• DeMarco Murray, Dez Bryant each named to NFL All-Pro team

    Published: Fri, Jan 2, 2015

    IRVING, Texas - As the Cowboys enter the playoffs for the first time in five years, they will do so with the most players from one team on this year’s All-Pro team, announced Friday by The Associated Press. Former OU running back DeMarco Murray and former Oklahoma State wide receiver Dez Bryant were one of four Dallas players selected to the AP's All-Pro team, along with rookie offensive guard Zack Martin and offensive tackle Tyron Smith. Murray was two votes shy of being a unanimous All-Pro pick. Murray led the NFL is rushing with a Dallas franchise record 1,845 yards, and Bryant led the league in touchdown catches with 16. 2014 AP NFL ALL-PRO TEAM Offense: QB – Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay RB – DeMarco Murray, Dallas RB – Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh FB – John Kuhn, Green Bay TE – Rob Gronkowski, New England (u) WR – Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh WR – Dez Bryant, Dallas OT – Tyron Smith, Dallas OT – Joe Thomas, Cleveland G – Zack Martin, Dallas G – Marshall Yanda, Baltimore C- Maurkice Pouncey, Pittsburgh K – Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis KR – Adam Jones, Cincinnati Defense: DE – J.J. Watt, Houston (u) DE – Mario Williams, Buffalo DT – Ndamukong Suh, Detroit DT – Marcell Dareus, Buffalo OLB – Justin Houston, Kansas City OLB – Elvis Dumervil, Baltimore ILB – Luke Kuechly, Carolina CB – Darrelle Revis, New England CB – Richard Sherman, Seattle S – Earl Thomas, Seattle S – Eric Weddle, San Diego P – Pat McAfee, Indiamapolis (u) – unanimous selection

  • Why OU, Oklahoma State fans should watch the Under Armour All-America game

    erik horne | Published: Fri, Jan 2, 2015

    If you're an Oklahoma or Oklahoma State fan, you might want to tune in to the Under Armour All-America game today (ESPN2, 3 p.m.). Casady offensive lineman Josh Wariboko-Alali , five-star receiver  Tyron Johnson (Warren Easton/New Orleans, La.) and four-star linebacker  Anthony Wheeler (Dallas Skyline) are all set to make college announcements at the game today, and each has either OU or OSU in their final list of schools. Wariboko-Alali will choose between UCLA, Ohio State and Oklahoma; Johnson is down to Texas Tech, LSU, Oklahoma State, Auburn and Georgia; and Wheeler is down to Baylor, LSU, Oklahoma and Texas. Also among the players making their college choices today are five-star defensive tackle Tim Settle and four-star running back Ronald Jones. Settle was at one time considering Oklahoma State, and Jones was the Cowboys' highest-ranked commitment before decommitting in December . Jones, whose sister is a student at Oklahoma State,  said it was "very tough" to tell the Cowboys he had a change of heart.

  • LeBron James to miss two weeks with knee, back strains

    Published: Thu, Jan 1, 2015

    Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James is projected to miss two weeks after tests revealed left knee and lower back strains. The Cavaliers sent out a press release stating "these conditions will be treated via a multimodal approach consisting of anti-inflammatories, rehabilitation, training room treatments, and rest." James, who turned 30 on Dec. 30, has missed the Cavaliers' last two games with knee soreness. The Cavs have lost three consecutive games, including James' last appearance Sunday against the Detroit Pistons. Cleveland is currently 18-14, four games behind Chicago in the Eastern Conference's Central Division.

  • Marcus Smart sent a message with physical play against Kings

    Published: Thu, Jan 1, 2015

    The play that stood out in the Boston Celtics' beatdown of the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday? DeMarcus Cousins going all WWE on Marcus Smart, slinging him to the ground and getting himself ejected. Smart's physicality is something that will be critical to the Celtics' rebuilding process. Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe says Smart, the future of the franchise following the Rajon Rondo trade, "needs to become the same undersized bull he was at Oklahoma State." "With Rondo gone, the Celtics have lost all their villains," Washburn says. "It’s going to take time, but he [Smart] will become the Celtic hated by opposing fans because of his rugged style. He will be the object of hecklers, and that’s a sign of respect."

  • OU football: Four-star linebacker Anthony Wheeler could continue Dallas Skyline pipeline to Sooners

    staff reports | Published: Thu, Jan 1, 2015

    On Friday, Anthony Wheeler, the 6-foot-2, 225-pound hard-hitting linebacker out of the Dallas area, will choose between Baylor, LSU, Oklahoma and Texas. In an interview with Gerry Hamilton of ESPN.com from the Under Armour All-America game practices ( Insider content ), Wheeler says that he's been impressed with the communication from the OU coaching staff during the recruiting process. "I guess it's just that he is always in contact with me," Wheeler said of what impresses him about OU coach Bob Stoops. "I call him once or twice a week, and he has always been there to talk to me. All the wins are impressive too." Wheeler, rated as a four-star prospect, could continue the pipeline of Dallas Skyline linebackers to OU, following the likes of Corey Nelson and Frank Shannon. "I talk to Frank Shannon the most," Wheeler said. "When I went up there [Oklahoma], he came out to eat dinner with my family and I. He sat with us and talked about OU itself, the university, the football program and the coaches."

  • Mack Brown: People should be begging Bob Stoops to stay instead of griping

    staff reports | Published: Wed, Dec 31, 2014

    Speaking to the media on Wednesday, ESPN college football analyst and former Texas head coach Mack Brown had some things to say about Bob Stoops. OU fans have been vocal about their displeasure with Stoops and Co. after the Sooners' 40-6 loss to Clemson in the Russell Athletic Bowl, but  Brown said Oklahoma "needs to remember what the Sooners were before Bob Stoops arrived." Brown also said the Big 12 shouldn't expand, even after getting shut out of the College Football Playoff this season. But that doesn't mean the Big 12 doesn't need reform, according to Brown.

  • OSU football: Mike Gundy takes selfies with media at Cactus Bowl media day

    Updated: Wed, Dec 31, 2014

    The post-Bedlam (much happier) version of Mike Gundy was on full display at Cactus Bowl media day on Wednesday. Gundy gathered all of the Oklahoma-based media in Arizona for the game and took a selfie. Oklahoma State is hosting its second #OSUSelfieDay on Thursday at the team hotel. Fans will get the chance to interact with players and coaches and yes, take selfies with them.

  • Oklahoma's Samaje Perine among landscape-altering class of freshman running backs

    Updated: Wed, Dec 31, 2014

    This college football season was unlike any other in recent history. During the 2014 season, eight freshman running backs surpassed the 1,000-yard mark, with several others falling just short of 1,000 yards. This year's crop of freshman running backs was not only deep and excecllent, but it could be a transcendent class with the potential to change college football's quarterback-crazed culture. In 2013, just one freshman went for more than 1,000. In 2012, three freshman surpased 1,000 yards. There were none in 2011. Among the eight this year is Oklahoma's star freshman Samaje Perine, who rushed for 1,579 yards. Also among the crop of big-time freshmen were two that will square off in a playoff semifinal on Thursday: Florida State's Dalvin Cook and Oregon's Royce Freeman.

  • Report: Ohio State QB Braxton Miller considers transferring to Florida State

    Published: Wed, Dec 31, 2014

    The assumption is that Florida State is about to have a major drop-off at the quarterback position once Jameis Winston announces he is entering the NFL Draft. That drop might not be so steep. Braxton Miller of Ohio State is reportedly showing interest in transferring to Florida State, as reported by Tom D'Angelo of the Palm Beach Post. Miller, a senior, graduated this month and, per NCAA rules, is immediately eligible to play should he transfer. Miller didn't see the field for Ohio State this season after tearing his labrum in August. In his wake, the Buckeyes received strong performances from redshirt freshman J.T. Barrett and sophomore Cardale Jones, who combined to lead Ohio State to the Big Ten championship and the College Football Playoff with a 12-1 record.

  • Suh says his feet were numb when he stepped on Aaron Rodgers

    Published: Wed, Dec 31, 2014

    In his successful appeal, Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh claimed his feet were numb "and he couldn't tell the difference between Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers' feet and the ground," reports ESPN's Adam Schefter. The NFL initially suspended Suh one game for stomping on Rodgers' calf and ankle Week 17, then reduced the punishment on appeal to a $70,000 fine without a suspension. It seems Suh's explanation might have helped him get on the field for Sunday's playoff game at Dallas.

  • What Made College Football More Like the Pros? $7.3 Billion, for a Start

    Published: Wed, Dec 31, 2014

    After taking a sociology exam, says the New York Times, Cardale Jones, a quarterback at Ohio State , posted a message on Twitter that echoed across college sports: “Why should we have to go to class if we came here to play FOOTBALL, we ain’t come to play SCHOOL, classes are POINTLESS.” Two years after publishing that provocative statement, Jones will be the starting quarterback on Thursday against Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, the second semifinal game of college football’s new playoff system — and his words have renewed relevance. Never has the sport been so awash in money, a growth industry on campuses that some observers believe increasingly resembles professional football more than higher education. In some ways, even the N.F.L., that $10-billion-a-year enterprise, might be struggling to compete. The University of Michigan on Tuesday introduced its new coach, Jim Harbaugh, who left the N.F.L.’s San Francisco 49ers to join the Wolverines. His base salary — $5 million annually for seven years with 10 percent increases after three and five years — will eventually amount to more than what he was earning in the N.F.L.

  • Texas A&M dismisses student assistant who took sideline cheap shots at WVU players

    staff reports | Published: Tue, Dec 30, 2014

    A day after one of his student assistants took cheap shots at West Virginia players during the Liberty Bowl, Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin dismissed Michael Richardson and apologized to WVU. “Upon returning to College Station last night, I had the opportunity to gather and information and watch clips of one of our student assistant coaches initiating physical contact on two separate occasions with a West Virginia player,” Sumlin said in a statement. “I am extremely disappointed and embarrassed, as his behavior reflected poorly on our program.” On two separate occasions in the first half of the Liberty Bowl, Richardson went after Mountaineers players, throwing a punch at the back of the head of cornerback Darryl Worley and throwing an elbow at Andrew Buie on the sidelines. Richardson  apologized via Twitter on Tuesday.

  • Firing Bob Stoops would be Jim Harbaugh-level mistake (Foxsports.com)

    staff reports | Published: Tue, Dec 30, 2014

    By now, you may have read Tulsa World columnist John E. Hoover's column on Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops needing to go. If not, you can read it right here. Well, Teddy Mitrosilis of foxsports.com says hang on, saying it would be a big mistake to fire Bob Stoops. "There are few coaches in the country who could accomplish what he’s accomplished at Oklahoma, where he’s won 10 or more games in 12 seasons and a national title (yes, in 2000, but still -- it's one more title than most)." Mitrosilis goes on to compare the mistake of potentially firing Stoops to the mistake the San Francisco 49ers made by letting Jim Harbaugh go to Michigan. "Elite coaching talent is a rare commodity; you can’t just let it go because the process doesn’t bear the best fruit every year."

  • OU football: Daryl Williams, Tyrus Thompson sign with Players Rep

    Published: Tue, Dec 30, 2014

    OU offensive tackles Daryl Williams and Tyrus Thompson have signed with Players Rep Sports Management agent Ken Sarnoff. Williams and Thompson, each seniors, are projected as high-to-mid round selections in the 2015 NFL Draft. Players Rep already has numerous former Sooners on their books, as they represent Philadelphia Eagles offensive tackle Lane Johnson, Kansas City Chiefs ofensive lineman Donald Stephenson, Carolina Panthers defensive end Frank Alexander, Jacksonville Jaguars defensive back Aaron Colvin, offensive lineman Gabe Ikard and Dallas Cowboys tight end James Hanna.

  • OU football: Seibert, Wariboko-Alali earning high praise at Under Armour All-America practices

    Published: Tue, Dec 30, 2014

    A player committed to the Sooners and another OU is pursuing in recruiting drew good reviews after the first day of practice at the Under Armour All-America game. Oklahoma kicker commit  Austin Seibert was singled out as the top specialist on Monday, and offensive lineman Josh Wariboko-Alali, who will announced his college decision on Friday , suprised at guard. Here's ESPN.com's Tom Van Haaren on Seibert ( Insider content ): "While all of the kickers and punters are highly decorated, the football just makes a different sound when it comes off of the 5-foot-10, 195-pound three-star prospect’s foot. He was blasting field goals and coffin-corner kicks with ease all day long." Wariboko-Alali, an Oklahoman All-State selection , received high praise from ESPN's Craig Haubert: "The interior lineman possesses good length and consistently demonstrated a quick, jolting punch in pass protection," Haubert wrote . The All-America game is Friday at 3 p.m. on ESPN2.

  • OSU football: Five-star recruit Tyron Johnson says Mike Gundy is a 'great coach'

    Published: Tue, Dec 30, 2014

    Five-star receiver Tyron Johnson is one of six prospects who will make his college decision at the Under Armour All-America Game on Friday (3 p.m., ESPN2). The 6-foot-1, 191-pound playmaker has Oklahoma State on a shortlist which includes Texas Tech, Auburn, Georgia and homestate school LSU. It was reported that Johnson was down to the Red Raiders and Cowboys, but also that he's " tried to keep his true intentions to himself " throughout the recruiting process. On Tuesday morning, ESPN.com's Gerry Hamilton interviewed Johnson in Orlando about his final decision. Here are some samples from that interview (which can be read in its entirety here ). How comfortable are you making a decision having only taken one official visit? TJ: I’m very comfortable. I’ve taken a lot of unofficials, but I know that is different from official visits. I’m very certain of the school I like the most. Texas Tech was the only school I hadn’t been to in my five, so I had to go out there and see it for myself. What are your thoughts on Mike Gundy having had the chance to get to know him during the process? TJ: Mike Gundy is a great coach. We thought he was leaving, but he is staying after all. What have you learned about yourself during the recruiting process? TJ: I learned that I can get along with coaches, and that I could separate the good coaches from the not-so-good coaches. --- For what it's worth, Johnson indicates he won't be swayed by uniforms . When you first began the recruiting process, what team was your favorite? TJ: Oregon. It was Oregon because the crazy uniforms. I was younger and immature, so I just looked at the uniforms and wanted to wear them.

  • Opponents Of 'Redskins' Team Name Hold Largest Ever Protest At Washington Home Game

    Published: Tue, Dec 30, 2014

    In a year marked by significant moments for opponents of the Washington Redskins mascot, they achieved yet another one on Sunday, this time outside the 79,000-seat cathedral at which the name is most revered and its change most resisted: FedEx Field. More than 100 activists chanted, marched and waved signs on church property about one-third of a mile east of the stadium, according to The Washington Post. Although the gathering drew less than half the crowd organizers had hoped for, it represented the largest protest of the name that took place at a home game.

  • Skip Bayless says Johnny Manziel has an alcohol problem and needs to 'get some help'

    Published: Tue, Dec 30, 2014

    Just days after Johnny Manziel admitted that he needs to take his job ‘a lot more seriously,’ the rookie quarterback was late to report to the team for medical treatment after, according to ESPN, throwing a party on Friday night that led to teammates Josh Gordon and Justin Gilbert missing team meetings (Gilbert was deactivated for the season finale, and Gordon was suspended). USA TODAY Sports reports Manziel’s misstep off the field has reignited the debate over whether or not he’s committed enough to become a successful NFL starter. On ESPN’s First Take Monday, Skip Bayless said that Manziel “continues to lie to himself” over what Bayless calls an alcohol problem.

  • Clemson fan loses bet with himself, snorts line of Sriracha

    Updated: Tue, Dec 30, 2014

    Who could have predicted Clemson's Cole Stoudt leading the Tigers to a 40-6 blowout of Oklahoma? One un-named Clemson fan took his doubt to another level. Early Monday, the fan took to Reddit and said if Stoudt threw for 300 yards and zero turnovers that he would snort a line of Sriracha. Stoudt's line vs. Oklahoma? 26-of-36 for 319 yards and three touchowns. Oh, and zero interceptions. The lesson here? Don't make bets with yourself that require you to pay up after a 40-6 win.

  • Nebraska DE Randy Gregory declares for NFL draft

    Published: Tue, Dec 30, 2014

    Nebraska Cornhuskers defensive end Randy Gregory told ESPN's Josina Anderson on Tuesday that he will forego his senior season and enter the NFL draft. Gregory is widely projected as a top-10 pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. Gregory (6-foot-6, 245 pounds) had seven sacks and 54 tackles for the Cornhuskers this season.