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Kansas Sports

No. 8 Jayhawks go stagnant in Stillwater |
Holding a comfortable 14-point lead the first half against an Oklahoma State squad playing with a flu-ridden Phil Forte, Kansas University’s basketball team sure looked as if it would tighten its stranglehold Saturday on the Big 12 Conference basketball race. Needless to say ... things didn’t quite turn out that way.

Inside the stats: Kansas at Oklahoma State |
The Kansas University basketball team’s 67-62 loss at Oklahoma State Saturday featured a number of noteworthy statistics for the Jayhawks.

Cowboys 'forget' first half, roll in second |
"When we came in at halftime, Coach Ford just said, 'Forget it,'" recalled OSU senior Le'Bryan Nash. "'Every time we make a basket, we're pressing.'"

Notebook: Frank Mason whistled for 'T' in road loss |
"He gave me a technical for saying, ‘Everyone chill out.’ Yeah I was very surprised. I didn’t think I deserved a tech for that. I didn’t say it directly toward anyone. I don’t see why I would get a tech for that," Mason added.

Kansas softball takes two wins |
Kansas University’s softball team improved to 4-0 with a pair of victories Saturday. The Jayhawks defeated Arkansas, 4-3, and Florida Atlantic, 7-6.

Kansas tennis tops N.M. State |
Kansas University blanked New Mexico State, 4-0, on Saturday in women’s tennis.

KU swimming defeats Cyclones |
Kansas University’s swim team closed the dual-meet portion of its season with a 169-131, two-day victory over Iowa State on Saturday at Robinson Natatorium.

KU women go cold late, lose to OSU |
Aggressors early Saturday night at Allen Fieldhouse, Kansas University’s women’s basketball players became bystanders too often for coach Bonnie Henrickson’s liking late against Oklahoma State.

Dean Smith

Dean Smith, former North Carolina Tar Heels coach, dies at age of 83 - ESPN
Dean Smith, the coaching innovator who won two national championships at North Carolina, an Olympic gold medal in 1976 and induction into basketball's Hall of Fame more than a decade before he left the bench, has died. He was 83.

Photo gallery: Dean Smith, 1931-2015 | The Kansas City Star The Kansas City Star
Dean Smith, an Emporia, Kan., native who played on the 1952 Jayhawks national championship teams, was best known for his 36-year coaching tenure at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Reaction to Dean Smith’s death | The Kansas City Star The Kansas City Star

Dean Smith, a Kansas native and Topeka High graduate who was a member of KU's 1952 NCAA championship team and later won two titles as the head coach at North Carolina, died Saturday at age 83. Here is a sampling of tributes for Smith:

The Big 12

Baylor Bears vs. West Virginia Mountaineers - Recap - February 07, 2015 - ESPN
Rico Gathers had 17 points and 17 rebounds, and No. 19 Baylor used a strong start to beat No. 15 West Virginia 87-69 on Saturday.

Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. Iowa State Cyclones - Recap - February 07, 2015 - ESPN
The best offensive team in the Big 12 got defensive and put together its most lopsided conference victory of the season.

Oklahoma Sooners vs. TCU Horned Frogs - Recap - February 07, 2015 - ESPN
Oklahoma guard Buddy Hield had an open path to the basket for an easy tying layup when he instead stopped and gave the ball to Ryan Spangler.

Texas Longhorns vs. Kansas St Wildcats - Recap - February 07, 2015 - ESPN
Texas' four-game losing streak was as baffling to Isaiah Taylor as it was for anybody on the Longhorns' bench.

Misc Headlines from the Week

Anti-vaccine book ‘Melanie’s Marvelous Measles’ stirs outrage online - Yahoo News
An anti-vaccination picture book has been harshly criticized for targeting impressionable children with its highly controversial message. Stephanie Messenger’s "Melanie’s Marvelous Measles" was written to show children the supposed "benefits of having measles" and outlines natural healing methods, such as eating fruits and vegetables.

Ex-Olympian Bruce Jenner in car crash that killed one, police say | Reuters
Olympic gold medalist and reality TV star Bruce Jenner was involved in a four-car crash on a Southern California highway on Saturday that left one person dead, police said. (Ed note, including this one because how often does a person have 2 different life altering events happen in the same week)

Brian Williams taking himself off air temporarily - Yahoo News
Brian Williams said he is temporarily stepping away from the "NBC Nightly News" amid questions about his memories of war coverage in Iraq, calling it "painfully apparent" that he has become a distracting news story.