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.


  • Oklahoma State football: Spring Game rosters released

    Erik Horne | Published: Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    Here are the rosters for the Oklahoma State spring game, set for Saturday at 1 p.m. at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater. Five players — Defensive back Bryant Reber, fullback Britton Abbott, and tight ends Blake Jarwin, Jordan Frazier and Zac Veach — will wear black jerseys and will be eligible to play for both […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: OKC retains its first round pick for this June's NBA Draft

    By Anthony Slater and Erik Horne | Published: Mon, Apr 13, 2015

    Back in January, as part of the Dion Waiters trade, the Thunder traded its first round pick for the upcoming draft. But it was top-18 protected. And after a recent Wizards win helped them clinch a better record than the Thunder, OKC is guaranteed to have no worse than the 18th pick. So the Thunder will keep it for this season and its traded first rounder, now in the hands of Philadelphia, will be top-15 protected next season. If OKC makes the playoffs, it’ll have the 18th pick. If the Thunder miss the postseason, it’ll have the 14th, with an outside shot to jump higher in the lottery.

  • Gary Payton likes Russell Westbrook for MVP

    Erik Horne | Updated: Mon, Apr 13, 2015

    Kobe Bryant vouched for Russell Westbrook on Monday afternoon. The Glove followed suit. Former Seattle SuperSonics guard Gary Payton told Slam.com that Westbrook is his pick for NBA Most Valuable Player. “If I would have to pick right now: What Westbrook has done is amazing, what he did with the triple-doubles. I don’t like that […]

  • Why the NBA rescinded Russell Westbrook's technical foul

    Erik Horne | Updated: Mon, Apr 13, 2015

    With the Thunder season on life support, the NBA revived Oklahoma City’s playoff chances by overturning Russell Westbrook’s technical foul call from Sunday’s loss to the Indiana Pacers, thus keeping Westbrook eligible to play in tonight’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers. So why did the league change its mind? Basically, NBA President of Basketball […]

  • Kobe Bryant defends Russell Westbrook's shot selection on Twitter

    Erik Horne | Published: Mon, Apr 13, 2015

    A future Hall of Famer is sticking up for Russell Westbrook. After a 116-104 loss to the Pacers on Sunday in which he took 43 shots, Thunder guard Russell Westbrook was asked about the criticism of what may be perceived as taking too many shots. Some are convinced that Westbrook was gunning for the scoring […]

  • Dave Bliss: Reaction to the disgraced ex-Baylor coach's hiring at Southwestern Christian University

    Erik Horne | Updated: Mon, Apr 6, 2015

    Dave Bliss is making a return to college basketball after 12 years. The former OU, SMU, New Mexico and Baylor coach has resurfaced at NAIA Southwestern Christian University as its new men’s basketball coach (you can read Berry Tramel’s breaking news story here and his column where he speaks to Bliss and Southwestern Christian officials […]

  • Kevin Durant tells Bill Simmons to let the James Harden trade go

    Erik Horne | Published: Sun, Apr 5, 2015

    Leading up to Sunday’s Thunder-Rockets game, Thunder writer Darnell Mayberry wrote about why the James Harden trade to Houston won’t go away (you can read that article here). The article prompted a mini-Twitter rant from ESPN’s Bill Simmons, who has long voiced his displeasure about the Thunder dealing Harden. His rant drew a brief response […]

  • James Harden for MVP? Rockets making full-court press with video book

    Erik Horne | Updated: Fri, Apr 3, 2015

    Last year, the Houston Rockets went above and beyond with Most Valuable Player and Defensive Player of the Year campaigns for James Harden and Dwight Howard, respectively. The Rockets sent out elaborate promotional packages to the awards voters, touting their premier players. Well, the Rockets took it to another level this season. While Howard won’t […]

  • GALLERY: Thunder on the cover of Sports Illustrated

    Erik Horne | Updated: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    The Oklahoma City Thunder scored some national publicity, as Russell Westbrook is the focus of Sports Illustrated's April 6 cover story by Lee Jenkins. It's not the first time the Thunder has been featured on the front of SI. Check out the gallery below to see each the Thunder's cover appearances.

  • Justin Blackmon dropped on Tampa Bay's draft board in 2012 because of bar activity says former Bucs GM

    Erik Horne | Published: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Mark Domink said the team didn’t draft former Oklahoma State receiver Justin Blackmon in 2012 because Blackmon was too much a part of the Stillwater bar scene. Dominik, who currently works as an an NFL insider for ESPN, was a guest on The Herd with Colin Cowherd radio show […]

  • OKC Thunder: Russell Westbrook's on the cover of Sports Illustrated

    Erik Horne | Updated: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    Thunder guard Russell Westbrook is on the national cover of this week’s Sports Illustrated, along with the headline “The athleticism of LeBron + The drive of Kobe.” SI’s Lee Jenkins wrote a feature story on Westbrook for the magazine’s April 6 edition. SI.com teases the story as a look at Westbrook’s rise from high school […]

  • Kevin Durant on Instagram: Surgery and recovery 'just a small obstacle when I look at the big picture'

    Erik Horne | Published: Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    Thunder forward Kevin Durant had season-ending bone graft surgery on Tuesday in New York City — the third procedure on his right foot in less than six months. Following his surgery, Durant posted a photo of himself in a hospital bed and message on Instagram. Not what I envisioned coming into this season. But I’m […]

  • Larry Bird hopes Russell Westbrook 'wins 10 MVPs in a row'

    Erik Horne | Published: Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    Kevin Love likes Russell Westbrook for MVP over his own Cleveland Cavaliers teammate. LeBron James is OK with that opinion. Well, Westbrook may have just received the ultimate endorsement from Hall of Famer Larry Bird. The Indiana Pacers president told ESPN.com in an extensive interview that he hopes Westbrook “wins 10 MVPs in a row.”(You […]

  • OKC Thunder: Is Kevin Love right? Is Russell Westbrook having a better season than LeBron James?

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    Russell Westbrook more than likely isn’t going to win the NBA’s Most Valuable Player award. But that doesn’t mean he’s having a lesser season than Stephen Curry, James Harden or LeBron James. On Monday, Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love said on the Dan Patrick Show that Westbrook is arguably having a better season than his […]

  • Adrian Peterson turned 30, celebrated with a camel and Jamie Foxx

    Erik Horne | Published: Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    How did you celebrate your 30th birthday? Adrian Peterson probably did it better. The former OU star was back in the Houston area this weekend celebrating his birthday with a lavish party. Peterson rode in on a camel, Jamie Foxx had a dance-off and there was a cake shaped like a palace. Happy Birthday @adrianpeterson […]

  • Live Coverage: Sam Presti Press Conference on Kevin Durant's injury

    staff reports | Updated: Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    Thunder general manager Sam Presti gives an update on Kevin Durant's injury status at an 11:30 a.m. press conference. Follow The Oklahoman's live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more.

  • OKC Thunder: Kendrick Perkins says James Harden needed his own team

    erik horne | Published: Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    It's the question that has seemlingly been asked on for ages: What would the Thunder have looked like had it kept James Harden? Was it the right move? Was it the wrong move? Many questions haven't yet been answered. It's a to-be-decided in both the Thunder and Rockets histories. Since the deal, two thing has definitely become clear: Russell Westbrook has emerged as a Top 5 player in the NBA. So has Harden. And former Thunder player Kendrick Perkins told Bleacher Report that Harden wouldn't have reached those heights without that infamous trade in 2012. "No, because James needed his own team," Perkins said. "He wouldn't have been able to flourish and be the guy who he is under Russ and KD. So he definitely needed his own team to be able to do what he's doing right now." Bleacher Report's Ethan Skolnick goes on to back up Perkins' wisdom with a point that some people just don't want to seem to understand: This Harden we're seeing now would not have emerged as a third option with the Thunder. The circumstances had to play out the way they did in order for Harden to grow as a player and ascend to MVP status. That's not a discredit to Harden's talent, but a realistic view of a crowded room of Kevin Durant, Westbrook and Harden. "He worked hard," Perkins told BR about Harden. "He came ready to play. And then he would come off the bench and have a quick 15 in 12 minutes, just straight getting buckets. And we already knew that he was ready. There just wasn't room for him to really flourish like this. So he had to break away."

  • WATCH: Georgia State's Ron Hunter falls out of chair celebrating NCAA Tournament upset of Baylor

    Erik Horne | Published: Thu, Mar 19, 2015

    When Big 12 Tournament winner and No. 3-seed Iowa State lost to UAB 60-59 in its opening game of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday, I was as stunned as anyone. At least the Big 12 still had Baylor, another 3-seed, going up against 14-seed Georgia State, right? Wrong. R.J. Hunter hit a DEEP 3 for […]

  • Class 4A boys basketball: Tulsa Central's Camron Williams hits game-winner to push Braves past Victory Christian

    Erik Horne | Updated: Thu, Mar 12, 2015

    The perfect way to complete a comeback came on the most unlikely of plays for Tulsa Central. Camron Williams hit a 19-foot jumper just before the final buzzer to lift the Braves over Victory Christian 57-55 in the Class 4A state semifinals at Oklahoma City University Thursday night. “We know I didn’t draw that up,” […]

  • Class 4A boys basketball: Stilwell one win away from title game with win over Harrah

    Erik Horne | Updated: Thu, Mar 12, 2015

    Harrah had the size. Stilwell had the seniors. A year after falling to Douglass in the 4A state championship game, Stilwell and its starting five of all seniors is one game away from another shot at the title after defeating Harrah 63-55 in the Class 4A state semifinals Thursday at Oklahoma City University. Getting back […]





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