• OU women's basketball: Peyton Little named Big 12 Preseason Newcomer of the Year

    Published: Wed, Oct 1, 2014

    Oklahoma's Peyton Little was tabbed the Big 12 Women's Basketball Preseason Newcomer of the Year, as announced by the conference on Wednesday. Little, a tranfer from Texas A&M, will play for the Sooners for the first time this season after sitting out a year. The redshirt sophomore played in all 35 games for A&M as a freshman, averaging 4.5 points, 1.2 rebounds and 15.0 minutes per game. The Big 12 Women's Basketball Preseason Poll will be annouced Oct. 8. See the full list of Big 12 women's basketball preseason honors here .

  • OU football: Four reasons why the Sooners are the most likely College Football Playoff contender to go unbeaten

    erik horne | Published: Tue, Sep 30, 2014

    Which College Football Playoff contender is the best bet to go undefeated? Florida State and Oklahoma are the choices of ESPN's Mel Kiper and Todd McShay, respectively. McShay picks the Sooners for a number of reasons most who've watch OU play this season already know: 1. Trevor Knight is a good quarterback and getting better . McShay's case for Knight: "While he might not be ready just yet to lead his team to a come-from-behind win in obvious passing situations, I think he will be by the end of the season. His touch and ball placement on the shorter, quick-hitting throws in this offense are essential to its success, he has flashed good ability as a downfield passer, and his intangibles are excellent." We'll see what happens as the Big 12 slate gets tougher. We saw Knight tear up Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, but in four games this season, he hasn't really been pressed to make any game-changing plays. Why? No. 2 is why. 2. The running game could be one of the best in the country by the end of the season . No brainer. McShay lauds Tyrus Thompson and Daryl Williams as "future NFL tackles" before he mentions the Sooners' stable of RBs in Samaje Perine, Alex Ross and Keith Ford. Even without Ford, who will  miss his second consecutive game this week against TCU, OU was unstoppable on the ground against West Virginia. 3. The defense is back to having the elite-level talent it did during the early- and mid-2000s . I've been hesitant to say it, since I wanted to see how his back would hold up, but I'll go ahead and say what I've been thinking for the better part of a year: defensive tackle Jordan Phillips is a serious prospect 2015 NFL Draft, even as a redshirt sophomore. He's that good. McShay thinks so too. From McShay: "Phillips possesses outstanding athleticism for a man who is 6-6 and 334 pounds, and not only can he occupy blockers, but he is able to shed blocks and pursue and make plays." Besides Phillips, OU has an NFL-potential player at every level of the defense. 4. Oklahoma's schedule is tougher than Florida State's, but it's still managable . If you don't count the Red River Shootout vs. Texas in two weeks, OU has three road games to go - at TCU this week, at Iowa State (Nov. 1) and at Texas Tech (Nov. 15). They arguably may have played their toughest road game of the season already, and it turned into a runaway against West Virginia in Morgantown. Every contender remaining for the College Football Playoff (besides Florida State) has a tough road game or two left.

  • Report: Michael Phelps arrested again for DUI

    Published: Tue, Sep 30, 2014

    Michael Phelps was arrested for driving under the influence in Maryland early Tuesday morning, according to TMZ Sports. Phleps, 29, was reportedly pulled over for driving 85 miles per hour in a 45. He Blood Alcohol Content was reportedly almost twice the legal limit. He was then charged him with DUI, excessive speding and crossing double lanes. The arrest would be Phelps' second DUI. He was also arrested for DUI in Maryland in 2004.

  • Kevin Durant Nike eyeglasses coming soon

    Published: Tue, Sep 30, 2014

    Russell Westbrook isn't the only Thunder player in the eyewear game anymore. Kevin Durant and Nike have collaborated on a line of frames which will release this season and in early 2015. The adult collection releases in the next few weeks, while the Young Athlete version (NK 5530) will be available in January. From Nike: This season, Nike Vision will launch an optical collection in collaboration with one of today’s great basketball players, reigning MVP Kevin Durant. The collection will consist of two unisex styles: an adult sunglass, the NK 7230 KD, as well as a Young Athlete design, the NK 5530 KD. The NK 7230 KD launches this month, while the NK 5530 KD will be available beginning in January 2015. Both feature Durant’s signature logo and will retail at select optical providers. The NK 7230 KD features a classic, vintage-inspired square shape. A lightweight acetate front is complemented with injected temples, while pin hinge construction accompanies a sturdy five-barrel hinge. Rich colorations complement Durant’s logo on the inner temple. The NK 7230 KD will be available in three color ways: Black and Noble Red; Tokyo Tortoise and Raw Umber; and Midnight Navy with Tropical Teal. The style will retail for approximately $245. January 2015 sees the arrival of the NK 5530 KD, a versatile design ideal for teenagers and adults with petite builds. Spring hinges provide durability on the eyewear, which is also equipped with an occipital fit temple design. Like the NK 7230 KD, the NK 5530 KD also features Durant’s signature logo on the inner temple. The style will come in two color ways: Navy, Tortoise and Tropical Teal and Black and Noble Red. The NK 5530 KD will retail for approximately $185. “Since I wear glasses as part of my daily routine, it was a natural extension for me to become involved with eyewear,” said Durant. “This is a new venture for me, and I’m excited for fans to see the final outcome of the product. As with my footwear, I haven’t compromised any technical details for aesthetics, and vice versa.” Westbrook famously has created his own line of sunglasses named Westbrook Frames to go along with his  exclusive clothing collection sold at Barneys New York. Now, it's KD's turn.

  • Referees flag Chiefs safety Husain Abdullah for celebration penalty after slide and prayer in endzone

    Published: Tue, Sep 30, 2014

    The Chiefs’ Husain Abdullah returned an interception 39 yards for a touchdown Monday night, slid on his knees and bowed in prayer. His celebration drew a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Whether it was for the religious part of his celebration is unclear. Rule 12, Section 3, Article 1 (d) of the NFL rulebook states that “players are prohibited from engaging in any celebrations or demonstrations while on the ground.”

  • Kevin Durant plans on playing for Team USA basketball in 2016

    Published: Mon, Sep 29, 2014

    Reigning NBA Most Valuable Player Kevin Durant told ESPN on Monday that he intends to return to Team USA for the 2016 Olympics in Brazil after withdrawing from national-team duty shortly before the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain. "Hopefully I'll be there. It's whoever Mr. [Jerry] Colangelo and Coach K [Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski] pick," Durant said in‎ an interview on his 26th birthday scheduled to air later this week on SportsCenter. "I would love to have the chance to play in another Olympics." The Olympics in 2016 also falls during the same summer when Durant will become a free agent.

  • The most popular NFL jersey in Oklahoma

    Published: Mon, Sep 29, 2014

    The Jersey Report is the official ranking of player jersey sales at DICK’S Sporting Goods, and the most popular jersey in Oklahoma might surprise you. The Cleveland Browns. Yes, those Browns. Each week, DICK'S puts out a ranking of its top 10 jerseys sold in each state and also keeps track of jersey sales for an entire season. Maybe there are a lot of Johnny Manziel fans in Oklahoma? The Browns also have former Oklahoma State receiver Justin Gilbert, and they had former OSU quarterback Brandon Weeden until releasing him earlier in 2014. Manziel's Browns jersey is the No. 1 selling jersey in the NFL, ahead of Peyton Manning and Andrew Luck. The Browns also had the highest selling NFL jersey among all teams this season, largely due to the Manziel effect.

  • Report: Astros to hire former Oklahoma high school star A.J. Hinch as manager

    Published: Mon, Sep 29, 2014

    A.J. Hinch, a former Midwest City High School standout, is expected to be named the Houston Astros next manager, a person close to the search told the Houston Chronicle. The team has called a 5:30 p.m. press conference Monday. Hinch was a catcher for Oakland, Kansas City, Detroit and Philadelphia. He managed Arizona from 2009-2010 and was more recently a vice president of scouting for San Diego. Hinch was a star catcher and quarterback at Midwest City, spending the summer before his senior year on a a whirlwind baseball tour that included private catching lessons from Gold Glover Bob Boone and playing on a national team. Yet he was the first player in line the morning Midwest City football coaches handed out equipment for two-a-days -- his goals and cap-size unchanged. For his 16th birthday, his father gave him the choice between a car and a batting cage. Hinch chose the cage. Here's the Houston Chronicle report:

  • Ron Gardenhire fired as Twins manager

    Published: Mon, Sep 29, 2014

    The Minnesota Twins fired Ron Gardenhire on Monday, ending the run of one of the longest-tenured managers in Major League Baseball. Gardenhire spent 13 seasons as Twins manager, joining the team as skipper in 2002. But the Twins have lost 90 or more games for four consecutive seasons. Gardenhire is a graduate of Okmulgee High School.

  • Kevin Durant talks unfiltered on Thunder, OKC and his future

    Published: Mon, Sep 29, 2014

    In an Interview with USA TODAY Sports, Kevin Durant spoke enough to shut down all the rumors that speak about his future and also reinforced what OKC means to him. Kevin Durant knows how people are eager to know about his future and it doesn't surprise him at all, but at the same time he can't predict the future as all what he is thinking of currently is his present. He enjoys settling down at Oklahoma City as well as playing beside his teammates.

  • OSU football: Daxx Garman named Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week

    staff reports | Published: Mon, Sep 29, 2014

    Oklahoma State quarterback Daxx Garman was named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week, as announced by the conference on Monday. Garman had his most prolific game as an OSU starter against Texas Tech on Sept. 25, passing for 370 yards and four touchdowns and rushing for another score in the Cowboys' 45-35 win in Stillwater. Other Big 12 weekly awards went to Texas linebacker Jordan Hicks (Defensive Player of the Week) and Kansas State wide receiver/punt returner Tyler Lockett. Hicks recorded 11 tackles, a tackle for loss and an interception in Texas' 23-0 win over Kansas -- the Longhorns' first shutout since 2005. Lockett, a Tulsa Washington alumnus, had 143 punt return yards, including a 58-yard touchdown, and 256 all-purpose yards in Kansas State's 58-28 win over UTEP.

  • Patrick Reed becomes pantomime villain as US Ryder Cup rookie taunts Europe supporters - Telegraph

    Published: Sun, Sep 28, 2014

    It has taken three days but the 2014 Ryder Cup found itself a pantomime villain on Sunday after Patrick Reed exchanged taunts with European fans at Gleneagle, the Telegraph reports. The American rookie was roundly jeered for putting his finger to his lips upon holing a brilliant birdie putt at the seventh hole of his singles match against Henrik Stenson, according to the Telegraph.

  • Florida State football rallies to beat North Carolina State

    Published: Sun, Sep 28, 2014

    RALEIGH, N.C. - Jameis Winston threw for 365 yards and four touchdowns in his return from a suspension, helping No. 1 Florida State rally from 17 down to beat North Carolina State 56-41 on Saturday night, Newsday reports. The Heisman Trophy winner directed four straight second-half touchdown drives to help the reigning national champions fight through and extend the nation's longest active winning streak to a program-record 20 games, according to Newsday.

  • Texas A&M Closes a 14-Point Gap, Then Finishes Arkansas in Overtime

    Published: Sun, Sep 28, 2014

    Kenny Hill threw for 386 yards and four touchdowns, one of them a 25-yarder to Malcome Kennedy on the first play of overtime, and sixth-ranked Texas A&M rallied to beat Arkansas, 35-28, in Arlington, Tex., on Saturday, New York Times reports. The Aggies (5-0, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) trailed by 28-14 going into the fourth quarter, according to the New York Times. Hill then threw for two long scores, the second a 59-yarder to Josh Reynolds with 2 minutes 8 seconds left in regulation, two plays after Arkansas missed a field-goal attempt.

  • Conor McGregor: UFC's featherweight division 'full of rookies and has-beens'

    Published: Sun, Sep 28, 2014

    LAS VEGAS – Conor McGregor  (16-2 MMA, 4-0 UFC) started his time at Saturday night’s post-UFC 178 press conference declaring himself a “humble” fighter. Then he humbly made it clear the rest of the division wasn’t fit to shine his shoes, MMA Junkie reports. “The division seems to be full of rookies and has-beens,” McGregor said. “I’m just sitting here enjoying myself, collecting these checks on my way, eliminating each one.”

  • Kansas coach Charlie Weis fired, DC Clint Bowen named interim head coach

    Published: Sun, Sep 28, 2014

    The University of Kansas announced Sunday that Charlie Weis has been relieved of his duties as head coach. KU athletics director Sheahon Zenger named defensive coordinator Clint Bowen interim head coach. "I appreciate what Coach Weis did with several facets of our football program," Zenger said in a statement on kuathletics.com . "But we have not made the on-the-field progress we believe we should.  I believe new leadership gives our coaches and players the best chance to make a fresh start." In three seasons at KU, Weis went 6-22 overall and 1-18 in Big 12 play. The Jayhawks (2-2, 0-1 Big 12) were coming off a 23-0 loss at home to Texas on Saturday. Weis was in the third year of a five-year contract.

  • Russell Westbrook's style profiled by Wall Street Journal

    Published: Sat, Sep 27, 2014

    Russell Westbrook is poised to make his mark on the menswear world, with a collaboration at Barneys. Wall Street Journal deems Westbrook a "fearlessly stylish basketball star" in this latest piece, which details how Westbrook has set himself apartin what's become a pregame fashion show. From WSJ: "This is about Russell Westbrook, style vanguard. You may know that pro basketball is in the middle a style renaissance. Players have been befriending designers and cramming their long legs into the front row at fashion week. There's LeBron James at Michael Bastian. Dwyane Wade at Richard Chai. Tyson Chandler at Alexander Wang. Amar'e Stoudemire at En Noir. The concrete corridors at basketball arenas have become new runways, where fashion-conscious players try to outdo each other before they even step on the hardwood floor. "But even in this style-savvy generation, Mr. Westbrook stands alone. He's the experimenter, the boundary-pusher, the avant-gardist."

  • Derek Jeter's home farewell a sight to behold

    Published: Fri, Sep 26, 2014

    He got cowboy boots in Texas, a surfboard in California and adulation everywhere. But the single gift Derek Jeter wanted most from his final season was the one he has wanted since he was a boy growing up next to a baseball field in Kalamazoo, Mich, New York Times reports. Jeter wanted the best view in New York City, according to New York Times. He wanted something that cannot be bought and something he can never have again. In the end, it meant everything to him.

  • Celtics PG Rajon Rondo breaks hand, has surgery

    Published: Fri, Sep 26, 2014

    The Boston Celtics may be without their starting point guard for a while. The Boston Globe's Baxter Holmes reports that Rajon Rondo  suffered a broken hand and a timetable for his return is unknown. Rondo reportedly had surgery on the hand Friday. Any missed time by Rondo will have a direct affect on former Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart, who was drafted sixth overall by the Celtics in the 2014 NBA Draft. With Rondo out, Smart would be the projected starter at point guard.

  • LeBron James at Cavaliers media day: 'I still have a lot to prove'

    Published: Fri, Sep 26, 2014

    How big is LeBron James' return to the Cleveland Cavaliers? More than 300 credentialed journalists covered media day at the team's practice facility Friday. Last year, media day was covered by a handful of local reporters, according to USA TODAY. Cleveland, coming off a 33-49 record last season, the fourth straight that ended without a playoff berth, is the center of the NBA's universe. The greatest player on the planet comes back to his old team with a new attitude, a new playing weight and a new desire to build something long term – including the city's first major professional sports championship since the Browns won an NFL title in 1964. James, all business, wearing a Cavs jersey and headband when he spoke, indicated his eagerness to get started.