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  • Former Oklahoma State golfer Rickie Fowler seeks thrill in WGC quest

    Published: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    You’d never be able to tell it from his neon-colored clothing, formerly long hair and the fact that he turned pro at just 21 years old — but Rickie Fowler is not your average golfer. Add to the list Fowler’s penchant for extreme sports. Riding, biking, flying, jumping, driving, climbing — you name it, Fowler’s done it. Or will. “Yeah, I’m an adrenaline junkie,” Fowler said in a news conference during Wednesday’s practice session for the Bridgestone Invitational. “I wouldn’t say there’s very many of those guys out here on the extreme side.”

  • The best high school basketball classes of the last 10 years

    Published: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    There's a tendency to place infusions of basketball talent in context by using the NBA draft, SB Nation reports. Before the 2014 draft in June, a common sentiment was that it was the strongest draft class the league had seen since 2003, when LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh all entered the league at the same time. There's a problem with that line of logic, though. NBA draft classes pull players who can be three grade levels apart in school. Andrew Wiggins was ready for the NBA sooner in his development as a player than Doug McDermott. If you really want to see what years have produced the best basketball talent, looking at high school classes is the most objective way to do it.

  • Former Millwood star Josh Turner reinstated at Texas

    Published: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    It looks like former Millwood football standout Josh Turner is getting another chance with the University of Texas. Turner reportedly met with Longhorns coach Charlie Strong on Tuesday night and was placed back on the team with "severe restrictions," according to 247sports.com. Last Friday, Strong dismissed numerous players from the team , including Turner for a "violation of team rules." But 247sports.com said that Strong allowed Turner to appeal the decision of his dismissal. Turner's return should provide a big boost of experience to the Texas secondary. The senior has played in 37 games since joining the Longhorns in 2011.

  • Kevin Durant ESPN poll: 43 percent of US says 'slim chance' KD plays for Wizards

    Published: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    In a SportsNation poll, ESPN asked "What are the chances Kevin Durant plays for the Wizards during his prime?" Forty-three percent say "slim chance," 33 percent said there's a "good chance," and 24 percent said "no chance." The Durant's future talk was ignited again on Tuesday when the Oklahoma City Thunder star was asked about his impending free agency in 2016 . Few states thought Durant stood a good chance. Those states included Maryland and Virginia (understandably so), Alaska, Alabama and Vermont. Per Dan Steinberg's DC Sports Bog, "57 percent of Marylanders think there’s a good chance Durant comes home during his prime. The number is 51 percent in Virginia. No other state is above 41 percent." An early  SportsNation TV poll of "Should Thunder fans be worried about Kevin Durant leaving Oklahoma City?" drew a 73 percent "Yes," 27 percent "No."

  • Once-prized recruit leaves Walmart for NFL dream

    Published: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    During his lunch break at Walmart, he would seldom eat lunch. Jajuan Harley ducked into a bathroom, took off his blue shirt with his name tag, changed into workout clothes, and then headed outside to run a steep cement hill until it was time to return to work, according to Yahoo Sports. Or he would head to the parking lot of Supercenter Store #1077 on Apalachee Parkway in Tallahassee, Fla., and run around the parking lot, weaving through the rows of shopping cart holders.

  • UCLA's hallowed basketball arena flooded

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    Not even two years after Pauley Pavilion underwent a $136-million renovation, UCLA is probably going to have to put more money aside to restore the hallowed basketball arena, according to Yahoo Sports. Flood water from a major water main break just north of the UCLA campus Tuesday evening left Pauley better suited to host a water polo match than a basketball game. Ankle-high rivers of water outside the arena were deep enough that some people took off their shoes to wade across and a couple students showed up with skim and boogey boards. Enough water spewed into Pauley Pavilion that both the floor and the locker rooms were under water as of Tuesday evening and staffers were using brooms and squeegees to clear them off.

  • Marcus Smart drawing rave reviews at Team USA camp

    Published: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    Marcus Smart is going up against some of the best guards in the NBA at Team USA training camp this week and he's drawing plenty of praise over his first couple days of action. The former Oklahoma State guard is one of only two NBA rookies on the USA Select team which was picked to scrimmage and work out against Kevin Durant, Derrick Rose and the rest of Team USA's established NBA talent. Now expected to contribute immediately as a rookie for the Boston Celtics, Smart is impressing in Las Vegas. On Sheridanhoops.com, former college coach Bobby Gonzalez, said "the future of the point position in the NBA is in good hands with Marcus Smart and Trey Burke."

  • Nebraska's Bo Pelini on losing commit to SEC: 'Read between the lines'

    Published: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    Nebraska coach Bo Pelini invites you to draw your own conclusions when it comes to losing commitments to the SEC. In the beginning of the summer, the Cornhuskers landed a big transfer in receiver Damore'ea Stringfellow, who commited to Nebraska after an official visit. But after visiting Alabama and Ole Miss, Stringfellow changed his commitment to the Rebels. Pelini on the change by Stringfellow: "Read between the lines. I think we all know what happened in that situation." Add a Big Ten coach to the SEC vs. the World fight. Pelini also referred to a "clueless parent."

  • OU, OSU players on the Big 12's 2014 All-Name Team

    Published: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    FOX Sports writer David Ubben put together his annual list of the best names in the Big 12 -- The Big 12 All-Name Team. His results? Three OU and two OSU players make the list, including Team MVP Eric Striker. From Ubben on Striker: "He's truly the perfect All-Name team candidate. First off, he's good enough to win the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, so there's no doubting his on-field resume. His name is unique, fun to say and hear and it fits perfectly with what he does on the field ." Other All-Name stars include OU's Chuka Ndulue and Michiah Quick, and OSU's Marcel Ateman and Daxx Garman. And there's always classics such as Dreamius Smith (West Virginia) and Fish Smitherson (Kansas).

  • Trent Williams ran hills with Adrian Peterson in 102 degree heat this offseason

    Published: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    Washington Redskins left tackle and former OU All-American Trent Williams said Adrian Peterson was a driving force in his offseason workouts. Williams worked out with Peterson for the last month before training camp, "running hills in 102-degree weather with weight vests on," he said. "I started doing it with Adrian [Peterson] four years ago, and I love the results," Williams told The Washington Post. "In college, with us coming from the same area (both Williams and Peterson are from Texas, about an hour and 35 minutes apart), he took me under his wing, always held me to a higher standard than everybody else." Williams said working out with Peterson makes training camp feel easy.

  • OU football: Eric Striker No. 52 on ESPN's top 100 college football players

    Published: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    Editors and writers from ESPN ranked the top 100 college football players, and OU linebacker Eric Striker came in at No. 52. From ESPN: "Striker is already one of the most ferocious pass-rushers in the Big 12 and perhaps the country. To cap his sophomore season, he sacked Alabama QB AJ McCarron three times, and forced the game-clinching fumble. The scary part? Striker is still raw in other areas, and he figures to keep rapidly improving." ESPN has been counting down the top 100 all week, with the list concluding with Nos. 10-1 on Friday. Quarterback Trevor Knight  was listed at No. 81 on Monday.

  • 'The Bachelorette' Star Josh Murray Is More Than 'Former Pro Baseball Player'

    Published: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    On Monday night, the 10th season of "The Bachelorette" concluded with 27-year-old Andi Dorfman choosing 29-year-old Josh Murray as her fiancé. The duo, both from Atlanta, showed off their relationship in public for the first time to a studio audience in Los Angeles. Meanwhile, emotional runner-up Nick Viall stumbled over his words as he confronted Dorfman for the first time since his ousting. For Dorfman and Murray, life goes on to the altar, where they said they hope to wed next spring. In advance of the televised finale, they had been "sneaking around" to see each other the past few months without the paparazzi catching them. From watching the program, once, a few times or all season, viewers can learn the "careers" of all the characters. Dorfman, a former assistant district attorney in Atlanta, went to LSU for her undergraduate degree and Wake Forest for law school.

  • ESPN bringing "College GameDay" to Oklahoma State-Florida State

    Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    It’s official. ESPN’s “College GameDay” show will be at Oklahoma State’s season opener.   ESPN will broadcast Aug. 29-30 in Sundance Square before OSU and Florida State meet in the Cowboys Classic at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, at 7 p.m. Aug. 30.   Sundance Square Plaza is an outdoor plaza in downtown Fort Worth that hosted several ESPN broadcasts when the Final Four and Super Bowl were played in AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.   College GameDay usually sets up on the campus of a school where the network is broadcasting a game that week. But the network chose the Fort Worth venue in the hopes of drawing out a variety of college football fans, Lee Fitting, senior coordinating producer for College GameDay, told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.  

  • NCAA suspends Missouri's Levi Copelin, a former Broken Arrow receiver, for 2014 season

    Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    Missouri redshirt sophomore wideout Levi Copelin will miss the entire 2014 football season through suspension after failing an NCAA-administered drug test. In a statement, Copelin says he took an over-the-counter nutritional supplement which is "legal and available to the public" but on the NCAA's list of prohibited substances, leading to the failed test and the NCAA's subsequent year-long suspension. Copelin admitted he did not clear the supplement with Missouri's conditioning staff before taking it.

  • Kevin Durant tells Pelicans F Anthony Davis he's an 'MVP-caliber player'

    Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    LAS VEGAS – On May 6, Oklahoma City forward Kevin Durant delivered one of the most memorable MVP speeches in sports history, an emotional 25-minute soliloquy that thanked countless people in Durant’s life for his success, on and off the court. As it turns out, Durant’s Thunder teammates weren’t the only NBA players who received a meaningful message that week. As reported by SLAM magazine in a recent profile of New Orleans forward Anthony Davis, when Davis texted congratulations to Durant on winning league MVP, Durant responded back to Davis that the 21-year-old is headed for the honor someday. “You on your way to get it,” read Durant’s text message back to Davis. Durant had high praise for Davis at the Team USA Basketball camp in Las Vegas, saying the 6-foot-10 Davis is "next in line." "He's moving up the ladder every single day," Durant said of Davis. "It's scary. Scary."

  • Raiders owner in talks with San Antonio to relocate team

    Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    Mark Davis, the owner of the Oakland Raiders, recently visited San Antonio and discussed with local officials the potential for moving his black-and-silver football franchise to the Alamo City. San Antonio has often been used as a bargaining chip for pro sports franchises trying to negotiate better deals in their own respective cities, but sources have characterized Davis' interest in San Antonio to be at least somewhat more serious. He is clearly perturbed with his current situation in Oakland, where the team's lease expires after the 2014-15 season. With some upgrades, the Alamodome could be ready for a 2015-16 NFL season, though it would be a temporary home at best. The city has set aside funds to add suites to the 21-year-old dome, now home to the University of Texas at San Antonio Roadrunners football team and the San Antonio Talons arena football team.

  • Steven Adams: 'If I'm a d---,' they'll think all New Zealand guys are

    Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    New Zealand native and Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams takes being a role model seriously. Along with some of New Zealand's other famous athletes, Adams spoke to a group of elite young athetes in Auckland, New Zealand, on Tuesday at the Powerade Breakthrough Academy. Adams isn't one to mince words, and wasn't shy about the responsibility he has to represent his home country. "For me once I go out there to America I'm pretty much representing all of New Zealand because most people haven't met New Zealand people, so I have to take that into consideration. If I'm like a d---, then they're like New Zealand guys are d----," Adams said. "If you've just got a normal Kiwi attitude then they're fine with it. That's one of the key things." In his first season with the Thunder out of the University of Pittsburgh, Adams was a refreshing interview, candid and unfiltered (see his Thunder exit interview). "It's just who I am," said Adams, who's sitting out the Tall Blacks' World Cup campaign to concentrate on his NBA commitments. "I don't want to be like some drilled kinda media guy who says all the right things. I don't even know what the right things are. I just say whatever comes to my mind."

  • Future OSU-TU football, basketball games added in contract

    Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    Oklahoma State and the University of Tulsa have finalized the details of a contract resulting in three additional football games and two men’s basketball games, the Tulsa World reports. The OSU and TU football teams were already scheduled to play in 2017 in Stillwater. The schools are adding games in 2019 (H.A. Chapman Stadium, Tulsa), 2020 and 2021 (both in Stillwater). The basketball teams will play a home-and-home series starting in Stillwater in 2015.  

  • Kurt Warner wants Sam Bradford to 'develop confidence, take some chances'

    Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    Former St. Louis Rams quarterback Kurt Warner wants to see Sam Bradford be successful, and he has some idea for things he wants to see out of the former OU great. Warner went on 101 ESPN in St. Louis on Monday and said he'd like to see "him (Bradford) develop the confidence where he's willing to take some chances with the football." "That he's willing to say, 'Guys, follow me.' I'm going to carry us a little bit. I'm going to take that shot down the field because I see it and I believe I can make it as opposed to second-guessing himself and throwing the checkdown." Warner, who was the quarterback of the Rams' Super Bowl championship team in the 1999 season, acknowledged the need for improvement from the supporting cast around Bradford, but also said Bradford has expectations on his shoulders as the quarterback . Bradford was having his best season as a pro in 2013, throwing 14 touchdowns and four interceptions before going down with a torn ACL in week 7. "They haven’t always had the pieces around him to allow him to make plays but being where he’s at, now they’ve got some young talent here, it becomes that next step for him to take that next leadership role and to take more upon himself," Warner said.

  • Serge Ibaka Q&A: I'm not 100 percent back yet

    Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    Serge Ibaka took time out after one of his summer workouts to answer some questions from Bleacher Report senior writer Jared Zwerling, talking about his calf injury, what the Thunder learned from losing to the Spurs (Ibaka called the Spurs' way "The perfect way to play," and working on his game this summer. ON HIS INJURY B/R: What was the hardest part during the recovery? SI: The hard part is it was the playoffs, and I had to sit down for almost 10 days and not do anything. You take 10 days off and then also you're not 100 percent yet. I was out of shape and I was only playing with really one leg when I returned, so it was tough. B/R: So how are you feeling now? SI: I'm not 100 percent back yet, but I'm getting better. I'm trying to get back in shape and it's going to take time. ON THE SPURS B/R: Regardless of the injury, what did you guys learn from losing to the Spurs? SI : When we played them, we learned that we still have room to grow. We have to defend first and then focus on offense. We need to make sacrifices on our team to beat them, 100 percent. We cannot give 80, 90 percent, or we'll go home. Ibaka goes on to talk about his offensive game ("I don't have any expectations, but I work on my offensive game just to be ready") and the misconceptions that the Thunder needs more low-post scoring ("In our offense, we don't need to low post. We like to move, attack and kick, since we have (Kevin) Durant and (Russell) Westbrook.") Ibaka has also been working out with Team Spain in preparation for the FIBA World Cup.