• Baylor DE Shawn Oakman suspended for opener against SMU

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    Baylor has suspended All-American defensive end Shawn Oakman on the eve of the Bears' season debut against SMU, according to Bleacher Report. Oakman, the preseason Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, tied for the Big 12 lead in sacks last season with Oklahoma State's Emmanuel Ogbah. The reason for the suspension, as well as the length, is unclear. In June, Jenni Carlson wrote about Oakman's big personality at Big 12 Media Day.

  • Du'Vonta Lampkin released by Texas, eligible for OU football

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 21 hr ago

    The question with new OU football arrival Du'Vonta Lampkin was when Texas would release him from his letter of intent. That question was answered Thursday, as Lampkin's mother, Vanessa, broke the news that her son has been released from his letter of intent by the Longhorns. Lampkin signed with Texas in the Class of 2015, only to spurn the Longhorns and arrive on campus this fall in Norman. The 6-foot-4, 306-pound defensive tackle was originally an OU commitment before decommitting and signing with Texas in the Class of 2015.

  • Serge Ibaka makes SI.com's Top 25 NBA players

    Updated: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    SI.com is counting down its Top 100 players in the NBA for 2015, and it looks like (as expected) the Thunder is going to have serious influence on the Top 25. Starting the final 25 is Thunder forward Serge Ibaka. From SI.com's Rob Mahoney: "Many of the flawed bigs in the NBA have interior offensive skill sets without the means to sufficiently protect the rim. Ibaka is the perfect complement and perhaps the only one this side of Anthony Davis able to give those players room to operate while still covering for their weaknesses." Other players of note that have been revealed in SI.com's list include former Thunder guard Reggie Jackson at No. 94. Kobe Bryant (54), Dwyane Wade (30), and Carmelo Anthony (15). Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook will be in the Top 10, which is to be released on Thursday. The question is where will they land?

  • Lawton native Rico Noel called up by Yankees as brother awaits new heart

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    Lawton native Rico Noel was promoted Tuesday to the New York Yankees as part of the roster expansion, but he has other things on his mind. Noel's 24-year-old brother Orlandus is currently in Dallas waiting on a new heart, according to NJ.com. "Twenty-four [years old]," Noel told the paper. "Young. Came out of nowhere. But he'll be all good once he gets that new heart...It shouldn't be too long of a wait. A lot of people think it's a lot longer, which I thought when I first heard the news, but once you get on the list it's pretty quick for the most part." Noel was called up strictly for his speed. Across six minor league seasons, he has 283 stolen bases. Here's a story from last summer on Noel when he played against Oklahoma City.

  • RGIII blames intern for liking Instagram post critical of Daniel Snyder

    Published: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    After Redskins Coach Jay Gruden announced Monday that “it’s Kirk’s team” in the latest chapter of Robert Griffin III’s fall from grace, a disgruntled Redskins fan blasted owner Daniel Snyder and the team’s front office in an Instagram post defending Griffin. Griffin (@rgiii) was tagged in the post, which featured the hashtag #ImpeachDanSnyder. Whoever was managing Griffin’s Instagram account “liked” the post on Monday night, as noted by countless sites. The “like” was later retracted.

  • Sony Altered ‘Concussion’ Film to Prevent N.F.L. Protests, Emails Show

    Published: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    When Sony Pictures Entertainment decided to make a movie focusing on the death and dementia professional football players have endured from repeated hits to the head — and the N.F.L.’s efforts toward a cover-up — it signed Will Smith to star as one of the first scientists to disclose the problem. It named the film bluntly, “Concussion.” In the end even Sony, which unlike most other major studios in Hollywood has no significant business ties to the N.F.L., found itself softening some points it might have made against the multibillion-dollar sports enterprise that controls the nation’s most-watched game. In dozens of studio emails unearthed by hackers, Sony executives; the director, Peter Landesman; and representatives of Mr. Smith discussed how to avoid antagonizing the N.F.L. by altering the script and marketing the film more as a whistle-blower story, rather than a condemnation of football or the league.

  • OU football fans among Top 10 ... in grammar

    Updated: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    Among the Associated Press's Top 25 teams, OU is No. 10. No, not on the field, but in the comments section. Grammarly, an automated proofreading company, took 100 comments of at least 50 words from SB Nation's blogs on each AP Top 25 team so see how schools' fan bases ranked when it came to grammar. OU is 10th out of the 25 with an average of 3.1 grammatical mistakes per 100 words. Alabama was the worst of the Top 10 schools with 6.4 mistakes in grammar, punctuation and spelling per 100 words. Topping the list is Auburn, whose fans only made 0.9 mistakes per 100 words. The Top 5 includes TCU, Oregon, Ole Miss and LSU. Grammarly ran similar tests with MLB and NFL fans, with Mets and Redskins fans averaging twice as many mistakes per 100 words than Alabama fans.

  • Pop culture: Mike Tyson added to Wizard World Tulsa guest list

    BY JIMMIE TRAMEL, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    A new guest will add punch to the celebrity lineup for a Wizard World Tulsa pop culture convention, scheduled Oct. 23-25 at Cox Business Center. Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson has committed to multiple Wizard World tour stops, including Tulsa. Tyson is scheduled to appear only on Saturday, Oct. 24 in Tulsa. Admission tickets – including Mike Tyson VIP experience tickets – are available at  wizardworld.com . Tyson joins a guest list which has celebrities from all across the pop culture spectrum, including wrestling star The Undertaker, Motley Crue singer Vince Neil and “The Walking Dead” actors Norman Reedus, Alexandra Breckenridge and Sonequa Martin-Green.

  • Dez Bryant the best receiver in the league in ESPN's #NFLRank

    Published: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    Just like with its annual  #NBARank , ESPN enlisted numerous analysts, reporters and statisticians to rate the top 100 players in the NFL for 2015. Dez Bryant is obviously on the list. Very high on the list. Bryant is rated as the No. 6 overall player in the NFL, and is tied with Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson as the No. 1 wide receiver in the game, according to more than 70 voters. Bryant, the former Oklahoma State star, has slowly gained ground on Johnson for the title of NFL's best receiver in the past three seasons. Bryant signed a five-year, $70 million contract with the Dallas Cowboys this offseason, and is expected to be among the league's touchdown leaders again after catching 16 touchdown passes in 2014.  "Those two [Bryant and Johnson] are in their own class. If you have two defenders on [Bryant], it's even. One-on-one, he's open," said a voter and ex-NFL front-office member.

  • Former OU receiver Jalen Saunders traded from Saints to Patriots

    Published: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    Jalen Saunders is on the move again. The former OU wide receiver has been traded to the New England Patriots by the New Orleans Saints, with the Patriots reportedly sending a future conditional seventh-round pick to the Saints. Saunders, 22, was drafted in the fourth round by the New York Jets in 2014, but was cut just three games into his rookie season. Saunders landed on the Saints active roster in November after stints with the Cardinals' and Seahawks' practice rosters. He had one reception for 11 yards with the Saints in preseason.

  • Tennessee defensive lineman Andrew Butcher arrested

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    Tennessee defensive lineman Andrew Butcher was arrested for public intoxication and underage drinking, according to multiple reports. "University of Tennessee freshman football player was 'running around' Interstate 40, near James White Parkway, on Sunday when officers arrested him for public intoxication," court documents said. Butcher, 18, "had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage, bloodshot watery eyes, slurred speech, and was unsteady on his feet when they spotted him around 1:45 p.m." Butcher (6-foot-2, 257) is a four-star recruit out of Alpharetta, Ga., who arrived at Tennessee this fall. Butcher wasn't listed on Tennessee's two-deep roster for the Volunteers' season opener against Bowling Green on Saturday. Butcher's status is unknown for the game against Bowling Green. The Volunteers are already going into the season opener with several injuries to key players , including season-ending injuries to offensive linemen Marcus Jackson and Austin Sanders. Tennessee plays OU in Knoxville on Sept. 12

  • OKC Thunder's Russell Westbrook marries Nina Earl in star-studded Beverly Hills ceremony

    Updated: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    Oklahoma City Thunder point guard married his college sweetheart in an private ceremony on Saturday

  • Redskins name Kirk Cousins starting quarterback for entire season. What's next for RGIII?

    Erik Horne | Updated: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    What's next for Robert Griffin III? The No. 2 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft is now the Washington Redskins' backup, as head coach Jay Gruden has named Kirk Cousins the starting quarterback for the entire season, according to multiple reports. Griffin III, the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner at Baylor, has battled with numerous injuries since his sparking rookie campaign in which he led the Redskins to the playoffs and won Rookie of the Year honors. Since that season, the Redskins have a 7-25 record.

  • Former OU wide receiver Ryan Broyles cut by Detroit Lions

    Updated: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    The Detroit Lions and Ryan Broyles have parted ways. After the former OU wide receiver reportedly asked for his release this weekend in a meeting with general manager Martin Mayhew, Broyles posted a message on Twitter indicating his time in Detroit was done. Broyles was told he'd be granted his release on Saturday. Broyles, who was selected with the 54th pick in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft, played just 21 games over three injury-riddled seasons. The Lions drafted Broyles early even as he was coming off a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during his senior season at OU. He then tore his right ACL during his rookie season in 2012, and ruptured his Achilles tendon in 2013. Broyles had 32 catches for 420 yards and two touchdowns in his Lions career.

  • 2015 US Open -- Maria Sharapova announces she will not play

    Published: Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    On the eve of the event, Maria Sharapova announced via Facebook that she will not play in the US Open. Sharapova has been out of action since a semifinal loss to Serena Williams at Wimbledon.

  • Where does OU rank among college football's running back units?

    Updated: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    Even without Joe Mixon playing a snap in college football, the OU backfield is getting a lot of hype headed into the 2015 season. Only one team is ahead of the Sooners in Athlon Sports' rankings of the Top 35 running back units in the country. Georgia is No. 1, as the Bulldogs return three running backs that rated as five-star recruits out of high school in Heisman Trophy candidate Nick Chubb (1,547 yards, 14 touchdowns in 2014), Sony Michel and Keith Marshall. OU's trio of running backs isn't far behind. Samaje Perine (1,713 yards, 21 TDs) returns after a stellar freshman season, and Alex Ross averaged 6.8 yards per carry last season. Mixon is coming off a year-long suspension, but is expected to play a big role in the Air Raid offense. Ohio State, Alabama and Florida State rounded out Athlon's Top 5. Check out the entire list here .

  • Tim Beckman dismissed as Illinois football coach

    Published: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    The University of Illinois has dismissed head football coach Tim Beckman, citing "preliminary results of an external review into allegations involving the program." Offensive coordinator Bill Cubit has been named interim head coach by the university. Illinois opens the season at home against Kent State on Sept. 4. "The preliminary information external reviewers shared with me does not reflect our values or our commitment to the welfare of our student-athletes, and I've chosen to act accordingly," University of Illinois Director of Athletics Mike Thomas said in a statement on the school's website. "During the review, we have asked people not to rush to judgment, but I now have enough information to make this decision in assessing the status and direction of the football program." Beckman will not be paid the remaining $3.1 million on the last two years of his original five-year contract. Beckman, a former Oklahoma State defensive coordinator, went 12-25 in three seasons at Illinois, with one bowl game appearance. More from NewsOK : Carlson: Ordeal with Illinois coach Tim Beckman shows it doesn't pay to be mean in college football

  • Ex-Oklahoma State signee Devon Thomas arrested in Tulsa

    Updated: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    A former Oklahoma State football signee has been arrested in Tulsa on an armed robbery charge. The Tulsa World reports that Devon Thomas, 20, was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Service's Northern Oklahoma Violent Crimes Task Force in the 9500 block of East 65th Street in Tulsa on Thursday. Thomas, who signed with Oklahoma State in the Class of 2014, was charged with robbery with a firearm and possession of a firearm after juvenile adjudication on Aug. 21. Warrants were issued for Thomas' arrest earlier this week . Thomas, a four-star recruit out of Broken Arrow, never played for Oklahoma State after being charged with shooting with intent to kill, robbery with a firearm and first-degree burglary in June 2014.

  • NBA's Derrick Rose accused of drugging, raping woman

    Published: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose said Thursday that a lawsuit filed recently in Los Angeles Superior Court accusing him of sexual misconduct is based on untrue allegations. "I am just focusing on staying healthy and getting ready for the season," Rose said in a statement. "I am not going to comment other than to say: I know the truth, and am confident I will be proven innocent." The lawsuit, first reported by TMZ Sports, was filed Wednesday by an unidentified woman who said she dated Rose from 2011 to 2013. She is accusing Rose and two friends of slipping a drug into her drink and later committing sexual acts against her will. The incident, she alleges, occurred in August 2013.

  • A Gear Geek's Guide To Ultralight Backpacking

    Published: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Taking weight off your back is a good thing, but not at the expense of comfort, capability or preparedness. Here's how to ultralight backpack in style.