• 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

  • UCLA’s Kevon Looney drafted by Golden State Warriors at 30th pick

    Updated: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    It took longer than expected, but the UCLA basketball team has its first player taken in this year’s NBA draft. Kevon Looney was selected by the defending champion Golden State Warriors with the 30th overall pick. At one point, Looney was considered a potential lottery pick. He was among the 19 players to attend the draft, but, according to Draft Express’ Jonathan Givnoy, by the last few picks in the first round, Looney, still waiting, left the room disappointed. His tumble was likely because of, in part, an ESPN.com report on the morning of the draft that called Looney’s health into question. Looney underwent surgery on his hip before last season. He did not miss time at UCLA, but the report said, “he probably misses

  • Utah Jazz select Olivier Hanlan with No. 42 pick

    Updated: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Jazz have selected Olivier Hanlan with the No. 42 pick of the NBA draft. The team used its first second-round pick on the 6-foot-4, 186-pound guard from Boston College after taking Kentucky forward Trey Lyles with the No. 12 overall pick. Hanlan averaged 19.5 points, 4.2 rebounds and 4.2 assists as a junior and led the Atlantic Coast Conference in points per game. The Jazz finished the season with a 38-44 record, a 13-game improvement from the 2013-14 season. The team went into the offseason needing shooting after averaging the fifth-fewest points per game last season. Frontcourt depth became a priority after the team moved Enes Kanter to the Thunder at the deadline. The Jazz have the No

  • LA Lakers pick Stanford shooter Anthony Brown with 34th pick

    Updated: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers selected Stanford's Anthony Brown with their second-round pick in the NBA draft on Thursday night. The Lakers added Brown to No. 2 pick D'Angelo Russell and No. 27 selection Larry Nance Jr. in a busy draft. Brown is a 6-foot-6 swingman with impressive outside shooting ability and a strong defensive ethic. He spent five years at Stanford, averaging 14.8 points and 6.9 rebounds as a senior while hitting 44.1 percent of his 3-pointers. Brown is a Los Angeles-area native who graduated from high school in Fountain Valley. The Lakers were mostly an awful outside shooting team last season, so Brown could address an immediate need. Los Angeles also could use another stron

  • Timberwolves pick Kentucky’s Towns No. 1 overall, trade for Duke’s Jones

    Updated: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    As expected, the newest member of the Timberwolves is Karl-Anthony Towns. Then, in an unexpected move, the Timberwolves traded for former Apple Valley star Tyus Jones by sending their two picks in the second round — Nos. 31 and 36 overall — to Cleveland, which had drafted Jones with the 24th pick. Jones played for one season with Duke, where he was named Most Outstanding Player when the Blue Devils won the NCAA title in March. The Wolves picked first in the NBA draft for the first time in franchise history Thursday, and president of basketball operations Flip Saunders surprised few by picking Towns, a 19-year-old center from Kentucky who will contribute immediately on defense and shows a huge, versatile upside on of

  • Tramel: After 49 years, Channel 4 will never be the same

    By BERRY TRAMEL | Updated: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    In 1966, the Braves were in Milwaukee, the Marines were in Vietnam and the Beatles were in mop-tops. In 1966, Jim Mackenzie coached the Sooners. Phil Cutchin coached the Cowboys. Eddie Sutton coached Southern Idaho Junior College. In 1966, Channel 4 hired Bob Barry. And for 49 years, a Bob Barry, Senior or Junior, delivered the nightly sports into Oklahoma homes. Until last weekend, when Bob Barry Jr. was killed in a motor scooter crash. Gone too young, at age 58. News changes. Television changes. Viewers change. But some things stayed the same. For half a century, Channel 4 had an iconic Bob Barry reporting sports. Channel 4 has changed call letters more often (twice) than it’s changed sports directors

  • Backers of Lady Vols nickname rally outside trustees meeting

    Updated: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — As Tennessee prepares to eliminate the Lady Vols nickname and logo for all women's sports other than basketball, fans rallied at a board of trustees meeting Thursday to protest the decision. About 60 fans chanted "Do the right thing," and "Save the Lady Vols" as trustees arrived. Some held pictures of former Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt. Others carried signs with messages such as "We're Not Going Away." Tennessee announced in November that all its teams other than the women's basketball squad would be called the Volunteers and would have the "Power T" logo starting in 2015-16. The move takes effect Wednesday.

  • Colorado senior guard Xavier Johnson tears Achilles

    Updated: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Colorado senior guard Xavier Johnson underwent surgery to fix his torn left Achilles tendon. There's no timetable for his return after he suffered the injury in an offseason workout earlier this month, the school announced Thursday. Coach Tad Boyle said in a statement the Buffaloes are "looking forward to helping Xavier through this process and getting him back healthy, and help this program win more games." The 6-foot-7, 230-pound Johnson averaged 10.3 points and 5.6 rebounds last season. Colorado begins the season on Nov. 13 against Iowa State in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

  • OSU football: Oklahoma State, Oregon State agree to home-and-home series

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    Oklahoma State and Oregon State have agreed to a home-and-home football series, with the two schools meeting in Corvallis on Aug. 31, 2019 and in Stillwater on Sept. 5, 2020, it was announced today. The two schools have never previously met on the football field. Under head coach Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State has become familiar with Pac-12 Conference opponents, as the Cowboys have compiled an 8-3 record against teams from that league during Gundy’s 10-year tenure. Including last year’s win over Washington in the TicketCity Cactus Bowl, OSU has won six of its last seven and eight of its last 10 games played against teams currently in the Pac-12 Conference, dating back to 2008.

  • Syracuse assistant Hopkins made head coach designate

    Updated: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Syracuse men's basketball assistant Mike Hopkins has been formally given the title of head coach designate to succeed Hall of Famer Jim Boeheim after the 2017-18 season. A former Orange captain, Hopkins has served on Boeheim's staff for 19 seasons. Syracuse won the NCAA title in 2003. Hopkins said in a statement Thursday that "I'm honored, humbled and grateful for this special opportunity. Very few people are afforded the privilege to coach at their alma mater." In March, Boeheim announced that he will retire in three years and said he wanted Hopkins to take over for him.

  • UNC Greensboro receives 2 years of probation for violations

    Updated: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — UNC Greensboro's athletic programs received two years of probation Thursday after improperly certifying the initial eligibility of 57 athletes in 13 sports over six seasons. The NCAA and the school announced the penalties, which include vacating wins in which ineligible players participated and paying a $5,000 fine. The parties agreed that some athletes from 2007-13 practiced, competed or received athletic-related aid and travel expenses when the school had not certified their initial eligibility. Also, from 2007-11, the school didn't require its athletic director or head coaches to review and sign squad lists and didn't keep them on file.

  • ISU adds in-state PF Brady Ernst

    Updated: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    AMES, Iowa (AP) — Prep forward Brady Ernst says he'll play for Iowa State next season. Ernst, who is 6-foot-9 and 215 pounds, is the first recruit for new coach Steve Prohm. He is from Clinton, Iowa. Ernst adds depth to the Cyclones front court, which is talented but thin beyond Georges Niang, Jameel McKay and Abdel Nader. Ernst tore the ACL in his right knee in late February. But Ernst tells The Associated Press that he'll be able to resume basketball activities by late August at the earliest. Ernst averaged 17 points and 13 rebounds a game last season and was the state's top-rated recruit, according to the website Prep Hoops Iowa. Ernst had offers from a number of Missouri Valley schools, including North

  • UNC AD: On-field success 'overshadowed' by academic case

    Updated: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina earned another high finish among Division I college sports programs after a season of strong tournament showings. The Tar Heels also dealt with another year of off-field issues, including an NCAA investigation into academics. In an interview with The Associated Press, athletic director Bubba Cunningham cited high points in a 2014-15 season that included 25 of 28 teams competing in postseason play and an overall 2.96 GPA for athletes. But he also knows the school is likely a year away from resolution in its long-running academic fraud scandal. "Those measures of performance are outstanding," Cunningham said. "But we're still doing that under a cloud and that success has been overshadow

  • Former UCO athletic director Skip Wagnon dies at age 69

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    Former University of Central Oklahoma athletic director John "Skip" Wagnon passed away Wednesday from an apparent heart attack. He was 69. Wagnon retired from UCO in 2003 after more than 30 years with the university, including 17 as athletic director.  He continued to be a loyal supporter of all Broncho teams and had missed only two home football games in the past 40 years. “Skip Wagnon did more for UCO athletics than arguably any other person in our history,” said Mike Kirk, director of athletic media relations.  “He was a true Broncho and touched the lives of thousands of coaches and student-athletes as a trainer, coach and athletic director.  More importantly, he was a great person and his loss leaves a huge void

  • UTEP Miners' Vince Hunter hoping to hear his name called in draft

    Updated: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    Vince Hunter broke into an easy laugh and said, "I probably won't watch much of the draft." Hunter, the former UTEP basketball standout, will spend this special evening with family and friends at home in Detroit. And, while he might not be watching, most everyone else will be. Hunter, who declared for the NBA draft after two seasons with UTEP, is hoping to hear his name called Thursday night ... when the draft nears its end. It is a special accomplishment to get your name called in this draft. The NBA has only two rounds, just 60 picks — 30 in the first round, 30 in the second round. There are not only the top college players in the nation but also many top international players who will be drafted Thursday night.

  • Mizzou's Anderson adjusts for encore season

    Updated: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    COLUMBIA, Mo. • In his second summer since landing his dream job, Missouri men’s basketball coach Kim Anderson has learned an important word. No. A year ago, Mizzou’s first-year coach spent the bulk of his first few months on the job traveling the state on a seemingly endless parade of meet-and-greet events. Mizzou’s administration was well aware that Anderson’s hire in late April 2014 polarized the fan base. Those who longed for a re-connection to the program’s past under Norm Stewart cheered Anderson’s selection. Others wanted a flashier choice with proven Division I head-coaching chops.

  • Boren says Big 12 should expand, but be selective

    Ryan Aber | Published: Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    Boren expressed his desire to see the league expand back to 12 teams — if the right fit is available — at the board of regents meeting on OU’s campus and said the perception that the TV deal could hold back a possible expansion was inaccurate.

  • Lakers’ plans still up in the air on eve of NBA draft

    Updated: Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    LOS ANGELES — The lottery luck of a month ago has led to something so predictable, so Los Angeles Lakers-like, that it’s pretty much ingrained in their brand — intrigue. What the Lakers will do with the No. 2 pick in Thursday’s NBA draft is a closely held secret. They could make the safe move, taking Duke center Jahlil Okafor and his Tim Duncan-like skills. Or they could draft Ohio State point guard D’Angelo Russell and be keeper of all the “taller Chris Paul” whispers. Less likely, they’ll take Latvian big man Kristaps Porzingis or end up trading the pick to the Sacramento Kings as part of a blockbuster deal for All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins. One thing is certain.

  • NBA draft: Texas' Turner should go from No. 9 to No. 13

    Updated: Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    Myles Turner might be one of the biggest risk-reward choices in the 2015 NBA draft on Thursday night, but the Texas forward projects to be a lottery pick in nearly every scenario. Turner, the 6-foot-11-inch, 240 pound freshman, could go as high as No. 9 to Charlotte, according to Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix, and no lower than No. 13, which is where Gary Parrish of CBS Sports lists him. ESPN’s Chad Ford, DraftExpress.com and Yahoo Sports each have Turner going at No. 12 to Utah. Jonathan Holmes, Turner’s one-time teammate, will have to wait longer to hear his name called, but most analysts expect the 6-9, 242-pound senior to go somewhere in the second round. At least one mock draft, compiled by Jason Mc

  • NBA mock draft: Towns, Okafor, Russell for starters

    Updated: Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    NBA scouts have touted the depth of Thursday night’s draft, pointing to an unusually large number of quality big men, including Karl-Anthony Towns, whom the Timberwolves are expected to take with the No. 1 overall pick. Then the fun will begin. While the Lakers like Jahlil Okafor, they also are intrigued by the explosive scoring potential of D’Angelo Russell. Here’s a stab at predicting the first-round picks: No., Team;Selection;Position;College/country 1. Minnesota;Karl-Anthony Towns;F/C;Kentucky 2. L.A. Lakers;Jahlil Okafor;C;Duke 3. Philadelphia;D’Angelo Russell;G;Ohio State 4. N.Y. Knicks;Kristaps Porzingis;PF;Latvia 5.

  • CU women's basketball: Buffs' Monica Burich brings array of skills to court

    Updated: Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    Whether it is diving under the volleyball net to snag the ball, sprinting laps around the track or rebounding the basketball back into to the hoop, Colorado freshman Monica Burich knows no limit when it comes to being a versatile, strong, and hard working athlete. Training this summer for the CU women's basketball team, Burich left her home town in Minnesota along with her past sports to focus on the sport she has the most passion for. "I have been playing basketball since I was four years old. I have an older brother and older sister, so growing up, I was always in the gym with them and going to their games." Being recruited by CU head coach Linda Lappe, she explained what stood out to her about Burich and what she hop