• Tony Casillas says there's 'double standard' at OU following Florida State QB's dimissal

    Today at 03:47 PM

    Former Oklahoma All-American defensive lineman Tony Casillas didn't hide his feelings about the Sooners and their decision regarding Joe Mixon. In the wake of Florida State kicking quarterback De'Andre Johnson off the team following video surfacing of him punching a woman in the face in a bar, Casillas says there was a double standard in the university's punishment of Mixon compared to its punishment of members of OU's Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter. pic.twitter.com/SCHJX5pHUp — tony casillas (@tccasillas) July 7, 2015 "Joe Mixon hit a young woman and knocked her unconscious, and yet is going to play this football season," Casillas posted to Facebook,

  • OSU's Emmanuel Ogbah, three OU players on Bednarik Watch List

    Today at 11:17 AM

    Oklahoma defensive end Charles Tapper, linebacker Eric Striker, and defensive back Zack Sanchez, and Oklahoma State defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah have all been named to the watch list for the Chuck Bednarik Award, given annually to the defensive player of the year in college football. Striker, Sanchez and Ogbah are each coming off 2014 seasons in which they were All-Big 12 First-Team selections. Tapper was an honorable mention pick in 2014. You can view the complete list of nominees here. Semifinalists for the award will be announced Nov. 2, and the three finalists will be revealed on Nov. 23. The winner will be announced at the Home Depot College Football Awards Show, Dec. 10. Preseason Watch List Calendar Tuesday: Bednarik Award (defensive player of the year)/ Maxwell Award (player of the year) Wednesday: Mackey Award (tight end)/ Rimington Trophy (center) Thursday: Lou Groza Award (kicker) / Ray Guy Award (punter) Friiday: Bronko Nagurski Trophy (best defensive player)/ Outland Trophy (interior lineman) Mon., July 13: Jim Thorpe Award (defensive back) Tues., July 14: Butkus Award (linebacker)/ Rotary Lombardi Award (best lineman/linebacker) Wed., July 15: Biletnikoff Award (wide receiver)/ Wuerffel Trophy (exemplary community service, athletic and academic achievement) Thurs, July 16: Davey O’Brien Award (quarterback)/ Doak Walker Award (running back) Fri., July 17: Walter Camp Award (player of the year)

  • Who wins a three-way Big 12 tiebreaker?

    Today at 11:30 AM

    The Big 12 has tried to solve its tiebreaker dilemma by announcing that it no longer will declare co-champions in the event two football teams tie for first place. Berry Tramel never thought it was a big deal one way or the other.

  • Tramel: 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.

  • 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. 

  • The Oklahoman's Super 30

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Published: Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    The Oklahoman’s Super 30 recruit rankings for the state’s high school football class of 2016 will continue on Monday with No. 20 on the list. Here are the last five players we’ve written about: 24. Alex Criddle, OL/DL, Tulsa Edison, 6-4, 310 23. Luther Harris, OL, Heritage Hall, 6-6, 350 22. Rico Bussey, WR, Lawton Eisenhower, 6-1, 170 21. Chandler Garrett, QB, Mustang, 6-5, 200 20.

  • Super 30: Jace Webb has college recruiters flocking to Hollis

    BY ED GODFREY | Published: Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    HOLLIS -- Jace Webb is the biggest football recruit to come out of Hollis since Darrell Royal. Figuratively and literally. At 6-foot-3 and 305 pounds, college football coaches are salivating over Webb’s size and athletic ability for a big lineman. “Big, athletic, physical,” Hollis coach Reade Box said of Webb. “He’s a starter on the basketball team. Made state in the shot and discus. He is a big, agile kid and has got some skills on him. He is an all-around good athlete, not just a big lineman.” Webb is No. 20 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30 list of the top high school football recruits in the state. He already has scholarship offers from Army, Wyoming, North Texas, Louisville, Arkansas, Ohio and Tulsa.

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

    Erik Horne | Yesterday

    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.

  • Media notes: U.S. team's World Cup victory is most-watched soccer match in U.S. history

    By Mel Bracht Staff Writer mbracht@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    The match obliterated the record of 18,220,000 set by USA-Portugal during last year’s World Cup group stage match. It also shattered the women’s soccer record from the 1999 Women’s World Cup Final (17,975,000) and bettered the 2011 Women’s World Cup Final, which also featured U.S. vs. Japan (13.5 million), by 89 percent.

  • Tommy Morrison memorial to be built in Jay

    BY SHEILA STOGSDILL For The Oklahoman | Published: Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    JAY — The American Boxing Association, along with the family of late heavyweight champion Tommy Morrison, is hoping a memorial dedicated to the boxer is the one-two punch needed to honor his athletic legacy but also to overcoming mistakes. Jim Roach, American Boxing Association president, spoke with Jay School Board members on June 29 about placing a life-size bronze bust of Morrison on the school campus. “It looks very promising,” Roach said. The $12,000 monument would be a fixture at Bulldog Arena, and the association would pick up the tab for the bust. “Tommy was a tremendous athlete,” Roach said, referring to Morrison’s boxing and football days.

  • South Carolina the new No. 1 in women's hoops attendance


    South Carolina has ended Tennessee's 11-year run atop the attendance standings in women's basketball. The Gamecocks averaged 12,293 fans this past season at home, the most in the country. The Lady Vols were second with 10,375. South Carolina jumped nearly 6,000 fans per game this season. "I experienced a packed house at Colonial Life Arena for all of our home games, but it still amazes me to read what took place on our campus, our city, our state last season. I can't wait to see what Gamecock Nation has in store for the entire country to see," South Carolina coach Dawn Staley said. The Gamecocks made it to the Final Four last season and are poised with most of the team coming back to attempt a return trip.

  • BRIEF: OSU basketball: Four-star Indiana forward Davon Dillard signs with Cowboys


    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.

  • Rory McIlroy injures ankle while playing soccer; British Open in doubt


    Jordan Spieth’s odds to win his third straight major championship improved dramatically without him doing anything. The biggest obstacle in his historic quest may have been removed with world No. 1 Rory McIlroy’s ankle injury. McIlroy, No. 1 in the world ranking, suffered ligament damage playing soccer with friends on Saturday. He withdrew from this week’s Scottish Open and is uncertain for next week’s British Open pending further scans on his ankle over the next two days. Spieth, 21, is halfway through the Grand Slam. His victories in the Masters and U.S. Open set up a much anticipated 1 vs. 2 showdown with McIlroy, defending British Open champion. But with McIlroy’s injury, Spieth takes over as British Open

  • Reports: David West agrees to veteran minimum deal to play for Spurs


    David West walked away from $12 million guaranteed with the Indiana Pacers for a shot at a championship. The veteran power forward has reportedly agreed to play with the San Antonio Spurs for the veteran minimum $1.4 million. West had a year remaining on his deal with the Pacers, but elected to opt out to become an unrestricted free agent. Last weekend, the Spurs agreed to terms with free agent forward LaMarcus Aldridge.

  • Danny Lee wins Greenbrier Classic in 4-man playoff


    WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — A week ago at the Travelers Championship, Danny Lee became so disappointed with his driver that he gave it to a young fan in the middle of the final round and walked away. On Sunday, his new one worked pretty well. Nearly eight years after becoming a U.S. Amateur champion at age 18, Lee earned his first PGA Tour win at The Greenbrier Classic in a four-man playoff. Lee won in his 98th tour event when he parred the second hole of Sunday's sudden-death playoff, eliminating David Hearn after Kevin Kisner and Robert Streb faltered on the first playoff hole. "I kind of felt like I was playing good but not good enough to win a golf tournament," Lee said. "But this week for some reaso

  • Illinois' games in Springfield include in-state foes


    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois has announced a schedule for its men's basketball team that includes two in-state schools for its games this November in Springfield. The Illini will play four regular-season games and an exhibition at Springfield's Prairie Capital Convention Center this fall while renovation work is completed at the State Farm Center on campus. The exhibition will take place Nov. 8 against Division II Illinois-Springfield. That will be followed by the season-opener Nov. 13 against North Florida. Then the Illini will play Nov. 15 against Summit League co-champions North Dakota State, Nov. 21 against Chattanooga and Nov. 23 against Chicago State.

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

    Berry Tramel | Yesterday

    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.

  • Illinois basketball attendance down but 15th in the country


    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois' men's basketball team drew more people per game last season than all but 14 other teams around the country. But Illini per-game attendance was still down. According to NCAA figures released Monday, the Illini drew 14,652 people per game in a 19-14 season that ended with a disappointing one-game appearance in the National Invitation Tournament. The attendance figure was nonetheless 15th in the country and fifth in the Big Ten. Illinois' attendance fell 3.8 percent from the previous season's 15,246. Syracuse was the top team in the country at 23,854 a game. Wisconsin was first in the Big Ten and fifth in the country at 17,279. Illinois' attendance has been up and down since hitting

  • Oklahoma State football: 2016 quarterback commit Nick Starkel among competition at Elite 11 finals

    Kyle Fredrickson | Yesterday

    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.

  • Mittie likes team’s depth, roster balance


    With eight returning letter winners -- including three starters -- to go along with a talented recruiting class, Kansas State women's basketball head coach Jeff Mittie has every reason to be confident as he heads into his second season in Manhattan. A year ago, the Wildcats finished with a 19-14 overall record and a berth into the WNIT. It was an eight-win improvement from the season before, while the seven wins in the Big 12 were the most since the 2011-12 season. Mittie understands any optimism right now, however, means nothing if the work isn't done individually and as a team this summer. "We need to have some players have some great summers, someone like Kindred Wesemann, who understands her role even better," Mitti

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

    erik horne | Yesterday

    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.

  • Video surfaces of Florida State QB De'Andre Johnson punching woman in a bar

    Published: Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    Florida State quarterback De'Andre Johnson was recently suspended indefinitely by the school for punching a woman in a bar in Tallahassee. On Monday, video surfaced of the incident (starting around the 10-second mark), showing Johnson striking the woman in the face. The woman and Johnson appear to jostle for position at the bar before the woman raises her right arm and Johnson grabs it. The two continue to argue and the woman throws a punch at Johnson with her left arm, in which Johnson throws a punch back. Johnson was charged with battery on June 30. (Video via al.com)

  • OU running back Alex Ross on Paul Hornung Award Watch List

    Published: Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    OU junior running back Alex Ross is one of 44 players who have been named to the 2015 Paul Hornung Award Watch List. The Hornung Award is given annually to the most versatile player in major college football, and Ross would qualify. As a sophomore, the 6-foot-2, 215-pounder was third nationally in kickoff return average (31.22 per attempt), scoring two touchdowns. Ross also rushed 88 times for 595 yards and four touchdowns, averaging 6.8 yards per carry, best among OU rushers with 10 or more carries. Players may be added to the watch list during the season based on performance. The winner will be honored in February in Louisville, Ky. 2015 Paul Hornung Award Watch List Ishmael Adams, UCLA Budda Baker, Washington V"Angelo Bentley, Illinois Rashon Ceaser, Louisiana Monroe Pharoh Cooper, South Carolina Trevor Davis, California Matt Dayes, N.C. State Cameron Echols-Luper, TCU DeVon Edwards, Duke Tyler Ervin, San Jose State Leonard Fournette, LSU Autrey Golden, UTEP Jamal Golden, Georgia Tech Jakeem Grant, Texas Tech Janarion Grant, Rutgers Carlos Harris, North Texas Carlos Hernandez, Louisiana Tech Myles Jack, UCLA Adoree Jackson, USC Corey Jone, Toledo Isaiah Jones, East Carolina William Likely, Maryland T.J. Logan, North Carolina Byron Marshall, Oregon Jalin Marshall, Ohio State Christian McCaffrey, Stanford Elijah McGuire, Louisiana Lafayette Isaiah McKenzie, Georgia Ronnie Moore, Bowling Green Teldrick Morgan, New Mexico State Charles Nelson, Oregon Speedy Noil, Texas A&M Daz'Mond Patterson, Ohio De'Mornay Pierson-El, Nebraska James Quick, Louisville Alex Ross, Oklahoma R.J. Shelton, Michigan State Ryan Switzer, North Carolina Jahad Thomas, Temple Jaylen Walton, Ole Miss Shane Williams-Rhodes, Boise State Stanley Williams, Kentucky Myles Willis, Boston College Dontre Wilson, Ohio State

  • After McIlroy soccer mishap, other freak athlete injuries


    It was playing soccer and not golf that left Rory McIlroy with a ruptured ligament in his right ankle. The Northern Irishman is already undergoing rehabilitation, with doubts over his participation at the British Open later this month. Perhaps the only consolation for the world's No. 1 golfer is that he is not the first athlete to be injured while not playing the sport that pays the bills. Here is a look at some other sports stars' freak injuries. ___ GREG LEMOND LeMond was at the peak of cycling in 1987 after becoming the first American to win the Tour de France the previous year. LeMond didn't get to defend his title — and not due to any injury suffered while on his bike.

  • Collected Wisdom: Fiamma Felitch

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Yesterday

    Fiamma Felitch had her golf career all planned out. She'd go from Bishop McGuinness High School, where she was a state champion in 2007, to Tulsa. Then, after a few years, she'd go on to the pros.