• Air Force athletic director Jim Knowlton says women's basketball coach Chris Gobrecht was 'no-brainer'

    Updated: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    Jim Knowlton brought in just one candidate for his first hire as Air Force's athletic director. It's not that he didn't take the women's basketball position seriously. He understands the potential value of the sport and the fact that his boss, Superintendent Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson, would be peering over his shoulder to track the progress of the program she once dominated as a player. "I felt a little pressure, knowing I better get it right," Knowlton said Tuesday in a press conference to introduce Chris Gobrecht as the Falcons' coach. "Once Chris came on base, it was a no-brainer. She made it easy for me." Knowlton said about 100 candidates applied for the opening created when Andrea Williams' contract was not renewe

  • Ford new leader at Northeast Mississippi Community College

    Updated: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    BOONEVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Ricky Ford has been named the new president of Northeast Mississippi Community College. The former basketball coach will succeed Johnny Allen, who is retiring June 30 after 11 years as president. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1zJ7vek ) the school's Board of Trustees approved the hire during a called meeting Tuesday. Ford, a 1975 Northeast graduate, became the school's head women's basketball coach in 1981 and amassed 588 wins over 30 seasons. He will be inducted into the NJCAA Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in July. Ford has also served as athletics director, admissions counselor, dean of students and is currently executive vice president.

  • Oakland unveils new 'blacktop' basketball court

    Updated: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Oakland University has unveiled its new basketball floor and it has the look and feel of blacktop. The Oakland Press reports ( http://bit.ly/1IicSpD ) coach Greg Kampe had a vision of a black home court and it was one of three options suggested. Fans voted more than 10,000 times for it and it was shown off for the first time last week. Kampe and athletic director Jeff Konya says the response from student athletes has been positive. The court also features the outline of the state of Michigan, and Oakland's athletic website, Twitter handle and its branding campaign #WearTheBear. Konya believes the unique court will help the school push its brand. ___ Information from: The

  • Two prized basketball recruits wanted by Kansas to announce decisions soon

    Updated: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    Kansas coach Bill Self has spent the last month courting a slew of top-20 prospects in the 2015 recruiting class. Will any of those remaining targets wind up in Lawrence? The KU staff will soon have an answer on two of those players. Malik Newman, a 6-foot-3 combo guard from Jackson, Miss., announced Tuesday that he will reveal his college choice at noon Friday in a private ceremony that will be live-streamed on the website of the Clarion Ledger newspaper. Newman, who is ranked as the nation’s No. 3 overall prospect by Rivals, is still considering a list that includes Kansas, Kentucky, Ole Miss, LSU, Mississippi State and N.C. State. For the moment, Mississippi State and Kentucky are thought to be the favorites to lan

  • CU women's golf: Buffs, Esther Lee rebound in Pac-12 second round

    Updated: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    After a disappointing first round on Monday, Colorado knew it had a lot of work to do during the final two days of the Pac-12 Women's Golf Championships. On Tuesday at Boulder Country Club, the Buffaloes got a lot of work done. CU finished the day at 5-over par, making a seven-shot improvement over Monday, and moved into a tie for fifth place with one round to go. "Our team came out really focused," CU head coach Anne Kelly said. "Overall, I'm really proud of the way they're fighting. They're giving it their all, that's for sure." At 17-over par for the tournament, the Buffs are tied with USC, which is ranked No. 1 in the country by GolfStat.com, for fifth. First-round leader Oregon continues to sit at the t

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Why history doesn't seem to be on Scott Brooks' side

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Updated: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    The case for Scott Brooks to remain with OKC is stout. But something equally daunting works against Brooks. History. NBA history.

  • Arkansas women's basketball team adds JUCO signee

    Updated: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — The University of Arkansas women's basketball team has announced the signing of a 6-foot-3-inch junior college post player. Razorbacks' head coach Jimmy Dykes said Tuesday that Tatiyana Smith of Arkansas Baptist College in Little Rock has signed a national letter of intent with UA. Smith is a native of Plane Texas, who averaged 11.4 points and 7.2 rebounds per game as a sophomore last season at Arkansas Baptist.

  • Wichita State's Eric Sexton wants fans to notice little change in athletic department

    Updated: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    Eric Sexton isn’t giving up his black and yellow sneakers, his authority over the Wichita State athletic department or his fondness for Shocker athletes and fans. He plans on remaining a regular presence at athletic events, even as his duties at the university expand beyond gyms and playing fields. Sexton, 50, has been promoted to vice president of student affairs and executive director of athletics, university president John Bardo announced on Tuesday. The move hands daily responsibility for the athletic department to Darron Boatright, promoted to deputy director of athletics and chief operating officer. He reports to Sexton. “The objective will be for not much to change,” Sexton said. “Athletics has been on a great

  • BRIEF: Mizzou hoops inks two

    Updated: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    The Missouri basketball team has signed a pair of JuCo teammates. Martavian Payne, a 6-2 guard, and Russell Woods, a 6-8 forward, have signed National Letters of Intent to play for Kim Anderson’s Tigers. Both played for John A. Logan College in Carterville, Ill. last season. Payne shot 43.2 percent from the field. The St. Louis native averaged 15.7 points per game. Woods, originally from Chicago, shot 62 percent from the field last season and averaged 14.1 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. “We are excited to have Martavian and Russell join the Mizzou Basketball family,” Anderson said. “Both are proven winners, and we look forward to the experience they will bring to our team.

  • Currie says K-State’s attrition is not unique

    Updated: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    Despite losing five players this offseason, Kansas State athletic director John Currie downplayed the situation with the men's basketball team in a letter to fans on Friday evening. Currie used transfer statistics from ESPN's Jeff Goodman, who keeps a running tab of the number of college transfers each season, and examples of stories elsewhere in the nation as he sought to prove the Wildcats attrition is far from a unique problem, but rather a part of the culture in present-day college basketball. According to Goodman's numbers, 2,114 players have transferred in the past four years, which Currie said equals out to an average of 6.02 for each of the 351 Division I schools.

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: Discussing Scott Brooks' wavering job security

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    Welcome to the home of our Thunder Buddies podcast, named, in part, from Universal Studio’s highly-acclaimed comedy ‘Ted’, but inspired by our continued hope for wall-to-wall coverage of the Thunder. Below is our list of episodes (click the link to listen). If you prefer iTunes for your podcast listening experience, click here and subscribe. Hope you enjoy: Thunder […]

  • Ratings watch: Oklahoma City Thunder finished season with strong 10.3 rating in final game

    COMPILED BY MEL BRACHT | Published: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    Thunder finished third for season in the NBA for local TV ratings

  • OKC Thunder: Scott Brooks didn't get a single vote for NBA Coach of the Year

    Erik Horne | Published: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    The NBA announced Tuesday that Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer was named the Coach of the Year, and deservedly so. In only his second season in Atlanta, Budenholzer led the Hawks to the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, finishing with a 60-22 record and one of the best year-to-year turnarounds in recent NBA […]

  • Hoops player gets Twitter revenge on Erin Andrews

    Published: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    Twitter is not a bullhorn. It's a boomerang, and whatever you say will eventually come back around to you ... so be careful. Yahoo Sports' latest example of "watch what you Tweet" involves a former Ole Miss basketball player, an L.A. Kings hockey player, and a prominent broadcaster, with supporting roles for aSacramento Kings basketball player and a Tennessee sports talk show host. Stick with us here, this'll all make sense soon. Back in July 2013, Marshall Henderson was suspended from Ole Miss for what turned out to be a failed drug test. Andrews took a shot at Henderson on Twitter, and Henderson was quick to note that he was filing away that particular jab.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Report says Kevin Ollie is in 'serious consideration' to become new Thunder coach

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    Ollie, 42, finished his 13-year NBA playing career in Oklahoma City in 2009-10, when he teamed with Thunder stars Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka.

  • NBA Playoffs: Good weekend for Blake Griffin and other Oklahoma connected players

    Anthony Slater | Published: Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    After a rocky regular season that included some quiet rumblings about whether his otherworldly athleticism had declined a bit, Blake Griffin quelled concerns with an explosive introduction to the 2015 postseason. In the Clippers impressive 107-92 win over the Spurs on Sunday night, Griffin finished with 26 points, 12 rebounds, six assists, three steals and […]

  • ​NBA star Russell Westbrook also scores style points

    Published: Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    You could say that being Russell Westbrook has its advantages. From photo shoots to fashion shows to cocktail parties, the invitations never stop, says CBS News. When he's not jet-setting to Paris for a menswear show, or taking tips from Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, Westbrook is busy building his own fashion empire. And did we mention, he has a pretty good day job: As point guard for the Oklahoma City Thunder, Westbrook was the NBA's leader scorer this season, racking up numbers not seen since the days of Wilt Chamberlain and Michael Jordan. But it's Westbrook's off-the-court style that has him in a league of his own.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Oklahoman writers weigh in on Thunder's season

    Compiled by Darnell Mayberry | Published: Sun, Apr 19, 2015

    Oklahoma City saw its players miss a combined 220 games due to injuries, Russell Westbrook emerged as an MVP candidate and coach Scott Brooks’ job security was called into question the moment it was all said and done. Our writers weigh in on those topics and more in a roundtable discussion.

  • Super 5 Coach of the Year Terry Long taking some time to appreciate Mustang's special season

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT, Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    Terry Long won a state championship as a player at Douglass High School in 1985. Then he coached the Trojans to three straight titles from 2010-12. But following his Class 6A title as Mustang’s coach this season, Long is taking a little more time to enjoy what he and his team accomplished.

  • Super 5: Glencoe's Ty Lazenby piles up an impressive list of accomplishments

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT, Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    Make a list of Oklahoma’s best small-school basketball players of all time, and it’s going to be hard to find one with the list of accomplishments Ty Lazenby has compiled the last four years at Glencoe.