- Kansas Sports -
“As fans of the program and whatnot, you should be proud that people storm the court whenever somebody knocks us down, because it means a lot to those respective people because it’s a big game,” KU coach Bill Self said Tuesday on his weekly “Hawk Talk” radio show.
Staten walked. OK? Watch the tape from the final four seconds of Monday night at Morgantown in super-duper slow-motion. Then go ahead and throw something of little or no value against the wall, if that eases the pain a bit. But then be done with it.
As of Wednesday afternoon, the Jayhawks rank No. 1 in the country in terms of opponent strength of schedule -- by the Ratings Percentage Index, Ken Pomeroy, anybody with a calculator and a pulse. But KU hasn't just played the toughest schedule in the country: According to at least one prominent database, it's in the back nine of the single-toughest schedule in the last 35 years of the program -- and the single-toughest slate in the short history of the Big 12, which opened for basketball business in the winter of 1995-96.
Kansas soccer signee Parker Roberts has been placed on the U.S. Under-20 Women's National Team roster and will compete at the U-19 La Manga Tournament in La Manga, Spain, Feb. 28-March 10.
The Kansas baseball team heads west to the land of Spring Training Feb. 19-22, to battle four Power Five conference schools as part of the Big 12/Pac-12 Challenge.
- College Sports -
The Big 12 Conference has announced its policy for concussion diagnosis and management in the care of all student-athletes. The policy, developed by team athletic trainers, physicians and medical support staff, was recently approved by the Big 12 Board of Directors.
Maker’s guardian, Ed Smith, has told Zagsblog.com Maker would visit Kansas University and Kentucky if he decided to reclassify. Indiana, Missouri and UCLA have also been mentioned as possibilities. It has been speculated that Maker will have trouble qualifying for a scholarship and thus could play overseas a year in preparation for the NBA Draft.
The Horned Frogs (16-10, 3-10 Big 12) are better than you think -- or hope, in this case -- but the fact remains: It takes some effort to get smoked in Fort Worth. Or, in the case of Bruce Weber's Wildcats (13-14, 6-8), a curious and disheartening lack thereof.
Quinn Cook scored 22 points, freshman Tyus Jones matched a season high with 22 and Duke outlasted the No. 15 Tar Heels 92-90 on Wednesday night.
Syracuse's standout senior center Rakeem Christmas rebounded from his worst game of the season, scoring 29 points and blocking four shots, and Syracuse beat No. 12 Louisville 69-59 on Wednesday night.
Jameel McKay had career highs of 17 points and 14 rebounds to help the 14th-ranked Cyclones knock off the 22nd-ranked Cowboys 70-65 on Wednesday night.
UAB coach Bill Clark has decided to stay with the school, for now, in hopes of getting the administration to reverse its decision to end football, but the players from UAB's 2014 team, just the second-ever bowl eligible team in school history, were given a release to transfer to any school and receive immediate eligibility.
- Professional Sports -
Henry, 28, hit .332 with 29 RBIs and 38 runs scored in 57 games with Evansville of the Frontier League in 2013. He missed the 2014 season because of an injury, but played this offseason in the California Winter League, which finished its season Sunday.
For leading the U.S. Olympic Ice Hockey Team to an improbable win over the Soviet Union and eventually the gold medal at the 1980 Olympic Winter Games, Herb Brooks has become one of the iconic coaches in American sports history. With the 35th anniversary of the “Miracle on Ice” approaching, Brooks' family has decided to put some of the late coach's personal items from his coaching career up for auction.
Another and perhaps more important warning: If you don't want any "Breaking Bad" or "Better Call Saul" spoilers, you better get outta here now, even if just to be safe. I won't be holding back.
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Good work, Mets. Give back our hearts, baseball-dress girl.