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  • Dallas Cowboys worth $3.2 billion

    Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    Forbes lists the Dallas Cowboys as being worth $3.2 billion. Which is silly. I just don’t know which side of silly. Forbes says the Cowboys’ value has risen 36 percent over last year, which I assume is related to the Los Angeles Clippers’ recent sale to Steve Ballmer for $2 billion. The Clippers were valued […]

  • Photo Of Kevin Durant Next To A Professional Baseball Player Shows You How Tall NBA Players Really Are

    Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    Here is a picture of two professional athletes, both of whom are All-Stars in their respective sports. Kevin Durant is listed at 6'10". Jose Altuve of the Houston Astros is 5'6". He's the smallest player in Major League Baseball, but he's not that far off from the height of an average male human, Business Insider reports. This is your semi-regular reminder that we dramatically underestimate how crazy tall NBA players are. This sort of height is so rare that a full 17% of 7-foot-tall American males aged 20 to 40 play in the NBA, according to David Epstein's book "The Sports Gene."

  • Suarez left off list for Uruguay friendlies

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Luis Suarez has been left off a preliminary list of players for Uruguay's international friendly matches next month against Japan and South Korea, even though he was eligible to play after his biting ban was softened. Suarez is banned from Uruguay's next eight competitive matches for biting an opponent during the World Cup, meaning he will miss next year's Copa America and some World Cup qualifiers. However, the Switzerland-based Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled last week that Suarez is not banned from playing friendlies. Still, the South Americans elected not call him up Thursday for the two matches. Suarez is also banned from playing competitive matches with his new club team Barcelona

  • Rossi to race for Marussia team at Belgian GP

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    SPA, Belgium (AP) — American driver Alexander Rossi will make his Formula One debut for Marussia at this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix, replacing Max Chilton during his contractual problems. The team says the 22-year-old Rossi will race alongside Jules Bianchi until Chilton's contractual issues are resolved. Rossi joined Marussia as a reserve driver ahead of last month's Hungarian GP. Team principal John Booth says "we are pleased to be providing with him the opportunity to make his Grand Prix debut," adding that he hopes to "resume normal service" with the team's established driver set-up as soon as possible. Rossi has previous experience of competing in the GP2 and GP3 series.

  • Oklahoma State football: Cowboys coach Mike Gundy meets the media

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    Oklahoma State football coach Mike Gundy is holding his Florida State game-week press conference today at 1 p.m.

  • Jayhawks trying to adjust to running back injuries

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Ben Heeney may know better than anybody the challenge that faces Kansas after losing its top two running backs to season-ending injuries just one day apart. The senior linebacker has had to tackle Brandon Bourbon and Taylor Cox in practice, and he's close friends with both of them. Bourbon is his roommate. "James Sims was the guy around here for four years," Heeney said Tuesday. "For them both to kind of be the ones that were going to carry the load this year, and then both of them had heart-breaking injuries — it hurts the whole team." Bourbon tore his ACL during a scrimmage on Sunday, and Cox tore an Achilles tendon in a non-contact drill on Monday.

  • Column: In France, a small team makes a big point

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    PARIS (AP) — The principle, beautiful in its simplicity, motivates players in open leagues everywhere, be they school kids or hardened pros: Play well enough through the season to finish top or near the top of the division and the end reward will be promotion to bigger and better things. So the players of Luzenac, an unheralded team from the lush foothills of the jagged French Pyrenees mountains, felt they'd reached the promised land when they secured promotion from the amateur ranks to Ligue 2, the second of France's two professional leagues, last season. They celebrated through the night after a 1-0 win in April that guaranteed their jump out of the Championnat National, the third rung of French football.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with OSU writer Kyle Fredrickson

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 11 hr ago

  • Dortmund hopes to raise cash in stock issue

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    DORTMUND, Germany (AP) — Borussia Dortmund is hoping to raise fresh capital with a stock issue expected to bring in 114.4 million euros ($151.72 million) in an effort to reduce debt and give the club more financial clout. Dortmund is the only listed Bundesliga soccer club. It nearly went bankrupt in 2005 but has been recovering thanks to sporting success. Dortmund was the Bundesliga champion in 2011 and 2012, won the German Cup in 2012 and reached the Champions League final in 2013. The club says its three main sponsors — chemicals company Evonik, apparel maker Puma and insurer Signal Iduna — have committed to buying the new shares. About 40 million euros ($53.05 million) of the fresh capital will be used to reduc

  • Liverpool in talks to sign Mario Balotelli

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Liverpool could be about to replace one controversial striker with another. Italy international Mario Balotelli has been lined up by the Premier League club as a potential replacement for Luis Suarez, who left Anfield to join Barcelona for $130 million. Balotelli, who spent 2½ years with Manchester City up to 2013, left the club's Milanello training ground on Thursday for possibly the last time. "Mario Balotelli left Milanello's sporting center at 1330 (local time) after saying goodbye to his teammates," Milan said in a statement. "Before going through the gates, he said goodbye to members of Milan's press office." Balotelli scored 14 goals in 30 league appearances for Milan last seaso

  • Mo'ne Davis merchandise means money -- and outrage

    Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    People are lining up for autographs from Mo'ne Davis, the 13-year-old pitching sensation from Philadelphia, and some of them are cashing in, says USA Today. A baseball advertised as being autographed by Mo'ne – who became the first girl to pitch a shutout at the Little League World Series and is on the cover of this week's of Sports Illustrated – turned up for sale on eBay. An auction had driven the price up to $500 on Wednesday. About 40 other items featuring Mo'ne, many alleged to be autographed by her, also were for sale on the website.

  • Defender Cleber could play for Hamburg immediately

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    HAMBURG, Germany (AP) — Hamburger SV says Brazilian central defender Cleber could make his Bundesliga debut in the opening round on Saturday against promoted Cologne. Cleber was undergoing medical tests and was expected to sign a four-year contract as one of the new players signed by Hamburg ahead of the new season. Hamburg chairman Dietmar Beiersdorfer says Cleber already has "30 matches for Corinthians Sao Paulo behind him" and could debut against Cologne. Hamburg barely escaped relegation last season and is rebuilding the team.

  • European soccer clubs opening US academies

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    MIAMI (AP) — As the U.S. appetite for soccer grows, more American kids are harboring dreams of becoming the next David Beckham or Leo Messi. Their aspirations, realistic or not, have not gone unnoticed by top international teams, which are trying to capitalize financially. European clubs like Barcelona, Liverpool and Arsenal have long sent coaches to work at U.S. summer camps, but now some are opening year-round U.S. academies aimed at finding new talent while also expanding their fan bases and revenue opportunities in the states. Later this month, Barcelona will open FCB Escola Florida, its first permanent U.S academy, in Fort Lauderdale. Argentine Boca Juniors and English Everton are already operating in New York and Connecticu

  • Ancelotti: Di Maria wants to leave Madrid

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti says Argentina forward Angel Di Maria has asked for a transfer. The 26-year-old Di Maria has spent the last four years at Madrid and helped it win the Champions League last season. Ancelotti says "Di Maria has asked to leave and he has rejected an offer (to renew his contract) from the club." Di Maria, who is under contract with Madrid until 2018, has been linked to Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain. Madrid signed two more attacking midfielders in James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos this summer, increasing competition for Di Maria to maintain his place in its starting lineup.

  • Bundesliga riding high after Germany World Cup win

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Bayern Munich kicks off the defense of its Bundesliga title on Friday against revamped Wolfsburg with fans hoping for a thrilling season after Germany's triumph at the World Cup in Brazil. For that to happen, however, Bayern will have to lose some of its dominance. Bayern became the earliest ever champion in March and finished 19 points ahead of Borussia Dortmund. The previous season, it beat Dortmund to the title by a 25-point margin. The two clubs are expected again to be the main rivals for the championship. Dortmund won the dress rehearsal, beating an injury-hit Bayern 2-0 in the German Super Cup two weeks ago. Here are five things to know ahead of the opening round: ___ THE CLUB TO

  • Chopra picked by Tendulkar's Kerala Blasters

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    MUMBAI, India (AP) — Former Newcastle striker Michael Chopra's Indian origin made him a top pick as he was bought quickly by Kerala Blasters on Thursday in the international player draft of the Indian Super League. Chopra, the only English player among 49 players in the draft, was picked by the south Indian franchise which is part-owned by retired cricket great Sachin Tendulkar. "When the drafts came up, the first name that caught our attention was that of Chopra," said former England goalkeeper David James, a player and manager with the Kerala Blasters. "We immediately decided to pick him and are happy to have him in this team." Chopra will get $58,185 per season, according to organizers.

  • Rwanda appeals African Cup disqualification

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    CAIRO (AP) — The Confederation of African Football says Rwanda has appealed against its disqualification from African Cup qualifying for fielding a striker who was using two identities. CAF says Rwanda's appeal will be heard on Wednesday. The final round of qualifiers begins on Sept. 5. CAF announced this week that it had thrown out Rwanda over its fielding of forward Dady Birori, who was ineligible to play for the country because he was using two different identities when playing international and club football. CAF said Birori was playing under another name for his Congolese club AS Vita and using a different, Congolese, passport and a different date of birth.

  • Wondolowski lifts Earthquakes to tie with Sounders

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    SEATTLE (AP) — Just four days after the worst loss in franchise history, the San Jose Earthquakes were just looking to get back on the field. Chris Wondolowski tapped in a point-blank shot midway through the 66th minute on Wednesday night as the San Jose Earthquakes pulled out a 1-1 draw against the Seattle Sounders. The Earthquakes (6-9-7) were coming off a 5-0 loss at home last Saturday to FC Dallas. "To be quite frank, it was very embarrassing," said Wondolowski, who scored his team-leading ninth goal of the season and seventh all-time against the Sounders. "Any time you lose at home like that, you have a bit of a chip on your shoulder. So it was one of those things where we were grateful that we didn't have all we

  • Wildcats searching for Carey's replacement

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona will have a hard time replacing Ka'Deem Carey with one running back. A two-time All-American, Carey left the desert with nearly every rushing record in the book. The Wildcats have auditioned six players for the role in fall camp and each brings something a little different to the table. Fifth-year senior Terris Jones-Grigsby, a walk-on in 2010, has gotten the most first-team reps so far. Junior Jared Baker was a backup last season before tearing his ACL and is ahead of schedule in his recovery. Freshmen Nick Wilson and Jonathan Haden also have a chance to contribute, as does UNLV transfer Adonis Smith. Sophomore Zach Green could add some heft to the backfield, too.

  • Jedinak, Cahill among 20-man Australian squad

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    SYDNEY (AP) — Australia captain Mile Jedinak and 71-cap veteran Tim Cahill were among 12 members of the country's World Cup squad named Thursday by coach Ange Postecoglou for matches against Belgium and Saudi Arabia in September. The 20-man squad contained four uncapped players — Brad Smith, Chris Herd, Trent Sainsbury and Bailey Wright — as well as young A-League players Terry Antonis and Tomi Juric. Smith made his English Premier League debut last season for Liverpool but is now on loan to Swindon Town in League One. Born in Australia to English parents, he was eligible to represent either country. But after playing for England at the under-17 and under-21 levels, the 20-year-old defender confirmed he will play