• Sepp Blatter says he will resign as FIFA president

    Today at 12:00 AM

    ZURICH (AP) — FIFA President Sepp Blatter says he will resign from soccer’s governing body amid a widening corruption scandal and has promised to call for fresh elections to choose a successor. The 79-year-old Blatter was re-elected to a fifth term on Friday, two days after a corruption crisis erupted and seven soccer officials were arrested in Zurich ahead of the FIFA congress. Speaking at a hastily arranged news conference on Tuesday, Blatter says “this mandate does not seem to be supported by everybody in the world of football.” Blatter says that despite his re-election victory “FIFA needs a profound restructuring.” Elections are expected to take place sometime between December and March.

  • Texas football signee may end up with Sooners

    Today at 01:33 PM

    Three-star defensive tackle Du'Vonta Lampkin, a Texas signee and one-time OU commitment in the Class of 2015, may end up in Norman after all. Lampkin has all but said goodbye to UT upon learning he hasn't met a foreign language course requirement to enroll. Lampkin posted an apology to Texas last week via Twitter - under the caption "Thank you Longhorn nation" - in which he said he would be attending another university. The 6-foot-4, 306 pounder committed to the Sooners in November of 2013, but opened up his recruitment in April 2014 before eventually committing to Texas in July 2014. Lampkin confirmed to the Cypress Creek (Texas) Mirror that OU is the likely landing spot now. "If anything, I may land at Oklahoma," said Lampkin, who is hoping to know for sure within the next week. "I'm very comfortable with their coaching staff. So, as soon as everything dials down, I'm going to contact (Bob) Stoops and see if they have any scholarships available for me." Lampkin said he could meet the academic requirement in summer school, then enroll in August, but according to the Mirror "he didn't want to risk failing to meet the requirement in the summer and subsequently have to enroll at a junior college." Also, important to note: Lampkin signed a Letter of Intent with Texas and has yet to be released from it, thus binding him to the Longhorns and making it more than likely he doesn't end up in Norman.

  • Tramel: Adrian Peterson looks bad but isn't all wrong

    Today at 12:00 AM

    Adrian Peterson has reported to the Minnesota Vikings, and he did what most NFL players do. Backed down says Berry Tramel.

  • The story behind Florida's sunflowers

    Monday, June 1, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    On a night that the Women’s College World Series held its annual Strike Out Cancer night — and Florida beat Michigan 3-2 in the first game of the best-of-3 championship series — pink was a popular color at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium. It is the color of breast cancer awareness. But for the Gators, gold is their color.

  • Adrian Peterson reports to Vikings camp: 'I'm a part of this football team'

    Today at 08:09 AM

    The former OU running back told ESPN Tuesday morning “I’m returning because I want to. I’m a part of this football team and I owe it to the guys I play with and to our coaches.”

  • Q&A with ESPN broadcaster Curt Schilling

    Monday, June 1, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    A member of ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball” broadcasts and a former All-Star pitcher with Philadelphia, Arizona and Boston, Schilling will be providing on-field analysis for the entire WCWS series.

  • Oklahoma State seniors left their mark on baseball program

    Monday, June 1, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    OSU’s season ended in disappointment. Still, the mark of those players on a three-year run that can only be summed up as a success extends beyond the wins and losses and three regional appearances.

  • Get ready, OU fans, for more 11 a.m. kickoffs

    Monday, June 1, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    The Big 12 announced Monday that the OU-Tulsa game on Sept. 19 will kick off at 11 a.m. Oh boy. Another college football season, another round of morning kickoffs in Norman, which are the bane of most Sooner fans. Some OU fans like the 11 a.m. kicks, but most despise the suddenly-constant tradition, which means […]

  • Edmond skate park busy once rain stopped

    From Staff Reports | Published: Mon, Jun 1, 2015

    Edmond’s Mathis Brothers Skate Park was a busy place this weekend once the rain stopped.

  • Bob Stoops: 'Some of those NFL guys might rather have my job'


    Bob Stoops has had his chances to leave Oklahoma since he came to Norman in 1999.  The most tempting of those have been Florida and his chances to leave for the NFL. Chris Low profiles Stoops and the Sooners' challenging offseason for ESPN.com. Stoops doesn't like to talk about the interest he's had from other programs but told Low that he seriously considered at least one NFL offer. But Stoops said his situation at OU was too good to walk away from. "I say this in a respectful, humble way. But sometimes, some of those NFL guys might rather have my job," Stoops told Low. The Oklahoman's Jason Kersey recently had a wide-ranging interview with Stoops that included the coach talking about the importance of raising his family in one place.

  • LeBron vs. Curry: How to determine the real MVP

    Berry Tramel | Published: Mon, Jun 1, 2015

    The NBA Finals begin this week, and it’s a clear matchup of Team vs. Superstar. Golden State Warriors vs. LeBron James. So why does the Team have the NBA’s most valuable player? Steph Curry won the award in 2015, in a tight vote over James Harden second, with LeBron a distant third. The whole MVP […]

  • Miles' new deal has bonuses for Big Ten title, NCAA berth


    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska men's basketball coach Tim Miles' new contract also has changes in how he earns certain bonuses. The athletic department released the contract to reporters on Monday. It was previously announced that the contract would extend through the 2019-20 season and that Miles would be paid just over $2 million this year. Miles' new bonus structure calls for him to earn $100,000 for a Big Ten regular-season or tournament championship. His NCAA tournament bonuses remain the same, starting at $150,000 for the Cornhuskers earning a bid. No longer will Miles receive bonuses for winning 20 games, finishing in the top four of the Big Ten, being coach of the year, making the semifinals of the Big Ten tour

  • Adam Scott to use caddie Steve Williams for summer


    NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — Adam Scott has split with his new caddie and for now is going back to his old one — Steve Williams. Scott says he persuaded Williams to join him for the U.S. Open, British Open, Bridgestone Invitational and PGA Championship. Scott tied for fourth at Doral and has been struggling since. He has missed two cuts and has not finished better than a tie for 24th. That was at the Colonial, and he then fired caddie Mike Kerr. Scott says he had to talk Williams out of retirement for the next three months. They last worked together at the Tour Championship last year. Williams has been on the bag for 14 majors — 13 of them with Tiger Woods and the 2013 Masters with Scott.

  • Johnny Manziel of Cleveland Browns harassed by fan, throws water bottle in 'fairly straightforward' incident


    Johnny Manziel threw a water bottle at a badgering fan Saturday at the AT&T Byron Nelson golf tournament in an incident that was dismissed as "fairly straightforward" by police.

  • The Thunder were hot on international prospect Kristaps Porzingis. Look where he's at now.

    Published: Mon, Jun 1, 2015

    The Thunder is notorious for finding and developing gems in the draft. Serge Ibaka. Steven Adams. Kristaps Porzingis could have been that next guy . The 7-foot-1 international big man who the Thunder were reported interested in drafting in 2014 is now a consensus Top 5 pick. Grantland.com followed Porzingis through the draft process in Part 1 of a three-part series. From Grantland.com's Danny Chau: "He’s like a young Robin trying on Batman’s utility belt -- the tools are there, and they’re incredible. They just don’t fit yet, and you can’t be too sure that they ever will." More from NewsOK Thunder target Porzingis pulls out of 2014 NBA Draft

  • Bob Stoops, Billy Donovan have both defied typical college coaching longevity

    Jason Kersey | Yesterday

    NORMAN — Bob Stoops and Billy Donovan both arrived in Gainesville Fla., in 1996, and both are now prominent head coaches in the state of Oklahoma. Stoops became Oklahoma’s head football coach in 1999 and has enjoyed tremendous success throughout his time in Norman, winning the 2000 national title and claiming eight Big 12 championships. […]

  • 12 documentaries that will inspire kids to change the world


    The words “let’s watch a documentary” might not roll off the tongue of the average tween or teen. But, during the long days of summer when kids crave a change of pace, have time to explore subjects more deeply, or could use a little motivation, documentaries can provide a welcome diversion. They can also be a great pick for families to watch together. And you can find them for kids as young as 6. Documentaries can be opinionated, controversial, and raw, and filmmakers often use graphic scenes to illustrate points of view. Choose movies that are appropriate for your kids’ ages, and be on the lookout for extreme images (especially if your kids are sensitive).

  • Dan K. Thomasson: The NCAA Walter Byers built has become a monster


    WASHINGTON — I took special interest the other day in the death notices about Walter Byers, who in 1951 awakened the sleeping giant of the NCAA and turned it into a monster that now gorges on greenbacks at the expense of its young players he referred to as “student athletes.” A United Press reporter, Byers left wire service journalism to take a job as an assistant sports information director with the Big Ten Conference before joining the overall collegiate governing body that had maintained a near somnambulant existence for half a century. It didn’t even have a permanent office until he established one in Kansas City.

  • Texas Tech fires 6-under par, plays waiting game


    BRADENTON, Fla. — Texas Tech posted a 6-under par 282 Sunday in the third round of the NCAA Men’s Golf Championships at The Concession Golf Club. But, it might not have been enough to make up the ground the Red Raiders lost on the first two days of the tournament. Play was suspended at 5:28 p.m. CDT Sunday due to lightning. The third round resumes at 6 a.m. CDT Monday with the top-15 teams advancing to the fourth round. Texas Tech is currently in 17th place. Six teams have not finished their rounds, including Auburn, which has a four-stroke advantage over the Red Raiders, and Florida State, which is up on Tech by eight shots. No. 8 Tech (304-305-282—891) carded the tournament’s best nine-hole team score a 6-unde

  • Former Mississippi center Dwight Coleby will transfer to Kansas


    Kansas coach Bill Self landed a transfer big man on Sunday, a preemptive recruiting gambit that could bolster the Jayhawks’ frontcourt in the 2016-17 season. Dwight Coleby, a 6-foot-9 sophomore forward who spent the last two years at Mississippi, verbally committed to Kansas on Sunday after a weekend visit to the campus. Coleby made the news public with a post on his Twitter account on Sunday evening. A native of Nassau, Bahamas, Coleby will sit out the 2015-16 season before having two years of eligibility at Kansas. I am excited to be a part of something special here at Kansas..

  • Twice in Texas: Bowditch wins Nelson for 2nd career victory


    IRVING, Texas (AP) — Steven Bowditch certainly has a Texas trend going in his career. The Australian will stop short of calling it a Tour trend. "I'm obviously not at the superstar level," Bowditch said, trying to explain how he went from eight missed cuts this season and a disqualification a week earlier at Colonial to winning the AT&T Byron Nelson on Sunday. "I just go out there and do my best and hopefully every now and then I get a chance to win." Bowditch rode his best birdie binge on the PGA Tour to a 5-under 64 and a four-shot victory in the Nelson, making him two-for-Texas in career titles after winning the Texas Open in San Antonio last year.

  • Oklahoma City Energy FC: Newlywed Kyle Greig nets only goal in Energy's victory over Austin

    By Chris Brannick | Published: Sun, May 31, 2015

    Kyle Greig, who married his college-sweetheart on Monday and honeymooned in Kansas City for more than half the week, came on as a sub in the 51st minute and slid his team-leading fifth goal of the season into a wide open Austin goal 20 minutes later.

  • Women's College World Series notebook: Alabama coach Patrick Murphy praises OKC, event

    By Jason Kersey and Kyle Fredrickson | Updated: Sun, May 31, 2015

    Murphy praises OKC, event After his team was eliminated in a 5-3 loss to LSU late Saturday night, Alabama coach Patrick Murphy ended his postgame news conference by praising what the Women’s College World Series has become. “Thanks to everybody,” Murphy said. “OU, the All Sports Association, everybody here at ASA, USA Softball have been terrific. The event gets bigger and better and it's because of the media, too, because you guys pay attention to us. “I think I heard it was the largest crowd of this session ever. That's awesome. But that's because you write stories in the paper and cover us as radio and TV people and people getting interested in the sport. So I thank you for that. “There's no such

  • Women's College World Series: Q&A with Auburn coach Clint Myers

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Sun, May 31, 2015

    Auburn completed the greatest season in its softball history with Sunday’s 3-2, nine-inning loss to No. 1-seeded Florida. The Tigers have made a remarkable turnaround in just two seasons under coach Clint Myers, who spent the previous eight seasons and won 2008 and 2011 national championships at Arizona State. Auburn went 2-2 in its first-ever Women’s College World Series appearance. The Tigers finished the season with a 56-10 record and won their first SEC Tournament championship. Q: Your team played 17 innings yesterday, then nine today. At what point did fatigue begin to set in? A: “When you have a mission that you are on and you have the opportunity to play in this venue, all the preparedness that you

  • Johnson makes history with 10th win at Dover

    Updated: Sun, May 31, 2015

    DOVER, Del. (AP) — Jimmie Johnson took the congratulatory call from his boss, then flipped the phone for a selfie. The six-time series champ and crew chief Chad Knaus sandwiched the 60-pound trophy and smiled for a familiar photo. "You've only got 10 of 'em," a fan yelled at the victory lane celebration. Johnson said: "We'll keep them coming!" Johnson had already mastered the Monster Mile like no other driver. His latest win earned him a slice of NASCAR history that etched his name in the same class as five Hall of Fame drivers. With his No. 48 Chevrolet on cold tires, Johnson got hot down the stretch Sunday to win at Dover International Speedway and become the fifth driver with 10 or more Sprint Cup victo

  • History says Billy Donovan can lead the Thunder to the NBA Finals in his first season

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Sun, May 31, 2015

    It’s guaranteed that for the 10th time in the last 60 years, an NBA championship will be won by a coach in his first year with the team.

  • Final-round meltdown at Byron Nelson leaves golfer speechless

    Updated: Sun, May 31, 2015

    IRVING, Texas — Dustin Johnson had no interest in discussing his final round at the AT&T Byron Nelson on Sunday. He chipped in for birdie on Nos. 1 and 3 and was tied for the lead at 13-under with Steven Bowditch, but Johnson suffered a meltdown quadruple-bogey on the par-4 sixth hole. Johnson declined post-round interviews, but later posted on his Twitter account, @DJohnsonPGA: “Proud of the way I played all week but deserved congrats to Steven Bowditch! Thoughts, prayers to those affected by floods. #ATTByronNelson” Johnson couldn’t get out of his own way on No. 6, a 448-yard routine dogleg left. His drive went out of bounds, a second tee shot (third with the penalty stroke) landed in the thick left roug

  • Teammate: Frank Shannon back with Sooners after suspension

    Ryan Aber | Updated: Sun, May 31, 2015

    Linebacker Frank Shannon is back with Oklahoma after a nearly year-long suspension, according to a tweet from teammate Zack Sanchez. FRANK SHANNON IS BACK !!! — Zack Sanchez (@ZSanchez15) June 1, 2015 Shannon was suspended by the school last summer for violating the school’s Title IX sexual misconduct policy. A female student alleged Shannon sexually […]