• Orioles-White Sox game Wednesday closed to public

    Published: Tue, Apr 28, 2015

    The Orioles and White Sox will play the finale of their three-game series Wednesday at Camden Yards in a game that will be closed to the public. The series has had games postponed Monday and Tuesday after public unrest in Baltimore. Wednesday's game will begin at 1:05 CT. The Orioles' series scheduled this weekend with the Tampa Bay Rays has been moved from Baltimore to Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Orioles will play as the home team in the three-game series which begins Friday. The city of Baltimore has faced riots following the funeral of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, who died April 19 of injuries sustained while in Baltimore police custody.

  • WATCH: At age 89, former KU football player scores touchdown in alumni scrimmage

    Published: Tue, Apr 28, 2015

    Bryan Sperry was 17 years old when he first left home to play football at Kansas State. He was 19 when he served as an infantryman in the Battle of the Bulge. Three years later, in his early 20s, he was hauling in a pass for Kansas in the 1948 Orange Bowl.

  • Report: Men's college basketball likely headed toward 30-second shot clock

    Published: Mon, Apr 27, 2015

    Men's basketball is likely heading toward reducing its shot clock from 35 to 30 seconds, the chair of the NCAA rules committee told ESPN.com on Monday. The rules committee will meet May 12-15 in Indianapolis to review data from this past season. The NIT, CBI and CIT postseason tournaments all experimented with 30-second shot clocks in March. The NCAA currently uses a 35-second shot clock. The rules committee can change rules every odd year.

  • Troy Aikman donates $1 million to UCLA football

    Published: Mon, Apr 27, 2015

    UCLA announced last week that Troy Aikman is donating $1 million to the program's Wasserman Football Center. "UCLA holds a very special place in my heart," Aikman said in a statement. "As you go through life, it is common to be defined by the company you keep.  I've been fortunate to be associated with two outstanding institutions.  In many eyes, I'll always be a Dallas Cowboy, and I'm extremely proud of that.  By making this contribution to UCLA Football, It's clear that I am, and always will be, a UCLA Bruin as well.  My time at UCLA helped mold me into the person I am today, and I want the Bruin student-athletes that come after me to have the same opportunity I had to achieve their boyhood dreams." The Henryetta native started his collegiate career at OU in 1985, but transferred to UCLA in 1986.

  • Watch: LeBron James Hits Ridiculous Full-Court Shot in Boston

    Published: Mon, Apr 27, 2015

    LeBron James has made plenty of impressive shots at the TD Garden in his career, says the Boston Globe, but one long distance attempt at Cavaliers' practice Saturday likely topped them all. As his team prepared for Game 4 of their first-round matchup against the Celtics, the four-time MVP was casually horsing around with some full-court shots from the far corner of the court.

  • Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon, half-marathon and 5K winners

    Published: Sun, Apr 26, 2015

    Race winners and their times in the marathon, half-marathon and 5K at the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon on Sunday: MARATHON Male - Scott Downard, 2:31:30. Female - Camille Herron, 2:54:55. MARATHON RELAY Male - WTIYP, 3:39:01. Female - Tiptonians, 3:30:26. HALF-MARATHON Male - Scott Smith, 1:06.53. Female - Ashley Miller, 1:20:54. 5K Male - Matt Moler, 18:10. Female - Nichole Rocha Salas, 20:50. Full results: bit.ly

  • OU basketball: Buddy Hield among biggest NBA draft decisions

    Published: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    Plenty is hinging on whether or not Buddy Hield decides to return to Oklahoma next season. The junior is on the cusp of the NBA first round in draft projections, and he's yet to announce if he's coming back for his senior season. ESPN college basketball Insider Jeff Goodman rates Hield's choice among the biggest looming decisions left in the draft process. From Goodman: "Hield is a fringe first-round pick, and if he comes back to Norman, Lon Kruger and the Sooners will have a chance to challenge for one of the top spots in the Big 12 and go deep in the NCAA tournament next season. Hield (17.4 PPG, 5.4 RPG) is a tremendous all-around player and would team with Isaiah Cousins, Ryan Spangler and Jordan Woodard again to give OU a shot to compete for the Big 12 title."

  • Report: Kevin Ollie removes name from consideration for Thunder head coaching job

    staff reports | Published: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    UConn men's basketball coach Kevin Ollie has reportedly removed his name from consideration for the Thunder head coaching job, according to CBSSports.com sources. After the Thunder fired Scott Brooks on Wednesday, a report surfaced that afternoon that Ollie was "listening" to the Thunder. Wednesday morning, Ollie released a statement saying he had " no plans to pursue other opportunities ." Ollie played for the Thunder in the 2009-10 season and has a good relationship with the Thunder players and front office. In 2014, Kevin Durant called Ollie a "game-changer" and someone who changed the Thunder culture in his short time in Oklahoma City.

  • Report: Dorial Green-Beckham visited the Dallas Cowboys

    Published: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    How's a Dez Bryant-Dorial Green-Beckham wide receiver tandem sound? The Dallas Morning News reports that on the last day college players could visit NFL teams before next week's draft, Green-Beckham visited the Dallas Cowboys. Green-Beckham, who was forced to sit out last season after tranferring from Missouri to OU, reportedly turned down a meeting with the Cowboys last week, but was at Cowboys headquarters at Valley Ranch on Wednesday. Green-Beckham is projected as a mid- to late- first-round pick in the NFL Draft, which begins April 30. Beckham hasn't played in a game since the 2014 Cotton Bowl against Oklahoma State. Green-Beckham participated in OU Pro Day in March.

  • Experts rank the Big 12 towns

    Published: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    Athlon Sports asked 12 experts on covering Big 12 sports to rank their favorite Big 12 locations. The results of the survey had Austin as the overwhelming favorite, receiving 10 of 12 first-place votes. "Great food, crazy awesome music and the only part of Texas that isn't table-top flat," says Athlon. How'd the Oklahoma schools do? Norman came in fourth behind Austin, Fort Worth, and Lawrence, Kan., and Stillwater was rated eighth. On Norman: "Sort of like a mini-Oklahoma City, Norman got three third-place votes, but also was picked as low as ninth. Certainly, game days take this town to a different level unlike places like Lawrence." Sort of a mini-Oklahoma City, Norman got three third-place votes, but also was picked as low as ninth. The downtown area has plenty of charm and the small town streets are welcoming. Certainly, game days take this town to a different level unlike places like Lawrence. Campus Corner comes highly recommended. - See more at: http://athlonsports.com/college-football/ranking-big-12-college-towns-expert-poll#sthash.BYuO7L2S.dpufSort of a mini-Oklahoma City, Norman got three third-place votes, but also was picked as low as ninth. The downtown area has plenty of charm and the small town streets are welcoming. Certainly, game days take this town to a different level unlike places like Lawrence. Campus Corner comes highly recommended. - See more at: http://athlonsports.com/college-football/ranking-big-12-college-towns-expert-poll#sthash.BYuO7L2S.dpufSort of a mini-Oklahoma City, Norman got three third-place votes, but also was picked as low as ninth. The downtown area has plenty of charm and the small town streets are welcoming. Certainly, game days take this town to a different level unlike places like Lawrence. Campus Corner comes highly recommended. - See more at: http://athlonsports.com/college-football/ranking-big-12-college-towns-expert-poll#sthash.BYuO7L2S.dpuf Sort of a mini-Oklahoma City, Norman got three third-place votes, but also was picked as low as ninth. The downtown area has plenty of charm and the small town streets are welcoming. Certainly, game days take this town to a different level unlike places like Lawrence. Campus Corner comes highly recommended. - See more at: http://athlonsports.com/college-football/ranking-big-12-college-towns-expert-poll#sthash.BYuO7L2S.dpuf On Stillwater: "Stillwater is a great party town but has little else to offer. To quote one expert on this panel, "Eskimo Joe's has been a Big 12 landmark" for more than two decades. So there's that.

  • Brittney Griner, Tulsa Shock forward Glory Johnson arrested in assault

    Published: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    Former Baylor women's basketball player Brittney Griner was arrested Wednesday into Maricopa County (Ariz.) Jail on charges of assault and disorderly conduct. Griner's fiancee, Tulsa Shock forward Glory Johnson, was also arrested on charges of assault and disorderly conduct. Griner currently plays for the Phoenix Mercury.

  • Spurs' Kawhi Leonard wins NBA Defensive Player of the Year

    Published: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    Despite missing 18 regular season games, San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard was enough of a force to win NBA Defensive Player of the Year honors. Leonard beat out Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green and Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan for the award. Green had more first-place votes (45) than Leonard (37), but Leonard edged Green in total points 333 to 317. In 64 games, Leonard finished as the league leader in steals per game (2.31). Only Stephen Curry, Chris Paul, James Harden and Trevor Ariza finished with more total steals than Leonard's 148, and each of those players plaed in 80 or more games.

  • Report: Kevin Ollie 'listening' to Thunder after Scott Brooks firing

    Published: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    On Wednesday morning, UConn coach Kevin Ollie said via a statement he had " no plans to pursue other opportunities ," which seemed like an indication he was passing on a shot at the Thunder job. That was before the Thunder announced Scott Brooks was fired . Now, it appears Ollie is "listening," according to an SNY.tv source. "Ollie is listening and any coach would," the source told SNY.tv's Adam Zagoria. "There is no formal offer on the table, but he's first in line. Oklahoma City is fully committed to trying to get him to commit." The source also said that the Thunder has been trying to get Ollie to leave UConn for a year. Ollie, who won the 2013-14 NCAA National Championship with the Huskies, played for the Thunder in 2009-10. Back in 2014, Kevin Durant said that Ollie was a "game-changer' for the Thunder in his short time in Oklahoma City. SNY.tv reported earlier this week that Ollie was being " seriously considered " for the Thunder head coaching job.

  • Mavericks rule out Rajon Rondo indefinitely for 'back injury'

    Published: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    Dallas Mavericks guard Rajon Rondo has been ruled out indefintely with what's being called a "back injury" by the team. Rondo had a disaster of a game in Game 2 of the Mavericks' first-round series against the Houston Rockets, playing only 10 minutes in the Mavs' loss and seemingly drawing the ire of Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle. When asked Wednesday if he expected Rajon Rondo to ever wear a Mavericks uniform again, Carlisle said "No I don't." The Mavericks are currently trailing the Houston Rockets 2-0 in the best-of-seven series.

  • Dez Bryant merchandise among top selling in NFL

    Published: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant ranks among the biggest names in the NFL when it comes to merchandise sales. The former Oklahoma State standout was sixth in officially licensed merchandise sales for the fiscal year 2015 (March 1, 2014-Feb. 28 2015) according to NFL Players Inc. Bryant is the highest-ranked non-quarterback on the list. Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was the top seller last year, followed by Peyton Manning (Denver Broncos), Tom Brady (New England Patriots), Colin Kaepernick (San Francisco 49ers) and Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay Packers). Top 20 NFL players in merchandise sales: 1. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks 2. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos 3. Tom Brady, New England Patriots 4. Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers 5. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers 6. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys 7. Richard Sherman, Seattle Seahawks 8. J.J. Watt, Houston Texans 9. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks 10. Johnny Manziel, Cleveland Browns 11. Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys 12. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints 13. Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots 14. LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles 15. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts 16. Clay Matthews, Green Bay Packers 17. Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys 18. Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears 19. Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions 20. Odell Beckham Jr., New York Giants

  • Hoops player gets Twitter revenge on Erin Andrews

    Published: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    Twitter is not a bullhorn. It's a boomerang, and whatever you say will eventually come back around to you ... so be careful. Yahoo Sports' latest example of "watch what you Tweet" involves a former Ole Miss basketball player, an L.A. Kings hockey player, and a prominent broadcaster, with supporting roles for aSacramento Kings basketball player and a Tennessee sports talk show host. Stick with us here, this'll all make sense soon. Back in July 2013, Marshall Henderson was suspended from Ole Miss for what turned out to be a failed drug test. Andrews took a shot at Henderson on Twitter, and Henderson was quick to note that he was filing away that particular jab.

  • Reds manager Bryan Price apologizes for profanity-laced tirade to media

    Published: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    MILWAUKEE — Coming off four straight losses and seven loss in eight games since a 4-0 start, Reds manager Bryan Price showed frustration with the media Monday night. Frustration might be an understatement, as Price went off on an expletive-laced rant about the media reporting on Reds' injuries -- particularly to catcher Devin Mesoraco and why he wasn't with the team for a series against the St. Louis Cardinals. Cincinnati Enquirer beat writer C. Trent Rosecrans transcribed the entire tirade. You can listen to it below. Price apologized for his rant via the Reds' Twitter account Tuesday. (Audio via The Big Lead )

  • Report: UConn's Kevin Ollie being 'seriously considered' for Thunder job

    Published: Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    UConn men's basketball coach Kevin Ollie is reportedly being "seriously considered" for the Oklahoma City Thunder head coaching job, according to SNY.tv sources. SNY.tv's source says Ollie, who played for the Thunder in 2009-10, "remains close with GM Sam Presti, who has visited UConn several times recently." The Thunder still has coach Scott Brooks under contract until 2016, and Brooks earned votes of confidence from Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka last week. Though he only played in 25 games for the Thunder in his lone season in Oklahoma City, Ollie, 42, had a big impact during his time with the team. “Kevin Ollie, he was a game-changer for us,” Durant said in March of 2014 . “He changed the whole culture, I think. He might not say it, but I think he changed the whole culture in Oklahoma City.” Ollie's pro coaching prospects really started to heat up after he guided the Huskies to an NCAA Championship in the 2013-14 season. It was then that ESPN's Jeff Goodman said an NBA GM told him "whichever team (or teams) makes a run after Kevin Durant when he becomes a free agent 'will throw the whole ATM after [Ollie]'" Brooks still doesn't have a contract extension in place beyond 2016, but said last week during exit interviews that he expects to be the coach next season .

  • OKC Thunder: Vote Russell Westbrook for NBA Cares Community Assist Award

    Published: Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    Thunder guard Russell Westbrook is one of 10 finalists for the 2014-15 NBA Cares Community Assist Award. Westbrook qualified for the annual award by winning the NBA Cares Community Assist Award in October. This season alone, Westbrok has opened Russell's Reading Room centers at three Oklahoma City metro area public schools, while continuing to extend his community-outreach efforts in Oklahoma City and his native Los Angeles. Earlier this month, Westbook surprised an Oklahoma City single mother with the Kia he was awarded for winning the Most Valuable Player award at the NBA All-Star Game. HOW TO VOTE : You can vote for Westbrook between now and April 27 using Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. Twitter : Post a tweet or retweet any post that contains both the #RussellWestbrook and the #NBACommunityAssist hastags. Instagram : Post any photo and add the #RussellWestbrook and  #NBACommunityAssist hastags in the caption. Comments do not count as votes. Facebook : Comment on any post on the offical Thunder Facebook page using the #RussellWestbrook and #NBACommunityAssist hastags.

  • Report: Adrian Peterson skips Vikings offseason workout program

    Published: Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    Adrian Peterson did not attend the start of the Vikings' offseason workout program Monday, league sources told ESPN, although his absence at this stage of the offseason was not a surprise. Peterson has normally trained in Houston to start the offseason before joining the team in May during organized team activities. Peterson was reinstated to the NFL last Friday following a season-long suspension and then being placed on the commissioner's exempt list. The relationship between Peterson's agent and the Vikings has been turbulent this offseason, but the team has said it wants the former OU star back in 2015.




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