• Former Sooners DT Gerald McCoy (knee) placed on injured reserve

    Published: Mon, Dec 15, 2014

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy is done for the season after injuring his knee in Sunday's game, with rookie tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins and receiver Louis Murphy joining him on injured reserve, the Tampa Bay Times reports . McCoy limped off the field for the Buccaneers in their 19-17 loss to the Carolina Panthers on Sunday. It was the second game in a row in which McCoy had to leave early with an injury. The former OU All-American will miss the final two games for the Bucs (vs. Green Bay, vs. New Orleans). He finished the season with 35 tackles and 8.5 sacks.

  • Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray will have surgery on hand

    Published: Mon, Dec 15, 2014

    Stephen Jones said on KRLD-FM 105.3 Monday that DeMarco Murray will have surgery today on a broken bone in his hand. The former OU running back rushed for 81 yards and two touchdowns on 31 carries in the Cowboys' 38-27 win over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. Murray, who leads the NFL with 1,687 rushing yards, has not yet been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Indianapolis Colts.

  • OU football: Samaje Perine named to ESPN True Freshman All-America Team

    Published: Mon, Dec 15, 2014

    Oklahoma running back Samaje Perine continues to bring in the postseason accolades, as he was named a True Freshman All-American by ESPN.com. Perine, who broke the FBS single-game record for rushing yards (427) on his way to 1,579 yards and 21 touchdowns, is one of only three Big 12 players on ESPN's 22-man roster. Perine is joined by Baylor wide receiver KD Cannon on the offense, and West Virginia defensive back Dravon Henry was named to the defense. USC and Tennessee were the only schools to put two players on the True Freshman All-American Team. Oklahoma defeated Tennessee 34-10 back in September.

  • Oklahoma basketball: Lon Kruger not worried about Buddy Hield's struggles

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Sun, Dec 14, 2014

    The Sooners coach said Hield will make shots and make plays.

  • Oklahoma basketball notebook: Ryan Spangler's impact limited vs. Tulsa

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Sun, Dec 14, 2014

    For the second consecutive season, the impact of Oklahoma forward Spangler was limited against Tulsa.

  • Oklahoma football: Sooners' offense should be in good shape by Russell Athletic Bowl

    By Jason Kersey | Updated: Sun, Dec 14, 2014

    OU’s offense will face a stiff challenge against Clemson, which ranks No. 1 in the nation in total defense.

  • Oklahoma football notebook: Sooners announce team awards

    By Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber | Published: Sun, Dec 14, 2014

    Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops recognized the football team’s senior class and several other players during the team’s annual dinner and awards ceremony Friday. Senior tight end Blake Bell and offensive tackle Daryl Williams were named the Bob Kalsu Award winners.

  • Head-to-head competition is a college football lightning rod

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Sun, Dec 14, 2014

    The College Football Playoff Committee squashed the great Baylor-TCU debate by elevating Ohio State into the four-team semifinals. But this won’t be the last time head-to-head competition becomes a college football lightning rod. Not by a longshot.

  • Oklahoma basketball notebook: Khadeem Lattin injury not believed to be serious

    BY RYAN ABER | Published: Sat, Dec 13, 2014

    Khadeem Lattin had to be helped off the floor by trainers and teammates and grimaced in pain as he sat on the bench, pointing just below the kneecap on his right knee.

  • Oklahoma basketball: Why Sooners' Kaylon Williams is trying to be smarter about fouling

    BY JASON KERSEY | Published: Sat, Dec 13, 2014

    Oklahoma junior forward Kaylon Williams is still working on keeping her in-game aggression under control. The Midwest City native has been able to stay in games longer this year because she’s trying to be smarter about fouling. Last year, she averaged only seven points and 4.2 rebounds per game because she was constantly in foul trouble.

  • Oklahoma football: Why Clemson's Brent Venables almost didn't leave Oklahoma

    BY RYAN ABER, Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Dec 13, 2014

    Two seasons after leaving the comfort of Oklahoma, where he’d been since Bob Stoops took over the Sooners in 1999, Brent Venables has done just fine with the Tigers. On Dec. 29, Venables will get new and old all in one when Clemson faces Oklahoma in the Russell Athletic Bowl.

  • Big 12 football: How the 2011-2014 postseasons would've looked with a conference title game

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Sat, Dec 13, 2014

    The Big 12 became a 10-team conference in 2011. If the league had staged a championship game, matching the top two finishers, how would that have affected the postseason?

  • Big 12 football: Why a conference championship game is the easiest fix for Big 12's woes

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Sat, Dec 13, 2014

    The other four major conferences will waltz on New Year’s Day in national semifinals, while the Big 12 licks its wounds and contemplates remedies. The easiest fix is a championship game, which would offer an extra quality game for the Big 12’s national-title hopefuls.

  • Oklahoma basketball: TaShawn Thomas scores 25 points to lead Sooners past Tulsa

    BY RYAN ABER, Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Dec 13, 2014

    The senior forward scored 25 to help the No. 16 Sooners to a 87-68 win over Tulsa on Saturday in front of 6,885 at the Reynolds Center.

  • Oklahoma basketball: Edmond Memorial Bulldogs will be well-represented during OU's next two games

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Fri, Dec 12, 2014

    Perhaps no one outside of the Oklahoma men’s basketball team will be as invested in the Sooners’ next two games as Shane Cowherd. The Edmond Memorial boys basketball coach will be torn, though. He won’t be rooting for any of the three teams involved, but he will be cheering plenty for four of his former players.

  • NFL denies Adrian Peterson's appeal, upholds suspension

    Published: Fri, Dec 12, 2014

    The NFL has upheld the suspension of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, meaning Peterson won't be on the field for the rest of the 2014 season. Peterson hasn't played since the season opener and has spent most of the season on paid leave. He pled no contest last month to a misdemeanor reckless assault charge for injuring his 4-year-old son with a switch. The former OU star cannot apply for reinstatement until April.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with columnist Jenni Carlson

    staff reports | Updated: Fri, Dec 12, 2014

    The high school playoffs carry on. The Thunder winning streak does as well. Bowl season is near. What's next for Tyreek Hill? Send in your questions to Jenni Carlson on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m.

  • Oklahoma football: Sooners fullback Aaron Ripkowski is as tough as they come

    By Jason Kersey | Published: Thu, Dec 11, 2014

    Nobody needs to see facepaint these days to know Ripkowski is a tough football player. The senior Oklahoma fullback began making that impression on his coaches and teammates within weeks of walking on in 2011.

  • Power Lunch: Chat live with OU beat writer Ryan Aber

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Dec 11, 2014

    Log on at 11 a.m. to chat live with OU writer Ryan Aber. Ryan will be talking about the team's preparation for Clemson in the Russell Athletic Bowl as well as a little OU basketball.

  • Mike Stoops, Brent Venables among top paid assistant coaches in college football

    Updated: Wed, Dec 10, 2014

    Current and former Oklahoma football coaches are among the top paid assistants in college football. Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables and OU defensive coordinator Mike Stoops rank 11th and 12th, respectively, on USA Today's list of NCAA football assistant coach salaries. Venables, who was on the OU staff from 1999-2011 as a co-defensive coordinator/defensive coordinator/linebackers coach, is raking in a reported $875,000 from Clemson. Stoops is right behind him with $856,400. Clemson and Oklahoma will square off in the Russell Athletic Bowl on Dec. 29. Other interesting tidbits from the salary summary: *LSU's offensive coordinator Cam Cameron and defensive coordinator John Chavis are the most expensive coordinator combination in the country, each making $1.3 million. *Clemson had two of the top paid assistants in the country on one staff until offensive coordinator Chad Morris (fifth among assistants at $1.3 million) took the SMU head coaching job. *Baylor defensive coordinator Phil Bennett is the highest-paid Big 12 assistant at $897,926 per season. Among head coaches, Bob Stoops has risen to  third in the country in salary ($5,058,333). Oklahoma State's Mike Gundy ranks 15th ($3,500,000).