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Column: Embiid’s impact for Kansas basketball goes beyond statistics
December 14, 2013
Freshman center Joel Embiid makes this young Kansas University basketball team so much better when he plays as opposed to when he nurses foul trouble. His extraordinary numbers — 18 points, six rebounds, four blocked shots, three steals and no turnovers — compiled Saturday night in 25 minutes against New Mexico in the Sprint Center, tell only a portion of the story. By Tom Keegan
KU men’s basketball notebook: KU junior Naadir Tharpe gets back on track
December 14, 2013
Naadir Tharpe’s return to the starting lineup after a two-game absence proved to be a resounding success during an 80-63 victory over New Mexico on Saturday night in Sprint Center. By Gary Bedore
Just warming up: Embiid dominant in Jayhawks’ 80-63 win over New Mexico
December 14, 2013
Joel Embiid, who averaged 20.2 minutes in Kansas University’s first nine games of the 2013-14 season, figures to see a dramatic increase the rest of the way. “We need to play him all the time,” KU coach Bill Self said after the 7-foot freshman from Cameroon exploded for a career-high 18 points with six rebounds, four blocks and three steals while working 25 minutes in the Jayhawks’ 80-63 victory over New Mexico on Saturday night in Sprint Center. By Gary Bedore
Lobos gain no advantage from experienced roster in loss to KU
December 14, 2013
All week, as the New Mexico men’s basketball team prepared for its showdown with No. 13 Kansas University at Sprint Center, the Lobos hoped the experience of starting three four-year veterans would make a difference against the young Jayhawks. Minutes after KU’s 80-63 victory, which came in large part thanks to a 41-25 second-half surge, that hope proved more optimistic than realistic. By Matt Tait
How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 13
December 14, 2013
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Friday, Dec. 13.
Area basketball roundup: Baldwin boys, girls win Bulldog/Wildcat Classic
December 14, 2013
Led by senior center Quinn Twombly, Baldwin High cruised Friday to an easy 61-40 boys basketball victory in the championship game of the Bulldog/Wildcat Classic.
FSHS girls struggle on offense in loss to Shawnee Heights
December 14, 2013
When Free State High’s girls basketball team kept missing shots through a two-quarter drought Friday night at Shawnee Heights, it didn’t surprise coach Bryan Duncan. Though his Firebirds led after a quarter, they only made two baskets in the second and third quarters combined, leading to a 43-31 road loss. By Benton Smith
LHS boys head to title game of Blue Valley Shootout
December 14, 2013
After missing his first four shots of Friday’s semifinal matchup against Blue Valley in the Blue Valley Shootout — all jumpers — Lawrence High junior Anthony Bonner flipped a switch. And it was a layup at the rim late in the first quarter that changed everything. By Matt Tait
Free State boys rally past Shawnee Heights, 57-54
December 14, 2013
Free State High’s boys basketball team recovered from a 10-point halftime deficit to win, 57-54, on Friday at Shawnee Heights. By Benton Smith
Rookie pro Releford to attend UNM-KU game
December 14, 2013
Just two days after undergoing foot surgery, Travis Releford plans to attend today’s nonconference basketball contest between his alma mater, Kansas University, and New Mexico, set for a 6 p.m. tipoff in his hometown’s Sprint Center. By Gary Bedore
UNM wary of bounce-back game from KU
December 14, 2013
It should be interesting to see how perennial basketball powerhouse Kansas University reacts tonight as it tries to shake a slump that has accounted for three losses in four games. First-year New Mexico coach Craig Neal said he thinks his Lobos may see “a team that will be really, really solid and get back to trying to be cohesive, or find a team really, really (ticked) off and they will come out and try to knock us out in the first round.” By Gary Bedore
Denny paces Free State swimmers
December 14, 2013
Zachary Denny’s fifth-place finish in the 500-yard freestyle and two top-10 individual finishes by Jack Ziegler highlighted Free State High’s performance at the Olathe Swimming and Diving Invitational on Friday at Mission Trail Middle School.
Infection could sideline Chiefs’ McCluster
December 14, 2013
The Kansas City Chiefs will be missing their starting left tackle, top tight end, leading pass rusher and now potentially their most dangerous punt returner for Sunday’s game at Oakland.
Seabury boys show fight
Seahawks learned from one-win season
December 14, 2013
Some might consider a one-win season forgettable or of no use to the development of a program. Bishop Seabury Academy boys basketball coach Ashley Battles doesn’t happen to be one of those people. By Benton Smith
Letter: Privacy concerns
December 14, 2013
The proposed rental registration ordinance currently under consideration by the City Commission requires Lawrence citizens to open their homes to code enforcement officers with digital video and audio recording equipment.
KC acquires midfielder Zizzo
December 14, 2013
MLS Cup champion Sporting Kansas City acquired midfielder Sal Zizzo from the Portland Timbers for allocation money as it began to retool its roster on Friday.
Royals, Infante reach tentative agreement
December 14, 2013
The Kansas City Royals might have found their answer at second base. The Royals and veteran Omar Infante reached a tentative agreement on a four-year contract Friday night, a person familiar with the negotiations told the Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the contract.
25 years ago: Mumps outbreak spreads to KU population
December 14, 2013
There were 116 cases of mumps in the community, of which 14 were KU students.
Strong Antiques still tallying damage from crash
December 14, 2013
A week after a car crashed into a concrete sidewalk planter and sent debris flying through the facade of Strong’s Antiques on Massachusetts Street, damage estimates are only beginning to come in. By Elliot Hughes
At 90, Kansas resident receives KU diploma he earned credits for before World War II
December 14, 2013
Warren Spikes was half a semester from earning his bachelor’s degree at Kansas University when he was drafted for World War II. After the war, he never did get around to completing that degree — or so he thought. So Spikes, who turned 90 this month and lives in Hugoton, was plenty surprised when he received a KU diploma for his birthday. By Sara Shepherd
New addition to KU’s Marvin Hall will fill a 105-year-old need
December 14, 2013
For more than 100 years, Kansas University’s Marvin Hall, which houses the School of Architecture, Design and Planning, has been without a lecture room or commons area. Now the school’s Studio 804 class is working on an addition to fill that need. After logistical and bureaucratic obstacles, the team is ready to start laying the foundation. By Ben Unglesbee
100 years ago: New Lawrence vaudeville house to open on Christmas Day
December 14, 2013
“‘We expect to make this show the real pleasure mine of eastern Kansas.’”
Commissioners propose more limited inspections as part of rental licensing program
December 14, 2013
Mayor Mike Dever and Commissioner Mike Amyx have proposed a new ordinance that would cut by more than half the number of items an inspector could cite as a violation during an inspection of a rental unit. The ordinance also would sunset the new program at the end of 2017, meaning commissioners at that time would have to take a vote to extend the program or it automatically would end. By Chad Lawhorn
Lawrence City Commission agenda for Dec.17 meeting
December 14, 2013
6:35 p.m. Tuesday, Lawrence City Hall
Letter: Saving energy
December 14, 2013
My name is Thomas White, I’m an eighth-grader and I’m writing to you concerning energy conservation. My main concern is the new parking ramp that is next to the outdoor public pool.
40 years ago: Off-year election to focus on airport expansion
December 14, 2013
Between 7,000 and 8,000 voters were expected, if the weather was favorable.
Opinion: Obama shows little aptitude for governing
December 14, 2013
In explaining the disastrous rollout of Obamacare, President Obama told Chris Matthews he had discovered that “we have these big agencies, some of which are outdated, some of which are not designed properly.”