• Kevin Durant doesn't take video game fame for granted

    Published: Fri, Jun 12, 2015

    Last year, Kevin Durant graced the cover of NBA 2K15. This year, it's Russell Westbrook's turn on NBA Live 16 . Durant talked to ESPN the Magazine for its eSports Issue (on newsstands June 22) about his passion for video games. "I never took it for granted that every copy of NBA 2K15 was going to have my face on it," Durant said. "2k was a source for me to dream big as a kid; I felt like I was a part of the NBA by playing the game. And now, as a pro, it lets me enjoy being a kid again."

  • Current, former Oklahoma State wrestlers competing at U.S. World Team Trials

    Updated: Fri, Jun 12, 2015

    Oklahoma State will be represented by current and former wrestlers this weekend at the U.S. Senior and Junior World Team Trials in Madison, Wis. Former Cornell wrestler/OSU club coach Frank Perrelli (57 kilos), 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Coleman Scott and 2013 All-American Jon Morrison (61 kg), two-time NCAA champion Jordan Oliver (65 kg), four-time All-American Tyler Caldwell (74 kg), two-time NCAA champoin Chris Perry and 2011 NCAA runner-up Clayton Foter (86 kg), and Cayle Byers (97 kg) are competing for spots on the Senior Team. Competing for Junior World Team spots are  Gary Wayne Hardeing (60 kg), Chandler Rogers (84 kg), and incoming freshmen Kaid Brock (60 kg) and Joe Smith (74). The trials will run Friday-Sunday.

  • Five Sooners, two Cowboys on Athlon All-Big 12 team

    Published: Fri, Jun 12, 2015

    Athlon released its Preseason All-Big 12 team Friday and despite Oklahoma's struggles last season, the Sooners are well-represented on the first team. Running back Samaje Perine, wide receiver Sterling Shepard, linebacker Eric Striker, cornerback Zack Sanchez and kick returner Alex Ross all made the first team. Baylor, TCU and West Virginia also had five representatives on the first team. Oklahoma State has two players on the first team—defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah and linebacker Ryan Simmons. Four Cowboys made the second team, including sophomore quarterback Mason Rudolph. Rudolph played the final three games of last season, leading OSU to wins over Oklahoma and Washington in the last two.

  • Andrew Bogut says LeBron James jumped into cameraman

    Published: Fri, Jun 12, 2015

    LeBron James only has LeBron James to blame for the cut to his head that took place in Game 4 of the NBA Finals, USA TODAY reports. At least that's how Golden State Warriors big man Andrew Bogut sees it. When the Cleveland Cavaliers star went flying into a cameraman sitting on the Quicken Loans Arena baseline in the second quarter of the Warriors' 103-82 win, the puzzling part was how he got there. While Bogut had been the one who fouled James hard as he drove to along the baseline, James came down in a vertical fashion before taking two steps as he fell toward the nearby cameraman.

  • Sam Bradford feature touches on his excellence at Putnam City North, OU, potential with Eagles

    Updated: Fri, Jun 12, 2015

    Most Oklahomans by now know of the legend of Sam Bradford - his athleticism that could have taken him into collegiate (and potentially pro) careers in golf, basketball, football or even hockey. But fans of the Philadelphia Eagles haven't been quick to but into Bradford just yet as their quarterback of the future. Bradford hasn't yet had that roaring success in the NFL he experienced as a record-setting quarterback at Putnam City North and OU. He's battled injury after injury and was traded to the Eagles from the St. Louis Rams this offseason. Paul Domowitch of Philly.com traveled to Oklahoma to write an extensive background piece on Bradford, interviewing former coaches Bob Wilson, Bob Stoops, Bradford's parents and more. Stoops himself thinks Bradford will thrive in Philadelphia. From Domowitch's: "I think Sam fits everything about what Chip wants to do," Stoops said in Part II of Domowitch's piece . "He's an incredible athlete who, because of injuries, hasn't been able to demonstrate it yet."

  • VIDEO: Trent Dilfer gushes about Oklahoma State quarterback commit Nick Starkel

    Published: Thu, Jun 11, 2015

    Oklahoma State commit Nick Starkel is drawing some high praise from a former NFL quarterback. In this War Room video from Elite 11 selections, Super Bowl winner Trent Dilfer talks about some of Starkel's better traits that earned him a spot at the Elite 11 finals. "He just sees it. He understands timing and tempo and trajectory," Dilfer said. "He reminds me of (University of California quarterback) Jared Goff, a guy that had a unique trait: his deep ball was better than NFL guys' deep ball. He would throw a 40-yard ball down the sideline like it was a slant. "Nick throws the seam like he's Drew Brees, or Aaron Rodgers." Starkel will compete in the The Opening Elite 11 Finals July 5-11 in Beaverton, Ore.

  • Former Thunder forward Caron Butler traded to Bucks

    Published: Thu, Jun 11, 2015

    The Detroit Pistons have acquired forward Ersan Ilyasova from the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for forwards Caron Butler and Shawne Williams, the team announced. Butler, who was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder from the Bucks in 2014, averaged 5.9 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 78 games with the the Pistons in 2014-15. The 13-year veteran is back home, as Butler hails from Racine, Wis. - about 25 miles south of Milwaukee.

  • The U.S. built a team around Alex Morgan: The star who doesn’t play

    Published: Thu, Jun 11, 2015

    Four years ago, the world met Alex Morgan. It was 2011 and the then-21-year-old forward dazzled in her first World Cup. The youngest player on a U.S. squad that lost to Japan in a penalty shootout in the final, Morgan came off the bench in five of six games and scored two goals—once in the semifinal and again in the championship game, USA TODAY reports.

  • Kevin Durant seventh highest-paid athlete in the world in 2014-15

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Jun 11, 2015

    From June 1, 2014-June 1, 2015, only one NBA player made more money than Kevin Durant. Who says you can't make money in a small market? The Thunder forward is one of three NBA players in Forbes' list of the world's highest paid athletes of the last year. Durant ranked No. 7 overall in the world, raking in a total of $54.1 million in salary/winnings and endorsements. In terms of NBA players, only Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (No. 6, $64.8 million) earned more than Durant. No. 1 and 2 on the list are boxers Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, who earned a cool $300 and $160 million, respectively. See the full list here .

  • Oklahoma State QB commit Nick Starkel makes Elite 11 finals

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Jun 11, 2015

    Oklahoma State Class of 2016 commitment Nick Starkel is headed to one of the elite QB competitions in the nation. Starkel (is the 14th invite to the Elite 11 Finals, which puts the nation's best prep quarterbacks against each other in a week-long competition July 5-11 at Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Ore. Starkel earned his spot at the Elite 11 semifinals in Los Angeles last weekend. Starkel (6-foot-3, 185 pounds), who committed to OSU in April, told The Oklahoman he feels at home at Oklahoma State .

  • VIDEO: Kendrick Perkins, Dion Waiters highlighted on 'Shaqtin' A Fool' end of season review

    Updated: Thu, Jun 11, 2015

    It's a dubious honor, but former Thunder center Kendrick Perkins and Thunder shooting guard Dion Waiters are ranked high on Shaquille O'Neal's list of the best NBA follies of the year. O'Neal's "Shaqtin' A Fool" segment on TNT's "Inside the NBA" has become wildly popular for exposing the funniest on-court moments and gaffes by pro players. Playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Perkins' nine-step traveling violation that went uncalled (thus making it a non-violation) against the Miami Heat ranked as O'Neal's No. 2 Shaqtin A Fool moment of the 2014-15 season. You can watch that play here . As for Waiters, he was one of three finalists for the "Shaqtin A Fool" 2014-15 Most Valuable Player. He lost to Washington Wizards forward Otto Porter, but Waiters' "body of work" was good (bad?) enough to make him one of three finalists.

  • College football realignment: Biggest winners, losers five years after all hell broke loose

    Published: Thu, Jun 11, 2015

    The Texas Longhorns created chaos around the country five years ago this week. Here's how UT, Texas A&M, Missouri, TCU, West Virginia and others fared in the unforgettable realignment circus. Some excerpts from this Fox Sports' Stewart Mandel's column:  -- "Today, 43 FBS schools -- 33.6 percent of the current membership -- compete in a different conference than they did five years ago." -- "Texas, the school once at the epicenter of realignment mania, is arguably no better or worse off today than it was five years ago." -- ".. Nebraska, the original big mover that summer, is no better off in the Big Ten than it was the Big 12. Yes, the Huskers' new home is richer and more stable, but after years of playing second fiddle to Texas and  Oklahoma  it's now mostly an afterthought to  Ohio State  and  Michigan  (and  Michigan State  and  Wisconsin , for that matter." Mandell goes on to rank the top five winners and losers, and a Big 12 team figures prominently in both.

  • Adrian Peterson's coach doesn't expect him to play in preseason

    Updated: Thu, Jun 11, 2015

    Adrian Peterson hasn't played in a football game since September 2014, but Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer doesn't expect the former OU All-American to get carries in preseason. "I probably don't see that, no," Zimmer told the St. Paul Pioneer Press on Wednesday . "We're talking in June so you can't hold me to it, but he's carried the ball a lot (in his career) and he's going to continue to carry the ball a lot. He'll get plenty of looks and reps in practice." Peterson, who missed the final 15 games of the 2014 regular season because of a child abuse incident, is used to seeing limited action in preseason. He hasn't had a carry in a preseason game since 2011.

  • Tulsa's embrace of Tulsa Tough continues to grow after 10 years

    BY JERRY WOFFORD, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Jun 10, 2015

    Dozens of cyclists crowd together, moving as a pack and turning together, speeding down the last hill just inches from one another as they whiz past screaming spectators. Tulsa Tough is chaos, it’s thrilling and, now in its 10th year, it’s grown to be not just a must-see for anyone with a pulse, but also a must-stop for racers on the cycling circuit each year. “It’s a bike party. There’s nothing like it,” said Bryan DuVall, a racer with Tulsa’s own Team Soundpony and the winner of last year’s Blue Dome Criterium Men’s Cat. I/II. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Legislator Bobby Cleveland says OSSAA should allow prayer in playoff games

    BY MIKE BROWN, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Jun 10, 2015

    tate Rep. Bobby Cleveland said Wednesday the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association should allow school prayer in playoff games. Cleveland said a longstanding policy updated Tuesday by the OSSAA board of directors infringes on people’s right to prayer. In disputing that claim, OSSAA executive director Ed Sheakley said the policy only prohibits public prayer during OSSAA-sponsored events such as playoff games and other contests. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Nike to take over as NBA's apparel provider in 2017

    Published: Wed, Jun 10, 2015

    The NBA and Nike announced Wednesday that the two companies have agreed to an eight-year partnership to make Nike the official apparel provider of the league. Nike will take over from Adidas as the league's apparel provider beginning with the 2017-18 season. Adidas signed an 11-year deal to be the official apparel partner of the NBA, but announced in March that it was dropping its bid to extend its contract with the NBA. In March, Adidas said it was deciding to change its " investment strategy and invest more in players on the court ." Nike has served as the footwear and exclusive apparel provider of USA Basketball since 2006. More from NewsOK : First images of the signature Kevin Durant 'KD' shoe leaked

  • Oklahoma State pitcher Michael Freeman a Gregg Olson award finalist

    Updated: Wed, Jun 10, 2015

    Oklahoma State pitcher Michael Freeman has been named one of 10 finalists for the 2015 Gregg Olson award, given annually to the breakout player of the year in college baseball. Freeman was drafted in the seventh round by the Houston Astros on Tuesday. He experienced a major breakthrough for the Cowboys this season, going from 14 2/3 innings pitched for OSU last season as a junior to Big 12 Pitcher of the Year and All-American honors as a senior. The winner of the award will be announced in Omaha, Neb., during the College World Series, which starts Saturday.

  • NFL player hustles on the side as an Uber driver

    Published: Wed, Jun 10, 2015

    A.J. Francis took a lot a grief on Twitter when he announced he was signing up for a $40 to $50 an hour job with Uber. You see, A.J. is defensive tackle with the Miami Dolphins, and is on contract to make $510,000 this year. The thing is, paychecks don’t start rolling in until July, and a fella’s got to hustle to make ends meet somehow, RoadWarriorVoices.com reports.

  • Report: Former Texas baskeball player Martez Walker caught cheating on test

    Published: Wed, Jun 10, 2015

    Former Texas basketball player Martez Walker was caught cheating on a final exam but still somehow passed the class and landed on the Big 12 honor roll, according to a report in the Chronicle of Higher Education. According to the report, Walker reportedly took pictures of the test questions and used the photos to get help outside of the classroom. Walker, who has since left UT following a domestic incident in his dorm (statesman.com), passed the class and was named to the Big 12 commissioner's honor roll.

  • Bob Costas criticizes ESPN's motives in award for Caitlyn Jenner

    Published: Wed, Jun 10, 2015

    Sports broadcaster Bob Costas has voiced his opinion on whether Caitlyn Jenner is a deserving recipient for ESPN's "Arthur Ashe Courage Award." As a guest on the Dan Patrick Show on Monday, Costas called ESPN giving Jenner the award a "crass exploitation play." Jenner, former known as Bruce Jenner - an Olympic decathlete who won a gold medal at the 1976 Games - was the subject of a cover story in Vanity Fair last week in which she made her public debut as a woman. "In the broad world of sports, I'm pretty sure they could have found - and this is not anything against Caitlyn Jenner - I'm pretty sure they could have found someone who was much closer to actively involved in sports, who would have been deserving of what that award represents." Read Costas' full comments here on latimes.com.