• Colts mascot gets vengeance by beating Patriots mascot with inflatable chair

    Published: Mon, Jan 26, 2015

    The Colts mascot might have some hard feelings toward the Patriots following the AFC championship game, USA TODAY reports. During Sunday’s Pro Bowl, some NFL mascots went on the field for a game of musical (inflatable) chairs. But things turned violent when the Colts mascot Blue started beating up Pat Patriot. It was ugly.

  • Report: ESPN, NFL lobby for College Fooball Playoff schedule change

    Published: Mon, Jan 26, 2015

    The College Football Playoff is under pressure on two fronts to adjust future schedules for its semifinals and championship games, according to Sportsbusinessdaily.com sources, but the CFP is standing firm on its original dates. On one of those fronts, top ESPN executives are lobbying CFP officials to move next season’s semifinals off of New Year's Eve where it would compete with various network countdown shows. Next season's semifinals -- the Orange Bowl (Miami Gardens, Fla.) and Cotton Bowl (Dallas) -- are scheduled for New Year's Eve, but reports have ESPN pushing to get those games moved to Jan. 2, 2016. -- a Saturday "relatively free of big events, limiting the amount of competition the college game would face." The potential expansion of the NFL playoffs could cause another conflict, however, with the possibility of an NFL playoff game and the College Football Playoff championship going against each other on a Monday night.

  • Some Ernie quotes you can bank on

    Published: Sat, Jan 24, 2015

    Ernie Banks ' signature quote (though there are variations):

  • All The Proof You Need That America Is Ready For Gay Pro Athletes

    Published: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    Every time you witness homophobic bigotry on the Internet, remember this: By and large, America is ready and willing to support gay professional athletes, The Huffington Post reports. Seventy-three percent of Americans say they would fully support a professional sports team that signed a gay or lesbian athlete, according to a new survey by the Public Religion Research Institute, a nonprofit research organization. Only 19 percent of those surveyed said they would oppose such a decision. "If team owners in the league have any doubt about if Americans are ready for a gay or lesbian player on their team, this survey should put any of those doubts to rest," Robert P. Jones, the CEO of PRRI, told The Huffington Post over the phone. "There are very few issues where you can find three-quarters of Americans in agreement."

  • Sports Illustrated Lays Off Entire Photo Staff

    Published: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    Sports Illustrated has laid off the last of its photography staff, the National Press Photographers Association reported Friday. According to NPPA, the magazine fired its six remaining photographers, John W. McDonough, David E. Klutho, Simon Bruty, Bill Frakes, Al Tielemans and Robert Beck, on Thursday afternoon. SI's director of photography Brad Smith confirmed the news in a statement to News Photographer magazine, adding that the decision was the result of a company-wide need to "restructure various departments," The Huffington Post reports.

  • Report: Kobe Bryant expected to miss rest of season with torn rotator cuff

    Published: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant is expected to miss the remainder of the season with a torn rotator cuff, sources told ESPN's Ramona Shelburne on Friday. The Lakers will visit Oklahoma City on March 24, presumably without their star attraction. Bryant signed a two-year, $48.5 million deal with the Lakers in 2013. He's set to make $25 million in 2015 before becoming a free agent in 2016.

  • Former OU assistant Josh Heupel officially hired at Utah State

    Published: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    Former Oklahoma co-offensive coordinator Josh Heupel has officially been named Utah State's new assistant head coach, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, as announced Friday by Utah State. Heupel spent the last nine years working on the OU football staff before  being dismissed earlier this month along with wide receivers coach Jay Norvell . Heupel is joining the staff of head coach Matt Wells, a Sallisaw native. "We are very excited to add Josh Heupel to our coaching staff,"  Wells said in a statement. "Josh brings a tremendous pedigree and accomplishments to Utah State and the offensive side of the ball. Our philosophies are very similar in how to move the football and I'm looking forward to a seamless transition this season with our offense. I'm excited to welcome Josh, his wife Dawn, and their two children to the Aggie football family."

  • Cowboys fan sues NFL for $88 billion over reversed call

    Published: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    A man incarcerated in a Colorado correctional facility filed a lawsuit against NFL officials seeking over $88 billion in damages because of an overturned call. Terry Hendrix, evidently a passionate Dallas Cowboys fan, is seeking $88,987,654,321.88 from the NFL in the wake of the controversial replay reversal of Dez Bryant's catch in the Cowboys' NFC divisional round loss to the Green Bay Packers. The figure Hendrix is suing for is presumably a nod to Bryant's jersey No. 88. Check out the lawsuit below.

  • Justin Fuente is 'college football's next hot coach' says Sports Illustrated

    Published: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    Sports Illustrated says Memphis head coach Justin Fuente is a name to watch. SI.com's Zac Ellis writes about the rise of Fuente, who was a star prep quarterback at Tulsa Union, then went on to play for OU in the mid-1990s. From those beginnings in Oklahoma football, Fuente has quickly become one of the hottest young names in the college football coaching ranks. From Ellis: "When he arrived at Memphis, the football team was in tatters. But over the span of three seasons a coach with Oklahoma roots and a BCS pedigree has turned around a program many considered beyond repair. And Fuente says he isn’t finished."

  • Kobe Bryant tears right rotator cuff, could be out for the season

    Published: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    Is Kobe Bryant's season in jeopardy? The Los Angeles Lakers announced that a preliminary MRI on Bryant's right shoulder revealed a rotator cuff tear. Bryant picked up the injury in the second half of the Lakers' loss to the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday. Bryant will return to Los Angeles Friday for further evaluation, and will not play against the San Antonio Spurs that night. Bryant, 36, has played in 35 of a possible 43 games this season.

  • U.S. Soccer suspends Hope Solo after husband's DUI arrest

    Published: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    Hope Solo will miss the next two games after being suspended by U.S. Soccer for a minimum of 30 days following her husband's arrest on drunken driving charges, USA TODAY reports. Solo was with Jerramy Stevens when he was arrested early Monday morning for driving under the influence. Though she isn't facing any charges and Manhattan Beach (Calif.) police have not described the goalkeeper's behavior during the traffic stop, TMZ reported that Solo was "acting belligerent" and recorded the officers on her cell phone. "During our current national team camp, Hope made a poor decision that has resulted in a negative impact on U.S. Soccer and her teammates," U.S. coach Jill Ellis said in a statement. "We feel at this time it is best for her to step away from the team."

  • Report: Josh Heupel to Utah State as offensive coordinator

    staff reports | Published: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    Former OU co-offensive coordinator Josh Heupel will reportedly be named the offensive coordinator at Utah State. Heupel was  fired from the Sooners staff earlier this month, but Scout.com reports that the longtime OU assistant will land on his feet with the Aggies. Heupel served as the Sooners’ co-offensive coordinator for the last four seasons after spending five seasons as the quarterbacks coach. Heupel will join fellow Oklahoman Matt Wells on the Aggies staff. Wells, Utah State's head coach and a native of Sallisaw,  is quickly becoming a rising star in the college football coaching ranks.

  • VIDEO: Kevin Durant throws down poster dunk on Marcin Gortat; Kendrick Perkins approves

    staff reports | Published: Wed, Jan 21, 2015

    With the Oklahoma City Thunder trailing 98-96 in overtime against the Washington Wizards, Kevin Durant slipped a screen just above the 3-point line and received a pass from Russell Westbrook. With Wizards center Marcin Gortat between him and the basket, Durant had a decision to make. He made a poster. And Kendrick Perkins followed with an amazing head-bobbing celebration. Durant finished with a game-high 34 points for the Thunder in the 105-103 win.

  • OKC Thunder valued at $930 million by Forbes

    Published: Wed, Jan 21, 2015

    Forbes.com released its annual NBA team values Wednesday and the Oklahoma City Thunder is listed as the 13th most valuable franchise in the league. Forbes has the Thunder's current value rated at $930 million, up from $590 million in 2014 . The massive jump in team values has been seen leaguewide since last season. Forbes attributes it to "a massive new $24 billion television contract, a nearly six-year bull market in equities creating tremendous wealth, and cheap credit." In 2015, 11 teams are valued at $1 billion or more compared to just three teams last season. The Los Angeles Lakers top this year's list with a current value of $2.6 billion.

  • Marcus Smart says he 'had to take a lot of bad shots' at Oklahoma State

    Erik Horne | Published: Tue, Jan 20, 2015

    Marcus Smart has turned into a pretty decent 3-point shooter for the Boston Celtics as a rookie, a big contrast from his final days at Oklahoma State. It's a small sample size, but Smart has made 42.6 percent of his 3-pointers since his full return from an ankle injury on Dec. 7. In a piece on Celtics.com , Smart and Celtics coach Brad Stevens said that shot selection has played a key role in going from 29.9 percent from 3 in his sophomore season at OSU to his  improvement in the NBA. But Smart took some heat Tuesday for comments he made in the Celtics.com column. “In college I took a lot of bad shots because I was on a team where I had to take a lot of bad shots,” Smart said. “Here, I just have to knock down open shots and take the good ones." It makes sense that Smart's 3-point percentage would steadily improve. At OSU, he was assigned much of the ballhandling duties and the responsibility of creating offense for the Cowboys. With the Celtics, that responsibility has been lessened (again, Smart has only played 26 NBA games. We'll see how his role changes when he's presumably handed the keys to the franchise next season as the Day 1 starting point guard). He's also still only just 20 years old, and has been lauded for his defense in his rookie season. In response to some heat from the Celtics.com piece, Smart took to Twitter later on Tuesday.

  • Report: Braxton Miller enrolled at Ohio State for spring semester

    staff reports | Published: Tue, Jan 20, 2015

    For whatever it's worth, Braxton Miller appears to have made plans to be on Ohio State's campus this spring. The  Columbus Dispatch's Tim May reports that Ohio State has confirmed that Miller is enrolled in classes in Columbus for the spring semester. Miller, who graduated from Ohio State in December with a degree in communications, hasn't made a clear indication if he's coming back to Ohio State next season. Miller missed the entire 2014 season with a shoulder injury, setting the stage for J.T. Barrett, then Cardale Jones, to establish themselves as capable quarterbacks in Columbus. Barrett was on the Heisman shortlist before getting injured late in the season and Jones went on to start the final three games of the season for the Buckeyes, leading them to a national championship victory over Oregon. Should Miller transfer, he would be immediately eligible to play in 2015. As CBSSports.com's Jerry Hinnen points out, Miller's enrollment in classes doesn't necessarily mean he'll be at Ohio State for the start of the 2015 season, but it’s also not a goodbye from Braxton. From Hinnen: "Enrolling at Ohio State would hardly preclude Miller from transferring over the summer or even beforehand, but it's worth noting it doesn't appear to be a necessary step towards a potential out of the Buckeyes' uber-crowded depth chart at quarterback." Miller's name has been thrown around in transfer rumors to numerous schools. The Oklahoman's Jason Kersey  wrote here that it wouldn't be a bad idea for new OU offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley to give Miller a call.

  • Bulls Derrick Rose says team isn't competing: 'It's f---ing irritating'

    Published: Tue, Jan 20, 2015

    The Thunder has had its struggles this season, particularly when stars Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant have missed time due to injury. The Chicago Bulls are familiar with the injury bug, first with Derrick Rose over the past 3-4 years and now with starters Joakim Noah and Mike Dunleavy. But after losing for the sixth time in eight games on Monday, Rose came with some strong words in postgame. "Everybody has to be on the same page," Rose said. "Until then, we're going to continue to get our a-- kicked." More from Rose: "I think communication is huge. We're quiet when we're out there, and it's leading to them getting easy baskets. We got to give a better effort. It seems like we're not even competing, and it's f---ing irritating." The Bulls canceled practice on Tuesday. Chicago is currently fourth in the Eastern Conference standings (27-16).

  • OU football: Could Sooners flip four-star WR Van Jefferson?

    Published: Tue, Jan 20, 2015

    With Signing Day just two weeks away, OU may be getting ready to make a push in recruiting Four-star receiver Van Jefferson (Ravenwood/Brentwood, Tenn.) is committed to Georgia, but recruiting analyst Barton Simmons of 247sports.com says the 6-foot-2, 183 pounder came away impressed with his visit to OU over the weekend. From Simmons: "Sources have indicated that Jefferson's visit to OU over the weekend blew him away and he had a great in-home with Bob Stoops on Monday night. Though he's committed to Georgia, many have seen Jefferson's recruitment as a Ole Miss-Georgia battle but Oklahoma's January push is going to be tough for either program to beat." Jefferson has been committed to Georgia since Aug. 2014 and has offers  from a slew of SEC schools such as Florida, Georgia, Ole Miss, Auburn, Mississippi State, South Carolina and Tennessee. Jefferson has also been offered by Ohio State and Clemson, among others. He's scheduled to visit Florida on Jan. 30. Jefferson is ranked as the No. 13 wide receiver in the country by 247Sports.com

  • Why Tiger Woods is missing a tooth

    Published: Mon, Jan 19, 2015

    On Monday morning, photos of Tiger Woods started making the rounds with the 14-time major winner noticeable missing a tooth. Rumors circulated around the Internet about why Woods, who was in Italy to watch girlfriend Lindsey Vonn's record-breaking World Cup skiing run, was clearly one tooth short on the slopes. Turns out he was hit by a cameraman at the race, according to Woods' agent.

  • A cameraman accidentally knocked out Tiger Woods' front tooth

    Published: Mon, Jan 19, 2015

    When Tiger Woods showed up to surprise longtime girlfriend Lindsey Vonn on Monday, many people noticed that he seemed to be missing a tooth. So what happened? Woods’ agent, Mark Steinberg, explained in a statement to USA TODAY Sports: During a crush of photographers at the awards’ podium at the World Cup event in Italy, a media member with a shoulder-mounted video camera pushed and surged towards the stage, turned and hit Tiger Woods in the mouth. Woods’s tooth was knocked out by the incident.