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Royals sign Ventura to 5-year contract »

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Young ace Yordano Ventura and the Kansas City Royals have reached a five-year contract worth $23 million. The AL champions announced they had a deal Saturday, two days before they open the season. The 23-year-old Ventura dazzled as a rookie last season, going 14-10 with a 3.20 ERA. The hard-throwing […]

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Yordano Ventura to start Royals’ opener against White Sox »

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SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) – Yordano Ventura has been picked to pitch on opening day for the AL champion Kansas City Royals against the Chicago White Sox. The 23-year-old right-hander went 14-10 with a 3.20 ERA as a rookie last season and tossed seven scoreless innings to beat San Francisco in Game 6 of the World […]

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Wichita State knocks off Kansas to advance to Sweet 16 »

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By DAVE SKRETTA AP Sports Writer OMAHA, Neb. — No wonder Kansas never wants anything to do with Wichita State. Behind another steady performance from Fred VanVleet and the hot shooting of Evan Wessel, the No. 7 seed Shockers rolled past the second-seeded Jayhawks 78-65 on Sunday, earning a trip to the Sweet 16 at […]

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Fred VanVleet scores 27 in Shockers’ NCAA tourney win over Indiana »

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By ERIC OLSON AP Sports Writer OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Fred VanVleet matched his career high with 27 points, Ron Baker made big free throws late, and Wichita State defeated Indiana 81-76 in the NCAA Tournament on Friday. By winning, the seventh-seeded Shockers (29-4) set up a much-anticipated Sunflower State showdown with Kansas on Sunday. […]

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No. 2 seed Kansas defeats New Mexico State in NCAA opener »

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By DAVE SKRETTA AP Sports Writer OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Second-seeded Kansas did its best to restore some luster to the Big 12. Well, at least scrub away some of the tarnish. Frank Mason III scored 17 points to lead a balanced attack, and the Jayhawks rolled to a 75-56 victory over No. 15 seed […]

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With 7 NCAA teams, Big 12 can validate status as best league »

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UNDATED (AP) – The Big 12 again has seven teams in the NCAA Tournament. Regular-season champion Kansas is a No. 2 seed, and the No. 3 seeds in three of the four regions are from the Big 12 – tournament champion Iowa State, Oklahoma and Baylor. The league also has the nation’s top cumulative RPI […]

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Kansas earns No. 2 seed, faces New Mexico State »

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LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas, after winning its 11th straight regular-season Big 12 Conference title, will open the NCAA Tournament as a No. 2 seed in the Midwest Regional against 15th-seeded New Mexico State. The Jayhawks (26-8) will remain close to home when the open tournament play on Friday in Omaha, Nebraska — with a […]

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Wichita State, Indiana to face off in Omaha »

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Seventh-seeded Wichita State will face No. 10 Indiana in the Midwest Region of the NCAA Tournament on Friday in Omaha, Nebraska. The Hoosiers got into the NCAA tournament after sweating out a bid all weekend — but it could feel like a road game for the Hoosiers (20-13). Omaha is roughly […]

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Iowa State beats Kansas to win Big 12 Tournament title »

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By DAVE SKRETTA AP Sports Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Iowa State’s unflappable bunch of comeback kids did it one more time. Georges Niang scored 19 points, Abdel Nader made the go-ahead foul shots with 48 seconds to go, and the No. 13 Cyclones rallied from a 17-point second-half hole to beat ninth-ranked Kansas […]

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No. 9 Kansas beats No. 16 Baylor in Big 12 semifinals »

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By DAVE SKRETTA AP Sports Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Wayne Selden Jr. scored 20 points and ninth-ranked Kansas turned up its suffocating defense to beat No. 16 Baylor 62-52 in the semifinals of the Big 12 Tournament on Friday night. Perry Ellis returned from an injury to add 11 points for the top-seeded […]

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Thursday’s state basketball results »

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BOYS Class 5A – Topeka BV West 68, Shawnee Heights 49 Maize South 60, Mill Valley 52 Wichita Bishop Carroll 67, KC Washington 53 Wichita Heights 54, Kapaun Mount Carmel 51 Class 3A -Hutchinson Sabetha 50, Riverton 46 Scott City 47, Cheney 44 Wellsville 59, Osage City 51 Wichita Collegiate 57, Hesston 44 Class 1A […]

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Kansas holds off TCU in Big 12 tourney opener »

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By DAVE SKRETTA AP Sports Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Kelly Oubre Jr. scored a career-high 25 points, Landen Lucas added 13 and ninth-ranked Kansas beat pesky TCU 64-59 on Thursday in the Big 12 tournament quarterfinals. Playing without leading scorer Perry Ellis due to a knee injury, the top-seeded Jayhawks (25-7) had to […]

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K-State falls in Big 12 tourney opener »

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By DAVE SKRETTA AP Sports Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Chris Washburn and Kyan Anderson scored 16 points apiece, and TCU held on down the stretch to beat Kansas State 67-65 on Wednesday night for its first Big 12 tournament victory. Trey Zeigler added 15 points for the ninth-seeded Horned Frogs (18-14), who had […]

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