• LaMarcus Aldridge having historic series against Thunder

    Today at 08:45 AM

    Two wild things happened Monday night in San Antonio. The most infamous 13.5 seconds in recent NBA playoff history, and a monumental victory for the Thunder. The latter is glorious, but only partially relevant to the rest of this series. The former is fascinating but not at all relevant to the rest of this series. Lost in the grandeur of the Thunder victory and the anarchy of the last 13.5 seconds was a line on the box score. 15-21 FG; 10-10 FT; 8 Reb.; 41 points. That’s LaMarcus Aldridge’s line in Game 2. And here’s why it looms over this Western Conference semifinal like a thunderstorm over an outdoor wedding. Game 2 wasn’t Aldridge’s best game of this series.

  • Mason Rudolph To The NFL?

    Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 12:54 PM

    Cowboys fan can surely envision quarterback Mason Rudolph in the NFL someday. But some day sooner than anticipated? While he has two years of eligibility remaining, Rudolph could be a hot commodity in next year's NFL Draft if he can build off last year's outstanding sophomore season. That's the thought of Pro Football Focus, which has already produced an early mock draft for 2017. And it includes Rudolph going in the first round, at No. 25, to the Arizona Cardinals. And yes, Rudolph will be draft eligible, even if he has only started 15 games at OSU. You can see Pro Football Focus' early -- way early -- mock draft here.

  • How Steven Adams saved the Thunder in Game 2 against the Spurs

    Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 08:00 PM

    There was no escaping for Adams after the Thunder’s 98-97 Game 2 win over San Antonio. It’s becoming increasingly evident that the 22-year-old will have to get used to the attention.

  • Tramel: Billy Donovan needs to bag a timeout

    Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 07:30 PM

    Someone please unbutton the back pocket of his pants and stash a timeout. Two, if possible.

  • Cleveland Browns' Emmanuel Ogbah hopes to help franchise's turnaround

    Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 07:00 PM

    Browns' VP of football operations Sashi Brown said “being able to find an edge rusher in the draft was high on our list of priorities” as Cleveland ranked No. 28 in the league

  • Thunder-Spurs: NBA rules officials missed five calls on final possession of Game 2

    Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 02:52 PM

    As expected, the NBA on Tuesday announced a litany of violations that went uncalled in the final two minutes of Monday night's 98-97 Thunder win at San Antonio, including five on the final possession.

  • BRIEF: Report: Wichita State has approached Mountain West about membership

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    Wichita State is eyeing the Mountain West, according to a report from CBS Sports on Tuesday night. The report said individuals representing the Shockers have approached leaders of the Colorado Springs-headquartered conference. The MW - of which Air Force has been a member since its creation in 1999 - has just 11 members in all sports other than football, since Hawaii plays only football. The Shockers haven't played football since dropping the sport in 1986, though the report said school president John Bardo has commissioned a feasibility study to look at reviving the program. Mountain West commissioner Craig Thompson told CBS that if Wichita State is indeed searching for a bigger stage than the Missouri Valley Conferenc

  • Texas Tech tennis teams to host NCAA first and second rounds

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    Eleven years ago, the Texas Tech men’s tennis team made the NCAA Sweet 16 thanks to a little home-court advantage. Tuesday, the NCAA announced that the Red Raiders will host the NCAA first and second rounds for the first time since 2005 when Tech defeated Army and Wake Forest en route to the Sweet 16 berth. And they won’t be alone. The Texas Tech women’s tennis team earned the No. 16 national seed and also host to the NCAAs — a feat they have done in the last four seasons. “I’m super excited for these young ladies,” Texas Tech women’s tennis coach Todd Petty said in a news release.

  • University: Ohio student collapses on basketball court, dies

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — Officials say a university student in Ohio collapsed while playing basketball at a campus recreation center and has died. Youngstown State University spokesman Ron Cole says in a statement that Eric Stone died Tuesday night at a Youngstown hospital. Stone, who is a native of Calcutta, Ohio, and had been living in Newton Falls, was a junior majoring in electrical engineering. Cole says Stone had been president of the university's chapter of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Counseling for students and employees will be available.

  • Rookie goaltender Murray stealing the show for Penguins

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Matt Murray isn't in the mood to think about what it all means, this ride that he's on. The NHL's best team on the other side of the ice. His mentor watching from bench. An arena chanting his name. For the moment, there is only the next game, the next shot. That's all that concerns the Pittsburgh Penguins rookie goaltender. Not the ripple effects his playoff run will have on his career, the franchise he plays for or the long-term future of Marc-Andre Fleury, whose guidance is one of the reasons Murray has become so good, so fast. "I want to win," Murray said. "On a personal level, I think it really doesn't matter. Everything else is noise to me." And just like everything else thrown at Murray these d

  • Cavaliers not crying foul over LeBron's lack of free throws

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue celebrated his 39th birthday on Tuesday and proudly showed off a few gray hairs — silvery-speckled souvenirs of job-related stress. "I dyed mine gray," Lue joked. "My Barack Obama look." Well, Lue may soon be grayer than the president if King James doesn't get to the free-throw line more often. LeBron James attempted just one foul shot — completing a 3-point play with 2:09 left — in Cleveland's Game 1 win over the Atlanta Hawks, who overcame an 18-point deficit before fading in the final four minutes and losing by 11. Over the course of his 13-year career, James has played in 183 playoff games, and this was just the first time he attempted only one free

  • LEADING OFF: Trout shatters slump; King Felix aims for top

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ HEAVENLY HITTING Remember when Mike Trout opened the season with a 5-for-27 slump, hitting an un-MVP like .185? Well, the Los Angeles Angels slugger has been on a tear ever since, hitting .386 over his next 18 games. The Angels wrap up a three-game interleague series on Wednesday against the Milwaukee Brewers. KING FELIX RHP Felix Hernandez (2-2, 1.38) starts against the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday looking for career win No. 146, which would make him the winningest pitcher in Mariners history. He's 11-3 with a 2.67 ERA in 22 starts at the Coliseum. LHP Sean Manaea is the opposing pitcher. He's making his second career start. HOME COOKING

  • Sonny Gray struggles in Athletics' loss to the Mariners

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Sonny Gray said it was the best he's felt all year. The results seemed to suggest otherwise. Gray pitched into the eighth inning but was saddled with the loss after allowing a career high-tying seven runs and 11 hits in the Oakland Athletics' 8-2 loss to the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night. "It's just unfortunate the way it turned out," Gray said. "I threw more strikes, attacked guys. I pitch into the eighth and come out with a bad start. It was a really weird game." Khris Davis homered and Jed Lowrie had two hits and drove in a run for the A's, who have lost five of seven and have dropped six consecutive series to the Mariners. "It's temporary. We have to be tough outs and stay within o

  • Warriors rally in fourth for 2-0 series lead on Portland

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The defending champions mounted a remarkable comeback without MVP Stephen Curry. Next game, they might have him back and really get rolling. Klay Thompson scored 27 points and gave Golden State its first lead of the game on a 3-pointer with 5:33 left, and the Warriors rallied to beat the Portland Trail Blazers 110-99 on Tuesday night for a 2-0 lead in their Western Conference semifinal series. "It started with how focused we were in that fourth," Thompson said. "We've been down and out before. ... We were just locked in on both sides of the ball. We can build on this game. That effort there in the fourth quarter is what it's going to take to beat this team.

  • Kemp, Wallace power Padres to 6-3 win over Rockies

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Eddie Butler started off strong Tuesday night, retiring the first 11 batters he faced. He couldn't make it last. Butler (0-1) allowed five runs over 5 2/3 innings while striking out three and walking one in the Colorado Rockies' 6-3 loss to the San Diego Padres. "I felt good, kind of came out with a game plan and we really executed early, we ended up getting through the lineup clean and tried to continue it," Butler said. "We had an opportunity to get the team on the right track and try to finish this road trip up well, and end up going out like that." Andrew Cashner (2-2) gave up a home run to the first batter he faced, Charlie Blackmon, and fell behind 2-0 in the first inning.

  • Mariners hit 3 home runs to power past the Athleti

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Hisashi Iwakuma felt the game was on the line when he faced a bases loaded situation in the second inning. After getting through it unscathed, the offense came alive to give him some breathing room. Robinson Cano, Kyle Seager and Leonys Martin hit home runs, Iwakuma pitched seven solid innings and the Seattle Mariners beat the Oakland Athletics 8-2 on Tuesday night. "I was able to execute pitches when I had to and the defense saved me a few times," Iawkuma said through an interpreter. "The game was on the line early and the defense really helped." Iwakuma (1-3) took a shutout into the sixth inning and allowed four hits to end a career-worst, four-game losing game dating to last September. He wal

  • Steen, Backes score twice, Blues rout Stars 6-1

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — This time, the St. Louis Blues knew what to do with a two-goal lead. Go for more, more, more. Alexander Steen and David Backes had two goals apiece and the defense put the clamps on the Dallas Stars in a 6-1 victory that put them up 2-1 in the second-round series Tuesday night. Vladimir Tarasenko had a goal and two assists, Troy Brouwer had a goal and assist and Brian Elliott was strong when he needed to be for the Blues in their first lopsided triumph of the postseason. Their other five wins were decided by one goal, including 4-3 in overtime in Game 3 after the Stars came from two goals down.

  • Kemp, Wallace power Padres to 5-3 win over Rockies

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Matt Kemp and Brett Wallace hit back-to-back home runs and Andrew Cashner recovered from a shaky first inning to lead the San Diego Padres to a 6-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night. Kemp's homer in the fourth was the first of the game against Rockies starter Eddie Butler, who retired the first 11 batters. Wallace followed with an opposite-field shot into the first deck in left. Cashner (2-2) gave up a home run to the first batter he faced, Charlie Blackmon, and fell behind 2-0 in the first inning. Colorado added a run in the second when Trevor Story singled home DJ LeMahieu for a 3-0 lead. Having exited his last outing after 2 2/3 innings, Cashner lasted six innings while allo

  • Thompson homers, drives in 4 to lead Dodgers over Rays 10-5

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Trayce Thompson, Joc Pederson and Yasiel Puig homered as the Los Angeles Dodgers pulled out of an offensive funk with a 10-5 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night. Howie Kendrick had four hits, including a two-run double that broke a fifth-inning tie, to help left-hander Scott Kazmir (2-2) get his 100th win. The RBIs were the first of the season for Kendrick, coming in his 59th at-bat. Only Tampa Bay's Logan Morrison has more at-bats (64) this season without driving in a run. Thompson hit a two-run homer in the second inning and added a two-run single off Matt Moore (1-3) to finish a four-run fifth. Pederson hit a solo shot with two outs in the second, and Puig added a three-run

  • Predators beat Sharks 4-1, pull within 2-1 in series

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators finally figured out how to shut down the NHL's best road team and a pretty potent power play. As a result, they have given themselves a chance to tie their second-round series. Weber scored the go-ahead goal and had an assist and the Predators beat the San Jose Sharks 4-1 on Tuesday night to cut the series deficit to 2-1. James Neal and Filip Forsberg each scored on the power play, Colin Wilson had a goal, and Pekka Rinne made 26 saves for Nashville. The Predators killed four penalties after the Sharks went 3 of 5 on the man-advantage in the first two games. Nashville also went 2 of 5 on the power play after being 2 of 31 this postseason.

  • Oklahoma business briefs for May 4

    Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

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  • Blackhawks C Anisimov recovering from right wrist surgery

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    CHICAGO (AP) — Blackhawks center Artem Anisimov is on the mend after undergoing right wrist surgery. Team physician Dr. Michael Terry says Anisimov should be able to return to "full hockey activities" in six to eight weeks. He had the operation on Tuesday. The 27-year-old Anisimov, who was acquired in a trade with Columbus on June 30, had 20 goals and 22 assists in 77 games in his first season with the Blackhawks.

  • Angels squander early four-run lead, fall 5-4 to Brewers

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — Nick Tropeano left his off-speed pitches up in the zone, making for tempting targets for the Milwaukee Brewers' best hitters. Chris Carter and Jonathan Lucroy took advantage of the mistakes. Carter hit two long home runs and drove in three, and went back-to-back in the fifth with Lucroy, and the Los Angeles Angels squandered an early 4-0 lead in a 5-4 loss on Tuesday night to Milwaukee. "Command was a little off today. Obviously, the long ball hurt me," said Tropeano, who had won his three previous decisions. "I felt pretty good with my fastball. I just think my off-speed was a little up in the zone." Tropeano (1-1) allowed five runs and five hits through five innings, plus five walks.

  • Smoak's 2 HRs lead Blue Jays over Rangers 3-1 in 10 innings

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    TORONTO (AP) — The Texas Rangers had seemed on course for victory most of Tuesday night courtesy of Rougned Odor's first career leadoff home run on Marco Estrada's second pitch of the game. Those hopes lasted until they ran up against Justin Smoak in the bottom of the ninth inning, and once again in the 10th, as the Toronto Blue Jays, who had gone 0 for 9 with runners in scoring position, won 3-1. "It's tough, you feel like you let the team down like that," said Phil Klein (0-1), the reliever who gave up Smoak's two-run shot over the wall in left to end the game. "It's hard and lonely." Closer Shawn Tolleson, who gave up the tying run on his third pitch in the ninth — Smoak's first home run of the season — said it

  • Red Sox shut down by Quintana in 4-1 loss to White Sox

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    CHICAGO (AP) — The Boston Red Sox are still searching for answers when it comes to Jose Quintana. Hanley Ramirez homered in the fifth inning, but Boston was shut down by Quintana in a 4-1 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night. "He was painting pitches and hitting the corners," Ramirez said. Quintana (4-1) allowed four hits in eight innings while improving to 3-0 with a 1.94 ERA in six career starts against Boston. The Red Sox also dropped to 0-3 against left-handed starters this season. "He's rarely in the middle of the plate," Boston manager John Farrell said. "He pitches to the edge so effectively. He's got a number of different looks he can give you. He can use a first-pitch curveball to get a strike

  • Wade, Heat beat Raptors in OT after Lowry's halfcourt heave

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    TORONTO (AP) — It only counts as one win, though the Miami Heat had to work twice as hard to get it. Goran Dragic scored 26 points, Dwyane Wade had seven of his 24 in overtime after Kyle Lowry's halfcourt shot tied it at the buzzer, and the Heat beat the Toronto Raptors 102-96 on Tuesday night in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series. "We had to win the game twice tonight," Wade said. Joe Johnson scored 16 points and Josh Richardson had 11. Hassan Whiteside had 17 rebounds for the Heat. Game 2 is Thursday night in Toronto. Lowry's improbable 3-pointer from his own side of the halfcourt line capped Toronto's six-point comeback in the final 20 seconds of regulation, but the Raptors couldn't del