• Current, former Sooners raising money for McKenzie Horton's family

    Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at 04:16 PM

    NORMAN — Jed Barnett had been in Oklahoma less than two months when he met McKenzie Horton during a February 2013 trip to the OU Children’s Hospital. While Barnett and two of his new teammates — Trevor Knight and Ty Darlington — visited with children receiving chemotherapy, they were quickly drawn to Horton and her family. “I’d estimate that we’ve met hundreds of kids, and they’ve all been amazing, every single one of them,” Barnett said. “We thought we were going to motivate kids, but in reality, they are the ones who motivate and inspire us. “McKenzie was a little bit more in every single way. The way her smile lit up the room. The way she talked and

  • Oklahoma State named one of eight football programs with 'coolest' facilities

    Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at 05:08 PM

    Oklahoma State was named one of eight football programs with the "coolest" facilities, according to a list compiled by Bleacher Report senior columnist Brian Pedersen. Thanks to mega-booster Boone Pickens and sparked by the 2009 renovation of the stadium's west end zone, OSU's national reputation for its cutting-edge resources has grown. Pedersen's justification for ranking the Cowboys among his top eight schools — Alabama, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas A&M and USC also made the cut — was largely based on a 2012 story from NBC sports: "Technology is absolutely huge with young people today. You can't turn your back to it," said Mack Butler, director of

  • Tramel: OKC Thunder should be able to keep Enes Kanter, but at a hefty price

    Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at 04:29 PM

    BERRY TRAMEL -- The NBA’s free agency season opens Wednesday, and the new market realities are going to hit swift and strong. Kanter is a restricted free agent, which means he can sign with any team but the Thunder can keep their center by matching the offer. Which the Thunder almost surely will. Right after taking a deep breath and swallowing hard.

  • Brace yourself for an unpredictable NBA free agency period

    Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    Welcome to 2015 NBA free agency, a period most anticipate will be a crazed summer of league-wide spending. It’s the trickle down from the record nine-year, $24 billion television rights deal the league signed in October. As a result of that agreement, the NBA salary cap is projected to skyrocket from $67 million next season to approximately $90 million for the 2016-17 season, when the new television deal goes into effect.

  • NBA Free Agency Primer

    Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    Check your data plans, set mobile alerts, refresh Twitter whenever possible. NBA free agency is upon us and, like every July, there are some important names in play.

  • Report: Thunder, Enes Kanter plan Wednesday free agency meeting in Chicago

    Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    Ever since trading for Enes Kanter at the deadline last February, the Thunder has maintained that its biggest offseason priority would be retaining him on the open market. As free agency nears, OKC seems to be serious about that proclamation. Real GM’s Shams Charainia is reporting that Kanter and the Thunder brass will sit down on Wednesday […]

  • Thunder sends Luke Ridnour, cash sent to Toronto for $2.85 million trade exception

    Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at 10:42 AM

    OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER -- Oklahoma City has sent the contract of Luke Ridnour and cash to Toronto in exchange for a $2.85 million trade exception and the rights to Tomislav Zubcic, a Croatian player not likely to ever end up in Oklahoma City.

  • OKC Energy FC coach Jimmy Nielsen moving forward after ugly loss

    Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    Energy coach Jimmy Nielsen took the blame for his teams’ blowout loss last Saturday in Louisville, a 6-2 drubbing at the hands of a team that hadn’t scored in three weeks. Not a rare move from any coach, but a good move.

  • Fightin' Words: Lessons from the course

    Updated: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    Last weekend, I played golf at a local country club because I had been told it was in very good shape. I had never known this course to be in particularly bad shape, but this information got me onto the tee box. I found out it was true; unfortunately, my skills weren't quite good enough for me to appreciate all of it. After going six-over par through the first four holes (which is pretty good for me), I commenced to triple-bogey the next three. Looking back, I know exactly why. Starting with the par 4-fifth, I began my unsavory habit of hooking my shots. Then there was the over-hit chip shot, followed by an under-hit flub on the next hole. That was also the hole on which I lost my ball in someone's yard (apologies

  • Record turnout of golf fans at Air Capital Classic

    Updated: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    At the Air Capital Classic, there are known commodities. There are up-and-coming stars tearing up the golf course – Bubba Watson, Tom Lehman and David Duval have all made their way to Wichita at some point in their careers before going on to PGA Tour stardom. There is the famous 17th hole and its double-decker grandstands packed with fans rocking and rolling by the early afternoon, with the Box Tops’ classic “The Letter” blaring as golfers finished the hole. And there is the unknown, which on Friday turned out to be very, very good.

  • Wichita State hires Sunrise's Kyle Lindsted as assistant coach

    Updated: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    Wichita State’s pipeline to Sunrise Christian Academy grew in recent years, guided by a growing relationship between Sunrise coach Kyle Lindsted and the Shockers coaches. On Friday, Lindsted joined three of his former players making the move 4.7 miles from Sunrise’s Bel Aire campus to Wichita State. According to two athletic department sources, he joined the staff as an assistant coach, replacing Steve Forbes, who left in March for the top job at East Tennessee State. Lindsted, 39 and a 1994 Sunrise graduate, also served as athletic director and began coaching in 2000. He built the programs into a national power using international recruiting ties.

  • Olathe East grad Tyler Kalinoski hooks up with Miami Heat for summer league

    Updated: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    Davidson guard Tyler Kalinoski was no different than thousands of other kids growing up. He’d dribble around his Overland Park driveway and spot up for a long shot, dreaming that he was sinking the game-winner in game seven of the NBA Finals. “I’m sure I did that a bunch of times,” Kalinoski said. “Growing up, playing basketball, that’s everyone’s dream.” Unlike most kids, Kalinoski, a 2011 Olathe East graduate, will get a real chance to one day make that dream a reality.

  • KU rallies to beat Canada 87-76 in final World University Games tuneup

    Updated: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    This felt oh-so-familiar, like a favorite song on repeat, or a mildly entertaining Vine video on loop, the outcome always the same, no matter what. For the second time in four days, Kansas erased a fourth-quarter deficit and dispatched Team Canada in an exhibition basketball game — this time an 87-76 victory on Friday night at Sprint Center in the Jayhawks’ final tuneup before the World University Games. For the second time in four days, Frank Mason did Frank Mason things, finishing with 15 points, 11 assists and five rebounds. Junior guard Wayne Selden was efficient and effective, scoring a game-high 22 points with 10 rebounds. Incoming freshman forward Carlton Bragg sparked the Jayhawks with two key buckets in the final minut

  • Parish's basketball journey goes to Concordia

    Updated: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    Palestine alum Kevin Parish signed a letter of intent to play college basketball and Concordia University on Wednesday During Kevin Parish's junior year at Palestine High School, his basketball career took a turn for the better. Parish started going to the basketball gym at 5 a.m. to practice shooting for two hours, he worked with a strength trainer to get in physical shape for basketball and he attended a basketball camp that helped grow his knowledge of the game. That basketball growth enabled Parish to sign a letter of intent to play college basketball at Concordia University on Wednesday at his home. “It's a blessing,” Parish said. “I didn’t expect it. After my senior year it was one of my biggest goal

  • Connecticut boy becomes youngest competitor in NASCAR race

    Updated: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) — After all his painstaking anticipation, it was going to take a lot more than a last-place finish to detract from the exhilaration that North End Middle School eighth-grader Jake "Wild Child" Higginson felt after becoming the youngest competitor ever in a NASCAR-sanctioned race at Stafford Motor Speedway. "I tried to think the whole time that eventually I would get back out there," Higginson said. "It was just awesome, fantastic, exciting, however you want to say it. It was great." The 14-year-old Higginson provided a whole new perspective to the adage that it's the journey rather than the final destination that makes accomplishments so meaningful.

  • Endicott helps to grow paddling

    By John Walker Staff Writer jwalker@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    The former USA Whitewater Slalom Team coach has been inducted twice into the International Whitewater Hall of Fame. He has coached 27 gold medalists and led Team USA to Olympic gold in kayak slalom as a coach in 1992.

  • BRIEF: Former Aggie coach Lou Henson to begin chemotherapy treatment

    Updated: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    LAS CRUCES >> Former New Mexico State basketball coach Lou Henson will begin chemotherapy treatment on Monday, according to the future College Basketball Hall of Famer. "I have a disorder in the bone marrow but I think it's treatable," Henson said in a phone conversation Friday evening. "I'm doing pretty well. My white blood cell count is low so they are going to put me on chemo and we will see how it goes." Henson remains in Houston with family, where tests revealed a bone marrow disorder that is related to his prior illness. Henson was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma in 2003. Henson will undergo seven days of chemotherapy at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, followed by 21 off days and if he responds to the treatment, he will ret

  • Bubba Watson maintains 2-stroke Travelers lead after second-round 67

    Updated: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    CROMWELL, Conn. — Bubba Watson said different wind conditions and more difficult pin positions made TPC River Highlands a different course Friday. What remained the same was Watson’s name atop the Travelers Championship leaderboard. He made three birdies and 15 pars for a 3-under 67 in the second round for a total of 11-under 129. He held a two-stroke advantage over Brian Harman (65 — 131), Brian Stuard (67 — 131) and Carl Pettersson (66 — 131). “It was windier, gustier coming from a different direction, so it made the golf course tougher, hard to get the ball close,” Watson said. “Tougher pins and more wind, so it makes it tougher to get the ball close.” Neither these conditions nor the rest of

  • OKC Thunder: Sam Presti unconcerned about Cameron Payne's small school background

    Updated: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    “It’s kind of funny,” Payne said. “When I looked at the green room list at every single one of those (big conference) teams, and then you had Murray State, the lone mid-major.” When Payne looks at the Thunder’s roster, he’ll have the same realization. Nick Collison went to Kansas. Russell Westbrook, UCLA. Kevin Durant and D.J. Augustin, Texas. Of the 15 players expected to be on the team next season, 13 are from major conference programs. Serge Ibaka came over from the highly respected Euroleague. And then you have Payne, the crafty lefty who played two seasons at Murray State of the seldom-followed Ohio Valley Conference.

  • Watson in 3-way tie for US Senior Open lead through 2 rounds

    Updated: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Tom Watson withstood the scorching heat to shoot a 1-under 69 on Friday, finishing in a three-way tie atop the bunched leaderboard after the second round of the U.S. Senior Open. Watson was joined at 5 under for the championship by Jeff Maggert and Peter Fowler. Maggert shot a 65, and Fowler a 66 in their morning rounds. But all the attention turned to the 65-year-old Hall of Famer heating up in the sizzling Sacramento sunshine. Watson made four birdies and three bogeys to provide the drama at sun-drenched Del Paso Country Club, where the temperature soared above 100 degrees again. Watson is trying to become the oldest winner of the event, the oldest to win a senior major and the oldest to wi

  • Simon Pagenaud takes IndyCar pole at Auto Club Speedway

    Updated: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    FONTANA, Calif. (AP) — The Southern California heat did nothing to slow Team Penske. Simon Pagenaud earned his second career IndyCar pole and teammate Helio Castroneves finished right behind him, giving Team Penske the top two spots in qualifying on a hot Friday afternoon at Auto Club Speedway. "It's awesome to get the opportunity to run up front on ovals," Pagenaud said. "Team Penske and Chevy are giving me the opportunity to do so. The car feels great." The Fontana race had been at night and served as the season finale each of the past three seasons, but a date change threw a wrench into car setups and driving conditions on the 2-mile oval.

  • OKC Energy FC: Jimmy Nielsen fans become Energy fans

    By Christopher Brannick | Published: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    When Mike Branham moved his away from Kansas City, the move meant his two boys, Charlie and Andy, would no longer get to see their favorite sports star in action, then Sporting KC goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen, now the Oklahoma City Energy FC head coach.

  • OU football: Sooners get 2017 QB commit

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    Oklahoma still hasn't announced its quarterback for the upcoming season. But the Sooners now have their quarterback for the 2017 class. Chris Robison, who attended an OU satellite camp in Texas recently, committed to the Sooners on Friday. He announced his decision on Twitter. The 6-foot-1, 183-pound Robison had offers that included Oklahoma State, TCU, Houston, Kansas and Tulsa. The Mesquite (Texas) Horn product is a four-star recruit according to Rivals.com. Robison is from the same school as sophomore offensive lineman Jonathan Alvarez. His commitment came shortly after 2017 Denton (Texas) Guyer quarterback Chris Robinson committed to TCU. Robison is the first 2017 commit for the Sooners.

  • Bob Barry Jr. stories will help a hurting state

    By BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    It’s been a rough week. We lost Bob Barry Jr., someone we all knew and seemed like always was part of our lives. The memorial service Friday at Crossings Community Church was historic. The biggest funeral most of us could remember. More dignitaries than empty seats. The Barry family designed a service dedicated to laughter and good memories. Mission accomplished. It’s just what Oklahomans needed. The tonic for BBJ’s family is not so simple, but hopefully the stories helped. High school teammate Greg Blackburn told of BBJ streaking story through Norman’s Central Junior High in 1973, and if you don’t know what streaking is, ask your parents. Don’t google it.

  • The Latest: Georgia stops issuing Confederate plates

    Updated: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    The latest in the Charleston church shooting. (All times local.) __ 9 p.m. Georgia has stopped issuing a specialty license plate featuring two Confederate battle flags, and a top official in Gov. Nathan Deal's administration has ordered that changes be made to the design. Department of Revenue spokesman Nick Genesi said Friday that Commissioner Lynne Riley has ordered a redesign of the Sons of Confederate Veterans plate. Gov. Nathan Deal said earlier this week that the plate should be redesigned but did not specify whether the flag should be removed from it. The suspect in the fatal shooting of a pastor and eight parishioners of a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, last week posed with the

  • Watson maintains lead after second round of Travelers

    Updated: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) — Bubba Watson was forced to think a bit more Friday at the Travelers Championship, where the wind was a little stronger, the greens a bit firmer and the pin placements more challenging. The long-hitting lefty shot a 3-under 67 to maintain the two-stroke lead he took with an opening 62. "(Thursday) I added it up after I left the media center, I had three holes I didn't have a wedge into," he said. "Today was different, because the wind conditions were different. They were faster and it was coming from a different direction, so it made the golf course a little bit tougher." The two-time Masters champion is trying to become the first wire-to-wire winner at TPC River Highlands since Peter Jacobsen in

  • OKC Thunder: Sam Presti unconcerned about Cameron Payne’s small school background

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    Cameron Payne glanced at the list of draft picks in attendance on Thursday night, followed by the college they attended – Kentucky, Duke, Ohio State, Wisconsin, Arizona, Kentucky again. “It’s kind of funny,” Payne said. “When I looked at the green room list at every single one of those (big conference) teams, and then you had Murray State, the lone mid-major.” When Payne looks at the Thunder’s roster, he’ll have the same realization. Nick Collison went to Kansas. Russell Westbrook, UCLA. Kevin Durant and D.J. Augustin, Texas. Of the 15 players expected to be on the team next season, 13 are from major conference programs. Serge Ibaka

  • OKC Thunder: Undrafted Duke guard Quinn Cook expected to play on Thunder summer league team

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    Seventeen seniors were selected during Thursday night’s NBA Draft. None of them were named Quinn Cook, the four-year guard who helped lead Duke to a national championship with his steady play. And it looks like the Thunder may benefit. Real GM’s Shams Charania is reporting that Cook has agreed to play for OKC’s summer league team in Orlando, which begins on July 4. During his productive career at Duke, Cook got better each year, averaging double-figures his last three seasons. As a senior on the Blue Devils recent championship team, he was integral, averaging 15.3 points and 2.6 assists, while shooting nearly 40 percent from three.