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  • 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

  • Louisiana Tech dismisses Perry from women's team

    Updated: Wed, Sep 3, 2014

    RUSTON, La. (AP) — Louisiana Tech head coach Tyler Summitt says guard Lulu Perry has been dismissed from the women's basketball program because of repeated violations of team rules. Summitt, in a news release Wednesday, said the university had given Perry multiple opportunities to "adjust her decision-making process off the court" but she repeatedly made "poor choices that ultimately led to her dismissal." Summitt did not provide any details of the alleged violations. Perry, a junior from Benton, Louisiana, saw action in 60 games for Louisiana Tech, including 41 starts. She averaged 10.5 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game, while shooting 33 percent from the floor.

  • #myKDs: Tell us why you wear Kevin Durant's signature shoe

    Erik Horne | Published: Wed, Sep 3, 2014

    Kevin Durant is staying with Nike. So he gets to keep the coolest line of shoes in the game outside of Air Jordans. It’s a matter of personal opinion, but I think the KD series — particularly the KD VI’s — are some of the best looking shoes ever produced. Couple that with the unique […]

  • OKC Thunder: Reggie Jackson talks about contract extension negotiations

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Tue, Sep 2, 2014

    Thunder guard is in China with NBA Nation, the league’s largest touring event for fans. He says the Thunder is wildly popular in China.

  • Chattanooga to host Stanford, Lady Vols in 2014-15

    Updated: Tue, Sep 2, 2014

    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Chattanooga will host 2014 NCAA semifinalist Stanford and eight-time national champion Tennessee as part of its 2014-15 women's basketball schedule. The Lady Mocs released a schedule Tuesday that includes a Nov. 26 home game with Tennessee and a Dec. 17 home game with Stanford. Chattanooga also has a Nov. 21 trip to 2014 NCAA runner-up Notre Dame. Chattanooga coach Jim Foster and Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer are longtime friends. Foster said they'd often discussed having their teams play each other. They set up this game as part of a home-and-home series, with Chattanooga playing at Stanford in 2015-16. When Chattanooga last hosted Tennessee in 2012-13, the Lady Mocs upset the Lady Vols 80

  • VIDEO: Serge Ibaka dunks five times in Spain's rout of Egypt

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Mon, Sep 1, 2014

      Serge Ibaka missed Spain’s FIBA opener on Saturday with what the team called a sore right hamstring. But much like his calf in the NBA’s postseason, upon return, it didn’t seem to be bothering Ibaka much. The Thunder’s emerging star played and starred in Spain’s 91-54 rout of Egypt on Sunday, dropping in a team-high […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Kevin Durant's rising popularity and extreme marketability made his sky-high price tag worth it for Nike

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Updated: Sun, Aug 31, 2014

    Under Armour made a strong push, offering up a deal reportedly in the $265 million to $285 million range, plus incentives, over 10 years. But on Sunday morning, ESPN reported that Nike decided to match it. Durant is now under control through the start of the 2024 season.

  • Lady Vols release complete 2014-15 schedule

    Updated: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's 2014-15 women's basketball schedule includes 18 games against teams that reached the NCAA tournament last season. The Lady Vols released their complete schedule Friday after the Southeastern Conference announced its composite schedule. Last month, the Lady Vols had announced the nonconference portion of their schedule, which includes games with 2014 NCAA tournament runner-up Notre Dame and semifinalist Stanford. Tennessee hosts Stanford on Dec. 20 and visits Notre Dame on Jan. 19. Tennessee's SEC schedule includes two games each with Georgia, Kentucky and Vanderbilt. The Lady Vols have one game each with the rest of the SEC teams. They open SEC competition Jan. 2 by hosting Missouri.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with sports editor Mike Sherman

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

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  • VIDEO: Mitch McGary discusses his marijuana suspension with Vice Sports

    Matt Carney | Published: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    Back in June, Thunder beat reporter Darnell Mayberry said in his profile of Mitch McGary that the newly drafted big man didn’t fit the prototype of the usual Sam Presti draft pick, in part because McGary was suspended by the NCAA for a year after testing positive for marijuana. Well Vice Sports today published a […]

  • Kentucky C Drake to forego senior season

    Updated: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky says center Samantha Drake will forego her senior season to focus on academics following last year's serious left knee injury. Drake's senior season lasted just three games after she tore the anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus in the first half against Central Michigan last November. She injured the same knee as a freshman and missed time. Scheduled to graduate in May, the 6-foot-3 Drake finishes with per-game career averages of 3.4 points and 2.5 rebounds in 88 contests with 23 starts. The Bardstown, Kentucky, native thanked Wildcats teammates, coaches and athletic director Mitch Barnhart in a release that said "although I won't be playing anymore, I'll still be the biggest cheerleader f

  • Clemson adds former INF Harbin to baseball staff

    Updated: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Former Clemson infielder Taylor Harbin has returned to the baseball team as a student assistant coach. Coach Jack Leggett announced Harbin's return on Wednesday. Harbin played at Clemson between 2005 and 2007 and was part of the team that reached the 2006 College World Series. Harbin hit .343 with 63 RBIs as a freshman and made the all-Atlantic Coast Conference team in 2005 and 2007. He was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the eighth round of the MLB draft in his junior season and reached as high as Triple A in eight seasons of minor league baseball.

  • Kobe Bryant Thinks LeBron James Is Worth $75 Million, Defends His Monster Contract

    Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    Last December, Kobe Bryant went down with a season-ending injury shortly after signing a $48-million contract extension that will make him the highest-paid NBA player until 2016, according to Business Insider. Some criticized Kobe for not taking a larger pay cut at a point in his career when his skills are diminishing. In an SI cover story by Chris Ballard, one anonymous GM said Kobe had "zero" trade value because of his salary.

  • OKC Thunder trade Hasheem Thabeet to Philadelphia for a $1.25 million trade exception

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    The lightly-productive but always entertaining Hasheem Thabeet era in Oklahoma City has come to an end. On Tuesday afternoon, the Thunder traded its third-string center to Philadelphia for a $1.3 million trade exception. OKC also received a second-round pick in the deal, but it is heavily protected -- a phantom pick -- and will likely never make its way into OKC's hands. With Steven Adams' emergence last season and the first round selection of Mitch McGary in this past June's draft, Thabeet became expendable. Behind incumbent starter Kendrick Perkins and Adams, Scott Brooks has become increasingly more comfortable going small, meaning Nick Collison, McGary and even Serge Ibaka can play center at times.

  • VIDEO: Serge Ibaka with a monster block, alley-oop sequence in Spanish win over Argentina

    anthony slater | Published: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    With Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant withdrawing from Team USA, the upcoming FIBA World Cup became a lot less interesting in Oklahoma City. But there is still one nation with some Thunder ties. Serge Ibaka plays for Team Spain, the host nation loaded with high-level NBA talent. On Monday, in a 33-point tune-up win over […]

  • Mike Kirby is new baseball assistant at Nebraska

    Updated: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Mike Kirby has been hired as an assistant baseball coach at Nebraska after spending the past three seasons at Cal State Fullerton. Cornhuskers coach Darin Erstad said Tuesday that Kirby would oversee the team's offense, infielders and base running and coach third base. He replaces Will Bolt, who took an assistant's job at Texas A&M. Kirby had two stints on Fullerton's staff and knows Nebraska pitching coach Ted Silva from Silva's days with the Titans. Kirby most recently coached first base, infielders and served as Fullerton's recruiting coordinator. He previously was on Oregon's staff.