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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, ...

Still hope for Tyshawn Taylor on defense

Something so startling happened Friday afternoon that I marked down the date, Jan. 14, 2011, and the time, 3:17 p.m. For the first time in 51 years, somebody changed my mind.That somebody was basketball buff Dr. Artie Shaw, a retired psychologist who lives on a 120-acre farm on the border of ...

Broncos coach ‘proven’ this time

Say hello to the anti-Josh.Two years ago, the Denver Broncos took the risky route and hired a 32-year-old named Josh McDaniels, who was all about youthful possibility. We all know how that one turned out. It wasn’t the worst head-coach hire in NFL history, but it was close.Thursday, the ...

Former player Howard Engleman truly was KU basketball great

No Kansas University student athlete ever met Phog Allen’s ultimate standard for excellence better than Howard Engleman, the multi-faceted former basketball All-American who died Wednesday at age 91.Allen, the Jayhawk coaching immortal, often was asked to name his top players. His answer ...

Stanford QB Andrew Luck sets good example

During my time as president of West Virginia University, our quarterback was a young man named Oliver Luck.Oliver was more than just a promising athlete for the Mountaineers. He represented what college athletics was supposed to be about: spirited, fair competition, and opportunity through ...

Versatile junior Marcus Morris a triple-threat for Jayhawks

KU vs. Iowa StateBox ScoreDouble whammy: Marcus Morris erupts for 33Cyclones awed by MorrisesGary Bedore’s KU basketball notebookKeegan ratingsAmes, Iowa ? This wasn’t the night to fret that Kansas University’s basketball team didn’t deliver a convincing enough knockout punch to ...

KU basketball’s real test starts with conference play

Ames, Iowa ? Marcus Morris begins his third Big 12 season tonight in Hilton Coliseum, so he is well acquainted with the difference between the nonconference and conference seasons.When the playing-dumb question “Which would be tougher, going undefeated in nonconference or the Big 12?” was ...

Wolverines go with safe, solid pick in Brady Hoke

Michigan settled on Brady Hoke. There’s no getting around that. Convincing the public that Hoke was the No. 1 candidate all along becomes an impossible sales pitch for athletic director Dave Brandon.He kept Michigan football in a state of limbo for six weeks, and the result of all that ...

New football hires generate optimism at Texas

New Texas football hires Manny Diaz and Bryan Harsin waited about three minutes into Friday’s lunch with Mack Brown to start talking business.Barbecue took a back seat to strategy and serious planning of spring practice. Ideas bounced around the table between Diaz, the incoming defensive ...