• OU ranked No. 22 in Phil Steele's projected AP Top 25

    Published: Mon, May 4, 2015

    College football guru Phil Steele recently released his projected Associated Press Top 25 for the 2015 season, and OU clocks in at No. 22. While the Sooners are noticeably absent from Mark Schlabach's Too-Early Top 25, Steele says the Sooners will definitely be there when the AP releases its first list before the season. Steele also offers a little optimism for an OU team that will likely start outside of the AP's preseason Top 10: "One thing that is certain in life is that Bob Stoops' Sooners will be ranked in the preseason AP top 25. After Stoops' first season as OU coach, the Sooners have been ranked all 15 seasons, including 13 times among the top 10. In only one other season did Oklahoma not finish ranked (2009) and the following year it won the Fiesta Bowl and finished No. 6. We also have yet another team returning only 13 starters, and in the past seven seasons OU has had more than 13 returning starters only once, which was in 2011 (15 were back). In the two seasons that Stoops' Sooners were ranked outside of the preseason top 10, they went from No. 19 to No. 1 (winning a title in 2000) and from No. 16 to No. 6 in 2013, which was topped off with a Sugar Bowl win over Alabama." Steele makes a point to emphasize that the projections aren't his preseason top 25, but a prediction of how he thinks the initial AP Top 25 will look. Oklahoma State does not make Steele's initial projections for the AP preseason Top 25.

  • Bedlam baseball notebook: OU's Pete Hughes said Sunday was 'must win'

    By John Helsley | Published: Sun, May 3, 2015

    With Oklahoma scuffling, lugging a five-game losing streak into Sunday’s Bedlam series finale, having already dropped the series, the day carried a heaviness for the Sooners. And OU coach Pete Hughes didn’t dodge it. “I called it a must-win game,” Hughes said. “I did, absolutely.” Hughes wouldn’t say if he suggested as much to his team, but him personally, yeah. “As a competitor – absolutely,” he said. “I don’t want to get swept by Oklahoma State in one of the best venues in college baseball and the rivalry. “The competitor in me, absolutely. It was a must win. I’m lucky in that I have a group of guys that understand big picture and play every day and not let Saturday or Friday

  • Bedlam baseball: Sooners salvage Bedlam win, halt skid

    By John Helsley | Published: Sun, May 3, 2015

    Anthony Hermelyn’s two-run homer in the sixth inning – OU’s first long ball of the weekend – provided the decisive blow, ending a five-game Sooners losing streak in the process.

  • Oklahoma softball: OU freshman Paige Parker ties NCAA single-season record with fourth perfect game

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sun, May 3, 2015

    The game lasted just five innings thanks to an OU offense that scored in every inning but the first. Parker was spectacular, striking out 12 of 15 batters faced.

  • OSU baseball: Bryan Case leads Oklahoma State to 8-1 victory against Oklahoma

    By John Helsley, Staff Writer, jhelsley@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sat, May 2, 2015

    Bryan Case, known more for his skills behind the plate, was a load indeed, but this time at the plate, igniting three OSU rallies in an 8-1 Game 2 Bedlam win at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.

  • Bedlam baseball notebook: Freeman keeps hitters guessing in Bedlam win

    BY RYAN ABER | Published: Sat, May 2, 2015

    Oklahoma State starter Michael Freeman didn’t allow Oklahoma much of a chance to drive the ball Saturday night in Bedlam at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. Freeman struck out seven and only three of his outs came in the outfield during a complete-game performance in an 8-1 Cowboys win. “His ball has very late action,” OSU coach Josh Holliday said. “Having tried to catch him before, the ball has a late unpredictability about it — some will sink, some will dart, every now and then some will cut. “When you’re not even sure how to get your hand around the ball, then you know the hitter’s not quite sure how to get his barrel square on the ball.

  • OU football: Former quarterback/tight end Blake Bell taken by San Francisco in fourth round

    BY JASON KERSEY | Published: Sat, May 2, 2015

    Blake Bell, the former OU quarterback, was selected by the San Francisco 49ers with the 117th overall pick in the fourth round of the 2015 NFL Draft on Saturday.

  • NFL Draft: Former OU fullback Aaron Ripkowski heading to Green Bay Packers after sixth-round pick

    Jason Kersey | Published: Sat, May 2, 2015

    Aaron Ripkowski walked on to the Oklahoma football team four years ago. Saturday, he was drafted by one of the NFL’s elite franchises. The Green Bay Packers selected the former OU fullback with the 206th overall pick in the sixth round of the 2015 NFL Draft. Ripkowski first established himself as a special teams contributor […]

  • NFL Draft: Minnesota Vikings select Tyrus Thompson in the sixth round

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Sat, May 2, 2015

    Tyrus Thompson was the 185th overall selection in the NFL Draft, going to the Minnesota Vikings in the sixth round. The former OU left tackle became the sixth Sooner to be drafted, following Dorial Green-Beckham, Jordan Phillips, Geneo Grissom, Daryl Williams and Blake Bell. Thompson started 29 games over the last three seasons on the Sooners’ […]

  • NFL Draft: San Francisco 49ers pick Blake Bell in the fourth round

    Jason Kersey | Published: Sat, May 2, 2015

    Blake Bell switched positions last offseason because he felt like he had a better chance to make it in the NFL as a tight end. That strategy worked. Bell, the former quarterback, was selected by the San Francisco 49ers with the 117th overall pick in the fourth round of the 2015 NFL Draft on Saturday. […]

  • NFL Draft: Carolina Panthers select Daryl Williams in fourth round

    Jason Kersey | Published: Sat, May 2, 2015

    Daryl Williams became the first Oklahoma lineman off the board in the NFL Draft when the offensive tackle was taken in the fourth round by the Carolina Panthers. Williams was taken with the 102nd overall pick. Williams started 36 games for the Sooners over four seasons. As a senior, he was a first-team All-Big 12 tackle […]

  • Bedlam baseball notebook: Corey Hassel comes up huge defensively for OSU

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Fri, May 1, 2015

    Oklahoma State right fielder Corey Hassel had a trio of nifty plays in the field that helped the Cowboys pull out a 9-6 Bedlam win Friday night at OneOK Field. First, in the fourth inning, the Stillwater native laid out on a dead sprint, diving for Kyle Mendenhall’s liner near the right-field line to end the inning. Hassel came up big again with two outs in the sixth, coming in on Hunter Haley’s liner to right to catch the ball with a dive. He didn’t need to dive in the eighth inning, running into foul territory to catch Anthony Hermelyn’s pop-up with two on and no out. Hassel was playing right for just the sixth time all season after starting 26 games in center.

  • Bedlam baseball: Cowboys win opener over Sooners, 9-6

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Fri, May 1, 2015

    The teams will play at 7 p.m. Saturday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City.

  • NFL Draft: New England Patriots pick former Sooner Geneo Grissom late in the third round

    Jason Kersey | Published: Fri, May 1, 2015

    Geneo Grissom wasn’t projected to be selected in the NFL Draft until the third day. Instead, he went in the third round to the defending Super Bowl champions. The New England Patriots selected Grissom with the 97th overall pick Friday night. Grissom, a former four-star prospect from Hutchinson, Kan., started 11 games and made 39 […]

  • NFL Draft: Dorial Green-Beckham taken in the second round by Tennessee Titans

    By Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber | Published: Fri, May 1, 2015

    The Miami Dolphins selected former Oklahoma defensive tackle Jordan Phillips with the 52nd pick in the second round Friday night.

  • NFL Draft: Miami Dolphins select former OU defensive tackle Jordan Phillips in second round

    Jason Kersey | Published: Fri, May 1, 2015

    The Miami Dolphins selected former Oklahoma defensive tackle Jordan Phillips with the 52nd pick in the second round Friday night. The 6-foot-5, 327-pound nose tackle started all 13 games last season for the Sooners, recording 32 tackles, seven tackles for loss, two sacks, one fumble recovery and a pass breakup. The Towanda, Kan., native signed […]

  • Titans pick OU receiver Dorial Green-Beckham in second round

    Ryan Aber | Published: Fri, May 1, 2015

    Dorial Green-Beckham never played in a game for Oklahoma. But Green-Beckham was the first Sooner taken in this year’s NFL Draft, when he was picked by the Titans with the 40th overall pick in the second round. Green-Beckham spent this season, his only one in Norman, on the scout team after being dismissed from Missouri’s […]

  • Women's College World Series Youth Clinic registration opens

    Published: Fri, May 1, 2015

    Registration for the 2015 NCAA WCWS Youth Clinic, presented by Coca Cola, is now open. The NCAA Youth Clinic is held in conjunction with the 2015 NCAA Women’s College World Series.  The clinic will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. CT at Putnam City Optimist Club in Oklahoma City on Saturday, May 30. Clinic activities will include, hitting, pitching, base running, and infield/outfield fundamental drills. Participants will receive sports instructions from NCAA/NAIA Division I, II, and III coaches and student athletes. Parents of the participants will be educated on topics including collegiate athletic recruitment and eligibility, nutrition best practices and the importance of physical fitness. NCAA Youth clinic is free of charge but requires on-line pre-registration, which is on a first come first served basis and is open to all youth ages third to eighth grade. To register for the NCAA Youth Clinic visit www.ncaa.com/wcws . All participants will also receive a voucher for a free ticket to a session during the 2015 NCAA Women’s College World Series. All-Session tickets for the 2015 NCAA Women’s College World Series at the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium are currently sale. There are less than 600 remaining all-session tickets remaining. All-session ticket package are $100.Tickets may be purchased by visiting www.okcallsports.org/wcws . The Oklahoma City All Sports Association is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, which is proud to serve as the sports commission for Oklahoma City. It is one of the oldest sports commissions in the country, contributing more than 50 years of great service to the city. The Oklahoma City All Sports Association exists to SECURE, CREATE, PROMOTE, EXECUTE and HOST quality, family-oriented amateur sporting events in the state of Oklahoma.

  • 10 famous Oklahomans' ages and genders guessed by How-Old.net

    Richard Hall | Published: Fri, May 1, 2015

    Let’s see how accurate the Microsoft-created website is!

  • Similarities abound between Billy Donovan and Barry Switzer

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Fri, May 1, 2015

    Billy Donovan and Bob Stoops go way back. Both arrived at the University of Florida in 1996, Donovan as head basketball coach, Stoops as Steve Spurrier’s defensive coordinator. Stoops stayed three years at Florida before becoming OU’s head coach and restoring Sooner glory. Donovan stayed 19 years at Florida before becoming the Thunder’s head coach […]