• NBA player helps deliver his daughter from home while on 911 call

    Published: Mon, Dec 21, 2015

    In one of the wildest stories of the NBA season, Cavaliers guard Iman Shumpert actually delivered his daughter when his fiancee Teyana Taylor went into labor in their bathroom. The Daily Mail has acquired the audio recording of the 911 call Shumpert made when his baby was born.

  • Justin Blackmon Arrested for DUI

    Published: Mon, Dec 21, 2015

    Former Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon is again in trouble with the law. According to the Carter County Sheriff’s office in Ardmore, Blackmon was arrested for DUI on Dec. 19 at 4:45pm. Blackmon is indefinitely suspended by the NFL for various run-ins with the law and alcohol and drug abuse. He was denied reinstatement in 2015 and hasn't played in the NFL since 2013.

  • Brandon Weeden leads Houston Texans to division lead in win over Colts

    Published: Sun, Dec 20, 2015

    Edmond's Brandon Weeden entered the game in relief of T.J. Yates and led the Texans to a victory over the Colts for sole possession of the AFC South division lead.

  • LeBron: Durant can unseat Kareem as top scorer

    Updated: Thu, Dec 17, 2015

    LeBron James offered high praise for star counterpart Kevin Durant on Thursday, saying the OKC forward brings a rare combination of size and speed that the league never has seen before. James said Durant by the end of his career could have a chance to unseat Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the league's all-time leading scorer. "His ability to score the ball is obviously up there with the greatest to ever play," James said of Durant. "I know that's not in his memory bank right now, him trying to help the team get better and better, but long term he definitely can challenge that."

  • OKC Thunder: Cavs guard Iman Shumpert expected to miss game vs. Thunder

    Published: Wed, Dec 16, 2015

    Kyrie Irving said he won't be on the court  for the Cleveland Cavaliers against the Thunder on Thursday. Cleveland could be without another guard, as well. Iman Shumpert injured his right groin in the fourth quarter of the Cavs' win over Boston on Tuesday, and the team anticipates him missing Thursday's game  according to Chris Haynes of cleveland.com . Shumpert was expected to receive further evaluation Wednesday in Cleveland. Due to a wrist injury, the 6-foot-5 Shumpert has played just two games this season, averaging 10 points and 2.0 rebounds. His season debut was against Orlando on Friday.

  • Michael Jordan keeps promise to donate court settlement to help Chicago kids

    Published: Tue, Dec 15, 2015

    Michael Jordan made good Tuesday on his promise to donate the net proceeds of the multimillion-dollar settlement he received from supermarkets Dominick's and Jewel-Osco to nonprofits helping Chicago kids, his advisers said. "I care deeply about the city of Chicago and have such incredible memories from my years there," Jordan said in a news release. "The 23 charities I've chosen to make donations to all support the health, education and well-being of the kids of Chicago. Chicago has given me so much and I want to give back to its kids — the city's future."

  • Update: Ole Miss' Nkemdiche reportedly used synthetic marijuana, hit with pot charge after fall

    Updated: Tue, Dec 15, 2015

    Ole Miss defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche was charged with marijuana possession after his pair of falls at a hotel, the Atlanta Police Department announced Monday. After arriving on the scene, police searched the room from which Nkemdiche fell at the Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead. According to the incident report, the investigating officer discovered "seven rolled marijuana cigarettes, rolled in Cigarillo Blunt papers" and reported that "the room was in complete disarray." Officers linked the drugs to Nkemdiche and charged him with possession of marijuana. The investigation into how Nkemdiche fell is still ongoing, according to the Atlanta PD. According to the incident report released Monday, police say Nkemdiche went through his hotel room window onto a ledge that encircles the building. He then fell from that ledge to the ground. Police estimated Sunday that both falls were approximately 15 feet.

  • UT audit reveals long list of football ticket misconduct by Longhorns staff

    Published: Mon, Dec 14, 2015

    University of Texas athletics employees systematically abused their access to Longhorns football tickets for years, resulting in preferential treatment for favored donors, secret arrangements with ticket brokers and untold financial losses for the university, an audit obtained by the American-Statesman reveals. Some allegations resulting from a 16-month university investigation point to possible illegal conduct, including employees who accepted gifts and exploited loopholes to pocket immeasurable profits by selling complimentary tickets. The audit says those allegations were referred to police and to the Travis County district attorney, but no charges were pursued. Many practices uncovered by the investigation violate university policy or represent fireable offenses, UT officials said. However, no employees are named and no one is held responsible in the audit, formally completed Nov. 30 and obtained by the Statesman under the Texas Public Information Act.

  • NBA referee reveals he is gay

    Published: Mon, Dec 14, 2015

    Bill Kennedy, one of the NBA's top referees, has revealed he is gay. "I am proud to be an NBA referee and I am proud to be a gay man," Kennedy told Yahoo Sports on Sunday night. "I am following in the footsteps of others who have self-identified in the hopes that will send a message to young men and women in sports that you must allow no one to make you feel ashamed of who you are." NBA commissioner Adam Silver delivered a statement of support for Kennedy. "I wholeheartedly support Bill's decision to live his life proudly and openly," Silver told Yahoo Sports in a statement. "Throughout his 18-year career with the league, Bill has excelled as a referee because of his passion, dedication and courage. Those qualities will continue to serve him well both as a game official and as a positive influence for others. While our league has made great progress, our work continues to ensure that everyone is treated with respect and dignity." Kennedy's announcement comes in the wake of the NBA's suspension of  Sacramento Kings  guard Rajon Rondo , who game officials, including Kennedy, heard unleash a disturbing torrent of anti-gay slurs following his ejection from a game on Dec. 3 in Mexico City.

  • MLB will not lift lifetime ban on Pete Rose

    Published: Mon, Dec 14, 2015

    Rob Manfred, the commissioner of Major League Baseball, has decided not to lift the permanent ban imposed on Pete Rose more than a quarter-century ago, meaning the player with more hits than anyone else in the sport’s history will continue to be kept out of the Hall of Fame. The decision by Manfred, who succeeded Bud Selig as commissioner last January, has not been publicly announced. But three people familiar with the decision, speaking on condition of anonymity because they did not want to be identified discussing a matter that was supposed to remain confidential, told The New York Times that Manfred had made up his mind to keep the ban intact. Manfred’s decision comes less than three months after he met with Mr. Rose, 74, at Major League Baseball’s headquarters on Park Avenue in Manhattan. In an interview this month with a television station in Cincinnati, Rose addressed the looming decision. “You don’t know which way to read anything,” Rose said in an interview with WCPO in Cincinnati. “All I knew is, I was truthful to him, and he asked a lot of questions, and I had a lot of answers. We got along good, I thought.” Rose was barred from Major League Baseball in 1989 after the league concluded that he had bet on baseball games while managing the Cincinnati Reds and that some of the bets had been placed on his own team. At the time, Rose insisted he had not bet on the sport, although in agreeing to the ban he implicitly acknowledged wrongdoing on his part. In the years that followed, Rose continued to deny he had wagered on baseball. But in a 2004 autobiography, he finally admitted to doing just that and to betting on the Reds as well, although he insisted that he had never bet on his own team to lose.

  • Heisman Trophy winner Henry highlights AP All-America team

    Published: Sun, Dec 13, 2015

    Heisman Trophy winner Henry, finalists McCaffrey, Watson highlight AP All-America team Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield is the second team quarterback.

  • High school football: Adair rolls over Haskell, 70-6, to win first state championship

    Published: Sun, Dec 13, 2015

    OWASSO — A small airplane was spotted flying over Owasso Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The banner trailing behind it had a special message to mark Adair’s first football championship. “Adair Warriors 2A State Football Champs,” it read, following Class 2A No. 1 Adair’s 70-6 thrashing of Haskell for the gold ball. Adair coach Mark Lippe was made aware of the overhead message before the game. Any kind of pressure heaped on Lippe went by the wayside quickly once Adair raced to a 14-0 lead, which morphed into a 42-0 advantage at halftime.“They told me it was going to happen,” Lippe said. “I said, ‘All right, well, no pressure here on me.’ But that’s pretty cool.” As the final few seconds ticked away in Adair’s first football championship game, quarterback B.J. Bradbury found senior receiver Brock Martin for a special embrace. That led to a celebratory dogpile that found running back Ben Woolman at the bottom. “It’s great,” Bradbury said as his team polished off a 14-1 season. “We worked hard for this. We’ve never been here, and we never got past the quarterfinals. Once we got over that, we knew we could get here.”

  • Clemson coach compares quarterback Deshaun Watson to Cam Newton

    Published: Fri, Dec 11, 2015

    Words like poise, composure and in control are commonly showered upon Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson. After compiling 4,399 yards of total offense and 41 touchdowns while leading the No. 1 Tigers to a 13-0 record, he's earned them. Now, as Clemson prepares for its College Football Playoff semifinal against Oklahoma on Dec. 31, it's Watson's intagible traits that have impressed his coaches most. “That’s something that’s not talked about a whole lot,” co-offensive coordinator Jeff Scott said. “Other than just a quick moment, he doesn’t get too excited or too high. Being able to play at that same level throughout the entire game, that allows him to control the game. “It’s like having a coach on the field. There’s certain times we want to change the protection for him, but before we can communicate that to him, he’s already changing it.” Scott said Watson has the proverbial "it" factor and compared him to one of the NFL's best young quarterbacks. "Those special guys have it,” Scott said. “I think about Cam Newton, when he was at Auburn. You knew he was going to will his team to win. It didn’t matter what the situation, he was going to put the team on his back and get it done whenever they got in tight situations. That’s what Deshaun has does for us. Every time that we’ve gone to him, needed it, he finds a way get it done.”

  • Transferring Texas A&M quarterback says 'Oklahoma comes to mind'

    Updated: Fri, Dec 11, 2015

    Texas A&M sophomore quarterback Kyle Allen is transferring and says "Oklahoma comes to mind" as a possible destination. Allen, who had 2,210 yards passing, 17 touchdown passes and seven interceptions this season, said he'd like to transfer to a Power 5 conference program that would have a senior quarterback in 2016, making it possible for Allen to compete for a starting job when he becomes eligible in 2017. "Oklahoma comes to mind because it does fit all those things, and my old (high school) teammate ( Mark Andrews ) is a receiver there, and coach (Bob) Stoops is an all-time great coach," Allen said. Allen said he's released to transfer to any school not in the SEC or a future Aggie opponent.

  • Rest and recuperation coming at the right time for No. 1 Clemson

    Published: Thu, Dec 10, 2015

    Clemson closed the regular season by taking the field on 10 straight Saturdays dating to its Oct. 3 home game against Notre Dame. The No. 1 Tigers are now using the downtime before their Dec. 31 College Football Playoff semifinal against Oklahoma for much-needed rest, relaxation and recuperation. "That’s going to help this team mentally, physically, spiritually, all of the above,” said Clemson senior offensive lineman Eric Mac Lain . “We’ll lock in and refocus. I’m extremely exhausted. I’m excited for this week off.” Clemson ended the regular season with multiple bumps and bruises and is hopeful this time off will help the players heal. Defensive end Shaq Lawson and linebacker Ben Boulware each wore slings in Saturday’s ACC Championship Game victory over North Carolina to alleviate their bad shoulders. Defensive end Kevin Dodd has been in a walking boot after games and cornerback Mackensie Alexander missed a game with a knee injury. “A lot of guys are playing their heart out and giving everything they have,” junior cornerback Cordrea Tankersley said. “This rest is going to be really beneficial for us, and by the time of the playoffs, we should be back to normal.” The Tigers will have nearly two weeks of practice before boarding a flight to Miami on Dec. 26 to begin Orange Bowl week against the Sooners. For now, Clemson is confident it won't be too much time off. “We know what’s at stake if we mess around,” sophomore receiver Artavis Scott said. “I don’t think we’re going to have a problem staying focused. We have a great leader in Coach Swinney, he’s going to take care of that.”

  • Clemson QB's foundation built in a Habitat for Humanity house

    Published: Thu, Dec 10, 2015

    Come New Year's Eve, Oklahoma will face a huge challenge in Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson. But before the Sooners and the Tigers lock it up, here's a look at Watson. Sports Illustrated's Pete Thamel tells the story of Watson's family moving out of government-subsidized housing and into a Habitat for Humanity house -- and how that charity remains extremely important to Watson.

  • Jerry Colangelo's hiring in Philadelphia may lead to Sam Hinkie's exit

    Published: Wed, Dec 9, 2015

    When the Philadelphia 76ers hired Jerry Colangelo as chairman of basketball operations Monday, many executives around the league viewed his arrival as the beginning of the end for general manager Sam Hinkie. Hinkie, a Marlow native and Oklahoma graduate, has been in charge of the Sixers since May 2013. Under his guidance, Philadelphia has compiled a 38-148 record. The Sixers tied the record for the longest losing streak in major U.S. professional sports history when they lost 26 consecutive games during the 2013-14 season. Philadelphia now stands alone with that record after having lost 28 straight games dating to last season. With 18 consecutive losses to start this season, the Sixers matched the 2009-10 New Jersey Nets for the worst start to a season in NBA history. They also started the 2014-15 season 0-17. Many have charged Hinkie with blatantly tanking over the past three seasons, purposely losing in an attempt to boost his team's odds at landing the top pick in the last three NBA Drafts. Hinkie has spent much of his time at the helm trading away the Sixers' most talented players in exchange for draft picks and fielding a team of first- and second-year players, fringe NBA talents and castoffs. The NBA has explored modifying the NBA Draft Lottery to prevent teams like Philadelphia from embracing prolonged losing seasons and to better safeguard the rebuilding process and protect the integrity of the game. Owners and other executives have grown tired of the Sixers' act, leading to the league lobbying for Colangelo's hiring, according to multiple reports. Colangelo's arrival could now lead to Hinkie's departure. "I can't see him surviving this," an unnamed league executive told the Philadelphia Inquirer about Hinkie. "All I know is Colangelo is going to do it his way. If he doesn't agree with what they are doing, he's going to do it his way. That's the only reason he came in. He's not there just to be there."

  • Russell Westbrook buys lavish Los Angeles home from reality TV star

    Published: Tue, Dec 8, 2015

    Russell Westbrook reportedly has purchased a Los Angeles home for $4.65 million, according to the Los Angeles Times. The Oklahoma City Thunder star point guard bought the 4,095-foot, two-story, contemporary-style home from Scott Disick, the reality television personality and partner of Kourtney Kardashian. Disick's popularity increased as a regular on the reality show "Keeping Up With the Kardashians." Disick bought the five-bedroom, six-bathroom home for $3.699 million last year, according to the Los Angeles Times. Westbrook is a native of Los Angeles. He graduated from Leuzinger High School in nearby Lawndale, Calif. and attended UCLA for two seasons before being drafted fourth overall in 2008.

  • Big 12 Conference announces football non-conference scheduling requirement

    Published: Tue, Dec 8, 2015

    The Big 12 has announced it will require conference football programs to annually play at least one non-conference game against an autonomy conference institution, or schools that play in the ACC, Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC, or Notre Dame. “Schedule strength is a key component in CFP Selection Committee deliberations,” said Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby in a written statement. “This move will strengthen the resumes for all Big 12 teams. Coupled with the nine-game full round robin Conference schedule our teams play, it will not only benefit the teams at the top of our standings each season, but will impact the overall strength of the Conference.” Additionally, no Big 12 program is permitted to play more than one game annually against a non-Football Bowl Subdivision opponent. This new scheduling requirement does not impact existing non-conference game contracts.

  • Longtime OSU football secretary passes away

    Published: Mon, Dec 7, 2015

    Longtime Oklahoma State football administrative assistant Joyce Robbins passed away Monday. Robbins died of natural causes. She was 73. Robbins worked for six Oklahoma State football coaches during her 30 seasons in Stillwater. She served under Jim Stanley, Jimmy Johnson, Pat Jones, Bob Simmons, Les Miles and Mike Gundy. Robbins spoke highly of her time inside the OSU football office in a 2001 story in The Oklahoman. "I've been here long enough now that the kids who were coming in as freshmen are coming back as coaches," said Robbins, who was coaxed out of a brief retirement by Miles after he was hired. "But I've always enjoyed it over here. If I had it to do over again, I'd do the same thing. I wouldn't trade it for any other job."