• Super Bowl commercials: Ant-Man & The Hulk rate No. 1

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 2 hr ago

    The Super Bowl commercials were considered a little tamer than usual, to which America says, “thanks, Madison Avenue.” There’s enough sex on the sidelines of the Super Bowl. We don’t need it during the commercials. Here’s one man’s opinion of the 10 best commercials from Super Bowl 50: Coca-Cola: The Ant-Man swipes a Coke from The Incredible Hulk, igniting a wild chase through the city. Then when the Ant-Man is cornered, he not only gives up the Coke, but opens it for his too-big-fingered foe. Apartments.com: I’d never heard of apartments.com, but I’ve heard “The Jeffersons” theme song, and it’s always a keeper.

  • Former Thunder guard Derek Fisher fired by New York Knicks

    Erik Horne | Updated: 32 min ago

    Derek Fisher's run as coach of the New York Knicks lasted less than two seasons. The former Thunder guard was officially fired by the Knicks on Monday as first reported by ESPN. As of Monday, the Knicks were 23-31, 12th in the Eastern Conference and five games back in the race for the No. 8 seed. Kurt Rambis was announced as the Knicks' interim head coach. Feb. 8-Phil Jackson announced that Derek Fisher has been relieved of his coaching duties. — NY_KnicksPR (@NY_KnicksPR) February 8, 2016 Kurt Rambis has been named the interim head coach.

  • Kevin Durant photographs the Super Bowl for The Players' Tribune

    Erik Horne | Updated: 2 hr ago

    Did you see Kevin Durant on the sidelines during the big game? After scoring 40 points against the Warriors on Saturday, the Thunder photography buff was in San Francisco taking pictures at the Super Bowl for The Players' Tribune. Durant, who's the Deputy Publisher of Derek Jeter's players-tell-all website, wrote a piece about his experience entitled "My View from the Super Bowl." Here are some excerpts: “I may be just starting out, but I also like to think that at my height, I might have some different angles than other photographers. After all, you’ve gotta play up your strengths.”  “Time flies when you’re shooting. At first I was just going to cover

  • All the Thunder rotations were competitive against Golden State

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 3 hr ago

    The Thunder’s 116-108 loss to the Warriors on Saturday was many things. Namely encouraging. The Thunder played Golden State tough. Much tougher than many thought and much tougher than anyone thought at halftime, when the Warriors had a 73-59 lead. Here are some things I saw: * The Thunder’s rotations mostly all held up. The Thunder bench collectively was poor, outside of Enes Kanter, but the Thunder was not rolled when the B team was in. Here are some interesting breakdowns. The Thunder played just 2:34 without either Kevin Durant or Russell Westbrook on the floor. But the five-man unit of Kanter, Kyle Singler, Cam Payne, Dion Waiters and Steven Adams played decent defense. In those

  • Westmoore's Ashley Gomez commits to Xavier

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: 15 hr ago

    Westmoore senior sharpshooter Ashley Gomez made her college decision Sunday. Gomez verbally committed to Xavier, she announced on her Twitter page. “Blessed and honored to announce that I have verbally committed to play basketball at Xavier University,” she tweeted. Gomez averaged 16.9 points as a junior and was on The Oklahoman’s Big All-City team. She is off to another stellar season, this time leading Westmoore to a No. 4 ranking. She also had offers from the University of Portland, Southern Utah and Southwestern Oklahoma State.

  • Kevin Durant, Michael Jordan and who scores the most against every NBA franchise

    Erik Horne | Updated: 21 hr ago

    The Golden State Warriors want no part of facing Kevin Durant. With 40 points Saturday, Durant upped his career points per game against Golden State to 30.6 in 28 games – the highest points per game average of any player in NBA history against the Warriors. // Durant has the highest points per game average in NBA history against the Denver Nuggets, Memphis Grizzlies, New Orleans Pelicans, and Indiana Pacers. Only Michael Jordan (14 teams) and Wilt Chamberlain (6) can claim the highest scoring average against more teams than Durant. Here’s who else has scored the most points per game against each NBA franchise (minimum 10 games; statistics via statmuse.com): Atlanta

  • VIDEO: Russell Westbrook stars in new Air Jordan commercial

    Erik Horne | Updated: Sat, Feb 6, 2016

    Even more so than Michael Jordan himself, Russell Westbrook is the face of the Jordan brand in commercials. Take the latest Jordan spot, for example. In the "Make Space" commercial promoting the Air Jordan XXX, a kid hypes Westbrook as he comes to the court wearing the 30th edition of Jordan's signature shoe. Westbrook debuted the new Jordans in the Thunder's win over the Timberwolves on Jan. 15.

  • Anadarko OL Kelby Bailey signs with Air Force

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Sat, Feb 6, 2016

    Anadarko offensive lineman Kelby Bailey quietly put together his best season of his career, and it paid off Wednesday. The 6-foot-4, 275-pound tackle became the second football player in school history to sign with a Division I program when he signed a Certificate of Intent with Air Force. “I’m a very humble guy,” Bailey told the Lawton Constitution. “I’m just going to play football somewhere, and I’ve got to earn my spot when I get there. But I feel very blessed. I’d like to think this could pave the way and open doors for future football players at Anadarko. It’s hard work, of course.

  • Autographed Heisman Trophy football being raffled to benefit Dover High School

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Sat, Feb 6, 2016

    A Dover alumnus has donated a football signed by more than 20 Heisman Trophy winners that is being raffled off this week to aid the school’s recovery efforts following a Januaryfire. Kenny Dunigan received the football after reaching out to former Oklahoma quarterback Steve Owens following the fire. Among the 23 signatures is 2015 winner Derrick Henry of Alabama, Owens, and Oklahoma’s Billy Sims and Jason White. Signatures also include Tim Tebow, Steve Spurrier, Johnnie Rodgers, Archie Griffin, Tony Dorsett, Tim Brown, Charlie Ward, Eddie George and Ron Dayne among others. Tickets can be purchased for $5 per ticket, $25 for six or $100 for 25. Call 368-9173 or 368-6115 for more information.

  • OSSAA's Ed Sheakley to update board regarding Cache investigation

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Fri, Feb 5, 2016

    Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association executive director Ed Sheakley will provide an update to the board of directors next week regarding a third investigation into allegations that Cache girls basketball coach Kenny White designed and ordered the execution of an inbounds play last season to injure an opponent. However, Sheakley said  the report filed by Cache in Jan. 4 has still not been finalized and there will be no action taken by the board regarding the investigation. He said the OSSAA has some follow-up work remaining, but declined to provide specifics. “Without having to get into specifics, there’s some follow-up things we want to check up on,” Sheakley

  • OKC Thunder: Steve Kerr, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson discuss the challenge of guarding Russell Westbrook

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Fri, Feb 5, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. -- Warriors coach Steve Kerr notices a difference in the Thunder offense this season, which has led to a difference in Russell Westbrook. "It seems like he has the ball more," Kerr said. "They've changed a little bit offensively. A lot more on-ball screens for him with (Kevin Durant) off the ball. Obviously they're both phenomenal players. I'd say Westbrook is playing as well as he's ever played." Kerr knows the challenge ahead of his team on Saturday night, trying to contain a Thunder offense that is clicking at an incredibly efficient rate the past six weeks. "A little better movement," Kerr said of OKC under Billy Donovan. "Some different looking sets. Misdirection stuff. A lot of on-ball

  • Energy FC vs. Rayo OKC in June?

    Chris Brannick | Updated: Fri, Feb 5, 2016

    Oklahoma City Energy FC vs. Rayo OKC. The match some long for, the match both teams are avoiding, might just take place on the first of June. The U.S. Open Cup is, of course, an open tournament for all professional soccer clubs. The first round pits a handful of amateur qualifiers against each other. The second round involves eligible USL teams and the third round is when the NASL sides enter. MLS teams enter into the fourth round. So the third round would be the first chance to see an all-Oklahoma City matchup. Energy head coach Jimmy Nielsen said it will likely happen. “There is no random draw about it,” Nielsen said in an interview with The Oklahoman last week.

  • OKC Thunder: Will Kevin Durant see time at center against the Warriors?

    Erik Horne | Updated: Fri, Feb 5, 2016

    Golden State puts 6-foot-7 Draymond Green at center in small lineups. Could the Thunder do the same with Kevin Durant against the Warriors? b ability to defend multiple positions will presumably be stretched to his limits against a Warriors lineup that has its best offensive rating with Green at center. Ibaka was seen post-practice Friday getting in extra work away from the rest of the Thunder bigs, guarding D.J. Augustin in one-on-one situations. With Ibaka possibly being deployed against guards and perimeter players in a small Thunder lineup, Billy Donovan didn’t rule out Durant anchoring the Thunder frontcourt at times.  “I don’t know about that necessarily.

  • Can Buddy Hield surpass Wayman Tisdale's records?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Fri, Feb 5, 2016

    I’ve got some bad news regarding Buddy Hield. He’s not going to become OU’s career scoring leader. Hield has climbed all the way to No. 7 on the all-time Sooner points list. Hield has 1,907 points. But he’s chasing Olympus. Wayman Tisdale scored 2,661 points career points, in three years no less. To catch Tisdale, Hield would need to average 47.1 points a game over 16 games. If you want to get optimistic and give Hield the maximum 18 games left — and I’m all for it — he would need to average 41.9 points a game. But still, just working your way into a conversation that includes Wayman is a monumental achievement. Hield has a good chance to finish second on the

  • OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant rooting for Peyton Manning and Cam Newton in Super Bowl

    Erik Horne | Updated: Fri, Feb 5, 2016

    When asked about his Super Bowl 50 prediction Friday, Kevin Durant shied away from picking a winner between the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers. Durant did, however, voice his admiration for the two quarterbacks suiting up Sunday in San Francisco, saying he's a longtime Peyton Manning fan and that he's rooting for Panthers QB Cam Newton. "My little brother is a Peyton Manning fan, and I'm a huge Peyton Manning fan so it'd be cool to see him win," Durant said. "I'm a huge Cam Newton guy, especially with what's going on now ... everybody's doubting him, talking nonsense about who he is as a person. Whoever wins I'll be happy.

  • OKC Thunder: Warriors center Festus Ezeli not expected to play against Thunder

    Erik Horne | Updated: Fri, Feb 5, 2016

    The Golden State Warriors appear to be going into their first game against the Thunder without one of their key reserves. Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Friday he doesn't expect center Festus Ezeli to play Saturday. The 6-foot-11 Ezeli had missed the previous four games with a left knee ailment. Per Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle, Ezeli and forward James Michael McAdoo are each listed as out on the Warriors' pregame notes. Ezeli is averaging 7.5 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 17.8 minutes a game for the Warriors. Steve Kerr said Warriors "don't expect" to have Festus Ezeli vs Thunder tomorrow. Been dealing with a knee issue.

  • OKC Thunder: Andre Roberson goes through individual workout

    Erik Horne | Updated: Fri, Feb 5, 2016

    Following team practice on Friday, Thunder guard Andre Roberson went through a light individual workout as part of his continued rehab from a right knee sprain. Wearing a black brace/sleeve on the knee, Roberson made a few short cuts and showed off backpedaling and forward jogging as he practiced baseline jumpers with Thunder assistant Darko Rajakovic feeding him passes. Light individual work for Andre Roberson today after Thunder practice. pic.twitter.com/oSJtZkAjQG — Erik Horne (@ErikHorneOK) February 5, 2016 Thunder coach Billy Donovan said Roberson is doing light treadmill work and spot shooting. Roberson is still projected to return to the Thunder

  • Why did OU go so heavy after junior-college transfers?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Fri, Feb 5, 2016

      The Sooners signed 19 players Wednesday. Four are junior-college transfers. That’s a high number for a school like OU, with such a small class overall. So is that a sign that OU has holes to fill, or is that a sign that the Sooner roster is locked and loaded and Bob Stoops thought just a little immediate-help could put the Sooners over the top? “Little of both,” Stoops said this week. “For instance, the (line)backer position, lose five of your top six.” The Sooners had four seniors, plus junior Dom Alexander somewhat unexpectedly declared for the NFL Draft. “In the end, that was a little bit different,” Stoops said.

  • Rayo OKC adds Marvin Chavez

    Chris Brannick | Updated: Fri, Feb 5, 2016

    Rayo OKC has 14 players signed on for the 2016 season and suddenly, all of the chatter on social media is more about the buzz of the North American Soccer League's newest team and less about how Rayo would never see its first match. Alen Marcina, tabbed to coach the new side, has made it clear his intentions to win and win early. Marcina won an NASL title just two years ago with the San Antonio Scorpions and though he was fired last fall following a last place finish, Marcina is hardly cowering. Marcina introduced Marvin Chavez on Thursday to a crowd at Cocina de Mino, on Oklahoma City's south side. Chavez is the 14th announced signing for Rayo and the Honduran national team veteran brought some pop to Rayo OKC.

  • Wade Phillips: A reason to cheer for the Broncos

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Fri, Feb 5, 2016

    Jim Stanley became head football coach at Oklahoma State in 1973. He hired a defensive coordinator with a name you recognize: Bum Phillips. Phillips soon enough became head coach of the Houston Oilers, an iconic NFL personality and one of the most charming and down-to-Earth men ever associated with pro football. Bum Phillips needed a linebackers coach. So he hired the defensive coordinator from Lutcher Stark High School in Orange, Texas. It would be hard to get away with such nepotism today. A 25-year-old who was an excellent linebacker at the University of Houston under Bill Yeoman but whose college coaching experience included but a solitary season as a graduate assistant at his alma mater. It turned out OK