• Kansas State WR Tyler Lockett named Big 12 Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year

    Published: Thu, Dec 11, 2014

    Kansas State wide receiver and former Tulsa Washington product Tyler Lockett has been named the Big 12 Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Lockett, a senior, has a 3.24 cumulative GPA in business management. He's scheduled to graduate on Saturday. Lockett, who was named the Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Year on Wednesday, was also honored as a National Scholar-Athlete this week. He'll finish his career at Kansas State with records for career receptions, receiving yards, receiving touchdowns and 100-yard receiving games. He finished the 2014 regular season with 93 receptions for 1,351 yards and nine touchdowns, and added two punt return TDs. To qualify for Scholar-Athlete of the Year, players must be a junior or senior, have a cumulative 3.20 grade point average or higher, participate in 60 percent of his team's scheduled contests, and have spent a minimum of one year in residence at the institution. Lockett earned Academic All-Big 12 First Team honors this season, and was a second-team selection in 2012.

  • UPDATE: Charges against Iowa State's best basketball player dropped

    Updated: Thu, Dec 11, 2014

    Iowa State star Bryce Dejean-Jones has been arrested and charged with multiple misdemeanors after police were called to his apartment because of noise complaints. Ames police spokesman Geoff Huff says Dejean-Jones was arrested around 3 a.m. Thursday. He’s charged with gathering where marijuana is used, a serious misdemeanor, and two simple misdemeanors; a nuisance party regulation and a noise ordinance violation. Huff says the marijuana charge is roughly the equivalent of a drunken-driving charge and that a fine and probation is more likely than jail time. Dejean-Jones is in his first season at Iowa State. He is averaging 17.1 points a game. He remained at the Story County Jail on Thursday morning on $1,600 bond. Detention officer Clark Blue says no attorney information for Dejean-Jones was available. 

  • LeBron James a game-time decision for Thunder-Cavs

    staff reports | Published: Thu, Dec 11, 2014

    Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James is a game-time decision for tonight's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Oklahoman's Anthony Slater says that James was scheduled to talk at Cavs shootaround this morning, but was getting treatment. James is experiencing soreness in his left knee. The Cavaliers come to Oklahoma City on an eight-game winning streak, while the Thunder has won five of its last six.

  • Report: Dodgers agree to trade Matt Kemp to Padres

    Published: Thu, Dec 11, 2014

    The Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed on a four-player trade that will send Matt Kemp to the San Diego Padres, a Padres official confirmed to ESPN.com. The former Midwest City High School star has been the subject of trade rumors before. The Dodgers currently have an outfield logjam in Kemp, Carl Crawford, Andre Ethier, Yasiel Puig, and fast-rising prospect Joc Pederson. Kemp has $107 million left on his eight-year, $160-million contract. Injuries have cost Kemp, 30, 150 games over the last two seasons, but he came on strong following the All-Star break, leading the majors in slugging percentage and hitting 17 home runs.

  • Report: Tulsa targeting Baylor OC Philip Montgomery as head coach

    Published: Thu, Dec 11, 2014

    Tulsa has reportedly tabbed Baylor offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Philip Montgomery as its next head coach, per FootballScoop.com . Montgomery was a finalist for the 2013 Broyles Award, given to the nation's top assistant coach, and has been twice honored by FootballScoop Coach of the Year as a coordinator (2013) and quarterbacks coach (2011). Montgomery goes way back with Baylor head coach Art Briles. He coached with Briles at Stephenville High School in Texas and has worked with him 16 years.

  • Bloomberg Politics Poll: Half of Americans Don't Want Their Sons Playing Football

    Published: Thu, Dec 11, 2014

    Television ratings are up and merchandise sales are booming, but longer-term trends don’t look as rosy for football. According to a new Bloomberg Politics poll, 50 percent of Americans say they wouldn't want their son to play the sport and only 17 percent believe it’ll grow in popularity in the next 20 years. These are grim numbers for a sport that’s seeing an onslaught of negative attention, including a parade of National Football League players accused of abusing their wives or children; a team name so offensive that some news organizations refuse to print it; and, perhaps most troubling to parents, the growing body of evidence that repeated blows to the head can cause long-lasting brain damage.

  • Mike Stoops, Brent Venables among top paid assistant coaches in college football

    Updated: Wed, Dec 10, 2014

    Current and former Oklahoma football coaches are among the top paid assistants in college football. Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables and OU defensive coordinator Mike Stoops rank 11th and 12th, respectively, on USA Today's list of NCAA football assistant coach salaries. Venables, who was on the OU staff from 1999-2011 as a co-defensive coordinator/defensive coordinator/linebackers coach, is raking in a reported $875,000 from Clemson. Stoops is right behind him with $856,400. Clemson and Oklahoma will square off in the Russell Athletic Bowl on Dec. 29. Other interesting tidbits from the salary summary: *LSU's offensive coordinator Cam Cameron and defensive coordinator John Chavis are the most expensive coordinator combination in the country, each making $1.3 million. *Clemson had two of the top paid assistants in the country on one staff until offensive coordinator Chad Morris (fifth among assistants at $1.3 million) took the SMU head coaching job. *Baylor defensive coordinator Phil Bennett is the highest-paid Big 12 assistant at $897,926 per season. Among head coaches, Bob Stoops has risen to  third in the country in salary ($5,058,333). Oklahoma State's Mike Gundy ranks 15th ($3,500,000).

  • ORU, Missouri State reschedule blacked-out game for Monday

    Published: Wed, Dec 10, 2014

    A basketball game between Oral Roberts and Missouri State was postponed Saturday in Tulsa due to a power outage. Now the game is back on. The Tulsa World reports that the two schools will play at the Mabee Center Monday at 7 p.m. Missouri State is scheduled to play the University of Tulsa on Wednesday, Dec. 17, so the Bears will get to town early and play ORU and TU in a three-day span.

  • OU football: Clemson QB Deshaun Watson to have ACL surgery, will miss Russell Athletic Bowl

    Published: Wed, Dec 10, 2014

    Clemson freshman quarterback Deshaun Watson will reportedly have ACL surgery on Friday, ruling him out of the Russell Athletic Bowl against Oklahoma Dec. 29. The Post and Courier's (Charleston, S.C.) Aaron Brenner reports that the Tigers have decided to shut down Watson, who showed promise for the Tigers in limited action this year, completing 67.9 percent of his passes for 1,466 yards, 14 touchdowns and just two interceptions. Watson's rehabilitation period is expected to be six-to-nine months. Senior Cole Stoudt will fill in as the starter. Stoudt has battled a shoulder injury this season and has thrown for six touchdowns to 10 interceptions.

  • OSU's Emmanuel Ogbah, Tyreek Hill; OU's Samaje Perine honored by Big 12 coaches

    Updated: Wed, Dec 10, 2014

    Oklahoma and Oklahoma State were once again well represented on the coaches' All-Big 12 team, which was released Wednesday. Oklahoma State had two "Player of the Year" award recipients -- Tyreek Hill (Offensive Newcomer of the Year) and Emmanuel Ogbah (Defensive Lineman of the Year).  Oklahoma running back Samaje Perine was named the Offensive Newcomer of the Year. Follow the link below to see all of the honorees, including the All-Big 12 first and second teams.

  • Former Tulsa coach Bill Blankenship writes thank-you letter to TU family

    Published: Wed, Dec 10, 2014

    A week removed from his firing following 19 losses in the past two seasons, former University of Tulsa coach Bill Blankenship tweeted a link to a thank-you letter directed to the Hurricane football family. Follow the link below to read the letter in its entirety. 

  • Former Tulsa Union, OU quarterback Justin Fuente named American Athletic Conference Coach of the Year

    staff reports | Published: Wed, Dec 10, 2014

    Memphis football coach Justin Fuente was announced as a unanimous selection for American Athletic Conference Coach of the Year on Wednesday. Fuente, who starred at quarterback for Tulsa Union in the mid-1990s before playing two seasons at OU, led Memphis to the AAC Championship this season. The Tigers improved from just three wins in 2013 to 9-3 and a berth into the Miami Beach Bowl against BYU. Fuente is in his third season as Memphis head coach following stints as an assistant with Illinois State (2001-2006) and TCU (2007-2011).

  • LOOK: The new College Football Playoff rings are sweet

    staff reports | Published: Wed, Dec 10, 2014

    The College Football Playoff rings have been revealed and they are pretty sweet. Whoever wins the first ever Football Bowl Subdivision playoff between Alabama, Oregon, Florida State and Ohio State will sport these rings created by Jostens, complete with the College Football Playoff symbol in the middle.

  • Douglass-Locust Grove: New York Times takes its turn at football playoff holdup

    Published: Tue, Dec 9, 2014

    The Douglass-Locust Grove football controversy has made its way around the nation. The New York Times published its story on the holdup of the Oklahoma Class 3A playoffs. From the Times: "At issue, essentially, is whether the mistake should be corrected or whether human error should be allowed to stand as one of life’s harsh but unavoidable lessons." A decision on Douglass' postseason future is expected to be made Wednesday in Oklahoma County District Court.

  • Panthers QB Cam Newton involved in car accident

    staff reports | Published: Tue, Dec 9, 2014

    Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was involved in a car accident in updown Charlotte on Tuesday. Newton was photographed by the Charlotte Obeserver as conscious and smiling following the accident. In the crash, Newton's truck was turned on its side. Newton was reported taken to the hospital as a precaution, but sustained no injuries.

  • Report: Johnny Manziel to start for Cleveland Browns on Sunday

    Published: Tue, Dec 9, 2014

    Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine has decided to go with Johnny Manziel as his starting quarterback. Fox Sports Jay Glazer reports that Pettine will go with Manziel as the Browns' starting quarterback against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. The Browns started the season 6-3 with Brian Hoyer as the starter but have lost three of their last four games, with Hoyer sporting a 1-to-8 touchdown-to-interception ratio in those contests. Manziel, the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner and former Texas A&M star, was selected by the Browns in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft.

  • VIDEO: Russell Westbrook asks kid if he's 'ready to fly' in new Foot Locker commercial

    Published: Tue, Dec 9, 2014

    In this new Foot Locker commercial, Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook asks a kid if he's "ready to fly." The kid, lacing up a new pair of Air Jordans, says he's ready, but he doesn't expect what Westbrook has in store for him.

  • OU basketball: Sooners 15th in latest ESPN Power Rankings

    Published: Tue, Dec 9, 2014

    ESPN.com college basketball writer Jeff Goodman has bumped Oklahoma up three spots in his latest College Basketball Power Rankings. It's the usual suspects at the top of the list, paced by 9-0 Kentucky, but the Sooners are climbing. A key stat from Goodman: "The Sooners are the best in the nation on the defensive glass. Oklahoma is averaging 31.7 defensive rebounds a night, led by Ryan Spangler (8.9 overall rebounds per game)." The top Big 12 team in the rankings is Texas at No. 9, whose lone loss came to UK last week. The Sooners play at Tulsa on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

  • VIDEO: Central Michigan football players react to Bahamas Bowl invite

    Updated: Tue, Dec 9, 2014

    So, if you couldn't be at home -- and maybe even if you could -- where would you rather spend your Christmas? Detroit or the Bahamas? We're sure Detroit in December is just lovely, but it's really not much of a competition. The idea of Christmas in the Bahamas was certainly appealing to the Central Michigan football team, which found out on Sunday that's where they would be heading for their bowl game. How the Chippewas found out they were beach bound was pretty great, too. CMU used a special video to reveal the destination to its players, using Jeopardy theme music and a countdown. The players' reaction is priceless.

  • LeBron James again demonstrates social conscience with 'I Can't Breathe' shirt

    Published: Tue, Dec 9, 2014

    In the subterranean gymnasium at Baruch College in May, LeBron James answered non-basketball questions centered on his willingness to speak out against Donald Sterling, USA TODAY reports. The rest of his then-Miami Heat teammates had left the gym. It was just a few reporters and Heat media relations staffers. It was informal but serious, and James was sincere, open, comfortable and confident. He explained his stance and why he spoke out.