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Monday
Oct312011

Bob Barry Sr., 'Voice Of the Sooners,' Dies at 80

Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Oklahoma Sooners have lost one of the greatest voices in the history of their program. Longtime announcer Bob Barry Sr. passed away on Sunday. He was 80 years old.

Barry served as the play-by-play announcer for Oklahoma from 1961-1972, and then from 1991-2010 before retiring as Oklahoma's football and basketball play-by-play man in the spring. According to Barry at the time, he retired for apparent health reasons, feeling he  couldn't perform in the way countless fans had come to expect. Barry spent 50 years as a broadcaster; he called games for Oklahoma State as well as Tulsa in between his stints at Oklahoma.

Oklahoma Head Football Coach Bob Stoops knows that Barry's family, as well as the entire state of Oklahoma, lost a great man. "I know this is a difficult time for them, but hope they can find comfort in a life well-lived and the love of countless fans all over the country," Stoops said.

Berry's first broadcasting job came in 1956 as a disk jockey, sportscaster, and salesman at a radio station at Norman High School in Oklahoma. Then Oklahoma Head Coach Bud Wilkinson's son played at Norman High, Barry was asked to try out for the Oklahoma play-by-play job by Wilkinson. The rest, as they say, was history.

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Monday
Oct312011

Message Is Clear: Cardinals Fans Want Pujols Back

(ST. LOUIS) -- Hundreds of thousands of fans jammed downtown St. Louis Sunday to honor the World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday.

Sunday also officially marked the fact that Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols is now a free agent.  But the message was clear from fans: they'd like him to stay.  Along the streets Pujols drew loud cheers and had a long standing ovation at Busch Stadium. 

When asked on the podium if he'd like to be back for another celebration next season, he smiled and said, "Hey, why not?" 

Pujols spent 11 seasons with St. Louis and isn't sure if the Cardinals, a mid-market franchise, will be able to -- or will be willing to -- give him a long-term, lucrative contract.  He hit 455 homers and was part of two World Series teams during the first 11 seasons of his career.

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Sunday
Oct302011

ABC's Scoreboard

ABC Sports Radio(NEW YORK) -- It was a historic comeback for the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.  They came back from 21 points down to beat the Arizona Cardinals, 30-27.  This marked the biggest comeback victory in the team's franchise history.

Also around the NFL. 

The Pittsburgh Steelers popped Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, 25-17.  The Buffalo Bills shut out the Washington Redskins in Toronto, 23-0.  The Cincinnati Bengals pounded the Seattle Seahawks, 34-12.  The Detroit Lions crushed the Denver Broncos, 45-10.  So much for quarterback Tim Tebow, huh?  The San Francisco 49ers doubled up the Cleveland Browns, 20-10.  The Minnesota Vikings slipped by the Carolina Panthers, 24-21.  The New York Giants came back on the Miami Dolphins, 20-17.  Miami now sits at (0-7).  The Tennessee Titans pounded the Indianapolis Colts, 27-10.  Indianapolis is now (0-8).  The Houston Texans dodged the Jacksonville Jaguars, 24-14.  The St. Louis Rams shocked the New Orleans Saints, 31-21.  And the Philadelphia Eagles dunked the Dallas Cowboys, 34-7.

Over on the NHL side of the scoreboard.

The Columbus Blue Jackets topped the Anaheim Ducks, 3-1.  The Ottawa Senators edged the Toronto Maple Leafs, 3-2.  The Colorado Avalanche downed the Los Angeles Kings, 3-2.  And the Edmonton Oilers doubled up the St. Louis Blues, 4-2.

At Martinsville Speedway on Sunday.

Tony Stewart got by Jimmie Johnson on the last restart to claim the checkered flag with three races remaining in the chase for the Sprint Cup.

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Sunday
Oct302011

NFL Week 8 Preview: San Diego (4-2) @ Kansas City (3-3) 

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- The Kansas City Chiefs (3-3) play host to the San Diego Chargers (4-2) Monday night in week eight of NFL action.

The Chargers offense comes into the contest ranked eighth overall in the league, despite the subpar play of three-time Pro Bowl quarterback Philip Rivers.

"They do a very good job of running the football. I don't think that there is a big, big difference between the two teams," Chiefs head coach Todd Haley said. "What Philip does is he utilizes backs very well and the passing game which I think really essentially becomes another run play."

The last time these two AFC West division rivals met was back in Week 3, a 20-17 victory by San Diego.

"We got what they want. That's first place in the division, right now. So it's a great week to be a Charger," San Diego linebacker Takeo Spikes said.

The Chiefs are looking to win four straight games--a first since 2004.

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Sunday
Oct302011

McIlroy Wins The Shanghai Masters

BananaStock/Thinkstock(SHANGHAI) -- Defending U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy defeated Anthony Kim on Sunday in a playoff to win the Shanghai Masters.

McIlroy secured the win in sudden-death after Kim missed a three-foot putt.

For the victory, the 22-year-old McIlroy earned $2 million dollars, while Kim took home $750,000.

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Sunday
Oct302011

Hamlin Wins Truck Race At Martinsville

John Harrelson/Getty Images for NASCAR(MARTINSVILLE, Va.) -- NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Driver Denny Hamlin cruised to victory lane in Saturday's running of the Kroger 200 at the Martinsville Speedway in Virginia. Hamlin becomes just the 23rd driver in racing history to win a race in each of NASCAR's Top Three Series.

“To win and to win in the fashion we did win … considering where we were running then, wherever that was … it was a special win," Hamlin said.

Four-time Truck Series champion Ron Hornaday Jr. edged points leader Austin Dillion for second place.

"To make a charge comeback from where we were with new tires, I thought it was a pretty cool day. Austin raced me hard towards the end." Hornaday said.

Johnny Sauter and Joey Coulter rounded out the top five.

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Sunday
Oct302011

No. 4 Stanford Defeats No. 20 USC in Triple Overtime, 56-48

(iStockPhoto/ThinkstockLOS ANGELES) -- Stanford (4) defeated USC (20) in triple-overtime Saturday night, 56-48, to extend their winning streak to 16 games.

The Trojans had the lead with 38 seconds left in the fourth quarter but couldn't keep Cardinal running back Stepfan Taylor out of the end zone. In the third overtime, Taylor scored the go-ahead touchdown from five yards out.

"Unbelievable. Just the characteristic of this team. Don't stop, never quit. So proud to be part of this team. Unbelievable," Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck told ABC after the game.

USC had a chance to score in the third overtime, but tailback Curtis McNeal fumbled to end the game.

Stanford improves to 8-0 while USC drops to 6-2.

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Saturday
Oct292011

Joe Paterno makes NCAA History

Justin K. Aller/Getty Images(STATE COLLEGE, Pa.) -- Penn State head coach Joe Paterno got his 409th career win, breaking the Division I record previously held by Eddie Robinson on Saturday against Illinois in dramatic fashion.

The team trailed the entire game up until Silas Redd's three yard touchdown run put them ahead with 1:08 to go in the fourth quarter.  Illinois drove down the field to set up Derek Dimke for a game tying 42 yard field goal which hit off the right upright as time expired.  This gave Penn State a 10-7 win over Illinois in Happy Valley.

The win improved the Nittany Lions record to (8-1) but more importantly put their head coach Joe Paterno who called the plays from press box in a snowy Beaver Stadium in the history books.

"To do something like this means an awful lot to me."

Paterno thought Dimke was going to make the field goal but instead the sign on the scoreboard in Happy Valley read "Congratulations Coach Paterno, Winningest Coach in Division I College Football."

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Saturday
Oct292011

LeGrand Leads Rutgers Onto Field 

American Football Field Yard Lines iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(PISCATAWAY, N.J.) -- Former Rutgers defensive tackle, Eric LeGrand led his team out onto the field on Saturday before their game against West Virginia.  This was his first time on the field in Rutgers 41-31 loss to West Virginia.

Last October in a game against Army he was paralyzed from the neck down after a violent collision.  On Saturday he led the team out in his motorized wheelchair with an axe on his lap, which is a symbol of head coach Greg Schiano's theme, "Keep Chopping".

"Leading them out on the field was a great opportunity and it really was a great time. It was a very special moment. I can't even explain it -- it was a very emotional moment," said LeGrand.

LeGrand has been doing analyst work for the Rutgers Radio Network all season and had a chance to visit the ABC TV booth on Saturday for some more color.

"I've actually really enjoyed it.  This something I always wanted to do and since I couldn't go to the NFL right away now, I can start broadcasting and I really enjoy doing this kind of stuff, just speak about the game I love," said LeGrand after he was asked about his Radio and occasional TV experience on SNY.

After his injury last October, doctors said LeGrand would never be able to breathe without a ventilator, but he is now standing for 40 minutes at a time in therapy, and LeGrand predicts he will walk again.

The theme for LeGrand since the tragic incident occured has been "Believe", each day he continues to make strides towards walking again. 

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Friday
Oct282011

St. Louis Cardinals Win World Series With 6-2 Win Over Texas

Michael Heiman/Getty Images(ST. LOUIS) -- The St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Texas Rangers 6-2 on Friday in Game 7 of the World Series. This is the Cardinals’ 11th World Series title, second to only the Yankees, who have won 27 titles.

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