7:21 PM EST, Wed February 10, 2016
Topeka Capital-Journal 1 hour ago

UNC spokesman: Former KU coach Roy Williams expected back at next practice

Athletics spokesman Steve Kirschner said Wednesday that the ninth-ranked Tar Heels had a previously scheduled day off and would return to practice Thursday ahead of a weekend home game against Pittsburgh. He said Williams, the former Kansas coach, was back in his office Wednesday afternoon and the coach’s regularly scheduled Friday news conference in Chapel Hill is still on as well. “We expect him to be back at practice (Thursday) and coach on Sunday,” Kirschner said. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal 1 hour ago

Brannen Greene gives KU basketball lift off bench in win over West Virginia

LAWRENCE — With 10:39 to play in the first half, Kansas junior Wayne Selden finished a transition lay-in at the rim, immediately got in the face of West Virginia’s Jaysean Paige and started barking. Selden was issued a technical foul, and coach Bill Self yanked him from the game. Ironically enough, Self doghouse mainstay Brannen Greene replaced Selden. Two minutes later, Greene began to make his presence felt. In a game where Kansas scored only 10 points off the bench, the junior provided every one of them, connecting on two 3s and sinking four free throws. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal 4 hours ago

Bill Self says 'nobody' tougher than KU basketball guard Frank Mason

LAWRENCE — The scene Tuesday night was all too familiar for those who follow this Kansas basketball team closely. Frank Mason was on the court, writhing in pain. A partisan Allen Fieldhouse crowd was booing a perceived no-call aiding the Jayhawks’ foe — in this instance, No. 10 West Virginia and guard Tarik Phillip, who swung an elbow into Mason’s jaw while driving for a layup. Only this time, the KU point guard would not be receiving any sympathy from the man who is typically his most ardent supporter. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal 4 hours ago

Royals notebook: Drew Butera donates World Series ball to team's Hall of Fame

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It wasn’t exactly the old hidden ball trick, but Drew Butera still kept a prized possession from Game 5 of the World Series largely hidden from view. Butera, Kansas City’s backup catcher, always dreamed of catching the final strike in the World Series. That dream became reality when he caught closer Wade Davis’ called third strike against Wilmer Flores that gave the Royals their first championship in 30 years. VideoIcon:  off read more
Topeka Capital-Journal 20 hours ago

Kevin Haskin: Lucas misses out on double-double, but keys KU victory

LAWRENCE – Those who want to pan the performance Landen Lucas offered Kansas on Tuesday night can point to one statistic. The junior forward was the lone starter who failed to score in double figures, finishing with nine points, as the No. 6 Jayhawks tripped No. 10 West Virginia 75-65 in Allen Fieldhouse. “It’s a free throw I missed,’’ Lucas said. “I did it to myself.’’ With that came a smile. Rightfully so too. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal 22 hours ago

Perry Ellis lifts KU to victory over No. 7 West Virginia

LAWRENCE — It’s time to pay attention to Perry Ellis. The Kansas senior won’t scream to the crowd. He won’t gyrate his arms or get in an opponent’s face to trash talk. What he will do, however, is score in a dizzying amount of ways: left hand, right hand, off a spin, off a stepback. The 6-foot-8 forward’s full offensive arsenal was on display again Tuesday night in a game his team desperately needed, as he posted 21 points in No. 10 KU’s 75-65 victory over seventh-ranked West Virginia at Allen Fieldhouse. read more

West Virginia game begins 'gut-check time' for KU basketball

LAWRENCE — Landen Lucas believes playing West Virginia is a bit like being scared of your shadow. Not only does the “Press Virginia” style force turnovers when the Mountaineers pressure, but it also causes hesitation even when they don’t. “They get into your head a little bit,” the KU forward said. Lucas could see it clearly when watching tape of KU’s 74-63 loss at WVU from Jan. 12. There were times when KU’s players were tentative even when they shouldn’t have been. read more

KU voted 6th in latest AP Top 25 basketball poll; Wichita State is 25th

Villanova is No. 1 in The Associated Press college basketball poll for the first time. The Wildcats (20-3) made the jump from third following then-No. 1 Oklahoma’s loss to Kansas State and then-No. 2 North Carolina’s losses to Louisville and Notre Dame. Villanova received 32 first-place votes Monday from the 65-member national media panel. Maryland, which received 13 No. 1 votes, moved up two spots to second. read more

AP Top 25 bracket breakdown: Villanova latest No. 1 in AP poll; 6th top team this season

Villanova joined an exclusive club Monday. The Wildcats are now among the 57 schools to have been ranked No. 1 in The Associated Press college basketball poll. The Wildcats had been ranked No. 2 seven times — last time the final poll of last season — but had never made that one step up. There are eight schools to have held the top spot for one — and only one — week. The most recent was Tennessee in 2007-08 and Wisconsin the year before. UCLA is the all-time leader with 134 weeks at the top — the last in 2006-07 — and Duke is next at 127, the last in 2012-13. read more

Complete list: Most weeks in the No. 1 spot of the AP Top 25 basketball poll

Through Feb. 7 UCLA, 134 (1964-2007) Duke, 127 (1966-2013) Kentucky, 115 (1949-2016) North Carolina, 113 (1957-2016) Kansas, 59 (1952-2016) Indiana, 54 (1953-2013) Cincinnati, 45 (1959-2000) Ohio State, 37 (1961-2011) Arizona, 37 (1988-2014) UNLV, 32 (1983-91) UConn, 28 (1995-2009) San Francisco, 28 (1955-77) Michigan, 22 (1965-2013) Illinois, 17 (1952-2005) Syracuse, 17 (1988-2014) Kansas State, 16 (1952-59) Stanford, 16 (2000-04) read more

Jamari Traylor answers Bill Self's challenge against TCU

FORT WORTH, Texas — Bill Self’s words sounded correct the first time. Forward Perry Ellis had just posted 23 points and 10 rebounds in Kansas’ 75-56 victory over TCU. Now, at the postgame press conference, the two were sitting next to each other when Self started to discuss the main reason for the blowout win. “I really felt like Perry, I mean Jamari … Perry you did good too,” Self said, patting Ellis on the knee, “but I thought Jamari was really the key to the game from an energy standpoint.” read more

Chiefs' Berry named NFL Comeback Player of the Year

SAN FRANCISCO — Kansas City safety Eric Berry, who missed 10 games the previous season battling lymphoma, then returned to the Chiefs to become an All-Pro, has won The Associated Press NFL Comeback Player of the Year award. Berry’s inspirational story and superb performance on the field earned him 38 votes from a nationwide panel of 50 sports writers and broadcasters who regularly cover the league. Berry was a mainstay on a Kansas City defense that sparked a 10-game winning streak during the regular season. read more

Turnovers doom KU women in loss to No. 4 Baylor

WACO, Texas — Kalani Brown scored 18 points, fellow freshman Beatrice Mompremier had 14 points and 12 rebounds and No. 4 Baylor won its 10th consecutive Big 12 game, 81-49 over Kansas on Saturday. The Lady Bears (23-1, 10-1 Big 12) never trailed after scoring the game’s first eight points and led by at least double figures the rest of the game after Brown’s layup with just over 8 minutes left in the second quarter. read more

Kevin Haskin: Microfilm revives memories of Super Bowl I

My memories of the first Super Bowl are not vivid. I was not yet 10, nor going on 10 since I was into sports and such activities turn kids into, well, kids. Each Sunday, both networks broadcast two professional football leagues. The NFL on CBS; the AFL on NBC. I loved Johnny Unitas and the Colts. To a lesser extent, Len Dawson and the Chiefs. read more

Perry Ellis leads KU basketball to rout over TCU

FORT WORTH, Texas — Perry Ellis scored 23 points on 11-for-14 shooting, leading No. 7 Kansas to a 75-56 victory over TCU on Saturday afternoon at Schollmaier Arena. KU dominated early in taking a 38-20 halftime lead. The Jayhawks were most effective on the defensive end. TCU made just 6 of 24 shots (25 percent) and would have been in worse shape if not for 7-for-12 free throw shooting. Ellis was KU’s best option inside, scoring 11 first-half points on 5-for-6 shooting while adding two blocks. read more

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