• Bill Self: OU's Buddy Hield could be player of the year in Big 12

    staff reports | Published: Wed, Oct 15, 2014

    High praise for a rising Sooners star. At Big 12 Media Days in Kansas City Wednesday, Kansas coach Bill Self said that Oklahoma junior guard Buddy Hield " could be player of the year in our league ." That's a big deal in a league that has its leading scorer back in West Virginia's Juwan Staten, Iowa State's Georges Niang, and a slew of talented Kansas players back in 2014-15. But Hield is the real deal and a legitimate contender for Big 12 Player of the Year honors. Staten may have received the coaches' vote for preseason Player of the Year, but Hield was a  preseason All-Big 12 pick and a star on the offseason camp circuit, impressing at the LeBron James Skills Academy in Las Vegas.

  • Dallas Cowboys RB Joseph Randle to be fined, will play Sunday

    Published: Wed, Oct 15, 2014

    Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said backup running back Joseph Randle will be fined significantly for being arrested for shoplifting in a Frisco, Texas, mall . Randle met with Garrett on Tuesday and addressed his teammates today. Garrett said that Randle will be available to play Sunday against the New York Giants in Arlington. The former Oklahoma State running back was charged with misdemeanor Class B theft of $50 to $500, according to police. Store security officers recovered a bottle of Gucci Guily Black cologne and a two-pack of black Polo underwear from Randle, valued at a combined $123.50.

  • VIDEO: OU-Texas fans fight in parking lot at Red River Rivalry game

    Erik Horne | Published: Tue, Oct 14, 2014

    The Red River Rivalry turned into fisticuffs at the OU-Texas football game on Saturday. In this video posted Saturday to YouTube with the caption "The Red River Rivalry off the field!!" , OU and Texas fans brawl in the parking lot of the Texas State Fair. A woman is screaming, guys are rolling around and swinging wildly at each other, and at the end of the skirmish, a bus comes through to shoo them all away -- laying on the horn to get them to disperse. No winners here, but OU won the actual game 31-26. The brawl conjured up memories of the now-infamous Sugar Bowl scuffle between a beligerant Alabama fan and OU college students. (H/T kfor.com )

  • Bubba Watson regrets asking for Kevin Durant's shoes before Thunder-Clippers playoff game

    Erik Horne | Published: Tue, Oct 14, 2014

    PGA golfer and two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson talked to NBA.com about his relationship with Kevin Durant, explaining that he actually felt a little bad asking Durant for his shoes before a playoff game. The night before Game 6 of the 2014 Thunder-Clippers series in May, Durant went to a bible study at a church he helped found in Los Angeles. Watson happened to be speaking at the church that night. "He heard me talk about the bible and about family life, so we interacted," Watson said. "Then I said, 'hey, why don't you give me your shoes after the game? It'd be funny.'" Watson immediately regreted the request. "As soon as I said it, I was like "'if somebody did that to me at The Masters, I would be so mad,'" Watson said. "But I guess if it's the right person." Little did Watson know, Durant took him seriously,  walking right up to him after the game and handing him the shoes on the court. "I guess he likes me enough that he brought me his shoes," Watson said. You can watch the short clip of Watson's NBA.com interview here .

  • [UPDATE]: TCU's Trevone Boykin practicing, expected to play against Oklahoma State

    Erik Horne | Published: Tue, Oct 14, 2014

    It was reported that TCU's starting quarterback Trevone Boykin would miss 4-6 weeks after having surgery to repair a wrist injury, but a university spokesman and Horned Frogs coach Gary Patterson denied the report Tuesday.

  • SEC commissioner Mike Slive to retire in 2015

    Published: Tue, Oct 14, 2014

    BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- Mike Slive will retire as commissioner of the Southeastern Conference on July 31, 2015, after serving in that position for 13 years, he announced Tuesday.  He also stated he is beginning treatment for a recurrence of prostate cancer for which he was treated in the late 1990s. Following his retirement, Slive will serve in the role of consultant to the conference for a period of four years. "I consider my health situation a temporary detour in a remarkable road that has allowed me to meet amazing people, experience incredible events and celebrate historic victories," Slive said in a statement Tuesday via secsports.com. " I will relish my final year in this position and look forward to being the biggest fan of the SEC for many years to come."

  • Paul Gasol on Kevin Durant: Fractures happen

    Published: Tue, Oct 14, 2014

    Friends in fracture. That's what Pau Gasol and Kevin Durant are now. Following news of Durant's right foot fracture, the Chicago Bulls forward was asked about his own foot injury -- the same as Durant's -- which he sustained eight years ago as a member of the Memphis Grizzlies Gasol, who the Thunder tried to recruit this offseason in free agency, had foot surgery on the fifth metatarsal bone in his left foot in 2006. "Fractures happen," Gasol said Monday following the Bulls' preseason win over the Nuggets. "I started to show some signs two years prior to the fracture and I was able to hold out for almost two years. From the point they started to see the little line of stress until the point actually broke, it was a year and a half or so. "You’ve got to take care of yourself, but there’s a luck factor. Injuries happen in this profession unfortunately but it’s part of our job, and there’s not much we can do besides take care of your body, make sure you’re on top of everything you’ve got going on, your weaker spots, and then understand that we’re all vulnerable and nobody’s unbreakable.”

  • NBA to experiment with shorter, 44-minute game

    Published: Tue, Oct 14, 2014

    The Brooklyn Nets and Boston Celtics will play a 44-minute game – four minutes shorter than a regulation game – in a preseason contest on Sunday. Playing four 11-minute quarters is a one-time preseason experiment by the NBA, which is "taking a fresh look" at all of the things it does, said president of basketball operations Rod Thorn. While players might still play the same amount of minutes per game they did before, clipping four minutes off of each game over an 82-game season would add up to about seven games worth of minutes eliminated. What could that potentially do for a player like Kevin Durant, who has  led the league in minutes played in three of his seven seasons? "One of the things that keeps coming up is our schedule and the length of our games," Thorn said. "Our coaches talked about it, and a lot of them seemed to be in favor of at least taking a look at it. We talked with our competition committee, and they were in favor of taking a look at it."

  • Report: Microsoft ‘Coaching’ NFL Announcers To Say ‘Surface,’ Not iPad

    Published: Tue, Oct 14, 2014

    REDMOND, Wash. (CBS Seattle) – Before the start of this current NFL season, Microsoft paid the NFL $400 million to make its Microsoft Surface the official tablet of the NFL. However, some announcers are calling the device an iPad or iPad-like tool; so Microsoft will coach these announcers to better identify their device.

  • How the University of Oklahoma got its nickname

    Published: Tue, Oct 14, 2014

    Fans can debate the merits of the SEC versus the Big 12, but when it comes to nicknames, it the Big 12 wins for creativity, according to Sports Illustrated. While the SEC has two different Bulldogs and three different Tigers in the conference, the Big 12 claims some of the more unique nicknames around. The Horned Frogs of TCU are certainly strange, as are the Jayhawks of Kansas. But there’s only one set of Sooners on earth, and they play at the University of Oklahoma. In the aptly named Sooner State, cries of “Boomer Sooner” ring out from OU campus to the panhandle and back. The name is a direct link to the frontier days of the Oklahoma Territory, when the land was unassigned (though hardly uninhabited). During the Civil War, President Lincoln signed The Homestead Act of 1862. This act allowed settlers to claim and farm up to 160 acres of public land for a period of five years, after which they would receive the land from the government.

  • Dallas Cowboys OL Doug Free could miss 3 to 4 weeks with foot fracture

    Published: Tue, Oct 14, 2014

    The Dallas Cowboys will likely be without injured right tackle Doug Free for three to four weeks, according to owner Jerry Jones, who told KRLD-FM in Dallas that Free suffered a fractured foot. Free sustained the injury in the second half of Dallas' 30-23 win against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. Jermey Parnell filled in as his replacement. The Cowboys' running game has been the best in the league through six weeks, averaging 160.3 yards per game. But Free's injury combined with  Monday's arrest of reserve running back Joseph Randle leaves a smaller margin for error. The Cowboys play the New York Giants at home on Sunday.

  • Dallas Cowboys, former Oklahoma State RB Joseph Randle arrested for shoplifting

    Published: Tue, Oct 14, 2014

    Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle was arrested on Monday for theft in Frisco, Texas. Frisco Police confirm that the former Oklahoma State running back was arrested for Class B Misdemeanor Theft $50-$500, at Dillard’s at Stonebriar Mall. “The items that were stolen were underwear and cologne,” Frisco police Lt. Jason Jenkins said. The cologne is valued at approximately $80, while the underwear is worth $40. Randle was drafted in the fifth round out of OSU in 2013. He's been used as a reserve running back and on special teams this season for the Cowboys, who are off to a 5-1 start.

  • Royals-Orioles: ALCS Game 3 postponed until Tuesday

    Published: Mon, Oct 13, 2014

    Game 3 of the American League Championship Series between the Kansas City Roayls and the Baltimore Orioles has been postponed due to rain in Kansas City. The series will pick up Tuesday in Kansas City at 7 p.m. Game 4 will be Wednesday at 3 p.m. and Game 5 will be Thursday at 3 p.m. The Royals have a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.

  • Will air racing's thrilling speed woo U.S. NASCAR fans?

    Published: Mon, Oct 13, 2014

    Look out NASCAR, one of the world's fastest motor sports wants to steal your fans. We're talking about air racing, where powerful, small planes compete on a looped path in the air, reaching speeds between 200-500 mph. This thrilling sport is just as fast as NASCAR, IndyCars and Formula One. But with the added vertical dimension, the action seriously amps up.

  • Report: Kevin Durant still not sure of foot fracture treatment

    Published: Mon, Oct 13, 2014

    Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant is still considering treatment options for the Jones fracture in his right foot and a decision about whether or not to have surgery won't likely be made today, USA Today's Sam Amick reports. Thunder general manager Sam Presti said Sunday that the injury Durant sustained typically required surgery, with a recovery time of 6-8 weeks.

  • Vietnam vet's prosthetic leg stolen by Eagles fan

    Published: Mon, Oct 13, 2014

    Philadelphia Eagles fans, long known as some of the toughest in sports, earned themselves a great deal of measure with their respectful restraint during Sunday's game against the New York Giants when opposing receiver Victor Cruz was severely injured, according to Yahoo Sports. The fans remained quiet, earning themselves a great deal of praise there. Unfortunately, one guy ruined it for the rest of them before the game. According to multiple reports, an Eagles fan stole a prosthetic leg from a Vietnam veteran musician who frequently plays before games at Lincoln Financial Field. That's right: A fan stole a dude's leg.

  • Kobe Bryant suggests Kevin Durant can improve 'mental aspect' of game during injury | Inside the Lakers

    Published: Mon, Oct 13, 2014

    Kevin Durant will be out for up to two months with a fractured foot, but one of his mentors says the injury can help Durant in his mental game. Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, who was sidelined for eight months with an Achilles injury, had some advice for Durant during his down time. “It’s tough. He’s gotta be patient and do what you can in the interim and study the game and try to improve the mental aspect of it,” Bryant said. “That’s what I already tried to do when I was out and come back a better player.”

  • Lawton runs past Stillwater

    Published: Sat, Oct 11, 2014

    LAWTON – The Stillwater High offense struggled early and its defense couldn’t stop Lawton’s running back in a 32-14 loss Friday at Cameron Stadium. “We just missed some opportunities,” coach Tucker Barnard said. “We had some big plays that didn’t go our way. Overall, we played OK, we just have to get better next week.” The Pioneers’ defense didn’t have an answer for the Wolverines’ running back Darreyl Patterson. He rushed for 241 yards and finished the game with five touchdowns.

  • Anadarko continues defensive tear, blanks Cache

    Published: Sat, Oct 11, 2014

    CACHE - Behind a veteran lineup, Anadarko's defense has been nothing short of suffocating. But that didn't stop an underclassman, sophomore Dayton Moser, from joining the party.  Moser made just his second start this year at linebacker and grabbed two interceptions, running one in for a score as Class 4A No. 1 Anadarko notched its fifth shutout in six games with a 49-0 win Friday at Cache in Ulrich Stadium.  

  • Deer Creek rallies past Western Heights

    Published: Sat, Oct 11, 2014

    NEWCASTLE - Deer Creek found itself in a three-time lightning delay at Western Heights Friday night. Nothing new, the Antlers battled through the same conditions in a competitive game at Stillwater at the start of the season.But the pesky Jets took advantage of a pair of fumbles — one at the Western Heights six-yard line and the other at midfield — and held a 9-7 lead on the Antlers at halftime. “What we kept stressing to the guys is not to lose focus,” Deer Creek skipper Grant Gower said during the delays. “They’re (Western Heights) big up front. We knew it was going to be a dogfight.” The Antlers forced the Jets to a three-and-out to begin the second half and went on to a 28-9 come-from-behind victory.