• NEW Varsity Podcast: Unveiling 2015 preseason football rankings

    Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 10:29 AM

    Welcome to the NewsOK Varsity podcast with high school writers Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh. Each week, the writers will discuss the hot topics across the state in high school sports. You can subscribe to the weekly podcast on iTunes by clicking here. NewsOK Varsity 8-26-15

  • Report: Thunder star Russell Westbrook getting married this weekend

    Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    Last summer, Thunder star Russell Westbrook proposed to long-time girlfriend Nina Earl. This summer, the two are getting married. TMZ is reporting that Westbrook’s wedding will take place on Saturday in an undisclosed Los Angeles location. It’ll reportedly be a low-key event, which matches Westbrook’s private personality. The couple met at UCLA back in the late 2000s, when […]

  • Emmanuel Ogbah’s Nigerian roots set foundation for potential future as NFL pass rusher

    Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    Although it might seem worlds away now, as Ogbah prepares for what could be his final college football season, his humble roots set the foundation for a potential future in the NFL.

  • Tramel: OU's Orlando Brown recovering from the loss of his father

    Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    Sometimes it’s tough having Zeus Brown for a father. But it’s even tougher not having Zeus Brown for a father.

  • Little did Tinker Owens know the little boy he signed an autograph for would someday be OU's starting quarterback

    Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    Owens, Oklahoma’s All-American receiver in 1974 and ’75, was just trying to do a nice thing for a couple of young Sooners fans when he sent off a package to the Austin, Texas, area in 2005.

  • Week Zero brings curiosity, new opportunities

    Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    The traditional opening week of the high school football season is still a week away, but thanks to a new rule adopted by the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association, we’ve got real football kicking off Friday night.

  • Kirk Herbstreit has OU making the College Football Playoff

    Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 09:37 AM

    Every year, ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit hands out preseason awards called Herbie Awards. This year, he's picking OU to win the Big 12 ... and make the College Football Playoff. Herbstreit has Ohio State, LSU, OU and Arizona State in his final four for the second go-round of the College Football Playoff, with Ohio State repeating as national champions. Herbstreit also had a number of OU and Oklahoma State players nominated for his annual awards. Below are some of the players with OU or Oklahoma State ties who were nominated for a Herbie: Ryan Simmons, LB, Oklahoma State ("The Enforcer" award) Samaje Perine, RB, Oklahoma ("Ultimate Game-Changer") Sterling Shepard, WR, Oklahoma ("Ultimate Herbie") Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State ("Breakout Star") (Side note: Herbstreit also picked LSU to beat Tennessee in the SEC championship game. OU player Tennessee on Sept. 12 in Knoxville). The Herbies Preseason Special will air tonight at 6 p.m. on ESPNU.

  • During Hurricane Katrina, Thunder GM Sam Presti forged a friendship with an NBA player in need

    Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 04:28 PM

    Former NBA guard Randy Livingston, a New Orleans native, didn't know who to reach out to 10 years ago during Hurricane Katrina. When Livingston had no one else to help his mother, Ada, he called then-San Antonio Spurs assistant general manager Sam Presti. It was Presti, who is now the general manager of the Oklahoma City Thunder, who was able to arrange for Ada Livingston to stay at a hotel the Spurs normally used for "draft picks and friends of the program," according to Yahoo! Sports NBA reporter Marc Spears.

  • Soccer: Oklahoma City Energy FC breaks ground on new training facility

    By Chris Brannick | Published: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    Included in the crowd were students from nearby Millwood schools. A group of high school cheerleaders were there accompanying some elementary-aged children.

  • District A-3 preview: Ringling favored under guidance of Steve Justus

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    With a good amount of skill players returning, it’s easy to see why.

  • High school softball: Piedmont's Kassidy Scott returns aiming to bring state championship home

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    Scott returns for one final season on a mission to correct what went wrong last fall for her team and her father, Piedmont coach Rick Scott.

  • Organizers establish charitable fund for Wilson's family

    Updated: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A charity has been established to help Justin Wilson's family. The IndyCar driver died Monday after being hit in the head by debris Sunday in the race at Pocono. The 37-year-old Englishman was married and had two children. Donations can be sent to Wilson Children's Fund, c/o Forum Credit Union, P.O. Box 50738, Indianapolis, IN 46250-0738 or by calling 317-558-6000. Decals and T-shirts also are being sold to raise money at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's online store and all proceeds will go to the fund. Fans in the United Kingdom are asked to send cards and condolences to Keith Wilson c/o Lisa Davis, PalmerSport, The Old Post Office, Worthing Road, Southwater, West Sussex, RH13 9EZ. ___

  • IndyCar's Vautier docked 3 points for avoidable contact

    Updated: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Tristan Vautier lost three points, was fined $10,000 and will miss the first two hours of practice Friday at Sonoma — penalties for taking himself and championship contender Graham Rahal out of the race Sunday at Pocono. IndyCar officials said Wednesday that Vautier could have avoided contact with Rahal, who is second in the standings. Vautier was put on probation for a similar violation June 27 at Fontana. Points leader Juan Pablo Montoya was fined $3,000 for making contact with an air hose, his third offense this season. Carlos Munoz was fined $500 for the same infraction. Jack Hawksworth was docked $2,500 for causing a hazardous condition with a loose tire. Honda lost 20 points for engines tha

  • OSU fans have spoken: Expect 9 wins

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    OSU fan Dave Hudson of Oklahoma City conducts an annual survey of Cowboy fans. His results are rather interesting. I thought I would share some of them with you, and you can see more yourself here. Hudson said he received a total of 1,509 surveys, which is quite an impressive number. I don’t know if he has some filters to weed out infidels — OU fans or Texas fans or Baylor fans, trying to skew the results. But either way, it’s an impressive number. * Predicted regular-season wins: 8.9. This is actually a little low, in my opinion. I’ve got the Cowboys going 11-2 overall, so I guess my regular-season win total is 10.5. Hudson has been doing the survey since 2008, and more often than

  • Mahan begins long road in the playoffs, with history on side

    Updated: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    EDISON, N.J. (AP) — Recent history is what gives Hunter Mahan a level of optimism he would not ordinarily have at The Barclays. For the first time in 10 years, he is at risk of ending a PGA Tour season without once finishing in the top three. For the first time in more than six years, Mahan is out of the top 50 in the world ranking. He starts the FedEx Cup playoffs at No. 71, his lowest position since this series began in 2007. Mahan is the only player to have never missed a playoff event. That streak is in jeopardy. He also knows how quickly it can turn around. "Takes one good week to propel you up the board," Mahan said. "And you can change the schematic of the whole thing." A year ago, Mahan was No.

  • See What?: Iconic schemes to run at Darlington

    Updated: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — The Southern 500 will have a familiar feel, and not just because the race has returned to Labor Day weekend. Most of the grid for Sprint Cup's next race on Sept. 6 will have throwback paint schemes on their cars, recalling the days when greats like David Pearson, Cale Yarborough and Dale Earnhardt dominated the track "Too Tough To Tame." At the last Southern 500 in April 2014, Darlington Raceway executives announced a campaign to tap in the track's long history as NASCAR's first superspeedway. Track President Chip Wile said NASCAR teams were eager to participate, bringing out famous machines like the blue-yellow combo No. 17 Hall-of-Famer Pearson ran for Holman Moody four decades ago. Dale Earn

  • Laurie Rinker wins LPGA T&CP National Championship

    Updated: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Laurie Rinker won the LPGA T&CP National Championship on Wednesday, closing with a 7-under 65 for a four-stroke victory over three-time defending champion Jean Bartholomew and Karen Paolozzi. The 52-year-old Rinker finished at 9-under 207 at Reunion Resort and earned $10,000. She led the eight qualifiers for the KPMG Women's PGA Championship next year at Sahalee in Washington. "I feel like I played well every day. I just maybe hit the ball closer today and just made some putts," said Rinker, a two-time winner on the LPGA Tour. "My proximity to the hole was much better today. I probably only missed six greens in three days." Bartholomew, a four-time winner, and Paolozzi each shot 70.

  • Former Oklahoma State DB Tyler Patmon next man up in Dallas Cowboys secondary

    Erik Horne | Updated: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    With Dallas Cowboys defensive back Orlando Scandrick ruled out for the season with a torn ACL and MCL in his right knee, a former Oklahoma State Cowboy is stepping into a spotlight role. Dallas head coach Jason Garrett told the media Wednesday that Tyler Patmon would replace Scandrick as the primary corner covering slot receivers. Jason Garrett says Tyler Patmon will replace Orlando Scandrick covering the slot receiver pic.twitter.

  • [UPDATE]: Bob Stoops unsure about Du'Vonta Lampkin's status with Texas

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    OU freshman defensive tackle Du'Vonta Lampkin got on the field with the Sooners on Wednesday, and the snippet of video he shared was impressive. Lampkin posted a video of himself pushing junior college transfer Jamal Dantley several yards into the backfield. Lampkin certainly has the power and size at 6-foot-4, 306 pounds to make an impact alone the Sooners' defensive line, but the question remains when he'll actually be eligible to play for OU. Lampkin was cleared to practice yesterday , but last weekend Texas coach Charlie Strong said he would not release Lampkin from his letter of intent. Lampkin signed with Texas in the Class of 2015. Bob Stoops announced earlier this week that Lampkin will be put on scholarship, but that OU is still working through his eligibility .

  • Tramel: Frank Shannon holds Bob Stoops' career in his hands

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    I wrote about the Baylor scandal for the Monday Oklahoman, which you can read here, and my general thesis was that convicted rapist Sam Ukwuachu is a watershed figure in collegiate athletics. From now on, coaches aren’t going to get a free pass when they choose to bring to their campuses players of questionable character. And that includes Bob Stoops. Player behavior became a hot-button Sooner issue in 2014 with Dorial Green-Beckham, Joe Mixon and Frank Shannon. Mixon became the poster child for that discussion and remains so.

  • Colleges dedicate women's tipoff game to Lauren Hill

    Updated: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    The schools that helped Lauren Hill realize her dream of scoring a basket in a college game will honor her with a season-opening event in November. Xavier will host the "Lauren Hill Tipoff Classic" on the court where she scored her first basket a year ago. The Mount St. Joseph University freshman died from brain cancer in April. Her public memorial also was held at Xavier's Cintas Center. Hill used her last months to raise money for cancer research and to remind people that life is precious. She played her first game against Hiram College on Nov. 2. Hiram will visit again as part of a Nov. 14 doubleheader, with proceeds going to cancer research. Xavier's women's team will play Evansville. ___ Follow Joe Kay

  • Oklahoma State-Auburn basketball gets primetime treatment for Big 12/SEC Challenge

    Updated: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    Times and networks have been released for the Big 12/SEC Challenge, and Oklahoma State will get the primetime treatment against Auburn on Jan. 30. OSU at Auburn will tip off at 7 p.m. central on ESPN2, one of seven game times and networks finalized by the conferences and ESPN. Oklahoma's game at LSU will be played no earlier than 1 p.m. and no later than 6 p.m., and will air on ESPN. ESPN's College GameDay will originate from one of the Challenge games, to be announced at a later date. 2015-16 Big 12/SEC Challenge Saturday, Jan. 30 (all times central) Vanderbilt at Texas (ESPN or ESPN2), 11 a.m. West Virginia at Florida (ESPN or ESPN2), 11 a.m. Tennessee at TCU (ESPN2), 1 p.m. Mississippi at Kansas State (ESPNU), 1 p.m. Texas Tech at Arkansas (ESPNU), 3 p.m. Georgia at Baylor (ESPN2), 5 p.m. Oklahoma State at Auburn (ESPN2), 7 p.m. Kentucky at Kansas (ESPN), no earlier than 1 p.m.; no later than 6 p.m. Oklahoma at LSU (ESPN), no earlier than 1 p.m.; no later than 6 p.m. Iowa State at Texas A&M (ESPN), no earlier than 1 p.m.; no later than 6 p.m.

  • VIDEO: Russell Westbrook jams at Taylor Swift concert in L.A.

    Erik Horne | Updated: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    T SWIFT... WAS ROCKINNNN LAST NIGHT! ... @taylorswift13 http://t.co/gI9Ap8jX53 — Russell Westbrook (@russwest44) August 26, 2015 Now we know one more way Russell Westbrook enjoys his time off. The Oklahoma City Thunder guard posted a video of himself at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday night taking in the Taylor Swift concert. Swift is performing five shows at the Staples Center (Kobe Bryant showed up at Friday's show), and Westbrook caught Show No. 4 of 5, which included a cameo from John Legend. Oh, and Westbrook signing Swift's hit "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together."  

  • Thunder guard D.J. Augustin remembers living through Hurricane Katrina

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Updated: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    On the week of the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Thunder guard and New Orleans native D.J. Augustin shared his memories of living through that devastating disaster in a first-person account on theplayerstribune.com. In this must-read essay, Augustin, who was three months shy of his 18th birthday when Katrina made landfall, begins his account painting the picture of how evacuations were commonplace for New Orleans residents. Everyone in his family knew the drill and everyone had specific items of significance they made sure to pack. Augustin’s were the orange Nike shoeboxes he kept under his bed. “My mom used to record all my basketball games since I was 4 years old, all the way through high school. Never missed a

  • Cleveland State to play some games in Cavaliers' arena

    Updated: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland State has partnered with Quicken Loans Arena and will have its basketball teams play some home games on the Cavaliers' court next season. The university's men's team will play five games next season at the Q against schools with large alumni bases in the area. Those dates are to be announced, but Cleveland State's goal in aligning with the arena is to heighten the program's profile and bring more fans to games at Wolstein Center on campus. As part of the multiyear agreement, Quicken Loans will handle the booking of concerts and events at Wolstein Center. The Vikings averaged just over 2,200 fans last season at Wolstein, which has a capacity of 13,600.

  • Stroud needs strong Barclays to keep playing

    Updated: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    Chris Stroud won't have much in the way of momentum for this week's opening round of the Fed Ex Cup Playoffs. Stroud, who missed his third consecutive cut at the Wyndham Classic, will enter at No. 109 in the standings. It's his lowest Fed Ex rank since coming in at No. 110 in 2012. He entered at No. 47 and No. 43, respectively, the previous two years and was No. 61 in 2011. The former Lamar University All-America's current money winnings for the 2014-15 season of $746,814 are the lowest since his bottom line was $735,019 in 2010. A year ago when he had four top 10s and 11 top 25s, Chris' earnings were $1,826,399. A good week at the Barclay's, however, could help salvage the season.

  • Sports on TV: Tuning in for Wednesday, Aug. 26

    COMPILED BY TODD SCHOENTHALER Staff Writer tschoenthaler@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    WEDNESDAY MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 7:30 p.m. — OKC at Albuquerque — KGHM-AM 1340 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 6 p.m. — L.A. Angels at Detroit — MLBN (Cox 264) 6 p.m. — L.A. Dodgers at Cincinnati — KTOK-AM 1000 7 p.m. — Toronto at Texas — FSOK (Cox 37)/JIP KEBC-AM 1560 7 p.m. — Baltimore at Kansas City — Cox 77 8:30 p.m. — St. Louis at Arizona — FSPLUS (Cox 68)/Cox 703 9 p.m. — Chi. Cubs at San Francisco — ESPN (Cox 29) GOLF 4 a.m. — Czech Masters — GOLF (Cox 60) MEN'S SOCCER 1:30 p.m. — Part. Belgrade vs. B. Borisov — FSOK (Cox 37) 1:30 p.m. — C. Brugge vs. Man. United — FS1 (Cox 67) WNBA 6 p.m.

  • OU football: Could the Sooners develop another 'Belldozer' package for Trevor Knight?

    BY RYAN ABER | Updated: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    NORMAN — Four seasons ago, after Oklahoma’s offense struggled in the red zone, Bob Stoops and the Sooners’ offensive coaches came up with a plan to use Blake Bell to help boost their chances to be successful. The result was the Belldozer and it worked like a charm, turning Bell into a star for two seasons even as Landry Jones was OU’s starting quarterback. So when Stoops on Monday named Baker Mayfield the starting quarterback to begin the season, it was no surprise when one of the first questions for Stoops was whether or not there would be a package similar to the Belldozer to take advantage of the special skill set of deposed quarterback Trevor Knight. Knight won the quarterback job over Bell two seasons ago