• Everyone feels awful for Laura Bassett, whose own goal knocked England out of the World Cup

    Published: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Perhaps author and Huffington Post blogger Greg Hogben put it best on Twitter : “If your heart isn’t breaking for Laura Bassett, you’re not human.” Bassett contributed to Japan’s World Cup victory over England in the worst possible way — an improbable own goal in extra time. The score was tied at 1-1, despite England largely outplaying the defending World Cup champs, with just a couple of minutes to go before overtime, when this happened ...

  • KU basketball players get crash course in Korean culture before World University Games trip

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    The class is called Introduction to Korea, which is a lot like it sounds. It is exploratory in nature, a cross-section of the culture, tradition and history of Korea. It was a summer requirement for each Kansas men’s basketball player competing in the World University Games this month in Gwangju, South Korea. It also led to senior forward Jamari Traylor, on a day in mid-June, taking a deep breath and enjoying a mouthful of Kimchi, the fermented side dish that is a staple of Korean cuisine. “It’s cabbage,” Traylor said a few hours later. “And they stick it somewhere in the ground and let it sit there for like weeks or something like that. It gets kind of rotten, I think, but it’s kind of good for you. “I do

  • Ohio prosecutor: Former Dayton basketball player sentenced

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A southwest Ohio prosecutor says a former University of Dayton basketball player convicted of trespassing charges has been sentenced to 30 days in jail and ordered to pay restitution. Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck Jr. says 21-year-old Jalen Robinson, of Columbus, was sentenced Wednesday for his part in a series of campus burglaries in December. Robinson was found guilty last month of three counts of trespass in a habitation. His attorney, Steven Pierson, says Robinson took responsibility for his actions and considers the sentence just. Heck says some dormitory rooms were broken into and property was stolen. Authorities said surveillance video identified Robinson and a fellow player, who was

  • Camp E-Ko-Wah translates into friendship, fun and learning for Oklahoma Girl Scouts

    By Scott Amundson For The Oklahoman | Published: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    The Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma's Camp E-Ko-Wah gives campers a chance to connect with nature and learn about themselves on 140 acres of land.

  • Oklahoma City Energy FC drops road decision to Orange County

    Chris Brannick | Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    Oklahoma City Energy FC dropped its second game in a row 1-0 on Wednesday night at Orange County FC. Christopher Rodriguez scored in the 33rd minute to give Orange County (7-6-1) the victory. The Energy rode a seven game unbeaten streak into Dallas two weeks ago in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup but lost then and now are on a three-game losing streak. Oklahoma City (7-5-3) remains in fifth place in the United Soccer League Western Conference with 24 points. Orange County's win gave them 22 points, good for sixth place. Evan Newton stood in net for the Energy for the 14th time this season. After allowing a career high six goals last weekend in Louisville, Newton allowed Wednesday's lone goal, his 19th of the

  • BRIEF: Coody twins vault up leaderboard at junior golf tournament

    Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    DALLAS — Pierceson and Parker Coody, the grandsons of 1971 Masters champion Charles Coody, both shot up the leaderboard during the second round of the Legends Junior Tour's Bryon Nelson Junior Championship on Wednesday. The fraternal twins from Plano each shot 3-under-par 68 at Lakewood Country Club. Pierceson, who shot a first-round 69 on Tuesday, took over first place with a two-round total 137 — a shot better than Lewisville's Ryan Grider. Parker Coody is tied with Eduardo Carrete of Queretaro, Mexico, for fifth at 142. Benbrook's Zachary Campbell is third (139), and Richardson's Garrett Glanton is fourth (140). The third and final round begins at 8 a.m. Thursday.

  • CU women's basketball: Alina Hartmann ready for tough test in Europe

    Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    While Alina Hartmann's teammates at Colorado are enjoying a little time off this weekend to celebrate the nation's birthday, she will be representing her country playing for Germany in the FIBA U-20 European Championships in Spain. Hartmann, a product of Bamberg, Germany, spent her freshman season as an effective role player off the bench for the Buffs under coach Linda Lappe last season. She is spending the entire summer back home, aside from the time she has dedicated to playing for the German national team. The U-20 championships begin Thursday and run through next week. Hartmann and her German teammates will play Poland, Serbia and Russia in pool play starting Thursday.

  • Oklahoma State basketball: OSU gets late recruit

    BY JOHN HELSLEY | Published: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    Oklahoma State carried a roster hole into the summer, with a scholarship still dangling unclaimed.   Wednesday, the Cowboys plugged the void in a big way, getting a commitment from four-star wing Davon Dillard, who had been pledged to Cal, and will be eligible for the upcoming basketball season.   Rated as national Top 100 recruit after playing his senior year at Our Savior New American School in Centereach, N.Y., Dillard draws frequent descriptions as a strong and athletic forward who is dynamic in transition.   Those match his descriptions, too.

  • Sports on TV: Tuning in for Thursday, July 2

    Compiled by Todd Schoenthaler Staff Writer tschoenthaler@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    THURSDAY MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL; 7 p.m.; OKC at Memphis; KGHM-AM 1340 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL; Noon; Chi. Cubs at N.Y. Mets; MLBN (Cox 264) 6 p.m.; Texas at Baltimore; FSOK (Cox 37)/KEBC-AM 1560 6 p.m.; Washington at Atlanta; MLBN (Cox 264) 6 p.m.; San Diego at St. Louis; FSPLUS (Cox 68)/KREF-AM 1400/98.5 FM GOLF; 8:30 a.m.; Open de France; GOLF (Cox 60) 11:30 a.m.; Nova Scotia Open; GOLF (Cox 60) 3 p.m.; Greenbrier Classic; GOLF (Cox 60) TENNIS; 6 a.m.; Wimbledon; ESPN (Cox 29) COLLEGE BASEBALL; 7:30 p.m.; Home Run Derby; ESPN (Cox 29) WNBA; 9 p.m.; Tulsa at Phoenix; Cox 703 CANADIAN FOOTBALL; 7:30 p.m.

  • Longhorns land highly rated point guard from Houston Yates

    Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    Unwittingly, Texas basketball coach Shaka Smart helped develop Jacob Young into a high-major prospect. It's only fitting that Smart gets to finish the job he started. Young, a four-star guard entering his senior year at Yates High in Houston, has been groomed in a system tailored after Smart's "Havoc" approach to the game. It stands to reason he'll make a smooth transition to playing for the Longhorns, who gained his commitment on Tuesday. "I love that style of play, going up and down the court," Young said. "That triggered my commitment to Texas." The 6-foot-1-inch, 175-pound Young learned the pressure-based system from Jawann McClellan, a former Arizona Wildcat who has long admired Smart's teachings.

  • Luke Ridnour finds it 'funny' he's been traded four times in a week

    Published: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    In an interview with a USA TODAY Sports, former Thunder player Luke Ridnour said that he finds the fact that he was traded four times in seven days, including a five-day stop in Oklahoma City, "funny." Ridnour was traded from Orlando to Memphis to Charlotte to Oklahoma City and finally to Toronto. The Thunder acquired Ridnour, as well as a conditional 2016 second-round pick, from Charlotte on June 25 for Jeremy Lamb . Oklahoma City then sent his contract to Toronto for the draft rights to Tomislav Zubcic, the 56th overall pick in 2012. "I've got a lot of texts from friends and family worried about us," Ridnour told USA TODAY Sports. "It really hasn't affected us at all. It's been pretty funny. ... Honestly, not much has changed. "I knew what was going on and never really got invested in any team that traded for me." Ridnour, 34, recognizes the possibility that he could be on the move again within the week, or even cut before his contract becomes fully guaranteed on July 10. He sees retirement as an option, but would like to play another season. "I'll look at the situation and see if it's something that's worth my family and me moving to and see if I'm going to keep playing or not," he said. "That's where my mind has been."

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: OKC re-signs Kyle Singler

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

         On the opening day of free agency, the Thunder swiftly accomplished one of the two things it set out to do this summer.      The team agreed to re-sign restricted free agent Kyle Singler, coming to terms with the reserve forward on a five-year deal worth more than $24 million on Wednesday. The deal could keep Singler in Oklahoma City through the 2019-20 season, although the fifth year of the deal is a team option.      At first glance, the contract might appear to be a bit steep for a player who is projected to be the Thunder’s 11th man next season. But when compared to deals other players received around the league it begins to look more like fair market

  • First Tee of New Mexico camp teaches correlation between golf, building character

    Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    CARLSBAD >> The First Tee of New Mexico camp does more than teach fundamentals of golf, they heavily stress building character. Aside from the standard lessons in putting, chipping and etiquette, more than 40 boys and girls ages 4-13 learned about different character traits such as honesty, integrity and sportsmanship at the three-day camp Monday through Wednesday at Riverside Country Club. The camp is based in Roswell, and it also travels to Carlsbad, Artesia, Hobbs and Ruidoso. It was Carlsbad's second year hosting the camp. "This group of kids is so eager, and they participated in every activity. They were smiling all day long," said Michelle Hembree, the camp's executive assistant director.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Thunder sign undrafted free agent Michal Qualls to deal; expected to play with Blue

    BY ANTHONY SLATER AND ERIK HORNE   | Published: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    By the end of his junior season at Arkansas, Michael Qualls was viewed as a sure-fire second round pick. But during a pre-draft workout in Phoenix earlier this month, Qualls came down awkwardly on a dunk attempt and tore his ACL. He went undrafted. The Thunder might benefit from that unfortunate injury, signing Qualls to an undrafted free agent deal in recent days. Qualls won’t be on the Thunder roster next season. He’ll be around the facility rehabbing and, whenever ready, restart competition with the OKC Blue, the Thunder’s D-League team. Qualls is an athletic 6-foot-6 forward who averaged 15.9 points and 5.3 rebounds last season for one of the SEC’s better teams.

  • Tulsa Shock's Skylar Diggins tears ACL, to miss remainder of the season

    FROM TULSA WORLD STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    Tulsa Shock guard Skylar Diggins will miss the remainder of the season after  tearing her right anterior cruciate ligament, the Shock announced Wednesday in a media release. She will undergo ACL reconstructive surgery, but a date for the procedure has not been set, the release said.  "I'm focused on getting healthy and stepping on the court even stronger,” Diggins said in the release. “For the remainder of this season, I will continue to support my teammates in every way possible."

  • Lawmakers want OSSAA to fall under state Education Department

    By Rick Green Capitol Bureau | Published: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    Nearly two dozen Republican lawmakers called Wednesday for the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association, an organization governing high school athletics, to come under the control of the state Education Department. The association is now governed by its own board of directors. It considers itself a private, non-profit organization.  Rep. Bobby Cleveland, R-Slaughterville, has been upset that the association does not allow public prayer to be offered over the public address system at association playoff or championship games. He said the organization has made poor decisions, lacks transparency and fails to adapt to criticism.

  • Cheers to selling beer at college football games

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Published: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    A couple weeks ago, Texas decided to open the tap to serving alcohol at football games. Among schools that play big-time college football, it becomes the 33rd to sell alcohol throughout its stadium. Even though that's only about a fourth of all Division I schools, the total could be counted on two hands not so long ago. And the total now doesn't include schools like Oklahoma and Oklahoma State selling alcohol in premium seating areas such as suites and clubs. Texas is by far the biggest name on the list of schools selling beer and wine at football games, so it seems like it may only be a matter of time before more follow suit. Cheers to that. Many university leaders including OU president David Boren

  • Big 12 stability solution: Expand to 14 teams, start a network

    Published: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    Following on OU president David Boren saying that he's in favor of the Big 12 Conference expanding , foxsports.com's Clay Travis wants to take that idea a step further. Instead of expansion to 12 teams, how about 14? And add a network as well. The only way the Big 12 expands is with a Big 12 Network, Travis says. But that would mean Texas would have to give up the Longhorn Network and roll it into the Big 12 Network. And even if that were to happen, the monetary pieces of the pie wouldn't be big enough for schools besides Texas. "You'd probably have to guarantee Texas an unequal share of the revenue since they'd be giving up the LHN in the process," said Travis. The solution: Expansion to 14 schools, with Travis offering up Cincinnati, Central Florida or South Florida, BYU and Memphis as options in order to dip into larger TV markets (and football-crazed fan bases) of Ohio, Tennessee and Florida.

  • List of major college football programs selling alcohol in their stadiums continues to grow

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Published: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

      ON TAP Major-college football schools that are expected to sell alcohol throughout their stadiums during the 2015 season:  On-Campus Stadiums Akron Bowling Green Cincinnati Colorado State Houston Kent State Louisiana-Lafayette Louisiana-Monroe Louisville Minnesota Nevada North Texas SMU Syracuse Texas Toledo Troy Tulane UNLV UTEP Western Kentucky West Virginia Off-Campus Stadiums Connecticut Georgia State Hawaii Massachusetts Memphis Miami San Diego State South Alabama South Florida Temple Texas-San Antonio

  • Tulsa Shock guard Skylar Diggins to miss rest of season with knee injury

    Published: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    The Tulsa Shock announced Wednesday that starting point guard Skylar Diggins will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL in her right knee. Diggins sustained the injury with 44 seconds left in the Shock's 93-89 win against the Seattle Storm on Sunday. Diggins scored a season-high 31 points in the victory - the Shock's eighth in a row. "I'm focused on getting healthy and stepping on the court even stronger,” Diggins said in a statement released by the team. “For the remainder of this season, I will continue to support my teammates in every way possible." Diggins had guided the Shock to its best start in franchise history and the best record in the WNBA (8-1). She led Tulsa in minutes (32.0) and points (17.8) per game.