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.
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.