• 'Kiss cam' at Dodgers-Giants game takes odd turn

    Published: Wed, Sep 24, 2014

    This might be the stupidest funny moment you'll see at a ballpark all season, though it seems too good to be truly true. A couple of opposites attending the Los Angeles Dodgers' 4-2 victory against the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night were shown on the Dodger Stadium video board during the often loathsome "kiss cam" segment. The man wore a Dodgers cap, the woman a Giants cap and cutoff shirt. Did they kiss? In a way. Once they realized they were on ballpark TV, they poured beer over each other's head, according to Yahoo Sports.

  • Mack Brown's brother approaching most losses in college football history

    Published: Wed, Sep 24, 2014

    ESPN's Ivan Maisel writes about Watson Brown, the older, lesser-known brother of former Texas coach Mack Brown. Watson Brown is approaching a dubious record. The 64-year-old has taken on downtrodden programs -- six over 30 years as a head coach -- and will soon become first coach in NCAA football history to lose 200 games.

  • Jameis Winston's advisor: Accuser wanted $7 million

    Published: Wed, Sep 24, 2014

    Jameis Winston's accuser tried to extort the Heisman Trophy winner for $7 million, according to a letter sent by Winston's advisor to Florida State University. According to advisor David Cornwell's letter, the accusor's attorney, Patricia Carroll, demanded $7 million to settle potential claims against FSU, the Tallahassee Police Department and Winston. The letter also says that Winston will cooperate with FSU's Title IX inquiry into whether he committed a sexual assault in December 2012.

  • Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel out for the season

    Published: Wed, Sep 24, 2014

    The Minnesota Vikings have now lost two parts of their starting backfield. The team put quarterback Matt Cassel on season-ending injured reserve Wednesday because of the bones he broke in his left foot during last weekend's loss at New Orleans. That thrusts rookie Teddy Bridgewater into the starting role. Bridgewater will make his first career start Sunday at home against the Atlanta Falcons. He'll do so without running back Adrian Peterson, who is on the exempt list after being indicted in Texas on a charge of injury to a child. Peterson's status for the rest of the season is unsure.

  • Blake Griffin is on the cover of GQ and he won't force you to buy it

    Published: Tue, Sep 23, 2014

    Former OU high-flyer Blake Griffin graces the cover of the October issue of GQ. The Los Angeles Clippers All-Star wears a throwback Clips jersey underneath a blue suit jacket on the cover. Griffin posted a photo of the magazine cover on his Instagram page Tuesday, along with his typical deadpan humor. "GQ. October. Out now. Go pick it up. Or don't. I'm not gonna force anybody," Griffin said via Instagram . In the issue, Griffin  is the subject of a Q&A session in which he's pretty candid about former Clippers owner Donald Sterling and his feelings about Sterling's racially insensitive comments.

  • OU football: Samaje Perine debuts in latest Bovada Heisman Trophy odds

    Published: Tue, Sep 23, 2014

    With Samaje Perine's national breakthrough comes national attention. And betting odds. The freshman running back has made his debut on Bovada's Heisman Trophy odds at 25-to-1 -- the same as OU quarterback Trevor Knight, who took a slight dive in the odds after the Sooners' 45-33 win over West Virginia. Perine is the only player listed on Bovada's current odds who wasn't on the board last week. Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota is still the heavy favorite (2/1) to win the Heisman, leading Kenny Hill of Texas A&M (10/1) and Todd Gurley (10/1). Bryce Petty of Baylor is still the Big 12 odds leader at 20/1. HEISMAN ODDS (not all odds listed) Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon, 2/1; Kenny Hill, QB, Texas A&M, 10/1; Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia, 10/1; Everett Golston, QB, Notre Dame, 12/1; Dak Prescott, QB, Mississippi State, 14/1; Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin, 14/1; Nick Marshall, QB, Auburn, 14/1; Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama, 18/1; Taysom Hill, QB, BYU, 18/1; Bryce Petty, QB, Baylor, 20/1; Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State, 20/1; Ameer Abdullah, RB, Nebraska, 25/1; Samaje Perine, RB, Oklahoma, 25/1; Trevor Knight, QB, Oklahoma, 25/1

  • Texas OT Kennedy Estelle dismissed from team after 'violation of team rules'

    staff reports | Published: Tue, Sep 23, 2014

    The purge continues in Austin. Texas announced Tuesday that offensive lineman Kennedy Estelle has been dismissed from the program for a violation of team rules. Estelle, a 6-foot-6, 285-pound junior, had been suspended for the past two games for rules violations. Estelle is  no longer listed on the Longhorns' online roster as of Tuesday morning. The dismissal of Estelle follows a  string of offseason dismissals by new Texas coach Charlie Strong. Texas plays at Kansas to open Big 12 play this weekend.

  • Tennessee RB Treyvon Paulk kicked off team following alleged assault of ex-girlfriend

    Published: Tue, Sep 23, 2014

    Tennessee coach Butch Jones announced Monday that freshman running back Treyvon Paulk was dismissed from the team for what Jones called a "personal conduct issue." According to the Knox County Sheriff's Office, Paulk was accused of assault of his then-girlfriend, 18-year-old Chelsea Reese. From Timesfreepress.com. While at a party on Saturday, Paulk and Reese began arguing when he "became very agitated and struck her in the mouth with his fist," according to KCSO. Reese had cuts to her lips but refused medical treatment, the incident report states. Reese is refusing to prosecute or take an order of protection, meaning Paulk will not be charged. "We hold our players to a very high standard and expectation with being a member of our football family," Jones said. Paulk (5-foot-8, 200 pounds) is redshirting this year and was practicing on Tennessee's scout team. The Volunteers are coming off a 34-10 loss to Oklahoma and will play at Georgia to begin SEC play this weekend.

  • Rickie Fowler's haircut is ready for the Ryder Cup

    Matt Carney | Published: Mon, Sep 22, 2014

    Look upon it and tremble, Europeans. The only way that combo fade and etching could be more American is if it came with a side of fries and failed a math test. The Ryder Cup starts Friday.

  • Former Texas Tech DC Matt Wallerstedt says 'don't believe' rumors of dismissal

    Published: Mon, Sep 22, 2014

    When Texas Tech's defensive coordinator Matt Wallerstedt abruptly resigned last week, many wondered if there was more to the story. Was it a forced resignation because of the Red Raiders' porous defensive start? Was the exit drug related? ESPN.com reported that Wallerstedt had been sent home from the football facility for allegedly being under the influence of an unknown substance. According to SI.com, Wallerstedt refuted the ESPN report with a text message last Friday that read “All good! Don’t believe all the rumors!! My statement yesterday says why I resigned and that’s the truth!!” Texas Tech's statement announcing Wallerstedt's decision said he resigned for "personal reasons." “I have submitted my resignation to Coach Kingsbury effective immediately because I want the best for the Red Raider program, and this will allow them to go in a different direction on defense,” Wallerstedt said in the school's statement. “I love our players and this school and have only their best interest in my heart and mind. I wish Coach Kingsbury every success this season.”

  • Report: Baker Mayfield to receive a third year of eligibility effective immediately

    staff reports | Published: Mon, Sep 22, 2014

    Could Baker Mayfield be getting a break? The OU transfer has reportedly been given a third year of eligibility, effective immediately, as reported by KWTV Sports Director Dean Blevins . Mayfield, the Big 12 Freshman of the Year in 2013, chose to walk-on at Oklahoma in the offseason, but Texas Tech blocked the transfer, meaning he wasn't eligible to play or receive financial aid in 2014. And because of Big 12 rules regarding in-conference transfers, Mayfield was docked a year of eligibility. Mayfield's eligibility has to be determined by the Big 12, and there are ongoing discussions of Mayfield's status with OU, Texas Tech and the Big 12 Conference. Sources close to the situation said there have been discussions between OU, Texas Tech and the Big 12 about the possibility of Mayfield retaining a year of eligibility if he doesn't play this season. No decisions have been finalized, but Texas Tech has  consistently refused to clear Mayfield to play this season. Mayfield and his attorney, Jim Darnell, had a hearing with the NCAA last Friday. Sources say Mayfield is close to receiving a waiver that would allow OU to put him on scholarship retroactive to at least the beginning of the current semester. /* 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:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman","serif";}

  • OU football: Tony Jefferson making an impact with Arizona Cardinals

    Published: Mon, Sep 22, 2014

    Tony Jefferson had himself a game Sunday in the Arizona Cardinals' 20-14 win over San Francisco. The former OU standout led the Arizona Cardinals with 10 tackles ,  had a huge second-down sack of Colin Kaepernick on the 49ers’ last true chance to score, and he absorbed the headbutt from Anquan Boldin that changed the game. Boldin hit Jefferson with a headbutt, resulting in a 15-yard penalty, which derailed the 49ers' drive. A chance at seven points turned into a field goal attempt that was blocked by Tommy Kelly. The Oklahoman's NFL beat writer Mike Baldwin will have a feature story on Jefferson on Nov. 2 when Jefferson and the Cardinals come to Arlington to play the Dallas Cowboys.

  • Refs say Colin Kaepernick used racial slur

    Published: Mon, Sep 22, 2014

    Needless to say, Colin Kaepernick had a game he'd like to forget after last week's 28-20 loss to the Bears. The 49ers quarterback was responsible for four turnovers in the team's loss, but it was a curious flag that has also drawn attention.

  • OU football: Sooners rank No. 1 in ESPN power rankings, playoff forecast

    Published: Mon, Sep 22, 2014

    Following a big road win against West Virginia, OU has risen to No. 1 in two of ESPN's biggest weekly polls. The Sooners are No. 1 in both ESPN's Power Rankings and Playoff Forecast. OU was No. 3 in the Power Rankings last week, but had a climb in the chart after its win over the Mountaineers and sub-par games from Oregon and Florida State over the weekend. The Sooners earned 316 points to Alabama's 300 in this week's rankings. From ESPN: "Introducing Samaje Perine , yet another star for the Sooners. Oklahoma got an important win in Morgantown, West Virginia, and further validated itself as the team to beat in the Big 12." In the Playoff Forecast (Insider content), ESPN placed the Sooners ahead of Florida State, Oregon and Alabama -- giving the Sooners a 22.1 percent chance of winning out and a 58.5 percent chance of winning the Big 12 (based on their  Football Power Index and "the eye test"). From Brad Edwards: "After clearing one of their most difficult road hurdles with an impressive second-half performance at West Virginia, the Sooners seem as good a bet to go undefeated as any team in a Power 5 conference. Their most highly regarded remaining opponents, Baylor and Oklahoma State, must both visit Norman, and the toughest test away from home seems to be at TCU, which comes on Oct. 4 after OU has a bye week to prepare. Also, the fact that the Big 12 has no conference championship game is another factor that enhances Oklahoma's chances of finishing the regular season unblemished."

  • Bob Stoops: DE Charles Tapper has sickle cell trait which caused exhaustion against West Virginia

    staff reports | Published: Mon, Sep 22, 2014

    NORMAN — Oklahoma junior defensive end Charles Tapper left the Sooners’ 45-33 win at West Virginia last weekend in the fourth quarter because of exhaustion brought on by his sickle cell trait, coach Bob Stoops said during Monday’s news conference. Sickle cell trait is a genetic disorder that can be catastropic, especially during extreme physical exertion. California defensive end Ted Agu died in February during a training run, and it was reportedly because of complications from sickle cell trait. Following OU's 45-33 win over West Virginia on Saturday, Tapper appeared to be injured. But Stoops said that Tapper's issues were more exhaustion than injury.

  • Fans claim ambush by Native Americans, 'Daily Show'

    Published: Mon, Sep 22, 2014

    Several Washington Redskins fans are unhappy about a Daily Show segment they participated in that pitted them against Native Americans in the ongoing debate over the team's controversial name, according to Yahoo TV. The segment, filmed Sept. 13 for a yet-to-air episode, involved a heated back-and-forth, with the fans feeling unaware of what they had signed up for, according to the Washington Post.  Kelli O'Dell, a 56-year-old former teacher, was in tears during the segment and has asked the show not to include any footage of her, although a show producer said he couldn't promise that she would be omitted. Two days later, O'Dell tried to file a police report but was told no crime had been committed.

  • OU basketball: Jason Rabedeaux, former Sooners assistant, passes away

    Published: Mon, Sep 22, 2014

    Former OU assistant basketball coach and UTEP head coach Jason Rabedeaux died at his home in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam on Monday. Rabedeaux, 49, was an assistant for the Sooners basketball team from 1995-99, developing a reputation as one of the top recruiters in the country before taking over for Hall of Fame coach Don Haskins at UTEP in 1999. Rabedeaux also had a stint as the director of basketball operations for Marquette University. Rabedeaux had been the coach of the Saigon Heat of the AirAsia ASEAN Basketball League since 2012. The ABL honored Rabedeaux on its website Monday morning. "The ABL would like to express our deepest sympathies and condolences  to Coach Rabs, his children and the whole Rabedeaux family during this tough time. Coach Rabs will always be remembered by everyone in the ABL."

  • OU at TCU set for 2:30 p.m. kickoff on Fox

    Updated: Mon, Sep 22, 2014

    Oklahoma's Oct. 4 game at TCU will kick off at 2:30 p.m. and will be televised on Fox. OU is 9-4 all time vs. TCU, winning last year's game 20-17 in Norman.  OKlahoma will be coming off a bye week and a 45-33 win over West Virinia in Morgantown, W. Va.  Also on Monday, the Big 12 announced OU's Alex Ross (special teams) and Samaje Perine (offense) were named the players of the week.

  • Varsity football coach suspended for praying with his team after victory

    Published: Mon, Sep 22, 2014

    An varsity football coach at an Arizona prep school was suspended for two weeks for praying with his team, forcing him to miss the school’s homecoming game, among others, according to USA TODAY. As reported by The Arizona Republic, Tempe Prep football coach Tommy Brittain was suspended for two weeks for praying with his team following its victory against Show Low. The suspension was confirmed by Brittain’s wife, Melissa Brittain. “He’s walking on eggshells, and he doesn’t want to make the situation worse,” Melissa told the Republic, making it clear that Brittain had no plans to appeal the temporary ban.

  • Seahawks defensive back DeShawn Shead proposed to his girlfriend after Broncos game

    Published: Mon, Sep 22, 2014

    Seahawks defensive back DeShawn Shead celebrated his team’s overtime win over the Denver Broncos on Sunday by proposing to his girlfriend in the middle of Century Link, according to USA TODAY. It was a pretty special moment. There was a full camera crew there, plus Richard Sherman and several other lookers-on getting cellphone video.