• Austin Dillon: ‘I held on to the steering wheel as hard as I could’ (VIDEO)

    Published: Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Austin Dillon walked without a limp. He smiled. His hands didn’t shake. His voice was strong. If you hadn’t seen the vicious crash, his car flying into the catchfence, you wouldn’t have known that only a few minutes earlier he emerged from a carcass of a car after a crash at the end of Monday morning’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Daytona International Speedway. Dillon walked from the crash and said that he had only a bruised tailbone and a bruise on his forearm.

  • Report: Reggie Jackson, Pistons agree to five-year, $80 million contract

    Published: Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    The Detroit Pistons have re-signed restricted free agent point guard Reggie Jackson to a five-year, $80 million contract, ESPN.com reports. The contract has no options for either team or player, according to ESPN.com sources. Jackson, 25, spent the first three full seasons of his NBA career with the Oklahoma City Thunder before being dealt to the Pistons in February as part of a three-team deal that landed the Thunder Enes Kanter, Steve Novak, D.J. Augustin and Kyle Singler. Jackson was selected No. 24 overall by the Thunder in the 2011 NBA Draft and has career averages of 9.8 points, 3.6 assists and 3.2 rebounds per game.

  • Five things to watch in tonight’s Coke Zero 400 at Daytona

    Published: Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – It was here at Daytona International Speedway where fans were introduced to a young driver from California by way of Indiana. Jeff Gordon, then a rookie, scored his first career victory at this track in a 1993 qualifying race. He admitted he needed help finding victory lane that day. That was the first of 14 such visits at this track during his career, which will end after this season. Tonight’s race – which marks NBC’s return to broadcasting Sprint Cup races – marks Gordon’s final Cup start at this famed 2.5-mile speedway. He enters the event searching for his first victory of the season. And Gordon's quest for a win is not the only storyline at tonight's race.

  • Report: Dallas Mavericks agree to deal with center DeAndre Jordan

    Published: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    The I-35 rivalry between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Dallas Mavericks just got a whole lot bigger. Free agent center DeAndre Jordan has reportedly agreed to join the Mavericks on a max deal worth about $81 million over four years. The 6-foot-11 Jordan, a native of Houston, had a career year for the Los Angeles Clippers last season, averaging career highs in points (11.5), rebounds (15.0), and field goal percentage (.710). Jordan led the league in rebounds per game and field goal percentage for the second consecutive year.

  • Bubba Watson to paint over Confederate flag on General Lee

    Updated: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    PGA golfer Bubba Watson says he's painting over the Confederate flag that adorns the roof of the General Lee, the car from the late 1970s-early 1980s TV show "The Dukes of Hazzard." Watson, purchased the car at an auction in 2012, announced Thursday evening he's making the change. "All men ARE created equal," Watson tweeted . "I believe that so I will be painting the American flag over the roof of the General Lee #USA." The decision comes in the aftermath of the murders of nine people in a historically black church in Charleston, S.C., which has sparked debate nationwide over whether the Confederate flag should still fly on the grounds of the state capitol building of South Carolina, and whether major retailers should sell merchandise with the flag on it. More from NewsOK : Bubba Watson regrets asking Kevin Durant for his shoes before Thunder-Clippers playoff game

  • Report: Dallas Cowboys think Dez Bryant is 'bluffing' about missing games

    Published: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant is still at a stalemate with the team over a long-term contract. Reports have the former Oklahoma State star even considering sitting out the Cowboys' season opener if he's signed to a deal by July 15. Bleacher Report Jason Cole says despite no progress being made in the contract talks, the Cowboys believe Bryant is bluffing about not playing. From Cole: "According to a source I talked to, there was no progress made between the two sides. That's because the Dallas Cowboys are not budging off of their long-term offer with approximately $20 million guaranteed and subsequent guarantees later on. One of the reasons why is the Cowboys believe that Bryant is bluffing when he talks about missing a game or two during the regular season. Despite the fact that he is on record saying that it is not a bluff. ... "The second part is the Cowboys believe that Bryant ultimately needs the money, that he has money problems, and that either he will sign the tender for approximately $13 million for a franchise player or will ultimately sign the long-term deal by July 15 when the deadline for a long-term deal expires. "The third thing is, Bryant has been around during the offseason, which gives the Cowboys further encouragement that he's going to be there when his teammates need him. ... The Cowboys believe that they have the leverage on their side in this deal."

  • Report: Former OSU forward Le'Bryan Nash to play for Houston Rockets in NBA Summer League

    Published: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    Former Oklahoma State forward Le'Bryan Nash will reportedly play for the Houston Rockets in the NBA Summer League. The Rockets open summer league play July 10 in Las Vegas. The 6-foot-7, 235-pound Nash went undrafted in the 2015 NBA Draft, but is looking to catch on with the Rockets as a free agent. Nash's OSU teammate Michael Cobbins is participating in the NBA Summer League with the Oklahoma City Thunder . Nash averaged 17.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game in his final season in Stillwater.

  • VIDEO: Kevin Durant tees off at TopGolf

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Last week, video popped up of Kevin Durant taking part in some shooting exercises. Progress made. Looks like he can swing a golf club too. The Thunder star was at TopGolf in Oklahoma City on Wednesday, where more than a few local celebrities have stopped by since its opening a few weeks ago.

  • Report: LaMarcus Aldridge to meet with Heat's Riley, Lakers for second time

    Published: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Pat Riley is throwing his hat into the pursuit of free agent forward LaMarcus Aldridge. Multiple reports have the Miami Heat general manager scheduled to sit down with Aldridge tonight following a second meeting with the Los Angeles Lakers in L.A. The Lakers reportedly failed to impress Aldridge in their first meeting on Wednesday, but in what they're calling a " follow up " meeting, plan to focus more on basketball and less about "branding possibilities in the city of Los Angeles."

  • Where are they now: Former OU standout Tommie Harris finding second life after tragedy

    Published: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Former OU All-American defensive lineman Tommie Harris had his NFL career cut short by injuries, but those pale in comparison to what Harris has overcome off the field. Following the unexpected death of his wife in 2012 due to an unexpected brain aneurysm, Harris was left with two children and no plan for the future. For Sports Illustrated's "Where Are They Now" issue, Andrew Lawrence writes about how Harris rebounded from tragedy by moving back home to Texas, returning to full health, and starting his second life as an entrepreneur. One of his ventures is as part owner of the Texas Outlaws - a team in the Fall Experimental Football League. The league launched in 2014 and Harris and former OU teammate Eric Bassey have ambitions to move the team to Oklahoma City.

  • Dallas Cowboys LB Rolando McClain suspended four games

    Published: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Dallas Cowboys linebacker Rolando McClain has been suspended for the first four games of the 2015 regular season for violating the league's substance abuse policy. "I apologize to my family, the Cowboys organization, my teammates and Cowboys fans for my mistake," McClain said via an NFLPA press release. "I will not break the rules of my profession in the future, and I regret my error. I look forward to returning to the field on week 5, when I hope to help my team beat the Patriots." McClain, who was second on the Cowboys in tackles (81) in 2014, signed a 1-year deal with Dallas earlier this year. Jets defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson was also suspended Thursday for a substance abuse violation.

  • Report: Former OSU guard James Anderson signing with Sacramento Kings

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    The Sacramento Kings have reportedly agreed to a multi-year deal with former Oklahoma State guard James Anderson, per Yahoo Sports. Anderson, 26, last played in the NBA in 2013-14 with the Philadelphia 76ers, averaging 10.1 points and 3.8 rebounds per game. Anderson has career averages of 6.3 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists per contest in four NBA seasons.

  • Report: Knicks reach out to Enes Kanter in free agency

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    The Oklahoma City Thunder isn't the only team looking at Enes Kanter in free agency. Multiple reports have the New York Knicks reaching out to the 6-foot-11 Thunder center. Kanter reportedly was scheduled to meet with the Thunder  Wednesday in Chicago. The Knicks missed out on free agent power forward Greg Monroe, who instead agreed to terms Thursday on a three-year, $49.4 million deal with the Milwaukee Bucks. The Knicks are reportedly interested  in free agent center Robin Lopez as well. Kanter is a restricted free agent, so the Thunder has the ability to match any offer sheet he signs with another team.

  • OU-Texas makes '10 things that make college football unique' list

    Published: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    One of the institutions of college football: The Red River Rivalry. Ranking up there with Army playing Navy every year, old school uniforms, marching bands and live mascots, ESPN's Chris Low lists "Texas vs. Oklahoma at the Cotton Bowl" as one of 10 things that make college football unique and should never be changed. From Low: "If you’ve had a chance to see a game in AT&T Stadium, aka Jerry World, you know it's a palace. But the Red River Rivalry -- the yearly grudge match between Oklahoma and Texas -- is much more than just a football game. It’s an event, which is why it should never move from the venerable Cotton Bowl and Fair Park in Dallas, even for the swanky confines of Jerry World. There’s no experience in college football quite like it, with the game being played in conjunction with the State Fair of Texas. Where else can you get Fletcher’s Corny Dogs, Swan Paddle Boat rides and one of sports’ best rivalries all in one October swoop? There’s a deal in place to keep the game at the Cotton Bowl, where it has been played since 1932, through 2025. And even though the Cotton Bowl Classic moved to Jerry World in 2010, here’s hoping the Longhorns and Sooners will be settling their business with Big Tex standing guard for a long time to come."

  • The Sixers got 3 players and a 1st-round pick for nothing in one of the most lopsided NBA trades ever

    Published: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    While the Philadelphia 76ers and GM Sam Hinkie continue to struggle in their search for a superstar in the draft, the team's radical rebuilding plan paid off in a big way in a trade with the Sacramento Kings, Business Insider reports. The Kings wanted to clear cap space to make a run at free-agency targets Rajon Rondo, Monta Ellis, and Wes Matthews. The Sixers, who have more cap room than anyone in the NBA because they refuse to sign free agents, were more than happy to take on salary from the Kings.

  • Report: Greg Monroe to sign with Milwaukee Bucks

    Published: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Power forward Greg Monroe will reportedly sign a max contract with the Milwaukee Bucks, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. Monroe (6-foot-11, 250 pounds) will receive a reported $49.4 million over three years , with a player option on the third year of the deal. Monroe, 25, averaged 15.9 points and 10.2 rebounds per game last season for the Detroit Pistons, who drafted him out of Georgetown in 2010.

  • Josh Heupel's dad says former OU offensive coordinator is loving Utah State

    Published: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Ken Heupel, the father of former Oklahoma quarterback and co-offensive coordinator Josh Heupel, says his son is adjusting well to his new job at Utah State. Along with former wide receivers coach Jay Norvell, Josh Heupel was fired following the Sooners' 8-5 season in 2014. At a life skills camp in Catoosa this week hosted by Josh Heupel's 14 Foundation, Ken Heupel told the Tulsa World that Josh "loves it there" in Logan, Utah, in his new role as offensive coordinator. Ken also said the Heupels weren't surprised by OU making the move to move on from his son as an assistant. OU hired 31-year-old East Carolina assistant Lincoln Riley in January to replace Josh Heupel. "We all know this is a big boys business," Ken said. "We understand what the situation is and that type of thing."

  • PHOTO: Rickie Fowler goes golfing with his girlfriend

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    This is how you vacation. Rickie Fowler is taking some time off before he makes a run at The Open Championship. The former Oklahoma State golf standout is out at Baker's Bay (Bahamas) playing against his girlfriend Alexis Randock in a closest to the pin contest. The Open Championship (a.k.a. The British Open) is at St. Andrews in two weeks. What better way for Fowler, who placed second in last year's Open behind Rory McIlroy, to get ready than chillin' in the islands, playing left-handed and shirtless?

  • Everyone feels awful for Laura Bassett, whose own goal knocked England out of the World Cup

    Published: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Perhaps author and Huffington Post blogger Greg Hogben put it best on Twitter : “If your heart isn’t breaking for Laura Bassett, you’re not human.” Bassett contributed to Japan’s World Cup victory over England in the worst possible way — an improbable own goal in extra time. The score was tied at 1-1, despite England largely outplaying the defending World Cup champs, with just a couple of minutes to go before overtime, when this happened ...

  • Luke Ridnour finds it 'funny' he's been traded four times in a week

    Published: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    In an interview with a USA TODAY Sports, former Thunder player Luke Ridnour said that he finds the fact that he was traded four times in seven days, including a five-day stop in Oklahoma City, "funny." Ridnour was traded from Orlando to Memphis to Charlotte to Oklahoma City and finally to Toronto. The Thunder acquired Ridnour, as well as a conditional 2016 second-round pick, from Charlotte on June 25 for Jeremy Lamb . Oklahoma City then sent his contract to Toronto for the draft rights to Tomislav Zubcic, the 56th overall pick in 2012. "I've got a lot of texts from friends and family worried about us," Ridnour told USA TODAY Sports. "It really hasn't affected us at all. It's been pretty funny. ... Honestly, not much has changed. "I knew what was going on and never really got invested in any team that traded for me." Ridnour, 34, recognizes the possibility that he could be on the move again within the week, or even cut before his contract becomes fully guaranteed on July 10. He sees retirement as an option, but would like to play another season. "I'll look at the situation and see if it's something that's worth my family and me moving to and see if I'm going to keep playing or not," he said. "That's where my mind has been."