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  • ESPN anchor sues ice-skating rink

    Published: Fri, Aug 22, 2014

    Linda Cohn has worked at ESPN since 1992, a.k.a. when they covered the NHL. Before that, she attended SUNY-Oswego and played goalie, following a high-school career that saw her play for the boys’ team, according to Puck Daddy. In March, she had plans to strap on the pads again for a promotional event with the Hartford Wolf Pack, the New York Rangers’ AHL affiliate. As she was about to take the ice at Brewster Arena, Cohn says that a group of children knocked a large coin-change machine on her, slicing her arm to the tune of 25 stitches. The team called it a “freak accident.” 

  • Shaq answers the question: Kobe or LeBron?

    Published: Fri, Aug 22, 2014

    There was a time not so long ago when Shaquille O’Neal would have been more than happy to take a free verbal shot at Kobe Bryant when given the chance, according to NBC Sports. But the feud between the two superstars that won three straight championships together with the Lakers has long since been quashed. These days, O’Neal is more interested in giving his honest assessment of things. So, when he was asked whether Kobe or LeBron James was the better player, it wasn’t too much of a surprise to see him give a somewhat diplomatic response.

  • Hamilton bids to beat Rosberg to pole in Spa

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    SPA, Belgium (AP) — Lewis Hamilton finished more than half a second faster than Nico Rosberg in the second practice session of the Belgian Grand Prix on Friday, boosting his hopes of stopping his Mercedes rival from clinching a fourth straight pole position. There is a third and final practice on Saturday before qualifying begins in the afternoon, where Rosberg will look to secure a sixth pole from the past seven races. "It looks like we have the quickest car again, but it's a bit different here than at some other tracks," Rosberg said. "It will be a long night analyzing everything that we learned today to really nail it tomorrow.

  • More schools are mixing beer, football at stadiums

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    Walk through the tailgate area at a college football stadium, and beer drinking is as common a sight as fans adorned in jerseys of their favorite players. A growing number of schools are bringing the party inside, opening taps in concourses that traditionally have been alcohol-free zones. North Texas, SMU and Troy University will begin beer sales to the general public this season. They're among 21 on-campus football stadiums where any fan of legal age can grab a brew. That's more than twice as many as five years ago. Most schools continue to keep alcohol restricted to premium seating areas, if they allow it at all. But offering alcohol is increasingly attractive for some campuses, especially for cash-strapped athletic d

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  • Hannover signs French forward Jimmy Briand

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    HANNOVER, Germany (AP) — Hannover has signed French forward Jimmy Briand one day before its opening match in the new Bundesliga season. Briand was without a club after his contract with Lyon expired at the end of the season. Briand has made five appearances for France. Hannover says the 29-year-old Briand signed a one-year contract. Hannover hosts Schalke in their league opener on Saturday.

  • Where have baseball's 20-game winners gone?

    Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, Aug 22, 2014

    The Twins’ Phil Hughes, the Athletics’ Scott Kazmir, the Tigers’ Rick Porcello and the Tigers’ Max Scherzer are tied for the American League lead with 14 victories each. Which means they are on pace to finish with 18 wins. More evidence that baseball has changed. Only four times in baseball history — going back to […]

  • Paralyzed swimmer Amy Van Dyken-Rouen takes first steps since accident

    Published: Fri, Aug 22, 2014

    Olympian Amy Van Dyken-Rouen was partially paralyzed in a terrible ATV accident this summer, but soon after the accident she went on the Today Show and vowed she would walk again , says USA Today. On Thursday, with the help of a walker and what appears to a bionic device that aids her legs, she did just that. It’s been just two and a half months since the accident.

  • Barcelona striker Neymar injures left ankle

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Neymar could miss Barcelona's league opener this weekend after spraining his left ankle in training. Barcelona said in a statement Friday that the Brazil star complained of pain in his ankle after a training session on Thursday and was later diagnosed with a "grade 1" sprain. It said "his return to training will depend on how the injury treatment evolves." Barcelona hosts Elche on Sunday in the opening round of the Spanish league. The 22-year-old Neymar only recently returned from the fractured vertebra he sustained in the World Cup quarterfinals against Colombia on July 4. He played in a friendly game against Mexican champion Leon on Monday, scoring two goals.

  • Chilton reinstated for Marussia at Belgian GP

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    SPA, Belgium (AP) — British driver Max Chilton has been reinstated to drive for Marussia at the Belgian Grand Prix this weekend, just a day after he was replaced by American Alexander Rossi. Marussia announced on Thursday that Rossi was taking Chilton's seat at Spa because of ongoing contractual problems. But on Friday morning race stewards accepted a request from Marussia to change its nominated driver back to Chilton. However, Rossi was set to drive in Friday's first practice session instead of Chilton, who was expected to be back behind the wheel for the second practice session in the afternoon.

  • Laurel to host Dixie Youth World Series

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    LAUREL, Miss. (AP) — The City of Laurel will host the Dixie Youth World Series in 2016. The Chronicle reports ( ) that city Recreation Director Elvin Ulmer announced the decision Tuesday to the city council. Ulmer coordinated the 2009 and 2013 World Series events in Laurel. Ulmer said the city will host five world series events during a two-week period in July and August 2016. In 2009, the city hosted the Dixie Youth World Series' 24 traditional teams. Then the city hosted the 2013 Dixie Youth O-Zone World Series in addition to the Traditional Dixie Youth World Series. Ulmer says the city continues to get positive feedback from the 2009 and 2013 events. ___ Informatio

  • Houston Cougars move into new home

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    HOUSTON (AP) — Houston's biggest offseason addition wasn't a player or coach. The Cougars will christen $120 million TDECU Stadium on Aug. 29 against UTSA. The on-campus, 40,000-seat venue comes with all the amenities — a 2,584-square-foot video scoreboard, 42 luxury boxes and a 5,000-square-foot locker room. The northwest corner is open to offer a clear view of the Houston skyline. During construction, Houston played five home games at Reliant, now NRG Stadium, and two at BBVA Compass Stadium where the MLS Houston Dynamo play. Coach Tony Levine said just having a permanent, on-campus home will give the Cougars a psychological lift. Houston plays four of its first five games at home.

  • College football stadiums where beer is sold

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    A list of college football stadiums where alcohol will be sold to the general public this season: Campus stadiums (21): Akron, Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Colorado State, Houston, Kent State, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe, Louisville, Minnesota, Nevada, North Texas, SMU, Syracuse, Toledo, Troy, Tulane, UNLV, UTEP, Western Kentucky, West Virginia. Off-campus stadiums (11): Connecticut, Georgia State, Hawaii, Massachusetts (3 games at Gillette Stadium), Memphis, Miami, San Diego State, South Alabama, South Florida, Temple, Texas-San Antonio.

  • Good start for Van Pelt in playoff opener

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) — Bo Van Pelt began the FedEx Cup playoffs by going fishing for stripers, which is not unusual for a guy living in Oklahoma. Except that he was casting his line into the East River. Presumably it was a little farther out from Manhattan. And no, Van Pelt did not eat what he caught. "It was fun," he said. "A buddy of mine invited me, so I was like, 'I've got to take you up on that.' ... Maybe that was my good luck charm for the week." The real fishing trip began Thursday at Ridgewood Country Club, and Van Pelt snagged four birdies and an eagle, purely in the golfing sense. That was easy to digest because Van Pelt was in dire need of a good start at The Barclays.

  • Cubs strike out 15 times in 5-3 loss to Giants

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    CHICAGO (AP) — It didn't matter where Travis Wood located any of his pitches against the San Francisco Giants' lineup. Buster Posey went 4 for 4 with his 14th homer, leading Madison Bumgarner and the Giants to a 5-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Thursday night. Pablo Sandoval added three hits and two RBIs as the Giants rebounded from a 2-1 loss earlier in the day in the resumption of their suspended game from the series opener. Wood (7-11), who started the nightcap for the Cubs, gave up four runs and eight hits in six innings. The left-hander is 0-6 with a 5.45 ERA in his last 12 starts. "I threw some good pitches that they made some contact on to put them right down the line," said Wood.

  • No luck for Ross in Padres' 2-1 loss to Dodgers

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tyson Ross owns a 2.67 ERA against the Dodgers this season, and has four losses to show for it. The latest was a 2-1 defeat on Thursday night after the right-hander dueled two-time Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw through eight innings. Ross even spoiled Kershaw's no-hit bid with a two-out single in the sixth. "You want to be out there battling the other guy and putting up zeroes and pitching deep into games," Ross said. "Kershaw's having an MVP-type year, and he was just a little better." Ross (11-12) retired 12 straight after giving up his second hit in the third. He allowed two runs and four hits in eight innings, struck out eight and walked two.

  • Posey helps Giants beat Cubs 5-3 in nightcap

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    CHICAGO (AP) — Madison Bumgarner made sure the San Francisco Giants finished their long and strange series with Chicago Cubs on a winning note. Bumgarner pitched seven strong innings and Buster Posey went 4 for 4 with his 14th homer as the San Francisco Giants topped the Chicago Cubs for a 5-3 victory on Thursday night. "He's as mentally tough as you get," said Giants manager Bruce Bochy about his young pitcher. "He's got a knack for making pitches when he has to." Pablo Sandoval added three hits and two RBIs as the Giants rebounded from a 2-1 loss earlier in the day in the resumption of their suspended game in the series opener. Bumgarner (14-9) struck out 12 in seven innings. He allowed three runs and seven hi

  • Dodgers beat Padres 2-1 behind Kershaw's 10 Ks

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The first-place Dodgers have staged plenty of comebacks this season. Just not after seven innings. They snapped an 0-for-46 skid with two runs in the eighth and Clayton Kershaw outdueled Tyson Ross for a 2-1 victory over the San Diego Padres on Thursday night. "We need wins no matter what," said Kershaw, whose team is 3 1/2 games ahead of San Francisco. "The Giants are playing better right now." Kershaw (15-3) allowed one run and three hits in eight innings, striking out 10 and walking two. He tied Johnny Cueto, Wily Peralta and Adam Wainwright for the major league lead in victories. The left-hander was originally scheduled to start Friday, but he was moved up to give Zack Greinke extra rest for his

  • Tackling fantasy football in the workplace

    By Paula Burkes, Staff Writer | Updated: 20 hr ago

    While some Oklahoma employers block popular websites for the virtual online sport, others believe increased employee morale outweighs any potential loss in productivity.

  • Angels' Garrett Richards has torn knee tendon, will miss pennant drive

    Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    Garrett Richards, who played at Edmond Memorial and OU, suffered a torn patellar tendon in his left knee and will undergo surgery Friday, a procedure that will sideline the Angels right-hander for six to nine months and could deal a severe blow to the team's pennant hopes. Richards, 26, the team's best starting pitcher, suffered the injury in the second inning Wednesday, when he caught a spike in the dirt while running to cover first base on a potential double-play ball and fell awkwardly to the ground. Medical personnel tended to Richards for eight minutes before he was wheeled off the field on a stretcher. Richards flew to Los Angeles on Thursday morning, and an MRI test confirmed the injury, which could cause Richards to miss the start of 2015.