• Thunder Buddies Podcast: Previewing the upcoming NBA season

    Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    Welcome to the home of our Thunder Buddies podcast, named, in part, from Universal Studio’s highly-acclaimed comedy ‘Ted’, but inspired by our continued hope for wall-to-wall coverage of OKC’s only professional team. Below is our list of episodes (click the link to listen). If you prefer iTunes for your podcast listening experience, click here and subscribe. Hope you enjoy: Thunder Buddies - 10/23 (

  • Texas prep guard Christian James commits to OU basketball

    Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    Oklahoma’s men’s basketball picked up a commitment from shooting guard Christian James. James (6-foot-4) picked the Sooners over Houston and Oregon. James visited Norman last weekend. The Bellaire, Texas, product is ranked No. 138 on the latest Rivals150 ranking of the nation’s top recruits for the 2015 class. James’ commitment comes just more than a week […]

  • 'Panther Moms' are no ordinary cheerleaders

    Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    Dezarai Roseman and Erma Rollerson cheer every play. Every game, too. Even though they are both just a smidge over 5-foot tall, they loom large at Putnam North games this season. Their old-school cheers and their never-ending passion have become part of the Friday night fabric.

  • West Virginia has a genuine love for the Big 12

    Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    Sometimes, even arranged marriages can lead to true love. And romance certainly has bloomed on the Appalachian side of the Big 12.

  • Sports Illustrated's dark cloud dissipates for Joe DeForest

    Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    It was great news, offering DeForest vindication following a stressful year that placed his character in question and his job in jeopardy, just as he’s due for a return to Stillwater with the Mountaineers on Saturday.

  • Thunder roundtable: Oklahoman writers examine some storylines for upcoming season

    Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    Four questions for four writers, examining some Thunder storylines entering the upcoming season.

  • Cody Thomas was ready for action when Trevor Knight went down

    Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    Cody Thomas was limited throughout most of preseason training camp with a back injury, but is fully healthy today. The Colleyville (Texas) native said he was ready for his moment, and that was apparent as he calmly led the Sooners down the field on a touchdown drive.

  • Tramel: Pride of Oklahoma: OU sufficiently embarrassed to do something

    Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    The great Pride of Oklahoma flap at OU is over, after 14 months of furor. Band director Justin Stolarik resigned under pressure Thursday. If you heard a bunch of brass sounds flowing through Cleveland County, it likely was band members celebrating in the streets.

  • Matthew Ford is back on the ice after neck surgery

    Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    Every time a Peyton Manning highlight pops up on Sports Center it reminds Oklahoma City Barons forward Matthew Ford that undergoing neck surgery can be a blessing.


  • Football program's season ends amid allegations of waterboarding

    Published: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    The Central Bucks West High School football program in Doylestown, Penn., is suspended following allegations of “waterboarding” and the forcing of a new player to grab another player’s genitalia during the summer training sessions, The Intelligencer reports .

  • Chubb's tough running keeps No. 9 Georgia moving

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Thanks to Nick Chubb, concerns about Georgia's running game have subsided even as Todd Gurley's status remains uncertain. Chubb has proved with his tough running that No. 9 Georgia's ground game is in good shape without Gurley. Chubb delivered impressive performances the last two weeks while Gurley was suspended for allegations he broke NCAA rules by receiving improper benefits. There has been no update on his status since Georgia filed a request Wednesday for his reinstatement. Georgia, off this week, hopes to have Gurley back for next week's game against Florida in Jacksonville. Georgia's emphasis on the run won't change even if Gurley remains suspended.

  • Georgia State, Georgia Southern starting rivalry

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    ATLANTA (AP) — The state of Georgia's two GSUs — Georgia State and Georgia Southern — will play for the first time as new Sun Belt Conference rivals on Saturday. There is more than a new conference rivalry on the line. The two programs are FBS newcomers. Saturday's game at the Georgia Dome, the home field for Georgia State, provides the first head-to-head opportunity to impress fans and recruits. Georgia Southern (5-2, 4-0 Sun Belt) will be the visiting team but is calling on its fans to take over the facility with a "whiteout." Georgia Southern has won four straight since a 42-38 loss at Georgia Tech.

  • UCLA-Colorado Preview Capsule

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    No. 25 UCLA (5-2, 2-2 Pac-12) at Colorado (2-5, 0-4), 2:07 p.m. ET, (Pac-12 Network) Line: UCLA by 13 1/2. Series Record: UCLA leads 7-2. WHAT'S AT STAKE The Bruins returned to the Top 25 following a win over California last week that snapped a two-game slide. They also stayed in contention for the South Division title, which USC leads with a 4-1 mark. The Buffaloes fell behind the Trojans 28-0 last weekend in a 56-28 loss. KEY MATCHUP Colorado receiver Nelson Spruce vs. UCLA secondary. Spruce leads the nation in receptions (71) and touchdowns (11). He set a school record earlier this season with 19 catches in a game. Bruins DB Ishmael Adams has returned two interceptions for TDs this season. PLA

  • Oklahoma St sues former assistant now at Texas

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Who's calling the plays for the Texas Longhorns this season? It may take a lawsuit by Oklahoma State against Texas assistant coach Joe Wickline to find out. Wickline's former employer has sued him in Payne County, Oklahoma, seeking nearly $600,000 it says he owes the school. Wickline this week countersued in Austin, saying Oklahoma State has caused him injury and mental anguish and is trying to interfere with his Texas contract. Wickline was Oklahoma State's offensive line coach for nine seasons until he was hired away by first-year Texas coach Charlie Strong in January. Strong gave Wickline the title of offensive coordinator and offensive line coach.

  • World Series TV ratings increase from Game 1 to 2

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Game 2 of the World Series stayed close deeper into the night, boosting television ratings. The 12.9 million viewers Wednesday on Fox for the Kansas City Royals' 7-2 win over the San Francisco Giants were an increase of 6 percent from Game 1. The 7.9 rating with a 14 share was still the second-lowest ever for a Game 2. The Giants' 2-0 win over the Detroit Tigers in 2012 drew a 7.8/12. The Giants' 7-1 victory Tuesday earned a 7.3, a record low for a Game 1. San Francisco led 5-0 after four innings. On Wednesday, the game stayed tied into the sixth. Ratings measure the percentage of homes with televisions tuned to a program, while shares represent the percentage of TVs in use at the time.

  • Sports TV listings for Oklahoma City: Friday-Sunday, Oct. 24-26

    Published: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    FRIDAY HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL 7 p.m., Norman at Yukon, KREF-AM 1400/98.5 FM/KZLS-AM 1640/www.normansports.tv 7 p.m., Put. North at Nor. North, www.normansports.tv 7 p.m., Moore at Tulsa Union, KOKC-AM 1520 7 p.m., Mustang at Owasso, KNAH-FM 99.7 7 p.m., Deer Creek at Carl Albert, KTOK-AM 1000 7 p.m., Edmond North at Southmoore, KGHM-AM 1340 7 p.m., Kellyville at Lincoln Chr., www.coxhshub.com 7 p.m., Bixby at T. Washington, Cox 703 7 p.m., Watonga at Okeene, KIMY-FM 107.3 COLLEGE FOOTBALL 6 p.m., South Florida at Cincinnati, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 6:30 p.m., Troy at South Alabama, ESPNU (Cox 253) 8 p.m., BYU at Boise State, ESPN (Cox 29) 9 p.m.

  • No. 20 USC's defense out to reclaim name vs Utah

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California knows how to stop the run, allowing just 93.2 yards rushing per game in Pac-12 play. Anyone who saw Boston College gash the No. 20 Trojans for 452 yards rushing probably has a different impression of their defense. Either the perception or performance of the USC run defense will change Saturday night after facing No. 19 Utah and an emerging star in running back Devontae Booker. "That will never happen again. Ever," linebacker Su'a Cravens said of the dreadful showing against the Eagles. "We made mistakes against Boston College that we never make, and since then we've been pretty good in (defending) the run.

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: Previewing the upcoming NBA season

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    Welcome to the home of our Thunder Buddies podcast, named, in part, from Universal Studio’s highly-acclaimed comedy ‘Ted’, but inspired by our continued hope for wall-to-wall coverage of OKC’s only professional team. Below is our list of episodes (click the link to listen). If you prefer iTunes for your podcast listening experience, click here and subscribe. Hope you enjoy: Thunder Buddies - 10/23 (<--Click here) - The regular season is days away, meaning our over/under season preview has returned. How many 3s will Serge Ibaka make? Will Mitch McGary crack the rotation? How many technicals will Russell Westbrook get? What will Darnell be wrong about this year? We discuss.

  • Federer beats Istomin in Swiss Indoors 2nd round

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    BASEL, Switzerland (AP) — Top-seeded Roger Federer again had to fight back from a set down before beating Denis Istomin 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 to reach the quarterfinals of the Swiss Indoors on Thursday. Federer struggled in the opening set, and even walked toward his chair early in the first game before realizing there was still a point to play. Istomin had taken just a set off Federer in five previous meetings, last year in Basel, but the Uzbekistan player took the lead after breaking in the sixth game. However, Federer fought back and took a commanding lead in the second set after breaking when Istomin hit a backhand long.

  • Former Oklahoma State LB Orie Lemon signed by Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    Published: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers filled a need in the ailing linebacker corps Thursday, signing linebacker Orie Lemon to the active roster from the Kansas City Chiefs’ practice squad. The former Oklahoma State linebacker has spent time with the Dallas Cowboys, Arizona Cardinals and Chiefs since entering the league in 2011 as an undrafted free agent.

  • Pac-12 revs up for second half of season

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    The Pac-12 rounds the corner toward the second half of the season with a couple of big games and what could be the fastest game in the West — or anywhere else, for that matter. Here's what to look for: GAME OF THE WEEK: No. 20 Southern California at No. 19 Utah. Two teams fighting for positioning in the Pac-12 South will pit strength against strength at Rice-Eccles Stadium on Saturday. USC is led by quarterback Cody Kessler, who threw for a conference-record seven touchdown passes against Colorado last week, and running back Javorius Allen, the conference's leader in rushing and all-purpose yards. They'll be butting up against a Utah defensive line that leads the nation with 33 sacks and tackles for loss, with 10.2 per game

  • Alleged MLB drug supplier pleads not guilty

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    MIAMI (AP) — A man described by the Drug Enforcement Administration as a black-market chemist who concocted athletic performance-enhancing drugs in his garage pleaded not guilty Thursday to criminal charges arising from Major League Baseball's recent drug scandal. Paulo Berejuk, 50, entered the plea during a federal court hearing on charges of conspiring to distribute testosterone and human growth hormone, both controlled substances. The DEA says that Berejuk for years was the main supplier for Anthony Bosch, former owner of the now-closed Biogenesis of America clinic on Coral Gables that sold banned substances to MLB players and other athletes, some still in high school. Authorities say Berejuk was paid as much as $20,000

  • Clemson's offense struggling to move forward

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris' high-speed attack has stalled this fall as he has spent more time penciling in new starters on depth chart then scheming up complex ways to keep the Tigers moving. The fourth-year coordinator has only started the same lineup in consecutive games just once this season with No. 21 Clemson's attack beset with injuries, inconsistencies and defections. The results are an offense that finished in the top 10 the previous two years wallowing in 45th nationally. Clemson's 440 yards a game is about 70 fewer than in 2012 and 2013. The Tigers (5-2, 4-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) will try and crank things up against Syracuse (3-4, 1-2) on Saturday night.

  • WKU's Doughty close to breaking own school records

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — Western Kentucky senior quarterback Brandon Doughty is happy breaking his school passing records if it helps the Hilltoppers get a win. And WKU (2-4, 0-3 Conference USA) definitely is need of a victory. Doughty enters Saturday's game against Old Dominion (3-4, 1-3) as the nation's No. 2 passer and needs 358 yards to break his single-season mark set last season (2,857). He's four touchdowns shy of breaking Kawaun Jakes' school record of 22 set in 2012. Doughty's goal this weekend is turning all of the offensive success into WKU's first C-USA win and ending a two-game slide. Said Doughty, "Records are nice and all, but I'd give up all those numbers for victories. We have to find a way to

  • Hackenberg, captains regroup Penn St. amid losses

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Penn State's captains called the team together during an off week to address its two consecutive losses. Quarterback Christian Hackenberg says it helped steer the Nittany Lions in the right direction as it prepares to face Nov. 13 Ohio State. The sophomore, in a job with equal parts responsibility and adversity, is facing the pressure of rejuvenating an offense that has scored only two touchdowns in three Big Ten games. Despite engineering early-season, game-winning drives against Central Florida and Rutgers, Hackenberg has faced intense pressure, including 20 sacks and plenty of knockdowns. Penn State (4-2, 1-2 Big Ten) has dropped consecutive games to Northwestern and Michigan after four st

  • Fan violence interrupts Slovan-Sparta match

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — A Europa League match between former Czechoslovak rivals Slovan Bratislava and Sparta Prague had to be interrupted for more than half an hour due to fighting between fans. Swedish referee Martin Strombergsson interrupted the game in the 41st minute after Sparta fans attacked Slovan supporters in the stands. The match continued only after order was restored by riot police who were deployed with an apparent delay. Sparta won 3-0. It was the first match between the two most famous Czech and Slovak teams since Czechoslovakia split into the Czech Republic and Slovakia in 1993.

  • OU basketball: SG Christian James commits to Sooners

    Ryan Aber | Published: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    Oklahoma’s men’s basketball picked up a commitment from shooting guard Christian James. James (6-foot-4) picked the Sooners over Houston and Oregon. James visited Norman last weekend. The Bellaire, Texas, product is ranked No. 138 on the latest Rivals150 ranking of the nation’s top recruits for the 2015 class. James’ commitment comes just more than a week […]

  • Oklahoma State football: Emmanuel Ogbah on pace for first double-digit sack season of the Mike Gundy era

    Kyle Fredrickson | Published: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    STILLWATER — Some might have scoffed at Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy back in September when he made a bold prediction about one of his young players.

  • Football innovators Spurrier, Malzahn good friends

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Auburn coach Gus Malzahn hates to finish second-best at anything, yet he's got no choice but to yield on one thing: his friend and South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier is the better golfer. "I don't like that, but he is," said the humbled Malzahn. "He's really good." Spurrier and Malzahn share reputations as college football innovators, a preference for visors and a friendship. The two square off again this weekend when the fifth-ranked Tigers (5-1, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) host the Gamecocks (4-3, 2-3) on Saturday night. Both coaches have kept defensive coordinators awake nights trying to slow down their imaginative offensive schemes.