• Adrian Peterson: 'I won't ever use a switch again'

    Published: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    Former Oklahoma running back Adrian Peterson tells USA Today he's changed his ways.  "I won't ever use a switch again," Peterson said. "There's different situations where a child needs to be disciplined as far as timeout, taking their toys away, making them take a nap. There's so many different ways to discipline your kids." The NFL suspended the Minnesota Vikings' star running back Tuesday for at least the rest of the 2014 season after his no-contest plea to a misdemeanor reckless assault charge.

  • Kobe Bryant on Durant vs. Howard: You'll say things you don't really mean

    erik horne | Published: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    A big deal has been made of Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard not being looked at in the nicest way by NBA stars such as Kevin Durant and Kobe Bryant. And by "not being looked at in the nicest way," I mean being called a " p---y " and " soft " by Durant and Bryant, respectively, in a three-week stretch. But Bryant says he and Durant don't really mean the things they say sometimes. Things happen in the heat of the moment. Following the Lakers' 98-92 win over the Rockets,  Bryant was asked about his whether or not he actually thinks Howard is what Durant said he is: | "No, I don't feel that way. I don't think Kevin does, either," Bryant said. "In moments of confrontation during a game, you'll say things in the heat of the moment. "I know Dwight. I'm sure Kevin does. We don't really feel that way about him. It's like when you get in an argument with somebody, you'll say things out of frustration, out of anger, that you don't really mean."

  • Oklahoma fan's chat with Russell Westbrook receives national attention

    Published: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    When Ada resident Justin Rodrigues engaged in a “friendly” conversation with injured Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook, he didn’t imagine it would get national attention. But that’s exactly what happened, according to The Ada News. The 24-year-old Rodrigues is a native of Hilmar, California and a life-long Los Angeles Lakers fan who has lived in Ada for the past five years. He spent a few months as a volunteer assistant coach for the Ada High boys basketball team during the 2012-13 season.

  • Marcus Smart closer to returning to action for Celtics

    Published: Wed, Nov 19, 2014

    Marcus Smart looked like he'd be out for a while after what looked like a serious ankle injury a few weeks ago, but the Boston Celtics guard could be back on the court as early as Sunday. The Boston Globe's Gary Washburn says Smart was on the court with teammates Wednesday, taking jumpers with his left ankle taped. Twelve days ago, the former Oklahoma State guard was projected to be out two to three weeks. "I think there's the potential he could be back as early as next week," Celtics coach Brad Stevens said.

  • 2015 Big 12 football schedule released

    Published: Wed, Nov 19, 2014

    The 2015 Big 12 football schedule was released by the conference on Wednesday, and the slate features a 10-team, nine-game, round-robin schedule for the fifth-consecutive season. Oklahoma will open the Big 12 schedule against West Virginia Oct. 3 in Norman, while Oklahoma State begins a week earlier at Texas on Sept. 26. View the full Big 12 schedule here .

  • Why Texas A&M won't be playing Texas in a bowl

    Published: Wed, Nov 19, 2014

    Don't you miss the Texas-Texas A&M rivalry? Well, the two schools don't look like they'll be playing any time soon -- even in a bowl. Per HornsDigest.com, the Southeastern Conference reportedly has indicated to bowls with SEC vs. Big 12 tie-ins that the conference wouldn't support an Aggies vs. Longhorns matchup. From HornsDigest.com's Chip Brown: "In short, A&M has too much to lose from a potential loss. "Right now, the Aggies and Kevin Sumlin are seen as the school to beat in the Lone Star State in recruiting. Why risk diminishing that status with just more than two months until National Signing Day?"

  • VIDEO: Tim Duncan gets 'excited' in Foot Locker commercial

    Published: Wed, Nov 19, 2014

    So, Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose calls San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan to give him some exciting news. And Duncan responded as only he could.

  • Report: Daxx Garman (concussion) may not play against Baylor; Mason Rudolph in line to start

    staff reports | Published: Wed, Nov 19, 2014

    A true freshman may get his first start this weekend for Oklahoma State at quarterback. On the road. At No. 6 Baylor. Cowboys quarterback Daxx Garman has reportedely been unable to practice this week because of concussion symptoms. If Garman isn't able to practice for the Cowboys on Wednesday or Thursday, that could position true freshman Mason Rudolph to start for OSU against the Bears in Waco Saturday night. Garman's condition  was first reported by the Tulsa World. Rudolph (6-foot-4, 217 pounds)  hasn't played this season for the Cowboys. Garman was the No. 2 quarterback before J.W. Walsh went down with a season-ending injury in September.

  • Tiger Woods rips Golf Digest, Dan Jenkins for parody interview

    Published: Tue, Nov 18, 2014

    Tiger Woods lashed out at legendary golf writer Dan Jenkins on Tuesday, calling a parody interview Jenkins wrote in Golf Digest magazine "a grudge-fueled piece of character assassination." The series of phony questions in Jenkins' satirical piece range from why Woods hasn't fired his agent Mark Steinberg ("I'll probably get around to it. I like to fire people") to what he's learned from his past scandal ("That's easy. Don't get caught"). Golf Digest also used a model/actor to pose as Woods in photos which accompanied Jenkins' column. Woods responded to Jenkins' piece on ThePlayersTribune.com with a letter, saying "Jenkins faked an interview, which fails as parody, and is really more like a grudge-fueled piece of character assassination." Steinberg also  sent a letter to Golf Digest requesting a formal apology.

  • KOCO: All this 3-year-old Oklahoma girl wants for Christmas is to meet Russell Westbrook

    Published: Tue, Nov 18, 2014

    A 3-year-old Bethany girl told her mother that the only think she wants for Christmas is to meet an Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook, according to KOCO.com.

  • Soldier meets hockey player who saved his life

    Published: Tue, Nov 18, 2014

    The freshman hockey player and the National Guard captain met at center ice on Saturday, face-to-face that night for the first time since Union College forward Kevin Shier helped save the life of Timothy Neild, according to Yahoo Sports. On Dec. 8, 2013, Shier and his father were driving from Syracuse to Union for a recruiting visit when they spotted a pickup truck burning near a concrete barrier of a bridge on the New York State Thruway. Neild was trapped inside. Shier and another man helped cut Neild’s seat belt and dragged him out of the burning truck, which exploded soon after. The National Guardsman was severely hurt in the crash, and was placed into a medically induced coma for 11 days.

  • VIDEO: Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook working out in Utah

    staff reports | Published: Tue, Nov 18, 2014

    This will get Thunder fans' spirits up. The Oklahoman's Darnell Mayberry  tweeted out some short video of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook taking some jumpers and working out today in Utah. The Thunder won't have the duo tonight against the Jazz (8 p.m., FOX Sports Oklahoma), but it's an encouraging sight to see Durant ( foot ) moving around on the court, and Westbrook ( hand ) shooting with his right hand. Perry Jones ( knee ) and Mitch McGary ( foot ) also got some work in in shootaround.

  • OU basketball: Four-star 2016 PG Payton Pritchard commits to Sooners

    staff reports | Published: Tue, Nov 18, 2014

    Oklahoma basketball received a commitment Tuesday morning from Class of 2016 point guard Payton Pritchard of West Linn, Ore. Pritchard (6-foot-2, 180 pounds) was named the Class 6A Player of the Year in Oregon as a sophomore and is  ranked No. 38 nationally in the Class of 2016 by Rivals.com. Pritchard selected the Sooners over offers from Arizona State, Butler, Gonzaga, Indiana and Wisconsin, among others. Pritchard also  has some roots in OU athletics that played a big role in his commitment. Both of his parents were athletes at OU. Pritchard is the Sooners' first commitment in the 2016 class.

  • UConn’s 47-Game Winning Streak Is Snapped by Stanford

    Published: Tue, Nov 18, 2014

    Amber Orrange made a go-ahead jumper with 1 minute 38 seconds left in overtime and the tying 3-pointer with 1.4 seconds remaining in regulation, sending No. 6 Stanford to an 88-86 victory against top-ranked Connecticut to end the Huskies’ 47-game winning streak Monday night, according to The New York Times. The host Cardinal ended another long run by the Huskies nearly four years after ending the program’s N.C.A.A.-record 90-game unbeaten run. UConn went 40-0 last season on the way to its second straight championship. UConn lost for the first time since falling to Notre Dame in the 2013 conference tournament, The Times reports.

  • Adrian Peterson story more about Roger Goodell than former OU star [Houston Press]

    Published: Tue, Nov 18, 2014

    As of Tuesday morning, Adrian Peterson has been suspended by the NFL for the rest of the 2014 season. The question that will continue to be asked is did the league handle Peterson's transgressions appropriately. SportsRadio 610 Houston's Sean Pendergast says that the Peterson case has become more about NFL commissioner Roger Goodell than Peterson. Goodell has disqualified himself from ruling on Peterson based on his mishandling of the Ray Rice domestic abuse incident and punishment. "I don't necessarily disagree with Goodell's view on parenting and the grotesque nature of Peterson's parenting methods. I do think Goodell being the one to come down from on high to handle in-league punishment is a continued recipe for disaster," Pedergast writes. "His wild swings in punishment for the exact same crime pre-and post-TMZ video in the Ray Rice case disqualified him from being an effective judge and jury. In short, Roger Goodell punishes players NOT based on what's best for the game or society, but based on what's best for Roger Goodell. "I don't know if Adrian Peterson is qualified to be a parent, I just know I don't want Roger Goodell deciding whether he deserves to be an NFL football player"

  • OU football: Jordan Phillips a first-rounder in latest Bleacher Report Mock Draft

    Erik Horne | Published: Tue, Nov 18, 2014

    In the latest mock draft from Bleacher Report NFL Draft lead writer Matt Miller, Oklahoma is noticable missing from the first round. Until you get to the final picks, which isn't necessarily a bad thing for a would-be-prospect. Sure the money is less than being a top 5 pick, but you're playing for a better team in the long run. Enter Jordan Phillips. Miller says that the redshirt sophomore defesive lineman would be an ideal fit for the New England Patriots at No. 31, especially with current 3-4 nose guard Vince Wilfork nearing the end of his career. "At 6'6" and 334 pounds, Phillips has unmatched size, length and strength at the position," Miller says. "He's also showing quickness and burst off the ball with surprisingly good leverage for his height. And Phillips comes into the NFL with experience in the 3-4 defense, something few defensive tackles get in college football." Oklahoman OU beat writer Jason Kersey has written frequently in his  top 10 Sooners rankings about Phillips being the most likely of OU's draft-eligible players to declare early for the NFL. "Phillips' role isn't a glamorous one, but he does it very well. He's also shown an ability to be a playmaker out of the nose tackle spot. In my opinion, he's the most likely OU underclassman to declare for the 2015 NFL Draft," Kersey wrote following the Baylor game . With his size-speed combination, Phillips may have the best chance of all the Sooners to become a first-rounder.

  • Adrian Peterson suspended for at least rest of 2014

    By Paul Walsh, Minneapolis Star Tribune | Published: Tue, Nov 18, 2014

    Adrian Peterson has been suspended without pay for at least the remainder of the 2014 season, the NFL announced Tuesday, says ESPN.  The  Minnesota Vikings  star running back will not be considered for reinstatement before April 15, 2015, for violating the league's personal conduct policy. Peterson was indicted in September on a felony charge of injury to a child for using a wooden switch to discipline his 4-year-old son earlier this year. But the All-Pro pleaded no contest to a lesser charge of misdemeanor reckless assault earlier this month, setting the stage for the NFL's ruling.

  • 'The Walking Dead' Ratings Thrash 'Sunday Night Football' For Third Week In A Row

    Published: Tue, Nov 18, 2014

    Well, this is becoming a bit of a weekly tradition now, says Deadline|Hollywood. For a third consecutive week and the fourth time this season, The Walking Dead has solidly beat Sunday Night Football among adults 18-49. In the sixth episode of its fifth season, the blockbuster AMC series drew a 7.3 rating among the key demo while the New England Patriots’ 42-20 win over the Indianapolis Colts got a 6.2. That’s a 15% spread. The Walking Dead bopped up 4% in the demo from last week . Demo-to-demo in the 9 PM hour, Walking Dead drew 9.22 million, while SNF pulled in 8.1 million with a rating of 6.4.

  • Former Texas Tech DC: 'I did not share Red Raiders defensive signals'

    staff reports | Published: Mon, Nov 17, 2014

    Texas Tech has the second-worst defense in the Big 12. Could it be because the Red Raiders' defensive signals are being shared throughout the league? On Monday, interim defensive coordinator Mike Smith said the Red Raiders' signals have been given away to their opponents, and Smith said it's been happening since some point after former defensive coordinator Matt Wallerstedt left the program on Sept. 18. According to a story posted by the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal , the idea that Texas Tech's defensive strategy had been compromised first came to light during Saturday's 42-30 loss to Oklahoma. Following the loss, in which the Red Raiders gave up 384 rushing yards, head coach Kliff Kingsbury said the signals had been “passed around” and it stemmed from “the situation we had earlier in the year.” "I know other coaches have called and our signals have been passed around the whole time," Smith said Monday. "All I know is karma’s a bad deal." Wallerstedt  resigned as defensive coordinator after Texas Tech's third game of the season. At the time of his resignation, the university announced that Wallerstedt was leaving the program for "personal reasons." Things haven't improved since Wallerstedt's departure, as Tech has gived up an average of 244.3 yards per game in Big 12 play. "I won’t have excuses, but when somebody knows when you’re in a certain coverage every time, so I’m sitting there thinking, ‘How the heck are they attacking our corners?’," Smith said. "‘How do they know we’re not in quarter-quarter-halves?’ ‘How do they know we’re not in cover two?’ “Would we be better on defense? I don’t know. But there’s some stuff that you go back and question.”

  • Mike Gundy on odds to coach Florida: 'That's crazy'

    Erik Horne | Published: Mon, Nov 17, 2014

    The latest odds on the University of Florida football job are out and Oklahoma State's Mike Gundy is on top of the pile of potential candidates. Bovada.lv released its latest odds on "Who will be the Head Coach of the Florida Gators for the 2015-2016 season?," and at 4-to-1, Gundy is getting the best odds to be the Gators' coach. The next closest is Colorado State coach Jim McElwain at 9/2. When asked about the odds at Monday's press conference in Stillwater, Gundy simply said "that's crazy." Bob Stoops  shot down rumors Monday that he's a candidate for the UF job, but the Sooners ball coach is still getting 11/2 odds. He's tied with Mississippi State's Dan Mullen. Both coaches are former UF assistants, but Mullen probably should have higher odds than Stoops based on Stoops' brotherly love .