• Police find dead body in porta-potty outside Cincinnati Bengals' Paul Brown Stadium

    Published: Thu, Oct 8, 2015

    Cincinnati Homicide Sgt. Mike Miller says a construction worker found the body of a man in the porta-potty at around 1:30 p.m. on the east side of the stadium. 

  • Division I college hoops' first openly gay coach

    Published: Thu, Oct 8, 2015

    The lone openly gay coach in Division I college basketball is relieved his secret is finally out, Yahoo Sports reports. In an article published Thursday by USA Today, Bryant University assistant coach Chris Burns described the gradual process that led to him nervously standing in front of the entire team a few weeks ago and revealing his sexuality. Many players responded by hugging him and telling him they loved him, imbuing him with the confidence to share his story with the media. 

  • Matt Barnes: NBA looking into incident with Derek Fisher

    Published: Thu, Oct 8, 2015

    Grizzlies forward Matt Barnes says the NBA is investigating what happened with his former teammate, Knicks coach Derek Fisher, in California and called the incident a "personal matter" involving someone who was a good friend at one point, The Associated Press reports. Barnes spoke Thursday after the Grizzlies' morning shootaround.

  • Brain trauma widespread among high school football players, researchers say

    Published: Thu, Oct 8, 2015

    WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Football is a dangerous sport. Even with the best protective gear, sprained knees, pulled muscles and an occasional broken bone are part of the game. But seven years of research into the impact of head trauma in high school players points to new dangers that parents will find extremely alarming.   "We are seeing changes in brain activity even without a diagnosed concussion, even without any sign or symptoms showing up and that that occurs in a large population of our subjects," Larry Leverenz, a Clinical Professor of Health and Kinesiology at Purdue University.

  • Report: NBA to investigate Derek Fisher-Matt Barnes confrontation

    Published: Wed, Oct 7, 2015

    The NBA is investigating a physical confrontation that occurred between New York Knicks coach Derek Fisher and Memphis Grizzlies forward Matt Barnes on Saturday in Los Angeles. As first reported by the New York Post, Fisher was in California visiting his children and was visiting the house shared by Barnes and his estranged wife, Gloria Govan. Barnes, who was in Santa Barbara with the Grizzlies for training camp, arrived at the house and a physical confrontation ensued. Fisher, who filed for divorce from his wife in March, is considering legal action against Barnes, according to Yahoo Sports. Per Yahoo Sports, "The Knicks, Grizzlies and NBA security have been made aware of the incident and are expected to soon start working together on a probe of Saturday night's events." Fisher, 41, last played in the NBA for the Thunder before he was hired as Knicks coach in June 2014. Barnes has his own history with the Thunder, as recently as this summer calling Thunder forward Serge Ibaka a dirty player , which stemmed from Barnes' time with the Los Angeles Clippers. Fisher and Barnes were teammates on the Los Angeles Lakers from 2011-12. Fisher's Knicks and Barnes's Grizzlies will play twice this season - Jan. 16 in Memphis and Feb. 5 in New York.

  • Former Thunder forward Caron Butler recounts Arenas-Crittenton gun incident

    Published: Wed, Oct 7, 2015

    Former Thunder player Caron Butler's memoirs, "Tuff Juice: My Journey from the Streets to the NBA," was released on Wednesday, and the 13-year veteran went into greater detail about one of the most franchise-altering incidents in NBA history. In an excerpt describing the infamous Dec. 2009 locker room gun incident between then-Washington Wizards players Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton, Butler says in his memoir that he was in the room when Crittenton pointed a loaded gun at Arenas. The argument started over a card game dispute on the Wizards' team plane, one in which Arenas pocketed $1,100 Crittenton felt he was owed by Arenas. Butler describes the locker room scene as him convincing Crittenton that he would ruin his career and life if he shot Arenas: I talked calmly to Javaris, reminding him that his entire career, not to mention, perhaps, his life, would be over if he flicked that trigger finger. I looked back at Gilbert. He was silent as he removed himself from the scene. Javaris slowly lowered the gun. I know that Gilbert was thinking, “I went too far. I had a gun pointed at me and it was loaded.” Butler played in 40 games (including postseason) for the Thunder in 2013-14. (h/t Dan Steinberg, Washington Post )

  • Former Thunder guard Eric Maynor tears ACL...again

    Published: Wed, Oct 7, 2015

    Former Thunder point guard Eric Maynor has sustained another career-threatening knee injury. After tearing his right ACL in January 2012, Maynor likely will now miss the entire season with his Russian club Nizhny Novgorod after tearing his left ACL in the team's season opener on Sunday.

  • NHL acknowledges drug problem among players

    Published: Wed, Oct 7, 2015

    Last month, a Toronto Maple Leafs prospect named Viktor Loov told a Swedish news outlet that “there is a lot of cocaine” in the NHL, Yahoo Sports reports. “There are players everywhere who do it,” he said, via Pension Plan Puppets. “If you have money you probably have easy access.”  How much cocaine? Enough that the NHL has been forced to acknowledge that more than a few players are using it, and that the League might have to be more proactive in testing for it.

  • You've likely never seen a football player do this

    Published: Wed, Oct 7, 2015

    Brian Zahn’s Wikipedia page will one day have a separate section for what he did in a high school football game this past Friday, Yahoo Sports reports. The senior defensive tackle from Gillet, Wisconsin intercepted the opposing quarterback’s attempt to spike the ball and stop the clock. As Crivitz QB Sebastian Atwood took the snap, Zahn immediately leapt forward and was able to snare the ball before it touched the ground.

  • Female Journalists Barred From NFL Locker Room -- For Being Women

    Published: Tue, Oct 6, 2015

    "It's still 2015, right?” That was the stunned reaction of journalist Joey Chandler after she, along with two other female journalists, was reportedly barred from entering the Jacksonville Jaguars locker room on Sunday night. The reporters were covering the team’s loss to the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, The Huffington Post reports.

  • Just in time: Longhorns, Sooners get their own TollTags

    Published: Mon, Oct 5, 2015

    The North Texas Tollway Authority this morning announced two timely new options for windshield TollTags: stickers featuring the logos of the University of Texas and the University of Oklahoma.

  • This Russell Westbrook Promo Will Get You Jacked For His 2015-16 Season

    Published: Sat, Oct 3, 2015

    Russ couldn't carry the Thunder to the playoffs by himself last season. That just gives him more motivation. This highlight mix shows that.

  • Tulsa could become home to national BMX headquarters

    BY JARREL WADE, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Oct 2, 2015

    The city and county are coming together on a project to land an Olympics BMX training facility, and their eyes are on Expo Square offices and the old Drillers Stadium. “Just the simple fact that there’s an opportunity for the city and county to partner on this sets a good example,” City Councilor Blake Ewing said at a Thursday morning meeting. “What a strange concept,” County Commissioner Ron Peters replied.

  • 38-year-old NBA star's impressive vertical jump

    Published: Fri, Oct 2, 2015

    Memphis Grizzlies wing Vince Carter completed just five dunks in 2014-15, the lowest number of his career by double digits. While such a figure isn't especially shocking for someone who turns 39 in January, it is notable considering the aerial devastation Carter once inflicted upon the rest of the NBA. If he's not the best dunker the NBA has ever seen, then he's at least someone who can have a top-100 dunks video that leaves out plenty of great ones, Yahoo Sports reports.

  • High schools drop football teams over disinterest, deaths and injuries

    Published: Thu, Oct 1, 2015

    MAPLEWOOD, Mo. -- Football runs through Isaac Pearson's bloodline. Both his father and brother played. But the sophomore from Maplewood, Missouri chose a different field. "My mom's like, soccer's your thing. She doesn't want me to get hurt, too. But soccer's something I really liked," Isaac Pearson said. The Maplewood Richmond Heights High School -- Pearson's school -- also has a proud tradition of football, having gone to the state championship as recently as 2010.

  • Why did NBA 2K16 rate Kevin Durant the NBA's fifth best player?

    Published: Wed, Sep 30, 2015

    Segments of the gaming community were outraged when it was revealed last month that Kevin Durant would have a 91 rating in the new NBA 2K16. It's the game's fifth highest rating for a player widely considered the NBA's second best player. Ahead of Durant is LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Anthony Davis and James Harden. Mike Stauffer, the man charged with coming up with 2K16 player ratings, explained his reasoning for rating Durant fifth in a Q&A with grantland.com. "Some of the ratings that we looked at for when you're coming off injuries and...I know he's not listed at 7 feet, but when any 7-footer is having foot injuries, you're concerned with them coming back and being in the same form," Stauffer said. "I personally love Kevin Durant. I think his rating will be one that shoots up pretty high this season. Any rating is a projection. These rating a very fluid. If you're a 91, that doesn't mean you're gonna be a 91 all year."

  • Kendrick Perkins says he'd be a 'big, grumpy policeman' if not in the NBA

    Published: Tue, Sep 29, 2015

    When he was with the Thunder, Kendrick Perkins was known as one of the best defensive centers in the league, a 6-foot-10 center famous for his menacing scowl. Now with the New Orleans Pelicans, the 31-year-old is running with the joke. On Tuesday, Perkins told Jim Eichenhofer of pelicans.com that if he wasn't a basketball player, he'd be patrolling the streets. "I could see myself being a big, grumpy policeman," Perkins said. Also, Perk's beard is looking strong.

  • Former Thunder guard Jeremy Lamb looking to showcase skills, stick in Charlotte

    Published: Tue, Sep 29, 2015

    When the Thunder traded Jeremy Lamb to Charlotte in June, all Oklahoma City could get for the 12th overall pick in 2012 was a conditional 2016 second-round pick. That's how much Lamb's value had plummeted in only three years. It was a result of joining the wrong team at the wrong time, receiving a lack of consistent playing opportunities and struggling with inconsistency at both ends of the floor. But with the Hornets, Lamb is now entering his fourth season looking to showcase his skills. "It feels good to have a fresh start," Lamb said. "I put a lot of work in over those three years. It's in my hands. It's definitely important to prove to myself that I can play in this league." Lamb appeared in only 148 games during his three seasons with the Thunder, averaging seven points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 15.7 minutes per game. The Hornets, however, think Lamb's mix of size, perimeter shooting and passing could make him a versatile weapon off the bench this season. He will be competing for reserve minutes with fellow wing players Troy Daniels, P.J. Hairston and Jeremy Lin. "He's big, can really shoot and he can pass. I would say if he does those things he can be a big part (of this team) and have a good year," said Charlotte coach Steve Clifford. "He's been around great players. He wasn't involved in those big games, but he's seen it. He's put himself in a good place and I think he can really help us." Lamb said he learned a lot during his three years in OKC but admitted his lack of playing time was tough to swallow. "At times it was frustrating, but I learned a lot from those guys," Lamb said. "They were NBA All-Stars; they were leaders. I played with a lot of people who taught me a lot: Derek Fisher, Kendrick Perkins, Nick Collison, Anthony Morrow, of course KD, Russ and Reggie Jackson." The Hornets can offer Lamb a contract extension before the Nov. 2 deadline. If no deal is reached, Charlotte has the right to extend Lamb a qualifying offer in June and make him a restricted free agent next summer. "I'm not really worried about the contracts and stuff like that," Lamb said. "If I play my game that stuff will take care of itself. I just want the chance to compete for my position."

  • Former Thunder forward Perry Jones seeking fresh start with Boston Celtics

    Published: Sun, Sep 27, 2015

    After three largely uneventful seasons with the Thunder, Perry Jones is now looking for a fresh start with Boston. The 28th overall pick in 2012 was traded to the Celtics in July for a future second-round pick. "There's excitement, like last year when I had good games," Jones said. "I'm ready to get back to that type of basketball with my new teammates. It's going to be good, man. I'm excited about this year. I'm excited about my new teammates. I just want to match that intensity and effort on the court." Jones averaged 3.4 points in 143 games with the Thunder, never quite finding his way into the rotation. But with a crowded frontcourt in Boston, there’s no guarantee the 6-foot-11-inch forward will even make the Celtics roster. Jones' situation will be one of the more intriguing questions in Celtics training camp. "The toughest part for Perry right now is coming into a new situation with a whole new team and a whole new system and having to guard two positions," said Celtics coach Brad Stevens.

  • Wizards point guard John Wall planning to recruit Thunder star Kevin Durant to Washington

    Published: Sun, Sep 27, 2015

    Washington point guard John Wall continues to openly admit that he will recruit Thunder star Kevin Durant to play for the Wizards. In a sit-down interview with Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, Wall said he will "throw a pitch" at Durant when the time is right. "It's going to be an opportunity where you have an opportunity to try to throw a pitch at him and try to get him to come back home," Wall said. "But I know - one thing of just knowing him, he's going to be very focused on taking care of the Oklahoma City Thunder this season. I'm going to be focused on taking care of the Washington Wizards. But when the time is right and you can get away from all that, yeah, you probably do have some conversations and throw your pitch. But I know what he's focused on and I know what I'm focused on." This isn't the first time Wall has stated his intentions to lure Durant into signing with his hometown team. In February 2014, Wall told The Washington Post he had already begun planting seeds in Durant's ear . "I throw a little slick shots here and there," Wall was quoted as saying. "Try something." Durant will be an unrestricted free agent on July 1 but has repeatedly expressed his satisfaction with the Thunder, even saying he loves playing in Oklahoma City. But that hasn't stopped teams from positioning themselves for Durant's services. The Wizards essentially rolled out the red carpet for Durant during the Thunder's lone visit to Washington last season, hoping the allure of his hometown and teaming with Wall and Bradley Beal will be enough to entice him to leave the Thunder. Durant, however, said this past spring that he hasn't entertained thoughts of playing anywhere other than Oklahoma City. "I love it here, man. I love my teammates. I love the city. I don't really think about anywhere else," Durant told Revolt TV. "I hear it all the time, don't get me wrong, and once you hear it you're kind of like (looks up thinking). But for me, I love staying in the moment, and I'm one of those guys that would love to stick it out with one team my whole career. "Kobe (Bryant), Tim Duncan, Dirk Nowitzki type. That's awesome. But you never know what the future holds sometimes and how teams may feel about you after a while. But I love it here, and I would love to get my jersey retired here." The Thunder kicks off the 2015-16 season Monday with media day at 11:30 a.m. inside Chesapeake Energy Arena. Training camp opens Tuesday.