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  • Tackling fantasy football in the workplace

    By Paula Burkes, Staff Writer | Updated: 1 hr ago

    While some Oklahoma employers block popular websites for the virtual online sport, others believe increased employee morale outweighs any potential loss in productivity.

  • Angels' Garrett Richards has torn knee tendon, will miss pennant drive

    Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    Garrett Richards, who played at Edmond Memorial and OU, suffered a torn patellar tendon in his left knee and will undergo surgery Friday, a procedure that will sideline the Angels right-hander for six to nine months and could deal a severe blow to the team's pennant hopes. Richards, 26, the team's best starting pitcher, suffered the injury in the second inning Wednesday, when he caught a spike in the dirt while running to cover first base on a potential double-play ball and fell awkwardly to the ground. Medical personnel tended to Richards for eight minutes before he was wheeled off the field on a stretcher. Richards flew to Los Angeles on Thursday morning, and an MRI test confirmed the injury, which could cause Richards to miss the start of 2015.

  • Oklahoma State football: Mike Gundy still coy on QB situation

    By John Helsley | Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    A year ago, buzz swirled throughout August that J.W. Walsh was making a move to seize the starting quarterback job from Clint Chelf. And he did. For a while. Now it’s Walsh’s job, with Daxx Garman and Mason Rudolph in pursuit. So, is this year more or less stable? “I think it’s very similar,” said Cowboys coach Mike Gundy. “J.W.’s obviously worked more with the first group. Last year it was a little bit more even from a reps standpoint. “The difference this year is they bring something different to the table. Clint and J.W. were very similar in their abilities.” Walsh has started eight games as a Cowboy, going 6-2 in those games. He’s also directed two more wins in long

  • Mason names Robinette as Vanderbilt's starting QB

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason has named Patton Robinette as his starting quarterback a week before the Commodores' season opener against Temple. Mason announced his decision Thursday night. Robinette, the only quarterback with any starting experience at Vanderbilt, beat out Johnny McCrary and Steven Rivers, the younger brother of Philip who's quarterback for the NFL's San Diego Chargers. The Commodores started fall practice with six quarterbacks competing. Mason says Robinette has shown consistent improvement and called it a difficult decision. Robinette, who redshirted in 2012, played in 10 games last season. He started in a loss at Texas A&M, Vandy's first win in Gainesville against Flor

  • Oklahoma football: Secondary facing questions

    By Jason Kersey | Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    NORMAN — Oklahoma’s secondary is the defensive unit facing the most questions and uncertainty entering 2014. The Sooners lost cornerback Aaron Colvin and free safety Gabe Lynn off last year’s team, leaving glaring holes in two key positions on the Oklahoma defense. OU coaches have moved a seasoned veteran into one of those spots, though, allowing senior Julian Wilson to finally play the position he was recruited to play. Wilson was a standout cornerback at Southmoore High, but has played nickelback and dimeback throughout his career — until now. “I played boundary corner in high school, so really now, being able to do that at the college football level is really exciting,” Wilson said.

  • Oklahoma football: Eric Striker, Geneo Grissom will be key pieces on defense

    BY RYAN ABER | Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    NORMAN — When OU last played, Eric Striker and Geneo Grissom were everywhere. The pair combined for 5.5 sacks, a forced fumble and two fumble recovers — one for a touchdown — in the Sooners’ upset win over Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. This season, Striker and Grissom will once again be key pieces on OU’s defense — although with slightly different roles. As a sophomore last year, Striker was primarily used as a rusher off the edge. This season, he’ll still get after quarterbacks plenty, but will also drop back into coverage at times. “It’s not a big deal like people are making it,” Striker said, though he added he’s excited to be in coverage. Grissom seemed to find a home at

  • Oklahoma football: Joe Mixon attends open practice

    By Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber | Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    Joe Mixon might not be part of Oklahoma's football team for now, but Mixon was at Gaylord Family—Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on Thursday. After the Sooners finished up an open practice and interaction with students, Mixon was seen walking off the field with Sooners Director of High School Relations Rajeeb Hossain. Mixon, a five-star running back from Oakley, Calif., was suspended for a year on Monday, shortly after pleading not guilty to a misdemeanor in Cleveland County District Court. Mixon, who was charged with one count of “act resulting in gross injury,” is scheduled to be back in court Sept. 23. He has reportedly been attending class this week, likely signaling he intends to stay in school in Norman.

  • Oklahoma State football: Cowboys are ready for the big time

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    COMMENTARY — In the last six years, OSU ranks ninth among schools in the major conferences in league record, a good barometer of the program’s quality.

  • New assault complaints against ex-Mizzou RB emerge

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Two more former University of Missouri students have gone public with assault allegations against ex-running back Derrick Washington, including a women's soccer player who said her coach suggested she could lose her scholarship if she pursued her complaint that Washington punched her in a 2010 bar fight. The second woman accuses Washington of raping her in a dorm room as a sophomore in 2008. Local prosecutors in that case declined to file criminal charges, despite a request to do so by campus police. Washington instead agreed to not contact the woman and to complete a rape awareness class under a deferred prosecution agreement. The women made the statements to ESPN's "Outside the Lines" for a report publish

  • Vols defense deals with lack of experience, size

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — After years of playing catch-up with the rest of the Southeastern Conference, Tennessee's defense finally is getting up to speed. A variety of position switches and the infusion of a talented recruiting class have given Tennessee a faster defense, addressing what had been a major weakness and perhaps making the Volunteers less susceptible to the big play. Now the chief worries are a lack of experience and size. The inexperience is most apparent. Defensive coordinator John Jancek said Thursday that the defense could end up playing 11-13 newcomers. But the Vols also lack size up front as they attempt to replace all four starting linemen from last season.

  • List of coaches' preseason All-SEC teams

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A list of coaches' preseason All-SEC teams: 2014 Preseason Coaches All-SEC Football Teams ((asterisk) - ties) First Team Preseason All-SEC OFFENSE TE - O.J. Howard, Alabama OL - La'el Collins, LSU Cedric Ogbuehi, Texas A&M Arie Kouandjio, Alabama Laremy Tunsil, Ole Miss C - Reese Dismukes, Auburn WR - Amari Cooper, Alabama Sammie Coates, Auburn QB - Nick Marshall, Auburn RB - Todd Gurley, Georgia Mike Davis, South Carolina AP - Christion Jones, Alabama DEFENSE DL - Dante Fowler, Jr., Florida Robert Nkemdiche, Ole Miss Trey Flowers, Arkansas A'Shawn Robinson, Alabama LB - Trey D

  • Pitt names QB Chad Voytik starter for opener

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Chad Voytik will be the starting quarterback for Pitt when opens the season on Aug. 30 against Delaware. Coach Paul Chryst officially announced Voytik as the starter on Thursday after watching Voytik separate himself from Trey Anderson during the two-plus weeks of training camp. Voytik took all the snaps with the first string during camp and impressed Chryst with Voytik's preparation. "I think he's proud, and he should be, of the work he's done," Chryst said of Voytik. The sophomore played in three games for Pitt last fall, including the entire second half in a 30-27 victory over Bowling Green in the Little Caesar's Pizza Bowl.

  • UA's Trey Flowers named preseason All-SEC

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — University of Arkansas defensive end Trey Flowers has been named to the preseason All-Southeastern Conference team in a vote of conference coaches. UA announced the selection Thursday. Flowers was previously named to the watch lists for the Nagurski, Bednarik, Hendricks and Lombardi Awards. Arkansas opens the season on Aug. 30 with an SEC game at Auburn. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m.

  • Alabama, LSU lead coaches' preseason All-SEC teams

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Alabama and LSU both placed 11 players on the coaches' preseason All-Southeastern Conference teams. The SEC teams released on Thursday had representatives from all 14 teams and half of them had seven or more selections. The Crimson Tide placed eight on the first-team, including Christion Jones as both an all-purpose player and return specialist. Coaches aren't allowed to vote for their own players. Auburn's Nick Marshall was the first-team quarterback, followed by Mississippi's Bo Wallace and Mississippi State's Dak Prescott. Georgia's Todd Gurley and South Carolina's Mike Davis outpolled T.J. Yeldon of Alabama at running back. The SEC season opens Thursday, Aug. 28 with No.

  • Media notes: Brian Bosworth to be featured in ESPN documentary

    By Mel Bracht | Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    Texas Crew Productions is working on a film on former OU linebacker ‘The Boz’

  • Oklahoma State: Ryan Simmons provides leadership at linebacker

    By John Helsley | Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    STILLWATER — Ryan Simmons’ move into the middle of Oklahoma State’s defense comes with much added responsibility. After starting at the weakside linebacker spot as a sophomore a year ago, Simmons’ shift inside puts him at the control of OSU’s defense; a defense that’s also in transition all around him, with two new starters flanking him and three more in the secondary. It’s responsibility earned. And embraced. “I love middle linebacker. It’s more comfortable for me,” said Simmons, who played inside as a prep star in Cibolo, Texas. “I had to learn a new position, same thing, I had to learn back the Mike this spring. “I love making the calls. I love being in control. I like knowing that

  • Oklahoma State football: Cowboys have a lot of youth in secondary

    By John Helsley | Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    STILLWATER — When Jameis Winston peers into Oklahoma State’s secondary, he’ll spot three new starters. In the season opener, with no opportunity to ease into things. No Savannah State on the other side. The Florida State quarterback and Heisman Trophy holder might get a bit giddy. “Nobody likes to throw them out there against the national champion,” said Cowboys cornerbacks coach Van Malone. “But guess what, those are the cards. Let’s go.” The situation isn’t as dire as it sounds. Kevin Peterson started a year ago and starred opposite Justin Gilbert. He’s an All-Big 12-caliber corner. Ashton Lampkin, who has provided solid help as a reserve, steps into the other starter’s role,

  • Hansbrough has 55-yard TD in Missouri scrimmage

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Russell Hansbrough had a 55-yard scoring run against the second-team defense at a scrimmage that wrapped up Missouri's training camp. Temperatures in the 90s with high humidity Thursday added to the challenge for the 24th-ranked Tigers, seeking a follow-up to a 12-win season. "It was great being out in this heat," coach Gary Pinkel said. "It's real important to be out in stuff." Running backs combined for 208 yards on 23 carries and two touchdowns. Marcus Murphy, who started at wide receiver, had 54 yards on five carries. Freshman Trevon Walters had a 1-yard TD run and Ish Witters had 67 yards on seven carries. Hansbrough, a junior who replaces Henry Josey as the starter, had the lone TD by

  • Oklahoma State football: Cowboys' brand has gotten stronger

    By John Helsley | Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    STILLWATER — The USA Today Coaches Poll came out, and Oklahoma State didn’t make the cut for the Top 25. Yet expanded out, considering the others receiving votes section, the Cowboys sat in what would equate to the No. 30 spot. And to Mike Gundy, that was a statement on how the program had progressed. “That would be on what would be a major turnover year for us,” Gundy said, referring to a roster feeling the impact of 28 lost seniors and now marked by freshmen and sophomores. “We’ve come a long ways. “Turnover years for us in the past, we weren’t in the top 60.” Continued winning — OSU ranks eighth nationally in most wins since 2008 — seems to have elevated the program’s brand.

  • Oklahoma State football: Mike Gundy embracing opener with Florida State

    BY KYLE FREDRICKSON | Published: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    The Cowboys’ coach usually prefers a less-formidable foe early in the season. But he’s getting his players excited to play the Seminoles at AT&T Stadium on Aug. 30.