• Week 5 Oklahoma high school football picks

    Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright makes his picks for every game in the state

  • Hey, OU fans, Berry Tramel needs your help

    Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    We’re doing a project next week for the OU-Texas game, and I need your help, Sooner fans. Or heck, Texas fans, too, I suppose. We’re doing a project on the new tradition of 11 a.m. kickoffs, which has become the standard in recent years. I’m curious how the 11 a.m. kickoffs have changed your OU-Texas […]

  • Paddle People becoming a fixture at Cowboys football games

    Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    OSU PADDLE PEOPLE — The group started informally in the 1990s but really took off in the early 2000s. Now, the OSU Paddle People are nearly 200 strong. If you’ve ever been to a game in Stillwater or watched one on TV, you’ve surely heard their work.

  • Concussion protocol left to team doctors, trainers

    Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops doesn’t know the intricacies of his medical staff’s concussion protocol — and would rather keep it that way. “I don’t want to ever be accused of, or presumed to have influenced a decision whatsoever,” Stoops said. “It’s always, he’s out of the game until we’re notified further.”

  • Sacrifice a key component for Thunder

    Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    Subscribing to and sticking with agenda-free basketball could be the biggest challenge the Thunder faces this season. Sacrificing one’s self for the greater good of the team, however, might be the most critical component to Oklahoma City’s anticipated championship run.

  • Fraschilla says getting Jawun Evans 'huge get' For Cowboys

    Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    A five-star prospect from Kimball High in Dallas, Evans is a consensus pick as one of the nation’s premier point guards, rated as the No. 3 point by Scout.com and the No. 24 player overall. Rivals.com pegs Evans as the No. 26 prospect nationally, while ESPN lists him No. 36.

  • Freshman wide receiver Chris Lacy's academic talent transitions to the football field

    Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    Through four years at DeSoto High School, Lacy passed every course with at least a 95-percent average. In 2014, he graduated third in his class.

  • Looks are deceiving when it comes to Deer Creek volleyball

    Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    The Antlers’ record might not be good, but playing some of the toughest teams in Class 6A will prepare them for the Class 5A state playoffs.

  • Serge Ibaka is a stretch four and he's not afraid to let you know about it

    Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    Following Wednesday’s practice, after Ibaka told the gathered media he’d like to take even more threes this season, a local TV reporter asked if he was becoming a stretch four, leading to this exchange.

  • Ohio State fan that ran on the field could lose his academic scholarship

    Published: Thu, Oct 2, 2014

    Anthony Wunder, 21, ran onto the field during last Saturday’s Ohio State home victory against Cincinnati and as he got close to the Ohio State bench, he was stopped and slammed by assistant strength and conditioning coach Anthony Schlegel, a former Ohio State linebacker,, says Yahoo Sports. According to the Western Golf Association Evans Scholars Foundation, Wunder has been suspended from all Evans Scholars activities and removed from the residence, but remains on scholarship pending the outcome of an internal investigation. Wunder's lawyer, Mark Collins, told media that Wunder had lost his scholarship.

  • Nadal reaches China Open quarters, criticizes ball

    Updated: 25 min ago

    BEIJING (AP) — Rafael Nadal is back in form on the tennis court — and in his sharp-tongued critiques of the ATP tour. The second-seeded Spaniard reached his first quarterfinal since capturing his record ninth French Open title in June with a 6-3, 6-4 win over German qualifier Peter Gojowczyk at the China Open on Thursday, then blasted the tour for its choice of tennis ball at the tournament. Nadal said "the ball is so bad here. If you throw the ball on the floor, the bounce goes everywhere." The 14-time major winner has complained previously about the ball in question — manufactured by Head — but he also criticized the tour for switching ball manufacturers week after week, saying it could result in injuries.

  • Atletico plays Valencia with lead in sight

    Updated: 54 min ago

    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — In what is expected to be the most combative match of the weekend in the Spanish league, players are already trading barbs. Valencia goalkeeper Diego Alves set the tone by questioning Atletico Madrid's physical style of play, and Jorge "Koke" Resurreccion responded that he and his teammates were used to such criticism and were only focused on winning. The teams will be playing for second place and a possible shot at the league lead. Also, Barcelona visits Rayo Vallecano looking to bounce back from its 3-2 loss at Paris Saint-Germain, and Real Madrid hosts a slumping Athletic Bilbao.

  • FIFA recognizes Nigerian federation elections

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    FIFA has recognized this week's Nigeria Football Federation elections and said Thursday it had sent a letter congratulating new president Amaju Pinnick. FIFA can now stand down over its threats to ban Nigeria — the current African champion — following months of turmoil and alleged government interference to influence the leadership of the Nigerian federation. FIFA rules do not allow governments to interfere in football matters. Nigeria was banned for nine days in July after outgoing NFF President Aminu Maigari was arrested on his return from the World Cup in Brazil and a sports ministry-appointed official was put in charge of the federation. The ban was lifted when Maigari was reinstated.

  • Bach: IOC will not reopen 2022 Olympic bid race

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    LONDON (AP) — The International Olympic Committee will not reopen the bidding process for the 2022 Winter Games after Oslo's withdrawal left just two cities in the race, IOC President Thomas Bach told The Associated Press on Thursday. Oslo became the fourth city to drop out of the bidding on Wednesday after the Norwegian government declined to provide financial support, citing concerns over the cost of hosting the games. The move leaves Beijing and Almaty, Kazakhstan, as the only two remaining candidates. Neither are established winter sports countries. In a phone interview with the AP, Bach said the IOC would not suspend the bidding or reopen the process to invite new candidates. "The IOC is sticking to its com

  • Roma visits Juventus in top-of-table Serie A clash

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    ROME (AP) — The moods of Roma and Juventus couldn't be more different ahead of their top-of-the-table clash this weekend. Roma is euphoric following a hard-earned 1-1 draw at Manchester City in the Champions League while Juventus is despondent after conceding a late goal in a 1-0 loss at Atletico Madrid. But both sides bring perfect league records into Sunday's match at the Juventus Stadium and have designs on taking control of Serie A. Also this weekend, Udinese — which is three points behind the leaders — hosts Cesena. Meanwhile, Inter Milan visits Fiorentina and AC Milan faces Chievo Verona at the San Siro.

  • PSG looks to recapture European form in France

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    PARIS (AP) — Given how well Paris Saint-Germain played in Tuesday night's thrilling 3-2 win against a previously unbeaten Barcelona side, the club's poor league form remains somewhat of a mystery. The two-time defending champion has drawn five of eight league games and coach Laurent Blanc said after the Barca game that perhaps his players lack enough motivation when they're playing in the less competitive French league. Still, victory over Monaco on Sunday is paramount as league leader Marseille is gradually building up a healthy lead over PSG.

  • Dutch teen Verstappen set to become youngest in F1

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    SUZUKA, Japan (AP) — Dutch teenager Max Verstappen will become the youngest driver to take part in a Formula One Grand Prix weekend when he pilots a Toro Rosso in Friday morning's opening practice session at the Japanese Grand Prix. Verstappen, who turned 17 on Sept. 30, has been granted a license by the sport's governing body FIA clearing him to take part in Friday's practice. He is scheduled to race for Toro Rosso in 2015. He will be close to two years younger than current record holder Jaime Alguersuari, who was 19 years and 125 days when he contested the 2009 Hungarian Grand Prix. Verstappen has been competing in this year's European Formula Three season for Van Amersfoort Racing.

  • Park Ji-sung returns to Man United as ambassador

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Park Ji-sung will return to the Old Trafford pitch on Sunday to mark the start of his new role as a Manchester United ambassador. The trailblazing South Korean midfielder won four Premier League titles, the Champions League, the Club World Cup and three League Cups between 2005 and 2012 at United. The 33-year-old Park, who retired in May, will appear alongside former manager Alex Ferguson on the pitch ahead of Sunday's match against Everton. Park says he is "looking forward to once again representing United and sharing some of these memories with our global fan base." With United amassing sponsors globally, Park will be key to satisfying their demands for promotional events.

  • No. 3 Alabama vs. No. 11 Ole Miss in SEC matchup

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    Here are some things to watch in Week 6 of games in the Southeastern Conference: GAME OF THE WEEK: No. 3 Alabama at No. 11 Mississippi: It's been a lopsided series of late, with Alabama winning the past 10 in a row. But the Rebels are 4-0 for the first time since 1970 and giving up just 8.5 points per game, which leads the SEC. The Crimson Tide counter with a potent offense, led by quarterback Blake Sims, receiver Amari Cooper and a three-man backfield of T.J. Yeldon, Kenyan Drake and Derrick Henry. "Something's got to give at some point," Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze said. "At the end of the day it'll be about players making plays." MATCHUP OF THE WEEK: Texas A&M's passing offense against Mississippi State's defense.

  • Virginia Tech-UNC highlights Week 6 in ACC season

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    A look at things to watch in the Atlantic Coast Conference during Week 6 of the season: GAME OF THE WEEK: Virginia Tech at North Carolina. Both teams were discussed as potential favorites in the muddled Coastal Division yet the loser will sit at 0-2 in the league after this one. The Hokies (3-2) won at Ohio State in Week 2 but followed that with losses at home to East Carolina and Georgia Tech. As for the Tar Heels (2-2), they've given up 120 points in the past two games, losses at ECU and Clemson. "We're going to have to play better," UNC coach Larry Fedora said, "there's no doubt about it." BEST MATCHUP: Pittsburgh running back James Conner vs. Virginia's run defense.

  • Nishikori beats Young to advance at Japan Open

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    TOKYO (AP) — Fourth-seeded Kei Nishikori beat Donald Young of the United States 6-4, 7-6 (4) on Thursday to advance to the quarterfinals of the Japan Open. Nishikori, ranked seventh in the world, used his solid baseline game to capitalize on several unforced errors by Young. With Nishikori leading 4-3 in the tiebreaker, Young double-faulted. Nishikori then ended a rally with a crosscourt forehand to set up match point and closed it out when Young hit a return into the net. Young had a set point in the second set, but Nishikori held to force the tiebreaker. Nishikori will take on the winner of the second-round match between France's Jeremy Chardy and seventh-seeded Kevin Anderson of South Africa, being played lat

  • CAS upholds Olaso's 5-year ban for match fixing

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    LAUSANNE (AP) — The Court of Arbitration for Sport has rejected Spanish player Guillermo Olaso's appeal against a five-year ban and fine for match fixing. The Tennis Integrity Unit last year found Olaso guilty of three corruption offenses dating back to 2010, including directly or indirectly seeking to "contrive the outcome or any other aspect of any event." The then No. 236-ranked player was also found guilty of two counts of failing to report approaches to provide inside information or influence the outcome of any aspect of a match. The CAS issued a statement Thursday saying it had dismissed Olaso's appeal, confirmed the initial decision in its entirety and found "that the sanction was proportionate and appropriate

  • Wambach, players file lawsuit over World Cup turf

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    Dissatisfied with the response of soccer's governing body, American soccer star Abby Wambach and a group of elite national players made good on their promise to bring legal action over plans to play the 2015 Women's World Cup on artificial turf. The players filed a lawsuit at the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal in Toronto on Wednesday, claiming that playing the sport's premier tournament on fake grass amounts to gender discrimination under Canadian law. The suit names FIFA as well as the Canadian Soccer Association. The athletes say it's discrimination because their male counterparts have always played the World Cup on natural grass and will for the foreseeable future.

  • Jayhawks move on from Weis with Bowen at helm

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Ben Heeney woke up Sunday morning to a phone full of missed calls and text messages. One of them had come from Kansas assistant George Mataskis, and the linebacker had slept right through it. "I finally woke up to one of my teammates giving me a call," Heeney said. "He asked if I had seen anything and said no. He said Coach Weis got fired and Bowen's our head coach now. I thought, 'Wow, this is crazy.' Then I got on my phone and Twitter and saw everything." It wasn't until a team meeting on Sunday afternoon that athletic director Sheahon Zenger informed the players that Charlie Weis had been dismissed four games into his third season leading the Jayhawks. Defensive coordinator Clint Bowen had been elev

  • Oklahoma St getting breakouts from young WRs

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — While Daxx Garman has received a lot of accolades for stepping in for No. 21 Oklahoma State after starting quarterback J.W. Walsh was injured, a group of young receivers has also emerged as important contributors. Sophomore Marcel Ateman and freshman James Washington have both earned more playing time and made important catches for the Cowboys (3-1, 1-0 Big 12) since Garman took over for Walsh early in their 40-23 victory over Missouri State on Sept. 6. Ateman has suddenly become the Cowboys' top receiver, gaining 70 yards on four receptions in a 40-13 win over UTSA on Sept. 13, and then hauling in six catches for 130 yards in a 45-35 victory over Texas Tech on Sept. 25.

  • Every Big 12 team playing on same day for 1st time

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    A few things to watch the first Saturday of October, when for the first time this season all 10 teams play on the same day — and against each other in five conference matchups: GAME OF THE WEEK: No. 4 Oklahoma at No. 25 TCU. The Big 12 will be down to no more than two undefeated teams after this game, when the Horned Frogs are the last team to play their Big 12 opener. (No. 7 Baylor, the league's only other undefeated team, plays at Texas at the same time Saturday). While the Sooners have won both series games since TCU joined the Big 12, those two victories were by a combined 10 points.

  • Nebraska faces Michigan St in East-West showdown

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A look at some of the key factors to watch out for this weekend in the Big Ten: GAME OF THE WEEK: Nebraska at Michigan State. The Huskers (5-0, 1-0) and Spartans (3-1, 0-0) have looked as strong as any team in the much-maligned Big Ten, and Saturday's matchup in East Lansing could be a preview of the league title game in December. It could also be a College Football Playoff elimination game for the loser. Michigan State (50.3) and Nebraska (45.4) are first and second in the conference in points per game, and Michigan State scored 41 against the Huskers in a win at Lincoln last season. But the Spartans will have to find a way to slow Nebraska star Ameer Abdullah, who leads the nation with 212 all-purpose ya

  • Mississippi becomes epicenter of college football

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Former Mississippi State quarterback Matt Wyatt and his wife sometimes find time to talk a little football over breakfast while hustling around their house in Tupelo, Mississippi, getting the family ready for another day. His wife, Annabeth, is an Ole Miss graduate, so by this point in the season one of them is usually complaining. This week, he said, it's been all smiles. There's talk of victories and huge crowds. Of national rankings and national exposure. Even crazy things were popping out of their mouths — like Southeastern Conference championships. The Magnolia State's getting a little giddy with a special weekend on the horizon. No. 12 Mississippi State (4-0, 1-0 SEC) hosts No.

  • Resilient Giants rock Pirates to earn spot in NLDS

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Madison Bumgarner grabbed four beers, tilted his head back and chugged like a champion. Then again, the San Francisco ace has plenty of practice. The Giants celebrating in a soaked clubhouse on the road? Must be October. Next stop: Washington. Bumgarner dominated the Pittsburgh Pirates in an 8-0 whitewash in the National League wild-card game on Wednesday night, tossing a four-hitter as the Giants advanced to best-of-five Division Series in Washington starting on Friday. "If you don't want to pitch in these games, you probably need to find something else to do," Bumgarner said. No chance of the Giants doing that anytime soon. They've ended each even year this decade with a World Series ti