• Lamar Odom Reportedly Emerges From Coma

    Published: Fri, Oct 16, 2015

    Lamar Odom has reportedly come out of his coma and is breathing without machine assistance, according to multiple reports.  According to E! News, "Odom opened his eyes, saw estranged wife Khloe Kardashian, said, 'Hey, baby,' gave her a thumbs up and then went back to sleep." 

  • Double amputee plays local high school football

    Published: Fri, Oct 16, 2015

    Joe Martel III had both legs amputated before he was 2 years old. As a freshman at Beggs High School, he plays football while wearing prosthetic legs. Martel is on the JV team but has made plays for the varsity team. Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association believes he’s the first double leg amputee to play high school football in the state. Martell III had both legs amputated before he was 2 years old.

  • Texas mascot Bevo passes away peacefully

    Updated: Fri, Oct 16, 2015

    University of Texas mascot BEVO XIV, recently diagnosed with Bovine Leukemia Virus, passed away in his sleep today. Following a preliminary diagnosis of the illness last week, BEVO XIV had been resting at his ranch, where he died in the company of his best longhorn friend Spike and John T. and Betty Baker, the owners and caretakers of both BEVO XIV and his predecessor, BEVO XIII. "BEVO XIV was so much more than a traditional mascot — he was so big and strong, but he had such a sweet personality and a gentle soul," said Ricky Brennes, Executive Director of the Silver Spurs and BEVO XIV's regular traveling partner. "He loved the attention that came with being BEVO but was very cool, calm and smart. Like a dog he would come when called by name, show up to the house looking for treats and even roll over on his side so Mrs. Baker could rub his belly. He did so much for his university and community. His last few days provided great memories, but we miss him already." BEVO missed last week's OU-Texas game after being diagnosed with the disease. The search for BEVO XV will begin immediately

  • ESPN, WWE form partnership to increase ratings, demographic reach

    Published: Thu, Oct 15, 2015

    ESPN and WWE headquarters are both located in Connecticut, and the corporate neighbors look to be forming a partnership that they believe can drive viewership to their respective tent-pole shows. It was announced that every Tuesday, ESPN will broadcast a segment on SportsCenter covering what happened the previous night on Monday Night Raw, TheFieldsOfGreen.com reports.  The content will most likely feature WWE talent as well (as it did this week with WWE’s Seth Rollins). This is a strict viewership play by both ESPN and WWE.

  • Brandon Weeden out, Matt Cassel in as Dallas Cowboys starting quarterback

    Published: Tue, Oct 13, 2015

    Brandon Weeden is out as the Dallas Cowboys' starting quarterback. The former Edmond Santa Fe and Oklahoma State star has been informed by the Cowboys that the team intends to turn to Matt Cassel as the starter when Dallas returns from its bye week, according to a report by ESPN. Weeden has filled in for Cowboys franchise quarterback Tony Romo since he sustained a broken left collarbone on Sept. 20 against Philadelphia. The Cowboys have lost three straight games with Weeden as the starter. In four games, Weeden has completed 71 of 98 passes for 739 yards and two touchdowns. He's thrown two interceptions and has a 92.2 quarterback rating.

  • Former Texas A&M player confesses to attacking, killing Dallas jogger, police say

    Updated: Tue, Oct 13, 2015

    A former Texas A&M football player and OU recruit has confessed to murdering a male jogger along a trail in Dallas on Monday. Police said Thomas Johnson, 21, used a large, edged weapon to kill the jogger at about 8 a.m. Monday. Thomas was one of the top prospects in the country coming out of Skyline High School (Dallas) in 2012. He was ranked as the No. 3 wide receiver in the country and the 33rd best player in the nation, according to ESPN.com. OU was among several national college football programs that recruited Johnson in 2012 and offered him an athletic scholarship. Johnson was former A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel's third leading receiver during the 2012 season, catching 30 passes for 339 yards and a touchdown in 10 games. Johnson went missing after the Aggies played Alabama that season. When he surfaced, Texas A&M announced that he was leaving the university, which resulted in Johnson missing the team's final three games.

  • Steve Spurrier is retiring immediately as South Carolina’s football coach

    Published: Tue, Oct 13, 2015

    Steve Spurrier has resigned as coach at South Carolina. Co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Shawn Elliott has been named interim coach. Spurrier, 70, has a 228-89-2 career record at Duke, Florida and South Carolina. He is the Gamecocks’ all-time winningest coach with 86 victories. Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/sports/college/university-of-south-carolina/usc-football/article38886768.html#storylink=c

  • Police investigate allegations that OU fan peed on Black Chamber of Commerce property

    Published: Mon, Oct 12, 2015

    Dallas police are investigating after hearing allegations that a man urinated on the premises of the Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce Saturday. The allegations stem from a public Facebook picture posted Saturday that shows a man standing in the landscaping on the side of the chamber of commerce building with his hands at his pants.

  • Documents, former players point to Steve Sarkisian's alcohol use at Washington

    Published: Mon, Oct 12, 2015

    Steve Sarkisian's strange behavior in the days surrounding high-pressure, high-profile college football games isn't unique to his time at USC. The Los Angels Times uncovered a track record of questionable behavior by the USC football coach that dates back to 2009, when he was head coach at Washington. The Times interviewed more than two dozen people about Sarkisian's five-year stint at Washington and reviewed hundreds of pages of documents, including receipts, hotel folios and expense reports that show significant alcoholic use. Former players also recalled Sarkisian regularly consuming alcohol in offices, smelling like alcohol at team meetings, being unusually confrontational on occasion and appearing uncharacteristically loud and unsteady on some team flights.

  • Doctors fighting to save NFL player's foot

    Published: Mon, Oct 12, 2015

    Football is a dangerous sport and every Sunday brings physical risk, but once again the sport is facing a serious health hazard away from the field. NFL Network reported Sunday that New York Giants tight end Daniel Fells is fighting a case of MRSA so severe that he might need his foot amputated. And that may not be the worst of it, as there is concern that the illness may have advanced to his bone and his bloodstream. Fells has already undergone a reported five surgeries, and may need more in the effort to stave off the infection, Yahoo Sports reports.

  • Nightengale: The Chase Utley Rule is inevitable, and not a moment too soon

    Published: Sun, Oct 11, 2015

    CHICAGO - It will forever be known as the Chase Utley Rule. Or, perhaps. the Ruben Tejada Rule. Utley had a wonderful career, and will be revered in Philadelphia for helping the Phillies win a World Series, but all he’ll be remembered for - in the minds of casual fans, certainly- will be that slide on the night of Oct. 10. It will be the night baseball changed forever. The moment this postseason ends, the takeout slide at second base will be declared illegal.

  • Police find dead body in porta-potty outside Cincinnati Bengals' Paul Brown Stadium

    Published: Thu, Oct 8, 2015

    Cincinnati Homicide Sgt. Mike Miller says a construction worker found the body of a man in the porta-potty at around 1:30 p.m. on the east side of the stadium. 

  • Division I college hoops' first openly gay coach

    Published: Thu, Oct 8, 2015

    The lone openly gay coach in Division I college basketball is relieved his secret is finally out, Yahoo Sports reports. In an article published Thursday by USA Today, Bryant University assistant coach Chris Burns described the gradual process that led to him nervously standing in front of the entire team a few weeks ago and revealing his sexuality. Many players responded by hugging him and telling him they loved him, imbuing him with the confidence to share his story with the media. 

  • Matt Barnes: NBA looking into incident with Derek Fisher

    Published: Thu, Oct 8, 2015

    Grizzlies forward Matt Barnes says the NBA is investigating what happened with his former teammate, Knicks coach Derek Fisher, in California and called the incident a "personal matter" involving someone who was a good friend at one point, The Associated Press reports. Barnes spoke Thursday after the Grizzlies' morning shootaround.

  • Brain trauma widespread among high school football players, researchers say

    Published: Thu, Oct 8, 2015

    WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Football is a dangerous sport. Even with the best protective gear, sprained knees, pulled muscles and an occasional broken bone are part of the game. But seven years of research into the impact of head trauma in high school players points to new dangers that parents will find extremely alarming.   "We are seeing changes in brain activity even without a diagnosed concussion, even without any sign or symptoms showing up and that that occurs in a large population of our subjects," Larry Leverenz, a Clinical Professor of Health and Kinesiology at Purdue University.

  • Report: NBA to investigate Derek Fisher-Matt Barnes confrontation

    Published: Wed, Oct 7, 2015

    The NBA is investigating a physical confrontation that occurred between New York Knicks coach Derek Fisher and Memphis Grizzlies forward Matt Barnes on Saturday in Los Angeles. As first reported by the New York Post, Fisher was in California visiting his children and was visiting the house shared by Barnes and his estranged wife, Gloria Govan. Barnes, who was in Santa Barbara with the Grizzlies for training camp, arrived at the house and a physical confrontation ensued. Fisher, who filed for divorce from his wife in March, is considering legal action against Barnes, according to Yahoo Sports. Per Yahoo Sports, "The Knicks, Grizzlies and NBA security have been made aware of the incident and are expected to soon start working together on a probe of Saturday night's events." Fisher, 41, last played in the NBA for the Thunder before he was hired as Knicks coach in June 2014. Barnes has his own history with the Thunder, as recently as this summer calling Thunder forward Serge Ibaka a dirty player , which stemmed from Barnes' time with the Los Angeles Clippers. Fisher and Barnes were teammates on the Los Angeles Lakers from 2011-12. Fisher's Knicks and Barnes's Grizzlies will play twice this season - Jan. 16 in Memphis and Feb. 5 in New York.

  • Former Thunder forward Caron Butler recounts Arenas-Crittenton gun incident

    Published: Wed, Oct 7, 2015

    Former Thunder player Caron Butler's memoirs, "Tuff Juice: My Journey from the Streets to the NBA," was released on Wednesday, and the 13-year veteran went into greater detail about one of the most franchise-altering incidents in NBA history. In an excerpt describing the infamous Dec. 2009 locker room gun incident between then-Washington Wizards players Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton, Butler says in his memoir that he was in the room when Crittenton pointed a loaded gun at Arenas. The argument started over a card game dispute on the Wizards' team plane, one in which Arenas pocketed $1,100 Crittenton felt he was owed by Arenas. Butler describes the locker room scene as him convincing Crittenton that he would ruin his career and life if he shot Arenas: I talked calmly to Javaris, reminding him that his entire career, not to mention, perhaps, his life, would be over if he flicked that trigger finger. I looked back at Gilbert. He was silent as he removed himself from the scene. Javaris slowly lowered the gun. I know that Gilbert was thinking, “I went too far. I had a gun pointed at me and it was loaded.” Butler played in 40 games (including postseason) for the Thunder in 2013-14. (h/t Dan Steinberg, Washington Post )

  • Former Thunder guard Eric Maynor tears ACL...again

    Published: Wed, Oct 7, 2015

    Former Thunder point guard Eric Maynor has sustained another career-threatening knee injury. After tearing his right ACL in January 2012, Maynor likely will now miss the entire season with his Russian club Nizhny Novgorod after tearing his left ACL in the team's season opener on Sunday.

  • NHL acknowledges drug problem among players

    Published: Wed, Oct 7, 2015

    Last month, a Toronto Maple Leafs prospect named Viktor Loov told a Swedish news outlet that “there is a lot of cocaine” in the NHL, Yahoo Sports reports. “There are players everywhere who do it,” he said, via Pension Plan Puppets. “If you have money you probably have easy access.”  How much cocaine? Enough that the NHL has been forced to acknowledge that more than a few players are using it, and that the League might have to be more proactive in testing for it.

  • You've likely never seen a football player do this

    Published: Wed, Oct 7, 2015

    Brian Zahn’s Wikipedia page will one day have a separate section for what he did in a high school football game this past Friday, Yahoo Sports reports. The senior defensive tackle from Gillet, Wisconsin intercepted the opposing quarterback’s attempt to spike the ball and stop the clock. As Crivitz QB Sebastian Atwood took the snap, Zahn immediately leapt forward and was able to snare the ball before it touched the ground.