• Kendrick Perkins says Rajon Rondo wanted out of Boston

    Friday, December 19, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kendrick Perkins told Yahoo Sports Friday that former teammate Rajon Rondo wanted out of Boston. Rondo, who was teammates with Perkins with the Celtics from 2006 to 2010, was traded to the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday, shifting even more point guard talent to the Western Conference. “(Rondo) wanted out, but he […]

  • Sooners pick up two football commitments on Friday

    Friday, December 19, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    NORMAN — Oklahoma picked up its second defensive commitment in one day Friday afternoon, when three-star safety Kahlil Haughton announced he’d chosen the Sooners. Haughton — from Midway High in Waco, Texas — chose Oklahoma over offers from Arkansas, Baylor and Texas Tech, among others. Haughton’s announcement came only hours after the Sooners picked up […]

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Lakers

    Friday, December 19, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    No Kevin Durant, but the Thunder still has a marquee matchup against Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers. Follow our live coverage with Anthony Slater, Darnell Mayberry and more from around the web.

  • Kevin Durant will not play against Lakers, remains day-to-day

    Friday, December 19, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    Kevin Durant left Oracle Arena on Thursday night with only a slight limp, telling media members postgame he hoped to play against the Lakers the next night.

  • Heritage Hall thumps Cushing for gold ball

    Friday, December 19, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    Heritage Hall coach Andy Bogert leaves coaching as a state champion after a 37-14 victory.

  • Sooners pick up important commitment from LB Ricky DeBerry

    Friday, December 19, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    What Oklahoma desperately needs are linebackers, and DeBerry became the Sooners’ first linebacker commit in the 2015 recruiting class.

  • OU coach Lon Kruger developed affinity for Vegas when he coached at UNLV

    Friday, December 19, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    Kruger and the No. 15-ranked Sooners take on No. 16 Washington at 8:05 p.m. Saturday in the MGM Grand Showcase in Las Vegas.

  • Barons' Anton Lander has always been the consummate teammate

    Friday, December 19, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    “He’s been a leader his whole life,” said former Barons coach Todd Nelson, named Edmonton’s interim coach earlier this week. “With veterans like Jason Williams and Ryan Hamilton, we have so many players worthy of being the team captain. It says a lot about how he does things the right way.”

  • Heritage Hall's Andy Bogert goes out with gold ball

    Friday, December 19, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    The state title was the final game of Bogert’s coaching career, after his preseason announcement that he would step down when the season completed. His son, Brett Bogert, served as co-head coach and will take over the program for next season.

  • OSU's Desmond Roland gets spiritual boost in Bedlam victory

    Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    The senior Cowboy running back lost his mother to cancer in late October. Roland says it “felt like a spirit hit me” during overtime at OU.

  • NCAA Volleyball Championships: Micha Hancock makes impact in semifinal match for Penn State

    By Jenni Carlson | Published: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    Penn State standout and Edmond Memorial alum Micha Hancock wasn’t the offensive star or the defensive stalwart in a 3-1 victory against Stanford. But as always, the attack-minded setter impacted every part of the national semifinal match. Saturday, she and her Penn State teammates will play for their second consecutive national title. How did you handle the emotions of playing such a big match back at home? “It was emotional for me to even see, like, our send-off. Our band, they came out. It was like, ‘What am I doing? I have a semifinal match.’ I was like, ‘No more of this crybaby crap. I’m going to zone in, and I’m going to play hard for my team.’” Your big serve started off great in the first set,

  • Moore, No. 10 Louisville beat Grand Canyon 65-51

    Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    PHOENIX (AP) — Louisville coach Jeff Walz lectured his team so long after the game that he missed his radio interview. Fans hoping to talk to Cardinals players had to exit the arena before he was through in the locker room. Walz had plenty to say __ little of it positive __ after the 10th-ranked Cardinals slogged through a 65-51 victory over Grand Canyon on Thursday night. "We could never get a run going because we couldn't finish on the offensive end, and then we'd have a breakdown on the defensive end," Walz said more than an hour after the game ended. "That's what we tried to talk about, you have to play for 40 minutes." Outside of Mariya Moore, who scored 17 points and led the decisive second-half spurt, Louisvill

  • Oklahoma State basketball: Roshunda Johnson scores 16 points as No. 19 Cowgirls beat Weber State

    Published: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    Roshunda Johnson scored 16 points, including the final go-ahead bucket late in the second half, to lift No. 19 Oklahoma State to a 55-49 win over Weber State on Thursday night.

  • NCAA Volleyball Championships: BYU has OKC looking like Cinderella City again

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    BYU upended Texas at the NCAA Volleyball Championships and became the first unseeded team to ever make the national title match. And the Cougars left no doubt that they deserved a spot in Saturday’s final, walloping the Longhorns 3-1.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Kevin Durant suffers mild ankle sprain in first half at Golden State

    By Anthony Slater | Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    His status at this time is unknown. Durant had already scored a season-high 30 points in the first half.

  • A's trade All-Star catcher Derek Norris to Padres

    Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The revamping Oakland Athletics made yet another trade of a star player this offseason, sending catcher Derek Norris and minor league right-hander Seth Streich to the San Diego Padres on Thursday night for righties Jesse Hahn and R.J. Alvarez along with an international signing bonus slot. San Diego's been busy, too. At about the same time they wrapped up the deal with the A's, the Padres finalized a trade to acquire outfielder Matt Kemp from the division rival Los Angeles Dodgers. Norris, a 25-year-old All-Star, batted .270 with 10 home runs and 55 RBIs in 127 games for the A's, who lost 9-8 in the wild-card game at Kansas City.

  • Beijing ramping up bid for 2022 Winter Olympics

    Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    BEIJING (AP) — Beijing is ramping up its bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics with a series of international sports competitions and promotional events, seeking to stir public support and cement its status as the front-runner to hold the games. The freestyle skiing World Cup event in Beijing's Bird's Nest stadium this weekend will be the first of six winter sports competitions in the capital city and Shanghai, bid organizers said Thursday. Skating events make up most of the remainder. Another six activities are being held to rev up interest in the Olympic bid among the public, including a mass participation event on world skiing day in January, said Zhao Yinggang, the sports ministry's head of winter sports.

  • No. 19 Oklahoma State holds off Weber State women 55-49

    Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    OGDEN, Utah (AP) — Roshunda Johnson scored 16 points, including the final go-ahead bucket late in the second half, to lift No. 19 Oklahoma State to a 55-49 win over Weber State on Thursday night. LaShawn Jones contributed 13 points and Brittney Martin had 11 for Oklahoma State (8-1), which took a 30-19 advantage into the break but had to quell a Weber State rally to secure its sixth straight win. Jones and Martin also had seven rebounds each. Weber State (5-6) opened the second half with an 11-2 run to narrow the gap and later tied the game at 47 on a Jalen Carpenter layup with 3:02 left. But the Cowgirls quickly retook the lead with a pair of buckets from Johnson and padded their advantage by going 4 for 4 from the free-th

  • BC-BKW--T25-Oklahoma St.-Weber St. Long Box

    Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    Percentages: FG .449, FT .529. 3-Point Goals: 2-8, .250 (Johnson 2-5, Donohoe 0-1, Atkins 0-2). Team Rebounds: 2. Blocked Shots: 5 (Jones 3, Martin 2). Turnovers: 14 (Donohoe 4, Atkins 3, Johnson 3, Coleman, Patton, Jones, Martin). Steals: 11 (Martin 4, Johnson 3, Patton, Jones, Donohoe, Atkins). Technical Fouls: None. Percentages: FG .346, FT .833. 3-Point Goals: 3-13, .231 (Lough 1-1, Dunbar 1-4, Quinn 1-4, Okoye 0-1, Carpenter 0-1, Averette 0-2). Team Rebounds: 1. Blocked Shots: 2 (Wooten, Adams). Turnovers: 18 (Okoye 5, Carpenter 3, Shahid-Martin 2, Adams 2, Toure 2, Dunbar, Quinn, Wooten, Averette). Steals: 7 (Okoye 4, Dunbar, Shahid-Martin, Averette).

  • BC-BKW--T25-Oklahoma St.-Weber St. Box

    Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    Johnson 6-12 2-2 16, Atkins 1-8 2-5 4, Donohoe 3-4 0-0 6, Martin 5-9 1-1 11, Jones 5-11 3-4 13, Coleman 0-3 0-0 0, Beatty 0-0 0-0 0, Swanson 0-0 0-0 0, Patton 0-0 1-2 1, Jensen 2-2 0-3 4. Totals 22-49 9-17 55. Carpenter 5-8 4-4 14, Quinn 2-7 0-0 5, Shahid-Martin 2-4 0-0 4, Dunbar 1-4 0-0 3, Okoye 3-11 2-2 8, Adams 3-10 0-0 6, Averette 0-5 4-6 4, Lough 1-1 0-0 3, Toure 1-1 0-0 2, Wooten 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 18-52 10-12 49. Halftime_Oklahoma St. 30-19. 3-Point Goals_Oklahoma St. 2-8 (Johnson 2-5, Donohoe 0-1, Atkins 0-2), Weber St. 3-13 (Lough 1-1, Dunbar 1-4, Quinn 1-4, Okoye 0-1, Carpenter 0-1, Averette 0-2). Fouled Out_None. Rebounds_Oklahoma St. 32 (Jones, Martin 7), Weber St. 36 (Okoye 7). Assists_Oklahoma St. 13 (Atk

  • NCAA Volleyball Championships: BYU upsets Texas to reach final

    By CLIFF BRUNT, AP Sports Writer | Published: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    Jennifer Hamson had 22 kills and Alexa Gray added 19 to help BYU beat Texas 25-23, 25-16, 17-25, 26-24 in the NCAA women’s volleyball semifinals Thursday night.

  • Thunder notebook: Kevin Durant says MVP buzz not getting to Russell Westbrook

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    There aren’t many NBA players who seem to catch Kobe Bryant’s eyes for the right reasons. But Russell Westbrook – and his fear nobody attitude – is one of them. Bryant recently told ESPN that Westbrook is the closest player in the NBA to him in terms of intensity. “He just plays with a rage that’s not very common,” Bryant told reporters. Of late, Westbrook has been receiving heaps of praise and some strong MVP buzz. But last year’s MVP says Westbrook isn’t letting that get to his head. “As a teammate and brother, I’m happy he’s getting the praise,” Kevin Durant said. “Because just last year everyone had something negative to say about him. But that’s how the world is.

  • Guangzhou R&F names Getafe's Cosmin Contra coach

    Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    BEIJING (AP) — Chinese Super League club Guangzhou R&F says it has reached a deal with current Getafe manager Cosmin Contra for him to be their new coach. The club said in a statement Thursday that the Romanian will arrive soon in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou to sign the contract ahead of the start of the 2015 season. Contra will replace former England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson, who spent more than a year coaching Guangzhou R&F and led it to a third-place finish last season. Eriksson moved to club Shanghai East Asia last month. Contra was under contract at Getafe until the end of next season, and the compensation from Guangzhou will provide much-needed funds to the cash-strapped Madrid club, which is current

  • Oklahoma City Barons: Barons lose to Charlotte

    Published: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    Four different players scored for Charlotte, including Ben Holmstrom, who had a game-clinching empty net goal with 38 seconds left. The Checkers, who also had goals from Danny Biega, Jared Staal and Chad LaRose, improved to 10-15-2. First-place Oklahoma City fell to 16-7-4.

  • US women rout Argentina 7-0 in Brasilia Tournament

    Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Christen Press scored four goals and Carli Lloyd had a hat trick as the United States women's soccer team routed Argentina 7-0 in the Brasilia Tournament on Thursday, securing its place in the final of the four-team competition. The U.S. needed some help from Brazil in the late match, and the hosts beat China 4-1 despite resting five-time world player of the year Marta and other regular starters. A draw would have eliminated the Americans. The final will be played Sunday at the Mane Garrincha Stadium. Brazil will have the tiebreaker advantage in the final because it had a better campaign. The hosts finished with nine points from three matches. The U.S. and China ended with four points each, but the A

  • Oklahoma State football: Desmond Roland gets spiritual boost in Bedlam victory

    By Kyle Fredrickson, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    The senior Cowboy running back lost his mother to cancer in late October. Roland says it “felt like a spirit hit me” during overtime at OU.

  • Matt Wells, the pride of Sallisaw, is a rising star in college coaching

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    Saturday, the 41-year-old Wells coaches his alma mater, Utah State, against Texas-El Paso in the New Mexico Bowl.

  • The Oklahoman's Class 3A state championship pick

    Published: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    Scott Wright provides his prediction for the state’s final high shcool football game of the 2014 season: Heritage Hall vs. Cushing.

  • Class 3A state championship preview: No. 10 Cushing vs. No. 2 Heritage Hall

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    It’s the final game for coach Andy Bogert, and the Chargers want nothing more than to end his storied career with another gold ball. That just means winning a rematch against an improved team they already routed, which is not an ideal scenario for Bogert.

  • Friday Night Lights: Heritage Hall's Joe Wheeler had a vision quest

    By Jacob Unruh | Published: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    “My dream growing up was to be one of the varsity players out on the field,” Wheeler said. “That was my dream playing football on the sidelines during halftime. To actually score again, it felt awesome.”