• No. 2 Notre Dame routs Harvard 97-43

    Updated: Mon, Nov 24, 2014

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — With their top scorers having an off night, Notre Dame got contributions from a host of other players. Taya Reimer led all scorers with 14 points, followed by Madison Cable and Hannah Huffman with 12, and Michaela Mabrey and Jewell Loyd with 11 in the No. 2 Irish's 97-43 rout of Harvard on Monday night. Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw said she was pleased with that distribution since Loyd, averaging 21.3 points per game, hit just two of 14 from the field. Freshman forward Brianna Turner, averaging 19.3 ppg, scored just three points. "A lot of different people stepped up today and that's exactly what we needed," McGraw said. "To see what we can do when two of our leading scorers are having an off

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Scott Brooks remains confident in Andre Roberson despite shooting struggles

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Mon, Nov 24, 2014

    Roberson spends nearly every post-practice session getting up threes around the perimeter. He takes a ton and makes his fair share. And in games, he’s been told to shoot it freely, to stop hesitating with the pump fakes and fire away when open.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Russell Westbrook might return to lineup on Friday against New York

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Mon, Nov 24, 2014

    Thunder coach Scott Brooks on Monday didn’t rule out the possibility of Westbrook returning to the lineup as early as Friday against New York.

  • South Carolina the new No. 1 in AP women's hoops

    Updated: Mon, Nov 24, 2014

    A new week led to a new No. 1 in The Associated Press women's basketball poll as South Carolina was atop the poll for the first time in school history. Coach Dawn Staley is no stranger herself to being ranked No. 1. As a player, she helped Virginia reach No. 1. Staley is only the second person in women's basketball to play and coach a top-ranked team, joining Baylor's Kim Mulkey. "I feel really good about what our team has been able to accomplish," Staley said. "This is not a goal that we had set, but it is a part of our journey." The team was traveling to their tournament in the Bahamas when the new poll came out. Staley gathered them in baggage claim after they got off the plane and told the Gamecocks the good news.

  • South Carolina women No. 1 in AP Poll for 1st time

    Updated: Mon, Nov 24, 2014

    Dawn Staley and her South Carolina Gamecocks finally have ascended to the top of the poll. South Carolina took over as the new No. 1 in The Associated Press women's basketball Top 25 on Monday. It's the first time in school history that the Gamecocks reached the top spot in the poll. "I feel really good about what our team has been able to accomplish," Staley said. "This is not a goal that we had set, but it is a part of our journey." Staley is no stranger herself to being ranked No. 1. As a player, she helped Virginia reach No. 1. Staley is only the second person in women's basketball to play and coach a top-ranked team, joining Baylor's Kim Mulkey. "Basketball has been extremely good to me. It's the gift that ke

  • Kendrick Perkins responds to Marreese Speights: "It's his world, I'm just living in it"

    Anthony Slater | Published: Mon, Nov 24, 2014

    Warriors backup center Marreese Speights torched the Thunder for a surprising  28 points on Sunday night. Then after the game, he made some surprising comments — jokingly crediting Kendrick Perkins by ripping the Thunder big man’s game. “It’s just that Perk always has something to say,” Speights told reporters. “He thinks he’s a tough guy, […]

  • Minnesota's Kelley named Big Ten player of week

    Updated: Mon, Nov 24, 2014

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota senior forward Shae Kelley has won Big Ten Player of the Week honors for her performance in wins over Cleveland State and Memphis. Kelley averaged a double-double with 20.5 points and 11.0 rebounds per game last week. She added a 3.0 steals-per-game average and posted a .630 field goal performance, going 17-for-27 over the two games. Kelley posted career-highs with 21 points on 10-of-16 shooting, 14 rebounds and four steals in the Gophers' win over Cleveland State on Wednesday for her second double-double of the year. She put up team-highs with 20 points and eight rebounds at Memphis on Sunday. It's the first player of the week honor for Kelley as a Gopher and the first for the team this s

  • Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook participate in 'most' of Thunder practice

    Anthony Slater | Published: Mon, Nov 24, 2014

    Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook participated in ‘most’ of Thunder practice on Monday afternoon, including contact drills for the first time since their injuries. “They did participate and looked good,” Scott Brooks said. The superstar duo continues an accelerated path toward recovery, with each expected to return at some point during the early part of their […]

  • Father bests son as Middle Tenn beats Mississippi

    Updated: Mon, Nov 24, 2014

    Rick Insell won family bragging rights in the first matchup between father and son coaches in Division I women's basketball history on Sunday. The elder Insell's Middle Tennessee State team won 71-65, handing Matt Insell's Mississippi squad its first loss of the season. "I'm proud of my team," Rick Insell said. "This was a team win. I really didn't give much thought to the fact Matt was coaching the other team. Once the game started he was coaching his team and I was coaching mine. It was a special day, though, because all my family and friends that were here. This was a good win for our team on the road against a good basketball team in Ole Miss.

  • Marreese Speights on Kendrick Perkins: "He thinks he's a tough guy...but his game is terrible"

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Mon, Nov 24, 2014

    The Thunder did its primary defensive duty about as well as can be expected on Sunday night, limiting Steph Curry and Klay Thompson to a combined 35 points on an inefficient 11-of-35 shooting. But in OKC’s 91-86 loss, the Thunder was burned by an unlikely foe — Marreese Speights. Golden State’s backup big man had a […]

  • Indiana high school honors Hill for cancer fight

    Updated: Mon, Nov 24, 2014

    LAWRENCEBURG, Ind. (AP) — College basketball player Lauren Hill's Indiana high school retired her jersey number this weekend in honor of her inspirational fight to continue playing despite having brain cancer. Hill told the crowd at Lawrenceburg High School on Saturday night that she thought she was simply coming to watch her old team play. The 19-year-old freshman has gained attention for her efforts to play at Division III Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati and raise money to research and treat cancer. She was diagnosed with brain cancer last year and has perhaps only months to live. "All this has been amazing and the continued support from everybody, and all the other teams, and the community," Hill told the crowd.

  • No. 14 California knocks off Missouri 82-70

    Updated: Mon, Nov 24, 2014

    HONOLULU (AP) — Reshanda Gray scored 28 points and led four players in double figure scoring as No. 14 California held off Missouri, 82-70 in the Rainbow Wahine Classic Sunday night. The game was delayed when members of the Missouri team were stuck on a hotel elevator for close to 90 minutes. California (4-0) trailed by two at the half, 38-36, but took control quickly in the second. Brittany Boyd, Courtney Range and Gray scored on a 6-0 run that gave the Golden Bears the lead, 42-40. The teams traded shots until Gray converted back-to-back three-point plays to make it 52-47 and California never trailed again. Gray was 9 of 10 from the field and 10 of 14 from the line. Boyd had 16 points and Mikayla Cowling 15.

  • Thunder needs more out of Scott Brooks

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Sun, Nov 23, 2014

    When Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are running the show, overcoaching is a capital crime. But when they’re relegated to a fashion show on the bench, recovering from injuries, undercoaching can become the problem. Like Sunday night, when Golden State won 91-86, handing the Thunder yet another excruciating defeat.

  • First lady attends Princeton women's hoops game

    Updated: Sun, Nov 23, 2014

    Michelle Obama spent Sunday night watching her niece play basketball for Princeton. The first lady attended her alma mater's game against American University with her daughters and mother. Obama graduated from Princeton in 1985. She spoke with the Tigers at the half, knocking on the locker room door and asking, "if she was interrupting anything," Princeton coach Courtney Banghart said. Obama spent halftime talking to the team, taking pictures and saying how proud she was of how hard they played. The first lady and her daughters also took part in the cheer before the team went out for the second half. "It was very cool," Banghart told The Associated Press in a phone interview Sunday night. "It was pretty surreal.

  • Thunder's playoffs hopes fade with each loss

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Sun, Nov 23, 2014

    This team is turning into lovable losers, and all that these early failures have done is move this season closer to the brink.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Scott Brooks' strange decision backfires in another Thunder loss

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Sun, Nov 23, 2014

    Brooks’ unique lineup backfired and the Thunder fell 91-86 to Golden State, OKC’s conference-worst record slipping to 3-12.

  • What Oklahoma sports fans have to be thankful for during the holiday season

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Published: Sun, Nov 23, 2014

    You already know that these are tough times in our neck of the sports woods. The Thunder is wounded. The Sooners have disappointed. The Cowboys are struggling. But it’s Thanksgiving week, and that means we’re contractually obligated to give thanks. And you know what? Our sports world isn’t without reasons to give thanks.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Mitch McGary nearing a return, but without a specified role

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Sun, Nov 23, 2014

    McGary was impressive early in camp, putting together a pair of eye-opening performances in the Blue and White scrimmage and the preseason opener in Denver. But he suffered the injury against the Nuggets and missed a large chunk of his first NBA training camp.

  • No. 11 North Carolina rolls past Oregon 76-59

    Updated: Sun, Nov 23, 2014

    EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Stephanie Mavunga scored 23 points and career-highs of 16 rebounds and 6 blocked shots and No. 11 North Carolina overwhelmed Oregon in the second half for a 76-59 win on Sunday. The Ducks (1-1) had a nine-point lead in the first half and were up 29-28 at the break but Alisha Gray had six points as the Tar Heels (4-0) scored the first 12 points of the second half and never slowed down. Gray finished with 18 points and Xylina McDaniel added 14 for the Tar Heels, who shot 56 percent in the second half. Jillian Alleyne had 18 points and 17 rebounds and Lexi Bando added 14 points but Katelyn Loper, who had eight 3-pointers and 33 points in Oregon's opening win, was just 2 of 11, all from behind the arc.

  • Amherst women's hoops wins 100th straight at home

    Updated: Sun, Nov 23, 2014

    Amherst is now in a class by itself. The Jeffs women's basketball team set an NCAA record, winning their 100th straight home game to break UConn's record with a 73-63 victory over Baruch on Sunday. "It's hard to imagine, you never think you could do something like this," Amherst coach G.P. Gromacki said. "It's a testament to the type of players we have. We've had lots of great people come through here." The Division III school's streak started with a one-point win over Colby on Jan. 31, 2009. The streak has impressed UConn's coach Geno Auriemma, who saw his team's 99-game streak end to St. John's in 2012. "That's a lot of games and they probably sustained that through a lot of changes within the team," Auriemma to