Local & Regional
Wed January 6, 2010
By Associated Press
Tulsa, OK – Sooners CB Franks enters NFL draft
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Oklahoma cornerback Dominique Franks has changed his mind and decided to enter the NFL draft, forgoing his senior year.
Franks announced his decision Tuesday. He had said in December that he intended to play his senior season with the Sooners no matter what the NFL said about where he might land in the April draft.
Franks was selected to the All-Big 12 second team last season, when he recorded 47 tackles and two interceptions, including one that he returned for a touchdown. He was also the Sooners' No. 2 punt returner.
Sooners defensive tackle Gerald McCoy is also leaving early for the NFL draft.
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Oklahoma State defeats Coppin State 79-61
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) James Anderson scored 26 points, Keiton Page added 20 points and Oklahoma State relied on its outside shooting to beat Coppin State 79-61 on Tuesday night without suspended forward Marshall Moses.
Moses watched the game from the Cowboys bench in a gray sweater after being charged earlier in the day with possession of marijuana and driving with a suspended license. Moses, who was averaging a double-double, was arrested early Monday morning, and coach Travis Ford decided to make him sit out one game.
Without his presence inside, Oklahoma State (12-2) attempted a season-high 34 3-pointers and matched its season best by making 10. Page led the way with five 3-pointers, and Obi Muonelo made three while scoring 15 points.
Michael Harper led Coppin State (5-7) with 21 points.
OSU's Anderson on Wooden Award midseason list
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) Oklahoma State junior guard James Anderson has been named to the midseason list for the John R. Wooden Award given to the top college basketball player in the nation.
The award is given by the Los Angeles Athletic Club and named for legendary UCLA coach John Wooden.
Also on the list is Oklahoma City native and former Putnam City High School star Xavier Henry of Kansas.
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Texas State downs Oklahoma Panhandle State 69-57
SAN MARCOS, Texas (AP) Cameron Johnson had 12 points and a game-high eight rebounds to lead Texas State past Oklahoma Panhandle State 69-57 on Tuesday night.
Jonathan Sloan and Uriel Segura scored 10 points apiece for the Bobcats (6-8), who picked up their third straight victory.
Marcale Marshall led the Division II Aggies (4-8) with 17 points. Reggie Lassiter added 12 and Kevin Geofroy 11.
Texas State shot just 37.7 percent while Panhandle State was at 35.3 percent. The Bobcats out-rebounded the Aggies 43-32.
Texas State took a permanent lead when Sloan's layup made it 17-15 with 10:53 left in the first half. Ryan White's 3-pointer at the buzzer gave the Bobcats their largest advantage of the half at 34-23.
The Aggies made a run in the second half, trimming a 42-23 deficit to 46-39 with 9:29 to go. But Texas State stiffened and led comfortably the rest of the way.
OU's Thompson earns Big 12 weekly award
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) The Big 12 is honoring Oklahoma's Amanda Thompson as the conference's co-Player of the Week.
Thompson scored a career high 26 points and had 11 rebounds in Sunday's loss at No. 4 Tennessee. Three days earlier she scored 12 points and had nine rebounds in a win over Cal State Fullerton.
She shares the weekly award with Nebraska's Kelsey Griffin.
Thunder's Durant earns NBA award
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant is the NBA Western Conference Player of the Week.
Durant averaged 34.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists 1.8 rebounds in four games from Dec. 28 through Jan. 3 as the Thunder won three. He also set a franchise record with seven straight 30-point games.
The Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose was chosen as the Eastern Conference Player of the Week.
Colombo back at practice, could play Saturday
IRVING, Texas (AP) Dallas Cowboys right tackle Marc Colombo practiced Tuesday and could be back in the lineup for the playoffs after missing the last seven games of the regular season with a broken left leg.
Coach Wade Phillips says it seems as if Colombo will be able to play Saturday night against Philadelphia.
Phillips said Colombo worked some with the first-team offense during practice. Colombo started 57 consecutive games before getting hurt and sustaining ligament damage in his ankle Nov. 15 at Green Bay.
Running back Tashard Choice, who sustained a concussion in Sunday's regular-season-ending 24-0 victory over Philadelphia, was held out of practice and instead worked on the side with a team trainer.
Safety Pat Watkins practiced after missing the past three games with a sprained left knee. Phillips isn't sure if he'll play.
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