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					                                                                         WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 4, 2012 • PAGE 1-B

             SPORTS                                                                                                             David Miller, Sports Editor

Class 6A No. 1 Broken Arrow Defeats Wildcats
      By KYLE KENDRICK                The night started off at            The Wildcats are now 2-3 in
        News Sports Writer          the 152-pound weight class          duals this season and will try
  The Ponca City wrestlers          with Ponca’s Logan Soutter          to improve to .500 on the year
faced a daunting task on            taking on Broken Arrow’s            when they host Sand Springs
Tuesday night when the No. 1        Chase Ferman. Ferman won            for homecoming on Thursday.
ranked team in class 6A, the        the match by pin fall but the       Thursday’s dual with Sand
Broken Arrow Tigers, came to        Wildcats would bounce right         Springs is scheduled to begin
town. The Wildcats held their       back. Directly after Soutter’s      at 6 p.m.
own against the top ranked          loss Ponca’s Brannon Hunt
team in the state and trailed       earned a win by pin fall over                 BROKEN ARROW 53,
just 24-21 in the dual until        the Tigers’ Josh Foshee. The                     PONCA CITY 21
Broken Arrow won the last           seesaw battle would continue          152 — Logan Soutter (PC) vs. Chase Fer-
five matches of the night to        over the next four matches.         man (BA). Ferman wins by fall.
win the dual by a score of          Ponca City earned wins from           160 — Brannon Hunt (PC) vs. Josh Foshee
53-21.                              Shelby Krout at 182 and Jako-       (BA). Hunt wins by fall.
                                                                          170 — Jonathon Bond (PC) vs. Brock
  Ponca City head wrestling         da Bridges at 285. Krout won        Warren (BA). Warren wins by fall.
coach Chris Walker said he          his match by an 8-1 decision          182 — Shelby Krout (PC) vs. Mitch
felt like his team wrestled as      while Bridges won his match         Owens (BA). Krout wins 8-1.
well as could be expected.          by pin fall. Meanwhile Broken         195 — Double forfeit.
  “I felt that as a team we         Arrow got wins at 170 pounds          220 — Jordan Kimbrell (PC) vs. Seth Cal-
improved and that we wres-          and 220 pounds. Neither team        vert (BA). Calvert wins by fall.
tled as good as we could have       had a wrestler at 195 pounds          285 — Jakoda Bridges (PC) vs. Hunter
facing that type of competi-        so that weight class was a dou-     Porter (BA). Bridges wins by fall.
tion,” Walker said.                 ble forfeit.                          106 — Lane Nichols (PC) vs. Marcus Sim-
  “In many of the matches we          After Bridges’ win at 285         mons (BA). Simmons wins by fall.
had to find some small suc-         pounds Ponca would only win           113 — Caleb Burns (PC) wins by forfeit.
cesses. For example several         one more match Tuesday. The           120 — Cole Burns (PC) vs. Caleb Clark
of our athletes wrestled the        Wildcat’s one win during that       (BA). Clark wins by technical fall 21-6.
number one kid in the state         stretch came at 113 pounds            126 — Ryan Butler (PC) vs. Nathan Clark
and were able to score a take-      when Caleb Burns won by for-        (BA). Clark wins by fall.
down or wrestled their oppo-        feit. Following Burns’ win by         132 — Nick Hamilton (PC) vs. Clay
                                                                        Archer (BA). Archer wins by fall.
nent to the point that they         forfeit Broken Arrow earned           138 — Dalton Lee (PC) vs. Tanner Bailey
outshaped them. We have to          four wins by pin fall and one       (BA). Bailey wins by fall.                   PONCA CITY’S Brannon Hunt (red) blocks a takedown attempt from Broken Arrow’s Josh Foshee in Tues-
build on the little success with    by technical fall giving the          145 — Trey Steele (PC) vs. Paydon Bailey   day night’s dual between the two teams. Hunt went on to win the match by pin fall but Broken Arrow won
this team.”                         final score its lopsided nature.    (BA). Bailey wins by fall.                   the dual 53-21. (News Photo by Kyle Kendrick)

                                                                                                              ROCHESTER, Mich. (AP) —
                                                                                                            Dominique Morrison scored
                                                                                                            20 points and Oral Roberts
                                                                                                            shot 67 percent Tuesday night
                                                                                                            in an 89-80 victory over Oak-
                                                                                                            land, Mich.
                                                                                                              Morrison hit 6 of 8 3-point-
                                                                                                            ers to key a Golden Eagles
                                                                                                            offense that sank 34 of 51
                                                                                                            shots, including 11 of 16 from
                                                                                                            3-point range.
                                                                                                              Roderick Pearson scored
                                                                                                            17 points, Warren Niles and
                                                                                                            Steven Roundtree 16 each
                                                                                                            and Michael Craion 10 for the
                                                                                                            Golden Eagles (12-4, 4-0 Sum-
                                                                                                            mit League) .
                                                                                                              Reggie Hamilton’s 28 points
                                                                                                            paced the Golden Grizzlies
                                                                                                            (8-9, 2-3), who lost their fifth in
                                                                                                            a row and had a 31-game home
                                                                                                            winning streak against league
                                                                                                            opponents snapped.
                                                                                                              Travis Bader added 16
  WESLEY MATTHEWS (2) of Portland gets his hand on the ball to block a shot by Oklahoma City Thunder                                                     MICHAEL DIXON, center, of Missouri, shoots past Oklahoma’s Ste-
                                                                                                            points, Drew Valentine 14 and
  center Kendrick Perkins (5) in the third quarter of a game in Oklahoma City Tuesday. Portland won 103-93.                                              ven Pledger, right, Cameron Clark, front left, and Andrew Fitzgerald
                                                                                                            Corey Petros 10.
  (AP Photo)                                                                                                                                             (4) during the first half of a game Tuesday in Columbia, Mo. (AP
                                                                                                              Oral Roberts led 37-33 early
                                                                                                            in the second half. An 8-0 run

Thunder Loses Second Straight                                                                               pushed the gap to 45-33 with
                                                                                                            16:27 left, and the Golden
                                                                                                            Eagles eventually led by 20                Mizzou Blind Sides
                                                                                                                                                       Oklahoma Cagers
                                                                                                            points at 68-48 with 8:28 to go
        By JEFF LATZKE                 Westbrook had 22 points on onds left but came out with on Morrison’s 3-pointer.
         AP Sports Writer              8-for-18 shooting and Durant the offensive rebound and hit
  OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — finished with 19 points while two foul shots to make it 100-
Even after losing All-Star hitting 8 of 26 shots.
Brandon Roy to an injury-                Oklahoma City started the
                                                                              “It just tells us one thing
                                                                                                                     Boxing                              COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) —               Contrast that with the Tigers’

                                                                                                                                                       Oklahoma didn’t see this com-        59.3 percent, and it’s easy to
induced early retirement, season 5-0 before losing for — that we have to get bet-
                                                                                                                                                       ing.                                 see how Missouri won easily.
look who’s on top of the West- the second straight night.                   ter,” Oklahoma City coach
                                                                                                                                                         After a strong showing               Kim English had 23 points
ern Conference early on this             “I think sometimes you need Scott Brooks said. “We have to

                                                                                                                                                       through their nonconference          and nine rebounds, and Mar-
NBA season: The Portland losses to remind you that keep improving, but our guys
                                                                                                                                                       schedule, the Sooners were           cus Denmon added 20 for Mis-
Trail Blazers.                         you’ve got to get better,” Nick understand that. They under-
                                                                                                                                                       outmatched Tuesday night at          souri (14-0, 1-0), which was
  LaMarcus Aldridge had 30 Collison said. “You wish it stand that this is not the final
                                                                                                                                                       No. 7 Missouri, falling 87-49        12 for 21 from 3-point range,
points and eight rebounds wasn’t like that. You wish you product that you will see.”
                                                                                                              TULSA (AP) — The Medical                 in the Big 12 opener for both        held the Sooners to 33 percent
and Portland clamped down could always realize the need                       Aldridge and Oklahoma
                                                                                                                                                       teams.                               shooting and outrebounded
on Oklahoma City in the sec- to improve but human nature, City’s Kendrick Perkins were Examiner’s office says an ex-
                                                                                                                                                         Oklahoma knew it hadn’t            them 38-23.
ond half to knock the Thunder sometimes you get a little lax both called for technical fouls University of Tulsa football
                                                                                                                                                       faced a team like the Tigers           Oklahoma hoped for some
from the top spot in the West when you’re winning.”                         after Perkins slammed his player who participated in an
                                                                                                                                                       this season, but that didn’t         easy baskets facing a four-
with a 103-93 victory on Tues-           Neither team led by more shoulder into Aldridge fol- unsanctioned boxing match
                                                                                                                                                       make the outcome any less            guard lineup, but failed to
day night.                             than seven until the fourth lowing a rebound. The two died from sudden exertion
                                                                                                                                                       surprising.                          capitalize on its Big 12-lead-
  The Blazers are the only quarter, when Portland start- were quickly separated by due to Sickle Cell Trait com-
                                                                                                                                                         “They knocked us on our            ing 42.2 rebounds per game.
team in the West without two ed to inch away.                               teammates before the conflict plications.
                                                                                                              A spokeswoman for the                    heels, and we didn’t respond           “We just didn’t give it the
losses this season.                      Nicolas Batum and Felton escalated.
                                                                                                                                                       very well,” coach Lon Kruger         best effort that we had,” guard
  Gerald Wallace contributed hit 3-pointers on consecu-                       Portland, which also already office said Tuesday a full
                                                                                                                                                       said.                                Sam Grooms said. “We have to
13 points and 10 rebounds for tive possessions, and Batum won at Denver, also grabbed autopsy report on what caused
                                                                                                                                                         Andrew Fitzgerald led the          go back to the woodshed and
Portland, which held Oklaho- added another from the right an early advantage in the George Clinkscale’s death
                                                                                                            won’t be done for several                  Sooners (10-3, 0-1) with 18          just get better.”
ma City to 34 percent shooting wing just before the shot clock Northwest Division race.
                                                                                                                                                       points and six rebounds, scor-         Even though his team suf-
in the second half to push expired to bump the Blazers’                       “You want to win every divi- weeks.
                                                                                                              Clinkscale died Sept. 22                 ing all but two in the first         fered its worst loss against
ahead on an off night for All- advantage up to 92-82 with 5:55 sion game you can,” Matthews
                                                                                                                                                       half. Oklahoma now has a pair        Missouri since 1922, Grooms
Stars Kevin Durant and Rus- remaining.                                      said. “No matter how early it after boxing in Guts Church’s
                                                                                                            Fight Night VI. Witnesses said             of blowout losses against Mis-       insisted the loss wouldn’t
sell Westbrook.                          Wallace countered a couple is, it’s a good win.”
                                                                                                                                                       souri schools, falling by 20         shake the team’s confidence.
  The Thunder were held to easy buckets by Westbrook by                       The Thunder led for most he had cramping and severe
                                                                                                                                                       points against Saint Louis in          Missouri is one of four
only 40 points on 13-for-38 backing in against Durant for a of the first half, when their pain after the bout.
                                                                                                              His family is pursuing a civil           November. The third loss was         unbeaten teams in the nation
shooting in the second half pair of layups, and Aldridge’s shots were falling — except
                                                                                                                                                       by a point to Cincinnati.            under first-year coach Frank
after making 51 percent of 19-footer from the top of the for Durant’s. Collison had lawsuit against the church
                                                                                                                                                         Oklahoma had entered the           Haith — and the Tigers’ start
their shots and leading most key put Portland up 98-86 with back-to-back layups to finish and owners, Bill and Sandy
                                                                                                                                                       night holding opponents to 59        is their best since the1981-82
of the first half.                     2:46 to play.                        the first quarter, and Harden’s Scheer.
                                                                                                              Attorney Trevor Henson                   points per game in its last          team was 19-0.
  James Harden made his                  Thunder coach Scott Brooks 3-pointer from the right wing
                                                                                                                                                       seven contests, but the Soon-          After Tuesday’s games, four
sixth career start in place called a timeout but his team in the opening minutes of the says had Guts Church officials
                                                                                                                                                       ers were the team struggling         of the 345 Division I teams
of Thabo Sefolosha (flu-like couldn’t mount a rally. Fel- second quarter gave Oklaho- followed Oklahoma laws, they
                                                                                                                                                       to score Tuesday. The team           remain unbeaten.
symptoms) and led the way for ton all but sealed it when he ma City its largest lead of the would’ve had a pre-fight phys-
                                                                                                            ical performed and a doctor at             shot only 33.3 percent from the        Ricardo Ratliffe added 13
the Thunder with 23 points. missed a layup with 45 sec- game at 32-25.
                                                                                                            ringside.                                  field, resulting in its lowest       points and eight rebounds,
                                                                                                                                                       scoring output of the season.        and reserve Michael Dixon

Torre Makes Move
                                                                                                                                                                                            had 13 points for Missouri.
                                                                                                                                                                                              Steven Pledger scored 11
                                                                                                                                                                                            points for Oklahoma, but on
                                                                                                                                                                                            3-for-10 shooting with just

To Buy Dodgers
                                                                                                                                                                                            three points in the first half
                                                                                                                                                                                            while Missouri took a com-
                                                                                                                                                                                            manding 43-25 lead. Oklahoma
                                                                                                                                                                                            has lost six of its last seven
       By RONALD BLUM               sale by owner Frank McCourt                                                                                                                             conference openers.
        AP Sports Writer            in November, five months                                                                                                                                  The Sooners were picked to
  NEW YORK (AP) — Joe               after the team filed for bank-                                                                                                                          finish in a tie for last in the
Torre resigned today as Major       ruptcy. Following months of                                                                                                                             Big 12 by coaches but entered
League Baseball’s executive         bickering and accusations of                                                                                                                            the game among the national
vice president for baseball         mismanagement, an agree-                                                                                                                                leaders in rebounding, offen-
operations to join a group try-     ment between McCourt and                                                                                                                                sive rebounds and 3-point per-
ing to buy the Los Angeles          MLB said the team is to be                                                                                                                              centage.
Dodgers.                            sold by April 30, which coin-                                                                                                                             Take      out     Fitzgerald’s
  Torre managed the Dodgers         cides with the deadline for                                                                                                                             16-point half and Oklahoma
from 2008-10, then retired and      McCourt to pay former wife                                                                                                                              was just 4 for 19 from the field.
joined MLB last February as a       Jamie $131 million.                                                                                                                                     Pledger was held to three
top aide to Commissioner Bud          Initial bids for the team are                                                                                                                         points on 1-for-7 shooting for
Selig. He is joining a group        due by Jan. 23 with the Black-                                                                                                                          the Sooners, who shot 35 per-
headed by real estate devel-        stone Group, Frank McCourt’s                                                                                                                            cent.
oper Rick Caruso.                   investment banker. The price                                                                                                                              Oklahoma was just 3 for
  “I have made this decision        likely will break the record                                                                                                                            13 to start the game, falling
because of a unique chance to       for a baseball franchise, top-                                                                                                                          behind by 10 the first 6:13.
join a group that plans to bid      ping the $845 million paid by                                                                                                                           Six points from Fitzgerald
for the Dodgers,” Torre said        the Ricketts family for the                                                                                                                             in a span of 1:16 shaved the
in a statement. “After leav-        Chicago Cubs in 2009.                                                                                                                                   deficit to four at 20-16. Mis-
ing the field, this job was an        Torre, the 1971 National                                                                                                                              souri answered with a 10-2 run
incredible experience, one          League MVP, was a nine-time                                                                                                                             capped by Denmon’s 3-pointer
that I enjoyed very much.”          All-Star during a playing             MICHIGAN KICKER Brendan Gibbons (34) kicks the game winning field goal in overtime against Virginia               with just under 7 minutes to
  The Dodgers were put up for       career from 1960-77.                  Tech in the Sugar Bowl NCAA college football game in New Orleans, Tuesday. Michigan won 23-20. (AP                go, and pulled away the rest
                                                                          Photo)                                                                                                            of the half.

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