• OKC Thunder: Russell Westbrook leads Thunder to needed win over wounded Pelicans in spotty effort

    Anthony Slater | Published: Wed, Nov 18, 2015

    Russell Westbrook had 43 points, nine rebounds and eight assists, and the Oklahoma City Thunder recovered from a slow start to beat the injury-depleted New Orleans Pelicans 110-103 on Wednesday night.

  • The reason Kevin Durant is an Oklahoma Hall of Famer: No one has raised our state’s profile higher

    By Jenni Carlson Columnist jcarlson@oklahoman.com | Updated: Wed, Nov 18, 2015

    On Thursday night, the Thunder superstar will be inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. Not the state's sports hall of fame. The state's hall of fame. Being in the hall of fame is the highest honor an Oklahoman can receive.

  • 2015 Oklahoma Hall of Fame Inductees

    Published: Wed, Nov 18, 2015

    2015 Oklahoma Hall of Fame Induction Class Kevin Durant: Thunder superstar and 2014 NBA MVP Jim Halsey: Longtime manager of Roy Clark and Oak Ridge Boys Bill Hancock: Executive director of College Football Playoff Mike Larsen: Chickasaw painter and sculptor William Ross: Chairman of Inasmuch Foundation and Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation Sharen Jester Turney: President and CEO of Victoria's Secret *Francis Tuttle: Pioneer of Oklahoma Career Tech system Steadman Upham: President of University of Tulsa *Posthumous inductee

  • OU football: TCU receiver Josh Doctson out for Saturday's game against Sooners

    From Staff Reports | Published: Wed, Nov 18, 2015

    TCU senior wide receiver Josh Doctson will not play in Saturday's game at Oklahoma due to a wrist injury suffered on Nov. 7 at Oklahoma State, according to multiple reports Wednesday.

  • Oklahoma State football journal: Defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer says energy level not to blame for slow start at Iowa State

    By John Helsley Staff Writer jhelsley@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Nov 18, 2015

    Cowboys defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer said his guys’ energy was good.

  • OU football: Cornerback Jordan Thomas working to prove commitment to team after suspension

    By Jason Kersey Staff Writer jkersey@oklahoman.com | Updated: Tue, Nov 17, 2015

    NORMAN — Before every game, cornerback Jordan Thomas writes the word “SHOW” on the tape wrapped around one of his wrists, and “PROVE” on the other. That's because the Oklahoma sophomore has thrived throughout his athletic career on proving things to people. Those folks have been, through the years, other players who thought they were superior athletes. Or the recruiting analysts who deemed Thomas a three-star talent. Lately, though, he's been working to prove to his OU coaches and teammates that he's truly committed to the team. Mistakes earlier this season called that commitment into question and resulted in him not starting the season opener against Akron and being suspended for the Sooners' third game of the year

  • Oklahoma State football: Reflecting on Mason Rudolph’s Baylor debut last season and why he didn’t start sooner

    By Kyle Fredrickson Staff Writer kfredrickson@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Nov 18, 2015

    STILLWATER — Five days before Oklahoma State traveled to Baylor last November, OSU coach Mike Gundy says he had a 30-second conversation with true freshman quarterback Mason Rudolph. Gundy: “Do you want to play or do you want to redshirt?” Rudolph: “I want to play.” Gundy: “OK, then you're the starter.” It's a choice that changed the program's trajectory. Since sparking the Cowboys' once dormant offense in a 49-28 defeat, Rudolph has rattled off 12-straight victories. And 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Boone Pickens Stadium, he'll once again take on Baylor. “It's pretty cool, man. I didn't see a year ago that we'd be this team,” Rudolph said.

  • Raising Sterling: Cheri Shepard brought up an amazing young man — and did it on her own

    By Jenni Carlson Columnist jcarlson@oklahoman.com | Updated: Wed, Nov 18, 2015

    Cheri Shepard has thought quite a bit about Senior Day. Topping her mental checklist — what should she wear? Since she's going to be on the field for the pregame ceremony, she figures she should go with something crimson. What about crimson jeans? Would that look good on the big screen? She laughs at her frivolity. After all, her only son, an Oklahoma legacy, is about to play his final game on home turf. Sterling Shepard followed in his parents' footsteps by becoming a Sooner and his father's footsteps by becoming a receiver who wears No. 3. But Cheri insisted she won't be overcome by emotion Saturday night. "I'm not real sentimental," she said. Those who know her best say pffft. They

  • Oklahoma football: Two months after his suspension, Jordan Thomas still working to prove his commitment to teammates, coaches

    By Jason Kersey Staff Writer jkersey@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Nov 18, 2015

    Thomas came back from that suspension better than ever and has been one of the team’s best players this season.

  • OKC Thunder: Kendrick Perkins left behind a legacy in Oklahoma City

    By Anthony Slater Staff Writer aslater@oklahoman.com | Updated: Tue, Nov 17, 2015

    On Wednesday night, the Pelicans visit Oklahoma City. Perkins signed with New Orleans this offseason.

  • High school notebook: Millwood-Davis playoff rivalry renewed

    By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh Staff Writers | Published: Tue, Nov 17, 2015

    Class 2A powers Millwood and Davis have formed quite a rivalry recently despite never appearing on each other’s regular-season schedules.

  • OU basketball: Buddy Hield, Jordan Woodard hit key shots late as Sooners edge Memphis in season opener

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Tue, Nov 17, 2015

    Buddy Hield scored 30 points and No. 8 Oklahoma held off Memphis 84-78 on Tuesday in the Sooners' season-opening game.

  • OU-Baylor gets 30.6 rating on KOCO-5 and finishes as top game nationally with 4.2 overnight rating.

    By Mel Bracht Staff Writer mbracht@oklahoman.com | Updated: Tue, Nov 17, 2015

    ABC's telecast of the OU-Baylor game got a 30.6 rating on KOCO-5, the Sooners' second-best rating of the season behind the Texas game (31.2).

  • OKC Thunder: Mario Chalmers exposes the Thunder’s perimeter defense as Memphis tops OKC

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Mon, Nov 16, 2015

    Newcomer Mario Chalmers scored 16 of his season-high 29 points in the fourth quarter Monday night and the Memphis Grizzlies held on for a 122-114 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

  • Jenni Carlson: Emmanuel Ogbah, OSU defense come to the Cowboys rescue

    By Jenni Carlson Columnist jcarlson@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Nov 15, 2015

    AMES, Iowa — His arms flung around teammates' shoulders as the alma mater washed over the once-again victorious Cowboys, Emmanuel Ogbah looked a head taller and a body wider than the rest. Maybe he was. Or maybe he simply loomed that large Saturday. On a day when Oklahoma State went to Iowa State undefeated and with budding national title aspirations, the Cowboys faced another Ames-astrophy. Just like four years ago, they let the Cyclones hang around. Just like four years ago, they found themselves in a surely-this-isn't-happening-again dogfight in the fourth quarter. But this time, the script flipped. OSU 35, Iowa State 31. And it somersaulted because of the OSU defense. Yes, the offense converted

  • OSU football: A look at the Cowboys' 35-31 win over Iowa State by the numbers

    By Jenni Carlson Columnist jcarlson@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Nov 14, 2015

    Here is a look at Oklahoma State's 35-31 win over Iowa State by the numbers: 4: Seasons during the Mike Gundy era in which the Cowboys have won at least 10 games (2010, 2011, 2013 and 2015). 5: Come-from-behind victories for the Cowboys this season (Central Michigan, Texas, Kansas State, Texas Tech and Iowa State). 6: Consecutive road wins for the Cowboys, the third-longest streak in program history.  7:10: Time elapsed on OSU's second touchdown drive, its longest scoring drive of the season by more than two minutes at that point. 10: Wins to start the season for OSU, only the second time in school history that the Cowboys have started 10-0.

  • High school football: Ryan Terry's TD throws help Weatherford shock Tuttle

    By Richard Stroud, For the Oklahoman | Updated: Sat, Nov 14, 2015

    Tuttle was unbeaten going into the first round game.

  • OKC Thunder: Russell Westbrook's triple-double leads Thunder to rout over 76ers

    By Erik Horne Staff Writer ehorne@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Nov 13, 2015

    With an 0-8 record coming into Oklahoma City, Philadelphia 76ers coach Brett Brown said there hasn't been much sleep going on in Philadelphia, not even following the news of Kevin Durant's injured hamstring. “It let me sleep about 40 seconds more,” Brown said. You see, Brown still had to worry about Russell Westbrook. Westbrook logged his second triple-double of the season with 21 points, 11 assists and a career-high 17 rebounds in the Thunder's 102-85 win against the Sixers on Friday at Chesapeake Energy Arena. In the wake of Durant's seven-to-10-days-out diagnosis due to a hamstring strain, the Thunder won its third consecutive game behind the power of another all-purpose Westbrook performance.

  • OSU football: Cowboys' defense thriving thanks to extra scholarships

    By Jenni Carlson Columnist jcarlson@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Nov 13, 2015

    AMES, Iowa — Mike Gundy made a decision four years ago that changed the future of Oklahoma State football. At the time, his program was in the midst of its most successful stretch. His Cowboys had followed up a pair of nine-win season with 11 wins in 2010 and 12 wins in 2011. They had gone to a pass-happy, up-tempo offense like many teams in the Big 12, but in watching those teams, Gundy realized something. "If we are going to be a contender in this conference," he thought, "we need to play more consistent defensively." His solution? Give the defense more scholarships each year.  "You might think it's something little," Cowboy defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer said, "but it's big." This

  • Oklahoma football: Defining the Sooners' Baylor problem

    By Jason Kersey, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Nov 13, 2015

    Saturday night in primetime and on national television, the 12th-ranked Sooners and sixth-ranked Bears meet at 7 in what ESPN’s College GameDay has deemed the Game of the Week because of its Big 12 and College Football Playoff implications.