• 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

  • Texas Tech can't hold off Martin, OSU, fall 70-57

    Updated: Sun, Feb 7, 2016

    STILLWATER, Okla. – Texas Tech responded, but couldn’t quite come up with an answer for Brittney Martin. Lady Raiders coach Candi Whitaker went off on her team after a 22-point loss to West Virginia earlier in the week, saying the lack of energy her team showed was “ridiculous.” Sunday, Texas Tech played a full four quarters. It just wasn’t enough to win on the road in the Big 12 against an Oklahoma State team that came into the game with five straight wins, including two over its in-state rival, Oklahoma. Behind scoring barrage from Martin and a fourth-quarter surge, the No. 25 Cowgirls held off the Lady Raiders 70-57 at Gallagher-Iba Arena. “I was proud to see we had better energy and better effort,

  • The questions facing every ACC team entering the stretch run

    Updated: Sun, Feb 7, 2016

    It’s a question of toughness, again, at North Carolina, and depth at Duke and how a postseason ban affects morale at Louisville. Virginia, Miami, Pittsburgh, Florida State — there’s no shortage of issues that need answering there, too. One thing appears decided in the ACC as we approach mid-February: Boston College will finish in last place. Just about everything else, though, will depend on how teams during the final month of the regular season answer the most critical questions surrounding them.

  • CORRECTION Oregon St Washington St Basketball

    Updated: Sun, Feb 7, 2016

    CORRECTS TO NIKE MCCLURE, RIGHT, AND JAMIE WEISNER, LEFT, NOT RIGHT - Washington State's Nike McClure, right, Oregon State's Jamie Weisner, left, and Deven Hunter go after the ball during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, in Pullman, Wash.

  • Oregon St Washington St Basketball

    Updated: Sun, Feb 7, 2016

    Washington State's Borislava Hristova shoots a free throw during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Oregon State, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, in Pullman, Wash.

  • Sam Hunt: Playing Super Bowl blends love for music, sports

    Updated: Sun, Feb 7, 2016

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — As a kid, Sam Hunt dreamt of playing in the Super Bowl. And he was on the right path as a quarterback for both Middle Tennessee State University and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. But it's his music that's brought him to the big game. The Grammy-nominated country singer performed at the Super Bowl 50 Tailgate Party and said he loved combining his two favorite worlds Sunday. "I love how the NFL and NCAA ... (and) football has incorporated music (and) entertainment into their world, and vice versa," Hunt said in an interview at Levi's Stadium after his performance. "So it's exciting because those are the two biggest parts of my life, sports and music, so to blend the two here today i

  • OSU basketball: For Cowboys, it's a tough time for transition

    By John Helsley Staff Writer jhelsley@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Feb 7, 2016

    It’s a tough time to be in transition in the Big 12, where five teams rank in the top 16 and another — streaking Texas — bids to break in and seventh-place Kansas State can knock off No.1 Oklahoma.

  • Minnesota's Banham ties NCAA record with 60 points

    Updated: Sun, Feb 7, 2016

    EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Rachel Banham tied a NCAA record with 60 points — with 10 coming in the first overtime and eight in the second — to lead Minnesota to a 112-106 win over Northwestern on Sunday. In matching the 60 points put up by Cindy Brown when Long Beach State beat San Jose State 149-69 on Feb. 16, 1987, the 5-foot-9 guard made 19 of 32 shots, including 8 of 15 from 3-point range, and hit 14 of 16 free throws. She also had eight rebounds, four assists and two steals for the Golden Gophers (16-7, 8-4 Big Ten). The senior from Lakeville, Minnesota, shattered the school (44) and Big Ten records (49) and moved within 47 points of breaking Lindsay Whalen's school record of 2,285 points.

  • OSU women's basketball: Brittney Martin scores 32 in Cowgirls’ sixth straight win

    By Jordan Bishop, For The Oklahoman | Published: Sun, Feb 7, 2016

    Oklahoma State whipped Texas Tech 70-57 in Gallagher-Iba Arena.

  • Potent Big 12 offers TCU 'no place to hide,' Trent Johnson says

    Updated: Sun, Feb 7, 2016

    No one has to tell TCU coach Trent Johnson what is becoming more and more clear — his team isn’t as talented as others in the Big 12. The Horned Frogs (10-13, 1-9) have only one league win in 10 tries going into Monday night’s home game against Oklahoma State. But until Saturday’s dispiriting loss to Kansas, they had not spent a lot of time looking like a less talented team. “You can make a lot of excuses for a lot of things, but the bottom line is, the things we can control are the ability to be physical, put a body on people, block out, take care of the ball,” Johnson said after the 75-56 loss to the Jayhawks, in which his team was outrebounded 46-25.

  • HCC notes: Sugar and spice, but Blue Dragons are too nice

    Updated: Sun, Feb 7, 2016

    Hutchinson Community College women's basketball coach John Ontjes thinks his team is nice. It is not a compliment. "You don't really teach kids to be mean. That grittiness that players have really comes within," Ontjes said. "It's just a mentality that some players have and some players don't. We have a great group of kids that are competitive, but at times they're too nice." Ontjes believed the Blue Dragons too often gave up uncontested shots near the rim against Colby. Rebounding is also an ongoing concern for Ontjes, as Colby was the fourth consecutive opponent to haul in double-digit offensive rebounds. "I think we are too nice," said Hutchinson freshman Daisha Terry. "Just a little too nice, but that can alwa

  • The Collected Wisdom of R.W. McQuarters

    By John Helsley Staff Writer jhelsley@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Feb 7, 2016

    R.W. McQuarters Former Booker T. Washington, OSU and NFL Standout Age: 39 Hometown: Tulsa When R.W. McQuarters' picked off Tony Romo in the end zone with nine seconds left in a 2007 NFC Playoff game, the Giants stayed alive on their run to a ring. A few weeks later, McQuarters and the Giants finished it with what ranks as one of sport's biggest upsets, taking down the 18-0 New England Patriots in Super Bowl 42. The Pats entered as a 12-point favorite. Before that, McQuarters was a three-sport star at Booker T. Washington and a key player in Oklahoma State's rise to relevance. He famously didn't go to Oklahoma, due in part to Howard Schnellenberger.

  • OU Football: Evaluating OU's class of 2017, re-evaluating the meaning of commitment

    By Jason Kersey Staff Writer jkersey@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Feb 7, 2016

    NORMAN — There's an old recruiting maxim uttered by dozens of college football coaches through the years: It's like shaving; do it every day or, pretty soon, you'll look like a bum. That's why there's no rest for coaches around the country, despite having just signed their 2016 classes Wednesday. It's on to 2017, and Oklahoma is already off to its best start in years. The Sooners have five commitments, each ranked among the nation's top 250 prospects by Rivals.com.

  • OSU Football: DeSoto teammates L.D. Brown and A.J. Green bring speed, length

    By Kyle Fredrickson Staff Writer kfredrickson@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sat, Feb 6, 2016

    STILLWATER — L.D. Brown and A.J. Green never planned on being teammates beyond DeSoto High School. Brown had scholarship offers to play running back at places like Arizona State and Oregon State. Green, a cornerback, had Louisville, Missouri and Wisconsin among his options. Everything changed in Stillwater, Brown said. “We took our official (to OSU) at the same time and we both just knew right then and there, ‘Oh yeah, we're going here.'” Only six of 21 players in OSU's signing class hail from Texas. But the addition of Brown and Green gives the Cowboys two dynamic playmakers from one of the Lone Star state's most prolific programs.

  • Oklahoma basketball journal: Spangler tweaks knee in Sooners' loss

    By Ryan Aber Staff Writer raber@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Feb 6, 2016

    Spangler landed awkwardly after missing a layup in the game’s opening minute and was hobbled, but stayed in the game until nearly midway through the first half before leaving. He received some treatment on the bench and returned shortly thereafter, playing 37 minutes.

  • Oklahoma Christian's John Moon scores 50 in perfect 20 for 20 night

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sat, Feb 6, 2016

    Oklahoma Christian junior John Moon had one of those can't-miss games Saturday night. So much the former Crescent standout never did. Moon scored 50 points on a perfect 20 of 20 night to lead Oklahoma Christian to a 104-92 win over Oklahoma Panhandle State. Moon played all but one minute of action on Saturday adding a 10 of 13 from the free-throw line and pulling down eight rebounds. The 7-footer is averaging 22.6 points per game this season. His previous best was 38 points earlier this year, he also scored 37. Moon broke three school records on the night. 50 points broke the previous Oklahoma Christian record of 44. Moon also broke school records for field goals in a game and field-goal percentage which also broke

  • OSU Basketball: What Brittney Martin’s big season means to opposing coaches

    By Kyle Fredrickson Staff Writer kfredrickson@oklahoman.com   | Published: Sat, Feb 6, 2016

    STILLWATER — Oklahoma State senior Brittney Martin has earned the respect of her teammates and coaches as the Cowgirls' unquestioned leader this season. But her group of admirers has grown outside the program, too. Martin enters No. 25 OSU's 1 p.m. Sunday home matchup against Texas Tech as the nation's No. 14 scorer (21.1) to go along with 11 rebounds and 2.9 steals per game. Those marks also rank first among Big 12 players.   Opposing coaches have often gushed about Martin's talent and demeanor following OSU victories this season. Here's a sampling of what some had to say about the Cowgirl senior. Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale: “Brittney Martin is, in my opinion, the Big 12 Player of the Year at this point.

  • Oklahoma basketball: Top-ranked Sooners upset at Kansas State

    By Ryan Aber Staff Writer raber@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Feb 6, 2016

    The Sooners (19-3, 7-3 Big 12) have now lost four consecutive games in Manhattan.

  • Super Bowl: Three Oklahomans worth rooting for on Sunday

    By Jenni Carlson Columnist jcarlson@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Feb 6, 2016

    If you're after a rooting interest, look no further than Chris Harris, Antonio Smith and Corey Nelson.

  • Oklahoma State basketball journal: Jawun Evans' status grows ever doubtful

    By John Helsley Staff Writer jhelsley@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Feb 6, 2016

    Evans, OSU’s leading scorer in conference play, was listed as “day-to-day” heading into Saturday.

  • OU Basketball: Sooner women roll post TCU

    By Trent Crabtree For The Oklahoman | Updated: Sat, Feb 6, 2016

    NORMAN — Poor shooting starts have plagued Oklahoma women's basketball team this season. Losses to North Texas and at Oklahoma State come to mind. It happened again Saturday against TCU, only this time it wasn't fatal. Oklahoma beat TCU 77-64 at Lloyd Noble Center, jumping out to a 10-2 lead then struggling to find a rhythm against TCU's zone defense. OU went 2-of-12 from three-point range in the first half then pulled away with a series of scoring runs. The most important of these runs came with 8:04 left in the game. Down 55-52, the Sooners outscored the Horned Frogs 15-3 over the next five minutes. Shooting 67 percent in the second half helped.