• Thunder Buddies Podcast: Previewing the upcoming NBA season

    Thursday, October 23, 2014 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 you enjoy: Thunder Buddies - 10/23 (

  • Texas prep guard Christian James commits to OU basketball

    Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    Oklahoma’s men’s basketball picked up a commitment from shooting guard Christian James. James (6-foot-4) picked the Sooners over Houston and Oregon. James visited Norman last weekend. The Bellaire, Texas, product is ranked No. 138 on the latest Rivals150 ranking of the nation’s top recruits for the 2015 class. James’ commitment comes just more than a week […]

  • 'Panther Moms' are no ordinary cheerleaders

    Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    Dezarai Roseman and Erma Rollerson cheer every play. Every game, too. Even though they are both just a smidge over 5-foot tall, they loom large at Putnam North games this season. Their old-school cheers and their never-ending passion have become part of the Friday night fabric.

  • West Virginia has a genuine love for the Big 12

    Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    Sometimes, even arranged marriages can lead to true love. And romance certainly has bloomed on the Appalachian side of the Big 12.

  • Sports Illustrated's dark cloud dissipates for Joe DeForest

    Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    It was great news, offering DeForest vindication following a stressful year that placed his character in question and his job in jeopardy, just as he’s due for a return to Stillwater with the Mountaineers on Saturday.

  • Thunder roundtable: Oklahoman writers examine some storylines for upcoming season

    Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    Four questions for four writers, examining some Thunder storylines entering the upcoming season.

  • Cody Thomas was ready for action when Trevor Knight went down

    Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    Cody Thomas was limited throughout most of preseason training camp with a back injury, but is fully healthy today. The Colleyville (Texas) native said he was ready for his moment, and that was apparent as he calmly led the Sooners down the field on a touchdown drive.

  • Tramel: Pride of Oklahoma: OU sufficiently embarrassed to do something

    Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    The great Pride of Oklahoma flap at OU is over, after 14 months of furor. Band director Justin Stolarik resigned under pressure Thursday. If you heard a bunch of brass sounds flowing through Cleveland County, it likely was band members celebrating in the streets.

  • Matthew Ford is back on the ice after neck surgery

    Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    Every time a Peyton Manning highlight pops up on Sports Center it reminds Oklahoma City Barons forward Matthew Ford that undergoing neck surgery can be a blessing.


  • Alleged MLB drug supplier pleads not guilty

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    MIAMI (AP) — A man described by the Drug Enforcement Administration as a black-market chemist who concocted athletic performance-enhancing drugs in his garage pleaded not guilty Thursday to criminal charges arising from Major League Baseball's recent drug scandal. Paulo Berejuk, 50, entered the plea during a federal court hearing on charges of conspiring to distribute testosterone and human growth hormone, both controlled substances. The DEA says that Berejuk for years was the main supplier for Anthony Bosch, former owner of the now-closed Biogenesis of America clinic on Coral Gables that sold banned substances to MLB players and other athletes, some still in high school. Authorities say Berejuk was paid as much as $20,000

  • Clemson's offense struggling to move forward

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris' high-speed attack has stalled this fall as he has spent more time penciling in new starters on depth chart then scheming up complex ways to keep the Tigers moving. The fourth-year coordinator has only started the same lineup in consecutive games just once this season with No. 21 Clemson's attack beset with injuries, inconsistencies and defections. The results are an offense that finished in the top 10 the previous two years wallowing in 45th nationally. Clemson's 440 yards a game is about 70 fewer than in 2012 and 2013. The Tigers (5-2, 4-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) will try and crank things up against Syracuse (3-4, 1-2) on Saturday night.

  • WKU's Doughty close to breaking own school records

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — Western Kentucky senior quarterback Brandon Doughty is happy breaking his school passing records if it helps the Hilltoppers get a win. And WKU (2-4, 0-3 Conference USA) definitely is need of a victory. Doughty enters Saturday's game against Old Dominion (3-4, 1-3) as the nation's No. 2 passer and needs 358 yards to break his single-season mark set last season (2,857). He's four touchdowns shy of breaking Kawaun Jakes' school record of 22 set in 2012. Doughty's goal this weekend is turning all of the offensive success into WKU's first C-USA win and ending a two-game slide. Said Doughty, "Records are nice and all, but I'd give up all those numbers for victories. We have to find a way to

  • Hackenberg, captains regroup Penn St. amid losses

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Penn State's captains called the team together during an off week to address its two consecutive losses. Quarterback Christian Hackenberg says it helped steer the Nittany Lions in the right direction as it prepares to face Nov. 13 Ohio State. The sophomore, in a job with equal parts responsibility and adversity, is facing the pressure of rejuvenating an offense that has scored only two touchdowns in three Big Ten games. Despite engineering early-season, game-winning drives against Central Florida and Rutgers, Hackenberg has faced intense pressure, including 20 sacks and plenty of knockdowns. Penn State (4-2, 1-2 Big Ten) has dropped consecutive games to Northwestern and Michigan after four st

  • Fan violence interrupts Slovan-Sparta match

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — A Europa League match between former Czechoslovak rivals Slovan Bratislava and Sparta Prague had to be interrupted for more than half an hour due to fighting between fans. Swedish referee Martin Strombergsson interrupted the game in the 41st minute after Sparta fans attacked Slovan supporters in the stands. The match continued only after order was restored by riot police who were deployed with an apparent delay. Sparta won 3-0. It was the first match between the two most famous Czech and Slovak teams since Czechoslovakia split into the Czech Republic and Slovakia in 1993.

  • OU basketball: SG Christian James commits to Sooners

    Ryan Aber | Published: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    Oklahoma’s men’s basketball picked up a commitment from shooting guard Christian James. James (6-foot-4) picked the Sooners over Houston and Oregon. James visited Norman last weekend. The Bellaire, Texas, product is ranked No. 138 on the latest Rivals150 ranking of the nation’s top recruits for the 2015 class. James’ commitment comes just more than a week […]

  • Oklahoma State football: Emmanuel Ogbah on pace for first double-digit sack season of the Mike Gundy era

    Kyle Fredrickson | Published: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    STILLWATER — Some might have scoffed at Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy back in September when he made a bold prediction about one of his young players.

  • Football innovators Spurrier, Malzahn good friends

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Auburn coach Gus Malzahn hates to finish second-best at anything, yet he's got no choice but to yield on one thing: his friend and South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier is the better golfer. "I don't like that, but he is," said the humbled Malzahn. "He's really good." Spurrier and Malzahn share reputations as college football innovators, a preference for visors and a friendship. The two square off again this weekend when the fifth-ranked Tigers (5-1, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) host the Gamecocks (4-3, 2-3) on Saturday night. Both coaches have kept defensive coordinators awake nights trying to slow down their imaginative offensive schemes.

  • Braves make Hart president of baseball operations

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    ATLANTA (AP) — John Schuerholz completed what he called "the best negotiation of my entire career" by convincing his longtime friend John Hart to accept the role of president of baseball operations. With Hart taking the newly created title on Thursday, the Braves aren't looking for a general manager. The 66-year-old Hart agreed to a three-year contract that will continue through the team's first season at its new stadium in Cobb County. Hart became interim general manager Sept. 22. The team had sought a full-time replacement for Frank Wren, who was fired last month after a 79-83 finish this season. Hart, Schuerholz and former Braves manager Bobby Cox formed the GM search committee.

  • Kiffin facing rocky reception in return to Neyland

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin isn't talking as the former Tennessee coach prepares to make his much-anticipated return to Knoxville. He has no choice. Alabama coach Nick Saban's policy of keeping his assistants off limits to the media during the regular season means Kiffin doesn't have to discuss his emotions as he heads back to a town that still hasn't forgiven him nearly five years after his messy departure. Kiffin coached Tennessee in the 2009 season before leaving for Southern California. As No. 4 Alabama (6-1, 3-1 SEC) gets ready to visit Tennessee (3-4, 0-3) on Saturday, both teams are downplaying Kiffin's return. None of the current Volunteers played for Kiffin.

  • LA Galaxy to install largest video board in MLS

    Yesterday

    CARSON, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Galaxy and owner AEG will spend over $15 million to improve their stadium, including the installation of the largest video board in Major League Soccer. The 5,100-square-foot LED video board will be installed above the berm behind the north goal of the StubHub Center that opened in 2003. The improvements include dedicated locker rooms and training facilities for the Galaxy's player development program. The Galaxy and the stadium recently spent $3.5 million to add a premium club, and more bar and concession areas.

  • Brazil players told not to wear hats, earrings

    Yesterday

    SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil players are being told not to wear hats, earrings or flip-flops while serving the national football team under the command of coach Dunga. They also can't use mobile phones or tablets at certain times, and are discouraged from engaging in religious or political discussions. The internal code of conduct was published Thursday by the Folha de S. Paulo newspaper, Brazil's largest daily. The Brazilian football confederation confirmed its existence during a news conference in which Dunga announced the squad for friendlies against Turkey and Austria in November. The confederation's guide for good behavior already existed but was revised after Dunga took over following Brazil's disappointing performan

  • WVU QB Trickett gets scare from dad's health issue

    Yesterday

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia quarterback Clint Trickett says finding out that his father was in the hospital was shocking and emotional. Florida State offensive line coach Rick Trickett spent the weekend in the hospital with what his son described as a heart attack, forcing the elder Trickett to miss the second-ranked Seminoles' win Saturday night over Notre Dame. Clint Trickett says his mother broke the news in person after West Virginia beat Baylor on Saturday. He says he calmed down once he talked to his dad by phone. By Tuesday, Rick Trickett had returned to practice at Florida State. Clint Trickett says the experience was eye opening. He says it makes him cherish the time he has with his dad. <

  • Battle of tacticians as Chelsea visits Man United

    Yesterday

    MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Two of world football's great tacticians go head-to-head for only the second time in a competitive match when Jose Mourinho's Chelsea puts its unbeaten record in the Premier League on the line against Louis van Gaal's Manchester United on Sunday. Mourinho was given his break in management by Van Gaal when he worked as an assistant to the Dutchman at Spanish side Barcelona from 1997-2000, and the mutual respect between the pair lasts to this day. When Mourinho's Inter Milan beat Van Gaal's Bayern Munich 2-0 in the 2010 Champions League final, it was a win for the pupil over his master. Four years on, they are now regarded as two coaching veterans managing two of the game's other great clubs.

  • Confusion over future of Caterham F1 team

    Yesterday

    LONDON (AP) — Confusion surrounds the future of struggling Formula One team Caterham amid a legal dispute between the old and new owners ahead of next week's United States Grand Prix. A strongly worded Caterham statement on behalf of a Swiss and Middle Eastern consortium that took over the team in June from Tony Fernandes threatened action against the Malaysian tycoon. The Engavest consortium says Fernandes, along with two other former owners, have failed to transfer shares that would guarantee their purchase of the team, and so have withdrawn all management. Fernandes, who runs airline AirAsia and English Premier League club Queens Park Rangers, has effectively been informed he is again in charge, four months after s

  • Memphis-SMU preview capsule

    Yesterday

    MEMPHIS (3-3, 1-1 American Athletic) at SMU (0-6, 0-2), 11 a.m. CT Saturday (ESPNews) Line: Memphis by 23. Series Record: Tied 3-3. WHAT'S AT STAKE The Tigers can match their highest win total from the past six seasons and be above .500 this late in the year for the first time since finishing 7-6 after losing to Florida Atlantic in the 2007 New Orleans Bowl. The Mustangs are looking for their first win in their fifth game under interim coach Tom Mason, who took over when June Jones resigned two weeks into the season. KEY MATCHUP SMU offense vs. Memphis LB Tank Jakes. The Mustangs have as many touchdowns as they do quarterbacks who have seen meaningful playing time: four.

  • No. 6 Oregon looks to extend streak against Cal

    Yesterday

    BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Marcus Mariota hasn't given much thought to being part of the first college football game played at Levi's Stadium. It's probably because the Oregon quarterback plans to return to the $1.3 billion facility in another six weeks. Mariota and the sixth-ranked Ducks (6-1, 3-1) are riding a modest two-game winning streak heading into Friday night's game against California (4-3, 2-3). They're in first place in the Pac-12 North and positioned to make a serious run at their first conference title since 2011. Levi's Stadium, the new home of the San Francisco 49ers and site of the Super Bowl in 2016, will host the Pac-12 championship game on Dec. 5.

  • North Texas-Rice preview capsule

    Yesterday

    NORTH TEXAS (2-5, 0-3 C-USA) at RICE (3-3, 1-1), 11 a.m. CT Saturday (FSN) Line: Rice by 14 1/2. Series Record: Tied 2-2. WHAT'S AT STAKE The Mean Green are trying to avoid their first four-game losing streak under coach Dan McCarney, who is in his fourth season. They haven't had a winless October since 2008. The Owls are trying to win their fourth straight after starting 0-3, and a victory would avenge their only loss in Conference USA play last year. KEY MATCHUP Rice RBs Jowan Davis and Darik Dillard vs. North Texas LB Derek Akunne. Davis (517) and Dillard (407) give Rice the only pair of running backs from the same team in the top 10 in the C-USA in rushing, while Akunne leads the league with 65 tot

  • WVU expels 3 students for post-game misconduct

    Yesterday

    MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University says it has expelled three students in what police called riots following the Mountaineers' win over Baylor. The university said Thursday that the students, who weren't identified, are among 14 facing criminal charges in the disturbances Saturday. Morgantown police say crowds pushed over two street lamps and threw rocks and beer bottles at police and firefighters. Eight police cars were damaged, along with a fire engine and two Morgantown fire marshal vehicles. The university says in a news release that other students could face sanctions. President Gordon Gee says in the release that the university will hold students accountable for unlawful behavior.

  • College football picks: West Virginia can win the Big 12

    Berry Tramel | Yesterday

    West Virginia can win the Big 12 football championship. And I don’t mean that in the sense of, the Mountaineers have a mathematical chance of winning the Big 12 title. I mean, watch out for West Virginia. They very well could, like a thief in the night, finish first in the Big 12. WVU is  […]