• Billy Donovan gives Florida softball team pep talk before WCWS

    Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    Every year in late May, the college softball world descends upon Oklahoma City with the eight best teams battling it out for the Women’s College World Series. Often, Florida, a national softball power and the defending champs, is included among that group. The Gators are here again this year. And with Thunder coach Billy Donovan, […]

  • Cowboys turn to Jon Perrin in Stillwater Regional opener

    Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    One of the bigger questions surrounding Oklahoma State entering regional play: how would the Cowboys coaches align their pitching.

  • Sooner football giving a different vibe compared to this time last year

    Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    Last summer, expectations soared after an 11-2 season and a Sugar Bowl victory over Alabama. This summer, expectations sag, after an 8-5 season and two 34-point defeats.

  • OKC will host Big 12 baseball, women's hoops in coming years

    Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    Thursday was a good day for Tim Brassfield. The Oklahoma City All Sports Association executive director’s day started with the opening of the Women’s College World Series and then in the afternoon, the news of more events coming to Oklahoma City became official.

  • Trey Cobb critical to OSU's regional hopes

    Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    Now, coming up on three years since Josh Holliday’s hiring and his flip to OSU, Trey Cobb may be the most valuable piece in the Cowboys’ weekend pitching equation in the Stillwater Regional.

  • Bob Stoops says there is a lot of time left in quarterback race

    Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    A day after redshirt freshman quarterback Justice Hansen announced his intention to transfer, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said the quarterback battle was a long way from being decided.

  • Questions and answers with Murray State point guard, reported Thunder target Cameron Payne

    Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    The NBA Draft is one month from tonight, yet some apparently think the Thunder already has pinpointed its pick. According to Chad Ford of ESPN.com, there is growing buzz among rival general managers that OKC has made a promise to Murray State point guard Cameron Payne with the 14th overall pick. It wouldn’t be the […]

  • WCWS: Florida's Lauren Haeger shows why she is National Softball Player of the Year

    Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    In Florida’s 7-1 first-round Women’s College World Series victory Thursday against Tennessee, the Gators’ senior right-handed pitcher threw a one-hit complete game and went 2-for-2 at the plate with a home run and RBI.


  • Sooner football giving a different vibe compared to this time last year

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, May 28, 2015

    Last summer, expectations soared after an 11-2 season and a Sugar Bowl victory over Alabama. This summer, expectations sag, after an 8-5 season and two 34-point defeats.

  • Oklahoma Caravan: Bob Stoops says there is a lot of time left in quarterback race

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Thu, May 28, 2015

    A day after redshirt freshman quarterback Justice Hansen announced his intention to transfer, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said the quarterback battle was a long way from being decided. “I marvel how at everybody knows,” Stoops said Thursday at the Sooner Caravan event at Tulsa’s Schusterman Center. “In the end, there is so much time between now and our first game and how they perform and work through all the summer workouts and training. And then there’s 29 practices before the first game. “We’re going to make sure there’s great competition and we find out who is being the most consistent and who is making the most plays, maybe when one isn’t there. Who can avoid the disastrous play that can beat you. That’s

  • Women's College World Series: UCLA freshman Kylee Perez returns to the diamond four days after hospitalizing Missouri pitcher with line drive to the face

    BY KYLE FREDRICKSON, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, May 28, 2015

    When the Bruins punched their ticket to the Women’s College World Series on Sunday with a Super Regional victory against Missouri, that scary sequence made the collective college softball world hold its breath.

  • Jordan Spieth off to slow start at Nelson; other North Texans shine

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    IRVING, Texas — Jordan Spieth made a weekend charge at the Colonial last week, falling a shot shy of the eventual winning score. He hoped to carry that momentum into his true hometown tournament, the AT&T Byron Nelson. Spieth had a relatively uneventful opening round Thursday, carding two birdies and a bogey for a 1-under 69. For now, he’s lurking in the background behind a Texan-filled leader board. “Really a stress-free round,” Spieth said. “I just didn’t capitalize on enough opportunities. You can’t make two birdies out here and expect to do anything with it.” But two Dallas-Fort Worth residents who didn’t make the weekend cut at Colonial showed that a couple of days off isn’t necessarily a bad th

  • Women's College World Series: Michigan trips Alabama, 5-0

    By Jason Kersey | Published: Thu, May 28, 2015

    Third-seeded Michigan beat No. 6 seed Alabama 5-0 Thursday night in the third game of the Women’s College World Series’ opening day. Michigan advances to face either Oregon or UCLA — who played later Thursday — at 8:30 p.m. Friday. Michigan (57-6) took an early lead when sophomore left fielder Kelly Christner hit a solo home run over the center field fence in the bottom of the first inning. The Wolverines added to their lead when senior catcher Lauren Sweet cleared the bases with a grand slam in the bottom of the fourth. Michigan won twice at Alabama in late February, with Sweet homering in the first game and Christner adding a home run in the second. Michigan sophomore pitcher Megan Betsa threw a

  • Big 12 sports: OKC will host Big 12 baseball, women's hoops in coming years

    BY RYAN ABER, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, May 28, 2015

    Thursday was a good day for Tim Brassfield. The Oklahoma City All Sports Association executive director’s day started with the opening of the Women’s College World Series and then in the afternoon, the news of more events coming to Oklahoma City became official. The Big 12 announced Thursday that the conference’s baseball tournament would be at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark through 2020, and the women’s basketball tournament would be at Chesapeake Energy Arena through 2019. “I think the biggest statement from the Big 12 Conference for us is the fact that they’re willing to award these championships for multiple years,” Brassfield said. “I think it’s a win-win for both.

  • Women's College World Series: Florida's Lauren Haeger shows why she is National Softball Player of the Year

    BY JOHN WALKER, Staff Writer | Updated: 12 hr ago

    In Florida’s 7-1 first-round Women’s College World Series victory Thursday against Tennessee, the Gators’ senior right-handed pitcher threw a one-hit complete game and went 2-for-2 at the plate with a home run and RBI.

  • High school football: Lexington lineman Tyler Brown turning heads

    By Jacob Unruh | Published: Thu, May 28, 2015

    Brown has exploded on the recruiting scene this spring. He comes from a small town outside of Purcell not known for producing Division I football players to earn 17 scholarship offers ranging from Tulsa to Arizona State to TCU with more likely to follow once he qualifies academically.

  • Media notes: Mark Neely and Jay Powell to call Stillwater Regional for ESPN networks

    By Mel Bracht | Published: Thu, May 28, 2015

    All games of NCAA baseball tournament will air on either ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, SEC Network and ESPN3

  • Women's College World Series: Q&A with LSU catcher Kellsi Kloss

    Compiled by John Walker | Published: Thu, May 28, 2015

    LSU catcher Kellsi Kloss made her presence known against Auburn in the Women’s College World Series on Thursday with a two-run homer that led her fifth-seeded team to a 6-1 win. Kloss shared her thoughts on her experience in Oklahoma City and the close bond with her teammates.

  • Big 12 future sites familiar for basketball, baseball

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    IRVING, Texas (AP) — The Big 12 is keeping its men's basketball tournament in Kansas City through at least 2020, and the conference plans play the baseball and for women's basketball tournaments in Oklahoma City for multiple years. Kansas City has annually hosted men's basketball since 2010, and was already set for 2016 before the new multiyear agreement Thursday through 2020. The tournament was a sellout in each of the past two seasons, averaging more than 18,000 fans a game there. The women's tournament was in Dallas this year, and it was previously announced Oklahoma City would host in 2016. Pending final negotiations, that will extend to 2019.

  • Oklahoma City Dodgers: Corey Seager has six hits, six RBIs as Dodgers outlast Salt Lake

    From Staff Reports | Published: Thu, May 28, 2015

    Seager had a solo home run, two doubles and three singles while becoming just the second player in Oklahoma City’s PCL history to record six hits in a game. Jeff Pickler had six hits in a June 2004 game at Albuquerque.

  • Bowditch shoots 62, leaving Spieth 7 shots back at Nelson

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    IRVING, Texas (AP) — Steven Bowditch considers the AT&T Byron Nelson his home tournament — just maybe not to the extent Jordan Spieth does. The Australian matched his low round on the PGA Tour with an 8-under 62 on Thursday to take a two-shot lead over another Texan, Jimmy Walker. Spieth was seven shots back in his first round as Masters champion in the event that gave the Dallas player his start as a 16-year-old amateur in 2010. Bowditch, who moved to the Dallas area 10 years ago, has made the cut just once at the Nelson — in his debut in 2011, when he tied for 60th after a third-round 80. He didn't make it to the weekend each of the past three years at TPC Four Seasons.

  • Parents of former Wichita State women's basketball players lobby for NCAA involvement

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    Wichita State’s resolution of the inquiry into its women’s basketball program did not satisfy some parents of former players. It frustrated and angered them to the point they are hoping to bring the attention of the NCAA on coach Jody Adams. This group, according to several parents, sent letters from parents and former players and recordings to the NCAA that document their complaints about Adams and the treatment of athletes. Also included, parents say, is an account of what they describe as a lack of medical care. There are eight parents and former players directly involved in the information sent to the NCAA, while a group of perhaps 10 to 15 more that contributed or offered support.

  • Track Meet of Champions to be held Saturday at Moore

    Scott Wright | Published: Thu, May 28, 2015

    Just as the Oklahoma Track Coaches Association had hoped, the annual Meet of Champions will have enough participants to be held Saturday at Moore High School. Athletes need to check in at 10:30 a.m., with events to begin at 1 p.m.. Eligible athletes — those who finished first or second at state, plus the eight […]

  • High school basketball: Texas Faith 7 player profiles

    Scott Wright | Updated: 14 hr ago

    The 50th annual Oklahoma/Texas Faith 7 Basketball Bowl will be held at 7 p.m. June 6 at Oklahoma Baptist University. Here’s some information about the 10 players selected to play for the Texas team, provided by the Faith 7 organization: Lyndon Cook, 6-7, 195 pounds, Muenster High School:  Coached by Lynn Cook, Lyndon led the Hornets […]

  • High school basketball: Oklahoma Faith 7 player profiles

    Scott Wright | Updated: 14 hr ago

    The 50th annual Oklahoma/Texas Faith 7 Basketball Bowl will be held at 7 p.m. June 6 at Oklahoma Baptist University. Here’s some information about the 10 players selected to play for the Oklahoma team, provided by Faith 7 organizers: A.J. Cockrell, 6-8, 220, Tulsa Memorial:  Coached by Robert Allison, Cockrell led the Chargers to a 19–8 […]

  • Walter Byers, first NCAA director, dies

    From Staff and Wire reports | Updated: 14 hr ago

    Walters Byers, the first executive director of the NCAA, died on Tuesday at home near Emmett, Kan., the New York Times reported. He was 93. He oversaw remarkable growth in college sports, engineering the NCAA’s first national television rights contract in 1952 and subsequent packages that grew in the millions in rights fees. Byers was in charge in 1982, when the universities of Georgia and Oklahoma sued the powerful NCAA for the right to sell their own television contracts. The Georgia Athletic Association and the OU board of regents claimed the NCAA violated federal antitrust laws. Almost two years later, the United States Supreme Court ruled 7-2 in favor of Georgia and Oklahoma, giving college football an open TV market.

  • VIDEO: OKC Dodgers' Corey Seager has perfect day

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: 14 hr ago

    Dodgers top prospect Corey Seager owned the Salt Lake Bees the entire four-game series, so much so that the team’s official Twitter account hoped he would not be making a return trip. @okc_dodgers He is not welcome back here… — Salt Lake Bees (@SaltLakeBees) May 28, 2015 Seager was a perfect 6 for 6 with […]

  • TCU football, men's basketball score passing, but barely, marks in APR

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    TCU football scored another low rating in the Academic Progress Rate, and men’s basketball had its worst mark in five seasons in figures released this week by the NCAA. TCU posted a 936 multi-year score in football, and men’s basketball had a 937 — safely above the 930 required for participation in postseason play — but far closer to the cutoff than in recent years. TCU football had a 945 rating last year, a figure that was the lowest since a 953 in 2005. Baseball had a 965, and women’s basketball had a 950. No other sport was below 953. The APR calculates how well athletes are making progress toward their degrees over a four-year period. It awards a point per eligible or graduated student per semester for eac




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