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test(Articles from opponents' press and national sources along with a few other odds and ends)

(by Dean Blevins) SYRACUSE, New York - You could sense it. See it in their eyes. The body language and spoken words made it clear: The Sooners realize they are about to play the biggest games to date of their young lives. And they're confident as they arrived here in Syracuse...Read more w/video
(by John Wawrow/AP) SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Michigan State coach Tom Izzo isn't sure where his career would have led had he accepted the Atlanta Hawks' offer some 15 years ago. "I'd have probably been fired a week later," Izzo said with a self-deprecating smile on Thursday. And Oklahoma coach...Read more
(by Andrew Beaton) Lon Kruger is college basketball’s master builder. The Oklahoma Sooners, who play Michigan State in the NCAA tournament on Friday (TBS, 10:07 p.m. ET), are the fourth different program Kruger has taken to the Sweet 16. In a sense, the Oklahoma coach is the Bill Parcells...Read more
(by Mike Griffith) SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- For all the talk about Oklahoma's uptempo offense, the Sooners will tell you the reason they're still in the NCAA basketball tournament is defense. No. 3 seed Oklahoma (24-10) plays No. 7 seed Michigan State (25-11) at approximately 10:07 p.m...Read more
(by Cliff Brunt/AP) NORMAN, Okla. -- Buddy Hield's game-changing play against Dayton offered a snapshot of what he has become in clutch situations. With Oklahoma up by four points and just over a minute remaining against the Flyers in the round of 32, Hield missed a handoff from point...Read more
(by Tim Marcin) After two early NCAA tournament exits in 2013 and 2014, No. 3-seeded Oklahoma (24-10; 12-6) has surged this year into the Sweet 16 to face perennial contenders and No.7-seeded Michigan State (25-11; 12-6) on Friday in Syracuse. The Sooners will hope to push through...Read more
(by Phil Sheridan) PHOENIX -- Five years ago, the Philadelphia Eagles had Sam Bradford graded as the best NFL quarterback prospect in a decade. That was long before Chip Kelly was head coach of the Eagles, as Andy Reid was in charge of the team’s draft. “When he was scouted...Read more
(by Omari Sankofa II) On Sunday against Virginia, head coach Tom Izzo had to plan for Virginia’s slow, methodical offense that eats up much of the shot clock. On Friday against Oklahoma, Izzo expects the exact opposite. “Run, run, run, run, run, man,” Izzo said during his weekly press conference...Read more
(by Tim Griffin) Oklahoma has a hole at tight end, where expected producer Taylor McNamara announced last night he will transfer for USC this fall. The fourth-year senior will use the graduate transfer exemption to immediately join the Trojans' roster. It will open up playing time at the position...Read more
(by Paul Dehner, Jr.) The first wave of free agency came and went with former Bengals tight end Jermaine Gresham still on the market. The Bengals didn't make a significant run at their former first-round draft pick and current unrestricted free agent, but as the team enters preparation...Read more
(by Gary Klein) USC, desperately thin at tight end, will add some depth before next season. Taylor McNamara, who played at Oklahoma the last three seasons, announced Monday on Twitter he would join the Trojans this summer. McNamara would be eligible immediately under the...Read more
(by Kyle Austin) The Sweet 16 is a fitting place for Tom Izzo and Lon Kruger to reunite. Both have shown impressive consistency in getting to the second weekend of the NCAA basketball tournament, but in different ways. Izzo's Michigan State Spartans and Kruger's Oklahoma...Read more
(by Andrew Holleran) Joe Mixon, a former five-star running back who was suspended for the entire 2014 season due to an alleged assault, has rejoined the Oklahoma football program. The 6-foot-2, 211-pound running back officially got back onto the Sooners’ squad in February...Read more w/video
(by Joe Rexrode) Someone with the technology and the interest could put a 1998 Michigan State-Illinois game on next to Friday's Sweet 16 game between MSU and Oklahoma and detect some prevailing basketball patterns. "It'd probably look pretty similar," said Oklahoma coach...Read more
(by Matt Charboneau) As the NCAA Tournament puts the opening weekend in the rear-view mirror and looks toward the Sweet 16, Michigan State coach Tom Izzo is getting plenty of love. It's well-deserved considering he just led the Spartans to their seventh Sweet 16 in eight years and 13th...Read more
(by Richie Whitt) If the Cowboys are being financially responsible as their free-agent dealings with DeMarco Murray and Greg Hardy suggest, then they shouldn’t - and won’t - go after running back Adrian Peterson. I’m not saying Darren McFadden is a one-man solution. I’m merely...Read more
(by Gary Cobb) Just prior to the 2013 NFL season, Nic Wagoner of ESPN wrote an article about Sam Bradford. In the article he talked about an interview he did with Kevin Wilson, former Oklahoma offensive coordinator and current Indiana University head coach. Wilson compared Bradford's...Read more
(by Doug Williams) For much of his football life, new Raiders middle linebacker Curtis Lofton often has overperformed while being underappreciated. At the University of Oklahoma, Lofton was a prolific tackler. As a junior in the 2007 season, he had 157 tackles, which ranked third in the nation...Read more
(by AP) STANFORD, Calif. -- Amber Orrange scored 24 points and Lili Thompson added 19 as Stanford's backcourt mates took the game over in the second half Monday to lead the fourth-seeded Cardinal to an 86-76 victory over fifth-seeded Oklahoma in the second round...Read more w/stats
(by AP) STANFORD, Calif. -- Taylor Greenfield spent most of her senior season at Stanford as a little-used reserve who rarely made an impact on games. That has all changed come tournament time. After powering the Cardinal to the Pac-12 title, Greenfield is a big reason why...Read more
(by Dan Lyons) Oklahoma's Buddy Hield is this year’s Big 12 Player of the Year, and for good reason. The junior shooting guard does everything for the Sooners, and in tonight’s Round of 32 game against Dayton, that includes making a crucial block on a fast break lay-up attempt that...Read more w/video
(by Braden Gall) The Sooners entered last season with loads of hype following a devastatingly impressive performance over Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. Many had Oklahoma winning the Big 12 title and participating in the College Football Playoff. Neither of these will be a concern for Bob...Read more
(by Ben Goessling) MINNEAPOLIS -- Whenever he returns to the NFL, Adrian Peterson will come back on the heels of an offseason that seemed to affirm running backs can still be paid like headline players. The Buffalo Bills gave LeSean McCoy $26.5 million guaranteed this winter...Read more
(by Mike Griffith) Oklahoma knocked off Cinderella No. 11-seed Dayton on Sunday night, 72-66, and the Sooners are headed back to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2009. Oklahoma (24-10), the No. 3 seed in the East Regional, will face No. 7 seed Michigan State (25-11) on Friday...Read more
(by Luke McConnell) COLUMBUS, Ohio - Before the season began, Oklahoma knew it needed to be better on defense. They talked about it and they worked on it. And worked on it. And worked on it some more. They worked so hard on the defensive end of the court in the preseason that when...Read more

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