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10:58 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Judge Rules Disputed Oklahoma High School Football Game Won't Be Replayed

A screen capture from the Nov. 28 Douglass-Locust Grove high school football playoff game that ended in controversy.
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Oklahoma County District Judge Bernard Jones has denied a request by Douglass High School in Oklahoma City to replay a disputed playoff game against Locust Grove.

In his ruling Thursday morning, Jones said even though Douglass’s request was rooted in equity, it’s impossible to make sure that replaying any part of the Nov. 28 game would be fair to all involved.

There is simply no way to fully and completely replicate the events and conditions of the disputed quarterfinal in such a way that would alleviate any and all anxiety or question of fairness.

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Sports
3:55 am
Thu December 11, 2014

NFL Owners OK Stiffer Penalties For Domestic Violence, Other Crimes

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 7:13 am

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The Two-Way
8:26 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

A Toilet No More: NBA Team Changes Arena Plan After Jokes Swirl In

A rendering of the planned Golden State Warriors arena drew ridicule from people who said it resembled a toilet.
Golden State Warriors

The Golden State Warriors have revised their new arena's design, after critics said that from overhead, at least, the building looked just like a toilet with the seat and lid down.

In the latest change in a high-profile move from Oakland to a spot near the Golden Gate Bridge, the Warriors released images of a new design today.

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Sports
4:44 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Judge Delays Ruling On Controversial Game Call

Judge Bernard Jones
Credit Oklahoma County Judges

An Oklahoma County judge has delayed ruling on a request by an Oklahoma City school to have part or all of a high school football playoff game replayed.

Judge Bernard Jones said Wednesday he will hand down a ruling Thursday morning.

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The Two-Way
1:40 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

The NFL's Owners Approve New Off-Field Conduct Policy

The new NFL conduct policy includes a "baseline" suspension of six games without pay for a first violation of domestic abuse and sexual assault cases.
Rick Osentoski AP

Originally published on Wed December 10, 2014 5:10 pm

As it nears the end of a season marred by allegations of domestic abuse by players, the NFL's owners voted to strengthen the league's personal conduct policy Wednesday. The changes include a "baseline" suspension of six games without pay for a first violation in domestic abuse and sexual assault cases.

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The Two-Way
10:36 am
Wed December 10, 2014

S. African Prosecutors To Seek Murder Conviction Against Pistorius

Oscar Pistorius is escorted by police officers as he leaves the high court in Pretoria, South Africa, on Oct. 17. A South African judge ruled today that prosecutors can appeal the culpable homicide verdict handed to the athlete for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
Themba Hadebe AP

Originally published on Wed December 10, 2014 1:21 pm

Oscar Pistorius will see another day in court. A South African judge ruled today that prosecutors can appeal the culpable homicide verdict handed to the athlete earlier this year for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. He will now face murder charges.

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Europe
4:21 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Lebron Somehow Forgets British Royals' Well-Known 'No Touching' Rule

Originally published on Wed December 10, 2014 5:23 am

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Sweetness And Light
3:54 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Deford: What's Wrong With Pro Athletes Taking A Stand?

Members of the St. Louis Rams raise their arms to protest the grand jury decision in Ferguson, Mo., before a game last month. The players faced a backlash from St. Louis police and have been asked to apologize.
L.G. Patterson AP

Originally published on Wed December 10, 2014 5:23 am

A common complaint I've long heard was that current athletes were selfish and not politically involved like their passionate forebears –– players like Jim Brown, Billie Jean King, Bill Russell and Arthur Ashe.

My response was, "Well, how many of the modern athletes' peers are especially engaged in social controversy?" It wasn't fair to compare the sensibility of the athletes of, say, 1995 or 2005 to those of 1965; the apt comparison is with other members of their own cohort.

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Sports
3:45 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

More Professional Athletes Starting To Find Their Political Voices

Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 5:47 pm

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The Two-Way
1:01 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

NFL Quarterback Cam Newton Injures Back In Car Crash

A truck driven by Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton sits near Bank of America Stadium after the quarterback was involved in an accident Tuesday.
Skip Foreman AP

Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 3:39 pm

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton suffered two fractured in his back Tuesday but escaped without other injury, after a vehicle he was driving crashed around 12:30 p.m. ET. The truck reportedly flipped several times on a bridge in central Charlotte, where Church Street passes over Interstate 277.

"The severity of Newton's injuries was not immediately available but witnesses told Channel 9 that Newton's truck flipped four times," WSOC Channel 9 TV reports.

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