• Sooners gets commitment from OT Dru Samia

    Ryan Aber | Published: Fri, Aug 22, 2014

    Oklahoma added an offensive line commitment late Friday night when Dru Samia, a 6-foot-5, 280-pound offensive tackle prospect from California committed to the Sooners. The Danville (Calif.) San Ramon Valley lineman announced his commitment on Twitter, posting with it a photo of him flashing the upside-down horns. Samia’s other offers included Arizona, Colorado, Oregon State, Texas Tech, UCLA and […]

  • Oklahoma football: Dorial Green-Beckham's waiver appeal denied by the NCAA

    Jason Kersey | Published: Fri, Aug 22, 2014

    NORMAN — The University of Oklahoma’s waiver request on behalf of wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham was denied by the NCAA, OU announced in a statement Friday evening. “The University accepts that decision and will continue to provide the appropriate assistance to Dorial, just as it does with other students, in helping him grow personally from […]

  • Oklahoma State football: LB Ryan Simmons says OSU defensive line is one of the best "in the conference and in the nation"

    Kyle Fredrickson | Updated: 11 hr ago

    STILLWATER — Ryan Simmons is supposed to have supreme confidence in the Oklahoma State defense. It comes with his role as the Cowboys’ projected starting middle linebacker this season.

  • Oklahoma football: Eric Striker thankful he wasn't penalized for taking off his helmet in the Sugar Bowl

    Jason Kersey | Published: Fri, Aug 22, 2014

    NORMAN — Oklahoma junior linebacker Eric Striker knows he dodged a major bullet when he took his helmet off following a Sugar Bowl sack late in the first half. “I will never do that again,” Striker said. “You know how that would have went if I would have got the flag, but let’s not talk […]

  • Oklahoma State football: Are the Cowboys rebuilding?

    Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, Aug 22, 2014

    For the Friday Oklahoman, I wrote about OSU reaching the upper echelons of college football, even in rebuilding seasons. You can read that column here. The Cowboys on Thursday talked a lot about the concept of rebuilding. Mike Gundy: “Each year we find out where we’re at. This is the most difficult year we’ve had […]

  • Power Lunch chat with Berry Tramel live from H&H Shooting Sports

    Ryan Sharp | Updated: 16 hr ago

  • Where have baseball's 20-game winners gone?

    Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, Aug 22, 2014

    The Twins’ Phil Hughes, the Athletics’ Scott Kazmir, the Tigers’ Rick Porcello and the Tigers’ Max Scherzer are tied for the American League lead with 14 victories each. Which means they are on pace to finish with 18 wins. More evidence that baseball has changed. Only four times in baseball history — going back to […]

  • Oklahoma football: Texas Tech lifts Baker Mayfield's scholarship restriction — but too late to matter

    Jason Kersey | Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    NORMAN — Texas Tech will no longer block quarterback Baker Mayfield’s ability to receive a scholarship this year at Oklahoma, CBSSports.com reported Thursday evening, although the act is little more than an empty gesture. A source close to Mayfield told The Oklahoman that Texas Tech waited too long to act, meaning Mayfield can’t receive an […]

  • Oklahoma football: Sources confirm Blake Bell taking limited practice reps at quarterback

    Jason Kersey | Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    NORMAN — Oklahoma senior Blake Bell said after Thursday’s practice that he hasn’t taken a snap at quarterback since early January. But multiple sources confirmed to The Oklahoman that Bell has been splitting some of his time this week in practice between his new position — tight end — and his old one. Bell’s limited […]

  • Oklahoma football: Bob Stoops, David Boren complete Ice Bucket Challenge

    Jason Kersey | Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    NORMAN — Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops, his assistants and university president David Boren all completed the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge after practice Thursday on Owen Field. Senior defensive end Chuka Ndulue poured the ice-cold water on Stoops’ head, while senior cornerback Julian Wilson doused Boren. Stoops and Boren had both been challenged by Oklahoma Gov. […]

  • Mixon seen at Owen Field after Sooners' practice

    Ryan Aber | Updated: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    Joe Mixon might not be part of Oklahoma’s football team for now, but Mixon was at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on Thursday. After the Sooners finished up an open practice and interaction with students, Mixon was seen walking off the field with Sooners’ Director of High School Relations Rajeeb Hossain. During the practice, Mixon was in […]

  • Oklahoma State football: QB job is Walsh's

    Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    Mike Gundy is playing less coy about his quarterbacks. Gundy on Thursday all but admitted that J.W. Walsh is his man. “J.W. is getting most of the reps with the ones (first team), then the other guys are splitting,” Gundy said at his last pre-Florida State press conference. And that jives with what others are […]

  • Video: OSSAA executive director Ed Sheakley participates in ALS ice bucket challenge

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association got in on the ALS ice bucket challenge this week. Executive director Ed Sheakley participated, while also pledging to personally make a donation to help fund research for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Click here to watch video of Sheakley getting drenched with ice water.

  • The Non-Fiction Writers podcast: Barry Switzer talks about the media, Johnny Manziel and Joe Mixon

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    Welcome to the home of “The Non-Fiction Writers,” NewsOK.com’s new 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 […]

  • Dallas Cowboys worth $3.2 billion

    Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    Forbes lists the Dallas Cowboys as being worth $3.2 billion. Which is silly. I just don’t know which side of silly. Forbes says the Cowboys’ value has risen 36 percent over last year, which I assume is related to the Los Angeles Clippers’ recent sale to Steve Ballmer for $2 billion. The Clippers were valued […]

  • VIDEO: Kevin Durant tells story of his first meeting with Steph Curry

    Anthony Slater | Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    On Tuesday afternoon, Kevin Durant was among a star-studded NBA panel, answering questions alongside Steph Curry, James Harden and Anthony Davis at NBA 2K’s Uncensored event. Durant talked about a variety of topics, including his decision to withdraw from Team USA, the idea of coaching challenges being implemented in the NBA and where his scoring prowess […]

  • Oklahoma football: Stoops brothers talk defense

    Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    For the Thursday Oklahoman, I wrote about the OU defense and its boom-and-bust performance against Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. You can read that column here. But I had some leftover quotations I didn’t use and were interesting. A sampling: Bob Stoops: “Potentially, it has a chance to be one of our better defenses, sure. […]

  • Bill Greason & Mark House: together again

    Berry Tramel | Published: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    Oklahoman Mark House and baseball pioneer Bill Greason have a unique relationship. Greason is the pitcher who broke the color barrier in Oklahoma City, with the 1952 Oklahoma City Indians. After his baseball career, Greason became a minister in Birmingham, Ala., where I interviewed him in 2007, resulting in this column. House read the story, […]

  • Oklahoma State football: Time Inc. and two Sports Illustrated reporters file motion to dismiss lawsuit for "The Dirty Game"

    Kyle Fredrickson | Published: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    The defendants in a lawsuit filed against Sports Illustrated magazine for its 2013 investigative series into the Oklahoma State football program have filed have filed a motion to dismiss to case, said Gary Richardson, attorney for the plaintiff.

  • Kevin Durant talks Team USA departure, rule changes and his scoring prowess at NBA 2K event

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    Team USA president Jerry Colangelo surprised some late last week when he told gathered media in Chicago that Kevin Durant left the national team because of a “contractual situation.” It contradicted Durant’s original reason for departure, which cited mental and physical fatigue in a statement released days before Colangelo’s comments. But Colangelo eventually cleared up the situation, telling […]