The Star's new sports show, "Holding Court" with Blair Kerkhoff, is at the Big 12 Tournament all week. In this morning's episode, Blair and Star sports columnist Vahe Gregorian discuss the strength of the field, the impact of Joel Embiid's injury and more before Wednesday night's games tip off.
Moments before tipoff, fans in Allen Fieldhouse whip up more than the usual amount of frenzy. Texas is the visitor, first place in the Big 12 is on the line, and the noise meter records decibels approaching a jet engines roar.
Jarrod Dyson appeals as both an insurance policy for oft-injured center fielder Lorenzo Cain and a prized late-game pinch runner.
A week after 30 teams deemed 1,474 amateur players more promising than he was, Jarrod Dyson left his home in McComb, Miss., and moved into a hotel outside the Royals spring complex.
When it comes to free-agency, Chiefs general manager John Dorsey and coach Andy Reid have not been shy about their beliefs.
Sporting Kansas City midfielder Graham Zusi casually leaned his shoulder against a wall and answered an onslaught of questions that lasted longer than half an hour. After glossing over a variety of topics, he navigated the conversation to the CONCACAF Champions League.
Kansas' Andrew Wiggins shoots the ball against Oklahoma's Ryan Spangler during the second half at Allen Fieldhouse on Monday night. Kansas won a share of their 10th-straight Big 12 conference title with the 83-75 win.
Heres one way to measure the quality and depth of the Big 12 Tournament that begins tonight at the Sprint Center: When quizzed about the seeds of Baylor and Oklahoma State, teams from the bottom half of the conference standings that are playing in the opening round, you have to be specific:
In preparation for this week's Big 12 Conference Basketball Tournament at the Sprint Center, Nathaniel Cunningham, of Lawrence, helped install netting Monday afternoon around one of several outdoor basketball courts on Grand Blvd. The tournament gets underway Wednesday evening with two games slated for 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Kansas and Kansas State both open play on Thursday.
In this edition of "Holding Court with Blair Kerkhoff," The Star's Blair Kerkhoff talks with Kathy Nelson, the president of the Kansas City Sports Commission, about what the Big 12 mens basketball tournament means to Kansas City. The tournament action gets underway Wednesday night. Kansas and Kansas State begin play Thursday.
KU freshman Andrew Wiggins was the best player on the Big 12’s best team this season. But he has the opportunity to build on that reputation in the postseason.
The flight to Madrid had dragged on for nearly half a day, cramped and mind-numbing. Then came a three-hour bus ride. By the time the Canadian teenagers arrived at the basketball gym in Spain, they were jetlagged from the trans-Atlantic travel and stiff from a claustrophobic journey across the Spanish countryside.
K-State’s Marcus Foster (left) had one of his best nights of the season against KU last month in Manhattan. He had a game high 20 points.
There are days when Kansas State freshman Marcus Foster makes the transition from high school to college look effortless.
Missouri’s Jabari Brown (right) went at Julius Randle and Kentucky for a career-high 33 points in February, but the Tigers lost 84-79.
There’s a tattoo on Missouri junior Jabari Brown’s upper right arm.
Kentucky's Willie Cauley-Stein (15) goes up for a dunk as Alabama's Carl Engstrom defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, March 4, 2014, in Lexington, Ky.
Late Saturday night, after Kansas freshman Andrew Wiggins scored 41 points in a loss at West Virginia, the greatest Canadian player ever took notice of his young countryman.
The NCAA selection committee will hunker down in a room on Sunday in Indianapolis, piecing together a bracket of 68 teams. The committee members will consider many variables: Quality wins. Strength of schedule. And this year, yes, injuries. The latest test case for how the committee should deal with a teams health: Its right here in Kansas.
The NCAA selection committee will hunker down in a room on Sunday in Indianapolis, piecing together a bracket of 68 teams. The committee members will consider many variables: High-quality wins. Strength of schedule. And this year, yes, injuries.
Maty Mauk (left) will be one of Gary Pinkel’s quarterbacks who will be competing for the starting job at Missouri.
Last spring, Missouri had a massive chip on its shoulder when spring football practice kicked off.
Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert (11) was under pressure all after from Kansas City Chiefs outside linebacker Tamba Hali (91) and the Chiefs defense in NFL action at Everbank Field in Jacksonville, FL on September 8, 2013. The Chiefs won 28-2.
The San Francisco 49ers have agreed to acquire quarterback Blaine Gabbert from the Jacksonville Jaguars for a sixth-round draft pick, apparently finding a capable backup for Colin Kaepernick.
Rico Gathers, a demonstrative big man for Baylor, seemed to be enjoying himself at practice Tuesday evening at the Sprint Center.
Based on preseason projections, Oklahoma State and Baylor figured to take the express lane to the NCAA Tournament.
Kansas City Royals' Norichika Aoki falls to the ground after being hit by a pitch during the fifth inning of a spring exhibition baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Tuesday, March 11, 2014, in Surprise, Ariz. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Louis Coleman served up a three-run home run in the ninth inning as the Royals fell, 7-5 to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Minor-leaguer Noel Cuevas victimized Coleman. He crushed an 89-mph fastball into left-center field.
Action gets underway Wednesday in Kansas high school basketball state tournaments in all classes at various sites. In Missouri, the Class 1, 2 and 3 state tournaments begin on Thursday in Columbia. Here are five things to watch:
Kansas got to officially celebrate their tenth consecutive Big 12 Conference title Wednesday night with a 82-57 thumping of Texas Tech at Allen Fieldhouse. Seniors Niko Roberts (left front) and Tarik Black (right) got to model special hats and t-shirts with teammates jamri Traylor , Andrew Wiggins, and Wayne Selden after the game.
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Missouri's Jabari Brown, left, dribbles around Tennessee's Jamell Stokes, right, and Jordan McRae during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, in Columbia, Mo. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)
After becoming the first team to roll 18-0 through the Southeastern Conference, Florida swept most of the awards Tuesday when the coaches’ postseason honors were handed out.