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  • Class 4A's Cascia Hall rallies for win over Class 6A-II's Bartlesville

    Published: Fri, Sep 12, 2014

    Class 4A No. 3 Cascia Hall dominated the second half en route to a 31-23 win over 6A-II No. 8 Bartlesville on Friday night at Siegfried Stadium. Leading 24-17 with under four minutes remaining, Cascia’s Zach Powell returned an interception to the 18-yard line. A face mask penalty moved the ball to the Bruins 3. Two plays later, Nathan Dinsmore carried in for his second touchdown, giving the Commandos some breathing room. Bartlesville moved the ball at will throughout the first half. The Bruins fumbled on their first possession. It was recovered by Cascia’s Reece Lambert, but the Commandos couldn’t capitalize. Teammate Luke Smith also recorded a fumble recovery.

  • Tre Brown, Mason Farquhar lead Union past Jenks

    Published: Fri, Sep 12, 2014

    Union sophomore Tre Brown didn’t have the look of a newcomer to the secondary during the MidFirst Backyard Bowl on Friday night. Brown had two key first-half interceptions that helped set the tone for Class 6AI No. 2 Union’s 24-13 victory that snapped top-ranked Jenks’ 27-game winning streak before 18,012 fans at Chapman Stadium. “Tre is getting better and better,” Union coach Kirk Fridrich said. “He was really good.” And so was Union quarterback Mason Farquhar, who accounted for 234 total yards and three touchdowns. Farquhar’s 2-yard TD run that gave Union a 14-7 lead it never relinquished was set up by Brown’s 29-yard interception return to the Jenks 31.

  • Baltimore Orioles’ Chris Davis Suspended for Positive Drug Test

    Published: Fri, Sep 12, 2014

    BALTIMORE — The Orioles ’ likely charge into the postseason was dealt a setback when Major League Baseball announced Friday that Chris Davis, the slugging corner infielder, had been suspended 25 games after he tested positive for amphetamines, the New York Times reports.

  • Man hides in Nick Saban's bathroom, surprises girlfriend with proposal

    Published: Fri, Sep 12, 2014

    When Drew Clayton decided to propose to his girlfriend back in May, he stuck to a simple mantra: Go big or go home. Clayton, a Mississippi State alum, knew he wanted to do something special to surprise his now-fiancée, Decatur native Kayla Posey, who was finishing up graduate school at the University of Alabama. After working with a fraternity brother to design her engagement ring, Clayton turned to another friend, an Alabama grad, to brainstorm the perfect proposal. In the end, only one place in the world made sense for Clayton to ask the most important question of his life. Nick Saban's office.

  • Ravens point to 'football cocoon' as key to victory over Steelers

    Published: Fri, Sep 12, 2014

    BALTIMORE — The Ravens weren’t distracted by Ray Rice this week, USA Today reports. So they said, at least, after trouncing the Pittsburgh Steelers 26-6 on Thursday night at M&T Bank Stadium, according to USA Today.

  • High school football: Bixby's Nic Roller rolls up 400 yards in Thursday game

    Published: Fri, Sep 12, 2014

    Nic Roller is a well-proven running back for Class 6AII No. 4 Bixby. He proved it by eclipsing the 1,000-yard rushing mark in 2013. As a junior this season, Roller is adding receiving to his repertoire. He hauled in a screen pass and ran it 74 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter Thursday to punctuate his career night in the Spartans’ 51-21 rout of East Central. “I knew they were blitzing hard, so I thought that screen would work,” Roller said. “The line blocked it up good, and it ended up working out good for us.” Roller had 400 yards of total offense and six touchdowns. He carried 21 times for 261 yards, and he caught two passes for 139. 

  • Nike's wild idea to reduce home-field advantage

    Published: Fri, Sep 12, 2014

    You think you’re uncomfortable on airplanes? Imagine being a 6’4”, 310-pound NFL lineman. Nike is teaming up with Seattle-based design firm Teague to come up with a more player-friendly way for professional sports teams to fly their athletes to away games, according to Yahoo Travel. In a proposal titled “Home Advantage at 40,000 Feet,” Nike and Teague unveiled plans for a high-tech plane specifically equipped to reduce the negative physical effects of flying for elite athletes.

  • Female Ravens fans defend Ray Rice: 'I'm keeping my jersey'

    Published: Fri, Sep 12, 2014

    LaTonya Jones is a survivor. The first time her husband hit her, she got out of that relationship immediately. She was strong for her kids, she said. But that isn’t keeping her from wearing her Ray Rice jersey. “I’m keeping my jersey,” she said. “I’m not going to trade it in.” USA TODAY reports Jones sat at a tailgate with friends — many of whom were also wearing No. 27 before the Baltimore Ravens kicked off against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday night — and said that she supports Rice.

  • Tulsa Shock guard Skylar Diggins chosen to All-WNBA team

    Published: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    Shock guard Skylar Diggins capped a brilliant second season Thursday when she was named to the All-WNBA First Team. Diggins is joined on the first team by Minnesota Lynx forward Maya Moore, Los Angeles Sparks forward Candace Parker, Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner and Mercury guard Diana Taurasi. Diggins made arguably the biggest jump of any player in the league from her rookie to second season, going from 8.5 points per game to 20.1 -- second in the WNBA. She was also first in minutes played (35.0) and fourth in assists (5.0).

  • The 49ers have suspended their radio broadcaster for his comments on Ray Rice

    Published: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    The 49ers have suspended radio broadcaster Ted Robinson for two games because of domestic violence comments he made this week, according to a tweet Wednesday night from Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee.  Robinson, 59, has been the play-by-play announcer for the team since 2009. On Monday, he was discussing the Ray Rice assault case and said the female victim of the assault, whom Rice has since married, should accept some of the responsibility for not speaking up after she was knocked to the floor of an elevator in an Atlantic City hotel in February. Robinson said, "That, to me, is the saddest part of it," according to SFGate.com.

  • Report: J.W. Walsh has surgery Thursday, expected to miss 6-8 weeks for Oklahoma State

    Published: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    KFOR.com is reporting  that Oklahoma State quarterback J.W. Walsh underwent surgery Thursday and is expected to miss 6-8 weeks. Walsh injured his right foot/lower leg in the first quarter Sept. 6 against Missouri State. He left the game before eventually returning to the sideline on crutches. Second-team quarterback Daxx Garman played the rest of the way for the Cowboys in a 40-23 win, throwing two touchdowns. Garman would start his first game of his college career against UT-San Antonio on Saturday in Stillwater. Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said Monday that Walsh's injury was " not as severe as what was originally thought ."

  • OU football: Todd McShay says Sooners are 'legitimate top-five team, contender for College Football Playoff'

    Published: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    ESPN analyst Todd McShay was skeptical of the Sooners. No longer. After two blowout victories, Todd McShay explains in four reasons why the Oklahoma Sooners are a legitimate top-five team in college football this season (ESPN Insider content). McShay's reasons: 1.) The running game could be one of the best in the country 2.) They have a quarterback (Trevor Knight) that is going to keep getting better 3.) The defense is back 4.) The weaknesses this team does have are minor. From McShay: "For many years, the Sooners used to be dominant on the defensive side of the ball -- recall the BCS title win when they allowed two points to Florida State -- but I think the past few seasons that talent level has tailed off a little bit. You didn't see those difference-makers on defense going to the NFL, the way you did with the likes of Gerald McCoy a few years back. "I think that the talent on the Sooners' defense is now back up to an elite level, however, and it's a unit that can keep them in the playoff mix."

  • Texas A&M QB Kenny Hill’s parents apply for 'Kenny Trill' trademark

    Published: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    What has Johnny Manziel started? The parents of current Texas A&M quarterback Kenny Hill have applied to trademark "Kenny Trill," according to Karen Howell, who posted the documents on Twitter. The document shows the filing date as Sept. 3, which came after Hill played just one game for Texas A&M -- the Aggies' 52-28 win over South Carolina in which he threw for 511 yards. From the Dallas Morning News: "Hill said this week that his parents may follow the lead of Manziel and attempt to trademark his nickname, but he said he didn’t know if they had. “I don’t know, they could have, I haven’t really talked to them about it,” Hill said. “They might be thinking about it because of how Johnny’s parents trademarked the “Johnny Football” thing.

  • Six reasons Condoleezza Rice should not replace Roger Goodell

    Published: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    Ray Ratto of Comcast SportsNet says now that Ginger-Tin-Ears (Roger Goodell) has managed to completely ruin a job that pays $44 million a year, the ever-vigilant I-wonder-what-will-move-the-story-forward-three-years media has seized upon a list of successors, and foremost among them is . . . wait for it . . .

  • The NFL's next Ray Rice crisis is already here

    Published: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    While the NFL drowns in a flurry of speculation about who in the league office saw the Ray Rice tape and when, another domestic violence crisis grows ever more pressing, according to Yahoo Sports. Carolina Panthers defensive lineman Greg Hardy was declared guilty by a North Carolina judge of assaulting his former girlfriend, Nicole Holder, in an incident that allegedly involved hair-pulling, slamming a toilet seat on her arm, and putting his hands around her neck. While he awaits the next step in his legal process, a jury trial, Hardy played in the team's season-opening game last weekend, and is scheduled to play this Sunday. Hardy had an excused absence from Panthers practice Wednesday, but is expected to be available for Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions, coach Ron Rivera told reporters in a conference call.

  • OU football: Knoxville columnist gives hilarious reasons why Tennessee can beat OU (VIDEO)

    Published: Wed, Sep 10, 2014

    Knoxville News Sentinel football columnist John Adams shares his thoughts on the Tennessee vs. Oklahoma game Saturday, including reasons why the Volunteers can beat the fourth-ranked Sooners. In his video entitled "Serious football with John Adams," Adams' reasons are deep and insightful. They're so deep that he finds himself at a loss for words Following a bout of silence and confusion, Adams skips quickly to UT's next matchup. "Join me in two weeks before the Tennessee-Georgia game, when we talk about bouncing back from adversity," Adams says.

  • NFL.com: Bob Stoops could follow in Barry Switzer's footsteps with Dallas Cowboys

    Published: Wed, Sep 10, 2014

    Remember last season when the  Bob Stoops-to-Cleveland rumors were heating up in January? Well, expect that NFL talk about the Sooners ball coach to start flaring up again, says NFL.com's Bryan Fischer. He says Stoops could follow in Barry Switzer's footsteps as a former OU coach making the jump to the NFL via the Dallas Cowboys. From Fischer: "While the native Ohioan flirted with the Cleveland Browns after his team won the Sugar Bowl, that never seemed like the right fit. The right fit might open up not too far down the road, however. "The Dallas Cowboys remain one of the NFL's marquee programs despite a middling record the past decade. They very well could have a head-coach opening after the season if they fail to make the playoffs. Jerry Jones loves nothing more than to make a splash, and he would do just that in backing the Brinks truck up and hiring Stoops." Fischer goes on to say certain obstacles -- such as Stoops' big home in Norman and his loyalty to OU athletic director Joe Castiglione -- wouldn't keep Stoops from giving the Dallas job a long look if he were to get the call from Jones. Following OU's upset win over Alabama in the 2014 Sugar Bowl, Stoops declined to discuss rumors that he could become the next coach of the Cleveland Browns, non-chalantly say " you never know " when asked about his interest in the NFL. But whether it's from the Cowboys or someone else, Stoops is going to receive a lot of attention from NFL teams this offseason.

  • OU football: Sooners to face Houston in 2016 season opener; Cougars come to Norman in 2019

    Published: Wed, Sep 10, 2014

    OU and Houston will open the 2016 season on Sept. 3 in the Advocare Texas Kickoff at NRG Stadium, home of the NFL's Houston Texans. Houston will also make a return trip to Norman to play at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on Aug. 31, 2019. The news of the matchup was  initially reported in July by the Houston Chronicle, but the University of Oklahoma officially announced the game Wednesday. The Sooners were originally scheduled to begin the 2016 at home against Louisiana-Monroe, but that game has been moved to Sept. 10, 2016. The Sooners are 2-0 in two previous matchups with the Cougars -- OU beat Houston 63-13 in 2004 (at Norman) and 40-14 in the 1981 Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas.

  • Former Millwood standout Josh Turner's status 'up in the air' for Texas against UCLA

    Published: Wed, Sep 10, 2014

    Texas needs all the defensive help it can get right now, but one of its veteran players still has his status in question. It's still unsure whether or not former Millwood standout Josh Turner will play for the Longhorns on Saturday against No. 12 UCLA in Austin. The senior safety was suspended in the offseason by coach Charlie Strong for a violation of team rules, and hasn't played in Texas' first two games of the season. On Monday, Strong didn't confirm whether or not Turner, who has played in 37 career games for UT, will be available against UCLA. Texas defensive coordinator Vance Bedford said Wednesday that Turner's status is "up in the air," and is the head coach's decision. Turner was the Gatorade Oklahoma High School Football Player of the Year in 2011.

  • OU football: No Rocky Top: Tennessee not bringing band to Norman

    Published: Wed, Sep 10, 2014

    You won't be hearing "Rocky Top" in Norman on Saturday night. Tulsa World writer Eric Bailey says the University of Tennessee  is leaving The Pride of the Southland Band -- and one of the most iconic and recognizable fight songs in college football -- in Knoxville. "Rocky Top" was voted the  No. 2 fight song in all of college football in a recent USA Today College Football Fan Index poll. OU's "Boomer Sooner" was No. 6 on the same list.