• 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.


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

    Updated: 16 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: 16 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: 16 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: 17 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: 17 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: 17 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: 17 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: 17 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

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

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    The city hosting the NCAA Women’s Final Four in three years is a state capital with one major professional sports franchise, an insatiable appetite for college sports and a multipurpose arena that opened in the early 2000s. 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.

  • Oklahoma basketball: Sooners proud of what they've accomplished despite season ending in Sweet 16

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    SYRACUSE, N.Y. — In the locker room immediately after Oklahoma’s 62-58 loss to Michigan State on Friday night, Sooners coach Lon Kruger tried to console his team. “He’s proud of us,” OU forward Ryan Spangler said of what Kruger told the team. “We’re not going to realize it now — what we’ve done for our town and for our university. “It hurts right now but just keep getting better and he’s proud of us.” Oklahoma made its first Sweet 16 since 2009, won its first postseason game since Kruger took over, beat Kansas and Iowa State at home and swept three games from Oklahoma State. So while the ending was disappointing, it’s hard to label the 2014-15 Sooners as anything less than a success.

  • UConn wins in a rout; Dayton continues improbable run

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Breanna Stewart had 31 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists to help UConn rout Texas 105-54 on Saturday, earning coach Geno Auriemma his 100th NCAA Tournament win. Auriemma became the second coach to reach the century mark, joining Pat Summitt, who finished with 112 victories in her career. They are the only two coaches in men's or women's basketball to reach that milestone. The Huskies shot a blistering 56 percent from the field and became the eighth team to put up more than 100 points in the regionals. UConn also broke the record for biggest margin of victory in regionals, surpassing the previous mark of 44. UConn (35-1) led 26-19 midway through the first half before blowing the game open with a

  • Oklahoma basketball: Sooners proud of what they've accomplished despite season ending in Sweet 16

    BY RYAN ABER, Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    Oklahoma made its first Sweet 16 since 2009, won its first postseason game since Kruger took over, beat Kansas and Iowa State at home and swept three games from Oklahoma State. So while the ending was disappointing, it’s hard to label the 2014-15 Sooners as anything less than a success.

  • The Dallas Morning News Chuck Carlton column

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    After failing to reach a Sweet 16 since 2008, Rick Barnes is out at Texas and the Longhorns are in the market for a men’s basketball coach for the first time since 1998. Barnes, 60, will not return after 17 seasons, a source with knowledge of the process confirmed Saturday. An announcement is expected soon. In a text from the NCAA men’s swimming and diving championships in Iowa, Patterson said “our conversations are ongoing” when asked about Barnes’ situation. That could be a reference to Barnes’ buyout, which goes from $1.75 million before April 1 to $1.5 million if he is fired.

  • College baseball roundup: Cowboys blast Kansas State

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

    The No. 12-ranked Oklahoma State baseball team bounced back from a series-opening loss to beat Kansas State 12-3 at Stillwater’s Allie P. Reynolds Stadium on Saturday.

  • College softball roundup: Five home runs lift Sooners over Texas Tech

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

    The No. 6-ranked Oklahoma softball team piled up five home runs and scored in every inning to defeat Texas Tech 13-5 in six innings Saturday afternoon at Rocky Johnson Field in Lubbock, Texas.

  • AP sources: Texas fires coach Barnes after 17 years

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas basketball coach Rick Barnes will be released after yet another quick exit from the postseason, people with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press on Saturday. The decision came after Texas athletic director Steve Patterson and Barnes met Saturday, according to the people who requested anonymity because the school wasn't expected to make a formal announcement before Sunday. The 60-year-old Barnes shaped Texas into a national basketball power with three Big 12 championships and 16 NCAA Tournament appearances in 17 years. He had four years left on his contract at $2.65 million per year and will receive a severance of $1.75 million under his contract because he is being released before A

  • It's Izzo versus Pitino in showdown to settle East Region

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Tom Izzo versus Rick Pitino with a Final Four berth on the line. How's that for a compelling coaching matchup in an East Regional final Sunday between seventh-seeded Michigan State and fourth-seeded Louisville to settle the NCAA Tournament's most-busted bracket. The two coaches have three national championships, 15 Final Four appearances and 98 tournament wins between them. Both have had to reinvent their teams' identity in mid-stream this season. The Spartans (26-11) were struggling before winning 11 of 14, including tournament wins over second-seeded Virginia and third-seeded Oklahoma. The Cardinals (27-8) endured a lot of adversity in February.

  • Duke seizing moment, but NC State, UNC wait in wings

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    This was always Duke’s season, a package deal of one-and-done freshmen, a one-time grab at the ring. The Blue Devils are on the verge of the Final Four, so close to achieving one of their prime goals. They’ll worry about next season later. The University of North Carolina and N.C. State are worrying about next season now. Or, better put, they’re not worrying at all. In the disappointment over the way the Tar Heels and Wolfpack exited the NCAA tournament, there is this: Both are in position to return almost their entire teams next season.

  • Oklahoma City regional notebook: Point guard play could determine regional champ

    BY JASON KERSEY AND JENNI CARLSON | Published: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    Sunday’s game, which will determine who makes the Final Four, will feature two of the best point guards in America in Notre Dame’s Lindsay Allen and Baylor’s Niya Johnson.

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

    BY JASON KERSEY, Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    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?




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