• Durant leads Thunder to 103-87 win over Pistons

    Friday, November 27, 2015 at 10:06 PM

    Kevin Durant had 34 points and 13 rebounds to help the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Detroit Pistons 103-87 Friday night for their fourth straight win.

  • Our picks, headline suggestions for OU vs. OSU

    Friday, November 27, 2015 at 03:57 PM

    Here is a look at our score and headline predictions for Saturday's Bedlam football game between Oklahoma State and Oklahoma:   RYAN ABER, OU writer OU 35, OSU 28 NOW, THEY WAIT Sooners make final playoff case with Bedlam win -------------- JENNI CARLSON, Columnist OU 41, OSU 31 CRIMSON REIGN Sooners win Bedlam, Big 12 title on a cold, wet night -------------- KYLE FREDRICKSON, OSU writer FREEZE FAME OU 42, OSU 35 Sooners make final playoff push in chilly Bedlam victory -------------- JOHN HELSLEY, OSU writer OSU 28, OU 27 COLD FRONT Ogbah, Cowboys harass Mayfield and contain run game to post another dramatic

  • Tramel: Turns out Mike Stoops knows what he's doing

    Friday, November 27, 2015 at 06:30 PM

    Last autumn, Mike Stoops admits he doubted himself. Admits he questioned the coaching acumen he had relied upon for almost three decades.

  • Bedlam foes on the field; Bedlam bros on the beach

    Friday, November 27, 2015 at 07:30 PM

    The image of five guys in swim trunks would rate as fairly harmless in the history of spring break photos. Except for who is in the photo — Baker Mayfield, Mason Rudolph, Trevor Knight, Cody Thomas and Daxx Garman.

  • Sooners plan on keeping emotions in check as they enter another hostile environment

    Friday, November 27, 2015 at 08:00 PM

    OU senior defensive end Charles Tapper laughed when asked about the Boone Pickens Stadium environment and said fans there — especially the Cowboys’ famed “Paddle People” — can be pretty annoying to visiting players.

  • Quarterback Mason Rudolph has played his best entering Bedlam despite questions surrounding health

    Friday, November 27, 2015 at 08:30 PM

    Coach Mike Gundy called it “a little ankle sprain” on Monday. Reports have since surfaced that Rudolph might have a broken bone. He was not made available for an interview with The Oklahoman this week.

  • Jackets beat Pens; Dubinsky faces hearing for cross-check

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — It's no secret. The Columbus Blue Jackets' Brandon Dubinsky straddles a fine-line with his ultra-aggressive style against Sidney Crosby. Dubinsky ratcheted up an already intense game when he cross-checked the Penguins star in the back of the neck late in the second period, then helped clinch victory with a dazzling setup on Cam Atkinson's overtime goal in the Blue Jackets' 2-1 win over Pittsburgh on Friday night. Crosby was slow getting to his skates and went to the locker room with 1:20 left, but returned for the third period and played the rest of the game. Dubinsky was assessed a minor penalty, and the NHL's department of player safety will hold a hearing about the incident on Saturday.

  • Ekman-Larsson's OT goal lifts Coyotes to 2-1 win over Flames

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Coyotes grinded their way through the tough stretches, relied on great goaltending and won it on a big goal at the end. Call it a Dave Tippett special. Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored in overtime, Mike Smith stopped 25 shots and the Arizona Coyotes beat the Calgary Flames 2-1 Friday night for coach Tippett's 500th career victory. "I've been involved in a lot of ugly games in that 500, so it's probably fitting that was an ugly game," said Tippett, who has 229 wins with Arizona and the rest with Dallas. It certainly was right out of the Tippett playbook. The Coyotes played a solid first period and both teams scored goals in the second on caroms: Martin Hanzal early for Arizona,

  • Minnesota Nebraska-Omaha Basketball

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    Minnesota head coach Richard Pitino calls out to his team in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Nebraska-Omaha on Friday, Nov. 27, 2015 at Williams Arena in Minneapolis. Minnesota won 93-90.

  • Dayton avoids late Monmouth surge for a 73-70 victory

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Scoochie Smith had 19 points as Dayton nearly blew a 16-point lead before advancing to the championship game of the AdvoCare Invitational by beating Monmouth 73-70 on Friday night. The Flyers will face No. 23 Xavier in the title game. It's the second time in three years that Dayton (5-0) has started the season by winning its first five. Justin Robinson tied a career-high with 28 points for Monmouth (3-2), which beat No. 17 Notre Dame 70-68 in a first-round game Thursday. It was the Hawks' first-ever win over a ranked team. Monmouth fought back midway through the second. However, Chris Brady missed the free throw on a potential 3-point play that would have tied at 68 with 1:52 to play. Smith

  • Second-half spurt lifts Washington past Charlotte 71-66

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) — Andrew Andrews had 30 points and 13 rebounds and Washington rallied in the second half to slip past Charlotte 71-66 Friday in the seventh-place game at the Battle 4 Atlantis. Noah Dickerson added 13 points and nine rebounds. The Huskies (4-2) didn't get their first lead until there was less than 13 minutes to play in the game, then held off the 49ers down the stretch by connecting on 19 of 25 free throws. Charlotte (1-5) played its most energized game of the tournament, but seemed to run out of gas, missing eight consecutive field goals at one point. Jon Davis and Bernard Sullivan led the Huskies with 14 points apiece. The Huskies used a 7-0 spurt to take their first lead of

  • Cavanaugh's 18 lead George Washington over Tennessee 73-70

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — As a matter of course, George Washington coach Mike Lonergan has trumpeted Tyler Cavanaugh's importance to the Colonials. The junior forward's performance Friday reiterated his coach's belief. Cavanaugh scored 18 points to lead George Washington to a 73-70 win over Tennessee in a Barclays Center Classic semifinal Friday. "He has been what we needed," Lonergan said. "I knew he could rebound and he's actually a really good 3-point shooter. He is having a great season." Kevin Larsen added 15 for the Colonials (6-0), who are off to their second best start in school history. The 2005-06 team started with an 8-0 mark. Patricio Garino had 12, and Yuta Watanabe finished with 10.

  • Warriors Watch

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    CHASING HISTORY How the 2015-16 Golden State Warriors compare to the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls, who set the NBA single-season record with 72 wins. Warriors' record through 17 games: 17-0. Last result: Beat Phoenix, 135-116. Next game: home against Sacramento, Saturday. 1995-96 Bulls' record through 17 games: 15-2.

  • Harden scores 50 as Rockets beat winless 76ers 116-114

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    HOUSTON (AP) — With Philadelphia desperately for its first win, James Harden took over for the Houston Rockets. Harden had 50 points, nine rebounds and eight assists, and the Rockets beat the lowly 76ers 116-114 on Friday night. Harden was 14 for 28 from the field and 16 for 20 at the line in his third career game with 50 or more points. He is averaging 36.2 points in his last five games. "Just in attack mode," he said. "Taking my shots, being aggressive." Philadelphia moved one loss away from matching the New Jersey Nets' NBA-worst mark of 18 losses to open a season. The Sixers have dropped 27 in a row dating to last season for the longest losing streak in major U.S. professional sports history, passing the NFL

  • VIDEO: Russell Westbrook on Reggie Jackson: 'Just another player, another team'

    Erik Horne | Updated: 15 hr ago

    Following the Thunder's 103-87 win over the Detroit Pistons on Friday, Russell Westbrook was asked about his former teammate Reggie Jackson and how Oklahoma City handled him. The stat sheet says the Thunder handled Jackson's return well. Jackson shot 4-of-16 from the field for 15 points and a minus-20 plus/minus in 26 foul-plagued minutes. Westbrook had struggles of his own on Friday, fouling out and turning the ball over 11 times, but he wasn't ready to acknowledge Jackson in postgame interviews. Here's the transcript: There was a lot of anticipation about Reggie’s return to OKC.

  • High school football: Heritage Hall's Terrell Love leads way to rout of Hilldale following injury scare

    By Jacob Unruh Staff Writer junruh@oklahoman.com | Updated: 15 hr ago

    Heritage Hall (13-0) will play Lone Grove (10-3) next week at a neutral site and date to be determined.

  • Barkov's shootout goal gives Panthers 3-2 win over Islanders

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Panthers and New York Islanders had matched each other goal for goal in the first four rounds of a shootout and it was Aleksander Barkov's turn. He went for his signature move — a one-handed backhand shot away from his body — to slip the decisive goal past Jaroslav Halak in the fifth round and give the Panthers a 3-2 win on Friday night. "It has worked a couple of times before and I thought it should work this time, too," said Barkov, who scored a power-play goal in Florida's 3-1 loss to Los Angeles last Monday. "There was no pressure at all. I just knew what I was going to do and it worked." Roberto Luongo stopped Brock Nelson's shot to end the game for his 408th win, moving him p

  • Durant leads Thunder to 103-87 win over Pistons

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Thunder showed why it pays to have two superstars. Kevin Durant picked up for Russell Westbrook's off night, posting 34 points and a season-high 13 rebounds to help Oklahoma City beat the Detroit Pistons 103-87 Friday for its fourth straight win. Durant scored 14 points in the third quarter to help the Thunder seize momentum. "He was aggressive," Oklahoma City guard Dion Waiters said. "He came down and made shots. Also, on the defensive end, he was locked in. Anytime a guy like that is locked in and making shots, it's going to be tough to beat us." Durant made 10 of 22 shots and all 10 of his free throws. "I'm sure we had some defensive breakdowns, but the guy is a hell of a player

  • NMSU BASKETBALL: New Mexico State women improve to 5-0

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    LAS CRUCES — Brianna Freeman’s career-high 27 points against Northwestern State in the opening game of the Hotel Encanto Thanksgiving Classic propelled the New Mexico State women's basketball team to a 65-54 win Friday afternoon at the Pan American Center. “Brianna [Freeman] showed what she can do today against a very good team,” head coach Mark Trakh said. “We played a very good NCAA Tournament team that’s been there the last two years.” The win moved NMSU to 5-0 on the year, its best start since 1993-94 when the team started the year 8-0. Friday’s win also extended the Aggies’ home winning-streak to 16. NMSU is now two games shy of tying its second-best home winning-streak since the 1992-94 seasons (18).

  • BRIEF: OSU women's basketball: Kaylee Jensen, Brittney Martin score 21 points each as OSU trims Oral Roberts

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    STILLWATER — Kaylee Jensen and Brittney Martin scored 21 points apiece Friday, leading Oklahoma State to a 59-55 women's basketball victory over Oral Roberts before 2,184 fans in Gallagher-Iba Arena. Jensen added a game-high 12 rebounds, and Martin chipped in seven boards, three blocks and five steals to help the Cowgirls remain unbeaten at 5-0. OSU's Roddricka Patton had a game-best five assists. ORU (2-3) led by six points early in the first quarter, before OSU came back to take a 10-point advantage with the 2:24 mark of the second. The Cowgirls led 29-25 at the break. The Cowgirls dominated the game in the paint, outscoring ORU 34-16. OSU also outscored the Golden Eagles 17-5 in second-chance points. Faith Ih

  • Colorado State leads all the way in 90-74 win over Portland

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — Gain Clavell scored 21 points and Antwan Scott added 17 to send Colorado State past Portland 90-74 Friday night in the semifinals of the Corpus Christi Coastal Classic. With a 44-36 lead at the half, Colorado State (5-0) broke the game open with a 26-10 run to put the game out of reach for Portland (3-3). Tiel Daniels had 12 points for the Rams and John Gillon added 11. Colorado State shot 31 for 58 from the floor (53.4 percent). Colorado State raced to a 7-0 lead and then 15-15 before Portland went on a 10-0 run to tie it again. Alec Wintering and D'Marques Tyson each had 14 points for Portland. The Pilots made just 25 of 70 shots (36 percent) and were outrebounded 43-33. Colo

  • Poeltl scores 19 to lead Utah to 102-72 win over Idaho State

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Idaho State knew it had a significant challenge in Jakob Poeltl, without a single player on its roster that could match the 7-foot center's all-around game. The Austrian center knew it, too. Poeltl scored 19 points and had 11 rebounds as Utah easily dispatched Idaho State 102-72 Friday night. The sophomore had 51 points in the last two games after setting a career-high Sunday. "We managed to have an advantage inside with Jakob and (Kyle) Kuzma," Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak said. "Then we hit, maybe, as many 3s as we've hit all season. So, it was a nice combination overall. "The key for us is we need to have 3-4 guys having a good game simultaneously. And I don't care which of those guys it is.

  • James Madison controls from the start to beat Marshall 89-75

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) — Shakir Brown posted career highs as he scored 25 points and collected 14 rebounds in James Madison's 89-75 win over Marshall Friday night. It was Brown's third double-double in seven games for James Madison (4-3) this season. He was joined in the double-double category by teammate Yohanny Dalembert who also registered career bests of 23 points and 15 boards. It was Dalembert's first double-double of the season. It's the first time JMU has had a pair of double-doubles in one game since Denzel Bowles and Rayshawn Goins in a 2011 loss to Hofstra. The Dukes had first-half leads of 13-3, 37-19 and 46-23 at the half. Marshall (0-3) used an 18-3 run to cut the deficit to 12, but the Thundering Herd c

  • Auburn reverses sloppy start, beats Northwestern St. 119-81

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — For the first couple of minutes, Auburn looked to be suffering the drowsy effects of too much Thanksgiving turkey. The Tigers (3-1) began the game by turning the ball over seven times in five minutes, as Northwestern State (1-5) jumped out to an early lead. But over the final 35 minutes, Auburn had a hard time doing anything wrong en route to a 119-81 win Friday night at the Auburn Arena, the fourth-most points the Tigers have scored in program history. "I like how hard the kids play, I like how well they play together," Auburn coach Bruce Pearl said. "I do like our potential." T.J. Dunans led the Tigers with 20 points — all of which he scored in the second half — to help erase a sloppy s

  • OSU basketball: Happy returns for Leyton Hammonds, Cowboys

    By John Helsley Staff Writer jhelsley@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Nov 27, 2015

    Hammonds produced a career-high scoring effort by halftime and finished with 20 points, leading Oklahoma State past Long Beach State for the second time in six days, this time 79-73 at Gallagher-Iba Arena.

  • Celtics run away from Wizards 111-78

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    BOSTON (AP) — Two nights after narrowly avoiding an embarrassing loss, the Boston Celtics rolled to an easy win. Jared Sullinger had 18 points and 15 rebounds in three quarters and Isaiah Thomas scored 21 points, leading the Celtics to a 111-78 rout of the Washington Wizards on Friday. "From the beginning of the game it was contagious," said Avery Bradley, who scored 16 for Boston. "One person was making the extra pass and then the next guy was and we were getting easy shots." Jae Crowder had 17 points for the Celtics, who posted a runaway win against the Wizards for the second time in three weeks. Kelly Olynyk scored nine of his 12 points in the fourth quarter as both coaches left the finish to their reserves.