• Hoover Crips investigation results in 51 people charged

    BY ZIVA BRANSTETTER and CURTIS KILLMAN, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    An investigation focused on the Hoover Crips street gang has resulted in charges against 51 people, federal and state authorities announced Tuesday. At a press conference this afternoon, U.S. Attorney Danny Williams said multiple agencies focused on the gang because of its criminal impact on Tulsa. Williams said with the indictment, "we are going to decapitate" the gang. The gang brought $10 million worth of cocaine through Tulsa or more than 600 kilos, Williams said. He said the drugs came from cartels in Mexico and made their way through Dallas, Oklahoma City and Tulsa as they moved toward Ohio and the northeastern United States. Among those indicted was OU and NFL star De'Mond Parker, aka "Running Back," who is listed in the indictment as Demonn Parker. Also indicted was gang leader Donald Walters, who Williams said had 40 people working for him.  Of the 52 people named in the indictment, 23 have been arrested, authorities said. Read the rest of this story at Tulsa World.com .

  • Oklahoma football: Breaking down the wide receivers and tight ends

    By Jason Kersey | Published: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    WIDE RECEIVER No.#Name#Height#Weight#Class#Hometown 3#Sterling Shepard#5-10#195#Oklahoma City Shepard is by far the most experienced wide receiver back from last year’s team. The former Heritage Hall star has also taken on a leadership role within this position group. After playing the slot most of his collegiate career thus far, he’ll move outside in 2014. 12#Derrick Woods#6-1#186#Inglewood, Calif. Woods only caught two passes last year, but one was huge. He went up and grabbed a critical 20-yard pass in the Sugar Bowl against Alabama that converted a third-and-12. SLOT RECEIVER 1#K.J. Young#6-0#177#; RFr.#Perris, Calif. After redshirting a year ago, Young appears to have firmly

  • Ratings Watch: Sam Bradford's preseason debut tops week

    By Mel Bracht | Published: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    Rams-Packers game gets 4.2 rating on KWTV-9

  • Oklahoma football: Breaking down the running back depth chart

    By Jason Kersey | Published: Mon, Aug 18, 2014

    NORMAN — Oklahoma’s running back situation took a big hit Monday with the announcement that five-star freshman Joe Mixon has been suspended for the year while he fights a misdemeanor assault charge. The Sooners return the least backfield experience in the 16-year Bob Stoops era, but there is reason to be optimistic. Sophomore Keith Ford showed tremendous potential last season in limited action, although his chronic fumbling was a problem. Former Jenks star Alex Ross is also a candidate to be Oklahoma’s top back. Coaches and teammates have praised his work ethic throughout strength coach Jerry Schmidt’s brutal summer regimen. Here’s a look at the Sooners’ depth chart for running backs and fullbacks entering

  • Oklahoma football notebook: Frank Shannon doesn't practice with first team

    By Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber | Published: Mon, Aug 18, 2014

    Sophomore Jordan Evans figures to play in Shannon’s place if he isn’t available for the season opener Aug. 30 against Louisiana Tech.

  • Joe Mixon will always be the guy who hit the girl

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Mon, Aug 18, 2014

    No plea, no verdict, no court decision of any kind, will change that. Mixon has begun a sentence that will take years to serve.

  • Former Sooner Jalen Saunders back with N.Y. Jets after accident, will sit out preseason game

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Mon, Aug 18, 2014

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Rookie wide receiver Jalen Saunders will sit out the New York Jets’ preseason game against the Giants on Friday after being hospitalized over the weekend following a car accident. Saunders, a fourth-round pick out of Oklahoma, had what police called a “medical event” on his way to the team’s practice facility last Friday morning. He was released from the hospital Sunday morning and rejoined the team Monday, but did not practice. “Right now, we’re taking a cautious approach with him, which is a smart approach,” coach Rex Ryan said. “We’ll see how he progresses.” According to an incident report by the Florham Park Police Dept., Saunders experienced an unspecified “medical

  • OU football: Joe Mixon suspended for 2014-15 season

    BY RYAN ABER, Staff Writer, raber@opubco.com | Updated: Mon, Aug 18, 2014

    NORMAN — Oklahoma freshman running back Joe Mixon was in the Cleveland County Courthouse on Monday for his initial appearance for a misdemeanor charge stemming from a July 25 altercation at a Norman restaurant. Mixon, who was released without posting bail, waived a formal reading of the charges at the hearing, which lasted about 10 minutes. His next appearance is scheduled for 9 a.m. Sept. 23. Mixon was charged with one count of an “act resulting in gross injury” after the incident at Pickleman’s Gourmet Cafe just north of OU’s campus. Amelia Rae Molitor, a 20-year-old OU student, alleged Mixon punched her once in the face, resulting in four broken bones.

  • OU football: Trevor Knight the top choice at QB for Sooners

    BY RYAN ABER | Published: Sun, Aug 17, 2014

    Bob Stoops says Trevor Knight isn’t the man yet. Knight’s teammates, though, say otherwise.

  • Oklahoma football: 2014 Sooner running backs are the least-experienced of the Bob Stoops era

    BY JASON KERSEY | Published: Sun, Aug 17, 2014

    The Sooners’ running back situation was already unclear before charges were filed against freshmen Joe Mixon. Sophomores Keith Ford and Alex Ross are carrying a combined 26 carries and 153 yards into the 2014 season — the least amount of running back experience entering any of Bob Stoops’ 16 years as coach.

  • Oklahoma football: Q&A with Dimitri Flowers

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Sun, Aug 17, 2014

    Dimitri Flowers arrived in Norman in January hailed as the replacement for do-everything Trey Millard. Flowers is still two weeks from playing in his first game but he’s certainly looked the part so far.

  • Oklahoma football notebook: Frank Shannon hearing set for Wednesday

    BY JASON KERSEY AND RYAN ABER | Published: Sun, Aug 17, 2014

    The University of Oklahoma’s fight to keep starting linebacker Frank Shannon off the field this season will go before the Oklahoma state Supreme Court at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to court documents.

  • Oklahoma football: The zone read will be in this season

    BY RYAN ABER | Published: Sat, Aug 16, 2014

    OU’s coaches are confident Trevor Knight’s arm will be more like what he showed in the Sugar Bowl, but they also expect his ability to run to be a big part of the offense.

  • Oklahoma football: Trevor Knight's health is key to Sooners' title hopes

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Aug 16, 2014

    COMMENTARY — OU’s QB knows how to slide from his baseball days. He’ll need that skill to avoid injury if the Sooners are to have a successful season.

  • Oklahoma football notebook: Joe Mixon to be arraigned Monday

    BY JASON KERSEY AND RYAN ABER | Published: Sat, Aug 16, 2014

    Oklahoma freshman running back Joe Mixon will be arraigned on a single misdemeanor count of acts resulting in gross injury on Monday, when he is expected to turn himself in, said Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn.

  • Oklahoma football: Punishment is coming for Joe Mixon, and it needs to be significant

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, Aug 15, 2014

    COMMENTARY — OU has a history of punishing players who run afoul of the law. And Mixon’s case is no different.

  • Oklahoma football: Geneo Grissom talks about defense

    By Jason Kersey | Published: Fri, Aug 15, 2014

    NORMAN — Oklahoma senior Geneo Grissom is still learning the ropes at linebacker, but everyone expects the immensely talented defender to make a big impact in his new position. Grissom, who came to OU from Hutchinson, Kan., as a defensive end, moved to tight end and then back, started working at linebacker in the spring. The 6-foot-4, 252-pound Grissom recorded 40 tackles — nine for loss — and 4.5 sacks last season. He spoke with reporters this week about his transition, other players on OU’s defense and the impressive Sooner freshman class. Q: How did the scrimmage last Saturday go for you? A: It could have been better. I’m probably one of my biggest critics. I didn’t play as well as I could

  • Oklahoma football: Bob Stoops, ice cream man

    BY JASON KERSEY AND RYAN ABER | Published: Fri, Aug 15, 2014

    Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops rode onto the field in the Sooner Schooner following OU’s practice Friday, wearing a cowboy hat and delivering ice cream to his players. The Sooners wrapped up fall camp Friday, and will begin their regular, in-season practice schedule on Monday when classes start. OU opens the 2014 season at home Aug. 30 against Louisiana Tech. SAVAGE MORE COMFORTABLE Oklahoma senior guard Dionte Savage didn’t play much most of last season after transferring from Arizona Western Community College, but he started the Sooners’ Sugar Bowl victory over Alabama and performed well. Savage’s start came because the Sooners’ left guard most of the season, Adam Shead, was injured and

  • OU freshman RB Joe Mixon charged with one misdemeanor count

    ryan aber | Updated: Fri, Aug 15, 2014

    NORMAN — Oklahoma freshman running back Joe Mixon has been charged with one misdemeanor count of acts resulting in gross injury in Cleveland County. The charge stems from an incident at Pickleman’s Gourmet Cafe near OU’s campus early in the morning on July 25. Mixon faces a maximum of one year in jail and a fine of $500 though as a first-time offender, he likely would receive lesser punishment. His status on the Sooners football team remains to be determined. “The University of Oklahoma understands that charges have now been filed against Joe Mixon based upon an investigation by local law enforcement agencies,” OU athletic director Joe Castiglione said in a statement.

  • Former Sooners WR Jalen Saunders involved in single-car accident

    Published: Fri, Aug 15, 2014

    Former OU receiver Jalen Saunders was involved in a single-car accident Friday morning on the way to the New York Jets training facility in New Jersey. Newyorkjets.com reports that Saunders was taken to a hospital and is being monitored there as a precaution. He won't travel with the team to Saturday's preseason game in Cincinnati. Saunders was drafted in the fourth round (104th overall) by the Jets in the 2014 NFL Draft. He had one reception for 1 yard and returned two punts for 11 yards in the Jets' first preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts.