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  • OU football: New Washington Redskins punter Tress Way had same mascot at Tulsa Union

    Published: Mon, Sep 1, 2014

    ASHBURN, Va. - New Washington Redskins punter Tress Way has been aspiring to his current position since his high school days at Tulsa Union. But the former OU punter never thought he'd end up a Redskin again. Union's mascot is also the Redskins and while at the Tulsa prep power, Way and his teammates would chant "All my life I want to be a Redskin." Way got his wish inadvertently, as he was cut by the Chicago Bears and picked up by Washington this week. The Washington Redskins open the NFL season against the Houston Texans on Sunday at noon. Tulsa Union also opens its season in Texas against national power Southlake Carroll on Friday (8 p.m.) at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

  • Former RedHawks interim manager Tom Lawless to manage Houston Astros after Bo Porter fired

    staff reports | Published: Mon, Sep 1, 2014

    Houston Astros manager Bo Porter was fired by the organization on Monday , opening the door for former Oklahoma City RedHawks interim manager Tom Lawless, who was named as his replacement on an interim basis. Lawless, who is a roving infield instructor for the Houston Astros,  filled in as manager of the RedHawks when manager Tony DeFrancesco was undergoing cancer treatments this summer. In 2013, Lawless spent homestands in Oklahoma City with the RedHawks and road trips working with infielders at Houston's other minor league affiliates. As recently as this weekend, there was reported tension between Porter and Houston general manager Jeff Luhnow . Porter went 110-190 (.367) in two seasons as Astros manager. Houston is currently 59-79, fourth in the American League West.

  • Tulsa WR Keevan Lucas named Amercian Football Conference Offensive Player of the Week

    Published: Mon, Sep 1, 2014

    Tulsa receiver Keevan Lucas was named the American Football Conference Offensive Player of the Week on Monday. Lucas had 13 receptions for 233 yards and three touchdowns in the Golden Hurricane's 38-31 double overtime win over Tulane on Aug. 28. Lucas had touchdown catches of 43, 84 and 3 yards. Lucas' effort ranks him first in the nation in yards and touchdowns after Week 1.

  • Report: Kevin Durant staying with Nike; company matches Under Armour offer

    Published: Sun, Aug 31, 2014

    With Kevin Durant on the verge of a move to Under Armour, sources told ESPN on Sunday that Nike has exercised its right to match any rival shoe company's offer to the Oklahoma City Thunder star. Nike has countered Under Armour's offer of between $265 million and $285 million and believes it will keep Durant for the next 10 years, according to ESPN sources. Durant has been with Nike since the beginning of his professional career in 2007. The exact offer by Nike is unknown, but reports are that Durant will make more -- in base salary and royalties -- than the Thunder will pay him over the next two seasons ($41.2 million).

  • Florida State's Chris Casher won't play against Oklahoma State

    Published: Sat, Aug 30, 2014

    Florida State's defense will be short-handed tonight's game against Oklahoma State in Arlington.  Starting strongside linebacker Chris Casher, who played in 13 games last season as a redshirt freshman for the Seminoles, will not dress for tonight's Cowboys Classic, a source confirmed to Florida State's site. Casher did not participate in the Seminoles' final practice in Tallahassee on Thursday. When asked about Casher's absence, head coach Jimbo Fisher said the sophomore was in class. His absence tonight is also academic-related, according to the source, but it could be resolved as early as this week or next.

  • Michael Sam, NFL's first openly gay player, cut by St. Louis Rams

    Published: Sat, Aug 30, 2014

    The St. Louis Rams have pushed the pause button on the football career of rookie linebacker Michael Sam. Sam, the NFL's first openly gay player, was released Saturday in the final round of cuts, missing out on a spot on the 53-man roster. There’s still a possibility Sam could wind up with the Rams. In order to place him on their practice squad, they would need to place him on the waiver wire for a day, thus making him available to the league’s other 31 teams. Sam, a standout defensive end at the University of Missouri, was drafted in the seventh round by the Rams in the 2014 NFL Draft.

  • Lee Corso drinks Stone Cold Steve Austin's beer, shoots guns on College GameDay

    Published: Sat, Aug 30, 2014

    If you bring Stone Cold Steve Austin on your show, you have to drink at least one beer. Well, College GameDay's Lee Corso does. He's the Charles Barkley of the Saturday show -- anything goes -- and he shared a beer with the WWE star on the set of GameDay Saturday morning in Texas, where ESPN is there covering Oklahoma State-Florida State. Corso picked Florida State to beat the Cowboys, but defied his usual rule of using a prop from the team he picks to win (like say, a spear for the Seminoles), because ... well he's Lee Corso and no one is going tell him what to do. Corso picks the Noles and still goes "pistols firing."

  • OSU football: 'Trail of Tears' College GameDay sign condemned by university

    erik horne | Published: Sat, Aug 30, 2014

    ESPN's College GameDay has become a must-watch show every Saturday morning, so much that fans have taken to making creative signs based on the feature game each week. One sign went too far Saturday in Arlington, Texas, the site of OSU-Florida State -- Cowboys vs. Seminoles. The sign which read " Send'em home" #trail_of_tears #gopokes " was originally favorited by the Oklahoma State Twitter account, but the university issued a brief statement against the sign and its offensive message via Twitter on Saturday. In tweets to followers on Saturday, @okstate explained that it " missed the hashtag at first glance and unfavorited ."

  • Texas A&M win means $1M in furniture for fans

    Published: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    Texas A&M's big win over South Carolina on Thursday paid off to the tune of more than $1 million for some Aggies fans. Some 600 people will receive furniture for free due to a College Station promotion that promised the giveaway if Texas A&M beat South Carolina by at least 10 points. The Ashley Furniture branch in College Station offered all furniture purchased from Aug. 16-27 for free if the Aggies beat the Gamecocks by at least 10 points.

  • VIDEO: Mitch McGary discusses his marijuana suspension with Vice Sports

    Matt Carney | Published: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    Back in June, Thunder beat reporter Darnell Mayberry said in his profile of Mitch McGary that the newly drafted big man didn’t fit the prototype of the usual Sam Presti draft pick, in part because McGary was suspended by the NCAA for a year after testing positive for marijuana. Well Vice Sports today published a […]

  • Kevin Durant shows you what's inside his fridge

    Published: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    As a part of Sports Illustrated's Fridge Raider series, Thunder forward Kevin Durant opened up his refrigerator to show off what he keeps on chill. Most of what Durant consumes is fish and veggies for protein (as well as STRONG & KIND bars), and natural foods like oatmeal, fruit and a lot of water. But the Thunder star does have a sweet tooth, particularly for Twizzlers, honey buns and Oreos.

  • Five OU players on Mel Kiper's Top 10 NFL prospects by position rankings

    Published: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    Leading up to the 2015 NFL Draft, ESPN's Mel Kiper ranks the top 10 players at every position. His latest rankings were released on Thursday (via ESPN Insider), and Oklahoma has numerous players on the list. Daryl Williams (No. 6 OT), Eric Striker (No. 4 LB), and Charles Tapper (No. 8 DE), and Michael Hunnicutt (No. 5 K) are all in Kiper's top 10 at their respective positions. Dorial Green-Beckham may not see the field for the Sooners this year, but DGB is ranked No. 6 on Kiper's list of wide receivers. As expected, Florida State has a ton of top prospects on the list as well. Oklahoma State will have to face 11 Seminoles in Kiper's rankings, including three players (QB Jameis Winston, K Roberto Aguayo, OG Josue Matias) who are ranked No. 1 at their position.

  • Tony Stewart returning to racing Sunday at Atlanta

    Published: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    Tony Stewart is returning to racing this week at Atlanta Motor Speedway, his first race since he struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr. in a sprint car race Aug. 9 at Canandaigua, N.Y. Stewart has sat out of the last three races of the NASCAR Sprint Cup series. He is currently 26th in the Sprint Cup points standings.

  • UConn to play at Tulsa in men's basketball Jan. 13

    Published: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    Defending national champion Connecticut is coming to play Tulsa Jan. 13 as part of the American Athletic Conference schedule released Thursday. The last time the NCAA Tournament winner played at Tulsa was Dec. 4, 1980 when the Golden Hurricane defeated Louisville 68-60.

  • Adrian Peterson talked to Jerry Jones about playing for Dallas Cowboys

    erik horne | Published: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    Back in December of 2013, Adrian Peterson hinted that it might be cool to play in Texas someday . Well, the Peterson-comes-home narrative has been re-ignited. In a video from released on Thursday, ESPN writer Don Van Natta Jr. discusses a June phone call Cowboys owner Jerry Jones received from Peterson when the Minnesota Vikings running back -- a native of Palestine, Texas -- indicated that he'd like to play for the Cowboys. Van Natta Jr. recalls being in Jones' suit at AT&T Cowboys Stadium in June for George Strait concert, when Jones got the call from AD. "Somebody handed Jerry Jones and iphone and said 'Adrian Peterson's on the phone," Van Natta Jr. says in the video. "Jones says 'I hear ya Adrian, I'm a fan of yours too. We'll see if we can make that happen. We're talking Pig Latin here, but we'll see if we can make that happen.'" Van Natta Jr. says he asked Jones later about the conversation and Jones confirmed to him that Peterson did ask about playing for the Cowboys. "It was really surreal," Van Natta Jr. said of the Jones-Peterson conversation. "He (Jones) didn't say anything about it right away. It was only afterward when I asked him, he was very open and blunt about it. He said 'Adrian Peterson said he would love to play for the Cowboys someday,' and he said 'I liked hearing that.'" Problem is, Peterson is under contract with the Vikings through 2017, which brings up the issue of tampering. Van Natta Jr. said Jerry Jones insists he wasn't guilty of tampering because he didn't follow up with Peterson. But Van Natta Jr. also cited an NFL provision that says if a player contacts a general manager or owner of another team, that GM or owner is obligated to inform the player's team of the communication. Jerry Jones didn't tell the Minnesota Vikings about this communication, and Van Natta is awaiting word from Peterson and the Vikings. The Cowboys currently have one former OU running back on the roster in DeMarco Murray, who had a breakout year in 2013 with 1,121 yards and nine touchdowns.

  • Second Dallas Cowboys player receives 4-game suspension for substance abuse violation

    Published: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    Safety Jakar Hamilton is the second member of the Dallas Cowboys secondary who will miss the first four games of the season due to a suspension. The second-year player from South Carolina State is being suspended for a violation of the league's substance abuse policy. He will join cornerback Orlando Scandrick on the sideline. Neither Hamilton or Scandrick will be able to practice with the team in the first four weeks of the regular season. Scandrick is believed to have tested positive for MDMA , also knowns as Esctasy or "Molly."

  • Report: Peyton Manning to be fined $8,200 for taunt following hit on Wes Welker

    Published: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    Last week, Denver Broncos receiver Wes Welker suffered his third concussion in a 10-month span in a preseason game against the Houston Texans. D.J. Swearinger put the hit on Welker, prompting Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning to get in Swearinger's face with some choice words. Manning was docked with a 15-yard taunting penalty. Well, Manning is reportedly getting a $8,200 fine from the NFL for those words, a fine he'll happily accept. Manning  has said he couldn't repeat what he said to Swearinger during their confrontation. Swearinger told reporters Manning said “F me.” "I'm obviously concerned about Wes and never like seeing him come out of the game with a potential blow to the head," Manning told The Denver Post. "He had one of those last year that kept him out a while. Fifteen yards with five seconds left in the half — it can't hurt you that much, right?"

  • Tulsa native travels to all 30 MLB ballparks in search of best hot dog

    Published: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    Tom Lohr, a retired Navy veteran from Tulsa, had a better summer than you. Yes, he may have slept in his Toyota RAV4 for the better part of four months and he may have put nearly 19,000 miles on said RAV4. But he also hit up 30 Major League Baseball ballparks and 35 Minor League Baseball ballparks in search of...(drumroll)...the perfect hot dog. Moore devised a rating system for every hot dog that took into account six factors: bun, taste, toppings, portability, price and the "it" factor. If you want to try the best dog in baseball (according to Moore) and save yourself a bunch of money and miles on your car, head to Baltimore's Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The hot dog there had a perfect score.

  • Oklahoman writers on Sporting News' college football 'must-follow' Twitter list

    Published: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    Sporting News released its top 150 Twitter accounts to follow for college football news and information, and two Oklahoman writers are on it. OU writer Jason Kersey ( @jasonkersey ) and OSU writer Kyle Fredrickson (@kylefredrickson) each are listed under Sporting News' must-follows for Beat Reporters. And more Oklahoman alumni are on the list, as well. The list isn't the end-all-be-all of college football follows, but it's a good one. Here's a list of all must-follows on The Oklahoman staff for college football. We'll have live coverage throughout the college football season, with tweets and updates from all of our staff writers and editors on game day. Columnists and editors Jenni Carlson ( @jennicarlson_ok ) Erik Horne ( @erikhorneok ) Ryan Sharp ( @ryan_m_sharp ) Mike Sherman ( @mikesherman ) Berry Tramel ( @berrytramel ) OU Jason Kersey ( @jasonkersey )Ryan Aber ( @ryaber ) OSU Kyle Fredrickson ( @kylefredrickson ) John Helsley ( @jjhelsley )

  • WATCH: Johnny Manziel not himself in new Snickers commercial

    Published: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    Johnny Manziel has been the talk of the NFL preseason. His new commercial for Snickers will keep the discussion going. Manziel isn't himself when he stars as "Johnny JamBoogie" in an aerobics class. Once he has a Snickers, however, he snaps out of it and realizes he's "Johnny Football."