• Kobe Bryant on Durant vs. Howard: You'll say things you don't really mean

    erik horne | Published: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    A big deal has been made of Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard not being looked at in the nicest way by NBA stars such as Kevin Durant and Kobe Bryant. And by "not being looked at in the nicest way," I mean being called a " p---y " and " soft " by Durant and Bryant, respectively, in a three-week stretch. But Bryant says he and Durant don't really mean the things they say sometimes. Things happen in the heat of the moment. Following the Lakers' 98-92 win over the Rockets,  Bryant was asked about his whether or not he actually thinks Howard is what Durant said he is: | "No, I don't feel that way. I don't think Kevin does, either," Bryant said. "In moments of confrontation during a game, you'll say things in the heat of the moment. "I know Dwight. I'm sure Kevin does. We don't really feel that way about him. It's like when you get in an argument with somebody, you'll say things out of frustration, out of anger, that you don't really mean."

  • Oklahoma fan's chat with Russell Westbrook receives national attention

    Published: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    When Ada resident Justin Rodrigues engaged in a “friendly” conversation with injured Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook, he didn’t imagine it would get national attention. But that’s exactly what happened, according to The Ada News. The 24-year-old Rodrigues is a native of Hilmar, California and a life-long Los Angeles Lakers fan who has lived in Ada for the past five years. He spent a few months as a volunteer assistant coach for the Ada High boys basketball team during the 2012-13 season.

  • Kevin Durant adds endorsement deal with Sonic

    staff reports | Published: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    On Thursday, Kevin Durant -- who has more endorsement deals than any other NBA player -- signed on with fast food drive-in chain Sonic to be its first-ever athlete ambassador. "Everything that Kevin pitches comes from an authentic point of view," said Michael Yormark, president and chief of branding and strategy for Roc Nation, Jay Z's agency that represents Durant. "When it comes to grab-and-go food, KD's a Sonic guy." Durant  hinted at his newest partnership on Wednesday via Twitter, saying "getting excited to announce my newest partner ... the name is gonna be familiar." Durant added via Twitter Thursday morning that's looking forward to working with Sonic on a variety of healthy options on their menu.  ESPN reports say Durant had to get approval from KIND that he wouldn't position himself to endorse unhealthy brands.

  • WATCH: Strangers Lift Car to Save Woman’s Life

    Published: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    In a CCTV video from eastern Zhejiang Province of China, a couple on a scooter is seen riding along a city street when suddenly they are hit by a vehicle. The husband is thrown, while his wife is caught and pulled under what appears to be an Opel Astra Estate. Her husband, along with a police officer who happened to be nearby, quickly band together to try to lift the car.

  • Buffalo Area Battered Again by Snow, 3 More Feet Expected in Places

    Published: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    A second band of lake-effect snow pounded the cities and towns near Buffalo, New York, on Thursday, heaping more misery on people whose cars and even houses were already buried, NBC News reports. Authorities confirmed an eighth death blamed on the storm, a 60-year-old man with a heart problem who was stricken while operating a snowblower. The storm had already dumped more snow than many places see in a full season — even in wintry western New York. Some homes had the equivalent weight of two or three pickup trucks bearing down on their roofs.

  • 2014 National Book Awards announced

    Published: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    The 65th National Book Awards ceremony was held on Wednesday evening, with winners named in the categories of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young people’s literature. Here are the winners ...

  • The ultimate homecoming: Arianna introduces HuffPost Greece

    Published: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    ATHENS -- As The Huffington Post has expanded around the world, I have used this space to introduce each of our new international editions. But none of the announcements I've made has had as much significance for me personally as what I have to share today: the launch of The Huffington Post in my native Greece. If I veer into some emotional territory (and spoiler alert: I will -- it's in my genes), it's because even now, surrounded by our wonderful team of editors in our office with a stunning view of the Parthenon, I'm overwhelmed by gratitude. For me, this is the ultimate homecoming, not only because this is where I and my accent were born but because HuffPost is very firmly rooted in a Greek tradition of bringing people together and facilitating interesting conversations.

  • News 9: 'Spoofing' Scam Leads To Death Threat Against Metro Woman

    Published: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    A telephone scam on Tuesday led to a death threat against an Oklahoma City Metro Area woman, News 9 reports. "Candace" is a single mom who says she's received hundreds of angry voicemails from callers since late last week when a criminal used the woman's cell phone number to call hundreds of other people, offering ...

  • KFOR: After dramatic recovery, dog left for dead nearly ready for adoption

    Published: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    A metro pup by the name of Banjo who was once fighting for his life is in need of a new home. If Banjo’s brown eyes could tell a tale, his would be a hair-raiser ...

  • Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn warns of violence after immigration order

    Published: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    WASHINGTON — Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn warns there could be not only a political firestorm but acts of civil disobedience and even violence in reaction to President Obama's executive order on immigration Thursday, USA Today reports. "The country's going to go nuts, because they're going to see it as a move outside the authority of the president, and it's going to be a very serious situation," Coburn said on Capital Download. "You're going to see — hopefully not — but you could see instances of anarchy. ... You could see violence." Coburn, 66, is a conservative Republican but one who has a personal relationship with Obama.

  • CAIR-Oklahoma shocked by terrorist designation

    BY BILL SHERMAN, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Nov 19, 2014

    The executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations-Oklahoma said Wednesday that he was surprised and shocked to learn that the United Arab Emirates had designated CAIR a terrorist organization. State Rep. John Bennett, chairman of the Oklahoma Counterterrorism Caucus, immediately called for the Oklahoma attorney general to investigate both CAIR and the Islamic Society of North America, which also was on the terrorist list. Adam Soltani, executive director of CAIR-Oklahoma, said, “It was bizarre and a shock that it (the designation) would happen in the first place, and even more bizarre that Rep. Bennett is getting involved and calling for the Oklahoma attorney general to investigate after the U.S. State Department has already rejected this labeling.” Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Marcus Smart closer to returning to action for Celtics

    Published: Wed, Nov 19, 2014

    Marcus Smart looked like he'd be out for a while after what looked like a serious ankle injury a few weeks ago, but the Boston Celtics guard could be back on the court as early as Sunday. The Boston Globe's Gary Washburn says Smart was on the court with teammates Wednesday, taking jumpers with his left ankle taped. Twelve days ago, the former Oklahoma State guard was projected to be out two to three weeks. "I think there's the potential he could be back as early as next week," Celtics coach Brad Stevens said.

  • Bono Treated With Metal Plates, 'Intensive Therapy' After Bike Injury

    Published: Wed, Nov 19, 2014

    Bono's doctor has detailed the serious injuries that the U2 singer received as a result of a bike accident last week.

  • Police: Drunken bicyclist arrested at Taco Bell drive-through...

    Published: Wed, Nov 19, 2014

    An intoxicated New Smyrna Beach man wanted Taco Bell, but employees wouldn't serve him because he was on a bicycle in the drive-through lane, authorities said.

  • Obama poised to announce go-it-alone plan on immigration Thursday

    Published: Wed, Nov 19, 2014

    By Steve Holland and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama is set on Thursday to outline a controversial plan to relax U.S. immigration policy and grant relief from deportation to as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants in a go-it-alone move that will deepen a partisan divide with Republicans. Sources close to the administration said the rollout would include a televised speech by Obama on Thursday night laying out the plan followed by a trip to Las Vegas on Friday to build support.

  • 2015 Big 12 football schedule released

    Published: Wed, Nov 19, 2014

    The 2015 Big 12 football schedule was released by the conference on Wednesday, and the slate features a 10-team, nine-game, round-robin schedule for the fifth-consecutive season. Oklahoma will open the Big 12 schedule against West Virginia Oct. 3 in Norman, while Oklahoma State begins a week earlier at Texas on Sept. 26. View the full Big 12 schedule here .

  • Viewership Is Up but Ratings Are Down—What's Going On?

    Published: Wed, Nov 19, 2014

    There's a problem with the metric that TV networks are asking everyone in the media to look at when it comes to viewership: At least from an advertising perspective, it includes unicorns.

  • 5 Facts About Cutthroat, Deal-Seeking Black Friday Shoppers

    Published: Wed, Nov 19, 2014

    What lengths are Black Friday shoppers willing to go to nab deals? Waking up early is only the start of it.

  • Why Texas A&M won't be playing Texas in a bowl

    Published: Wed, Nov 19, 2014

    Don't you miss the Texas-Texas A&M rivalry? Well, the two schools don't look like they'll be playing any time soon -- even in a bowl. Per HornsDigest.com, the Southeastern Conference reportedly has indicated to bowls with SEC vs. Big 12 tie-ins that the conference wouldn't support an Aggies vs. Longhorns matchup. From HornsDigest.com's Chip Brown: "In short, A&M has too much to lose from a potential loss. "Right now, the Aggies and Kevin Sumlin are seen as the school to beat in the Lone Star State in recruiting. Why risk diminishing that status with just more than two months until National Signing Day?"

  • VIDEO: Tim Duncan gets 'excited' in Foot Locker commercial

    Published: Wed, Nov 19, 2014

    So, Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose calls San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan to give him some exciting news. And Duncan responded as only he could.