• Report: Mike Gundy, Bob Stoops not candidates for Florida coaching job

    staff reports | Published: Tue, Nov 25, 2014

    Lots of talk has been swirling around OU coach Bob Stoops, OSU coach Mike Gundy and their interest in the Florida head coaching job. But Pat Dooley of the Gainesville (Fla.) Sun says both guys are out of the running for the UF job, along with Notre Dame's Brian Kelly. Dooley also said Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly isn't coming to Gainesville. Last week, Stoops said he  was finished with questions about the UF job. Gundy's answer wasn't as direct, but he said his players  weren't distracted and he wasn't affected by reports connecting him to Florida.

  • OU football: Sooners add first 2016 commitment in OL Jean Delance

    staff reports | Published: Tue, Nov 25, 2014

    Oklahoma is on a roll on the recruiting trail, as the Sooners received their first Class of 2016 football commitment Tuesday from North Mesquite (Texas) offensive tackle Jean Delance. Delance (6-foot-5, 270 pounds) is rated as a four-star prospect and the No. 27 offensive tackle in the nation by 247sports.com's composite rankings. Delance selected the Sooners over offers from Arizona State, Baylor, Mississippi State, Oklahoma State, Ohio State and TCU, among others. Delance was on campus Saturday for the Sooners 44-7 win over Kansas in Norman. Delance is the third commitment for the Sooners in three days, joining 2015 juco commits Will Johnson, who committed Sunday , and Dede Westbrook, who committed Tuesday .

  • OU football: Sooners receive commitment from junior college receiver Dede Westbrook

    staff reports | Published: Tue, Nov 25, 2014

    OU received some help at the wide receiver position for 2015 with a commitment from  Blinn College (Bresham, Texas) prospect Dede Westbrook on Tuesday. "I finally came to my decision.. There's only one..#BoomerSooner I will be taking my talents to Norman, OK in January..#Sooners," Westbrook announced Tuesday morning via Twitter. Westbrook was in Norman for the Sooners' 44-7 win over Kansas on Saturday. He's the 16th commitment in OU's 2015 recruiting class, and the second juco commit for the Sooners this week, joining defensive back William Johnson, who committed on Sunday . Westbrook (6-foot-1, 170 pounds) leads Blinn with 76 receptions for 1,487 yards in eight games, and is second on the team in touchdown catches (13).

  • Adrian Peterson compares own indictment to Ferguson

    Published: Tue, Nov 25, 2014

    Adrian Peterson decided to tweet something about his own indictment as a way of commenting on the situation in Ferguson, Mo. Peterson, who was indicted in September by a grand jury on charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child, drew comparisons to his legal situation to the happenings in Ferguson. The former OU running back is currently appealing the NFL's decision to suspended him for the rest of the 2014 season. He also sent out his condolences to the family of Michael Brown on Tuesday. Brown, 18, was shot and killed in Ferguson on Aug. 9 by police officer Darren Wilson.

  • Former Putnam City star Xavier Henry may have ruptured left Achilles

    Published: Mon, Nov 24, 2014

    After suffering an injury Monday during practice and undergoing an MRI, the Los Angeles Lakers suspect that swingman Xavier Henry may have ruptured his left Achilles, which would leave him sidelined for the season. The former Putnam City and Kansas star was limited to just 43 games last season with knee trouble, and appeared in just nine games for the Lakers this season.

  • Three Oklahomans in latest ESPN Junior 300 football rankings for 2016

    Published: Mon, Nov 24, 2014

    In the latest ESPN Junior 300 rankings, three Oklahomans make the list. Edmond Santa Fe quarterback Keaton Torre is the highest-ranked Oklahoman on the list at No. 143. The 6-foot-3, 182-pound Louisville commit is the ninth-ranked pocket passer nationally in the Class of 2016 according to ESPN.com. Other state players on the list include Norman running back Z'Quan Hogan and Jenks safety Austin Quillen. Hogan (6-0, 200) is ranked No. 257 in the list. Quillen (6-0, 190) is No. 281.

  • Big 12 football: Perine, Lockett earn Big 12 Player of the Week honors

    staff reports | Published: Mon, Nov 24, 2014

    Oklahoma running back Samaje Perine, Baylor defensive end Shawn Oakman and Kansas State wide receiver/punt returner Tyler Lockett were selected as Big 12 Football Players of the Week for Nov. 20-22 games by a panel of media that cover the Conference. Perine earned Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week honors by  rushing for a single-game FBS record 427 yards against Kansas in a 44-7 win for the Sooners. The true freshman added touchdown runs of 49, 33, 34, 66 and 27 yards. Perine was also named the Walter Camp Football Foundation Offensive Player of the Week. Lockett, a former Tulsa Washington standout, was named the Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week. The senior scored ona 43-yard punt return touchdown in Kansas State's 26-20 win at West Virginia, and added 196 yards receiving on 10 receptions. Oakman, a junior, was named the Defensive Player of the Week for recording six tackles, two sacks, a quaterback hurry and a forced fumble in Baylor's 49-28 win against Oklahoma State.

  • OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook participate in contact portions of practice

    staff reports | Published: Mon, Nov 24, 2014

    Oklahoma City Thunder coach Scott Brooks said Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook participated in the majority of the team's practice today, including some contact portions, per The Oklahoman's  Darnell Mayberry and Anthony Slater . Even though both are practicing, per NBA rules regarding the hardship exception,  neither are eligible to return to the lineup until Friday (vs. New York Knicks) at the earliest. Mayberry explained the hardship exception in relation to the duo's return in his Saturday piece: The positives within their progression, coupled with the Thunder’s increasingly unsatisfactory record, are indications that both could return sooner than expected. It’s possible the Thunder is targeting Friday’s home game against New York for Westbrook’s return. It would be the day before his originally scheduled evaluation date. It’s also the earliest either player — or fellow injured teammates Mitch McGary and Grant Jerrett — can return due to the NBA’s hardship rules. The league granted the Thunder an additional roster spot above the maximum of 15, which the Thunder used to sign point guard Ish Smith. The supplemental spot is available in 10-day stretches, and Smith’s second 10 days expire Thanksgiving. Durant and Westbrook  partcipated in some non-contact portions of Thunder practice on Saturday. The duo hasn't played together at all this season, as Durant (foot) has missed the entire regular season thusfar, and Westbrook (hand) has played in just two games. The Thunder has started the season 3-12.

  • Report: Former Sooners OL Phil Loadholt suffers season-ending injury

    Published: Mon, Nov 24, 2014

    Minnesota Vikings offensive lineman Phil Loadholt has a torn pectoral muscle and will miss the rest of the season, according to NFL.com reports . Loadholt, a former standout lineman at OU, was hurt in the second half of the Vikings' 24-21 loss to the Green Bay Packers. The 6-foot-8, 343-pound tackle has started 89 games in six seasons for Minnesota, including 15 or more games in each year since being drafted in the second round in 2009.

  • Dez Bryant let the nation know Cowboys-Giants was over

    staff reports | Published: Mon, Nov 24, 2014

    Former Oklahoma State receiver Dez Bryant was a handful for the New York Giants secondary.

  • Bedlam football: TV, time still open for OU vs. OSU on Dec. 6

    staff reports | Published: Mon, Nov 24, 2014

    The Big 12 Conference is taking a "wait-and-see" approach in regard to Bedlam football. The kickoff time and TV listing Dec. 6 game between Oklahoma and Oklahoma State have yet to be finalized as of Monday morning. The confernce tossed out at least four options for the game. The Big 12 says it's anticipated that it will know the kickoff times and TV listings for all of its Dec. 6 games following this Saturday's games. Networks are exercising six-day selection for Dec. 6's TV designations/times.

  • Jameis Winston won't be penalized by ACC for ref bump

    Published: Mon, Nov 24, 2014

    The contact between Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston and an official in Saturday's Boston College game was "incidental and insignificant" and did not warrant an unsportsmanlike penalty, said the ACC's coordinator of officials. Winston was shown trying to move the official out of the way during a Florida State offensive drive in the third quarter withe the score tied at 17. Doug Rhoads, the ACC's coordinator of officials, said in a statement Sunday: "The center judge's positioning, which was due to the experimental year of having an eighth official, combined with the late substitution and by rule the need to allow the defense to matchup, led to contact between himself and the player. The official believed the contact was incidental and insignificant and did not rise to the level of unsportsmanlike conduct and automatic disqualification."

  • Notre Dame's Brian Kelly is going to Florida...to get some sun

    Updated: Mon, Nov 24, 2014

    Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy isn't the only coach being mentioned for Florida's vacant head coaching position. Notre Dame's Brian Kelly has also been tossed around as a "candidate” for the job. Kelly, though, wasn't listed last week by sports gambling site Bovada as a favorite for the job. Bovada had Gundy as the betting favorite. Florida will likely be the top job available this winter as Florida fired Will Muschamp last week. Kelly was asked about Florida on Thursday and had some fun as he cut off the question. "I'm going to Florida -- in about two weeks to get some sun," Kelly said, according to South Bend’s WNDU.com. "I'm getting out of here with this weather -- are you kidding me? So you can write that down. I'm going to Florida. Write it down now, get it out there get it on the news waves."

  • Odell Beckham Jr. catch memes are everywhere

    Published: Mon, Nov 24, 2014

    From Extra Mustard/SI.com:  New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. might've had the NFL catch of the year Sunday night vs. the Dallas Cowboys. The Giants ended up losing, 31-28, and fell to 3-8. They're tied with the Washington Redskins for last-place in the NFC East. The good news? Of course, the Internet responded in kind with several excellent Beckham memes and photoshops.

  • Tiger Woods hires a new swing coach

    Published: Sat, Nov 22, 2014

    It didn’t take long for Tiger Woods to find his next coach. Happy to have Chris Como consuluting and working with me on my swing," Woods tweeted Saturday . "I'm excited to be back competing." The 36-year-old Como is based in Plano, Texas, and was named by Golf Digest as one its “best young teachers” in 2013.

  • Report: Weather could change OSU-Baylor kickoff time

    Published: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    According to a report from ESPN, Baylor, along with Oklahoma State and Big 12 officials will discuss Friday adjusting the starting time of the OSU at Baylor kickoff based upon Saturday night's forecast, sources said. Severe thunderstorms - which could cause lightning delays - are forecasted for Saturday night, along with a 100 percent chance of rain, according to Weather.com. Among the possibilities, the two schools and the league office will discuss Friday afternoon, would be moving the game to Sunday, sources said. Moving the game to Sunday would be a "last resort," a source said.

  • Adrian Peterson: 'I won't ever use a switch again'

    Published: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    Former Oklahoma running back Adrian Peterson tells USA Today he's changed his ways.  "I won't ever use a switch again," Peterson said. "There's different situations where a child needs to be disciplined as far as timeout, taking their toys away, making them take a nap. There's so many different ways to discipline your kids." The NFL suspended the Minnesota Vikings' star running back Tuesday for at least the rest of the 2014 season after his no-contest plea to a misdemeanor reckless assault charge.

  • Kobe Bryant on Durant vs. Howard: You'll say things you don't really mean

    erik horne | Published: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    A big deal has been made of Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard not being looked at in the nicest way by NBA stars such as Kevin Durant and Kobe Bryant. And by "not being looked at in the nicest way," I mean being called a " p---y " and " soft " by Durant and Bryant, respectively, in a three-week stretch. But Bryant says he and Durant don't really mean the things they say sometimes. Things happen in the heat of the moment. Following the Lakers' 98-92 win over the Rockets,  Bryant was asked about his whether or not he actually thinks Howard is what Durant said he is: | "No, I don't feel that way. I don't think Kevin does, either," Bryant said. "In moments of confrontation during a game, you'll say things in the heat of the moment. "I know Dwight. I'm sure Kevin does. We don't really feel that way about him. It's like when you get in an argument with somebody, you'll say things out of frustration, out of anger, that you don't really mean."

  • Oklahoma fan's chat with Russell Westbrook receives national attention

    Published: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    When Ada resident Justin Rodrigues engaged in a “friendly” conversation with injured Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook, he didn’t imagine it would get national attention. But that’s exactly what happened, according to The Ada News. The 24-year-old Rodrigues is a native of Hilmar, California and a life-long Los Angeles Lakers fan who has lived in Ada for the past five years. He spent a few months as a volunteer assistant coach for the Ada High boys basketball team during the 2012-13 season.

  • Marcus Smart closer to returning to action for Celtics

    Published: Wed, Nov 19, 2014

    Marcus Smart looked like he'd be out for a while after what looked like a serious ankle injury a few weeks ago, but the Boston Celtics guard could be back on the court as early as Sunday. The Boston Globe's Gary Washburn says Smart was on the court with teammates Wednesday, taking jumpers with his left ankle taped. Twelve days ago, the former Oklahoma State guard was projected to be out two to three weeks. "I think there's the potential he could be back as early as next week," Celtics coach Brad Stevens said.