• Bob Barry Jr. stories will help a hurting state

    By BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    It’s been a rough week. We lost Bob Barry Jr., someone we all knew and seemed like always was part of our lives. The memorial service Friday at Crossings Community Church was historic. The biggest funeral most of us could remember. More dignitaries than empty seats. The Barry family designed a service dedicated to laughter and good memories. Mission accomplished. It’s just what Oklahomans needed. The tonic for BBJ’s family is not so simple, but hopefully the stories helped. High school teammate Greg Blackburn told of BBJ streaking story through Norman’s Central Junior High in 1973, and if you don’t know what streaking is, ask your parents. Don’t google it.

  • OKC Thunder: Sam Presti unconcerned about Cameron Payne’s small school background

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    Cameron Payne glanced at the list of draft picks in attendance on Thursday night, followed by the college they attended – Kentucky, Duke, Ohio State, Wisconsin, Arizona, Kentucky again. “It’s kind of funny,” Payne said. “When I looked at the green room list at every single one of those (big conference) teams, and then you had Murray State, the lone mid-major.” When Payne looks at the Thunder’s roster, he’ll have the same realization. Nick Collison went to Kansas. Russell Westbrook, UCLA. Kevin Durant and D.J. Augustin, Texas. Of the 15 players expected to be on the team next season, 13 are from major conference programs. Serge Ibaka

  • OKC Thunder notebook: Cameron Payne unlikely to play in summer league with fractured finger

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    During a recent pre-draft workout with the Denver Nuggets, new Thunder guard Cameron Payne fractured the ring finger on his right (non-shooting) hand. The injury is not considered serious. Surgery isn’t needed. But the expected three-week recovery time means it is unlikely Payne will be able to play in summer league, which, for the Thunder, begins on the weekend of July 4. OKC’s injury curse has drifted into the offseason. Durant back on the court While the rest of the NBA world zeroed in on the draft, Kevin Durant has been out in California the past few days promoting his latest signature KD sneakers. And as part of that promotion, he went on a brief Snapchat binge, sending out photos and videos of his

  • OKC Thunder take Dakari Johnson with 48th pick

    By CLIFF BRUNT AP Sports Writer | Published: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    The 7-footer averaged 6.4 points and 4.6 rebounds per game as a sophomore and helped the Wildcats win their first 38 games. He shot 51 percent from the field and averaged nearly a block in 16 minutes per game.

  • OKC Thunder: Confident Cameron Payne excited to join the Thunder

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    From the fitted navy blue suit jacket to the white dress pants to the floral pocket pin to the blindingly shiny watch, Cameron Payne’s draft night outfit screamed confidence. Much like the Thunder’s established star point guard, its newest point guard fancies himself as a stylish dude. “I can be a bit spiffy,” Payne said. But his outfit wasn’t the only thing doing the talking on Thursday night. Payne was, too. Moments after the Thunder selected him 14th overall, Payne stepped off the stage, strolled into a nationally televised interview and referred to himself in third person, the universal sign of an athlete

  • NBA Draft: Former Edmond Santa Fe, Tennessee star Josh Richardson selected by the Miami Heat

    Ryan Aber | Published: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    Richardson rose on draft boards over the past month as he showed off his strong perimeter defense in workouts.

  • OKC Dodgers: Hunter Bell’s first pitch more than ceremonial

    Jacob Unruh | Published: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    Just six months ago, Bell was involved in an accident at school that nearly took his right leg. But after multiple surgeries and blood transfusions, he was angry he didn’t throw a strike Thursday like any normal kid would be.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Cameron Payne coming to OKC ready to prove his worth

    Darnell Mayberry | Published: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    With the Thunder next season, Payne is projected to be the third string point guard behind starter Russell Westbrook and backup D.J. Augustin.

  • Tramel: After 49 years, Channel 4 will never be the same

    By BERRY TRAMEL | Updated: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    In 1966, the Braves were in Milwaukee, the Marines were in Vietnam and the Beatles were in mop-tops. In 1966, Jim Mackenzie coached the Sooners. Phil Cutchin coached the Cowboys. Eddie Sutton coached Southern Idaho Junior College. In 1966, Channel 4 hired Bob Barry. And for 49 years, a Bob Barry, Senior or Junior, delivered the nightly sports into Oklahoma homes. Until last weekend, when Bob Barry Jr. was killed in a motor scooter crash. Gone too young, at age 58. News changes. Television changes. Viewers change. But some things stayed the same. For half a century, Channel 4 had an iconic Bob Barry reporting sports. Channel 4 has changed call letters more often (twice) than it’s changed sports directors

  • College World Series: Virginia wins 1st baseball title

    By the Associated Press | Published: Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    The Cavaliers (44-24) prevailed in the CWS finals rematch against the defending champion Commodores and brought the Atlantic Coast Conference its first title in baseball since Wake Forest in 1955.

  • Boren says Big 12 should expand, but be selective

    Ryan Aber | Published: Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    Boren expressed his desire to see the league expand back to 12 teams — if the right fit is available — at the board of regents meeting on OU’s campus and said the perception that the TV deal could hold back a possible expansion was inaccurate.

  • Thunder close to trading Jeremy Lamb to Charlotte

    By Darnell MayberryStaff writer | Updated: Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    After three rocky seasons in Oklahoma City, it appears that Jeremy Lamb’s time has come to an end. A move that has long been anticipated is creeping closer to completion, as the Thunder guard is on the verge of being traded. Oklahoma City has entered into advanced discussions with Charlotte to send the seldom-used reserve to the Hornets. For the Thunder, it’s a deal that would dump superfluous salary and open a roster spot that the team currently does not have. The Hornets would add shooting and depth in a player they’ve had their sights set on for quite some time. The talks were first reported Wednesday night by the Charlotte Observer and confirmed by The Oklahoman.

  • 2016 Tennessee athlete Devin Harper commits to Oklahoma State with the help of another future Cowboy's father

    BY KYLE FREDRICKSON | Published: Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    Harper, from Karns High School in Knoxville, has the size and speed to match the Cowboys’ star linebacker position

  • Media notes: Russell Westbrook gets ESPY nomination for best NBA player

    By  Mel Bracht Staff Writer mbracht@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook has been nominated for Best NBA Player in the 2015 ESPY Awards. Westbrook led the NBA in scoring with 28.1 average and put up 11 triple-double performances, seven more than his closest competition. Also nominated in the category are Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, Houston Rockets guard James Harden and Cleveland Cavaliers guard LeBron James. Former OU softball player Lauren Chamberlain was nominated for Best Record-Breaking Performance for breaking the a 13-year-old NCAA softball record with her 91st home run. She set the record in 52 fewer games than the previous record holder.

  • OKC Thunder: Why drafting a point guard could make more sense than selecting a wing

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    Sam Presti and the Thunder front office have never operated with just next season in mind. They take a long-term approach. Because of that, it seems far more likely OKC either snags a point guard or trades out of the 14th pick to net a future asset.

  • State's football recruiting class growing at unprecedented rate

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Published: Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    Offers are flowing in like the state has never seen, and several more players could still land a D-I opportunity.

  • Football recruiting: Who has offers?

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Published: Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    Here’s a list of known scholarship offers to Oklahoma high school football players from NCAA Division I FBS and FCS schools to date: Tyler Adkins, Tulsa Union, RB: Navy Samuel Akem, Broken Arrow, WR: Montana Abe Anderson, Metro Christian, LB: North Dakota Jordan Brown, Stillwater, WR: Arkansas St., Army, Navy, Southern Miss, Stephen F. Austin, Texas Tech, Tulsa, Wyoming Tyler Brown, Lexington, OL: TCU (committed), Arizona St., Arkansas St., Houston, Illinois, Memphis, North Texas, Sam Houston St., SMU, Stephen F. Austin, Tulsa, Utah St., Wyoming Tiller Bucktrot, Stroud, OL: Tulsa Manuel Bunch, Roland, QB: Air Force, Army Calvin Bundage, Edmond Santa Fe, DB: Arizona, Arizona St., Arkansas,

  • OU, OSU just the start for John Marshall's Tramonda Moore

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Updated: Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    Intent followers of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State football recruiting probably know the name of John Marshall lineman Tramonda Moore now. But 10 days ago, the 6-foot-6, 350-pound Moore was barely a blip on the recruiting radar from the fans’ perspective. Grambling State and Montana were the most exciting of‌fers on Moore’s list. Yet in a year that has seen numerous players make a quick rise from apparent anonymity to major-college prospect, Moore is another reminder that colleges will find talent. Moore’s first big of‌fer came on June 14. Following a strong performance at OSU’s camp, coach Mike Gundy called Moore into his of‌fice and extended the of‌fer. OU came in with its of‌fer four days later.

  • Fans came to know the real Bob Barry Jr.

    By BERRY TRAMEL | Updated: Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    Condolences flooded me Sunday. A man at church, wanting to give me a hug. Texts from family and friends, saying they were thinking of me. A minister from California, saying he was praying for me in my time of loss. Sort of stunned me. I first came across Bob Barry Jr. 40 years ago and knew him well the last 25, until his death Saturday night in a horrific motorcycle crash. But the sadness we feel in the sports fraternity can’t compare to the anguish his family feels. Or even his Channel 4 colleagues feel, considering he’s been at KFOR-TV for 33 years and worked alongside many of them for decades. But I think I understand the outpouring of sympathy even to those of us working in the same field as BBJ. The condolences from

  • The arrival of Billy Donovan gives the Thunder a unique voice during draft preparation

    Published: Mon, Jun 22, 2015

    Ninth-ranked Kansas was battling 15th-ranked Oklahoma right down the road and it fell on a Thunder off-day. So Scott Brooks decided to go to one of the weekend’s premier college basketball games. He reported back pleased, pumped about the raucous environment and thrilling finish. The lefty freshman from Kansas, Brooks said, was one of a few players who caught his eye. But he couldn’t remember his name. It was Kelly Oubre, one of the nation’s biggest prospects and a possible Thunder draft target should he fall to 14 on Thursday night. That was a microcosm of the relationship between Brooks and college basketball.