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  • Oklahoma basketball: Sooners in Owasso guard Shake Milton's top 4

    BY RYAN ABER | Updated: Sun, Aug 3, 2014

    Milton announced his decision on Twitter. In addition to the Sooners, he's considering Indiana, SMU and Illinois.

  • An ambidextrous pitcher wows Cape Cod League

    Updated: Sun, Aug 3, 2014

    Ryan Perez might look back someday and say having Tommy John surgery on his right arm was the best thing that could have happened to his left. That's right, his left. The 20-year-old from tiny Judson University in Illinois is one of baseball's rare ambidextrous pitchers. He's been all the rage in the prestigious Cape Cod League since he touched the low 90s on the radar gun — with both arms — in last week's All-Star game. He came on in the third inning and struck out the first batter left-handed, the second right-handed and the third left-handed. "Didn't see that coming," Perez said.

  • Oklahoma high school athletes signing list: Aug. 2, 2014

    Published: Sat, Aug 2, 2014

    BASEBALL Darian Abram, Tulsa Washington (Neosho) Hunter Aguirre, Westmoore (Cowley County) Jeb Bargfeldt, Owasso (Wichita St.) Garrett Benge, Yukon (Cowley County) Jordan Boyer, Deer Creek (Wichita State) Nathaniel Brantley, Putnam City North (Okla. Wesleyan) Shane Bridges, Sand Springs/Butler CC (NSU) Alex Brooks, Durant (Morthland College) Jenner Brown, Bethany (SNU) Chase Byndas, Dale (Connors St.) Caleb Caldwell, Edmond North (Tabor) Brian Canfield, Bishop McGuinness (Newman) Bryce Carter, Cascia Hall (Stanford) Jacob Chappell, Guthrie (Oklahoma State) Blake Clanton, Clinton (Western) Cruz Clark, Deer Creek (NOC-Tonkawa) Christopher

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Sebastian Telfair hopes time in China helps rejuvenate once-promising NBA career

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Sat, Aug 2, 2014

    Sebastian Telfair’s high school career was so celebrated that he was featured in a documentary titled, “Through the Fire.” Now, as a 29-year-old, Telfair has been through the professional fire, and he says he’s better for the experience.

  • Thunder Thursday OT: Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater talk Durant in 2016, starting spots and the 'cheap' label

    Erik Horne, Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater | Published: Sat, Aug 2, 2014

    We had some leftover questions from our Thunder Thursday hangout, so Thunder writers Darnell Mayberry and Anthony Slater went at the extras roundtable-style. Here are their responses. As always, you can check out our Thunder Thursday live show each week — Thursday at 2 p.m. on newsok.com/live. From John Wall : Any chance that my […]

  • Arm soreness forces UA's Killian from Team USA

    Updated: Fri, Aug 1, 2014

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — University of Arkansas pitcher Trey Killian says he left the USA Baseball Collegiate National team early because of arm soreness. Killian said during a news conference Thursday that the soreness is not severe and he believes it is tightness due to fatigue. Killian was 1-1 in three games for Team USA — which was coached by Razorbacks coach Dave Van Horn. Van Horn says doctors believe Killian simply needs rest. Killian went 4-9 with a 2.30 earned run average in 14 starts last season for Arkansas. Team USA went 18-8-1 in games in both the U.S. and Europe and returned to the United States on Monday.

  • OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant watch will make for a long two years

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Jul 31, 2014

    Kevin Durant’s contract expires soon, and the organization with which he’s been for what seems like forever is under siege. Every competitor wants Durant’s services, most notably an upstart in his youthful stomping grounds. We’re talking about Nike, of course, which has produced seven versions of Durant’s signature shoe, but Durant’s Swoosh contract runs out this week, and Maryland-based Under Armour plans to come after Durant with gusto. And you think the Thunder walks softly around Durant? Well, the answer is yes. The Thunder and everyone else from Balko to Broken Bow. Durant’s Thunder contract expires in summer 2016.

  • Lady Vols release 2014-15 nonconference schedule

    Updated: Thu, Jul 31, 2014

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee has released a nonconference women's basketball schedule that includes matchups with two of last season's Final Four representatives. The Lady Vols host 2014 NCAA tournament semifinalist Stanford on Dec. 20 and travel to 2014 NCAA runner-up Notre Dame on Jan. 19. Tennessee's other home nonconference games are Nov. 14 against Penn, Nov. 17 against Oral Roberts, Nov. 21 against Winthrop, Nov. 24 against Tennessee State, Dec. 3 against St. Francis (Pennsylvania), Dec. 16 against Wichita State and Dec. 28 against Oregon State. The Lady Vols have road games Nov. 26 at Chattanooga, Nov. 30 at Texas, Dec. 7 at Lipscomb and Dec. 14 at Rutgers before the January trip to Notre Dame.

  • UConn, St. John's to play in Maggie Dixon Classic

    Updated: Thu, Jul 31, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Defending champion Connecticut will face St. John's in the ninth annual Maggie Dixon Classic on Jan. 4. The Huskies, who went 40-0 last season en route to a record ninth national title, will be making their fourth appearance in the game at Madison Square Garden. The event honors former Army coach Maggie Dixon, who died of heart arrhythmia in 2006 at age 28. UConn has never lost in its three appearances and beat Ohio State in 2010 to tie the vaunted UCLA men's basketball record 88-game winning streak. The Huskies went on to break it and win 90 consecutive contests. Coach Geno Auriemma's current team has won 46 straight and back-to-back national championships, led by The Associated Press player of the ye

  • Kevin Durant: Proof market size doesn’t matter

    Erik Horne | Updated: Thu, Jul 31, 2014

    You don’t have to play basketball in a big market to be marketable. Want proof? Look no further than Kevin Durant. The NBA’s MVP is playing for a team in the U.S.’s 41st largest television market. That’s a smaller market than 24 other NBA cities, yet Durant has more endorsements than LeBron James. Heck, Durant […]

  • All-State girls basketball: Jordan Gilbert, Jasauen Beard lead West to victory in front of future ORU teammates

    By Jacob Unruh | Published: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    Five future Oral Roberts players participated in the Oklahoma Coaches Association All-State large-school girls basketball game Wednesday night at the Mabee Center. Their future teammates were also noticeably in attendance, forming a cheering section to serve as motivation.

  • All-State girls basketball: Bridge Creek's Alicia Sandlin adjusts quickly to change

    By Jacob Unruh | Published: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    Sandlin arrived at All-State camp Tuesday morning, showing her impressive ability to adapt one more time in her high school career.

  • Oklahoma Caravan notebook: Bob Stoops said he was 'just stating facts' about SEC

    By Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber | Published: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    Stoops, who made waves last summer when he questioned the SEC’s overall strength as a football conference, led the Sooners to a surprising 45-31 Sugar Bowl upset of two-time defending national champion Alabama several months later.

  • Mick Cornett brought the big-time to Oklahoma City

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    It was March 2008, and the NBA had dispatched a small army of decision-makers to Oklahoma City, a place long seen as a minor-league town. The question they sought to answer: was the city ready to have a big-league team of its own?

  • The best high school basketball classes of the last 10 years

    Published: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    There's a tendency to place infusions of basketball talent in context by using the NBA draft, SB Nation reports. Before the 2014 draft in June, a common sentiment was that it was the strongest draft class the league had seen since 2003, when LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh all entered the league at the same time. There's a problem with that line of logic, though. NBA draft classes pull players who can be three grade levels apart in school. Andrew Wiggins was ready for the NBA sooner in his development as a player than Doug McDermott. If you really want to see what years have produced the best basketball talent, looking at high school classes is the most objective way to do it.

  • Kevin Durant Q&A: Focus on 'great fans in Oklahoma City'

    Erik Horne | Published: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    On Wednesday, Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant sat down with ESPN sports business reporter Darren Rovell in Las Vegas to talk about his impending free agency in 2016, if he’s keeping up with the Washington Wizards, and the constant talk on social media about his next destination. You can watch the interview here. Q: […]

  • UCLA's hallowed basketball arena flooded

    Updated: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    Not even two years after Pauley Pavilion underwent a $136-million renovation, UCLA is probably going to have to put more money aside to restore the hallowed basketball arena, according to Yahoo Sports. Flood water from a major water main break just north of the UCLA campus Tuesday evening left Pauley better suited to host a water polo match than a basketball game. Ankle-high rivers of water outside the arena were deep enough that some people took off their shoes to wade across and a couple students showed up with skim and boogey boards. Enough water spewed into Pauley Pavilion that both the floor and the locker rooms were under water as of Tuesday evening and staffers were using brooms and squeegees to clear them off.

  • South Carolina sees increase in season tickets

    Updated: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina has increased its reserve seating for women's basketball games to accommodate the rise in season-ticket requests for next season. The Gamecocks are coming off a 29-5 season in which they won the Southeastern Conference regular season title and earned the program's first-ever No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. Coach Dawn Staley also brought in one of the country's top recruiting classes, led by 6-foot-5 center A'ja Wilson who picked South Carolina over Connecticut, North Carolina and Tennessee. The school said Wednesday it had received 4,709 requests for women's season tickets, a nearly 12 percent increase over sales from last year.

  • UConn forward Tuck gets extra year of eligibility

    Updated: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    STORRS, Conn. (AP) — The NCAA has granted a medical hardship waiver to UConn forward Morgan Tuck, who underwent two knee surgeries and missed most of last season's national championship run. The school announced Tuesday that Tuck, a junior academically, was awarded an extra year of eligibility and now has three remaining. The 6-foot-2 Bolingbrook, Illinois, native played just eight games last season because of a bone bruise on her right knee. She averaged 7.5 points, including a career-high 19 during her last game on Jan. 7. She sat out the rest of the season and underwent two surgical procedures to transplant cartilage into a spot where it was missing on the knee. UConn said Wednesday that Tuck should be ready

  • Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant on free agency: 'I'm going to do what's best for me'

    By Darnell Mayberry, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    In his most extensive public comments about his highly-anticipated free agency, Kevin Durant addressed rampant speculation that he will soon leave Oklahoma City for his native Washington. While insisting he’s focused on the present, Durant also refused to rule out anything in the future.