• Slowpitch softball state tournament postponed until next week

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: 3 hr ago

    The slowpitch state softball tournaments for Class 6A, Class 5A and Class 4A scheduled for Wednesday in Shawnee have been postponed until next week due to heavy rainfall, the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association announced on its website. The games were originally pushed back to Thursday, but OSSAA assistant director Amy Cassell said the fields […]

  • Eric Striker, Emmanuel Ogbah, Kentrell Brothers each first-rounders in way-too-early 2016 NFL mock draft

    Erik Horne | Published: Wed, May 6, 2015

    Who doesn’t love a good mock draft? The 2015 NFL Draft isn’t even a week old and already we have 2016 mocks making the rounds. On Rob Rang’s 2016 mock draft for The Sports XChange/CBSSports.com (which you can read in its entirety here), he has Oklahoma State DE Emmanuel Ogbah, Oklahoma LB Eric Striker and […]

  • Rick Pitino explains why Billy Donovan's jump to the NBA is different than his with Knicks, Celtics

    Erik Horne | Published: Wed, May 6, 2015

    Newly-hired Thunder coach Billy Donovan was coached back in the 1980s by now-Louisville coach Rick Pitino. Back then, Pitino was a young up-and-comer at Providence, and Donovan was “Billy the Kid.” Pitino went on the Jim Rome Show this week to talk about his former pupil and had plenty of praise for Donovan. Pitino also […]

  • How did Alabama football survive without Rich Rodriguez?

    Berry Tramel | Published: Wed, May 6, 2015

    For the Wednesday Oklahoman, I wrote about coaches taking jobs and then reversing course a day or two later and returning to their previous. It’s an interesting phenomenon that doesn’t happen often but has happened some. You can read that column here. Sometimes, coaches get accused of such flips when it actually doesn’t fit. I […]

  • Why didn't Don Haskins ever return to OSU?

    Berry Tramel | Published: Wed, May 6, 2015

    Don Haskins is one of my favorite subjects. The Bear, the Texas-El Paso legend, died in 2008, but I got to know him before he died and we would talk fairly often, mostly about OSU basketball. I wrote about Haskins — and fellow Henry Iba protégé — for my column in the Wednesday Oklahoman, which […]

  • Cherokee Nation seeking hunting and fishing compact from Gov. Mary Fallin

    Ed Godfrey | Updated: 18 hr ago

    The Oklahoma governor’s office and the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma soon will be in compact negotiations concerning the state’s hunting and fishing regulations, a spokesman for Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin said Tuesday. “Negotiations will soon be underway with the Cherokee Nation on a possible tribal compact about hunting and fishing regulations,” said Michael McNutt, spokesman […]

  • Five questions with Thunder general manager Sam Presti

    Darnell Mayberry | Published: Tue, May 5, 2015

    The arrival of Billy Donovan was just the start of what is sure to be a busy off-season for the Thunder. Over the next several weeks and months, the team must fill out Donovan’s staff, prepare for the NBA Draft, hit the summer league circuit and make critical decisions on multiple players in free agency. […]

  • Bob Bowlsby 'doesn't sense a conference title game' coming to Big 12

    Erik Horne | Published: Tue, May 5, 2015

    So, is the Big 12 title game coming back or not? Not even Bob Bowlsby seems to know the exact direction of the league at this moment. Back in March, the Big 12 commissioner said the league’s commissioners were in favor of ending the conference’s co-champion policy in football via the implementation of the head-to-head […]

  • OSU Basketball: Cowboys Add Big Man

    John Helsley | Published: Tue, May 5, 2015

    Any postseason examination of Oklahoma State’s basketball roster revealed an obvious need: big man. The Cowboys hope they’ve plugged the hole, gaining 6-10 post player Jernard Jarreau, a Washington transfer whom OSU hopes will be eligible immediately for the 2015-16 season, according to sources close to the program. Jarreau, who visited Stillwater over the weekend, […]

  • Blake Griffin playing the best basketball of his career

    Berry Tramel | Yesterday

    Blake Griffin made first-team all-NBA last season and finished third in the MVP voting. This season, Griffin got a solitary fourth-place vote for MVP and won’t make first-team all-NBA. But he’s playing the best basketball of his career. And we’ve seen Griffin, Oklahoma City born and bred, play a lot of good basketball. Monday night, […]

  • OSU needs standings help in Big 12 baseball

    John Helsley | Yesterday

    Oklahoma State needs help. Standings help. The Cowboys keep winning Big 12 baseball series, six of seven so far, with West Virginia visiting Stillwater this weekend. They’ve enjoyed a strong run. And yet, TCU now controls the fate of the conference championship. No team has won more league games than the Cowboys, who sit 14-7 […]

  • Oklahoma basketball: Regents will consider $7 million Lloyd Noble Center addition

    Jason Kersey | Published: Tue, May 5, 2015

    NORMAN — The University of Oklahoma Board of Regents will meet later this week in Norman, and according to the final meeting agenda, the regents will consider a $7 million addition to Lloyd Noble Center. According to the agenda item, the addition would add approximately 18,400 square feet to the south of the existing practice […]

  • Oklahoma football: Sooners offer scholarship to fascinating 2017 athlete Bruce Jordan-Swilling

    Jason Kersey | Published: Tue, May 5, 2015

    NORMAN — Oklahoma has offered a scholarship to 2017 prospect Bruce Jordan-Swilling, the adopted son of former New Orleans Saints All-Pro linebacker Pat Swilling. Jordan-Swilling, who just finished his sophomore season at Brother Martin High in New Orleans, is considered a four-star athlete by Rivals.com. The Sooners’ scholarship offer was Jordan-Swilling’s second, the first coming […]

  • Finally, a little parity comes to the NBA

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Mon, May 4, 2015

    The Spurs are out of the NBA playoffs. The Heat, like the Thunder, didn’t even get in. The Mavericks were ushered out by the Rockets. The Lakers were lounging in lottery land since, oh, December. The Pistons didn’t reach the postseason, either. The Celtics made it, but didn’t last long against the Cavaliers. Which means […]

  • How the NFL Draft helps boost Mason Rudolph's stock even more

    Berry Tramel | Published: Mon, May 4, 2015

    On Jan. 2, Mason Rudolph made his third college start at quarterback. He completed 17 of 26 passes for 299 yards, two touchdowns and one interception as Oklahoma State beat Washington 30-22 in the Cactus Bowl. Four months later, three starters for that Washington defense went among the top 44 picks in the NFL Draft. […]

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: How would you assess the Billy Donovan hire?

    Anthony Slater | Published: Mon, May 4, 2015

    Welcome to the home of our Thunder Buddies podcast, named, in part, from Universal Studio’s highly-acclaimed comedy ‘Ted’, but inspired by our continued hope for wall-to-wall coverage of the Thunder. Below is our list of episodes (click the link to listen). If you prefer iTunes for your podcast listening experience, click here and subscribe. Hope you enjoy: Thunder […]

  • A Florida alum hails Billy Donovan's commitment to community

    Berry Tramel | Published: Mon, May 4, 2015

    Billy Donovan obviously has engendered a lot of goodwill around Gainesville, Fla., where he’s spent the last 19 seasons as the Florida basketball coach. Florida fans seem to be lamenting the loss of Donovan the man more than Donovan the coach. Over the weekend, I received an email from Terry F. Nealy, the former president […]

  • Oklahoma State football: Former running back Desmond Roland tweets he's been invited Dallas Cowboys mini-camp

    Kyle Fredrickson | Published: Mon, May 4, 2015

    Former Oklahoma State running back Desmond Roland tweeted late Sunday he received a invite to the Dallas Cowboys’ mini-camp. . Safe to say I’ve been invited to the Cowboys mini camp — Desmond Roland (@triple_dboy26) May 3, 2015 . Roland — a Lake Highlands, Texas, native — led the Big 12 in rushing touchdowns (13) […]

  • Billy Donovan on possible return to UF: 'I know I have a history, of that, but 'no''

    Erik Horne | Published: Mon, May 4, 2015

    In a classy move, new Thunder coach Billy Donovan returned to Gainesville, Fla., for a farewell press conference with the Florida media. Last week, Donovan said “they deserve the chance to ask me questions,” referring to the media that covered him in his 19 seasons at UF. His final question of the presser was about […]

  • Russell Westbrook finishes fourth in NBA MVP voting

    Erik Horne | Updated: Mon, May 4, 2015

    Despite missing 15 regular season games, Thunder guard Russell Westbrook was still one of the top finishers in the NBA’s Most Valuable Player voting for 2014-15. Westbrook finished fourth behind a slew of the best players in the game. Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry beat Houston Rockets (and former Thunder) guard James Harden for […]