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  • Report: Thunder to open playoffs on Saturday

    Published: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports reported Wednesday that, regardless of opponent, the Oklahoma City Thunder will open the NBA playoffs on Saturday. The Thunder still don't have an opponent, as Wednesday's games will determine the first-round opponent for OKC at Chesapeake Energy Arena. None of the times have been determined for the Saturday games, as reported by Spears.

  • Former Sonics guard Gary Payton: Durant, Westbrook 'the new era'

    Published: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Former Seattle SuperSonics point guard and NBA Hall of Famer Gary Payton has never been shy on or off the court. "The Glove" still isn't short of words even post-career, as he told TMZ Sports that Kevin Durant is the new era of the NBA and there aren't many real point guards in the league anymore. "Durant deserves it right now," Payton said of the MVP award. "He's been doing his thing. It's going to be a new era. "LeBron, come back." Payton counted Westbrook in the new era as well. "It's shooting guards now," Payton said of the point guard position, counting Chris Paul, Tony Parker and Rajon Rondo as the only true point guards in the league. "You're got shooting guards now playing point guard. Steph Curry, Westbrook."

  • Blake Griffin would support use of medical marijuana in NBA

    Published: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin told Rolling Stone magazine he'd be in support of medical marijuana use in the NBA. Griffin said that players struggle with the side effects of pain killers, and marijuana would be a better alternative. From Rolling Stone: "It doesn’t really affect me, but so many guys would probably benefit from it and not take as many painkillers, which have worse long-term effects. So I would vote yes. I just think it makes sense."

  • OSU hoops recruit Myles Turner to announce college choice on April 30

    Published: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Myles Turner, the top uncommitted prospect in the 2014 basketball class, will unveil his college decision in a televised ceremony on ESPNU at 4 p.m. on April 30. For now, Turner is deciding amongst a list of schools that includes Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma State, Ohio State, SMU and Duke.

  • Report: Milwaukee Bucks to announce sale, won't move

    Published: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    The Milwaukee Bucks will announce later Wednesday that the longtime owner Herb Kohl has reached an agreement to sell the team to Wesley Edens and Marc Lasry for a purchase price of $550 million, according to sources familiar with the transaction. The move nixes any idea of the Bucks moving on to another city, say Seattle to replace the SuperSonics (now the Thunder). Kohl, a longtime U.S. senator who bought the team for $18 million in 1985, made keeping the team in Milwaukee a condition of the sale.

  • Tennessee coach leaves amid toxic dysfunction

    Published: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    It is time to test the Tennessee River water that flows past Knoxville, according to Yahoo Sports. Test it for toxic levels of dysfunction. There is something in the water, or the soil – or, most likely, the people – at the University of Tennessee that has turned the athletic department into a transient, turmoil-ridden place. Basketball coach Cuonzo Martin’s departure Tuesday for California is just the latest huh? moment for a school that has been buffeted by them in recent years.

  • Seahawks running back Christine Michael takes girl with autism to her prom

    Published: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    A couple months after being part of a Seahawks team that won a Super Bowl, Christine Michael couldn't have looked any happier dancing at a high school prom, according to Yahoo Sports. His date, Taylor Kirkwood, looked even happier. Kirkwood, from Houston, is autistic and suffered from scoliosis until surgery a couple years ago. Michael, a former running back at Texas A&M, was a friend of the family and gladly accepted an invitation to be Kirkwood's prom date, according to a story on

  • Could Blake Griffin's technicals hand the Thunder the No. 2 seed?

    staff reports | Published: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Blake Griffin might have made one decision unnecessary for Clippers Coach Doc Rivers. Griffin picked up his 16th technical foul of the season Tuesday night in a 117-105 win over the Denver Nuggets. NBA rules say that a player who picks up 16 techs will be suspended for one game, meaning Griffin would be forced to sit out against Portland tonight (unless his technical foul is rescinded). Griffin sitting out tonight, along with Clippers coach Doc Rivers deciding to rest guard J.J. Redick, could hand the Thunder the No. 2 seed in the West. In order to get the No. 2 seed, the Clippers have to beat the Blazers and have the Thunder lose to the Detroit Pistons tonight. That doesn't seem likely with Griffin on the bench. Fox Sports West's Jovan Buha reported that neither Griffin nor Redick will make the trip to Portland tonight, and Chris Paul might not travel either.

  • RedHawks OF George Springer gets called up by Houston Astros

    Published: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    With their major league offense struggling mightily, the Houston Astros have decided to call up Oklahoma City RedHawks outfielder George Springer late Tuesday night. Springer started the season on a tear for the Triple-A RedHawks, hitting .353 with four doubles, three home runs, nine RBIs and a .459 on-base percentage in 13 games. The 24-year-old went 3-for-4 with a grand slam and four runs scored for the RedHawks Tuesday in a 11-9 win over the Colorado Springs Sky Sox. Springer is expected to join the Astros (5-9) on game 2 of their homestand today against the Kansas City Royals (5-7).

  • Oklahoma basketball: Guard Je'lon Hornbeak to transfer

    Published: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    OU men's basketball coach Lon Kruger announced Tuesday that sophomore guard Je'lon Hornbeak has decided to transfer. Hornbeak, an Arlington, Texas, native, played in 61 games in two seasons as a Sooner, averaging 5.4 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game. The 6-foot-4 Hornbeak said he will go through the recruiting process again.

  • Report: Joe Buck, Greg Norman to lead Fox Sports' golf coverage in 2015

    Published: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Joe Buck and Greg Norman will be Fox Sports' top on-air voices when the network debuts its golf coverage next year, according to several sources. The two will be set up in the 18th green tower at the 2015 U.S. Open, when the event will be held at Chambers Bay outside Seattle. Neither has announced golf on television before. Fox picked up the rights to the U.S. Open from NBC in 2013 as part of a 12-year deal worth more than $1 billion.

  • VIDEO: John Daly tees off from a woman's mouth

    Published: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Last week, John Daly stopped by the Masters golf tournament with his bus full of merchandise. Apparently, he played some golf, too. This shot from Katherine Michelle shows Daly hitting a golf ball off a tee placed in her mouth. Risky maneuver, but Daly's a pro. Don't try this at home! #MastersWeek #TeeitHigh #GripitandRipIt @kath_michelle @JDsACE — John Daly (@PGA_JohnDaly) April 11, 2014

  • John Farrell fined for negative remarks about replay

    Published: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    After saying it's hard to have faith in the new replay system, Red Sox manager John Farrell has been fined by Major League Baseball. The former Oklahoma State player and assistant coach was docked an undisclosed amount of money by the league after he said it was "hard to have any faith in the system," when talking about the new replay system implemented into baseball this season. The league is setting an NBA-esque precedent with Farrell, who is believed to be the first MLB coach to be fined for criticizing the new replay system.

  • Cuonzo Martin leaves Tennessee for Cal

    Published: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    The California Golden Bears have hired Tennessee Volunteers coach Cuonzo Martin to replace Mike Montgomery. Martin was under fire at Tennessee at times this past season before leading the Vols to the Sweet 16. Martin's ace player along the way was Edmond native Josh Richardson, who averaged 19.3 points per game in the NCAA Tournament.

  • Warriors C Andrew Bogut has broken rib, uncertain for return

    Published: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    The playoffs have not even begun and the Golden State Warriors are already dealing with a big blow to their postseason chances. The Warriors could be without center Andrew Bogut as an X-ray revealed that he has a fractured right rib. The injury could keep him out of the start of the playoffs and possibly all of the postseason.

  • Report: College football to expand to 40 bowls in 2015

    Published: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Wait, there's another bowl? Yep. Let's make it a solid 40. The American Athletic and Sun Belt conferences will participate in a new bowl game in Orlando, Fla., in 2015, sources told ESPN's Brett McMurphy. That will increase the number of bowls in 2015 to a record 40. Five new bowls will debut this season.

  • Johny Hendricks recovering from bicep surgery, throws out first pitch

    Published: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks hopes to get the brace protecting his surgically repaired torn right biceps off in three weeks and is aiming to be fully healthy by late June or early July. Hendricks, who threw out the ceremonial first pitch at a Texas Rangers game on Monday, said he knew his arm didn't feel right when he attempted his first takedown in his title bout with Robbie Lawler at AT&T Stadium in Dallas in March. The former Oklahoma State wrestling standout is awaiting a contender to challenge him for the welterweight title.

  • University of Texas gets its own fragrance to rival OU's

    staff reports | Published: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    The University of Texas has its own men's and women's fragrances. Yep, you heard correctly. But so does OU. The cologne and perfume are being sold for $39.50 for 1.7 ounces with the theme "Passionate, Triumphant & Strong." (a nod to UT's new head coach, Charlie Strong?). UT's fragrance The perfume description, from the Masik collegiate fragrances website: "A spirited new fragrance created to pay tribute to the University of Texas women opens with a sparkling top note of Bergamot, and Ruby Redcurrant. The heart of the fragrance is an addictive floral blend of Orange Blossom, Mimosa and Jasmine. Aromatic Patchouli, Creamy Vanilla and Musks round out the background ensuring a long lasting fragrant appeal." The only other Big 12 school listed on the website's collegiate roster is OU, which has had a fragrance for a bit longer than the Horns. The description: A signature scent exclusively created to capture the essence of the University of Oklahoma. The Rich Tradition of Crimson and Cream, The Immense Pride of the Sooners and the Beauty of Norman. Exhilarating, Cool and Magnetic. The rest of the collegiate lineup is predominantly SEC schools such as Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Texas A&M.

  • Questions still swirling around Johnny Manziel

    Published: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    You're a general manager or a head coach in the NFL. The subject is Johnny Manziel. You're not interested in the white noise that saturates Manziel across the airwaves and social media. Or at any rate you shouldn't be. Your job may be on the line. You should be focused on the tape that defines Manziel as a player. That's your starting point. What do you see? How do you evaluate it? Do you believe he can transition well to the NFL? You begin with his size: 5-foot-11¾, 207 pounds. How many NFL quarterbacks who fit that profile are successful? You have to visualize Manziel in the league, not on Saturday afternoons. Size matters for a quarterback in the NFL. You can't dismiss that, so you better think hard about it and have a plan for what you want to do with Manziel within the context of your team, Yahoo Sports reports.

  • Tulsa Shock drafts Baylor's Odyssey Sims No. 2 overall

    Published: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    The Tulsa Shock selected Baylor guard Odyssey Sims with the No. 2 pick overall in the WNBA Draft on Monday. Sims averaged 28.5 points, 4.6 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 2.0 steal per game as a senior for the Bears, earning All-American honors. She was a part of the 2012 national championship team at Baylor that went 40-0. Training camp for the Shock opens on April 27. Tulsa’s home opener will be May 23 vs. Minnesota Lynx at 7 p.m.