• Russell Westbrook's triple-double streak collides with one of the NBA's best defenses

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    Chicago's Tom Thibodeau is considered one of the NBA's top defensive coaches. Tonight his challenge will be tapping the breaks on the Russell Westbrook triple-double express. “There’s nothing that he’s not doing,” Thibodeau said Thursday at the Bulls' shootaround prior to their TNT game against the Oklahoma City Thunder (7 p.m., TNT). “He’s play-making, he’s scoring, he’s getting to the free throw line, he’s rebounding the ball, and those are often the hardest breaks to stop, when a guy rebounds and he just goes. "So his speed is something that’s very difficult to deal with. And you never can guard those guys individually. It’s gotta be your whole team, but there is a lot more than just Russell. This team is deep and talented.’’ (Watch the video of Thibodeau's comments on Westbrook). According to Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune, Tony Snell and Kirk Hinrich "figure to draw the bulk of the one-on-one assignment" against Westbrook. "“I don’t know if you can necessarily confuse Russ, as good as he is and as long as he’s played,” Hinrich said. “He’s on a different level right now so as a team we have to find a way to somewhat slow him down.”

  • NTSB report: Engines accidentally shut down in crash that killed former Oklahoma QB Steve Davis

    Published: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. — A new National Transportation Safety Board report says the plane crash that killed former Oklahoma quarterback Steve Davis happened after Davis accidentally shut off the plane’s engines. The story, which appeared Wednesday night on News9.com, said the twin engine Hawker Beechcraft jet crashed into houses near the airport in South Bend on March 17, 2013. The crash also killed Tulsa businessman Wes Caves and seriously injured two other men on the plane and one person on the ground. Davis was 60. Caves was 58. The NTSB said the jet was equipped with a cockpit voice recorder and had about 31 minutes of conversation, radio transmissions and other audio leading up to the crash. According to the recorder, Caves and Davis discussed several topics related to piloting the jet, including how much fuel it would require for the return flight to Jones Riverside Airport and how to use its flight management systems. The conversation indicated that Davis was flying the plane. Caves explained how to use its systems. According to the NTSB transcript, the flight proceeded smoothly until the jet neared the airport. Caves coached Davis in how to maintain a certain airspeed as the plane descended to prepare for landing. The conversation included Caves telling Davis more than once to move the throttles back in order to slow the plane down to the desired speed. At 3:14:29 p.m. Oklahoma time, the pilot said, “uh-oh” and Davis replied, “What?” according to the report. The report says at 3:14:33, there's a sound similar to the landing gear warning horn for 3.5 seconds, then at 3:14:35, Caves told Davis, “You went back behind the stops and we lost power.” The transcript said Caves tried to restart the engines while informing ground controllers of the emergency. At 3:15:08, Caves radioed the approach controller, “South Bend, we have an emergency, two six delta kilo. Dead engines, dead stick, no power.” At 3:15:30, the controller asked for the pilot's intentions and Caves replied, “Uh, we've lost all power and we have no hydraulics.” At 3:15:53, Caves told the controller, “We have no navigation. If you could give us a vector please. We have no heading either. Which — you're gonna have to tell us which way to fly.” At 3:16:32, the NTSB says, the recorder stopped working while the airplane was still airborne with both engines not running. The plane then attempted to land. Since only its nose gear was extended, a ground controller told the pilot to go around. Witnesses said the airplane bounced several times on the runway on its second attempt, with the main landing gear still down. It then made a climbing right turn, rolled over and crashed.

  • VIDEO: Russell Westbrook runs length of the court, throws down two-handed dunk against Sixers

    Published: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    Welcome back, Russell Westbrook. The Philadelphia 76ers started smoking hot in the first quarter, jumping out to a 32-17 lead. So, Westbrook, in his first game back after surgery for a fractured cheek bone, had enough. The Western Conference Player of the Month for Feburary picked up the ball 94 feet from the basket, ran the length of the court and threw down a vicious two-handed slam. That sparked a 20-2 run to finish the quarter and the Thunder led 37-34 after one period. Westbrook finshed the first quarter with 16 points, six rebounds and three assists.

  • John Klein: They're both amazing, but Bill Self's run at KU is more impressive than Bob Stoops' tenure at OU

    BY JOHN KLEIN, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    Much is made, and rightfully so, of Bob Stoops' record of championship-level teams during his 16 years as Oklahoma’s football coach. However, even Stoops’ sensational tenure does not match what Bill Self has done as the Kansas basketball coach. Self’s Jayhawks rallied from a seven-point deficit in the final two minutes Tuesday for a 76-69 overtime victory over West Virginia. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • PHOTO: Russell Westbook's mask (and headband) revealed

    staff reports | Published: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    No official word if this is the mask that Russell Westbrook will wear tonight against the Philadelphia 76ers, but here's a photo of Westbrook in the protective gear ( via KOCO's Carson Cunningham ). Looks as if Westbrook is wearing a headband as well. "Yeah, it’s definitely different," Westbrook said Wednesday at Thunder shootaround . "I’ve never played in a mask, so it’s something I gotta adjust to. But I’m just gonna go with it." Westbrook missed just one game after  having surgery Sunday for a fractured cheek bone.

  • Kendrick Perkins is LeBron James' motivational speaker

    Published: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    Kendrick Perkins has a mission and it's to remind LeBron James that he's the best in the game. Since Perkins' arrival in Cleveland, the former Thunder center has shared pregame words of encouragement with James. It's similar to what Perkins has done with Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant before games with the Thunder. "I've done it all the time," Perkins told Northeast Ohio Media Group. "I'm just getting them ready because I know we're all in the same boat looking for the same thing. You've got to take care of your dogs."

  • Robots Take Over The Sports Section

    Published: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    There's a South Carolina vs. Clemson baseball game on. You check for score updates online. You click on a story from The Associated Press. In a few months, there's a good chance that story will have been written by a robot. The Huffington Post reports The Associated Press is once again teaming up with technology company Automated Insights to bring its "robot" journalism to NCAA college sports, AI announced Wednesday. Starting this spring, the AP will crank out automated sports stories on Division I baseball, and will gradually begin to include Division I women’s basketball, Division II and III men’s basketball and Division II and III football within the next two years.

  • KOCO: Russell Westbrook featured in 'Pitch Perfect 2' picture

    Published: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    Whoever creates graphics and works on the"Pitch Perfect 2" official website is a fan of the Thunder's Russell Westbrook, KOCO reports. Following Westbrook's All-Star Game Most Valuable Player performance Feb. 15...

  • Blake Griffin nearing return for Clippers

    Published: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    Blake Griffin has intensified his workouts since undergoing elbow surgery and could return as soon as Sunday, according to the Los Angeles Times. The former OU star is close to four weeks removed from surgery to remove a staph infection from his right elbow. If he returns Sunday, Griffin will have sat out 11 games.

  • Former OSU wrestler Johny Hendricks has a new restaurant in Texas

    Published: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    Johny Hendricks has won an NCAA wrestling national championship and a UFC title. Now, he's trying to win in the kitchen. Hendricks is financially backing Big Rigg Steakhouse in Midlothian, Texas, which he opened in January. He's working with family members and even bussing tables. In the piece from the Dallas Morning News, Hendricks talks about focusing on giving back to Midlothain, the town he's settled with his wife and three daughters.

  • Hockey player traded to Wild after daughter writes to team

    Published: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    The NHL Trade Deadline can sometimes feel mechanical and cold. These are names on the transaction wire, additions to rosters. What gets lost is that these are moves that interrupt lives and affect families, Puck Daddy reports. Thanks to Jordyn Leopold, we’ve all been reminded about the human side of the trade deadline. Jordyn Leopold is the 11-year-old daughter of Jordan Leopold, a defenseman who played for theColumbus Blue Jackets this season. In January, she wrote a letter to the Minnesota Wild front office asking the team to trade for her father, a University of Minnesota product who was born in Golden Valley, Minnesota. 

  • Report: Russell Westbrook likely to return Wednesday vs. Sixers

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    Russell Westbrook fractured his cheek bone on Friday. He could be back on the court in less than a week. The Thunder All-Star guard is likely to return on Wednesday against the Philadelphia 76ers, acccording to Yahoo Sports sources. Westbrook fractured his right cheek bone on an inadvertent knee to the face from teammate Andre Roberson against the Portland Trail Blazers last week. "Westbrook is expected to play barring an unforseen setback," Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski writes . Westbrook will reportedly wear a protective mask upon his return to the lineup. If Westbrook was to return on Wednesday, he'll have missed just one game following surgery on Saturday . The Thunder  beat the Los Angeles Lakers 108-101 without Westbrook on Sunday.

  • Report: San Antonio, Houston among cities considering bids for College Football Playoff title games

    Updated: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    At least 14 cities are considering whether to bid for the 2018, 2019 or 2020 College Football Playoff championship games, according to a report from ESPN. Of the 14, seven already have decided to bid. Atlanta; Charlotte; Jacksonville, Florida; Miami; Minneapolis and San Antonio will bid, sources told ESPN, while the Associated Press reported that Santa Clara, California, also will bid. The deadline to turn in the College Football Playoff's request for proposal for the championship games is late May. The College Football Playoff will announce which cities bid to host the games by the end of May.

  • VIDEO: Brent Musburger seemed really 'invested' in OU-Iowa State

    Erik Horne | Published: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    What is going on here? Iowa State was a six-point favorite Monday night against Oklahoma and play-by-play man Brent Musberger was talking on the ESPN broadcast as if he had some "outside interests" in the game's final score. OU's Buddy Hield went to the line with the Sooners trailing 71-65 -- by six points. Musburger: Some are more interested in this free throw than others. OK, no big deal. Then, with the Sooners down 74-68 -- six points -- the ball goes out with 31.9 seconds left. It's OU's ball, but the referees get together to review who has possession. Fran Fraschilla: I know you don't want them to review that call, do you? Musberger: (Laughs) I don't know what you're talking about. (Laughs) Yes I do, and no I don't. Final score: Iowa State 77, OU 70. Sorry, Brent.

  • James Harden suspended 1 game for kicking LeBron James in the groin

    Published: Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    Houston Rockets guard James Harden has been suspended one game without pay by the NBA for kicking Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James in the groin in their game Sunday. Harden and James were fighting for the ball above the top of the three-point line when Harden went down to the floor around the 2:08 mark of the third quarter. Harden then extended his left leg into James' groin as James was standing over him. Harden was assessed a Flagrant Foul 1 for the incident. The foul has been upgraded to a Flagrant Foul 2 upon league office review. Houston won the game 105-103.

  • OSU football: Spring football game time set

    Published: Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    Oklahoma State announced that its spring football game will be played at 1 p.m. on April 18. Admission will be free to the game at Boone Pickens Stadium. The Cowboys will begin spring practice on March 9. More from NewsOK : Big 12 spring practice start and spring game dates

  • OKC Thunder: Scott Brooks named Western Conference Coach of the Month

    staff reports | Published: Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    On Monday, Thunder coach Scott Brooks was named the Western Conference Coach of the Month for February. Despite injuries to Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Steven Adams, Brooks guided the Thunder to a Western Conference best 9-3 mark in February, with wins over three teams currently in playoff position -- the Los Angeles Clippers (131-108), Memphis Grizzlies (105-89) and Dallas Mavericks (104-89). The Thunder's three losses in February came by a combined 10 points.

  • Golfer retracts claims about Tiger Woods being suspended

    Erik Horne | Published: Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    A journeyman pro golfer made claims about Tiger Woods serving a month-long suspension. Now, he's backtracking. Dan Olsen went on a Michigan radio station and said "a strong witness ... a credible person" told him Woods was serving a suspension by the PGA Tour. In the interview, Olsen alluded to Woods using performance enhancing drugs. "It's not testosterone, but it's something else," Olsen told The Game 730-AM on Friday. "I think when it's all said and done, he's gonna surpass Lance Armstrong with infamy." But Olsen has apologized since his comments have exploded nationwide. "My comments were ill-advised," he said. "I retract the entire interview and apologize to Nike, the PGA Tour, Tiger and Tim Finchem." Olsen also told ESPN.com "everything I said on that radio interview was only my opinion and not based on any firsthand knowledge or facts."

  • Dallas Cowboys franchise tag WR Dez Bryant

    Published: Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    The Dallas Cowboys officially placed the franchise tag on wide receiver Dez Bryant on Monday, keeping the former Oklahoma State standout from hitting the free agent market. Unless the Cowboys and Bryant agree to a long-term deal in the offseason, Bryant will make $12.823 million in 2015. From dallascowboys.com: "Whether or not Bryant will actually play the 2015 season under this designation remains to be seen as the Cowboys will have until July 15 to work out a new contract with Bryant. If not, the Cowboys won’t be allowed to restructure a deal with him until the end of the season." Bryant led the league in touchdown receptions (16) and was eighth in receiving yards (1,320) in 2014.

  • Andrew Heaney among 7 MLB prospects to watch this spring

    Published: Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    ESPN Insider Jim Bowden lists his seven prospects to keep and eye on in spring training, and former Putnam City and Oklahoma State star Andrew Heaney is on the list. Heaney, who was traded to the Los Angeles Angels in the offseason , is one of two left-handed pitchers on Bowden's list: "This could be a huge trade win for GM Jerry DiPoto, and I can’t wait to see if Heaney is ready to help them on Opening Day or if he still needs more seasoning," Bowden said. "Heaney has a low-90s fastball with arm-side sink and two above-average secondary pitches in his slider and changeup. He has some work to do in holding runners and slowing them down, and I will be watching that closely when I see him pitch." More from NewsOK : Meet Angels pitcher and former Putnam City star Andrew Heaney's biggest fan