• What did Kobe Bryant say about Russell Westbrook?

    Today at 12:00 AM

    Compliments from Kobe Bryant are always welcome. The future Hall of Fame guard thinks Thunder guard Russell Westbrook is the closest player in the NBA to him in terms of intensity, according to ESPN’s Baxter Holmes: Kobe recently said Russell Westbrook is the closest to him in terms of intensity. KB: “He just plays with […]

  • What you need to know about the Barons' final season in Oklahoma City

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    The Oklahoma City Barons announced Thursday that the 2014-15 season would be their last in Oklahoma City. Citing growing financial concerns and declining attendance, Prodigal CEO Bob Funk Jr. said this would be the end of hockey in Oklahoma City for the forseeable future. Q: What happens to the Barons the remainder of the season? A: They’ll play their remaining 26 home games at the Cox Convention Center as scheduled and could make a deep playoff run into May, possibly June. The Barons will not cease operations until after they’ve been eliminated from the American Hockey League playoffs. How much did the success of The Energy, a pro soccer team owned by Prodigal, play in the decision? Prodigal CEO Bob Funk, Jr.

  • Bob Funk Jr. feels sad for Barons' loyal season ticket holders

    Today at 12:00 AM

    “We’re thankful how they supported us,” Funk said. “If you examine it closely, our attendance was from a very loyal fan base that supported us all five years.”

  • Oklahoma City Barons hockey team to cease operations after season

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    OKC BARONS — After a five-year run in Oklahoma City, the AHL’s Barons, an affiliate of the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers, will cease operations at the conclusion of this season. Citing declining attendance and rising financial concerns, Prodigal CEO Bob Funk Jr. announced Wednesday this would be the last season of hockey in Oklahoma City for the forseeable future.

  • Micha Hancock looks completely at home for NCAA Volleyball Championships

    Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    The former Edmond Memorial star hopes to lead Penn State to a second consecutive national championship.

  • Motivated Thunder gear up for intriguing matchup with scorching Warriors

    Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    Trash-talk is common in the NBA. But during a frustrating 3-12 start to the season, the Thunder faced an uncomfortable amount of it.

  • Class 3A state football championship: Heritage Hall, Cushing on the right track

    Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    Every championship team reaches a crucial moment at some point in its season that puts it on the track to greatness. For some, that critical event occurs before a game has ever been played. For others, the turning point might come two months into the season.

  • More minutes for Kevin Durant

    Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    After being limited to 30 or less minutes his first seven games back, Durant played 35 against the Kings. It’s expected to stay around there for the foreseeable future.

  • OKC Thunder: Rookie Mitch McGary to miss 2-3 weeks with inflammation in left leg

    Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    The Thunder forward will miss the next 2-3 weeks with periostitis (inflammation) in his left tibia. It's not expected to be a serious injury, but McGary's court activity will be lowered as a treatment.


  • Oklahoma State football: Desmond Roland gets spiritual boost in Bedlam victory

    By Kyle Fredrickson, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    The senior Cowboy running back lost his mother to cancer in late October. Roland says it “felt like a spirit hit me” during overtime at OU.

  • Matt Wells, the pride of Sallisaw, is a rising star in college coaching

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    Saturday, the 41-year-old Wells coaches his alma mater, Utah State, against Texas-El Paso in the New Mexico Bowl.

  • The Oklahoman's Class 3A state championship pick

    Published: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    Scott Wright provides his prediction for the state’s final high shcool football game of the 2014 season: Heritage Hall vs. Cushing.

  • Class 3A state championship preview: No. 10 Cushing vs. No. 2 Heritage Hall

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    It’s the final game for coach Andy Bogert, and the Chargers want nothing more than to end his storied career with another gold ball. That just means winning a rematch against an improved team they already routed, which is not an ideal scenario for Bogert.

  • Friday Night Lights: Heritage Hall's Joe Wheeler had a vision quest

    By Jacob Unruh | Published: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    “My dream growing up was to be one of the varsity players out on the field,” Wheeler said. “That was my dream playing football on the sidelines during halftime. To actually score again, it felt awesome.”

  • College football: Oklahomans playing in bowl games

    Published: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    Bowl season begins Saturday with a five-game slate and every bowl game — from the New Orleans Bowl to the College Football Championship Game on Jan. 12 — will feature some connection to Oklahoma. Here is a rundown on those connections: Saturday NEW ORLEANS BOWL, 10 a.m. (ESPN) Nevada vs. Louisiana-Lafayette Nevada: Wolfpack tight ends coach Cheston Blackshear was born in Oklahoma City before his family moved to Jacksonville, Fla. NEW MEXICO BOWL, 1:20 p.m. (ESPN) Utah State vs. UTEP Utah State: Aggies head coach Matt Wells is a Sallisaw native. His brother, Luke, is the Aggies’ co-offensive coordinator and spent 1999-2001 as an offensive student assistant for Oklahoma.

  • Helfrich: Ekpre-Olomu won't play against FSU

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Oregon coach Mark Helfrich confirmed Thursday that the third-ranked Ducks will be without star cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu when they face Jameis Winston and Florida State in their playoff game Jan. 1. Helfrich acknowledged the senior, a first-team All-America selection, won't play after he was injured during a noncontact drill Tuesday. "Very unfortunate for him," said Helfrich, who wouldn't disclose the nature of the injury. A person with knowledge of the injury told The Associated Press on Wednesday that Ekpre-Olomu hurt his right knee. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the program does not discuss injuries.

  • Stoke says Shea likely to move to MLS's Orlando City

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    American midfielder Brek Shea is likely to move from Stoke of England's Premier League to the Orlando City expansion team in Major League Soccer. Stoke manager Mark Hughes was quoted Thursday on the club's Twitter feed as saying "we envisage Brek completing his move to Orlando. It hasn't been confirmed yet, but he was in the building yesterday trying to tie it up." The 24-year-old, who has two goals in 27 international appearances, was acquired by Stoke from FC Dallas in January 2013 for a 2.5 million pound transfer fee (then $4 million). He appeared in just three league and two League Cup games for the Potters and spent time on loan this year to second-tier Barnsley and Birmingham, making a total of 14 League Championship ap

  • US women rout Argentina 7-0 in Brasilia Tournament

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Christen Press scored four goals and Carli Lloyd had a hat trick as the United States women's soccer team routed Argentina 7-0 in the four-team Brasilia Tournament on Thursday, keeping alive its hopes of reaching the final. The U.S. will need some help from host Brazil, which has to beat China in the late match at the Mane Garrincha Stadium. A draw would eliminate the Americans. Brazil was already guaranteed a spot in Sunday's final, and was expected to rest of its starters against China. The tournament serves as preparation for the 2015 World Cup in Canada. Brazil, China and the U.S. have qualified. The U.S. came into the match knowing it had to score a lot to surpass China in goal differentia

  • NFL predictions: Why New England's dynasty is long lasting

    Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    The New England Patriots have secured yet another AFC East Division title. The Patriots have finished first or tied for first 14 straight years in the AFC East. They tied atop the division three times and lost the tiebreaker — with Miami in 2001, with the Jets in 2002 and with Miami in 2008. So […]

  • OKC Barons: What you need to know about the Barons final season in Oklahoma City

    BY MIKE BALDWIN, Staff Writer, mbaldwin@opubco.com | Updated: 2 hr ago

    The Oklahoma City Barons announced Thursday that the 2014-15 season would be their last in Oklahoma City. Citing growing financial concerns and declining attendance, Prodigal CEO Bob Funk Jr. said this would be the end of hockey in Oklahoma City for the forseeable future. Q: What happens to the Barons the remainder of the season? A: They’ll play their remaining 26 home games at the Cox Convention Center as scheduled and could make a deep playoff run into May, possibly June. The Barons will not cease operations until after they’ve been eliminated from the American Hockey League playoffs. How much did the success of The Energy, a pro soccer team owned by Prodigal, play in the decision? Prodigal CEO Bob Funk, Jr.

  • Oklahoma City Barons: Bob Funk Jr. feels sad for Barons' loyal season ticket holders

    BY MIKE BALDWIN, Staff Writer, mbaldwin@opubco.com | Published: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    “We’re thankful how they supported us,” Funk said. “If you examine it closely, our attendance was from a very loyal fan base that supported us all five years.”

  • US rises 1 spot to 27th in FIFA rankings

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    The United States rose one spot to 27th in the December FIFA rankings despite losses the previous month to Colombia and Ireland. The Americans were ranked 14th at the end of 2013 and rose to as high as 13th in February, April and June before the World Cup, where they advanced to the second round and lost to Belgium in overtime. The top teams remained unchanged in this month's rankings, released Thursday. World champion Germany was first, followed by Argentina, Colombia, Belgium, the Netherlands and Brazil.

  • Wisconsin's Chryst to make $2.3M in first year as coach

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's Paul Chryst got a five-year deal to return to become the head coach at his alma mater. He will make $2.3 million in his first year. The compensation package includes a $100,000 raise each year of the deal. University regents approved the contract late Wednesday afternoon, and Chryst was introduced as the Badgers' new coach about an hour later. A Madison native, Chryst returned home after three seasons as the head coach at Pittsburgh. He takes over after Gary Andersen surprised Wisconsin by leaving for Oregon State after two years on the job. Andersen had signed a five-year deal with $10 million. He was due to make $1.9 million in 2014.

  • Wisconsin RB Gordon wrapping up college career

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Melvin Gordon is happy the whirlwind is over. The junior running back for Wisconsin relished the chance to put a chaotic week behind him with work on the practice field as the Badgers prepare for the Jan. 1 Outback Bowl against Auburn. Gordon spent time in Florida at the College Football Awards show and won the Doak Walker Award, an honor given to the nation's top running back. He then traveled to New York, where he finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting to Oregon's Marcus Mariota. Oh, and in the meantime: Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen left for Oregon State and just this week the Badgers replaced him with Paul Chryst of Pittsburgh. Chryst's compensation package has the new coach making $2.

  • 39 bowl games and a reason to watch every one

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    Over the next three weeks, 38 bowl games and a national championship game will be played from Boise to the Bahamas and various points in between. You should watch them all. Here's why: Saturday, Dec. 20 R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl Nevada (minus 1) vs. Louisiana-Lafayette Why watch? Someone thought it would be fun to start a football game at 10 a.m. in New Orleans. Wait for the crowd shots and try to spot the fans who went straight from Bourbon Street to the Superdome. Pick: LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE 28-24. Gildan New Mexico Bowl in Albuquerque UTEP (plus 10½) vs. Utah State Why watch? Brothers Zach and Nick Vigil play linebacker for Utah State and have combined for 181 tackles.

  • Sports TV listings: Friday, Dec. 19-Sunday, Dec. 21

    Published: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    FRIDAY HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL 7 p.m., Heritage Hall vs. Cushing, FSPLUS (Cox 68)/KRXO-FM 107.7 GIRLS BASKETBALL 6:15 p.m., Norman North at Norman, KREF-AM 1400/98.5 FM/www.normansports.tv BOYS BASKETBALL 5:30 p.m., Simeon, vs. St. Rita, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 7:45 p.m., Norman North at Norman, KREF-AM 1400/98.5 FM/www.normansports.tv NBA 7 p.m., Portland at San Antonio, ESPN (Cox 29) 9:30 p.m., OKC at L.A. Lakers, ESPN (Cox 29)/FSOK (Cox 37)/WWLS-AM 640/98.1 FM COLLEGE FOOTBALL 2 p.m., Marian, Ind. Vs. S. Oregon, ESPNU (Cox 253) 6 p.m., Wis.-Whitewater vs. Mt. Union, ESPNU (Cox 253) 7 p.m., S. Houston St. vs. N. Dak. St., ESPN2 (Cox 28) MEN’S COLLEGE

  • Jones leads Ohio State vs. Alabama as 3rd stringer

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Cardale Jones realizes many people weren't even aware he was still playing football. It had been five years between big games — a state championship game as a junior in high school to the Big Ten title game Dec. 6 — and the only time people heard of him was because of an infamous tweet where he said going to class was pointless as a football player. "If people forgot, I don't have a problem with that," Ohio State's latest replacement quarterback said Thursday. "My teammates and my coaches knew that I was capable when ready. So it was good I got to show everyone." With a breakthrough game in the 59-0 rout of Wisconsin two weeks ago, Jones has suddenly reappeared. Jones was an overlooked

  • Lawsuit over play-calling at Texas heating up

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The contract dispute between Oklahoma State and University of Texas assistant Joe Wickline hit courtrooms in two states Thursday, and lawyers for both sides said Texas coaches, administrators and players could ultimately be called to testify about who is calling the plays for the Longhorns. Oklahoma State and Wickline sued each other in Oklahoma and Texas over what Oklahoma State considers a breach of contract by its former assistant. At issue is whether Wickline is calling plays for Longhorns. Wickline says he is. Oklahoma State says he's not and wants him to pay a $600,000 penalty, arguing he took a lateral move to Texas, not a promotion as specified in his contract.

  • Report: Mavericks agree to deal to get Rajon Rondo from Celtics

    Published: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    The Western Conference continues to get tougher. The Dallas Mavericks have reportedly agreed in principle with the Boston Celtics to acquire point guard Rajon Rondo as part of a four-player deal, ESPN's Marc Stein reports. The Mavericks will send Brandan Wright, Jae Crowder, Jameer Nelson, and two future draft picks to the Celtics for Rondo, who has spent his entire NBA career in Boston. Rondo is averaging 8.3 points, 10.8 assists and 7.5 rebounds per game for the Celtics this season.