Lebedev, Nott knocked out of Tulsa tournament
TULSA, Okla. (AP) - The Arkansas tennis doubles team of Dmitry Lebedev and Chris Nott has concluded its play in a tournament at Tulsa, Okla., with a loss to a duo from Texas.
Lebedev and Nott fell 8-4 Friday to the Longhorns' Dimitar Kutrovsky and Josh Zavala in the round of 16 at the D'Novo-ITA Men's All-American Championship.
The Razorbacks are scheduled to host the Razorback Invitational beginning next Friday at Fayetteville.
Cowboys open Big 12 play without Bryant
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) - Texas A&M can check off one major concern heading into the Big 12 opener against No. 15 Oklahoma State.
The Cowboys' All-America wide receiver Dez Bryant was ruled ineligible this week amid allegations he lied to the NCAA about interacting with NFL players.
The 6-foot-2, 220-pound junior had 17 catches for 323 yards and four touchdowns in Oklahoma State's first three games before sitting out their last game with a hamstring injury.
The 3-1 Cowboys hope to get running back Kendall Hunter and cornerback/kick returner Perrish Cox back from injuries, although coach Mike Gundy would only say this week that each injured player was "day to day." Hunter is returning from an ankle injury, while Cox had a hurt shoulder.
Regardless, the 3-1 Aggies will have to contend with quarterback Zac Robinson.
Robinson threw three touchdown passes and ran for two more scores in the Cowboys' 56-28 rout of A&M in Stillwater last year. He's second in the league in pass efficiency (155.3) and leads the league in yards per completion (14.1).
No. 19 Sooners getting squeezed in tight games
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - Oklahoma left tackle Trent Williams' mind was racing out of control. His mighty Sooners were losing again, down by 11 in the second half at Miami.
The NFL prospect, who made his 30th college start last weekend, says he's "not used to playing from behind."
Without 3 of their top offensive playmakers, including Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford, the No. 19 Sooners (2-2) have become all too accustomed this season to the pitfalls of close games. A pair of 1-point losses to BYU and Miami have wiped away all the good from blowout wins against Idaho State and Tulsa in a season of extremes for Oklahoma.
The Sooners have handled prosperity with ease, outscoring opponents 109-0 in their two wins. But they haven't been able to respond to adversity.
Coach Bob Stoops refuses to chalk up the early season defeats to the loss of Bradford to a shoulder injury and his top two pass-catchers, tight end Jermaine Gresham and Ryan Broyles, to injuries. Instead, he's calling on his players to eliminate the bad habits they were able to get away with when the offense was scoring an NCAA record for points last season.
4 players fined for QB hits
NEW YORK (AP) - Six defensive players have been fined by the NFL, including four for hits on quarterbacks.
Tennessee defensive lineman Tony Brown drew the biggest fine Friday, $10,000 for roughing the passer. He made helmet-to-helmet contact with Jaguars quarterback David Garrard.
Fined $7,500 for the same offense was Dallas defensive tackle Jay Ratliff for hitting Denver's Kyle Orton.
The Patriots' Mike Wright was fined $5,000 for hitting Ravens QB Joe Flacco in the head. In the same game, Baltimore DT Haloti Ngata was fined $5,000 for the same offense on Tom Brady.
Also fined $7,500 were Bears DE Adewale Ogunleye, $7,500 for a horse-collar tackle against Detroit, and Lions cornerback Anthony Henry for the same violation in that game.
Mavericks not sure when Josh Howard will play
WASHINGTON (AP) - Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle isn't sure when swingman Josh Howard will be able to play after offseason surgery on his left ankle.
Asked Friday whether Howard could miss the start of the regular season, Carlisle replied: "Stay tuned."
Carlisle says he'll "probably announce it the day he is going to play, whether that is in two weeks or a month or a month and a half."
Dallas opens the regular season Oct. 27.
Howard averaged 18 points and 5.1 rebounds last season, missing 30 games.