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  • Oklahoma football: Julian Wilson the favorite at cornerback

    By Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber | Published: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    Wilson has started 13 career games over the past two years at dimeback and nickelback, but played corner in high school at Southmoore.

  • Lackey gives Neshek a Ruth ball for number switch

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis Cardinals newcomer John Lackey really wanted to keep his old number, so he gave teammate Pat Neshek quite a reward for switching jerseys. After Neshek gave up his No. 41 uniform, Lackey gave him a baseball autographed by Babe Ruth that's worth thousands of dollars. Neshek switched to No. 37 after Lackey was acquired from Boston last month at the trade deadline. Neshek announced the payoff Wednesday on Twitter, along with a photo of the ball and a letter of authenticity. Manager Mike Matheny remembers giving up No. 22 when the Cardinals traded for Will Clark in 2000 and said it was no big deal, just a number. Clark gave Matheny a compound bow that the manager has passed on to his children.

  • Report: Under Armour offers Kevin Durant rich deal

    Published: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    Kevin Durant's representation, Roc Nation Sports, informed Nike on Wednesday that he has a deal on the table with Under Armour worth between $265 million and $285 million over 10 years, sources told ESPN.com. The deal includes Under Armour stock and other incentives such a community center built in his mother's name whose exact worth will not be known for some time. Nike will now have the right to match, which is a condition of Durant's current contract with the brand. Durant can still choose Nike if they don't match, but can't legally choose Under Armour if they do. Nike's last offer, sources said, would have given Durant a base and a minimum royalty guarantee that would equal no less than $20 million a year.

  • Tony Stewart skips 3rd race after Ward's death

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Tony Stewart will not race Saturday night at Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee, the third Sprint Cup race he's skipped since his car struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr. during a sprint car race. Stewart's decision was announced Wednesday and Jeff Burton will once again replace him in the No. 14 Chevrolet. Burton also drove Stewart's car at Michigan last week. Stewart has been in seclusion since the Aug. 9 incident at an upstate New York dirt track that remains under investigation. Ontario County Sheriff Philip Povero has said investigators don't have any evidence at this point to support criminal intent by Stewart.

  • Pirates activate RHP Cole from disabled list

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates have activated Gerrit Cole from the 15-day disabled list and will start him right away against Atlanta. Cole came off the DL on Wednesday night to face the Braves. Cole was put on the disabled list for the second time this season on July 9 because of soreness in his right lat. He also was out for three weeks in June because of right shoulder soreness. The overall No. 1 pick from the 2011 draft is 7-4 with a 3.78 ERA in 14 starts. Infielder Brent Morel was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis to make room for Cole on the 25-man roster.

  • Sloppy Mariners lose 4-3 to Phillies

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A rare display of sloppy baseball halted the Mariners' hot streak. Wil Nieves doubled and had three hits and Cole Hamels got a victory when he wasn't at his best as the Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Seattle Mariners 4-3 on Wednesday. Chase Utley had the go-ahead RBI and Ben Revere and Marlon Byrd drove in runs for the Phillies, who won for just the third time in their last nine. Kendrys Morales homered for Seattle, which was bidding to move 12 games over .500 for the first time since 2007. The Mariners, who are battling Detroit for the AL's second wild-card spot, lost for just the third time in 10 games. James Paxton (3-1) took the first loss of his career and committed a costly error th

  • Western Sydney beats Guangzhou 1-0 in 1st leg

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    SYDNEY (AP) — Defending champion Guangzhou Evergrande lost 1-0 to the Western Sydney Wanderers in the first leg of their Asian Champions League quarterfinal Wednesday. The visitors finished the game with nine men after Zhang Linpeng and Goa Lin were sent off in the final minutes, prompting coach Marcello Lippi to charge on to the pitch and confront the referee. Defender Antony Golec's goal in the 60th minute gave the home side a slender advantage ahead of next week's second leg in Guangzhou. Lippi, who coached Italy to the World Cup title in 2006, took no questions in his post-match conference but tried to explain his altercation with referee Mohammed Abdulla Hassan Mohamed of the United Arab Emirates.

  • Florida State lineman Edwards poised to dominate

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The way Mario Edwards Jr. moves on a football field seems to conflict with the basic principles of physics. The 6-foot-3 Florida State defensive lineman weighs 300 pounds, is very nimble and truly light on his feet. The 20-year-old can do standing backflips wearing 20-plus pounds of pads. With his size and athletic ability, he worked to become the No. 1 overall recruit in the nation and a third team All-ACC selection as a sophomore, but something has been missing: Every-down domination. Edwards will play every position along the line, sometimes standing up on the outside and even dropping into pass coverage. "I just took this year serious," Edwards said. "I feel good. I'm more explosive

  • Nieves, Hamels lead Phillies past Mariners, 4-3

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — In a change of recent fortune, luck was on Cole Hamels' side this time. Wil Nieves doubled and had three hits and Hamels got a victory when he wasn't at his best as the Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Seattle Mariners 4-3 on Wednesday. Chase Utley had the go-ahead RBI and Ben Revere and Marlon Byrd drove in runs for the Phillies, who won for just the third time in their last nine. Kendrys Morales homered for Seattle, which was bidding to move 12 games over .500 for the first time since 2007. The Mariners, who are battling Detroit for the AL's second wild-card spot, lost for just the third time in 10 games.

  • Kevin Durant talks Team USA departure, rule changes and his scoring prowess at NBA 2K event

    Anthony Slater | Updated: 9 hr ago

    Team USA president Jerry Colangelo surprised some late last week when he told gathered media in Chicago that Kevin Durant left the national team because of a “contractual situation.” It contradicted Durant’s original reason for departure, which cited mental and physical fatigue in a statement released days before Colangelo’s comments. But Colangelo eventually cleared up the situation, telling […]

  • Hutson Mason finally the BMOC for Georgia Bulldogs

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Hutson Mason is finally a big man on the Georgia campus. It's all very flattering — especially after waiting four years to become the Bulldogs' starting quarterback. But Mason isn't ready to call it the best part of his new role. He hopes that will come at the end, after he leads Georgia to a championship. All eyes will be on the fifth-year senior when No. 12 Georgia opens the season next week with a crucial game against No. 16 Clemson. One of Mason's biggest fans is D.J. Shockley, who went through essentially the same thing during his time with the Bulldogs. Both spent four years behind record-breaking quarterbacks before finally getting a chance to start in their final seasons.

  • Arkansas baseball team names volunteer assistant

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas baseball coach Dave Van Horn has named a former Razorbacks pitcher as a volunteer assistant coach. Van Horn said Wednesday that Christian Kowalchuk will become a volunteer assistant after spending the past two seasons as a graduate assistant at UA. Kowalchuk was a left-handed pitcher for Arkansas in 2009 and 2010, going 3-0 with a 2.77 ERA in his career. He will assist pitching coach Dave Jorn and also work with hitters and outfielders.

  • Porto, Celtic well set in Champs League playoffs

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    GENEVA (AP) — Former European Cup winners Porto and Celtic took big steps toward the Champions League group stage on Wednesday, as home teams struggled in their playoff round, first-leg matches. Two-time champion Porto won 1-0 in Lille, and Celtic took advantage of a reprieve from UEFA to play in the competition by drawing 1-1 at Maribor. Russian league leader Zenit St. Petersburg's 1-0 victory at Standard Liege helped ensure all five home teams failed to win. APOEL is favored to advance next week in Cyprus after drawing 1-1 against Aalborg in Denmark. BATE Borisov took a 1-1 draw back to Belarus after Slovan Bratislava got an 80th-minute equalizer from veteran Slovakia forward Robert Vittek. Second-leg ma

  • Tuning in: Thursday, Aug. 21

    Published: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    THURSDAY HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL 6 p.m., Norman N. Scrimmage, KREF-AM 1400/98.5 FM/www.normannorthlive.com MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 7 p.m., El Paso at OKC, KGHM-AM 1340 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL Noon, Detroit at Tampa Bay, MLBN (Cox 264) 6 p.m., Atlanta at Cincinnati, MLBN (Cox 264) NFL PRESEASON 6:30 p.m., Pittsburgh at Philadelphia, NFLNET (Cox 252) GOLF 4 a.m. (Fri), Real Czech Masters, GOLF (Cox 60) 8 a.m., Real Czech Masters, GOLF (Cox 60) 1 p.m., The Barclays, GOLF (Cox 60) 5:30 p.m., Portland Open, GOLF (Cox 60) MEN’S TENNIS 10 a.m., U.S. Open Qualifying, CBSS (Cox 249) 2 p.m., Winston-Salem Open, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 6 p.m., U.S.

  • Kent State starting center dies at 21

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    CLEVELAND (AP) — Kent State football player Jason Bitsko, who was slated to start at center for the Golden Flashes this season, died Wednesday. Police believe he passed away from an undetermined medical issue, the school said. The school said in a release the 21-year-old Bitsko was found unresponsive in the bedroom of his off-campus apartment shortly before 9 a.m. When Bitsko failed to show up at practice, calls were placed to Bitsko's roommate, who called 911 after finding Bitsko in his bed. Brimfield Police arrived on the scene within three minutes of the call. Bitsko was in his fourth year with the Golden Flashes. He started all 12 games in 2013, and received an award during this year's spring game for "exemplifyin

  • VIDEO: Watch Oklahoma State athletes and coaches take on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

    Kyle Fredrickson | Published: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    STILLWATER — This week has been among the hottest of the summer in central Oklahoma. Good timing. As the sports world has embraced the viral phenomenon that is the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, it’ s produced both comedy gold and awareness for a devastating disease.

  • Ex-referee Mike Carey asked off Redskins games because of team name

    Published: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    Former NFL referee Mike Carey was ahead of this Redskins controversy way before it really became a huge story a few years ago. After the 2005 NFL season, Carey asked the NFL to not work Washington games anymore. According to the Washington Post, Carey found the Redskins' nickname "disrespectful" and requested to someone in the league office who makes the officiating assignments that he not be assigned to their games because of the team name. He asked that the matter be kept private. The league complied, because the last time he worked a Washington game was the season opener in 2006.

  • On day 2 after Miller's injury, Buckeyes moving on

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — When star quarterback Braxton Miller cried out in pain and crumpled to the ground during No. 5 Ohio State's practice on Monday, coach Urban Meyer wasn't certain what had happened. "Oh, it was devastating. It was a bad deal," Meyer said glumly on Wednesday. "First of all, I didn't see exactly what happened and I thought someone hit him. I went berserk, saying, 'What happened?' (The coaches) looked at me and I said, 'No one hit him?'" No, no one tackled or was even rushing the two-time Big Ten player of the year and Heisman Trophy candidate. Still coming back slowly from February surgery on his right shoulder, it took just a 7-yard pass — with no one around — to sideline Miller for the season. This t

  • Ex Tulsa basketball player Swilling denied waiver

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The NCAA has denied former Tulsa basketball player Patrick Swilling's request for a progress-toward-degree waiver to play football based on academic eligibility. Tulsa made the announcement Wednesday. Swilling was accused of sexual assault earlier this year, but no charges were filed. He was suspended from the basketball team in February and did not play again. The university eventually cleared him of any violations of the student code of conduct. The student involved in the assault accusation is suing Tulsa for failing to protect her. Swilling averaged 8.6 points per game for the Tulsa basketball team last season. He had played at St. Joseph's and the College of Southern Idaho. His father, Pat, is

  • Marlins rally falls short, lose to Rangers 5-4

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    MIAMI (AP) — Another game, more late-inning drama for the Miami Marlins. This time, just not enough. Marcell Ozuna and Jarrod Saltalamacchia both hit solo home runs in the ninth and Miami had the tying run on later in the inning, but the Marlins ended their homestand with a 5-4 loss to the Texas Rangers on Wednesday afternoon. A game that started about 13 hours after the Marlins had another last at-bat win in their improbable try at a playoff spot started with Miami getting into a hole quickly, trailing 5-0 after the second and never getting back on top. "We don't make it easy," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. The home team didn't leave happy, but the hometown kid on the mound for Texas did.