6:52 PM EST, Fri November 28, 2014

Kevin's Haskin's Sunflower Showdown edition of the Saturday drill

KU JAYHAWKS/ K-STATE WILDCATS MATCHUP: Kansas (3-8, 1-7) at No. 11 Kansas State (8-2, 6-1) KICKOFF: 3 p.m. Saturday, Snyder Family Stadium; Manhattan RADIO: KTOP-FM (102.9), KMAJ-AM (1490) TV: Fox Sports 1 LINE: K-State by 28 read more
Topeka Capital-Journal 1 hour ago

KU, K-State renew rivalry for Governor's Cup

MANHATTAN — When visitors entered the Vanier Football Complex this past week, they saw an empty trophy case in the front lobby that houses the Governor’s Cup. The trophy has been in Kansas State’s possession for five years, but during game week of the Sunflower Showdown against Kansas it is moved downstairs to the Wildcats’ locker room. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal 1 hour ago

KU notebook: Frank Mason sets career highs; Bill Self admits first-half mistake

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Frank Mason — not always known as Kansas’ best passer — was accurate with his tosses in the Jayhawks’ 82-67 victory over Tennessee on Friday. The sophomore guard tied a career high with seven assists, with three of those coming on alley-oops to KU freshman Cliff Alexander. “I always look for the lobs,” Mason said. “In the zone, the middle guy, once he seems to step up, I just look at that and it’ll pretty much be open.” Alexander said the two had developed better chemistry over the past few weeks. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal 3 hours ago

Ray Rice wins appeal, 'suspension vacated'

NEW YORK — Ray Rice has won the appeal of his indefinite suspension by the NFL, which has been “vacated immediately,” the players’ union said Friday. The appeal was heard earlier this month by former U.S. District Judge Barbara S. Jones. She was deciding whether the NFL overstepped its authority in modifying Rice’s two-game suspension, making it indefinite after video of the Baltimore Ravens running back punching his fiancee— now his wife — became public. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal 4 hours ago

KU basketball uses late surge to take down Tennessee, 82-67

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The Kansas men’s basketball team punched last. After Tennessee rallied to tie the game with 6:49 left, the Jayhawks answered by scoring 12 of the next 14 points, taking control in a 82-67 victory over Tennessee on Friday at HP Field House. With the victory, the Jayhawks advanced to the Orlando Classic championship game at a noon central Sunday against either Michigan State or Marquette. Perry Ellis once again was the star, scoring 24 points with 13 rebounds while chipping in 11 of 12 free-throw shooting. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal 5 hours ago

Reports: Royals trade Topeka native Aaron Crow to Marlins

Several online media outlets are reporting the Kansas City Royals have traded Topeka native Aaron Crow to the Florida Marlins for left-handed pitcher Brian Flynn. Fox Sports reporters Ken Rosenthal first reported the news via his Twitter account. The Royals also will receive a minor league pitcher, right-hander Reid Redman, as part of the trade, Rosenthal tweeted. The move follows a disappointing end to Crow’s stint with the Royals. The former All-Star wasn’t on the team’s postseason rosters after struggling with a 4.12 ERA in 59 innings. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal 23 hours ago

KU notebook: Bill Self says NBA, media put 'unfair expectations' on freshmen

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Kansas freshman Kelly Oubre — Rivals' sixth-ranked player in the class of 2014 — continued his early-season struggles, playing just four minutes with three fouls and two turnovers in the Jayhawks' 76-60 victory over Rhode Island on Thursday. KU coach Bill Self was asked after the game why he personally didn't feel pressure to play his top-rated freshmen right away like many college coaches do. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Nov 27, 2014

Chiefs look to solve slow starts against Broncos

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — By the time the Kansas City Chiefs pushed the pause button and looked at the scoreboard last Thursday night, they were already trailing the previously winless Oakland Raiders. Not just trailing, either. They were in a 17-3 hole midway through the third quarter. They rallied down the stretch, even taking a brief lead in the fourth quarter. But a defensive collapse and their offense’s inability to go the length of the field in the closing minutes led to a humiliating 24-20 defeat, one that knocked Kansas City from first place in the AFC West. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Nov 27, 2014

KU basketball uses impressive first half to take down Rhode Island, 76-60

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Bill Self talked earlier this week about wanting to see two things from his team: "youthful exuberance" and also trust in Kansas' offensive sets. Both were displayed late in the first half when Rhode Island went to a zone defense. KU ran a play, opening Frank Mason on the inside with an elevator screen before Landen Lucas finished the alley-oop lob with a slam — with KU players like Wayne Selden leaping up in the air to celebrate the play. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Nov 27, 2014

Rivalry win would strengthen Clint Bowen's case, but interim KU coach insists this isn't about him

LAWRENCE — The audition is almost over. After Saturday, the dream will either continue or the curtain will close for Kansas interim coach Clint Bowen. For eight weeks, Bowen has guided the KU football team. Long before that, even back to his playing days at KU, Bowen has made it known he wants to be the head football coach at Kansas on a permanent basis. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Nov 27, 2014

Running game remains a concern for K-State

MANHATTAN — Nineteen attempts for 34 yards. Twenty-nine carries for one yard. Those are the dismal rushing statistics the past two games for Kansas State. Improving the running game remains a priority, according to the Wildcats, and Saturday’s game against Kansas may provide some hope. The Jayhawks, after all, were torched for an NCAA-record 427 rushing yards by Oklahoma’s Samaje Perine last week. Perine’s one-game record is seven fewer yards than K-State rushing leader Charles Jones has in 10 games. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Nov 26, 2014

Local sports briefs for Sept. 26: Royals acquire shortstop Jackson

The Kansas City Royals announced Wednesday they have acquired infielder Ryan Jackson from the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for cash considerations. Jackson, 26, missed most of the 2014 season with a right wrist injury. He was claimed off waivers by the Dodgers from the San Diego Padres on Nov. 3. The shortstop played in six games at Triple-A El Paso, going 3 for 16 with a double and five walks. He also played in five games on his rehab assignment with the Padres’ Arizona Rookie League Team. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Nov 26, 2014

KU basketball searching for rare preseason tourney title

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Bill Self says it’s time for his team to bring home another trophy. Kansas opens this week’s Orlando Classic with a 1 p.m. CST game Thursday against Rhode Island, and while Self wants to see improvement, he also wants to make sure that comes with three victories as well. “We need to win a tournament,” Self said Wednesday after practice at HP Field House. “We’ve won the CBE (Classic) and we’ve won Vegas a couple of times. I don’t know what else. But it would be nice to win a field-of-8 tournament. I don’t know if we’ve won one of those in a...
Topeka Capital-Journal Nov 26, 2014

Chiefs' Jamaal Charles dedicates game to drowning victims

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles is dedicating Sunday night’s game against Denver to two teenagers who drowned in a Missouri farm pond over the weekend. Charles met one of the boys, Andre Lance, a few years ago at training camp and remembered taking a photo with him. The 17-year-old Lance and his high school classmate, Tyler Brandt, were found in the ice-covered farm pond Sunday night near Savannah in northwest Missouri. Charles said he learned of the drowning through social media. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Nov 26, 2014

Jason Avant ready for fresh start with Chiefs

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — When he became a free agent after last season, Jason Avant wanted to go to Kansas City. He wanted to be reunited with Andy Reid, his longtime coach in Philadelphia, and thought the Chiefs would be the perfect place to continue his career. It finally happened. Just took a detour through Carolina first. read more

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