• Report: UConn's Kevin Ollie being 'seriously considered' for Thunder job

    Published: Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    UConn men's basketball coach Kevin Ollie is reportedly being "seriously considered" for the Oklahoma City Thunder head coaching job, according to SNY.tv sources. SNY.tv's source says Ollie, who played for the Thunder in 2009-10, "remains close with GM Sam Presti, who has visited UConn several times recently." The Thunder still has coach Scott Brooks under contract until 2016, and Brooks earned votes of confidence from Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka last week. Though he only played in 25 games for the Thunder in his lone season in Oklahoma City, Ollie, 42, had a big impact during his time with the team. “Kevin Ollie, he was a game-changer for us,” Durant said in March of 2014 . “He changed the whole culture, I think. He might not say it, but I think he changed the whole culture in Oklahoma City.” Ollie's pro coaching prospects really started to heat up after he guided the Huskies to an NCAA Championship in the 2013-14 season. It was then that ESPN's Jeff Goodman said an NBA GM told him "whichever team (or teams) makes a run after Kevin Durant when he becomes a free agent 'will throw the whole ATM after [Ollie]'" Brooks still doesn't have a contract extension in place beyond 2016, but said last week during exit interviews that he expects to be the coach next season .

  • OKC Thunder: Vote Russell Westbrook for NBA Cares Community Assist Award

    Published: Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    Thunder guard Russell Westbrook is one of 10 finalists for the 2014-15 NBA Cares Community Assist Award. Westbrook qualified for the annual award by winning the NBA Cares Community Assist Award in October. This season alone, Westbrok has opened Russell's Reading Room centers at three Oklahoma City metro area public schools, while continuing to extend his community-outreach efforts in Oklahoma City and his native Los Angeles. Earlier this month, Westbook surprised an Oklahoma City single mother with the Kia he was awarded for winning the Most Valuable Player award at the NBA All-Star Game. HOW TO VOTE : You can vote for Westbrook between now and April 27 using Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. Twitter : Post a tweet or retweet any post that contains both the #RussellWestbrook and the #NBACommunityAssist hastags. Instagram : Post any photo and add the #RussellWestbrook and  #NBACommunityAssist hastags in the caption. Comments do not count as votes. Facebook : Comment on any post on the offical Thunder Facebook page using the #RussellWestbrook and #NBACommunityAssist hastags.

  • Report: Adrian Peterson skips Vikings offseason workout program

    Published: Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    Adrian Peterson did not attend the start of the Vikings' offseason workout program Monday, league sources told ESPN, although his absence at this stage of the offseason was not a surprise. Peterson has normally trained in Houston to start the offseason before joining the team in May during organized team activities. Peterson was reinstated to the NFL last Friday following a season-long suspension and then being placed on the commissioner's exempt list. The relationship between Peterson's agent and the Vikings has been turbulent this offseason, but the team has said it wants the former OU star back in 2015.

  • Raptors guard Lou Williams wins NBA Sixth Man Award

    Published: Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    Toronto Raptors guard Lou Williams was named the winner of the 2014-15 NBA Sixth Man Award as the league's best player in a reserve role. Williams led the way with 78 first-place votes and 502 total points from a panel of 130 sportswriters and broadcasters throughout Canada and the U.S. Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas was second with 324 points (33 first-place votes). Williams averaged a career-best 15.5 points for the Raptors in 80 games. Oklahoma City Thunder guard Anthony Morrow received one third-place vote in the balloting.

  • Report: Eagles plan to sign Tim Tebow as team's fourth QB on Monday

    Published: Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    The Philadelphia Eagles brought in Tim Tebow for a workout in March but did not sign him. Now it appears they're ready to pull the trigger, Yahoo Sports reports. Fox's Jay Glazer is reporting that the team will bring Tebow back to town, this time with pen and contract ready.

  • ​NBA star Russell Westbrook also scores style points

    Published: Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    You could say that being Russell Westbrook has its advantages. From photo shoots to fashion shows to cocktail parties, the invitations never stop, says CBS News. When he's not jet-setting to Paris for a menswear show, or taking tips from Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, Westbrook is busy building his own fashion empire. And did we mention, he has a pretty good day job: As point guard for the Oklahoma City Thunder, Westbrook was the NBA's leader scorer this season, racking up numbers not seen since the days of Wilt Chamberlain and Michael Jordan. But it's Westbrook's off-the-court style that has him in a league of his own.

  • Shawn Kemp hosted a Seattle party to celebrate the Thunder missing the playoffs

    Published: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    You know who's not sad? Seattle fans.  The city that lost its team to OKC couldn't be happier to see Clay Bennett's franchise falter. In fact, Sonics legend Shawn Kemp and a rapper named Neema co-hosted a party Thursday night to celebrate the occasion, SBNation.com reports.

  • Shaq trolls Michael Jordan in this masterful throwback Facebook post

    Published: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    Shaquille O’Neal reminded us all again what a fantastic showman he is on Friday with this masterful Facebook post, USA TODAY reports. The post, as you can see, shows Shaq dunking on Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen during the 1994–95 East Conference Semifinals, when O’Neal lead the Orlando Magic to a 4-2 series win.

  • ESPN Reporter Britt McHenry Suspended After Berating Parking Attendant on Video (Warning: Graphic Language)

    Published: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    It was an ugly exchange – and it was all caught on video. ESPN reporter Britt McHenry wasn't happy when her car was towed on April 6, and she apparently took out her anger on the parking lot attendant. Unfortunately for McHenry, the tirade was all caught on video. The video was posted online and went viral on Thursday.

  • Kendrick Perkins 'shocked' at Thabo Sefolosha's alleged involvement in incident with NYPD

    Published: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    Former Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kendrick Perkins shares the sentiment of other players in the NBA who were surprised by the news of Thabo Sefololsha being involved in an incident with police last week. Per Michael Lee of the Washington Post . Perkins "couldn’t believe that his former teammate would even be involved in such an incident." A police report from Sefolosha's arrest in New York City said an officer "observed the defendant Thabo Sefolosha run in an aggressive manner towards the direction" of another officer.  “I was very shocked because Thabo is so laid back. He’s so not drama. He runs away from drama,” Perkins said. “As far as I know him, that wasn’t ever a guy that was going to cause any distractions. I’m not just saying that, he’s really a good dude, a great guy. It’s unfortunate that he’s got to deal with this.” "If he did anything to warrant that, that’s one thing. But the stories that we get, he didn’t do anything to warrant that," Washington Wizards forward Rasaul Butler said. "I understand that they have a scary job to do and they want to use force to make sure they get home at night. It’s understandable, but somebody in that group had to know that was Thabo Sefolosha. Somebody in that crew knew that was an NBA player. I feel like it’s another way it could’ve been handled.” Sefolosha, who is in his first season with the Atlanta Hawks, suffered a fractured fibula and ligament damage in the arrest, which will force him to miss the rest of the season. Earlier this week, Sefolosha released a statement saying his injury " was caused by the police ."

  • WATCH: Ex-Globetrotter flies solo for 2015's alley-oop of the year

    Published: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    If you want something done right, sometimes you've just got to do it all yourself, Mashable reports. Former Harlem Globetrotter Angelo Sharpless threw down what may stand as 2015's alley-oop of the year this week. The most impressive part? He flew solo for the ruthless dunk, playing the roles of both assister and finisher — much to the chagrin of one hapless defender.

  • NBA players to be tested for HGH starting next season

    Published: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    NBA players will be blood tested for human growth hormone beginning next season, The Associated Press reports. The league and the Players Association announced Thursday that HGH testing will start during training camp next fall. All players will be subjected to three random, unannounced tests annually — two during the season and once in the offseason. A positive test will result in a 20-game suspension for a first violation and a 45-game ban for a second violation. A player would be dismissed and disqualified from the NBA for his third violation.

  • VIDEO: Thunder fans greet players at airport in the wee hours

    Published: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    The Thunder missed the playoffs for the first time since 2008-09, but the fans wouldn't miss the team's return to town. Thunder fans came out en masse to greet the players as they got off the team plane early Thursday morning. The Thunder defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 131-113 Wednesday night in Minneapolis. This video (via Alonzo Adams) was reposted on the Thunder's Instagram account. “NOTHING like a welcome home from Thunder fans! Greeting the team at the airport at 12:45am! #GetUpGetLoud," the Thunder's Instagram account said.

  • Adrian Peterson reinstated effective Friday by NFL

    Published: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    Adrian Peterson is officially back in the NFL. The NFL announced Thursday that Peterson has been reinstated effective Friday as an active NFL player and may participate in all scheduled activities with the Vikings. Peterson has been on the Exempt/Commissioner Permission list since Sept. 17 2014 following his indictment for injuring his son with a wooden switch. Peterson was eligble for reinstation on Wednesday.

  • OSU football: Dismissed RB Tyreek Hill says he's headed to Akron

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    Former Oklahoma State running back Tyreek Hill says he's found a home in Ohio. Hill tweeted Thursday "Well I'm a Akron Zip now what's next," indicating that the ex-Cowboys speedster has plans on playing for the Mid-American Conference school. Hill, a junior, was dismissed from the Oklahoma State football and track programs in December after he was arrested on a felony complaint of domestic abuse by strangulation. Akron has not confirmed that Hill has joined its football or track programs. In his only season at Oklahoma State, Hill led the Cowboys in all-purpose yards (1,811).

  • Report: Thabo Sefolosha provoked by NYPD before arrest

    Published: Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    An SI.com source tells a conflicting story about former Oklahoma City Thunder guard Thabo Sefolosha than the one in the New York Police Department's police report from his arrest last week. SI.com says a source close to Sefolosha is claiming the real story differs from the police account -- which says an officer "observed the defendant Thabo Sefolosha run in an aggressive manner towards the direction" of another officer. From SI.com's Greg Hanlon : "According to the source, it was the officer who was the initial aggressor. The source said that while officers were dispersing dozens of people near the scene, one officer focused on Sefolosha, 'and then he continues to track him down the block like a D-back tracking a receiver.' "At the time, the source said, Sefolosha and (Hawks teammate Pero) Antic were walking down the block to get into a car that would take them back to their team hotel. The source said Sefolosha did not run toward the cop as the complaint said. Rather, the source said 'Sefolosha turns to him and asked in substance what the officer’s problem was with him.’' At this point, the source said, Sefolosha and the officer got into an argument, which led to Sefolosha’s arrest for obstruction a governmental function, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. The arrest took place at the corner of 10th Avenue, more than 120 feet away from the scene of the stabbing at 1OAK night club." Sefolosha will miss the entire postseason with the Atlanta Hawks after suffering a fractured fibula and ligament damage during his arrest last week for obstructing government administration, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. On Tuesday, Sefolosha said in a statement that his injury " was caused by the police ."

  • Thabo Sefolosha says in statement 'injury was caused by the police'

    staff reports | Published: Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    Former Oklahoma City Thunder guard Thabo Sefolosha is out for the remainder of the season thanks to an injury he says was caused by New York City police. Sefolosha suffered a fractured fibula while being arrested last week outside of 1Oak nightclub for obstructing government administration, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. Video of the arrest shows multiple officers taking Sefolosha to the ground while Atlanta Hawks teammate Pero Antic sits curbside. On the advice of his legal counsel, Sefolosha did not discuss the facts of his case, in which he and Antic are contesting charges. "Those questions will be answered by my attorney in a court of law," Sefolosha said in a statement issued Tuesday . "I will simply say that I am in great pain, have experienced a significant injyr and that the injury was caused by police." In the same statement, Sefolosha also apolgized for "any distraction this incident has caused." "I would like to begin by expressing my gratitude to my family and friends, the Hawks organization and my teammates," Sefolosha said. "This has been a difficult time for me and I truly appreciate the support I have received from everyone. I am extremely disappointed that I will not be able to join my teammates on the court during the playoffs and apologize to them for any distraction this incident has caused. I will be cheering for them every step of the way and will be diligent in my rehabilitation."

  • OSU women's basketball: Lakota Beatty not returning to Cowgirls

    Published: Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    Oklahoma State guard Lakota Beatty announced that she is not returning to the Cowgirls basketball team in 2015-16. Beatty announced her decision via Twitter on Tuesday, saying she was "Truly thankful for everything Oklahoma State has done for me/blessed me with but I have decided that I will not be returning back next year." Beatty did not specify whether or not she is transferring to play basketball at another school. Beatty, a 5-foot-8 sophomore from Anadarko, started eight games for the Cowgirls in 2014-15, and averaged 2.7 points and 1.2 rebounds in 25 games. On Friday, Cowgirls point guard Roshunda Johnson announced she was leaving the basketball program .

  • Former Broken Arrow pitcher Archie Bradley riding high during 'surreal' time with Diamondbacks

    Published: Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    After beating the Los Angeles Dodgers and Clayton Kershaw 6-0 in his major league debut Saturday Archie Bradley went out to dinner with family members and friends. About 55 of them. Bradley, a Broken Arrow High School product, gladly picked up the tab after giving up just one hit, and striking out six in six innings. He even picked up his first Major League hit in the game. Next up for Bradley: The San Francisco Giants and a duel against World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner on Thursday.

  • OKC Thunder: Durant, Thunder land in Top 5 in NBA jersey, merchandise sales

    Published: Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder continued their strong NBA merchandise sales in 2014-15. Durant's jersey was the No. 4 seller in the league behind the Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James, the Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry and the Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant. Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose rounds out the Top 5. Russell Westbrook, who wasn't ranked in the Top 15 last season according to NBA.com, jumped up to No. 12 among individual jersey sales. The Thunder is ranked fifth in the league for best-selling team merchandise, up one spot from sixth in 2013-14. The Bulls ranked No. 1, followed by the Cavaliers, Warriors, and Lakers. The rankings are based on overall retail sales on NBAStore.com since the start of the 2014-15 season.