Lady ballers make us holler.
Some college basketball scores that crawl past on sports networks' tickers seem shocking (Baylor 87, Oklahoma State 51) -- until viewers spot the "W" prefix denoting women's games. Likewise, results that would elicit yawns in men's matchups (Kansas 76, Colorado 54) could stun girls'-hoops preseason prognosticators. Baylor, Texas Tech, Texas and Kansas State represent the class of the conference, and these squads will earn March Madness bids regardless of how they fare in this week's Big 12 tournament. Given that the top-ranked teams have nothing to prove, a second-tier squad such as the Jayhawks could upset a favorite during the frenzied opening-round action, which includes games at noon, 2:30, 6 and 8:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at Municipal Auditorium (301 West 13th Street). For tickets, call 816-513-5000. -- Andrew Miller
The British royal family isn't this smart.
Toward the end of World War II, General George Patton took time out from killing Nazis to save 150 magical horses from extinction on the Russian front. Bred 400 years ago as sweet rides for nobility and fierce companions in warfare, the Lipizzaner stallion remains a scarily intelligent horse, capable of complex choreography and astounding leaps. Saturday and Sunday, the World Famous Lipizzaner Stallions, beneath riders dressed in old-time military garb, put these skills to work at the American Royal Hale Arena (1800 Genessee). The usual routines of dressage -- in which the rider commands the horse with barely perceptible signals -- and musically synchronized maneuvers are trumped by Airs Above the Ground, a crazy series of jumps and poses originally employed on the battlefield.
Shows are at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $23.50 and $25.50; call 816-221-8900. -- Christopher Sebela