• Report: NBA players to launch own awards

    Published: Wed, Apr 8, 2015

    Remember at All-Star weekend when Kevin Durant said the players' opinions and votes should count when it comes to awards voting? "I think media and guys get too much power to vote on stuff that quite frankly I don't think you really know a lot about," Durant said . Well, it looks like the Thunder star is getting his wish, as players may make their own awards, according to USA Today's Sam Amick. The National Basketball Players Association has created the "2015 Players Choice Awards," which will consist of anonymous votes from players. Per USA Today's report, winners will be announced at a summer meeting in Vegas. "This program was created at your request to recognize outstanding performance of your peers, on and off the court," NBAPA executive director Michele Roberts said in an internal memo.

  • NFL confirms Sarah Thomas as first full-time female official

    Published: Wed, Apr 8, 2015

    The NFL has its first full-time female game official, USA TODAY reports. Sarah Thomas, who has worked exhibition games, will be a line judge for the 2015 season, the league announced Wednesday. The 41-year-old Thomas was in the league's officiating development program in 2013 and '14 and worked some team minicamps last year.

  • NFL adds Jenks basketball coach Clay Martin to officiating staff

    Published: Wed, Apr 8, 2015

    Jenks boys basketball coach Clay Martin is among the new game officials hired by the National Football League, per the Tulsa World. Martin has officiated Conference USA games for the past eight years and has worked several bowl games. Martin, 39, has led the Trojans to seven state tournament appearances in 12 seasons. He will start his NFL career as an umpire.

  • OSU football: Josh Furman invited to Baltimore Ravens prospect day

    Published: Wed, Apr 8, 2015

    Former Oklahoma State safety Josh Furman has been invited to the Baltimore Ravens' local prospect day April 21. Furman had 64 tackles (14 for loss) and seven sacks for Oklahoma State in his only season in Stillwater after transferring from Michigan. Furman had one of the strongest workouts at Oklahoma State's Pro Day in March, running a 4.47 40-yard dash, a 38-inch vertical leap, and a 10-4 broad jump at 6-foot-1, 210 pounds. Furman attended Old Mill High School in the Baltimore area.

  • Pacers’ Copeland, Wife Stabbed At NYC Club; Suspect, 2 Hawks Arrested

    Published: Wed, Apr 8, 2015

    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Indiana Pacers forward Chris Copeland and his wife, Katrine Saltara, were stabbed during an early morning confrontation at a nightclub in Chelsea. Copeland was stabbed in the abdomen, police said. Saltara stabbed in the arm and slashed across the chest and buttocks police said. The alleged assailant, 22-year-old Shezoy Bleary, was arrested, sources told CBS News. Two members of the Atlanta Hawks — Thabo Sefolosha and Pero Antic — were also taken into custody for allegedly obstructing the crime scene at 1 OAK on West 17th Street.

  • Report: Jeff Capel passes on Arizona State

    Published: Tue, Apr 7, 2015

    Former OU men's basketball coach and current Duke assistant Jeff Capel has reportedly passed on the Arizona State coaching job, according to CBSSports.com. Capel was reportedly offered the head coaching position in Tempe in March, but was still in the midst of a deep NCAA Tournament run with his alma mater. Duke defeated Wisconsin 68-63 in the NCAA Championship game on Monday. Capel, 40, was fired from OU in 2011 and joined the Duke staff the same year. Arizona State fired Herb Sendek in March after nine seasons as head coach.

  • Oklahoma City native Jimmy Walker a dark horse to win the Masters

    Published: Tue, Apr 7, 2015

    Rory McIlroy is the favorite. Tiger Woods is back. Bubba Watson is the defending champion. But the true dark horse among the Masters contenders this weekend is Jimmy Walker. The Oklahoma City native is coming off a win at the Valero Texas Open two weeks ago and has the backing of at least one anonymous pro. From Golf.com: "Last year was the first time Jimmy Walker played in the Masters, and he tied for eighth. He played a great back nine in Hawaii and ran away with it. He's won five times, he hits his long irons high, drives it straight and is a very good putter. Jimmy isn't a sexy pick—I read that he's 40 to 1. [Those odds dropped to 25 to 1 after his win on Sunday in Texas.] I'm not a gambler, but if I was, I'd put a hundred bucks on him." Walker happens to be playing in the same group as four-time Masters champ Woods, so the spotlight will be on his group for at least two days. [h/t Bleacher Report ]

  • OKC Thunder: Russell Westbrook surprises single mom with new car

    Published: Mon, Apr 6, 2015

    Russell Westbrook continues to up his assist totals. The Thunder guard surprised single mother Kerstin Gonzales of Oklahoma City with the Kia he won for being named the NBA's All-Star game Most Valuable Player.

  • Strongwoman Shoulders The Weight Of A Male-Dominated Sport

    Published: Mon, Apr 6, 2015

    It's just two days before the 2015 Arnold Strongman Classic, an international competition for strongmen and strongwomen in Columbus, Ohio, and Brittany Diamond is worried, NPR reports. As a relative newcomer to the sport, the 22-year-old from Boston has never even seen the 100-pound dumbbell she'll soon be asked to lift and press with just one arm. "Instead of it being filled with a solid weight, it's almost like sand, where it's a little tippy and uneven. So just because I haven't ever tried that, I am a little bit nervous," she says.

  • Kentucky star's slur was dumb, but not racial

    Published: Mon, Apr 6, 2015

    Around the Kentucky program they'll describe Andrew Harrison as uniquely competitive and occasionally emotional, much of which plays out on the court, Yahoo Sports reports. He can be great. He can be, to put it mildly, a handful. He tends to wear his emotions – good, bad and ugly – on his sleeve for all to see. Racist? No, not that...

  • OSU basketball: Anthony Allen charged with marijuana possession

    staff reports | Published: Sun, Apr 5, 2015

    Oklahoma State junior center Anthony Allen was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana on Friday, according to a report from ocolly.com . Allen was charged in Payne County court on Friday. Allen, a 7-foot junior college transfer from Lamar State College (Port Arthur, Texas), averaged 1.7 points and 2.4 rebounds in 25 games for the Cowboys in his first season in Stillwater.

  • OU football: Sooners spring game to be broadcast in Spanish

    Published: Fri, Apr 3, 2015

    OU athletics and Tyler Media announced Friday that Francisco X. Rivera and Roger Valdivieso will handle the Spanish language television broadcast of the OU Spring Game. Per SoonerSports.com: The Spanish broadcast will air at 2 p.m. on April 12 on Telemundo affiliates in Oklahoma City (KUTU channel 25.2 – Cox channel 702) and in Tulsa (KTUZ channel 30 – Cox channel 5). The April 11th spring game will mark the second time OU football has been broadcast locally in Spanish. OU's 2007 game against Miami in Norman was also broadcast in Spanish on radio.

  • Map: Oklahoma stands alone on its pick for NBA MVP

    Published: Fri, Apr 3, 2015

    Earlier this week, ESPN Sports Nation asked fans which NBA player is their pick for 2014-15 MVP. As of Thursday evening, the results were nearly unanimous: Stephen Curry, the prodigious point guard who has led the Golden State Warriors to be the best team in the NBA, is the one. Unless you're an Oklahoman. Eleven percent of the votes went to Russell Westbrook, whose recent triple-double binge has helped keep the Oklahoma City Thunder in playoff position despite the absence of Serge Ibaka and reigning MVP Kevin Durant.

  • Tiger Woods is playing in the Masters

    Published: Fri, Apr 3, 2015

    Tiger Woods announced via his website Friday that he will play in the Masters at Augusta National on April 9. "I'm playing in the Masters," Woods said in a statement. "It's obviously very important to me, and I want to be there. "I've worked a lot on my game and I'm looking forward to competing. I'm excited to get to Augusta and I appreciate everyone's support." Woods missed the Master for the first time in his career in 2014 after undergoing surgery for a pinched nervew in his back the week before the tournament.

  • OU football: Four-star quarterback Austin Kendall has OU, Auburn, Kentucky in final three

    Published: Fri, Apr 3, 2015

    Four-star Class of 2016 quarterback Austin Kendall has OU in his final three schools and is planning on making a commitment soon, per rivals.com. It looks like it could come down to a Stoops brothers battle for the 6-foot-2, 210 pounder. Kendall (Cuthbertson HS/Waxhaw, N.C) says he'll choose between OU (Bob Stoops), Kentucky (coached by Bob’s brother, Mark) and Auburn. He's visited each school and told AuburnSports.com that right now, OU is in the lead. "I would say Oklahoma (is at the top) right now," Kendall said. "It's just a feeling (at Oklahoma, but I got a feeling here (at Auburn), too, so it could weigh out." Kendall is ranked as the No. 3 pro style quarterback in the nation by Rivals.com. He's yet to set an official date for his decision. OU currently has three Class of 2016 commitments - Westmoore WR DeShawn Lookout, Victory Christian TE/DE Jon-Michael Terry , and Dekaney High (Houston) WR Adrian Hardy . Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;}

  • NFL Is Reportedly Hiring Its First Female Full-Time Official

    Published: Fri, Apr 3, 2015

    Sarah Thomas has officiated football games in the NCAA and for the NFL's preseason and training camps. For the 2015 NFL season, she'll reportedly be a full-time official, NPR reports. The news was broken this morning by Baltimore Sun reporter Aaron Wilson, who called it "a ground-breaking move." Thomas, 42, is a Mississippi native who has been widely regarded as a contender for a regular NFL contract.

  • TCU's Trevone Boykin has wrist surgery, will miss spring game

    Published: Fri, Apr 3, 2015

    TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin underwent surgery on his left wrist on Friday. Boykin throws with his right arm and coach Gary Patterson told FOX Sports Southwest "everything is great. Minor surgery so no worries." Even before surgery, Patterson planned on Boykin sitting out of the Horned Frogs' spring football game on April 10. The senior-to-be is one of the frontrunners for the 2015 Heisman Trophy.

  • Josh Hamilton will not be suspended for substance-abuse relapse

    Published: Fri, Apr 3, 2015

    An arbitrator determined that Josh Hamilton’s conduct did not violate Major League Baseball’s drug-treatment plan, and the Los Angeles Angels outfielder will not be suspended. Major League Baseball released a statement regarding Hamilton, saying that the former American League Most Valuable Player will not be suspended, as an outside arbitor ruled that Hamilton did not violate the terms of his drug prevention and treatment program. Hamilton has a history of substance abuse issues dating back to his days as a minor league prospect with the Tampa Bay Rays. Hamilton self-reported the use of cocaine and alcohol to MLB in February.

  • Geno Auriemma is totally right to call men's college basketball 'a joke'

    Published: Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    UConn women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma has it in his interests to play up the merits of the women’s game as opposed to the men’s game. But when he said during the women’s Final Four teleconferences on Wednesday that men’s college basketball is “a joke,” he was totally right. To see how he was totally right, we’re going to have to do the annoying thing of getting past the headline and get into the meat of what he actually said...

  • OSU basketball: Nets coach Lionel Hollins compares Markel Brown to Tony Allen

    staff reports | Published: Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    Brooklyn Nets coach Lionel Hollins has a team that's battling for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. A contributor to that has been rookie guard Markel Brown. The former Oklahoma State high-flyer had helped the Nets win nine of their last 11 games, pitching in with three consecutive double-digit scoring performances. On WFAN sports radio in New York on Thursday, Nets coach Lionel Hollins had high praise for Brown, comparing him to another former Cowboy standout. Lofty praise. If Brown developed into the defensive presence Allen has been throughout his 10-year-career, you'd have to call that more-than-solid NBA career. And at only 23 years old, Brown's offensive game still has room to grow past Allen's.