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Oklahoma Sooners defense in midseason form

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, September 1, 2014 - 05:31 PM

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma said all summer it expected to field a better defense than the unit that led the Big 12 in total defense last year.

The Sooners are off to a good start. They shut down Louisiana Tech for much of a 48-16 win Saturday night. Oklahoma held the Bulldogs to just 245 yards, including 54 yards rushing on 29 attempts.

Oklahoma's starters were especially dominant. The Sooners led 31-0 before the Bulldogs scored their first points on a field goal with only seconds remaining in the first half.

Louisiana following judge's order on abortion law

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, September 1, 2014 - 05:24 PM

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana health department will follow a federal judge's order and refrain from immediately penalizing doctors who are trying to comply with a new abortion law that requires them to obtain admitting privileges at a local hospital, a spokeswoman said Monday.

NYC police boss defends response in custody death

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, September 1, 2014 - 05:13 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — It appears police officers behaved appropriately when they put a protective body wrap on a drug user who later died in custody, New York City's police commissioner said Monday.

Ronald Singleton's death was ruled a homicide on Friday by the city medical examiner's office, which cited physical restraint by police as a factor, along with severe intoxication from the hallucinogenic drug PCP, heart disease and obesity.

Big 12 teams play top foes unexpectedly close

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, September 1, 2014 - 05:11 PM

There were the expected season-opening blowout victories for Big 12 teams.

Then there were those games against the nation's top two teams — and most recent national champions — that weren't as lopsided as predicted.

"I don't think anyone really that's involved in the Big 12 finds that as a big surprise," said Kansas coach Charlie Weis, who got to watch a lot of games since his was the only Big 12 team that didn't play. "Maybe people in others parts of the country think it's a big surprise, but we all know that this is a loaded league."

Buckeyes make mistakes but say they'll get better

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, September 1, 2014 - 04:57 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Urban Meyer has heard others say his team is too young, or that it was crippled by the loss of two-time Big Ten player of the year Braxton Miller.

He doesn't buy it.

After the fifth-ranked Buckeyes came back from a slow start to beat Navy 34-17 on Saturday, Meyer said he doesn't want to hear anything more about inexperience or adversity.

"They're veteran players now," he said Monday of those who saw their first college action in the opener. "Enough with the excuses and get going."

Michigan power running game looks like glory days

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, September 1, 2014 - 04:55 PM

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan might have a running attack again.

One game isn't enough to make anything official, especially against an Appalachian State team that is a shadow of the 2007 Mountaineers who stunned the Wolverines at the Big House.

Still, there are promising signs that coach Brady Hoke might have found a tailback combination that is going to give Michigan the sort of power rushing game that was a staple under Bo Schembechler and Lloyd Carr.

Tropical depression forms off Gulf coast of Mexico

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, September 1, 2014 - 04:50 PM

MIAMI (AP) — Forecasters say a tropical depression has formed off the Gulf coast of Mexico with tropical storm warnings issued from Tuxpan in the state of Veracruz north to La Pesca.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami says maximum sustained winds are at 30 mph (45 kph) Monday night. The storm is about 225 miles (365 kilometers) east of Tuxpan. It is moving northwest at 10 mph (17 kph).

The center of the storm is expected to approach the coast by Tuesday night with some strengthening forecast.

US helicopter crashes in Gulf of Aden; all rescued

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, September 1, 2014 - 04:18 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Marine Corps helicopter with 25 aboard crashed Monday in the Gulf of Aden, and all aboard were rescued, the Navy said.

The 17 Marines and eight Navy sailors were recovered and were on board the USS Mesa Verde, and some who sustained minor injuries were treated on the ship.

Action-packed TV might make you snack more: Study

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, September 1, 2014 - 04:08 PM

CHICAGO (AP) — Could action-packed TV fare make you fat? That's the implication of a new study that found people snacked more watching fast-paced television than viewing a more leisurely-paced talk show.

Portland police shoot suspected carjacker by I-84

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, September 1, 2014 - 04:03 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A police officer shot a man who was pointing a gun at passing cars on an Interstate 84 off-ramp, and the ensuing standoff with the wounded suspect led to a long Labor Day closure of the freeway.

Sgt. Pete Simpson, spokesman for the Portland Police Bureau, said the man ran from the freeway after he was struck by a bullet, and he collapsed on a nearby street.

"Officers began talking with the man, who refused to comply with commands and indicated he wanted officers to shoot him," Simpson said.

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