1:10 AM EDT, Mon October 24, 2016
Topeka Capital-Journal 5 hours ago

KU women's coach Brandon Scheider acknowledges 'stubborn' approach with key player in first season

LAWRENCE — Nearing the midway point in the Kansas women’s basketball scrimmage at Late Night in the Phog, coach Brandon Schneider had something he needed to get off his chest. Senior forward Caelynn Manning-Allen pulled up from the left elbow, just missing as her shot clanked off the rim. The shot appeared to trigger a response from Schneider, who had joined voice of the Jayhawks Brian Hanni on the call for the scrimmage. “Now that’s—,” Schneider started. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal 6 hours ago

Chiefs hang on to top Saints

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Chiefs used timely turnovers to slow down the high-scoring New Orleans Saints while relying on their own methodical ground-and-pound offense to hammer out a 27-21 victory at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs yielded Saints quarterback Drew Brees 367 passing yards, ending their 17-game regular season streak of not allowing a 300-yard passing game. But they also held the Saints to 10 points below their season scoring average, putting together a second-straight strong defensive outing following the bye week. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal 7 hours ago

Kevin Haskin: Chiefs recover from poor defensive start, use takeaways to thwart Saints

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Tone-setters the Kansas City Chiefs were not Sunday on the first drive they defended. Drew Brees was allowed to look every bit himself. The New Orleans quarterback promptly marched the Saints 80 yards in 10 plays to give the Saints a quick lead. A shootout looked likely. That did not materialize, however. The game was closer to a slugfest. One the Chiefs defense forced and the Saints’ lack of discipline ended as Kansas City nipped New Orleans 27-21 in Arrowhead Stadium. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Oct 22, 2016

Solid afternoon earns KU football quarterback Montell Cozart another start

LAWRENCE — Montell Cozart trotted off the field for the last time. He walked toward the KU sideline, popping his helmet off and grabbing a seat on the bench. He took a swig from his green plastic water bottle, eventually dropping his arms and looking on toward the field. Oklahoma State was one first down away from being able to bleed the clock, a formality given the 44-20 score. As Cozart watched the first play, a 1-yard run, his moment of solitude was interrupted. Several teammates and coaches walked over to him, patting him on the chest and passing along words of encouragement. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Oct 22, 2016

Something must give when Chiefs defense faces Drew Brees, Saints offense

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Chiefs already have been tested by the likes of Philip Rivers, Ben Roethlisberger and Derek Carr, but the toughest examination for coach Andy Reid’s pass defense takes place Sunday against New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, leader of the league’s top aerial assault. “I don’t have enough good things to say about him,” Reid said of Brees. “He’s a phenomenal player. Works at the profession. He’s relentless that way.” read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Oct 22, 2016

Turnovers sink KU football again in 44-20 defeat to Oklahoma State

LAWRENCE — The Kansas football team was at least able to stave off its biggest bugaboo for two quarters Saturday. When it showed up, though, it did in a big way — and everything seemed to snowball from there. The Jayhawks, who entered Week 9 with the most turnovers (22) and second-worst turnover margin (-11) in the nation, committed three in the third quarter alone, turning a one-score game into a 44-20 blowout against Oklahoma State at Memorial Stadium. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Oct 21, 2016

High-flying Saints ready to face ball-hawking Chiefs defense

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Marcus Peters has duped just about every quarterback he has faced into throwing an interception to him, whether it was Peyton Manning a year ago or Derek Carr just last weekend. He’d love nothing more than to add Drew Brees to his growing list Sunday. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Oct 20, 2016

Chiefs hope to keep up offensive production against Saints

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Quarterback Alex Smith and the Kansas City Chiefs offense showed a different look in beating the Oakland Raiders, and Smith hopes his team can keep up its appearance against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium. “We had different types of looks, different types of runs and passes, how many guys touch the football and Sunday was a great example of us just mixing it up,” Smith said. “For me to see all those guys on our end getting involved, you love it. Everyone feeds off each other.” read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Oct 20, 2016

Louisiana native Tony Hull finds recipe to success on recruiting trail for KU football

LAWRENCE — If Tony Hull ever senses homesickness in any of the Louisiana-born greenhorns on the Kansas football team, the running backs coach seeks a recipe to fix that. Yes, a literal recipe. Hull, in his first season at KU after nine years leading Warren Easton High School in New Orleans, has at times accommodated the Jayhawks’ five Louisiana natives — all underclassmen — by contacting their parents for a bit of home cooking by way of the Bayou State. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Oct 20, 2016

Chiefs RB Spencer Ware can coexist with Jamaal Charles

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The assumption all along has been that the Chiefs’ Spencer Ware would provide a nice stop-gap at running back until Jamaal Charles returned to full-time duty from his devastating knee injury. Ware showed last weekend that he’s not going anywhere. In fact, he made quite an argument for bringing Charles out of the bullpen in a relief role. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Oct 20, 2016

Kansas basketball ranked No. 2 in preseason USA Today coaches poll

The Kansas men's basketball team will have an early shot at knocking off the only team with a higher ranking in the USA Today preseason coaches poll released Thursday. The Jayhawks, ranked No. 2 in the poll, play No. 1 Duke on Nov. 15 at Madison Square Garden in New York as part of the annual Champions Classic. If KU can get past No. 12 Indiana in its opener and Duke can defeat its first two unranked opponents, the No. 1 versus No. 2 matchup would become a virtual lock. VideoIcon:  off read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Oct 20, 2016

Even with former KU standout Joel Embiid healthy, 76ers face another lousy season

PHILADELPHIA — Brett Brown sticks a depth chart on a sizable TV before every game that’s patterned more like a traffic light than a simple in/out list scrawled on most NBA team chalkboards. Red. Can’t go. Yellow. Can play, with minute restrictions. Green. Healthy, let ‘em rip. Joel Embiid has been stuck at the red light for two years in Tankadelphia at the corner of The Process and Progress just waiting ... waiting ... waiting for the light to flip to yellow and for his career to shift into drive. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Oct 20, 2016

Saints-Chiefs Capsule for noon Sunday game

NEW ORLEANS (2-3) at KANSAS CITY (3-2) Noon Sunday, KTMJ (27.2) Fox, Cox channel 6 OPENING LINE — Chiefs by 7 RECORD VS. SPREAD — New Orleans 3-2, Kansas City 2-3 SERIES RECORD — Tied 5-5 LAST MEETING — Chiefs beat Saints 27-24, OT, Sept. 23, 2012 LAST WEEK — Saints beat Panthers 41-38; Chiefs beat Raiders 26-10 AP PRO32 RANKING — Saints No. 23, Chiefs No. 10 SAINTS OFFENSE — OVERALL (2), RUSH (21), PASS (1) SAINTS DEFENSE — OVERALL (31), RUSH (26), PASS (31) CHIEFS OFFENSE — OVERALL (17), RUSH (14), PASS (19) read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Oct 20, 2016

Are Indians adding to list of great postseason bullpens? 2015 Royals included in that list

TORONTO — By winning the AL Championship Series in five games, the Cleveland Indians not only captured a spot in the World Series, they also earned a break this team could sorely use. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Oct 19, 2016

Trades, injuries lead Chiefs to make roster moves

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Rarely are teams forced to make wholesale roster changes in the middle of the season, and those that do usually aren’t coming off arguably their best performance in weeks. The Kansas City Chiefs did precisely that this week. Their trade of running back Knile Davis to the Green Bay Packers on Tuesday for a conditional late-round draft pick started a wave of roster transactions. They also placed defensive end Allen Bailey and linebacker Justin March on injured reserve and waived defensive lineman Nick Williams. read more