• Spain Basket Real Madrid Celtics

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    Celtics' Isaiah Thomas, centre, goes with the ball to the basket past Real Madrid's Guillermo Hernangomez "Willy", left, during a friendly basketball match between Real Madrid and Boston Celtics at the Barclaycard Centre sport arena in Madrid, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. Celtics won 111-96.

  • Browns still jumpy over critical offside call

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    BEREA, Ohio (AP) — The Browns are still a little jumpy over an offside call late in last week's loss at San Diego. When Cornerback Tramon Williams was penalized for going across the line of scrimmage before the ball was snapped last Sunday, it gave Chargers rookie kicker Josh Lamob a second chance after he pushed his 39-yard field goal attempt right. The Browns were backed up 5 yards for Williams' infraction and Lambo made a 34-yarder with no time showing on the clock to give San Diego a 30-27 win. It was a heartbreaker Cleveland, which has endured its share of tough losses in recent years. But days later, the Browns (1-3) aren't so sure they weren't wronged. "Awfully close call," special teams coordinator

  • Illinois coach wants program to reflect him after troubles

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    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois women's basketball team hopes to move beyond an offseason of legal problems after former players accused the coach of running a racially abusive program. But it was clear Thursday at the team's media day that those troubles are shaping what the team does now. Coach Mike Bollant said he knew even before troubles surfaced that he needed to take steps to make sure the team reflected more of what he called his optimistic nature. Seven former players sued Bollant and others. An outside law firm investigated and found no basis for the allegations of racial abuse. But the lawsuit goes on. Bollant said he believes his team this season can win some of those close games it lost.

  • OU vs. Texas: How do some OU fans end up sitting with the enemy during the Red River Showdown?

    BY BERRY TRAMEL Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Oct 8, 2015

    NORMAN — When Drake Schunck left his seat in the Cotton Bowl's north end for something to drink or a bathroom break, he trudged up the steps with his head down. “Bit of a gauntlet,” Schunck said. “Try to keep the blinders on.” Best to be low-key in enemy territory. Depending, of course, on how the OU-Texas game is going. Schunck, a Sooner fan who now lives in Houston, has spent a couple of Red River rivalries in the tiny crimson sections on the Longhorn end of the stadium. Call it the Cotton Bowl's Jerusalem. A geographic enclave of hearty souls, surrounded by enemies.

  • Jury deliberating in trial of Atlanta Hawks' Thabo Sefolosha

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    NEW YORK (AP) — A jury began deliberating in the criminal case against NBA player Thabo Sefolosha on Thursday, six months after he was arrested outside a trendy nightclub following a confrontation with police. The Atlanta Hawks guard-forward, who suffered a fractured right leg in the April 8 struggle with police, has pleaded not guilty to charges he repeatedly disobeyed the orders of the officers telling him to leave the area around the club where another NBA player, Chris Copeland, had been stabbed. He also has denied lunging threateningly at an officer before resisting arrest. He has testified he moved off the block at the behest of a vulgar and confrontational officer and was trying to give a beggar a $20 bill when he wa

  • The Non-Fiction Writers podcast: Previewing OSU-West Virginia with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Craig Meyer

    Kyle Fredrickson,Jenni Carlson | Updated: 6 hr ago

    Welcome to the home of "The Non-Fiction Writers," NewsOK.com's college football podcast from beat writers Jason Kersey, Ryan Aber and Kyle Fredrickson. The podcast's name is a nod to legendary former OU football coach Barry Switzer, who has famously referred to reporters as "fiction writers."  The Non-Fiction Writers is presented by Edward Jones. You can click on the link below to listen and download the podcast to your computer, or you can subscribe on iTunes by clicking here. The Non-Fiction Writers: 10/08/2015 (OSU-West Virginia preview) -- Kyle Fredrickson and Jenni Carlson are joined by Craig Meyer of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette to preview Oklahoma State’s big road game at West Virginia.

  • Celtics end European tour with 111-96 win at Real Madrid

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    MADRID (AP) — Avery Bradley scored 17 points and the Boston Celtics ended their two-game European tour with a 111-96 victory over Real Madrid on Thursday night. Two days after a 33-point victory over Italy's Olimpia Milano, the Celtics looked good again, this time against a much more experienced Real Madrid team playing in front of its raucous fans. Isaiah Thomas had 15 points for Boston, Terry Rozier added 14 points, and David Lee finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds. The Celtics led by as many as 25 points at the Barclaycard Center. "That was a great test for our team," Boston coach Brad Stevens said. "They made us pay for a bunch of mistakes as we knew they would. I thought our guys did a pretty good job through

  • Journey of Mustang's Blake Williams from sickness to stardom under Friday night lights

    By Scott Wright Staff Writer swright@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Oct 8, 2015

    It’s been a difficult but rewarding journey from sickness to the football spotlight, and Blake Williams can’t even tell you the whole story. Because he can’t remember all of it.

  • Lester vs Lackey matches former Red Sox teammates

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    ST. LOUIS (AP) — John Lackey has been quite the bargain for the St. Louis Cardinals. Pitching for the major league minimum $507,500 salary due to a clause in contract, Lackey went 13-10 for a team that lost its ace early. And when old rivals face each other in a postseason series for the first time Friday, he'll be pitching against an old buddy. The 36-year-old Lackey will oppose the Chicago Cubs' Jon Lester, a duo that formed a devastating one-two for the Red Sox in the 2013 World Series. "I'd like to say I was surprised, but I'm not," Lackey said Thursday. "He's good. No accident people running into each other this time of year." Lackey had a career-best 2.

  • Broadcaster Vin Scully to miss postseason after procedure

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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully won't be calling any games in the baseball playoffs after undergoing a medical procedure. The Los Angeles Dodgers said Thursday that Scully was resting comfortably after a recommended procedure earlier in the day. The team didn't specify what the procedure was. Doctors advised Scully to skip the playoffs in order to rest up. Scully, who turns 88 in November, said in August he expects next season will be his last in the booth. His 66 years with the Dodgers are a broadcasting record for the same big league franchise. Scully missed the team's final series of the regular season because of a cold, and he wasn't in San Francisco for a four-game trip earlier last week b

  • Russell Westbrook is still young ... just ask him

    Erik Horne | Updated: 6 hr ago

    In 2008, Russell Westbrook was a 20-year-old rookie point guard facing off against veterans like Steve Nash and Derek Fisher in his first preseason games. Timberwolves rookie Tyus Jones, 19, received a sampling of that newcomer vs. veteran matchup Wednesday night. Westbrook nearly had a triple-double in 22 minutes (14 points, 13 assists, eight rebounds) while Jones went 0-for-5 from the floor in his first NBA game. But don’t consider Westbrook the old man in that battle. When asked what it’s like for young guards to play against vets like himself in preseason, Westbrook, 26, quickly noted that’s he’s not over the hill.

  • Police find dead body in porta-potty outside Cincinnati Bengals' Paul Brown Stadium

    Published: Thu, Oct 8, 2015

    Cincinnati Homicide Sgt. Mike Miller says a construction worker found the body of a man in the porta-potty at around 1:30 p.m. on the east side of the stadium. 

  • OU vs. Texas: Five Longhorns to watch during Saturday's game

    BY RYAN ABER Staff Writer raber@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Oct 8, 2015

    JERROD HEARD Quarterback Heard has been one of the few bright spots to this point in the season for the Longhorns. Heard broke Vince Young's school record with 527 yards of total offense in the loss to Cal earlier this season. But Heard couldn't get much going against TCU last week in a blowout, with just 48 yards passing in a 50-7 loss. Heard's escapability was front and center in the game against Cal, where he ran for 163 yards, and early in the loss to Oklahoma State. If Texas is able to stay close or even pull off a second upset in the last three seasons, it's hard to imagine Heard not being a big part of that. ARMANTI FOREMAN Wide receiver With Daje Johnson likely out Saturday,

  • OU vs. Texas: Five Sooners to watch during Saturday's game

    BY RYAN ABER Staff Writer raber@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Oct 8, 2015

    BAKER MAYFIELD Quarterback The quarterbacks are already of utmost importance in this game and the Sooners have gotten excellent play from Mayfield this season. He's thrown for 13 touchdowns and just three interceptions through four games. The Longhorns, known since the dawn of the Mack Brown era to have a fierce secondary, have struggled on the back end of their defense this season. Mayfield figures to be able to take advantage of that by showing off the solid decision making he's displayed as a junior this season. Also, he grew up in Austin as an OU fan, giving this game extra meaning. STERLING SHEPARD Wide receiver If Mayfield is important, so is his No. 1 target.

  • Charlotte paints track to mark restart zones

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    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Charlotte Motor Speedway has painted lines on the race track to mark where the restart zone will begin and end Saturday night. The zone is typically marked by NASCAR with the lines on the outside wall that aren't seen by fans. Charlotte has painted the marks to make the zone clear in what's been an ongoing issue. Drivers have complained for the last several months about shenanigans in the restart zone that NASCAR was not policing. NASCAR three races ago assigned an official to monitor the restart zone at track level, and it is now using in-race reviews to decide if a driver broke the rules. Brad Keselowski was flagged for jumping the restart at Dover two weeks ago. He's so far the only driver to b

  • Kazmir, Cueto acquired at deadline for postseason pushes

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    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Astros swung a deal for Scott Kazmir in July with October baseball in mind. The Royals did the same for Johnny Cueto. It's only fitting the two talented pitchers, acquired by their teams three days apart, will oppose each other in Game 2 of their AL division series on Friday at Kauffman Stadium. "It's a big responsibility for someone like me that gets traded to a contending team, to be able to bring these guys to the postseason," Kazmir said Thursday. "It's just a matter of staying confident and pitching my game. There's a lot of things you can't control on the mound to where you have to stay confident in your abilities and know what you're capable of doing.

  • Pirates' Sean Rodriguez makes peace with water cooler

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    PITTSBURGH (AP) — It's all good between Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Sean Rodriguez and the water cooler he TKO'd in the dugout during Pittsburgh's wild-card loss to the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night. Rodriguez was ejected in the seventh inning when the benches cleared and decided to take out his frustrations on an unsuspecting water cooler. Rodriguez worked several combinations on the cooler before it tumbled to the ground. The one-sided bout drew an avalanche of meme's and GIFs as well as a @Piratescooler parody Twitter account that quickly gained over 8,000 followers. Rodriguez took to Twitter to apologize on Thursday "for allowing my emotions to control my actions in a negative manner.

  • Titans CB Jason McCourty ready for season debut vs. Bills

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    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Titans cornerback Jason McCourty finally is ready for his season debut Sunday, even though the veteran hasn't taken a hit harder than what teammates muster up in padded practices. McCourtry isn't saying if he's 100 percent following groin surgery Aug. 24. When asked about his health, McCourty has a short answer: "I'll be out there. That's all that matters." The Titans (1-2) can use the cornerback who has started 72 of the 90 games he's played over the past six seasons, including every game the past three years. McCourty has 11 career interceptions and has forced six fumbles. He joins a defense allowing only 194.7 yards passing this season when he starts against Buffalo (2-2) opposite cornerback

  • Earnhardt forced to make hard decisions for JR Motorsports

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    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. has tried for five years to push Josh Berry's career forward. He got him one Xfinity Series start this year driving for JR Motorsports, and was ecstatic when Berry turned it into a seventh-place finish last month at Richmond. So thrilled, he used his time before reporters after the race to plead Berry's case. "We all but begged in that media center after the race," Earnhardt said. "We put ourselves on the mat there. I thought we were brutally honest about the situation." The situation is simple: It takes money to run a race team, and the funding has to come from corporate sponsors. With 139 employees to support at JR Motorsports, Earnhardt has to make business decisions that oft

  • Tennessee-Expectations Basketball

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    Tennessee's Kortney Dunbar passe the ball during NCAA college basketball practice, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015, in Knoxville, Tenn. The Lady Vols opened practice this week seeking to reach the Final Four for the first time since its 2008 national championship season.