Stories for February 2010


Sunday, February 28

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KU women fall to 17th-ranked Baylor, 70-47

BU's Brittney Griner posts 20 points, 10 blocks

Baylor's Brittney Griner pulled off a rare double-double with 20 points and 10 blocks, as the 17th-ranked Baylor women easily took down Kansas, 70-47, on Sunday in Waco, Texas.

Martinez leads KU tennis team past NMSU

Junior Maria Martinez improved her singles record to 5-2 to lead the Kansas University tennis team to a 4-3 victory against New Mexico State on Saturday.

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Anderson well enough: Cowboy standout lights up KU

Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford said he didn’t sleep well Friday night. The reporters laughed, thinking he was joking.

Loss could help KU down line

It wouldn’t be accurate to say the nation’s No. 1-ranked college basketball team went through the motions Saturday in a first-half debacle in Gallagher-Iba Arena. More like it went through the slow-motions.

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Cowboys end Jayhawks’ run

Nick Collison, who played on the only basketball team to go undefeated in Big 12 Conference history, sat with his wife, Robbie, behind Kansas University’s bench, hoping to see the 2009-10 Jayhawks continue storming toward that rare achievement Saturday afternoon in Gallagher-Iba Arena.

Two freshmen on KU track and field team earn conference titles

Kansas University freshmen Mason Finley and Taylor Washington earned conference titles on Saturday at the Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Lied Recreation Center.

KU baseball wins two in Arizona

Sophomore catcher Chris Manship went 4-for-4 with a double and three RBIs, while Brian Heere and Jason Brunansky collected three hits apiece as the 25th-ranked Kansas University baseball team collected a season-high 18 hits in a 10-4 victory over Sacramento State Saturday at the Peoria Showdown.

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Gary Bedore’s KU hoops notebook

News, notes and numbers from KU's 85-77 loss at Oklahoma State.

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KU women hoping for another upset of Baylor

No doubt it was the signature victory for Kansas University’s women’s basketball team last season.

Kansas softball splits

Despite coming out strong and scoring three runs in the first inning, the Kansas University softball team could not hold off Lipscomb as the Jayhawks were defeated, 7-3, to wrap up day two of the UTC Frost Classic.

Saturday, February 27

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FINAL: Oklahoma State knocks off No. 1 Kansas, 85-77

The Cowboys made 60 percent of their field goals and 53 percent of their three-pointers to send the Jayhawks to their first Big 12 loss.

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Naismith to live on in bronze

Lawrence artist pays tribute to inventor of basketball

James Naismith rests in peace at Memorial Park Cemetery in Lawrence, but a bronze likeness of the inventor of basketball soon will live on near the place the game was born.

Jayhawks win 2 track titles

Two Kansas University athletes won Big 12 titles and two school records fell Friday at the Big 12 Indoor Championships.

Kuzhil sets record for KU swimming

Junior Iuliia Kuzhil set a Kansas University record in the 100-yard backstroke Friday at the Big 12 Championships. With a 52.80-second runner-up finish, Kuzhil beat her previous KU record of 53:06, set last season. The finish qualified Kuzhil for the NCAA Tournament and put the Jayhawks in fourth place going into the last day of competition.

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Diligent Muonelo ready for KU

Obi Muonelo has played in some hostile arenas in his four seasons at Oklahoma State. The toughest?

Edge inside? Kansas

The long arm of the law comes in multiple forms in Lawrence.

KU softball drops pair

Kansas University’s softball team had a rough first day Friday at the Frost Classic.

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Briscoe speeds up

Ex-Jayhawks in NFL combine Sunday

When former Kansas University wide receiver Dezmon Briscoe declared himself eligible for the 2010 NFL Draft, he knew there were aspects of his game he would have to improve. So without hesitating, Briscoe’s agent got him in touch with former Olympic sprinter Michael Johnson, a man known the world over for his wheels. During the time he and Johnson spent training together, Briscoe learned more than he thought was possible about the proper way to run.

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OSU just another game for Xavier Henry

Freshman Xavier Henry, who led Kansas University’s basketball team to a rousing victory over Oklahoma on Monday, today goes for a season sweep of Big 12 teams from his home state.

KU baseball wins

Junior outfielder Brian Heere collected a pair of hits and saved a run with a diving catch in the fourth inning, and senior pitcher Brett Bollman scattered seven hits over 62⁄3 innings to earn his first win of the season as Kansas University’s baseball team edged Sacramento State, 4-3, Friday afternoon at the Peoria Sports Complex.

Friday, February 26

Former KU lineman shares NFL combine stories

There’s no documented proof that this is how it went down, but it’s possible that former Kansas University lineman Keith Loneker owes his five-year NFL career to a cartwheel.

College athletics shaken up

While no massive temblors have been reported, ominous financial rumblings are creating cracks in the walls and shaking dishes off the shelves in college athletics these days. We’ll see a lot more wavy-gravy as struggling sports treasuries are further depleted.

KU swimming and diving team in fourth at Big 12 Championships

Juniors Joy Bunting and Iuliia Kuzhil and senior Megan Proehl led the Kansas University swimming and diving team into fourth place at the conclusion of day two of the Big 12 Championships on Thursday.

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KU’s Self: OSU trip just for business

Bill Self won’t be grabbing a burger or a beverage at world famous Eskimo Joe’s restaurant tonight or Saturday in Stillwater, Okla.

Thursday, February 25

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So close again: KU women lose another heartbreaker to ranked team

Carolyn Davis summed it up in 14 words. “They played like a ranked team that didn’t want to lose,” Davis said, “and we didn’t.”

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Mario Little making strides in red-shirt campaign

Ten pounds lighter — and a heck of a lot healthier than a year ago — Mario Little has made quite an impression at Kansas University basketball workouts during the 2009-10 season.

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Jerry Waugh’s insight on hoops, life leaves lasting impact at FSHS

More than 50 years ago, Jerry Waugh stood in a gym named after his college coach and taught one of the game’s giants how to play basketball. Today, Waugh, 83, can be found in a high school gymnasium, coaching much smaller players who go by the names Tia, Regan, Amber and Taylor.

KU basketball notebook

Kansas University’s Sherron Collins and Cole Aldrich were named to the 30-player Naismith Trophy Midseason Candidates list, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced Wednesday.

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Tourney implications on line for KU women vs. Iowa St.

On the plus side is a positive RPI. A negative, however, is the brutal remaining schedule.

KU swimming in third

Kansas University’s 200 medley relay team of Iuliia Kuzhil, Joy Bunting, Abigail Anderson and Amanda Maez placed third in an NCAA qualifying time of 1:39.35 on Wednesday at the Big 12 swim championships.

Wednesday, February 24

10 teams that can win it all: No. 4, Kentucky

Improvement on defense makes UK scary

Each week in this space, online editor Jesse Newell will take a statistical look at one of the 10 teams that has the best chance of taking this year’s NCAA title.

Swimmers, divers earn academic honors

Thirteen members of the Kansas University swimming and diving team were named to the first or second Academic All-Big 12 teams on Tuesday.

Golfers tie for 12th; Powers closes with 72

A day after shooting a 1-over par 73, Emily Powes fired an even-par 72 to lead the Kansas women’s golf team to a tie for 12th at the Edwin Watts/Kiawah Island Golf Classic on Tuesday.

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Kansas’ Aldrich joins elite company

Cole Aldrich isn’t going to challenge fellow Academic All-American of the Year Jacque Vaughn to a 1-on-1 battle of the brains.

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Greatest KU games: No. 4

Wilt put everyone on notice of his skills

On the day that Wilt Chamberlain turned in arguably the greatest single-game performance in Kansas University basketball history, a photograph of the then-Kansas University sophomore ran in the Journal-World.

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NFL Combine awaits ex-Jayhawks

Former Kansas University football standouts Darrell Stuckey, Dezmon Briscoe and Kerry Meier are all accomplished football players who possess great skills.

KSU keeps title hopes alive

Jacob Pullen sees his Kansas State team operating on the road like a corporation.

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Reesing takes time to make South ninth grader’s day

As far as South Junior High ninth grader Tara Rasing was concerned, receiving a Todd Reesing jersey from her physical education teacher at an all-school sports assembly was enough.

Tuesday, February 23

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Aldrich on championships: ‘It never gets old’

Jayhawks feather cap with another Big 12 title

For the third-straight year, Kansas junior center Cole Aldrich found himself in the middle of a Big 12 trophy celebration with teammates.

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Remarkably, Kansas has stayed the course

So many factors can derail a talented college basketball team.

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A league of his own

KU wins Big 12; Collins sets mark

Kansas University senior Sherron Collins planted a big kiss on the Big 12 championship trophy, then at the urging of his teammates, hoisted the hardware high over his head as he headed out the northwest tunnel, putting the finishing touches on a short but sweet celebration late Monday night in Allen Fieldhouse.

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OU doomed by slow start

Monday’s 81-68 loss to top-ranked Kansas University was one of those games Oklahoma coach Jeff Capel would like to have back — at least the start.

KU splits baseball openers

Senior Cameron Selik earned his first victory of the season, holding Eastern Michigan to one run on two hits over six innings, to help the Kansas University baseball team defeat Eastern Michigan, 9-5, in the second game of a doubleheader Monday night at the Metrodome.

Powers leads KU golfers

Emily Powers fired a 1-over-par 73 to lead the Kansas University women’s golf team on a difficult second day at the Edwin Watts/Kiawah Island Classic on Monday.

Monday, February 22

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FINAL: Make it six! Kansas clinches share of Big 12 title with 81-68 victory over Oklahoma

Xavier Henry led the Jayhawks with 23 points on 9-for-13 shooting.

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Gary Bedore's basketball notebook

Aldrich named basketball Academic All-American of the Year

Kansas junior center Cole Aldrich was named the ESPN The Magazine CoSIDA Basketball Academic All-American of the Year, CoSIDA announced Monday.

KU baseball postpones Tuesday clash with Wichita State

The Kansas University baseball team has postponed its Tuesday clash with Wichita State because of snow in Lawrence.

How Keegan voted — Feb. 22 college basketball poll

The following is Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan's ballot for the Feb. 22 Associated Press college basketball poll.

KU remains No. 1 in both polls; K-State up to 6th

For the third straight week, Kansas earned the No. 1 spot in both national rankings.

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Xavier Henry earns Big 12 newcomer of the week

Kansas freshman Xavier Henry was selected as the Big 12 newcomer of the week, the conference announced Monday.

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Big run sinks Kansas women

Texas Tech storms out of intermission to spill Jayhawks, 68-51

Texas Tech opened the second half with a huge run and went on to a 68-51 Big 12 women’s basketball victory over Kansas University on Sunday.

KU tennis falls

Kansas University junior Maria Martinez gave the Jayhawks their only victory of the day in a 6-1 setback to 34th-ranked Tulsa on Sunday.

Keep eye on UK, Carolina

These days, Kansas basketball fans have even more reasons than usual to root passionately against fellow historic heavyweights Kentucky and North Carolina.

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Henry no fan of OU

Jayhawk ambivalent toward Sooners

Putnam City (Okla.) High graduate Xavier Henry — whose mom, dad and aunt played basketball at Kansas University — never followed the fortunes of his in-state Oklahoma Sooners closely.

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Kansas gunning for sixth straight Big 12 title tonight

They are easy to take for granted at times, with all eyes focused on the big prize — the NCAA basketball championship. But make no mistake about it: Conference titles, like the sixth-straight Big 12 crown Kansas University could clinch with a victory tonight over Oklahoma, are mighty significant, especially to the guys who put in the blood, sweat and tears over a grueling two-month period.

Big 12 hoping for 7 teams in NCAA Tournament

Even for Big 12 associate commissioner John Underwood, who has played and supervised college basketball at the highest levels, a mock NCAA Tournament selection process proved to be educational.

Kansas softball tops Herd, 7-3

Four Kansas University players recorded three hits as the Jayhawks beat Marshall, 7-3, in their final game in the Lipton Invitational.

Sunday, February 21

KU women fall at Texas Tech, 68-51

The Kansas women's basketball team was dominated in the second half, losing 68-51 to Texas Tech on Sunday in Lubbock, Texas.

Ramirez hits 2 homers to lead KU softball team

For the second-straight game, senior Sara Ramirez hit a game-winning home run for the Kansas University softball team.

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Look who’s listening: Taylor

To do the Hokey Pokey, you put your right hand in, you put your right hand out, you put your right hand in, and you shake it all about.

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CU coach lauds Jayhawks

Buffs’ Bzdelik says Kansas ‘exceptionally good’

Colorado coach Jeff Bzdelik had a simple explanation for the Buffaloes’ struggles Saturday: They played a pretty darned good basketball team in No. 1 Kansas.

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Collins ties record

Senior gets 123rd career victory

Tyshawn Taylor, who had a stellar game himself, refused to enter the interview room before Kansas University senior leader Sherron Collins late Saturday afternoon in Allen Fieldhouse.

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‘X’ a factor again

Henry helps KU throttle Buffaloes

Carl Henry sat stoically in his bleacher seat 20 or so rows above the visitor’s basketball bench, watching intently as his son Xavier exploded for a game-high 24 points in Kansas University’s 94-74 victory over Colorado on Saturday in Allen Fieldhouse.

Freshmen provide spark for KU women

Texans Davis, Engelman return to home state today to take on Texas Tech in must win

In the wake of knee injuries to starters Angel Goodrich and Danielle McCray, Kansas University women's basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson simply has added a couple of new spokes to that wheel in freshmen Carolyn Davis and Monica Engelman. Now the two Texans — Davis from Houston and Engelman from San Antonio — will be returning to their home state for today’s game against Texas Tech.

Saturday, February 20

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FINAL: Tyshawn Taylor shines in return to starting lineup; KU rolls, 94-74, over CU

The KU sophomore guard had 17 points on 6-for-7 shooting with six assists, helping the Jayhawks to the blowout win.

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Former KU football players Reesing and Zook to appear together

Two of the most memorable players from the Kansas University football program’s Orange Bowl appearances (1969 and 2008) will team up tonight at a book-signing appearance.

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KU's Collins can tie wins record today

Cole Aldrich grew a bit emotional Thursday as he reflected on the career of one of the greatest players in Kansas University basketball history.

KU track and field signs pole vaulter

The Kansas University track and field team received a commitment from pole-vaulter Demi Payne on Friday.

Hulls deliver, but KU softball drops two

Free State High graduate Rosie Hull went 3-for-3 in her first career start, but it was not enough as the Kansas University softball team fell to Florida, 12-4, on Friday in the Lipton Invitational. Marshall upended KU, 7-3, earlier Friday.

KU reportedly makes offers to two Blue Springs football players is reporting that KU has offered scholarships to two juniors from Blue Springs High in Missouri.

KU missed on Burks

Jayhawks didn’t pursue CU standout

Kansas University didn’t recruit Colorado freshman Alec Burks, a 6-foot-6, 185-pound freshman sensation from Grandview, Mo., who has emerged as one of the top first-year players in the country.

Friday, February 19

Olympians celebrities, not heroes

You watch the endless interviews with Winter Olympics personalities and are apprised about their dedication, courage, injury problems and the enormous amount of hard work it took to get them to Vancouver. Then there’s always the reference to the great pressure under which they find themselves, particularly if they are from a developed country that demands that they succeed.

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KU’s Collins a proud father

Sherron Collins, whose daughter Sharee’ Monea Collins was born right before the start of Monday’s Kansas-Texas A&M game, cradled his child for the first time on Tuesday on a day-trip back home to Chicago.

Thursday, February 18

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Jayhawks to move Quigley to running back again in 2010

The ongoing search to find a position for Angus Quigley to play is back where it started: running back.

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Tyshawn Taylor will make return to starting lineup

Taylor makes return to starting lineup

Kansas sophomore guard Tyshawn Taylor will start for the Jayhawks over Brady Morningstar on Saturday against Colorado, KU coach Bill Self announced at his weekly press conference Thursday.Sometimes a starter, sometimes a sixth man, versatile Kansas University combo guard Tyshawn Taylor will start Saturday’s KU-Colorado game, set for a 3 p.m. tip in Allen Fieldhouse.

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Thompson loss hurts, but KU baseball still confident

If Kansas University’s baseball team is worried about replacing All-American Tony Thompson in its lineup for the first several weeks of the season, it sure isn’t panicking about it.

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Late TV starts for Big Monday not ideal, but mostly unavoidable

At 8 p.m. Monday, when viewers turned on ESPN to watch Kansas University’s basketball team take on Texas A&M, they had no choice but to watch the conclusion of the game between Connecticut and Villanova.

Kansas University football notebook

The Kansas University football roster will be one defensive end lighter when the Jayhawks open spring practices on March 27.

KU golf commit wins diving event

Meghan Potee, who will join the Kansas University women’s golf team in the fall of 2010, won the Indiana High School Athletic Association Girls Swimming and Diving Championship on Saturday in a competition that came down to the final dive.

Baseball debate relived

Do you remember where you were Sept. 14, 1994, the night the World Series was canceled? New York-based Rob Manfred, a lead negotiator for the owners, does.

Bills cut Fine; TE joins Rams

Former Kansas University tight end Derek Fine, a fourth-round selection in the 2008 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills, was released by the team Tuesday.

Comparably, Kansas hoops hasn’t had many close calls

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self, who breathed a sigh of relief after Monday’s five-point victory at Texas A&M, told media members he felt the Jayhawks were “playing too many” close games.

Wednesday, February 17

Discounted tickets available for KU sporting events with food donations

People who bring nonperishable food items to three designated KU sporting events can receive a $3 ticket to the event.

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KU football uniforms to change in 2010

Players' names will not appear on the backs of uniforms

Kansas football fans will see some slight changes in the football uniforms starting in the 2010 season.

KU men's golf team takes fourth in Houston

Nate Barbee and Bryan Hackenberg shot rounds of par or better to lead the Kansas men’s golf team to the second-best team score of the final round and a fourth place finish at the Rice Intercollegiate on Tuesday at Westwood Golf Club.

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Greatest KU games: No. 5

Few games in Kansas University basketball history have as many meaningful and memorable storylines as the one that took place on April 5, 2008, between KU and North Carolina.

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KU's Self: Bob Knight not right this time

Hall of Famer Bob Knight, the winningest coach in college basketball history, angered some Kansas University fans Monday when he said senior Sherron Collins ought to be benched to start the second half of the KU-Texas A&M game.

KU baseball picked second in Big 12

The Kansas University baseball team has been picked to finish second in the Big 12 Conference by the league’s coaches in the preseason poll, released by the conference office Tuesday.

10 teams that can win it all: No. 5, Purdue

Boilermakers solid — except from 3

The numbers say that Purdue is strong enough both offensively and defensively to be dangerous come March.

Tuesday, February 16

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Carolyn Davis' near-perfect night propels KU women

Kansas freshman forward Carolyn Davis scored 28 points on perfect 10-for-10 shooting from the floor and 8-for-8 shooting from the free-throw line, helping the Kansas women to a 79-72 road victory over Colorado in Boulder, Colo., on Tuesday night.

Three Kansas football players invited to NFL Combine

Former Kansas University football players Dezmon Briscoe, Kerry Meier and Darrell Stuckey have each been invited to participate in the NFL Combine, held Feb. 24 through March 5 in Indianapolis, Ind., the school announced Tuesday.

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Turgeon dejected

A&M coach: ‘I thought we had ‘em’

Kansas University’s basketball players aren’t talking much yet about the possibility of going unbeaten in the Big 12 Conference. Texas A&M coach Mark Turgeon did it for them following the Aggies’ 59-54 loss Monday night.

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Kansas’ Carolyn Davis tapped freshman of week

Kansas University freshman forward Carolyn Davis was tapped Big 12 Freshman of the Week for the second time in the last three weeks, as announced by the league office Monday.

Barbee, KU golf in eighth place

Nate Barbee shot a pair of 76s to to lead Kansas University’s men’s golf team to a tie for eighth place after day one Monday at the Rice Intercollegiate.

KU overcomes Collins’ struggles

The second half was about to start when Bob Knight, a member of the media now working games as a color commentator for ESPN, said he wouldn’t start Sherron Collins to open the half because he had been a negative for Kansas, especially offensively, in the first half.

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Gary Bedore’s KU notebook

News, notes and numbers from KU's 59-55 victory at College Station, Texas.

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Jayhawks survive another close call

Mark Turgeon, who passed Bill Self in a Reed Arena hallway on the way to the interview room, didn’t try to mask his disappointment as he briefly visited with the head coach of his alma mater’s basketball team late Monday night.

Monday, February 15

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FINAL: Marcus Morris rescues KU late in 59-54 victory over No. 24 Texas A&M

Saddled with four fouls, the Kansas sophomore made crucial plays down the stretch to help KU end the game on a 7-0 run.

How Keegan voted — Feb. 15 college basketball poll

The following is Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan's ballot for the Feb. 15 Associated Press college basketball poll.

KU remains at No. 1; Texas A&M earns ranking in both polls

Following victories over Texas and Iowa State last week, the Kansas men's basketball team remained atop both national polls Monday.

Rookie Engelman growing in stature

A 5-foot-11, slight-of-build freshman, Kansas University women’s basketball guard Monica Engelman had the ball in the left corner and drove into a sea of big bodies and sharpened elbows from the University of Texas. When the drive began, it seemed awfully much to expect of someone so young and relatively small. Without ever panicking, she banked it off the glass. It was as if Engelman grew on her way to the basket.

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A&M eager for top-ranked challenge

Texas A&M freshman Khris Middleton rooted for Kansas University’s basketball team from afar Saturday night. The 6-foot-7, 215-pound Aggie starter realized it would take a KU home victory over Iowa State to keep the Jayhawks firmly positioned at No. 1 heading into today’s 8 p.m. KU-A&M Big Monday clash in Reed Arena.

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Aggies’ Turgeon among Big 12’s best

Texas A&M coach Mark Turgeon has to be on the short list of candidates for Big 12 coach of the year.

Sunday, February 14

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Brackins lauds KU

Cyclone especially keen on Marcus

Iowa State forward Craig Brackins has the feeling that in a few years he’ll still be hearing about Kansas University sophomore Marcus Morris.

Full-court press gives Kansas lift

It happens from Miami to Seattle, from Orono, Maine, to San Diego and every college basketball town in between.

KU softball wins two

Junior Allie Clark tossed five innings of no-hit ball, and the Kansas University softball team edged Houston, 4-3, Saturday at the Marriott Hobby Invite.

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KU coach Bill Self gets milestone victory No. 400

Kansas University’s basketball players huddled around Bill Self as athletic director Lew Perkins presented a game-ball memento to the Jayhawks’ seventh-year coach moments after Saturday’s 73-59 victory over Iowa State in Allen Fieldhouse.

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Gary Bedore’s KU hoops notebook

Former Kansas University power forward Darnell Jackson decided to work up a sweat before Saturday’s KU-Iowa State game.

Miller breaks KU track record

Kansas University junior Amanda Miller broke the school record in the 5,000 meters at 16:27.03 on Saturday and earned an NCAA provisional qualifying standard at the ISU Classic in Ames, Iowa.

Saturday, February 13

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Thomas Robinson to sit out KU's game against Iowa State with concussion

Kansas freshman forward Thomas Robinson will sit out KU's game against Iowa State on Saturday because of a concussion suffered in Thursday's practice, KU officials confirmed before the game.

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FINAL: Self picks up 400th career victory in KU's 73-59 victory over ISU

Kansas held Iowa State to 34-percent shooting and used a 14-0 second-half run to pull away.

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Freshmen star in narrow loss to UT

Davis, Engelman combine for 51 points, but Jayhawks fall short against 14th-ranked ’Horns

Freshman guard Monica Engelman hit a game-tying three-pointer to force overtime, but the Kansas University women's basketball team couldn't complete its upset bid Saturday, falling 85-82 in double overtime to No. 14 Texas.

Kentucky basketball victories tainted

Kentucky with its tainted history has registered 2,011 victories to sit atop the college basketball heap. Now North Carolina (1,997) and Kansas (1,993) are neck and neck in an exciting race to the 2,000 level.

Gary Bedore’s Kansas basketball notebook

Kansas University’s Marcus Morris and Iowa State’s Craig Brackins had a running dialogue during the Jayhawks’ 84-61 victory over the Cyclones on Jan. 23 at Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa. Will they chat it up again during today’s 7 p.m., rematch in Allen Fieldhouse?

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Garth Brooks: KU coach Self a good man

OSU alum Garth Brooks talks about college friend's coaching success

Garth Brooks, the No.1-selling solo recording artist in U.S. history, picked up the telephone from his home in Owasso, Okla., and dialed the number of a Journal-World reporter on Saturday, Feb. 6.

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Wilt Chamberlain’s sister shares old stories

Wilt Chamberlain, home from school for the summer, had brought a guest, Elzie Lewis, to stay with his family in Philadelphia. They arrived in the middle of the night. Introductions would have to wait.

Kansas softball loses pair

Kansas University’s softball team started the 2010 season and the the tenure of new coach Megan Smith with a pair of losses Friday in the Marriott Hobby Invite.

KU women to face Texas

Freshman Davis stepping up for injury-plagued Jayhawks

When the Kansas University women’s basketball team lost two of its top players to season-ending injuries within a three-week span, it became quickly apparent that the Jayhawks’ hopes of survival would depend largely on the remaining players’ ability to account for the loss of production.

Friday, February 12

Basketball fans will have to mind their watches during Saturday's KU women's basketball game

Free parking available, but must be vacated in time for men's game that follows soon after

Texas will play the KU women, and Iowa State will be in town to take on the KU men, but yet another intense competition will be played out between the two basketball games Saturday afternoon and evening at Allen Fieldhouse.

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Elijah Johnson remains patient

Realistic KU guard fine with bench role

Kansas University freshman guard Elijah Johnson, who has played just 11 minutes overall during the Big 12 season, said it has been easy to stay positive during this period of inactivity.

New era begins today for inexperienced KU softball team

Though Megan Smith has spent the past eight months acquainting herself with the Kansas University softball program, the first-year coach admitted Thursday she won’t truly know the makeup of her team until she sees it in action.

Kale Pick is the favorite...for now

Like the rest of us, Kale Pick’s curiosity made him curious to find out more about Turner Gill after Gill was named new Kansas University football coach. So Pick went to YouTube and watched Gill’s 40-yard run against Oklahoma. He quizzed his father about what he remembered. And he arranged a one-on-one meeting with the new coach.

UNC coach Williams apologizes for Haiti remarks

North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams apologized Thursday for comments he made earlier in the week that compared his disappointment in his struggling team’s season to the suffering in Haiti.

Thursday, February 11

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High praise: Self’s compliment instills confidence in Marcus

Kansas University sophomore forward Marcus Morris will wear a padded bandage on the middle finger of his right, shooting hand the next eight weeks to help heal a torn tendon near the top of the finger, Morris said before Thursday’s practice in Allen Fieldhouse.

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Big Ten making overtures to … Texas

A source with ties to the Big Ten said that while most people’s attention has been trained on the conference stealing Missouri, the Big Ten has engaged in “preliminary exchanges” with a much bigger fish from the Big 12.

Webb resembles Reesing

Brent Eckley, head coach of Union (Mo.) High, was asked to name a quarterback similar to his former star pupil, Jordan Webb, who will try to become the starting quarterback at Kansas University as a red-shirt freshman. Eckley finally settled on former KU standout Todd Reesing.

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Sutton proud of Self

Ex-OSU coach: Pupil doing ‘marvelous job’

Oklahoma State basketball coaching legend Eddie Sutton had a heart-to-heart chat with prize pupil Bill Self back in April of 2003.

Wednesday, February 10

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Oh, so close: KU threatens NU, but falters

The Kansas University women's basketball team couldn't overcome a number of late miscues, falling to visiting Nebraska, 67-60, on Wednesday at Allen Fieldhouse.

10 teams that can win it all: No. 6, Wisconsin

If you’ve followed college basketball for any length of time, you know that Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan has earned the reputation as a defensive coach.

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KU's Self on doorstep of win 400

Bill Self has won 399 games in 17 seasons as an NCAA Div. I men’s basketball coach. But who’s counting?

KU women to face unbeaten Nebraska

When Kansas University standout Danielle McCray suffered a season-ending ACL injury last week, head coach Bonnie Henrickson made a point of telling replacement Monica Engelman that she didn’t have to pick up all the slack herself.

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Western Kentucky hires Bowen

Former Kansas University assistant football coach Clint Bowen will be named defensive coordinator at Western Kentucky during a press conference today, he confirmed in a text message to the Journal-World on Tuesday.

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Greatest KU games: No. 6

Big second half lifts Roy to first Final Four

Kansas wasn't supposed to be able to hang with Arkansas.

Mecham quiet and calm

Todd Reesing threw 1,460 passes for 11,194 yards and 90 touchdowns during his record-breaking career at Kansas. The three quarterbacks who will compete for his job during spring practice under new head coach Turner Gill have combined to throw five passes for 22 yards and no touchdowns in Division I football.

Tuesday, February 9

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KU third baseman Thompson to miss 4 to 6 weeks with knee injury

Junior won Big 12's Triple Crown last season

Kansas baseball third baseman Tony Thompson will miss four to six weeks after sustaining a hairline fracture in his left kneecap.

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Gary Bedore’s KU basketball notebook

Cole Aldrich said he wasn’t trying to swing his elbows into Damion James’ face after Aldrich grabbed a defensive rebound and was fouled by James with 3:48 left in Monday’s game.

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UT forward miffed

James steamed over thrown ’bows

Damion James wasn’t happy with Cole Aldrich’s actions late in Kansas University’s 80-68 victory over Texas on Monday.

Two states battling in Big 12

Most folks figured this season’s Big 12 race would come down to Kansas or Texas. And it has, sort of.

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Henry gets physical for KU

Xavier Henry, congratulations. You just became a Bill Self basketball player, and if you stay that way, you just might win a national championship in your first year in college.

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Jayhawks knock off Longhorns to get first win in Austin under Bill Self

Sherron Collins pointed the index finger of both hands at a patch of boisterous Kansas University basketball fans celebrating the No. 1-ranked Jayhawks’ resounding 80-68 victory over No. 14 Texas on Monday night in Erwin Center.

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Aldrich’s father gets to ‘live a dream’ — in Lawrence

It’s public knowledge that the mothers of Kansas University basketball players Sherron Collins, Tyshawn Taylor, C.J. and Xavier Henry, Marcus and Markieff Morris and Jeff Withey are living in Lawrence to watch their sons play basketball this season.

Monday, February 8

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FINAL: Defense pushes KU to 80-68 victory over No. 14 Texas

The Jayhawks held the Longhorns without a point for a 10:56 stretch in the first half, using a 22-0 run to pull away.

How Keegan voted — Feb. 8 college basketball poll

The following is Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan's ballot for the Feb. 8 Associated Press college basketball poll.

KU remains at No. 1 in both polls

Following victories over Colorado and Nebraska, the Kansas men's basketball team kept its top spot in both of the national rankings.

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Self on Big 12 race: "There’s no way it can be ended tonight"

Kansas coach comments during Monday morning teleconference

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self disagrees with those who say his Jayhawks can wrap up the Big 12 regular-season title with a win tonight at Texas.

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KU-UT rivalry a doozy

Jayhawks, Longhorns hook up again tonight

Two of the Big 12 Conference’s best big men talk to each other and text from time to time. In fact, this past preseason, Kansas University’s Cole Aldrich and Texas’ Dexter Pittman visited good-naturedly about today’s much-anticipated KU-UT matchup in Erwin Center.

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Jayhawks ‘on a mission’

Kansas wary of Longhorns despite recent slump

The long-awaited matchup between Kansas University and Texas is finally here.

McCray’s career not over after injury

Some day, Danielle McCray will play for pay. When is the question.

Texas flawed, scary

Just three weeks ago, Texas boasted a 17-0 record and the nation’s No. 1 ranking, and senior Damion James had become a fashionable national player-of-the-year candidate. Since then, the Longhorns have gone 2-4 and will slip out of the top 10 when today’s rankings are released. James? He made just four of 13 free throws in a loss to Oklahoma.

Sunday, February 7

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Tickled Pink

McCray cheers KU past 'Cats

In its first game without Danielle McCray, the Kansas University women's basketball team edged Kansas State, 70-60, on Sunday in Allen Fieldhouse.

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Marcus Morris old reliable again

The only consistent thing about most young men living the college life is that they behave inconsistently.

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KU football fields new ticket prices, locations

One new coach. Eighteen incoming signees. Three thousand new seats still planned by the end of this year.

Heartbroken Jayhawks to face Wildcats Sunday

Fate has dealt Kansas University’s women’s basketball players a bad hand. First the Jayhawks lost starting point guard Angel Goodrich to an anterior cruciate ligament injury in January. And now leading scorer Danielle McCray has been hit with a similar affliction.

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Fanning the flames

Fired-up Collins sparks Jayhawks

Kansas University point guard Sherron Collins received a batch of phone calls and text messages from family members and friends all day Saturday.

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OU stuns slumping UT

Scores from Saturday's Big 12 men's basketball games.

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Foul disparity frustrates head Husker

Doc Sadler — apparently well versed in the rules and expectations of the Big 12 Conference — had little interest in criticizing the officiating following his team’s 75-64 loss to Kansas University on Saturday.

Jayhawk swimmers top Cyclones in final Big 12 dual

The Kansas University swimming and diving team won four of eight events on the second day of competition to defeat Iowa State, 164-136, Saturday.

KU’s Bonds wins mile

Kansas University senior Lauren Bonds was the first to cross the finish line in the mile at the Meyo Invitational Saturday, as the senior from Hutchinson beat 60 other competitors in the event with a season-best time of 4:44.09.

KU track earns eight medals

Kansas University captured the win in the women's 4x400-meter relay, while seven other members of the track and field team earned a spot on the podium Saturday at the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational.

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Gary Bedore’s Kansas basketball notebook

Kansas University’s basketball team had a so-so week, claiming an overtime victory at Colorado on Wednesday and 75-64 decision over Nebraska on Saturday in Allen Fieldhouse.

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Withey gives Jayhawks early lift

Kansas center Cole Aldrich says he sees a little bit of himself in teammate Jeff Withey.

Saturday, February 6

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FINAL: Marcus Morris scores 20 as KU holds off Nebraska, 75-64

The Cornhuskers led by four early in the second half, but the Jayhawks followed with a 28-5 run to take control.

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Henry looking to regain touch vs. NU

Xavier Henry’s coaches and teammates tell him there’s one sure-fire way to break out of a slump.

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Morrises working on FT woes

Kansas University sophomore power forward Markieff Morris says he had an uncluttered mind when he stepped to the free-throw line in high school back home in Philadelphia.

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Injuries happen, but McCray's is shocking

I thought Danny Manning was immortal. Sure, he was a tremendously talented basketball player, but I’m talking about his durability.

KU tennis falls to Notre Dame, 7-0

The Kansas University women’s tennis team fell to No. 6 Notre Dame, 7-0, at the Jayhawk Tennis Facility on Friday.

Jayhawks set PRs at Husker Invitational

In the first day of competition at the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational, six members of the Kansas University track and field team set personal records, including junior Nick Caprario, who won the 5,000 meters with a career-best time of 14:52.24.

KU swim team leading Iowa State in dual

The Kansas University swimming and diving team leads Iowa State, 79-71, after the first day of the weekend dual. The Jayhawks (8-4) and Cyclones (8-3) each won four events on Friday.

100: Kansas 34, Washington (Mo.) 13

Kansas defeated Washington (Mo.), 34-13, on January 15, 1910, to tally the 100th victory in the history of KU basketball.

Friday, February 5

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Senior McCray tears ACL, out for season

Danielle McCray seemed almost bulletproof. Every time Kansas University’s All-Big 12 basketball player went down with an apparently serious injury, she always bounced back. Not this time. The 5-foot-11 senior suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee during Thursday’s practice, and the college career of one of KU’s most talented athletes is over.

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Altitude adjustment

Boulder leaves Marcus Morris winded

Marcus Morris was eager to depart Boulder, Colo. — elevation 5,430 feet — late Wednesday night, even if it meant arriving back in Lawrence about 3:15 Thursday morning.

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Gill’s assistants to earn more than Mangino’s

For Kansas University assistant football coaches, the Turner Gill era is already proving fruitful.

Phog Allen protege list goes on

When a list of basketball coaching proteges of Kansas’ Phog Allen is recited, you’re quick to hear the names of Adoph Rupp (Kentucky), Dean Smith (North Carolina), Ralph Miller (Iowa-Oregon State), Dutch Lonborg (Northwestern) and Dick Harp (Kansas).

Thursday, February 4

Gill not relying heavily on junior college players

If Kansas University’s 2010 recruiting class is any indication, fans of the program shouldn’t expect to see an abundance of junior college players on the team’s roster in coming years.

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This had odd air about it

From the coach to the veteran players, members of the Kansas University basketball team repeatedly have made it clear the No. 1 ranking thrills them not in the slightest in February.

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All things considered, Gill thrilled with first class

After spending a large portion of his introductory news conference detailing his intentions to make recruiting the highest of priorities, first-year Kansas University football coach Turner Gill took the first step this week in making good on that promise.

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A&M halts Missouri’s home streak

Men's Big 12 basketball roundup.

KU soccer adds five

The Kansas University soccer team announced four signings and the addition of a walk-on Wednesday.

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Buffs lament missed chances

Colorado’s biggest problem: rushed shots

Before Wednesday, Colorado had never taken a No. 1-ranked team to overtime.

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Gary Bedore’s Kansas basketball notebook

Cole Aldrich huffed and puffed his way to 16 points and 14 rebounds in 35 minutes Wednesday night.

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Rocky Mountain sigh

KU wins despite FT woes

Sherron Collins pinpointed the reason for Kansas University’s abysmal free-throw shooting late Wednesday night in Coors Events Center.

Wednesday, February 3

Gill breaks down first recruiting class

As expected, the Kansas University football team signed 18 players to its 2010 recruiting class during today's National Signing Day.

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FINAL: KU escapes with 72-66 overtime win over CU

The Jayhawks started overtime with a 7-0 run and held off the Buffaloes from there, surviving a nightmarish 18-for-38 effort from the free-throw line.

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Sporting adventures continue for KU fan with rare lung disease

Wellsville resident Michael Douglas meets basketball heroes in Oklahoma City

Wellsville resident Michael Douglas, 11, continues sporting adventures during battle with rare lung disease.

CU's Burks won't play Wednesday night against KU

Colorado freshman guard Alec Burks will not play in Wednesday night's game against Kansas, CU coach Jeff Bzdelik announced Wednesday.

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Kansas at home in Boulder

Jayhawks have won 17 of 18 in Boulder

Kansas University’s basketball team last Saturday won in Kansas State’s Bramlage Coliseum for the 21st time in 22 seasons. It’s off to another so-called home-away-from-home tonight.

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17 expected to sign with KU football team today

As recently as a month ago, the state of recruiting within the Kansas University football program was far from ideal.

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CU coach sees opportunity

Victory tonight would be biggest of Bzdelik’s career

Third-year Colorado coach Jeff Bzdelik has the Buffs over the elusive .500 mark (11-10 overall, 2-5 in league) entering today’s 8 p.m. home game against Kansas University. His first two CU teams went 12-20 and 9-22.

10 teams that can win it all: No. 7, BYU

Don't sleep on Cougars

BYU boasts impressive statistics and an ultra-productive guard

Video and notes on KU's football 2010 recruiting class

Today, new Kansas University football coach Turner Gill will introduce his first recruiting class as part of 2010 National Signing Day. Highlighted by four-star prospects Brandon Bourbon (running back) and Keeston Terry (wide receiver), the group is expected to include 18 players.

Gill to greet fans at Oread Hotel tonight

Kansas University football coach Turner Gill will be at the Oread Hotel (12th Street between Indiana and Louisiana streets) this evening to showcase the program’s new signing class and meet with fans.

Collins a Wooden candidate

Heisman Trophy winners generally come from schools that spend much of the season competing for a national title. The Heisman winner is one of 22 players on the field.

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Greatest KU games: No. 7

Jacque’s shot shocks Hoosiers

When 12th-ranked Indiana strolled into Allen Fieldhouse on Dec. 22, 1993, the stage was set for a fantastic showdown between powerhouse programs. Not only did the two schools have great tradition on their sides, but both were ranked in the Top 15 at the time, and both were just a few seasons removed from national championships — KU in 1988, Indiana a year earlier.

Tuesday, February 2

KU baseball ranked in two polls

The Kansas University baseball team was ranked in two polls released on Monday.

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Worth the sacrifice: Increased physicality in practice pays off for KU

Bill Self didn’t fit his Kansas University basketball players for shoulder pads last week, as he did before the Georgia Tech game in his second season here. KU’s seventh-year coach did bring a football mentality to hoops practice in days leading up to last Saturday’s Kansas State game, however.

Ol’ Roy’s boys tanking

It’s Groundhog Day and I’m sure you’ve heard the joke. Punxsutawney Phil comes out of his burrow, sees his shadow and, somebody cracks, “Uh, oh, six more weeks of bad basketball.”

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No. 1 ranking not Jayhawks’ No. 1 priority

Kansas University’s return to No. 1 in the polls wasn’t cause for celebration in the Jayhawk locker room on Monday.

Monday, February 1

Kansas Athletics buys Lawrence's First Serve Tennis Center

$3.1M deal gives permanent home to women’s team

The Kansas University women’s tennis team has a place to call its own, now that Kansas Athletics Inc. has paid $3.1 million to acquire First Serve Tennis Center from owner Mike Elwell.

KU women's forward Carolyn Davis named Big 12 freshman of the week

Kansas freshman forward Carolyn Davis was selected as Big 12 freshman of the week, the conference announced Monday.

How Keegan voted — Feb. 1 college basketball poll

The following is Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan's ballot in the Feb. 1 Associated Press poll.

KU returns to No. 1 in both polls

The Kansas men's basketball team returned to the top spot in both national polls Monday.

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Performance in Manhattan, against Missouri earns Aldrich Big 12 player of the week honors

With 12 points and 16 rebounds against Missouri and 18 points and 11 rebounds against Kansas State, KU junior Cole Aldrich picked up player of the week honors from the Big 12 Conference Monday morning.

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Fun in the fieldhouse

Day after huge win, Kansas holds clinic

Kansas University senior Sherron Collins, who was the hero of Saturday night’s basketball victory over Kansas State, had an even better time Sunday afternoon in Allen Fieldhouse.