MANHATTAN - Just about everything that could go wrong in the span of a week did for Kansas State, from travel problems that stranded players in airports to injuries that put them on the bench.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Russ Smith ranked Louisville's 80-77 victory over Kentucky on Saturday as one of the five favorites of his career.
DURHAM, N.C. - Seth Curry scored 12 of his season-high 31 points during the late run that helped No. 1 Duke pull away for a 90-77 victory over pesky Santa Clara on Saturday.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Tony Gonzalez is still 95 percent sure he will retire at the end of the season.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - The Denver Broncos lead the NFL with 48 sacks, and all those crumpled quarterbacks in their wake can blame not only Elvis Dumervil and Von Miller but also Jack Del Rio and Peyton Manning.
DENVER - One team is going for the first seed in the AFC playoffs. The other is in line for the first pick in next year's NFL draft.
CENTENNIAL, COLO. - Billy Conrad Smith, 71, died Dec. 27, at his daughters home in Centennial, Colo. Born April 25, 1941, in Great Bend, he was the son of Raymond H. and Juanita M. Woelk Smith. A longtime resident of Larned, he moved to Centennial, Colo., to be close to family. He was a retired Occupational Therapist at Larned State Hospital and was a graduate at Barton County Community College, Great Bend. He belonged to Grace Lutheran Church.
E. Wayne Vanaman, 59, died Dec. 28 at Great Bend Regional Hospital, Great Bend. Born Feb. 14, 1953 at Great Bend, he was the son of Ernest Junior and Marian (Davies) Vanaman.
CHICAGO, ILL. - Imogene Louise Werner, 72, died Dec. 11 in Chicago, Ill. Born Nov. 17, 1940 in Hamilton, she was the daughter of Christopher "Harmon" Meadows and Clara "Louise" (Sanders) Meadows.
HOISINGTON - Charley W. "Chief" Briggs, 88, died Dec. 28, at Clara Barton Hospital, Hoisington. Born Sept. 26, 1924 at Bartlesville, Okla., he was the son of Ocie and Cora (Chair) Briggs.
ELLINWOOD - Carol L. Smith, 74, died Dec. 27 at her home in Ellinwood. Born Sept. 2, 1938 at Eureka, she was the daughter of Christopher "Harmon" Meadows and Clara "Louise" (Sanders) Meadows.
LARNED - Jewell H. Wood Graf, 90, died Dec. 27 at the Larned Healthcare Center. Born Aug. 10, 1922, in Augusta, she was the daughter of Bryan and Janey Lackey Chance. On Oct. 30, 1944, she married Albert Wood at Tonopah, Nev. He died on July 26, 1978. In Nov. 1994 she married Edwin Graf. He died Aug. 19, 2010. She was a homemaker.
Hoisington 'Citizen of the Year' nominations needed
GREAT BEND - William L. "Bill" Titsworth, 65, died March 30, at Hays Medical Center.
Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir said a pursuit Wednesday evening in Great Bend started after a deputy saw motorist run a red light.
The 2015 Great Bend Farm and Ranch Expo will be held Wednesday through Friday, April 8, 9, and 10, 2015 in Great Bend. The show is located at the Expo Complex west of town. The show hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on the 8th, 9 a.m.- 7 p.m. on the 9th and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on the 10th with extended hours on Thursday.