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 By DAVE SKRETTA    Sports    August 12, 2020 

College football players left in limbo as seasons get pushed

Kansas State quarterback Skylar Thompson is ready to play football next month. Or in the winter. Or even the spring. He just wants to pull on his shoulder pads one last time, run onto the field in front of thousands of adoring fans, and experience...

 
 By Dave Skretta    Sports    August 5, 2020

Chiefs' fortunate offseason helps with COVID-19 opt outs

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kelechi Osemele was at a birthday party with his girlfriend in a park not long ago when his phone rang, and the two-time Pro Bowl offensive lineman ducked away from the noise to find out who was on the other end. It turned...

 
 By Dave Skretta    Sports    July 1, 2020

NCAA case against Kansas hoops taken for independent review

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The NCAA's infractions case against the University of Kansas men's basketball program has been accepted into a newly created independent investigation process that was created to handle especially complex cases. The...

 
 By Dave Skretta    Regional    July 1, 2020

K-State launches diversity programs after football boycott

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas State is launching a diversity and education fund amid several other initiatives to address racial injustice after football players threatened a boycott in response to an insensitive tweet by a student about the...

 
 By Dave Skretta    Sports    June 5, 2020

College basketball coaches discuss racism, diversity

Frank Martin remembers the day 22 years ago when he was stopped by a police officer in the middle of nowhere, when he was driving across the country from his home in Miami to help coach a youth basketball camp. "An officer walked up to my window and...

 
 By Dave Skretta    Sports    May 21, 2020

Chiefs holding unique virtual competition for punting job

LEAWOOD, Kan. (AP) — It's a good thing an NFL kicking operation requires no more than three players. There's the long snapper, tasked with delivering the ball. The kicker, who is expected to send it through the uprights. And the punter, who for...

 
 By Dave Skretta    Sports    March 19, 2020

Kansas finishes No. 1 in final AP poll; Gonzaga, Dayton next

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas coach Bill Self has spent much of the past week mulling ways to commemorate one of the more remarkable seasons in the school's proud basketball history, one that began with off-the-court distractions too numerous to...

 
 By Dave Skretta    Sports    March 12, 2020

Oklahoma State beats Iowa State 72-71 in Big 12 opener

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Oklahoma State's Isaak Likekele silenced an arena full of Iowa State fans by going coast-to-coast for the go-ahead lay-up with 3.8 seconds left, lifting his eighth-seeded Cowboys to a 72-71 victory over the No. 9 seed...

 
 By Dave Skretta    Sports    March 11, 2020

No. 1 Kansas, No. 5 Baylor headline Big 12 tournament

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Top-ranked Kansas hasn't lost since Baylor stunned the Jayhawks in Allen Fieldhouse in January, that run of excellence driving coach Bill Self's squad to another regular-season Big 12 title and the top seed in the...

 
 By Dave Skretta    Regional    March 6, 2020

Kansas objects to NCAA charges in response to allegations

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The University of Kansas forcefully objected to charges that its storied men's basketball program, currently No. 1 in the nation, and its football programs had committed significant violations tied primarily to recruiting when...

 

KU routs Oklahoma State 83-58 in first game back at No. 1

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — When shots aren't falling early, Kansas can always rely on defense and Doke. Udoka Azubuike had 19 points and 16 rebounds, the Jayhawks shut down Oklahoma State long enough for their offense to come alive in the second half,...

 

Big 12 suspends 4 players from KU-KSU brawl 24 games total

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The Big 12 suspended four players from Kansas and Kansas State a combined 24 games Wednesday for their roles in a melee that spilled off the court and into a section of disabled seating in Allen Fieldhouse near the end of the...

 

Former Walmart exec, Royals owner David Glass dies at 84

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Former Walmart Inc. chief executive David Glass, who owned the Kansas City Royals for nearly two decades before selling the franchise last fall, died last week of complications form pneumonia. He was 84. The Glass family sai...

 

Baylor-Kansas headlines second weekend of Big 12 hoops play

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The Big 12 heads into its second week of conference play, and a high-profile matchup between third-ranked Kansas and No. 4 Baylor on Saturday could set the stage for the rest of the season. Here are the things to know: GAME...

 
 By Dave Skretta    Sports    January 5, 2020

Chiefs prepped for Texans in pseudo-rematch of Week 6

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs will welcome the Texans to Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday for the divisional round of the playoffs, a rematch in name only of their Week 6 nail-biter won by Houston on a fourth-quarter touchdown. The Chie...

 

Kansas favored to resume Big 12 title run after last season

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Bill Self walked into Allen Fieldhouse to greet a new bunch of Jayhawks this summer and something was missing. Oh, right. Another year on the banner that touts Big 12 titles at Kansas. The Jayhawks failed to win the...

 

AP Source: Kansas receives notice of allegations from NCAA

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The University of Kansas received a notice of allegations from the NCAA on Monday that alleges significant violations within its storied men's basketball program, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press....

 

Amid hurricane concerns, Coastal Carolina heads to Kansas

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Les Miles had some idea what Coastal Carolina has been dealing with this week as the Chanticleers prepared to visit Kansas while also preparing to face Hurricane Dorian. The school in Conway, South Carolina, was in the path...

 
 By Dave Skretta    Sports    July 18, 2019

Kansas to begin beer, wine sales at Memorial Stadium

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas announced Wednesday that it will begin selling beer and wine at home football games this season, joining a growing number of Big 12 schools to offer alcohol sales at sporting events. Cue the jokes about the Jayhawks'...

 

Chiefs: DA reopens domestic violence case involving Hill

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid said Friday a local prosecutor has reopened a domestic violence investigation involving suspended wide receiver Tyreek Hill after a TV station broadcast audio in which Hill and his...

 

Redshirt mistakes still happen in big-time college hoops

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Ochai Agbaji is not supposed to happen in the modern era of college basketball. Not at Kansas. Not really anywhere. The 6-foot-5 guard's explosive athleticism was supposed to have been uncovered on the AAU circuit by one of...

 

Kansas once more favored to win 15th straight Big 12 title

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — There have been plenty of times over the past 14 years that Kansas was supposed to have a tough test in the Big 12, only for the Jayhawks to emerge on top when March rolled around. The year Texas had Kevin Durant, or Oklahoma...

 

Royals, Hamilton finalize to $5.25M contract

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Royals and speedy outfielder Billy Hamilton have agreed to a $5.25 million contract for next season that includes up to $1 million in incentives. The Royals hope that spacious Kauffman Stadium will allow...

 

Kansas suspends RB Pooka Williams after assault arrest

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas running back Pooka Williams was suspended by the Jayhawks on Friday after his arrest on suspicion of domestic battery, the same day the star freshman was chosen Big 12 newcomer of the year. Williams, whose given name...

 

Texas aims for Big 12 title game in return to Kansas

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Tom Herman wasn't on the Texas sideline two years ago, even if a bunch of his players were, when the Longhorns walked out of Memorial Stadium with a head-shaking loss to Kansas. The defeat ended a string of 13 consecutive wins...

 

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