• Durant leads Thunder to 103-87 win over Pistons

    Friday, November 27, 2015 at 10:06 PM

    Kevin Durant had 34 points and 13 rebounds to help the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Detroit Pistons 103-87 Friday night for their fourth straight win.

  • Our picks, headline suggestions for OU vs. OSU

    Friday, November 27, 2015 at 03:57 PM

    Here is a look at our score and headline predictions for Saturday's Bedlam football game between Oklahoma State and Oklahoma:   RYAN ABER, OU writer OU 35, OSU 28 NOW, THEY WAIT Sooners make final playoff case with Bedlam win -------------- JENNI CARLSON, Columnist OU 41, OSU 31 CRIMSON REIGN Sooners win Bedlam, Big 12 title on a cold, wet night -------------- KYLE FREDRICKSON, OSU writer FREEZE FAME OU 42, OSU 35 Sooners make final playoff push in chilly Bedlam victory -------------- JOHN HELSLEY, OSU writer OSU 28, OU 27 COLD FRONT Ogbah, Cowboys harass Mayfield and contain run game to post another dramatic

  • Live Coverage: Prep Football Playoffs

    Friday, November 27, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    Follow live updates of tonight's high school football playoffs from our prep coverage team and more from around the web.

  • Tramel: Turns out Mike Stoops knows what he's doing

    Friday, November 27, 2015 at 06:30 PM

    Last autumn, Mike Stoops admits he doubted himself. Admits he questioned the coaching acumen he had relied upon for almost three decades.

  • Bedlam foes on the field; Bedlam bros on the beach

    Friday, November 27, 2015 at 07:30 PM

    The image of five guys in swim trunks would rate as fairly harmless in the history of spring break photos. Except for who is in the photo — Baker Mayfield, Mason Rudolph, Trevor Knight, Cody Thomas and Daxx Garman.

  • Sooners plan on keeping emotions in check as they enter another hostile environment

    Friday, November 27, 2015 at 08:00 PM

    OU senior defensive end Charles Tapper laughed when asked about the Boone Pickens Stadium environment and said fans there — especially the Cowboys’ famed “Paddle People” — can be pretty annoying to visiting players.

  • Quarterback Mason Rudolph has played his best entering Bedlam despite questions surrounding health

    Friday, November 27, 2015 at 08:30 PM

    Coach Mike Gundy called it “a little ankle sprain” on Monday. Reports have since surfaced that Rudolph might have a broken bone. He was not made available for an interview with The Oklahoman this week.

  • Leonard scores 25, Spurs beat Nuggets 91-80

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    DENVER (AP) — Kawhi Leonard is on quite a roll. The reigning NBA Defensive Player of the Year also is being noticed for his play on the offensive end. Leonard scored 25 points, and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Denver Nuggets 91-80 on Friday night for their fourth win in a row. Tony Parker added 13 points and Jonathon Simmons had 12 for the Spurs, who were without Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili. The veteran stars got the night off to rest with San Antonio playing the second of three games in four nights. Leonard is averaging a career-best 22 points in his fifth NBA season. The 6-foot-7 forward has scored at least 20 points in 10 of his 15 games. "T.P. has just been doing a good job and my other teammates, but sta

  • Evansville beats Santa Clara 69-57 in Wooden Legacy

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) — Following an emotional overtime loss to No. 10 Arizona on Thursday evening, Santa Clara was poised at the DirecTV Wooden Legacy to register its first win of the season on Friday. D.J. Balentine scored 23 points to propel Evansville to a 69-57 victory and send the Broncos to their seventh consecutive loss to start the season. "We feel fortunate to get a win," Evansville coach Marty Simmons said. "I give Santa Clara a lot of credit. They had an overtime game last night and they came out and battled all game." The Broncos will have to wait until at least until Sunday for their first win. "It's like Groundhog's Day again," Santa Clara coach Kerry Keating said. "But we'll be back on Sunday an

  • Nunn scores 18 as Illinois defeats UAB, 72-58

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    NICEVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Illinois coach John Groce was short-handed for the first five games as many of his key players were out with injuries. Buoyed by the return of three players to the lineup on Friday night, the Illini had one of their best games of the season in a 72-58 win over UAB in the semifinals of the Emerald Coast Classic. "In most cases our guys have been able to come back earlier than what has predicted," Groce said. "We really had a lot of depth tonight and everyone was able to make a contribution." Kendrick Nunn made his season debut and had a game-high 18 points. Nunn, who was one of four players to score in double figures, had thumb surgery last month to repair a ligament.

  • Millsap's double-double leads Hawks over Grizzlies, 116-101

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Paul Millsap and the Atlanta Hawks didn't panic when Memphis hit a string of early shots to build a double-digit lead. Instead, the Hawks weathered the storm, clamped down on defense in the second half and pulled away from the Grizzlies for a 116-101 victory Friday night. "We buckled down. We made it tough on them defensively," said Millsap, who led Atlanta with 23 points and 14 rebounds, one of six Hawks to score double figures. "We contested shots better. We got our hands on the basketball, got deflections and we boxed out pretty good. "When you do that, it puts a little more pressure on them." Jeff Teague had 20 points and seven assists for Atlanta, which had lost five of seven.

  • Jackets beat Pens; Dubinsky faces hearing for cross-check

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — It's no secret. The Columbus Blue Jackets' Brandon Dubinsky straddles a fine-line with his ultra-aggressive style against Sidney Crosby. Dubinsky ratcheted up an already intense game when he cross-checked the Penguins star in the back of the neck late in the second period, then helped clinch victory with a dazzling setup on Cam Atkinson's overtime goal in the Blue Jackets' 2-1 win over Pittsburgh on Friday night. Crosby was slow getting to his skates and went to the locker room with 1:20 left, but returned for the third period and played the rest of the game. Dubinsky was assessed a minor penalty, and the NHL's department of player safety will hold a hearing about the incident on Saturday.

  • Ekman-Larsson's OT goal lifts Coyotes to 2-1 win over Flames

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Coyotes grinded their way through the tough stretches, relied on great goaltending and won it on a big goal at the end. Call it a Dave Tippett special. Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored in overtime, Mike Smith stopped 25 shots and the Arizona Coyotes beat the Calgary Flames 2-1 Friday night for coach Tippett's 500th career victory. "I've been involved in a lot of ugly games in that 500, so it's probably fitting that was an ugly game," said Tippett, who has 229 wins with Arizona and the rest with Dallas. It certainly was right out of the Tippett playbook. The Coyotes played a solid first period and both teams scored goals in the second on caroms: Martin Hanzal early for Arizona,

  • Minnesota Nebraska-Omaha Basketball

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    Minnesota head coach Richard Pitino calls out to his team in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Nebraska-Omaha on Friday, Nov. 27, 2015 at Williams Arena in Minneapolis. Minnesota won 93-90.

  • Dayton avoids late Monmouth surge for a 73-70 victory

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Scoochie Smith had 19 points as Dayton nearly blew a 16-point lead before advancing to the championship game of the AdvoCare Invitational by beating Monmouth 73-70 on Friday night. The Flyers will face No. 23 Xavier in the title game. It's the second time in three years that Dayton (5-0) has started the season by winning its first five. Justin Robinson tied a career-high with 28 points for Monmouth (3-2), which beat No. 17 Notre Dame 70-68 in a first-round game Thursday. It was the Hawks' first-ever win over a ranked team. Monmouth fought back midway through the second. However, Chris Brady missed the free throw on a potential 3-point play that would have tied at 68 with 1:52 to play. Smith

  • Second-half spurt lifts Washington past Charlotte 71-66

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) — Andrew Andrews had 30 points and 13 rebounds and Washington rallied in the second half to slip past Charlotte 71-66 Friday in the seventh-place game at the Battle 4 Atlantis. Noah Dickerson added 13 points and nine rebounds. The Huskies (4-2) didn't get their first lead until there was less than 13 minutes to play in the game, then held off the 49ers down the stretch by connecting on 19 of 25 free throws. Charlotte (1-5) played its most energized game of the tournament, but seemed to run out of gas, missing eight consecutive field goals at one point. Jon Davis and Bernard Sullivan led the Huskies with 14 points apiece. The Huskies used a 7-0 spurt to take their first lead of

  • Cavanaugh's 18 lead George Washington over Tennessee 73-70

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — As a matter of course, George Washington coach Mike Lonergan has trumpeted Tyler Cavanaugh's importance to the Colonials. The junior forward's performance Friday reiterated his coach's belief. Cavanaugh scored 18 points to lead George Washington to a 73-70 win over Tennessee in a Barclays Center Classic semifinal Friday. "He has been what we needed," Lonergan said. "I knew he could rebound and he's actually a really good 3-point shooter. He is having a great season." Kevin Larsen added 15 for the Colonials (6-0), who are off to their second best start in school history. The 2005-06 team started with an 8-0 mark. Patricio Garino had 12, and Yuta Watanabe finished with 10.

  • Warriors Watch

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    CHASING HISTORY How the 2015-16 Golden State Warriors compare to the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls, who set the NBA single-season record with 72 wins. Warriors' record through 17 games: 17-0. Last result: Beat Phoenix, 135-116. Next game: home against Sacramento, Saturday. 1995-96 Bulls' record through 17 games: 15-2.

  • Harden scores 50 as Rockets beat winless 76ers 116-114

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    HOUSTON (AP) — With Philadelphia desperately for its first win, James Harden took over for the Houston Rockets. Harden had 50 points, nine rebounds and eight assists, and the Rockets beat the lowly 76ers 116-114 on Friday night. Harden was 14 for 28 from the field and 16 for 20 at the line in his third career game with 50 or more points. He is averaging 36.2 points in his last five games. "Just in attack mode," he said. "Taking my shots, being aggressive." Philadelphia moved one loss away from matching the New Jersey Nets' NBA-worst mark of 18 losses to open a season. The Sixers have dropped 27 in a row dating to last season for the longest losing streak in major U.S. professional sports history, passing the NFL

  • VIDEO: Russell Westbrook on Reggie Jackson: 'Just another player, another team'

    Erik Horne | Updated: 6 hr ago

    Following the Thunder's 103-87 win over the Detroit Pistons on Friday, Russell Westbrook was asked about his former teammate Reggie Jackson and how Oklahoma City handled him. The stat sheet says the Thunder handled Jackson's return well. Jackson shot 4-of-16 from the field for 15 points and a minus-20 plus/minus in 26 foul-plagued minutes. Westbrook had struggles of his own on Friday, fouling out and turning the ball over 11 times, but he wasn't ready to acknowledge Jackson in postgame interviews. Here's the transcript: There was a lot of anticipation about Reggie’s return to OKC.

  • High school football: Heritage Hall's Terrell Love leads way to rout of Hilldale following injury scare

    By Jacob Unruh Staff Writer junruh@oklahoman.com | Updated: 6 hr ago

    Heritage Hall (13-0) will play Lone Grove (10-3) next week at a neutral site and date to be determined.

  • Barkov's shootout goal gives Panthers 3-2 win over Islanders

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Panthers and New York Islanders had matched each other goal for goal in the first four rounds of a shootout and it was Aleksander Barkov's turn. He went for his signature move — a one-handed backhand shot away from his body — to slip the decisive goal past Jaroslav Halak in the fifth round and give the Panthers a 3-2 win on Friday night. "It has worked a couple of times before and I thought it should work this time, too," said Barkov, who scored a power-play goal in Florida's 3-1 loss to Los Angeles last Monday. "There was no pressure at all. I just knew what I was going to do and it worked." Roberto Luongo stopped Brock Nelson's shot to end the game for his 408th win, moving him p

  • Durant leads Thunder to 103-87 win over Pistons

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Thunder showed why it pays to have two superstars. Kevin Durant picked up for Russell Westbrook's off night, posting 34 points and a season-high 13 rebounds to help Oklahoma City beat the Detroit Pistons 103-87 Friday for its fourth straight win. Durant scored 14 points in the third quarter to help the Thunder seize momentum. "He was aggressive," Oklahoma City guard Dion Waiters said. "He came down and made shots. Also, on the defensive end, he was locked in. Anytime a guy like that is locked in and making shots, it's going to be tough to beat us." Durant made 10 of 22 shots and all 10 of his free throws. "I'm sure we had some defensive breakdowns, but the guy is a hell of a player

  • NMSU BASKETBALL: New Mexico State women improve to 5-0

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    LAS CRUCES — Brianna Freeman’s career-high 27 points against Northwestern State in the opening game of the Hotel Encanto Thanksgiving Classic propelled the New Mexico State women's basketball team to a 65-54 win Friday afternoon at the Pan American Center. “Brianna [Freeman] showed what she can do today against a very good team,” head coach Mark Trakh said. “We played a very good NCAA Tournament team that’s been there the last two years.” The win moved NMSU to 5-0 on the year, its best start since 1993-94 when the team started the year 8-0. Friday’s win also extended the Aggies’ home winning-streak to 16. NMSU is now two games shy of tying its second-best home winning-streak since the 1992-94 seasons (18).

  • BRIEF: OSU women's basketball: Kaylee Jensen, Brittney Martin score 21 points each as OSU trims Oral Roberts

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    STILLWATER — Kaylee Jensen and Brittney Martin scored 21 points apiece Friday, leading Oklahoma State to a 59-55 women's basketball victory over Oral Roberts before 2,184 fans in Gallagher-Iba Arena. Jensen added a game-high 12 rebounds, and Martin chipped in seven boards, three blocks and five steals to help the Cowgirls remain unbeaten at 5-0. OSU's Roddricka Patton had a game-best five assists. ORU (2-3) led by six points early in the first quarter, before OSU came back to take a 10-point advantage with the 2:24 mark of the second. The Cowgirls led 29-25 at the break. The Cowgirls dominated the game in the paint, outscoring ORU 34-16. OSU also outscored the Golden Eagles 17-5 in second-chance points. Faith Ih

  • Colorado State leads all the way in 90-74 win over Portland

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — Gain Clavell scored 21 points and Antwan Scott added 17 to send Colorado State past Portland 90-74 Friday night in the semifinals of the Corpus Christi Coastal Classic. With a 44-36 lead at the half, Colorado State (5-0) broke the game open with a 26-10 run to put the game out of reach for Portland (3-3). Tiel Daniels had 12 points for the Rams and John Gillon added 11. Colorado State shot 31 for 58 from the floor (53.4 percent). Colorado State raced to a 7-0 lead and then 15-15 before Portland went on a 10-0 run to tie it again. Alec Wintering and D'Marques Tyson each had 14 points for Portland. The Pilots made just 25 of 70 shots (36 percent) and were outrebounded 43-33. Colo

  • Poeltl scores 19 to lead Utah to 102-72 win over Idaho State

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Idaho State knew it had a significant challenge in Jakob Poeltl, without a single player on its roster that could match the 7-foot center's all-around game. The Austrian center knew it, too. Poeltl scored 19 points and had 11 rebounds as Utah easily dispatched Idaho State 102-72 Friday night. The sophomore had 51 points in the last two games after setting a career-high Sunday. "We managed to have an advantage inside with Jakob and (Kyle) Kuzma," Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak said. "Then we hit, maybe, as many 3s as we've hit all season. So, it was a nice combination overall. "The key for us is we need to have 3-4 guys having a good game simultaneously. And I don't care which of those guys it is.