• NEW Thunder Buddies Podcast: Are OKC's current issues correctable?

    Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    Welcome to the home of our Thunder Buddies podcast, named, in part, from Universal Studio’s highly-acclaimed comedy ‘Ted’, but inspired by our continued hope for wall-to-wall coverage of OKC’s only professional team. Below is our list of episodes (click the link to listen). If you prefer iTunes for your podcast listening experience, click here and subscribe. Hope […]

  • Big 12/SEC Challenge moving to January in 2016

    Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    The Big 12/SEC Challenge is moving to later in the season. The conferences announced Thursday that the third-annual men's basketball event next season would be played Jan. 30, 2016 with the conferences creating a common open date during conference play to accommodate the schedule. “We are excited to move this even to January to provide the Big 12 a unique showcase and help ESPN give the Big 12/SEC Challenge the attention it deserves,” Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said in a statement. “Our teams have shown a commitment to scheduling tough non-conference opponents and should be commended for setting a new standard by placing a key non-league matchup in the middle of the conference season.

  • Tramel: Delayed football stadium renovations should not affect recruiting

    Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    Not even OU president David Boren can command the price of oil, especially when its precipitous drop coincides with a disastrous Sooner season. So the start of the $370 million project likely will be delayed. Not 10 years, not five, but perhaps until December 2016.

  • Moore basketball coach Rhonda Fields feels like she's back on the ranch

    Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    Wins aren’t necessarily easy to come by with the young Lions team, but the longtime coach is just happy to be back around what she loves. For a small period of time, it appeared basketball was gone forever.

  • Serge Ibaka's down season a key factor in Thunder's struggles

    Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    When identifying the main stumbling blocks that have led to the Thunder’s disappointing 23-23 record, injuries reign as the most prominent. But among a list that delves deeper, Ibaka’s surprising decline – at the age of 25, in his sixth season – should be somewhere near the top.

  • Recruiting notebook: Westmoore's Dahu Green expected to visit OU this weekend

    Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    Green is verbally committed to Washington State, but he received an offer from OU earlier this week with National Signing Day looming next Wednesday.

  • Samaje Perine, Mason Rudolph among early Heisman odds favorites

    Today at 01:01 AM

    Oklahoma freshman running back Samaje Perine and Oklahoma State freshman quarterback Mason Rudolph are each listed among the favorites for the 2015 Heisman Trophy.

  • David Boren denies report of stadium expansion delay

    Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 04:15 AM

    LAWTON — University of Oklahoma President David Boren emphatically denied a report that he’s decided to put football stadium expansion on hold.

  • Tramel: Maybe the problem is, they're just not that good

    Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    We keep waiting for the Thunder to click. For the light to come on. For this team to kick into gear and play like it has the previous four seasons. Maybe it’s time to admit the click isn’t going to happen. The light’s not going to come on. This Thunder team just isn’t that good. […]

  • Pitt has early road-heavy 2015 schedule


    PITTSBURGH (AP) — New Pittsburgh head coach Pat Narduzzi won't have to wait long to see how the Panthers will handle hostile environments. Pitt will play five of its first seven games of the 2015 season on the road. The Panthers open at home on Sept. 5 against Youngstown State and former Nebraska coach Bo Pelini. Pitt then has a stretch of five road games in six weeks, including nonconference games at Akron and Iowa. The Panthers begin ACC play at Virginia Tech on Oct. 3. Pitt plays four of its final five games at Heinz Field, including a nationally televised showdown with North Carolina on Oct. 29. The Panthers also face Notre Dame at home on Nov. 7 and wrap up the regular season against Louisville on Nov. 21 and Miami on

  • Thai seafood magnate set for takeover of Sheffield Wednesday


    SHEFFIELD, England (AP) — A seafood magnate from Thailand was close to becoming the latest foreign owner of an English football club on Thursday after agreeing to a takeover of second-tier team Sheffield Wednesday. Dejphon Chansiri, whose family controls Thai Union Frozen Group, has been in talks with Wednesday since the end of 2014 and has already made funds available for the club to recently bring in two players on loan. Financial details of the deal to buy out current owner Milan Mandaric were not disclosed. Dejphon said he was attracted by the potential of a club whose Hillsborough stadium has a capacity of about 40,000 and is one of the biggest, most high-profile grounds in the country.

  • Lyon's credentials put to test at Monaco


    PARIS (AP) — It's time for Lyon to find out whether it can keep dreaming of the French title. The seven-time French champions are facing three weeks of uncertainty without injured striker Alexandre Lacazette, who will miss Lyon's next three league games, including a crucial meeting with Paris Saint-Germain. Lacazette, who picked up a thigh injury after scoring his team's first goal last weekend in a 2-0 win over Metz, has been instrumental in Lyon's return to the top. Nurtured by the club since he was 10, the 23-year-old France international has been repaying the club for its faith with 21 goals in 22 matches, a big chunk of Lyon's total of 47 goals. "Injuries like this never come at a good time, this one even more so

  • Former Oklahoma stars, Dodgers prospects highlight ESPN Top 100 prospects

    Jacob Unruh | Published: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    Five former Oklahoma high school baseball stars and three Los Angeles Dodgers prospects highlight ESPN baseball insider Keith Law’s Top 100 prospects list released Thursday morning. The two-part list is Insider access only, but can be found here and here. Former Broken Arrow star and Oklahoma football commitment Archie Bradley is the highest Oklahoman on […]

  • Power Lunch: Chat with OU writer Ryan Aber

    staff reports | Yesterday

    The Sooners blasted Texas Tech to break a Big 12 basketball slump. Football recruiting is coming down the stretch. Stadium upgrades on hold? Ask Ryan Aber your OU-related questions on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Maybe the problem is, they're just not that good

    Berry Tramel | Yesterday

    We keep waiting for the Thunder to click. For the light to come on. For this team to kick into gear and play like it has the previous four seasons. Maybe it’s time to admit the click isn’t going to happen. The light’s not going to come on. This Thunder team just isn’t that good. […]

  • Super Bowl 2015: 50,000 computer simulations, one clear winner

    Published: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    Betting on the Super Bowl is undeniably an uncertainty and a risk. A much less risky bet would be that Paul Bessire's  PredictionMachine.com  has the most thorough and sound reasoning for why the Seattle Seahawks will defeat the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX on Feb. 1 in Phoenix, Arizona, CBS Bostonreports. PredictionMachine.com uses some of the most advanced analytics available today and analyzes them through a machine they call "The Predictalator," which is, "the most in-depth, state-of-the-art sports prediction software ever created."

  • Study: Tulsa is 2nd worst city in U.S. for football fans

    Published: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    The College Football Playoff that set ratings records earlier this month? Might as well pretend it didn't happen. Party planned for Super Bowl Sunday? Might as well cancel it. National Signing Day for high school players is coming up next month, too. But if you're both a football fan and a Tulsan, you should probably find something else to do, at least according to a study that ranked Tulsa as the nation's second-worst city for football fans. The only city ranked below Tulsa was Las Vegas, home of the 2-11 University of Nevada Las Vegas Rebels, who have had just two winning football seasons since 2000.

  • Oklahoma State women's basketball: Kansas State squeezes past Cowgirls in overtime

    From Staff Reports | Published: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    Haley Texada’s free throw with five seconds remaining in OT gave K-State a 52-51 victory.

  • Thunder: Knicks overcome Russell Westbrook's 40, beat Durant-less Thunder 100-92

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    Carmelo Anthony and a batch of journeyman vets and 10-day contract guys outplayed what should have been a desperate Thunder team – winning 100-92 in Madison Square Garden and handing OKC its latest and most disheartening setback. Langston Galloway added 18 points and Tim Hardaway Jr. hit three 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, finishing with 14 for the Knicks, who won for the fourth time in five games, representing nearly half of their nine victories on the season. Russell Westbrook scored 40 points on 13-of-30 shooting for the Thunder, who were without Kevin Durant for a second straight game because of a sprained big toe on his left foot. Westbrook blitzed the Knicks in his season debut after returning from injury in November, leading

  • Oklahoma basketball notebook: Wrist not a problem for Isaiah Cousins

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    Cousins was 5 of 8 with three 3-pointers for 13 points in Oklahoma’s 81-36 blowout of Texas Tech on Wednesday night at Lloyd Noble Center.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Kevin Durant misses second straight game with toe injury

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    The Thunder superstar missed his second consecutive game with a sprained left big toe. He has now missed 25 of the Thunder’s 46 games this season.

  • Don't forget, Ernie Banks was a great ballplayer, too

    Berry Tramel | Published: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    Ernie Banks died last weekend. All of Chicago and much of Baseball America celebrated a life well lived and a career well played. But I’m not sure fans appreciate Mr. Cub for what he was. It’s been 44 years since Banks retired. It’s been 54 years since Banks was in his prime. My impression is, […]

  • Oklahoma State football: Cowboys cross verbal-commit lines in search for running back

    By Kyle Fredrickson, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    With less than a week left before signing day, OSU is making its final pitches to tailbacks pledged elsewhere

  • Oklahoma basketball: Sooners hammer Texas Tech, 81-36

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    The Sooners wasted little time putting this one away, building a 21-point lead by halftime and then going on a 16-1 run to start the second half en route to a blowout.

  • Oklahoma football: Regents approve offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley's two-year contract

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    LAWTON — Lincoln Riley has been on the road recruiting since being hired as Oklahoma’s new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach earlier this month. The University of Oklahoma Board of Regents made it all official during their Wednesday meeting, approving a two-year contract that will pay Riley $500,000 annually. Riley’s contract also includes a $50,000 […]

  • High school swimming notebook: Edmond Memorial girls, Edmond North boys take city titles

    By Scott Wright | Updated: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    With a full team effort that included standout performances from several freshmen, the Edmond Memorial girls won the Edmond City Swim Championship Tuesday night at the Mitch Park YMCA. Micheala Seely, Katie Callahan, Sydney Parker and Kellie Fischer — all freshmen — won individual events for the Bulldogs. Seely, Callahan and Fischer combined with junior Natalie Vorel for a win in the 400-yard freestyle relay. Memorial finished with 660 points, while the Edmond North girls had 624. Edmond North was led by Ally Robertson, who won two individual events and helped win two relays. Joe Short picked up four gold medals for Edmond North to help the Huskies to the boys team title. Edmond North scored 640 points, with

  • Football recruiting notebook: Shawnee's John Jacobs not worried about East Carolina changes

    By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh | Published: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    Jacobs has been verbally committed to ECU since last spring and remains firm in that commitment. He recently visited the campus and was excited by the direction of the offense.

  • High school notebook: Purcell football coach Greg Willis won't be retained

    By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh | Published: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    It was an interesting move considering that the Dragons had exceeded outsiders’ expectations this past season. Purcell won seven straight games, including impressive wins over Washington and Jones, to finish 7-4. All four losses came against teams that made the playoffs.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Knicks

    staff reports | Updated: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    No Kevin Durant again for the Thunder, who take on the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. Follow our live coverage with Anthony Slater, Darnell Mayberry and more from around the web.