• 2016 QB commit Nick Starkel among competition at Elite 11 finals

    Monday, July 6, 2015 at 09:40 AM

    Oklahoma State's potential quarterback of the future is competing on a national stage this week against the top passers from across the country. Nick Starkel — a 6-foot-3, 185-pound 2016 prospect from Liberty Christian High School (Argyle, Texas) — is one of 18 quarterbacks currently at Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Ore., for the Elite 11 finals. Here's a look at the entire 2015 class: The Elite 11 finals is a two-day competition, Monday and Tuesday, that features instruction from former NFL and college stars, including ESPN personality Trent Dilfer. Following the camp's completion, the top 11 performers will be crowned along with an MVP.

  • PHOTOS: OU quarterback Trevor Knight dating a Clemson cheerleader?

    Monday, July 6, 2015 at 04:38 PM

    This might be the biggest positive to come out of OU's horrific bowl loss to Clemson. At least for Trevor Knight. Clemson blasted OU 40-6 in the Russell Athletic Bowl, but that hasn't stopped Knight from evidently getting close to Clemson cheerleader Rachel Wyatt. The two spent Fourth of July together at Disney World, and were together at the iHeart Radio Country Music Festival a few months ago. (All photos via Instagram) First it was Baker Mayfield dating the "enemy." Now, it's Knight. Katy Perry is clearly old news.

  • How could Kevin Durant possibly be a better teammate?

    Monday, July 6, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    A better teammate? Durant is an all-NBA ballplayer but an all-world teammate. He’s the guy who reaches out to newcomers and who bounces off the bench even with a gimpy leg to cheer on his pals and who plays peacemaker when emotions run wild in combustible competition.

  • Semaj Christon turning heads at the Orlando Pro Summer League

    Monday, July 6, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    The 55th overall draft pick out of Xavier in 2014 followed up a 14-point, 10 assist effort against Charlotte in Saturday’s opener with a 12-point, nine-assist performance in the Thunder’s 73-65 win over The Orlando Magic’s Blue team on Monday.

  • Thunder notebook: Billy Donovan talks Kevin Durant, new assistant coaches

    Monday, July 6, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    Donovan’s relationship with Durant, perhaps his most important in his first season, appears to be off to a great start. Durant said Saturday that the time they’ve spent together in recent weeks has brought them closer, and Donovan echoed those same sentiments Monday.

  • How have Baker Mayfield and Trevor Knight played on the road?

    Monday, July 6, 2015 at 12:15 PM

    The success of the OU football season figures to be determined away from Norman. Some years ago, that would have been a bummer for Sooner prognostications. OU’s susceptibility at home the last three seasons has changed that perception, to some degree. At Owen Field, the Sooners lost to Kansas State and Notre Dame in 2012, and to Kansas State, Baylor and OSU in 2014. Still, you’d rather have your tough games at home. The Sooners on the road this season play Tennessee, Baylor and OSU, plus the neutral-site game against Texas. The success of the OU season largely will be determined by quarterback play, which has been inconsistent for the Sooners two years running.

  • Trevor Knight, Ty Darlington, Eric Striker, Sterling Shepard to represent OU at Big 12 Media Days

    Monday, July 6, 2015 at 02:54 PM

    At Big 12 Football Media Days this month, a much-talked about figure in OU football will be noticeably missing. Offensive lineman Ty Darlington, wide receiver Sterling Shepard, linebacker Eric Striker and quarterback Trevor Knight will represent the Sooners, along with head coach Bob Stoops, July 20-21 in Dallas. Knight's inclusion may be the most intriguing of the bunch, as the redshirt junior isn't assured his role as starting quarterback with Baker Mayfield now in the fold. Is Knight's inclusion an indication of his place in the OU quarterback pecking order, or are Stoops and the Sooners trying to keep everyone guessing as much as possible - including the quarterbacks - as to who the No. 1 is headed into the fall? OU is scheduled to appear at Media Day July 21 along with Baylor, Iowa State, Oklahoma State and Texas. Kansas, Kansas State, TCU, Texas Tech and West Virginia will meet with the media on July 20.

  • Four-star Indiana forward Davon Dillard signs with Cowboys

    Monday, July 6, 2015 at 01:07 PM

    Four-star forward Davon Dillard officially signed with Oklahoma State on Monday. Dillard will be eligible to play for the Cowboys this season.  A 6-5, 205-pound small forward from Gary, Ind., Dillard was ranked as the No. 3 player in the state of Indiana, and the No. 21 player at his position in the nation by ESPN. “Davon is an ultra-competitor and a great athlete, and we couldn’t be happier to have a part of the Oklahoma State family,” OSU coach Travis Ford said. “His size, athleticism and toughness make him very versatile. I watched him power his team to a victory with his hard work, which is something he brings game-in-game-out. His motor is always running.

  • Germany's Nuerburg links cars racing with nature and history

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    NUERBURG, Germany (AP) — Race drivers call it "The Green Hell" and it has taken dozens of drivers' lives, but Germany's Nuerburgring car-racing track offers unparalleled excitement for car racing fans. Engines roar, car tires squeal, crowds cheer or hold their breath for the champions, all in the middle of dense woods in western Germany, amid the singing of unfazed birds. Throngs fill the stands or crowd along the fenced track, beer in hand, their tents and mobile homes a few steps away, in the woods. The races become fiestas for German and foreign fans alike. Nuerburgring, in the Eifel Mountains, opened in 1927.

  • Barry Jacobs: Confederate flag issue brings back bad memories for ACC’s first black athletes

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    Billy Jones is disappointed, but not surprised. He’s disappointed it took until now for use of the Confederate battle flag to fall into broad disfavor in this country. He is not surprised, however, that the flag has been sanctioned in areas of public life from official settings to sporting venues for the half-century since he became the first black basketball player in the ACC. “It’s very disappointing we’re still kicking this around, very disappointing,” Jones says of debate over the flag with its 13-starred blue “X” on a red field. “It’s a sign of the whole time when one group was in control, one group was oppressed, and to me it’s like holding on to that. That was just part of that world. I get it, but we’r

  • 'This Is for Pearl Harbor': Outrage Over U.S. Soccer Fans' Tweets

    Published: Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    While most Americans celebrated the country's historic soccer win Sunday night, a vocal minority saw the opportunity to stir up a Twitter storm, says NBC News. The resounding 5-2 victory by the U.S. Women's National Team over Japan prompted some people to suggest that the game was payback for the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor.

  • Family travel five: Family fun hits its peak on mountain vacations

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    Enjoy high-altitude family fun and cool starry nights in scenic mountain towns. Here are five to consider: 1. Telluride, Colo. Check in at the Inn at Lost Creek with the crew for easy access to free concerts in Mountain Village, golf, free gondola rides into the historic town and a slew of kid-friendly eco-adventures. Pop over to the Spa at the Peaks for a relaxing massage or tap into options provided by a season full of festivals. Stop by the Friday Farmers Market for fresh produce and crafty gifts, or treat yourselves to alfresco dining and top-notch organic selections at 221 South Oak. Shutterbugs will be continuously tempted by stunning views of the surrounding peaks, colorful flower boxes and the Victorian homes tucked within

  • Carli Lloyd becomes Captain America for US women

    ANNE M. PETERSON, AP Sports Writer | Updated: 18 hr ago

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — For a brief time Sunday night, Carli Lloyd's Wikipedia page listed her position as "President of the United States." More like Captain America. Lloyd scored three goals to lead the United States to a 5-2 victory over Japan for the team's record third World Cup title — and first since 1999. Lloyd's hat trick came in the match's first 16 minutes. When it was over, the captain of the U.S. team collapsed to her knees and pumped her fists. "I'm so proud and so zapped at the same time. It's a surreal moment," the 32-yard-old midfielder said. "It's been amazing. We just wrote history and brought this World Cup trophy home." Even the actual President chimed in with

  • VIDEO: ‘I held on to the steering wheel as hard as I could’: Austin Dillon

    Published: Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Austin Dillon walked without a limp. He smiled. His hands didn’t shake. His voice was strong. If you hadn’t seen the vicious crash, his car flying into the catchfence, you wouldn’t have known that only a few minutes earlier he emerged from a carcass of a car after a crash at the end of Monday morning’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Daytona International Speedway. Dillon walked from the crash and said that he had only a bruised tailbone and a bruise on his forearm.

  • 5 Things to Know in Florida for July 6

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today. EARNHARDT WINS RAIN-DELAYED SPRINT CUP RACE AT DAYTONA Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the rain-delayed Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway, which ended at 2:41 a.m. Monday with a horrific last-lap accident that sent Austin Dillon sailing into the fence. The outcome wasn't in doubt as Earnhardt dominated the entire race. But as the pack of cars chased him on a two-lap overtime sprint to the finish, contact in traffic sent Dillon's car sailing upside down into the fence. He was not hurt. NASCAR FANS ARE DISPLAYING THEIR CONFEDERATE FLAGS Fans at Daytona International Speedway are defending and displaying their Conf

  • BRIEF: K-State grad Robert Streb makes five birdies on back nine of PGA event -- with a wedge

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    Robert Streb didn’t win the Greenbrier Classic, although he made it to a playoff Sunday before falling. In a way, Streb had the best round on Sunday. That’s because he played the last half of his round using a wedge as a putter after his putter broke. And he shot a 65. Streb, who lives in Shawnee and went to Kansas State, was the star of Sunday’s final found, even though Danny Lee won. Take a look at what he did — making five birdies with a wedge. To reach Pete Grathoff, call or send email to pgrathoff@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter: @pgrathoff. ——— ©2015 The Kansas City Star (Kansas City, Mo.) Visit The Kansas City Star (Kansas City, Mo.) at www.kansascity.com Distr

  • Kyle Busch brushes wall in 1st Daytona race since crash

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Kyle Busch hit another wall at Daytona International Speedway. This one was a considerably softer blow. Busch swiped the outside wall early in his first race at Daytona since breaking his right leg and left foot in a hard crash at the track in February. Trying to pass Jamie McMurray on lap 17 of the 160-lap race, Busch wiggled and tagged the wall in Turn 4. He lost two laps while crew members repaired splitter and body damage on his No. 18 Toyota. Busch managed to get back on the lead lap, but the damage was severe enough that it took him out of contention. He finished 17th before a harrowing crash just beyond the start-finish line, less than a second behind winner Dale Earnhardt Jr.

  • Earnhardt wins rain-delayed Daytona ahead of Dillon's crash

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the rain-delayed Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway, which ended at 2:41 a.m. with a horrific last-lap accident. The outcome wasn't in doubt as Earnhardt dominated the race. But as the pack of cars chased him on a two-lap overtime sprint to the finish, contact in traffic sent Austin Dillon's car flying upside down into the fence. The car tore down a section of fencing and Dillon sailed back onto the track. His mangled car landed on its roof and Casey Mears' crew members raced to Dillon to pull him from the wreckage. The crew members quickly waived to alert that Dillon was fine, and the driver ultimately climbed from the car and raised his arms in

  • BC-CAR--NASCAR-Daytona,Rain DelayAdvisory

    Updated: Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    EDITORS: The NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Daytona International Speedway has started after a rain delay of 3 hours, 34 minutes.

  • Report: Reggie Jackson, Pistons agree to five-year, $80 million contract

    Published: Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    The Detroit Pistons have re-signed restricted free agent point guard Reggie Jackson to a five-year, $80 million contract, ESPN.com reports. The contract has no options for either team or player, according to ESPN.com sources. Jackson, 25, spent the first three full seasons of his NBA career with the Oklahoma City Thunder before being dealt to the Pistons in February as part of a three-team deal that landed the Thunder Enes Kanter, Steve Novak, D.J. Augustin and Kyle Singler. Jackson was selected No. 24 overall by the Thunder in the 2011 NBA Draft and has career averages of 9.8 points, 3.6 assists and 3.2 rebounds per game.

  • Oklahoma City Dodgers notebook: Omaha pounds Dodgers pitching for second straight night

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    Omaha changed its original lineup twice before Sunday’s game against the Oklahoma City Dodgers, but it ultimately didn’t matter who was in the lineup. The Storm Chasers pounded Oklahoma City pitching for the second straight night, this time for 16 hits in an 8-2 win at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. Omaha has 28 hits in two games and is now nine games behind the Dodgers in the American Northern Division. “Bottom line is the last two nights we didn’t show up to play and get ready for a good team behind us trying to catch us,” Dodgers manager Damon Berryhill said. “We need to wake up a little bit and get after it.” Oklahoma City starter Rudy Owens never had much of a chance to get prepared.

  • Oklahoma City Energy FC draws with L.A. Galaxy II

    Chris Brannick | Published: Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    Energy snap three-game losing streak with draw against Western Conference foe

  • Fans shower Gordon with praise before final Daytona race

    Updated: Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — As rain delayed his final race at Daytona International Speedway, four-time NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon was showered with cheers during driver introductions Sunday. Speedway officials handed out thousands of placards commemorating Gordon's milestones at Daytona, dating to his victory in a Daytona 500 qualifying race in 1993. By the time he was introduced in front of the grandstands near Turn 1 more than two decades later, many of those cards were soggy from the rain. That didn't dampen the enthusiasm of some fans as Gordon walked on stage without an umbrella. Rain-soaked fans cheered while waving the commemorative cards.

  • Sports on TV: Monday, July 6

    Todd Schoenthaler | Published: Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    MONDAY MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL; 7 p.m.; Omaha at OKC; KGHM-AM 1340 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL; 6 p.m.; All-Star Selection Show; ESPN (Cox 29) 7 p.m.; St. Louis at Chi. Cubs; ESPN (Cox 29)/KREF-AM 1400/98.5 FM 7 p.m.; Tampa Bay at Kansas City; FSPLUS (Cox 68) 9 p.m.; Philadelphia at L.A. Dodgers; KTOK-AM 1000 NBA SUMMER LEAGUE; Noon; Indiana vs. Orlando White; NBATV (Cox 256) 2 p.m.; Orlando Blue vs. OKC; NBATV (Cox 256) 4 p.m.; Detroit vs. Miami; NBATV (Cox 256)

  • Oklahoma City Dodgers: Carl Crawford eats words regarding his football recruitment by Oklahoma

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    A two-sport star at Jefferson Davis High School in Houston, Crawford was recruited by the Sooners entering his senior year in 1999, only to choose to sign with Nebraska.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Mitch McGary has lost nearly 30 pounds on a mission to transform his body and come back playing the best basketball of his life

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    McGary credits the weight loss to cooking classes, a healthier diet and rigorous workouts. By eating better and transforming his body, McGary believes he’ll put himself in a better position to stay healthy and play the best basketball of his life.

  • Super 30: Mustang's Chandler Garrett found a peaceful end to wild recruiting process

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Published: Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    Programs from all parts of the country were calling. Air Force and Wyoming. Kentucky and West Virginia. Notre Dame, Northwestern, Kansas State and Missouri.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Kevin Durant says, "I got to lose some weight"

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    This summer appears to be Durant’s biggest physical jump. He looks to be bigger than ever before as he lounges around the Amway Center practice court taking in the action on the first two days of the Orlando Pro Summer League.