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Moffitt wins wild Truck race at Kansas to qualify for finale

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Brett Moffitt wasn't about to finish second again — not with a spot in the NASCAR Truck Series finale on the line. So when Zane Smith tried to pass him with three laps to go, Moffitt moved down ever so slightly and sent...

 

Heim wins ARCA race at Kansas as Holmes bags series title

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Bret Holmes couldn't chase down Cory Heim as the sun set on the ARCA Series finale at Kansas Speedway. It didn't really matter. The 23-year-old from Munford, Alabama, won the series championship over Michael Self by...

 

Kansas coach cleared of virus but skips West Virginia game

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas coach Les Miles has been cleared to return to the Jayhawks after his positive test for COVID-19, but out of caution is skipping the team's trip to West Virginia for Saturday's game. The 66-year-old Miles announced last...

 

Kansas State QB Skylar Thompson to miss rest of season

Kansas State quarterback Skylar Thompson will miss the rest of the season after having surgery on his throwing shoulder, leaving freshman Will Howard to lead the No. 22 Wildcats the rest of the way. Thompson was hurt two weeks ago when Texas Tech's R...

 
 By DAVE SKRETTA    Sports    October 9, 2020

Kansas coach Les Miles tests positive for COVID-19

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas coach Les Miles tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday and is quarantining in his home, where he plans to fulfill his head coaching responsibilities remotely as the Jayhawks spend a week off before visiting West...

 
 By DAVE SKRETTA    Sports    October 7, 2020

K-State's Klieman aware of optics of raise during COVID-19

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — It was some time in January when Kansas State athletic director Gene Taylor approached Chris Klieman about a contract extension, one that would include a raise that put him in the upper tier of Big 12 football coaches. The...

 
 By DAVE SKRETTA    Sports    October 4, 2020

No. 17 Oklahoma State rolls to 47-7 victory over Kansas

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Shane Illingworth threw for 265 yards and three touchdowns, Chuba Hubbard ran for 145 yards and two more scores, and No. 17 Oklahoma State was able to rest its starters the final 20 minutes in its 47-7 victory over Kansas on S...

 

Mizzou's Drinkwitz: transparency trumps competitive edge

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Eli Drinkwitz could have kept private the COVID-19 testing numbers within the Missouri football program. The new coach of the Tigers could have pleaded ignorance when it came to the number of positive results, or the amount...

 

Big 12 feeling blue after 0-3 weekend against Sun Belt

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Maybe the Big 12 Conference should have followed the lead of the Big Ten and Pac-12 and opted out of playing college football this fall. Or at least opted out of scheduling the Sun Belt. The lower-tier conference went 3-0...

 

Return of football renews fears over more virus spread

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Are you ready for some football? The kickoff of the NFL season Thursday with 17,000 fans in the stadium illustrates the nation's determination to resume its most popular sport in the middle of a pandemic that has already...

 
 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...

 

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