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Ask Sports: Have the Jayhawks ever blown a 20-point lead at home?

Kansas guard Frank Mason III collides with Oklahoma guard Jordan Woodard while fight for a rebound during the first half on Monday night at Allen Fieldhouse.
Kansas guard Frank Mason III collides with Oklahoma guard Jordan Woodard while fight for a rebound during the first half on Monday night at Allen Fieldhouse. The Wichita Eagle

Have the Jayhawks ever blown a 20-point lead at home?

Kansas led Oklahoma 39-19 in the first half of its game Monday and took a 19-point lead at halftime before the Sooners came all the way back to lead in the second half. KU rallied to win 85-78.

Had KU lost, it would have matched the largest blown lead in any Jayhawk defeat.

In January 2003, the Jayhawks led top-ranked Arizona 44-24 with 5:41 remaining in the first half.

Behind Salim Stoudamire’s 32 points – 20 of which came in the second half – Arizona didn’t just rally, they blew the Jayhawks out after halftime. The Wildcats won 91-74, a turnaround of 37 points from their largest deficit.

While KU avoided tying that record Monday, the Jayhawks have actually blown a larger lead this season. Against Utah, KU surrendered a 21-point lead at the Sprint Center before rallying to win 63-60.

The record for KU’s largest come-from-behind win is 22 points, against Texas in the 2007 Big 12 Tournament championship.

They have twice overcome 19-point deficits, most recently against Missouri in 2012 – the last time the Tigers and Jayhawks have played.

Why doesn’t Maria Sharapova play professional tennis as an American since she has been a Florida resident since she was a girl?

Sharapova is still a Russian citizen because she wants to be. The five-time major winner came to the United States with her father as a 7-year-old in 1994 to train at the prestigious Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Florida.

She’s been a legal resident of the U.S. since then, eventually owning houses in Florida and California.

But the 27-year-old, who has a career grand slam, has always maintained strong ties to her homeland – or at least her family’s homeland.

Her parents moved from an area of what is now Belarus to Siberia to avoid the damaging effects of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster. When she was 2 they moved to Sochi, the future site of the 2014 Winter Olympics.

“I just have always had the Russian feeling inside of me,’ she told the New York Daily News in 2011. “There was a point in my career where I got a lot of questions living in the United States for such a long time, leaving when I was young from my country, why I never chose to change citizenships.

“One of the reasons is because deep down inside of me, I know where I'm born. I'm really proud of it, of my Siberian roots, moving to Sochi. Apart from my parents, all my family lives there. It's all about Russian culture. We speak Russian. We talk Russian.”

She has donated money to Chernobyl causes. She has competed for Russia in the Fed Cup as recently as 2012.

A silver medalist in the 2012 London Olympics, she brought the torch into the stadium during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Games.

There may be a monetary reason for her to not change her citizenship, too. If she were an American, she would have to pay U.S. income tax on all of the more than $23 million she made in 2014, Fortune magazine estimates.

In August 2014, the New York Post reported that more assets of Russians living abroad may be taxed by their government in the future, so that could finally be an incentive to apply for U.S. citizenship.

In pointing out missed opportunities for the Packers in their loss against Seattle, Doug Gottlieb brought up the successful two-point conversion. He argued Ha Ha Clinton-Dix could have intercepted the pass and taken it back for two Green Bay points. Was that possible?

There’s no argument that Clinton-Dix played the two-point attempt oddly, as Luke Willson caught a rainbow pass from Russell Wilson in front of Clinton-Dix, who did not attempt to knock it down.

Knocking it down or intercepting it would have had the same effect, though. It would have ended the conversion attempt.

“The defensive team never can score on a try. As soon as defense gets possession or the kick is blocked or a touchdown is not scored, the try is over,” the NFL rule book reads.

Only in college can a defensive player run a two-point attempt back the length of the field for two points. Gottlieb was mistaken.

Joshua Wood

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