• David Stern: 'No doubt' the NBA will avoid work stoppage in 2017

    Published: Wed, Oct 29, 2014

    Despite ominous statements from prominent players about how the NBA's new TV deal will affect collective bargaining, former commissioner David Stern believes the league will avoid a work stoppage in 2017. "I think that our players are very smart and successful and they have hired what seems to be a smart and successful litigator," Stern told CBSSports.com. "Our owners are smart and successful and have got Adam Silver, an accomplished litigator, too. And I have no doubt that they're going to work it out."

  • Dallas Cowboys' Joseph Randle joking, concerned about making practice in booking video

    Published: Wed, Oct 29, 2014

    Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle was quite vocal as police booked him into the Frisco City Jail after his arrest for stealing cologne and underwear, cracking jokes and talking to his agent on the phone. Clearly worried about making it to the team’s practice the next day, Randle expresses concern about whether his arrest for shoplifting from Stonebriar Centre Mall will get out to the public.

  • Former OSU quarterback Brandon Weeden preparing to start for Dallas Cowboys

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    Dallas Cowboys quarterback Brandon Weeden has had the same routine for about two months: Practice with the first-team offense on Wednesdays and then go back to the scout team the rest of the week.  It gets interesting now for Weeden as starting quarterback Tony Romo deals with a stubborn back that has raised concerns about his availability for Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals.  Weeden took the first-team reps in a walkthrough practice Wednesday and is expected to do the same the rest of the week, or at least until further notice. e

  • LeBron James and wife welcome baby girl

    Published: Wed, Oct 29, 2014

    King James has a little princess, according to The Associated Press. LeBron James confirmed Wednesday that he and his wife, Savannah, welcomed a new baby girl last week. Cavaliers officials say the girl's name is Zhuri Nova. James already has two sons, LeBron Jr., and Bryce Maximus. James says his family is thrilled with new addition and that "it's a lot different" having a girl around the house.

  • OSU football: Mike Gundy admits in interview he tried to trademark 'I'm a man, I'm 40'

    erik horne | Published: Wed, Oct 29, 2014

    Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy once tried to captalize on his now world-famous rant. In an interview with Campus Insiders' Seth Davis, Gundy opened up about his "I'm a man. I'm 40" rant from 2007. Gundy said he even tried to trademark his legendary catch phrase. "I tried to but somebody else had got it," Gundy said in the interview. "I thought about it." Gundy estimates he hears "I'm a man, I'm 40" about three or four times a year now. A few of those times might be from his 12-year-old son, who Gundy says "can do it almost to a T." "I actually hear it more there (at home) than I do anywhere else," Gundy said. "There's so many other things out there on social networking, I think it's kinda run its course." (h/t For The Win)

  • Kansas State president says classes still on if Royals win World Series

    staff reports | Published: Wed, Oct 29, 2014

    The Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants play the deciding game of the World Series tonight. That doesn't get Kansas State students off the hook for class, however. Kansas State president Kirk H. Schulz joked on Twitter that a Royals victory in Game 7 would be celebrated in the most scholarly of ways in Manhattan. Manhattan is about two hours west of Kansas City, Mo., where Game 7 will be played tonight at 7:07 p.m. (FOX).

  • Texas A&M wearing unique 1939 throwback uniforms against Louisiana-Monroe

    Published: Wed, Oct 29, 2014

    Texas A&M is going retro this weekend. Adidas Football US's Twitter account released photos of the throwback 1939 uniforms the Aggies will wear on Saturday against Louisiana-Monroe. The helmets are unlike anything in college football, with a faux worn/rusted look on the facemask and a leather print pattern on the helmet. Pretty cool stuff.

  • Jerry Jones: If Tony Romo can withstand the pain, he could play Sunday

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    Tony Romo did not suffer a season-ending back injury in the third quarter Monday night. But that doesn’t mean the 32-year-old quarterback will be able to play Sunday against Arizona. Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones shared the latest on Romo’s bruised back during a Wednesday morning radio interview. “At this time, we have nothing medically that would prevent him from playing,” Jones said on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas. “What I mean by that is that there’s nothing to his injury that technically won’t function. This is a function of pain tolerance. But it’s a serious issue that you could look at people that have had a similar type injury and they haven’t played the next week, so that would cause you some concern about him playing.” Romo suffered the injury after taking a knee to his back while being sacked during Monday night’s 20-17 overtime loss to Washington. Romo received an X-ray and a pain-killing injection before returning late in the fourth quarter. “It is not, at this juncture, in any way, a season-ending injury,” Jones said. “But it is one that raises the question of whether or not he can tolerate a certain amount of pain in that area. That’s about what we know right now. If Romo can't play Sunday, the QB duties would fall to former Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden. Weeden came in vs. Washington on Monday night and led the Cowboys to two scoring drives.

  • VIDEO: UFC champ Johny Hendricks returns to Oklahoma State to train for title fight

    Published: Tue, Oct 28, 2014

    Former Oklahoma State wrestler Johny Hendricks recently came back to Stillwater to train for his upcoming Ultimate Fighting Championship title fight. "I come here because I wrestled here ... wrestling shape and the mental aspect of it, it's hard to beat," Hendricks said. Hendricks, the UFC Welterweight champion, will defend his belt at UFC 181 against No. 1 contender Robbie Lawler Dec. 6 in Las Vegas. (h/t Gavin Lang )

  • Emmitt Smith's advice for DeMarco Murray

    Published: Tue, Oct 28, 2014

    Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray lost a fumble deep in Washington territory in the first half. What followed was the greatest Cowboys running back of all-time seemingly chiming in with some advice. "Know when the journey is over," Emmitt Smith said on Twitter during Dallas' 20-17 loss to the Washington Redskins Monday night. Murray, the former OU standout, said he'll continue to "fight for every inch," just as he did on the play he fumbled on in the second quarter. Murray was fighting four Redskins players for extra yardage when he was stripped at the Washington 6-yard line. "He's got a great will and determination about him," Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. "But he has to go down and protect the ball at the end of the play like that."

  • VIDEO: OU 2015 commitment Austin Seibert kicks 70-yard field goal

    Published: Tue, Oct 28, 2014

    OU has to feel good about its kicking game in the future. At least from distance. Sooner football commit Austin Seibert (Belleville West/Belleville, Ill.) kicked a 70-yard field goal in pregame, reportedly with no wind at his back. Pretty impressive, especially considering Seibert broke his leg just two years ago (read  Jason Kersey's Q&A with Seibert for more). Seibert is rated as the  No. 2 kicker and No. 1 punter in the Class of 2015 by Kohlskicking.com. He committed to OU in May and will have a good shot a winning a starting spot in 2015 with kicker Michael Hunnicutt and punter Jed Barnett graduating. He's got the leg to back up his trash talk . (H/T Andrew Gilman )

  • Ray Rice Halloween costume: Inappropriate for kids?

    Published: Mon, Oct 27, 2014

    There aren't too many times when I'm speechless about what I consider an outrageous example of parenting. This is one of those times. An Instagram photo surfaced over the weekend of a child wearing a Ray Rice costume and dragging a doll ostensibly meant to symbolize the wife of the embattled former NFL star, Janay Rice. (The person who posted the photo with the caption "Greatest costume ever" appears to have since taken down their Instagram account.)

  • Russell Westbrook No. 4, Blake Griffin No. 5 in ESPN's NBA Rank

    Published: Mon, Oct 27, 2014

    ESPN's Forecast panel has ranked Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook No. 4 and Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin No. 5 in its #NBARank of the top players in the league based on each player's projected overall level of play for the upcoming season. Both fared better than they did in the 2013 NBA Rank. ESPN rated Westbrook No. 5 last season and Griffin 13th. Last weekend, ESPN rated Kevin Durant  the No. 8 player in the league entering the 2014-15 season.

  • Lauren Hill, college hoops player with brain tumor, living in the moment

    Published: Mon, Oct 27, 2014

    A clock above the court reminds everyone that it's only 5:58 a.m. Fifteen slow-moving women's basketball players at Division III Mount St. Joseph form a circle near one of the baskets and stretch quietly, according to The Associated Press. Coach Dan Benjamin walks briskly around the court, sipping a Mountain Dew for a little caffeine. He has the two-hour practice mapped out, including a special play he's installing for the Lions' sold-out season opener. A black whistle dangles in front of his gray "Play for 22" T-shirt. No. 22 would be freshman Lauren Hill.

  • Former OU basketball star Mookie Blaylock sentenced in fatal crash

    Published: Mon, Oct 27, 2014

    Former NBA guard Mookie Blaylock will receive reduced prison time for his role in a 2013 car crash that killed a woman in suburban Atlanta. Blaylock was sentenced to 15 years for vehicular homicide and other charges. According to his plea deal, his jail term was reduced to seven years followed by eight years on probation. Four of the seven years will be suspended. Blaylock was an All-American guard for Oklahoma in the late 1980s and a first-round draft pick of the New Jersey Nets in 1989.

  • In Arizona, a Navajo high school emerges as a defender of the Washington Redskins

    Published: Mon, Oct 27, 2014

    RED MESA, Ariz. — The fans poured into the bleachers on a Friday night, erupting in “Let’s go, Redskins!” chants that echoed across a new field of artificial turf, glowing green against a vast dun-colored landscape. Inside the Red Mesa High School locker room, Ted Nugent’s “Stranglehold” blared on the stereo as players hurried to strap on their helmets and gather for a pregame prayer and pep talk.

  • NCAA president hopes autograph rule is revisited

    Published: Mon, Oct 27, 2014

    In light of the issues that have sidelined Georgia running back Todd Gurley and prompted questions about Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, NCAA President Mark Emmert told USA TODAY Sports the next calendar year is a "good time to have a discussion" about whether the current rules related to college athletes and autographs are still proper. "I hope the members do look at it," Emmert said in a phone interview Monday. "Whether they change it or not is less important than whether or not they look at it and say, 'We still think this is a good rule for good reasons' or not, but we need to have it affirmed or changed — one of the two — and this is a good time to do it."

  • This film with Oklahoma ties is already generating Oscar buzz

    Matt Carney | Updated: Mon, Oct 27, 2014

    “Foxcatcher” is going to be awesome. The film opens next month and has already won the best director prize at the Cannes Film Festival back in May. Its director Bennett Miller is two-for-two on Best Picture Oscar nominations as well, earning the distinction for 2005’s “Capote” and 2011’s “Moneyball.” That all adds up to high […]

  • OU football: Zack Sanchez named Jim Thorpe semifinalist

    Published: Mon, Oct 27, 2014

    OU defensive back Zack Sanchez has been named one of 15 semifinalists for the Jim Thorpe Award, given to the top defensive back in college football. Sanchez is tied for third national in interceptions with five in eight games. The redshirt sophomore has 28 tackles, five pass breakups and leads the Sooners with 10 passes defensed. THORPE AWARD SEMIFINALISTS Sam Carter, TCU, Sr. Jeremy Cash, Duke, Jr. Landon Collins, Alabama, Jr. Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Oregon, Sr. Kendall Fuller, Virginia Tech, So. Senquez Golson, Ole Miss, Sr. Josh Hawkins, East Carolina, Jr. Gerod Holliman, Louisville, Jr. Ronald Martin, LSU, Sr. Cody Prewitt, Ole Miss, Sr. Jordan Richards, Stanford, Sr. Zack Sanchez, Oklahoma, So. Triston Wade, UTSA, Sr. Trae Waynes, Michigan State, Jr. PJ Williams, Florida State, Jr. The Thorpe Award finalists will be named Nov. 24 and the winner will be announced at the Home Depot College Football Awards Show Dec. 11. The Thorpe Award winner will be honored at a banquet in Oklahoma City on Feb. 3.

  • St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras dies in car accident

    Published: Sun, Oct 26, 2014

    St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras, one of the top prospects of the past several seasons, died Sunday in an auto accident in his native Dominican Republic, his agent confirmed to reporters there. Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak expressed his condolences to the family, but said the team was awaiting more details before making a formal announcement. Brian Mejia, Taveras' agent, told reporters that Taveras and his girlfriend died in the accident. No other details were immediately available.