• OKC Thunder's Russell Westbrook marries Nina Earl in star-studded Beverly Hills ceremony

    Published: Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    Oklahoma City Thunder point guard married his college sweetheart in an private ceremony on Saturday

  • 2015 US Open -- Maria Sharapova announces she will not play

    Published: Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    On the eve of the event, Maria Sharapova announced via Facebook that she will not play in the US Open. Sharapova has been out of action since a semifinal loss to Serena Williams at Wimbledon.

  • Where does OU rank among college football's running back units?

    Updated: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    Even without Joe Mixon playing a snap in college football, the OU backfield is getting a lot of hype headed into the 2015 season. Only one team is ahead of the Sooners in Athlon Sports' rankings of the Top 35 running back units in the country. Georgia is No. 1, as the Bulldogs return three running backs that rated as five-star recruits out of high school in Heisman Trophy candidate Nick Chubb (1,547 yards, 14 touchdowns in 2014), Sony Michel and Keith Marshall. OU's trio of running backs isn't far behind. Samaje Perine (1,713 yards, 21 TDs) returns after a stellar freshman season, and Alex Ross averaged 6.8 yards per carry last season. Mixon is coming off a year-long suspension, but is expected to play a big role in the Air Raid offense. Ohio State, Alabama and Florida State rounded out Athlon's Top 5. Check out the entire list here .

  • Tim Beckman dismissed as Illinois football coach

    Published: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    The University of Illinois has dismissed head football coach Tim Beckman, citing "preliminary results of an external review into allegations involving the program." Offensive coordinator Bill Cubit has been named interim head coach by the university. Illinois opens the season at home against Kent State on Sept. 4. "The preliminary information external reviewers shared with me does not reflect our values or our commitment to the welfare of our student-athletes, and I've chosen to act accordingly," University of Illinois Director of Athletics Mike Thomas said in a statement on the school's website. "During the review, we have asked people not to rush to judgment, but I now have enough information to make this decision in assessing the status and direction of the football program." Beckman will not be paid the remaining $3.1 million on the last two years of his original five-year contract. Beckman, a former Oklahoma State defensive coordinator, went 12-25 in three seasons at Illinois, with one bowl game appearance. More from NewsOK : Carlson: Ordeal with Illinois coach Tim Beckman shows it doesn't pay to be mean in college football

  • Ex-Oklahoma State signee Devon Thomas arrested in Tulsa

    Updated: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    A former Oklahoma State football signee has been arrested in Tulsa on an armed robbery charge. The Tulsa World reports that Devon Thomas, 20, was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Service's Northern Oklahoma Violent Crimes Task Force in the 9500 block of East 65th Street in Tulsa on Thursday. Thomas, who signed with Oklahoma State in the Class of 2014, was charged with robbery with a firearm and possession of a firearm after juvenile adjudication on Aug. 21. Warrants were issued for Thomas' arrest earlier this week . Thomas, a four-star recruit out of Broken Arrow, never played for Oklahoma State after being charged with shooting with intent to kill, robbery with a firearm and first-degree burglary in June 2014.

  • NBA's Derrick Rose accused of drugging, raping woman

    Published: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose said Thursday that a lawsuit filed recently in Los Angeles Superior Court accusing him of sexual misconduct is based on untrue allegations. "I am just focusing on staying healthy and getting ready for the season," Rose said in a statement. "I am not going to comment other than to say: I know the truth, and am confident I will be proven innocent." The lawsuit, first reported by TMZ Sports, was filed Wednesday by an unidentified woman who said she dated Rose from 2011 to 2013. She is accusing Rose and two friends of slipping a drug into her drink and later committing sexual acts against her will. The incident, she alleges, occurred in August 2013.

  • A Gear Geek's Guide To Ultralight Backpacking

    Published: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Taking weight off your back is a good thing, but not at the expense of comfort, capability or preparedness. Here's how to ultralight backpack in style.

  • Former NBA star Darryl Dawkins dead at 58

    Updated: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Darryl Dawkins, known for his thunderous dunks and flamboyant nickname, has died at age 58. Dawkins, nicknamed Chocolate Thunder, played 15 seasons in the NBA - primarily with the Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Nets. The 6-foot-11, 250 pounder averaged 12 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks per game over 15 seasons in the NBA.

  • Tennessee football loses safety LaDarrell McNeil for 'extended period of time'; WR Howard suspended

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Another day, another key injury for Tennessee. The Volunteers will be without starting safety LaDarrell McNeil for an "extended period of time," according to coach Butch Jones. McNeil is undergoing further examination for "neck instability," Jones told the media Thursday afternoon. Jones also announced that senior receiver  Pig Howard  is suspended for the season opener against Bowling Green for violating team rules. "It could be a lengthy period of time," Jones said of how long McNeil will be out. McNeil is the latest long-term injury for the Volunteers during preseason football, following season-ending injuries to offensive linemen Marcus Jackson and Austin Sanders. McNeil started for the Volunteers against Oklahoma last year in Norman, logging seven tackles and an interception in Tennessee's 34-10 loss. Howard had four catches for 22 yards against the Sooners in 2014, and is expected to make his season debut against OU Sept. 12 in Knoxville.

  • VIDEO: Blake Griffin shows off some tricks at Clippers facility

    Updated: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Behold the skills of Blake Griffin. The former OU All-American has emerged as an all-around player since entering the league in 2010. He's not just dunks anymore. There's range, passing, dribbling ... and apparently ball tricks. Griffin posted a video to his Facebook in which he's rolling a ball around on his shoulders, arms and neck at the Clippers' practice facility. Impressive stuff. (h/t Melissa Rohlin)

  • WATCH: Oklahoma State opener promo will get you hyped for football season

    Published: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Oklahoma State opens its football season Sept. 3 against Central Michigan. With the Cowboys' opener a week away, Oklahoma State Athletics has posted a promo video on YouTube. Check it out.

  • Kirk Herbstreit has OU making the College Football Playoff

    Updated: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Every year, ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit hands out preseason awards called Herbie Awards. This year, he's picking OU to win the Big 12 ... and make the College Football Playoff. Herbstreit has Ohio State, LSU, OU and Arizona State in his final four for the second go-round of the College Football Playoff, with Ohio State repeating as national champions. Herbstreit also had a number of OU and Oklahoma State players nominated for his annual awards. Below are some of the players with OU or Oklahoma State ties who were nominated for a Herbie: Ryan Simmons, LB, Oklahoma State ("The Enforcer" award) Samaje Perine, RB, Oklahoma ("Ultimate Game-Changer") Sterling Shepard, WR, Oklahoma ("Ultimate Herbie") Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State ("Breakout Star") (Side note: Herbstreit also picked LSU to beat Tennessee in the SEC championship game. OU player Tennessee on Sept. 12 in Knoxville). The Herbies Preseason Special will air tonight at 6 p.m. on ESPNU.

  • [UPDATE]: Bob Stoops unsure about Du'Vonta Lampkin's status with Texas

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    OU freshman defensive tackle Du'Vonta Lampkin got on the field with the Sooners on Wednesday, and the snippet of video he shared was impressive. Lampkin posted a video of himself pushing junior college transfer Jamal Dantley several yards into the backfield. Lampkin certainly has the power and size at 6-foot-4, 306 pounds to make an impact alone the Sooners' defensive line, but the question remains when he'll actually be eligible to play for OU. Lampkin was cleared to practice yesterday , but last weekend Texas coach Charlie Strong said he would not release Lampkin from his letter of intent. Lampkin signed with Texas in the Class of 2015. Bob Stoops announced earlier this week that Lampkin will be put on scholarship, but that OU is still working through his eligibility .

  • Oklahoma State-Auburn basketball gets primetime treatment for Big 12/SEC Challenge

    Updated: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    Times and networks have been released for the Big 12/SEC Challenge, and Oklahoma State will get the primetime treatment against Auburn on Jan. 30. OSU at Auburn will tip off at 7 p.m. central on ESPN2, one of seven game times and networks finalized by the conferences and ESPN. Oklahoma's game at LSU will be played no earlier than 1 p.m. and no later than 6 p.m., and will air on ESPN. ESPN's College GameDay will originate from one of the Challenge games, to be announced at a later date. 2015-16 Big 12/SEC Challenge Saturday, Jan. 30 (all times central) Vanderbilt at Texas (ESPN or ESPN2), 11 a.m. West Virginia at Florida (ESPN or ESPN2), 11 a.m. Tennessee at TCU (ESPN2), 1 p.m. Mississippi at Kansas State (ESPNU), 1 p.m. Texas Tech at Arkansas (ESPNU), 3 p.m. Georgia at Baylor (ESPN2), 5 p.m. Oklahoma State at Auburn (ESPN2), 7 p.m. Kentucky at Kansas (ESPN), no earlier than 1 p.m.; no later than 6 p.m. Oklahoma at LSU (ESPN), no earlier than 1 p.m.; no later than 6 p.m. Iowa State at Texas A&M (ESPN), no earlier than 1 p.m.; no later than 6 p.m.

  • Seahawks' Bennett calls out Sam Bradford, mediocre quarterbacks as protected, overpaid

    Published: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett made it clear Tuesday that he isn't a fan of the inflated market for NFL quarterbacks. He's also not fond of the way some of them react to getting hit. Former OU quarterback Sam Bradford falls into both categories for Bennett, who is wrangling for a new contract.  During an interview with Brock and Salk  on 719 ESPN Seattle on Tuesday, Bennett said that "quarterback is the only position in the NFL you can be mediocre at and get paid," using quarterbacks such as Philadelphia's Bradford and Miami's Ryan Tannehill as examples. "At every other position, you can't be mediocre," Bennett said. "If I was Ryan Tannehill and the most games I ever won was seven, how could you get a $100 million for that? I guess that's the value of the position." Bennett then brought up Bradford, who has been the focus of a controversial play involving Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs. In a preseason game last Saturday, Suggs was flagged for roughing the passer on a hit on Bradford  that was later deemed a legal play by the NFL . Bradford was playing in his first game since tearing his ACL in 2014 playing for the St. Louis Rams. "There's some mediocre quarterbacks in the NFL that make a lot of money," Bennett said. "You take a guy like Sam Bradford -- he's never played really in the last three years, but he's made more money than most guys in the NFL. Bennett continued: "Then quarterbacks get protected more than any other player. I mean, he gets hit in his knees and he's about to cry. 'They hit me in my legs.' Everybody gets hit in their legs. Every play somebody tries to hit me in my legs. So what makes him different? What makes his life better than mine? I've got kids. I've got stuff I like to do on the weekend. But because he gets hit in his legs, he gets a flag. He gets up with a sad face like the world just ended because he got hit. I mean, you got hit in an NFL game. Who cares? Get back up and be like, 'Good job.'"

  • ESPN addresses Curt Schilling tweet comparing Muslims and Nazis

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    Former MLB pitcher and current ESPN baseball analyst Curt Schilling tweeted out a meme Tuesday which compared Muslims to Nazis. Not a good look for Schilling, or his employers. The tweet was deleted, but screenshots predictably captured the mess Schilling left behind when he tweeted the meme of Adolf Hitler along with the caption "The math is staggering when you get to the true #'s." The meme reads:  ESPN PR representative Josh Krulewitz responded Tuesday afternoon , saying the company has removed Schilling from its Little League World Series coverage. "Curt's tweet was completely unacceptable, and in no way represents our company's perspective," Krulewitz said. "We made that point very strongly to Curt and have removed him from his current Little League assignment pending further consideration."

  • OU football: Du'Vonta Lampkin says he's cleared to practice with Sooners

    Published: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said Monday night Du'Vonta Lampkin - the Texas signee turned OU late arrival - still had to be medically cleared before he could join the Sooners. Lampkin said Tuesday that he eligible to practice. "Cleared for practice. Time to get to work," Lampkin said on Twitter. Texas coach Charlie Strong said this weekend he wouldn't release Lampkin from his letter of intent.

  • VIDEO: Kevin Durant talks about the inspiration behind his new KD8 colorway 'Hunt's Hill Night'

    Published: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    Nike Basketball released a video on Tuesday of Kevin Durant talking about his latest KD8 colorway - the Hunt's Hill Night. Durant's newest version of the KD8 is inspired by the hours he spent training on Hunt's Hill as a youngster in Maryland. "Late nights at Hunt's Hill they were tough because I had to run up 25 times or 30 times," Durant says. "It was a rough neighborhood so you never knew who was gonna come through there." The KD8 Hunt's Hill Night is available Sept 2.

  • David Cornwell out of the quarterback race at Alabama?

    Published: Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    Is David Cornwell out of the quarterback race at Alabama? Just last week, the former Norman North quarterback and high school All-American looked like the frontrunner for the starting job in Tuscaloosa after senior Jacob Coker went down with an injury. Now, it appears that redshirt junior Alec Morris has jumped both Cornwell and Coker as the leader to start against Wisconsin on Sept. 5. "Redshirt freshman David Cornwell,  who put himself firmly in the mix for the starting job  with his play during the spring, appears to no longer be a part of the competition,"  writes al.com's Matt Zenitz . Zenitz said Alabama coach Nick Saban hasn't mentioned Cornwell during either of his last two news conferences when discussing the Crimson Tide's quarterbacks.

  • Chip Kelly refutes NFL's interpretation of hit on Sam Bradford

    Published: Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    Quarterback Sam Bradford was not running a zone-read play when he was hit low by Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs, Eagles coach Chip Kelly said Monday. In the Ravens-Eagles preseason game on Saturday, Suggs was flagged on the play for a 15-yard roughing the passer penalty, but the NFL came back on Monday and said a flag should not have been thrown on the play. Kelly refuted what NFL head of officiating Dean Blandino called "not a foul by rule." "He said it was a read-option play, but it wasn't a read-option play," Kelly said. "I know our quarterbacks can get hit on a read-option play, but not every run we have is a read-option run. We run sweep, power, counter, trap -- all of those things out of the gun. "Everyone in the league runs shotgun runs. Are they going to hit every quarterback in the league when they hand off in the shotgun? That's up to the league. I think it would be troubling for the league if every quarterback in the shotgun can be hit." The play has drawn up more controversy than most low hits, considering Bradford was playing in his first game in a year since tearing his ACL playing for the St. Louis Rams in the 2014 preseason.




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