• Super Bowl 2015: 50,000 computer simulations, one clear winner

    Published: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    Betting on the Super Bowl is undeniably an uncertainty and a risk. A much less risky bet would be that Paul Bessire's  PredictionMachine.com  has the most thorough and sound reasoning for why the Seattle Seahawks will defeat the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX on Feb. 1 in Phoenix, Arizona, CBS Bostonreports. PredictionMachine.com uses some of the most advanced analytics available today and analyzes them through a machine they call "The Predictalator," which is, "the most in-depth, state-of-the-art sports prediction software ever created."

  • Study: Tulsa is 2nd worst city in U.S. for football fans

    Published: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    The College Football Playoff that set ratings records earlier this month? Might as well pretend it didn't happen. Party planned for Super Bowl Sunday? Might as well cancel it. National Signing Day for high school players is coming up next month, too. But if you're both a football fan and a Tulsan, you should probably find something else to do, at least according to a study that ranked Tulsa as the nation's second-worst city for football fans. The only city ranked below Tulsa was Las Vegas, home of the 2-11 University of Nevada Las Vegas Rebels, who have had just two winning football seasons since 2000.

  • OU softball: Three Sooners on USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Top 50 Watch List

    Published: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    OU softball has three players on USA Softball's Collegiate Player of the Year Top 50 Watch List. Senior first baseman Lauren Chamberlain, senior pitcher/infielder Shelby Pendley and junior pitcher Kelsey Stevens have each been tabbed as preseason players to watch. Arizona leads the way with four players on the Watch List. OU will start the season as the No. 3 team in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 . The Sooners open the season Feb. 5 against DePaul in the Oceanic Time Warner Cable Paradise Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii.

  • How much food Americans gorge on Super Bowl Sunday

    Published: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    On Super Bowl Sunday, Americans will face off with their belt buckles. This year the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots (with a halftime show courtesy of Katy Perry and Lenny Kravitz) strike up an even bigger appetite. According to the American Institute of Food Distribution, Super Bowl Sunday is the second highest event in America for most food consumption — following Thanksgiving, Mashable reports. Across the country, people will consume more than one billion chicken wings, 120 million pounds of avocados and 2.5 million pounds of nuts. We broke down some of these insane statistics for perspective.

  • OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant (toe) out against the Knicks

    staff reports | Published: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    Thunder coach Scott Brooks announced at Wednesday morning shootaround that Kevin Durant will not play tonight against the New York Knicks. Durant sprained his left big toe against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday and sat out of the Thunder's win against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday. Durant didn't play against the Knicks when they came to Oklahoma City in November, and OKC fared just fine. In that game, Russell Westbrook went off for 32 points in 24 minutes in his first game back from a broken hand to lead the Thunder to a 105-78 blowout win .

  • DeflateGate Inquiry Goes Ivy League

    Published: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    A law firm hired by the N.F.L. to investigate footballs used by the New England Patriots has formally asked the Columbia University physics department for help in understanding how weather and temperature could affect the pressure in footballs, according to a summary of the communication obtained by The New York Times. Lorin L. Reisner, a partner in the litigation department of the law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison, called the physics department on Monday, according to notes taken by an administrative manager. “He would like to consult with a physicist on matters relating to gas physics,” the notes said.

  • Marshawn Lynch might get fined by NFL for his hat

    Published: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    Marshawn Lynch might get fined after all. At Super Bowl media day, the Seattle Seahawks running back spent his entire availability responding to reporters' questions with " I'm just here so I won't get fined ." Well, ESPN sources report that, after the Super Bowl, the NFL will review whether the hat Lynch wore during media day was permissible. Lynch's hat he wore during his media availability had his own BeastMode logo on it. On Tuesday, the hat ($33) sold out on the clothing line's web site. The NFL has an apparel deal with Nike, and according to ESPN "frowns on players using what is considered a league event to promote something that it has not approved."

  • Fan needs RTs to take Steven Adams to 'Law School Prom'

    Published: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    A law student is is hoping that 1k retweets will be enough for  Thunder  center Steven Adams to take her to prom.

  • VIDEO: D-League teammates ejected after fighting each other

    Published: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    Kalin Lucas and Jarnell Stokes are basketball players who ended up fighting each other on Tuesday night. The only problem with that? They're teammates. Lucas and Stokes both play for the D-League's Iowa Energy. The Energy was hosting the Rio Grande Valley Vipers when the two got into a brawl in the third quarter.

  • Oklahoma Marine veteran receives all-expense paid trip to Super Bowl

    Published: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    U.S. Marine Corps veteran Dustin Butler of Tahlequah has been selected by the national nonprofit Operation Enduring Respect for an all-expense paid trip to Super Bowl 49. Butler will receive free transportation, lodging, food and souvenirs. He will also attend a NFL Hall of Fame luncheon with Earl Campbell, Roger Staubach and other former NFL greats. “I can’t really describe the feeling; it’s almost unreal,” said Butler, a member of the Cherokee tribe, told the Tahlequah Daily Press. “I’ve been watching the Super Bowl since I was old enough to remember, and I never expected to ever go in person. Words don’t describe how happy I am to be going and experiencing this firsthand.” Butler served two tours in Iraq. He received an honorable discharge in 2005. In addition to serving six years in the U.S. Marine Corps, Butler also served in the Air Force Reserves from 2006 until 2013, when he was medically discharged. Operation Enduring Respect, founded in 2009, was established to provide an opportunity for military men and women to attend sporting events they might not typically be able to attend. The nonprofit has provided more than 1,000 tickets to five Super Bowls, and also to the Texas Longhorns, Dallas Cowboys, Washington Redskins, Tennessee Titans and Alamo Bowl games over the past five years.

  • Kevin Durant, JJ Watt sign with American Family Insurance

    By Cliff Brunt, The Associated Press | Published: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Thunder forward Kevin Durant and Houston Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt have signed endorsement deals with American Family Insurance, the company said Tuesday. Durant, the NBA's most valuable player last season, is the first NBA player American Family has signed. American Family is one of the nation's largest insurers. The most recent deals Durant had signed through Roc Nation Sports before this one were with Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt, Sonic, Neff Headwear and the Oklahoma Department of Health.

  • College Football Playoff semifinals not moving says Bill Hancock

    Published: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    College Football Playoff executive director Bill Hancock  told Alabama Media Group on Tuesday that the CFP semifinals will be played on Dec. 31 as scheduled, despite ESPN wanting to move the games to Jan. 2. According to AMG's John Talty, ESPN wanted to move the Orange Bowl and Cotton Bowl semifinal games to Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016, as a one-time deal to maximize ratings and allow 'for a more accessible, fan-and-participant-friendly experience for all' ( per ESPN spokesperson ). But Hancock explained why the games are staying put. "The folks at ESPN understandably said 'Will you consider moving to Jan. 2 for this year?' and then reverting back to the schedule we set up two-and-a-half years ago," Hancock said. "This year's ratings were not a part of it, but the fact they saw an opportunity on Saturday was understandable. "We established a new tradition and we had one year of it; why change for one year?"

  • Tiger Woods explains tooth incident

    Published: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    Tiger Woods laughed often and smiled easily during a nine-hole practice round early Tuesday morning. And then he explained how he made worldwide headlines a week ago for a missing tooth. Woods spoke to reporters at the Waste Management Phoenix Open on Tuesday, the site of his first PGA Tour event this year. "That didn't feel very good," said Woods, who had traveled unannounced to watch girlfriend Lindsey Vonn set a record for ski race victories on Jan. 19 in Italy, the day he lost the tooth. "I was looking down, and all the camera guys are below me on their knees or moving all around, trying to get a picture because she's hugging people, saying congratulations to the other racers as they are coming down. Some already finished, some are there already in the changing area. "Dude with a video camera on his shoulder, right in front of me, kneeling, stood up and turned and caught me square on the mouth. He chipped that one, cracked the other one. "And so then, you know, I'm trying to keep this thing so the blood is not all over the place, and luckily he hit the one I had the root canal on. That's the one that chipped. But the other one had to be fixed, as well, because it had cracks all through it."

  • 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.

  • GoDaddy on hot seat over lost-puppy ad

    Published: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    The Super Bowl is starting to look a whole lot like the Puppy Bowl. The Internet domain registrar GoDaddy just released its big Game Day ad, “Journey Home,” which chronicles the adventures of a lost dog named Buddy as he navigates his way through the wilderness back to his owners, Yahoo TV reports. Without spoiling anything, let’s just say that his homecoming isn’t quite as sweet as you might expect. Don’t forget, "Journey Home" is from the same company that poked fun at nerds andbodybuilders in past Super Bowl ads, so dog lovers are naturally fair game as well. 

  • Want ESPN without the cable bill?

    Published: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    Finally, you’re going to be able to watch ESPN online without paying your cable company for a hundred bizzaro channels you don’t care about. Starting tomorrow, Dish Network will start taking customers for a $20/month, online-only service called Sling TV, Yahoo Tech reports. (If you have a cable subscription that includes ESPN, or if you know somebody who does, you can still view it on the WatchESPN site or app instead.)

  • Super Bowl player was a valet just 3 weeks ago

    Published: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    Over the years someone would see Landon Cohen in the newspaper, or maybe even on television, and think, "That guy … wait … is that the valet?" Yes, sometimes Landon Cohen parks cars. And sometimes he plays in the NFL. Cohen, amazingly, did both this month. And now he's one win from parallel parking a Super Bowl ring between his knuckles, Yahoo Sports reports.

  • OU softball: Sooners No. 3 in ESPN.com/USA Softball preseason poll

    Published: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    OU softball will start the 2015 softball season ranked No. 3 nationally in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 preseason poll. Only top-ranked Florida and Oregon sit above the Sooners in the preseason rankings, released Tuesday. Alabama and Florida State round out the Top 5. Florida, the defending national champion, received 15 of 20 first-place votes, with Oregon (4) and No. 6 UCLA (1) picking up the others. The University of Tulsa, coming off a Top 20 national finish in 2014, will begin the 2015 season ranked 22nd. The ESPN/USA Softball poll is voted on by coaches representing nine Division I conferences in the 15 ASA/USA Softball regions, as well as nationl/local media members.

  • VIDEO: Tony Romo, Rex Ryan star in Pizza Hut commercial

    Published: Mon, Jan 26, 2015

    In a commercial promoting its new Triple Cheese Covered Stuffed Crust pizza, Pizza Hut has called on Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan and Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo. Ryan goes on a flag-throwing rampage during the "Crust Flavor Challenge," calling out people for ordering pizza with sub-par crust. And at the end, Romo gets a flag thrown on himself.

  • Kobe Bryant to have season-ending surgery

    Published: Mon, Jan 26, 2015

    Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant will have season-ending surgery on his right shoulder, as announced by the Lakers on Monday. Per Lakers.com, Dr. Neal ElAttrache confirmed and earlier diagnosis of a torn rotator cuff for Bryant, and recommended surgery for the 19-year veteran. Surgery has been scheduled for Wednesday morning, with a recovery timetable to be announced following the procedure. The Lakers are 12-33, fifth in the Pacific Division and second-worst in the Western Conference. Bryant will miss the remaining 37 games of the season, including the Lakers' games against the Oklahoma City Thunder on March 1 and 24.