• Week 5 Oklahoma high school football picks

    Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright makes his picks for every game in the state

  • Hey, OU fans, Berry Tramel needs your help

    Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    We’re doing a project next week for the OU-Texas game, and I need your help, Sooner fans. Or heck, Texas fans, too, I suppose. We’re doing a project on the new tradition of 11 a.m. kickoffs, which has become the standard in recent years. I’m curious how the 11 a.m. kickoffs have changed your OU-Texas […]

  • Power Lunch: Chat with OU writer Jason Kersey

    Today at 12:00 AM

    Can the Sooners win their second consecutive Big 12 road test? Ask OU writer Jason Kersey on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m.

  • Paddle People becoming a fixture at Cowboys football games

    Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    OSU PADDLE PEOPLE — The group started informally in the 1990s but really took off in the early 2000s. Now, the OSU Paddle People are nearly 200 strong. If you’ve ever been to a game in Stillwater or watched one on TV, you’ve surely heard their work.

  • Concussion protocol left to team doctors, trainers

    Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops doesn’t know the intricacies of his medical staff’s concussion protocol — and would rather keep it that way. “I don’t want to ever be accused of, or presumed to have influenced a decision whatsoever,” Stoops said. “It’s always, he’s out of the game until we’re notified further.”

  • Sacrifice a key component for Thunder

    Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    Subscribing to and sticking with agenda-free basketball could be the biggest challenge the Thunder faces this season. Sacrificing one’s self for the greater good of the team, however, might be the most critical component to Oklahoma City’s anticipated championship run.

  • Fraschilla says getting Jawun Evans 'huge get' For Cowboys

    Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    A five-star prospect from Kimball High in Dallas, Evans is a consensus pick as one of the nation’s premier point guards, rated as the No. 3 point by Scout.com and the No. 24 player overall. Rivals.com pegs Evans as the No. 26 prospect nationally, while ESPN lists him No. 36.

  • Freshman wide receiver Chris Lacy's academic talent transitions to the football field

    Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    Through four years at DeSoto High School, Lacy passed every course with at least a 95-percent average. In 2014, he graduated third in his class.

  • Looks are deceiving when it comes to Deer Creek volleyball

    Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    The Antlers’ record might not be good, but playing some of the toughest teams in Class 6A will prepare them for the Class 5A state playoffs.

  • Serge Ibaka is a stretch four and he's not afraid to let you know about it

    Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    Following Wednesday’s practice, after Ibaka told the gathered media he’d like to take even more threes this season, a local TV reporter asked if he was becoming a stretch four, leading to this exchange.

  • Oslo latest city to drop out of 2022 Olympic race

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    The Olympics that no one seems to want is down to just two candidates. Oslo became the latest city to drop its bid for the 2022 Winter Games after the Norwegian government rejected financial backing for the project on Wednesday amid concerns the games were too costly — a decision the IOC said was based on "half-truths and factual inaccuracies." Oslo's exit leaves Beijing and Almaty, Kazakhstan, as the only two contenders. Oslo is the fourth city to pull out of a race that has been thrown into turmoil in the wake of the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, where the overall price tag was put at $51 billion, scaring off politicians and taxpayers and leaving the International Olympic Committee with a major image crisis.

  • Giants OT Will Beatty back from broken leg

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — After a disappointing season that ended with a broken leg in the regular-season finale, New York Giants tackle Will Beatty is back in form and smiling a lot this week. Not only is the six-year veteran playing well, he'll get a chance to go against former mentor Osi Umenyiora on Sunday when the Atlanta Falcons (2-2) come to MetLife Stadium to play the Giants (2-2). Beatty spent most of his first four seasons going against Umenyiora in practice, first providing scout-team looks and eventually squaring off as starters. It was Beatty on the left end of the offensive line and Umenyiora on the right end of the defensive line. The relationship ended last season when Umenyiora signed with the Falc

  • Column: Great game, but baseball in need of a fix

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    Opening night of the baseball playoffs provided some great theater, assuming you could stay awake long enough to watch. That the 12th-inning win by Kansas City over Oakland took nearly five hours to play highlights a problem baseball still has to address. Still, the return to small ball in a sport plagued by steroids should be celebrated just as much as the first postseason win by the Royals in 29 years. But as Bud Selig prepares to take a victory lap on behalf of the owners he represented so well, there are issues he hasn't handled nearly as well. While the game is awash in cash that is making both owners and players richer than ever, it has become increasingly marginalized as a national sport as attendance sags in some citi

  • A capsule look at Cardinals-Dodgers playoff series

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    A look at the best-of-five National League Division Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Dodgers: ___ Schedule: (All times EDT) Game 1, Friday, at Los Angeles (6:37 p.m.); Game 2, Saturday, at Los Angeles (9:37 p.m.); Game 3, Monday, at St. Louis (TBD); x-Game 4, Tuesday, at St. Louis (TBD); x-Game 5, Thursday, at Los Angeles (TBD). (All games on FS1 or MLB Network) x-if necessary. ___ Season Series: Dodgers won 4-3. ___ Projected Lineups: Cardinals: 3B Matt Carpenter (.272, 8 HR 59 RBIs), CF Jon Jay (.303, 3, 46), LF Matt Holliday (.272, 20, 90), SS Jhonny Peralta (.263, 21, 75), 1B Matt Adams (.288, 15, 68), C Yadier Molina (.282, 7, 38), 2B Kolten Wong (.249, 12,

  • Leverkusen beats Benfica 3-1 in Group C

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    LEVERKUSEN, Germany (AP) — Bayer Leverkusen cruised past Benfica 3-1 on Wednesday for its first victory in Group C of the Champions League. Stefan Kiessling opened the scoring in the 25th minute after Benfica goalkeeper Julio Cesar fumbled a shot by Son Heung-min, and Son made it 2-0 with a goal in the 34th. Eduardo Salvio pulled one back for Benfica in the 62nd but, two minutes later, Leverkusen restored its two-goal buffer when Hakan Calhanoglu converted a seemingly generously awarded penalty. Benfica scored from its only real chance of the match after being put under pressure from the start by Leverkusen. Monaco and Zenit St. Petersburg drew 0-0 in Russia earlier Wednesday and top the group with four points e

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Congo native Serge Ibaka says Danny Ferry comments a mistake, time to move on

    BY ANTHON SLATER | Published: Wed, Oct 1, 2014

    Earlier this offseason, Hawks general manager Danny Ferry came under heat after some controversial behind-the-scenes comments leaked — an audio recording in which Ferry negatively said Heat forward and Sudan native Luol Deng had “a little African in him.”

  • Dortmund beats Anderlecht 3-0 with Ramos double

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    BRUSSELS (AP) — Colombian international Adrian Ramos struck twice after forward Ciro Immobile had opened the scoring in the third minute as Borussia Dortmund swept to a convincing 3-0 victory over Anderlecht in Group D of the Champions League on Wednesday. Dortmund immediately shrugged off its Bundesliga struggles, and when Japanese playmaker Shinji Kagawa sent Italy's Immobile through for an easy goal, the difference in class was immediately clear. Ramos stabbed home a pinpoint deep pass from Lukasz Piszczek in the 65th minute for the second and followed up with a show of close control in the 79th, taking the ball from the wing, turning and curling a third goal past Silvio Proto. "We faced a team which was two classe

  • Oklahoma State football: Daxx Garman busting some passing numbers

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 17 hr ago

    Daxx Garman is slinging the ball deep for OSU. As deep as we’ve ever seen the Cowboys or most anyone else sling it. Garman through 21/2 games is averaging 19.0 yards per pass and 10.7 yards per completion. Those figures are way higher than the previous Cowboy standard. But for the Cowboys to get better […]

  • PHOTO: Dez Bryant poses for pictures at Texas high school homecoming

    staff reports | Published: Wed, Oct 1, 2014

    Every day, Dez Bryant is becoming more and more of a fan favorite in Dallas. The former Oklahoma State receiver made a surprise appearance at a high school homecoming this weekend and even stopped to pose for pictures. According to a TMZ Sports report , Bryant was rolling up to the Gaylord Hotel in Grapefine, Texas, in a black Bentley just as Southlake Carroll's homecoming dance was letting out. "Shoutout to @DezBryant for making our Homecoming!! #ThrowuptheX," Southlake Carroll student Kevin Cramer posted on his Twitter page , along with a group photo of Bryant with the high schoolers. Cramer and Co. reportedly started throwing up Bryant's  trademark "X" touchdown celebration when they realized it was him, and the Pro Bowler obliged by posing for a few photos. "He was an awesome guy ... and extremely kind to all of us," Cramer told TMZ.

  • Rookie managers Williams, Ausmus reach postseason

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Matt Williams was in his 18th game as a major league manager, still learning on the job, when he went with his gut. Williams saw Bryce Harper hit a comebacker in the sixth inning, jog out of the batter's box and veer off toward the home dugout, several strides before first base. Williams yanked Harper from the Washington Nationals' lineup. That decision in April was one of many that made clear Williams would do things his way, something he was taught by a couple of his managers, Dusty Baker and Bob Brenly. "Dusty told me to be me. You can't ... try to be somebody that you're not. When Bryce didn't run to first, it made me mad," Williams said. "You've got to be who you are, warts and all.

  • Unbeatens to get tested in Pac-12

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    PHOENIX (AP) — The FBS is down to 17 unbeaten teams, a number that will be reduced by at least four this week after match-ups between undefeated teams. Three of the four games are expected to be close: Oklahoma-TCU, Alabama-Ole Miss and Mississippi State-Texas A&M all have spreads of six points or less. One game between unbeatens is being projected as a rout and it's in the Pac-12 on Thursday night. That's when Arizona heads to Eugene to face No. 2 Oregon. Both are 4-0 According to the Glantz-Culver line, the Wildcats are 23-point underdogs. The Ducks know better. A year ago, Arizona quashed Oregon's national-title hopes by routing the Ducks in Tucson.

  • Sports TV listings for Oklahoma City: Thursday, Oct. 2

    Published: Wed, Oct 1, 2014

    THURSDAY HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL 6:30 p.m., Buckeye at Holy Savior, FSPLUS (Cox 68) HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL 6 p.m., Norman North at Norman, www.normansports.tv/KREF-AM 1400/FM 98.5 COLLEGE FOOTBALL 6 p.m., Central Florida at Houston, ESPN (Cox 29) 6 p.m., Florida Atlantic at Florida Int., FSOK (Cox 37) 6:30 p.m., Alabama St. at Alcorn St., ESPNU (Cox 253) 7 p.m., Benedict at Miles, CBSS (Cox 249) 9:30 p.m., Arizona at Oregon, ESPN (Cox 29) NFL 7:25 p.m., Minnesota at Green Bay, KWTV-9 (Cox 10) MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 4:30 p.m., Detroit at Baltimore, TBS (Cox 62) 8 p.m., Kansas City at LA Angels, TBS (Cox 62) GOLF 7 a.m., Alfred Dunhill Links,

  • Walk-On Wednesday: Defensive end Mitch Tate

    Ryan Aber | Published: Wed, Oct 1, 2014

    NORMAN—Continuing our weekly “Walk-on Wednesday” blog series, this week we feature Oklahoma redshirt junior defensive end <strong>Mitch Tate</strong>. Tate came to the Sooners from Bartlesville. Here’s a look at the past parts of the series: Junior K Eric Hosek Senior DB Brandon Young Senior LB Caleb Gastelum, who has since been placed on scholarship. What’s your experience […]

  • Former Sooners OL Trent Williams says Redskins can beat Seahawks; 'they're not robots'

    Published: Wed, Oct 1, 2014

    Washington Redskins left tackle Trent Williams says although it looks like a mismatch, he and his teammates are fully capable of rebounding from last Thursday’s defeat to beat Seattle. Williams, the former OU offensive lineman, said Tuesday that despite the Redkins being crushed by the New York Giants 45-14 in their last game, Washington can still beat Seattle. The Redskins host the Seahawks at home on Sunday. Seattle has been a juggernaut at home, but has been vulnerable on the road in recent seasons. Twenty-one of the Seahawks' 29 losses in the last five season have been on the road. “Can we beat them? Yeah,” Williams said. “At the end of the day, they’re not robots. They’re human beings and nobody’s perfect. Nobody plays perfect every Sunday. They have been beaten before. It’s not like they’re unstoppable. They’re a great team, no doubt about it, but anything is possible in the NFL.”

  • Oklahoma football: More on Watson Brown

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 18 hr ago

    I wrote about Watson Brown for the Wednesday Oklahoman, a column you can read here. I glossed over Brown’s two years in Norman as the OU offensive coordinator, 1993-94. Brown replaced Larry Coker, who by any measurement was an excellent offensive coordinator, at Tulsa, OSU, OU and Miami. But in 1992, the OU offense stagnated […]

  • Arizona likely to key in on Oregon QB Mariota

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Last season Arizona went after Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota early and kept on hassling him. Expect the same when the Wildcats visit the No. 2 Ducks Thursday night at Autzen Stadium. The 42-16 rout last November was Arizona's first over a top-five team since knocking off No. 2 Oregon in 2007. The Wildcats intercepted Mariota on his first play from scrimmage, ending his Pac-12 record streak of 353 passes without a pick. Oregon's quarterback would finish with 308 yards passing with two touchdowns, but two interceptions. Mariota wore a brace on his knee in that game and later it was revealed that he had partially torn his medial collateral ligament in a game four weeks before.

  • Nebraska's Randy Gregory keeps opponents guessing

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's roster officially lists Randy Gregory as a defensive end. It might be better just to call him a playmaker. Every week the coach of the Cornhuskers' opponent tells the media it will be crucial to keep track of Gregory. That's been no small task against a player projected to be a first-round draft pick and whose game has been compared to that of last year's No. 1 overall choice, Jadeveon Clowney. The 6-foot-6, 245-pound Gregory has been a down lineman at left and right end, he's blitzed as a linebacker, he's lined up as a stand-up rush end on both sides, he's dropped into pass coverage. And he just might do something new Saturday night when the No. 19 Huskers (5-0, 1-0 Big Ten) visit No.

  • IOC laments withdrawal of Oslo bid for '22 Games

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    The International Olympic Committee says Norway's decision to withdraw Oslo's bid for the 2022 Winter Games is a "missed opportunity" for the city and country. In a strongly-worded statement, IOC executive director Christophe Dubi says senior politicians in Norway were not properly briefed on the bid process and made their decision based on "half-truths and factual inaccuracies." Dubi says Norway is missing out on $880 million in Olympic revenues that the IOC will provide the 2022 host city. He says "it is a pity that Oslo will miss out on this great opportunity to invest in its future and show the world what it has to offer." Oslo pulled out Wednesday after the government declined to provide financial guarantees.

  • Midseason firings are a tricky choice for schools

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    If recent history is any indication, Kansas won't be the only school to fire its football coach before the end of the regular season. Kansas made the season's first coaching change Sunday when it dumped Charlie Weis. Last year, Southern California fired Lane Kiffin, Connecticut removed Paul Pasqualoni and Miami (Ohio) ousted Don Treadwell by mid-October. For athletic directors making the call, it usually comes with a great deal of hand-wringing as they decide if an immediate change will help the program or if they're better off waiting to see how the rest of the season goes. "It's not an easy process," said Arizona athletic director Greg Byrne, who fired Mike Stoops after the Wildcats lost five of their first six games

  • Wacha in bullpen to start NL Division Series

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Michael Wacha, who starred in the postseason as a rookie last fall, will be in the St. Louis Cardinals' bullpen for the start of the NL Division Series. It did not come as a surprise. "I was kind of expecting it," Wacha said Wednesday after a 40-minute workout at Busch Stadium. "Just never made it back to where I wanted to be as a starter," he added. "I'm just happy they're going to take a little chance on me in the bullpen." Manager Mike Matheny said he'll go with Adam Wainwright, Lance Lynn, John Lackey and Shelby Miller the first four games against the Dodgers. The best-of-five series starts Friday in Los Angeles. "If we're fortunate enough to move forward, things could be different," M