• College football early betting lines: OU favored at Oklahoma State

    Published: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    Golden Nugget is the first Las Vegas sportsbook to open its betting on individual college football games. Here are the opening betting lines on some of OU's and Oklahoma State's games this season, along with some other notable national matchups: Oklahoma Sept. 12, Oklahoma at Tennessee -3 Oct. 3, West Virginia at Oklahoma -10 Oct. 10, Oklahoma -6.5 vs. Texas (at Cotton Bowl, Dallas) Oct. 17, Oklahoma -3 at Kansas State Nov. 14, Oklahoma at Baylor -13 Nov. 21, TCU -5 at Oklahoma Nov. 27, Oklahoma -3 at Oklahoma State Oklahoma State Sept. 26, Oklahoma State at Texas -2.5 Oct. 3, Kansas State at Oklahoma State -4 Oct. 10, Oklahoma State at West Virginia -5 Nov. 7, TCU -11 at Oklahoma State Nov. 21, Baylor -10 at Oklahoma State Nov. 27, Oklahoma -3 at Oklahoma State National Sept. 5 Wisconsin vs. Alabama -10 (Arlington, Texas) Texas at Notre Dame -7.5 Nov. 27 Baylor at TCU -6 Ohio State -13 at Michigan Alabama -3.5 at Auburn

  • Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby expects deregulation of conference title games to be approved

    Published: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    Is the Big 12 championship game in football on its way back? It could be as early at 2016. A formal proposal for the deregulation of conference championship games, which would allow the return of the Big 12 Championship game in football, was advanced to the NCAA Council this week and is expected to be approved in January, Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby told ESPN. Bowlsby said "in the end, I expect that it will be approved." Current NCAA rules call for conferences to have 12 teams and two divisions in order to have a conference championship game. The Big 12 is the only Power 5 conference currently without a title game. Deregulation would open the door for the Big 12 to have a title game without having to expand to 12 teams, something OU president David Boren said earlier this week the Big 12 "should strive for." Deregulation, however, doesn't guarantee the Big 12 will get a title game in 2016, as Bowlsby said in May that he didn't sense a title game was where the league was headed. In March, Bowlsby said the Big 12's athletic directors are in favor of ending the conference's co-champion policy.

  • Mike Gundy: 'If we don't win our league, we're never going to win national championship'

    Published: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy is putting a Big 12 championship ahead of a quest for a national title. Gundy told ESPN.com that "If we don't win our league, we're never going to win a national championship," citing Ohio State's run to the College Football Playoff in 2014 as a prime example of why the Cowboys should be focused on the Big 12 as the big picture. "They weren't supposed to be in it [after losing at home to Virginia Tech]," Gundy said. "But they stayed the course. They won their [conference] championship, somebody got them in, said "'You get a chance,' then they did it on their own."

  • Jeremy Lamb thanks Oklahoma City fans, teammates

    erik horne | Updated: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    Jeremy Lamb took to Instagram to say goodbye to Oklahoma City on Thursday. Hours before the NBA Draft, the 23-year-old guard was traded to the Charlotte Hornets for Luke Ridnour and a 2016 second-round pick. He offered his appreciation to his teammates and the city during his three-year stint with the Thunder. "Thank you Okc For everything yall have taught me!!!," Lamb said. "Great teammates great fans!!! Taught me great habits and how to b a professional!!! That will stick wit me throughout my career!#blessed."

  • Dodgers aren't sending Corey Seager to this year's Futures Game

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    One player noticeably missing from this year's Major League Baseball All-Star Futures Game roster? One Corey Seager. The Oklahoma City Dodgers shortstop, considered one of top prospects in baseball, isn't on the roster for the game which is supposed to showcase the top prospects in baseball. Seager played in the game last year, but has reportedly been denied access this year by the big ball club, according to Los Angeles Times Dodgers beat writer Bill Shaikin. The Dodger prospects who were selected include catcher Kyle Farmer (double-A Tulsa) and right-handed pitcher Juan Gonzalez, who's currently with Oklahoma City, but has spent time with Tulsa this season.

  • OU, OSU land six players on Athlon All-America teams

    Published: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    Athlonsports.com released its 2015 All-America teams on Thursday and several Sooners and one Cowboy are on the list. OU has two offensive players and two defensive players on Athlon's All-America squads. Linebacker Eric Striker and defensive back Zack Sanchez lead the way as second-team All-America selections. Running back Samaje Perine and wide receiver Sterling Shepard are each on Athlon's fourth-team offense. For Oklahoma State, defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah was selected as a third-team All-American. The publication released its preseason All-Big 12 team earlier this month.

  • OU's 2014 football team was better than the Sugar Bowl squad says Athlon

    Published: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    In the last two seasons, one Oklahoma team went 11–2 and upset Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. Another went 8–5 and got offensive coaches fired. At initial glance, one team is clearly better than the other, but Athlon Sports says otherwise. The magazine took a look at Football Outsiders' F/+ ratings, which is "an opponent-adjusted look at per-play and per-drive efficiency," looking at what is "most sustainable and controllable" as opposed to just a team's record or rankings in the polls. The result? OU's Sugar Bowl season ended with the Sooners having an F/+ ranking of 23rd, but following 2014's collapse against Clemson, OU actually went up to 19th. How? A combination of luck in 2013 and unluckiness in 2014. There's more to it here from Athlon's Bill Connelly, but here's a sample from athlonsports.com: "In 2013, Oklahoma recovered 68 percent of all fumbles. In 2014, the Sooners recovered 39 percent. In 2013, they went 8–0 in games decided by 15 or fewer points. In 2014, they lost three games by eight combined points. The dis-spiriting losses to Baylor (48–14 in Norman) and Clemson (40–6 in the Russell Athletic Bowl) proved that the Sooners were not an elite team, but 2013’s late-season luck set an unfair bar. And when Oklahoma failed to meet that bar, the demands for change set in."  

  • Report: Grizzlies acquire Matt Barnes in trade with Hornets

    Published: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    Looks like Matt Barnes is headed back to the Western Conference. The Memphis Grizzlies have reportedly acquired Barnes from the Charlotte Hornets, with Memphis sending the non-guaranteed contract of point guard Luke Ridnour to Charlotte. The Clippers had just dealt Barnes and Spencer Hawes to the Hornets earlier in June for Lance Stephenson. Reports on Wednesday had the Oklahoma City Thunder receiving the non-guaranteed contract of Barnes from Charlotte in exchange for Jeremy Lamb. In that proposed deal , Barnes would have been immediately waived by the Thunder in order to shed salary.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder reportedly involved in trade with Charlotte Hornets

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    Ahead of Thursday's NBA Draft, the Thunder has been said to be shopping Perry Jones, Jeremy Lamb and Steve Novak on the trade market. Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer reports on Twitter that the Charlotte Hornets are taking on Jeremy Lamb. Are the Thunder looking to move up in the draft? This article will be updated as this story develops.

  • Andrew Heaney impresses in first Angels start

    Updated: Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    Former Oklahoma State and Putnam City High School pitcher Andrew Heaney will make his first start for the Los Angeles Angels Wednesday night against the Houston Astros. The left-hander was called up from triple-A Salt Lake to take the rotation spot of right-hander Jered Weaver, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Angels because of left-hip inflammation. Heaney, 24, made his Major League debut last year with the Miami Marlins, but was acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers in December. He was 6-2 with a 4.71 earned-run average for Salt Lake.

  • Le'Bryan Nash talks about 'long process' leading up to NBA Draft

    Updated: Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    Former Oklahoma State forward LeBryan Nash has put in a lot of work and travel to get himself in front of teams leading up to Thursday's NBA Draft. Mark Cooper of the Tulsa World wrote about how Nash traveled the country on his own to attend workouts for nine teams, including the Brooklyn Nets - where former OSU teammate Markel Brown cut his professional teeth as a rookie in 2014-15. Nash, once a projected lottery pick entering OSU as a freshman, is looking to follow Brown and Celtics guard Marcus Smart as first-year impact players from Stillwater. "I just want to get better and compete for a spot in this league," Nash said.

  • Report: Kevin Love opts out of contract with Cleveland Cavaliers

    Published: Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love has opted out of the final year of his contract and will become a free agent, according to a report by ESPN.com. Love reportedly notified the Cavaliers on Wednesday that he will opt out of the final season remaining on a contract that would pay him $16.7 million in 2015-16. The Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics and Portland Trail Blazers are all teams reportedly intending to pursue Love in free agency. Love was just acquired via trade by the Cavaliers before the 2014-15 season. The six-year veteran averaged 16.4 points, 9.7 rebounds and 2.2 assists for the Cavaliers in 75 games, but was lost in the first round of the postseason against the Boston Celtics after dislocating his shoulder.

  • Bradford-Griffin combo No. 2 on best combined college football-basketball seasons list

    Published: Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    What are the 10 best individual performances from college football and basketball in the same season? ESPN.com ranked the best combinations and OU's 2008-09 duo of Sam Bradford and Blake Griffin ranked second behind the iconic year from Bo Jackson and Charles Barkley at Auburn in 1983-84. In 2008-09, Bradford won the Heisman Trophy and led the Sooners to the BCS National Championship game, and Griffin swept all six national player of the year awards in basketball.

  • Report: Enes Kanter excluded from Turkish national team for 'political views'

    erik horne | Updated: Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    Turkey's 20-man squad for the 2015 European Basketball Championships has been released, and Thunder center Enes Kanter isn't on it. Even after he "repeatedly expressed his readiness to join the national squad in the past few weeks," Kanter was left off coach Ergin Ataman's roster. In a statement, Kanter said "the reason why I was excluded from the national team is my values and political views." Todayszaman.com reports that Ataman called Kanter twice but could not get in contact with him. Eurobasket2015.org's announcement on the Turkish roster quotes Ataman as failing to "rebuild bridges" with Kanter. From Eurobasket2015.org: "The only one of the tasks which Ataman had assigned to himself and did not complete was to rebuild bridges with Enes Kanter , so the Oklahoma City Thunder big man is not included on the list. "We are proud of the way Enes represents Turkey in the NBA and when I came to the national team I wanted us to start with a clean slate," Ataman said. "But he avoided giving a definite answer to my calls and approaches, which is why we did not invite him to the national team this year." Kanter is a restricted free agent this summer. Thunder general manager Sam Presti has indicated that he plans to retain the 23-year-old. “We wouldn’t have traded for him if we didn’t feel like we’d be in a position to have him with us going forward,” Presti said in April. Kanter averaged 15.5 points on 51.9 percent shooting and 8.9 rebounds in 75 games last season - 26 of those games coming after he was acquired by the Thunder from the Utah Jazz in a three-team trade.

  • Former OU softball All-American Lauren Chamberlain nominated for ESPY Award

    Updated: Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    Former OU softball player Lauren Chamberlain has been nominated for Best Record Breaking Performance at the 2015 ESPY Awards. On April 30, Chamberlain hit a grand slam against North Texas for her 91st career home run, breaking former UCLA slugger Stacey Nueveman's NCAA all-time record of 90. Chamberlain finished her senior season with a .399 average, 23 home runs and 65 runs batted in. Also nominated with Chamberlain are Atlanta Falcons all-purpose player Devin Hester for setting the NFL record for career touchdown returns, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning for breaking the NFL record for most career touchdown passes, and Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson for recording an NBA record for points in a quarter. The last time an OU athlete was nominated for an ESPY was 2009, when Sam Bradford and Blake Griffin were each nominated for Best Male College Athlete. The 2015 ESPYs will air live on ABC on July 15 at 7 p.m. from Los Angeles.

  • VIDEO: Marcus Smart makes half-court shot lying on his back

    Published: Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    Marcus Smart shot pretty well from 3-point range in his first season in the NBA. By the looks of it, his range extends to about half-court. The former Oklahoma State guard was back in his hometown of Flower Mound, Texas, for a camp on Tuesday, and he showed off some trick shot magic by making a 3-pointer while lying on his back. Impressive stuff. (h/t Bleacher Report )

  • Troy Aikman surprises big Cowboys fan on her 100th birthday

    Published: Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback and Henryetta native Troy Aikman made a surprise appearance at the 100th birthday of one his biggest fans.

  • Music mogul Diddy's rep 'He was defending himself'

    Published: Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sean "Diddy" Combs was defending himself in an incident at the University of California, Los Angeles, that led to his arrest, a representative the hip-hop mogul's company said Tuesday. "The various accounts of the event and charges that are being reported are wholly inaccurate," Nathalie Moar, a rep for Combs Enterprises, said in a statement to The Associated Press. "What we can say now is that any actions taken by Mr. Combs were solely defensive in nature to protect himself and his son." Diddy was arrested Monday for an alleged assault involving a weight-room kettlebell at the athletic facilities of UCLA, where his son plays football, a university statement said.

  • NASCAR supports movement to take down Confederate flag from South Carolina Statehouse, won't ban fans from flying it at races

    Published: Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    NASCAR, a sport with deep Southeastern roots, issued a statement Tuesday supporting the movement to take down the Confederate flag from the South Carolina Statehouse grounds. The racing sanctioning body reiterated its stance that while it discourages its use, it will not ban the flag from being flown by fans during race weekends.

  • Who will Darnell Mayberry pick for the Thunder in 2015 NBA beat writers mock draft?

    Published: Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    NBA beat writers from around the country will pick for the team they cover in a real-time mock draft today at 1 p.m. (via The Boston Globe ). The Oklahoman's Darnell Mayberry gets to make the Thunder's pick at No. 14. Follow along and offer your suggestions as the pick nears.