NBA awards: 76ers’ Simmons named Rookie of the Year

Philadelphia 76ers point guard Ben Simmons has been named the NBA’s Rookie of the Year after the former No. 1 overall pick helped the team break its five-year playoff drought.Simmons beat out Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell and Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum. The award was presented at Monday night’s NBA Awards show in Santa Monica, Calif.”I’d like to thank my family, to start off with,” Simmons said. “My family, friends, you know I wouldn’t be here without them, and my teammates of course and my great coach (Brett Brown), and the city of Philadelphia for really embracing me.”Simmons was taken with the top pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, but a broken foot sidelined him for the 2016-17 season.

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The Need for Speed: KU Blitzes Past Texas A&M in Big 12/SEC Challenge

The Need for Speed: KU Blitzes Past Texas A&M in Big 12/SEC Challenge

By Ethan Koch In a matchup of different styles, Kansas used speed and perimeter scoring to defeat Texas A&M’s size and strength 79-68 in the Big 12/SEC showdown. The Aggies tout a strong front court, led by Tyler Davis and Robert Williams. The duo has led Texas A&M to number three in the country in…

Kansas Survives Another Sunflower Showdown Thriller

Kansas Survives Another Sunflower Showdown Thriller

By Ethan Koch Kansas and Kansas State fans alike sweated out another nervous nail-biter finish in the Sunflower Showdown as the Jayhawks edge the Wildcats 73-72. The Wildcats had a chance to win the game with 15.2 seconds remaining on the final possession. However, after starting the offensive play slowly and failing to move the ball, Barry…

2017 Topeka 7 Football Previews: Shawnee Heights Thunderbirds

2017 Topeka 7 Football Previews: Shawnee Heights Thunderbirds

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2017 Topeka 7 Football Previews: Topeka High Trojans

2017 Topeka 7 Football Previews: Topeka High Trojans

The 2017 high school football season starts this Friday. To get ready, we sent Ethan Koch around the city to interview coaches and catch practice. Before games start tomorrow, we take a trip to the heart of the capital city and talk to Walt Alexander about his Topeka High Trojans.