• No. 6 TCU takes same approach in visit to Texas

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — TCU coach Gary Patterson has the same approach to another Thanksgiving night game at Texas, no matter how different the circumstances. When the Horned Frogs spent the holiday there two years ago, they were the Big 12 newcomer that pulled off an upset victory over the No. 18 Longhorns. This time, No. 6 TCU (9-1, 6-1 Big 12, No. 5 CFP) is a playoff contender trying to win a conference title while Texas (6-5, 5-3) has a three-game winning streak for first-year coach Charlie Strong. "For me, I don't ever approach it any differently," Patterson said Tuesday. "We've had enough runs of close-to-undefeated seasons to understand that if you don't keep even keel through all of it, then you get yourself

  • Kingfisher's offense opens up in Nick Smith's absence

    Jacob Unruh | Published: Tue, Nov 25, 2014

    Kingfisher running back Nick Smith has been battling an ankle injury for most of the season and it finally forced him to miss last week’s 31-7 win over Seminole. Smith remains a game-time decision for Friday’s Class 3A quarterfinal matchup with Roland, but Yellowjackets coach Jeff Myers said his absence has opened up the offense. […]

  • Heritage Hall secondary on hot streak

    Jacob Unruh | Published: Tue, Nov 25, 2014

    Heritage Hall’s defense has been strong up front all season, but the secondary has been on an impressive run the past three games. The Chargers have 11 interceptions in that span to help produce three routs and set up a Class 3A quarterfinal matchup Friday at Beggs. “Where we’ve got to is if we get […]

  • Tennis Hall of Fame says 'Dodo' Cheney dies at 98

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — The International Tennis Hall of Fame says Dorothy "Dodo" Cheney, a member of the Hall and the first American woman to win the tournament now known as the Australian Open, has died at age 98. The Hall announced Tuesday that Cheney died Sunday in Escondido, California, following a brief illness. She was inducted in 2004, and was introduced at the ceremony by fellow member John McEnroe. In addition to her 1938 singles title at the Australian Championships, Cheney reached the semifinals at least once at each of the other three Grand Slam tournaments and was ranked in the top 10 in the 1930s and 1940s. According to the U.S. Tennis Association, Cheney won nearly 400 USTA national titles across va

  • Valcke: FIFA faces 'years' to rebuild reputation

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke acknowledged Tuesday that it will take "years to rebuild our reputation" following the World Cup bidding corruption investigation. But Valcke insisted that Sony and Emirates airline are not ending their FIFA sponsorships to protest against allegations of bribery and favor-seeking that have engulfed world football in the four years since Russia was awarded the 2018 World Cup and Qatar was voted the 2022 hosts. Emirates has already announced it is not renewing its sponsorship and Valcke said he "would be surprised" if Sony extended its deal, which expires at the end of this year.

  • Vandy eager to play after worst loss in 20 years

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason seems to have gotten the attention of his Commodores coming off the program's worst loss in 20 years. Mason spent two weeks focusing on Mississippi State treating the game as a bowl, and his Commodores wound up being thumped 51-0. The Vanderbilt coach could be heard dressing down the Commodores in the locker room, and Mason said Tuesday he was a little more than hot over how they played that game. "That came through loud and clear to our guys," Mason said. "I called out myself, called out them for what we deemed to be poor play." Vandy hadn't lost by that big a margin since a 65-0 loss to Tennessee in 1994 in the final season under coach Gerry DiNardo.

  • Barcelona beats APOEL 4-0, Messi sets record

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Lionel Messi made a slice of European football history as the Barcelona striker hit a hat trick to become the Champions League's all-time top scorer in a 4-0 win over APOEL on Tuesday. Three days after breaking a Spanish league record that had stood since 1955, Messi was again unstoppable. "Messi is the best player of all time ... a player who will continue to surprise us for a long time to come," Barcelona coach Luis Enrique said. The Argentine scored his first goal in the 38th minute of the Group F match after redirecting Brazilian midfielder Rafihna's shot from 20 yards out. It was Messi's 72nd Champions League goal, beating the previous mark of 71 by former Real Madrid and Schalke stri

  • More seeds for a global tour in golf

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    The PGA Tour has small circuits in Latin America, Canada and China. Commissioner Tim Finchem spoke in 2010 about golf heading toward a "world tour," even though he wasn't sure what it would look like or when it would all come together. It's worth paying attention to the activity of players over the last month. Brandt Snedeker was in Japan for the Bridgestone Open. Jordan Spieth was in Japan last week at the Dunlop Phoenix, and he's at the Australian Open this week. Webb Simpson was in Japan. Jason Dufner went to Thailand. Finchem wants to see golf get through the 2016 Olympics — and the schedule problems that will present — before looking too far ahead.

  • Is the clock ticking on Jeremy Lamb?

    Jon Hamm | Updated: 18 hr ago

    Jeremy Lamb was considered the prize of the James Harden trade. Three years later, is his time running out in Oklahoma City?

  • Iowa QB Rudock shows knack for comebacks

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — One of the many encouraging things Iowa has learned about junior quarterback Jake Rudock is that he plays his best when the Hawkeyes are behind. Iowa hopes Rudock won't have to prove it again during Friday's home game against Nebraska. Rudock displayed his knack for comebacks in last week's 26-24 loss to No. 14 Wisconsin, leading Iowa to touchdowns to its final three drives after falling behind 19-3. Rudock, thanks in part to his late-game performances, enters the regular-season finale ranked second in the league in completion percentage (64.2) Rudock also has 14 touchdown passes against just four interceptions, the lowest total among Big Ten starters. "The formula for our best players (i

  • Aguero scores 3, Man City beats Bayern 3-2

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Sergio Aguero scored a hat trick — including two late goals — to inspire Manchester City to a 3-2 win over 10-man Bayern Munich on Tuesday, reviving the English champions' chances of reaching the Champions League's knockout stage. Aguero put City ahead with a 21st-minute penalty that led to the sending-off of defender Mehdi Benatia, then capitalized on defensive errors to score again in the 85th and in the first minute of stoppage time. "If you want to succeed at anything, you need a special player in special form. Sergio Aguero is our special player," City captain Vincent Kompany said of the Argentina striker, who has scored 17 goals in 18 games this season.

  • British executive risks jail on return to Brazil

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A British executive charged in an alleged World Cup ticket-scalping scheme could be sent back to jail if he returns to Brazil. Ray Whelan, an executive of Match Services — the hospitality and ticketing partner of football's world governing body FIFA — was arrested on July 14. That was the day after Germany defeated Argentina 1-0 in the World Cup final. Brazil's Supreme Court on Tuesday overturned a ruling that allowed Whelan to be released in August from a Rio de Janeiro prison. He subsequently received permission from a lower court to leave Brazil under the condition he returns. He left earlier this month. News reports in Brazil said Whelan was in Britain. It was not clear what would happen

  • No. 17 Missouri seeking second SEC East title

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Growing up in Kansas City, Shane Ray was a "Big 12 kid." Through Ray's redshirt season in 2011, Missouri was a Big 12 school. Three years later, the Tigers find themselves competing for a berth into their second consecutive Southeastern Conference championship game. "When we moved to the SEC, I realized the program was going into change," Ray said. "Being young, I realized I had to be a person that would help build this program." Ray, a junior defensive end, leads the league with 13.5 sacks and 19.5 tackles for loss. He highlights a unit that, in conference play, ranks second in total defense (302.6 yards per game), first in rushing defense (109.3 yards per game) and tied for first in sacks (26).

  • Messi hat trick shatters goalscoring record

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    Lionel Messi netted a hat trick to shatter the Champions League goalscoring record as Barcelona won 4-0 at APOEL on Tuesday, while Sergio Aguero also bagged three goals as Manchester City snatched a 3-2 victory over 10-man Bayern Munich. Messi took his tally to 74 with his fifth Champions League hat trick in 91 matches. The previous record of 71 goals had been set by former Real Madrid and Schalke striker Raul over the course of 142 matches. "I am happy for having achieved such a nice record in a competition of this importance, but the really relevant thing is that we took the three points," Messi said. "Barca played a great match." Luis Suarez had opened the scoring with his first competitive goal since moving from Liv

  • The Non-Fiction Writers podcast: Reviewing freshman Samaje Perine's historic game

    Jason Kersey | Published: Tue, Nov 25, 2014

    Welcome to the home of “The Non-Fiction Writers,” NewsOK.com’s OU football podcast from beat writers Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber. The podcast’s name is a nod to legendary former OU football coach Barry Switzer, who has famously referred to reporters as “fiction writers.” You can click on the link below to listen and download the […]

  • Jim Thorpe Award finalists announced by Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame

    staff reports | Published: Tue, Nov 25, 2014

    OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame announced its three finalists Tuesday for the 2014 Jim Thorpe Award, given to the top defensive back in college football. Alabama junior safety Landon Collins, Oregon senior defensive back Ifo Ekpre-Olomu and Louisville junior Gerod Holliman are the three finalists up for the award. Collins, a […]

  • Cavani and Ibrahimovic on target as PSG wins 3-1

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    PARIS (AP) — Edinson Cavani scored twice and Zlatan Ibrahimovic got his first club goal for nearly three months as Paris Saint-Germain overcame a second-half wobble to beat Ajax 3-1 in the Champions League on Tuesday. PSG stays one point ahead of Barcelona in Group F before they meet at the Nou Camp in two weeks' time. Both teams had already qualified before Tuesday's games. "We'll go there and play the way we know how," PSG coach Laurent Blanc said. "We know Barcelona will cause us problems. But I think we can give them some problems, too." However, PSG was sloppy for long spells and Blanc acknowledges his players need to improve. "That's the second time we've been behind (Ajax) in terms of possession. They pla

  • Cal coach praises Pac-12 for admitting mistakes

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — California coach Sonny Dykes praised the Pac-12 on Tuesday for acknowledging that replay officials erred in overturning two touchdowns for the Golden Bears on one drive in the Big Game against Stanford. In the third quarter of Stanford's 38-17 victory Saturday, officials overturned three straight apparent touchdowns by Cal. The conference said Monday night that there was not enough evidence to overturn the final two touchdown calls made by officials on the field. "To me they did the best they could," Dykes said. "What can they do? They can't reverse the calls. They can certainly at least give me the feeling and our fans the feeling and our alumni the feeling and our administration the feeling that th

  • Ratings watch: Fox Sports 1's OU-Kansas telecast tops week with 16.1 rating

    By Mel Bracht | Published: Tue, Nov 25, 2014

    Thunder averages 5.0 for four telecasts on Fox Sports Oklahoma

  • Maryland, Rutgers appear to be good fit in Big Ten

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — When Maryland ended its 61-year association with the Atlantic Coast Conference and moved to the Big Ten, there was some question as to whether fans would welcome the switch. There was also the fear that the Terrapins would be quite literally out of their league in one of the best football conferences in the nation. Turns out, Maryland did just fine. The Terrapins and fellow newcomer Rutgers have enjoyed success on the field and at the ticket window during their inaugural season in the Big Ten. Both own winning records, are bowl eligible and have experienced a sharp rise in attendance. "Our players kind of had a chip on their shoulder to show not only that we could compete, but we could w