• OU strong in the NFL Draft, slipped in Big 12. Why?

    Today at 12:00 AM

    OU UPDATE - Columnist Jenni Carlson and OU writer Jason Kersey review the Sooners' biggest surprises and free-agent signees from the NFL Draft.

  • OU's spring game attendance among best in college football

    Today at 11:37 AM

    OU had a spring game showing that ranked among the best in college football. The Sooners drew 42,807 fans to the April 11 game, ranking 10th in attendance among Football Bowl Subdivision schools. Defending national champion Ohio State drew a nation's best 99,391 to its spring football game. Oklahoma had the highest spring football game attendance among Big 12 schools. The Big Ten (five) and Southeastern Conference (four) had nine of the Top 10 attendance figures this spring. Top 10 College Football Spring Game Crowds 1. Ohio State, 99,391 2. Nebraska, 76,881 3. Penn State, 68,000 4. Alabama, 65,175 5. Tennessee, 63,016 6. Auburn, 62,143 7. Michigan, 60,000 8. Michigan State, 48,000 9. Georgia, 46,815 10. Oklahoma, 42,807

  • OU's spring game attendance among best in college football

    Today at 11:37 AM

    Oklahoma had the highest spring football game attendance among Big 12 schools. How did the rest fare?

  • OU Regents will consider $7 million Lloyd Noble Center addition

    Today at 12:00 AM

    NORMAN — The University of Oklahoma Board of Regents will meet later this week in Norman, and according to the final meeting agenda, the regents will consider a $7 million addition to Lloyd Noble Center. According to the agenda item, the addition would add approximately 18,400 square feet to the south of the existing practice facility.

  • How a baseball mentality made OCU's Phil McSpadden a record-setting softball coach

    Monday, May 4, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    Even though sports were a big part of his life growing up in small-town Oklahoma — he went on to play college baseball — coaching never appealed to him. He didn’t want to be the guy in the polyester shorts, the striped tube socks and the Spot-Bilt shoes. He didn’t want to be the stereotype.

  • Big expectations follow Dodgers' top prospect Corey Seager

    Monday, May 4, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    Seager’s hit at whatever level he’s played. Last year, he hit .349 with 20 home runs and 97 RBIs. He was off to an incredible start over three weeks in Double-A Tulsa with a .375 batting average, five home runs and 17 RBIs in 20 games. He’s already off to a fast start for Oklahoma City, too.

  • Billy Donovan’s Thunder Road was paved with an unanswered prayer, a promise to Pitino, and one crazy cover idea

    Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    Son of a Boston College star. Hero of a Final Four run and still a magical name at Providence University. Coaching icon at an SEC school other than Kentucky. Now Kevin Durant’s and Russell Westbrook’s NBA coach.

  • Three things to watch across the Oklahoma City metro during high school soccer playoffs

    Monday, May 4, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    The soccer playoffs open across Class 6A and Class 5A Tuesday night. Here are three things to watch across the Oklahoma City metro.

  • Tramel: Blake Griffin playing the best basketball of his career

    Today at 12:00 AM

    Blake Griffin made first-team all-NBA last season and finished third in the MVP voting. This season, Griffin got a solitary fourth-place vote for MVP and won’t make first-team all-NBA. But he’s playing the best basketball of his career. And we’ve seen Griffin, Oklahoma City born and bred, play a lot of good basketball. Monday night, […]

  • Little-used freshman center decides to transfer from Indiana

    Updated: Fri, May 1, 2015

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Freshman Jeremiah April has decided to transfer from Indiana, coach Tom Crean said Friday. The 6-foot-11 center battled injuries all last season and played in only four games, averaging 1.5 points. Crean says April is looking for a school where he will get more playing time and that Indiana couldn't give that assurance. He's the third player from last season's roster to announce he would be leaving Indiana. Freshman forward Max Hoetzel and sophomore guard Stanford Robinson decided to change schools in March. April's decision keeps Indiana at the NCAA scholarship limit for men's basketball.

  • Billy Donovan has already embraced Oklahoma City community

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, May 1, 2015

    Billy Donovan came to Oklahoma City to scout recruits at an AAU tournament in April 1995. What he remembers from that trip, though, has nothing to do with basketball. “It was about a week after the bombing,” Donovan said. “And I was driving in towards downtown. I couldn’t believe driving, seeing all the windows and the buildings and the destruction.” As he talked Friday during his formal introduction as the Thunder’s new head coach, he paused every now and again. You could almost see him reliving the sights — and the emotions — of that drive. “You could see that the city was paralyzed.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Billy Donovan will have farewell press conference in Florida

    By Anthony Slater | Updated: Fri, May 1, 2015

    Donovan is flying back to Gainesville for a few days to tie up some loose ends and hold a farewell press conference, likely to take place on Monday.

  • HCC's Freeman changes from Dragon to Knight

    Updated: Fri, May 1, 2015

    Hutchinson Community College sophomore DeShawn Freeman has signed with Rutgers men's basketball. "For one, the coaches, they're pretty good coaches. I felt like it was the best move for me," Freeman said. "Out of all the schools that were recruiting me, I felt like their coaches kept in contact with me the most." A native of Rocky Mount, North Carolina, Freeman averaged 18.7 points, 9.3 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 0.9 blocks for Hutchinson this past season. He was a dominant force near the hoop, connecting on 54.6 percent of his shots. A second-team Jayhawk West selection in the regular season, Freeman's game jumped another level during the postseason.

  • No. 2 basketball recruit Jaylen Brown reportedly eliminates Kansas from consideration

    Updated: Fri, May 1, 2015

    Jaylen Brown, the No. 2 overall high school basketball recruit country, will not be headed to Kansas. Brown, a 6-foot-7 small forward, has trimmed his final list to four schools, eliminating KU, according to a report from recruiting site 24/7 Sports. Brown is still considering Cal, Kentucky, Michigan and North Carolina. The latest recruiting news comes just two days after Kansas landed 6-foot-9 power forward Cheick Diallo, leaving KU coach Bill Self with two open scholarships. The Jayhawks previously signed 6-foot-8 forward Carlton Bragg of Cleveland. For the moment, Kansas is still reportedly targeting small forward Tevin Mack, a former VCU commitment who re-opened his recruitment when VCU coach Shaka Smart left for Te

  • US Open winner Michael Campbell says he's quitting

    Updated: Fri, May 1, 2015

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Former U.S. Open champion Michael Campbell says he has lost the motivation to play top-level golf and is quitting to concentrate on teaching. The 46-year-old New Zealander, who won the Open at Pinehurst in 2005, told New Zealand's Radio Sport on Saturday that retiring was a hard decision but "I have no complaints to walk away from the game that has given me such a wonderful life." Campbell lives in Malaga, Spain where he runs a golf academy and has plans to establish others in Asia and New Zealand. He told Radio Sport he hopes to play senior tournaments when he becomes eligible in four years' time. He said friends of the same age "are still out there competing ... but right now I have go

  • Sports TV listings for Oklahoma City: Saturday, May 2-Sunday, May 3

    Published: Fri, May 1, 2015

    SATURDAY MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALLL 7 p.m., Oklahoma City at Iowa, KGHM-AM 1340 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 12:35 p.m., N.Y. Yankees at Boston, MLBN (Cox 264) 1 p.m., Pittsburgh at St. Louis, FSPLUS (Cox 68)/Cox 703/KREF-AM 1400/98.5 FM 3 p.m., L.A. Angels at S. Francisco, FS1 (Cox 67) 6 p.m., Cincinnati at Atlanta, FS1 (Cox 67) 7 p.m., Oakland at Texas, FSOK (Cox 37) 9 p.m., Arizona at L.A. Dodgers, MLBN (Cox 264) JIP NFL 11 a.m., The Draft, ESPN (Cox 29)/NFLNET (Cox 252) NBA 7 p.m., San Antonio at L.A. Clippers, TNT (Cox 31) NHL 11:30 a.m., Washington at N.Y. Rangers, KFOR-4 (Cox 4) AUTO RACING 7:30 a.m., FIA Endurance, FS1 (Cox 67) 10

  • Patrick happy with Stewart-Haas but says "never say never"

    Updated: Fri, May 1, 2015

    TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — Danica Patrick wants to remain with Stewart-Haas Racing but understands that GoDaddy's upcoming departure as her primary sponsor has put her future with the team in doubt. GoDaddy will leave NASCAR at the end of the season and Patrick, who is in the final year of her contract with SHR, said the team and her management group are actively searching for a replacement. Patrick, one of the few drivers who transcends auto racing, said Friday she knows she needs to keep her options open. She has driven for SHR since 2012, when team co-owner Tony Stewart put her in a limited 10-race Sprint Cup Series schedule.

  • Roush Fenway's Stenhouse, Biffle lead practice sessions

    Updated: Fri, May 1, 2015

    TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — Roush Fenway Racing teammates Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Greg Biffle led the way in Friday's two practice sessions at Talladega Superspeedway. Stenhouse turned in the fastest lap at 200.780 mph in the first session Friday. Biffle went 197.859 to pace the second session. Stenhouse finished fourth at Bristol two weeks ago in a season in which Roush Fenway as an organization has struggled. He says he feels his car is capable of contending. In a track known for chaos and crashes, Stenhouse says he doesn't care if his car is "in one piece as long as I cross the finish line first. I'll do it upside down." Biffle says he was extremely happy with his car's speed but he also got a big draft early in t

  • Kentucky Derby: American Pharoah has the best name

    Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, May 1, 2015

    The Kentucky Derby broke out of its slump in 2014. California Chrome won the Roses Run, breaking a two-year streak of champions with dubious names. Orb in 2013, I’ll Have Another in 2012. Ugh and double ugh. The Kentucky Derby winner ought to have a regal name. A proud name. A name that still screams […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Billy Donovan's credentials could not be overlooked

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Fri, May 1, 2015

    In his 19 seasons at the University of Florida, Donovan led the Gators to seven Elite Eights, four Final Fours and two national championships.

  • OKC Thunder: Billy Donovan heading back to Florida for farewell press conference

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Fri, May 1, 2015

    Brace yourselves, Thunder fans — Billy Donovan is heading back to Florida. But only for a couple days. The new Thunder coach — who was once the Orlando Magic coach for a day before bolting back to Gainesville — showed up in Oklahoma City to much fanfare on Friday afternoon. He met the press at an […]

  • High school swimming: Closure of OCCC swimming pool causing problems for several metro high school teams

    By Scott Wright | Published: Fri, May 1, 2015

    A consulting firm told the college that its competition pool needs $6 million in upgrades and repairs to remain functional, and the school says the pool is already operating at a loss on a yearly basis. The pool is scheduled to close in September.

  • High school notebook: Deer Creek baseball coach Ron Moore resigns

    By Jacob Unruh and Scott Wright | Published: Fri, May 1, 2015

    A source told The Oklahoman that Moore recently resigned, closing a highly successful run with the Antlers that dates back to the 2001 season.

  • Billy Donovan's key to making the college-to-NBA coaching transition

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Fri, May 1, 2015

    BILLY DONOVAN -- The Oklahoma City Thunder's new coach tells The Oklahoman's Berry Tramel what he believes is a key to making the transition from coaching the University of Florida to the NBA.

  • Kansas State restructures athletic director John Currie's contract through 2020

    Updated: Fri, May 1, 2015

    Kansas State and John Currie have agreed to a restructured contract that will boost the athletic director’s salary to $775,000 and run through 2020, the school announced Friday. The agreement adds one year to Currie's current contract and raises his annual pay by $200,000, while removing all performance-related bonuses. The previous agreement allowed Currie to earn up to 55 percent of his $575,000 salary in performance related incentives, with a maximum set at $316,250. If Currie serves the remainder of his new contract, K-State will owe him a $225,000 lump-sum payment. K-State also increased his buyout from $950,000 to $1.55 million.

  • Palmer's grandson, former Spieth teammate earn Colonial nods

    Updated: Fri, May 1, 2015

    Sam Saunders, grandson of legendary golfer Arnold Palmer, joins former Texas player Cody Gribble as Champions’ Choice invitees to the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, May 18-24 in Fort Worth. Saunders, 27, is a former Clemson golfer who earned his 2015 PGA Tour card by finishing No. 13 on last year’s Web.com Tour money list. Saunders has cracked the top 25 at two PGA Tour events, including a runner-up finish at the Puerto Rico Open. He has collected $338,799 in his rookie season, making the cut six times in eight attempts. In addition to finishing second in Puerto Rico, Saunders placed 29th at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and was 65th at the Shell Houston Open. Saunders’ grandfather, Palmer, won the 1962 Colonia

  • Piller, Stanford in hunt at LPGA North Texas Shootout

    Updated: Fri, May 1, 2015

    Fort Worth residents Gerina Piller and Angela Stanford lead a pack of 10 players within a stroke of the 5-under 66s shot by leaders Cristie Kerr, Juli Inkster and Sydnee Michaels after Thursday’s opening round of the Volunteers of America North Texas Shootout, but Lydia Ko, the world’s top-ranked player, is in danger of missing her first LPGA cut in 51 events. Ko, a New Zealand resident who celebrated her 18th birthday last week when she won the LPGA event in San Francisco, shot a 4-over 75 at Las Colinas Country Club in a round that was punctuated by a golf ball lost in a tree on No. 14 that led to triple bogey, double bogey and bogey on consecutive holes. Ko’s third shot — a wedge from below the green on the par-4 N

  • Harvick thinks a shakeup to NASCAR schedule would help sport

    Updated: Fri, May 1, 2015

    TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — If Kevin Harvick ran NASCAR, he has decided ideas on how to move the sport forward. The reigning Sprint Cup champion would shake up the current 38-race schedule, which remains largely intact each year with no new tracks added and very little race date variation. Although he praised the current racing product and noted races at the end of last season either sold out or were nearly sold out, Harvick said Friday the current schedule is "stagnant" and fans want more short tracks and road courses in the mix. "I believe some venues need one race and that the schedule needs to be mixed up," Harvick said. "People like things that change. They don't like stagnant things.

  • Busch crew chief working through kidney stone complications

    Updated: Fri, May 1, 2015

    TALLDEGA, Ala. (AP) — Tony Gibson didn't get much of a celebration after his victory with Kurt Busch. Soreness from a passed kidney stone concerned him enough to visit a doctor. Tests discovered the crew chief had never passed the kidney stone that sidelined Gibson during the April 19 race at Bristol, and the stone was a painful 7 millimeters. So Gibson underwent a procedure Wednesday to remove the stone and had a stent placed from his bladder to his kidney. A day later he was on a plane to Alabama and was back at work Friday at Talladega Superspeedway. Gibson says he was sore, but would rather be feeling poorly at the race track than be sitting at home.