• Colleges dedicate women's tipoff game to Lauren Hill

    Updated: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    The schools that helped Lauren Hill realize her dream of scoring a basket in a college game will honor her with a season-opening event in November. Xavier will host the "Lauren Hill Tipoff Classic" on the court where she scored her first basket a year ago. The Mount St. Joseph University freshman died from brain cancer in April. Her public memorial also was held at Xavier's Cintas Center. Hill used her last months to raise money for cancer research and to remind people that life is precious. She played her first game against Hiram College on Nov. 2. Hiram will visit again as part of a Nov. 14 doubleheader, with proceeds going to cancer research. Xavier's women's team will play Evansville. ___ Follow Joe Kay

  • Oklahoma State-Auburn basketball gets primetime treatment for Big 12/SEC Challenge

    Updated: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    Times and networks have been released for the Big 12/SEC Challenge, and Oklahoma State will get the primetime treatment against Auburn on Jan. 30. OSU at Auburn will tip off at 7 p.m. central on ESPN2, one of seven game times and networks finalized by the conferences and ESPN. Oklahoma's game at LSU will be played no earlier than 1 p.m. and no later than 6 p.m., and will air on ESPN. ESPN's College GameDay will originate from one of the Challenge games, to be announced at a later date. 2015-16 Big 12/SEC Challenge Saturday, Jan. 30 (all times central) Vanderbilt at Texas (ESPN or ESPN2), 11 a.m. West Virginia at Florida (ESPN or ESPN2), 11 a.m. Tennessee at TCU (ESPN2), 1 p.m. Mississippi at Kansas State (ESPNU), 1 p.m. Texas Tech at Arkansas (ESPNU), 3 p.m. Georgia at Baylor (ESPN2), 5 p.m. Oklahoma State at Auburn (ESPN2), 7 p.m. Kentucky at Kansas (ESPN), no earlier than 1 p.m.; no later than 6 p.m. Oklahoma at LSU (ESPN), no earlier than 1 p.m.; no later than 6 p.m. Iowa State at Texas A&M (ESPN), no earlier than 1 p.m.; no later than 6 p.m.

  • VIDEO: Russell Westbrook jams at Taylor Swift concert in L.A.

    Erik Horne | Updated: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    T SWIFT... WAS ROCKINNNN LAST NIGHT! ... @taylorswift13 http://t.co/gI9Ap8jX53 — Russell Westbrook (@russwest44) August 26, 2015 Now we know one more way Russell Westbrook enjoys his time off. The Oklahoma City Thunder guard posted a video of himself at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday night taking in the Taylor Swift concert. Swift is performing five shows at the Staples Center (Kobe Bryant showed up at Friday's show), and Westbrook caught Show No. 4 of 5, which included a cameo from John Legend. Oh, and Westbrook signing Swift's hit "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together."  

  • Thunder guard D.J. Augustin remembers living through Hurricane Katrina

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Updated: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    On the week of the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Thunder guard and New Orleans native D.J. Augustin shared his memories of living through that devastating disaster in a first-person account on theplayerstribune.com. In this must-read essay, Augustin, who was three months shy of his 18th birthday when Katrina made landfall, begins his account painting the picture of how evacuations were commonplace for New Orleans residents. Everyone in his family knew the drill and everyone had specific items of significance they made sure to pack. Augustin’s were the orange Nike shoeboxes he kept under his bed. “My mom used to record all my basketball games since I was 4 years old, all the way through high school. Never missed a

  • Cleveland State to play some games in Cavaliers' arena

    Updated: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland State has partnered with Quicken Loans Arena and will have its basketball teams play some home games on the Cavaliers' court next season. The university's men's team will play five games next season at the Q against schools with large alumni bases in the area. Those dates are to be announced, but Cleveland State's goal in aligning with the arena is to heighten the program's profile and bring more fans to games at Wolstein Center on campus. As part of the multiyear agreement, Quicken Loans will handle the booking of concerts and events at Wolstein Center. The Vikings averaged just over 2,200 fans last season at Wolstein, which has a capacity of 13,600.

  • Stroud needs strong Barclays to keep playing

    Updated: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    Chris Stroud won't have much in the way of momentum for this week's opening round of the Fed Ex Cup Playoffs. Stroud, who missed his third consecutive cut at the Wyndham Classic, will enter at No. 109 in the standings. It's his lowest Fed Ex rank since coming in at No. 110 in 2012. He entered at No. 47 and No. 43, respectively, the previous two years and was No. 61 in 2011. The former Lamar University All-America's current money winnings for the 2014-15 season of $746,814 are the lowest since his bottom line was $735,019 in 2010. A year ago when he had four top 10s and 11 top 25s, Chris' earnings were $1,826,399. A good week at the Barclay's, however, could help salvage the season.

  • Sports on TV: Tuning in for Wednesday, Aug. 26

    COMPILED BY TODD SCHOENTHALER Staff Writer tschoenthaler@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    WEDNESDAY MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 7:30 p.m. — OKC at Albuquerque — KGHM-AM 1340 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 6 p.m. — L.A. Angels at Detroit — MLBN (Cox 264) 6 p.m. — L.A. Dodgers at Cincinnati — KTOK-AM 1000 7 p.m. — Toronto at Texas — FSOK (Cox 37)/JIP KEBC-AM 1560 7 p.m. — Baltimore at Kansas City — Cox 77 8:30 p.m. — St. Louis at Arizona — FSPLUS (Cox 68)/Cox 703 9 p.m. — Chi. Cubs at San Francisco — ESPN (Cox 29) GOLF 4 a.m. — Czech Masters — GOLF (Cox 60) MEN'S SOCCER 1:30 p.m. — Part. Belgrade vs. B. Borisov — FSOK (Cox 37) 1:30 p.m. — C. Brugge vs. Man. United — FS1 (Cox 67) WNBA 6 p.m.

  • OU football: Could the Sooners develop another 'Belldozer' package for Trevor Knight?

    BY RYAN ABER | Updated: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    NORMAN — Four seasons ago, after Oklahoma’s offense struggled in the red zone, Bob Stoops and the Sooners’ offensive coaches came up with a plan to use Blake Bell to help boost their chances to be successful. The result was the Belldozer and it worked like a charm, turning Bell into a star for two seasons even as Landry Jones was OU’s starting quarterback. So when Stoops on Monday named Baker Mayfield the starting quarterback to begin the season, it was no surprise when one of the first questions for Stoops was whether or not there would be a package similar to the Belldozer to take advantage of the special skill set of deposed quarterback Trevor Knight. Knight won the quarterback job over Bell two seasons ago

  • Guthrie adopts drug-testing policy for extracurricular activities

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    Guthrie will begin a random drug-testing program for students this fall involved in extracurricular activities. The program will be implemented at both the high school and junior high levels. It’s part of an update to an existing policy that did not test students. The school board allotted the money for the tests into this year’s budget. GuthrieNewsPage.com was the first to report the policy. “It was a deal when we reviewed the policy, coming into the new district I didn’t know we had it in policy,” fourth-year Guthrie superintendent Dr. Mike Simpson said. “As I realized we had that, I asked the question why we’re not doing that already.

  • Will the Sooners run enough in Lincoln Riley's Air Raid?

    By BERRY TRAMEL | Updated: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    The Sooners say they have embraced the Air Raid.

  • Central Michigan's program has dipped in recent years

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    Oklahoma State opens the season in eight days, in the unfamiliar place of Mount Pleasant, Mich., against the Central Michigan Chippewas. CMU has a new coach, John Bonamego, who we wrote about last week as he battles cancer. You can read that story here. Dan Enos became head coach at Central Michigan in 2010. He coached the Chippewas for five seasons and at the end of the 2014 season found himself as the second-longest tenured coach in the Mid-American Conference. But Enos jumped to Arkansas last off-season to become Bret Bielema’s offensive coordinator. He did so for two reasons: 1) That’s a good job. Offensive coordinator in the SEC is not a bad gig at all, and Fayetteville is a wonderful place to live;

  • Oberlin College president a finalist for top U. of Iowa job

    Updated: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The president of a private liberal arts college in Ohio is a finalist to be the next University of Iowa president. The Iowa Board of Regents on Wednesday announced that Marvin Krislov, the president of Oberlin College since 2007, will visit campus Thursday for interviews. Krislov is the first out of four finalists who are expected to visit the university in the coming days. The regents are expected to choose a successor for retired president Sally Mason next week. At Oberlin, Krislov leads a selective, four-year college of 2,900 students that also includes a prominent music conservatory.

  • Jason Day tweaks back, withdraws from pro-am

    Updated: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    EDISON, N.J. (AP) — PGA champion Jason Day has withdrawn from the pro-am at The Barclays after tweaking his back. Day was moving an item under his motor coach on Tuesday night when he tweaked his back. His trainer says Day withdrew from the Wednesday pro-am at Plainfield Country Club because of a longstanding disc issue. The Australian wanted a day of rest so that he could play in the tournament. Day has a history of injuries that include his back and hand. He suffered vertigo symptoms at the U.S. Open this year. Day is coming off his first major at Whistling Straits when he won by three shots over Jordan Spieth. At No. 2 in the FedEx Cup, he is to play the opening round with Spieth and Bubba Watson.

  • Teddy Greenstein: A good run spoiled? Sport of speedgolf to be showcased in Chicago

    Updated: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    Eri Crum birdied the 18th hole Monday at the Glen Club. Pretty impressive considering it played 530 yards with a wicked left-to-right breeze. More impressive: He did it in 2 minutes, 8 seconds — without a cart. Welcome to speed golf. Or Speedgolf, as organizers prefer, perhaps because hitting the space bar takes time. After a three-year stint at the Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Oregon, the Speedgolf World Championship is coming to the Chicago area. The Glen Club in Glenview, Ill., will host Oct. 19-20, and anyone crazy enough to enter can pay the $150 registration fee and give it a run. Literally. Crum, the reigning world champion, picked up the sport after his father watched the 2013 worlds on TV and told him,

  • Hutchinson women's basketball team regains eligibility

    Updated: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — Hutchinson Community College women's basketball has regained eligibility for postseason play for the upcoming season. The school said in a statement Tuesday that part of an appeal it had filed with the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference had been approved. The Hutchinson News reports (http://bit.ly/1UcUHqg ) the school was sanctioned in July after an investigation found two players from last season's team received more aid than permitted. The sanctions included scholarship reductions, vacating victories from the 2014-15 season and a postseason ban for this season. After the appeal, the conference re-established Hutchinson's postseason eligibility for the upcoming season, and allowed vic

  • Oklahoma rodeo queens' reigns span generations

    BY QUEILA OMENA For The Oklahoman | Published: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    Two Oklahomans from different generations have won the title of National High School Rodeo Queen. Robbie Litsch, 56, who now lives in Edmond, won the pageant in 1975. Taylor Spears, 18, from the Cleveland, OK, area, was the National High School Rodeo Queen for 2014-15.

  • Man who helped restrain attacker in Oklahoma City stabbing wonders if he could have done more

    By Trent Shadid Staff Writer tshadid@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    A Putnam City teacher and coach helped restrain the man accused in the stabbing death of the Oklahoma state labor commissioner.

  • Cowboys’ Scandrick reportedly out for season

    By SCHUYLER DIXON AP Sports Writer | Published: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    A person with knowledge of the injury says Dallas cornerback Orlando Scandrick is out for the season after tearing two ligaments in his right knee. Scandrick was injured in practice at training camp Tuesday in Oxnard, California. Video showed his leg bending awkwardly under rookie receiver Lucky Whitehead. The person told The Associated Press that Scandrick tore the anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament in the knee. He will have surgery. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team had not announced the injury. Secondary coach Jerome Henderson said Scandrick told him right after the injury, “It’s my ACL. I know it. It’s gone.

  • Golfers offered last shot on Grayson College golf course (+video)

    Updated: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    The Grayson College board of trustees approved the 2015-2016 budget Tuesday afternoon but the golf course was left out of the proposal due to financial concerns. However, it is not “officially” over for the Grayson Community College Golf Course. Board President Ronnie Cole granted Paul Thompson and his committee a chance to include the golf course in the budget. After not having knowledge of the numbers, Thompson asked whether the committee of employees and club members could have the opportunity to create their own plan and propose it. “We’re asking you to have a second vote,” Thompson said, during the public hearing for the 2015-16 budget. “That’s all we’re asking.

  • Dodgers lineup drives home eight in win against Albuquerque

    STAFF REPORTS | Published: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.  – Corey Seager had two hits, including a home run, and the Oklahoma City Dodgers beat the Albuquerque Isotopes, 8-2, on Tuesday. Seager hit his home run in the first inning, giving him three homers in his past five games. Albuquerque answered with a first-inning run, but the Dodgers (79-51) scored again in the fifth on an RBI single from Seager to go up, 2-1. Oklahoma City broke the game open by scoring three runs in both the seventh and eighth innings. The Dodgers had 11 total hits and forced Isotopes starter John Lannan out of the game after he allowed five runs, four earned, through 6 1/3 innings. Relief pitcher Jharel Cotton hit a two-run triple in the seventh inning and pitched two scoreless