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T25-OKLAHOMA-PERINE

Oklahoma freshman RB Perine ready for bigger role

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - Oklahoma running back Samaje Perine finds himself in a featured role as a true freshman.

The 243-pound bruiser is Oklahoma's No. 2 rusher heading into Saturday's Big 12 opener at West Virginia. With starting running back Keith Ford out for at least a week with a hairline fracture in his right fibula, Perine's opportunity to carry a significant load has come early. He got his first start last week against Tennessee, and he should get more carries this week for the fourth-ranked Sooners.

Perine has been Oklahoma's leading rusher in two of the first three games.

KEEVAN LUCAS-BILETNIKOFF LIST

Tulsa's Lucas named to Biletnikoff watch list

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - University of Tulsa receiver Keevan Lucas has been added to the watch list for the Biletnikoff Award.

The Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation that created and sponsors the award announced Lucas' addition on Tuesday.

The Biletnikoff Award is presented to the player voted college football's most outstanding receiver.

Lucas ranks sixth nationally with 372 receiving yards and has four touchdowns on 28 receptions.

RANGERS-ATHLETICS

Kazmir, sloppy Athletics lose 6-3 to Rangers

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Scott Kazmir allowed a two-run homer to Jake Smolinski, and shortstop Jed Lowrie made an error that led to a pair of unearned runs as the Oakland Athletics lost 6-3 to the last-place Texas Rangers on Tuesday night.

After strengthening their AL wild-card lead by beating Seattle in the final two games of a weekend series, the A's looked sloppy in the opener of a nine-game homestand and failed in their attempt to win three straight for the first time since Aug. 7-9.

Oakland made two errors, threw two wild pitches and got another rough outing from Kazmir to lose for the 15th time in 22 games. The A's remained one game ahead of Kansas City for the top wild-card spot. Seattle entered the day two games behind the Royals for the second berth.

VIKINGS-PETERSON

Vikings place Adrian Peterson on exempt list

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Minnesota Vikings have placed star running back Adrian Peterson on the exempt/commissioner's permission list, a move that will require him to stay away from the team while he addresses child abuse charges.

The Vikings made the announcement early Wednesday morning after initially deciding that Peterson could play with the team while the legal process played out. Peterson is charged with a felony for using a wooden switch to spank his 4-year-old son.

The Vikings came under heavy criticism for their initial stance. And several sponsors responded by either suspending their deals with the Vikings or severing ties with Peterson.

Owners Zygi and Mark Wilf say they have reconsidered their position after further reflection.

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