• College baseball: OSU sweeps Texas, Sooners rout Jayhawks

    Sunday, May 1, 2016 at 07:10 PM

    AUSTIN, Texas — Oklahoma State exploded for four runs in the eighth inning Sunday and went on to sweep once-mighty Texas 8-4 in Big 12 baseball before 5,484 fans at Disch Falk Field. Texas (20-24 overall, 9-9 Big 12) tied the game 4-4 with a run in the seventh inning, but OSU (28-15, 12-6) took the lead for good in its next at bat. Corey Hassel had the big hit in the eighth with a two-run single. OSU coach Josh Holliday used eight pitchers in the series finale. Starter Trey Cobb was strong, blanking Texas on three hits, no walks and a game-high six strikeouts through four innings. The Cowboys next play 6 p.m. Friday at Reynolds Stadium against Prairie View A&M. SOONERS DOWN KANSAS LAWRENCE, Kan.

  • Thunder Buddies podcast: Who is most at fault for the Game 1 beatdown in San Antonio

    Sunday, May 1, 2016 at 03:04 PM

    Welcome to the home of our Thunder Buddies podcast, named, in part, from Universal Studio's highly-acclaimed comedy 'Ted', but inspired by our continued hope for wall-to-wall coverage of the Thunder. Below is our list of episodes (click the link to listen). If you prefer iTunes for your podcast listening experience, click here and subscribe. Hope you enjoy: Thunder Buddies -- Spurs-Thunder Game 1 recap (

  • Tramel: Time for the Thunder to fear Kawhi Leonard

    Sunday, May 1, 2016 at 08:22 PM

    Appropriate fear. It’s a good term. Wouldn’t be a bad idea for the Thunder to adopt it themselves in their quest to beat the Spurs in these Western Conference semifinals, a quest which has gone from uphill to as steep as a lighthouse staircase. Time for the Thunder to appropriately fear Kawhi Leonard.

  • Thunder angry but taking short memory into Game 2 against Spurs

    Sunday, May 1, 2016 at 07:00 PM

    The Spurs’ Game 1 blowout of the Thunder isn’t new. In its last playoff series against the Spurs in 2014, the Thunder was beaten badly on the road not once, but twice. The Thunder could draw some inspiration from those post-blowout performances and how it responded.

  • Thunder journal: Why Billy Donovan stuck with the starters in Game 1

    Sunday, May 1, 2016 at 07:27 PM

    Donovan said there wasn’t a discussion with the players about playing extended minutes in the first quarter.

  • Film room: Breaking down the Thunder's lack of defensive effort during Game 1 in San Antonio

    Sunday, May 1, 2016 at 01:12 AM

    SAN ANTONIO – Remember the 2014 NBA Finals? When the Spurs reached that peak level of basketball, wiping out LeBron James and the Heat with a beautiful five-game blend of ball movement, scorching shooting and textbook team defense. Saturday night felt like a duplication. It’s tough to imagine even the Thunder’s best performance could’ve held off a 1-0 series deficit. But OKC wasn't near its optimum level, which is where the concern resides. The Thunder had four days off leading up to Game 1, an NBA eternity to both rest and digest the importance of this series for the franchise's long-term outlook. Energy, presumably, wasn't an expected issue.

  • Troy University football player killed in motorcycle crash

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    GULF SHORES, Ala. (AP) — A Troy University football player has died following in a motorcycle crash in Alabama. Gulf Shores Police Sgt. Jonathan Woodruff tells local news outlets that 19-year-old Nathan Harris was driving a motorcycle Saturday morning on U.S. 231. For unknown reasons, Woodruff's motorcycle struck the end of a flatbed truck tandem trailer carrying lumber. Harris was a Gulf Shores native. According to a release from Troy University Athletics, Harris joined the Troy football team as a walk-on in the fall semester and worked his way up to the team's starting holder.

  • Family travel five: 5 summer deals for trips of a lifetime

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    Hatch a summer travel plan with the help of deals and discounts. Here are five ideas to consider: 1.British Virgin Islands. Are you in the mood for an island holiday? If so, check out the Summer Freedom program offered in the British Virgin Islands, a paradise that promises no building is taller than the highest palm tree. Comprising more than 60 palm-fringed islands, the British Virgin Islands is home to a wide range of hotels, resorts, villas and sailing vessels, many of which offer deals, discounts and kids-stay-free options.

  • Dan K. Thomasson: Leniency with UNC shows NCAA protects its top dogs

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    WASHINGTON — A number of years ago while catching March Madness on a television backstage at the annual Spring Gridiron Club banquet with a few white-tied guests, I allowed out loud that I would take the whole thing more seriously when the NCAA managed to look at the University of North Carolina’s regulatory practices, including recruiting. “Well, I certainly hope that doesn’t happen anytime soon, if ever,” an obvious UNC fan standing next to me said as one of his team’s stars sunk another 3-pointer. “I’m the governor of North Carolina.” So much for my famous tact.

  • Gordon's suspension defies PED stereotypes

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    Dee Gordon's suspension was another reminder of an issue that may never totally go away: performance-enhancing drugs in baseball. But this positive test flies in the face of at least one aspect of the PED narrative. Gordon, after all, is listed at 5-foot-11 and 170 pounds. He's hit eight home runs in 495 major league games. "It's probably more of a surprise than the power guys," New York Mets second baseman Neil Walker said. "It's more surprising given his stature and his style of game." When people talk about PED use in baseball, the conversation usually turns to beefed-up sluggers hitting prodigious home runs. That's the stereotype, at least. But the evidence suggests that positive tests can come from many different t

  • Questionable hits turning up heat between Penguins, Capitals

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — The number of hits the Washington Capitals have tried to level on the Pittsburgh Penguins through two contentious games in the Eastern Conference semifinals is not a surprise. The nature of those hits? Well, that's another matter. Tom Wilson's run-in with Conor Sheary's knee in Game 1 cost the Washington forward a couple grand in fines. Brooks Orpik's elbow to Olli Maatta's chin early in Game 2 ended with Maatta skating woozily off the ice, the young defenseman's status for the rest of the best-of-seven series uncertain and Orpik out three games after being suspended by the NHL on Sunday night.

  • Raptors reach second round for first time 15 years

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    TORONTO (AP) — After a decade and a half of playoff disappointment, the Toronto Raptors finally got to enjoy a celebratory night of hugs, kisses and happy families. Next up, a second-round date with the Miami Heat. Toronto advanced with a Game 7 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Sunday night. DeMar DeRozan scored 30 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 15 rebounds and 10 points and the Raptors beat the Pacers 89-84. The Raptors will host the Heat in Game 1 of the second round Tuesday night. "It's going to be another hard-fought series," DeRozan said. "We don't expect anything less." Coach Dwane Casey expects a big challenge trying to contain Miami star Dwyane Wade. "We've kind of been watching them out of

  • Back to the drawing board for Thunder against Spurs

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    There was a possession where LaMarcus Aldridge grabbed a defensive rebound, outlet-passed to Manu Ginobili, who then turned and fired a 70-foot strike to Kawhi Leonard for a dunk. The whole play took about 3 seconds. And the ball never touched the floor. Not everything came that easily for San Antonio in the opener of the Spurs' Western Conference semifinal series against Oklahoma City. It only seemed that way, as they rolled to a 124-92 win and will now look to take a 2-0 lead when the series resumes in San Antonio on Monday night. "Now we've got to get back to the drawing board and see what we've got to do better to get ready for Game 2," Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook said. "Come out and play with a different

  • LEADING OFF: Texas visits Toronto, site of wild playoff game

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ FLIPPY Jose Bautista and the Toronto Blue Jays welcome Texas to town for the first time since their raucous Game 5 of the AL Division Series. That decisive matchup at Rogers Centre last October included Bautista's high-flying bat flip, a couple of angry confrontations and fans throwing debris. FAMILIAR FACE Giants newcomer Johnny Cueto returns to Great American Ball Park to face the Reds. The All-Star made the first 213 starts of his career for Cincinnati before being traded last July to Kansas City in a package that included pitcher Brandon Finnegan. Cueto signed with San Francisco in the offseason and has done well so far, going 4-1 with a 2.65 ER

  • Heat off to the second round, and Deng a big reason why

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    MIAMI (AP) — Luol Deng's role with the Miami Heat changed out of necessity in February, when the team lost Chris Bosh for the second consecutive season to a blood clot at the All-Star break. It initially seemed like desperation. It's looking more like brilliance now. Deng was one of many heroes for the Heat in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. It could be argued that he was the team's most consistent — or maybe even best — player in the seven games it took for Miami to oust Charlotte and move on to a second-round matchup that starts on Tuesday against Toronto. "Losing Chris was a big blow for this team," Heat guard Dwyane Wade said after Sunday's 106-73 win to eliminate Charlotte in Game 7.

  • An inside look at the other draft, as free agents find spots

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Gary Shipman was at his desk at noon Saturday, thumbing through depth charts and occasionally looking across the room at the wall-mounted TV trumpeting the start of the NFL draft's final day. Shipman, who represents four college football players eligible to play in the NFL this season, didn't expect to hear any of their names called, even when teams are willing to take chances in the sixth or seventh round. Shipman and his staff were busily studying NFL rosters, trying to find the right fit for their players, keeping tabs on how franchises are using picks and trying to sell teams on his list of undrafted free agents well before the 253rd and final selection was made in Chicago. This is the draft TV v

  • DeRozan has 30 points, Raptors beat Pacers 89-84 in Game 7

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    TORONTO (AP) — DeMar DeRozan scored 30 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 15 rebounds and 10 points and the Toronto Raptors beat the Indiana Pacers 89-84 on Sunday night in Game 7 of the first-round playoff series to advance to face Miami in the conference semifinals. Game 1 is Tuesday night in Toronto. Rookie Norman Powell added 13 points, Kyle Lowry had 11 points and nine assists, and Patrick Patterson had 11 pointed to help Toronto win a seven-game series for the first time in franchise history. The Raptors won their first postseason series since a five-game triumph over the New York Knicks in 2001, ending the NBA's longest active drought between playoff series victories.

  • Betances, Yankees lose 8-7 as Red Sox complete 3-game sweep

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    BOSTON (AP) — The New York Yankees can't even count on one of their best relievers as they fall even further behind in the AL East. Hard-throwing right-hander Dellin Betances gave up a first-pitch, two-run homer to Christian Vazquez on Sunday night, breaking a seventh-inning tie and sending the Boston Red Sox to an 8-7 victory and a three-game sweep of the Yankees. "You never want to go in there and give up these games," Betances said. "I pretty much lost these games. I'll take the responsibility on myself. It's tough. We put up a lot of runs and I tried to come in and do my job. Unfortunately, I didn't." In the series opener on Friday night, Betances allowed David Ortiz's tiebreaking, two-run homer in a 4-2 loss.

  • Red Sox beat Yankees 8-7 to complete 3-game sweep

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    BOSTON (AP) — Alex Rodriguez had already driven in four runs against David Price with a homer and a double. So when the New York Yankees' designated hitter came up again with the game tied in the seventh inning, Red Sox manager John Farrell wanted to have a chat with his ace. "David's not going to say he doesn't want to face anyone," Farrell said Sunday night after Price retired Rodriguez and picked up the win in Boston's 8-7 victory over the Yankees. "That was a pivotal moment," Farrell added. "He's a big-time performer, despite some of tonight's outcomes.

  • OKC Energy ties Seattle on the road

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sun, May 1, 2016

    TUKWILLA, Wash. — Oklahoma City Energy FC tied Seattle 1-1 in United Soccer League action on Sunday. Seattle struck first, scoring on a breakdown in the Energy defense in the 20th minute. The Energy (1-1-2) would need all five minutes of added time in the second half to get the draw. After playing the full 90, the referee signaled a minimum of five minutes of stoppage time. The Energy made a few late pushes but failed to convert on any chances. Danni Konig, headed a ball toward the goal in the 93rd minute but couldn't score. Moments later, he chipped a shot just over the crossbar. It looked as if the Energy, which outshot Seattle, was not going to get a result.

  • Pavelski's late goal gives Sharks 3-2 win over Predators

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The Nashville Predators frustrated Joe Pavelski and San Jose's top line for much of the night, forcing turnovers, blocking shots and limiting chances. That all changed with one big shift late in the game that put the Sharks in control of their second-round series. Pavelski scored the tiebreaking goal with 2:40 left in regulation and Martin Jones stopped 37 shots to lead San Jose to a 3-2 victory over the Nashville Predators on Sunday night and a 2-0 series lead. "I don't think it was our line's best game, by any means," Pavelski said. "Our last shift, you take a look, there's three minutes left, it's tied, you hope for a chance." He got one and San Jose's captain delivered just as he alwa

  • Blues even series on Backes' OT game-winner, beat Stars 4-3

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    DALLAS (AP) — David Backes gave the St. Louis Blues a big gift on his 32nd birthday, with another overtime goal to go home even. What a serenade of "Happy Birthday" for the Blues captain from his teammates after Backes scored off a rebound during a power play 10:58 into overtime of Game 2 on Sunday for a 4-3 victory over the Dallas Stars. "I want to know what they did with the money their parents gave them for voice lessons," Backes said with a smile. After blowing a two-goal lead while getting outshot 13-2 in the third period, the Blues took advantage of their second power-play chance in overtime. Backes followed up Alexander Steen's shot 17 seconds after Antoine Roussel was called for interference, his third penalty

  • CU men's basketball: Derrick White ready for takeoff with Buffs

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    Spending a season on the sideline is never ideal for any basketball player, but in Derrick White's case it at least shed any nagging doubts that could have lingered after his life-altering decision. White can compete in the Pac-12 Conference, and he's more than ready to show what he can do at the Division I level. From the moment he opted to ply his skills for one last season at college basketball's highest level with the Colorado Buffaloes, the versatile White has been lauded by head coach Tad Boyle as someone who will be a key component to the 2016-17 team. White's time nearly is at hand.

  • Yu Darvish pitches 2 innings in 1st game since elbow surgery

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Yu Darvish threw 18 of 32 pitches for strikes in a rehab start Sunday, the first game for the Texas Rangers ace since Tommy John surgery more than 13 months ago. Darvish worked two scoreless innings with two strikeouts and one walk for Double-A Frisco against Corpus Christi, an affiliate of the Houston Astros. The right-hander from Japan said he was happy with the outing and being able to pitch two healthy innings. He was right in line with the Rangers' plans for him to go two innings or about 30 pitches. Darvish last pitched in a major league game on Aug. 9, 2014, then missed the end of that season because of right elbow inflammation. He pitched only one inning the following spring before surgery

  • Heat roll past Hornets in Game 7, 106-73

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    MIAMI (AP) — Dwyane Wade took a moment before tipoff Sunday to reflect on all that his Miami Heat endured this season. They lost Chris Bosh at the All-Star break to a blood clot for a second consecutive year, forcing them to significantly change their style of play. They handled injuries, saw assistant coach Keith Smart deal with cancer treatment that took him away from the team and reshaped their roster in free-agent deals and trades. In that moment, Wade realized how it all made his team stronger. "I'm not a prophet or anything," Wade said, "but I knew we were winning this game." How right he was. Goran Dragic scored 25 points in his first Game 7, Gerald Green added 16 and the Heat ousted the Charlotte Hornets

  • Warriors whip Portland at home in opener of West semifinals

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — From the opening tip, Klay Thompson shot lights-out and even heaved one in from way out in Stephen Curry territory. Draymond Green began yapping from the start while doing his thing to make plays every which way, calling on his teammates to bring an edge on defense. With Curry sidelined because of a sprained right knee, Green and Thompson took charge again. Their supporting cast came through in the clutch, too. Thompson scored 37 points in another brilliant performance as his fellow "Splash Brother" watched injured, and the Golden State Warriors dominated once more without their MVP to beat the Portland Trail Blazers 118-106 Sunday in the opener of the Western Conference semifinals.