• Former Tulsa coach Bill Blankenship writes thank-you letter to TU family

    Published: Wed, Dec 10, 2014

    A week removed from his firing following 19 losses in the past two seasons, former University of Tulsa coach Bill Blankenship tweeted a link to a thank-you letter directed to the Hurricane football family. Follow the link below to read the letter in its entirety. 

  • Former Tulsa Union, OU quarterback Justin Fuente named American Athletic Conference Coach of the Year

    staff reports | Published: Wed, Dec 10, 2014

    Memphis football coach Justin Fuente was announced as a unanimous selection for American Athletic Conference Coach of the Year on Wednesday. Fuente, who starred at quarterback for Tulsa Union in the mid-1990s before playing two seasons at OU, led Memphis to the AAC Championship this season. The Tigers improved from just three wins in 2013 to 9-3 and a berth into the Miami Beach Bowl against BYU. Fuente is in his third season as Memphis head coach following stints as an assistant with Illinois State (2001-2006) and TCU (2007-2011).

  • LOOK: The new College Football Playoff rings are sweet

    staff reports | Published: Wed, Dec 10, 2014

    The College Football Playoff rings have been revealed and they are pretty sweet. Whoever wins the first ever Football Bowl Subdivision playoff between Alabama, Oregon, Florida State and Ohio State will sport these rings created by Jostens, complete with the College Football Playoff symbol in the middle.

  • Douglass-Locust Grove: New York Times takes its turn at football playoff holdup

    Published: Tue, Dec 9, 2014

    The Douglass-Locust Grove football controversy has made its way around the nation. The New York Times published its story on the holdup of the Oklahoma Class 3A playoffs. From the Times: "At issue, essentially, is whether the mistake should be corrected or whether human error should be allowed to stand as one of life’s harsh but unavoidable lessons." A decision on Douglass' postseason future is expected to be made Wednesday in Oklahoma County District Court.

  • Panthers QB Cam Newton involved in car accident

    staff reports | Published: Tue, Dec 9, 2014

    Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was involved in a car accident in updown Charlotte on Tuesday. Newton was photographed by the Charlotte Obeserver as conscious and smiling following the accident. In the crash, Newton's truck was turned on its side. Newton was reported taken to the hospital as a precaution, but sustained no injuries.

  • Report: Johnny Manziel to start for Cleveland Browns on Sunday

    Published: Tue, Dec 9, 2014

    Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine has decided to go with Johnny Manziel as his starting quarterback. Fox Sports Jay Glazer reports that Pettine will go with Manziel as the Browns' starting quarterback against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. The Browns started the season 6-3 with Brian Hoyer as the starter but have lost three of their last four games, with Hoyer sporting a 1-to-8 touchdown-to-interception ratio in those contests. Manziel, the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner and former Texas A&M star, was selected by the Browns in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft.

  • VIDEO: Russell Westbrook asks kid if he's 'ready to fly' in new Foot Locker commercial

    Published: Tue, Dec 9, 2014

    In this new Foot Locker commercial, Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook asks a kid if he's "ready to fly." The kid, lacing up a new pair of Air Jordans, says he's ready, but he doesn't expect what Westbrook has in store for him.

  • OU basketball: Sooners 15th in latest ESPN Power Rankings

    Published: Tue, Dec 9, 2014

    ESPN.com college basketball writer Jeff Goodman has bumped Oklahoma up three spots in his latest College Basketball Power Rankings. It's the usual suspects at the top of the list, paced by 9-0 Kentucky, but the Sooners are climbing. A key stat from Goodman: "The Sooners are the best in the nation on the defensive glass. Oklahoma is averaging 31.7 defensive rebounds a night, led by Ryan Spangler (8.9 overall rebounds per game)." The top Big 12 team in the rankings is Texas at No. 9, whose lone loss came to UK last week. The Sooners play at Tulsa on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

  • VIDEO: Central Michigan football players react to Bahamas Bowl invite

    Updated: Tue, Dec 9, 2014

    So, if you couldn't be at home -- and maybe even if you could -- where would you rather spend your Christmas? Detroit or the Bahamas? We're sure Detroit in December is just lovely, but it's really not much of a competition. The idea of Christmas in the Bahamas was certainly appealing to the Central Michigan football team, which found out on Sunday that's where they would be heading for their bowl game. How the Chippewas found out they were beach bound was pretty great, too. CMU used a special video to reveal the destination to its players, using Jeopardy theme music and a countdown. The players' reaction is priceless.

  • LeBron James again demonstrates social conscience with 'I Can't Breathe' shirt

    Published: Tue, Dec 9, 2014

    In the subterranean gymnasium at Baruch College in May, LeBron James answered non-basketball questions centered on his willingness to speak out against Donald Sterling, USA TODAY reports. The rest of his then-Miami Heat teammates had left the gym. It was just a few reporters and Heat media relations staffers. It was informal but serious, and James was sincere, open, comfortable and confident. He explained his stance and why he spoke out.

  • LeBron dons 'I Can't Breathe': 'Worldly thing'

    Published: Tue, Dec 9, 2014

    BROOKLYN -- Several players on both the Cleveland Cavaliers and Brooklyn Nets, including LeBron James, Kevin Garnett, Kyrie Irving and Deron Williams, wore black "I Can't Breathe" T-shirts during pregame warm-ups Monday, following in the footsteps of Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose who wore the same shirt in a game Saturday to show support for the family of Eric Garner. "It's not a Cavs thing," James said before the game. "It's a worldly thing."

  • Blake Griffin's buzzer-beating three lifts Clippers past Suns

    Published: Tue, Dec 9, 2014

    Blake Griffin dunked, and Dr. J clapped in admiration. Griffin made a sweeping drive while being fouled, and Staples Center roared. Griffin, the former OCS and University of Oklahoma standout, connected on a step-back three-pointer as time expired, and his teammates mobbed him on the court. Griffin's approval rating may have never been higher than it was Monday night, his superb play serving as the ultimate rebuttal to the Phoenix Suns and the referees during the Clippers' emotionally charged 121-120 overtime victory.

  • Former Guthrie standout Kentrell Brothers on All-SEC second-team

    Published: Mon, Dec 8, 2014

    Former Guthrie standout and current Missouri linebacker Kentrell Brothers was named to the AP All-SEC second-team defense, announced Monday. The redshirt junior led the SEC East Champions with 117 tackles and three forced fumbles this season. Brothers and the Tigers  will play Minnesota in the Citrus Bowl in Orlando on Jan. 1.

  • Kansas introduces David Beaty as new football coach

    Published: Mon, Dec 8, 2014

    David Beaty was introduced as the Kansas Jayhawks’ new football coach on Monday in Lawrence. Beaty, 44, arrives from Texas A&M, where he was the Aggies' wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator. He was KU’s wide receivers coach in 2008-09 under Mark Mangino and the Jayhawks’ co-offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach under Turner Gill in 2011. Following Kansas firing Charlie Weis in September, defensive coordinator Clint Bowen took over as interim head coach. Bowen will remain on staff as assistant head coach and defensive coordinator. Per the Kansas City Star's Rustin Dodd, Beaty's contract calls for him to make $800,000 annually over five years , which could increase to $1.5 million with incentives.

  • OSU football: Stephens, Hill earn Big 12 Player of the Week honors

    Published: Mon, Dec 8, 2014

    TCU's Trevone Boykin along with Oklahoma State teammates Larry Stephens and Tyreek Hill were selected Big 12 Football Players of the Week for the final games of the 2014 regular season. Stephens, the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week, led all players with 14 tackles and recovered a key fumble in Oklahoma State's 38-35 overtime win against Oklahoma. Hill, the Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week, returned a punt 92 yards for the game-tying touchdown in the fourth quarter against OU - his third non-offensive touchdown of the year. Boykin, the Big 12's Offensive Player of the Week, had a career-best 559 yards of total offense and five touchdowns in TCU's 55-3 win over Iowa State - helping the Horned Frogs to a share of the Big 12 title.

  • Baylor, TCU in 'New Year's Six' bowl games

    Published: Sun, Dec 7, 2014

    Baylor and TCU won't get to play for a national championship, but both teams will play in "New Year's Six" bowls involved in the inaugural College Football Playoff. The No. 5 Bears will play No. 8 Michigan State in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas (Jan. 1, 11:30 a.m.), while the No. 6 Horned Frogs will play No. 9 Ole Miss in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl in Atlanta (Jan. 1, 11:30 a.m., ESPN). No. 7 Mississippi State will play No. 12 Georgia Tech in the Capital One Orange Bowl. No. 20 Boise State will face No. 10 Arizona in the VIZIO Fiesta Bowl. The other two "New Year's Six" bowls are a part of the four-team College Football Playoff . Top-ranked Alabama will play No. 4 Ohio State in the Sugar Bowl, and No. 2 Oregon will play No. 3 Florida State in the Rose Bowl.

  • VIDEO: Mike Gundy dances again following win over OU

    Published: Sat, Dec 6, 2014

    After a win like that, why not dance again? Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy broke out the "Gundy Dance" following the Cowboys' 38-35 overtime win over the Sooners on Saturday. Senior defensive back Josh Furman captured it on video.

  • VIDEO: Tyreek Hill ties Bedlam with 92-yard punt return touchdown

    staff reports | Published: Sat, Dec 6, 2014

    Oklahoma State all-purpose star Tyreek Hill tied Bedlam and completed a two-touchdown rally for the Cowboys with a 92-yard punt return touchdown in the fourth quarter. With the Sooners ahead 35-28, Hill fielded the OU punt, slipped some tackles and turned on the jets for the Cowboys' third touchdown of the fourth quarter.

  • VIDEO: OU's Zack Sanchez puts monster hit on OSU's David Glidden

    Published: Sat, Dec 6, 2014

    As soon as Oklahoma State receiver David Glidden caught a short swing pass from Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma defensive back Zack Sanchez was there to meet him. With force. Glidden, thankfully, walked off under his own power. Oklahoma State went on to score on the same drive to cut OU's lead to 28-21 in the fourth quarter.

  • Bedlam football: Samaje Perine leaves game with leg injury

    staff reports | Published: Sat, Dec 6, 2014

    OU freshman running back Samaje Perine had to be helped off the field in the third quarter with a leg injury against Oklahoma State. After fumbling for the first time in his OU career, Perine stayed down on the turf. Up to that point, Perine had rushed for 151 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries. Perine's injury was preceded by two more injuries on the OU offense. The Sooners lost wide receiver Sterling Shepard (groin) in the first half and offensive lineman Adam Shead (knee) early in the third quarter.