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  • Oklahoma City Energy FC: Energy FC Releases Paul Wyatt

    Chris Brannick | Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    Oklahoma City Energy FC has released forward Paul Wyatt, the team announced on Wednesday. Energy FC General Manager Jason Hawkins said it was a mutual agreement. “He had an opportunity to return home,” Hawkins said. “His contract wasn’t going to be renewed. It was kind of a mutual agreement at that point.” The move comes […]

  • Pettersen looks for third win in Portland

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Defending champion Suzann Pettersen looks to make tournament history as the headliner in the LPGA Portland Classic starting Thursday at Columbia-Edgewater Country Club. The 33-year-old Norwegian hopes to join Nancy Lopez as the tournament's only three-time champion. Pettersen won the Portland tournament in 2011 and 2013. Lopez claimed her titles in 1985, 1987 and 1992. Pettersen rallied with a final-round 5-under 67 to defeat Stacy Lewis by two strokes in the 2013 Portland tournament. The Portland Classic, renamed after Safeway dropped out as its title sponsor after an 18-year stint, started in 1972 and is the longest-running non-major tournament on the LPGA Tour.

  • Pro football: Roy Finch's make-it-or-break-it game on Thursday vs. New York Giants

    By Mike Baldwin: | Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    New England’s preseason finale against the Giants is Finch’s final opportunity to make an impression before coach Bill Belichick and his staff whittle the roster to 53 players before Saturday’s cut deadline.

  • Olivier Giroud facing 4 months out for Arsenal

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    LONDON (AP) — Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud faces four months on the sidelines after undergoing surgery on a broken tibia. The France international was injured in a 2-2 draw with Everton in the Premier League on Saturday, seconds after scoring. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says Giroud isn't likely to be back in action until the end of December. The news was a setback for Arsenal after beating Besiktas 1-0 to qualify for the Champions League group stage on Wednesday.

  • Olivier Giroud out 4 months following leg surgery

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    LONDON (AP) — Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud will be sidelined for about four months after surgery to repair a broken left leg. The French star sustained a small break to his tibia during Saturday's 2-2 tie against Everton in the Premier League, just seconds after he scored. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said Wednesday that Giroud isn't likely to play until the end of December. The news was a setback for Arsenal, which Besiktas 1-0 Wednesday to reach the Champions League group stage for the 17th straight season.

  • Oklahoma football: Sooners' introduction video is an intense project every year

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    Steve Sturges’ Oklahoma City-based company, VI Marketing and Branding, collaborates with SoonerVision — OU athletics’ video production group — to bring the annual intro video from concept to the finished product.

  • Clemson RB Zac Brooks has surgery

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson running back Zac Brooks had surgery on the foot he injured earlier this month. Tigers coach Dabo Swinney had previously said Brooks would miss the season and return next fall as a redshirt junior. Brooks was the team's leading returning rusher and was expected to be a significant part of the 16th-ranked Tigers' offense this season. Swinney also said Wednesday that reserve offensive lineman Oliver Jones tore an anterior cruciate ligament at practice Tuesday and will also miss this season. It's the second time Jones, a third-year sophomore, has torn an ACL playing football. Jones' loss is another blow to Clemson's offensive line depth. Earlier this month, lineman Shaq Anthony decided to tran

  • Oklahoma State football: Brandon Garrett returns to his house of horror

    By John Helsley | Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    Garrett has recovered from a ‘tib-fib’ fracture just in time, oddly enough, to return to his own personal house of horror – AT&T Stadium for Saturday’s matchup with No. 1 Florida State.

  • Steve Johnson retires at US Open due to cramping

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Steve Johnson's hand was cramping so badly he couldn't even hold his racket. The American had to retire from his first-round match at the U.S. Open on Wednesday when his muscles suddenly seized up. The two-time NCAA champ led two sets to one and was up a break in the fourth before he collapsed on the court and started writhing in pain. Earlier in the game, he landed awkwardly on his left ankle. "The next point, my right calf just went kind of out of nowhere," Johnson said. "Then it all kind of started to go." As medical staff attended to him, opponent Tatsuma Ito was, by rule, awarded point and game penalties because of the delay to go up 2-1 in the set. That brought on a changeover, and trainers

  • Sweeping lawsuit targets soccer concussions

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Soccer joined the growing legal debate over head injuries Wednesday after FIFA and some of the sport's governing bodies in the United States were made the target of a lawsuit seeking new safety rules. A group of soccer parents and players filed the lawsuit in federal court in San Francisco. Lawyers representing the parents and players are asking a judge to grant the lawsuit class-action status on behalf of thousands of current and former soccer players who competed for teams governed by FIFA and several U.S.-based soccer organizations. The NFL, NHL and U.S. college sports governing body the NCAA have all faced similar lawsuits.

  • Oklahoma State football notebook: Mike Gundy takes precautions to help young players avoid hitting freshman wall

    By Kyle Fredrickson, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    By Gundy’s estimation, that freshman wall could hit Oct. 18, when the Cowboys prepare to take on TCU in Fort Worth. Not ideal timing as OSU’s next three road games are at Kansas State, Baylor and OU.

  • High school cross country: Norman North's Ben Barrett wants to build on last season's success

    By Trent Shadid, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    “Primarily I want to make sure I avoid injuries and stay healthy overall,” Barrett said. “From a competition standpoint, I want to win state and go back to the Foot Locker Championships.”

  • Oklahoma football notebook: Mack Brown talks Sooners, Trevor Knight

    By Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber | Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    “You'd have to talk about Oklahoma as the favorite because of the way they finished the season, and what a tremendous game and game plan and quarterback play against Alabama,” Brown said.

  • Cubs' Jorge Soler homers in first at-bat

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    CINCINNATI (AP) — Outfielder Jorge Soler homered in his first big league at-bat on Wednesday night off Cincinnati's Mat Latos, a noteworthy debut for the Cubs' 22-year-old prospect. Soler connected on a 2-1 pitch from Latos in the second inning, hitting the ball onto the netting above the Reds bullpen in center field. He's the first Cubs player to homer in his first at-bat in the majors since Starlin Castro connected off Homer Bailey in Cincinnati on May 7, 2010. The Cuban signed a nine-year, $30 million contract last season. He was promoted before the game on Wednesday, part of Chicago's youth movement. Soler, who has decided to keep his No. 68 in the majors, is the eighth Cubs player to make his debut this season.

  • Arsenal in 17th straight Champions group stage

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    LONDON (AP) — Alexis Sanchez scored his first Arsenal goal, and the Gunners beat Besiktas 1-0 Wednesday night to reach the Champions League group stage for the 17th consecutive season. The Bulgarian club Ludogorets reached the group stage for the first time when defender Cosmin Moti saved two penalty kicks in a 6-5 shootout win over 1986 champion Steaua Bucharest after goalkeeper Vladislav Stoyanov was ejected in the 119th minute. Stoyanov had fouled Fernando Varela, who had broken in alone. Because Ludogorets had used its three substitutes, Moti was moved into goal. The Romanian, who used to play for Steaua rival Dinamo Bucharest, wore the shirt of the team's backup goalkeeper and converted his team's first kick in the sho

  • Many ACC teams set to open with unproven QBs

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    There's plenty of buzz around the Atlantic Coast Conference with the addition of a new team, the latest Heisman Trophy winner and the reigning national champion. Top-ranked Florida State's run to the national title and the arrival of fast-rising Louisville have raised the ACC's profile. But the strength of the league as a whole this season could depend on the arms of numerous unproven commodities at quarterback — besides Jameis Winston, the Seminoles' Heisman winner, of course. At least 10 schools will debut new starting QBs this week, including three transfers and a pair of true freshmen. Those concerns might be unfounded, new Clemson starter Cole Stoudt said.

  • High school football: District A-8 preview

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    Talihina Golden Tigers have sights on gold ball. That’s what happens when a team returns eight starters on offense and nine on defense from a team that finished 13-1 last season and reached the state semifinals.

  • Wainwright struggles in Cards 3-1 loss to Pirates

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — St. Louis ace Adam Wainwright won't be sad to see September arrive. A loss Wednesday to Pittsburgh was his second straight and fourth in August — a month he started by giving up seven runs to Milwaukee. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Wainwright's subpar pitching is showing how the grind of a long season is taking its toll. "You're not going to be at your best all the time," Matheny said. "Right now, he's not at his best, but he showed some good signs today." Wainwright (15-9) allowed three runs and eight hits in six innings in the 3-1 defeat, with the big blow a two-run homer Ike Davis drove off a speaker above the seats in right-center field in the second inning.

  • High schools: Big scrimmages highlight final weekend of preseason

    By Scott Wright | Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    The high school football scrimmage schedule includes a matchup of the teams that have played for the Class 3A championship the last two years when Kingfisher visits Blanchard on Thursday night.

  • Champions League draw wide open

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    MONACO (AP) — Real Madrid's Champions League title defense takes shape Thursday at one of the most open draws in years. Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Chelsea — the past four winners — are among the eight top-seeded clubs in the 32-team draw. However, lower-ranked seeding pots loaded with big spenders returning to the Champions League after years away promise to deliver trickier than usual groups. Five-time winner Liverpool will make its first appearance since 2009 in Pot 3, decided by rankings over five years of UEFA competition results. Manchester City, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain — champions of England, Italy and France — are in a strong Pot 2, which also includes 2013 finalist Borussia Dor