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Kansas to use break for rest, work on defense

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Jayhawks plan to use time off to fix, focus on defense |
So, now, while resting up, recharging and moving forward with a new mindset all figure to be benefits of the Jayhawks’ unexpected weekend off, the one aspect of improvement this team will focus on most between now and the opening tip in next week’s NCAA Tournament will be the one that let them down the most on Thursday.

Kansas baseball splits twinbill |
Taylor Turski and Blake Weiman combined to pitch eight shutout innings, and Kansas baseball team defeated Houston Baptist, 2-1, in the first game of a doubleheader Friday at Hoglund Ballpark.

KU softball wins home opener |
Harli Ridling homered, doubled and drove in five runs, and Kansas’ softball team defeated Wisconsin-Green Bay, 12-0, in its home opener Friday at Arrocha Ballpark.

Wooden court damaged by water at KU men's basketball apartment building |
County emergency personnel and University of Kansas facilities staff responded to a fire alarm at 11 p.m. Wednesday at McCarthy Hall, KU spokeswoman Erinn Barcomb-Peterson said in an email. McCarthy Hall, 1741 Naismith Drive, is the on-campus apartment building for the KU men’s basketball team and other male students.

Kansas junior guard Svi Mykhailiuk breaks out of slump versus TCU
As one of Kansas’ senior team leaders, Frank Mason made sure to communicate with slumping Svi Mykhailiuk during practices the past five weeks.

Fifteen years after leaving KU for the NBA, Drew Gooden will graduate in May
“I am not giving up my college education. I WILL get my degree,” Gooden, Kansas’ 6-foot-10 All-America forward from Oakland, Calif., said forcibly after announcing plans to leave KU after his junior season for the 2002 NBA Draft, where he was chosen fourth overall by the Memphis Grizzlies.

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Confessions of college mascots: What it takes to wear the mask for KU and K-State
Being a college mascot looks like a tough racket. Long days. Hot nights. Hours of practice. All of which are done in near total anonymity. Mascots at K-State and the University of Kansas try never to reveal their identities, not even to this mild-mannered reporter, who agreed not to disclose their names.

Warriors, Curry continue post-Durant slump in loss to Wolves: Takeaways -
After Andrew Wiggins made two free throws to give the Wolves the lead, Stephen Curry had a chance to put the Warriors ahead in the final seconds, but the ball rimmed out and the Warriors fell to 2-4 since Durant left in the first quarter against the Wizards on Feb. 28.

2017 World Baseball Classic final score: USA walks off with 3-2 win over Colombia -
It took a little longer than expected, but Team USA escaped with a win in their World Baseball Classic opener Friday night. The heavily-favored USA team walked off with a 3-2 win over Colombia in the 10th inning at Miami Marlins Park (box score). Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones won the game with a walk-off single.

Everyone's out: Warriors to rest Steph Curry, Thompson, Green against Spurs -
Saturday night’s game between the Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs has huge implications. The Spurs are one back in the loss column, chasing the Warriors for the No. 1 seed. It should be a titanic battle between the West’s superpowers, with homecourt in a potential Western Conference finals on the line.

Bracketology: UCLA drops to 3 seed; Vanderbilt replaces Cal in bracket -
Arizona beat UCLA in the semifinals of the Pac-12 tournament, and while that game might not have much of an impact on the Wildcats, it figures to knock the Bruins down a bit.

Bob Knight has long been a disgrace, but what he said Friday is a new low -
“I hope they’re all dead,” Knight, a man who makes the Grinch seem like the Pope, told Patrick when cued up about his former bosses at Indiana.

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