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  • Greg Oden arrested on battery charges

    Published: Thu, Aug 7, 2014

    Former No. 1 NBA draft pick Greg Oden has been arrested in Indianapolis on misdemeanor battery charges. Police in the suburban community of Lawrence say the 26-year-old was arrested early Thursday on two preliminary counts of misdemeanor battery and remains jailed. Oden was selected first overall in the 2007 NBA Draft by the Portland Trail Blazers, one spot ahead of Thunder forward Kevin Durant.

  • New billboard takes aim at LeBron James

    Published: Thu, Aug 7, 2014

    It looks like someone's still a little bitter over LeBron James' decision to leave the Miami Heat and sign with his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers, according to The Post Game. Miami resident and popular ESPN personality Dan Le Batard made headlines last week when he tried to buy a full-page ad in the Cleveland Plain Dealer in an attempt to troll James and Cavaliers fans. The Plain Dealer rejected Le Batard's request, and so the host of "Highly Questionable" took matters into his own hands. A billboard recently popped up a quarter mile east of Highway 8 in Akron with a message strikingly similar to the one in the proposed newspaper ad, The Post Game reports.

  • TCU’s Devonte Fields says he will transfer to Stephen F. Austin

    Published: Wed, Aug 6, 2014

    TCU defensive end Devonte Fields confirmed Wednesday that he intends to transfer to Stephen F. Austin State. “It’s true,” Fields replied in a text message shortly after his Twitter account hinted as much. From his private Twitter account, @Yaboiphilly95, Fields tweeted: “Just wanted to say thanks to TCU for the opportunity! Anxious to start a new chapter of life at SFA!! #Stillreppinpurple! #Blessed #Newstart.”   Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/2014/08/06/6025315/tcus-devonte-fields-says-he-will.html#storylink=cpy

  • Sam Bradford unlikely to play in St. Louis Rams preseason opener Friday

    Published: Wed, Aug 6, 2014

    EARTH CITY, Mo. -- The St. Louis Rams plan to take plenty of precaution with some of their key players returning from injury during the preseason. When the Rams open with their first preseason game Friday against the New Orleans Saints, they'll be without former OU quarterback Sam Bradford. Despite Bradford taking all of the first-team reps and showing no signs of trouble on his surgically-repaired knee, the Rams aren't taking any chances. "He's going to play in the preseason, unlikely that he's going to play this week," Rams coach Jeff Fisher said. "But it's not because he can't, it's because it's our choice."

  • Barry Sanders is giving Nike shoe proceeds to charity

    Published: Wed, Aug 6, 2014

    Remember that sweet homage Nike paid to Barry Sanders with the Air Trainer 2 Premium shoe ? Now, Sanders is paying it forward. The 1988 Oklahoma State Heisman winner and NFL Hall of Famer announced that he'll donate all of the proceeds from the shoe's sales to two of his favorite charities. A release on okstate.com says that half of the money will go to the Boys and Girls Club of South Central Kansas, located in Sanders' hometown of Wichita, Kan. The other half will go to the Michigan Chapter of the Scleroderma Foundation. Sanders has been heavily involved with the program since losing his sister, Nancy, to a battle with scleroderma in 1991. "I still cannot believe Nike paid tribute to my college career with an Air Trainer shoe in OK State colors," Sanders said, via his blog. "I've decided to donate all the proceeds I receive to two charities that mean a lot to me."

  • PHOTO: Rickie Fowler drops parking lot photobomb on Tiger Woods at PGA Championship

    erik horne | Published: Wed, Aug 6, 2014

    Tiger Woods showed up for a practice round at the PGA--SO WHAT? RICKIE FOWLER TIME! With all the buzz about whether or not Woods would play the PGA Championship, even a sighting of him at Valhalla Country Club in Louisville, Ky., on Wednesday was news. As people scrambled to verify that Woods was on the grounds, Fowler cut in front of some photographers in the parking lot. It's rare that you see the frontal photo bomb, but Fowler pulled it off . Truth is, we should be paying more attention to Fowler, who's going for his fourth top-five finish in a major this season. The former Oklahoma State golfer was runner-up at the British Open a few weeks ago. Fowler probably has a better chance at winning the PGA Championship this weekend than Woods, who had to withdraw from the Bridgestone Invitational final round on Sunday due to back issues .

  • Lee Roy Selmon, Barry Sanders seasons among best in college football history

    Published: Wed, Aug 6, 2014

    What is the greatest individual season by a player at each of the 128 FBS schools? In conjunction with its "The Season" promotion, ESPN released  its list of the best Wednesday, with Lee Roy Selmon's 1975 season ranking as the best in OU history. Selmon had plenty of competition, but ESPN gave Selmon the nod for racking up 132 tackles and 10 sacks, leading the Sooners to the national title, and picking up Outland and Lombardi Awards along the way. Honorable mention awards went to Billy Sims 1978, Adrian Peterson 2004 and Sam Bradford 2008. Selmon's '75 season  rates among the best defensively in college football history. There was no question as to which was the greatest season in Oklahoma State history. Barry Sanders' 1988 Heisman-winning campaign was the standout, and it's still going strong in  ESPN's "The Season" bracket as the No. 1 seed. Sanders is  in the semifinals against Cam Newton.

  • Former Sooners RB DeMarco Murray ready for best season of NFL career

    Published: Wed, Aug 6, 2014

    All signs point to DeMarco Murray having the best season of his Dallas Cowboys career. Murray has been  physically impressive thus far in Cowboys camp, and is coming off the best season of his career in 2013. But the former Sooner doesn't have a long-term deal in place with the Cowboys. That's not stopping him entering this season, writes ESPNDallas.com's Jean-Jacques Taylor. "I'm not worried about my contract or running the ball," Murray said after a recent practice. "What good would it do? I don't worry about stuff I can't control."

  • Bears suspend player after fight during practice

    Published: Wed, Aug 6, 2014

    When Brandon Marshall is among the teammates urging you to calm down, it's probably best to rethink your strategy, and the Bears supplied veteran tight end Martellus Bennett with some time to do that, accordign to Yahoo Sports. Following an altercation with rookie cornerback Kyle Fuller at Monday's practice, Bennett has been fined and suspended for an indeterminate time period, the Bears announced on Twitter. Per NFL rules, he faces up to four weeks unpaid suspension and a fine of one week's pay for conduct detrimental to the team.

  • Dallas Cowboys' Jason Witten: 'Dez Bryant is %u2018the best teammate we have%u2019

    Published: Wed, Aug 6, 2014

    OXNARD, Calif. – Dez Bryant accounted for half of what has been the most significant play of this year’s Dallas Cowboys training camp . His reaction to J.J. Wilcox’s hit after a catch across the middle, sparked the defense and the 25-year-old receiver Sunday afternoon. Bryant was heated. He then used it as motivation, catching a touchdown pass a few plays later. “I can’t say enough good things about him,” Cowboys tight end Jason Witten said Tuesday. “To see how much he’s improved and grown as a football player and as a man, it’s special to be a part of. Really, a lot of people are taking credit for that but it’s a testament to him and how he has sacrificed so much. “I think the other day and the way he played in that scrimmage, I don’t know that I’ve ever seen somebody put the team on their back like he did."

  • Marcus Smart, Kevin Durant get plenty of love on NBA Rookie Survey

    Published: Wed, Aug 6, 2014

    The results from the NBA's Rookie Survey are out, and Marcus Smart is thought highly of by his fellow classmates. At the league's annual Rookie Photo Shoot Sunday, 38 rookies were asked eight questions about the rookie class. Smart tied for best rookie defender with K.J. McDaniels of Clemson. Each player received 13.5 percent of the vote from their peers. The former Oklahoma State guard also was voted third in the "best playmaker" category behind Tyler Ennis and Kyle Anderson, and was second in the "funniest rookie" vote behind Twitter star Joel Embiid. Smart stole the show at the rookie photo shoot after he did a hilarious scavenger hunt for ESPN's SportsNation. Twenty-five percent of rookies said Kevin Durant was their favorite player in the NBA. Durant beat out Kobe Bryant (19.4 percent) and LeBron James (12.5). Thunder teammate Mitch McGary tied for second in the "most overlooked" rookie category with 8.3 percent of the vote. More than 50 percent of the rookie class thinks Milwaukee's Jabari Parker will be the rookie of the year. Seven years ago, Durant was the rookie of the year choice in the survey.

  • Blake Griffin working out, says 'back is not fractured'

    Published: Wed, Aug 6, 2014

    Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, who pulled out Team USA practices to allow a small fracture in his back to heal, continues to work out and expects to be ready for next season. The former OU star told the Los Angeles Times "It's less than a hairline, and my back is not fractured. I can still come out here, and I can do my workouts, and I can do everything I used to do. I just shouldn't be playing and practicing every day." Griffin  withdrew from Team USA on July 24 to rest up for the NBA season. He was one of  several high profile NBA players to pull out of Team USA camp this summer. "My whole thing is I didn't want to go inot [Clippers training] camp and put myself in a worse position."

  • Former Tulsa coach Doug Wojcik fired by College of Charleston

    Published: Tue, Aug 5, 2014

    Former Tulsa men's basketball coach Doug Wojcik was fired by the College of Charleston on Tuesday for what CoC president Glenn F. McConnell described as "just cause" after multiple investigations into allegations of verbal and physical abuse. Wojcik vowed never to resign even after a 50-page report described him as a "bully" who berated players at Charleston in his two seasons with the program. Wojcik was fired from Tulsa in 2012, finishing with a 140-92 record as Hurricane coach.

  • Elite 2015 hoops recruit Elijah Thomas schedules Oklahoma State visit

    staff reports | Published: Tue, Aug 5, 2014

    Oklahoma State is scheduled to get an official visit from one of the top basketball recruits in the nation. Lancaster High School (Texas) center Elijah Thomas (6-foot-9, 230 pounds) has scheduled a visit to OSU on Sept. 13 and Illinois on Sept. 19. Thomas is the No. 1 ranked player in Texas in the Class of 2015 according to ESPN and Rivals. Thomas is a five-star recruit, according to both websites. OSU is the first official visit of the recruiting season for Thomas.

  • Mike Gundy Interview 8-5-14

    Published: Tue, Aug 5, 2014

    Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy speaks to the media following practice on Day 5 of preseason camp in Stillwater. Gundy speaks on several topics, from the Cowboys' performance on the first day of pads, to true freshmen on the two-deep, to Tyreek Hill comparisons.  

  • Bedlam football 'cold' on Sporting News rivalry temperature rankings

    Published: Tue, Aug 5, 2014

    Sporting News isn't saying OU-OSU is a bad rivalry. It's just saying Bedlam isn't hot right now. Sporting News ranks Bedlam 25th on its newest rankings on the hottest rivalries in college football. From SN's Bill Bender, who gives OU-OSU a temperature of "cold": "The stakes are higher now, 'Bedlam Series' is fun to say out loud and the Sooners and Cowboys have both been ranked in each of the last four meetings. Yet Oklahoma has found a way to control this rivalry in the last decade, and Oklahoma State hasn't won in Norman since 2001." OU-Texas doesn't fare much better on the list, ranking No. 26, even though it gets a temperature of "burning" from Bender.  

  • Nick Saban's better than Bear Bryant, SEC has no equal says Finebaum in book

    Published: Tue, Aug 5, 2014

    In Paul Finebaum's new book, "My Conference Can Beat Your Conference: Why the SEC Still Rules College Football," the ESPN college football analyst and longtime radio staple writes about the Nick Saban he knows. Finebaum says the Southeastern Conference "has no equal" and the at the top of the SEC food chain is Saban, who he exhalts higher than even the great Paul "Bear" Bryant. From Finebaum: "Yes, he can be secretive, manipulative, socially insufferable, dictatorial and imperial. Your point is? All Saban has done is win three of the last five national championships. When the four-team playoff kicks in this season, Saban will figure out a way to win one of those, too. Give him enough time and he'd win "American Idol," the Iditarod and the North Dakota gubernatorial race. He could coach a lingerie football team to the Big Ten championship game." Finebaum's book hit newsstands today.

  • San Antonio Spurs name Becky Hammon first hired female assistant coach in NBA history

    Published: Tue, Aug 5, 2014

    The San Antonio Spurs announced that Becky Hammon has been hired as an assistant coach, making Hammon the first female assistant coach in NBA history. Hammon, who is currently in her 16th WNBA season with the San Antonio Stars, announced on July 23 that she would retire as a player at the conclusion of the 2014 season. Named one of the WNBA’s Top 15 Players of All-Time in July of 2011, Hammon ranks seventh in WNBA history in points (with 5,809), fourth in assists (1,687) and sixth in games (445).

  • Mike Gundy wants to play Daxx Garman against Florida State

    staff reports | Published: Tue, Aug 5, 2014

    The quarterback carousel continues at Oklahoma State. Oklahoma State beat writer John Helsley said that Mike Gundy is preparing Daxx Garman for 10-12 snaps against Florida State in the season opener against defending national champion Florida State. It's expected that J.W. Walsh will be the starter Aug. 30 against FSU at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, but Gundy said Saturday that it's a " very good possibility " multiple quarterbacks could play for the Cowboys this season. Offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich said the Cowboys don't want Walsh ( or any of their quarterbacks ) banged up. Maybe a mix of Walsh and Garman is the answer.

  • Report: Kevin Durant could net $30 million per year from Under Armour

    Published: Tue, Aug 5, 2014

    Thunder forward Kevin Durant could reportedly net as much as $30 million a year in a deal with Under Armour. A New York Daily News report says that Nike and Adidas are also in discussions with Durant over his future. Under Armour has its headquarters in Maryland -- Durant's home state. Durant's seven-year deal with Nike expired last week. Daily News writer Frank Isola suggests that a deal with Under Armour could be beneficial for the Washington Wizards (as well as the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets) when Durant hits free agency in 2016 . The Wizards and Under Armour are each owned by University of Maryland graduates. Durant  reportedly canceled a three-day visit to Nike's headquarters this week.