• Thunder rookie Cameron Payne learning the hard way at Summer League

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Thu, Jul 9, 2015

    ORLANDO — Cameron Payne sports two rubber bracelets on his left wrist. One is white with black letters. The other is blue with yellow letters. The blue band has become a bit of a metaphor for the start of the Thunder point guard’s professional career. “Trust the process,” the bracelet reads. Payne, the 14th overall pick in this year’s draft, must abide by that philosophy now more than ever. Payne is unable to compete at the Orlando Pro Summer League this week due to a fractured finger on his right hand. But that hasn’t stopped him from watching with a close eye. As his teammates have tried to sharpen their skills on the court, Payne has used this time to try to sharpen his mind.

  • Public video separates Oklahoma's Joe Mixon from Florida State's De'Andre Johnson

    By BERRY TRAMEL | Updated: Wed, Jul 8, 2015

    DeAndre Johnson’s football career at Florida State is over before it began, and not because he slugged a coed in a bar. Johnson was dismissed from the Seminole squad because that punch was captured on video and released to the public. Such is life in the second decade of the 21st century. It’s not necessarily what you do. It’s what we see you do. Video is the new tribunal. The line of demarcation. If volatile video goes public, justice is swift. Just ask Ray Rice. If public consumption of your offense is limited to mere words, social pressure is less severe. And somewhere in the middle is Joe Mixon, at the tribunal door. A video exists of Mixon punching an OU coed, but you haven’t seen it. At least most of

  • OKC Thunder: Billy Donovan wants to make things easier for stars Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Tue, Jul 7, 2015

    ORLANDO — At his introductory press conference, Thunder coach Billy Donovan briefly described the style of play he seeks to bring to Oklahoma City. Its basic principles, he said, centered on player movement, ball movement and making the extra pass. In other words, Donovan wants to bring more structure to what historically has been an isolation-heavy offense. But achieving that goal and, more importantly, sustaining it could be a trying task without restricting Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant, two of the best and most creative one-on-one offensive players in the game. Donovan, however, has no intention to stifle his

  • Super 30: Broken Arrow's Rowdy Frederick wants his play to do the talking

    BY JOHN WALKER Staff Writer jwalker@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Jul 7, 2015

    Few high school players in the state can command attention without speaking quite like Broken Arrow offensive lineman Rowdy Frederick. His name, his large frame, the mullet. It is the topic of conversation when most come to meet Frederick. But Frederick wants to be known for more than his outward appearance. He wants to prove to his fans and future coaching prospects that football is his focus heading into his senior season. “A lot of people see me and think ‘Oh, he’s just another big guy,’ and then they see my hair and go ‘Oh, he’s awesome because of his hair,’” Frederick said. “I don’t care about that. I'd rather be known for my play than anything else.” Frederick comes in sporting a

  • Collected Wisdom: Fiamma Felitch

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Updated: Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    Fiamma Felitch had her golf career all planned out. She'd go from Bishop McGuinness High School, where she was a state champion in 2007, to Tulsa. Then, after a few years, she'd go on to the pros.

  • Big-time free agents aren't afraid to go to small-market teams thanks to KD and Russ

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Published: Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    LaMarcus Aldridge spurned the Lakers for the Spurs. Greg Monroe bucked the Knicks for the Bucks. DeAndre Jordan left the Clippers in the dust for the Mavs. Only a few days into NBA free agency, an interesting trend has emerged — premier players aren’t afraid to choose smaller-market teams over big-city behemoths. It’s a new NBA reality. High-revenue teams in bigger cities used to always have an edge in negotiations. That wasn’t necessarily because of the contracts they could offer either. Lots of times, it came down to endorsements that players could snag if they played in New York or Los Angeles, Miami or Chicago. The possibility for supplemental income was in the tens of millions of dollars.

  • Tyrone Lewis gave up bright stages and big paychecks to go back to El Reno and live his American Dream

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Published: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    EL RENO – Tyrone Lewis made a decision as a freshman at El Reno. He let people know about it, too. “I’m going to be the head coach here,” he would say. It was a quite a proclamation for a kid who’d done anything to get kicked out of school only a few years earlier. Pick a fight. Talk back. He hated being there, so lots of days, he’d find a way out. But wrestling changed all that. Wrestling became his way out. Now, he’s hoping to introduce a new generation to the sport that transformed his life. He became a state champion at El Reno and an All-American at Oklahoma State. He wrestled all around the world and fell just short of the Olympics.

  • Cheers to selling beer at college football games

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Published: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    A couple weeks ago, Texas decided to open the tap to serving alcohol at football games. Among schools that play big-time college football, it becomes the 33rd to sell alcohol throughout its stadium. Even though that's only about a fourth of all Division I schools, the total could be counted on two hands not so long ago. And the total now doesn't include schools like Oklahoma and Oklahoma State selling alcohol in premium seating areas such as suites and clubs. Texas is by far the biggest name on the list of schools selling beer and wine at football games, so it seems like it may only be a matter of time before more follow suit. Cheers to that. Many university leaders including OU president David Boren

  • List of major college football programs selling alcohol in their stadiums continues to grow

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Published: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

      ON TAP Major-college football schools that are expected to sell alcohol throughout their stadiums during the 2015 season:  On-Campus Stadiums Akron Bowling Green Cincinnati Colorado State Houston Kent State Louisiana-Lafayette Louisiana-Monroe Louisville Minnesota Nevada North Texas SMU Syracuse Texas Toledo Troy Tulane UNLV UTEP Western Kentucky West Virginia Off-Campus Stadiums Connecticut Georgia State Hawaii Massachusetts Memphis Miami San Diego State South Alabama South Florida Temple Texas-San Antonio

  • Super 30: Sapulpa’s Dae Williams has something to prove

    By Nathan Ruiz Staff Writer nruiz@oklahoman.com | Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    Last season, Williams, who also plays safety, rushed for 1,064 yards and 11 touchdowns.

  • OKC Dodgers earn 50th win

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. — With their 2-1 win over the Memphis Redbirds, the Oklahoma City Dodgers became the first team in Triple A this season with 50 wins.

  • NBA Free Agency Primer

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Check your data plans, set mobile alerts, refresh Twitter whenever possible. NBA free agency is upon us and, like every July, there are some important names in play.

  • Billy Donovan hires Maurice Cheeks, Monty Williams to fill out Thunder staff

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    Billy Donovan has fortified his biggest weakness the best way he could. The first-year Thunder coach went out and got exactly what he didn’t have. Experience. Two former NBA head coaches will be at Donovan’s side on the Thunder bench next season after the Thunder finalized its coaching staff with the hiring of Maurice Cheeks and Monty Williams as assistants. Cheeks, a former Thunder assistant on Scott Brooks’ staff for four seasons, and Williams bring a combined 14 years of NBA head coaching experience that is expected to aid Donovan in his transition from college to the NBA.

  • Hype and Hope: Baker Mayfield is the latest quarterback to make headlines before ever taking a Sooner snap

    BY JENNI CARLSON Columnist The Oklahoman | Published: Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    First came the lengthy public and often contentious transfer spat with Texas Tech. Then came the revelations that he has smooth dance moves and a Bedlam girlfriend. Most recently, there was the more serious Twitter discourse on racial violence in the aftermath of the church shooting in Charleston, S.C. Baker Mayfield sure has made a lot of headlines for someone who hasn't even been named a starter. Granted, just about everyone with Sooner Nation citizenship believes that is only a matter of time — and many believe stardom is only a matter of time, too — and yet, all of this begs a question.

  • Top Five: Most ballyhooed quarterbacks in OU history

    BY JENNI CARLSON Columnist | Published: Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    With Oklahoma quarterback hopeful Baker Mayfield making all sorts of headlines this summer, it got us thinking about the Sooner signal callers who've been most ballyhooed before ever taking a snap in a game.  Oklahoman columnist Jenni Carlson takes a stab at the quarterbacks who were most hyped before their Sooner careers began. 1. Jack Mildren: Even though he played in the pre-internet days, no quarterback was more revered by the time he arrived at OU. Mildren was the nation's top recruit in 1968 and the focus on a lengthy Sports Illustrated piece that fall. His legend was so great that even though he was ineligible for the varsity as all freshmen were in those days, Sooner fans flocked to the freshmen games to see him

  • Super 30: Intangibles set Stroud's Tiller Bucktrot apart

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Published: Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    STROUD — Tiller Bucktrot has a Division I body and the athletic ability to go with it. The 6-foot-6, 350-pound offensive lineman from Stroud looks the part of a college football player. But it’s his intangible qualities that set him apart as a player and a team member, says Stroud coach Chris Elerick. “He’s anything but lazy,” the coach said. “He plays hard, works hard. He’s a max effort guy. “Playing for us, he’s probably at a disadvantage, because he never gets a break. He’s out there on offense and defense.” Someone recently mentioned to Elerick that it looked like Bucktrot got tired late in games. “Yeah, he does,” Elerick responded. “He’s 6-6, 350 and he’s out there

  • Tulsa Shock: Williams' late jumper gives Shock 8th straight win

    AP | Published: Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    Riquna Williams' step-back jumper put Tulsa up by two with 10.9 seconds left, and the Shock held off the Seattle Storm 93-89 on Sunday to tie the franchise record with their eighth straight victory.

  • OKC Dodgers: Scott Baker quiets Sounds

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    The Dodgers defeated the Nashville Sounds 5-0 Sunday at First Tennessee Park behind Baker’s eight innings of shutout baseball. A former Oklahoma State Cowboy, Baker allowed just two hits, struck out six and earned his seventh win of the season, all while lowering his ERA to 3.27.

  • Super 30: Drew Dan can do it all for Checotah

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    Last season at Checotah, Dan had 1,100 receiving yards, averaging 23 yards per catch, and scored 13 touchdowns. And he played parts of four games at quarterback for the Wildcats, becoming an emergency starter after two other quarterbacks were injured.

  • Outdoors notebook: Outdoor Oklahoma to celebrate 40th year on OETA

    BY ED GODFREY | Published: Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    The “Outdoor Oklahoma” television show will celebrate its 40th anniversary on July 5. The special July 5 show, which airs on OETA, brings back past “Outdoor Oklahoma” hosts to join current host Todd Craighead for a roundtable discussion of hunting and fishing memories. Produced by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, the weekly show debuts each Sunday at 8 a.m. and is re-broadcast several times throughout the week. BOATS MAY RETURN TO AMERICAN HORSE LAKE ON SEPT. 1 Boats will be allowed to return to American Horse Lake on Sept. 1. A previously announced date of July 1 that boats could return to the lake was incorrect, said Don Brown of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife