• Kevin Durant becomes underwear endorser

    Today at 12:00 AM

    Kevin Durant’s current inactivity on the court isn’t affecting his momentum in the business world. The Thunder superstar partnered with another company on Tuesday afternoon, with Neff Headwear announcing Durant as its newest endorser. “We teamed up with NBA superstar and global icon Kevin Durant to create an exclusive designer underwear collection,” the company wrote […]

  • Judge grants hearing in Bishop McGuinness case against OSSAA

    Today at 12:00 AM

    A United States District judge has granted a hearing between Bishop McGuinness High School and the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association regarding a preliminary injunction filed by the high school over a rule it contests unfairly targets private schools. The hearing will be Nov. 5 at 2 p.m., Judge Lee R. West ruled in his decision Tuesday. McGuinness is seeking the temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction regarding a rule that was established in 2011 that forces private-school athletic teams to move up a class if they meet certain requirements. McGuinness is asking the OSSAA to put in a cap prohibiting teams from moving above Class 5A.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Jazz Preseason

    Today at 12:00 AM

    The Oklahoma City Thunder wrap up its preseason schedule against the Utah Jazz tonight at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and The Oklahoman sports team.

  • Tramel: Oklahoma State-SI saga finally over

    Today at 12:00 AM

    The Sports Illustrated report on OSU seemed fishy from the first. The Cowboys came through the firestorm OK says Berry Tramel.

  • Sports Illustrated allegations against Oklahoma State 'fundamentally unfounded' says NCAA, consultant

    Today at 12:00 AM

    Sports Illustrated’s myriad allegations of misconduct within the Oklahoma State football program were “fundamentally unfounded,” according to a joint statement released Tuesday.

  • Kevin Durant says he won't rush back from injury

    Today at 12:00 AM

    For the first time since the first significant injury of his life, Kevin Durant spoke with the media on Tuesday morning. Here's the full transcript.

  • Sterling Shepard returns to No. 1 on top 10 Sooners list

    Today at 12:00 AM

    NORMAN — Sterling Shepard's big day against Kansas State puts him back on top of Jason Kersey's top 10 Sooners list.

  • Sooners still have several bowl possibilities

    Monday, October 20, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    The Sooners are still in play for a spot in an elite, non-semifinal bowl game. The College Football Playoff committee chooses the matchups for the Cotton, Fiesta, Peach and Orange Bowls, although the Orange Bowl’s tie-ins preclude the Sooners from consideration there.

  • For the Thunder to be successful, Andre Roberson will need to score

    Monday, October 20, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    With Tuesday’s preseason game against Utah standing as the only dress rehearsal remaining before the regular season arrives, Roberson looks to have enough resourcefulness offensively to not be a total liability.

  • Meet the man in the blue Royals jacket

    Monday, October 20, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    With the World Series set to start only five hours north in Kansas City, we didn’t go looking for the biggest Royals fan in Oklahoma City. We didn’t have to. We work with him.

  • Bayern beats Roma 7-1 for record away win in CL

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    ROME (AP) — Pep Guardiola's Bayern Munich lineup is finally starting to resemble his Barcelona team that revolutionized football not too long ago. Arjen Robben scored twice as Bayern routed Roma 7-1 on Tuesday for a club-record away win in the Champions League, showing the German club is once again among the favorites to take the title. Having taken target practice in a 6-0 rout of Werder Bremen at the weekend, it was more of the same from Bayern early on at the Stadio Olimpico with five goals in the first half. "It seemed like watching Barcelona again, with small, rapid players running all over the place," Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi said.

  • Shaw shoulders blame for Stanford's slide

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — David Shaw has answered questions about Stanford's ability to remain a football powerhouse since he succeeded Jim Harbaugh as coach in January 2011, and the debate fires up any time his team begins to slide. The "outside noise," as Shaw calls it, might be at the loudest level of his tenure. The Cardinal's third loss of the season — a 26-10 defeat at Arizona State last Saturday — took the program out of The Associated Press poll for the first time since 2010, ending a school-record 72 weeks in the rankings. Some are wondering where the program is headed, and others are criticizing Shaw's schemes. With the two-time defending Pac-12 champions at another crossroads, Shaw is trying to remind eve

  • Malaysia goes deep in FedEx Cup list to fill field

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    Nicholas Thompson missed qualifying for the FedEx Cup playoffs by one point last year. He finished at No. 125 on the PGA Tour money list by $725 and only kept his full card for this season because the tour used the top 125 from the money list for the last time. So what does that get him? A trip to Kuala Lumpur next week for a $7 million tournament with no cut for the 78-man field. The CIMB Classic, the first part of the two-event Asian swing, is for the top available players from the final FedEx Cup standings last year, the top 10 from Asian Tour Order of Merit and eight sponsor exempts. And if needed, the field is filled by additional players from the FedEx Cup.

  • OSU football: NCAA, investigative consultant say Sports Illustrated allegations 'fundamentally unfounded'

    BY JOHN HELSLEY, Staff Writer, jhelsley@opubco.com | Updated: 2 hr ago

    Sports Illustrated’s myriad allegations of misconduct within the Oklahoma State football program were “fundamentally unfounded,” according to a joint statement released Tuesday by the NCAA and an outside consultant hired by OSU. The SI series was published in September 2013 and alleged improprieties including payments to players, sexual favors from the Orange Pride support group, academic misconduct and rampant drug use. OSU retained The Compliance Group to investigate the allegations. The Compliance Group, of Lenexa, Kan., is led by Chuck Smrt, who spent 18 years on the NCAA enforcement staff and has run the consultant firm since 1999.

  • Vandy refocused off open date, McCrary next QB up

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Vanderbilt Commodores have had a chance to catch their breath during their first open date of the season, and now they hope they are in better shape to finish strong. Coach Derek Mason said Tuesday coaches spent last week self-scouting and made some changes to fit personnel and schemes together better. That all should combine for people to see a better football team when the Commodores visit Missouri (5-2, 2-1) on Saturday. "That's what we look to be, a better football team," Mason said. "So I don't want to get into the specifics because we've done some great things in terms of game planning to get ourselves ready to go play this game. What you'll see is hopefully a better offense, a more product

  • Oklahoma State football: Highlights from president Burns Hargis' video

    By John Helsley | Updated: 2 hr ago

    Oklahoma State president Burns Hargis presented a video message to accompany the joint statement released Tuesday by the NCAA enforcement staff and OSU, which determined that allegations posed in the Sports Illustrated series “The Dirty Game” were “fundamentally unfounded.” Highlights from Hargis’ message: “We are gratified the primary claims made by Sports Illustrated have been discredited. Among other things, the inquiry found: 1. Coaching staff members or boosters were not involved in paying student-athletes for athletic achievements, including so-called big hits. 2. OSU’s academic staff personnel were not found to be involved in academic improprieties. 3.

  • Levante hires Lucas Alcazar to replace Mendilibar

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    VALENCIA, Spain (AP) — Spanish club Levante has named Lucas Alcaraz to replace Jose Mendilibar after firing the coach earlier on Tuesday. Mendilibar replaced Joaquin Caparros this season but failed to maintain the same level of play, with the team scoring a league-low four goals through eight rounds and sitting next-to-last in the standings. Alcaraz, 48, coached Granada last season. The 48-year-old Spaniard has coached several other sides in a 20-year career. Mendilibar is the second coach to be fired from Spain's top division this week, his departure announced just hours after last-place Cordoba replaced Albert Ferrer with Miroslav Djukic on Monday.

  • Schalke beats 10-man Sporting 4-3

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    GELSENKIRCHEN, Germany (AP) — Eric Choupo-Moting converted a disputed penalty in injury time to give Schalke a dramatic 4-3 victory over 10-man Sporting in the Champions League on Tuesday. Adrien Silva had scored two late goals to haul Sporting from two goals down to 3-3, before being penalized for handling the ball — although it bounced off his chest. Nani had put Sporting ahead before defender Mauricio was sent off in the 33rd minute for his second booking and Chinedu Obasi scored from the ensuing free kick. Obasi then set up Klaas-Jan Hujntelaar to score and captain Benedikt Hoewedes added Schalke's third on the hour. But Silva scored with a penalty and then a header to level the match.

  • Oklahoma State football: Cowboys can breathe a sigh of relief

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    COMMENTARY — With an outside investigator and the NCAA teaming up to check out the charges in Sports Illustrated’s series, the news that the allegations were “fundamentally unfounded” is good for OSU.

  • Data shows no evidence of SEC bias in poll

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    With research by STATS, The Associated Press looked at how teams rise and fall in the AP Top 25 after winning and losing conference games this season and over the past five seasons to try see if Southeastern Conference teams are gaining more and being punished less than when teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference, Big 12, Big Ten and Pac-12 play conference games. The findings. (Note: All unranked teams are considered to be in 26th place before moving into the rankings and when falling out.) Average rise in poll spots of ranked teams after beating a conference opponent from 2009-2013 ACC — +2.0 Big Ten — +1.9 Big 12 — +1.8 Pac-12 — +1.6 Southeastern — +1.5 2014 (throug

  • Penn St. has pressure of No. 13 Ohio St., beyond

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Penn State coach James Franklin says one of the biggest challenges he faces in his job is meeting high expectations of a huge fan base. Even larger, perhaps, than meeting No. 13 Ohio State on Saturday night. Franklin understands that patience is minimal, even though reduced scholarships in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal have led to inconsistency in the team's offense and other areas. "Everybody talked about these things before the season started, but once the season starts, it's: 'Let's find a way to get it done,'" he said Tuesday. "There's an expectation, there's a culture of winning here. It's been here for a long time and we embrace that," Franklin said.

  • As SEC dominates rankings, calls of #SECBias rise

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    Duck fans in Oregon and Buckeye backers in Ohio are united. Seminoles in the Florida panhandle and Sooners in the Oklahoma panhandle are rallying around a common cause. As the Southeastern Conference was trending last weekend after becoming the first league to hold four of the top five spots in the AP Top 25, fans of other conferences had an angry response: #SECBias. The conference that won seven of the last eight BCS championships has many fans exasperated with media coverage they feel has created an unbeatable-SEC narrative. The fear is it will lead to the first College Football Playoff being overrun by one conference. "AP hard at work to make sure first playoff has 4 SEC teams. #SECbias," posted to Twitter by @jAwhat

  • Hazard scores twice as Chelsea routs Maribor 6-0

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    LONDON (AP) — Eden Hazard netted twice and Didier Drogba scored his first goal since returning to Chelsea in a comprehensive 6-0 victory over Maribor in the Champions League on Tuesday. Hazard scored the last two goals against the Slovenian club, including one from the penalty spot, as Chelsea consolidated top spot in Group G in a ruthless manner. Drogba's two-month search for a goal ended in the first half shortly after replacing Loic Remy, who sustained a groin injury while netting Chelsea's opener in the 13th minute. Just like his last Chelsea goal — the winning strike in the 2012 Champions League final shootout — Drogba netted his 158th for the London club from the penalty spot.

  • Dorsett on a record pace for Hurricanes

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — In 2012, Phillip Dorsett's pride was hurt. In 2013, it was his knee. This year, nothing has slowed the speedy Miami wide receiver. Dorsett has only 16 catches, a total exceeded by 352 other players so far this season at the Football Bowl Subdivision level. But the story with Dorsett isn't the number of touches, but rather what he's doing with them. Simply put, he's burning defenses. He's averaging 34.4 yards per catch so far in 2014, putting him on pace to smash the previous NCAA record in that department. For a player who was maligned for dropping a pair of sure-fire touchdowns against Notre Dame two years ago, then saw his junior season interrupted by a torn knee ligament, his s

  • Ratings watch: Kansas State-Oklahoma telecast gets 19.9 rating

    Published: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    Nationally, ABC’s Notre Dame-Florida State telecast is highest-rated college game this season

  • Backup Cincinnati QB suspended after arrest

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    CINCINNATI (AP) — Backup quarterback Jarred Evans was suspended indefinitely by Cincinnati coach Tommy Tuberville on Tuesday for his arrest over the weekend on a misdemeanor assault charge. Tuberville said the junior-college transfer won't be allowed to associate with the team until his case is settled. Evans has a court appearance scheduled for Nov. 4. The police report said Evans punched a man, causing him to fall and sustain a concussion and a cut that required stitches. Evans was arrested early Sunday morning and stayed in jail until Monday. Evans was third on Cincinnati's depth chart behind Gunner Kiel and Munchie Legaux.

  • Georgia Tech to face Pitt without Zach Laskey

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Tech has a big role to fill this week with bruising runner Zach Laskey sidelined by a shoulder injury. Former quarterback Synjyn Days, a senior who switched positions before the start of summer camp, is likely to start in Laskey's spot, but he faces a tough task. The Yellow Jackets (5-2, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) take a two-game losing streak to Pittsburgh on Saturday and need to get a big push inside the Panthers' four-man front. Pitt (4-3, 2-1 ACC) ranks fourth nationally in total defense, 18th against the run. Georgia Tech has the nation's No. 4 rushing attack, and Laskey, a senior averaging five yards a carry in 120 attempts, is a big part of equation.

  • No. 3 Ole Miss relies on tough defense for wins

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    Statistics might not tell the whole story about how good No. 3 Mississippi's defense has been this season. But it's certainly a good place to start. The Rebels (7-0, 4-0 Southeastern Conference) are giving up just 10.6 points per game this season, which leads the Football Bowl Subdivision. Their 15 interceptions are tied for the national lead. The group has a knack for big plays, too, scoring almost as many defensive touchdowns (4) as the six they've allowed. And in their latest 34-3 victory over Tennessee, they held the Volunteers to zero net rushing yards. Now Ole Miss will have another challenge on Saturday when it travels to face an improved No. 24 LSU (6-2, 2-2), which is coming off a dominant 41-3 victory ov

  • Oklahoma football: Jay Norvell praises Dorial Green-Beckham

    BY JASON KERSEY AND RYAN ABER | Published: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    Jay Norvell had nothing but all-out praise for Dorial Green-Beckham during his session with reporters Monday afternoon. “He’s like a different guy,” Norvell said. “He’s been working really hard and doing a lot of great things off the field too. … He’s growing and maturing.” Green-Beckham was a five-star recruit and considered the top prospect in the country nearly three years ago. He signed with Missouri, catching 87 passes for 1,278 yards and 17 touchdowns in two seasons there. Despite his extraordinary talent, Green-Beckham struggled to stay out of trouble off the field. He was arrested twice for marijuana-related offenses, and was dismissed from the team in April after an investigation into whether he

  • UCO remains atop state college power poll after loss

    By Scott Munn | Published: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    The Oklahoman’s weekly state college football power poll: 1. Central Oklahoma (5-2): Bronchos’ Division II playoff hopes took a hit with loss at Central Missouri. 2. Panhandle State (5-2): Continues to roll up the points. Aggies will get a test in two weeks from Langston. 3. East Central (4-2): Quarterback Spencer Bond threw for three touchdowns, ran for another vs. Northwestern. 4. Langston (4-3): Lions are riding a three-game win streak heading into a bye week. 5. Southeastern (4-3): Scored 21 points in the fourth quarter to squeeze out road win vs. Southwestern. 6. Oklahoma Baptist (5-3): Bison get another easy win this week when Texas College visits Shawnee. 7. Southwestern (2-5): Blew