• Big 12 meetings: Here's a look at four issues to potentially be settled this week

    Big 12 meetings: Here\'s a look at four issues...

    By Ryan Aber Staff Writer raber@oklahoman.com | Updated: 3 hr ago

    While Boren’s tenor has softened recently, the league’s CEOs — headed by Boren — will receive numbers from a pair of consulting groups this week that are focused on how the league would be affected by standing pat with 10 teams or expanding, adding a conference network or not and adding a conference championship game or not.

  • Women's College World Series ticket and parking information

    Complied by Kyle Fredrickson | Published: Tue, May 31, 2016

    Tickets: As of Tuesday afternoon only about 70 session-one tickets were available for purchase with all other tickets being sold out. However, there are still two ways to secure seats for the WCWS. Fans can visit www.ncaa.com/exchange where tickets from multiple sessions are available for resale. A predetermined number of standing room only tickets will also be available each day when the box office opens ($20 for each session). Box office hours vary pending start times for each day of the WCWS. For more information, visit okcallsports.org. Parking: Daily parking in the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium lot is available on a first-come, first-serve basis for $20. Once full, free parking is available at Remington Park where complimentary

  • WCWS adds free events for fans of all ages

    Jenni Carlson | Updated: 10 hr ago

    The day before the Women's College World Series starts is always a busy one on the fields at the Hall of Fame Stadium complex with teams practicing and getting used to their surroundings. Their practices have always been open to the public, but few fans have shown. The NCAA is hoping to change that. Starting this year, it is offering several free activities on Wednesday, practice day at the WCWS. Fans can watch the teams practice -- a complete schedule is listed below -- but they can also take advantage of other fun options. *Spirit stations: Make a poster to cheer on your favorite team or players. *Specialty hair bow making. *Face painting.

  • OU softball Q&A: Freshman Shay Knighten

    OU softball Q&A: Freshman Shay Knighten

    By Scott Wright Staff Writer swright@oklahoman.com | Yesterday

    The first baseman, usually slotted into the third spot in the batting order, is hitting .388 with 11 home runs and 54 runs batted in.

  • Women's College World Series: OU, Alabama set for prime-time showdown in opening round

    Women\'s College World Series: OU, Alabama set...

    By Scott Wright, Staff Writer, swright@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, May 30, 2016

    Oklahoma and Alabama are set for a prime-time showdown in the opening round of the Women's College World Series. The third-seeded Sooners and sixth-seeded Alabama will square off at 6 p.m., the first game of the night session, Thursday at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium. This will be the third WCWS meeting — and fifth game — between OU and Alabama in the last five years. OU has a 1-3 record against the Crimson Tide during that span, including Alabama's 2-1 championship series victory in 2012. OU won the teams' only meeting this season, 2-0 in March in Fullerton, Calif. Here's the full first-round schedule: Thursday's games Bracket 1 No. 8 Florida State (53-8) vs. No. 16 Georgia (45-18), 11

  • Sooners get commit from Tulsa Memorial defensive end

    Ryan Aber | Updated: Sat, May 28, 2016

    Oklahoma picked up another in-state commitment for its 2017 class Saturday when Tulsa Memorial defensive end Isaiah Thomas announced his decision to go to OU. Thomas chose the Sooners over Oklahoma State, Missouri and Tennessee among others. Thomas (6-foot-5, 230 pounds) is the fourth recruit from the state from the class to commit to the Sooners, joining Collinsville's Levi Draper, John Marshall's Justin Broiles and Tulsa Union's Tre Brown. He's the 13th 2017 commitment for the Sooners, who are No. 2 behind Ohio State in Rivals' team rankings for the class.

  • Oklahoma baseball: Sooners exit Big 12 Tournament with 11-1 loss to West Virginia

    Kyle Fredrickson | Updated: Sat, May 28, 2016

    Oklahoma’s bats were on fire with 30 runs over its last 14 innings in Big 12 Tournament play entering a must-win-twice scenario Saturday against West Virginia at Bricktown Ballpark. But the Sooners’ flame was extinguished against the Mountaineers. OU managed just four hits in an 11-1 run-rule loss to WVU — almost certainly eliminating the Sooners (30-27-1) from the NCAA postseason for a third-consecutive year. WVU (36-21) featured seven players who recorded at least one hit and were propelled by three-run innings in the second and fourth, followed by a close-out seventh inning where four runners scored.

  • OU softball: Sooners stop UL-Lafayette rally to advance to WCWS

    OU softball: Sooners stop UL-Lafayette rally to...

    By Scott Wright Staff Writer swright@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, May 28, 2016

    What looked like a meaningless insurance run turned out to be the game-winner in OU’s 7-6 victory over Louisiana-Lafayette in the second game of a NCAA Super Regional on Friday night at Marita Hynes Field.

  • Oklahoma Softball Super Regional: Sooners coach Patty Gasso celebrates 54th birthday with WCWS berth

    By Kyle Fredrickson, Staff Writer, kfredrickson@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, May 28, 2016

    The Sooners’ 7-6 victory marked Gasso’s 1,080th career win since taking over the program in 1995, and now, the Sooners are headed to their 10th Women’s College World Series in program history.

  • OU football: Big 12 to vote on rule change that would give Baker Mayfield a year of eligibility back

    OU football: Big 12 to vote on rule change that...

    By Ryan Aber Staff Writer raber@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, May 27, 2016

    Next week at the Big 12 meetings in the Dallas area, the conference’s Faculty Athletics Representatives are set to vote on a proposed rule change that would give the Oklahoma quarterback back the year of eligibility he lost after transferring from Texas Tech after the 2013 season.

  • OU baseball: Sooners keep season alive with 17-4 win over Texas Tech

    OU baseball: Sooners keep season alive with...

    By Ryan Aber Staff Writer raber@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, May 27, 2016

    The Sooners (30-26-1) will play West Virginia at 9 a.m. Saturday and must beat the Mountaineers twice to advance to Sunday’s championship game.

  • Report: Big 12 to consider rule change that would grant OU's Baker Mayfield another year of eligibility

    Report: Big 12 to consider rule change that...

    Published: Fri, May 27, 2016

    Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield will have another chance to get back the year of eligibility he lost when he transferred from Texas Tech. According to a report from the Dallas Morning News, a proposed rule change is on the agenda for the Big 12's faculty representatives Wednesday at conference meetings next week in Las Colinas. Mayfield was forced to sit out the 2014 season when he transferred following his freshman year and was penalized by losing a year of eligibility because of the move to another conference member.  Mayfield's initial appeal was denied in May 2015, but he went on to win the starting quarterback job and led Oklahoma to the Big 12 title. He would be a senior this season without a change of heart by the Big 12.

  • College softball: Sooners' personalities, talent shine in Super Regional win

    College softball: Sooners\' personalities,...

    By Scott Wright Staff Writer swright@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, May 26, 2016

    OU won 8-2 in the first game of the best-of-3 series Thursday night at Marita Hynes Field, with a berth in the Women’s College World Series on the line.

  • Oklahoma Softball Super Regional: Paige Parker rebounds after allowing first inning home run against ULL

    Oklahoma Softball Super Regional: Paige Parker...

    By Kyle Fredrickson, Staff Writer, kfredrickson@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, May 26, 2016

    Louisiana-Lafayette second baseman Hayley Hayden handed the Sooners an immediate 1-0 deficit in Super Regional play Thursday, and the left-handed sophomore pitcher took a deep breath.

  • Baylor scandal a black eye on the Big 12?

    Jenni Carlson | Updated: Thu, May 26, 2016

    The commissioner for Big 12 just happened to be down the street when news of Baylor firing football coach Art Briles came Friday morning. Bob Bowlsby has been posted up at the Big 12 baseball tournament this week, so our man Ryan Aber talked to him about Briles' firing (as well as several other important issues facing the league). You can read that story here. The most interesting thing Bowlsby said? The Baylor scandal is a black eye on the entire Big 12. There's no doubt that league school's association with Baylor has a residual effect. People see Baylor on a helmet or jersey, and they immediately identify the Bears as part of the Big 12.

  • Big 12: Baylor's decision to demote Ken Starr figures to have an impact on Big 12

    Big 12: Baylor\'s decision to demote Ken Starr...

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Thu, May 26, 2016

    Starr has served as the chairman of the league’s three-member composition committee studying the issue of expansion.

  • Big 12's Bob Bowlsby: Baylor situation 'reflects on all of our schools'

    By Ryan Aber, Staff Writer, raber@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, May 26, 2016

    Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said he was “interested” in Baylor's report that led to the firing of football coach Art Briles, but he said the investigation that led to the firing and other actions is not a league matter. “Coach Briles certainly has had a remarkable career at Baylor. They've won a lot of games and they've built a beautiful stadium,” Bowlsby said Thursday at Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City. “There's no doubt a sadness that goes along with his departure. And yet I think Baylor has been transparent in their handling in the matter. They've taken steps. I haven't any vantage point from which to evaluate that (Briles' firing) because I don't know the inside information on it.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with columnist Jenni Carlson

    Power Lunch: Chat with columnist Jenni Carlson

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Thu, May 26, 2016

    Talk OU, OSU and the Thunder with columnist Jenni Carlson in today's Power Lunch live chat at 11 a.m.

  • Big 12 baseball notebook: OU's Jake Irvin takes shot to the face

    Big 12 baseball notebook: OU\'s Jake Irvin takes...

    By Ryan Aber and John Helsley | Published: Wed, May 25, 2016

    Oklahoma starting pitcher Jake Irvin had a scare in the fourth inning of Wednesday’s eventual 6-0 loss to West Virginia when he was hit in the face by a foul ball in the fourth inning.

  • Sooners wide receiver arrested for criminal trespass in Texas

    Sooners wide receiver arrested for criminal...

    Ryan Aber | Updated: Wed, May 25, 2016

    Oklahoma wide receiver Dede Westbrook was arrested in his hometown of Cameron, Texas, on Monday on a complaint of criminal trespass. An official at the Milam County jail said Westbrook was booked at 11:30 a.m. Monday and was released from the jail at 2:15 p.m. the same day. "We're aware of it and are addressing internally," OU spokesmen Mike Houck said. Westbrook is expected to be a big piece of a Sooners' offense looking for a No. 1 receiver after the loss of Sterling Shepard. As a junior last season, Westbrook had 46 catches for 743 yards and four touchdowns and was named the Big 12 Offensive Newcomer of the Year. Westbrook's arrest was first reported by KMIL.com.




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