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  • ESPN: Thunder a 'leading contender' for Pau Gasol

    Published: Wed, Jul 2, 2014

    ESPN Los Angeles reported early Wednesday evening that the Oklahoma City Thunder have "unexpectedly emerged as a leading contender" for Lakers free-agent center Pau Gasol. ESPN also reports that the Thunder have been pursuing Gasol and Memphis Grizzlies shooting guard Mike Miller, even though Oklahoma City is limited in spending cash at the moment.

  • Suns to make a bid for LeBron and Carmelo

    Updated: Wed, Jul 2, 2014

    Armed with an offer that no else in the NBA can make – a chance to partner with Carmelo Anthony on an instant championship contender – the Phoenix Suns are planning an aggressive pursuit of LeBron James on Tuesday, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Suns officials understand the bid will be something of a long shot, but are determined to get a meeting with James to convince him how the possibilities of two full max contracts, a roster stocked with talented, young players and the chance to pick the superstar free-agent partner of his choice ought to make Phoenix one of his most appealing suitors.

  • Russell Westbrook in Paris: Thunder guard visits Fashion Week

    Erik Horne | Published: Wed, Jul 2, 2014

    In June, Russell Westbrook announced that he would team up with Barneys New York on his own clothing line. The partnership included a trip to Paris Fashion Week to promote Westbrook’s styles. The Thunder guard made it to Paris at the end of June, and collaborated with Vogue Magazine on a photo diary you can […]

  • The Thunder's $29 million dollar question

    Erik Horne | Published: Wed, Jul 2, 2014

    How much money does the Thunder have to play with? A profit does not equate to a spending spree. It’s been reported that the Thunder project to make the fifth-largest profit from the NBA’s revenue-sharing system, trailing only big markets such as Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston and Boston. From NBA writer Zach Lowe: The […]

  • Kobe Bryant Trolls Charlotte Hornets 18 Years After Team Traded Him To Lakers

    Published: Wed, Jul 2, 2014

    July 1 marks the anniversary of multiple historical and athletic events: The start of the Battle of Gettysburg (1863), the founding of China's Communist Party (1921), WFAN in New York debuting as the nation's first all-sports radio station (1987) and Derek Jeter's "The Dive" into the stands (2004), according to The Post Game. Also, on July 1, 1996, the Charlotte Hornets traded Kobe Bryant, the 13th overall pick in that summer's NBA draft, to the Los Angeles Lakers. The Hornets received center Vlade Divac. As Bryant was 17 at the time, he needed his parents to co-sign his first NBA contract. On Tuesday, Bryant trolled his former team of five days Twitter, The Post Game reports.

  • OKC Thunder: Reggie Jackson remains Thunder's top priority

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Tue, Jul 1, 2014

    It can be argued that keeping Jackson in the mix and happy going forward is more pivotal than any personnel addition Oklahoma City can make during free agency.

  • Clemson's Leggett confident Tigers will rebound

    Updated: Tue, Jul 1, 2014

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Clemson coach Jack Leggett says he's ready to put last season behind him and return the Tigers to the top of college baseball. The Tigers longtime coach said his team never really found its groove this past spring and ended at 36-25 after getting knocked out of NCAA regional play in two straight games last month. The coach met with Clemson athletic director Dan Radakovich following the season and both agreed there was reason for optimism moving forward to 2015. Leggett thinks there's a strong core of players in the lineup and on the mound to make Clemson more competitive in the improving Atlantic Coast Conference.

  • Ratings watch: Oklahoma City's ratings for NBA draft up 47 percent from last year

    Published: Tue, Jul 1, 2014

    Oklahoma City ranks as No. 2 market for ESPN’s coverage

  • Report: Oklahoma City Thunder considering free agent guard Vince Carter

    Darnell Mayberry | Updated: Tue, Jul 1, 2014

    The Thunder might have its sights set on a specific shooting guard among the bunch in this year’s free agent class. Veteran guard Vince Carter reportedly will attract several suitors as free agency gets underway Tuesday, and the Thunder is said to be one of them. Oklahoma City is expected to be joined by Miami, […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Could Pau Gasol be a potential fit with the Thunder?

    By Anthony Slater | Updated: Mon, Jun 30, 2014

    Reports from the L.A. Times indicate that Oklahoma City is among four teams Lakers center Pau Gasol, a two-time champion and four-time All-Star, will chat with in the near future.

  • Duke's Alexis Jones to transfer closer to home

    Updated: Mon, Jun 30, 2014

    DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Duke point guard Alexis Jones says she will transfer to be closer to home as she recovers from a knee injury. Jones is a native of Irving, Texas. She will have two years of eligibility remaining. Jones averaged 11.1 points, 4.3 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 1.9 steals while starting every game over two seasons. She took on a larger late-season role as a freshman after Chelsea Gray went down with a knee injury. She suffered her own season-ending knee injury in February at Notre Dame and missed the last seven games. Coach Joanne P. McCallie says she supports Jones' decision and wishes her the best as she recovers from the injury.

  • Miami says probe into PEDs found no wrongdoing

    Updated: Mon, Jun 30, 2014

    CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — The University of Miami said Monday that an investigation into former strength coach Jimmy Goins found no evidence that he provided performance-enhancing drugs to athletes. Goins was one of the people linked to the Biogenesis scandal, a story broken by Miami New Times in January 2013. Goins was alleged to have purchased PEDs from the now-closed clinic. That was a particularly sensitive subject at Miami given that one of the university's trustees in Alex Rodriguez — the New York Yankees' slugger — and a former star Hurricane in Ryan Braun were also linked to the clinic. Goins was working with track and baseball athletes at the university when the story broke. He was suspended and later fired.

  • Media notes: OU, Tulsa Union grad Dari Nowkhah hired to host SEC Network

    By Mel Bracht | Published: Mon, Jun 30, 2014

    Nowkhah, a Tulsa native, has worked 10 years at ESPN

  • Rogers State names new head baseball coach

    Updated: Mon, Jun 30, 2014

    CLAREMORE, Okla. (AP) — Rogers State has hired Chris Klimas as its new head baseball coach. Rogers State University director of Athletics Ryan Erwin made the announcement Monday. Klimas has been a member of the Oklahoma Baptist University coaching staff since 2001. Klimas replaced Ron Bradley, who started the program in 2005. Erwin says Klimas is a great recruiter who is familiar with baseball in the region. Klimas has been the associate head baseball coach at OBU since 2010. Prior to that he spent nine years as the assistant coach. A native of Broken Arrow, Klimas was a two-year starter at catcher at OBU from 1999-2001.

  • OKC Thunder to meet with Lakers' Pau Gasol?

    Published: Mon, Jun 30, 2014

    Free agency begins Monday night at 11 p.m. (central) and the Oklahoma City Thunder will be looking to fill several holes in its roster. Could one of those holes be filled by a big man with championship rings? The L.A. Times reported on Monday that Pau Gasol will meet with the Thunder. Gasol will be a free agent after making $19 million with the Lakers last season.

  • OSU baseball ranked No. 10 in final polls

    Updated: Fri, Jun 27, 2014

    STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma State baseball team is ranked No. 10 in the final rankings of each of the four major national polls. Collegiate Baseball, Baseball America, USA Today, and NCBWA each rank the Cowboys No. 10 in the nation. It's the first time since 1999 since an OSU baseball team ended the season ranked in the top 10. OSU ended the year 48-18, won the Big 12 regular season title and advanced to an NCAA Super Regional for the third time in program history.

  • Cronan retiring confident about Lady Vols' future

    Updated: Fri, Jun 27, 2014

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Retiring Tennessee women's athletic director emeritus Joan Cronan believes the school will withstand the adversity it's encountered since consolidating its men's and women's athletic departments. But she wants to make sure the Lady Vols brand and logo remain an integral part of the school's tradition. The solid orange power "T'' is used for the men's teams, while a unique version features the words "Lady Volunteers" in blue for the women's teams. "That logo stands for so much," Cronan said. "People talk about logos. McDonald's wouldn't give up its arches. McDonald's (restaurants) are recreating how they look, but they still have that arch. Tennessee athletics is recreating how it looks, but I think t

  • UConn basketball star Stewart vies for Honda Cup

    Updated: Fri, Jun 27, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Connecticut basketball star Breanna Stewart is among 12 finalists for the Honda Cup as the nation's top female college athlete. The award will be presented Monday in Los Angeles. Stewart averaged nearly 20 points and helped UConn to a 40-0 season and the NCAA title. Other candidates include Alabama's Kim Jacob, who won the NCAA gymnastics all-around title; Maryland's Taylor Cummings, a sophomore on the lacrosse national championship team; Tennessee's Madison Shipman, second in the SEC with a .449 batting average; and Arkansas State's Sharika Nelvis, who won the NCAA outdoor 100-meter hurdles and indoor 60-meter hurdles titles during an undefeated season. The award honors top athletes for leadersh

  • Young players led charge to Vandy's championship

    Updated: Thu, Jun 26, 2014

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Vanderbilt coach Tim Corbin figured last year was his baseball program's best chance to win its first national championship. It was the 2014 team that got the job done, starting four sophomores and two freshmen in the everyday lineup and relying on a young pitching staff. "There was never a crack in our strong foundation," Corbin said Thursday. "This group grew together. They were consumed with one another the last month and a half. We started off the SEC 7-8 and having played three series at home. We were about to go through the gauntlet and I remember telling my coaches and my wife that I was concerned. The next thing you know, we finish the SEC 11-4, we started winning some close games and our pitching

  • O'Connor: Loss in CWS final will not define Cavs

    Updated: Thu, Jun 26, 2014

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Brian O'Connor's Virginia team came up short in its first trip to the College World Series finals, losing 3-2 to Vanderbilt in the decisive game. The Cavaliers' coach is determined to not let the loss define his players or their season. Virginia lost when closer Nick Howard allowed a home run to John Norwood in the eighth inning that proved the difference. The Cavaliers loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the inning, but failed to score. "It's tough when you end the season with a loss," O'Connor told about 1,000 fans who turned out Thursday at Davenport Field for a welcome home party. "Somebody has to do it." The crowd showed no signs of the disappointment evident among some of t