• OU ranked No. 22 in Phil Steele's projected AP Top 25

    Published: Mon, May 4, 2015

    College football guru Phil Steele recently released his projected Associated Press Top 25 for the 2015 season, and OU clocks in at No. 22. While the Sooners are noticeably absent from Mark Schlabach's Too-Early Top 25, Steele says the Sooners will definitely be there when the AP releases its first list before the season. Steele also offers a little optimism for an OU team that will likely start outside of the AP's preseason Top 10: "One thing that is certain in life is that Bob Stoops' Sooners will be ranked in the preseason AP top 25. After Stoops' first season as OU coach, the Sooners have been ranked all 15 seasons, including 13 times among the top 10. In only one other season did Oklahoma not finish ranked (2009) and the following year it won the Fiesta Bowl and finished No. 6. We also have yet another team returning only 13 starters, and in the past seven seasons OU has had more than 13 returning starters only once, which was in 2011 (15 were back). In the two seasons that Stoops' Sooners were ranked outside of the preseason top 10, they went from No. 19 to No. 1 (winning a title in 2000) and from No. 16 to No. 6 in 2013, which was topped off with a Sugar Bowl win over Alabama." Steele makes a point to emphasize that the projections aren't his preseason top 25, but a prediction of how he thinks the initial AP Top 25 will look. Oklahoma State does not make Steele's initial projections for the AP preseason Top 25.

  • Warriors' Stephen Curry voted NBA's MVP over Harden, James

    Published: Mon, May 4, 2015

    Some called him too small. Others too fragile. Now, Stephen Curry has a new label: NBA MVP, The Associated Press reports. The Golden State Warriors' point guard won the league's top individual award Monday, beating out Houston's James Harden in a race that turned out not to be that close.

  • NBA player crashes kids' dance routine

    Published: Mon, May 4, 2015

    Tony Allen – Memphis Grizzlies shooting guard, sainted King of All Things Gritty and Grindy – will not cede his court-space for anyone, Yahoo Sports reports.  Least of all you kids, with all your dancing and bebopping. The Golden State Warriors crowd, denied a chance to watch an adorable children’s dance routine, understandably booed heartily.

  • Junior A hockey coach keeps $8K from teen goalie too sick to play

    Published: Mon, May 4, 2015

    The mother of a 17-year-old goalie sidelined by serious illness is appalled by the conduct of his hockey coach, who kept $8,000 in fees from her son — for a season he missed entirely. "All he wanted was to play hockey," said Aline Maalouf, of Mississauga, Ont. "It just ripped me to pieces, the pain that he's in physically — and this is just adding to it." "I had to have my parents help me walk … I was going through so many things," said her son.

  • NBA's Carmelo Anthony marches in Baltimore

    Published: Fri, May 1, 2015

    In the caption of the Instagram post, the  New York Knicks  All-Star forward — who was born in Brooklyn, but raised in West Baltimore — extended sympathies to the family of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who died on April 19, one week after sustaining a "significant spinal injury" while in the custody of Baltimore police after being apprehended on the morning of April 12  for reasons that remain unclear , Yahoo Sports reports.  He expressed frustration at how peaceful protests of the lack of answers from police as to how Gray sustained his spinal injury while in police custody boiled over into violence, looting and riots following Gray's funeral on Monday. He called for justice, for answers, for peace and for an end to the destruction of a community that had already suffered so much. On Thursday, 'Melo decided to send a different message by marching with protesters.

  • Report: Browns believe they can land Sam Bradford

    Published: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    The Cleveland Browns reportedly believe they have a good chance to trade for Sam Bradford. Does that mean the Eagles plan to go after Oregon's Marcus Mariota in the draft? The Browns have two first-round picks in tonight's draft, and are reportedly willing to part with their 2016 first-rounder in order to move up to the No. 2 spot. The Tennessee Titans currently have the No. 2 overall pick. ESPN's Adam Schefter suggested Thursday morning that the Eagles could deal Bradford to the Browns.

  • VIDEO: Florida creates classy Billy Donovan tribute

    Published: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    Billy Donovan is the new coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder, a move the University of Florida saw coming, as it released a video tribute on Thursday via gatorzone.com. The 1-minute, 50-second video is pure class, and pays homage to Donovan's impact throughout his 19 years in Gainesville. From gatorzone.com: "Eight years after he backed out of a deal with the Orlando Magic, it was going to be hard for Billy Donovan to leave the Gators again. This time, though, it was the right time; the right situation."

  • Billy Donovan: Here's the Thunder's official statement announcing the hire

    Published: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

      The Oklahoma City Thunder's official statement announcing the hire of Billy Donovan as head coach: OKLAHOMA CITY, April 30, 2015 – The Oklahoma City Thunder named Billy Donovan the team’s new head coach, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. Donovan becomes the third head coach in Thunder history after spending the past 19 years at the University of Florida where he led the Gators to two National Championships and four trips to the Final Four while amassing a record of 467-186 (.715). “We are thrilled to welcome Billy and his family to the Oklahoma City Thunder organization. When we began the process of identifying the next head coach of the Thunder, we started with a vision and the identifiable qualities that we felt were necessary for our organization as well as the ever evolving role of the head coach in today's NBA. We wanted to identify a person with the traits associated with high achieving leaders in their respective fields; a continuous learning mentality, the ability to adapt, evolve and innovate, intrinsically motivated, humility, and great tactical competence,” Presti said. “While we created a comprehensive analysis regarding the qualities we were looking for, it became quite evident that Billy was the ideal fit for the Thunder as we look to transition our team into the future. Billy has achieved an incredible level of success and experience within his 21 years as a head coach and has shown the unique ability to not only create but sustain an elite program. His emotional intelligence, commitment to the concept of team, and relentless approach to incremental improvement have allowed him to bring his players together and establish lasting relationships through competitive success. Billy's core values and alignment with our culture and community, as well as his proven tactical abilities, make him an ideal addition to the Thunder organization.” ‎ Billy's core values and alignment with our culture and community, as well as his proven tactical abilities, make him an ideal addition to the Thunder organization. During his tenure at Florida, Donovan led the program to 16 straight 20-win seasons, three 30-win seasons, 17 consecutive trips to the postseason and six SEC Championships. Under Donovan, Florida has advanced to the Elite Eight in six of the past 10 seasons. “We warmly welcome Billy and his family to Oklahoma City,” said Clayton I. Bennett, Thunder Chairman. “He is the perfect fit for our organization and for our community and we look forward to a long and successful relationship.” After winning back-to-back national championships (2006 and 2007), Donovan led Florida to 18 straight postseason wins, the longest run for any program since John Wooden led UCLA to 28 straight postseason wins. This past season, Donovan became the second youngest coach in NCAA history (Bob Knight) to claim 500 career wins. “I am honored and humbled to be named the head coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder. I knew that it would take a unique opportunity to leave the University of Florida and that is clearly how I look at this situation,” said Billy Donovan, Thunder Head Coach. “The Thunder represents so many of the values that I embrace as a head coach; the commitment to the team above oneself, the dedicated pursuit of excellence, the commitment to organizational culture, the identity they have established and the fact that the Thunder and the community are so intricately woven into the fabric of one another. To have the ability to work with such a talented and high character group of players is also rare, and I am excited to forge ahead creating those relationships. It is of course bittersweet as the University of Florida will always hold a very special place in my heart and in my family's. I've had the good fortune of working with the best athletic director in the country in Jeremy Foley over the last 19 years, and I'll be forever grateful and thankful for the opportunity and his friendship. Countless players, students, and other people in the administration were responsible for our success and for the meaningful connection we had with the Gainesville community. I have a deep appreciation for what the University of Florida will always mean to me and I'll forever be a Gator.” Donavan has been the recipient of numerous collegiate coaching awards including ESPN.com’s National Coach of the Year (2001), the Wooden Award’s “Legends of Coaching” Honor (2010) and SEC Coach of the Year (2011, 2013, 2014). In addition to his responsibilities at Florida, Donovan has served as head coach of USA Basketball’s U18 and U19 National Teams in each of the last three summers. As a head coach with USAB, Donavan’s teams have captured three gold medals while going a perfect 19-0 during national team competition. Prior to leading the 2014 FIBA Americas U18 Team to the gold medal last summer in Colorado Springs, CO, Donovan guided the 2013 USA U19 World Championship Team to a perfect 9-0 record and the gold medal in Prague, Czech Republic and the 2012 USA U18 National Team to a 5-0 slate and gold in Sao Sebastiáo do Paraiso, Brazil. Donovan’s coaching experience dates back to the 1989-90 season where he served as a graduate assistant coach at Kentucky. After five years with the Wildcats, Donovan was hired as head coach at Marshall where he spent two years before leaving for Florida. Prior to joining the coaching ranks, Donovan enjoyed a four-year playing career at Providence where he helped lead the Friars to their best season in school history and a trip to the Final Four in 1987. In addition, Donovan appeared in 44 games as a member of the New York Knicks during the 1987-88 season.

  • Report: Billy Donovan 'leaning strongly' toward taking Oklahoma City Thunder job

    Published: Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    The Billy Donovan-to-Oklahoma City reports are gaining momentum. ESPN is quoting sources that say: -- "The job is Donovan's to lose." -- Expectations in Gainesville, Fla., where Donovan is the Florida Gators coach, are increasing that he "is good as gone." ESPN says Donovan is leaning strongly toward taking the job.

  • Billy Donovan: University of Florida source confirms Donovan in talks with Thunder

    Published: Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    A source at at the University of Florida confirmed to The Gainesville Sun Sun columnist Pat Dooley that Florida coach Billy Donovan and the Oklahoma City Thunder are in discussions. The school is awaiting word from the veteran coach whether or not he will return to UF for his 20th season.

  • Rangers ban capital letters on Twitter during Capitals playoff series

    Published: Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    The New York Rangers Twitter account is fighting the Washington Capitals the only way it can: with terrible grammar, Mashable reports. As both teams prepare for the next round of the playoffs, the Rangers took a bold stance against the Washington Capitals by banning all capital letters from their tweets during the series. Good luck coming back from this one, Washington Capitals.

  • Billy Donovan's track record of focusing players on the 'team over the individual'

    Published: Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    Kevin Brockway of has covered Billy Donovan for The Gainesville Sun since 2003. With the Oklahoma City Thunder reportedly in talks with Donovan to make him OKC's next coach, here's Brockway summed up Donovan's potential as an NBA coach in a recent blog post: "One NBA source, speaking on the condition of anonymity, thinks that Donovan could have similar success: 'There aren’t a lot of coaches I’m high on from college making the jump, but Billy is one of them,” the source said. “I think he’s smart. I think his offense would work well and I think he understands it’s a players league and the importance of relationships with players.' "Another factor is Donovan’s ability to teach intangibles that go into winning. There are 10 former Gators in the NBA playoffs, more than any other program. Donovan not only develops players from a skill standpoint, but finds ways for players to accept and thrive in roles that promote the greater good of the team over the individual."

  • Mike Gundy says 2011 Oklahoma State team would have beaten LSU 'by three touchdowns'

    Published: Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    The 2011 Oklahoma State football team was one of the best in school history, but was left out of the BCS National Championship game. Had the Cowboys made the game over eventual champion Alabama and received the chance to play LSU, however, Mike Gundy says OSU would have won ... by a lot. "I don't think there's any question that we would have won by three touchdowns," Gundy told the Tulsa World. "We could score with anybody." Gundy is right about the scoring part. Led by quarterback Brandon Weeden, wide receiver Justin Blackmon and running back Joseph Randle, the Cowboys finished third in the country in points (48.3) and total offensive yards (545.8) per game in 2011.

  • Commentary: Billy Donovan has Thunderous NBA offer he won't be able to refuse

    Published: Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    Orlando Sentinel columnist Mike Bianchi thinks Billy Donovan will soon be coaching the Oklahoma City Thunder. "Donovan, I've written many times, should stay at the University of Florida for the rest of his career and go down as one of the all-time coaching greats in college basketball history. “Then again, who can really blame Donovan for leaving UF when he has absolutely nothing to lose and everything to gain. “Not many first-time NBA coaching candidates have the opportunity to become an entry-level coach on a championship-ready team with two  superstars -- Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook -- on the roster. If Donovan takes over and immediately wins a championship with the Thunder, he will become the hottest coaching name in America -- a college legend and an NBA rock star all rolled into one. “And if the situation doesn't work out in Oklahoma City; if the Thunder don't win the title and Durant and Westbrook end up leaving in the next two seasons, so what? Donovan can stay with the Thunder for three or four years, collect $7 million annually in NBA salary and then head back to college if he fails. Just like his mentor Rick Pitino. Just like his predecessor at Florida, Lon Kruger. Just like John Calipari.  Just like all the top college coaches who flame out in the NBA.”

  • Report: Thunder coach search 'completely focused' on Billy Donovan

    Published: Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    The Billy Donovan-to-Oklahoma City rumblings have been getting louder and louder, and CBSSports.com sources say the Thunder is " completely focused " on the University of Florida coach. Donovan had a chance to make a move to the NBA when the Cleveland Cavaliers expressed interest in him last season. The Cavs ultimately went with David Blatt, and Donovan went back to Florida and signed a one-year contract extension in December. Donovan is making $4 million a year in Gainesville. Yahoo! Sports reported earlier Wednesday that the Thunder was preparing an offer for Donovan. The Gainesville Sun received confirmation from UF sources that Donovan was in talks with the Thunder.

  • Billy Donovan doesn't answer calls, texts on reported Thunder talks

    Published: Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    Florida coach Billy Donovan offered no immediate comment to a report that he has begun formal talks with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Donovan didn't answer calls or return texts from the Gainesville (Fla.) Sun on Wednesday morning, according to a story from Sun reporter Kevin Brockaway . Donovan is earning an average salary of $4 million from Florida. Donovan, 49, signed a one-year contract extension with UF in December. The contract buyout is $500,000.

  • The Draft Class of ’90: Where Are They Now?

    Published: Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    The 25 players selected in the first round of the 1990 N.F.L. draft paint a complex picture of life after football, says the New York Times. Some have millions of dollars in the bank, while others have declared bankruptcy. Cortez Kennedy, Junior Seau and Emmitt Smith have been elected to the Hall of Fame; Tony Bennett avoids the game. Rodney Hampton, Mark Carrier and others are coaches. Keith McCants is a recovering addict. A quarter-century after the draft, they shared their stories.

  • Adrian Peterson said playing for Dallas Cowboys 'would be nice'

    Published: Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    Running back Adrian Peterson apparently hasn't ditched his desire to perhaps play for the Cowboys if the opportunity presented itself. While in attendance for the Houston Rockets' 103-94 win over the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday, Peterson told Dallas' WFAA-TV "It would be nice" to play for the Cowboys. "I've got family here, my dad's here. But I'm under contract, so we'll see." Earlier on Tuesday, Vikings GM Rick Spielman said the franchise had no intention of trading the former OU star. With the NFL Draft set to begin on Thursday, will Peterson still be a Viking by the end of the week? The Vikings start organized traning activities on May 26, the first day Peterson could start being fined for not showing up to camp, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press. From Pioneer Press Vikings beat writer Chris Tomasson: "Peterson, who missed 15 games last season because of a child-abuse incident, is disgruntled because he doesn’t believe some in the Vikings organization did enough last season to get him back on the field."

  • Vikings GM: 'We have no interest in trading Adrian Peterson'

    Published: Tue, Apr 28, 2015

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  • Orioles-White Sox game Wednesday closed to public

    Published: Tue, Apr 28, 2015

    The Orioles and White Sox will play the finale of their three-game series Wednesday at Camden Yards in a game that will be closed to the public. The series has had games postponed Monday and Tuesday after public unrest in Baltimore. Wednesday's game will begin at 1:05 CT. The Orioles' series scheduled this weekend with the Tampa Bay Rays has been moved from Baltimore to Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Orioles will play as the home team in the three-game series which begins Friday. The city of Baltimore has faced riots following the funeral of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, who died April 19 of injuries sustained while in Baltimore police custody.




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