• Why Virginia has the best football schedule in the nation

    Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    Only one Big 12 team cracks Berry Tramel’s top 25 college football schedules.

  • Cowboys top Sooners, advance to Big 12 title game

    Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    TULSA — With a run already across and Oklahoma’s three best hitters lined up in the sixth, Oklahoma State starter Jon Perrin was in trouble. But like he did all day, Perrin and the Cowboys battled through it. Perrin got out of the jam without allowing another run to come across, protecting the lead and helping Oklahoma State to a 5-1 win over the Sooners in the Big 12 Tournament on Saturday at ONEOK Field. The Cowboys (37-17) advance to Sunday’s noon championship game, where they’ll face Texas. Oklahoma’s season is likely over at 34-27. The Sooners got a one-out rally going against Perrin in the sixth, with three consecutive hits including Taylor Alspaugh’s RBI single.

  • Alabama storms back against Oklahoma, wins Super Regional

    Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    After taking the loss in the first game of the day, Paige Parker was poised for the win until Alabama’s Marisa Runyon came up with bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth. One pitch later, following Runyon’s grand slam, Parker was looking at her second loss of the day — just her seventh of the season.

  • Tramel: Big 12's non-conference schedule is embarrassing

    Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    Only the SEC schedules as poorly as does the Big 12, and the SEC has all the hype and the track record of recent national championships to tout. The Big 12 has neither.

  • Russell Westbrook transformed into a capable leader during difficult season for the Thunder

    Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    The defining moment that set the stage for Russell Westbrook’s sensational season took place in Tulsa, on an obscure October night, in an otherwise uneventful exhibition game inside the BOK Center.

  • How OU pole vaulter Tanner Williams went from scared teenager to fearless gay rights advocate

    Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    The young man who 17 months ago leaned across the table at a popular Mexican restaurant and whispered to tell his best friend his deepest secret is now the first openly gay, NCAA Division I athlete to publicly announce his marriage.

  • OKC, Tulsa going head-to-head to host Big 12 tournament

    Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    Event returns to Bricktown Ballpark next season, but the four years after that are up in the air

  • Sooners season likely over

    Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    The Sooners finished third in the Big 12 but struggles in mid-week games and against TCU and Oklahoma State make it unlikely that the Oklahoma will make the field when regional pairings are released Monday.

  • For Kimball, racing competitively is all about numbers

    Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Race day is all about numbers for Charlie Kimball. He usually checks his blood-glucose level at least five times before climbing into his IndyCar. He follows a strict pre-race diet and uses a special in-car monitor to test his blood-sugar levels. After the checkered flag waves, he checks it again. This is life as a diabetic race-car driver. "The most important thing is for me to learn from every opportunity, every race, to evaluate the race and see if I did the job right," he said. Those sentiments could be uttered by any athlete in any sport who wants to win. In Kimball's case, the connotation is quite different.

  • ACC football trying to make up ground on SEC

    Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    Atlantic Coast Conference football is trying. Give the ACC credit. The ACC is the little brother to the SEC, not just on the college football landscape, but in the southern part of the country, where those leagues share real estate in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and Kentucky. The SEC has more good teams than does […]

  • Despite stormy weather, Memorial Day weekend events are planned across Oklahoma

    By Brandy McDonnell, BAM | Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    The eighth Music & Mayhem Festival has been canceled due to flooding at Oklahoma’s Lake Eufaula, but many other music events, arts festivals and military service member salutes across the state are planned to go ahead during the holiday weekend that marks the unofficial start to summer.

  • Oklahoma State baseball notebook: Infielders get the job done for Michael Freeman

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Thu, May 21, 2015

    Freeman got 15 ground ball outs in the Cowboys’ 10-1 win over Kansas State on Thursday night in the Big 12 Baseball Tournament.

  • Oklahoma State baseball: Cowboys manhandle Kansas State, 10-1

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Thu, May 21, 2015

    OSU ace Michael Freeman was superb once again, lowering his earned-run average to 1.05.

  • Class 4A state baseball championship: Blanchard wins title, defeats defending champ Tuttle

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Thu, May 21, 2015

    Blanchard wins first baseball championship in 35 years.

  • Former OU RB Keith Ford reportedly heading to Texas A&M

    Ryan Aber | Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    Running back Keith Ford, who announced earlier this month that he would transfer from Oklahoma, is heading to Texas A&M. Ford’s commitment to the Aggies, which was first reported by GigEm247.com, was confirmed by Ford’s father. Ford, from Cypress, Texas, started three games last season for the Sooners, rushing for 369 yards and five touchdowns. But he […]

  • Oklahoma scene: OU's top-ranked Axel Alvarez eliminated from NCAA Tennis Championships

    From Staff Reports | Published: Thu, May 21, 2015

    The reigning Big 12 Player of the Year and college tennis’ No. 1-ranked player lost to No. 35 Tony Lupieri of Baylor 6-4, 6-4 after giving up a break in each set. It was the fourth singles match in as many days for Alvarez and his sixth in the last eight days.

  • Should Syracuse unretire jersey No. 44?

    Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, May 21, 2015

    Syracuse University is playing politics with its hallowed No. 44 again, and it leaves iconic Orange quarterback Donovan McNabb angry and me acknowledging OU’s wisdom in not retiring any numbers. In 2005, Syracuse retired No. 44, in honor of the trio of great tailbacks who donned No. 44 — Jim Brown, Ernie Davis and Floyd […]

  • Closing birdie for Spieth to share Colonial 1st-round lead

    Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Masters champion Jordan Spieth got his homecoming off to a leading start with a birdie before dark. Spieth made a 20-foot putt from just off the fringe on the final hole for a 6-under 64 and a share of the first-round lead Thursday in the rain-delayed Colonial. "I had a few of those on the back nine, a few good looks where I knew what the putt was doing, I just didn't match the line and speed right," Spieth said. "I was getting a little frustrated through 17 there. I was like just one more look. ... I didn't really count (18) as a look, but maybe more like luck, and we'll take it." The closing birdie, just after 8 p.m., tied Spieth with Kevin Na, Boo Weekley and Ryo Ishikawa. There was a

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Step-back jumper is Dion Waiters' baby

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Thu, May 21, 2015

    It’s a challenging but clever maneuver, a move designed to create separation, provide ample space to get off an uncontested shot and keep defenders off balance. When executed properly it is a thing of beauty.

  • Jeff Gordon to join Fox as full-time analyst in 2016

    Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    Jeff Gordon will join Fox as a full-time analyst in 2016, teaming with Mike Joy and Darrell Waltrip in the three-man booth. Gordon is retiring at the end of this season and signed a multi-year contract with Fox. The four-time NASCAR champion is in 23rd full-time year in the Sprint Cup Series. "NASCAR has provided me so many incredible memories, experiences and opportunities throughout my 23 years as a driver, and I can't wait to start a new chapter in racing with this new relationship with Fox," Gordon said Thursday. "I feel so lucky to be a part of a sport that I'm very passionate about, and now I get the opportunity to share that passion to millions of race fans from a whole new perspective.

  • Spieth shares first-round lead in rain-delayed Crowne Plaza Invitational

    Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    FORT WORTH, Texas — Jordan Spieth’s 19-foot birdie on his final hole gave him a 6-under-par 64 and a four-way share of the first-round lead at the rain-delayed Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial Thursday. Former event champion Boo Weekley, along with Kevin Na and Ryo Ishikawa, also shot 64. Spieth has been the focal point all week leading up to the tournament and he didn’t disappoint. Playing in front of a large gallery, the reigning Masters champion had six birdies, including the first two holes. His introduction to start the day drew a crowd so big that it blocked the walkways. Fans were gathering 30 minutes or more before he even teed off. After a three-hour rain delay, the tournament teed off at 10 a.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Grading Dion Waiters

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Thu, May 21, 2015

    Dion Waiters did an admirable job under the circumstances. He came to the Thunder in mid-season, got thrust into different roles and did his best to be a positive contributor on both ends. But his production left more to be desired, and his end-of-the-year grades reflect that.

  • Media notes: Jeff Gordon to be race analyst on Fox Sports' NASCAR Sprint Cup coverage, beginning next year

    By Mel Bracht | Published: Thu, May 21, 2015

    Gordon has served as analyst for Fox Sports’ coverage of three NASCAR Xfinity Series races this year

  • Kenseth wins pole for NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600

    Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Matt Kenseth is hoping history repeats itself Sunday night at the Coca-Cola 600. Kenseth won his second Sprint Cup pole of the season Thursday night for NASCAR's longest race. He turned in a dominating lap of 194.252 mph at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the third round of NASCAR's knockout qualifying format. He also won the pole at Bristol in April and went on to win the Food City 500 and hopes to carry that mojo over to race day. "It doesn't really guarantee anything," Kenseth said. "You can run over a rivet on the first lap and end up 43rd." Joey Logano will start alongside Kenseth on the front row. Carl Edwards was third, followed by Greg Biffle and Denny Hamlin.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: What they're saying about Dion Waiters

    Compiled by Darnell Mayberry | Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    Everyone seems to have an opinion about Dion Waiters. Some are favorable. Most aren’t. But the men who have coached Waiters and played with him often tell a different story.

  • Massy Kuramoto leads Senior PGA Championship

    Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    FRENCH LICK, Ind. (AP) — Massy Kuramoto's approach to the difficult Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort was simple. "If I'm going to hit straight and hit the fairway, I can play 2 over, 3 over. I tried to play 1 over front nine, 1 over back nine," he said, grinning, with both index fingers upraised. Kuramoto did even better than that Thursday in the first round of the Senior PGA Championship. He shot a 1-under 71 to take the lead. Defending champion Colin Montgomerie, Billy Andrade, Barry Lane, Jean Francois Remesy and Bart Bryant were a shot back. Bernhard Langer, Tom Lehman and Scott Verplank were in the large group at 73 on a difficult day for golf.

  • Former OU All-American offensive tackle Eddie Foster was the rarest of football heroes

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, May 21, 2015

    Foster was known more for his family — five high-achieving, high-character kids — and his Christian walk and his love of people than for gridiron greatness.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Dion Waiters by the numbers

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Thu, May 21, 2015

    Dion Waiters added a much-needed scoring threat to an injury-plagued roster. But he struggled all season shooting the ball and it resulted in several career lows in key efficiency categories.