• Only a junior, Columbia basketball star Michael Porter has Mizzou's and KU's attention

    Updated: Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    This is a Michael Porter moment. It is an early morning in late May, and you have stepped inside a large community center in suburban Minneapolis. Porter, a 16-year-old from Columbia, saunters through a side door, his lithe, 6-foot-9 frame drifting across the floor and sleepily finding its way to a layup line. Just hours earlier, Porter awoke at the crack of dawn and caught a flight to Minneapolis, where his MOKAN Elite AAU team was scheduled to play in a prestigious Nike event. Porter is tired, operating on limited sleep, and there’s a weekend of basketball to be played. And then, in the opening minute of a game against a team from Mississippi, Porter glides in from the wing, rises into the air and throws down a vicious one-hand

  • Wichita State's Ron Baker helps Team USA to bronze medal in Pan Am Games

    Updated: Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    Wichita State’s Ron Baker finished the Pan Am Games with two strong performances and a bronze medal in Toronto. The United States defeated the Dominican Republic 87-82 on Saturday in the third-place game by rallying from a 21-point deficit. Team USA finished 3-2 in the tournament and extended a gold-medal drought that started with a second-place finish in 1987. Baker scored 11 points in Saturday’s game, making 3 of 5 three-pointers. He added five rebounds, three assists and two steals. In Friday’s semifinal loss to Canada, he scored 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting with three steals. “It was not looking good,” USA coach Mark Few said after Saturday’s game in a news release.

  • Thunder roundtable: Four questions on the offseason and the upcoming campaign

    Compiled by Anthony Slater | Published: Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    1. Which training camp storyline intrigues you most with the Thunder? Darnell Mayberry (beat writer): Who will be the starting shooting guard and center. We grew accustomed to Scott Brooks' way of doing things after seven seasons. His starting lineup was incredibly consistent and as a result became unbelievably predictable. But with first-year coach Billy Donovan we have no idea which direction the Thunder will go at shooting guard and center. Most assume Steven Adams will start. But who knows? And there's not even educated guesses at this point about the starting shooting guard. With the Thunder set to return with the deepest team it's ever had, the decisions Donovan makes regarding his first

  • KU eyes another Big 12 title

    Updated: Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    FRONTENAC, Kan. — The Kansas Jayhawks men's basketball team enters the 2015-16 season in search of its 12th consecutive Big 12 Conference championship. Keeping that legacy alive remains a priority for the KU players. "It's very important," Kansas junior guard Frank Mason III said. "We can't be the team to end the streak and mess things up for the tradition. We definitely take a lot of pride in that. I think the guys are locked in and ready to roll." Mason and five of his teammates — senior forward Jamari Traylor, junior guard Wayne Selden Jr., junior forward Landen Lucas, sophomore guard Devonte' Graham and freshman forward Carlton Bragg — served as coaches for the All-Area Fantasy Basketball Camp on Friday at Fro

  • Sherri Coale headlines women's basketball hall class of 2016

    Updated: Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale said it was a surreal moment when she got the phone call that she would be part of the women's basketball Hall of Fame. The Hall announced its six-person 2016 class on Saturday, headlined by the longtime leader of the Sooners. It also includes former Missouri State guard Jackie Stiles, Olympic gold medalist Natalie Williams, longtime official June Courteau, Texas girls high school coach Joe Lombard and the late AAU girls basketball official Bill Tipps. The 1996 U.S. women's basketball Olympic team will receive the Hall's trailblazer award. "I still feel like I'm young in my coaching career and still have so much left to do," Coale said in a phone interview. "I'm honored b

  • The Statesman Interview: Tom Herman

    Updated: Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    This state’s top committed football prospect is ticketed to play for none other than Tom Herman’s Houston Cougars. Surprised? Don’t be. Herman, the offensive brains behind Ohio State’s national title last season, has assembled pound for pound the state’s top recruiting staff. That’s arguable, of course, but consider that all but one of his nine assistants had lived in Texas before coming to Houston. Included among them is Major Applewhite, the former Texas quarterback and Longhorns offensive coordinator. On May 21, the Cougars pulled off a recruiting stunner and landed five-star defensive tackle Ed Oliver of nearby Spring Westfield. According to 247Sports’ composite ratings, Oliver is the state’s No. 2 p

  • After charges dismissed, Rick Brunson addresses court of public opinion

    Updated: Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    For close to 16 months, Rick Brunson has remained publicly silent. The former Bulls player and former Bulls assistant coach listened as his name was sullied and as taunts were tossed at his son, the reigning Mr. Basketball of Illinois and Villanova-bound Jalen. He watched as job opportunities for his coaching career dwindled. And he waited for his day in court, when he took the stand and told his truth of what happened on April 2, 2014. Lake County (Ill.) Judge James Booras agreed with Brunson, swiftly dismissing all charges he had sexually abused a massage therapist at Vernon Hills’ Lifetime Fitness. Sometimes, the court of public opinion is tougher. “I want to move forward,” Brunson said. “I just w

  • East defensive end Xavier Kelly picks Clemson

    Updated: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    East High defensive end Xavier Kelly committed to Clemson on Friday afternoon, announcing his decision online. “I wanted to go to a place with good academics, good athletics and a place I can excel,” Kelly said. “For the next four years, I’ll be attending the University of Clemson. “They have a family environment and that’s what I love about them. I have a good vibe with the coaches, and they’re all about me … that’s one of the big-time schools in the ACC.” Kelly (6-foot-5 and 250 pounds) orally committed to Kansas State in November 2014, but withdrew it in March to re-open his recruitment. A four-star recruit, Kelly pared his list down to eight schools earlier this month.

  • NCAA: Southern Miss, Tyndall committed multiple violations

    Updated: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    The NCAA has outlined serious rules violations committed at Southern Mississippi, finding multiple infractions by the men's basketball program during former coach Donnie Tyndall's tenure. The charges, which include arranging fraudulent academic credit, impermissible financial aid and obstructing the governing body's investigation, were outlined in a notice of allegations released by the university on Friday. There were seven alleged Level I violations — which are judged the most serious by the NCAA — in the 43-page notice. Though things could be worse for the Golden Eagles. The NCAA notably did not include the dreaded lack of institutional control charge, instead placing most of the blame on Tyndall and his st

  • Marshall forward TyQuane Goard transfers to West Virginia

    Updated: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia has added graduate transfer TyQuane Goard to its roster. Coach Bob Huggins said Friday that Goard will be eligible to play for the Mountaineers this season. Goard averaged 6.3 points and 4.7 rebounds per game in the 2013-14 season at Marshall. Marshall coach Dan D'Antoni dismissed Goard last October for an undisclosed violation of team rules. The 6-foot-7 Goard earned a health sciences degree at Marshall this year. He will pursue a master's degree at WVU in athletic coaching education. Goard adds depth to a position that thinned after Brandon Watkins underwent knee surgery this offseason.

  • OSU basketball: Walk-on Codey McElroy trading minor league baseball for court burns

    BY TYLER PALMATEER The Lawton Constitution | Updated: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    LAWTON — Fiercely guarding the post, Codey McElroy reached out and slapped his hand on the basketball, just before his body hit the flat surface of Eddie Sutton Court inside Gallagher-Iba Arena. He proceeded to make two more fully-extended dives for the ball, the last of which was at least 10-feet out of bounds. This is McElroy's new life. The former two-sport Chattanooga standout, who played bigtime college and minor league baseball, became an Oklahoma State men's basketball walk-on earlier this month.

  • ESPN, Missouri Valley Conference agree on 10-year extension

    Updated: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — ESPN and the Missouri Valley Conference have agreed to a 10-year extension on their media rights deal that increases coverage of the league through the 2023-24 academic year. ESPN retains the rights to the MVC's men's and women's basketball tournaments. Multiple men's basketball games as well as Olympic sports will be telecast across ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPNEWS. ESPN and the 10-member MVC schools will work together to develop on-campus production capabilities involving students. Using those productions, ESPN3 will show a minimum of 820 events a year, including at least 70 men's basketball games, in the final six years of the agreement. The MVC has been one of the top men's basketball conference outs

  • UTEP Miner great Harry Flournoy recovering from stroke

    Updated: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    Harry Flournoy, a co-captain on the famed Texas Western 1966 NCAA championship team, is recovering from a stroke in Atlanta. Flournoy, who lives in the Atlanta suburbs, had a stroke on July 14 and then had a setback but all signs are that he is recovering. Fred Schwake, an assistant trainer for the 1966 team, spoke recently with the 71-year-old Flournoy. "His speech is not slurred but drags a little," Schwake said. "But he sounds good and positive. He told me he wouldn't miss the 50th anniversary celebration with the team in El Paso in February." Flournoy's brother, Robert, said he thinks his brother might be headed home in the next few days.

  • SLU basketball team gets busy early

    Updated: Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    St. Louis University coach Jim Crews hopped a plane for Las Vegas on Wednesday to go in search of future Billikens in the heat of the college recruiting season. When he returns Sunday, he’ll find himself thrust into what will essentially be the beginning of an extended preseason at SLU in the form of an exhibition tour in the Bahamas and the 10 bonus practices the program will get as a result. While the gyms in Vegas will offer a lot of unknowns, the return will come with an abundance of familiarity. The Billikens will open practice for the Bahamas trip with nine returning players who received the bulk of the playing time last season. That alone gives Crews and his staff a better starting point than last year when pra

  • An L.A. story that shows the Thunder's culture survived the storm

    By BERRY TRAMEL | Updated: Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    COMMENTARY -- What's going on this week in Los Angeles is evidence the Oklahoma City Thunder culture hasn't been crippled by the passage of time or the anguish of a season from hell.

  • Integris basketball tournament raises $560 towards nursing scholarships

    Updated: Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    MIAMI— The third annual Integris Baptist Regional Health Center Auxiliary-sponsored basketball game was held in the Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College gymnasium Wednesday evening. A total of $560 was raised with all of the proceeds going toward the Integris nursing scholarship at NEO. The hospital gives three $500 scholarships per year. The basketball game was one of five major fundraisers the auxiliary department sponsors a year. This year’s winning team was Swoosh of the ER Department. The team was led by captain Greg Smith, Integris director of education. Swoosh was the reigning champion of the first annual Integris basketball game. Swoosh played three games and was undefeated each game. Their highest score

  • High school notebook: Ringling names Steve Justus football coach

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    Justus last coached in 2013 at Comanche, where he served as coach for four seasons. He took last year off due to family reasons.

  • WNBA: Owners approve Tulsa Shock's move to Dallas-Fort Worth area

    FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS | Published: Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    NEW YORK — The WNBA owners have unanimously approved the Tulsa Shock moving to the Dallas-Fort Worth area next season. The Shock (10-8) will finish out the current year in Tulsa. They will play next year at the University of Texas at Arlington, subject to approval by the Texas system's Board of Regents. Majority owner Bill Cameron announced his plans to move the team to the Dallas-Fort Worth area on Monday. The Shock moved from Detroit in 2010. “Today is a truly exciting day, and we thank the WNBA for its support in approving the relocation to the Dallas-Fort Worth marketplace," said Cameron, chairman and CEO of American Fidelity Assurance Co., and a member of the Oklahoma City

  • Locust Grove's Rylie Torrey leaves ORU

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    Former Locust Grove girls basketball standout Rylie Torrey has left Oral Roberts and will instead play at Northern Oklahoma College in Enid, her father Dusty told The Oklahoman. Torrey moved to Locust Grove with her father before last school year and then led the Pirates to the Class 4A state championship. She verbally committed to ORU as a junior at Weatherford. Dusty Torrey said there were no hard feelings with ORU and that Rylie left the team on good terms, even after spending six weeks taking classes and working out with the team. Torrey will now play for Scott Morris, who was a college teammate with Dusty Torrey. “She was fortunate Morris still had a scholarship available,” Dusty said.

  • WNBA: Owners approve Tulsa Shock's move to Dallas-Fort Worth area

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — The WNBA owners have unanimously approved the Tulsa Shock moving to the Dallas-Fort Worth area next season. The Shock (10-8) will finish out the current year in Tulsa. They will play next year at the University of Texas at Arlington, subject to approval by the Texas system's Board of Regents. "The WNBA is extremely grateful to the city of Tulsa and the team's loyal fans. The support they have shown for the Shock and women's professional basketball over the past six seasons has been tremendous," said WNBA President Laurel J. Richie. "We look forward to having our first team based in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.