• Big 12 adds affiliate members in gymnastics, wrestling

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    The Big 12 Conference has added six affiliate members to its postseason wrestling competition, while Denver has been added as an affiliate member in gymnastics. Air Force, Northern Colorado, North Dakota State, South Dakota State, Utah Valley and Wyoming are joining Iowa State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and West Virginia for future Big 12 Wrestling Championships. Denver will take part in the Big 12 Gymnastics Championships with Iowa State, Oklahoma and West Virginia. The schools will be added to the respective postseason competitions effective the 2015-16 academic year. The Big 12 Wrestling Championship will shift to a neutral site and expand to a two-day event starting with the 2016 championship, March 5-6 in Kansas City. The Big 12 Gymnastics Championship will makes its neutral site debut March 19 in Frisco, Texas.

  • Why 2016 quarterback Austin Kendall will star at OU

    Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    Austin Kendall doesn't hit campus until 2016 for Oklahoma football, but the North Carolina native is already creating a buzz as the Sooners' next potential standout at quarterback. Bleacher Reports's Michael Felder has three reasons why Kendall will star at OU: Escapability, the ability to throw into tight windows and being able to throw a catchable ball. From Felder on Kendall's mobility: "He's not Trevor Knight. He's not going to run for 200 yards, but he does have the ability to get out of the pocket." Check out the B/R video here .

  • Matt Barnes on Serge Ibaka: 'He’s just dirty'

    Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    Last week, Matt Barnes went on ESPN's SportsNation and said he wanted to fight  Thunder forward Serge Ibaka. He was at it again on Tuesday on Memphis radio, per Clippers beat writer Dan Woike . "He's just dirty," Barnes said about Ibaka. "...He hit Blake (Griffin) in the nuts twice." Ibaka and Griffin have had a series of mini-skirmishes on the court that have turned the Los Angeles Clippers-Oklahoma City Thunder matchup into a full-blown power forward rivalry . Barnes was traded from the Clippers to the Eastern Conference's Charlotte Hornets, but he's now with the Memphis Grizzlies, so he'll still get to see his buddy Serge on a regular basis.

  • American dentist said to have paid $55K to kill beloved lion in Africa

    Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    A Minnesota dentist who caused an international uproar when he reportedly paid $55,000 to kill Cecil, an iconic lion in Zimbabwe, issued a statement late Tuesday saying he regretted the animal's death, but thought he was acting legally. Walter Palmer, who was included in a 2009 New York Times feature on big game hunting, said that he had "hired several professional guides, and they secured all proper permits. To my knowledge, everything about this trip was legal and properly handled."

  • NFL upholds Tom Brady’s four-game suspension

    Published: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    The NFL announced Tuesday that it will uphold its four-game suspension of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. Brady is alleged to have been involved in a scheme to deflate game balls in the Patriots' AFC Championship win over the Indianapolis Colts in January. The legal team for Tom Brady argued that an investigation led by Ted Wells provided not only no proof of the scheme but that Brady's "punishment was far too harsh based on precedent." The NFL Players Association's contention is that Brady's four-game suspension was "far too harsh given precedent and punishment given to other players for similar infractions." ( Boston Globe )

  • Blake Bell talks about transition from OU quarterback to NFL tight end

    Published: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    Former OU tight end Blake Bell, a rookie with the San Francisco 49ers, sat down with csnbayarea.com to talk about his continuing evolution from a college quarterback to an NFL pass catcher. Bell, who was selected by the 49ers in the fourth round of the 2015 NFL Draft, says he's still learning the nuances of the position after playing quarterback at OU for a majority of his career before switching to tight end as a senior in 2014. "I think even OTAs and minicamp have helped tremendously. Bell said of his position switch. "It's a little different, but it's going well so far. "Being able to watch film as a quarterback, you kinda know what the quarterback's thinking."

  • Former OU defensive back Aaron Colvin could have a breakout season for Jaguars

    Published: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    Aaron Colvin has played only six NFL games, but he's shown promise as a potential play-making cornerback. The former OU standout missed most of his rookie season with the Jacksonville Jaguars recovering from a torn ACL  suffered during Senior Bowl practice in Jan. 2014. ESPN.com Jaguars writer Mike DiRocco picked Colvin as one of the Jags' potential breakout stars for 2015, a player who could be "one of the steals of the (2014 NFL) Draft." From DiRocco: "He made 25 tackles, knocked down two passes and returned a fumble for a touchdown. That doesn’t sound like a lot until you consider the fact that Colvin didn’t even begin practicing until Oct. 22 and didn’t make his first appearance in a game until Nov. 23. "Now that Colvin has had a full offseason to work out, participate in OTAs and minicamp, and continue to learn the defense, the expectations for his second season are pretty high for a player OU coach Bob Stoops called one of the best defensive backs to play for the Sooners in Stoops’ 16 seasons. "If he meets those expectations, he’ll be the defense’s breakout player."

  • TU basketball player Pat Birt walks away from car crash

    Published: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    Tulsa basketball guard Pat Birt was fortunately able to walk away from a car crash Sunday with only cuts and scratches. The junior posted photos of the accident on his Twitter account Monday, and said "even the doctors were surprised I'm fine after three car flip in a ditch. ... No way I should be walking."

  • For GW basketball players, most meaningful part of workout is hitting the Wall

    Published: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    George Washington's offseason workouts include twice-weekly trips to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. The idea first came to the team's director when he saw some of the basketball players interacting with World War II veterans during an Honor Flight visit in the spring, the young players listening, rapt, to men in their 90s. He thought the experience sparked his players to think in broader ways about words that are sometimes used cheaply in sports, such as “commitment” and “sacrifice.”

  • Former NBA player banned from county fair after winning all the prizes

    Updated: Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    Gilbert Arenas took his family to the Orange County Fair, and it turns out he is not bad at carnival games, SBNation.com reports. Per his Instagram, the three-time All-Star was banned from all basketball hoops, but not before racking up several giant pandas, a sack of plush toys and a Minion that is larger than his son.

  • The NFL's response to Deflategate will only lead to more controversy

    Published: Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    Over the weekend, Fox Sports and other outlets reported that next season the NFL would introduce stricter procedures for checking the inflation of footballs during games. These procedures will have a team of two referees recording the PSI of the footballs before the games, referees who will also be numbering the balls 1-12 for each game, and performing random spot-checks of the footballs at halftime and after games, USA TODAY reports.

  • Report: Blake Griffin to participate in Team USA minicamp, hopes to play in 2016 Olympics

    Published: Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin will be a participant in USA Basketball's minicamp next month and the former University of Oklahoma star hopes to play in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, according to a report from ESPN.com. A five-time All-Star with the Clippers, Griffin was a first-team All-American at OU in 2009 and was twice named The Oklahoman's high school player of the year while at Oklahoma Christian School.

  • Reggie Jackson has heated exchange with autograph seeker

    Published: Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    New York Yankees Hall of Fame slugger Reggie Jackson got into a heated exchange with an autograph seeker Friday night, but vehemently denied Saturday that it turned into a physical altercation.

  • Former OU Sooners tight end Jermaine Gresham to sign with Cardinals

    Published: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    Former Oklahoma tight end Jermaine Gresham has agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Arizona Cardinals, the team announced Friday. Gresham, an All-American in 2008 for the Sooners out of Ardmore High School, was drafted in the first round by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2010. He was a two-time Pro Bowler with the Bengals before becoming a free agent this offseason.

  • How Samaje Perine dropped the mic during a weight-room workout

    BY ERIC BAILEY, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    Samaje Perine, Oklahoma’s solid-rock running back, dropped weight during the summer according to Coach Bob Stoops. That weight was replaced by more speed and strength, which can only delight OU fans and give headaches to opposing defenses. “He's really trimmed up a bit,” Bob Stoops said this week. “He probably lost five pounds, but he's faster and still has the same strength and maybe more strength with another year in the weight room. So I believe he'll just continue to improve.”

  • Football’s most intriguing figure, Chip Kelly, is also its most unknown

    Published: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    The Philadelphia Eagles coach’s methods draw attention that he would just as soon avoid, as his ex-wife can attest.

  • Champ Bailey doesn't want Wes Welker to keep playing because of concussions

    Published: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    While veteran NFL receiver Wes Welker wants to continue playing despite suffering three concussions in nine months, former teammate Champ Bailey hopes that doesn't happen. "I don't want Wes to play for my own personal reasons," Bailey told Fox Sports. "I've seen him get concussions. It scares me." Welker, a former Heritage Hall standout, is entering his 11th season in the NFL.

  • WNBA approves Tulsa Shock relocation to Dallas-Fort Worth

    Published: Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    WNBA owners unanimously approved the relocation of the Tulsa Shock to the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area on Thursday, according to a release posted to the league's site. The team will finish the current season in Tulsa before beginning play in Arlington in 2016, the release states. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • LeBron's big new deal with Warner Bros. could open door to 'Space Jam' reboot

    Published: Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    Fresh off a successful feature-film debut in the hit Amy Schumer comedy "Trainwreck," LeBron James has made a major move toward future big-screen appearances, Yahoo Sports reports. Warner Bros. Entertainment announced Wednesday that it's reached a deal with SpringHill Entertainment — the production company co-founded by the Cleveland Cavaliers superstar and his longtime business partner, Maverick Carter — "spanning all areas of content creation" and that "will see James' creative footprint touch all areas of" Warner Bros.' endeavors, including television, film and digital content.

  • ‘Fat Guy’ on a mission

    Published: Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    TIVERTON, R.I. — Turning 40 had something to do with it, but the biggest reason Eric Hites said he decided to start to lose what he hopes will be hundreds of pounds was a failing relationship with his wife and the need to get healthy again, so he could get a good job and start a new life with her. At 560 pounds, Hites decided to bike across the United States to lose weight and gather material for his second book, but a bent rim on his bicycle has waylaid him in Tiverton since late last week. Hites said he always has been a big person. He graduated from high school in Indiana weighing 300 pounds, but said he could run 5 miles with no problem back then.