• OSU's Emmanuel Ogbah, three OU players on Bednarik Award Watch List

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 35 min ago

    Oklahoma defensive end Charles Tapper, linebacker Eric Striker, and defensive back Zack Sanchez, and Oklahoma State defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah have all been named to the watch list for the Chuck Bednarik Award, given annually to the defensive player of the year in college football. Striker, Sanchez and Ogbah are each coming off 2014 seasons in which they were All-Big 12 First-Team selections. Tapper was an honorable mention pick in 2014. You can view the complete list of nominees  here . Semifinalists for the award will be announced Nov. 2, and the three finalists will be revealed on Nov. 23. The winner will be announced at the Home Depot College Football Awards Show, Dec. 10. Preseason Watch List Calendar Tuesday: Bednarik Award (defensive player of the year)/ Maxwell Award (player of the year) Wednesday: Mackey Award (tight end)/ Rimington Trophy (center) Thursday: Lou Groza Award (kicker) / Ray Guy Award (punter) Friiday: Bronko Nagurski Trophy (best defensive player)/ Outland Trophy (interior lineman) Mon., July 13: Jim Thorpe Award (defensive back) Tues., July 14: Butkus Award (linebacker)/ Rotary Lombardi Award (best lineman/linebacker) Wed., July 15: Biletnikoff Award (wide receiver)/ Wuerffel Trophy (exemplary community service, athletic and academic achievement) Thurs, July 16: Davey O’Brien Award (quarterback)/ Doak Walker Award (running back) Fri., July 17: Walter Camp Award (player of the year)

  • Poll: Boehner, McConnell at historic low

    Published: Tue, Jul 7, 2015

    It may be the best of times to be the House speaker and Senate majority leader, but their sinking approval ratings also show that it is the worst of times to be Rep. John Boehner and Sen. Mitch McConnell. A new Democracy Corps poll finds that the two are seeing their lowest approval ratings in eight years. The poll focused on how Democrats can jazz glum voters into backing Hillary Clinton, but it included two questions the revealed just how little the Republican leaders are liked. Pollster Stanley Greenberg of Greenberg, Quinlan Rosner Research, asked voters to rate the leaders. Boehner has a 36 percent approval rating and McConnell is at an all-time low of 35 percent.

  • OU's Samaje Perine, Sterling Shepard, OSU's Mason Rudolph named to Maxwell Award Watch List

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Tue, Jul 7, 2015

    Oklahoma running back Samaje Perine and wide receiver Sterling Shepard, and Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph have been named to the preseason watch list for the Maxwell Award, given annually to college football's player of the year. Perine is coming off a freshman season in which he led the Big 12 in carries (263), rushing yards (1,713) and touchdowns (21) while also setting the NCAA single-game record for rushing yards (427) against Kansas. As a junior, Shepard finished 2014 with 51 receptions, 970 yards and five touchdowns despite battling injuries which forced him to miss three games completely and limited his playing time in three more. Rudolph was inserted into the lineup for Oklahoma State as a true freshman, starting the final three games of the season for the Cowboys. Rudolph finished 49-of-86 for 853 yards, six touchdowns and four interceptions, leading OSU to consecutive wins against OU and Washington to close the season. You can view the complete list of nominees  here . Semifinalists for the award will be announced Nov. 2, and the three finalists will be revealed on Nov. 23. The winner will be announced at the Home Depot College Football Awards Show, Dec. 10. Preseason Watch List Calendar Tuesday: Bednarik Award (defensive player of the year)/ Maxwell Award (player of the year) Wednesday: Mackey Award (tight end)/ Rimington Trophy (center) Thursday: Lou Groza Award (kicker) / Ray Guy Award (punter) Friiday: Bronko Nagurski Trophy (best defensive player)/ Outland Trophy (interior lineman) Mon., July 13: Jim Thorpe Award (defensive back) Tues., July 14: Butkus Award (linebacker)/ Rotary Lombardi Award (best lineman/linebacker) Wed., July 15: Biletnikoff Award (wide receiver)/ Wuerffel Trophy (exemplary community service, athletic and academic achievement) Thurs, July 16: Davey O’Brien Award (quarterback)/ Doak Walker Award (running back) Fri., July 17: Walter Camp Award (player of the year)

  • Legislators push proposed amendment to Oklahoma Constitution to allow Ten Commandments monument

    Published: Tue, Jul 7, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY — A Yukon lawmaker filed legislation Monday to remove the section of the state constitution cited by the Oklahoma Supreme Court when it  ordered a Ten Commandments monument removed  from the state Capitol grounds. State Rep. John Paul Jordan, R-Yukon, called the section barring the use of state assets for religious purposes “toxic” and a “malignant tumor” that “needs to be removed completely” from the state constitution. “It could possibly lead to the Native American artwork in the Capitol and state Supreme Court buildings being removed, as much of it is religious in nature,” Jordan said. “It could lead to individuals on state-funded insurance programs being unable to receive medical care as a large portion of hospitals in Oklahoma are supported by a religious affiliation.”

  • North Carolina church to fly Christian flag over American flag

    Published: Tue, Jul 7, 2015

    SHELBY, NC (WBTV) - In Cleveland County, Old Glory flies high. From shops, to homes, to houses of worship - the red, white and blue can be spotted on every street corner. But this Fourth of July weekend, one Shelby flag pole will be reassessing its priorities. On Sunday, Pastor Rit Varriale will raise the Christian flag above the American flag in front of Elizabeth Baptist Church. "Our typical flag etiquette is to have the American flag above the Christian flag. But when you stop and think about it, it should be our commitment to God first, then our commitment to country," Varriale said.

  • OU basketball recruit Payton Pritchard decommits from Sooners

    Published: Tue, Jul 7, 2015

    OU lost a longtime commitment Monday night, as Class of 2016 point guard Payton Pritchard (West Linn, Ore.) decommitted from Sooners. Pritchard, ranked No. 46 in the Rivals 150 for 2016, pledged to OU, his parents' alma mater, in November . The 6-foot-2, 180 pounder was OU's first commitment in the Class of 2016. Pritchard has offers from Arizona State, Gonzaga, Indiana, and Wisconsin, among others.

  • Bucks president says team could move to Seattle or Las Vegas

    Published: Tue, Jul 7, 2015

    Milwaukee Bucks president Peter Feigin told Wisconsin lawmakers Monday that time was of the essence in approving $250 million in public funding for the proposed arena in downtown Milwaukee or the NBA will move the team to "Las Vegas or Seattle," according to the Milwaukee Business Journal. If the construction of a new stadium doesn't start in 2015, Feigin says the NBA will buy back the team for $25 million profit. The Bucks' ownership group of Wes Edens, Marc Lasry and Jamie Dinan purchased the team for $550 million in May 2014. In their purchase agreement, a provision was included that said construction for a new arena would start this year. And if it doesn't, Seattle could get a team back for the first time since the then-Seattle SuperSonics left in 2008 to come to Oklahoma City. "The NBA does not want the Bucks to extend the lease in an inadequate facility," Feigin said.

  • TSA worker slammed for tweeting passenger’s $75K in carry-on cash

    Published: Tue, Jul 7, 2015

    A TSA spokesperson has been slammed for tweeting a passenger's $75k in cash in his carry-on and at which airport it was found.

  • What You Really Know About Bicycles

    Published: Tue, Jul 7, 2015

    For just about everyone, bicycles are a familiar artifact of contemporary life — a simple device that's easy to recognize and easy to understand. Unlike a car, or even a motorcycle, a bicycle's mechanism is straightforward and on display. We can all appreciate how the pedals make the wheels turn, how steering works, and why bikes don't simply fall over. Right? Wrong. A paper by Rebecca Lawson — cleverly titled "The science of cycology" and published in the journal Memory & Cognition — investigated people's understanding of bicycles. What she found was that many people fall flat on the basics.

  • Boy beaten over birthday cake dies

    Published: Tue, Jul 7, 2015

    HAGERSTOWN, Md. -- A 9-year-old boy beaten by his mother's boyfriend over birthday cake died from his injuries, according to Capt. Paul Kifer with the Hagerstown Police Department on Monday, WUSA reports. Robert Wilson was charged in the beating of Jack Garcia. He was initially charged with first and second-degree assault, child abuse and reckless endangerment. Police said earlier that they would pursue murder charges if Jack Garcia passed away.

  • 'Duck Dynasty's' Si Robertson Says There's No Such Thing as an Atheist

    Published: Tue, Jul 7, 2015

    NEW YORK — 'Duck Dynasty' star Si Robertson, who's known for being an outspoken Christian, told CP Voice earlier this week that as a Vietnam veteran he knows there's no such thing as an atheist because when people find themselves in a life-threatening situation they cry out to God, saying, "please help me." Discussing his new film "Faith of Our Fathers," which tells the story of two Vietnam veterans — one a devout Christian and the other a skeptic — Robertson explained that the bonds soldiers develop in wartime are "thicker than blood, because they've faced death together." "Whether you believe in Him or not, every time you write down the day's date you're saying He's here," continued Robertson, who reiterated his point that when it comes to circumstances of life and death, there aren't any atheists.

  • Samsung releases world's first 2TB consumer SSDs

    Published: Tue, Jul 7, 2015

    Samsung today announced what it is calling the first multi-terabyte consumer solid-state drive (SSD), which will offer 2TB of capacity in a 2.5-in. form factor for laptops and desktops. The new 850 Pro and 850 EVO SSDs double the maximum capacity of their predecessors. As with the previous 840 Pro and EVO models, Samsung used its 3D V-NAND technology, which stacks 32 layers of NAND atop one another in a microscopic skyscraper that offers vastly greater flash memory density. Additionally, the drives take advantage of multi-level cell (MLC) and triple-level cell (TLC) (2- and 3-bit per cell) technology for even greater density.

  • Roanoke boy's birthday party goes viral, family feels "Reddit Hug"

    Published: Tue, Jul 7, 2015

    TROUTVILLE, Va. - It's the birthday party talked about from California to China, and it was right here in one of our hometowns. A Roanoke family hosted an open water balloon fight in Botetourt County for anyone to join, and about 300 people from all over Virginia ended up showing up with water balloons, cake, and lots of gifts. This all in addition to the hundreds of gifts random strangers from around the world sent to Camden after word about the little boy and his mother's fear that no one would show up at the party spread online. Camden has a speech delay, known medically as Apraxia. To his family, including his parents and sister, he's just Camden. But according to his father, Camden's brain can't quite put the words together sometimes under social pressure.

  • At Trump hotel site, immigrant workers wary

    Published: Tue, Jul 7, 2015

    For weeks, says the Washington Post, dozens of construction workers from Latin America have streamed onto the site of the Old Post Office Pavilion in downtown Washington and taken pride in their work building one of the city’s newest luxury hotels. But that job site is now laden with tension after the man behind the project — billionaire developer Donald Trump — put himself at the center of the nation’s debate over illegal immigration.

  • Dustin Hoffman talks decline of cinema and difficulties finding work

    Published: Tue, Jul 7, 2015

    In an interview with The Independent, it’s hard to describe seven-time Academy Award nominee Dustin Hoffman as disgruntled when he says everything in such an effusive, mild-mannered way. He looks like he’s been living the good life, with his tanned complexion and the top buttons undone on his shirt. His enthusiasm to appear in and direct films is as strong as ever, which just makes his criticisms of the film industry all the more heartfelt. “I think right now television is the best that it’s ever been and I think that it’s the worst that film has ever been – in the 50 years that I’ve been doing it, it’s the worst,” he claims.

  • Variety exclusive: 'The View' May Cut Rosie Perez, Nicolle Wallace in Latest Revamp

    Published: Tue, Jul 7, 2015

    ABC executives are finalizing a plan to reboot "The View" next fall, for the second consecutive year, with a flurry of changes that could include the departure of at least one of its regular hosts, Variety has learned. While moderator Whoopi Goldberg will remain as the face of the struggling daytime talker, the future of two of her co-hosts, Nicolle Wallace and Rosie Perez , is in doubt. One or both women could be dropped because network execs are underwhelmed with their contributions to the show’s signature Hot Topics segment, which is expected to shift focus permanently toward more lighthearted celebrity fluff.

  • KOCO: Piedmont home destroyed by fire, lightning possible cause

    Published: Tue, Jul 7, 2015

    Piedmont fire crews battled large flames at a home early Tuesday, says KOCO. Crews are still working to determine the exact cause, but say it's possible that the fire was started by a lightning strike ...

  • Florida State Seminoles QB De'Andre Johnson dismissed by program after video shows him striking woman at bar

    Published: Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    Florida State quarterback De'Andre Johnson was dismissed by the program on the same day the Florida state's attorney's office released video of Johnson striking a woman at a bar.

  • Why People Post Annoying Status Updates on Facebook

    Published: Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    People who aren’t emotionally stable post more frequently in order to regulate their emotions and receive social support, a study shows.

  • 'Can't Buy Me Love' Actress Dies at 43

    Published: Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    Amanda Peterson, who starred in the 1980s movie Can't Buy Me Love with Patrick Dempsey, has died at 43 -- find out more.




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