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Football success will give Mike Alden a positive bottom line when he leaves MU

kansascity.com — Mike Alden's tenure as Missouri athletic director, which will end in August, will be largely remembered favorably. Alden's word cloud runs the spectrum: Mizzou Arena, Cotton Bowl, Ricky Clemons, Board of Curators, wallflower and Big 12 would be in large text. Jumping from the page are Gary Pinkel and the SEC.

Pressure gets to Kansas State in ugly loss to West Virginia

kansascity.com — West Virginia defeated Kansas State 65-59 on Tuesday, an ugly game in which the Wildcats committed 25 turnovers and were lousy from the free-throw stripe.

Royals FanFest runs Friday-Saturday at Bartle Hall

kansascity.com — The KC Royals' annual FanFest begins Friday. The two-day event includes appearances by the players, autograph sessions and interactive activities at Bartle Hall in the Kansas City Convention Center.

Dayton Moore, Shane Ray among KC Sports Commission award winners

kansascity.com — Royals general manager Dayton Moore and Missouri defensive end Shane Ray are among the winners of the Kansas City Sports Commission Awards to be presented April 15 in Kansas City. Other winners: Park University volleyball coach Mike Talamantes as coach of the year, powerlifting champion Bobbi Walden as sportswoman of the year, and Baker football coach Mike Grossner and soccer standout Nick Hibbeler as community champions.

KU’s title run, Iowa State’s loss aren’t big alarms for health of Big 12 basketball

kansascity.com — Two thought-provoking columns about Big 12 men's basketball over the weekend questioned the power of the conference. But no one should be surprised that Texas Tech, led by a coach with a national championship ring, could pull off an upset.

Royals set opening day first pitch for 3:10 p.m.

Royals caravan launches next week, going in three directions

kansascity.com — The Royals caravan rolls in three directions, starting on Jan. 28 with players, broadcasters and Hall of Fame members making stops in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa and Arkansas.

On Norm’s 80th, recalling the few who have won at KU

kansascity.com — Former Missouri Coach Norm Stewart turned 80 on Tuesday. A day earlier, Kansas defeated Oklahoma. The connection? Sooners coach Lon Kruger was trying to join Stewart as the only opposing coaches to win three times in Allen Fieldhouse in the Larry Brown/Roy Wililams/Bill Self era of KU basketball.

Iowa State’s win over KU makes this a race in the Big 12

kansascity.com — Iowa State's objective Saturday wasn't simply to defeat Kansas and keep pace in the Big 12 race, but to ensure there would be one. As loud as it got in Hilton Coliseum as the Cyclones put the finishing touches on an 86-81 triumph, cheering echoes were detected throughout the Big 12.

Ohio State stomps Oregon for national title

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Jan 31, 2015

KU went 16-12 vs. KState in 1980s. Since then, Kansas went 24-2 in the 90s, 22-2 in the 00s, 13-2 in the 10s.

Jan 31, 2015

When it come to KU-KState, it's good to be Bill: Self will go to 23-4 vs. Wildcats. Snyder is 19-4 vs. Jayhawks.

Jan 30, 2015

RT @KCStar: KU coach Bill Self on three years of not playing Missouri: ‘It hasn’t been great’: kansascity.com/sports/college…

Jan 29, 2015

Except for Missouri student section, Mizzou Arena decked in Mizzou gold and Kentucky blue. Happens just about everywhere Cats travel.

Jan 28, 2015

RT @KellisRobinett: Nino Williams sustained only minor injuries to his left knee vs. WVU and won't miss extended time, per his former guardian Derek Zeck.

Jan 28, 2015

RT @pistolsguy: Travis Ford and his team mourn the 10 lives lost on January 27, 2001. (via @osuathletics) http://t.co/bHKihLuwa7

Jan 27, 2015

You can't miss the start of a K-State hoop game. 2nd straight w/ opponent T in first minute. In NCAA last yr, KState got 1 in pregame

Jan 27, 2015

RT @McCulloughStar: Jarrod Dyson avoided arbitration and settled for $1.225 million. Six more cases to go: Holland, Hosmer, Moustakas, Cain, Duffy, Herrera.

Jan 26, 2015

Bill Self says the J.Traylor sequence at Texas that ended with midcourt scramble was "best play I've seen since I've been at Kansas."

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