• 2016 QB commit Nick Starkel among competition at Elite 11 finals

    Monday, July 6, 2015 at 09:40 AM

    Oklahoma State's potential quarterback of the future is competing on a national stage this week against the top passers from across the country. Nick Starkel — a 6-foot-3, 185-pound 2016 prospect from Liberty Christian High School (Argyle, Texas) — is one of 18 quarterbacks currently at Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Ore., for the Elite 11 finals. Here's a look at the entire 2015 class: The Elite 11 finals is a two-day competition, Monday and Tuesday, that features instruction from former NFL and college stars, including ESPN personality Trent Dilfer. Following the camp's completion, the top 11 performers will be crowned along with an MVP.

  • PHOTOS: OU quarterback Trevor Knight dating a Clemson cheerleader?

    Monday, July 6, 2015 at 04:38 PM

    This might be the biggest positive to come out of OU's horrific bowl loss to Clemson. At least for Trevor Knight. Clemson blasted OU 40-6 in the Russell Athletic Bowl, but that hasn't stopped Knight from evidently getting close to Clemson cheerleader Rachel Wyatt. The two spent Fourth of July together at Disney World, and were together at the iHeart Radio Country Music Festival a few months ago. (All photos via Instagram) First it was Baker Mayfield dating the "enemy." Now, it's Knight. Katy Perry is clearly old news.

  • How could Kevin Durant possibly be a better teammate?

    Monday, July 6, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    A better teammate? Durant is an all-NBA ballplayer but an all-world teammate. He’s the guy who reaches out to newcomers and who bounces off the bench even with a gimpy leg to cheer on his pals and who plays peacemaker when emotions run wild in combustible competition.

  • Semaj Christon turning heads at the Orlando Pro Summer League

    Monday, July 6, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    The 55th overall draft pick out of Xavier in 2014 followed up a 14-point, 10 assist effort against Charlotte in Saturday’s opener with a 12-point, nine-assist performance in the Thunder’s 73-65 win over The Orlando Magic’s Blue team on Monday.

  • Thunder notebook: Billy Donovan talks Kevin Durant, new assistant coaches

    Monday, July 6, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    Donovan’s relationship with Durant, perhaps his most important in his first season, appears to be off to a great start. Durant said Saturday that the time they’ve spent together in recent weeks has brought them closer, and Donovan echoed those same sentiments Monday.

  • How have Baker Mayfield and Trevor Knight played on the road?

    Monday, July 6, 2015 at 12:15 PM

    The success of the OU football season figures to be determined away from Norman. Some years ago, that would have been a bummer for Sooner prognostications. OU’s susceptibility at home the last three seasons has changed that perception, to some degree. At Owen Field, the Sooners lost to Kansas State and Notre Dame in 2012, and to Kansas State, Baylor and OSU in 2014. Still, you’d rather have your tough games at home. The Sooners on the road this season play Tennessee, Baylor and OSU, plus the neutral-site game against Texas. The success of the OU season largely will be determined by quarterback play, which has been inconsistent for the Sooners two years running.

  • Trevor Knight, Ty Darlington, Eric Striker, Sterling Shepard to represent OU at Big 12 Media Days

    Monday, July 6, 2015 at 02:54 PM

    At Big 12 Football Media Days this month, a much-talked about figure in OU football will be noticeably missing. Offensive lineman Ty Darlington, wide receiver Sterling Shepard, linebacker Eric Striker and quarterback Trevor Knight will represent the Sooners, along with head coach Bob Stoops, July 20-21 in Dallas. Knight's inclusion may be the most intriguing of the bunch, as the redshirt junior isn't assured his role as starting quarterback with Baker Mayfield now in the fold. Is Knight's inclusion an indication of his place in the OU quarterback pecking order, or are Stoops and the Sooners trying to keep everyone guessing as much as possible - including the quarterbacks - as to who the No. 1 is headed into the fall? OU is scheduled to appear at Media Day July 21 along with Baylor, Iowa State, Oklahoma State and Texas. Kansas, Kansas State, TCU, Texas Tech and West Virginia will meet with the media on July 20.

  • Four-star Indiana forward Davon Dillard signs with Cowboys

    Monday, July 6, 2015 at 01:07 PM

    Four-star forward Davon Dillard officially signed with Oklahoma State on Monday. Dillard will be eligible to play for the Cowboys this season.  A 6-5, 205-pound small forward from Gary, Ind., Dillard was ranked as the No. 3 player in the state of Indiana, and the No. 21 player at his position in the nation by ESPN. “Davon is an ultra-competitor and a great athlete, and we couldn’t be happier to have a part of the Oklahoma State family,” OSU coach Travis Ford said. “His size, athleticism and toughness make him very versatile. I watched him power his team to a victory with his hard work, which is something he brings game-in-game-out. His motor is always running.

  • Five things to watch in tonight’s Coke Zero 400 at Daytona

    Published: Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – It was here at Daytona International Speedway where fans were introduced to a young driver from California by way of Indiana. Jeff Gordon, then a rookie, scored his first career victory at this track in a 1993 qualifying race. He admitted he needed help finding victory lane that day. That was the first of 14 such visits at this track during his career, which will end after this season. Tonight’s race – which marks NBC’s return to broadcasting Sprint Cup races – marks Gordon’s final Cup start at this famed 2.5-mile speedway. He enters the event searching for his first victory of the season. And Gordon's quest for a win is not the only storyline at tonight's race.

  • Wiesberger comes from 3 shots back to win French Open

    Updated: Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    PARIS (AP) — Bernd Wiesberger of Austria came from three shots back to win the French Open on Sunday, making five birdies on the front nine to take command as overnight leader Jaco Van Zyl faltered. Wiesberger finished with a 6-under 65 to win by three shots ahead of James Morrison of England, who shot a 67. Van Zyl only managed a 73 to finish five shots behind Wiesberger's total of 13-under 271. Wiesberger found himself in the lead after four straight birdies from the fourth hole, and picked up another shot on the ninth. After eight straight pars, he finished with another birdie on the 18th. Martin Kaymer, the 2009 champion, finished fourth after a 70. It was Wiesberger's third European Tour title.

  • Rain helps Hamilton win thrilling British GP, extend F1 lead

    Updated: Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    SILVERSTONE, England (AP) — Rain soaked Silverstone and water then filled Lewis Hamilton's eyes. The world champion won on home soil for the third time on Sunday as the inclement weather provided the conditions for a thrilling British Grand Prix — a riposte to some of the complaints about Formula One being boring this season. Hamilton overcame a bad start to hold off Nico Rosberg's challenge in front of 140,000 fans for his fifth win of the season, extend his championship lead over his Mercedes teammate to 17 points. "As I came round that last lap I was welling up seeing all those people on their feet," Hamilton said.

  • Local golf: Trio capture feature

    Updated: Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    Several lady linksters journeyed Thursday to the Adams Municipal Course to participate in a star-spangled competition. The Adams Women’s Golf Association feature was Red, White and Blue, but the ladies mostly saw green during the spirited battles which ended in a tie for the overall honor. The threesome of Kathy Brown, Willy Polk and Diane Daniels carved out a score of 131 and then won the tiebreaker to earn bragging rights. Also coming in at 131, but having to settle up for runner-up kudos, was the foursome of Marge Harvey, Cindy Eads, Linda Tagliaferri and Marilyn Griffin. Cindy Facker swept the main two categories in the A Flight: low putts (30) and low net score (68). Facker also bagged an eagle (No. 1

  • KU beats Brazil 81-72 for 2nd consecutive World University Games win

    Updated: Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    In the days before Kansas’ game against Brazil, the Jayhawks’ second contest at the World University Games, FIBA officials approached KU’s traveling party with a concern. Kansas is representing the United States at the international event in Gwangju, South Korea, and the officials from basketball’s world governing body did not believe the Jayhawks’ uniforms accurately conveyed this fact. The uniforms, specially-designed for this tournament, had KANSAS across the chest with a small USA logo on the shoulder. They also had “KU” logos on the shorts and back collar. The jerseys, the officials said, needed to be changed.

  • NASCAR fans defend, display Confederate flags at Daytona

    Updated: Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Steven Rebenstorf has numerous flags flying atop his canopy tent inside Daytona International Speedway. The Confederate flag is front and center. It's been like that for years. And the 57-year-old Rebenstorf has no plans to take it down — not even if NASCAR decides to ban the embattled flag from its racetracks. "They'd have to come and get it," Rebenstorf said Saturday, pointing out that his American flag purposely flies a few inches higher than the rest. Rebenstorf and others staunchly defended their Confederate flags at NASCAR's first race in the South since the racing series and its tracks urged fans to no longer wave the banner. Dozens were scattered throughout the vast infield a

  • Shyatt hopes to play 9 or 10 players consistently in 2015-16

    Updated: Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming coach Larry Shyatt knows that senior guard Josh Adams will be playing a lot of minutes next season. Beyond that the roles and responsibilities for Wyoming's men's basketball team remain up in the air. Wyoming boasts a roster with eight newcomers among 15 players. Six are freshmen and six are sophomores, two are juniors and Adams is the lone senior. Shyatt tells the Casper Star-Tribune (http://bit.ly/1HyLvty) that 10 or more players could regularly see playing time because of the youth on the team. Meantime, Wyoming women's basketball coach Joe Legerski has kept his team occupied throughout the summer with two hours of team workouts per week. ___ Information from: Casper (

  • Marshall's new academic center a boost for student-athletes

    Updated: Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — When Marshall athletic director Mike Hamrick first returned to the university in that job, the former Thundering Herd linebacker asked where student-athletes went for tutoring, computer labs and academic advising. He didn't like what he saw. "I can remember walking into this little room in the Shewey Building and there were 12 computers and five of them were broken," he said, "and there were 20 kids sitting, waiting to get onto a computer." The days of cramped rooms and broken computers are gone. Marshall student-athletes now can take advantage of the wide-open spaces of the Buck Harless Student-Athlete Academic Center, a 14,000-square-foot area on second floor of the Chris Cline Athletic Complex.

  • Kansas opens World University Games with 66-57 victory over Turkey

    Updated: Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    When translated to English, the nickname for the Turkey national basketball team is “Twelve Giant Men.” It’s a simple moniker, of course, and if you watched the first quarter of Kansas’ 66-57 victory over Turkey on Friday night in Gwangju, South Korea, it was a fitting name as well. For the first 10 minutes of Kansas’ opener at the World University Games — which actually took place on Saturday afternoon in Korea — the Turkey men looked poised to dominate. They were bigger, and more physical and stroking threes from all over Dongkang Stadium. The Giant Men, though, ran out of gas, and Kansas’ short-handed group of college players owned the final three quarters.

  • OKC Dodgers notebook: Omaha’s Lamb stifles Dodgers in front of home crowd

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    Lamb limited the Oklahoma City Dodgers to one run and four hits over six innings in the Storm Chasers’ 7-4 win Saturday in front of a season-high 11,920 fans at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.

  • 22nd Burger Time Golf Tournament tees off Thursday

    Updated: Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    LAS CRUCES >> Red Hawk Golf Club is accustomed to hosting golf tournaments. Red Hawk hosts nearly 40 tournaments per year, including several USGA and Sun Country events. For the first time since it opened in 2011, Red Hawk will host the 22nd Annual It's Burger Time "Sandra B. McGrath" Golf Tournament. "This is the largest fundraiser tournament that we have done and it's a personal one for me since I have a child in high school sports," said Red Hawk general manager Ryan Flamm, whose daughter, Briana Lopez, plays volleyball at Mayfield. "It's a good thing for us to be able to give back to the community." Burger Time was held at the now closed Las Cruces Country Club Golf Course for the first 16 years.

  • Reigning midget champion Rico Abreu gets 1st stock car win

    Updated: Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Rico Abreu has earned his first career stock car victory, racing to the win at Columbus Motor Speedway in Ohio. Abreu set a track record in winning the pole for Saturday night's NASCAR K&N Pro Series East event. He then held on for the victory. Abreu is the reigning USAC national champion and winner of this year's Chili Bowl. He made his stock car debut at New Smyrna Speedway in Florida in January, one week after his Chili Bowl victory. The 22-year-old Californian is 4 feet, 4 inches tall and weighs about 95 pounds. He uses foot blocks to build up the accelerator area so he can drive. Close friends and Sprint Cup regulars Kyle Larson and Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who both raced against Abreu in

  • Austin Dillon wins Xfinity Series race at Daytona

    Updated: Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Austin Dillon once stood in victory lane at Daytona International Speedway celebrating a Dale Earnhardt win with his grandfather and wondering if he would ever make it back to commemorate his own achievement. Richard Childress assured his grandson, "You'll have the opportunity one day, and you'll make it." Dillon proved his grandfather correct Saturday night by winning the Xfinity Series race at Daytona for Richard Childress Racing. "It's Daytona, man, I have so many family memories here and have been to a lot of victory lanes with RCR and a lot of crazy events have happened here," Dillon said. "I'm just happy for my grandfather.

  • The Oklahoman, Oklahoma City, Jenni Carlson column

    Updated: Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    Fiamma Felitch Professional golfer Age: 26 Residence: Oklahoma City Fiamma Felitch had her golf career all planned out. She'd go from Bishop McGuinness High School, where she was a state champion in 2007, to Tulsa. Then, after a few years, she'd go on to the pros. But after two years at Tulsa, she quit golf. She was coming out of a bad relationship. She was bickering with her parents, who have always been her biggest supporters. She was struggling like never before. Eventually, Felitch got her life back on course. Same for her game. Last year, she appeared on the Golf Channel's reality show "The Big Break" and finished as the runner-up. Now, she is playing on minor tours and preparing for the LPG

  • NASCAR meets with driver council for 2nd time about rules

    Updated: Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The newly formed driver council met with NASCAR for a second time Saturday and it may have led to a new rules package for upcoming races at Indianapolis and Michigan. NASCAR has already said it will use a package with less downforce next weekend at Kentucky Speedway, and that same package could be used at Darlington Raceway next month. Now it appears a package with a higher level of drag is in the works for Indy and Michigan. "I think we are all in favor of trying a low downforce package, and we want to try the opposite of that. I think Indy and Michigan are good tracks to try that out," Jeff Gordon said. A five-time winner of the Brickyard, Gordon called Indianapolis Motor Speedway on

  • OKC Thunder notebook: Semaj Christon hits game-winner, lifts Thunder over Charlotte in Orlando Pro Summer League play

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    Semaj Christon scored the game-winning basket on a driving layup with 20.4 seconds remaining to lift the Thunder to a 76-74 win over Charlotte on the opening day of the 2015 Orlando Pro Summer League on Saturday.

  • Oklahoma City Energy FC looks to snap skid in Los Angeles

    By Chris Brannick | Published: Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    The Energy hasn’t won on the road in United Soccer League play since April 4 (0-3-2) against Colorado Springs. They take on L.A. Galaxy II at 7 p.m. Sunday at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., hoping to change that.

  • OKC Dodgers: Darnell Sweeney has caught fire atop Dodgers' lineup

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    Darnell Sweeney cracked a holiday joke when asked how well he is seeing the baseball at the plate right now. “For the Fourth of July theme, it’s a beach ball right now,” he said. Sweeney, a 24-year-old super utility player, has been the offensive catalyst for the Oklahoma City Dodgers, particularly the past two weeks. He entered Saturday’s game at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark on a six-game hitting streak in which he is 12 for 24 with seven extra-base hits — including three home runs — to raise his average to .295 in the same week he was named a Pacific Coast League All-Star starter at second base. Not bad for a guy who struggled at times early in the year.

  • OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant shows up unexpectedly at the Orlando Summer League, says surgically-repaired foot is progressing on schedule

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    Here was Kevin Durant, high volume scorer, arguably the world’s best player, walking around just like anyone else on the first day of the Orlando Pro Summer, walking around just fine after three surgeries to correct his problematic right foot.

  • BRIEF: Kansas overcomes early deficit, downs Turkey

    Updated: Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    After falling behind early and trailing at halftime the Kansas Jayhawks men’s basketball team opened play in the World University Games with a 66-57 victory over Turkey on Saturday morning at Dongkang Gymnasium in Gwangju, Korea. The Jayhawks — representing the United States — were paced by Wayne Selden’s 19 points. Selden also pitched in nine rebounds to narrowly miss a double-double and leading the team in that category, as well. Perry Ellis pitched in 17 points, but neither Ellis nor Selden shoot particularly well from the field. Selden connected at and 8-of-16 clip, while Ellis recorded the same number of buckets in 18 attempts.