• NBA Free Agency Primer

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Check your data plans, set mobile alerts, refresh Twitter whenever possible. NBA free agency is upon us and, like every July, there are some important names in play.

  • Man pleads guilty to using Allenby's credit cards in Hawaii

    Updated: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii man pleaded guilty Tuesday to using Robert Allenby's credit cards after the professional golfer said he was robbed and beaten in Honolulu. Allenby recounted a bizarre saga in January that involved having no memory of what happened for 2 1/2 hours after he left a Honolulu restaurant. He had missed the cut at the Sony Open and went to dinner, and said he later woke up in a park with a bloodied face. Owen Harbison was arrested in February on charges of identity theft, attempt theft and unauthorized possession of confidential personal information. As part of a plea deal, Harbison agreed to a five-year prison term, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Jacob Delaplane said. Sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 1

  • NBA: Brace yourself for an unpredictable free agency period

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Welcome to 2015 NBA free agency, a period most anticipate will be a crazed summer of league-wide spending. It’s the trickle down from the record nine-year, $24 billion television rights deal the league signed in October. As a result of that agreement, the NBA salary cap is projected to skyrocket from $67 million next season to approximately $90 million for the 2016-17 season, when the new television deal goes into effect.

  • Sturgeon, Polland share PGA Professional lead

    Updated: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Grant Sturgeon shot a 1-under 69 on Tuesday for a share of the third-round lead with Ben Polland in the PGA Professional National Championship. Sturgeon, a PGA assistant pro at Winged Foot in Mamaroneck, New York, had four birdies and three bogeys on Philadelphia Cricket Club's Wissahickon Course to match Polland at 4-under 208. Polland, a PGA assistant professional at Deepdale in Manhasset, New York, had a 73. Matt Dobyns, the 2012 winner, was a stroke back after a 68. He's the head professional at Fresh Meadow in Lake Success, New York. The low 20 after the final round Wednesday will earn spots in August in the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin.

  • Kansas adds UNC transfer guard Jessica Washington

    Updated: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas has added North Carolina transfer guard Jessica Washington. Washington spent two seasons with the Tar Heels. She will sit out next season and have two years of eligibility remaining. Coach Brandon Schneider said in a statement that Washington "is a floor general with great vision and a high basketball I.Q." Washington averaged 7.3 points and 2.4 rebounds in 18.3 minutes per game as a sophomore. She announced in May she was leaving in pursuit of more playing time in what UNC called a mutual decision. Washington was a McDonald's All-American and part of UNC's four-player recruiting class ranked No. 1 nationally in 2013, a class that has dissolved in two seasons.

  • OKC Energy FC coach Jimmy Nielsen moving forward after ugly loss

    By Chris Brannick | Published: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Energy coach Jimmy Nielsen took the blame for his teams’ blowout loss last Saturday in Louisville, a 6-2 drubbing at the hands of a team that hadn’t scored in three weeks. Not a rare move from any coach, but a good move.

  • Kyle Lindsted brings wealth of recruiting contacts to Wichita State

    Updated: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Kyle Lindsted’s desk reveals his priorities in his first week of work as Wichita State men’s basketball assistant coach — it holds two NCAA manuals and a coach’s Bible from the Fellowship of Christian Athletes with a daily devotional. The manuals are required reading for any new hire. The Bible is just as important to Lindsted, who spent most of his adult life coaching at Sunrise Christian Academy before moving to WSU. “The reason I’m here is because this is where the Lord wants me,” he said. “There are so many people who want these jobs.” Lindsted, 39, got this one by showing what he could do at Sunrise and building a connection with WSU coaches.

  • July 1 Tuning In

    Todd Schoenthaler | Published: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    WEDNESDAY MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL; 7 p.m.; OKC at Memphis; KGHM-AM 1340 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL; 6 p.m.; Texas at Baltimore; FSOK (Cox 37)/KEBC-AM 1560 6 p.m.; N.Y. Yankees at L.A. Angels; ESPN (Cox 29) 7 p.m.; Chi. White Sox at St. Louis; FSPLUS (Cox 68)/Cox 703/KREF-AM 1400/98.5 FM 8:30 p.m.; L.A. Dodgers at Arizona; KTOK-AM 1000 GOLF; 1 p.m.; PGA National; GOLF (Cox 60) WOMEN’S SOCCER; 6 p.m.; Japan vs. England; FS1 (Cox 67) TENNIS;

  • Trump's pageant woes mount with TV and contestant drop-outs

    Updated: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Fallout from outspoken Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's remarks about immigrants from Mexico continued to dog him Tuesday as a TV company backed by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim said it was scrapping a project in development with him and Mexico announced it won't be sending a contestant to the Miss Universe contest, which he partly owns. Meanwhile, the backlash threatened to extend beyond Trump's media interests. Ora TV became the latest company to cut ties with Trump over remarks he made in his recent presidential campaign kickoff speech, when he declared that some Mexican immigrants bring drugs and crime to the U.S. and are rapists. The company did not give any details about the pro

  • Daytona offers American flags in exchange program

    Updated: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Daytona International Speedway will not ban the Confederate flag from track property this weekend, but will offer the American flag to those who wish to fly it on property. Daytona President Joie Chitwood said Tuesday the speedway will offer an exchange program in which fans can trade a flag for the American flag. Daytona hosts NASCAR races on Saturday and Sunday nights this weekend. "We are celebrating the American flag this weekend, it is our nation's birthday," Chitwood said. "We're going to have a flag exchange opportunity, so fans who would like to fly the American flag, we'll trade with you whatever flag you have, we want you to celebrate that flag this weekend. That's what is important.

  • Media report: Oklahoma State named one of eight football programs with 'coolest' facilities

    Kyle Fredrickson | Updated: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Oklahoma State was named one of eight football programs with the "coolest" facilities, according to a list compiled by Bleacher Report senior columnist Brian Pedersen. Thanks to mega-booster Boone Pickens and sparked by the 2009 renovation of the stadium's west end zone, OSU's national reputation for its cutting-edge resources has grown. Pedersen's justification for ranking the Cowboys among his top eight schools — Alabama, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas A&M and USC also made the cut — was largely based on a 2012 story from NBC sports: "Technology is absolutely huge with young people today. You can't turn your back to it," said Mack Butler, director of

  • Spieth cruising, but several big names have work left

    Updated: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Jordan Spieth already has accumulated the second-most FedEx Cup points in the regular season, and there's still two majors, a World Golf Championship and the John Deere Classic on his schedule before the playoffs begin. Spieth is at 3,128 points. Tiger Woods had 3,431 points going into the playoffs in 2009, the year the current model began. Woods had 3,059 points in 2013, the year he won five times. Spieth has won two majors and the Valspar Championship, and he was runner-up in the Texas Open and Houston Open. And while the PGA Tour is in the second year of its wraparound season, Spieth played only one event last fall. He earned 34 points at the HSBC Champions.

  • NBA free agency: Ranking the available big men

    By BERRY TRAMEL | Updated: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    FREE-AGENT BIG MEN: Enes Kanter will be one of several good big men available when the NBA's free-agency period begins on Wednesday.

  • Commentary: OKC Thunder should be able to keep Enes Kanter, but at a hefty price

    By BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    BERRY TRAMEL -- The NBA’s free agency season opens Wednesday, and the new market realities are going to hit swift and strong. Kanter is a restricted free agent, which means he can sign with any team but the Thunder can keep their center by matching the offer. Which the Thunder almost surely will. Right after taking a deep breath and swallowing hard.

  • Tom Osborne agrees: 13th game matters

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    I came across something funny Tuesday. I googled “Bob Bowlsby” and “Big 12 championship game.” The first item listed was from May 5, on espn.com. The headline read: “Bowlsby: Big 12 in no hurry to add title game.” The second item listed was from April 29, on cbssports.com. That headline read: “Bob Bowlsby: Big 12 […]

  • OSU basketball: Incoming freshman Jawun Evans continues strong play for Team USA entering knockout rounds of the FIBA U19 World Championship

    Kyle Fredrickson | Updated: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Incoming Oklahoma State freshman Juwan Evans moved within the top-20 assist leaders at the FIBA U19 World Championship in Greece as his USA squad enters the knockout rounds with a perfect 3-0 record. Evans — a 6-foot, 164-pound point guard from Kimball High School (Dallas, Texas) — made both his shot attempts and tallied three assists in a 92-50 victory against Egypt on Tuesday, clinching the top spot in Group A. Team USA moves on to face Argentina (0-3) on Wednesday. Evans is averaging 3.3 assists, No. 20 among all players in the tournament, and 1.3 steals in 15.7 minutes played per game.

  • Death of former OKC Hornets forward Jackson Vroman another blow to Iowa State community

    Published: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    The death of former New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets forward Jackson Vroman is yet another blow to an Iowa State athletics community that's had too many tragedies in the last decade plus. At least nine former ISU athletes and coaches have died since 2003. Randy Peterson of the Des Moines Register writes about how deeply the passings have affected the Cyclones family. Vroman, who played for the Hornets in 2005-06, died Monday at the age of 34 .

  • Report: Thunder, Enes Kanter plan Wednesday free agency meeting in Chicago

    Anthony Slater | Published: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Ever since trading for Enes Kanter at the deadline last February, the Thunder has maintained that its biggest offseason priority would be retaining him on the open market. As free agency nears, OKC seems to be serious about that proclamation. Real GM’s Shams Charainia is reporting that Kanter and the Thunder brass will sit down on Wednesday […]

  • 14-year-old football phenom turns heads

    Published: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Owen Pappoe, a 6-foot-1, 190-pound menace of an outside linebacker, earned the nickname "The Freak" by terrorizing middle school quarterbacks and running backs the previous two years, Yahoo Sports reports. The 14-year-old's strength and speed were so jaw-dropping for his age that he converted Washington into a believer in just one practice. 

  • Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook among NBA's top-selling jerseys in '14-15

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    They bowed out early this year, but Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook were still among the NBA's most popular jerseys. Durant and Westbrook finished ranked 11th and 13th, respectively, in jersey sales on NBAStore.com in 2014-15. Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry ranked No. 1. Former OU All-American Blake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers) is No. 8 on the list. The Oklahoma City Thunder ranked eighth in the league in most popular team merchandise. NBA champion Golden State led the way.