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  • College baseball: Sooners outlast Cowboys in 18 innings

    By John Helsley | Updated: 8 min ago

    Oklahoma beats Oklahoma State 12-9 in a game that lasts 5 hours, 52 minutes.

  • Sark: Cody Kessler is still USC's starting QB

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Cody Kessler is still Southern California's starting quarterback after holding off a challenge from freshman Max Browne during the Trojans' spring workouts. New coach Steve Sarkisian confirmed Kessler's spot Tuesday night, saying the junior will start the Trojans' spring game at the Coliseum on Saturday. "I think he has deserved it," Sarkisian told reporters after USC's penultimate practice of the spring. "I think he has earned it. He has performed well. Sometimes when you get that sense of relief, you go out there and perform even better. Kessler has picked up Sarkisian's offense with impressive speed, adjusting to an increased tempo and using his improvisational skills to create chances.

  • College football: Bobby Bowden saw the need for Fellowship of Christian Athletes

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    The legendary coach said: “As I was coaching, I could really see the need. I’ve got 100 boys there, and half of ‘em haven’t got a daddy. It was very obvious to me what’s missing in our society. I could see where FCA could help close that gap.”

  • OU football: Trevor Knight's unimpressive performance nothing to worry about

    BY JASON KERSEY | Published: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Oklahoma fans concerned after Trevor Knight’s showing in Saturday’s Red-White Game probably should take a deep breath.

  • Dabo: QB Stoudt Clemson's starter

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Apparently, Clemson's quarterback competition is not over just yet. Tigers coach Dabo Swinney said in a text message to The Associated Press on Tuesday night that while senior Cole Stoudt is the starting quarterback coming out of spring ball, injured freshman Deshaun Watson will have the chance to compete for the spot this summer. Stoudt, the son of former NFL quarterback Cliff Stoudt, "is starter coming of spring heading into fall," Swinney wrote before adding that Watson will still have a chance win the job. The Tigers open the season at Georgia on August 30.

  • Whitney Wofford wanted to reach out and touch someone

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Updated: 5 hr ago

    Wofford wasn’t the most recognizable athlete at Sooners for N7, an event done recently by OU athletes to promote healthy, active lifestyles to Native American kids. Trevor Knight was there. So were Ryan Spangler and Isaiah Cousins. Everyone knows who they are and what they do.

  • OU basketball: Guard Je'lon Hornbeak decides to transfer

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Hornbeak started 29 of 32 games as a freshman, averaging 5.6 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.7 assists.

  • Ex-Minnesota State, Mankato coach returning to job

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The football coach fired from Minnesota State, Mankato announced Tuesday that he will return to the job after an arbitrator ruled he was wrongfully terminated, saying the decision wasn't easy but that it would help him and his family heal. Todd Hoffner was fired last May for reasons undisclosed at the time. But the dismissal came after he was cleared of child pornography charges stemming from images of his children on a work-issued cellphone, accusations that Hoffner called the "most ridiculous things I've ever heard in my life." "I believe that resuming my duties as head football coach will help heal that injury," he said during a tearful news conference in which he took several breaks to compose himself

  • Panthers finish promising spring with dodgeball

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh football team wrapped up its spring drills on Tuesday not with a formal scrimmage but Popsicles and dodgeball. The Panthers made the unusual move of skipping a traditional Spring Game and opting for another regular practice. The program has typically ended each spring with a simulated game at a local high school. The players say they appreciated the break and called the quiet ending to a productive month fitting for a team that is taking a workmanlike approach to improving on last year's 6-6 record. Coach Paul Chryst said he liked the pace his team practiced with and he can tell their comfort level with each other and the coaching staff is rising. The Panthers open the season on

  • OSU wrestling: Chris Perry named Big 12 Wrestling Scholar-Athlete of the Year

    Trent Shadid | Updated: 7 hr ago

    Oklahoma State wrestling standout Chris Perry has been named the 2014 Big 12 Wrestling Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

  • Minot State looks for new coach after Hoffner exit

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    MINOT, N.D. (AP) — Minot State says the school is disappointed that football coach Todd Hoffner is returning to his old job in Minnesota. Hoffner said Tuesday he will return to his coaching job at Minnesota State, Mankato after an arbitrator ruled he was wrongfully terminated. Hoffner was hired in January as head coach at Minot State, and says he will be "forever grateful" to the North Dakota school. Minot State athletic director Rick Hedberg said in a statement that the school wished Hoffner the best and hoped there was closure for him and his family. Hedberg says the school will move forward quickly to find a replacement.

  • Minnesota State, Mankato apologizes to Hoffner

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota State, Mankato is apologizing to wrongly fired coach Todd Hoffner, and says it is welcoming him back as head football coach. The university made the statement Tuesday after Hoffner announced he would return to his old job. Last week, an arbitrator found Hoffner was wrongly fired and should be immediately reinstated. The university said the ordeal has been difficult for everyone involved. The statement says: "We extend our apologies to Mr. Hoffner and deeply regret the difficulties he and his family have experienced ..." The university says it hopes that all parties can find ways to move forward for the sake of the Hoffner family, student athletes, the university and the community.

  • Tulsa football season opener moved up 2 days

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The American Athletic Conference says the Tulsa-Tulane 2014 football season opener will be played two days earlier than previously scheduled. The game is now scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 28, at H.A. Chapman Stadium in Tulsa and will be the first AAC game for both Tulsa and Tulane. It was previously scheduled for Aug. 30. Kickoff time and whether the game will be televised has not been determined. Tulsa and Tulane have played 10 times previously with the Golden Hurricane holding an overall 8-2 series lead. Tulane won last season's game 14-7 in New Orleans.

  • Calif. man wins bid to coach in ASU spring game

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — A California man submitted the winning bid of $11,700 in an eBay auction to win the chance to coach one of the teams in Arkansas State's spring football game. Nick Bhardwaj will give the pregame and halftime talks to his team and will be allowed to determine whether to punt on fourth downs or go for the first down. He'll also be allowed to make play-calling decisions. The 25-year-old Bhardwaj is CEO and co-founder of a gaming studio based in San Francisco and says he is a huge sports fan. He said he has followed ASU in recent years and has become familiar with the history of the program. The ASU spring game is Friday starting at 7 p.m.

  • Auburn's Barber diagnosed recently with dyslexia

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Peyton Barber's biggest battle these days is for a spot in Auburn's tailback rotation. The redshirt freshman has already been dealing with a learning disability. Barber said Tuesday he was diagnosed with ADHD in high school and dyslexia a few months ago. He says he was tested after visiting an academic counselor because sometimes he'd find himself reading words backward. The redshirt freshman says he told Auburn coach Gus Malzahn and offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee on his official recruiting visit that he had ADHD. It made learning the playbook even more challenging initially than it is for the typical freshman.

  • Va. State player pleads in opposing QB assault

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — A Virginia State football player has pleaded guilty to assaulting Winston-Salem State's starting quarterback during a luncheon before their game in November. Chief Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Martin says Lamont Britt pleaded guilty Tuesday to a charge of simple assault. Judge Denise Hartsfield sentenced Britt to 45 days in jail, suspended for one year and probation for a year. The judge imposed the condition that he complete or be in the process of completing his education. Hartsfield also ordered Britt to cooperate with any continued investigations. An arrest warrant accuses Britt of hitting Rudy Johnson in the face and head in a restroom on Nov. 15 during the Central Intercollegia

  • Virginia State player pleads guilty to assault

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — A Virginia State football player has pleaded guilty to assaulting Winston-Salem State's starting quarterback during a luncheon last November. Chief Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Martin said Lamont Britt pleaded guilty Tuesday to a charge of simple assault. Judge Denise Hartsfield sentenced Britt to 45 days in jail, suspended for one year, probation for a year, and imposed the condition that he complete or be in the process of completing his education. Hartsfield also ordered Britt to cooperate with any continued investigations. An arrest warrant accuses Britt of hitting WSSU quarterback Rudy Johnson in the face and head in a restroom last Nov.

  • Buckeyes to host Illini in Nov. 1 night game

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — When Ohio State hosts Illinois in football this season, fans might want to bring a blanket and gloves. It will be the Buckeyes' first November night game. ABC/ESPN released its schedule of night games Tuesday, and the Buckeyes will host Illinois on Nov. 1 at 8 p.m. Ohio State will also open under the lights in its home opener, against Virginia Tech on Sept. 6 at 8 p.m. The Buckeyes will also play at Penn State on Oct. 25 at 8 p.m. The only other Ohio State start time that is known is the Aug. 30 opener against Navy at Baltimore's M&T Bank Stadium, which will begin at noon. The Big Ten Network will announce its slate of night games on April 22.

  • Neb games vs. Miami, Mich. St. set for 7 p.m. CT

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's football games against Miami and Michigan State will be televised in prime time on the ESPN family of networks. The Big Ten and ESPN announced Tuesday that the Cornhuskers' game against Miami in Lincoln on Sept. 20 is set for a 7 p.m. Central kickoff. The Oct. 4 game at Michigan State also will start at 7 p.m. Central. The games will be televised by ABC, ESPN or ESPN2, with a determination on the network to be made later.

  • Illini football to face Buckeyes under the lights

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois says its Nov. 1 football game this fall at Ohio State will be played at night. The university said Tuesday that the game will be played at 7 p.m. CT. The game will be televised on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2. Illinois hasn't beaten Ohio State since 2007's 28-21 win. That game was also played at night on the road. Tuesday's announcement was the first regarding TV plans for Illini football this fall. Illinois opens the season Aug. 30 at home against Youngstown State.