• Oklahoma City Thunder: Knicks coach Derek Fisher still well-respected by former OKC teammates

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Yesterday

    Ten days after last season ended, Derek Fisher was in New York City, being introduced as the Knicks’ new coach. Friday night, Fisher returns to face a group of former teammates who have plenty of respect for him.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Checking in on the winners and losers of this Oklahoma City November without its superstars

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Nov 27, 2014

    The Thunder’s 4-12 record is awful. But it wasn’t a fruitless 16 games. The Thunder found some things that work and found some things that don’t. That’s a valuable service heading into December.

  • Oklahoma State football: A closer look at Mike Gundy's contract and free agency in the college football coaching world

    By Kyle Fredrickson | Published: Thu, Nov 27, 2014

    With conflicting reports, it’s unclear whether Gundy is interested or has a chance at landing the Florida job. The only thing that’s certain? The coach, not the contract, holds all the power.

  • Friday Night Lights: Douglass' Alonzo Brown and Montrell Simmons are small packages with big-time commitment

    By Scott Wright | Published: Thu, Nov 27, 2014

    Douglass hosts No. 1 Locust Grove in the Class 3A quarterfinals at 7:30 p.m. Friday, and it’s unlikely Brown or Simmons will get a chance to make a contribution on the field. But they’ve already done their part for the Trojans during the course of the week — and for that matter, just for sticking through all the punishment that a scout-team player takes over four years.

  • Oklahoma basketball: Sooners top Butler to earn Battle 4 Atlantis title berth

    By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer | Published: Thu, Nov 27, 2014

    Holding Butler to 24 percent shooting — the best by an Oklahoma team in nearly 11 years — the Sooners earned a berth in the Battle 4 Atlantis championship game by topping the Bulldogs 59-46 on Thursday afternoon, with Isaiah Cousins’ 13 points leading a balanced offense.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: OKC snaps six-game skid with much-needed win over Utah Jazz

    By Darnell Mayberry, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Nov 26, 2014

    When the final dagger splashed through the net, a 3-pointer by Anthony Morrow that gave OKC its largest lead of the night with 3:43 remaining, the sold-out crowd unleashed a symbolic roar that seemed to release every ounce of pent-up stress that had been built up over the previous six games.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Jeremy Lamb leads huge bench performance in win over Utah

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Updated: Wed, Nov 26, 2014

    Down 10 midway through the first quarter to a bad Jazz team, the Thunder coach yanked all his starters and went deeper into a depleted roster. And the all-bench unit delivered — jumpstarting an important slump-breaking 97-82 win over Utah on Wednesday night.

  • Thunder notebook: Former college teammate Trey Burke gives scouting report on Mitch McGary

    By Anthony Slater and Darnell Mayberry | Published: Wed, Nov 26, 2014

    Trey Burke also said McGary should thrive alongside Thunder stars Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant.

  • Oklahoma basketball: Buddy Hield scores 24 as OU tops No. 22 UCLA

    By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer | Published: Wed, Nov 26, 2014

    Buddy Hield scored 24 points — including a personal 10-0 run in the second half to single-handedly erase a UCLA lead — and Oklahoma beat the 22nd-ranked Bruins 75-65 in the quarterfinals of the Battle 4 Atlantis on Wednesday.

  • Oklahoma football: Sooners turn to junior college recruiting to shore up secondary

    BY RYAN ABER, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Nov 26, 2014

    Will Johnson didn’t expect to hear from a program like Oklahoma for a long time. But after a whirlwind recruitment that went from initial contact to visit to commit in the span of less than a week, the 6-foot, 180-pound Johnson plans on being in Norman by January to get to work on earning a place in the Sooners’ secondary.

  • Oklahoma State notebook: Cowboy coordinator says Mike Gundy's leadership has been 'tremendous'

    BY KYLE FREDRICKSON | Published: Wed, Nov 26, 2014

    OSU has now lost five-straight games by a total of 201-68. But defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer praised Mike Gundy’s leadership throughout the low period.

  • Former Oklahoma offensive lineman Lane Johnson's return has Philadelphia Eagles' offense looking more like normal

    By Mike Baldwin, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Nov 26, 2014

    Heading into their key NFC East showdown Thanksgiving afternoon against the Dallas Cowboys, the Eagles’ offense in recent weeks has looked more like the unit that led the NFL in rushing last year and produced the NFL rushing champion (LeSean McCoy).

  • After all he's been through, Matt Grice is still a fighter

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Nov 26, 2014

    Rising MMA star and former four-time state high school wrestling champion Matt Grice suffered a traumatic brain injury a little over a year ago in a car accident while training for a big fight in UFC 166. Now, Grice knows he’ll never be cleared to fight again, but he still has plenty to be thankful for.

  • Oklahoma women's basketball: Texas A&M transfer Peyton Little excited to finally get on the road and on the court

    BY JASON KERSEY | Published: Wed, Nov 26, 2014

    Peyton Little is finally getting to play for — and travel with — the Oklahoma women’s basketball team, and she’s doing well so far.

  • Big 12 upset special: Texas over TCU

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Wed, Nov 26, 2014

    The Big 12 is an offensive conference. Here’s how you know. The Big 12’s best defense belongs to Texas, and the Longhorns aren’t and never were a contender for the conference title. But that defense can cause trouble. Texas shut down the offenses of Oklahoma, Kansas State and West Virginia (two touchdowns each) and held Baylor in check (three offensive TDs). Now comes high-powered TCU, trying to make the College Football Playoff. Frog quarterback Trevone Boykin is the likely Big 12 offensive player of the year, but TCU has been shaky on the road. TCU had a 21-point lead in the fourth quarter at Baylor and lost. The Frogs won 31-30 at West Virginia and 34-30 at Kansas.

  • Ranking the Big 12 football games this week

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Wed, Nov 26, 2014

    1. TCU at Texas, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Fox Sports1: Longhorns are 4-2 on Thanksgiving since the tradition was restored in 2008. 2. Baylor vs. Texas Tech at Arlington, 2:30 p.m. Saturday, ABC: In the Big 12 era, Tech has averaged 41.4 points a game against Baylor. The last three years, Tech has averaged 40.3 points against Baylor and lost all three games. 3. Kansas at Kansas State, 3 p.m. Saturday, Fox Sports1: Really not much of a football rivalry. 4. West Virginia at Iowa State, 11 a.m. Saturday, Fox Sports1: Wonder if this series will develop some rivalry aspects, considering they are the Big 12’s northern outposts.

  • Big 12 pregame: Baylor faces Texas Tech in Arlington, Texas

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Wed, Nov 26, 2014

    Baylor plays in JerryWorld on Saturday. It hopes to return in six weeks or so for the national championship game. But the Bears have several hurdles before that dream comes to fruition. Getting the College Football Playoff committee to prioritize head-to-head competition and boost the Bears over TCU in its rankings. Catch Mississippi State and hold off Ohio State. Beat Kansas State on Dec. 6 in Waco, because, while no one seems to remember it, the Wildcats actually are tied with Baylor and TCU atop the Big 12. But before all those challenges comes Texas Tech on Saturday in Arlington. The Big 12’s best offense plays the Big 12’s worst defense, and Baylor should roll. Baylor coach Art Briles says Tech (4-7) will

  • West Virginia football: Skyler Howard makes his case

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Wed, Nov 26, 2014

    Skyler Howard has taken a circuitous route to West Virginia quarterback contention. Howard went to Brewer High School in Fort Worth, signed with Stephen F. Austin and transferred in 2013 to Riverside City College in California. Then Howard signed with West Virginia and spent most of this season as the Mountaineer backup. But when Clint Trickett suffered a concussion Nov. 17 against Kansas State, Howard came on and sparked WVU. He completed 15 of 23 passes for 198 yards and two touchdowns as the Mountaineers rallied from a 20-3 deficit before losing 26-20. Trickett has missed some practice time this week for WVU’s game Saturday at Iowa State. Mountaineer coach Dana Holgorsen says Trickett will quarterback West

  • College football: Ranking the week's best games

    Published: Wed, Nov 26, 2014

    Berry Tramel takes a look at the week’s best non-Big 12 matchups.

  • Egg Bowl stakes are high for Mississippi State — and for Ole Miss

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Wed, Nov 26, 2014

    Mississippi State enters the Egg Bowl playing for a berth in the College Football Playoff. Not so long ago, Ole Miss figured it would be playing for the same bounty. But the Rebels are playing for quite the prize that in no way is consolation. The Egg Bowl trophy and the satisfaction of ruining its arch-rival’s season.