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Thunder end 8-game skid

By DAVE HOGG Associated Press DETROIT (AP) — Shea Gilgeous-Alexander had 30 points and 13 assists, Luguentz Dort scored 28 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder rallied past the Detroit Pistons 114-103 Monday night in a battle of teams that entered with eight-game losing streaks.

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Historic NCAA football playoffs set

By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer IRVING, Texas (AP) — As college football’s postseason evolved from disconnected bowls to the BCS to the current four-team playoff, it never truly embraced the underdog the way the NCAA basketball tournament does.

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Oklahoma hires Venables as head coach

By CLIFF BRUNT AP Sports Writer Oklahoma hired Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables as its head coach to replace Lincoln Riley on Sunday night, bringing back a former Sooners assistant with a long track record of success.

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Baylor holds on to defeat OSU for Big 12 title

By STEPHEN HAWKINS AP Sports Writer ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Dezmon Jackson came up inches short on a desperate, fourth-down dive with 24 seconds remaining and fifth-ranked Oklahoma State fell to ninth-rated Baylor 21-16 in the Big 12 championship game Saturday, knocking the Cowboys out of contention for a playoff spot.

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Heavener girls, Panama boys score wins

By CRAIG HALL Heavener and Panama split a pair of games Friday on Heavener’s homecoming. Panama’s boys outshot the Wolves in the opener, 65-39 before the Heavener girls overcame a slow start to get the win, 47-24. The Razorbacks improved to 2-0 with the win while Heavener is now 1-3. Read the full story on…

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