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    导出博客文章NORMAN, Okla. -- Desperate for a strong performance from its defense, Oklahoma
    found the perfect opponent in Kansas feeble offense.No. 16 Oklahomas offense did
    its usual thing -- rolling up 538 yards -- in a 56-3 rout of Kansas. Baker
    Mayfield threw for 236 yards and four touchdowns and receiver Dede Westbrook
    scored on a 71-yard punt return and a 41-yard reception for Oklahoma (6-2,
    5-0).But the Sooners defense -- much maligned after allowing 854 yards a week
    earlier in a 66-59 win over Texas Tech -- also did its part this time, limiting
    Kansas (1-7, 0-5) to 170 yards, the fewest by an Oklahoma opponent this
    season.Its positive to play well, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said. Its one week.
    Next week will be another journey. In our world, you live week to week. Right
    now, the guys responded and really played well in all parts.It was a defensive
    outing featuring two particularly memorable plays. After Kansas -- then trailing
    7-3 -- recovered a fumble at the Oklahoma 25, cornerback Jordan Thomas ended the
    threat with an interception at the 2-yard line, getting both feet just inbounds,
    then tossing the football away forcefully, as if to make a point.In the third
    quarter, Jordan Evans also picked off a pass by Kansas quarterback Montell
    Cozart and weaved his way for a 33-yard return for a touchdown, which meant the
    Sooners defense outscored Kansas offense.Sure, it came against Kansas, a team
    that now has lost 17 straight Big 12 games and 39 straight road games overall.
    But after the Texas Tech debacle, it was what the Sooners defenders needed.Weve
    been through a lot this past week, Oklahoma defensive coordinator Mike Stoops
    said. The guys played with a lot more energy and focus. Obviously, we got
    embarrassed a week ago. . The guys practiced well and prepared well and went out
    and executed. Its not that difficult.Kansas coach David Beaty noted the Sooners
    shut down the Jayhawks despite the absence of key players such as linebacker
    Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, who sat out with an injury.I have to take my hat off to them
    because I know theyve got a bunch of guys injured on their defense and they
    played a pretty good game, Beaty said.Mayfield, who threw a school-record seven
    touchdown passes against Texas Tech, threw three in the second quarter against
    the Jayhawks -- the 41-yarder to Westbrook, a 15-yarder to Mark Andrews and a
    9-yarders to Dimitri Flowers, the latter with 20 seconds left before halftime to
    put Oklahoma up 28-3. Mayfield finished 16-of-24 passing.Mayfields 15 touchdown
    passes in the Sooners last three games are a program record.THE TAKEAWAYKansas:
    The Jayhawks will win another Big 12 game and win on the road again someday, but
    that W probably wont come against the likes of Oklahoma or West Virginia, Kansas
    next opponent. But a home game against Iowa State looms on Nov. 12. Maybe that
    first streak ends then?Oklahoma: The Sooners said after starting the season 1-2,
    with losses to Houston and Ohio State, that they still had the Big 12 title as
    motivation. Now Oklahoma is atop the league, but the Sooners must finish the
    season with the gauntlet of Baylor, West Virginia and Oklahoma State.POLL
    IMPLICATIONSNo. 10 West Virginias loss at Oklahoma State and No. 13 Boise States
    loss at Wyoming should open up at least two spots for Oklahoma to move up in the
    Top 25 .WILD WESTBROOKWestbrook finished with 230 all-purpose yards. His punt
    return for a touchdown was the first by an Oklahoma player since Jalen Saunders
    vs. Oklahoma State on Dec. 7, 2013. After Kansas first-quarter field goal,
    Westbrook returned the ensuing kickoff out of the end zone for what looked like
    another touchdown, but a holding penalty wiped it out.Early in the second
    quarter, he made a diving catch on the 41-yard touchdown pass from Mayfield, one
    of his five receptions for 105 yards. Later in the quarter, on a receiver option
    on a third-and-16 play, he eschewed passing the ball and instead ran 24 yards
    for a first down.In five October games, he had 881 receiving yards and scored 12
    touchdowns. Nine of those scoring plays (including the punt return) went for 40
    or more yards. He has 1,035 receiving yards through eight games, making him only
    the sixth Oklahoma player to go over the 1,000-yard mark for a season.He is as
    good as advertised. Hes even better when youre looking at him down there on the
    sideline, Beaty said I mean, hes a really talented guy.UP NEXT:Kansas: The
    Jayhawks will travel next Saturday to face an angry West Virginia team coming
    off its first loss of the season.Oklahoma: It will be a short week for the
    Sooners, who will visit Iowa State on Thursday.
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    been a little fire. Or, in other words, the two teams would appear to have at
    least spoken. And spoken is defined as one calling the other to inquire, no
    more, no less. MINNEAPOLIS -- NFL commissioner Roger Goodells power to freely
    punish Adrian Peterson has prevailed, two seasons after the Minnesota Vikings
    running back became embroiled in a child-abuse case that heightened the dispute
    over league discipline.A three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of
    Appeals ruled Thursday that an NFL arbitrator acted within his rights by
    upholding Goodells six-game suspension of Peterson in 2014. That suspension was
    handed down under the personal conduct policy that the league toughened up
    following a?brutal act of caught-on-video domestic violence committed by
    Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice.The 8th Circuit ruling overrode the
    decision issued Feb. 26, 2015, by U.S. District Judge David Doty that found NFL
    arbitrator Harold Henderson overreached his authority in handling the NFL
    Players Associations appeal on behalf of Peterson.Appellate judges James Loken,
    Diana Murphy and Steven Colloton heard the leagues arguments Oct. 19, 2015.The
    dispositive question is whether the arbitrator was at least arguably construing
    or applying the contract, including the law of the shop, Colloton wrote for the
    panel. The arbitrator here undoubtedly construed the Rice decision in reaching
    his decision. Disagreement with his conclusion is not a valid ground on which to
    vacate the decision.The NFL had no immediate comment on the ruling, issued about
    27 months after the injuries to Petersons then-4-year-old son were
    reported.League sources told ESPNs Ed Werder that Peterson must pay the NFL the
    value of three game checks from the 2014 season, which is just under $2.1
    million.The NFLPA issued a statement of resignation.Our union pursues all claims
    because we believe in due process, fundamental fairness and in the spirit of
    collective bargaining agreements. While the NFLPA disagrees with the decision,
    we accept this loss, the union said. When negotiation or collective bargaining
    fails to resolve our differences, we will always fight and pursue every recourse
    for our players rights.The leagues primary argument was that a judge should not
    bbe able to intervene in a collectively bargained labor dispute like this, and
    the appeals court agreed.dddddddddddd.Doty had sided with the NFLPAs contention
    that the six-game ban, announced by Goodell on Aug. 28, 2014, couldnt apply
    retroactively to Peterson since the boy was hurt more than three months before
    the enhancement of the personal conduct policy. Peterson was indicted on Sept.
    12, 2014, by a grand jury in Texas after it found him guilty of disciplining the
    boy with a tree branch. He eventually pleaded no contest to misdemeanor reckless
    assault.Peterson was on paid leave for nine games. Then Goodell issued the
    unpaid suspension with six games left on Minnesotas schedule. The league
    collected half of the roughly $4.1 million that Peterson was to forfeit, the
    proration over a 17-week basis from his $11.75 million salary for that year. It
    held off on the remaining three-game fine, pending the NFLPAs petition to Doty
    to vacate Hendersons decision.After playing in only one game in 2014, Peterson
    returned to the Vikings last year and led the league in rushing with 1,485
    yards. The dispute in front of the 8th Circuit, then, boiled down to power,
    principle and a few million dollars.The league has been handed its share of
    court losses to the union, but not lately and not at the higher level.Three
    weeks ago, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York issued a rejection
    of requests by the NFLPA and Tom Brady to reconsider a decision that reinstated
    a four-game suspension of the New England Patriots quarterback. Brady was
    punished in relation to deflated footballs being used during the AFC
    championship game after the 2014 season.As with Deflategate, the Peterson case
    was ultimately about the scope of Goodells power over player discipline and its
    implications stretched well beyond the initial behavior that landed Peterson in
    trouble in the first place.Information from The Associated Press was included in
    this report. ' ' '