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  • Report: Sooners to play Houston in 2016 Advocare Texas Kickoff

    Published: Mon, Jul 28, 2014

    The Houston Chronicle reports that the University of Houston will open the 2016 season against Oklahoma in the Advocare Texas Kickoff at NRG Stadium in Houston. LSU and Wisconsin will play in this year's game, while Texas A&M and Arizona State are slated to play in the 2015 edition. Oklahoma State and Mississippi State played in the inaugural game in 2013. Houston and OU have only met twice, with the Sooners winning both times -- 40-14 in the 1981 Sun Bowl and 63-13 in Norman in 2004.

  • Dodgers acquire 2B Barney in trade with Cubs

    Updated: Mon, Jul 28, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired second baseman Darwin Barney in a trade with the Chicago Cubs. Barney won a Gold Glove in 2012 after tying the major league single-season record with 141 consecutive errorless games. But he was designated for assignment last Tuesday after hitting .230 with 16 RBIs in 72 games this season. The last-place Cubs sent Barney and cash to NL West-leading Los Angeles for a player to be named. The trade was announced on Monday. Barney, who turns 29 in November, is a .244 career hitter with 18 homers and 146 RBIs in 542 games.

  • WATCH: Big 12 football coaches read mean tweets

    Published: Mon, Jul 28, 2014

    Big 12 coaches took some time out during Big 12 Media Days to read some mean tweets people sent them on Twitter. There's some funny stuff from Paul Rhoads (Iowa State), Dana Holgorsen (West Virginia), Kliff Kingsbury (Texas Tech), Art Briles (Baylor) and Gary Patterson (TCU). Unfortunately Bob Stoops (OU), Mike Gundy (OSU), Charlie Strong (Texas), Charlie Weis (Kansas) and Bill Snyder (Kansas State) didn't participate (although, I'm sure you'd be hard-pressed to find something mean about Snyder).

  • All-State golf: Lewis family adds $1,000 to scholarship

    By Scott Wright | Published: Mon, Jul 28, 2014

    The scholarship designed to memorialize Bethel golfer Kyle Lewis, who died in a single-car accident on his way home from the All-State matches in 2010, began as a $250 scholarship for one high school golfer.

  • Judge OKs record-setting $2B sale of Clippers

    By BRIAN MELLEY | Published: Mon, Jul 28, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge ruled against Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling on Monday in his attempt to block the $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. In the tentative ruling, Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas sided with Sterling’s estranged wife Shelly Sterling, who burst into tears when the ruling was announced. “I can’t believe it’s over. I feel good,” she said. Shelly Sterling negotiated the sale of the team after the 80-year-old billionaire was banned by the NBA for making offensive remarks about blacks.

  • High school notebook: Clinton football coach Mike Lee resigns

    By Scott Wright, Jacob Unruh, and Trent Shadid | Published: Mon, Jul 28, 2014

    Lee retires after having guided Clinton to nine state titles over his 25 seasons as coach. He was inducted into the Oklahoma Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2011.

  • Keselowski to run NASCAR Nationwide race in Iowa

    Updated: Mon, Jul 28, 2014

    NEWTON, Iowa (AP) — Brad Keselowski will run the NASCAR Nationwide race in Iowa on Saturday, just a day before the Sprint Cup event at Pocono. Keselowski will make his seventh start in NASCAR's second-tier series this season. Keselowski, who has already won a pair of Nationwide races in 2014, will replace Ryan Blaney in the No. 22 car so Blaney can run a trucks race in Pocono on Saturday. Keselowski has won twice in four Nationwide races at Iowa Speedway, including the inaugural event in 2009. Keselowski will fly back to Pennsylvania following Saturday night's race to run the No. 2 car at Pocono on Sunday.

  • Oklahoma football: Joe Mixon meets with police investigators; attorney says 'Joe has done nothing wrong'

    Jason Kersey | Published: Mon, Jul 28, 2014

    NORMAN — Kevin Finlay, the attorney representing OU freshman running back Joe Mixon, released the following statement to the media Monday afternoon regarding the assault allegations against his client: “This past Friday morning Joe Mixon found himself in a situation where he was subjected to both verbal and physical attacks from a very intoxicated and […]

  • Mets GM Alderson suggests deadline deal unlikely

    Updated: Mon, Jul 28, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Mets general manager Sandy Alderson says "I wouldn't bet on something happening" before Thursday's trade deadline. New York went into Monday night's game against the Phillies at 50-55, seven games out of a wild-card spot. Alderson says: "We're not anxious to be sellers and cautious about being buyers." Monday's starter, Bartolo Colon, might be the most attractive trade bait to other teams that are buyers. In the first season of a two-year, $20 million deal, the 41-year-old right-hander was 9-8 with a 4.03 ERA going into the game. But Alderson suggests Colon may be an even more valuable trade asset in the coming offseason.

  • Gordon eyeing 5th title after big Brickyard win

    Updated: Mon, Jul 28, 2014

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Long before Jimmie Johnson arrived on the NASCAR scene, Jeff Gordon was the fastest thing on wheels. He was the "Wonder Boy" who racked up wins at a record place. He brought the southern sport to Madison Ave. and became such a household name that even rapper Nelly name-dropped Gordon in a song. Gordon won all the big races, collected four championships in seven years and had 58 victories before his 30th birthday. Then his pace began to slow, the rest of the field caught up to him and Johnson moved into the Hendrick Motorsports shop as the new kid on the block. Gordon hasn't won a title since, while Johnson has won five. Now, 13 years after Gordon launched "The Drive for 5," Gordon is on track

  • Sailors to navigate dirty water in 1st Rio test

    Updated: Mon, Jul 28, 2014

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Sailors, coaches and the mayor of Rio de Janeiro acknowledge the problem: Guanabara Bay, the venue for sailing at the 2016 Olympics, is badly polluted. Some liken it to a sewer. The water is filthy after years of untreated waste being poured into the enclosed bay, a mess officials say will take at least a decade to fix. From a distance, the venue is picturesque, framed between Sugarloaf Mountain and the Christ the Redeemer statue. This is the image Rio organizers want the world to see. Yes, the venue will make good television. The conditions for the athletes? That's another story.

  • OU football: Trevor Knight ranked No. 81 in ESPN's top 100 College Football rankings

    Published: Mon, Jul 28, 2014

    Editors and writers from ESPN ranked the top 100 college football players. OU quarterback Trevor Knight tied for No. 81. From ESPN.com: "There might not have been a better bowl game performance by a quarterback last year than Knight's against Alabama. But will Knight be a one-hit wonder? Or will the sophomore take the Sooners back into championship contention after a five-year hiatus?" Knight is tied at 81 with, ironically, an Alabama player -- wide receiver Christion Jones. ESPN is revealing its top 100 players throughout the week, ending with Nos. 10-1 on Friday.

  • Marketing agreement an obstacle in US bid for 2024

    Updated: Mon, Jul 28, 2014

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — If Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco or Washington is picked to host the 2024 Olympics, the U.S. Olympic Committee will pay the price for winning. One of its first tasks will be to hand over millions in sponsorships to the victorious city's newly formed organizing committee. It's one of those costly facts of life in the Olympics thanks to the Joint Marketing Program Agreement that a country's Olympic federation must sign when it puts a city up as a candidate to host the Games. It also played into the failures of New York and Chicago in the last two U.S. attempts to land the Olympics.

  • Oklahoma football: Former Sooners pledge, defensive tackle Du'Vonta Lampkin commits to Texas

    Jason Kersey | Published: Mon, Jul 28, 2014

    NORMAN — Three-star defensive tackle Du’Vonta Lampkin committed to Texas on Monday afternoon, completing a 180-degree Red River flip for the former Oklahoma commit. Lampkin, ranked as the 21st-best defensive tackle in the country, committed to the Sooners last November, but opened his recruitment back up in late April. He had an official visits to […]

  • Late-blooming Lane impresses in 1st pitching start

    Updated: Mon, Jul 28, 2014

    ATLANTA (AP) — At an age when most players are thinking retirement, Jason Lane is trying to get started on a new career. He might be on to something. The 37-year-old former outfielder threw six scoreless innings in his first big league start as a pitcher before surrendering a homer to Evan Gattis that carried the Atlanta Braves to a 2-0 victory over the San Diego Padres on Monday. "The Padres gave me this opportunity," said Lane, who allowed six hits, struck out two and didn't walk anyone before he was lifted with no outs in the seventh. "Beyond that, I'm not sure what the situation will be. But I'll be ready to go." Ervin Santana (10-6) pitched five-hit ball over eight innings, matching his career high with 11

  • OU football: Sooners in final 5 for top defensive end Keisean Lucier-South

    Published: Mon, Jul 28, 2014

    Defensive end Keisean Lucier-South of Orange, Calif., has Oklahoma in his final five schools, according to ESPN.com. Lucier-South (6-foot-5, 218 pounds), the No. 28 overall recruit in the ESPN 300 for the Class of 2015, has narrowed his list to OU, Florida, Michigan, Oregon and UCLA. Lucier-South has consistently mentioned OU, Florida and Oregon as favorites, according to Erik McKinney of ESPN.com. Lucier-South says he plans to visit all five schools. Lucier-South is rated as the No. 6 defensive end nationally by ESPN, and is the No. 2 DE and a four-star prospect according to Rivals.com. In addition to his top five, he has offers from Alabama, USC, Texas, Florida State, LSU and Notre Dame, among others.

  • OU football: Tide won the Sugar Bowl, according to T-shirts in Alabama TJ Maxx

    Published: Mon, Jul 28, 2014

    When is this getting to Oklahoma? The shirt above (priced at a reasonable $7.99) is reportedly being sold in a Foley, Ala., TJ Maxx store. The shirt, which says "2014 Sugar Bowl Champions" and has an Alabama "A" on it, was clearly printed before the Tide was upset 35-21 in the Sugar Bowl by OU. Add this one to the  great tradition of preemptively printed tees.

  • Three questions: Ryan Aber talks Joe Mixon, Frank Shannon and OU eligibility

    Erik Horne | Published: Mon, Jul 28, 2014

    Plenty of questions today on the OU chat with Ryan Aber. From Joe Mixon to the Sooners’ defense to recruiting, engagement was great for one of the first chats of football season. Here were some of the highlights: JOE MIXON Comment From Paula Seems to me like the FINE writers at NEWSOK have already CONVICTED […]

  • Send us your questions for OU and OSU Media Days

    Erik Horne | Published: Mon, Jul 28, 2014

    On Saturday, The Oklahoman will be at media days in Norman and Stillwater for Oklahoma and Oklahoma State football. We’ll be asking plenty of questions, and we’re asking for you to give us your best. How do we get your questions? Submit them below in the comments section, via our Facebook page, or to the […]

  • Oklahoma football: Police still investigating Joe Mixon allegations; no charges expected Monday

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Mon, Jul 28, 2014

    NORMAN — Norman Police are still investigating assault allegations against highly-touted Oklahoma freshman running back Joe Mixon, and charges aren’t likely to be filed Monday, the district attorney’s office told The Oklahoman. Mixon is being investigated for allegedly assaulting a female OU student at Picklemen’s Gourmet Cafe on Campus Corner early Friday morning. Norman Police […]