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Tigers fall, need win to host first round -2/27/2015, 10:20 AM

Tiger women, MIAA champs, hang on -2/27/2015, 10:29 AM

Monarchs survive on senior night -2/27/2015, 12:17 PM

With KU back in control, Jayhawks prepare for 'high drama' -2/27/2015, 10:19 AM

Nino Williams takes long road to success at Kansas State -2/27/2015, 10:18 AM

Sub-state basketball pairings -2/26/2015, 10:37 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- Younger part of youth movement for Railers -2/26/2015, 10:48 AM

Big 12 reprimands K-State after court-storming -2/26/2015, 10:53 AM

Hays High's top four headed to Salina -2/26/2015, 10:36 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- HDN area state qualifiers -2/26/2015, 10:48 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- Porsch seeks a repeat in state finale -2/26/2015, 10:49 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- Freshman Hutchinson leads young group of Redmen -2/26/2015, 10:49 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- Norton steps up again to have shot at 3-2-1A state crown -2/26/2015, 10:50 AM

Shockers fight past Indiana State, set up big Saturday -2/26/2015, 10:27 AM

Rhoades back at state -- this time in 4A -2/26/2015, 10:36 AM

TMP survives Plainville -2/25/2015, 11:26 AM

K-State issues apology -2/25/2015, 10:22 AM

HHS swept at Dodge -2/25/2015, 10:22 AM

Tuesday's area prep basketball boxscores -2/25/2015, 10:21 AM

Royals still hoping for Starling to break out -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

Penske revels in Logano's victory at Daytona 500 -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

Wildcat's win throws a roadblock at Jayhawks -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

KBCA prep basketball rankings, Feb. 23 -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

Wildcats get it done -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

No-name Hahn wins Northern Trust Open -2/23/2015, 10:24 AM

FHSU softball splits on Sunday in Minnesota -2/23/2015, 10:15 AM

Logano wins first Daytona 500 -2/23/2015, 10:15 AM

Lutz: VanVleet has another day to remember -2/23/2015, 10:14 AM

VanVleet takes Wichita State's assists title in win -2/23/2015, 10:14 AM

'Cats seek confidence before game with KU -2/23/2015, 10:14 AM

Perry Ellis, No. 8 Kansas rebound from loss, beat TCU -2/22/2015, 12:47 PM

Baylor drills K-State -2/22/2015, 12:48 PM

Monarch girls run away from Stockton -2/22/2015, 12:38 PM

TMP wins physical game at Stockton -2/22/2015, 12:39 PM

Mathews all-state for HHS -2/22/2015, 12:48 PM

HHS wins at Garden, jumps back into WAC race -2/22/2015, 12:41 PM

Wrestling roundup -- Hays High sends four to 4A state -2/22/2015, 8:19 PM

Victoria puts together complete game in win at Ness City -2/22/2015, 12:40 PM

HHS girls fall down early, lose at Garden -2/22/2015, 12:39 PM

Earnhardt Jr. makes Duel history, Patrick qualifies -2/20/2015, 10:19 AM

HHS sends relays to state -2/20/2015, 10:19 AM

Tiger baseball takes two from UCM -2/20/2015, 10:19 AM

Gene Stephenson says he's filed his own appeal -2/19/2015, 10:13 AM

TCU takes out K-State -2/19/2015, 10:13 AM

Bohuslavsky keys win for Tiger women -2/19/2015, 10:59 AM

Tiger men rally for MIAA win -2/19/2015, 10:13 AM

Tiger women No. 1 in Central Region -2/18/2015, 5:04 PM

Tuesday's area prep basketball boxscores -2/18/2015, 11:22 AM

Barton's Hensley named Player of the Week -2/18/2015, 10:24 AM

TMP boys win, girls fall in Great Bend -2/18/2015, 10:24 AM

K-State hopes to build some momentum at TCU -2/18/2015, 10:24 AM

Two in a row for HHS girls -2/18/2015, 10:47 AM

Hot early, HHS boys get win at Abilene -2/18/2015, 10:47 AM

All is possible at Daytona -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

WVU tops Jayhawks in wild finish -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

Chiefs can find impact receiver in NFL draft -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

Chargers set sights on LA, push San Diego officials for action on stadium -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

Defense a constant for Shockers -2/17/2015, 10:26 AM

FHSU, UCM series moved to Hays -2/16/2015, 10:55 AM

KU prepares for full-court press -2/16/2015, 10:17 AM

Foster lifts Kansas State past Oklahoma on Saturday -2/16/2015, 10:16 AM

Three Tigers crowned MIAA champs -2/16/2015, 10:16 AM

Bowyer, after crash, slams qualifying format -2/16/2015, 10:16 AM

Phillipsburg girls knock off TMP at the buzzer -2/15/2015, 7:54 PM

Hays High girls snap losing skid -2/15/2015, 2:21 PM

Hays High stunned by Liberal at the buzzer -2/15/2015, 7:54 PM

Tiger women's streak halted at Pitt State -2/15/2015, 10:26 AM

Tiger softball 1-3 to start season -2/15/2015, 7:54 PM

Tiger men fall at Pitt -2/15/2015, 7:54 PM

Tigers drop to 0-2 with losses to Mines, Regis -2/15/2015, 1:10 AM

KU coach kicks off tour in Hays -2/13/2015, 11:10 AM

K-State guard Johnson laughs off hecklers at W. Virginia -2/13/2015, 10:13 AM

The Tigers' do-it-all Shaw -2/13/2015, 11:10 AM

Samac staying on court, providing big games for Tigers -2/13/2015, 11:09 AM

Wichita State baseball players see winning as antidote to distractions -2/13/2015, 10:12 AM

Royals, Herrera agree -2/13/2015, 10:12 AM

Royals purchase contract of Derek Gordon -2/13/2015, 10:12 AM

KU's Ellis near 1,000 points -2/13/2015, 10:12 AM

Hoxies' record just a matter of time? -2/12/2015, 3:26 PM

New coach, new season for FHSU softball -2/12/2015, 11:25 AM

Tigers look for better pitching in 2015 -2/12/2015, 10:14 AM

Shox roll to win -2/12/2015, 10:04 AM

Kansas State rally again falls short at W. Virginia -2/12/2015, 10:04 AM

FHSU wrestling rolls to dual win -2/12/2015, 10:04 AM

2015 Eight-Man All-Star rosters -2/11/2015, 11:54 AM

Indiana State backcourt thrives with new characters -2/11/2015, 10:24 AM

Scott City rolls over TMP -2/11/2015, 10:24 AM

Jayhawks cruise past Texas Tech -2/11/2015, 10:24 AM

Kansas State braces for Mountaineers' full-court press -2/11/2015, 10:24 AM

Salina Central outlasts Hays High -2/11/2015, 10:24 AM

Tigers' Lehman earns seventh MIAA honor -2/9/2015, 1:56 PM

FHSU's Samac earns MIAA men's honor -2/9/2015, 1:56 PM

KBCA rankings, Feb. 9 -2/9/2015, 1:47 PM

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North Carolina coaching icon Dean Smith dies at 83 -2/8/2015, 5:19 PM

Wichita State easily beats weakened Missouri State -2/8/2015, 4:52 PM

FHSU men hold off Hornets -2/8/2015, 8:58 PM

TMP's Rhoades third in Phillipsburg -2/8/2015, 8:58 PM

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Boys

Atwood 76, St. Francis 65

Dighton 62, Oberlin 47

Hillsboro 50, Goodland 47

Lakeside 42, Lincoln 32

Minneapolis 68, Russell 35

Rock Hills 42, Natoma 37

Salina Central 62, Andover 58

Salina South 62, Sacred Heart 47

Sharon Springs 75, Leoti 38

St. John's Beloit-Tipton 57, Osborne 34

Sylvan-Lucas 61, Thunder Ridge 48

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Dighton 44, Atwood 11

Dodge City 71, Hays High 28

Hesston 51, Goodland 18

Hoisington 60, Victoria 46

Hoxie 65, St. Francis 13

Lincoln 33, Lakeside 26

Minneapolis 47, Otis-Bison 24

Osborne 59, Wilson 34

Sharon Springs 63, Oberlin 42

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Tescott 41, Rock Hills 33

Trego 56, Leoti 27

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Bowe has new outlook

Published on -8/22/2013, 9:58 AM

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By DAVE SKRETTA

Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- After signing autographs for what seemed like an hour, Dwayne Bowe finally walked up the long grassy hill toward the locker room, still smiling after a hard, hot practice.

This is the wide receiver that everyone used to call "moody?" The guy branded as aloof, or worse, early in his career with the Kansas City Chiefs? The guy who became disgruntled when he didn't get the ball or was a distraction in the locker room, earning a reputation as an immature diva that certainly seemed to fit?

Nope, not anymore. These days, Bowe is all smiles.

He's armed with a new long-term contract that makes him one of the best-paid wide receivers in the NFL. He finally has stability at quarterback for the first time in his seven-year career. And he has a coaching staff led by Andy Reid and offensive coordinator Doug Pederson that has repeatedly stated how valuable Bowe is to the team.

Indeed, what's not to smile about?

"I'm just blessed to be alive, every day just coming out and seeing more fans appreciating me, screaming my name," Bowe told the Associated Press during a recent interview. "I'm just trying to let loose and be joyful. There's a time to have fun and a time to be serious, and I know that. But I'm just trying to be myself."

Maybe for the first time in his career.

Bowe made enough flashy plays his rookie season, and folks around Kansas City were already calling him The Next Big Thing. With his big body, good speed and sure hands, he was supposed to be the homegrown star that the Chiefs had never been able to develop.

But then he was hit with a four-game suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy -- his agent, Todd France, said at the time that it stemmed from a weight-loss supplement. He made eyebrow-raising comments to a magazine about womanizing that allegedly occurred at team hotels, and then offered an apology that went awry when he referred to the Hunt family that owns the Chiefs as "the Clarks" -- presumably a reference to Clark Hunt, who serves as the team's most visible face.

Bowe began to draw the ire of fans, pointing to his name on the back of his jersey after a nice catch taken as a sign that he thought he was bigger than the team.

Eventually, though, Bowe started to change. Ever so slowly.

Those around him have said he heeded the advice of close friends and family, taking his dedication to his craft to a new level. He matured. And the result was the best year of his career, when he caught 15 touchdown passes and reached the Pro Bowl in 2010.

Bowe had another good season the following year, catching 81 passes for more than 1,150 yards. But his contract was up and the Chiefs decided to franchise him, touching off another round of drama. Bowe refused to sign his franchise tender until deep into training camp, and struggled with injuries and poor quarterback play. He wound up with just 59 catches for 801 yards last season for a 2-14 team.

The season was such a dismal failure that general manager Scott Pioli and coach Romeo Crennel were shown the door. John Dorsey was hired as the new GM and Andy Reid as the new coach, and they made signing Bowe to a long-term deal one of their priorities.

They reached a five-year, $56 million pact that made Bowe among the best-compensated pass-catchers in the league. And when Dorsey and Reid swung a trade with San Francisco for quarterback Alex Smith, Bowe finally had someone who could get him the ball.

All of which would be enough to bring a smile to anybody's face.

"I like what I've seen," Reid said of his No. 1 wide receiver. "He hasn't missed a day. He's worked his tail off. Obviously he's a good player, we all know that."

Indeed, Bowe seems to be more focused than in years past, almost as if he's making a conscious effort to become a leader for a team getting younger by the day.

"Every day is a grind. Guys make mistakes sometimes. You just have to keep moving forward," he said. "We're all trying to make plays and right now everybody is just trying to grind. Every day is a grind. The only way you'll see a difference is when it really, really counts."

That won't come until the Chiefs' season-opener Sept. 8 at Jacksonville. But for all the good vibes Bowe is feeling these days, the preseason has sure been a struggle.

Bowe's been blanketed by the Saints and 49ers, partly because of his big-play ability and partly because of the lack of alternatives at wide receiver. He still doesn't have a catch as he heads into Saturday's preseason game against Pittsburgh.

"He's getting a lot of attention," Smith said. "Coverage is dictating where I'm going with the ball, and he certainly demands a lot of respect out there and he's getting it."

He's getting plenty of attention in interview lines, too.

After just about every practice open to fans this summer, Bowe would dutifully sign his name for anyone who asked. He was always among the last players to leave the practice field, even on those stifling days when his jersey was plastered with sweat.

"They come way out here, man, and right now this is all they got," Bowe said, "so take 20 minutes, 30 minutes out of your day to change someone's life forever. This is what we signed up for."

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