• Report: Semaj Christon signs with Italy's Victoria Libertas Pesaro

    Published: Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    Oklahoma City Blue guard Semaj Christon is headed overseas. Christon, 22, has signed a deal with Victoria Libertas Pesaro of Italy . Christon, who was drafted by the Thunder in the second round of the 2014 NBA Draft, led the Blue with 18.6 points (17th in NBA D-League) and 5.7 assists (eighth) per game last season. In NBA Summer League play, Christon led the Thunder with 15.6 points and 6.8 assists per game. Christon hit the game-winning basket for the Thunder in a 76-74 win over Charlotte in the Orlando Pro Summer League. Last week, the Thunder signed 2014 first-round pick Josh Huestis to a four-year deal . More from NewsOK : Semaj Christon turning heads in the Orlando Pro Summer League, looking to take the next step in his career

  • Report: Adidas offers James Harden $200 million contract

    Published: Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    First it was Kevin Durant getting the big push from Under Armour. Now it's James Harden's turn. Harden has reportedly received a bid from Adidas worth $200 million over 13 years. Nike, whose deal with Harden has expired, has until the end of next week to match the deal. The former Thunder guard finished second in the NBA Most Valuable Player voting and earned first-team All-NBA honors. Nike was under similar circumstances with Durant in 2014 when Under Armour made a hard push to sign Durant after his Nike contract expired. Nike eventually re-signed Durant through 2024 for between $265-285 million.

  • OU's Zack Sanchez No. 95 on ESPN's #CFBrank

    Published: Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    OU defensive back Zack Sanchez is among the 100 best players in college football, according to ESPN. Forty-three of ESPN's college football writers and editors ranked the best players in the game based on their performance in 2014, and Sanchez ranked No. 95. From ESPN: "Oklahoma's boom-or-bust cornerback will occasionally give up the big play; but he'll come back and force the big play, too. Sanchez was second in the Big 12 in interceptions last year, including a pivotal pick-six in the narrow win over Texas. As the Sooners attempt to repair a pass defense that ranked next-to-last in the Big 12 last season, Sanchez gives them at least one reliable pass defender they can count on." Twenty players a day will be released this week. Here's Nos. 91-100 and 81-90 .

  • Kevin Durant among Tiger Beat magazine investors

    Published: Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    Kevin Durant's ever expanding financial portfolio has now added a magazine. According to the New York Times, Durant is one of 17 investors who raised $2 million to buy Tiger Beat - a popular magazine which chronicles the lives of young pop culture stars and actors through photographs. Tiger Beat is reportedly looking to revamp its website in addition to plans for a music tour and radio channel. Included in the list of investors with Durant are television host/comedian Nick Cannon, New York Giants executive vice president/film producer Steve Tisch, and The Daily Mail. Durant's investments and endorsements are clearly paying off. The 26-year-old was one of the highest paid athletes in the world last year , raking in $54.1 million in endorsements and salary. More from NewsOK: Big time free agents aren't afraid to go small-market thanks to KD and Russ

  • 'Voice of the Cowboys' Larry Reece says he's cancer free

    Published: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    Good news from Cowboys Country, as OSU announcer Larry Reece announced via Twitter that he's cancer free. Reece confirmed earlier this year  doctors found a cancerous tumor in his throat. The diagnosis required seven weeks of radiation on the tumor and lymph nodes in his neck and weekly chemotheraphy. Following his announcement in January, the Oklahoma State community rallied behind the longtime "Voice of the Cowboys," and Reece thanked his supporters on social media Friday. "Prayer POSSE you did it.. Pet scan showed no cancer!!," Reece said via Twitter . "I'm cleared for some @CowboyFB."

  • Why Oklahoma State is a sleeper in Big 12 basketball

    Published: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    Oklahoma State isn't getting a big push as a contender for the Big 12 men's basketball title this season. But why not? CBSSports.com's Jon Rothstein lists the Cowboys as his sleeper team in the conference this season, pumping up Travis Ford in an underdog role and the Cowboys' cast of role players. From Rothstein: "Travis Ford has quietly gotten to Cowboys to five  NCAA Tournament s in his seven years in Stillwater and just like last season, his team is starting the season in the shadows. That's just fine with Oklahoma State. Two years ago this program was deemed a Final Four contender early in the preseason and history has proven that Ford does his best work when he has to coach with an edge. "Like last year, Oklahoma State won't start the season on everyone's Big 12 radar, but don't be shocked if it ends up there."

  • Cole Hamels to make Rangers debut Saturday

    Published: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    The Rangers have gotten another ace, completing their trade to acquire pitcher Cole Hamels from the Phillies. Hamels will make his Texas debut at home Saturday. Texas acquired Hamels in an eight-player deal announced officially on Friday. The Rangers sent six players to Philadelphia, including lefty  Matt Harrison  and three prospects. Texas also received left-handed reliever  Jake Diekman  and cash. 

  • Nancy Lieberman calls becoming Kings assistant a 'Crazy, wonderful day'

    Published: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    Basketball Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman is going the second full-time female assistant in NBA history, and she called Thursday's hype around her hiring a "crazy, wonderful day." Lieberman sent those words in late-night text to USA Today Sports, describing the news around her impending hire by the Sacramento Kings . Though the hire hasn't been made official by Sacramento, Lieberman, who has been an analyst for Fox Sports Oklahoma's Thunder Live pregame and postgame shows since 2012, said she was honored to be a Sacramento King .

  • Report: Russell Wilson, Seahawks agree to 4-year, $87.6 million extension

    Published: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson just got paid. Wilson and the Seahawks were going back and forth on an extension this offseason, and have reportedly agreed to a four-year deal that will pay Wilson $87.6 million, including $60 million guaranteed (according to  Sports Illustrated's Peter King ). Wilson's deal will average out to $21.9 million a year. Only Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers has a higher average salary among NFL quarterbacks.

  • Dez Bryant says $70 million deal 'no pressure'

    Published: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant says the $70 million contract he recently signed doesn't add pressure and that he's glad to be back with the team after skipping much of the offseason program. The former Oklahoma State receiver is now among the highest-paid receivers in football, with a contract that guarantees him $45 million. "It's no pressure, man," Bryant said after Day 1 of minicamp on Thursday. "It's no pressure. That deal don't make me. It don't make me. I play this game because I love this game. I don't give a damn about none of that. It's not going to change the way I play. It's not going to change the way I act. I'm here. Like, thank you, I can go buy me a home and now I'm able to take care of my family. Yeah, I love that, but as far as me performing on the field, like, I take full pride in that.""

  • Report: Thunder signs Josh Huestis to 4-year deal

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Josh Huestis will be a member of the Thunder this upcoming season. The second-year wing has reportedly signed a four-year rookie scale deal with the Thunder, according to Shams Charania of RealGM.com . Huestis, the No. 29 overall pick in the first round of the 2014 NBA Draft, played his rookie year in the D-League with the Oklahoma City Blue after agreeing with the Thunder to forego signing his NBA rookie contract. This summer, Huestis told The Oklahoman's Darnell Mayberry  he had no regrets about making that decision. Huestis' first-year salary would have been $1 million had he signed. Instead, it was closer to $25,000. “I think it was a great decision,” Huestis said earlier this month. “I think it was the best decision that I could make in terms of my own career. I think having an opportunity to play in the D-League for a year has really taught me a lot and has prepared me to move forward in my career. And I think if I had to make the decision again I would make the exact same one.”

  • Thunder TV analyst Nancy Lieberman expected to become Kings assistant coach

    Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    The Kings are expected to hire Nancy Lieberman, the 1996 Hall of Fame inductee and assistant general manager of the Dallas Mavericks’ D-League team, as an assistant coach, according to a report Thursday from the Sacramento Bee . According to The Bee, Lieberman said she will accept the offer.. Lieberman  joined Fox Sports Oklahoma in 2012 as an analyst on Thunder Live pregame and postgame shows. Kings vice president Vlade Divac said Thursday "definitely I'm going to offer her the job." Lieberman helped the Kings at the Summer League in Las Vegas. Lieberman's hire would make her the second full-time female assistant coach in NBA history, joining San Antonio Spurs assistant Becky Hammon, who was hired a year ago.

  • Dodgers send Olivera to Braves in three-way trade

    Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    The Los Angeles Dodgers acquired pitcher Alex Wood from the Atlanta Braves in addition to the Miami Marlins' Mat Latos and Michael Morse in a three-way trade that took 24 hours to get squared away. In the deal, the Dodgers are sending away Cuban infielder Hector Olivera - a Cuban infielder who was just signed two months ago to a six-year, $62.5 million deal. Olivera played just 19 games in the Dodgers minor league system - seven of which came with the Triple-A Oklahoma City Dodgers - before being placed on the disabled list in June . Olivera batted .387 in Oklahoma City. The Dodgers will also reportedly send injured reliever Paco Rodriguez, minor league pitcher Zachary Bird and a compensation draft pick to the Marlins in the deal. In addition to Wood, Latos and Morse, the Dodgers will also get pitchers Bronson Arroyo, Jim Johnson and Luis Avilan, and infielder Jose Peraza from the Braves.

  • Cowboys Camp: McFadden hamstring injury opens door for Joseph Randle

    Published: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    The Dallas Cowboys opened training camp Thursday in Oxnard, Calif., by announcing that linebacker Rolando McClain and running back Darren McFadden have been placed on the physically unable to perform list. McFadden, who is expected to compete with former Oklahoma State running back Joseph Randle for the starting job, has a hamstring injury that also limited him during the spring. "Just because a guy starts on PUP doesn't mean he'll be there long," Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said Thursday. "A lot of times they start there to get a good feel for them and then move right off." Problem is, McFadden has a history of injuries that have limited the former Arkansas standout throughtout his seven-year pro career. The door is open for Randle to take over as the clear No. 1 back following the departure of DeMarco Murray to Philadelphia this offseason in free agency. Randle is the Cowboys' leading returning rusher (51 carries, 343 yards, three touchdowns), and team owner Jerry Jones said himself  Wednesday that Randle has the potential to be the No. 1 back.

  • Report: Tigers trade David Price to Blue Jays

    Published: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    The Detroit Tigers have traded left-hander David Price to the Toronto Blue Jays for left-handers Daniel Norris, Matt Boyd and Jairo Labourt, according to multiple reports. The Blue Jays' acquisition of Price is their second major move in the trade market this week. Toronto traded for Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki on Tuesday. Price, the 2010 Warren Spahn Award winner as the best left-handed pitcher in baseball, is 9-4 this season with a 2.53 earned run average for the Tigers, who entered Thursday fourth in the AL Central division with a 49-52 record.

  • Tennessee high school football player dies after morning practice

    Published: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Haywood High football player Tekarian Maclin died Wednesday afternoon in Memphis after morning practice, USA TODAY reports. Maclin was a 16-year-old student at Haywood who was about to begin his junior year of high school.

  • Four Ohio State players suspended for season opener against Virginia Tech

    Published: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Defending national champion Ohio State will be without four players for its season opener vs. Virginia Tech. Ohio State announced the defensive end Joey Bosa, H-Backs Dontre Wilson and Jalin Marshall, and wide receiver Corey Smith have all been suspended one game for violating the Department of Athletics policy. Virginia Tech was the lone blemish on the Buckeyes' schedule in 2014, a 35-21 loss in their second game of the season. At the time, the defeat seemingly derailed the Buckeyes' season, but Ohio State went on to win 13 consecutive games en route to the national title in the first year of the College Football Playoff.

  • Frank Shannon's suspension was 'a tough time for him' says OU coach

    Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Once OU's leading tackler, Frank Shannon is back from his one-year suspension. When the Sooners have their first football practice next Thursday, Shannon - the linebacker who was forced to sit by the school following violations of OU's sexual misconduct policy - will be on the field. Guerin Emig of the Tulsa World spoke to OU linebackers coach Tim Kish about the return of Shannon. “That was a tough time for him," Kish said. "He served his sentence and ultimately ended up having the opportunity to make a decision to come back, and I couldn’t be more happy that he decided to finish out here.”

  • Thabo Sefolosha: Too early to say when I’ll be back

    Published: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Former Thunder guard Thabo Sefolosha is slowly on the mend after suffering a broken right fibula during an altercation with the police earlier this year. The Atlanta Hawks guard spoke with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, saying "I am doing better every day. The leg and ankle are feeling good but it is too early to say exactly when I'll be back on the court." Sefolosha was injured while being arrested outside a New York nightclub in April. Sefolosha was charged with three misdemeanors in the incident but has denied the charges and has claimed his injuries were caused by the police . Without Sefolosha, the Hawks - the No. 1 seed in Eastern Conference - progressed to the Eastern Conference Finals before losing 4-0 to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

  • NBA commissioner Adam Silver says 'stay tuned' for regular-season game in Africa

    Published: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    NBA commissioner Adam Silver says "stay tuned" for a regular-season game in Africa as the league prepares to play its first exhibition on the continent. Team World will take on Team Africa in an exhibition Saturday in Johannesburg, South Africa, with Thunder forward Serge Ibaka (who will not play in the game) as one of the main ambassadors. Silver didn't put a time frame on when the NBA will bring a regular-season game to Africa, but says his aim is to put the league on a "fast track" to grow in the continent.




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