• Game change: Scholarships covering the full cost of attendance mean less stress for athletes, but another expense for universities

    BY MARK COOPER, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, May 12, 2015

    R yan Simmons’ budget is typically tight. Simmons, a rising senior at Oklahoma State and linebacker on the football team, has a full scholarship that covers his tuition, room and board and books. But he still faces financial stress when it comes to food, personal expenses and his desire to help his family back in Cibolo, Texas. “You’re really living almost check to check,” he said. Soon, a monumental change will alleviate some of the worry. This fall, scholarship athletes in the so-called “Power 5” conferences — and at other schools that opt to participate, like Tulsa — will receive the full cost of attendance in their scholarships. The landmark legislation was passed at the NCAA Convention in Washington, D.C., in January, by the newly autonomous Power 5. The proposal passed with a 79-1 vote; Boston College was the lone dissenter. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Jacksonville Jaguars fans react to Justin Blackmon's reinstatement denial

    Updated: Tue, May 12, 2015

    After it was reported Monday that former Oklahoma State standout Justin Blackmon would not likely be returning to the NFL this season, Jacksonville Jaguars fans took to Twitter to voice their frustrations. Click the link below to see some Jaguars fans' reactions.

  • Dallas Cowboys backup QB Brandon Weeden showing signs of improvement in offseason

    Updated: Tue, May 12, 2015

    The Dallas Cowboys took a long, hard look at the quarterbacks available in this year’s draft class, but for the sixth consecutive year they decided to pass. The Cowboys will instead go into the 2015 season the same way they entered the last season -- with Tony Romo as the starter and former Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden as his backup. Cowboys quarterback coach Wade Wilson said he’s seen improvement from Weeden in his second full offseason with the Cowboys. Weeden is entering the final year of his two-year minimum deal.

  • OU has two of the nation's 'most explosive' running backs

    Published: Mon, May 11, 2015

    To determine the nation's most explosive running back, SBNation.com calculated 2014 players with at least 30 "opportunities" and a 6-plus average of "highlight yards" per opportunity. Confusing, we know, but stick around. Of the power conference backs, an OU rusher came out No. 1. No, not Semaje Perine (who ranked eighth on the list). It's Alex Ross, who averaged a power conference-best 10.29 highlight yards on 31 opportunities. From SBNation: "Highlight Yards means the yards a back gets on top of the 5 he should usually get if the offensive line does a good job. A Highlight Opportunity is any running play over 5 yards; the running back gets credit for all yardage beyond the initial 5. "Ross was the most explosive power-conference back, returning or otherwise. He only had 88 carries as a sophomore, but he was electric, also scoring twice on kickoffs. While Samaje Perine is the Sooners' big name, this former four-star will be a capable option." So, according to this measure, OU has two of the top eight most explosive running backs in college football coming back this season.

  • Why Blake Griffin is the early postseason MVP

    Published: Fri, May 8, 2015

    Blake Griffin has been the best player in the 2015 NBA playoffs by finding the right balance in his game. Berry Tramel wrote this week that Griffin has been playing the best basketball of his career this postseason. ESPN's Kevin Pelton did a breakdown of Griffin's postseason impact through some interesting advanced statistics, pointing out that Griffin has "married that (midrange jump-shooting) versatility with the paint dominance that made him such a unique talent as a young player. And he's added an assist rate that most point guards would envy." Griffin, a power forward, is second in the NBA this postseason in points created by assists per game (18.8) behind only Washington Wizards point guard John Wall.

  • Report: Jaguars first-round pick Dante Fowler tears ACL

    staff reports | Published: Fri, May 8, 2015

    The Jacksonville Jaguars' first-round pick is done for the year already. Defensive end/linebacker Dante Fowler tore his ACL on the first day of rookie minicamp on Friday, and will miss the entire 2015 NFL season, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports . Fowler, who was an All-SEC selection as a junior at the University of Florida, was the No. 3 overall pick in April's NFL Draft.

  • OU's TaShawn Thomas on NBA Draft Combine 5-on-5 list

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, May 8, 2015

    OU forward TaShawn Thomas will have a chance to prove himself against some of his peers at the NBA Draft Combine next week. Thomas is one of 36 players who will participate in 5-on-5 play at the May 12-17 combine in Chicago. In his lone season at OU after transferring from Houston, the 6-foot-8 Thomas averaged 11.6 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game, helping the Sooners to the Sweet 16.

  • Bedlam softball moved up Saturday due to inclement weather

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, May 8, 2015

    Due to the threat of inclement weather, Saturday's Bedlam softball matchup between Oklahoma and Oklahoma State has been moved up to 11 a.m. in Norman. The game will be tape-delayed, but will air at its original broadcast time of 2 p.m. on ESPN2. Sunday's OU-OSU game remains scheduled for noon in Stillwater. The Sooners won the only other meeting between the two schools this season, 7-1 in Stillwater on April 22.

  • Dallas Cowboys DT Josh Brent retires again after attempting comeback following intoxication manslaughter conviction

    Published: Fri, May 8, 2015

    IRVING -- Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent has officially retired for the second time in the last two years after he attempted a comeback following five months in jail. The Cowboys placed Brent, 27, on their reserved/retired list Friday, the first day of their three-day rookie mini-camp at Valley Ranch.

  • Report: Scott Brooks is Magic’s second choice

    Published: Fri, May 8, 2015

    Scott Brooks was fired by the Thunder just a few weeks ago. He may not be out of work for long. Basketball Insiders' Steve Kyler reports that Brooks could be the second candidate to take over the Orlando Magic if Chicago's Tom Thibodeau doesn't take the job. Thibodeau is reportedly all but done with the Bulls after this season. From Kyler: "The runner-up candidate, according to sources, is recently fired Thunder coach Scott Brooks, with Golden State Warriors assistant Alvin Gentry said to be in the mix as well if Thibodeau doesn’t pan out." Brooks goes back with Orlando general manager Rob Hennigan. The two previously worked for the Thunder, where Hennigan worked for four seasons before taking over as Magic GM in 2012.

  • Bill Simmons to leave ESPN

    Published: Fri, May 8, 2015

    Bill Simmons, the popular, but provocative, columnist and TV personality will be leaving ESPN at the end of his contract, according to a report in The New York Times. “We weren’t going to get to the terms,” ESPN president John Skipper told Richard Sandomir. Simmons joined ESPN.com in 2001 and helped build readership with his every-fan sports columns, most of which fixated on his love of the Celtics, Patriots and other Boston sports. He also hosted a popular podcast (The B.S. Report), served as a studio host for the network’s NBA programming and helped spearhead the ultra-successful 30 for 30 documentary series that has won the network numerous awards. But he’s often been a powder keg, getting twice suspended on Twitter for criticizing other ESPN employees and earning a three-week suspension during the NFL season for calling Roger Goodell a liar and then daring his bosses to sanction him for it..

  • James Harden’s mom says Matt Barnes apologized for his Game 2 trash talk

    Published: Thu, May 7, 2015

    After the Rockets’ Wednesday night victory over the Clippers in Game 2 of their second-round series, word got out that Clippers forward Matt Barnes said something not very nice to James Harden‘s mother during the game. Now, Harden’s mom confirmed the story and adds that Barnes apologized to her. She didn’t reveal what exactly Barnes said to her, but clearly it was bad enough that Barnes felt the need to apologize for it.

  • [UPDATE] Oklahoma State DE Emmanuel Ogbah a Top 10 pick on Mel Kiper's early 2016 'big board'

    Published: Thu, May 7, 2015

    It's super early, but Oklahoma State defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah is getting a lot of NFL Draft buzz in the offseason. ESPN.com's Todd McShay has the 6-foot-4, 270-pound redshirt junior as his fifth player off the board to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in his Way-too-early 2016 NFL Mock Draft. Rob Rang of The Sports XChange/CBSSports.com also has Ogbah going high in the next draft . Here's what McShay had to say about Ogbah: I'm probably slotting him too early here, but Ogbah has an intriguing skill set and was highly productive during the 2014 season. The Bucs should be able to prioritize defense in next year's draft after taking QB Jameis Winston No. 1 in 2015, and they need a pass-rushing defensive end. Ogbah burst onto the scene in 2014, ironically enough, against Winston and Florida State. In the Cowboys' 2014 season opener, Ogbah had six tackles, two sacks and two passes defensed against an offensive line that just had three players selected in the 2015 NFL Draft. Ogbah was awarded Big 12 Defensive Lineman of the Year honors after racking up 49 tackles (17 for loss), 11 sacks, five pass breakups and a forced fumble. More from NewsOK : Defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah addresses team goals with Cowboys Ogbah announces he will return next season Introducing Emmanuel Ogbah

  • Oklahoma State's Michael Freeman on Golden Spikes 30-player Watch List

    Published: Thu, May 7, 2015

    Oklahoma State pitcher Michael Freeman has played himself into elite company this season. USA Baseball unveiled its 30-player Watch List Thursday for the annual Golden Spikes Award, which honors the nation's top player, and Freeman is one of two players from the Big 12 on the list, joining TCU left-handed pitcher Riley Ferrell. Freeman, a senior left-hander from Broken Arrow, has been the staff ace for the Cowboys this season. Freeman is 8-2 with a 1.16 ERA, three complete games and 77 strikeouts in 85 2/3 innings. Freeman was named to the 60-man Golden Spikes Award Watch List in April. Fan voting will open for the Golden Spikes Award on May 22 at GoldenSpikesAward.com. Fans will be asked to choose three players from the list. On June 2, USA Baseball will announce the finalists and fan voting will commence again that day. The Golden Spikes Award winner will be announced on June 23 in Los Angeles. More from NewsOK : Cowboys' Michael Freeman finds his way Freeman has another solid pitching effort as OSU beats Kansas State Freeman keeps hitters guessing in Bedlam win

  • Notre Dame QB Everett Golson transferring

    Published: Thu, May 7, 2015

    Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson is transferring from the school. Per foxsports.com's Bruce Feldman , the 6-foot-1, 200-pound senior is set to graduate from Notre Dame and will be immediately eligible to play in 2015. Golston explained his decision to Fox Sports in a statement, in which he did not go into detail about where he will transfer or if he's made a decision. "I will have no future comment at this time and ask that you respect my time as I figure out this live changing moment," Golson said. "God has a plan for each of us and I ask for your prayers as I move forward in this new journey in my life." As a sophomore in 2012, Golson led Notre Dame to an unbeaten regular season and to the BCS National Championship Game. Along the way, Golson helped defeat Oklahoma 30-13 in Norman , passing for 177 yards and rushing for 64 yards and a touchdown.

  • Commentary: Billy Donovan, Brad Stevens will get more college coaches NBA opportunities

    Published: Thu, May 7, 2015

    The success of Brad Stevens with the Celtics and the rise of Billy Donovan to head coach of the Thunder means that other college coaches will soon get a chance in the NBA. SI.com's Phil Taylor writes that Stevens' work in getting the Celtics to the playoffs, coupled with college coaches likely to be as analytics driven as NBA head coaches, has and will continue to give NBA teams reasons to go after the brightest college minds who share their vision. “Making a successful transition is less about X’s and O’s or working with grown men as opposed to young guys, and more about being in the right organization and sharing the same vision with your front office,” Boston Celtics general manager Danny Ainge said. “Guys like Pitino and Calipari didn’t fail because they can’t coach. The failure was from an organizational standpoint.”

  • VIDEO: Shaq faceplants during halftime show on TNT

    Published: Thu, May 7, 2015

    Shaquille O'Neal took what looked like a nasty spill on the set of TNT's "Inside the NBA" on Wednesday night. O'Neal tried to get out of his chair and all 7-foot-1 of him went to the floor face-first. Fortunately, he was OK and able to laugh it off.

  • Lauren Chamberlain, Shelby Pendley among Top 10 finalists for USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year

    staff reports | Published: Wed, May 6, 2015

    Oklahoma softball seniors Shelby Pendley and Lauren Chamberlain are each among the Top 10 finalists for the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award, as announced Wednesday. Pendley and Chamberlain are among the national leaders in home runs. Pendly is tied for second nationally with 24 homers, and Chamberlain is tied for 15th with 19. In April, Chamberlain broke the all-time NCAA record for career home runs with the 91st of her career. The University of Florida also has two players among the finalists. USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Top 10 Finalists Alexis Bennett, UCLA, OF, junior Emily Carsone, Auburn, INF, junior Lauren Chamberlain, Oklahoma, INF, senior Sara Groenewegan, Minnesota, P, sophomore Lauren Haeger, Florida, P/INF, senior Cheridan Hawkins, Oregon, P, junior Shelby Pendley, Oklahoma, INF/P, senior Sierra Romero, Michigan, INF, junior Kelsey Stewart, Florida, INF, junior Shelby Turner, Central Florida, P, junior The top three finalists will be announced May 20, with the winner revealed May 26. Former Oklahoma pitcher Keilani Ricketts was the last Sooner to win the award in 2012 and 2013.

  • Sam Bradford success with Philadelphia Eagles is up to Chip Kelly

    Published: Wed, May 6, 2015

    Eagles head coach Chip Kelly wanted to move up to No. 2 in the NFL Draft. Heck, Kelly entertained moving up to No. 1 before trading up for Sam Bradfordn. But he wasn't willing to "mortgage the future." Now, Sam Bradford is a part of that future. ESPN.com's Phil Sheridan says it's easy to look at Bradford as a bust like other first-round quarterbacks before, but Bradford's circumstances were different. Now, Sheridan says, it's up to Kelly how much Bradford can succeed. Bradford has his old offensive coordinator back from his Rookie of the Year season. "As a rookie in 2010, Bradford played for offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, who was on Reid’s staff when McNabb was being developed. Bradford completed 60 percent of his passes and was named the AP offensive rookie of the year," Sheridan said. "It is the opposite of the situation Bradford had in St. Louis. Everything is in place for a quarterback to succeed."

  • Floyd Mayweather Hit With $20 Million Defamation Lawsuit

    Published: Wed, May 6, 2015

    Fresh off of his victory in the ring against Manny Pacquiao, boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. is facing another battle, this one in the legal system, The Wrap reports. Mayweather has been slapped with a $20 million by his ex-girlfriend Josie Harris, who claims Mayweather defamed her during an April interview with Katie Couric.