Friday, December 15, 2017
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SOONERS WIN OPENER OF SOFTBALL WORLD SERIES

OKLAHOMA CITY — Sydney Romero's three-run homer gave Oklahoma a 3-2 victory over Auburn and put the Sooners a win away from their third national championship in softball Monday. Romero, a freshman, sent a pitch from Auburn's Lexi Davis into the seats just left of centerfield with two outs in the third inning. Auburn's Jade Rhodes homered in the top of the seventh to cut Oklahoma's lead to 3-2. With one out and runners on second and third, Auburn's Courtney Shea sent a hard shot down the first-base line, but Oklahoma 1B Shay Knighten threw out pinch-runner Casey McCrackin at home. Tiffany Howard then popped out to end the game. Game 2 of the best-of-three series is tonight.

BASEBALL: Stanford baseball coach Mark Marquess is retiring after the 2017 season, which will be his 41st year leading the program. … Texas Tech and UC Santa Barbara advanced to the NCAA tournament super region.

NFL

Ex-Buc Talib out of hospital

Broncs CB Aqib Talib was released from a Dallas hospital amid reports suggesting he may have accidentally shot himself. The former Buc was discharged from Medical City Hospital after being treated for a gunshot wound to his right leg. It's unlikely he will practice again until training camp.

BEARS: Former Florida DE Jonathan Bullard, the team's third-round draft pick, agreed to a four-year contract.

BILLS: Former Clemson DE Shaq Lawson, the team's first-round pick, signed a four-year deal worth $10.3 million, the Associated Press reported.

PANTHERS: C Ryan Kalil signed a two-year extension, keeping the three-time All-Pro under contract through the 2018 season.

VIKINGS: All-Pro S Harrison Smith signed a contract extension. Terms were not disclosed.

ET CETERA

DOPING: Six Russian weightlifters, including 2014 world junior champion Larisa Kobeleva and European junior champion Nadezhda Ovchinnikova, have been banned for violations, the country's national anti-doping agency said. Also, the International Weightlifting Federation said it has been notified of 20 positive tests, including medal winners, among the retested samples from the 2008 and 2012 Olympics.

GOLF: Ian Poulter will serve as a vice captain of Europe's Ryder Cup team after a foot injury ended his chances of playing.

MMA: Brock Lesnar's opponent for his comeback fight at UFC 200 will be veteran heavyweight Mark Hunt.

OLYMPICS: Spain's Olympic Committee said 3,000 bottles of insect repellent will be available to its athletes to help them avoid the Zika virus during the Rio de Janeiro Games.

SOCCER: Ukraine's intelligence agency thwarted a plot to attack the European Championship tournament in France by arresting a heavily armed Frenchman who wanted to cross into the European Union, officials said. The Ukrainian Security Service didn't identify the man.

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Tampa Bay Times’ all-Tampa Bay girls swim teams

Tampa Bay Times’ all-Tampa Bay girls swim teams

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Why the Bucs need a Dungy more than a Gruden

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TAMPA — The worst week of Dirk Koetter’s life rolls on.It’s Gruden Week, just like Shark Week, only with smaller teeth and a bigger playbook. It’s the big build-up to Gruden’s induction into the Buc Ring of Honor this Monday night, with the accompany...
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Rick and Tom podcast: Is Dirk Koetter fighting for his job?

Rick and Tom podcast: Is Dirk Koetter fighting for his job?

In their latest podcast, Rick Stroud and Tom Jones discuss whether Dirk Koetter is fighting for his job the final three weeks of season. Is there a rift between him and Jameis Winston? Has Winston shown enough progress this year? And who are the Glaz...
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Ryan Callahan injury makes Lightning win ‘bittersweet’

Ryan Callahan injury makes Lightning win ‘bittersweet’

The Lightning's 4-1 victory over the Coyotes Thursday night still featured the usual post-game music in the dressing room.But there was more of a somber tone with veteran right wing Ryan Callahan's right arm in a sling. Callahan, who got hurt on a na...
Updated: 5 hours ago
USF football journal: Add an audible to the Quinton Flowers legend

USF football journal: Add an audible to the Quinton Flowers legend

Bulls fans who believe QB Quinton Flowers wasn't afforded enough latitude in the 2017 offense got some figurative fuel for their argument Thursday.Or more specifically, kerosene in the form of a conversion. That game-tying two-point play in the wanin...
Updated: 7 hours ago
USF football journal: Add an audible to the Quinton Flowers legend

USF football journal: Add an audible to the Quinton Flowers legend

Bulls fans who believe QB Quinton Flowers wasn't afforded enough latitude in the 2017 offense got some figurative fuel for their argument Thursday.Or more specifically, kerosene in the form of a conversion. That game-tying two-point play in the wanin...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Lightning routs Coyotes for sixth straight win

Lightning routs Coyotes for sixth straight win

GLENDALE, Ariz. — As much as the Lightning has been rolling, it remembered how it lost twice last season to the Coyotes.That included blowing a one-goal third-period lead at home down the stretch, with Tampa Bay missing the playoffs by a point."You l...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Lightning’s Mikhail Sergachev earns more minutes, praise

Lightning’s Mikhail Sergachev earns more minutes, praise

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Coyotes center Clayton Keller is very familiar with fellow rookie Mikhail Sergachev, the dynamic Lightning defenseman. They both were top 10 picks in 2016, Keller at No. 7 and Sergachev No. 9 to Montreal. They faced each other in th...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Cavs ride LeBron’s triple double vs. Lakers

Cavs ride LeBron’s triple double vs. Lakers

CLEVELAND — LeBron James recorded his 59th career triple double in front of Lonzo Ball and his brothers, Kevin Love scored 28 and the Cavaliers won for the 16th time in 17 games, 121-112 over the Lakers on Thursday. James finished with 25 points, 12 ...
Published: 12/14/17

Friday’s sports on TV/radio

TODAYBoxingSuper lightweights: Vargas vs. Herrera10 p.m.FS1College basketballWomen: Southern at USF7 p.m.1040-AMMaryland-Eastern Shore at Creighton8 p.m.FS1College footballDivision III, final: Mount Union (Ohio) vs. Mary Hardin-Baylor (Texas)7 p.m.ES...
Published: 12/14/17