• Rapper Drake pays homage to Oklahoma City's own Joe Carter

    Today at 01:18 PM

    If you haven't heard, rappers Drake (he of "against-the-rules recruiting of Kevin Durant to the Toronto Raptors" fame) and Meek Mill are in a rap beef of sorts (here's a quick explanation of the feud). Somehow, Oklahoma City native/Millwood alum and Toronto Blue Jays legend Joe Carter has become a random footnote in it all. On Wednesday, Drake - a Toronto native - released a scathing diss track online about Mill entitled "Back to Back," in which the title line refers to Drake's boast that "they 'gon ask if can play this s*** baaaaaaaack to back.

  • Matt Barnes on Serge Ibaka: 'He’s just dirty'

    Today at 11:13 AM

    Last week, Matt Barnes went on ESPN's SportsNation and said he wanted to fight Thunder forward Serge Ibaka. He was at it again on Tuesday on Memphis radio, per Clippers beat writer Dan Woike. "He's just dirty," Barnes said about Ibaka. "...He hit Blake (Griffin) in the nuts twice." Ibaka and Griffin have had a series of mini-skirmishes on the court that have turned the Los Angeles Clippers-Oklahoma City Thunder matchup into a full-blown power forward rivalry. Barnes was traded from the Clippers to the Eastern Conference's Charlotte Hornets, but he's now with the Memphis Grizzlies, so he'll still get to see his buddy Serge on a regular basis.

  • Jay Boulware disappointed he couldn’t reach Keith Ford

    Today at 03:40 PM

    NORMAN — Jay Boulware admitted being disappointed by how things ended with former Sooner running back Keith Ford, who left the program in May after being suspended indefinitely.

  • Tramel: Why Nebraska never will leave the Big Ten

    Today at 08:15 AM

    Berry Tramel received an email this week from a Nebraska alum who is a professor at another Big Ten University. He wanted to remain anonymous if he published any of his dispatch, and Berry most definitely wanted to publish his dispatch, because it’s incredibly insightful into college football realignment.

  • Drake pays homage to Oklahoma City's Joe Carter via Meek Mill diss track 'Back to Back'

    Today at 01:18 PM

    If you haven't heard, rappers Drake (he of "against-the-rules recruiting of Kevin Durant to the Toronto Raptors" fame) and Meek Mill are in a rap beef of sorts. Somehow, Oklahoma City native/Millwood alum and Toronto Blue Jays legend Joe Carter has become a random footnote in it all.

  • Could an orange alternate jersey disrupt the Thunder's Bedlam peace?

    Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    The Thunder has brought this state together like little else has. Sooners and Cowboys now cheer for the same team. Oklahoma City and Tulsa now agree about something. Heck, people in Oklahoma have even come to love a Texas Longhorn. But could this cats-and-dogs-living-together utopia be getting a test?

  • OSU running backs group highlighted by intriguing but untested newcomers

    Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    Oklahoma State enters the season without its top two producers at tailback — Desmond Roland and Tyreek Hill — from a season ago. That has Cowboy fans wondering who will carry the rushing load next season.

  • Former Oklahoma State wrestler Yojiro Uetake Obata lives in Japan, but his heart lies in Stillwater

    Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    Obata — who went 58-0 in three seasons as a Cowboy — will be inducted into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame on Monday.

  • Hurley's Father


    This handout photo provided by Cheryl Hurley shows her husband Willard Hurley Jr. Their son, Billy Hurley III is playing this week's Quicken Loans National while enduring a family crisis _ his father, Willard Hurley Jr., has been missing for the past nine days.

  • NFL upholds Tom Brady’s four-game suspension

    Published: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    The NFL announced Tuesday that it will uphold its four-game suspension of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. Brady is alleged to have been involved in a scheme to deflate game balls in the Patriots' AFC Championship win over the Indianapolis Colts in January. The legal team for Tom Brady argued that an investigation led by Ted Wells provided not only no proof of the scheme but that Brady's "punishment was far too harsh based on precedent." The NFL Players Association's contention is that Brady's four-game suspension was "far too harsh given precedent and punishment given to other players for similar infractions." ( Boston Globe )

  • Tennessee football using Jack Daniel's theme for 2015 tickets

    Erik Horne | Yesterday

    Double tap if you love the look of our 2015 tickets! A photo posted by Tennessee Football (@vol_football) on Jul 27, 2015 at 6:27pm PDT // // I'm not a whiskey drinker myself, but this is cool. The University of Tennessee is embracing its state's whiskey-industry roots with a Jack Daniel's-esque spin on its 2015 football season tickets.

  • Failed ‘compliment sandwich’ got Democrat a golf date with Obama


    WASHINGTON — A rare golf date with President Barack Obama for three U.S. House members was sparked by a 2013 meeting in which the president berated one of his golfing companions. Rep. Ed Perlmutter, a Colorado Democrat, invited Obama to play golf with him and two congressional colleagues after he’d challenged the president in a closed-door meeting. Two years later, that golf date occurred when Obama took the three Democrats to play at Andrews Air Force Base. The foursome may not have happened if Perlmutter, now a third-term lawmaker, hadn’t dared to challenge the president and suffered the consequences. “I had just read a ‘Psychology Today’ article about a compliment sandwich,” Perlmutter told Bloomberg re

  • Analysis: Trump’s wealth estimated at $2.9 billion


    The latest math on Donald Trump: $2.9 billion. An analysis by the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, based in part on a 92-page personal financial disclosure form made public last week, revealed a portfolio dominated by skyscrapers and golf courses. The celebrity presidential candidate says he’s worth more than $10 billion. Trump has vaulted to the top of some polls in the crowded field of Republican contenders hoping to win the White House next year. His comments against illegal immigration and Sen. John McCain’s status as a Vietnam War hero have attracted attention — and renewed the focus on his many and varied claims to the size of his own wealth.

  • Kansas, Indiana, UCLA head Maui Invitational


    LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) — Kansas will open the 2015 Maui Invitational against Chaminade, the Division II host school known for some of college basketball's biggest upsets. The other game on that side of the bracket, which was released Tuesday, has two big-name programs, UCLA and UNLV. Indiana faces Wake Forest on the other side along with St. John's meeting Vanderbilt. The tournament starts Nov. 23 at the Lahaina Civic Center with the championship game on Nov. 25. All the games will be televised on one of the ESPN networks. Half the field has left Maui with the Wayne Duke Championship Trophy: Vanderbilt, 1986; Kansas, 1996; Indiana, 2002; and UCLA, 2006. St. John's and Wake Forest are making their first appearance

  • Blake Bell talks about transition from OU quarterback to NFL tight end

    Published: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    Former OU tight end Blake Bell, a rookie with the San Francisco 49ers, sat down with csnbayarea.com to talk about his continuing evolution from a college quarterback to an NFL pass catcher. Bell, who was selected by the 49ers in the fourth round of the 2015 NFL Draft, says he's still learning the nuances of the position after playing quarterback at OU for a majority of his career before switching to tight end as a senior in 2014. "I think even OTAs and minicamp have helped tremendously. Bell said of his position switch. "It's a little different, but it's going well so far. "Being able to watch film as a quarterback, you kinda know what the quarterback's thinking."

  • Darby named Manhattan golf coach


    NEW YORK (AP) — Former St. John's golf coach Frank Darby, whose program produced 2011 PGA Championship winner Keegan Bradley, has been named to the same position at Manhattan College. Darby spent 20 years at St. John's, his alma mater. He led the Red Storm to six NCAA regional appearances and coached 27 All Big-East selections, including Bradley and PGA Tour member Andrew Svoboda. Darby, the 2014 Big East coach of the year, has been a member of the PGA of America for 27 years and is the Tournament Operations Director for the Metropolitan Section of the PGA. He was the head golf professional at Nissequoque Golf Club for 11 years and Colonial Springs Golf Club for two. Darby replaces Jerry Wood, who retired after four s

  • Former OU defensive back Aaron Colvin could have a breakout season for Jaguars

    Published: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    Aaron Colvin has played only six NFL games, but he's shown promise as a potential play-making cornerback. The former OU standout missed most of his rookie season with the Jacksonville Jaguars recovering from a torn ACL  suffered during Senior Bowl practice in Jan. 2014. ESPN.com Jaguars writer Mike DiRocco picked Colvin as one of the Jags' potential breakout stars for 2015, a player who could be "one of the steals of the (2014 NFL) Draft." From DiRocco: "He made 25 tackles, knocked down two passes and returned a fumble for a touchdown. That doesn’t sound like a lot until you consider the fact that Colvin didn’t even begin practicing until Oct. 22 and didn’t make his first appearance in a game until Nov. 23. "Now that Colvin has had a full offseason to work out, participate in OTAs and minicamp, and continue to learn the defense, the expectations for his second season are pretty high for a player OU coach Bob Stoops called one of the best defensive backs to play for the Sooners in Stoops’ 16 seasons. "If he meets those expectations, he’ll be the defense’s breakout player."

  • TU basketball player Pat Birt walks away from car crash

    Published: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    Tulsa basketball guard Pat Birt was fortunately able to walk away from a car crash Sunday with only cuts and scratches. The junior posted photos of the accident on his Twitter account Monday, and said "even the doctors were surprised I'm fine after three car flip in a ditch. ... No way I should be walking."

  • Ralph Terry: A hall of famer and a gentleman

    Jenni Carlson | Yesterday

    Our series on this year's inductees to the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame continued today with Ralph Terry. I had the honor of penning this piece. I say honor because I got the chance to meet the former big-league pitcher earlier this year when the induction class was announced, and he struck me as a gentleman of sport. He was so kind and so unassuming. At one point during our interview that day, he mentioned in passing that he taught Tug McGraw, the great screwball pitcher, how to throw a screwball. I had to stop Terry and rewind on that. You taught Tug McGraw to throw a screwball? “I taught him how to throw it, yeah,” Terry said, as boisterous as you'll hear him. "I’m proud of

  • For GW basketball players, most meaningful part of workout is hitting the Wall

    Published: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    George Washington's offseason workouts include twice-weekly trips to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. The idea first came to the team's director when he saw some of the basketball players interacting with World War II veterans during an Honor Flight visit in the spring, the young players listening, rapt, to men in their 90s. He thought the experience sparked his players to think in broader ways about words that are sometimes used cheaply in sports, such as “commitment” and “sacrifice.”

  • NDSU men's basketball team playing games in the Bahamas


    FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota State University men's basketball team is taking a trip to the Bahamas. The Bison will play three exhibition games in the island country from Aug. 12-14. Head coach Dave Richman says the trip will help the team "solidify a couple of important positions in our rotation." NCAA basketball teams are permitted to go on a foreign tour every four years. They're also allowed 10 extra practices to help prepare. The Bison started practice on Monday. NDSU last season made its third NCAA Tournament appearance in school history.

  • Oklahoma football: Offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley talks growing up in interview with hometown TV station

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    Throughout Lincoln Riley’s enormously successful coaching career, he’s never forgotten where he came from. That was evident on the trip I took last month to Muleshoe, Texas to report on a profile of Oklahoma’s new offensive coordinator, and is also evident in a recent telephone interview Riley gave to Muleshoe’s local cable access station. Riley joined Channel 6’s Maggie Rennels for a nearly 14-minute phone interview this week. You can listen to the full interview here. We learn early on in the interview that when OU opens its 2015 season on Sept. 5 against Akron, Riley will be celebrating his 32nd birthday.

  • Tramel: Would two five-team divisions work in the Big 12?

    Berry Tramel | Yesterday

    I received an email from an OU fan named “Steve,” with no last name, which is too bad, because he had something really interesting to say. I thought I would share it: “I know you hate message boards, so you would never see my post. But I had this idea and want to share it with you. I actually think it is a pretty good idea, if you don't mind me saying so. “I've enjoyed your column since the very start. In fact, a lot of the way that I view the sports world was learned from the creative approaches that you take. “Well, it's obvious that we're stuck with 10 teams on this sinking ship of a conference. So maybe this is how to make things more interesting for the regional fans

  • Wichita State's head of news, media relations learned many life lessons on the court as a referee


    As a basketball referee, Joe Kleinsasser spent 40 years watching human character up close – the good, the bad and the ugly. But in watching more than 2,000 high school and college games, he learned about character. Hundreds of Wichita-area business and community leaders heard him speak Monday at the Downtown Rotary meeting. Game fans taunted and denounced him for four decades. “Hey, ref, I found your cellphone,” one yelled at him. “It must be yours, because there are 13 missed calls.” “There’s no way you can ever see everything,” Kleinsasser said. “I officiated more than 2,000 games during 40 years, and on a good night, an official misses two or three calls either by omission or commi

  • Oklahoma City Dodgers: Round Rock hammers Dodgers

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    Ryan Strausborger had three hits, and three other players added two apiece to help the Express score in every inning but the third and eighth.

  • Oklahoma strong: Ralph Terry overcame injury and disappointment several times, and in the process, the big-league pitcher earned a spot among Oklahoma’s best.

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Published: Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    On Aug. 3, Ralpth Terry will be inducted into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame. He’ll join gold medalists and world champions and legends of sport.

  • All-State swimming notebook: Bethany's Dustin Bielich an ambassador for young program

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    Bielich has been involved in all kinds of sports for the Bronchos. He was the kicker on the football team. He did the high jump in track season. He also played basketball for three years. But establishing a swim program might be his biggest accomplishment.

  • Oklahoma football: Could less of Samaje Perine mean more?

    BY RYAN ABER | Published: Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    Perine has lost some weight and could be paired in the same backfield with Joe Mixon.