• Durant, Jordan and others who score the most against every NBA team

    Sunday, February 7, 2016 at 12:44 PM

    The Golden State Warriors want no part of facing Kevin Durant. With 40 points Saturday, Durant upped his career points per game against Golden State to 30.6 in 28 games – the highest points per game average of any player in NBA history against the Warriors. // Durant has the highest points per game average in NBA history against the Denver Nuggets, Memphis Grizzlies, New Orleans Pelicans, and Indiana Pacers. Only Michael Jordan (14 teams) and Wilt Chamberlain (6) can claim the highest scoring average against more teams than Durant. Here’s who else has scored the most points per game against each NBA franchise (minimum 10 games; statistics via statmuse.com): Atlanta

  • Could Scott Brooks replace Derek Fisher as Knicks coach?

    Today at 02:06 PM

    Derek Fisher has been fired after just 1 1/2 seasons as coach of the New York Knicks, the team announced Monday morning. Following a promising start in which the Knicks went 20-20 in their first 40 games this season, New York has lost five straight and nine of its past 10. Fisher finished his Knicks tenure with a 40-96 record. With an injury-ravaged roster, the Knicks went 17-65 last season. Now, the Knicks need to find a replacement. Kurt Rambis has been named interim coach. But  the Knicks are expected to pursue a different lead man as a long-term solution.

  • Tramel: Peyton Manning makes like John Elway in quarterbacking Super Bowl victory

    Sunday, February 7, 2016 at 10:15 PM

    Manning joins the club of two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks, which also includes Tom Brady, Elway, Terry Bradshaw, Joe Montana, Roger Staubach, Troy Aikman, Bob Griese, Ben Roethlisberger, Bart Starr, Jim Plunkett and Eli Manning. You know you’ve had quite the football life when your boss (Elway is the Bronco general manager) and your brother are waiting at such a finish line.

  • Sooners return home to play a hot Texas club

    Sunday, February 7, 2016 at 08:15 PM

    The Sooners are 0-2 this season in Big Monday games. That’s the bad news. The good news? Both of those games came on the road in two of the toughest road environments in not only the Big 12 but the nation — Kansas on Jan. 4 and Iowa State on Jan. 18.

  • For Cowboys, it's a tough time for transition

    Sunday, February 7, 2016 at 07:00 PM

    It’s a tough time to be in transition in the Big 12, where five teams rank in the top 16 and another — streaking Texas — bids to break in and seventh-place Kansas State can knock off No.1 Oklahoma.

  • Five takeaways from the Thunder’s first game against the Warriors

    Sunday, February 7, 2016 at 06:30 PM

    Round 2 comes on Feb. 27 in Oklahoma City. But here are five takeaways from Round 1:

  • Tipoff time set for Illinois' home finale against Minnesota

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois' says a time has been set for its final home game of the season. The Illini (11-13, 3-8 Big Ten) will face Minnesota (6-17, 0-11) at 7 p.m. Central Time on Feb. 28. The Big Ten Network will televise the game.

  • A little clarity on Anadarko's Division I football history

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Over the weekend I wrote how Anadarko’s Kelby Bailey became the program’s second football player in school history when he signed last week with Air Force. You can read that here. That information came from Anadarko coach Kent Jackson, who is also an alumnus and near life-long Anadarko resident. But thanks to an email from reader Larry Jenkins, I’ve since learned of a few more Anadarko players to follow the Division I path. With a few names to go by, I found them in The Oklahoman’s archives, though there was little information. Fullback John Compton joined Oklahoma out of high school, where he played one varsity season in 1953 as a sophomore under famed coach Bud Wilkinson. Quarterback

  • Super Bowl gets 111.9 million viewers, down from last year

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Setting television viewership records with the Super Bowl has become almost routine, but this year's average of 111.9 million viewers for Denver's victory over Carolina is down from the past two years. That makes Sunday's game the third most-watched event in U.S. television history, the Nielsen company said Monday. Last year's down-to-the-wire contest between New England and Seattle keeps the record with 114.4 million viewers. The Super Bowl had seemed to know no ceiling in popularity, setting viewership records in six of seven years until this one. CBS, the nation's most-watched network, had pushed the event hard the past few months, playing up the historical nature of the 50th Super Bowl game.

  • Sports on TV: Tuning in for Tuesday, February 9

    Compiled by Todd Schoenthaler, Staff Writer, tschoenthaler@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Feb 8, 2016

    GIRLS BASKETBALL 6:30 p.m. — Sand Springs at Sapulpa — Cox 703 BOYS BASKETBALL 8 p.m. — Sand Springs at Sapulpa — Cox 703 NBA 7 p.m. — San Antonio at Miami — TNT (Cox 31) 9:30 p.m. — Houston at Golden State — TNT (Cox 31) NHL 7 p.m. — Dallas at Minnesota — NBCSN (Cox 251) NBA D-LEAGUE 10 p.m. — Reno at Santa Cruz — ESPNU (Cox 253) MEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 6 p.m. — Michigan State at Purdue — ESPN (Cox 29) 6 p.m. — West Virginia at Kansas — ESPN2 (Cox 28) 6 p.m. — Cincinnati at Central Florida — ESPNews (Cox 254) 6 p.m. — Pittsburgh at Miami, Fla. — ESPNU (Cox 253) 6 p.m. — Auburn at Tennessee — SECN

  • Kevin Durant comments on the firing of Derek Fisher: "I think he did a great job"

    Anthony Slater | Updated: 2 hr ago

    PHOENIX -- With Kevin Durant's impending free agency looming large over the Thunder and the rest of the league, almost any big decision has some sort of a link back to KD. On Monday morning, the New York Knicks fired Derek Fisher. Fisher, of course, became a close friend of Durant's during his time with the Thunder. Some thought the presence of Fisher gave the Knicks an extra boost in its chase of Durant. But he's gone now. What'd Durant think when he heard? "Yeah, man, that's a tough situation," Durant said at Monday's shootaround. "Going to the biggest market in the league, having so much pressure from Day 1. (Carmelo Anthony)'s been out, what, 9 or 10 games? It's tough not having your

  • Kevin Durant reflects on photographing the Super Bowl, calling it a top-five life experience

    Anthony Slater | Updated: 2 hr ago

    PHOENIX -- Kevin Durant has hit game-winning shots, won an Olympic gold medal, put up 66 points in a legendary Rucker Park performance and achieved nearly every basketball goal imaginable sans an NBA title. But on Sunday, he did something he said was one of the "top five times of my life." Credentialed through The Player's Tribune, Durant photographed the Super Bowl from the sideline. "Don't want to say (it's up there with) getting drafted, but it was in the realm of that," Durant said. "Just being able to experience something so huge, so big, on that level. I've watched it plenty of times, went to the game last year. But to be able to sit on the sideline, taking pictures, something that I love to do.

  • Falcons cut 2 defensive starters: S Moore and LB Durant

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons have released a pair of defensive starters: longtime safety William Moore and linebacker Justin Durant. Moore was a second-round pick in 2009 and one of the senior members of the team. He played in 76 games with 72 starts over seven seasons, earning a Pro Bowl selection in 2012. But the hard-hitting Moore was plagued by injuries, playing all 16 games only twice in his career. This past year, he went on injured reserve in December with an ankle problem. Durant was one of Atlanta's biggest free-agent signings a year ago, brought in with the hope of adding big-play capability to the defense after the hiring of coach Dan Quinn. While Durant ranked second on the team wit

  • With road stretch looming, Florida needs to win at home

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's postseason fate probably will be decided on the road. The Gators (15-8, 6-4 Southeastern Conference) play four of their final six regular-season games away from home, a tough stretch that begins next week and includes trips to Georgia, South Carolina and LSU. That daunting slate makes this week's games in the comfy confines of the O'Connell Center, beginning Tuesday night against Mississippi, almost must-win matchups for coach Mike White's team. Fortunately for the Gators, they have been at their best in the O'Dome. Florida is 11-1 at home, with the lone loss coming against rival Florida State in late December. The Gators have won six in a row since, notching resume-building victorie

  • Will Osweiler step in as Peyton steps out in Denver?

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — One of the biggest winners from the Super Bowl didn't even take a snap. Brock Osweiler is a free agent the Broncos probably can't afford to lose if Peyton Manning retires. And judging by how much the five-time NFL MVP's game has deteriorated through age and injury, a decision to do anything but leave pro football as a champion would be foolhardy. Denver, of course, is well aware of the upcoming challenges behind center. Broncos boss John Elway probably already knows what Manning will do, and he might even be advising Manning to hang it up just the way he did in 1999 after a Super Bowl win.

  • Blues place defenseman Alex Pietrangelo on IR

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo has been placed on injured reserve with a right knee injury that the team says will be re-evaluated in three weeks. The 26-year-old Pietrangelo was injured in a knee-on-knee collision with Minnesota's Charlie Coyle in a 4-1 victory over the Wild on Saturday. He's fourth in the NHL in playing time, averaging over 26 minutes. Pietrangelo has played in all 55 games and has 23 points on three goals and 20 assists. He was the fourth overall pick in 2008 and has a career plus-37 rating.

  • MLB player Delmon Young charged with attacking attendant

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    MIAMI (AP) — Major League Baseball player Delmon Young was arrested after authorities say he choked and threatened a parking attendant at a Miami hotel. A police report says the former Baltimore Oriole and current free agent grabbed the attendant's neck and called him a "stupid Cuban" Sunday night. The attendant told police he had refused to let Young on an elevator to a club at the Viceroy Miami, because the club was closed. The report says Young left the area for a short time but then returned and attacked the attendant again. The attendant got away and called police. The report says Young denied attacking the attendant. He was arrested and charged with battery. Jail records show he was released Monday morning on $1

  • VIDEO: Russell Westbrook clowns Kevin Durant behind his back during interview

    Erik Horne | Updated: 2 hr ago

    The Thunder seems to be in good spirits just days after a loss to Golden State. As Kevin Durant answered media questions Monday in Phoenix about his experience attending the Super Bowl in San Francisco on Sunday, teammate Russell Westbrook stood in the background and playfully mocked him. The Oklahoman's Anthony Slater captured the sequence on video: Kevin Durant talks about his Super Bowl experience while Russell Westbrook heckles him pic.twitter.com/LXDpyZVRuK — Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) February 8, 2016 Highlight: When Durant starts talking about taking photos for The Players' Tribune, Westbrook fakes like he's snapping pictures. Durant eventually

  • NHL-leading Capitals aim to end troubling power-play drought

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Capitals are winners of three in a row and sitting pretty atop the NHL, so not much seems to be going wrong for Washington. They do however have one glaring problem — power-play goals — and it is something coach Barry Trotz hopes to fix sooner rather than later. Washington is 0 for their last 17 and haven't scored a power-play goal since Jan. 19 after consistently being the league's top power-play team the past several seasons. The five-game drought hasn't cost them in the standings, but after a similar stretch haunted them in last year's playoffs, so it's worth significant attention in the coming days and weeks.

  • Top Cuban player slips away with brother to join US majors

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Star Cuban infielder Yulieski Gourriel and his younger brother slipped away from their hotel in the Dominican Republic early Monday in an apparent effort to launch careers in Major League Baseball. The departure of Yulieski and his brother Loudes was confirmed by Granma, the Communist Party newspaper in Cuba that serves as an outlet for official government statements. The paper said on its website Monday morning that the Gourriel brothers had "abandoned" their hotel in "an open attitude of surrender to the merchants of professional baseball for profit." The elder Yulieski has been one of the Cuban players most highly praised by MLB scouts since he played in his first World Base

  • Falcons hire former Chiefs assistant GM Joel Collier

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons continue to shake up their front office, hiring Joel Collier as director of pro personnel. The hiring was announced Monday by general manager Thomas Dimitroff. Collier joins the Falcons after a five-year stint as Kansas City's assistant general manager, which ended after the 2013 season. With the Chiefs, he worked under Scott Pioli, who is now Atlanta's assistant GM. After an 8-8 debut with first-year coach Dan Quinn, the Falcons decided to keep Dimitroff but revamp their player-evaluation system. They already brought in former GMs Phil Emery and Ruston Webster as national scouts. Collier has also worked for New England, Miami and Tampa Bay.

  • Springs man adds 20 years to life with quality cardiac care

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    Look for Heart Health features on throughout American Heart Month, sponsored by Twenty years ago, Dan Danielson had a heart attack. “It wasn’t really a surprise, my father died at 59 from a heart attack,” he said. “When I reached 60, we joked that something would happen, and within days, it did.” Dan had an angioplasty and went through rehabilitation at Penrose-St. Francis Health Services. He continued to receive treatment at Penrose-St. Francis over the course of 17 years, including seven cardioversions, a procedure that restores arrhythmic heartbeats to a normal rhythm. Penrose-St. Francis is part of the Centura Health Heart and Vascular Network, the region’s leading provider of cardiovascular care.

  • BRIEF: Air Force's Siples receives Mountain West honor

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    The Mountain West named CJ Siples its basketball player of the week on Monday, recognizing the sophomore’s play over his first two starts as Air Force’s point guard. Replacing the injured Trevor Lyons before Tuesday’s 70-62 victory over Wyoming, Siples averaged 19 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2. 5 steals in the wins over the Cowboys and Boise State. “He really grew,” coach Dave Pilipovich said. “He’s really gained confidence this last week.” Siples shot 64.7 percent (11 of 17) from the field in those two games, including 57.1 percent (4 of 7) from 3-point range. He also his 12-of-14 free throws. He had 25 points in a 61-53 victory over Boise State and in 70 minutes over the two games commi

  • Bengals sign free agents Chykie Brown, Darryl Baldwin

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    CINCINNATI (AP) — The Bengals signed cornerback Chykie Brown and offensive tackle Darryl Baldwin on Monday, adding free agents who didn't play in the NFL last season. Brown has played in 54 games with six starts with the Ravens and the Giants since 2011. He started two playoff games for Baltimore during its Super Bowl championship season in 2012. The Giants got him off waivers last season and released him after the preseason. No other team signed him. Baldwin signed with Baltimore as a free agent from Ohio State last season. He played in one preseason game and was waived in the final preseason cuts. He also failed to get a contract from another team. ___ Online: AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and AP NFL Twitte

  • Pitcher Craig Stammen, Indians agree to minor league deal

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    CLEVELAND (AP) — Right-hander Craig Stammen has agreed to a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians and will report to big league spring training. The 31-year-old was 26-24 with a 3.91 ERA in 38 starts and 191 relief appearances for the Washington Nationals during the past seven seasons. He pitched four scoreless innings in five games last year before season-ending surgery April 19 to repair torn flexor tendons. Stammen became a free agent in December when the Nationals didn't offer him a 2016 contract. Cleveland announced his agreement Monday.

  • Phoenix Open Golf

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    Bryce Molder on the 16th hole during the final round of the Phoenix Open golf tournament, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, in Scottsdale, Ariz.