• Lauren Chamberlain looks to lead growth of NPF softball league

    Published: Mon, Jun 22, 2015

    Former Oklahoma All-America and NCAA all-time home run leader Lauren Chamberlain is looking to become the face of the National Pro Fastpitch softball league. Chamberlain, who was selected No. 1 overall in the NPF Draft by the USSSA Pride, wants to use her popularity on social media to drum up recognition for the league that has struggled until recent years to gain national media exposure. “I know that part of my job is to interact with fans and get more eyes and ears on the NPF and just keep the league moving in a positive direction,” Chamberlain tells SI . “By using social networks to connect with more fans on a daily basis, I think it is going to help the league tremendously.” With more than 100,000 followers between Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, Chamberlain is among the most followed softball players on social media. "Lauren has the type of audience reserved for superstars in our sport," NPF commissioner Cheri Kempf said. "She and other young players have the opportunity to make part of their legacies the gift of professional opportunity to future softball players and carry the torch they've been handed."

  • OU QB commit, Del City's Terry Wilson in ESPN 300

    Published: Mon, Jun 22, 2015

    ESPN released its most recent ESPN 300 ranking of the nation's top football recruits for the 2016 class and two of the highest risers have ties to the state. Oklahoma quarterback commit Austin Kendall jumped more than 100 places to 117 in the rankings released Monday. Del City quarterback Terry Wilson , a Nebraska commit, entered the list at No. 209.

  • Former OU standout DeMarco Murray gets married

    Published: Mon, Jun 22, 2015

    DeMarco Murray has a fresh start with the Philadelphia Eagles and is a married man. The former Dallas Cowboys and OU running back married his girlfriend Heidi Mueller this weekend, and Mueller announced that the couple is expecting its second child. “Today is a very special day for us," Mueller posted on Instagram Saturday . "We are getting married, our daughter turns 2 and We are expecting another baby!! #wegettingmurrayed #happybirthdaysav #havinganotherbaby.”

  • OU regents to consider $105 million stadium renovations on Wednesday

    By RYAN ABER | Updated: Sun, Jun 21, 2015

    University of Oklahoma President David Boren will ask the board of regents to approve $105 million for the makeover of Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium at Wednesday’s board meeting, according to the preliminary agenda. The meeting will be held in Norman. The board approved the design development plans for the south end zone renovations at its March meeting and in an earlier meeting authorized the administration to contract and make payments for preliminary work not exceeding $3 million. That work began recently. Several construction bid packages will be developed for bidding over “several months,” according to the agenda. The estimated cost for the entire south end zone project is $160 million.

  • People loved Bob Barry Jr. because he loved people

    By JENNI CARLSON | Published: Sun, Jun 21, 2015

    Bob Barry Jr. broke the cardinal rule of sports journalism. Don’t be a fan. Junior was the opposite. He was a cheerleader. He was a booster. He was a supporter. He was unabashed about his fandom, too — he loved people. He was a super fan for his fellow man. Saturday, Junior died when a car that police believe was making an illegal U-turn hit his motor scooter. Sunday, everyone who knew the Oklahoma sports broadcaster woke up hoping that it’d all just been a bad dream. Newspaper headlines and radio tribute shows told us otherwise. As I sifted through messages of grief and remembrance on social media and traditional media, I realized just how far and wide his reach stretched. There were people as

  • Oklahoma author fields questions about Bennie Owen

    By Ed Godfrey Staff Writer egodfrey@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Jun 21, 2015

    Gary King, 70, was raised and still lives in Norman. A retired psychology professor, his first book was “An Autumn Remembered: Bud Wilkinson’s Legendary ’56 Sooners.” He has now written a second book on Oklahoma football, this one about the Sooners’ first great coach, Bennie Owen.

  • Book review: 'Oklahoma’s Bennie Owen: Man for All Seasons' by Gary King

    By Ed Godrey Staff writer egodfrey@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Jun 21, 2015

    University of Oklahoma's first football coach is subject of new book.

  • OU football: Guidance from former Sooner helped Harrah's Logan Roberson gain recruiting attention

    By Jason Kersey | Published: Sat, Jun 20, 2015

    The 6-foot-5, 318-pound Harrah offensive lineman flew under the radar in the recruiting world for most of his high school career, but kept plugging away with Runnels serving as his personal trainer, sounding board and adviser. All of that finally paid off earlier this month, when Oklahoma offered Roberson a scholarship and the senior-to-be committed on the spot.

  • Adrian Peterson getting back to business, skipping Euro trip for training camp

    Published: Fri, Jun 19, 2015

    Adrian Peterson is getting serious about the upcoming season. The former OU running back said he and his wife thought about getting away before Vikings training camp started in July, but he's instead "going to focus on working, just relaxing, just do what I do." Peterson, who returned to the Vikings on June 2 after skipping the first week of organized training activities , said he was thinking about going to Europe. That thought was probably made more difficult because his wife, Ashley, is expecting a child later this year .

  • Mad Cow: Longhorns look to be suffering from the disease of more

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Published: Thu, Jun 18, 2015

    Texas athletic director Steve Patterson wants more green in the burnt orange coffers. Quick, someone send a doctor. The Horns need a healer. They're suffering from the disease of more.

  • OU-Tennessee football kickoff time announced

    Published: Thu, Jun 18, 2015

    Oklahoma vs. Tennessee is set. The Sooners will kick off against the Volunteers Sept. 12 at Neyland Stadium at 5 p.m. central. The game will be carried by ESPN. In their last meeting, OU defeated Tennessee 34-10 in Norman in 2014.

  • Report: UT athletic director Steve Patterson facing heat from Longhorns community

    Published: Thu, Jun 18, 2015

    Less than two years on the job, and Texas athletics director Steve Patterson is under serious fire from inside the Longhorns community. Patterson, who took over for longtime Longhorns AD DeLoss Dodds in November 2013, has, as one HornsDigest.com source said "turned the Horns 'brand' into a commodity to be sold." HornsDigest.com's Chip Brown wrote a lengthy piece which dives into some of the ill feelings toward Patterson that have been developing since he entered office at UT. The story sites "misleading season ticket holders," "alienating longtime donors as well as faculty and staff," and "planting a vicious press leak targeting former basketball coach Rick Barnes" as just a few of the reasons why Patterson's reputation is taking a hit. "At a time when the football program needs all the support it can get, the program is receiving the opposite - all because of the athletic director," donor Matt Herring told HornsDigest.com. The website reports that "roughly 10,000 football season tickets were not renewed by an April 10 deadline" - that's following reports of football season ticket holders being docked an average cost increase in 2015 of 21.5 percent. More from NewsOK : Tramel: Oklahomans owe a debt to new Texas AD

  • 2016 lineman Parker Boudreaux has OU in his final five schools

    Updated: Wed, Jun 17, 2015

    One of the most highly-sought after football recruits in the nation has OU in his final five. Bishop Moore (Orlando, Fla.) Class of 2016 offensive lineman Parker Boudreaux, who has a reported 70 offers from programs around the country, is down to the Sooners, Clemson, Florida, Georgia Southern and Notre Dame. The four-star recruit gave his reasons for his top five to Bleacher Report in this video . Boudreaux (6-foot-4, 287 pounds), says he likes Oklahoma for its "amazing tradition" and "great people around the program." Boudreaux says he'll make his decision toward the end of summer.

  • UT approves beer, wine sales at football games

    Published: Wed, Jun 17, 2015

    The University of Texas at Austin has approved beer and wine sales at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium for the 2015 season, as reported by Horns247 and later confirmed by the university in a press release. "Fan safety and enjoyment remains our number one priority as we work through the process of expanding beer and wine sales into all seating areas of the stadium," said Texas Men's Athletics Director Steve Patterson said in a statement. "During our extensive pilot, we found fans and staff handled the situation responsibly and we had no negative issues or situations. We will continue to monitor the service closely." Sales will begin Sept. 12 at the Longhorns' home opener against Rice. UT will be the third Big 12 school to offer alcoholic beverages at its athletics events, joining West Virginia and Iowa State.

  • Sam Bradford confident he'll be ready for training camp

    Published: Tue, Jun 16, 2015

    Sam Bradford hasn't yet participated in 11-on-11 drills at Philadelphia Eagles minicamp, but the former Putnam City North and OU quarterback is planning on being ready for training camp. "I think if I'm not ready for 11-on-11 by training camp, then I think something has gone terribly wrong," Bradford said, per the Philadelphia Inquirer . "That's the plan." Bradford participated in 7-on-7 drills on Tuesday. He's battling back from his most recent ACL tear, which he suffered in the 2014 preseason before he was traded to the Eagles from the St. Louis Rams.

  • Scholar Athlete Awards: OU's Ty Darlington says time for Sooners to cast aside distractions

    By Erik Horne and Jacob UnruhStaff Writers | Published: Tue, Jun 16, 2015

    Oklahoma offensive lineman Ty Darlington is not worried about the possible distraction with the return of linebacker Frank Shannon and running back Joe Mixon to the team after one-year suspensions stemming from allegations of violence against women. In fact, he thinks it will drive the Sooners. “I don’t think so,” Darlington said. “I think that now we’re focused, we’re ready to go. If anything, I think that we’re just motivated by everything. All of the potential distractions, I think it’s just time for us to cast them aside and focus in.” Darlington was honored as OU’s recipient of the Oklahoma Chapter of the National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete award at Tuesday’s 31st annual All Sports

  • Adrian Peterson's wife expecting, says she 'would've preferred to be closer to home'

    Published: Tue, Jun 16, 2015

    Adrian Peterson is back on the field with the Minnesota Vikings after an offseason of reported conflict between the two parties. In February, Peterson said it was up to his wife, Ashley, whether or not he would return to Minnesota. This weekend at Adrian Peterson Day in the former OU star's hometown of Palestine, Texas, Ashley Peterson said that she'd prefer to be closer to her home in Oklahoma, but that she and her husband "are happy to be going back." Ashley Peterson - a native of Broken Arrow - is five months pregnant with Peterson's sixth child. "They have supported us," she said. "I would personally, for me, I would've preferred to be closer to home. That's just a personal preference for me. The Vikings have been supportive of him and the fans have been pretty supportive, so we're happy to be going back." Peterson returned to the Vikings after missing the first week of organized team activities the first week of June.

  • OU quarterback Baker Mayfield is dating an Oklahoma State soccer player

    Published: Tue, Jun 16, 2015

    Apparently, this has been a thing for a while, but OU quarterback Baker Mayfield is in what looks to be a nice relationship ... with an Oklahoma State soccer player. Mayfield has numerous photos of himself and Baillie Burmaster on his Instagram account, with the latest from two days ago accompanied with a caption that reads "Don't let the smile deceive you momma, she's pure evil. But then again she does play Xbox with me.. So I'll keep her." Adorable stuff. Here's a video from OSU soccer on Burmaster.

  • Oklahoma football: Gerald McCoy joined by former OU teammates at football camp

    BY JOHN WALKER Staff Writer jwalker@opubco.com | Published: Mon, Jun 15, 2015

    Former Oklahoma football star and current Tampa Bay defensive tackle Gerald McCoy gathered a few of his Sooner teammates on Saturday to help conduct a football camp in Oklahoma City. McCoy was joined by Reggie Smith, Jeremy Beal, Keenan Clayton and Adrian Taylor. Former Sooner and two-time All-American wide receiver Mark Clayton was also at the camp. McCoy says the bond established as teammates extends beyond playing on Saturdays in Norman. "We're all just a family," McCoy said. "Even after we leave OU, we're still a family." McCoy also came with a few of his Tampa Bay teammates, including All-Pro linebacker Lavonte David. McCoy represented the Buccaneers with a bright red patch on the left side of his hair.

  • Report: Dorial Green-Beckham involved in additional incident while at Missouri

    Updated: Mon, Jun 15, 2015

    A report by ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” that examined bias by police and prosecutors toward student-athletes included a previously unreported incident involving former Missouri and OU wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham and a female student. In the incident, a student alleged that Green-Beckham pushed her and cursed at her for telling her friend, Green-Beckham's then-girlfriend, that he was cheating on here. Green-Beckham was a freshman at the time of the alleged incident. Following his dismissal from Missouri in April 2014 after two marijuana-related arrests and a domestic violence investigation, Green-Beckham joined the Sooners that summer , but never played a down for OU due to NCAA eligibility rules. The University of Oklahoma submitted a waiver request to the NCAA in order to get Green-Beckham eligible, but it was denied. Green-Beckham was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the second round of the NFL Draft in May.