• Big 12 baseball: OU needs to win Big 12 Tournament to get regional bid

    Big 12 baseball: OU needs to win Big 12...

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Tue, May 24, 2016

    Hughes’ Sooners only have to look to last year to see that it can be done. Texas was the No. 5 seed last year — just like the Sooners this year — and swept through the field to stay alive and advance to a regional.

  • Oklahoma softball: What you need to know about the Norman Super Regional against Louisiana-Lafayette

    By Kyle Fredrickson, Staff Writer, kfredrickson@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, May 24, 2016

    Oklahoma (50-7): OU rolled to three victories in regional play — Wichita State (7-2), Ole Miss (9-1), Ole Miss (3-0) — to advance to Super Regionals for a seventh-straight year. The program's 25-straight wins is four behind the all-time mark, 29, set in 2005. Sophomore left-hander Paige Parker is 31-3 on the season with 13 shutouts. Louisiana-Lafayette (46-7): ULL defeated Boston (9-5), Texas (9-1) and Texas A&M (9-8) in the Lafayette Regional. The Ragin Cajuns last faced OU in the 2014 WCWS and lost 3-1. This time around, they're led by sophomore catcher Lexie Elkins' .505 batting average, 18 home runs and 48 runs batted in. GAME ONE When: 8 p.m.

  • Norman Super Regional: Oklahoma sophomore outfielder Nicole Pendley heats up as Sooners extend win streak to 25 games

    Norman Super Regional: Oklahoma sophomore...

    By Kyle Fredrickson, Staff Writer, kfredrickson@oklahoman.com | Updated: 13 hr ago

    NORMAN — Nicole Pendley doesn't believe in superstition. At least not the sports-centric kind that might explain Oklahoma's 25-game win streak as hosts of Super Regional play against Louisiana-Lafayette Thursday and Friday. The Sooners have a specific cheer after their practices before games, but the sophomore outfielder simply says “we've become a better team as the year went on.” That was the certainly the case for Pendley in OU's collective three-game sweep over Wichita State and Ole Miss last weekend as she crushed two home runs. She sat down with The Oklahoman to discuss a variety of topics. Q. Have you had a chance to evaluate ULL film? A. "We actually jumped on board last night. Started doing our

  • Power Lunch: Chat with columnist Berry Tramel

    Power Lunch: Chat with columnist Berry Tramel

    From Staff Reports | Updated: 21 hr ago

    Talk about the Thunder, OU and OSU with columnist Berry Tramel today at 11 a.m.

  • Report: Oklahoma to host Florida in Big 12/SEC Challenge

    Ryan Aber | Updated: Mon, May 23, 2016

    Oklahoma will host Florida in the Big 12/SEC Challenge next season, according to a report from CBS Sports' Jon Rothstein. Sooners coach Lon Kruger coached the Gators from 1990-96, leading Florida to a Final Four appearance in 1994. That was his lone Final Four appearance until this year's Sooners made it. The Big 12/SEC Challenge has been played each of the last three seasons with the Big 12 winning each time. Last season, the Big 12 went 7-3 including Oklahoma's 77-75 win at LSU. For the first time, the event was moved to January. Florida was 21-15 overall last season and 9-9 in its first year under Mike White. White replaced Billy Donovan, who replaced Kruger and left

  • Big 12 baseball tournament back in OKC

    Big 12 baseball tournament back in OKC

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Mon, May 23, 2016

    This is the 20th year for OKC to host the championship game. What keeps the Big 12 coming back to OKC?

  • OU softball: Sooners blank Ole Miss, win regional title

    OU softball: Sooners blank Ole Miss, win...

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Sun, May 22, 2016

    Oklahoma will play Louisiana-Lafayette in Super Regional.

  • OU softball notebook: Sooners to face Louisiana-Lafayette in Super Regionals

    OU softball notebook: Sooners to face...

    By Ryan Aber and Scott Wright | Updated: Sun, May 22, 2016

    The Sooners are in the Super Regionals for the seventh consecutive season, the second-longest streak in the nation behind Alabama, which advanced to its 12th consecutive Super Regional on Sunday.

  • Oklahoma baseball: Sooners slugged by Austin Peay in season finale

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sat, May 21, 2016

    Oklahoma heads into the Big 12 Tournament as the No. 5 seed and will play No. 4 West Virginia at 9 a.m. on Wednesday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.

  • 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.




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