• Power Lunch: Chat with Berry Tramel from H&H Shooting Sports

    staff reports | Updated: Wed, May 13, 2015

    Join Berry Tramel on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m. for some NBA playoffs, Thunder, Sooners and Cowboys talk. Get your questions in here and Berry will jump on live from H&H Shooting Sports.

  • Game change: Scholarships covering the full cost of attendance mean less stress for athletes, but another expense for universities

    BY MARK COOPER, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, May 12, 2015

    R yan Simmons’ budget is typically tight. Simmons, a rising senior at Oklahoma State and linebacker on the football team, has a full scholarship that covers his tuition, room and board and books. But he still faces financial stress when it comes to food, personal expenses and his desire to help his family back in Cibolo, Texas. “You’re really living almost check to check,” he said. Soon, a monumental change will alleviate some of the worry. This fall, scholarship athletes in the so-called “Power 5” conferences — and at other schools that opt to participate, like Tulsa — will receive the full cost of attendance in their scholarships. The landmark legislation was passed at the NCAA Convention in Washington, D.C., in January, by the newly autonomous Power 5. The proposal passed with a 79-1 vote; Boston College was the lone dissenter. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • College basketball: Offenses will need to pick up the pace next season

    BY RYAN ABER, Staff Writer | Published: Mon, May 11, 2015

    The NCAA men’s basketball rules committee meets beginning Tuesday in Indianapolis, and chairman Rick Byrd recently told ESPN.com that it was likely the shot clock would be reduced to 30 seconds for the upcoming season.

  • OU has two of the nation's 'most explosive' running backs

    Published: Mon, May 11, 2015

    To determine the nation's most explosive running back, SBNation.com calculated 2014 players with at least 30 "opportunities" and a 6-plus average of "highlight yards" per opportunity. Confusing, we know, but stick around. Of the power conference backs, an OU rusher came out No. 1. No, not Semaje Perine (who ranked eighth on the list). It's Alex Ross, who averaged a power conference-best 10.29 highlight yards on 31 opportunities. From SBNation: "Highlight Yards means the yards a back gets on top of the 5 he should usually get if the offensive line does a good job. A Highlight Opportunity is any running play over 5 yards; the running back gets credit for all yardage beyond the initial 5. "Ross was the most explosive power-conference back, returning or otherwise. He only had 88 carries as a sophomore, but he was electric, also scoring twice on kickoffs. While Samaje Perine is the Sooners' big name, this former four-star will be a capable option." So, according to this measure, OU has two of the top eight most explosive running backs in college football coming back this season.

  • OU softball: Oklahoma earns 11 seed in NCAA Tournament

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Sun, May 10, 2015

    Oklahoma’s softball team enters the NCAA Tournament as the No. 11 overall seed, and will host Central Arkansas, Lehigh and Texas A&M in the Norman Regional next weekend.

  • Human resources director for the University of Oklahoma athletics department alleges discrimination

    By Nolan Clay, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, May 8, 2015

    Kimberly R. Miller, of Norman, has sued the University of Oklahoma’s board of regents in Oklahoma City federal court, accusing the university of racial discrimination. She has worked at OU since November 2011. The university denies mistreating Miller.

  • Oklahoma outlasts Kansas State

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sat, May 9, 2015

    Sooners get strong pitching, run support in Saturday win on the road

  • Mother's Day columns from Berry Tramel

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Sat, May 9, 2015

    A collection of Mother's Day columns from The Oklahoman's Berry Tramel, focusing on the mothers of Oklahoma sports figures.

  • Oklahoma baseball: Kansas State blanks Sooners, 5-0

    From Staff Reports | Published: Fri, May 8, 2015

    Nate Griep threw a three-hit complete game Friday night, leading Kansas State to a 5-0 Big 12 baseball victory over Oklahoma before 2,800 fans at Tointon Stadium.

  • The secret to Oklahoma's 'perfect' freshman pitcher Paige Parker

    By Jenni Carlson | Published: Fri, May 8, 2015

    Paige Parker owns a national record-tying four perfect games — as a freshman. Here’s the story of why she’s so good so soon, and how she became a Sooner about the same time she became a teenager.

  • Why Blake Griffin is the early postseason MVP

    Published: Fri, May 8, 2015

    Blake Griffin has been the best player in the 2015 NBA playoffs by finding the right balance in his game. Berry Tramel wrote this week that Griffin has been playing the best basketball of his career this postseason. ESPN's Kevin Pelton did a breakdown of Griffin's postseason impact through some interesting advanced statistics, pointing out that Griffin has "married that (midrange jump-shooting) versatility with the paint dominance that made him such a unique talent as a young player. And he's added an assist rate that most point guards would envy." Griffin, a power forward, is second in the NBA this postseason in points created by assists per game (18.8) behind only Washington Wizards point guard John Wall.

  • OU's TaShawn Thomas on NBA Draft Combine 5-on-5 list

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, May 8, 2015

    OU forward TaShawn Thomas will have a chance to prove himself against some of his peers at the NBA Draft Combine next week. Thomas is one of 36 players who will participate in 5-on-5 play at the May 12-17 combine in Chicago. In his lone season at OU after transferring from Houston, the 6-foot-8 Thomas averaged 11.6 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game, helping the Sooners to the Sweet 16.

  • Big 12 brain trust a collective disaster when it comes to making decisions

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, May 7, 2015

    COMMENTARY - Big 12 decision-makers are sort of like Congress. You don’t know what they’ll do, you just know that whatever they do will be wrong.

  • Bedlam softball moved up Saturday due to inclement weather

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, May 8, 2015

    Due to the threat of inclement weather, Saturday's Bedlam softball matchup between Oklahoma and Oklahoma State has been moved up to 11 a.m. in Norman. The game will be tape-delayed, but will air at its original broadcast time of 2 p.m. on ESPN2. Sunday's OU-OSU game remains scheduled for noon in Stillwater. The Sooners won the only other meeting between the two schools this season, 7-1 in Stillwater on April 22.

  • True or false: Does the Big 12 have a conference championship game in 2016?

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Thu, May 7, 2015

    WE PICK'EM -- Jenni Carlson and Berry Tramel take the weekly We Pick'Em an alternative route, playing true or false with the Big 12, Sam Bradford's starting status, Adrian Peterson's next destination, Russell Westbrook and more.

  • Notre Dame QB Everett Golson transferring

    Published: Thu, May 7, 2015

    Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson is transferring from the school. Per foxsports.com's Bruce Feldman , the 6-foot-1, 200-pound senior is set to graduate from Notre Dame and will be immediately eligible to play in 2015. Golston explained his decision to Fox Sports in a statement, in which he did not go into detail about where he will transfer or if he's made a decision. "I will have no future comment at this time and ask that you respect my time as I figure out this live changing moment," Golson said. "God has a plan for each of us and I ask for your prayers as I move forward in this new journey in my life." As a sophomore in 2012, Golson led Notre Dame to an unbeaten regular season and to the BCS National Championship Game. Along the way, Golson helped defeat Oklahoma 30-13 in Norman , passing for 177 yards and rushing for 64 yards and a touchdown.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Jenni Carlson

    staff reports | Updated: Thu, May 7, 2015

    What is Sam Presti talking about? What is the Big 12 doing in football? Can the Cowboys win the Big 12 in baseball? Join Jenni Carlson on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m. for some talk on the Thunder, OU, OSU and more.

  • Lauren Chamberlain, Shelby Pendley among Top 10 finalists for USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year

    staff reports | Published: Wed, May 6, 2015

    Oklahoma softball seniors Shelby Pendley and Lauren Chamberlain are each among the Top 10 finalists for the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award, as announced Wednesday. Pendley and Chamberlain are among the national leaders in home runs. Pendly is tied for second nationally with 24 homers, and Chamberlain is tied for 15th with 19. In April, Chamberlain broke the all-time NCAA record for career home runs with the 91st of her career. The University of Florida also has two players among the finalists. USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Top 10 Finalists Alexis Bennett, UCLA, OF, junior Emily Carsone, Auburn, INF, junior Lauren Chamberlain, Oklahoma, INF, senior Sara Groenewegan, Minnesota, P, sophomore Lauren Haeger, Florida, P/INF, senior Cheridan Hawkins, Oregon, P, junior Shelby Pendley, Oklahoma, INF/P, senior Sierra Romero, Michigan, INF, junior Kelsey Stewart, Florida, INF, junior Shelby Turner, Central Florida, P, junior The top three finalists will be announced May 20, with the winner revealed May 26. Former Oklahoma pitcher Keilani Ricketts was the last Sooner to win the award in 2012 and 2013.

  • Sam Bradford success with Philadelphia Eagles is up to Chip Kelly

    Published: Wed, May 6, 2015

    Eagles head coach Chip Kelly wanted to move up to No. 2 in the NFL Draft. Heck, Kelly entertained moving up to No. 1 before trading up for Sam Bradfordn. But he wasn't willing to "mortgage the future." Now, Sam Bradford is a part of that future. ESPN.com's Phil Sheridan says it's easy to look at Bradford as a bust like other first-round quarterbacks before, but Bradford's circumstances were different. Now, Sheridan says, it's up to Kelly how much Bradford can succeed. Bradford has his old offensive coordinator back from his Rookie of the Year season. "As a rookie in 2010, Bradford played for offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, who was on Reid’s staff when McNabb was being developed. Bradford completed 60 percent of his passes and was named the AP offensive rookie of the year," Sheridan said. "It is the opposite of the situation Bradford had in St. Louis. Everything is in place for a quarterback to succeed."

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Berry Tramel from H&H Shooting Sports

    staff reports | Updated: Wed, May 6, 2015

    Join Berry Tramel on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m. live from H&H Shooting Sports, where he'll answer your questions on the Thunder's staff changes, OU and OSU sports, the NBA playoffs and more.