Final Four Set

The second half of the NCAA Tournament's Final Four was decided today with
regional final games from the East and Midwest. The first two teams qualified
on Saturday, as Florida won the South Region and Wisconsin captured the West
Region.

In 2011, Connecticut rode an incredible individual stretch from their point
guard all the way to a national championship. Three years later, the Huskies
are back in the Final Four, and in no small part due to the efforts of their
current floor general. Shabazz Napier put up 25 points and six rebounds while
carrying Connecticut in the second half, and the Huskies punched their ticket
to North Texas with a 60-54 decision over Michigan State in the East Region
final in front of a pro-Huskies crowd at Madison Square Garden.

Aaron Harrison and the Kentucky Wildcats proved once again they've finally
come of age, advancing to the Final Four with a thrilling 75-72 victory over
Michigan on the freshman guard's tie- breaking 3-pointer with 2.6 seconds
remaining. Harrison's incredibly clutch basket gave the rookie-dominated
Wildcats a surprise Midwest Region title as an eighth seed in which they
knocked off a trio of 2013 Final Four participants to get there. Kentucky
(28-10) earned a trip to the Elite Eight with wins over previously unbeaten
Wichita State and defending national champ Louisville, then punched its ticket
to the national semis by outlasting the 2013 runner-up Wolverines in a down-
to-the-wire nail-biter. Michigan's Nik Stauskas topped all scorers with 24
points, but his desperation 3-point try from halfcourt at the buzzer landed
well off the mark as the Wolverines' (28-9) bid for a second straight Final
Four berth came up just short.

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

3 days 14 hours ago

The KLPW Radio Athlete of the Week is Gus Kleekamp with the Washington Post 218 Junior American Legion Baseball Team. Gus pitches, plays shortstop and bats third on the Junior Legion team that won the state championship in Blue Springs over the weekend. He posted the save in a 4-3 win over Festus in the title game. His batting average is .400 with 47-rbi and 47 runs scored. As a pitcher, he's 5-0 with an ERA of 1.631 and a WHIP of .961.

OFF THE CUFF with Diane Jones

2 weeks 2 days ago

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Thomas Jefferson, proponent of the Bill of Rights, could never have conceived just how many venues there are today for First-Amendment protected speech.

What he also could not have conceived is how this phenomenon of pervasive media has actually stymied, not enhanced, the free speech expression of presidential candidates.

OFF THE CUFF ARCHIVE

SPORTS CORNER

17 hours 53 min ago

The Washington Seniors are in Sedalia for the state tournament. Post 218 will begin play with a match-up against Manchester at 7:00 this evening. Washington is 33-3 on the season under Manager Mike Gardner. Manchester is 18-7. The game will be broadcast live on KLPW-AM 1220. The other game has Hillcrest going up against Fike-Post 499 from Blue Springs at 4:00.