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  • TNT analysts speak out against Scott Brooks' firing

    Mel Bracht | Published: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    TNT’s NBA studio crew, including Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal and Kenny Smith, spoke out against the firing of Oklahoma City Thunder coach Scott Brooks on Wednesday night during the pregame show before Game 2 of Trail Blazers/Grizzlies series. Here are excerpts of their comments:  ...

  • Texas’ Charlie Strong says he has better hold on team in 2nd season

    Erik Horne | Published: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    The biggest difference for Charlie Strong this offseason from his first in Austin? For one, he’s not running off as many players. There’s still summer to come, a time in 2014 when Strong dismissed multiple players from Texas, but the second-year Longhorns coach says he knows more about his team...

  • TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin will return in May from wrist surgery

    Erik Horne | Published: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    TCU coach Gary Patterson said quarterback Trevone Boykin will be back on the field at the end of May following surgery on his left wrist. Patterson said Boykin, who had surgery on his non-throwing wrist in early April, won’t miss any of TCU’s summer workouts. The senior-to-be will be one of the...

  • Baylor coach Art Briles says schedule had ‘zero effect’ on Bears missing College Football Playoff

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    Baylor football has been criticized in recent years for its soft non-conference schedule, and the Bears paid the price for it last season when they were left out of the College Football Playoff. But coach Art Briles said Tuesday on the Big 12 Spring Football Coaches’ Teleconference that the...

  • Dave Bliss: Reaction to the disgraced ex-Baylor coach's hiring at Southwestern Christian University

    Erik Horne | Updated: Mon, Apr 6, 2015

    Dave Bliss is making a return to college basketball after 12 years. The former OU, SMU, New Mexico and Baylor coach has resurfaced at NAIA Southwestern Christian University as its new men’s basketball coach (you can read Berry Tramel’s breaking news story here and his column where he speaks to...

  • WATCH: Georgia State's Ron Hunter falls out of chair celebrating NCAA Tournament upset of Baylor

    Erik Horne | Published: Thu, Mar 19, 2015

    When Big 12 Tournament winner and No. 3-seed Iowa State lost to UAB 60-59 in its opening game of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday, I was as stunned as anyone. At least the Big 12 still had Baylor, another 3-seed, going up against 14-seed Georgia State, right? Wrong. R.J. Hunter hit a DEEP 3 for […]

  • VOTE: The Dallas Cowboys' starting running back in 2015 should be ...?

    Erik Horne | Published: Mon, Feb 23, 2015

    Who should be the starting running back for the Dallas Cowboys next season? Adrian Peterson’s agent reportedly says he’s done in Minnesota. The NFL Draft is deep at running back. Oh, and the Cowboys might have the best ball carrier in the NFL on their roster already. Which makes for an...

  • TNT's Charles Barkley praises Thunder for acquiring inside scoring threat

    Mel Bracht | Published: Fri, Feb 20, 2015

    TNT analyst Charles Barkley, who regularly has criticized the Oklahoma City Thunder for its lack of an inside scoring threat, heartily endorsed the Thunder’s trade Thursday that brought Utah Jazz center Enes Kanter to the Thunder. Barkley spoke on the pregame show before TNT’s telecast of the...

  • The Oklahoman sports department wins second consecutive APSE ‘Grand Slam’

    Erik Horne | Published: Wed, Feb 11, 2015

    The Oklahoman sports department has hit back-to-back grand slams. On Tuesday, The Oklahoman was officially announced as one of select media groups nationwide to earn the distinction of “grand slam” winner in the Associated Press Sports Editors contest in Orlando, Fla. It’s the second consecutive...

  • What Big 12 football teams would look like in rival colors

    Erik Horne | Published: Wed, Jan 14, 2015

    Ever wonder what OU’s jerseys would look like in burnt orange? How about Texas if its colors were crimson and cream? If you’re a fan of each school, the answer is probably a resounding “no.” But someone went through the effort of creating images of what Big 12 schools would look like if they wore...

  • Big 12 football: Oklahoma 25-to-1, Oklahoma State 50-to-1 to win 2015 College Football Playoff

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Jan 13, 2015

    Despite its ugly finish to the 2014 season, Oklahoma is still one of the Vegas favorites to win the 2015 College Football Playoff. According to’s football futures, OU is a 25-to-1 favorite to win the championship. Ohio State is the super-early odds leader at 5-to-1, followed by TCU...

  • Thank you, Doug McNiven ... and all of our readers

    Erik Horne | Published: Thu, Jan 1, 2015

    A few weeks ago, we here at The Oklahoman put out a call for the biggest Michigan State fan in the Oklahoma City area who was a subscriber to the paper. Numerous people responded to the call on social media, and we selected Doug McNiven as the recipient of an autographed football from former MSU […]

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