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Sims scores 21 to lead Shock past Storm, 80-74

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Odyssey Sims scored 21 points, Glory Johnson had 19 points and 13 rebounds, and the Tulsa Shock beat the Seattle Storm 80-74 Tuesday night.

Roneeka Hodges added a season-high 16 points and Skylar Diggins had 11 to become the Shock's single-season scoring leader with 564 points. Johnson's double-double was her 15th of the season for Tulsa (10-17).

Sue Bird scored 15 points and Tanisha Wright added 14 for Seattle (9-19). Camille Little and Crystal Langhorne had 13 points apiece.

Diggins entered the game needing seven points to become the franchise's single-season scoring leader. Deanna Nolan held the previous mark of 559, set in 2009 when the team was still in Detroit.

Diggins struggled to get any offense going in the first half, as the second-year guard was 1 for 5 from the field with four points. Diggins made a 3-pointer to open the second half to break Nolan's record.


Tulsa, OSU to play football, hoops series

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Tulsa and Oklahoma State have agreed to play a series in football and basketball, Tulsa announced Tuesday.

The two-year basketball agreement has the schools meeting in December 2015 at Oklahoma State and in December 2016 on the Tulsa campus. Exact dates have not been set.

The three-game football series begins in 2019. The teams will open the series at Tulsa on Sept. 14, 2019, followed by back-to-back games in Stillwater on Sept. 12, 2020, and Sept. 11, 2021.

There is still one game remaining on the existing contract. Tulsa visits the Cowboys in 2017.


NCAA puts Henderson State on probation

ARKADELPHIA, Ark. (AP) - The NCAA has placed Henderson State on two years of probation and fined the school $2,500 for rules violations that included a coach offering a loan to a prospective athlete, exceeding phone contact limits and holding impermissible tryouts and practices.

The Division II school in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, self-imposed several penalties in 2012 after an inquiry into possible violations. Those included a loss of nearly half the women's basketball program's 10 scholarships for the 2013-14 academic year and limiting recruiting activities on and off campus.

Henderson State's self-imposed probationary period ended May 1, but the NCAA extended that through July 2016. It also issued show-cause orders for two of the school's former head coaches. The NCAA didn't name them.

Henderson State is a member of the Great American Conference.


Oklahoma State no longer faces APR restrictions

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) - NCAA officials say Oklahoma State's football program no longer faces restrictions for the upcoming school year because its Academic Progress Rate has been amended.

OSU says that earlier this summer, officials discovered the recent graduation of a student-athlete from the 1990s, which resulted in the addition of a delayed graduation point and pushed the Cowboys above the threshold for restrictions.

When the NCAA released its APR data in May, OSU football had an average score of 929.41 over the past four years and an average score of 943.54 over the past two years. Teams must have a four-year average of 930 to avoid practice restrictions.

The program had been facing the loss of a practice day, among other penalties.


OU adds 2 to wrestling coaching staff

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - Oklahoma is adding two of the school's former athletes and NCAA champions to its wrestling coaching staff.

Wrestling coach Mark Cody announced Tuesday that Andrew Howe has been hired as an assistant coach, while Kendric Maple will serve as a volunteer assistant coach.

Howe is a four-time All-American, while Maple earned three All-American honors. The pair joins assistant coach Michael Lightner, who is also an NCAA champion and four-time All-American.

Howe won the 2010 NCAA Championship at 165 pounds and compiled a 122-10 overall record.

Maple posted an overall record of 127-25, placing him sixth for career wins at OU. He became the 25th Sooner to become a three-time All-American after he finished eighth at 149 pounds at the 2014 NCAA Championships.


Aresco: American is not threatened by autonomy

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) - American Athletic Conference Commissioner Mike Aresco says his league does not feel threatened by the power grab being made by the wealthiest conferences in college sports.

Aresco said Tuesday at the American media day that his league supports a plan to allow the Big Ten, Big 12, ACC, Pac-12 and SEC a certain level of autonomy when making NCAA rules.

The American is one of the five other FBS conferences.

Aresco says his conference shares the same goals as the Big Five and wants to be in that "autonomy group."

He says his members have the resources to provide athletes with full-cost-of-attendance scholarships and long-term health care, so "we should not feel threatened by a certain level of autonomy for those conferences with significant resources who want to do more for their student-athletes."

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