• Four-star linebacker Ricky DeBerry commits to OU

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    Oklahoma picked up a major linebacker commit Friday morning when Mechanicsville (Va.) Atlee’s Ricky DeBerry committed to the Sooners. DeBerry (6-foot-2, 231 pounds) chose the Sooners over Virginia. The Rivals four-star outside linebacker also had offers from Alabama, Michigan State, Texas A&M, Oklahoma State and USC among others. DeBerry came to Norman on his first […]

  • Penn State beats top-seeded Stanford, will face BYU for title

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    Megan Courtney had 23 kills and defending champion Penn State beat top-seeded Stanford 25-16, 23-25, 25-22, 25-21 on Thursday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena to reach the NCAA women’s volleyball final.

  • Five observations from the Thunder's 114-109 loss in Golden State

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    Disaster, at this point, seems to be averted. Kevin Durant was walking without crutches, a walking boot or much of a limp postgame.

  • BYU has OKC looking like Cinderella City again

    Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    BYU upended Texas at the NCAA Volleyball Championships and became the first unseeded team to ever make the national title match. And the Cougars left no doubt that they deserved a spot in Saturday’s final, walloping the Longhorns 3-1.

  • OSU's Desmond Roland gets spiritual boost in Bedlam victory

    Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    The senior Cowboy running back lost his mother to cancer in late October. Roland says it “felt like a spirit hit me” during overtime at OU.

  • Oklahoma City Barons hockey team to cease operations after season

    Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    OKC BARONS — After a five-year run in Oklahoma City, the AHL’s Barons, an affiliate of the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers, will cease operations at the conclusion of this season.

  • Thunder loses at Golden State, Kevin Durant sprains ankle

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    The team officially called it a mild right ankle sprain and X-rays came back negative. But Durant wasn’t able to return. And without him, the Thunder failed to weather a wave of long-range Golden State jumpers, falling 114-109 to the Warriors.

  • Heritage Hall's Joe Wheeler had a vision quest

    Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    “My dream growing up was to be one of the varsity players out on the field,” Wheeler said. “That was my dream playing football on the sidelines during halftime. To actually score again, it felt awesome.”

  • Micha Hancock makes impact in semifinal match for Penn State

    Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    Penn State standout and Edmond Memorial alum Micha Hancock wasn’t the offensive star or the defensive stalwart in a 3-1 victory against Stanford. But as always, the attack-minded setter impacted every part of the national semifinal match.


  • Colorado St prepares to face Utah without McElwain

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    LAS VEGAS (AP) — First there was shock, then confusion. But in the two weeks since Colorado State saw head coach Jim McElwain leave for Florida, it has found a way to move on. With an early bowl game on the calendar, the Rams didn't have much time to dwell on the change. Saturday's Las Vegas Bowl against No. 23 Utah is a chance for Colorado State to win 11 games for only the second time in school history and also to defeat a ranked team from a major conference, something it didn't do in the regular season. The Rams (10-2) fell into rebound mode early this month when McElwain left after his third season to become head coach at Florida.

  • Minnesota St, Colorado St-Pueblo to meet for title

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    KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Todd Hoffner had to watch from afar as Minnesota State had the best season in school history, a remarkable run by his players under a different coach to the national semifinals. That was two years ago, his career in shambles and his future uncertain. Now, after a full exoneration of child pornography charges, Hoffner is back on the Mavericks' sideline, leading the program through a new best season. Minnesota State plays Colorado State-Pueblo on Saturday at Sporting Park in Kansas City for its first Division II championship. "You have to move forward," Hoffner told The Associated Press this week, reflecting on his long, difficult and often embarrassing journey.

  • Joe Hart signs new Man City deal through 2019

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    MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Goalkeeper Joe Hart has become the latest core member of Manchester City's squad to commit his future to the Premier League champions, agreeing to a new contract through 2019. The 27-year-old Hart has won two league titles and two domestic cups since making his City debut in 2006, playing a key role in the team's transformation under Abu Dhabi ownership. Despite occasionally being dropped by City manager Manuel Pellegrini, Hart has successfully regained his place in the team and earned the new deal until the end of the 2018-19 season. "The club's growing and I've been really lucky to be part of the ride," Hart said Friday on City's website. "I just want to keep winning with the team and keep

  • No. 7 Stanford, No. 11 Lady Vols in unfamiliar positions

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    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — For the first time in nearly a quarter century, Stanford and Tennessee are facing off with neither of these traditional women's basketball powers ranked in the top five. The seventh-ranked Cardinal (6-3) and 11th-ranked Lady Volunteers (8-2) have legitimate Final Four aspirations, but both teams are still sorting things out as they head into Saturday's game at Thompson-Boling Arena. This marks the 32nd matchup between these two programs, but the only other time they've met with both teams outside the top five came when No. 7 Tennessee beat No. 8 Stanford 84-77 on Dec. 30, 1990. They faced each other again later that season in the Final Four, with Tennessee going on to win the 1991 national title.

  • Selig to become baseball commissioner emeritus

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Bud Selig will be given the title of baseball commissioner emeritus when he retires next month. The 80-year-old Selig has led baseball for 22 1/2 years. He will be succeeded by Rob Manfred, baseball's chief operating officer, on Jan. 25. Selig helped force commissioner Fay Vincent's resignation in 1992 and was put in charge as chairman of the executive council. He was elected commissioner in July 1998, and his time in charge is second only to that of Kenesaw Mountain Landis from 1920-44. "This role will allow the game to benefit from his unmatched institutional knowledge, experience and relationships," Manfred said in a statement Friday. "I could not ask for a finer mentor.

  • Auburn defense want to make good impression, contain Gordon

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    AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — The Auburn defensive players have two big challenges heading into the Outback Bowl. They're preparing to face Wisconsin running Melvin Gordon and trying to make a good first impression on their new coordinator Will Muschamp. The 19th-ranked Tigers have had a few days of practice with Muschamp mostly observing. Linebacker Kris Frost says Auburn players have watched videos showing Muschamp's intensity. He says "it's going to be a really fun year for us." The new year starts with the bowl game against No. 17 Wisconsin and Gordon, the Heisman Trophy runner-up. The practices and games are also virtual auditions for players trying to win or hold onto jobs.

  • West Virginia signs former Michigan LB Michael Ferns

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    MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Former Michigan linebacker Michael Ferns is transferring to West Virginia. Coach Dana Holgorsen announced the signings of Ferns and defensive back Rasul Douglas on Friday. The 6-foot-3 Ferns did not play this year as a freshman at Michigan, where he received his release to transfer after Brady Hoke was fired. A native of St. Clairsville, Ohio, Ferns will have to sit out the 2015 season due to NCAA transfer rules. The 6-2 Douglas had 43 tackles and two interceptions this season at Nassau Community College in Garden City, New York. Earlier this week the Mountaineers signed 6-5 defensive end Larry Jefferson from Itawamba Community College in Fulton, Mississippi, where he had 35 tackles this

  • Camellia Bowl Preview Capsule

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    Bowling Green (7-6) vs. South Alabama (6-6), 9:15 p.m. ET Saturday (ESPN) Line: South Alabama by 3. Series Record: First meeting. WHAT'S AT STAKE Both teams are vying to finish with a winning record. It's South Alabama's first bowl game while Bowling Green is seeking its first postseason win since 2004. KEY MATCHUP South Alabama's offense versus Bowling Green's defense. South Alabama is producing a modest 22.1 points and 372.8 yards per game. Bowling Green is giving up 33.9 points and 499.6 yards on average. The Jaguars have a new offensive coordinator since coach Joey Jones hired Bryant Vincent from the now-defunct UAB program to replace Robert Matthews, fired after the final regular season game.

  • Moroccan king suspends country's sports minister

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    RABAT, Morocco (AP) — The king of Morocco suspended the country's sports minister of his duties for the Club World Cup on Friday and ordered an investigation into the state of the soccer field at Moulay Abdellah Stadium in Rabat after heavy rain disrupted a match. Last Saturday, players from Mexican club Cruz Azul and Australian team Western Sydney Wanderers were slipping and sliding through pools of water on the field after a heavy downpour. The international players' union asked FIFA for an investigation, describing the conditions as dangerous. Subsequent matches were moved to Marrakech. The state of the field has been seen as a national embarrassment after the entire complex had recently been upgraded at a cost of

  • Bowling Green, South Alabama face off in first Camellia Bowl

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The South Alabama Jaguars have never played in a bowl game. The current Bowling Green players haven't won one. The teams will meet Saturday night in the inaugural Camellia Bowl with the Jaguars making program history and the Falcons seeking their first bowl win since 2004. No new program has ever made it to a bowl game as quickly as South Alabama, in its second season as a full-fledged FBS team after starting from scratch in 2009. Jaguars coach Joey Jones says, "There's no doubt it's the biggest thing that's ever happened to the University of South Alabama football program." Bowling Green has only ended two seasons with a win since 2005. First-year coach Dino Babers' team comes in on a th

  • Phillies finalize deal sending Jimmy Rollins to Dodgers

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    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Phillies have finalized their trade of Jimmy Rollins, sending the All-Star shortstop and $1 million to the Los Angeles Dodgers for right-hander Zach Eflin and left-hander Tom Windle. The deal was agreed to last week at the winter meetings and announced Friday, a day after the Dodgers completed a trade that sent slugging outfielder Matt Kemp to San Diego. Rollins, a three-time All-Star, hit .243 last season with 11 homers, 55 RBIs and 28 steals. The 36-year-old had started 14 consecutive openers for the Phillies and helped Philadelphia win the 2008 World Series title. The cash will cover a part of Rollins' $11 million salary next year. Elflin, 20, was 10-7 with a 3.80 ERA this year in 24 s

  • FIFA sets dates for 2018 World Cup in Russia

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    MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) — FIFA says the 2018 World Cup final will be played on Sunday, July 15. Confirming the tournament dates Friday, the FIFA executive committee agreed that the opening match will be played on a Thursday, June 14. The 2018 World Cup officially kicks off next March, with the first of more than 800 qualifying matches. FIFA says it agreed that some preliminary-round matches will start then in the Asian and CONCACAF regions. The main qualifying matches and groups will be drawn next July 25 in St. Petersburg. FIFA also confirmed the June 17-July 2 dates for the 2017 Confederations Cup warm-up tournament.

  • Prosecutor begins probe into 2012 Valencia F1 GP

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    MADRID (AP) — Spain's Prosecutor's Office has begun an investigation into alleged corruption and embezzlement in the awarding of contracts to hold the 2012 Formula One race in Valencia. The writ names Francisco Camps, a former president of the Valencia region, Dolores Johnson, a tourism official, and Jorge Martinez, a shareholder in Valmor Sports, the company that Camps assigned the hosting rights to after securing them from F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone. The writ asks Valencia's courts to investigate alleged irregularities, including how Camps allowed a private company with no experience in motorsport and only 12 employees, to operate the multimillion-dollar event. The writ names Camps as a suspect in cases of misapprop

  • AP source: Padres to acquire OF Justin Upton from Braves

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    ATLANTA (AP) — Landing another of baseball's top power hitters, the San Diego Padres agreed to a trade for Atlanta Braves outfielder Justin Upton, a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press on Friday. The person, speaking on condition of anonymity because the teams had not announced the deal, said the Braves would receive a group of prospects. Among the players discussed were left-hander Max Fried, shortstop Jace Peterson and third baseman Dustin Peterson. The Padres already made two huge trades in recent days, acquiring slugger Matt Kemp from the Los Angeles Dodgers and former AL Rookie of the Year Wil Myers from the Tampa Bay Rays. Now, San Diego has picked up one of baseball's top right-handed po

  • FIFA will not reopen 2018 and 2022 World Cup votes

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    MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) — Defiantly declaring that FIFA is no longer in crisis, Sepp Blatter said Friday the decision to hold the next two World Cups in Russia and Qatar won't be revoked and the governing body will publish a confidential probe into the process that picked those countries as hosts. The decision by the FIFA executive committee to publish ethics investigator Michael Garcia's report, with witnesses' names taken out, is aimed at lifting the cloud of suspicion that has dogged the 2018 and 2022 tournaments in Russia and Qatar and the December 2010 vote that sent the World Cup to those countries for the first time. Blatter said only if major new evidence of bidding irregularity comes to light could those votes be r

  • FIFA sets May date to outlaw 3rd-party ownership

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    MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) — A FIFA ban on third parties owning player transfer rights will take effect in May, though existing contracts will be allowed to expire without penalty. FIFA announced the deadline Friday, ending a long campaign by UEFA to outlaw investors profiting from transfer fees. Third-party ownership (TPO) is popular with agents and clubs in Latin America, Spain and Portugal. They say it lets clubs sign players who would otherwise be unaffordable. Critics, including the players' union FIFPro, say TPO encourages players to be transferred for profit-taking instead of football reasons, and threatens the game's integrity. It was banned in England following controversy over Carlos Tevez signing for Wes

  • TU reserve quarterback Jabe Burgess charged with breaking and entering

    Published: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    University of Tulsa reserve quarterback Jabe Burgess was charged this week with a misdemeanor following his arrest last month in connection with a break-in at an on-campus apartment, the Tulsa World reports. According to Burgess’ arrest report, police were called Nov. 9 to an apartment on TU’s campus, where the victim told officers he arrived home to discover his apartment had been ransacked and vandalized after he left his front door unlocked.

  • FIFA moves to abolish referees' age limit

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    MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) — FIFA is abolishing age limits for international referees. FIFA says it is relaxing the rule which forced match officials to leave its international list at the end of the year they turned 45. Now, referees "shall be carefully evaluated" annually after reaching that age. FIFA said Friday officials will undergo "technical assessments, medical examinations and fitness tests" by its referees committee. The annually updated list comprises officials proposed by national federations and confederations, and approved by FIFA for national team matches. The FIFA executive committee decision comes after President Sepp Blatter was affected by an IOC ruling on age limits last week.

  • Mavericks beef up in point guard-heavy Western Conference

    Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    Rajon Rondo is a Dallas Maverick, and there’s no great mystery why. The Mavs began the 2014-15 season with a variety of point guard options. Jameer Nelson. Devin Harris. Raymond Felton. Then Dallas signed J.J. Barea. All interesting players. All players who have had their moments in the NBA. But none anywhere close to the […]

  • OSU basketball: Travis Ford providing free tickets to Stillwater Public Schools employees

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    Oklahoma State head basketball coach Travis Ford and his wife, Heather, are showing their appreciation for Stillwater Public School employees by offering free tickets to Sunday's Cowboy basketball game vs. Maryland in Gallagher-Iba Arena. All SPS employees can receive two free tickets to the game by bringing ID for verification to the Southeast doors of Gallagher-Iba Arena on Sunday beginning at noon. The game tips off at 1 p.m. "Heather and I appreciate all the hard work and commitment that all the Stillwater Public Schools employees show to the kids of Stillwater," Ford said. "This is just a small token during this Christmas time to say `Thank you!' for all that they do."