• State championship quarterback to walk on for Sooners

    Friday, February 5, 2016 at 11:55 AM

    NORMAN — Oklahoma might only have two eligible scholarship quarterbacks but they added another preferred walk-on quarterback Friday in Tanner Schafer. Schafer (6-foot-3, 180 pounds) joins Reece Clark and Connor McGinnis as walk-on quarterbacks for the Sooners. Schafer is from Canadian, Texas, and also was offered a preferred walk-on spot at Texas Tech. Sooners' quarterback Baker Mayfield, who walked on at both Texas Tech and Oklahoma, offered Schafer congratulations on Twitter. Say what you want about stars and rankings...But winning speaks for itself.

  • Will Kevin Durant see time at center against the Warriors?

    Friday, February 5, 2016 at 05:27 PM

    Golden State puts 6-foot-7 Draymond Green at center in small lineups. Could the Thunder do the same with Kevin Durant against the Warriors? b ability to defend multiple positions will presumably be stretched to his limits against a Warriors lineup that has its best offensive rating with Green at center. Ibaka was seen post-practice Friday getting in extra work away from the rest of the Thunder bigs, guarding D.J. Augustin in one-on-one situations. With Ibaka possibly being deployed against guards and perimeter players in a small Thunder lineup, Billy Donovan didn’t rule out Durant anchoring the Thunder frontcourt at times.  “I don’t know about that necessarily.

  • How Golden State's Stephen Curry went from little-known recruit to the face of the NBA

    Friday, February 5, 2016 at 08:45 PM

    It’s tough for Curry to walk around anywhere and be anonymous anymore. Which is quite the change for a guy who, 10 years ago, couldn’t get the attention of just about anyone in the basketball world.

  • What we'll learn at Golden State on 'Super Ball Saturday'

    Friday, February 5, 2016 at 08:00 PM

    It is time for Thunder-Warriors, and frankly, the Super Bowl couldn't have a better warm-up act on the banks of the bay. Two talented teams. Lots of superstars. Tons of intrigue.

  • OU assistant Steve Henson ready for a head coaching position

    Friday, February 5, 2016 at 07:30 PM

    Saturday night, as Lon Kruger and Henson return to their alma mater coaching the top-ranked team in the country, Kruger knows it might be their last visit to Bramlage Coliseum together.

  • Cowboys could be without Jawun Evans

    Friday, February 5, 2016 at 08:00 PM

    Concern remains, with the Cowboys point guard labeled as “day to day” by coach Travis Ford with No. 13 Iowa State due in Gallagher-Iba Arena for a 1 p.m. tip Saturday.

  • Energy FC vs. Rayo OKC in June?

    Chris Brannick | Updated: 21 hr ago

    Oklahoma City Energy FC vs. Rayo OKC. The match some long for, the match both teams are avoiding, might just take place on the first of June. The U.S. Open Cup is, of course, an open tournament for all professional soccer clubs. The first round pits a handful of amateur qualifiers against each other. The second round involves eligible USL teams and the third round is when the NASL sides enter. MLS teams enter into the fourth round. So the third round would be the first chance to see an all-Oklahoma City matchup. Energy head coach Jimmy Nielsen said it will likely happen. “There is no random draw about it,” Nielsen said in an interview with The Oklahoman last week.

  • OKC Thunder: Will Kevin Durant see time at center against the Warriors?

    Erik Horne | Updated: 21 hr ago

    Golden State puts 6-foot-7 Draymond Green at center in small lineups. Could the Thunder do the same with Kevin Durant against the Warriors? b ability to defend multiple positions will presumably be stretched to his limits against a Warriors lineup that has its best offensive rating with Green at center. Ibaka was seen post-practice Friday getting in extra work away from the rest of the Thunder bigs, guarding D.J. Augustin in one-on-one situations. With Ibaka possibly being deployed against guards and perimeter players in a small Thunder lineup, Billy Donovan didn’t rule out Durant anchoring the Thunder frontcourt at times.  “I don’t know about that necessarily.

  • Sports media: CBS plans more production advancements for Super Bowl coverage

    By Mel Bracht Staff Writer mbracht@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Feb 5, 2016

    Much has changed in sports television production in the 50 years since CBS and NBC televised the first Super Bowl in the L.A. Memorial Coliseum on Jan. 15, 1967. CBS executives are promising more advancements on Sunday when it covers Super Bowl 50 from Santa Clara, Calif. Sean McManus, chairman of CBS Sports, credited Fox Sports executive David Hill for adding the continuous score and time graphic to the screen in 1994, when it obtained the TV rights to the NFL from CBS. The virtual first-and-10 line made its debut in 1998, and since has become a staple of college and NFL telecasts. "It's almost impossible to watch a football game without that," McManus said in a recent conference call.

  • Can Buddy Hield surpass Wayman Tisdale's records?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 21 hr ago

    I’ve got some bad news regarding Buddy Hield. He’s not going to become OU’s career scoring leader. Hield has climbed all the way to No. 7 on the all-time Sooner points list. Hield has 1,907 points. But he’s chasing Olympus. Wayman Tisdale scored 2,661 points career points, in three years no less. To catch Tisdale, Hield would need to average 47.1 points a game over 16 games. If you want to get optimistic and give Hield the maximum 18 games left — and I’m all for it — he would need to average 41.9 points a game. But still, just working your way into a conversation that includes Wayman is a monumental achievement. Hield has a good chance to finish second on the

  • Sports on TV: Tuning in for Saturday, February 6

    Compiled By: Todd Schoenthaler Staff Writer tschoenthaler@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Feb 5, 2016

    SATURDAY NFL 8 p.m. Honors Awards KWTV-9 (Cox 10) NBA 8 p.m. Oklahoma City at Golden State FSOK (Cox 37)/ESPN (Cox 29)/WWLS-AM 640/98.1 FM NHL Noon New York Rangers at Philadelphia NHLNET (Cox 263) 7 p.m. Chicago at Dallas FSPLUS (Cox 68)/NHLNET (Cox 263) GOLF 3:30 a.m. Dubai Desert Classic GOLF (Cox 60) Noon Phoenix Open GOLF (Cox 60) 2 p.m. Phoenix Open KFOR-4 (Cox 4) 2 p.m. LPGA: Coates Golf Championship GOLF (Cox 60) MEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 11 a.m. George Washington at VCU CBSS (Cox 249) 11 a.m. Temple at Central Florida ESPNU (Cox 253) 11 a.m. Cincinnati at Memphis ESPN2 (Cox 28) 11 a.m. Kansas at TCU ESPN (Cox 29) 11 a.m.

  • OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant rooting for Peyton Manning and Cam Newton in Super Bowl

    Erik Horne | Updated: 22 hr ago

    When asked about his Super Bowl 50 prediction Friday, Kevin Durant shied away from picking a winner between the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers. Durant did, however, voice his admiration for the two quarterbacks suiting up Sunday in San Francisco, saying he's a longtime Peyton Manning fan and that he's rooting for Panthers QB Cam Newton. "My little brother is a Peyton Manning fan, and I'm a huge Peyton Manning fan so it'd be cool to see him win," Durant said. "I'm a huge Cam Newton guy, especially with what's going on now ... everybody's doubting him, talking nonsense about who he is as a person. Whoever wins I'll be happy.

  • OKC Thunder: Warriors center Festus Ezeli not expected to play against Thunder

    Erik Horne | Updated: 23 hr ago

    The Golden State Warriors appear to be going into their first game against the Thunder without one of their key reserves. Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Friday he doesn't expect center Festus Ezeli to play Saturday. The 6-foot-11 Ezeli had missed the previous four games with a left knee ailment. Per Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle, Ezeli and forward James Michael McAdoo are each listed as out on the Warriors' pregame notes. Ezeli is averaging 7.5 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 17.8 minutes a game for the Warriors. Steve Kerr said Warriors "don't expect" to have Festus Ezeli vs Thunder tomorrow. Been dealing with a knee issue.

  • Major League Baseball: Owasso-native Pete Kozma signs minor-league deal with New York Yankees

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Fri, Feb 5, 2016

    NEW YORK — While the New York Yankees have not signed any free agents to major league contracts, they announced 15 minor league deals Friday. Infielder Pete Kozma and right-handers Vinnie Pestano and Anthony Swarzak were among the players who reached agreements and will report to big league spring training. Kozma, who turns 28 in April, spent the past five seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals and hit a career-low .152 with two homers and 10 RBIs in 99 at-bats last season. Pestano, who turns 31 on Feb. 20, was 1-0 with a 5.40 ERA in 19 relief appearances with the Los Angeles Angels last year. Swarzak, 30, had a 3.38 ERA in 10 relief appearances with Cleveland in 2015, striking out 13 and walking four in 13 1/3 innings.

  • OKC Thunder: Andre Roberson goes through individual workout

    Erik Horne | Yesterday

    Following team practice on Friday, Thunder guard Andre Roberson went through a light individual workout as part of his continued rehab from a right knee sprain. Wearing a black brace/sleeve on the knee, Roberson made a few short cuts and showed off backpedaling and forward jogging as he practiced baseline jumpers with Thunder assistant Darko Rajakovic feeding him passes. Light individual work for Andre Roberson today after Thunder practice. pic.twitter.com/oSJtZkAjQG — Erik Horne (@ErikHorneOK) February 5, 2016 Thunder coach Billy Donovan said Roberson is doing light treadmill work and spot shooting. Roberson is still projected to return to the Thunder

  • OSU baseball: Josh Holliday, Cowboys enter season with high expectations

    By John Helsley, Staff Writer, jhelsley@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Feb 5, 2016

    STILLWATER — Entering his fourth season as head coach, Josh Holliday returns a veteran Oklahoma State team that is ranked in the top 10 of all the major polls and picked second in the Big 12 Preseason Coaches Poll, just two points behind defending champion TCU. The Cowboys, who have made the postseason all three years under Holliday, open this season Feb. 19 at Texas-Arlington, beginning a challenging schedule that features a series at North Carolina, a series in Stillwater against Michigan, home-and-home series with Arkansas and Oral Roberts and more, along with the Big 12 round robin. Holliday met with the media Friday, offering his take on several topics: Q: Is there a high excitement level with this

  • Super Bowl: A look at Oklahomans with their Super Bowl rings

    Berry Tramel, Jenni Carlson, John Helsley | Yesterday

    Oklahomans who have won Super Bowl rings share their stories with The Oklahoman.

  • Why did OU go so heavy after junior-college transfers?

    Berry Tramel | Yesterday

      The Sooners signed 19 players Wednesday. Four are junior-college transfers. That’s a high number for a school like OU, with such a small class overall. So is that a sign that OU has holes to fill, or is that a sign that the Sooner roster is locked and loaded and Bob Stoops thought just a little immediate-help could put the Sooners over the top? “Little of both,” Stoops said this week. “For instance, the (line)backer position, lose five of your top six.” The Sooners had four seniors, plus junior Dom Alexander somewhat unexpectedly declared for the NFL Draft. “In the end, that was a little bit different,” Stoops said.

  • Rayo OKC adds Marvin Chavez

    Chris Brannick | Yesterday

    Rayo OKC has 14 players signed on for the 2016 season and suddenly, all of the chatter on social media is more about the buzz of the North American Soccer League's newest team and less about how Rayo would never see its first match. Alen Marcina, tabbed to coach the new side, has made it clear his intentions to win and win early. Marcina won an NASL title just two years ago with the San Antonio Scorpions and though he was fired last fall following a last place finish, Marcina is hardly cowering. Marcina introduced Marvin Chavez on Thursday to a crowd at Cocina de Mino, on Oklahoma City's south side. Chavez is the 14th announced signing for Rayo and the Honduran national team veteran brought some pop to Rayo OKC.

  • First pictures of Blake Griffin's hand reveal scar, massive swelling

    Published: Fri, Feb 5, 2016

    Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin's hand is still swollen and scarred -- roughly one week after the NBA star underwent surgery for injuries caused from his Toronto fistfight. TMZ Sports has the photographs to prove it. In the photo taken of Griffin in Los Angeles on Wednesday, you can see the scar on his right hand from last Tuesday's procedure to repai the spiral fracture on his fourth metacarpal. Griffin busted his hand punching the team equipment manager during an altercation in Toronto on Jan. 23. The team has said Griffin will be out of the lineup between four and six weeks while recovering.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with OSU writer John Helsley

    From Staff Reports | Yesterday

    Join The Oklahoman's OSU writer John Helsley to talk Cowboys football and basketball in the Power Lunch live chat at 11 a.m.

  • Wade Phillips: A reason to cheer for the Broncos

    Berry Tramel | Yesterday

    Jim Stanley became head football coach at Oklahoma State in 1973. He hired a defensive coordinator with a name you recognize: Bum Phillips. Phillips soon enough became head coach of the Houston Oilers, an iconic NFL personality and one of the most charming and down-to-Earth men ever associated with pro football. Bum Phillips needed a linebackers coach. So he hired the defensive coordinator from Lutcher Stark High School in Orange, Texas. It would be hard to get away with such nepotism today. A 25-year-old who was an excellent linebacker at the University of Houston under Bill Yeoman but whose college coaching experience included but a solitary season as a graduate assistant at his alma mater. It turned out OK

  • The Morning Brew: Crime wave of modern day Bonnie and Clyde ended

    Adam Kemp | Yesterday

    Modern Day Bonnie and clyde caught, one killed The multi-state crime wave of a Missouri couple likened to Bonnie and Clyde ended in the wee hours of Friday morning when police picked up their trail on a Florida highway and engaged them in a shootout that left Blake Fitzgerald dead. Fitzgerald's female accomplice, Brittany Harper, was wounded after the pair led police on a chase from Escambia County into Santa Rosa County, according toAL.com. A shootout between the couple and authorities occurred around 1:30 a.m.

  • The FAA says it will shoot down your drone if you fly within 36 miles of the Super Bowl

    Published: Fri, Feb 5, 2016

    The Federal Aviation Administration is taking a tough stance on drones at the Super Bowl this year: bring them, and we’ll shoot them down. The “no-drone-zone” spans much further than just the stadium itself too, extending out 36 miles from Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. The no-fly zone encompasses nearly all of San Francisco to the north and west, Santa Cruz, Morgan Hill and Gilroy to the south, and San Jose and Pleasanton to the north and east. Flight restrictions are in place from 2:00 PM through 11:59 PM local time on Sunday, and violators could face fines and prosecution for disobeying the order, officials say. The FAA also warns that drones could be subject to “deadly force” if it is considered a threat – although they did not specify how and by whom the restrictions would be enforced.

  • OKC Thunder: How the 2012 offseason allowed the Warriors to eventually leapfrog the Thunder in the NBA pecking order

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Thu, Feb 4, 2016

    It’s 2016 and a fun, star-filled Western Conference power rules the NBA landscape, leaving all other challengers to battle for the second-most wins and headlines. But rewind your mind four years into the past. Wasn’t this supposed to be the Thunder?

  • Can Russell Westbrook average a triple double?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Thu, Feb 4, 2016

    Russell Westbrook is playing out of his mind. Three straight triple doubles. The latest threatening a double triple double — Westbrook had 16 points, eight rebounds and 11 assists at halftime Wednesday night against Orlando. His seasonal averages now are 24.0 points, 7.6 rebounds and 10.0 assists. And it raises a question. Could Westbrook somehow break into the hallowed ground of Oscar Robertson? Could Westbrook average a triple double in a single season? In this season? Well, he’s averaging a double double already. If Westbrook can average 10 assists a game over the final 31 games, he’s got two of the three covered. So it gets down to rebounds. Westbrook has 390 rebounds this season.