• Big 12 releases full men's basketball conference schedule for 2014-15

    Published: Thu, Aug 14, 2014

    The Big 12 released its 2014-15 men's basketball composite schedule Thursday. For the first time in conference history, nearly every Big 12 conference game will be televised nationally, with all 90 league contests slated for national or regional broadcast in 2014-15. Oklahoma State opens the Big 12 slate against Kansas State in Stillwater on Jan. 3 at either 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. (ESPNU), while OU tips off conference play at home against Baylor Jan. 3 at 3 or 5:30 p.m. (ESPN2). Dates, times and television listings are subject to change.

  • Adrian Peterson won't play in Vikings preseason game Saturday

    Published: Thu, Aug 14, 2014

    Will Adrian Peterson play at all this preseason? Two games down, two to go, according to Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer, who said Thursday that Peterson is a no-go for preseason Week 2 against the Arizona Cardinals. The Vikings won 10-6 against the Oakland Raiders  in their preseason opener without Peterson, who was resting.

  • Former Longhorns QB Vince Young takes job at University of Texas

    Published: Thu, Aug 14, 2014

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  • OU football: Eric Striker lands on College Football Top 50 Players list

    Published: Thu, Aug 14, 2014

    USA Today gives us its top 50 college football players for 2014, and OU's Eric Striker is on the list. From The Big Lead's Ty Duffy: Striker made a name for himself his sophomore year, notably with three sacks and a forced fumble against Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. Expect Oklahoma to move him around to make plays, whether that’s as a pass rusher or a nickel back. Only one Big 12 player (Bryce Petty, No. 9) lands in the top 10. Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston is understandably No. 1.

  • Dez Bryant gets into apparel, merchandise with 'ThrowUpTheX'

    Published: Wed, Aug 13, 2014

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  • Report: Kevin Durant meets with Under Armour

    Published: Wed, Aug 13, 2014

    ESPN sports business reporter Darren Rovell says that Kevin Durant met with Under Armour on Wednesday at its headquarters in Baltimore, Md. Durant is a shoe free agent after spending his entire professional career with Nike. The Thunder forward's endorsement deal with Nike expired in July. Durant was reportedly offered a deal in excess of $30 million annually by Under Armour , which operates out of Durant's home state. Nike and Adidas are also reportedly after Durant. The reigning NBA Most Valuable Player  released his latest shoe -- the Nike KD7 -- in June.

  • Adrian Peterson talks about self-made life changes

    Published: Wed, Aug 13, 2014

    Ten months after the death of his son, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson says he has made some major changes in his life. The former OU star tells ESPN.com that the death of his 2-year-old son in October was a reality check for him. He learned only two months earlier that he was the boy's father and had been planning to meet him before the boy died Oct. 11. Joseph Robert Patterson, who was dating the boy's mother at the time, was charged with murder and manslaughter after he allegedly assaulted the child.

  • Dorial Green-Beckham shouldn't be eligible to play for Sooners says one writer

    Published: Wed, Aug 13, 2014

    Where CBSSports.com columnist Gregg Doyel says Dorial Green-Beckham should be eligible , his colleague Dennis Dodd counters, taking a page out of the NCAA rule book. From Dodd: "In applying for the waiver, Oklahoma apparently is invoking a little-known clause that allows players to transfer immediately “for reasons outside [their] control … "Even the NCAA calls it the 'run off' rule, meant to be applied if a team oversigns in recruiting. The interpretation protects a kid from being pressured out of a program or being 'cut' for performance. Nowhere in the guidelines does it say anything about a stud receiver -- after three legal run-ins -- being eligible right away." Dodd proposes that, despite OU's confidence that Green-Beckham stands a good chance of gaining immediate eligibility , "someone somewhere is misapplying a rule to get a star receiver on the field right away. "To buy this logic, someone somewhere is equating screwing up with being run off," Dodd says.

  • Dorial Green-Beckham should be eligible now says one writer

    Published: Wed, Aug 13, 2014

    Someone outside of Soonerland is coming to the defense of Dorial Green-Beckham. Well, not exactly the defense of him personally, but of logic and fairness. CBSSports.com's Gregg Doyel says that both OU and DGB haven't gotten a fair deal from Missouri and NCAA, respectively. From Doyel's column: "I know, I know. Green-Beckham is the wrong guy to protect, and Oklahoma (or any big-time football powerhouse) is the wrong school to promote, but that's the thing about arguments of logic and fairness: They don't play favorites. Logic and fairness don't apply simply to the athletes we want to like or the underdog schools we want to help. "Logic and fairness apply to Green-Beckham, who was in fact run off by Missouri. And logic and fairness apply to Oklahoma, or any school trying to activate a player who has been run off by his previous school. "And make no mistake, Green-Beckham was run off by his previous school." Doyel's point: "You want to play? Your school won't let you? Another school will? You should be able to play right away."

  • AT&T Cotton Bowl sells out for 6th-straight season

    Published: Wed, Aug 13, 2014

    The AT&T Cotton Bowl, which joins the College Football Playoff rotation this season, announced Wednesday that the Jan. 1 game is sold out. Since the bowl’s move to AT&T Stadium in Arlington in 2010, the game has been a sellout for six consecutive games. The inclusion in the playoff has also generated additional interest, officials said. “You can sense the excitement from our passionate fan base,” Amy Scott, the vice president of ticket sales and services said in a statement AT&T Stadium will also host the first CFP championship game on Jan. 12. Missouri defeated Oklahoma State in last season's Cotton Bowl 41-31. The AT&T Cotton Bowl will host a College Football Playoff semifinal in the 2015-16 season (Dec. 31).

  • Carmelo Anthony, who's looking quite thin, doesn't expect the Knicks to win it all this season

    Published: Wed, Aug 13, 2014

    When he exercised the early termination option in his contract to enter free agency at the start of the summer, Carmelo Anthony — a seven-time All-Star who has never made it past the conference finals in an 11-year career — had to choose between taking a shorter, less lucrative contract offer to join a new team in pursuit of an NBA championship, or staying at home for the top dollar, but less likelihood of competing for a title, with the New York Knicks, according to Yahoo Sports. As you know, Anthony chose the latter option, spurning the more-playoff-push-prepared Chicago Bulls to agree to a five-year, $124 million deal to stay in Manhattan; he would later say that his decision wasn't about the money, but rather about believing new Knicks president of basketball operations Phil Jackson can build a championship-caliber team in the years ahead. "I don't think we're that far away," Anthony told ESPN.com's Jeff Goodman.

  • Rickie Fowler says he had a 'major kind of year,' even without a major win

    Published: Wed, Aug 13, 2014

    If you prescribe to the Ricky Bobby school of thought , Rickie Fowler didn't have a good year on the PGA Tour But this isn't the movies. The former Oklahoma State golfer was a top five finisher in all four majors, and finished with a better total score than British Open and PGA Championship winner Rory McIlroy. Fowler posted a chart on his Instagram account on Wednesday that backed his breakthrough season. He was 32-under over the four majors this season, better than McIllroy's -27. "I may not have won a major this year but it was major kind of year for me!," Fowler said via Instagram. It was major in the pocketbook as well for Fowler, who's raked in $3.9 million, good for ninth on the PGA Tour money list.

  • OU football: Trevor Knight on the cover of Sports Illustrated's College Football Preview

    Published: Wed, Aug 13, 2014

    Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight is on one of five covers for Sports Illustrated's College Football Preview issue, on newsstands this week. SI put the top five teams in its preseason rankings on various covers, with Knight the poster boy for the Sooners at No. 3. Florida State (No. 1), Alabama (No. 2), Ohio State (No. 3), and  UCLA (No. 5) make up the rest of the cover schools.

  • Report: Dropping Drake could have gotten Raptors out of Kevin Durant comments fine

    Published: Wed, Aug 13, 2014

    This week, the NBA hit the Toronto Raptors with a $25,000 fine for rapper Drake tampering after he made comments about Kevin Durant potentially playing in Canada. But the Raptors could have gotten their money back, according to Cathal Kelly of Toronto's The Globe and Mail. Kelly writes that "the NBA offered to drop the tampering fine if the team agreed to strip Drake of his title. The Raptors apparently refused." Kelly's point: Money well spent for the Raptors in a league seemingly flush with rampant recruiting and tampering. From Kelly: "Somebody’s worried about it now. Someone has picked up a phone – likely Thunder owner Clayton Bennett – and chewed the face off someone else at the league office. The league reacted by cooking up a financial penalty for a musical entertainer guilty of musing in public about a professional athlete coming to play for his local team. If that’s the new normal, everyone in the hip-hop business had better start putting money in an NBA Swear Jar."

  • Sooners LB Eric Striker, K-State's Tyler Lockett on SI's Preseason All-America Team

    Published: Tue, Aug 12, 2014

    Oklahoma linebacker Eric Striker was named to Sports Illustrated's 2014 Preseason All-America Team, released Tuesday on SI.com. Striker is one of three Big 12 players on SI's first-team, joining Baylor wide receiver Antwan Goodley, and Tulsa native Tyler Lockett of Kansas State.

  • Big 12/SEC Challenge basketball times, networks announced

    Published: Tue, Aug 12, 2014

    The networks and times have been finalized for the second SEC/Big 12 Challenge, the two conferences and ESPN have announced. Oklahoma and Oklahoma State will each feature in one TV game, with Missouri and Oklahoma playing Dec. 5 at 8:30 p.m., and OSU facing South Carolina on Dec. 6 at 11 a.m. Both games will be aired on ESPNU. Last season, the Big 12 won the Challenge with wins in seven of 10 games. 2014 SEC/Big 12 Challenge (all times Central) Wednesday, Dec. 3 Auburn at Texas Tech (ESPN3), 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4 Baylor at Vanderbilt (ESPNU), 6 p.m. LSU at West Virginia (ESPN2), 7 p.m. Arkansas at Iowa State (ESPN2), 8 p.m. TCU at Mississippi (ESPNU), 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5 Texas at Kentucky (ESPN), 6 p.m. Florida at Kansas (ESPN), 8 p.m. Missouri at Oklahoma (ESPNU), 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6 Oklahoma State at South Carolina (ESPNU), 11 a.m. Kansas State at Tennessee (ESPN2), 2:15 p.m.                                                           Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4

  • Thunder, NBA schedule to be released Wednesday

    Published: Tue, Aug 12, 2014

    The NBA announced that it will release its 2014-15 schedule Wednesday at 5 p.m.

  • Clippers sale to Steve Ballmer goes through; Sterling out

    Published: Tue, Aug 12, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Steve Ballmer is officially the new owner of the Los Angeles Clippers. The team says the sale closed Tuesday after a California court confirmed the authority of Shelly Sterling, on behalf of the Sterling Family Trust, to sell the franchise. Her husband, Donald Sterling, had unsuccessfully fought the sale of the team he owned since 1981 in court.

  • OU football: Bob Stoops on ESPN College Football Playoff campaign poster

    Published: Tue, Aug 12, 2014

    ESPN is unveiling a campaign poster a week for College Football Playoff contenders. This week, it's Bob Stoops and Oklahoma. ESPN is taking a cue from its World Cup posters for the college football season. The OU poster reads "The Empire Strikes Back."

  • New Kevin Durant colorway 'Calm Before the Storm'

    Published: Tue, Aug 12, 2014

    There's a new colorway of the KD7 on the way. Nike Basketball tweeted out photos of the KD7 Calm Before the Storm on Tuesday. The shoe will be available on Aug. 16. Nike is currently in a negotiating battle with Under Armour and Adidas to sign Durant to his next big shoe and clothing endorsement deal, with Under Armour  rumored to have thrown a $30 million per year offer at KD. But let's live in the present. What do you think of the latest KD7?