• John E. Hoover: Think storming the court is harmless fun? It's not. Time for Big 12 to ban it

    BY JOHN E. HOOVER, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    Watching Kansas coach Bill Self squirm almost literally for his life on Monday night, watching Bruce Weber and his staff fight off their own fan base, it has become painfully clear: Storming the court after a big basketball win has to stop. It's not safe. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Tenn. prep girls basketball teams caught tanking, banned from postseason

    Published: Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    Two Tennessee girls basketball high school teams have been pulled from the postseason for trying to lose a game to avoid the top-ranked team and improve their chances of advancing to the state tournament. Smyrna principal Rick Powell said both he and Riverdale principal Tom Nolan asked to allow their teams to continue to play in the Class AAA postseason, but remove their respective coaches — Shawn Middleton at Smyrna and Cory Barrett at Riverdale — from the postseason. Some of the reported actions by the two teams included "missing 12-16 free throws intentionally," and trying to incur intentional 10-second counts and 3-seconds in the paint violations. You can read the full story here .

  • Daniel Orton kicked out of Philippine Basketball Association for Manny Pacquiao comments

    Published: Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    Bishop McGuinness product and former NBA player Daniel Orton was in the news last week for making negative comments about boxing superstar and Filipino icon Manny Pacquiao Well, it cost Orton his job. Orton has reportedly been fined and kicked out of the Philippine Basketball Association for his comments following a game in which his Purefoot Hotshots team played a pro-league game against a team with Pacquiao on it. "Professional boxer, yeah, okay... professional basketball player, no. It's a joke," Orton said at the time. Pacquiao, who is 5-foot-6, scored a single point in the game. He's considered a national hero in the Philippines for not just his illustrious boxing career, but for his political contributions. Pacquiao serves as a national congressman. The league issued a statement obtained by Yahoo! Sports, which said "this insulting behaviour will never be condoned by this league." "Everyone is angry at him... it is like he went to the United States and insulted the name of Martin Luther King," said Rene Pardo, the top administrator for the Purefood Hotshots who was quoted by local media. Orton apologized via Twitter on Monday.

  • Report: Bills interested in QB Sam Bradford

    staff reports | Published: Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    The Buffalo Bills are reportedly in the market to trade for Rams quarterback Sam Bradford. Bradford, who is coming off an ACL tear which forced him to miss all of the 2014 regular season, has reportedly been given permission by the Rams to seek a trade , and the Bills appear to be interested in the former OU All-American. From Yahoo Sports' Rand Getlin: "A league source indicates Bills head coach Rex Ryan and offensive coordinator Greg Roman aren't sold on EJ Manuel as a viable starter and believe Bradford can maximize the value of their wide receivers and help them win now." Buffalo could be one of the better situations in the NFL for Bradford to reignite his career. The Bills have weapons at receiver in 2014 draft pick Sammy Watkins and third-year receiver Robert Woods, to go along with a defense that was No. 1 in the NFL in sacks (54) last season. Bills starting quarterback Kyle Orton retired in the offseason and former first-round pick Manuel hasn't developed as anticipated.

  • K-State AD issues statement on court-storming against Kansas

    staff reports | Published: Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    Following Kansas State's upset win over Kansas on Monday night in Manhattan, fans stormed the court at Bramlage Coliseum. Video on social media shows fans deliberately running into KU players and overwhelming the Jayhawks' staff before it could get off the court. The raucous nature of the court storming and seeming lack of control from Kansas State security has led to numerous negative reactions and questions from national media about security measures and how much is too much when it comes to celebrations. Kansas State athletic director John Currie issued a statement Tuesday morning in response (via Wichita Eagle/Kansas City Star writer Kellis Robinett ). Currie said he met with lawe enforecement, student goverment and student life representatives to review the school's procedures. Fans who deliberately touched KU players will face consequences, according to Currie. "Although no one was hurt last night, we fell short of our expectations for securing the court and escorting KU to its locker room without incident," Currie said in the statement. "We are disappointed that we did not do better for the KU team."

  • OU softball: Sooners drop to sixth in USA Today/NFCA Top 25

    Published: Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    OU softball fell two spots to No. 6 in the USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 poll this week. The Sooners went 3-2 at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic last weekend in Palm Springs, Calif., with wins against San Diego State, No. 10 Kentucky and Loyola Marymount and narrow losses to No. 15 Arizona (5-4) and No. 8 Georgia (6-5). Unbeaten Florida (16-0) retains the top spot in the poll, with Oregon, Michigan, Alabama, and Louisiana-Lafayette rounding out the Top 5. Tulsa is on the cusp of the Top 25, as the Golden Hurricane received three votes. You can view the entire Top 25 here .

  • Thunder considered analytics 'believers' by ESPN

    Published: Mon, Feb 23, 2015

    ESPN The Magazine and ESPN.com rated 122 teams on the strength of each franchise's analytics staff, its buy-in from execs and coaches and how much its approach is predicated on analytics. The result? The Thunder come out as one of the NBA's "believers" in analytics and how they can impact the franchise. From ESPN: "The tight-lipped Thunder say little publicly about analytics, but their track record demonstrates they are, on the whole, believers. GM Sam Presti, a panelist at the inaugural MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in 2007 while working in the San Antonio Spurs' front office, established an analytics department when he joined the then-Seattle SuperSonics later that year." Four NBA teams are in ESPN's top 10 teams in the four major pro sports "who have embraced data most." At the top of the list are the Philadelphia 76ers, who are run by Marlow native Sam Hinkie . "When Philly hired Sam Hinkie in May 2013, the team became a test case for the GM's plan: dump overvalued mediocrity, lose (a lot) with cheap role players and load up on picks," ESPN says. "With five staffers devoted to picking apart the CBA, mining player health and minting theories on roster construction, Hinkie has topped his former boss, Rockets GM Daryl Morey, as the NBA's most ardent analytic master."

  • Report: Adrian Peterson's agent confronts Vikings VP

    Published: Mon, Feb 23, 2015

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  • OKC Thunder: Explaining the Thunder on trade deadline day

    Published: Mon, Feb 23, 2015

    Is the Oklahoma City Thunder operating in fear of losing Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook? Not really. "OKC doesn't operate 'like, geez, are these guys gonna leave? Are these guys gonna be happy?,'" an NBA league source told TNT's David Aldridge. Aldridge says of all the NBA teams making moves last Thursday, the Thunder was the big winner at the trade deadline. The Boston Celtics had wanted players and draft picks, as did the Philadelphia 76ers, but "by 3 p.m. ET Thursday, it was Oklahoma City that has done the most good," Aldridge said. And with all the rumors for most of the day centered around the Thunder getting Brook Lopez from the Brooklyn Nets, Aldridge explains how the Thunder flipped at the last minute, which led to the deal which sent Enes Kanter to OKC: "At 2:45 ET, the Thunder texted the Nets, who'd just gotten the okay from (Kevin) Garnett 15 minutes earlier that he'd agree to the trade to Minnesota: 'We're going in another direction', read the message to Brooklyn."

  • Hoops coach bans team from locker room after loss

    Published: Mon, Feb 23, 2015

    Too bad the Nebraska basketball team didn’t display as much belly-fire during Sunday’s 74-46 loss to Iowa as coach Tim Miles did afterward. Miles never raised his voice during his 12-minute media session, but the smoke shooting from his pores indicated his level of disgust, The Omaha World-Herald reports. He believed the Huskers “half-assed it,” and said the offense was so disjointed “it looked like the Bad News Bears.”

  • Report: Adrian Peterson not seeking trade to Cowboys

    Published: Sun, Feb 22, 2015

    Sources told Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press that reports are inaccurate that Minnesota Vikings running back and Texas native Adrian Peterson is seeking a trade to the Dallas Cowboys. Sources also said Peterson is not seeking a trade. Multiple reports this weekend have said that Peterson told the Vikings that he wanted to be traded to the Cowboys . It's not the first time that the former OU star has reportedly voiced interest in playing in Dallas.

  • Report: Adrian Peterson tells Vikings he wants to play for Cowboys

    Published: Sun, Feb 22, 2015

    Adrian Peterson's been talking about playing in Dallas since 2013. Will this offseason be the one in which AP lands in Big D? The former OU star has reportedly informed the Minnesota Vikings that he'd like to play for the Cowboys. Peterson is reportedly "uneasy" about returning to the Vikings following their handling of his suspension by the NFL in 2014. The Peterson-to-Dallas rumblings have been going on for some time now. Last summer, Peterson reportedly  talked to Jerry Jones about playing for the Cowboys. He also said  back in 2013 it would be cool to play for the Cowboys.

  • Report: Cavaliers to sign Kendrick Perkins

    Published: Sat, Feb 21, 2015

    The Cleveland Cavaliers look to have added a major defensive piece -- and former Thunder player. Kendrick Perkins, the former Thunder center who was traded to the Utah Jazz on Thursday, will reportedly sign with the Cavaliers, as his contract buyout has been completed by the Jazz ( Yahoo Sports ). Along with Reggie Jackson, Perkins, 30, was shipped out in the three-team deal which saw the Thunder acquire Enes Kanter and Steve Novak from Utah, and Kyle Singler and D.J. Augustin from Detroit. Perkins  reportedly also considered the Los Angeles Clippers, where he would have reunited with Doc Rivers, who coached him with the Boston Celtics. But ESPN sources said Perkins has  been recruited directly by LeBron James to pick the Cavaliers.

  • OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant out against Hornets with foot soreness

    staff reports | Published: Sat, Feb 21, 2015

    Thunder forward Kevin Durant (foot soreness) will not play against the Charlotte Hornets on Saturday night, according to The Oklahoman's Anthony Slater . Thunder general manager Sam Presti  said Friday that Durant isn't at risk, but he is sore, and the team will continue to look at ways "to best manage the situation." Durant was noticably limping and was taken out of the Thunder's home win against Dallas on Thursday with 2:24 remaining. In that game, he played in three different pairs of shoes for reasons not specified by the team. He finished the game whith just 12 points in 37 minutes. Durant didn't participate in on-court portions of practice on Friday, according to Thunder coach Scott Brooks. Durant has played in just 27 of the Thunder's 54 games this season.

  • Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight date officially set

    Published: Fri, Feb 20, 2015

    The long-awaited fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather has finally been set. The two will meet May 2 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The bout will more than likely be the most lucrative in boxing history. Mayweather vs. Pacquiao has been anticipated as the biggest fight in boxing for half a decade. Mayweather (47-0, 26 knockouts) has won world titles in five weight classes, while Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KOs) is the only boxer in history to win world titles in eight weight classes.

  • Reggie Jackson on trade to Pistons: 'This is such a weight off my shoulders'

    Updated: Fri, Feb 20, 2015

    Now that Reggie Jackson is in Detroit, he's letting his emotions flow. The former Thunder guard tells Yahoo Sports that he's "always imagined having a coach like this, an opportunity like this in the NBA," and that coming to Detroit "is such a weight off my shoulders." Jackson was traded to the Detroit Pistons on Thursday in a multi-player deal that also saw Kendrick Perkins shipped to Utah and the Thunder acquire four players. From Adrian Wojnarowski's story : "The whole time, I was honest," he said. "I wanted to start. And then, I became the problem in the locker room to people who have never been in our locker room. …I mean, come on. "Coming here, this is such a weight off my shoulders, a new beginning. To come play with a new group of guys, to start to change this perception of me, I can't wait to get to the arena tonight and meet them all."

  • MLB announces changes to speed up games

    Published: Fri, Feb 20, 2015

    On Friday, Major League Baseball announced a series of measures aimed to shorten the escalating length of regular-season games, which averaged well over three hours apiece in 2014, USA TODAY reports. None of the changes is nearly as dramatic as implementing a pitch clock, which the league experimented with during Arizona Fall League play. Instead, batters will be forced to keep one foot in the batter’s box throughout their at-bats, timers will be added to limit break times between innings, and managers will be able to challenge calls from the dugouts. The league will impose warnings and fines on players and clubs violating the rules.

  • Heat's Chris Bosh could miss rest of season with blood clot

    Published: Fri, Feb 20, 2015

    The Heat could announce Friday whether Chris Bosh will be forced to miss the remainder of the season following tests on his lungs. Bosh was admitted to a Miami-area hospital on Thursday after meeting with a doctor, with fear he could have blood clots on his lungs. If there are multiple clots, then Bosh would be out for the remainder of the season. The Heat (22-30) are currently in eighth place in the Eastern Conference standings with 30 games left in the regular season.

  • Russell Westbrook: I own 1,000 pairs of shoes

    Published: Thu, Feb 19, 2015

    Russell Westbrook discusses his love of fashion, his line at Barneys and owning a thousand pairs of shoes.

  • OKC Thunder: Kendrick Perkins says farewell to Oklahoma City

    staff reports | Published: Thu, Feb 19, 2015

    Following his trade on Thursday to the Utah Jazz, Kendrick Perkins went on Twitter to express his gratitude for his time in Oklahoma City. "We are going to miss this wonderfull place and all of you guys hold a special place in ours hearts! ThunderUp for life," Perkins said via Twitter .