• Mixon, Andrews among Athlon's top Big 12 freshmen to watch

    Published: Thu, Aug 20, 2015

    Athlon Sports picked its Big 12 freshmen to watch this season, and OU has two players on the list. One (predictably) is Joe Mixon -- the much-hyped running back who was suspended for all of 2014. Mixon is getting a lot of high praise from coaches and teammates during preseason camp. "The immensely talented all-around running back should thrive in new offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley's system," Athlon's Allen Kenney writes. "But that also will require that he withstand intense scrutiny away from the field following an altercation with a female co-ed." The other player is WR/TE Mark Andrews -- another redshirt freshman -- who caught a touchdown in OU's most recent scrimmage and who quarterback Baker Mayfield says compares to former Texas Tech tight end Jace Amaro . From Athlon: "The scariest part for opposing defenses is that Andrews has the speed and athleticism to get downfield in a hurry and win jump balls." See here which other freshmen Athlon thinks will make a splash in the Big 12 this season.

  • Sam Bradford's accuracy getting Peyton Manning, Kurt Warner comparisons in Eagles camp

    Updated: Thu, Aug 20, 2015

    Kurt Warner-like accuracy coming from Sam Bradford? Hold on. Peyton Manning-like accuracy coming from Sam Bradford? That’s what Bleacher Report’s Jason Cole is hearing out of Philadelphia Eagles camp. The former OU quarterback is apparently making an impression on offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, who is reportedly lumping Bradford’s accuracy in with two of the best to ever throw. “He (Shurmur) believes that Bradford can throw the ball on the move to a receiver and pinpoint it at any time,” Cole said. “All of that has led to great confidence in Bradford as they go through training camp.” That accuracy has yet to reveal itself fully in Bradford’s NFL career. Completion percentage can't be the sole measure of a quarterback's accuracy, but it's an important one. Bradford has a 58.6-percent completion percentage in 49 career games, which ranks him 25th among active quarterbacks . You have to take into account that Bradford hasn’t only played 16 games twice in five seasons, and he’s never played with a Pro Bowl-caliber receiver. In Bradford's time in St. Louis, no player registered more than 800 yards receiving. Bradford was absurdly accurate in college and must be showing flashes of his OU days (64.3 completion percentage) in practice with the Eagles, and that’s a good sign. But Manning and Warner are each tied for fourth all-time in completion percentage (65.5 percent). Lofty comparisons. Maybe Chip Kelly's offense, some good health, better receivers and more reps can help Bradford live up to Shurmur's hype.

  • Sam Bradford, David Cornwell connected by quarterbacks coach Terry Shea

    Published: Wed, Aug 19, 2015

    What do Sam Bradford and David Cornwell have in common? Well, besides both being former Oklahoma prep quarterbacks, each have been tutored by former Rutgers head coach and NFL offensive coordinator Terry Shea on some of the intricacies of quarterback play. Shea spoke to AL.com about Cornwell, the former Norman North product who's competing for the starting quarterback job at Alabama. Shea first came in contact with Cornwell at a camp in Florida when Cornwell was in middle school, and they've worked together numerous times since, including "six or seven sessions, each lasting for a minimum of a few days" since January. Bradford, who's projected as the starter for the Philadelphia Eagles, worked with Shea for eight weeks at the API Training Center in Pensacola, Fla., prior to the 2010 NFL Draft. Cornwell may have vaulted into the lead for the starting spot since senior Jacob Coker is sidelined for a few days with a foot injury. "I know how important it is for him to win the starting job," Shea said of Cornwell. "Sometimes when you are a young redshirt freshman like David is, you don't have that intensity yet. It would not surprise me one bit to see him win that job."

  • Adrian Peterson spent year off 'inside his manufactured community,' writes ESPN

    Published: Wed, Aug 19, 2015

    What did Adrian Peterson take from a year away from football? After being suspended by the NFL for a misdemeanor assault charge, it doesn't look like Peterson changed much at all, according to ESPN. Eli Saslow writes that Peterson's time away from the Minnesota Vikings in 2014 and 2015, "he acted as if not much had changed." "It's all part of the strategy by which Peterson has built his record-setting career," Saslow writes. "The people he trusts are those who enable him. The reality that matters is the one he creates and they help maintain." Peterson returned to Vikings camp in June  after a brief stalemate with the team over his contract situation. 

  • Oklahoma ranked among '12 Best College Football States' | collegespun.com

    Published: Wed, Aug 19, 2015

    Collegespun.com took a crack at naming its Top 12 college football states, and Oklahoma made the Top 10. The Sooner State is No. 10, with collegespun.com saying "Not many states can boast a better 1-2 combo than Oklahoma, which is home to one of college football's greatest powers, the Sooners, and a very solid program in Oklahoma State." "Few states have better traditions, too," collegespun.com says. "Oklahoma is one of the winningest programs in the history of the sport while Oklahoma State produced possibly the greatest individual season in college football history (Barry Sanders' 1988 Heisman campaign)." Texas comes in at No. 3 on the list and Alabama ranks No. 1.

  • Rookie Survey: Kevin Durant is NBA rookies' favorite player for second consecutive year

    Erik Horne | Updated: Wed, Aug 19, 2015

    At the annual NBA Rookie Photo Shoot earlier this month, 36 rookies were surveyed from the NBA's latest draft class, and many of them picked Kevin Durant as their favorite player. When asked "Who is your favorite player in the league?," 21.2 percent of the rookies polled picked Durant in this year's NBA Rookie Survey. Durant, selected as the rookies' favorite player for the second year in a row, beat out Kobe Bryant (18.2 percent) and LeBron James (15.2 percent). Thunder guard Russell Westbrook picked up some votes, but not enough to land in the Top 6 with Durant, Bryant, James, Stephen Curry, Dwyane Wade and James Harden. Who is your favorite player in the league? 1. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City, 21.2 percent 2. Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers, 18.2 percent 3. LeBron James, Cleveland, 15.2 percent Tie-4, Stephen Curry, Golden State, 9.1 percent; Dwyane Wade, Miami, 9.1 percent 6. James Harden, Houston, 6.1 percent According to NBA.com, the top three vote-getters finished in the same order in 2014. Other Thunder players appearing in the Rookie Survey are rookies Dakari Johnson and Cameron Payne. Johnson received votes for the question "which rookie was the biggest steal at where he was selected in the draft?" Johnson was selected in the second round at No. 48 overall. Payne tied with Oklahoma State-killer Joseph Young in the "which rookie is the best playmaker" category, receiving 5.7 percent of the rookie vote. Payne also received votes for "which rookie is the funniest?" Which rookie is the best playmaker? 1. D'Angelo Russell, L.A. Lakers, 40 percent 2. Tyus Jones, Minnesota, 17.1 percent 3. Emmanuel Mudiay, Denver, 14.3 percent 4. Delon Wright, Toronto, 8.6 percent Tie-5. Cameron Payne, Oklahoma City ; Joseph Young, Indiana, 5.7 percent. Check out all the results here at NBA.com.

  • Is the Oklahoma drill just a rite of passage or everything we fear about football?

    Published: Wed, Aug 19, 2015

    Like every other football player on the night before practice starts, Blake Bell is far too anxious to sleep. It's a humid summer night almost exactly a year ago, and Bell is kept awake by the impending thunderclap of pads, ESPN reports. After three seasons at quarterback for Oklahoma, including eight starts in 2013, the 6-foot-6, 259-pound Wichita native has converted to tight end for his final season.

  • From football player to Food Network chef

    Published: Tue, Aug 18, 2015

    Former NFL player Eddie Jackson just scored a TV touchdown: Sunday night’s "Food Network Star" finale revealed Jackson as Season 11’s winner, which means he’ll get his own show on Food Network, Yahoo TV reports. And it wasn’t a big surprise: Jackson shined all season long with his smooth on-camera delivery (the ladies love this guy) and his mouth-watering Caribbean-inspired cuisine.

  • Jon Stewart's dream job? WWE 'SummerSlam' host

    Published: Tue, Aug 18, 2015

    Jon Stewart just booked his dream job, Yahoo Sports reports. World Wrestling Entertainment announced Monday that Stewart would host this weekend’s “SummerSlam” pay-per-view from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

  • Tom Brady changes mind after hearings yield no progress, rejoins team

    Published: Tue, Aug 18, 2015

    Tom Brady was in New York for settlement talks Tuesday that yielded no progress, so the New England Patriots’ star quarterback changed his mind and no longer plans to attend Wednesday’s federal court hearing, two people with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports. Brady missed Tuesday’s practice because he was attending the settlement talks, which were ordered by U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman, said the people, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to discuss the case publicly.

  • College athletes cashing in with millions in new benefits

    Published: Tue, Aug 18, 2015

    Two recent changes in NCAA rules are resulting in major-college athletes receiving more than $160 million a year in additional benefits, a USA TODAY Sports analysis has found. That figure is certain to rise as more schools implement — or increase their distribution of — athletic scholarships that can cover not only the traditional tuition, room, board, books and fees but also incidental costs of attending college such as transportation and personal expenses.

  • John Farrell to be accompanied by Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona to first chemo treatment

    Published: Tue, Aug 18, 2015

    Cleveland manager Terry Francona said he plans to accompany his longtime friend, Red Sox manager John Farrell, to his first chemotherapy treatment for lymphoma on Tuesday. Farrell, the former Oklahoma State player and assistant coach, announced Friday that he was stepping away from the Red Sox temporarily to deal with lymphoma. Francona was Farrell's teammate with the Cleveland Indians in 1988.

  • Former OU fullback Trey Millard finally back in the game with 49ers

    Published: Tue, Aug 18, 2015

    It's been a long time coming for Trey Millard. The former OU fullback experienced his first NFL game action on kickoff coverage for the San Francisco 49ers in Saturday's preseason game against the Houston Texans. Millard, who was picked by the 49ers in the seventh round of the 2014 NFL Draft, played in a game for the first time since tearing his ACL during his senior season at OU in Oct. 2013. 49ers.com's Taylor Price writes that Millard's return to the field was in a familiar place. The 24-year-old suffered his injury on kickoff coverage against Texas Tech in his senior season. "I had to get back on it, so it was kind of a full-circle deal," Millard said. "I just love being out there, and I love playing this game. I'm blessed to do it and special teams – I'm ready to play all of it."

  • Little League softball team accused of benching starters, bunting entire game to intentionally lose

    Published: Tue, Aug 18, 2015

    Strange things going on at the Little League Softball World Series. The South Snohomish Little League of Snohomish, Wash., has been accused of cheating after an 8-0 no-hit loss to a North Carolina team in which Snohomish reportedly benched all of its starters and ordered all of its players to bunt in order to intentionally lose. Going into the pool play game against North Carolina, Snohomish was unbeaten (3-0). According to the Des Moines Register, Central Iowa Little League president Chris Chadd believes Snohomish was trying to avoid a rematch against Iowa. Snohomish was the only team to beat Iowa (3-1) in pool play. The loss by the Washington team led to a three-way tie between it, North Carolina and Iowa. It's clear to everyone they basically threw the game," Chadd told the Register. "It's not the girls' fault. It's the coaches ... they should be disqualified." Following an appeal from Iowa, Little League International intervened, however, ruling that a tiebreaker be played between Iowa and Washington on Tuesday, with the winner moving on to the semifinals.

  • Jon Stewart's next gig: In the wrestling ring at WWE SummerSlam

    Published: Tue, Aug 18, 2015

    LOS ANGELES — So when Jon Stewart told us he was just "going to get a drink," what he meant was "going to get in the ring." Stewart's first gig since signing off from The Daily Show will be as host of WWE’s SummerSlam on Sunday, the wrestling entertainment network has announced. A big wrestling fan himself, Stewart appeared in a feud with WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins earlier this year — an ongoing confrontation that ended with Stewart kicking Rollins where it hurts the most:

  • P. Diddy says he is banned from UCLA football practices

    Published: Mon, Aug 17, 2015

    UCLA has apparently put a ban on P. Diddy. According to The Hollywood Reporter, rap mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs told an L.A. radio station "as I know right now I'm not allowed" at UCLA practices. Combs was involved in a weight room altercation in July with UCLA strength and conditioning coach Sal Alosi. Combs son, Justin, is a defensive back with the Bruins, and Combs reportedly took exception with how Alosi was working with his son.

  • Alabama QB injury clears way for Norman North's David Cornwell?

    Published: Mon, Aug 17, 2015

    Former Norman North standout David Cornwell may have received another big break in the Alabama quarterback race. Senior quarterback Jacob Coker is expected to miss practice days with the Crimson Tide due to what coach Nick Saban called a "minor foot injury." Cornwell, a redshirt freshman, is currently locked in a three-way battle to start between himself, Coker and true freshman Blake Barnett. Cornwell, who was a high school All-American out of Norman North in 2014, was reportedly almost named the starter after the spring , but Alabama coaches wanted to extend the competition into the fall. Following last Saturday's scrimmage, Saban said he couldn't say "one guy was better than another."

  • NLRB rules Northwestern players can't unionize

    Updated: Mon, Aug 17, 2015

    The National Labor Relations Board unanimously ruled Monday in Washington that Northwestern football players are not university employees and cannot attempt to unionize. The NLRB determined that if it was to certify the players' petition to unionize, it "would not promote uniformity and stability in labor relations."

  • Former Dallas Cowboy and Northwestern Oklahoma State WR Patrick Crayton coaching in Kansas

    Published: Mon, Aug 17, 2015

    Patrick Crayton has reunited with his former Northwestern Oklahoma State head coach on the coaching staff at Emporia (Kan.) State. Crayton, who played six of his eight NFL seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, is a wide receivers coach for Emporia under former Northwestern coach Garrin Higgins.  Higgins said excited doesn't quite describe the feelings he has about Crayton joining his staff. "A Father and son type of proud feeling and I was proud the day he graduated from Northwestern. I was proud when he got drafted in the 7th round and I began to watch every preseason game and record games when he was at Dallas and San Diego," Higgins said. Crayton told Chris Lilly of wibw.com.: "I've known him 16 years so he really hasn't changed too much. He's still got the loud little screechy voice, you know he still gets pumped up. He still gets in the kids face when he's coaching because he loves it."

  • Greg Oden signs with Jiangsu Dragons of Chinese Basketball Association

    Published: Mon, Aug 17, 2015

    Former No. 1 overall NBA draft pick Greg Oden has signed a one-year, $1.2 million deal to play for the Jiangsu Dragons of the Chinese Basketball Association, according to multiple media reports. The Portland Trail Blazers selected Oden ahead of Kevin Durant in the 2007 NBA Draft. Oden, 27, has been limited to 105 games since being drafted due to injuries, including multiple microfracture knee surgery.