• Oklahoma football: Why Zack Sanchez's competitiveness pushes him forward and holds him back

    BY RYAN ABER, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    Zack Sanchez and the rest of the Sooner secondary will get a big challenge Saturday when they take on West Virginia on the road.

  • West Virginia football: Why Dana Holgorsen and the Mountaineers are finally getting comfortable with each other

    BY BERRY TRAMEL, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    For the first three years, Dana Holgorsen lived in a suite and lived on the edge with West Virginia fans. But now, he’s found a home and seems to be finding his home with the program.

  • Oklahoma football notebook: Bob Stoops wants draft declaration deadline pushed back

    BY RYAN ABER AND JASON KERSEY | Published: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said Wednesday that he would like to see the NFL’s deadline for underclassmen to declare for the draft pushed back.

  • Oklahoma football: Sooners will debut new uniforms Saturday at West Virginia

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    The crimson helmets feature a wood grain throughout the helmet with a white stripe down the middle and an oversized white logo on both sides. There is also a white “Boomer” on a black background on the forehead just above the facemask. The facemasks of the helmets are anthracite, matching the gloves, socks and shoes the players will wear.

  • Oklahoma football: Sooners 'sign' recruits Bobby Evans and Rodney Anderson

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    The Sooners announced, through Twitter, that offensive lineman Bobby Evans and running back Rodney Anderson had signed with the program. It’s the first time the Sooners have made public use of a new rule that allows players who plan on enrolling early to sign financial aid agreements beginning Aug. 1, allowing unlimited contact between the coaches and the recruits, as well as letting schools announce the signings.

  • Oklahoma football: Three years later, West Virginia quarterback Clint Trickett ready for second shot at the Sooners

    By Jason Kersey | Published: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    West Virginia senior quarterback Clint Trickett nearly rallied fifth-ranked Florida State to a second-half comeback over Oklahoma three years ago this week. Trickett transferred to West Virginia before last season, and entering Saturday’s Big 12 opener against the Sooners, is one of the nation’s top passers in 2014.

  • Oklahoma football notebook: Sooners will debut alternate uniforms Saturday at West Virginia

    By Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey | Updated: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    OU coach Bob Stoops said Wednesday the Sooners would wear the wood grain crimson helmets, cream jerseys with “Oklahoma” on the chest, crimson pants and black shoes.

  • Where has former OU golfer Anthony Kim gone?

    Published: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    Six years after his star-making turn at the 2008 Ryder Cup and 28 months since his last PGA Tour event, Anthony Kim has gone into hiding, wrestling with whether to tee it up again or reap an eight-figure disability settlement, according to Sports Illustrated.  What we know for sure is that Kim, 29, has not teed it up at a PGA Tour event in more than 28 months. Once considered the future of U.S. golf, he is now estranged from the game that brought him fame and fortune. His handlers at IMG rarely speak to him. In April, golfchannel.com asked Kim's agent, Clarke Jones, about his client's whereabouts. The best Jones could come up with? "He's not living under a bridge, he's not living in a box."

  • Live Coverage: Minnesota Vikings Press Conference

    staff reports | Updated: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    The Minnesota Vikings' front office will address the status of running back Adrian Peterson at 11 a.m. Follow the live coverage here.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Jenni Carlson at H&H Shooting Sports

    staff reports | Updated: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    Jenni Carlson is chatting live from H&H Shooting Sports, answering your questions on the Sooners, Cowboys and the Dodgers taking over the RedHawks. Get your questions in for 11 a.m.

  • Oklahoma football: Jordan Evans remains a hometown hero

    BY RYAN ABER | Published: Tue, Sep 16, 2014

    After waiting until late in the recruiting process to get an offer from OU, former Norman North star has proved Sooners were right to bring him in.

  • Mother of boy in Adrian Peterson case outraged over 'invasion of privacy'

    Published: Tue, Sep 16, 2014

    A statement was released Tuesday afternoon of from the law firm representing the mother of the boy who is the subject of the Adrian Peterson allegations of child abuse. Peterson was charged with hitting his 4-year-old son with a wooden switch, a charge Peterson replied to in a statement Monday. The statement from the firm is as follows: We represent the mother of the minor child of Adrian Peterson, the NFL player that is the subject of an indictment in Montgomery County, Texas. My client, on behalf of herself and their son, wishes to express her extreme outrage at the invasion of their privacy that has occurred through the publication of highly confidential and private data obtained regarding them by the press without their permission or consent. My client is hurt and outraged that the press would publish throughout the world pictures of their minor son and publish statements allegedly made as part of the private and confidential criminal investigative file. My client asks the press and the public to respect the privacy rights of herself and their son by immediately removing any and all pictures and statements that are part of the private and confidential criminal investigative file and that should not be in the possession of the press and the public. My client, on behalf of herself and their son, asks the press to immediately cease and desist from further publicizing private and confidential information about herself or their son gathered in connection with the indictment of Mr. Peterson. In making this statement, it is the mother’s intent to not comment at this time with respect to any matters involving this case. Kelly C. Dohm, Esq. Melchert, Hubert, Sjodin, P.L.L.P.

  • Oklahoma football: Will Sunderland says Joe Mixon influenced his commitment to OU

    BY JASON KERSEY AND RYAN ABER | Published: Tue, Sep 16, 2014

    Midwest City cornerback Will Sunderland had a big weekend last week, committing to Oklahoma on Saturday hours before the Sooners took on Tennessee. Tuesday, Sunderland took to Twitter to thank Joe Mixon for influencing him to commit. Mixon is serving a one-year suspension from the team after being charged with a misdemeanor stemming from an incident in late July where he punched a 20-year-old female OU student, leaving her with four facial fractures. Later, Sunderland talked to The Oklahoman about Mixon’s influence. “He had an impact on my commit,” Sunderland said. “Before he got in trouble, he was like, ‘Man, just come here to OU because OU’s going to be special and in the next couple years, we’re

  • Adrian Peterson: Apologies have been replaced by apologists

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Tue, Sep 16, 2014

    The former OU running back should have stood up and admitted he was wrong. But Peterson didn’t do that. Mostly because they don’t make apologies like they used to.

  • Report: Adrian Peterson merchandise pulled from Nike stores in Minnesota

    Published: Tue, Sep 16, 2014

    Nike has made a bold statement against the recent charges against Adrian Peterson. Nike stores in the Twin Cities (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) have reportedly pulled all Peterson merchandise from their shelves. Peterson is facing charges of child abuse after using a wooden switch to spank his 4-year-old son.

  • Texas DT Tank Jackson apologizes for coin-flip mistake against UCLA

    erik horne | Published: Tue, Sep 16, 2014

    Texas defensive tackle Desmond "Tank" Jackson took to Twitter to apologize for his mistake during the coin toss against UCLA on Saturday. The gaffe has received national attention following the Longhorns' 20-17 loss at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, as Texas mistakenly ended up kicking off to UCLA to start the first and second halves. The Bruins won the coin toss and chose to defer to the second half, but Jackson made the mistake of telling game officials that the Longhorns wanted to kick off. He apologized with a series of Tweets Monday night and Tuesday morning. Typically, when a team wins a coin toss, they defer their option to kick or receive to the second half. The other team then (typically) chooses which end zone they want to defend to start the game. Instead of picking the end zone to defend ... Jackson picked to kick. Texas coach Charlie Strong made light of the situation Monday. “I just think the guys got overly excited,” Strong chuckled . “They (the referees) asked if they wanted to play defense and they said, ‘Yeah, let’s go play defense,’ not knowing we had the ball. “It’s a possession that we lost, but it’s done with.”

  • Gerald McCoy, Bucs unsure if he should play with broken hand

    Published: Tue, Sep 16, 2014

    Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy had no wrap or cast on his broken left hand, but he and the Bucs still are weighing whether he should play Thursday at Atlanta and risk further injury. The short turnaround makes the decision more difficult for McCoy and the Bucs, coming off a game Sunday against the St. Louis Rams. McCoy was injured trying to beat a double team on the Bucs' eighth defensive play. "It can always get worse," McCoy said Tuesday. "That's the risk of going out there Thursday...time is very short this week, so not having a full week to recover is definitely working against me but I'm a fighter."

  • OU football: Trevor Knight a 12-to-1 Heisman Trophy favorite in latest odds

    Published: Tue, Sep 16, 2014

    Trevor Knight is gaining steam in the Heisman Trophy race. On and off the field. In the latest Heisman Trophy odds update from @BovadaLV, the OU quarterback is getting 12/1 odds -- up from 20/1 last week. Knight is the highest-ranked Big 12 player on the list, with Baylor QB Bryce Petty close behind at 14/1. The top 10: Marcus Mariota, Oregon -- 11/2 Todd Gurley, Georgia -- 7/1 Kenny Hill, Texas A&M -- 15/2 Everett Golson, Notre Dame -- 10/1 Jameis Winston, Florida State -- 10/1 Trevor Knight, Oklahoma -- 12/1 Bryce Petty, Baylor -- 14/1 Nick Marshall, Auburn -- 16/1 Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska -- 20/1 Taysom Hill, BYU -- 20/1

  • 'Suspend Adrian Peterson' Minnesota governor says to Vikings

    Published: Tue, Sep 16, 2014

    The governor of Minnesota is calling on the Vikings to change course and suspend Adrian Peterson. Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton says Peterson — who admits that he whipped his son and caused cuts and bruises — should not be playing until he has gone through the legal process. "Whipping a child to the extent of visible wounds, as has been alleged, should not be tolerated in our state," Dayton said. "Therefore, I believe the team should suspend Mr. Peterson, until the accusations of child abuse have been resolved by the criminal justice system.” Peterson  released a statement Monday in response to the charges of child abuse brought against him, saying "I am not a perfect son. I am not a perfect husband. I am not a perfect parent, but I am, without a doubt, not a child abuser." Peterson was ruled inactive for the Vikings' 30-7 Week 2 loss to the New England Patriots, but has been reinstated by the team for Sunday against the New Orleans Saints.

  • OU football: Sterling Shepard added to Biletnikoff Award Watch List

    Published: Tue, Sep 16, 2014

    OU receiver Sterling Shepard was one of 12 players added to the Biletnikoff Award Watch List Tuesday. The Biletnikoff Award annually recognizes the most outstanding receiver in college football. Through three games, Shepard has been one of the top receivers in the Football Bowl Subdivision, ranking 14th nationally and third in the Big 12 Conference in receiving yards (335). Shepard is coming off of back-to-back games of 100 or more receiving yards against Tulsa and Tennessee. Other receivers added to the Watch List: KD Cannon of Baylor and Kevin White of West Virginia, who are atop the Big 12 in receiving yards with 471 and 460 yards, respectively; Keevan Lucas of Tulsa (sixth nationally with 372 yards receiving).