DETROIT (AP) - Justin Verlander threw a fastball that caught a bit too much of the plate, allowing Oakland's Coco Crisp to lead off the game with a stunning home run.
STERLING - For the first time in Ellinwood High School history, the boys' and girls' cross-country teams won the same regular season meet.
Senior Maddie Werth will be vying for her third straight trip to the Class 5A state golf tournament.
EL DORADO - The Great Bend High School boys' and girls' cross-country teams each finished seventh at El Dorado on Saturday afternoon.
OTIS - Senior running back Dylan Wissman put the Otis-Bison High School offense on his back during a 44-12 Central Prairie League win over Victoria on Friday night.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Mike Gillislee ran for a career-high 146 yards and two touchdowns, bringing Florida to life in the second half to beat LSU, 14-6.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Chiefs and Ravens were on even terms less than two seasons ago, when they met on a frigid field at Arrowhead Stadium to see who would advance in the AFC playoffs.
MANHATTAN - Charlie Weis took his time before emerging from the visiting locker room after Kansas absorbed a 56-16 beating from No. 7 Kansas State.
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Denice Degenhardt's philosophy is "teaching for life by giving hope and help to struggling children and their families," and she is putting it into practice at Sunflower's Early Education Center (EEC).
ST. PAUL, Minn. - Great Bend resident Don Paden has received a special thank you for his contributions to the community. He was selected to receive free fuel from Tanks of Thanks, a new program that rewards people who do good deeds to help make their community just a little bit better.
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MANHATTAN - Charlie Weis wanted to give his team a lesson in the Sunflower Showdown ahead of his first game against Kansas State, so the new Kansas coach figured he'd better bone up on it himself.
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Fifty-seven new law enforcement officers were congratulated by Barry Grissom, U.S. Attorney for the District of Kansas, during their graduation from the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC) on Nov. 14.
The Hair Studio at 1007 Williams in Great Bend is doing its Kuts for Kids again this year and needs some help from the community by choosing a name from its Christmas tree and making a $10 donation so these kids get their hair cut for Christmas.
Oil, like political punditry, is a commodity, traded freely on the open market and subject to the laws of supply and demand. The difference of course is that punditry enjoys an abundant and renewable supply, flows freely, and produces nothing of value. Oil, on the other hand, is actually important. The problem is that people think they are related.
The political class breathed a sigh of relief Saturday when the US Senate averted a government shutdown by passing the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill. This year's omnibus resembles omnibuses of Christmas past in that it was drafted in secret, was full of special interest deals and disguised spending increases, and was voted on before most members could read it.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Sprint informed NASCAR it won't extend title sponsorship of the top Sprint Cup Series beyond its current contract, which expires after the 2016 season.
WICHITA (AP) - Darius Carter had a game-high 16 points and the go-ahead slam with 11.9 seconds remaining to lead No. 11 Wichita State to a 53-52 victory over Alabama Tuesday.
CHICAGO (AP) - The new-look White Sox added another bat to their potent lineup on Tuesday, announcing a $42 million, three-year contract with free-agent outfielder Melky Cabrera.
Derek Fredrick, manager of Water's True Value, presents a $920 check for the Heartland Cancer Patient Care and Support Endowment Fund at Golden Belt Community Foundation (GBCF). The check represents 100 percent of the proceeds from the store's Pink Bucket fundraiser for breast cancer. Accepting the check, from left, are Leann Danner, RN OCN at Heartland Cancer Center, and Christy Tustin, GBCF executive director.
Barton Community College's Center for Adult Education will soon be starting its 9-week GED Preparation Class.
PRATT - Jon Travis Hartman, 74, died Dec. 13 at his home in Pratt. Born Oct. 1, 1940, in Pratt, he was the son of Charles Dwight and Helen Louise (Stiles) Hartman. He earned his Master of Science degree in Art from Fort Hays University and taught 35 years at Great Bend High School. He served on the Vernon Filley Art Museum Foundation Board of Directors for several years and remained as Emeritus Board Member.
It was a Homecoming of sorts for the Barton Community College men's basketball team – in Kalamazoo, Mich. that is.