WASHINGTON — Dean Smith, a Topeka High School graduate who retired as the winningest coach in college basketball history, will be awarded the country’s highest civilian honor by President Barack Obama later this year.
He joins former President Bill Clinton, talk show icon Oprah Winfrey and Benjamin Bradlee, the former executive editor of the Washington Post who oversaw the Watergate coverage that helped end the presidency of Richard Nixon, among 16 honorees.
LAWRENCE — In 1898, James Naismith could have gone anywhere.
Naismith’s creation, the game of Basket Ball, was still in its infancy. The first game had been played seven years earlier at a gym in Springfield, Mass., where Naismith typed the rules and stowed them in a desk drawer.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Nothing was going to keep Eric and Faith DeVault from watching the Big 12 title game.
Not even their own wedding.
The young couple was married Saturday morning at their family’s house in the Kansas City suburb of Overland Park, and the rabid Kansas fans just happened to receive two tickets to see the seventh-ranked Jayhawks play No. 11 Kansas State from their groomsmen.
WICHITA — The previous attorney for a former University of Kansas athletics consultant is expected to testify Monday at an evidentiary hearing to determine whether he did a poor job in defending his client during the prosecution of a $2 million ticket scalping conspiracy.
LAWRENCE — Lawrence city commissioners have approved agreements for a city-owned recreation center and tax abatements for a larger project that will include athletic facilities for The University of Kansas.
The commissioners Tuesday night approved a development agreement for a $25 million Rock Chalk recreation center. And they approved an ordinance to give a 100 percent property tax abatement for the next 10 years for the larger project, which includes privately owned athletic facilities for the university.
Sen. Michael O’Donnell sketched a new policy game plan Tuesday by introducing a bill requiring the Wildcats and Jayhawks to annually play the Shockers in men’s and women’s college basketball.
O’Donnell, a Wichita Republican, said a legislativ… Continue reading →
LAWRENCE — Fans tailgating at the Kansas game against Texas Saturday will see volunteers asking them to recycle their trash.
A new group, Recycle & Blue, will promote recycling at football games. Saturday is the first day of the effort, but the p… Continue reading →