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Butler did it: Baylor guard named AP Big 12 player of year

Baylor guard Jared Butler is The Associated Press Big 12 player of the year after helping the Bears win their first conference title, averaging 17.1 points while leading the league in 3-point shooting and steals. Butler finished third in the Big 12...

 

Gators rattled: No. 8 Oklahoma routs Florida in Cotton Bowl

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Lincoln Riley will remember this Oklahoma season for a long time. It took a lot to get to the end of it — with two significant trophies. The No. 8 Sooners navigated through the season played under the cloud of a pandemic,...

 

Florida-Oklahoma in Cotton Bowl dozen years after title game

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Dan Mullen has been part of two national championships with Florida, the last for the Gators coming in a win over Oklahoma in his final game as their offensive coordinator before leaving for his first head coaching job. That...

 

No. 12 Sooners win 6th B12 title in row, 27-21 over Iowa St

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley remembered two specific moments right after the No. 12 Sooners won their sixth consecutive Big 12 championship. There was the uncertainty of what was next when players were sent home after one...

 

Cotton Bowl: Big 12 champ Oklahoma vs SEC runner-up Florida

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Oklahoma will returning to the stadium where the Sooners just won their sixth Big 12 championship in a row to play SEC runner-up Florida in the Cotton Bowl on Dec. 30. The only other time Oklahoma and Florida played each...

 

Stoner 3 TD catches for Oklahoma State in 42-3 win at Baylor

WACO, Texas (AP) — Oklahoma State receiver Dillon Stoner got behind the secondary on the second play of the game and caught the ball in stride. The tone was quickly set for the Cowboys. That 75-yard catch-and-run was the first of Stoner's three...

 

Oklahoma State goes into Baylor makeup out of B12 contention

WACO, Texas (AP) — When Oklahoma State was supposed to play at Baylor in mid-October, the Cowboys were the No. 6 team in the Top 25 with expectations to contend for a spot in the Big 12 championship game, maybe even the College Football Playoff....

 

QB Duggan paces TCU in 29-22 win over No. 19 Oklahoma State

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — TCU receiver Derius Davis was working to come back for the ball when he saw Max Duggan under pressure. The quarterback had a different idea. "I saw him throw it," Davis said. "So I just turned around and ran as fast as I...

 

Interesting season for Big 12 QBs, and not necessarily last

Kansas State and Texas Tech changed starting quarterbacks midseason for much different reasons. While true freshman quarterbacks are now starting for both Big 12 teams in the Kansas, and No. 18 Oklahoma is led by redshirt freshman Spencer Rattler, th...

 

TCU needs victory at home against Texas Tech to get even

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — TCU has to win at home to get even. The Horned Frogs (2-3) haven't won at home in more than a year, a five-game losing streak at Amon G. Carter Stadium that goes back to last season even before the crowds were being...

 

K-State 2-0 in Big 12 for 1st time since 2014 going to TCU

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Kansas State coach Chris Klieman said he didn't even know what the Big 12 standings looked like when he was asked about his Wildcats being among the leaders. "We've played two games ... We've won both of them, so we can't...

 

Texas slugger Gallo still isn't sure if he had coronavirus

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Texas Rangers outfielder Joey Gallo says he doesn't know if he actually had the coronavirus despite two positive tests, since he has never had any symptoms and also had multiple negative tests. "I wish I had an answer," he...

 

Colonial spectators in bushes and temporary tents off course

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Max Butcher and his buddies felt as if they had front-row seats at Colonial, even in the bushes with no spectators allowed on the course. The group of five recent graduates from nearby TCU stood in a small gap between a...

 
 By Stephen Hawkins    Sports    June 7, 2020

Newgarden wins pole as IndyCar season starts at steamy Texas

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — When defending IndyCar champion Josef Newgarden crossed the start-finish line to get the pole for the long-delayed season opener, there was no reaction from a crowd. There was, however, a quick warning over the radio to...

 

New Rangers park among possible MLB ideas for season start

North Texas has more to offer than just the new Rangers ballpark should MLB decide to start the pandemic-delayed 2020 baseball season with teams grouped together in different regions. Among the different plans looked at by Major League Baseball is...

 

Kansas' Azubuike AP Big 12 player of year, Drew top coach

Kansas center Udoka Azubuike is The Associated Press Big 12 player of the year, with the 7-foot senior averaging a double-double for the regular season conference champion and top-ranked Jayhawks. Azubuike and Kansas sophomore guard Devon Dotson...

 

No. 3 Kansas ends No. 1 Baylor's 23-game streak in Big 12

WACO, Texas (AP) — Udoka Azubuike had 23 points and a career-high 19 rebounds and No. 3 Kansas held on to beat No. 1 Baylor 64-61 on Saturday, snapping the Bears' 23-game winning streak and likely ending their five-week hold on the No. 1 spot in...

 

Manfred apologizes for calling WS trophy a 'piece of metal'

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred apologized Tuesday for what he called a disrespectful reference to the World Series trophy as a "piece of metal." Even before being asked about it, Manfred said he made a mistake with those...

 

No. 1 Baylor beats Oklahoma State 78-70 for 20th win in row

WACO, Texas (AP) — MaCio Teague felt like he was in the quiet of a practice gym when he stood at the free throw line for No. 1 Baylor in the closing seconds. And he kept making them. Teague's 24 points included six consecutive free throws in the...

 

Big 12 champion Oklahoma adds pair of 4-star defenders

Big 12 champion Oklahoma got the signatures of a pair of four-star defenders, and new Baylor coach Dave Aranda signed a two-sport player that plans to throw and hit for the Bears. While Big 12 teams were like most Power Five schools in securing most...

 

No. 6 Baylor women beat Oklahoma State 94-48 after UConn win

WACO, Texas (AP) — NaLyssa Smith had career highs with 30 points and 15 rebounds as No. 6 Baylor followed up its win at top-ranked UConn with a 94-48 victory over Oklahoma State on Sunday. The Lady Bears (13-1, 2-0 Big 12) have won 47 consecutive...

 

No. 6 Oklahoma, No. 8 Baylor on playoff edge in Big 12 game

When Baylor jumped out to a quick 25-point lead over Oklahoma, there was a sense for the Bears that they really did belong in those conversations about being a Big 12 contender — and maybe even bigger things. That feeling didn't go away, even...

 

Big 12 champion could now have more feasible shot at playoff

No. 6 Oklahoma's biggest comeback ever didn't have a lingering effect on No. 8 Baylor. Now they get to play again, this time for the Big 12 championship and possibly a spot in the College Football Playoff, which seems much more feasible after a coupl...

 

Hurts, No. 10 Oklahoma rally to beat No. 12 Baylor 34-31

WACO, Texas (AP) — Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts was shouting at himself coming off the field after his third turnover, a fumble when running toward the end zone. When it was all over, Hurts and coach Lincoln Riley were sharing a joyous embrace...

 

Imperfect Big 12 start even after all 10 teams win openers

The Big 12 is off to an imperfect start, even though every team won its opener for the first time since 2012. West Virginia got outgained by James Madison, and Kansas needed a touchdown in the final 2 ½ minutes to beat another FCS team in Les...

 

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