• OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant's shoes sell $195 million in 2014

    Published: Wed, Mar 18, 2015

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  • KOCO: Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office's 'Dunkin' Deputy' video has gone viral

    Published: Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    A video showing Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office Deputy Erik Gransberg assisting in a dunk during an assembly this week at Edmond Memorial High School's "Swine Week" has gone viral, KOCO reports. The viral video shows Gransberg volunteering to participate in two dunks...

  • Survivors of fatal flight that killed former OU quarterback Steve Davis file lawsuit

    BY CURTIS KILLMAN, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Mar 17, 2015

    Two survivors on a 2013 plane crash that killed former University of Oklahoma quarterback Steve Davis and businessman Wes Caves have filed a lawsuit in connection with the accident. Jim Rodgers, a retired Tulsa firefighter and Christopher Evans have jointly filed a lawsuit, along with their spouses, Sheryll Rodgers and Jill Evans, in Tulsa federal court against two companies associated with the crashed jet. The complaint, filed Monday, makes similar allegations contained in a lawsuit filed earlier by Caves’ widow, Regina Caves. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Report: Former OU tight end Jermaine Gresham may need back surgery

    staff reports | Published: Tue, Mar 17, 2015

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  • Kevin Durant's NCAA bracket: OU into Sweet 16; Texas, OSU two-and-out

    Published: Tue, Mar 17, 2015

    Thunder forward Kevin Durant has filled out an NCAA Tournament bracket for USA Today's #NBABracketChallenge series, and he kept it real about his Longhorns. Durant, who played one season at UT, has Texas winning its first matchup against Butler, but the Horns falling to Notre Dame in the next game. Durant likes the Sooners' chances a little better. He picked OU to beat Albany and Providence before falling to No. 2 seed Villanova in the Sweet 16. Durant also has Oklahoma State picking up a minor upset over eight-seed Oregon before losing to West No. 1 seed Wisconsin in the round of 32. Kentucky and Duke meet in the championship, with UK winning the title

  • Retirement of rookie, 24, isn't going to change the NFL

    Published: Tue, Mar 17, 2015

    Chris Borland will be the exception, not the rule. As long as football exists, there will always be people willing to play, USA TODAY reports. The 24-year-old San Francisco 49ers linebacker retired from football on Monday, less than one year after getting drafted in the third round out of Wisconsin. “I just honestly want to do what’s best for my health,” Borland told ESPN’s "Outside the Lines." “From what I’ve researched and what I’ve experienced, I don’t think it’s worth the risk.” To retire because of the fear of future injuries — particularly to the head — is a forward-thinking, brave decision for a young man who’d ordinarily be closer to his Pop Warner days than retirement.

  • Jeffrey Orridge named first minority commissioner in North American pro sports

    Published: Tue, Mar 17, 2015

    The CFL has named Jeffrey Orridge as its new commissioner, which makes Orridge the first minority commissioner of a professional North American sports league. Orridge, 54, had been the executive director of CBC Sports, and general manager of the Olympics. "The CFL made a huge impact on me when I grew up because of its openness, it's fairness and its emphasis on meritocracy," Orridge said Tuesday.

  • SF's Chris Borland quits over safety issues

    Published: Tue, Mar 17, 2015

    BERKELEY, Calif. -- San Francisco 49ers linebacker Chris Borland , one of the NFL's top rookies the past season, told "Outside the Lines" on Monday that he is retiring because of concerns about the long-term effects of repetitive head trauma. Borland, 24, said he notified the 49ers on Friday. He said he made his decision after consulting with family members, concussion researchers, friends and current and former teammates, as well as studying what is known about the relationship between football and neurodegenerative disease. "I just honestly want to do what's best for my health," Borland told "Outside the Lines." "From what I've researched and what I've experienced, I don't think it's worth the risk."

  • Report: Adidas drops bid to extend NBA jersey deal

    Published: Mon, Mar 16, 2015

    In two years, we could see the end of sleeved jerseys in the NBA. NBA uniforms will cease to have Adidas' three-stripe logo in 2017, as the company has dropped its bid to extend its contract with the league. In 2006, Adidas signed an 11-year deal to be the official apparel partner of the NBA. But after not being able to compete with Nike/Jordan brand in the basketball market, Adidas is looking to scale back. "We haven't been able to elevate our brand for the basketball consumer that we're targeting," Adidas global basketball general manager Chris Grancio told Portland Business Journal . "We ultimately decided that we would change our investment strategy and invest more in players on the court." Unless another athletic apparel company decides to carry the torch in 2017, the sleeved jersey made famous by Adidas may come to an end. Some like it, some don't. The Oklahoma City Thunder will wear its white sleeved jerseys two more times this season at home games.

  • 'Son of the Congo' mesmerizes in telling OKC Thunder star's inspiring story

    Published: Mon, Mar 16, 2015

    "Let's take a selfie," Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka tells his eight-year-old daughter Raine as they sit on a patio early in the film Son of the Congo. Raine stands behind her dad and plants a kiss on his cheek. Ibaka makes a goofy face and snaps a photo. It's a sweet moment between the 25-year-old Ibaka and his young daughter — but also so much more, as the documentary that premiered at SXSW Interactive on Saturday night reveals to powerful effect, Mashable reports. Ibaka didn't know Raine existed for the first five years of her life. His father in Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo, had begged family to keep her a secret from Ibaka. He wanted to reduce stress on the then-teenage basketball phenom after Ibaka left their poverty-stricken home to chase a pro hoops future in Europe. (Raine was conceived with a girlfriend before he left, but not born until after.)

  • Ex-college hoops villain's apology, 23 years later

    Published: Mon, Mar 16, 2015

    You might hate Christian Laettner, especially if you're a Kentucky or North Carolina basketball fan, but you have to give the former Duke All-American this much: He couldn't have handled the debut of his "30 for 30" retrospective on ESPN much better, The Dagger reports. "I Hate Christian Laettner" debuted Sunday night after the 2015 NCAA tournament bracket was announced and dissected and Laettner live tweeted throughout the show, interacting with fans, former players and folks who really do hate Christian Laettner. He approached with a sense of humor some might not have thought he possessed. The background on his Twitter page features the hashtag #Hatersgonnahate and he used the show's title as a hastag throughout #IHateChristianLaettner.

  • This fan is VERY sorry for slapping the ball out of an angry LeBron's hands

    Published: Mon, Mar 16, 2015

    The No. 1 rule of sitting courtside is Have Fun, but rule No. 2 is DON'T TOUCH THE BALL. This fan broke rule No. 2 SBNation reports LeBron was upset and the fan was immediately very sorry. 

  • Jameis Winston plans on skipping NFL draft

    Published: Mon, Mar 16, 2015

    Jameis Winston, who is widely projected to be selected with the No. 1 overall pick, does not plan to attend the 2015 NFL draft as he currently prefers to spend that day with family and friends in Alabama, his father told ESPN.com on Monday. The Florida State quarterback's plans are "not set in stone" his father, Antonor Winston said. The NFL has yet to release its annual list of draft green room invites - players who are projected to be selected in the early- mid-first round. Those players invited have tables for their family and friends set up at the NFL draft. There have been few instances where a surefire top 10 pick declined to appear in the green room. The most noteable player in recent years to decline a draft invite was Cleveland Browns left tackle Joe Thomas, who was selected No. 3 overall out of Wisconsin in 2007.

  • VIDEO: Bob Stoops speaks about Sooners not standing for racism

    Published: Fri, Mar 13, 2015

    The OU Athletics YouTube account released a video Friday of head football coach Bob Stoops delivering a special message. "The national conversation about racism has come to our campus, and the response has been swift and decisive: We won't stand for it," Stoops said. Stoops and the OU athletic department have rallied together since a video of OU's chapter of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity singing a racist chant hit the Internet this week.

  • Former OU receiver Kenny Stills traded from Saints to Dolphins

    Published: Fri, Mar 13, 2015

    The New Orleans Saints are reportedly in the process of trading former OU receiver Kenny Stills to the Miami Dolphins, according to Yahoo Sports' Rand Getlin . Stills would be the latest departure from a Saints roster that has seen drastic change just this week. The Saints traded Pro Bowl tight end Jimmy Graham to the Seattle Seahawks and cut former OU linebacker Curtis Lofton among other moves. Stills led the Saints in receiving yards in 2014 with 931.

  • Report: Cowboys, RB Darren McFadden reach deal

    Published: Fri, Mar 13, 2015

    The Dallas Cowboys have moved quickly to fill at least part of the hole left by DeMarco Murray's departure by agreeing to a two-year deal with Darren McFadden. The former Raiders running back has an Arkansas connection with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. Both played college ball for the Razorbacks, and Jones also drafted McFadden's former Arkansas teammate Felix Jones in the first round of the 2008 draft. McFadden, 27, has 4,247 yards on 1,038 carries and 25 touchdowns in his career. His deal is reportedly worth up to $5.85 million with bonuses.

  • MMA star Ronda Rousey has a pretty good reason for not fighting a man

    Published: Fri, Mar 13, 2015

    It’s no secret that Ronda Rousey doesn’t balk at fighting the toughest opponents — in fact, she beats them in record time. But, even so, there’s one type of person the MMA star won’t fight, USA TODAY reports. In an interview with The Daily Beast, Rousey explained why she wouldn’t fight a man — even if she’s confident she could win if she did. “I don’t think it’s a great idea to have a man hitting a woman on television,” says Rousey. “I’ll never say that I’ll lose, but you could have a girl getting totally beat up on TV by a guy — which is a bad image to put across. With all the football [domestic violence] stuff that’s been happening, not a good idea. It’s fun to theorize about and talk about, but it’s something that’s much better in theory than fact.”

  • Class 6A girls basketball: Muskogee, Broken Arrow join Southmoore and Choctaw in semis

    Published: Thu, Mar 12, 2015

    Jalise Smallwood was in a tough spot for a sophomore, but she passed the test with flying colors Thursday afternoon. Her foul shots with 12.5 seconds left in overtime gave No. 8 Broken Arrow the cushion it needed to put away No. 5 Edmond Santa Fe 44-40 in the first round of the girls Class 6A state basketball tournament at Webster High School. “I closed my eyes and shut out the crowd and everything else,” she said. The free throws gave the Tigers a four-point lead and Santa Fe couldn’t muster anything in the frantic final seconds of a wild, intense, raggedly played rematch of last year’s state final, won by Broken Arrow 70-51.

  • Class 5A boys basketball: Tulsa Memorial beats Ardmore to advance

    BY BEN JOHNSON, FOR THE TULSA WORLD | Updated: Thu, Mar 12, 2015

    SAPULPA – Taylor Ellison scored 20 points off the bench to lead Class 5A No. 3 Memorial to a convincing 79-45 rout of No. 6 Ardmore on Thursday night. Derek Guest tallied 16 points, AJ Cockrell added 15 points and nine rebounds and Caleb Nero tossed in 14 points as the two-time defending 5A champions Chargers never faced a stiff challenge from Ardmore beyond the first quarter. Not a single Ardmore player scored in double figures. Marvin Johnson, who averages 20 points a game for the Tigers, was limited to eight points.

  • Class 5A girls basketball: Top-ranked Tulsa East Central cruises past Altus

    By JON POTTS, For the Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Mar 12, 2015

    SAPULPA -- Top-ranked Tulsa East Central never trailed in a 58-37 victory over No. 14 Altus in the Class 5A quarterfinals Thursday afternoon at the ORU Mabee Center. Lauren Billie led a balanced nine-player scoring attack for the Cardinals with 16 points. Carsyn King paced the Bulldogs with 10 points. East Central advances to face the Piedmont-Tulsa Edison winner at 6 p.m. Friday at the Mabee Center.