Erik Horne
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.

Top Stories

  • Former OSU point guard Stevie Clark working with John Lucas

    Erik Horne | Published: Thu, Jun 12, 2014

    Former NBA player and coach John Lucas (father of former Oklahoma State guard John Lucas III) has made a second career as a recovery guru -- which is why he's got a hold of Stevie Clark. Men's Journal recently wrote about Lucas' role in taking athletes, former athletes and coaches who need to get sober, and helping them through rehab in Houston. Lucas, a former drug and alcohol abuser who's 28 years sober, is "teaching athletes how to live and compete without self-medicating -- one day at a time." One of those athletes is Clark, the former Douglass High School star who washed out of Oklahoma State without even completing a season in Stillwater. The Men's Journal piece details how Clark is trying to get back on track under the tutelage of Lucas. From the piece (NOTE: The story does not have a byline): "Late that afternoon, I catch a whiff – literally – of why 2014 is proving so hard for Lucas. A cloud of smoke hovers above the Drury Inn's postage-stamp-size swimming pool, smelling like very bad pot or cheap pipe tobacco. Stevie Clark's head emerges from behind a retaining wall. An Oklahoma State freshman point guard until a second marijuana arrest, Clark is one of the great new talents: among the best point-guard recruits, his path to the pros seemingly cut in hardwood. The smell is just a Black & Mild cigar, which players are increasingly using to catch a light buzz, or to kill the pot smell. "Coach Luc don't like it," Clark says, grinning, "but it takes the edge off." Clark is taken through a workout - what Lucas calls a "lab" - where the former Cowboy goes through, sprints, skill drills and plays one-on-one against ex-pro player Mike James. At the end of one such one-on-one game where Clark isn't responsive to Lucas's instruction, Lucas gives his assessment of not just Clark but a myriad of athletes that have passed through his doors. "Something happens on the fourth drill, one-on-one, 10 seconds from half-court to the rim. Clark keeps pulling up short for jumpers, eight, nine lazy seconds in. The more adamantly Lucas yells – "This drill's not about your three-ball; it's about penetration" – the farther off shots land. Clark airs out two more before collapsing on the bleachers. He checks his phone, throws a towel over his head, then says, "I'm done." And he means it, too: He's only a few days from graduation (from Lucas' program) and a sure ticket back to Division I, but Clark's done. He'll be back in Oklahoma City in a week. Everyone in the gym seems baffled except for Lucas. "His choice," he shrugs. After lab is over, we pass Clark in the lobby, all cleaned up, pack on his back, dialing a number repeatedly. Lucas gives me a smile that looks a thousand years old, over-enunciating the word: denial. "They always think there's someone on the end of the line. This is the last house on the block. They just don't know what that looks like yet."

  • Rickie Fowler honors Payne Stewart with knickers at US Open

    erik horne | Published: Thu, Jun 12, 2014

    Former OSU golfer Rickie Fowler paid tribute to the late Payne Stewart in the first round of the U.S. Open on Thursday, wearing Stewart's trademark knickers and argyle socks. Known for his loud outfits on the golf course, Fowler told the Golf Channel "I've really been looking forward to wearing this outfit. It's been hard to keep a secret. Payne Stewart was one of my idols." The U.S. Open is back at Pinehurst for the second time since Stewart's death in 1999. Stewart won the U.S. Open at Pinehurst that year and died months later in a plane crash.

  • World Cup: The NewsOK Sports Staff Tournament

    Erik Horne | Published: Wed, Jun 11, 2014

    The First Annual NewsOK Sports/OPUBCO World Cup Draft was a rousing success. Many of the participants had no soccer knowledge whatsoever, but it’s all good. We’re just playing for fun anyway. We had a random drawing for draft order and did the draft via email on Wednesday. Despite cries of tampering from sports editor Mike […]

  • Kevin Durant says he didn't bet The Game $20,000

    erik horne | Published: Wed, Jun 11, 2014

    Kevin Durant is not a gambling man. The league MVP jumped on Twitter Wednesday to dispel rumors that he lost $20,000 in a bet to west coast rapper The Game. The Game - aka Jayceon Taylor - posted a video on his Instagram account, saying that he bet Durant $20,000 he could make a 3-point shot from NBA range. If he made the shot, Durant would have to pony up $20K to The Game's AAU youth basketball team, and play on The Game's Drew League basketball team in Los Angeles. Durant's responded to the rumors by saying that he didn't bet The Game, but will donate his team some KD gear.

  • Rapper 'The Game' says Kevin Durant owes his AAU team $20,000

    erik horne | Published: Mon, Jun 9, 2014

    Kevin Durant might be on the hook for $20,000 -- and an appearance on The Game's summer league team. The Game - also known as West Coast rapper Jayceon Taylor - posted a video on his Instagram account along with a caption claiming he bet Kevin Durant $20,000 he could make a 3-point shot from NBA range. According to The Game, if he made the shot, Durant would have to donate the money to The Game's AAU basketball team and agree to play on his Drew League team. The Drew League is a Los Angeles pro-am league where college, streetball and NBA players round up their own "invitation only" teams for league play. From The Game's account: Bet Kevin Durant a.k.a. @EasyMoneySniper $20,000 that he'd have to donate to the @froggallstars & play wit #LaFamilia in the #DrewLeague if I made an NBA 3 pointer all net & my hittas @jharden13 @Demar_Derozan & @ChampagnePapi was right there to witness it all ... In the background, you can pretty clearly see Durant and former Thunder guard James Harden (see the beard). Who knows if the bet was true, but The Game nailed that shot and Durant and Harden were there to witness.

  • LeBron James: The most criticized man in the NBA

    Erik Horne | Published: Fri, Jun 6, 2014

    Text from last night: “I know for a fact KD would be getting the same treatment if he came out of the game for cramps in that situation.” WRONG! So, so wrong. I love this friend of mine, but that’s just not true. As LeBron James was helped off the court last night with a […]

  • NBA Draft: Did the Thunder make a promise to Kristaps Porzingis?

    Erik Horne | Published: Wed, Jun 4, 2014

    Who the heck is Kristaps Porzingis, and has the Thunder made a promise to the 18-year-old Latvian in the NBA Draft?’s Chad Ford released his latest NBA Draft Big Board on Wednesday and he’s hearing rumors that the Thunder has made a first-round promise to the young power forward.

  • Should Russell Westbrook have been an All-NBA selection?

    Erik Horne | Published: Wed, Jun 4, 2014

    Was Russell Westbrook worthy of All-NBA status this season? Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman Former OU All-American Blake Griffin and teammate Chris Paul joined some elite company on Wednesday. The pair became the only teammates to be named All-NBA First or Second Team for the last three seasons. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook made […]

  • What is Reggie Jackson saying about the starting point guard spot?

    Erik Horne | Published: Tue, Jun 3, 2014

    Reggie Jackson stepped up to the microphone at his exit interview and made it clear: He wants to start. Anthony Slater wrote about Jackson’s starting ambitions in his story in Tuesday’s Oklahoman. But what’s been lost in translation has been what Jackson meant by one of his comments in the interview. Here’s the somewhat vague […]

  • Serge Ibaka: 'I played with all my heart'

    Erik Horne | Published: Mon, Jun 2, 2014

    Thunder forward Serge Ibaka posted a message to his fans on his blog on Monday. Ibaka, who was named to the NBA’s All-Defensive First Team on Monday, came back after missing two games with a calf injury in the Western Conference Finals against the San Antonio Spurs. His message to his fans: I played with […]

  • Marcus Smart staying busy with NBA workouts

    erik horne | Published: Mon, Jun 2, 2014

    Marcus Smart has been a popular guy in the lead up to the NBA Draft. The former Oklahoma State guard worked out for the Sacramento Kings on Monday, and is reportedly has at least three more teams on his schedule -- each of which is in the lottery. Smart told the media Monday that he'll be working out for the Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics and going back to Orlando for a follow-up with the Magic. Smart tweaked his pinky finger on his right hand in Monday's workout, but will be OK according to reports. The Kings own the No. 8 pick in the first round of the draft. The team also asked Smart for three words describing his game following his workout on Monday.

  • Thunder-Spurs: The Twitter reaction to OKC’s 112-107 loss against the Spurs in Game 6

    Erik Horne | Updated: Sat, May 31, 2014

    The highs and lows of the Thunder playoffs all came to an end on Saturday. FIRST HALF Kawhi time Kawhi Leonard dunks on Serge Ibaka — gifdsports (@gifdsports) June 1, 2014 Where is the compassion?! RT @CareyWWLS: If the Thunder die, they die. Here we go again… — RJ Young (@RJ_Young) June 1, […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: The Twitter reaction to the Thunder's 117-89 loss in Game 5

    Erik Horne | Published: Fri, May 30, 2014

    (via @jdonsports) That dunk was about as good as it got for the Thunder in a 117-89 loss to the San Antonio Spurs in Game 5. Here were some of the sights and sounds of the game: Bad omen (for Spurs)? This is Matt Bonner’s 7th career playoff start. Spurs are 1-5 in the previous […]

  • OKC Thunder: What they're saying about Game 5

    by Erik Horne | Published: Thu, May 29, 2014

    Here’s a look at what folks were saying about Game 5 between Oklahoma City and San Antonio.

  • Bobby Jack, two-sport star for Sooners, dies at 63

    Erik Horne | Published: Thu, May 29, 2014

    Bobby Jack, a two-sport star for Oklahoma in the early 1970s, died Friday at the age of 63, as announced by the university. Current OU head men’s basketball coach Lon Kruger, who played basketball at Kansas State, has firsthand knowledge of Jack’s strengths on and off the court. “I played against Bobby in both baseball […]

  • Oklahoma State football: Examining the Cowboys in Sporting News’ College Football Preview

    Erik Horne | Published: Thu, May 29, 2014

    On Wednesday, I blogged about some of the OU highlights from Sporting News’ College Football Preview magazine. You can check those out here. Today, I’ll dig a little deeper into the rest of what Sporting News had to say about the Big 12, particularly Oklahoma State: *SN has Oklahoma State at fourth in the Big […]

  • Oklahoma football: Examining the Sooners in Sporting News' College Football Preview

    erik horne | Updated: Wed, May 28, 2014

    In late April, Sporting News teased its regional cover for its 2014 College Football Preview. It featured Oklahoma as the preseason No. 1, along with a big photo of Trevor Knight. Early? Perhaps. I finally got a hold of one of those preview editions this week and wanted to share some of the Sooners talk in the magazine. *Sporting News’ preseason top 25 includes just three Big 12 teams – OU (No. 1), Baylor (7) and Texas (23). Here’s the write up from SN’s Matt Hayes on why OU is the top team: “You can’t use the “Alabama wasn’t motivated” excuse anymore.

  • PHOTO: LeBron James in a Thunder jersey

    erik horne | Published: Wed, May 28, 2014

    Want a funny scenario? Wrap your head around LeBron James signing with the Thunder in free agency. Deadspin opened up its mailbag and answered a question on James hypothetically signing with the Thunder. How many titles would the Thunder win with Durant, Westbrook and LeBron? Stop right there. The concept is farfetched. Deadspin goes on to take some shots at Oklahoma City in the process of explaining why it would never happen, but the real gem is the Photoshopped glory of King James wearing a Thunder jersey, accompanied by the signature Russell Westbrook look of disgust. One thing to keep in mind. Derek Fisher currently wears No. 6 for the Thunder and has said he's retiring at season's end. That would open things up for James to get his number if he did decide on moving to the Sooner State (again, highly unlikely. Borderline impossible).

  • Grade Thunder vs. Spurs Game 4

    erik horne | Updated: Tue, May 27, 2014

    It was a thorough domination by the Thunder over the Spurs in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals. Here’s your chance to grade the game. Here's Berry Tramel’s Game 4 Report Card . Also, give us your thoughts below in the comments. Has the Thunder taken control of the series?  ...

  • Spurs' Manu Ginobili on Game 3: It felt like they wanted it more

    Erik Horne | Published: Tue, May 27, 2014

    Spurs guard Manu Ginobili was interviewed by NBA TV about the impact of Serge Ibaka’s return in Game 3. Ibaka was critical in getting the Thunder back into the series, posting 15 points, seven rebounds and four blocks in 30 minutes. Ginobili wasn’t bad for the Spurs either, leading the way with 23 points and […]