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  • Barcelona: Record income of $711M last season

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona has reported a record income of 530 million euros ($711 million) over the past year and made a profit of 41 million euros ($55 million), the club announced on Tuesday. Javier Faus, Barcelona's vice president in charge of finance, presented the annual report for 2013-2014, saying that the club's net debt had been reduced by 44 million euros to stand at 287 million euros as of June 30. Faus said that since he took up his post in 2010 the club's debt had been reduced by 143 million euros and that Barcelona had risen from 24th to second position in the Forbes ranking of the world's most valuable sports teams.

  • Ecclestone defense seeks deal to end bribery trial

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    MUNICH (AP) — Prosecutors and lawyers for Bernie Ecclestone are in talks about a possible deal to end the Formula One boss's bribery trial in Germany. The 83-year-old Ecclestone went on trial in Munich in April, charged with bribery and incitement to breach of trust. The charges involve a $44 million payment to banker Gerhard Gribkowsky, who is serving an 8 1/2-year sentence for taking the money. Ecclestone denies wrongdoing and says Gribkowsky blackmailed him. His defense team called on Tuesday for proceedings to be closed, citing a lack of evidence that Ecclestone was criminally responsible and asserting that the proceedings were a strain for their client. He has been running Formula One while attending court sessio

  • Belgium striker Origi signs for Liverpool

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Liverpool says it has signed Belgium striker Divock Origi from Lille and will loan him back to the French club for the whole of next season. The 19-year-old forward, who impressed during Belgium's run to the quarterfinals of the World Cup, completed his transfer in the United States — where Liverpool is on a pre-season tour. The club said he had signed a "long-term deal" without giving details. British media put the transfer fee at 10 million pounds ($17 million). Origi, who joined Lille from Genk in 2010, says "Liverpool is one of the greatest clubs in the world and I'm very excited to be part of this great history." Coach Brendan Rodgers told Liverpool's website that Origi "can be o

  • Central Arkansas adds 2 more to soccer roster

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    CONWAY, Ark. (AP) — The University of Central Arkansas men's soccer team has added two more players to its roster heading into the 2014 season. Head coach Ross Duncan announced the additions of midfielder/forward Pepe San Roman and forward Andre De Giorgi. The added players complete the school's roster. Duncan says the experience of the new recruits will help bolster the team. The soccer team opens its season next month at Mississippi College.

  • Chase drivers can't attend Homestead tire test

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR will not allow championship-eligible drivers to participate in a Goodyear tire test at Homestead-Miami Speedway. But, to ensure fairness, NASCAR will allow all organizations represented in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship to participate in the Aug. 26 test because Homestead is the site of the title-deciding season finale. Teams will have to send a driver not qualified for the Chase to the tire test. The restrictions create a dilemma for Team Penske, which has both Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano already qualified for the Chase. The two-car team does not have another Sprint Cup driver on its roster. Hendrick Motorsports also has three of its four drivers qualified.

  • Gstaad champion Andujar wins opener in Kitzbuehel

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    KITZBUEHEL, Austria (AP) — Pablo Andujar beat Jurgen Melzer 6-3, 6-4 at the Kitzbuehel Cup on Tuesday, two days after earning his third career title in Gstaad. The 44th-ranked Spaniard broke the Austrian's first service game to win the opening set, and saved three break points while 2-1 down in the second before adding another break. Melzer returned from a toe injury and played his first match since losing to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the first round at Wimbledon. Andujar will face Paolo Lorenzi of Italy in the second round. Lorenzi defeated two-time former champion Robin Haase 6-2, 6-3. The sixth-seeded Dutchman, who won the event in 2011 and '12, dropped serve early in both sets and failed to break Lorenzi's serve

  • How OU did NOT fail Joe Mixon

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 6 hr ago

      One of the best parts of my job, no, the best part of my job is the people I meet. Colleagues. Readers. Fans. Heck, even a few of the subjects I write about. And some of the people I meet are rather sharp. Sharp enough to take over my platform from time to time. Whether it’s […]

  • City leader positive about Mustang's future

    By Steve Gust, For The Oklahoman | Updated: 6 hr ago

    Assistant City Manager Justin Battles thinks Mustang’s rapid growth will continue.

  • Oklahoma State football no longer faces APR restrictions

    kyle fredrickson | Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    The NCAA confirmed today that the Oklahoma State football program's Academic Progress Rate (APR) has been amended to a 930 and the school no longer faces any APR restrictions for the 2014-15 academic year. From Kevin Fite, Oklahoma State's senior associate athletic director for compliance: "Throughout this process the NCAA has been committed to having complete and accurate data," said Kevin Fite, OSU's senior associate athletic director for compliance. "We were provided a great deal of assistance in ensuring the information we were evaluated on accurately reflected our football team's academic performance, based on APR standards. When the additional point was discovered earlier this summer, the NCAA staff promptly re-evaluated our situation and added the point, which took us out of the penalty range."

  • NDSU picked to win Missouri Valley football crown

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Three-time defending national champion North Dakota State is picked to win the Missouri Valley Football Conference title. The poll of league coaches, media and sports information directors released Tuesday shows the Bison with 24 out of 39 first-place votes and 370 points. NDSU has won 24 straight games. The Bison had a change in head coaches over the winter when Chris Klieman (KLY'-mihn) was named to replace Craig Bohl, who left for Wyoming. South Dakota State is the second choice with eight first-place votes and 330 points, followed by Northern Iowa with seven first-place votes and 324 points.

  • How Johnny Manziel almost became a Cowboy

    Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    It almost happened, everybody: the perfect marriage of unhinged player and untethered town, the match of talent and spotlight and hedonism that the NFL hasn't seen since Joe Namath in the early '70s. Johnny Manziel was almost a Cowboy, according to Yahoo Sports. You remember draft night from earlier this year, yes? Manziel's fate was one of the draft's biggest stories, and as he fell further down the draft board, the realization dawned: he might be available for Dallas! How amazing would that be? On paper (or, you know, iPhone) it all seemed perfect: Texas kid joins the Texas royal family, learns the ropes from the aging gunslinger, takes over in 2018, stacks up trophies of both the Lombardi and wife varieties, becomes governor in 2045.

  • OU football: Police release 911 call in alleged Joe Mixon assault investigation

    Ryan Aber | Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    In a three-minute call to 911, a Pickleman’s Gourmet Cafe employee describes the early Friday incident that has Oklahoma freshman football player Joe Mixon under investigation for alleged assault. “Some girl just got clocked in the face,” the caller said after giving the location and address. The unidentified caller repeatedly mentioned the presence of a […]

  • Kevin Durant is the last star standing for Team USA

    Erik Horne | Updated: 7 hr ago

    The star power is fading from Team USA this summer. First it was Russell Westbrook. Then Blake Griffin. Then Kevin Love. Griffin, the former OU dunk machine, decided to withdraw from Team USA duties last week, citing that he wanted to get ready for the upcoming season. Reports surfaced Monday night that Griffin has a […]

  • Woods faces 2 big weeks that shape rest of season

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    AKRON, Ohio (AP) — The landmark at Firestone Country Club is among the most popular in America, a massive water tower in the shape of a golf ball on a tee. Tiger Woods has reason to see only a big ATM machine. Woods has eight wins at Firestone, one more than Matt Kuchar has won on the PGA Tour. In 15 appearances, he has made $11.06 million, which is roughly the same as Tom Watson has made in four decades on the PGA Tour. OK, that's not a fair comparison. Watson played at a time when total prize money at tournaments was about the same as a first-place check today. Firestone featured the biggest payoff on the PGA Tour schedule — majors included — when Watson won in 1980. He earned $100,000.

  • Sassuolo withdraws support for Tavecchio

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    SASSUOLO, Italy (AP) — Sassuolo is the latest Serie A club to withdraw its support for Carlo Tavecchio, a leading candidate for the presidency of the Italian football federation, following his alleged racist comments. A club statement on Tuesday says its owners "stay true to their values in the world of sport and thus maintain Carlo Tavecchio's candidacy is no longer sustainable." Fiorentina, Sampdoria and Cesena already withdrew support for Tavecchio, who originally had the backing of all Serie A clubs apart from Juventus and Roma. Tavecchio sparked outrage on Friday when he discussed the presence of foreign players in Italy.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with OSU writer John Helsley

    staff reports | Updated: 9 hr ago

    Oklahoma State writer John Helsley answers your questions on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m. Is this J.W. Walsh's breakout season? The latest in recruiting? Get your questions in here.

  • Report: Blake Griffin has back fracture

    Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    Last week, Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin withdrew from Team USA Basketball camp , saying he was doing so to devote his energy to preparing for the 2014-15 season. ESPN's Ramona Shelbourne is reporting that the former OU star also has a small fracture in his back. From ESPN: "Griffin is expected to make a full recovery from the injury, which sources say was suffered during the playoffs. However, doctors advised him to sit out international competition this summer for precautionary reasons." With Griffin and Kevin Love both witdrawing from Team USA, the frontcourt depth is thin, particularly at power forward. Atlanta Hawks PF Paul Millsap was added to the roster on Monday.

  • Cincinnati picked to win American

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Cincinnati has been picked to win the American Athletic Conference, with defending champion Central Florida second. The Bearcats went 9-4 last season under coach Tommy Tuberville and returns 16 starters. They received 17 of 30 first-place votes from the media panel and 311 points. UCF, which went 12-1 and beat Baylor in the Fiesta Bowl last season, received seven first-place votes and 296 points. The Knights return 17 starters but must replace quarterback Blake Bortles. Houston was picked third with six first-place votes, followed by conference newcomer East Carolina. SMU was picked fifth, South Florida sixth and Memphis seventh. Temple came in eighth. UConn was tied for ninth with Tul

  • Perisic breaks shoulder, joins Wolfsburg's injured

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    WOLFSBURG, Germany (AP) — Wolfsburg forward Ivan Perisic has a broken shoulder and will need surgery that will put him on the long-term injured list with Patrick Ochs and Christian Traesch. Ochs is out with a knee injury, and Traesch also has a shoulder injury. Perisic scored 10 times for Wolfsburg last season. Wolfsburg managing director Klaus Allofs says the injuries are unfortunate, "but we have a deep squad." Wolfsburg will play in the Europa League this season.

  • Eintracht Frankfurt signs Nelson Valdez

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Eintracht Frankfurt says it has signed Paraguay striker Nelson Valdez on a two-year contract. Valdez returns to the Bundesliga, where he played for Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund. Valdez won the German double in 2004 with Werder, whose coach at the time was Thomas Schaaf, now in charge of Eintracht. Valdez scored 36 goals in 193 matches for Werder and Dortmund. The 30-year-old forward has had stints in Spain, Russia, Abu Dhabi and Greece before returning to the Bundesliga. Eintracht is reportedly also interested in signing another former Werder player, Portugal striker Hugo Almeida.