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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 ...

Clarity sought on military spending

Washington ? Tall, affable Buck McKeon sits, gavel in hand, at the turbulent intersection of two conflicting Republican tendencies. The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee embodies the party’s support for a “strong” defense, which is sometimes measured simply by the size of the ...

Team owner has double standard

“In the old days we sent Christianity to the savage redskin.” — The Herald-Star (Steubenville, Ohio) Nov. 26, 1921“... and the savage redskin was thirsting for their blood ...” — United States Magazine, June, 1855“On rushed the savages, flushed with their recent victory and mad ...

Jayhawks good, entertaining, too

KU vs. Iowa StateBox ScoreKeegan ratingsThings are looking up: KU dispatches ISU, likely to be No. 1Iowa State impressed by JayhawksAngel Morris mothers ailing Thomas RobinsonVIP Bill Bradley in fieldhouseLess than a year ago, as he was discussing in his plush office what he looks for in ...

LHS grad Baba Diallo displays pride at Div. I Centenary

Two Div. I basketball games take place and all that separates two of the participating teams are 43 miles and 343 spots in the national rankings.Kansas University, ranked second in the nation, faces Iowa State, a 3 p.m. tipoff in Allen Fieldhouse. Centenary College of Louisiana, ranked 345 out ...

Longhorns could be what Baylor needs

Missouri coach Mike Anderson summed up the maelstrom in the middle of the Big 12 men’s basketball standings quite nicely.“It’s all pretty much mumbo-jumbo right now,” he said.Thanks, Mike. Couldn’t have said it better. I’m still seized by a brain freeze after two days-plus in ...

Tyshawn Taylor still learning on job

The shots driving basketball players take off the dribble have many names, “floaters” and “teardrops” among them. The way Tyshawn Taylor delivered them the past couple of games, bullets and fire hoses more accurately described their velocity and trajectory.Yet, while replays of the line ...

KU softball’s Hull twins celebrate differences

For the better part of the first two decades of their lives, Kansas University softball sophomores Maggie and Rosie Hull were known simply as the Hull twins.Where you saw Rosie, you saw Maggie. And where Maggie went, Rosie usually was close behind. This held true on the softball diamond and ...

Super Bowl over, so … now what?

Minneapolis ? Just as the calendar year begins when the ball drops in Times Square, so the new sports year begins with the falling of confetti at the Super Bowl.As we belly-crawl through the briny muck of the swampy segment of the sports calendar known as February, this is a good time to fix ...

Numbers illustrate KU basketball’s depth

A basketball team doesn’t make it all the way to second in the national rankings without compiling some amazing numbers along the way. It’s time to have some fun with data created by the entertaining Kansas University basketball team.The 10 most remarkable numbers in reverse order, so as to ...

Reserves good, but Morris twins key for KU basketball — again

KU vs. MissouriBox ScoreBig-time blowout: Mario Little sparks KU routTravis Releford makes most of timeTigers lament defensive performanceKU hoops notebookKeegan ratingsThomas Robinson and Brady Morningstar, the sixth and seventh men when the team is at full strength, were a big part of the ...