• 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.

  • Defining Greatness: John Smith enters the 100th year of OSU wrestling better than ever

    By Cody Stavenhagen, Staff Writer cstavenhagen@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Nov 13, 2015

    Smith enters his 25th season as wrestling coach at Oklahoma State as a matured, more complete person than the young man who won so many championships. But before he leads his program into its 100th year Saturday with a dual against Iowa in Kinnick Stadium, one expected to draw a record crowd, he acknowledges part of him will always be the same.

  • OU football: College GameDay host Rece Davis calls OU 'this year's Ohio State'

    By Mel Bracht Staff Writer mbracht@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Nov 11, 2015

    After 10 seasons as host of the college basketball version of "College GameDay," Rece Davis replaced Chris Fowler as host of the wildly popular football version in September.

  • Veterans Day: Army veteran Ted Perry is leaving his footprint on Heritage Hall

    By Jenni Carlson Columnist jcarlson@oklahoman.com | Updated: Wed, Nov 11, 2015

    Heritage Hall offensive line coach Ted Perry graduated from West Point and spent six years in the Army.

  • Oklahoma State football journal: Linebacker Chad Whitener receives national honor

    By Kyle Fredrickson Staff Writer kfredrickson@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Nov 11, 2015

    The Football Writers Association of America named Whitener — a 6-foot-1, 240-pound sophomore from Mansfield, Texas — the AutoNation National Defensive Player of the Week on Tuesday.

  • Veterans Day: Oklahoma football staffer Rajeeb Hossain 'extremely proud' of military service

    By Jason Kersey | Published: Wed, Nov 11, 2015

    Today, Hossain works within the Oklahoma football program as director of high school relations, but he looks back on his military service fondly.

  • Veterans Day: Meet a Navy veteran that has developed a Thunder obsession

    By Erik Horne Staff Writer ehorne@oklahoman.ocm | Published: Wed, Nov 11, 2015

    Stacey Sousa knows how fortunate she is to have never seen combat. She also knows how fortunate she is to have served her country in an era in which she didn’t have a sports obsession.

  • OKC Thunder journal: Kevin Durant faces direct free agency questions from the Washington media

    By Anthony Slater Staff Writer aslater@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Nov 10, 2015

    Since training camp started in late September, Durant hasn’t been peppered much with free agency talk.

  • OU football: Kerry Cooks brings professional attitude to Sooners secondary

    By Ryan Aber Staff Writer raber@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Nov 10, 2015

    Saturday, Cooks’ group gets its biggest test yet when it faces one of the nation’s top passing offenses in No. 6 Baylor.

  • Oklahoma State football: Playing multiple sports helped make James Washington a better receiver

    By John Helsley Staff Writer jhelsley@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Nov 10, 2015

    Back in Stamford, Texas, Washington played all the high school sports he could — football, basketball, track, tennis.

  • Paycom founder gives $10M to University of Central Oklahoma athletic department

    By K.S. McNutt Staff Writer kmcnutt@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Nov 10, 2015

    A $10 million gift from University of Central Oklahoma alumnus Chad Richison, CEO of Oklahoma City-based Paycom Software Inc., will help build an athletic complex at the north end of Wantland Stadium on the Edmond campus.

  • High school softball: Longtime Piedmont coach Rick Scott's resignation accepted despite second thoughts

    By Jacob Unruh Staff Writer junruh@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Nov 10, 2015

    Scott’s resignation was officially accepted at Monday’s school board meeting despite his desire to take back his resignation and remain the coach.

  • Like it or not, we have witnessed the power of the college athlete

    By Jenni Carlson | Published: Tue, Nov 10, 2015

    Monday will forever be known as the day that a college football team took down a school president.

  • In their words

    By Jenni Carlson Columnist jcarlson@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Nov 10, 2015

    The boycott by Missouri football players made national headlines the past few days. Football players at Oklahoma State and Oklahoma took notice.

  • OKC Thunder: Despite 'disrespectful' undertone, expect loud recruitment for Kevin Durant in Washington

    By Anthony Slater | Updated: Mon, Nov 9, 2015

    On Tuesday, Durant is scheduled to make his final pre-free agency trip to D.C. with the Thunder. A similar atmosphere will assuredly await his arrival.

  • Bird hunters are eager for the start of quail season

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Nov 8, 2015

    Zach Lozier and his father, Keith, used to love to bird hunt. However, they quit hunting quail 10 years ago and stopped keeping bird dogs because there were so few bobwhites to chase. “There was really no point in having a dog,” Zach Lozier said. With an outstanding quail season predicted in Oklahoma, the Loziers, like many former bird hunters, are jumping back into the game.

  • OU football: After blowout of Iowa State, things about to get serious for the Sooners

    By Jenni Carlson Columnist jcarlson@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Nov 7, 2015

    NORMAN — Lincoln Riley did his best Tiger Woods fist pump. Bob Stoops high-fived pretty much anyone he could find. Zack Sanchez handed out bubble gum rewards. And that was just on Oklahoma's first snap. There was plenty to celebrate on that play, a reverse turned flea flicker turned cross country touchdown, and there was plenty more to celebrate after it.  A good time was had by all Saturday night — or at least all who wore crimson and cream. OU 52, Iowa State 16. This one was fun. Now, things get serious. These next three weeks will define the Sooners' season. With games at Baylor, against TCU and at Oklahoma State, OU has a chance to win its way into the College Football Playoff or lose its

  • OU football: A look at the Sooners' 52-16 win over Iowa State by the numbers

    By Jenni Carlson Columnist jcarlson@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Nov 7, 2015

    Here is a look at Oklahoma's 52-16 win over Iowa State by the numbers: 3: One-play touchdown drives for Oklahoma, the first on a reverse flea-flicker that went for a 75-yard touchdown pass from Baker Mayfield to Dimitri Flowers in the first quarter, the second on a 27-yard touchdown pass from Mayfield to Dede Westbrook later in the first and the final on a 55-yard touchdown pass from Trevor Knight to Mark Andrews in the fourth quarter. 4: Touchdown passes of 70 yards or more for Mayfield this season. With his 75-yarder in the first quarter and his 74-yarder in the third, he became the second OU quarterback to throw at least four touchdowns of 70 yards or more in a season (Landry Jones, 4, 2010).

  • OU football: Like it or not, the Sooners are hitched to the 'Horns

    By Jenni Carlson Columnist jcarlson@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Nov 6, 2015

    NORMAN — About the time the Sooners were touching down in Norman last Saturday night, the Longhorns were hitting rock bottom in Ames. Texas got shut out by Iowa State, a team floundering so badly it fired offensive coordinator Mark Mangino earlier in the week. But the Cyclones definitely weren't the flops Saturday night. They lambasted the Longhorns. And suddenly, a stellar day for Oklahoma wasn't quite so outstanding. Like it or don't, Sooner Nation, because of the College Football Playoff, your schooner is now hooked to the Horns. On a day we already know the outcome in Norman — the Sooners will roll — some drama remains for the crimson and cream. What will Texas do? That's a question the OU faithful are

  • 'Bethany takes care of Bethany'

    By Scott Wright Staff Writer swright@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Nov 6, 2015

    BETHANY — Tuesday afternoon, the Deer Creek boys basketball team came to Bethany for a scrimmage. They arrived with a check — a $250 donation to the Hudson Haws Fund. Few, if any of them, had ever met Hudson Haws. Most had never heard of him before his tragic injury two weeks ago during a football game at Blanchard. But they wanted to help. On Oct. 23, Haws made a lunging tackle attempt as a Blanchard player ran past him, and the awkward contact to his helmet broke three vertebrae in his neck and back.