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TULSA-SWILLING

Ex Tulsa basketball player Swilling denied waiver

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - The NCAA has denied former Tulsa basketball player Patrick Swilling's request for a progress-toward-degree waiver to play football based on academic eligibility.

Tulsa made the announcement Wednesday.

Swilling was accused of sexual assault earlier this year, but no charges were filed. He was suspended from the basketball team in February and did not play again. The university eventually cleared him of any violations of the student code of conduct. The student involved in the assault accusation is suing Tulsa for failing to protect her.

Swilling averaged 8.6 points per game for the Tulsa basketball team last season. He had played at St. Joseph's and the College of Southern Idaho. His father, Pat, is a former All-Pro NFL linebacker.

Swilling has no athletic eligibility remaining.

OKLAHOMA-TULSA TICKETS

Tickets to go on sale for Oklahoma-Tulsa game

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Tickets to the University of Oklahoma-University of Tulsa football game in Tulsa will go on sale online this weekend.

TU announced Wednesday that tickets will be available online starting Saturday. Any tickets remaining after the weekend will be available through the TU Athletic Ticket Office.

All tickets are $90.

The Sooners will play the Golden Hurricane Sept. 6 starting at 11 a.m. at H.A. Chapman Stadium in Tulsa.

ORAL ROBERTS-SCHEDULE

Oral Roberts announces basketball schedule

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Oral Roberts University has released its basketball schedule for the coming season.

The schedule released Wednesday includes games against Oklahoma, Missouri, Memphis and the annual cross-town rivalry game with Tulsa.

ORU will open with exhibition games on Nov. 3 and Nov. 8 against East Central and Rogers State before the season-opener at home on Nov. 15 against Tulsa.

The Golden Eagles will play at Missouri on Nov. 19, at OU on Dec. 16 and at Memphis on Dec. 20.

Summit League play will begin for ORU on Jan. 2 at North Dakota State, followed by the conference home-opener on Jan. 7 against IUPUI.

SIMS-ROOKIE AWARD

Tulsa's Sims is WNBA Rookie of the Month

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - The Tulsa Shock's Odyssey Sims has been the WNBA's Rookie of the Month for August - the second straight month she won the award.

The award was announced Wednesday.

Sims averaged 23.5 points and 4 assists per game during the month while scoring 20 or more points in five of six games during the month.

Sims was selected by the Shock as the second overall pick in the 2014 WNBA draft.

WNBA MVP

AP source: Lynx's Moore has won WNBA MVP award

(AP) - A person close to the situation says Minnesota's Maya Moore has won the WNBA most valuable player award.

The person says Moore will receive the award Thursday night in Minnesota before the Lynx face San Antonio in the first game of the Western Conference semifinals. The person spoke to The Associated Press late Wednesday night on condition of anonymity because no official announcement has been made.

Phoenix's Diana Taurasi finished second and Atlanta's Angel McCoughtry was third, the person said.

It's the first league MVP award for Moore, who led the league in scoring. She averaged a career-best 23.9 points a set a WNBA record by scoring at least 30 points 12 times, including in four straight games.

She finished second in the award voting last season before being named the finals MVP.

ILLINOIS-QUARTERBACK

No surprise, Lunt named starting QB at Illinois

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - Illinois coach Tim Beckman has named Wes Lunt as starting quarterback, making official what Illini fans have long expected.

Beckman said offensive coordinator Bill Cubit gave Lunt the news Wednesday before practice.

Beckman has insisted Lunt was competing with Reilly O'Toole and Aaron Bailey for the starting spot, but few doubted the strong-armed Lunt would be the starter.

Lunt transferred to Illinois from Oklahoma State but is from Rochester, just outside Springfield. He said Wednesday that getting the starting nod is "a dream come true."

Lunt started as a freshman at Oklahoma State in the 2012 season before losing the job to injury. He sat out last season under NCAA transfer rules.

Illinois opens its season at home against Youngstown State on Aug. 30.

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