• Former Thunder guard Jeremy Lamb looking to showcase skills, stick in Charlotte

    Published: Tue, Sep 29, 2015

    When the Thunder traded Jeremy Lamb to Charlotte in June, all Oklahoma City could get for the 12th overall pick in 2012 was a conditional 2016 second-round pick. That's how much Lamb's value had plummeted in only three years. It was a result of joining the wrong team at the wrong time, receiving a lack of consistent playing opportunities and struggling with inconsistency at both ends of the floor. But with the Hornets, Lamb is now entering his fourth season looking to showcase his skills. "It feels good to have a fresh start," Lamb said. "I put a lot of work in over those three years. It's in my hands. It's definitely important to prove to myself that I can play in this league." Lamb appeared in only 148 games during his three seasons with the Thunder, averaging seven points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 15.7 minutes per game. The Hornets, however, think Lamb's mix of size, perimeter shooting and passing could make him a versatile weapon off the bench this season. He will be competing for reserve minutes with fellow wing players Troy Daniels, P.J. Hairston and Jeremy Lin. "He's big, can really shoot and he can pass. I would say if he does those things he can be a big part (of this team) and have a good year," said Charlotte coach Steve Clifford. "He's been around great players. He wasn't involved in those big games, but he's seen it. He's put himself in a good place and I think he can really help us." Lamb said he learned a lot during his three years in OKC but admitted his lack of playing time was tough to swallow. "At times it was frustrating, but I learned a lot from those guys," Lamb said. "They were NBA All-Stars; they were leaders. I played with a lot of people who taught me a lot: Derek Fisher, Kendrick Perkins, Nick Collison, Anthony Morrow, of course KD, Russ and Reggie Jackson." The Hornets can offer Lamb a contract extension before the Nov. 2 deadline. If no deal is reached, Charlotte has the right to extend Lamb a qualifying offer in June and make him a restricted free agent next summer. "I'm not really worried about the contracts and stuff like that," Lamb said. "If I play my game that stuff will take care of itself. I just want the chance to compete for my position."

  • Former Thunder forward Perry Jones seeking fresh start with Boston Celtics

    Published: Sun, Sep 27, 2015

    After three largely uneventful seasons with the Thunder, Perry Jones is now looking for a fresh start with Boston. The 28th overall pick in 2012 was traded to the Celtics in July for a future second-round pick. "There's excitement, like last year when I had good games," Jones said. "I'm ready to get back to that type of basketball with my new teammates. It's going to be good, man. I'm excited about this year. I'm excited about my new teammates. I just want to match that intensity and effort on the court." Jones averaged 3.4 points in 143 games with the Thunder, never quite finding his way into the rotation. But with a crowded frontcourt in Boston, there’s no guarantee the 6-foot-11-inch forward will even make the Celtics roster. Jones' situation will be one of the more intriguing questions in Celtics training camp. "The toughest part for Perry right now is coming into a new situation with a whole new team and a whole new system and having to guard two positions," said Celtics coach Brad Stevens.

  • Wizards point guard John Wall planning to recruit Thunder star Kevin Durant to Washington

    Published: Sun, Sep 27, 2015

    Washington point guard John Wall continues to openly admit that he will recruit Thunder star Kevin Durant to play for the Wizards. In a sit-down interview with Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, Wall said he will "throw a pitch" at Durant when the time is right. "It's going to be an opportunity where you have an opportunity to try to throw a pitch at him and try to get him to come back home," Wall said. "But I know - one thing of just knowing him, he's going to be very focused on taking care of the Oklahoma City Thunder this season. I'm going to be focused on taking care of the Washington Wizards. But when the time is right and you can get away from all that, yeah, you probably do have some conversations and throw your pitch. But I know what he's focused on and I know what I'm focused on." This isn't the first time Wall has stated his intentions to lure Durant into signing with his hometown team. In February 2014, Wall told The Washington Post he had already begun planting seeds in Durant's ear . "I throw a little slick shots here and there," Wall was quoted as saying. "Try something." Durant will be an unrestricted free agent on July 1 but has repeatedly expressed his satisfaction with the Thunder, even saying he loves playing in Oklahoma City. But that hasn't stopped teams from positioning themselves for Durant's services. The Wizards essentially rolled out the red carpet for Durant during the Thunder's lone visit to Washington last season, hoping the allure of his hometown and teaming with Wall and Bradley Beal will be enough to entice him to leave the Thunder. Durant, however, said this past spring that he hasn't entertained thoughts of playing anywhere other than Oklahoma City. "I love it here, man. I love my teammates. I love the city. I don't really think about anywhere else," Durant told Revolt TV. "I hear it all the time, don't get me wrong, and once you hear it you're kind of like (looks up thinking). But for me, I love staying in the moment, and I'm one of those guys that would love to stick it out with one team my whole career. "Kobe (Bryant), Tim Duncan, Dirk Nowitzki type. That's awesome. But you never know what the future holds sometimes and how teams may feel about you after a while. But I love it here, and I would love to get my jersey retired here." The Thunder kicks off the 2015-16 season Monday with media day at 11:30 a.m. inside Chesapeake Energy Arena. Training camp opens Tuesday.

  • Former Tulsa Washington, K-State star Tyler Lockett scores on a 105-yard kickoff return

    Published: Sun, Sep 27, 2015

    Former Tulsa Washington and Kansas State star Tyler Lockett is having a major impact in his rookie season with the Seattle Seahawks. In Sunday's game against Chicago, Lockett returned a kickoff 105 yards for a touchdown. It was the longest kickoff return for a touchdown in Seahawks history. Lockett also returned a punt 57 yards for a touchdown in his NFL debut against St. Louis in Week 1.

  • Auburn fires baseball coach Sunny Golloway with cause

    Published: Sun, Sep 27, 2015

    AUBURN –Sunny Golloway is no longer the Auburn baseball coach and have announced his termination with cause Sunday afternoon. Auburn athletics director Jay Jacobs announced the move in a university release. "I regret to announce that earlier today I dismissed Auburn head baseball coach Sunny Golloway with cause,” Jacobs said. “My commitment will always be to provide the best student-athlete experience in the nation, and we will not accept anything less.” Golloway was 62-50 in two seasons at Auburn after leading Oklahoma to four Super Regional appearances and one trip to the College World Series in his nine years with the Sooners program. In his 19 seasons as a college baseball head coach, Golloway has produced 15 NCAA Regional appearances, 96 All-Conference selection players and 131 Major League Baseball draft picks.

  • WATCH: Baker Mayfield featured on ESPN's SportsCenter

    Published: Fri, Sep 25, 2015

    Baker Mayfield was featured on ESPN's SportsCenter this week, as reporter Jeannine Edwards followed the OU quarterback around campus to get his story on his rise from walk-on to starter and early Heisman candidate with the Sooners. "He walked on at two Big 12 schools and earned a scholarship at both of them," OU coach Bob Stoops said. "So it tells you the level of confidence and belief in himself."

  • PHOTO: Kevin Durant throws passes on sidelines of Redskins-Giants

    Erik Horne | Published: Thu, Sep 24, 2015

    Kevin Durant is a major Washington Redskins fan, so much that the Thunder star was spotted at a 'Skins road game on Thursday night. Durant was on the sidelines in pregame in his custom No. 35 Redskins jersey, tossing some passes at MetLife Stadium in New York City.

  • Report: DeMarco Murray questionable against Jets

    Published: Thu, Sep 24, 2015

    Philadelphia Eagles running back DeMarco Murray has a hamstring injury and his status for Sunday's game against the Jets in New York is considered questionable, according to an ESPN report. In the Eagles' firs two games, the former OU standout has been effective catching passes out of the backfield (nine catches, 64 yards, 1 TD), but has just 11 yards rushing on 21 carries. The Eagles have started 0-2 with losses to the Atlanta Falcons and Dallas Cowboys. Health was a key concern for Murray after a 1,845-yard, 392-carry season with the Dallas Cowboys in 2014. Murray's history on hamstring injuries dates back to his OU playing career from 2007-2010.

  • Baylor assistant coach caught on OU sideline receives reprimand, suspension

    Published: Wed, Sep 23, 2015

    The Big 12 Conference announced a public reprimand of Baylor assistant coach Jeff Lebby on Wednesday after Lebby committed a NCAA violation by being on the Tulsa sideline for last Saturday's game at Oklahoma. Baylor has imposed a half-game suspension on Lebby, which will be served on Nov. 14 when the Bears host the Sooners.

  • 'American Hero': Baseball Icon Yogi Berra Dies at 90

    Published: Wed, Sep 23, 2015

    New York Yankees icon and baseball Hall of Famer Yogi Berra has died, Major League Baseball and his charitable foundation announced early Wednesday. He was 90.   "It is with heavy hearts that we share the news that Yogi Berra passed away Tuesday night," the Yogi Berra Museum told NBC News.   The New York Yankees and MLB both described him an an "American hero."

  • Two TCU football players arrested on felony charges

    Published: Tue, Sep 22, 2015

    TCU defensive end Mike Tuaua and backup wide receiver Andre Petties-Wilson were arrested Monday on a felony complaint of robbery and bodily injury, Fort Worth, Texas, police said. The players are accused of kicking and punching another TCU student and stealing a case of Keystone Light beer in a Sept. 4 incident. Tuaua has been suspended by the program. It's another blow to a TCU team that enters this weekend 3-0 and ranked third in the AP poll, but faces a tough game at 3-0 Texas Tech to start Big 12 play. Tuaua hasn't played the last two games for TCU, but the Horned Frogs enter Saturday's game with five defensive starters out due to injury.

  • VIDEO: Kliff Kingsbury pulls no punches when talking about Arkansas coach Brett Bielema

    Updated: Sat, Sep 19, 2015

    Following Texas Tech's 35-24 win over Arkansas on Saturday, Red Raiders head coach Kliff Kingsbury wasn't shy about how he feels about Arkansas coach Brett Bielema.

  • Wesleyan Christian School high school football player dies after injury

    By PAIGHTEN HARKINS, Tulsa World | Published: Sat, Sep 19, 2015

    A football player from a Bartlesville private school is dead a little over a week after he made a routine tackle and was transported from the field in an ambulance. Ben Hamm, a junior linebacker for Wesleyan Christian School, died at about 8 a.m. Saturday, school Superintendent Rocky Clark said. There was nothing special about the play that sent Hamm to the sidelines during a home game Sept. 11 against Woodland High School, Clark said. It was the fourth quarter, and Hamm went for the tackle on a kickoff return.

  • Baylor TE Tre'Von Armstead dismissed from team

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Sep 18, 2015

    Baylor junior tight end Tre'Von Armstead has been dismissed from the team for a violation of team rules, as announced Friday by the university. The 6-foot-6, 270-pound Armstead didn't have a catch through two games for Baylor. Armstead had five catches for 62 yards and a touchdown as a sophomore in 2014. Baylor plays Rice on Saturday in Waco.

  • Jimmy Carter, wife have sweet 'kiss cam' moment

    Published: Fri, Sep 18, 2015

    The Atlanta Braves have been awful lately, but the fans found something to cheer about Thursday. Former President Jimmy Carter attended the game with his wife Rosalynn, Yahoo Sports reports. At some point during the contest, the two were featured on the Kiss Cam. The former Commander-in-chief and first lady did not disappoint. 

  • NHL player in trouble for killing grizzly bear

    Published: Fri, Sep 18, 2015

    Cheeky the Bear didn’t have the same fame in British Columbia as Cecil The Lion did in Zimbabwe, but his demise also made headlines when he was shot and killed in a trophy hunt in 2013, Yahoo Sports reports. His hunter wasn’t a Minnesota dentist; it was a Minnesota defenseman – Clayton Stoner, now with the Anaheim Ducks, who was photographed holding the severed head of “Cheeky.” 

  • John Jay football players say coach told them to hit referee

    Published: Fri, Sep 18, 2015

    Two John Jay High School football players who targeted a referee during a game against Marble Falls on Sept. 4 say their coach told them to knock him down. The two players, Michael Moreno and Victor Rojas, calimed that before they were put into the game, they were instructed by a coach to hit the referee because he needed to "pay the price" for calls against John Jay and alleged racial slurs directed toward the team. Moreno and Rojas hit referee Robert Watts in the closing minutes of John Jay's 15-9 loss to Marble Falls (Texas). The two were suspended indefinitely from school and the team.

  • Eric Striker started conversation about race in college football

    Updated: Thu, Sep 17, 2015

    Eric Striker was just an All-Big 12 linebacker before his now-infamous Snapchat video. He then became the conversation starter for race relations for college athletes on campuses nationwide. The OU senior's explosive 19-second reaction  to a racist frat video started a discussion about race, college football and campus life that players are carrying on six months later. ESPN interviewed more than 40 players from 15 programs across the country, including Striker, and surveyed another 99 anonymously about their reaction to Striker's video and "their own encounters with racism and profiling." "Like Striker said, everybody loves you on game day," Florida defensive end Jonathan Bullard told ESPN. "Everybody loves you after you win and you go out to Midtown, but behind closed doors, who are you? What are you?"

  • Former OSU guard John Lucas working out with Miami Heat

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Sep 17, 2015

    Former Oklahoma State guard John Lucas III is getting a look from an Eastern Conference contender. Per ESPN.com's Marc Stein, Lucas is working out with the Miami Heat in preparation for training camp, which starts Sept. 29. Lucas, 32, played 21 games last season with the Detroit Pistons, averaging 4.7 points and 2.9 assists per contest. If he was to make the Heat roster, Lucas would be competing with Mario Chalmers and Shabazz Napier for backup point guard duties behind starter Goran Dragic.

  • All-Pro DB, former Bixby star Chris Harris Jr. says he's still proving himself | The Players' Tribune

    Published: Thu, Sep 17, 2015

    Chris Harris was undrafted out of the University of Kansas in 2011. Now, he's one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL. But Harris, who was a high school standout at Bixby in the mid-2000s, says he's still fighting to prove himself. On theplayerstribune.com , the All-Pro wrote about having a chip on his shoulder and battling the reputation of being an undrafted player. "I know I’m not the most famous player. I know I’m always going to rank higher on certain lists than others," Harris said. "But I know who I am. I know what I’m capable of. And I know there is only one way to make sure that people never forget my name."