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.

  • Nick Saban says NFL draft grades affected Alabama players' performance in Sugar Bowl

    Erik Horne | Updated: Wed, Jul 15, 2015

    At SEC Media Days on Wednesday, Alabama coach Nick Saban reportedly said he wasn't happy with the NFL passing out its draft projections to juniors prior to Alabama's 42-35 loss to Ohio State in the College Football Playoff semifinals. The NFL delivered its grades to juniors on Dec. 15. Alabama and Ohio State played Jan. 1. The full quote from Saban: "I just felt like in our experience last year, our chemistry from the SEC championship game to the playoff game was affected by something. We had six guys in this situation this past year and 11 the year before.

  • VIDEO: This guy nailed a Russell Westbrook impression and Westbrook loved it

    Erik Horne | Updated: Mon, Jul 13, 2015

    Thunder guard Russell Westbrook is known for being one of the most animated and passionate players in the NBA. He's so expressive that even his off-court facial expressions have gone viral. Overseas hooper/self-proclaimed "social media icon" @BdotAdot5 paid homage to Westbrook with this pretty spot-on impression, which is gaining serious traction on Twitter. Russell Westbrook (@russwest44) in game facial expressions be like… vs. His Player Picture. feat. @That_Guyy23 — B.A. (@BdotAdot5) July 13, 2015 The short video is so good, Westbrook himself gave it the seal of approval Monday.

  • Enes Kanter: What the Internet's saying about the Blazers' $70 million offer

    Erik Horne | Updated: Thu, Jul 9, 2015

    Should the Thunder bring back Enes Kanter on a four-year, $70 million deal? That's what it's going to take, as Kanter has reportedly signed a max deal with the Thunder's division rival - the Portland Trail Blazers. Some are for it, others think it's crazy money for a center with rare offensive skills but obvious holes on defense. Thunder general manager Sam Presti told The Oklahoman's Anthony Slater that the Thunder's "intention has been to match offers on Enes and nothing has changed in this regard." Here's what some of the Internet's NBA community had to say about the proposed deal and what the Thunder should do.

  • Russell Westbrook to debut new Jordan Brand shoes at Penn Square Mall

    Erik Horne | Updated: Thu, Jul 9, 2015

    Russell Westbrook is coming to Penn Square Mall. The Thunder star will be out at Foot Locker's House of Hoops on Saturday to promote his first signature shoe - the Jordan Brand "Westbrook Zero." Westbrook has been teasing their arrival for the past few days with photos via social media. Westbrook will appear from 9:30 a.m.-noon to greet fans, and a limited quantity of autographed photos and special edition bags will be available. 2 DAYS........ #westbrookzero #justwaitonit — Russell Westbrook (@russwest44) July 9, 2015 // 3 DAYS....... #westbrookzero

  • Report: Oklahoma State basketball reaches out to top 2016 forward Thon Maker

    Erik Horne | Updated: Thu, Jul 9, 2015

    Oklahoma State basketball is reportedly targeting a major difference-maker in the Class of 2016. Remember the name Thon Maker. The 7-foot forward would be the Cowboys' biggest recruiting coup since Marcus Smart, and ESPN recruiting insider Jeff Borzello says that Travis Ford and Co. have reached out to the 18-year-old Sudan native. Kentucky, Florida St. and Oklahoma State are among schools to reach out to Thon Maker since move to 2016. Arizona St., Indiana in there too. — Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) July 9, 2015 Maker was planning earlier this year to move up to the Class of 2015 so he could get into college ball early, but in April decided

  • Thunder among odds leaders for 2016 NBA championship

    Erik Horne | Updated: Wed, Jul 8, 2015

    Following a flurry of free agent activity in the NBA (which hasn't yet included the Oklahoma City Thunder signing Enes Kanter - but don't worry), has reconfigured the NBA title odds for 2016. You guessed it - the San Antonio Spurs at 9-to-2 have made the biggest leap, jumping the Thunder and only trailing the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors in terms of best odds to win the championship. The Thunder is an 8/1 favorite.

  • Tony Casillas critical of OU, David Boren following Florida State's dismissal of De'Andre Johnson

    Erik Horne | Updated: Wed, Jul 8, 2015

    Former Oklahoma All-American defensive lineman Tony Casillas didn't hide his feelings about the Sooners and their decision regarding Joe Mixon. In the wake of Florida State kicking quarterback De'Andre Johnson off the team following video surfacing of him punching a woman in the face in a bar, Casillas says there was a double standard in the university's punishment of Mixon compared to its punishment of members of OU's Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter. — tony casillas (@tccasillas) July 7, 2015 "Joe Mixon hit a young woman and knocked her unconscious, and yet is going to play this football season," Casillas posted to Facebook,

  • 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."