Top Stories


  • Gophers All-American McNamara dies at 82

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Bob McNamara, an All-American football player for Minnesota in the 1950s and later a major fundraiser for the university, has died. He was 82. McNamara died after a long illness on Sunday night, the school announced on Monday. "Anyone who knew Bob knew that there was no greater supporter of the university," former athletic director Joel Maturi said. "He took great pride coming from Hastings, Minnesota, and playing for the Gophers and then took even greater pride in following and supporting the Gophers. Nobody was better at fundraising or cared more about Minnesota than Bob. He will be deeply missed." McNamara played for the Gophers from 1951-54.

  • RTA could close disconnect between teams, NASCAR

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — There is no clearer example of the disconnect between NASCAR and its teams then the fight earlier this year over the procedures to cool cars down during qualifying. NASCAR refused to allow the use of cooling boxes, so teams had jerry-rigged a system that created a dangerous on-track situation for the drivers. NASCAR summoned the crew chiefs from every Sprint Cup organization to hash out a solution. The teams were almost unanimously in favor of using the cooling boxes, but NASCAR officials on that conference call in March wouldn't budge. They were OK with using fans, but smaller teams were against having to go buy them. Exasperated, NASCAR reminded the participants on the call that the engine man

  • Baseball Hall of Fame gala canceled

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — The National Baseball Hall of Fame says next month's gala concert featuring the Boston Pops and Paul Simon has been canceled. No reason was given. The Aug. 2 event was to have been part of the museum's 75th anniversary celebration. The Hall of Fame said Monday that LGH19 Productions has asked ticket holders to go to www.cooperstownconcert.com for more information. Hall spokesman Brad Horn is referring questions to LGH19 Production. Attempts to reach the promoter for comment were unsuccessful. Hall of Famers Rod Carew, Rollie Fingers, Carlton Fisk and Ozzie Smith were among those to have attended the concert at Clark Sports Center.

  • Jovanovski advances at Baku Cup

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Fifth-seeded Bojana Jovanovski of Serbia survived a scare against Patricia Mayr-Achleitner of Austria, winning 2-6, 7-5, 6-3 Monday to advance to the second round of the Baku Cup. Mayr-Achleitner served for the match at 5-4 in the second set against Jovanovski, who won this WTA event in 2012. Also Monday, Shahar Peer of Israel ousted sixth-seeded Yvonne Meusburger of Austria 6-2, 6-4 at Baku Tennis Academy. Other first-round winners included Stefanie Voegele of Switzerland, Katarzyna Piter of Poland, Urszula Radwanska of Poland and Pauline Parmentier of France. The 29th-ranked Sorana Cirstea of Romania is the top-seeded player, followed by 19-year-old Elina Svitolina of Ukraine who won th

  • FSU, Miami picked to win ACC divisions

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Florida State was an obvious choice as a favorite in one of the Atlantic Coast Conference's divisions. In the other one, the pecking order was nowhere near that clear. Miami was the pick to win the ACC's cluttered Coastal Division despite receiving fewer first-place votes than two other teams. "I think it's wide open. I think that's why everybody got votes," North Carolina coach Larry Fedora said. "Anybody could win it." The league announced its predicted order of finish following a vote of 112 media members at its preseason media days. The Seminoles were picked as the overall league champions by 104 media members and received 109 first-place votes in their division to put them far

  • Super 30: Norman North QB John Kolar benefited from former teammate's injury

    By Trent Shadid, Staff Writer | Published: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

    A year ago John Kolar was preparing for his junior season as a wide receiver in a talent-heavy Norman North offense. Now, he’s verbally committed to Oklahoma State as a quarterback and No. 6 in The Oklahoman’s Super 30 recruiting rankings for the Class of 2015.

  • Baylor's Shawn Oakman not impressed by OU's win over Alabama in Sugar Bowl

    staff reports | Published: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

    Baylor defensive end Shawn Oakman brought the confidence on Monday at Big 12 Media Days. Oakman wasn't surprised at the Bears being picked second in the league by the media. "Because we're Baylor," Oakman told the Tulsa World. "That comes with being Baylor. Life's not fair. Life's not fair at all, you know? To live is to struggle. To survive is to find meaning in the struggle. That's all it is. "We're gonna be great one day and y'all are gonna notice." Oakman didn't exactly put much stock in Oklahoma's whipping of Alabama in the Sugar Bowl as evidence of the Sooners' improvement. "You realize if it's not the national championship, Alabama don't even care who they play," Oakman said before saying Baylor should beat the Sooners this year when the teams meet on Nov. 8 in Norman. "That game from OU last year, that should have showed you that that product was nowhere near as good as the product that Baylor was putting on the field," Oakman told the paper. "The execution, the players from each and every position ... You could tell we were on a different level from OU. Just straight out."

  • Big 12 football: Could the lack of a championship game hurt the league in future playoff discussions?

    By Jason Kersey | Published: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

    The Big 12 spent the first of two conference media days politicking to distinguish itself from other leagues. But how much might the lack of a conference championship game hurt the Big 12’s chances of landing a team in future College Football Playoffs?

  • Dez Bryant, three Sooners in NFL trade value top 50 (so far)

    Published: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

    Grantland.com's Bill Barnwell delivers his annual ranking of pro football’s top 50 most valuable assets -- and three former OU players are in the top 50 so far. Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy (No. 46), Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (No. 42) and Washington Redskins left tackle Trent Williams (No. 39) each were on the initial list released Monday. But a former OSU Cowboy topped them all, as Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant is ranked No. 31. The second half of Barnwell's top 50 will be released Wednesday.

  • Jacksonville State preseason favorite to win OVC

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jacksonville State may be the happiest that quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo now is in the NFL. The Gamecocks, who lost the outright league title to Garoppolo and Eastern Illinois last year, are this preseason's favorite in the Ohio Valley Conference. The Gamecocks, with their third head coach in as many seasons, received 118 points and 10 first-place ballots in voting by coaches and sports information directors Monday at OVC media day. Two-time defending champion Eastern Illinois (110 points) and Tennessee State (107) each picked up four first-place votes. Those three teams reached the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs in 2013 — most ever for the OVC — and won four games. Jacksonville State

  • Carreno Busta, Coric reach 2nd round in Umag

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    UMAG, Croatia (AP) — Pablo Carreno Busta saved two match points to defeat Italy's Paolo Lorenzi 4-6, 6-1, 7-5 and reach the second round of the Croatia Open on Monday. Lorenzi won the first set and got an early break in the second, but the 57th-ranked Carreno Busta then won six straight games to level. The Italian broke again in the third set and led 5-3 before his Spanish opponent rallied to win the match. Croatia's Borna Coric upset seventh-seeded Edouard Roger-Vasselin of France 6-2, 6-4 for his first ever ATP-level victory. "It was one of the best matches I have ever played," the 17-year-old Coric said. "I still don't know what happened, I served so well." Fabio Fognini is the top-seeded player, followed by

  • Prosecutor: hearing in UNC agents case on hold

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (AP) — This week's scheduled hearing for five people charged with violating North Carolina's sports agent law by providing benefits to former Tar Heels football players has been postponed. Orange County district attorney Jim Woodall said Monday that the hearing originally set for Wednesday is on hold until a later date that hasn't yet been set. Prosecutors have provided tens of thousands of investigative records to defense attorneys for review. It's unclear when the case could reach a trial. A grand jury indicted the defendants in September for violating the state's Uniform Athlete Agent Act by providing benefits to former players Marvin Austin, Greg Little and Robert Quinn in 2010.

  • Oklahoma football notebook: Texas Tech's Kliff Kingsbury talks about blocking Baker Mayfield's transfer to OU

    By Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber | Published: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

    As a true freshman and walk-on, Mayfield started seven games for the Red Raiders last season. He threw for 2,315 yards and 12 touchdowns and was named the Big 12 Offensive Freshman of the Year.

  • Phillies activate Lee, Brignac, Nieves from DL

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Phillies have activated pitcher Cliff Lee, infielder Reid Brignac and catcher Wil Nieves from the disabled list. Lee was to start Monday night against San Francisco after missing nine weeks because of an elbow strain. The former AL Cy Young Award winner is 4-4 with a 3.18 ERA this season. Outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr. was designated for assignment, infielder Cesar Hernandez was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley and catcher Koyie Hill was sent outright to the minor leagues on Monday. Brignac missed a month because of an ankle injury. Nieves also missed a month because of a quadriceps injury. Gwynn batted .163 (16 for 98) with three extra-base hits and three RBIs.

  • Cain heads to DL with elbow injury

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The San Francisco Giants have placed righty Matt Cain on the disabled list because of elbow inflammation. Cain is only 2-7 with a career-worst 4.18 ERA in 15 games. He's earning $20 million this season in the middle of a $140 million, eight-year contract. Yusmeiro Petit will start Tuesday night against the Phillies instead of Cain. The Giants also placed first baseman Brandon Belt on the seven-day disabled list because of a concussion. Right-hander George Kontos and infielder Adam Duvall were called up from Triple-A Fresno to replace Cain and Belt.

  • 2014 Ohio Valley Conference preseason team

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The 2014 Ohio Valley Conference preseason team as voted on by coaches and sports information directors and released Monday: OFFENSE QB Michael German, Tennessee St. QB Eli Jenkins, Jacksonville St. RB DaMarcus James, Jacksonville St. RB Shepard Little, E. Illinois WR Adam Drake, E. Illinois WR Josh Barge, Jacksonville St. WR Paul McRoberts, SE Missouri TE Jeff LePak, E. Illinois C Max Holcombe, Jacksonville St. OG Collin Seibert, E. Illinois OG Blake Burks, Jacksonville St. OT Charles Sweeton, UT Martin OT Robert Myers, Tennessee St. DEFENSE DL Anthony Bass, Tennessee St. DL Dino Fanti, Eastern Illinois DL

  • Big 12 football: Q&A with Baylor coach Art Briles

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

    The Bears are coming off their first Big 12 title and an appearance in the Fiesta Bowl. Briles had plenty to say during his time at the podium and in smaller interview sessions later in the day.

  • Lady Vols coach wants a stronger finishing touch

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Holly Warlick believes Tennessee's bid to return to national title contention is more a mental hurdle than a physical test. The Lady Vols were rolling going into last season's NCAA tournament. The momentum carried only so far and Tennessee lost in a regional semifinal. Warlick wants to make sure her team doesn't peak too early again. "I think our team needs to have a little bit more togetherness," the Tennessee coach told The Associated Press. "We have to have a little bit more discipline, a little bit more toughness. I thought we were tough at times, but not all the time. I thought sometimes when our back got against the wall, we folded a little bit." Tennessee has shown plenty of grit at tim

  • Arkansas State player earns conference honors

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas State University's Qushaun Lee has been named the Sun Belt Preseason Defensive Player of the Year.  The conference made the announcement Monday. Lee was named to the All-Sun Belt Conference First Team last season. The senior from Prattville, Alabama, earned GoDaddy Bowl Defensive MVP as he recorded 15 tackles in Arkansas State's Bowl win.  Lee led conference in tackles with 134 —the sixth most tackles in conference history and most by an Arkansas State player since 1991.  Lee also posted six tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, five quarterback hurries, three pass breakups and one interception.

  • Johnny Manziel's No. 2 leads NFL in jersey sales

    Published: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

    The NFL will announce on Monday that more Cleveland Browns' Johnny Manziel No. 2 jerseys were sold on its official website during the first quarter of the league's fiscal year than any other player jersey. Manziel beat out a trio of veteran quarterbacks in Seattle's Russell Wilson, San Francisco's Colin Kaepernick and Denver's Peyton Manning.