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January 2, 1986 | By DICK WEISS, Daily News Sports Writer
It didn't take long for Barry Switzer to start celebrating last night after Oklahoma put away Penn State, 25-10, in the Orange Bowl. By the time the Sooners' coach reached the podium outside his locker room, he already was wearing a national championship cap. This time last year, Switzer was wearing egg on his face. Switzer openly politicked for Oklahoma as the No. 1 team in the country throughout preparations for last year's Orange Bowl. But when it came time to put up or shut up, Washington defeated the Sooners, 28-17, dashing any hopes Oklahoma had of upstaging undefeated Brigham Young in the wire service polls.
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January 25, 2012 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
PERRY JONES III had 21 points and 12 rebounds, Pierre Jackson added 16 points and No. 6 Baylor bounced back after its first two losses of the season to beat host Oklahoma, 77-65, last night. The Bears (18-2, 5-2 Big 12) led throughout but needed a strong finish to put away the Sooners, who were within 62-60 in the final 5 minutes. Quincy Acy contributed 13 points and three blocks for Baylor, which shot 54 percent to get back on the winning track after losses to Kansas and Missouri, both Top 10 teams.
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August 27, 2002 | Daily News Wire Services
Miami and Oklahoma, the last two national champions, hope to wind up playing in the Fiesta Bowl in January for another title. For now, they'll share in a little history. Without playing a game, Oklahoma moved into a tie with the Hurricanes for No. 1 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll. It's just the fourth tie in the 66-year history of the poll. Oklahoma can thank Florida State, which began the season at No. 3 but fell to fifth this week after having to hold on for a 38-31 victory over Iowa State on Saturday night.
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January 13, 1987 | Daily News Wire Services
There were discouraging words for Buddy Ryan coming out of the University of Oklahoma yesterday. Ryan last week said that he would attempt to trade up so that the Eagles would have an opportunity to draft All-America linebacker Brian Bosworth. But Bosworth said yesterday there's a good chance he will stay at Oklahoma next season rather than turn pro. "If I had to make a decision today, I'd stay in college," he said after an appearance on NBC's "Late Night With David Letterman.
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September 19, 2006 | Daily News Wire Services
The Pacific-10 Conference, finding merit in Oklahoma's complaints about the officiating in its loss to Oregon, issued a one-game suspension yesterday to the officiating crew and the instant-replay officials who worked the game and an apology to the Sooners. The Ducks won the game, 34-33, after scoring two touchdowns in the final 72 seconds. "Errors clearly were made and not corrected, and for that we apologize to the University of Oklahoma, coach Bob Stoops and his players," Pac-10 commissioner Tom Hansen said in a statement.
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March 28, 2015 | By Jesse Dougherty, For The Inquirer
When Dinjiyl Walker transferred to the Academy of the New Church in 2010, he fit in with the other Division I prospects who filled that team's roster. But his previous two years in his hometown of Vaughan, Ontario, had set him back academically, and as a result he watched his teammates and opponents take Division I opportunities he was seldom offered. "I had just a few schools that were interested and wanted me, but they didn't know if I was going to be eligible," said Walker, a reserve for Oklahoma as the Sooners prepared to face Michigan State on Friday night in the NCAA tournament's Sweet 16. "They were scared to with my grades.
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October 1, 2009 | Daily News Wire Services
Sam Bradford's status for Oklahoma's game against Miami is still a mystery. Sooners coach Bob Stoops skipped his usual postpractice interview session yesterday, instead sending team spokesman Kenny Mossman to tell reporters there was no update on the quarterback's status. The Heisman Trophy winner has missed No. 8 Oklahoma's last two games after spraining an AC joint in his right shoulder in the season-opening loss to BYU. Stoops has said Oklahoma would spend the week watching Bradford's recovery and determine whether he can play Saturday against the 17th-ranked Hurricanes, perhaps as late as game day. He has said Bradford has not had any setbacks in his recovery, but refused to give any details on what he has been able to do in practice.
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December 25, 1987 | From Inquirer Wire Services
Stacey King scored 31 points, pulled down 10 rebounds and blocked 6 shots last night in Honolulu to lead Oklahoma (No. 12 AP, No. 13 UPI) to a 151-99 thrashing of Dayton in the Chaminade Christmas Classic. In another game, Virginia downed Georgia, 87-54. Mel Kennedy scored 20 points for Virginia (5-5). Willie Anderson had 18 for Georgia (7-3). La Salle was to play Chaminade later last night. The Sooners (9-0) broke 100 points for the seventh time this season. They had halves of 72 and 79 points, converting 60 of 102 shots, including 11 of 25 three-pointers.
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March 30, 1990 | By Jack Lloyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Everyone knows the song "Oklahoma. " Well, they know how it begins: "Ohhhhk-la-homa . . . " From there on, the way most people sing it, the song goes something like la-de-la la-la-la-la-de- de. But that first word is a killer - among the most rousing pieces of lyric in the history of musical theater. It was written in 1943, but just about everyone can still belt out that opening. Or at least hum it. And the show from which it came, Oklahoma!, remains a staple of dinner theater and other theatrical venues.
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September 8, 1997 | Daily News Wire Services
A triumphant day for Oklahoma athletic director Steve Owens turned tragic when his wife found their son dead of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound. Police discovered the body of Steven Blake Owens, 25, after responding to a call about 7:55 p.m. Saturday of a gunshot victim in northwest Norman, Okla. Preliminary indications revealed no sign of foul play, and police said the gunshot wound appeared to be self-inflicted. The case still was under investigation. Owens, the 1969 Hesiman Trophy winner while at Oklahoma, released a statement yesterday, saying he and his wife Barbara were "deeply saddened by this tragic loss of our son, Blake.
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September 2, 2016 | By Mike Kern, STAFF WRITER
MIKE KERN'S TOP 10 1. Alabama: So you were expecting maybe Bowling Green? It's never easy being preseason favorite. And Tide have to go to Mississippi - which has beaten them the last two years - in September, to Tennessee - which they've beaten nine straight times - in October and to LSU - which they've beaten five in a row - in early November. But they are going for fifth ring in nine years. 2. Clemson: Has to go to Florida State, where it hasn't won in a decade, in late October.
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April 4, 2016 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
HOUSTON - For 31 years and a day, the game has lived in Villanova lore and NCAA record books as perhaps the most perfect game of basketball ever played by a college team at a major moment. Maybe Villanova's performance in the 1985 national championship is still that game. It certainly wasn't bad, even if near-perfection was only good enough to secure a two-point win over the goliath Georgetown. But now another game has joined the conversation. Oh, my. Villanova dismantled a very good Oklahoma team, 95-51, in the national semifinal game on Saturday night in NRG Stadium.
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April 3, 2016
HOUSTON - Lon Kruger is a fixer. He's the Winston Wolfe of college basketball. He's Michael Clayton without George Clooney's dreamy eyes. He's Larry Brown without the icky ethics, without the wreckage left in his wake. If he's 30 minutes away, he'll be there in 10, so athletic directors at the sport's traditional powerhouses keep his number handy. When they get in trouble, when their programs end up on probation, they know who to call. Oklahoma was on probation when the university hired Kruger in 2011.
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April 3, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, STAFF WRITER
HOUSTON - You may have heard of Oklahoma all-American Buddy Hield, the nation's No. 2 scorer and arguably its best three-point shooter who won the Oscar Robertson Award on Friday as college basketball's player of the year. But the Sooners would not have gotten to the Final Four and Saturday's national semifinal against Villanova without four other players on the court at the same time as Hield. Those are the guys who Wildcats coach Jay Wright is particularly concerned about because of how they played in an earlier meeting when Oklahoma crushed his team, 78-55, on Dec. 7 in Hawaii.
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April 3, 2016
Villanova Roster    Player   Pos   Yr   Ht      0   Henry Lowe   G   Sr.   5-11    1   Jalen Brunson   G   Fr.   6-2    2   Kris Jenkins   F   Jr.   6-6    3   Josh Hart   G   Jr.   6-5    4   Eric Paschall   F   Fr.   6-7    5   Phil Booth   G   So.   6-3    10   D.DiVincenzo   G   Fr.   6-5    ...
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April 2, 2016 | By Mike Sielski, SPORTS COLUMNIST
HOUSTON - During one summer when he was still a college basketball player, Jay Philippe returned home to the Bahamas and signed up for a men's league to keep himself sharp, only to make an odd discovery: The league's best player was not a man, not yet. Philippe was a 5-foot-10 point guard then, in the midst of a career that saw him play for two NAIA schools in the United States, but Buddy Hield was merely a middle-schooler, six years younger than...
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April 1, 2016 | By Ryan Aber, THE OKLAHOMAN
HOUSTON - Thursday morning if all goes as planned, Larry and LeAnn Spangler will load up their Chevy Tahoe and hit the road for the final time. It will be the final time watching their son, Ryan Spangler, play in college for his home-state school, the final road trip - they hope - for the car that has taken them from Ames, Iowa, to Lubbock, Texas; to Baton Rouge, La.; and Columbus, Ohio, and all kinds of places in between. This time, though, the Spanglers will do so with financial assistance from the NCAA.
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April 1, 2016 | By Ed Barkowitz, STAFF WRITER
THERE WAS a good chance that Buddy Hield was going to be drafted in the first round last year, but he decided to return to Oklahoma. "My main goal is to go to the Final Four," he said last April. "Why not (try to) go there? It's my last year. Be the best player I can be and help this program go forward. " Mission accomplished. Hield has been the best player in the tournament and the Sooners are in the Final Four for the first time since 2002. Road to the Final Four Oklahoma's toughest test was in the second round when VCU hung around until the Sooners won by four.
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April 1, 2016 | By Mike Kern, STAFF WRITER
HOUSTON - Every kid who ever makes it to a Final Four is living his dream. Buddy Hield's is just a little different. Or even a lot. He watched the Final Four growing up in the Bahamas, where he told his mom at a young age that he was going to be a pro. So naturally, that's how she started to introduce him, as a future NBA player. "I gave her the faith," he said. "She went with it, because she believed me. " It didn't matter that he was playing on outdoor courts in Freeport that was surrounded by palm trees and had crates for baskets.
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April 1, 2016 | By Vegas Vic, Ed Barkowitz @ Bob Vetrone Jr
VEGAS VIC It's still a day away, but my keyboard is tingling, so we're gonna jump right into the Final Four. Start with the late game and grab Syracuse plus 9.5 points over North Carolina. Of course, we would suggest that you buy the hook, and push this line up to plus-10 if you have that option with your guy. We do, and we will. Jim Boeheim's nine-game suspension for impermissible benefits, academic misconduct, drug-policy missteps and a failure by the school to control its athletics department seems to have lit a fire under the Orange.
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