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  • OKC Thunder: Michael Cage named new TV analyst for Thunder broadcasts

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Updated: 11 hr ago

    The Oklahoma City Thunder has hired Michael Cage as its new television analyst, the team announced Wednesday. Cage played 15 seasons in the NBA, appearing in 1,140 regular season games with the Los Angeles Clippers, Seattle, Cleveland, Philadelphia and New Jersey from 1984 until 2000. As a 6-foot-9 power forward/center, Cage averaged 7.3 points and 7.6 rebounds for his career. Cage’s best two seasons came with the Clippers when he averaged 15.7 points and 11.5 rebounds in 1986-87 and 14.5 points and a league-leading 13 rebounds the following season. He captured the 1987-88 rebounding title by grabbing 30 rebounds on the final night of the regular season to edge out Charles Oakley.

  • NBA offseason: Grading the Eastern Conference Player movement

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Sun, Sep 14, 2014

    With the dust essentially settled, we take a brief team-by-team look at the offseason. Who came out well? Who overspent? How would you grade them?

  • NBA offseason: Grading the Western Conference Player movement

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Sun, Sep 14, 2014

    With the dust essentially settled, we take a brief team-by-team look at the offseason. Who came out well? Who overspent? How would you grade them?

  • Hatchell's return provides boost for veteran UNC

    Updated: Fri, Sep 12, 2014

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Things finally seem normal for Sylvia Hatchell and North Carolina after a year that was anything but. In that time, the Hall of Fame coach was diagnosed with leukemia and missed the season, her freshman-led team pushed all the way to an NCAA regional final in her absence, then star freshman Diamond DeShields abruptly transferred. Now Hatchell is back, along with a roster stocked with talent and experience from last season's run. "They're anxious to get this season started and to move forward — and to just be a great team," Hatchell said. "It's not about one player. They're anxious to prove that the strength of the team is the unity of all five of them out there, of five of them on the court

  • OSSAA to discuss private-school classification with member schools

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Wed, Sep 10, 2014

    The meetings come on the heels of Bishop McGuinness High School filing a lawsuit this week against the OSSAA regarding Rule 14, which forces private schools to play one classification above their normal classification if they meet certain requirements.

  • OKC Thunder: D-League team to be named Oklahoma City Blue?

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY, Staff Writer, dmayberry@opubco.com | Updated: Wed, Sep 10, 2014

    NBA D-LEAGUE IN OKC — The NBA Development League has filed a trademark application for a possible name for the Oklahoma City Thunder’s D-League affiliate, which will relocate to Oklahoma City this season. The league filed a claim for “Oklahoma City Blue”.

  • UConn back on Notre Dame's regular-season schedule

    Updated: Tue, Sep 9, 2014

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Notre Dame and Connecticut will play again in the regular season in women's basketball after taking last season off. The two teams that played for the national championship in April, with UConn winning, 79-58, are scheduled to play Dec. 6 in South Bend. Notre Dame officially announced its schedule on Tuesday. Before facing UConn, the Fighting Irish will play Maryland in Fort Wayne on Dec. 3 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. It is a rematch of an NCAA semifinal the Irish won 87-61. It will be the first time the Irish will play a home game outside Purcell Pavilion. The Irish also will face Michigan in South Bend on Dec. 13 and Tennessee on Jan. 19. Notre Dame plays at DePaul on Dec. 10 and at U

  • OKC Thunder: D-League team releases 2014-15 schedule

    Erik Horne | Published: Tue, Sep 9, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Thunder’s NBA Developmental League affiliate announced its season schedule on Tuesday, and the team will tip off its first season in Oklahoma City against the Maine Red Claws at home on Nov. 14. New for the 2014-15 season, the 18-team D-League will feature two conferences (East, West) broken into division. The Thunder […]

  • Report: NBA nearing massive long-term media deals with ESPN, Turner

    Published: Mon, Sep 8, 2014

    The NBA and its network partners expect to reach an agreement in principle on new long-term media deals by the start of the regular season, according to sources on all sides of the discussions. Talks have progressed so rapidly that details are emerging on a massive agreement that would see the league’s annual rights fee more than double, with ESPN and Turner combining to pay more than $2 billion per year on average. One source said ESPN already has committed to pay “well over” $1 billion per year, and Turner is not far behind for a media rights extension that would kick in with the 2016-17 season.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Why supply and demand may keep Reggie Jackson in OKC

    By Darnell Mayberry, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Sep 7, 2014

    Only four teams currently have a clear need, as well as the necessary salary cap space, to make a run at Reggie Jackson next summer should he become a restricted free agent. Those teams are Dallas, Miami, New York and the Los Angeles Lakers.

  • Texas center has bone surgery in left leg

    Updated: Sat, Sep 6, 2014

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas center Imani McGee-Stafford had surgery to reinforce the tibia in her left leg, the school announced Saturday. Texas officials did not release details of whether McGee-Stafford was injured or what else may have prompted Friday's surgery, other than to announce that she will begin rehabilitation immediately. The 6-foot-7 junior from Los Angeles averaged 10.8 points and 7.3 rebounds last season as Texas went 22-12 last season.

  • Mo'ne Davis 'sad' about UConn NCAA violation

    Updated: Fri, Sep 5, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Little League star Mo'ne Davis says she's "sad" Connecticut received a secondary NCAA rules violation for coach Geno Auriemma's congratulatory phone call to her during the Little League World Series. Davis said they talked last month about her success in the World Series for Philadelphia's Taney Dragons, and there was no recruiting talk. "I heard about that this morning, and it's sad," Davis said. "There wasn't anything about recruiting in the call, he was just congratulating me." On Thursday, the NCAA announced the recruiting violation after a complaint was brought to the attention of the American Athletic Conference. Davis mentioned during the World Series she'd like to play basketball for UConn and

  • UALR baseball announces walk-on tryout

    Updated: Fri, Sep 5, 2014

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — University of Arkansas at Little Rock baseball coach Chris Curry has announced plans for walk-on tryouts for the Trojan team. Curry says the tryouts will be Wednesday at Gary Hogan Field starting at 1:30 p.m. Full-time UALR students are eligible to try out for the team. Players must bring a physical signed by a medical doctor within the past year and proof of health insurance.

  • Kevin Durant pens deal for stake in frozen yogurt chain

    By Brianna Bailey, Business Writer | Updated: Thu, Sep 4, 2014

    Thunder star Kevin Durant will endorse Oklahoma City-based chain Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt as part of a deal with the company.

  • NCAA: Coach call to Little League star broke rule

    Updated: Thu, Sep 4, 2014

    STORRS, Conn. (AP) — The NCAA has determined that UConn women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma committed a secondary rules violation when he made a phone call congratulating Little League pitching star Mo'ne Davis last month, the school announced Thursday. Athletic Director Warde Manuel said the school accepts the decision but does not agree with it. Auriemma told reporters Wednesday that he talked to the 13-year-old Philadelphia girl at Little League headquarters during the Little League World Series after a friend of his in the Philadelphia 76ers organization suggested it. Davis, who is also a standout basketball player, was the 18th girl to play in the event and the only one to win a game on the mound.

  • Kevin Durant signs another deal, this time Orange Leaf

    By CLIFF BRUNT, AP Sports Writer | Published: Thu, Sep 4, 2014

    Thunder forward Kevin Durant said Thursday that he has signed a partnership deal with Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt. Durant will own an undisclosed percentage of the company, his first such partnership since he joined the Roc Nation agency founded by Jay-Z last year. Orange Leaf, based in Oklahoma City, has 321 stores in 40 states, four in Australia and 69 under construction. Reese Travis, CEO of Orange Leaf, thought he was on the right track when he chose to pursue Durant as the company’s first brand ambassador. Because of his negotiations with the Oklahoma City star, Travis was invited to attend the MVP award ceremony and once he heard Durant’s acceptance speech, he knew he was doing the right thing. “It

  • Who is Nina Earl?

    Published: Thu, Sep 4, 2014

    Russell Westbrook's fiance Nina Earl was an English major who knows American Sign Language and baked an award-winning caramel cake, according to her UCLA biography. Her cousin is former UCLA football great Kenny Easley, and her list of accomplishments at UCLA is lengthy.

  • Russell Westbrook, Nina Earl announce engagement on Instagram

    Published: Wed, Sep 3, 2014

    Russell Westbrook and longtime girlfriend Nina Earl made an announcement on Instagram that they are engaged.

  • OKC Thunder: Meet the man who owns every pair of Kevin Durant's signature 'KD VI' colorways

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Wed, Sep 3, 2014

    Chris McCord of Oklahoma City won a contest for the right to purchase his first pair of KD VIs. That led to a borderline obsession.

  • Steven Adams fires back at Andre Igoudala after derogotory tweet about New Zealand haka dance

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Wed, Sep 3, 2014

    It's been far too long since we've seen a good Steven Adams tussle. The NBA offseason, sadly, comes with no flying elbows, no overzealous box-outs and no angry retaliations at the uber-aggressive young center. But fear not, Adams is here to provide a bit of an appetizer while we desperately wait another month for preseason hoops. On Tuesday afternoon, the New Zealand national team performed its traditional haka dance before its FIBA game against the United States. Video of it made the national rounds (watch here), with a confused James Harden looking on. After USA's 98-71 romp, Warriors forward Andre Iguodala shot out a playful tweet, jabbing at the dance. It read: "New Zealand