• Big 12 adds affiliate members in gymnastics, wrestling

    Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at 02:45 PM

    The Big 12 Conference has added six affiliate members to its postseason wrestling competition, while Denver has been added as an affiliate member in gymnastics. Air Force, Northern Colorado, North Dakota State, South Dakota State, Utah Valley and Wyoming are joining Iowa State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and West Virginia for future Big 12 Wrestling Championships. Denver will take part in the Big 12 Gymnastics Championships with Iowa State, Oklahoma and West Virginia. The schools will be added to the respective postseason competitions effective the 2015-16 academic year. The Big 12 Wrestling Championship will shift to a neutral site and expand to a two-day event starting with the 2016 championship, March 5-6 in Kansas City. The Big 12 Gymnastics Championship will makes its neutral site debut March 19 in Frisco, Texas.

  • Matt Barnes on Serge Ibaka: 'He’s just dirty'

    Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at 11:13 AM

    Last week, Matt Barnes went on ESPN's SportsNation and said he wanted to fight Thunder forward Serge Ibaka. He was at it again on Tuesday on Memphis radio, per Clippers beat writer Dan Woike. "He's just dirty," Barnes said about Ibaka. "...He hit Blake (Griffin) in the nuts twice." Ibaka and Griffin have had a series of mini-skirmishes on the court that have turned the Los Angeles Clippers-Oklahoma City Thunder matchup into a full-blown power forward rivalry. Barnes was traded from the Clippers to the Eastern Conference's Charlotte Hornets, but he's now with the Memphis Grizzlies, so he'll still get to see his buddy Serge on a regular basis.

  • The Sooners' hopes for return to glory begin at home

    Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    NORMAN — A favorite category during preseason predictions is this: biggest game. Look at Oklahoma's schedule, and you'll find plenty of contenders. Tennessee. Texas. Baylor. Oklahoma State. No doubt all of those are marquee match-ups. They've got juicy undertones. They're got sexy storylines. But in terms of importance, none of those games hold a candle to TCU. Or West Virginia. Or Texas Tech, Iowa State, Tulsa or Akron. Those are the Sooners' six home games this season, and if they want to get back in the business of being contenders and winning titles, it has to start at home. They have to win every home game. They have to go undefeated on that Owen Field turf.

  • Fines for storming the basketball court and football field?

    Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    Last week at Big 12 Media Days, conference commissioner Bob Bowlsby said the league would not go to a system of heavy fines to try and limit storming of basketball courts and football fields from happening, even after an incident in Manhattan, Kan., last basketball season where a Kansas State student dropped his shoulder into a Kansas player and Jayhawks coach Bill Self was trapped against the scorer’s table.

  • Pat Smith's drive, determination led to greatness

    Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    After romping unbeaten to three state championships at Del City High, Smith forced his way into the lineup at OSU and kept dominating, closing his collegiate career with a school-record 98 straight wins and four titles.

  • OU women's basketball coach Sherri Coale praises sophomore point guard, gold medalist Gabbi Ortiz

    Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at 04:41 PM

    Sherri Coale sat down for an interview with The Oklahoman after Wednesday’s Sooner Club Golf Tournament and said, “Let’s talk about Gabbi."

  • OU's Jay Boulware disappointed he couldn’t reach Keith Ford

    Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at 03:40 PM

    Boulware had only been Ford’s position coach for a short time before Ford’s suspension, which was for violating team and academic rules.

  • Drake pays homage to Oklahoma City's Joe Carter via Meek Mill diss track 'Back to Back'

    Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at 01:18 PM

    If you haven't heard, rappers Drake (he of "against-the-rules recruiting of Kevin Durant to the Toronto Raptors" fame) and Meek Mill are in a rap beef of sorts. Somehow, Oklahoma City native/Millwood alum and Toronto Blue Jays legend Joe Carter has become a random footnote in it all.


  • Fines for storming the basketball court and football field?

    BY RYAN ABER | Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    Last week at Big 12 Media Days, conference commissioner Bob Bowlsby said the league would not go to a system of heavy fines to try and limit storming of basketball courts and football fields from happening, even after an incident in Manhattan, Kan., last basketball season where a Kansas State student dropped his shoulder into a Kansas player and Jayhawks coach Bill Self was trapped against the scorer’s table.

  • Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame: Pat Smith's drive, determination led to greatness

    BY JOHN HELSLEY | Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    After romping unbeaten to three state championships at Del City High, Smith forced his way into the lineup at OSU and kept dominating, closing his collegiate career with a school-record 98 straight wins and four titles.

  • Ranking the home games on OU's schedule

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    Most of Oklahoma's marquee games this season will take place outside of Norman. Tennessee. Texas. Baylor. Oklahoma State. But the biggest games on the Sooners' schedule are the ones at home. For the Sooners to get their program back on track, they need to re-establish home-field dominance.  Oklahoman columnist Jenni Carlson ranks the Sooners' home games from toughest — and best — to easiest: 1. TCU, Nov. 21: The preseason pick to win the Big 12 comes to town a week before it hosts Baylor. Will the Frogs be driving for a title? Trying to score style points? Either way, the Sooners would score a huge win by beating the Frogs, who used their victory in Fort Worth last season to springboard into the national

  • OU Football: The Sooners' hopes for return to glory begin at home

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    NORMAN — A favorite category during preseason predictions is this: biggest game. Look at Oklahoma's schedule, and you'll find plenty of contenders. Tennessee. Texas. Baylor. Oklahoma State. No doubt all of those are marquee match-ups. They've got juicy undertones. They're got sexy storylines. But in terms of importance, none of those games hold a candle to TCU. Or West Virginia. Or Texas Tech, Iowa State, Tulsa or Akron. Those are the Sooners' six home games this season, and if they want to get back in the business of being contenders and winning titles, it has to start at home. They have to win every home game. They have to go undefeated on that Owen Field turf.

  • Oklahoma City Dodgers: Memphis hands Dodgers eighth loss in last 10 games

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis scored three times in the bottom of the fifth inning and made them stand Wednesday afternoon to beat struggling Oklahoma City 3-2 in Pacific Coast League baseball before 2,447 fans at AutoZone Park. Oklahoma City had a 1-0 lead after 41/2 innings on Andy Wilkins' solo homer, his 14th overall this season, before Memphis stormed back with its three spot. Alex Mejia keyed the Redbirds' rally with a two-run homer off OKC pitcher Eric Stults. The Dodgers drew within 3-2 in the seventh inning when Kyle Jensen hit home run No. 13. But that's all Oklahoma City could muster in its eighth loss in the last 10 games. The division-leading Dodgers fell to 62-41 and watched their lead over Omaha dwindle to 31/2

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    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 18 hr ago

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  • Oklahoma women's basketball: Sherri Coale praises sophomore point guard, gold medalist Gabbi Ortiz

    Jason Kersey | Updated: 18 hr ago

    NORMAN — Sherri Coale sat down for an interview with The Oklahoman after Wednesday’s Sooner Club Golf Tournament and said, “Let’s talk about Gabbi.” Sophomore Gabbi Ortiz started all seven games at this month’s FIBI U19 World Championship and helped lead Team USA to a gold medal. She averaged 2.4 points, 2.7 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.9 rebounds during the event. Ortiz, from Racine, Wis., started all 33 games as a true freshman point guard last season for the Sooners. OU finished the season second in the Big 12 Conference and earned a 16th straight NCAA Tournament bid.

  • Oklahoma football: Jay Boulware disappointed he couldn’t reach Keith Ford

    Jason Kersey | Updated: 19 hr ago

    NORMAN — Jay Boulware admitted being disappointing by how things ended with former Sooner running back Keith Ford, who left the program in May after being suspended indefinitely. Boulware had only been Ford’s position coach for a short time before Ford’s suspension, which was for violating team and academic rules. Ford rushed for 503 yards and six touchdowns in two seasons at OU, but he suffered a leg injury in the middle of last season that forced him to miss five games. He told the Tulsa World after announcing his decision to transfer that he didn’t like playing under Boulware. His running backs coach the first two seasons was Cale Gundy, who now coaches inside receivers.

  • Past success lures Rose back to Quicken Loans National

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    GAINESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Most of the world's top players are skipping the Quicken Loans National. Justin Rose wouldn't miss it — even if he weren't the defending champion. Rose won the event in 2010 at Aronimink and last year at Congressional. This year, the Quicken Loans National moves to Robert Trent Jones Golf Club, a course he's never seen. Given its place on the crowded PGA Tour schedule, a week off might be tempting — but not for Rose. "It's one of my favorite tournaments on Tour. Got a couple of the best-looking trophies on Tour," Rose said. "It's about winning tournaments and playing places where you feel you can win." Rose, the world's seventh-ranked player, is a favorite this week along with No. 8 Rickie

  • Crew chief Adam Stevens pushes Busch's comeback along

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — There was little doubt that Kyle Busch and crew chief Adam Stevens could be successful together. The duo won 19 of their 52 Xfinity Series races, so chemistry clearly wasn't a problem. Still, Joe Gibbs Racing couldn't guarantee that Stevens would immediately excel in his promotion to the Sprint Cup Series. And, when Busch was injured a day before the Daytona 500, Stevens was given a setback that could have derailed the No. 18 team for the season. Instead, Stevens plugged away with three different drivers and had the team ready for Busch's return in May. Now they are coming off a Brickyard 400 victory on Sunday — their third consecutive Cup win and fourth in the last five races going into Pocono this

  • Wake Forest administrator named Furman athletic director

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Wake Forest athletic administrator Mike Buddie was named new athletic director at Furman. University President Elizabeth Davis announced the hiring of Buddie on Wednesday. He replaces Gary Clark, who is retiring after 15 years heading up the department. Buddie spent the last decade at Wake Forest, where he was most recently senior associate athletic director for administration/development. He had served as sport administrator for Wake Forest baseball, women's soccer and men's golf. Buddie also worked with the football and men's basketball programs. Buddie pitched for Wake Forest and still holds the school single-season mark with 138 strikeouts in 1992.

  • Big 12 adds affiliate members in gymnastics, wrestling

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    The Big 12 Conference has added six affiliate members to its postseason wrestling competition, while Denver has been added as an affiliate member in gymnastics. Air Force, Northern Colorado, North Dakota State, South Dakota State, Utah Valley and Wyoming are joining Iowa State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and West Virginia for future Big 12 Wrestling Championships. Denver will take part in the Big 12 Gymnastics Championships with Iowa State, Oklahoma and West Virginia. The schools will be added to the respective postseason competitions effective the 2015-16 academic year. The Big 12 Wrestling Championship will shift to a neutral site and expand to a two-day event starting with the 2016 championship, March 5-6 in Kansas City. The Big 12 Gymnastics Championship will makes its neutral site debut March 19 in Frisco, Texas.

  • NASCAR penalizes Premium Motorsports for unattached weight

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR has penalized Premium Motorsports because an unattached weight fell off the car during practice last weekend at Indianapolis. The P3 penalty against the team Timmy Hill drove for last weekend was issued Wednesday. Crew chief Scott Eggleston was fined $25,000. He and car chief Kevin Eagle were also suspended for this weekend's Sprint Cup race at Pocono and placed on probation through Dec. 31. Team owner Mike Curb was penalized 15 championship car owner points. Hill has driven the car for the last two Sprint Cup races. He replaced Josh Wise, who left the team after the race at Kentucky three weeks ago.

  • Oklahoma State women's basketball nonconference schedule set

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma State has released the women's basketball nonconference schedule that includes a game against in-state rival Oral Roberts. OSU opens the season with home games Nov. 13 against Lamar; Nov. Nov. 17 against Texas Southern; and Nov. 20 against Southern Illinois. OSU then travels to play at Missouri State on Nov. 23. The Cowgirls then host ORU on Nov. 27; Washington State on Nov. 30; Texas Pan-American on Dec. 5 and North Carolina on Dec. 14. OSU is then on the road for games Dec. 20 at South Florida and Dec. 22 against Central Florida before the final non-conference game on Dec. 27 against Savannah State in Stillwater. OSU also has preseason exhibition games at home on Nov. 1 against East

  • University of Tulsa releases women's nonconference schedule

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The University of Tulsa has released the nonconference schedule for the women's basketball team with games that include Oklahoma, Kansas State, Arkansas and Oral Roberts. TU's home opener will be Nov. 13 against Kansas State, followed by a trip to play at St. Louis on Nov. 17, then a home game against cross-town rival ORU on Nov. 20. Tulsa then plays at Arkansas on Nov. 23 and travels to Las Vegas for the UNLV Lady Rebel Round-Up on Nov. 28 and 29. TU is at home for games Dec. 2 against Grambling State; Dec. 6 against Indiana State and Dec. 9 against OU. Tulsa finishes non-conference play with road games at Arkansas-Little Rock on Dec. 13 and at Northern Iowa on Dec. 20.

  • Drake pays homage to Joe Carter, Blue Jays via Meek Mill diss track 'Back to Back'

    Erik Horne | Updated: 21 hr ago

    If you haven't heard, rappers Drake (he of "against-the-rules recruiting of Kevin Durant to the Toronto Raptors" fame) and Meek Mill are in a rap beef of sorts (here's a quick explanation of the feud). Somehow, Oklahoma City native/Millwood alum and Toronto Blue Jays legend Joe Carter has become a random footnote in it all. On Wednesday, Drake - a Toronto native - released a scathing diss track online about Mill entitled "Back to Back," in which the title line refers to Drake's boast that "they 'gon ask if can play this s*** baaaaaaaack to back.

  • University of California Salaries

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    FILE - In this Friday, March 27, 2015 photo, UCLA head coach Steve Alford yells during the first half of a college basketball regional semifinal game in the NCAA Tournament against Gonzaga in Houston. The University of California had 28 employees who made more than $1 million last year, an elite group comprised of athletic coaches, doctors and hospital chief executives. (AP Photo/David J.

  • Donald Trump to fly in for Women's British Open

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    TURNBERRY, Scotland (AP) — Lizette Salas should be midway through her first round at the Women's British Open on Thursday morning when Donald Trump arrives via helicopter to expected fanfare at his Turnberry resort. Salas, a U.S golfer with Mexican heritage, likely won't pay much attention. Not because she holds a grudge at Trump's derogatory remarks about Mexicans that have dominated the pre-tournament chatter at the fourth major of the year. Quite simply, Salas will have more important things on her mind. "He can say what he wants," the 26-year-old Salas said Wednesday. "It does not change the way I feel about myself, about my heritage. I'm very proud of my parents and where my grandparents are from.

  • Wildcats to face Missouri in CBE

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    According to CBS Sports, Kansas State is set to meet an old Big 12 foe at the CBE Hall of Fame Classic this November. The Wildcats will play Missouri for the first time since 2012, and on neutral grounds for the first time since 1999. According to CBS Sports' Jon Rothstein, North Carolina will face Northwestern in the other semifinal game. The winners will meet in a final, while the losers of each game will play a consolation final. K-State has won the last three matchups with the Tigers, sweeping Missouri in the school's last season as a member of the Big 12 before it moved to the SEC for the 2012-13 season.

  • Why 2016 quarterback Austin Kendall will star at OU

    Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    Austin Kendall doesn't hit campus until 2016 for Oklahoma football, but the North Carolina native is already creating a buzz as the Sooners' next potential standout at quarterback. Bleacher Reports's Michael Felder has three reasons why Kendall will star at OU: Escapability, the ability to throw into tight windows and being able to throw a catchable ball. From Felder on Kendall's mobility: "He's not Trevor Knight. He's not going to run for 200 yards, but he does have the ability to get out of the pocket." Check out the B/R video here .




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