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  • Former rommate says Michael Sam has changed

    Published: Thu, Jul 31, 2014

    Eric Waters watched ESPN's 'Outside the Lines' interview with Michael Sam just like everybody else. The more Waters watched, the more he shook his head. The guy Waters got to know so well at Missouri isn't the guy on display for the world to see now — at least that's how his former roommate feels. “He is a nice guy, but I will say the truth: A little bit of him has changed,” Waters said. “It is really not my situation to speculate at this point, but he is not the same Michael Sam anymore.”

  • Giraffe Dies After Hitting Head On Highway Bridge

    Published: Thu, Jul 31, 2014

    A giraffe reportedly died this week on a South African highway after hitting its head on a bridge, Huffington Post reports. The animal is said to have been traveling at the back of an open-air truck at the time. According to the BBC, the giraffe — which was with a companion — was on its way to a game farm in Warmbarths , located about 99 miles outside Johannesburg, when the incident occurred. Rick Allan of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals told NBC News that “the way that these giraffes were being transported was incorrect and not up to standards.”

  • Scientists reveal secrets of ancient ship found beneath World Trade Center ruins

    Published: Thu, Jul 31, 2014

    It was a Tuesday when construction workers found it. The location was lower Manhattan and the year was 2010 — nine years after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, that toppled the World Trade Center towers, Washington Post reports. The workers were in awe. Underneath the black muck and ooze of the ruins lay an exoskeleton of something that hadn’t seen air for 200 years and, freshly exposed to the elements, was quickly deteriorating.

  • This Japanese Island Has More Cats Than People *Squeals*

    Published: Thu, Jul 31, 2014

    Forget cat cafes and house pets, if you're a real feline fan there's only one place you need to be: cat heaven island, Huffington Post reports. Tashirojima, a fishing town just off the east coast of Japan, has more cats than people. And it looks glorious.

  • Twitter says government data requests growing

    Published: Thu, Jul 31, 2014

    Twitter has published a transparency report that shows an increasing number of data requests from various governments, Circa reports. The report shows the number of government requests for account information, content removal, and copyright requests. However, like previous versions, the report does not include national security requests.

  • OU announces mobile tickets technology on your smartphone

    Published: Thu, Jul 31, 2014

    Oklahoma Athletics is introducing mobile ticketing for fans attending events with smartphones. The technology will allow fans to have their tickets scanned from their mobile phones. After you purchase tickets, all tickets for the same event will be delivered to your email via a PDF attachment. All you have to do on gameday is hold your phone so the special QR code can be scanned by a game attendant. The mobile ticketing guide is included below.

  • Former OU assistant Kevin Wilson takes shot at Big 12, Notre Dame

    Published: Thu, Jul 31, 2014

    Kevin Wilson was a successful offensive coordinator at OU in the 2000s, and now he's trying to build a program at Indiana. In the process, Wilson is speaking out about the Big 12 and independent schools such as Notre Dame. Wilson sat down at ESPN for the Big Ten's "Car Wash" circuit on Thursday, and gave his thoughts on conferences who don't have to play championship games. Wilson compares the Big 12 and Notre Dame not having a 13th game to a golfer playing only 17 holes. "They post (a) score but didn't have to play No. 18," Wilson said. But it really fair for Wilson to say this, particularly when Notre Dame and schools in the Big 12 -- Oklahoma, for example -- are playing tougher non-conference schedules than the Hoosiers? For example:    Also, factor in that teams in conferences with championship games (Big Ten, SEC, ACC, Pac 12) aren't required to play every team in their conference during the season, and you get schedule imbalances.   So who has it right -- conferences with championship games, or conferences in which every team plays each other at least once during the season? Who has the advantage?

  • Astros, Marlins complete six-player deal

    Published: Thu, Jul 31, 2014

    Jarred Cosart, who was scheduled to start Houston's game vs. the Blue Jays tonight, was traded to the Marlins along with Kike Hernandez and the RedHawks' Austin Wates right at Thursday's trade deadline. The Astros announced they would get OF Jake Marisnick, 3B Colin Moran, RHP Frances Martes and a comp pick from the Marlins.

  • Va. GOP treasurer said to offer resignation after questioning Muslims’ contributions

    Published: Thu, Jul 31, 2014

    The treasurer of Virginia’s Republican Party has offered his resignation, two high-ranking party sources said, after questioning in a Facebook post whether Muslim Americans have contributed to U.S. society. Bob FitzSimmonds, an outspoken party official whose online postings have stirred controversy before, called a statement by President Obama marking Eid al-Fitr, the celebration that concludes the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, “pure nonsense” in a public post on his Facebook page.

  • Golfer Dustin Johnson taking leave of absence, cites 'personal challenges'

    Published: Thu, Jul 31, 2014

    AKRON, Ohio -- Dustin Johnson announced Thursday he will take a leave of absence from golf to seek help for "personal challenges." Johnson, 30, said in a statement released by his management team "I am taking a leave of absence from professional golf, effective immediately. I will use this time to seek professional help for personal challenges I have faced. By committing the time and resources necessary to improve my mental health, physical well-being and emotional foundation, I am confident that I will be better equipped to fulfill my potential and become a consistent champion. "I respectfully ask my fans, well-wishers and the media for privacy as I embark upon this mission of self-improvement."

  • DeMarco Murray among 11 eye-catchers at Dallas Cowboys camp

    Published: Thu, Jul 31, 2014

    Former OU running back DeMarco Murray is impressing at Dallas Cowboys camp in Oxnard, Calif. Cowboys football analyst/scout Bryan Broaddus said that Murray "physically looks in better shape than he has at any ponit of his Cowboys career," which is nothing but good news for Dallas. Staying on the field has always been the biggest key for Murray, whose injury history dates back to his days in Norman. Murray has missed at least two games to injury in each of his three professional seasons, and has never had more than 217 carries in a season. Murray is coming off his best season as a pro, with more than 1,400 all-purpose yards and 10 total touchdowns in 14 games.

  • GALLERY: Oklahoma State football players report

    Published: Thu, Jul 31, 2014

    Oklahoma State football players reported to campus today and will hold their first practice Friday. Check out some of the best photos from the Cowboys coming to camp.

  • House call apps bring a doctor to your door

    Published: Thu, Jul 31, 2014

    (CNN) -- When you're sick, sometimes it feels impossible to get out of bed, let alone get to the doctor. And the last thing anyone wants to do is spend hours at the emergency room. So Silicon Valley is retooling a service that was common almost a century ago: the house call. Several companies have developed smartphone apps that bring doctors to patients, often in less time than it would take to seek treatment elsewhere. With apps like Pager and Medicast, a patient can request a doctor with the push of a button.

  • Kevin Durant, James Harden, Paul George play one-on-one at USA Basketball camp

    Published: Thu, Jul 31, 2014

    Former Thunder stars going at it in a game of one-on-one? Yes, please. Kevin Durant, James Harden and Paul George engaged in a game of "King of the Hill" after Wednesday's Team USA practice in Las Vegas. One man scores, he gets to stay on and another comes on. But if a player gets a defensive stop, he stays on and switches to offense. The game continues until a player gets five buckets. The result? Durant, Paul and Harden putting in serious work after practice. "It was intense," George said. "At the end of the day, we're all here to get better. No better guys to go against, for myself, to guard than KD and James. "James is quick, lower to the ground, and KD's got the length, so it's good offensively for me as well."

  • One killed after train equipment falls on car in Oklahoma City

    Published: Thu, Jul 31, 2014

    Emergency crews are responding to a fatal accident in Oklahoma City, Thursday afternoon.

  • Accused killer Kevin Sweat expected to enter plea deal today

    Published: Thu, Jul 31, 2014

    OKEMAH — Accused killer Kevin Sweat is expected to enter a plea deal this afternoon to multiple murder charges in Okfuskee County Court, Tulsa World reports. At least one of family of one Sweat's alleged victims was asked to come to the courthouse today, a family member told the World. The family member had been notified that Sweat would be entering a plea deal.

  • The federal government’s own statistics show that marijuana is safer than alcohol

    Published: Thu, Jul 31, 2014

    Opponents of marijuana legalization return to one particular number over and over in their arguments: the number of emergency room visits involving marijuana, Washington Post reports. This ONDCP fact sheet breathlessly reports that "mentions of marijuana use in emergency room visits have risen 176 percent since 1994, surpassing those of heroin." The Drug Enforcement Administration's " Dangers and Consequences of Marijuana Abuse ," a 41-page  tour-de-force of decontextualized factoids, reports that marijuana was involved in nearly half a million E.R. visits in 2011, second only to cocaine. The problem, of course, is that these numbers are meaningless without knowing how many people are using those drugs to start with. When you consider that there are approximately 70 times more marijuana users than heroin users in the United States, it makes sense that more of the former are going to the hospital than the latter, according to the Washington Post.

  • Sooners No. 3 in preseason Amway Coaches Poll

    Published: Thu, Jul 31, 2014

    Oklahoma is No. 3 in the first presason coaches poll released Thursday, with defending national champion Florida State and Alabama ranking 1 and 2. The Sooners are joined by Baylor in the top 10 and two other Big 12 schools in the top 25 in No. 21 Kansas State and No. 24 Texas. [image]http://s3.amazonaws.com/content.newsok.com/documents/Top 10.

  • If OU, OSU football had scratch and sniff tickets what would they smell like?

    erik horne | Published: Thu, Jul 31, 2014

    Oregon athletics is always pushing the envelope, and they're continuing to do so with scratch and sniff tickets. Yes, you read that right. And they smell like buns. "We've added various features to our @WinTheDay season tks over the past 12 yrs -- This one is no exception," said the @OregonDuckTix Twitter account Wednesday. Carl's Jr. is partnered up with Oregon, and the tickets will have a sticker/decal that smells like "fresh baked buns." Awesome idea. So what's next in the evolution of season tickets? How can we bring this to the state of Oklahoma ASAP. What would the scratch and sniff options be for OU and OSU? Clearly, barbeque is an option for both, but what businesses could throw their hats into the fire? Be nice, Bedlam buddies, and give some suggestions below. What would be the best scratch and sniff options for OU and OSU season tickets?

  • Former OSU guard Marcus Smart: 'I can finally take a breath'

    Published: Thu, Jul 31, 2014

    Former Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart says it feels weird that he's not going back to Stillwater this fall, but he's anxious to make his mark in the NBA very soon. He's also happy for the opportunity to be in Las Vegas this summer. The newest Boston Celtics guard is playing for Team USA Select, helping the USA Basketball team prepare for the FIBA World Cup, which starts in August. Smart talked about being able to reflect on the last year of his life. "I can finally take a breath," Smart told Mark Travis of Cowboys Ride for Free. "It feels good to be here. To be back here with the best players in the world, it's still unbelievable." In the piece, Smart talks about buying his mother a house in Flour Mound, Texas, his affinity for Stillwater and his hearing his name called by NBA commissioner Adam Silver.