Vahe Gregorian

Vahe Gregorian

Vahe Gregorian: Jayhawks show they are as much blue-collar as blue-blood

In its 90-70 victory over Michigan State in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday, Kansas was confronted with one of the most rugged teams in basketball -- one that hoped to intimidate the Jayhawks. But KU not only was unfazed but seemingly energized by the challenge, and now it’s moving on to the Sweet 16 at the Sprint Center, where it plays fourth-seeded Purdue on Thursday.

Vahe Gregorian

Vahe Gregorian: Former KU and Chicago Bears great Gale Sayers is battling dementia

Gale Sayers, one of the greatest running backs who ever lived, has been battling dementia for years. The University of Kansas product also known for the movie “Brian’s Song” is safe with the love of his wife, Ardie, and the caring and protective and town he lives in. The family spoke about it publicly for the first time both to clarify his condition for those who have been wondering and to urge others to be vigilant.

Vahe Gregorian

Vahe Gregorian: Winning NCAA opener validates Bruce Weber’s impact … at least until Friday

To the sheer delight of most Kansas State fans, the Wildcats muzzled 11th-seeded counterpart Wake Forest 95-88 on Tuesday in the First Four to win the school’s first NCAA Tournament game since 2012. In the process, the Wildcats were tough-minded, athletic, versatile and resolute, looking like the sort of team that could well beat sixth-seeded Cincinnati when they meet on Friday in Sacramento.

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Vahe Gregorian: Jayhawks don’t wilt in heat of Rupp Arena vs. Kentucky

With a rare sense of disarray swirling around the program and days after a dud loss at West Virginia, Kansas entered its game at Kentucky on Saturday ranked second in the nation, yet seeming to be reeling. All the more so when the Wildcats pounced to a 12-point lead and Kansas looked flustered and exasperated with each other. Then everything flipped in what became a momentous and reassuring 79-73 victory for the Jayhawks, the sort of win that tells you this team is rugged and resourceful and capable of about anything this season.

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Telling the story of Gale Sayers' battle with dementia

Star columnist Vahe Gregorian describes the time he spent with Gale and Ardie Sayers in Wakarusa, Indiana.
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Telling the story of Gale Sayers' battle with dementia 1:07

Telling the story of Gale Sayers' battle with dementia

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