• 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.

  • Adrian Peterson's April 15th date 'still relevant' says NFL commissioner Roger Goodell

    Published: Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said that Adrian Peterson's situation will continue to be evaluated leading up April 15, the earliest date the Minnesota Vikings running back can be reinstated by the league from his suspension. Goodell answered numerous questions on the state of the league, including Peterson's status, at the annual NFL league owners' meetings Wednesday in Phoenix. At the press conference, Goodell said the April 15 date is still relevant. "Yes it is," Goodell said. "We're going to continue the evaluation. We'll have our people and I expect to meet with Adrian before we make a final determination on his status, but we expect to keep that time table." Peterson was suspended by the NFL following his indictment in September for injuring his son with a wooden switch. He was placed on the commissioner's exempt list by the Vikings on Sept. 17 after appearing in just one game in 2014.

  • Patrick Beverley could have season-ending wrist surgery

    Published: Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    Rockets point guard Patrick Beverley has torn ligaments in his wrist and is deciding whether he can play again this season. The Rockets get center Dwight Howard back from injury tonight, but lose Beverley, who will reportedly have further discussions on his treatment and the next steps in seven to 10 days. Beverley left in the third quarter of the Rockets' game against the Indiana Pacers on Monday with a left wrist sprain.

  • Meet the College Basketball Star Who Drives for Uber to Make Extra Money

    Published: Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    Though fans of Xavier University's basketball team can catch the team's center Matt Stainbrook on the court for Thursday night's game, they can also catch him somewhere else: on a Cincinnati road driving an Uber car, ABC News reports. Stainbrook, who was on The Dan Patrick Show Tuesday, explained that he drives people around for Uber to make extra money because he gave his full scholarship to his little brother.

  • Ex-employee on how Adidas didn't sign Michael Jordan

    Published: Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    In 1984, the Portland Trail Blazers made the decision to draft Sam Bowie with the second pick of the NBA Draft. At the time, it seemed like a pretty reasonable decision. Bowie, a senior out of Kentucky, was an All-American and was just shy of averaging a double-double during the 1983-84 season with the Wildcats. Bowie was to provide valuable assistance to the team struggling to replace Bill Walton, USA TODAY reports. This all made sense on June 19, 1984, before the Chicago Bulls picked third. The Bulls chose Michael Jordan with that pick.

  • LeBron James: 'No one should fault' Kevin Love for choosing Russell Westbrook as MVP

    Published: Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    In response to Kevin Love's endorsement of Russell Westbrook as the NBA's Most Valuable Player this season, LeBron James hasn't added fuel to the fire. "Kev has is own opinion on who he believes is the MVP," James said Tuesday. "No one should fault him for that." On Monday, Love went on the Dan Patrick Show and said he would pick Westbrook over James, his Cleveland Cavaliers teammate, as this season's MVP. Westbrook and Love played together at UCLA in college. Per the Akron Beacon Journal's Jason Lloyd , Love "seemed frustrated Tuesday" that only a small portion of his interview had been circulated. “If you choose to get the little three- or four-second clip of my whole answer, I said LeBron could very well be the MVP, Steph Curry, James Harden,” Love said Tuesday. “Those are guys you all talk about and you know very well all of them could be the MVP.” With Kevin Durant out indefinitely, Westbrook has helped the Thunder move three games ahead of Phoenix for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. James' Cavaliers are second in the Eastern Conference standings as of Wednesday.

  • The top-selling throwback jersey in Oklahoma is ...

    Published: Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    Mitchell and Ness specializes in throwback sports apparel and vintage jerseys, so the the tradition-rich company has a good idea of what is selling where. Take Oklahoma, for example. Mitchell and Ness created a map of the best selling professional team throwback jerseys by state and a Sanders is at the top of the list. It's not Barry, however. It's Deion Sanders' 1995 authentic Dallas Cowboys jersey (which is selling for $300 here ). Remember this one? The big stars on the shoulders? It was the final Super Bowl season of the early-90s Cowboys' dynasty. Sanders' also has top-selling throwbacks in Georgia and Hawaii (for what it's worth, Barry Sanders' 1993 Detroit Lions jersey is the top seller in Michigan.) But Sanders is far from the most popular throwback athlete according to M&N. Kobe Bryant's 1996-97 Los Angeles Lakers jersey is the top throwback in SEVEN states. Kobe's No. 8 is even the top selling throwback in Ohio, which is supposed to be LeBron James country. Maybe James isn't old enough to have a throwback yet? Other notables: Mickey Mantle's 1951 New York Yankees jersey is the No. 1 M&N throwback in Idaho. Troy Aikman is No. 1 in Texas . 1995 Cowboys strike again.

  • Report: Former OU basketball coach Jeff Capel offered Arizona State job

    staff reports | Published: Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    Arizona State has offered former OU basketball coach Jeff Capel its coaching vacancy following the firing of Herb Sendek, according to multiple reports. Arizona State fired Sendek on Tuesday after nine seasons in Tempe. The Sun Devils went 18-16 this season and did not make the NCAA Tournament. Since being fired by OU in 2011 , Capel has been an assistnt at Duke. The Blue Devils are currently in the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16, where they will play Utah on Friday. More from NewsOK : Baldwin: Former OU coach Jeff Capel will not be at Duke for long

  • Report: Mark Price mulling job at UNC Charlotte

    Published: Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    Former NBA All-Star Mark Price has been offered the job at UNC Charlotte, according to ESPN sources. Price, an Enid native, played 12 seasons in the NBA, where he was a four-time All-Star. Price would replace Alan Major, who left the school last week after five seasons. Price is currently an assistant with the NBA's Charlotte Hornets. More from NewsOK : Oklahoma's greatest basketball player, Mark Price, returns to OKC as Bobcats' assistant coach Collected Wisdom: Mark Price

  • Blake Griffin cleared of battery charge in night club incident

    Published: Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    Nevada prosecutors on Tuesday dropped a misdemeanor battery charge against Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin in connection with his alleged involvement in a night club confrontation in Las Vegas. Daniel Schuman, 39, filed battery charges against Griffin in November, claiming that Griffin slapped him and grabbed his cellphone. But according to The Associated Press, new information obtained since the charges were filed in November "made it clear that the allegations couldn't be proved." Schuman told police that the former OU All-American grabbed his cellphone after he took a photo of Griffin and Clippers players Oct. 19 at Tao nightclub.

  • Blake Griffin cleared of battery charge in Las Vegas nightclub incident

    Updated: Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    Nevada prosecutors on Tuesday dropped a misdemeanor battery charge against Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin in connection with his alleged involvement in a night club confrontation in Las Vegas. Daniel Schuman, 39, filed battery charges against Griffin in November, claiming that Griffin slapped him and grabbed his cellphone. But according to The Associated Press, new information obtained since the charges were filed in November "made it clear that the allegations couldn't be proved." Schuman told police that the former OU All-American grabbed his cellphone after he took a photo of Griffin and Clippers players Oct. 19 at Tao nightclub.

  • Mo'ne Davis wants dismissed player reinstated

    Published: Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    Mo'ne Davis has asked Bloomsburg University to reinstate baseball player Joey Casselberry, the player who was dismissed from the program after sending an offensive tweet about Davis, Yahoo Sports reports. Davis appeared on "SportsCenter" on Monday, and gave her thoughts on the issue.  "Everyone makes mistakes, and everyone deserves a second chance. I know he didn't mean it in that type of way, and I know a lot of people get tired of just seeing me on TV, but sometimes you've got to think about what you're doing before you actually do it.  "I know right now he's really hurt, and I know how hard he worked just to get to where he is right now."

  • Russell Westbrook has statistical milestone nixed

    Published: Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    Oklahoma City Thunder star and MVP candidate Russell Westbrook has put up some unreal numbers over this season and especially the past few months, regularly leading his team in every major statistical category. The greatest manifestation of that dominance has been via the triple-double, supposedly the product of coincidence even when players appear to begunning or lobbying for them, Yahoo Sports reports. While the milestone is an imperfect measurement of a quality game, it's one of the best ways of expressing how much Westbrook has done for the Thunder. When he logged his 10th triple-double of the season with 12 points, 17 assists, and 10 rebounds in Sunday's victory over the Miami Heat, it was a useful indicator of what he means to the team.

  • New chapter in Kevin Love-LeBron James drama

    Published: Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    At this point, the relationship between LeBron James and Kevin Love has been scrutinized more than Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s marriage, but alas the two Cleveland Cavaliers teammates keep fanning flames, and the media firestorm rages on, Yahoo Sports reports. While promoting chocolate milk, as if chocolate milk needed promoting, Love appeared on two national radio shows and made comments about James on each that could be perceived as veiled references to a strained coexistence. Admittedly, it’s speculation, but neither Love nor LeBron have done all that much to quell concerns in Cleveland.




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