• Wichita State's Alex Harden chosen in WNBA Draft

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    Alex Harden, the leading scorer in Wichita State women’s basketball history, was taken with the 18th pick in the WNBA Draft by the Phoenix Mercury on Thursday night. The pick came during the second round of the draft. The Mercury is the defending WNBA champion. Harden earned honorable mention AP All-America this season after averaging 17 points, 6 rebounds and 3.4 assists for the Shockers, leading WSU to a 29-5 season and its third consecutive NCAA Tournament berth. Harden finished her career with 1,708 points. She was chosen Missouri Valley Conference player of the year after leading WSU to its third straight Valley title. Kansas senior Chelsea Gardner was taken No. 21, going to the Indiana Fever.

  • Michigan State's Costello undergoes successful knee surgery

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State says Matt Costello should be able to resume full basketball activity in a few weeks after undergoing knee surgery. The school says in a statement that the 6-foot-9 Costello underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on Tuesday. Costello finished his junior season with Michigan State's Final Four appearance. He averaged seven points and 5.2 rebounds a game last season for the Spartans.

  • Pauls Valley Golf Tournament Results (GIRLS)


    Wednesday, April 15 GIRLS Pauls Valley Tournament At Pauls Valley Golf Course Team Standings 1. Pauls Valley394 2. Turner402 3. Sulphur463 4. ALLEN516 Top 10 Individuals 1. Tracy McGill, Turner84 2. Shelby O’Dell, Turner87 3. Delaney Daniel, Byng93 4. Sarah Henry, Pauls Valley95 5. Kara Cornell, Sulphur99 6. Jia Tu, Pauls Valley99 7. Ana Hernandez, Pauls Valley100 8. Molly Livingston, Pauls Valley100 9. Tayln Herrin, Byng102 10.

  • The Dallas Morning News Eddie Sefko column


    NBA PLAYOFFS Game 1: Mavericks at Rockets, 8:30 p.m. Saturday (ESPN) If the Mavericks’ first-round series against Houston were a game of two-on-two, they’d be in deep trouble. Shooting guard James Harden and center Dwight Howard are two of the very best at the positions they play. Harden, a legitimate MVP candidate, finished second in the NBA in scoring. Howard, who missed half the season to injuries, has begun flashing signs that he’s back to being a dominant force in the paint. What’s a seventh-seeded team to do, other than hacking Howard relentlessly to send the 53 percent free thrower to the line and blanketing Harden with multiple defenders and hoping he doesn’t pick you apart? In Howard, the Maveri

  • Bahrain criticizes report on ongoing rights violations


    MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Bahrain is criticizing an Amnesty International report alleging that government reforms have failed to end serious violations of human rights in the Gulf country. The government said in a statement released late Thursday that the report had "significant shortcomings" and did not reflect important clarifications provided by authorities. Bahrain also says the report glosses over "highly significant strides" the government has taken to enact institutional and legal reforms over the past four years. The 79-page report documents what the London-based group calls a "chilling crackdown on dissent" that includes the continued jailing of activists, bans on protests in the capital and instances of torture and o

  • Jewell Loyd taken first in WNBA draft by Seattle


    UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — The 2015 WNBA draft was a historic night as underclassmen were taken with the top two picks. Jewell Loyd of Notre Dame and Amanda Zahui B. of Minnesota went No. 1 and No. 2. Zahui B., who is a red-shirt sophomore at Minnesota, said she doesn't know if this will be a trend with underclassmen turning pro. The league has strict rules about entering the draft. Both players were eligible because they will turn 22 this year. "I'm not really sure, both me and Jewell are very unique players," Zahui B. said. "Whoever wants to do it, be sure about it. Make sure you're happy. This feeling is amazing." Loyd was the first Notre Dame player to be taken No. 1. The All-American jokingly said she'd remin

  • Four Stillwater High seniors sign letters of intent


    Four more Stillwater High students officially made college athletics a part of their future Wednesday afternoon inside Pioneer Fieldhouse. Three SHS sports – girls basketball, girls soccer and track – were highlighted at the college signing festivities. Lauren Stettnisch, Natalie Speer, Hannah Grant and Bo Frohock all signed letters of intent to extend their athletic careers and they will be going to three different states. Frohock will be traveling the furthest for his college career. The Pioneer distance runner will be running track at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. One of the primary reasons Frohock chose to attend college in the northwest because of family friends that work at the university.

  • Three questions with former Cy Young Award winner Barry Zito

    Jacob Unruh | Published: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    Former Cy Young Award winner Barry Zito pitched in Wednesday’s game for Nashville, allowing four earned runs in 5 2/3 innings. Zito rejoined the Oakland organization after not pitching last season. In his 14-year career in the majors, he’s won 165 games and made three All-Star appearances. He spoke following Thursday’s game with The Oklahoman […]

  • Oklahoma State football: Cowboys land verbal commitment from 2016 quarterback Nick Starkel (Liberty Christian HS, Texas)

    Kyle Fredrickson | Published: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    Oklahoma State received a verbal pledge from 2016 quarterback Nick Starkel late Thursday. Starkel — a 6-foot-3, 185-pound passer from Liberty Christian High School (Texas) — broke the news on Twitter.

  • BRIEF: Kansas' Perry Ellis wins Big 12 basketball scholar-athlete award

    Updated: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    On Monday night, Kansas’ Perry Ellis announced that he would be back for his senior season. Three days later, Ellis pocketed some more postseason hardware. Ellis, a 6-foot-8 forward, was selected as the Big 12 Conference men’s basketball scholar-athlete of the year, according to a vote of the league’s head coaches. Ellis, a two-time Academic All-Big 12 member, averaged 13.8 points and 6.9 rebounds during his junior season, earning All-Big 12 first-team honors. Ellis has recorded a 3.25 grade-point average while majoring in Sport Management at KU. It’s the third year that the Big 12 has selected a scholar-athlete for men’s basketball. Iowa State’s Melvin Ejim won the award the last two years. To reach R

  • Oklahoma City Dodgers: Zach Lee dazzles in Dodgers' win over Nashville

    By Jacob Unruh | Published: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    Lee dealt another strong start Thursday night for the Dodgers, leading the way in a 3-2 victory to end the season-opening homestand with a 6-2 record.

  • CU men's basketball: Josh Fortune eager to start fresh chapter with Buffs

    Updated: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    At this time a year ago, Josh Fortune was a man without a team, and he really had no idea where he was going to land. Today, the Colorado guard feels right at home in Boulder and he is eager to start a new chapter in his basketball career. "I've got my calendar dated for the first game," said Fortune, who is set to make his CU debut in the Buffs' 2015-16 opener Nov. 13 against Iowa State. "I can't wait until that day comes." A two-year starter at Providence College, Fortune made the decision last spring to leave the Friars and find a new school. "It was time for me personally to expand my game and just to get a different look from the court," said Fortune, who averaged 8.4 points and 3.0 rebounds during the 2013-1

  • Kansas' Brannen Greene to miss at least four months after successful hip surgery

    Updated: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    Kansas sophomore wing Brannen Greene had successful surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right hip on Thursday morning, his father, Jeffrey, told The Star. The three-hour procedure was performed by J.W. Thomas Byrd, an orthopaedic surgeon at the Nashville Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center in Nashville, Tenn. “(The) surgery went very well,” Kansas coach Bill Self said in a statement. “Everything went as planned.” While Self has estimated the recovery timeline to be close to five months, Jeffrey Greene said Thursday that doctors were optimistic that Greene could return to the basketball court in four months. Greene will be on crutches for close to eight weeks before beginning the rehab process. “The

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Serge Ibaka documentary 'Son of the Congo' to make ESPN debut at 8 p.m. Friday

    BY MEL BRACHT | Updated: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    Director Adam Hootnick was impressed with the access Ibaka gave his crew during filming last July.

  • Oklahoma football notebook: Kerry Cooks expects improvement in secondary

    By Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey | Published: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    When Kerry Cooks met with his players for the first time as Oklahoma’s secondary coach, he put a number on the projection screen in the room. “They asked what that was,” Cooks said. “That’s what you guys finished in pass defense this past year. We attacked that right from the get-go. You can’t be a great team, can’t be a great secondary, can’t be a great defense if you’re 114th in the nation in pass defense. “I wasn’t here, but it’s unacceptable for OU. I just wanted to make sure that I set that tone. The message is we’ve got to be better than that.” Cooks said most of the changes he’s made in unifying the group that was coached by Mike Stoops and Bobby Jack Wright last year have been

  • McDowell finds bright spot in tough year, tied for Heritage lead after Round 1

    Updated: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — Perhaps all you need to know about Graeme McDowell’s tough year is that his best finish is a tie for 52nd last week at Augusta National Golf Club, a place he loves but a course that repels his game. He needed a morsel, some motivation to keep his head down and stick to the process. He found a bright spot in a familiar place, working around a breezy opening round at Harbour Town Golf Links with a 5-under-par 66 to share the lead Thursday with Matt Every at the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing. “We always say you’ve got to stick to process, not get obsessed with results,” said McDowell, who won the 2013 RBC Heritage in a playoff with Webb Simpson. “Every now and then you need a little some

  • What they're saying: Best quotes from the Thunder's exit interviews

    COMPILED BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    Read more of what the Thunder players had to say about their season.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Surly Kevin Durant stewing in the criticism, fired up for next season

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    He gets so worked up over what’s being said that those close to Durant often try to convince him that it’s best to ignore it all together. But he can’t.

  • Oklahoma women's gymnastics: Walk-on Haley Sorenson develops into one of team's stars

    BY JASON KERSEY | Published: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    The walk-on senior has become one of the Sooners’ stars after spending her first three years on campus barely competing at all. She was a Norman regional champion and an NACGC All-American on the beam, and will help lead OU into the NCAA championships beginning Friday in Fort Worth, Texas.

  • Here's a vote to keep Scott Brooks as Thunder coach

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    This Thunder season was kooky. Trades by the number, injuries by the score.