• Oklahoma softball: Sooners one win away from host a Super Regional after 9-1 victory over Ole Miss

    Oklahoma softball: Sooners one win away from...

    By Ryan Aber Staff Writer raber@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, May 21, 2016

    Oklahoma has now won 24 consecutive games, the second-longest streak in program history.

  • OU tennis: Sooners take down No. 6-seeded Wake Forest

    From Staff Reports | Published: Fri, May 20, 2016

    TULSA — The Oklahoma doubles team of Axel Alvarez and Andrew Harris upended No. 13-ranked Skander Mansouri and Christian Seraphim to help the Sooners stun Wake Forest 4-0 on Friday in the NCAA Tennis Championships at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center. Alvarez and Harris, ranked 24th in the country, won 6-2 to get the No. 11 Sooners off on the right foot. A 6-4 victory from Alex Ghilea and Spencer Papa gave OU the doubles point, then the Sooners won five of six singles matches. Wake Forest went into the tournament as the No. 6 seed. OU, which advances to the quarterfinals for the third consecutive year, will take on No. 3 seeded UCLA at 4 p.m. Sunday.

  • OU softball: Paige Parker, Nicole Pendley propel Sooners to 23rd straight victory

    OU softball: Paige Parker, Nicole Pendley...

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Fri, May 20, 2016

    Oklahoma won its 23rd consecutive game Friday, beating Wichita State 7-2 in its regional softball opener at Marita Hynes Field.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with columnist Berry Tramel

    Power Lunch: Chat with columnist Berry Tramel

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Fri, May 20, 2016

    Join columnist Berry Tramel to talk OU, OSU and the Thunder in today's Power Lunch live chat at 11 a.m.

  • OU softball: Freshmen making a huge difference for Sooners

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Thu, May 19, 2016

    With a lineup that would rely heavily on freshmen more than any recent team, coach Patty Gasso had to take a different approach.

  • OU softball: What you need to know about Norman Softball Regional

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Thu, May 19, 2016

    Oklahoma softball begins the NCAA postseason Friday at home for regional play. Here's what you need to know about the field in Norman GAME ONE When: 5:30 p.m. Friday TV: ESPN3 Tulsa (35-19, 9-9 AAC): The Golden Hurricane are in the tournament for the eighth time, all in the last 11 seasons. They are led in the circle by senior Caitlin Sill, a former Tuttle standout. Sill is 19-10 with a 1.71 ERA. Tulsa's other regular pitcher, sophomore Emily Watson, is from Deer Creek. Ole Miss (39-20, 11-13 SEC): The Rebels are in the tournament for the first time after setting a school record for wins this season and tying the school record for SEC wins. Ole Miss is one of 11 SEC teams in the field, with eight of those

  • Southmoore's Casey Thompson says OU offer 'took off some pressure'

    Southmoore\'s Casey Thompson says OU offer \'took...

    By Jacob Unruh and Scott Wright Staff Writers junruh@oklahoman.com and swright@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, May 19, 2016

    Southmoore quarterback Casey Thompson waited for the better part of three weeks for the scholarship offer. It finally arrived late Wednesday night, and now there's a chance a family tradition could continue. Oklahoma offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley offered the dual-threat quarterback, a day after Ohio State offered. “Today's offer hasn't shocked me and I'm not into all the hype,” Thompson told The Oklahoman via text message. “From the outside looking in, you wouldn't be able to see a difference in me! I (definitely) wanted it (though) and have been waiting. Just took off some pressure.” Thompson, who is soon to be a junior, is the son of former Oklahoma quarterback Charles Thompson.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with columnist Jenni Carlson

    Power Lunch: Chat with columnist Jenni Carlson

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Thu, May 19, 2016

    Talk about OU, OSU and the Thunder with columnist Jenni Carlson in today's Power Lunch live chat at 11 a.m.

  • College golf: OSU wins regional behind first-place finish from Kristoffer Ventura

    College golf: OSU wins regional behind...

    From Staff Reports | Published: Wed, May 18, 2016

    As a team, the Cowboys had a 7-over 871 for the tournament, outdistancing second-place Oklahoma by 19 strokes. Max McGreevy was the top finisher for OU. He had a 3-over 219.

  • Why the Minnesota Timberwolves should draft Oklahoma's Buddy Hield

    Why the Minnesota Timberwolves should draft...

    By Jim Souhan Star Tribune  | Updated: Wed, May 18, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS — The Timberwolves have never gotten lucky in the NBA lottery. They have never picked above the slot in which they were predicted to land. Tuesday night, the odds had them picking fifth in the 2016 draft, and they wound up with the fifth pick. This is the rare time in Wolves history when they didn't desperately need a stroke of luck. They might have benefited long-term from picking above the fifth spot, but they finally find themselves in a position where they have reason to trust their decision maker and their young talent. For once, the Timberwolves did not need a miracle. They could trade the pick for a veteran. They could draft yet another precocious talent and hope to speed his development.

  • Report: Police records show more violent incidents at Baylor

    Report: Police records show more violent...

    The Associated Press | Published: Wed, May 18, 2016

    WACO, Texas — An examination of Waco police records over a five-year period found more allegations of violent incidents involving Baylor football players who were not charged, appeared to face little or no discipline from the team even though coaches and administrators knew about the allegations and that some documents were shielded from public view by officers, ESPN reported Wednesday. Baylor has faced mounting criticism in recent months for its handling of reports of sex assault and rapes involving football players and students. The Baptist university hired Philadelphia law firm Pepper Hamilton in 2015 to review how the school handled those cases.

  • ESPN moves Tessitore to Saturday football games

    Updated: Wed, May 18, 2016

    BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — ESPN is moving play-by-play man Joe Tessitore from Thursday night to Saturday night games and Sam Ponder will now be the sideline reporter for ABC's Saturday Night Football. ESPN also announced Wednesday that Steve Levy will do play-by-play for weekly Saturday college football games and be paired with analyst Brian Griese. Tessitore had been doing play-by-play on Thursday night games, along with hosting "SEC Nation," the SEC Network's Saturday morning pregame show. Tessitore also hosted ESPN's late Saturday night scoreboard wrap-up show last year. He will now work Saturday night ESPN games with Todd Blackledge as the analyst. Tessitore replaces Brad Nessler, who has moved to CBS.

  • OSU leads, OU second in regional

    OSU leads, OU second in regional

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Tue, May 17, 2016

    The top-seeded Cowboys entered the day with a seven-shot cushion over the Sooners. OSU recorded a 291 during Tuesday's second round to increase its lead by five shots over the Sooners.

  • OU football season opener vs. Houston to kick off at 11 a.m.

    OU football season opener vs. Houston to kick...

    From Staff Reports | Published: Tue, May 17, 2016

    The Oklahoma football team's 2016 season opener vs. Houston on Sept. 3 will kick off at 11 a.m. on ABC (Cox 8). The game will be played at NRG Stadium in Houston as part of the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff. OU (11-2) and Houston (13-1) posted the best combined 2015 record (24-3) of any two teams that will meet in Week 1 this season. The matchup will be the only one on opening weekend that features two teams ranked in the top 10 of last year's final AP poll (OU was No. 5, UH No. 8). The Sooners advanced to the College Football Playoff while the Cougars participated in their first New Year's bowl game in 30 years, defeating No. 9 Florida State in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, 38-24. The Sooners are a consensus preseason

  • College softball: Eight for OKC

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Mon, May 16, 2016

    Here's a look at the top eight seeds in the NCAA Softball Tournament and where they stand heading into the postseason: 1. Florida (53-5) The Gators earned the overall No. 1 seed even after losing to Auburn in the semifinals of the SEC Tournament.   2. Michigan (46-5) The Wolverines might've been able to move into the top overall spot with a Big 10 Tournament win, but they fell to Minnesota in the title game, snapping a 19-game winning streak.   3. Oklahoma (47-4) The Sooners are the hottest team in the country, riding a 22-game winning streak into the postseason.   4. Auburn (49-9) The Tigers are the No. 4 national seed for the second consecutive season and enter the

  • College softball: OU, OSU, Tulsa headed to NCAA Softball Championships

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Mon, May 16, 2016

    OU NAMED NO. 3 OVERALL SEED The Oklahoma softball team (47-7, 17-1 Big 12) was named the No. 3 overall seed in the 2016 NCAA Division I Softball Championship and will host an NCAA Regional in Norman beginning Friday. The No. 3 seed is the highest for OU since being No. 1 and winning the national championship in 2013. Oklahoma has been a national seed for each of the past 10 seasons. The four-team, three-day event features Tulsa (35-19, 9-9 American) facing Ole Miss (39-20, 11-13 SEC) at 5:30 p.m. Friday on ESPN3, before Oklahoma takes on Wichita State (35-19, 18-6 Missouri Valley) at 8 p.m. Friday night on ESPN.

  • Bedlam softball: Sooners end regular season with two-game sweep of Cowgirls

    Bedlam softball: Sooners end regular season...

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sat, May 14, 2016

    The Sooners rolled to an 8-0 five-inning run-rule victory in the opener and followed with a 5-2 win.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with sports editor Mike Sherman

    Power Lunch: Chat with sports editor Mike Sherman

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Fri, May 13, 2016

    Join sports editor Mike Sherman to talk OU, OSU and the Thunder in today's Power Lunch live chat at 11 a.m.

  • OU baseball: Alec Hansen focused on helping OU turn things around

    OU baseball: Alec Hansen focused on helping OU...

    By Ryan Aber | Updated: Thu, May 12, 2016

    For the first time this baseball season and possibly for the first time in his career in Norman, the 6-foot-7 right-hander is just throwing. He's not worried about his draft stock.

  • College sports: No vote expected this month on Big 12 expansion, conference network

    College sports: No vote expected this month on...

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Thu, May 12, 2016

    While a final vote might not be taken at the meetings, they do figure to advance the issue as consulting groups hired by the conference present numbers — and possibly expansion candidates — to the league’s presidents and athletic directors.




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