• Jerry Colangelo's hiring in Philadelphia may lead to Sam Hinkie's exit

    Published: Wed, Dec 9, 2015

    When the Philadelphia 76ers hired Jerry Colangelo as chairman of basketball operations Monday, many executives around the league viewed his arrival as the beginning of the end for general manager Sam Hinkie. Hinkie, a Marlow native and Oklahoma graduate, has been in charge of the Sixers since May 2013. Under his guidance, Philadelphia has compiled a 38-148 record. The Sixers tied the record for the longest losing streak in major U.S. professional sports history when they lost 26 consecutive games during the 2013-14 season. Philadelphia now stands alone with that record after having lost 28 straight games dating to last season. With 18 consecutive losses to start this season, the Sixers matched the 2009-10 New Jersey Nets for the worst start to a season in NBA history. They also started the 2014-15 season 0-17. Many have charged Hinkie with blatantly tanking over the past three seasons, purposely losing in an attempt to boost his team's odds at landing the top pick in the last three NBA Drafts. Hinkie has spent much of his time at the helm trading away the Sixers' most talented players in exchange for draft picks and fielding a team of first- and second-year players, fringe NBA talents and castoffs. The NBA has explored modifying the NBA Draft Lottery to prevent teams like Philadelphia from embracing prolonged losing seasons and to better safeguard the rebuilding process and protect the integrity of the game. Owners and other executives have grown tired of the Sixers' act, leading to the league lobbying for Colangelo's hiring, according to multiple reports. Colangelo's arrival could now lead to Hinkie's departure. "I can't see him surviving this," an unnamed league executive told the Philadelphia Inquirer about Hinkie. "All I know is Colangelo is going to do it his way. If he doesn't agree with what they are doing, he's going to do it his way. That's the only reason he came in. He's not there just to be there."

  • Russell Westbrook buys lavish Los Angeles home from reality TV star

    Published: Tue, Dec 8, 2015

    Russell Westbrook reportedly has purchased a Los Angeles home for $4.65 million, according to the Los Angeles Times. The Oklahoma City Thunder star point guard bought the 4,095-foot, two-story, contemporary-style home from Scott Disick, the reality television personality and partner of Kourtney Kardashian. Disick's popularity increased as a regular on the reality show "Keeping Up With the Kardashians." Disick bought the five-bedroom, six-bathroom home for $3.699 million last year, according to the Los Angeles Times. Westbrook is a native of Los Angeles. He graduated from Leuzinger High School in nearby Lawndale, Calif. and attended UCLA for two seasons before being drafted fourth overall in 2008.

  • Big 12 Conference announces football non-conference scheduling requirement

    Published: Tue, Dec 8, 2015

    The Big 12 has announced it will require conference football programs to annually play at least one non-conference game against an autonomy conference institution, or schools that play in the ACC, Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC, or Notre Dame. “Schedule strength is a key component in CFP Selection Committee deliberations,” said Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby in a written statement. “This move will strengthen the resumes for all Big 12 teams. Coupled with the nine-game full round robin Conference schedule our teams play, it will not only benefit the teams at the top of our standings each season, but will impact the overall strength of the Conference.” Additionally, no Big 12 program is permitted to play more than one game annually against a non-Football Bowl Subdivision opponent. This new scheduling requirement does not impact existing non-conference game contracts.

  • Longtime OSU football secretary passes away

    Published: Mon, Dec 7, 2015

    Longtime Oklahoma State football administrative assistant Joyce Robbins passed away Monday. Robbins died of natural causes. She was 73. Robbins worked for six Oklahoma State football coaches during her 30 seasons in Stillwater. She served under Jim Stanley, Jimmy Johnson, Pat Jones, Bob Simmons, Les Miles and Mike Gundy. Robbins spoke highly of her time inside the OSU football office in a 2001 story in The Oklahoman. "I've been here long enough now that the kids who were coming in as freshmen are coming back as coaches," said Robbins, who was coaxed out of a brief retirement by Miles after he was hired. "But I've always enjoyed it over here. If I had it to do over again, I'd do the same thing. I wouldn't trade it for any other job."

  • LeBron James signs lucrative 'lifetime' deal with Nike

    Published: Mon, Dec 7, 2015

    LeBron James has signed a lifetime deal with Nike. One source told ESPN that it is the largest single-athlete guaranteed deal in company history. "We can confirm that we have agreed to a lifetime relationship with LeBron that provides significant value to our business, brand and shareholders," Nike said in a statement. "We have already built a strong LeBron business over the past 12 years, and we see the potential for this to continue to grow throughout his playing career and beyond." A company spokesperson would not say how much Nike paid. It is believed to be the first lifetime deal in the shoe and apparel company's 44-year history. A source close to the deal told ESPN that it easily surpasses the 10-year, $300 million deal Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant signed with the world's largest shoe and apparel brand last summer.

  • High school football: Stratford shuts out Hominy in Class A semifinal

    Published: Mon, Dec 7, 2015

    CHOCTAW — Kyle Qualls broke a tackle, and rather than heading toward a group of Hominy defenders, he stopped, changed directions and ran to his right. No one was waiting for Qualls there, and Stratford’s elusive tailback sprinted into the end zone for a 20-yard touchdown run. With Qualls gaining big yards after contact, No. 3 Stratford built a 20-point halftime lead and spoiled No. 5 Hominy’s state championship hopes with a 27-0 victory Saturday afternoon in a Class A state semifinal game at Bill Jenson Field. “They came out ready to play, and we were a little ... I don’t know how to put it,” Hominy coach Scott Harmon said. “We weren’t ourselves today, and that’s my fault.” Qualls rushed for 185 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries, and Stratford (14-0) made sure that Hominy (12-2) never found an offensive rhythm.

  • High school football:" Comeback enables Haskell to advance to first-ever state final

    Published: Mon, Dec 7, 2015

    BEGGS – Trailing 13-0 late in the third quarter, it looked like Haskell’s magical run through the Class 2A playoffs was about to end. But then the Haymakers pulled off a nifty lateral pass play that resulted in Tre Lang’s 59-yard touchdown with 1:08 left in the third, sparking a comeback and leading to Haskell’s 20-13 victory Friday night in the Class 2A state semifinals at Golden Demon Stadium. Lang had three touchdowns — rushing for 137 yards on 24 carries and pulling down two receptions for 86 yards — to lead the offense for Haskell (13-1), which won its seventh straight contest to advance to the state final for the first time in school history.

  • Class 6A-I championship: Jenks tops Broken Arrow for fourth straight state title

    Published: Mon, Dec 7, 2015

    TULSA - Thirteen isn’t an unlucky number for Jenks coach Allan Trimble. Trimble came away with his 13th state title in 20 seasons and fourth in a row as third-ranked Jenks pulled away in the second half for a 35-14 victory over No. 2 Broken Arrow in the Class 6AI championship game before 14,020 fans Friday night at H.A. Chapman Stadium. “I’m very excited,” Trimble said. “I’m real excited for this group. We have a great group of seniors.” Jenks won its 16th state football title overall, while Broken Arrow (11-2) fell short of its first gold ball in its first state championship game appearance since 2011. The Trojans avenged their only loss of the season, 35-34 to Broken Arrow in Week 8.

  • Class 4A championship: Nikia Jones' late touchdown reception propels Wagoner to second straight title

    Published: Mon, Dec 7, 2015

    OWASSO — Wagoner’s season came down to one play Friday night at Owasso Stadium. Surely coach Dale Condict would be the one to draw up a championship-winning design for the Bulldogs, right? Nope, Nikia Jones went ahead and did that for him. “It’s called a spot route. I called it up myself,” Jones said. “(Oologah’s Logan Armstrong) is good, but he can’t out-jump me.” Jones was right. The 6-foot-4 receiver caught the ball over the 5-10 Armstrong for a 5-yard touchdown catch with 58 seconds left. Alex Wisdom tacked on the extra point, giving the Class 4A No. 1 Bulldogs a 15-14 lead and an eventual Class 4A state championship over Oologah in front of 8,500 in attendance. “He wants the ball in that situation, and we want him with the ball,” Condict said of Jones, who finished with four receptions for 69 yards and two touchdowns. “We had been working that formation for a few weeks, where we put him in the backfield and motion him out so that they couldn’t double-team him and press him up on the line.”

  • Class 6A-II championship: Nic Roller leads Bixby to repeat

    Published: Mon, Dec 7, 2015

    TULSA - Bixby offensive lineman Pryce Stickney summed it up perfectly. The Spartans’ 38-28 win over Sand Springs at Union-Tuttle Stadium on Friday for the Class 6A Division II football title mirrored their whole up-and-down season. The Spartans saw an early 16-0 lead vanish by midway of the third quarter and then rallied and rallied again to capture their second consecutive gold ball.“We started off fast, started to slow down in the second and third quarters, but picked it up in the fourth quarter and got ourselves another gold ball,” Stickney said. “We finished and that’s what matters.” Stickey and his offensive line mates helped block Nic Roller to 164 yards and four touchdowns on 37 carries, just four weeks after Bixby ended the regular-season with a 20-0 loss at Sand Springs when the Sandites held Roller to 44 yards.

  • Class B championship: Davenport rushes past Keota

    Published: Mon, Dec 7, 2015

    MUSKOGEE — Dom West stood on the sidelines, nursing a sore ankle and watching as his brother, Jordan, rushed for a pair of touchdowns. But Davenport coach John Greenfield wanted both siblings to find the end zone Friday night, even if it wasn’t the best idea with a perfect season on the line at the Indian Bowl. Despite some objections, Greenfield called a running play for West with the No. 2 Bulldogs clinging to a small lead over No. 3 Keota with less than two minutes remaining in the Class B state championship game. “I said, ‘Oh Dom, you’re going to carry this one,’” Greenfield said. West took the handoff and raced to his left, and his 19-yard touchdown sealed Davenport’s 26-14 win over Keota for the Bulldogs’ first state championship since winning three straight titles from 1972-74.

  • High school football: Adair's B.J. Bradbury has big day in win over Chisholm

    Published: Mon, Dec 7, 2015

    B.J. Bradbury did a little bit of everything in helping top-ranked Adair rout third-ranked Chisholm 44-14 in the Class 2A semifinals Saturday at Memorial Stadium. Bradbury passed for 190 yards, ran for 169, accounted for three touchdowns and also intercepted three passes on defense. “B.J. allows us to be very versatile,” Adair coach Mark Lippe said. “The biggest thing is that we’ve got so many playmakers and he gets them the football.” The Warriors (13-1) advanced to their first state championship football game in school history. The Longhorns finished 13-1.

  • Clemson coach Dabo Swinney compares Baker Mayfield to Johnny Manziel

    Published: Mon, Dec 7, 2015

    Clemson is the only undefeated team remaining in the country and was rewarded with the No. 1 seed in the College Football Playoff when the rankings were announced Sunday afternoon. Now, the Tigers get a date with the Oklahoma Sooners. Clemson routed Oklahoma in the Russell Athletic Bowl last season, cruising to a 40-6 win without injured star quarterback Deshaun Watson, who missed the game with a torn ACL. Still, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said what happened last year has no impact on this year’s game. In the Russell Athletic Bowl, Oklahoma fell behind 17-0 early and turned the ball over five times while Clemson did not have a turnover. “People are going to bring up last year’s game. That absolutely has nothing to do with this year,” Swinney said. “I’ve been on the other side of that where the ball, you just can’t hold on to it … You’re playing a really good team and the next thing you know, the whole gameplan’s out the window. It’s just uphill. It’s really difficult, and that’s what happened in that game.” The Sooners have won seven straight since a 24-17 loss to Texas, scoring 50 or more points in five of those seven games. “They’re playing as good as anybody in the country right now, maybe the best of anybody in the country. So we know they’ll be fired up to play us, and we will be, too,” Swinney said. “Their quarterback looks like Johnny Manziel running around out there. He’s a nightmare. He’s an absolute nightmare. We’ll have our hands full with that guy.” Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/sports/college/acc/clemson-university/article48310250.html#storylink=cp Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/sports/college/acc/clemson-university/article48310250.html#storylink=cpy

  • Forty bowl games. Forty-one predictions | ESPN

    Published: Sun, Dec 6, 2015

    From the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl to the Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl, we pick the winners of the 40 bowl games. And we even throw in a bonus pick of the CFP National Championship Game.

  • Norman listed among America's best college football towns

    Published: Thu, Dec 3, 2015

    Norman made travelandleisure.com's cut for its 2015 list of the best towns in college football. The website asked alums and leaned on local insiders for the best hot spots in each city and found that the selected cities offer far more than just gameday fun. "The Oklahoma Sooners have won seven national championships and boast the best winning percentage in the Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly known as Division I-A) since 1936, when the Associated Press Poll was introduced," the website wrote. "Needless to say, Norman residents are passionate about OU football. The program is rich with history—just check out Legends Lobby at the Barry Switzer Center (adjacent to the team’s Memorial Stadium), which is a sort of shrine the Sooners’ success. "Get a feel for Sooner country by strolling along Campus Corner for some food, drink, and shopping. Feeling cultured? Visit the university’s Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art and the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, both considered some of the best university museums in the country."

  • OU Football: Here's OU's Baker Mayfield Heisman campaign video

    Published: Thu, Dec 3, 2015

    OU's Baker Mayfield For Heisman campaign hit full stride this week with the release of the official video.  It's light on the dancing -- Mayfield's first viral move during the competition for the starting quarterback job -- and heavy on the big plays that have the Sooners on the brink of qualifying for the College Football Playoffs.

  • LSU president says decision to keep Miles finalized at halftime

    Updated: Thu, Dec 3, 2015

    The final decision to keep Les Miles as LSU football coach didn't come until a meeting at halftime of LSU's 19-7 victory over Texas A&M on Saturday, according to school president F. King Alexander. “It was a combination of factors and a decision that we made collectively,” Alexander said in this story by businessreport.com.  “We weighed all the factors in all this and it was a joint decision between many of our board members, our AD and many of us decided this was the wrong time and wrong place (to replace Miles.)” Among those who met with LSU trailing 7-6 at halftime: Alexander, athletic director Joe Alleva and several members of the LSU Board of Supervisors. Alexander said that concerns over the cost of buying out Miles’ contract -- $15 million plus an additional $2 million for his coaching staff -- and hiring a new coach factored heavily into the decision. However, money wasn't the only factor and no university funds would have been used to buy out Miles' contract. Miles left Oklahoma State to take the LSU job on Jan. 2, 2005. “After the type of budget battle we went through this past spring we certainly do not need to be throwing tens of millions of dollars around under certain circumstances,” he said. “We don’t need to go into the next legislative session with a black eye that we’re throwing tens of millions of dollars around on issues that aren’t associated with academic progress.”

  • New video allegedly shows Jahlil Okafor punching a second man in Boston

    Published: Wed, Dec 2, 2015

    Just days after posting a video of Sixers rookie Jahlil Okafor getting into a fight and punching a man outside a Boston nightclub late one night last week, TMZ has has obtained  a second video  (WARNING: video has inappropriate language) which it claims shows Okafor getting into another physical altercation later that same evening. "A witness tells us it was Okafor who 'hit the guy with a haymaker,' writes TMZ. "Boston PD is investigating the incident with officials telling us charges are likely to be filed."

  • NBA fines Pistons' Reggie Jackson $25K for comments to Thunder fan

    Published: Tue, Dec 1, 2015

    The NBA has fined Detroit Pistons point guard Reggie Jackson $25,000 for directing inappropriate language toward a fan during a loss in Oklahoma City last week, The Associated Press reports.

  • Norman North's Trae Young stakes claim to becoming nation's best guard in Class of 2017

    Published: Tue, Dec 1, 2015

    Now ranked as the No. 25 player in the Class of 2017 by ESPN and the No. 4 point guard, Norman North's Trae Young cemented his place — and showed how much better he’s gotten — on a national stage last weekend. In two games at the Thanksgiving Hoopfest event in Duncanville, Texas, which attracted many of the top teams and talent from the Southwest and nationally, Young averaged 38 points, 6.5 assists, and four rebounds and staked his claim to continue to move up the recruiting rankings.