• Grading the Sooners' performance vs. Michigan State

    Friday, March 27, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    OU and Michigan State was billed as a tossup game, and that’s the way it turned out. The Spartans made a couple plays down the stretch, and the grades reflect the Sooners’ disappointment.

  • Kansas State slows Cowboys' fast start in Big 12

    Friday, March 27, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    Kansas State dumped No. 12-ranked Oklahoma State 4-2, pulling its record back to .500 and interrupting the Cowboys’ strong start in the conference.

  • Michigan State ends Oklahoma's season

    Friday, March 27, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Oklahoma had been the one with big answers in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament before Friday night. But against seventh-seeded Michigan State at the Carrier Dome, the answers ran dry. Instead it was the Spartans coming up with clutch shots in the closing minutes, leading to a 62-58 win over the Sooners in the East Regional. Michigan State will play fourth-seeded Louisville on Sunday for a berth in the Final Four. Oklahoma’s season ends at 24-11. The Sooners led for much of the game, but when things got tight in the final 10 minutes, Michigan State answered every big OU shot with one of its own. The biggest came with just less than seven minutes remaining.

  • Notre Dame takes down Stanford

    Friday, March 27, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    Notre Dame allowed just 16 points in the game’s final 15 minutes as the No. 1 seed Irish defeated fourth-seeded Stanford 81-60 late Friday inside Chesapeake Energy Arena. It marked Notre Dame’s 20th-straight victory.

  • Michigan State's defense was too much for Oklahoma

    Today at 12:00 AM

    After Buddy Hield’s 3-point play off a spin move gave the Sooners a 42-39 lead with 10:57 left, the Sooners went almost 10 minutes with just one basket.

  • Baylor's Sune Agbuke had a night to remember on the court instead of in the court

    Friday, March 27, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    The first-year law student had 23 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as Baylor upends Iowa in the Oklahoma City Women’s Basketball Regional.

  • Time is running out to fix the Thunder's defensive flaws

    Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    This is a Thunder team that now has just 10 games, eight practices and six shoot-arounds left to find a solution to its current ills before top-seeded Golden State turns a once-scintillating first-round series into a potential bloodbath.

  • Is this just an intermission in Kevin Durant's career or career-altering injury?

    Friday, March 27, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant is scheduled to have a bone graft operation next week and will be unable to perform basketball activities for four to six months.

  • What exactly is going on with Kevin Durant's foot?

    Friday, March 27, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    For the third time in less than six months, Durant will have surgery on his bothersome right foot. The latest is a bone graft procedure scheduled for early next week in New York. It comes with a 4-to-6 month recovery timetable – easily the longest of the three surgeries – and sets his projected return to basketball activity between late July and late September, right at the heels of training camp.


  • Sooners wear down in 62-58 loss to Spartans in East semis

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — It took four years for coach Lon Kruger to rebuild the Oklahoma Sooners into bona fide NCAA Tournament contenders. The Sooners still have a few steps to take before they can be regarded as Elite Eight worthy. Oklahoma (24-11) withered under Michigan State's defensive pressure in the second half of a 62-58 loss in an East Regional semifinal on Friday night. After getting off to a hot start by hitting eight of their first 11 shots, the Sooners went 12 of 44 the rest of the way. "This group does a good job, making progress as a program," Kruger said. "They've taken some good steps. We've got a long way to go. But a good fight tonight." Junior guard Buddy Hield led Oklahoma with 21 points.

  • Guards key to advancement in women's NCAA Tournament

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    It was a sweet night for guards in the regional semifinals of the women's basketball NCAA Tournament. Niya Johnson of Baylor, Lindsay Allen of Notre Dame, Leticia Romero of Florida State and Tiffany Mitchell of South Carolina all helped their teams advance Friday night into the final eight. The victories set up matchups between the top two seeds in both Oklahoma City and Greensboro. Baylor and Notre Dame will have a rematch of last season's regional final game that was played in South Bend, Indiana, which the Irish won on their home court. The other game will feature South Carolina and Florida State, both of whom have advanced farther then they have in a while. Johnson had 16 assists and no turnovers in the Lady Bears'

  • Duke tops Utah, 63-57, moves on to Elite Eight

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    HOUSTON —Right when Duke needed a change of momentum with time running short, Justise Winslow provided it. In Duke’s 63-57 victory — made close by late fouls — the Houston product, playing in front of a crowd of family and friends, drove to the basket and drew a foul. His shot sank, sending him to the line and Mike Krzyzewski a few steps onto the court to give him a high-five. The ensuing free throw gave Duke a 52-43 lead and Winslow 21 points for the game. Winslow grabbed the rebound on the ensuing Delon Wright miss, setting up two Tyus Jones free throws that extended the lead back to double digits. The win sends Duke, the top seed in the South Region, to the Elite Eight. A Sunday date with No. 2 Gonzaga will d

  • Bill Plaschke: For Bruins, loss in Sweet 16 is far more a beginning than end

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    HOUSTON — They slowly picked themselves up off the stadium floor, off the final moments of their season, and stood in line for the last time. Norman Powell was in front, his cheeks stained with tears. Tony Parker was in the back, his eye glazed with frustration. As the UCLA basketball team slowly filed past victorious Gonzaga for postgame handshakes Friday night at NRG Stadium, the Bruins were crying, sweating and staggering. But it was the last week in March, and they were still standing, and for now, that is enough. In their 74-62 defeat to Gonzaga in the Sweet 16, the Bruins lost a game but laid a foundation. They ended a season but started a journey. They were done, yet there is still a real sense they are just be

  • Spartans knock off Sooners 62-58 in East semifinal

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — All but counted out a little over a month ago, coach Tom Izzo and the Michigan State Spartans are still playing. Next up, another Elite Eight. Denzel Valentine scored 13 of his 18 points in the second half and Travis Trice scored six of his 21 points in the final two minutes of a 62-58 win over the Oklahoma Sooners in an NCAA Tournament East Regional semifinal on Friday night. "I get to work another day. I can't tell you how excited that makes me," Izzo said. "I'm just tickled to death to still be playing." The Spartans (26-11) have won 11 of 14 and are headed to their second consecutive regional final and fourth since 2009.

  • Utah, other Coach K lose 63-57 in Sweet 16 top-seeded Duke

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    HOUSTON (AP) — The other Coach K in this Sweet 16 matchup could just be getting started even though Utah's season is over. Larry Krystkowiak and his Utes, so close to an NCAA regional final only three years after winning only six games, lost 63-57 to Duke and the more well-known Coach K on Friday night. Asked where he goes from here, Krystkowiak exhaled before answering. "Well heck if I know," he said. "I'm in decompress mode at this point. Just enjoyed the experience with these kids and am going to soak this up and reflect." The Utes (26-9) were in the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2005, and only three years after Krystkowiak's miserable debut season before he was able to put together his own roster.

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  • Freshman-led Duke in another regional final, beat Utah 63-57

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    HOUSTON (AP) — Justise Winslow says coach Mike Krzyzewski never treated him and the other Duke freshmen like, well, freshmen. These young Blue Devils certainly aren't playing like it either — and have Coach K one win away from another NCAA Final Four. "He gave us his trust and just believed in us," said Winslow, one of the three freshman starters. "When you have that, you play like yourself." Winslow, playing home in Houston the day after his 19th birthday, had 21 points and 10 rebounds for South Regional top seed Duke in a 63-57 Sweet 16 victory over revived Utah on Friday night. Freshman guard Tyus Jones had 15 points while standout big man Jahlil Okafor had six points and eight rebounds.

  • Stanford loses to Notre Dame in Elite Eight

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Stanford was simply overmatched. Lindsay Allen scored a career-high 28 points to help top-seeded Notre Dame defeat the Cardinal 81-60 in the NCAA women's Sweet 16 on Friday night. Allen entered the night averaging just under 10 points per game, but she matched her career high with 24 points in the first half. Jewell Loyd took over after halftime and scored 17 of her 21 points after the break for the Fighting Irish (34-2). Bonnie Samuelson scored 17 points and Erica McCall and Amber Orrange each added 12 for No. 4 seed Stanford (26-10). Cardinal coach Tara VanDerveer said her team competed, and it still wasn't enough. "I just think we lost to a really outstanding team," she said. "Congr

  • Oklahoma basketball notebook: Sooners can't foul Branden Dawson

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    Free throws have bitten Michigan State plenty of times this year and near the end of the game, when Oklahoma needed the Spartans to miss free throws to give them a chance, the Sooners tried to foul Branden Dawson. But no foul was called and eventually Oklahoma had to foul Travis Trice instead. Trice hit four free throws in the final 1:19, and Michigan State won, 62-58. “We were trying to foul Dawson,” Sooners forward Ryan Spangler said. “I don’t know if the ref wasn’t looking or what, but he didn’t call it and we had to foul their best free throw shooter. Dawson was just a 54.8 percent free throw shooter. Trice was shooting 69.7 percent.

  • Arizona State women fall short of Elite 8, lose 66-65 to FSU

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Arizona State lost Promise Amukamara to fouls, and then her younger sister lost the ball. It added up to the Sun Devils losing to Florida State 66-65 on Friday night in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. Katie Hempen had 22 points for the third-seeded Sun Devils (29-6), who had a chance to win it at the buzzer after Florida State's Emiah Bingley missed the front end of a one-and-one with 5.2 seconds remaining. Hempen inbounded to Peace Amukamara, who hurriedly dribbled downcourt but slowed up to look at the clock. That gave the Seminoles' Maegan Conwright just enough time to poke it away. Adut Bulgak snatched it as the horn sounded.

  • Notre Dame beats Stanford 81-60, advances to Elite Eight

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Lindsay Allen normally focuses on setting others up. On Friday, the sophomore point guard turned into a scorer, dropping in a career-high 28 points to help top-seeded Notre Dame defeat Stanford 81-60 in the NCAA women's Sweet 16. Allen entered the night averaging just under 10 points per game, but she matched her career high with 24 points in the first half alone. "Our posts did a really good job of setting screens, and we were just reading the defense really well and getting open shots for our offense," Allen said. Jewell Loyd scored 17 of her 21 points in the second half for the Fighting Irish (34-2), who advanced to play Baylor (33-3) on Sunday for a spot in the Final Four.

  • Michigan State's defense was too much for Oklahoma

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    After Buddy Hield’s 3-point play off a spin move gave the Sooners a 42-39 lead with 10:57 left, the Sooners went almost 10 minutes with just one basket.

  • UCLA can’t shoot way out of trouble, loses to Gonzaga in NCAA Sweet 16

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    HOUSTON — Exactly 38 minutes had passed since UCLA’s season ended, and Norman Powell sat at a locker, not yet ready to take off the uniform he had worn for four years. “It’s my last year ever wearing these four letters across my chest,” he had said moments before, so as teammates around him changed into street clothes, Powell lingered. Soon, he was the only player left in uniform. He sat and stared. Forty minutes earlier, with less than a minute left in UCLA’s 74-62 loss to Gonzaga in the first South Regional semifinal game, Coach Steve Alford took Powell out of the game, embraced him and whispered in his ear. Powell sat on the bench and thought back on his career. Tears welled until he put a towel over his head.

  • Paddlefish action picking up above Fort Gibson Lake

    BY ED GODFREY | Published: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    The spoonbill action in northeastern Oklahoma really picked up above Fort Gibson Lake last week and is about to explode around Grand Lake.

  • Oklahoma City Women's Basketball Regional: Notre Dame takes down Stanford, 81-60

    By Kyle Fredrickson | Published: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    Notre Dame allowed just 16 points in the game’s final 15 minutes as the No. 1 seed Irish defeated fourth-seeded Stanford 81-60 late Friday inside Chesapeake Energy Arena. It marked Notre Dame’s 20th-straight victory.

  • Gonzaga headed to Elite Eight for 1st time since 1999

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Przemek Karnowski had 18 points and nine rebounds and second-seeded Gonzaga used a big run early in the second half to pull away for a 74-62 victory over No. 11 UCLA on Friday night in the South Regional semifinals of the NCAA Tournament. The victory puts Gonzaga (35-2) in the Elite Eight for the second time, its first regional final since 1999. The Bulldogs will play Duke on Sunday. UCLA (22-14) opened the second half with a 6-0 run to get within 35-34. Gonzaga scored the next 12 points, thanks to the powerful inside game of the 7-foot-1, 288-pound Karnowski to make it 47-34. The Bruins, who lost in the Sweet 16 for the second straight year, were done in by a tough shooting night that included l

  • South Carolina last-second shot helps avoid UNC upset

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Tiffany Mitchell drove to the basket and scored with 4.2 seconds left and South Carolina beat North Carolina 67-65 on Friday night in the NCAA Tournament's round of 16. Mitchell finished with 18 points for the No. 1-seeded Gamecocks (33-2), who had to fight the entire way to push past UNC in a rematch of last year's Sweet 16 game and advance to the Greensboro Regional final against Florida State on Sunday. Alaina Coates also scored 18 points, including two key free throws for the lead with 46.1 seconds to go. Then Mitchell, the Southeastern Conference player of the year, answered a tying basket from Jessica Washington in the final minute by driving past Brittany Rountree for what turned out to be the

  • Spartans hold off Sooners, 62-58

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    SYRACUSE — In the estimation of Michigan State coach Tom Izzo, the whole NCAA Tournament is “brutal.” Fair enough. But imagine what it must be like for the teams that have to play the Spartans this time of year. Having reached the Sweet 16 for a fourth consecutive year, Michigan State made the most of yet another opportunity, finishing strongly and holding off Oklahoma, 62-58, on Friday night. The Spartans will face Louisville on Sunday afternoon for a chance to make the Final Four. Travis Trice led the winners with 24 points, sinking a key three-pointer with less than five minutes remaining to build a five-point lead. He made a pair of free throws with 13.6 seconds left to put away the Sooners, who were led by Buddy Hi

  • Oklahoma basketball: Report card vs. Michigan State

    Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    OU and Michigan State was billed as a tossup game, and that’s the way it turned out. The Spartans made a couple plays down the stretch, and the grades reflect the Sooners’ disappointment.




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