• VOTE: The Oklahoman's Fans' Choice Player of the Week poll

    Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    Week 7 featured dominant games from players across the Oklahoma City metro, and fans can now voice their opinion on who had the best performance. The weekly Fans’ Choice Player of the Week poll for the Oklahoma City-area is live online at NewsOK.com/Varsity. Pick one of the selections from the poll below, or write in […]

  • Cowboys ineffective in obvious passing downs

    Monday, October 20, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    In Fort Worth on Saturday, Oklahoma State’s offense faced 19 obvious passing downs. And called a pass play only 12 times. Think about that. One of the nation’s most prominent passing schools, an offense that has had trouble running the ball all season, would just as soon take its chances on a likely-futile running play […]

  • NCAA, investigative consultant say Sports Illustrated allegations against OSU 'fundamentally unfounded'

    Today at 12:00 AM

    Sports Illustrated’s myriad allegations of misconduct within the Oklahoma State football program were “fundamentally unfounded,” according to a joint statement released Tuesday by the NCAA and an outside consultant hired by OSU.

  • After blowout loss, Mike Gundy and the Cowboys show few signs of defeat

    Monday, October 20, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    Gundy opened his Monday press conference with a joke about his mom not answering his phone calls. Made reporters chuckle when he dogged on his own math skills. Took a crack at SEC scheduling. Responded to softball questions with home run answers.

  • Sooners still have several bowl possibilities

    Monday, October 20, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    The Sooners are still in play for a spot in an elite, non-semifinal bowl game. The College Football Playoff committee chooses the matchups for the Cotton, Fiesta, Peach and Orange Bowls, although the Orange Bowl’s tie-ins preclude the Sooners from consideration there.

  • For the Thunder to be successful, Andre Roberson will need to score

    Monday, October 20, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    With Tuesday’s preseason game against Utah standing as the only dress rehearsal remaining before the regular season arrives, Roberson looks to have enough resourcefulness offensively to not be a total liability.

  • Jeffrey Carroll a wild card for Cowboys

    Monday, October 20, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    The Cowboys enter this season defined by its four veterans: Cobbins, Le’Bryan Nash, Phil Forte and LSU transfer Anthony Hickey, all experienced and proven producers. Beyond that core, however, there’s a need and a call for additional contributors. Carroll could be a wild card – on the season.

  • Edmond Memorial's Warren Wand is The Oklahoman's Player of the Week

    Monday, October 20, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    The running back collected 288 yards and two touchdowns in just three quarters last week in the Bulldogs’ 35-7 rout of Norman.

  • Meet the man in the blue Royals jacket

    Monday, October 20, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    With the World Series set to start only five hours north in Kansas City, we didn’t go looking for the biggest Royals fan in Oklahoma City. We didn’t have to. We work with him.

  • Joe Mixon trial might be delayed until December

    Monday, October 20, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    A big reason it could be delayed is due to the class schedules of potential witnesses — including other Sooner football players.

  • Blind rescues 2-2 draw for Man United at West Brom

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    WEST BROMWICH, England (AP) — Manchester United came from behind twice to earn a 2-2 draw with West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League on Monday, with Daley Blind scoring the second equalizer with three minutes remaining. United looked like coming unstuck on the road again when Saido Berahino restored West Brom's lead in the 65th minute, running clear of the defense to curl home a sixth goal in his breakthrough season. Blind rescued a point for United with his first goal for the club, sidefooting in from the edge of the penalty area following a lay-off from substitute Radamel Falcao. "I am very disappointed because we played our best match of the season and the result is not good enough," Manchester United manager

  • K-State forward Karapetyan decides to transfer

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Kansas State forward Jack Karapetyan has decided to transfer after playing in just six games during his freshman season last year because of a foot injury. Wildcats coach Bruce Weber announced the decision in a brief statement Monday. Karapetyan has not said where he intends to resume his playing career. Karapetyan played just minutes as a freshman, scoring his first points on a field goal against Central Arkansas on Dec. 1. He hurt his foot soon after and missed the rest of the season. He received a medical hardship waiver, which means he still has his full eligibility.

  • Buckeyes trying hard not to look past next 2 games

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — There's always the danger of a powerhouse looking past a couple of struggling teams to the marquee game on its schedule. But Urban Meyer says that won't be the case for No. 13 Ohio State at Penn State on Saturday. "I think if you play a really bad team, that happens," Meyer said on Monday. "Going on the road in front of 110,000 people, knowing we didn't play great on Saturday, we expect to play great." That doesn't mean such focus is easy. The players are surrounded by people who disregard Penn State and the game the following week at home against Illinois and are already talking about how No. 8 Michigan State is lurking on Nov. 8 in Spartan Stadium. "It's always in the back of your mind,"

  • Michigan faces huge task as Spartans game arrives

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Brady Hoke knew that having a bye week before taking on No. 8 Michigan State could be a good thing for his struggling Wolverines. He just needed to make sure that he didn't try to fix a bad season in one quiet weekend. "The bye week came at a good time for us, because we were able to rest some guys who have a lot of bumps and bruises after four weeks of camp and seven straight games," he said Monday. "We also had some very good practices where we were able to correct things that we've needed to fix, but you can't try to do too much." Both Hoke and defensive coordinator Greg Mattison stressed that they wanted to avoid the trap of using the bye week to reinvent the wheel.

  • No. 1 Miss. St back at practice, works on Kentucky

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi State has spent the past month obliterating stereotypes about the program, ignoring a mediocre history and rising to the top spot in the national rankings for the first time in school history. Now the Bulldogs are learning to embrace life as the favorite. No. 1 Mississippi State (6-0, 3-0 Southeastern Conference) travels to face Kentucky (5-2, 2-2) on Saturday, which will be the program's first game as the top-ranked team after the Bulldogs were off last weekend. "We're going into a game with a target on our back," Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen said. "Having to go on the road in a hostile environment ... against one of the most improved teams in college football this year.

  • Panthers eyeing consistency during key stretch

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Dave Durham is ready to get off the treadmill. Pittsburgh wins a big game and loses the next. The Panthers falter one week only to come roaring back seven days later. It's a pattern that's plagued the program for years as the seasons hovering around .500 have piled up. The senior defensive end hopes part of his legacy is being part of a group that stops the trend. Time is running out, though Durham is optimistic Pitt has finally started to figure it out after last week's rousing 21-16 win over Virginia Tech. "What truly great teams do, they come back and win the next week and get better the next week and they're hungry and they're never satisfied," Durham said.

  • OU football: Photographer apologizes to Sterling Shepard for camera incident

    Published: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    Plenty of people saw the clip of OU receiver Sterling Shepard  falling on a photographer's camera while trying to make a touchdown catch against Kansas State. But not many people have heard the photographer's take. On Monday, Tulsa World photographer Mike Simons blogged about the incident in which Shepard was hurt falling on Simons' Canon 400mm F 2.8 lens. Simons apologized for Shepard's injury, indicating that while his expensive equipment was damaged, it's "nothing in comparison to a player's safety." From Simons: "Some comments have been made about camera gear lying by my side. I have always felt that flat on the ground is the safest place for gear that isn’t being used at that particular moment. It is where most photographers keep their gear. It allows me to move out of a player’s way quickly. And there are no monopods (the metal poles on the bottom of our cameras) sticking up needlessly. It has worked perfectly for 26 years. On Saturday, while lined up with dozens of other photographers in the designated photo area, it didn’t." Shepard left the game in the second quarter, but was able to return for a career-best 15 receptions against the Wildcats.

  • Tributes: Longtime athlete and coach Gerald Benn dies at 79

    BY SCOTT MUNN | Updated: 18 hr ago

    A farewell to people with Oklahoma ties who enjoyed the game day experience.

  • West Virginia's Shell, Worley, Chestnut day-to-day

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Three injured starters haven't been ruled out for No. 22 West Virginia's next game at Oklahoma State. Coach Dana Holgorsen said Monday that cornerbacks Daryl Worley and Terrell Chestnut and running back Rushel Shell are day-to-day. They were hurt in the first half of West Virginia's 41-27 win over Baylor on Saturday. Worley injured his ribs after fumbling a second-quarter punt. Later in the period, Chestnut sustained a head injury after a hard block from Baylor wide receiver Corey Coleman. Shell hurt his right ankle after a first-quarter run. All three did not return. "We knew it was going to be a physical game. We wanted to play that way," Holgorsen said. "I thought we were nasty.

  • Small talk: Five high school softball players weigh in on something people don't know about them

    COMPILED BY SCOTT MUNN | Published: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    The Oklahoman asked five high school softball players: “What’s one thing about you few people know?”

  • Florida AD: season evaluated as it plays out

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida coach Will Muschamp is getting at least another game to turn things around. Athletic director Jeremy Foley said Monday that he will continue to evaluate the season — and likely Muschamp's future — "as it plays out." That means Muschamp will be on the sideline when the Gators (3-3, 2-3 Southeastern Conference) play ninth-ranked Georgia in Jacksonville on Nov. 1. Foley released a 40-word statement that did little to sway belief that Muschamp's job is in serious jeopardy following consecutive home losses to teams that previously struggled in SEC play. "At the beginning of the season we said we would evaluate the season as it plays out," Foley said. "We will continue to do so.

  • Sooners in odd spot in Big 12 race

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma is in an unfamiliar situation, seemingly out of Big 12 Conference title discussion in October. Two missed field goals, a blocked extra point and an interception return for a touchdown by Kansas State hurt the Sooners in a 31-30 loss on Saturday. The result almost certainly knocked No. 17 Oklahoma (5-2, 2-2 Big 12) from national-title contention and most likely from conference championship consideration. As they entered a bye week Monday, the Sooners said their focus should be on winning the rest of their games because in the roller-coaster ride that is college football, stranger things have happened than for a two-loss team to win a league title and reach a prime bowl game.

  • Oklahoma state college football player of the week: Zack Bishop, Oklahoma Baptist linebacker

    BY SCOTT MUNN | Published: Sun, Oct 19, 2014

    The reserve linebacker had an exceptional game during Oklahoma Baptist’s 47-6 victory over Haskell Indian Nations (Kan.). Bishop had seven tackles, including four solo stops.

  • Column: Keselowski marches to his own beat

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — It didn't take long for Brad Keselowski to earn an unpleasant reputation in NASCAR. He was aggressive on the track, brash and arrogant off of it, and rubbed most of his competitors the wrong way. Denny Hamlin famously feuded with him through the 2009 season, calling him "a complete moron" while alleging "every driver in the garage that comes up to me says, 'That guy is a complete whack job.'" When Hamlin made good on a promise to wreck Keselowski in the 2009 Nationwide Series finale, Hamlin received a standing ovation from crews along pit road. It was Carl Edwards who was fed up with Keselowski the next season, and he returned to the track at Atlanta to deliberately wreck his new rival.

  • Nadal beats Bolelli 6-2, 6-2 at Swiss Indoors

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    BASEL, Switzerland (AP) — Rafael Nadal marked his return to the Swiss Indoors after a 10-year absence with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Italian qualifier Simone Bolelli in the first round on Monday. The second-seeded Spaniard, playing just his third tournament since Wimbledon due to a wrist injury, had little difficulty against the 75th-ranked Bolelli despite having to contend with appendicitis earlier this month in Shanghai. "This was a very important victory for me. I played a good match, a solid one. I played with not many mistakes," said Nadal, who converted four of seven break points and won in 71 minutes. The Spaniard next faces French qualifier Pierre-Hugues Herbert, who prevailed 6-3, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (3) against compatrio

  • Royals, fans bond over improbable postseason run

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The game had been over for hours. Kauffman Stadium had gone dark. The roars of a sold-out crowd, which had rooted the Kansas City Royals to a sweep of the mighty Los Angeles Angels, had drifted away into the cool night air. A few miles away, at a bar and grill called McFadden's, the party was just beginning. Greg Holland had showed up, the All-Star closer watching with a grin as highlights of the game played on television. Salvador Perez and Jarrod Dyson, both integral parts in the Royals' playoff push, posed with fans for more pictures than they could count. First baseman Eric Hosmer put down his credit card and for a full hour picked up the tab for hundreds of strangers. "It's fun to get to e

  • No. 4 Alabama's big men pose challenge to Vols

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Nick Saban delivered a challenge to Alabama's offensive linemen before the Texas A&M game. The group was coming off a demoralizing performance against Arkansas when they couldn't open many holes for the running backs and gave up a couple of sacks, playing without injured center Ryan Kelly. "I said, 'You guys are starting to feel the pressure, being criticized and not being the Sergeant at Arms that we need you to be in terms of how you control the line of scrimmage, how you dominate the line of scrimmage,'" Saban said after the game. "'None of the other the guys are going to make any plays unless you guys do that. And I believe in you. I trust in you.

  • Davidson QB suspended, arrested on assault charge

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The starting quarterback for Davidson College has been suspended from the team after his arrest following a fight at his on-campus apartment. The Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office said on its website that 21-year-old John Philip "J.P." Douglas was arrested Sunday and charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. He was released on a $5,000 bond. A statement issued by the school Monday said Douglas was involved in a fight in which the other student sustained non-life-threatening injuries. The school said no firearms were involved, but two knives were recovered from the apartment. Douglas, a senior from Roswell, Georgia, has thrown for 1,745 yards and 11 touchdowns, and ru

  • The Oklahoman's Class B rankings: Big win boosts Turpin into top 10

    Scott Wright | Updated: 19 hr ago

    Deciphering who would be in the No. 10 spot in Class B is a migraine-inducing task. The candidates range from three-loss teams that have played incredibly tough schedules, to one-loss teams with softer schedules but solid victories. This week, the No. 10 spot goes to Turpin, which is coming off a 52-22 win over Merritt (previously […]

  • OSU football: Two Cowboys arrested on public intoxication complaints after falling asleep at Whataburger

    Published: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    STILLWATER – At 4 a.m. Sunday, after Stillwater police responded to a report of a driver having fallen asleep at the wheel of a vehicle positioned in the drive-through lane of a Whataburger restaurant, Oklahoma State football players Jhajuan Seales and Juwan Offray were arrested on complaints of public intoxication, the Tulsa World reports. The arrests occurred about 10 hours after the OSU football team was beaten 42-9 in a Big 12 game at TCU. Seales, a sophomore wide receiver, is fourth on the Cowboys in receiving yards (236) and tied for first on the team in touchdown receptions (3). Offray, a freshman defensive back, has three tackles in seven games this season.