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  • Future OSU-TU football, basketball games added in contract

    Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    Oklahoma State and the University of Tulsa have finalized the details of a contract resulting in three additional football games and two men’s basketball games, the Tulsa World reports. The OSU and TU football teams were already scheduled to play in 2017 in Stillwater. The schools are adding games in 2019 (H.A. Chapman Stadium, Tulsa), 2020 and 2021 (both in Stillwater). The basketball teams will play a home-and-home series starting in Stillwater in 2015.  

  • Kurt Warner wants Sam Bradford to 'develop confidence, take some chances'

    Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    Former St. Louis Rams quarterback Kurt Warner wants to see Sam Bradford be successful, and he has some idea for things he wants to see out of the former OU great. Warner went on 101 ESPN in St. Louis on Monday and said he'd like to see "him (Bradford) develop the confidence where he's willing to take some chances with the football." "That he's willing to say, 'Guys, follow me.' I'm going to carry us a little bit. I'm going to take that shot down the field because I see it and I believe I can make it as opposed to second-guessing himself and throwing the checkdown." Warner, who was the quarterback of the Rams' Super Bowl championship team in the 1999 season, acknowledged the need for improvement from the supporting cast around Bradford, but also said Bradford has expectations on his shoulders as the quarterback . Bradford was having his best season as a pro in 2013, throwing 14 touchdowns and four interceptions before going down with a torn ACL in week 7. "They haven’t always had the pieces around him to allow him to make plays but being where he’s at, now they’ve got some young talent here, it becomes that next step for him to take that next leadership role and to take more upon himself," Warner said.

  • Serge Ibaka Q&A: I'm not 100 percent back yet

    Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    Serge Ibaka took time out after one of his summer workouts to answer some questions from Bleacher Report senior writer Jared Zwerling, talking about his calf injury, what the Thunder learned from losing to the Spurs (Ibaka called the Spurs' way "The perfect way to play," and working on his game this summer. ON HIS INJURY B/R: What was the hardest part during the recovery? SI: The hard part is it was the playoffs, and I had to sit down for almost 10 days and not do anything. You take 10 days off and then also you're not 100 percent yet. I was out of shape and I was only playing with really one leg when I returned, so it was tough. B/R: So how are you feeling now? SI: I'm not 100 percent back yet, but I'm getting better. I'm trying to get back in shape and it's going to take time. ON THE SPURS B/R: Regardless of the injury, what did you guys learn from losing to the Spurs? SI : When we played them, we learned that we still have room to grow. We have to defend first and then focus on offense. We need to make sacrifices on our team to beat them, 100 percent. We cannot give 80, 90 percent, or we'll go home. Ibaka goes on to talk about his offensive game ("I don't have any expectations, but I work on my offensive game just to be ready") and the misconceptions that the Thunder needs more low-post scoring ("In our offense, we don't need to low post. We like to move, attack and kick, since we have (Kevin) Durant and (Russell) Westbrook.") Ibaka has also been working out with Team Spain in preparation for the FIBA World Cup.

  • Player finds Obama's golf ball

    Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    A Sunday golfer at Congressional Country Club near Washington found a special prize in the woods, according to USA TODAY. A presidential golf ball . Obama played Congressional on Saturday, and obviously had at least one errant shot.

  • Charles Barkley makes generous offer to grieving families

    Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    Charles Barkley has offered to pay for the funerals of three children who were killed during a carjacking, according to USA TODAY. Thomas Reed, 10, Keiearra Williams, 15 and 7-year-old Terrence Moore were killed when a stolen SUV ran onto a sidewalk where they were standing.

  • Photo: James Harden made out of human hair

    Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    This happened. Someone went there. Former Thunder guard James Harden has had his face re-created in serveral mediums and styles by designer/illustrator Filip Peraic on jameshardenillustrated.com. The latest creation is (appropriately) a Harden portrait made entirely of hair. "For this portrait I had to enter the creep zone and ask barber for some hair leftovers," Peraic wrote on jameshardenillustrated.com.  

  • NBPA elects first female union chief of major North American sports league

    Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    Washington, D.C., attorney Michele Roberts has been voted in as the new executive director of the National Basketball Players Association, becoming the first woman to head up a major sports union. At the close of a chaotic Monday filled with meetings, conference calls, presentations and an array of emotions, NBPA executive committee members and team player representatives cast 32 votes in favor of Roberts as the successor to the ousted Billy Hunter, six more than she needed for election.

  • How Johnny Manziel almost became a Cowboy

    Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    It almost happened, everybody: the perfect marriage of unhinged player and untethered town, the match of talent and spotlight and hedonism that the NFL hasn't seen since Joe Namath in the early '70s. Johnny Manziel was almost a Cowboy, according to Yahoo Sports. You remember draft night from earlier this year, yes? Manziel's fate was one of the draft's biggest stories, and as he fell further down the draft board, the realization dawned: he might be available for Dallas! How amazing would that be? On paper (or, you know, iPhone) it all seemed perfect: Texas kid joins the Texas royal family, learns the ropes from the aging gunslinger, takes over in 2018, stacks up trophies of both the Lombardi and wife varieties, becomes governor in 2045.

  • Report: Blake Griffin has back fracture

    Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    Last week, Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin withdrew from Team USA Basketball camp , saying he was doing so to devote his energy to preparing for the 2014-15 season. ESPN's Ramona Shelbourne is reporting that the former OU star also has a small fracture in his back. From ESPN: "Griffin is expected to make a full recovery from the injury, which sources say was suffered during the playoffs. However, doctors advised him to sit out international competition this summer for precautionary reasons." With Griffin and Kevin Love both witdrawing from Team USA, the frontcourt depth is thin, particularly at power forward. Atlanta Hawks PF Paul Millsap was added to the roster on Monday.

  • Report: Sooners to play Houston in 2016 Advocare Texas Kickoff

    Published: Mon, Jul 28, 2014

    The Houston Chronicle reports that the University of Houston will open the 2016 season against Oklahoma in the Advocare Texas Kickoff at NRG Stadium in Houston. LSU and Wisconsin will play in this year's game, while Texas A&M and Arizona State are slated to play in the 2015 edition. Oklahoma State and Mississippi State played in the inaugural game in 2013. Houston and OU have only met twice, with the Sooners winning both times -- 40-14 in the 1981 Sun Bowl and 63-13 in Norman in 2004.

  • WATCH: Big 12 football coaches read mean tweets

    Published: Mon, Jul 28, 2014

    Big 12 coaches took some time out during Big 12 Media Days to read some mean tweets people sent them on Twitter. There's some funny stuff from Paul Rhoads (Iowa State), Dana Holgorsen (West Virginia), Kliff Kingsbury (Texas Tech), Art Briles (Baylor) and Gary Patterson (TCU). Unfortunately Bob Stoops (OU), Mike Gundy (OSU), Charlie Strong (Texas), Charlie Weis (Kansas) and Bill Snyder (Kansas State) didn't participate (although, I'm sure you'd be hard-pressed to find something mean about Snyder).

  • OU football: Trevor Knight ranked No. 81 in ESPN's top 100 College Football rankings

    Published: Mon, Jul 28, 2014

    Editors and writers from ESPN ranked the top 100 college football players. OU quarterback Trevor Knight tied for No. 81. From ESPN.com: "There might not have been a better bowl game performance by a quarterback last year than Knight's against Alabama. But will Knight be a one-hit wonder? Or will the sophomore take the Sooners back into championship contention after a five-year hiatus?" Knight is tied at 81 with, ironically, an Alabama player -- wide receiver Christion Jones. ESPN is revealing its top 100 players throughout the week, ending with Nos. 10-1 on Friday.

  • OU football: Sooners in final 5 for top defensive end Keisean Lucier-South

    Published: Mon, Jul 28, 2014

    Defensive end Keisean Lucier-South of Orange, Calif., has Oklahoma in his final five schools, according to ESPN.com. Lucier-South (6-foot-5, 218 pounds), the No. 28 overall recruit in the ESPN 300 for the Class of 2015, has narrowed his list to OU, Florida, Michigan, Oregon and UCLA. Lucier-South has consistently mentioned OU, Florida and Oregon as favorites, according to Erik McKinney of ESPN.com. Lucier-South says he plans to visit all five schools. Lucier-South is rated as the No. 6 defensive end nationally by ESPN, and is the No. 2 DE and a four-star prospect according to Rivals.com. In addition to his top five, he has offers from Alabama, USC, Texas, Florida State, LSU and Notre Dame, among others.

  • OU football: Tide won the Sugar Bowl, according to T-shirts in Alabama TJ Maxx

    Published: Mon, Jul 28, 2014

    When is this getting to Oklahoma? The shirt above (priced at a reasonable $7.99) is reportedly being sold in a Foley, Ala., TJ Maxx store. The shirt, which says "2014 Sugar Bowl Champions" and has an Alabama "A" on it, was clearly printed before the Tide was upset 35-21 in the Sugar Bowl by OU. Add this one to the  great tradition of preemptively printed tees.

  • Attorney expresses confidence about Devon Thomas’ case

    Published: Mon, Jul 28, 2014

    Oklahoma State freshman running back Devon Thomas made an appearance in Tulsa County District Court on Monday, with a preliminary hearing continued until Aug. 18. Thomas pleaded not guilty to felony charges of shooting with intent to kill, robbery with a firearm and first-degree burglary. Thomas' attorney Steve Hjelm said Monday that he hopes "we get this all behind us," and that he's anxious to question witnesses in the case. Mike Gundy’s stance – to allow the legal process to run its course before making a decision on Thomas’ future with the Cowboys – is the “is the responsible thing for him to do,” says Hjlem.

  • Stephen A. Smith apologizes on ESPN's 'First Take'

    Published: Mon, Jul 28, 2014

    On Friday’s First Take, Stephen A. Smith made remarks that spawned controversy in the wake of the NFL’s decision to suspend Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, who was recently involved in a domestic dispute with now wife. Smith made a formal apology on Monday for those remarks (those original remarks can be seen here ). "I do sincerely apologize. I did an incredibly poor job of asserting my point of view this past Friday," Smith said. "'I'm sorry' doesn't do the matter its proper justice, to be quite honest." Smith said he was raised by four older sisters and "the greatest mother in the world." Smith added that he's spoken out against domestic violence all of his life, and his primary reason for doing so is because he's dealt with domestic violence in his own family. ESPN issued this statement Monday: “We will continue to have constructive dialogue on this important topic. Stephen’s comment last Friday do not reflect our company’s point of view. As his apology demonstrates, he recognizes his mistakes and has a deeper appreciation of our company values.”

  • Mike Gundy celebrates baseball championship with son

    Published: Mon, Jul 28, 2014

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  • Former Verdigris standout Rotnei Clarke: No hard feelings about Arkansas departure

    Published: Sun, Jul 27, 2014

    BELLA VISTA — Rotnei Clarke didn’t finish his college career with the Arkansas basketball program, transferring to Butler after his junior season. The departure didn't change the former Verdigris star's opinion of Arkansas, though. Clarke, who has signed a 10-month contract to play his second season in Belgium for Okapi Aalstar, lives in Fayetteville, Ark., told an Arkansas newspaper that he's still a "huge fan" of the Hogs. BELLA VISTA — Rotnei Clarke didn’t finish his college career with the Arkansas basketball program, transferring to Butler after his junior season. The departure didn’t change his opinion of Arkansas, though. “I still look at Fayetteville as my home,” Clarke said Friday afternoon. “I had a great time when I played here. It’s an awesome place to live, and I can definitely see myself ending up here when I’m done playing basketball.” Clarke, who lives in Fayetteville with his wife, the former Patricia Elliott, participated in the Northwest Arkansas Razorback Club’s golf scramble in Bella Vista on Friday. The 25-year-old — who is a few months removed from a successful start to his professional career — revisited his time with the Razorbacks before playing a round of golf with a few family members in the event. - See more at: http://swtimes.com/sports/clarke-no-hard-feelings-toward-hogs#sthash.1Vxc75pR.dpuf

  • UNC hires Zac Selmon as Associate Director of Athletics

    Published: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    The University of North Carolina has hired Zac Selmon to become the new Associate Director of Athletics. Selmon, a former Wake Forest tight end, is a Norman native and the son of former OU standout Dewey Selmon. He recently worked as the associate director of athletics development at the University of Oklahoma.

  • Blake Griffin replaced by John Wall on US World Cup roster

    Published: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    Washington Wizards guard John Wall has been added to the U.S. player pool for this summer's World Cup of Basketball. Wall will replace former OU star Blake Griffin on the roster. Griffin said Thursday that he was pulling out of the U.S.'s player pool for the FIBA World Cup. Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kevin Love are among the players expected to report to training camp July 28-Aug. 1 in Las Vegas.