• Memorial service set for Monty Williams' wife, Ingrid

    Today at 12:58 PM

    A memorial service for the wife of Thunder assistant coach Monty Williams will take place Thursday, Feb. 18 at 2 p.m. at Crossings Community Church (14600 Portland Ave, Oklahoma City). Williams' wife, Ingrid, died Wednesday from injuries sustained in a multi-vehicle accident Tuesday in southwest Oklahoma City. Since then, support has poured in nationwide for the Williams family.

  • Kevin Durant discusses signing a short-term contract

    Today at 11:43 AM

    There's a growing belief throughout the league that Kevin Durant will stay in Oklahoma City. Nobody knows, really, but more and more the most likely option for Durant seems to be signing a one-year contract, with a player option for a second season. It just makes the most financial sense for Durant to approach his impending free agency this way. Thunder beat writer Anthony Slater will have more on this topic and why it stands as the most logical option for Durant in Saturday's paper. In short, Durant needs to play one more season to reach 10 years of service.

  • Eddie Sutton selected as finalist for Basketball Hall of Fame

    Today at 12:00 AM

    Former Oklahoma State coach Eddie Sutton was named one of 14 finalists for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame class of 2016. This year's inductees will be announced April 4 and enshrined on Sept. 9.

  • Outpouring of support exemplifies Monty and Ingrid Williams’ wide-ranging impact in the basketball community

    Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 10:51 PM

    By pure NBA scheduling coincidence, the New Orleans Pelicans arrived in Oklahoma City just hours after news spread of the tragic death of Ingrid Williams.

  • OU vs. Kansas: The greatest game Dick Vitale ever called

    Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 07:00 PM

    Thirty-three years ago Wednesday, top-ranked North Carolina played second-ranked Virginia in UNC's famed Carmichael Auditorium.

  • Chance for immediate playing time a factor in Barry J. Sanders graduate transfer from Stanford

    Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 07:00 PM

    Sanders told The Oklahoman in an exclusive interview he intends to join OSU as a graduate transfer from Stanford. The son of legendary OSU running back Barry Sanders, who ran for 2,850 yards and 44 touchdowns in 1988 to win the Heisman Trophy, is immediately eligible to play his final season in Stillwater.

  • Braves planning new Hank Aaron statue in SunTrust Park

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves say they are planning a new Hank Aaron statue at SunTrust Park, which will open in 2017. The Braves said in a statement released Friday they no longer will contest the fate of the Aaron statue which now sits at the main entrance to Turner Field. The team had said Wednesday Aaron should decide the fate of his current statue. The Atlanta Fulton County Recreation Authority says it owns rights to the statue. The Braves on Friday said the debate over the statue was "divisive." The Braves say they hope the current statue is preserved "in a manner befitting his legacy as the greatest Brave of all time." The Braves are entering their final season at Turner Field, built for the 1996 Olym

  • Steph Curry returns to Toronto at the height of his powers

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    TORONTO (AP) — When the Toronto Raptors signed Dell Curry in 1999 to provide some shooting on the perimeter, they also acquired two young children in the deal that would dart around the back hallways of the Air Canada Center dribbling basketballs and bouncing off the walls. Steph Curry remembers those days well as a pre-teen, horsing around with little brother Seth in front of ushers who still work there. He recalls watching his first and only hockey game when the Maple Leafs were home, and even being held out of his first game as a middle school kid because he did not do the dishes earlier that day. "To be back here and celebrate an All-Star game is special," Curry said on Friday.

  • Talib, Jackson, Webb fined for Super Bowl infractions

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    Denver Broncos fiery cornerback Aqib Talib's taunting and face mask fouls proved costlier five days later than they did in Super Bowl 50. Talib was fined a total of $26,044 on Friday for the flags that he incurred in the first half of Denver's 24-10 victory over the Carolina Panthers. Teammate Malik Jackson was docked $8,681 for unnecessary roughness in the second quarter and Carolina third-string quarterback Joe Webb was fined $8,681 for unnecessary roughness in the chaotic moments following the final play of the game. Talib was whistled for taunting in the first quarter, keeping a Carolina drive alive.

  • APNewsBreak: Feds open broad bias probe into Iowa athletics

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The University of Iowa is facing a wide-ranging federal civil rights investigation into allegations that its athletics department does not provide equal opportunities for female athletes, correspondence obtained by The Associated Press shows. The Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education is looking into gender bias allegations in 13 areas, including how the department counts participation levels, awards scholarships, schedules practices and games and delivers services such as tutoring, medical attention, housing and dining. A team of investigators will visit the Iowa City campus in April, according to documents released Thursday under the open records law.

  • Shaq, Iverson finalists, Yao could join them in Hall of Fame

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    TORONTO (AP) — Shaquille O'Neal was just 9 years old when his stepfather began teaching him basketball with a plan to dominate like Wilt Chamberlain, Bill Russell and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Young Shaquille didn't even know who they were. Now he's on the verge of joining them in basketball immortality. "He told me this day would happen and I never believed him," O'Neal said of Phillip Harrison, who raised Shaq along with his mother and died in 2013. O'Neal was chosen Friday as a finalist for induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, joining Allen Iverson to highlight the potential class.

  • Recovered and ready to race, Vickers set for Daytona return

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Brian Vickers might have been more easily found on TV this week pitching a blood-thinning drug instead of practicing for the Daytona 500. His ubiquitous commercial — which also features Miami Heat star Chris Bosh and golfer Arnold Palmer — was about the only way Vickers stayed in the spotlight for most of the last year. Bosh is back from his blood clot scare and returned to All-Star form. Vickers is ready for a comeback from his own health woes, too. His once promising career derailed by recurring blood clots, Vickers will drive the No. 14 Chevrolet in the Daytona 500 for Stewart-Haas Racing. Tony Stewart is sidelined indefinitely with a fractured vertebra. Vickers has no promises

  • BRIEF: OSU basketball: Eddie Sutton selected as finalist for Basketball Hall of Fame

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    Eddie Sutton’s candidacy for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame gained steam Friday, as the former Oklahoma State coach was named a finalist for the class of 2016. Sutton, who revived Oklahoma State basketball, coached four schools to the NCAA Tournament and made three Final Four appearances – two with the Cowboys – advances with 13 others to a final voting that will reveal the latest class, to be revealed April 4 in Houston on the day of the national championship game. Enshrinement is set for Sept. 9 in Springfield, Mass. Eddie’s credentials have always been strong: 806 victories, three Final Four appearances and NCAA appearances with Creighton, Arkansas, Kentucky and OSU.

  • Cubs claim reliever Riefenhauser off waivers from Orioles

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs have claimed reliever C.J. Riefenhauser off waivers from the Baltimore Orioles. The 26-year-old left-hander spent parts of the past two seasons with the Tampa Bay Rays, going 1-0 with a 6.30 ERA in 24 appearances. He was traded to Seattle in November and dealt to Baltimore in December before being designated for assignment on Feb. 4. To make room for Riefenhauser on the 40-man roster, the Cubs designated left-hander Edgar Olmos for assignment on Friday.

  • Wading into Golfapalooza: the Phoenix Open's 16th hole

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    SCOTTDALE, Ariz. (AP) — John Huh studied the shot from every angle before crouching behind his ball for a last look. "It doesn't break!" a fan yelled from the bleachers. Huh then stepped to the ball and stroked a putt he thought to be true. Instead of curling into the hole, the ball held its line, spreading a grimace across Huh's face. "I told you it stayed straight," the fan chastised. "You should have listened to me." Any other tournament, the fan would have been told to hold it down, refrain from giving away competitive information. At the Waste Management Phoenix Open's 16th hole, it was a speck in the cacophony of golf's rowdiest hole. A picturesque par 3 for 51 weeks, No.

  • Michigan State coach Izzo a finalist for Basketball Hall of Fame

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    EAST LANSING, Mich. — Tom Izzo, Hall of Famer. That title is a step closer to reality for the Michigan State coach after Friday’s announcement that he is one of 14 finalists for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The class of 2016 will be announced April 4 in Houston, a few hours before the national championship game at NRG Stadium, in which Izzo hopes to be coaching. The enshrinement ceremony will be Sept. 9 at the Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. The Hall of Fame was established in 1959 and honors both professionals and amateurs — 345 individuals and 10 teams, to date. Bo Ryan, who retired this season as Wisconsin’s head coach, also made the cut of finalists.

  • Mets reliever Jenrry Mejia permanently banned by Major League Baseball after third positive drug test

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Mets reliever Jenrry Mejia permanently banned by Major League Baseball after third positive drug test.

  • Sabres place Catenacci on IR; call up Varone from minors

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres have placed rookie forward Daniel Catenacci on injured reserve and recalled forward Philip Varone from the minors. The moves were made on Friday, shortly before Buffalo hosted the Montreal Canadiens. Catenacci is being evaluated for a concussion after he had his head down and was checked by Flyers defenseman Radko Gudas in Buffalo's 5-1 loss at Philadelphia on Thursday. The Sabres are already down three forwards after Zemgus Girgensons (lower body) was placed on injured reserve on Wednesday. Varone leads AHL Rochester with 12 goals in 38 games this season and is being called up for the first time this year. He had five goals and three assists in 41 games with the Sabres ov

  • HScott Motorsports leases charter to secure ride for Annett

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — HScott Motorsports has leased a charter from Premium Motorsports to secure a ride for Michael Annett for the 2016 season. A charter guarantees revenue and a position in a 40-car Sprint Cup field. HScott Motorsports was granted one charter and used it on the No. 15 Chevrolet driven by Clint Bowyer. Annett will drive the No. 46 Chevrolet. The new system allows charters to be transferred on a short-term basis. This agreement was accepted and approved by NASCAR. Premium Motorsports will have its charter returned in 2017. The team will still field a full-time entry in the No. 98 Chevrolet this year for Cole Whitt. He will now have to qualify every week for one of the four open slots in the

  • NASCAR's new charter system shuts out storied Wood Brothers

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — It's been 10 years since the Wood Brothers completed a full NASCAR season, and they stopped trying to make it to the track each week in 2009. NASCAR's oldest race team didn't have the funds to keep up with the competition, and a scaled-back approach was what the family-owned organization felt was best for the famed No. 21 Ford. "It would have been an embarrassment to our family, our uncles and our dad, if we just showed up and took a check," said team co-owner Len Wood, the son of founder Glenn Wood. "We didn't. We tried to perform every time we showed up. It didn't always work out that way, but that is what we tried to do.

  • Seen and heard at All-Star Weekend media day

    darnell mayberry | Updated: 5 hr ago

    This year's NBA All-Stars met with the media Friday morning in Toronto. It was the first time the All-Stars were available, which annually guarantees a circus-like atmosphere. Here's a sampling of the pictures that were taken, the questions that were asked, the predictions that we made and everything in between.  KOBE BRYANT WAS IN HIGH DEMAND A bit of a crowd to hear Kobe ... pic.twitter.

  • Cats suffer letdown against Baylor

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    Everything seemed to play into Kansas State's favor. But it didn't matter. The Wildcats went into Wednesday's game against No. 21 Baylor coming off a win over No. 1 Oklahoma and hosting a Bears team that had lost two straight games and playing without one its best players in Rico Gathers. None of that helped the Wildcats, despite a career-high 19 points from D.J. Johnson. Kansas State's D.J. Johnson tries to score between a pair of Baylor defenders on Wednesday night at Bramlage Coliseum. Johnson scored a career-high 19 points. A poor start and struggles from long range were too much for the Wildcats to overcome in an 82-72 loss at Bramlage Coliseum. "It's a disappointing performance for our guys," K-S

  • Over and out: Some MLB teams open with little playoff shot

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    Spring training is a time for optimism, when players bask under the warm sun of Florida and Arizona while fans dream about their team reaching the bright lights of October. For Atlanta, Cincinnati, Milwaukee and Philadelphia, there's little hope of getting to the 2016 postseason following decisions to jettison veterans and rebuild for the future. Colorado and San Diego also have retooled and figure to finish far behind. If you're not all in, 21st-century baseball demands you drop all out in the sport's version of "Extreme Makeover.

  • Chipper Jones, Hines Ward in Georgia Hall of Fame class

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    MACON, Ga. (AP) — Former Atlanta Braves star Chipper Jones and four-time Pro Bowler Hines Ward are among eight who will be inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame this month. Jones retired in 2012 after spending his entire career with the Braves. He recently returned to the team as a special assistant. Ward played wide receiver, running back and quarterback at the University of Georgia before 14 seasons with the Steelers. He was MVP of Super Bowl XL.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Kevin Durant compares his free agency to the LeBron James' circus of 2010

    darnell mayberry | Updated: 7 hr ago

    In a sit down interview with The Vertical, Kevin Durant says he's been pleasantly surprised that his impending free agency hasn't garnered more buzz throughout the NBA.

  • Energy FC falls in preseason opener

    Chris Brannick | Updated: 7 hr ago

    Oklahoma City Energy FC lost 1-0 to New York City FC on Friday in Bradenton, Fla. in its first preseason match of the year. David Villa scored for New York in the first half after an errant turnover by Energy midfielder Gareth Evans. Villa slid an easy shot past Energy keeper Cody Laurendi. Oklahoma City had good scoring chances in the first half but couldn't convert. Casey Townsend put a shot on goal and Daniel Jackson made a heck of a run past all New York defenders but tried to pass off to Danni Konig rather than take a shot himself. The pass didn't make it to Konig. The second half was a lot slower for the Energy but some good to be found was on the defensive side of the field. Laurendi continued to make save