• ASU's Strong entering NFL draft

    Updated: Mon, Dec 22, 2014

    TEMEP, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona State receiver Jaelen Strong will forgo his senior season and enter the NFL draft. Strong made the announcement through a new release issued by the school on Monday. Strong had an immediate impact on the Sun Devils last season after transferring from Pierce College, finishing with 75 catches for 1,122 yards and seven touchdowns. This season, Strong had 75 catches for 1,062 yards and 10 touchdowns to become a semifinalist for the Biletnikoff Award. He also was first-team all-Pac-12 and made five All-America teams. At 6-foot-2, 215 pounds, Strong was one of the toughest covers in college football, a physical receiver with a knack for making spectacular catches, including numerous one-ha

  • High school basketball: Tournament run should pay off for Putnam City West boys

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT, Staff Writer | Published: Mon, Dec 22, 2014

    PC West was the runner-up at the Tarkanian Classic in Las Vegas, falling to Redondo (Calif.) Union in Saturday’s finals. But the Patriots’ run to the title game of one of the nation’s elite high school basketball tournaments is going to pay off over the next three months.

  • Lawyer says 'fix was in' when Winston cleared by FSU hearing

    Updated: Mon, Dec 22, 2014

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The lawyer for Jameis Winston's accuser says "the fix was in" when Florida State cleared the star quarterback of violating the school's code of conduct. Baine Kerr, one of the woman's lawyers, said the university did not conduct a fair hearing earlier this month. "I don't want to impugn the proceeding as corrupt, but I think it was biased and the fix was in," Kerr said in a phone interview with The Associated Press. "It's all about a football game 10 days from today. It turned out to be just a predetermined whitewash to keep a guy playing football." A two-day hearing was held this month to determine whether the 2013 Heisman winner violated sections of the conduct code— two for sexual miscond

  • SE Oklahoma's Williams is player of the week

    Updated: Mon, Dec 22, 2014

    RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (AP) — The Great American Conference says Emily Williams of Southeastern Oklahoma State turned in the league's top performance last week. The senior from Martins Mill, Texas, had 34 points against Cameron and 21 points against Oklahoma Wesleyan. She averaged 27.5 points per game for the week. The conference announced the honors Monday. The guard's performance against Cameron gave her the league's second-highest scoring total of the season so far. She also had five rebounds and six assists. In Southeastern Oklahoma's victory over Oklahoma Wesleyan, she also had 13 rebounds and four assists.

  • Bonnie Samuelson lifts No. 16 Stanford past UC Davis 71-59

    Updated: Mon, Dec 22, 2014

    STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Bonnie Samuelson scored a career-high 30 points and No. 16 Stanford turned back UC Davis 71-59 on Monday to end a two-game losing streak that saw the Cardinal drop out of the top 10 for the first time since Jan. 16, 2009. Samuelson hit 8 of 13 shots, including 6 of 10 3-pointers, and 8 of 10 free throws. It was the fifth time she had six treys but her previous best scoring game was 21. Kaylee Johnson added 11 points and 11 rebounds for Stanford (7-4). Alyson Doherty had 17 points and Sydnee Fipps 13 for the Aggies (4-7). Celia Marfone's 3 had Davis within 53-49 with 9:05 to go before Stanford had a 12-3 surge, capped by a Samuelson 3, to lead by 12 with 3:18 remaining.

  • Marshall to play Northern Illinois in 1st Boca Raton Bowl

    Updated: Mon, Dec 22, 2014

    BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — Marshall quarterback Rakeem Cato took a knee when he learned the Thundering Herd were bound for the inaugural Boca Raton Bowl. And then he said a prayer of thanks. "It's a huge blessing, and not only for me," Cato said on the eve of Tuesday night's game against Northern Illinois. "We have 30-plus guys on our team from Florida." Ten Northern Illinois players hail from the Sunshine State. For the Floridians, the game means a chance to finish the season in front of lots of family and friends. Cato, for example, said the crowd will include more than 20 of his relatives and dozens of friends from his native Miami. "It'll be a lot — sisters, brothers, coaches, pastors, my daughter, my g

  • Thunder basketball: Serge Ibaka's struggles against top power forwards

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Dec 22, 2014

    Thunder power forward Serge Ibaka has struggled in games against other top power forwards in the NBA this season.

  • Thunder basketball: Current stretch of games a tough test for Serge Ibaka

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Dec 22, 2014

    Serge struggled Sunday against the Pelicans and star power forward Anthony Davis. On Tuesday against LaMarcus Aldridge and the Blazers, then again Thursday against Tim Duncan and the Spurs, Ibaka has a chance at redemption.

  • Oklahoma State football: Q&A with Cowboy linebacker Josh Furman

    By Kyle Fredrickson, Staff Writer | Published: Mon, Dec 22, 2014

    The Michigan transfer was given his first opportunity as a Cowboy to speak with reporters last week. He discussed his decision to leave Michigan, his role at OSU and more.

  • Energy FC: Assistant coach Chris Spendlove charged with murder in England

    BY CHRIS BRANNICK, Staff Writer, cbrannick@opubco.com | Published: Mon, Dec 22, 2014

    Oklahoma City Energy FC announced Monday it has terminated the contract of assistant coach Chris Spendlove after he was charged with murder in the death of an off-duty police officer in England. Spendlove, who is from Liverpool, was involved in an altercation with several individuals early Friday according to a release from Energy FC. According to DailyMail.com, police constable Neil Doyle, 36, and two other off-duty officers were attacked in Liverpool city centre. Doyle was taken to the Royal Liverpool Hospital but died a short time later, according to the Daily Mail. The other two officers were treated in a local hospital — one with a fractured cheekbone and the other with less serious facial injuries.

  • OSU's Ben Grogan has empathy for fellow kicker Michael Hunnicutt

    Berry Tramel | Published: Mon, Dec 22, 2014

    Ben Grogan became a folk hero on Dec. 6, with a very easy kick. Grogan nailed a 21-yard field goal in overtime to give OSU a 38-35 Bedlam victory in Norman. Easy kick, but a pressure situation. So give Grogan credit. Also give him credit for some humanity. The Cowboy sophomore admitted to a little […]

  • Bob Stoops No. 3 on Forbes' 'College Football's Most Powerful Coaches' list

    Published: Mon, Dec 22, 2014

    Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops has been ranked by Forbes.com as the third-most powerful coach in college football. Stoops, who's slated to make $5.1 million dollars this year, is only outranked by Alabama's Nick Saban (No. 1) and TCU's Gary Patterson on Forbes' power list. According to Forbes, the list "uses a handful of financial metrics to define power," ranging from salary and football budget of a university to termination buyouts and what percentage of a school's coaching budget is consumed by a coach's salary. Ranking right behind Stoops on the list is Clemson coach Dabo Swinney (FYI, Swinney makes $3.2 million a year). The two will face off in the Russell Athletic Bowl on Dec. 29.

  • Russell Westbrook on his 3-point attempts: "I honestly need to stop taking as many"

    Anthony Slater | Published: Mon, Dec 22, 2014

    In the past 10 games, the Thunder is 8-2. And in those eight wins, Russell Westbrook took only 2.6 three-pointers per contest. But in the two losses, Westbrook jacked up a combined 16 — going 3-of-10 at Golden State last Thursday and 0-of-6 against the Pelicans on Sunday night. There’s a clear correlation. And it’s something […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Time to start beating the West's best

    Berry Tramel | Published: Mon, Dec 22, 2014

    The Thunder hosts the Blazers on Tuesday night, and it’s a big game. Any time two of the Western Conference heavyweights collide, it’s a big game. And both teams qualify for such distinction, despite the Thunder’s 13-15 record. With both Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, the Thunder is 7-1. The Thunder has played the majority […]

  • Podcast: The Non-Fiction Writers speak with a Clemson beat reporter

    Updated: Mon, Dec 22, 2014

    Welcome to the home of "The Non-Fiction Writers," NewsOK.com's OU football podcast from beat writers Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber.

  • OU football: Jason Kersey's favorite Sooner stories from 2014

    Jason Kersey | Published: Mon, Dec 22, 2014

    NORMAN — The year 2014 started as well as it possibly could have for the Oklahoma football program. But nearly 12 months later, things don’t feel so great for OU football fans. The Sooners — widely considered a heavy favorite to win the Big 12 Conference and reach the College Football Playoff — finished the […]

  • Russell Westbrook grows tired of late-game criticism: 'I don't want to hear it'

    Anthony Slater | Published: Mon, Dec 22, 2014

    After faltering down the stretch of Sunday’s tough 101-99 loss to the Pelicans, Russell Westbrook likely knew the criticism was coming. He hadn’t made a pass in the final four minutes. He missed all six of his shots in the final three minutes. And he committed the game’s deciding turnover — leading to an Anthony Davis fastbreak dunk […]

  • Thunder make two appearances on SI.com's favorite NBA moments of 2014

    Published: Mon, Dec 22, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Thunder appears twice on SI.com's 10 favorite NBA moments of 2014. One appearance is good. The other is in defeat. First the good. Kevin Durant's moving MVP speech from May is on the list. From SI.com's Rob Mahoney: "Durant’s speech came to be a fair extension of the man himself: Graceful, proud, and undeniably powerful." And now for the bad. In the same month, the Spurs fell in six games to the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference finals. In SI.com's highlighted Game 6, Tim Duncan led the Spurs to victory with seven consecutive points in overtime at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

  • OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant misses practice, status unknown vs. Blazers

    staff reports | Published: Mon, Dec 22, 2014

    Thunder forward Kevin Durant did not practice on Monday and his status is still in doubt for Oklahoma City's home game against Portland on Tuesday. Durant has missed the Thunder's last two games with an ankle sprain. Oklahoma City has gone 1-1 in those contests, beating the Lakers on the road Friday, but losing to the Pelicans Sunday night.

  • Pistons waive forward Josh Smith

    Published: Mon, Dec 22, 2014

    The Detroit Pistons announced the release of veteran forward Josh Smith Monday morning. The 6-foot-9 Smith averaged 13.1 points, 7.2 rebounds and 4.7 assists while shooting 39.1 percent from the field this season. Smith joined the Pistons as a free agent in July of 2013 from the Atlanta Hawks.