• Women's College World Series: Michigan trips Alabama, 5-0

    By Jason Kersey | Published: Thu, May 28, 2015

    Third-seeded Michigan beat No. 6 seed Alabama 5-0 Thursday night in the third game of the Women’s College World Series’ opening day. Michigan advances to face either Oregon or UCLA — who played later Thursday — at 8:30 p.m. Friday. Michigan (57-6) took an early lead when sophomore left fielder Kelly Christner hit a solo home run over the center field fence in the bottom of the first inning. The Wolverines added to their lead when senior catcher Lauren Sweet cleared the bases with a grand slam in the bottom of the fourth. Michigan won twice at Alabama in late February, with Sweet homering in the first game and Christner adding a home run in the second. Michigan sophomore pitcher Megan Betsa threw a

  • Live Coverage: Women's College World Series

    staf reports | Updated: 17 hr ago

    The Women's College World Series is back underway from ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City. Follow The Oklahoman's live coverage for scores and weather updates.

  • Women's College World Series: Weather problems no big deal to Alabama

    By Jason Kersey | Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    The only time Alabama won a national title, a rain delay actually turned out to be a blessing.

  • Bob Stoops issues statement on Justice Hansen, says no transfer restrictions in place

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Wed, May 27, 2015

    NORMAN — Oklahoma’s quarterback derby is down to three. Redshirt freshman quarterback Justice Hansen announced Wednesday that he will transfer. He released a statement on Twitter. News of Hansen’s transfer was first reported by SoonerScoop.com. Hansen, a former Edmond Santa Fe standout, signed with OU in the 2014 recruiting class and redshirted last season. He […]

  • Women's College World Series notebook: Familiar foes reunite at Series

    By John Walker, Berry Tramel and Jason Kersey | Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    With the tournament sporting five SEC schools and two from the Pac-12, this year’s matchups will feature familiar faces for the opposition. Each team in the WCWS has previously played against one of the other teams during the regular season. Oregon and UCLA played its conference series in early April. UCLA struck first with an impressive 8-1 victory in the first of three games. The Ducks hit their stride to end the series with a staggering 16-4 advantage over the Bruins in the final two games. “I look at this as an opportunity to get back out there,” UCLA coach Kelly Inouye-Perez said. “We’re very familiar, very prepared, but we’re in a new season.” Alabama and Michigan mark the lone out-of-conference

  • Women's College World Series: Eight things to know about UCLA

    By Jason Kersey | Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    WCWS — UCLA is back in the field for the first time in five years. Here’s five things to know about the Bruins, who have won a record 11 Women’s College World Series titles.

  • Women's College World Series: Oregon softball coach Mike White asks Oklahoma fans for forgiveness

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Wed, May 27, 2015

    Oregon softball coach Mike White asked Oklahoma fans for forgiveness. Considering the Sooners didn’t qualify for this year’s Women’s College World Series, coaches were asked at a Wednesday news conference to make the case for local fans to jump on their bandwagon. Alabama coach Patrick Murphy — whose Crimson Tide squad eliminated OU in last […]

  • Women's College World Series: Q&A with Chris Sebren, director of championships for ASA/USA softball

    By Jason Kersey | Updated: Wed, May 27, 2015

    Sebren spoke with The Oklahoman on Wednesday about field conditions, preventative measures taken to keep the field in top shape and contingency plans in case there are significant weather delays during the WCWS.

  • Women's College World Series: Oklahoma's Lauren Chamberlain will watch from home

    Jason Kersey | Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    Lauren Chamberlain is looking forward to the Women’s College World Series, even though her team didn’t make it. The Oklahoma slugger — who just ended her record-breaking career in last weekend’s Super Regional loss at Alabama — won’t watch the World Series in person, though. “That would be hard for me, but I will definitely […]

  • Women's College World Series: Alabama coach Patrick Murphy's faith well-placed in Marisa Runyon, who became the Sooner killer

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Wed, May 27, 2015

    Sophomore Marisa Runyon is one of the best hitters on Alabama’s softball team. Her 19 home runs and 79 RBIs lead the Crimson Tide, and she’s batting .335 this season. But for most of Alabama’s Super Regional against Oklahoma last weekend, Runyon struggled to produce much of anything at the plate. She was 0-for-8 entering her final Super Regional at-bat, which came in the bottom of the sixth of Game 3 with Alabama trailing 3-1. Bama coach Patrick Murphy had even pinch hit for Runyon earlier in that game because of her slump. “I wasn’t concerned at all, because she’s one of the easiest-going kids we’ve ever had,” Murphy said Wednesday at a Women’s College

  • Women's College World Series: Eight things to know about Alabama

    By Jason Kersey | Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    WCWS — The team kept the Oklahoma Sooners out of the Women’s College World Series is back for the 10th time in 19 years of existence.

  • OU football: Graduate transfers Blake Countess, Matt Hegarty heading elsewhere

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Tue, May 26, 2015

    NORMAN — Two potential graduate transfers who were considering Oklahoma both announced they would play elsewhere next season. Former Michigan cornerback Blake Countess announced he will transfer to Auburn, and former Notre Dame offensive lineman Matt Hegarty is heading to Oregon. Countess started 30 career games at Michigan, earning All-Big Ten first-team honors after his […]

  • OU football: Q&A with prep running back Lamical Perine

    BY JASON KERSEY | Published: Sat, May 23, 2015

    Lamical Perine would very much like an Oklahoma scholarship offer ... a three-star running back from Theodore, Ala., Perine has offers from Mississippi State and several mid-major schools.

  • How OU pole vaulter Tanner Williams went from scared teenager to fearless gay rights advocate

    By Jason Kersey | Published: Sat, May 23, 2015

    The young man who 17 months ago leaned across the table at a popular Mexican restaurant and whispered to tell his best friend his deepest secret is now the first openly gay, NCAA Division I athlete to publicly announce his marriage.

  • Oklahoma football: OU, Tulane agree to three-game series in 2017, 2021 and 2024

    Jason Kersey | Published: Thu, May 21, 2015

    NORMAN — Oklahoma and Tulane will meet on the football field for the first time. The two schools announced a three-game series beginning Sept. 16, 2017 in Norman. The Sooners will play at Tulane’s New Orleans stadium in 2021, and the Green Wave returns to Norman in 2024. Dates for the second two games haven’t […]

  • Oklahoma softball: Shelby Pendley injured during Thursday's Super Regional practice

    Jason Kersey | Published: Thu, May 21, 2015

    Oklahoma senior shortstop Shelby Pendley was injured during Thursday afternoon’s practice in Tuscaloosa, Ala., after colliding with another player. Pendley, the two-time Big 12 Player of the Year, was helped off the field and didn’t put any pressure on her right foot. “Nothing much but a little bit of a tweak,” OU coach Patty Gasso […]

  • Oklahoma softball: Kelsey Arnold is a defensive staple for Sooners

    By Jason Kersey | Published: Wed, May 20, 2015

    The former Holland Hall standout has started 54 games this season — 48 at third base and six at second base — but isn't a consistent presence in the batting order. She didn't get any at-bats in the Sooners’ three games in last weekend’s NCAA Regional, and will likely stay on defense only when No. 11 seed Oklahoma opens Super Regional play Friday at sixth-seeded Alabama.

  • The Non-Fiction Writers podcast: Talking Oklahoma football, softball, baseball and basketball

    Jason Kersey | Published: Mon, May 18, 2015

    Welcome to the home of “The Non-Fiction Writers,” NewsOK.com’s OU football podcast from beat writers Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber. The podcast’s name is a nod to legendary former OU football coach Barry Switzer, who has famously referred to reporters as “fiction writers.” You can click on the link below to listen and download the […]

  • Oklahoma women's basketball: Sherri Coale talks potential rule changes, playing four quarters

    Jason Kersey | Published: Mon, May 18, 2015

    NORMAN — The NCAA women’s basketball rules committee announced some suggested changes last week, the most radical of which is playing four 10-minute quarters instead of two halves. The rules committee also proposed advancing the ball to the frontcourt after a timeout within the final minute of a game, and resetting team fouls after each […]

  • OU softball: Oklahoma defeats Texas A&M to win Norman Regional

    BY JASON KERSEY | Published: Sun, May 17, 2015

    Paige Parker pitched a three-hit shutout and Oklahoma advanced to the Super Regional round of the NCAA Tournament with a 2-0 victory over the Aggies.