Erik Horne
Digital News Online Sports Editor

Erik Horne joined The Oklahoman as a sports web editor/producer in September 2013, following a five-year stint at The Ardmoreite (Ardmore) – first as a sports writer, then sports editor. At The Ardmoreite, Horne reported on everything from prep sports, to rodeo, to OU pro days, to monster truck rallies.

A native of LaPlace, La. – located 25 miles west of New Orleans – Horne headed to Atlanta following high school, graduating from Oglethorpe University in 2007 as a four-year letterman in soccer. While in Atlanta, Horne worked two years as an intern then sports editor for SCORE Atlanta, providing coverage of the Atlanta Hawks, Atlanta Falcons and high schools in the Atlanta metro area.

Horne lives in Oklahoma City.

  • PHOTO: OU defensive back Will Johnson makes Dean's List

    Erik Horne | Updated: Wed, Jul 8, 2015

    He hasn't been on campus very long, but OU defensive back Will Johnson is already making a name for himself ... in the classroom. Johnson, a junior college transfer via Monroe College in New York , made the Dean's List at OU for the Spring 2015 semester, as proof by this letter. That's no easy feat considering "the distinction requires a minimum grade point average of 3.50 for at least twelve graded credit hours." I might have done that once my entire college career, and it certainly wasn't after transferring, having to play football and adjusting to new surroundings. So, well done, William. Johnson will look to make his mark on the field this fall as well. He'll try to help improve a Sooners secondary that ranked eighth in the Big 12 in pass defense in 2014 (294 yards allowed per game). (h/t College Spun )

  • PHOTOS: OU quarterback Trevor Knight dating a Clemson cheerleader?

    Erik Horne | Updated: Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    This might be the biggest positive to come out of OU's horrific bowl loss to Clemson. At least for Trevor Knight. Clemson blasted OU 40-6 in the Russell Athletic Bowl, but that hasn't stopped Knight from evidently getting close to Clemson cheerleader Rachel Wyatt. The two spent Fourth of July together at Disney World, and were together at the iHeart Radio Country Music Festival a few months ago. (All photos via Instagram) First it was Baker Mayfield dating the "enemy." Now, it's Knight. Katy Perry is clearly old news.

  • Trevor Knight, Ty Darlington, Eric Striker, Sterling Shepard to represent OU at Big 12 Media Days

    erik horne | Updated: Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    At Big 12 Football Media Days this month, a much-talked about figure in OU football will be noticeably missing. Offensive lineman Ty Darlington, wide receiver Sterling Shepard, linebacker Eric Striker and quarterback Trevor Knight will represent the Sooners, along with head coach Bob Stoops, July 20-21 in Dallas. Knight's inclusion may be the most intriguing of the bunch, as the redshirt junior isn't assured his role as starting quarterback with Baker Mayfield now in the fold. Is Knight's inclusion an indication of his place in the OU quarterback pecking order, or are Stoops and the Sooners trying to keep everyone guessing as much as possible - including the quarterbacks - as to who the No. 1 is headed into the fall? OU is scheduled to appear at Media Day July 21 along with Baylor, Iowa State, Oklahoma State and Texas. Kansas, Kansas State, TCU, Texas Tech and West Virginia will meet with the media on July 20.

  • Thunder NBA Summer League roster includes Mitch McGary, Oklahoma State's Cobbins

    Erik Horne | Updated: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    The Oklahoma City Thunder's roster for the Orlando Summer League will feature 15 players, led by 2014 first-round draft pick Mitch McGary, 2015 second-round pick Dakari Johnson and former Oklahoma State big man Michael Cobbins. The Thunder's summer league team will also be led by Thunder assistant Darko Rajakovic. This week, the team officially announced former head coaches Monty Williams and Maurice Cheeks as assistants, as well as the addition of former University of Florida assistant Anthony Grant. Grant will be with the team in Orlando, along with assistants Mark Bryant, Mark Daigneault, Royal Ivey, Dave Bliss, and Steve Scalzi.

  • Report: Tony Romo, Dez Bryant helping Mavericks NBA free agency pitch

    erik horne | Published: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    According to reports, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo and wide receiver Dez Bryant are involved in helping the Dallas Mavericks pitch NBA free agency to players. The two Cowboys stars, as well as owner Jerry Jones, are joining in to sell the Mavericks to free agents including LaMarcus Aldridge and DeAndre Jordan, both Texas natives. The irony: Bryant, the former Oklahoma State standout, has yet to come to terms on a long-term deal with Dallas, yet he's working diligently to get NBA free agents to the Mavericks. Pay the man, Jerry.

  • Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook among NBA's top-selling jerseys in '14-15

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    They bowed out early this year, but Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook were still among the NBA's most popular jerseys. Durant and Westbrook finished ranked 11th and 13th, respectively, in jersey sales on in 2014-15. Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry ranked No. 1. Former OU All-American Blake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers) is No. 8 on the list. The Oklahoma City Thunder ranked eighth in the league in most popular team merchandise. NBA champion Golden State led the way.

  • Oddsmakers say Thunder guard Cameron Payne a longshot to win Rookie of the Year

    erik horne | Updated: Tue, Jun 30, 2015 released its odds for 2015-16 NBA Rookie of the Year, and newly-drafted Thunder guard Cameron Payne is a bit of a longshot. Payne is listed at 33-to-1 odds to win the award, a good bit away from odds leader Jahlil Okafor of the Philadelphia 76ers, who's the favorite at 7/2. Los Angeles Lakers guard D'Angelo Russell (4/1) and Minnesota Timberwolves forward Karl-Anthony Towns and Denver Nuggets guard Emmanuel Mudiay (each 7/1) are the closest to Okafor. The odds make sense for Payne. Unlike the aforementioned rookies, Payne may find it hard to get enough minutes to put up big enough stats to impress Rookie of the Year voters. That's what backing up Russell Westbrook and D.J. Augustin will do to your ROY campaign.

  • VIDEO: Kevin Durant shows kid no mercy in pop-a-shot basketball

    Erik Horne | Updated: Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    It's no secret that Kevin Durant has shown a tendency to not take it easy on kids in competition. Remember this? So, when this video surfaced on the Internet of Durant in California randomly annihilating an adolescent Dave and Buster's patron in pop-a-shot basketball, were you really surprised? Durant's no mercy tactics can be interpreted one of two ways, likely depending on how you grew up 1.) He's destroying the collective confidence of young basketball players one-by-one across America, or 2.) He's handing out life lessons to the youths via tough love and savagery. I'm for the latter. Also, maybe the dude just doesn't like to lose. At anything. Look at that

  • Russell Westbrook, Kanye West are in Paris having more fun than you

    Erik Horne | Updated: Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    It's been an exciting summer so far for the Thunder, even if it hasn't involved playoff basketball. Many in the Thunder crew have gone on  European vacations. - Serge Ibaka met up with his dad (and Russell Westbrook AND Amare Stoudemire) in Paris. - Steven Adams went to Switzerland with his sister, Valerie. But it's Westbrook who's winning most of all. Westbrook took in Paris Fashion Week last week (writing a blog for Vanity Fair as he stopped in Milan and Paris). He apparently linked up with Kanye West at a Louis Vuitton show, and this might be my favorite photo of the summer so far. .......... pic.twitter.

  • VIDEO: Olivia Munn, Aaron Rodgers practice sword fighting

    Erik Horne | Published: Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    Aaron Rodgers offseason training apparently includes sword fighting. The Green Bay Packers quarterback took to the gym with his girlfriend - Oklahoma City native Olivia Munn - for what looks like some amateur sword handling. Munn, the Putnam City North High School and University of Oklahoma alumnae, looks a little more experienced at swordplay than Rodgers, who's in the background. I'm sure the Packers are crossing their fingers that Rodgers doesn't poke his eye out.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder introduces first-round draft pick Cameron Payne

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    The Oklahoma City Thunder introduces its newest draft pick - Murray State point guard Cameron Payne - to the media at 10:30 a.m. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the web.

  • Thunder's NBA Draft earns high grades from national media

    Erik Horne | Updated: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    The Oklahoma City Thunder selected two players in the 2015 NBA Draft on Thursday - Murray State point guard Cameron Payne (No. 14 overall) and Kentucky center Dakari Johnson (No. 48). Chances were slim that the Thunder was going to find a starter at the back end of the lottery (or in the second round), but the team still took the opportunity to add depth at the 1 and even more size in the frontcourt. But how did the Thunder's draft grade out among the national media? Let's take a look. USA Today: A There are 30 teams in the NBA and Scott Gleeson of USA Today awarded the Thunder one of only five "A" grades on draft night, giving Oklahoma City credit for capitalizing

  • Jeremy Lamb thanks Oklahoma City fans, teammates

    erik horne | Updated: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    Jeremy Lamb took to Instagram to say goodbye to Oklahoma City on Thursday. Hours before the NBA Draft, the 23-year-old guard was traded to the Charlotte Hornets for Luke Ridnour and a 2016 second-round pick. He offered his appreciation to his teammates and the city during his three-year stint with the Thunder. "Thank you Okc For everything yall have taught me!!!," Lamb said. "Great teammates great fans!!! Taught me great habits and how to b a professional!!! That will stick wit me throughout my career!#blessed."

  • Report: Enes Kanter excluded from Turkish national team for 'political views'

    erik horne | Updated: Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    Turkey's 20-man squad for the 2015 European Basketball Championships has been released, and Thunder center Enes Kanter isn't on it. Even after he "repeatedly expressed his readiness to join the national squad in the past few weeks," Kanter was left off coach Ergin Ataman's roster. In a statement, Kanter said "the reason why I was excluded from the national team is my values and political views." reports that Ataman called Kanter twice but could not get in contact with him.'s announcement on the Turkish roster quotes Ataman as failing to "rebuild bridges" with Kanter. From "The only one of the tasks which Ataman had assigned to himself and did not complete was to rebuild bridges with Enes Kanter , so the Oklahoma City Thunder big man is not included on the list. "We are proud of the way Enes represents Turkey in the NBA and when I came to the national team I wanted us to start with a clean slate," Ataman said. "But he avoided giving a definite answer to my calls and approaches, which is why we did not invite him to the national team this year." Kanter is a restricted free agent this summer. Thunder general manager Sam Presti has indicated that he plans to retain the 23-year-old. “We wouldn’t have traded for him if we didn’t feel like we’d be in a position to have him with us going forward,” Presti said in April. Kanter averaged 15.5 points on 51.9 percent shooting and 8.9 rebounds in 75 games last season - 26 of those games coming after he was acquired by the Thunder from the Utah Jazz in a three-team trade.

  • Cameron Payne to Thunder in NBA beat writers mock draft

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    With the NBA Draft approaching (Thursday, 6 p.m. ESPN), beat writers in NBA cities were recruited by The Boston Globe to pick, in real time Tuesday, for the teams they cover. The Oklahoman’s Darnell Mayberry was the acting Thunder general manager for the Globe’s NBA beat writers mock draft, landing Oklahoma City some point guard help in Cameron Payne of Murray State. You can view The Oklahoman's live coverage of the mock draft here, and the Globe's pick-by-pick coverage with brief analysis here. “This might be the exact scenario the Thunder are hoping for,” Mayberry wrote about his Payne pick at No. 14. “OKC’s front office is believed to be high on Payne, and if

  • Dez Bryant, DeMarco Murray to star in Sunday Night Football intro

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    They may not be teammates anymore, but Dez Bryant and DeMarco Murray apparently can still get along in the same space. The two were part of a photo and video shoot for NBC's Sunday Night Football opening in which Bryant and Murray posed in front of a green screen and took questions from a young reporter in training. Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Mathews and New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham will also be in the into, apparently. Here's Bryant, the former Oklahoma State wide receiver, taking some "hard questions" and in full Dallas Cowboys gear. .@DezBryant enjoying some of the hard hitting questions our reporter in training hits him with #SNF pic.twitter.

  • PHOTOS: Kevin Durant's Nike KD8 shoe unveiled

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    It's become a yearly tradition in the sneaker world: The release of the next KDs. Photos of Kevin Durant's new shoe leaked in May, but Nike officially unveiled the newest version of Durant's signature footwear on Tuesday. Some key details provided by Nike: The KD8 is the most innovative shoe of Durant's career featuring two first-time technologies for Nike Basketball: Flyweave and articulated full-length Zoom Air Inspiration combined with the innovation: the sabertooth-inspired heel counter backstory along with the July 4th and V8 colorway stories The KD8 July 4th colorway is very limited and is available June 27. The lead KD V8 launch colorway is available globally on July 11.

  • Russell Westbrook named one of 'Most Stylish Men Alive' by GQ

    Erik Horne | Updated: Mon, Jun 22, 2015

    All that stylin' and profilin' by Russell Westbrook had to pay off eventually. Jokes aside, the Thunder guard has been included in GQ's July issue which highlights the twenty best-dressed men alive. GQ explains: "GQ analyzed the nominees not based on what they wore to events and red carpets, but based on something much real-er. Their street style. The selection process was scientific. Hundreds of candidates considered. Thousands of street photos analyzed. GQ looked for guys who carry themselves with confidence and originality and whose moves we most want to steal.

  • OU quarterback Baker Mayfield sounds off on racial violence following Charleston shooting

    Erik Horne | Updated: Fri, Jun 19, 2015

    In the wake of the racially motivated killings of nine black community leaders at a church in Charleston, S.C., this week, there has been an abundance of commentary on and discussion about the tragedy. OU quarterback Baker Mayfield offered his thoughts on racial violence via his Twitter account on Friday afternoon: “You aren’t born hating anybody. You have no opinions when you’re born. Somewhere along the line, racism is taught. That is where the problem lies. The people that are taught to discriminate and hate another race, have most likely never been around people of different culture. Those people have never even given the others a chance because they are too close minded and fixed on

  • Jenks 2016 WR/DB Dillon Stoner commits to Oklahoma State

    Erik Horne | Updated: Wed, Jun 17, 2015

    Oklahoma State football received a commitment Wednesday from Class of 2016 wide receiver/defensive back Dillon Stoner of Jenks. Stoner (6-foot, 180 pounds), who announced his commitment via Twitter, didn’t take long to make his decision, as he announced that he received an offer from the Cowboys on Friday. He is the eighth commitment in OSU's 2016 recruiting class, selecting the Cowboys over offers from Arkansas, Kansas, Texas Tech and Washington State, among others. Stoner is currently one of two in-state commitments for the Cowboys, joining Tulsa Washington running back Justice Hill, who committed in February. Stoner is the second Jenks player in three years to commit to OSU. Safety