• Shakhtar's 5-goal striker Adriano alleges racism

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    BORISOV, Belarus (AP) — Shakhtar Donetsk striker Luiz Adriano accused fans at BATE Borisov of racially abusing him while he scored five goals in a 7-0 victory over the Belarusian club in the Champions League on Tuesday. Luiz Adriano scored his first three goals within 13 minutes, the third-fastest hat trick in the history of the competition, as Shakhtar took complete control of the Group H game. But he told Shakhtar's website that "there were unpleasant shouts, racist ones" aimed at him. Shakhtar Donetsk became the first team to score six goals in the first half of a Champions League game, putting its homelessness as a result of the Ukrainian conflict aside. Alex Teixeira and Douglas Costa also scored for Shakht

  • Norwich player accuses Leeds rival of racial abuse

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    NORWICH, England (AP) — Norwich manager Neil Adams says striker Cameron Jerome accused a Leeds rival of racially abusing him during an English second-tier match. Referee Mark Clattenburg halted the game in the first half at Carrow Road after receiving a complaint from Jerome, who is black, following a verbal clash with Leeds defender Giuseppe Bellusci. The official addressed both managers on the sidelines before giving Bellusci a warning, although he booked Jerome moments later for clattering into the Leeds player. Adams said after the 1-1 draw that "Cameron Jerome has alleged he was the subject of a racist remark." Leeds manager Darko Milanic says the allegation "is all very new to me.

  • Game 2 starters Ventura, Peavy study in contrasts

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The starting pitchers for Game 2 of the World Series are a study in contrasts. The Royals will send out rookie Yordano Ventura, the hard-throwing right-hander from the Dominican Republic who grew up idolizing Pedro Martinez and now talks to him just about every day. San Francisco will counter with veteran Jake Peavy, the hired gun from Mobile, Alabama, who helped Boston win the World Series last year. "A lot of energy, I think, on both sides," said Peavy, pointing out perhaps the one thing they have in common. "We'll have our work cut out for us, for sure." Ventura burst onto the scene last year with his 100 mph fastball, aggressive attitude and cool confidence.

  • Costa Rica tops Martinique in World Cup qualifying

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Costa Rica, on track to qualify for the Women's World Cup for the first time, wrapped up group play Tuesday with a 6-1 win over Martinique in the CONCACAF championship. Fabiola Sanchez, Carolina Venegas and Wendy Acosta scored in the first half, and Raquel Rodriguez Cedeno tallied twice in the second half. Venegas capped the Costa Rica scoring with a spectacular 90th-minute bicycle kick on a rainy evening at RFK Stadium. Costa Rica had already clinched first place in Group B with wins over Mexico and Jamaica. Las Ticas will face Group A runner-up Trinidad and Tobago on Friday in the semifinals at the Philadelphia Union's stadium in Chester, Pennsylvania.

  • Oklahoma State football: What they're saying about the results of OSU's investigation

    By John Helsley | Published: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    OSU president Burns Hargis: “I was pleased, gratified and relieved that the investigation did not turn up any of the serious claims that were made in these articles. It was essential that we investigate every single claim, run them all the way to ground and make sure there was nothing to it. Frankly, I didn’t expect there to be anything to it. But we had to know.” Cowboys football coach Mike Gundy: “In the aftermath of the Sports Illustrated series, the right thing to do was examine the program. I have attempted to operate our program with integrity and have reinforced to our coaching staff the importance of compliance with NCAA rules. If we had any shortfalls, I wanted to know.

  • Raonic & Karlovic through to Swiss Indoors 2nd rd

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    BASEL, Switzerland (AP) — Fourth-seeded Milos Raonic hit 12 aces and saved all five break points he faced as he beat Steve Johnson of the United States 7-6 (4), 6-4 in the first round of the Swiss Indoors on Tuesday. Johnson, who did not face a break point in the first set, saved one on his opening service game in the second set, where he also missed four chances to break Raonic's serve. The 1.95-meter Canadian sealed victory by breaking Johnson's serve for the first time in the 10th game. He next faces another American, Donald Young. Mikhail Kukushkin upset third-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland 6-4, 6-7 (1), 6-3 later Tuesday.

  • Summary of Oklahoma St allegations

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    Below is a list of allegations from Sports Illustrated regarding Oklahoma State, published in 2013. The findings are from independent investigator The Compliance Group (TCG) and the results of an NCAA Notice of Allegations sent to Oklahoma State: Allegation: Student-athletes were paid by boosters and assistant football coaches in part through a "bonus" system based upon big plays or through provision of excessive wages for employment. Findings: No current players reported receiving impermissible payments from coaching staff. One former player said he received approximately $20 from a staff member to buy food for his young son. No players quoted in the article reported that they received payments from boosters.

  • Oklahoma State football: Mason Rudolph’s high school coach weighs in on freshman quarterback’s redshirt status

    Kyle Fredrickson | Published: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    When assessing whether or not Oklahoma State freshman quarterback Mason Rudolph should play this season, Kyle Richardson has nothing more than just another outside voice. But on the short list of those with the most understanding of Rudolph’s skill set, Richardson is near the top of the list.

  • Messi closes on Raul, Barca beats Ajax 3-1

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Neymar and Lionel Messi each scored for a fifth consecutive game to help Barcelona to a 3-1 victory over Ajax in the Champions League on Tuesday as the Spanish giant returned to winning ways in Europe. Messi started an outstanding performance at Camp Nou by setting up Neymar in the seventh minute before the Argentine scored in the 24th. Messi's 69th career goal in Europe's top-tier competition moved him to within two goals of Raul Gonzalez's all-time record of 71. He is tied with Cristiano Ronaldo before Real Madrid visits Liverpool on Wednesday. Anwar El Ghazi pulled one back for Ajax in the 88th, while fellow substitute Sandro Ramirez struck in stoppage time for the hosts. Messi said hi

  • Federer, Dimitrov to play MSG exhibition in March

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Roger Federer will take on the guy known as "Baby Fed" in an exhibition match at Madison Square Gardeon on March 10. Grigor Dimitrov, whose style of play reminds some of Federer, will face the 17-time major champion in the eighth edition of the BNP Paribas Showdown. Dimitrov reached his first Grand Slam semifinal at Wimbledon in July, losing in that round to eventual champion Novak Djokovic. This is Federer's third time taking part in the event at the arena used by the NBA's Knicks and the NHL's Rangers. He played Pete Sampras in 2008 and Andy Roddick in 2012. Tickets go on sale Monday.

  • PSG beats APOEL 1-0 in Champs League Group F match

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Edinson Cavani scored three minutes from time as Paris Saint-German edged APOEL 1-0 on Tuesday to keep top spot in Group F in the Champions League. The Uruguay forward fought to keep possession inside the box, swiveling as he fell and steering the ball past APOEL goalkeeper Urko Pardo. The win gives PSG seven points in the group, one more than Barcelona, which beat Ajax 3-1 in the other match. The win also stretched PSG's unbeaten streak in all competitions this season. But a feisty APOEL lived up to its reputation of being hard to beat at home, missing several good chances in each half. PSG coach Laurent Blanc conceded that his team wasn't in top form and that several players weren't at t

  • Phillies sign Jerome Williams to 1-year deal

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Right-hander Jerome Williams has agreed to a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the Philadelphia Phillies. Williams was 4-2 with a 2.83 ERA in nine starts for the Phillies after being claimed off waivers from the Texas Rangers on Aug. 10. He also pitched for Houston last year and was 6-7 with a 4.77 ERA in 37 games with all three teams. He made 11 starts overall. The 32-year-old Williams has pitched for seven teams in his nine-year career. He's 48-54 with a 4.40 ERA in 192 games.

  • Michael Sam Cut From Cowboys' Practice Squad

    Published: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    Michael Sam is looking for a new team and another opportunity to prove he can play in the NFL after the Dallas Cowboys cut him from their practice squad. The team announced the release of Sam, the first openly gay football player ever to be drafted into the NFL, from their 10-man practice squad on Tuesday. Sam took to Twitter and told his thousands of followers that he will continue fighting "for an opportunity to prove that I can play every Sunday."

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Jazz Preseason

    staff reports | Updated: 14 hr ago

    The Oklahoma City Thunder wrap up its preseason schedule against the Utah Jazz tonight at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and The Oklahoman sports team.

  • Bayern beats Roma 7-1 for record away win in CL

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    ROME (AP) — Pep Guardiola's Bayern Munich lineup is finally starting to resemble his Barcelona team that revolutionized football not too long ago. Arjen Robben scored twice as Bayern routed Roma 7-1 on Tuesday for a club-record away win in the Champions League, showing the German club is once again among the favorites to take the title. Having taken target practice in a 6-0 rout of Werder Bremen at the weekend, it was more of the same from Bayern early on at the Stadio Olimpico with five goals in the first half. "It seemed like watching Barcelona again, with small, rapid players running all over the place," Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi said.

  • Shaw shoulders blame for Stanford's slide

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — David Shaw has answered questions about Stanford's ability to remain a football powerhouse since he succeeded Jim Harbaugh as coach in January 2011, and the debate fires up any time his team begins to slide. The "outside noise," as Shaw calls it, might be at the loudest level of his tenure. The Cardinal's third loss of the season — a 26-10 defeat at Arizona State last Saturday — took the program out of The Associated Press poll for the first time since 2010, ending a school-record 72 weeks in the rankings. Some are wondering where the program is headed, and others are criticizing Shaw's schemes. With the two-time defending Pac-12 champions at another crossroads, Shaw is trying to remind eve

  • Malaysia goes deep in FedEx Cup list to fill field

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    Nicholas Thompson missed qualifying for the FedEx Cup playoffs by one point last year. He finished at No. 125 on the PGA Tour money list by $725 and only kept his full card for this season because the tour used the top 125 from the money list for the last time. So what does that get him? A trip to Kuala Lumpur next week for a $7 million tournament with no cut for the 78-man field. The CIMB Classic, the first part of the two-event Asian swing, is for the top available players from the final FedEx Cup standings last year, the top 10 from Asian Tour Order of Merit and eight sponsor exempts. And if needed, the field is filled by additional players from the FedEx Cup.

  • OSU football: NCAA, investigative consultant say Sports Illustrated allegations 'fundamentally unfounded'

    BY JOHN HELSLEY, Staff Writer, jhelsley@opubco.com | Updated: 15 hr ago

    Sports Illustrated’s myriad allegations of misconduct within the Oklahoma State football program were “fundamentally unfounded,” according to a joint statement released Tuesday by the NCAA and an outside consultant hired by OSU. The SI series was published in September 2013 and alleged improprieties including payments to players, sexual favors from the Orange Pride support group, academic misconduct and rampant drug use. OSU retained The Compliance Group to investigate the allegations. The Compliance Group, of Lenexa, Kan., is led by Chuck Smrt, who spent 18 years on the NCAA enforcement staff and has run the consultant firm since 1999.

  • Vandy refocused off open date, McCrary next QB up

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Vanderbilt Commodores have had a chance to catch their breath during their first open date of the season, and now they hope they are in better shape to finish strong. Coach Derek Mason said Tuesday coaches spent last week self-scouting and made some changes to fit personnel and schemes together better. That all should combine for people to see a better football team when the Commodores visit Missouri (5-2, 2-1) on Saturday. "That's what we look to be, a better football team," Mason said. "So I don't want to get into the specifics because we've done some great things in terms of game planning to get ourselves ready to go play this game. What you'll see is hopefully a better offense, a more product

  • Levante hires Lucas Alcazar to replace Mendilibar

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    VALENCIA, Spain (AP) — Spanish club Levante has named Lucas Alcaraz to replace Jose Mendilibar after firing the coach earlier on Tuesday. Mendilibar replaced Joaquin Caparros this season but failed to maintain the same level of play, with the team scoring a league-low four goals through eight rounds and sitting next-to-last in the standings. Alcaraz, 48, coached Granada last season. The 48-year-old Spaniard has coached several other sides in a 20-year career. Mendilibar is the second coach to be fired from Spain's top division this week, his departure announced just hours after last-place Cordoba replaced Albert Ferrer with Miroslav Djukic on Monday.