• Enes Kanter praises OKC, draws Jazz fans' ire with comments

    Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    As he was introduced as a starter just prior to tipoff at Utah on Saturday night, Enes Kanter received a hearty chorus of boos by the Jazz faithful. And when he did, Kanter raised both arms, flapped both his hands and then pressed them against his ears as if to ask, ‘Is that all you got?’

  • Scouting ahead for the 2015-16 OU season

    Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    Oklahoma loses just two scholarship players — starting forward TaShawn Thomas and reserve forward D.J. Bennett. The level of expectation entering next season figures to be based largely upon the decision of junior guard Buddy Hield on his future.

  • Thunder's road struggles continue in Utah

    Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    It was the Thunder’s sixth loss in the last seven road games, this one coming against a Jazz team that had been playing better of late but had lost four straight and entered the night 10 games under .500.

  • Why OKC could be in position to host a women's Final Four one day

    Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    Columbus, Ohio, was awarded the 2018 Final Four, joining a list of other cities that have hosted — or will host — the event and share similar characteristics with Oklahoma City. So, could the city be in position to one day host a women’s Final Four?

  • Here's one more thing Durant and Westbrook's injuries have taken from the Thunder

    Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    The Thunder has no true measure of its position to win an NBA championship. Russell Westbrook’s knee injury two years ago and Kevin Durant’s foot injury this season have robbed the Thunder not only of championship hopes in the playoffs of 2013 and 2015, but the gauge to know how near or far is a championship parade on the Bricktown Canal.

  • Oklahoma City Energy FC emerges with tie in season opener

    Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    Oklahoma City upgraded its performance in the second half but couldn’t score again and wound up surrendering the equalizer, ultimately settling for a 1-1 tie against its new cross-state rivals, the expansion Tulsa Roughnecks FC.

  • How Oklahoma boy Bill Brock found his way to the Baylor bench

    Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    The Baylor associate head coach has been Kim Mulkey’s right-hand man for more than a decade. Which is pretty crazy for a native Oklahoman who lived and died OU football as a kid.

  • OU baseball team stocking up on in-state talent — particularly from Moore area

    Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    Moore right-hander Dylan Grove didn’t hesitate to commit to Oklahoma as a sophomore. A senior who can hit 94 mph, Grove has spent the time since watching five other players from his hometown sign or verbally commit to the Sooners, signaling a change of emphasis on in-state recruiting for the program.

  • First Baptist Church of Guthrie pastor feeds the multitude — with his Sooner Lake record striped bass

    BY ED GODFREY | Updated: 16 hr ago

    One of the great biblical stories is the miracle of Jesus feeding the multitude with just five loaves of bread and two small fish. While the Rev. Hersey Hammons hasn’t done anything quite that miraculous, the pastor of the First Baptist Church in Guthrie did catch a 36-pound striped bass on Sooner Lake and turned it into many meals for his congregation.

  • BC-latest-line 03/29 TCA

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    Latest Line For editions of March 29. LATEST LINE --------------------------------------- --------------------------------------- By J. McCarthy --------------------------------------- Boston is 1-4 against the spread its last 5 Sunday games. The Celtics are 0-4 against the spread their last 4 games when playing on 1 day of rest. Los Angeles is 5-1 against the spread its last 6 road games. The Clippers are 4-1 against the spread their last 5 games versus a team with a losing record. Take the LA Clippers -5 1/2 for another Best Bet winner. Other plays include Michigan St -2 1/2 vs. Louisville and Duke -2 1/2 vs. Gonzaga.

  • Report: Rick Barnes fired at Texas

    Published: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    Rick Barnes has been fired as the head coach of Texas men's basketball after 17 seasons, according to ESPN.com. Barnes went 402-180 during his tenure in Austin, winning three Big 12 regular-season titles and making an appearance in the 2003 Final Four. The Longhorns finished 20-14 this season, 8-10 in the Big 12, and were ousted in the round of 64 by Butler in the NCAA Tournament. Oklahoma City Thunder players Kevin Durant and D.J. Augustin are just a few NBA standouts who were coached by Barnes in Austin during his coaching tenure. In Durant's only season under Barnes, he won National Player of the Year honors in 2006-07.

  • Source: Texas will release Rick Barnes as coach

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    Texas officials have decided to release men’s basketball coach Rick Barnes, the winningest coach in school history, a source told the American-Statesman on Saturday. The high-level source, who is familiar with the situation, said school officials reached their final decision Saturday and plan on making an announcement either Sunday or Monday. It’s unknown what has been communicated to Barnes, who has not returned messages left by the Statesman. Texas hopes to hire Barnes’ successor “within a week,” the source said. It’s not clear whether Texas Men’s Athletic Director Steve Patterson would handle the search by himself or utilize a search firm, like the school did before hiring Patterson as the AD and footba

  • Oklahoma baseball team stocking up on in-state talent — particularly from Moore area

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    Moore right-hander Dylan Grove didn’t hesitate to commit to Oklahoma as a sophomore. A senior who can hit 94 mph, Grove has spent the time since watching five other players from his hometown sign or verbally commit to the Sooners, signaling a change of emphasis on in-state recruiting for the program.

  • High school baseball players to watch: Edmond North's Jonathan Davis, Dover's Jesus Gamuz among area standouts

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    Here are some top baseball players from the metro area to watch this spring.

  • Louisville freshman point guard Quentin Snider shines

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Following in the footsteps of Peyton Siva and Russ Smith, Louisville freshman point guard Quentin Snider has fit right in since being thrust into the starting lineup. Although Snider admits to having a case of jitters before the opening tip against Syracuse in his first career start last month, he finished with 13 points, was 3 of 9 on 3-pointers, snared three rebounds, and had four assists with zero turnovers in 38 minutes. Louisville lost the game in the Carrier Dome but found its new point guard. Snider was tabbed to start after Chris Jones was suspended and then dismissed from the team in February.

  • Sports TV listings for Oklahoma City: Sunday, March 29-Monday, March 30

    Published: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    SUNDAY MLB SPRING TRAINING Noon, N.Y. Mets vs. St. Louis, FSPLUS (Cox 68) Noon, Tampa Bay vs. Boston, MLBN (Cox 264) 3 p.m., Seattle vs. San Diego, MLBN (Cox 264) NBA 11:30 a.m., Houston at Washington, KOCO-5 (Cox 8) 8 p.m., OKC at Phoenix, FSOK (Cox 37)/NBATV (Cox 256)/WWLS-AM 640/98.1 FM NHL 2 p.m., Washington at N.Y. Rangers, NHLNET (Cox 263) 6:30 p.m., San Jose at Pittsburgh, NBCSN (Cox 251) AUTO RACING Noon, NASCAR, FS1 (Cox 67) 2 p.m., IndyCar Series, KOCO-5 (Cox 8) GOLF 8 a.m., Trophee Hassan II, GOLF (Cox 60) Noon, Valero Texas Open, GOLF (Cox 60) 2 p.m., Valero Texas Open, KFOR-4 (Cox 4) 2 p.m., Gulf Resort Classic, GOLF

  • Collected wisdom: Latricia Trammell, Oklahoma City University women's basketball coach

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Mar 21, 2015

    Tuesday night, Latricia Trammell coached Oklahoma City University to its second consecutive NAIA women’s basketball national championship. Friday morning, she was already thinking about the next challenge and the next season.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Jazz

    staff reports | Updated: 17 hr ago

    The stretch run has begun. Looking to bounce back from a blowout loss, the Oklahoma City Thunder takes on the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the Web.

  • Penske expects Ambrose back in V8 Supercar this season

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Marcos Ambrose has a long-term contract with Roger Penske and is expected to be driving again in Australia's V8 Supercars Series this season. Ambrose earlier this month asked to be temporarily replaced as driver for DJR Team Penske. Scott Pye will replace him for this weekend's race in Ambrose's home state of Tasmania. Ambrose won the Supercars championship in 2003 and 2004, then spent six years in NASCAR before returning home to drive for Penske in the team owner's latest venture. His best finish in two races back in Supercars was 12th. Penske says Ambrose will still compete in endurances races this season. But, the team owner ruled out bringing Ambrose back to NASCAR to run in road course

  • Baylor women ready for rematch with top-seeded Notre Dame

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Baylor point guard Niya Johnson has had a year to think about a season-ending loss to Notre Dame in the NCAA Tournament. And she hasn't forgotten the frustration of that Elite Eight loss to the Fighting Irish. Johnson and the No. 2 seed Lady Bears (33-3) will have their chance to make amends for last season's disappointment when they once again face the top-seeded Irish (34-2) in the Elite Eight on Sunday night — this time in the neutral setting of Oklahoma City rather than in South Bend. Last year Notre Dame — fueled by a raucous crowd of 8,774 — reached its fourth straight Final Four with a convincing 88-69 win over Baylor.

  • UConn steamrolls past Texas 105-54, reaches regional final

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Geno Auriemma reached another milestone in record fashion. The Hall of Famer became the second coach to achieve 100 victories in the NCAA Tournament as his UConn Huskies pulled off a record rout of Texas, 105-54, on Saturday in the Sweet 16. Auriemma joined Pat Summitt, who finished with 112 victories in her career, as the only two coaches in men's or women's basketball to reach that milestone. "That's lots of wins, 100 wins in the NCAA tournament," Auriemma said. "Some people don't get to play in the NCAA tournament ever or play a couple games. We've been pretty fortunate. We didn't win anything in the NCAA in our first couple years." The Huskies stand three victories away from a third straight na

  • Griz over-achieved for first-year coach DeCuire

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — The signs of what the Montana men's basketball team would become this season were there early, they were just unrefined. For the better part of a tough non-conference season, the Griz would take one step forward, then two back. A lopsided loss at Colorado State, followed by a double-overtime loss at Boise State, a team that won its league and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. A road win at Seattle, followed by two road losses. A home win over North Dakota State, followed by a defensive meltdown at home against Davidson, a road loss at Wisconsin-Milwaukee and another home loss to South Dakota just before the start of the Big Sky Conference season.

  • Thunder's Enes Kanter: 'Never liked playing' in Utah

    Published: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    SALT LAKE CITY -- Returning to play against his former team Saturday, Thunder center Enes Kanter claimed to have plenty more he could say about his tumultuous tenure with the Utah Jazz, but didn't hold back all that much. "I love it," Kanter said of his change of...

  • Norman North's Quan Hogan, Hollis' Jace Webb add scholarship offers

    Scott Wright | Published: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    It’s been a busy couple of weeks for two Oklahoma high school football prospects. Norman North’s Quan Hogan and Hollis’ Jace Webb have each added multiple scholarship offers in recent days. Hogan, a 6-foot-1, 200-pound running back ranked No. 6 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30 recruiting list, announced on Twitter earlier this week that he received offers from […]

  • No. 1 seed Gamecocks, No. 2 Seminoles meet in regional final

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Dawn Staley has spent seven years building South Carolina's program to get to this point — past the NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16, playing to reach the Final Four. Florida State coach Sue Semrau has spent even longer trying to reach the tournament's final weekend. The Greensboro Region on Sunday final is a rare opportunity for both programs. It's only the second Elite Eight appearance for either school, with one team set to make its first trip to the Final Four in Tampa. The No. 1-seeded Gamecocks (33-2) survived a tense finish to beat North Carolina 67-65 on Tiffany Mitchell's last-second layup. South Carolina had lost twice before in the regional semifinals under Staley, including a year

  • Gordon, Earnhardt among the winners and fans of Martinsville

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) — If Jeff Gordon ever decides to race again after his 2015 retirement tour is finished, it would likely be at Martinsville Speedway, a track where the four-time champion has had great success. Gordon and Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson lead active drivers with eight victories on the 0.526-mile paper clip-shaped track, which has been hosting races in southwest Virginia since 1947. "Martinsville is probably the reason, when we made the announcement in January, why we left that little bit of window and door open," Gordon said of the possibility that he will still race occasionally following this season.

  • Bright future for Texas despite getting rolled by UConn

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Texas coach Karen Aston and her players were frustrated after a disappointing showing in the Sweet 16. However, the future looks bright for these young Longhorns. Making their first appearance in the regional semifinals in 11 years, they lost 105-54 to Connecticut on Saturday. "Coach told us before we came out here that we had a week left, win or lose," junior Imani McGee-Stafford said. "To be that close is really frustrating. We couldn't do what we were supposed to do. We'll keep replaying this 'til October." McGee-Stafford took solace in knowing that each year the young Longhorns have improved. "We do have everyone coming back and we learned a lot. We've gotten better every season," she sai

  • Tennessee seeking stability after recent coaching turnover

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    As it searches for its third coach in as many years, Tennessee must find a candidate willing to overlook the program's recent instability. Tennessee is launching another coaching search after firing Donnie Tyndall on Friday due to the likelihood the NCAA would determine he committed serious violations while coaching Southern Mississippi from 2012-14. Tyndall's successor will be Tennessee's fourth coach in six years. Volunteers athletic director Dave Hart believes the position remains attractive even after all the turnover because of Tennessee's history and fan base. Tennessee has ranked among the nation's top 15 programs in home attendance for 10 straight years.