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  • Report: Five-star recruit Kendall Sheffield visiting OU, OSU next week

    Published: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    A big-time recruit will be making his way to the state of Oklahoma next week. Five-star defensive back Kendall Sheffield (Missouri City, Texas/Thurgood Marshall) will be at LSU Friday and is reportedly scheduling visits to OU and OSU for the following week. Sheffield is rated as ESPN.com's No. 1 prospect in Texas and the nation's No. 2 cornerback in the Class of 2015. Sheffield (5-foot-11, 180 pounds) has offers from Alabama, Florida State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas, among numerous others.

  • Steve Spurrier says SEC, ACC 'follow the rules pretty well'

    erik horne | Published: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby ruffled some feathers Monday at Big 12 Media Days by saying that "cheating pays" in today's NCAA, and that "enforcement is broken." South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier tends to disagree. While Bowlsby's comments may look like a reference to the Southeastern Conference, Spurrier says the SEC is doing alright when it comes to doing things the right way. “I think we follow the rules pretty well in our area… SEC, ACC," Spurrier said. This comes on the heels of Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher saying Monday the Seminoles didn't punish quarterback Jameis Winston for shoplifting because "it was not done with intent." Tramel wrote in his column for Tuesday's Oklahoman that it's more than just the SEC on alert: "It’s easy to write off Bowlsby’s bomb as a shot across the bow at the SEC. Finger-pointing at a league long cast as breaking the rules it didn’t have time to bend. But Bowlsby cut a wide swath. He was talking about the need for a cultural change, in both attitude and resources."

  • Report: Blake Griffin, James Harden, group of NBA stars could face fines for clinics in Manila

    Published: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    A group of NBA players has reportedly been warned by the NBA that it could face fines for participating in clinics that included games of H-O-R-S-E and scrimmages in Manila, Philippines. The group, which included former University of Oklahoma forward Blake Griffin, former Thunder guard James Harden, Kawhi Leonard and Damian Liillard, was warned it could face financial fines for participating in the unapproved activities, Yahoo Sports reports. Events were supposed to be scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, but have reportedly been canceled since event organizers didn't gain league approval.

  • Marcus Smart, Doug McDermott only rookies named to USA Select Team

    Published: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    Former Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart was one of only two rookies named to the USA Basketball Men's Select Team that will train July 28-31 with the Men's National Team in Las Vegas. Smart and 12 others will work out with and scrimmage against the National Team in its preparation for the FIBA World Cup. Smart, the No. 6 overall pick by the Boston Celtics in the 2014 NBA Draft, and Chicago Bulls forward Doug McDermott, are the only two rookies on the Select roster. Named to the 2014 USA Basketball Select squad were: Harrison Barnes (Golden State Warriors); Trey Burke (Utah Jazz); Jimmy Butler (Chicago Bulls); Draymond Green (Golden State Warriors), Tim Hardaway Jr. (New York Knicks); Tobias Harris (Orlando Magic); McDermott (Chicago Bulls); Victor Oladipo (Orlando Magic); Mason Plumlee (Brooklyn Nets); Miles Plumlee (Phoenix Suns); Smart (Boston Celtics); Dion Waiters (Cleveland Cavaliers); and Cody Zeller (Charlotte Hornets).

  • Gary Williams thinks Kevin Durant will settle down in Washington D.C. area one day

    Published: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    Let the Kevin Durant-to-D.C. speculation continue. It'll be a constant stream over the next two seasons as Durant approaches free agency in 2016. Last week on ESPN 980, former University of Maryland basketball coach Gary Williams said he'd be shocked if Durant doesn't live in the Washington D.C. area once his playing career is over. Williams said Durant is keeping an eye on what happened with LeBron James and his decision to go home to Cleveland. From Dan Steinburg's Blog via The Washington Post: “One interesting thing on this LeBron going back to Cleveland, Durant’s watching that very close,” Williams said. “He’s seeing the adulation pouring out for LeBron James for coming home. And Durant loves this area. He does. He’s back every summer. He plays at Montrose [Christian] against their high school kids sometimes; he’s out there taking charges. He just loves to play basketball. He’s been over at Maryland, he plays with the players over there. He just wants to play. And these are where his ties are. I know one thing, when his career’s over, I’d be shocked if he didn’t live in this area.” Williams goes on to say that the Wizards make progress while falling a step short in the East, that could simultaneously show that Durant is what's missing in Washington. Williams also couldn't leave out the recent hire of David Adkins, who was an assistant coach at Montrose Christian High School when Durant was there. It's another quote in a series of them that will connect Durant to D.C.

  • Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher explains why Jameis Winston went unpunished

    Published: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    Jameis Winston's suspension from the baseball team for shoplifting was punishment enough, Florida State football coach Jimbo Fisher says. At ACC Media Days on Monday, Fisher said after finding out what happened in Winston's shoplifting incident earlier this year, he declined to add further punishment. "Not after we found out the story and what had happened and [what Winston did] was not a malicious thing," Fisher said. "It was not done with intent." Winston, the 2013 Heisman Trophy winner, was suspended from the baseball team at the time he shoplifted $32 worth of crab legs from a Tallahassee market. "People need to realize, when you suspend him in baseball, you understand how important baseball is to him? That cut his heart out," Fisher said Monday. "If it was done maliciously, we may have done other things. It was a silly mistake and not done with any malicious doing, and you don't punish a guy twice for the same crime."

  • Former Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein joins Wildcats football staff

    Published: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    Former Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein is an official member of the Wildcats’ football coaching staff. He will work for Bill Snyder under the title of Assistant Director of Recruiting/Defensive Quality Control. Klein is one of the best quarterbacks in K-State history. He led the Wildcats to a 21-5 record over his final two seasons as a full-time starter, winning a Big 12 championship in 2012.

  • Baylor's Shawn Oakman not impressed by OU's win over Alabama in Sugar Bowl

    staff reports | Published: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

    Baylor defensive end Shawn Oakman brought the confidence on Monday at Big 12 Media Days. Oakman wasn't surprised at the Bears being picked second in the league by the media. "Because we're Baylor," Oakman told the Tulsa World. "That comes with being Baylor. Life's not fair. Life's not fair at all, you know? To live is to struggle. To survive is to find meaning in the struggle. That's all it is. "We're gonna be great one day and y'all are gonna notice." Oakman didn't exactly put much stock in Oklahoma's whipping of Alabama in the Sugar Bowl as evidence of the Sooners' improvement. "You realize if it's not the national championship, Alabama don't even care who they play," Oakman said before saying Baylor should beat the Sooners this year when the teams meet on Nov. 8 in Norman. "That game from OU last year, that should have showed you that that product was nowhere near as good as the product that Baylor was putting on the field," Oakman told the paper. "The execution, the players from each and every position ... You could tell we were on a different level from OU. Just straight out."

  • Dez Bryant, three Sooners in NFL trade value top 50 (so far)

    Published: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

    Grantland.com's Bill Barnwell delivers his annual ranking of pro football’s top 50 most valuable assets -- and three former OU players are in the top 50 so far. Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy (No. 46), Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (No. 42) and Washington Redskins left tackle Trent Williams (No. 39) each were on the initial list released Monday. But a former OSU Cowboy topped them all, as Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant is ranked No. 31. The second half of Barnwell's top 50 will be released Wednesday.

  • Johnny Manziel's No. 2 leads NFL in jersey sales

    Published: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

    The NFL will announce on Monday that more Cleveland Browns' Johnny Manziel No. 2 jerseys were sold on its official website during the first quarter of the league's fiscal year than any other player jersey. Manziel beat out a trio of veteran quarterbacks in Seattle's Russell Wilson, San Francisco's Colin Kaepernick and Denver's Peyton Manning.

  • Florida State voted overwhelming favorite to win ACC

    Published: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

    The defending champion Florida State Seminoles are the overwhelming preseason favorite to win the ACC championship. FSU received 104 of 108 votes from media members at ACC Media Days. Quarterback Jameis Winston received 99 of 108 votes for ACC preseason player of the year. Clemson (two votes) and Virginia Tech (two) were the only other schools picked by voters to win the conference title.

  • Oklahoma State freshman Devon Thomas not on Cowboys' football roster

    staff reports | Published: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

    OSU coach Mike Gundy said at his Big 12 Media Days press conference that "the roster that we handed out today are the players that will report next week."

  • Big 12's 'Football Coaches' video morphs Kliff Kingsbury into Charlie Weis

    Published: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

    And all the Kingsbury groupies shrieked in horror. At Big 12 Media Days on Monday, the conference released two videos to kick off the event. One was of coaches promoting the Big 12's "One True Champion" motto, with the coaches of each team morphing into another coach one-by-one. Kansas State's Bill Snyder into Texas' Charlie Strong; Strong into OSU's Mike Gundy; Gundy into West Virginia's Dana Holgorsen and so forth. Things get officially weird when Big 12 dreamboat Kliff Kingsbury of Texas Tech turns into Kansas' Charlie Weis. One True Champion. Several Strange Mutations.

  • 14-year-old girl killed in Go Kart wreck near Texas Motor Speedway

    Published: Sun, Jul 20, 2014

    A day of fun quickly turned tragic near the Texas Motor Speedway when a Go Kart went out of control, fatally injuring the 14-year-old female driver. The family of Kierstin Eaddy confirmed to NBC 5 that she was the one killed in the accident. They say the Flower Mound resident was an honor student and a volunteer. They told NBC 5's Catherine Ross that "they're trying to understand why God took such a special little girl today." According to CareFlite, Eaddy was driving in a solo Go Kart race when something went wrong.

  • Andrei Kirilenko in report: Jason Kidd 'couldn't handle' New York pressure

    Published: Sun, Jul 20, 2014

    Nets forward Andrei Kirilenko had some harsh words for former Nets coach Jason Kidd when he said in a report from a Russian media outlet that Kidd either couldn't handle the pressure in New York or didn't want it. The 41-year-old, 10-time All-Star point guard led Brooklyn to the Eastern Conference semifinals vs. Miami in his first year as head coach. Miami won that series 4-1. Shortly after the end of the season, he left the Nets in rather controversial fashion after he had interviewed for the Bucks' head coaching job even though Larry Drew was already been in the spot. Without reportedly informing his team, Kidd left for Milwaukee, Drew was let go and Brooklyn ended up hiring Lionel Hollins to replace Kidd. The 33-year-old Kirilenko, an All-Star in 2004, said of New York that "the pressure is huge" and perhaps Kidd simply couldn't deal with it, according to the report.

  • British Open: Rory McIlroy triumphs at Hoylake

    Published: Sun, Jul 20, 2014

    (CNN) -- Rory McIlroy emerged triumphant at the end of a testing final round to win the British Open title at Hoylake Sunday to claim the third major title of his career. McIlroy carded a one-under 71 for 17-under 271 on the Royal Liverpool links course to win by two shots from Sergio Garcia of Spain and Rickie Fowler of the United States.

  • Bad news bear: Chicago Cubs sue over fake mascot

    Published: Sat, Jul 19, 2014

    CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs have filed a lawsuit against several people whom the team accuses of being behind a fake mascot that has been engaging in bad behavior near Wrigley Field, including getting into a bar fight that was captured on video and posted online. The team filed its lawsuit on Friday in federal court in Chicago against John Paul Weier, Patrick Weier and three other unnamed individuals whom the team says dress in the bear costume, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

  • SMU coach June Jones: ‘Have-nots’ of college football should play their schedules in spring

    Published: Sat, Jul 19, 2014

    SMU head coach June Jones believes the ‘have-nots’ of FBS college football — teams in the American, Mountain West, Conference USA, MAC and Sun Belt — should play their fall schedules in the spring instead of the fall. “I’ll go ahead and say it right now,” Jones said in an interview with WDEA-AM. “I think the have-nots should go ahead and move to the spring just like the USFL did. I think that there’s an opportunity to do a complete other side of that division, and I think that if we don’t think that way as a group of have-nots, we’re going to get left behind. “I can see in five-to-seven years, possibly, the public would demand to have the two leagues play, just like I think the USFL had in mind, originally, of the winner of the USFL playing the winner of the National Football League.” Jones actually got his start in the USFL as the wide receives coach for the Houston Gamblers. He then became the offensive coordinator for the Denver Gold before the long-defunct league ceased operations.

  • College football: NCAA denies ACC use of helmet cams, sideline communications

    Published: Sat, Jul 19, 2014

    The ACC will not be able to experiment with helmet cams and coach-quarterback communications systems this season, CBSSports.com has learned. The rules committee turned down the conference's request in June based, in part, on the timing. The committee said the late request didn't the committee didn't have time for a proper discussion. Miami linebacker Denzel Perryman wore a helmet cam in the Hurricanes' spring game.

  • Report: Erin Andrews leaving college football duties to focus on Fox's NFL coverage

    Published: Fri, Jul 18, 2014

    One of the college football’s most well-known broadcasters is stepping away from the sport. SI.com has learned that Fox Sports reporter Erin Andrews, who hosted Fox Sports 1’s college football pregame show last year after high-profile college football assignments at ESPN, will no longer have a broadcasting role in the sport. The move coincides with the news Sports Illustrated broke earlier this week that Pam Oliver is moving to the network’s No. 2 team for her 20th NFL broadcasting season and Andrews has been elevated to the No. 1 sideline spot, joining the team of Joe Buck and Troy Aikman. Andrews also has entertainment responsibilities with Dancing With The Stars.