• Blake Bell: 'I know and I believe I can be a tight end in the NFL'

    BY ERIC BAILEY, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Feb 16, 2015

    Blake Bell once dreamed of throwing game-winning touchdown passes in the NFL. He is now a tight end prospect just 14 months after a heroic quarterback performance in Bedlam 2013’s come-from-behind victory. A position change never entered his mind. Now, beginning on Tuesday, he’ll be auditioning for a job at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Former OSU basketball standout Darrell Williams gets fresh start at Texas A&M-Commerce

    Updated: Mon, Feb 16, 2015

    Former Oklahoma State forward Darrell Williams has almost completed his comeback. Williams, now 25, is starting and starring in his only season at Texas A&M-Commerce. Since being charged with sexual battery and rape by instrumentation in Stillwater in 2012, he's resurfaced in Commerce with a new start. Behind the research of the Chicago Innocence Project, Williams' attorney appealed his case, and the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals rulled in April 2014 that Williams didn't receieve a fair trial. Charges were dropped and the 6-foot-8, 245 pounder has resumed his playing career and education. Brad Townsend of the Dallas Morning News chronicles Williams' story.

  • Report: Thunder among teams showing interest in Nuggets guard Arron Afflalo

    staff reports | Published: Mon, Feb 16, 2015

    The Oklahoma City Thunder have been quiet in the trade rumor sector (and that may not change before Thursday's trade deadline), but there's rumblings about Denver Nuggets guard Arron Afflalo. ESPN.com's Ramona Shelbourne says that the Thunder, Kings, Bulls and Clippers have all had discussions with the Nuggets about the veteran guard. Afflalo will be an unrestricted free agent in 2016, and is in the fourth year of a five-year, $36.7 million deal with a player option in 2015. Afflalo was a teammate of Thunder guard Russell Westbrook at UCLA in 2006-07.

  • Oklahoma State's Le'Bryan Nash, OU's TaShawn Thomas earn Big 12 weekly honors

    Published: Mon, Feb 16, 2015

    For the first time this season, four different players have been honored with Big 12 weekly awards in the same week, and the Cowboys and Sooners each have players included. Oklahoma State forward Le'Bryan Nash shares Player of the Week honors with Kansas' Perry Ellis. Nash averaged 20.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game in the Cowboys' split with Baylor and TCU. OU forward TaShawn Thomas earned Big 12 Newcomer of the Week honors for the third time this season, sharing the honor this week with Texas forward Myles Turner. Thomas averaged 14.5 points and 8.0 rebounds in the Sooners' games against Iowa State and Kansas State.

  • How's Amare Stoudemire to the Thunder sound?

    Published: Mon, Feb 16, 2015

    Multiple reports have surfaced that the New York Knicks are planning on buying out the final year of power forward Amar'e Stoudemire's contract. A buyout would make the six-time All-Star immediately eligible to sign with any team. Stoudemire was in the final season of a five-year, $99.7 million contract. He will be waived today and clear waivers on Wednesday at 4 p.m. CT. How's the Oklahoma City Thunder sound? Fans have clamored for the Thunder to acquire more post scoring for years, and Stoudemire could be assist in that department off the bench. The last time the Thunder saw Stoudemire, he had a 20-point, 9-rebound effort in the Knicks' 105-78 loss in Oklahoma City on Nov. 28. He didn't play in the Knicks' win over the Thunder on Jan. 28. The Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Clippers and Phoenix Suns are reportedly interested in acquiring Stoudemire.

  • OSU football: Cowboys football announces spring practice, game dates

    staff reports | Published: Fri, Feb 13, 2015

    Oklahoma State football will start spring practice on March 9 and will have its spring game April 18. What hasn't been announced is the format of the upcoming spring game. In 2014, Oklahoma State went with an open practice last year , dubbed by the school as the "Orange Blitz." The Big 12 released its full list of spring practice starts and spring game dates on Friday. OU is the only Big 12 school that has yet to announce a date for its spring game. Big 12 Spring Practice Start Dates Feb. 23 Baylor Feb. 28 TCU, Texas Tech March 3 Iowa State March 7 Oklahoma M arch 9 Oklahoma State March 15 West Virginia March 24 Kansas March 25 Texas April 1 Kansas State Big 12 Spring Game Dates March 20 Baylor (Spring Scrimmage) March 28 Texas Tech (Spring Scrimmage, Midland, Texas) April 10 TCU April 11 Iowa State April 18 Oklahoma State, Texas April 25 Kansas, Kansas State, West Virginia TBA Oklahoma

  • Gay football player got 'It Gets Better' tattoo after coming out to his team

    Published: Fri, Feb 13, 2015

    After coming out to his football team in high school, Dalton Ray went back into the closet when he went to college at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. He found it gets better, OutSports.com reports. "One saying that has guided me through all of this: 'It Gets Better.' It's hard to realize that when you're stuck in the middle of the country hearing gay slurs every day. As I opened up my true self to people, I learned the power and truth of those three words. It's meant so much that I tattooed it on my arm."

  • Ray Rice apologizes to Baltimore Ravens fans in a statement

    Published: Fri, Feb 13, 2015

    Almost one year after his arrest in a domestic violence case, former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice has issued another statement thanking his supporters, apologizing for his "horrible mistake'' and appealing for forgiveness, USA TODAY reports. "This is not a farewell or goodbye," Rice said Friday in a statement released to the Baltimore Sun. Attempts to reach Rice's agent by USA TODAY Sports were unsuccessful. Rice was arrested last Feb. 15 after an incident involving his then-fiancée and now wife, Janay Palmer, in an elevator in an Atlanta City, N.J., casino. Video showed Rice knocking her unconscious with a punch.

  • Kevin Hart jokes about Russell Westbrook's pants on ESPN's Mike & Mike

    Erik Horne | Published: Fri, Feb 13, 2015

    Comedian Kevin Hart jumped on ESPN Radio's Mike & Mike on Friday morning, and in one part of his interview with Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic was asked about the funniest guys in the NBA. Hart said he's spent some time with Thunder All-Stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. "The funniest? I was with Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook last night. We had a good time," Hart said. "Russell had some pants on that I believe made his butt bleed. I've never seen jeans tighter in my life." Hart went on about Westbrook's pants and some of the questions he had about Westbrook, cracking up Greenberg and Golic. "But we go back and forth. We have a good time," Hart said. You can listen to the full interview  here (Durant/Westbrook talk starts at about 7:20).

  • Russell Westbrook talks NBA title, fashion, OKC fans on ESPN's Mike & Mike

    staff reports | Published: Fri, Feb 13, 2015

    On ESPN Radio's Mike & Mike show Friday morning, Russell Westbrook discussed his style, he and Kevin Durant playing two-on-two, the Thunder's playoff push, All-Star Weekend and the structure of the playoffs. Here are some of the highlights: On his evolving brand off the court "I think it's very important, I think when you try to find your way in the NBA, especially for myself, I'n trying to find something to do after basketball. I'm not going to be able to play basketball for the rest of my life. Fashion is a big part of my life. It's something that I'm interested in and I've found a way to kinda get into." When asked if anyone in the world could beat he and Kevin Durant in a game of two-on-two No. I don't think so. You're playing two-on-two against any two guys in the world, what's the strategy? Get the ball to Kevin then help him rebound, that's it. On the current NBA playoff format and potential changes I'm not sure. I just saw that the other day. It may be interesting. I don't know how they would structure that, but I think it would interesting to kinda see how it would lay out and maybe it wouldn't be a bad idea. On Oklahoma City being a relatively smaller city in the NBA and how it affects the team's relationship with the community I think it's important. I think for us, in a small town like Oklahoma City, I think it's important for us to constantly find a way to continue to go back and give back to the community. Our fans have been great for us and they continue to be the best fans in the world. On if the team can win a title this year Definitely. We have all the tools, all the smarts, all the talent to be able to put ourselves in position to win the championship. On how many outfits he brought for All-Star weekend One, two, three, four, five, six. I've maybe got like seven? What happens is I may switch or change, so I may have like seven or eight. Something like that. You can listen to the full Westbrook interview here .

  • Kevin Durant, James Harden ring the bell, shoot hoops at the New York Stock Exchange

    staff reports | Published: Fri, Feb 13, 2015

    As a part of their endorsement deal with BBVA Compass, former teammates Kevin Durant and James Harden were guest of the New York Stock Exchange to open up the trading day on Friday. Durant and Harden are each in New York representing the Western Conference at All-Star weekend. The two also took some long distance shots from the Bell Podium. Harden made his off glass, and Durant followed with a make of his own. Doesn't look easy from that height/distance, either. Harden will participate in the 3-point contest on Saturday night.

  • Report: Sooners to interview Georgia Tech DL coach Mike Pelton

    Published: Thu, Feb 12, 2015

    SoonerScoop.com reports that Georgia Tech defensive line coach Mike Pelton is reportedly in Norman to interview for the same position with Oklahoma. Pelton, a former All-SEC lineman at Auburn in the mid-1990s, has 14 years of coaching experience, including stops in the SEC with Auburn and Vanderbilt, and two seasons in the Big 12 as an Iowa State assistant (2007-08). Former Sooners defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery  was introduced today as a defensive front assistant for the Green Bay Packers.

  • Vikings front office supportive of Adrian Peterson

    Published: Thu, Feb 12, 2015

    Is Adrian Peterson coming back to the Minnesota Vikings in 2015? The former OU running back seems to have the support of the Vikings' front office. Vikings chief operating officer Kevin Warren said Thursday morning in a conference call that he would welcome Peterson back to the team following his reinstation into the NFL. Peterson cannot be reinstated until April 15 following his indicment for injuring his son with a wooden switch. He was placed on the league's commissioner's exempt list on Sept. 17 after appearing in just one game in 2014. "I think I've made it very clear how I personally feel about Adrian, how our organization feels about him," Warren said. "(Vikings president) Mark Wilf made it very clear yesterday. ... Last year was a complicated year, at various levels, but once Adrian gets all of his items resolved with the NFL, is free to play again and rejoin our franchise, I think it's good for Adrian."

  • OU football: Jerry Montgomery announced as Packers defensive front assistant

    staff reports | Published: Thu, Feb 12, 2015

    The Green Bay Packers officially announced the addition of former OU assistant Jerry Montgomery to their staff on Thursday. Montgomery is among two staff additions and five new coaching titles for the Packers. Montgomery will assume the role of defensive front assistant. Heralded as one of the top recruiters for OU in his brief tenure, Montgomery  left the Sooners this week after a two-year stint as defensive line coach. He was promoted to co-defensive coordinator by Bob Stoops in January.

  • Serge Ibaka: 'Thank god it's not a broken nose'

    Published: Thu, Feb 12, 2015

    Hey, that Serge Ibaka guy appears to be alright. Ibaka took a  nasty elbow to the nose in the Thunder's 105-89 win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night, but returned to the game with some stitches and strong defense . Ibaka posted a photo to Instagram Monday with good news. "Thank god it's not a broken nose... Thanks everyone for your support #stillAvecclasse," Ibaka said.

  • Report: Wes Welker considering retirement from NFL

    Published: Wed, Feb 11, 2015

    Peyton Manning isn't the only current Denver Broncos player pondering his NFL future. Wes Welker is also undecided on the matter. According to FOX Sports sources, Welker, 33, is reportedly considering retirement after battling concussions for several seasons. The former Heritage Hall prep standout will become a free agent in March.

  • Texas College football player arrested in murder of transgender woman

    Published: Wed, Feb 11, 2015

    A Texas College football player is in jail, accused of murdering transgender woman Ty Underwood last month. Investigators say Carlton Champion Jr. and Underwood were dating, KTBS.com reports. Police believe Champion shot Underwood, right near the college.  She was found dead in her car. “We have electronic evidence that they were texting back and forth, communicating that they were going to meet up,” Tyler Police Officer Don Martin said.

  • Son: Jerry Tarkanian, Hall of Fame basketball coach, dies at age 84

    staff reports | Published: Wed, Feb 11, 2015

    Hall of Fame basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian died Wednesday at age 84, his son announced on Twitter. The longtime UNLV coach, who led the Runnin' Rebels to the NCAA national title in 1990, had been battling various health issues for the past 10 months. He was fighting a respiratory ailment and infection after being hospilatized in Las Vegas on Monday. “Coach Tark, my father, the greatest man I have ever known, passed today, to take his place in heaven. I will miss him every day of my life,” Tarkanian' son, Danny Tarkanian said via Twitter .

  • OU football: Dorial Green-Beckham to participate in OU Pro Day March 11

    staff reports | Published: Wed, Feb 11, 2015

    Dorial Green-Beckham, the former Missouri receiver who transferred to Oklahoma before declaring for the NFL Draft , will participate in OU's Pro Day on March 11, as first reported by Dan Lucy of KOLR-10 in Springfield, Mo. Green-Beckham practiced all season with the Sooners, but lost his case to be declared immediately eligible by the NCAA. Having never played a down for OU, Green-Beckham declared for the draft following the Sooners' 2014 season. Green-Beckham (6-foot-6, 225 pounds), who is projected as a mid-to-late first-round pick, is listed as a Missouri player by NFL.com on its list of combine invitees. The NFL scouting combine is Feb. 17-23 in Indianapolis, Ind.

  • Little League strips Chicago's Jackie Robinson West team of U.S. title

    Published: Wed, Feb 11, 2015

    Little League Baseball has stripped the U.S. championship from the Chicago-based Jackie Robinson West team and has suspended the coach for violating a rule prohibiting the use of players who live outside the geographic area that the team represents. The Jackie Robinson West team, the first all African-American team to win the U.S. title, must vacate its wins from the 2014 Little League Baseball International Tournament. As a result, the U.S. Championship has been awarded to Moutain Ridge Little League of Las Vegas.