• Former Oklahoma State standout Le'Bryan Nash tearing it up in Japan

    Published: Mon, Jan 25, 2016

    Former Oklahoma State standout Le'Bryan Nash continued his stellar play over in Japan by leading his team to victory in the bj-league All-Star Game. Nash scored a team-high 25 points with nine rebounds and earned MVP honors as his East squad pulled out a 115-108 victory. Nash scored 10 third-quarter points to help the East cut its deficit to 90-84 entering the fourth quarter. Nash then recognized he needed to step up at that critical stage of the game. "We were down by 14 and coach put me in," Nash said, "and I'm just a competitive guy. I don't care if it's the All-Star Game or just a regular game...and I didn't want my team to go out like that. So I just tried to go out there and make an impact and let my name be known and the team to feed off me, and that's what I wanted. You get the MVP trophy if you do that. I'm glad I did that." Nash leads the bj-league in scoring at 25.8 points per game.

  • Mauney, Lee tied at top of PBR standings after Oklahoma City event

    Published: Sun, Jan 24, 2016

    J.B. Mauney, the reigning two-time PBR World Champion may not have produced a qualified ride during Round 1 of the Express Employment Professionals Invitational presented locally by Sonic on Friday...

  • Reggie Wayne explains meaning of Peyton Manning's 'Omaha'

    Published: Sun, Jan 24, 2016

    One of the greatest mysteries in the history of football revolves around Peyton Manning's favorite word, "Omaha." Why does he say it? Is it an audible? Is it a check-down? Does he like the city? Does billionaire and Omaha-native Warren Buffett give him $5,000 every time he says it on national television? Is it Peyton's way of saying that he's going to move there after he retires? Only people who have actually played with Manning know the real answer to the "Omaha" riddle and lucky for us, one of his ex-teammates has spilled the beans about what "Omaha" actually means.

  • Despite naysayers, Rickie Fowler comes through -- again | ESPN

    Published: Sun, Jan 24, 2016

    You want clutch? Rickie Fowler's track record in pressure situations speaks for itself, and it spoke volumes during Sunday's victory in Abu Dhabi. With his victory at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, Fowler now owns four worldwide titles in the past nine months.

  • Ex-Michigan coach Lloyd Carr joins playoff committee

    Published: Thu, Jan 21, 2016

    Former Michigan coach Lloyd Carr, Oregon Athletic Director Rob Mullens, ex-Southern Miss coach Jeff Bower and former Central Michigan coach Herb Deromedi will help select the College Football Playoff participants, the CFP announced Thursday. They were appointed by the CFP management committee, which is made up of the 10 FBS commissioners and Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick. The new quartet replaces Mike Gould, Pat Haden, Tom Osborne and Mike Tranghese, whose terms have expired. The four new committee members will begin a three-year term this spring. "We are delighted that Jeff, Lloyd, Herb and Rob are joining the committee," CFP executive director Bill Hancock said in a statement. "Throughout the selection process, it was essential that the four new members have an in-depth knowledge and passion for college football. Each of these four fit that description perfectly. They will continue the high integrity of the committee."

  • College basketball's title is wide-open

    Published: Thu, Jan 21, 2016

    For a man whose team is near the bottom of the ACC standings and lost its most recent game by 28 points, Wake Forest coach Danny Manning displayed remarkable confidence entering Wednesday night's visit to second-ranked North Carolina, Yahoo Sports reports. "They’re beatable," Manning told reporters in Winston-Salem on Monday. "Every team in college basketball is beatable."

  • Report: Sam Bradford asked for $25M a year from Eagles in contract talks

    Published: Thu, Jan 21, 2016

    According to a report, Sam Bradford wanted $25 million a year from the Eagles in contract talks. Appearing on NFL Insiders on Wednesday, ESPN's Jim Trotter reported, via The Big Lead ,the news of Bradford's eyebrow-raising desire. "One of the reasons Chip didn't try and extend Sam right away, I'm told, is Tom Condon, Bradford's agent, came in asking for $25 million a year," Trotter said. "Well, that's not going to fly in Philadelphia. Now the question becomes what is Sam going to want going forward?"

  • NCAA Division I board approves waiver for alcohol sales at baseball, softball championships

    Published: Wed, Jan 20, 2016

    Beer and wine will be sold this year in general seating at the College World Series and Women’s College World Series through a one-year pilot program, the Division I Board of Directors decided last week. This year's event will mark the first time alcohol will be available to the general public at an NCAA championship. In order to approve the pilot program, the board members waived the rule prohibiting such sales at Division I championships. Both the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, home of the Women's College World Series, and the TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb., home of the College World Series, were selected because each venue has hosted NCAA championships for some time, and the staffs at those events are familiar with Association policies. Alcohol sales first were permitted in club seats and premium seats at the College World Series in 2013. Both venues are equipped to sell alcohol and do so at other events. The waiver came with some restrictions: Beer and wine will be sold, but not liquor. Sales will take place at concession stands only, not by roving vendors. Sales will be limited to the final championship sites only, not regionals or super-regionals. Part of the impetus for the decision came from school reports that indicated once they started selling alcohol at events, alcohol-related incidents declined sharply. Theories suggest that making alcohol available in the stadium prevents incidents of binge drinking before events and discourages people from attempting to bring outside alcohol into the venue. NCAA staff will work with law enforcement in Omaha and Oklahoma City to monitor alcohol-related incidents at both venues in order to compare this year’s statistics with prior years. That information will be provided to the board members to inform decisions on the future of alcohol sales at championship events.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Two of the NBA's dirtiest players play for the Thunder, players and coaches say

    Published: Tue, Jan 19, 2016

    Is it possible that two of the NBA's five dirtiest players are in Oklahoma City? It is if you believe a sampling of two dozen NBA players who were polled on the matter. Thunder center Steven Adams and power forward Serge Ibaka both ranked in the top five, according to an anonymous survey conducted by The Los Angeles Times. Cleveland guard Matthew Dellavedova ranked first, garnering 13 of the 31 votes cast by 24 players. Adams, with seven votes, finished second. Golden State center Andrew Bogut (five votes) came in third, Memphis forward Matt Barnes (four votes) ranked fourth and Ibaka (two votes) rounded out the top five. Some players voted for more than one player. "The stuff that he does is not cool," a Western Conference coach said of Adams. "He throws elbows, extra hitting dudes away from the ball, hitting them with the chicken wing (elbow) and trying to get a rise out of them. That kind of stuff." Added a player from the West about Adams: "He's real physical, but he crosses the line with stuff. He'll throw a sneaky elbow, push you in the back and foul you extra hard." As for Ibaka, a few players still haven't forgotten the cheap shot he delivered in the 2014 conference semifinals, when he punched Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin in the groin. "Ibaka is the dirtiest player to me because of the stuff he did to Blake," a West player told The Los Angeles Times. "He thinks he's tough. He ain't tough at all."

  • Jeremy Lin's spiky hair pokes his defender in the eye

    Published: Mon, Jan 18, 2016

    It's all fun and games until someone loses an eye. That nearly became a reality when Charlotte guard Jeremy Lin's spiky hair made contact with Milwaukee guard Jerryd Bayless' face Saturday. Lin has worn unique hairdos all season. He recently credited (or blamed) teammate Spencer Hawes for being the brains behind the hairstyles .

  • Tennis authorities ignore evidence of top-ranked players fixing matches, report finds

    Published: Sun, Jan 17, 2016

    Secret files exposing evidence of widespread suspected match fixing at the top of world tennis, including at Wimbledon, can be revealed. Over the last decade 16 players who have ranked in the top 50 have been repeatedly flagged to the tennis integrity unit over suspicions they have thrown matches. All of the players, including winners of Grand Slam titles, were allowed to continue competing.

  • Oklahoma State basketball: Cowboys mourning loss of former player Ivan Wiley

    Published: Sat, Jan 16, 2016

    STILLWATER – The Oklahoma State basketball family is mourning the loss of Ivan Wiley, a forward for the Cowboys under Mr. Henry Iba from 1959-63.

  • McCombs trying to lure Raiders to San Antonio

    Published: Fri, Jan 15, 2016

    Former Minnesota Vikings owner Red McCombs said in a radio interview that San Antonio is ready if the Oakland Raiders decide to move to the city and that he is even willing to invest in the team if needed. McCombs, an 88-year-old billionaire, told ESPN San Antonio on Wednesday that he talked to Raiders owner Mark Davis on Tuesday after the team withdrew its application to relocate to Los Angeles. According to Bleacher Report, Davis owns land in the San Antonio area where he could build a stadium. McCombs said San Antonio has "several locations that would work" to build a stadium and that he has 12 corporate sponsors lined up with "serious commitments." Now he must convince Davis that moving his team to Texas is the right move for the franchise. "He was born and raised there, and he has a great feeling for the state of California," McCombs said of Davis. "But it appears he is going to need to go somewhere." The Raiders would need league approval  to relocate to San Antonio, but McCombs said he doesn't believe that would be withheld because of the team's troubles securing a new stadium in Oakland.

  • With new coach, Johnny Manziel's future up in the air

    Published: Thu, Jan 14, 2016

    Hue Jackson is confident he is the man to turn around the woebegone Cleveland Browns, USA TODAY reports. Whether quarterback Johnny Manziel will assist the team's new head coach remains an open-ended question. "I need to get in this building and have an opportunity to sit down and watch tape," Jackson said at his introductory news conference in Berea, Ohio, on Wednesday night. "I don't know Johnny personally. I know who he is.

  • Doolittle, Long earn McDonald's All American Games nominations

    Published: Wed, Jan 13, 2016

    A pair of Oklahoma prep basketball standouts have been honored as 2016 McDonald's All American Games nominees. Kristian Doolittle, a 6-foot-8, 215-pound forward from Edmond Memorial, and Jakolby Long, a 6-foot-5, 210-pound guard from Mustang High, both earned nominations. Doolittle, who is ranked No. 60 in the 2016 ESPN 100 recruiting rankings, has signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Oklahoma next season. Long, the son of Mustang coach Terry Long, has signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Iowa State next season.

  • College Football Playoff selection chairman Jeff Long steps down

    Published: Tue, Jan 12, 2016

    Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long will not serve a third year as chairman of the College Football Playoff selection committee. CFP executive director Bill Hancock confirmed the decision Tuesday morning. Long will remain as part of the 13-member committee. "We didn't intend for him to be (the chairman) more than two years," Hancock said. "Two years is enough. He did a great job. It's now time for somebody else to take over." Hancock said the committee has not decided on a new chairman.

  • Seahawks' Tyler Lockett only NFL rookie to earn All-Pro first team honors

    Published: Fri, Jan 8, 2016

    Seattle rookie receiver Tyler Lockett was named to the Associated Press All-Pro First Team on Friday, the only rookie named to the first team. Lockett, a Tulsa native and Booker T. Washington High grad, was selected in the third round of the NFL Draft in May. He had both a kickoff and punt return for a touchdown this season and ranked 11th in the NFL in punt-return average at 9.5 yards and was eighth in kickoff returns at  25.8 per game. Lockett told the Associated Press that the award means a lot. "There are a lot of great players who come into the NFL and do an exceptional job and have a great career, but they're never able to make it on the All-Pro team. It's nothing that they did, just other player may have had a better season. To be a rookie to be able to come in, it's a crazy experience and a crazy accolade to have." Lockett received 23 of a possible 50 votes to lead all returners.

  • Kevin Durant grants 5-year-old cancer survivor's wish

    Published: Thu, Jan 7, 2016

    The shoes Thunder star Kevin Durant wore on Christmas Day against the Chicago Bulls now sit on 5-year-old Keaton Barrón's bookcase. His parents want to put Durant's size-18s in a protective glass case, but Keaton, who currently wears 2 1/2s, has other ideas. "I want to wear them when I get bigger," Keaton told his parents. He has earned the chance to grow into them. More than three years ago, on Aug. 30, 2012, Keaton was diagnose with leukemia. He was very sick and face a grueling regimen of chemotherapy. But he rallied, rooting on Durant and the Thunder the entire time. And on Monday, he got checked off the last of his three goals for 2016 -- meeting KD.

  • Ken Griffey Jr. elected to Baseball Hall of Fame, sets voting record

    Published: Thu, Jan 7, 2016

    Ken Griffey Jr. is headed to a place for which his talent and achievement always made him seem destined, a place he was too superstitious to set foot in as a player — the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. On Wednesday, the Hall of Fame announced its 2016 class. As expected, Griffey headed the class of two players who received votes on at least the required 75 percent of the ballots submitted by voters from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Joining Griffey in Cooperstown for the July 24 induction will be slugging catcher Mike Piazza, who narrowly missed being voted in last year. Griffey’s former Mariners teammate, Edgar Martinez, did not receive enough votes for election.

  • How the Baseball Hall of Fame Was Founded

    Published: Wed, Jan 6, 2016

    The building was meant to mark baseball's 100 birthday. But it was not until 1939 that the Hall of Fame would acquire its physical location, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Abner Doubleday’s supposed—but  already-dubious —invention of the sport in Cooperstown, N.Y., as TIME explained in the lead-up to that centennial year: "It was not until 1907, 14 years after General Doubleday's death, that a research committee definitely established Cooperstown as the birthplace of baseball. Civic-proud Cooperstownians, whose pastoral background had already been immortalized as the hometown and nameplace of James Fenimore Cooper, bought the original baseball field, spent $25,000 to transform it into a modern ballpark and public playground, named it Doubleday Field. Three years ago [in 1935], in anticipation of the 100th birthday of the game, baseball bigwigs and benefactors joined hands to make Cooperstown a bigger, better shrine."