• Thunder make two appearances on SI.com's favorite NBA moments of 2014

    Published: Mon, Dec 22, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Thunder appears twice on SI.com's 10 favorite NBA moments of 2014. One appearance is good. The other is in defeat. First the good. Kevin Durant's moving MVP speech from May is on the list. From SI.com's Rob Mahoney: "Durant’s speech came to be a fair extension of the man himself: Graceful, proud, and undeniably powerful." And now for the bad. In the same month, the Spurs fell in six games to the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference finals. In SI.com's highlighted Game 6, Tim Duncan led the Spurs to victory with seven consecutive points in overtime at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

  • OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant misses practice, status unknown vs. Blazers

    staff reports | Published: Mon, Dec 22, 2014

    Thunder forward Kevin Durant did not practice on Monday and his status is still in doubt for Oklahoma City's home game against Portland on Tuesday. Durant has missed the Thunder's last two games with an ankle sprain. Oklahoma City has gone 1-1 in those contests, beating the Lakers on the road Friday, but losing to the Pelicans Sunday night.

  • Pistons waive forward Josh Smith

    Published: Mon, Dec 22, 2014

    The Detroit Pistons announced the release of veteran forward Josh Smith Monday morning. The 6-foot-9 Smith averaged 13.1 points, 7.2 rebounds and 4.7 assists while shooting 39.1 percent from the field this season. Smith joined the Pistons as a free agent in July of 2013 from the Atlanta Hawks.

  • VIDEO: 9-year-old LeBron James Jr. can ball like his dad

    Published: Mon, Dec 22, 2014

    The apple doesn't fall far from the tree in the LeBron James family. James' son, LeBron James Jr., apparently has game, too. The 9-year-old goes off in this video from the Ronald Searles Holiday Classic, showing off his dad's penchant for finding teammates, ambidextrous handle and barrelling to the rim. The highlight: Around the 1:28 mark, LeBron Jr. hits a teammate perfectly with a behind-the-back pass on a 2-on-1 break. How many grown men can pull that off succesfully, let alone 9-year-olds? ( TMZ Sports )

  • OSU baseball: Cowboys ranked No. 5 in preseason poll

    Published: Mon, Dec 22, 2014

    Coming off a season in which three teams advanced to the NCAA College World Series, the Big 12 is the only conference with four squads ranked in the preseason top 10 by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. TCU checks in at No. 2 behind 2014 national champion Vanderbilt, while Oklahoma State ranks fifth. Texas sits at No. 7 with Texas Tech at No. 9. The Cowboys open their season Feb. 13 at Arizona State. OSU went 48-18 last season, winning the Big 12 regular-season championship and advancing to an NCAA Super Regional.

  • DeMarco Murray still practicing, Weeden misses for personal reasons

    Published: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    IRVING, Texas – Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray attended practice for the third-straight day and team owner Jerry Jones said on his weekly radio show that Murray looks like he's on schedule to play Sunday against the Colts. Both Murray and offensive guard Zack Martin are listed as questionable. "Murray and Martin, I’m pretty positive about having the ability to play them and to get that decision,” Jones said Friday on KRLD/105.3 FM. “Both of those guys, you should be able to count on them." More in doubt is the status of right tackle Doug Free, who is doubtful with an ankle injury. Backup quarterback and former Oklahoma State standout Brandon Weeden missed Friday's practice for personal reasons.

  • OU football: Sooners take awesome Christmas card photo

    erik horne | Published: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    Some OU football players are in the holiday spirit. Several of the Sooners sent out a Christmas photo over Twitter Friday morning. Included in the photo are roommates/teammates Ty Darlington, Cody Thomas, Connor Knight, Grant Bothun and Joey Palange. “Merry Christmas from my roommates to yours! @G_BO_ @connor_knight15 @TyDarlington56 @codythomas_12 @JoeyFingaz47,” Trevor Knight tweeted out Friday morning. There's too much awesome in this photos. In no particular order: Palange mean-mugging while holding a massive five-pronged fork. Tacky sweaters. Darlington's very small tie. Random life-sized Bob Stoops. Miniature red tree. Cody Thomas sunglasses.

  • TU reserve quarterback Jabe Burgess charged with breaking and entering

    Published: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    University of Tulsa reserve quarterback Jabe Burgess was charged this week with a misdemeanor following his arrest last month in connection with a break-in at an on-campus apartment, the Tulsa World reports. According to Burgess’ arrest report, police were called Nov. 9 to an apartment on TU’s campus, where the victim told officers he arrived home to discover his apartment had been ransacked and vandalized after he left his front door unlocked.

  • OSU basketball: Travis Ford providing free tickets to Stillwater Public Schools employees

    Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    Oklahoma State head basketball coach Travis Ford and his wife, Heather, are showing their appreciation for Stillwater Public School employees by offering free tickets to Sunday's Cowboy basketball game vs. Maryland in Gallagher-Iba Arena. All SPS employees can receive two free tickets to the game by bringing ID for verification to the Southeast doors of Gallagher-Iba Arena on Sunday beginning at noon. The game tips off at 1 p.m. "Heather and I appreciate all the hard work and commitment that all the Stillwater Public Schools employees show to the kids of Stillwater," Ford said. "This is just a small token during this Christmas time to say `Thank you!' for all that they do."

  • Report: Mavericks agree to deal to get Rajon Rondo from Celtics

    Published: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    The Western Conference continues to get tougher. The Dallas Mavericks have reportedly agreed in principle with the Boston Celtics to acquire point guard Rajon Rondo as part of a four-player deal, ESPN's Marc Stein reports. The Mavericks will send Brandan Wright, Jae Crowder, Jameer Nelson, and two future draft picks to the Celtics for Rondo, who has spent his entire NBA career in Boston. Rondo is averaging 8.3 points, 10.8 assists and 7.5 rebounds per game for the Celtics this season.

  • Justin Fuente, Memphis agree to contract extension

    Published: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    On the heels of one of the most successful seasons in school history, University of Memphis officials announced Thursday they have reached an agreement on a contract extension with head football coach Justin Fuente. Fuente, who played quarterback at Tulsa Union and the University of Oklahoma, has reportedly agreed with Memphis on a five-year deal starting at $1.4 million per season . Fuente made close to $1 million in 2014. Fuente was named the American Athletic Conference Coach of the Year last week after guiding Memphis to a 9-3 season and its first conference title since 1971. The Tigers will play BYU in the Miami Beach Bowl on Dec. 22.

  • Matt Kemp's arthritic hips hold up deal with Padres

    Published: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    The San Diego Padres are trying to decide whether to finalize or void their blockbuster trade for Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp after his physical revealed severe arthritis in both hips, a person familiar with the diagnosis told USA TODAY Sports. The former Midwest City High School star was supposed to be the centerpiece of a five-player deal announced last week, but Kemp's physical taken Tuesday revealed the arthritis, which reportedly caught him by surprise.

  • Bo Pelini rips Nebraska A.D. Shawn Eichorst in expletive-filled talk during final meeting with players

    Published: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    Bo Pelini became the new head football coach at Youngstown State Wednesday. He didn’t leave Nebraska without expressing disdain for Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst. In a 30-minute, Dec. 2 meeting with Nebraska players at Lincoln North Star High School, Pelini provided some insight into his almost non-existent relationship with Eichorst. The Omaha World-Herald on Wednesday listened to audio tape of Pelini's talk from that night. In parts of the transcript, Pelini reveals alleged details of his firing, as well as the stress of having to work under Eichorst at Nebraska. Among his accounts to his players, Pelini described his firing by Eichorst: “He goes, I disagree that I haven't supported you. I said, 'Hey bud, you can't support someone under a f-ing rock.' I said, to do your job at this level, in a place like this, you gotta be a grown-ass f-ing man...to lead something. I said you can't lead anything under a f-ing rock. I said you don't spend any time with us. Our players don't even know who you are. That isn't leadership. “And he said, 'Well I appreciate (your) advice.'” “I said, 'I suggest you take it, but see you later.' And that's how it went down.” This was one of Pelini's less vulgar takes on the Nebraska administration. Many of Pelini's messages to his players take Eichorst head on, describing the AD as "two vulgarities associated with female genitalia," per the World-Herald. Read the full story here .

  • Tulsa Washington alum Tyler Lockett on AFCA Coaches' All-American Team

    Published: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    Kansas State receiver and former Tulsa Washington star Tyler Lockett was selected as an all-purpose player to the American Football Coaches Association All-American Team, announced Wednesday. The senior ranked fourth among Football Bowl Subdivision players in all-purpose yards (2,047 yards, 170.58 yards per game).

  • Dez Bryant Named NFC Offensive Player Of The Week

    Published: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    IRVING, Texas – Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week on Wednesday morning. Bryant had one of the best games of his career in the Cowboys' 38-27 win over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, catching six passes for 114 yards and three touchdowns. The former Oklahoma State star currently leads the NFL in touchdown cathes with 13. NFC Defensive Player of the Week: Glover Quin, S, Detroit Lions NFC Special Teams Player of the Week: Chandler Catanzaro, K, Arizona Cardinals AFC Offensive Player of the Week: Jeremy Hill, RB, Cincinnati Bengals AFC Defensive Player of the Week: Aqib Talib, CB, Denver Broncos AFC Special Teams Player of the Week: De'anthony Thomas, PR/KR, Kansas City Chiefs

  • Skating Out Classroom Stress As A 'Derby Dame'

    Published: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    Every fall, on the first day of school, Nina Park greets her new honors English class with a game called "two truths and a lie." Her students, 10th-graders at TechBoston Academy in Dorchester, Mass. have to guess which is which. "I tell them, 'Reading is my favorite thing to do, I'm Instagram famous, and I play roller derby,' " she says. "And every year, they get it wrong." It'd be hard to blame them for failing her test, NPR reports.

  • DeMarco Murray practicing with Dallas Cowboys

    staff reports | Published: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

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  • OSU football: Mason Rudolph a dark-horse Heisman candidate for 2015?

    Published: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    Bleacher Report has posted its dark-horse candidates for the 2015 Heisman Trophy, and Oklahoma State freshman quarterback Mason Rudolph is one of 10 players on the list. Rudolph has appeared in only two games in his Cowboys career, but has done enough for BR to tab him as a player capable of an "out-of-nowhere" season. "Mike Gundy's offense is amenable to huge passing numbers, and the Cowboys are slated to return every meaningful pass-catcher (sans recently dismissed Tyreek Hill) to the roster next season," writes Bleacher Report's Brian Leigh.

  • OU football: Juco recruits Dede Westbrook, William Johnson, Jamal Danley sign with Sooners

    staff reports | Published: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    OU officially welcomed three junior college players to the football team on Wednesday as wide receiver Dede Westbrook, offensive lineman Jamal Danley and defensive back William Johnson all signed with the Sooners.

  • OSU basketball: LeBryan Nash only Top 15 recruit from 2011 still in college

    Updated: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    An ESPN analyst, once upon a time, said LeBryan Nash "may be the most physically gifted player" in the Class of 2011. And though that certainly reads silly with the benefit of hindsight -- New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis was, you know, also in the Class of 2011 -- the point is that Nash was highly regarded coming out of high school, so much so that 247 Sports ranked him as the No. 8 prospect in the entire nation. Now Nash is the only top-15 prospect from that class still in college. Everybody else is already a professional.