• John Wall perspective on big NBA contracts, CBA: 'I'm getting the same as Reggie Jackson'

    Published: Wed, Jul 15, 2015

    Who's better: Washington Wizards guard John Wall or former Thunder guard Reggie Jackson? You can't tell by the money they're getting paid. Jackson received a five-year, $80 million contract from the Detroit Pistons this offseason and Wall used Jackson's deal to offer some perspective on the escalating contracts in the NBA -- recalling how people were critical of the five-year, $80 million deal he received in 2013. Wall, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, has made two All-Star teams in his five year career, whereas Jackson, the No. 24 overall pick in 2011, has primarily served as a backup to Russell Westbrook during his first four years in the league. "People talk about me getting $80 million, now you got people getting $85 million that haven't made the All-Star [Game] or anything like that," Wall told Comcast SportsNet Washington. "I guess they came in at the right time. That new CBA kicked in, and they're good now. Reggie Jackson gets five years, $80 million. I'm getting the same as Reggie Jackson. "But I'm happy for all those guys. To see anybody get the opportunity to live their dream out, get the opportunity to take care of their family when they can, it's a blessing."

  • Thunder gets 'B' grade for Perry Jones trade to Celtics

    Published: Tue, Jul 14, 2015

    The Thunder was able to trim some of its luxury tax to come by dealing Perry Jones III to the Boston Celtics on Tuesday. So, who won the trade? Kevin Pelton of ESPN.com gives the Thunder a "B" grade and the Celtics an "A". From Pelton:  "I'm sure Oklahoma City was hoping to move Jones into another team's space or trade exception without giving up any assets. Alas, with only one season left on his rookie contract, interest in Jones apparently wasn't that strong. Still, the savings were so great that the Thunder can afford to give up a second-round pick and cash."

  • Jordan Spieth considered Oklahoma State before committing to Texas

    Published: Tue, Jul 14, 2015

    Jordan Spieth is the hottest golfer on the planet right now. The 21-year-old Texas native is going to the British Open this weekend with a chance at his third consecutive major victory. Before all of his PGA success however, Spieth took a trip to Stillwater and considered becoming a Cowboy. Spieth ultimately ended up at the University of Texas for just three semesters, but as a junior in high school - and one of the best amateur golfers in America - Spieth had Oklahoma State on his radar ... and the Cowboys thought they had a legitimate shot of landing him. "I guarantee, if I was born in Oklahoma, it might be a different story," Spieth told Golfweek. Bill Haisten of the Tulsa World interviewed former Cowboys golf coach Mike McGraw and current athletic director Mike Holder about when Spieth came to Stillwater.

  • NFL players' union will pursue collusion charges if Dez Bryant, Demaryius Thomas don't sign long-term deals

    Published: Tue, Jul 14, 2015

    If Dez Bryant and Demaryius Thomas don't sign long-term deals by Wednesday's deadline, the NFL players' union plans to move ahead with collusion charges against their respective teams - the Dallas Cowboys and Denver Broncos. An ESPN report says that Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones "told Bryant during a recent conversation that he'd had a conversation with Broncos GM John Elway about the negotiations." The players' union believes Jones's interaction with the Elway is a violation of the Collective Bargaining Agreement's anti-collusion rules. Bryant said Monday  that if he didn't get a deal done with the Cowboys by the Wednesday deadline, he would "not be there." The former Oklahoma State receiver and Thomas are 1-2 in the NFL in touchdown catches by a wide receiver since 2012, with Bryant's 41 leading the NFL in that span.

  • Tulsa Shock's Glory Johnson wants $20K a month in spousal support from Brittney Griner

    Published: Tue, Jul 14, 2015

    Glory Johnson is seeking temporary spousal support and attorney fees from Brittney Griner, who petitioned to annul their marriage. The two were married May 8, after being involved in a domestic violence incident at their home in Arizona on April 22. Johnson announced June 4 she would miss the entire WNBA season with the Tulsa Shock because she is pregnant. On June 5, Griner filed papers requesting the marriage be annulled or dissolved.

  • OU linebackers Alexander, Striker on Butkus Award Watch List

    Updated: Tue, Jul 14, 2015

    Oklahoma linebackers Dominique Alexander and Eric Striker are each on the preseason watch list for the Butkus Award, given to the best linebacker in college football. Alexander and Striker are two of 51 players on the initial list. Also included is former Guthrie High School standout Kentrell Brothers, who is the leading returning tackler at Missouri. Alexander and Striker were also announced Tuesday as Rotary Lombardi Award (best lineman/linebacker) candidates. Preseason Watch List Calendar Tuesday, July 7:  Bednarik Award  (defensive player of the year)/  Maxwell Award  (player of the year) Wednesday, July 8: Mackey Award (tight end)/  Rimington Trophy  (center) Thursday, July 9:  Lou Groza Award  (kicker) / Ray Guy Award (punter) Friday, July 10:  Bronko Nagurski Trophy  (best defensive player)/  Outland Trophy  (interior lineman) Monday:  Jim Thorpe Award  (defensive back) Tuesday: Butkus Award (linebacker)/ Rotary Lombardi Award (best lineman/linebacker) Wednesday: Biletnikoff Award (wide receiver)/ Wuerffel Trophy (exemplary community service, athletic and academic achievement) Thursday: Davey O’Brien Award (quarterback)/ Doak Walker Award (running back) Friday: Walter Camp Award (player of the year)

  • Oklahoma, Oklahoma State each with two players on Rotary Lombardi Watch List

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Tue, Jul 14, 2015

    OU and Oklahoma State each has placed two players on the watch list for the Rotary Lombardi Award, presented to the best offensive/defensive lineman or linebacker in college football. OU linebackers Dominique Alexander and Eric Striker, and Oklahoma State defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah and linebacker Ryan Simmons were each included on the preseason watch list released Tuesday by the Rotary Lombardi Award Committee.  Also on the list is Tulsa offensive tackle Garrett Stafford (Tulsa Memorial) and TCU defensive lineman Davion Pierson (Millwood). Stafford and Pierson are also candidates for the Outland Trophy (best interior lineman). The 46th Rotary Lombardi Award will be presented to the winner Dec. 9 at the Bayou Music Center in Houston. Preseason Watch List Calendar Tuesday, July 7: Bednarik Award (defensive player of the year)/ Maxwell Award (player of the year) Wednesday, July 8: Mackey Award (tight end)/ Rimington Trophy (center) Thursday, July 9: Lou Groza Award (kicker) / Ray Guy Award (punter) Friday, July 10: Bronko Nagurski Trophy (best defensive player)/ Outland Trophy (interior lineman) Monday: Jim Thorpe Award (defensive back) Tuesday: Butkus Award (linebacker)/ Rotary Lombardi Award (best lineman/linebacker) Wednesday: Biletnikoff Award (wide receiver)/ Wuerffel Trophy (exemplary community service, athletic and academic achievement) Thursday: Davey O’Brien Award (quarterback)/ Doak Walker Award (running back) Friday: Walter Camp Award (player of the year)

  • FSU running back Dalvin Cook didn't strike woman, attorney says

    Published: Tue, Jul 14, 2015

    An attorney for Florida State running back Dalvin Cook says the player did not strike a woman last month and that battery charges are a result of pressure based on recent high-profile cases. "Dalvin Cook did not strike this woman," said Ricky Patel, a Miami-based attorney. "Players were leaving the scene at the same time. But Dalvin walked away before it got out of hand." Cook has been suspended indefinitely by Florida State following the alleged incident, which occurred a day before former Florida State quarterback De'Andre Johnson was charged with misdemeanor battery after punching a female Florida State student at a different bar.

  • Rickie Fowler grouped with Rose, Faldo for The Open

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Mon, Jul 13, 2015

    Fresh off a victory at the Scottish Open last weekend, Rickie Fowler will be paired with Englishmen Justin Rose and Nick Faldo at The Open. Fowler, the former Oklahoma State star, will tee off at at 8:45 a.m. central from the Old Course at St. Andrews, Scotland. Fowler, who's still in search of his first major victory, finished tied for second in last year's open. Folwer climbed to No. 5 in the world with his victory last weekend. "Phil [Mickelson] mentioned to me win this and there's a good chance you win next week so I had to take care of business," Fowler said. Rory McIlroy, who won the 2014 Open, will not be able to defend his title after suffering an ankle injury this month . Other golfers with Oklahoma connections in the field include: - Robert Streb (Edmond North HS), who will play with Joost Luiten of the Netherlands and Matt Jones of Australia. - Hunter Mahan (Oklahoma State), who's in a group of Luke Donald of England and Carl Pettersson of Sweden.

  • Dez Bryant: 'I will not be there if no deal' with Dallas Cowboys

    Updated: Mon, Jul 13, 2015

    Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant is apparently getting serious about missing games. According to ESPN reports , former Oklahoma State wide receiver called Dallas executive vice president Steven Jones and said he won't attend camp and will miss regular season games if the Cowboys don't sign him by Wednesday. Wednesday is the deadline for the Cowboys to sign Bryant to a long-term deal. If not, the only other option for 2015 is for Bryant to play under the $12.8 million franchise tender. Bryant has reportedly considered sitting out the Cowboys' season opener if not signed long term this offseason.

  • Astros pitcher, Tulsa native Dallas Keuchel to start MLB All-Star Game

    Published: Mon, Jul 13, 2015

    Zack Greinke of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Dallas Keuchel of the Houston Astros have been named the starting pitchers for Tuesday night's MLB All-Star game in Cincinnati. Keuchel, who played high school baseball at Bishop Kelley in Tulsa, will start for the American League - which has one the last two All-Star games. The 27-year-old left-hander is among the MLB leaders in Wins Above Replacement for pitchers (4.7, second to Greinke), innings pitched (137.1, first), earned run average (2.23, sixth), and wins (11, second).

  • Hasheem Thabeet ejected from NBA Summer League game

    Published: Mon, Jul 13, 2015

    Former Thunder center Hasheem Thabeet was playing for the D-League Select Team this weekend in a Summer League game in Las Vegas and was ejected rather quickly. Thabeet picked up two quick technical fouls. Then he preceded to beat up a chair according to Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

  • ESPN Producers Explain Decision to Honor Caitlyn Jenner With ESPY Courage Award

    Published: Mon, Jul 13, 2015

    Not everyone is happy about Caitlyn Jenner getting the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPYs this year, ETOnline reports. After it was announced in June that the 65-year-old Olympian was chosen to receive the big honor after coming out as a transgender woman, some backlash ensued, and now ESPN producers are explaining their controversial decision in a new interview.

  • OSU's Kevin Peterson, OU's Zack Sanchez on Jim Thorpe Award Watch List

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Mon, Jul 13, 2015

    Oklahoma State and Oklahoma each has a defensive back on the preseason watch list for the Jim Thorpe Award, presented to the best defensive back in college football by the Oklahoma Sports Association. OSU's Kevin Peterson and OU's Zack Sanchez are among 42 players - 12 from the Big 12 - on the initial list released Monday. Also on the list is Kansas State's Dante Barnett - a former Tulsa Washington standout. You can view the entire list here . Players may be added to the list as the season progresses. The winner will be selected from three finalists and will be announced at the Home Depot College Football Awards. The Jim Thorpe Award Banquet will be Feb. 2, 2016 at the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame.

  • Texas kicker crushes an 80-yard field goal like it's no big deal

    Published: Mon, Jul 13, 2015

    After introducing the world to the backflip field goal kick last month , Texas kicker Nick Rose is back doing more ridiculous stuff and roundly refusing to chill out, says USA Today. Here he is, smashing an 80-yard field goal like it’s a routine extra point attempt. There’s a bit of coarse language in there, but once you actually see the kick, you’ll understand why.

  • 50 parting thoughts from Wimbledon 2015

    Published: Sun, Jul 12, 2015

    LONDON — Fifty notes from Wimbledon 2015, where No. 1 Serena Williams continued her dominance and claimed her sixth title at the All England Club and 21st Slam title overall and No. 1 Novak Djokovic successfully defended his Wimbledon title with a win over No. 2 Roger Federer. With one more major remaining in the 2015 season, we’re wrapping up Wimbledon 2015: • Serena Williams is your women’s champion for the sixth time and heads to the U.S. Open attempting to win the Grand Slam, tennis’s ultimate bracket challenge. In Paris, she played subpar tennis and, in part because of a generous draw, still won the title. In London, she played some the best tennis of her life, overcoming a brutal draw that included three consecutive former No. 1 players. The match stats and the analytics don't capture the full dimension of what she’s doing. But here’s her career in miniature: After this event, her record in the last two days of a Slam: 46–7.  Click below to read more!

  • Buffalo Bills coach arrested in attack on boy, threatening family

    Published: Sun, Jul 12, 2015

    A Buffalo Bills coach was booked for a misdemeanor battery charge after cops say he pushed a boy to the ground, punched him in the face and threatened to kill his family – all for using a beach chair. Bills offensive line coach Aaron Kromer allegedly confronted three boys who were fishing at a Florida beach Saturday night over “the use of beach chairs,” according to a police statement first reported by NFL.com's Albert Breer. “Victim’s told deputies Kromer grabbed their fishing pole and threw the pole into the water and then pushed one of the boys to the ground and punched him in the face,” the statement said. “It was stated Kromer then told the boys to return the chairs to where they found them. “The victim stated Kromer also told him if he reported him to the police he would kill his family.”

  • Joel Embiid's potential season-ending injury not like Kevin Durant's says source

    Updated: Sat, Jul 11, 2015

    LAS VEGAS - Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid hasn't played a minute of NBA basketball and his career may already be in jeopardy. Embiid, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, will have a second surgery on his right foot and is likely to miss all of the 2015-16 season, according to a report by the Philadelphia Inquirer . Embiid has not played yet for the Sixers, missing his rookie season after undergoing surgery last June to repair a stress fracture in the navicular bone in his right foot. Per the Inquirer, a checkup last month revealed Embiid's foot wasn't improved, but had actually worsened compared to a previous evaluation. A source told Keith Pompey of the Inquirer that Embiid's scenario is more Yao Ming that Kevin Durant. Durant missed a majority of the 2014-15 season due to multiple surgeries on his fractured right foot. "Some people are saying this is similar to Kevin Durant," the source told the Inquirer. "But this is something more serious than what Kevin Durant has [a Jones fracture]. This is like the basketball [career killer]."

  • National reaction to NFL reducing Greg Hardy's suspension

    Published: Sat, Jul 11, 2015

    A number of people from across the country have weighed in on Dallas Cowboy Greg Hardy's suspension being reduced from 10 to four games. In the dizzying world of NFL suspensions and appeals, the Cowboys, based on precedent, initially believed that Hardy would miss six games. Then commissioner Roger Goodell announced the suspension would be for 10. On Friday, arbitrator Harold Henderson, a former NFL executive appointed by Goodell, whittled the suspension to four games. Click below to read a sampling of some of the reactions compiled by the Dallas Morning News.

  • UPDATE: Florida State suspends RB Dalvin Cook indefinitely following battery charge

    Updated: Fri, Jul 10, 2015

    Florida State running back Dalvin Cook is reportedly under investigation for the battery of a 21-year-old woman outside a Tallahassee bar on June 23, according to the Tallahassee Democrat. The alleged incident occurred a day before former Florida State quarterback De'Andre Johnson was charged with misdemeanor battery after punching a female Florida State student at a different bar. Cook, a sophomore, was the Seminoles' leading rusher in 2014, rushing for 1,008 yards and eight touchdowns.