3:18 PM EST, Wed March 04, 2015
Topeka Capital-Journal 4 hours ago

Kevin Haskin: Toughness KU rediscovered in second half must be maintained

LAWRENCE – Somewhere, the number 11 will be identifiable in the latest Big 12 championship rings crafted for the Kansas basketball team. If possible, however, some tribute to Allen Fieldhouse should be incorporated into the design. Not just because this season marked the 60th anniversary of the Jayhawks’ venerable home. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal 15 hours ago

KU clinches outright Big 12 title with 76-69 overtime win over West Virginia

LAWRENCE — Bill Self loves ugly wins, and this one might top them all. Despite a dreadful offensive effort for the first 38 minutes, No. 9 Kansas made all the plays late, coming back from an eight-point deficit in the final two minutes to defeat 20th-ranked West Virginia, 76-69, on Tuesday at Allen Fieldhouse. After a WVU missed 3, Brannen Greene was fouled and made both free throws to pull KU within two with 1:55 left. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal 15 hours ago

KC largely settled as spring training opener approaches

SURPRISE, Ariz. — For decades, the Kansas City Royals headed to spring training full of uncertainty. They would hope their young first baseman would be ready for the big leagues. Or their next big pitching prospect would earn a spot in the rotation. Or some other longshot project would play so well that there was no way the front office could keep him off the club. read more

Progress report: Kansas City Royals

An offseason review of who's new, who's gone and what to watch for this spring.

Chiefs punter Dustin Colquitt to visit Topeka school Wednesday

Kansas City Chiefs punter Dustin Colquitt will be in Topeka on Wednesday morning to help increase awareness of the need for expanded breakfast programs in elementary schools. Colquitt will join Brad Neuenswander, Interim Commissioner of the Kansas State Department of Education, and others at Meadows Elementary, 201 S.W. Clay, at 8 a.m. to salute the school’s Breakfast in the Classroom program. Colquitt is scheduled to appear at two of the four Kansas schools — in Dodge City, Topeka, Wichita and Olathe — being featured by the KSDE for innovations in breakfast programs. read more

Jayhawk women finish regular season with 68-64 win

LAWRENCE — Kansas guard Natalie Knight’s last big play at Allen Fieldhouse wasn’t made for her. With KU clinging to a one-point lead, and less than 30 seconds remaining, one of the Jayhawks’ best outside threats was looking to pass. Knight’s shot hadn’t been falling anyway, so the senior grabbed the ball at the top of the key and looked to move it. She found freshman guard Terriell Bradley open on the right wing and put the ball in her hands. Without much thought, the freshman sunk her second 3-pointer on the night and pulled Kansas out of trouble. read more

KU 'more hungry than ever' to claim 11th straight Big 12 crown Tuesday

LAWRENCE — Bill Self fully understands the significance of Tuesday’s home game against West Virginia. “This could be the best night of the year,” Self said Monday afternoon just outside KU’s locker room. “We’ve had some good nights this year, but this could be the best night of the year if we play well.” The reason is obvious. read more

Royals banking on Kendrys Morales, Alex Rios to fuel power-starved lineup

SURPRISE, Ariz. — Dayton Moore knows perfectly well how rare it was for a team as starved for power as the Kansas City Royals were last season to make the playoffs, let alone the World Series. He also knows that it would be nearly impossible to replicate the feat. read more

Kansas has spent $3.5 million on private planes since 2009, with Bill Self taking 118 trips

The University of Kansas has spent $3.5 million in taxpayer money flying coaches and administrators on 641 trips on mostly university-owned aircraft, according to a newspaper report. The numbers, which the Lawrence Journal-World (http://bit.ly/1GEiQkq) obtained through an open-records request, do not include flights made by the university’s medical center staff or flights taken on commercial carriers. While the university planes were bought by donors, taxpayers pay to operate them, read more
Denver Post Mar 2, 2015

AP Source: Chiefs place franchise tag on All-Pro Houston

The Kansas City Chiefs signaled they have no intention of parting ways with Justin Houston on Monday, moving swiftly to place the franchise tag on their All-Pro pass rusher.

AP source: Kansas City Chiefs place franchise tag on OLB Justin Houston

The Kansas City Chiefs have placed the franchise tag on All-Pro pass rusher Justin Houston, a person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because the Chiefs have not announced the move. It was widely expected given the relatively little progress that Kansas City has made with Houston and his representatives on a long-term deal. read more

KU player honored as Big 12 player of week

Kansas forward Perry Ellis was named the Big 12 player of the week, the conference announced Monday morning. Ellis, a 6-foot-8 junior, averaged 26 points and 11 rebounds in two games last week as KU split contests against Kansas State and Texas. The Wichita native scored 24 points on 10-for-16 shooting in Monday's loss to K-State before posting 28 points and 13 rebounds against Texas on Saturday. It was the third time this season Ellis earned the award, as he also was honored on Dec. 1 and Feb. 16. TCU's Trey Zeigler won the conference's newcomer of the week award.

Local sports briefs for Mar. 1: Bat Cats fall to Cal

The Kansas State baseball team lost its second straight game to the California Golden Bears, 6-2, on Sunday in Berkeley, Calif. Wildcat starter Colton Kalmus lasted just 31/3 innings, allowing four runs (three earned) and striking out one. Ryan Mason went seven strong for Cal, limiting the Wildcats to five hits and one run. K-State will wrap up its three-game set with Cal at noon Monday. read more

Kris Medlen hoping to strike back with Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The call lasted about 20 minutes. By the time it was over, Kris Medlen was ready to be a Royal. On the other end of the phone with Medlen, who spent the last six seasons with the Atlanta Braves, was Kansas City Royals general manager Dayton Moore. It was a rather easy sell for Moore, coming off a World Series appearance. “I think the mindsets were all there,” Medlen said. “He learned from (John) Schuerholz and a lot of the same ideals and structure here that were over there are here. It seemed like a pretty natural fit.” read more

KU coach ecstatic over win, chance to clinch Big 12 title at home

LAWRENCE — Bill Self’s enthusiasm came through on his postgame radio show, as he spoke excitedly about his team’s 69-64 victory over Texas while calling it a “great win.” “That team that we beat (Saturday) could beat just about anybody,” Self said of Texas. “That was a really good basketball team.” Nothing came easy for KU offensively. UT blocked a school-record 14 shots while holding the Jayhawks to 40-percent shooting on 2s — the team’s sixth-worst performance this year. Self was happy with the way his players were fearless against the Longhorns ... to an extent. read...

Kansas City Sports Photos

Top Kansas City Player News