Self to receive award
Kansas basketball coach Bill Self will receive the Wayman Tisdale Humanitarian Award on April 14 in Oklahoma City as part of the Devon Energy College Basketball Awards ceremony.
Tisdale was a three-time All-American at Oklahoma in the 1980s who went on to play in the NBA and later started a career as a jazz musician. He died in May 2009 at age 44 after batting cancer for two years.
Self, who grew up in Edmond, Okla., and played at Oklahoma State, was an AAU teammate of Tisdale’s. In addition to leading KU to the 2008 national championship, Self created the Assists Foundation with his wife, Cindy, and is involved in Coaches vs. Cancer and the V Foundation for Cancer Research.
“To win an award that has Wayman Tisdale’s name tied to it is certainly humbling,” Self said in a statement. “He personally had as much to do in popularizing the sport in the state of Oklahoma as anybody and it’s quite an honor for me to receive an award with his name on it.”
Missouri QB to appear
Missouri senior quarterback James Franklin will sign autographs Saturday in downtown Kansas City before the Tigers men’s basketball team plays Hawaii at 6 p.m. in the Sprint Center.
Franklin and other selected players from the ninth-ranked Missouri football team will sign autographs from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the Power & Light District’s main stage. Tickets for the game start at $16 and are available at the Sprint Center box office or AXS.com.
Staley’s Sara Harvey signed a letter of intent to play for the Missouri softball team Thursday, joining a six-player recruiting class for the Tigers. Harvey, an infielder, is the Missouri high school career doubles leader with 49 and made the coaches’ Class 4 all-state team this fall.
MU also received letters of intent from infielder Paige Bange of Jefferson City; pitcher Paige Lowary of Dallas Center, Iowa; first baseman/right fielder Amanda Sanchez of West Covina, Calif.; infielder Sydney Sprague of Columbus, Ga.; and infielder/outfielder Morgan Walters of Johns Creek, Ga.
• Kansas State women’s basketball announced a three-player signing class Thursday that included 6-foot Blue Valley Northwest guard Lauren Mertz. McKenna Treece, a 6-3 forward from St. Peters, Mo., who plays at Incarnate Word Academy in St. Louis, and Shaelyn Martin, a 6-foot guard from Salina Central High.
The NCAA Division II regionals start Friday when Central Missouri’s women faces Southwest Minnesota State at 1 p.m. in Duluth, Minn., and the Rockhurst women play Truman State at 5 p.m. in Allendale, Mich. Rockhurst’s men play at Tiffin (Ohio) at noon Saturday.
• Park lost 2-0 at top-seeded Columbia in the American Midwest Conference women’s title match Thursday.
• Top-seeded Park plays host to No. 3 seed Hannibal-LaGrange at 1 p.m. Friday for the American Midwest Conference men’s title.
• An assistant state attorney says prosecutors in Tallahassee, Fla., did not receive information about sexual assault allegations involving Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston until Tuesday.
Tallahassee police investigated Winston in connection with a sexual assault that was reported nearly a year ago in an off-campus apartment. School records show the first report was made to campus police on Dec. 7 by a student at a dormitory. The investigation was handed over to Tallahassee police.
• Iowa State defensive lineman David Irving was jailed Thursday after being arrested and charged with assaulting his girlfriend. Irving has started eight games for Iowa State this season.
• North Carolina leading scorer P.J. Hairston and senior Leslie McDonald will miss the second straight game because of NCAA eligibility concerns when the No. 12 Tar Heels play Holy Cross on Friday night.
| Staff and wire reports