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  • Rickie Fowler's haircut is ready for the Ryder Cup

    Matt Carney | Published: Mon, Sep 22, 2014

    Look upon it and tremble, Europeans. The only way that combo fade and etching could be more American is if it came with a side of fries and failed a math test. The Ryder Cup starts Friday.

  • Former Texas Tech DC Matt Wallerstedt says 'don't believe' rumors of dismissal

    Published: Mon, Sep 22, 2014

    When Texas Tech's defensive coordinator Matt Wallerstedt abruptly resigned last week, many wondered if there was more to the story. Was it a forced resignation because of the Red Raiders' porous defensive start? Was the exit drug related? reported that Wallerstedt had been sent home from the football facility for allegedly being under the influence of an unknown substance. According to, Wallerstedt refuted the ESPN report with a text message last Friday that read “All good! Don’t believe all the rumors!! My statement yesterday says why I resigned and that’s the truth!!” Texas Tech's statement announcing Wallerstedt's decision said he resigned for "personal reasons." “I have submitted my resignation to Coach Kingsbury effective immediately because I want the best for the Red Raider program, and this will allow them to go in a different direction on defense,” Wallerstedt said in the school's statement. “I love our players and this school and have only their best interest in my heart and mind. I wish Coach Kingsbury every success this season.”

  • Report: Baker Mayfield to receive a third year of eligibility effective immediately

    staff reports | Published: Mon, Sep 22, 2014

    Could Baker Mayfield be getting a break? The OU transfer has reportedly been given a third year of eligibility, effective immediately, as reported by KWTV Sports Director Dean Blevins . Mayfield, the Big 12 Freshman of the Year in 2013, chose to walk-on at Oklahoma in the offseason, but Texas Tech blocked the transfer, meaning he wasn't eligible to play or receive financial aid in 2014. And because of Big 12 rules regarding in-conference transfers, Mayfield was docked a year of eligibility. Mayfield's eligibility has to be determined by the Big 12, and there are ongoing discussions of Mayfield's status with OU, Texas Tech and the Big 12 Conference. Sources close to the situation said there have been discussions between OU, Texas Tech and the Big 12 about the possibility of Mayfield retaining a year of eligibility if he doesn't play this season. No decisions have been finalized, but Texas Tech has  consistently refused to clear Mayfield to play this season. Mayfield and his attorney, Jim Darnell, had a hearing with the NCAA last Friday. Sources say Mayfield is close to receiving a waiver that would allow OU to put him on scholarship retroactive to at least the beginning of the current semester. /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman","serif";}

  • OU football: Tony Jefferson making an impact with Arizona Cardinals

    Published: Mon, Sep 22, 2014

    Tony Jefferson had himself a game Sunday in the Arizona Cardinals' 20-14 win over San Francisco. The former OU standout led the Arizona Cardinals with 10 tackles ,  had a huge second-down sack of Colin Kaepernick on the 49ers’ last true chance to score, and he absorbed the headbutt from Anquan Boldin that changed the game. Boldin hit Jefferson with a headbutt, resulting in a 15-yard penalty, which derailed the 49ers' drive. A chance at seven points turned into a field goal attempt that was blocked by Tommy Kelly. The Oklahoman's NFL beat writer Mike Baldwin will have a feature story on Jefferson on Nov. 2 when Jefferson and the Cardinals come to Arlington to play the Dallas Cowboys.

  • Refs say Colin Kaepernick used racial slur

    Published: Mon, Sep 22, 2014

    Needless to say, Colin Kaepernick had a game he'd like to forget after last week's 28-20 loss to the Bears. The 49ers quarterback was responsible for four turnovers in the team's loss, but it was a curious flag that has also drawn attention.

  • OU football: Sooners rank No. 1 in ESPN power rankings, playoff forecast

    Published: Mon, Sep 22, 2014

    Following a big road win against West Virginia, OU has risen to No. 1 in two of ESPN's biggest weekly polls. The Sooners are No. 1 in both ESPN's Power Rankings and Playoff Forecast. OU was No. 3 in the Power Rankings last week, but had a climb in the chart after its win over the Mountaineers and sub-par games from Oregon and Florida State over the weekend. The Sooners earned 316 points to Alabama's 300 in this week's rankings. From ESPN: "Introducing Samaje Perine , yet another star for the Sooners. Oklahoma got an important win in Morgantown, West Virginia, and further validated itself as the team to beat in the Big 12." In the Playoff Forecast (Insider content), ESPN placed the Sooners ahead of Florida State, Oregon and Alabama -- giving the Sooners a 22.1 percent chance of winning out and a 58.5 percent chance of winning the Big 12 (based on their  Football Power Index and "the eye test"). From Brad Edwards: "After clearing one of their most difficult road hurdles with an impressive second-half performance at West Virginia, the Sooners seem as good a bet to go undefeated as any team in a Power 5 conference. Their most highly regarded remaining opponents, Baylor and Oklahoma State, must both visit Norman, and the toughest test away from home seems to be at TCU, which comes on Oct. 4 after OU has a bye week to prepare. Also, the fact that the Big 12 has no conference championship game is another factor that enhances Oklahoma's chances of finishing the regular season unblemished."

  • Bob Stoops: DE Charles Tapper has sickle cell trait which caused exhaustion against West Virginia

    staff reports | Published: Mon, Sep 22, 2014

    NORMAN — Oklahoma junior defensive end Charles Tapper left the Sooners’ 45-33 win at West Virginia last weekend in the fourth quarter because of exhaustion brought on by his sickle cell trait, coach Bob Stoops said during Monday’s news conference. Sickle cell trait is a genetic disorder that can be catastropic, especially during extreme physical exertion. California defensive end Ted Agu died in February during a training run, and it was reportedly because of complications from sickle cell trait. Following OU's 45-33 win over West Virginia on Saturday, Tapper appeared to be injured. But Stoops said that Tapper's issues were more exhaustion than injury.

  • Fans claim ambush by Native Americans, 'Daily Show'

    Published: Mon, Sep 22, 2014

    Several Washington Redskins fans are unhappy about a Daily Show segment they participated in that pitted them against Native Americans in the ongoing debate over the team's controversial name, according to Yahoo TV. The segment, filmed Sept. 13 for a yet-to-air episode, involved a heated back-and-forth, with the fans feeling unaware of what they had signed up for, according to the Washington Post.  Kelli O'Dell, a 56-year-old former teacher, was in tears during the segment and has asked the show not to include any footage of her, although a show producer said he couldn't promise that she would be omitted. Two days later, O'Dell tried to file a police report but was told no crime had been committed.

  • OU basketball: Jason Rabedeaux, former Sooners assistant, passes away

    Published: Mon, Sep 22, 2014

    Former OU assistant basketball coach and UTEP head coach Jason Rabedeaux died at his home in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam on Monday. Rabedeaux, 49, was an assistant for the Sooners basketball team from 1995-99, developing a reputation as one of the top recruiters in the country before taking over for Hall of Fame coach Don Haskins at UTEP in 1999. Rabedeaux also had a stint as the director of basketball operations for Marquette University. Rabedeaux had been the coach of the Saigon Heat of the AirAsia ASEAN Basketball League since 2012. The ABL honored Rabedeaux on its website Monday morning. "The ABL would like to express our deepest sympathies and condolences  to Coach Rabs, his children and the whole Rabedeaux family during this tough time. Coach Rabs will always be remembered by everyone in the ABL."

  • OU at TCU set for 2:30 p.m. kickoff on Fox

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    Oklahoma's Oct. 4 game at TCU will kick off at 2:30 p.m. and will be televised on Fox. OU is 9-4 all time vs. TCU, winning last year's game 20-17 in Norman.  OKlahoma will be coming off a bye week and a 45-33 win over West Virinia in Morgantown, W. Va.  Also on Monday, the Big 12 announced OU's Alex Ross (special teams) and Samaje Perine (offense) were named the players of the week.

  • Varsity football coach suspended for praying with his team after victory

    Published: Mon, Sep 22, 2014

    An varsity football coach at an Arizona prep school was suspended for two weeks for praying with his team, forcing him to miss the school’s homecoming game, among others, according to USA TODAY. As reported by The Arizona Republic, Tempe Prep football coach Tommy Brittain was suspended for two weeks for praying with his team following its victory against Show Low. The suspension was confirmed by Brittain’s wife, Melissa Brittain. “He’s walking on eggshells, and he doesn’t want to make the situation worse,” Melissa told the Republic, making it clear that Brittain had no plans to appeal the temporary ban.

  • Seahawks defensive back DeShawn Shead proposed to his girlfriend after Broncos game

    Published: Mon, Sep 22, 2014

    Seahawks defensive back DeShawn Shead celebrated his team’s overtime win over the Denver Broncos on Sunday by proposing to his girlfriend in the middle of Century Link, according to USA TODAY. It was a pretty special moment. There was a full camera crew there, plus Richard Sherman and several other lookers-on getting cellphone video.

  • OU football: Perine, Ross earn Big 12 Player of the Week honors

    Published: Mon, Sep 22, 2014

    Oklahoma teammates Samaje Perine and Alex Ross along with Kansas State's Dakorey Johnson were chosen Big 12 Football Players of the Week for September 18-20 games by a panel of media that cover the Conference. Perine, a true freshman, earned Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week honors. He rushed for 242 yards and four touchdowns in the Sooners' 45-33 win at West Virginia, becoming the first Sooner to run for four touchdowns since Blake Bell (vs. Texas) in 2012. Perine's game was the fourth-highest single-game rushing performance in OU history. Ross was named the Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week for his 100-yard kickoff return touchdown against the Mountaineers. The sophomore from Jenks became the sixth player in OU history to record a 100-yard play. Johnson registered a career-best six tackles (two for loss) and an interception in Kansas State's 20-14 loss to Auburn.

  • Report: Minnesota Vikings do not foresee Adrian Peterson in their future

    Published: Mon, Sep 22, 2014

    Adrian Peterson still has not come to grips with the prospect that his 2014 season has all but officially ended and that his future in the NFL is uncertain, multiple sources have told ESPN. Even if Peterson reaches a plea deal on a child abuse charge with Texas prosecutors, the NFL will severely discipline the Minnesota Vikings star, according to sources. Peterson is in denial about his future, according to a team source. The Pro Bowler tweeted Friday that he passed a lie detector test, which served as further proof, according to multiple sources, that he "really doesn't get it. The Vikings do not foresee Peterson in their future, according to team sources

  • Morrison grabs second half winner to hand his side all three points

    Published: Sun, Sep 21, 2014

    It is hard to know what is most disturbing for Tottenham. Four games without a win, successive home defeats in the Barclays Premier League, another flat performance after a European game or the sight of Mauricio Pochettino assuming the “AVB crouch”, Mail Online reports. Pochettino had been through the full repertoire. He had yelled, screamed, pointed and stamped his feet. He had tried to regroup at half-time and threw on attacking substitutes in an attempt to jolt his team into life, according to Mail Online.

  • Foxes launch comback to secure stunning victory

    Published: Sun, Sep 21, 2014

    While Louis Van Gaal might now extend special privileges to Angel di Maria as well as Wayne Rooney, Manchester United’s manager needs to impose some special measures at the other end of the field after this, Mail Online reports. United were magnificent going forward, with Di Maria marking another masterclass in attacking football with a quite outrageous first half goal that suggested that, like Rooney, he should be guaranteed a place in Van Gaal’s side, according to Mail Online.

  • Heath Holds on to Win 4th Straight Mr. Olympia

    Published: Sun, Sep 21, 2014

    Phil Heath outlasted rival Kai Greene for the third year in a row to claim his fourth consecutive Mr. Olympia title Saturday night in Las Vegas at the 50th edition of Joe Weider's Olympia, according to Bleacher Report. The final two wound up as no surprise, although third-place finisher Shawn Rhoden took home the bronze medal to the surprise of many, signifying that the top of the podium in coming years will be less predictable, according to Bleacher Report.

  • VIDEO: FSU's Jameis Winston sent to locker room by Jimbo Fisher after dressing out for Clemson game

    Published: Sat, Sep 20, 2014

    Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston is suspended for tonight's game against Clemson. He isn't supposed to play. But Winston thought it would be a good idea to suit up and stand on the sidelines in full gear for the Seminoles. Coach Jimbo Fisher thought otherwise, sending Winston back to the locker room to change in pregame. Winston, the 2013 Heisman Trophy winner, was suspended this week for reportedly jumping on a table at FSU's student union and yelling an obscene phrase.

  • Big 12 football: K-State's Snyder among nation's most underrated coaches in ESPN poll

    Published: Sat, Sep 20, 2014

    Duke’s David Cutcliffe edged Oregon State’s Mike Riley as the nation’s most underrated coach in ESPN’s weekly college football poll. Ninety-seven FBS coaches participated in the poll. Among Big 12 coaches who received votes, Kansas State's Bill Snyder received the most with five percent of the total vote. Oklahoma State's Mike Gundy , Baylor's Art Briles , TCU's Gary Patterson and Texas Tech's Kliff Kingsbury each received 1 percent of the vote. Cutcliffe received 13 percent of the vote to Riley's 11.

  • Texas A&M fan wearing what appears to be a chain mail jersey

    Published: Sat, Sep 20, 2014

    It's awesome.