• Why Oklahoma City could be in position to host a women's Final Four one day

    BY JASON KERSEY, Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    Columbus, Ohio, was awarded the 2018 Final Four, joining a list of other cities that have hosted — or will host — the event and share similar characteristics with Oklahoma City. So, could the city be in position to one day host a women’s Final Four?

  • Oklahoma basketball: Scouting ahead for the 2015-16 season

    BY RYAN ABER | Updated: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    Oklahoma loses just two scholarship players — starting forward TaShawn Thomas and reserve forward D.J. Bennett. The level of expectation entering next season figures to be based largely upon the decision of junior guard Buddy Hield on his future.

  • Oklahoma baseball team stocking up on in-state talent — particularly from Moore area

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    Moore right-hander Dylan Grove didn’t hesitate to commit to Oklahoma as a sophomore. A senior who can hit 94 mph, Grove has spent the time since watching five other players from his hometown sign or verbally commit to the Sooners, signaling a change of emphasis on in-state recruiting for the program.

  • Oklahoma basketball notebook: Sooners can't foul Branden Dawson

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    Free throws have bitten Michigan State plenty of times this year and near the end of the game, when Oklahoma needed the Spartans to miss free throws to give them a chance, the Sooners tried to foul Branden Dawson. But no foul was called and eventually Oklahoma had to foul Travis Trice instead. Trice hit four free throws in the final 1:19, and Michigan State won, 62-58. “We were trying to foul Dawson,” Sooners forward Ryan Spangler said. “I don’t know if the ref wasn’t looking or what, but he didn’t call it and we had to foul their best free throw shooter. Dawson was just a 54.8 percent free throw shooter. Trice was shooting 69.7 percent.

  • Michigan State's defense was too much for Oklahoma

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    After Buddy Hield’s 3-point play off a spin move gave the Sooners a 42-39 lead with 10:57 left, the Sooners went almost 10 minutes with just one basket.

  • Oklahoma basketball: Report card vs. Michigan State

    Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    OU and Michigan State was billed as a tossup game, and that’s the way it turned out. The Spartans made a couple plays down the stretch, and the grades reflect the Sooners’ disappointment.

  • Oklahoma basketball: Michigan State ends Oklahoma's season in Sweet 16

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Oklahoma had been the one with big answers in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament before Friday night. But against seventh-seeded Michigan State at the Carrier Dome, the answers ran dry. Instead it was the Spartans coming up with clutch shots in the closing minutes, leading to a 62-58 win over the Sooners in the East Regional. Michigan State will play fourth-seeded Louisville on Sunday for a berth in the Final Four. Oklahoma’s season ends at 24-11. The Sooners led for much of the game, but when things got tight in the final 10 minutes, Michigan State answered every big OU shot with one of its own. The biggest came with just less than seven minutes remaining.

  • Oklahoma vs. Michigan State: Inside the NCAA Tournament matchups

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    NO. 3 OKLAHOMA VS. NO. 7 MICHIGAN STATE When: Approximately 9:07 p.m. Friday Where: Carrier Dome, Syracuse, N.Y. TV: TBS (Cox 62/HD 731, Dish 139, DirecTV 247, U-Verse 112/HD 1112) Radio: KRXO-FM 107.7 INSIDE THE MATCHUPS POINT GUARD OU: Jordan Woodard (6-0, So., 9.3 ppg, 3.9 apg) Michigan State: Lourawls “Tum Tum” Nairn Jr. (5-10, Fr., 2.2 ppg, 2.4 apg) Michigan State’s season started to turn around when Nairn moved into the starting lineup. His numbers aren’t eye-popping, but he runs the offense efficiently and sets the tone on defense. Woodard had a big scoring night against Dayton to advance the Sooners here and has steadily improved offensively over the last part of the

  • NCAA Tournament Live: Oklahoma vs. Michigan State

    staff reports | Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    It's a primetime matchup in the Sweet 16 between Oklahoma and Michigan State. Follow our live coverage from Syracuse, N.Y., with Ryan Aber and more from around the Web.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with OU writer Ryan Aber

    staff reports | Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    OU writer Ryan Aber is live from Syracuse for the NCAA East Regional semifinals. Ask him your questions on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m.

  • Michigan State has a tough rock 'em, sock 'em basketball program

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    One national title, six Final Fours and a dozen Sweet 16’s since 1999, Michigan State’s reputation remains unassailed. Not always the best team on the bracket, but usually the toughest.

  • Oklahoma basketball notebook: Joe Castiglione makes it to Syracuse to support Sooners

    By Ryan Aber and Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Oklahoma athletic director and tournament selection committee member Joe Castiglione was scheduled to be in Houston for the second weekend of the tournament. That’s where the Final Four will be held next year when Castiglione is the committee chair. But earlier this week on a conference call, Castiglione was informed that the assignments had been shuffled, allowing him to be in Syracuse for the Sooners’ game against Michigan State on Friday night at approximately 9:07. Castiglione won’t be alone. Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis is also a member of the committee and was also scheduled to be in Syracuse. “It’s nice that it was able to work out where we could both be here,” Castiglione said.

  • Oklahoma basketball: Despite friendship, OU's Buddy Hield and Michigan State's Tum Tum Nairn will go hard against each other

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    They went hard going against each other on the basketball court. Off the court, their relationship blossomed into a friendship that remains strong even though they are playing far apart.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Berry Tramel

    staff reports | Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Join Berry Tramel live from Syracuse and the NCAA East Regional for some Sooners, Thunder and Cowboys talk live on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m.

  • Oklahoma football: New OU assistant Diron Reynolds brings a wealth of experience, Tony Dungy's approval

    Jason Kersey | Published: Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    Reynolds came highly recommended because of his years of NFL experience working with some of the top football minds in the professional game.

  • Oklahoma basketball: Travel issues work out for players' families

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    Family and friends of Oklahoma’s basketball team have been scrambling to make arrangements to travel to Syracuse for the Sooners’ Sweet 16 game against Michigan State at approximately 9:07 Friday night.

  • Bob Stoops and Tom Izzo have gone down similar career paths until recently

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    The kindred spirits have gone down a very similar career path that forked only in the last six months. Stoops’ 2014 season seemed so very promising until crashing in October. Izzo’s current season seemed blah until the last six weeks, when the Spartans lived up to their pedigree.

  • Adrian Peterson's April 15th date 'still relevant' says NFL commissioner Roger Goodell

    Published: Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said that Adrian Peterson's situation will continue to be evaluated leading up April 15, the earliest date the Minnesota Vikings running back can be reinstated by the league from his suspension. Goodell answered numerous questions on the state of the league, including Peterson's status, at the annual NFL league owners' meetings Wednesday in Phoenix. At the press conference, Goodell said the April 15 date is still relevant. "Yes it is," Goodell said. "We're going to continue the evaluation. We'll have our people and I expect to meet with Adrian before we make a final determination on his status, but we expect to keep that time table." Peterson was suspended by the NFL following his indictment in September for injuring his son with a wooden switch. He was placed on the commissioner's exempt list by the Vikings on Sept. 17 after appearing in just one game in 2014.

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

    staff reports | Updated: Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    It's Wednesday on the Power Lunch chat! Get your men's and women's NCAA Tournament, Thunder, and spring football questions in to Jenni Carlson on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m., live from H&H Shooting Sports,

  • Oklahoma basketball Q&A: Dinjiyl Walker's 3-pointer against Dayton a good confidence booster

    BY RYAN ABER | Published: Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    Dinjiyl Walker hadn’t scored in six consecutive games before his 3-pointer a little more than 11 minutes into Sunday’s game put Oklahoma up by 12.