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  • Charles Barkley makes generous offer to grieving families

    Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    Charles Barkley has offered to pay for the funerals of three children who were killed during a carjacking, according to USA TODAY. Thomas Reed, 10, Keiearra Williams, 15 and 7-year-old Terrence Moore were killed when a stolen SUV ran onto a sidewalk where they were standing.

  • Photo: James Harden made out of human hair

    Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    This happened. Someone went there. Former Thunder guard James Harden has had his face re-created in serveral mediums and styles by designer/illustrator Filip Peraic on The latest creation is (appropriately) a Harden portrait made entirely of hair. "For this portrait I had to enter the creep zone and ask barber for some hair leftovers," Peraic wrote on  

  • Carlos Tevez's father kidnapped, then released

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — The lawyer for Carlos Tevez said the father of the Argentina and Juventus star was kidnapped on Tuesday, but was released eight hours later and appeared to be physically unharmed. Lawyer Gustavo Galasso said the forward's father was "is in good shape" as he announced the news about Segundo Tevez to reporters in Argentina. He asked television stations not to transmit live from the home of the player's family outside the Argentine capital. Police did not immediately provide information about the incident. But Argentine TV station C5N said Tevez was set free after a payment of $400,000. Galasso did not confirm this.

  • Trevor Knight, Ty Darlington among OU athletes leading weekly prayer circles on South Oval

    Jason Kersey | Updated: 17 hr ago

    NORMAN — When OU athletes are wrapping up their annual mission trip to Haiti, they always challenge themselves to find ways to bring what they’ve learned back to Norman. Gymnast Becca Clark suggested a regular prayer circle on the South Oval. Quarterback Trevor Knight excitedly jumped on board, and the spiritual group of athletes have […]

  • NBPA elects first female union chief of major North American sports league

    Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    Washington, D.C., attorney Michele Roberts has been voted in as the new executive director of the National Basketball Players Association, becoming the first woman to head up a major sports union. At the close of a chaotic Monday filled with meetings, conference calls, presentations and an array of emotions, NBPA executive committee members and team player representatives cast 32 votes in favor of Roberts as the successor to the ousted Billy Hunter, six more than she needed for election.

  • Oklahoma State no longer faces APR restrictions

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — NCAA officials say Oklahoma State's football program no longer faces restrictions for the upcoming school year because its Academic Progress Rate has been amended. OSU says that earlier this summer, officials discovered the recent graduation of a student-athlete from the 1990s, which resulted in the addition of a delayed graduation point and pushed the Cowboys above the threshold for restrictions. When the NCAA released its APR data in May, OSU football had an average score of 929.41 over the past four years and an average score of 943.54 over the past two years. Teams must have a four-year average of 930 to avoid practice restrictions. The program had been facing the loss of a practice day, a

  • Barcelona: Record income of $711M last season

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona has reported a record income of 530 million euros ($711 million) over the past year and made a profit of 41 million euros ($55 million), the club announced on Tuesday. Javier Faus, Barcelona's vice president in charge of finance, presented the annual report for 2013-2014, saying that the club's net debt had been reduced by 44 million euros to stand at 287 million euros as of June 30. Faus said that since he took up his post in 2010 the club's debt had been reduced by 143 million euros and that Barcelona had risen from 24th to second position in the Forbes ranking of the world's most valuable sports teams.

  • Ecclestone defense seeks deal to end bribery trial

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    MUNICH (AP) — Prosecutors and lawyers for Bernie Ecclestone are in talks about a possible deal to end the Formula One boss's bribery trial in Germany. The 83-year-old Ecclestone went on trial in Munich in April, charged with bribery and incitement to breach of trust. The charges involve a $44 million payment to banker Gerhard Gribkowsky, who is serving an 8 1/2-year sentence for taking the money. Ecclestone denies wrongdoing and says Gribkowsky blackmailed him. His defense team called on Tuesday for proceedings to be closed, citing a lack of evidence that Ecclestone was criminally responsible and asserting that the proceedings were a strain for their client. He has been running Formula One while attending court sessio

  • Belgium striker Origi signs for Liverpool

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Liverpool says it has signed Belgium striker Divock Origi from Lille and will loan him back to the French club for the whole of next season. The 19-year-old forward, who impressed during Belgium's run to the quarterfinals of the World Cup, completed his transfer in the United States — where Liverpool is on a pre-season tour. The club said he had signed a "long-term deal" without giving details. British media put the transfer fee at 10 million pounds ($17 million). Origi, who joined Lille from Genk in 2010, says "Liverpool is one of the greatest clubs in the world and I'm very excited to be part of this great history." Coach Brendan Rodgers told Liverpool's website that Origi "can be o

  • Central Arkansas adds 2 more to soccer roster

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    CONWAY, Ark. (AP) — The University of Central Arkansas men's soccer team has added two more players to its roster heading into the 2014 season. Head coach Ross Duncan announced the additions of midfielder/forward Pepe San Roman and forward Andre De Giorgi. The added players complete the school's roster. Duncan says the experience of the new recruits will help bolster the team. The soccer team opens its season next month at Mississippi College.

  • Chase drivers can't attend Homestead tire test

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR will not allow championship-eligible drivers to participate in a Goodyear tire test at Homestead-Miami Speedway. But, to ensure fairness, NASCAR will allow all organizations represented in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship to participate in the Aug. 26 test because Homestead is the site of the title-deciding season finale. Teams will have to send a driver not qualified for the Chase to the tire test. The restrictions create a dilemma for Team Penske, which has both Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano already qualified for the Chase. The two-car team does not have another Sprint Cup driver on its roster. Hendrick Motorsports also has three of its four drivers qualified.

  • Gstaad champion Andujar wins opener in Kitzbuehel

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    KITZBUEHEL, Austria (AP) — Pablo Andujar beat Jurgen Melzer 6-3, 6-4 at the Kitzbuehel Cup on Tuesday, two days after earning his third career title in Gstaad. The 44th-ranked Spaniard broke the Austrian's first service game to win the opening set, and saved three break points while 2-1 down in the second before adding another break. Melzer returned from a toe injury and played his first match since losing to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the first round at Wimbledon. Andujar will face Paolo Lorenzi of Italy in the second round. Lorenzi defeated two-time former champion Robin Haase 6-2, 6-3. The sixth-seeded Dutchman, who won the event in 2011 and '12, dropped serve early in both sets and failed to break Lorenzi's serve

  • How OU did NOT fail Joe Mixon

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 18 hr ago

      One of the best parts of my job, no, the best part of my job is the people I meet. Colleagues. Readers. Fans. Heck, even a few of the subjects I write about. And some of the people I meet are rather sharp. Sharp enough to take over my platform from time to time. Whether it’s […]

  • City leader positive about Mustang's future

    By Steve Gust, For The Oklahoman | Updated: 18 hr ago

    Assistant City Manager Justin Battles thinks Mustang’s rapid growth will continue.

  • Oklahoma State football no longer faces APR restrictions

    kyle fredrickson | Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    The NCAA confirmed today that the Oklahoma State football program's Academic Progress Rate (APR) has been amended to a 930 and the school no longer faces any APR restrictions for the 2014-15 academic year. From Kevin Fite, Oklahoma State's senior associate athletic director for compliance: "Throughout this process the NCAA has been committed to having complete and accurate data," said Kevin Fite, OSU's senior associate athletic director for compliance. "We were provided a great deal of assistance in ensuring the information we were evaluated on accurately reflected our football team's academic performance, based on APR standards. When the additional point was discovered earlier this summer, the NCAA staff promptly re-evaluated our situation and added the point, which took us out of the penalty range."

  • How Johnny Manziel almost became a Cowboy

    Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    It almost happened, everybody: the perfect marriage of unhinged player and untethered town, the match of talent and spotlight and hedonism that the NFL hasn't seen since Joe Namath in the early '70s. Johnny Manziel was almost a Cowboy, according to Yahoo Sports. You remember draft night from earlier this year, yes? Manziel's fate was one of the draft's biggest stories, and as he fell further down the draft board, the realization dawned: he might be available for Dallas! How amazing would that be? On paper (or, you know, iPhone) it all seemed perfect: Texas kid joins the Texas royal family, learns the ropes from the aging gunslinger, takes over in 2018, stacks up trophies of both the Lombardi and wife varieties, becomes governor in 2045.

  • OU football: Police release 911 call in alleged Joe Mixon assault investigation

    Ryan Aber | Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    In a three-minute call to 911, a Pickleman’s Gourmet Cafe employee describes the early Friday incident that has Oklahoma freshman football player Joe Mixon under investigation for alleged assault. “Some girl just got clocked in the face,” the caller said after giving the location and address. The unidentified caller repeatedly mentioned the presence of a […]

  • Kevin Durant is the last star standing for Team USA

    Erik Horne | Updated: 19 hr ago

    The star power is fading from Team USA this summer. First it was Russell Westbrook. Then Blake Griffin. Then Kevin Love. Griffin, the former OU dunk machine, decided to withdraw from Team USA duties last week, citing that he wanted to get ready for the upcoming season. Reports surfaced Monday night that Griffin has a […]

  • Woods faces 2 big weeks that shape rest of season

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    AKRON, Ohio (AP) — The landmark at Firestone Country Club is among the most popular in America, a massive water tower in the shape of a golf ball on a tee. Tiger Woods has reason to see only a big ATM machine. Woods has eight wins at Firestone, one more than Matt Kuchar has won on the PGA Tour. In 15 appearances, he has made $11.06 million, which is roughly the same as Tom Watson has made in four decades on the PGA Tour. OK, that's not a fair comparison. Watson played at a time when total prize money at tournaments was about the same as a first-place check today. Firestone featured the biggest payoff on the PGA Tour schedule — majors included — when Watson won in 1980. He earned $100,000.

  • Sassuolo withdraws support for Tavecchio

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    SASSUOLO, Italy (AP) — Sassuolo is the latest Serie A club to withdraw its support for Carlo Tavecchio, a leading candidate for the presidency of the Italian football federation, following his alleged racist comments. A club statement on Tuesday says its owners "stay true to their values in the world of sport and thus maintain Carlo Tavecchio's candidacy is no longer sustainable." Fiorentina, Sampdoria and Cesena already withdrew support for Tavecchio, who originally had the backing of all Serie A clubs apart from Juventus and Roma. Tavecchio sparked outrage on Friday when he discussed the presence of foreign players in Italy.