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  • Ryan Nelsen fired by Toronto FC

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    TORONTO (AP) — Toronto FC fired manager Ryan Nelsen on Sunday. Greg Vanney, head of TFC Academy, was selected as Nelsen's replacement. Jason Bent has been offered a position to remain with club, while five other assistants were let go. Nelsen and general manager Tim Bezbatchenko were reportedly at odds with the rookie GM flexing his muscle in the wake of news that MLSE CEO Tim Leiweke, a champion of Nelsen and the team, is planning to leave. "The team obviously not only did not play well but we really didn't show up," Leiweke told The Canadian Press in an interview. "And people pay good money to come see these games.

  • Galaxy dominates Chivas USA 3-0

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    CARSON, California (AP) — Gyasi Zardes scored twice to lead the L.A. Galaxy to a 3-0 over Chivas USA in Major League Soccer on Sunday. At Washington, D.C. United extended its lead to four points over second-place Sporting Kansas City in the Eastern Conference with a 2-0 win over the New York Red Bulls. Landon Donovan made a run through midfield in the 41st minute and found Zardes on the left wing, who fired a shot from the top corner of the box past Chivas USA goalkeeper Dan Kennedy for the lead. Robbie Keane beat Jhon Kennedy Hurtado at the top of the box and lobbed the ball over Kennedy, who was caught in no-man's land, for a 2-0 lead at the 68th minute and Zardes made it 3-0 in the 71st after a set of deft passes a

  • Sore Baylor QB Petty out for 2nd half

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    WACO, Texas (AP) — Quarterback Bryce Petty didn't play after halftime of No. 10 Baylor's season opener because of a bruise to his lower back. Petty was clearly in discomfort several times in the first half against SMU on Sunday night. He took a shot early in the game. Seth Russell took over at quarterback after halftime. While it wasn't exactly clear when Petty got hurt, he grabbed at his lower back and side several times while playing the entire first half as the Bears took a 31-0 lead. He was gingerly moving at the end of several plays. Petty completed 13 of 23 passes for 161 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for another score, and got up slowly after being hit going into the end zone on a 5-yard score.

  • Ernst wins LPGA's Portland Classic in playoff

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Austin Ernst won the LPGA Tour's Portland Classic on Sunday with a par on the first hole of a playoff against South Korea's I.K. Kim. It was the first professional victory for the 22-year-old Ernst, who shot a 5-under 67 in the final round to get to 14 under at Columbia Edgewater. Kim, the first- and second-round leader, carded a 68. Kim missed an eight-foot par putt in the playoff that handed the win to the American. A year ago as a rookie in Portland, Ernst shot a third-round 62 on the way to a ninth-place finish. In Ernst's mind, Columbia Edgewater was a likely place for her first career win. "A lot of good memories coming into this year. I was very confident coming in, knowing I could m

  • Roger Federer advances in 4 sets at US Open

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Roger Federer regrouped after a fortuitously timed rain delay to move on at the U.S. Open in four sets. The second-seeded Federer was a game from losing the first set to Marcel Granollers in the third round Sunday when play was stopped because of lightning. After they returned to the court two hours later, Granollers won the set, but Federer dominated the rest of the way in a 4-6, 6-1, 6-1, 6-1 victory. Drenched with sweat on a humid night, Federer acknowledged afterward that the break helped him. He started serving better in the final three sets. "He was doing a lot of things really well," Federer said later.

  • Eovaldi outpitched by Wood as Marlins lose 1-0

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    ATLANTA (AP) — Most of Nathan Eovaldi's pitches were working fine, except for one fastball to Evan Gattis. "I feel like I misplaced some fastballs," Eovaldi said. "I missed that one to Gattis. Right down the middle. That was the difference in the game." Eovaldi was outpitched by Alex Wood, and the Miami Marlins couldn't overcome a punchless offense in a 1-0 loss to the Atlanta Braves on Sunday. Wood struck out 12 in eight dominant innings, and Gattis homered for Atlanta. The Marlins, who have lost six of eight, had gone 60 games without getting shut out, the longest active streak in the majors. Atlanta, which has won four of five and 11 of 15, remained 1 1/2 games out of the second NL wild-card spot.

  • Recker hits 3-run HR, Mets hold off Phillies 6-5

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Mets starter Dillon Gee called it the hottest game he's pitched in all year. And on a muggy afternoon at Citi Field, a boost from the bench was just what New York needed to cool off the Phillies. Anthony Recker snapped a sixth-inning tie with a three-run homer in a rare start, and the Mets held off Philadelphia 6-5 Sunday to avoid dropping into last place. "Anytime you get a chance to play, you just want to contribute," Recker said. "We've got a few guys on the bench that haven't been seeing a lot of time, so when we get our chance we really want to be able to do our part." Wilmer Flores had three hits and made two sparkling defensive plays at shortstop in the final two innings to help New York hang on

  • Peng beats Safarova to make US Open quarterfinals

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — China's Peng Shuai finally reached a Grand Slam quarterfinal in her sixth try. The 39th-ranked Peng beat a seeded player for the third straight match at the U.S. Open, defeating No. 14 Lucie Safarova 6-3, 6-4 on Sunday. Peng had been 0-5 in fourth-round matches at major tournaments. She becomes the third Chinese player to reach a Grand Slam quarterfinal after Li Na and Jie Zheng. Safarova was coming off a semifinal run at Wimbledon. Peng faced only one break point and had just seven unforced errors.

  • Cardinals overcome 5-run deficit to beat Cubs 9-6

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Matt Holliday doesn't get too technical about what he tries to do at the plate for the Cardinals. Holliday hit his third home run in two games and broke an eighth-inning tie with a two-run single, rallying St. Louis past the Chicago Cubs 9-6 on Sunday. "I just try to hit the ball to the middle of the field," said Holliday, who has five homers against the Cubs this season and 20 in his career. "Trying to hit a single up the middle is a good approach." Holliday finished with three hits and four RBIs for the Cardinals, who moved into a tie with Milwaukee for first place in the NL Central. The Brewers lost 15-5 in San Francisco. St. Louis manager Mike Matheny was pleased with his team's performance.

  • Oklahoma State football notebook: Cowboys play Florida State closer in second half than any opponent Seminoles faced in 2013 regular season

    BY KYLE FREDRICKSON, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Aug 31, 2014

    Pokes play Seminoles closer in second half than any 2013 opponent In the age of advanced statistics in sports, nearly every aspect of a football game can be measured by immense data gathered throughout a season. In terms of Oklahoma State on Saturday night at AT&T Stadium, those types of stats illuminated just how well the Cowboys stuck with Florida State, despite losing 37-31. According to ESPN, the returning national champions led in the second half of every regular season game last year by at least more than three points. Against the Cowboys in the opener, the Seminoles were only up by three points on 18 of the 38 plays ran in the third and fourth quarter. More telling stats? FSU only allowed more

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Kevin Durant's rising popularity and extreme marketability made his sky-high price tag worth it for Nike

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Updated: 23 hr ago

    Under Armour made a strong push, offering up a deal reportedly in the $265 million to $285 million range, plus incentives, over 10 years. But on Sunday morning, ESPN reported that Nike decided to match it. Durant is now under control through the start of the 2024 season.

  • Pro football: Buffalo Bills sign former East Central receiver Caleb Holley to practice squad

    By Mike Baldwin | Published: Sun, Aug 31, 2014

    An Anchorage, Alaska, product, Holley broke a 35-year-old receiving record last season at East Central with 970 yards and nine touchdowns on 55 catches. He also set the single-game record with 224 yards on 14 receptions.

  • Oklahoma high school football: A week-by-week look at the top games of the season

    BY JACOB UNRUH, SCOTT WRIGHT AND TRENT SHADID | Published: Sun, Aug 31, 2014

    The Oklahoman staff combed through every schedule for the season and chose the most impactful games each week for fans to see. Here is that list.

  • Oklahoma football: Jordan Phillips showed what he's capable of doing

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Sun, Aug 31, 2014

    Phillips didn’t play a whole lot Saturday night — Oklahoma’s coaches want to make sure he’s healthy for Big 12 games that are going to determine the Sooners’ fate this season — but when he did, Phillips was every bit the handful for offensive linemen he was last season when healthy.

  • Oklahoma State football: Emmanuel Ogbah's breakout performance highlights strength of Cowboy defense

    Kyle Fredrickson | Published: Sun, Aug 31, 2014

    The 6-foot-4, 270-pound sophomore made his first-career start and kept Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston on the run much of the night — despite the fact FSU started a senior at every position on its offensive line.

  • Audio: The Oklahoman helps preview high school football season on Sports Animal

    Jacob Unruh | Published: Sun, Aug 31, 2014

    The Sports Animal’s High School Spotlight spent Sunday morning’s show previewing the upcoming high school football season with The Oklahoman‘s Jacob Unruh and Scott Wright and hosts Van Shea Iven and Brian Aylor. Here is the audio:

  • Oklahoma football: Sooners' backup quarterback situation is tricky for now

    By Jason Kersey | Published: Sun, Aug 31, 2014

    Until redshirt freshman Cody Thomas is fully healed from the muscle strain that has plagued him the past couple weeks — or Texas Tech transfer Baker Mayfield wins his eligibility battle, which seems like a long shot — the Sooners really don’t have any good options behind starter Trevor Knight at quarterback.

  • Pro football bust possibilities: Sam Bradford and Wes Welker

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Sun, Aug 31, 2014

    Bradford has been decked by another major knee injury. Meanwhile, Welker suffered another concussion to go with the two he had last season and who knows how many others, dating back to Heritage Hall. It’s a fair question to ask about the bust status of these two Oklahoma icons. ProAs in, will Bradford be a bust and will Welker get a bust, in the Hall of Fame?

  • Oklahoma City RedHawks: RedHawks face elimination after another loss at Iowa

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sun, Aug 31, 2014

    Oklahoma City, which began the Iowa series with a two-game lead over the Omaha Storm Chasers, now trail the Chasers by one game in the division. If Omaha beat Colorado Springs late Sunday night, then the RedHawks would be eliminated from the title chase. That’s because Omaha would have a 11/2-game advantage going into Monday’s final regular season games.

  • Oklahoma high school football: Top 10 games for Week 1 of the season

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Published: Sun, Aug 31, 2014

    The opening week is loaded with powerful matchups of highly ranked teams and some traditional rivalries.