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OU letter signals end of NCAA probation By JEFF LATZKE Associated Press NORMAN — University President David Boren sent a letter to the NCAA stating that Oklahoma’s athletic department conforms to the association’s rules, despite an investigation into potential violations by the men’s basketball program. Boren sent the letter to the NCAA’s James Elworth last week as Oklahoma’s probation for major rules violations by the football and men’s basketball programs was set to expire. It was obtained by The Associated Press on Tuesday through an open records request. Boren stated that Oklahoma’s “athletic policies and practices conform to all the requirements of NCAA regulations as required at the conclusion of our probationary period.” Oklahoma’s probation was due to end May 23, but the university and NCAA are investigating whether the basketball team broke any rules before then. The letter was required to complete the series of penalties levied against Oklahoma for its previous violations and copies the terminology set out by the NCAA.
Oklahoma has disclosed that it shared phone records with the NCAA showing that former assistant coach Oronde Taliaferro made contact with Jeffrey Hausinger, a Tampa, Fla.-based financial representative who reportedly wired $3,000 to former Sooners center Keith “Tiny” Gallon and his mother. Gallon told an online blog last week after a pre-draft workout with the New York Knicks that Hausinger gave his family the money so he could get his transcript from Oak Hill Academy and be cleared to play with the Sooners. The NCAA issued a statement indicating Gallon had not complied with its requests for cooperation by providing documents associated with the investigation. Taliaferro’s phone logs show he exchanged at least 46 calls and 31 text messages with numbers associated with Hausinger and his former employer, Merrill Lynch, between May 2009 and this March. New phone records released to the AP on Tuesday show Taliaferro received one final text message from Hausinger the morning of March 17, less than 24 hours before TMZ.com first reported that Gallon had received money from Hausinger. No other phone calls to Hausinger’s numbers were evident on
Taliaferro’s final phone bill, which had been excluded from the documents previously released by Oklahoma, although several calls were listed as having the number blocked. Oklahoma has said the phone contact alone does not constitute an NCAA violation, and that it is reviewing the content of the calls to determine whether rules were broken. The university is withholding other documents until it has finished its investigation. Taliaferro and Gallon are no longer associated with the Sooners, part of a mass exodus from the program after its first losing season in nearly three decades. Taliaferro resigned April 7, faxing in a letter stating that “certain potential future employment opportunities have arisen, which in all honesty would prevent me from focusing one hundred percent on my duties and obligations to the university.” Gallon entered the NBA draft following his freshman year, joining fellow underclassmen Willie Warren and Tommy Mason-Griffin in turning pro. Guard Ray Willis and center Orlando Allen also left the team and assistant coach Mark Cline took a similar job at Marshall.
Soderling upsets Federer at French Open By STEVEN WINE Associated Press PARIS — There will be a Grand Slam semifinal without Roger Federer for the first time in six years. French Open upset specialist Robin Soderling struck again Tuesday, rallying past defending champion Federer in a rainy quarterfinal, 3-6, 6-3, 7-5, 6-4. That ended Federer’s record streak of reaching the semifinals in 23 consecutive major events. The shocker was the second pulled off by Soderling in as many years at Roland Garros. He ended the reign of four-time champion Rafael Nadal in the fourth round a year ago, clearing the path for Federer to win his first French Open title and complete a career Grand Slam. Federer beat Soderling in last year’s final. Before Tuesday, Federer was 12-0 against the big-swinging Swede, winning 28 of their 30 sets. But Soderling’s recent improvement was evident as he controlled rallies from the baseline with his thunderous strokes. Federer found himself on the defensive and unable to move forward. “I’m disappointed to a certain degree,” Federer said. “I didn’t think I played a bad match. He came up with some great tennis. It’s much easier to digest this way.” Seeded fifth, Soderling
saved a set point in the third when he won a frantic rally, then won the set to take the lead for good shortly after a rain delay of 75 minutes. “It cannot be much better,” Soderling told the crowd after his latest centercourt stunner. “It’s great to play on this court. It’s for sure my favorite G r a n d Slam.” Soderling’s the only player other than Nadal to beat Federer at Roland Garros since 2004. The Swede’s opponent Friday will be No. 15 seed Tomas Berdych, who beat No. 11 Mikhail Youzhny 6-3, 6-1, 6-2. Berdych has yet to drop a set in five rounds. The semifinal round Friday without Federer will be the first at a Grand Slam tournament since he lost in the third round of the 2004 French Open. “It was a great run. Now I’ve got the quarterfinal streak going, I guess,” Federer said with a smile. Because of Federer’s defeat, Nadal will reclaim the No. 1 ranking next week if he wins the title. The upset raises the possibility of a NadalSoderling rematch in the final. It was a cold, damp after-
noon, with occasional rain that had some spectators watching from under umbrellas, but the conditions didn’t seem to rob Soderling’s shots of any sting. He hit winners past Federer even standing two strides behind the baseline. “The balls got heavy, but I’ve played good matches in these kind of conditions in the past,” Soderling said. “It suits my game.” The upset was all the more surprising because Federer was in control early. He won 22 of his first 24 service points and led 30love in his first service game of the second set when he suddenly faltered, losing four points in a row. A backhand wide by Federer gave Soderling his first break, and he held serve the entire set to even the match. It was the first set Federer had dropped in the tournament. “He had some chances in the second set,” Soderling said. “When I won the second set, which was very big for me, I really felt I could relax a little bit. After that I started to play better and better.” Soderling made a narrow escape to extend the third set serving at 4-5. Trailing love30, he hit a forehand that was
called wide, but the umpire climbed off his chair, checked the mark and ruled the shot a winner. Instead of love-40 and triple set point for Federer, the score was 15-30. Then, at 30-40, Soderling erased the set point in a wild exchange. He charged forward and hit a slam that Federer scrambled to chase down near the backstop, stretching to whip it back, and Soderling leaped to put away an over-the-shoulder backhand volley. The crowd roared with delight. Federer looked very unhappy. Soderling then whacked back-to-back service winners of 139 and 138 mph to hold for 5-all. It was the second consecutive service game he won after trailing love-30. “That was a tough set for me to lose, having those chances,” Federer said. Rain prompted a delay in the middle of the next game. At that juncture, Federer led by one point after 167 had been played. The match resumed on a drab evening in a half-empty stadium, and the remaining fans were firmly in Federer’s corner. But he promptly lost his serve, double-faulting before Soderling whacked a forehand winner for the break. When Soderling hit an ace to seal the set, Federer waved his arms as though helpless.
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L.A. Dodgers 5, Arizona 4 San Diego 18, N.Y. Mets 6 Tuesday’s Games Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh, late Milwaukee at Florida, late Philadelphia at Atlanta, late Washington at Houston, late Cincinnati at St. Louis, late N.Y. Mets at San Diego, late Arizona at L.A. Dodgers, late Colorado at San Francisco, late Wednesday’s Games Philadelphia (K.Kendrick 3-2) at Atlanta (D.Lowe 7-4), 12:05 p.m. Arizona (E.Jackson 3-6) at L.A. Dodgers (Monasterios 2-0), 2:10 p.m. N.Y. Mets (J.Santana 4-2) at San Diego (Richard 4-3), 5:35 p.m. Chicago Cubs (Zambrano 1-3) at Pittsburgh (Duke 3-5), 6:05 p.m. Milwaukee (Gallardo 5-2) at Florida (Volstad 3-6), 6:10 p.m. Washington (Lannan 2-2) at Houston (W.Rodriguez 2-7), 7:05 p.m. Cincinnati (LeCure 1-0) at St. Louis (Carpenter 6-1), 7:15 p.m. Colorado (Francis 1-1) at San Francisco (Cain 3-4), 9:15 p.m. Thursday’s Games Washington at Houston, 1:05 p.m. Milwaukee at Florida, 6:10 p.m. Atlanta at L.A. Dodgers, 9:10 p.m.
OSSAA player to live with a booster so he could play for the school. The OSSAA board later extended Trimble’s suspension indefinitely. But after a 44-minute executive session Tuesday, the board voted unanimously to reinstate both Trimble and one of his assistants, David Alexander, who also had been suspended. Board members said both men were forthright and candid and acknowledged their mistakes. “They owned up to everything,” said the board’s president, Tulsa Public Schools athletic director Stephanie Spring. The Jenks district has agreed with the nearby Owasso and Sapulpa districts to audit each others’ athletic departments to help prevent future rules violations. Jenks Superintendent Kirby Lehman said Trimble also has developed an “incidental contact form”
OU thinking about last year,” Golloway said. “I’ve been involved in 15 NCAA tournaments and one thing I can say, you control what you can control and the rest of it is out of your control.” Oral Roberts long has dominated the Summit League but slipped a bit this season, having to share the regular-season title with South Dakota State. But Oral Roberts blew out the Jackrabbits 21-6 and 12-2 in the conference tournament and the Golden Eagles’ run of 13 straight NCAA appearances is the fourth-longest in Division I, behind Miami (38), California State-Fullerton (19) and Rice (16). Walton said seven Golden Eagles pitchers have been injured this season, decimating a staff that traditionally has been a program trademark. Oral
Continued from page 1B to allow Jenks coaches to address chance meetings with players from opposing teams in public places. Lehman said Trimble would resume his coaching duties Tuesday. The principal said the district had no backup plan if the OSSAA board had not reinstated Trimble but added he felt “100 percent sure” the penalties assessed against Trimble and Alexander had been fulfilled. The Tulsa district suspended Jimmerson indefinitely and removed him as Booker T. Washington’s athletic director after an investigation revealed more than 40 Washington athletes were ineligible to play. The investigation found Jimmerson and other school officials failed to conduct grade checks for five weeks and that a student not enrolled at Washington was allowed to practice with the Hornets’ football team.
Continued from page 1B Roberts takes a team ERA of 5.97 into the regional, but the Golden Eagles have played well at times this season, even recording a 32 win at Texas, considered one of the nation’s three best teams. “Unfortunately, all of our injuries have been to pitchers,” Walton said. “With all of our injuries and what we’ve had to go through, we feel fortunate to be in the (NCAA) tournament.” But he’s also reminded his players that Fresno State won the national title in 2008 as a No. 4 seed. “If we play defense and if we swing the bat the way we’re capable of swinging it, we can make it interesting,” he said. “If we get some pitching, we can make a run at it. We’re going to have to be very, very good to overcome things on the mound.”
OU Regional Schedule Friday Game 1 Oklahoma vs. No. 4 Oral Roberts – 1 p.m. Game 2 Cal vs. No. 3 North Carolina – 7 p.m. Saturday Game 3 (Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2) – 1 p.m. Game 4 (Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2) – 7 p.m. Sunday Game 5 (Winner Game 3. vs. Loser Game 4) – 1 p.m. Game 6 (Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5) – 7 p.m. Monday Game 7 (if necessary same teams as Game 6) – 7 p.m.
SUMMER SPORTS CAMPS Tahlequah boys basketball The Tahlequah Tigers will host a basketball camp from June 7-9 at the TMAC and the old high school gym. The camp will be for students from kindergarten to ninth grade. The Kindergarten through fifth grade portion will last from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 while the sixth through ninth graders will take part in the morning session from 8:30 a.m. to noon. The cost is $40 per camper. All campers will receive a T-shirt and a certificate. For more information, contact Wes Hayes at 577-7038. Tahlequah girls basketball The Tahlequah Lady Tigers will hold a basketball camp from July 8-10 at the TMAC. The camp will be for third through ninth graders. Third through fifth graders will take part in the morning session (9 a.m. to noon) while the sixth through ninth graders will be in the afternoon (1 to 4). The cost is $35 for campers. For more information, contact Chad Walker at 469-245-7016. Tahlequah soccer The Tahlequah soccer teams will hold a summer camp from June 14-17 at the Tahlequah High School track and field complex. The camp, which will be for elementary to ninth grade students, will last from 5:30 to 7:30 each evening. The cost is $50. For more information, contact Greg Hall at 527-7444. Sequoyah boys basketball The Sequoyah Indians will hold a basketball camp from June 7-10 at Sequoyah High School. The camp cost $50 and will be divided up into two sessions each day. The morning session (8 to 11 a.m.) will be for kindergarten through fifth grade students. The afternoon session (noon to 3 p.m.) will be open to sixth through ninth graders. The camp will include breakfast, lunch and one sports drink per day. Campers
will also receive a T-shirt and camp basketball. For more information, contact Larry Grigg at 822-2627. Sequoyah volleyball The Sequoyah Lady Indians will hold a volleyball camp from June 21-23 at Sequoyah High School. The camp costs $50 and will be divided up into two sessions each day. The morning session (8 to 11 a.m.) will be for fourth through sixth graders. The afternoon session (noon to 3 p.m.) will be for seventh through ninth graders. The camp will include breakfast and lunch, camp T-shirt and camp volleyball. NSU baseball The Northeastern State RiverHawks will hold two baseball camps this summer: June 7-10 and June 14-17. Youth players can one of both camps. The cost of one camp is $50 and $90 for both. For more information on the baseball fundamental camp, contact 444-3910. Keys baseball The Keys Cougars will hold a baseball camp Thursday and Friday at Keys High School. The camp will last from 9 a.m. to noon every day with the cost being $35. The camp is for children ages five and up. For more information, contact Mack Chambers at 822-7365. Gymnastics and tumbling enrollment Cheer It Up! Gymnastics and All-Stars is currently enrolling students for the summer session. Classes include instruction in gymnastics: beam, bars, vault and floor and tumbling instruction is for beginning through advanced skills. Mommy and me, cheer technique, hiphop dance and all-girl stunt classes are also available. The nine-week session begins May 30 and runs through July 29. The cost is $75 and classes are available Monday through Friday. Cheer It Up! is located at 2255 W. Choctaw St. More information is available on the
TV SportsWatch for Wednesday (All times Eastern) Schedule subject to change and/or blackouts. GOLF 1 p.m. TGC — The Memorial Skins Game, at Dublin, Ohio MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 8 p.m. ESPN — Cincinnati at St. Louis NHL HOCKEY 8 p.m. VERSUS — Playoffs, finals, game 3, Chicago at Philadelphia TENNIS Noon ESPN2 — French Open, men’s quarterfinals, at Paris
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL National League At A Glance East Division W L Pct GB Atlanta 29 22 .569 — Philadelphia 28 22 .560 1/2 Florida 26 26 .500 3 1/2 New York 26 26 .500 3 1/2 Washington 26 26 .500 3 1/2 Central Division W L Pct GB Cincinnati 30 22 .577 — St. Louis 30 22 .577 — Chicago 24 28 .462 6 Milwaukee 21 30 .412 8 1/2 Pittsburgh 21 31 .404 9 Houston 17 34 .333 12 1/2 West Division W L Pct GB San Diego 31 20 .608 — Los Angeles 29 22 .569 2 San Francisco 27 23 .540 3 1/2 Colorado 27 24 .529 4 Arizona 20 32 .385 11 1/2 Monday’s Games Atlanta 9, Philadelphia 3 Florida 13, Milwaukee 5 Pittsburgh 2, Chicago Cubs 1 Washington 14, Houston 4 Colorado 4, San Francisco 0 St. Louis 12, Cincinnati 4
American League At A Glance East Division W Tampa Bay 34 New York 31 Toronto 31 Boston 29 Baltimore 15 Central Division W Minnesota 31 Detroit 26 Chicago 22 Kansas City 21 Cleveland 18 West Division W Oakland 28 Texas 26 Los Angeles 26 Seattle 19 Monday’s Games
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N.Y. Yankees 11, Cleveland 2 Oakland 4, Detroit 1 L.A. Angels 7, Kansas City 1 Toronto 3, Tampa Bay 2 Minnesota 5, Seattle 4 Tuesday’s Games Baltimore at N.Y. Yankees, late Cleveland at Detroit, late Tampa Bay at Toronto, late Oakland at Boston, late L.A. Angels at Kansas City, late Texas at Ch. White Sox, late Minnesota at Seattle, late Wednesday’s Games Baltimore (Bergesen 3-3) at N.Y. Yankees (P.Hughes 6-1), 6:05 p.m. Cleveland (Carmona 4-3) at Detroit (Galarraga 1-1), 6:05 p.m. Tampa Bay (Price 7-2) at Toronto (Marcum 5-1), 6:07 p.m. Oakland (Sheets 2-3) at Boston (Matsuzaka 3-2), 6:10 p.m. L.A. Angels (Kazmir 3-5) at Kansas City (Davies 4-3), 7:10 p.m. Texas (Feldman 2-5) at Chicago White Sox (Floyd 2-5), 7:10 p.m. Minnesota (Slowey 6-3) at Seattle (Cl.Lee 3-2), 9:10 p.m. Thursday’s Games Baltimore at N.Y. Yankees, 12:05 p.m. Cleveland at Detroit, 12:05 p.m. Oakland at Boston, 12:35 p.m. L.A. Angels at Kansas City, 1:10 p.m. Texas at Ch. White Sox, 7:10 p.m. Minnesota at Seattle, 9:10 p.m.
PRO BASKETBALL NBAPlayoff Glance All Times EDT CONFERENCE FINALS EASTERN CONFERENCE Boston 4, Orlando 2 May 16: Boston 92, Orlando 88 May 18: Boston 95, Orlando 92 May 22: Boston 94, Orlando 71 May 24: Orlando 96, Boston 92, OT May 26: Orlando 113, Boston 92 May 28: Boston 96, Orlando 84 WESTERN CONFERENCE L.A. Lakers 4, Phoenix 2 May 17: L.A. Lakers 128, Phoenix 107 May 19: L.A. Lakers 124, Phoenix 112 May 23: Phoenix 118, L.A. Lakers 109 May 25: Phoenix 115, L.A. Lakers 106
May 27: L.A. Lakers 103, Phoenix 101 May 29: L.A. Lakers 111, Phoenix 103 NBA FINALS Boston vs. L.A. Lakers Thursday, June 3: Boston at L.A. Lakers, 9 p.m. Sunday, June 6: Boston at L.A. Lakers, 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 8: L.A. Lakers at Boston, 9 p.m. Thursday, June 10: L.A. Lakers at Boston, 9 p.m. x-Sunday, June 13: L.A. Lakers at Boston, 8 p.m. x-Tuesday, June 15: Boston at L.A. Lakers, 9 p.m. x-Thursday, June 17: Boston at L.A. Lakers, 9 p.m.
PRO HOCKEY NHL Playoff Glance All Times EDT CONFERENCE FINALS EASTERN CONFERENCE Philadelphia 4, Montreal 1 May 16: Philadelphia 6, Montreal 0 May 18: Philadelphia 3, Montreal 0 May 20: Montreal 5, Philadelphia 1 May 22: Philadelphia 3, Montreal 0 May 24: Philadelphia 4, Montreal 2 WESTERN CONFERENCE Chicago 4, San Jose 0 May 16: Chicago 2, San Jose 1 May 18: Chicago 4, San Jose 2 May 21: Chicago 3, San Jose 2, OT May 23: Chicago 4, San Jose 2 STANLEY CUP FINALS Chicago 2, Philadelphia 0 Saturday, May 29: Chicago Philadelphia 5 Monday, May 31: Chicago Philadelphia 1 Wednesday, June 2: Chicago Philadelphia, 8 p.m. Friday, June 4: Chicago Philadelphia, 8 p.m. x-Sunday, June 6: Philadelphia Chicago, 8 p.m. x-Wednesday, June 9: Chicago Philadelphia, 8 p.m. x-Friday, June 11: Philadelphia Chicago, 8 p.m.
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