Ryan Aber
Sports OU Athletics Reporter

Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The Oklahoman, Aber worked for the Muskogee Phoenix, Southwest Times-Record in Fort Smith, Ark., and the Morning News of Northwest Arkansas.


  • Sooners wide receiver arrested for criminal trespass in Texas

    Ryan Aber | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Oklahoma wide receiver Dede Westbrook was arrested in him 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.

  • Big 12 baseball: OU needs to win Big 12 Tournament to get regional bid

    Big 12 baseball: OU needs to win Big 12...

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Tue, May 24, 2016

    Hughes’ Sooners only have to look to last year to see that it can be done. Texas was the No. 5 seed last year — just like the Sooners this year — and swept through the field to stay alive and advance to a regional.

  • Big 12 baseball capsules: What you need to know about each team in the tournament

    By Ryan Aber and John Helsley | Published: Tue, May 24, 2016

    TEXAS TECH No. 1 seed, 40-14 overall, 19-5 Big 12 Coach: Tim Tadlock (fourth season) Ranking: No. 6 Scouting report: Texas Tech won the Big 12 regular-season title for the first time since 1997 — the league's first season. The Red Raiders were picked fifth in this preseason but rolled through the league, winning by three games. Tech won all but one conference series this season, losing a series only to Texas. It also went 8-1 against teams in its side of the bracket. The Red Raiders are third nationally with 66 double played turned. Tech has started a freshman on the mound in 39 of 54 games, but junior Ty Damron is expected to start the tournament opener. Key stat: .854 — The Red Raiders' Big

  • Did you know this about the Big 12 Tournament?

    By Ryan Aber and John Helsley | Published: Tue, May 24, 2016

    DID YOU KNOW? Some facts and figures as the Big 12 Tournament gets underway for the 20th time: *Bricktown Ballpark has hosted 16 of the 20 Big 12 Tournaments, including this season's event. The only other parks to host are All-Sports Stadium in Oklahoma City (1997), the Ballpark in Arlington (2002, 2004) and ONEOK Field in Tulsa (2015). *OSU won a record 23 Big Eight championships, including 16 straight in Oklahoma City from 1981 to 1996, the final year of the conference. The Cowboys' lone Big 12 title, however, came in 2004 at the Ballpark in Arlington. *Oklahoma and Texas share the Big 12 Tournament lead with 34 tournament wins since the league's inception.

  • Big 12 baseball superlatives

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Tue, May 24, 2016

    A look at some of the best performances and moments to come in the Big 12 Tournament.

  • Big 12 baseball: OU's Sheldon Neuse is The Oklahoman's Big 12 Player of the Year

    Big 12 baseball: OU\'s Sheldon Neuse is The...

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Mon, May 23, 2016

    Neuse’s return figures to go along way toward determining if the Sooners have a chance to win the Big 12 Tournament — something they must to do continue their season past this weekend.

  • Report: Oklahoma to host Florida in Big 12/SEC Challenge

    Ryan Aber | Updated: Mon, May 23, 2016

    Oklahoma will host Florida in the Big 12/SEC Challenge next season, according to a report from CBS Sports' Jon Rothstein. Sooners coach Lon Kruger coached the Gators from 1990-96, leading Florida to a Final Four appearance in 1994. That was his lone Final Four appearance until this year's Sooners made it. The Big 12/SEC Challenge has been played each of the last three seasons with the Big 12 winning each time. Last season, the Big 12 went 7-3 including Oklahoma's 77-75 win at LSU. For the first time, the event was moved to January. Florida was 21-15 overall last season and 9-9 in its first year under Mike White. White replaced Billy Donovan, who replaced Kruger and left

  • OU softball: Sooners blank Ole Miss, win regional title

    OU softball: Sooners blank Ole Miss, win...

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Sun, May 22, 2016

    Oklahoma will play Louisiana-Lafayette in Super Regional.

  • OU softball notebook: Sooners to face Louisiana-Lafayette in Super Regionals

    OU softball notebook: Sooners to face...

    By Ryan Aber and Scott Wright | Updated: Sun, May 22, 2016

    The Sooners are in the Super Regionals for the seventh consecutive season, the second-longest streak in the nation behind Alabama, which advanced to its 12th consecutive Super Regional on Sunday.

  • Oklahoma softball: Sooners one win away from host a Super Regional after 9-1 victory over Ole Miss

    Oklahoma softball: Sooners one win away from...

    By Ryan Aber Staff Writer raber@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, May 21, 2016

    Oklahoma has now won 24 consecutive games, the second-longest streak in program history.

  • OU softball: Paige Parker, Nicole Pendley propel Sooners to 23rd straight victory

    OU softball: Paige Parker, Nicole Pendley...

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Fri, May 20, 2016

    Oklahoma won its 23rd consecutive game Friday, beating Wichita State 7-2 in its regional softball opener at Marita Hynes Field.

  • OU softball: Freshmen making a huge difference for Sooners

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Thu, May 19, 2016

    With a lineup that would rely heavily on freshmen more than any recent team, coach Patty Gasso had to take a different approach.

  • OU softball: What you need to know about Norman Softball Regional

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Thu, May 19, 2016

    Oklahoma softball begins the NCAA postseason Friday at home for regional play. Here's what you need to know about the field in Norman GAME ONE When: 5:30 p.m. Friday TV: ESPN3 Tulsa (35-19, 9-9 AAC): The Golden Hurricane are in the tournament for the eighth time, all in the last 11 seasons. They are led in the circle by senior Caitlin Sill, a former Tuttle standout. Sill is 19-10 with a 1.71 ERA. Tulsa's other regular pitcher, sophomore Emily Watson, is from Deer Creek. Ole Miss (39-20, 11-13 SEC): The Rebels are in the tournament for the first time after setting a school record for wins this season and tying the school record for SEC wins. Ole Miss is one of 11 SEC teams in the field, with eight of those

  • NBA Draft: Where will Buddy Hield go in the NBA Draft?

    NBA Draft: Where will Buddy Hield go in the NBA...

    By Ryan Aber | Updated: Wed, May 18, 2016

    With the lottery order set, here’s a look at Hield’s likely destinations and why they’d be a good fit or not for Hield and where Hield sits in various mock drafts released since the lottery drawing.

  • Report: Austin Grandstaff leaving Oklahoma basketball program

    Ryan Aber | Updated: Tue, May 17, 2016

    NORMAN—It appears as if Austin Grandstaff won't be playing for Oklahoma after all. Grandstaff will reportedly leave the Sooners, 247sports.com's Jerry Meyer reported Tuesday. An Oklahoma basketball spokesman said Grandstaff remained on the roster. The late signing of combo guard Jordan Shepherd might've indicated the Sooners were moving on from Grandstaff. Grandstaff came to OU in January after transferring from Ohio State after playing 10 games there as a freshman early in the season. He averaged 4.4 points in 11.5 minutes per game. He would've been eligible in January for the Sooners.

  • College softball: Cowgirls stayed off roller coaster to make tournament

    College softball: Cowgirls stayed off roller...

    By Ryan Aber and Scott Wright | Updated: Mon, May 16, 2016

    First-year Oklahoma State softball coach Kenny Gajewski encouraged his players to avoid the emotional ups and downs as they went through the season.

  • Oklahoma No. 6 in Athlon preseason rankings

    Oklahoma No. 6 in Athlon preseason rankings

    Ryan Aber | Updated: Mon, May 16, 2016

    Coming off an appearance in the College Football Playoff, Oklahoma starts off the year at No. 6 in Athlon's preseason rankings. The preseason preview magazine is available May 24 but the rankings were released Monday with the Sooners coming in as the top Big 12 team in the rankings. Quarterback Baker Mayfield is on the cover for the Sooners' edition of the magazine. Other conference teams in the rankings include Baylor at No. 14, TCU at No. 18 and Oklahoma State at No. 25. Two other Sooners' opponents made the list, with Ohio State coming in at No. 3 and Houston at No. 16.

  • Class 4A baseball: Heritage Hall stifles late rally from Berryhill to win second-consecutive title

    Class 4A baseball: Heritage Hall stifles late...

    Ryan Aber Staff Writer raber@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, May 14, 2016

    Heritage Hall celebrated its second-consecutive state championship with a 2-1 win over Berryhill at Edmond Santa Fe.

  • Bedlam baseball: Cody Thomas powers Oklahoma past Oklahoma State

    Bedlam baseball: Cody Thomas powers Oklahoma...

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Sat, May 14, 2016

    Cody Thomas is pushing any thought of him returning to football well in the rearview mirror. Thomas, the former Oklahoma quarterback, continued his recent hot streak for the Sooners' baseball team on Friday night. He belted a three-run homer and delivered a two-run double to help Oklahoma open the Bedlam series with a 9-1 win over Oklahoma State in front of 7,302 at Bricktown Ballpark. Late last month, Thomas was scuffling at the plate after returning to baseball following a year away from the sport to concentrate on football full-time. After last football season, where Baker Mayfield earned the starting nod over Thomas. After Thomas played in just three games, he decided to rejoin the Sooners baseball team and give up

  • College sports: No vote expected this month on Big 12 expansion, conference network

    College sports: No vote expected this month on...

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Thu, May 12, 2016

    While a final vote might not be taken at the meetings, they do figure to advance the issue as consulting groups hired by the conference present numbers — and possibly expansion candidates — to the league’s presidents and athletic directors.




Ryan Aber Today at 10:25 AM West Virginia's Kyle Davis w/ a 3-run HR off Jake Irvin. WVU up 4-0 in 4th
Ryan Aber Today at 10:14 AM Great play by West Virginia cuts down Sheldon Neuse at the plate on Cody Thomas double #Sooners
Ryan Aber Today at 10:03 AM Cole Austin w/ an RBI single to put WVU up 1-0 on #Sooners
Ryan Aber Today at 9:51 AM #Sooners Jake Irvin strikes out 2 looking w/ the bases loaded to get out of a jam in the 2nd
Ryan Aber Today at 9:34 AM Sooners wide receiver arrested for criminal trespass in Texas https://t.co/dWXmWVfF9Q
Ryan Aber Today at 9:10 AM Michael Grove is trying to lobby to stay in but that’s it for him after just two batters. Grove shut down #Sooners earlier this year
Ryan Aber Today at 9:06 AM Grove is walking on his own now. Jogging to see if he can stay in
Ryan Aber Today at 9:05 AM West Virginia pitcher Michael Grove is down after injuring his knee planting after a tag out vs. #Sooners in Big 12 Tourney
Ryan Aber Today at 7:03 AM RT @CareyWWLS: KMIL 105.1 FM in Cameron, Texas, reporting #Sooners Dede Westbrook was arrested Monday on criminal trespass charge. https://
Ryan Aber Tue, May. 24 2016 09:40:37 PM CST Big 12 baseball superlatives https://t.co/VnYXh8ExOk
Ryan Aber Tue, May. 24 2016 09:40:36 PM CST Did you know this about the Big 12 Tournament? https://t.co/p1yet2M9oT
Ryan Aber Tue, May. 24 2016 09:40:36 PM CST Big 12 baseball capsules: What you need to know about each team in the tournament https://t.co/MriNrTulEO
Ryan Aber Tue, May. 24 2016 09:40:36 PM CST Big 12 baseball: OU needs to win Big 12 Tournament to get regional bid https://t.co/1THN5ET3uN
Ryan Aber Tue, May. 24 2016 06:03:00 PM CST RT @JLMcCuistion: #Sooners have apparently offered Mobile (Ala.) St. Paul's 2018 CB Jalyn Armour-Davis. https://t.co/EU7BGNwYND
Ryan Aber Tue, May. 24 2016 11:03:55 AM CST #Sooners Sheldon Neuse on first-team all-Big 12, Andritsos, Flansburg, Olson, Thomas and Walker honorable mentions.
Ryan Aber Mon, May. 23 2016 09:41:33 PM CST Big 12 baseball: OU's Sheldon Neuse is The Oklahoman's Big 12 Player of the Year https://t.co/USxEJm0bQ7
Ryan Aber Mon, May. 23 2016 07:02:27 PM CST RT @BDavisAAS: Texas mega-booster Red McCombs: “We need to add two teams to the Big 12.” He wants Houston, then “your choice.” https://t.co
Ryan Aber Mon, May. 23 2016 06:51:39 PM CST Report: Oklahoma to host Florida in Big 12/SEC Challenge https://t.co/5Dvw5drEoK
Ryan Aber Mon, May. 23 2016 05:44:42 PM CST Per @CBSSports, #Sooners hoops will host Florida in Big 12/SEC Challenge next season.
Ryan Aber Sun, May. 22 2016 10:24:34 PM CST OU softball: Sooners blank Ole Miss, win regional title https://t.co/EneL1CofdY

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