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  • NCAA puts Henderson State on probation

    Updated: 40 min ago

    ARKADELPHIA, Ark. (AP) — The NCAA has placed Henderson State on two years of probation and fined the school $2,500 for rules violations by the women's basketball program, including a coach offering a loan to a prospective athlete, exceeding phone contact limits and holding impermissible tryouts and practices. The penalties, which were released Tuesday, capped a three-year investigation and included show-cause orders for former head coaches Josh Matthews and Chris Oestreich. Neither was named in the NCAA's report, but Henderson State confirmed their involvement. Both coaches left the Division II school for jobs at the high school level and will be required to undergo a separate review on why they should be allowed to resume

  • Kevin Durant on 2016: ‘Who knows what will happen’

    Erik Horne | Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    Kevin Durant told reporters at Team USA Basketball camp on Tuesday that he loves it in Oklahoma City, but doesn’t know what will happen when free agency hits in 2016. “I’m going to do what’s best for me,” Durant said. It’s hard to talk about that right now when I’ve got two years left in […]

  • Charles Barkley makes generous offer to grieving families

    Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    Charles Barkley has offered to pay for the funerals of three children who were killed during a carjacking, according to USA TODAY. Thomas Reed, 10, Keiearra Williams, 15 and 7-year-old Terrence Moore were killed when a stolen SUV ran onto a sidewalk where they were standing.

  • Kevin Durant is the last star standing for Team USA

    Erik Horne | Updated: 8 hr ago

    The star power is fading from Team USA this summer. First it was Russell Westbrook. Then Blake Griffin. Then Kevin Love. Griffin, the former OU dunk machine, decided to withdraw from Team USA duties last week, citing that he wanted to get ready for the upcoming season. Reports surfaced Monday night that Griffin has a […]

  • Judge OKs record-setting $2B sale of Clippers

    By BRIAN MELLEY | Published: Mon, Jul 28, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge ruled against Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling on Monday in his attempt to block the $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. In the tentative ruling, Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas sided with Sterling’s estranged wife Shelly Sterling, who burst into tears when the ruling was announced. “I can’t believe it’s over. I feel good,” she said. Shelly Sterling negotiated the sale of the team after the 80-year-old billionaire was banned by the NBA for making offensive remarks about blacks.

  • Former Verdigris standout Rotnei Clarke: No hard feelings about Arkansas departure

    Published: Sun, Jul 27, 2014

    BELLA VISTA — Rotnei Clarke didn’t finish his college career with the Arkansas basketball program, transferring to Butler after his junior season. The departure didn't change the former Verdigris star's opinion of Arkansas, though. Clarke, who has signed a 10-month contract to play his second season in Belgium for Okapi Aalstar, lives in Fayetteville, Ark., told an Arkansas newspaper that he's still a "huge fan" of the Hogs. BELLA VISTA — Rotnei Clarke didn’t finish his college career with the Arkansas basketball program, transferring to Butler after his junior season. The departure didn’t change his opinion of Arkansas, though. “I still look at Fayetteville as my home,” Clarke said Friday afternoon. “I had a great time when I played here. It’s an awesome place to live, and I can definitely see myself ending up here when I’m done playing basketball.” Clarke, who lives in Fayetteville with his wife, the former Patricia Elliott, participated in the Northwest Arkansas Razorback Club’s golf scramble in Bella Vista on Friday. The 25-year-old — who is a few months removed from a successful start to his professional career — revisited his time with the Razorbacks before playing a round of golf with a few family members in the event. - See more at: http://swtimes.com/sports/clarke-no-hard-feelings-toward-hogs#sthash.1Vxc75pR.dpuf

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Grant Jerrett's outside shooting leads Thunder to lock him up long term

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Sun, Jul 27, 2014

    For the foreseeable future, Grant Jerrett can call himself an NBA player because of his rare and coveted ability, as a 6-foot-10 power forward, to accurately shoot the three.

  • Oklahoma Coaches Association All-State week schedule

    Published: Sun, Jul 27, 2014

    All-State week schedule Golf: 8:30 a.m. Monday, Cherokee Hills Golf Club, Catoosa Swimming: 6 p.m. Monday, Jenks High School Baseball: Small schools — 4:30 p.m. Tuesday; Large schools — 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oral Roberts’ J.L. Johnson Stadium Tennis: 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, University of Tulsa’s Case Center Volleyball: Small schools — 6 p.m. Tuesday; Large schools — 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Bixby High School Wrestling: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Bixby High School Girls basketball: Small schools — 7 p.m. Wednesday; Large schools — 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oral Roberts’ Mabee Center Boys basketball: Small schools — 7 p.m. Thursday; Large schools — 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oral Roberts’ Mabee

  • Thunder wanting to upgrade its offense is the right way to go

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Sun, Jul 27, 2014

    The Thunder ranked second in NBA offense (points per possession) in both 2011-12 and 2012-13 but slipped to seventh last season. Points per possession is the best way to gauge an offense (or defense), and the Thunder slipped to 1.081 points per possession last season, after averaging 1.102 the year before.

  • Arkansas State extends contract of Brian Boyer

    Updated: Sat, Jul 26, 2014

    JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas State has announced that women's basketball coach Brian Boyer has agreed to a new three-year contract. ASU athletic director Terry Mohajir says Boyer's new contract extends through the 2016-17 season. ASU went 22-12 last season and 14-4 in the Sun Belt Conference and won the SBC regular season title outright for the first time in school history. Boyer was named SBC Coach of the Year after the season. The Red Wolves lost in the finals of the Sun Belt Conference women's tournament and played in the WNIT.

  • Indiana women's basketball coach resigns

    Updated: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Curt Miller spent two seasons rebuilding the Indiana women's basketball team. He won't be around to direct the finished project. On Friday, Miller surprised many by resigning as the Hoosiers coach because of health and family reasons. "As you know, this was a most difficult decision but the right one for me and my family at this time," Miller wrote in a letter sent to athletic director Fred Glass. "Thank you for the opportunity to resurrect the program. I will always cherish my time as a part of the Hoosier Nation. I wish nothing but continued success for the players, coaches and the program." School officials did not provide any details about Miller's health, citing privacy laws.

  • UALR hires assistant baseball coach from OSU

    Updated: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The University of Arkansas at Little Rock has announced the hiring of a volunteer assistant baseball coach from Oklahoma State University. UALR baseball coach Chris Curry announced Roland Fanning as the Trojans' newest assistant coach on Friday. Fanning joins the UALR staff after serving as a volunteer assistant at OSU and five seasons as an assistant coach at Southeastern Oklahoma State. Fanning played collegiately at Carl Albert State College and Northern Oklahoma-Enid before finishing his career at Southeastern Oklahoma where he graduated in 2005.

  • Big East to hold 2015 baseball tournament in Omaha

    Updated: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Big East Conference will hold its 2015 baseball tournament at TD Ameritrade Park. The conference announced Friday that athletic directors had approved championship sites for 16 sports in 2014-15. The baseball tournament is set for May 21-24. TD Ameritrade Park hosted the Big Ten tournament in May. The 24,000-seat downtown stadium is site of the College World Series. This will be the first time the stadium has hosted the Big East tournament. Host institution Creighton is entering its second year in the Big East. The Big East tournament champion receives an automatic berth in the NCAA tournament.

  • Media notes: NBA TV to go behind the scenes of USA Basketball team, including Kevin Durant and Blake Griffin

    Mel Bracht | Updated: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    The special will air at 2 p.m. Tuesday from team’s practice in Las Vegas

  • OKC Thunder: Josh Huestis' agent proposed delaying rookie contract

    Published: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    The Thunder selected Stanford's Josh Huestis with the No. 29 pick in this year's draft, a spot where players normally receive immediate guaranteed contracts for two seasons with two team option years thereafter. But i n this case the Thunder are sending Huestis to their D-League affiliate for a year to play on a significantly reduced salary -- an estimated $25,000 instead of $750,000 -- with the potential of starting the standard NBA rookie contract a year or two later.  This arrangement wasn't the Thunder's call alone. In fact, Huestis' agent Mitchell Butler tells SB Nation that the player's camp proposed it during the pre-draft process.   "This was the perfect team and the perfect storm," he said. "This isn't for everyone."

  • Cardinals to face Kentucky, Cal in non-league play

    Updated: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville will prepare to enter the Atlantic Coast Conference with a non-conference schedule featuring Final Four participant Cal and in-state rivals Kentucky and Western Kentucky. The Cardinals will face seven 20-win teams among 11 postseason participants last spring. Louisville opens on Nov. 14 at IUPUI, a WNIT participant, before starting a six-game home stand Nov. 16 with UT-Martin, which went 24-10. A Nov. 20 meeting against Belmont begins a five-game stretch over 10 days and includes Ball State, WKU (Nov. 25), Lafayette and at Valparaiso. Louisville hosts Iowa on Dec. 4 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge before hosting Kentucky three days later. After facing Old Dominion on Dec. 15, Louisville

  • UALR names assistant baseball coach

    Updated: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — University of Arkansas at Little Rock baseball coach Chris Curry has named Russell Raley the Trojans' new assistant coach. Raley has spent the past six seasons on the staffs at Oklahoma, Texas Tech and Incarnate Word. Curry says Raley will coach infielders and hitters. Raley coached infielders, outfielders and was hitting coach at Incarnate Word and Texas Tech after serving as an assistant to the Oklahoma hitting coach for four seasons. Raley also played at OU and spent two years in the New York Yankees minor league system.

  • James Harden: 'Dwight and I are the cornerstones of the Rockets. The rest of the guys are role players.'

    Published: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    If Chandler Parsons is looking for bulletin board material for next season, it’s going to be pretty easy to find. First Dwight Howard said the Rockets’ loss of Parsons “won’t affect us at all.” Which is kind of what you expect Howard to say, still it’s a bit of a dis, NBC Sports reports. Then James Harden took it another step. Harden is in the Philippines for an event he can’t actually play in and spoke with the Philippines Star about a variety of issues, but when asked about the loss of Parsons and other roster moves Harden said this: "Dwight (Howard) and I are the cornerstones of the Rockets,” said Harden. “The rest of the guys are role players or pieces that complete our team. We’ve lost some pieces and added some pieces. I think we’ll be fine next season.”

  • What would the Thunder look like if all Oklahoma City’s stars came home like LeBron James?

    Erik Horne | Published: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    An interesting exercise started when Elite Daily’s Joseph Millord presented a blog answering what every NBA team would look like if the stars from that NBA city went home like LeBron James. The premise is intriguing. What if Chicago natives played for the Bulls? Dallas natives for the Mavericks? Oklahoma City natives for the Thunder? […]

  • Kevin Durant: Overwhelming waiting list prompts Thunder star to add camp in Moore

    By Cody Stavenhagen | Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER — With 900 children on the waiting list for Kevin Durant’s basketball camp, the NBA’s MVP decided to create another camp Aug. 7-8 in Moore.