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  • Four OU commits, two OSU commits on ESPN 300

    Ryan Aber | Updated: 24 min ago

    ESPN released its updated ESPN 300 ranking of the top recruits of the 2015 class Wednesday.

  • Tuttle football coach resigns; Former players offer support

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Updated: 52 min ago

    Longtime Tuttle coach resigned on Monday with 205 wins and two state titles on his resume.

  • Allen leads resurgent Arkansas passing attack

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Despite an injury-plagued and disappointing season a year ago in his first as the starter, quarterback Brandon Allen has been at the forefront of a surge in optimism surrounding the passing game at Arkansas this spring. Whether the newfound comfort level will translate to an improvement in the Southeastern Conference's worst aerial attack from a year ago won't be known until the fall. Until then, the pressure is squarely on Allen's shoulders to show how far Arkansas has come since bottoming out in coach Bret Bielema's first season — a 3-9 debacle in which the Razorbacks went winless in the SEC for the first time since joining the league in 1992. Arkansas was last in the SEC in passing last

  • Oklahoma State football: Kickoff time, TV set for Cowboys season opener vs. Florida State

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 1 hr ago

    The Oklahoma State football team's season opener vs. Florida State on Aug. 30 will kick off at 7 p.m. and be televised on ABC. The game will be played at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. This story will be updated as more information becomes available. When the Cowboys take on the Seminoles, it will mark the third time that OSU has opened a season by facing the reigning national champion. The Pokes started 1965 by taking on 1964 champ Arkansas and started 1995 by battling 1994 champ Nebraska. The Cowboys are no strangers to nationally-televised neutral-site season openers, as OSU claimed a 21-3 win over Mississippi State in the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff in Houston to start the 2013 season.

  • Fired coach returns to Minnesota State, Mankato

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota State football coach Todd Hoffner says it feels refreshing to be back on campus in Mankato for the first time since an arbitrator ruled he was improperly fired. Hoffner was dismissed by the school in 2013, several months after he was arrested on a child pornography charge that was later dropped. Hoffner announced Tuesday that he would return to Mankato even though he had accepted the top job at Minot State not long ago. Hoffner said he got a big hug from senior tight end Darius Claire as he walked into the football offices before practice. He planned to observe drills later in the afternoon with many players he helped recruit into the program.

  • Oklahoma football: A look at 25 Sooners who could have a breakout 2014 season

    Jason Kersey | Published: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    NORMAN — Oklahoma enters the 2014 season with enormously high expectations, but there are still plenty of questions surrounding the team.

  • Manning holds on to heartache of Super Bowl

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    DENVER (AP) — Broncos fans may want to move on from Denver's Super Bowl debacle. Not Peyton Manning. He's holding on to the heartache to stoke his competitive fire. In his first public comments since the highest-scoring team in NFL history was destroyed by Seattle from the opening snap two months ago, Manning said the Broncos' 43-8 loss will serve as motivation in 2014. The Broncos gather next week for the official start of offseason workouts with a roster that looks a lot different from the one that lost by five TDs to the Seahawks. Although Manning and the Broncos will view their loss to Seattle as a scar, much like they did their defeat to Baltimore in the playoffs a year earlier, Manning agreed the gathering will

  • Backup QB Matt Flynn returns to Packers

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Packers have reached a deal to bring back backup quarterback Matt Flynn, who stabilized the position after starter Aaron Rodgers went down with a collarbone injury last season. Flynn's agent, Bill Johnson, confirmed the two sides had agreed to terms. Details were not announced. Flynn threw for 1,146 yards with seven touchdowns and four interceptions in five games in 2013 with Green Bay, including four starts. Flynn helped lead the Packers to two December victories following a five-game winless kid coinciding with Rodgers' injury. Flynn also spent time with the Raiders and Bills last season before returning to Green Bay, which drafted him in the seventh round in 2008. ESPN and NFL Network fir

  • Kentucky QB Whitlow plans to transfer

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky coach Mark Stoops has announced that junior quarterback Jalen Whitlow will transfer after starting 15 games the past two seasons for the Wildcats. Alternating at times last season with Maxwell Smith, Whitlow threw for 1,033 yards and five touchdowns in eight starts. He threw for 801 yards and five TDs in 10 games with seven starts as a freshman after Smith sustained an ankle injury. Whitlow also rushed for 663 yards and nine TDs the past two seasons. This spring, he was among a QB crew including Smith, Patrick Towles, Reese Phillips and freshman Drew Barker.

  • Minot State names interim head football coach

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    MINOT, N.D. (AP) — Minot State University has named an interim head football coach, after newly hired coach Todd Hoffner decided to return to his old job in Minnesota after just 75 days at the northern North Dakota school. MSU hired Hoffner in late January. On Tuesday he decided to return to Minnesota State, Mankato. An arbitrator recently ruled that Hoffner had been wrongly fired from the Minnesota school about a year ago after charges were dismissed in an unfounded child pornography case. Minot State defensive coordinator Byron Thomas will assume head coaching duties and lead the Beavers through the final two weeks of spring practice, the school said Tuesday night. Thomas, a native of Palmdale, Calif.

  • Sharper challenges his no-bail status in Arizona

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    PHOENIX (AP) — A judge in Phoenix will hold a hearing Wednesday in which lawyers for former NFL All-Pro safety Darren Sharper will challenge the evidence used to keep him in jail without bail on sexual-assault charges in Arizona. Sharper is charged with drugging and sexually assaulting two women in November in Tempe. The hearing marks the latest development in several ongoing sexual-assault investigations involving the 38-year-old Sharper in Louisiana, California, Florida, Arizona and Nevada. He was previously released from jail in a rape case in California on $1 million bail, but he was denied bond in Arizona. Sharper will not attend Wednesday's hearing.

  • AP source: RB Chris Johnson visits Jets

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Former Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson visited the New York Jets on Tuesday, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. Johnson was released by the Titans on April 7, three days after the team informed him of the decision. The former 2,000-yard rusher met with the Jets at their facility and took a physical, according to the person who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the team doesn't make player visits public. The running back attended the Knicks-Nets basketball game in Brooklyn on Tuesday night, and told reporters that his visit with the Jets "went well," but he wasn't ready to make a decision. The Jets were the first team Johnson has met with since becoming

  • Sark: Cody Kessler is still USC's starting QB

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Cody Kessler is still Southern California's starting quarterback after holding off a challenge from freshman Max Browne during the Trojans' spring workouts. New coach Steve Sarkisian confirmed Kessler's spot Tuesday night, saying the junior will start the Trojans' spring game at the Coliseum on Saturday. "I think he has deserved it," Sarkisian told reporters after USC's penultimate practice of the spring. "I think he has earned it. He has performed well. Sometimes when you get that sense of relief, you go out there and perform even better. Kessler has picked up Sarkisian's offense with impressive speed, adjusting to an increased tempo and using his improvisational skills to create chances.

  • College football: Bobby Bowden saw the need for Fellowship of Christian Athletes

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    The legendary coach said: “As I was coaching, I could really see the need. I’ve got 100 boys there, and half of ‘em haven’t got a daddy. It was very obvious to me what’s missing in our society. I could see where FCA could help close that gap.”

  • OU football: Trevor Knight's unimpressive performance nothing to worry about

    BY JASON KERSEY | Published: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Oklahoma fans concerned after Trevor Knight’s showing in Saturday’s Red-White Game probably should take a deep breath.

  • Dabo: QB Stoudt Clemson's starter

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Apparently, Clemson's quarterback competition is not over just yet. Tigers coach Dabo Swinney said in a text message to The Associated Press on Tuesday night that while senior Cole Stoudt is the starting quarterback coming out of spring ball, injured freshman Deshaun Watson will have the chance to compete for the spot this summer. Stoudt, the son of former NFL quarterback Cliff Stoudt, "is starter coming of spring heading into fall," Swinney wrote before adding that Watson will still have a chance win the job. The Tigers open the season at Georgia on August 30.

  • Ex-Minnesota State, Mankato coach returning to job

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The football coach fired from Minnesota State, Mankato announced Tuesday that he will return to the job after an arbitrator ruled he was wrongfully terminated, saying the decision wasn't easy but that it would help him and his family heal. Todd Hoffner was fired last May for reasons undisclosed at the time. But the dismissal came after he was cleared of child pornography charges stemming from images of his children on a work-issued cellphone, accusations that Hoffner called the "most ridiculous things I've ever heard in my life." "I believe that resuming my duties as head football coach will help heal that injury," he said during a tearful news conference in which he took several breaks to compose himself

  • Chad Johnson takes steps toward CFL comeback

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    VERO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Chad Johnson is back on a football field, and says he's humble for the opportunity. The former NFL receiver who once went by the last name of Ochocinco is in a minicamp this week with the CFL's Montreal Alouettes. The three-day session began Tuesday and there's a real chance Johnson will be with the club when its season begins in June. Johnson last played an NFL game in the 2011 season. He was with the Miami Dolphins for training camp the following season, and his contract was terminated one day after he was arrested on a misdemeanor domestic battery charge. Johnson says it was "a horrible mistake" and it "rightfully" cost him a chance to play.

  • Titans LB Phillips likes move to 3-4 defense

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Shaun Phillips has seen a lot of change in his 10 years in the NFL. The linebacker believes that Tennessee's switch to a hybrid 3-4 defensive scheme helps the Titans keep up with the rest of the league. Phillips said Tuesday only four or five teams played a 3-4 scheme when he came into the NFL. Now he says 20 or more teams use the 3-4, a defense that requires multiple dynamic pass rushers and playmakers. "Me, personally, I like the 3-4 because I like to think I'm a smart player," Phillips said. "When you're standing up, you get to see more, so I can assess the situation, see what's coming and how they're attacking me. Another advantage to playing a 3-4 is you put another athlete on the field as oppos

  • Panthers finish promising spring with dodgeball

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh football team wrapped up its spring drills on Tuesday not with a formal scrimmage but Popsicles and dodgeball. The Panthers made the unusual move of skipping a traditional Spring Game and opting for another regular practice. The program has typically ended each spring with a simulated game at a local high school. The players say they appreciated the break and called the quiet ending to a productive month fitting for a team that is taking a workmanlike approach to improving on last year's 6-6 record. Coach Paul Chryst said he liked the pace his team practiced with and he can tell their comfort level with each other and the coaching staff is rising. The Panthers open the season on