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January 23, 2013

Area briefs

OU spring game set for April 13

NORMAN — Oklahoma has set its annual spring football game for April 13.

The university also announced Tuesday that it will continue its new custom of holding the Big Sooner BBQ before kickoff.

A kickoff time and ticketing information will be released later, once the school finishes working out the details.

All seating is general admission and parking will be free at OU lots. Regular game polices regarding prohibited items will be in force.

Members of the Sooner Kids Club and children 5 and younger will be admitted free. OU students also are admitted free by showing a current OU ID at the gate.

Okay High to host benefit

A Donkey basketball benefit will be at Okay High School gym on Thursday. The event will benefit area Special Olympics. Cost is $8 at the gate.

Sooner softball preseason No. 2

NORMAN – Coming off an appearance in the Women’s College World Series Championship Finals, the University of Oklahoma softball team enters the 2013 season as the No. 2 team in the country according to the USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Preseason Poll, announced Tuesday.

The No. 2 ranking matches Oklahoma’s highest preseason ranking in school history, as OU also started the 2001 season as the second-ranked team in the country. It’s the 12th time under head coach Patty Gasso that the Sooners have started the year in the top 10 and the sixth time the team has started in the top five.

The Sooners, who finished with a 54-10 record overall and  19-5 mark in the Big 12 a year ago, earned five of the 31 possible first-place votes.

Defending national champion Alabama captured 21 of the 31 first-place votes to grab the No. 1 ranking. California, which received one first-place vote, is ranked third, while Arizona State and Oregon round out the top five.

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