Sports Opinion

RB Darrian Miller drawing attention

So far, Kansas University football coach Turner Gill has decided to bar the media from watching his team’s intrasquad scrimmages, which has resulted in keeping the buzz about the 2011 season at barely audible levels and has kept ticket sales from reaching levels they might otherwise ...

Ten to watch: This week’s must-see events at the Kansas Relays

First, allow me to guarantee sunny skies for this week’s Kansas Relays, which start downtown Wednesday with the shot put, continue Thursday with the downtown long jump and play out at the track inside Memorial Stadium from Wednesday through Saturday.This guarantee is based on the law of ...

Oklahoma can’t wait for the fall

Norman, Okla. ? Bob Stoops paused at the door to the Switzer Center auditorium/meeting room Tuesday, turning back to members of the media assembled for the twice-weekly interview opportunity during Oklahoma spring training.“I wanted to tell you that the offensive line looks significantly ...

Slate wiped clean for NBA playoffs

Once more — even if it’s the last time — NBA fans join together in that age-old prayer ...Thank heavens that’s over!The season is so long that, even if you remember when the Miami Heat was loathed and feared, you may not have the slightest idea why.And what a season it was!TV ratings ...

KU baseball player Jason Brunansky enjoyable to watch

The new college baseball bat standards that reduced the exit speed of a batted baseball have reduced batting averages 22 points and increased shutouts by 60.3 percent, according to a recent Fort Worth Star-Telegram report.In other words, the change has made the game more enjoyable to watch ...

NBA?riches await Josh Selby

Josh Selby will hear his name called when the NBA holds its draft.Why?You’re asking the wrong guy.But he will. Bank on it. Maybe even in the first round. Brace yourself: He might even be a lottery pick.Why?Beats me.What has he done to merit an NBA uniform?Well, nothing, but as we’ve all ...

76ers’ Collins: LeBron more Magic than Michael

If you had to pick, if you could be only one, which superstar would you choose? The greatest scorer of all time, that tongue-wagging assassin who only got better as the moment got bigger? Or the greatest passer of all time, that smooth distributor who picked opponents apart with such precision ...

Kansas Relays shot put in downtown Lawrence a must-see

Soon, the air on Eighth Street between Mass and New Hampshire will be thick with testosterone. Loud music. Men ripping their shirts off and unleashing primal screams of passion.If that sounds like a typical weekend night downtown, that’s not what I meant. This has nothing to do with college ...

Kansas safeties showing promise

Those of us who spend much of our springs daydreaming about what the Kansas University football team might look like in the fall tend to consider safety among the more sure-thing positions on a roster loaded with maybes.That says a lot about two things: First, sophomore-to-be Keeston Terry and ...

Magenta jacket? Why not?

Random thoughts after watching four days of coverage of the 75th Masters while wondering whether magenta might have been a better color for the green jacket:• Now is the toughest time to stand out as a professional golfer because the global popularity of the game exploded when Tiger Woods ...

McIlroy’s Masters collapse sad, but relatable

One man screamed, “Way to go, Rory!”And after Rory McIlroy concluded a television interview, CBS’ Peter Kostis gave him a hug.“You’ll get ’em, Rory!” hollered another man.Golf can be a cruel game, and the Masters patrons know it. Who can’t relate to a 21-year-old kid who ...

Augusta roars now for McIlroy

Augusta, Ga. ? The roar engulfed Tiger Woods as he walked up the final fairway, but he never smiled, never touched his cap, never even looked up, and how could he?The cheers were not for him. The cheers were for the next him.As Woods was splattering the finishing touches on a round that ...

‘Blasters’ steal spotlight at Masters

His college coach at Kansas University, Ross Randall, watched the Masters coverage with wife Linda from their winter home in Boynton Beach, Fla., and his mind wandered to the days Gary Woodland, a strapping athlete who could crush a golf ball, worked so hard at polishing the rough edges.“I ...

Thomas Robinson’s decision to stay at KU a good move

So many mock drafts and insider columns from which to choose on the Internet. A lesser man than Thomas Robinson would choose to read the projections and opinions that say he already is Superman, ready for instant stardom as a professional basketball player.A lesser man than Robinson might ...

Tradition makes Masters special

Augusta, Ga. ? The Super Bowl has evolved from a funky little football game to a national carnival featuring $1,200 seats.The Masters still charges $1.50 for a pimento cheese sandwich wrapped in a green baggie.The NBA Finals has leapt from a quaint playground scrum to a slick marketing vehicle ...

What the Haith?

Normally, a college basketball fan base doesn’t hate its coach and demand his ouster until he has lost his first game, or at the very least officially has been hired.Not so for an angry mob of Missouri boosters, young and old, ready to run athletic director Mike Alden out of town before he ...

Commentary: In tonight’s NCAA title, root for Butler

Houston ? Richmond and Cleveland State were the 1980s pioneers, charming and obscure underdogs who crashed the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16.Loyola Marymount, Rhode Island and Gonzaga went a step beyond during the ’90s, reaching the Elite Eight. But bankrolled by television and their Div. I-A ...

Woodland CAN win Masters

Horton Smith won the first Masters, in 1934, and Gene Sarazen, who did not play the year before, won in 1935. Forty-four years later, Fuzzy Zoeller was fitted for the green jacket in his Augusta National debut.Since Zoeller is the only Masters novice to win in the past 75 years, it’s often ...

Kansas RB James Sims mystery no more

The mysterious James Sims, who quietly had a monster freshman season at running back for Kansas University’s 3-9 football team, was the source of bewilderment among reporters.Sims, one of the team’s few players worth marketing, made that difficult to do. After a attending a couple of media ...

Final Four outcome unpredictable

Houston ? Connecticut freshman guard Jeremy Lamb recently was struck with this thought: “Man, I can’t believe we’re in the Final Four.”He could have easily tossed Kentucky, Butler and Virginia Commonwealth into the mix.Outside of two or three blindfolded dart throwers, no one believed ...