• Hey, OU fans, Berry Tramel needs your help

    Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    We’re doing a project next week for the OU-Texas game, and I need your help, Sooner fans. Or heck, Texas fans, too, I suppose. We’re doing a project on the new tradition of 11 a.m. kickoffs, which has become the standard in recent years. I’m curious how the 11 a.m. kickoffs have changed your OU-Texas […]

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: Should Reggie Jackson be the starting SG?

    Tuesday, September 30, 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 - 09/30 (

  • Fraschilla says getting Jawun Evans 'huge get' For Cowboys

    Today at 12:00 AM

    A five-star prospect from Kimball High in Dallas, Evans is a consensus pick as one of the nation’s premier point guards, rated as the No. 3 point by Scout.com and the No. 24 player overall. Rivals.com pegs Evans as the No. 26 prospect nationally, while ESPN lists him No. 36.

  • Serge Ibaka is a stretch four and he's not afraid to let you know about it

    Today at 12:00 AM

    Following Wednesday’s practice, after Ibaka told the gathered media he’d like to take even more threes this season, a local TV reporter asked if he was becoming a stretch four, leading to this exchange.

  • Alex Ross has unique personality, talent

    Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    Teammates call him a ‘character,’ but running back is becoming more known for his big plays on the field.

  • The tight end is alive and well in Stillwater

    Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    Blake Jarwin and Jeremy Seaton provide a boost as blockers for the run game and also as receivers who shouldn’t be ignored.

  • How a very good football coach became The Biggest Loser

    Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    COMMENTARY — Tennessee Tech’s Watson Brown has 200 Division-I losses as a head coach. But logging that many Ls is a sign of just how good a coach he really is.

  • Jay Boulware defends Sterling Shepard

    Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    No one questions Sterling Shepard’s fantastic skills at wide receiver, but so far this season, he’s struggled in his newest role as a punt returner.

  • Cashion off to hot start in Class A

    Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    The Wildcats lead Class A with 224 points scored, and their 82-0 win over Crescent last week is the highest point total by any team this season regardless of class.

  • Oklahoma football: More on Watson Brown

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 5 hr ago

    I wrote about Watson Brown for the Wednesday Oklahoman, a column you can read here. I glossed over Brown’s two years in Norman as the OU offensive coordinator, 1993-94. Brown replaced Larry Coker, who by any measurement was an excellent offensive coordinator, at Tulsa, OSU, OU and Miami. But in 1992, the OU offense stagnated […]

  • Arizona likely to key in on Oregon QB Mariota

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Last season Arizona went after Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota early and kept on hassling him. Expect the same when the Wildcats visit the No. 2 Ducks Thursday night at Autzen Stadium. The 42-16 rout last November was Arizona's first over a top-five team since knocking off No. 2 Oregon in 2007. The Wildcats intercepted Mariota on his first play from scrimmage, ending his Pac-12 record streak of 353 passes without a pick. Oregon's quarterback would finish with 308 yards passing with two touchdowns, but two interceptions. Mariota wore a brace on his knee in that game and later it was revealed that he had partially torn his medial collateral ligament in a game four weeks before.

  • Nebraska's Randy Gregory keeps opponents guessing

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's roster officially lists Randy Gregory as a defensive end. It might be better just to call him a playmaker. Every week the coach of the Cornhuskers' opponent tells the media it will be crucial to keep track of Gregory. That's been no small task against a player projected to be a first-round draft pick and whose game has been compared to that of last year's No. 1 overall choice, Jadeveon Clowney. The 6-foot-6, 245-pound Gregory has been a down lineman at left and right end, he's blitzed as a linebacker, he's lined up as a stand-up rush end on both sides, he's dropped into pass coverage. And he just might do something new Saturday night when the No. 19 Huskers (5-0, 1-0 Big Ten) visit No.

  • IOC laments withdrawal of Oslo bid for '22 Games

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    The International Olympic Committee says Norway's decision to withdraw Oslo's bid for the 2022 Winter Games is a "missed opportunity" for the city and country. In a strongly-worded statement, IOC executive director Christophe Dubi says senior politicians in Norway were not properly briefed on the bid process and made their decision based on "half-truths and factual inaccuracies." Dubi says Norway is missing out on $880 million in Olympic revenues that the IOC will provide the 2022 host city. He says "it is a pity that Oslo will miss out on this great opportunity to invest in its future and show the world what it has to offer." Oslo pulled out Wednesday after the government declined to provide financial guarantees.

  • Midseason firings are a tricky choice for schools

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    If recent history is any indication, Kansas won't be the only school to fire its football coach before the end of the regular season. Kansas made the season's first coaching change Sunday when it dumped Charlie Weis. Last year, Southern California fired Lane Kiffin, Connecticut removed Paul Pasqualoni and Miami (Ohio) ousted Don Treadwell by mid-October. For athletic directors making the call, it usually comes with a great deal of hand-wringing as they decide if an immediate change will help the program or if they're better off waiting to see how the rest of the season goes. "It's not an easy process," said Arizona athletic director Greg Byrne, who fired Mike Stoops after the Wildcats lost five of their first six games

  • Wacha in bullpen to start NL Division Series

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Michael Wacha, who starred in the postseason as a rookie last fall, will be in the St. Louis Cardinals' bullpen for the start of the NL Division Series. It did not come as a surprise. "I was kind of expecting it," Wacha said Wednesday after a 40-minute workout at Busch Stadium. "Just never made it back to where I wanted to be as a starter," he added. "I'm just happy they're going to take a little chance on me in the bullpen." Manager Mike Matheny said he'll go with Adam Wainwright, Lance Lynn, John Lackey and Shelby Miller the first four games against the Dodgers. The best-of-five series starts Friday in Los Angeles. "If we're fortunate enough to move forward, things could be different," M

  • LeBron to Produce and Star in New Television Series

    Published: Wed, Oct 1, 2014

    LeBron James has a childhood story unlike anyone else's. He hasn't been shy about sharing it, especially of late, as he returns to his Ohio roots to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Now it will be the subject of the pilot for a new series called Becoming, developed by his Springhill Production Company along with ESPN Films, premiering Sunday, Oct. 26 at 8 p.m. ET on Disney XD.

  • OU baseball gets a pair of 2016 commits

    Ryan Aber | Published: Wed, Oct 1, 2014

    Oklahoma baseball snagged a couple of arms out of Kansas recently when righties Nathan Wiles and Braden Minor committed to the Sooners. Both announced their decisions on Twitter. The 6-foot Minor was the Kansas Gatorade Player of the Year as a sophomore last season. He plays for Eisenhower High in Goddard, Kan. “His velocity has increased … […]

  • Retiring Williams would consider Woods reunion

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand caddie Steve Williams says he plans to retire but will consider offers of part-time work next year and would team up with former boss Tiger Woods, if asked. Two weeks ago, Williams ended a 3-1/2 year association with Adam Scott during which Scott rose to become the world's top-ranked golfer and the first Australian to win the Masters. The 50-year-old Williams told Fairfax Media on Thursday he wants to reduce his caddying to spend more time with family in New Zealand. He said he is "90 per cent certain it's going to be a permanent break from caddying" but he will consider working part-time in 2015. Asked if he would be prepared to work with Woods again, Williams said "he's def

  • Pac-12, Big Ten, ACC notify NCAA of proposals

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    The five wealthiest college football conferences have notified the NCAA of their proposals to provide more benefits to athletes under the new governance model that allows the Atlantic Coast Conference, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and Southeastern Conference to pass legislation without the support of the other Division I leagues. The autonomy structure went into effect on Wednesday, which was also the first day for the power conferences to offer suggestions about what rules they want to implement. The NCAA board of directors in August passed a proposal to give autonomy to the five major conferences. The transition to the autonomy structure will happen in January.

  • Allen takes rushing lead for No. 22 Pirates

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — For now, at least, Breon Allen is the leader of No. 22 East Carolina's rushing attack. Allen is coming off a 200-yard game heading into Saturday's game against SMU in their American Athletic Conference debut. That made him the first player in a backfield rotation to turn in a big performance for a team looking to replace a lot of lost production from a year ago. Allen says the running backs are pushing each other and step up if someone isn't getting the job done. But he's atop the depth chart this week after running for a career-high 211 yards and two scores in a record-setting win against North Carolina. That was the best rushing day by an ECU player since 2007.

  • Harding men's soccer team to host Upper Iowa

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    SEARCY, Ark. (AP) — The Harding University men's soccer team looks to maintain its place among the top four teams in the Mid America Intercollegiate Athletics Association when the Bisons host Upper Iowa. Harding enters Thursday's game at 2-1-0 in MIAA games and tied with Lindenwood for second place behind undefeated Northeastern State. The top four teams qualify for the MIAA Tournament. Harding is playing only its second home game of the season, and the Bisons last played at home on Sept. 9— a 4-2 loss to Ouachita Baptist. Harding and Upper Iowa have split two games in the series, each winning games at home. The Bisons won 3-0 in Searcy in 2012, and the Peacocks won 4-3 last season in overtime in Fayette, Iowa.

  • Samford begins key 3-game home stand with Mercer

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The Samford Bulldogs are about to begin a three-game home stand that will likely play a large role in determining whether they can repeat as Southern Conference champions. Samford (2-2, 1-1 SoCon) will meet first-year league member Mercer (4-1, 1-1) at 2 p.m. Saturday. The game took on extra importance for the Bulldogs after they fell to Chattanooga 38-24 last week for their first conference loss of the season. "We told the players, 'What are you going to do to turn things around and get us back on the winning track?' " Samford tight end and slot receivers coach Trent McKnight said. "I think they've responded really well." Samford went 6-2 in SoCon play last year and shared the title with Furma

  • WVU guard Holmes tops Big 12 women preseason team

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    IRVING, Texas (AP) — West Virginia junior guard Bria Holmes has been named the preseason Big 12 women's basketball player of the year by the league's coaches. Holmes led the preseason All-Big 12 team announced Wednesday. The rest of the team includes senior forwards Chelsea Gardner from Kansas and Nneka Enemkpali from Texas, TCU junior guard Zahna Medley and Baylor sophomore forward Nina Davis. Big 12 coaches tabbed Oklahoma sophomore guard Peyton Little as the preseason newcomer of the year. She played 35 games as a freshman at Texas A&M in 2012-13. Texas guard Ariel Atkins was named the preseason freshman of the year. Atkins played at Duncanville High, where she was part of a 105-game winning streak and two Texas U

  • Georgia Tech's Thomas 1 of ACC's breakout stars

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    ATLANTA (AP) — Justin Thomas's will to win has helped Georgia Tech get off to an impressive start in what has been a memorable first month as the Yellow Jackets' starting quarterback. Thomas, who has back-to-back 100-yard rushing games, is one of the Atlantic Coast Conference's new names in starring roles. Among the ACC's other breakout stars: Louisville safety Gerod Holliman, another first-year starter who leads the nation in interceptions; Duke freshman running back Shaun Wilson, who had a school-record 245 yards rushing against Kansas; Florida State receiver Jesus Wilson and North Carolina State quarterback Jacoby Brissett. Behind Thomas, the Yellow Jackets are quietly still unbeaten. He ranks second among FB

  • Energy FC: Jimmy Nielsen, Sporting Kansas City players visit The White House

    Erik Horne | Updated: 7 hr ago

    Before he took over as head coach of Energy FC in its inaugural season in USLPro, Jimmy Nielsen was the winning goalkeeper for 2013 Major League Soccer champion Sporting Kansas City. And we all know what happens if you win an American professional sports championship: You get to go to The White House. Baller. #SportingKC […]

  • Penn State starting over after first loss

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Linebacker Mike Hull is looking for the right buttons to push in the Penn State locker room to help the Nittany Lions recover from their first defeat. He started with the reset button. "I think everyone's done a good job of handling last weekend's game," said Hull, a senior who had a career-high 16 tackles during a 29-6 home loss to Northwestern. "We came in on Sunday and kind pushed the reset button, watched the film, learned from our mistakes and now we're ready to work out our kinks during this bye week." Northwestern missed a field goal on its first series and later tried a fake field goal in the red zone that Hull stopped.

  • OKC Thunder: Serge Ibaka is a stretch four and he's not afraid to let you know about it

    Anthony Slater | Published: Wed, Oct 1, 2014

    Serge Ibaka has long established himself as one of the best mid-range shooting big men in the game, dropping 17-footers in at a deadly rate. And over the past two seasons, Ibaka has stretched out his shooting range, making 43 of his 117 three-point attempts. So despite his elite shot-blocking ability and above-average rebounding prowess, most would […]

  • Spartak punished over racist abuse of Hulk

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    Spartak Moscow fans have been banned from their team's Russian league game this weekend after supporters racially abused Zenit St. Petersburg's Brazil striker Hulk. The Russian Football Union acted after Hulk said Spartak fans had directed monkey chants at him during a goalless draw on Saturday. Hulk told local media that the chanting came from "a large group of people" and he considered it "a personal insult." Spartak fans are banned from Sunday's game at Ural Yekaterinburg. Few were expected to attend the match, held around 880 miles (1,100 kilometers) from Moscow. The RFU warned of "stricter sanctions" if Spartak fans repeated the abuse.

  • OSU Football: Cyclones Seek Better Run Game Results

    John Helsley | Published: Wed, Oct 1, 2014

    Iowa State ranks last in the Big 12 in total offense averaging 312 yards per game. And the offensive struggles are all-encompassing, with the Cyclones No. 8 in pass offense and No. 10 in rushing offense, with the latter rankling ISU coach Paul Rhoads the most. The Cyclones manage but 104 yards a game, at […]