• OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant has successful foot surgery

    staff reports | Published: Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    The Oklahoma City Thunder announced that Kevin Durant underwent successful bone graft surgery on his right foot Tuesday in New York City. Durant's surgery was for the fifth metatarsal on his right foot. The procedure was performed by Dr. Martin O'Malley, with Thunder medical personnel present at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. The procedure will keep Durant out of basketball activities for four to six months. The 2013-14 NBA Most Valuable Player only appeared in 27 games for the Thunder this season, finishing with averages of 25.4 points, 6.6 rebounds and 4.1 assists per contest. More from NewsOK : Kevin Durant is out indefinitely Tramel: Believe this: Sam Presti will not trade Kevin Durant Another curse of Kevin Durant's injury: Foul shooting

  • OU football: Keith Ford's father sheds light on son's suspension

    staff reports | Published: Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    The parents of suspended OU running back Keith Ford issued a statement Tuesday on their son's suspension. In the statement, Keith and Mary Ford say that the actions that prompted Ford's indefinite suspension for a violation of both academic and team rules "were uncharacteristic of our son's behavior." The statement, as obtained by the Tulsa World's Guerin Emig : "Although we repect the decision of Coach Stoops to suspend our son from the football team the actions that prompted this decision were uncharacteristic of our son's behavior. We believe Keith never recovered completely (physically and/or mentally) from the injury that occured in the Tennessee game. After speaking with several medical professionals we found that this is not uncommon among athletes after suffering extensive injury. Therefore, we brought this to the attention of Coach Stoops and the OU Staff and they are actively engaged in helping Keith. When Coach Stoops told us "I will never shut a kid out" he solidified our complete trust and confidence in the OU program. We are praying for the return of Keith Ford #21." Ford name was removed from the Sooners' roster on Monday. More from NewsOK : Keith Ford's suspension thins depth at running back

  • Report: Shaka Smart in talks with Texas over men's basketball job

    Published: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    In recent seasons, Virginia Commonwealth coach Shaka Smart has spurned interest from various big-time programs. But Smart is reportedly talking with Texas about its coaching vacancy, according to CBS Sports' Jon Rothstein. Since leading VCU to a Final Four appareance in 2010-11, Smart has been offered jobs at Maryland, N.C. State, Wake Forest, Illinois, and Marquette, according to CBS. He was also heavily linked to the vacant UCLA job two years ago before the Bruins hired Steve Alford.

  • Report: Rick Barnes close to landing Tennessee coaching job

    Published: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    Tennessee has offered its vacant coaching job to former Texas coach Rick Barnes, and the two sides are closing in on a deal, according to ESPN.com sources. Barnes was fired by Texas this weekend after 17 seasons in Austin. Tennessee fired its former head coach, Donnie Tyndall, after just one season after he was found to have violated NCAA rules as coach at Southern Mississippi.

  • OU football: Sooners signee Arthur McGinnis on SAE: 'It happens everywhere'

    Published: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    Following the OU-Sigma Alpha Epsilon video fallout, an OU signee has spoken positively about the response from the team and his experience during his campus visit. Warren Easton (New Orleans) linebacker Arthur McGinnis, a four-star linebacker who signed with the Sooners in the Class of 2015, told NOLA.com that what happened at OU is something that happens everywhere. "The reason why it's so focus on Oklahoma is because they had got(ten) caught in the act," McGinnis said. "I believe it's everywehre and that just is what it is. "The team is one - you saw that after it happened. That's how it should be and that's how it is. ... It wasn't like that when I went up for my visit. Everybody was one, everybody was united."

  • Reports: Tennessee nearing deal with former Texas coach Barnes

    Published: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    Tennessee is nearing an agreement with former Texas coach Rick Barnes that would make him the Vols' new men's basketball coach, The Tennessean reports. ESPN's Jeff Goodman reported Monday afternoon that Tennessee has offered the job to Barnes just one day after Texas announced it had parted ways with Barnes, who had coached the Longhorns for 17 seasons. CBSSports.com's Gary Parrish wrote that Barnes is Tennessee's priority, though a deal has yet to be finalized.

  • Report: Patrick Beverley out for season

    Published: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    Houston Rockets starting point guard Patrick Beverley will undergo season-ending left wrist surgery on Tuesday, according to ESPN.com. Beverley injured his wrist in the Rockets' March 23 game against the Indiana Pacers. The team just got center Dwight Howard (knee) back from a nearly two-month absence.

  • WATCH: Blake Griffin with the Block of the Year in the NBA

    Published: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    Blake Griffin is athletic. You knew that. But you've never seen the former OU star block a shot, with his off hand, while spinning. Yep. Boston Celtics forward Jonas Jerebko gets Griffin in the air with the pump fake, but clearly didn't anticipate Griffin blocking his shot in such a manner.

  • Josh Heupel talked Sam Bradford out of quitting football

    staff reports | Published: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    Following his second ACL tear in nine months, Sam Bradford was thinking about quitting football. If not for his former OU quarterbacks coach Josh Heupel, Bradford might not be in the NFL. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer , Heupel gave Bradford a pep talk that persuaded him to make another return. "It was one of those moments where, after all the time and energy and passion that he poured into rehabilitating himself in the first injury, you feel like you're snakebitten," Heupel said in a phone interview with the Inquirer. "You don't know when, if, or how your body is going to respond and what your next opportunity is. You're really just in a lot of limbo. Sometimes, I think, just having a voice from an outside perspective is something that can be valuable." Bradford, the former OU All-American quarterback, tore his ACL in a preseason game against the Cleveland Browns, forcing him to miss the entire 2014 season. Bradford  was traded from the St. Louis Rams to the Philadelphia Eagles earlier this month. "When a player goes through a big letdown, it's natural to be down, said Heupel, who's now the quarterbacks coach/offensive coordinator at Utah State . "I just tried to reach out to him and say, 'Hey, I still see this in you as a person and a player. I think the best is yet to come for you."

  • VIDEO: Russell Westbrook throws down alley-oop dunk over ... Enes Kanter

    staff reports | Published: Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    Look out below, Enes Kanter. In the first half against the Phoenix Suns, Thunder guard D.J. Augustin had two options on the fast break in Kanter and Russell Westbrook. Augustin threw up the lob, and Westbrook outleapt Kanter for the slam, in the process putting his own teammate on a poster. Westbrook scored 15 consecutive Thunder points to end the first half, but Oklahoma City trailed 62-54 at the break.

  • NBA sideline reporter Craig Sager's leukemia has returned, according to son

    Published: Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    TNT sideline reporter Craig Sager's leukemia returned last week, his son announced on Twitter on Sunday. Sager, 63, was diagnosed with leukemia last April and missed almost a year of work to battle the disease. He returned to the sideline on March 5 for the Oklahoma City Thunder's game against the Chicago Bulls after being cleared to go back to work. Sager was scheduled to travel to Omaha, Neb., for the NCAA tournament earlier this month, but later announced that he would not be going after doctors suggested additional testing.

  • Report: Rick Barnes fired at Texas

    Published: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    Rick Barnes has been fired as the head coach of Texas men's basketball after 17 seasons, according to ESPN.com. Barnes went 402-180 during his tenure in Austin, winning three Big 12 regular-season titles and making an appearance in the 2003 Final Four. The Longhorns finished 20-14 this season, 8-10 in the Big 12, and were ousted in the round of 64 by Butler in the NCAA Tournament. Oklahoma City Thunder players Kevin Durant and D.J. Augustin are just a few NBA standouts who were coached by Barnes in Austin during his coaching tenure. In Durant's only season under Barnes, he won National Player of the Year honors in 2006-07.

  • Thunder's Enes Kanter: 'Never liked playing' in Utah

    Published: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    SALT LAKE CITY -- Returning to play against his former team Saturday, Thunder center Enes Kanter claimed to have plenty more he could say about his tumultuous tenure with the Utah Jazz, but didn't hold back all that much. "I love it," Kanter said of his change of...

  • Michael Sam says he isn't the only gay player in the NFL

    Published: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    Michael Sam is still waiting for a third chance to play in the NFL after the Dallas Cowboys released him in October of last year. But while he waits, Sam is letting people know that even though he might be the only publicly out player competing for a spot, he isn’t the only gay man in the league, USA TODAY Sports reports. “I am not the only gay person in the NFL,” Sam said Thursday. “I’m just saying there is a lot of us. I respect the players that did reach out to me and had the courage to tell me that they were also gay, but they do not have the same courage as I do to come out before I even played a down in the NFL.”

  • Dean Smith Prearranged Kind Gesture For Former Players After His Death

    Published: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    Legendary North Carolina coach Dean Smith died last month at the age of 83, but he's still taking every single letterman who played for him out to dinner, says the Huffington Post. In a touching posthumous act of gratitude, Smith's trust, following the late coach's instructions, has mailed out $200 checks to each of the nearly 200 varsity lettermen he coached. The coach had one last directive: "Enjoy a dinner out."

  • College basketball player embarrassed after mic picks up comment

    Published: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Wisconsin sophomore forward Nigel Hayes certainly has an affinity for stenographers, Yahoo Sports reports. Before the Badgers’ round-of-32 game against Oregon, Hayes tested the stenographer in Omahawith a series of challenging words before answering a reporter’s question. The moderator allowed him to do the same on Wednesday in Los Angeles, but Hayes was impressed with more than just her transcription abilities this time around.

  • Toughest NCAA tournament opponents: germs

    Published: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Mostly, it was Duke. Maybe it was the turkey sandwich — or more likely, a routine stomach virus, USA TODAY reports. But on Sunday, when San Diego State's season ended in a 68-49 loss in the NCAA Tournament's round of 32, the battle was against more than the No. 1 seed Blue Devils. Perhaps a dozen members of the Aztecs' traveling party, including head coach Steve Fisher and at least four players, experienced symptoms of nausea. Adding insult to the indignity of it all, their trip home was delayed because still more players were ill.

  • Dean Smith leaves money in his will to former UNC players

    Published: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Former UNC coach Dean Smith, who died last month, directed his trust in his will to give $200 to every lettermen who played for him during his 36 seasons as head coach at the school. The trustee of Smith's trust, Tim Breedlove, said Thursday that the checks were sent out Monday to about 180 letter winners, according to ESPN.com. Instructions in the letter to each player said to "enjoy a dinner out compliments of Coach Dean Smith."

  • Former St. Louis Cardinals player punched at St. Louis County gas station after racial slur

    Published: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Former Cardinals outfielder Curt Ford said Thursday he may move away from the St. Louis area in disgust after being punched in an allegedly unprovoked, race-related attack at a gas station. St. Louis County police from the Fenton Precinct arrested James Street, 37, of the 500 block of Saline Road, a white man who allegedly slugged the black former Cardinals player after shouting racial slurs at him and telling him to "go back to Ferguson," the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has learned.

  • OKC Thunder: Scott Brooks ranked No. 20 among NBA coaches by ESPN

    Published: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Scott Brooks has put together a pretty good resume since taking over as Thunder head coach in 2008, but the Thunder coach is ranked 20th out of 30 NBA coaches in ESPN's latest front-office rankings. ESPN's Forecast panel rated every team's coach on "his guidance and leadership in terms of how it affects overall on-court success, both in the short and long term." Predictably, San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich is No. 1 on the list, followed by Atlanta Hawks coach (and former Spurs assistant) Mike Budenholzer, Golden State's Steve Kerr, Dallas' Rick Carlisle and Chicago's Tom Thibodeau in the top five. Numerous other coaches who haven't had the success or tenure of Brooks (Kerr and Budenholzer included) are ranked ahead of him. Here's the complete list . Last on the list? Former Thunder guard and first-year New York Knicks coach Derek Fisher.