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Kansas Sports

Jayhawks go with Landen Lucas late to beat Baylor |
NBA veteran Nick Collison spent some time on Kansas University’s campus last fall, playing pick-up games with members of the 2014-15 Jayhawk basketball team. The 6-foot-10, 255-pound Oklahoma City Thunder forward and No. 2 scorer in KU history often found himself matched against 6-10, 240-pound KU sophomore Landen Lucas.

Notebook: Streak ends for Frank Mason III |
Kansas University sophomore point guard Frank Mason III scored five points in the Jayhawks’ 74-64 home win against Baylor Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse, breaking a streak of 21 consecutive games in double figures.

KU football team trying new technology to spot concussions, boost national research |
The Kansas University football team is trying new technology to take a bite out of the sport’s concussion problem. The Jayhawks will be among the first college football teams in the country to use impact-sensing mouthguards this spring, when they start practicing for the upcoming fall season.

Perry Ellis reaches 1,000-point milestone |
“It feels great. I’m blessed to be in this position. It’s really an honor,” the 6-foot-8 Wichita native said Saturday after becoming the 56th player to top the 1,000-mark at KU.

Kansas tennis tops Houston |
Freshmen Smith Hinton and Summer Collins took three-set victories, and Kansas University’s women’s tennis team defeated 49th-ranked Houston, 4-3, on Saturday at the Jayhawk Tennis Center.

KU relay team claims 13th |
Kansas University’s men’s 4x400-meter relay team posted the sixth-fastest time in school history Saturday at the Tyson Invitational.

University of Kansas Athletics - Sweet Deal: Kansas Comeback Caps Valentine’s Day Win, 74-64
Kansas native Perry Ellis never missed a shot in the second half en route to etching his name amongst the 1,000-point scorers at Kansas. His 18-point effort was as crucial as it was historical in powering No. 8/9 Kansas to a 74-64 comeback victory against No. 16/16 Baylor Saturday afternoon inside Allen Fieldhouse.

Wiggins leads World team |
Andrew Wiggins scored 22 points, Rudy Gobert added 18 points, 12 rebounds and three blocked shots, and the World team beat the U.S. 121-112 on Friday night in the Rising Stars Challenge at All-Star weekend.

KU’s Landen Lucas was immersed in Japanese culture before basketball | The Kansas City Star The Kansas City Star
They lived in a Japanese town called Fukui, the days passing in a cozy little home that one might describe as a traditional uchi — the native word for house. There were paper-thin walls and no central heating. There was an American son who would remove his shoes before entering. There was a single mother, shepherding her preteen child before the real world — basketball, high school and college decisions — beckoned back home in Portland, Ore. On cold winter nights, as darkness fell in Fukui, Shelley and Landen Lucas would bundle up in sweats, layering on the clothes before they crawled under the covers to go to bed.

Around the Big 12

West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Iowa State Cyclones - Recap - February 14, 2015 - ESPN
Iowa State was playing some of its best defense of the season. Its offense, on the other hand, was uncharacteristically stagnant.

Oklahoma St Cowboys vs. TCU Horned Frogs - Recap - February 14, 2015 - ESPN
Amric Fields had 12 points and a big part in an upset-sealing run as last-place TCU beat No. 21 Oklahoma State 70-55 on Saturday after the Cowboys had won three consecutive Big 12 games against ranked teams.

Oklahoma Sooners vs. Kansas St Wildcats - Recap - February 14, 2015 - ESPN
Scuffling to find options on offense, Kansas State was in desperation mode as it tried to avoid a sixth consecutive loss.

Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. Texas Longhorns - Recap - February 14, 2015 - ESPN
The Texas Longhorns have temporarily rescued their season with three straight wins against the bottom teams in the Big 12. Their season will likely be defined over the next two weeks against the best in the league.

Other Stories

Former Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis diving into next stage of life - Notre Dame football - Mobile
“I think it’s highly doubtful that I will ever coach again,” said the 58-year-old former Notre Dame head coach whose five-year regime in South Bend, punctuated by extremes, launched 10 seasons ago.

Last Man Running - The New Yorker
The Last Man game, an annual competition of intentional ignorance, began on Sunday, February 1st, at 10:06 P.M. A hundred and fourteen million Americans had just watched the Super Bowl, more than had ever watched before. Somewhere north of a hundred—no million needed—had decided, instead, to play Last Man, a loosely organized contest that began in the late aughts, when Kyle Whelliston, a blogger who didn’t care much for football, decided to try to be the “Last Man in America to Know Who Won the Super Bowl.” (Ed Note, this might be a fun RCT contest if KU isn't in the NC this year)

Dog walks nearly 20 blocks to see owner in hospital
Some dogs sure want to be by their owner's side in sickness and health. A dog in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, escaped her home and walked nearly 20 blocks to see her owner, who was recovering from cancer surgery, KWWL reports. (Ed Note, reason 32988747 why Miniature Schnauzers are amazing)