• The top five OU plays in OU-Texas history

    Monday, October 5, 2015 at 02:26 PM

    It's OU-Texas week. To kick it off, we're looking back at Berry Tramel's compilation of the five biggest Sooners plays in the history of the rivalry, which resumes at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. Here are his top five OU plays.[pagebreak]Rocky Calmus’ 2000 interception return

  • Bill Snyder 'wasn't aware' of Big 12 officiating mistake in loss at OSU

    Monday, October 5, 2015 at 04:15 PM

      Kansas State coach Bill Snyder said he “wasn't aware” of the officiating mistake that gave Oklahoma State a first down late in the second quarter of Saturday's 36-34 Cowboys victory. On a third-and-23 play, Oklahoma State needed to reach the Kansas State 35-yard line for a first down. Cowboys quarterback Mason Rudolph completed a 19-yard pass to Marcell Ateman and officials incorrectly awarded OSU with a first down. Five plays later, Rudolph hit Ateman for an 11-yard touchdown pass. “When the situation took place, it didn't seem as though they had made enough yardage to make the first down,” Snyder said Monday on the Big 12 coaches' teleconference. “I certainly didn't question it and had no idea.

  • There was a time when Baker Mayfield wanted to play football for Texas

    Monday, October 5, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    Mayfield grew up desperately wanting to play for a Big 12 program, and when the possibility of a scholarship offer from TCU fell through late, he searched around not for a scholarship but for a place that would embrace him as a walk-on. One of the first calls was to Texas.

  • Kevin Durant's 'dream' comes true with North Highland court

    Today at 12:00 AM

    Dressed in a gray hoodie that matched the court with his name on it, the Thunder star spoke appreciatively to the crowd of wide-eyed youngsters, who were holding handmade signs which read “KD’s got the juice,” “KD Rocks,” and “Bring home a championship.”

  • A.J. Hinch was a success story long before managing the Houston Astros to the playoffs

    Today at 12:00 AM

    Hinch was a baseball standout. A product of Midwest City High. A soon-to-be sophomore at Stanford. But he was also a 19-year-old who'd just lost his dad.

  • Two-minute drill practice pays dividends for Mason Rudolph

    Monday, October 5, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    Among the different ways Oklahoma State prepares for game day throughout any given week, few situations draw such high levels of energy and competition: two-minute drill inside the Sherman E. Smith Training Center.

  • Bob Stoops on penalties: 'We earned 'em'

    Monday, October 5, 2015 at 03:00 PM

    OU was penalized 12 times for 134 yards against West Virginia. The Mountaineers were penalized 11 times for 111 yards.

  • Ravens receiver Steve Smith could miss game vs. Browns

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    OWNINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — The Baltimore Ravens got their first win of the season last week, but may have lost a pivotal member of their depleted receiving corps in the process. Steve Smith, the Ravens leading wide receiver, injured his back in Thursday's win against the Pittsburgh Steelers and is listed as day-to-day. Baltimore coach John Harbaugh declined to say whether Smith would be available for Sunday's home game against Cleveland, but all signs point to the 15-year veteran missing the game. Harbaugh said Monday: "He had a tough injury. He'll be back as soon as he can." The Ravens are dealing with several injuries to their receiving corps.

  • Hamels good addition for Rangers future _ and this year too

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Cole Hamels was certainly a good addition for the future of the Texas Rangers. And this season too. Eight games out of first place after Hamels made his Texas debut Aug. 1, the Rangers are back in the playoffs for the first time in three seasons. Texas (88-74) clinched its sixth AL West title on the final day of the regular season when Hamels pitched his first complete game for the Rangers, a three-hitter by the left-hander that general manager Jon Daniels described Monday as a "get-on-my-back kind of start." Shin-Soo Choo, with an incredible closing stretch of his own, said Hamels "showed why he's a great pitcher." The late surge by Texas included winning Hamels' last starts.

  • Kelly isn't changing anything despite Eagles' 1-3 start

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A defiant Chip Kelly defended his coaching strategy and personnel decisions while blaming a 1-3 start on poor execution. The Philadelphia Eagles began the season with Super Bowl aspirations, but are last in the NFC East. They can still bounce back in a division where the other three teams are each 2-2, but they hardly look like a legitimate playoff contender. "I think we have the right guys, and we're doing the right things," Kelly said Monday, a day after a 23-20 loss at Washington. "We need to execute the plays better. That's what we need to do." Critics are hammering Kelly for his risky, headline-grabbing offseason moves, and many are questioning his up-tempo offense that leaves the defense on t

  • Arkansas returns to underdog role after offseason arrests

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas coach Mike Anderson says he was "blindsided" by a tumultuous offseason for the Razorbacks, one that included the arrests of three players on allegations of using counterfeit money. Starting point guard Anton Beard, forward Jacorey Williams and transfer Dustin Thomas were arrested by Fayetteville police in July, accused of using counterfeit $20 bills and exchanging counterfeit $50 bills for $100 bills. Williams was dismissed from the Arkansas program in August, while Beard and Thomas have been suspended from the team and remain in school awaiting trial. The Razorbacks were 27-9 last season, reaching the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2008.

  • Supreme Court rejects San Jose appeal over Athletics' move

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Supreme Court rejected an appeal from the city of San Jose in its bid to lure baseball's Athletics from Oakland to the South Bay. The justices on Monday left in place lower court rulings that dismissed the city's antitrust claims against Major League Baseball, which blocked the Athletics' contemplated move to San Jose. San Jose sued MLB in June 2013 for conspiring to block the relocation. San Jose is in Santa Clara County, part of the San Francisco Giants' territory under MLB's constitution. The city said the territory rules violated federal antitrust laws. Baseball has been exempt from antitrust laws since a 1922 Supreme Court decision.

  • 49ers' Torrey Smith frustrated by offense's performance

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — San Francisco 49ers receiver Torrey Smith doesn't believe things are as bad as they seem, despite his team's 1-3 record and possessing the league's lowest-scoring offense. "I feel a lot better than I did yesterday," Smith said Monday. "But it still doesn't feel good, at all, losing. Still embarrassed about how we've been playing offensively." The 49ers lost 17-3 Sunday to the Green Bay Packers after another lackluster offensive performance that saw quarterback Colin Kaepernick complete 13 of 25 passes for 160 yards and take six sacks. Smith made two catches Sunday and was visibly frustrated on the field for much of the afternoon. The 49ers managed just 196 total yards, with 47 coming on a lo

  • Montreal eager to get back to playoffs for deeper run

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    The Montreal Canadiens enter the season with plenty of confidence. The question isn't whether they can make the playoffs — it's how far they can go with a deep roster and a standout goaltender in Carey Price. General manager Marc Bergevin doesn't view the playoff loss to Tampa Bay as a repudiation of a strong regular season. "We beat the hottest team going in, which was Ottawa," he said. "Then we lost to the team that went to the Stanley Cup Final, and I thought most of the games we pretty much outplayed them ... Still in the end, they beat us. We have to build from that." Some things to watch for from Montreal this season: SAVIOR SEMIN?: Alex Semin isn't coming to Montreal to be a foundational player. The

  • Arkansas Media Day

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    FILE - In this March 20, 2015 file photo, Arkansas head coach Mike Anderson gestures during a news conference at the NCAA college basketball tournament in Jacksonville, Fla. Arkansas enjoyed a fairy tale season a year ago, finishing with 27 wins and reaching the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2008. It's been a rocky offseason for the Razorbacks, who lost stars Bobby Portis and Michael Qualls to the NBA and had several players arrested on forgery charges.

  • OU football notebook: Jordan Thomas earns game ball

    By Jason Kersey and Berry Tramel, Staff Writers | Published: Mon, Oct 5, 2015

    Thomas, a sophomore, was suspended for the Sooners’ 52-38 win over Tulsa for undisclosed team rules violations. He returned to the starting lineup last weekend against West Virginia and intercepted two passes.

  • Derek Wolfe returns to league's top-ranked defense

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Denver Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe returned to work Monday after serving his four-game suspension and declared he was "like a caged animal right now," ready to rejoin the NFL's top-ranked defense. "It was a long month," the fourth-year pro said. "The first two weeks went by real quick and the last two weeks they were just dragging on. I'm just ready to help the team win." The Broncos (4-0) have done a pretty good job without him, collecting 18 sacks and 11 takeaways with defensive ends Malik Jackson, Vance Walker and Antonio Smith playing superbly in Wolfe's absence.

  • MLB defensive shifts up another 33 percent this season

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — It was another year of big shifts in Major League Baseball. Teams used 17,733 defensive shifts on balls in play this season, Baseball Info Solutions said Monday. That is up 33 percent from 13,298 last year. Shifts increased from 2,357 in 2011 to 4,577 the following year and 8,180 in 2013. Colorado had the biggest increase, an 897-shift rise from 114 in 2014 to 1,011 this season. Tampa Bay led the major leagues with 1,462, a rise of 638, and Houston was second at 1,416. Atlanta (211) and Washington (216) were the teams that shifted the least.

  • Orioles' put priority on retaining Davis, improving pitching

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    BALTIMORE (AP) — Seeking an encore to their appearance in the AL Championship Series, the Baltimore Orioles sputtered through a .500 season primarily because they couldn't replace stars lost to free agency and received sub-par performances from several of the 2014 standouts. Baltimore won the AL East with a 96-66 record last year. Over the winter, major league home run leader Nelson Cruz left for Seattle, standout reliever Andrew Miller signed with the Yankees and right fielder Nick Markakis shuffled off to Atlanta. The Orioles might have been able to survive those losses if Bud Norris, Delmon Young, Alejandro De Aza and Steve Pearce played as they did last season. None of them came close.

  • What's it like to stand in goal during a penalty kick shootout?

    Chris Brannick | Updated: 16 hr ago

    Oklahoma City Energy FC defeated Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC 4-3 on penalty kicks on Sunday after the teams played to a 2-2 tie in the United Soccer League playoffs. The win put the Energy in the Western Conference final against L.A. Galaxy II next Sunday. Energy goalkeeper Evan Newton stopped by The Oklahoman to talk about his big night, making two saves in the penalty kick shootout and what it's like to be in that situation.

  • The top five OU plays in OU-Texas history

    darnell mayberry | Updated: 16 hr ago

    It's OU-Texas week. To kick it off, we're looking back at Berry Tramel's compilation of the five biggest Sooners plays in the history of the rivalry, which resumes at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. Here are his top five OU plays.[pagebreak]Rocky Calmus’ 2000 interception return <object id="flashObj" width="486" height="322" classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,47,0"><param name="movie" value="http://c.brightcove.

  • Other than Santos, bad week for kickers

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — All plaudits to Cairo Santos of the Chiefs for making seven field goals Sunday. At least someone was able to kick the ball straight this week. Santos' club record in a 36-21 loss at Cincinnati — that's right, all the points were on field goals, not three touchdowns — stands out even more when compared to his peers. Not only were field goals a chore, particularly in crunch time, but the longer extra points were problematic, with four missed. There have been four or more misses every week this year after not having more than three in any week from 2000-2014. Unlike in college, where so many kickers are untested or simply not reliable, NFL coaches often play for the winning field goal.

  • Hornets' Kidd-Gilchrist out indefinitely, has torn labrum

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Charlotte Hornets forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is expected to miss an extended period of time after an MRI revealed he has a torn labrum in his right shoulder. The team made the announcement Monday, but would not say if he needed surgery or how long he will be out. On Sunday, the team announced he had a separated shoulder, but an MRI upon returning to Charlotte confirmed additional a torn labrum too. The Hornets say Kidd-Gilchrist will meet with team orthopedist Dr. Marcus Cook on Tuesday to determine the next steps for the recovery and rehabilitation of his shoulder. Kidd-Gilchrist suffered the injury in Saturday's preseason game at Orlando in the second quarter when he landed on the fl

  • Column: Harvick advancing bad for everyone else in NASCAR

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — No one would have blamed a championship contender for getting just a little bit excited when Kevin Harvick wrecked during the opening race of the Chase for the Sprint Cup. And it would have been understandable if a driver or two had started salivating a bit when Harvick ran out of gas while leading the very next week. The reigning Sprint Cup champion had been backed deep into a corner Unless he overcame some pretty heavy odds, he'd be knocked out of the way in the race for the championship. Funny thing is, not a single driver in the Chase field counted Harvick out.

  • Perennial losers, Redskins tied for 1st in NFC East at 2-2

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    After six last-place finishes in the past seven seasons, spending a week atop the NFC East — even at only 2-2, and tied with two other clubs — is a big deal to the Washington Redskins. "It's a great feeling to win like this," defensive end Chris Baker said, "because we have been losing a lot around here." Sure have. Last season, Jay Gruden's first as an NFL head coach, Washington went 4-12. The year before that, under Mike Shanahan, the team was 3-13. So a .500 record sounds fantastic at this point. "Being 2-2, it's not 4-0, but we're tied for first in the division after the first quarter (of the season)," Gruden said Monday. "We're happy about that.

  • Coach Rex Ryan plans to fix Bills' penalty woes

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Yellow flags have become a red flag for Rex Ryan and the Buffalo Bills. The Bills (2-2), who play at Tennessee on Sunday, are coming off a 24-10 loss to the New York Giants. The Bills committed 17 penalties for 135 yards. Ryan, who vowed to "build a bully" when he came to Buffalo in January, downplayed the role of penalties Sunday. He defended his players for displaying fight in the loss. Ryan's demeanor was different on Monday. "The penalties is something that kind of keeps you up at night trying to think of what to do, how we can fix it," Ryan said Monday. "It doesn't go away by talking about it, or that would already be done." Penalties have become a pattern for the Bills in th

  • Poteau's Roger Barcheers has huge night in double-overtime win over Metro Christian

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: 16 hr ago

    Poteau running back Roger Barcheers has had a great career since he began starting as a freshman, but Friday’s game may top the list of his performances. Barcheers rushed for 324 yards and four touchdowns on 51 carries in a 42-41 double-overtime win against Metro Christian. The 5-foot-9, 180-pound running back scored both touchdowns in the overtime periods. Poteau won the game by blocking a Metro Christian extra-point kick before Barcheers’ final score and extra point from Jesse Barnes. Barcheers eclipsed the 5,000-yard career mark in a win over Haysville, Kan., earlier this season. To add to his versatility, he also returned a kick for a touchdown and threw a touchdown pass this season.