• Five observations from the Thunder's 108-98 loss in Cleveland

    Sunday, January 25, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    Here are five observations from the Thunder’s 108-98 loss in Cleveland on Sunday afternoon: 1. Dud – Just three days ago, the Thunder’s rocky season seemed to be at its most optimistic point. A four-game win streak was punctuated by an impressive overtime victory in Washington, putting OKC a season-high two games over .500. The Thunder had […]

  • Ringling's Riley Daniel commits to Baylor

    Sunday, January 25, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    Riley Daniel, a first-team All-State selection who is ranked No. 9 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30, had been verbally committed to Houston until the Cougars went through a coaching change in early December. He picked Baylor over Texas Tech, Florida and Kansas State.

  • Cavaliers beat OKC for sixth straight victory

    Sunday, January 25, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    LeBron James scored 34 points, including the first eight in the fourth quarter, and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 108-98 on Sunday for their sixth straight win.

  • Why Kansas' dominance is a sign of Big 12 basketball's ill health

    Sunday, January 25, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    The Jayhawks have finished atop the Big 12 for 10 straight years, and Kansas’ domination is a sign of more than just Jayhawk excellence. It’s a sign of Big 12 basketball decay.

  • Jordan Woodard says Sooners know what they have to do

    Sunday, January 25, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    The Sooners still aren’t near the bubble for the NCAA Tournament, thanks to some strong victories and a strength of schedule that’s among the nation’s best. But much more stumbling, and Oklahoma could soon find its place in the postseason much less secure.

  • Cowboys land verbal commitment from Louis Brown, a former Texas and Baylor pledge

    Sunday, January 25, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    Brown is a versatile athlete — 6-foot-6 and 205 pounds — with plenty of upside as a pass rusher off the edge.

  • Help wanted sign out for OSU — but will anyone respond?

    Sunday, January 25, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    Travis Ford posted the call for help back before the season ever began, dangling a significant role to anyone willing to seize it. Many have applied. None have proven capable of handling the job.

  • A closer look at some of the Sooners' final signing day targets

    Sunday, January 25, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    Here’s a closer look at some of the top players OU coaches have targeted for their final push before signing day on Wednesday, Feb. 4.

  • Tramel: 'Foxcatcher' closely mirrors Schultz family's story — and is a punch in the gut to viewers

    Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    “Foxcatcher,” the movie about the relationship between the Schultz brothers, OU wrestling icons who won Olympic gold medals, and John du Pont, the eccentric billionaire, has come to Oklahoma. And it’s a gut punch to anyone who knew the Schultzes or knows of their tragedy.

  • OU football: Former Sooner Gerald McCoy talks Ndamukong Suh, super heroes and more on Mike and Mike

    Mike Baldwin | Published: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    Former Oklahoma defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, selected to his third consecutive Pro Bowl, was the No. 3 pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, one slot behind Lions controversial star Ndamukong Suh. During a Thursday morning radio interview with ESPN’s Mike & Mike, the former Southeast High School standout talked about Suh being a better player […]

  • Media notebook: Fox to telecast Duke game as coach Mike Krzyzewski goes for 1000th win

    By Mel Bracht | Published: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    Gus Johnson will be at the mike as Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski goes for his 1,000th career coaching victory when his Blue Devils face St. John’s at 1 p.m. Sunday on Fox. Analyst Jim Jackson and Molly McGrath also will be on the broadcast team. In the pregame show at 12:30 p.m., host Kevin Burkhardt and analysts Ben Howland and Donny Marshall are joined by Marquette coach Steve Wojciechowski, a former player and assistant under Mike Krzyzewski at Duke, in the Los Angeles studio. The show features segments from Fox Sports analyst Bill Raftery’s interview with Coach K, as well as taped messages from Duke icons like Bobby Hurley, Christian Laettner, Chris Collins and J.J. Redick to their former mentor as he sits on the cusp of 1,000

  • Kobe Bryant tears right rotator cuff, could be out for the season

    Published: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    Is Kobe Bryant's season in jeopardy? The Los Angeles Lakers announced that a preliminary MRI on Bryant's right shoulder revealed a rotator cuff tear. Bryant picked up the injury in the second half of the Lakers' loss to the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday. Bryant will return to Los Angeles Friday for further evaluation, and will not play against the San Antonio Spurs that night. Bryant, 36, has played in 35 of a possible 43 games this season.

  • SHOT Show: TV show host was Sooner born and Sooner bred

    Ed Godfrey | Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    Wade Middleton hasn’t lived in Oklahoma since 1986, but the Ardmore native who is the television host and producer of outdoor shows such as Americana Outdoors and Yamaha’s Whitetail Diaries still bleeds crimson and cream. “I still have deep ties there,” Middleton said. “I love to fish Lake Murray and Lake Texoma and I am […]

  • Sports TV listings for Oklahoma City: Thursday, Jan. 22

    Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    THURSDAY NBA 6 p.m. All-Star Announcements TNT (Cox 31) 7 p.m. San Antonio at Chicago TNT (Cox 31) 9:30 p.m. Brooklyn at L.A. Clippers TNT (Cox 31) MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 5:30 p.m. USF at Temple ESPNews (Cox 254) 6 p.m. Ohio St. at Northwestern ESPN (Cox 29) 6 p.m. Alabama at Arkansas ESPN2 (Cox 28) 6 p.m. UCF at UConn CBSS (Cox 249) 6 p.m. C. Carolina at UNC Ash. ESPNU (Cox 253) 6 p.m. Xavier at Providence FSOK (Cox 37) 6 p.m. DePaul at Seton Hall FS1 (Cox 67) 6 p.m. G. Washington at Fordham NBCSN (Cox 251) 6

  • Oklahoma City Energy FC invited to IMG Suncoast Classic

    Chris Brannick | Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    Oklahoma City Energy FC announced on Thursday it received an invitation to participate in the IMG Suncoast Classic in Bradenton, Florida in February. The invitation is quite the honor for the USLPro side given the status of the opponents Energy FC is set to square up against. Toronto FC and the New York Red Bulls […]

  • OBCA Hall of Fame induction honors 5 on Saturday

    Jacob Unruh | Published: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    Former Edmond Memorial baseball coach Byron Graham is among five inductees into the Oklahoma Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame this weekend as part of the organization’s 49th annual winter clinic. Graham will be joined by former Perkins coach Bobby Buck, Bill Claborn of Wright City, Herb Dallis of Tahlequah and Gerald Osborne of Pryor. […]

  • U.S. Soccer suspends Hope Solo after husband's DUI arrest

    Published: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    Hope Solo will miss the next two games after being suspended by U.S. Soccer for a minimum of 30 days following her husband's arrest on drunken driving charges, USA TODAY reports. Solo was with Jerramy Stevens when he was arrested early Monday morning for driving under the influence. Though she isn't facing any charges and Manhattan Beach (Calif.) police have not described the goalkeeper's behavior during the traffic stop, TMZ reported that Solo was "acting belligerent" and recorded the officers on her cell phone. "During our current national team camp, Hope made a poor decision that has resulted in a negative impact on U.S. Soccer and her teammates," U.S. coach Jill Ellis said in a statement. "We feel at this time it is best for her to step away from the team."

  • Report: Josh Heupel to Utah State as offensive coordinator

    staff reports | Published: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    Former OU co-offensive coordinator Josh Heupel will reportedly be named the offensive coordinator at Utah State. Heupel was  fired from the Sooners staff earlier this month, but Scout.com reports that the longtime OU assistant will land on his feet with the Aggies. Heupel served as the Sooners’ co-offensive coordinator for the last four seasons after spending five seasons as the quarterbacks coach. Heupel will join fellow Oklahoman Matt Wells on the Aggies staff. Wells, Utah State's head coach and a native of Sallisaw,  is quickly becoming a rising star in the college football coaching ranks.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with OSU writer John Helsley

    staff reports | Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    The Cowboys got back on track in Big 12 play against Texas Tech. Signing Day nears for OSU football. Ask John Helsley your Oklahoma State questions on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m.

  • Westbrook hits game-winner in victory over Wizards

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Wed, Jan 21, 2015

    WASHINGTON — A white banner stretched across the railing at the bottom of the 400 level. “KD4DC2016,” it read. The freshman basketball team from his high school alma mater, Montrose Christian, served as the halftime entertainment, playing a free-wheeling yet strategic game of 5-on-5. An in-game weather report on the Jumbotron snuck in a “Come home KD” graphic during an early fourth-quarter timeout. At least one fan arrived wearing a custom-made Wizards jersey with his last name and No. 35 on the back.

  • Five observations from the Thunder's 105-103 OT win over the Wizards

    Anthony Slater | Published: Wed, Jan 21, 2015

    Here are five observations from the Thunder’s thrilling 105-103 overtime win in Washington: 1. Late-game execution – With 2.1 seconds on the clock, the Thunder had the ball and a chance to win. And as Scott Brooks drew up his play in the huddle, the Twitterverse was already calling the Thunder’s next move — a contested, long-range […]

  • VIDEO: Kevin Durant throws down poster dunk on Marcin Gortat; Kendrick Perkins approves

    staff reports | Published: Wed, Jan 21, 2015

    With the Oklahoma City Thunder trailing 98-96 in overtime against the Washington Wizards, Kevin Durant slipped a screen just above the 3-point line and received a pass from Russell Westbrook. With Wizards center Marcin Gortat between him and the basket, Durant had a decision to make. He made a poster. And Kendrick Perkins followed with an amazing head-bobbing celebration. Durant finished with a game-high 34 points for the Thunder in the 105-103 win.

  • Oklahoma State basketball: Cowboys snap skid, beat Texas Tech

    By John Helsley | Published: Wed, Jan 21, 2015

    STILLWATER – Oklahoma State moved on from Bedlam Wednesday night. Deliberately, yet, eventually decidedly. That’s the way it goes against Texas Tech, a team that hasn’t reached 60 points in almost three weeks, partly because of its slow-down style, partly due to its scoring challenges. And the Cowboys kept them from it again – far from it – pulling away for a 63-43 win before an estimated 8,000 at Gallagher-Iba Arena. OSU ended a two-game losing streak that included an 82-65 beating at Oklahoma on Saturday. The Cowboys never trailed against Tech, improving to 13-5 overall and 3-3 in the Big 12. Tech remained winless in conference play at 0-6 and dropped to 10-9 overall. Le’Bryan Nash led

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Kevin Durant tells media in Washington that he's fond of playing for Oklahoma City

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Wed, Jan 21, 2015

    Media wanted to know how the Thunder star felt about the “KD2DC” movement, a grassroots effort dedicated to luring Durant to the Wizards when he becomes a free agent in July 2016.

  • Mantle. Mays. Williams. Ralph Terry has crossed paths with a litany of sports legends

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Jan 21, 2015

    On Wednesday, the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame announced the class that will be inducted in August. Terry will be one of the inductees, joining Sooner footballers Steve Zabel and Kurt Burris, Cowboy grapplers Yojiro Uetake Obata and Pat Smith and old-time basketball great Jack McCracken. Those men are just the latest in the string of sports legends with whom Terry has crossed paths.

  • Tramel: I'm not the only one Russell Westbrook doesn't like

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Wed, Jan 21, 2015

    Russell Westbrook doesn’t like me, from what I hear. I have it on good authority. Straight from the thoroughbred’s mouth. That’s not exactly stop-the-presses news. Westbrook doesn’t like much of anybody, from what I can see. At least not in the media and not on the court. Maybe in fashion circles, Westbrook is overflowing with […]

  • High School Athletes of the Week: Edmond North's Paxton Rosen and Rylee Lindhardt

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT AND TRENT SHADID | Updated: Wed, Jan 21, 2015

    Wrestling Paxton Rosen, Edmond North The 113-pounder improved his record to 22-7 on the season with a first-place finish at the Central Oklahoma Athletic Conference tournament last weekend. The sophomore defeated Deer Creek’s Tanner Cole, a Class 5A state champion last season, 7-2 in the championship match. Rosen also defeated Stillwater’s Andrew Nieman in the semifinals at the tournament. Nieman defeated Rosen in the Class 6A 106-pound state finals last season. Swimming Rylee Linhardt, Edmond North The junior accounted for four victories, with individual wins in the 100- and 200-yard freestyle, while helping Edmond North to the first Central Oklahoma Athletic Conference championship last Thursday.

  • Live Coverage: Oklahoma State vs. Texas Tech

    staff reports | Updated: Wed, Jan 21, 2015

    Looking to rebound from consecutive Big 12 losses, Oklahoma State takes on Texas Tech tonight in Stillwater. Follow our live coverage with John Helsley and more from around the web.

  • High school notebook: Florida offers Ringling's Riley Daniel

    By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh | Published: Wed, Jan 21, 2015

    Kansas State, Baylor, Texas Tech and Tulsa make up the rest of the top programs in pursuit of Daniel, who decommitted from Houston after the Cougars’ coaching change in early December.