Lawrence finalist for ESPN's 'Titletown USA'

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) _ Lawrence is a finalist in ESPN's "Titletown USA'' competition.

The designation pits Lawrence against powerhouse sports centers like Boston, Los Angeles and Detroit, as well as smaller communities such as Ann Arbor, Mich., Williamsport, Pa., and Valdosta, Ga.

In its quest to name the nation's top championship city, ESPN cites Lawrence for the Kansas Jayhawks' NCAA basketball crown and their Orange Bowl-winning football team.

ESPN crews will film a segment at Allen Fieldhouse on Friday morning. Fans are invited to attend the 9 a.m. event.

Basketball coach Bill Self and several of his players are expected to attend the taping.

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