• OU gets commitment from four-star linebacker Bryce Youngquist

    Friday, July 31, 2015 at 06:02 PM

    For the second time in as many days, Oklahoma picked up a commitment from a defensive standout. Los Osos (Rancho Cucamongo, Calif.) outside linebacker Bryce Youngquist committed to the Sooners on Friday, announcing his decision on Twitter.

  • 'Voice of the Cowboys' Larry Reece says he's cancer free

    Friday, July 31, 2015 at 03:13 PM

    Good news from Cowboys Country, as OSU announcer Larry Reece announced via Twitter that he's cancer free. Reece confirmed earlier this year doctors found a cancerous tumor in his throat. The diagnosis required seven weeks of radiation on the tumor and lymph nodes in his neck and weekly chemotheraphy. Following his announcement in January, the Oklahoma State community rallied behind the longtime "Voice of the Cowboys," and Reece thanked his supporters on social media Friday. "Prayer POSSE you did it.. Pet scan showed no cancer!!," Reece said via Twitter. "I'm cleared for some @CowboyFB."

  • Get ready to get to know Billy the Kid

    Friday, July 31, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    Billy Donovan has been the coach in Oklahoma City since April. It’s already been three full months, and with nary a game during that stretch, we’ve had a chance to get to know Donovan.

  • Oklahoma City Energy assistant Chris Spendlove will rejoin team after being acquitted on murder and manslaughter charges

    Friday, July 31, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    Team follows good news with a 3-0 victory over Arizona United at Taft Stadium.

  • Carl Albert’s Lohr, Guthrie’s Curry among West stars in All-State win

    Friday, July 31, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    Carl Albert’s Lohr starred at running back for the West in Friday’s 27-14 victory over the East at Tulsa Union. Lohr scored the game’s first touchdown, scooping up a fumbled snap for a 1-yard TD run. He added another score in the third quarter, when Anadarko’s Brandon Pollard threw to him in the flat and he went 17 yards to the end zone.

  • OU coaches praise Joe Mixon's effort, ability

    Friday, July 31, 2015 at 12:00 PM

    NORMAN — Oklahoma offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley said redshirt freshman running back Joe Mixon is learning the new “Air Raid” offensive system well.

  • Why Nancy Lieberman called Muhammad Ali after her historic move to NBA assistant coach

    Friday, July 31, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    Basketball Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman was hired as an assistant coach of the Sacramento Kings on Friday, joining Becky Hammon of the San Antonio Spurs as another female NBA assistant coach. The 57-year-old Lieberman joins George Karl's staff in the state capital just shy of a year after Hammon was hired by the Spurs, making her the first full-time paid female NBA assistant coach.

  • Breaking down Oklahoma players involved in MLB trade deadline

    Friday, July 31, 2015 at 04:18 PM

    The Major League Baseball non-waiver trade deadline passed Friday afternoon with a flurry of moves, including multiple moves involving players from Oklahoma or players who have played for the Oklahoma City Triple-A franchise.

  • All-State baseball: Dover's Jesus Gamez motivated to improve future

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    TULSA — Jesus Gamez walked onto Dover’s mound in one of his final high school starts and thought about his father who had passed away seven years ago. He thought about what he meant to him. Gamez then thought about how dominant he wanted to be on the mound. He then dedicated the start to him and delivered a typical performance. But his dominance didn’t stop there as he added velocity to his fastball and turned heads throughout the summer. “I pitched my butt off,” Gamez said. “It went good. Ever since he passed away it hasn’t been the same. I’m just trying to work my butt off and hopefully make something out of it and help my mom and sisters out.

  • Media notes: Fox Sports Southwest begins Dallas Cowboys training camp coverage

    By Mel Bracht | Published: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    Fox Sports Southwest kicks off its 2015 Dallas Cowboys coverage on Wednesday night with nightly training camp shows from Oxnard, Calif.  "Inside Cowboys Training Camp" will air at 10:30 p.m. or after Texas Rangers postgame shows. The 15-minute updates will air weekdays and Saturdays with 30-minute shows scheduled at 10 p.m. Sundays. Cowboys radio voice Brad Sham, Cowboys Insider Mickey Spagnola and Lindsay Cash will host the training camp shows, which will feature the day’s camp news and notes. Fox Sports Southwest also will carry replays of all Cowboys preseason games, usually the day after. Sham, former Cowboys quarterback Babe Laufenberg and sideline reporter Keith Russell will call the preseason games.

  • Ratings watch: Fox's UFC Fight Night tops the week

    By Mel Bracht | Published: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    Ratings watch Fox's UFC Fight Night, highlighted by TJ Dillashaw's victory over Renan Barao for the bantamweight championship, topped the Oklahoma City ratings for the week with a 4.0. Coverage of the Brickyard 400 led the NBC Sports Network to its most-watched telecast ever, averaging 4.7 million viewers and a 3.0 national rating, which included a 3.9 in OKC.   Sports events July 21-27 1. UFC Fight Night, Saturday, KOKH-25, 4.0. 2. Brickyard 400, NASCAR Sprint Cup, Sunday, NBCSN, 3.9. 3. Lilly Diabetes 250, NASCAR Xfinity, Saturday, KFOR-4, 2.6. 4. Canadian Open fourth round, Sunday, KWTV-9, 2.5 5. UFC prelims, Saturday, KOKH-25, 2.3.

  • Former Oklahoma State wrestler Yojiro Uetake Obata lives in Japan, but his heart lies in Stillwater

    By Kyle Fredrickson | Published: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    Obata — who went 58-0 in three seasons as a Cowboy — will be inducted into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame on Monday.

  • Sports on TV: Tuning in for Wednesday, July 29

    Compiled By: Todd Schoenthaler Staff Writer tschoenthaler@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    july 29 tuning in WEDNESDAY MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL; 11:30 a.m.; OKC at Memphis; KGHM-AM 1340 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL; 11 a.m.; Kansas City at Cleveland; FSPLUS (Cox 68) 1 p.m.; Colorado at Chi. Cubs; MLBN (Cox 264) 7 p.m.; N.Y. Yankees at Texas; FSOK (Cox 37)/KEBC-AM 1560 7 p.m.; Cincinnati at St. Louis; FSPLUS (Cox 68)/Cox 703/KREF-AM 1400/98.5 FM 7 p.m.; L.A. Angels at Houston; ESPN (Cox 29) 9 p.m.; Oakland at L.A. Dodgers; KGHM-AM 1340 MEN’S SOCCER; 8 p.m.; MLS vs. Tottenham; FS1 (Cox 67) WNBA; 7 p.m.; Los Angeles at Minnesota; NBATV (Cox 256) SPECIAL OLYMPICS; 6 p.m.

  • Michelle Wie limps into her next major

    Updated: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    Michelle Wie has quite the entourage these days. The doctor at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio who has worked on her hip. The doctor in Los Angeles who has been there for her ankle injuries. She also has a doctor in Florida where she lives. The way her season has gone, Wie can't live without them. It's been one ailment after another since she won the U.S. Women's Open last year. A finger injury. A respiratory infection. She had bursitis in her left hip and withdrew from the Kingsmill Championship in May. And after finishing 11th at the U.S. Women's Open — that matched her best result of the year — she developed a bone spur in her left foot that she attributed to the hilly terrain of Lancaster Country Club.

  • Golf's youth movement means 30 is the new 20

    Updated: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    The criteria fits for the label as the best player to have never won a major. Seven career victories. Finishing no worse than third in just over 30 percent of the tournaments. The No. 1 player in the world for the first half of the season. Adding to the numbers is being viewed as one of the favorites at every major. What doesn't fit is the age. Lydia Ko just turned 18 a couple of months ago. Is that too much to ask of someone so young? Not anymore. With the explosive youth movement in golf, age no longer is an excuse. No one was talking about Ko still being only 17 at the ANA Inspiration for the first major of the year. The number that week was 28 consecutive rounds under par, during which she won twic

  • OKC Thunder: Ranking the Thunder's alternate jerseys

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    Oklahoman columnist Jenni Carlson ranks those other jerseys from best to worst:

  • OKC Thunder: Who looks good in orange?

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Published: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    Linda Miller was the fashion editor at The Oklahoman for two-plus decades and writes the Fashion Matters blog, and since it appears the Thunder might be debuting orange alternate jerseys this season, it got us thinking about the fashion ramifications. (Yes, sports writers think about fashion. Scary, right?)

  • OKC Thunder: Could an orange alternate jersey disrupt the Thunder's Bedlam peace?

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Published: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    The Thunder has brought this state together like little else has. Sooners and Cowboys now cheer for the same team. Oklahoma City and Tulsa now agree about something. Heck, people in Oklahoma have even come to love a Texas Longhorn. But could this cats-and-dogs-living-together utopia be getting a test?

  • OKC Thunder: What fans think of the leaked orange jerseys

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    Recently, an orange Thunder alternate jersey leaked on the web. To get a better gage of fan reaction, we reached out to the Thunder faithful for their response.

  • Lynx Fowles

    Updated: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    Minnesota Lynx center Sylvia Fowles holds her jersey during an introductory news conference at the Mayo Sports Clinic, Tuesday, July 28, 2015, in Minneapolis. The Lynx parted with two players and a first-round draft pick for the 29-year-old Fowles, a two-time Olympian.

  • Family of late black golf great accused of $1 million theft

    Updated: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) — The son and ex-daughter-in-law of late black golf pioneer Charlie Sifford were indicted Tuesday on charges they stole more than $1 million from him. Sifford in 1961 became the first black golfer to earn full-time playing privileges on the PGA Tour, paving the way for minorities to compete at the sport's highest level. Craig and Sandra Sifford stole the money from him over a four-year period starting in 2010 and spent it on travel, dining, clothes, jewelry and landscaping, the state attorney general's office and the county prosecutor's office said. Craig and Sandra Sifford, who divorced a few months ago, were charged in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court with crimes including theft, money laundering and unau

  • How a slimmer Samaje Perine will fit into Lincoln Riley's Air Raid offense at OU

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    OU UPDATE -- Is Samaje Perine at risk of taking a step back as a sophomore? Ryan Aber and Jenni Carlson discuss how the phenom will look in the new OU offense.

  • Golf Great Theft

    Updated: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    FILE-In this Nov. 13, 2014 file photo former PGA golfer Charlie Sifford sits in the dining room in his home in Brecksville, Ohio. Authorities say the son and ex-daughter-in-law of the late black golfing pioneer Sifford have been indicted on charges related to the theft of more than $1 million from him. Craig and Sandra Sifford were charged Tuesday, July 28, 2015 with theft, money laundering and unauthorized use of property. Both are 48. The Cuyahoga County prosecutor's office says they spent Sifford's money on travel, dining, clothes, jewelry and landscaping.

  • Here are some OU players who can help Sterling Shepard

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    OU UPDATE -- If Sterling Shepard is healthy, count on him flourishing in the OU Air Raid. But who's going to help? Ryan Aber and Jenni Carlson discuss in this OU Update.

  • Oklahoma football: Nila Kasitati named to Polynesian player of the year watch list

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    NORMAN — Oklahoma senior right guard Nila Kasitati was named to the Polynesian College Football Player of the Year Award watch list, the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame announced Tuesday. The award is presented annually to the best Polynesian college football player that displays great ability and integrity. Former Oregon quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota took the inaugural award last year. Five finalists will be announced Nov. 19, and the winner will be announced Dec. 8, 2015. The formal presentation will be Jan. 29, 2016 at the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame’s Enshrinement Weekend.

  • Illinois guard Abrams tears Achilles, out for 2nd season

    Updated: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois senior point guard Tracy Abrams will miss a second straight season because of an injury, a damaging blow to the team's hopes of returning to the NCAA Tournament. Coach John Groce said Abrams tore his left Achilles during practice Monday and surgery is scheduled for Aug. 5. Abrams missed last season with an anterior cruciate ligament injury. "First of all, my heart goes out to Tracy," Groce said, adding Abrams is going through a difficult time now. "He went through so much the last 10 months fighting back from a torn ACL to return to the court this summer in preparation for the upcoming season." Groce said Abrams will handle the latest setback with courage and resolve, and is expected ma

  • Oklahoma State baseball adds six transfers

    john helsley | Updated: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    Oklahoma State's recent recruiting classes have been high-ranked and productive. Josh Holliday's latest class could offer immediate impact, too, with the program announcing the addition of six junior college transfers, including Garrett Benge, a former Yukon High standout who was named NJCAA Division I Player of the Year this past season. Benge, an infielder, is one of three players coming to the Cowboys after their freshmen years at junior college. “When you look at this particular group of transfers, what really sticks out for me is the statistical success that some of them have had, as well as having been parts of big-time winning teams,” Holliday said.

  • Stillwater’s Joe Smith, Sand Springs’ Daton Fix lead Oklahoma to junior wrestling title

    scott wright | Updated: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    Stillwater wrestler Joe Smith capped his junior wrestling career by helping the Oklahoma team to the championship at the Junior National freestyle tournament over the weekend in Fargo, N.D. Smith, The Oklahoman’s All-City Wrestler of the Year, defeated Lucas Jeske of Minnesota in the 160-pound championship match by 10-0 technical fall. He outscored his opponents 72-0 in the tournament and was named Outstanding Wrestler. Smith will soon be joining the Oklahoma State team coached by his father, John Smith. Daton Fix of Sand Springs defeated Jack Mueller of Texas by 10-0 technical fall in the 120-pound match. Putnam City’s Keegan Moore was the runner-up at 136 pounds.