Senior Brenna Dowell (Gymnast of the Week), junior Jade Degouveia (Event Specialist of the Week) and freshman Olivia Trautman (Newcomer of the Week) each received accolades from the league.,Dowell was named the Big 12 Gymnast of the Week for the second time in her career after competing in the all-around for the first time at the collegiate level.,Dowell’s beam score was a career high as she made her collegiate debut on the event.,Degouveia earned her second career Big 12 honor and first recognition as Event Specialist after setting a career high on both vault and floor.,In her collegiate debut, Trautman shined as she competed on three events to earn her first career Big 12 weekly honor.

The OU women’s gymnastics team posted the best opening weekend score in NCAA history to earn the nation’s No. 1 ranking this week.,Nine Sooners earned 24 individual national rankings this weekend, with an OU gymnast holding at least a share of the No. 1 spot on every event.,Junior Maggie Nichols holds the No. 1 spot on vault (10.0), beam (9.975) and the all-around (39.750).,Joining Nichols in the vault rankings are junior Jade Degouveia, who tied for No. 4 with a career-high 9.95 and Dowell and senior Nicole Lehrmann, who are tied for No. 7 with a 9.9.,Along with Nichols, Webb (No. 4 – 9.925) Trautman (No. 7 – 9.9), Lehrmann (No. 7 – 9.9), Dowell (No. 15 – 9.875) and sophomore Carly Woodard (No. 15 – 9.875) are all ranked on beam.

For example, did you know that the 1969 Jamestown High School graduate worked with, was the athletic trainer for or oversaw the rehabilitation of, among others: baseball Hall-of-Famers Sandy Koufax, Mike Piazza, Gary Carter, Ozzie Smith and Roberto Alomar; NFL Hall-of-Famer Steve Largent; and heavyweight boxing champion Riddick Bowe?,Did you know that Lopriore was a certified athletic trainer with the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Arizona Diamondbacks (as the rehabilitation director), the New York Mets, the Cincinnati Reds and the Detroit Tigers organizations?,Beyond his work at the professional level, Lopriore also had extensive college experience, including a four-year stint as the head athletic trainer at the University of New Orleans; and served as co-coordinator of medical services for the 1990 NCAA Southeast Regional men’s basketball tournament at the Superdome.,Between his time in baseball and at the University of Orleans, Lopriore spent five years as the staff trainer at the Kenner Regional Medical Center in Kenner, La.,Lopriore began his career as a graduate assistant athletic trainer at Louisiana-Lafayette (1977-79) and returned to the school as an assistant athletic trainer and physical education instructor from 1982-84.

Fayetteville, Ark.- Maggie Nichols scored the first perfect 10 of the 2019 season and the No. 2 Oklahoma women’s gymnastics team opened the year with a statement victory, downing No. 12 Arkansas 198.050-195.575.,Nichols now has five perfect 10s on vault and 16 in her career, earning the Sooners’ 40th perfect score in program history.,Nichols won the event title on vault, beam (9.975) and the all-around (39.750) while senior Nicole Lehrmann took the top spot on bars with a 9.95 and freshman Olivia Trautman took home a share of floor with a 9.95.,Lehrmann debuted an upgraded vault, a Yurchenko 1.5, for her senior season, tying her career high with a 9.9.,Back in the lineup for the first time since mid-last season, sophomore Carly Woodard was gorgeous in the No. 3 spot for a 9.875.

In their first season in Indianapolis, head coach Frank Reich, left, and offensive coordinator and Jamestown native Nick Sirianni have guided the Colts into the playoffs.,Father Fran, a member of the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame, coached Southwestern High School from the mid-1970s to the early 1980s; brother Mike is the head coach at Washington & Jefferson College where he has compiled one of the best winning percentages in the NCAA; and brother Jay coached Southwestern to a pair of New York State Public High School Athletic Association championships in 2008 and 2009.,Once the youngest Sirianni arrived at the University of Mount Union, he played for Larry Kehres, who guided the Purple Raiders to 11 national championships in his career.,Upon his graduation, Sirianni began his climb up the coaching ranks with stops at Mount Union, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, the Kansas Chiefs and the San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers, before joining Reich’s staff in Indianapolis last February.,“One of the reasons I’m in the position I’m in now is because of the successful coaches I’ve been around, starting with growing up in a coach’s house, learning how to coach with my brothers, and then, obviously, playing for the most successful coach in NCAA football history in Larry Kehres,” he told The Post-Journal last October.

Lacking sufficient students willing and able to pay for costly basketball tickets to fill the new Pauley Pavilion, why should UCLA cough up millions any top-market basketball coach would feel himself to be worth?,How much did it cost UCLA to serve as an uncompensated NBA training camp?My vision of UCLA basketball is somewhat different from Plaschkes: Ticket prices reduced precisely because the coach is not being paid the stellar wage commensurate with a rock star status, and students cheering for actual student-athletes who might go into fields other than pro.,The simple fact is that UCLA does not have someone who knows what he is doing and therein lies UCLAs problem over the past 16 years of Dan Guerreros tenure.Success at the highest level in the two major sports, football and basketball, requires not onlya top-flight coach, but also a top-flight athletic director.,Trump U., for example.Michael JenningVan Nuys::Bill Plaschke, just what was the purpose of your hatchet job description of the UCLA basketball program in your column on New Years Day?,Of course, I was watching the Lady Bruins and their coach, Cori Close.Now that the mens program is looking for someone to take over for coach Alford, perhaps UCLA look no further than its own campus.Mike FeixChino HIlls::For front page news on New Years Day we are offered Bill Plaschkes lament on the failure of basketball at UCLA.

The 237th Bedlam meeting will tip at 1 p.m. CT in OU’s first Saturday home game of the season.,• OU has won 19 of its last 21 games inside Lloyd Noble Center and 21 of its last 23 “home” games (includes victories in OKC and Tulsa).,• Saturday’s matchup is just OU’s fourth game at Lloyd Noble Center this season.,• Oklahoma averages 35.8 paint points per game and is averaging 41.0 paint points over its last four games.,• Oklahoma is 8-2 in games away from Norman this season (includes “home” victories in OKC and Tulsa).

The Sooners lead the all-time series with the Razorbacks, 15-2, and have won the last 11 meetings between the two teams, including last year’s meeting at the Lloyd Noble Center.,Brenna Dowell, Ashley Hiller, Nicole Lehrmann and Alex Marks make up this year’s talented group.,OU is ranked No. 2 in the WCGA preseason coaches’ poll, the fifth straight season the Sooners have been ranked in the top two to begin the year.,Oklahoma returns six previous NCAA All-Americans who own 22 total accolades: Jade Degouveia (VT), Brenna Dowell (UB, VT, FX), Nicole Lehrmann (UB, BB), Maggie Nichols (AA, VT, UB, BB, FX), Bre Showers (VT, AA) and Anastasia Webb (FX).,The Big 12 Championship will be hosted at the Lloyd Noble Center on Saturday, March 23, at 1 p.m. CST and will air on ESPNU.

The road was paved to the Final Four, but Nevada’s run ended with a one-point loss to Cinderella story Loyola-Chicago, a bitter end to a banner year that saw Nevada win the Mountain West, earn 29 victories (tied for the most in program history) and reach the Sweet 16 for the second time ever.,Dan Avansino takes aim at Manogue Reno High’s Dan Avansino entered 2018 as the longest-tenured Northern Nevada football coach at the 4A level with the same school.,Nevada women reach MW Tournament final The Wolf Pack women’s basketball team had an up-and-down first season under head coach Amanda Levens, but it ended in historic fashion, with Nevada reaching the Mountain West Tournament title game for the first time in its history.,The Wolf Pack led Boise State for much of the game before a buzzer-beater sent the Broncos to a 62-60 win to deprive Nevada of its first NCAA Tournament berth.,When it was founded in 2008, the Bighorns were Northern Nevada’s first affiliated minor-league team in more than 15 years after the city lost the Reno Silver Sox in 1992.

Charter Communications Inc., the third largest-U.S. pay-TV provider, had a midnight deadline Dec. 31 to renew a programming agreement with Tribune Media Co. or potentially lose local stations in 24 markets including Los Angeles, New York and Chicago.,Because Tribune’s stations include Fox and CBS affiliates, the blackout could disrupt coverage of NCAA basketball games and NFL playoffs this weekend, starting with the Seattle Seahawks versus Dallas Cowboys Saturday in a game to be carried on Fox.,According to Tribune Broadcasting, the blackout affects roughly 6 million cable customers who had access to local Tribune stations, while 14 million customers lost access to WGN America, the company’s basic subscriber losses for the pay-TV industry in the third quarter have added to the pressure on media companies and cable and satellite operators during the current round of renewal talks.,Earlier this month, Nexstar Media Group Inc. agreed to buy Tribune Media for $4.1 billion, potentially surpassing Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. and forming the largest local-TV broadcaster in the U.S. Tribune’s total of 42 stations include Fox, CBS, NBC and ABC affiliates, as well as CW and MyNetworkTV.,Charter has a big presence in Los Angeles, where Chicago-based Tribune’s KTLA is scheduled to broadcast the Tournament of Roses Parade New Year’s Day.