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  • Messi leads Barca rout to keep lead, Neymar hurt

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Lionel Messi shrugged off a missed penalty and another injury to Neymar by scoring one goal and setting up two more to lead Barcelona to a 5-0 rout at 10-man Levante on Sunday as it stayed top of the Spanish league. Messi set up Neymar for the 34th-minute opener before flubbing a spot kick in the 42nd after being fouled by Loukas Vyntra, who was sent off. Barcelona didn't blink, however, and two minutes later Ivan Rakitic scored his first goal for Barcelona with a blistering strike from outside the area.

  • High school football notebook: Defense lifts Putnam City to first victory

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT AND JACOB UNRUH | Updated: 23 hr ago

    With Austin Williams and Chris Pogi anchoring the defensive line, Putnam City was able to hold off rival Putnam City West 10-9 Friday night. Williams and Pogi paired up for the Pirates’ only touchdown as well, with Williams blocking a punt and Pogi returning it 35 yards for the team’s only touchdown.

  • Owasso-Norman North tops Week 4 list of top 10 games

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Updated: 23 hr ago

    One of the fans’ biggest benefits of the Class 6A split is the guarantee of multiple entertaining games each week between 6A-I opponents. This week, the focus will be on suddenly surging Owasso, with what might be the state’s best defense, facing off against Norman North, one of Oklahoma’s best offenses. Here are the top 10 games of Week 4.

  • Panathinaikos beats Platanias 3-2 in Greek league

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Nikos Karelis, Thanassis Dinas and team captain Zeca scored for Panathinaikos in a 3-2 away victory over Platanias in the Greek league Sunday. Ousmane Coulibaly and David Torres scored Platanias' goals. Panathinaikos took the lead when Karelis scored in the 10th minute, but Coulibaly equalized four minutes later and Torres gave the hosts the lead in the 50th. Two minutes later, Dinas made it 2-2 and Zeca scored the winner in the 69th. The win brought Panathinaikos into a five-way tie for third place, three points behind Olympiakos and one behind Veria. Also, Asteras beat Kalloni 1-0, Panthrakikos beat Panionios 1-0, Kerkyra defeated Giannena 2-0, and Ergotelis won 4-1 at last-place Ni

  • Big 12 rankings: Sooners No. 1, OSU No. 3

    Berry Tramel | Published: Sun, Sep 21, 2014

    Big 12 football is starting to clear up a little. OSU and West Virginia are better than we thought. Texas Tech and Texas not as good as we thought. OU, somewhat tested, is living up to its billing. Baylor’s tests await. Time for our weekly rankings, this week based on how the teams have looked. […]

  • Gilberto helps Toronto FC beat Chivas USA 3-0

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    TORONTO (AP) — Gilberto scored a goal and set up another in Toronto FC's 3-0 victory over Chivas USA on Sunday. Jackson and Luke Moore also scored for Toronto (10-11-7). Toronto snapped a six-game (0-4-2) winless streak with its first victory since beating Columbus on Aug. 9. Chivas (6-17-6) has lost six straight and is winless in 11 (0-10-1). It has been shut out in nine of its last 10 games. The teams were reduced to 10 men in the 66th minute for an altercation that saw Jackson slap Chivas midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker. Both were given red cards.

  • Police probing racist tweets sent to Balotelli


    LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Police say they are investigating racist messages sent to Mario Balotelli on Twitter in reaction to the Liverpool striker's posts about Manchester United's 5-3 loss to Leicester in the Premier League. Balotelli tweeted "Man Utd...LOL" as United — a fierce rival of Liverpool — let slip a 3-1 lead during the match on Sunday. It triggered a string of racist comments. Merseyside Police say "we can confirm officers are looking into offensive comments made on Twitter about Mario Balotelli earlier today," adding that they have not received any complaints.

  • Rutgers losses leading rusher James to knee injury


    PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Rutgers running back Paul James will miss the rest of the season after he tore a knee ligament during the Scarlet Knights' victory against Navy. James was the team's leading rusher and had 96 yards and a touchdown on seven carries against Navy on Saturday before taking a helmet to his knee. Coach Kyle Flood announced on Sunday that James tore the ACL in his right knee when he took a Navy player's helmet to his knee. "Really what it means is that we have one less guy in the rotation," Flood said. "It's somebody who's created a lot of big plays in the running game and did it again yesterday." Rutgers beat Navy 31-24. Justin Goodwin ran for 104 yards for Rutgers and Desmon Peoples added 82 yards.

  • Wildcats stun Cal with Hail (Hill) Mary


    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona quarterback Anu Solomon rolled to the right to create time and space, planted his feet and heaved the ball into the desert air. Austin Hill jostled for position as he ran down the field, reaching the back corner of the end zone just in time to trace the arc of the ball. It was headed right for him. Hoping not to get knocked out of the way, Hill planted his feet and reached up, bracing for the impact that never came. Surrounded by gold-clad Cal defenders, the senior somehow came down with the nugget. Hail Mary, answered.

  • Wesselingh beats Langer in playoff


    VORBECK, Germany (AP) — England's Paul Wesselingh won the European Senior Tour's WinstonGolf Senior Open on Sunday, beating German star Bernhard Langer with a birdie on the third hole of a playoff. Wesselingh shot a 7-under 65, closing eagle-birdie, to match Langer and England's Phil Golding at 15-under 201 at WinstonGolf. Langer, a five-time winner this season on the Champions Tour, had a 69, and Golding shot 66. All three players birdied the first playoff hole. Wesselingh and Langer parred the second, and Golding dropped out with a bogey.

  • Roma beats Cagliari 2-0, pulls level with Juventus


    ROME (AP) — Alessandro Florenzi set up one goal then scored another as Roma pulled level with Juventus atop Serie A with a 2-0 win over Cagliari on Sunday. Florenzi provided the cross for Mattia Destro's opener 10 minutes in at the Stadio Olimpico then took a pass from Gervinho and found the target himself two minutes later with an angled shot. Florenzi celebrated by climbing over a barrier into the stands and running up several rows to embrace his 82-year-old grandmother — drawing a yellow card from the referee. "He'll pay a fine but he's happy to," Roma coach Rudi Garcia said. "This is the beautiful side of football." Roma and Juventus, which won 1-0 at AC Milan on Saturday, are the only clubs to win their o

  • Sports TV listings for Oklahoma City: Monday, Sept. 22-Tuesday, Sept. 23

    Published: Sun, Sep 21, 2014

    MONDAY NFL 7:15 p.m., Chicago at N.Y. Jets, ESPN (Cox 29)/WWLS-FM 98.1 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 6 p.m., Pittsburgh at Atlanta, MLBN (Cox 264) 7 p.m., St. Louis at Chi. Cubs, FSPLUS (Cox 68)/KREF-AM 1400/98.5 FM 7 p.m., Houston at Texas, FSOK (Cox 37)/KGHM-AM 1340 9 p.m., San Francisco at L.A. Dodgers, MLBN (Cox 264) NHL PRESEASON 6 p.m., New Jersey at N.Y. Rangers, NHLNET (Cox 263) TUESDAY MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 6 p.m., Baltimore at N.Y. Yankees, ESPN (Cox 29) 7 p.m., St. Louis at Chi. Cubs, FSPLUS (Cox 68)/KREF-AM 1400/98.5 FM 7 p.m., Houston at Texas, FSOK (Cox 37)/KGHM-AM 1340 9 p.m., San Francisco at L.A. Dodgers, ESPN (Cox 29) NHL

  • Survive and advance in college football, sort of


    Breaking down the ballots for the AP Top 25 and wrapping up college football's fourth weekend. ___ SURVIVE AND ADVANCE Now that college football has a bracket — albeit a very small one for the four-team playoff — the mantra of the NCAA basketball tournament is seeping its way into fall Saturdays: Survive and advance. It's not quite that simple, but it was certainly an appropriate way to look at what No. 1 Florida State and No. 2 Oregon did Saturday night. The top seven teams in the latest Associated Press college football rankings on Sunday held their spots from last week. Florida State has 33 first-place votes. Oregon received 12. No. 3 Alabama got seven after being both dominant and sloppy in a 42-21 v

  • Loss to Miss St. yields QB questions for LSU


    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — In LSU's worst game of this young season, reserve quarterback Brandon Harris looked better than ever in the little playing time he had. The freshman's stirring performance in the dying minutes of a humbling 34-29 loss to Mississippi State begged the question of what might have been if the young quarterback with the big arm had more snaps. And with the Tigers sliding from a No. 8 ranking down to No. 17 this week, it sounds like coach Les Miles is considering that question seriously. "He definitely gave a strong performance when he came in," Miles said. "We are still going to look at the overall body of work and the things that we can do with him." Mississippi State, which went from unranked up t

  • Huskers see no need to celebrate their 4-0 start


    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska has made it through non-conference play unbeaten for the first time in three years. Rest assured, no one in the Cornhuskers' camp is celebrating. The 21st-ranked Huskers (4-0) have endured embarrassing losses at least once in each of Bo Pelini's first six seasons. That is in the backs of their minds — and, no doubt, the fans' — as they go into Big Ten play this week against Illinois (3-1). "Any given week, anything can happen," running back Ameer Abdullah said. "We have had good years where we have lost to some teams that we probably should've beat and some weeks where we beat a good team that we weren't as talented as. Don't believe the hype, don't buy in to anything you hear.

  • Defense sparks Arkansas' latest blowout win


    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Bret Bielema was concerned about how Arkansas defensive tackle Darius Philon might react after his fumble return for a touchdown against Northern Illinois. The Razorbacks coach could be forgiven for not knowing exactly how the Mobile, Alabama, native might celebrate his score. Game-changing defensive plays have been few and far between the last few years at Arkansas. "I was a little scared he might break into a little Alabama shuffle over there," Bielema said. "He is an entertaining player who was really into it." Philon, who put the Razorbacks (3-1) up 14-0 in the first quarter with his 14-yard scoop and score, managed to hold his emotions in check following his first career touchdown.

  • Man United implodes in 5-3 loss to Leicester


    LEICESTER, England (AP) — Manchester United surrendered a two-goal lead to lose 5-3 to Leicester in a wild Premier League game on Sunday, with the promoted side scoring four times in 20 minutes to cap its thrilling comeback. Angel Di Maria's exquisite chip put United 2-0 ahead in the 16th minute but it proved in vain as Leicester exposed the visitors' defensive frailties to come from 3-1 down with 28 minutes left. Penalties by David Nugent and Leonardo Ulloa — the second after Tyler Blackett's sending-off — came either side of goals by Esteban Cambiasso and Jamie Vardy as United's defense imploded at King Power Stadium.

  • Lampard equalizer denies former club Chelsea


    MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Frank Lampard made Chelsea pay for releasing him this summer after 13 years, scoring a trademark equalizer against his former club for Manchester City in a 1-1 draw between the two biggest contenders for the Premier League title on Sunday. Chelsea's four-match winning run to open the season was ended by its all-time record scorer, with Lampard arriving late in the box — as he did so often at Stamford Bridge — to sidefoot home in the 85th minute. Applauded on and off the pitch by Chelsea's traveling support, Lampard — keeping his head down — held his arm out in an attempt to hold off the advances of his joyous teammates and didn't celebrate his first goal for City.

  • Lampard stuns former club Chelsea, United implodes


    MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Chelsea's winning start to the Premier League was ended by a dramatic goal from one of its greatest ever players while Manchester United's all-star attack was undermined by its jittery defense in a 5-3 loss at Leicester on Sunday. Frank Lampard struggled to contain his emotions after grabbing 10-man Manchester City's 85th-minute equalizer in a 1-1 draw against Chelsea, the team which released the former England midfielder this summer after his club-record 211 goals in 13 years at Stamford Bridge. "It is a special and weird day," said Lampard, who was applauded before and after the game by Chelsea's traveling support.

  • Alabama's play ranged from great to awful in win


    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's numbers were a mish-mash of the awfully pretty and pretty awful: four turnovers, 11 penalties, 645 yards — and one more win. The third-ranked Crimson Tide retained its perfect record with Saturday's 42-21 win over Florida but the performance was anything but pristine. Even coach Nick Saban didn't seem all that perturbed by the miscues, particularly since Alabama has an open date to iron things out before visiting No. 10 Mississippi. "We've had far too many of those this year, and we've got to get it corrected," Saban said. "But there's also been a tremendous amount of production offensively.