• Former Lebanese premier calls for ending presidential vacuum

    Updated: 56 min ago

    BEIRUT (AP) — Former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has called on the Lebanese to put aside differences and vote for a new president to end a vacuum that has lasted nearly two years. Speaking at a rally Sunday marking the 11th anniversary of his father's assassination, Hariri criticized the Iranian-backed Hezbollah group without naming it. He said the "Lebanese presidency is more important than the presidency in Syria, Iraq or Yemen," he said, in reference to the Shiite group's involvement in Syria and alleged involvement in Iraq and Yemen. Hariri, who lives in self-imposed exile in Saudi Arabia and France, arrived in Lebanon to mark the occasion.

  • Second verse same as the first for Sooners in loss to Jayhawks

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    The 40 days since the first Oklahoma-Kansas meeting crawled by. Everyone wanted to see what kind of encore these two teams could produce. The scenery changed Saturday afternoon at Lloyd Noble Center. This one only took 40 minutes, but the third-ranked Sooners fell 76-72 to the sixth-ranked Jayhawks. The final song remained the same. The buildup for this one was as big as any home game the Sooners have played in more than a decade. Lloyd Noble Center was stuffed beyond its 11,500-seat capacity. All wanted to see something akin to the show the Sooners and Jayhawks put on Jan. 4 at Allen Fieldhouse — a free-flowing triple-overtime contest the Sooners dropped 109-106. That night left the entire basketball worl

  • Oklahoma State men survive overtime, beat Kansas State

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    Saturday’s contest inside Gallagher-Iba wasn’t pretty, but the Oklahoma State men’s basketball team earned a much-needed victory. The Cowboys (12-13, 3-9) made enough plays in overtime and escaped with a win as Kansas State (14-11, 3-9) missed a trio of 3-point shots in the final 10 seconds. OSU ended a three-game losing skid with a 58-55 win. “I’m really proud of our team’s effort and our fight,” OSU men’s coach Travis Ford said. “We played with a winning attitude and an attitude of moving on to the next play.” OSU improved to 3-8 in games decided by five points or less this season, after dropping the previous five games within that gap. The Cowboys’ last win that was decided by five points or les

  • Kansas St Kansas Basketball

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    Kansas State Wildcats head coach Bruce Weber yells to his team during an NCAA college basketball game against the Kansas Jayhawks Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, in Lawrence, Kan. Kansas beat K-State, 77-59.

  • OU women's basketball: Team captain Maddie Manning discusses consistency problems

    By Jason Kersey | Published: Sun, Feb 14, 2016

    It doesn’t get any easier for the Sooners over the last two weeks of Big 12 Conference play. After the Longhorns, three of the Sooners’ final five games are on the road, and one of the home games is against No. 4 Baylor.

  • Penn St Nebraska Basketball

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    Nebraska's Andrew White III (3) grabs a rebound during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Penn State in Lincoln, Neb., Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016.

  • Burlington man values fairness in investigations, sports

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    BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) — Tobias Lunsford, though too humble to voice it, obviously is sought out and valued for his highly developed sense of fair play, both in his career as a peace officer and as a coach. Much of what Lunsford does involves a continual evaluation of fair play. He is a special agent with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, assigned to Catfish Bend Casino, "To protect the integrity of gaming, both for the players and the state," Lunsford told The Hawk Eye (http://bit.ly/1SKlSNx ). "We maintain the balance between both sides," he said. He regularly gives talks in the community about his role in the enforcement of gaming rules and fair play, speaking to schools and civic organizations.

  • UNC men fall to EWU despite 37 from G Johnson

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    It’s safe to say that a trio of University of Northern Colorado men’s basketball players are in coach B.J. Hill’s good graces despite a 97-80 road loss to Eastern Washington University on Saturday afternoon. The loss drops UNC to 5-8 in the Big Sky Conference, 8-17 overall. The Eagles improve to 9-4 in BSC action, 15-10 overall. “We didn’t play well — they kicked our tail, but I found some guys that are willing to compete for me and I’m awfully excited about that,” Hill said in a news release. “As a coach, all you want to know is what you’re going to get in the areas of effort, attitude and enthusiasm.

  • University of Northern Colorado women's hoops: Stalling offense sinks Bears

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    The University of Northern Colorado women’s basketball team lost its rhythm Saturday afternoon. Where the Bears once were high-steppin’ and toe-tappin’, they suddenly couldn’t dance. Eastern Washington University changed the tune and the Bears never adjusted in a 66-57 Big Sky Conference loss at Bank of Colorado Arena in front of a crowd of 904. The loss drops UNC to 6-7 in BSC action, 11-12 overall, while EWU remains atop the BSC at 11-2 and 17-8 overall. No rhythm, no offense. The Bears scored a measly five points in the third quarter, a stark contrast to what was arguably the team’s best half of the season that resulted in a one-point lead at the break. The first-half excellence that featu

  • OT-OT Thrilla' Looking down, out, buried, Tigers roar back to life in double-OT win

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    Warrensburg – The Tigers never gave up. Not when down by 9, 17-8, at the end of the first period. Not when down by 8, 27-19, in the second period. The Tigers did not give up. They tightened up, turning the screws on Nevada’s offense – allowing just 11 points in the second period and coming back to take the lead 35-34, late in the fourth quarter Friday. But Nevada came back, going ahead 37-36, and taking possessing of the ball with 17.2 second to play in regulation time. They had the lead. They had the ball. The Tigers gambled, committing a foul that sent Nevada junior Nathan McCall to the line. He sank just 1 of 2, but increased the lead to 38-36. With 11.

  • Mizzou honors coach's daughter with victory

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    COLUMBIA, MO. • Minutes before the Missouri basketball team took the floor Saturday to play Tennessee, assistant coach Brad Loos had one last thing to say to a group of players stuck on a nine-game losing streak. He told them about his 5-year-old daughter Rhyan, the person Saturday was all about. “My daughter, for the last four months we’ve been sitting in a hospital room watching her suffer,” Loos recalled a couple hours later. “What gets us through as a family is the fact that we know she’s going to get better. She’s going to beat cancer. There’s no doubt in any of our minds that it’s going to happen. That gives us the fearlessness. That gives us the confidence to go and fight the next day.

  • Mac Engel: Big 12’s problem: No one can unseat Kansas

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    NORMAN, Okla. — Imagine the horror and outrage if Texas, TCU, Oklahoma, Baylor or any one team won the Big 12 title in football for more than a decade straight. There would be meetings, conference calls, committees — maybe even Baylor’s PR firm would be hired to fix the image that it was a weak league. Minus the committees or conference calls, this is essentially what has happened to the Big 12’s basketball image. Big 12 basketball may be stacked but it still has a Kansas problem. The Jayhawks are killing this league through no fault of their own. This year was set up for some team other than Kansas to win the Big 12 title but the Jayhawks are going to do it again.

  • Sideline Chatter: Maybe Tee Martin would be willing to leave USC

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    So what’ll they come up with for an encore — ex-Mariners manager Eric Wedge? The newly-elected president of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America is a course superintendent from Billings, Mont., named Grass … Peter J. Grass. ——— Headlines —At TheOnion.com: “Peyton Manning declares he has at least one more surgery in him.” —At TheKicker.com: “Finally embracing future, Lakers trade Jack Nicholson.” ——— Quite the catch A football from the 1958 NFL championship game — thrown by Colts quarterback Johnny Unitas to receiver Raymond Berry — sold at auction for $62,140.

  • Surprises and the expected doom Air Force at San Diego State

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    SAN DIEGO - Air Force seems to finally be conditioned to expect the unexpected. On Saturday, the Falcons learned in the afternoon that it would face San Diego State without center Zach Moer. Then, in the game, the Mountain West-leading Aztecs got four straight first-half 3s from backup Matt Shrigley - his first 3-point buckets of the season. Still, Air Force (12-14, 3-10 Mountain West) found itself in the game until the final 20 seconds. It was ultimately that suffocating San Diego State defense - something the Falcons fully expected - that made the difference in a 70-61 Aztecs victory at Viejas Arena. San Diego State (19-7,12-1) led 13 to 5 in turnovers, and 15-2 in points off those miscues.

  • Lady Chaps swat Rogers State, clinch share of Heartland Conference title

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    Kellyn Schneider towered over Rogers State players, symbolic of the way she and her Lubbock Christian University teammates have stood head and shoulders above the Heartland Conference women’s basketball competition all season. Schneider had eight of No. 1 LCU’s 12 blocked shots and the Lady Chaparrals routed Rogers State 89-41 Saturday in front of a home crowd, clinching a share of the conference championship with four games left in the regular season. Lady Chaps players came out of their Rip Griffin Center locker room afterward sporting commemorative blue T-shirts. “I think there was probably a little more high-fiving than normal,” said LCU guard Hannah Harbin, who scored 10 points in nine minutes off the bench.

  • Oklahoma State basketball: Cowboys get a boost from Markel Brown

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    STILLWATER — With time off while the NBA holds it's All-Star weekend, former Cowboys star Markel Brown returned to Stillwater and attended OSU's 58-55 overtime win over Kansas State. Brown, now with the Brooklyn Nets, may have provided the Cowboys with a boost, too, sitting in on Travis Ford's pregame speech to his team. “Just his presence was good,” Ford said. “He came to practice yesterday and did some things with our guys, which was great. While I gave my pregame speech I told him, ‘Just come and sit in the locker room. You don't have to say anything.' ” And Ford said Brown didn't say anything. Still, he sensed an impact.

  • UNLV Colorado State

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    UNLV forward Derrick Jones Jr. (1) fights hard to get off a shot under strong defense by Colorado State guard Joe De Ciman (10) during their game at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas on Saturday, February 13, 2016. (L.E.

  • Hawaii stays atop Big West, beats Cal State Fullerton 76-59

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    HONOLULU (AP) — Stefan Jankovic had 16 points and nine rebounds, Aaron Valdes had 15 points and 10 rebounds and Hawaii maintained its hold of first place in the conference, beating Cal State Fullerton 76-59. The Rainbow Warriors (20-3, 9-1 Big West Conference) pulled away with a 13-5 run to lead 61-46 and kept the margin in double digits for the rest of the way. Quincy Smith added 15 points, Roderick Bobbitt scored 12 and Sai Tummala had 11 points and 10 rebounds. Hawaii reached 20 wins for the third straight season, the first time the program has done so since 1947-50. The Titans made 1 of 13 shots while Hawaii opened on a 20-3 run. Fullerton (9-15, 2-9) closed within two before the Rainbow Warriors ended the half wi

  • Missouri beats Tennessee, snaps nine-game losing streak

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    The final buzzer cut through a fog of nervous energy like a sweet symphony Saturday at Mizzou Arena. Trying to snap a nine-game losing streak, Missouri built a double-digit halftime lead against Tennessee during the emotionally charged “Rally for Rhyan Game.” The season-best crowd of 10,536 desperately wanted the Tigers to hang on, but recent history suggested it might be tough. The road-weary Volunteers trimmed a 14-point deficit early in the second half to only four points in the closing minutes, but second-year coach Kim Anderson’s squad wouldn’t be denied — not on this night and not with so much for which to play.

  • Wildcats can't take advantage as Oklahoma State plays short-handed

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    Kansas State has lost consecutive games against teams that were down their best player. Baylor won at Bramlage Coliseum without Rico Gathers. Oklahoma State beat K-State without Phil Forte and Jawun Evans. Are the Wildcats underestimating short-handed teams? “We have learned from experience that whenever a team’s best player goes out, other people step up,” senior guard Justin Edwards said. “We just have to treat it like it’s a normal game. Who cares about their best players? We still have to go out and do what we are supposed to do.” Kansas State’s road woes continue in 58-55 loss to Oklahoma State Bruce Weber made a point to say K-State is also missing one of its best players, freshman point