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  • US women edge Spain 77-75 to win U17 world title

    Updated: Sun, Jul 6, 2014

    PILSEN, Czech Republic (AP) — Lauren Cox had 20 points, 12 rebounds and eight blocks to lead the U.S. women's team to a 77-75 victory over Spain in the gold medal game of the under-17 world championship on Sunday. Asia Durr added 17 points, and Arike Ogunbowale had 15 for the United States, which finished 7-0 in the tournament. The trio scored the final 10 points for the Americans. Cox scored off a putback with 1:29 left to give the Americans a 73-71 lead. She then had a block and a defensive rebound at the other end, which set up a jumper by Durr with 44.4 seconds left. Durr sealed the win by making two free throws with 7.8 seconds remaining. Angela Salvadores had 40 points to lead Spain (6-1) and earn MVP honors. Sh

  • Barrett steps aside from Razorback baseball

    Updated: Sun, Jul 6, 2014

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Longtime University of Arkansas baseball announcer Chuck Barrett is stepping down. Barrett and the university say he will continue as the Razorbacks play-by-play voice for football and basketball - but is giving up baseball duties after 23 years. Barrett has done all three sports the past seven years while also serving as the UA athletic department's director of broadcasting. Barrett was first hired in 1992 to announce Razorback baseball games and has called more than 1,250 games since.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Mitch McGary makes his presence known immediately in summer league

    By Darnell Mayberry, Staff writer | Published: Sat, Jul 5, 2014

    On his first possession in the Thunder’s 84-63 loss to Memphis on the opening day of the Orlando Pro Summer League, the 21st overall pick out of Michigan inbounded the ball from the sideline, just past halfcourt, by tossing a pinpoint lob pass to Jeremy Lamb, who finished the play with a two-handed dunk.

  • Q&A: Marcus Smart makes his summer league debut

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Sat, Jul 5, 2014

    Former Oklahoma State star finished with 10 points on 2-for-8 shooting for the Celtics’ team in Orlando.

  • OKC Thunder adds Darko Rajakovic to coaching staff

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Sat, Jul 5, 2014

    The Thunder has added Darko Rajakovic to its coaching staff as an assistant, the team announced Saturday. Rajakovic, a Serbia native, previously coached the Thunder-owned Tulsa 66ers, becoming the first head coach in NBA D-League history born outside of North America. He guided the 66ers to a 51-49 record over the past two seasons. Rajakovic becomes the third 66ers coach to be called up to an NBA team. He joins Dale Osbourne and Nate Tibbets. Osbourne and Tibbets joined Portland as assistant coaches in 2012 and 2013, respectively. “This is a huge honor for me,” said Rajakovic, who is coaching the Thunder’s summer league team. “I really appreciate the opportunity that the team and coach (Scott) Brooks and Sam

  • Tulsa Shock: How a season with 'Coach C' helped spark former Oklahoma star Courtney Paris' breakout WNBA season

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, Jul 4, 2014

    How did Courtney Paris go from bust to boom in the WNBA? It goes back to a city on the Mediterranean coast and a man who she calls Coach C — Ceyhun Yildizoglu, a coach in the Turkish Basketball League.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Breaking down the summer league roster

    darnell mayberry | Published: Fri, Jul 4, 2014

    A quick look at the Thunder’s summer league roster. Player; Pos.; Ht.; Weight; School Steven Adams; C; 7-0; 255; Pittsburgh The 12th overall pick by the Thunder in 2013. Exceeded all expectations as a rookie. Potential starting center next season. Semaj Christon; G; 6-3; 190; Xavier The 55th overall pick in this year’s draft. Acquired by the Thunder via trade. Athletic point guard but viewed as a project. Fuquan Edwin; G/F; 6-6; 215; Seton Hall Rangy defender who possesses great quickness, anticipation and high intensity. Wowed the Thunder in multiple pre-draft workouts. Josh Huestis; F; 6-7; 230; Stanford The 29th overall pick in this year’s draft. Lauded as a defender who can

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: A look at the Orlando Pro Summer League Rules

    Published: Fri, Jul 4, 2014

    * Four 10-minute quarters. * 10-minute halftime. * Five full timeouts per team, per game. * Two one-minute mandatory TV timeouts per quarter on dead ball at 5:50 and again at 2:59. * Maximum of three full timeouts to be used in fourth quarter per team. * One 20-second timeout per team, per half. * Three-minute overtime period if necessary. * One full timeout and one 20-second timeout per overtime period per team. * Teams will be in the penalty on the fifth foul of each quarter. * Teams will be in the penalty in overtime on the third team foul. * No foul-out rule. For each personal foul in excess of six, the opposing team receives two free throws.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: What to watch for with OKC's main summer league players

    By Darnell Mayberry, Staff writer | Published: Fri, Jul 4, 2014

    As many as seven players on the Thunder’s summer league roster could be wearing Thunder jerseys next season. So as the week unfolds, here is what you should be watching from the Thunder’s main summer league players.

  • Texas Tech basketball player suspended for fight

    Updated: Fri, Jul 4, 2014

    LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Texas Tech guard Amber Battle has been suspended for a month for her involvement in a fight with a football player at the university's recreation center. The school says the senior is "suspended from competition for the entire month of November." Battle also says in Friday's statement that she "initiated first contact" in the fight with freshman defensive back Nigel Bethel II during a pickup basketball game last weekend. Bethel then responded and, according to a police report, caused serious bodily injury with "hands, fists, feet, etc." He has been dismissed from the team. Battle apologized to Bethel, the school, coaches and her teammates for her actions. Battle led the Lady Raiders last se

  • OKC Thunder: Summer League Roster

    Erik Horne | Published: Fri, Jul 4, 2014

    For those of you who’ve been wondering, here’s the roster for the Thunder’s summer league team, along with game times. The team will play four games in the Orlando Summer League, with all games broadcast on NBA TV and NBA.com. Thunder regulars Steven Adams, Andre Roberson, Jeremy Lamb and Perry Jones III are expected to […]

  • Ex-Lady Vols official responds to school's motion

    Updated: Fri, Jul 4, 2014

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The lawyer for former Lady Vols media director Debby Jennings says discovery of information regarding former Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt should be included in his client's lawsuit against the school and athletic director Dave Hart. David Burkhalter made his argument Thursday in a response to Tennessee's motion for a protective order that would forbid discovery of information related to Summitt's illness and the circumstances surrounding her departure as Tennessee's coach. Tennessee said the requested information isn't relevant to Jennings' claim of disability retaliation. Burkhalter's response said granting the school's motion "would be the equivalent of granting the death penalty"

  • Cunningham named assistant at Louisiana-Monroe

    Updated: Thu, Jul 3, 2014

    MONROE, La. (AP) — Louisiana-Monroe women's basketball coach Jeff Dow has hired Amber Cunningham as an assistant coach. Cunningham served as the video coordinator at Rice University during the 2013-14 season. She began her coaching career in the high school ranks as an assistant at Fairfax High School in Los Angeles. Dow said Thursday that Cunningham had a stellar playing career at Rice and impressive career playing professionally in Europe. He says Louisiana-Monroe will be upgrading its video editing system and Cunningham will help give players feedback through that system and in other ways.

  • OKC Thunder: Three reasons the Thunder is adding Sebastian Telfair

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Thu, Jul 3, 2014

    The Thunder has agreed to a one-year, minimum contract with Sebastian Telfair, a 6-foot point guard and nine-year NBA veteran who played last season in China. Here are three reasons why the Thunder is bringing in the 29-year-old former lottery pick. Depth. The departure of Derek Fisher has left a need for a third point guard. The Thunder historically has preferred veterans in that role, whether for leadership purposes or to have a trustworthy and steady hand to call on in emergency situations. Telfair will backup starter Russell Westbrook and sixth man Reggie Jackson. Unless Jackson is named the starting shooting guard, Telfair doesn’t figure to play much as the third-string point guard.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Thabo Sefolosha 'feels great' about deal with Atlanta Hawks

    By Darnell Mayberry, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Jul 3, 2014

    Thabo Sefolosha confirmed on Thursday that a breakup that had long been anticipated is now official.

  • Thunder guard Sebastian Telfair -- from NYC to OKC

    Erik Horne | Published: Thu, Jul 3, 2014

    Sebastian Telfair’s come a long way since his high school phenom days in New York City. The newest addition to the Thunder backcourt was the No. 1 prep recruit in the country in 2004 out of Lincoln High School in Brooklyn (the same school that produced his cousin, Stephon Marbury, and current Indiana Pacers guard/LeBron […]

  • 4-year-old player catches eye of NBA legend

    Updated: Thu, Jul 3, 2014

    A 4-year-old basketball phenom from North Carolina has already drawn the attention of an NBA legend and has big plans to follow in the footsteps of his favorite player, the Oklahoma Thunder’s Kevin Durant, according to Good Morning America. “He can emulate his free throw regime exactly,” Josiah Brown’s father, Demetrius Brown, told ABC News of his son's ability to copy Durant's famous free throw prep. “He has been doing that since he was one.” Josiah, whom his dad describes as average height and weight for a 4-year-old but with an athletic build, is already playing with kids as old as 9 at his local YMCA in Wilmington, North Carolina.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder to add veteran point guard Sebastian Telfair

    Darnell Mayberry | Updated: Thu, Jul 3, 2014

    Looking to add depth and experience at the lead guard position following the departure of Derek Fisher, the Thunder has agreed to terms with veteran point guard Sebastian Telfair. Telfair, 29, was the 13th overall pick in 2004. He’s played for seven teams in nine seasons but spent last season in China. In 548 career […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Thunder remains interested in Mike Miller

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Thu, Jul 3, 2014

    Miller went on a Memphis radio station on Wednesday afternoon and revealed that the Thunder is one of five teams – Denver, Houston, Memphis and the Clippers are the other four – pursuing his services. And just hours before, he sent out an Instagram photo of him and Kevin Durant hanging out in Los Angeles, offering a peek into the Thunder’s recruitment plan.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Reports say Thunder leads Pau Gasol sweepstakes

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Wed, Jul 2, 2014

    The addition of Gasol to the Thunder lineup might mean the end of Kendrick Perkins in OKC.