• Former Oklahoma State star Tony Allen named NBA All-Defensive first team

    Published: Wed, May 20, 2015

    Memphis Grizzlies guard Tony Allen, a former Oklahoma State star and 2005 Big 12 basketball Player of the Year, was named to the NBA's All-Defensive first team Wednesday. Joining Allen on the first team are Defensive Player of the Year Kawhi Leonard of San Antonio, Draymond Green of Golden State, and Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan of the Los Angeles Clippers. It marked the third time to be selected NBA All-Defensive first team for Allen, who during the Grizzlies home playoff games would be greeted with chants of "First team defense" when he made a steal or good defensive play.

  • Does Oklahoma State have one of the nation's easiest 2015 football schedules?

    Published: Wed, May 20, 2015

    Two Big 12 teams were among the Sporting News' list of 10 college football teams likely to benefit from easy schedules this upcoming season. Oklahoma State was one of the Big 12's representatives. The Cowboys non-conference schedule -- Central Michigan, Central Arkansas and UTSA -- isn't exactly a murderers row. Then OSU gets OU, Baylor, TCU and Kansas State at home. Click the link below to see where OSU's schedule ranks among the easiest in the country.

  • OU softball pitcher Paige Parker finalist for top freshman honor

    Published: Wed, May 20, 2015

    Oklahoma pitcher Paige Parker has been named a finalist for the NFCA Division I National Freshman of the Year award. The other finalists are Jenna Lilley of Oregion and Alexis Osorio of Alabama, who Parker and the Sooners face this weekend in the NCAA Super Regionals in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Parker is the only finalists who hits and pitches. Parker is 27-5 with a 1.49 earned run average, 211 strikeous and 49 walks in 197.0 innings. She has nine solo shutouts this year, combined on six others and has also made three saves. She is batting .406 on the year with five doubles, nine home runs and 42 runs batted in. Her slugging percentage is .647, while her on-base percentage stands at .515.

  • Former Eddie Sutton aide Wren Baker named deputy athletic director at Missouri

    Published: Wed, May 20, 2015

    Wren Baker, who served on Eddie Sutton's Oklahoma State basketball staff from 2001 to 2005, has been hired as deputy athletic director at the University of Missouri. Baker held a similar position at the University of Memphis. According to The Commercial-Appeal in Memphis, Baker worked closely with men’s basketball coach Josh Pastner to schedule marquee games, including a home-and-home series with Oklahoma that begins this season at FedExForum. “Wren has been a huge help to me personally. He’s been a great guy to lean on for knowledge about the program. I’ve been extremely grateful that Wren has been here and that I’ve had an opportunity to work with him,” Pastner said. “He’ll be an athletic director at a major program in a very short time period. That’s what happens. When you hire good people, other good opportunities come about for them. We’re gonna miss him, but we want nothing but the best for great people like Wren.” Baker, a native of Valliant, Okla., previously served as basketball coach and athletic director at Rogers State in Claremore and athletic directory at Northwest Missouri State.

  • Report: Former Thunder coach Scott Brooks passing on interviews, likely sitting out next season

    Updated: Wed, May 20, 2015

    According to a report from Yahoo.com, Former Oklahoma City Thunder coach Scott Brooks plans to pass on interview chances with the Denver Nuggets and New Orleans Pelicans and appears inclined to sit out the 2015-16 season, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Brooks, 49, wants to coach again but plans to take the year to look at television opportunities and reconnect with his family living in California, sources said. After missing the playoffs because of a bevy of injuries this year, Oklahoma City fired Brooks in April. Billy Donovan was hired in May to take over as the Thunder's head man.

  • QB Everett Golson to transfer to Florida State Seminoles

    Published: Tue, May 19, 2015

    Former Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson said Tuesday that he will transfer and play his final college season with the Florida State Seminoles. Oklahoma Sooners fans may remember Golson as the man who led Notre Dame to a 30-13 victory over OU in Norman on Oct. 28, 2012 .  "After much thought and careful consideration, I will utilize my fifth year of eligibility to join the Florida State University Seminoles," Golson said in a statement Tuesday. "To Coach Jimbo Fisher, the Florida State football team, staff, alumni and fans, thank you for allowing me to become part of the Seminoles family."

  • Shane Battier weighs in on the Zayn Malik-One Direction split

    Published: Tue, May 19, 2015

    Former Miami Heat forward Shane Battier took to Twitter to weigh in on Zayn Malik’s decision to leave the boy band One Direction, USA TODAY reports. "He needs to follow his heart. RT @wizkhalfe: @ShaneBattier how do you feel about Zain leaving one direction."

  • Kevin Durant's high school to drop its basketball program

    Updated: Tue, May 19, 2015

    Kevin Durant's high school has decided to drop its vaunted basketball program. Montrose Christian, a private K-12 school in Rockville, Md., is listed for sale and public records show signs of ongoing financial distress. Durant played at Montrose during his senior season in 2005-2006.

  • Big 12 baseball tournament expected to have nearly $5.6 million economic impact on Tulsa

    BY CASEY SMITH, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, May 18, 2015

    Tulsa's first Big 12 championship baseball tournament begins on Wednesday, and the five days of competition are expected to be exciting for more than just college sports fans. According to the Tulsa Regional Chamber, the Big 12 Baseball Championship is expected to have a total economic impact of close to $5.6 million in revenue.  The Tulsa Sports Commission's budget to put on the event was just less than $800,000, said Ray Hoyt, president of VisitTulsa and the Tulsa Sports Commission. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Oklahoma Christian's Lonny Cobble named NCCAA Central Region coach of the year

    Updated: Mon, May 18, 2015

    Oklahoma Christian baseball coach Lonny Cobble has been named National Christian College Athletic Association Central Region coach of the year for the second time in three seasons, Cobble has guided OC (32-20) to the Central Region title in each of his three seasons with the Eagles, as the university worked through its transition into NCAA Division II.

  • Player ruins $94,000 camera lens with a Sharpie

    Published: Mon, May 18, 2015

    Collins Injera of Kenya is an international rugby star who recently scored his 200th try (the rough equivalent of a touchdown in football) in the World Sevens Series, and he celebrated in a very expensive manner indeed, Yahoo Sports reports. Taking a cue from Terrell Owens and tennis players of late, Injera had stashed a permanent marker in his sock. And once he notched the try, he ran over to the nearest camera and autographed the lens.

  • Gay College Basketball Player Says He Encountered 'Blatant Homophobia'

    Published: Mon, May 18, 2015

    The first openly gay Division college basketball player is moving on and speaking out, The Huffington Post reports. UMass guard Derrick Gordon announced Sunday that he's transferring to Seton Hall, but he told USA Today he encountered plenty of discrimination along the way in his inquiries to potential new schools. "During the recruiting process, a number of schools didn't want me because I'm gay," Gordon said. "To me, that's blatant homophobia. At the end of the day, no coaches will ever admit that they don't want me because I'm gay and there's baggage that comes with the attention."

  • Report: Maurice Cheeks a possible Thunder assistant coach candidate

    staff reports | Published: Mon, May 18, 2015

    A former Oklahoma City Thunder assistant could be in the mix to return to the Thunder bench under Billy Donovan. Yahoo Sports sources are reporting that former Thunder assistant Maurice Cheeks has emerged as a possible candidate for Donovan's staff. Yahoo Sports reported Sunday that former New Orleans Pelicans coach Monty Williams is one of several "ambitious" former ex-NBA coaches that Donovan is attempting to talk into taking his top two assistant positions, and it appears that Cheeks is in that group. Cheeks was an assistant under Scott Brooks in Oklahoma City from 2009-2013, and has had head coaching stints in Portland, Philadelphia and Detroit. It's been reported that Donovan's former Florida assistant Anthony Grant will join the Thunder staff as the No. 3 assistant. Other assistants on the radar are Chicago's Andy Greer, Portland's Nate Tibbetts, and the New York Knicks' Brian Keefe.

  • Under Armour Condemned Over Iwo Jima "Band Of Ballers" Basketball Shirt

    Published: Mon, May 18, 2015

    A t-shirt that appropriates the imagery of raising the flag on Iwo Jima has apparel maker Under Armour under attack, Deadspin reports. Hundreds of people outraged by the shirt have been flooding Under Armour’s Facebook page today with complaints. Under Armour calls the shirt “ Band of Ballers ” which is if not insensitive also geographically inaccurate.

  • Clippers' Emotional Nature Holding Them Back from Postseason Success

    Published: Mon, May 18, 2015

    The Los Angeles Clippers still aren’t cool, says CNN's Bleacher Report, not in the hip sense of being a trendy, newfound America’s Team that won a rebellion against former owner Donald Sterling, but insofar as they're still losers who’ve never been to the Western Conference Finals. There is nothing like a Game 7 on the road to test the latter definition of "cool." Unfortunately for the Clippers, they revealed on Sunday just how overly emotional they are. They completed their collapse from a 3-1 series advantage (with a 19-point lead late in Game 6 at home) with a 113-100 loss in Houston.

  • OU football makes Athlon Sports' preseason Top 25

    Published: Fri, May 15, 2015

    All of the preseason football magazines and Top 25 lists continue to roll out, and OU football is rated No. 17 by Athlon Sports. Athlon is doing a countdown of its preseason Top 25, and will also release its preseason all-conference and Big 12 predictions later this summer. The talk about the offense of course centers around Lincoln Riley and the OU quarterbacks, but there's that friendly fallback as well in Semaje Perine. But the final analysis from Athlon sounds familiar: "Much uncertainty surrounds the Sooners entering 2015. Can Mayfield efficiently engineer the offense? And if not, who can? Can the defense fix a leaky secondary that allowed too many big passing plays? The schedule is rough, too, with road games at Tennessee, Kansas State, Baylor and Oklahoma State. A lot of questions. And it's unclear whether the Sooners have all the answers." The Athlon countdown is at No. 16 (Arkansas). Behind OU in Athlon's Top 25 are Georgia Tech, Wisconsin, Texas A&M, Mississippi State, Tennessee, UCLA, Stanford and Boise State. If the quarterback concerns extend into the season, the Sooners always have Plan B. Or is it Plan A? The Big 12’s best back as a freshman a year ago, Samaje Perine is a throwback, downhill runner who can dominate and dictate games - See more at: http://athlonsports.com/college-football/top-25/oklahoma-sooners-2015-preview-and-prediction#sthash.t509JWkB.dpufIf the quarterback concerns extend into the season, the Sooners always have Plan B. Or is it Plan A? The Big 12’s best back as a freshman a year ago, Samaje Perine is a throwback, downhill runner who can dominate and dictate games - See more at: http://athlonsports.com/college-football/top-25/oklahoma-sooners-2015-preview-and-prediction#sthash.t509JWkB.dpufIf the quarterback concerns extend into the season, the Sooners always have Plan B. Or is it Plan A? The Big 12’s best back as a freshman a year ago, Samaje Perine is a throwback, downhill runner who can dominate and dictate games - See more at: http://athlonsports.com/college-football/top-25/oklahoma-sooners-2015-preview-and-prediction#sthash.t509JWkB.dpufIf the quarterback concerns extend into the season, the Sooners always have Plan B. Or is it Plan A? The Big 12’s best back as a freshman a year ago, Samaje Perine is a throwback, downhill runner who can dominate and dictate games - See more at: http://athlonsports.com/college-football/top-25/oklahoma-sooners-2015-preview-and-prediction#sthash.t509JWkB.dpufMuch uncertainty surrounds the Sooners entering 2015. Can Mayfield efficiently engineer the offense? And if not, who can? Can the defense fix a leaky secondary that allowed too many big passing plays? The schedule is rough, too, with road games at Tennessee, Kansas State, Baylor and Oklahoma State. A lot of questions. And it’s unclear whether the Sooners have all the answers. - See more at: http://athlonsports.com/college-football/top-25/oklahoma-sooners-2015-preview-and-prediction#sthash.t509JWkB.dpufIf the quarterback concerns extend into the season, the Sooners always have Plan B. Or is it Plan A? The Big 12’s best back as a freshman a year ago, Samaje Perine is a throwback, downhill runner who can dominate and dictate games. - See more at: http://athlonsports.com/college-football/top-25/oklahoma-sooners-2015-preview-and-prediction#sthash.t509JWkB.dpufIf the quarterback concerns extend into the season, the Sooners always have Plan B. Or is it Plan A? The Big 12’s best back as a freshman a year ago, Samaje Perine is a throwback, downhill runner who can dominate and dictate games. - See more at: http://athlonsports.com/college-football/top-25/oklahoma-sooners-2015-preview-and-prediction#sthash.t509JWkB.dpufIf the quarterback concerns extend into the season, the Sooners always have Plan B. Or is it Plan A? The Big 12’s best back as a freshman a year ago, Samaje Perine is a throwback, downhill runner who can dominate and dictate games. - See more at: http://athlonsports.com/college-football/top-25/oklahoma-sooners-2015-preview-and-prediction#sthash.t509JWkB.dpufIf the quarterback concerns extend into the season, the Sooners always have Plan B. Or is it Plan A? The Big 12’s best back as a freshman a year ago, Samaje Perine is a throwback, downhill runner who can dominate and dictate games. - See more at: http://athlonsports.com/college-football/top-25/oklahoma-sooners-2015-preview-and-prediction#sthash.t509JWkB.dpuf

  • OU football No. 22, OSU 25th in SI's 'Post-spring Power Rankings'

    Published: Fri, May 15, 2015

    Following spring football practice, SI.com's Ben Glicksman takes a look at where the teams fall in the power rankings. OU and OSU? Glickman has the Sooners at No. 22 and the Cowboys at No. 25, saying OU could be setting the stage for "a major turnaround if all goes well," and that OSU "has a knack for flying under the radar, and they're doing just that headed into the summer." The biggest surprise of the SI.com spring rankings might be Baylor over TCU - the Bears are No. 2 on Glicksman's list and TCU is sixth. Glickman attributes TCU's position to question marks on defense and a schedule that has the Horned Frogs on the road against Kansas State, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.

  • Report: Bill Simmons to no longer appear on ESPN platforms

    Published: Fri, May 15, 2015

    Bill Simmons will no longer appear on ESPN platforms, including Grantland and his podcasts. SI.com reports that ESPN and Simmons have worked out a deal that officially ends his tenure as a "front-facing employee." SI.com's report says that Simmons will also no long appear on TV for ESPN.

  • Mercury star Brittney Griner suspended 7 games by WNBA

    Published: Fri, May 15, 2015

    Phoenix Mercury star Brittney Griner and the Tulsa Shock's Glory Johnson were each suspended seven games because of domestic violence incident. The two All-Stars were arrested April 22 on suspicion of assault after they fought in a home they recently bought. Griner and Johnson got married last week in Phoenix.

  • OU football All-American Eddie Foster dies

    Published: Fri, May 15, 2015

    Eddie Foster, who was a captain on Oklahoma's undefeated Big Eight championship team in 1973, passed away, according to former OU coach Barry Switzer. Foster, a three-year letterman at offensive tackle, was named to Family Weekly and Walter Camp All-America teams in 1973. He was drafted by the New England Patriots in 1974. From Foster's All-American bio (via SoonerSports.com): "During that year (1973), Foster scored for the first time since he was in high school. It was a lineman's dream scenario. With just a 7-0 lead against Baylor, OU quarterback Steve Davis was heading for the goal line when he fumbled the ball. As Foster waited near the end zone to block, he spotted the ball and pounced on it for a touchdown. Foster said that his roommate and he "had it all planned out how it would happen. The three-year letterman was a large part of what many consider to be one of OU's top offensive lines." Foster was inducted into the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame in 2013. Here's a great story form Will Parchman of the Waco Tribune on Foster's background and growing up playing football in the West Texas town of Monahans.




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