• Top 5 most ballyhooed quarterbacks in OU history

    Monday, June 29, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    With Oklahoma quarterback hopeful Baker Mayfield making all sorts of headlines this summer, it got us thinking about the Sooner signal callers who've been most ballyhooed before ever taking a snap in a game.  Oklahoman columnist Jenni Carlson takes a stab at the quarterbacks who were most hyped before their Sooner careers began. 1. Jack Mildren: Even though he played in the pre-internet days, no quarterback was more revered by the time he arrived at OU. Mildren was the nation's top recruit in 1968 and the focus on a lengthy Sports Illustrated piece that fall. His legend was so great that even though he was ineligible for the varsity as all freshmen were in those days, Sooner fans flocked to the freshmen games to see him

  • Tramel: Time for Thunder to use retired Sonic numbers

    Monday, June 29, 2015 at 03:30 PM

    Thunder rookie Cameron Payne wanted jersey No. 1. That’s what he wore at Murray State. But Payne can’t wear No. 1 with the Thunder. It’s retired, in honor of Gus Williams, who if he ever was in Oklahoma, it was to ride or horse or shop for boots, not to play basketball. Here we go again. The sticky details of relocation lead to absurdity. The Seattle SuperSonics moved to Oklahoma City in 2008, and with the move came all the Sonics’ history and honors, with some stipulations that it would return to Seattle should that city regain an NBA franchise. So when Kendrick Perkins arrived via trade from Boston in 2011, he couldn’t wear No. 43 with the Thunder. That was retired in honor of

  • Billy Donovan hires Maurice Cheeks, Monty Williams to fill out Thunder staff

    Monday, June 29, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    Billy Donovan has fortified his biggest weakness the best way he could. The first-year Thunder coach went out and got exactly what he didn’t have. Experience. Two former NBA head coaches will be at Donovan’s side on the Thunder bench next season after the Thunder finalized its coaching staff with the hiring of Maurice Cheeks and Monty Williams as assistants. Cheeks, a former Thunder assistant on Scott Brooks’ staff for four seasons, and Williams bring a combined 14 years of NBA head coaching experience that is expected to aid Donovan in his transition from college to the NBA.

  • Hype and Hope: Baker Mayfield is the latest quarterback to make headlines before ever taking a Sooner snap

    Monday, June 29, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    First came the lengthy public and often contentious transfer spat with Texas Tech. Then came the revelations that he has smooth dance moves and a Bedlam girlfriend. Most recently, there was the more serious Twitter discourse on racial violence in the aftermath of the church shooting in Charleston, S.C. Baker Mayfield sure has made a lot of headlines for someone who hasn't even been named a starter. Granted, just about everyone with Sooner Nation citizenship believes that is only a matter of time — and many believe stardom is only a matter of time, too — and yet, all of this begs a question.

  • Super 30: Intangibles set Stroud's Tiller Bucktrot apart

    Monday, June 29, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    STROUD — Tiller Bucktrot has a Division I body and the athletic ability to go with it. The 6-foot-6, 350-pound offensive lineman from Stroud looks the part of a college football player. But it’s his intangible qualities that set him apart as a player and a team member, says Stroud coach Chris Elerick. “He’s anything but lazy,” the coach said. “He plays hard, works hard. He’s a max effort guy. “Playing for us, he’s probably at a disadvantage, because he never gets a break. He’s out there on offense and defense.” Someone recently mentioned to Elerick that it looked like Bucktrot got tired late in games. “Yeah, he does,” Elerick responded. “He’s 6-6, 350 and he’s out there

  • Tramel: Time for Thunder to use retired Sonic numbers

    Monday, June 29, 2015 at 03:30 PM

    Thunder rookie Cameron Payne wanted jersey No. 1. That’s what he wore at Murray State. But Payne can’t wear No. 1 with the Thunder. It’s retired, in honor of Gus Williams, who if he ever was in Oklahoma, it was to ride or horse or shop for boots, not to play basketball.

  • Five Thunder-related storylines heading into free agency

    Monday, June 29, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    OKC Thunder: Five Thunder-related storylines heading into free agency Open season on the NBA marketplace strikes a minute after midnight on Wednesday with a batch of well-known pieces up for grabs. In the past, while a majority of the league shuffled its decks in July, the Thunder has remained relatively quiet. This season, that trend is a near certainty to continue. OKC has a roster loaded almost completely to the brim and its offseason focus is on retaining restricted free agents Enes Kanter and Kyle Singler. As free agency nears, let’s take a look at five Thunder-related storylines: 1. How much will it cost to bring back

  • Put Pete Rose in Cooperstown, just not in the Hall of Fame

    Monday, June 29, 2015 at 09:00 AM

    The Pete Rose debate is back in the public marketplace, and the irony is deep. Rose is back in the news because he bet on baseball while he was a player. Puts a new meaning into the term, Charlie Hustle. ESPN’s Outside the Lines obtained a notebook that shows Rose’s betting practices, including betting on baseball and betting on Reds games while playing for Cincinnati. Rose agreed to a lifetime ban from baseball in 1989 after a Major League Baseball investigation determined he bet on his team to win while managing the club. For 15 years, Rose maintained that he never bet on baseball. But in 2004, Rose admitted to betting on baseball but said he bet only while a manager, not as a player. Now we know


  • Brian Harman takes Travelers Championship lead

    Updated: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) — Brian Harman birdied the 18th hole for a 5-under 65 on Saturday and a one-stroke lead over fellow Georgia left-hander Bubba Watson and Canadian Graham DeLaet in the Travelers Championship. Looking for his second PGA Tour victory, Harman had a bogey-free round to take a 14-under 196 total into the final round at TPC River Highlands. Harman hit a 149-yard wedge to 4 feet on the par-4 18th. He sank the putt after Watson, who led by two strokes after the each of the first two rounds, missed a 17-footer. "Bubba's a lot of fun to play golf with," Harman said. "He was a little before me at Georgia, so I always looked up to him, was always really proud of the way he was doing and we were always rooting

  • Russia fails to qualify for women's hoops at Olympics

    Updated: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    For the first time since boycotting the 1984 Olympics, Russia won't have a women's basketball team playing in the Olympics. Russia finished in sixth place at the EuroBasket tournament Saturday, losing to Turkey in overtime 68-66. The winner of the tournament gets an automatic bid to the 2016 Rio Olympics. The next four teams receiving bids to a last-chance qualifying tournament next year. The Russians are the only other team besides the United States to win a gold medal in women's basketball at the Olympics. The former Soviet Union won the first two medals in 1976 and 1980 before boycotting the 1984 games in Los Angeles. The Unified team won in 1992. The Americans have won every gold since, including the 2012 London Games —

  • Meet Dick Groch, the scout who signed Derek Jeter

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    Dick Groch sat in the New York Yankees’ final meeting before the 1992 baseball draft and made perhaps one of the boldest predictions in the history of baseball.

  • Oklahoma City Energy FC takes on Louisville City FC

    Chris Brannick | Updated: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    Oklahoma City Energy FC is back in action Saturday night in Louisville, Ky. The Energy take on Louisville City FC, an expansion side in the United Soccer League Eastern Conference, at 6:30 p.m. Oklahoma time. You can watch the match live on YouTube. Energy FC (7-3-3, 24 points) comes into the match in fifth place in the USL Western Conference having lost its last match at Sacramento. Louisville (5-3-5, 20 points) is in fourth place in the East and also lost last Saturday in a 2-0 decision to New York Red Bulls II. The Energy have the league's leading goal scorer in Danni Konig, who has nine goals.

  • Vautier tire changer injured during pit stop at Fontana

    Updated: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    FONTANA, Calif. (AP) — A crew member for Dale Coyne Racing was injured Saturday after being struck by Tristan Vautier's car during a pit stop. Owen Trower, Vautier's front left tire changer, was hit on the leg early in the 500-mile IndyCar race after being clipped as Vautier tried to pull out of his stall. Trower had to be helped to a cart and was taken to a local hospital with a lower-extremity injury, according to IndyCar. Two members of Dale Coyne Racing's team were injured at the Indianapolis 500 when Pippa Mann and James Davison collided as they left the pits, and Davison's car got turned into Tristan Vautier's crew. Vautier's chief mechanic, Greg Senerius, suffered a left foot injury and rear tire changer Daniel Jang

  • Jalen Rose: Michigan can’t remain elite without elite talent

    Updated: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    Jalen Rose is deeply appreciative of how Michigan’s current staff, including coach John Beilein — who he calls “one of the top college coaches” — have made Michigan fans proud of the program’s recent success, including a national title game appearance and an Elite Eight. But he feels that if U-M cannot secure some of the nation’s elite players, the top is out of reach. Rose has viewed the talent up close at the McDonald’s All-American Game, the NBA draft and in the NBA. “What has happened is, if you can’t get that elite athlete from that (McDonald’s) game or even close, how are you going to beat Kentucky? They just got six people drafted the other day,” he said at the Full Court Press clinic and

  • Allmendinger wins pole for road course race at Sonoma

    Updated: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — AJ Allmendinger, developing as the top driver on road courses, won the pole for Sunday's race at winding Sonoma Raceway. Allmendinger earned the top starting spot during Saturday's knockout qualifying with a lap 96.310 mph around the 10-turn, 1.99-mile course. It's the first pole for JTG Daugherty Racing, which earned its first berth in NASCAR's championship race last year when Allmendinger won on the Watkins Glen road course. That puts the pressure on Allmendinger, who knows the races at Sonoma and in August at Watkins Glen are likely his best chances to earn a spot in the 16-driver Chase for the Sprint Cup championship field.

  • Tony Stewart struggling to end worst slump of career

    Updated: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — Tony Stewart spent a rare week off traveling across Ohio as the hands-on owner of a sprint car series. He spent time with the officials in charge of the All Star Circuit of Champions, the promoters and made sure the product was top-notch. Stewart returned to his day job refreshed and ready to get back to work with his NASCAR team. It took just one practice session at Sonoma Raceway for Stewart's moment of Zen to end with a resounding thud. The balance was off in the No. 14 Chevrolet — again — and his laps lagged far behind the leaders. The three-time NASCAR champion is stuck in the worst season of his career, with no idea how to snap the slump. He'll start seventh in Sunday's race on the Sono

  • NASCAR chairman wants Confederate flag eliminated at races

    Updated: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — Calling the Confederate flag an "insensitive symbol" he personally finds offensive, NASCAR chairman Brian France says the sport will be aggressive in dissociating the flag from events. France told The Associated Press on Saturday that NASCAR is exploring how far it can go in trying to eliminate the flag from its races. Fans camp in the infield and areas that surround race tracks and many display the Confederate flag as part of their tailgate. Earlier this week, NASCAR said it backs South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley's call to remove the Confederate flag from state capitol grounds, and noted that it bars the flag symbol in any official NASCAR capacity. France told AP: "We want to go as far as we can

  • The Express-Star, Chickasha, Okla., Adam Troxtell column

    Updated: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    Last weekend, I played golf at a local country club because I had been told it was in very good shape. I had never known this course to be in particularly bad shape, but this information got me onto the tee box. I found out it was true; unfortunately, my skills weren't quite good enough for me to appreciate all of it. After going six-over par through the first four holes (which is pretty good for me), I commenced to triple-bogey the next three. Looking back, I know exactly why. Starting with the par 4-fifth, I began my unsavory habit of hooking my shots. Then there was the over-hit chip shot, followed by an under-hit flub on the next hole. That was also the hole on which I lost my ball in someone's yard (apologies

  • Former coach Henson out of hospital, starting chemotherapy

    Updated: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Former Illinois and New Mexico State basketball coach Lou Henson has been released from a Texas hospital and is scheduled to soon begin chemotherapy treatments, according to his wife. Henson's wife, Mary Henson, told The News-Gazette in Champaign (http://bit.ly/1eP7cLp ) on Friday that the 83-year-old retired coach is staying with family in Houston. Henson, who has dealt with both non-Hodgkins lymphoma and encephalitis over the past 12 years, left Champaign on June 21 for M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston to determine why his immune system has weakened. He had spent several days in isolation at a hospital in Illinois. He'll begin regular chemotherapy treatments before a planned return to Ch

  • England's James Morrison claims 2-stroke lead in Munich

    Updated: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    MUNICH (AP) — English golfer James Morrison shot a 5-under 67 to claim a two-stroke lead in the third round of the BMW International Open as overnight leader Rafa Cabrera-Bello dropped six off the pace on Saturday. Morrison, who began the day one stroke behind Spain's Cabrera-Bello, made six birdies and would be further ahead if not for a bogey on the final hole. He was at 16-under 200 heading into Sunday's final round on the Eichenried Golf Club course. "I played steady, didn't really do too much wrong and nearly had a bogey-free round," said Morrison, who can win his second European Tour event in as many months after claiming the Open de Espana in May. "(There are) miles to go yet, especially on this golf course," t

  • Charleston suspect's life a troubled road to radicalization

    Updated: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    CHAPIN, S.C. (AP) — The people who know Dylann Storm Roof — the people who watched his progression from a sweet child to a disturbed man — are struggling with guilt. How could they have missed the signs? Could they have done something to prevent the deaths of nine innocents at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church? How did it all happen? Roof himself offers no answers. He sits in North Charleston's Sheriff Al Cannon Detention Center, charged with the murders, his $1 million bail far beyond reach. But talk to his friends and family, and a portrait emerges of a troubled and confused 21-year-old, often drunk and occasionally threatening violence as he alternated between partying with black friends and spouti

  • Live Coverage: Thunder introduces first-round draft pick Cameron Payne

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    The Oklahoma City Thunder introduces its newest draft pick - Murray State point guard Cameron Payne - to the media at 10:30 a.m. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the web.

  • Nonconference challenges in store for UNC women's hoops in 2015-16

    Updated: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    University of Northern Colorado women’s basketball coach Kamie Ethridge knows in order to win the Big Sky Conference title, the Bears will need to face formidable nonconference opponents. Translated, that means the Bears’ 2015-16 schedule will feature eight games against opponents that competed last season in postseason play. The Bears, who will open their home schedule at 7 p.m. Nov. 16 against NCAA Division II Western State University, will take on the University of Denver three days earlier (Nov. 13) on the road to open the season. That leads to a Nov. 19 road game at the Coors Events Center against the University of Colorado. After taking on the Buffs, the Bears come home and play host to St. Mary’s at 6

  • Windsor golfer sets sights on state title after solid Big I showing

    Updated: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    Cole Krantz doesn’t need a gameplan. Throw out the blueprint, trash the outline and don’t even think about a Plan B. Krantz will stick to his vision of winning next fall’s Class 4A boys state golf championship. On Friday afternoon, the junior-to-be at Windsor High School stayed the course by finishing third in the Trusted Choice Big I Insurance State Tournament. Krantz carded a 1-under-par 70 on the tree-lined 6,535-yard Highland Hills layout to finish at 1-over-par 144 and secure an alternate spot in the Big I National Championship next month in Hutchison, Kan. He was just five strokes behind champion Jackson Solem (Fossil Ridge), who matched runner-up A.J. Ott with a 3-under-par 68 on Friday en route

  • Watson tied for lead in U.S. Senior Open golf tourney

    Updated: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. • Baseball philosopher Yogi Berra once famously said, “Nobody goes there anymore, it’s too crowded.” He wasn’t talking about the 2015 U.S. Senior Open leaderboard, but he could have been. If they keep this up, nobody will be playing at Del Paso Country Club. Three players are tied for the 36-hole lead in scorching Sacramento and 16 others are three strokes or fewer off the pace at this senior major championship. The identities are surprising in some cases, names you might not know. Otherwise, they fit the description. At the top it’s all-inclusive. Wunderkind Tom Watson came a roll short of parring the 18th hole and dropped a stroke, to 5 under, for the championship. The 1-under-par 69 all

  • Fightin' Words: Lessons from the course

    Updated: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    Last weekend, I played golf at a local country club because I had been told it was in very good shape. I had never known this course to be in particularly bad shape, but this information got me onto the tee box. I found out it was true; unfortunately, my skills weren't quite good enough for me to appreciate all of it. After going six-over par through the first four holes (which is pretty good for me), I commenced to triple-bogey the next three. Looking back, I know exactly why. Starting with the par 4-fifth, I began my unsavory habit of hooking my shots. Then there was the over-hit chip shot, followed by an under-hit flub on the next hole. That was also the hole on which I lost my ball in someone's yard (apologies

  • Record turnout of golf fans at Air Capital Classic

    Updated: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    At the Air Capital Classic, there are known commodities. There are up-and-coming stars tearing up the golf course – Bubba Watson, Tom Lehman and David Duval have all made their way to Wichita at some point in their careers before going on to PGA Tour stardom. There is the famous 17th hole and its double-decker grandstands packed with fans rocking and rolling by the early afternoon, with the Box Tops’ classic “The Letter” blaring as golfers finished the hole. And there is the unknown, which on Friday turned out to be very, very good.

  • Wichita State hires Sunrise's Kyle Lindsted as assistant coach

    Updated: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    Wichita State’s pipeline to Sunrise Christian Academy grew in recent years, guided by a growing relationship between Sunrise coach Kyle Lindsted and the Shockers coaches. On Friday, Lindsted joined three of his former players making the move 4.7 miles from Sunrise’s Bel Aire campus to Wichita State. According to two athletic department sources, he joined the staff as an assistant coach, replacing Steve Forbes, who left in March for the top job at East Tennessee State. Lindsted, 39 and a 1994 Sunrise graduate, also served as athletic director and began coaching in 2000. He built the programs into a national power using international recruiting ties.




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