• Best ever? Kendrick Perkins says LeBron James needs 'a couple more titles and that's it'

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    Is LeBron James close to being the best ever, dethroning Michael Jordan? His teammates believe so. Northeast Ohio Media Group's Chris Haynes wrote that some of James' Cleveland Cavaliers teammates are among the believers that King James is nearing Jordan's long untouchable status. One of those who's sold on James as heir to Jordan is former Thunder forward Kendrick Perkins. "The only thing that he's missing is a couple more championships and then it's a wrap," Perkins told Northeast Ohio Media Group. "Right now we have arguably the best player to ever play the game. I'm just saying man. I'm not taking anything away from Jordan, but all (James is) missing is titles. A couple of more titles and that's it." James already has two titles under his belt from his four seasons with the Miami Heat. Jordan retired with six championships in six trips to the NBA Finals with the Chicago Bulls. Oh, and there are those six NBA Most Valuable Player awards in Jordan's trophy case, too. It's a lot to live up to for James, but Perkins says the four-time MVP is capable. "Just think about it, truthfully, if he wanted to, he could win the MVP every year," Perkins said. "Think about that. He averaged 25 [points], 6 [rebounds] and 7 [assists]. That's absurd, and people are like 'he had a down year.' That's crazy talk. When it's all said and done, he'll probably be the best the game has seen."

  • Lincoln Riley's arrival makes ESPN's list of 100 things to look forward to in 2015

    Published: Tue, May 26, 2015

    With only 100 days until college football starts, ESPN made a list of 100 things it's looking forward to in the 2015 college football season. New Oklahoma offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley and his impact on OU coach Bob Stoops and the Sooners came in at No. 79 on the list. More from NewsOK: Bob Stoops says Lincoln Riley's new offense is 'player friendly'

  • TCU, West Virginia to receive bigger Big 12 revenue shares

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    TCU and West Virginia are getting big bumps in Big 12 revenue in 2015. The two freshest members of the Big 12 will see their revenue shares jump from 67 percent to 85 percent this year, according to David Ubben of Fox Sports. The payout increase is expected to be announced this week at the Big 12's annual spring business meetings in Irving, Texas. Upon joining the conference in 2012, TCU and West Virginia agreed to staggered revenue payments. Both teams will receive full 100-percent shares following this season. Last year, Big 12 teams distributed around $23 million each to eight members, of which TCU and West Virginia only received $14 million each. The Big 12 divided $213 million between its members last year. On Thursday, the league is expected to announce future sites for numerous championship games and tournaments. The Big 12's annual revenue numbers will be released Friday.

  • Dallas' Greg Hardy’s appeal of 10-game suspension to be heard Thursday

    Published: Tue, May 26, 2015

    Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy's appeal of his 10-game suspension for domestic violence will be heard Thursday morning in Washington, D.C., according to an ESPN report. The appeal will be heard by  former NFL executive Harold Henderson, who previously upheld commissioner Roger Goodell's suspension of Adrian Peterson. In February a federal judge vacated Henderson's ruling and ended the Vikings indefinite suspension of Peterson. Hardy has been cleared to workout at the Cowboys training facility and participate in training camp and pre-season during the appeals process. The Dallas Morning News reported that an NFL investigation concluded that Hardy used physical force against his former girlfriend, Nicole Holder, in at least four instances. According to the investigation: -- Hardy placed his hands around her neck, using enough pressure to leave visible marks. -- He shoved her agaisnt a wall, throwing her on a futon covered with at least four semi-automatic rifles.  

  • Adrian Peterson vs. Vikings could see retirement card, says NFL Insider

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Tue, May 26, 2015

    Would Adrian Peterson retire before playing another down for the Vikings? Don't rule it out in an entrenched fight between star player and team. CBSSports.com's Jason La Canfora says the leverage game between the former OU running back and Minnesota may not see a resolution soon. Peterson hasn't shown up for Organized Team Activities, and may skip a mandatory mini-camp. What's next - missing the start of training camp? Remember, following a reported verbal altercation with Vikings brass at the NFL Draft combine, Peterson's agent Ben Dogra was adamant that his client wouldn't play for Minnesota again . From La Canfora: "Ultimately, maybe Peterson gets new incentives added to the contract. Maybe he gets a portion of his massive 2017 salary -- not a penny of which is guaranteed right now -- guaranteed as of the first regular season game this September. Maybe he gets a year added on to the deal. Maybe it's a hodgepodge of all of the above. If he goes down, it won't be without pushing the issues. At this point he has nothing to lose (except for some cash, perhaps, but Peterson could always pull the retirement card if need be and remember he already got paid in full a year ago despite not having to subject his body to a game or practice after Week 1).

  • Houston Rockets Fans Play The Worst Game Of Tic-Tac-Toe Ever

    Published: Tue, May 26, 2015

    During a promotional event at the Houston Rockets' NBA playoff game Monday night, two men entered the arena to battle in the ancient ways of tic-tac-toe. For every lay-up they hit, the competitors would lay down their respective Xs or Os on the giant tic-tac-toe board at center court, The Huffington Post reports. The onslaught was extreme, the thirst for blood unquenchable, and the carnage gut-wrenching to witness ... but mostly it became sort of sad, as the crowd watched two Houston Rockets fans just completely forget how to play a game of tic-tac-toe.

  • Kobe Bryant Signs With WME

    Published: Tue, May 26, 2015

    With the next NBA season widely considered to be his last, Kobe Bryant has quietly signed with WME, The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively learned. Although his marketing contracts will continue to be handled by his Landmark Sports agent Rob Pelinka, WME will represent the 14-time All-Star in film, TV, books and digital, similar to what it does for its other superstar athlete clients, including LeBron James, whoseburgeoning Hollywood portfolio includes executive producing the Starz comedy Survivor’s Remorse, developing the Esquire docuseriesWinner’s Circle and an untitled NBC game show and playing himself in Amy Schumer’s Trainwreck. For his part, Bryant recently executive produced his first project, the documentary Kobe Bryant’s Muse, which aired on Showtime on Feb. 28.

  • PHOTOS: Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan vacation in Cabo

    erik horne | Published: Tue, May 26, 2015

    The Los Angeles Clippers were unceremoniously bounced from the playoffs by the Houston Rockets in the second round, losing a 3-to-1 lead in the series. That's not stopping Blake Griffin and Co. from enjoying themselves in the offseason. Griffin and teammate DeAndre Jordan (and what looks like Clippers big man Spencer Hawes as well) have been photographed down in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Poolside. In the club. Enjoying some R&R. Check out all the photos here (via TMZSports.com).

  • Bears release Ray McDonald after arrest on domestic violence, child endangerment charges

    Published: Mon, May 25, 2015

    Defensive end Ray McDonald, released Monday by the Chicago Bears, has had two other brushes with the law in the past year but not been charged.

  • Oklahoma State one of 14 programs to make postseason in football, basketball, baseball

    Published: Mon, May 25, 2015

    The NCAA on Monday announced the field for the 64-team Division I baseball tournament, bringing to a close the final postseason field for the major revenue sports in college athletics. Which brings us to our annual tradition of tracking all the programs that reached the promised land on the gridiron, on the hardwood and on the diamond. Once again, it’s not many. With 76 teams reaching the FBS postseason and 24 more in FCS, 68 invites given to the Big Dance and 64 more headed to next weekend’s baseball extravaganza, that’s a total of 232 bids given to 247 postseason-eligible Division I football-playing institutions – and only 14 of them made an appearance in all three. Oklahoma State is one of them.

  • WCWS qualifier: No. 1 Oregon to face UCLA in WCWS opener

    Updated: Mon, May 25, 2015

    North Carolina State faced several powerhouse programs from the South this season, including defending national champion and No. 1 seed Florida. After getting a good look at Oregon’s top two pitchers and unforgiving lineup during the NCAA Super Regional, Wolfpack coach Shawn Rychcik said the Pac-12 champions have what it takes to win the Women’s College World Series. “Oregon is a heck of a team,” Rychcik said after Oregon swept the best-of-three series with a 9-3 victory Saturday to close out Howe Field. “This is probably the most complete team we’ve played all year. From the hitting to the pitching and the fielding, they’re going to be real hard to beat in Oklahoma City.” The top-ranked Ducks (51-6) will open the eight-team, double-elimination bracket at 6 p.m. Thursday against conference rival and 12-time national champion UCLA, which defeated Missouri in a super regional in Los Angeles. Oregon won two of the three regular-season meetings with the Bruins (50-10) en route to a third consecutive Pac-12 title.

  • WCWS qualifier: UCLA returns to OKC for first time since 2010

    Updated: Mon, May 25, 2015

    UCLA softball is going back to Oklahoma City. The No. 7 Bruins have earned a spot in the Women’s College World Series for the first time since 2010, punching their tickets with a 10-6 win over Missouri on Sunday. The victory ended a long wait for one of the sport’s most successful programs — one that leads the country with 11 national championships, each one marked on the outfield wall. “You just look at the fence, and you realize where you’re at,” said Tigers coach Ehren Earleywine. But no one on the current UCLA roster has ever stood on the sport’s preeminent stage. Asked this week how a spot in the final eight-team field would feel, junior outfielder Allexis Bennett said: “It’s going to be like going to Disneyland for the first time. Kids in a candy store.” The Bruins will take on Pac-12 rival Oregon on Thursday at 8:30 p.m. in ASA Hall of Fame Stadium.

  • WCWS qualifier: Marisa Runyon, Alexis Osorio lead Alabama to Oklahoma City

    Updated: Mon, May 25, 2015

    The University of Alabama softball team got a tough draw against a tough Oklahoma team in the Tuscaloosa Super Regional. Alexis Osorio was tougher. Lauren Chamberlain, college softball's all-time home run queen, was clutch for the Sooners. Marisa Runyon delivered the most clutch hit of the postseason. The sophomore third baseman hit a grand slam in the sixth inning to propel the Crimson Tide to a dramatic, come-from-behind 5-3 victory Saturday night, bringing a capacity Rhoads Stadium crowd of 3,940 to its feet and delivering a series win to send Alabama to the Women's College World Series. Alabama will play Michigan next Thursday in a first-round game at Oklahoma City's ASA Hall of Fame Stadium at a time to be determined.

  • WCWS qualifier: Michigan advances to 11th Women's College World Series with series win over Georgia

    Updated: Mon, May 25, 2015

    When it comes to having success in the postseason, Michigan softball coach Carol Hutchins said it's more about heart and soul than it is talent. Luckily for her, the Wolverines have proven they have both. On Friday, Michigan came out on top in a rare contest that saw the team fall behind 3-0, claw back and take a lead, only to face the would-be game winning run late in the seventh inning. Hutchins' team beat Georgia 7-6 in its Super Regional final to advance to the program's 11th Women's College World Series.

  • WCWS qualifier: Auburn headed to OKC after sweeping Louisiana-Lafayette

    Updated: Mon, May 25, 2015

    Two outs. Bottom of the seventh. One runner on. Auburn holding on to a three-run lead. As Louisiana-Lafayette’s Kelli Martinez walked to the plate and the Auburn faithful loudly chanted, “OKC,” the moment and the pressure weren’t lost on Auburn pitcher Lexi Davis. “It’s hard to not let the adrenaline get to you,” Davis said. “That’s one of things I try to work on is slowing the game down in my mind and not letting everything get to me so I don’t over-pitch.” Trying to stay in her zone and not get caught up that her team was one win away from history, Davis delivered to Martinez, who hit a groundball to shortstop Haley Fagan. Fagan cleanly fielded it and threw Martinez out at first base. Oklahoma City — here come the Tigers.

  • WCWS qualifier: It was a season of firsts for OKC-bound LSU

    Updated: Mon, May 25, 2015

    The LSU softball team clinched a berth in the Women’s College World Series the same way it has authored this entire historic season. As soon as the Tigers completed a sweep of Arizona in the Baton Rouge super regional with a 10-5 victory Sunday at Tiger Park they fittingly donned T-shirts inscribed with this year’s motto: “The Power of One.” This was a team that pulled together as one as it compiled a laundry list of firsts: winning its first 25 games, ascending to the top of the polls for the first time, and earning the right to host a super regional for the first time. It did all of that the same way it disposed of one of the premier programs in college softball: with a deep and unrelenting cast overwhelming the opposition. Now, LSU will take on fellow SEC member Auburn on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. in the first round of the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City.

  • WCWS qualifier: Tennessee one of five SEC teams headed to Oklahoma City

    Updated: Mon, May 25, 2015

    With so many SEC teams qualifying for the Women's College World Series, it wasn't likely the Tennessee softball team could go very long before running into a conference rival. And the Lady Vols will see one right away. Eighth-seeded Tennessee (47-15) will face No. 1 seed Florida (55-6) in its opening game of the double-elimination tournament on Thursday (TV:ESPN, noon) in Oklahoma City. In all, five SEC teams — Tennessee, Florida, LSU, Alabama and Auburn — will make up the eight-team WCWS field. The total matched the record for most teams in a conference to make the field. The Pac-10 also had five in 1999.

  • WCWS qualifier: Florida advances to Women's College World Series with win over Kentucky

    Updated: Mon, May 25, 2015

    There was no dogpile, but it wasn’t because of arrogance or complacency or because they were any less excited about another trip to Oklahoma City. It was because of physics. After Lauren Haeger finished off another shutout with a strikeout, she threw her glove in the air and ran to catcher Aubree Munro. “It was a little different,” Haeger said. “When she would tackle (former UF pitcher) Hannah (Rogers), Hannah would go down. We just hit. “I wasn’t going down.” Instead, the team had a major group hug to celebrate Florida’s 1-0 win over Kentucky and a third straight trip to the Women’s College World Series. With a No. 1 seed and the pressure of being defending national champs, Florida didn’t blink in the postseason with five consecutive shutouts, four by Haeger.

  • Patriot Cup Invitational in Owasso closed to spectators

    Published: Sun, May 24, 2015

    OWASSO — The Patriot Cup Invitational golf tournament, scheduled for Monday, has been closed to the public. "With all the rain, the course is just not safe for spectators, safety of our guests and players is our number one priority" said Maj. Dan Rooney, founder of the Folds of Honor. Rooney said that he is disappointed as there have been a number of tickets sold, which is a testament of how the local community has embraced and supports the event.

  • Juan Pablo Montoya wins his second Indianapolis 500

    Published: Sun, May 24, 2015

    SPEEDWAY, Ind. -- With a bold move on a teammate, Juan Pablo Montoya became a two-time Indianapolis 500 winner. With three laps to go, Montoya made a pass on the outside of teammate Will Power going into Turn One and made it stick. Montoya then held on to win his second career Indy 500, having also won in 2000 as a rookie. Montoya then left IndyCar racing to experiment in NASCAR. With Sunday’s win, his decision to return looks like a wise one.