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Wanna bet? Duke the favorite to win NCAA basketball championship; Kansas 8/1

A Google of “odds to win the NCAA basketball championship” brought me to vegasinsider.com, which I guess makes me a Vegas insider of sorts.Not surprisingly, Duke has the best odds to win it all for what would be the first successful defense of a national championship since Florida did it in ...

Blowout memorable for several reasons

KU vs. KSUBox ScoreUplifting experience: Robinson heroic vs. ’CatsLopsided loss headache for WildcatsKU hoops notebookKeegan ratingsIn a building packed with so much history, so many banners and so much talent running on the hardwood through the years, calling a game played in Allen ...

KU guard Tyshawn Taylor heats up rivalry

Kansas State senior guard Jacob Pullen opened his mouth in a way that no doubt made his volcanic coach, Frank Martin, open his in a louder way. Pullen said he would not play in the NIT, if that’s where the implosion of this season of high hopes takes the Wildcats. In so doing, Pullen inspired ...

Mavericks need Griffin in 2013

Dallas ? By the start of the 2013 season Blake Griffin needs to be in a Dallas Mavericks uniform.Mavs Prime Minister Mark Cuban needs to take this from the sports-bar hypothetical to “The Decision” reality. That means clear out all necessary salary cap space and go LeBron on BGriff in the ...

KU’s Josh Selby bolder vs. Colorado

KU vs. ColoradoBox ScoreFitting tribute: KU pays ‘respect’ in winBuffs: Threes, offensive boards key for KUKU hoops notebookKeegan ratingsBoulder, Colo. ? There he was sitting on the bench and watching again Tuesday night toward the end of the game, just as he was the first nine games of ...

Pay to play isn’t the way in college

Rock Hill, S.C. ? Those vocal advocates of paying college athletes for their services can forget about it. It is not going to happen. At least that is the word from Mark Emmert, the NCAA’s new man in charge.“We’re not going to pay players to play sports,” Emmert said Friday prior to ...

Here we go again: KU women’s basketball dealing with familiar struggles

Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but I really thought things would be different this year, really believed this Kansas University women’s basketball team would end the drought and make the NCAA Tournament field.And then the Big 12 portion of the schedule came along, and, so far at ...

Commentary: Super Bowl has the right ingredients

Pittsburgh Steelers, Green Bay Packers, Super Bowl XLV. The Steelers have won six Super Bowls, the Packers have won three and that’s just the way it is. The rich get richer and the Eagles search for a defensive coordinator.For whatever it’s worth, the right two teams got through Sunday — ...

Commentary: Jay Cutler chasing Aaron Rodgers

Chicago ? If the NFC championship game were a gunfight, Jay Cutler never got his pistol out of his holster. Aaron Rodgers staggered the Bears before they knew what hit them.The duel went to Rodgers.The game went to the Packers.And the Bears were left wondering if Rodgers will keep winning these ...

QB Aaron Rodgers keys Packers past Bears in NFC Championship

Chicago ? There was one Monster of the Midway in the NFC championship game, and his name was Aaron Rodgers.He wasn’t even at his best and, still, he was better than the first, the second and the third quarterback used in vain by the Chicago Bears against their bitter rivals.Rodgers ran for a ...

Jayhawks play with heavy hearts

KU vs. TexasBox ScoreTexas snaps streakMarcus Morris: ‘We beat ourself’Longhorns weather early Kansas flurrySelf shrugs off streak’s end, other KU notesKeegan ratingsThe first loss in 19 games this season and in the past 70 games in Allen Fieldhouse didn’t have anything to do with why ...

UT’s Jordan Hamilton difficult matchup

Upon leaving the New England Patriots because he didn’t have absolute authority on personnel decisions, renowned NFL coach Bill Parcells said, “They want you to cook the dinner. At least they should let you shop for the groceries.” College coaches get to shop for the groceries, shaping ...

Baylor women’s basketball star Brittney Griner recalls Lew Alcindor

The natural place the mind wanders when watching a superior athlete play in person for the first time is to a question: What other great is called to mind?Watching center Brittney Griner play Wednesday for No. 1-ranked Baylor in Allen Fieldhouse, the answer popped into the head swiftly. The way ...

Owner Davis remains ruler of Raiders

His physical presence has lost its vibrancy, but his mind still races and his mouth still roars.His words drift and ramble and wander and sometimes fall off the face of the Earth.And then Al Davis gathers himself and returns to the matter at hand, upon which he exudes equal parts charm and ...

Tyrel Reed steadies Jayhawks

The NCAA required Josh Selby to sit out Kansas University’s first nine games for accepting extra benefits. Mario Little sat six games for the behavior that led to his middle-of-the-night arrest. Brady Morningstar lost his jumper 10 games ago. Tyshawn Taylor seemingly tightened up his game at ...

Jayhawks put on quite a show vs. Baylor Bears

KU vs. BaylorBox ScoreTwin-spired: Morrises lead ‘beautiful’ showingBears praise KU; Drew:?Jayhawks were ‘efficient’KU hoops notebookKeegan ratingsWaco, Texas ? A stunning 35 scouts and 10 general managers from 21 of the 30 NBA teams attended Monday night’s Big 12 Conference game in ...

NFL playoff teams looking for lack of respect

New York ? Nobody believed in them. Only the people in their locker room thought they could get this far. They are a team of destiny, and Super Bowl XLV is just one win away.They are the New York Jets.And the Pittsburgh Steelers, Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears.With all due respect, ...

Jets coach Rex Ryan has reached rock-star status

This is Rex Ryan’s world now, and everybody had better get braced for it.Don’t hate him because his team played beautifully.As Ryan’s New York Jets get set to meet the Pittsburgh Steelers in Sunday’s AFC championship game, and tape recorders and cameras roll, there will be no larger or ...

Big 12 commentary: Colorado, Texas A&M basketball making early noise

Fort Worth, Texas ? Texas A&M made the most of a big home week, and a distinct rumble continued from teams picked to the lower half of the conference.The Aggies (16-1, 3-0) obliterated Oklahoma State and outdueled Missouri (15-3, 1-2) in overtime Saturday in the best-played game of the ...

Bears loss would go down as huge failure

Chicago ? Nothing illustrated the relaxed mind-set the Seahawks bring to Chicago better than coach Pete Carroll playfully answering a reporter’s cell phone earlier this week.“Not now, this is a press conference,” Carroll quipped, hanging up. “Old friend from high school.”The loose, ...