• OU football: Knoxville columnist gives hilarious reasons why Tennessee can beat OU (VIDEO)

    Published: Wed, Sep 10, 2014

    Knoxville News Sentinel football columnist John Adams shares his thoughts on the Tennessee vs. Oklahoma game Saturday, including reasons why the Volunteers can beat the fourth-ranked Sooners. In his video entitled "Serious football with John Adams," Adams' reasons are deep and insightful. They're so deep that he finds himself at a loss for words Following a bout of silence and confusion, Adams skips quickly to UT's next matchup. "Join me in two weeks before the Tennessee-Georgia game, when we talk about bouncing back from adversity," Adams says.

  • NFL.com: Bob Stoops could follow in Barry Switzer's footsteps with Dallas Cowboys

    Published: Wed, Sep 10, 2014

    Remember last season when the  Bob Stoops-to-Cleveland rumors were heating up in January? Well, expect that NFL talk about the Sooners ball coach to start flaring up again, says NFL.com's Bryan Fischer. He says Stoops could follow in Barry Switzer's footsteps as a former OU coach making the jump to the NFL via the Dallas Cowboys. From Fischer: "While the native Ohioan flirted with the Cleveland Browns after his team won the Sugar Bowl, that never seemed like the right fit. The right fit might open up not too far down the road, however. "The Dallas Cowboys remain one of the NFL's marquee programs despite a middling record the past decade. They very well could have a head-coach opening after the season if they fail to make the playoffs. Jerry Jones loves nothing more than to make a splash, and he would do just that in backing the Brinks truck up and hiring Stoops." Fischer goes on to say certain obstacles -- such as Stoops' big home in Norman and his loyalty to OU athletic director Joe Castiglione -- wouldn't keep Stoops from giving the Dallas job a long look if he were to get the call from Jones. Following OU's upset win over Alabama in the 2014 Sugar Bowl, Stoops declined to discuss rumors that he could become the next coach of the Cleveland Browns, non-chalantly say " you never know " when asked about his interest in the NFL. But whether it's from the Cowboys or someone else, Stoops is going to receive a lot of attention from NFL teams this offseason.

  • OU football: Sooners to face Houston in 2016 season opener; Cougars come to Norman in 2019

    Published: Wed, Sep 10, 2014

    OU and Houston will open the 2016 season on Sept. 3 in the Advocare Texas Kickoff at NRG Stadium, home of the NFL's Houston Texans. Houston will also make a return trip to Norman to play at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on Aug. 31, 2019. The news of the matchup was  initially reported in July by the Houston Chronicle, but the University of Oklahoma officially announced the game Wednesday. The Sooners were originally scheduled to begin the 2016 at home against Louisiana-Monroe, but that game has been moved to Sept. 10, 2016. The Sooners are 2-0 in two previous matchups with the Cougars -- OU beat Houston 63-13 in 2004 (at Norman) and 40-14 in the 1981 Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas.

  • Former Millwood standout Josh Turner's status 'up in the air' for Texas against UCLA

    Published: Wed, Sep 10, 2014

    Texas needs all the defensive help it can get right now, but one of its veteran players still has his status in question. It's still unsure whether or not former Millwood standout Josh Turner will play for the Longhorns on Saturday against No. 12 UCLA in Austin. The senior safety was suspended in the offseason by coach Charlie Strong for a violation of team rules, and hasn't played in Texas' first two games of the season. On Monday, Strong didn't confirm whether or not Turner, who has played in 37 career games for UT, will be available against UCLA. Texas defensive coordinator Vance Bedford said Wednesday that Turner's status is "up in the air," and is the head coach's decision. Turner was the Gatorade Oklahoma High School Football Player of the Year in 2011.

  • OU football: No Rocky Top: Tennessee not bringing band to Norman

    Published: Wed, Sep 10, 2014

    You won't be hearing "Rocky Top" in Norman on Saturday night. Tulsa World writer Eric Bailey says the University of Tennessee  is leaving The Pride of the Southland Band -- and one of the most iconic and recognizable fight songs in college football -- in Knoxville. "Rocky Top" was voted the  No. 2 fight song in all of college football in a recent USA Today College Football Fan Index poll. OU's "Boomer Sooner" was No. 6 on the same list.

  • Steve Spurrier: 'If you hit a girl, you aren't going to play on our team'

    Published: Wed, Sep 10, 2014

    South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier says if you're striking a woman, there's no place for you in Columbia. In the wake of the release of a tape showing former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice striking his then-fiancee , Spurrier took a stand on Tuesday at his weekly press conference. "If you ever hit a girl, you are not going to play on our team. You are finished," Spurrier said. "I can't understand why every coach doesn't have that rule and every company doesn't have that rule for their employees." OU coach Bob Stoops has had his own decision to make in regard to a player hitting a woman. Stoops and OU athletic director Joe Castiglione suspended freshman running back Joe Mixon for the season after Mixon punched a female OU student in the face at an eatery near campus in Norman. Mixon has pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor count stemming from the altercation. Stoops was a defensive coordinator for Spurrier at the University of Florida from 1996-1998 before coming to OU. "In the end, we felt we did what we needed to do and what was right," Stoops said of the handling of the Mixon incident . "There's nothing right about it I guess, but we did what we felt was. "We felt we acted the right was as a university." The Tennessean cites that Spurrier has dismissed two players from his team for hitting a female during his coaching career.

  • Oklahoma woman sues Dallas Cowboys owner over alleged sexual assault

    Published: Tue, Sep 9, 2014

    A 27-year-old Oklahoma woman is suing the Dallas Cowboys and owner Jerry Jones for sexual assault over a 2009 encounter that has already made national headlines, Culture Map Dallas reports . According to her attorney Thomas Bowers, Jana Weckerly was the person behind the camera when Jones posed provocatively with several women in an undisclosed Dallas hotel's bathroom.

  • Serge Ibaka talks about being an inspiration, playing Kevin Durant and reshaping Africa

    Published: Tue, Sep 9, 2014

    Serge Ibaka wants to show African children they, too, can accomplish their dreams. Yahoo Sports! caught up with Ibaka in Spain during the FIBA World Cup to talk about the work he's done to bring basketball to his native Congo, and the pride it brings the Thunder forward. Ibaka,who's playing for Team Spain in the FIBA World Cup, goes on to talk about his calf injury in the postseason, as well as his happiness that Kevin Durant isn't playing for Team USA ("No, no, no. No ... nobody wants to play against Kevin," Ibaka said. "Who wants to play against him? Hell no. Every time he takes a shot, people start crying.") Ibaka also says that "it's too early to talk about Kevin staying or going."

  • Tulsa WR, former Kingfisher standout Derek Patterson day-to-day after concussion against OU

    Published: Tue, Sep 9, 2014

    Former Kingfisher standout Derek Patterson is day-to-day for  Tulsa after suffering a concussion against OU on Saturday. Patterson, a wide receiver for the Golden Hurricane,  took a big hit from OU defensive back Julian Wilson during the second quarter of the Sooners' 52-7 rout of Tulsa. Patterson had to leave the game following the hit. The junior had one receptions for three yards against the Sooners. Tulsa safety and Glenpool native Demarco Nelson is also day-to-day with a concussion.

  • Ohio State lineman Chad Lindsay, who considered OU, ends career

    Published: Tue, Sep 9, 2014

    Alabama transfer Chad Lindsay won't play for Ohio State after suffering an injury and electing to end his football career after re-agrravating an injury from fall camp. Lindsay, a fifth-year senior transfer from Alabama, started four games for the Crimson Tide in 2013. He had OU on his short list of potential transfer spots -- along with Michigan, Cal and Louisville -- before picking the Buckeyes in April.

  • Dez Bryant defends Tony Romo, says Cowboys QB not the issue

    Published: Tue, Sep 9, 2014

    ARLINGTON, Texas -- The poor performance by Tony Romo is the primary reason the Dallas Cowboys are off to an 0-1 start. Just don’t try telling that to Dez Bryant. The former Oklahoma State receiver took up for Romo on Monday, saying that "as whole, we went out and made some mistakes." "I'm going to tell you something, man. That's nowhere near the issue," Bryant said of Romo. "I can't believe you even asked me that question." Romo threw three interceptions in the Cowboys' home loss to San Francisco on Sunday. Bryant was the intended target on two of the intereptions. "It's my job to go out and make that play," Bryant said.

  • Serge Ibaka giving away signed basketball from the FIBA World Cup

    Published: Tue, Sep 9, 2014

    In case you've been caught up in football fever, Thunder forward Serge Ibaka has been tearing it up for Team Spain in the FIBA World Cup. Ibaka teammed up with Sportlobster to give away three FIBA World Cup basketballs signed by him personally. All you have to do is post #Spain2014 in the Basketball Fanzone on www.sportslobster.com for a chance to win.

  • Thunder ranks 27th in Grantland NBA court design rankings

    Published: Tue, Sep 9, 2014

    Grantland.com NBA writer Zach Lowe took on the task of ranking the NBA's court designs 1-30. The Thunder did not fare well, ranking 27th out of 30 teams. Lowe also says OKC's alternate dark jerseys "fell flat" (not that that has anything to do with court design). From Lowe's piece: "The Thunder would have ranked last had we done this exercise four years ago. Oklahoma City tried to touch every base in building its color scheme, meshing elements of the state flag, the sun, and referents to the local college teams. It’s ended up with a color-logo combination that is evocative of nothing. The blue and orange just feel generic. "The Thunder did well to unclutter the court by using the same blue all the way around, and the white font spelling out the team’s name pops against that blue. It’s a big improvement from 2010-11, when the Thunder featured this tricolored mess of a painted area: "The Thunder’s alternate dark blue jerseys also fell flat. This franchise feels ripe for a total design overhaul. Should we mention how awesome the Sonics’ colors and court design were? We probably shouldn’t, right?" FYI, the Los Angeles Lakers ranked No. 1. See the rest of the list here .

  • OU football: LB Frank Shannon no longer listed on Sooners' online football roster

    staff reports | Published: Tue, Sep 9, 2014

    OU linebacker Frank Shannon is no longer listed on the Sooners' football roster. Shannon has been on the sidelines for each of OU's first two games of the season, but hasn't played. On Monday, the Oklahoma State Supreme Court issued a ruling allowing the university to enforce Shannon's one-year suspension after he was found to have violated OU's sexual misconduct policy. Shannon was included in the 2014 OU media guide and was a part of OU's preseason practices.

  • NFL never asked for Ray Rice tape: report

    Published: Tue, Sep 9, 2014

    In its investigations of the Ray Rice domestic-assault case from earlier this year, the NFL never asked the casino in which the assault took place for a copy of security tapes, according to a new report by TMZ. Had the NFL done so, the casino would have handed over the tapes, per the report. Instead, the tapes were leaked over a period of several months, culminating in Monday's unsettling footage that resulted in Rice's release from the Ravens. Yahoo Sports reports the NFL has maintained that it had not viewed the most significant moments of the assault, the time when Rice strikes his then-fiancee Janay Rice and renders her unconscious, until Monday.

  • Ray Rice jerseys can be exchanged say Baltimore Ravens

    Published: Tue, Sep 9, 2014

    The Baltimore Ravens announced Tuesday morning that they are  offering an exchange for Ray Rice jerseys at their stadium stores. The Ravens terminated the running back's contract Monday, not long after an extended video was released which showed Rice striking his then-fiancee  Janay Rice in an elevator in Atlantic City, N.J. The NFL also  suspended Ray Rice indefinitely following the video's release by TMZ Sports.

  • Ray Rice's wife breaks silence on Instagram

    staff reports | Published: Tue, Sep 9, 2014

    The wife of former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice posted an emotional statement on her Instagram account Tuesday morning, a day after her husband was released by the team and suspended indefinitely by the NFL. Janay Rice made a public statement for the first time since the full video was released Monday of the graphic February incident with her husband, who struck her in an elevator in Atlantic City, N.J. Janay Rice's Instagram account is private, but  the Baltimore Sun verified the following message as official from her account, and intended to be released publically. "I woke up this morning feeling like I had a horrible nightmare, feeling like I'm mourning the death of my closest friend," Janay Rice wrote. "But to have to accept the fact that it's reality is a nightmare in itself. No one knows the pain that the media & unwanted options from the public has caused my family. To make us relive a moment in our lives that we regret every day is a horrible thing. To take something away from the man I love that he has worked his ass [off] for all his life just to gain ratings is horrific. "THIS IS OUR LIFE! What don't you all get. If your intentions were to hurt us, embarrass us, make us feel alone, take all happiness away, you've succeeded on so many levels. Just know we will continue to grow & show the world what real love is! Ravensnation we love you!" Ray Rice was released by the Ravens , then suspended indefintely by the NFL on Monday.

  • Report: SMU football coach June Jones to resign

    Published: Mon, Sep 8, 2014

    SportsDay's Bill Nichols reports that June Jones, the head coach of the SMU Mustangs football team, will step down. SMU to hold press conference tonight to address the subject, According to Leigh Steinberg via Twitter, "June had felt for some time he had accomplished his mission to turn around program and needed a break."

  • Report: NBA nearing massive long-term media deals with ESPN, Turner

    Published: Mon, Sep 8, 2014

    The NBA and its network partners expect to reach an agreement in principle on new long-term media deals by the start of the regular season, according to sources on all sides of the discussions. Talks have progressed so rapidly that details are emerging on a massive agreement that would see the league’s annual rights fee more than double, with ESPN and Turner combining to pay more than $2 billion per year on average. One source said ESPN already has committed to pay “well over” $1 billion per year, and Turner is not far behind for a media rights extension that would kick in with the 2016-17 season.

  • Blake Griffin, Clippers teammates play flag football

    erik horne | Published: Mon, Sep 8, 2014

    Guess Blake Griffin is feeling fine. More than a month after withdrawing from Team USA to rest up for the NBA season, the former OU All-American participated in a flag football tournament with his Los Angeles Clippers teammates Chris Paul, Matt Barnes, DeAndre Jordan and Glen "Big Baby" Davis. "Just throw it up," Griffin said in the Instagram photo showing the five players at the Athletes vs. Cancer 2nd Annual Celebrity Flag Football Game. The game was presented by Barnes and rap artist Snoop Dogg.