• Penn State set for 1st bowl game in Sandusky aftermath

    Updated: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    Take Penn State out to the bowl game. The Nittany Lions' postseason freeze out is over, a triumphant bowl return ahead at Yankee Stadium. The Nittany Lions (6-6) were dismissed early for good behavior from the bowl ban the NCAA levied in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal. Instead of sitting home, Penn State is set to play Boston College (7-5) on Saturday in the Pinstripe Bowl. The NCAA lifted the most severe sanctions levied against the program in the wake of the Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. The Nittany Lions suddenly saw a season playing for pride turn into so much more. PSU star linebacker Mike Hull is one of 39 holdovers from the summer of 2012 still with the program.

  • Liverpool beats Burnley 1-0 in Premier League

    Updated: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    BURNLEY, England (AP) — Raheem Sterling's second-half strike gave Liverpool its first league victory in four matches, beating Burnley 1-0 Friday despite turning in a poor performance at Turf Moor. Last year Liverpool was top of the Premier League on Christmas Day having scored twice as many goals as this season after 17 matches. Liverpool began this match in its lowest position on this day since 1992-93, when it was also 10th. But having failed to create anything resembling a genuine chance against Burnley, Liverpool took the lead out of nowhere just past the hour. Philippe Coutinho's lob sent Sterling clear and around goalkeeper Tom Heaton, rolling a shot past Burnley's despairing defenders trying to get back.

  • Blue acquires Reggie Williams and future draft pick

    Published: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Blue has acquired guard Reggie Williams through its returning player rights. Williams previously played for the Oklahoma City Thunder and its D-League affiliate. He's played in 180 games with Golden State, Charlotte and Oklahoma City over his five-year career. The Blue also acquired a third-round pick in the 2015 NBA D-League Draft from the Westchester Knicks in exchange for forward Ron Anderson.

  • Kansas State's John Currie: Don't rush to a championship game

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    In the wake of being overlooked for the inaugural College Football Playoff, there is much talk of the Big 12 staging a conference championship game, even with the 10-team format. The NCAA is likely to grant the Big 12 a waiver so that it could stage a game if it desires. But I chatted with […]

  • Strong start gives Man City 3-1 win at West Brom

    Updated: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    WEST BROMWICH, England (AP) — Manchester City kept the pressure on Premier League leader Chelsea by easing to a 3-1 win over West Bromwich Albion in snowy conditions on Friday, scoring all of its goals in the first 34 minutes. Fernando gave City the lead in the eighth minute by pouncing on a goalkeeper error from Ben Foster, and Yaya Toure doubled the visitors' advantage from the penalty spot after David Silva was fouled by former City defender Joleon Lescott. Despite again playing without a striker, City scored three times for the second straight game when Silva found the net with a precise strike after a cut-back from Jesus Navas.

  • Virginia Tech, Cincinnati meet in Military Bowl

    Updated: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — It took a late touchdown in the final game for Virginia Tech to secure a bowl bid for the 22nd consecutive year. Now the Hokies (6-6) need to beat Cincinnati in the Military Bowl on Saturday to extend another impressive run. "We kept one streak alive," assistant coach Shane Beamer said. "Now we have to keep another streak alive, and that's 22 straight winning seasons." Virginia Tech never figured to be in such a vulnerable position after whipping Ohio State on the road in early September. The 35-21 upset remains the playoff-bound Buckeyes' lone loss, and it turned out to be the highlight of an up-and-down season for the Hokies. "It got pretty inconsistent after that," junior quarterback Mic

  • Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith out with a lacerated spleen

    Published: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith will miss the regular-season finale against San Diego on Sunday because of a lacerated spleen. Smith picked up the injury in the Chiefs' 20-12 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers last week. Chase Daniel will get the start in Smith's place against San Diego on Sunday. The injury is a big blow to Kansas City's slim playoff hopes. The Chiefs (8-7) are currently in the No. 9 spot in the AFC. In order to make the playoffs, the Chiefs have to win and have the Baltimore Ravens and Houston Texans both lose (per NFL.com ).

  • Saints win at Christmas, beat Palace 3-1 in Premier League

    Updated: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    LONDON (AP) — Southampton's resurgence continued at Selhurst Park as Ronald Koeman's side beat Crystal Palace 3-1 Friday to move back into the top four of the Premier League. Many thought the bubble had burst on Saints' astonishing start to the campaign after an embarrassing League Cup exit to third-tier Sheffield United made it five straight defeats in all competitions. Southampton brought that miserable run to an end against Everton last weekend and impressively racked up another big win on a wet day in south London against Palace, where Sadio Mane, Ryan Bertrand and Toby Alderweireld netted in a 3-1 victory, which saw Scott Dann score a late consolation.

  • Marcus Smart returning to Celtics starting lineup

    Published: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    Former Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart is making his return to the starting lineup for the Boston Celtics tonight against the Brooklyn Nets. Smart started his first career game earlier this week in a loss to the Miami Heat, a game in which he logged three points, four rebounds, four assists, a steal and two turnovers in 28 minutes. Celtics coach Brad Stevens went back to veteran Jameer Nelson as the starter against Orlando on Tuesday, but Smart gets the call against the Nets as he works his way back from ankle and achilles injuries. Those injuries have limited Smart to just 13 games for the Celtics this season, with averages of 5.6 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.9 assists per contest.

  • Man United beats Newcastle 3-1 in Premier League

    Updated: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Wayne Rooney scored twice in the first half as resurgent Manchester United easily beat Newcastle 3-1 Friday to strengthen its grip on third place in the Premier League. Rooney was set up well by his teammates for both goals as Radamel Falcao met a long cross into the area in the 23rd minute, sliding to reach the ball at the far post and square a perfect pass for Rooney to tap into an empty net. Falcao then helped United win possession just outside the Newcastle area in the 36th, and Juan Mata laid the ball off for a wide-open Rooney to slot a low shot inside the post.

  • Swansea beats Villa 1-0 thanks to Sigurdsson

    Updated: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    SWANSEA, Wales (AP) — Gylfi Sigurdsson curled in a brilliant free kick to earn Swansea a 1-0 victory over Aston Villa on Friday for back-to-back wins in the Premier League. The Iceland midfielder has been a revelation since returning for a second spell at the Welsh club and he proved the difference again, beating the outstretched hand of Villa's American goalkeeper Brad Guzan to score in the top-right corner in the 13th minute. After starting strongly, Swansea struggled following the loss to injury of winger Jefferson Montero and Villa created lots of chances in the second half, with Christian Benteke and Gabby Agbonlahor denied by late saves from Lukasz Fabianski.

  • Hull beats Sunderland 3-1 in Premier League

    Updated: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    SUNDERLAND, England (AP) — Hull came from behind to beat Sunderland 3-1 on Friday to give Steve Bruce's side its first Premier League win in 11 games. Hull had not claimed three points since a win against Crystal Palace on Oct. 4, and trailed within 30 seconds after Adam Johnson punished an error by captain Curtis Davies. However, Gaston Ramirez levelled from distance in the 32nd minute with Hull's first goal in 333 minutes of football. James Chester then made it 2-1 in the 51ist and Nikica Jelavic completed the comeback victory with a late close-range effort. Hull climbed out of the relegation zone to sit 16th, while Sunderland are three points further ahead in the 14th.

  • Tottenham beats Leicester 2-1 in Premier League

    Updated: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    LEICESTER, England (AP) — Christian Eriksen scored the winning goal in the 71st minute to give Tottenham a 2-1 victory over last-place Leicester and extend the host's winless run to 13 games in the Premier League. Eriksen scored with a long-range strike to give Tottenham its third straight win. Harry Kane had put the visitors ahead from close range in the opening minute, before Leonardo Ulloa equalized in the 48th. Riyad Mahrez nearly put Leicester ahead with a free kick that hit the bar before Eriksen's strike ensured that Nigel Pearson's side remained five points adrift in last place.

  • High-scoring offenses create longer college games

    Updated: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    Bear Bryant said offense sells tickets, and he was right. College football is enjoying immense popularity in an era of record scoring. But is there too much of a good thing? All that scoring caused this season's average length of game to hit 3 hours, 23 minutes in late November, according to the NCAA. That was up from 3:17 last season. Games are, on average, 14 minutes longer than in 2008. By comparison, this season's NFL average is 3:07. "I think it's trending in the wrong direction, and it is a concern," American Athletic Conference commissioner Mike Aresco said. Administrators are wary of turning off fans, especially young ones who crave faster action and represent future ticket buyers.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with OU writer Ryan Aber

    staff reports | Updated: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    We're days away from OU vs. Clemson in the Russell Athletic Bowl. Talk about the matchup with Sooners beat writer Ryan Aber on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m.

  • Coaches from CMR, Butte Central chosen to lead Shrine teams

    Updated: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Great Falls Russell football coach Gary Lowry and Butte Central coach Don Peoples Jr. have been named head coaches for this summer's East-West Shrine football game. The 69th annual high school all-star game is scheduled to be played on July 18 in Great Falls. The event raises money for the Shriner's Hospital for Children in Spokane, Washington. Lowry led the Rustlers to a runner-up finish in Class AA this fall and he will coach the East team. Peoples' Bulldogs were runners-up in Class A and he will coach the West team. The West roster includes quarterbacks Brady McChesney of state champion Kalispell Glacier and Danny Peoples of Butte Central. The East quarterbacks are Casey Klaboe of Billings West

  • Chelsea beats West Ham 2-0, stays top in England

    Updated: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    LONDON (AP) — John Terry scored for the second straight game and Diego Costa grabbed his 13th goal of the season as Chelsea beat West Ham 2-0 to stay top of the Premier League on Friday. West Ham arrived at Stamford Bridge in fourth place and one of the surprises of the season, but rested key players Alex Song and Diafra Sakho in view of the hectic festive schedule and was cut down to size by Chelsea. Terry tapped home a close-range finish in the 31st minute after a right-wing corner from Cesc Fabregas was headed goalward by Costa. West Ham goalkeeper Adrian made a string of fine saves but could not get anywhere near a low, angled shot from Costa in the 62nd after the Spain striker was fed by Eden Hazard.

  • College football predictions: Why the Sooners have an edge in Orlando

    Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    Bowl week arrives and this year ends a day early. New Year’s Eve, traditionally a huge day for all kinds of minor bowls, has been commandeered by the majors. The Peach, Cotton and Fiesta bowls have a monopoly on New Year’s Eve bowls. That means lots of bowls on other days — three on Friday, […]

  • NFL predictions: Can Bengals fulfill their Super Bowl destiny?

    Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    The NFL can’t ask for much more than what it’s getting in the last Sunday of the regular season. Sixteen games, and 10 have playoff implications, either for qualification or seeding. And like always, it’s a doubleheader on both FOX and CBS. Plus the AFC North title game on NBC come Sunday night. Not a […]

  • Oklahoma football: Sooners eighth on Forbes' list of College Football's Most Valuable teams

    Published: Thu, Dec 25, 2014

    Texas is still on top, but the gap is closing as Notre Dame, Michigan and others draw nearer. The Longhorns are now worth $131 million, down 6 percent from a $139 million valuation last year. Oklahoma comes in at No. 8 with a valuation of $93 million.