LOS ANGELES - Kobe Bryant picked up his dribble with two hands and soared to the hoop, looking more like the cocky teenager who used to wear a No. 8 Lakers jersey than the weary veteran with five rings and perpetually gimpy ankles.
TOPEKA (AP) - The state Senate will take a few minutes from its first day back at work to recognize Kansas guard Tyrel Reed for his achievements on and off the basketball court.
Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day ought to be expanded.
British loyalist Michael Stone still claims it was all a misunderstanding - that he did not intend to assassinate Irish Republican Army political leaders in 2006, despite being arrested at the Northern Ireland legislature carrying knives, an ax, a garotte, and a bag of explosives that included flammable liquids, gas canisters and fuses.
HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody?
SCOTT CITY - The Great Bend High School softball team totaled 36 hits in a non-conference doubleheader sweep against Scott City on Tuesday night.
CHICAGO (AP) - Derrick Rose scored 25 points, Luol Deng added 24 and the Chicago Bulls finally played like a top seed, knocking off the Indiana Pacers 116-89 in Game 5 to wrap up their first-round playoff series Tuesday night.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Justin Masterson won his fifth straight start, a stunning personal turnaround from last season, Jack Hannahan homered twice and Shin-Soo Choo hit a three-run shot, leading the Cleveland Indians to a 9-4 win over the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night.
OSBORNE - The Hoisington Middle School track team set four meet records in Osborne last Thursday.
The Great Bend High School JV Tennis Invitational and the Panthers "C" team baseball game against Hoisington that was to be played on Monday has been cancelled.
STERLING - The Great Bend High School boys tennis team completed pool play at the Sterling Invitational on Tuesday before inclement weather forced the meet to end early.
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Iowa basketball coach Fran McCaffery says Gabe Olaseni (oh-lah-SEHN'-ee), a 6-foot-10, 225-pound center from Kansas, has signed a national letter of intent with the Hawkeyes.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Jason Richardson scored 17 points and J.J. Redick added 14 to help the Orlando Magic stay alive in the playoffs with a 101-76 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night.
HAYS - The Great Bend High School girls soccer team gave up a late goal to Hays to lose on Monday, 2-1.
HUTCHINSON - Four days after taking first place in Hutchinson, the Great Bend High School girls swim team returned for another meet, finishing in second place on Monday.
It is fairly common that my educational programs and workshops emphasize a common theme of health and wellness. The annual Walk Kansas program is just around the corner, so it is time to start rounding up your team members for that successful program. Packets are ready for team captains to pick up at our office and the Great Bend Recreation Commission. I also plan to deliver some packets to the recreation commissions in Hoisington and Ellinwood.
LAWRENCE (AP) - Bill Self never has to worry about Perry Ellis speaking out of turn.
NEW YORK (AP) - The NBA's All-Star show has arrived on Brrr-oadway.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Norman Powell bounced back from a four-point game with a double-digit effort and monster jam that moved UCLA into a second-place tie in the Pac-12.
AMES, Iowa (AP) - Monte Morris scored 19 points and 14th-ranked Iowa State overwhelmed No. 21 West Virginia 79-59 on Saturday to sweep the season series with the Mountaineers.
On Thursday, the Great Bend Panthers hosted a triangular with Liberal and Holcomb. In girls action the Lady Panthers dominated the day by winning 10 of the 11 WAC points possible. Senior Addie Soukup was the high bowler for the Lady Panthers as she rolled a top series of 562. Sophomore McKenzy Black finished in 3rd place as she rolled a series of 504. In junior varsity action the Lady Panthers made it a clean sweep as they swept the medal count. Junior Alex Snyder earned 1st place honors by rolling a 522 series. Junior Hanna Pfeifer claimed the silver ...
LARNED – Sterling's girls coasted past Larned 63-30 in Friday's Central Kansas League basketball game. Andi Dowell hit four 3-pointers and scored 16 points. Kylah Comley (13) and Emma Lamert (11) scored in double figures for Sterling (13-4, 6-2 CKL).
NEW YORK (AP) - LeBron James doesn't take a single moment for granted. There's no time to waste. Every game, every gesture is special.
NEW YORK (AP) - Kentucky coach John Calipari, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson and four-time Defensive Player of the Year Dikembe Mutombo are among the finalists for this year's Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame class.
LARNED – Isiah Perez started overtime with a 3-pointer and Larned converted seven free throws in the extra period for a 63-55 Central Kansas League basketball victory.
Great Bend Fire/EMS
ELLINWOOD - Frank Slade Zamarripa Jr., 45, died Feb. 13, 2015, in Ness County. He was born April 26, 1969, at Great Bend, to Frank and Gloria K. (Kincaid) Zamarripa. He married Donita Kay Morris Nov. 1, 1997, at Great Bend.
NESS COUNTY - One driver died and the other sustained possible injury on Friday morning, when a tanker truck rear-ended a semitrailer that had slowed to turn off K-96, 10 miles west of Ness City.