• Centennial's Matthew Johnson goes from quitter to All-Stater

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Published: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Matthew Johnson will never forget how it felt to watch Centennial win the Class 3A state basketball championship in 2012, his freshman year at the school.

  • All-State boys basketball notebook: Hamilton follows father as All-Stater

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Published: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Heritage Hall’s Chris Hamilton II made two free throws with 10 seconds to go in a tie game, boosting the Small West squad to a 70-68 victory over the Small East at Oral Roberts’ Mabee Center Thursday night.

  • OKC Thunder signs 'domestic draft-and-stash' pick Josh Huestis

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Josh Huestis’ journey to the NBA is finally over. The Thunder signed the 2014 first-round draft pick on Thursday, fulfilling its end of a unique commitment the two sides made to each other before last year’s draft. Huestis, the 29th overall pick out of Stanford, raised eyebrows throughout the league when agreed to delay his NBA arrival and spend all of last season competing with the Thunder-owned Oklahoma City Blue of the NBA Development League. It was the first time that a first-round selection agreed to such an arrangement with a team. For Huestis, the deal allowed him to be selected higher than he was projected to be taken and secure a long-term commitment from a franchise.

  • BRIEF: MVC championship will stay on CBS through 2020 season

    Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    The Missouri Valley Conference men’s basketball tournament title game will remain on CBS through the 2019-20 season, the MVC announced on Thursday. The extension also includes CBS Sports Network broadcasting the tournament semifinal games and eight regular-season games. The semifinals were previously shown on Fox Sports affiliates in the MVC area. “Having our championship game aired on the first weekend in March by CBS Sports places our league in elite company,” MVC commissioner Doug Elgin said in a news release. “We are elated to have CBS Sports Network televising a regular-season men’s basketball package and our tournament semifinals.

  • TCU Arena Basketball

    Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    In this 2014 photo, TCU's new basletball arena is under construction. A new name for the arena was revealed at a news conference in the Four Sevens Team Meeting Room at the school on Thursday, July 30, 2015. The TCU Board of Trustees approved the naming of the Horned Frogs' new basketball facility as the Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena. The new facility is expected to open in the fall of 2015. The entire area will be known as the Daniel Meyer Athletic Complex.

  • EDITORIAL: August-to-March Madness: A GOP debate bracket proposal

    Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    The highly anticipated media event that is the Aug. 6 Republican presidential candidate debate has grown even more complicated. Fox News, the sponsor of the first of what could be as many as 12 party-sanctioned debates between now and March 10, has backed off its plans to limit the first debate to “only” the 10 top-polling candidates. The solution won’t make the Bottom Six very happy: They’ll get their own debate, four hours before the prime-time event in Cleveland. Wise guys immediately called it “the kids’ table” debate. Fox and the GOP have a problem: You can’t put 16 politicians on a stage and expect any sort of useful discourse. Even 10 will strain the available oxygen in the room.

  • South Carolina forward A'ja Wilson returns with more US gold

    Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Another summer, another international title for Southeastern Conference freshman of the year A'ja Wilson. Wilson, who led the United States to the FIBA Americas U18 crown last summer, turned in another stellar performance during America's run to gold at the FIBA U19 World Championships earlier this month. Wilson set a U.S. record with 30 points against host-country Russia in the championship game, lifting the Americans to a 78-70 victory this Sunday. Wilson was voted the tournament MVP, averaging better than 22 points and eight rebounds over six games. Not that the event didn't take a toll. Wilson returned in a walking boot to protect a left ankle sprain suffered in the event.

  • Arkansas State announces nonconference basketball schedule

    Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas State has announced its nonconference schedule for the coming season with games against Missouri, Baylor and Oregon — plus three games against in-state rivals Lyon College, Arkansas-Monticello and Central Arkansas. ASU opens the season Nov. 13 at SIU-Edwardsville, then will host Lyon on Nov. 16. The Red Wolves then play at Savannah State on Nov. 18, then host Jackson State on Nov. 22. ASU then plays at Oregon on Nov. 25; at Baylor Nov. 27 and at Missouri on Dec. 1. ASU will host North Dakota State on Dec. 4 and UAM on Dec. 12 before traveling to Tennessee-Martin on Dec. 18, then hosting Central Arkansas on Dec. 22. Arkansas State also has an exhibition game scheduled for Nov. 9

  • Iowa-Iowa State game moved to Dec. 10 for TV coverage

    Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    AMES, Iowa (AP) — Officials in Ames say the Iowa-Iowa State men's basketball game has been rescheduled to accommodate national television coverage. The game has been moved up a day, to Dec. 10. The start time and network will be announced later. It will be Cyclone head coach Steve Prohm's first game against the in-state rival Hawkeyes. Prohm has been hired to replace Fred Hoiberg, who's been hired to coach the NBA's Chicago Bulls.

  • South Africa NBA Silver Basketball

    Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks during a media briefing for the Basketball without Borders Africa 2015 at the American International School in Johannesburg, South Africa, Thursday, July 30, 2015. The NBA with some 20 top players is in South Africa for an exhibition, and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver expects more important games to come, led by Chris Paul and two-time All Star Luol Deng, featuring a Team World versus Team Africa on upcoming Saturday.

  • South Africa NBA In Africa Silver Basketball

    Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks during a media briefing for the Basketball without Borders Africa 2015 at the American International School in Johannesburg, South Africa, Thursday, July 30, 2015. The NBA with some 20 top players is in South Africa for an exhibition, and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver expects more important games to come, led by Chris Paul and two-time All Star Luol Deng, featuring a Team World versus Team Africa on upcoming Saturday.

  • John Clay: A lot more headlines ahead if Calipari coaches till 73

    Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    John Calipari said this week he might coach basketball until he’s 73 years old. Can you imagine? No telling what new technological wonder the Kentucky basketball coach will have latched onto by that time or what neutral-site game — first on the moon, perhaps? — Calipari will have scheduled for what will undoubtedly be his 23rd consecutive No. 1-ranked recruiting class. Speaking with Andy Katz and his buddy Seth Greenberg on the ESPNU college basketball podcast this week, the Hall of Famer did what he is the best at doing — creating headlines. Here’s the one that has received the most attention: “This could be our best class ever,” Calipari said on the podcast.

  • A welcome Shock: WNBA team likely to inspire Dallas-area girls

    Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    The WNBA’s arrival in Arlington next year could do more for local girls than just offer them another affordable entertainment option. Basketball Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman compared the Shock’s relocation from Tulsa to a historic moment she witnessed 40 years ago in New York City. In 1975, the teenage Lieberman was at Madison Square Garden for the first women’s college basketball game at that legendary venue. The matchup between Queens College and Immaculata University was played just a few years after Title IX legislation targeted gender discrimination in education and as women’s sports was gaining momentum.

  • All-State girls basketball notebook: Harrah's Blake Blessington sharp in West's comeback

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    Blessington fueled the West’s rally in an 88-59 win over the East at the Mabee Center on Wednesday with 14 of her 21 points in the second half despite having three fouls at halftime.

  • All-State girls basketball: Deer Creek's unsung hero Scheffler gets one last appearance at Mabee Center

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    At 5-foot-4, Scheffler was the small but tenacious spark for the Antlers during their last two title runs. She was the unsung hero, and she got a chance to show why in Wednesday’s annual Oklahoma Coaches Association All-State game at Oral Roberts’ Mabee Center.

  • Wake Forest administrator named Furman athletic director

    Updated: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Wake Forest athletic administrator Mike Buddie was named new athletic director at Furman. University President Elizabeth Davis announced the hiring of Buddie on Wednesday. He replaces Gary Clark, who is retiring after 15 years heading up the department. Buddie spent the last decade at Wake Forest, where he was most recently senior associate athletic director for administration/development. He had served as sport administrator for Wake Forest baseball, women's soccer and men's golf. Buddie also worked with the football and men's basketball programs. Buddie pitched for Wake Forest and still holds the school single-season mark with 138 strikeouts in 1992.

  • Yukon standout Makayla Foy moves to Edmond Santa Fe

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    Edmond Santa Fe girls basketball coach Paul Bass told The Oklahoman on Wednesday that sophomore Makayla Foy has moved away from Yukon and enrolled at Santa Fe. “It’s huge,” he said. “When I watched her play at Yukon she was a scoring fool. She knows the game real well. She’s not just a scorer, she’s a great defender. That’s two things that can make a player great. She’s going to help us tremendously.” Foy averaged 15.7 points per game last season at point guard for Yukon. She won’t be Edmond Santa Fe’s point guard with junior Jo’Nah Johnson returning, but she will take some pressure away from Johnson to score.

  • Oklahoma State women's basketball nonconference schedule set

    Updated: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma State has released the women's basketball nonconference schedule that includes a game against in-state rival Oral Roberts. OSU opens the season with home games Nov. 13 against Lamar; Nov. Nov. 17 against Texas Southern; and Nov. 20 against Southern Illinois. OSU then travels to play at Missouri State on Nov. 23. The Cowgirls then host ORU on Nov. 27; Washington State on Nov. 30; Texas Pan-American on Dec. 5 and North Carolina on Dec. 14. OSU is then on the road for games Dec. 20 at South Florida and Dec. 22 against Central Florida before the final non-conference game on Dec. 27 against Savannah State in Stillwater. OSU also has preseason exhibition games at home on Nov. 1 against East

  • University of Tulsa releases women's nonconference schedule

    Updated: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The University of Tulsa has released the nonconference schedule for the women's basketball team with games that include Oklahoma, Kansas State, Arkansas and Oral Roberts. TU's home opener will be Nov. 13 against Kansas State, followed by a trip to play at St. Louis on Nov. 17, then a home game against cross-town rival ORU on Nov. 20. Tulsa then plays at Arkansas on Nov. 23 and travels to Las Vegas for the UNLV Lady Rebel Round-Up on Nov. 28 and 29. TU is at home for games Dec. 2 against Grambling State; Dec. 6 against Indiana State and Dec. 9 against OU. Tulsa finishes non-conference play with road games at Arkansas-Little Rock on Dec. 13 and at Northern Iowa on Dec. 20.

  • University of California Salaries

    Updated: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    FILE - In this Friday, March 27, 2015 photo, UCLA head coach Steve Alford yells during the first half of a college basketball regional semifinal game in the NCAA Tournament against Gonzaga in Houston. The University of California had 28 employees who made more than $1 million last year, an elite group comprised of athletic coaches, doctors and hospital chief executives. (AP Photo/David J.




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