• Media report: Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph undergoes foot surgery

    Kyle Fredrickson | Updated: 4 hr ago

    STILLWATER — Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph underwent right foot surgery in Oklahoma City for what is believed to be a small fracture, according to a report from Bill Haisten of The Tulsa World. Rudolph reportedly suffered the injury in the second half against Baylor on Nov. 21. OSU coach Mike Gundy called it a "little ankle sprain" in the week leading up to the Cowboys' regular season finale against Oklahoma. However, Rudolph played just three snaps in the 58-23 Bedlam defeat as backup J.W. Walsh was promoted to starter. “I wasn't really comfortable with (Rudolph) not being full speed and not being able to move around and slide around the pocket,” Gundy said postgame.

  • Offensive line a big key in OU football turnaround

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 5 hr ago

    Remember early in the season when OU’s offensive line seemed a total mess? Guys going in and out of the lineup. The running game stalled. Baker Mayfield running for his football life. That has changed. Now, Samaje Perine is finding big holes to run through before he runs over opponents, and while Mayfield remains a darting figure in and out of the pocket, he’s not under the constant assault he was against Tennessee and Texas. Senior center Ty Darlington credits assistant coach Bill Bedenbaugh. “I think he’s the best offensive line coach in the country,” Darlington said.

  • Thunder forward Kevin Durant named Western Conference Player of the Week

    Erik Horne | Updated: 8 hr ago

    Since his return from a left hamstring strain, Kevin Durant has been on a prolific shooting stretch. The Thunder star was rewarded Monday by the NBA as the Western Conference Player of the Week for games played Nov. 23-29. Indiana Pacers forward Paul George was named the Eastern Conference's Player of the Week. In the three games since Durant's return, he's averaged 30.3 points, 8.3 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.3 blocks per game while shooting 58.5 percent from the field, 52.2 from 3-point range and 94.4 from the free throw line. The Thunder is 3-0 in those games. Durant and the Thunder plays on the road Monday at Atlanta and Thursday at Miami.

  • OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook reflect on Kobe Bryant's career

    Anthony Slater | Updated: 9 hr ago

    ATLANTA -- When Kobe Bryant was drafted, Oklahoma City was still more than a decade from having its own NBA franchise. But before Bryant's basketball legacy is complete -- he announced on Sunday night that he will retire at the end of this season, his 20th in the league -- his profound impact touched OKC in some interesting ways. Bryant was part of the first playoff game in the city's history, scoring 24 points against a young Thunder team back on April 22, 2010. A couple years later, on May 21, 2012, Bryant played what will likely be his last playoff game. It was in Oklahoma City. The Lakers lost, but he scored 42 points.

  • Thunder's strength of schedule has not been strong

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    The Thunder is 11-6 and has righted the ship from a shaky start. But part of the reason has been a soft schedule. The Thunder is 8-3 at home, which means OKC is 3-3 on the road. Eleven home games, six road games for the Boomers. That will change, of course, starting Monday night in Atlanta. Seven of the Thunder’s next 12 games are on the road, including against quality teams like the Hawks, Heat, Grizzlies, Cavaliers and Clippers. On Christmas Day, the Thunder begins a four-game homestand, and we’ll know a lot more about OKC’s standing in the race to chase Golden State.

  • Thunder's Mitch McGary, Josh Huestis assigned to Oklahoma City Blue

    Erik Horne | Updated: 11 hr ago

    The Thunder announced Monday morning that it has assigned second-year players Mitch McGary and Josh Huestis to the D-League Oklahoma City Blue. The 6-foot-7 Huestis has been an up-and-down assignment/call-up between the Thunder and Blue this season, appearing in four games for the Blue and none yet for the Thunder in the regular season. McGary, however, is getting his first assignment with the Blue this season after making four appearances last year as a rookie. McGary suffered a concussion in the preseason against Memphis on Oct. 16 that set him back in terms of practice time and integration into Billy Donovan's new offensive and defensive schemes. Then, McGary sprained his left ankle in a road

  • College football rankings: Sooners deserve No. 2

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 12 hr ago

    The College Football Playoff rankings will be revealed Tuesday night, with OU safely in the fold. The Sooners have posted their score and are in the clubhouse. The rankings Tuesday night will tell us what the leaderboard looks like as the other contenders play their final hole — Alabama vs. Florida in the SEC title game, Michigan State vs. Iowa in the Big Ten title game and Clemson vs. North Carolina in the ACC title game. For the final week, I decided to rank the teams after head-to-head comparisons of the résumés of all the contenders — OU, Alabama, Clemson, Michigan State and Iowa. Barring upsets — Carolina over Clemson, Florida over Alabama — the real drama is the pairings

  • Rayo Vallecano supporters use OKC Energy FC merchandise in protest

    Chris Brannick | Updated: 19 hr ago

    Rayo Vallecano, the professional soccer club from Madrid, Spain and majority owner of Rayo OKC, hosted Athletic Bilbao on Sunday in La Liga action. The match, an eventual 3-0 win for Athletic, drew some interest back here in Oklahoma City for a bit of an unexpected reason. The eyebrow raising actually began before the match ever did. Fans, supporters of Rayo Vallecano, showed up to the match donning Oklahoma City Energy FC scarves and flags. Soccer Wars: OKC continues. Rayo OKC has yet to play a game. The team was just announced last month and will begin play in 2016 in the North American Soccer League. They don’t have a coach yet, no players either.

  • Big 12 rankings: Is Bob Stoops the coach of the year?

    Berry Tramel | Yesterday

    Big 12 season is down to two games — West Virginia at Kansas State and Texas at Baylor. Neither will affect the title race (OU is the champ) but both will affect the bowl pairings (Baylor’s in the Sugar Bowl with a win, otherwise OSU goes to New Orleans). But 73 of the league’s 75 games have been played. That’s enough to figure out the post-season awards. Coach of the year: Bob Stoops. Picked third in the preseason, OU roared to the title. Sort of strange to pick a coach whose team lost to Texas, but after the Cotton Bowl debacle, the Sooners were mighty impressive. Stoops’ off-season moves — canning long-time lieutenants Josh Heupel and Jay Norvell — paid off big-time.

  • The 10 best signs from College GameDay in Stillwater

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Sat, Nov 28, 2015

    ESPN's hit pregame show College GameDay made its way to Stillwater on Saturday morning in advance of this year's highly-anticipated and highly-significant Bedlam game. It was the first time GameDay has been to Stillwater since 2013 but the first time since 2010 that the show has broadcast from Bedlam. This year, fans from both sides of the rivalry brought it with their best and most creative signs. Here are the 10 best from Saturday morning.[pagebreak] No. 10: Clash of country music titans Fighting words in

  • Oklahoma football: Two bold predictions about Bedlam

    Jason Kersey,Ryan Aber | Updated: Fri, Nov 27, 2015

    STILLWATER — This is the third and final pregame blog post from OU beat writers Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber to preview Bedlam. Here, we each make one bold prediction about the game. ABER: Oklahoma State throws for less than 300 yards. The Cowboys have thrown for an average of 402 yards over the past five games, with at least 300 yards each time out. But Oklahoma's secondary has been very good this season, allowing more than 300 yards passing just once. Last year, the Sooners allowed teams to cross that threshold six times. Should the Sooners hold the Cowboys below 300, it will be Oklahoma a bowl-game performance away from allowing the fewest 300-yard performances by an OU team since 2006 when only Oregon topped

  • Media report: Boone Pickens unable to attend Bedlam game due to weather conditions

    Kyle Fredrickson | Updated: Sat, Nov 28, 2015

    STILLWATER — The man whose name graces Oklahoma State's football stadium makes a point to attend every home game played on its turf. However, Boone Pickens won't be in attendance Saturday night for Bedlam, according to a report from John Hoover of the Tulsa World. Mike Holder just told me some #okstate fans flying to tonight's #Bedlam game can't make it cuz of ice -- including @boonepickens himself. — John E. Hoover (@johnehoover) November 28, 2015 Ice storms blanketed much of the state late Friday and early Wednesday, but conditions are expected to somewhat improve for the 7 p.m. kickoff. The National Weather Service provided the following forecast: Rain likely

  • Oklahoma football: Two players with something to prove against Oklahoma State

    Jason Kersey,Ryan Aber | Updated: Fri, Nov 27, 2015

    STILLWATER — This is the second of three pregame blog posts from OU beat writers Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber to preview Saturday night’s Bedlam football game inside Boone Pickens Stadium. Here, we each pick one player with something to prove against the Cowboys. ABER: Junior cornerback Zack Sanchez. With Oklahoma State's receiver depth, the Sooners' secondary is going to get challenged. Sanchez has made plenty of plays — including two first-half interceptions against TCU — but he's also been burned more than a few times. Offenses haven't attacked Jordan Thomas as much this season, opting to go after Sanchez. Sanchez needs a big game and will have to make big plays for Oklahoma to get out of

  • Oklahoma football: Two pressing questions about Bedlam

    Jason Kersey,Ryan Aber | Updated: Fri, Nov 27, 2015

    STILLWATER — No. 3 Oklahoma faces No. 11 Oklahoma State inside Boone Pickens Stadium in the annual Bedlam rivalry game at 7 p.m. This is the first of three pregame blog posts from OU beat writers Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber. Here, we each take a look at one pressing question that should determine the Sooners’ success Saturday night. ABER: What big special teams play is coming this time around? This series has been decided in recent years by big special teams plays, especially the three punt returns for touchdowns the last three seasons. That doesn't seem likely this time around, as neither have been particularly effective in returning punts this season.

  • One final comparison between the Bedlam rivals

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Sat, Nov 28, 2015

    One True Champion. Sometimes, a blind squirrel… Bedlam is not just the virtual Big 12 championship game, it’s the literal Big 12 championship game, courtesy of TCU’s victory over Baylor on Friday night. The Bedlam winner is the Big 12 champ, at 8-1. The Bedlam loser ties for second at 7-2. College Football Playoff implications are for after the game and after the results of Saturday. For now, let’s focus on the game itself. Twice this year, OU and OSU have reached a point in the conference season — after three games and after five games — in which they’ve played the exact same Big 12 foes. Now it happens again. They have played the same eight opponents, and

  • OSSAA announces Class 5A championship site among other neutral sites

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Sat, Nov 28, 2015

    The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association announced the dates and sites Saturday for several championship and semifinal matchups next week, including the Class 5A state championship game that has yet to have one participant determined. The game will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Yukon High School. Collinsville awaits the winner of Monday’s game between Altus and McGuinness. The Class B championship with Davenport and Keota is set for 7 p.m. Friday at Muskogee. The Class 4A state championship — a rematch between defending champion Wagoner and Oologah — is at 7 p.m. Friday at Owasso. The Class 3A state semifinal between defending champion Heritage Hall and Lone Grove is also set for 7

  • Oklahoma State football: Lee Corso picks the Cowboys, the best signs and more highlights from ESPN's College GameDay in Stillwater

    Kyle Fredrickson | Updated: Sat, Nov 28, 2015

    STILLWATER — Lee Corso whispered into Kirk Herbsreit's ear moments before choosing between Oklahoma State and Oklahoma on the set of ESPN's College GameDay on Library Lawn. "Could I pull the trigger again? ... Yes I can!" Chaos followed with Corso shooting pistols and and a shotgun before a sea of freezing and screaming OSU fans. Here were some of the best signs from the crowd. Then, there was this guy. // Here's what ESPN's analysts had to say about the matchup.

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: Recapping Reggie Jackson's unpleasant return to Oklahoma City

    Anthony Slater,Erik Horne | Updated: Sat, Nov 28, 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 Buddies -- 11/28 (<–Click Here) - Reggie Jackson's return to Oklahoma City was interesting and unsuccessful. The Thunder crowd jeered him, the team romped him and the stars disrespected him. What was our view of the night? And what is going right for OKC during this 4-game win streak? We discuss.

  • VIDEO: Russell Westbrook on Reggie Jackson: 'Just another player, another team'

    Erik Horne | Updated: Fri, Nov 27, 2015

    Following the Thunder's 103-87 win over the Detroit Pistons on Friday, Russell Westbrook was asked about his former teammate Reggie Jackson and how Oklahoma City handled him. The stat sheet says the Thunder handled Jackson's return well. Jackson shot 4-of-16 from the field for 15 points and a minus-20 plus/minus in 26 foul-plagued minutes. Westbrook had struggles of his own on Friday, fouling out and turning the ball over 11 times, but he wasn't ready to acknowledge Jackson in postgame interviews. Here's the transcript: There was a lot of anticipation about Reggie’s return to OKC.

  • OSSAA announces Class C semifinal postponements

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Fri, Nov 27, 2015

    Inclement weather is getting the best of some high school football playoff games Friday.  The Class 5A state semifinal scheduled between Altus and McGuinness in Lawton was postponed until Monday at 7 p.m.  The postponement joins the Class C semifinals, which the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association announced Friday morning that both Class C state semifinal football games were postponed until Monday evening. The game between Cherokee and Coyle at Enid High School will kick off at 6 p.m. The game between Grandfield and Shattuck at Southwestern Oklahoma State in Weatherford will kick off at 7 p.m. In Class 3A, Lincoln Christian and Sulphur will play at 7