• Enes Kanter praises OKC, draws Jazz fans' ire with comments

    Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    As he was introduced as a starter just prior to tipoff at Utah on Saturday night, Enes Kanter received a hearty chorus of boos by the Jazz faithful. And when he did, Kanter raised both arms, flapped both his hands and then pressed them against his ears as if to ask, ‘Is that all you got?’

  • Scouting ahead for the 2015-16 OU season

    Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    Oklahoma loses just two scholarship players — starting forward TaShawn Thomas and reserve forward D.J. Bennett. The level of expectation entering next season figures to be based largely upon the decision of junior guard Buddy Hield on his future.

  • Thunder's road struggles continue in Utah

    Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    It was the Thunder’s sixth loss in the last seven road games, this one coming against a Jazz team that had been playing better of late but had lost four straight and entered the night 10 games under .500.

  • Why OKC could be in position to host a women's Final Four one day

    Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    Columbus, Ohio, was awarded the 2018 Final Four, joining a list of other cities that have hosted — or will host — the event and share similar characteristics with Oklahoma City. So, could the city be in position to one day host a women’s Final Four?

  • Here's one more thing Durant and Westbrook's injuries have taken from the Thunder

    Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    The Thunder has no true measure of its position to win an NBA championship. Russell Westbrook’s knee injury two years ago and Kevin Durant’s foot injury this season have robbed the Thunder not only of championship hopes in the playoffs of 2013 and 2015, but the gauge to know how near or far is a championship parade on the Bricktown Canal.

  • Oklahoma City Energy FC emerges with tie in season opener

    Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    Oklahoma City upgraded its performance in the second half but couldn’t score again and wound up surrendering the equalizer, ultimately settling for a 1-1 tie against its new cross-state rivals, the expansion Tulsa Roughnecks FC.

  • How Oklahoma boy Bill Brock found his way to the Baylor bench

    Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    The Baylor associate head coach has been Kim Mulkey’s right-hand man for more than a decade. Which is pretty crazy for a native Oklahoman who lived and died OU football as a kid.

  • OU baseball team stocking up on in-state talent — particularly from Moore area

    Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    Moore right-hander Dylan Grove didn’t hesitate to commit to Oklahoma as a sophomore. A senior who can hit 94 mph, Grove has spent the time since watching five other players from his hometown sign or verbally commit to the Sooners, signaling a change of emphasis on in-state recruiting for the program.


  • Notre Dame falls agonizingly short of momentous upset of Kentucky

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    CLEVELAND — They didn’t want to leave the floor. After Jerian Grant airballed Notre Dame’s last gasp at history and the buzzer sounded, the five players who were on the floor for the Irish stood motionless, at once stunned the game was over and hoping there might be, somehow, some time left on the clock. But the clock showed menacing zeros. The Irish’s time to score one of the all-time upsets in college basketball had run out. Undefeated Kentucky (38-0) stayed unbeaten, just barely, with a 68-66 victory over the No. 3 seed Irish (32-6) in the Midwest Region final of the NCAA tournament at Quicken Loans Arena.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: OKC's road struggles continue in Utah

    By Darnell Mayberry, Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    It was the Thunder’s sixth loss in the last seven road games, this one coming against a Jazz team that had been playing better of late but had lost four straight and entered the night 10 games under .500.

  • Kentucky sneaks by Notre Dame, 68-66, on way to Final Four

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    CLEVELAND — Having no fear was considered one of the keys to ending undefeated Kentucky’s march toward NCAA history. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish met that requirement. The result was a vicious catfight Saturday night in Quicken Loans Arena that will be remembered for years. Kentucky’s Andrew Harrison made two free throws with six seconds remaining and Notre Dame’s Jerian Grant missed a 3-pointer from the corner at the buzzer as top-seeded Kentucky pulled out a 68-66 victory before a star-studded sellout crowd in the Midwest Regional final. Kentucky (38-0), seeking to become the first undefeated national champion since Indiana in 1976, advanced to the Final Four in Indianapolis where it will meet Wisconsin (35-3

  • WAC looks to get to 10, Trakh due for bonus

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    Western Athletic Conference commissioner Jeff Hurd is happy where the conference is today and the direction it's headed. But he hopes to increase the eight member conference to at least 10 in the near future. "Eight is not a comfortable number," Hurd said at the WAC Tournament in Las Vegas, Nev. "I'm very happy with where we are as a league today. When I say happy, I mean we have great support from our board of directors for the direction we're headed, great support from our administrators. That doesn't mean that we don't have to make more improvement. What it means is our progress to date has been good. "Ten is a much more comfortable number, it's a much more workable number. But, we're not there yet and we need to get there

  • Five realistic candidates to replace Rick Barnes as Texas men's basketball coach

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    Just like the Texas football search, expect to hear a lot of names mentioned as a possible replacement for Rick Barnes. For now, the front-runner based on recent NCAA performance and social media is Wichita State’s Gregg Marshall after a run to the Sweet Sixteen. Others could surface quickly. Could Kansas’ Bill Self fill the role of Nick Saban as the unobtainable prize? Instead of speculation about the Harbaugh brothers in football, could the focus be on the Miller brothers, Sean in Arizona and Archie in Dayton? Can Billy Donovan be tempted to leave Florida? Is Brad Stevens tired of the NBA grind with Celtics? If nothing else, a few coaches might get nice contract extensions because of the Texas opening. Before we g

  • UConn gives Texas basketball clinic in 105-54 blowout victory in NCAAs

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    Texas prepared for the NCAA Tournament by playing one of the toughest schedules in the country. Baylor, Stanford and Tennessee represent the elite of women’s basketball. Nothing would prepare the Longhorns for UConn. Passing and shooting with San Antonio Spurs-like efficiency, the top-ranked Huskies defeated Texas 105-54 in an NCAA regional semifinal Saturday at Times Union Center. If Connecticut (35-1) continues to play this well, the school can make room for a 10th NCAA championship trophy next week. It was the first time Texas had given up 100 points since losing to Tennessee 106-76 in 2005. UConn advanced to the regional final Monday night against No. 7 seed Dayton, which upset No. 3 seed Louisville 82-66 in

  • Texan Moriah Jefferson has huge game for UConn against Horns

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    Among the UConn players who shined against the Longhorns was a Texas woman who was home-schooled while in high school. Junior guard Moriah Jefferson scored a career-high 25 points, hitting 10 of 12 from the floor in the 105-54 victory. On a team with two All-America candidates — Breanna Stewart and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis — Jefferson is often overlooked. She had a career-high 10 field goals against Texas, hitting three buckets from behind the 3-point line. From Glenn Heights, 20 miles south of Dallas, Jefferson played in the Texas Home Educators Sports Association, where she amassed 3,354 points, 825 rebounds and 728 steals. Although she was home-schooled, she was not overlooked. As a senior she made the McDona

  • Kentucky rallies just in time to beat Notre Dame

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    CLEVELAND — Karl-Anthony Towns hit a turnaround in the lane to tie it with 1:12 left and Andrew Harrison hit two winning free throws with six seconds left as No. 1 Kentucky, trailing most of the game, came back to beat Notre Dame, 68-66, Saturday night in the Midwest Regional final. Kentucky (38-0) got 25 points from Towns. Notre Dame (32-6) got 20 points from Zach Auguste. The Irish nearly figured out the imponderable this year: Just how to beat Kentucky. The Wildcats’ previous victims, the West Virginia Mountaineers, had expressed confidence in their press to help them give the Wildcats their first loss, but instead they were humiliated by a team that held them to a season-low 39 points while scoring twice t

  • Oklahoma City Energy FC emerges with tie in season opener

    By John Tranchina, For The Oklahoman | Published: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    Oklahoma City upgraded its performance in the second half but couldn’t score again and wound up surrendering the equalizer, ultimately settling for a 1-1 tie against its new cross-state rivals, the expansion Tulsa Roughnecks FC.

  • Oklahoma City Barons: Flames torch Barons

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    The Adirondack Flames scored six straight goals in the first two periods on their way to a 7-3 win over the Oklahoma City Barons on Saturday night at Glens Falls Civic Center.

  • Unbeaten Kentucky, Wisconsin advance to Final Four

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    CLEVELAND (AP) — Andrew Harrison made two free throws with 6 seconds remaining, and top-ranked Kentucky kept its unbeaten season and national title hopes intact with a 68-66 victory over Notre Dame on Saturday night in the Midwest Regional final. The Wildcats (38-0) advanced to the Final Four in Indianapolis next week, where they will meet top-seeded Wisconsin, the West Regional champion. The third-seeded Fighting Irish (32-6) came within seconds of shocking the tournament's overwhelming favorite. Notre Dame wasn't done until Jerian Grant's double-clutch 3-pointer from the left corner was long. Kentucky, which had one other two-point game this season, is two wins from becoming the first undefeated champion since India

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Enes Kanter praises OKC, draws Jazz fans' ire with comments

    By Darnell Mayberry, Staff writer | Published: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    As he was introduced as a starter just prior to tipoff at Utah on Saturday night, Enes Kanter received a hearty chorus of boos by the Jazz faithful. And when he did, Kanter raised both arms, flapped both his hands and then pressed them against his ears as if to ask, ‘Is that all you got?’

  • CU basketball: Rick George confident in future of hoops programs

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    Like everybody else associated with the Colorado men's and women's basketball teams, athletic director Rick George was disappointed in how this past season played out. George isn't about to hit a panic button or make heads roll because of it, though. "This year was not what we expected and it wasn't the kind of success we want to have here, but I think it's one of those where we had a down year," George said. "I'm not overly concerned about it. I'm not concerned at all." In completing their fifth seasons at CU, men's coach Tad Boyle and women's coach Linda Lappe both endured their first losing marks.

  • Wisconsin heads to Final Four after 85-78 win over Arizona

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Just call him Sam Dagger. Sam Dekker hit 5 of Wisconsin's 10 3-pointers in the second half on his way to a second straight career high of 27 points, Frank Kaminsky added 29 points and the top-seeded Badgers beat No. 2 Arizona 85-78 on Saturday to reach consecutive Final Fours for the first time in school history. The Wildcats twice got within five points in the last 2½ minutes, but both times Dekker connected on arcing 3-pointers, narrowly beating the shot clock on the first one. "Sam Dekker pretty much just crushed our dreams with that shot," Arizona guard T.J. McConnell said. Dekker confirmed the Badgers are more than just "Frank the Tank.

  • The Kansas City Star Sam Mellinger column

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    The Kansas basketball flame burns hot. White hot. So hot that when Bill Self was hired as coach 12 years ago next month, he touched his chair at his introductory news conference and joked that his hands burned. This is a place where the coach works on a $50 million contract and the players will soon live in a $17 million apartment complex and the other teams are sometimes beat just by watching that pregame hype video. But this is a tempestuous beast. The energy and power are always there, and when the results aren’t, the monster can turn on its own. You can see elements of that in the reaction after another early exit from the NCAA Tournament, this one made worse because it came against an in-state school with a smaller bud

  • No. 2 seed Tennessee beats No. 11 Gonzaga 73-69 in overtime

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Tennessee was having trouble sinking field goals but fortunately the free throws kept dropping and dropping. The Lady Vols made all 10 of their shots from the line in overtime — and missed all five field goal attempts — to beat Gonzaga 73-69 on Saturday to advance to the Spokane Regional final of the NCAA Tournament. Tennessee shot only 32 percent from the floor for the game, but made 21 of 22 free throws to come back from a 17-point, second-half deficit for the win. "No matter how many punches you throw at us, we continue to get up," said Cierra Burdick, who scored 22 points and grabbed 15 rebounds for Tennessee. Her four late free throws provided the winning points. "We had to draw fo

  • UCLA basketball will have depth, more experience next season

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    HOUSTON — Moments after his second season with the Bruins ended in the same way as his first, UCLA Coach Steve Alford stepped to a lectern here and talked about this season’s progress. “We’ve come a long way,” Alford said. There were several times this season, Alford has said, that his team could have quit, imploded. At halftime against Kentucky, Alford had to tell his team they had just set a record low for points. There was a five-game losing streak. The Bruins finished second to last in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament. But UCLA gradually improved and made an unlikely run to the South Regional semifinals. So where does UCLA go in Alford’s third season? Season three is an important one for a co

  • Arizona falls short of Final Four again on Dekker's Dagger

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sam Dekker pulled up in front of Wisconsin's bench and found a few inches of air above Rondae Hollis-Jefferson's outstretched arm. Just enough space to launch the 3-pointer already known as the Dekker Dagger. Just enough room to bury Arizona's Final Four dreams for another year. Once again, Arizona and coach Sean Miller got to the brink of college basketball's final weekend. Once again, his Cats couldn't make the leap. Dekker scored 20 of his career-best 27 points in the second half, and top-seeded Wisconsin shredded Arizona's vaunted defense to advance to the Final Four with an 85-78 victory Saturday night.

  • No. 1 seed Maryland ousts Duke in regional semifinals 65-55

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Brenda Frese sat down at the dais and immediately gave a little jab at Maryland's former foes from its days in the ACC. "I don't know what it is, but I think we just love being able to beat Duke in the NCAA Tournament," Maryland's head coach said. Duke may have controlled its rivalry with the Terrapins before Maryland departed for the Big Ten. But the Terps are now 2-0 against Duke in the NCAA Tournament and about to play for another trip to the Final Four. Shatori Walker-Kimbrough scored 18 of her 24 points in the second half, Laurin Mincy scored all 15 of her points in the first half, and top-seeded Maryland advanced to the Spokane Regional final with a 65-55 victory over the No. 4 seed on Satu

  • NASCAR driver Kyle Larson visits neurologist after fainting

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) — NASCAR driver Kyle Larson has returned home to see a neurologist after fainting during an autograph session at Martinsville Speedway. His status for Sunday's Sprint Cup race remains in question. The 2014 Sprint Cup rookie of the year was checked out at Martinsville Memorial Hospital after he fainted at Chevy Stage in the fan area, but doctors felt like he should see a neurologist to be safe. Martinsville Memorial did not have one available, so Larson made the short trip to Carolina's Medical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. He arrived Saturday evening, felt fine and was awaiting a final evaluation before deciding whether to return to Martinsville. Team owner Chip Ganassi was hopeful




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