• NFL star fined for wearing wrong headphones

    Published: Fri, Oct 10, 2014

    Beats by Dre produces high-end headphones, but they're probably not worth the $10,000 San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick paid to wear them last week, according to Yahoo Sports. The NFL, which just fined Denver Broncos tight end Julius Thomas and Cleveland Browns linebacker Christian Kirksey a little more than $8,200 each for dirty hits last Sunday, fined Kaepernick $10,000 for wearing non-approved headphones in a postgame press conference, according to CSN Bay Area's Matt Maiocco.

  • Todd Gurley suspended indefinitely, was reportedly paid $400 for autographs

    Published: Thu, Oct 9, 2014

    Georgia Heisman Trophy candidate Todd Gurley  has been suspended indefinitely due to an ongoing investigation into an alleged violation of NCAA rules, the school announced Thursday , according to Alabama.com. "I'm obviously very disappointed," Georgia head coach Mark Richt said. "The important thing for our team is to turn all our attention toward preparation for Missouri."

  • PHOTO: Oklahoma City Blue reveals court design

    Published: Thu, Oct 9, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Blue -- the Thunder's D-League affiliate -- released a photo of its new court design on its  Instagram account on Thursday. The floor has the OKC Blue logo in the center, along with smaller Thunder logos at the top and bottom of each side of the court. The Blue opens its first season in Oklahoma City Nov. 14 against the Maine Red Claws, 7 p.m. at the Cox Convention Center.

  • Georgia RB Todd Gurley suspended indefinitely

    Published: Thu, Oct 9, 2014

    University of Georgia tailback Todd Gurley has been indefinitely suspended from competition by the UGA Athletic Association during an ongoing investigation into an alleged violation of NCAA rules, the university announced Thursday via georgiadogs.com. "I'm obviously very disappointed," said UGA head football coach Mark Richt. "The important thing for our team is to turn all our attention toward preparation for Missouri." The No. 13 Bulldogs face No. 24 Missouri in Columbia, Mo., on Saturday, but will do so without Gurley, one of the nation's best running backs and a Heisman Trophy favorite. Gurley, a junior, is sixth in the nation in rushing yards (773) and second in yards per carry (8.22) in five games.

  • Adrian Peterson could be arrested again on drug violation

    Published: Thu, Oct 9, 2014

    Montgomery County prosecutors have filed documents to have suspended Minnesota Vikings player Adrian Peterson arrested again after he admitted to using drugs in violation of his bond conditions, as reported by FOX 26 News in Houston. Court records show while giving his urine sample Wednesday, Peterson admitted he had "smoked a little weed" before the test. As a result, the prosecutor is asking a judge to set aside Peterson's bond and order his arrest.

  • NBA Player's Selfie: 'lol #Holocaust'

    Published: Thu, Oct 9, 2014

    San Antonio Spurs guard Danny Green visited Berlin's Holocaust Memorial yesterday, snapped a selfie, and provoked no small amount of outrage with this caption: "You know I had to do it one time lol #Holocaust," according to Newser.com. Green is in Berlin for an exhibition game against Alba Berlin, but the buzz at the moment is around his off-court antics. Green quickly rewrote the caption to read, "A lot of history here, more than you could imagine...very sad/tragic things happened #holocaust #berlin," and followed up with an apology for "the insensitivity of my post"—which he's since deleted—but the damage was done.

  • Tony Romo says Jason Witten may be best Dallas Cowboys player ever

    Published: Thu, Oct 9, 2014

    Tony Romo, in a conference call with the Seattle-area media on Wednesday, said tight end Jason Witten might belong at the top of the list of greatest players to wear a Dallas Cowboys uniform. That's a bold statement, considering the Cowboys have put 12 players into the NFL Hall of Fame. "He might be the best Dallas Cowboy of all time," Romo said of Witten. "Literally, his career has been exceptional. He's hit every mark you could ever have, and he's going to go down as the first- or second-greatest tight end of all time. I've just been lucky enough to play with him." At 10,014 yards, Witten is currently third in NFL history in receiving yards by a tight end behind Hall of Famers Tony Gonzalez (15,127) and Shannon Sharpe (10,060). Witten is approaching Michael Irvin's Cowboys' record for receiving yards (11,904) as well.

  • Big 12 basketball: OU 3rd, OSU 8th in preseason coaches poll

    Published: Thu, Oct 9, 2014

    The Big 12 men's preseason coaches' poll has Kansas once again as the choice to win the regular season championship. Kansas was voted at the top team in the league for the 13th time in conference history. The Jayhawks received six first-place votes to Texas' three. Oklahoma was the only other school to receive a first-place vote, as the Sooners were picked to finish third in the Big 12. Kansas State and Iowa State round out the top five. Oklahoma State was picked to finish eighth in the league. Big 12 schools begin play on Nov. 14, with conference competition starting on Jan. 3.

  • Can Kendal Thompson nail down the starting quarterback job at Utah?

    Published: Thu, Oct 9, 2014

    After leading Utah to a 30-28 upset of eighth-ranked UCLA, Kendal Thompson re-opened the discussion amongst coaches and fans about whether he or junior Travis Wilson should lead the Utes' offense. Following an injury to Wilson, the former OU and Southmoore High School signal caller took over Utah's offense on the fourth series of the game against UCLA. And all Thompson did was go 10 of 13 passing for 95 yards and a touchdown, adding 83 yards rushing on 19 carries in one of college football's biggest stunners last week. Now, Utah's coaches are expected to make a decision today on who will start for Utah -- Thompson or Wilson. From Deseret News' Amy Donaldson: "Before the UCLA game, Kendal’s ability to run was simply an asset to Utah, used in special circumstances or when they wanted to give junior starter Travis Wilson a rest. "That changed with his performance at UCLA." Thompson and No. 24 Utah (4-1) travel to Oregon State next Thursday.

  • How Safe Is the Artificial Turf Your Child Plays On?

    Published: Thu, Oct 9, 2014

    Soccer coach Amy Griffin was in a Seattle hospital visiting a young goalie who was receiving chemotherapy when a nurse said something that made the hair on Griffin’s neck stand up. It was 2009. Two young female goalies Griffin knew had been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Griffin, associate head coach for the University of Washington’s women’s soccer team, had started to visit the women and other athletes in local hospitals, helping them pass the time during chemo with war stories from her three decades of coaching.

  • Fans raise money to cover costs of Ole Miss' goalposts, fine in four hours

    Published: Wed, Oct 8, 2014

    Ole Miss will not be dipping into its own pockets to pay for the various expenses related to beating Alabama. After Saturday's 23-17 win against the Tide fans tore down both goalposts and stormed the field. Replacing both goalposts cost $11,000 each, and the school faces a $50,000 fine for the fans leaving the seats. There's also $3,000 in miscellaneous repairs. Before the school set up a special site at RebelGiving.com, it had raised $14,650. In four hours Tuesday it went to more than $80,000 -- and counting. The school had said it will happily cover the costs, but that fans had sought guidance on how to donate to the cause.

  • Big Ten becomes first major conference to guarantee scholarships

    Published: Wed, Oct 8, 2014

    The Big Ten became the first major college conference to guarantee scholarships across all sports through the duration of an athlete's enrollment at a university. In a statement released Wednesday, the Big Ten said scholarships won't be reduced or cancelled as long as an athlete “remains a member in good standing with the community, the university and the athletics department.” The Big Ten did not specify what conditions its athletic departments can set for players to remain in good standing.

  • Ailing 5-year-old signs NBA contract with crayon

    Published: Wed, Oct 8, 2014

    Every fall, NBA teams bring players to training camp that they don't necessarily expect to make their final roster for a variety of reasons — they want to create competition, they want to take a look at a player who might be a fit on their D-League squad, etc. The Utah Jazz, though, added a player Monday for a different, and much cooler, reason, according to Yahoo Sports. JP Gibson is a five-year-old from Layton, Utah, and for more than half his life, he's battled acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a cancer of the blood and bone marrow that ranks as the most common type of cancer among children. He loves basketball, shooting hoops at his home and watching the local team with his dad. "He knows he has to be six before he can play Junior Jazz [the NBA team's official youth basketball league] and he reminds us all the time that he can't wait until he's six," JP's mom, Megan Gibson, said, according to Aaron Falk of the Salt Lake Tribune.

  • OU football: Trevor Knight, his father's battle with cancer, featured by CBS Sports

    Published: Wed, Oct 8, 2014

    CBS Sports Network recently caught up with Oklahoma sophomore quarterback Trevor Knight , who shared the courageous story of his father's battle with cancer. In the video feature, CBS speaks to Knight and his family about the challenges of Knight's father, George, being diagnosed with cancer in 2011 -- about a month before the Sooners' quarterback was set to enroll at OU. In April during spring football, The Oklahoman's Jason Kersey wrote about how Knight's positivity and support helped his father through cancer treatments. You can read that story here . In Kersey's story, he details how before George began chemotherapy treatments in 2011, Trevor brought his dad a gift: A pair of blue boxing gloves with a message and scripture handwritten on them. From Kersey: “It blew me away,” George said. “I’m telling you, he is in touch with people’s feelings.” Trevor said his goal was to project a “fighter’s mentality.” “It was really sad news to get, but you can’t show him that,” Trevor remembered. “I wanted to let him know that I’d be there for him through everything, through thick and thin.” The CBS video leads with the story behind those blue boxing gloves. CBS also visited OU's campus, talking to Bob Stoops about what Knight has meant to the OU program, as well as getting some great footage of George Knight cheering at OU’s game against Tennessee. You can watch CBS's story on the Knight family here . /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman","serif";}

  • Big 12 football: Iowa State to wear gold uniform against Toledo

    Published: Wed, Oct 8, 2014

    Iowa State is getting into the alternative uniform movement. The Cyclones are spicing things up with an all-gold look this weekend against Toledo. Gold jersey, gold pants, with red stripes down the side. Thoughts?

  • Big 12 women's basketball: Texas picked first in preseason coaches' poll

    Published: Wed, Oct 8, 2014

    The state of Texas sits atop the Big 12 in the women's basketball preseason coaches poll. The University of Texas edged out Baylor in the coaches' vote as the preseason favorite to win the Big 12 regular-season title. Texas tallied five first-place votes to Baylor's two, and the Longhorns earned 73 points overall to the Bears' 71. West Virginia (2) and Oklahoma State (1) were the other schools to receive first-place votes. It's the first time since 2007 that neither Baylor nor Oklahoma has been voted to finish first in the conference. Oklahoma State and Oklahoma were picked to finish fourth and fifth, respectively, in the conference standings. The 2014-15 season starts Nov. 14 with non-conference play. Big 12 play begins Jan. 3. 2014-15 Big 12 Conference Women's Basketball Preseason Poll 1.Texas (5)732.Baylor (2)713.West Virginia (2)664.Oklahoma State (1)635.Oklahoma466.Iowa State427.TCU338.Kansas289.K-State1610.Texas Tech12 (first place votes in parentheses; coaches not allowed to vote for their own team)

  • Top football star in Alabama dies of apparent suicide

    Published: Tue, Oct 7, 2014

    One of the top young football prospects in the state of Alabama has died of suicide, according to USA TODAY Sports. According to AL.com and other Huntsville-area sources, Hazel Green defensive end Julian Jones, one of the team’s stars, was pronounced dead on Monday, with the Madison County coroner confirming that suicide was the cause of death. Jones, a 16-year-old junior at the school, was considered one of the top-20 overall football prospects in the state’s Class of 2016.

  • OSU basketball: Cowboys target Elijah Thomas to announce college commitment Oct. 21

    Published: Tue, Oct 7, 2014

    Oklahoma State basketball could be in store for its biggest recruiting month in program history. Lancaster (Texas) High School big man Elijah Thomas  announced via Twitter Tuesday that he will announce his college choice on Oct. 21. The 6-foot-9, 230-pound Thomas will choose between Oklahoma State, LSU, Texas A&M, Illinois and SMU. Thomas made an official visit to Oklahoma State in September, and is reportedly a Cowboys lean. One factor that could sway Thomas to Stillwater is the recent commitment to OSU from five-star point guard Jawun Evans , who is friends with Thomas. Evans announced his commitment to the Cowboys on Oct. 1. Evans and Thomas are each top 5 prospects out of the state of Texas in the Class of 2015 according to ESPN.com . A little more than a month ago, OSU had  zero high school commitments from the Class of 2015. Now, the Cowboys could be in line to secure commitments from two of the nation's best.

  • Report: Adrian Peterson to plead not guilty to child abuse charges

    Published: Tue, Oct 7, 2014

    It appears Vikings running back Adrian Peterson will not consider pleading guilty to child abuse charges in an attempt to expedite his return to the playing field. ESPN.com reports that via email Mary Flood -- the spokesperson for Peterson's attorney, Rusty Hardin -- said the former OU football star "is committed to pleading not guilty to charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child." Peterson's initial appearance in Montgomery County, Texas, court is schedule for 9 a.m. Wednesday. Peterson has been on the NFL's exempt/commissioner's permission list since Sept. 17, which bars him fromall team activities. He has only appeared in one game this season.

  • Kansas City Royals offering chance to purchase World Series tickets

    Published: Tue, Oct 7, 2014

    The Kansas City Royals are in the American League Championship Series against the Baltimore Orioles, but the World Series isn't too far off. Demand is sure to be high, so royals.com is offering fans the chance to register to purchase potential World Series tickets. The Royals will conduct random drawing from eligible fans who complete the online registration at royals.com/postseason. The drawing will be on or around Saturday and winners of the drawing will be notified via email on or about Oct. 13. Registration ends Friday.