• Oklahoma City Thunder: Rookie point guard Cameron Payne could see playing time sooner than expected

    By Anthony Slater Staff Writer anthonyvslater@gmail.com | Published: Tue, Oct 6, 2015

    As he prepares for his first NBA preseason game on Wednesday night, Payne has already opened plenty of eyes around the organization.

  • Hardy returns from 4-game suspension, says focus on football

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    IRVING, Texas (AP) — Greg Hardy chose to talk about football just about every time he was asked about the domestic violence case that led to the Dallas defensive end's four-game suspension. Meeting with reporters Tuesday now that the ban is lifted, Hardy even found a way to talk football when asked if he planned to get involved with charities associated with domestic abuse following the conviction in North Carolina last year that was later thrown out. "I feel the best way to win a game is stick to the game plan," Hardy said before a rambling reference to running the ball and getting sacks. The roughly 10-minute session was the first time he has talked to reporters at length since signing with the Cowboys as a free agent in

  • Donaldson leads powerful Blue Jays into ALDS

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    TORONTO (AP) — After he acquired Josh Donaldson last winter, Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos was concerned that his new third baseman might try to swing for the fences too much in his new hitter-friendly home. He'd seen the slugger's average dip by nearly 50 points in 2014, even as his home runs total ticked up. Turns out Anthopoulos had nothing to worry about. In a season that's sure to attract attention from AL MVP voters, Donaldson gave the Blue Jays both abundant power and ample on-base ability. "We knew he had power," Anthopoulos said Tuesday as the AL East champion Blue Jays readied for Thursday's AL Division Series opener against Texas with a light workout.

  • High school football: Putnam City West trying to build on first district victory in five years

    By Scott Wright Staff Writer swright@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Oct 6, 2015

    The Patriots host Capitol Hill — the only team PC West beat last year — at 7 p.m. Thursday night at Putnam City Stadium, looking for their third win of the season.

  • Sports on TV: Tuning in for Wednesday, October 7

    Compiled By: Todd Schoenthaler Staff Writer tschoenthaler@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Oct 6, 2015

    Tuning in WEDNESDAY MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 7 p.m. Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh TBS (Cox 62) NBA PRESEASON 6 p.m. Atlanta vs. Cleveland NBATV (Cox 256) 7 p.m. Oklahoma City at Minnesota WWLS-AM 640/98.1 FM 9 p.m. Sacramento at Phoenix NBATV (Cox 256) 11 p.m. Utah vs. L.A. Lakers NBATV (Cox 256) NHL 7 p.m. N.Y. Rangers at Chicago NBCSN (Cox 251) 9:30 p.m. San Jose at Los Angeles NBCNS (Cox 251) GOLF 9:30 p.m. President's Cup GOLF (Cox 60) WOMEN'S SOCCER 7 p.m. Drake at Oklahoma State KGFY-FM 105.5 VOLLEYBALL 6 p.m. Kansas at Texas Tech FSOK (Cox 37) 6 p.m. Texas at Baylor ESPNU (Cox 253) 7 p.m. Arkansas at Kentucky SECN (Cox

  • Oklahoma State football notebook: West Virginia well aware of Cowboys’ explosive pass rush

    By Kyle Fredrickson Staff Writer kfredrickson@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Oct 6, 2015

    Oklahoma State enters Saturday’s game at West Virginia leading the nation in sacks (22) and tackles for loss (51).

  • Bears place Will Montgomery on injured reserve

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Chicago Bears center Will Montgomery will miss the remainder of the season because of a broken left fibula. The team placed Montgomery on injured reserve Tuesday. He broke his leg early in Sunday's 22-20 win over the Oakland Raiders, forcing the Bears to juggle an already short-handed line. Matt Slauson shifted from left guard and spent most of the game at center. Newly acquired Patrick Omameh came in at Slauson's regular spot. The Bears already were without starting left tackle Jermon Bushrod because of a concussion and shoulder injury. Montgomery has appeared in 110 games and made 75 starts - 58 at center - for Carolina (2006), the New York Jets (2007-08), Washington (2008-13), Denver (2014)

  • Kicker Connor Barth re-joins struggling Buccaneers

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed kicker Connor Barth for a third stint with the team. Barth's signing was announced Tuesday, one day after rookie Kyle Brindza was released after going 2 for 7 on field-goal attempts with two missed extra points the past two games. Barth is an eighth-year pro who's made 85.3 percent of his field-goal tries (116 of 136). He's converted all 149 of his extra-point attempts. Barth spent five seasons with the Bucs before being released during the 2014 preseason. He spent time with Denver last year and briefly returned to Tampa Bay after an August release by the Broncos. Receiver Donteea Dye and defensive end Howard Jones were promoted from the practice squad to t

  • OU football: Beating Texas isn't what it used to be

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Tue, Oct 6, 2015

    Texas football is a dumpster fire. The orange is beyond burnt.

  • Oklahoma State football: Gamble pays off for linebacker Chad Whitener

    By John Helsley Staff Writer JHelsley@Oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Oct 6, 2015

    Whitener’s jump to Oklahoma State came with no promises or guarantees of playing time or assistance, just an opportunity to walk-on with the Cowboys, all fees attached, although the hope of a more prosperous future clearly was evident.

  • Louisville campus police reviewing escort allegations

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    Louisville campus police now say they are reviewing allegations that a former men's basketball staffer hired escorts to dance and have sex with recruits and players in a dormitory. Katina Powell has alleged in a book released online over the weekend that former Cardinals director of basketball operation Andre McGee paid her $10,000 for dancers to perform 22 shows from 2010-14 at the players' Billy Minardi Hall dormitory. The school reported those allegations to the NCAA and has launched an investigation.

  • Harvick victory celebration raises eyebrows among rivals

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — First, Kevin Harvick embarrassed the field with a dominating victory at Dover. Then his victory celebration made some of his competitors wonder if the reigning Sprint Cup champion had something to hide. Many believe Harvick backed his car into the wall during his celebratory burnout perhaps in an intentional attempt to create damage to his Chevrolet that would limit NASCAR's ability to do a proper post-race inspection. Harvick on Tuesday denied any knowledge of hitting the wall. "I did?" he asked. "I didn't even know.

  • USGA-U.S. Mid-Amateur Results

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    Glenn Przybylski, Frankfort, Ill. def. Scott Harvey, Greensboro, N.C., 3 and 1 Joshua Irving, Dallas, def. Joe Doody, Huntington Beach, Calif., 1 up Sammy Schmitz, Farmington, Minn. def. Joe Alfieri, Lutz, Fla., 1 up Philip Lee, White Bluff, Tenn. def. Andrew Price, Lake Forest, Ill., 3 and 1 David Noll Jr., Dalton, Ga. def. Reid Hatley, Hayden Lake, Idaho, 3 and 1 Jess Daley, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. def. Erik Heggelund, Seattle, Wash., 2 up Mike McCoy, Des Moines, Iowa def. Erik Jarvey, Costa Mesa, Calif., 4 and 2 Brad Wilder, Fort Wright, Ky. def. Blake Johnson, Winnetka, Ill., 3 and 2 Justin Young, Roanoke, Va. def. Patrick Tallent, Vienna, Va., 3 and 2 David Gies II, Charlotte, N

  • New Jersey Devils to retire Martin Brodeur's No. 30

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Shortly after Martin Brodeur was selected by the New Jersey Devils with the 20th pick in the 1990 NHL draft, the 18-year-old goaltender was confused. He "didn't know where New Jersey was," Brodeur recalled Tuesday with his trademark grin. Twenty-five years later, he and the franchise are permanently linked. The Devils will retire the No. 30 jersey of their longtime goaltender and erect a statue during ceremonies Feb. 9 at the game against the Edmonton Oilers. Brodeur played 21 seasons for New Jersey, leading the Devils to three Stanley Cup titles (1995, 2000, 2003) and winning the Vezina Trophy four times as the NHL's top goalie. His jersey will join those of defensemen Scott Stevens, Ken Dan

  • All eyes on McDavid as Oilers open season full of hope

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    The only negative for the hometown fans of the Edmonton Oilers is that their new era, the one built around 18-year-old rookie Connor McDavid, will begin on the road. McDavid, the No. 1 overall pick and the latest youngster thought to be the next Gretzky, will join his teammates in St. Louis for Thursday's season opener — the most anticipated in many years for the long-suffering Oilers. "I'm just worried about each and every day here, trying to get better and prove to the coaching staff and management team what I'm all about and making sure I'm earning their trust," McDavid said during camp. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound McDavid doesn't have to do anything by himself, of course.

  • Ben Gordon goes vegan for a stint, notices improved energy

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Ben Gordon ate avocados any time of day for their healthy fat, and also fueled his workouts with oatmeal and different juices or nutrient-rich smoothies. Gordon went the vegan route — no dairy or meat — for a stretch a few months back. "With that diet you have to kind of be creative," the new Golden State guard said. "At that time I had a chef so it was a little bit easier." Gordon is back to a more "normal" diet as the season gets underway and he looks to play a part on the defending NBA champions. He is eating meat again to gain back some of the weight he lost as a vegan for about the final six weeks of the season last spring and several weeks of the offseason.

  • NIT committee restructured

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Butler Director of Athletics Barry Collier and Missouri Valley Conference Commissioner Doug Elgin will begin four-year terms on the National Invitation Tournament Committee, it was announced Tuesday. C.M. Newton, chair of the NIT Committee since its inception in 2006, will now serve as chair emeritus. Reggie Minton will serve as chair this season. Starting with 2015-16, committee members will serve a maximum four-year term and it will feature a mix of current athletics administrators who are actively working at NCAA institutions or conferences and former head coaches. The eight-member committee had been comprised of former head coaches or athletics directors. The previous structure had no term limi

  • Berkman jab at Houston Equal Rights Ordinance draws fire

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    HOUSTON (AP) — Former Houston Astros star Lance Berkman's public opposition to the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance is drawing fire from the city's mayor. In one of a series of Twitter messages, Mayor Annise Parker, who is openly gay, called her fellow Rice University alumnus a "hypocrite" over a television commercial Berkman recorded for the anti-HERO Campaign for Houston PAC. The ordinance, which awaits voter approval Nov. 3, bans discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender identity. In the spot, Berkman attacks what he calls the "bathroom ordinance" that he says "would allow troubled men to enter women's public restrooms, showers and locker rooms.

  • Caldwell says he's done talking about controversial play

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Jim Caldwell wants to turn his focus to Detroit's next game — and he's insisting his players do the same. No more talk about the controversial ending in Monday night's loss at Seattle. "I'm going to tell them not to talk about it," Caldwell said Tuesday. "We can't be hanging on something that happened a night ago that we can do nothing about." Caldwell says he doesn't want the Lions to be distracted by more discussion of Calvin Johnson's fumble on Detroit's final possession Monday. The ball was knocked out of the back of the end zone by the Seahawks' K.J. Wright. Rather than flag him for illegally batting the ball, officials ruled the play a touchback.

  • Blues name DiMaio director of player personnel

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Blues have promoted Rob DiMaio to director of player personnel. The 47-year-old DiMaio had been director of scouting for three years. He joined the Blues as a scout in 2008. DiMaio also had 277 points in 894 games during his playing career with the Islanders, Rangers, Lightning, Flyers, Bruins, Hurricanes and Stars. The Blues open the season Thursday against Edmonton.