• Oklahoma City Thunder: Steven Adams, Kendrick Perkins form the best center rotation in Thunder history

    Published: Mon, Dec 15, 2014

    Situations like these often create tension in the sports and business world. And that friction can cause rifts between the competitors, particularly a pair whose job description includes physically bulldozing each other on a daily basis.

  • For many Capitol Hill alumni, the nickname Redskins is a point of pride, not derision.

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Dec 15, 2014

    For the better part of nine decades, youngsters on the south side of the city couldn’t wait to go to Capitol Hill. The school was among the area’s best both athletically and academically, and everything about it was a source of pride. That includes the mascot and the nickname that the Oklahoma City Public school board voted to remove.

  • Gopher C Walker named Big Ten player of week

    Updated: Mon, Dec 15, 2014

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota senior center Maurice Walker has won Big Ten Player of the Week honors. Walker averaged 16.5 points, 6.5 rebounds. 2.5 blocks and 1.5 steals per game as the Gophers went 2-0 against North Dakota and Southern last week. Against North Dakota, Walker scored a career-high 22 points on 9-for-11 field goal shooting and added seven rebounds, three blocks and a steal in just 23 minutes of action. Walker followed up with his sixth double-figure scoring performance of the year, adding 11 points with six rebounds, two blocks and two steals in 16 minutes of play against Southern. It's Walker's first career Big Ten Player of the Week award and the second for Minnesota this season, after Andre Hol

  • Oklahoma basketball: Dinjiyl Walker adjusting to backup role

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Mon, Dec 15, 2014

    “I’m getting used to it and just trusting the coaches to make the right decisions and play me wherever they feel fit,” Walker said.

  • Broken thumb sidelines Kentucky's Goss 4-6 weeks

    Updated: Mon, Dec 15, 2014

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky coach Matthew Mitchell has announced that senior guard Bria Goss will be sidelined for 4-6 weeks because of a broken left thumb. Goss had started 102 of 117 games for the No. 8 Wildcats (10-1) including 17 straight. She played just three first-half minutes with the thumb taped in Sunday night's 71-55 victory over Belmont after injuring it during shootaround. The 5-foot-10 Indianapolis native is averaging 7.4 points and 3.1 rebounds per game. Mitchell said in a release that the team is thankful Goss' injury wasn't season-ending. He said, "we hate that Bria is out but we all need to work hard so when she returns, we are stronger than ever." Kentucky visits No. 13 Duke on Sunday.

  • Thunder, Kings trending in different directions

    Erik Horne | Published: Mon, Dec 15, 2014

    Sacramento Kings coach Mike Malone was fired on Sunday, just as the Thunder comes rolling into town on Tuesday. Sacramento was the polar opposite of the Thunder when the two teams met on Nov. 9. The Kings entered the game as one of the early surprises in the league — winners of five consecutive games, […]

  • South Carolina women remain No. 1 in AP Poll

    Updated: Mon, Dec 15, 2014

    South Carolina stays No. 1 in The Associated Press poll for the fourth straight week after a 62-point win in its lone game. With most teams taking exams, there wasn't much movement in Monday's Top 25. The first 14 teams remained unchanged with UConn, Texas, Texas A&M and Notre Dame following the Gamecocks, who received 25 first-place ballots. North Carolina, Stanford, Kentucky, Baylor and Louisville round out the first 10. Ranked teams went 25-3 this week. The only losses were DePaul to Notre Dame, Rutgers to Tennessee and Cal to Long Beach State.

  • No. 7 Stanford women roll past Santa Clara 82-43

    Updated: Sun, Dec 14, 2014

    STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Kaylee Johnson hardly considered this a strong night on the boards. The stat sheet told a different story for the Stanford freshman: 22 rebounds. Amber Orrange scored 20 points, Johnson posted her second 22-rebound performance, and the seventh-ranked Cardinal returned from their annual two-week break for final exams to beat Santa Clara 82-43 on Sunday night. "She's all over the boards, all over the place," Orrange said about Johnson. Orrange shot 7 for 12 with two 3-pointers as Stanford (6-2) played its West Coast Conference neighbor at Maples Pavilion in the first of two warmups before Hall of Fame coach Tara VanDerveer takes her team to Knoxville to face Tennessee on Saturday.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Thunder cruises past Suns for sixth straight win, continues roll up the standings

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Sun, Dec 14, 2014

    “We were surprised we were only down 12 at the end of the first quarter,” Suns coach Jeff Hornacek said.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Russell Westbrook for MVP? Why not?

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Sun, Dec 14, 2014

    If he keeps up his current play, Westbrook will force himself into the conversation as the league’s Most Valuable Player — if he hasn’t already.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Rookie Mitch McGary makes his NBA debut

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Sun, Dec 14, 2014

    McGary entered with six minutes left in the fourth quarter to a standing ovation from the home crowd.

  • No. 8 Kentucky women beat Belmont 71-55

    Updated: Sun, Dec 14, 2014

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky senior Azia Bishop hasn't started the past two games for the eighth-ranked Wildcats. She doesn't seem to mind her new role. Bishop came off the bench and scored a season-high 15 points and had 12 rebounds in Kentucky's 71-55 victory over Belmont on Sunday night. Kentucky improved to 10-1 with its sixth straight victory. "Coming off the bench is more comfortable for me, because I can see the flow of the game, come into (the game) and know what I have to come in and do," Bishop said. "My main focus was to bring energy on the court." Bishop did just that and finished 7 of 12 from the field and came within two points of matching her career high.

  • Kendrick Perkins fires back at Rudy Gay: "I'd rather be a clown than a virus"

    Anthony Slater | Published: Sun, Dec 14, 2014

    Earlier this season, before a win over the then 5-1 Kings, Kendrick Perkins was caught by cameras in a pregame huddle derogatorily telling his teammates: “These (expletives) are still the Sacramento Kings.” With a rematch coming Tuesday in Sacramento, Kings guard Rudy Gay was asked about the clip that made its way across the Internet. […]

  • Oklahoma basketball: Lon Kruger not worried about Buddy Hield's struggles

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Sun, Dec 14, 2014

    The Sooners coach said Hield will make shots and make plays.

  • Oklahoma basketball notebook: Ryan Spangler's impact limited vs. Tulsa

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Sun, Dec 14, 2014

    For the second consecutive season, the impact of Oklahoma forward Spangler was limited against Tulsa.

  • High school notebook: Kansas, Wyoming snag recruits from Oklahoma

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT AND JACOB UNRUH | Published: Sun, Dec 14, 2014

    Kingfisher senior Jace Sternberger is already buying into what new Kansas coach David Beaty envisions. Sternberger was one of two Oklahoma football players to announce their verbal commitments Sunday on Twitter. Putnam City defensive end Chris Pogi posted that he had committed to Wyoming.

  • No. 17 Rutgers falls to No. 11 Tennessee 55-45

    Updated: Sun, Dec 14, 2014

    PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — C. Vivian Stringer was extremely disappointed after Rutgers fell once again to Tennessee. Despite holding the Lady Vols to just 28 percent shooting, the Scarlet Knights weren't able to beat the Lady Vols for the 10th straight meeting. "We could of, we should of and we didn't. Simple as that," Stringer said after the 55-45 loss on Sunday to the nation's 11th-ranked team. Rutgers (8-2) also may have lost senior Betnijah Laney to a thumb injury. Her thumb got kicked early in the game and then it was sat on by a Tennessee player. "We don't know exactly yet," said Laney, who had just four points and five rebounds. "I'm going to the doctors." It was so bad that in the second half, Laney h

  • No. 3 Texas women beat Northwestern State 74-34

    Updated: Sun, Dec 14, 2014

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Nneka Enemkpali passed a scoring milestone Sun. Her work in another area distinguishes the Texas senior from other players. Enemkpali scored 10 points to help third-ranked Texas beat Northwestern State 74-34 and improve to 8-0. She became the 37th Longhorn to surpass 1,000 career points. She also grabbed 10 rebounds, her specialty. Her coach, Karen Aston, noted that Enemkpali joined "an elite club" by reaching 1,000 points. Then Aston added, "A whole lot of the points are probably from rebounds." Although Enemkpali is short for a power forward at 6-foot-1, she ranks second in the Big 12 with 8.6 rebounds a game. Enemkpali said she learned to value rebounding at an early age.

  • Harrison leads No. 11 Tennessee over Rutgers 55-45

    Updated: Sun, Dec 14, 2014

    PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Holly Warlick was taught at a young age by Pat Summitt that defense and rebounding would be what wins games. With the offense struggling against Rutgers, the Lady Vols were able to count on those two staples to pull off the 55-45 victory Sunday. "You're going to have some nights, you won't shoot the ball very well," Warlick said. "If you're solid on the defensive end and a great rebounding team you got a chance to win the game. That's what happened for us." The 11th-ranked Lady Vols shot just 28 percent from the field, but outrebounded Rutgers 54-42 and held the 17th-ranked team to just one field goal over the game's final 7:14.

  • No. 9 Baylor women rout Stephen F. Austin

    Updated: Sun, Dec 14, 2014

    WACO, Texas (AP) — After Baylor's starters missed their first four shots, coach Kim Mulkey pulled all five players out of the game. The next five proceeded to miss a pair of layups, and they, too, got sent to the bench after less than a minute of playing time. "I've got 10 players that are in the rotation and whatever it takes and whoever I think at that time needs to be on the floor, and sometimes I get it right and sometimes I don't," Mulkey said. "I didn't think we came out the gates hard and fast. I needed to get somebody else a shot. They went in and did some of the same things, so I took them out." No. 9 Baylor missed its first nine shots before routing Stephen F. Austin 96-57 on Sunday. Nina Davis scored 33 points on