Joel Embiid goes one-on-one with ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith

When ESPN announced young Philadelphia star Joel Embiid would appear on “First Take,” one had to hope it would mean a one-on-one debate between the charismatic big man and the daily morning show’s rambunctious personality, Stephen A. Smith. Instead, on Friday’s episode, Smith simply fired questions that ... Continue reading


City lands in bidding dispute; commissioners order homeowners to cut down some trees; and other notes from City Hall

It has been awhile since I’ve done a news and notes version of Town Talk. Let’s take a look at some city issues that are small enough they’ve flown under the radar this month. • When I was a kid, my dad had me convinced that if ... Continue reading


Deep Big 12 basketball shallow on big victories

The Big 12 has five schools represented in the Associated Press college basketball top 25 poll — West Virginia (11), Kansas (13), TCU (14), Baylor (21) and Texas Tech (24) — and another, Oklahoma, ranks second among others receiving votes. The 10 members have combined for a ... Continue reading


No reason to worry about Svi Mykhailiuk’s mini-slump in KU’s losses

It’s safe to say Kansas senior Svi Mykhailiuk’s offense began to fall into a bit of a funk the past couple of games, with consecutive sub-30-percent shooting outings in the Jayhawks’ two defeats. After a string of seven consecutive double-figure scoring performances to start his final year ... Continue reading


Cozy reads to get you through the endless night

It’s that time of year again! The ground is covered in leaves, the holiday lights are on, the heater is cranked all the way up and snow is imminent. You look outside one minute, and the sun is shining, and the world is like a gorgeously illustrated ... Continue reading


Cunliffe cuts out Twitter in anticipation of KU debut

For the past week, Kansas guard Sam Cunliffe has been viewed as a bit of a Twitter savior in the eyes of Kansas basketball fans. But the Arizona State transfer [who sits on the brink of playing his first game as a Jayhawk at 7 p.m. Saturday ... Continue reading


Self expresses optimism that Billy Preston could play; offers update on Silvio De Sousa

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self said he is "optimistic" that Billy Preston will be able to play this season after the freshman was held out of the first nine games and he provides an update on Silvio De Sousa's potential for joining the team. Continue reading


Lawrence police blotter for Dec. 14

Listed below is the majority of Lawrence police activity within the last 24 hours. Each afternoon the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity. This call blotter spans from 6 a.m. Wednesday to 6 a.m. Thursday and includes 207 incidents. Each listing gives a date, ... Continue reading


Bill Self voices optimism that Billy Preston will be able to play for Jayhawks

Some Williams Fund members who heard Kansas basketball coach Bill Self speak Wednesday night at an event at Lawrence's Cider Gallery emerged optimistic that Billy Preston will play for the Jayhawks some time around the beginning of Big 12 play, which opens Dec. 29 in Austin vs. ... Continue reading


KU transfer Sam Cunliffe talks about what he brings to the team

Preparing to make his Kansas debut Saturday, sophomore transfer Sam Cunliffe discussed how he can help the team, his improvement on defense and rebounding, and how Lagerald Vick has helped him in practices. Continue reading


Kansas not attempting many free throws this season

If Kansas basketball games seem to fly by faster this season there is a good reason for that. The games seldom are slowed down by whistles that put Jayhawks at the free-throw line. Kansas always plays fast and you can't foul what you can't catch, but even ... Continue reading


Plans filed for student apartment complex with more than 700 bedrooms near south Iowa Street

Get ready for the next boom in student apartment construction in Lawrence. We reported last month that plans have been filed at City Hall for an approximately 500-bedroom student apartment complex near Clinton Parkway and Crestline Drive. Now, plans for a more than 700-bedroom student apartment complex ... Continue reading


Three-game losing streaks very rare for Kansas basketball under Bill Self

In Bill Self's 15 seasons at Kansas, the Jayhawks have lost three games in a row just twice. Three other times the Jayhawks thwarted potential three-game losing streaks by stopping the slide at two games with convincing victories the next time out. But while those numbers sound ... Continue reading


Eight(ish) miraculous books

Taking place every year on the 25th of Kislev, Hanukkah commemorates the story of Jewish persecution at the hands of the Syrian despot Antiochus, who made observance of Judaism a capital offense, regularly slaughtered Jews and made it a point to desecrate the Temple. A man named ... Continue reading


Lawrence police blotter for Dec. 13

Listed below is the majority of Lawrence police activity within the last 24 hours. Each afternoon the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity. This call blotter spans from 6 a.m. Tuesday to 6 a.m. Wednesday and includes 218 incidents. Each listing gives a date, ... Continue reading


Say What? Tait’s weekly appearance on Rock Chalk Sports Talk


Kansas Air Raid woes don’t start in the air

Spending my entire adult life reporting on sports usually means I seek other topics, often true crime, when looking to become lost in a book. When I make exceptions, it's often to educate myself on a work-related topic. Since Kansas technically runs an Air Raid offense, I ... Continue reading


How KU guard Sam Cunliffe can guarantee he makes an immediate impact

The anticipated KU debut of Arizona State transfer Sam Cunliffe — which is expected to come Saturday night at Nebraska — is off the charts and is a direct result of the Jayhawks' back-to-back losses, limited depth and recent struggles. And it's clear [that Cunliffe himself also ... Continue reading


As city debates incentives for grocery store project, a look at how big a tax break several projects will get from City Hall in 2018

I’m the first to admit that I don’t know many details about the grocery store business. I spend 90 percent of my time playing with the self-serve machine that makes fresh peanut butter and the other 10 percent buying wet wipes. I hardly ever see the rest ... Continue reading


Head-to-head: Embiid’s 76ers beat Wiggins’ T’wolves; Mason’s Kings top Jackson’s Suns

With so many Jayhwaks making a living in the NBA it’s not difficult on any given day to find a box score with a former Kansas basketball standout appearing for each team. But Tuesday night’s schedule provided a pair of reunions for one-time KU teammates who likely ... Continue reading