• Oklahoma women's basketball: South Florida hands Sooners first loss

    From Staff Reports | Updated: 2 hr ago

    OU (3-1) had won its first-three games by double digits, including a 27-point rout of Lamar and 49-point laugher against Bradley. But South Florida (4-1) would have none of that.

  • Oklahoma football notebook: Jordan Smallwood comes on as a blocker

    BY RYAN ABER AND JASON KERSEY | Published: Thu, Nov 27, 2014

    The catches haven’t come for redshirt freshman wide receiver Jordan Smallwood, but that hasn’t kept him from contributing. Sooners co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell singled out Smallwood and Durron Neal as two of the receivers who had good blocking performances in the 44-7 win over Kansas.

  • Five observations from Oklahoma's 59-46 win over Butler

    Ryan Aber | Published: Thu, Nov 27, 2014

    Oklahoma got off to a quick start and did enough in the second half to keep the game from getting too interesting as the Sooners beat Butler 59-46 to advance to Friday’s 3:30 p.m. championship game against Wisconsin at the Battle 4 Atlantis. The  game will be televised on ESPN. Here are five observations from the […]

  • Oklahoma basketball: Sooners top Butler to earn Battle 4 Atlantis title berth

    By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer | Published: Thu, Nov 27, 2014

    Holding Butler to 24 percent shooting — the best by an Oklahoma team in nearly 11 years — the Sooners earned a berth in the Battle 4 Atlantis championship game by topping the Bulldogs 59-46 on Thursday afternoon, with Isaiah Cousins’ 13 points leading a balanced offense.

  • Walk-On Wednesday: Sophomore DT Kane Snowden

    Ryan Aber | Updated: Wed, Nov 26, 2014

    NORMAN—Kane Snowden was sitting at the Cate Center on OU’s campus eating a meal when his phone rang. It was a friend who’d gone through walk-on tryouts with him not long before. “Congratulations Kane,” the friend said. “No. 59 on OU’s football team.” It didn’t take long for the tears to start streaming down Snowden’s […]

  • Oklahoma basketball: Buddy Hield scores 24 as OU tops No. 22 UCLA

    By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer | Published: Wed, Nov 26, 2014

    Buddy Hield scored 24 points — including a personal 10-0 run in the second half to single-handedly erase a UCLA lead — and Oklahoma beat the 22nd-ranked Bruins 75-65 in the quarterfinals of the Battle 4 Atlantis on Wednesday.

  • Oklahoma football: Sooners turn to junior college recruiting to shore up secondary

    BY RYAN ABER, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Nov 26, 2014

    Will Johnson didn’t expect to hear from a program like Oklahoma for a long time. But after a whirlwind recruitment that went from initial contact to visit to commit in the span of less than a week, the 6-foot, 180-pound Johnson plans on being in Norman by January to get to work on earning a place in the Sooners’ secondary.

  • Former Oklahoma offensive lineman Lane Johnson's return has Philadelphia Eagles' offense looking more like normal

    By Mike Baldwin, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Nov 26, 2014

    Heading into their key NFC East showdown Thanksgiving afternoon against the Dallas Cowboys, the Eagles’ offense in recent weeks has looked more like the unit that led the NFL in rushing last year and produced the NFL rushing champion (LeSean McCoy).

  • Five observations from Oklahoma's 75-65 win over UCLA

    Ryan Aber | Updated: Wed, Nov 26, 2014

    Oklahoma had a huge start to the Battle 4 Atlantis in Nassau, Bahamas on Wednesday, beating No. 22 UCLA 75-65 in an unusual setting for college basketball in a ballroom at the Atlantis resort. The Sooners play Butler at noon Thursday. Here are five takeaways from the win for the Sooners (3-1): *What a homecoming. […]

  • After all he's been through, Matt Grice is still a fighter

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Nov 26, 2014

    Rising MMA star and former four-time state high school wrestling champion Matt Grice suffered a traumatic brain injury a little over a year ago in a car accident while training for a big fight in UFC 166. Now, Grice knows he’ll never be cleared to fight again, but he still has plenty to be thankful for.

  • Oklahoma women's basketball: Texas A&M transfer Peyton Little excited to finally get on the road and on the court

    BY JASON KERSEY | Published: Wed, Nov 26, 2014

    Peyton Little is finally getting to play for — and travel with — the Oklahoma women’s basketball team, and she’s doing well so far.

  • Oklahoma football: Why did Samaje Perine get just five carries vs. Baylor?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Wed, Nov 26, 2014

    Samaje Perine has rushed for 1,428 yards this season, including 640 yards the last two games. Not bad for a guy who didn’t even start Saturday against Kansas. But not starting, everyone can understand. Cale Gundy’s explanation — get Keith Ford back in a rhythm, his third game returning from injury — was adequate. Starting’s […]

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Berry Tramel from H&H Shooting Sports

    staff reports | Updated: Wed, Nov 26, 2014

    Are the Thunder reinforcements on the way? Can Oklahoma Sooners and Oklahoma State Cowboy Football do away the Gundy-Stoops-Florida rumors? Ask Berry Tramel on the Power Lunch chat, live from H&H Shooting Sports at 11 a.m.

  • The Non-Fiction Writers podcast: Reviewing freshman Samaje Perine's historic game

    Jason Kersey | Published: Tue, Nov 25, 2014

    Welcome to the home of “The Non-Fiction Writers,” NewsOK.com’s OU football podcast from beat writers Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber. The podcast’s name is a nod to legendary former OU football coach Barry Switzer, who has famously referred to reporters as “fiction writers.” You can click on the link below to listen and download the […]

  • Ratings watch: Fox Sports 1's OU-Kansas telecast tops week with 16.1 rating

    By Mel Bracht | Published: Tue, Nov 25, 2014

    Thunder averages 5.0 for four telecasts on Fox Sports Oklahoma

  • Oklahoma basketball: Buddy Hield gets three 'home games

    BY RYAN ABER | Published: Tue, Nov 25, 2014

    As the Sooners prepare for the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament, native of Freeport, Bahamas, is excited about playing in Nassau.

  • Oklahoma football: Junior-college receiver commits to Sooners

    BY JASON KERSEY AND RYAN ABER | Updated: Tue, Nov 25, 2014

    Oklahoma picked up its second commitment in the last three days when Blinn Community College (Brenham, Texas) wide receiver Dede Westbrook gave his verbal pledge to the Sooners on Tuesday. Westbrook, a four-star prospect, visited OU for its 44-7 rout of Kansas last weekend and announced his commitment on Twitter three days later. He’s the second OU wide receiver commit in the 2015 recruiting class, joining John Humphrey of League City, Texas. In Westbrook, Oklahoma will hope to bolster a receiver group that hasn’t been great this season. Junior Sterling Shepard was fantastic until suffering a groin injury that has sidelined him for most of the last three games, but other than him, OU receivers have struggled

  • Report: Mike Gundy, Bob Stoops not candidates for Florida coaching job

    staff reports | Published: Tue, Nov 25, 2014

    Lots of talk has been swirling around OU coach Bob Stoops, OSU coach Mike Gundy and their interest in the Florida head coaching job. But Pat Dooley of the Gainesville (Fla.) Sun says both guys are out of the running for the UF job, along with Notre Dame's Brian Kelly. Dooley also said Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly isn't coming to Gainesville. Last week, Stoops said he  was finished with questions about the UF job. Gundy's answer wasn't as direct, but he said his players  weren't distracted and he wasn't affected by reports connecting him to Florida.

  • OU football: Sooners add first 2016 commitment in OL Jean Delance

    staff reports | Published: Tue, Nov 25, 2014

    Oklahoma is on a roll on the recruiting trail, as the Sooners received their first Class of 2016 football commitment Tuesday from North Mesquite (Texas) offensive tackle Jean Delance. Delance (6-foot-5, 270 pounds) is rated as a four-star prospect and the No. 27 offensive tackle in the nation by 247sports.com's composite rankings. Delance selected the Sooners over offers from Arizona State, Baylor, Mississippi State, Oklahoma State, Ohio State and TCU, among others. Delance was on campus Saturday for the Sooners 44-7 win over Kansas in Norman. Delance is the third commitment for the Sooners in three days, joining 2015 juco commits Will Johnson, who committed Sunday , and Dede Westbrook, who committed Tuesday .

  • Oklahoma football: Jay Norvell still hopeful Sterling Shepard will return for Bedlam

    Jason Kersey | Published: Tue, Nov 25, 2014

    NORMAN — Oklahoma receivers coach Jay Norvell said it’s been “frustrating” for everyone involved that Sterling Shepard hasn’t been able to play much in the last three weeks. “It just is what it is,” Norvell said. “Each few weeks, it feels like he’s had enough rest to play. Muscles, there’s nothing that anyone can tell […]