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  • Thunder No. 7 in ESPN's 'Ultimate Team Rankings'

    staff reports | Published: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    The latest edition of ESPN's "Ultimate Team Rankings" is out, and the Oklahoma City Thunder is high atop the list. The Thunder are No. 7 overall out of 122 teams, according to the annual ranking. The Thunder are the No. 3 NBA team on the list behind Western Conference foes San Antonio and Memphis. The Spurs are the No. 1 team in "Ultimate Team Rankings," which rates MLB, NBA, NFL and NHL teams in categories such as affordability, coaching, fan relations, ownership, players, stadium experience, bang for the buck and title track. The Thunder's highest rank came in the "players" category (10th), while the Spurs ranked first in fan relations, ownership, players and coaching.

  • PHOTO: Kevin Durant is ready for the Washington Nationals' playoff run

    erik horne | Published: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    Kevin Durant is from the Maryland/D.C. area. This is known. Which leaves him at a crossroads potentially: Root for the Baltimore Orioles or the Washington Nationals? Durant made his allegances clear when he posted an Instagram picture Thursday afternoon of himself wearing a Nationals jersey with his nickname "Easy Money" stitched on the back. "Yea man! Natitude," Durant posted. Both the Nationals (National League East) and the Orioles (American League East) have wrapped up their division titles and clinched playoff berths.

  • Former Rangers manager Ron Washington: 'Not true to my wife'

    Published: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    Ron Washington said Wednesday he resigned as manager of the Texas Rangers because he was unfaithful to his wife. "I made a mistake, I'm embarrassed," Washington said Wednesday at a news conference in Irving, Texas. "I was not true to my wife of 42 years. I broke her trust." Washington, who spoke publicly for the first time since his Sept. 5 resignation, did not take questions. He asked that his privacy be respected and revealed that "today I'm at a very low time in my life."

  • Texas Tech defensive coordinator Matt Wallerstedt resigns

    staff reports | Published: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    Oklahoma State will be facing a new defensive coordinator when it plays Texas Tech next week. Coachingsearch.com reports that the Red Raiders have dismissed defensive coordinator Matt Wallerstedt. Co-defensive coordinator/outside linebackers coach Mike Smith will take over Wallerstedt's duties. Texas Tech (2-1) enters its game with the Cowboys ranked last in the Big 12 in scoring defense (36.7 points conceded per game) and rushing defense (297.7 yards per game). The Red Raiders are coming off a 49-28 loss to Arkansas in which they gave up 438 yards rushing. Oklahoma State plays Texas Tech Sept. 25 at 6:30 p.m. in Stillwater.

  • PepsiCo CEO Slams 'Repugnant Behavior' Of NFL Players

    Published: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    PepsiCo CEO and chairwoman Indra Nooyi called out the NFL’s “mishandling” of child abuse and domestic violence cases, while also showing support for Commissioner Roger Goodell in a statement late Wednesday, according to BuzzFeed. “I am a mother, a wife, and a passionate football fan,” Nooyi wrote in a statement dated Sept. 18. “I am deeply disturbed that the repugnant behavior of a few players and the NFL’s acknowledged mishandling of these issues, is casting a cloud over the integrity of the league and the reputations of the majority of players who’ve dedicated their lives to a career they love. When it comes to child abuse and domestic violence, there is no middle ground.” Goodell, she added, is “a man of integrity,” and she is “confident that he will do the right thing for the league in light of the serious issues it is facing.”

  • High School Fires Coach For Alleged Connection To Anti-Gay Attack

    Published: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    A Philadelphia Catholic high school has fired an assistant basketball coach for allegedly being connected to a recent anti-gay attack that left a gay couple with multiple injuries, according to BuzzFeed. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia said the man was fired Wednesday evening and had worked as an assistant basketball coach at Archbishop Wood High School. “I have confirmed that one of the individuals involved in the incident in some way was an assistant basketball coach,” said Ken Gavin, a spokesperson for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, in a statement. “He was not a teacher at the school but serving as a coach on a contract basis. He was terminated this evening and will not be permitted to coach in any Archdiocesan school. We expect all those who work with students in our schools to model appropriate Christian behavior at all times.”

  • This Homecoming Queen Kicks Butt

    Published: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    After school dances, most girls like to preserve their blowouts and perfectly applied makeup for as long as possible. But minutes after Mary Kate Smith is crowned homecoming queen of South Jones High School in Mississippi on Sept. 26, she’ll wash her face, throw her hair into a braid, and suit up to play in the football game, according to Yahoo Style. The 17-year-old senior recently made the squad as the football team’s kicker, which makes her something of a rarity. As of 2012, fewer than 2,000 girls played football nationwide. For the last two years, peers had encouraged her to try out — she has an amazing foot, able to nail 35- to 40-yard field goals. Her natural kicking talent comes from years of playing soccer, and she has even committed to play for University of Southern Mississippi next year. 

  • Another NFL player arrested, accused of abuse

    Published: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    After 10 days in which the NFL has been forced to come to terms with the specter of domestic violence among some high-profile players, Arizona running back Jonathan Dwyer has been arrested on allegations of two incidents of aggravated assault that occurred over the summer. The Cardinals have deactivated Dwyer from all team activities, according to Yahoo Sports. The Phoenix Police Department indicated that the incidents involving Dwyer's wife and 18-month-old child took place over the summer on July 21 and 22. Dwyer's wife left the state of Arizona shortly afterward and took their child with her. According to Phoenix police, Dwyer admitted to the incidents but denied any assault took place.

  • Kevin Durant respects David Ash walking away from football

    Published: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    From one Longhorn to another, Kevin Durant supports Texas quarterback David Ash. Ash announced Wednesday that he will  give up football after struggling with concussion symptoms throughout his career in Austin. Durant, who played his only season of college basketball at Texas, sent out a heartfelt message via Twitter supporting Ash's decision.

  • Texas QB Ash to end career after tough year

    Published: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    Texas Longhorns quarterback David Ash has elected to end his football career after struggling with concussion symptoms for the past year, ESPN.com reports. Coach Charlie Strong announced the junior quarterback's decision after practice Wednesday. Ash had started 22 games in his career with the Longhorns but was shut down on Sept. 1 after experiencing more symptoms, according to ESPN.

  • Where has former OU golfer Anthony Kim gone?

    Published: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    Six years after his star-making turn at the 2008 Ryder Cup and 28 months since his last PGA Tour event, Anthony Kim has gone into hiding, wrestling with whether to tee it up again or reap an eight-figure disability settlement, according to Sports Illustrated.  What we know for sure is that Kim, 29, has not teed it up at a PGA Tour event in more than 28 months. Once considered the future of U.S. golf, he is now estranged from the game that brought him fame and fortune. His handlers at IMG rarely speak to him. In April, golfchannel.com asked Kim's agent, Clarke Jones, about his client's whereabouts. The best Jones could come up with? "He's not living under a bridge, he's not living in a box."

  • Kevin Durant opens up to Esquire about his friendship with Karl Malone and more

    Published: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    Esquire Magazine recently interviewed Kevin Durant on various topics including his influences growing up, his career and talking to the younger players. Turns out, Durant doesn't only look to his mother in tough times ("She's always on my side being positive and letting me know that it's going to be alright.") He also has a friend in The Mailman - Karl Malone. "I've gotten close with Karl Malone, who's called me numerous times when he can see on TV that I'm struggling, feeling bad after a loss," Durant said. "He can tell." Some other highlights from the interview: There were plenty of times when I wanted to quit because I was working too hard, but he knew I could handle it, and he was confident for me when I couldn't be confident for myself. We tend to take our careers too seriously and let it take over us. But great teachers have a great balance of working extremely hard to be the best, but also realizing what's the most important thing in life.

  • Vikings owner: 'We made a mistake' on Adrian Peterson

    Published: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    The Minnesota Vikings say there was no pressure from the NFL to bench Adrian Peterson before they banished him to the exempt list early Wednesday, just two days after announcing their embattled star running back would return to the field this week, according to USA TODAY. "We made a mistake, and we needed to get this right," Vikings owner Zygi Wilf said in a prepared statement to open a media conference that yielded no answers about how the team got it wrong in the first place. Peterson, 29, was indicted last Thursday in Montgomery County, Texas, on a charge that he injured his 4-year-old son by spanking him with a tree branch. He has an arraignment scheduled for Oct. 8 and faces up two years in prison and a $10,000 fine if found guilty.

  • Nike suspends Adrian Peterson contract

    Published: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    Nike has suspended its contract with Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, announcing the decision Wednesday as part of a statement which also addressed the company's role as a partner with the NFL. "Nike in no way condones child abuse or domestic violence of any kind and has shared our concerns with the NFL," company spokesman KeJuan Wilkins said in a statement. "We have suspended our contract with Adrian Peterson." The Vikings announced Wednesday that Peterson was placed on the exempt-commissioner's permission list , meaning he will have to stay away from the team while he addresses child abuse charges in Texas.

  • Why Dez Bryant throws up the 'X' after touchdowns

    Published: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    Dez Bryant has found himself in the end zone a lot in recent seasons. The former Oklahoma State receiver entered this season tied for the league lead in receiving touchdowns since 2012. And when he scores, you'll see him throw up the "X" symbol with his arms. What does it mean? "The X is for all the defenses," Bryant said recently in an interview with the NFL Network's Michael Silver. "I'm the guy to watch." Bryant went on to say he's X-ing out "All of the bad, all of the negativity that ever approached me." "People don't understand me; they paint their own pictures of me. I look at them as they're just negative, they want to bring me down - I'll show them. The biggest joy I can ever get is me proving a doubter wrong. I love it. I love it." The "X" has become so synonymous with Bryant that he's modeled his apparel business after his touchdown celebration.

  • VIDEO: OSU football takes you inside the Sherman Smith Training Center

    Published: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    Oklahoma State Athletics takes you through the history and development of the Sherman E. Smith Training Center, a state-of-the-art addition to the athletic program. The video runs through the pros of having the extended space to practice in. The Smith Training Center actually provides more practice space than the inside of Boone Pickens Stadium. "I think we've probably got one of the best indoor practice facilties in the country," running backs coach Jemal Singleton said. "The fluidity of being able to go from outdoors to indoors at a moment's notice is pretty good."

  • Retouched CoverGirl Ad Calls Out Domestic Violence in NFL

    Published: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    As one of the official sponsors of the NFL, CoverGirl created football-inspired makeup looks for every team, advertised with the slogan “Get Your Game Face On.” This weekend, the purple smoky eye inspired by the Baltimore Ravens got an unfortunate makeover, according to Yahoo Beauty. In the wake of the video revealing the team’s running back Ray Rice violently abusing his then-fiance, an airbrushed version showing the CoverGirl model with a now black and blue eye has gone viral. On top of its visual impact, it takes to task the poor way in which the NFL, and more specifically commissioner Roger Goodell, has addressed the issue of domestic violence.

  • FSU suspends Jameis Winston for first half against Clemson

    Published: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    Florida State has suspended quarterback Jameis Winston for the first half of the Seminoles' game against No. 22 Clemson Saturday following obscene comments the Heisman Trophy winner made in public on FSU's campus Tuesday. "As the university's most visible ambassadors, student-athletes at Florida State are expected to uphold at all times high standards of integrity and behavior that reflect well upon themselves, their families, coaches, teammates, the Department of Athletics and Florida State University," interim president Garnett Stokes and athletics director Stan Wilcox said in a statement. "Student-athletes are expected to act in a way that reflects dignity and respect for others. "As a result of his comments yesterday, which were offensive and vulgar, Jameis Winston will undergo internal discipline and will be withheld from competition for the first half of the Clemson game." Winston reportedly jumped on a table in the student union and shouted a vulgar statement. Winston and the Seminoles are currently the No. 1 ranked team in collegr football. FSU (2-0) defeated Oklahoma State 37-31 in their season opener, with Winston accounting for 370 yards passing and two touchdowns.

  • Wes Welker, two others have suspensions lifted following revised PED policy

    Published: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    Denver Broncos receiver Wes Welker will be back on the field sooner than expected. Along with Dallas Cowboys defensive back Orlando Scandrick and St. Louis Rams receiver Stedman Bailey, Welker had his suspension lifted Wednesday morning as the NFL and NFL Players Association announced an agreement on a revised performance enhancing drug policy. Welker, a Heritage Hall alumnus, and the other players were each serving a four-game suspension for testing positive for amphetamine.

  • Mother of boy in Adrian Peterson case outraged over 'invasion of privacy'

    Published: Tue, Sep 16, 2014

    A statement was released Tuesday afternoon of from the law firm representing the mother of the boy who is the subject of the Adrian Peterson allegations of child abuse. Peterson was charged with hitting his 4-year-old son with a wooden switch, a charge Peterson replied to in a statement Monday. The statement from the firm is as follows: We represent the mother of the minor child of Adrian Peterson, the NFL player that is the subject of an indictment in Montgomery County, Texas. My client, on behalf of herself and their son, wishes to express her extreme outrage at the invasion of their privacy that has occurred through the publication of highly confidential and private data obtained regarding them by the press without their permission or consent. My client is hurt and outraged that the press would publish throughout the world pictures of their minor son and publish statements allegedly made as part of the private and confidential criminal investigative file. My client asks the press and the public to respect the privacy rights of herself and their son by immediately removing any and all pictures and statements that are part of the private and confidential criminal investigative file and that should not be in the possession of the press and the public. My client, on behalf of herself and their son, asks the press to immediately cease and desist from further publicizing private and confidential information about herself or their son gathered in connection with the indictment of Mr. Peterson. In making this statement, it is the mother’s intent to not comment at this time with respect to any matters involving this case. Kelly C. Dohm, Esq. Melchert, Hubert, Sjodin, P.L.L.P.