• 'Patterson Must Go' banner flies over Texas-Rice game

    Updated: Sat, Sep 12, 2015

    Someone isn't very fond of the Texas Longhorns' athletic director. Prior to Texas' game against Rice on Saturday, a plane flew over Daryl K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium with a banner which read "PATTERSON MUST GO." The banner is in reference to much-maligned Longhorns AD Steve Patterson. Texas started its season with a 38-3 loss against Notre Dame on the road, which prompted coach Charlie Strong to demote offensive coordinator Shawn Watson and promote wide receivers coach Jay Norvell to UT's playcaller.

  • Big 12 proposes allowing agents to negotiate with MLB teams for high school, college players

    Updated: Fri, Sep 11, 2015

    Several Power Five conferences have submitted proposals to the NCAA in the past few weeks, among them the Big 12. The Big 12 is pushing for allowing agents negotiate with Major League Baseball teams on behalf of high school and college basketball players. According to cbssports.com's Jon Solomon, "this would finally let baseball prospects have an agent in the negotiating room with with Major League Baseball teams -- something that widely occurs now against NCAA rules." Among some of the other proposals from the Big 12: - The conference has proposed an all-sports proposal to allow schools to pay for up to four family members on a recruit's official visit. - The conference want to "provide unchalleged authority to doctors on player medical decisions." The new proposal would require Power Five schools to create a structure that allows a team physician or medical director "unchallenged authority on medical and return-to-play decisions."

  • Roberta Vinci Ends Serena Williams’s Grand Slam Run at U.S. Open

    Published: Fri, Sep 11, 2015

    The Grand Slam will have to wait. Two victories from joining the most prestigious club in tennis, Serena Williams ran into a roadblock at the United States Open. In one of the biggest surprises in tennis history, Roberta Vinci, an unseeded Italian veteran playing in her first Grand Slam semifinal, defeated Williams, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4, on Friday.

  • Does OU have a Texas-sized recruiting problem?

    Published: Fri, Sep 11, 2015

    In early years of Bob Stoops' tenure as Oklahoma head coach, the Sooners were flourishing in recruiting, particularly in Texas. What's happened since? ESPN's Jeremy Crabtree examined the decline of OU recruiting, particularly in the Lone Star State -- where the Sooners pulled most of their players from during a run of four national title appearances. "In the 2012 class, the Sooners began to push harder and harder into California, Louisiana, Florida and junior colleges all over the country, and went from signing classes that were 47 percent Texan in the previous decade to only 32 percent in the 2012 to 2016 classes," writes Crabtree.

  • Steelers assistant being investigated by NFL for allegedly assaulting Patriots fan

    Published: Fri, Sep 11, 2015

    NFL security is investigating Steelers assistant James Daniel for allegedly assaulting and verbally accosting a Patriots fan on the way to the locker room before halftime, according to an ESPN report. The incident in question occurred before and after halftime of the Patriots' 28-21 win over the Steelers on Thursday night. Daniel allegedly kicked a Patriots fan in the back of the leg and yelled at the fan in front of witnesses. The alleged incident happened before and after halftime.

  • Thabo Sefolosha refuses plea deal in scuffle with NYC police

    Published: Thu, Sep 10, 2015

    Thabo Sefolosha was offered a plea bargain to resolve criminal charges against him. If the former Thunder guard agreed to do day of community service and stay out of trouble for six months, his charges would be dropped in Manhattan Criminal Court. Sefolosha refused the offer on Wednesday, with his lawyer, Alex Spiro, saying "his client was standing on principle, because he believes four police officers arrested him for no reason, breaking a bone in his right leg and causing him to miss the NBA playoffs," according to the New York Times. "He's innocent and wants to be vindicated," Spiro said. The injury forced Sefolosha to miss the entire postseason with the Atlanta Hawks. His trial date has been set for Oct. 5.

  • Report: Mayweather received illegal IV before Pacquiao fight

    Published: Thu, Sep 10, 2015

    For years Floyd Mayweather has made his opponents submit to drug testing, making it seem as though he’s trying to help clean up boxing. But it looks like that might not be the case. In a long report about boxing and the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, SB Nation’s Thomas Hauser found that Mayweather received an IV, which is prohibited no matter what it contains, a day before his May 2 bout with Manny Pacquiao. Mayweather’s two IVs contained multi-vitamins and Vitamin C, but IVs are disallowed because they can “dilute or mask the presence of another substance.” But the story only gets fishier.

  • Former Oklahoma State commit Ronald Jones got sick at USC because of no burgers, Texas BBQ

    Erik Horne | Updated: Wed, Sep 9, 2015

    Ronald Jones II has started his USC career quickly on the field with 86 rushing yards and a touchdown in his debut, but early on in camp with the Trojans, he felt "dizzy and dazed." Why's that? Apparently, the freshman who was committed to Oklahoma State before decommitting and signing with USC, was suffering from feeling a "little homesick with the food, like Whataburger and stuff like that." In fall camp, Jones suffered migranes from not eating enough. "I just got to get me some Whataburger and some Texas BBQ up here," Jones told reignoftroy.com. This all could have been corrected if Jones just went to Oklahoma State. I'm pretty sure there's a Whataburger and decent BBQ in Stillwater. In all seriousness, good luck to Jones at USC.

  • OU Football: Vols DT Danny O'Brien suspended for Oklahoma game

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Wed, Sep 9, 2015

    Tennessee will face Oklahoma on Saturday in Knoxville without one of its starting defensive tackles. Tennessee coach Butch Jones said redshirt junior defensive tackle Danny O'Brien has been suspended for a violation of team rules. Jones, who made the announcement Wednesday at his weekly press conference, did not define a timetable for the suspension. “I’m not going to speculate,” Jones said. “It’s ongoing and we’ll see. We’re gonna support Dan as well through this whole deal. But there’s just no timetable. I don’t want to sit here and tell ya it’s one game and I don’t want to sit here and tell ya it’s six games. It’s gonna be the ebb and flow and it could be ever-changing.”  O’Brien started 12 games last season and recorded 23 tackles, including 4.5 tackles for loss and a sack. He started Saturday’s game against Bowling Green and had two tackles, including a sack.

  • Former Thunder guard Thabo Sefolosha's trial to begin October 5

    Published: Wed, Sep 9, 2015

    Former Thunder guard Thabo Sefolosha will head back to court Oct. 5 for his trial stemming from an April incident with New York City police. In the incident, Sefolosha was charged with obstructing governmental administration and arrested outside of a nightclub along with former Atlanta Hawks teammate Pero Antic. Sefolosha will have to face the charges, but Antic's case was dismissed, according to multiple reports. In the altercation with NYC police, Sefolosha suffered a broken fibula and ligament damage which forced him to miss the remainder of the Hawks' season. In May, Sefolosha claimed the injuries hurt his reputation and " took away a lot from my everyday life ." Sefolosha, who played six season with the Thunder from 2009-2014, says the court date isn't ideal because it interferes with the beginning of Hawks training camp (per ESPN.com's Ian Begley ).

  • Report: Sam Bradford-Eagles extension talks break down

    Updated: Wed, Sep 9, 2015

    Sam Bradford is betting on himself. The former OU quarterback and the Philadelphia Eagles have tabled talks of a contract extension which would attempt to commit him to the team beyond this season, according to ESPN reports. ESPN's Ed Werder writes that a source says "incredible preseason success changed the negotiating dynamics." Following an offseason trade to the Eagles from the St. Louis Rams, Bradford has looked sharp in a small sample size this preseason, completing 13-of-15 passes (86.7 percent) for 156 yards to go with three touchdowns and no interceptions. Bradford is set to make $12.95 million this year, the final year of his originally rookie contract from the Rams, when he was drafted No. 1 overall in 2010.

  • Jay Norvell given Texas playcalling duties by Charlie Strong

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Tue, Sep 8, 2015

    One game of bad offense from Texas has led to a major change for the Longhorns. Texas head coach Charlie Strong announced Tuesday evening that quarterbacks coach Shawn Watson has been stripped of playcalling duties. Wide receivers coach Jay Norvell, who was fired from OU last season, will replace Watson as playcaller. The decision by Strong is an interesting one for a few reasons. It comes just one game into the season for the Longhorns after they gained just 163 total net yards in a 38-3 loss to Notre Dame in South Bend, Ill. It also calls to attention what's been a contentious legal battle between Oklahoma State and current Texas offensive line coach Joe Wickline over whether or not Wickline is the primary playcaller for UT. Wickline left OSU for Texas following the 2014 season and has been locked in a lawsuit against OSU in which he's seeking more than $600,000 in salary from his former team.

  • Coaches Poll: OU up two spots; Tennessee to No. 23

    Updated: Tue, Sep 8, 2015

    OU vs. Tennessee will be a matchup of two Top 25 teams. In this week's Amway Coaches Poll, the Sooners climbed two spots to No. 17 following their 41-3 win over Akron in Week 1. Tennessee, which started the season at No. 25, jumped two spots as well to No. 23. Oklahoma State is on the cusp of the Top 25, behind only Mississippi State and Arizona State among other teams receiving votes. Ohio State remains No. 1 after a convincing 42-24 win over Virginia Tech on Monday night. Alabama leapfrogged TCU for No. 2 in the rankings, with TCU, Baylor and Oregon rounding out the Top 5. See the entire poll here .

  • Jackrabbit invades football field to show off touchdown dance

    Published: Tue, Sep 8, 2015

    This rabbit somehow found himself in the middle of McMahon Stadium in Calgary and has NO idea what to do about it, Mashable reports. The speedy rabbit takes off down the field, at a pretty impressive gallop. When he finally crosses into the end zone, he celebrates his touchdown with an ostentatious leap in the air.

  • Bears sign Jalen Saunders to practice squad

    Published: Mon, Sep 7, 2015

    The Chicago Bears signed 10 players to their practice squad on Sunday, including former OU wide receiver Jalen Saunders, who was a fourth-round pick in the 2014 draft by the New York Jets. Saunders was traded from the New Orleans Saints to the New England Patriots this offseason, but was cut from the Patriots.

  • UPDATE: Texas high school football player stayed in game after hitting referee

    Updated: Mon, Sep 7, 2015

    Two players from San Antonio John Jay high school could face criminal charges after targeting a referee in a Friday night game. Both players were immediately ejected from the game and suspended from the team and school. According to Austin Football Officials Association secretary Wayne Elliott, the referee was "very upset" and "wanted to press charges." "The first thing we want is that those two kids never play football again."

  • Former OU lineman Donald Stephenson getting a big chance at left tackle for Chiefs

    Updated: Mon, Sep 7, 2015

    The Kansas City Chiefs are replacing their former No. 1 overall pick with a former OU lineman. Chiefs coach Andy Reid announced Monday that former OU offensive tackle Donald Stephenson will start for Kansas City at left tackle, while Eric Fisher will move to right tackle. The move is a shocker considering Fisher was the team's No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, but Stephenson has had an outstanding preseason on the left side of the line. Stephenson, drafted by the Chiefs in the third round in 2012, is in the final year of a four-year, $2.8 million deal. The move to left tackle presents a big opportunity for Stephenson to potentially earn a big contract in free agency.

  • OU among top colleges in NFL jersey sales

    Published: Mon, Sep 7, 2015

    Dick's Sporting Goods released its rankings of college teams based on number of NFL jersey sales by former players, and former OU players are representing in the pros. OU ranks fifth in Dick's sales, with players like Adrian Peterson and DeMarco Murray putting the Sooners among elite company. OU's opponent Saturday, Tennessee, ranks third on the list. Florida ranks No. 1, followed by Stanford, Tennessee, LSU and Oklahoma.

  • Tennessee DBs coach Willie Martinez suspended for 'impermissible contact'

    Updated: Sat, Sep 5, 2015

    Former OU defensive backs coach Willie Martinez was suspended from the University of Tennessee's Saturday opener against Bowling Green for "impermissible contact" with a recruit during the 2014 evaluation period. Tennessee's athletic department made the announcement Saturday, stating that it worked with the NCAA on the violation. “Our coaches are aware this is a new point of emphasis relative to recruiting parameters and we concurred with the NCAA’s classification as a secondary violation,” UT said in a statement. “Willie Martinez cooperated fully throughout the process and he will continue to be an integral member of our football staff and resume his coaching duties on Sunday morning.” Martinez, who also serves as the Vols’ assistant head coach, has been with the program since 2013. He was fired as OU defensive backs coach in January of 2013. It's unclear if Martinez will be back with the Vols when OU plays in Knoxville on Sept. 12.

  • VIDEO: Ex-OSU standout Tyreek Hill scores on punt return for West Alabama

    Erik Horne | Updated: Sat, Sep 5, 2015

    Remember, Tyreek Hill ( yes, you do ). He's not at Oklahoma State anymore, but his world-class speed is back on the field at West Alabama. Hill scored on an 88-yard punt return against Stillman College on Saturday night. Hill was rumored to be headed to Akron , but the all-purpose back has landed at West Alabama - a Division II school which plays in the Gulf South Conference. Hill was dismissed from the football and track teams at OSU after he was charged with domestic abuse by strangulation in December 2014.