Oklahoma’s Joe Mixon declares for NFL Draft

NORMAN, Okla. — Joe Mixon, the star Oklahoma running back who was suspended for the 2014 season after punching a woman in the face, will enter the NFL draft. Mixon made the announcement in a statement on his Twitter account Thursday. He thanked Oklahoma’s coaches, administrators, support staff and fans. “I promise not to waste the second chance that was given to me,” Mixon said in the statement. “I owe that to my coaches who believed in me, my teammates who stood by me, and the University that gave me an education that I always will be thankful for.” Mixon’s lawyers released video last month of him breaking Oklahoma student Amelia Molitor’s jaw and cheekbone in July 2014, and heavy criticism of Mixon and Sooners coach Bob…

Illegal Ghana Premier League: New Edubiase CEO threatens legal action against the GFA New Edubiase CEO, Abdul Salam Yakubu has threatened to take legal action against the Ghana Football Association on the basis that Dreams FC was unqualified to play in last season’s Ghana Premier League. The club CEO wants his side reinstated into this season’s league, arguing that the six-points that Dreams FC won from his side in last season’s league should not stand if they are now disqualified. New Edubiase placed 16th after a poor season in the 2015/16 Ghana Premier League and were consequently relegated from the topflight. Dawu-based Dreams FC beat New Edubiase both home and away last season en route to placing 9th on the league log, but were demoted to the second tier after they lost a protest to Tema Youth for fielding...

Olivia and Jack are top baby names for Scots Olivia and Jack have been revealed as the most popular baby names in Scotland for 2016. Jack tops the chart for the ninth consecutive year in a row while Olivia heads the girls names list for the first time ever, rising from third place last year. This year saw 492 girls named Olivia and 465 boys called Jack. The National Records of Scotland ‘Babies’ First Names 2016’ shows Emily in second place, followed by Sophie. James and Oliver came in second and third place for boys. A total of 26,408 births for boys and 24,489 girls were registered in Scotland up to 3 December 2016. Sophie fell from second to third place, after being the top name from 2005 to 2013. Isla remained in fourth, Ava went up one place to fifth and Amelia also rose...

Brisbane's $100 million cruise ship terminal gets closer Brisbane's new $100 million cruise ship terminal at the mouth of the Brisbane River at Luggage Point has 80 per cent of its approvals in place and the project will now seek approval from State Cabinet in early 2017. Approvals with Brisbane City Council to upgrade roads are now in place and Maritime Safety Queensland has ruled the cruise ship's "swing basin" capacity as suitable for the first five years. Concept design for Brisbane's planned mega-cruise ship terminal. Photo: Supplied A second swing basin closer to the mouth of the river could be needed after five years, Maritime Safety Queensland simulations show. Early environmental studies show no major problems, with minor impact to mangroves in the vicinity. The new terminal could be operational as soon as 2019. Photo: Supplied ...

Why Kevin Durant rejected meeting with Knicks during free agency OAKLAND — Kevin Durant was stationed in the Hamptons over the summer during his free agent meetings, less than 100 miles from the Garden. But even with this proximity and pleas from Carmelo Anthony, Durant said he decided against sitting down with New York's brass for a "simple" reason. "Uh, because I didn't want to." Durant met with mostly contending teams (Warriors, Spurs, Thunder and Clippers) in July, but also listened to the Heat and Celtics. He ultimately formed the Super Duper team by signing with the Warriors on a two-year, $54.3 million contract with an opt-out after this season. Follow the Daily News Sports on Facebook. "Like" us here. Anthony was very open about his attempts to lure Durant to NYC, but the Knicks...

Trump continues to sow confusion over his plan for Muslims entering the country Weeks before he is sworn in as president, Donald Trump and his advisers are issuing conflicting statements about the status of a signature tenet of his candidacy: restrictions on Muslims entering the United States. Trump this week once again declined an opportunity to clarify his position on the Muslim ban, which he first proposed a year ago, suggesting that his position has been consistent. This left his aides a day later insisting once again that the year-old proposal for a “total and complete shutdown” of Muslim immigration had evolved into something more nuanced. The public back-and-forth reflects the degree to which Trump’s aides have struggled to reshape his initial pronouncement into something more palatable to the public than an all-out ban on a ...

Frogs breed with their siblings and cousins after bushfires Three months after the Black Saturday bushfires incinerated the bushland around Kinglake, Jane Melville returned to check on her precious frogs. For the previous two years she had been studying the wild populations of two of the area's more common species: the southern brown tree frog and plains brown tree frog. Returning to the area north east of Melbourne that had been scorched by the firestorm was an anxious moment. Museum Victoria herpetologist Jane Melville found frogs around Kinglake had a shallower gene pool after Black Saturday, due to inbreeding. Photo: David Paul "I didn't quite know what to expect," the Museum Victoria herpetologist admitted. "We could have gone out there and found absolutely no frogs." Instead the frog calls that greeted Dr Melville and ...

Habs goalie coach Stéphane Waite making instructional videos to help kids Stéphane Waite’s favourite goalie when he was a kid growing up in Sherbrooke was Ken Dryden. So the Canadiens’ goalie coach got a real kick out of seeing a fan sitting in the first row behind one of the nets at the Bell Centre during a recent game wearing a replica Dryden mask. “Unbelievable, eh?” Waite said. “Awesome mask. I loved that mask.” While Dryden is in the Hockey Hall of Fame after winning six Stanley Cups with the Canadiens, his stand-up style wouldn’t work in today’s NHL. “I had Ken Dryden, Tony Esposito and Vladislav Tretiak … those were my three favourite goalies,” Waite said. “Kick saves or two-pad stacks … it was all about reaction with those goalies. Now, we ...