Oklahoma finished 16th in the Learfield Sports Director's Cup standings for winter sports. The Director's Cup is given annually by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics, Learfield Sports and USA Today to the best overall collegiate athletics program in the country.
OU cracked the top 20 behind the men's and women's gymnastics teams. The men finished No. 2 in the nation, and the women's team placed seventh at the recent NCAA Championships. The success of the women's basketball, wrestling and men's and women's indoor track teams earned points for the Sooners.
Oklahoma State finished 31st in the winter standings.
An overall title for the school year will be announced this summer. OU currently has 498.24 total points and ranks third among Big 12 teams behind Texas (583.00) and Texas A&M (526.00). Stanford leads the nation with 1,029.75 points.
SPRINTS SET TO RUN THIS WEEKEND
The Oil Capital Racing Series and American Sprint Car Series hope to begin respective points seasons this weekend. The OCRS opener was rained out a week ago, but the 11-year-old circuit will try again at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Brill's Motor Speedway in Meeker. On Saturday night, many of the same drivers will likely participate in the ASCS Sooner Region opener at Lawton Speedway. Racing in Lawton begins at 8. Adult tickets at both events are $15. Each track offers discounts for senior citizens and kids. For directions or more ticket information, call Brill's at (405) 769-6927 or go to www.brillmotorspeedway.com; call Lawton Speedway at (580) 355-6417 or go to lawtonspeedway.com.
BARONS ADD LOWERY
The Oklahoma City Barons recalled defenseman Ryan Lowery from the Stockton Thunder of the Double-A East Coast Hockey League. The Barons, who advanced to the second round of the American Hockey League playoffs with a 5-2 win Tuesday against Houston, are adding depth with defensemen Taylor Chorney and Colten Teubert recovering from injuries. Chorney has an upper body injury, and Teubert sustained a facial injury Tuesday when hit in the face by a puck. The Barons have not said when Chorney or Teubert will return.
The team also announced that forward Cameron Abney and goaltender Olivier Roy have been added to the reserve roster for the playoffs. They will not be able to play unless Oklahoma City sustains more personnel losses to injury. Lowery, Abney and Roy have all played for the Barons at one point this season.
The Barons will play either Abbotsford or San Antonio in the second round of the playoffs, which begin 7 p.m. Thursday at the Cox Center. The opponent will be decided after Friday's other playoff games. The Barons are offering $1 beer, free playoff T-shirts and tickets starting at $11 for Game 1. Tickets are available at ticketmaster.com and Ticketmaster outlets.
CARD SHOW THIS WEEKEND
The Oklahoma City Collectables Show, which features sports trading cards and memorabilia, is scheduled Saturday and Sunday at the Biltmore Hotel, 401 S. Meridian. More than 50 dealers are expected to set up tables. Show hours art 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $2 per person each day. Four former OU football standouts are expected to sign autographs for $10 each: Quinton Carter from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday; Jackie Shipp from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday; and Charles Thompson and Dewell Brewer from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday.