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  • Norman North point guard Trae Young offered by Connecticut

    Scott Wright | Updated: 7 hr ago

    Several Division I basketball programs around the region have long been pursuing Norman North point guard Trae Young, but the 6-foot-1 sophomore made a national splash Monday morning. Defending national champion Connecticut offered Young, the son of former Texas Tech player Rayford Young, according to the family. Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Tulsa have already offered […]

  • Lens allowed to play in French top flight

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    PARIS (AP) — Lens can play in Ligue 1 next season after the French football federation agreed to replace its ban with financial limitations on the club. Lens won promotion by finishing second in Ligue 2 but was banned from joining the top flight on financial grounds, with the club short of 10 million euros ($13.4 million) in its budget for the upcoming campaign. However, France's Olympic Committee upheld Lens' appeal which was originally rejected by the DNCG — the financial watchdogs of French football. On Monday, the FFF said "it has decided to accept the proposal to substitute the sentence of prohibiting promotion to Ligue 1, with a limitation of the amount the club can spend on salary and/or recruitment.

  • Skyhawks looking to win with explosive offense

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    Tennessee Martin is hoping six starters back from a pretty explosive offense helps the Skyhawks notch a third straight winning season. The Skyhawks rolled up nearly 400 yards per game last year, and junior Jarod Neal and senior Dylan Favre will share quarterback duties again this season after combining for 2,610 passing yards and 18 touchdowns. Favre is a nephew of former NFL MVP Brett Favre. That helped UT Martin go 7-5 last season, its third winning season in the past four years. The Skyhawks won for the first time at Eastern Kentucky and made national polls in 2013 after wins against Chattanooga and Central Arkansas. Left tackle Charles Sweeton anchors an offensive line that allowed the fewest sacks in the league.

  • Tax fraud case against Lionel Messi goes ahead

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    MADRID (AP) — A Spanish judge on Monday rejected a prosecutor's request to drop charges of tax fraud against Lionel Messi and ordered the investigation into three cases of suspected unpaid taxes to proceed. A court statement said there was "sufficient evidence" to believe the Barcelona and Argentina star "could have known and consented" to the creation of a fictitious corporate structure to avoid paying taxes on income from his image rights. The statement was issued by the court in Gava, Barcelona, that was initially called on by prosecutors to investigate if there was a case for Messi and his father to answer. In June, Messi's public relations firm said a prosecutor had agreed to drop the tax fraud case against the p

  • FIFA seeks investigation of Tavecchio remarks

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    ZURICH (AP) — FIFA wants the Italian soccer federation to open an investigation into alleged racist comments by presidential candidate Carlo Tavecchio. FIFA said Monday it has written to the Italian group "asking it to take the appropriate steps to investigate and decide on this matter and report to FIFA." The international governing body also reminded the Italian federation that "the fight against racism is a top priority for FIFA." Amateur leagues president Tavecchio sparked outrage Friday when he discussed the presence of foreign players in Italy. Using a hypothetical name, he said: "In England they select players based on professionalism, whereas we say that 'Opti Poba' is here, he was eating bananas before

  • FIFA seeks probe into racist remarks by Italian

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    ZURICH (AP) — FIFA asked the Italian football federation on Monday to open an investigation into alleged racist comments by Carlo Tavecchio, a leading candidate for the presidency of the national body. Tavecchio said he still has support for his candidacy, despite what he called his "improper words," and will remain in the race. "Media reports concerning alleged racist comments by one of the presidential candidates for the Italian FA have alerted FIFA's Task Force against racism and discrimination and its chairman Jeffrey Webb," world football's governing body said in a statement. "As such, FIFA has written a letter to the Italian FA asking it to take the appropriate steps to investigate and decide on this matter and report

  • Attorney expresses confidence about Devon Thomas’ case

    Published: Mon, Jul 28, 2014

    Oklahoma State freshman running back Devon Thomas made an appearance in Tulsa County District Court on Monday, with a preliminary hearing continued until Aug. 18. Thomas pleaded not guilty to felony charges of shooting with intent to kill, robbery with a firearm and first-degree burglary. Thomas' attorney Steve Hjelm said Monday that he hopes "we get this all behind us," and that he's anxious to question witnesses in the case. Mike Gundy’s stance – to allow the legal process to run its course before making a decision on Thomas’ future with the Cowboys – is the “is the responsible thing for him to do,” says Hjlem.

  • Arsenal signs Calum Chambers from Southampton

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    LONDON (AP) — Southampton lost another key player Monday when Arsenal completed the signing of 19-year-old defender Calum Chambers as part of the Gunners' preparations for a renewed assault on the Premier League title. The transfer fee for what Arsenal called a "long-term" deal was undisclosed but is thought to be in the region of £16 million ($27 million). Chambers continues the exodus of players from Southampton this summer, following the departures of Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert and Dejan Lovren to Liverpool and Luke Shaw to Manchester United. "We are very pleased that Calum has agreed to join us," Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said. "The way he adapted to the Premier League last season with Southampton at a youn

  • Atletico Madrid to sign Antoine Griezmann

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    MADRID (AP) — Atletico Madrid reached an agreement with Real Sociedad for the transfer of France winger Antoine Griezmann on Monday. The 23-year-old Griezmann still needed to undergo a medical exam before signing his contract, Atletico said. The deal is reportedly worth 30 million euros ($40 million). Griezmann, who impressed for France in the World Cup in Brazil, made his first-team debut at Sociedad in 2009 and has scored 53 goals for the northern Spanish club in 202 matches. Sociedad said it gave its permission for the medical to go ahead and thanked the player for his "professionalism and dedication." Atletico coach Diego Simeone said Griezmann "can give us solutions and characteristics the team does not hav

  • Oklahoma football: Kicker commit Austin Seibert talks trash to Texas fans

    Jason Kersey | Published: Mon, Jul 28, 2014

    NORMAN — College football fans don’t typically get really excited about kicker commitments. Kickers also aren’t usually known as big-time smack talkers. After this weekend, OU kicker commit Austin Seibert has laid waste to both stereotypes. The Belleville, Ill., prospect — who committed to OU on May 10 — nailed a 66-yard field goal to […]

  • Byron Scott's bad timing continues

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 9 hr ago

    Byron Scott once had a magic touch. Every coaching job he got turned to, well, maybe not gold, but turned to success. Scott retired from playing in the NBA in 1997. He was (mostly) Laker sharpshooter in the glory days of Magic and Kareem; Scott had a big name and a good name. He was […]

  • Stephen A. Smith apologizes on ESPN's 'First Take'

    Published: Mon, Jul 28, 2014

    On Friday’s First Take, Stephen A. Smith made remarks that spawned controversy in the wake of the NFL’s decision to suspend Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, who was recently involved in a domestic dispute with now wife. Smith made a formal apology on Monday for those remarks (those original remarks can be seen here ). "I do sincerely apologize. I did an incredibly poor job of asserting my point of view this past Friday," Smith said. "'I'm sorry' doesn't do the matter its proper justice, to be quite honest." Smith said he was raised by four older sisters and "the greatest mother in the world." Smith added that he's spoken out against domestic violence all of his life, and his primary reason for doing so is because he's dealt with domestic violence in his own family. ESPN issued this statement Monday: “We will continue to have constructive dialogue on this important topic. Stephen’s comment last Friday do not reflect our company’s point of view. As his apology demonstrates, he recognizes his mistakes and has a deeper appreciation of our company values.”

  • BC-FBC--College Football Previews

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    Editors: To help you with your planning, the following team and conference preview stories are planned ahead of the college football season. Separate advisories will be sent regarding college football enterprise stories. Please call 212-621-1630 with any questions. The preseason AP Top 25 will be sent Aug. 17. League previews (10 things format, will include predicted order of finish): Aug. 4: Southeastern Conference, Pac-12 Conference. Aug. 5: Big Ten Conference, Atlantic Coast Conference. Aug. 6: Big 12 Conference, Mountain West Conference, American Athletic Conference. Aug. 7: Sun Belt Conference, Conference USA, Mid-American Conference. Individual team previews (Five Things format): <

  • Mike Gundy celebrates baseball championship with son

    Published: Mon, Jul 28, 2014

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  • FIFA extends Sammut, Edusei bans worldwide

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    ZURICH (AP) — FIFA has extended the sanctions imposed on Kevin Sammut and Mark Edusei for match-fixing to prevent them from playing anywhere in the world. Sammut was found guilty by UEFA of colluding with a fixing syndicate in June 2007 to help manipulate Malta's Euro 2008 qualifier in Norway. Malta lost 4-0. His life ban by UEFA was reduced to 10 years by the Court of Arbitration for Sport in May. Ghanaian player Mark Edusei was suspended for three years and six months by the Italian football federation in May for his role in fixing a Serie B match in 2009. Edusei's team, Bari, lost 3-2 to Salernitana. FIFA adds in a statement Monday that it "continues to work closely with its member associations and the confed

  • Oklahomans in the NFL: OU players in NFL camps

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    OU players in NFL camps DE Frank Alexander (Carolina): The 2012 fourth-round pick has been a backup in the Panthers’ defensive line rotation the past two seasons. Alexander has compiled 33 tackles in 28 games, including 3 1/2 sacks. WR Lacolton Bester (Houston): The undrafted free agent made an impression during a tryout but must have a strong training camp to make the Titans roster. QB Sam Bradford (St. Louis): The former Heisman Trophy winner was limited to seven games last season (knee injury). Bradford’s numbers have been solid (11,065 yards, 58.6 percent completion rate, 59-to-38 touchdown-to-interception ratio), but he still has much to prove.

  • OU football chat: Ryan Aber talks Joe Mixon, recruiting, the Sooners' defense and eligibility for Baker Mayfield and DGB

    staff reports | Updated: 10 hr ago

    Ryan Aber was on an extended version of the OU football chat Monday. Here's the full transcript:

  • Dick Advocaat introduced as Serbia soccer coach

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    STARA PAZOVA, Serbia (AP) — Dick Advocaat, who has coached the Netherlands and South Korea at World Cups, is Serbia's new soccer coach. He was introduced Monday and inherits a team that failed to qualify for this year's World Cup in Brazil. The 66-year-old Dutchman will be coaching his sixth national team. His immediate goal is to guide Serbia to the 2016 European Championship. Serbian officials say Advocaat's contract could be extended if he does so. Advocaat succeeds Sinisa Mihajlovic, who joined the Italian club Sampdoria after Serbia did not make the World Cup last year. Advocaat also coached the national teams of United Arab Emirates, Belgium and Russia, and club teams PSV Eindhoven and Rangers.

  • Neb's Abdullah, Gregory named B10 Players to Watch

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A media panel has selected running back Ameer Abdullah and defensive end Randy Gregory of Nebraska to the Big Ten Players to Watch list for this season. The list of 10 players — five each from the East and West divisions — was announced Monday before the conference's football media day in Chicago. Abdullah ran for almost 1,700 yards last season and is the top returning rusher in the Big Ten. Gregory led the conference with 10 ½ sacks in 2013. Both are on watch lists for several national awards this year.

  • Dick Advocaat introduced as Serbia coach

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    STARA PAZOVA, Serbia (AP) — Dick Advocaat was introduced as Serbia's new football coach Monday and set his sights on qualifying for the 2016 European Championship. The former Dutch and South Korea coach takes over a team that failed to qualify for this year's World Cup in Brazil. "I have seen around 10 games, especially the last games, but I saw already what I need to know about the team," Advocaat said at a news conference. "Very talented players, but still not qualifying for the tournament and that is what we have to try to change." Serbian football officials have said Advocaat's contract could be extended if Serbia qualifies for the Euros. "We have only one target, and that is to qualify," Advocaat said. "Tha