• 2016 QB commit Nick Starkel among competition at Elite 11 finals

    Monday, July 6, 2015 at 09:40 AM

    Oklahoma State's potential quarterback of the future is competing on a national stage this week against the top passers from across the country. Nick Starkel — a 6-foot-3, 185-pound 2016 prospect from Liberty Christian High School (Argyle, Texas) — is one of 18 quarterbacks currently at Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Ore., for the Elite 11 finals. Here's a look at the entire 2015 class: The Elite 11 finals is a two-day competition, Monday and Tuesday, that features instruction from former NFL and college stars, including ESPN personality Trent Dilfer. Following the camp's completion, the top 11 performers will be crowned along with an MVP.

  • PHOTOS: OU quarterback Trevor Knight dating a Clemson cheerleader?

    Monday, July 6, 2015 at 04:38 PM

    This might be the biggest positive to come out of OU's horrific bowl loss to Clemson. At least for Trevor Knight. Clemson blasted OU 40-6 in the Russell Athletic Bowl, but that hasn't stopped Knight from evidently getting close to Clemson cheerleader Rachel Wyatt. The two spent Fourth of July together at Disney World, and were together at the iHeart Radio Country Music Festival a few months ago. (All photos via Instagram) First it was Baker Mayfield dating the "enemy." Now, it's Knight. Katy Perry is clearly old news.

  • How could Kevin Durant possibly be a better teammate?

    Monday, July 6, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    A better teammate? Durant is an all-NBA ballplayer but an all-world teammate. He’s the guy who reaches out to newcomers and who bounces off the bench even with a gimpy leg to cheer on his pals and who plays peacemaker when emotions run wild in combustible competition.

  • Semaj Christon turning heads at the Orlando Pro Summer League

    Monday, July 6, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    The 55th overall draft pick out of Xavier in 2014 followed up a 14-point, 10 assist effort against Charlotte in Saturday’s opener with a 12-point, nine-assist performance in the Thunder’s 73-65 win over The Orlando Magic’s Blue team on Monday.

  • Thunder notebook: Billy Donovan talks Kevin Durant, new assistant coaches

    Monday, July 6, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    Donovan’s relationship with Durant, perhaps his most important in his first season, appears to be off to a great start. Durant said Saturday that the time they’ve spent together in recent weeks has brought them closer, and Donovan echoed those same sentiments Monday.

  • How have Baker Mayfield and Trevor Knight played on the road?

    Monday, July 6, 2015 at 12:15 PM

    The success of the OU football season figures to be determined away from Norman. Some years ago, that would have been a bummer for Sooner prognostications. OU’s susceptibility at home the last three seasons has changed that perception, to some degree. At Owen Field, the Sooners lost to Kansas State and Notre Dame in 2012, and to Kansas State, Baylor and OSU in 2014. Still, you’d rather have your tough games at home. The Sooners on the road this season play Tennessee, Baylor and OSU, plus the neutral-site game against Texas. The success of the OU season largely will be determined by quarterback play, which has been inconsistent for the Sooners two years running.

  • Trevor Knight, Ty Darlington, Eric Striker, Sterling Shepard to represent OU at Big 12 Media Days

    Monday, July 6, 2015 at 02:54 PM

    At Big 12 Football Media Days this month, a much-talked about figure in OU football will be noticeably missing. Offensive lineman Ty Darlington, wide receiver Sterling Shepard, linebacker Eric Striker and quarterback Trevor Knight will represent the Sooners, along with head coach Bob Stoops, July 20-21 in Dallas. Knight's inclusion may be the most intriguing of the bunch, as the redshirt junior isn't assured his role as starting quarterback with Baker Mayfield now in the fold. Is Knight's inclusion an indication of his place in the OU quarterback pecking order, or are Stoops and the Sooners trying to keep everyone guessing as much as possible - including the quarterbacks - as to who the No. 1 is headed into the fall? OU is scheduled to appear at Media Day July 21 along with Baylor, Iowa State, Oklahoma State and Texas. Kansas, Kansas State, TCU, Texas Tech and West Virginia will meet with the media on July 20.

  • Four-star Indiana forward Davon Dillard signs with Cowboys

    Monday, July 6, 2015 at 01:07 PM

    Four-star forward Davon Dillard officially signed with Oklahoma State on Monday. Dillard will be eligible to play for the Cowboys this season.  A 6-5, 205-pound small forward from Gary, Ind., Dillard was ranked as the No. 3 player in the state of Indiana, and the No. 21 player at his position in the nation by ESPN. “Davon is an ultra-competitor and a great athlete, and we couldn’t be happier to have a part of the Oklahoma State family,” OSU coach Travis Ford said. “His size, athleticism and toughness make him very versatile. I watched him power his team to a victory with his hard work, which is something he brings game-in-game-out. His motor is always running.

  • With changes looming, calls to reconnect with F1 fans

    Updated: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    SILVERSTONE, England (AP) — Bumper-to-bumper traffic queues just to see the practice sessions on Friday at Silverstone, and a record 350,000 expected this weekend present a vision of Formula One being in robust health. Not all the teams share that positivity. And changes are coming to F1 as smaller outfits lead the charge for a future where they can thrive on the track without requiring the deep pockets that can thrust the wealthy outfits to the front of the grid. The debate has been recurring for years but F1 is going through another round of deliberations in an attempt to level the playing field. The FIA governing body has described changes to qualifying and races that are being considered for 2017 as "excitin

  • Bill Self starts a free Wayne Selden movement

    Updated: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    The discussion materialized in the weeks after the season, the aftershocks still fresh after another early-round loss in the NCAA Tournament. Bill Self and his staff hunkered down for the usual postseason excavation, sifting deep into the Jayhawks’ roster makeup and the root causes of a sluggish offense (at least by Kansas standard). “We dissected last year’s season a lot,” Self said. Among the many pressing issues was the matter of Wayne Selden, a sophomore who appeared to possess all the traits of a standout wing at the college level — but who had slid backward during his second season at KU. There had to be a way, KU’s staff surmised, to unlock Selden’s potential.

  • NMSU MEN'S BASKETBALL: Nephawe signs pro contract to play in Japan

    Updated: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    LAS CRUCES >> Former New Mexico State center Tshilidzi Nephawe has signed a professional contract to play for the Kumamoto Vorters in Kumamoto, Japan. The Vorters are in the National Basketball League, one of Japan's top professional leagues. Nephawe's contract is a one-year deal and terms were not disclosed. The 6-foot-10 Nephawe, who has been in California working out, scored 1,087 points and averaged 3.4 rebounds per game during his Aggie career. The Johannesburg, South Africa native averaged 10.4 points and 7.6 rebounds in 22 games in 2014-15. Nephawe was named the 2015 Western Athletic Conference Tournament MVP and was a two-time All-WAC second team selection.

  • Rosberg beats teammate Hamilton in practice at British GP

    Updated: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    SILVERTSONE, England (AP) — Nico Rosberg provided further evidence of the threat he poses to championship-leading teammate Lewis Hamilton by posting the fastest times in both practice sessions at the British Grand Prix on Friday. After Hamilton's storming start to his title defense, Rosberg has won three of the last four races to trim the Briton's lead to 10 points in the standings. Not even a loss of hydraulic power early on Friday at Silverstone could prevent Rosberg topping the time sheets in a morning session that he was forced to spend mostly off the track. "It was a difficult start to the weekend ... but incredible to see the crew get my car back on track before the end of the session," Rosberg said.

  • Report: Dallas Cowboys think Dez Bryant is 'bluffing' about missing games

    Published: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant is still at a stalemate with the team over a long-term contract. Reports have the former Oklahoma State star even considering sitting out the Cowboys' season opener if he's signed to a deal by July 15. Bleacher Report Jason Cole says despite no progress being made in the contract talks, the Cowboys believe Bryant is bluffing about not playing. From Cole: "According to a source I talked to, there was no progress made between the two sides. That's because the Dallas Cowboys are not budging off of their long-term offer with approximately $20 million guaranteed and subsequent guarantees later on. One of the reasons why is the Cowboys believe that Bryant is bluffing when he talks about missing a game or two during the regular season. Despite the fact that he is on record saying that it is not a bluff. ... "The second part is the Cowboys believe that Bryant ultimately needs the money, that he has money problems, and that either he will sign the tender for approximately $13 million for a franchise player or will ultimately sign the long-term deal by July 15 when the deadline for a long-term deal expires. "The third thing is, Bryant has been around during the offseason, which gives the Cowboys further encouragement that he's going to be there when his teammates need him. ... The Cowboys believe that they have the leverage on their side in this deal."

  • Sports on TV: Tuning in for Friday, July 3

    Compiled by Todd Schoenthaler Staff Writer tschoenthaler@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 6 p.m.; OKC at Memphis; KGHM-AM 1340 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 1 p.m.; Miami at Chi. Cubs; ESPN2 (Cox 28) 5 p.m.; S. Francisco at Washington; ESPN (Cox 29) 6 p.m.; Toronto at Detroit; MLBN (Cox 264) 7 p.m.; L.A. Angels at Texas; FSOK (Cox 37)/KRXO-FM 107.7 7 p.m.; San Diego at St. Louis; FSPLUS (Cox 68)/KREF-AM 1400/98.5 FM 9 p.m.; N.Y. Mets at L.A. Dodgers; ESPN (Cox 29)/KTOK-AM 1000 AUTO RACING 8 a.m.; Formula One Practice; NBCSN (Cox 251) 1 p.m.; Xfinity Practice; NBCSN (Cox 251) 2 p.m.; Sprint Cup Practice; NBCSN (Cox 251) 3 p.m.; Xfinity Practice; NBCSN (Cox 251) 4 p.m.; Sprint Cup Practice; NBCSN (Cox 251) GOLF 8:30

  • Former Sooners DB Tito Windham enrolls at Mississippi JC

    Ryan Aber | Updated: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    Cornerback Tito Windham, who redshirted last year at Oklahoma, has returned close to home. Windham enrolled at Northwest Mississippi Junior College earlier this week, Northwest sports information director Kevin Maloney said in an e-mail to The Oklahoman. The Rangers began summer workouts Tuesday. Windham remains on the Sooners' online roster but OUInsider.com reported in May that Windham was transferring. Windham was a three-star recruit by Rivals.com coming out of high school in 2014 and also had offers that included Florida State, Louisiana-Lafayette and Southern Mississippi. He committed to the Sooners in May 2013. Windham is from Gulfport, Miss., about five hours

  • Report: Former OSU forward Le'Bryan Nash to play for Houston Rockets in NBA Summer League

    Published: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    Former Oklahoma State forward Le'Bryan Nash will reportedly play for the Houston Rockets in the NBA Summer League. The Rockets open summer league play July 10 in Las Vegas. The 6-foot-7, 235-pound Nash went undrafted in the 2015 NBA Draft, but is looking to catch on with the Rockets as a free agent. Nash's OSU teammate Michael Cobbins is participating in the NBA Summer League with the Oklahoma City Thunder . Nash averaged 17.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game in his final season in Stillwater.

  • UNC women's hoops adds two assistants

    Updated: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    Kamie Ethridge looked to her right and always found Deb Patterson. Glancing to the left and it was a good bet Shalee Lehning was right there. Well, the scene on the University of Northern Colorado women’s basketball bench has a new look. Patterson will now spend her time upstairs in the office instead of being overly concerned with strategy, etc. She’ll be the Bears’ Director of Basketball Operations. Finding Lehning may be like Finding Waldo. She has opted to step away from coaching to pursue other interests, including spending quality time with family in Laramie, Wyo.

  • Thunder NBA Summer League roster includes Mitch McGary, Oklahoma State's Cobbins

    Erik Horne | Updated: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    The Oklahoma City Thunder's roster for the Orlando Summer League will feature 15 players, led by 2014 first-round draft pick Mitch McGary, 2015 second-round pick Dakari Johnson and former Oklahoma State big man Michael Cobbins. The Thunder's summer league team will also be led by Thunder assistant Darko Rajakovic. This week, the team officially announced former head coaches Monty Williams and Maurice Cheeks as assistants, as well as the addition of former University of Florida assistant Anthony Grant. Grant will be with the team in Orlando, along with assistants Mark Bryant, Mark Daigneault, Royal Ivey, Dave Bliss, and Steve Scalzi.

  • 2015 NBA Free Agency: Updates on Thunder, league deals

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    One down, one to go for the Thunder. Will Oklahoma City and Enes Kanter agree to a deal? Follow Day 3 of what's been a wild NBA free agency here with The Oklahoman and more for updates.

  • Massachusetts country club experiences hole-in-one spree

    Updated: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    CONCORD, Mass. (AP) — Members of a Massachusetts country club are having a remarkable golf season. In the two months since the Nashawtuc Country Club in Concord opened for the season, 10 different players ranging in age from 11 to 79 have scored a hole-in-one. Chris Carpenter, director of golf at the private club, tells The Boston Globe (http://bit.ly/1HASwdt ) the spree of aces is "crazy." He says in the 10 years he's worked at Nashawtuc, there have been maybe three or four a year. The first came May 1, the day after the club opened for the season. The latest came on June 26. Two came on May 30, including one by 11-year-old Robbie Lifson, golfing with his father, a brother and his brother's friend. All 10

  • BRIEF: Star recruit Dillard decommits from Cal, chooses Oklahoma State

    Updated: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    Oklahoma State men’s basketball team added another piece the puzzle for the 2015-16 season late Wednesday. Davon Dillard, a 6-foot-5, 205-pound wing from Gary, Indiana, decommitted from California and committed to OSU, according to CBS Sports basketball insider, via Twitter. Dillard is a four-star recruit, according to ESPN.com. Dillard finished his senior year at Our Savior New American School in Centereach, New York after transferring from Bowman Academy in Gary, Indiana. He had committed to California, but hadn’t signed a letter of intent. If Dillard officially joins the Cowboys, which hasn’t happened yet, he will become the second freshman on the roster next year, joining point guard Jawun Evans.

  • Kansas thumps China in tuneup for World University Games

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    The atmosphere was a little quieter. The opponent was new. The result was the same. The Kansas men’s basketball team racked up another exhibition victory early Thursday morning, destroying China 93-56 in a scrimmage at the Seolwol Girls School Gymnasium in Gwangju, Korea. It was the first on-site tuneup before the start of the World University Games basketball tournament on Friday. Kansas coach Bill Self balanced playing time and used 11 players — everybody except injured freshman Carlton Bragg, who is recovering from a broken nose. The Jayhawks, representing the United States at the World University Games, led just 36-27 at halftime before turning the game into a blowout in the second half.

  • Oklahoma City Dodgers: Homers propel Dodgers over Redbirds

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- The Oklahoma City Dodgers brought out the big sticks again Thursday night and beat the Memphis Redbirds 8-4 in a Pacific Coast League baseball game before 3,038 fans at AutoZone Park. Scott Schebler, Darwin Barney and Corey Seager each homered in a game the Dodgers never trailed. Schebler's 10th of the season, with none out in the sixth inning, broke a 4-4 tie. Barney's second of the season and Seager's seventh came in Oklahoma City's three-run seventh inning.  Darnell Sweeney finished a home run short of the cycle for OKC (52-27), which moved a season-best 25 games over .500. Memphis (41-40) touched Oklahoma City starting pitcher Ian Thomas for four runs on five hits over 42/3 innings.

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  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Silence tells us plenty about the Enes Kanter free agency situation

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    A surprising name has been absent from the non-stop rumor mill – Enes Kanter.

  • Parents of Illinois players don't believe coach allegations

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — The parents of a current University of Illinois women's basketball player and an incoming recruit said Thursday that they don't believe the allegations made by seven former players in a lawsuit this week accusing coaches of creating racial hostility. But the plaintiffs' attorney said an eighth former player has asked to join the lawsuit. In the lawsuit filed Wednesday in federal court, the former players accuse coach Matt Bollant and former assistant coach Mike Divilbiss, who are white, of treating black players poorly to try to drive them off the team and doing the same to white players who supported them.

  • BRIEF: NMSU MEN'S BASKETBALL: Nephawe signs pro contract to play in Japan

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    LAS CRUCES -- Former New Mexico State center Tshilidzi Nephawe has signed a professional contract to play for the Kumamoto Vorters in Kumamoto, Japan. The Vorters are in the National Basketball League, one of Japan's top professional leagues. The 6-foot-10 Nephawe, who has been in California working out, scored 1,087 points and averaged 3.4 rebounds per game during his Aggie career. The Johannesburg, South Africa native averaged 10.4 points and 7.6 rebounds in 22 games in 2014-15. Nephawe was named the 2015 Western Athletic Conference Tournament MVP and was a two-time All-WAC second team selection. Mark Rudi can be reached at 575-541-5455. ——— ©2015 the Las Cruces Sun-News (Las Cruces, N.M.) Vis

  • Tiger Woods shoots 4-under 66 at Greenbrier Classic

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — For a change, Tiger Woods got off to a good start. Woods rebounded from a dismal U.S. Open with a 4-under-par 66 in Thursday's opening round of The Greenbrier Classic, four shots behind leader Scott Langley. Helped by a morning rain that softened the Old White TPC course in West Virginia, Woods posted his lowest score of the season and matched his best in relation to par. It was only the fourth time he shot in the 60s in 21 rounds. None on the first day of a tournament. "Overall I can't really say I hit any great shots, but I hit a lot of good ones," Woods said. "I hit the ball better than what my score indicates." Two weeks ago at the U.S. Open, Woods had the highest 36