• LeBron James signs lucrative 'lifetime' deal with Nike

    Published: Mon, Dec 7, 2015

    LeBron James has signed a lifetime deal with Nike. One source told ESPN that it is the largest single-athlete guaranteed deal in company history. "We can confirm that we have agreed to a lifetime relationship with LeBron that provides significant value to our business, brand and shareholders," Nike said in a statement. "We have already built a strong LeBron business over the past 12 years, and we see the potential for this to continue to grow throughout his playing career and beyond." A company spokesperson would not say how much Nike paid. It is believed to be the first lifetime deal in the shoe and apparel company's 44-year history. A source close to the deal told ESPN that it easily surpasses the 10-year, $300 million deal Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant signed with the world's largest shoe and apparel brand last summer.

  • High school football: Stratford shuts out Hominy in Class A semifinal

    Published: Mon, Dec 7, 2015

    CHOCTAW — Kyle Qualls broke a tackle, and rather than heading toward a group of Hominy defenders, he stopped, changed directions and ran to his right. No one was waiting for Qualls there, and Stratford’s elusive tailback sprinted into the end zone for a 20-yard touchdown run. With Qualls gaining big yards after contact, No. 3 Stratford built a 20-point halftime lead and spoiled No. 5 Hominy’s state championship hopes with a 27-0 victory Saturday afternoon in a Class A state semifinal game at Bill Jenson Field. “They came out ready to play, and we were a little ... I don’t know how to put it,” Hominy coach Scott Harmon said. “We weren’t ourselves today, and that’s my fault.” Qualls rushed for 185 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries, and Stratford (14-0) made sure that Hominy (12-2) never found an offensive rhythm.

  • High school football:" Comeback enables Haskell to advance to first-ever state final

    Published: Mon, Dec 7, 2015

    BEGGS – Trailing 13-0 late in the third quarter, it looked like Haskell’s magical run through the Class 2A playoffs was about to end. But then the Haymakers pulled off a nifty lateral pass play that resulted in Tre Lang’s 59-yard touchdown with 1:08 left in the third, sparking a comeback and leading to Haskell’s 20-13 victory Friday night in the Class 2A state semifinals at Golden Demon Stadium. Lang had three touchdowns — rushing for 137 yards on 24 carries and pulling down two receptions for 86 yards — to lead the offense for Haskell (13-1), which won its seventh straight contest to advance to the state final for the first time in school history.

  • Class 6A-I championship: Jenks tops Broken Arrow for fourth straight state title

    Published: Mon, Dec 7, 2015

    TULSA - Thirteen isn’t an unlucky number for Jenks coach Allan Trimble. Trimble came away with his 13th state title in 20 seasons and fourth in a row as third-ranked Jenks pulled away in the second half for a 35-14 victory over No. 2 Broken Arrow in the Class 6AI championship game before 14,020 fans Friday night at H.A. Chapman Stadium. “I’m very excited,” Trimble said. “I’m real excited for this group. We have a great group of seniors.” Jenks won its 16th state football title overall, while Broken Arrow (11-2) fell short of its first gold ball in its first state championship game appearance since 2011. The Trojans avenged their only loss of the season, 35-34 to Broken Arrow in Week 8.

  • Class 4A championship: Nikia Jones' late touchdown reception propels Wagoner to second straight title

    Published: Mon, Dec 7, 2015

    OWASSO — Wagoner’s season came down to one play Friday night at Owasso Stadium. Surely coach Dale Condict would be the one to draw up a championship-winning design for the Bulldogs, right? Nope, Nikia Jones went ahead and did that for him. “It’s called a spot route. I called it up myself,” Jones said. “(Oologah’s Logan Armstrong) is good, but he can’t out-jump me.” Jones was right. The 6-foot-4 receiver caught the ball over the 5-10 Armstrong for a 5-yard touchdown catch with 58 seconds left. Alex Wisdom tacked on the extra point, giving the Class 4A No. 1 Bulldogs a 15-14 lead and an eventual Class 4A state championship over Oologah in front of 8,500 in attendance. “He wants the ball in that situation, and we want him with the ball,” Condict said of Jones, who finished with four receptions for 69 yards and two touchdowns. “We had been working that formation for a few weeks, where we put him in the backfield and motion him out so that they couldn’t double-team him and press him up on the line.”

  • Class 6A-II championship: Nic Roller leads Bixby to repeat

    Published: Mon, Dec 7, 2015

    TULSA - Bixby offensive lineman Pryce Stickney summed it up perfectly. The Spartans’ 38-28 win over Sand Springs at Union-Tuttle Stadium on Friday for the Class 6A Division II football title mirrored their whole up-and-down season. The Spartans saw an early 16-0 lead vanish by midway of the third quarter and then rallied and rallied again to capture their second consecutive gold ball.“We started off fast, started to slow down in the second and third quarters, but picked it up in the fourth quarter and got ourselves another gold ball,” Stickney said. “We finished and that’s what matters.” Stickey and his offensive line mates helped block Nic Roller to 164 yards and four touchdowns on 37 carries, just four weeks after Bixby ended the regular-season with a 20-0 loss at Sand Springs when the Sandites held Roller to 44 yards.

  • Class B championship: Davenport rushes past Keota

    Published: Mon, Dec 7, 2015

    MUSKOGEE — Dom West stood on the sidelines, nursing a sore ankle and watching as his brother, Jordan, rushed for a pair of touchdowns. But Davenport coach John Greenfield wanted both siblings to find the end zone Friday night, even if it wasn’t the best idea with a perfect season on the line at the Indian Bowl. Despite some objections, Greenfield called a running play for West with the No. 2 Bulldogs clinging to a small lead over No. 3 Keota with less than two minutes remaining in the Class B state championship game. “I said, ‘Oh Dom, you’re going to carry this one,’” Greenfield said. West took the handoff and raced to his left, and his 19-yard touchdown sealed Davenport’s 26-14 win over Keota for the Bulldogs’ first state championship since winning three straight titles from 1972-74.

  • High school football: Adair's B.J. Bradbury has big day in win over Chisholm

    Published: Mon, Dec 7, 2015

    B.J. Bradbury did a little bit of everything in helping top-ranked Adair rout third-ranked Chisholm 44-14 in the Class 2A semifinals Saturday at Memorial Stadium. Bradbury passed for 190 yards, ran for 169, accounted for three touchdowns and also intercepted three passes on defense. “B.J. allows us to be very versatile,” Adair coach Mark Lippe said. “The biggest thing is that we’ve got so many playmakers and he gets them the football.” The Warriors (13-1) advanced to their first state championship football game in school history. The Longhorns finished 13-1.

  • Clemson coach Dabo Swinney compares Baker Mayfield to Johnny Manziel

    Published: Mon, Dec 7, 2015

    Clemson is the only undefeated team remaining in the country and was rewarded with the No. 1 seed in the College Football Playoff when the rankings were announced Sunday afternoon. Now, the Tigers get a date with the Oklahoma Sooners. Clemson routed Oklahoma in the Russell Athletic Bowl last season, cruising to a 40-6 win without injured star quarterback Deshaun Watson, who missed the game with a torn ACL. Still, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said what happened last year has no impact on this year’s game. In the Russell Athletic Bowl, Oklahoma fell behind 17-0 early and turned the ball over five times while Clemson did not have a turnover. “People are going to bring up last year’s game. That absolutely has nothing to do with this year,” Swinney said. “I’ve been on the other side of that where the ball, you just can’t hold on to it … You’re playing a really good team and the next thing you know, the whole gameplan’s out the window. It’s just uphill. It’s really difficult, and that’s what happened in that game.” The Sooners have won seven straight since a 24-17 loss to Texas, scoring 50 or more points in five of those seven games. “They’re playing as good as anybody in the country right now, maybe the best of anybody in the country. So we know they’ll be fired up to play us, and we will be, too,” Swinney said. “Their quarterback looks like Johnny Manziel running around out there. He’s a nightmare. He’s an absolute nightmare. We’ll have our hands full with that guy.” Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/sports/college/acc/clemson-university/article48310250.html#storylink=cp Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/sports/college/acc/clemson-university/article48310250.html#storylink=cpy

  • Forty bowl games. Forty-one predictions | ESPN

    Published: Sun, Dec 6, 2015

    From the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl to the Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl, we pick the winners of the 40 bowl games. And we even throw in a bonus pick of the CFP National Championship Game.

  • Norman listed among America's best college football towns

    Published: Thu, Dec 3, 2015

    Norman made travelandleisure.com's cut for its 2015 list of the best towns in college football. The website asked alums and leaned on local insiders for the best hot spots in each city and found that the selected cities offer far more than just gameday fun. "The Oklahoma Sooners have won seven national championships and boast the best winning percentage in the Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly known as Division I-A) since 1936, when the Associated Press Poll was introduced," the website wrote. "Needless to say, Norman residents are passionate about OU football. The program is rich with history—just check out Legends Lobby at the Barry Switzer Center (adjacent to the team’s Memorial Stadium), which is a sort of shrine the Sooners’ success. "Get a feel for Sooner country by strolling along Campus Corner for some food, drink, and shopping. Feeling cultured? Visit the university’s Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art and the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, both considered some of the best university museums in the country."

  • OU Football: Here's OU's Baker Mayfield Heisman campaign video

    Published: Thu, Dec 3, 2015

    OU's Baker Mayfield For Heisman campaign hit full stride this week with the release of the official video.  It's light on the dancing -- Mayfield's first viral move during the competition for the starting quarterback job -- and heavy on the big plays that have the Sooners on the brink of qualifying for the College Football Playoffs.

  • LSU president says decision to keep Miles finalized at halftime

    Updated: Thu, Dec 3, 2015

    The final decision to keep Les Miles as LSU football coach didn't come until a meeting at halftime of LSU's 19-7 victory over Texas A&M on Saturday, according to school president F. King Alexander. “It was a combination of factors and a decision that we made collectively,” Alexander said in this story by businessreport.com.  “We weighed all the factors in all this and it was a joint decision between many of our board members, our AD and many of us decided this was the wrong time and wrong place (to replace Miles.)” Among those who met with LSU trailing 7-6 at halftime: Alexander, athletic director Joe Alleva and several members of the LSU Board of Supervisors. Alexander said that concerns over the cost of buying out Miles’ contract -- $15 million plus an additional $2 million for his coaching staff -- and hiring a new coach factored heavily into the decision. However, money wasn't the only factor and no university funds would have been used to buy out Miles' contract. Miles left Oklahoma State to take the LSU job on Jan. 2, 2005. “After the type of budget battle we went through this past spring we certainly do not need to be throwing tens of millions of dollars around under certain circumstances,” he said. “We don’t need to go into the next legislative session with a black eye that we’re throwing tens of millions of dollars around on issues that aren’t associated with academic progress.”

  • New video allegedly shows Jahlil Okafor punching a second man in Boston

    Published: Wed, Dec 2, 2015

    Just days after posting a video of Sixers rookie Jahlil Okafor getting into a fight and punching a man outside a Boston nightclub late one night last week, TMZ has has obtained  a second video  (WARNING: video has inappropriate language) which it claims shows Okafor getting into another physical altercation later that same evening. "A witness tells us it was Okafor who 'hit the guy with a haymaker,' writes TMZ. "Boston PD is investigating the incident with officials telling us charges are likely to be filed."

  • NBA fines Pistons' Reggie Jackson $25K for comments to Thunder fan

    Published: Tue, Dec 1, 2015

    The NBA has fined Detroit Pistons point guard Reggie Jackson $25,000 for directing inappropriate language toward a fan during a loss in Oklahoma City last week, The Associated Press reports.

  • Norman North's Trae Young stakes claim to becoming nation's best guard in Class of 2017

    Published: Tue, Dec 1, 2015

    Now ranked as the No. 25 player in the Class of 2017 by ESPN and the No. 4 point guard, Norman North's Trae Young cemented his place — and showed how much better he’s gotten — on a national stage last weekend. In two games at the Thanksgiving Hoopfest event in Duncanville, Texas, which attracted many of the top teams and talent from the Southwest and nationally, Young averaged 38 points, 6.5 assists, and four rebounds and staked his claim to continue to move up the recruiting rankings.

  • Kevin Durant on 'idol' Kobe: Media mistreating him

    Published: Mon, Nov 30, 2015

    In an effort to clarify his comments regarding the media's treatment of Kobe Bryant , Kevin Durant said his point was noting the negativity around the Los Angeles Lakers star, rather than appreciating the accomplishments of a legend on his way out. After telling reporters Monday morning that the media treated Bryant "like s***," Durant told ESPN.com that Bryant is still deserving of more respect. "I understand [the media] have to write about the game. Of course I understand that," Durant told ESPN.com. "Kobe hasn't played well and his team hasn't played well, but did we expect that from them? You did say he was the 93rd-best player in the league, you did have the Lakers as the worst team in the West, but it seems like everybody is happy that he's going out like this. Every game he's played on TV is about how terrible he looks, every article the next day is about how he should retire and give it up. Just killing him. "I never hear about the Finals MVPs, the accolades. They did it for Derek Jeter, they will do it for Tim Duncan when he leaves even if he's playing bad. I know you gotta report the games, but you're going too in-depth about how bad he is. You're almost kicking him out the league." ESPN.com has been at the forefront of the so-called criticism of Bryant. In its annual rankings prior to the 2014-15 season, the site rated Bryant as the NBA's 40th best player . Bryant responded to the ranking by saying "I've known for a long time that they're a bunch of idiots." At the time, however, Bryant was 36 and coming off a season in which injuries limited him to a career-low six games. In its fifth annual "NBA Rank" prior to the start of this season, ESPN.com then ranked Bryant as the league's 93rd best player . The site wrote "at this stage, he's turned into a parody of himself, with seemingly every field goal attempt coming against all odds as Bryant dominates the ball during possessions and often shoots long jumpers against double coverage." Bryant, 37, announced Sunday in a post on The Players' Tribune that this, his 20th season, will be his last . In 13 games, Bryant is averaging 15.5 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.4 assists while shooting a career-low 30.5 percent from the field. Durant was teammates with Bryant on the gold-medal winning 2012 men's Olympic basketball team and competed against Bryant and the Lakers in two postseason series. "He had an amazing career, a guy who changed the game for me as a player mentally, physically," Durant told ESPN.com. "Means so much to the game of basketball. Somebody I'm always going to look to for advice for help, anything. Just a brilliant, brilliant, intelligent man. Sad to see him go. But he put his mark on the game while he was here."

  • Report: TCU’s Doug Meacham likely to be named head coach at North Texas

    Published: Mon, Nov 30, 2015

    TCU co-offensive coordinator Doug Meacham, who over two stints coached at Oklahoma State for 10-plus years, will be the new head coach at North Texas, according to a report from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. The Star-Telegram also reported Monday that TCU co-offensive coordinator Sonny Cumbie is probably not going anywhere. Reports surfaced late Sunday that Cumbie was being courted by the University of Texas, who is reportedly looking for a new offensive coordinator. Meacham was at Oklahoma State from 2005 to 2012 as a tight ends and wide receivers coach. He also was in Stillwater from 1989 to 1991 as a graduate assistant coaching offensive linemen and linebackers. Meacham has been at TCU since 2014 and helped revamp the Horned Frogs offense and revitalized the career of TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin.

  • Former OU quarterback Justin Fuente takes Va. Tech job instead of holding out for something bigger

    Published: Mon, Nov 30, 2015

    BLACKSBURG, Va. – "Justin Fuente was not interested in exploring the marketplace," writes Paul Woody of the Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch. In a column written off a press conference introducing Fuente as the new Virginia Tech football coach, Woody highlighted the former University of Oklahoma quarterback and Tulsa Union High School star's decision to come to Blacksburg rather than pursue an SEC job at South Carolina or Georgia. “For me personally, there’s a draw to live in this town and be a part of this program, that’s gone about things the way I’ve always wanted our program to go about things,” Fuente said. “I just think that the fit is bigger than, well it’s Georgia or it’s the Southeastern Conference or Pac-12 or whatever it is.” Other nuggets from Woody's column on Fuente's news conference: -- "He is self-deprecating and humble, but make no mistake about this – Justin Fuente is confident," Woody writes." When he talked Monday during his press conference and afterward to a small group of reporters, he did not express doubt about being successful." Virginia Tech athletic director White Babcock on negotiations with Fuente: "“I kept thinking this is going too well. What’s going to go wrong? I’m prepared to recruit anybody to Virginia Tech, and I don’t think this school takes a backseat to anywhere in the country from a football program aspect. But it was nice to know … you want somebody who wants to be at Virginia Tech."

  • 'Old Phartz' call Cherokee deer camp home for days, for decades

    BY KELLY BOSTIAN, Tulsa World | Published: Sun, Nov 29, 2015

    Search, spiritually, somewhere between the sweet hot air of a ridiculous laugh aromatically seasoned with homemade wine or beer and the heart string that connects a lump in the throat to the mist-maker behind an old man’s eye and you may find the place of a hunter’s dreams. It’s called a deer camp. The place I found early this week is loaded with characters and stories. Enough to fill a couple of books.