• Former NBA player banned from county fair after winning all the prizes

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    Gilbert Arenas took his family to the Orange County Fair, and it turns out he is not bad at carnival games, SBNation.com reports. Per his Instagram, the three-time All-Star was banned from all basketball hoops, but not before racking up several giant pandas, a sack of plush toys and a Minion that is larger than his son.

  • The NFL's response to Deflategate will only lead to more controversy

    Published: Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    Over the weekend, Fox Sports and other outlets reported that next season the NFL would introduce stricter procedures for checking the inflation of footballs during games. These procedures will have a team of two referees recording the PSI of the footballs before the games, referees who will also be numbering the balls 1-12 for each game, and performing random spot-checks of the footballs at halftime and after games, USA TODAY reports.

  • Report: Blake Griffin to participate in Team USA minicamp, hopes to play in 2016 Olympics

    Published: Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin will be a participant in USA Basketball's minicamp next month and the former University of Oklahoma star hopes to play in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, according to a report from ESPN.com. A five-time All-Star with the Clippers, Griffin was a first-team All-American at OU in 2009 and was twice named The Oklahoman's high school player of the year while at Oklahoma Christian School.

  • Reggie Jackson has heated exchange with autograph seeker

    Published: Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    New York Yankees Hall of Fame slugger Reggie Jackson got into a heated exchange with an autograph seeker Friday night, but vehemently denied Saturday that it turned into a physical altercation.

  • Former OU Sooners tight end Jermaine Gresham to sign with Cardinals

    Published: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    Former Oklahoma tight end Jermaine Gresham has agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Arizona Cardinals, the team announced Friday. Gresham, an All-American in 2008 for the Sooners out of Ardmore High School, was drafted in the first round by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2010. He was a two-time Pro Bowler with the Bengals before becoming a free agent this offseason.

  • Man who likely shot NFL's Pat Tillman to speak about guilt, road to recovery in Tulsa

    BY BILL SHERMAN, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    No one knows who shot and killed Pat Tillman, the Arizona Cardinals safety who became a national hero when he turned down a lucrative NFL contract to fight the Taliban in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. But the probability is high that it was former Army Ranger Steven Elliott, Kansas native and Oral Roberts University graduate who was on patrol with Tillman when he died 11 years ago in a rugged mountain pass in Afghanistan. Military and congressional investigations concluded that Tillman was shot three times in the forehead by friendly fire during an intense firefight. The Army originally reported that Tillman was killed by enemy fire.

  • How Samaje Perine dropped the mic during a weight-room workout

    BY ERIC BAILEY, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    Samaje Perine, Oklahoma’s solid-rock running back, dropped weight during the summer according to Coach Bob Stoops. That weight was replaced by more speed and strength, which can only delight OU fans and give headaches to opposing defenses. “He's really trimmed up a bit,” Bob Stoops said this week. “He probably lost five pounds, but he's faster and still has the same strength and maybe more strength with another year in the weight room. So I believe he'll just continue to improve.”

  • Football’s most intriguing figure, Chip Kelly, is also its most unknown

    Published: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    The Philadelphia Eagles coach’s methods draw attention that he would just as soon avoid, as his ex-wife can attest.

  • Champ Bailey doesn't want Wes Welker to keep playing because of concussions

    Published: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    While veteran NFL receiver Wes Welker wants to continue playing despite suffering three concussions in nine months, former teammate Champ Bailey hopes that doesn't happen. "I don't want Wes to play for my own personal reasons," Bailey told Fox Sports. "I've seen him get concussions. It scares me." Welker, a former Heritage Hall standout, is entering his 11th season in the NFL.

  • WNBA approves Tulsa Shock relocation to Dallas-Fort Worth

    Published: Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    WNBA owners unanimously approved the relocation of the Tulsa Shock to the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area on Thursday, according to a release posted to the league's site. The team will finish the current season in Tulsa before beginning play in Arlington in 2016, the release states. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • LeBron's big new deal with Warner Bros. could open door to 'Space Jam' reboot

    Published: Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    Fresh off a successful feature-film debut in the hit Amy Schumer comedy "Trainwreck," LeBron James has made a major move toward future big-screen appearances, Yahoo Sports reports. Warner Bros. Entertainment announced Wednesday that it's reached a deal with SpringHill Entertainment — the production company co-founded by the Cleveland Cavaliers superstar and his longtime business partner, Maverick Carter — "spanning all areas of content creation" and that "will see James' creative footprint touch all areas of" Warner Bros.' endeavors, including television, film and digital content.

  • ‘Fat Guy’ on a mission

    Published: Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    TIVERTON, R.I. — Turning 40 had something to do with it, but the biggest reason Eric Hites said he decided to start to lose what he hopes will be hundreds of pounds was a failing relationship with his wife and the need to get healthy again, so he could get a good job and start a new life with her. At 560 pounds, Hites decided to bike across the United States to lose weight and gather material for his second book, but a bent rim on his bicycle has waylaid him in Tiverton since late last week. Hites said he always has been a big person. He graduated from high school in Indiana weighing 300 pounds, but said he could run 5 miles with no problem back then.

  • Former OU guard Danielle Robinson selected to WNBA All-Star Game

    Published: Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    Former OU women's basketball guard Danielle Robinson has been named a Western Conference reserve for the 2015 WNBA All-Star Game. Robinson, the starting point guard for the San Antonio Silver Stars, is among 11 other players selected by league coaches to the July 25 game (ABC, 2:30 p.m.) Tulsa Shock forward/center Plenette Pierson was also selected as a reserve. Robinson is averaging 10.6 points, 4.9 assists and 2.8 rebounds, 1.2 steals per game for the Stars, will make her third-consecutive appearance in the WNBA All-Star Game.

  • Big 12 players want to see expansion, according to anonymous poll

    Updated: Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    In an anonymous poll of more than 20 Big 12 players, 88 percent said they want to see the league expand beyond 10 teams in the future. ESPN conducted its annual poll of players at Big 12 Media Days, and 22 percent said the league could add one school, they'd pick Texas A&M. Some more interesting nuggets from the ESPN poll included: - Without the option of selecting TCU's Trevone Boykin, 59 percent of the players polled said "I don't know" when asked who is the best quarterback in the Big 12. Twenty-nine percent said OU's Trevor Knight. - Bill Snyder (33 percent) is the most respected coach in the Big 12 by the players polled. Only two coaches didn't receive a vote: Kansas' David Beaty and Oklahoma State's Mike Gundy. Check out the rest of the poll results here .

  • LaDainian Tomlinson agrees DeMarco Murray left yards on field

    Published: Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    Another critique of former Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray’s game has emerged, and it’s from another NFL legend. First it was Joseph Randle who said Murray left "meat on the bone" last season (a season in which Murray ran for more than 1,800 yards, mind you). Then it was Emmitt Smith saying the former OU star could have rushed for 2,500 yards had he hit the right holes and made the right reads. Now, it's LaDainian Tomlinson's turn. At his “LaDainian Tomlinson All-Star Scramble” event at Hawk's Creek Golf Club on Tuesday, the former San Diego Chargers great was asked about Smith’s comments. From DFW.com: "As a guy that watches a lot of film, Emmitt is correct,” Tomlinson said. “There was a lot of times, and DeMarco is a very physical runner and instead of making that last guy miss and taking it for 50 or 60, he would try and run him over. That's just his style and he would end up getting tackled for 20 instead of 50. So Emmitt is right in that sense, but at the same time, one thing that I do respect about DeMarco is he knows his strengths. He is not a juke guy, he's a downhill, physical runner." Murray has since signed with the Philadelphia Eagles in free agency, leaving Randle, the former Oklahoma State running back, to pick up the slack. Randle has a lot to live up to, but his assessment of Murray's 2014 season is getting a lot of support.

  • Bill Simmons to join HBO in October

    Published: Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    Former ESPN sports and pop culture writer Bill Simmons is joining HBO in the fall, according to multiple reports. HBO announced Wednesday that Simmons will get his own talk show starting in 2016. His contract with the network starts in October. Simmons, who gained notoriety as a columnist for ESPN.com and a creator of ESPN's 30 for 30" documentary series, parted ways with ESPN in May.

  • Mark Cuban compares DeAndre Jordan situation to makeup sex

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    Clipper center DeAndre Jordan admitted yesterday at his free agency press conference that he owed Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban an apology after a free-agent courtship that went sour. Mark Cuban had another take on things Wednesday via ESPN's Arash Markazi:

  • Westbrook, Thunder shut out at first NBPA Players' Awards

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    Former Thunder guard James Harden came away with the Most Valuable Player award from the first National Basketball Players Association Players’ Awards. Awards were handed out Sunday, but were revealed on an awards show which aired on BET Tuesday night, with the Houston Rockets shooting guard beating out Stephen Curry - the NBA's 2014-15 MVP - for the award. In addition to the MVP award, Thunder guard Russell Westbrook was nominated for the "Clutch Performer" and "Hardest to Guard" awards, but was shut out. Oracle Arena (Golden State Warriors) beat out Chesapeake Energy Arena for "Best Homecourt Advantage." The call for players’ choice awards in the NBA was answered after Kevin Durant expressed his desire for players to have more of a say in the NBA postseason awards. Durant voiced his opinion at the All-Star game in February, and the NBPA followed suit with its own awards in which players determine the winners, not the media. “I think the media and guys get too much power to vote on stuff that quite frankly I don’t think you really know a lot about (or) as much as we (players) know about it,” Durant said in New York. Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;}

  • Report: Kendrick Perkins signs 1-year deal with Pelicans

    Published: Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    Former Thunder center Kendrick Perkins has signed a one-year contract with the New Orleans Pelicans, according to multiple reports. Perkins, 30, was traded to the Utah Jazz in February as part of a three-team deal that landed the Thunder Enes Kanter, Steve Novak, Kyle Singler and D.J. Augustin and sent Reggie Jackson to the Detroit Pistons. Perkins was later waived and picked up for the Cleveland Cavaliers, who lost in six games to the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals. Perkins returns to the Western Conference to play as a backup behind center Omer Asik and emerging All-Star forward Anthony Davis. The Pelicans beat out the Thunder for the No. 8 spot in the Western Conference playoffs last season.

  • Matt Barnes says he'd fight Serge Ibaka, so Ibaka asked UFC's Dana White

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    Memphis Grizzlies forward Matt Barnes was on ESPN's SportsNation on Tuesday and he brought some fighting words for Serge Ibaka. Barnes and Ibaka had some physical battles when Barnes played for the Los Angeles Clippers, the most notable coming in 2013 when both players were ejected in L.A . When asked about his beef with Ibaka, Barnes didn't hold back. "Me and Serge could fight right now if he was here," Barnes said with a slight smile on his face. "I just don't like him. "He's got that era (sic) about him like he's the toughest guy on the planet. He's not." Ibaka had some fun with Barnes' comments, bringing UFC president Dana White into the mix.