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  • Oklahoma State basketball: Michael Cobbins on the comeback trail

    Published: Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    Oklahoma State post player Michael Cobbins is on the way back from his season-ending injury, as shown in his Instagram post on Wednesday. "Little something from rehab. #NoStruggleNoProgress #TheShakeBack," Cobbins wrote, with video showing the 6-foot-8 Cobbins doing forward and lateral lunges. Cobbins started 13 games for the Cowboys before rupturing his Achilles' tendon in December against Robert Morris.

  • KU’s Joel Embiid declares for NBA Draft

    Published: Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    Kansas freshman Joel Embiid officially declared for the NBA Draft on Wednesday. A likely top 5 pick in the upcoming draft, the 7-foot Embiid was the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year as a freshman, averaging 11.2 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game in his only season in Lawrence, Kan. Embiid was widely projected to be the No. 1 pick in the draft, but back injuries that forced him to miss the final six games of the season have dropped his his stock slightly in the past few weeks. Teammate Andrew Wiggins declared for the draft last week, and is also projected to be a top 5 selection.

  • Tulsa basketball signee requests release from letter of intent

    Published: Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    Following the departure of Danny Manning to Wake Forest, Tulsa signee Mitchell Wilbekin said he has been told by TU officials they will grant his release, as reported by the Tulsa World. Wilbekin (Gainesville, Fla.) signed with Tulsa in November over South Florida, Vanderbilt, Central Florida and Wyoming. The Tulsa World said that Tulsa remains an option. Wilbekin is the younger brother of University of Florida guard Scott Wilbekin. The elder Wilbekin led Florida to the Final Four, eventually losing to national champion UConn in the national semifinals.

  • NFL: 2015 Pro Bowl to be played in Arizona

    Published: Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    The NFL announced Wednesday that the Pro Bowl will be played in Arizona in 2015 and will go back to Hawaii in 2016. The 2015 edition of the game will be Jan. 25 at University of Phoenix Stadium, a week before Super Bowl XLIX Feb. 1 at the same site. The 2015 Pro Bowl will mark the third time the game will be played in the same city as the Super Bowl (1967, Los Angeles; 2010, South Florida).

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Kevin Durant on the cover of Slam Magazine

    staff reports | Published: Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    Kevin Durant graces the cover of the latest Slam Magazine, on sale now. His interview with Ryan Nelson starts with Durant describing his ridiculous 51-point performance in Toronto (and the hecklers courtside that he silenced), and continues with answers on what an MVP award would mean to him, his motto and whether or not there will be another player like him. Durant joins Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James as the only players to grace the Slam cover with a close head shot.

  • Wrestling Icon 'Ultimate Warrior' Dead at 54

    Published: Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    The Ultimate Warrior was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame Saturday, appeared at WrestleMania XXX on Sunday, and on Monday, he appeared on Monday Night Raw for the first time in years, according to Newser.com. Yesterday he died unexpectedly, at the age of 54. "Every man's heart one day beats its final beat," he had said during what would turn out to be his final appearance Monday. "His lungs breathe their final breath. And if what that man did in his life makes the blood pulse through the body of others and makes them bleed deeper in something that's larger than life, then his essence, his spirit, will be immortalized by the storytellers, by the loyalty, by the memory of those who honor him, and make the running the man did live forever."

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: MVP race over according to ESPN

    Published: Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    Kevin Durant is the MVP. ESPN called it. The ESPN Forecast has spoken, saying that not only should Durant win the MVP, he will win the award, overtaking LeBron James who started the season with an 80-percent likelihood of winning. But numerous factors played into Durant taking over the lead in the MVP race -- from the Heat's relatively slow start, to Durant carrying the Thunder through Russell Westbrook's absence. By the time March rolled around, the panel of 102 voters was 80 percent in favor of Durant.

  • UMass basketball player Gordon comes out as gay

    Published: Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    UMass sophomore Derrick Gordon became the first openly gay player in Division I men's college basketball on Wednesday, coming out to both ESPN and Outsports a week after sharing his story with his teammates, according to USA TODAY. "I just didn't want to hide anymore, in any way," Gordon told ESPN. "I didn't want to have to lie or sneak. I've been waiting and watching for the last few months, wondering when a Division I player would come out, and finally I just said, 'Why not me?' " Gordon said he decided to come out publicly in the days following UMass's loss to Tennessee in the NCAA tournament. The 6-3 guard started all 33 games this season for the Minutemen, averaging 9.4 points and 3.5 rebounds. The Plainfield, N.J., native transferred from Western Kentucky two seasons ago. Prior to college, he played at St. Patrick High School, one of the nation's powerhouse programs, USA TODAY reports.

  • Little girl who bonded with NCAA star dies

    Published: Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    Lacey Holsworth, the 8-year-old cancer patient who lived up to her Twitter name @adorablelacey, has died, according to her family. Holsworth became friends with Michigan State's Adreian Payne and accompanied him throughout the Spartans' run to the Big Ten championship and the NCAA tournament, according to Yahoo Sports. Holsworth's family announced her passing via social media.

  • Michigan State biggest little fan, Lacey Holsworth, dies of cancer

    staff reports | Published: Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    Lacey Holsworth, the 8-year-old who became friends with the Michigan State basketball program and its star Adreian Payne, lost her battle with a rare form of cancer Tuesday night, according to a tweet and Instagram post from her family. An Instagram account missprincesslacey posted this message "Princess Lacey has achieved the ultimate victory. She now dances among angels.... The world is a better place because you were in it. Our hearts are broken. We love you Doll. Dance all night... Mommy and Daddy, Will, Mitchell, and Luke #LoveLikeLacey."

  • Oklahoma State football: Michigan safety Josh Furman transferring to OSU

    staff reports | Published: Tue, Apr 8, 2014

    A Michigan player transferring to OSU would be unspeakable most of the time. Except Josh Furman is coming to Oklahoma State - not the Wolverines' rival Ohio State. Furman confirmed via Twitter that he'll be graduating from Michigan in May and transferring to Stillwater for the 2014 season, giving a Cowboys defense hit hard by graduation some more help. Furman, a 6-foot-2, 202-pound fifth-year senior had appeared in 32 games for the Wolverines. Furman was granted his release from Michigan in January.

  • Batkid throws first pitch at San Francisco Giants home opener

    Published: Tue, Apr 8, 2014

    Miles Scott, aka "Batkid" threw out the first pitch at AT&T Park before the San Francisco Giants home opener on Tuesday. Scott, who is in remission from Leukemia, captured the attention of America in November 2013 when the city of San Francisco and the Make-A-Wish Foundation banded together to make his wish come true - fighting crime as Batman. At the game Tuesday, the 5-year-old rolled out in a Batman-themed Lamborghini and was accompanied by Giants starter Matt Cain to the mound for the ceremonial first pitch.

  • Peyton Manning is coming to Oklahoma State for $105K

    Published: Tue, Apr 8, 2014

    Peyton Manning is coming to visit Oklahoma State University, and it will cost the school six figures. The five-time NFL Most Valuable Player will speak to the OSU Student Government Association at Gallagher-Iba Arena on April 16 at 7 p.m. The contract for Manning's hour-long appearance will total up to $105,000, according to the O'Colly Twitter page. Pending any changes before Friday, the contract between OSU and Peyton Manning lists a fee of $105,000. — O'Colly (@OColly) April 8, 2014 The hourlong event will include a keynote speech, followed by a moderated Q-and-A in which student-submitted Twitter questions will be selected by the SGA Speaker's Board for Manning to answer.

  • Derek Fisher blogs that Kevin Durant is the MVP

    staff reports | Published: Tue, Apr 8, 2014

    Thunder guard Derek Fisher jumped on his blog Tuesday to tell it like it is: Kevin Durant is the MVP. "As an active NBA player, I don’t have a vote for league MVP. But if I did, it would go to Kevin Durant," Fisher says. "I unequivocally believe that Kevin has earned that honor this season, and it’s not because he’s going to win the scoring title again. He has provided a MVP-caliber performance on both ends of the floor, and in his approach to the game." Fisher goes on to list Durant's consistency, his level of play during Russell Westbrook's injury and his streak of games with 25 points or more as reasons he's the league's MVP this season. But Fisher also says Durant is playing this year with less stress, while maintaining a competitiveness that likens him to former MVPs Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal, Fisher says.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: How Kevin Ollie's next stop could influence Kevin Durant

    erik horne | Published: Tue, Apr 8, 2014

    Former Thunder guard Kevin Ollie is not even a day removed from winning the NCAA Tournament title with UConn and the rumor mill has started. It's no secret that Ollie and Thunder forward Kevin Durant have a good relationship. Durant has openly spoken about how much Ollie changed the Thunder culture in his short stay in Oklahoma City. But with Ollie set to become a hot property in coaching, ESPN's Jeff Goodman says that when Kevin Durant nears free agency, Ollie could be a critical persuasion piece for whichever team is courting KD. From Goodman's ESPN Insider piece: One NBA executive told me that whichever team (or teams) makes a run after Kevin Durant when he becomes a free agent, “will throw the whole ATM after [Ollie].” That makes sense given the enormous amount of respect KD has for his former teammate in Oklahoma City. I remember Durant telling me a few years back, just after Calhoun convinced Ollie to join his staff as an assistant, that Ollie would be a star. Durant couldn’t stop gushing about Ollie’s character as a person, and his knowledge of the game.

  • Mike Gundy offers insight into his relationship with AD Mike Holder

    Published: Tue, Apr 8, 2014

    STILLWATER — After Saturday’s Orange Blitz, Oklahoma State football coach Mike Gundy stood in the Cowboy weight room and talked with the Tulsa World's Jimmie Tramel and John E. Hoover for a few extra minutes about a handful of topics. Eventually, Gundy steered the conversation toward his relationship with athletic director Mike Holder, and his remarks were moderately revealing.

  • WATCH: Fox News anchor calls UConn 'NAACP National Champs'

    Published: Tue, Apr 8, 2014

    Heather Childers, an anchor for "Fox & Friends First" made a mistake Tuesday morning in announcing the Connecticut Huskies' win over Kentucky in the NCAA National Championship game. On first reference, Childers called UConn the "2014 NAACP national champs," which would make them the champions of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Childers then corrected herself on the next reference to "NCAA."

  • Oklahoma football: Former Alabama lineman Chad Lindsay visiting OU this weekend

    staff reports | Published: Tue, Apr 8, 2014

    Bob Stoops could be landing a national championship offensive lineman. Former Alabama offensive guard Chad Lindsay is scheduled to visit Louisville and Oklahoma this week, as reported by CBSSports.com's Jeremy Fowler. Fowler said that Lindsay visited Michigan last week. Former Alabama offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier is the current OC in Ann Arbor. Lindsay (6-foot-2, 302 pounds), who is originally from The Woodlands, Texas, started four games last season for Alabama. He's already graduated, so he'd be available to play immediately. Lindsay came off the bench in 10 games in Alabama's 2012-13 national championship season.

  • UConn star Napier takes shot at NCAA

    Published: Tue, Apr 8, 2014

    UConn point guard Shabazz Napier was the unquestioned leader of a team that made NCAA tournament history Monday. And moments after Connecticut beat Kentucky 60-54 to capture the program's fourth national championship, Napier made it clear what provided him and his teammates the motivation necessary to become the first No. 7 seed win it all, according to Yahoo Sports. When asked by CBS Sports' Jim Nantz to describe his emotions, Napier responded, "Honestly. I want to get everyone's attention. Ladies and gentlemen, you're looking at the hungry Huskies," the tourney's Most Outstanding Player said as confetti rained down at AT&T Stadium. "This is what happens when you ban us. Last year, two years, we worked so hard for it, two years …" The microphone was then briefly cut off and the broadcast showed UConn fans celebrating. Nantz resumed the interview to tell Napier he'd been named MOP — but not before Napier called out the NCAA for keeping the program out of last year's Big Dance due to low test scores, Yahoo Sports reports.

  • 12-year-old cartoon predicted encounter between Indians fan and Chief Wahoo protester

    Published: Tue, Apr 8, 2014

    This startling photo from Friday's Cleveland Indians home opener raised a lot of eyebrows when it started to circulate online. If you could sum up the arguments about sports teams using Native American names/mascots in one photo, this would be it, according to Yahoo Sports. Since Friday, we've learned more about the photo's context from the documentarians at ClevelandFrowns.com. The man on the left is Robert Roche, the executive director of the American Indian Education Center in Parma, Ohio and an annual protestor at Cleveland Indians' opening day. The man on the right is an Indians fan who identified himself only as "Rodriguez." He, as you can imagine, didn't find anything wrong with his outfit. Roche, as you can also imagine, found plenty. Here's a startling footnote for the photo. It turns out that Lalo Alcaraz, a nationally syndicated cartoonist, predicted this scene almost perfectly 12 years ago, Yahoo Sports reports.