• Oklahoma State basketball: Maryland offers Cowboys a measuring stick

    By John Helsley, Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    The Cowboys are 9-1, yet there’s still no great feel for how good this team is or how good it can be, due to a soft nonconference schedule that has yet to present a ranked opponent.

  • Oklahoma State basketball: A look at the rugged seven-game stretch coming up for OSU

    By John Helsley | Published: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    Oklahoma State’s early season schedule has offered few challenges. That’s all about to change, beginning with No. 17 Maryland’s visit to Gallagher-Iba Arena on Sunday.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Russell Westbrook, Reggie Jackson get redemption in win over the Lakers

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    Kobe Bryant misses a potential game-winning shot at the buzzer as Oklahoma City escapes with 104-103 victory.

  • Outdoors notebook: ODWC wants to stop removal of live hogs from state's wildlife management areas

    Compiled by Ed Godfrey | Published: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    Trapping and removing live feral hogs from the state’s wildlife management areas would be prohibited under a new regulation proposed by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.

  • Class 3A state football championship: Heritage Hall thumps Cushing for gold ball

    By Jacob Unruh | Published: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    Heritage Hall coach Andy Bogert leaves coaching as a state champion after a 37-14 victory.

  • Class 3A football championship notebook: Heritage Hall's Andy Bogert goes out with gold ball

    By Scott Wright | Published: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    The state title was the final game of Bogert’s coaching career, after his preseason announcement that he would step down when the season completed. His son, Brett Bogert, served as co-head coach and will take over the program for next season.

  • Why Northern Illinois could upset Marshall

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    Northern Illinois has won three of the last four Mid-American Conference titles. The Huskies are not new to the spotlight. Marshall wilted when the spotlight hit.

  • Ranking college football's pre-Christmas bowl games

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    1. Miami Beach Bowl, Brigham Young vs. Memphis, 1 p.m. Monday, ESPN: Good for Oklahoma eyes. BYU is a perennial candidate to join the Big 12, and Memphis is coached by Tulsa Union’s Justin Fuente. 2. Las Vegas Bowl, Utah vs. Colorado State, 2:30 p.m. Saturday, ABC: Utes are the only Power-5 conference team playing before Christmas. 3. Bahamas Bowl, Central Michigan vs. Western Kentucky, 11 a.m. Wednesday, ESPN: Early scouting opportunity for OSU; the Cowboys open at Central Michigan next September. 4. Poinsettia Bowl, Navy vs. San Diego State, 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, ESPN: Two local favorites; the hometown Aztecs vs. the Midshipmen in a heavy Naval town. 5. Boca Raton Bowl, Marshall vs. Northern Illinois, 5 p.m.

  • Former Sooner quarterback Justin Fuente will be a hot commodity after Memphis success

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    Fuente, hired away three years ago from Gary Patterson’s TCU staff, produced records of 4-8 and 3-9 his first two seasons. But this year, Memphis lost only to UCLA (42-35), Ole Miss (24-3) and Houston (28-24). Memphis hadn’t won a conference title in 43 years and hadn’t posted at least nine wins in 51 years. And the mood of the city and the school known for basketball has changed.

  • Nevada's Brian Polian needs a win over Louisana-Lafayette in the New Orleans Bowl

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    Brian Polian, the son of famed NFL executive Bill Polian, was hired as the Nevada coach two years ago. Brian Polian, who turns 40 on Monday, had been special teams coach at Notre Dame (2005-09), Stanford (2010-11) and Texas A&M (2012).

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Kevin Durant remains day-to-day with a right ankle sprain

    Published: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    Kendrick Perkins also out with a minor knee contusion. He is listed as day-to-day.

  • Oklahoma football: Sooners pick up important commitment from linebacker Ricky DeBerry

    By Jason Kersey | Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    What Oklahoma desperately needs are linebackers, and DeBerry became the Sooners’ first linebacker commit in the 2015 recruiting class.

  • Brigham Young's Jennifer Hamson is a presence in a world of tall women

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    Hamson is BYU’s ferocious outside hitter, and in Saturday night’s NCAA final against Penn State, she looms large — and not just because she’s 6-foot-7.

  • NCAA Volleyball Championships: Q&A with Penn State junior Megan Courtney

    By Scott Wright | Published: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    With her rail-thin 6-foot-2 frame and the pink bow in her hair, Penn State junior Megan Courtney looks more like a Taylor Swift body double than a power-hitting college volleyball star. Yet she accounted for 23 of the Nittany Lions’ 65 kills in Thursday’s upset of No. 1 Stanford in the NCAA semifinals, and continually surprises fans when her stringy arm unloads on the ball from high above the net. Q: You’re not built like the prototypical outside hitter. Are people shocked to see how high you can jump? A: “(Laughs) Not necessarily how high I can jump, but they’re like, ‘How can a girl so tiny hit the ball so hard? Your arm’s like a whip!’ I’m like, I don’t know, it’s just how I learned to hit it.

  • Oklahoma basketball: OU coach Lon Kruger developed affinity for Vegas when he coached at UNLV

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    Kruger and the No. 15-ranked Sooners take on No. 16 Washington at 8:05 p.m. Saturday in the MGM Grand Showcase in Las Vegas.

  • Oklahoma City Barons: Anton Lander has always been the consummate teammate

    By Mike Baldwin | Published: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    “He’s been a leader his whole life,” said former Barons coach Todd Nelson, named Edmonton’s interim coach earlier this week. “With veterans like Jason Williams and Ryan Hamilton, we have so many players worthy of being the team captain. It says a lot about how he does things the right way.”

  • Oklahoma football: A look at the Sooners' scholarship linebackers

    By Jason Kersey | Published: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    Oklahoma picked up its first linebacker commitment in the 2015 recruiting class Friday, when four-star, Mechanicsburg (Va.) Atlee product Ricky DeBerry chose the Sooners.

  • NCAA Volleyball Championships: Penn State beats top-seeded Stanford, will face BYU for title

    By CLIFF BRUNT, AP Sports Writer | Published: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    Megan Courtney had 23 kills and defending champion Penn State beat top-seeded Stanford 25-16, 23-25, 25-22, 25-21 on Thursday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena to reach the NCAA women’s volleyball final.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Thunder loses at Golden State, Kevin Durant sprains ankle

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    The team officially called it a mild right ankle sprain and X-rays came back negative. But Durant wasn’t able to return. And without him, the Thunder failed to weather a wave of long-range Golden State jumpers, falling 114-109 to the Warriors.

  • NCAA Volleyball Championships: Micha Hancock makes impact in semifinal match for Penn State

    By Jenni Carlson | Published: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    Penn State standout and Edmond Memorial alum Micha Hancock wasn’t the offensive star or the defensive stalwart in a 3-1 victory against Stanford. But as always, the attack-minded setter impacted every part of the national semifinal match. Saturday, she and her Penn State teammates will play for their second consecutive national title. How did you handle the emotions of playing such a big match back at home? “It was emotional for me to even see, like, our send-off. Our band, they came out. It was like, ‘What am I doing? I have a semifinal match.’ I was like, ‘No more of this crybaby crap. I’m going to zone in, and I’m going to play hard for my team.’” Your big serve started off great in the first set,