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.

  • OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant to be evaluated 'in a week or so'; Adams, Westbrook close to returning

    Erik Horne | Published: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    At Tuesday's shootaround, Thunder coach Scott Brooks says Kevin Durant will be reevaluated again "in a week or so." Durant underwent a second surgery on his right foot Feb. 22 to alleviate increasing soreness stemming from the Jones fracture he sustained in October. The 2014 NBA Most Valuable Player has missed 33 of the Thunder's 60 games this season due to injury. Steven Adams (hand) and Russell Westbrook (cheek bone) each participated in Thunder practice today. Adams participated in most of practice for the first time since fracturing his right hand Feb. 8 . Westbrook  will likely play Wednesday against the Philadelphia 76ers following surgery on his fractured cheek.

  • Report: Russell Westbrook likely to return Wednesday vs. Sixers

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    Russell Westbrook fractured his cheek bone on Friday. He could be back on the court in less than a week. The Thunder All-Star guard is likely to return on Wednesday against the Philadelphia 76ers, acccording to Yahoo Sports sources. Westbrook fractured his right cheek bone on an inadvertent knee to the face from teammate Andre Roberson against the Portland Trail Blazers last week. "Westbrook is expected to play barring an unforseen setback," Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski writes . Westbrook will reportedly wear a protective mask upon his return to the lineup. If Westbrook was to return on Wednesday, he'll have missed just one game following surgery on Saturday . The Thunder  beat the Los Angeles Lakers 108-101 without Westbrook on Sunday.

  • VIDEO: Brent Musburger seemed really 'invested' in OU-Iowa State

    Erik Horne | Published: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    What is going on here? Iowa State was a six-point favorite Monday night against Oklahoma and play-by-play man Brent Musberger was talking on the ESPN broadcast as if he had some "outside interests" in the game's final score. OU's Buddy Hield went to the line with the Sooners trailing 71-65 -- by six points. Musburger: Some are more interested in this free throw than others. OK, no big deal. Then, with the Sooners down 74-68 -- six points -- the ball goes out with 31.9 seconds left. It's OU's ball, but the referees get together to review who has possession. Fran Fraschilla: I know you don't want them to review that call, do you? Musberger: (Laughs) I don't know what you're talking about. (Laughs) Yes I do, and no I don't. Final score: Iowa State 77, OU 70. Sorry, Brent.

  • Golfer retracts claims about Tiger Woods being suspended

    Erik Horne | Published: Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    A journeyman pro golfer made claims about Tiger Woods serving a month-long suspension. Now, he's backtracking. Dan Olsen went on a Michigan radio station and said "a strong witness ... a credible person" told him Woods was serving a suspension by the PGA Tour. In the interview, Olsen alluded to Woods using performance enhancing drugs. "It's not testosterone, but it's something else," Olsen told The Game 730-AM on Friday. "I think when it's all said and done, he's gonna surpass Lance Armstrong with infamy." But Olsen has apologized since his comments have exploded nationwide. "My comments were ill-advised," he said. "I retract the entire interview and apologize to Nike, the PGA Tour, Tiger and Tim Finchem." Olsen also told "everything I said on that radio interview was only my opinion and not based on any firsthand knowledge or facts."

  • VOTE: The Dallas Cowboys' starting running back in 2015 should be ...?

    Erik Horne | Published: Mon, Feb 23, 2015

    Who should be the starting running back for the Dallas Cowboys next season? Adrian Peterson’s agent reportedly says he’s done in Minnesota. The NFL Draft is deep at running back. Oh, and the Cowboys might have the best ball carrier in the NFL on their roster already. Which makes for an interesting situation in Dallas […]

  • D.J. Augustin was a beast in high school and I was there

    Erik Horne | Published: Fri, Feb 20, 2015

    The prettiest jump shot I’ve ever seen. Ever. Well, until I got to Oklahoma City and saw Kevin Durant. But before that, it was D.J. Augustin. I was a senior at Brother Martin High School in New Orleans in 2002-2003 and everyone was buzzing about this freshman that was supposed to be next level. We […]

  • NBA Trade Deadline Live

    Erik Horne | Updated: Thu, Feb 19, 2015

    Keep up with all the trade deadline rumblings up until 2 p.m. with the latest NBA news from around the web.

  • Kevin Durant, James Harden take over GQ and Sports Illustrated covers

    Erik Horne | Published: Wed, Feb 18, 2015

    Thunder forward Kevin Durant has become more and more outspoken this season, culminating with his comments to the media at All-Star weekend. Well, there’s more where that came from, as Durant is featured on the March cover of GQ. In the feature piece by Zach Baron entitled “Kevin Durant Doesn’t Care What You Think of […]

  • PHOTO: Snoop Dogg recruiting Russell Westbrook; Westbrook says he can win title with Thunder

    Erik Horne | Published: Tue, Feb 17, 2015

    Russell Westbrook is a hot commodity, even if he isn’t a free agent for another two years. Rapper Snoop Dogg posted a doctored photo on his Instagram on Tuesday of the Thunder guard and All-Star Game MVP in a Lakers jersey. Snoop is a Lakers fan and resides in California. Come on home !! A […]

  • Kevin Hart jokes about Russell Westbrook's pants on ESPN's Mike & Mike

    Erik Horne | Published: Fri, Feb 13, 2015

    Comedian Kevin Hart jumped on ESPN Radio's Mike & Mike on Friday morning, and in one part of his interview with Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic was asked about the funniest guys in the NBA. Hart said he's spent some time with Thunder All-Stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. "The funniest? I was with Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook last night. We had a good time," Hart said. "Russell had some pants on that I believe made his butt bleed. I've never seen jeans tighter in my life." Hart went on about Westbrook's pants and some of the questions he had about Westbrook, cracking up Greenberg and Golic. "But we go back and forth. We have a good time," Hart said. You can listen to the full interview  here (Durant/Westbrook talk starts at about 7:20).

  • The Oklahoman sports department wins second consecutive APSE ‘Grand Slam’

    Erik Horne | Published: Wed, Feb 11, 2015

    The Oklahoman sports department has hit back-to-back grand slams. On Tuesday, The Oklahoman was officially announced as one of select media groups nationwide to earn the distinction of “grand slam” winner in the Associated Press Sports Editors contest in Orlando, Fla. It’s the second consecutive year that The Oklahoman has earned the distinction and the […]

  • Kevin Durant gets law degree from ... Seat Pleasant University

    Erik Horne | Published: Wed, Feb 11, 2015

    Over the past few days, Kevin Durant has had some curious Twitter posts about getting a law degree. OK, KD. Have at it. think during this @NBAAllStar break I’m going to get my law degree — Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5) February 9, 2015 I’m going to work over here…#LawSchoolGrind #IGotMyReasons — Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5) February […]

  • Oklahoma State in early ESPN College Football Playoff projections

    Erik Horne | Published: Tue, Feb 10, 2015

    ESPN's Brad Edwards has taken a very early look at who he thinks will be in the New Year's Six bowls this upcoming college football season. One semifinal participant may shock you: Oklahoma State. From ESPN: After analyzing and taking lessons from the first season of the College Football Playoff era, new criteria has emerged for predicting who will be selected for the New Year's Six. Edwards says "using last season's blueprint is probably not a good idea" when predicting the next wave of New Year's Six teams. So, if you're thinking based on 2014 there's no way Oklahoma State can make the CFP or the New Year's Six, wrap your mind around Edwards' new reference points for predicting the lineup. His criteria? Quarterback play, recruiting, returning starters and schedule. He has OSU facing Auburn in the Cotton Bowl national semifinal. From Edwards: "This goes back to my early point about the top four at the end of the regular season usually having representatives from outside the preseason top 10. I'm not sure if Auburn will fit that description, but Oklahoma State surely would if it continues the streak of surprise Big 12 champions. The Cowboys need to find consistent QB play, but except for last season, that's rarely been an issue for them under Mike Gundy. And they have eight starters back on each side of the ball, plus a schedule that has them hosting TCU, Baylor and Oklahoma in November." With quarterback Mason Rudolph getting some preseason Heisman hype (as well as a  vote of confidence from Mike Gundy) plenty of starters back on both sides, and the momentum of the Cactus Bowl performance , there's reason for optimism in Stillwater headed into 2015. The College Football Playoff seems lofty, but at least one projection has the Cowboys as one of the contenders. What do you think?

  • National recruiting notebook: UCLA rivals Auburn for best finish down the stretch

    Compiled by Erik Horne | Published: Wed, Feb 4, 2015

    Alabama did its ’Bama thing. Will Muschamp did his recruiting defensive studs thing. Jim Mora Jr. did his closer thing. Wait … what? Mora and UCLA was probably the biggest surprise on National Signing Day, rivaling Auburn for the best finish down the stretch. But it wasn’t enough to crack the Top 5 teams nationally. TOP 5 RECRUITS* *Per 1. Byron Cowart, DE, 6-3, 253, Seffner, Fla. (Armwood), signed with Auburn. Will Muschamp’s revenge. Auburn’s new defensive coordinator swiped the Under Armour All-American from his former team (Florida) and Southeastern Conference foe Alabama. 2. Josh Rosen, QB, 6-4, 207, Bellflower, Calif. (St. John Bosco), signed with UCLA.

  • OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant fires back at writer for Nick Collison contract comments

    Erik Horne | Published: Tue, Feb 3, 2015

    So, veteran forward Nick Collison  signed a multi-year extension with the Thunder today. That prompted congratulations from Thunder teammate Kevin Durant via Twitter. The contract also prompted reaction from NBA writer Chris Palmer on Twitter. And Palmer's reaction prompted Durant to fire back in defense of "Mr. Thunder." Palmer used to work for ESPN, but reportedly didn't renew his contrac t back in 2013 (h/t Deadspin ). This isn't the first time Palmer has ticked off Durant via social media .

  • OU football: Sam Bradford on Josh Heupel, DeflateGate and his future with the St. Louis Rams

    Erik Horne | Published: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    On Wednesday, former OU All-American and current St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford was a guest on the WWLS 98.1 FM’s Middle of the Day Show with Mark Rodgers and Dusty Dvoracek. Dvoracek asked Bradford about plenty of relevant topics including Josh Heupel’s firing from OU, the Super Bowl, DeflateGate and Bradford’s status with […]

  • Marshawn Lynch's answer to every question at Super Bowl media day: 'I'm here so I won't get fined'

    Erik Horne | Published: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch is known for his brevity with the media. It's no surprise that Lynch went back to his traditional one-phrase tactic when his turn behind the microphone came at Super Bowl media day Tuesday. Lynch answered every question with "I'm here so I won't get fined." Occassionally, he went a little further with "I'm just here so I won't get fined, Boss," but it was pretty standard fare. Less than three minutes, and Lynch was gone. Hey, he warned us.

  • VIDEO: TNT's Ernie Johnson asks Russell Westbrook about execution

    Erik Horne | Published: Wed, Jan 21, 2015

    In case you’ve been in hibernation, Russell Westbrook has had a common theme in his interviews in the last week or so. The Oklahoman’s Berry Tramel wrote about it here. So, following the Thunder’s 94-86 win over the Miami Heat on Tuesday (in which Westbrook was excellent down the stretch), TNT’s Ernie Johnson deadpanned, asking […]

  • Marcus Smart says he 'had to take a lot of bad shots' at Oklahoma State

    Erik Horne | Published: Tue, Jan 20, 2015

    Marcus Smart has turned into a pretty decent 3-point shooter for the Boston Celtics as a rookie, a big contrast from his final days at Oklahoma State. It's a small sample size, but Smart has made 42.6 percent of his 3-pointers since his full return from an ankle injury on Dec. 7. In a piece on , Smart and Celtics coach Brad Stevens said that shot selection has played a key role in going from 29.9 percent from 3 in his sophomore season at OSU to his  improvement in the NBA. But Smart took some heat Tuesday for comments he made in the column. “In college I took a lot of bad shots because I was on a team where I had to take a lot of bad shots,” Smart said. “Here, I just have to knock down open shots and take the good ones." It makes sense that Smart's 3-point percentage would steadily improve. At OSU, he was assigned much of the ballhandling duties and the responsibility of creating offense for the Cowboys. With the Celtics, that responsibility has been lessened (again, Smart has only played 26 NBA games. We'll see how his role changes when he's presumably handed the keys to the franchise next season as the Day 1 starting point guard). He's also still only just 20 years old, and has been lauded for his defense in his rookie season. In response to some heat from the piece, Smart took to Twitter later on Tuesday.

  • VIDEO: Paul Pierce does Russell Westbrook impression with reporters

    Erik Horne | Published: Mon, Jan 19, 2015

    Washington Wizards forward Paul Pierce joked with reporters on Saturday, pulling a Russell Westbrook by continually saying “we executed.” Pierce even donned some oversized eyewear to complete the Westbrook look. He finished up with an “I don’t like you,” a reference to Westbrook’s answer to a Berry Tramel question following Friday’s Thunder-Warriors game. Even better: […]