• Energy FC: OKC set to face a familiar foe in the third round of the Open Cup

    By Chris Brannick | Published: Tue, May 26, 2015

    Oklahoma City Energy FC coach Jimmy Nielsen said there won’t be any surprises when the Energy takes on the Tulsa Roughnecks FC at ONEOK Field in Tulsa on Wednesday in the third round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

  • St. John's trip to Stillwater revives memories of a great day at the ballpark

    Berry Tramel | Published: Tue, May 26, 2015

    St. John’s baseball team is coming to Stillwater. Our man John Helsley wrote about the Johnnies for the Wednesday Oklahoman, which you can read here. Any talk about St. John’s baseball immediately made me think of Roger Angell. There was a time when 75 percent of what I read was baseball-related. I might have 1,000 […]

  • Stillwater Regional: St. John's streaking into NCAA tournament

    By John Helsley, Staff Writer, jhelsley@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, May 26, 2015

    OSU’s first round opponent no ordinary No. 4 regional seed

  • Stillwater Regional: Scouting the tournament field

    By John Helsley, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, May 26, 2015

    Oklahoma State, Arkansas, Oral Roberts and St. John’s kick off action on Friday

  • Oklahoma scene: OU's Paige Parker named NFCA Freshman of the Year

    From staff reports | Published: Tue, May 26, 2015

    Parker became the Sooners’ ace in her first season, helping lead OU to a sixth straight appearance in the Super Regionals. In 42 appearances, Parker went 28-7 with a 1.65 earned run average. She struck out 224 batters in 217 innings pitched. She threw four perfect games, becoming only the third pitcher in NCAA Division I history to do so in a season. Oklahoma City University’s Anthony Marchesani and Jamie Warman have been named to the NAIA men’s golf all-American first team.

  • NBA Playoffs: Officials waffling on flagrant foul calls

    By Berry Tramel, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, May 26, 2015

    Rule assessment on Dwight Howard makes no sense after what we saw Sunday night and what we saw in the Thunder-Grizzlies series last spring.

  • OU fan releases Sooners' quarterback song

    Ryan Aber | Published: Tue, May 26, 2015

    Eric Kiper is back at it again. The Oklahoma fan who made a parody of “Louie, Louie” on Buddy Hield’s decision to come back to OU for his senior season, just released his second Sooners-themed parody song. This time, he’s taking on the OU quarterback derby with a tune parodying a slightly less well-known song—Green Day’s Minority. Here it is:   […]

  • Kentucky coach Calipari says JUCO signee Mulder ‘fits our program’

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    The University of Kentucky officially announced the addition of junior-college All-American basketball player Mychal Mulder on Tuesday, making him the fourth member of the Cats’ signing class of 2015. Mulder, who has played the past two seasons at Vincennes University in Indiana, committed to Kentucky on April 28. The 6-foot-4, 185-pound shooting guard averaged 15.7 points and 6.4 rebounds as a sophomore, while also making 46.3 percent of his 3-point attempts. The Windsor, Ontario, native will have two years of eligibility at UK. “I’m so excited to be coaching Mychal,” Kentucky coach John Calipari said. “He’s been in a great program the last two years and been pushed hard by a terrific coach.

  • Softball: Historic rainfall could threaten Triple Crown OKC tournament

    By John Walker | Published: Tue, May 26, 2015

    The ninth-annual Triple Crown OKC tournament hosts a number of fastpitch teams competing in Oklahoma City and other surrounding cities. Each of the 135 clubs are divided into five age group divisions, beginning at age 10 with two year gaps separating each section. The three-day event is scheduled to begin Friday, but some venues might be in limbo in light of the state’s historic rainfall.

  • ESPN programmers are bullish on growth of women's softball

    By Mel Bracht, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, May 26, 2015

    Viewership has grown 30 percent in the 15 years ESPN has been airing the entire WCWS

  • Oklahoma State football: Catching up with quarterback Mason Rudolph's summer trip to Israel

    Kyle Fredrickson | Updated: 21 hr ago

    When Mason Rudolph chose Oklahoma State on National Signing Day back in 2014 — snubbing multiple SEC offers — the South Carolina prep quarterback’s decision might have come as a surprise to some. “It probably didn’t make a whole lot of sense to people around here,” said Bret Rudolph, Mason’s dad, in a January interview […]

  • Ratings Watch: KOCO-5 ties for sixth among metered markets for Indianapolis 500 with 6.2 rating

    By Mel Bracht | Published: Tue, May 26, 2015

    NBA Western Conference Finals earns strong ratings in Oklahoma City

  • Best ever? Kendrick Perkins says LeBron James needs 'a couple more titles and that's it'

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    Is LeBron James close to being the best ever, dethroning Michael Jordan? His teammates believe so. Northeast Ohio Media Group's Chris Haynes wrote that some of James' Cleveland Cavaliers teammates are among the believers that King James is nearing Jordan's long untouchable status. One of those who's sold on James as heir to Jordan is former Thunder forward Kendrick Perkins. "The only thing that he's missing is a couple more championships and then it's a wrap," Perkins told Northeast Ohio Media Group. "Right now we have arguably the best player to ever play the game. I'm just saying man. I'm not taking anything away from Jordan, but all (James is) missing is titles. A couple of more titles and that's it." James already has two titles under his belt from his four seasons with the Miami Heat. Jordan retired with six championships in six trips to the NBA Finals with the Chicago Bulls. Oh, and there are those six NBA Most Valuable Player awards in Jordan's trophy case, too. It's a lot to live up to for James, but Perkins says the four-time MVP is capable. "Just think about it, truthfully, if he wanted to, he could win the MVP every year," Perkins said. "Think about that. He averaged 25 [points], 6 [rebounds] and 7 [assists]. That's absurd, and people are like 'he had a down year.' That's crazy talk. When it's all said and done, he'll probably be the best the game has seen."

  • US Open the most democratic of majors

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    The names of golf's two oldest championships are similar, and so are the concepts. The British Open and the U.S. Open are open to anyone who wants to qualify. The difference between them, other than the 35 years of history and the turf on which golf is played, was evident Monday when the final exemptions were awarded through the world ranking. The U.S. Open took the top 60 in the world who were not already eligible, adding 24 players to the field at Chambers Bay in three weeks. That brought the number to 74 players who do not have to qualify, and it brought a smile to the face of the USGA. For the ninth straight year, at least half of the 156-man field will have to qualify for the right to play in the U.S. Open.

  • Former Owasso standout Dylan Bundy gets high scouting marks in continued comeback

    Erik Horne | Published: Tue, May 26, 2015

    Remember Owasso standout pitcher Dylan Bundy? Bundy was pretty much unhittable as a prep star for the Rams, winning Gatorade National Player of the Year honors as a senior and getting drafted No. 4 overall by the Baltimore Orioles in the 2011 MLB draft. He fasttracked to the majors, debuting as a 19-year-old in 2012, […]

  • Sam O'Dell shoots 66, leads by 1 at W.Va. Amateur

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — Sam O'Dell shot a 6-under-par 66 Tuesday for a one-stroke lead at the West Virginia Amateur at The Greenbrier resort. O'Dell had seven birdies and an eagle on the Greenbrier Course in White Sulphur Springs. The Hurricane dentist won his only state Amateur title in 2013. Vienna's Alan Cooke had two eagles and was a stroke back at 5-under 67. A year ago in the first round, Cooke shot 68 on the par-70 Meadows Course but was disqualified for signing an incorrect scorecard. Joshua Arbaugh of Morgantown is at 2 under. Five strokes behind O'Dell at 1 under are Marshall golfer Will Evans, Wheeling's Thadd Obecny and Alum Creek's Tad Tomblin. Thirteen-time champion Pat Carter sho

  • Nebraska's Miles receives contract extension through 2019-20

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska men's basketball coach Tim Miles has had his contract extended one year through the 2019-20 season. Athletic department spokesman Shamus McKnight confirmed the extension Tuesday. McKnight did not have information on if any financial terms changed. The Cornhuskers finished fourth in the Big Ten in 2013-14 and went to the NCAA tournament. The Huskers slipped to 13-18 last season. Miles is 47-49 in three seasons at Nebraska. Miles was hired away from Colorado State in 2012 and signed a seven-year contract. It was the longest contract given to a Nebraska coach in any sport. Miles' annual salary was scheduled to increase to $1.775 million last month.

  • Sports TV listings for Oklahoma City: Wednesday, May 27-Thursday, May 28

    Published: Tue, May 26, 2015

    WEDNESDAY MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 7:30 p.m.; OKC at Salt Lake; KGHM-AM 1340 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 11 a.m.; Texas at Cleveland; FSOK (Cox 37)/KEBC-AM 1560 11:30 a.m.; Miami at Pittsburgh; MLBN (Cox 264) Noon; Kansas City at N.Y. Yankees; FSPLUS (Cox 68) 2:30 p.m.; Detroit at Oakland; MLBN (Cox 264) 7 p.m; Washington at Chi. Cubs; MLBN (Cox 264) 7 p.m.; Ariz. at St. Louis; FSPLUS (Cox 68)/Cox 703/KREF-AM 1400/98.5 FM 9 p.m.; Atlanta at L.A. Dodgers; KTOK-AM 1000 NBA 8 p.m.; Houston at Golden St.; ESPN (Cox 29) NHL 7 p.m.; Anaheim at Chicago; NBCSN (Cox 251) WOMEN’S GOLF 2 p.m.; NCAA Championship; GOLF (Cox 60) MEN’S SOCCER 1:30

  • Gophers add Texas A&M transfer Fitzgerald to recruit class

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Texas A&M forward Davonte Fitzgerald is transferring to Minnesota. The Golden Gophers announced the move on Tuesday. Fitzgerald is a 6-foot-7 forward who spent two years playing for the Aggies. He averaged 5.3 points and 1.9 rebounds in those two seasons, but saw his role diminish as a sophomore. Fitzgerald is the seventh member of a recruiting class that includes Illinois State transfer Reggie Lynch and freshmen Kevin Dorsey and Jarvis Johnson. Coach Richard Pitino says the Atlanta native's experience playing at Texas A&M will be a big boost to a young team. Under NCAA transfer rules, Fitzgerald will have to sit out next season. He will have two more years of eligibility beginning in 2016-17.

  • Illinois hires firm to further investigate claims against basketball coaches

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    Illinois has hired a Chicago law firm to further investigate claims by women’s basketball players that coaches mistreated them. An internal review by the university’s office of diversity, equity and access initially found no violation of “applicable law, NCAA rules or university policy,” but athletic director Mike Thomas and chancellor Phyllis Wise “have decided to contract with an external firm to continue and finalize that preliminary review,” according to a university spokeswoman. Pugh, Jones and Johnson, a Chicago firm, will examine on allegations of mistreatment that included coach Matt Bollant and assistant coach Mike Divilbiss making racist remarks and creating racial tension on the team.