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  • San Antonio pays tribute to an Oklahoman who helped keep the Spurs

    Published: Tue, Jul 15, 2014

    Henryetta, OK, native Bob Coleman, a businessman and civic booster who led an investor group that bought the San Antonio Spurs in 1993, died Saturday at age 82. Coleman's group purchased the Spurs from B.J. "Red" McCombs for $75 million. Among the investors in Coleman's group was The Oklahoma Publishing Company, whose holdings include The Oklahoman and was then owned by the Gaylord family. Thus began an San Antonio-Oklahoma City basketball connection that 15 years after the Spurs purchase helped land an NBA franchise in OKC. Oklahoma City Thunder chairman Clay Bennett served on the Spurs board of directors and represented the franchise in league meetings. Bennett later headed the ownership group that purchased the Seattle Supersonics and in 2008 moved them to his hometown Coleman owned San Antonio-based Texace Corporation, a leading manufacturer of golf hats, caps and visors. He was a 1957 University of Oklahoma graduate who launched the construction of OU's basketball practice facility in 2000 with a $1 million donation to his alma mater.

  • KFOR: Serge Ibaka, The Journey Home

    Published: Tue, Jul 15, 2014

    Serge Ibaka grew up on the outskirts of the capitol in one of the poorest neighborhoods in the city, says KFOR. From the Congo to the court, Serge is the hometown hero. He can’t go anywhere without being swarmed by hundreds of adoring fans, and one fan ...

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Kevin Durant inks first big Roc Nation-negotiated deal

    Published: Mon, Jul 14, 2014

    Kevin Durant has signed his first major endorsement deal since switching agents to Jay Z's Roc Nation Sports. The Oklahoma City Thunder forward signed a deal Monday to endorse Sparkling Ice, a zero calorie carbonated water drink that is one of the fastest growing beverage brands in the U.S. Terms weren't disclosed.

  • PHOTO: OU's new basketball court is looking good

    Published: Mon, Jul 14, 2014

    The OU men's basketball Twitter account gave us a sneak peek Monday night at the revamped court at the Lloyd Noble Center, with the new Big 12 logo in the paint area.

  • Oklahoma State football: OSU has spent $165,000 on investigation of football program

    Published: Mon, Jul 14, 2014

    Oklahoma State has spent $165,000 on an independent investigation triggered by a 2013 series of Sports Illustrated articles about the school's football program; and an NCAA investigation could last a few more months, a school spokesman said Monday. In September, Sports Illustrated published a five-part series titled "The Dirty Game" and OSU immediately responded by saying it would conduct an investigation into claims made in the report. OSU athletic director Mike Holder also said in September that the NCAA would be investigating.

  • OU football: Sooners to play Michigan in 2025, 2026

    Published: Mon, Jul 14, 2014

    The University of Oklahoma and the University of Michigan have agreed to a two-game football series in 2025 and 2026. OU will host the Wolverines in Norman on Sept. 6, 2025, while Michigan will host the Sooners in Ann Arbor, Mich., on Sept. 12, 2026. The addition of Michigan to the future schedule continues the Sooners' trend of Big 12 vs. Big Ten showdowns in non-conference play. OU is slated to play home-and-home games with Ohio State in 2016-17 and Nebraska in 2021-22. The only previous meeting between the schools was a 14-6 win for OU in the 1976 Orange Bowl.

  • OKC Thunder: Perry Jones has knee surgery, will miss 4-6 weeks

    Published: Mon, Jul 14, 2014

    Oklahoma City Thunder forward Perry Jones III will miss 4-6 weeks after undergoing successful arthroscopic surgery on his right knee, the team announced Monday. Jones is coming off a summer league stint in which he averaged 12.3 points and 5.3 rebounds in four games, shooting 44.7 percent from the field. Thunder writer Darnell Mayberry reports that the procedure was planned. Jones averaged 3.5 points and 1.8 rebounds in 12.3 minutes for the Thunder in 62 games last season.

  • NCAA investigaton on Oklahoma State hopefully will conclude 'within next few months'

    Published: Mon, Jul 14, 2014

    ESPN is reporting that Oklahoma State has told ESPN that the school is under NCAA investigation. college football writer Brett McMurphy says that OSU hopes the internal review is done in a few months.

  • LeBron James' new coach can't believe his good luck

    Published: Mon, Jul 14, 2014

    Two months ago, David Blatt was on top of the world when led undermanned Maccabi Tel Aviv to stunning upsets over CSKA Moscow and Real Madrid for the Euroleague championship, according to USA TODAY. Three weeks ago, he was on top of the world when the Cleveland Cavaliers hired him as head coach, making him the first European-based person to get a head coaching job in the NBA. Three days ago, he was on top of the world when NBA superstar LeBron James announced he would return to Cleveland and play for the Cavaliers, USA TODAY reports.

  • OU football: Home game against Baylor sold out

    Published: Mon, Jul 14, 2014

    The University of Oklahoma Athletics Department announced Monday that the home football game against Baylor on Nov. 8 is sold out. Season ticket holders may still purchase tickets for games against Louisiana Tech (Aug. 30), Kansas State (Oct. 18) and Kansas (Nov. 22) before they go on sale to the general public 7 p.m. Tuesday. Last week, OU sold out its games against Oklahoma State and Tennessee. A limited number of single seats are available for Baylor, OSU and Tennessee, but all adjoining seats have been sold for those games.

  • Facebook and Twitter won the World Cup Final

    Published: Mon, Jul 14, 2014

    Both Twitter and Facebook say they've hit new usage records thanks to last night's World Cup Final, The Verge reports. Facebook reveals that 88 million people left more than 280 million posts, comments, and likes about the Germany vs. Argentina game, surpassing the previous engagement record for a single sporting event set during Superbowl XLVII (245 million interactions). The most active country during the game was the US, while males aged 18 to 24 were the most engaged.

  • Report: Caron Butler close to two-year deal with Detroit Pistons

    Published: Sun, Jul 13, 2014

    Free-agent forward Caron Butler will sign a two-year contract with the Detroit Pistons, sources close to the situation told The Oklahoma City Thunder acquired Butler from the Milwaukee Bucks during the 2013-14 season to bolster the team during its playoff run. Butler helped the Thunder to the Western Conference Finals against the San Antonio Spurs, along the way shooting 36 percent from 3-point range in 18 postseason games.

  • Saturday's front page of the New York Times sports section is simple: LeBron James and transactions

    Published: Sat, Jul 12, 2014

    On Friday, The Cleveland Plain Dealer leaked its LeBron James "Home" sports front page and it drew rave reviews. The New York Times went the opposite route for Saturday's edition. Rather than a photo or illustration of James, NYT went with a simple, blown up transaction list with the James news highlighted in yellow.

  • What Dan Gilbert said to LeBron James to get him to return to Cleveland

    Published: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    Few people in the annals of sports parted on icier terms than LeBron James and Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert four years ago, the Washington Post reports. The Quicken Loans owner took his frustration and anger out in a stinging letter, one that was posted in the internet — and drew a $100,000 fine from former commissioner David Stern — when James left town for Miami in July 2010. Maybe the feelings were never as acrimonious as they seemed, because James said a month after “The Decision” that he could envision returning to his home state, but the two men needed to clear the air before James could return to the Cavs.

  • LeBron's face vandalized on Miami mural that took 2+ years to create

    Published: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    Well that didn't take long. While we haven't seen any LeBron James jerseys being burned in Miami (at least not yet), one big act of public defacement had taken place by early Friday afternoon, Yahoo Sports reports. A large box was spray-painted over James' face in a cool Miami Heat mural painted in the city's design district. (Here's a second angle from a different Miami news outlet.)

  • LeBron James' move could signify new NBA business model

    Published: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    Franchises shedding payroll to free up money under the salary cap to sign free agents, players changing teams, short-term contracts, draft picks collected as assets, year-round coverage — this sounds a lot like the NFL. Except it isn’t. It’s the NBA. The past few weeks of craziness could be the new normal, at least until the next Collective Bargaining Agreement, USA Today reports. With LeBron James returning home to Cleveland, the Eastern Conference has been flipped on its proverbial head. The Cavaliers are now a contender and the Heat may be rebuilding with an aging Dwyane Wade and potentially no Chris Bosh.

  • Report: Chris Bosh agrees to 5-year, $118 million deal with Miami Heat

    Published: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    LeBron James leaves the Miami Heat for the Cleveland Cavaliers, but it looks like Chris Bosh is sticking around in South Beach. Bosh is reportedly finalizing a deal to come back to Miami for five years, $118 million. With James out of the picture, the Miami have money to spend in free agency. The Heat made minor moves earlier in the week, agreeing to deal with Josh McRoberts and Danny Granger.

  • Tim Howard not among finalists for World Cup Golden Glove award

    Published: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    FIFA announced the finalists on Friday for the Golden Glove award, given each World Cup to the tournament's best goalkeeper. The finalists are Costa Rica's Keylor Navas, Argentina's Sergio Romero and Germany's Manuel Neuer, according to Sports Illustrated. Despite a stellar showing in the United States' four games, American keeper Tim Howard was not on the list. The FIFA release mentions Howard's "record-breaking 16 saves against Belgium," but does not name him a finalist for the award.

  • OKC Thunder: Pau Gasol tweets he's close to decision (UPDATE)

    Published: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    LeBron James made his decision. Next up: Pau Gasol. The free agent center, who reportedly has the Oklahoma City Thunder among his favorites, tweeted out that he's nearing a decision following James' bombshell this morning. Gasol is reportedly being pursued by the Thunder, San Antonio Spurs, Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat and Los Angeles Lakers.

  • At Tour de France, Safety Concerns Arise About Selfies

    Published: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    REIMS, France — Seeing the Tour de France in person usually involves waiting around, sometimes for hours, to catch a glimpse of riders that often lasts for seconds. Now some people are going through all that trouble to turn their backs on the race, The New York Times reports. With front-facing cameras now standard equipment on smartphones, an increasing number of spectators lining the Tour’s route are taking selfies with the riders as the background, adding a danger to a sport already fraught with them.