• Micha Hancock looks completely at home for NCAA Volleyball Championships

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    The former Edmond Memorial star hopes to lead Penn State to a second consecutive national championship.

  • High school notebook: OKC Storm to open against German team in Vegas

    By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh | Published: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    The OKC Storm’s bracket at the Tarkanian Classic includes multiple teams from outside the country, including one from Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the Bahamas.

  • Pittsburgh fires athletic director Steve Pederson

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Steve Pederson deftly guided Pittsburgh through conference realignment from the crumbling Big East to the rebuilt ACC. The longtime athletic director could never find stability for the football program. When Paul Chryst left for Wisconsin on Wednesday to send the Panthers into their fourth coaching search in four years, it cost Pederson his job. The school parted ways with Pederson in what chancellor Patrick Gallagher called a mutual decision but one necessary for Pitt to move forward following the latest setback for a football program stuck in neutral. Pederson had nearly four years remaining on a contract that ran through 2018. Randy Juhl, vice chancellor for research conduct and compliance, will s

  • Kurt Busch testifies at no-contact order hearing

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    DOVER, Del. (AP) — NASCAR driver Kurt Busch had his turn on the witness stand Wednesday and testified that he repeatedly told his ex-girlfriend to leave his motorhome the night she claims he assaulted her. Testifying at a hearing on Patricia Driscoll's request for a no-contact order, Busch said she came uninvited and unannounced to his motorhome at Dover International Speedway in September, a week after he broke off their relationship. He said she demanded that he tell her son to his face that their relationship was over. Driscoll, 37, testified a day earlier that Busch choked her and smashed her head into the bedroom wall three times and that she still fears for her safety. "I don't know what he's capable of doing,"

  • San Lorenzo to play Real Madrid for Club World Cup

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) — Real Madrid's opponent in the Club World Cup final will be San Lorenzo after the South American champions ended a surprise tournament run by amateur team Auckland City with a 2-1 victory on Wednesday. Madrid will be the favorite on Saturday after San Lorenzo needed extra time to get past Auckland's team of part-timers and amateurs who fit soccer around day jobs. Given their meager resources, it could have been the ultimate David vs. Goliath story had the Oceania champions advanced to face the world's richest team. The only resemblance between Auckland and Madrid are their white shirts. The New Zealand squad that traveled to Morocco includes a truck driver, a cleaner, students, a lawyer, a kit

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Motivated Thunder gear up for intriguing matchup with scorching Warriors

    Published: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    Trash-talk is common in the NBA. But during a frustrating 3-12 start to the season, the Thunder faced an uncomfortable amount of it.

  • Spurrier expects Gamecocks RB Davis to head to NFL

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said he expects running back Mike Davis to make himself eligible for the NFL draft after the Gamecocks face Miami in the Independence Bowl on Dec. 27. Spurrier said after practice Wednesday that he and Davis have discussed the running back turning pro on several occasions. Davis, a junior, has rushed for 927 yards and nine touchdowns this season. He's 73 yards shy of becoming just the second-ever tailback with multiple 1,000-yard seasons at South Carolina (6-6). Heisman Trophy winner George Rogers had three, 1,000 yard seasons for the Gamecocks from 1978-1980. Davis also had 30 catches for 349 yards and a touchdown receiving.

  • D-backs avoid arbitration with reliever Hernandez

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks have avoided arbitration with reliever David Hernandez, agreeing to a $2 million, one-year contract. The hard-throwing right-hander missed all of last season after Tommy John surgery. Because the contract is not guaranteed, Hernandez could be released before opening day for roughly one-quarter or one-sixth of his salary in termination pay, depending on the timing. Arizona has four remaining arbitration-eligible players: outfielder Mark Trumbo, infielder Cliff Pennington, reliever Addison Reed and right-handed starter Jeremy Hellickson.

  • Pelini ripped Neb's AD in last talk with players

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — On the day he was introduced as Youngstown State's new head coach, the ugly nature of Bo Pelini's departure from Nebraska was revealed. Pelini, who was fired on Nov. 30, lambasted Nebraska athletic director Shawn Eichorst in a profanity-filled talk during his final meeting with his players. The Omaha World-Herald on Wednesday reported that it had a writer listen to an audiotape of Pelini's address to the players on Dec. 2 at a Lincoln high school. The university said in a statement that if the audiotape is authentic, "it only reaffirms the decision that he should no longer be a leader of young men at Nebraska.

  • Thunder notebook: More minutes for Kevin Durant

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    After being limited to 30 or less minutes his first seven games back, Durant played 35 against the Kings. It’s expected to stay around there for the foreseeable future.

  • Sports TV listings for Oklahoma City: Thursday, Dec. 18-Friday, Dec. 19

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    THURSDAY NFL 7:25 p.m., Tennessee at Jacksonville, NFLNET (Cox 252) NBA 7 p.m., New York at Chicago, TNT (Cox 31) 9:30 p.m., OKC at Golden State, TNT (Cox 31)/FSOK (Cox 37)/WWLS-AM 640/98.1 FM MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 6 p.m., Cleveland St. at Virginia, ESPNU (Cox 253) 6 p.m., Seton Hall at USF, CBSS (Cox 249) 7 p.m., UConn at Duke, ESPN (Cox 29) 7 p.m., Coa. Carolina at Mississippi, SECN (Cox 275) 8 p.m., LSU at UAB, CBSS (Cox 249) WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 9 p.m., Oklahoma St. at Weber St., KGFY-FM 105.5 AHL 6 p.m., OKC at Charlotte, KXXY-FM 96.1 VOLLEYBALL 6 p.m., BYU vs. Texas, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 8:30 p.m., Penn State vs.

  • Georgia tries to avoid letdown in Belk Bowl vs. Louisville

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Going into the final week of the regular season, the Georgia Bulldogs had hopes of playing for a Southeastern Conference title, maybe even claiming a spot in the four-team national playoff. Instead, they'll close the year in a bowl sponsored by a department store. Talk about a letdown. No. 13 Georgia (9-3) returned to practice Wednesday to begin preparations for the Dec. 30 Belk Bowl against No. 20 Louisville (9-3). It's an intriguing matchup, pitting the high-scoring Bulldogs against their former defensive coordinator (Todd Grantham) in one of just four bowls outside the majors to feature a pair of teams ranked in The Associated Press Top 25.

  • AP source: Romo close to $15M, 2-year deal with Giants

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Free agent reliever Sergio Romo is closing in on a $15 million, two-year contract with the San Francisco Giants, a person with knowledge of the negotiations said Wednesday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because a final detail remained to be worked out and the agreement was subject to a physical scheduled for Thursday. Romo could earn an additional $500,000 annually in performance bonuses based on games finished. The 31-year-old right-hander has spent all seven of his big league seasons with San Francisco, helping the Giants win three World Series championships in the past five years. He went 6-4 with a 3.72 ERA with 23 saves in 64 outings last season as San Francisco earned the wild card an

  • Baylor adds 4 football players for spring

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    WACO, Texas (AP) — Two early high school graduates who will be quarterbacks in Texas prep championship games this weekend will enroll at Baylor for the spring semester. Baylor coach Art Briles announced Wednesday that Temple quarterback Chad President and Gilmer quarterback/receiver Blake Lynch have signed financial aid contracts and will join the Bears in the spring. Lynch is expected to be a receiver for the Bears. Briles also announced the expected spring additions of two offensive linemen, junior college transfer Dominic Desouza of City College of San Francisco and 2014 Baylor signee Devonte Jones, from Bellaire High School in Houston.

  • Oklahoma football notebook: Julian Wilson injures shoulder, Geneo Grissom also out of Russell Athletic Bowl

    By Ryan Aber, Jason Kersey and Berry Tramel | Published: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    Oklahoma senior cornerback Julian Wilson, who was replaced late in the season by freshman Jordan Thomas, will miss the Russell Athletic Bowl after separating his shoulder in practice Monday. Thomas will start at the spot opposite Zack Sanchez. Wilson suffered a broken thumb in the loss to Baylor and has seen only limited time since and has struggled when he’s played. Also out for the Dec. 29 bowl game is senior linebacker Geneo Grissom, who suffered a knee injury in the win over Texas Tech in mid-November. “Geneo Grissom is probably a week or 10 days short of his target date to return to play,” Sooners coach Bob Stoops said. Grissom said he anticipated running back Samaje Perine and offensive lineman

  • A-Rod cousin seeks delay in drug trial

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    MIAMI (AP) — A cousin of New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez is asking a federal judge to delay his trial on charges stemming from his dealings with the Florida clinic tied to more than a dozen baseball players suspended for violating the sport's drug program. The lawyer for Yuri Sucart said in a court filing Wednesday that Sucart has been hampered by serious health problems and has been unable to fully participate in his defense. The filing also says Sucart needs more time to review the voluminous evidence. Sucart's lawyer is seeking at least a two-month delay in the trial, currently scheduled to start Feb. 9. Rodriguez figures to be a witness if Sucart does go to trial.

  • Media notes: Fox Sports Oklahoma Plus to air Class 3A championship game

    By Mel Bracht | Published: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    Heritage Hall to face Cushing at 7 p.m. Friday

  • Granada eliminates Cordoba from foggy Copa match

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Ten-man Granada emerged from thick fog at Cordoba's Nuevo Arcangel Stadium with a 1-1 draw that sent it through to the last 16 of the Copa del Rey on Wednesday. Granada had won the first leg 1-0 and advanced 2-1 on aggregate after defender Diego Mainz struck in the 60th minute to cancel out Florin Andone's fourth-minute goal for Cordoba. In the night's other tie between topflight sides, Getafe scored twice in the first half to win 2-1 at Eibar and advance 5-1 on aggregate. Real Sociedad, Villarreal, Espanyol and Levante also went through after winning their round-of-32 ties against lower-division opponents. A cloud of fog fell on Cordoba's home pitch and greatly hindered both the spectato

  • Chris Cosh new North Texas defensive coordinator

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    DENTON, Texas (AP) — Veteran coach Chris Cosh has been hired as defensive coordinator at North Texas. The Mean Green announced Cosh's hiring Wednesday. He replaces retired John Skladany, who retired after UNT's season. Cosh was defensive line coach last season at Buffalo, his 12th school in 30 years as a coach. He had stints as defensive coordinator at USF, Kansas State, Maryland, South Carolina, Michigan State, Illinois, Southeast Missouri State and Wisconsin-Oshkosh. The 55-year-old Cosh has served as an assistant during his career for Bill Snyder, Lou Holtz and Nick Saban. North Texas coach Dan McCarney says Cosh has a proven record as a coordinator and linebacker coach with a reputation as a tireless recruit

  • PSG advances to League Cup quarterfinals

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    PARIS (AP) — Paris Saint-Germain rallied from a goal down for a labored 3-1 win at second-division Ajaccio on Wednesday as the holders reached the quarterfinals of the League Cup, while Lille and Monaco advanced on penalties. Despite a run of two successive defeats, PSG coach Laurent Blanc fielded a B-side for the trip to Corsica, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Thiago Silva and Thiago Motta all being rested. PSG's unbeaten season ended at Barcelona in the Champions League and it slipped to a first French league defeat at Guingamp last weekend.