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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...

 

Red River rematch could happen again in Big 12 with Texas-OU

Red River rivals Oklahoma and Texas met twice last season for the first time in 115 years, when the Sooners won their fourth consecutive Big 12 championship by avenging their only regular-season loss. Oklahoma now has another transfer quarterback...

 
 By Stephen Hawkins    Sports    July 3, 2019

Heavy-hearted Angels return to field after Skaggs' death

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — With the memory of Tyler Skaggs weighing heavy on their hearts, the Los Angeles Angels took the field for their first game since the death of the much-loved 27-year-old pitcher who got to play for his favorite childhood...

 

Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs dead at 27; found in hotel room

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Tyler Skaggs had persevered through injuries to be a valuable pitcher for the Los Angeles Angels. The left-hander had posted a photo of himself and teammates in cowboy hats for their weeklong trip to Texas where he was set...

 

Big 12 down to final 4 teams to determine 2 title game spots

Sixth-ranked Oklahoma or No. 7 West Virginia will play in the Big 12 championship game. They might be facing each other, too, The Sooners, Mountaineers, No. 13 Texas and No. 18 Iowa State are the final four teams still in contention for the two...

 

No. 9 Oklahoma rebounds from only loss with 52-27 win at TCU

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Kyler Murray and the Oklahoma offense piled up yards and scored points like they have been all season. Kenneth Murray and the Sooners defense did their part as well as ninth-ranked Oklahoma bounced back from its only loss,...

 

Oklahoma and Texas both ranked adds to prefect fair setting

DALLAS (AP) — It's a perfect setting: Oklahoma and Texas in the middle of the State Fair of Texas on an early fall Saturday with their passionate fans clad in crimson and burnt orange, split 50-50 in the historic Cotton Bowl Stadium. It's nice...

 

Brewer has 3 TD passes for Baylor in 26-7 win over Kansas

WACO, Texas (AP) — Charlie Brewer threw three touchdown passes and Baylor opened Big 12 play with a 26-7 victory over Kansas on Saturday to end a rare winning streak by the Jayhawks. Brewer completed 19 of 27 passes for 221 yards and added 56...

 

Oklahoma favored again going into Big 12 football media days

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Oklahoma won another Big 12 title and made it to the College Football Playoff again in its first season without coach Bob Stoops on the sideline. The Sooners, who have won the past three Big 12 titles with quarterback Baker...

 

No. 1 seeds Kansas, Villanova meet in national semifinal

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — No. 1 seed Kansas (31-7) vs. No. 1 seed Villanova (34-4) National semifinal; San Antonio; Saturday, 8:49 p.m. EDT BOTTOM LINE: In an NCAA Tournament that had the first No. 16 seed win over a No. 1, and an unprecedented 9-vs-11...

 

No. 2 Oklahoma stakes playoff spot, 41-17 over No. 10 TCU

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Baker Mayfield and No. 2 Oklahoma never fretted the potential consequences of having to play in the revived Big 12 championship game. The Sooners just went out and proved how deserving they are of that playoff berth coming...

 

Lot of Big 12 bowls, Oklahoma title game opponent still TBD

The Big 12 already has a higher percentage of bowl-eligible teams than any other conference. Now the Big 12 gets one more weekend to find out if the league can add to that and make it eight out of 10 teams in bowl games. Plus, No. 3 Oklahoma needs an...

 

Big 12 Spotlight: Title matchup maybe easy, or all tied up

The most straightforward championship game scenario for the Big 12 would be No. 3 Oklahoma and No. 11 TCU both winning their last two games and meeting again Dec. 2. Then again, nothing ever seems to come that easy for the Big 12. Remember, the Big...

 

Bedlam prevails throughout Big 12 and co-leaders play next

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Bedlam indeed in the Big 12 Conference, and not just in Oklahoma. Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield had a possible Heisman Trophy moment in arguably the wildest game in the rivalry actually known as Bedlam. TCU stayed...

 

BIG 12 SPOTLIGHT: Tight race behind undefeated No. 4 TCU

TCU coach Gary Patterson was a month into the season before he really thought about the fact that at least one team in the Big 12 Conference championship game in December will have a loss. A mulligan per se, though the fourth-ranked Horned Frogs...

 

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