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  • Razorback DE named to Bednarik Award watch list

    Updated: Mon, Jul 7, 2014

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas defensive end Trey Flowers has been named to the watch list for the Bednarik Award that's presented to the player selected as the college football defensive player of the year. The Maxwell Football Club announced the 76-man watch list on Monday. Semifinalists will be announced in November, while the winner will be named on Dec. 11. Flowers was a second-team All-SEC selection in 2013 after recording 44 tackles, with five quarterback sacks, three forced fumbles, one interception and two pass breakups. The award is named for Chuck Bednarik — a member of both the College Football Hall of Fame and the NFL Hall of Fame. It has been presented each year since 1995.

  • OU quarterback named to Maxwell Award watch list

    Updated: Mon, Jul 7, 2014

    NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — University of Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight has been named to the watch list for the Maxwell Award that is given to the player selected as the top college football player in the country. The Maxwell Football Club announced the 78-man watch list on Monday. Semifinalists will be announced in November, while the winner will be named on Dec. 11. Knight will be a sophomore after starting five games for the Sooners last season as a redshirt freshman. He was named MVP of the Sugar Bowl after throwing for four touchdowns and 348 yards in a win over Alabama. Alabama's A.J. McCarron won the Maxwell Award last year.

  • OSU player kicked off team, pleads not guilty

    Updated: Mon, Jul 7, 2014

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State defensive end Tracy Sprinkle has pleaded not guilty to charges of possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia, rioting and failure to disperse after a weekend bar fight in Lorain, Ohio. Also on Monday, coach Urban Meyer kicked the 19-year-old redshirt freshman off the team pending the outcome of his legal problems. Sprinkle, expected to contribute as a backup defensive lineman this fall, was arrested early Saturday after the fight at the Lorain bar. The police report says the Elyria, Ohio, native was first charged with rioting and failure to disperse and later with drug possession after suspected cocaine was found hidden in the seat of a police car where Sprinkle was held.

  • Staley holding softball fundraiser

    Updated: Mon, Jul 7, 2014

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina women's basketball coach Dawn Staley is turning to softball to help an effort for her INNERSOLE charity. Staley will help host a celebrity game on July 19th between Gamecock coaches and celebrities. Those participating will include former Gamecock football standouts Alshon Jeffrey, Sheldon Brown, Corey Miller and Heisman Trophy winner George Rogers. Others who've agreed to play include Staley's boss in South Carolina athletic director Ray Tanner, and women's basketball personalities Cynthia Cooper and Nell Fortner. The money raised will go to the group's Educate My Sole Challenge that's an initiative for grade school students to attend school and stay engaged in classroom work.

  • 2 Razorbacks named to Maxwell Award watch list

    Updated: Mon, Jul 7, 2014

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas running backs Alex Collins and Jonathan Williams have been named to the watch list for the Maxwell Award, which honors the top college football player in the country. The Maxwell Football Club announced the 78-man watch list on Monday. Semifinalists will be announced in November, while the winner will be named on Dec. 11. Last season, Collins was named Southeastern Conference freshman of the year. He finished the season with 1,026 yards on 190 carries with four touchdowns. Williams finished last season with 900 rushing yards and four touchdowns, also adding seven receptions for 72 yards and two touchdowns. Alabama's A.J. McCarron won the Maxwell Award last year.

  • 6 Seminoles named to preseason award watch lists

    Updated: Mon, Jul 7, 2014

    TALLHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston headlines a group of six Florida State Seminoles named to college football preseason award watch lists. The quarterback is joined by receiver Rashad Greene and running back Karlos Williams on the list for the Maxwell Award given to the college football player of the year. The watch lists were announced Monday. Winston is the lone 2013 finalist on the list. Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron won the Maxwell Award last year. Florida State cornerback P.J. Williams and defensive end Mario Edwards, Jr. are both on the list for the Chuck Bednarik Award given to the defensive player of the year.

  • US wins women's U17 title, beating Spain 77-75

    Updated: Sun, Jul 6, 2014

    PILSEN, Czech Republic (AP) — Lauren Cox scored 20 points and blocked eight shots to help the United States beat Spain 77-75 in the women's under-17 world championship game Sunday. The 6-foot-4 Cox is from Flower Mound, Texas. Asia Durr of Douglasville, Georgia, had 17 points and four assists, and Arike Ogunbowale of Milwaukee added 15 points and eight rebounds. The United States was 7-0 in the tournament and is 23-0 overall in the biennial event that started in 2010. Angela Salvadores led Spain (6-1) with 40 points.

  • Oklahoma State football: 10 returning Cowboys who could have a breakout year

    By Cody Stavenhagen, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Jul 6, 2014

    What good is the college offseason without speculating on what players could become the next star? Here are 10 returning Oklahoma State players in position to have a breakout season.

  • US women edge Spain 77-75 to win U17 world title

    Updated: Sun, Jul 6, 2014

    PILSEN, Czech Republic (AP) — Lauren Cox had 20 points, 12 rebounds and eight blocks to lead the U.S. women's team to a 77-75 victory over Spain in the gold medal game of the under-17 world championship on Sunday. Asia Durr added 17 points, and Arike Ogunbowale had 15 for the United States, which finished 7-0 in the tournament. The trio scored the final 10 points for the Americans. Cox scored off a putback with 1:29 left to give the Americans a 73-71 lead. She then had a block and a defensive rebound at the other end, which set up a jumper by Durr with 44.4 seconds left. Durr sealed the win by making two free throws with 7.8 seconds remaining. Angela Salvadores had 40 points to lead Spain (6-1) and earn MVP honors. Sh

  • Oklahoma football: Wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham a 'once-in-a-decade talent'

    BY JASON KERSEY | Published: Sun, Jul 6, 2014

    OU coaches clearly believe that in a new environment, former Missouri wideout Dorial Green-Beckham can thrive and turn his life around. But did the decision ultimately come down to Green-Beckham’s tremendous — and rare — talent? You bet it did.

  • Barrett steps aside from Razorback baseball

    Updated: Sun, Jul 6, 2014

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Longtime University of Arkansas baseball announcer Chuck Barrett is stepping down. Barrett and the university say he will continue as the Razorbacks play-by-play voice for football and basketball - but is giving up baseball duties after 23 years. Barrett has done all three sports the past seven years while also serving as the UA athletic department's director of broadcasting. Barrett was first hired in 1992 to announce Razorback baseball games and has called more than 1,250 games since.

  • Q&A: Marcus Smart makes his summer league debut

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Sat, Jul 5, 2014

    Former Oklahoma State star finished with 10 points on 2-for-8 shooting for the Celtics’ team in Orlando.

  • Oklahoma State football: Cowboys focusing on defensive backfield in recruiting

    By Cody Stavenhagen, Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Jul 5, 2014

    The Cowboys have four incoming defensive back recruits, and so far, OSU’s 2015 recruiting class indicates focus is staying on the defensive backfield.

  • Oklahoma football: Lynn McGruder, another Sooner who received a second chance, rooting for Dorial Green-Beckham

    BY JASON KERSEY | Published: Sat, Jul 5, 2014

    Lynn McGruder kept his nose clean for four years, became a key contributor on the defensive line, graduated and completely changed his public image.

  • Oklahoma football: Five Sooners who made good on an extra chance

    BY JASON KERSEY | Updated: Sat, Jul 5, 2014

    Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops is known for his tough approach when it comes to discipline, but he has also allowed several players throughout the years a second — or sometimes, third or fourth — chance after they get into trouble.

  • Oklahoma State's Shadrack Kipchirchir runs after his American dream

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Jul 5, 2014

    COMMENTARY — Cowboy standout finished second in the 10,000 meters at the NCAA Championships. But his road to Stillwater was even longer.

  • Former Stillwater High football player Blake Carter dies at 27

    Published: Sat, Jul 5, 2014

    The Navy football brotherhood lost one of its most beloved members last weekend when Blake Carter died unexpectedly. Carter, who played at Stillwater High, passed away Sunday, June 29, at his home in Norfolk, Va., where he was serving as a surface warfare officer aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp. Carter was a standout defensive back for Navy from 2006 through 2009, appearing in 48 games with 25 starts. The 5-foot-11, 187-pound cornerback was a four-year varsity letterman on teams that posted a combined record of 35-18, captured the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy four times and appeared in four bowl games.

  • University of Alabama running back Drake arrested

    Updated: Sat, Jul 5, 2014

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Police say University of Alabama running back Kenyan Drake was arrested after he entered a crime scene. Tuscaloosa County jail records show Drake was arrested Saturday and was being held on $1,000 bond on a misdemeanor charge of obstructing government operations. Tuscaloosa police spokesman Sgt. Brent Blankley says Drake's vehicle was parked in a crime scene where a shooting had taken place just before 1 a.m. Blankley says Drake became upset when officers told him he couldn't enter the area and went through crime scene tape to get to his vehicle. Officers immediately arrested him. Drake, who will be a junior this year, was second on the Crimson Tide in rushing with 694 and eight touchdowns whil

  • UConn donating football tickets to military

    Updated: Sat, Jul 5, 2014

    STORRS, Conn. (AP) — The University of Connecticut is launching a promotion linking the sale of season football tickets to free tickets for members of the military. The school says it will donate one ticket for its Sept. 27 home game against Temple to a member of the military for every season ticket or mini-package it sells through July 7. The state Office of Veterans Affairs and Military Programs is assisting the school in distributing the free tickets. The season tickets, which run from $175 to $420 depending on the seat, cover all seven home games. The mini-packages are priced from $90 for three games. In addition to Temple, the Huskies have home games against BYU, Stony Brook, Boise State, Central Florida, C

  • Assistant added for Lyon's revamped football team

    Updated: Fri, Jul 4, 2014

    BATESVILLE, Ark. (AP) — New Lyon College football coach Kirk Kelley is rounding out his staff as the school prepares to relaunch its football program. The school says Ryan Morrow has been hired as an assistant coach for the Scots. Lyon is signing recruits this fall but won't play a full football schedule until 2015, when the team will join the Central States Football League in the NAIA. Morrow is a graduate of Batesville High School and has spent the past two years coaching offensive linemen and tight ends in the Cedar Ridge School District. He also played football for Henderson State in college. Lyon is resuming its football program, which was dropped in 1951.