• Former OSU softball player wants coach gone after learning her jersey was burned

    BY KELLY HINES, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    Since advancing to the Women's College World Series four years ago, the Oklahoma State softball team has hovered near the .500 mark and has not made any postseason appearances. The Cowgirls, who are 3-9 heading into four games Friday and Saturday in Houston, have been trying different approaches to get the program back on track under ninth-year head coach Rich Wieligman. One of those attempts may have backfired. In a letter written to the university Friday and sent to the Tulsa World, former Cowgirl softball player Julie Ward said she was informed the team burned her No. 24 jersey during a recent ceremony to "get rid of bad luck."

  • Adrian Peterson releases statement on overturned suspension

    Published: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    Adrian Peterson said Friday in a statement that he was pleased to learn about a judge's decision that could have the former OU running back back in the league soon. One day after the Judge David S. Doty said the NFL's suspension of Peterson was incorrectly levied under new Collective Bargaining Agreement rules by the NFL arbitrator Harold Henderson, Peterson was grateful. "I was pleased to learn about Judge Doty's decision," Peterson's statement said. "It is a positive step in protecting players' rights and preserving due process for all players. It also brings me one step closer to getting back on the football field and playing the sport I love. "As I prepare for my return to football, I am still focused on my family and continue to work to become a better father every day. I want to express my gratitude for all of the support I have received from the fans, NFLPA, Jeffrey Kessler, and my agents Ben Dogra, Tracy Lartigue, and Mark Heligman from Relativity Sports." Peterson made no mention of the Vikings in his statement.

  • Adrian Peterson's father: Heard rumors of Cardinals, Cowboys, Colts

    Published: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    Where will Adrian Peterson play next season? That's to be determined, but AD's father says he's hearing Arizona, Dallas or Indianapolis. “I’ve heard rumors, Arizona," Nelson told the St. Paul Pioneer Press . “I’ve also heard the rumors of Indianapolis and the Colts, going there with a quarterback the caliber of (Andrew) Luck. I’ve also heard the Cowboys, coming back home with the Cowboys, behind that offensive line that they have." Peterson's agent Ben Dogra reportedly  had a dust-up with a member of the Vikings front office last week that could push Peterson out of town. Peterson issued a statement on Friday that expressed gratitude to the judge who overturned an arbitrator's decision to keep the former OU running back suspended, but he didn't mention the Vikings in the statement.

  • Why Russell Westbrook is having the most dominant offensive season in NBA history (ESPN Insider)

    Published: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    Don't laugh, but ESPN's Tom Haberstroh broke down the numbers to show that Thunder guard Russell Westbrook is posting, at least statistically speaking, the most offensively dominant season in NBA history. Just a sample of the stats that back Westbrook's historic season ( ESPN Insider content ): "How good is Westbrook's 29.2 PER (Player Efficiency Rating this season)? Of the 50 greatest players in NBA history that were named in 1996, 45 of them never posted a PER above 29 over a full season at any point of their career. Westbrook, as of now, is in the rarest of company."

  • College Coach To Player: 'I'll F*****g Kill You'

    Published: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    Sometimes coaches have to learn the hard way that if they don't watch their language, somebody else will. Vanderbilt University men's basketball coach Kevin Stallings was caught on camera profanely berating one of his players after the athlete taunted a member of the opposing team following a win Thursday night against Tennessee, outlets reported. Stallings was seen trailing guard Wade Baldwin IV, yelling, "You f****** apologize" and "I'll f****** kill you." ESPN noted that a Tennessee coach had informed Stallings that Baldwin clapped in the face of a Tennessee player at the end of the game.

  • Michael Sam to work out at NFL's first veteran combine

    Published: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    Michael Sam, who is trying to become the NFL's first openly gay player, has been invited to the league's first-ever veteran combine. Sam was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in 2014, but was cut before the regular season began. He was also cut by the Dallas Cowboys after spending time on their practice squad. If he doesn't get an offer from an NFL team this offseason, Sam is expected to take a one-year deal with the Canadian Football League's Montreal Alouettes, USA Today reports.

  • Vine: Russell Westbrook leaves teammates hanging

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    Russ  gets super mad when you leave him hanging , but he'll still pay the snub forward: Nice of Andre Roberson -- who also got left hanging -- to turn around and complete KD's high five for him.

  • Police have no video of incident related to Dez Bryant

    staff reports | Published: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    An assistant city manager for Lancaster, Texas, said Thursday that the police department has no video of an incident related to Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant. An open record request released by NFL.com shows that police responded to a call in July 2011 in Lancaster in which a black female was being dragged from vehicle to vehicle by a black male. The car she was reportedly dragged to was registered under Bryant's name in the report. Bryant arrived at the scene later with the alleged victim. From the Dallas Morning News: "Bryant then pulled into the parking lot with the alleged victim. She identified the person she had an argument with -- it wasn’t Bryant -- and said she wasn’t assaulted or injured in any way. She said she left the parking lot with the man she argued with and was dropped off at a friend’s house. She then called Bryant to pick her up." Rona Stringfellow, assistant city manager for Lancaster, said in an email to the Dallas Morning News that the police department was not in possession of any video of the incident, which took plae in a Walmart parking lot. Bryant tweeted earlier in the day "I need to get me a real raw uncut tv show or something ... I can't continue to get betrayed like this."

  • Report: Josh Hamilton had drug, alcohol relapse

    Published: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    Los Angeles Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton reportedly suffered a drug relapse involving the use of cocaine and alcohol in the offseason. Hamilton's substance abuse problems date back to his time with the Tampa Bay Rays, who selected him with the No. 1 pick in the 1999 MLB draft. He was suspended from baseball from Feb. 2004-June 2006 for issues related to cocaine and alcohol addiction. Hamilton, the 2010 AL MVP with the Texas Rangers, signed a five-year, $125 million contract with the Angels prior to the 2013 season.

  • Adrian Peterson's suspension overturned by judge

    staff reports | Published: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    A federal judge has sided with Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson and the NFL Players Union in determining Thursday that the league’s arbitrator exceeded his authority by suspending the former OU star. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that Judge David Doty's order grants Peterson eligibility to play NFL games again. Peterson hasn't played since Week 1 of the 2014 season following suspension by the league for injuring his 4-year-old son with a wooden switch. Under the NFL's suspension, Peterson was not eligible for reinstatement until April 15. Whether or not Peterson will be with the Vikings in 2015 is another question. During a run-in with Vikings VP Rob Brzezenski at the NFL Scouting Combine last week, Peterson's agent Ben Dogra reportedly said Peterson would never play for the Vikings again .

  • Obama to ban bullets by executive action, threatens top-selling AR-15 rifle

    Updated: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    It’s starting. As promised, President Obama is using executive actions to impose gun control on the nation, targeting the top-selling rifle in the country, the AR-15 style semi-automatic, with a ban on one of the most-used AR bullets by sportsmen and target shooters. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives this month revealed that it is proposing to put the ban on 5.56mm ammo on a fast track, immediately driving up the price of the bullets and prompting retailers, including the huge outdoors company Cabela’s, to urge sportsmen to urge Congress to stop the president.

  • Former OSU basketball player Darrell Williams gets surprise visit on Senior Night

    Updated: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    Former Oklahoma State basketball player Darrell Williams celebrated Senior Night in a big way Wednesday night. A little over a week after Williams' comeback story was lined out in the pages of the Dallas Morning News, the 25-year-old Texas A&M-Commerce basketball player scored 20 points and pulled down 17 rebounds in the Lions' 71-68 home upset of NCAA Division II’s No. 15 team, Angelo State. What made it more special was who was sitting in the stands watching Williams play – Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford and his wife, Heather.

  • LeBron: Stop recruiting my 10-year-old son

    Published: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    LeBron James is not thrilled that his son and young basketball standout, 10-year-old LeBron James Jr., has already received letters and even scholarship offers from college coaches. "Yeah, he's already got some offers from colleges," James told CBS Detroit before the Cleveland Cavaliers ' matchup against the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday. "It's pretty crazy. It should be a violation. You shouldn't be recruiting 10-year-old kids." His son is not alone.

  • Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby issues reprimand of Kansas State for handling of crowd-storming

    Published: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby issued a public reprimand of Kansas State following its handling of postgame protocol following its men's basketball win over Kansas on Monday. Kansas State fans stormed the court , overwhelming KU players and staff. A KSU fan was caught on video intentionally elbowing KU's Jamari Traylor. From Big12sports.com : “I am grateful for the immediate and professional engagement of the leadership at Kansas State University regarding the game management issues experienced after the game,” said Bowlsby. “Having stated that, the interaction of spectators with players, coaches, and staff members was inappropriate and unacceptable. The Kansas State Department of Athletics has a written event management policy which was unsuccessful in ensuring the safety and security of both game participants and spectators. Revisions to policies and procedures must guarantee that no future incidents occur. “The Big 12 Conference does not currently have a policy prohibiting spectators entering playing areas of our contests,” Bowlsby continued. “We also do not have policies governing foul language and inappropriate chants within our venues. I have asked that discussions on both of these topics be placed on the agendas for the next meetings of the ADs and of the CEOs. In the meantime, all conference institutions are reminded to reassess game management procedures in order to effectively and uniformly ensure the integrity of our contests, the security of the student-athletes and coaches, and the safety of the spectators. Maintenance of a sportslike environment around our contests is among the most important responsibilities shared by our members and enforced by the conference office. The events following the KU vs. K-State game should be a call to action for all of us.”

  • Mavericks guard Rajon Rondo suspended 1 game

    Published: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    Dallas Mavericks point guard Rajon Rondo has been suspended one game by the team following an exchange between Rondo and Mavs coach Rick Carlisle during Tuesday's game. Now, The Dallas Morning News says the two extending their argument into the postgame locker room. The original argument took place with 8:10 remaining in the third quarter. The two got into a heated exchange after Carlisle called timeout and Rondo didn't play the rest of the game.

  • K-State fan cited for hitting KU player during court-storming

    staff reports | Published: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    Nathan Power, the fan who threw an elbow at Kansas forward Jamari Traylor as he was walking off the court after Kansas State's 70-63 victory Monday night, has been cited for disorderly conduct. "I want to take this moment to share a sincere apology in breaking from the Wildcat way and stepping outside what is acceptable in the spirit of the game," Power wrote to the Kansas State school newspaper, The Collegian. "Following the basketball game, I simply let my emotions get the best of me in all of the chaos." Kansas State police tweeted a callout Tuesday asking for help identifying the fan who hit Traylor. "In my excitement, I was not careful of the people I was around. I am sorry that I made the KU basketball team -- Jamari Traylor in particular -- feel disrespected. By no means can I change what took place, but in the future, I will be aware of how emotions can impact good judgment." Kansas State athletic director John Currie  issued a statement Tuesday apologizing for the fans' behavior following the win.

  • Team releases ex-NBA player after Pacquiao insult

    Published: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    Every culture has its untouchable sports heroes, those athletes who occupy such a revered place in the national consciousness that they may as well be folk heroes. In the United States, simply invoking the names of Jackie Robinson, Bill Russell, and Muhammad Ali requires genuflection and various other displays of respect. Yet none of these figures can compare to world champion boxer Manny Pacquiao's status in his home country of the Philippines, where he has reached this level in the midst of his career. Pacquiao isn't just known for his exploits in the ring — he's a movie star, a singer (until a month ago), a member of the House of Representatives, and now a professional basketball player with the Kia Carnival in the Philippine Basketball Association, a league that has employed plenty of former NBA players in its rich history.  Former NBA big man Daniel Orton found this out the hard way. The 24-year-old Orton, who played for three franchises from 2010 to 2014 before heading overseas, joined the Purefoods Star Hotshots of the PBA in early February as the team's single allowed foreign import player. After the Star Hotshots faced Pacquiao and the Carnival last week, Orton suggested that Pacquiao's roster spot might not have been earned, Yahoo Sports reports.

  • Hope Solo says she made a 'horrible choice' on night of husband's DUI arrest

    Published: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    U.S. Women’s Soccer goalie Hope Solo said she made a “horrible choice” when she got into the team’s van with her husband, Jerramy Stevens during the team’s training camp in January, USA TODAY reports. Solo was suspended from the team for a month after the incident, in which Stevens was arrested for driving under the influence. The incident occurred a week after the goalkeeper had charges of domestic violence against her dismissed. “Clearly, I wasn’t thinking,” she said on “Good Morning America” on Wednesday of the incident that resulted in her suspension. “It was a horrible choice. I think I just wasn’t in a good place, emotionally, to even make good decisions.

  • Baylor walk-on RB Silas Nacita allegedy ruled ineligible for accepting housing

    staff reports | Published: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    Baylor running back Silas Nacita posted a message on his Twitter page today that alleges the walk-on from California was ruled ineligible by the NCAA for accepting housing from a family friend. Nacita, who comes from a difficult home life in Bakersfield, Calif., has slept on friends' couches and has even been homeless  in a collegiate journey that's taken him from Cornell to McLennan Community College in Waco to Baylor (you can read Waco Tribune writer John Werner's excellent story on Nacita from the 2014 season here ). With spring practice starting for Baylor Tuesday, Nacita was reportedly stripped of his eligibility since as a walk-on and not a scholarship player he was not allowed room and board benefits. Baylor players were  not happy on Wednesday morning.

  • VIDEO: Serge Ibaka 'Son of the Congo' movie trailer released

    staff reports | Published: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    Grantland.com released a trailer Wednesday for "Son of the Congo," a film which focuses on the rise of Thunder forward Serge Ibaka from humble beginnings in Africa. From Grantland's YouTube channel: "Serge Ibaka managed to escape the war-torn streets of the Congo and play his way to the top of the NBA. In 'Son of the Congo,' he returns to his native country, revisiting the empty lots where he used to sleep, reconnecting with his daughter, and confronting the stark reality facing Congolese youth. The odds are long, but Ibaka imparts his unshakable belief that a better future is possible if you never stop trying."