• Stanford and No. 5 Oregon square off again

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    Another Stanford-Oregon showdown highlights Week 7 of the Pac-12 season. As is the case this time of year in the conference, it's far from the only big game of the week. GAME OF THE WEEK: Stanford at No. 5 Oregon. The Cardinal have had the Ducks' number recently, beating them on the way to the Pac-12 Championship and Rose Bowl each of the past two seasons. Oregon has reason to hope this is the year its Cardinal luck will change, entering the game 7-1 while Stanford has already lost three games. As always, it will come down to the contrast in styles. The Ducks like to play fast, but have had trouble with the Cardinal's physical defense. Oregon enters the game fifth nationally, scoring 45.5 points per game, and Stanford is second def

  • Lazio draws 1-1 at Hellas Verona in Serie A

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    ROME (AP) — Lazio saw its four-match winning streak broken with a 1-1 draw at Hellas Verona in Serie A on Thursday. Bosnia midfielder Senad Lulic put Lazio ahead in the 43rd minute at Verona's Bentegodi stadium, redirecting a cross from Antonio Candreva. Verona equalized with a penalty from Luca Toni in the 69th after Luis Cavanda fouled Juanito Gomez inside the area, drawing his second yellow card and leaving Lazio with 10 men. Lazio moved level on points with AC Milan, Sampdoria and Udinese in third place, six points behind leaders Juventus and Roma. Verona, which was coming off two losses, remained mid-table, 10 points behind the leaders.

  • Shotgun formation has QB sneak fading away

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    With only a yard to go, give or take a foot, it looks as if a quarterback could take a snap from center, fall forward and get a first down almost every time. If only it were that easy. Because it is not, it has become common for teams to line up in shotgun formation on short-yardage plays, forgoing the possibility of a quarterback sneak for the ability to use the entire playbook. It gives a defense more to think about while the offense gets to stick with what it does best. The sneak, conservative coaches' favorite short-yardage play for decades, is not even in the playbook for some shotgun teams. It may seem counterintuitive to take four steps back to move one step forward — and it can drive fans crazy when it doesn't

  • East Carolina-Temple Preview Capsule

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    No. 21 East Carolina (6-1, 3-0 American Athletic Conference) at Temple (4-3, 2-2); 12 p.m. (ESPNews) Line: East Carolina by 7 1/2. Series Record: East Carolina leads 8-3. WHAT'S AT STAKE After the first College Football Playoff rankings East Carolina of the American is the best of the rest, No. 23 in the rankings and the only team from the Group of Five conferences (Sun Belt, Conference USA, Mid-American, Mountain West and American Athletic Conference) to make the committee's top 25. East Carolina can't afford a slip up against a team such as Temple. KEY MATCHUP: East Carolina vs. the road. The Pirates are on a roll and could easily take a slumping Temple team lightly. East Carolina is only 51-65 on th

  • Texas Motor Speedway Q&A: Truck Series driver Darrell Wallace Jr. pursuing landmark championship

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Published: Thu, Oct 30, 2014

    Darrell Wallace Jr., currently the most successful African-American driver in NASCAR, typically drives the No. 54 Toyota Tundra for Kyle Busch Motorsports, but last week at Martinsville, his car was designed as a tribute to Wendell Scott, who is essentially viewed as the Jackie Robinson of NASCAR.

  • NASCAR AAA Texas 500: Weekend schedule of events for Texas Motor Speedway

    Published: Thu, Oct 30, 2014

    Friday 10:45 a.m.: Gates 3, 4, 5 open 11-11:50 a.m.: Nationwide practice Noon-1:30 p.m.: Sprint Cup practice 2:10 p.m.: Camping World Trucks Series qualifying 3:30-5 p.m.: Nationwide final practice 4-7 p.m.: Truck or Treat at gates 3-5 on midway 5:40 p.m.: Sprint Cup qualifying 7:30 p.m.: Camping World Trucks WinStar World Casino & Resort 350 (TV: Fox Sports 1) Saturday 9:30 a.m.: Gates 2-6 open 10-10:50 a.m.: Sprint Cup practice 11:10 a.m.: Nationwide qualifying 1-1:50 p.m.: Sprint Cup final practice 2:30 p.m.: Nationwide O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge (TV: ESPN 2) 7-10 p.m.: Team Texas racecar rides Sunday 9 a.m.

  • Sports TV listings for Oklahoma City: Friday Oct. 31-Sunday, Nov. 2

    Published: Thu, Oct 30, 2014

    FRIDAY HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL 7 p.m., Putnam City at Norman, KREF-AM 1400/98.5 FM/www.normansports.tv 7 p.m., Carl Albert at Guthrie, Cox 703 7 p.m., Southeast at Deer Creek, KTOK-AM 1000 7 p.m., Southmoore at Putnam North, KGHM-AM 1340 7 p.m., Kingfisher at Heritage Hall, KIMY-FM 101.5/107.3 7 p.m., Tulsa Union at Mustang, KNAH-FM 99.7 7 p.m., Yukon at Westmoore, KZLS-AM 1640 7 p.m., Altus at Duncan, www.coxhshub.com COLLEGE FOOTBALL 7 p.m., Cincinnati at Tulane, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 7 p.m., Tulsa at Memphis, ESPNU (Cox 253)/KRMG-AM 740 NBA 7 p.m., Cleveland at Chicago, ESPN (Cox 29) 9:30 p.m., L.A. Clippers at L.A. Lakers, ESPN (Cox 29) AUTO

  • OCA All-State volleyball team announced

    Scott Wright | Published: Thu, Oct 30, 2014

    The Oklahoma Coaches Association All-State volleyball teams were announced Thursday. The game will be played during All-State week in July in the Tulsa metro area. Here are the All-State rosters: Large West: Audrey Alford, Norman North; Gabby Helton, Heritage Hall; Kaitlyn Holmgren, Elgin; Jentry Holt, Elgin; Taylor Horton, Edmond Santa Fe; Kelsi Hughes, Edmond Memorial; […]

  • Big 12 basketball: OU's Buddy Hield, OSU's Le'Bryan Nash make CBSSports.com top 100 college basketball players

    Published: Thu, Oct 30, 2014

    College basketball season is rapidly approaching, and a Sooner and Cowboy are getting some attention. OU guard Buddy Hield and Oklahoma State forward Le'Bryan Nash each appear on CBSSports.com's list of the 100 best college basketball players entering the 2014-15 season. Hield comes in at No. 25 on the list, and Nash is No. 81. Duke's Jahlil Okafor, Louisville's Montrezl Harrell and North Carolina's Marcus Paige headline the rankings compiled by Gary Parrish, Matt Norlander and Sam Vecenie. Vecinie on Nash : Nash has been nothing if not consistent during his career, averaging between 13.3 and 14.0 points per game in each of his three seasons in Stillwater. Now that Marcus Smart and Markel Brown are gone though, look for Nash to take a step forward and mature as a scorer without them. Parrish on Hield: It's been too long since college basketball had a relevant player named "Buddy," far as I'm concerned. The 6-4 junior averaged 16.5 points per game last season. He'll lead OU back to the NCAA Tournament ... and maybe to a Final Four if TaShawn Thomas gets eligible.

  • Former Iowa St football coach Clay Stapleton dies

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    AMES, Iowa (AP) — Former Iowa State football coach and Florida State and Vanderbilt athletic director Clay Stapleton has died. Cyclones spokesman Mike Green said Stapleton's son, Van, notified the school that his father died Thursday morning in Missouri City, Missouri. He was 93. Stapleton was the coach for the Cyclones from 1958 until 1967, compiling a record of 42-53-4. He's perhaps best known for coaching Iowa State's "Dirty Thirty" team in 1959, so named because they finished 7-3 despite having just 30 healthy players. "He was a man of outstanding integrity and honesty and character," said former Cyclones coach Johnny Majors, Stapleton's hand-picked successor at Iowa State. Stapleton retired from coaching in

  • Alonso excited for future, but won't reveal plan

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Facing rapid-fire and persistent questions about his future, Ferrari's' Fernando Alonso would only smile and say he's making big plans and ready to win again. What they are exactly, he's not ready to say. Alonso on Thursday acknowledged speculation that the former two-time world champion could leave Ferrari after this season, his fourth with the most famous brand in motorsport. But other than calling it "unlikely" that he'd do something as radical as take a year off, the 33-year-old Spaniard wouldn't budge when repeatedly pressed to give a hint of what he'll be doing or which team he'll drive for. "I have a very ambitious plan in my head for my future. I think this is the best thing for Ferr

  • OU softball: Sooners release 2015 schedule

    Published: Thu, Oct 30, 2014

    OU softball released its 2015 softball schedule on Thursday, and the Sooners will open the season Feb. 5 in Honolulu, Hawaii. The Sooners kick off the season in the Oceanic Time Warner Cable Paradise Classic against DePaul -- the Sooners' first trip Hawaii since opening the 2009 season there. OU will also play in tournaments in Tempe, Ariz. (Feb. 13-15), and Palm Springs, Calif. (Feb. 19-21). The Sooners' first home game is a Feb. 28 doubleheader against IPFW, and they open Big 12 play against Iowa State in Norman on April 3. OU is in pursuit of its fourth consecutive Big 12 title and fifth straight trip to the Women's College World Series.

  • Nishikori remains on course for ATP Finals

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    PARIS (AP) — Despite being one of the smallest players on the Tour, Kei Nishikori's performances are not going unnoticed at home. Nishikori, who is bidding to become the first Asian-born player to qualify for the season-ending ATP Finals, is enjoying a breakthrough season in which he claimed four titles and reached the U.S. Open final. Although he lost in straight sets to Marin Cilic at Flushing Meadows, the 5-foot-10 player's popularity reached new heights following his excellent run in New York. "It's been big change, especially in Japan," Nishikori said after beating local favorite and former champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 at the Paris Masters on Thursday. "It was a little bit crazy when I went back Japa

  • Mercedes, Hamilton charging into US Grand Prix

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — When Formula One was last in the United States, Sebastian Vettel had already earned his fourth consecutive world championship in a season of domination not seen since Michael Schumacher's days at Ferrari. Then came the engine change, from the screeching V8s to the sublime hybrid turbo V6. The effect was a demolition of an F1 dynasty built by Vettel's Red Bull team in a move that most thought would produce a wide-open title chase in 2014. Instead, F1 simply exchanged one dominant team for another. Mercedes has crushed the competition with teammates Lewis Hamilton leading Nico Rosberg by just 17 points in the title chase heading into this week's U.S. Grand Prix.

  • Dodgers' Dan Haren exercises $10 million option

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dodgers pitcher Dan Haren on Thursday exercised his $10 million player option for next season. The right-hander was 13-11 with a 4.02 ERA in his first season with the Dodgers. Last month, Haren activated the option guaranteeing the big payday by going seven innings in a loss to the San Francisco Giants, who won the World Series. "I've pitched good enough to deserve that," he said at the time. "It's a ton of money." At that point in September, he wasn't sure whether he would return next year. Last week, the 34-year-old pitcher had arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder to clean out bursitis and the AC joint. The team said he is expected to be ready by spring training.

  • Sports world gets inspired by Halloween — and vice versa

    Ryan Miller, Deseret News | Updated: 18 hr ago

    Halloween and sports take inspiration from each other to make some All Hallow's Eve fun.

  • Guide to No. 4 Broken Arrow at No. 7 Edmond Santa Fe

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: 16 hr ago

    When: 7 p.m., Thursday Where: Wantland Stadium, 100 N. University Drive, Edmond TV: Cox 703 Records: Broken Arrow 5-3, 4-1 District 6AI-1; Edmond Santa Fe 4-4, 2-3 Last week: Jenks 33, Broken Arrow 14 — Jenks turned to the pass behind quarterback Cooper Nunley, who threw three touchdown passes as Jenks took control of the […]

  • Cosmos sign Spanish striker Raul to multiyear deal

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Raul has signed a multiyear deal to play for the New York Cosmos. The Cosmos announced Thursday that Real Madrid's leading scorer will join the team for the 2015 North American Soccer League season. Raul says "everyone throughout the soccer world knows the Cosmos name." Cosmos coach Giovanni Savarese says "Raul's skill and ability is world renowned. He's a world-class player and he adds a whole new dimension to our attack." The 37-year-old Raul will be technical adviser for the Cosmos Youth Academy, which will begin in 2015. Upon retirement, he'll take over the full-time role of overseeing the academy.

  • Friday Night Lights: Caitlyn Cox adds a little kick to Lawton's storied football program

    By Jacob Unruh | Published: Thu, Oct 30, 2014

    Cox has taken the state by storm as the Lawton kicker this football season. Two impressive field goals have helped soften a gender barrier with a veteran coach and change a football program.

  • Duke-Pittsburgh Preview Capsule

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    No. 24 Duke (6-1, 2-1 ACC) at Pittsburgh (4-4, 2-2), 12 p.m. (ESPNU) Line: Pitt by 4. Series Record: Pitt leads 10-8. WHAT'S AT STAKE Duke can strengthen its grip atop the crowded ACC Coastal Division with a victory while basically knocking the erratic Panthers out of the race completely. The Blue Devils are the only team in the Coastal without two conference losses and have a user-friendly schedule the rest of the way with only one of their final four games on the road. KEY MATCHUP Pitt's offense vs. itself: The Panthers tied a FBS record by fumbling five times in the first quarter of last week's 56-28 loss to Georgia Tech. Pitt coughed it up six times in all, with each one of the miscues recovered by