• Sanchez enjoys classroom job, but might coach again

    Updated: Wed, May 25, 2016

    Yvonne Sanchez’s coaching career is on hold, but she did not spend much time out of work. Sanchez, who was fired as University of New Mexico women’s basketball coach in March, returned to her high school alma mater, Eldorado, as an educational assistant in April. She completed the school year Tuesday and said she currently plans to continue in her role when the fall semester begins in August. “I’m working with autistic kids, and I’ve really, really enjoyed it,” Sanchez said. “I actually had to help some with elementary math, which is about the limit of my math skills, but I’m thankful for the opportunity. It’s been great.

  • Former Utah Valley, pro assistant Glover joins Aggies hoops

    Updated: Wed, May 25, 2016

    LAS CRUCES — New Mexico State head women’s basketball coach Mark Trakh announced the addition of Jason Glover to his staff Tuesday. Glover comes to Las Cruces after spending the last three seasons in Orem, Utah, where he served as the associate head coach at Utah Valley. He arrives with a plethora of experience, ranging from the prep ranks all the way up to the professional levels in both the NBA and WNBA. “I’m truly honored and excited to join Coach Trakh’s staff here at New Mexico State,” Glover said. “I look forward to contributing in any way I can. With the talent returning, on top of the freshmen class coming in, I can’t wait to get in the gym and work with this talented group and help them win another co

  • Kentucky forward Camara transfers to UConn

    Updated: Wed, May 25, 2016

    STORRS, Conn. (AP) — Kentucky forward Batouly Camara has transferred to UConn. Camara, who averaged 5.1 points and 4.3 rebounds as a freshman, becomes the sixth Kentucky player to transfer out of the program since the start of last season. Under NCAA rules, Camara will have to sit out the 2016-17 season and will have three years of eligibility remaining. UConn coach Geno Auriemma announced the transfer Tuesday. He says the Huskies developed a relationship with the 6-foot-2 New York City native during her original recruiting process at Blair Academy in New Jersey, where she played her high school basketball. He called her a hard worker with tremendous ability.

  • The best point guard in Western Conference finals is wearing Thunder blue

    The best point guard in Western Conference...

    By Jenni Carlson Columnist jcarlson@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, May 25, 2016

    Russell Westbrook snagged a rebound he probably shouldn't have, like he often does, and dribbled the ball to the corner right in front of the Thunder bench. He could pass. He could drive. Instead, he pulled up and shot one of those off-the-dribble threes that regularly goes horrible wrong. Splash. Westbrook held the pose, his arm raised, his hand cocked, and behind him, his teammates went berserk. Randy Foye raised three fingers in the air. Enes Kanter went down in a crouch like he was about to wave a runner in from third base. On a night that emotions ran high at The Peake, no one was more composed, more cool, more in control than Westbrook. He made the right plays. He pushed the right buttons.

  • OKC Thunder Q&A: Dion Waiters on the Thunder’s defense, guarding bigger players and Serge Ibaka’s impact

    OKC Thunder Q&A: Dion Waiters on the Thunder’s...

    By Erik Horne Staff Writer ehorne@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, May 25, 2016

    Dion Waiters continued his strong postseason with 10 points, three rebounds and three assists in the Thunder’s 118-94 win against Golden State in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals.

  • TNT analysts say Russell Westbrook is “too explosive” for Stephen Curry to guard

    TNT analysts say Russell Westbrook is “too...

    By Mel Bracht Staff Writer mbracht@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, May 25, 2016

    TNT's studio crew raved about Russell Westbrook's triple-double that spurred the Thunder's 118-94 victory over the Warriors in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals on Tuesday night. They noted that Stephen Curry, the two-time NBA MVP, couldn't guard him. "The pressure that Russell Westbrook put on their defense was spectacular," Kenny Smith said. "He's the most explosive player I've ever seen," Charles Barkley said. "He's on another planet." The analysts thought that Warriors coach Steve Kerr should switch Curry to guard Andre Roberson. "He's too little," Barkley said. "It seems like it was wearing on him on the other end, and he couldn't make a shot ... He has to play well for Golden State to win.

  • OKC Thunder journal: Energetic Serge Ibaka fuels Thunder’s small-ball surge in Game 4 win over Warriors

    OKC Thunder journal: Energetic Serge Ibaka...

    By Erik Horne Staff Writer ehorne@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, May 25, 2016

    On a night when the Thunder’s smaller lineup flourished again, it was Ibaka’s effort as the center-slash-do-it-all forward that was key in the Thunder’s 118-94 victory.

  • Andre Roberson sparks Thunder’s Game 4 domination of the Warriors

    Andre Roberson sparks Thunder’s Game 4...

    By Anthony Slater Staff Writer aslater@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, May 25, 2016

    Klay Thompson bricked a 3-pointer on one end, the sharpshooter drawing a rare blank as he tried to snipe his shell-shocked Warriors back from a 13-point fourth quarter deficit. Eighteen seconds later, Andre Roberson dropped in a corner 3 on the other, the non-shooter nailing a 3 for a fifth consecutive game, bumping the Thunder's commanding lead to 16. It soon jumped to 18 to 20 and beyond, the cushion growing as Roberson's point total kept rising. The game's final tally: Thunder 118, Warriors 94, a commanding 3-1 West finals series lead. Roberson's final tally: 17 points, a career-high for the shooting guard who seldom shoots or scores. “It's funny,” Thunder coach Billy Donovan said.

  • Thunder exacts the ultimate revenge on Draymond Green

    Thunder exacts the ultimate revenge on Draymond...

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, May 25, 2016

    Draymond Green drove in for a meaningless layup, a chance to pad a starving stat line in the final minutes of another Thunder blowout, and Kevin Durant jumped up for a ferocious block. While the rest of the ballplayers scampered downcourt, Durant turned and dramatically pumped his fist into the air. Durant likely would have preferred a different target, but as an exclamation point in what became a 118-94, Game 4 rout of the mighty Warriors, it will do. The Thunder not only took a commanding 3-1 lead Tuesday night in these Western Conference finals, it reminded of the ultimate answer for revenge. Live well. An angry Chesapeake Arena crowd demanded blood in the wake of the NBA not suspending Green for his below-the-belt

  • NBA Playoffs: Thunder pressure

    NBA Playoffs: Thunder pressure

    By Jenni Carlson Columnist jcarlson@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, May 25, 2016

    OKC Thunder stands one game away from returning to Finals.

  • Thunder Report Card: Grading OKC's 118-94 victory over Golden State in Game 4

    Thunder Report Card: Grading OKC\'s 118-94...

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Updated: Wed, May 25, 2016

    Another Thunder blowout, another pristine performance against Golden State. The grades reflect it.

  • Thunder-Warriors: What they're saying about Game 4

    Thunder-Warriors: What they\'re saying about Game 4

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Tue, May 24, 2016

    QUOTEBOARD What they're saying about the Thunder's 118-94 Game 4 victory over Golden State on Tuesday night. Steve Kerr, Golden State coach “This team is outplaying us right now, and we've got to come up with some answers. It's as simple as that.” Billy Donovan, Thunder coach “Russell (Westbrook) just plays with incredible passion. He's got such great force and great will. And he's also a really, really high basketball IQ player. … As a coach, you sit there and you have great respect and admiration for somebody that plays that hard and gives to his teammates what he gives.” Draymond Green, Warriors forward “I looked like I looked Sunday. So I don't think the last 48 hours affected me.

  • Thunder routs Warriors in Game 4, takes 3-1 series lead

    By Cliff Brunt, Associated Press | Published: Tue, May 24, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook had 36 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Golden State Warriors 118-94 on Tuesday night to take a 3-1 lead in the Western Conference Finals and put the defending NBA champions on the brink of elimination. It was Westbrook's first triple-double of the playoffs after posting 18 in the regular season. Kevin Durant added 26 points and 11 rebounds for Oklahoma City. Golden State, which won a league record 73 games in the regular season, lost consecutive games for the first time this season. The Warriors must win Game 5 on Thursday in Oakland to keep their season alive. Klay Thompson led Golden State with 26 points. Two-time league MVP Stephen

  • Thunder routs Warriors, take 3-1 series lead

    By Diamond Leung The Mercury News (TNS) | Published: Tue, May 24, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY — The MVP didn't play anything like one. The Oklahoma City Thunder acted as if this series is theirs. And so the defending champion Warriors, the greatest team in NBA regular-season history, are one loss away from being dethroned after being crushed again in a 118-94 loss to the Thunder in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals Tuesday. Suffering back-to-back losses for the first time all season, the Warriors trail 3-1 in the series and face elimination as the Thunder can end their season with a win in Game 5 at Oracle Arena on Wednesday. Stephen Curry struggled throughout the game, scoring 19 points but going only 2-for-10 from 3-point range while committing six turnovers.

  • Pac-12 leaders reduce number of late starts for football

    Updated: Tue, May 24, 2016

    After Colorado and other schools complained about the plethora of late night football games, the Pac-12 decided to do something about it. On Tuesday, the Pac-12 CEO group, which is consists of conference presidents and chancellors, announced a few decisions that came out their end of year board meeting, including the reduction of night football games and fines for court/field storming. The group approved a recommendation to modify the TV agreements with ESPN and Fox and to limit the number of Pac-12 Networks games that start at 7 p.m. or later. Pac-12 Network games can now start at 2:30 p.m. or 6 p.m. and overlap with an ESPN or FOX window. The change could eliminate four late-night games on the Pac-12 Networks.

  • Josh Hart will return to Villanova for senior season

    Updated: Tue, May 24, 2016

    Josh Hart, Villanova’s leading scorer last season and one of the catalysts to the Wildcats’ run to the national championship, said Tuesday night he will return to the Main Line for his senior season, a move that gives the team a legitimate shot at repeating as No. 1. “One more year!!” Hart said on Twitter at the end of a day that saw him participate in his last workout with an NBA team, this one with the Atlanta Hawks. Hart earned an invitation to the NBA draft combine earlier this month and worked out for several NBA teams, including the 76ers, the Los Angeles Clippers, the Boston Celtics, and the San Antonio Spurs. “I enjoyed the process and learned a lot,” Hart said in a statement released by Villanova.

  • Nigel Hayes to return to Wisconsin for senior season

    Updated: Tue, May 24, 2016

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin forward Nigel Hayes has decided to withdraw from the NBA Draft and will return for his senior season with the Badgers. Hayes is a first-team All-Big Ten player and member of two Final Four teams. A preseason consensus All-Big Ten selection, Hayes started all 35 games last season and finished the regular season tied for fifth in the conference at 16.5 points, as well as 5.8 rebounds and a team-high 3.1 assists. "Getting the opportunity to gather information about the NBA and visit with professionals at that level was a really valuable experience for me," Hayes said. "Playing in the NBA still remains an important goal for me, but that can wait another year." Hayes has played in

  • Bill Plaschke: Apparel deal is big for UCLA, but not for athletes

    Updated: Tue, May 24, 2016

    LOS ANGELES—The center photograph celebrating UCLA’s record $280-million shoe and apparel deal with Under Armour on Tuesday was poignantly missing someone. On one side was smiling Bruins Athletic Director Dan Guerrero. On the other was smiling Under Armour executive Kevin Plank. Between them was a crisp new white Under Armour UCLA basketball jersey. Missing was the athlete who will wear that jersey. Absent was the athlete upon whose back this deal was cut. Forgotten, again, was the athlete whose ability to promote Under Armour products earned the big contract, yet whose amateur status under warped NCAA rules prevents him or her from reaping significant financial rewards.

  • Shaq shows up to Oklahoma City rap show, tweets about local rapper

    Shaq shows up to Oklahoma City rap show, tweets...

    BY MATT CARNEY | Published: Tue, May 24, 2016

    15-time NBA All-Star, platinum-selling recording artist and notably large person Shaquille O'Neal is in town for the Western Conference Finals, but he showed up somewhere 

  • Wisconsin's Hayes to return for senior season

    Updated: Tue, May 24, 2016

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's Nigel Hayes says he'll be back for his senior season with the Badgers. Hayes told the Wisconsin State Journal on Tuesday that he has withdrawn his name from the NBA's draft entry pool. The 6-7 forward had declared for the draft last month but didn't sign with an agent, giving himself the flexibility to return to Madison if he wanted. The State Journal reported (http://bit.ly/1s8vRkB ) that Hayes told the newspaper he made his decision after participating in the NBA draft combine this month in Chicago. Hayes said that, and workouts with five teams, helped him see what he needs to do to make it in the NBA. Hayes averaged 15.7 points and almost 6 rebounds a game, but ended the year on a s