• Former OU kicker Garrett Hartley signed by Steelers

    Published: Tue, Aug 11, 2015

    The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed former OU kicker Garrett Hartley, a career 81.7 percent kicker, to replace injured Shaun Suisham, agent Erik Burkhardt confirmed Tuesday to ESPN. Suisham tore his ACL covering a kickoff in Sunday's Hall of Fame Game preseason opener against the Minnesota Vikings. Last season, in limited action for the Cleveland Browns, Hartley went 3-for-3 on field goals.

  • Geno Smith to miss 6 to 10 weeks after 'sucker-punch' by teammate

    Published: Tue, Aug 11, 2015

    The New York Jets lost quarterback Geno Smith for six to 10 weeks with a broken jaw after he was “sucker-punched” by teammate IK Enemkpali on Tuesday morning in the locker room. Enemkpali, a linebacker drafted in the sixth round by the Jets in 2014, was released today following the incident with Smith, the former West Virginia standout drafted in the second round in 2013. First-year Jets coach Todd Bowles said the argument was "childish" and not football related. The other quarterbacks on the Jets roster are Ryan Fitzpatrick, former Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty and Jake Heaps. "It was something very childish that sixth-grades could have talked about," Bowles said.

  • OU commit Austin Kendall, Locust Grove's Mason Fine among MaxPreps' 5 quarterbacks to watch in 2015

    Updated: Tue, Aug 11, 2015

    MaxPreps has spotlighted the top returning high school quarterbacks in the nation statistically, and there’s an OU commit and an Oklahoma prep standout on the list. Locust Grove's Mason Fine and Cuthbertson (Waxhaw, N.C.) Austin Kendall are Nos 3 and 5 respectively on the list. Fine threw for 71 touchdowns and more than 5,000 yards in leading Locust Grove to the Class 3A state semifinals, while Kendall - an OU commit in the Class of 2016 - was 13th nationally in passing yards (4,461) as a junior. Check out the video above on the two standouts.

  • Report: Kevin Durant to practice with Team USA this week

    Published: Mon, Aug 10, 2015

    It looks like Kevin Durant will be back on the court with Team USA this week. USA Today's Sam Amick reports that Durant's agent, Rich Kleiman of Roc Nation Sports, and his manager, Charlie Bell, said Durant plans to practice Tuesday and Wednesday at USA minicamp in Las Vegas. Durant is not expected to participate in the Blue vs. White scrimmage on Thursday, however, says Amick. Last week, Durant, along with teammate Russell Westbrook, was listed on the initial 34-man roster for the USA Men's Basketball minicamp. Initial reports said  Durant would attend the camp but not participate in on-court activities, since he was still recovering from foot surgery he underwent in March .

  • Former OU receiver Ryan Broyles sticking to $60k budget, investing to set up financial future

    Published: Mon, Aug 10, 2015

    Ryan Broyles wanted to make sure his NFL career, however long it lasts, really does set him up for life. ESPN.com's Michael Rothstein wrote about how the former OU receiver has immersed himself in investment and financial planning since joining the NFL. Broyles was drafted in 2012, but since that time he's lived off a budget of about $60,000 a year with his wife, Mary Beth. "When I was hitting the same budget over three, four, five months, it was all right, this is what your budget is and I had some spending money," Broyles said. "That's what I tell people when they want to start to invest, I tell them to live your life and see where you stand and then pull back. Don't pull back without even knowing." Broyles was signed for four years, $3.6 million by the Detroit Lions with $1.422 million guaranteed. He's set to make about $1.1 million this year including base salary and bonuses.

  • OSU football: Kevin Peterson has arthroscopic knee surgery, expected to miss two weeks

    Published: Mon, Aug 10, 2015

    Oklahoma State defensive back Kevin Peterson is expected to miss at least two weeks after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery, according to Cowboys coach Mike Gundy. Peterson, a preseason All-Big 12 selection and the most experienced player in the OSU secondary, is expected to be in the starting lineup for the Cowboys’ Sept. 3 opener at Central Michigan. “Kevin Peterson got a small knee (injury),” Gundy said following the Cowboys' morning practice. “They took him in and did a scope on him. (Team doctors) weren’t sure if they needed to or not, but they decided to go ahead and do it. He’ll be out for a couple of weeks. We’ll bring him back at kind of a slow pace."

  • NBA player scores 91 in charity game

    Published: Mon, Aug 10, 2015

    Exhibition games, pick-up games and charity events often aren’t the best place for big men to show their skills. It’s a setting best suited for guards that get to dominate the ball, chuck three-pointers, and attempt to cross defenders over. There’s not a lot of mindful entry passing, let’s just say, Yahoo Sports reports. Unless DeMarcus Cousins is involved, apparently.

  • Former OU receiver Mark Clayton launching new line of headphones

    Published: Mon, Aug 10, 2015

    Is Mark Clayton ready to battle in the headphones market? The former OU All-American and NFL receiver has turned his focus to engineering Livv headphones, a Dallas-based startup which he's pitching via Kickstarter. Clayton's product is described as "wireless headphones for athletes done right. Audio fidelity that stays with you, no matter how hard you play." "I still have that designer, engineering thought process," Clayton told USA Today . "This has given me the ability to go back down that road." Check out more information on Livv Headphones  here .

  • Sam Bradford says he feels 'better than expected'

    Published: Fri, Aug 7, 2015

    It's been almost a year since Sam Bradford suffered a torn left ACL playing for the St. Louis Rams in a preseason game. Three-hundred and forty-nine days later, the former OU quarterback is nearing his return to game action with the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles play the Indianapolis Colts in their first preseason game on Aug. 16. And he's even showing off some of his wheels in Chip Kelly's offense. “He actually took off and ran two days ago (at Lincoln Financial Field) on the one where everybody was covered and he made a good decision there," Kelly said. "It's just a process of him getting more familiar with the speed and tempo of things.” Bradford spoke to eagles.com about getting re-acclimated to football after his second ACL tear.

  • Nebraska football announcer arrested for stealing money from elderly women

    Published: Fri, Aug 7, 2015

    Patrick Combs, the amplified voice you heard inside Memorial Stadium for Nebraska football games, stands accused of swindling two elderly women of hundreds of thousands of dollars, according to court documents. According to court documents, Combs, the stadium's public-address announcer for Husker football since 2002, allegedly used his power of attorney status with two Lincoln women, ages 88 and 92, to bilk them out of more than $363,000.

  • Striker, Perine highest-ranked OU players in ESPN's #CFBrank

    Updated: Fri, Aug 7, 2015

    A pair of OU players made it into the Top 35 of ESPN.com's #CFBrank list of the best players in college football. Sophomore running back Samaje Perine and senior linebacker Eric Striker came in at Nos 18 and 35, respectively, on the list. Forty-three ESPN college football writers, editors and analysts ranked the Top 100 players in college football on a scale from 0-10 based on their expected contributions this upcoming season. Only three running backs in college football received higher average scores than Perine's 8.09 (Ohio State's Ezekiel Elliott, 9.26; Georgia's Nick Chubb, 9.09; LSU's Leonard Fournette, 8.63). The average scores for OU and OSU players in the #CFBrank Top 100: Perine: 8.09 (18th ranked player)  Striker: 7.56 (35th) OU wide receiver Sterling Shepard: 7.30 (49th) OSU defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah: 6.93 (66nd) OU defensive back Zack Sanchez:  6.53 (tied 95th)

  • Aldon Smith: Justice will be served, there was no DUI

    Published: Fri, Aug 7, 2015

    After he was released from jail following his third drunk driving arrest, 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith denied that he had been driving drunk. Smith told KGO in San Francisco this morning that he’s sorry he got himself in trouble again but he wasn’t driving under the influence. “Simple as this: Justice will be served, the truth will come out, there’s no DUI. I’m sorry for anybody I let down," Smith said. "I’m sorry for the way this whole thing . . . I need to speak and I want everybody to understand, this wasn’t a DUI, the situation I had could have been handled differently and I apologize for everybody I did let down and I apologize for how it all played out. But as far as everything is concerned, it will work out the way it’s supposed to work out. That’s all.”

  • OU golf signee Brad Dalke wins Junior PGA Championship in playoff

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Thu, Aug 6, 2015

    Hobart's Brad Dalke overcame a final round 75 to win the boys division of the Junior PGA Championship in a playoff Thursday at Miramont Country Club in Bryan, Texas. Dalke, an incoming freshman at OU, entered the final round of the tournament with a two-shot lead, but shot 4-over in the final round to place him in a tie with Wilson Furr of Jackson, Miss, (a Class of 2017 Alabama commit) at 6-under for the tournament. Dalke defeated Furr with a birdie on the second playoff hole for the victory (you can watch a Periscope replay of the playoff here ). Austin Eckroat, who will be a junior at Edmond North this year, finished the tournament 10th overall at 2-over (67-74-72-73--286). In the girls championship, 14-year-old Yujeong Son of Norman finished third overall at 1-over, three shots back of champion Elizabeth Wang of San Marino, Calif. Wang beat Mariel Galdiano (Pearl City, Hawaii) with a birdie putt on the first playoff hole for the girls title.

  • Landry Jones starting for Steelers in Hall of Fame Game?

    Published: Thu, Aug 6, 2015

    Landry Jones could be getting the start for the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. The former OU quarterback may get the call in the Hall of Fame game against the Minnesota Vikings. With backup Bruce Gradkowski on the physically-unable-to-perform list (shoulder), and Steelers coach Mike Tomlin electing to rest Ben Roethlisberger more this preseason because the team has five preseason games and a longer camp overall, Jones has gotten plenty of first-team reps. Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writes that Jones, entering his third year in the Steelers' offense, is continuing his improvement even though he hasn't made an appearance in a regular season game yet. Working with the Steelers' No. 1 receivers, Jones has been sharp and could push Gradkowski for the No. 2 spot. “I haven’t had any opportunities,” Jones said, regarding playing other than in preseason games. “Ben’s been healthy and Bruce has been healthy and so this is kind of the chance to go out there and show what I have.”

  • Tom Brady's Patriots email account made public

    Published: Thu, Aug 6, 2015

    Very little about the professional existence of Tom Brady, the NFL, and the New England Patriots is private anymore, now that the judge overseeing Brady’s lawsuit against the NFL refused to let either the quarterback or the league submit evidence under seal, USA TODAY reports. As a result, the emails sent from Brady’s Patriots email account are now public and available for your reading. Brady’s inbox isn’t a closet full of dark secrets. It’s pretty ordinary, or at least as ordinary as a star NFL quarterback’s inbox can be. Brady corresponded with Rich Eisen after Jim Harbaugh became the head coach of Michigan.

  • Justin Blackmon situation 'heartbreaking,' Mike Gundy says

    Updated: Thu, Aug 6, 2015

    On Wednesday, Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy seemed upbeat when discussing what he had seen on the practice field. He seemed deflated when reminded of the Justin Blackmon situation. On Tuesday, Jacksonville Jaguars general manager David Caldwell said that he doubts the former Oklahoma State All-American will ever play again. Blackmon hasn't seen the field since 2013 after multiple violations of the NFL's substance abuse policy have kept him suspended indefinitely. "It's just heartbreaking for me and us personally that he got derailed," Gundy said. Read more from the Tulsa World's Bill Haisten here .

  • Tony Romo joins Under Armour family

    Published: Wed, Aug 5, 2015

    Tony Romo is a part of the Under Armour family. The Cowboys' quarterback is the third high-profile signal caller to join the apparel company, teaming with Tom Brady and Cam Newton. Romo is also good friends with Jordan Speith, the Dallas-native golfer who has signed a 10-year contract with Under Armour.

  • VIDEO: Markel Brown, fitness guru, shows off his Brooklyn Nets routine

    Updated: Wed, Aug 5, 2015

    Former Oklahoma State guard Markel Brown showed some flashes as a rookie for the Brooklyn Nets in 2014-15, and the team apparently trusts him enough to make him a part of its new "Workout Wednesday" online series. Brown shows off "renegade rows" in this video from the Nets.

  • Ravens deny tipping off Colts to Patriots deflating footballs

    Published: Wed, Aug 5, 2015

    New reports indicate the Baltimore Ravens 'tipped off" the Colts about deflated footballs before the Colts' AFC Championship game loss to the New England Patriots, but the Ravens are denying the allegations. The Ravens have replied with statements from the organization, head coach John Harbaugh, special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg, and a text sent from Ravens kicking consultant Randy Brown to Colts coach Chuck Pagano. “I’ve been consistent from the beginning when asked about whether the Ravens tipped off the Colts about deflated footballs. I’ll say it again – we didn’t. We knew nothing about deflated footballs," Harbaugh said in a statement. “As a former special teams coach, I know that members of the kicking group from teams talk to their counterparts all the time about conditions, including field, weather and footballs. I learned this morning that our kicking consultant (Randy Brown) sent a text to Coach Pagano on Jan. 16 suggesting to the Colts that they pay attention to how the officials rotate the kicking balls into the game. Coach Brown’s text did not mention the Patriots and did not complain about anything the Patriots did. The Colts never responded to Randy’s text, and he had no further communications with the Colts on this matter.”

  • OU basketball No. 8 in 'No-Longer-Way-Too-Early' Top 25 poll

    Updated: Wed, Aug 5, 2015

    The college basketball season is fewer than 100 days away, so ESPN says its Way-Too-Early Top 25 isn't too early anymore. Oklahoma makes an appearance at No. 8 in the poll - one of three Big 12 teams in the Top 10 (Kansas is No. 5, Iowa State No 7). From ESPN:  How many rosters have (A) one of the best volume scorers in the country (Buddy Hield), (B) a reliable low-post threat (Ryan Spangler), (C) a lights-out shooter on the wing (Isaiah Cousins), and (D) an elite defense (which allowed the fewest points per trip in the butcher-shop Big 12)? Not many.