• Tony Romo calls Pro Bowl an honor, but hopes Cowboys can't play

    Published: Wed, Dec 24, 2014

    Tony Romo is one of six Cowboys players to earn a spot in the Pro Bowl. The quarterback considers it an honor. He also hopes he and his teammates are unable to attend. The Pro Bowl will be played outside of Phoenix on Jan. 25, one week before the Super Bowl is at the same site. "Something like that is very humbling," Romo said. "At the same time, I think we all know what our goals are. Hopefully none of us are playing in that football game and we're all playing in Arizona for the championship." The Cowboys had six players selected to play in the Pro Bowl: Romo, receiver Dez Bryant, running back DeMarco Murray, and offensive linemen Tyron Smith, Travis Frederick and Zack Martin.

  • Lawton's Jalin Barnett gets chance to face nation's No. 1 player

    Published: Wed, Dec 24, 2014

    ESPN listed some key matchups to watch for in the 2015 Under Armour All-America Game, and one of them has Lawton offensive lineman Jalin Barnett going up against one of the best defensive linemen in the nation. ESPN has Barnett, an Oklahoman All-State selection, ranked as the No. 1 offensive gurad prospect in the Class of 2015. He's playing for Team Black at the All-American Game, where he'll get to face off against defensive lineman Terry Beckner Jr. of East Saint Louis, Ill. Beckner (6-foot-4, 298 pounds) is rated as the  No. 1 player in the nation by ESPN.com. Barnett is ranked 43rd overall. From ESPN.com (Insider content): "With Barnett's size and strength, it is tough to bull-rush the big man who flashes ability to sink and reset well. It is no easy task to work around Barnett either once he gets locked on, as he can maintain a good base and displays the short-area lateral agility to mirror rushers. This is a matchup in the heart of the trenches that should result in some great battles." You can watch Barnett and Casady offensive lineman Josh Wariboko-Alali in the Under Armour All-America Game on Jan. 2 at 3 p.m. on ESPN.

  • Report: Josh Smith to Houston Rockets

    Published: Wed, Dec 24, 2014

    Wanting to play for a winning team with a chance to win the title, Josh Smith has decided to join the Houston Rockets, sources told ESPN.com on Wednesday. Smith was released by the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday less than two years into a four-year deal. The Dallas Mavericks, Miami Heat, Sacramento Kings, Los Angeles Clippers and Memphis Grizzlies were all seen as potential suitors for Smith. Smith is averaging 13.1 points, 7.2 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game this season.

  • Johnny Manziel: 'I have to take this a lot more seriously'

    Published: Wed, Dec 24, 2014

    Johnny Manziel made his first NFL start in Week 15. And it did not go well — his QB rating was 27.3. (For comparison, Tony Romo’s is 82.3.) But, now that Manziel’s rookie season is over (he’s out with a hamstring injury), he had some interesting thoughts, USA TODAY reports. Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer relayed them on Twitter: "#Browns Manziel: "I have to take this a lot more seriously. It's a job for me now."

  • Report: Rockets sign Kevin McHale to three-year extension

    Published: Wed, Dec 24, 2014

    The Rockets have signed coach Kevin McHale to a three-year, fully guaranteed contract extension valued in excess of $12 million, sources told ESPN. McHale is 192-159 in six seasons as an NBA head coach (currently in his fourth season with Houston, two with Minnesota). McHale is 153-104 during his Houston tenure.

  • Dez Bryant will get franchise tag if needed says Cowboys owner Jerry Jones

    Published: Tue, Dec 23, 2014

    The Dallas Cowboys are prepared to issue their franchise tender to Dez Bryant this offseason if the team can't reach agreement on a long-term extension with its star receiver, owner/general manager Jerry Jones said Tuesday. When asked if the Cowboys could end up losing the former Oklahoma State star to another team in free agency, Jones told 105.3 The Fan Dallas/Fort Worth that won't happen because the team has the franchise tag available. Bryant cut off negotions for a new deal with the Cowboys at the beginning of the regular season, saying he wanted to focus solely on football during the season. Bryant has 84 receptions for 1,221 yards this season and leads the NFL in touchdown receptions with 14.

  • Nicolas Batum out against the Thunder; Aldridge still questionable

    Published: Tue, Dec 23, 2014

    Kevin Durant is out for the Thunder tonight, but the Portland Trail Blazers are dealing with injuries of their own. Starting small forward Nicolas Batum will miss tonight's game with a right wrist injury. And the Thunder could have a significant advantage if LaMarcus Aldridge doesn't play for the Blazers. Aldridge, who is suffering from an upper-respiratory illness, didn't play Monday night in Portland's 110-95 loss to the Houston Rockets.

  • OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant out vs. Portland with sprained ankle

    staff reports | Updated: Tue, Dec 23, 2014

    Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant will not play Tuesday night vs. the Portland TrailBlazers. Durant has missed the past two games (vs. the L.A. Lakers and the New Orleans Pelicans) after spraining his right ankle vs. Golden State on Thursday. The Thunder and the TrailBlazers tip off at 7 p.m. Tuesday night inside Chesapeake Energy Arena. 

  • Missouri football hires Oklahoma native Barry Odom as defensive coordinator

    staff reports | Published: Tue, Dec 23, 2014

    The University of Missouri has hired Oklahoma native Barry Odom as its new defensive coordinator and linebackers coach . Odom just finished off his third season as Memphis defensive coordinator, helping the Tigers to an American Athletic Conference title alongside another Oklahoma native in head coach Justin Fuente . Odom, a native of Ada, was a four-year letterman at linebacker for Missouri from 1996-1999. He'll replace Dave Steckel, who accepted the head coaching job at Missouri State on Dec. 14.

  • Former Bishop McGuinness star Daniel Orton involved in Chinese basketball league brawl

    Updated: Tue, Dec 23, 2014

    Daniel Orton, a former standout at Bishop McGuinness and a one-time five-star recruit at Kentucky, is making news in China for all the wrong reasons. Orton, playing with the Sichuan Blue Whales in the Chinese Basketball Association, got into a brawl during a game vs. Tianjin. Orton spent time on the Oklahoma City Thunder's summer league team earlier this year.

  • Bob Stoops No. 3 on Forbes' 'College Football's Most Powerful Coaches' list

    Published: Mon, Dec 22, 2014

    Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops has been ranked by Forbes.com as the third-most powerful coach in college football. Stoops, who's slated to make $5.1 million dollars this year, is only outranked by Alabama's Nick Saban (No. 1) and TCU's Gary Patterson on Forbes' power list. According to Forbes, the list "uses a handful of financial metrics to define power," ranging from salary and football budget of a university to termination buyouts and what percentage of a school's coaching budget is consumed by a coach's salary. Ranking right behind Stoops on the list is Clemson coach Dabo Swinney (FYI, Swinney makes $3.2 million a year). The two will face off in the Russell Athletic Bowl on Dec. 29.

  • Thunder make two appearances on SI.com's favorite NBA moments of 2014

    Published: Mon, Dec 22, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Thunder appears twice on SI.com's 10 favorite NBA moments of 2014. One appearance is good. The other is in defeat. First the good. Kevin Durant's moving MVP speech from May is on the list. From SI.com's Rob Mahoney: "Durant’s speech came to be a fair extension of the man himself: Graceful, proud, and undeniably powerful." And now for the bad. In the same month, the Spurs fell in six games to the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference finals. In SI.com's highlighted Game 6, Tim Duncan led the Spurs to victory with seven consecutive points in overtime at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

  • OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant misses practice, status unknown vs. Blazers

    staff reports | Published: Mon, Dec 22, 2014

    Thunder forward Kevin Durant did not practice on Monday and his status is still in doubt for Oklahoma City's home game against Portland on Tuesday. Durant has missed the Thunder's last two games with an ankle sprain. Oklahoma City has gone 1-1 in those contests, beating the Lakers on the road Friday, but losing to the Pelicans Sunday night.

  • Pistons waive forward Josh Smith

    Published: Mon, Dec 22, 2014

    The Detroit Pistons announced the release of veteran forward Josh Smith Monday morning. The 6-foot-9 Smith averaged 13.1 points, 7.2 rebounds and 4.7 assists while shooting 39.1 percent from the field this season. Smith joined the Pistons as a free agent in July of 2013 from the Atlanta Hawks.

  • VIDEO: 9-year-old LeBron James Jr. can ball like his dad

    Published: Mon, Dec 22, 2014

    The apple doesn't fall far from the tree in the LeBron James family. James' son, LeBron James Jr., apparently has game, too. The 9-year-old goes off in this video from the Ronald Searles Holiday Classic, showing off his dad's penchant for finding teammates, ambidextrous handle and barrelling to the rim. The highlight: Around the 1:28 mark, LeBron Jr. hits a teammate perfectly with a behind-the-back pass on a 2-on-1 break. How many grown men can pull that off succesfully, let alone 9-year-olds? ( TMZ Sports )

  • OSU baseball: Cowboys ranked No. 5 in preseason poll

    Published: Mon, Dec 22, 2014

    Coming off a season in which three teams advanced to the NCAA College World Series, the Big 12 is the only conference with four squads ranked in the preseason top 10 by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. TCU checks in at No. 2 behind 2014 national champion Vanderbilt, while Oklahoma State ranks fifth. Texas sits at No. 7 with Texas Tech at No. 9. The Cowboys open their season Feb. 13 at Arizona State. OSU went 48-18 last season, winning the Big 12 regular-season championship and advancing to an NCAA Super Regional.

  • DeMarco Murray still practicing, Weeden misses for personal reasons

    Published: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    IRVING, Texas – Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray attended practice for the third-straight day and team owner Jerry Jones said on his weekly radio show that Murray looks like he's on schedule to play Sunday against the Colts. Both Murray and offensive guard Zack Martin are listed as questionable. "Murray and Martin, I’m pretty positive about having the ability to play them and to get that decision,” Jones said Friday on KRLD/105.3 FM. “Both of those guys, you should be able to count on them." More in doubt is the status of right tackle Doug Free, who is doubtful with an ankle injury. Backup quarterback and former Oklahoma State standout Brandon Weeden missed Friday's practice for personal reasons.

  • OU football: Sooners take awesome Christmas card photo

    erik horne | Published: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    Some OU football players are in the holiday spirit. Several of the Sooners sent out a Christmas photo over Twitter Friday morning. Included in the photo are roommates/teammates Ty Darlington, Cody Thomas, Connor Knight, Grant Bothun and Joey Palange. “Merry Christmas from my roommates to yours! @G_BO_ @connor_knight15 @TyDarlington56 @codythomas_12 @JoeyFingaz47,” Trevor Knight tweeted out Friday morning. There's too much awesome in this photos. In no particular order: Palange mean-mugging while holding a massive five-pronged fork. Tacky sweaters. Darlington's very small tie. Random life-sized Bob Stoops. Miniature red tree. Cody Thomas sunglasses.

  • TU reserve quarterback Jabe Burgess charged with breaking and entering

    Published: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    University of Tulsa reserve quarterback Jabe Burgess was charged this week with a misdemeanor following his arrest last month in connection with a break-in at an on-campus apartment, the Tulsa World reports. According to Burgess’ arrest report, police were called Nov. 9 to an apartment on TU’s campus, where the victim told officers he arrived home to discover his apartment had been ransacked and vandalized after he left his front door unlocked.

  • OSU basketball: Travis Ford providing free tickets to Stillwater Public Schools employees

    Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    Oklahoma State head basketball coach Travis Ford and his wife, Heather, are showing their appreciation for Stillwater Public School employees by offering free tickets to Sunday's Cowboy basketball game vs. Maryland in Gallagher-Iba Arena. All SPS employees can receive two free tickets to the game by bringing ID for verification to the Southeast doors of Gallagher-Iba Arena on Sunday beginning at noon. The game tips off at 1 p.m. "Heather and I appreciate all the hard work and commitment that all the Stillwater Public Schools employees show to the kids of Stillwater," Ford said. "This is just a small token during this Christmas time to say `Thank you!' for all that they do."