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Hayes leads Dream past Shock 85-75

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Tiffany Hayes scored a career-high 27 points, Angel McCoughtry added 21 and Erika DeSouza had 18 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Atlanta Dream to a 85-75 victory over Tulsa on Thursday night.

The Dream trio combined to go 25-of-37 from the field for the East Conference leaders. Atlanta (17-9) dominated in the paint with 48 points. Sancho Lyttle also hit double figures with 10 points.

Odyssey Sims scored 22 for Tulsa, and Glory Johnson and Skylar Diggins each had 14 points. The Shock (10-18) also fared well in the low post with 44 points.

The Dream victory put a dent in Tulsa's playoff hopes. The Shock fell to 10-18 and remain two games behind Los Angeles for the final playoff spot in the West.


Tulsa Shock's Williams to undergo knee surgery

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - The Tulsa Shock have announced that guard Riquna Williams will undergo season-ending knee surgery.

The WNBA team said Thursday that Williams will have surgery on her knee next week at Tulsa Bone and Joint Associates.

She will miss the remainder of the current season - but the team said she is expected to be fully recovered in time for training camp next year.


Florida State tops preseason Amway coaches' poll

(AP) - Defending national champion Florida State is ranked No. 1 in the preseason Amway coaches' poll.

Florida State received 1,543 overall points and earned 56 of a possible 62 first-place votes in the poll, which was released Thursday. Alabama was second in the poll despite not receiving any first-place votes. Rounding out the top five were Oklahoma, Oregon and Auburn with the first-ever playoff looming at the end season.

Ohio State was sixth, UCLA seventh, Michigan State eighth, South Carolina ninth and Baylor 10th.

The Southeastern Conference had five of the top 13 teams in the poll, with No. 12 Georgia and No. 13 LSU joining Alabama, Auburn and South Carolina.

Oklahoma received three first-place votes. Oregon, Ohio State and South Carolina received one first-place vote each.


GAC coaches pick Henderson State to win title

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Great American Conference football coaches have picked two-time defending champion Henderson State to win its third straight conference title.

The conference announced Thursday that HSU received 10 of the 11 first place votes in the coaches poll. Coaches are not allowed to vote for their own team.

Harding received the other first place vote and is second in the pre-season poll.

Ouachita Baptist is picked to finish third followed by East Central Oklahoma, Southern Arkansas, Southwestern Oklahoma State, Arkansas Tech, Southeastern Oklahoma State, Arkansas-Monticello, Northwestern Oklahoma State, and Southern Nazarene.


Arkansas, Oklahoma host youth soccer games in '15

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Tulsa will host the US Youth Soccer national championship tournament next July, while North Little Rock, Arkansas, will be the home of the Southern Regionals.

The Tulsa tournament will be played July 21-26 at the Mohawk Soccer Complex and attract the winners of the regional tournament in Arkansas and also tournaments in Idaho, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

The Southern Regionals will be played at Burns Park in North Little Rock next June 19-25.

The national tournament includes 10,000 teams that start in state competition. Championships are awarded in age groups from under-13 to under-19.

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