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Kansas underdog … on paper

Cartoonists would sketch slingshots in the hands of the Kansas University players, all aimed at the giant of college basketball, Anthony Davis. He plays for Kentucky, the winningest program of all-time. It makes for a nice story line. It also doesn’t fit anymore. It did in November, when nobody quite knew what to make of a KU team that had lost all four starters, including two NBA lottery picks, plus a reserve chosen in the second round.

It's showtime: Jayhawks seek revenge in tonight’s title game

Kansas University’s basketball team does not like to lose. Period. But to be taken down by the same opponent twice in one season? That’s especially distasteful to team leaders Tyshawn Taylor and Thomas Robinson, eager to take the court against Kentucky tonight in an NCAA championship game (8:23 p.m., Superdome) that’s a rematch of a 75-65 Kentucky victory on Nov. 15 in New York.

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Jayhawks plan to return to Kansas at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday

The Kansas University basketball team is scheduled to arrive at Forbes Field in Topeka at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Eric Johnson, president and director of airports for the Metropolitan Topeka Airport Authority.

Governors bet food on Final Four outcome

A trophy and bragging rights are on the line for Kansas and Kentucky's basketball programs in the Final Four. For the governors of the two states it's food.

Additional police will be downtown Monday night if KU basketball fans celebrate a win

If thousands flood downtown Lawrence again Monday night to celebrate a national championship, Lawrence police say law enforcement’s response will be similar to Saturday night.

Gimmick ‘D’ big for KU

Though it was nearly 2 1/2 years ago, Kansas University walk-on Jordan Juenemann still vividly recalls the practice when coach Bill Self introduced his team to the triangle-and-two defense. After just a few minutes of going over it, guard Tyshawn Taylor was sold.

Kansas baseball beats Tech, wins series

Kansas University’s baseball team rushed to a nine-run lead after four innings and held on for a 9-3 victory against Texas Tech in the deciding game of a three-game series Sunday at Hoglund Ballpark.

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KU NOTEBOOK: Bill Self wins Naismith coach-of-year award

Kansas University’s Bill Self was named the 2012 Naismith Men’s College Basketball Coach of the Year, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced Sunday.

John Calipari talks about KU days

Kentucky coach John Calipari has done a lot of things and been a lot of places during the four decades he has been a basketball coach.

Anthony Davis supreme swatter

His trademark unibrow might have stolen headlines at times this season, but on Sunday the most talked-about part of Kentucky freshman Anthony Davis’ game was his ability to change games by blocking shots.

Kansas men’s golf places eighth

The Kansas men’s golf team finished in eighth place out of 10 teams on the final day of the Irish Creek Collegiate on Sunday.

Kansas underdog … on paper

Cartoonists would sketch slingshots in the hands of the Kansas University players, all aimed at the giant of college basketball, Anthony Davis. He plays for Kentucky, the winningest program of all-time. It makes for a nice story line. It also doesn’t fit anymore. It did in November, when nobody quite knew what to make of a KU team that had lost all four starters, including two NBA lottery picks, plus a reserve chosen in the second round.

KU tennis loses, 6-1, to Texas A&M

Dylan Windom claimed a singles victory, but Kansas University tennis lost, 6-1, to No. 16 Texas A&M in a dual on Sunday.

Oklahoma sweeps KU softball

Kansas University’s softball team outhit seventh-ranked Oklahoma, but the Jayhawks fell to the Sooners, 6-2, on Sunday at Martina Hynes Field.