• Tramel: Would two five-team divisions work in the Big 12?

    Today at 09:00 AM

    I received an email from an OU fan named “Steve,” with no last name, which is too bad, because he had something really interesting to say. I thought I would share it: “I know you hate message boards, so you would never see my post. But I had this idea and want to share it with you. I actually think it is a pretty good idea, if you don't mind me saying so. “I've enjoyed your column since the very start. In fact, a lot of the way that I view the sports world was learned from the creative approaches that you take. “Well, it's obvious that we're stuck with 10 teams on this sinking ship of a conference. So maybe this is how to make things more interesting for the regional fans

  • Oklahoma Coaches Association All-State Week begins Monday

    Sunday, July 26, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    The Oklahoma Coaches Association All-State Week begins with multiple events on Monday in the Tulsa area, and runs through Friday, when the annual football game concludes the week. Here’s the schedule of events: Monday 8:30 a.m.: Golf, Cherokee Hills Golf Club, Catoosa 6:30 p.m.: Swimming, Jenks High School Tuesday 4:30 p.m./7 p.m.: Small/Large baseball, J.L. Johnson Stadium, ORU 5:30 p.m.: Tennis, Michael D. Case Center, University of Tulsa 6 p.m./7:30 p.m.: Small/Large volleyball, Mabee Center, ORU Wednesday 7 p.m.: Wrestling, Sapulpa High School 7 p.m./8:30 p.m.: Small/Large girls basketball, Mabee Center, ORU Thursday 7 p.m./8:30 p.m.: Small/Large boys

  • Could less of Samaje Perine mean more?

    Monday, July 27, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    Perine has lost some weight and could be paired in the same backfield with Joe Mixon.

  • Londaryl Perry named Millwood girls basketball coach

    Monday, July 27, 2015 at 03:43 PM

    Former Putnam North girls basketball coach Londaryl Perry has landed on his feet with one of the state’s most established programs.

  • What do you think of the leaked orange jerseys?

    Monday, July 27, 2015 at 10:10 AM

    Are you an Oklahoma fan who cringes at the orange? Or an Oklahoma State fan who will be waiting outside the team shop the first day these get put on sale? Or are you without an allegiance to either school but with a strong opinion on the aesthetic look of it?

  • Steven Adams will not compete with the New Zealand national team this summer

    Monday, July 27, 2015 at 09:37 AM

    Earlier this summer, Enes Kanter was left off the Turkish national team for what he labeled "political reasons." A few days later, Serge Ibaka was left off the Spanish national team for roster budgeting reasons (Nikola Mirotic took the club's only spot for a naturalized citizen). Now there's another Thunder player that won't be suiting up for his national team this summer. And it's for personal reasons.

  • Tramel travelblog: How I made it to Longdale

    Monday, July 27, 2015 at 10:15 AM

    NASCAR veterans Kenny Schrader and Kenny Wallace will compete Tuesday night at the Longdale Speedway, which is on Highway 58 in the northwest corner of Blaine County, between Fairview and Canton. Longdale Speedway runs International Motor Car Association series, and Wallace and Schrader are scheduled to compete against local drivers. You can learn a lot by getting in your car and getting out of town. A week ago Friday, Berry Tramel took a road trip to a section of Oklahoma he rarely sees but always enjoys.

  • Why a 0-0 tie in soccer is a good thing

    Monday, July 27, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    Oklahoma City Energy FC midfielder Gareth Evans explains the benefits of drawing teams on the road in the United Soccer League.

  • Oklahoma Coaches Association All-State Week begins Monday

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Published: Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    The Oklahoma Coaches Association All-State Week begins with multiple events on Monday in the Tulsa area, and runs through Friday, when the annual football game concludes the week. Here’s the schedule of events: Monday 8:30 a.m.: Golf, Cherokee Hills Golf Club, Catoosa 6:30 p.m.: Swimming, Jenks High School Tuesday 4:30 p.m./7 p.m.: Small/Large baseball, J.L. Johnson Stadium, ORU 5:30 p.m.: Tennis, Michael D. Case Center, University of Tulsa 6 p.m./7:30 p.m.: Small/Large volleyball, Mabee Center, ORU Wednesday 7 p.m.: Wrestling, Sapulpa High School 7 p.m./8:30 p.m.: Small/Large girls basketball, Mabee Center, ORU Thursday 7 p.m./8:30 p.m.: Small/Large boys

  • Special hole-in-one highlights opening round of Oak Creek Charity Memorial

    Updated: Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    Bubba Holloway shot a very special hole-in-one, while two 61s led the field on Saturday’s opening day of the 28th Annual Oak Creek Charity Memorial Golf Tournament in Greenville. Though Holloway has shot six holes-in-one in his golf career, none were more special than the one he recorded with a 6-iron on the 165-yard hole No. 4 at Oak Creek Country Club. This year’s tournament is in memory of two former Oak Creek members who’ve passed, Jack McPhearson and Bubba’s wife Sandy. “She was with me today,” said Holloway, whose wife died in June, 2013. Witnessing his ace were his playing partner, Jerry Kirchman, plus Chad Bell and Jason Barborak. Two teams shot 11-under 61s to lead their respective flights.

  • Gordon's final race at Brickyard a disaster after wreck

    Updated: Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Jeff Gordon slid into the No. 24 for the final time at Indy with a car more fit for a junkyard than the Brickyard. His shot at a record sixth win at Indianapolis Motor Speedway over, Gordon could only watch with a blank stare as his team hammered, welded and duct taped the mangled remains of his Chevrolet into shape for the final laps of the race. And of his career at the track that oozes racing history. Gordon's career at the track spanned from first-to-almost worst as NASCAR's only five-time winner at the Brickyard limped to a 42nd-place finish on Sunday. "It's not the way we want our day to go here," Gordon said. The fans didn't care, chanting "Jeff! Jeff!" as he walked off the track

  • Busch grabs elusive Indy victory as comeback continues

    Updated: Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — There was no celebratory burnout — Kyle Busch has done plenty of those the last few weeks — just another big, fat kiss at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Busch's triumphant return following a horrible crash the day before the season-opening Daytona 500 continued Sunday with one of the biggest wins of his career. He grabbed an elusive victory at Indy, where Busch won the Brickyard 400 for a weekend sweep at the historic track. Busch missed the first 11 races of the season with a broken right leg and broken left foot. He returned in late May and has won three consecutive Sprint Cup Series races and four of the last five.

  • US women win 6th straight under-19 world basketball title

    Updated: Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    CHEKHOV, Russia (AP) — South Carolina's A'ja Wilson led the U.S. to its record sixth straight women's under-19 world basketball title and seventh overall, scoring 30 points in the Americans' 78-70 victory over Russia on Sunday night in the championship game. Wilson broke the U.S. women's scoring record in a U19 game and averaged 18.3 points in the tournament to take MVP honors. "It was so tough," Wilson said about playing against host Russia. "I thought away games were tough, but playing an away game in a whole different country against the home team is just out of this world. They had such great fans that were nonstop cheering." Duke's Azura Stevens added 18 points to help the U.S. finish the tournament 7-0. Da

  • Steve Torrence wins at Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals

    Updated: Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    MORRISON, Colo. (AP) — Steve Torrence raced to his first Top Fuel victory in more than two years Sunday, beating Tony Schumacher in the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals at Bandimere Speedway. Torrence had a 3.925-second run at 319.37 mph for his fifth career victory and first since Bristol in 2013. He earned the seventh spot in the Traxxas Nitro Shootout at Indianapolis. Jack Beckman won in Funny Car, Larry Morgan in Pro Stock, and Eddie Krawiec in Pro Stock Motorcycle. Beckman raced to his fourth victory of the year and 19th overall, topping 66-year-old John Force with a 4.190 at 293.92 in a Dodge Charger R/T. Beckman had three career wins at Bandimere Speedway. Morgan beat Allen Johnson with a 6.944 at 199.

  • Jason Day rallies to win Canadian Open

    Updated: Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    OAKVILLE, Ontario (AP) — Jason Day birdied the final three holes to win the Canadian Open on Sunday, spoiling David Hearn's bid to become the first Canadian winner in 61 years. Day made a 20-foot putt on the par-5 18th for a 4-under 68 and a one-stroke victory over Bubba Watson. Day finished at 17-under 271 at Glen Abbey. "I've never felt so much at home, and I'm not even from Canada," Day said. "I'm looking forward to coming back and defending the title here next year because I know that when I get here next year it's going to be the same. It's great to feel like a Canadian for a week." Day was coming off a fourth-place tie Monday in the British Open at St. Andrews. The 28-year-old Australian also fought through vert

  • Oklahoma State football: All eyes fixed on Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph

    BY JOHN HELSLEY | Published: Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    The small sample sure was impressive, with Rudolph directing Bedlam and bowl wins and pumping optimism into 2015 as perhaps the Big 12’s most intriguing quarterback.

  • With Henry Iba's help, Jumpin' Jack McCracken became a giant in the game

    By BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    Jumpin’ Jack died 57 years ago. But the man who rarely talked about himself still is being talked about. McCracken, a 1929 Classen High School graduate and Henry Iba’s first basketball star, next week will be inducted into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame.

  • Sports on TV: Tuning in for Monday, July 27

    Compiled By: Todd Schoenthaler Staff Writer tschoenthaler@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    MONDAY MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL; 7 p.m.; OKC at Round Rock; KGHM-AM 1340 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL; 7 p.m.; N.Y. Yankees at Texas; FSOK (Cox 37)/ESPN (Cox 29)/KEBC-AM 1560 7 p.m.; Cincinnati at St. Louis; FSPLUS (Cox 68)/Cox 703 MEN’S SOCCER; 6:55 a.m.; Inter vs. Real Madrid; FS1 (Cox 67) SPECIAL OLYMPICS; 6 p.m.

  • Heat deal Napier to Magic a year after prod from LeBron

    Updated: Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    LeBron James’ “favorite player” in the 2014 NBA draft now has something in common with James: both are former Miami Heat players. The Sun Sentinel confirmed Sunday that the Heat will trade Shabazz Napier to the Orlando Magic in exchange for a future protected second-round pick. In the immediate wake of the Heat selecting the championship point guard out of UConn in 2014, James posted on Twitter, “My favorite player in the draft! #Napier.” Heat President Pat Riley denied that Napier was selected at James’ behest or to appease James, who was an impending free agent at the time. “I know LeBron tweeted something out in the NCAA about him,” Riley said in the immediate wake of the 2014 draft.

  • Australia's Rebecca Artis wins Ladies Scottish Open

    Updated: Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    TROON, Scotland (AP) — Australia's Rebecca Artis rallied to win the Ladies Scottish Open, shooting a 6-under 66 on Sunday in windy and rainy conditions for a two-stroke victory over Norway's Suzann Pettersen. Artis, six strokes behind Pettersen at the start of the round, finished at 6-under 210 at Dundonald Links in the final Ladies European Tour event before the Women's British Open at Turnberry. Pettersen closed with a 74. England's Holly Clyburn was third at 2 under after a 74. Second-ranked Lydia Ko of New Zealand tied for fourth at 1 under with the Czech Republic's Klara Spilkova. Ko had a 74, and Spilkova shot 72.

  • Report: Blake Griffin to participate in Team USA minicamp, hopes to play in 2016 Olympics

    Published: Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin will be a participant in USA Basketball's minicamp next month and the former University of Oklahoma star hopes to play in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, according to a report from ESPN.com. A five-time All-Star with the Clippers, Griffin was a first-team All-American at OU in 2009 and was twice named The Oklahoman's high school player of the year while at Oklahoma Christian School.

  • Dawson beats Langer and Montgomerie to Senior Open title

    Updated: Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    SUNNINGDALE, England (AP) — American Marco Dawson held off the twin challenge of super stars Bernhard Langer and Colin Montgomerie over the final nine holes to claim victory in a thrilling climax to the Senior British Open Championship on Sunday. Dawson finished with a 16-under par total of 264 to claim his second title on the Senior Tour this year after more than 12 years without a victory. "This is unbelievable," said Florida-based Dawson, who played over 400 events on the PGA Tour without a win. "Can't tell you how many hours I've put in on the range. I've had two back surgeries to prove it and I know it has come later than most of the guys. But it came true.

  • Misery for Mercedes with Hamilton 6th and Rosberg 8th

    Updated: Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The crushing dominance of the Mercedes Silver Arrows came to an abrupt halt at the Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday, the first time since the final race of the 2013 season without either Lewis Hamilton or Nico Rosberg on the podium. Mercedes entered it looking odds-on to have both of its drivers on the podium for the 10th straight race this season. Instead, Hamilton finished sixth and Rosberg was eighth. Starting from pole position, Hamilton's race went from bad to worse before ending with an unexpected bonus as he extended his championship leader over Rosberg in bizarre circumstances.

  • Report: 2016 Oklahoma State football verbal commit Tyrell Alexander reopens recruitment

    Kyle Fredrickson | Updated: Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    2016 Oklahoma State verbal commit Tyrell Alexander — a 6-foot-2, 170-pound athlete from Lancaster High School (Texas) — has reopened his recruitment, according to Alex King of thefootballbraniacs.com. 2016 Lancaster, TX WR, Tyrell Alexander (@T_Real07) tells me he's decommitted from #OKState and re-opened his recruitment. @WEBOrecruiting1 — Alex King (@AKing_TFB) July 25, 2015 Alexander, an ESPN-rated four-star prospect, pledged to OSU back in April during the Cowboys' spring game. He's received double-digit scholarship offers from programs like Arkansas, Baylor, TCU, West Virginia and others. OSU now has 10 players verbally commited to its 2016 class: RB

  • Vettel has Bianchi on his mind after matching Senna's mark

    Updated: Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — On the day he equaled Brazilian great Ayrton Senna's feat of 41 race wins with a brilliant drive at Sunday's Hungarian Grand Prix, Sebastian Vettel's thoughts went to Jules Bianchi and his family. Vettel's win, coming from third on the grid in a twice-started race that was then interrupted by a safety car just when the German driver was cruising to victory, was one of the finest performances in the four-time F1 champion's career. It was full of panache, and Vettel was proud to dedicate it to Bianchi, a young and dashing French driver whose own career was cut short. Bianchi died last week aged 25 from injuries sustained in a head-on crash at the Japanese Grand Prix last October.

  • Paris police open fire on car at Tour de France barricades

    Updated: Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    PARIS (AP) — Paris police were searching for four occupants of a car that struck a taxi and tried to crash barricades set up near the Tour de France finish line on Sunday morning, drawing police fire hours before the arrival of cyclists and spectators. Police said they didn't suspect terrorism. Police found the car with bullet impacts not far from the Place de la Concorde where police opened fire, according to a police official and a ranking official close to the investigation. They asked not to be identified by name because the investigation was ongoing. The car carried two men and two women, one of whom was injured on her upper body, the ranking official said, citing a witness at a hotel where the group sought a glass of

  • Boys basketball: 2015 Cavemen grad Shakur Smith will play basketball at McMurry

    Updated: Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    CARLSBAD >> 2015 Carlsbad graduate Shakur Smith signed his National Letter of Intent Thursday to play basketball at McMurry University in Abeline, Texas on an athletic scholarship, his mother Michelle Smith said. "I'm really excited," Michelle Smith said. "He's a good kid. He's really respectful, and I'm just really proud of him." Shakur Smith averaged 10.9 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 0.7 steals per game this past season. At 6-foot-2, 210 pounds, he created mismatches shooting and defending on the perimeter. Michelle Smith said Shakur was a selfless team player. Moving forward, Michelle Smith said McMurry's men's basketball program will be a good fit for Shakur because the coaches are an "understan

  • GOLF: Rodgers' back-nine rally has him tied atop leaderboard heading into final round of City Championship

    Updated: Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    Micah Rodgers came charging back Saturday afternoon during the second round of the Odessa Men’s City Championship, firing a 6-under-par 66 to tie Mark Jones Jr. at 7-under atop the Championship Flight leaderboard at Ratliff Ranch Golf Links. Rodgers started the round three strokes back of Jones and the lead, after shooting a first-round 71 Friday. The Permian and Odessa College alum drained five birdies on the back nine Saturday en route to his 66, which marked a tournament-best round. No other golfer in any flight has carded a 66 in any round this weekend — or a 67, for that matter. “The back nine was good to me,” Rodgers said. “I hit a couple shots close, and I made a long putt. I can’t complain. I really