• Potential candidates for OU's receivers and cornerback coaching positions

    Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    Oklahoma has two openings on its coaching staff after the firing of receivers coach Jay Norvell and the retirement of cornerbacks coach Bobby Jack Wright. Here’s a look at a few potential candidates for those two spots.

  • Isaiah Cousins injures wrist in Sooners' loss to Baylor

    Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    Junior guard Isaiah Cousins injured his right wrist early in Saturday’s 68-59 loss at Baylor. Though Cousins returned twice after the injury, it eventually led him to miss the final 15:40. An X-ray on the wrist was negative after the game and Cousins is listed as day to day.

  • No. 19 Sooners fall to No. 21 Baylor

    Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    The No. 19 Sooners and No. 21 Baylor were tight for much of the second half but down the stretch, Oklahoma once against struggled for defensive stops and couldn’t match the Bears offensively, leading to a 69-58 loss Saturday night at the Ferrell Center.

  • Cowboys start slow in 63-53 loss to Kansas State

    Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    The Cowboys – and Le'Bryan Nash – were slow to launch and futile in rally mode, falling 63-53 at Bramlage Coliseum.

  • 'Foxcatcher' closely mirrors Schultz family's story — and is a punch in the gut to viewers

    Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    “Foxcatcher,” the movie about the relationship between the Schultz brothers, OU wrestling icons who won Olympic gold medals, and John du Pont, the eccentric billionaire, has come to Oklahoma. And it’s a gut punch to anyone who knew the Schultzes or knows of their tragedy.

  • Collected Wisdom: Bobby Jack Wright, retiring OU assistant coach

    Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    Bobby Jack Wright joined Bob Stoops’ staff a day after Stoops was hired. Wright helped Oklahoma made a big push recruiting in Texas during his time with the Sooners. He isn’t sure what he’ll do in the future, though he has no plans to leave Norman.

  • How Bob Stoops might fill the final two positions on his staff

    Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    With national signing day less than two weeks away, the very real possibility exists that for the first time in five years — and only the third time in his tenure at Oklahoma — Bob Stoops won’t have a full, nine-man coaching staff when he announces his new recruiting class.

  • A closer look at OSU's process and challenge of background checks for recruits

    Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    OSU is currently researching new ways to check the personal and criminal histories of incoming athletes

  • Why Thunder, Cavaliers could play their best basketball late in the season

    Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    When the Thunder and the Cleveland Cavaliers take the court inside Quicken Loans Arena on Sunday afternoon, they will represent two of the league’s handful of championship-caliber teams that have struggled for various reasons but are now looking to get right the rest of the way and regain their rightful place among the NBA’s true contenders.

  • Japan football officials back Aguirre to stay on as coach

    Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    SYDNEY (AP) — The head of the Japan Football Association says Javier Aguirre will continue as coach of the national team despite elimination from the Asian Cup at the quarterfinal stage and ongoing investigations into his alleged involvement in match fixing. Four-time champion Japan was eliminated by the United Arab Emirates from the Asian Cup on Friday, losing in a penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw. In the buildup to the tournament, Aguirre — who formerly coached in Spanish club football — become embroiled in a match-fixing probe launched by Spain's state prosecutor. Aguirre denies any wrongdoing. "The case is still being officially investigated so we will not comment further until there is official clarification

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Balanced Hawks bounce Thunder

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    Atlanta won its franchise-record 15th consecutive game. Oklahoma City fell to 22-21, keeping it 31/2 games behind Phoenix for the eighth and final playoff spot.

  • Oklahoma City Barons: Charlotte upends Barons, 3-2

    From Staff Reports | Published: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    Oklahoma City (28-10-5), a 3-1 winner on Thursday night, never led Friday’s game. Trevor Carrick gave Charlotte a 1-0 lead 4:27 into the second period, and then Zach Boychuk and Brody Sutter sandwiched power-play scores around a goal from Oklahoma City’s Kellen Jones.

  • No. 13 Arizona State women defeat Oregon 70-58

    Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Katie Hempen scored 11 points and Promise Amukamara and Elisha Davis each added 10 as No. 13 Arizona State beat Oregon 70-58 on Friday to extend its winning streak to 14 games. Arizona State (18-1, 7-0 Pac-12) trailed 27-25 at the half, but Kelsey Moos sparked an 8-0 run, contributing 6 points and a defensive rebound in first 3 minutes of the second half. Moos finished with 8 points and 2 rebounds. Jillian Alleyne had a strong game for Oregon (8-10, 1-6) finishing with 17 points and 12 rebounds, but it wasn't enough as the Ducks lost their fifth straight game. Arizona State is off to its best start in school history and can tie its longest winning streak against No. 9 Oregon State on Sunday.

  • Oklahoma basketball: TaShawn Thomas looking for redemption

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    Thomas needed some basketball cleansing after his performance in the 85-78 loss at Kansas — 1 for 7 from the floor with just four points plus six turnovers.

  • Radwanska advances to 4th round at Australian Open

    Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Sixth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska moved into the fourth round of the Australian Open on Saturday with a 6-0, 7-5 win over Uzbekistan-born American Varvara Lepchenko. Opening the day's play on Rod Laver Arena, Radwanska won the first set in 25 minutes before Lepchenko took a medical timeout, appearing to be affected by the heat. Radwanska, with her new coach Martina Navratilova watching from the stands, was broken while serving for the match but broke Lepchenko's serve to clinch it three games later. Radwanska, a semifinalist here last year and a finalist at Wimbledon in 2012, will play either Camila Giorgi of Italy or No. 18-seeded Venus Williams in the next round.

  • Vanderbilt gang-rape defense points to campus culture

    Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Prosecutors spent more than a week showing jurors photo and videos taken by Vanderbilt football players in a dorm-room sex assault. In response, the former players' lawyers have sought to put the elite southern university on trial, blaming an anything-goes campus culture for warping the young men's judgment. Neuropsychologist James Walker testified Friday that wide receiver Cory Batey told him he had 14 to 22 alcoholic drinks before the players dragged the incapacitated woman into star recruit Brandon Vandenburg's dorm room. "Because he was this intoxicated, he was not his normal self," Walker said. "He was doing things that he would not have done normally.

  • Minnesota to get Banham back next season

    Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota will get guard Rachel Banham back for another year. Banham announced Friday she'll return to the team next season after being awarded a medical hardship waiver by the NCAA, essentially a reset of her senior year. Banham tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee in a game last month and recently had reconstructive surgery. "I think Rachel's return speaks volumes of her trust and belief in her teammates," said coach Marlene Stollings. Banham said her family and teammates have been "a huge influence" on her decision. With 2,179 points, she needs 107 to pass Lindsay Whalen as the program's all-time leading scorer. "I want to be able to finish on the court with my jersey on an

  • Sports TV listings for Oklahoma City: Saturday, Jan. 24-Sunday, Jan. 25

    Published: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    SATURDAY NBA 6 p.m., New York at Charlotte, NBATV (Cox 256) 9 p.m., Washington at Portland, NBATV (Cox 256) AUTO RACING 1 p.m., Rolex 24 at Daytona, KOKH-25 (Cox 12) 7 p.m., Rolex 24 at Daytona, FS1 (Cox 67) COLLEGE FOOTBALL 3 p.m., Senior Bowl, NFLNET (Cox 252) MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 11 a.m., Oklahoma St. at Kansas St., ESPN2 (Cox 28)/KXXY-FM 96.1 11 a.m., Tulsa at E. Carolina, ESPNews (Cox 254)/KRMG-AM 740 11 a.m., Kentucky at S. Carolina, ESPN (Cox 29) 11 a.m., Rutgers at Penn State, ESPNU (Cox 253) 11 a.m., Wake Forest at Clemson, KSBI-52 (Cox 7) 11 a.m., DePaul at Xavier, FS1 (Cox 67) 11 a.m., Coll.

  • Alabama, Auburn women's players suspended 2 games for fight

    Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's Breanna Hayden and Auburn's Hasina Muhammad have been suspended for two games for fighting during a game. Hayden punched Muhammad in the face after the two got tangled up following a free throw in Thursday night's game in Tuscaloosa. An official trying to separate the two was knocked down, and Muhammad threw a punch after chasing Hayden toward Alabama's bench. The NCAA imposes an automatic ejection and one-game suspension for players issued a Flagrant 2 foul for fighting. The Southeastern Conference announced Friday that it has accepted each school's additional one-game penalty. Alabama player Meoshonti Knight was also ejected for leaving the bench when the fight broke out late in the

  • Johnson to return at Torrey Pines

    Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    Dustin Johnson is returning to the PGA Tour from a six-month break in which he said Friday "it was time to grow up," though he refused to discuss a published report that a positive test for cocaine is what led to his leave of absence. "I'm not worried about what people think or what they say," Johnson told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. "I've just got to be me. I've got a son, a future wife, and I'm really happy. I'm going to enjoy my life." Johnson has not competed since he missed the cut at the Canadian Open on July 25. Five days later, he said in a statement he was taking a leave of absence to seek professional help for what he described only as "personal challenges." Golf.

  • College basketball: Willie Holley's life path leads to 800 victories

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    A week ago, the Mid-America Christian coach joined an elite fraternity. He became only the 18th coach in the history of men's college basketball to win 800 games. The 800 Club includes some of the best-known coaches in all of sport. Mike Krzyzewski. Dean Smith. Adolph Rupp. Now, it also includes a down-to-earth Louisianan who has quietly racked up wins at a small Bible college across SW 119th Street from Earlywine Golf Course.

  • Final SHOT Show Notebook: Chris Kyle patch a hit item

    Ed Godfrey | Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    Kyle patch a hit item at SHOT Show Among the most visited booths at the 2015 SHOT Show was the AmericanSnipers.org booth where, for a $10 donation, guests could receive a Chris Kyle velcro patch. Kyle’s life is the subject of the current hit movie, American Sniper, and the velcro patches were a very popular […]

  • An Outdoors Matchmaker

    Ed Godfrey | Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    Greg Ray of Broken Arrow is essentially a matchmaker. Except he is a matchmaker for sportsmen and outfitters. Through NRAOutdoors.com, Ray and his team vet outfitters across the world for NRA members, making sure the outfitters are what they advertise themselves to be. “We’ve hunted with all of them (outfitters). We’ve fished with them,” said […]

  • OSU football: Officials appeal to NCAA to reduce status of allegations against football program

    John Helsley | Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    School seeks to lessen three additional findings unrelated to Sports Illustrated's 'The Dirty Game' allegations

  • Oklahoma State basketball: Life on the bubble — Cowboys might be bouncing along the rest of the season

    By John Helsley | Published: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    What’s next: a trip to Kansas State on Saturday that just might be vital to staying on the right side of the bubble. For now, the Cowboys do reside on the right side, with noted bracketologists Joe Lunardi and Jerry Palm each projecting them in the NCAA Tournament field.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Hawks

    staff reports | Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    It's a clash between two of the hottest teams in the league. Can the Thunder snap the Atlanta Hawks' 14-game winning streak? Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the web.

  • Norman resident's big game hunting shows still going strong

    Ed Godfrey | Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    LAS VEGAS, Nev. – For Steve Scott of Norman, who produces two popular big game hunting shows, attending the SHOT Show each January is like having a second Christmas. “There are several things I have identified here I really want to get my hands on because I know they are going to help me in […]

  • All The Proof You Need That America Is Ready For Gay Pro Athletes

    Published: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    Every time you witness homophobic bigotry on the Internet, remember this: By and large, America is ready and willing to support gay professional athletes, The Huffington Post reports. Seventy-three percent of Americans say they would fully support a professional sports team that signed a gay or lesbian athlete, according to a new survey by the Public Religion Research Institute, a nonprofit research organization. Only 19 percent of those surveyed said they would oppose such a decision. "If team owners in the league have any doubt about if Americans are ready for a gay or lesbian player on their team, this survey should put any of those doubts to rest," Robert P. Jones, the CEO of PRRI, told The Huffington Post over the phone. "There are very few issues where you can find three-quarters of Americans in agreement."

  • Sports Illustrated Lays Off Entire Photo Staff

    Published: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    Sports Illustrated has laid off the last of its photography staff, the National Press Photographers Association reported Friday. According to NPPA, the magazine fired its six remaining photographers, John W. McDonough, David E. Klutho, Simon Bruty, Bill Frakes, Al Tielemans and Robert Beck, on Thursday afternoon. SI's director of photography Brad Smith confirmed the news in a statement to News Photographer magazine, adding that the decision was the result of a company-wide need to "restructure various departments," The Huffington Post reports.