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Charlie Sheen-Mark Cuban TV scheme awful idea

On Mark Cuban’s lengthy list of bad ideas — short-term deal for Dennis Rodman, long-term deals for Raef LaFrentz and Brendan Haywood — the notion of making Charlie Sheen his partner in a TV deal sits at the top. Untouched. All alone.Cuban drew laughs during the weekend when he described ...

Thomas Robinson’s return uplifting for KU basketball

If Thomas Robinson played every game against Missouri the way he played Saturday in Columbia, Mo., basketball fans here in Lawrence might commission local sculptor Jim Brothers to build a life-size statue of the power forward, in which case there would be two Thomas Robinson statues in town: ...

Elijah Johnson shores up point for KU men’s basketball

KU vs. MissouriBox ScoreSeventh heaven: Jayhawks beat Missouri, claim league title outrightReed’s 3 ‘great play’Senior guard Tyrel Reed called his shot against MissouriKU notebook: Elijah Johnson miffed by miscues vs. MizzouColumbia, Mo. ? Looking more than ever like a ...

Tar Heels contender for title

Chapel Hill, N.C. ? The ACC has another national-title contender, and it isn’t the defending national champions.Duke still has a shot, even after the Blue Devils couldn’t keep up with North Carolina on Saturday, but the Tar Heels showed just how far they have come — from last season, from ...

LHS boys block out criticism

If you listened to the critics, you heard that the Lawrence High boys basketball team had nothing but problems heading into Wednesday’s shocking upset of Olathe South in the opening round of sub-state.“Junior guard KJ Pritchard shoots too much,” they said. “They don’t have a big ...

Jayhawks beat Aggies without rhythm

KU vs. Texas A&MBox ScoreKeegan ratingsA senior moment: KU clinches share of 7th Big 12 title Turgeon urges Ags to ‘embrace it’Elijah Johnson to start againGary Bedore's hoops notebookPeer beneath Wednesday’s Senior-Night speeches, the outstanding final home performances of Brady ...

Brady Morningstar’s name resonates

The only visible signs of his playing days are the letters of his name on the record board and an 8x11 photo plaque celebrating his all-state season of 2004-05 that hangs outside the gym.In it, former Free State High standout Brady Morningstar, now an unlikely star at Kansas University, skies ...

Tyrel Reed no longer nervous

Bill Self and Tyrel Reed, both sons of basketball coaches and both excellent students in the classroom and on the hardwood, seemingly had a lot in common. Yet, for a pair of 6-foot-3 guys, they didn’t necessarily see eye-to-eye at first.It’s not that Reed, who played for his father, Stacy ...

Names change, but Kansas doesn’t

KU vs. OklahomaBox ScoreKeegan ratingsBack in the hunt: KU’s win, UT’s loss forge tie at top of Big 12OU coach Capel fan of Kansas’ Morris twinsWho’s at point for KU men’s basketball?Norman, Okla. ? Start with a 33-3 college basketball team. Subtract two NBA lottery picks, Cole ...

Lawrence’s Denning family overcomes, inspires

Lawrence High sophomore Andrew Denning carried 10 more pounds than a year ago with him on Thursday’s van ride to Wichita for the state wrestling tournament, but his mind felt 10 tons lighter.A year later, Denning looked back after Wednesday’s practice on a frightening period in his life. ...

Seniors on the Free State boys basketball team enjoying turnaround

There’s just something about a son or daughter’s high school years that makes parents go wild. They take pictures before prom, chronicle accomplishments in scrapbooks and brag non-stop to their friends. That’s what made the 2008-09 Free State High boys basketball season so tough for so ...

Did Tyshawn Taylor just get Pipped?

KU vs. OSUBox ScoreElijah Johnson makes most of starting opportunityKU impresses Oklahoma StateTyshawn Taylor out 'indefinitely'Keegan ratingsLou Gehrig didn’t become Lou Gehrig in one night, so it’s a little early to fit Tyshawn Taylor for the moniker Wally Pipp, but Elijah Johnson’s ...

Now who’s college basketball’s No. 1? Topsy-turvy week provides proof of parity

The college basketball week started with Jacob Pullen totaling 38 points, five assists and two steals to spark Kansas State’s double-digit upset Monday of No. 1 Kansas, and it ended Sunday with E’Twaun Moore totaling 38 points, five assists and two steals to lead Purdue to a double-digit ...

Markieff Morris helps KU put loss behind

KU vs. ColoradoBox ScoreKeegan ratingsBlame it on ’Rio: Visiting Chalmers inspires Morningstar in victory over ColoradoGame only downer for CU coachAiling Thomas Robinson works out, feels goodOn a day in which other college basketball giants fell, Kansas University picked itself up, and ...

KU key: Selective hearing

From Willie’s to the Bottleneck, from Watson Park to South Park, from Weaver’s to the Love Garden, from Auntie Em’s Deli to the Basil Leaf Cafe, it seems all anybody has been talking about all week are the words uttered by ESPN color commentator Bob Knight in the wake of Kansas State’s ...

KSU’s Jacob Pullen learning to be leader

As you might recall, Kansas State coach Frank Martin recently blamed himself for Jacob Pullen’s early-to-midseason problems — just one of the many issues that have derailed a season that began with the Wildcats as a member of the preseason Top 10.“(Pullen) didn’t do a very good job of ...

KU graduate Kevin Harlan true to tourney

For the first time, every NCAA Tournament game will be available on one of the following channels: CBS, TBS, TNT, truTV. That means the smart, funny, candid, very real voice of Charles Barkley sometimes will be heard at halftime. That could either add spice to an always riveting March, or it ...

Free State High senior guard Evan Manning maturing nicely

Watching a high school athlete get a taste of varsity competition as a sophomore, and then returning to the same gymnasium two years that seem like a blink later to see him again made for an interesting exercise.Free State High senior guard Evan Manning plays with the same absence of ego, but ...

Recurring Morris twins trouble especially disturbing

KU vs. Kansas StateBox ScoreKSU’s Jacob Pullen torches KansasKings for a day: Jayhawks rise to No. 1, fall — hard — to ’CatsKU hoops notebookKeegan ratingsManhattan ? If it merely had been a case of the Kansas University basketball team not having the humility to handle the prosperity ...

Who should be ranked No. 1? Good question

A discussion similar to many breaking out across the country took place on ESPN between Mike Patrick and Len Elmore during their call of a Big East game Sunday.Patrick asked Elmore for his opinion on which school should be ranked No. 1, now that Ohio State, the last of the unbeaten, lost ...