inspires others

Dragging around a small oxygen tank, 10-year-old Michael Douglas shoots baskets during recess. He doesn’t let the plastic tubing, which runs from the tank to his nose, get in the way.

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KU baseball team to have new look

Call it small ball. Call it manufacturing runs. Call it opportunistic baseball.

Jayhawks need to think

Bill Self demands a lot from his Kansas basketball players, with special emphasis on playing hard, tough and, perhaps most important, smart.

A new place to call home

Apparently, the departed members of the Kansas University baseball program would like it known that, without their contributions over the course of the past few years, the existence of the recently completed Kent McCarthy Family Clubhouse would not, in fact, be possible.

Gary Bedore’s Kansas basketball notebook

A trip to the barber shop is on Marcus Morris’ to-do list this week. “I’m trying to get a new start, probably cut my hair, cut my facial hair off, something like that,” Morris, KU’s freshman forward from Philadelphia, said Thursday.

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Clearer vision?

Aldrich hoping new mask will allow him to see better

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self — who has noticed a decline in Cole Aldrich’s offensive production the past four games — asked his sophomore center Wednesday how long he was planning on wearing a protective mask during practice and games.

Thursday, February 12

KU football promotes Warinner, Blaney

Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino promoted two members of his staff Thursday, six weeks after the Jayhawks finished the 2008 season 8-5 and beat Minnesota in the Insight Bowl.

Gooden upbeat about return to Bulls

Call Drew Gooden an optimist. In one breath, the veteran big man out of Kansas talked excitedly about visiting a specialist Tuesday and getting “nothing but good news” about the abdominal and groin strains that have sidelined him for 11 straight games. In the next, he confirmed he would be out through the All-Star break and that if the injury didn’t respond in the first few games afterward, season-ending surgery is a possibility.

Ex-Jayhawk Woodland has what it takes

He drives the ball farther than just about anyone on the PGA Tour. He is charismatic. He is athletic.

Robinson hoping to receive bid to McDonald's All-America game

Kansas University basketball signee Thomas Robinson is hoping he’ll be selected for the 2009 McDonald’s All-America game, set for April 1, at the University of Miami (Fla).

Smith’s season-high 18 points not enough for KU

Nicollette Smith led all scorers with 18 points, but it wasn't enough as the Kansas women's basketball team fell to No. 13 Texas, 74-66, on Wednesday.

Kansas softball cracks top 25

The Kansas softball team took down two teams in two days ranked in the top nine in the nation.

OSU receiver suspended

Oklahoma State wide receiver Bo Bowling was suspended from the team Wednesday after he was arrested on felony drug charges.

Big 12 women: Paris leads Oklahoma past Iowa State

Courtney Paris got back into double-double territory with a season-high 25 points and 19 rebounds to lead Oklahoma.

Big 12 men: Sooners win 12th straight

Blake Griffin had 18 points and 10 rebounds for his Oklahoma record-tying 21st double-double this season and the Sooners won their 12th straight game.

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Super-sized relief: Ex-Jayhawk Hartwig wins championship with Pittsburgh

For a few minutes two Sundays ago, it looked like the goat of Super Bowl XLIII would be Kansas University alum Justin Hartwig.

Wednesday, February 11

Rowing team to host boathouse open house

Kansas rowing will host an open house from 1 to 4 p.m. on Feb. 28 at the new Kansas Rowing Boathouse at Burcham Park.

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Jayhawks need to help McCray

Danielle McCray can’t do it all for Kansas University’s women’s basketball team.

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North teams carrying Big 12

Mizzou, K-State, Nebraska pleasant surprises in conference

Technically, there’s not a Big 12 North or South division in college basketball, but teams from the North seem to be swinging the pendulum of talent away from the South in 2009.

KU softball team ranked No. 25

For the first time since 2006, the Kansas softball team is ranked in the Softball Collegiate Top 25 poll, coming in at No. 25 on Tuesday.

What Keegan says: Big 12 basketball

While watching Missouri and Kansas, a pair of gangs that couldn’t shoot straight Monday night in Mizzou Arena, a thought occurred: For all the momentum Big 12 North basketball teams seemed to be gaining on the South, the root of it lies not as much in strides made by North programs as in this being a bad year for the South.

KU-MU makes North respectable

Sorrentino's lightning round

I can’t help but think of the 2007 college football season when talking about the rise of Big 12 North teams this season in college basketball.

Ex-Jayhawk Jackson back with Cleveland

The Cleveland Cavaliers have recalled forward Darnell Jackson from the Erie BayHawks of the NBA Development League, Cavaliers general manager Danny Ferry announced Tuesday.

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Self: Marcus deserved technical, not benching

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self says freshman forward Marcus Morris received a technical foul not for what he said, but what he did, in inadvertently bumping into referee Scott Thornley early in the second half of Monday’s game against Missouri at Mizzou Arena.

Colleague will be missed

We’re supposed to be competitors, but the propinquity of the press box turns sports writers more into friends than foes.

Tuesday, February 10

No. 1 UConn provides stability in latest AP poll

The monthlong run of new No. 1s is over. Connecticut held the top spot in the Associated Press’ college basketball poll for a second straight week after a run that saw a different team on top for four straight weeks.

Ex-KU aide Fello hired by Marshall

Former Kansas and Kansas State assistant football coach Bob Fello has been hired as defensive line coach at Marshall University.

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Kansas basketball notebook

Kansas University freshman Marcus Morris picked up a technical foul after committing a personal foul, barking at official Scott Thornley just 39 seconds into the second half. Saddled with four fouls, Morris sat the rest of the game.

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Missouri rises to occasion late

He spoke softly, but DeMarre Carroll delivered a big message when asked if Missouri had taken back the Border War in basketball. “Yeah,” he said barely over a whisper with a big smile, “I would say that.” With Monday’s 62-60 victory at Mizzou Arena, the Tigers snapped a five-game losing streak against the Jayhawks.

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Border bummer: Kansas smarting after blowing 14-point halftime lead in 62-60 loss

The memory of 1,000 or so gold-clad Missouri fans rushing the court to celebrate the Tigers’ 62-60 victory over Kansas University will stick with Cole Aldrich a long, long time. “Oh, it’s tough. This is one of those games that will linger,” Aldrich, KU’s sophomore center, said Monday after the Jayhawks squandered a 14-point halftime lead, losing on a jumper in the lane by junior Zaire Taylor with 1.3 seconds left.

Jayhawks made Aldrich disappear

He shouldn’t be difficult to find. He’s the tallest guy on the floor. He wears an ugly mask. He battles for position on the block as told, and he catches everything thrown his way. Yet, for some reason, Cole Aldrich again somehow became invisible to his teammates. If only the Kansas University guards had thrown him the ball more often, a terribly messy self-destruction could have been avoided.

Cavs send Jackson to Erie of NBADL

Darnell Jackson, a starter on Kansas University’s 2008 NCAA championship basketball team, has been farmed out by the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Monday, February 9

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FINAL: Zaire Taylor's jumper lifts MU to 62-60 comeback victory

MU guard hits shot with 1.4 seconds left to sink KU.

KU up to No. 16 in both polls out today

With back-to-back victories over Big 12 South foes Oklahoma State and Baylor, the Jayhawks climbed to No. 16 in the most recent ESPN/USA Today poll.

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Little named co-Big 12 rookie of the week

Kansas forward Mario Little was selected as co-Big 12 rookie of the week, the conference announced Monday.

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Antler attack

Jayhawks enter hostile environment on Big Monday

At first, laid-back Californian Scot Pollard figured his Kansas University basketball elders had to be exaggerating. No way could University of Missouri fans be as nasty as the 6-foot-11 center’s teammates described. Or could they?

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MU confidence level high for border clash

Mizzou Arena will be rocking tonight.“Oh my gosh,” University of Missouri senior forward Leo Lyons told the Columbia Tribune, when asked how loud it’ll be in the 15,061-seat facility for an 8 p.m. Border War battle between Kansas University (19-4, 8-0) and MU (20-4, 7-2).

Collins' poise pivotal

Today, more than ever, Sherron Collins must perform all the duties of a pure point guard superbly if the Kansas University basketball team he leads is going to pull off the upset tonight in what will be a wild atmosphere inside Mizzou Arena.

Sunday, February 8

Kansas basketball notebook

Members of Missouri’s rowdy student-cheering section, The Antlers, have been known to dial the cell phone numbers of Kansas University’s players and coach Bill Self in the days leading up to the KU-MU game in Columbia, Mo.

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Morrises’ misses costly

Twins’ airballs will lead to running

Marcus Morris knows he has some running to do once he enters the gym today. For every airball, Kansas University players have to run an up-and-back before practice. “I’m pretty consistent with that, too. I shoot a couple a game,” Marcus deadpanned after KU’s 78-67 victory over Oklahoma State on Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse.

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Treys don’t fall, so Cowboys do

At this point, Oklahoma State men’s basketball coach Travis Ford realizes, the dichotomy of his team is no secret to Big 12 opponents. When the Cowboys are shooting well from three-point range, they represent a formidable foe on any given night. When they’re not, outings like Saturday’s can prove to be especially rough.

Wissel, Scott lead Kansas track team

Colby Wissel led the way for the Kansas University track and field team on day two of the Husker Invitational in Lincoln, Neb., posting an NCAA provisional-qualifying mile time of 4:01.92 to win the men's one-mile run.

KU softball wins, loses

Kansas University’s softball team opened Saturday with its second straight victory over a ranked opponent, but ended it with a lopsided loss to a third.

KU tennis team tops Illinois-Chicago

Kansas University senior Yuliana Svistun and freshman Kate Morozova led the Jayhawk women's tennis team to a victory against Illinois-Chicago, 4-3, Saturday at Atkins Tennis Center.

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Looming large

Aldrich rules boards in Jayhawks’ victory

Kansas University center Cole Aldrich, who had a five-inch height advantage over Oklahoma State’s tallest basketball starter, made it look easy in stretching for a career-high 18 rebounds on Saturday afternoon in Allen Fieldhouse. “Oh, it’s tough,” Aldrich exclaimed after the Jayhawks’ 78-67 victory over the Cowboys.

McCray shines, but KU women fall to MU

Danielle McCray had her sixth straight game of scoring 20 or more points, but it wasn’t enough for Kansas University’s women’s basketball team on Saturday. McCray led the Jayhawks with 20 points, but KU suffered a 74-60 Border War setback to the Tigers.

Little makes it look easy

Watching the wheels of a basketball player’s mind grind slowly ranks right down there with watching a short-order cook burn your burger. It’s frustrating to watch a guy on the court so obviously thinking about where he should be heading and what he should be doing once he gets there.

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Two records broken

KU swimmers set school, pool marks

Maria Mayrovich might just take her raggedy, old speed suit with her when she completes her Kansas University swimming career next month. At the very least, someone should consider presenting it to the KU senior as a gift given her breathtaking performance while wearing the black suit during KU’s 182-113 dual meet victory against Iowa State Saturday morning at Robinson Natatorium.

Saturday, February 7

KU women fall to Missouri, 74-60

Danielle McCray had 20 points and LaChelda Jacobs added 17, but Kansas University’s women’s basketball team suffered a 74-60 setback at Missouri on Saturday.

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FINAL: Little's 13 points help KU to 78-67 victory

Cole Aldrich added 12 points and 18 rebounds as KU improved to 8-0 in conference play.

Gary Bedore’s KU basketball notebook

Kansas University recruited Oklahoma State starters Obi Muonelo, a 6-foot-5 junior guard from Edmond, Okla., and James Anderson, a 6-6 sophomore guard from Junction City, Ark. “We’ve recruited the last couple years with a lot of uncertainty who’ll be back and who will not be back. My deal to him was, ‘Don’t make an early decision. Wait and see how it’ll play out,’’’ KU coach Bill Self said of Muonelo.

Stubblefield gets probation

A federal judge on Friday sentenced former NFL and Kansas University player Dana Stubblefield to two years’ probation for lying to investigators about his steroid use.

Miller paces KU at track meet

KU's Amanda Miller was third in the women's 3,000 meters at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational.

Kansas men’s golf 15th in Hawaii

Kansas University's men's golf team placed 15th at the Hawaii-Hilo Invitational.

KU softball 1-1 on opening day

Kansas University lost to UTEP, 3-1, but beat Arizona, 5-1.

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KU swimmers shine

Jayhawks dominate ISU in odd meet

Kansas University took a huge lead over Iowa State in the first day of an unusual two-day meet at Robinson Natatorium.

KU tennis suffers 7-0 setback

Kansas' tennis team fell to Illinois, 7-0.

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Assistant not an OSU fan today

Kyle Keller — who helped recruit all five of Oklahoma State University’s basketball starters — roots for the Cowboys to win just about every game.

Intensity needed against Mizzou

Nicollette Smith remembers Kansas University’s last basketball trip to Missouri and hopes the memory serves as incentive.

Friday, February 6

Kansas golf in 14th place

After two days of play, the Kansas University golf team was in 14th place out of 17 teams at the Hawaii-Hilo Invitational entering today’s final round.

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Three’s company

Little to help spell KU’s Morningstar at ‘3’ spot

Never in Bill Self’s wildest dreams did he think he’d play sophomore Brady Morningstar a full 40 minutes in a Big 12 basketball game.

KU softball catcher’s No. 1 goal: stay healthy

Maybe it’s an even-year, odd-year thing with Elle Pottorf. Then again, perhaps it’s biorhythms. Or her horoscope. Or sun spots. When all is said and done, however, you can probably just chalk Pottorf’s injury woes up to fate.

Gary Bedore's KU Basketball Notebook

Sophomore Cole Aldrich revealed the teammate who nicknamed him, “Phantom of the Phog” for his face mask, which looks like the one worn in “Phantom of the Opera.”

Athletic departments struggling

It’s said that the main difference between the rich and the poor is that the rich have more money. Makes good sense, especially during our current economic maelstrom. Yet this financial firestorm has even the rich among us, including the wealthiest athletic programs, looking grimly over their shoulders.

Dugan Arnett's KU football notebook

As expected, the Kansas University football team announced Thursday that Tom Sims, a 12-year college coaching veteran, would be taking over as the Jayhawks’ defensive line coach.

KU swimmers to meet Iowa State

In its final home meet of the season, Kansas University’s swim team will meet Iowa State in a two-day dual at Robinson Natatorium.

Thursday, February 5

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KU tries new tactics in getting scalpers to stop selling basketball tickets

Selling tickets — any tickets — on state property is illegal

As Robert Miller was trying to get the attention of other fans outside the entrance to the Booth Family Hall of Athletics, KU Public Safety officers approached him. They gave him a warning about soliciting the sale of tickets on KU property, which is prohibited.

Sims officially announced as new KU defensive line coach

Tom Sims has officially been hired as the defensive line coach of the Kansas football team, the university announced Thursday.

KU's Collins named Cousy Award finalist

Kansas junior guard Sherron Collins has been chosen as one of 17 finalists for the Bob Cousy Award, which is presented annually to the nation's top point guard.

Completed chat with KU signee Toben Opurum

Four-star running back/fullback Toben Opurum took questions from readers at 6 p.m. Wednesday, national signing day.

Assessing talent taxing

The process of evaluating high school football players off of tape sometimes stretches a coach’s patience. After all, modern technology hasn’t reached every talented football player’s town.

Dugan Arnett’s KU football notebook

Tom Sims, formerly an assistant at Illinois, is expected to be named the Kansas University football team’s defensive line coach as early as today, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.

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Feast or famine?

Mangino’s recruiting class arguably best yet — on paper

On Wednesday afternoon, a little after 3, Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino released his 2009 recruiting class, a 24-member group that, in the eyes of many, is a very promising class of players.

2009 Kansas Football Signees

The following is a list of the 2009 Kansas football signees.

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Kansas women repel Buffs, 65-54

Danielle McCray scored 24 points, leading the Kansas women's basketball team to a 65-54 victory over the Colorado Buffaloes Wednesday night at Allen Fieldhouse.

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KU remains steady in up-and-down Big 12 Conference

Things can change quickly in Big 12 Conference men’s basketball.

Wednesday, February 4

KU adds four-star recruit McDougald to signing class

Kansas picked up its fourth four-star recruit on Wednesday, as Bradley McDougald will sign with the Jayhawks, is reporting.

KU vaulter Scott honored

Jordan Scott was named Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Male Athlete of the Week.

Facts, stats, notes and video on the 2009 Kansas commitments

Today, the first day high school recruits are allowed to sign national letters of intent, Kansas University is expected to sign 24 high school players in what could be the most talented recruiting class in head coach Mark Mangino’s tenure.

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Texas leads Big 12 recruiting classes

Longhorns’ class ranked No. 3

With college football recruits signing on the dotted line all around the country today, here’s a look at a prized prospect from each Big 12 school in the class of 2009:

‘Thunder’ triggers memories

Back in mid-December, a man named William Thornton died in Columbia, Mo. A succinct newspaper obituary mentioned he had once been an assistant football coach at Missouri University.That was about it. Until more than a month later when someone in Nebraska realized who that William Thornton was.

Sutton helps ’Cats subdue ISU

Dominique Sutton had 13 points and 10 rebounds, and Kansas State relied on its defense Tuesday night to grind out a victory over Iowa State.

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KU class ranked No. 29 in nation

The Kansas University football team’s 2008 Orange Bowl championship — coupled with its Insight Bowl victory the following year — look to be paying dividends in the area of recruiting.

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Face mask limits KU’s Aldrich

Cole Aldrich’s clear face mask with the bulky white straps has protected his broken nose effectively during Kansas University’s last two basketball games.It also has limited him a little bit.

KU, CU women similar

Kansas University will play host to another team that has turnover problems — Colorado.

Tuesday, February 3

Morris to return in Colorado match up

Sade Morris will make her first appearance at Allen Field House since suffering a concussion on Jan. 17.

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K-State’s Clemente wins Big 12 award

Hundreds of good players and dozens of great ones have put up shots in the Erwin Center since Texas opened the facility on Nov. 29, 1977.

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Twins impress Bears’ coach

Drew surprised by contributions from Morrises

Baylor coach Scott Drew didn’t expect what he saw from Kansas’ Markieff and Marcus Morris in Monday’s 75-65 loss to the Jayhawks.

Trio puts ‘power’ in power forward

Power forward. That two-word combination seldom seemed accurate for a Kansas University basketball team that for much of this season desperately needed somebody, anybody, to give center Cole Aldrich a helping elbow.

Knight could return to coaching

Bob Knight would consider returning to the sideline if the right coaching opportunity presented itself.

KU basketball notebook

News and notes from the Jayhawks' victory over Baylor.

UConn remains atop women’s AP poll

The Huskies were a unanimous No. 1 in The Associated Press poll for the 10th straight week Monday.

UConn is 4th straight new No. 1 in poll

It’s Monday, so there must be a new No. 1.

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Jayhawks grow up

‘Relatively’ young KU blitzes Bears

Bill Self smiled, then cut off a questioner in mid-sentence when asked if he was surprised his “relatively” young Kansas University basketball team played so well against an experienced Baylor Bears squad Monday night in Ferrell Center.

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OU denies Summitt; Paris’ streak ends

Pat Summitt’s 1,000th victory will have to wait at least another game. Courtney Paris’ record 112-game double-double streak came to an end, but Whitney Hand matched her career high with 20 points Monday night.

Monday, February 2

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FINAL: Morris twins shine in KU's 75-65 victory over Baylor

Marcus Morris contributed 13 points and six rebounds, while Markieff Morris added nine points and nine rebounds in KU's win.

Kansas softball gearing up for season opener

The Kansas softball team will open the 2009 season on Friday in Tempe, Arizona.

KU returns to rankings in both Top 25 polls

After a lengthy absence, the Kansas University men's basketball team has returned to the Top 25.

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W on hand or not, Jayhawks seeking road ‘W’

Ex-President Bush not likely to be in Baylor’s ‘whited-out’ Ferrell Center tonight

Ex-President Bush has expressed interest in attending a Baylor men's basketball game this season, but it likely won't be the KU-Baylor game.

Gary Bedore's KU basketball notebook

KU's Cole Aldrich isn't quite as productive on the road as he is at home, a trend he'd like to reverse starting with the Baylor game.

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Kansas tennis sweeps, stays unbeaten at 3-0

Amy Hall-Holt tempered praise for her Kansas University tennis team with just enough coach-speak to keep the Jayhawks grounded in the early season.

Sunday, February 1

KU football team awards

A list of awards earned by Kansas football players.

Kansas tennis team tops UTEP

Kansas University freshman Erin Wilbert won her singles match against UTEP’s Vicky Michaud, 6-2, 6-2, to give the Kansas women's tennis team the 4-3 victory over UTEP Saturday afternoon at First Serve Tennis Center.

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KU football focuses on future

Jayhawks celebrate season, but stress there’s more work to be done

Kansas University's football team celebrated its 8-5 season with a forward-looking awards ceremony at the Lied Center.

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Turnovers doom Kansas women in 73-60 loss against Texas A&M

Danielle McCray scored 24 points, but the Kansas University women’s basketball team committed 26 turnovers in a 73-60 loss to No. 7 Texas A&M on Saturday.

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Buffs improved

CU happy to throw scare into KU

Colorado senior Jermyl Jackson-Wilson admitted that Saturday’s 66-61 loss was his best experience in Allen Fieldhouse. “I can say this is the first time I have been here where they didn’t start singing that song with 10 minutes to go,” Jackson-Wilson said with a laugh, referring to KU’s Rock Chalk Chant. “It is a big improvement for our team, and, obviously, we have to grow from this, but I want to win.”

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Kansas, by a nose

Aldrich’s faceguard can’t mask ugly win

Cole Aldrich looked into the stands, only to see his dad and three uncles wearing white tape on the bridge of their noses. “That gave me a good laugh. I thought it was pretty funny,” Aldrich, Kansas University’s sophomore center with a broken schnoz, said, smiling.

Markieff leads class

Barry Hinson, that guy wearing glasses who sits next to Jeremy Case on the baseline at Allen Fieldhouse, spoke to an alumni group recently and sprinkled the air with a dose of reality. “One thing you really want to do is take freshmen, and you want to shove them into a microwave, and you want to speed the process up,” Hinson, the former Missouri State coach now working in external relations in the athletic department, told the alumni.

Kansas basketball notebook

Sherron Collins, who missed 12 of 16 shots, including nine of 10 three-pointers, simply chalked it up as a bad day. “It was one of those days my teammates carried me when I was struggling,” Collins, Kansas University’s junior point guard, said after scoring 11 points with four assists and three turnovers in Saturday’s 66-61 home victory over Colorado.