FINAL: Stanford 60, Kansas 57

Published March 23, 2014

The Kansas University basketball team's NCAA Tournament run came to an end at Scottrade Center on Sunday, when the Jayhawks fell to No. 10 seed Stanford, 60-57 in the Round of 32. Stanford led most of the way and frustrated the Jayhawks with their size and toughness all over the floor. 
That was particularly true against Andrew Wiggins, who likely finished his college career with one of his worst lines as a Jayhawk. Wiggins scored just four points, on 1-of-6 shooting and added four turnovers in 34 minutes. He went to the free throw line just twice. Tarik Black led Kansas before fouling out of his final college game. The big forward finished with 18 points and 6 rebounds in 26 minutes. Freshmen guards Conner Frankamp (12 points on 4-of-7 three-point shooting) and Frank Mason (solid defense late in the second half) also played well in the loss on both ends of the floor, giving KU a chance when much of the rest of the roster was struggling mightily on offense. • Box score

FINAL: Kansas 80, Eastern Kentucky 69

Published March 21, 2014

Conner Frankamp and Perry Ellis kept the Jayhawks in it in the first half and Jamari Traylor had a heck of a lot to do with making sure his team survived in the second, during KU's 80-69 victory over 15th-seeded Eastern Kentucky in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at Scottrade Center. • Box score

Woman versus food: taking on Lawrence's intense food challenges

Published March 20, 2014

Professional eaters spend the day before a big contest eating watermelon, grapes, lettuce or cabbage, popular because they are mostly water and easily processed through the body quickly. Reporter Nadia Imafidon didn't do any of those things, but she took on the the “Everest Challenge” at 23rd Street Brewery anyway. Did she win?

A guide to spring fashion trends

Published March 20, 2014

This week marks the first one of spring, which means you should be preparing your wardrobe for warmer temperatures and (hopefully) sunny skies. Trends can be tricky when you’re shopping for the new season’s trends because some disappear, some stay relevant for a many years, and others last a hot minute. By Emily and Elizabeth Kennedy

Sip up a barrel-aged Manhattan

Published March 19, 2014

The concept of barrel-aged cocktails was first popularized several years ago by Jeffrey Morgenthaler, a Portland bartender. Essentially, you take all of the ingredients for your drink and age them in an oak barrel for about six weeks. The result is a smoother, more interesting libation that needs nothing more than one fat cube of ice to clink in the bottom of the glass as you sip it down. By Meryl Carver-Allmond

Lawrence couple turns to medical marijuana as lifeline for 2-year-old son

Published March 19, 2014

The lower-body cast that 2-year-old Otis Reed has worn since breaking his right femur Feb. 23 is decorated the red and blue of the Kansas Jayhawks, his mother's alma mater. But now the couple's Lawrence house is empty and on the market. The boy and his father, Ryan, will move to Colorado in May so Otis can begin medical marijuana treatments. By Elvin Jones

Lawrence man loses 750 pounds to inspire others

Published March 19, 2014

Over the past five-plus years, Robert Walls has shed more than 750 pounds, about the equivalent of four average-sized men. Now the Lawrence man wants to use his story to help others struggling with obesity. By Giles Bruce

Food truck festival coming to Warehouse Arts District

Published March 18, 2014

Lawrence doesn’t have many food trucks of its own but a group plans to import some for a just-announced event in the Warehouse Arts District. The Kansas Food Truck Festival is tentatively set for 5 to 10 p.m. May 10 in the 800 block of Pennsylvania St., in front of the Cider Gallery. By Sara Shepherd

A day in the life of chemo: Positivity is medicine, too

Published March 18, 2014

About to start chemotherapy the other day, Michael Meyer was in a joking mood. "It's been a treat," he said, when asked how chemo has been going so far. That lighthearted spirit has helped Meyer get through a challenging time recently. By Giles Bruce

Spring Arts Guide 2014: The Great Gatsby, Soweto Gospel Choir, John McCaughey and more

Published March 17, 2014

Mark your calendars for some hot events of the spring season including touring musicians, community productions and exhibitions. By Nadia Imafidon

'Trail Mix' celebrates 20 years on air with special St. Patrick's Day concert

Published March 14, 2014

“Trail Mix” is celebrating its 20th anniversary at Liberty Hall at 7:30 p.m. Sunday with a St. Patrick’s Day concert featuring singer-songwriter Ashley Davis and fiddler Liz Carroll. By Nadia Imafidon

FINAL: Iowa State 94, Kansas 83

Published March 14, 2014

After a wildly entertaining offensive first half in which the both teams scored in just about every way imaginable, fourth-seeded Iowa State found a way to get stops and keep scoring during a 94-83 victory over top-seeded Kansas in the semifinals of the Big 12 tournament at Sprint Center. Kansas led 48-46 at halftime but struggled to contain Iowa State's three-point shooting, which eventually led to easy buckets in the lane for the Cyclones, who cruised to victory after leading by eight or more from the 8-minute mark of the second half on. Foul trouble plagued the Jayhawks at times, as both Andrew Wiggins and Tarik Black were forced to sit next to coach Bill Self because of foul problems. The loss dropped the Jayhawks to 24-9 overall and snapped a five-game KU winning streak over Iowa State. For the third game in a row, the Jayhawks had a player score at least 30 points — Perry Ellis finished with 30 — and for the second time in those three games the huge offensive night from one of KU's top options was not enough. • Box score

Ladysmith Black Mambazo spreading peace 50 years later

Published March 13, 2014

Performing from their latest album, "Always With Us," at Liberty Hall today, members of Ladysmith Black Mambazo bring their messages of peace to Lawrence on a tour (and album) dedicated to founder Joseph Shabalala’s wife, who was shot and killed by a masked gunman in 2002. By Nadia Imafidon

FINAL: Kansas 77, Oklahoma State 70 (OT)

Published March 13, 2014

For the third time this season, the Kansas University men's basketball team watched a double-digit lead over Oklahoma State disappear. This time, however, it didn't cost them. After controlling much of the first half and leading from the 11-minute mark of the first half all the way to 4:08 of the second half, the Jayhawks built a 32-23 halftime lead and went up 34-23 in the first minute of the second half. But foul trouble, turnovers and a tenacious Oklahoma State offense kept Kansas from pulling away and OSU actually took a couple of leads late in the game. But the Jayhawks were tough when it counted and forced the game to overtime, where they outscored the Cowboys 10-3 to pick up the victory. Andrew Wiggins led all scorers with 30 points. He also added 8 rebounds, 3 steals and 3 assists. Wayne Selden added 14 for KU, who played without Joel Embiid. KU improves to 24-8 overall and Oklahoma State falls to 21-12.

Delicious/Nutritious: Mad for mango

Published March 12, 2014

Going mad for mango: It’s hard not to want to add mangoes to everything because they're sweet, full of vitamin C, vitamin A and fiber. Pair fruit with avocados in a wrap or turn it into a delicious sorbet. By Megan Stuke and Sarah Henning