• NBA fines Pistons' Reggie Jackson $25K for comments to Thunder fan

    Published: Tue, Dec 1, 2015

    The NBA has fined Detroit Pistons point guard Reggie Jackson $25,000 for directing inappropriate language toward a fan during a loss in Oklahoma City last week, The Associated Press reports.

  • Norman North's Trae Young stakes claim to becoming nation's best guard in Class of 2017

    Published: Tue, Dec 1, 2015

    Now ranked as the No. 25 player in the Class of 2017 by ESPN and the No. 4 point guard, Norman North's Trae Young cemented his place — and showed how much better he’s gotten — on a national stage last weekend. In two games at the Thanksgiving Hoopfest event in Duncanville, Texas, which attracted many of the top teams and talent from the Southwest and nationally, Young averaged 38 points, 6.5 assists, and four rebounds and staked his claim to continue to move up the recruiting rankings.

  • Kevin Durant on 'idol' Kobe: Media mistreating him

    Published: Mon, Nov 30, 2015

    In an effort to clarify his comments regarding the media's treatment of Kobe Bryant , Kevin Durant said his point was noting the negativity around the Los Angeles Lakers star, rather than appreciating the accomplishments of a legend on his way out. After telling reporters Monday morning that the media treated Bryant "like s***," Durant told ESPN.com that Bryant is still deserving of more respect. "I understand [the media] have to write about the game. Of course I understand that," Durant told ESPN.com. "Kobe hasn't played well and his team hasn't played well, but did we expect that from them? You did say he was the 93rd-best player in the league, you did have the Lakers as the worst team in the West, but it seems like everybody is happy that he's going out like this. Every game he's played on TV is about how terrible he looks, every article the next day is about how he should retire and give it up. Just killing him. "I never hear about the Finals MVPs, the accolades. They did it for Derek Jeter, they will do it for Tim Duncan when he leaves even if he's playing bad. I know you gotta report the games, but you're going too in-depth about how bad he is. You're almost kicking him out the league." ESPN.com has been at the forefront of the so-called criticism of Bryant. In its annual rankings prior to the 2014-15 season, the site rated Bryant as the NBA's 40th best player . Bryant responded to the ranking by saying "I've known for a long time that they're a bunch of idiots." At the time, however, Bryant was 36 and coming off a season in which injuries limited him to a career-low six games. In its fifth annual "NBA Rank" prior to the start of this season, ESPN.com then ranked Bryant as the league's 93rd best player . The site wrote "at this stage, he's turned into a parody of himself, with seemingly every field goal attempt coming against all odds as Bryant dominates the ball during possessions and often shoots long jumpers against double coverage." Bryant, 37, announced Sunday in a post on The Players' Tribune that this, his 20th season, will be his last . In 13 games, Bryant is averaging 15.5 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.4 assists while shooting a career-low 30.5 percent from the field. Durant was teammates with Bryant on the gold-medal winning 2012 men's Olympic basketball team and competed against Bryant and the Lakers in two postseason series. "He had an amazing career, a guy who changed the game for me as a player mentally, physically," Durant told ESPN.com. "Means so much to the game of basketball. Somebody I'm always going to look to for advice for help, anything. Just a brilliant, brilliant, intelligent man. Sad to see him go. But he put his mark on the game while he was here."

  • Report: TCU’s Doug Meacham likely to be named head coach at North Texas

    Published: Mon, Nov 30, 2015

    TCU co-offensive coordinator Doug Meacham, who over two stints coached at Oklahoma State for 10-plus years, will be the new head coach at North Texas, according to a report from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. The Star-Telegram also reported Monday that TCU co-offensive coordinator Sonny Cumbie is probably not going anywhere. Reports surfaced late Sunday that Cumbie was being courted by the University of Texas, who is reportedly looking for a new offensive coordinator. Meacham was at Oklahoma State from 2005 to 2012 as a tight ends and wide receivers coach. He also was in Stillwater from 1989 to 1991 as a graduate assistant coaching offensive linemen and linebackers. Meacham has been at TCU since 2014 and helped revamp the Horned Frogs offense and revitalized the career of TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin.

  • Former OU quarterback Justin Fuente takes Va. Tech job instead of holding out for something bigger

    Published: Mon, Nov 30, 2015

    BLACKSBURG, Va. – "Justin Fuente was not interested in exploring the marketplace," writes Paul Woody of the Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch. In a column written off a press conference introducing Fuente as the new Virginia Tech football coach, Woody highlighted the former University of Oklahoma quarterback and Tulsa Union High School star's decision to come to Blacksburg rather than pursue an SEC job at South Carolina or Georgia. “For me personally, there’s a draw to live in this town and be a part of this program, that’s gone about things the way I’ve always wanted our program to go about things,” Fuente said. “I just think that the fit is bigger than, well it’s Georgia or it’s the Southeastern Conference or Pac-12 or whatever it is.” Other nuggets from Woody's column on Fuente's news conference: -- "He is self-deprecating and humble, but make no mistake about this – Justin Fuente is confident," Woody writes." When he talked Monday during his press conference and afterward to a small group of reporters, he did not express doubt about being successful." Virginia Tech athletic director White Babcock on negotiations with Fuente: "“I kept thinking this is going too well. What’s going to go wrong? I’m prepared to recruit anybody to Virginia Tech, and I don’t think this school takes a backseat to anywhere in the country from a football program aspect. But it was nice to know … you want somebody who wants to be at Virginia Tech."

  • 'Old Phartz' call Cherokee deer camp home for days, for decades

    BY KELLY BOSTIAN, Tulsa World | Published: Sun, Nov 29, 2015

    Search, spiritually, somewhere between the sweet hot air of a ridiculous laugh aromatically seasoned with homemade wine or beer and the heart string that connects a lump in the throat to the mist-maker behind an old man’s eye and you may find the place of a hunter’s dreams. It’s called a deer camp. The place I found early this week is loaded with characters and stories. Enough to fill a couple of books.

  • Report: Former Miss USA Dumps Tim Tebow Because He Wouldn't Have Sex With Her

    Published: Sat, Nov 28, 2015

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. (CBS Tampa) — Apparently an NFL job isn’t the only thing Tim Tebow can’t hold onto. The New York Daily News reports former Miss USA Olivia Culpo broke up with Tebow because he wouldn’t have sex with her due to his abstinent lifestyle. “She had to break up with him because she just couldn’t handle it,” a source told the Daily News. “He still hits her up, but she just can’t deal with the sex thing. He’s pretty adamant about it, I guess.”

  • Ex-Cowboy Joseph Randle jailed after casino altercation

    Published: Wed, Nov 25, 2015

    Running back Joseph Randle, who was released by the Dallas Cowboys earlier this month, was jailed early Wednesday after an altercation at a Kansas casino. Randle was asked to leave the Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane late Tuesday after causing some unspecified trouble on the casino floor, according to Fred Waller, an enforcement agent with the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission. Randle left but then returned. Randle started arguing with security officers, and a scuffle ensued, Waller said. Several agents had to restrain him, and he was taken to the county jail. He was booked on suspicion of criminal threat, assault of a law enforcement officer, battery, disorderly conduct, criminal trespass, disorderly conduct and interference with a law enforcement officer. According to KSN.com, Randle was released just before noon Wednesday . Randle, who tallied more than 3,000-yards rushing and 40 touchdowns over three seasons at Oklahoma State (2010-12), was arrested twice over the past year: in October 2014, at a Frisco, Texas mall for shoplifting and again in February for marijuana possession in Wichita, Kan., after police were called to a domestic disturbance with a weapon concerning an incident with Randle and the mother of his son. The Dallas Cowboys released Randle earlier this month, days after excusing him to deal with what the team called a "personal issue." In five games with the Cowboys this season, Randle rushed for 315 yards and four touchdowns on 76 carries.

  • Watch: 7-year-old boy performs Australian national anthem through hiccups

    Published: Wed, Nov 25, 2015

    Not even the hiccups could stop 7-year-old Ethan Hall from doing his job. Hall was responsible for singing the national anthem before an Australian League Baseball game and sing he did, dutifully powering through an untimely bout with the hiccups to deliver the cutest rendition of an national anthem as you'll ever see.

  • Panthers defensive end, former Sooner Frank Alexander suspended for a year under NFL substance abuse policy

    Published: Tue, Nov 24, 2015

    For a third time in just more than a year, the NFL has suspended Carolina Panthers defensive end Frank Alexander for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. And this time it’s for at least a year. Alexander will begin serving his suspension immediately, and it’s likely to end his career with the Panthers. Alexander, who was suspended for four games at the start of the 2014 season and then another 10 games as he was about to return from suspension, is on the team’s injured reserve as he recovers from an Achilles tear suffered in the preseason. Alexander said this summer his 2014 suspensions were for positive marijuana tests. He said he used it to relax and compared it to someone having a glass of wine after work. Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nfl/carolina-panthers/article46293700.html#storylink=cpy Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nfl/carolina-panthers/article46293700.html#storylink=cpyAlexander said this summer his 2014 suspensions were for positive marijuana tests. He said he used it to relax and compared it to someone having a glass of wine after work. Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nfl/carolina-panthers/article46293700.html#storylink=cpy Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nfl/carolina-panthers/article46293700.html#storyli

  • Sand Springs school district dealing with racist remarks made by students after football game with Booker T.

    BY NOUR HABIB, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Nov 23, 2015

    Racist comments from a Twitter account called "@SandSandite" after a high school football game between Sand Springs and Booker T. Washington on Friday have caused a stir in both communities. Screenshots of tweets from the account, which has been suspended, show that @SandSandite tweeted at the accounts of several Booker T. students, calling them n-----. There have also been reports of racist tweets from other Sand Springs students, as well as a racist text message sent to a Booker T. student.

  • Dodgers likely to name Dave Roberts as manager: 4 things to know

    Published: Sun, Nov 22, 2015

    Former big-league outfielder Dave Roberts is in line to become the Dodgers' next manager.

  • Former Oklahoma State football player shot and killed by Texas police Tuesday

    Published: Wed, Nov 18, 2015

    A former Oklahoma State football player was shot and killed during an incident with Texas authorities Tuesday night. Jeray Chatham was shot twice after allegedly lunging at a deputy with a butcher knife, according to a statement by Harris County Sheriff's Office Sgt. C. Collier. An investigation is underway. The incident occurred just before 7 p.m. after a woman called 911 to report a she had a protective order against Chatham, who allegedly was following her in his car. According to Collier, the woman had driven to a convenience store when deputies arrived and Chatham drove away. Police said Chatham circled the neighborhood before returning to the convenience store and exiting his car while holding a butcher knife. Collier said a deputy fired a Taser at Chatham but said it was ineffective. Chatham allegedly then ran into a nearby apartment complex, jumped into the patio area of one apartment and stripped down to his underwear, Collier said. When a deputy pursued him, Chatham ran around a corner and allegedly lunged at the officer after he rounded the corner. The deputy then shot Chatham twice and he died at the complex. Chatham's father, Ray, described his son as a "gentle giant" who "didn't deserve this." Jeray Chatham was a defensive lineman at OSU. He played for the Cowboys from 2005-08. He was 30.

  • Report: Rockets fire Kevin McHale

    Updated: Wed, Nov 18, 2015

    The Houston Rockets have fired coach Kevin McHale following a 4-7 start, according to a report by Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski. J.B. Bickerstaff has been named interim head coach, according to the report. McHale, 57, had Houston's coach since 2011. The Rockets made the playoffs three straight seasons and reached the Western Conference Finals last year.

  • Projecting the College Football Playoff field after ranking wins of contenders

    Published: Tue, Nov 17, 2015

    Pat Forde of Yahoo! Sports has Oklahoma in his updated College Football Playoff bracket after the Sooners traveled to Waco last weekend and knocked off Baylor. Forde ranked the Sooners' 44-34 victory as the best win of this college football season among contending teams, and he now believes OU currently should be slotted as the No. 4 team in the College Football Playoff rankings and face No. 1 Clemson in the Cotton Bowl. "Oklahoma crashes the Fab Four on the strength of the best win anyone had this season - a double-digit victory at Baylor that ended the Bears' 20-game home winning streak," Forde wrote. "The Sooners were fortunate to face true freshman quarterback Jarrett Stidham making just his second college start, but they were the better team all night and controlled much of the game. That gives Oklahoma a pair of road victories Sagarin loves, the other being the come-from-behind thriller at Tennessee. "The glaring blemish on the resume, of course, is the rivalry-game upset loss to Texas. That's an issue. But the Sooners' high-end victories are enough to evict an Ohio State team that is lacking by comparison. That of course will change starting this week, when the Buckeyes close against Michigan State, Michigan and potentially Iowa. But Oklahoma will continue to buttress its own strength of schedule against TCU and unbeaten Oklahoma State." Forde also ranked Oklahoma State's win over TCU as this season's third best win among contenders and OU's victory over Tennessee as the ninth best win. Also listed in Forde's rankings was Oklahoma State's win over West Virginia (20), Oklahoma's win over West Virginia (21), Oklahoma State's win over Texas Tech (27), Oklahoma's victory over Texas Tech (28), Oklahoma's win over Kansas State (40), Oklahoma State's win over Kansas State (41), Oklahoma State's win over Texas (44), Oklahoma's win over Iowa State (48), Oklahoma State's win over Central Michigan (65), Oklahoma's win over Tulsa (76), Oklahoma's win over Akron (82), Oklahoma's win over Kansas (83), Oklahoma State's win over Kansas (84), Oklahoma State's win over Central Arkansas (87), Oklahoma State's win over UTSA (88). Forde ranked Oklahoma's defeat against Texas as the second worst loss among the six combined  losses of contending teams. North Carolina's loss to South Carolina was ranked as the worst of the six.

  • Sooners fan arrested after mistaking Waco courthouse for hotel

    Published: Tue, Nov 17, 2015

    A drunken Oklahoma fan was arrested Saturday morning for trespassing after he broke into the Waco courthouse and claimed he had mistaken it for the Hilton hotel. Deputies responding to a burglar alarm at the courthouse at 8:15 a.m. found Harold Anthony Schroeder, 35, of Oklahoma City curled up sleeping between the counsel rail and the first row of seats in the 54th State District Courtroom. Schroeder tried to explain to deputies that he thought he was at the Hilton. Deputies said Schroeder smelled strongly of alcohol, but McLennan Country Sheriff's Capt. Steve Smith said Schroeder was not charged with burglary of a building because his intent was not to steal anything and he was just looking for a place to sleep.

  • Report: David Ortiz retiring after 2016 season

    Published: Tue, Nov 17, 2015

    Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz will retire at the end of the 2016 season, according to Fox Sports, ending a 19-year career in which he became a New England legend for his postseason heroics. USA TODAY reports Ortiz, who turns 40 on Wednesday, finished 2015 with 503 career home runs, cementing his status as one of the game's greatest designated hitters. But he'll likely be better remembered for his heroics in the 2004 postseason - when his walkoff home run helped spur a comeback from a 3-0 deficit against the New York Yankees in the American League Championship Series - and in 2013, when he earned World Series MVP honors.

  • Mike Gundy calls Mike Yurcich a rising star, labels criticism unfair

    Published: Tue, Nov 17, 2015

    Oklahoma State football coach Mike Gundy publicly supported the job offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich has done with the Cowboys. "I've been very fortunate to be around some good football coaches on (the offensive) side of the ball. Different styles of coaches," Gundy told the Tulsa World. "(Yurcich) certainly is very intelligent and very creative. He has developed into what I would describe as a good teacher. "He's kind of a young and rising star in this profession. Fortunately, I've had him for three years now. Hopefully, we can keep him here for a while and let him develop. He's done really well." Of the criticism that has been directed at Yurcich, Gundy said, "I felt it was unfair, but that doesn't make a difference in the world we live in today. I've watched him (during tough times), and I never really felt like he needed someone to pat him on the back. He's been very strong."

  • Holm-Rousey one of biggest upsets of all time

    Published: Sun, Nov 15, 2015

    In the wake of Ronda Rousey's stunning loss to Holly Holm in Melbourne, Australia, here are 10 of the most shocking and memorable upsets in sports history.

  • Eagles QB Bradford injures shoulder, ruled out

    Published: Sun, Nov 15, 2015

    Sam Bradford suffered a left shoulder injury Sunday, but the Eagles announced that X-rays were negative on their starting quarterback.