• NewsOK Varsity Podcast: Unveiling 2015 preseason football rankings

    Jacob Unruh | Yesterday

    Welcome to the NewsOK Varsity podcast with high school writers Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh. Each week, the writers will discuss the hot topics across the state in high school sports. You can subscribe to the weekly podcast on iTunes by clicking here. NewsOK Varsity 8-26-15 <—CLICK THERE: Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh reveal and discuss their preseason top 10 rankings in each class for the upcoming football season. PODCAST ARCHIVE NewsOK Varsity 2-17-15 Scott Wright, Jacob Unruh and Trent Shadid talk about the first edition of the 2016 Super 30, Victory Christian’s Jon-Michael Terry, state wrestling championships and preview the Class 6A and Class 5A basketball

  • WATCH: Oklahoma State opener promo will get you hyped for football season

    Published: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Oklahoma State opens its football season Sept. 3 against Central Michigan. With the Cowboys' opener a week away, Oklahoma State Athletics has posted a promo video on YouTube. Check it out.

  • Kirk Herbstreit has OU making the College Football Playoff


    Every year, ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit hands out preseason awards called Herbie Awards. This year, he's picking OU to win the Big 12 ... and make the College Football Playoff. Herbstreit has Ohio State, LSU, OU and Arizona State in his final four for the second go-round of the College Football Playoff, with Ohio State repeating as national champions. Herbstreit also had a number of OU and Oklahoma State players nominated for his annual awards. Below are some of the players with OU or Oklahoma State ties who were nominated for a Herbie: Ryan Simmons, LB, Oklahoma State ("The Enforcer" award) Samaje Perine, RB, Oklahoma ("Ultimate Game-Changer") Sterling Shepard, WR, Oklahoma ("Ultimate Herbie") Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State ("Breakout Star") (Side note: Herbstreit also picked LSU to beat Tennessee in the SEC championship game. OU player Tennessee on Sept. 12 in Knoxville). The Herbies Preseason Special will air tonight at 6 p.m. on ESPNU.

  • CU men's basketball: Akyazili proud to join Buffs


    Until a little more than a year ago, Thomas Akyazili had never set foot upon American soil. Once he did, a chain of events was set in motion that not only fulfilled a lifelong dream for Akyazili, but also brought the Belgian national into the fold with the University of Colorado men's basketball team. Akyazili joins Bosnian sophomore Kenan Guzonjic as the purveyors of international flavor for the Buffaloes, and head coach Tad Boyle is optimistic the freshman guard has the ability to contribute immediately. "He can contribute immediately, of that there's no question," Boyle said. "But like with most freshmen, you just don't know how much at this point. He's been on campus less than two weeks. "But absolutely he can

  • Bridgestone Invitational Golf


    Danny Lee, from New Zealand, tees off on the 11th hole during the first round of the Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament at Firestone Country Club, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, in Akron, Ohio.

  • Wyndham Championship Golf


    Tiger Woods tips his hat to the crowd after finishing his round on the 18th hole during the first round of the Wyndham Championship golf tournament in Greensboro, N.C., Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015.

  • PGA Championship Golf


    Dustin Johnson hits a drive on the 16th hole during the first round of the PGA Championship golf tournament Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015, at Whistling Straits in Haven, Wis.

  • Russia to launch Moscow-Beijing rally to rival Dakar


    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's state-owned gas company Gazprom has thrown its weight behind a rival to the renowned Dakar Rally as Russia flexes its muscles in the world of motorsport. Much like the Dakar race — which is now held in South America — the proposed Moscow-to-Beijing Rally would see teams race across thousands of kilometers of inhospitable wilderness. The aim is to create "the No. 1 rally in the world," says Alexei Miller, head of Gazprom, in comments reported by Russian agency R-Sport. Gazprom is known for lavishing millions of dollars on sponsoring sporting events, including the Champions League. Miller said the inaugural rally would be held next year, but it was not immediately clear when exactly it would t

  • Who in their right mind thinks OSU isn't one of the best 25 football teams in the nation?

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Yesterday

    This past weekend, the Associated Press poll became the latest preseason poll to exclude the Cowboys. Much like the coaches' poll released several weeks ago, the AP poll had voters who included OSU but did not have enough for it to make the top 25.

  • Sports media: ESPN analyst Mack Brown expects Lincoln Riley and Baker Mayfield 'to be a great combination' for OU

    By Mel Bracht Staff Writer mbracht@oklahoman.com | Yesterday

    Former Texas football coach Mack Brown has taken an expanded role with ESPN in his second season with the network. In addition to retaining his Saturday role as a studio analyst with ABC, Brown will join Dave Flemming and reporter Allison Williams to cover ESPN's Friday night games. Brown discusses his new role and other college football topics in a conference call Wednesday: Q: What are your impressions of new OU quarterback Baker Mayfield, whom you coached against in 2013? "I think Baker already has proven himself. He was a great player in a system and it probably hurt him some at Lake Travis (High School in Austin, Texas).

  • Oklahoma State football: Defensive quality control coach Eric Henderson plays key role in recruiting down-south talent to Stillwater


    Through the 2010 to 2012 recruiting cycle, OSU picked up three players from the combined states of Mississippi, Louisiana and Georgia. From 2013 to 2015, the Cowboys landed 11 players from the same region.

  • Mustang, Putnam City North hosting big scrimmages Thursday

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Yesterday

    Oklahoma City Public Schools will debut the newly remodeled Speegle and Taft stadiums for the annual All-City Athletic Conference Preview, a tournament-style set of scrimmages that spans Thursday and Friday.

  • Energy FC breaks ground on training facility in Oklahoma City

    By Chris Brannick | Yesterday

    Willa Johnson's high heels sank in the dirt outside the Northeast Regional Health and Wellness campus on Wednesday morning. The Oklahoma County Commissioner for District 1 reached for a hand and said she needed to find solid ground. Johnson wasn't worried, though. In fact, she was ecstatic. She praised Oklahoma City Energy FC for building its new soccer training facility in her district. The Energy broke ground Wednesday on a new training facility and two practice fields on NE 63 Street in Oklahoma City. In a partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma City-County Health Department, the Energy will have a permanent home for all training needs. “It means

  • O'Neill on golf: St. Louisan Langley is down but not out


    The Wyndham Championship offered an intriguing end to the PGA Tour regular season last week. Yes, that’s right, the regular season is over. But don’t worry, the 2016 season starts in mid-October. So we’re already into spring training, more or less. The Wyndham captured attention for several reasons. Foremost, it had a competition that featured Tiger Woods leading, 51-year old Davis Love III winning and guys like Jason Gore and Charl Schwartzel in contention. Some of the names were so far off the radar you needed a time capsule to reach them. Woods was at the top for three days. He did not visit the 60s often this season, but last week he strung together three days of retro scores on a par-70 course.

  • For Obama, golf is an escape, even when he brings along members of Congress


    EDGARTOWN, Mass. — For years, President Obama told John Yarmuth, a congressman from Kentucky, that they needed to get together for a round of golf — a nearly weekly activity of the president’s, but one that hardly ever includes lawmakers. When Obama raised the idea yet again during a reception at the start of his second term, Yarmuth teased him: “I know, you keep saying that.” Finally, in mid-July, Yarmuth and two other golf-crazed House Democrats joined the president for what Yarmuth later described as a “normal Sunday game with friends.” “Except,” he clarified, “for the Secret Service in the woods and the fact that our water and Gatorade would be replenished magically whenever we went to the putting gree

  • Thunder's Nick Collison ranks fifth on NBA list

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    LeBron James was the first pick in the 2003 draft. Turns out the Cavs knew what they were doing. Darko Milicic went second; turns out the Pistons didn’t have a clue. Then came Carmelo and Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade. Chris Kaman went sixth, Kirk Hinrich seventh, T.J. Ford eighth. With the 12th pick, the Seattle SuperSonics took Nick Collison. The franchise was owned by Howard Schultz, coached by Nate McMillan and led by Ray Allen and Gary Payton. The Sonics no longer are in Seattle. Schultz isn’t the owner, McMillan isn’t the coach, and Allen and Payton are long-since retired, finishing with other teams. But Collison remains with the team. In fact, Collison is high on the NBA longevity

  • SMU's Bryson DeChambeau feels no pressure to turn pro, not ready to give up amateur status


    UNIVERSITY PARK — Education has been crucial in getting SMU golfer Bryson DeChambeau to where he is today, so he was adamant Wednesday that he will eventually get his degree. When that might happen, however, is a bit of a question after the 21-year-old senior became only the fifth man in history to win the NCAA tournament and the U.S. Amateur in the same year. “I plan to stay in college and complete my degree,” DeChambeau said. “Whether I get it done this year, I’m not 100 percent sure.” DeChambeau said he could finish up his major in the first semester and then fill in with online courses, but he said he will think long and hard before he eventually commits to turning pro. Next up is the Walker Cup, Sept. 1

  • SE Louisiana names Jake Narro coach of golf program


    HAMMOND, La. (AP) — Southeastern Louisiana University has named long-time PGA golf professional Jake Narro as its new head golf coach. Director of Athletics Jay Artigues on Wednesday announced the hiring which is pending approval by the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors. He is to officially start Aug. 31. Narro takes over for long-time coach Tim Baldwin, who accepted the same position at Louisiana-Monroe last month. He takes over a program that has advanced to the NCAA Regionals in five of the last six seasons. Narro most recently served as the golf pro at the Country Club of Louisiana in Baton Rouge. The team opens the 2015-16 season on Sept. 14-15 at the Sam Hall Intercollegiate in Hattiesbur

  • The race for $10 million gets under way at Plainfield


    EDISON, N.J. (AP) — The points are slightly different for the FedEx Cup playoffs. The principle remains unchanged. For those who narrowly got into the top 125 to qualify for golf's ultimate bonus series, it's time to play well or go home. That applies to players such as Lee Westwood and Jason Dufner, Stewart Cink and Luke Donald, and possibly Adam Scott. Those with mediocre seasons on the PGA Tour — Phil Mickelson and Henrik Stenson are two who come to mind — they get at least two tournaments, maybe three, to play better golf and wind up at East Lake for the Tour Championship. Jordan Spieth? That's a tricky one. The No. 1 player in the world, and No.

  • Cubs' six-game winning streak halted by Jake Peavy, Giants


    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Joe Maddon is all for having his young Chicago Cubs team tested in late August. What perfect preparation for the stretch run of September. Jake Peavy bounced back after falling behind in the first and outpitched Kyle Hendricks, San Francisco's relievers were equally as nasty, and the Giants snapped the Cubs' six-game winning streak with a 4-2 victory Wednesday night. "You have to understand our young guys are being schooled a bit, and I love it," Maddon said. "It's a good training ground for down the road this year. ... Understand that we have some really inexperienced people that are learning on the fly right now. There's nothing to be worried about or talked negatively about. We're learning and I give