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NORMAN — Oklahoma is looking for an offensive coordinator, and Bob Stoops said he wants the person he hires to be someone with experience and a proven system. I published a list of 11 candidates who seem to make sense for a variety of reasons, and one of them — TCU co-offensive coordinator Sonny Cumbie […]
Oklahoma football: Could Greg Roman be a good offensive coordinator candidate?
Jason Kersey | Jan 8, 2015NORMAN -- Oklahoma is looking for an offensive coordinator, and Bob Stoops said he wants the person he hires to be someone with experience and a proven system. I published a list of 11 candidates who seem to make sense for a variety of reasons, and one of them -- TCU co-offensive coordinator Sonny Cumbie -- was apparently in town yesterday visiting with OU coaches. But I got an interesting email this morning from Brian Kardokus, an old friend and teammate of mine at Noble High School. He's a big OU fan, and sent along an idea for another candidate, one I hadn't thought about. Brian wanted to know if Greg Roman might be considered a candidate at OU. "Could you imagine Perine and Knight running that power run game vs. the light Big 12 defenses?" Brian wrote. Roman has been the San Francisco 49ers' offensive coordinator since 2011. Before that, he was on Jim Harbaugh's staff at Stanford. With Harbaugh leaving to take the Michigan job, Roman has become somewhat of a hot candidate around the NFL. According to this San Francisco Chronicle report, Roman has interviewed for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' offensive coordinator job and will interview for Buffalo's head coaching gig. So it sounds like Roman is probably going to stay in the NFL. Still, with the way big-time colleges are willing to pay, it doesn't seem totally out of the realm of possibility that Stoops might try for an NFL guy to run his offense. Heck, Georgia just hired Brian Schottenheimer as its offensive coordinator, and almost all of his experience has been in the NFL. I haven't heard Roman's name come up at all for the OU job, and it probably isn't going to happen. Still, I thought it was an interesting name worth throwing out there.
For the second consecutive season, Oklahoma picked up a big commitment at the U.S. Army All-American All-American Bowl. This year, it was defensive tackle Neville Gallimore, the four-star defensive tackle from Canada, who committed to the Sooners during the game. Gallimore chose the Sooners over Florida State and Ohio State. Gallimore (6-foot-3, 303 pounds) played high […]
Sooners get commit from four-star defensive tackle Neville Gallimore
Ryan Aber | Jan 3, 2015For the second consecutive season, Oklahoma picked up a big commitment at the U.S. Army All-American All-American Bowl. This year, it was defensive tackle Neville Gallimore, the four-star defensive tackle from Canada, who committed to the Sooners during the game. Gallimore chose the Sooners over Florida State and Ohio State. Gallimore (6-foot-3, 303 pounds) played high school football for Canada Prep Football Academy in St. Catharines, Ontario, near Buffalo, N.Y. The school plays a schedule of top high schools from the United States. Rivals ranks Gallimore as the No. 72 overall prospect in the 2015 class and the No. 9 defensive tackle. He’s Oklahoma’s highest-rated commit. Gallimore will be the second Canadian on Oklahoma’s roster, joining offensive lineman Josiah St. John, who is from Toronto. He is the second defensive tackle in the 2015 class to commit to the Sooners, joining Jenks’ Marquise Overton and the 18th overall commitment in the class. A year ago, five-star running back Joe Mixon committed to the Sooners during the broadcast of the game. Gallimore did not play in the game due to injury. Oklahoma loses starting defensive tackle Jordan Phillips, who announced earlier this week that he would enter the NFL Draft.
Dec 30, 2014
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A few weeks back, the four head coaches who have guided their teams to the College Football Playoff posed for pictures with the championship trophy.Alabama's Nick Saban. Ohio State's Urban Meyer. Florida State's Jimbo Fisher."And some other guy," Oregon coach Mark Helfrich said about himself.The 40-year-old Oregon native, in his second season leading the Ducks, doesn't take...
Ducks' Helfrich is 'other guy' among star coaches
By RALPH D. RUSSO, Associated Press | Dec 30, 2014LOS ANGELES (AP) — A few weeks back, the four head coaches who have guided their teams to the College Football Playoff posed for pictures with the championship trophy. Alabama's Nick Saban. Ohio State's Urban Meyer. Florida State's Jimbo Fisher. "And some other guy," Oregon coach Mark Helfrich said about himself. The 40-year-old Oregon native, in his second season leading the Ducks, doesn't take himself too seriously. And he's fine being the other guy in an all-star lineup of championship coaches. Helfrich's second-seeded Ducks (12-1) face Fisher's third-seeded Seminoles (13-0) on Thursday in the playoff semifinal at the Rose Bowl. Saban (four), Meyer (two) and Fisher (one) have combined to win seven national titles. They are all among the 14 highest-paid coaches in college football this season, according to USA Today's database, with a combined salary of more than $15.3 million. Helfrich, who made $2 million this season to rank 51st among FBS coaches, right behind Colorado's Mike MacIntyre and just ahead of Illinois' Tim Beckman, knows he has a long way to go to match the resumes of his playoff counterparts. "But I think certainly from a confidence standpoint, from a preparation standpoint, from a who we are standpoint, I have a ton of confidence in every guy in this room and every guy in our program," he said this week. Yes, Helfrich turned the question about himself into an answer about the program. In a sense, it's appropriate. Saban is synonymous with Alabama. Meyer is Ohio State's biggest star. At Oregon, Helfrich is just the next guy in line, the coach who took over after Chip Kelly left for the NFL. At this point Helfrich's greatest accomplishment as head coach seems to be keeping a good thing going. Former Oregon defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti said Helfrich is more than just a caretaker. "He was sitting there with three Hall of Fame guys," Aliotti said. "Someday he might be in that same group." Helfrich grew up in Coos Bay on the Oregon coast, a city of about 16,000. His mother and father went to the University of Oregon and he could have walked on to the football team. Instead, he went to Southern Oregon, an NAIA school, and became one of the most prolific quarterbacks in school history. He started his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Oregon, then bounced to Boise State, Arizona State and Colorado, working his way up to offensive coordinator. Former Colorado quarterback Darian Hagan, who was the running backs coach for the Buffaloes when Helfrich was offensive coordinator under Dan Hawkins, said Helfrich's humility and self-deprecating sense of humor hides a fierce competitor, brimming with confidence — whether he was calling football plays or playing pickup basketball. "You pass him the ball, very seldom are you going to get it back," said Hagan, who is now director of player development at Colorado. Hagan said Helfrich's greatest strength as a leader is making everyone feel like a vital member of the program. "He's a guy when he walks into a space, he's not afraid to say hi to the janitor," Hagan said. Helfrich joined Kelly's staff in 2009 as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Being Kelly's offensive coordinator is like being Paul Prudhomme's sous chef — you're not getting much credit for the final product. But it was Helfrich who discovered Marcus Mariota when he was a second-string high school quarterback in Honolulu. "Without coach Helfrich my growth as a football player wouldn't be where it is right now," Mariota said. "When I first got in coach Helfrich was huge with little things. Understanding what we do as an offense and why we do it." When Kelly jumped to the NFL and became Philadelphia Eagles coach, Helfrich was promoted, continuing an Oregon tradition. Oregon has not hired a head coach from outside the staff since Rich Brooks came from UCLA in 1977. Brooks handed off to Mike Bellotti and Bellotti to Kelly as Oregon grew into a national powerhouse. Under Kelly, the Ducks went to four straight BCS games, played for the national championship after the 2010 season and became synonymous with cutting-edge football from their uniforms to their up-tempo offense. What Helfrich has added is a personal touch. "One was more business focused. More operational focused," senior offensive tackle Jake Fisher said of Kelly. "Helfrich kind of turned it more into a high school team. We bonded more." On Tuesday during the last interview session Oregon players will have before playing in the biggest game of Helfrich's short career as head coach, Fisher was asked if his coach was the most under-appreciated in the playoff. "The most underpaid, yes," he said. With two more wins, that could change, too.
Jan. 11863 — The first homestead claim was filed at Brownville.1891 — Modern Woodmen of America, a fraternal and insurance organization, incorporated in Omaha.1926 — More than 4,000 people attended a reception at the state Capitol for the first official display of the state flagJan. 21939 — Gov. Kay Orr was born in Burlington, Iowa.1984 — The Miami Hurricanes defeated the top-ranked Nebraska...
Today in Nebraska-January
By The Associated Press, Associated Press | Dec 29, 2014Jan. 1 1863 — The first homestead claim was filed at Brownville. 1891 — Modern Woodmen of America, a fraternal and insurance organization, incorporated in Omaha. 1926 — More than 4,000 people attended a reception at the state Capitol for the first official display of the state flag Jan. 2 1939 — Gov. Kay Orr was born in Burlington, Iowa. 1984 — The Miami Hurricanes defeated the top-ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers 31-30 in the Orange Bowl to win the national collegiate football championship. Jan. 3 1949 — A huge blizzard that Gov. Val Peterson called one of the greatest catastrophes ever to hit Nebraska raged across the state. Twenty-five deaths were attributed to the storm. Jan. 4 1854 — A committee headed by Stephen Douglas reported to the U.S. Senate a bill creating the Kansas-Nebraska Act, which organized the Kansas and Nebraska territories. Jan. 5 1937 — The first session of the unicameral Legislature began in Lincoln. Jan. 6 1910 — Novelist Wright Morris was born in Central City. Jan. 7 1870 — The first 10 miles of the Fremont, Elkhorn and Missouri Valley Railroad were completed. 1944 — Three seamen were killed in an explosion at the Naval Ordnance Depot in Hastings. Two more fatal explosions occurred later in the year. Jan. 8 1862 — Saunders County, formerly known as Calhoun County, was organized by an act of the Territorial Legislature. 1881 — Poet John G. Neihardt was born near Sharpsburg, Ill. 1910 — Chadron was chosen the site for the state's fourth normal school, now known as Chadron State College. Jan. 9 1866 — Territorial Gov. Alvin Saunders urged the Legislature to consider statehood. 1879 — A group of Cheyenne Indians broke out of Fort Robinson, leading Army troops on a chase that lasted several days in bitterly cold weather. 1953 — The state Supreme Court ruled that real estate should be assessed at actual value, touching off a controversy that lasted many months. Jan. 10 1917 — Buffalo Bill Cody died in Denver. 1975 — A blizzard driven by 60 mph winds struck Omaha, dumping up to 16 inches of snow. 1976 — An explosion and fire destroyed the Hotel Pathfinder in Fremont, killing 18 people. Jan. 11 1860 — Territorial Legislature authorized a special election to consider forming a state constitution. Jan. 12 1858 — William Richardson became governor of the Nebraska Territory. 1872 — Grand Duke Alexis of Russia arrived in North Platte for a bison hunt with Bill Cody. 1888 — The Schoolchildren's Blizzard. Jan. 13 1873 — Gov. Robert Furnas issued a proclamation organizing Sherman County. 1987 — Mayor Mike Boyle, of Omaha, accused of misconduct in office, was recalled in a special election. Jan. 14 1940 — Among manufacturing cities with 25,000 or more inhabitants, Omaha is the country's first city in the manufacture of butter. Jan. 15 1919 — The people of Sidney threw a welcome-home victory dance for servicemen returning from World War I. Several foxtrots were on the program. Jan. 16 1855 — The first session of the Nebraska Territorial Legislature opened. Jan. 17 1965 — An early Omaha landmark, the Omaha Paper Co. building, was destroyed by fire. Jan. 18 1856 — The Territorial Legislature chartered the Bank of Florence, which failed three years later. 2008 — An 18-year-old North Platte man pleaded guilty to charges related to a double homicide. Michael Grandon admitted killing Lori Solie and 5-year-old Tiara Solie, the mother and half sister, respectively, of Grandon's teenage girlfriend, Alisha Ochoa. 2012 — President Barack Obama rejected plans for a massive oil pipeline that would carry tar sands oil from Canada through Nebraska and other states on its way to the Gulf Coast. The decision didn't kill the project, however. Jan. 19 1874 — Settlers and a band of Sioux Indians were involved in a skirmish near Elyria that became known as the Battle of Pebble Creek. The Indians withdrew after an exchange of shots with the settlers that left one settler dead. Jan. 20 1965 — The Omaha Benson High School Band, in Washington, D.C., for the inaugural parade, experienced a brief period of panic when members learned that their instruments had not arrived in the Capitol with them. Musicians and instruments were soon reunited when the mix-up was straightened out. Jan. 21 1879 — Cheyenne outbreak at Fort Robinson ends with the Battle of Antelope Creek. 1930 — Longtime Omaha Mayor Jim Dahlman died. Jan. 22 1879 — Nine Northern Cheyenne Indians were captured and about two dozen killed at the end of the Battle of Antelope Creek about 40 miles northwest of Fort Robinson. 1893 — The Capitol National Bank failed in Lincoln during a financial panic. Jan. 24 1949 — The village of Terrytown was incorporated. Jan. 25 1940 — Shattering all records for a movie here, "Gone With the Wind" opened at the Paramount in Omaha, with an advance sale of 17,000 tickets. Jan. 26 1856 — Dixon County was organized. 1916 — Keya Paha High School opened in Springview. Jan. 27 1949 — Thirteen inches of snow fell in Omaha during a blizzard. 1958 — Police found the bodies of three people at a Lincoln home, the first victims discovered in a murder spree by Charles Starkweather. Jan. 28 1940 — John Steinbeck's novel "The Grapes of Wrath" was not available to patrons of the Omaha Public Library. The Library Board had not taken formal action after a discussion to ban the book, but the librarian said the book had been catalogued and then withdrawn from circulation. Jan. 29 1958 — Mass murderer Charles Starkweather, of Lincoln, was arrested in Douglas, Wyo. Jan. 30 1965 — Noting that it is difficult to determine where to draw the line in laws regulating exotic dancing, the Omaha city attorney told a council member that he didn't think it rational to write an ordinance permitting only one wiggle per drum beat. Jan. 31 1876 — The Sioux Nation was turned over to the War Department. The U.S. government issued a decree the month before requiring that all Sioux Indians in Nebraska, Wyoming and Montana turn themselves in at reservations or be considered hostile.
Dec 27, 2014
Ty Darlington didn’t get a chance to play for a high school championship at Apopka High School with his father Rick as his coach. But Monday, Oklahoma will face No. 17 Clemson in the Russell Athletic Bowl in the same stadium where high school championships are won in the state of Florida.
Oklahoma football: Ty Darlington finally gets his chance to play in the Citrus Bowl Stadium
BY JASON KERSEY | Dec 27, 2014ORLANDO, Fla. — Ty Darlington will finally suit up and play football inside Citrus Bowl Stadium. “It eluded me,” Darlington said. “I wanted to play in that thing my entire life.” But this isn’t quite what Darlington had in mind while playing at nearby Apopka High School. Darlington and Oklahoma will face No. 17 Clemson in the Russell Athletic Bowl on Monday afternoon in the same stadium where high school championships are won in the state of Florida. Although the Sooners have fallen well short of their preseason expectations, it’s been a banner year for Darlington personally. The junior is serving as vice chair of the Big 12 Conference Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. He’s started every game at center for the Sooners, fulfilling a lifelong dream. He graduated with his bachelor’s degree this month — needing only two-and-a-half years to finish — and will begin pursuing a master’s degree this spring in intercollegiate athletic administration, a curriculum he might one day use to become a coach like his highly respected father. “He’s very much a leader,” said Rick Darlington, Ty’s dad. “Being a coach’s son, you kinda have to lead because you understand how coaches think. He doesn’t really see things like a normal 21-year-old dude because he’s thinking more like an adult. “When I hear him being interviewed, he doesn’t sound like a player. He sounds like a coach, which is what he’ll probably end up being.” ‘He’s done everything’ If anyone knows what a coach sounds like, it would be Rick Darlington. The 49-year-old has been a high school head coach for 19 years, spending 1999-2002 at Apopka, then three seasons at Valdosta High in Georgia before returning in 2006 to Apopka, where he’s stayed ever since. He’s won three state championships — all at Apopka — and is regarded nationally as a top offensive innovator. Rick Darlington and Apopka High School are featured prominently in Chaper 1 of the 2010 book, “Blood, Sweat and Chalk, The Ultimate Football Playbook: How The Great Coaches Built Today’s Game.” In the book, author Tim Layden wrote about Darlington’s innovative use of the old-school single wing, known by many today as the “Wildcat.” In the spring of 2007, Darlington realized his team didn’t have a true passing quarterback on his team, so he didn’t use one. He showed his players old film of teams running the single wing from decades past, and on most offensive snaps, the center snapped the ball to a tailback. With a wide variety of fakes and intricate blocking schemes, Apopka became an offensive juggernaut running the single wing, and did it even before Miami Dolphins running back Ronnie Brown stunned the NFL world with his execution of the “wildcat.” Ty Darlington calls his father “brilliant,” and said what makes him so successful is that he never gets too hooked on any particular offensive philosophy. “He’s always adapted what he does offensively to fit his personnel,” Ty Darlington said. “He’s very well-respected in Florida and throughout the nation for what he’s done. “He’s run the Georgia Tech flexbone. He’s run Oregon spread concepts. He’s run put everyone in the box, single-wing. He’s done everything.” Rick Darlington gives credit to longtime Lakeland High coach Bill Castle, who coached Rick in high school and gave him his first job years ago. Castle is a heck of a mentor to have. After all, in 2007, Castle was named the Florida high school Coach of the Century by the Florida High School Athletic Association. Rick Darlington said Apopka’s freshman and junior varsity teams run the single wing exclusively, but on the varsity level, he tinkers with things constantly. “Sometimes I just wanna be one thing, but my mind won’t shut off,” Rick Darlington said. “It’s not like I can shut it off and say, ‘OK, we’re gonna run these seven plays and I’m not gonna think about it. I’m gonna think about yard work or learning how to cook.’ “No, I think about football.” How much does Rick Darlington think about new ideas? He visited Oklahoma’s bowl practices two days this week, drove Saturday to Tampa to watch Auburn practice for the Outback Bowl, and plans to watch Minnesota practice Sunday for the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl. “I just love going to bowl practices,” he said. Dreams fulfilled Ty Darlington grew up dreaming of playing in Citrus Bowl Stadium, but also always dreamed of being a Sooner. His mother, Shelly, was on the OU pom squad in the 1980s, and her dad, Jack Fried, co-wrote the 1976 book, “The Winning Edge,” about Sooner football. Interestingly, Shelly Darlington’s final game on the OU pom squad was at the 1989 Citrus Bowl, when the Sooners faced Clemson. That was also legendary coach Barry Switzer’s final game. The oldest of seven children, Ty Darlington was a standout and leader on his dad’s Apopka teams until his senior season in 2011. He became a four-star recruit and signed with Oklahoma, fulfilling one of his childhood gridiron dreams. The other, though, never came as a high schooler. “That’s kind of a heartbreaker for me,” Rick Darlington said. “He was such a great player for us, but also a great leader for us. A building block for our program. He grew up around the program, around me. “There’s nothing better than winning a state championship with your son.” That’s exactly what happened in 2012, when Ty’s brother Zack Darlington — now a Nebraska freshman — quarterbacked the Blue Darters to a title. Apopka won another state championship inside the Citrus Bowl earlier this month. Although it’s not under the circumstances he dreamed about, Ty Darlington will finally get to step on the Citrus Bowl field and play Monday, and his family and friends will be well-represented. Each OU player received six complimentary tickets, but Darlington has managed to get enough teammates to transfer theirs to him that he’ll be able to accomodate the 70-plus people who asked for a ticket. And in a few weeks, Ty will begin working on his master’s degree. He said he’d like to either become a college football coach or work in college athletic administration. “If Ty takes all of his intelligence and love and puts it into football, I think he’ll be a pretty dang good coach,” Rick said.
FRIDAY HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL 7 p.m., Davis vs. Nowata, FSPLUS (Cox 68) 7 p.m., Thomas vs. Cashion, KRXO-FM 107.7 BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL 5:30 p.m., Bishop O’Dowd at Montverde, ESPN2 (Cox 28) NBA 6 p.m., Portland at Chicago, ESPN (Cox 29) 7 p.m., OKC at Minnesota, FSOK (Cox 37)/WWLS-AM 640/98.1 FM 8:30 p.m., L.A. Lakers at San Antonio, ESPN (Cox 29) COLLEGE FOOTBALL 7 p.m., Chattanooga vs. N....
Sports TV listings for Friday, Dec. 12-Sunday, Dec. 14
Dec 11, 2014FRIDAY HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL 7 p.m., Davis vs. Nowata, FSPLUS (Cox 68) 7 p.m., Thomas vs. Cashion, KRXO-FM 107.7 BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL 5:30 p.m., Bishop O’Dowd at Montverde, ESPN2 (Cox 28) NBA 6 p.m., Portland at Chicago, ESPN (Cox 29) 7 p.m., OKC at Minnesota, FSOK (Cox 37)/WWLS-AM 640/98.1 FM 8:30 p.m., L.A. Lakers at San Antonio, ESPN (Cox 29) COLLEGE FOOTBALL 7 p.m., Chattanooga vs. N. Hampshire, ESPN2 (Cox 28) MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 6 p.m., Texas Southern at Florida, SECN (Cox 275) WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 8 p.m., M. Tenn. St. at Kentucky, SECN (Cox 275) AHL 7 p.m., Grand Rapids at OKC, KXXY-FM 96.1 GOLF 6:30 a.m., Alfred Dunhill, GOLF (Cox 60) Noon, Franklin Templeton, GOLF (Cox 60) 7 p.m., Australian PGA, GOLF (Cox 60) 12 a.m., Sat. Thailand Golf, GOLF (Cox 60) RODEO 9 p.m., NFR, CBSS (Cox 249) MEN’S SOCCER 4 p.m., UMBC vs. Virginia, ESPNU (Cox 253) 6:30 p.m., Providence vs. UCLA, ESPNU (Cox 253) HOCKEY 6:30 p.m., Sarnia at. Kitchener, NHLNET (Cox 263) VOLLEYBALL 8:30 p.m., Nebraska at Washington, ESPNU (Cox 253) SATURDAY NBA 9 p.m., Detroit at Sacramento, NBATV (Cox 256) NHL 6 p.m., Detroit at Toronto, NHLNET (Cox 263) 7:30 p.m., New Jersey at Dallas, FSOK (Cox 37) 9 p.m., St. Louis at Colorado, NHLNET (Cox 263) COLLEGE FOOTBALL 11 a.m., C. Carolina vs. N. Dak. St., ESPN (Cox 29) 2 p.m., Army vs. Navy, KWTV-9 (Cox 10) 7 p.m., Heisman Presentation, ESPN (Cox 29) MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 11 a.m., Wichita State at Detroit, ESPNU (Cox 253) 11 a.m., N. Carolina at Kentucky, KWTV-9 (Cox 10) 11 a.m., Stony Brook at Providence, FSOK (Cox 37) 11 a.m., Radford at Georgetown, FS1 (Cox 67) 1 p.m., Dayton at Arkansas, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 1 p.m., St. Bonaventure at Pitt., ESPNU (Cox 253) 1 p.m., St. Mary’s, at Creighton, FS1 (Cox 67) 1:30 p.m., Oklahoma at Tulsa, CBSS (Cox 249)/KRXO-FM 107.7/KRMG-AM 740 2:15 p.m., Utah vs. Kansas, ESPN (Cox 29) 3 p.m., Xavier at Missouri, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 3:30 p.m., W. Kentucky at Mississippi, SECN (Cox 275) 4:15 p.m., Michigan at Arizona, ESPN (Cox 29) 5 p.m., Oklahoma St. at Memphis, ESPN2 (Cox 28)/KXXY-FM 96.1 6 p.m., Sam Houston St. at LSU, SECN (Cox 275) 6 p.m., Northern Iowa at VCU, NBCSN (Cox 251) 7 p.m., Texas State at Texas, LHN (Cox 274) 7 p.m., Florida St. at Notre Dame, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 8 p.m., Purdue at Vanderbilt, SECN (Cox 275) 9 p.m., Gonzaga at UCLA, ESPN2 (Cox 28) RODEO 9 p.m., NFR, CBSS (Cox 249) MEN’S SOCCER 9 a.m., English Premier, NBCSN (Cox 251) 11:30 a.m., Arsenal FC vs. Newcastle U., NBCSN (Cox 251) VOLLEYBALL 3 p.m., NCAA Regional, ESPNU (Cox 253) 5:30 p.m., NCAA Regional, ESPNU (Cox 253) 8 p.m., NCAA Regional, ESPNU (Cox 253) 10:30 p.m., NCAA Regional, ESPNU (Cox 253) AHL 7 p.m., Grand Rapids at OKC, KGHM-AM 1340 GOLF 4:30 a.m., Alfred Dunhill, GOLF (Cox 60) Noon, Franklin Templeton, KOKH-25 (Cox 12) 1 p.m., Father/Son Challenge, GOLF (Cox 60) 2 p.m., Father/Son Challenge, KFOR-4 (Cox 4) 7 p.m., Australian PGA, GOLF (Cox 60) DEW TOUR Noon, Breckenridge, KFOR-4 (Cox 4) FOOTBALL 11 a.m., Pop Warner, ESPN2 (Cox 28) SUNDAY NFL Noon, Oakland at Kansas City, KGHM-AM 1340 Noon, Miami at New England, KWTV-9 (Cox 10) Noon, Green Bay at Buffalo, KRXO-FM 107.7 Noon, Cincinnati at Cleveland, KOKH-25 (Cox 12) 3:25 p.m., San Francisco at Seattle, KOKH-25 (Cox 12) 7:20 p.m., Dallas at Philadelphia, KFOR-4 (Cox 4)/KGHM-AM 1340 NBA 6 p.m., Phoenix at OKC, FSOK (Cox 37)/WWLS-AM 640/98.1 FM MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 11 a.m., St. Peter’s at Seton Hall, FS1 (Cox 67) 1 p.m., Butler at Tennessee, ESPNU (Cox 253) 1 p.m., Prairie V.A.M at Texas T., FSOK (Cox 37) 1 p.m., Temple at Villanova, FS1 (Cox 67) 3 p.m., Jacksonville at Florida, FSOK (Cox 37) 3 p.m., La. Tech at Syracuse, ESPNU (Cox 253) 3 p.m., Illinois St. at DePaul, FS1 (Cox 67) 5 p.m., Savannah St. at Kansas St., FSPLUS (Cox 68) 5 p.m., UNC Wilmington at Louisville, ESPNU (Cox 253) 7 p.m., Oakland at Michigan St., ESPNU (Cox 253) WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL Noon, Mercer at Alabama, SECN (Cox 275) 2 p.m., NW State at Texas, LHN (Cox 274) 2 p.m., Tennessee at Rutgers, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 2 p.m., Stephen F.A at Baylor, FSPLUS (Cox 68) 4 p.m., Oklahoma at Ark.-L.R., KREF-AM 1400/98.5 FM/KOKC-AM 1520/103.1 FM 5 p.m., Belmont at Kentucky, SECN (Cox 275) GOLF 4:30 a.m., Alfred Dunhill, GOLF (Cox 60) 1 p.m., Father/Son Challenge, GOLF (Cox 60) 2 p.m., Father/Son Challenge, KFOR-4 (Cox 4) COLLEGE FOOTBALL 7:30 p.m., Bowl Mania, ESPN (Cox 29) MEN’S SOCCER 11 a.m., NCAA Final, ESPNU (Cox 253) DEW TOUR Noon, Breckenridge, KFOR-4 (Cox 4)
NEW YORK (AP) — Shane Conlan played high school football in western New York on teams with some linemen who weighed 140 pounds.He was discovered by longtime Penn State defensive coordinator Tom Bradley, who decided to offer the 170-pound kid from Frewsburg a scholarship after watching him play basketball.Conlan proved he belonged at his first college practice, and Bradley's faith in him was...
Conlan, Thomas inducted into College Hall of Fame
By RALPH D. RUSSO, Associated Press | Dec 9, 2014NEW YORK (AP) — Shane Conlan played high school football in western New York on teams with some linemen who weighed 140 pounds. He was discovered by longtime Penn State defensive coordinator Tom Bradley, who decided to offer the 170-pound kid from Frewsburg a scholarship after watching him play basketball. Conlan proved he belonged at his first college practice, and Bradley's faith in him was rewarded. "I was doing one-on-one drills against the starting tight end and I did really well," Conlan said. The former All-America linebacker who helped the Nittany Lions win their last national title is part of a class of 14 former players and two coaches inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame on Tuesday. The group of honorees at the National Football Foundation awards banquet included: North Carolina cornerback Dre Bly; Southern California offensive tackle Tony Boselli; Purdue defensive tackle Dave Butz; Georgia Tech quarterback Joe Hamilton; Maine linebacker John Huard; Stanford halfback Darrin Nelson; Louisiana Tech offensive tackle Willie Roaf; South Carolina wide receiver Sterling Sharpe; McNeese State cornerback Leonard Smith; TCU running back LaDainian Tomlinson; Mississippi tight end Wesley Walls; and the late Derrick Thomas, who dominated at linebacker for Alabama. "I know that big smile is smiling down on us today," said Thomas' mother, Edith Morgan, who represented him a morning news conference at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in midtown Manhattan. Thomas had 27 sacks and won the Butkus Award as the nation's top linebacker in 1988 before going on to a successful NFL career with the Kansas City Chiefs. He was paralyzed in an automobile wreck in 2000 and died from complications about a month later. He was 33. Conlan was also one of the most dominant linebackers of the 1980s. He had two interceptions in his final college game as Penn State upset Miami 14-10 in the Fiesta Bowl to win the national title. "I guess (Miami quarterback) Vinny (Testaverde) threw it to the wrong guy," said Conlan, who played nine NFL seasons, most of them with the Buffalo Bills. Conlan thanked Bradley, who is now a defensive assistant at West Virginia after spending 35 years at Penn State as a player and coach under Joe Paterno. Bradley said he had to convince Paterno to give Conlan one of the last scholarships Penn State had available that year. "Tom found me," Conlan said. "I owe him everything." The coaches being inducted were Jerry Moore, who won I-AA national titles at Appalachian State and led the Mountaineers to an upset against Michigan in 2007, and Mike Bellotti, the winningest coach in Oregon history.
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — After striking out on a rising star and a well-known coach with an NFL pedigree, Kansas turned to one of its own to resurrect a program that has languished near the bottom of the Big 12.The school announced Friday that it had hired Texas A&M assistant David Beaty to be its third coach in five years. Beaty spent time at Kansas on the successful staff of Mark Mangino and...
Kansas hires Texas A&M's Beaty as football coach
By DAVE SKRETTA, Associated Press | Dec 5, 2014LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — After striking out on a rising star and a well-known coach with an NFL pedigree, Kansas turned to one of its own to resurrect a program that has languished near the bottom of the Big 12. The school announced Friday that it had hired Texas A&M assistant David Beaty to be its third coach in five years. Beaty spent time at Kansas on the successful staff of Mark Mangino and failed staff of Turner Gill, giving him unique insight into the program's peaks and valleys. "My family and I are honored and humbled to be back here," said Beaty, who was introduced to the crowd during halftime of the Jayhawks' basketball game against Florida on Friday night. "I won't sleep until I give you something to be proud of at Memorial Stadium," he said. Beaty emerged from a cluster of candidates that all had ties to the program, including Clint Bowen, the longtime defensive coordinator who served as interim coach when Charlie Weis fired. Beaty said that Bowen, a Lawrence native and Kansas alum, has agreed to remain on staff. "I am very excited to be back at Kansas," Beaty said. "I am especially excited that Clint Bowen has agreed to stay on as assistant head coach and defensive coordinator. Clint will be a huge part of our success going forward and I am fortunate to have him on my staff." Beaty, who had been interviewed over the phone, arrived on campus for a more formal interview and tour of the facilities Friday. The school planned a news conference for Monday. "David Beaty is well-respected in the football community and brings to KU great vision, passion and energy," Kansas athletic director Sheahon Zenger said in a statement. "He has a bright football mind and is known as one of the best recruiters in the nation." Beaty will certainly have plenty of work to do. The Jayhawks won just three games this season and one Big 12 game, and have been firmly in the league cellar since Mangino was fired in 2009 amid accusations that he mistreated players. Kansas has not had a winning season since 2008. A longtime high school coach in Texas, Beaty primarily worked with wide receivers for Mangino, and returned to Rice after that staff was let go. Beaty came back to Kansas as part of Gill's staff in 2011, and then bolted to Texas A&M when Gill — considered a rising star for his work at Buffalo when he was hired by the Jayhawks — was let go after a 2-10 season. Weis won just six games over two-plus seasons before he was fired four games into this year, and Bowen coached the Jayhawks to a win over Iowa State as interim coach. Meanwhile, Beaty helped to coach record-setting offenses at Texas A&M while burnishing his reputation as one of the nation's best recruiters. The Aggies have had produced some of the best classes in the nation while he has been on the staff in College Station. "Coach Beaty is one of the most genuine people I've ever known," said former Aggies wide receiver Mike Evans, now with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. "On the field, he's a great coach with a lot of energy and he's fun to be around. He will always push you to be your best." Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin praised Beaty as "a great recruiter, a great coach and a great man" in a statement that accompanied his hiring Friday. "He was one of the first people I hired at Texas A&M and he's been a huge part of what we've been able to accomplish here," Sumlin said. "He's earned this opportunity to be a head coach, and I believe he will do a tremendous job with the Jayhawks." Despite a few good stretches under Glen Mason in the 1990s and Mangino in the 2000s, Kansas football has generally been overshadowed by its powerhouse basketball program. Fan support has been lukewarm most years, and only about 15,000 fans watched the Jayhawks' home finale this season. Kansas also has some of the worst facilities in the Big 12, even after the construction of the Anderson Family Football Complex. Memorial Stadium is aging and there is no proper indoor practice facility on campus, making it difficult to work outside in bad weather. Zenger has said that he would like to renovate to the football stadium, but it has been difficult to raise money for a losing program. That means hiring a coach who can not only produce results on the field but also energize the fan base is of paramount importance. "Coach Beaty is a players' coach, but he knows when to be serious," former Kansas wide receiver Dezmon Briscoe said. "He is not afraid to put his foot down and tell you what you are doing wrong. He won't let you sit around and be mediocre. He wants greatness from you." Now, the Jayhawks expect the same from him.
Nov 30, 2014
One more reason why I’d like to see the Pirates do the honorable thing. I care about the kids of Mayes County. And while winning a state championship would be great for Locust Grove, even greater would be teaching a bunch of teen-agers that doing the right thing is never a wrong way to go.
Douglass-Locust Grove: Why Locust Grove should agree to replay the game's last 60 seconds
By Berry Tramel | Nov 30, 2014Opportunities come along often. For all of us. Great opportunities come along rarely. A great opportunity has presented itself for the Locust Grove football team. By now you’ve probably heard of the big flap in the Class 3A state quarterfinals Friday night at Douglass High School. Locust Grove beat the Trojans 20-19, after a late Douglass touchdown was erased by an improperly-enforced penalty by officials who didn’t know the rules. Douglass, the Oklahoma City Public Schools and at least one politician, probably more, are demanding justice and a replay of that final minute. Only thing left are the lawyers. But the last thing high school football needs is more court cases. Or more debate under the Capitol dome. More outrage from the wronged. The first thing high school football needs is more humanity. Humanity and humility. The first thing high school football needs is to jump off the just-win-baby treadmill and rediscover its roots. That final minute ought to be replayed, not because of the outcry of the wronged, but because of the benevolence of the righted. Locust Grove ought to take the lead and agree to replay those 60 seconds. Ought to stand up and demand that it be given the chance to win the game unblemished. [tweetquote]This is about what’s right. This is about freeing the Locust Grove players from a lifetime of what-ifs.[/tweetquote] That’s counter to the message the sport declares these days, when the pursuit of gold balls is paramount and parents shop their kids from school to school, chasing team glory and individual acclaim. Coaches always talk about the life lessons that football provides. Seldom are they interested in actually teaching those life lessons. The season arrives, the playoffs start and the Friday Night Lights become a boneyard. As in, somebody’s season is cemetery-bound. Locust Grove coach Matt Hennesy told our man Scott Wright that plenty of other calls affected the game. A hold here. A called-back touchdown there. No argument, though I’m reminded of the old Eddie Sutton truth, that mistakes in the final seconds are magnified because they can’t be overcome. This isn’t about who’s right. This is about what’s right. This is about freeing the Locust Grove players from a lifetime of what-ifs. Freeing them from the gnawing feeling of ill-gotten gain. Giving them the precious gift that there are more important things than finishing first and having the most toys. What an opportunity to show, instead of tell. What an opportunity to instill those life lessons. Better men than me and Matt Hennesy have had this opportunity and declined. Colorado won the 1990 national championship only after beating Missouri with a fifth down. CU coach Bill McCartney, who championed the Promise Keepers movement, dismissed suggestions that the Buffaloes give back that game. Always made me wonder what promises he was keeping. This is not an East-West issue for me. This is not big city vs. small town. I’ve got a lot more ties to Locust Grove, 167 miles from my house, than I do to Douglass High School, 18 miles from home. I ate lunch once with Douglass coach Willis Alexander at a football camp, and I went with Wes Welker to Douglass when his foundation presented a grant to the Trojan football program. Covered one game at Moses F. Miller Stadium, back in 1999. My Locust ties are much deeper. My dad’s from Mayes County. The older half of the Tramel clan, which included my dad, went to school in Salina, but the younger half (there were 11 kids) went to Locust Grove. My cousin’s son played on Locust’s Class 3A semifinal team that played Millwood in Moore. My dad and I were there, cheering on the Pirates. My cousin Jimmie, of Tulsa World sportswriting fame, is a proud Locust grad. I’m sure I’ve got distant cousins walking the halls of Locust Grove High School. Probably playing on the football squad. Which is one more reason why I’d like to see the Pirates do the honorable thing. I care about the kids of Mayes County. And while winning a state championship would be great for Locust Grove, even greater would be teaching a bunch of teen-agers that doing the right thing is never a wrong way to go. Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at newsok.com/berrytramel.
It’s often tough for walk-ons to make major on-the-field impacts in college football, but there have been plenty who have done it. Here’s a look at five walk-ons from both Oklahoma and Oklahoma State who made an impact, plus five big names nationally who started as walk-ons.
Oklahoma football walk-ons: A look at walk-ons who made an impact at OU, OSU and around the nation
BY JASON KERSEY | Nov 29, 2014It’s often tough for walk-ons to make major on-the-field impacts in college football, but there have been plenty who have done it. Here’s a look at five walk-ons from both Oklahoma and Oklahoma State who made an impact, plus five big names nationally who started as walk-ons. OKLAHOMA Bubba Burcham, C: Burcham walked on at Oklahoma out of Mustang High, and earned a scholarship after two seasons playing for John Blake. By 2000, he was Bob Stoops’ starting center, snapping the ball to Josh Heupel on the Sooners’ national championship football team. Trent Ratterree, TE: Ratterree, from Weatherford, chose to walk on in Norman despite some scholarship offers from smaller schools. He became a special teams contributor as a redshirt freshman in 2008 and earned a scholarship before his senior season in 2011. The tight end ended up catching 31 passes for 451 yards and three touchdowns through his carer. Aaron Ripkowski, FB: The strong fullback made an instant impression on OU coaches after he walked on in 2011, and earned a scholarship before his junior season. Ripkowski is now one of the best, most valuable players on Oklahoma’s offense. Derrick Shepard, WR: The ultimate OU walk-on, he joined Barry Switzer’s team in the early 1980s, was a key receiver on the Sooners’ 1985 national title team and went on to a five-year NFL career. He died of a heart attack in 1999, but his son, Sterling, is now a superstar wide receiver for the Sooners. Oklahoma’s team award for the most outstanding walk-on is named after Derrick Shepard. Dominique Whaley, RB: Whaley, a former Lawton MacArthur standout, couldn’t start at Langston, but he walked on at Oklahoma and became the Sooners’ top tailback as a junior in 2011. A devastating ankle injury midway through that season derailed his career, and he played only sparingly as a senior. OKLAHOMA STATE Levy Adcock, RT: The former Sequoyah-Claremore standout walked on at Oklahoma State in 2009 and was a two-time first-team All-Big 12 selection. He earned consensus All-America honors as a senior in 2011, when the Cowboys won the Big 12 title and the Fiesta Bowl. Tyler Johnson, DE: The Haskell native signed with the Los Angeles Angels out of high school and spent six years with the organization before walking on at Oklahoma State. He ended up starting every game of his senior year in 2013, ranking sixth on the Cowboys with 52 total tackles. Larry Mahsetky, WR: A Westmoore High standout, Mahsetky walked on at Oklahoma State in the early 1990s and earned a scholarship in 1992. But he’s mainly known because his 2012 graduation gave the Cowboys back two hours of practice per week that were initially lost because of the NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate regulations. Matt Monger, LB: The Miami, Okla., native walked on at Oklahoma State as a fullback in the early 1980s, but was switched to linebacker and excelled, eventually playing five seasons in the NFL with the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills. Brandon Weeden, QB: The former Edmond Santa Fe two-sport standout spent five seasons playing professional baseball before walking on with Oklahoma State’s football program in 2007. He eventually spent two seasons as the Cowboys’ starting quarterback, leading Oklahoma State to a 12-1 record, Big 12 title and Fiesta Bowl victory during the 2011 season. He’s now the Dallas Cowboys’ backup quarterback. NATIONAL Jordy Nelson, WR, Kansas State: Nelson walked on at K-State as a safety in 2003, but switched to receiver and became one of the best in Wildcats history. As a senior in 2007, he caught 122 passes for 1,606 yards and was a consensus All-American. He’s now Aaron Rodgers’ top target for the Green Bay Packers and one of the best receivers in the NFL. In the Packers’ Super Bowl XLV win in February 2011, he caught nine passes for 140 yards and a touchdown. Clay Matthews, LB, USC: Matthews walked on at USC in 2004 and didn’t become a starter until his senior season in 2008, but went in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft to the Green Bay Packers. He’s been a four-time Pro Bowl selection. Rudy Ruettiger, DE, Notre Dame: Arguably the most famous walk-on of all time, Ruettiger got in the game for three plays late in a November 1975 home win over Georgia Tech and recorded a sack on the game’s final play. He is one of only two players in Notre Dame history to be carried off the field by his teammates. His story was adapted into the 1993 movie “Rudy,” which starred Sean Astin as Ruettiger and is considered one of the greatest sports films of all time. J.J. Watt, DE, Wisconsin: Watt originally played as a scholarship tight end at Central Michigan, but left CMU and walked on at Wisconsin in 2008 because he always dreamed of being a Badger. He earned a scholarship that first fall, eventually became a first-round NFL Draft pick by the Houston Texans and is currently having one of the most dominant individual defensive seasons in NFL history. Darren Woodson, LB, Arizona State: Woodson walked on at Arizona State in the late 1980s before playing 13 NFL seasons with the Dallas Cowboys as a safety. He was a five-time Pro Bowl selection and a three-time Super Bowl champion.
FRIDAY NBA 7 p.m., New York at OKC, FSOK (Cox 37)/WWLS-AM 640/98.1 FM 7 p.m., L.A. Clippers at Houston, NBATV (Cox 256) NHL Noon, N.Y. Rangers at Philadelphia, KFOR-4 (Cox 4) 3 p.m., Chicago at Anaheim, NHLNET (Cox 263) 6 p.m., Winnipeg at Boston, NHLNET (Cox 263) 7:30 p.m., Minnesota at Dallas, FSPLUS (Cox 68) COLLEGE FOOTBALL 10 a.m., N. Illinois at W. Michigan, ESPNU (Cox 253) 11 a.m.,...
Sports TV listings for Oklahoma City: Friday, Nov. 28-Sunday, Nov. 30
Nov 27, 2014FRIDAY NBA 7 p.m., New York at OKC, FSOK (Cox 37)/WWLS-AM 640/98.1 FM 7 p.m., L.A. Clippers at Houston, NBATV (Cox 256) NHL Noon, N.Y. Rangers at Philadelphia, KFOR-4 (Cox 4) 3 p.m., Chicago at Anaheim, NHLNET (Cox 263) 6 p.m., Winnipeg at Boston, NHLNET (Cox 263) 7:30 p.m., Minnesota at Dallas, FSPLUS (Cox 68) COLLEGE FOOTBALL 10 a.m., N. Illinois at W. Michigan, ESPNU (Cox 253) 11 a.m., Nebraska at Iowa, KOCO-5 (Cox 8) 11 a.m., W. Kentucky at Marshall, FS1 (Cox 67) 11 a.m., UCF at South Florida, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 11 a.m., Houston at SMU, CBSS (Cox 249) 1:30 p.m., Arkansas at Missouri, KWTV-9 (Cox 10) 2:30 p.m., Stanford at UCLA, KOCO-5 (Cox 8) 2:30 p.m., Arizona St. at Arizona, KOKH-25 (Cox 12) 2:30 p.m., Colorado St. at Air Force, CBSS (Cox 249) 7 p.m., Virginia at Virginia Tech, ESPN (Cox 29) 7:30 p.m., East Carolina at Tulsa, ESPNU (Cox 253)/KRMG-AM 740 HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL 7 p.m., McAlester vs. Lawton MacArthur, KRXO-FM 107.7 MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 11 a.m., Orlando Classic, ESPN (Cox 29) Noon, New Orleans at Texas A&M, SECN (Cox 275) 1 p.m., Atlantis Tournament, ESPN (Cox 29) 1:30 p.m., Orlando Classic, ESPNU (Cox 253) 2:30 p.m., Wooden Legacy, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 3 p.m., Yale at Providence, FS1 (Cox 67) 3:30 p.m., Oklahoma vs. Wisconsin, ESPN (Cox 29), KRXO-FM 107.7 3:30 p.m., Minnesota vs. Georgia, ESPNU (Cox 253) 5:30 p.m., Orlando Classic, ESPNU (Cox 253) 6 p.m., St. John’s vs. Gonzaga, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 6 p.m., Bradley at TCU, CBSS (Cox 249) 6 p.m., Barclays Classic, NBCSN (Cox 251) 7 p.m., Las Vegas Inv., FS1 (Cox 67) 8 p.m., Orlando Classic, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 8 p.m., North Texas at Arkansas, SECN (Cox 275) 8:30 p.m., St. Louis vs. Mississippi St., CBSS (Cox 249) 9:30 p.m., Las Vegas Inv., FS1 (Cox 67) 10:30 p.m., Wooden Legacy, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 11 p.m., Great Ala. Shootout, CBSS (Cox 249) 1 a.m. (Sat.) Great Ala. Shootout, CBSS (Cox 249) WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 5 p.m., Kentucky vs. Oklahoma, KREF-AM 1400/98.5 FM/KOKC-AM 1520/103.1 FM GOLF 7 p.m., Australian Open, GOLF (Cox 60) AHL 7:30 p.m., OKC at Texas, KXXY-FM 96.1 VOLLEYBALL 10:30 p.m., USC at UCLA, ESPNU (Cox 253) Saturday NBA 6 p.m., New Orleans at Washington, NBATV (Cox 256) NHL 6 p.m., Buffalo at Montreal, NHLNET (Cox 263) 9 p.m., Chicago at Los Angeles, NHLNET (Cox 263) COLLEGE FOOTBALL 11 a.m., West Virginia at Iowa St., FS1 (Cox 67) 11 a.m., North Texas at UTSA, FSOK (Cox 37) 11 a.m., Georgia Tech at Georgia, SECN (Cox 275) 11 a.m., S. Carolina at Clemson, ESPN (Cox 29)/KRXO-FM 107.7 11 a.m., Michigan at Ohio State, KOCO-5 (Cox 8) 11 a.m., Kentucky at Louisville, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 11 a.m., Illinois at Northwestern, ESPNU (Cox 253) 11 a.m., Cincinnati at Temple, ESPNews (Cox 254) 11 a.m., Rice at La. Tech, CBSS (Cox 249) 11:30 a.m., Syracuse at Boston Coll., FSPLUS (Cox 68) 1:30 p.m., Grambling St. vs. Southern, KFOR-4 (Cox 4) 2:30 p.m., Baylor at Texas Tech, KOCO-5 (Cox 8) 2:30 p.m., Florida at Florida State, ESPN (Cox 29) 2:30 p.m., Michigan St. at Penn St., ESPN2 (Cox 28) 2:30 p.m., Mississippi St. at Mississippi, KWTV-9 (Cox 10) 2:30 p.m., UAB at S. Mississippi, KOCB-34 (Cox 11) 2:30 p.m., Rutgers at Maryland, ESPNU (Cox 253) 2:30 p.m., San Jo. St. at S. Diego St., CBSS (Cox 249) 3 p.m., Kansas at Kansas State, FS1 (Cox 67) 3 p.m., Tennessee at Vanderbilt, SECN (Cox 275) 3 p.m., UConn at Memphis, ESPNews (Cox 254) 6 p.m., Wake Forest at Duke, ESPNU (Cox 253) 6 p.m., Pittsburgh at Miami, Fla., ESPN2 (Cox 28) 6 p.m., Midd. Tenn. St. at UTEP, KOCB-34 (Cox 11) 6:45 p.m., Auburn at Alabama, ESPN (Cox 29)/KGHM-AM 1340 7 p.m., Oregon at Oregon State, KOCO-5 (Cox 8) 9:15 p.m., Utah St. at Boise St., ESPN2 (Cox 28) 9:30 p.m., Washington at Washington St., FS1 (Cox 67) 9:30 p.m., Nevada at UNLV, ESPNU (Cox 253) MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 2 p.m., Tulsa at Wichita State, KRMG-AM 740 3 p.m., G. Washington at Seton Hall, FSOK (Cox 37) 6 p.m., Corpus Christi Classic, CBSS (Cox 249) 6 p.m., Barclays Classic, NBCSN (Cox 251) 8 p.m., Emerald Classic, CBSS (Cox 249) 8:30 p.m., Barclays Classic, NBCSN (Cox 251) 10:30 p.m., Great Ala. Shootout, CBSS (Cox 249) WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 2 p.m., Texas State at OSU, KGFY-FM 105.5 5 p.m., Oklahoma vs. Illinois, KREF-AM 1400/98.5 FM/KOKC-AM 1520/103.1 FM COLLEGE WRESTLING 7:30 p.m., OSU at Minnesota, KSPI-AM 780 AHL 7 p.m., OKC at San Antonio, KXXY-FM 96.1 GOLF 7 p.m., Australian Open, GOLF (Cox 60) MEN’S SOCCER 11:30 a.m., Sunderland vs. Chelsea, KFOR-4 (Cox 4) VOLLEYBALL 1:30 p.m., Florida at Texas, LHN (Cox 274) Sunday NFL Noon, Oakland at St. Louis, KGHM-AM 1340/KREF-AM 1400/98.5 FM Noon, Washington at Indianapolis, KRXO-FM 107.7 Noon, New Orleans at Pittsburgh, KOKH-25 (Cox 12) Noon, San Diego at Baltimore, KWTV-9 (Cox 10) 3:25 p.m., New England at Green Bay, KWTV-9 (Cox 10) 7:20 p.m., Denver at Kansas City, KFOR-4 (Cox 4) NBA 2 p.m., Chicago at Brooklyn, WGN (Cox 2) MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 11 a.m., Army at Duke, ESPNU (Cox 253) 11 a.m., Texas at UConn, ESPN2 (Cox 28) Noon, Orlando Classic, ESPN (Cox 29) 1 p.m., Air Force at Texas Tech, FSOK (Cox 37) 1 p.m., Providence at Kentucky, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 1 p.m., Wooden Legacy, ESPNU (Cox 253) 1:30 p.m., Stanford at DePaul, FS1 (Cox 67) 2:30 p.m., Iona at Arkansas, SECN (Cox 275) 3 p.m., Orlando Classic, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 3 p.m., Wooden Legacy, ESPNU (Cox 253) 3 p.m., USC at New Mexico, CBSS (Cox 249) 3:30 p.m., Delaware at Villanova, FS1 (Cox 67) 5 p.m., Cal at Fresno State, CBSS (Cox 249) 5:30 p.m., Orlando Classic, ESPNU (Cox 253) 9 p.m., Wooden Legacy, ESPN2 (Cox 28) WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL Noon, Duke at Texas A&M, SECN (Cox 275) 2 p.m., Marist at Baylor, FSPLUS (Cox 68) 5:30 p.m., Tennessee at Texas, FS1 (Cox 67) VOLLEYBALL 7:30 p.m., Selection Show, ESPNU (Cox 253) CANADIAN FOOTBALL 5:30 p.m., Hamilton vs. Calgary, ESPN2 (Cox 28) MEN’S SOCCER 8:20 p.m., Los Angeles at Seattle, ESPN (Cox 29)
Nov 24, 2014
Before most television cameras start rolling and fans enter the stadium, Odell Beckham Jr. practices making acrobatic, one-handed catches in pre-game warmups.It paid off for the rookie receiver.Beckham's spectacular, leaping, right-handed grab while falling backward and drawing an interference penalty was the talk of the NFL and the Internet on Monday.Everyone from LeBron James to Hollywood...
Beckham's one-handed grab 1 of many in NFL
By ROB MAADDI, Associated Press | Nov 24, 2014Before most television cameras start rolling and fans enter the stadium, Odell Beckham Jr. practices making acrobatic, one-handed catches in pre-game warmups. It paid off for the rookie receiver. Beckham's spectacular, leaping, right-handed grab while falling backward and drawing an interference penalty was the talk of the NFL and the Internet on Monday. Everyone from LeBron James to Hollywood celebs Elizabeth Banks and John Cusack marveled at Beckham's touchdown catch in the New York Giants' loss to Dallas on Sunday night. "The greatest catch I've ever seen," said James, who was an All-Ohio wide receiver in high school. Banks tweeted: "Just back from the #AMAs and seeing replay of that Odell Beckman Jr. catch. OMG that was sick." Cusack compared it to David Tyree's helmet grab in the Super Bowl and Lynn Swann's diving reception in an earlier Super Bowl. Beckham, however, does it every day in practice and before games. This catch just happened to be in front of a national television audience against the Cowboys. His teammates, coaches and anyone who watched him play weren't surprised. "He practices that one-handed snag," said Eli Manning, who also threw the pass to Tyree that helped the Giants beat New England. "He's got big hands and great concentration and he can make those plays. That was a pretty great one." Beckham made several stunning catches at LSU, including a diving, one-handed grab against Iowa in the Outback Bowl. "I saw him and Jarvis (Landry) do things like that on the practice field all the time. I mean all the time," LSU coach Les Miles said. "They finally caught one on camera, I guess. It's something that we would have expected." NBC analyst Cris Collinsworth, a three-time Pro Bowl receiver in the '80s, repeated: "That might be the greatest catch I've ever seen." When asked about working on one-handed catches recently, Beckham said: "It's something you just have to practice. The opportunity sometimes presents itself and you know you want to be prepared. That is one of those things that I have been doing for a long time. Jarvis Landry and I would always do that every day in practice. We wouldn't compete, but we would see who could make the most ridiculous catch." Many players work on one-handed catches in practice and afterward on the JUGS machine. It's not just receivers, either. Two-time All-Pro defensive end J.J. Watt catches balls one-handed before games, too. Of course, Watt has actually lined up as a receiver and has two TD catches this season. "It's partially just hand-eye coordination before the game and it's partially to warm up the hands a little bit, partially for fun," Watt said. "The more you can do, the better athlete you can (be), the better you're going to be on the field. It's all part of it." San Francisco's Stevie Johnson said you can practice the one-handed catches by tossing the ball in the air and out of view and then trying to catch it, but when it comes to games, it's a natural instinct for a soft-handed wideout — with a little assist from those sticky receiver gloves they wear, too. "It's a little bit of both, the gloves and his talent," Johnson said. "It was a solid catch." Several players have made amazing one-handed catches this season, including Carolina's Kelvin Benjamin, Chicago's Brandon Marshall, New England's Rob Gronkowski, Philadelphia's Jeremy Maclin and Miami's Mike Wallace. Buffalo's Robert Woods got into the act Monday night against the New York Jets. Woods appeared to get his left arm tangled a bit with a defender, so he reached up with his right, gently bobbling the ball at first before controlling it with that one hand for a 27-yard gain. Benjamin rated Beckham's grab a 9.0 and joked that he only gets a 10 if he would've caught it with his eyes closed. Unlike Beckham and others, the Panthers rookie doesn't practice one-handed catches. "One-handed catches are just reaction catches," he said. "You just go to that zone at the moment. It's entertainment." Swann put Beckham's catch into perspective. "I don't know how many times you throw that pass and how many times you actually catch it," the Hall of Famer said. "He threw it to him one time, he caught it, and for a touchdown. There are a couple of things that make it phenomenal. Fact he caught it with two fingers and a thumb and didn't use all of his hand. He stopped that baby with two fingers and his thumb, that's hard to do." Colts veteran Reggie Wayne often draws a large crowd when he practices one-handed catches on a JUGS machine. His coach, Chuck Pagano, encourages players to work on it. "If you make them in practice, you'll make them in games," Pagano said. "And that's what we talk about all the time. It's all about preparation." Wallace catches 100 balls per hand each day. He also thinks those super-sticky gloves are helping guys make these plays. "Anything you do, if you practice it, you'll get better," Wallace said. ___ AP Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner and AP Sports Writers Kristie Rieken, Will Graves, Steven Wine, Janie McCauley, Michael Marot, Tom Withers, Howard Ulman, Tom Canavan, Noah Trister and Steve Reed contributed to this report. ___ AP NFL websites: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL ___ Follow Rob Maaddi on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AP_RobMaaddi
Nov 21, 2014
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jon Dorenbos can take over the locker room by pulling out a deck of playing cards.Teammates, staff, even reporters flock to see Dorenbos perform various card tricks he mastered long before he reached the NFL.Football is the way Dorenbos makes his living. Magic is his passion.Dorenbos turned to magic as a kid after his father murdered his mother in 1992. It helped him through...
Magic was refuge for Jon Dorenbos
ROB MAADDI, Associated Press | Nov 21, 2014PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jon Dorenbos can take over the locker room by pulling out a deck of playing cards. Teammates, staff, even reporters flock to see Dorenbos perform various card tricks he mastered long before he reached the NFL. Football is the way Dorenbos makes his living. Magic is his passion. Dorenbos turned to magic as a kid after his father murdered his mother in 1992. It helped him through a traumatic period in his life and he's turned it into a nice side career. Dorenbos is pretty good at his day job, too: He's been a long snapper for three teams over the past 12 years, including nine with the Philadelphia Eagles. "I was one of those kids who liked magic and never put it down," Dorenbos said. "It was something I could take with me wherever I went, something that helped me through an uncertain part of my life. I was alone, dealing with a lot of issues, but I could sit with myself and be happy and not worry about things that were happening outside of my space. It was therapeutic for me." Dorenbos was 12 years old when his dad, Alan Dorenbos, bludgeoned his wife to death with a bench grinder during an argument in the garage of the family home near Seattle. Alan Dorenbos hid his wife Kathy's body in a sleeping bag in the trunk of his car and lied to Jon about her whereabouts. He repainted the garage in hopes of covering up the crime before turning himself in to police the next day. Jon testified against his father and attended the trial every day with his sister, Kristina, and older brother, Randy. Alan Dorenbos was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to 13 years, eight months in prison. He was released in 2005. "I haven't talked to him since 1993," Jon said. "I forgave him years ago. Forgiveness is from within. I genuinely wish anybody that done ill will in my life, I wish them the best. Too many people burden themselves with stuff that doesn't matter. What my dad does today doesn't affect my life, so why worry about it. I wish him all the best." Dorenbos spent a year in a foster home after losing his parents. He moved to Southern California to live with his aunt a year later and fell in love with magic during the transition when an older teenager introduced him to it. "I thought it was the coolest thing in the world," Dorenbos said. "It was fun for me. I learned a lot about myself. There were a lot of moves that were really hard and it took me two or three years to master them, and I learned that if you stick with something, you eventually will get it, but you have to get past that frustration part. It was something that stuck with me my whole life. I love performing and it's a great icebreaker." Card tricks are Dorenbos' go-to move but he has plenty more in his repertoire, including pickpocketing, swallowing needles and extracting them perfectly threaded, removing people's neckties without them noticing, and more. Dorenbos has performed in front of celebrities, musicians and star athletes, including Joe Montana, Magic Johnson, Garth Brooks and Rascal Flatts. His biggest crowd was about 10,000 people at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas. "That was really cool. It was rock star," Dorenbos said. Dorenbos played football, baseball and basketball in high school, but didn't get a college scholarship so he went to a two-year school where he played linebacker for a winless team. When a friend at UTEP told him the Miners needed a linebacker, Dorenbos put together a grainy tape of two other teammates and passed it off as his. It worked enough to get him in the door and he did the rest. By his senior year, Dorenbos realized he might have a chance to make it in the NFL. He wowed scouts at the school's pro day, but didn't get drafted. The Buffalo Bills signed him as a free agent in 2003 and he played every game that season and 13 in 2004 before suffering a knee injury. He went to Tennessee in 2005 and landed in Philadelphia in the middle of the 2006 season. Dorenbos hasn't missed a game since joining the Eagles, playing in 134 straight games, including playoffs. He made the Pro Bowl in 2009. His two seasons in Buffalo prepared him to snap in any weather conditions — no magic needed. "When the Bills picked me up, I was really bad, but Danny Smith, the special teams coach, and Gregg Williams, the head coach, were very patient and stuck with me," Dorenbos said. "If it wasn't for those two, I wouldn't be here. I'm glad I started there because I'll never get worse weather than that." The Eagles have only had three kickers since Dorenbos arrived: David Akers, Alex Henery and now Cody Parkey. Consistent snaps have made their job easier. "I never have to worry about the snap and it's awesome," Parkey said. "I just worry about kicking it through the uprights. He takes pride in what he does." Dorenbos is one of the most outgoing guys on the team. He's always smiling, easy to approach and fun to be around. "He's incredible," Parkey said. "He's so energetic. Stuff could be going on in his life and you would never know it. He could have one shirt and he would take it off his back and give it to you. He's that awesome. It's a blessing being around him. He's such a good guy." Dorenbos served as "Commissioner" of Philadelphia's popular Wing Bowl in 2013 and 2014. He became a licensed pilot last offseason. He enjoys every minute in the NFL because he knows it doesn't last long. "The NFL isn't real; it's a short period of time," he said. "My thing is to be who you are, don't become what you do. It's easy to become what you think an NFL star should be like. I'm not an NFL star by any means. When this time is done, and with how much I've enjoyed it and with everything I've tried to do to give back to the fans and the game, I'll have closure when this chapter is over. "I found happiness at a young age. I went through intense therapy and it changed my life completely. It's given me perspective, it's given me appreciation, it's given me an understanding of who I am and what I stand for." At a time when the NFL is under intense scrutiny for player misconduct, the Magic Man gets it. ___ AP NFL websites: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL ___ Follow Rob Maaddi on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AP_RobMaaddi
Nov 21, 2014
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — After days of cabin fever, the Buffalo Bills were finally able to practice.Then they changed clothes at portable lockers in a hallway — a makeshift setup that underscored just how different this road trip is going to be.The Bills arrived in the Detroit area Friday and held practice that night at the Lions' headquarters in Allen Park. The team's schedule has been in flux...
Bills back on practice field at Lions' facility
NOAH TRISTER, Associated Press | Nov 21, 2014ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — After days of cabin fever, the Buffalo Bills were finally able to practice. Then they changed clothes at portable lockers in a hallway — a makeshift setup that underscored just how different this road trip is going to be. The Bills arrived in the Detroit area Friday and held practice that night at the Lions' headquarters in Allen Park. The team's schedule has been in flux because of a lake-effect storm that dumped more than 5 feet of snow on the Buffalo region since Monday. This weekend's game against the New York Jets was moved from Buffalo to Detroit and will be played Monday night. "It felt really good. Being laid up in the house for a while is not fun," tight end Scott Chandler said. "It was good to get to just focus on football for a few hours, and not have to worry about anything else." Chandler needed a snowmobile ride to leave his neighborhood, and he said some of his teammates did too. "A local guy, lives around the corner from a lot of us, and they were able to flag him down at a gas station, and he was willing to come help us out. They were trying to plow the road, but it wasn't going to get done fast enough," Chandler said. "He was able to come get us and just take us around the corner to where we could get in a car and get to the stadium." Coach Doug Marrone and his staff had been living at the Bills' headquarters, going over the game plan and consulting with the team by phone and computer because players were snowed in. Now the Lions are letting the Bills in their practice facility, where Detroit had a workout earlier Friday. "They've been outstanding," Marrone said. "Opening everything up, that's really not heard of in this league, unless they force you to do it. Detroit wasn't forced to do that, so I have a great appreciation for the organization here. We have everything. We have the locker room right behind us, we have the meeting rooms and things of that nature." The venue is a familiar one for Buffalo defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, who was fired in December after five seasons as Detroit's coach. Schwartz was carried off the field by the Bills after they beat the Lions in Detroit in October. He'll coach at Ford Field again Monday. Schwartz was not available to reporters Friday. Fans are being offered free tickets to Monday's game, and Bills running back Fred Jackson said he's not sure what kind of environment to expect. "I'm kind of excited to see what happens," he said. "It'll be a different experience for everybody." This is the second time in four years Ford Field has hosted a neutral site game. In 2010, a game between the Minnesota Vikings and New York Giants was moved to Detroit because the Metrodome roof collapsed. Fans who showed up for that game witnessed a bit of history. Brett Favre's streak of 297 regular-season starts came to an end that night. The Bills are hoping conditions will be less harsh back home next week, but next weekend's home game against Cleveland also could be affected by the weather. Bills President Russ Brandon says the team is planning to return to Buffalo after Monday night's game in Detroit. "Our plan is to get right back to Buffalo after the game," Brandon said. "We'll have a short work week as we prepare for Cleveland, but we'll stay nimble and see how the situation evolves and we'll go from there." Lions President Tom Lewand was asked Friday if Ford Field could be available for the Bills again next weekend. Detroit hosts Chicago on Thanksgiving, and there are high school championship games scheduled for the venue Friday and Saturday. "I don't want to get into projections. Let's deal with what's in front of us right now," Lewand said. "I know the folks at the Bills' organization are working awfully hard to get themselves prepared not only to play the Jets on Monday night, but the Browns next week. It wouldn't be fair on me to comment beyond trying to get them as successful as possible for a great game on Monday night." ___ AP Sports Writers John Wawrow in Buffalo, New York, Dennis Waszak Jr., in Florham Park, New Jersey, and AP freelance reporter Mark Ludwiczak contributed to this report. ___ AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
Nov 21, 2014
Wood guided the Buffs to touchdowns on all eight offensive series he played, putting the game away early.
McAlester football: Dalton Wood accounts for five TDs as McAlester rips Del City
By Scott Wright | Nov 21, 2014DEL CITY — Dalton Wood’s future might be as a college tight end, but he’s still focused on the work he has left to do as a high school quarterback. Verbally committed to Oklahoma, the McAlester quarterback had three passing touchdowns and rushed for two more, while leading the third-ranked Buffaloes to a 56-8 rout of No. 9 Del City in the Class 5A quarterfinals Friday night at Kalsu Stadium. Wood guided the Buffs to touchdowns on all eight offensive series he played, putting the game away early. “We knew with bigger games against better teams, you can’t start slow,” the 6-foot-4, 250-pound Wood said. “You’ve got to get after them, and that’s when teams start quitting. “We knew Del City had some good athletes, so we knew we had to get on them. That’s when stuff goes right for you and wrong for them.” Contributing to the fast start, McAlester attempted four onside kicks in the first half, recovering two of them — one to start the game and one after taking a 14-0 lead midway through the first quarter. But the primary goal of the onside kicks was to limit Del City kick returner Davion Freeman’s opportunities for big plays. He returned a kickoff for a touchdown in the Eagles’ upset of Deer Creek last week. “He’s a Division I kid back there,” McAlester coach Bryan Pratt said. “If you squib it, you give it to them about the 40, so I figured we might as well try it. Our kicker is really good at it.” Because of the two onside recoveries, McAlester promptly found itself leading 21-0 less than six minutes into the game, when Del City had run just four offensive plays. “I don’t think in all my years coaching that I’ve ever seen that, so give credit to them for trying it,” Del City coach Nick Warehime said. “We have about five guys back there who can really go, and they kept it away from them. “Our kids were ready to play. They were just a better team than us today.” Wood was sharp from the start, completing seven of his first nine passes for 171 yards and two touchdowns. He finished 15-of-26 for 287 yards and three scores, adding 70 rushing yards on seven attempts, with two touchdowns, playing only one series in the second half. On the other side, Del City junior quarterback Terry Wilson was 13-of-27 for 104 yards, scoring the Eagles’ only touchdown with an 8-yard rush in the third quarter. He was intercepted twice and had multiple on-point passes dropped by receivers. Del City concluded the season at 6-6. McAlester (11-1), making its fourth consecutive 5A semifinal appearance, advances to face top-ranked Lawton MacArthur, which defeated Collinsville 35-14 Friday night. The site of the game has not been officially announced, but is likely to be held at Choctaw. It will be a rematch of last year’s semifinal, which McAlester won 56-20.
Nov 20, 2014
Lake-effect storms have dumped more than 7 feet of snow on parts of the Buffalo area in the past few days, and more is possible, along with potential rain and flooding this weekend. The storm at a glance:___SNOWBOUND WITH THE BANDThe New York City indie rock band Interpol had to cancel shows in Toronto and Montreal because their tour bus was snowbound for two days on the New York State...
More on the snow: snowbound band, football effects
The Associated Press, Associated Press | Nov 20, 2014Lake-effect storms have dumped more than 7 feet of snow on parts of the Buffalo area in the past few days, and more is possible, along with potential rain and flooding this weekend. The storm at a glance: ___ SNOWBOUND WITH THE BAND The New York City indie rock band Interpol had to cancel shows in Toronto and Montreal because their tour bus was snowbound for two days on the New York State Thruway. The band, touring to promote its new album, "El Pintor," posted messages on Twitter and Facebook announcing Thursday night's show in Montreal was canceled. Members were heading from a show in Columbus, Ohio, to the Toronto gig on Tuesday when their bus became stuck along with scores of other vehicles stranded by the storm. On their Twitter feed, the band posted selfies with vodka and snack bags. At 4 a.m. Thursday, guitarist and vocalist Daniel Kessler tweeted, "Finally just started making a move 50+ hours later. Hoping for some luck today." The band has a sold-out show in Boston on Friday night. ___ BILLS TAKE THEIR SHOW ON THE ROAD The NFL has decided to move the Buffalo Bills' scheduled Sunday home game against the New York Jets to Monday night in Detroit. League spokesman Michael Signora announced the change on Thursday. The snowstorm forced the Bills to cancel their past two days of practice. The team intends to travel to Detroit on Friday and practice at the Detroit Lions' facility. The Lions are at New England on Sunday. ___ BUFFALO HAS COMPANY ... Other areas around the Great Lakes continue to deal with their own bouts of lake-effect snow, albeit not on the scale of Buffalo, situated at the end of 240-mile-long Lake Erie. Parts of northern New York off the eastern end of Lake Ontario have received as much as 2½ feet of snow, with more expected by the time the storms subsides Friday afternoon, the National Weather Service said. In some areas, the snow is being driven by winds gusting to more than 30 mph. Pennsylvania's two most northwestern counties, Erie and Crawford, are under a lake-effect snow warning through 3 p.m. Friday. And in Michigan, more than 7 inches of snow fell overnight Wednesday in Kent County, home to Grand Rapids, Michigan's second-largest city. ___ ... BUT NOT IN ALASKA The ground is bare in Alaska's largest city. Skiers are hitting the trails on roller skis. High school cross-country ski teams are practicing by running and hitting school gyms. This time of year, Anchorage normally has nearly 17 inches of snowfall. Instead, it's seen less than 4 inches — and that snow has melted in unseasonably warm weather. In fact, a light rain fell this week, only to later freeze into a slick layer on roads and trails. The same system that is pushing frigid conditions from the north to the Lower 48 states is bringing warmer conditions to Alaska from the south, said National Weather Service meteorologist Andy Dixon. It should wind down over the weekend, he said. ___ TRAPPED TRUCKERS About 300 truckers were idled Thursday at truck stops and service areas along the New York State Thruway as they waited for the highway to be cleared and reopened. An assistant manager at the TravelCenters of America truck stop in Pembroke, 25 miles east of Buffalo, said more than 100 tractor-trailers were parked there. Some have been stuck there since the lake-effect storms began Monday. A spokeswoman for the neighboring Pilot Flying J truck stop said at least 150 trucks were parked on the property, down from 200 Wednesday. State officials say there are 45 trucks waiting out the storm at service areas between Rochester and the Pennsylvania border. That 132-mile stretch of Interstate 90 has been closed since early Tuesday. ____ SEEKING SHELTER The American Red Cross has aided more than 300 people at emergency shelters set up in western New York since the lake-effect snow began Monday. About 130 people spent Wednesday night at the organization's shelters or at others the group is assisting, said spokesman Jay Bonafede. Many are motorists whose vehicles got stuck in deep snow. The shelters have been set up at fire stations, churches and senior and community centers from Ripley on the Pennsylvania border to suburban Buffalo towns. The Buffalo Fire Department provided cots, blankets and toiletries, and local supermarkets and other businesses are donating food and supplies. ___ ABOUT THE LAKE EFFECT The images were striking: a city half awash in daylight, half inundated by a thick bank of snow rolling off Lake Erie. Lake-effect snow happens every year around the Great Lakes, so why was this bout in Buffalo so severe? It's about timing and temperatures, said Patrick Burke, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service's Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland. Typically, convection draws moisture into the lower atmosphere as cold air moves across a relatively warmer lake, and winds carry the system ashore. This time the air was especially cold, Lake Erie is warmer than it would be later in the year, and the winds stretched the length of the 240-mile-long lake in the right direction, making for an even stronger snow dump that hit land and persisted for an unusually long period, about 30 hours. "In this case, all of those factors have been maximized," Burke said.
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Associated Press | Nov 20, 2014The supervisor is Fred Lief, followed by Jay Cohen at 5 p.m. and Vin Cherwoo at 1 a.m. The New York sports desk can be reached at 800 845-8450, ext. 1630. Sports Photos, ext. 1918; graphics, ext. 7636; agate, ext. 1635. AP stories and accompanying photos also can be obtained from http://www.apexchange.com For reruns, call the Service Desk (800 838-4616) or your local AP bureau. All Times EST. TOP STORIES FBN--WINTRY WEATHER-BILLS BUFFALO, N.Y. — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says it's "impractical" now for the Bills to host the Jets on Sunday because of the snowstorm battering the Buffalo area. The storm has dumped more than 5 feet of snow since Monday night, with more coming. The Bills missed a second straight day of practice. By John Wawrow. SENT: 350 words, photos. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m. FBN--CHIEFS-RAIDERS OAKLAND, Calif. — The Oakland Raiders, 0-10 and looking for their first victory in more than a year, play the first-place Chiefs. Still, Kansas City coach Andy Reid is wary of this longtime rivalry: "When you go to the Black Hole, you better be ready." By Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 8:25 p.m. BOX--TIM DAHLBERG MACAU — No one questions Chris Algieri's toughness, not after he got up from two first-round knockdowns and fought half-blinded to win a decision win in his June title fight with the feared Ruslan Provodnikov. Now, this undefeated boxer with a master's degree in clinical nutrition, awaits Manny Pacquiao this weekend. By Sports Columnist Tim Dahlberg. SENT: 750 words, photos. FBN--VICK-CHANGING THE GAME In the 13 years since his arrival as the fastest man on the field who also happened to have the best arm, Michael Vick's impact has been felt — in the way quarterbacks and offenses evolve in high school, college, and eventually, the pros. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 950 words, photos. NEW/DEVELOPING SOC--FIFA-WCUP PROBE GENEVA — FIFA will further review the 2018 and 2022 World Cup corruption investigation, putting the status of hosts Russia and Qatar back in question. Domenico Scala, the independent chairman of FIFA's financial monitoring panel, will study the report by American prosecutor Michael Garcia. By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 400 words, photos. FBN--PETERSON APPEAL The NFL players' union appeals the league's suspension of Adrian Peterson. In a letter obtained by the AP, the NFLPA calls Commissioner Roger Goodell's punishment "unprecedented, arbitrary, and unlawful" and demands that an independent, neutral arbitrator hears Peterson's case. By Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi. SENT: 400 words, photos. — With: — VIKINGS-PETERSON'S SON-BOND — Judge adds bond conditions for man charged in death of Adrian Peterson's son. SENT: 250 words. BKN--IVERSON-NIKE SNEAKER PHILADELPHIA — Nike is pulling back on plans for a shoe that sneakily honors Allen Iverson after the former NBA star questioned whether the company could use his old number and team colors while he's endorsed by rival Reebok. By Dan Gelston. SENT: 650 words, photos. BBO--OWNERS MEETINGS KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Baseball owners unanimously approve a five-year term for Rob Manfred, who will succeed Bud Selig as commissioner early next year. Owners also discuss a variety of issues, among them pace of play, instant replay and domestic violence initiatives. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 650 words, photos. GLF--LPGA TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP NAPLES, Fla. — The biggest payout in women's golf is on the line when the LPGA Tour season finale gets starts at the CME Group Tour Championship. Stacy Lewis, Inbee Park and Lydia Ko can claim a $1 million bonus by winning the tournament. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m. TEN--DAVIS CUP FINAL-DRAW LILLE, France — Despite his bad back, Roger Federer will face Gael Monfils on Friday in the second singles match when Switzerland faces France in the Davis Cup final. Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka will open the best-of-five series on clay against Jo-Wilfired Tsonga. By Samuel Petrequin. SENT: 650 words, photos. NFL FBN--TEXANS-BLUE HOUSTON — Alfred Blue didn't spend any time feeling sorry for himself when he didn't hear his name called until the sixth round of this year's NFL draft. Houston's rookie running back remembered something coaches had long told him: "It's not where you begin, it's how it ends." By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m. FBN--REDSKINS-KERRIGAN ASHBURN, Va. — In contrast to, say, Robert Griffin III, Ryan Kerrigan is perhaps the most drama-free member of the Washington Redskins. He leads the team with 7 1/2 sacks, even though he's been playing hurt. By Joseph White. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m. — Also: — FBN--EAGLES-TURNOVERS — By Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m. — FBN--49ERS-RELIABLE BOLDIN — By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m. — FBN--PACKERS-PROTECTING RODGERS — By Genaro C. Armas. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m. — FBN--BRONCOS-LATIMER — By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 7 p.m. — FBN--BEARS-CUTLER — By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m. COLLEGE FOOTBALL FBC--RUGBY-STYLE PUNTING PHOENIX — The never-ending battle for field position has a new weapon: the rugby-style punt. More teams are turning to the end-over-end punts that are tough to defend and sometimes tougher to catch. By College Football Writer John Marshall. SENT: 750 words, photos. FBC--T25-BAYLOR-RIGHT AT HOME Playoff-contending No. 6 Baylor, going for its second Big 12 title in a row, has two home games and a neutral-site game to finish the regular season. The Bears have won 26 of their last 27 such games. By Stephen Hawkins. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 5 p.m. FBC--T25-COLORADO ST-HART'S RESURGENCE FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Tailback Dee Hart's making the most of a fresh start with No. 22 Colorado State after transferring from Alabama over the summer. He's rushed for 909 yards and 11 TDs, helping the Rams to their best start since 1994. By Pat Graham. SENT: 750 words, photos. FBC--THE GAME CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Harvard has gotten used to beating Yale in The Game — eight straight victories. But there's something nice about both teams being at their best for one of college football's oldest rivalries. By Jimmy Golen. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m. — Also: — FBC--T25-KANSAS ST-WEST VIRGINIA — By John Raby. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m. — FBC--T25-NORTH CAROLINA-DUKE — By Joedy McCreary. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 7:30 p.m. start. — FBC--CALIFORNIA-GOFF'S TEAM — By Antonio Gonzalez. SENT: 700 words, photos. — FBC--EAST CAROLINA-HARDY'S RECORD — By Aaron Beard. SENT: 600 words, photos. COLLEGE BASKETBALL BKC--T25-KENTUCKY-POWERHOUSE PLATOONS LEXINGTON, Ky. — No. 1 Kentucky is college basketball's answer to the U.S. national team, with two platoons of NBA-caliber talent. The Wildcats feature nine players of at least 6-foot-6 going all out. They don't need to pace themselves because they know relief is minutes away. By Gary B. Graves. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m. NBA BKN--TIMBERWOLVES-RUBIO RECOVERS MINNEAPOLIS — Ricky Rubio was playing some of his best ball with the Timberwolves when he went down Thursday with a badly sprained ankle that will keep him out for a while. The Spanish point guard discusses his injury. By Basketball Writer Jon Krawczynski. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos, by 6 p.m. AUTO RACING CAR--F1-MERCEDES RIVALRY ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — The rivalry between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg intensifies entering the final race of the season, with Rosberg taunting his Mercedes teammate by urging him to "drive cleanly." By Jerome Pugmire. SENT: 600 words, photos. — With: — CAR--F1-DRIVER CHANGES — Two-time Formula One champ Fernando Alonso leaving Ferrari after season; will be replaced by four-time champion Sebastian Vettel. By Jerome Pugmire. SENT: 650 words, photos. — Also: — CAR--NASCAR-KAHNE-HENDRICK — Hendrick Motorsports gives driver Kasey Kahne three-year contract extension. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. SENT: 550 words. FEATURES BBN--MARLINS-LORIA'S LEGACY MIAMI — By agreeing to pay Giancarlo Stanton $325 million over the next 13 years, Jeffrey Loria gets to keep one of baseball's premier sluggers with the Marlins. Whether that deal comes with some goodwill for the oft-controversial owner remains to be seen. By Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 2 p.m. HKO--LOGISTICS MADE EASY Logistics for neighborhood sports leagues is no easy thing. What players are available? Who's supplying the snacks? Now there's an app — with an assist from former NHL player Bret Hedican — helping organizers put their focus where it is needed most — on the games. By Ira Podell. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 4 p.m. BASEBALL — BBA--BLUE JAYS-MARTIN — Catcher Russell Martin discusses the next phase of his career after signing a $82 million, five-year contract with the Blue Jays. By Ian Harrison. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 6 p.m. — BBO--JAPAN-MLB ALL-STARS — Japan beats MLB All-Stars 6-4 in exhibition game. SENT: 200 words. GOLF — GLF--WORLD TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP — Rory McIlroy shares first-round lead at season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai. SENT: 350 words, photos. — GLF--AUSTRALIAN MASTERS — Defending champ Adam Scott trails by six strokes after first round of Australian Masters. SENT: 350 words. — GLF--CALLAWAY INVITATIONAL — Opening round of unofficial event involving PGA, LPGA and Champions Tour players at Pebble Beach. UPCOMING: 400 words by 8 p.m. OTHER NEWS — SPORTS BETTING — Judge expects to rule by Friday on whether New Jersey can partially lift the ban on sports gambling. By Geoff Mulvihill. SENT: 600 words, photos. — BOX--JERMAIN TAYLOR-SHOOTING — Jermain Taylor charged in August shooting in Arkansas; boxer could face up to 26 years in prison. SENT: 150 words. — BKC--TARKANIAN HOSPITALIZED — Former UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian, 84, hospitalized for pneumonia. SENT: 130 words, photos. — OLY--RIO-GOLF COURSE-LAWSUIT — Construction on golf course for 2016 Rio Olympics could be halted because of legal obstacles. By Jenny Barchfield and Stephen Wade. SENT: 450 words, photos. — SOC--BRAZIL-PELE'S SON — Pele's 44-year-old son released from jail in Brazil to appeal money laundering conviction. SENT: 130 words, photos. — BOB--RUSSIA-DOPING — Russian national two-man bobsled champion tests positive for banned substance. SENT: 100 words. CAPSULES — BKN--NBA CAPSULES. — HKN--NHL CAPSULES. — FBC--TOP 25 CAPSULES. — BKC--TOP 25 CAPSULES. — BKW--TOP 25 CAPSULES. ___ Thursday's Time Schedule (EST) NFL Kansas City at Oakland, 8:25 p.m. NBA L.A. Clippers at Miami, 8 p.m. Chicago at Sacramento, 10:30 p.m. NHL Minnesota at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. Tampa Bay at Toronto, 7:30 p.m. St. Louis at Montreal, 7:30 p.m. Nashville at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m. Detroit at Winnipeg, 8 p.m. Arizona at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. Washington at Colorado, 9 p.m. Chicago at Calgary, 9 p.m. Anaheim at Vancouver, 10 p.m. Carolina at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m. Florida at San Jose, 10:30 p.m. College Football (Top 25) No. 12 Kansas State at West Virginia, 7 p.m. No. 25 Duke vs. North Carolina, 7:30 p.m. College Basketball (Top 25) Men No. 10 Texas vs. Iowa at New York (Madison Square Garden), 7 p.m. No. 12 Villanova vs. Bucknell, 8 p.m. No. 15 Virginia Commonwealth vs. Maryland-Eastern Shore, 7 p.m. No. 16 San Diego State vs. Cal State Bakersfield, 10:30 p.m. No. 17 Connecticut vs. College of Charleston at San Juan, Puerto Rico, 12:30 p.m. No. 22 SMU at Indiana, 8 p.m. No. 23 Syracuse vs. California at New York (Madison Square Garden), 9 p.m. No. 24 Michigan vs. Detroit, 6 p.m. Women No. 2 South Carolina vs. Clemson, 7 p.m. No. 6 Stanford vs. No. 10 Texas, 9 p.m. No. 7 Duke at Old Dominion, 7 p.m. No. 12 Louisville vs. Belmont, 7 p.m. No. 17 West Virginia at Mississippi State, 8 p.m.
Nov 19, 2014
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Rob Gronkowski makes a twisting, leaping, one-handed catch.The super-sized tight end swats away would-be tacklers.He celebrates touchdowns with a powerful spike that, somehow, doesn't knock the air out of the ball."Imagine trying to cover that," said Tom Brady, whose defensive teammates with the Patriots only have to do it in practice.It's a quandary NFL teams face...
Top tight ends use size to pile up receptions
HOWARD ULMAN, Associated Press | Nov 19, 2014FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Rob Gronkowski makes a twisting, leaping, one-handed catch. The super-sized tight end swats away would-be tacklers. He celebrates touchdowns with a powerful spike that, somehow, doesn't knock the air out of the ball. "Imagine trying to cover that," said Tom Brady, whose defensive teammates with the Patriots only have to do it in practice. It's a quandary NFL teams face against Gronkowski and many others in this era of big receiving tight ends. "Every offense in the league wants a guy like that," said Tony Gonzalez, who helped usher in the trend during a brilliant 17-year career that ended after last season. "It is unguardable." Top tight ends are heavier than defensive backs, often faster than linebackers, and taller than both. The eight tight ends with the most catches this season are all at least 6-foot-5 and 250 pounds. Just five years ago, only two of the top eight had that height-weight combination. They're athletic and line up all over the offense — next to the tackle, in the slot, split out or in the backfield. Their wide wingspans and large bodies shield defenders from the ball. The crackdown on illegal contact makes it easier to get open. And many play with outstanding quarterbacks who put the pass in the perfect spot: Gronkowski (6-6, 265 pounds) with Brady; Jimmy Graham (6-7, 265) with Drew Brees in New Orleans; Julius Thomas (6-5, 250) with Peyton Manning in Denver. What's a poor defender to do? "It's a big challenge," Tennessee safety George Wilson said, "week in and week out." Graham leads all tight ends with 59 receptions. Gronkowski is tied for third with 53. Thomas is tied for the NFL lead with 12 touchdown catches. They often are double-teamed, making it easier for wide receivers to get free. "It's a constant struggle," Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio said. In none of the 13 seasons from 1994-2006 did tight ends catch more than a total of 2,000 passes, according to STATS. They've surpassed that number in each full season since. Their 1,500 catches this year are more than the totals in all of 1994 (1,412) and 1996 (1,458), and they're on pace for the fourth straight full season of more than 2,300. Gronkowski has some highlight-reel plays in this year's batch. In the Patriots' eighth game, he caught a pass, flicked off safety Ryan Mundy like a pesky gnat at the Chicago 25, and scored his third touchdown of the day, a 46-yarder, in a 51-23 rout. "He's just a beast," Mundy said. "His size is just his best asset." The next week, Gronkowski jumped and swiveled his body to reach for a pass thrown behind him. He hauled it in with his left hand while surrounded by defenders for a 20-yard gain to the Denver 1. He caught a touchdown pass on the next play of the Patriots' 43-21 victory. In last Sunday night's 42-20 rout of Indianapolis, he caught the ball at the Colts 20, was hit by four defenders, outran a fifth, then flattened cornerback Vontae Davis while leaping into the end zone for a 26-yard score. "When you see the ball," the sure-handed Gronkowski said simply, "you want to go for it." Graham did that at the end of regulation of a 27-24 overtime loss to San Francisco on Nov. 9. Brees passed from the 50. Graham jumped over defenders and caught it in the end zone, but was penalized for pass interference. "I'm not always going to outrun everyone," he said, "Drew just says go up and get the rebound." Skills he used in college basketball — boxing out opponents, soaring for dunks — translate to his position. Thomas, Antonio Gates of San Diego and Jordan Cameron of Cleveland also played college hoops. Gonzalez was a trailblazer from the hardwood to the turf. "Going up for those passes is like going up for an alley-oop and dunking," New York Giants tight end and former high school basketball standout Larry Donnell (6-6, 265) said with a laugh. "I use that now to catch passes from Eli (Manning)." After going undrafted in 2012 and making three catches as a rookie, Donnell has 44 this season. Some shorter tight ends also are productive receivers. "It's all about angles," said Gates (6-4, 255), "being able to reach the ball at its highest point. That's what I brought to the table from playing basketball." Delanie Walker (6-0, 248) has 38 receptions for Tennessee. "I never categorized him by size," said Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt, a former NFL tight end. It's impossible to ignore Gronkowski's, but he claims he can be guarded. "If I'm not running the route how I was coached and not going full speed, I feel like I can be covered by anyone," he said. It's not easy. "You've got to play a near-perfect game with him," Buffalo safety Da'Norris Searcy said. "You have to try to anticipate routes and be able to jump routes on him." But if Gronkowski gets to the right spot, the defender "can't do anything about it," Brady said. "I think they know that, too. So then they panic and then when they panic, it's even more of an advantage to the offense." Gronkowski is the most powerful example of that. But not the only one. "It's the No. 1 mismatch in the NFL," Gonzalez said. "Even when you're guarded, you're not guarded." ___ AP Pro Football Writers Barry Wilner, Arnie Stapleton and Teresa Walker, Sports Writers Brett Martel, John Wawrow and Bernie Wilson, and AP freelancer Gene Chamberlain contributed to this report. ___ AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
FRIDAY HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL 7:30 p.m., Mustang at Broken Arrow, Cox 703/KNAH-99.7 FM COLLEGE FOOTBALL 7 p.m., Tulsa at Central Florida, ESPN2 (Cox 28)/KRMG-AM 740 NBA 6 p.m., Denver at Indiana, NBATV (Cox 256) 7 p.m., Detroit at OKC, FSOK (Cox 37)/WWLS-AM 640/98.1 FM 9 p.m., San Antonio at L.A. Lakers, ESPN (Cox 29) AUTO RACING 10:30 a.m., Nationwide Practice, FS1 (Cox 67) 11:30 a.m., Sprint...
Sports TV listings for Oklahoma City area: Friday, Nov. 14-Sunday, Nov. 16
Nov 13, 2014FRIDAY HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL 7:30 p.m., Mustang at Broken Arrow, Cox 703/KNAH-99.7 FM COLLEGE FOOTBALL 7 p.m., Tulsa at Central Florida, ESPN2 (Cox 28)/KRMG-AM 740 NBA 6 p.m., Denver at Indiana, NBATV (Cox 256) 7 p.m., Detroit at OKC, FSOK (Cox 37)/WWLS-AM 640/98.1 FM 9 p.m., San Antonio at L.A. Lakers, ESPN (Cox 29) AUTO RACING 10:30 a.m., Nationwide Practice, FS1 (Cox 67) 11:30 a.m., Sprint Cup Practice, FS1 (Cox 67) 1:30 p.m., Truck Series Qualifying, FS1 (Cox 67) 3 p.m., Nationwide Practice, FS1 (Cox 67) 5 p.m., Sprint Cup Qualifying, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 7 p.m., Truck Series, FS1 (Cox 67) GOLF 1 p.m., OHL Classic, GOLF (Cox 60) 4 p.m., LPGA: Lorena Ochoa, GOLF (Cox 60) 3 a.m., Sat., Turkish Open, GOLF (Cox 60) MEN’S BASKETBALL Noon, Hampden-S. vs. Coast Guard. ESPNU (Cox 253) 5 p.m., Presbyterian at Duke, ESPNU (Cox 253) 5 p.m., William&Mary at Florida, SECN (Cox 275) 5:30 p.m., Tennessee vs. VCU, CBSS (Cox 249) 6 p.m., Minnesota vs. Louisville, ESPN (Cox 29) 7 p.m., North Dakota St. at Texas, LHN (Cox 274) 7 p.m., SE, Louisiana at OSU, KXXY-FM 96.1 7 p.m., Grand Canyon at Kentucky, SECN (Cox 275) 7 p.m., N.C. Central at N. Carolina, ESPNU (Cox 253) 8 p.m., Loyola. MD at Texas Tech, FSPLUS (Cox 68) 8 p.m., Michigan State vs. Navy, CBSS (Cox 249) 9 p.m., Milwaukee at Auburn, ESPNU (Cox 253) WOMEN’S BASKETBALL 11 a.m., Loyola Marymount at OSU, KGFY-FM 105.5 6 p.m., ORU at Baylor, FSPLUS (Cox 68) 7 p.m., Washington at Oklahoma, FCS (Cox 271)/KREF-AM 1400/98.5 FM/KOKC-AM 1520 AHL 7 p.m., OKC at Iowa, KGHM-AM 1340 TENNIS 2 p.m., Barclays ATP Tour, ESPN2 (Cox 28) MEN’S SOCCER 1:30 p.m., USA vs. Colombia, ESPN (Cox 29) WOMEN’S SOCCER 2 p.m., Arizona at OSU, KGFY-FM 105.5 BASEBALL 3 a.m., Sat., MLB A.S. vs. Japan A.S., MLBN (Cox 264) Saturday COLLEGE FOOTBALL 11 a.m., S. Carolina at Florida, SECN (Cox 275) 11 a.m., Ohio State at Minnesota, KOCO-5 (Cox 8) 11 a.m., Clemson at Georgia Tech, ESPN (Cox 29) 11 a.m., Virginia Tech at Duke, ESPNU (Cox 253) 11 a.m., Temple at Penn State, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 11 a.m., Army at W. Kentucky, CBSS (Cox 249) 11:30 a.m., Pittsburgh at N. Carolina, KSBI-52 (Cox 7) 11:30 a.m., James Madison at Richmond, NBCSN (Cox 251) 1 p.m., Pittsburg St. at UCO, KNAH-FM 99.7 1:30 p.m., Rice at Marshall, FSPLUS (Cox 68) 2 p.m., TCU at Kansas, FS1 (Cox 67) 2:30 p.m., Oklahoma at Texas Tech, ESPN (Cox 29)/KRXO-FM 107.7/KOKC-AM 1520/103.1 FM 2:30 p.m., Washington at Arizona, KOKH-25 (Cox 12) 2:30 p.m., Nebraska at Wisconsin, KOCO-5 (Cox 8)/KGHM-AM 1340 2:30 p.m., Memphis at Tulane, ESPNU (Cox 253) 2:30 p.m., Midd. Tenn. St. at Fla, Int., KOCB-34 (Cox 11) 2:30 p.m., Northwestern at Notre Dame, KFOR-4 (Cox 4) 2:30 p.m., Mississippi State at Alabama, KWTV-9 (Cox 10) 2:30 p.m., Ga. Southern at Navy, CBSS (Cox 249) 3 p.m., New Mexico at Utah St., ESPNews (Cox 254) 3 p.m., Kentucky at Tennessee, SECN (Cox 275) 6 p.m., UNLV at BYU, ESPNU (Cox 253) 6:15 p.m., Auburn at Georgia, ESPN (Cox 29) 6:30 p.m., Texas at Oklahoma State, KOKH-25 (Cox 12)/KXXY-FM 96.1 6:30 p.m., Missouri at Texas A&M, SECN (Cox 275) 7 p.m., LSU at Arkansas, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 7 p.m., Florida State at Miami, KOCO-5 (Cox 8) 7 p.m., USF at SMU, CBSS (Cox 249) 9 p.m., North Texas at UTEP, FS1 (Cox 67) 9:15 p.m., San Diego St. at Boise St., ESPNU (Cox 253) 9:45 p.m., Arizona St. at Oregon St., ESPN (Cox 29) NBA 7 p.m., Indiana at Chicago, WGN (Cox 2) 9 p.m., Brooklyn at Portland, NBATV (Cox 256) AUTO RACING 11 a.m., Sprint Cup Practice, FS1 (Cox 67) Noon, Nationwide Qualifying, FS1 (Cox 67) 3:30 p.m., Nationwide Series, ESPN2 (Cox 28) NHL 1 p.m., Minnesota at Dallas, FSOK (Cox 37) GOLF 1 p.m., OHL Classic, GOLF (Cox 60) 4 p.m., LPGA: Lorena Ochoa, GOLF (Cox 60) 2:30 a.m., Sun., Turkish Open, GOLF (Cox 60) AHL 7 p.m., OKC at Iowa, KGHM-AM 1340 MEN’S BASKETBALL 11 a.m., St. Fr. Brook. at Georgetown, FSPLUS (Cox 68) 7 p.m., Tulsa at Oral Roberts, KRMG-AM 740 WOMEN’S BASKETBALL 2 p.m., UTSA at Texas, LHN (Cox 274) BASEBALL 2 p.m., Arizona Fall League, MLBN (Cox 264) Sunday NFL Noon, Denver at St. Louis, KWTV-9 (Cox 10)/KREF-AM 1400/98.5 FM Noon, Seattle at Kansas City, KOKH-25 (Cox 12) 3:25 p.m., Philadelphia at Green Bay, KOKH-25 (Cox 12) 7:20 p.m., New England at Indianapolis, KFOR-4 (Cox 4) NBA 6 p.m., Houston at OKC, FSOK (Cox 37)/NBATV (Cox 256)/WWLS-AM 640/98.1 FM AUTO RACING 2 p.m., NASCAR, ESPN (Cox 29) NHL 6 p.m., Dallas at Chicago, FSPLUS (Cox 68) GOLF 1 p.m., OHL Classic, GOLF (Cox 60) MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 11 a.m., Buffalo at Kentucky, ESPNU (Cox 253) 11 a.m., Mercer at Seton Hall, FSOK (Cox 37) Noon, Samford at Pittsburgh, FSPLUS (Cox 68) Noon, Chattanooga at Wisconsin, ESPNews (Cox 254) 2 p.m., SE, Louisiana at Oklahoma, FSOK (Cox 37)/FCS (Cox 271)/The Franchis-FM 107.7/KOKC-AM 1520 2 p.m., Prairie View A&M at OSU, FSPLUS (Cox 68)/FCS (Cox 273)/KXXY-FM 96.1 3 p.m., Hampton at Syracuse, ESPNU (Cox 253) 4:30 p.m., Chicago St. at Creighton, FS1 (Cox 67) 5 p.m., Valparaiso at Missouri, SECN (Cox 275) 5 p.m., Robert Morris at N. Carolina, ESPNU (Cox 253) 7 p.m., Alcorn State at Texas, ESPNU (Cox 253) WOMEN’S BASKETBALL 6 p.m., Texas Southern at OSU, KGFY-FM 105.5 7 p.m., Duke at Alabama, SECN (Cox 275) TENNIS Noon, Barclays ATP Tour, ESPN2 (Cox 28) MEN’S SOCCER 1 p.m., ACC Tournament, ESPNU (Cox 253) 1:30 p.m., Italy N.T. vs. Croatia N.T., FS1 (Cox 67) COLLEGE WRESTLING 4 p.m., OSU at NE, Okla., KSPI-AM 780 6 p.m., OSU vs. S. Dakota St., KSPI-AM 780 VOLLEYBALL 11 a.m., Florida at Kentucky, SECN (Cox 275) 1 p.m., Georgia at Alabama, SECN (Cox 275) 3 p.m., Mississippi at Missouri, SECN (Cox 275) CANADIAN FOOTBALL 3:30 p.m., Saskatchewan at Edmonton, ESPN2 (Cox 28)
THURSDAY NFL 7:25 p.m., Buffalo at Miami, NFLNET (Cox 252) NBA 7 p.m., Chicago at Toronto, TNT (Cox 31) 9:30 p.m., Brooklyn at Golden State, TNT (Cox 31) NHL 9:30 p.m., Dallas at Los Angeles, FSOK (Cox 37) COLLEGE FOOTBALL 6 p.m., E. Carolina at Cincinnati, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 6:30 p.m., Bethune-Cookman at Hampton, ESPNU (Cox 253) 7 p.m., Southern Miss., at UTSA, CBSS (Cox 249) 8 p.m., California at...
Oklahoma City Sports TV listings: Thursday-Friday, Nov. 13-14
Nov 12, 2014THURSDAY NFL 7:25 p.m., Buffalo at Miami, NFLNET (Cox 252) NBA 7 p.m., Chicago at Toronto, TNT (Cox 31) 9:30 p.m., Brooklyn at Golden State, TNT (Cox 31) NHL 9:30 p.m., Dallas at Los Angeles, FSOK (Cox 37) COLLEGE FOOTBALL 6 p.m., E. Carolina at Cincinnati, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 6:30 p.m., Bethune-Cookman at Hampton, ESPNU (Cox 253) 7 p.m., Southern Miss., at UTSA, CBSS (Cox 249) 8 p.m., California at USC, ESPN (Cox 29) TENNIS 2 p.m., Barclays ATP Tour, ESPN2 (Cox 28) GOLF 1 p.m., OHL Classic, GOLF (Cox 60) 4 p.m., LPGA: Lorena Ochoa, GOLF (Cox 60) 3 a.m. (Fri.), Turkish Open, GOLF (Cox 60) BOXING 9 p.m., J. Diaz vs. R. Castaneda, FS1 (Cox 67) BASEBALL 3 a.m. (Fri.), MLB A.S. vs. Japan A.S., MLBN (Cox 264) FRIDAY HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL 7:30 p.m., Mustang at Broken Arrow, Cox 703/KNAH-99.7 FM COLLEGE FOOTBALL 7 p.m., Tulsa at Central Florida, ESPN2 (Cox 28)/KRMG-AM 740 NBA 6 p.m., Denver at Indiana, NBATV (Cox 256) 7 p.m., Detroit at OKC, FSOK (Cox 37)/WWLS-AM 640/98.1 FM 9 p.m., San Antonio at L.A. Lakers, ESPN (Cox 29) AUTO RACING 10:30 a.m., Nationwide Practice, FS1 (Cox 67) 11:30 a.m., Sprint Cup Practice, FS1 (Cox 67) 1:30 p.m., Truck Series Qualifying, FS1 (Cox 67) 3 p.m., Nationwide Practice, FS1 (Cox 67) 5 p.m., Sprint Cup Qualifying, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 7 p.m., Truck Series, FS1 (Cox 67) GOLF 1 p.m., OHL Classic, GOLF (Cox 60) 4 p.m., LPGA: Lorena Ochoa, GOLF (Cox 60) 3 a.m. (Sat.), Turkish Open, GOLF (Cox 60) MEN’S BASKETBALL Noon, Hampden-S. vs. Coast Guard. ESPNU (Cox 253) 5 p.m., Presbyterian at Duke, ESPNU (Cox 253) 5 p.m., William&Mary at Florida, SECN (Cox 275) 5:30 p.m., Tennessee vs. VCU, CBSS (Cox 249) 6 p.m., Minnesota vs. Louisville, ESPN (Cox 29) 7 p.m., North Dakota St. at Texas, LHN (Cox 274) 7 p.m., SE Louisiana at OSU, KXXY-FM 96.1 7 p.m., Grand Canyon at Kentucky, SECN (Cox 275) 7 p.m., N.C. Central at N. Carolina, ESPNU (Cox 253) 8 p.m., Loyola (MD) at Texas Tech, FSPLUS (Cox 68) 8 p.m., Michigan State vs. Navy, CBSS (Cox 249) 9 p.m., Milwaukee at Auburn, ESPNU (Cox 253) WOMEN’S BASKETBALL 11 a.m., Loyola Marymount at OSU, KGFY-FM 105.5 6 p.m., ORU at Baylor, FSPLUS (Cox 68) 7 p.m., Washington at Oklahoma, FCS (Cox 271)/KREF-AM 1400/98.5 FM/KOKC-AM 1520 AHL 7 p.m., OKC at Iowa, KGHM-AM 1340 TENNIS 2 p.m., Barclays ATP Tour, ESPN2 (Cox 28) MEN’S SOCCER 1:30 p.m., USA vs. Colombia, ESPN (Cox 29) BASEBALL 3 a.m. (Sat.), MLB A.S. vs. Japan A.S., MLBN (Cox 264)
Nov 9, 2014
Team to watch Lawton MacArthur: Viewed by many opposing coaches as the best team in the class, Lawton MacArthur features a ton of talent around Louisiana-Monroe commitment Will Collins. The Highlanders’ defense, which is improved from teams of the past, will also factor into their run. Toughest road Deer Creek: The Antlers, fresh off upsetting […]
Oklahoma high school football playoffs: Breaking down the Class 5A bracket
Scott Wright | Nov 9, 2014Team to watch Lawton MacArthur: Viewed by many opposing coaches as the best team in the class, Lawton MacArthur features a ton of talent around Louisiana-Monroe commitment Will Collins. The Highlanders' defense, which is improved from teams of the past, will also factor into their run. Toughest road Deer Creek: The Antlers, fresh off upsetting defending champion Guthrie, open with Del City and could face last year's runner-up McAlester in the next round before possibly facing Lawton MacArthur in a semifinal game. Player to watch Dalton Wood, McAlester: An Oklahoma commitment, Wood is the best player in the class. The quarterback has accounted for 39 touchdowns and 2,400 total yards this season for the Buffaloes, who can be a very dangerous playoff team. Class 5A picks Scott Wright: Lawton MacArthur Jacob Unruh: Lawton MacArthur Trent Shadid: McAlester
FRIDAY HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL 7 p.m., Sand Springs at Bixby, Cox 703 7 p.m., Guthrie at Deer Creek, KTOK-AM 1000/KRXO-FM 107.7 7 p.m., Norman North at Southmoore, KREF-AM 1400/FM 98.5/www.normansports.tv 7 p.m., Jenks at Yukon, KZLS-AM 1640 7 p.m., Westmoore at Putnam City, KEBC-AM 1560 7 p.m., Moore at Mustang, KNAH-FM 99.7/KOKC-AM 1520/103.1 FM 7 p.m., Crossings Chr. at Watonga, KIMY-FM...
Sports TV listings for Oklahoma City: Friday-Sunday, Nov. 7-9
Nov 6, 2014FRIDAY HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL 7 p.m., Sand Springs at Bixby, Cox 703 7 p.m., Guthrie at Deer Creek, KTOK-AM 1000/KRXO-FM 107.7 7 p.m., Norman North at Southmoore, KREF-AM 1400/FM 98.5/www.normansports.tv 7 p.m., Jenks at Yukon, KZLS-AM 1640 7 p.m., Westmoore at Putnam City, KEBC-AM 1560 7 p.m., Moore at Mustang, KNAH-FM 99.7/KOKC-AM 1520/103.1 FM 7 p.m., Crossings Chr. at Watonga, KIMY-FM 101.5/107.3 7 p.m., Edmond Santa Fe at Norman, www.normansports.tv COLLEGE FOOTBALL 5:30 p.m., Fordham at Bucknell, CBSS (Cox 249) 6:30 p.m., Memphis at Temple, ESPNU (Cox 253) 7 p.m., Utah St. at Wyoming, ESPN2 (Cox 28) NBA 7 p.m., Memphis at OKC, ESPN (Cox 29)/FSOK (Cox 37)/WWLS-AM 640/98.1 FM 9:30 p.m., Cleveland at Denver, ESPN (Cox 29) AUTO RACING 11 a.m., Nationwide Practice, FS1 (Cox 67) 12:30 p.m., Sprint Cup Practice, FS1 (Cox 67) 2 p.m., Nationwide Practice, FS1 (Cox 67) 3:30 p.m., Truck Series Qualifying, FS1 (Cox 67) 5:30 p.m., Sprint Cup Qualifying, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 7:30 p.m., Truck Series, FS1 (Cox 67) NHL 7:30 p.m., Washington at Chicago, NHLNET (Cox 263) GOLF 1 p.m., Sanderson Farms, GOLF (Cox 60) 9 p.m., WGC-HSBC, GOLF (Cox 60) MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 7 p.m., Washburn at Oklahoma, FSPLUS (Cox 68)/FCS (Cox 271)/KOKC-AM 1520/KRXO-FM 107.7 COLLEGE HOCKEY 7 p.m., Boston U. at Boston Coll. NBCSN (Cox 251) WOMEN’S SOCCER 3:30 p.m., Texas A&M vs. S. Carolina, SECN (Cox 275) 6 p.m., Tennessee vs. Kentucky, SECN (Cox 275) VOLLEYBALL 7 p.m., Kansas State at Texas, LHN (Cox 274) 9:30 p.m., Oregon at Washington, ESPNU (Cox 253) SATURDAY COLLEGE FOOTBALL 11 a.m., Iowa at Minnesota, ESPN2 (Cox 28)/KGHM-AM 1340 11 a.m., Baylor at Oklahoma, FS1 (Cox 67)/KRXO-FM 107.7 FM/KOKC-AM 1520/103.1 FM 11 a.m., Georgia at Kentucky, ESPN (Cox 29) 11 a.m., Wisconsin at Purdue, ESPNU (Cox 253) 11 a.m., SMU at Tulsa, CBSS (Cox 249)/KRMG-AM 740 11 a.m., Presbyterian at Mississippi, SECN (Cox 275) 11 a.m., UTSA at Rice, FSOK (Cox 37) 11:30 a.m., Georgia Tech at N.C. State, KSBI-52 (Cox 7) 1:30 p.m., UCO at Lindenwood, KNAH-FM 99.7 2:30 p.m., Iowa State at Kansas, FSOK (Cox 37) 2:30 p.m., Texas A&M at Auburn, KWTV-9 (Cox 10) 2:30 p.m., Notre Dame at Arizona St., KOCO-5 (Cox 8) 2:30 p.m., Michigan at Northwestern, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 2:30 p.m., Tulane at Houston, ESPNU (Cox 253) 2:30 p.m., Florida Int. at O. Dominion, KOCB-34 (Cox 11) 2:30 p.m., UConn at Army, CBSS (Cox 249) 2:30 p.m., West Virginia at Texas, FS1 (Cox 67) 3 p.m., Tenn.-Martin at Mississippi St., SECN (Cox 275) 5:30 p.m., Virginia at Florida State, ESPN (Cox 29) 6 p.m., Hawaii at Colorado State, ESPNU (Cox 253) 6 p.m., Marshall at Southern Miss., KOCB-34 (Cox 11) 6 p.m., Boise State at New Mexico, CBSS (Cox 249) 6 p.m., UCLA at Washington, FS1 (Cox 67) 6:15 p.m., Louisville at Boston College, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 6:30 p.m., Florida at Vanderbilt, SECN (Cox 275) 6:30 p.m., Kansas State at TCU, KOKH-25 (Cox 12) 7 p.m., Alabama at LSU, KWTV-9 (Cox 10) 7 p.m., Ohio State at Michigan St., KOCO-5 (Cox 8) 7 p.m., La. Lafayette at N.M. State, FSPLUS (Cox 68) 9 p.m., Oregon at Utah, ESPN (Cox 29) 9:30 p.m., San Jose St. at Fresno St., CBSS (Cox 249) NBA 7 p.m., Boston at Chicago, WGN (Cox 2) 7:30 p.m., New Orleans at San Antonio, NBATV (Cox 256) AUTO RACING 3 p.m., Nationwide Series, ESPN (Cox 29) NHL 6 p.m., Minnesota at Montreal, NHLNET (Cox 263) 7 p.m., San Jose at Dallas, FSOK (Cox 37) GOLF 1 p.m., Sanderson Farms, GOLF (Cox 60) 9 p.m., WGC-HSBC, GOLF (Cox 60) MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 2 p.m., Mo. Western at OSU, FSPLUS (Cox 68)/FCS (Cox 271)/KXXY-FM 96.1 4 p.m., SW Okla. at Tulsa, KRMG-AM 740 AHL 7 p.m., Toronto at OKC, KXXY-FM 96.1 BASEBALL 7 p.m., Mesa vs. Surprise, MLBNET (Cox 264) MEN’S SOCCER 6:45 a.m., Liverpool FC vs. Chelsea FC, NBCSN (Cox 251) 11:30 a.m., QPR vs. Man. City, KFOR-4 (Cox 4) 1:30 p.m., D.C. at New York, KFOR-4 (Cox 4) SUNDAY NFL Noon, Kansas City at Buffalo, KWTV-9 (Cox 10) Noon, San Francisco at N. Orleans, KRXO-FM 107.7 Noon, Dallas vs. Jacksonville, KOKH-25 (Cox 12)/KGHM-AM 1340 3:25 p.m., N.Y. Giants at Seattle, KOKH-25 (Cox 12) 3:25 p.m., St. Louis at Arizona, KRXO-FM 107.7/KREF-AM 1400/FM 98.5 7:20 p.m., Chicago at Green Bay, KFOR-4 (Cox 4) NBA 6 p.m., Sacramento at OKC, FSOK (Cox 37)/WWLS-AM 640/98.1 FM 6 p.m., Philadelphia at Toronto, NBATV (Cox 256) AUTO RACING 2 p.m., NASCAR, ESPN (Cox 29) GOLF 1 p.m., Sanderson Farms, GOLF (Cox 60) AHL 4 p.m., OKC at San Antonio, KXXY-FM 96.1 MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 2 p.m., Washburn at Kansas State, FSPLUS (Cox 68) 6 p.m., Georgetown (KY) at Kentucky, SECN (Cox 275) WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 2 p.m., Ark.-Monticello at OSU, KGFY-FM 105.5 2 p.m., OCU at Texas, LHN (Cox 274) MEN’S SOCCER 4 p.m., Columbus at New England, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 6:15 p.m., Salt Lake at Los Angeles, ESPN2 (Cox 28) WOMEN’S SOCCER 10 a.m., American Tournament, ESPNU (Cox 253) Noon, ACC Tournament, ESPNU (Cox 253) 1 p.m., Conference USA Toury, FSOK (Cox 37) 1 p.m., Big East Tournament, FS1 (Cox 67) 2 p.m., SEC Tournament, ESPNU (Cox 253) 3:30 p.m., Big 12 Tournament, FS1 (Cox 67) COLLEGE HOCKEY 4 p.m., Notre Dame at Minnesota, ESPNU (Cox 253) VOLLEYBALL 11 a.m., Missouri at Kentucky, SECN (Cox 275) 1 p.m., Arkansas at Georgia, SECN (Cox 275) 3 p.m., Alabama at S. Carolina, SECN (Cox 275) MOTORCYCLE 6:30 a.m., FIM GotoGP (Cox 67)
Nov 5, 2014
The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state.
Week 10 Oklahoma high school football picks
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Nov 5, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 148-24 (86.0 pct.) Overall record: 1,291-297 (81.3 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A TULSA UNION 48, Edmond North 12 Enid 42, PUTNAM CITY WEST 20 Class 5A Altus 49, NORTHWEST 0 TULSA EDISON 28, Grove 24 Class 3A Heritage Hall 24, PURCELL 14 Hilldale 35, TULSA ROGERS 14 Class 2A Adair 44, REJOICE CHR. 20 VIAN 28, Panama 21 CHANDLER 49, Shawnee JV 20 Class C BUFFALO 38, Laverne JV 22 TIPTON 56, SW Covenant 6 Independent U.S. GRANT 28, Capitol Hill 27 Friday’s Games Class 6A Broken Arrow 28, EDMOND MEMORIAL 17 BARTLESVILLE 30, Claremore 14 Edmond Santa Fe 38, NORMAN 10 Jenks 42, YUKON 7 Lawton 35, CHOCTAW 14 STILLWATER 34, Lawton Ike 28 MUSTANG 42, Moore 13 TULSA WASHINGTON 31, Muskogee 13 SOUTHMOORE 21, Norman North 20 Ponca City 21, SAPULPA 14 OWASSO 38, Putnam North 10 BIXBY 42, Sand Springs 31 Westmoore 35, PUTNAM CITY 27 Class 5A Carl Albert 56, SOUTHEAST 6 Coweta 21, TAHLEQUAH 14 Del City 30, CHICKASHA 27 ARDMORE 28, Duncan 14 LAWTON MACARTHUR 48, El Reno 14 Guthrie 35, DEER CREEK 21 McAlester 49, TULSA MEMORIAL 12 SKIATOOK 42, Noble 18 MCGUINNESS 28, Piedmont 17 COLLINSVILLE 30, Tulsa East Central 13 SHAWNEE56, Tulsa Hale 6 Tulsa Kelley 28, DURANT 14 PRYOR 17, Tulsa NOAH 14 Western Heights 35, GUYMON 34 Class 4A Ada 21, HARRAH 20 Anadarko 42, WEATHERFORD 7 Broken Bow 28, MULDROW 14 WOODWARD 20, Cache 17 Catoosa 28, WAGONER 24 CASCIA HALL 34, Cleveland 17 Clinton 28, ELK CITY 21 NEWCASTLE 30, Elgin 7 Fort Gibson 42, STILWELL 13 GLENPOOL 27, McLoud 21 METRO CHR. 35, Sallisaw 24 BRISTOW 20, Tecumseh 16 POTEAU 32, Tulsa Central 6 OOLOGAH 44, Tulsa McLain 6 Tuttle 42, SANTA FE SOUTH 0 Vinita 26, MIAMI 20 Class 3A Bethany 27, JOHN MARSHALL 22 LITTLE AXE 34, Bethel 8 PERKINS 44, Blackwell 20 KINGFISHER 35, Centennial 0 BEGGS 42, Checotah 34 MEEKER 28, Comanche 12 Cushing 30, MANNFORD 6 MARLOW 26, Dickson 8 Douglass 42, BRIDGE CREEK 7 ROLAND 21, Eufaula 14 Idabel 40, HEAVENER 7 Inola 27, KEYS (PARK HILL) 20 LOCUST GROVE 54, Jay 7 Jones 28, STAR SPENCER 14 BERRYHILL 35, Lincoln Christian 31 Lone Grove 34, SULPHUR 12 PLAINVIEW 33, Madill 13 BLANCHARD 28, Mount St. Mary 27 Okmulgee 35, MORRIS 6 SEMINOLE 35, Pauls Valley 7 SEQ. CLAREMORE 35, Seq. Tahlequah 28 Sperry 40, DEWEY 13 VICTORY CHR. 28, Stigler 22 SPIRO 42, Valliant 7 Verdigris 35, KELLYVILLE 6 Westville 27, TULSA WEBSTER 13 Class 2A HUGO 24, Antlers 21 WYANDOTTE 28, Caney Valley 7 COMMERCE 30, Chelsea 14 HULBERT 21, Chouteau 6 Crooked Oak 34, WELLSTON 14 Davis 49, KINGSTON 20 Dibble 32, FREDERICK 28 COLCORD 31, Haskell 21 Hennessey 21, CHISHOLM 20 LEXINGTON 28, Hobart 24 OKEMAH 36, Holdenville 12 WILBURTON 20, Liberty 6 Lindsay 35, WALTERS 20 Marietta 28, COALGATE 14 Newkirk 27, OKLA. CHRISTIAN ACA. 18 CHRISTIAN HERITAGE 42, Northeast 6 Nowata 38, PAWHUSKA 7 Oklahoma Christian 49, LUTHER 35 TULSA UNION JV 28, Oklahoma Union 21 Perry 35, ALVA 8 HARTSHORNE 49, Pocola 6 Prague 40, HENRYETTA 12 Prime Prep 35, MILLWOOD 21 Salina 27, KANSAS 13 Stroud 42, WEWOKA 12 ATOKA 21, Tishomingo 20 PAWNEE 22, Tonkawa 18 Washington 49, MANGUM 6 Class A Barnsdall 28, YALE 14 SAYRE 21, Burns Flat-Dill City 20 APACHE 48, Carnegie 8 Cashion 54, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 28 VELMA-ALMA 45, Central Marlow 6 TALIHINA 35, Central Sallisaw 14 HOLLIS 28, Cordell 21 OKEENE 35, Crescent 7 Crossings Christian 34, WATONGA 14 KIEFER 42, Drumright 6 RUSH SPRINGS 28, Empire 22 AFTON 49, Fairland 6 SAVANNA 42, Gore 7 RINGLING 21, Healdton 20 Hinton 27, SNYDER 22 TEXHOMA 30, Hooker 26 Ketchum 49, FOYIL 6 WAYNE 28, Konawa 21 Minco 32, ELMORE CITY 28 Mooreland 34, BEAVER 26 Morrison 28, HOMINY 27 Mounds 34, PORTER 20 Quapaw 20, SUMMIT CHRISTIAN 14 Thomas 36, FAIRVIEW 20 Warner 26, QUINTON 22 COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN 40, Wilson 6 Wynnewood 28, STRATFORD 14 Class B Alex 48, GEARY 8 Allen 38, CYRIL 24 MAYSVILLE 56, Bray-Doyle 6 Caddo 54, ARKOMA 8 WETUMKA 52, Canadian 6 KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 48, Canton 22 Davenport 56, OAKS 8 Depew 60, SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 12 Dewar 48, KEOTA 22 PORUM 48, Gans 38 WELEETKA 52, Haileyville 6 Laverne 58, MERRITT 8 WAURIKA 52, Macomb 6 TURPIN 56, Pioneer 8 Pond Creek-Hunter 60, WAUKOMIS 14 SEILING 44, Ringwood 40 MAUD 48, Strother 8 GARBER 58, Welch 6 Class C CHEROKEE 48, Boise City 24 FOX 56, Bokoshe 6 THACKERVILLE 52, Bowlegs 6 Corn Bible 48, DUKE 8 Coyle 66, BLUEJACKET 20 DC-Lamont 54, COPAN 6 Mt. View-Gotebo 42, RYAN 34 MIDWAY 36, Prue 28 CAVE SPRINGS 54, Sasakwa 8 Sharon-Mutual 48, TYRONE 20 Shattuck 44, BALKO 24 GRANDFIELD 50, Temple 22 MEDFORD 36, Timberlake 34 Waynoka 56, GRACEMONT 6 Webbers Falls 48, PAOLI 14 Saturday’s Game SPC Championship At Dallas Jesuit Casady 28, Dallas Episcopal 24 *-Home team in CAPS
SEATTLE (AP) — At some point this Saturday, Washington's Shaq Thompson will almost assuredly take a handoff, get through the pileup at the line of scrimmage and run headlong into UCLA's Myles Jack.And there is a chance at another time in the game, Jack will be in the UCLA backfield to get a carry or two as a running back and be met by Thompson getting a few snaps at linebacker.They're...
Washington's Thompson, UCLA's Jack shine
TIM BOOTH, Associated Press | Nov 4, 2014SEATTLE (AP) — At some point this Saturday, Washington's Shaq Thompson will almost assuredly take a handoff, get through the pileup at the line of scrimmage and run headlong into UCLA's Myles Jack. And there is a chance at another time in the game, Jack will be in the UCLA backfield to get a carry or two as a running back and be met by Thompson getting a few snaps at linebacker. They're collisions that everyone wants to see when the 18th-ranked Bruins visit Seattle to face the Huskies. The game will feature a pair of top athletes playing on both sides of the ball in matchups that fans are looking forward to seeing. Well, maybe not everyone wants to see all the talents Jack and Thompson have on display. "There is no part of me that is anxious to see Shaq running the ball," UCLA coach Jim Mora said. "The guy is a good ballplayer, man. We recruited him hard coming out of high school. I loved him as a player. I loved him as a person. For anyone that's fan of good football players, you have to be a fan of Shaq Thompson." Jack and Thompson are similar in so many ways to the point that Thompson hosted Jack when he made his official visit to Washington before deciding to play at UCLA. They're both defensive-minded players at heart who would rather stay on the defensive side. They're similarly sized: Thompson listed at 6-foot-1, 228 pounds; Jack at 6-1, 232. They both have a knack for big plays and scoring touchdowns. And when both are carrying the football as running backs, they're not looking to make defenders miss. They're looking for someone to run over. "(Jack) is a big back running the football, similar to the way Shaq runs the ball," Washington defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski said. "He's not going to dance. It's like a slasher, he's going to get his foot in the grounder and get vertical. They can make guys miss, but they're more just downhill guys." Thompson and Jack aren't alone in playing both sides of the field. There are other examples: Hawaii's multifaceted wide receiver/punter/kick returner Scott Harding; Adoree' Jackson playing some cornerback and wide receiver at Southern Cal; Kevin Pope at running back and linebacker for SMU and Kenny Williams doing the same occasionally for Texas Tech. "The biggest thing is you have to be fair to the player and making sure you are putting him in the best position to be successful," said USC and former Washington coach Steve Sarkisian. "As a team it all sounds really good and 'Oh yeah, you're going to play both ways' and all those things, but you have to be fair that they're in a positon to be successful." Last season most of the notoriety went to Jack, bursting onto the scene as a freshman for the Bruins and becoming the first player to be voted the conference freshman of the year on both offense and defense. The pinnacle of his freshman season was Jack's four touchdowns rushing in a 41-31 win over the Huskies at the Rose Bowl. This season, Jack has seen less of the backfield with the emergence of Paul Perkins and his 1,074 yards rushing and six touchdowns through nine games. Jack has only 22 carries, including a season-high six rushes for only 13 yards last week against Arizona with the Wildcats blitzing when they saw Jack in the backfield. "The linebackers, as soon as I came in they were coming in hot," Jack said. "They were blitzing. I didn't see any pass reads in them." Thompson was already getting attention for his four defensive touchdowns in Washington's first six games, but the spotlight only intensified with what he's done playing exclusively on offense the past two weeks against Arizona State and Colorado. Thompson finished just shy of 100 yards rushing against the Sun Devils, but found bigger run lanes and more success against the Buffaloes running for 174 yards and a touchdown. He's averaging 7.9 yards per carry that if Thompson had enough attempts would be sixth best in the country. With Washington's running backs getting healthier, coach Chris Petersen indicated that Thompson could get some snaps on defense against the Bruins, but would remain the Huskies starting running back. Thompson was not made available by the school Monday or Tuesday this week. "Everybody loves to hit people," Thompson said after the win over Colorado. "And that's my mentality is hitting people."
ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania school district is going ahead with plans to name its football field for Hall of Famer Andre Reed.The school board in Reed's hometown approved the honor Tuesday after addressing concerns about a profanity-laced Facebook message the ex-wide receiver sent to an alum who criticized the plan.The board met for a special session after tabling a vote last Thursday....
After spat, Pennsylvania school honors Andre Reed
Associated Press | Oct 29, 2014ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania school district is going ahead with plans to name its football field for Hall of Famer Andre Reed. The school board in Reed's hometown approved the honor Tuesday after addressing concerns about a profanity-laced Facebook message the ex-wide receiver sent to an alum who criticized the plan. The board met for a special session after tabling a vote last Thursday. The delay put a Nov. 1 naming ceremony at Allentown's J. Birney Crum Stadium in jeopardy. Reed had planned to visit schools and tailgate with fans before his alma mater Dieruff High School played rival William Allen. An Allentown park and part of a street are also being renamed in honor of the longtime Buffalo Bills player. Reed's college, Kutztown University, recently named its stadium after him.
Oct 29, 2014
The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright makes his picks for every game in the state.
Week 9 Oklahoma high school football picks
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Oct 29, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 147-27 (84.5 pct.) Overall record: 1,143-273 (80.7 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Broken Arrow 40, EDMOND SANTA FE 28 Norman North 42, MOORE 7 LAWTON EISENHOWER 28, PC West 22 Class 5A TULSA MEMORIAL 48, Tulsa Hale 6 Class 3A Mannford 40, CENTENNIAL 30 Class 2A Crooked Oak 34, NORTHEAST 20 Class A QUINTON 28, Hilldale JV 12 Class C Bluejacket 54, LIFE CHRISTIAN 6 CAVE SPRINGS 56, Immanuel Christian 8 Friday’s Games Class 6A JENKS 45, Edmond Memorial 20 STILLWATER 28, Enid 17 MIDWEST CITY 28, Lawton 27 BIXBY 42, Muskogee 14 Owasso 24, EDMOND NORTH 7 BARTLESVILLE 28, Ponca City 24 Putnam City 30, NORMAN 27 CLAREMORE 21, Sapulpa 14 Southmoore 20, PUTNAM CITY NORTH 10 Tulsa Union 35, MUSTANG 21 Tulsa Washington 34, SAND SPRINGS 17 CHOCTAW 56, U.S. Grant 6 WESTMOORE 31, Yukon 28 Class 5A Altus 28, DUNCAN 14 GUTHRIE 35, Carl Albert 28 Chickasha 27, EL RENO 20 Collinsville 28, PRYOR 7 Coweta 34, TULSA EDISON 18 LAWTON MACARTHUR 42, Del City 28 McGuinness 38, WESTERN HEIGHTS 12 Noble 28, DURANT 24 ARDMORE 49, Northwest 0 Piedmont 34, GUYMON 22 MCALESTER 28, Shawnee 27 Skiatook 30, TULSA KELLEY 17 DEER CREEK 54, Southeast 8 Tahlequah 28, GROVE 14 Class 4A Anadarko 20, NEWCASTLE 13 HARRAH 31, Bristow 7 ELK CITY 28, Cache 21 Cascia Hall 21, TULSA MCLAIN 7 TUTTLE 27, Glenpool 17 McLoud 48, SANTA FE SOUTH 14 Metro Christian 50, TULSA CENTRAL 16 CATOOSA 31, Miami 20 SALLISAW 34, Muldrow 12 Oologah 28, VINITA 7 FORT GIBSON 42, Poteau 28 BROKEN BOW 28, Stilwell 24 ADA 56, Tecumseh 7 Wagoner 38, CLEVELAND 24 Weatherford 28, ELGIN 14 Woodward 21, CLINTON 20 Class 3A Beggs 35, HEAVENER 7 Berryhill 47, KELLYVILLE 7 Bethany 30, MOUNT ST. MARY 13 CUSHING 28, Blackwell 21 STAR SPENCER 27, Capitol Hill 12 Checotah 24, HILLDALE 21 DICKSON 35, Comanche 14 VERDIGRIS 30, Dewey 7 Douglass 21, BLANCHARD 14 Idabel 35, EUFAULA 34 Jones 42, BETHEL 7 Kingfisher 28, HERITAGE HALL 27 Little Axe 28, PAULS VALLEY 7 Locust Grove 50, INOLA 6 Madill 35, BRIDGE CREEK 24 LONE GROVE 28, Marlow 21 JOHN MARSHALL 32, Meeker 28 VICTORY CHRISTIAN 42, Morris 6 LINDSAY 42, Perkins 40 Plainview 28, SULPHUR 12 Roland 49, VALLIANT 0 PURCELL 28, Seminole 24 Seq. Claremore 34, KEYS (PARK HILL) 20 LINCOLN CHR. 30, Seq. Tahlequah 21 Spiro 26, STIGLER 12 Tulsa Rogers 42, OKMULGEE 35 SPERRY 34, Tulsa Webster 18 Westville 42, JAY 20 Class 2A Adair 42, CHOUTEAU 7 VIAN 28, Antlers 14 MARIETTA 28, Atoka 27 PRAGUE 35, Chandler 34 Chisholm 35, PERRY 7 OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN 28, Chr. Heritage 21 DAVIS 49, Coalgate 7 Colcord 34, SALINA 14 Commerce 28, OKLAHOMA UNION 20 STROUD 30, Henryetta 14 Hobart 20, FREDERICK 13 Hugo 35, TISHOMINGO 14 Hulbert 28, CANEY VALLEY 7 HASKELL 42, Kansas 7 Lexington 28, DIBBLE 27 MILLWOOD 42, Luther 35 HENNESSEY 40, Newkirk 8 HARTSHORNE 26, Okemah 22 Panama 42, LIBERTY6 Pawhuska 28, CHELSEA 24 Pawnee 20, ALVA 12 Pocola 28, WILBURTON 13 Tonkawa 24, CRESCENT 20 Washington 35, WALTERS 28 Wewoka 30, HOLDENVILLE 16 NOWATA 42, Wyandotte 28 Wynnewood 49, WELLSTON 0 Class A Afton 28, KETCHUM 21 Apache 35, HINTON 7 Barnsdall 24, FAIRLAND 12 Beaver 27, SAYRE 7 THOMAS 56, Burns Flat-Dill City 8 Cashion 49, WATONGA 7 RINGLING 45, Central Marlow 6 MINCO 28, Community Christian 24 Elmore City 32, KONAWA 12 CORDELL 49, Empire 21 HOOKER 21, Fairview 14 QUAPAW 28, Foyil 24 Hollis 35, SNYDER 8 Hominy 42, MOUNDS 14 Kiefer 14, MORRISON 7 Mangum 20, CARNEGIE 12 Okeene 28, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 24 CROSSINGS CHR. 38, Okla. Christian Aca. 14 Rush Springs 28, VELMA-ALMA 21 CENTRAL SALLISAW 32, Savanna 28 Stratford 35, WAYNE 7 REJOICE CHR. 28, Summit Chr. 16 Talihina 55, PORTER 6 Texhoma 24, MOORELAND 22 Warner 20, GORE 12 HEALDTON 49, Wilson 6 DRUMRIGHT 21, Yale 6 Class B CANADIAN 38, Arkoma 24 TURPIN 56, Canton 28 Cyril 40, MACOMB 8 DEPEW 48, Garber 44 ALLEN 64, Geary 48 Keota 52, GANS 6 SEILING 56, Kremlin-Hillsdale 24 Maud 48, BRAY-DOYLE 12 ALEX 50, Maysville 48 POND CREEK-HUNTER 54, Merritt 34 Oaks 54, WELCH 6 CADDO 38, Porum 28 Regent Prep 48, WATTS 8 LAVERNE 56, Ringwood 6 WOODLAND 44, South Coffeyville 24 Waukomis 48, PIONEER 40 Waurika 34, STROTHER 28 DEWAR 50, Weleetka 32 DAVENPORT 54, Wesleyan Christian 8 Wetumka 52, HAILEYVILLE 6 Class C Boise City 42, SHARON-MUTUAL 34 DC-LAMONT 44, Buffalo 20 Corn Bible 54, GRACEMONT 6 Coyle 60, COPAN 12 Destiny Christian 54, TEMPLE 6 Fox 44, THACKERVILLE 34 Midway 34, BOWLEGS 30 Mt. View-Gotebo 48, DUKE 8 SASAKWA 54, Paoli 6 MEDFORD 48, Prue 20 TIPTON 56, Ryan 8 GRANDFIELD 52, SW Covenant 6 COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 34, Timberlake 28 BALKO 44, Tyrone 12 Webbers Falls 54, BOKOSHE 6 Independent OKC PATRIOTS 42, Word of Life (Wichita) 28 Saturday’s Game CASADY 34, Houston Chr. 31 *-Home team in CAPS
Oct 28, 2014
LOS ANGELES (AP) — UCLA linebacker Myles Jack is on pace to set new career highs in tackles and tackles for loss. He has rushed for two touchdowns, and was named one of 15 semifinalists for the Butkus Award as the best linebacker in college football.Yet it's tough to shake the feeling that Jack's second season with the No. 25 Bruins (6-2, 3-2 Pac-12) is a disappointment because he has yet to...
No. 25 UCLA's Jack tries living up to expectations
DAN GREENSPAN, Associated Press | Oct 28, 2014LOS ANGELES (AP) — UCLA linebacker Myles Jack is on pace to set new career highs in tackles and tackles for loss. He has rushed for two touchdowns, and was named one of 15 semifinalists for the Butkus Award as the best linebacker in college football. Yet it's tough to shake the feeling that Jack's second season with the No. 25 Bruins (6-2, 3-2 Pac-12) is a disappointment because he has yet to live up to the enormous expectations that followed winning both the Pac-12 offensive and defensive freshman of the year awards. And that makes Jack the living embodiment of the Bruins' season so far, where the results on the field have not matched the hype off of it. While a spot in the inaugural College Football Playoff is all but out of the question, UCLA can put itself back into the thick of the Pac-12 South race with a win over No. 14 Arizona (6-1, 3-1) on Saturday night. "There have been tight games, but we have pulled through in a lot of them, and (we) understand that we still have the opportunity to do what we need to do and to get to where we want to go, which is the Pac-12 championship," quarterback Brett Hundley said. "We can still do it." Despite needing double overtime to beat Colorado in a game in which UCLA squandered three different 17-point leads, receiver Jordan Payton insisted that the outcome "labeled us as a resilient and tough team." "From the outside, it looks like, 'Oh, they are struggling," Payton added. "'They are barely winning these games.' But guys are fighting over here." UCLA has spent nearly all season fighting criticism, having put together only one complete game. Hundley and his offensive line took most of the blame for UCLA's initial struggles, but Jack and the defensive front have struggled to stop the run lately. The Buffaloes rushed for 233 yards, becoming the third opponent with at least 200 yards on the ground in the Bruins' last four games. Jack blamed too many attempts at trying to deliver a big hit instead of sure form tackling for much of the yardage the Buffaloes were able to accumulate, noting that those kinds of errors in the open field are what make the Wildcats' spread offense so dangerous. "We can't have a lapse against them, or it is going to be a high-scoring game and we're going to be very embarrassed at the end," Jack said. "We are going to have to come out guns blazing and maintain that throughout the whole game." Arizona has actually leaned much more heavily on the pass this season than during Rich Rodriguez's first two seasons, throwing the ball 53 percent of the time. That should play to Jack's strengths, having established himself as one of the best linebackers in coverage in the nation with 17 career pass breakups and two interceptions. But Jack showed a new dimension against Colorado when he was called on to blitz. Jack nearly had two sacks, which would have doubled his career total, but was unable to bring down quarterback Sefo Liufau. Jack acknowledged he is very raw as a pass rusher and spends extra time before and after practice to develop those skills. "It's just something that I never really worked on or never really focused on in high school or even getting here," Jack said. "It's not really a natural thing that I do and that's something that I have to work on. I'll get better at it." Whether UCLA as a whole can show the necessary improvement to save its season is still unclear. For his part, Jack has no doubt the Bruins will hit their stride "when it really matters," pointing back to the dominant win at Arizona State. "The defense was on point, the offense was on point, and you didn't see those big plays against us," Jack said. "I think we got to put together another one of those games."
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Although Cody Kessler holds one of the highest-profile jobs in college football, his solid season as Southern California's starting quarterback attracted surprisingly little attention until he threw seven touchdown passes last weekend.With memories of last season's circus still fresh, Kessler is just fine with staying slightly out of the spotlight."I'm a whole lot more...
Kessler quietly having standout year at No. 20 USC
GREG BEACHAM, Associated Press | Oct 22, 2014LOS ANGELES (AP) — Although Cody Kessler holds one of the highest-profile jobs in college football, his solid season as Southern California's starting quarterback attracted surprisingly little attention until he threw seven touchdown passes last weekend. With memories of last season's circus still fresh, Kessler is just fine with staying slightly out of the spotlight. "I'm a whole lot more comfortable this year," said Kessler, who won USC's starting job three head coaches ago. "Last year was obviously an up-and-down season, so I'm prepared pretty much for anything, any type of adversity that faces us." The junior has thrown for 1,884 yards with 18 touchdown passes and just one interception in coach Steve Sarkisian's first season. He has the FBS' sixth-highest completion percentage (69.5), and he ranks 10th in passing efficiency (162.1) and 13th in touchdown passes (18). He's hoping to keep his momentum going when he leads the Trojans (5-2, 4-1 Pac-12) into a difficult night game against No. 19 Utah (5-1, 2-1) in Salt Lake City on Saturday — even if he doesn't throw quite as many TD passes. "I'd love to do that every week, if I could," he said with a laugh. After winning 10 games last season as a first-year starter, Kessler has kept the Trojans in the Pac-12 South lead during another eventful season including two last-second decisions and major personnel losses for an already thin team. Kessler finally got some individual attention when he set a school record with those seven scoring passes in a rout of Colorado, but he was most grateful for the congratulatory texts he received from Matt Barkley, Mark Sanchez and Matt Leinart, his predecessors in the USC pocket. "It was kind of a surreal thing just to hear from the guys," Kessler said. "There's such a long tradition behind this school, and the guys that I got to watch before me, having them reach out and then get in touch through social media is a real cool feeling." USC's offense was fairly conservative for the first half of the season under Sarkisian, but the Trojans let it fly against the Buffaloes. Although Kessler has a strong familiarity with receiver Nelson Agholor after they came into USC together, he threw his seven TD passes to four receivers, hitting freshmen JuJu Smith, Bryce Dixon and Steven Mitchell for four combined scores. "When his teammates see him have success like that, I think it's uplifting for everybody," Sarkisian said. "Especially when the ball gets distributed the way it did and a bunch of different guys are catching it and scoring. But the beauty of Cody — you wouldn't know today if he threw seven touchdowns or he didn't play great Saturday. He just brings a really workmanlike attitude every day. He loves being out here with his teammates." Kessler is in his second season as the Trojans' starter. Former coach Lane Kiffin couldn't decide between Kessler and Max Wittek until three games into last season, but Kessler won the job and kept it this year despite a push from redshirt freshman backup Max Browne, the nation's top high school quarterback two years ago. "I never lost confidence," Kessler said. "I've had that feeling since last year. I guess since then it's got better, I don't know." When he coached at Washington a few years ago, Sarkisian thought he had landed Kessler as a recruit until USC swooped in with a late scholarship offer. Their familiarity made the transition fairly seamless for Kessler, who already knew Sarkisian — the former BYU quarterback — would scrutinize his every move. "Cody is an awesome teammate," Sarkisian said. "He brings a great deal of energy every day to practice. He's one of the first guys on the field. He's one of the last guys off the field. He's always engaged. Even when he's not in at quarterback, he'll be talking to the receivers or the O-line or messing with (linebacker) Hayes (Pullard) on the defense." Kessler stays in regular contact with Barkley, the four-year USC starter now with the Philadelphia Eagles. Barkley, the leading passer in Pac-12 history, didn't mind losing one record to his former backup. "He was like my big brother when he was here," Kessler said. "He taught me. A lot of stuff that I learned here is from him. He taught me the game here, and how to handle everything, and how to be off the field as well."
Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 152-22 (87.4 pct) Overall record: 996-246 (80.2 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Edmond Santa Fe 35, PUTNAM CITY 28 Class 5A Guthrie 56, SOUTHEAST 6 Class 3A Victory Christian 34, TULSA ROGERS 12 Class 2A U.S.
The Oklahoman's Week 8 high school football picks
By Scott Wright | Oct 22, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 152-22 (87.4 pct) Overall record: 996-246 (80.2 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Edmond Santa Fe 35, PUTNAM CITY 28 Class 5A Guthrie 56, SOUTHEAST 6 Class 3A Victory Christian 34, TULSA ROGERS 12 Class 2A U.S. GRANT 28, Northeast 22 Class A COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN 32, Konawa 20 Friday’s Games Class 6A Bartlesville 27, SAPULPA 14 TULSA WASHINGTON 24, Bixby 17 Claremore 21, PONCA CITY 20 SOUTHMOORE 20, Edmond North 17 Jenks 30, BROKEN ARROW 20 ENID 34, Lawton Eisenhower 28 Midwest City 28, CHOCTAW 27 TULSA UNION 45, Moore 7 OWASSO 28, Mustang 21 YUKON 24, Norman 20 LAWTON 28, Prime Prep (Texas) 27 NORMAN NORTH 34, Putnam North 24 Sand Springs 26, MUSKOGEE 22 Stillwater 42, PUTNAM CITY WEST 20 Westmoore 28, EDMOND MEMORIAL 24 Class 5A Ardmore 30, ALTUS 22 CARL ALBERT 35, Deer Creek 28 Duncan 48, NORTHWEST CLASSEN 8 SKIATOOK 34, Durant 7 DEL CITY 37, El Reno 17 COWETA 28, Grove 14 MCGUINNESS 49, Guymon 7 Lawton MacArthur 42, CHICKASHA 10 McAlester 56, TULSA HALE 6 TULSA EAST CENTRAL 14, Pryor 10 TAHLEQUAH 24, Tulsa Edison 20 Tulsa Kelley 28, NOBLE 18 SHAWNEE 30, Tulsa Memorial 14 Western Heights 34, PIEDMONT 26 Class 4A Ada 44, BRISTOW 16 METRO CHR. 38, Broken Bow 12 CASCIA HALL 33, Catoosa 20 OOLOGAH 34, Cleveland 24 Clinton 28, CACHE 24 ANADARKO 34, Elgin 0 WOODWARD 21, Elk City 7 Fort Gibson 42, MULDROW 6 Harrah 35, TECUMSEH 6 Newcastle 21, WEATHERFORD 14 POTEAU 28, Sallisaw 27 GLENPOOL 35, Santa Fe South 6 STILWELL 27, Tulsa Central 22 Tulsa McLain 28, MIAMI 21 Tuttle 34, MCLOUD 14 WAGONER 42, Vinita 7 Class 3A Beggs 49, MORRIS 6 BETHANY 24, Blanchard 20 MEEKER 38, Bridge Creek 14 BLACKWELL 28, Centennial 14 Cushing 35, BETHEL 8 BERRYHILL 42, Dewey 7 MOUNT ST. MARY 34, Dickson 20 SPIRO 32, Heavener 14 Heritage Hall 40, MANNFORD 12 Hilldale 21, EUFAULA 20 WESTVILLE 27, Inola 13 John Marshall 26, DOUGLASS 22 LINCOLN CHR. 45, Kellyville 12 SEQ. TAHLEQUAH 31, Keys (Park Hill) 17 Locust Grove 56, SEQ. CLAREMORE 7 Lone Grove 35, COMANCHE 7 Marlow 28, PLAINVIEW 24 CHECOTAH 41, Okmulgee 14 JONES 35, Pauls Valley 20 KINGFISHER 45, Perkins 21 Purcell 28, LITTLE AXE 14 Sperry 42, JAY 14 SEMINOLE 38, Star Spencer 20 ROLAND 34, Stigler 12 Sulphur 21, MADILL 20 IDABEL 56, Valliant 6 Verdigris 24, TULSA WEBSTER 20 Class 2A Alva 28, TONKAWA 21 WYANDOTTE 34, Chelsea 24 Chisholm 38, PAWNEE 6 Davis 48, ATOKA 6 Dibble 28, HOBART 22 LEXINGTON 30, Frederick 16 CHOUTEAU 20, Gore 13 Hartshorne 28, ANTLERS 17 SALINA 28, Haskell 27 HENRYETTA 21, Holdenville 7 ADAIR 49, Hulbert 7 COLCORD 42, Kansas 12 Kingston 42, COALGATE 14 Marietta 28, HUGO 27 Millwood 28, CHRISTIAN HERITAGE 21 PERRY 35, Newkirk 14 Nowata 56, CANEY VALLEY 6 HENNESSEY 35, OKC Legion 27 Okemah 30, WEWOKA 14 Oklahoma Christian 48, CROOKED OAK 12 PAWHUSKA 27, Oklahoma Union 20 Prague 32, LIBERTY 6 Stroud 35, CHANDLER 34 Vian 44, POCOLA 12 Walters 41, HEALDTON 31 LINDSAY 30, Washington 27 LUTHER 49, Wellston 7 PANAMA 33, Wilburton 13 Class A HOLLIS 28, Apache 22 CROSSINGS CHR. 27, Carnegie 24 Cashion 54, OKLA. CHRISTIAN ACA. 12 WILSON 21, Central Marlow 20 Central Sallisaw 44, WARNER 6 Drumright 22, BARNSDALL 12 STRATFORD 33, Elmore City 14 Hinton 30, MANGUM 13 Hooker 35, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 6 Ketchum 35, FAIRLAND 6 Morrison 56, YALE 6 KIEFER 35, Mounds 0 Oklahoma Bible 33, CRESCENT 18 SAVANNA 38, Porter 12 AFTON 42, Quapaw 6 TALIHINA 48, Quinton 7 Rejoice Christian 56, FOYIL 6 Ringling 42, RUSH SPRINGS 8 MOORELAND 54, Sayre 7 CORDELL 44, Snyder 14 HOMINY 35, Summit Christian 14 FAIRVIEW 28, Texhoma 24 Thomas 42, BEAVER 12 Velma-Alma 35, EMPIRE 28 OKEENE 28, Watonga 21 WYNNEWOOD 45, Wayne 14 Class B Alex 48, MAUD 12 MAYSVILLE 54, Allen 18 WETUMKA 48, Arkoma 8 Bray-Doyle 28, WAURIKA 26 KEOTA 54, Caddo 28 PORUM 40, Canadian 12 OAKS 56, Depew 8 Dewar 60, HAILEYVILLE 6 WELEETKA 48, Gans 8 Geary 48, CYRIL 28 Laverne 56, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 8 MERRITT 60, Pioneer 48 Pond Creek-Hunter 54, RINGWOOD 20 Seiling 52, CANTON 6 Strother 42, MACOMB 12 Turpin 48, WAUKOMIS 34 SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 42, Watts 28 DAVENPORT 56, Welch 6 Wesleyan Christian 40, WESLEYAN CHR. 30 GARBER 38, WOODLAND 34 Class C Balko 44, BOISE CITY 34 Bluejacket 48, PRUE 12 Bokoshe 28, PAOLI 24 SHATTUCK 56, Buffalo 20 Cave Springs 60, BOWLEGS 12 TIMBERLAKE 54, Copan 8 DC-LAMONT 42, Covington-Douglas 22 SW COVENANT 56, Duke 8 Fox 52, MIDWAY 6 TEMPLE 48, Gracemont 16 Grandfield 54, CORN BIBLE 8 COYLE 64, Medford 12 RYAN 38, Sasakwa 22 CHEROKEE 48, Sharon-Mutual 20 Thackerville 42, WEBBERS FALLS 16 Tipton 56, MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 8 Tyrone 38, WAYNOKA 30 Independent CASADY 28, Arlington Oakridge 24 Dallas HSAA 42, TULSA NOAH 28 Fort Worth All Saints 35, HOLLAND HALL 21 Regent Prep 64, OKC PATRIOTS 42 DESTINY CHRISTIAN 56, Wright Christian 20 Saturday’s Game Independent OSD 54, ARKANSAS DEAF 48 Monday’s Game Capitol Hill 28, OCS JV 14 *Home team in CAPS
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Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 143-31 (82.2 pct.) Overall record: 844-224 (79.0 pct.
The Oklahoman's Week 7 high school football picks
By Scott Wright | Oct 15, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 143-31 (82.2 pct.) Overall record: 844-224 (79.0 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Bixby 38, SAPULPA 14 Broken Arrow 37, WESTMOORE 31 Choctaw 40, STILLWATER 35 Lawton 48, LAWTON EISENHOWER 8 Muskogee 28, CLAREMORE 7 Norman North 31, EDMOND NORTH 20 TULSA UNION 21, Owasso 13 Sand Springs 30, PONCA CITY 6 ENID 28, Tahlequah 24 Tulsa Washington 35, BARTLESVILLE 0 Yukon 28, PUTNAM CITY 27 Class 5A ALTUS 32, Chickasha 12 PRYOR 28, Coweta 18 DUNCAN 34, El Reno 13 TULSA EAST CENTRAL 24, Grove 21 DEER CREEK 42, Guymon 7 Lawton MacArthur 35, ARDMORE 28 McAlester 42, NOBLE 14 CARL ALBERT 28, McGuinness 14 Shawnee 35, DURANT 6 COLLINSVILLE 40, Tulsa Edison 33 TULSA KELLEY 44, Tulsa Hale 6 SKIATOOK 28, Tulsa Memorial 20 GUTHRIE 42, Western Heights 20 Class 4A Cache 30, ELGIN 27 Cascia Hall 31, VINITA 14 WEATHERFORD 27, Elk City 12 Glenpool 33, TECUMSEH 8 McLoud 34, BRISTOW 26 FORT GIBSON 44, Metro Christian 34 CLEVELAND 24, Miami 21 TULSA CENTRAL 21, Muldrow 20 Oologah 28, CATOOSA 17 Poteau 30, BROKEN BOW 16 HARRAH 42, Santa Fe South 6 SALLISAW 34, Stilwell 14 ADA 28, Tuttle 26 Wagoner 38, TULSA MCLAIN 12 Class 3A BLANCHARD 45, Bridge Creek 16 OKMULGEE 35, Capitol Hill 20 Coalgate 34, VALLIANT 6 PLAINVIEW 28, Comanche 7 Douglass 28, BETHANY 27 Heritage Hall 36, CUSHING 18 Jay 21, INOLA 20 KEYS (PARK HILL) 28, Kellyville 18 Kingfisher 35, BLACKWELL 7 Lincoln Christian 38, DEWEY 20 Lone Grove 42, DICKSON 7 MARLOW 21, Madill 14 PERKINS 44, Mannford 12 Meeker 28, MOUNT ST. MARY 27 CHECOTAH 42, Morris 12 Pauls Valley 35, CENTENNIAL 34 Purcell 35, BETHEL 6 Roland 32, HEAVENER 7 LOCUST GROVE 56, Seq. Tahlequah 12 IDABEL 21, Spiro 20 EUFAULA 22, Stigler 17 BEGGS 38, Tulsa Rogers 20 BERRYHILL 42, Tulsa Webster 6 Verdigris 34, SPERRY 16 SEQ. CLAREMORE 35, Westville 21 Class 2A Adair 40, HASKELL 16 OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN 35, Alva 7 Antlers 31, LIBERTY 7 KINGSTON 35, Atoka 0 CHELSEA 28, Caney Valley 7 Chandler 45, HOLDENVILLE 20 Chouteau 28, KANSAS 21 Chr. Heritage 42, WELLSTON 6 Colcord 30, HULBERT 26 Hartshorne 44, WILBURTON 12 Hennessey 40, PERRY 20 OKEMAH 36, Henryetta 17 DAVIS 42, Hugo 0 Lindsay 28, HOBART 7 Luther 49, CROOKED OAK 20 Millwood 56, NORTHEAST 6 Newkirk 28, PAWNEE 14 Nowata 20, VIAN 8 COMMERCE 28, Pawhuska 24 PANAMA 26, Pocola 20 STROUD 34, Prague 30 Salina 27, TULSA NOAH 21 MARIETTA 20, Tishomingo 12 CHISHOLM 48, Tonkawa 8 Velma-Alma 28, FREDERICK 14 Walters 36, LEXINGTON 12 Washington 32, DIBBLE 20 WEWOKA 20, Wayne 14 Wyandotte 30, OKLAHOMA UNION 16 Class A Afton 42, REJOICE CHR. 20 MORRISON 44, Barnsdall 8 Beaver 34, HOOKER 12 TEXHOMA 28, Burns Flat-Dill City 6 STRATFORD 30, Community Christian 21 APACHE 34, Cordell 28 Crescent 22, WATONGA 20 CASHION 36, Crossings Christian 14 RINGLING 34, Empire 12 QUAPAW 22, Fairland 18 SUMMIT CHRISTIAN 20, Foyil 16 Healdton 42, CENTRAL MARLOW 8 Hinton 28, CARNEGIE 22 Ketchum 24, CENTRAL SALLISAW 20 Kiefer 35, HOMINY 21 MINCO 30, Konawa 20 HOLLIS 42, Mangum 6 THOMAS 40, Mooreland 8 Okla. Christian Aca. 34, OKEENE 24 Porter 28, GORE 20 Savanna 24, QUINTON 18 FAIRVIEW 36, Sayre 6 DRUMRIGHT 20, SeeWorth Aca. 16 Talihina 49, WARNER 14 RUSH SPRINGS 34, Wilson 14 Wynnewood 28, ELMORE CITY 21 MOUNDS 34, Yale 6 Class B WAUKOMIS 48, Canton 24 Davenport 50, OKC PATRIOTS 22 Dewar 54, GANS 18 Garber 48, WATTS 8 ARKOMA 52, Haileyville 6 Keota 58, CANADIAN 8 POND CREEK-HUNTER 48, Kremlin-Hillsdale 22 GEARY 36, Macomb 16 ALLEN 54, Maud 12 Maysville 56, CYRIL 6 TURPIN 44, Merritt 38 Oaks 46, WOODLAND 20 WETUMKA 42, Porum 40 Ringwood 36, PIONEER 28 LAVERNE 54, Seiling 20 South Coffeyville 38, WESLEYAN CHR. 34 Strother 38, BRAY-DOYLE 24 ALEX 56, Waurika 8 DEPEW 52, Welch 6 Weleetka 54, CADDO 8 Class C Balko 52, SHARON-MUTUAL 6 Bluejacket 48, MEDFORD 34 SASAKWA 54, Bowlegs 8 Buffalo 28, TYRONE 22 FOX 36, Cave Springs 20 Coyle 58, DC-LAMONT 24 Immanuel Christian 42, COPAN 30 WEBBERS FALLS 40, Midway 20 Mt. View-Gotebo 56, GRACEMONT 6 DESTINY CHRISTIAN 54, Paoli 8 COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 38, Prue 18 GRANDFIELD 44, Ryan 12 Shattuck 56, LIFE CHRISTIAN 6 SW Covenant 38, TEMPLE 28 Thackerville 52, BOKOSHE 6 CHEROKEE 48, Timberlake 8 Tipton 58, DUKE 6 Waynoka 38, BOISE CITY 36 Independent Regent Prep 60, CLAREMORE CHR. 12 Friday’s Games Class 6A Edmond Memorial 28, NORMAN 24 Jenks 42, EDMOND SANTA FE 21 Midwest City 42, PUTNAM CITY WEST 16 Putnam North 35, MOORE 31 MUSTANG 34, Southmoore 24 Class 5A DEL CITY 49, Northwest 12 Piedmont 35, SOUTHEAST 16 Class 4A NEWCASTLE 30, Clinton 12 ANADARKO 34, Woodward 7 Class 3A John Marshall 32, SULPHUR 18 Little Axe 28, STAR SPENCER 12 Seminole 28, JONES 20 Victory Christian 30, HILLDALE 27 Independent FORT WORTH ALL SAINTS 35, Casady 20 DALLAS ST. MARKS 28, Holland Hall 22 Saturday’s Game Independent U.S. GRANT 28, OKC Legion 22 *Home team in CAPS