• OU golfer, Hobart native Dalke leads Junior PGA Championship

    Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at 04:31 PM

    Oklahoma native Brad Dalke seized the lead in the boys division of the Junior PGA Championship with a record 9-under 62 on Tuesday. Dalke owns a six-shot lead at the halfway point of the tournament in Bryan, Texas.   The Hobart native's second-round performance not only made up for the two-shot deficit he faced overnight, but it set a Junior PGA Championship single-round record and the established a new course mark for Miramont Country Club. At 12-under, he leads the Championship by six strokes over Kaiwen Lui of San Diego. The single-round Championship record (63) that Dalke trumped today was shared by Pat Perez (1993) and Chris Couch (1990).

  • VIDEO: Blake Griffin teasing Space Jam 2 in new Jordan commercial?

    Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at 03:39 PM

    Add Blake Griffin to the "Space Jam 2" hype. Rumors have been swirling about LeBron James being at the center of a sequel to the hit mid-90s Michael Jordan movie. But what other NBA players could potentially join him? In the Jordan Brand video entitled "The Dunk to End All Dunks," Griffin take on Warner Bros. cartoon character Marvin the Martian in an over-the-top dunk contest. The video is to promote the new Jordan SuperFly 4 ... and possibly Griffin's inclusion in the next film. We'll see. For now, enjoy another solid commercial from the former OU All-American.

  • Don't count out Trevor Knight yet

    Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    Many are ready to claim Trevor Knight’s reign as OU’s starting quarterback has come to an end, but he enters his junior season having a lot in common with a current Heisman Trophy candidate.

  • Cowboys use fall camp opener to break down basic practice structures

    Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    Rather than jumping directly into a high intensity up-tempo practice, the Cowboys slowed it down to teach basic practice structures to 22 true freshmen and a handful of first-year transfers.

  • Sooners move into temporary facilities

    Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    The move happened to facilitate the first phase of a major renovation of the stadium, which will include increased team space in the south end zone, a greatly expanded training facility for not only football but other sports and the bowling in of the south end zone of the stadium.

  • Gundy rewards three OSU walk-ons with scholarships

    Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    Walk-ons Blake Jarwin, Brad Lundblade and Chad Whitener were going on scholarship.

  • OU's Ty Darlington praises quarterback Trevor Knight

    Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    During Tuesday evening’s Sooner Caravan in Oklahoma City, senior center Ty Darlington was asked about his close friend and roommate, OU quarterback Trevor Knight.

  • Jaguars GM doubts Justin Blackmon will ever play again

    Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at 12:09 PM

    The future of former Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon in the NFL is looking grim, at least with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

  • THE GREATEST EVER: Japanese import Uetake honored by Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame

    By BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    As a kid, OSU wrestler Yoshiro Fujita amazed me. Quick. Agile. Dominant. I’d watch Cowboy matches with my dad and rave about Fujita, who went 48-1 as a Cowboy from 1970-72, losing only when he defaulted due to injury in the ’72 NCAA Championships. “He’s good,” my dad would say. “But you should have seen Uetake.” Monday night, I finally did. Yojiro Uetake Obata, OSU’s undefeated, three-time NCAA champ and Japan’s two-time Olympic gold medalist, was inducted into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame. And on a night that as much as anything celebrated the Cowboys’ grand tradition on the mat, a night that included three stage appearances by the Smith brothers, the First Family of Wrestling, Uetake was the

  • OU football: Josh Heupel influence grows at Utah St.

    By Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey | Updated: Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    Former Oklahoma offensive coordinator Josh Heupel will have plenty of familiar faces around him this season at Utah State. At least two coaches and a player from Heupel’s time at OU have joined him in Logan, Utah. Former Sooners players and graduate assistants Joey Halzle and Jon Cooper have taken similar roles on Utah State’s staff. Heupel, who was fired at OU after last season’s struggles, is the Aggies’ offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Fullback Joe Palange, a walk-on fullback, announced last week that he would be transferring to Utah State.

  • District 6A-I-2 preview: Coaches buzzing about Southmoore

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Updated: Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    The results of the District 6A-I-2 coaches’ poll show exactly where Southmoore is predicted to finish in the district, but it doesn’t accurately reflect opposing coaches’ curiosity about the SaberCats. A team that started multiple freshmen and sophomores last season, Southmoore has generated as much buzz as any team in Class 6A early in the preseason. Sophomore Casey Thompson returns at quarterback, with another sophomore, Brey Walker, at offensive tackle. Walker, 6-foot-6, 320 pounds, already has scholarship offers from the likes of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Michigan and Arkansas. “They’re scary right now, and not just because of those young guys,” one opposing coach said of the SaberCats.

  • OSU football: Cowboys' secondary now primary in talent, depth

    By John Helsley | Published: Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    STILLWATER — The Cowboys return six — count ’em, six — starters in the secondary. And, no, Oklahoma State hasn’t switched to some 3-2-6 defensive alignment in the giddy aftermath of last December. Yet through returning regulars from the final 2014 depth chart, one player returning from injury and another arriving holding starter credentials elsewhere, OSU carries uncommon experience and depth into this season. “We have a lot of guys coming back, a lot of experience,” said cornerbacks coach Tim Duffie. “Our numbers are really good. We’re just trying to put these guys into position to play and help us win.

  • News from around Wisconsin at 5:58 p.m. CDT

    Updated: Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Sixteen states will have tougher carbon dioxide reduction targets than they originally planned now that President Barack Obama has presented his final plan to cut emissions from U.S. power plants. Obama's plan, which would reduce emissions 32 percent below 2005 levels by 2030, was met with dismay by leaders in some of those states who had supported the original proposal in June 2014. "At first glance, it looks as though the Obama administration has moved the goal post on us. I am extremely disappointed by this," said Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock of Montana. "I understand that we need to address climate change, but how we do so has to work for Montana.

  • 7 Minnesota basketball players accused of assault spree

    Updated: Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Seven youth basketball players visiting Wichita for a weekend tournament were arrested on numerous charges Sunday night after police said they went on an assault spree around the city. The boys, ranging in age from 12 to 18 years old, were in town from Minneapolis, Minnesota, for the Mid America Youth Basketball tournament and staying at an area hotel, police said. "There's coaches, but apparently there wasn't any supervision being done to watch these young men," Wichita Police spokesman Lt. James Espinoza said. Officers responded around 11 p.m. Sunday to a home where a 48-year-old man reported a group of teens approached him as he stood on his front porch, Espinoza said.

  • Big 'I' comes to Prairie Dunes

    Updated: Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    When Trusted Choice Big “I” National Championship Chairman Rick Dinger thought about some of his fondest memories leading the prestigious junior golf tournament many surfaced, but one stood out. He remembered a few years ago when the tournament was at the University of Texas Golf Club in Austin, a young girl from California had an impressive tournament. She wasn’t on many colleges’ radar, but after the week, her life was changed forever when the Texas Longhorns offered her a spot on their squad. Starting today, the 47th annual Big “I” takes place at Prairie Dunes Country Club. Over 150 of the most prominent junior boys and girls golfers representing over 40 different states will look to win the prominent junior ev

  • School report: Illinois players' allegations unfounded

    Updated: Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Former University of Illinois women's basketball players' allegations of racially motivated mistreatment were unfounded, investigators hired by the school concluded in a report released Monday that also found that one former assistant coach "treated players harshly." Seven former players sued the university, coach Matt Bollant, athletic director Mike Thomas and others on July 1, alleging Bollant and some other coaches used race to divide the team and drive players out. The players are seeking at least $10 million in damages. The report from Pugh, Jones & Johnson law firm in Chicago concluded complaints from players and parents started after a string of seven losses late in the 2014-15 season and inclu

  • Russell continues her comeback on Lady Vols' tour of Italy

    Updated: Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    Tennessee center Mercedes Russell finally gets to play with her Lady Vols teammates again this week as she continues her comeback from foot surgeries. But the Lady Vols must wait to play in a game situation alongside North Carolina transfer Diamond DeShields. Tennessee leaves Wednesday for a three-game exhibition tour of Italy in which DeShields and senior forward Bashaara Graves aren't expected to play, but both will make the trip. Lady Vols coach Holly Warlick said she's resting both players for precautionary reasons as Graves recovers from "tweaks in her shoulder" and DeShields deals with shin splints. DeShields' health issues also caused the former Atlantic Coast Conference rookie of the year to play only one

  • Report has Oklahoma City Energy FC 36th in attendance for all soccer

    Chris Brannick | Updated: Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    Kenn Tomasch, who runs Kenn.com and blogs about soccer, released an attendance report on Monday ranking all of the professional teams from Major League Soccer, North American Soccer League and the USL. Oklahoma City came in 36th of the 55 teams after playing 10 games at Taft Stadium. Tulsa is four spots ahead in 32rd with one more game played. The Energy has drawn a total of 43,750 fans this season. That’s an average of 4,375 per match with the highest attended game coming in the first home game of the season. When Oklahoma City hosted the Seattle Sounders 2, the Energy drew 6,797 fans.

  • UConn finding recruiting niche in graduate transfers

    Updated: Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    GLASTONBURY, Conn. (AP) — UConn basketball coach Kevin Ollie has found a niche in recruiting players who already have graduated but still have one year of basketball eligibility. The Huskies this offseason have added two graduate transfers who are expected to play major roles next season — guard Sterling Gibbs from Seton Hall and forward Shonn Miller from Cornell. They are the third and fourth graduate recruits to sign with UConn since 2012. Gibbs, who began his career at Texas, averaged 16.3 points and 3.8 assists at Seton Hall last season. Because he sat out a year of basketball after his initial transfer from Texas, he still has a year of eligibility. Miller averaged 16.8 points and 8.5 rebounds last season

  • The Non-Fiction Writers podcast: Talking Big 12 and college football with Sports Illustrated's Andy Staples

    Jason Kersey,Ryan Aber | Updated: Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    Welcome to the home of "The Non-Fiction Writers," NewsOK.com's college football podcast from Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber. The podcast's name is a nod to legendary former OU football coach Barry Switzer, who has famously referred to reporters as "fiction writers." You can click on the link below to listen and download the podcast to your computer, or you can subscribe on iTunes by clicking here. The Non-Fiction Writers: 08/03/2015 -- Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber are joined by Sports Illustrated's Andy Staples to discuss the state of the Big 12 Conference and the national college football landscape entering the 2015 season.

  • Will the Thunder hire a female coach?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    Becky Hammon coached the Spurs’ summer league team to the championship in Las Vegas, and within a few days she wasn’t the NBA’s only female assistant coach. The Kings hired Nancy Lieberman to be part of George Karl’s staff in Sacramento. The Saturday Oklahoman had a long interview with Lieberman, which you can read here, and the Sunday Oklahoman had a collected wisdom with Hammon, which you can read here. I don’t know if the NBA’s sudden surge in hiring females will become a trend. But I don’t think the hirings of Hammon and Lieberman are tokenisms. First off, is Gregg Popovich into token decisions? Of course not. The Kings, of course, are a total mess.

  • Illinois women’s basketball investigation finds no wrongdoing, discrimination

    Updated: Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    An independent investigation launched by the university into claims of racial discrimination on the Illinois women’s basketball team showed no wrongdoing. The university released findings on Monday morning of the investigation, which was conducted by the Chicago law firm Pugh, Jones and Johnson and included more than 18,000 documents, 33 interviews, statements from eight players accusing coaches of mistreatment and review of game and practice video. The report recommended the university clarify expectations for coaches’ conduct and more clearly define the relationship between coaches and parents, while also “enhancing resources for student-athletes to report concerns or complaints about their experience at Illinois.

  • OSU Football: Has Oklahoma State become Transfer U?

    Mike Sherman,john helsley | Updated: Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    Two seasons ago it was Tyler Patmon, a Kansas defensive back. Last year it was Josh Furman from Michigan. This year Oklahoma State has two transfers from BCS schools, including a starting cornerback from the Big Ten, ready to contribute.  The Oklahoman's OSU beat writer John Helsley talks with sports editor Mike Sherman about how OSU became a transfer haven, and what recent transfers Michael Hunter and Chad Whitener could do for the Cowboy defense in 2015.

  • OU Football: Why all signs point to Baker Mayfield starting for OU

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    For the sixth time in his 17 seasons at Oklahoma, Bob Stoops enters preseason practices without having named a starting quarterback. But has the outcome been already decided? The Oklahoman's Jason Kersey looks at the reasons why Baker Mayfield looks like the starter. <iframe width="620" height="350" src="https://www.youtube.

  • Tennessee Italy Tour Basketball

    Updated: Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    In this March 22, 2014, photo, Tennessee center Mercedes Russell reacts after drawing a foul during an NCAA college women's basketball tournament game against Northwestern State in Knoxville, Tenn. After helping the United States win a gold medal at last month's World University Games, Tennessee center Mercedes Russell will continue her comeback from foot surgery this week as she joins the Lady Vols on an exhibition tour of Italy. Russell missed the entire 2014-15 season after undergoing surgery on both her feet.

  • Illinois Player Allegations

    Updated: Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    University of Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas, left, and chancellor Phyllis Wise answer questions about an independent investigation by the Chicago law firm Pugh, Jones & Johnson, clearing the University of allegations by players of a racially hostile environment, Monday, Aug. 3, 2015 in Champaign, Ill. Seven former players’ alleged that head coach Matt Bollant and since-departed assistant Mike Divilbiss created a racially hostile environment in violation of the Federal Civil Rights Act.

  • OSU Wrestling: Oklahoma Sports Hall of Famer Pat Smith on getting pinned in his first collegiate match

    By John Helsley | Updated: Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    Former Cowboys great Pat Smith enters the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame tonight. I wrote a story in advance of his induction last week and you can read it here. I truly enjoyed talking to Pat, who must rank as one of the elite few collegiate wrestlers in OSU's illustrious history. He is the school's only four-time NCAA champ and started his string by winning as a true freshman, a very difficult feat. He closed his career on a 98-match winning streak. Pat's greatest assets -- work ethic and confidence -- really came through in my conversation with him.

  • Big Ten's new scheduling model further cripples Big 12's status

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    The Big Ten’s new 1910 football scheduling philosophy — at least one game against a fellow Power 5 conference opponent, nine conference games, one conference championship game and zero games against I-AA opponents — goes into effect in 2016 and lifts the status of a league already enjoying the momentum of Ohio State’s 2014 national championship. And the Big Ten’s 1910 push further erodes the Big 12’s status. The Big 12 has touted its round-robin scheduling model since going to 10 members for the 2011 football season. But that’s a bragging right that has little cachet outside the minds of a few coaches and marketing agencies that keep proving to be out of touch with the