• Big 12 spread offenses taking their lumps

    Thursday, November 19, 2009 at 12:00 AM

    Gary Pinkel’s Missouri offense seemed to be at the top of the class. With stars like quarterback Chase Daniel and receiver Jeremy Maclin, the Tigers appeared unstoppable. OU football notebook: Bob Stoops stands by former assistant Mark Mangino

  • Texas Longhorns' Dan Buckner backs up talk

    Friday, September 11, 2009 at 12:00 AM

    AUSTIN, Texas — Dan Buckner likes to talk. No, like really talk. Like late-shift radio DJ talk. Quick start for Miami running back Graig Cooper Colorado needs a quick fix for running game College football notebook: Colt McCoy undaunted by Sam Bradford's injury

  • Longhorns' Acho brothers don’t fit Texas prep mold

    Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 12:00 AM

    AUSTIN, Texas — In Texas, which annually produces many of the top high school players in the country, private schools are considered the shallow end of the talent pool. Big 12 notebook: Missouri not looking to live down to expectations; Mike Leach says Texas Tech 'balanced' Staff picks for Week 2 college football games (PDF)

  • Zac Robinson is chasing top gun status at OSU

    Saturday, August 29, 2009 at 12:00 AM

    STILLWATER — Quarterback Mike Gundy’s status could fall this football season. But if it does, coach Mike Gundy’s status will rise. All-time OSU quarterbacks Comparison between Mike Gundy and Zac Robinson OSU notebook: Jamal Mosley still learning tight end position Georgia wideout A.J. Green on the verge of a breakout

  • Debunking the mystery of BYU

    Saturday, August 29, 2009 at 12:00 AM

    Next weekend, fans of Oklahoma and Brigham Young will congregate outside Cowboys Stadium for tailgate parties, with one discernible difference. OU football notebook: Sooners announce captains Fast facts about BYU Famous BYU alums College football notebook: Missouri boots backup quarterback Blaine Dalton

  • Big meeting put Sooner offensive line on same page

    Thursday, August 27, 2009 at 12:00 AM

    NORMAN — On a late night in early July, they gathered. Seniors Brian Simmons and Trent Williams sent out the call: meet at Williams’ house. What they’re saying about OU’s offensive line Fans can still get in to see OU-BYU OU football notebook: Jay Norvell sees freshman receiver Jaz Reynolds playing

  • Oklahoma State football: Newly established 'Cowboy Back' position group features experienced blockers, pass catchers

    By Kyle Fredrickson | Published: Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    After 12 years overseeing the offensive line at Montana State, McEndoo will coach a newly formed fullback/tight end hybrid position group for the Cowboys this fall. But OSU coach Mike Gundy wanted to add some flash to that title.

  • Favre-Mississippi Hall Of Fame

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    Former NFL quarterback Brett Favre, a Southern Mississippi alumnus, center, listens to the video story about his being recruited to the Hattiesburg school with fellow inductees former Mississippi running back Mike Dennis, left, and former William Carey University basketball coach Steve Knight, during his induction to the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame in Jackson, Miss., Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015. Favre joins a group of distinguished Mississippi athletes and coaches including former NBA player Clarence Weatherspoon, also a Southern Mississippi alumnus in this year's class of inductees. (AP Photo/Rogelio V.

  • OSU football notebook: Glenn Spencer challenges defensive line

    BY JOHN HELSLEY | Published: Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    There’s a call to fill the holes left by departed seniors James Castleman and Ofa Hautau at the tackle spots. And there’s a louder call from defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer for everyone along the front, Ogbah and fellow end starter Jimmy Bean included, to compete.

  • OU Football: Suspended linebacker Frank Shannon returns, with David Boren's blessing

    BY JASON KERSEY | Published: Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    As a sophomore, Shannon was the leading tackler on the Sooners’ 2013 Sugar Bowl champion team. He was considered one of the best players returning on a 2014 team with national championship aspirations, until an incident early on the morning of Jan. 20, 2014, that sent the talented linebacker’s life in an entirely different direction.

  • For volunteer cheerleaders at Special Olympics, their job is a serious labor of love

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES—Joseph Fernandez and Cole Kaden sat in packed bleachers at the Los Angeles Convention Center, watching two teams in uniform — Denmark in red, India in blue — move a ball up and down a court using only their hands. As for the finer points of this game called handball, the boys pointed and squirmed and followed the action, trying to work it out. “You have to hit the ball to the other side and score a goal,” said Joseph, 9, pointing at the large soccer-style nets at either end. “That’s too obvious. That’s not all of it,” said Cole, 8, proudly showing off the gap in his front teeth that recently earned him $1 from the tooth fairy.

  • Former Tuttle, Oklahoma State standout Cooper Bassett still shares special bond with 9-year-old Taylor Brandt

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Published: Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    The picture was among the hundreds snapped the night of Cooper Bassett's wedding. None had any more love in them. In the picture, you can see the former Tuttle High football standout turned Oklahoma State football standout. He is hugging a little girl. She has oodles of curly red hair. She is wearing a sparkly purple dress. You can't see her face, but you can see his. And in his expression, you can sense how much Cooper Bassett and Taylor Brandt love each other. She is his Taylor, and he is her Cooper. Still. They met four years ago at one of OSU's Coaches vs. Cancer events. He was a hulking lineman. She was a frail cancer kid. They became fast friends, and about a year later, we told their

  • Kentucky’s international roster part coincidence, part commitment

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky coach John Calipari suggested Saturday that the increasing international flavor of Kentucky’s roster is more coincidence than conscious effort to recruit globally. “You’re recruiting guys who don’t want to run from this,” he said. “This is just what they want. And whether I’m from Lexington, Ky., or Toronto, Canada, Australia or New Zealand, who wants this?” Kentucky freshmen Skal Labissiere and Jamal Murray are from Haiti and Canada, respectively. Transfer Mychal Mulder is also Canadian. Karl-Anthony Towns, who sat next to Calipari at a joint news conference Saturday, played for the Dominican Republic National Team. Speculation has UK interested in a 7-foot native of Australi

  • Mavunga transfers from North Carolina to Ohio State

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — North Carolina center Stephanie Mavunga is transferring to Ohio State, leaving the Tar Heels without their entire four-player recruiting class ranked No. 1 nationally in 2013. The school announced the move Saturday. The 6-foot-3 junior averaged 12.5 points and 8.5 rebounds for North Carolina and earned All-ACC honors as a sophomore last year. She will enroll at Ohio State this fall and redshirt this season while fulfilling transfer requirements. Mavunga will have two seasons of eligibility remaining beginning in 2016-17. She joins Sierra Calhoun, who transferred to Ohio State this summer after playing 13 games at Duke as a freshman. Ohio State lost to North Carolina in the second round of the NCA

  • Calipari, Towns impressed by Wildcats' summer workouts

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky coach John Calipari believes his latest class of talented recruits can keep the Wildcats in the national championship discussion. Playing pickup games against those newcomers has No. 1 overall NBA draft pick Karl-Anthony Towns just as convinced of the Wildcats' potential. Back in Lexington this week to help with Calipari's summer camp, the Minnesota Timberwolves' top selection is impressed by the mix of returnees from last year's 38-1 Final Four squad and another group of prized prospects. Leading Kentucky's class are Canadian forward Jamal Murray and 6-foot-11 Skal Labissiere, from Haiti. Labissiere has amazed the 6-11 Towns in those impromptu games, but Calipari's third No.

  • BOYS HOOPS: Tom Shields hired as new AHS head coach

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    Alamogordo Public Schools Director of Athletics Jerrett Perry announced Friday that Tom Shields was hired as the new Alamogordo High School head boys basketball coach. Shields, a 2010 Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame inductee, has an impressive resumé in his 30-year coaching career that includes a 609-236 record. Shields replaces Mike Day who returned to Texas to take a coaching position at Snooks High School after serving the last three seasons at AHS. "The APS athletic department is excited to announce our new Tiger basketball coach — Tom Shields," Perry said. "Coach Shields brings a dimension to our program that is unprecedented. His knowledge, experience and wisdom puts him in a elite category of gr

  • Hurley hits the ground running with Sun Devils

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Bobby Hurley's arrival at Arizona State created a buzz in the desert and drew national attention to a program often overshadowed by its rival to the south. Before the initial fanfare of his hiring had subsided, Hurley was already at work, watching recruits, building his coaching staff, doing all the little things behind the scenes to get his tenure off to a good start. Hurley promised he'd bring passion and a strong work ethic to the program during the hiring process and he didn't waste any time proving it. "His hitting the ground running immediately when he got here, the blue-collar work ethic hit everybody in the heart that this guy is a worker, he's blue collar," Arizona State athletic director

  • Kentucky faces North Carolina in alumni charity game at Rupp

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky pro players will face a similar squad of North Carolina stars on Sept. 13 at Rupp Arena in an alumni game benefiting charity. It is the first game matching current or former pro players from both schools. NBA rules prohibit the schools from saying which players will participate in the exhibition. The schools won't face each other this season after playing the past two years, so the game will serve as a substitute in the rivalry between two of college basketball's winningest programs. It will also be Kentucky's first alumni contest in two years; last year's game was cancelled because a number of players were unable to participate because of other commitments.

  • Justin Brown named Coach of the Year

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    Locust Grove girls’ basketball head coach Justin Brown was named the 2014-15 Oklahoma Basketball Coaches Association Girls Coach of the Year during the All-State games Wednesday evening at the Mabee Center in Tulsa. Brown guided the Lady Pirates to a Class 4A state championship, the first state title for any girls athletic program in school history. “It’s a big honor,” Brown said. “It’s a huge honor for coaches in the state, and it’s the highest honor you can have. “It doesn’t happen without really, really good kids. I was just really blessed to have the kids that I’ve had.” Locust Grove defeated Anadarko, 51-33, in the championship game and went 26-3 overall.

  • Louisville coach Walz, Cardinals' Moore win 2nd USA gold

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville coach Jeff Walz and Cardinals standout Mariya Moore have their eyes set on an NCAA championship after teaming up to lead Team USA to a second consecutive international championship. Walz was an assistant and Moore the best perimeter threat on the unbeaten U.S. Women's team that earned the gold medal last weekend in the FIBA Under-19 World Championship in Russia. It follows last year's 5-0 run toward the FIBA Americas Under-18 championship. Now comes the challenge of chasing a national championship with an incoming class ranked No. 1 by several recruiting services — maybe the best ever at Louisville.

  • NCAA O Bannon Trial

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2010, file photo, former UCLA basketball player Ed O'Bannon Jr. sits in his office in Henderson, Nev. A court has granted the NCAA's request for a stay in the O'Bannon case, delaying the implementation of possible payments to athletes for use of their names, images and likenesses until an appeals court has made a ruling. The NCAA says in a statement it is pleased with the decision of the 9th Circuit Court.

  • Johnson says TCU will have its most talented team 'since I've been here'

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    Trent Johnson is not hedging his evaluation of his next men’s basketball team at TCU. In terms of ability, it will be his best. "Are we more talented than we’ve been since I’ve been here? Yes, we are," he said. "Do I thinnk defensively we’ll be much better? No question. Will be rebound better? No question." The fourth-year Horned Frogs coach talked about his team Thursday after a press conference to announce the new name of the renovated basketball facility, the Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena. "We’re more talented, and we should be better," he said. "But I’m also very realistic in that this next step is the hardest step.

  • Pittsburgh extends McConnell-Serio's contract through 2021

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh and women's basketball coach Suzie McConnell-Serio have reached an agreement on a new contract that will run through the 2020-21 season. The deal announced Friday comes after McConnell-Serio guided the Panthers to a 20-12 mark in 2014-15 and the program's first NCAA Tournament berth in six years. McConnell-Serio is 154-100 in eight seasons as a head coach, including a 31-32 mark at Pitt. McConnell-Serio, a Pittsburgh native, is also a two-time Olympic medalist, former WNBA Coach of the Year and a member of the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame. Athletic director Scott Barnes called the turnaround McConnell-Serio has guided since being hired at Pitt in 2013 "remarkable.

  • BRIEF: AC men's hoops duo recognized

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    The National Association of Basketball Coaches named its 2014-2015 Honors Court for Academic Excellence and Austin College’s Alvin Michael and Harry Hampden-Smith were each honored. The NABC Honors Court recognizes those men’s collegiate basketball student-athletes who excelled in academics during the past season, with a record number of 1,000 student-athletes from more than 350 colleges and universities. The NABC Honors Court recognizes the talents and gifts that these men possess off the court and the hard work they exhibit in the classroom. In order to be named to the Honors Court, a student-athlete must meet a high standard of academic criteria. The qualifications are as follows: 1. Academically a junior or senior and

  • South Africa Basketball

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    NBA basketball player Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers watches his shot during the Team World practice for their NBA Africa Game at Ellis Park Arena in Johannesburg, South Africa, Friday, July 31, 2015. The NBA is in Africa, and a practice session at a downtown Johannesburg arena on Friday, the day before the NBA's first exhibition game on this continent, was dominated not by basketball but by talk of who is going where and doing what off the court.

  • TCU's renovated basketball facility gets new name: Schollmaier Arena

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    TCU’s renovated basketball arena remains on schedule to open in time for the start of the season in November, and it will have a new name when it does — the Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena. The school announced the name change Thursday in a news conference, with athletic director Chris Del Conte thanking Schollmaier, the retired CEO of Alcon Laboratories, “for making our dreams a reality” with a project that started at $30 million and is now close to $80 million. “I’m not putting up any more,” Schollmaier said drolly. The line drew laughs at a news conference with a celebratory feel. The men’s and women’s basketball teams and coaches attended, along with football coach Gary Patterson and other athletic de