• OU gets commitment from four-star linebacker Bryce Youngquist

    Friday, July 31, 2015 at 06:02 PM

    For the second time in as many days, Oklahoma picked up a commitment from a defensive standout. Los Osos (Rancho Cucamongo, Calif.) outside linebacker Bryce Youngquist committed to the Sooners on Friday, announcing his decision on Twitter.

  • 'Voice of the Cowboys' Larry Reece says he's cancer free

    Friday, July 31, 2015 at 03:13 PM

    Good news from Cowboys Country, as OSU announcer Larry Reece announced via Twitter that he's cancer free. Reece confirmed earlier this year doctors found a cancerous tumor in his throat. The diagnosis required seven weeks of radiation on the tumor and lymph nodes in his neck and weekly chemotheraphy. Following his announcement in January, the Oklahoma State community rallied behind the longtime "Voice of the Cowboys," and Reece thanked his supporters on social media Friday. "Prayer POSSE you did it.. Pet scan showed no cancer!!," Reece said via Twitter. "I'm cleared for some @CowboyFB."

  • Get ready to get to know Billy the Kid

    Friday, July 31, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    Billy Donovan has been the coach in Oklahoma City since April. It’s already been three full months, and with nary a game during that stretch, we’ve had a chance to get to know Donovan.

  • Oklahoma City Energy assistant Chris Spendlove will rejoin team after being acquitted on murder and manslaughter charges

    Friday, July 31, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    Team follows good news with a 3-0 victory over Arizona United at Taft Stadium.

  • Carl Albert’s Lohr, Guthrie’s Curry among West stars in All-State win

    Friday, July 31, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    Carl Albert’s Lohr starred at running back for the West in Friday’s 27-14 victory over the East at Tulsa Union. Lohr scored the game’s first touchdown, scooping up a fumbled snap for a 1-yard TD run. He added another score in the third quarter, when Anadarko’s Brandon Pollard threw to him in the flat and he went 17 yards to the end zone.

  • OU coaches praise Joe Mixon's effort, ability

    Friday, July 31, 2015 at 12:00 PM

    NORMAN — Oklahoma offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley said redshirt freshman running back Joe Mixon is learning the new “Air Raid” offensive system well.

  • Why Nancy Lieberman called Muhammad Ali after her historic move to NBA assistant coach

    Friday, July 31, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    Basketball Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman was hired as an assistant coach of the Sacramento Kings on Friday, joining Becky Hammon of the San Antonio Spurs as another female NBA assistant coach. The 57-year-old Lieberman joins George Karl's staff in the state capital just shy of a year after Hammon was hired by the Spurs, making her the first full-time paid female NBA assistant coach.

  • Breaking down Oklahoma players involved in MLB trade deadline

    Friday, July 31, 2015 at 04:18 PM

    The Major League Baseball non-waiver trade deadline passed Friday afternoon with a flurry of moves, including multiple moves involving players from Oklahoma or players who have played for the Oklahoma City Triple-A franchise.

  • Kirk Herbstreit hasn't forgotten his Boone Pickens Stadium earthquake experience

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    Kirk Herbstreit will never, ever forget his trips to Stillwater. The Internet won't let him, either. The ESPN college football analyst reminded everyone on Tuesday just how spooked he was while broadcasting at Oklahoma State's Boone Pickens Stadium in 2011. Herbstreit (who was perched high atop Boone Pickens Stadium) was talking to Chris Fowler on ESPN after the Cowboys' 52-45 win over Kansas State when the aftershock of a 5.6 earthquake visibly scared the living daylights out of him. And gifted us with the above iconic photo. And that was just the first time Herbstreit happened to be in Stillwater for an earthquake. Another one struck six miles northeast of Stillwater on the eve of

  • New Ringling coach Steve Justus ready to get going

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    New Ringling coach Steve Justus is ready to move forward. Justus was named to new coach recently after the school board elected to not bring back longtime coach Tracy Gandy, who dealt with a health issue last season. “It’s great to take over a program with such history and tradition and just the fact it’s a community that’s so excited about football,” Justus said. “I’ve always considered Tracy to be a friend. I did talk to him right before I took the job. We wish the best for him. We hope that his health turns around and that he gets to feeling better. I told some of the players he’s in the biggest game of his life and that’s to get healthy.

  • Shidler duo wins high school fishing title

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    Shidler’s Austin French and Dillon Nash won the 2015 Oklahoma State High School Fishing Championship on Saturday on the Arkansas River. They brought five bass to the scale weighing 14 pounds, 5 ounces. The duo was also able to bring in the biggest bass of the tournament — 3 pounds and 1 ounce. The win qualifies the team for the High School Fishing Southern Conference championship on the same river in October. Oklahoma Student Angler Federation’s Jacob Keenom and Kaden Knoch and Stilwell’s Rhett Meyer and Brett Girdner also advanced to the Southern Conference championship.

  • Billy Hurley III says his father has been missing for 9 days

    Updated: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    GAINESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Billy Hurley III took a few questions about his struggles on the golf course and his ties to northern Virginia before a PGA Tour official said Hurley had an announcement. Fighting off tears, Hurley delivered the stunning news that his father, retired police officer Willard Hurley Jr., has been missing since July 19. "Last Sunday, nine days ago, my dad took some clothes, he took some cash, he got in his truck and drove away and no one has heard from him since," Hurley said Tuesday during a pre-tournament media availability at the Quicken Loans National. "No one really knows why. It's complete speculation as to why he left." Willard Hurley, 61, lives in Leesburg, Virginia, where the younger Hurle

  • 'Shake It Off' coach Byron Cordell no longer coaching

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    Byron Cordell has completely shaken it off. Cordell, the former Durant coach who became an Internet sensation with his family with a parody of Taylor Swift’s hit single “Shake It Off,” is no longer coaching. He is the new assistant principal and athletic director at Colbert, a school 15-20 minutes from Durant that does not have football but is where he grew up. “This was just something I couldn’t turn down to be able to be close to my folks and everything,” Cordell said. Cordell had accepted a job at Atoka. He coached Durant for nine years, but was fired in November. That led to the parody video, which has more than 160,000 views on YouTube.

  • Chandler QB Mason Myers receives first scholarship offer

    scott wright | Updated: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    In a year when the state is generating multiple top-level quarterback prospects, Chandler’s Mason Myers has flown under the radar. But maybe that’s changing. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound Myers was offered a scholarship by Central Oklahoma last week. A gifted athlete and intelligent player with coaching genetics, Myers showed his versatility last year. The son of former Moore and Chandler head coach Scott Myers, Mason threw for 2,627 yards with 20 touchdowns and six interceptions, completing more than 61 percent of his passes. He also rushed for 729 yards and seven touchdowns. In Week 3 last season, Myers pulled off a milestone accomplishment, recording 100 yards passing, rushing and receiving in the same game.

  • NFL upholds Tom Brady’s four-game suspension

    Published: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    The NFL announced Tuesday that it will uphold its four-game suspension of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. Brady is alleged to have been involved in a scheme to deflate game balls in the Patriots' AFC Championship win over the Indianapolis Colts in January. The legal team for Tom Brady argued that an investigation led by Ted Wells provided not only no proof of the scheme but that Brady's "punishment was far too harsh based on precedent." The NFL Players Association's contention is that Brady's four-game suspension was "far too harsh given precedent and punishment given to other players for similar infractions." ( Boston Globe )

  • Tennessee football using Jack Daniel's theme for 2015 tickets

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    Double tap if you love the look of our 2015 tickets! A photo posted by Tennessee Football (@vol_football) on Jul 27, 2015 at 6:27pm PDT // // I'm not a whiskey drinker myself, but this is cool. The University of Tennessee is embracing its state's whiskey-industry roots with a Jack Daniel's-esque spin on its 2015 football season tickets.

  • Failed ‘compliment sandwich’ got Democrat a golf date with Obama

    Updated: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    WASHINGTON — A rare golf date with President Barack Obama for three U.S. House members was sparked by a 2013 meeting in which the president berated one of his golfing companions. Rep. Ed Perlmutter, a Colorado Democrat, invited Obama to play golf with him and two congressional colleagues after he’d challenged the president in a closed-door meeting. Two years later, that golf date occurred when Obama took the three Democrats to play at Andrews Air Force Base. The foursome may not have happened if Perlmutter, now a third-term lawmaker, hadn’t dared to challenge the president and suffered the consequences. “I had just read a ‘Psychology Today’ article about a compliment sandwich,” Perlmutter told Bloomberg re

  • Analysis: Trump’s wealth estimated at $2.9 billion

    Updated: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    The latest math on Donald Trump: $2.9 billion. An analysis by the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, based in part on a 92-page personal financial disclosure form made public last week, revealed a portfolio dominated by skyscrapers and golf courses. The celebrity presidential candidate says he’s worth more than $10 billion. Trump has vaulted to the top of some polls in the crowded field of Republican contenders hoping to win the White House next year. His comments against illegal immigration and Sen. John McCain’s status as a Vietnam War hero have attracted attention — and renewed the focus on his many and varied claims to the size of his own wealth.

  • Kansas, Indiana, UCLA head Maui Invitational

    Updated: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) — Kansas will open the 2015 Maui Invitational against Chaminade, the Division II host school known for some of college basketball's biggest upsets. The other game on that side of the bracket, which was released Tuesday, has two big-name programs, UCLA and UNLV. Indiana faces Wake Forest on the other side along with St. John's meeting Vanderbilt. The tournament starts Nov. 23 at the Lahaina Civic Center with the championship game on Nov. 25. All the games will be televised on one of the ESPN networks. Half the field has left Maui with the Wayne Duke Championship Trophy: Vanderbilt, 1986; Kansas, 1996; Indiana, 2002; and UCLA, 2006. St. John's and Wake Forest are making their first appearance

  • Blake Bell talks about transition from OU quarterback to NFL tight end

    Published: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    Former OU tight end Blake Bell, a rookie with the San Francisco 49ers, sat down with csnbayarea.com to talk about his continuing evolution from a college quarterback to an NFL pass catcher. Bell, who was selected by the 49ers in the fourth round of the 2015 NFL Draft, says he's still learning the nuances of the position after playing quarterback at OU for a majority of his career before switching to tight end as a senior in 2014. "I think even OTAs and minicamp have helped tremendously. Bell said of his position switch. "It's a little different, but it's going well so far. "Being able to watch film as a quarterback, you kinda know what the quarterback's thinking."

  • Darby named Manhattan golf coach

    Updated: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Former St. John's golf coach Frank Darby, whose program produced 2011 PGA Championship winner Keegan Bradley, has been named to the same position at Manhattan College. Darby spent 20 years at St. John's, his alma mater. He led the Red Storm to six NCAA regional appearances and coached 27 All Big-East selections, including Bradley and PGA Tour member Andrew Svoboda. Darby, the 2014 Big East coach of the year, has been a member of the PGA of America for 27 years and is the Tournament Operations Director for the Metropolitan Section of the PGA. He was the head golf professional at Nissequoque Golf Club for 11 years and Colonial Springs Golf Club for two. Darby replaces Jerry Wood, who retired after four s

  • Former OU defensive back Aaron Colvin could have a breakout season for Jaguars

    Published: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    Aaron Colvin has played only six NFL games, but he's shown promise as a potential play-making cornerback. The former OU standout missed most of his rookie season with the Jacksonville Jaguars recovering from a torn ACL  suffered during Senior Bowl practice in Jan. 2014. ESPN.com Jaguars writer Mike DiRocco picked Colvin as one of the Jags' potential breakout stars for 2015, a player who could be "one of the steals of the (2014 NFL) Draft." From DiRocco: "He made 25 tackles, knocked down two passes and returned a fumble for a touchdown. That doesn’t sound like a lot until you consider the fact that Colvin didn’t even begin practicing until Oct. 22 and didn’t make his first appearance in a game until Nov. 23. "Now that Colvin has had a full offseason to work out, participate in OTAs and minicamp, and continue to learn the defense, the expectations for his second season are pretty high for a player OU coach Bob Stoops called one of the best defensive backs to play for the Sooners in Stoops’ 16 seasons. "If he meets those expectations, he’ll be the defense’s breakout player."

  • NDSU men's basketball team playing games in the Bahamas

    Updated: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota State University men's basketball team is taking a trip to the Bahamas. The Bison will play three exhibition games in the island country from Aug. 12-14. Head coach Dave Richman says the trip will help the team "solidify a couple of important positions in our rotation." NCAA basketball teams are permitted to go on a foreign tour every four years. They're also allowed 10 extra practices to help prepare. The Bison started practice on Monday. NDSU last season made its third NCAA Tournament appearance in school history.

  • Wichita State's head of news, media relations learned many life lessons on the court as a referee

    Updated: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    As a basketball referee, Joe Kleinsasser spent 40 years watching human character up close – the good, the bad and the ugly. But in watching more than 2,000 high school and college games, he learned about character. Hundreds of Wichita-area business and community leaders heard him speak Monday at the Downtown Rotary meeting. Game fans taunted and denounced him for four decades. “Hey, ref, I found your cellphone,” one yelled at him. “It must be yours, because there are 13 missed calls.” “There’s no way you can ever see everything,” Kleinsasser said. “I officiated more than 2,000 games during 40 years, and on a good night, an official misses two or three calls either by omission or commi

  • Central Arkansas-Houston Baptist football on TV Oct. 10

    Updated: Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    CONWAY, Ark. (AP) — Central Arkansas will appear on TV this season under a deal the Southland Conference has reached with the Sinclair Networks Group. The league on Monday announced a multi-year agreement to televise football and men's basketball games on the American Sports Network. Twelve football games are set to be broadcast this season. The games will also be streamed online at www.southland.org The first game in the deal will be Southeastern Louisiana at Northwestern (La.) State on Sept. 3. Central Arkansas will play at Houston Baptist on Oct. 10 in a game to be televised on the network of stations.

  • Olson named assistant women's basketball coach at Henderson

    Updated: Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    ARKADELPHIA, Ark. (AP) — Trevor Olson has been named the top assistant coach for the Henderson State women's basketball team. Head coach Jill Thomas announced the appointment Monday. Olson was a Henderson graduate assistant coach last season. He will replace Kyle Wilson, who has taken a job elsewhere. Thomas said she was pleased with Olson's recruiting last year and his passion for the basketball program. She said he has found players with "high character." Olson previously was an undergraduate coach at San Diego.

  • Column: NASCAR blew it on Indy rules package

    Updated: Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Run, NASCAR, don't walk, back to the drawing board to figure out how to liven up racing. The rules package used for the Brickyard 400 was a failure no matter how the race is dissected. The high-drag aerodynamic package was supposed to improve passing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It was clear from the first practice session for one of the most important races of the season that NASCAR did not meet its desired result. Yet nothing was changed before Sunday's race, which featured just 16 lead changes. In fairness, that was one more lead change than last year's race at the Brickyard, but it was still the second fewest since 2011. NASCAR's statistics also showed that green-flag passes were down by 587 from

  • Six Wildcats advance in Kansas Amateur

    Updated: Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    All six Kansas State men's golfers for the 2015-16 season playing in the 105th Kansas Amateur advanced to match play following the second round of stroke play Wednesday at the Wichita Country Club. Junior-to-be Matt Green tied for second during the stroke-play portion with a 36-hole score of 7-under par 135, while another junior, Hank Simpson, also finished in the top 20 as he tied for 15th at 1-under par 141. Green was under par in both rounds, firing a 4-under par 67 on Tuesday and a 3-under par 68 on Wednesday. As the No. 3 seed, he will take on take on 62nd-seeded Jack Rickabaugh Thursday morning. Simpson, the 16th seed, will duel No. 49 seed Sion Audrain.