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  • OKC Thunder: Josh Huestis' agent proposed delaying rookie contract

    Published: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    The Thunder selected Stanford's Josh Huestis with the No. 29 pick in this year's draft, a spot where players normally receive immediate guaranteed contracts for two seasons with two team option years thereafter. But i n this case the Thunder are sending Huestis to their D-League affiliate for a year to play on a significantly reduced salary -- an estimated $25,000 instead of $750,000 -- with the potential of starting the standard NBA rookie contract a year or two later.  This arrangement wasn't the Thunder's call alone. In fact, Huestis' agent Mitchell Butler tells SB Nation that the player's camp proposed it during the pre-draft process.   "This was the perfect team and the perfect storm," he said. "This isn't for everyone."

  • Oklahoma State football: Late-season losses drove Cowboys offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich 'nuts'

    By Kyle Fredrickson | Published: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    When discussing those moments of failure Wednesday at the 2014 Cowboy Football Media Golf Outing at Karsten Creek, Yurcich provided part of the narrative that makes other OSU position coaches believe in the second-year man who made the giant leap from Division II to the Big 12 last season.

  • James shoots record 63 in Canadian Women's Amateur

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    WOODSTOCK, Ontario (AP) — North Carolina State senior Augusta James broke the Canadian Women's Amateur record and course mark Thursday with an 8-under 63 to take a six-stroke lead into the final round. "It's maybe my second or third bogey-free round ever, I think it might be my first one in a tournament," James said. "It's always good to have one of those, you come so close sometimes and I'm happy that I could eliminate the big mistakes that would turn into bogeys or doubles." James, from Bath, Ontario, had a 12-under 201 total at Craigowan Golf and Country Club. Canada's Brooke Henderson and Australia's Su-Hyun Oh were tied for second. Henderson, the defending champion, had a 70, and Oh shot 67. The winner will

  • Petrovic, Putnam share Canadian Open lead

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    MONTREAL (AP) — Tim Petrovic and Michael Putnam shared the first-round lead in the Canadian Open on Thursday, shooting 6-under 64 in sunny, breezy afternoon conditions at rain-softened Royal Montreal. The 47-year-old Petrovic was the last player to get in the field, grabbing a spot when Benjamin Alvarado withdrew Tuesday. "I didn't set my expectations high because I got in late, so this was kind of my practice round," Petrovic said. "I walked the back nine (Wednesday). Petrovic eagled the par-5 12th hole and had four birdies in his bogey-free round. He won his lone PGA Tour title in New Orleans in 2005. "I was just trying to hit fairways and greens, trying to see the golf course and see if I could make a few put

  • Former Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon faces marijuana possession complaint

    By Kyle Fredrickson, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    During a traffic stop Wednesday, police found a marijuana blunt inside a car former Oklahoma State University wide receiver Justin Blackmon was driving, according to an Edmond police report.

  • Wimbledon runner-up Bouchard WDs from Citi Open

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Wimbledon runner-up Eugenie Bouchard withdrew Thursday from the Citi Open next week. Tournament officials didn't provide a reason for Bouchard's decision to pull out of the Washington event. She hasn't played on tour since losing to Petra Kvitova in the final at Wimbledon on July 5. Ranked No. 7 in the world, the 20-year-old Canadian has made three previous appearances in the Washington event. Wimbledon semifinalist Lucie Safarova will replace Bouchard as the Citi Open's top seed.

  • Here's what Mack Brown's next job should be

    By Berry Tramel | Updated: 9 hr ago

    Former Texas coach was missed at Big 12 Media Days. But he doesn't need to stay out of coaching for long.

  • Knoblauch charged with assaulting ex-wife

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    HOUSTON (AP) — Former baseball star Chuck Knoblauch has been charged with misdemeanor assault after authorities in Houston say he hit and pushed his ex-wife. Knoblauch was released on $10,000 bond. His first court date is set for July 30. The four-time All-Star previously served a year of probation after being convicted of hitting his previous wife in 2010. His latest run-in with the law prompted the Minnesota Twins to cancel Knoblauch's induction ceremony into the Twins Hall of Fame that was scheduled for Aug. 23. Knoblauch also played for the New York Yankees and Kansas City Royals during a 12-year career. He was set to be inducted into the Twins Hall of Fame in August. The Twins quickly canceled those plans o

  • Horsfield, Crocker reach US Junior quarterfinals

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    THE WOODLANDS, Texas (AP) — Qualifying medalists Sam Horsfield and Sean Crocker each won two matches Thursday in the U.S. Junior Amateur to advance to the quarterfinals at The Club at Carlton Woods. The 17-year-old Horsfield, from England, beat South Korea's Won Jun Lee 3 and 2 in the second round, and topped Australia's Zach Murray 1 up in the third. The 17-year-old Crocker, from Zimbabwe, beat John Augenstein of Owensboro, Kentucky, 3 and 2, and edged Sahith Theegala of Chino Hills, California, in 20 holes. On Friday on the Nicklaus Course, Horsfield will face Norway's Andreas Halvorsen in the upper-bracket quarterfinals, and Crocker will play William Zalatoris of Plano, Texas, in the lower bracket.

  • Stanford not slighted by 2nd-place Pac-12 pick

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Stanford has played in four straight major bowl games and the past two Rose Bowls, building a resilient football power at an improbable place. The Cardinal's reward for all that consistency this week? They were picked to finish second behind Oregon in the Pac-12 North Division yet again. Yet Stanford coach David Shaw doesn't perceive any slight in the preseason conference media poll. He believes it's a testament to the overall power of the Pac-12, which appears to be stacked with deep, talented teams heading into his fourth season on The Farm.

  • Sooners ready to move past Sugar Bowl win

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma is ready to push its Sugar Bowl upset over Alabama into the past. The Sooners appear to be in position to contend for a national title, with significant experience returning and a strong freshman class. They start practice Aug. 5 in preparation for the Aug. 30 opener against Louisiana Tech. Oklahoma should to be especially strong on defense, where 11 players with at least five career starts return from a unit that led the Big 12 in total defense and pass defense. Defensive coordinator Mike Stoops says the unit can be even better this year. Last year, the Sooners switched from a 4-3 to a 3-4. This year, there is a greater sense of familiarity for coaches and players that should allow the team's

  • Pinto leaves Costa Rica; fails to agree contract

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — Jorge Luis Pinto, who produced the surprise of the World Cup by coaching tiny Costa Rica to the quarterfinals, is leaving after failing to agree on a new contract. The Costa Rican federation announced Pinto's departure on Thursday. Pinto said he was leaving because of disagreements with unnamed members of his coaching staff. He said they asked that he be fired 1 1/2 years ago. "I slept with the enemy for 1 1/2 years," Pinto said. "I had my differences with the staff. They don't share my style. I'm demanding. I want dedication and effort." His two primary assistants were former players Paulo Wanchope and Luis Marin. Costa Rica emerged from a group with Italy, England and Uruguay,

  • Oklahoma football: Stoops delights Jerry Montgomery

    Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    Bob Stoops went on ESPN and was in rare form. He defended the Big 12, he took issue with Nick Saban’s “consolation” Sugar Bowl talk and generally was as feisty as in his best days. Sooners loved it. So did Stoops’ staff. “He’s the man,” said OU defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery. “He’s from Youngstown, […]

  • Cardinals to face Kentucky, Cal in non-league play

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville will prepare to enter the Atlantic Coast Conference with a non-conference schedule featuring Final Four participant Cal and in-state rivals Kentucky and Western Kentucky. The Cardinals will face seven 20-win teams among 11 postseason participants last spring. Louisville opens on Nov. 14 at IUPUI, a WNIT participant, before starting a six-game home stand Nov. 16 with UT-Martin, which went 24-10. A Nov. 20 meeting against Belmont begins a five-game stretch over 10 days and includes Ball State, WKU (Nov. 25), Lafayette and at Valparaiso. Louisville hosts Iowa on Dec. 4 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge before hosting Kentucky three days later. After facing Old Dominion on Dec. 15, Louisville

  • Pucker up! NASCAR returns to Brickyard

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Dale Jarrett loved his win so much he had to celebrate it with a kiss. His impromptu smooch with the bricks in 1996 has blossomed into a tradition for drivers of all series when they win at the famed Brickyard. It's time to pucker up again: NASCAR runs its 21st Sprint Cup race Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Jarrett started a love affair that lasts to this day, and has crossed racing series all the way to the Indianapolis 500. Back in '96, Jarrett and crew chief Todd Parrott kneeled down and planted a big ol' kiss on the bricks that serve as the start-finish line at the venerable speedway. "It's something I would like to take all the credit for," said Jarrett, who also won in 1999.

  • Mets recall infielder Wilmer Flores

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — The New York Mets have recalled infielder Wilmer Flores from Triple-A Las Vegas a day after shortstop Ruben Tejada was hit in the helmet by a pitch. The Mets optioned outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis to Las Vegas before Thursday's game at Milwaukee. Flores is in the lineup and starting at shortstop. This is Flores' third stint with the Mets this season. He is hitting .225 with one homer and seven RBIs in 80 at-bats. Tejada was beaned by a 94mph fastball Wednesday at Seattle. Mets manager Terry Collins said before Thursday's game, "(Ruben) is good. He feels great. He said he could play. We'll give him today and get him back in there tomorrow.

  • Yankees acquire LHP Capuano from Rockies for cash

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Yankees have acquired left-hander Chris Capuano from the Colorado Rockies in their latest trade with a team from the NL West. The Yankees announced after Thursday's 4-2 win over Texas that they'd gotten the 35-year-old Capuano for cash. Capuano started the season with Boston and went 1-1 with a 4.55 ERA in 28 relief appearances. The Red Sox released him on July 1 and he signed with Colorado. He made four total starts in Triple-A and Double-A for the Rockies. Capuano has pitched with Arizona, Milwaukee, the Mets, the Dodgers and Boston in parts of 10 major league seasons. He was an NL All-Star in 2006.

  • Ryan Dalziel takes Brickyard Grand Prix pole

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Defending race winner Ryan Dalziel earned his first IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship pole position of the season Thursday in qualifying for Friday's Brickyard Grand Prix. Dalziel had a fast lap of 113.145 mph around the 2.439-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course in the No. 1 Honda ARX-03b Prototype. He led a 1-2 sweep for the Extreme Speed Motorsports team, with Johannes van Overbeek qualifying second at 112.744 in the No. 2 Honda Prototype. Giancarlo Fisichella, who competed in every Formula One race held at Indianapolis, took the GT Le Mans class pole in the No. 62 Ferrari with a lap at 106.587. Colin Braun qualified first in the Prototype Challenge class at 109.963 in the No.

  • Hudson solid, Hammels better in Giants' loss

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The San Francisco Giants couldn't have asked for more from Tim Hudson. Hudson gave up two unearned runs in six innings but he was outpitched by Cole Hammels, and Chase Utley had a tiebreaking RBI single in the fifth inning to lift the Philadelphia Phillies to a 2-1 victory over the Giants on Thursday. "You're hoping your guy gives you a chance, and that's what (Hudson) did," San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said. "He pitched great." Hamels (5-5) got the better of Hudson in a matchup between starters who have combined for seven All-Star appearances. The Philadelphia left-hander gave up six hits while striking out 10 and walking one. Hudson (8-7) gave up two runs in six innings although both w

  • OU fan buys TexsaSports.com to troll Texas fans after spelling error

    Richard Hall | Published: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    If there’s one thing the Texas Longhorns learned today, it’s to never give Sooner fans an opening to mess with you — because they will. Earlier today it was revealed the University of Texas misspelled Texas in the footer of every page of their Player Profile Media Guide. The link should say TexasSports. Instead, it […]