• VOTE: The Oklahoman's Fans' Choice Player of the Week poll

    Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    Week 7 featured dominant games from players across the Oklahoma City metro, and fans can now voice their opinion on who had the best performance. The weekly Fans’ Choice Player of the Week poll for the Oklahoma City-area is live online at NewsOK.com/Varsity. Pick one of the selections from the poll below, or write in […]

  • Joe Mixon misdemeanor trial could be delayed

    Today at 12:00 AM

    NORMAN — The misdemeanor trial for Oklahoma freshman running back Joe Mixon is tentatively scheduled to begin Oct. 27 but could be delayed into December. At a jury selection hearing Monday at the Cleveland County Courthouse, district judge Steven Stice scheduled a Friday pretrial hearing where the date of the trial will become clearer. Mixon, who is suspended from the football team for the season, was charged with one count of acts resulting in gross injury after a July 25 incident at Pickleman’s Gourmet Cafe just north of OU’s campus. The incident left 20-year-old OU student Amelia Rae Molitor with multiple facial fractures. Mixon’s attorney, Kevin Finlay, estimated the trail could

  • Mike Gundy doesn't see JW Walsh returning this season

    Today at 02:31 AM

    Walsh has only appeared in two games this season -- the Cowboys' season opener against then-No. 1 Florida State and against Missouri State.

  • Week 8's Top 10 Oklahoma high school football games

    Sunday, October 19, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    District title races are heating up, and playoff spots are on the line as Week 8 of the high school football season arrives.

  • Minnesota trounces Thunder, Russell Westbrook loses cool

    Sunday, October 19, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    “He’s going to have to do a better job of controlling his emotions, there’s no question,” said Thunder coach Scott Brooks.

  • OU teammates support Michael Hunnicutt

    Sunday, October 19, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    “You have to hug him up and make sure he knows we’re behind him 100 percent,” Sooners linebacker Geneo Grissom said. “He’s been one of the most consistent kickers I’ve been around since I’ve been here. You have to make sure he keeps his chin up and that he knows we’re 100 percent behind him.”

  • DeMarco Murray runs for 128, sets NFL milestone during Cowboys victory

    Sunday, October 19, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    On Sunday, Murray became the first running back in NFL history to rush for more than 100 yards the first seven games of a season.

  • Is the time now for OSU to play freshman quarterback Mason Rudolph?

    Sunday, October 19, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    In one way or another, coach Mike Gundy has made repeated comment that he hasn’t considered playing Rudolph. But Gundy’s track record shows he’s willing to pull a starting quarterback if he feels the time is right.

  • Breaking down the College Football Playoff outlook

    Sunday, October 19, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    Oklahomans have been relegated to the bystanders in the first four-team playoff. So here’s a somewhat neutral eye on where things stand


  • 10-man panel set up to review Bianchi crash in F1

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    PARIS (AP) — A 10-man working group set up to review the accident that has left Formula One driver Jules Bianchi fighting for his life will present its findings on Dec. 3. Bianchi is in a critical condition with severe head injuries after losing control of his Marussia car during the Japanese Grand Prix last month and hitting a mobile crane that was inside the trackside barriers. FIA, the sport's governing body, announced the composition of a newly established Accident Panel on Monday and says it will "carry out a full review of the accident to gain a better understanding of what happened, and will propose new measures to reinforce safety at circuits.

  • MP & Silva keeps Serie A world TV rights to 2018

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    MILAN (AP) — MP & Silva was selected unanimously by Serie A's 20 clubs Monday to distribute Serie A TV rights internationally for another three seasons. The London-and Singapore-based company will pay 172 million euros ($219 million) for the first year of the deal, 185 million euros ($236 million) for the second year and 200 million euros ($255 million) for the final year. The other two offers from IMG and B4 Capital were reportedly significantly lower. It took only 40 minutes of a Serie A assembly to select the winning deal, which marks a big increase from the average annual fee of 117 million euros (nearly $150 million) for the previous contract with MP & Silva.

  • Wanted: Cities interested in hosting 2024 Olympics

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    LONDON (AP) — Rejected time and again for the 2022 Winter Olympics, the IOC will soon be seeking suitors for the 2024 Summer Olympics. It will be hoping to attract a competitive, high-profile field to show there are cities that want to host the games rather than shun them. Even before Oslo became the fourth city to drop out of the race for the 2022 Games, the International Olympic Committee had started reviewing its bidding system to make it more appealing and less expensive for future host cities. Making the process more flexible — allowing cities to tailor a bid to their own needs from the start rather than adhere to strict IOC requirements — is central to IOC President Thomas Bach's "Olympic Agenda 2020" reform

  • OU football: Bob Stoops refuses to comment on Trevor Knight's health

    staff reports | Published: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    On Monday's Big 12 media teleconference, Bob Stoops declined to address questions about quarterback Trevor Knight's health. “No, I’m not going to give any updates on that today,” Stoops said Monday. Knight was hit hard in the first quarter on a quarterback run and had to leave for one offensive series against Kansas State. Multiple sources saw Knight with his left arm in a sling following the Sooners' 31-30 loss to the Wildcats. Knight returned to the game to finish 26-of-32 for 318 yards and three touchdowns. OU is off this week, so that would give Knight more time to recover should his injury be more serious than he showed on Saturday.

  • Police: Texas Tech player injured in shooting

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Texas Tech's leading receiver, Jakeem Grant, was briefly hospitalized after suffering a laceration during an off-campus shooting over the weekend. University spokesman Blayne Beal tells the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal (http://bit.ly/1qYcAuz ) that the junior was "doing well" after being hospitalized Sunday morning. Grant has 50 catches for 629 yards and five touchdowns. It wasn't clear where the injury will affect his role on the team. Police Lt. Bryan Taylor says it's unclear what cut Grant. He says more than 20 rounds were fired from multiple weapons during a party at El Fronteriso. Taylor says a second person was injured but the wound wasn't life threatening. No arrests or charges have been repo

  • City looks to escape trouble in Champions League

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    MANCHESTER, England (AP) — This was supposed to be the season Manchester City finally made a sustained push in the Champions League. It's not working out that way for the English champions. City is the most high-profile team in early trouble in Europe's elite club competition after picking up just one point from its first two group games. It means City manager Manuel Pellegrini is already treating Tuesday's trip to CSKA Moscow, the first of a double-header against the Russian side, like "a final." There are no such problems for Champions League heavyweights Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, who all have a maximum six points heading into the third round of group matches. The standout fixture

  • Police detain 6 people after fan death in Brazil

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian police have detained six people after a confrontation that left a 21-year-old football fan dead this weekend, marking the third death involving rival supporter groups in Sao Paulo this year. Authorities said Monday that the six men will be interrogated to explain their participation in the fighting that took place on a major highway just hours before the Brazilian league game between Palmeiras and Santos on Sunday at the Pacaembu Stadium. Four people remained hospitalized, including one with a gunshot wound. Their condition was not immediately released, though local media reported the injuries were not life-threatening.

  • Indian player dies from injury in goal celebration

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    NEW DELHI (AP) — The Mizoram Football Association says a 23-year-old Indian soccer player has died after injuring his spine while celebrating a goal with somersaults. Peter Biaksangzuala landed on his back while doing flips last Tuesday in the northeastern state of Mizoram. He died Sunday. Biaksangzuala scored in the 62nd minute. After his celebration went bad, he was stretchered off the field to a local hospital. Mizoram Football Association general secretary Lalnghinglova Hmar called Biaksangzuala "a very good and disciplined footballer" who hoped to play in the national I-League. The football association is planning to organize a match in his memory.

  • How the college football committee should think: Florida State No. 1

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 7 hr ago

    The AP poll has four SEC teams in its top five. I know, sounds crazy in a season when the SEC might not have even a dominant team. But is any team in any conference dominant? I’ve got Florida State No. 1 in my rankings, based purely on resume’s and thus how the committee should […]

  • Archie Manning steps away from playoff committee

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    IRVING, Texas (AP) — Archie Manning is taking a leave of absence from the College Football Playoff selection committee, which will not replace him this season and go forward with 12 members as it chooses four semifinalists for the first time. Playoff Executive Director Bill Hancock said Manning will have surgery next month to help relieve discomfort he has while moving around and will be unable to travel to the meetings. The committee will issue its first rankings Oct. 28 and announce the four teams in the national championship field on Dec. 7. The semifinals will be Jan. 1 at the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl. The title game will be Jan. 12 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

  • Brawl, rough play force early end to football game

    Published: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    WHITEHALL -- Multiple penalties, an ugly brawl on the sideline and accusations of racial epithets brought a high school football game between Whitehall and Rensselaer to an early end Saturday. The Class D game was halted with six minutes remaining in the third quarter, with Whitehall leading 28-6. Referee Mark Cleveland called the contest at the suggestion of Whitehall’s athletic director, Keith Redmond.

  • OU football: Joe Mixon misdemeanor trial could be delayed

    Ryan Aber | Updated: 7 hr ago

    NORMAN — The misdemeanor trial for Oklahoma freshman running back Joe Mixon is tentatively scheduled to begin Oct. 27 but could be delayed into December. At a jury selection hearing Monday at the Cleveland County Courthouse, district judge Steven Stice scheduled a Friday pretrial hearing where the date of the trial will become clearer. Mixon, who is suspended from the football team for the season, was charged with one count of acts resulting in gross injury after a July 25 incident at Pickleman’s Gourmet Cafe just north of OU’s campus. The incident left 20-year-old OU student Amelia Rae Molitor with multiple facial fractures. Mixon’s attorney, Kevin Finlay, estimated the trail could

  • Live Coverage: Mike Gundy's Press Conference

    staff reports | Updated: 7 hr ago

    Oklahoma State is entering a tough stretch of Big 12 play. How will the Cowboys respond? Follow our live coverage of Mike Gundy's press conference at 1 p.m. with The Oklahoman sports team.

  • Live Coverage: Bob Stoops' Press Conference

    staff reports | Updated: 7 hr ago

    How will the Sooners respond to their second loss of the season? OU coach Bob Stoops steps up for his weekly press conference at noon. Follow our live coverage here.

  • The Oklahoman's Class 6A-I rankings: Who is the best in the West?

    Scott Wright | Updated: 7 hr ago

    During his postgame radio interview following his team’s 7-3 win over Southmoore last Friday, Mustang coach Jeremy Dombek was asked a question regarding how his team stacks up against the other top Class 6A-I teams on the west side of the state. His three-part answer couldn’t have been more correct. First, he said that the […]

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Thunder writer Darnell Mayberry

    staff reports | Updated: 8 hr ago

    Preseason is winding down, and the Thunder still have questions. Ask Thunder writer Darnell Mayberry yours on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m.

  • Sunderland players could refund fans after loss

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    SUNDERLAND, England (AP) — Embarrassed by losing 8-0 in a Premier League match, Sunderland's players are considering whether to refund the 2,500 supporters who made a 700-mile round trip to watch the defeat. Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Mannone says "I will personally talk to the team to see if it is possible to pay for (fans') tickets and their trip." Sunderland scored two own goals and conceded five times in the second half against Southampton on Saturday for its biggest loss in 32 years. The margin of defeat equaled the second heaviest in Premier League history. In quotes carried by the British media on Monday, Mannone says "after we conceded, we threw in the towel and I include myself.

  • Midwest City defensive lineman DeMikal Harrison becomes an intriguing prospect for Division I coaches

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT, Staff Writer | Updated: 8 hr ago

    South Dakota has offered a scholarship already, along with a slew of Division II programs. But D-I coaches at the top level — including Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Tulsa, Kansas State and others — are constantly in contact, asking to see more of DeMikal Harrison’s game film.

  • Madrid's Bale injured ahead of Liverpool, Clasico

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    MADRID (AP) — Star left-winger Gareth Bale looks likely to miss Real Madrid's Champions League clash with Liverpool as he has not recovered from a muscle injury that sidelined him for the team's 5-0 La Liga win over Levante at the weekend. Madrid says following tests that Bale "has been diagnosed with a lesion in the right piriformis muscle" which forms part of the gluteus. Ancelotti had rested Bale with one eye on the first "clasico" match of the season when they host rivals Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday. Early last week Bale led Wales to a 2-1 win over Cyprus, consolidating its lead of Group B in European Championship qualifying.

  • Costa to miss out for Chelsea against Maribor

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    The absence of Diego Costa should not stop Chelsea staying in command of Group G of the Champions League, with the Premier League leader a big favorite to beat Maribor at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday. Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is unsure when Costa will be back after the striker returned injured from international duty after playing back-to-back games for Spain. Didier Drogba or Loic Remy will replace Costa for Chelsea, which is top of its group with four points from two games. Maribor and Schalke have two points and Sporting has one. Schalke hosts Sporting in the other game, with both teams seeking a first win.