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 By DAVE SKRETTA    Sports    March 6, 2024

Oklahoma-Texas are top 2 seeds in final women's Big 12 Tournament before they depart for SEC

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Oklahoma was a game above .500 following a loss to Southern three days before Christmas, and there seemed few reasons to believe the Sooners would turn around their fortunes when their last run through the Big 12 Conference be...

 
 By DAVE SKRETTA    Sports    March 6, 2024

McCullar scores 19, Dickinson has double-double as No. 14 Kansas routs K-State, 90-68

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas rarely loses at Allen Fieldhouse, and even rarer do the Jayhawks lose there to Kansas State. On senior night? The Wildcats hardly seemed to have a chance. Kevin McCullar Jr. had 19 points in his farewell to the Phog, f...

 

Kansas football coach Lance Leipold gets amended deal worth more than $40M through 2029 season

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas football coach Lance Leipold signed an amended contract Wednesday that increased his overall compensation to more than $40 million through the 2029 season while giving him a sizeable pool of money for hiring assistants a...

 

The New America's Team: How the Chiefs have become the new 'it team' in professional sports

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The polarizing moniker is still applied to the Dallas Cowboys these days, regardless of whether it rings as true as it did during their 1990s heyday, when Troy Aikman, Michael Irvin and Emmitt Smith led them to three Super B...

 
 By DAVE SKRETTA    Sports    January 5, 2024

Houston, the lone unbeaten team in college hoops, jumps Kansas to No. 2 in AP Top 25 behind Purdue

Purdue held its place atop the AP Top 25 on Monday following its win over Illinois in a top-10 showdown, while Houston jumped Kansas into second place as the last unbeaten team in Division I men's college basketball. The Boilermakers, who beat the...

 

Arizona, Kansas, Purdue lead AP Top 25 poll; Oklahoma, Clemson make big jumps; Northwestern debuts

Arizona strengthened its place atop The Associated Press Top 25 men's college basketball poll Monday, setting up a showdown this weekend against Purdue, the former No. 1 team in the nation. The Wildcats earned all but one first-place vote from a...

 

No. 23 K-State rallies from 11-point deficit to beat Kansas 31-27 in Sunflower Showdown

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas State celebrated on the Jayhawk logo at midfield inside Memorial Stadium one more time Saturday night, shortly after the Wildcats extended their Sunshine Showdown winning streak to 15 straight in the final game before t...

 

Kansas coach Bill Self signs richest college basketball contract ever given by a public university

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas coach Bill Self signed a lifetime contract Tuesday that will pay him $53 million over the first five years, easily surpassing Kentucky coach John Calipari for the richest deal ever given to a college basketball coach a...

 

Top-ranked Kansas heads into season expecting to compete for national championship

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Bill Self walked around T-Mobile Center last week with two broken ribs and a smile on his face. Not surprising given the wringer he's been through the last seven months. It began when the coach of top-ranked Kansas had chest p...

 

Travis Kelce notes Taylor Swift's bold appearance at Chiefs game but is mum about any relationship

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Travis Kelce called an appearance by Taylor Swift at the Kansas City Chiefs' victory over the Chicago Bears last weekend pretty bold, but the All-Pro tight end insisted Wednesday that he wants to keep future details about thei...

 
 By DAVE SKRETTA    Sports    August 18, 2023

Kansas hopes to build on breakthrough bowl season behind star QB Jalon Daniels

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — There was a point shortly after Kansas had beaten Houston last season, giving the Jayhawks as many wins through three games as they had in any season in more than a decade, when coach Lance Leipold knew that things were going t...

 
 By DAVE SKRETTA    Sports    May 7, 2023

Toyota riding momentum in NASCAR's return to Kansas Speedway

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Bubba Wallace was surprised in the very best of ways when he learned this week that Legacy Motor Club, the team owned in part by longtime Chevrolet driver Jimmie Johnson, would be joining the Toyota stable next season. Not q...

 

Super Bowl champion Chiefs ready for KC to host NFL draft

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Patrick Mahomes made a bold promise to Chiefs president Mark Donovan at one point last season, knowing full well that the NFL draft would be coming to Kansas City for the first time the last weekend in April. "I was going t...

 
 By DAVE SKRETTA    Sports    March 24, 2023

Texas has Terry coaching among March Madness heavyweights

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Of the four coaches who led their teams to the semifinals of the Midwest Region at the NCAA Tournament, the most unlikely of them might feel the most at home when he walks into T-Mobile Center on Friday night. Sure, Kelvin S...

 
 By DAVE SKRETTA    Sports    March 10, 2023

No. 7 Texas routs Oklahoma State 61-47 in Big 12 quarters

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Texas coach Rodney Terry decided shortly before facing Oklahoma State in the Big 12 Tournament quarterfinals that he would be cautious with Timmy Allen, his senior leader, who'd been dealing with a nagging lower leg injury. S...

 

Kansas coach Bill Self sidelined after medical procedure

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Just over 20 years ago while on a recruiting trip to Pittsburgh, Bob Huggins collapsed at the airport while catching a flight home, awaking to find himself surrounded by strangers who were lifting him into an ambulance. T...

 
 By DAVE SKRETTA    Sports    March 10, 2023

No. 22 TCU routs No. 12 K-State 80-67 in Big 12 tourney

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Everything seemed to be going against TCU entering the Big 12 Tournament. The Horned Frogs were coming off a lopsided loss to Oklahoma, they'd drawn a quarterfinal matchup against Kansas State for what felt like a road g...

 
 By DAVE SKRETTA    Sports    March 8, 2023

Kansas out to defend Big 12 Tournament title in Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The bulls-eye on the back of third-ranked Kansas these days is about as big as it's been in coach Bill Self's tenure. The Jayhawks already have defended their Big 12 regular-season championship, winning the toughest league i...

 

Native Americans renew protests of Kansas City Chiefs mascot

PHOENIX (AP) — A coalition of Native American groups who have lobbied the Kansas City Chiefs to abandon their mascot, logo and the fan-driven "tomahawk chop" said Thursday the team's return to the Super Bowl has emboldened them more than ever. "...

 

Big 12 back to beating each other after beating up the SEC

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Baylor coach Scott Drew and the rest of his Big 12 counterparts probably felt a bit of a reprieve last Saturday, when the league took a break from beating up on itself by taking seven of 10 games from the Southeastern C...

 

No. 2 KU faces brutal trip to K-State, home game vs TCU

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Kansas coach Bill Self proclaimed it a "great week" after tough wins over Oklahoma and Iowa State last week. It would be a spectacular week if the second-ranked Jayhawks get through this one unscathed. First up is a rivalry g...

 

Houston, KU stay atop Top 25 while FAU enters for 1st time

Houston and Kansas remained firmly atop The Associated Press men's college basketball poll Monday after a record weekend of Top 25 losses, while Florida Atlantic took advantage of the chaos to crack the ranking for the first time in school history. E...

 
 By DAVE SKRETTA    Sports    January 1, 2023

No. 4 Kansas rallies from 15 down to beat Oklahoma St 69-67

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The last time Kansas needed to overcome a 15-point halftime deficit was on the biggest stage in college basketball. The Jayhawks certainly weren't going to be intimidated by one in Allen Fieldhouse. With another raucous home c...

 

No. 6 Kansas routs Mizzou 95-67 in first visit in 10 years

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Kevin McCullar Jr. heard the boos and catcalls from the Missouri student section hours before tipoff, when Kansas first emerged from the tunnel for pregame warmups. The noise rose to an ear-splitting roar as the bitter rivals b...

 

Kansas coach Leipold signs lucrative contract extension

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Lance Leipold has signed his lucrative contract extension at Kansas, which includes a massive pay raise for the Jayhawks' football coach along with his assistants and staff, and could keep him tied to the school through the 2...

 

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