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 By DAVE SKRETTA    Sports    April 3, 2022

Kansas cruises to 81-65 win over Villanova in Final Four

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Ochai Agbaji followed a celebrating stream of Kansas players off the floor at the Final Four, their shouts of "One more!" echoing all the way up the tunnel of the Superdome and right to the door of their locker room. One more...

 
 By DAVE SKRETTA    Sports    March 13, 2022

Kansas earns No. 1 seed in Midwest Region; Auburn gets No. 2

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas fought its way through arguably the toughest league in college basketball this season, ultimately sharing the Big 12 regular-season title with Baylor before romping past Texas Tech to win the conference tournament....

 
 By DAVE SKRETTA    Sports    March 11, 2022

No. 4 Baylor women rout Oklahoma State in Big 12 tourney

ANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Big 12 player of the year NaLyssa Smith scored 15 points, Baylor shut out Oklahoma State into the second quarter and the No. 4 Bears rolled the rest of the way to a 76-36 victory Friday in the quarterfinals of the conference...

 
 By DAVE SKRETTA    Sports    March 9, 2022

Kansas again No. 1 seed for wide-open Big 12 Tournament

ANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Big 12 Tournament was the place where Kansas validated its regular-season conference championship each year, and usually confirmed its status as one of the top seeds and heavy favorites for the NCAA Tournament. That's...

 

Kansas shakes up coaching staff after 2-10 finish to season

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas defensive line coach Kwahn Drake and cornerback coach Chevis Jackson were fired Monday, two days after the Jayhawks finished their first season under Lance Leipold with a competitive loss to bowl-bound West Virginia....

 

Big 12 eyeing as many as 9 of 10 teams bowl-eligible

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The bizarre nature of the college football season in the Big 12 can be summed up by the fact that TCU and Texas Tech, both having already fired their coaches, could be headed to bowl games in a few short weeks. In fact,...

 

K-State at crossroads after troubling loss to Oklahoma State

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — One thing Kansas State coach Chris Klieman never expected to have this season was a quarterback controversy. He had sixth-year senior Skylar Thompson returning from a season-ending shoulder injury, ready to regain the reins...

 

K-State back in poll at No. 25 as Oklahoma State trip looms

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — The similarities for Kansas State coach Chris Klieman between the start of this season and his first season leading the Wildcats were so startling that he couldn't help but notice them. There was the win over a lower-level...

 
 By DAVE SKRETTA    Sports    April 30, 2021

Kansas hires Buffalo's Lance Leipold as football coach

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas hired Buffalo's Lance Leipold on Friday, turning over one of college football's worst programs to a longtime Division III coach with strong Midwestern roots. Leipold signed a six-year contract and takes over for Les...

 
 By DAVE SKRETTA    Sports    April 2, 2021

Kansas gives Bill Self contract to keep him until retirement

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self has agreed to a new contract that will keep him with the Jayhawks until he retires, even as the school awaits a decision from an independent panel investigating five Level I infractions charges alleged by the NCAA....

 
 By DAVE SKRETTA    Sports    March 26, 2021

NCAA's Midwest Region full of upsets but maybe not surprises

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — It is the region that has caused more busted NCAA Tournament brackets than any other, the quadrant where No. 1 seed Illinois was sent packing by Loyola Chicago, West Virginia was dumped by a team that barely made the field, and...

 
 By DAVE SKRETTA    Sports    March 14, 2021

Kansas headed to NCAA tourney trying to put bad week to bed

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — It began with the resignation of Kansas football coach Les Miles amid allegations of sexual harassment during his time at LSU. It continued days later with the resignation of ahtletic director Jeff Long for his role in the...

 
 By DAVE SKRETTA    Sports    March 12, 2021

'A bad break': Kansas out of Big 12 tourney due to COVID-19

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — No. 11 Kansas withdrew from the Big 12 Tournament on Friday after a positive COVID-19 test within the men's basketball program, becoming the third major team to have its conference postseason end because of the coronavirus....

 

Kansas AD: Miles shared nothing of misconduct allegations

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas athletic director Jeff Long said he pointedly asked his longtime friend, Les Miles, during the hiring process to be next football coach of the Jayhawks whether there was anything in his background that could...

 
 By DAVE SKRETTA    Regional    March 7, 2021

Big 12 commish bullish about future as tournaments near

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said it could be "a matter of years" before its schools recover from the financial blow they took when the COVID-19 pandemic shut down sports and then limited how games have returned. The...

 

Royals make official Dozier deal for $25 million, four years

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Royals made official their $25 million, four-year contract with third baseman Hunter Dozier on Monday, ensuring that another member of their young foundation is under club control for the foreseeable future. Kansas City...

 

Wichita St lifts interim tag, gives Isaac Brown 5-year deal

Wichita State removed the interim tag from coach Isaac Brown's title Friday, agreeing in principle to a five-year deal with the longtime assistant who took a program in chaos to the top of the American Athletic Conference this season. The Shockers (1...

 

Bluebloods feeling black and blue as hoops hits homestretch

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Bill Self had never found himself in this position in nearly two decades as the head coach at Kansas. Sure, there have been teams that have struggled to assimilate new players. Teams with deficiencies on offense or defense....

 
 By DAVE SKRETTA    Sports    January 3, 2021

No. 8 Texas tops No. 3 KU 84-59 to tie record margin at Phog

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Texas stumbled into Allen Fieldhouse on Saturday well aware of its humbling track record in the storied arena. The Longhorns sauntered out having made some much better history. After winning once in their previous 17 tries in...

 
 By DAVE SKRETTA    Sports    January 1, 2021

Kansas-Texas top-10 matchup highlights Big 12 weekend

A look at the upcoming week around the Big 12 Conference: GAME OF THE WEEKEND Third-ranked Kansas has proven its chops since losing to top-ranked Gonzaga in its opener, ripping off eight straight wins with two against top-10 opponents and four agains...

 

Kansas State latest to skip bowl game due to COVID-19

Kansas State became the latest team to withdraw from bowl consideration Wednesday when the school paused all football activities indefinitely amid an outbreak of positive COVID-19 tests and contact tracing that would have prevented them from...

 

Wilson shines as No. 5 Kansas beats No. 8 Creighton, 73-72

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Jalen Wilson remained composed when he needed to hit the go-ahead 3-pointer for Kansas in the closing seconds. He was equally stoic watching No. 8 Creighton try to match him. The redshirt freshman calmly hit the go-ahead...

 

Conference showdowns produce wave of Top 25 matchups

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The value in conference vs. conference showdowns has never been greater with teams struggling to find opponents amid the pandemic and numerous non-league games having already been scrapped. This season, they are also produce...

 

Wichita State coach Marshall resigns after misconduct probe

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall resigned Tuesday following an investigation into allegations of verbal and physical abuse, ending a tenure that soared to the Final Four and crashed on the eve of the upcoming season....

 

No. 6 Kansas rides expectations, uncertainty into season

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas coach Bill Self was still trying to figure out the makeup of his team the first week of November, roughly about the time the Jayhawks would have had a couple exhibition games under their belts in anticipation of the sea...

 

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