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


  • 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 […]

  • Barry Sanders says Adrian Peterson still the NFL's best running back

    Erik Horne | Published: Tue, May 27, 2014

    On ESPN’s SportsCenter Tuesday morning, NFL Hall of Famer and former Oklahoma State running back Barry Sanders was asked his opinion on who was currently the best running back in the NFL. Last week, Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy went on the radio to say that he was the best running back in the […]

  • Barry Sanders says retired players have tough case against NFL

    Erik Horne | Published: Tue, May 27, 2014

    On ESPN’s SportsCenter Tuesday morning, NFL Hall of Famer and former Oklahoma State running back Barry Sanders said it will be difficult for retired NFL players to win a case against the league over alleged illegal drug use. Sanders, who retired from the league in 1998, sat down for an interview with ESPN host Jay […]

  • Oklahoma sports figures observe Memorial Day across Twitter

    Erik Horne | Published: Mon, May 26, 2014

    Numerous sports figures and teams with Oklahoma ties paid respect to the Memorial Day holiday on Monday via Twitter: Happy Memorial Day to all that have served. Thank ya’ll for making the United States of America the best country in the world. — Gabe Ikard (@GabeIkard) May 26, 2014 Happy Memorial Day. Thanks to all […]

  • Grade Thunder vs. Spurs Game 3

    Erik Horne | Published: Mon, May 26, 2014

    The Thunder needed that surge and it got one from Serge Ibaka in Game 3. Here’s your chance to grade the Thunder performance, and some other categories. Check back for Berry Tramel’s Report Card from Game 3. Here are Game 2’s grades, and Berry Tramel’s Report Card from Game 2.

  • Spurs coach Gregg Popovich jokes that Manu Ginobili's out for the playoffs

    Erik Horne | Published: Mon, May 26, 2014

    San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich is known worldwide for his generally terse and dry answers in interviews. For example Q: “How do you think your starters responded to the change in lineup from Oklahoma City?” Gregg Popovich: “Fine.” Pop’s back to normal. — NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) May 26, 2014 But following the Spurs’ […]

  • VIDEO: Marcus Smart's pre-draft workout

    Erik Horne | Published: Sat, May 24, 2014

    The NBA Draft is just weeks away and former Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart is projected as a top 10 pick. Check out this brief video of his workout routine as he prepares for his rookie season.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: The Oklahoman invites you to play #whatstheheadline

    erik horne | Updated: Fri, May 23, 2014

    Want to make your mark on Thunder playoff history? Submit your best headline for Thunder playoff games through The Oklahoman’s #WhatsTheHeadline promotion < /p> After each game, sports editor Mike Sherman and NewsOK Sports will solicit headline ideas via Twitter using the #whatstheheadline hashtag through @mikesherman and @newsoksports.The reader with the best headline will receive a commemorative copy of Thunder Extra featuring his or her headline.< /p> Check out every headline in Thunder playoff game history below in our Playoff Pages gallery.   <p>Your browser does not support iframes.

  • Thunder-Spurs: Gregg Popovich knew Serge Ibaka would be back

    erik horne | Updated: Fri, May 23, 2014

    C’mon, you can’t fool Gregg Popovich. When it was announced that Serge Ibaka would likely be out for the playoffs, the Spurs went out their business as if Ibaka was suiting up. And when the news broke that Ibaka was upgraded to day-to-day on Friday, Popovich reminded everyone that the Spurs will already be ready.   Pop on announcement of Ibaka being upgraded: "Shocked ... We know Sammy (Presti). We knew he'd be back." — Jeff McDonald (@JMcDonald_SAEN) May 23, 2014   In a Friday press conference Sam Presti didn’t guarantee Ibaka would play Sunday in Game 3 against the Spurs, only that the team can’t rule him out.

  • OKC Thunder notebook: Avery Johnson and Jalen Rose defend Russell Westbrook for getting on Kevin Durant

    By Erik Horne and Anthony Slater | Published: Thu, May 22, 2014

    Westbrook and Durant dismissed it after the game, saying it was just a heat-of-the-moment-type situation. On Thursday, ESPN analysts and former point guards Rose and Johnson backed Westbrook, saying they saw nothing wrong with the exchange.

  • Steven Adams named to NBA's All-Rookie Second Team

    staff reports | Updated: Thu, May 22, 2014

    Thunder center Steven Adams was named to the NBA's All-Rookie Second Team, as announced Thursday by the league. Adams averaged 3.3 points, 4.1 rebounds and 50 percent shooting in 81 regular season games for the Thunder. The 20-year-old out of the University of Pittsburgh is the only selection to the All-Rookie First or Second Team who is still playing in the postseason. Adams received a total of 65 points and nine first-place votes to make the squad. Rookie of the Year Michael Carter-Williams of the Philadelphia 76ers headlines the All-Rookie First Team, joined by Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo, Utah Jazz guard Trey Burke, New York Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. and Brooklyn Nets center Mason Plumlee.

  • ESPN's Jalen Rose, Avery Johnson OK with Russell Westbrook-Kevin Durant argument in Game 2

    staff reports | Updated: Thu, May 22, 2014

    What exactly was said by Russell Westbrook following Danny Green's backbreaking 3-pointer? "Wake up" seems to be the consensus. The Thunder guard points to his head and looks at teammate Kevin Durant following Green's 3 that stretched the Spurs' lead from eight to 11 in the second quarter. The Thunder was headed into a timeout when Westbrook pointed to his temples twice and directed some words at Durant.   Russ and KD getting into it heading to the huddle. Russ mad, I think, about KD on the defensive end. KD not having it. Heated. — Jenni Carlson (@JenniCarlson_OK) May 22, 2014   "I was just getting on Kevin about some stuff, and he got on me right back," Westbrook said of the

  • Grade Thunder vs. Spurs Game 2

    staff reports | Updated: Wed, May 21, 2014

    The San Antonio Spurs never broke a sweat in a Game 2 rout of the Thunder on Wednesday. Here’s your chance to give your grades on the game. Here's Berry Tramel’s report card on Game 2.   // Grade the Thunder offense   // Grade the Thunder defense  ...

  • VIDEO: Thunder rap from brother-sister duo is hilarious

    staff reports | Updated: Tue, May 20, 2014

    Ladies and gentlemen, here’s your official Thunder playoff anthem. Kabir Iyengar and his sister, Karinka Iyengar, have teamed up for this rap parody entitled “Rollin’ (OKC) Thunder,” laced with hilarious references to Reggie Jackson as Scrappy Doo, mistaken identity between the Thunder’s backup big men and more. Not to mention a chorus that’ll likely be stuck in your head all day. The best comes around the 1:21 mark, where Kabir breaks into how confused he gets Collison and Adams on the court. Our squad is so money, you should call us Richy Rich/Got Collison and Adams but I don’t know which is which. (Like, for real, I don’t know which is which. I can’t

  • Grade Thunder vs. Spurs Game 1

    staff reports | Updated: Mon, May 19, 2014

    The San Antonio Spurs ran away from the Oklahoma City Thunder in the fourth quarter of a 122-105 win in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals. Here’s your chance to grade the performance and give your opinion on Game 1. We’re adding some new flavor to the poll with Serge Ibaka’s injury and the Thunder needing to make adjustments. What should Scott Brooks do in Game 2? Don’t forget to check out Berry Tramel’s game grades coming up. We’ll also have a poll Tuesday where you can vote based off Tramel’s grades and chime in with suggestions for the Thunder in the comments section.

  • Thunder-Spurs: First-half observations from Game 1

    staff reports | Updated: Mon, May 19, 2014

    "Big, small, we're not guarding anyone." - Scott Brooks in Game 1 first half. Some positives and negatives from the first half of Thunder-Spurs Game 1. Pluses Bench scoring: Derek Fisher turned back the clock for 11 points and three 3s, Reggie Jackson was right there with him with seven points (2-for-2 from 3) and the Thunder bench outscored San Antonio’s 29-11. Kevin Durant: The MVP was on in the first half, scoring 16 points on just seven shots. Rebounding: Despite missing Ibaka and Steve Adams playing just 10 minutes, the Thunder went toe-to-toe with the Spurs in rebounds (20 to 20). And this …   Why I'm still hesitant to assume a Spurs

  • Thunder vs. Spurs Game 1 pregame primer

    Updated: Mon, May 19, 2014

    What can we expect from the Thunder’s interior defense without Serge Ibaka? Berry Tramel wrote today that Ibaka’s presence inside is irreplaceable. When the Thunder and Spurs tip of tonight in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals, Ibaka’s offense will be missed, but it’s his penchant for, as Kevin Durant said  “cleaning up all our mistakes” that will be most missed. From Tramel’s blog: “The Thunder’s defense comes and goes, in terms of staying in front of offensive players. But always on the job is Ibaka, serving as a toll gate who doesn’t easily let opponents to the basket.” You can read the rest of the blog here. Now, for more stats

  • Serge Ibaka says he's ready to watch, not play

    Published: Mon, May 19, 2014

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  • Oklahoma State basketball: Marcus Smart, Markel Brown impress at NBA Draft combine

    Erik Horne | Published: Fri, May 16, 2014

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