• Steven Adams selected to World Team for Rising Stars Challenge

    Today at 12:00 AM

    With a record hovering around .500 and a roster that’s been depleted by injuries, the Thunder will not send the amount of All-Star weekend representation it has in year’s past. Even Kevin Durant, who has missed 25 games, and Russell Westbrook, who has missed 13, will sweat out Thursday night’s announcement of All-Star reserves. Typically staples at […]

  • Sam Bradford on Josh Heupel, DeflateGate and his future with Rams

    Today at 12:00 AM

    On Wednesday, former OU All-American and current St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford was a guest on the WWLS 98.1 FM’s Middle of the Day Show with Mark Rodgers and Dusty Dvoracek. The duo asked Bradford about plenty of relevant topics including Josh Heupel’s firing from OU, the Super Bowl, DeflateGate and Bradford’s status with […]

  • Live Coverage: Oklahoma vs. Texas Tech

    Today at 12:00 AM

    The Sooners, looking to end a two-game losing streak in Big 12 play, take on Texas Tech at 6:30 p.m. Follow our live coverage with Ryan Aber and more from around the web.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Knicks

    Today at 12:00 AM

    No Kevin Durant again for the Thunder, who take on the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. Follow our live coverage with Anthony Slater, Darnell Mayberry and more from around the web.

  • OU president David Boren denies report of stadium expansion delay

    Today at 04:15 AM

    LAWTON — University of Oklahoma President David Boren emphatically denied a report that he’s decided to put football stadium expansion on hold.

  • Kevin Durant (toe) out against the Knicks

    Today at 11:35 AM

    Thunder coach Scott Brooks announced at Wednesday morning shootaround that Kevin Durant will not play tonight against the New York Knicks.

  • Tramel: Robert Kraft wants an apology — instead, he should be giving one

    Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    Robert Kraft wants an apology from the NFL. But while righteous indignation isn’t reserved for the righteous, it should be reserved for those who haven’t proven they are unrighteous. The Patriots have proven they are not to be trusted.

  • Anthony Morrow trying to snap out of prolonged shooting slump

    Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    The sharpshooter has done plenty to dispel the reputation of him as a singularly skilled player — but he’s been struggling with his shot. It’s something Morrow says he’s gone through before. “Every season,” he said. “Shots aren’t going to fall consistently.”

  • Will Austin Seibert be the solution to OU's kicking woes?

    Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    Austin Seibert, an incoming freshman from Belleville, Ill., will sign next Wednesday, and hopes to be the solution to the Sooners’ placekicking woes that seemed solved until senior Michael Hunnicutt’s late-season collapse.

  • Cowboys beat No. 20 Baylor

    Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    While Phil Forte and Le’Bryan Nash again played well, Oklahoma State’s other guys played major roles Tuesday night in a 64-53 win over No. 20-ranked Baylor before an estimated 8,000 at Gallagher-Iba Arena.

  • Frank Booker ready to make an impact for Sooners

    Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    This year has gotten off to a rough start for Frank Booker. He’s only scored more than five points three times, with a high of 11 against UCLA on Nov. 26. And around that time, Booker’s back started giving him problems.

  • FA charges Chelsea's Costa over stamp in Liverpool semifinal

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    LONDON (AP) — Chelsea striker Diego Costa is facing a three-match ban after being charged Wednesday by the English Football Association with violent conduct for stamping on an opponent during the League Cup semifinal win over Liverpool. The Spain international stamped on Emre Can's right ankle early in the game, but it was missed by the officials at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday. The FA reviewed video footage before charging Costa, who has until 1800 GMT on Thursday to respond to the governing body. If Costa is found guilty, he could receive the same three-match ban as Stoke midfielder Charlie Adam received last season for a stamp.

  • Russian football federation faces more debt worries

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    MOSCOW (AP) — With national team coach Fabio Capello already unpaid for seven months, the Russian Football Union faces new questions over its finances. The new financial worries include $225,000 reportedly owed to FIFA's former chief referee Jose Maria Garcia-Aranda and a $340,000 lawsuit brought against the RFU by a travel agency which has worked with the national team. Garcia-Aranda told Russian agency Tass on Wednesday he was owed money under a contract which expired in August, under which he advised RFU president Nikolai Tolstykh. Garcia-Aranda did not say how much he was owed, but Russian media reported a debt of around 200,000 euros ($225,000).

  • Arsenal strengthens defensive options by signing Gabriel

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    LONDON (AP) — Arsenal strengthened its depleted defensive options by signing Brazilian defender Gabriel from Villarreal on Wednesday, with Costa Rica forward Joel Campbell joining the Spanish club on loan as part of the deal. Financial terms weren't disclosed but British media has reported that Arsenal is paying about 15 million pounds ($22.75 million) for Gabriel, who has been granted a work permit, and is awaiting international clearance. The 24-year-old Gabriel can also play as a fullback on either side, with his versatility a benefit to an Arsenal side that has been beset with injuries to defenders after starting the season light on numbers at the back.

  • Rio de Janeiro clubs fighting over ticket prices

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Rio de Janeiro's top football clubs are in a dispute over ticket prices for the upcoming local championship, with Flamengo and Fluminense saying they may lose money if the local federation sticks to its decision to significantly lower prices for this year's tournament. Fluminense is accusing the federation of dictatorship-era practices in its decisions, while Flamengo says it may have to avoid playing at the Maracana Stadium to reduce losses. Flamengo and Fluminense have a partnership with the new Maracana owners and there are pre-determined ticket prices on their contracts. Vasco da Gama and Botafogo backed the federation's ruling to lower prices, which would range from $8 to $40 when the competition

  • Marshawn Lynch might get fined by NFL for his hat

    Published: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    Marshawn Lynch might get fined after all. At Super Bowl media day, the Seattle Seahawks running back spent his entire availability responding to reporters' questions with " I'm just here so I won't get fined ." Well, ESPN sources report that, after the Super Bowl, the NFL will review whether the hat Lynch wore during media day was permissible. Lynch's hat he wore during his media availability had his own BeastMode logo on it. On Tuesday, the hat ($33) sold out on the clothing line's web site. The NFL has an apparel deal with Nike, and according to ESPN "frowns on players using what is considered a league event to promote something that it has not approved."

  • Fan needs RTs to take Steven Adams to 'Law School Prom'

    Published: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    A law student is is hoping that 1k retweets will be enough for  Thunder  center Steven Adams to take her to prom.

  • VIDEO: D-League teammates ejected after fighting each other

    Published: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    Kalin Lucas and Jarnell Stokes are basketball players who ended up fighting each other on Tuesday night. The only problem with that? They're teammates. Lucas and Stokes both play for the D-League's Iowa Energy. The Energy was hosting the Rio Grande Valley Vipers when the two got into a brawl in the third quarter.

  • Williams sisters, Madison Keys picked for US Fed Cup team

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — The Williams sisters and teenage Australian Open semifinalist Madison Keys have been chosen for the United States as it seeks to return to the top group in the Fed Cup. U.S. captain Mary Joe Fernandez announced Wednesday that 18-time major champion Serena Williams and seven-time Grand Slam winner Venus Williams will join Keys and 30th-ranked Varvara Lepchenko on the team that faces Argentina in Buenos Aires on Feb. 7-8. The 19-year-old Keys upset Venus in the Australian Open to reach her first major semifinal, where she will face top-ranked Serena. The Americans have fallen out of the Fed Cup's World Group for just the second time since the current format was introduced in 1995.

  • PAOK signs former Portugal defender Costa

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Greece's PAOK says it has signed former Portugal international Ricardo Costa on an 18-month contract. A team statement says the 33-year-old defender passed medical tests on Wednesday. Costa comes from Qatari club Al-Sailiya SC. His previous teams include Porto and Valencia. Thessaloniki-based PAOK is second in the Greek league, two points behind defending champion Olympiakos.

  • Dutch FA chief wants one term as president to reform FIFA

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    AMSTERDAM (AP) — Dutch football association chief Michael van Praag says he wants to clean up FIFA's sullied image and expand the World Cup if he succeeds Sepp Blatter as president. FIFA under Blatter's stewardship, "is doing badly and has lost all credibility," the 67-year-old administrator said at Amsterdam's Olympic Stadium on Wednesday. "FIFA is constantly under suspicion. Of conflicts of interest, of nepotism, of corruption." Van Praag offered an olive branch to Blatter — who is widely expected to win a fifth term in the May 29 ballot — saying he would be happy to have him as an adviser, and head of a "Sepp Blatter Foundation" to help underprivileged children.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Berry Tramel from H&H Shooting Sports

    staff reports | Updated: 9 hr ago

    Berry Tramel discusses the Big 12 basketball race, the Super Bowl, the Thunder's playoff push and more on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m., live from H&H Shooting Sports.

  • Man dies from heart attack before pro-am in Dubai

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A founding member of the golf club hosting this week's Dubai Desert Classic has died after suffering cardiac arrest while warming up on the driving range before the pro-am for the European Tour event. The European Tour says in a statement the course at the Emirates Golf Club was closed on Wednesday following the death of Ashok Bakshi, who collapsed on the practice range and was transferred by air ambulance to a local hospital after being treated by the tour's chief medical officer. Bakshi died after receiving further treatment in hospital. The pro-am was canceled. The tour says Bakshi, who was a former captain of the club, was a "hugely popular figure throughout the golfing community

  • Oklahoma Marine veteran receives all-expense paid trip to Super Bowl

    Published: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    U.S. Marine Corps veteran Dustin Butler of Tahlequah has been selected by the national nonprofit Operation Enduring Respect for an all-expense paid trip to Super Bowl 49. Butler will receive free transportation, lodging, food and souvenirs. He will also attend a NFL Hall of Fame luncheon with Earl Campbell, Roger Staubach and other former NFL greats. “I can’t really describe the feeling; it’s almost unreal,” said Butler, a member of the Cherokee tribe, told the Tahlequah Daily Press. “I’ve been watching the Super Bowl since I was old enough to remember, and I never expected to ever go in person. Words don’t describe how happy I am to be going and experiencing this firsthand.” Butler served two tours in Iraq. He received an honorable discharge in 2005. In addition to serving six years in the U.S. Marine Corps, Butler also served in the Air Force Reserves from 2006 until 2013, when he was medically discharged. Operation Enduring Respect, founded in 2009, was established to provide an opportunity for military men and women to attend sporting events they might not typically be able to attend. The nonprofit has provided more than 1,000 tickets to five Super Bowls, and also to the Texas Longhorns, Dallas Cowboys, Washington Redskins, Tennessee Titans and Alamo Bowl games over the past five years.

  • Sochi hockey team thriving a year after Winter Olympics

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Many Russians laughed when Sochi was selected to host the 2014 Winter Olympics. Not only was Sochi one of the warmest places in Russia, it also had no history of winter sports. But against all odds, Sochi now boasts a professional ice hockey team and a steady following of fans who turn the otherwise deserted Olympic Park into the noisy, busy place it was a year ago during the games. Russia spent a total of $51 billion on the Sochi Games, much of it on long-term infrastructure projects. Critics questioned the expediency of much of the spending and many fans and sports journalists inside Russia wondered what would happen to the gleaming arenas in a city where sub-zero temperatures make top news.

  • Djokovic, Keys both loving being in Australian Open semis

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — It was difficult to tell who was more pleased with reaching the Australian Open semifinals: No. 1-ranked Novak Djokovic, advancing to his 25th at a Grand Slam tournament, or 19-year-old Madison Keys, who beat Venus Williams to get into her first. Djokovic was simply overpowering as he beat Canadian Milos Raonic 7-6 (5), 6-4, 6-2 in exactly two hours at Rod Laver Arena in a night match on Wednesday, never facing a break point. The four-time champion, who has dropped his serve only once through five matches, lined up defending champ Stan Wawrinka on Friday. "I'm a self-critic, but tonight there was not much I could complain about," Djokovic said. "From the first game until the last, I played

  • OSU basketball: One down, one to go for a good week

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 11 hr ago

    OSU basketball got a big win Tuesday night. And now the Cowboys need another. OSU beat Baylor 64-53 at Gallagher Iba-Arena, and a team that seemed destined for eighth place in the Big 12 now is in fifth and in the middle of the pack of teams chasing Kansas. Saturday night, the Cowboys host Bedlam, […]

  • Luis Figo enters FIFA presidential race against Blatter

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    GENEVA (AP) — Luis Figo wants to be FIFA president and claims he has the nominations needed for official challenge against Sepp Blatter. The former Portugal, Barcelona and Real Madrid playmaker announced his campaign in a statement on Wednesday timed for release with an interview with CNN. "I look at the reputation of FIFA right now and I don't like it. Football deserves better," the 42-year-old Figo said in the statement. "Football has given me so much during my life, and I want to give something back to the game." FIFA president Blatter is the strong favorite to get a fifth presidential term in the May 29 ballot despite bribery and financial scandals which have implicated several of his executive committee colleague

  • Meet Coco: China's next Li Na

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — China has begun its search for the next Li Na, and one of the juniors with the talent to replace the country's two-time Grand Slam champion may speak better English than she does Chinese. Xu Shilin, who just turned 17 and goes by the English name Coco, was the first Chinese girl to be No. 1 in the world junior rankings and won the gold medal at the Youth Olympic Games last year. She has also told the Chinese media that her goal is to win a Grand Slam title before she's 20. "It is a goal and a dream. Of course, I'm working toward that," she said at the Australian Open, where she was the top seed in the girl's singles draw before losing Wednesday in the third round. "I think anything is possible.

  • What to watch at Aussie Open: Keys takes on another Williams

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — For the third consecutive year, a fearless 19-year-old has made a big run to the women's semifinals at the Australian Open, putting the old guard on notice. Madison Keys takes on American countrywoman Serena Williams in her first major semifinal on Thursday. On the previous two occasions, the veteran sent the youngster home, and went on to win the title. In 2013, Victoria Azarenka defeated 19-year-old Sloane Stephens of the U.S. in the semis. Last year, Li Na took out 19-year-old Eugenie Bouchard of Canada in the final four. Keys said she's been encouraged by the success of Stephens and Bouchard at Melbourne Park, but she wants to go one step further.

  • French lottery joins IOC betting monitoring program

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    PARIS (AP) — The operator of France's national lottery has signed up to the International Olympic Committee's system for monitoring betting patterns during major sports events. Francaise des Jeux said on Wednesday it became the first lottery in the world to join the Integrity Betting Intelligence System. The intelligence-sharing digital platform was in place at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games, where no irregularities were reported. The IOC has said all 28 summer sports federations will have signed up before the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. FDJ's head of risks and security department, Thierry Pujol, says "it's an important step in the coordination against tampering with sporting events.