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  • Thunder ranks 27th in Grantland NBA court design rankings

    Published: Tue, Sep 9, 2014

    Grantland.com NBA writer Zach Lowe took on the task of ranking the NBA's court designs 1-30. The Thunder did not fare well, ranking 27th out of 30 teams. Lowe also says OKC's alternate dark jerseys "fell flat" (not that that has anything to do with court design). From Lowe's piece: "The Thunder would have ranked last had we done this exercise four years ago. Oklahoma City tried to touch every base in building its color scheme, meshing elements of the state flag, the sun, and referents to the local college teams. It’s ended up with a color-logo combination that is evocative of nothing. The blue and orange just feel generic. "The Thunder did well to unclutter the court by using the same blue all the way around, and the white font spelling out the team’s name pops against that blue. It’s a big improvement from 2010-11, when the Thunder featured this tricolored mess of a painted area: "The Thunder’s alternate dark blue jerseys also fell flat. This franchise feels ripe for a total design overhaul. Should we mention how awesome the Sonics’ colors and court design were? We probably shouldn’t, right?" FYI, the Los Angeles Lakers ranked No. 1. See the rest of the list here .

  • OU football: LB Frank Shannon no longer listed on Sooners' online football roster

    staff reports | Published: Tue, Sep 9, 2014

    OU linebacker Frank Shannon is no longer listed on the Sooners' football roster. Shannon has been on the sidelines for each of OU's first two games of the season, but hasn't played. On Monday, the Oklahoma State Supreme Court issued a ruling allowing the university to enforce Shannon's one-year suspension after he was found to have violated OU's sexual misconduct policy. Shannon was included in the 2014 OU media guide and was a part of OU's preseason practices.

  • NFL never asked for Ray Rice tape: report

    Published: Tue, Sep 9, 2014

    In its investigations of the Ray Rice domestic-assault case from earlier this year, the NFL never asked the casino in which the assault took place for a copy of security tapes, according to a new report by TMZ. Had the NFL done so, the casino would have handed over the tapes, per the report. Instead, the tapes were leaked over a period of several months, culminating in Monday's unsettling footage that resulted in Rice's release from the Ravens. Yahoo Sports reports the NFL has maintained that it had not viewed the most significant moments of the assault, the time when Rice strikes his then-fiancee Janay Rice and renders her unconscious, until Monday.

  • Ray Rice jerseys can be exchanged say Baltimore Ravens

    Published: Tue, Sep 9, 2014

    The Baltimore Ravens announced Tuesday morning that they are  offering an exchange for Ray Rice jerseys at their stadium stores. The Ravens terminated the running back's contract Monday, not long after an extended video was released which showed Rice striking his then-fiancee  Janay Rice in an elevator in Atlantic City, N.J. The NFL also  suspended Ray Rice indefinitely following the video's release by TMZ Sports.

  • Ray Rice's wife breaks silence on Instagram

    staff reports | Published: Tue, Sep 9, 2014

    The wife of former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice posted an emotional statement on her Instagram account Tuesday morning, a day after her husband was released by the team and suspended indefinitely by the NFL. Janay Rice made a public statement for the first time since the full video was released Monday of the graphic February incident with her husband, who struck her in an elevator in Atlantic City, N.J. Janay Rice's Instagram account is private, but  the Baltimore Sun verified the following message as official from her account, and intended to be released publically. "I woke up this morning feeling like I had a horrible nightmare, feeling like I'm mourning the death of my closest friend," Janay Rice wrote. "But to have to accept the fact that it's reality is a nightmare in itself. No one knows the pain that the media & unwanted options from the public has caused my family. To make us relive a moment in our lives that we regret every day is a horrible thing. To take something away from the man I love that he has worked his ass [off] for all his life just to gain ratings is horrific. "THIS IS OUR LIFE! What don't you all get. If your intentions were to hurt us, embarrass us, make us feel alone, take all happiness away, you've succeeded on so many levels. Just know we will continue to grow & show the world what real love is! Ravensnation we love you!" Ray Rice was released by the Ravens , then suspended indefintely by the NFL on Monday.

  • Report: SMU football coach June Jones to resign

    Published: Mon, Sep 8, 2014

    SportsDay's Bill Nichols reports that June Jones, the head coach of the SMU Mustangs football team, will step down. SMU to hold press conference tonight to address the subject, According to Leigh Steinberg via Twitter, "June had felt for some time he had accomplished his mission to turn around program and needed a break."

  • Report: NBA nearing massive long-term media deals with ESPN, Turner

    Published: Mon, Sep 8, 2014

    The NBA and its network partners expect to reach an agreement in principle on new long-term media deals by the start of the regular season, according to sources on all sides of the discussions. Talks have progressed so rapidly that details are emerging on a massive agreement that would see the league’s annual rights fee more than double, with ESPN and Turner combining to pay more than $2 billion per year on average. One source said ESPN already has committed to pay “well over” $1 billion per year, and Turner is not far behind for a media rights extension that would kick in with the 2016-17 season.

  • Blake Griffin, Clippers teammates play flag football

    erik horne | Published: Mon, Sep 8, 2014

    Guess Blake Griffin is feeling fine. More than a month after withdrawing from Team USA to rest up for the NBA season, the former OU All-American participated in a flag football tournament with his Los Angeles Clippers teammates Chris Paul, Matt Barnes, DeAndre Jordan and Glen "Big Baby" Davis. "Just throw it up," Griffin said in the Instagram photo showing the five players at the Athletes vs. Cancer 2nd Annual Celebrity Flag Football Game. The game was presented by Barnes and rap artist Snoop Dogg.

  • Kevin Durant rated 95 in NBA 2K15; three other players rated above 90

    erik horne | Published: Mon, Sep 8, 2014

    Kevin Durant is the NBA's Most Valuable Player. It looks like he rates among the best in the NBA in the video game world as well. 2K Sports announced that Durant will be 1 of 4 current NBA players with an overall rating above 90, in their new rating system for NBA 2K15. Durant, who graces the cover of the game set to be released Oct. 7, will have an overall rating of 95 and will be joined in the 90s by three other players. One would presume LeBron James will be another player in the 90s, maybe even rated higher than Durant. Who are the other two players? My guess would be Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul and  Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love.

  • Ray Rice released by Ravens, suspended indefinitely by NFL

    Published: Mon, Sep 8, 2014

    The Baltimore Ravens  announced via their Twitter account Monday that running back Ray Rice has had his contract terminated. Video surfaced Monday morning of Rice striking his then-fiancee in an elevator incident earlier this year. Rice was suspended two games by the NFL for the incident, but the league said Monday it had not seen the newly-released footage until today.

  • OU football: DT Quincy Russell says on Facebook he was kicked off team

    staff reports | Published: Mon, Sep 8, 2014

    We've wondered why Quincy Russell hasn't played or even suited up for OU the first two weeks of the season. Well, the Sooners' defensive tackle said Monday via Facebook that he was kicked off the team. "Well good bye Oklahoma. Time to find new home," Russell said in a post Monday morning . In the same post, Russell said he was kicked off the team. When asked why, Russell said. "I didn't do nothing bro the [expletive] said I was a cancer to the team." The 6-foot-4, 310-pounder appeared in just two games for the Sooners in 2013 after transferring from Trinity Valley Commuinity College (Terrell, Texas), but has not suited up for the Sooners in the first two weeks of this season. Neither Russell nor defensive back Cortez Johnson  was listed on the Sooners' depth chart in Week 1.

  • OSU football: J.W. Walsh update from Mike Gundy - decision to come Tuesday

    staff reports | Published: Mon, Sep 8, 2014

    Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said Monday that a determination about quarterback J.W. Walsh will be made on Tuesday. Walsh left Saturday's game against Missouri State in the first quarter with a reported ankle injury, prompting Gundy to put in Daxx Garman. Walsh did not return to the game, but spotted on the sidelines on crutches. A report Sunday from Sam Mayes , former OSU football player and radio anaylst for The Franchise, said that Walsh suffered a broken foot and will miss 6 to 8 weeks. Gundy did not elaborate on the severity of Walsh's injury. "We're gonna keep him in a boot until Tuesday afternoon, then make a decision," Gundy said in Monday's Big 12 teleconference.

  • VIDEO: Ray Rice tape released of Ravens RB hitting fiancee in elevator

    Updated: Mon, Sep 8, 2014

    TMZ Sports obtained the video of Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Rice hitting his then-fiancee in an elevator, an incident that got Rice a 2-game suspension from the NFL. The NFL says it  didn't see the elevator footage until it was posted on TMZ Sports today. Rice strikes his then-fiancee Janay Palmer around the 0:26 second mark, then drags her off of the elevator, as previously shown in the only video released from the incident (until today). The full video is a bit choppy.

  • Lawton Eisenhower loses close one to Fayetteville

    Published: Sat, Sep 6, 2014

    If there was any doubt what type of effort Lawton Eisenhower's football team was going to offer in its season opener under first year coach Danny Edelman, consider it a moot question; the Eagles gave one of the premier programs from Arkansas -- Fayetteville High School -- a real challenge but in the end the Bulldogs were able to escape with a wild 45-38 victory Friday night. With a large crowd of Ike fans packed into Cameron Stadium to see just what Edelman might change, the Eagles showed they weren't afraid to try and strike from anywhere on the field, throwing from deep in their own territory on several occasions.

  • Tulsa Union coach hopes loss to Southlake Carroll leads to something more

    Published: Sat, Sep 6, 2014

    ARLINGTON, Texas — It was a great football game and a noble effort by the Union Redskins, but it ended in bitter disappointment for them early Saturday morning. In AT&T Stadium, the $1.2 billion house that Jerry Jones built, Oklahoma’s Class 6A No. 2 team had Texas powerhouse Southlake Carroll on the ropes three times. But the Dragons, whose eight state titles are tied for the most in the Lone Star State, rallied and rallied and rallied again, finally winning 42-41 on a two-point trick play in overtime.

  • OU-Tulsa: What the game looked like in 40 seconds

    Published: Sat, Sep 6, 2014

    What does a football game look like in 40 seconds? For starters, it's a blur. Tulsa World Chief Photographer Tom Gilbert set up a time lapse camera at OU-Tulsa on Saturday to see what the game looked like sped up from overhead.

  • WATCH: Daxx Garman throws 87-yard TD pass for Oklahoma State

    erik horne | Published: Sat, Sep 6, 2014

    Rolls to his right. Throws across his body. Hits Brandon Sheperd in stride for an 87-yard touchdown. That's what many Oklahoma State fans have been waiting to see. Daxx Garman connected with Sheperd on the long touchdown in the second quarter to put OSU ahead 23-6 over Missouri State, showing off his arm strength, some Brett Favre-esqe improvisation, and getting the Cowboys fan base buzzing in the process. The touchdown completion was the second longest in OSU history  (Zac Robinson to Jeremy Broadway, 95 yards, 2006).

  • OSU football: Daxx Garman in at quarterback for Cowboys after J.W. Walsh injury

    Published: Sat, Sep 6, 2014

    Everyone wanted to know what Daxx Garman looked like. It finally happened in the first quarter against Missouri State on Saturday, as Garman subbed in for J.W. Walsh after Walsh had to leave the game with an ankle sprain. Garman's first pass went for no gain to David Glidden. On his first drive, Garman was 2-for-5 for 15 yards. It's unknown whether or not Walsh will return for the Cowboys, who led 10-0 when Walsh had his ankle rolled, forcing the junior to the locker room. He returned to the sidelines on crutches.

  • OU football: LB Caleb Gastelum earns scholarship from Bob Stoops

    erik horne | Published: Sat, Sep 6, 2014

    Oklahoma walk-on linebacker Caleb Gastelum is a walk-on no more. The senior from Claremore was awarded the game ball and a scholarship following the Sooners' 52-7 win over Tulsa on Saturday. The OU Football Twitter account posted that coach Bob Stoops made the announcement following the win. Gastelum recorded his first career sack against the Golden Hurricane. The 6-foot-2, 217 pounder had three tackles, a tackle for loss and a pass breakup in the Sooners' opening week win over Louisiana Tech.

  • OU football: Julian Wilson puts big hit on Tulsa WR Derek Patterson

    erik horne | Published: Sat, Sep 6, 2014

    OU defensive back Julian Wilson clearly isn't afraid to come up and hit someone. The senior was right on top of a Dane Evans-to-Derek Patterson pass in the second quarter Saturday. The hit conjured up memories of Eric Striker's violence on Texas quarterback Case McCoy last season. (H/T Anthony Slater )