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Browns quarterback Josh McCown endeared himself to his new teammates and proved he still has game when he stole the show during a pickup basketball game this past winter at Baldwin Wallace University.Two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden admitted he was stunned when McCown, who’ll turn 36 on July 4, threw down a 360-degree slam dunk.McCown’s dominance on the court has definitely helped him...
Veteran QB McCown hopes his basketball skills aren’t the only surprise he has in store for Browns
By Nate Ulrich, Associated Press | Jun 1, 2015Browns quarterback Josh McCown endeared himself to his new teammates and proved he still has game when he stole the show during a pickup basketball game this past winter at Baldwin Wallace University. Two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden admitted he was stunned when McCown, who’ll turn 36 on July 4, threw down a 360-degree slam dunk. McCown’s dominance on the court has definitely helped him score some points in the Browns’ locker room. “It’s nice when you do it with your teammates because everybody understands how to play and how to not hurt anybody. It’s fun. It’s bonding,” McCown, a career journeyman on the verge of entering his 13th NFL season, said Tuesday after the first practice of organized team activities. “It’s a good time to compete and laugh and spend time together. In this day and age and some of the things that are happening around the league, to spend free time doing that as opposed to other things, it’s a good thing.” Growing up in East Texas, McCown fell in love with basketball by following it religiously at the junior-college level. His father, Pat, would take him to watch just about every home game of Jacksonville College and now-closed Lon Morris College. Former NBA player Carl Herrera and New York playground legend Malloy “The Future” Nesmith are among those McCown remembers starring at Jacksonville. “In this little, small, Podunk, country town, we’re watching these guys play basketball,” McCown said. “It changed my mindset.” McCown played basketball in high school and wanted to ditch football and focus on hoops as a junior because he wasn’t starting at quarterback. Pat put the kibosh on the idea. He wanted his boys to play football because of its “character-building,” McCown said, and he presumed they had more promising futures on the gridiron. McCown’s older brother, Randy, played quarterback for Texas A&M and in the arena league. His younger brother, Luke, is a backup quarterback for the New Orleans Saints who was drafted by the Browns in the fourth round in 2004. The middle McCown brother stuck with quarterbacking, started as a senior in high school and earned a place in Southern Methodist University’s football program. He struggled there and eventually transferred to Division I-AA Sam Houston State, where he intended to play basketball as a senior after excelling during the football season. “I was all set to go and a couple of scouts grabbed me and they were like, ‘Son, what are you doing? You’re going to get drafted in the NFL,’ ” McCown said. “And in my mind, I was like, ‘I don’t care. I’m playing basketball.’ ” Instead, he prepared for the NFL Scouting Combine and was chosen by the Arizona Cardinals in the third round in 2002. Thirteen years later, McCown hopes impressive dunks aren’t the only pleasant surprises he has in store for the Browns, his seventh NFL team. Despite McCown’s record of 17-32 as a starter in the league, the Browns signed him to a three-year, $14 million contract in February because they believe he can stabilize the position in the aftermath of first-round pick Johnny Manziel flopping as rookie last year and spending more than 10 weeks this offseason in an inpatient rehabilitation facility specializing in alcohol and drug addiction treatment. McCown’s deal includes $6.25 million guaranteed with $5.25 million guaranteed this year, which indicates the Browns plan to use him as a “bridge” starter. Coach Mike Pettine has made those intentions clear by labeling McCown the favorite to become the starter heading into the Sept. 13 regular-season opener on the road against the New York Jets. Unlike last year, Pettine isn’t even talking about a quarterback competition being staged this summer during training camp. “I just believe it takes away from any kind of distraction that you can have and the team can just move in one direction, regardless of who that guy is,” said McCown, who’s taking the first-team snaps in spring practices while Manziel is toiling with the second unit. “It’s helpful to just say, ‘This is our guy until something happens and he’s not our guy.’ But I agree with [Pettine’s] philosophy and that approach. It doesn’t take anything away from our group, and it doesn’t take away from what Johnny and [backups] Thad [Lewis] and Connor [Shaw] are doing. We’re all working together.” McCown realizes he’ll eventually be passing the torch to Manziel or whoever becomes the next guy in line, and his willingness to mentor appeals to the Browns. “This guy loves football,” Pettine said. “He’s all about team. All he wants to do is win. [He’s] ultra-competitive. He’s been rock solid in the meetings, very on point with his preparation. We didn’t bring him here to be a mentor, but that’s just who he is. He doesn’t know any different. He’s been as advertised.” The organization let veteran Brian Hoyer, who went 10-6 in two seasons with the Browns, walk as a free agent this offseason partly because he didn’t want to settle for anything less than the starting job. Hoyer went 7-6 last season before being benched in December and replaced by Manziel, who went 0-2 and led the offense to just three points in six quarters as a starter. “I want to see the Cleveland Browns and the quarterback position be better than it’s been, and so I want to do my part to help that happen on the field,” McCown said. “But then if something happens and I’m not playing, then whoever is playing, [I want to help] those guys play productive, too. So we’re in it together.” McCown is seeking redemption after going 1-10 with 11 touchdown passes and 14 interceptions for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last season. A return to the form he displayed in 2013, when he went 3-2 with 13 touchdown passes and one interception for the Chicago Bears, would be ideal. “I feel good,” the 6-foot-4, 218-pound McCown said. “Physically, I feel like I can do the same things that I’ve done, and time will only tell and you have to look at the tape and be honest. But I feel really good. “Thinking back to 2013 with the Bears and some of the things I was doing then, I think my focus is just how good can I be at decision-making and just holding myself to a high, high standard where it never puts us in a bad situation and the defense is always playing with favorable fields and things like that. That’s my focus and that’s how I’m approaching it this year. That’s what I hope people see.” Pettine has said he and new offensive coordinator John DeFilippo plan to “minimize the importance” of the quarterback position by leaning on heavy doses of the running game. “I think [McCown] sees that as potentially a way to win football games,” Pettine said. “I think virtually any quarterback in the league, if we said, ‘Hey, we want to get you in second-and-5 and not second-and-11. We want to get you in third-and-2 and not third-and-8,’ I think they’d all be appreciative of that.” McCown knows there will be times when he must put the offense on his shoulders to get the job done. But for the most part, he’ll be asked to manage the game for a defensive, run-driven team. Some quarterbacks shudder at the thought of being labeled a game manager. “That stuff doesn’t bother me,” McCown said. “We’re trying to win a championship. You can call it what you want to call it. I just want to win football games. So that’s my main focus. It’s to protect the football and keep our defense, keep our team in manageable situations. I know the perception of it, but I think every quarterback, to a degree, has to be a game-manager. He’s got to manage the football game, and some guys have different skills sets that dictate the way that they do that. So I understand who I am and how I want to go about winning football games. That’s the key for us.” McCown is not offended, either, when new teammates are caught off guard by his basketball prowess. “That’s more for my peace of mind,” he said. “Maybe I can still move and do the things I’ve done since I came into the league.” ——— ©2015 Akron Beacon Journal (Akron, Ohio) Visit the Akron Beacon Journal (Akron, Ohio) at www.ohio.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. _____ Topics: t000046469,t000003194,t000003183,t000003195,t000158025,t000040517,t000007073,t000007075,t000007065,t000007147,t000007131,t000007103,t000007067,t000007143,t000007097,t000007085,t000007087,t000007089,t000007145
SATURDAY HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL 4 p.m.; Shawnee vs. Carl Albert; Cox 703 6:30 p.m.; 4A Championship; Cox 703 MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 7 p.m.; Iowa at Oklahoma City; KGHM-AM 1340 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL Noon; Atlanta at Miami; FS1 (Cox 67) 1 p.m.; Detroit at St. Louis; FSPLUS (Cox 68) 3 p.m.; Pittsburgh at Chi. Cubs; FS1 (Cox 67) 6 p.m.; N.Y. Yankees at Kansas City; FSPLUS (Cox 68) 7 p.m.; Cleveland at...
Sports TV listings for Oklahoma City: Saturday, May 16-Sunday, May 17
May 15, 2015SATURDAY HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL 4 p.m.; Shawnee vs. Carl Albert; Cox 703 6:30 p.m.; 4A Championship; Cox 703 MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 7 p.m.; Iowa at Oklahoma City; KGHM-AM 1340 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL Noon; Atlanta at Miami; FS1 (Cox 67) 1 p.m.; Detroit at St. Louis; FSPLUS (Cox 68) 3 p.m.; Pittsburgh at Chi. Cubs; FS1 (Cox 67) 6 p.m.; N.Y. Yankees at Kansas City; FSPLUS (Cox 68) 7 p.m.; Cleveland at Texas; FSOK (Cox 37) 8 p.m.; Colorado at L.A. Dodgers; KTOK-AM 1000 8 p.m.; Boston at Seattle; MLBN (Cox 264) NHL Noon; Tampa Bay at N.Y. Rangers; KFOR-4 (Cox 4) AUTO RACING 3 p.m.; Indy 500 Qualifying; KOCO-5 (Cox 8) 6 p.m.; Sprint Cup Qualifying; FS1 (Cox 67) 8 p.m.; Sprint Cup Series; FS1 (Cox 67) GOLF 6:30 a.m.; Open de Espana; GOLF (Cox 60) Noon; Wells Fargo; GOLF (Cox 60) 2 p.m.; Wells Fargo; KWTV-9 (Cox 10) 2 p.m.; The Tradition; GOLF (Cox 60) 4 p.m.; LPGA: Kingsmill; GOLF (Cox 60) HORSE RACING 1:30 p.m.; Preakness Stakes Prep; NBCSN (Cox 251) 3:30 p.m.; Preakness; KFOR-4 (Cox 4) COLLEGE BASEBALL 11 a.m.; OSU at Michigan; KSPI-FM 93.7 11 a.m.; Virginia at N. Carolina; ESPNU (Cox 253) Noon; Mississippi St. at Tenn.; SECN (Cox 275) 2 p.m.; TCU at Oklahoma; FSOK (Cox 37)/FCS (Cox 271)/KREF-AM 1400/98.5 FM 2:30 p.m.; C. Carolina at Campbell; KOCB-34 (Cox 11) 3:30 p.m.; Vanderbilt at Alabama; SECN (Cox 275) 7 p.m.; LSU at S. Carolina; SECN (Cox 275) COLLEGE SOFTBALL 11 a.m.; NCAA Regionals; ESPN (Cox 29) 1:30 p.m.; Texas A&M at Oklahoma; KRXO-FM 107.7 1:30 p.m.; NCAA Regionals; ESPN (Cox 29) 3 p.m.; NCAA Regionals; ESPN2 (Cox 28) 4 p.m.; NCAA Regionals; ESPN (Cox 29) 5:30 p.m.; NCAA Regionals; ESPN2 (Cox 28) 6 p.m.; NCAA Regionals; ESPN (Cox 29) 8 p.m.; NCAAA Regionals; ESPNU (Cox 253) 8:30 p.m.; NCAA Regionals; ESPN (Cox 29) MEN’S LACROSSE 2 p.m.; Albany vs. Notre Dame; ESPNU (Cox 253) 4:30 p.m.; Ohio State vs. Denver; ESPNU (Cox 253) MEN’S SOCCER 6:45 a.m.; Southampton vs. A. Villa; NBCSN (Cox 251) 9 a.m.; English Premier League; NBCSN (Cox 251) 11:30 a.m.; Liverpool vs. C. Palace; NBCSN (Cox 251) ARENA FOOTBALL 6 p.m.; Tampa Bay at Orlando; CBSS (Cox 249) SEMI-PRO FOOTBALL 7 p.m.; Dallas vs. OKC; KEBC-AM 1560 SUNDAY MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 2 p.m.; Iowa at Oklahoma City; KGHM-AM 1340 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 1 p.m.; Pittsburgh at Chi. Cubs; MLBN (Cox 264) 1 p.m.; N.Y. Yankees at Kansas City; FSPLUS (Cox 68) 2 p.m.; Cleveland at Texas; FSOK (Cox 37)/KEBC-AM 1560 7 p.m.; Detroit at St. Louis; ESPN (Cox 29)/KREF-AM 1400/98.5 FM NBA 2:30 p.m.; Playoffs; KOCO-5 (Cox 8) NHL 2 p.m.; Chicago at Anaheim; KFOR-4 (Cox 4) AUTO RACING Noon; Indy 500 Qualifying; KOCO-5 (Cox 8) 1 p.m.; Xfinity Series; FS1 (Cox 67) 1 p.m.; ARCA Series; CBSS (Cox 249) GOLF 6 a.m.; Open de Espana; GOLF (Cox 60) Noon; Wells Fargo; GOLF (Cox 60) 2 p.m.; Wells Fargo; KWTV-9 (Cox 10) 2 p.m.; The Tradition; GOLF (Cox 60) 4 p.m.; LPGA: Kingsmill; GOLF (Cox 60) COLLEGE BASEBALL 5 p.m.; Texas at Baylor; FSPLUS (Cox 68) COLLEGE SOFTBALL Noon.; NCAA Regionals; ESPN (Cox 29) Noon; NCAA Regionals; SECN (Cox 275) 2:30 p.m.; NCAAA Regionals; ESPNU (Cox 253) 2:30 p.m..; NCAA Regionals; ESPN (Cox 29) if necess. 2:30 p.m.; NCAA Regionals; SECN (Cox 275) 5 p.m.; NCAAA Regionals; ESPNU (Cox 253) if necess. 6 p.m..; NCAA Regionals; ESPN2 (Cox 28) 8:30 p.m.; NCAAA Regionals; ESPNU (Cox 253) if necess. MEN’S LACROSSE 11 a.m.; Johns Hopkins vs. Syracuse; ESPN2 (Cox 28) 1:30 p.m.; Maryland vs. N. Carolina; ESPN2 (Cox 28) MEN’S SOCCER 7:30 a.m.; Swansea vs. Man. City; NBCSN (Cox 251) 10 a.m.; Man. United vs. Arsenal; NBCSN (Cox 251) 4 p.m.; Los Angeles at Orlando; ESPN2 (Cox 28) 6 p.m.; Philly at D.C. United; FS1 (Cox 67) WOMEN’S SOCCER 8:30 p.,.; U.S. vs. Mexico; FS1 (Cox 67) MOTOCROSS 6:30 a.m.; FIM MotoGP; FS1 (Cox 67) CYCLING Noon; Tour of California; KFOR-4 (Cox 4) HOCKEY 1:30 p.m.; IIHF Championship; NBCSN (Cox 251)
FRIDAY HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL 11 a.m.; 5A Semifinals; Cox 703 1:30 p.m.; 5A Semifinals; Cox 703 4 p.m.; 4A Semifinals; Cox 703 6:30 p.m.; 4A Semifinals; Cox 703 MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 7 p.m.; OKC at New Orleans; KGHM-AM 1340 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 1 p.m.; Pittsburgh at Chi. Cubs; MLBN (Cox 264) 7 p.m.; Cleveland at Texas; FSOK (Cox 37)/KEBC-AM 1560 7 p.m.; Detroit at St. Louis; FSPLUS (Cox 68) 9...
Sports TV listings for Oklahoma City: Friday, May 15-Sunday, May 17
May 14, 2015FRIDAY HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL 11 a.m.; 5A Semifinals; Cox 703 1:30 p.m.; 5A Semifinals; Cox 703 4 p.m.; 4A Semifinals; Cox 703 6:30 p.m.; 4A Semifinals; Cox 703 MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 7 p.m.; OKC at New Orleans; KGHM-AM 1340 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 1 p.m.; Pittsburgh at Chi. Cubs; MLBN (Cox 264) 7 p.m.; Cleveland at Texas; FSOK (Cox 37)/KEBC-AM 1560 7 p.m.; Detroit at St. Louis; FSPLUS (Cox 68) 9 p.m.; Colorado at L.A. Dodgers; KTOK-AM 1000 NBA 2 p.m.; Draft Combine; ESPN2 (Cox 28) 6 p.m.; Atlanta at Washington; ESPN (Cox 29) 8:30 p.m.; Golden St. at Memphis; ESPN (Cox 29) AUTO RACING 11 a.m.; Sprint Cup Practice; FS1 (Cox 67) 12:45 p.m.; Sprint Cup Practice; FS1 (Cox 67) 3 p.m.; Sprint Cup Qualifying; FS1 (Cox 67) 4:30 p.m.; Truck Series Qualifying, FS1 (Cox 67) 6 p.m.; Sprint Cup Series; FS1 (Cox 67) 7:30 p.m.; Truck Series; FS1 (Cox 67) GOLF 4:30 a.m.; Open de Espana; GOLF (Cox 60) 8:30 a.m.; Open de Espana; GOLF (Cox 60) 11:30 a.m.; The Tradition; GOLF (Cox 60) 2 p.m.; Wells Fargo; GOLF (Cox 60) HORSE RACING 2 p.m.; Susan Stakes; NBCSN (Cox 251) COLLEGE BASEBALL 5 p.m.; OSU at Michigan; KSPI-FM 93.7 6 p.m.; TCU at Oklahoma; FCS (Cox 271)/KREF-AM 1400/98.5 FM 6 p.m.; UCF at USF; CBSS (Cox 249) 7 p.m.; LSU at S. Carolina; ESPNU (Cox 253) COLLEGE SOFTBALL 12:30 p.m.; USC Upstate vs. Washington; ESPNU (Cox 253) 12:30 p.m.; Lehigh vs. Texas A&M; SECN (Cox 275) 2:30 p.m.; Pittsburgh vs. California; ESPNU (Cox 253) 3 p.m.; C. Arkansas at OU; KEBC-AM 1560 3 p.m.; Fairfield at Alabama; SECN (Cox 275) 5 p.m.; Oakland at Michigan; ESPNU (Cox 253) 5 p.m.; San Diego St. vs. Texas; LHN (Cox 274) 6 p.m.; Texas Southern at LSU; ESPN2 (Cox 28) 10 p.m.; NCAA Regionals; ESPNU (Cox 253) BOXING 8 p.m.; R. Ojeda vs. M.M. Clay; ESPN2 (Cox 28) SATURDAY HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL 4 p.m.; 5A Championship; Cox 703 6:30 p.m.; 4A Championship; Cox 703 MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 7 p.m.; Iowa at Oklahoma City; KGHM-AM 1340 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL Noon; Atlanta at Miami; FS1 (Cox 67) 1 p.m.; Detroit at St. Louis; FSPLUS (Cox 68) 3 p.m.; Pittsburgh at Chi. Cubs; FS1 (Cox 67) 6 p.m.; N.Y. Yankees at Kansas City; FSPLUS (Cox 68) 7 p.m.; Cleveland at Texas; FSOK (Cox 37) 8 p.m.; Colorado at L.A. Dodgers; KTOK-AM 1000 8 p.m.; Boston at Seattle; MLBN (Cox 264) NHL Noon; Tampa Bay at N.Y. Rangers; KFOR-4 (Cox 4) AUTO RACING 3 p.m.; Indy 500 Qualifying; KOCO-5 (Cox 8) 6 p.m.; Sprint Cup Qualifying; FS1 (Cox 67) 8 p.m.; Sprint Cup Series; FS1 (Cox 67) GOLF 6:30 a.m.; Open de Espana; GOLF (Cox 60) Noon; Wells Fargo; GOLF (Cox 60) 2 p.m.; Wells Fargo; KWTV-9 (Cox 10) 2 p.m.; The Tradition; GOLF (Cox 60) 4 p.m.; LPGA: Kingsmill; GOLF (Cox 60) HORSE RACING 1:30 p.m.; Preakness Stakes Prep; NBCSN (Cox 251) 3:30 p.m.; Preakness; KFOR-4 (Cox 4) COLLEGE BASEBALL 11 a.m.; OSU at Michigan; KSPI-FM 93.7 11 a.m.; Virginia at N. Carolina; ESPNU (Cox 253) Noon; Mississippi St. at Tenn.; SECN (Cox 275) 2 p.m.; TCU at Oklahoma; FSOK (Cox 37)/FCS (Cox 271)/KREF-AM 1400/98.5 FM 2:30 p.m.; C. Carolina at Campbell; KOCB-34 (Cox 11) 3:30 p.m.; Vanderbilt at Alabama; SECN (Cox 275) 7 p.m.; LSU at S. Carolina; SECN (Cox 275) COLLEGE SOFTBALL 11 a.m.; NCAA Regionals; ESPN (Cox 29) 1:30 p.m.; NCAA Regionals; ESPN (Cox 29) 3 p.m.; NCAA Regionals; ESPN2 (Cox 28) 4 p.m.; NCAA Regionals; ESPN (Cox 29) 5:30 p.m.; NCAA Regionals; ESPN2 (Cox 28) 6 p.m.; NCAA Regionals; ESPN (Cox 29) 8 p.m.; NCAAA Regionals; ESPNU (Cox 253) 8:30 p.m.; NCAA Regionals; ESPN (Cox 29) MEN’S LACROSSE 2 p.m.; Albany vs. Notre Dame; ESPNU (Cox 253) 4:30 p.m.; Ohio State vs. Denver; ESPNU (Cox 253) MEN’S SOCCER 6:45 a.m.; Southampton vs. A. Villa; NBCSN (Cox 251) 9 a.m.; English Premier League; NBCSN (Cox 251) 11:30 a.m.; Liverpool vs. C. Palace; NBCSN (Cox 251) ARENA FOOTBALL 6 p.m.; Tampa Bay at Orlando; CBSS (Cox 249) SEMI-PRO FOOTBALL 7 p.m.; Dallas vs. OKC; KEBC-AM 1560 SUNDAY MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 2 p.m.; Iowa at Oklahoma City; KGHM-AM 1340 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 1 p.m.; Pittsburgh at Chi. Cubs; MLBN (Cox 264) 1 p.m.; N.Y. Yankees at Kansas City; FSPLUS (Cox 68) 2 p.m.; Cleveland at Texas; FSOK (Cox 37)/KEBC-AM 1560 7 p.m.; Detroit at St. Louis; ESPN (Cox 29)/KREF-AM 1400/98.5 FM NBA 2:30 p.m.; Playoffs; KOCO-5 (Cox 8) NHL 2 p.m.; Chicago at Anaheim; KFOR-4 (Cox 4) AUTO RACING Noon; Indy 500 Qualifying; KOCO-5 (Cox 8) 1 p.m.; Xfinity Series; FS1 (Cox 67) 1 p.m.; ARCA Series; CBSS (Cox 249) GOLF 6 a.m.; Open de Espana; GOLF (Cox 60) Noon; Wells Fargo; GOLF (Cox 60) 2 p.m.; Wells Fargo; KWTV-9 (Cox 10) 2 p.m.; The Tradition; GOLF (Cox 60) 4 p.m.; LPGA: Kingsmill; GOLF (Cox 60) COLLEGE BASEBALL 5 p.m.; Texas at Baylor; FSPLUS (Cox 68) COLLEGE SOFTBALL Noon.; NCAA Regionals; ESPN (Cox 29) Noon; NCAA Regionals; SECN (Cox 275) 2:30 p.m.; NCAAA Regionals; ESPNU (Cox 253) 2:30 p.m..; NCAA Regionals; ESPN (Cox 29) if necess. 2:30 p.m.; NCAA Regionals; SECN (Cox 275) 5 p.m.; NCAAA Regionals; ESPNU (Cox 253) if necess. 6 p.m..; NCAA Regionals; ESPN2 (Cox 28) 8:30 p.m.; NCAAA Regionals; ESPNU (Cox 253) if necess. MEN’S LACROSSE 11 a.m.; Johns Hopkins vs. Syracuse; ESPN2 (Cox 28) 1:30 p.m.; Maryland vs. N. Carolina; ESPN2 (Cox 28) MEN’S SOCCER 4 p.m.; Los Angeles at Orlando; ESPN2 (Cox 28) 6 p.m.; Philly at D.C. United; FS1 (Cox 67) WOMEN’S SOCCER 8:30 p.,.; U.S. vs. Mexico; FS1 (Cox 67) MOTOCROSS 6:30 a.m.; FIM MotoGP; FS1 (Cox 67) CYCLING Noon; Tour of California; KFOR-4 (Cox 4)
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals traded away three picks to move up seven spots in the fourth round on the final day of the NFL draft.Then they used the selection to pick Delaware State defensive tackle Rodney Gunter, a player many had forecast to go much later, if at all.The Cardinals wanted him so bad they weren't taking any chances, apparently suspecting someone else was about to...
Arizona trades up 7 spots to get DT Rodney Gunter
By BOB BAUM, Associated Press | May 2, 2015TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals traded away three picks to move up seven spots in the fourth round on the final day of the NFL draft. Then they used the selection to pick Delaware State defensive tackle Rodney Gunter, a player many had forecast to go much later, if at all. The Cardinals wanted him so bad they weren't taking any chances, apparently suspecting someone else was about to take him. The 6-foot-5, 305-pound player was the 17th selection in the fourth round on Saturday, the 116th overall. To move up, the Cardinals gave Cleveland the 24th pick in the fourth round (123rd overall), the 22nd pick in the sixth round (198th overall) and the 24th pick in the seventh round (241st overall). "A lot of fans are probably going to say 'Who is Rodney Gunter?'" Cardinals general manager Steve Keim said. "I have a pretty strong conviction, coach (Bruce Arians) has a pretty strong conviction, that in the next couple of years our fans are going to know real well who Rodney Gunter is. It's no different from the way we felt about John (Brown) last year coming out of Pittsburg State and Justin Bethel coming out of Presbyterian (in 2012)." Thanks to a second-round trade with Baltimore, Arizona had consecutive picks in the fifth round. The Cardinals used the first to select defensive end/outside linebacker Shaq Riddick of West Virginia and the other to choose wide receiver J.J. Nelson of UAB. With the very last pick of the draft, the so-called "Mr. Irrelevant," Arizona selected Louisville tight end Gerald Christian, the 256thh player chosen overall. Gunter, a cousin of former Cardinals tight end D.C. Jefferson, acknowledged that he was drafted sooner than he had expected to be. "I'm just very surprised," he said in a conference call. "I was projected to go in later rounds, around five, six, seven, but God blessed me with the positions to go fourth round. It's a dream come true." Others may have doubted him, but Gunter aimed high when comparing himself to another player. "I'm very versatile," he said. "I'm a hard-working guy. I potentially can be the next J.J. Watt." While Gunter was forecast to go much lower, Keim said the Cardinals had information that they had better make a move when they did. "In this business enough people talk that occasionally you get some intel that tells you where a guy is going to potentially go," he said, "and I had a little birdie tell me where he was going to go if we didn't take him. I got a call from the GM that confirmed that afterward." Gunter played only one year of high school football, saying he worked as a waiter and dishwasher to help ends meet at home, where he was one of three sons to a single mother. As a senior, Gunter had seven sacks and 13 tackles for loss. Riddick, 6-foot-6 and 260 pounds, played one season at West Virginia after transferring from Gardner-Webb, where he was a dominant FCS (Football Championship Subdivision) player and had earned his degree in business administration in three years. He said he looked forward to playing as an edge rusher rather than playing in a three-point stance. "I just feel like at outside linebacker I'll be more of a bully compared to where I was with my hand in the ground," he said. "...I'm going to be able to manhandle whoever I want to manhandle out there." Nelson had the fastest 40-yard time at the NFL combine at 4.28 seconds and could be a leading candidate to return kicks for Arizona. He stands 5-foot-10 and weighs just 156 pounds, the lightest player to participate in the combine in 13 years. He said he wants to get up to 165 to 175 pounds. "I feel like if I do gain weight that it's not going to hurt my speed at all," he said. Nelson is part of UAB's final football class. The school disbanded the program after last season. Arians said he was watching his granddaughter compete in the Alabama state track championships several years ago when he first saw Nelson, whom he called the fastest player he's ever coached, even faster than Brown. ___ Online: AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
May 1, 2015
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Safety Jordan Richards is hoping to continue his education when he leaves Stanford to play for Bill Belichick and the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots."I just want to learn and I'm going to go there and try and be a sponge and soak up as much as I can," he said on Friday night after the Patriots selected him with the last pick in the second round of...
Patriots take Stanford defensive back Richards in 2nd round
By JIMMY GOLEN, Associated Press | May 1, 2015FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Safety Jordan Richards is hoping to continue his education when he leaves Stanford to play for Bill Belichick and the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots. "I just want to learn and I'm going to go there and try and be a sponge and soak up as much as I can," he said on Friday night after the Patriots selected him with the last pick in the second round of the NFL draft. "My goal is just to be a sponge and absorb, absorb, absorb." The 5-foot-11, 211-pound defensive back was a first-team All-Pac 12 safety and a team captain as a senior who started every game for the Cardinal the past three seasons. He was projected as a sixth- or seventh-round pick, according to NFL.com, in part because of poor performance on some of the jumping tests at the combine. But Richards' smarts and knowledge of the game-plan — his teammates called him "Coach Richards" — could make him a good fit for the cerebral Belichick. "I think I'm a smart player," he told reporters in a conference call shortly after he was drafted. Richards said he watched some of the first round on TV, but was in a car with his parents to visit his sister. He was following the draft on the radio when he was selected. A native of Folsom, California, Richards also played wide receiver in high school. He had nine interceptions in his three years as a starter, and also forced five fumbles. "He's a smart, instinctive football player," Belichick said. The Patriots went into Friday night with back-to-back picks with their regular selection at No. 96 and then a compensatory pick for losing Aqib Talib as a free agent. They traded the first one to the Cleveland Browns, then picked Geneo Grissom, a 6-foot-3, 262-pound defensive lineman from Oklahoma who also played some linebacker and tight end. "We're not trying to turn him into a tight end," Belichick said. "If you didn't know he didn't play tight end, you'd say that was a pretty good workout for a tight end." In exchange for the 96th pick and the Patriots' seventh-round pick , the Browns gave New England picks in the fourth, fifth and sixth rounds. "Seven picks for tomorrow, kind of spaced pretty evenly throughout the rounds," Belichick said. The Patriots picked Texas defensive tackle Malcom Brown in the first round on Thursday. The 319-pound Brown gives New England a potential successor to five-time Pro Bowler Vince Wilfork, who went to Houston as a free agent. Richards could help in a defensive backfield that lost cornerbacks Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner to free agency. The Folsom, California, native, whose father grew up in the Boston suburb of Natick and played football at Tufts, said he didn't grow up a Patriots fan. "Shoot, I can change now," he said. ______ AP NFL websites: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
May 1, 2015
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — As Danny Shelton was presented with his No. 71 jersey by the Browns, his mom stood to the side of the dais. Her eyes welled with tears, her emotions torn in two.Oneone Shelton wore a button over her heart with No. 55, the jersey worn by her late son, Shennon, killed four years ago on Friday.And as Danny beamed with pride on the first day of a new chapter in a life he once...
Browns' pick Shelton overcame brother's death to make NFL
By TOM WITHERS, Associated Press | May 1, 2015BEREA, Ohio (AP) — As Danny Shelton was presented with his No. 71 jersey by the Browns, his mom stood to the side of the dais. Her eyes welled with tears, her emotions torn in two. Oneone Shelton wore a button over her heart with No. 55, the jersey worn by her late son, Shennon, killed four years ago on Friday. And as Danny beamed with pride on the first day of a new chapter in a life he once thought impossible, his mom grappled simultaneously with loss and love. "It was painful because I don't see my other son," she said. "And this is his anniversary, so we were are here for Danny. Some of our family in Seattle are celebrating his anniversary today. When we go back we'll go visit him. We're proud to be here with him today." Shelton was introduced Friday by the Browns, who selected the outgoing and hulky Washington defensive tackle with the No. 12 overall pick in the NFL draft on Thursday night. Shelton's selection was one of the more memorable in Chicago because when he came onstage, he hugged and lifted NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell off his feet. "He was just excited, just like I was," Shelton said of Goodell. "He was shocked at the same time but he was happy for me." Hours after he was taken by the Browns, who selected Florida State offensive lineman Cameron Erving with the No. 19 overall pick, Shelton was flown to Cleveland to officially begin his pro career. The 6-foot-2, 339-pound Shelton quickly won over Browns fans with his positive vibe and his eagerness to play for them. "How's the Dawg Pound?" he asked to open his welcoming news conference. Four years ago, his brother was shot and killed following an argument and fight that quickly escalated in Auburn, Washington, the Shelton's hometown. Shelton was 17, so badly shaken by the incident that he became withdrawn and nearly gave up football. But Shelton matured, persevered and is now living a dream. "It's just crazy to think, because four years ago I would never see myself here," he said. "It's definitely a blessing." Not long after introducing Shelton and Erving, the Browns got back to building their team by selecting Utah defensive end Nate Orchard with the No. 51 overall pick. Orchard , who had 18 1-2 sacks last year, will shift to outside linebacker in Cleveland's 3-4 scheme and should help a unit that recorded just 31 sacks in 2014. A converted wide receiver, Orchard has a knack for getting to the QB. "That is the head of the snake," Orchard said. "It can really change a ballgame. It is just my thing." Browns general manager Ray Farmer ignored playmakers in the first two rounds before selecting Miami running back Duke Johnson with the No. 77 overall pick. Johnson ran for 1,652 yards last season and finished as the Hurricanes career rushing leader despite just playing three seasons. He'll give the Browns backfield depth and could work into the rotation with Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell, who both showed promise as rookies last year. Before taking Orchard and Johnson, the Browns traded the No. 43 to Houston for the No. 51 selection, and Cleveland also dealt the 229th pick to the Texans for picks Nos. 116 and 195. The Browns will have seven picks on Saturday. Oneone Shelton said Danny, the second youngest of her four sons, was often in trouble during high school but she always thought he would turn out OK. He went to Washington, and with the support of the Huskies coaching staff, Shelton figured things out and became a team leader and academic All-American. "I'm so proud of him," she said. "He's a role model for our family." Shelton said he majored in anthropology in college so he could better connect to the Samoan heritage on his mother's side. He has learned the value of family and community, and Shelton aspires to have a career like others of Polynesian descent, including Pro Bowlers Troy Polamalu and Haloti Ngata. "Those are guys who represent our culture really well and I just want to follow their footsteps," he said. Shelton often thinks about his late brother, and although there have been many difficult moments since his passing, he's sure Shennon is proud of him. "It's a time to celebrate," he said. "I'm just glad that my mom and my uncle are here to celebrate it with me because it's a hard time for my family. I definitely know that my brother's smiling down on us, and I just can't wait to go back and see my family and be with them." ___ AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and http://twitter.com/AP_NFL
MSSU basketball teams add Division I transfersThe Joplin Globe, Mo.Both Missouri Southern basketball teams have signed a Division I transfer, it was announced Tuesday.The men added Vince Fritz, a 6-foot-2 guard who saw limited action at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut. He scored five points while playing a total of 28 minutes over five games."Vince is a ked we recruited out of...
MSSU basketball teams add Division I transfers
The Joplin Globe, Mo. (TNS), Associated Press | Apr 29, 2015MSSU basketball teams add Division I transfers The Joplin Globe, Mo. Both Missouri Southern basketball teams have signed a Division I transfer, it was announced Tuesday. The men added Vince Fritz, a 6-foot-2 guard who saw limited action at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut. He scored five points while playing a total of 28 minutes over five games. "Vince is a ked we recruited out of high school," Lions coach Jeff Boschee said in a release. "He will give us some toughness on both ends of the floor along with an ability to shoot the ball from the perimeter. We are extremely excited to add him to our family." Fritz, a native of Overland Park, was a four-year letterman and two-time first team all-Eastern Kansas League selection at Blue Valley Northwest. He also earned all-state honors twice and finished as the third leading scorer in school history. Coached by his father, Ed Fritz, Vince helped Blue Valley Northwest win two state championships, including a 25-0 mark as a junior when Northwest was ranked No. 19 nationally by USA Today Fritz also played football and earned all-league honors at defensive back and punter. He comes from a basketball family. His dad played at Baker, and his mother, Ann, played at Nebraska and is the girls basketball coach at Blue Valley Northwest. His grandfather, Vince Costello, played in the NFL for the Cleveland Browns (1956-66) and New York Giants (1967-68) and is a member of the Browns Hall of Fame. After his playing career, he was an assistant coach for the Cincinnati Bengals, Miami Dolphins and Kansas City Chiefs, serving as the Chiefs' defensive coordinator in 1975-76 until retiring. The Lions' women's team landed BriAnna (Bri) Shavers, a 6-0 post player from the University of New Orleans. "Bri is going to be a tremendous addition to our post corps," MSSU coach Ronda Hubbard said in a release. "We have a young group in the power forward and center positions and look forward to watching them all grow together over the next few years. Bri will bring strength and versatility to our team that will be needed right away. Her experience at the D-1 level will be beneficial to her transition into the ever so tough MIAA." Shavers, from Carrollton, Texas, sat out the 2013-14 season at New Orleans with an injury. Last season she played in 22 games and averaged 1.4 points and 1.5 rebounds in six minutes per game. As a senior at Creekview High School, Shavers, the daughter of Anna McNeace, averaged 12 points and 10 rebounds and was named second team all-state. "Bri has a strong, athletic body," Hubbard said, "and we expect her to make an immediate impact to our rebounding and back to the basket game while also being able to face up with her mid-range game. We are ecstatic to welcome Bri to our Lion family." ——— ©2015 The Joplin Globe (Joplin, Mo.) Visit The Joplin Globe (Joplin, Mo.) at www.joplinglobe.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.
A few National Football League players with MIAA connections have seen their name pop up in the transaction wires, while others will be impacted by moves made this offseason.The only MIAA player to change teams since free agency started is Cary Williams, who signed a three-year, $18M deal with the Seattle Seahawks. He played with the Eagles the past two years but was part of an offseason...
MIAA notebook: NFL offseason moves have connections to the MIAA
Cody Thorn, Associated Press | Apr 19, 2015A few National Football League players with MIAA connections have seen their name pop up in the transaction wires, while others will be impacted by moves made this offseason. The only MIAA player to change teams since free agency started is Cary Williams, who signed a three-year, $18M deal with the Seattle Seahawks. He played with the Eagles the past two years but was part of an offseason shakeup by Chip Kelly. The reigning NFC champions will be the fourth team for the Washburn product that entered the league as a Tennessee draft pick in 2008. He has also played for the Ravens. Former Nebraska-Omaha quarterback Zach Miller has re-signed with the Chicago Bears. The 2009 draft pick hasn't played in an NFL game since 2011 but showed flashes of his talent with the Bears last year by catching six passes and two touchdowns in the preseason opener, but suffered a torn ligament that ended his season and landed him on the injured reserve. Miller, an option quarterback at the now-defunct Mavericks program, played for Jacksonville between 2009 and 2011, hauling in 45 catches for 470 yards and four touchdowns. In the years since a shoulder injury, a torn Achilles tendon, torn calf muscle ended his Jacksonville tenure and a concussion ended his 2013 season with Tampa Bay and led to an eventual release. Miller's signing gives three NFL teams two MIAA players on the roster. The Bears have Miller and David Bass (Missouri Western); Cleveland has Pierre Desir (Lindenwood) and Michael Bowie (Northeastern State) and the Rams have Mason Brodine (Nebraska-Kearney) and Greg Zuerlein (Western). A pair of defensive stalwarts were impacted by other moves. Baltimore traded Haloti Ngata to Detroit, opening up a spot for Missouri Southern's Brandon Williams to become a starter on the Ravens' defensive line. The Sacramento Bee reported in early March that San Francisco had shopped Washburn product Michael Wilhoite, but since then the linebacker has seen teammates Patrick Willis and Chris Borland retire, which essentially pulled him from the trading block. MIAA coaching additions New Missouri Southern football coach Denver Johnson has hired his coordinators, including one very familiar with the MIAA. The Lions' new defensive coordinator is Kenny Evans, who spent six years as the head coach at Northeastern State. He posted back-to-back winning seasons in 2010 and 2011, while winning the Lone Star North Conference and earning a bowl bid. However, the school struggled with the move to the MIAA and Evans was let go following the 2013 season. This past season Evans coached East Central High School in Tulsa. He returns to Joplin, where he served as an assistant coach on the staff from 1989-1997. He has also had stints as an assistant coach at Southeastern Oklahoma, Oklahoma, Florida, Louisiana Tech and North Texas. Southern's new offensive coordinator is Corey Fipps, who coached at Bellhaven last year, which ran a similar high-octane passing attack that new coach Johnson ran at Tulsa. Fipps' offense at Bellhaven passed for 337 yards per game, while his passing attack at NAIA Montana Tech finished 15th in the country in 2013. Two MIAA men's basketball coaches quit on same day In the leaving department, Southern, Southwest Baptist, Central Oklahoma and Lindenwood all have openings. The MIAA lost a pair of men's basketball coaches on Friday, just hours apart. In the early morning hours, Central Oklahoma announced the resignation of Terry Evans, who stepped down after 13 years of guiding the Bronchos program. Evans went 263-124 and led Central Oklahoma to the playoffs seven times, including a pair of Elite Eight trips. He had eight 20-win seasons and set the school record with a 30-4 mark in 2010-11. Evans, a former Oklahoma basketball player, leaves UCO as the school's winningest coach. The school's press release said he is pursuing other coaching opportunities. Lindenwood issued a press release late in the afternoon announcing the resignation of men's basketball coach Brad Soderberg, who accepted an assistant job at Division I Virginia. In six years at the St. Charles school, Soderberg racked 127 years and leaves as the Lions' all-time winningest coach, as well as the school's highest winning percentage at .690. Soderberg racked up 47 wins in MIAA play. Prior to Lindenwood, he has served as the head coach at South Dakota State, Loras, St. Louis and as an interim coach at Wiconsin – where he worked with current Virginia coach Tony Bennett. Nick Bradford, a two-year assistant basketball coach at Southern, resigned to pursue other professional goals according to the school's press release. He played collegiately at Kansas before a professional basketball career that spanned eight years. Baptist is looking for a new women's soccer coach following Rob Podeyn's resignation. The Bearcats had advanced to the NCAA Division II Tournament the past two years, while winning the MIAA postseason tournament in 2013. Podeyn coached at the Bolivar, Mo.-school for the past six years. Fast Football If you've caught yourself flipping through the TV lately you may have stumbled across an Arena Football League game on ESPN. This year, there are four MIAA football players in the league, including two on the Orlando Predators. Lincoln's O'Hara Fluellen was recently named the team's defensive player of the game for the Predators after a win against Jacksonville. He is in his second year in the league and is two years removed from being a first-team All-MIAA defensive back. A newcomer to Orlando this year is Central Missouri's Paul Stephens. A four-year veteran in the leauge, the former All-MIAA pick has snared 18 interceptions in three years playing with Spokane before moving over to Orlando in the offseason. He graduated from Central Missouri in 2010. Another Central Missouri product is Jamar Howard, a wide receiver for the Portland Thunder. The ex-NFLer has 34 catches for 447 yards and 9 touchdowns on the young season. A newcomer to the league is former Northwest Missouri State kicker Tommy Frevert. He connected on 263 PATs and 41 field goals in his career as a Bearcat and has kicked in various leagues since leaving Maryville in 2008. He played recently in the CPIFL for the Kansas City Renegades in 2013 and the Oklahoma Defenders last year, but impressed the Philadelphia Soul in an open tryout. When starter Carlos Martinez was injured in the season opener, Frevert signed and has made 15 PATs for a team co-owned by ESPN announcer Ron Jaworski. Hall is calling The NJCAA announced its 2015 Hall of Fame baseball class and one of the inductees has roots in the MIAA. Southwestern (Iowa) baseball coach Bill Krejci was one of the four selections. A Chicago native, Krejci played baseball at Northwest Missouri State from 1971-73 and in 1996 was inducted in the school's M-Club Hall of Fame. He racked up a 558-495 records in 22 years coaching the school in Creston, Iowa. After stepping down from that baseball position, he served as the athletic director until 2014. He has also been involved working with USA Baseball for more than two decades. Extras: Central Missouri basketball player Brennan Hughes played in the Division II All-Star game held last month during the Division II Elite Eight in Evansville, Ind. … Nebraska-Kearney softball coach Holly Carnes earned her 300th career win on April 14, when the Lopers swept Hastings. … Former Emporia State basketball player Spencer Allen has started working as the assistant director of athletic development at his alma mater. His new position is to build support for athletic fund-raising as the school works towards a goal of $45.3M. … Mississippi State women's basketball team went 27-7 this year and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. One of the Bulldogs' assistant is Elena Novato, who played and earned MIAA newcomer of the year at Missouri Southern. She served as a graduate assistant at Pittsburg State before an stint as an assistant at Houston that led to her posting a 113-8 record with a pair of NJCAA titles at Trinity Valley (Texas) Community College. This was her first year at the SEC school. ——— ©2015 the St. Joseph News-Press (St. Joseph, Mo.) Visit the St. Joseph News-Press (St. Joseph, Mo.) at www.newspressnow.com/index.html Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC _____ Topics: t000046469,t000003194,t000003183,t000007067,t000003277,t000040506,t000404471,t000007233,t000007237,t000007060,t000007249,t000007075,t000007239,t000007065,t000007099,t000007131,t000007085,t000007089,t000165503,t000007151,g000065614,g000362661,g000066164,g000065603,g000065577,g000065634,g000220102,g000065625,g000065598
Apr 18, 2015
Hubie Brown, 81, is beginning his 30th year of broadcasting the NBA playoffs, including working with USA Network, CBS, Turner and now ABC/ESPN. He brings an encylopedic knowledge of the game and a coach’s approach to his broadcasts.
Collected Wisdom: Hubie Brown, NBA broadcaster and former coach
By Mel Bracht, email@example.com | Apr 18, 2015Hubie Brown, 81, is beginning his 30th year of broadcasting the NBA playoffs, including working with USA Network, CBS, Turner and now ABC/ESPN. He brings an encylopedic knowledge of the game and a coach’s approach to his broadcasts. A guard at Niagara University, Brown got into the coaching ranks as a high school coach. He moved into the college ranks as an assistant at William & Mary and Duke and broke into the NBA in 1972 as an assistant coach under Larry Costello, his former Niagara teammate, with the Milwaukee Bucks. His biggest success came in coaching the Kentucky Colonels to the 1975 American Basketball Association championship. He also was a head coach in the NBA with the Atlanta Hawks, New York Knicks and Memphis Grizzlies. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2005. My father is the greatest person who I met in my life. I was an only child. He’s the one that first instilled in me, and along with my high school basketball coach Al Lo Balbo — in the ’50s they won seven state championships in 10 years — to strive for excellence, whatever sport I was playing and for whatever else I was doing in my life. They’re the two male influences in my life and I always, always respect how much they contributed to me in my life. In high school, I was very fortunate to go to a small Catholic school in Elizabeth, N.J., which is 150,000 people, seven high schools. We were a very powerful sports school and I played football. My senior year we won the state championship in football. I was the right end. In basketball, we want undefeated and won the county championship and then the state championship. In baseball, I was a catcher. We only won the state championship my freshman year. At Niagara, I played four years of basketball, four years of baseball. For three straight years, we were in the Holiday Festival in New York, which was the No. 1 Christmas tournament in the country. Then we were in the NIT. The NCAA was a nothing back then. We had a very, very good team. We lost in the finals of the Holiday Festival to Duquesne, who was No. 1 in the country. We got beat in the semifinals of the NIT, also by Duquesne. And then we came in third. Back when we were playing, there were 80 guys in the NBA, eight teams, 10 guys on a team. And three guys off our junior team played in the league — Larry Costello, Eddie Fleming and Bo Erias and our starting center (Charles Hoxie) was the starting center for the Globetrotters back in the day because when we got out of school in ’55 there weren’t 10 black guys in the league. And three of us, including me, played in the old Eastern League. There were eight teams, all in Pennsylvania. My first year out of school, my left eye went bad. I was supposed to sign with Cleveland. If you ever met me, my eye will wander when I’m talking because I had an accident when I was 10 years old. My eye got progressively worse. I took a coaching job at St. Mary’s High School in Little Falls, N.Y. Then I went into the service for two years. I was at the Presidio in San Francisco. I played basketball and baseball there and volleyball. At that time, the only power volleyball in the country was played in California. Five guys off that team became college coaches and I became a pro coach. Korea was just ending up, ’57 and ’58. I came out of there and got a master’s degree in education from Niagara University because I knew I wanted to coach. The Kentucky Colonels were the best team that I ever coached. Back then, it was only 10 guys on a team. There were four new players and myself and we were able to win the ABA championship by beating Memphis, St. Louis and Indiana. We went 4-1, 4-1, 4-1. Off that team, Dan Issel, Artis Gilmore and Louie Dampier all have been inducted into the Hall of Fame. Louie is going in this year. They had been into the finals like four times in five years before we got there, but they always lost out. That was a great team because it averaged 108 points and gave up 92 in the playoffs. Unfortunately, after we won the championship, they sold Dan Issel for $500,000, which would be like $50 million today, to a team that never opened up. They were going to be the Baltimore Claws. They sold Issel to Denver. They sold the point guard Ted McLain, who was the No. 1 defensive point guard in the league, to New York. So unfortunately the second year, which was the last year in the league, we lost in Game 7 to Denver in the semifinals. They had to merge the leagues because the ABA was getting all the best young players. If you look at the 1978 NBA All-Star Game in Atlanta, 14 of the 22 or 24 guys were guys who played in the ABA. And in the last two years, the ABA was winning two of out three exhibition games. Naturally, the merger was good for the four teams that came into the league. Unfortunately, Colonels owner John Y. Brown and the board they took the allotment of money rather than come into the league. They immediately went for Indiana, and that was good because they were the ABA’s best franchise. My son Brendan was an advance scout for Memphis Grizzlies. Because of DirecTV, I used to watch all of their games. When they were in Vancouver, before they moved to Memphis and the time in Memphis, they never won more than 24 games. They started the season 0-8 and general manager Jerry West called me and asked me if I was interested in coming in and coaching the team. We won 28 games. From the All-Star Game to end of the year, we didn’t lost a game by more than eight points. We knew it was the third youngest team in the league — Pau Gasol’s a kid, Shane Battier, Jason Williams — over that summer, Jerry picked up James Posey from Denver and we made a trade with Phoenix and we got (Bo) Outlaw. And that helped us the next season when we won 50 games and made the playoffs. It was a real happening. The Spurs won the first two games in San Antonio. The first playoff game in Memphis, a sellout crowd, the write-ups called it the greatest game in Memphis athletics. Mike Hisle, our owner, sang the national anthem and was absolutely outstanding. That night I got coach of the year and Jerry got executive of the year. The game came down to Mike Miller shooting a three at the buzzer on the run. And the damn ball went down in the net, circles around the basket and pops out. That’s how it ended. We were 0-3. This will be my 30th year of broadcasting the playoffs since 1982. It’s been a joy because I enjoy being part of the NBA excitement. It keeps you young with the preparation and also with the on-site interviews with the players and the coaches. It keeps you relevant in the sport itself. For someone my age, it’s been a world of fun and I can’t thank ABC and ESPN enough for keeping me relevant. I just signed another two-year deal, this year and next year. I just hope I can fulfill the contract at a high level of expertise and teaching. I hope the fan out there realizes we’re talking to him and we’re never questioning his basketball level. What we’re doing is trying to explain, like you’re talking to your team, that it is a teaching situation. During the years, the fan has demanded more expertise. He has demanded to know why that happened? I feel we owe that to them by preparation. And as the game goes on, show them the variables of how it can be done more than one way and then also hope that you can give them a little history of the different players and then as well as hope we’re having a good time. If we’re having a good time, then they are having a good time watching. I’ve been around a long time. When we did the game the other day in Oklahoma City, I brought out Oscar Robertson when discussing Russell Westbrook’s achievements. You add it all up and Oscar Robertson’s averages for his first five years were 30 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists. Does that impress you? I was fortunate to coach him as an assistant coach in Milwaukee my last two years and he retired as one of the greatest players ever to play. When you pick the four best guards ever to play, he is going to be one of the four. What Westbrook has done under the conditions of no Kevin Durant, no Serge Ibaka and then the series of injuries to the soldiers has been remarkable. To see the athleticism, fierce competiveness, his willingness to sacrifice his body for the win and not be concerned about outside criticism — to shot attempts or whatever from people who are not Russell Westbrook fans — his tunnel vision has just been a joy to watch as a coach. Before the season started, I think everyone in Oklahoma City thought the Thunder could come out of the West and reach the NBA Finals. Next year when you look at Durant, Enes Kanter, Ibaka, and then you look at a backup of Anthony Morrow and Steven Adams and Nick Collison and then you have Mitch McGary, then in the backcourt, whichever way you want to go with the other guard, whether you want to go Andre Roberson or Dion Waiters, you haven’t added anything. You haven’t added a free agent, a draft pick. You would be expected to have even higher hopes of getting out of the West. Just because of the two trades they have made and the fact that Morrow has developed into a terrific player off the bench who makes crucial pressure shots.
The award ballots are due Thursday, the day after Wednesday’s close of the regular season. Like the standings, plenty remains to be decided.So, for now, one man’s view at the moment, very much subject to change, of the NBA’s postseason awards.———Most Valuable Player (weighted ballot on 10-7-5-3-1 basis requires five names): 1. Stephen Curry, 2. James Harden, 3. Chris Paul, 4. LeBron James. 5....
Ira Winderman: Curry spices NBA award possibilities
By Ira Winderman, Associated Press | Apr 12, 2015The award ballots are due Thursday, the day after Wednesday’s close of the regular season. Like the standings, plenty remains to be decided. So, for now, one man’s view at the moment, very much subject to change, of the NBA’s postseason awards. ——— Most Valuable Player (weighted ballot on 10-7-5-3-1 basis requires five names): 1. Stephen Curry, 2. James Harden, 3. Chris Paul, 4. LeBron James. 5. Anthony Davis. Thoughts: The best player on the best team is never a bad way to go, especially when that best team put together a season like the Warriors’ season. Yes, Curry had more in support than Harden, but he still stood as the definitive face of the Warriors. All of that said, LeBron James remains the best player in the game, but he also played in the Eastern Conference, where value is relative. ——— Defensive Player of the Year (weighted ballot on 5-3-1 basis requires three names): 1. Draymond Green 2. Kawhi Leonard, 3. Rudy Gobert. Thoughts: The Warriors played defense this season, really good defense. Andrew Bogut was a big part, but Green was the face of the defensive consistency. Given a few more weeks at his currently ridiculous defensive pace, Leonard likely would have been the choice. And Gobert was Whiteside-like in the middle, just more consistent. ——— Coach of the Year (weighted ballot on 5-3-1 basis requires three names): 1. Steve Kerr, 2. Mike Budenholzer, 3. Jason Kidd. Thoughts: A truly loaded field, with Kerr the pick by the slightest of margins over Budenholzer, with both accomplishing the same wonderful objective: getting their teams to play like a team. Any other year, Kidd might rank higher for merely keeping the Bucks afloat, no matter where the Bucks finish. ——— Sixth Man Award (weighted ballot on 5-3-1 basis requires three names): 1. Mo Speights, 2. Isaiah Thomas, 3. Lou Williams. Thoughts: Another case of when it doubt, return to the Warriors. By the slightest of margins. Thomas has been exactly what a sixth-man should be, a fuse that sizzles and often leads to an explosion. Williams has experienced a revival in Toronto. ——— Most Improved Player (weighted ballot on 5-3-1 basis requires three names): 1. Jimmy Butler, 2. Draymond Green, 3. Hassan Whiteside. Thoughts: Amid the constant uncertainty with Derrick Rose, Butler continued to rise as arguably the Bulls’ most essential player, a two-way force. Green similarly went from role player to invaluable amid the Warriors’ ascent. And coming back from nowhere deserves notice for Whiteside. ——— Rookie of the Year (weighted ballot on 5-3-1 basis requires three names): 1. Andrew Wiggins, 2. Nikola Mirotic, 3. Elfrid Payton. Thoughts: This is among the toughest calls, because Mirotic’s contributions came in minutes that mattered. But do you penalize Wiggins because he was traded to the Timberwolves from the Cavaliers (where he might have offered more than Kevin Love)? Payton proved to be a difference maker, with an impressive motor. As for Nerlens Noel, the stats just seem empty, like the 76ers’ season. ——— All-NBA teams (three teams, position specific, five points for first-team vote, three for second-team vote, one for third-team vote): First team: C: DeMarcus Cousins, F: LeBron James, F: Anthony Davis, G: Stephen Curry, G: James Harden. Second team: C: Marc Gasol, F: Blake Griffin, F: LaMarcus Aldridge, G: Chris Paul, G: Russell Westbrook. Third team: C: Tim Duncan, F: Kawhi Leonard, F: Pau Gasol, G: Damian Lillard, G: Klay Thompson. Thoughts: Hate the fact that this not only is position-specific, but that it’s not even like the All-Star ballot, with three front-court players, but rather comes with a specific position designation at center. ——— All-Defensive teams (two teams, position specific, five points for first-team vote, three for second-team vote, one for third-team vote): First team: C: Andrew Bogut, F: Kawhi Leonard, F: Draymond Green, G: Tony Allen, G: Trevor Ariza. Second team: C: Rudy Gobert, F: Tim Duncan, F: Anthony Davis, G: Patrick Beverley, G: John Wall. Thoughts: As the game moves to the perimeter, never have wing defenders been more important. This was an impressive class this season. As with so many of these awards, just difficult to find a place for any Hawks. ——— All-Rookie teams (two teams, not position specific, five points for first-team vote, three for second-team vote, one for third-team vote): First team: Andrew Wiggins, Nikola Mirotic, Elfrid Payton, Nerlens Noel, Marcus Smart. Second team: Jordan Clarkson, Jusuf Nurkic, Zach LaVine, Langston Galloway. Bojan Bogdanovic. Thoughts: What a middling rookie class. The injuries to Jabari Parker, Joel Embiid, Julius Randle made it difficult to come up with 10 names. ——— IN THE LANE PLAYERS CHOICE: All of that said when it comes to awards, there is no issue here about the union having their own “Players Choice” awards. In fact, the players could trump the NBA by including the postseason in their balloting, something that is not the case with the official NBA awards, where ballots are void if not received by Thursday. In a league where the postseason lasts as long as a third of the regular season, why not count the most significant portion? Yes, not everyone makes the postseason, but so many of the awards are based on team success, such as those championing Mirotic over Wiggins for Rookie of the Year, so why not factor in ultimate success (or, quite possibly for awards like Coach of the Year, when falling short should matter, ultimate failure)? The NBA points to its Finals MVP award as its postseason honor, but that factors in only one round and two teams. The NBA’s official awards would be so much more relevant if every game, regular season and postseason, counted, with an offseason televised ceremony to announce them, as the NHL does. IRONY: League executives, not the media, vote for Executive of the Year, but the irony is that a case could be made for Danny Ferry, the in-limbo Atlanta Hawks general manager, who built the roster and made the coaching hire that produced the surprise story of the league this season. David Griffin probably will be the winner for the moves he made with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Ferry has been on a leave of absence since his racially questionable comments about Luol Deng became public during the offseason regarding his free-agency recruitment of the now-Heat forward. HALL OF SHAME?: First, congratulations to the newest members of the Basketball Hall of Fame announced during the Final Four. Second, it is time for the NBA to have its own Hall of Fame. Like the NFL does with the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Sarunas Marciulionis in but Tim Hardaway still waiting? There is a Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tenn. There is a FIBA Hall of Fame for international basketball in Alcobendas, Spain. There is a College Basketball Hall of Fame in Kansas City. And there are, of course, various state high school halls of fames throughout the country. But the NBA, with its propping up of the Basketball Hall in Springfield, has no such stand-alone facility. So there is a separate path for those from the international game, for those from the women’s game, for those from the college game, but domestic NBA players basically fall into the toughest of entry brackets, left with only a single Hall option. NUMBER 22. Years since both Florida NBA teams missed the playoffs in the same season, with the Magic and Heat both failing to advance in 1992-93, an outcome that could be repeated this season, with Orlando already out. ——— ©2015 Sun Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) Visit the Sun Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) at www.sun-sentinel.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC _____ Topics: t000003277,t000003278,t000003183,t000040506,t000045865,t000045869,t000045810,t000045804,t000045812,g000065577,g000362661,g000066164
SATURDAY MLB SPRING TRAINING Noon, Cincinnati vs. Toronto, MLBN (Cox 264) 1 p.m., N.Y. Mets vs. Texas, FSOK (Cox 37) 3 p.m., San Francisco vs. Oakland, MLBN (Cox 264) 8 p.m., L.A. Angels vs. L.A. Dodgers, MLBN (Cox 264) NHL 2 p.m., Vancouver at Winnipeg, NHLNET (Cox 263) 6 p.m., Toronto at Boston, NHLNET (Cox 263) 7 p.m., Dallas at Nashville, FSOK (Cox 37) AUTO RACING 5:30 p.m., FIA Formula E,...
Sports TV listings for Oklahoma City: Saturday, April 4-Sunday, April 5
Apr 3, 2015SATURDAY MLB SPRING TRAINING Noon, Cincinnati vs. Toronto, MLBN (Cox 264) 1 p.m., N.Y. Mets vs. Texas, FSOK (Cox 37) 3 p.m., San Francisco vs. Oakland, MLBN (Cox 264) 8 p.m., L.A. Angels vs. L.A. Dodgers, MLBN (Cox 264) NHL 2 p.m., Vancouver at Winnipeg, NHLNET (Cox 263) 6 p.m., Toronto at Boston, NHLNET (Cox 263) 7 p.m., Dallas at Nashville, FSOK (Cox 37) AUTO RACING 5:30 p.m., FIA Formula E, FS1 (Cox 67) GOLF Noon, Houston Open, GOLF (Cox 60) 2 p.m., Houston Open, KFOR-4 (Cox 4) 4 p.m., LPGA: ANA Inspiration, GOLF (Cox 60) MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 5:09 p.m., Michigan State vs. Duke, TBS (Cox 62) 7:49 p.m., Wisconsin vs. Kentucky, TBS (Cox 62) MEN’S TENNIS 3 p.m., Texas Tech at Texas, LHN (Cox 274) WOMEN’S TENNIS Noon, ATP World Tour, ESPN2 (Cox 28) COLLEGE BASEBALL Noon, Texas A&M at Kentucky, SECN (Cox 275) 1 p.m., Indiana St. at Wichita St., ESPNU (Cox 253) 2 p.m., Kansas at Oklahoma, FSPLUS (Cox 68)/FCS (Cox 272)/KREF-AM 1400/98.5 FM 6 p.m., Arkansas at Auburn, SECN (Cox 275) 6:30 p.m., Texas at Oklahoma State, ESPNU (Cox 253)/KSPI-FM 93.7 COLLEGE SOFTBALL 11 a.m., Alabama at Kentucky, ESPNU (Cox 253 Noon, Texas Tech at Baylor, FSPLUS (Cox 68) 1 p.m., Texas State at Texas, LHN (Cox 274) 3:30 p.m., Tennessee at Auburn, SECN (Cox 275) LACROSSE 4 p.m., Notre Dame at Duke, ESPNU (Cox 253) MEN’S SOCCER 6:45 a.m., English Premier League, NBCSN (Cox 251) 9 a.m., English Premier League, NBCSN (Cox 251) 11:30 a.m., Chelsea vs. Stoke City, KFOR-4 (Cox 4) WOMEN’S SOCCER 3 p.m., USA vs. New Zealand, FS1 (Cox 67) ARENA FOOTBALL 9:30 p.m., Arizona at Las Vegas, ESPN2 (Cox 28) GIRLS BASKETBALL 9 a.m., High School Nationals, ESPN2 (Cox 28) BOYS BASKETBALL 11 a.m., High School Nationals, ESPN (Cox 29) NBADL 6 p.m., Oklahoma City at Erie, KINB-FM 105.3 GYMNASTICS 4 p.m., NCAA Norman Regional, FSOK (Cox 37)/FCS (Cox 271) BOXING 2 p.m., A. Stevenson vs. S. Bika, KWTV-9 (Cox 10) SUNDAY MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 7 p.m., St. Louis at Chi. Cubs, ESPN2 (Cox 28) NBA Noon, Houston at Oklahoma City, KOCO-5 (Cox 8)/WWLS-AM 640/98.1 FM 2:30 p.m., Chicago at Cleveland, KOCO-5 (Cox 8) 6 p.m., Golden St. at San Antonio, NBATV (Cox 256) 8:30 p.m., L.A. Clippers at L.A. Lakers, NBATV (Cox 256) NHL 11 a.m., Pittsburgh at Philadelphia, KFOR-4 (Cox 4) 4 p.m., Washington at Detroit, NHLNET (Cox 263) 6:30 p.m., St. Louis at Chicago, NBCSN (Cox 251) GOLF 7 a.m., Drive-Putt-Chip, GOLF (Cox 60) Noon, Houston Open, GOLF (Cox 60) 2 p.m., Houston Open, KFOR-4 (Cox 4) 4 p.m., LPGA: ANA Inspiration, GOLF (Cox 60) MEN’S TENNIS Noon, ATP World Tour, ESPN (Cox 29) WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 5:30 p.m., Notre Dame vs. S. Carolina, ESPN (Cox 29) 8 p.m., Maryland vs. UConn, ESPN (Cox 29) COLLEGE BASEBALL 11 a.m., Vanderbilt at Georgia, SECN (Cox 275) 1 p.m., Texas at Oklahoma State, ESPNU (Cox 253)/KSPI-FM 93.7 COLLEGE SOFTBALL 2 p.m., Oregon at UCLA, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 2:30 p.m., Alabama at Kentucky, SECN (Cox 275) 5 p.m., Mississippi St. at Arkansas, SECN (Cox 275) MEN’S SOCCER 7:30 a.m., English Premier League, NBCSN (Cox 251) 10 a.m., English Premier League, NBCSN (Cox 251) 4 p.m., Salt Lake at San Jose, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 6 p.m., Sporting KC at Philadelphia, FS1 (Cox 67)
FRIDAY MLB SPRING TRAINING Noon, Tampa Bay vs. Detroit, MLBN (Cox 264) 5 p.m., Atlanta vs. Baltimore, MLBN (Cox 264) 8:30 p.m., Chi. Cubs vs. Arizona, MLBN (Cox 264) NBA 7 p.m., Oklahoma City at Memphis, FSOK (Cox 37)/ESPN (Cox 29)/WWLS-AM 640/98.1 FM 9:30 p.m., Portland at L.A. Lakers, ESPN (Cox 29) NHL 6 p.m., Chicago at Buffalo, NHLNET (Cox 263) 7:30 p.m., St. Louis at Dallas, FSPLUS (Cox...
Sports TV listings for Oklahoma City: Friday, April 3-Sunday, April 5
Apr 2, 2015FRIDAY MLB SPRING TRAINING Noon, Tampa Bay vs. Detroit, MLBN (Cox 264) 5 p.m., Atlanta vs. Baltimore, MLBN (Cox 264) 8:30 p.m., Chi. Cubs vs. Arizona, MLBN (Cox 264) NBA 7 p.m., Oklahoma City at Memphis, FSOK (Cox 37)/ESPN (Cox 29)/WWLS-AM 640/98.1 FM 9:30 p.m., Portland at L.A. Lakers, ESPN (Cox 29) NHL 6 p.m., Chicago at Buffalo, NHLNET (Cox 263) 7:30 p.m., St. Louis at Dallas, FSPLUS (Cox 68) GOLF 11 a.m., LPGA: ANA Inspiration, GOLF (Cox 60) 2 p.m., Houston Open, GOLF (Cox 60) 5 p.m., LPGA: ANA Inspiration, GOLF (Cox 60) TENNIS Noon, ATP World Tour, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 6 p.m., ATP World Tour, ESPN2 (Cox 28) AHL 6 p.m., Oklahoma City at Charlotte, KXXY-FM 96.1 COLLEGE BASEBALL 2 p.m., TCU at Texas Tech, FSOK (Cox 37) 6 p.m., Kansas at Oklahoma, FCS (Cox 273)/KREF-AM 1400/98.5 FM 6 p.m., Texas A&M at Kentucky, SECN (Cox 275) 7 p.m., Texas at Oklahoma State, KSPI-FM 93.7 COLLEGE SOFTBALL 6:30 p.m., Iowa State at Oklahoma, FCS (Cox 271) WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL 6 p.m., SMU at Texas, LHN (Cox 274) LACROSSE 6 p.m., N. Carolina at Virginia, ESPNU (Cox 253) 7:30 p.m., Villanova at Denver, FS1 (Cox 67) BOXING 8 p.m., P. Petrov vs. G. Diaz, ESPN2 (Cox 28) BOYS BASKETBALL 10 a.m., Gonz. Prep vs. Miami C. Day, ESPNU (Cox 253) Noon, South Shore vs. Dillard, ESPNU (Cox 253) 2 p.m., Nationals Semifinals, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 4 p.m., Nationals Semifinals, ESPN2 (Cox 28) NBADL 7 p.m., Idaho at Oklahoma City, KINB-FM 105.3 SATURDAY MLB SPRING TRAINING Noon, Cincinnati vs. Toronto, MLBN (Cox 264) 1 p.m., N.Y. Mets vs. Texas, FSOK (Cox 37) 3 p.m., San Francisco vs. Oakland, MLBN (Cox 264) 8 p.m., L.A. Angels vs. L.A. Dodgers, MLBN (Cox 264) NHL 2 p.m., Vancouver at Winnipeg, NHLNET (Cox 263) 6 p.m., Toronto at Boston, NHLNET (Cox 263) 7 p.m., Dallas at Nashville, FSOK (Cox 37) AUTO RACING 5:30 p.m., FIA Formula E, FS1 (Cox 67) GOLF Noon, Houston Open, GOLF (Cox 60) 2 p.m., Houston Open, KFOR-4 (Cox 4) 4 p.m., LPGA: ANA Inspiration, GOLF (Cox 60) MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 5:09 p.m., Michigan State vs. Duke, TBS (Cox 62) 7:49 p.m., Wisconsin vs. Kentucky, TBS (Cox 62) MEN’S TENNIS 3 p.m., Texas Tech at Texas, LHN (Cox 274) WOMEN’S TENNIS Noon, ATP World Tour, ESPN2 (Cox 28) COLLEGE BASEBALL Noon, Texas A&M at Kentucky, SECN (Cox 275) 1 p.m., Indiana St. at Wichita St., ESPNU (Cox 253) 2 p.m., Kansas at Oklahoma, FSPLUS (Cox 68)/FCS (Cox 272)/KREF-AM 1400/98.5 FM 6 p.m., Arkansas at Auburn, SECN (Cox 275) 6:30 p.m., Texas at Oklahoma State, ESPNU (Cox 253)/KSPI-FM 93.7 COLLEGE SOFTBALL 11 a.m., Alabama at Kentucky, ESPNU (Cox 253 Noon, Texas Tech at Baylor, FSPLUS (Cox 68) 1 p.m., Texas State at Texas, LHN (Cox 274) 3:30 p.m., Tennessee at Auburn, SECN (Cox 275) LACROSSE 4 p.m., Notre Dame at Duke, ESPNU (Cox 253) MEN’S SOCCER 6:45 a.m., English Premier League, NBCSN (Cox 251) 9 a.m., English Premier League, NBCSN (Cox 251) 11:30 a.m., Chelsea vs. Stoke City, KFOR-4 (Cox 4) WOMEN’S SOCCER 3 p.m., USA vs. New Zealand, FS1 (Cox 67) ARENA FOOTBALL 9:30 p.m., Arizona at Las Vegas, ESPN2 (Cox 28) GIRLS BASKETBALL 9 a.m., High School Nationals, ESPN2 (Cox 28) BOYS BASKETBALL 11 a.m., High School Nationals, ESPN (Cox 29) NBADL 6 p.m., Oklahoma City at Erie, KINB-FM 105.3 GYMNASTICS 4 p.m., NCAA Norman Regional, FSOK (Cox 37)/FCS (Cox 271) BOXING 2 p.m., A. Stevenson vs. S. Bika, KWTV-9 (Cox 10) SUNDAY MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 7 p.m., St. Louis at Chi. Cubs, ESPN2 (Cox 28) NBA Noon, Houston at Oklahoma City, KOCO-5 (Cox 8)/WWLS-AM 640/98.1 FM 2:30 p.m., Chicago at Cleveland, KOCO-5 (Cox 8) 6 p.m., Golden St. at San Antonio, NBATV (Cox 256) 8:30 p.m., L.A. Clippers at L.A. Lakers, NBATV (Cox 256) NHL 11 a.m., Pittsburgh at Philadelphia, KFOR-4 (Cox 4) 4 p.m., Washington at Detroit, NHLNET (Cox 263) 6:30 p.m., St. Louis at Chicago, NBCSN (Cox 251) GOLF 7 a.m., Drive-Putt-Chip, GOLF (Cox 60) Noon, Houston Open, GOLF (Cox 60) 2 p.m., Houston Open, KFOR-4 (Cox 4) 4 p.m., LPGA: ANA Inspiration, GOLF (Cox 60) MEN’S TENNIS Noon, ATP World Tour, ESPN (Cox 29) WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 5:30 p.m., Notre Dame vs. S. Carolina, ESPN (Cox 29) 8 p.m., Maryland vs. UConn, ESPN (Cox 29) COLLEGE BASEBALL 11 a.m., Vanderbilt at Georgia, SECN (Cox 275) 1 p.m., Texas at Oklahoma State, ESPNU (Cox 253)/KSPI-FM 93.7 COLLEGE SOFTBALL 2 p.m., Oregon at UCLA, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 2:30 p.m., Alabama at Kentucky, SECN (Cox 275) 5 p.m., Mississippi St. at Arkansas, SECN (Cox 275) MEN’S SOCCER 7:30 a.m., English Premier League, NBCSN (Cox 251) 10 a.m., English Premier League, NBCSN (Cox 251) 4 p.m., Salt Lake at San Jose, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 6 p.m., Sporting KC at Philadelphia, FS1 (Cox 67)
Mar 27, 2015
CLEVELAND (AP) — Like a massive, unstoppable blue wave, Kentucky hit quickly and just kept coming. There was no escape for West Virginia, no place to hide.The Wildcats were as advertised: too big, too strong, too everything. Just too good.Perfect and pulverizing.Trey Lyles scored 14 points, Andrew Harrison added 13 and the unbeaten Wildcats, chasing history and a ninth national title, made...
Kentucky overwhelms West Virginia 78-39 in NCAA Sweet 16
By TOM WITHERS, Associated Press | Mar 27, 2015CLEVELAND (AP) — Like a massive, unstoppable blue wave, Kentucky hit quickly and just kept coming. There was no escape for West Virginia, no place to hide. The Wildcats were as advertised: too big, too strong, too everything. Just too good. Perfect and pulverizing. Trey Lyles scored 14 points, Andrew Harrison added 13 and the unbeaten Wildcats, chasing history and a ninth national title, made their 37th straight win look easy, blowing past the Mountaineers 78-39 on Thursday night in the Midwest Regional semifinals of the NCAA Tournament. "They were what I thought they were," West Virginia coach Bob Huggins said. "That's the best defensive team I think that I've ever coached against. And when they're making shots, there's nobody going to beat them." The tourney's top seed and an overwhelming favorite to cut down the nets next month in Indianapolis, the Wildcats (37-0) jumped to an 18-2 lead, built it to 26 in the first half and advanced to Saturday's regional final to play third-seeded Notre Dame, an 81-70 winner over Wichita State. The Fighting Irish may need to call Rudy, consult with Digger Phelps and wake up the echoes from some of those stunning upsets in football and hoops they have pulled off in the past. Kentucky is a monster this March. "They did what they had to do," West Virginia forward Devin Williams said. "You can't stop something that's destined." With stunning ease, the Wildcats took apart the Mountaineers (25-10), who led the nation in steals and figured their full-court press would at least bother Kentucky into some turnovers. Not only did the press not work, West Virginia shot only 24.1 percent (13 of 54) against the Wildcats, who resemble a forest of blue-tinted redwoods inside the paint. West Virginia didn't eclipse 20 points until the 11:41 mark of the second half. The Wildcats were fueled by comments made Wednesday by West Virginia freshman guard Daxter Miles Jr., who predicted the Mountaineers would end Kentucky's title run. Some of the Wildcats said they wanted to win by 50. "Well, that didn't come from me because that's not how I coach," Kentucky's John Calipari said. "I mean, what, someone's going to come in and say we're going to lose and they're going to say they're going to win. But we say at some point you have to step in the ring, we'll lift the rope, you've got to come in here." At halftime, the Mountaineers had nearly as many fouls (14) as points (18) and there was no hint they would be able to cut into Kentucky's lead. The Wildcats, seeking to become the first team to go undefeated since Indiana in 1976, seemed to be sending a message to the rest of the tournament that everyone else is playing for second place. Five years ago in the Elite Eight, West Virginia stunned a top-seeded Kentucky team that's a lot like this one, loaded with high school All-Americas and future NBA players. But the Wildcats weren't going to let that happen again, and they blistered the Mountaineers in the opening 20 minutes, leaving the court with superfan/actress Ashley Judd dancing along with the thousands who made the trip north to Cleveland. Aaron Harrison scored 12 points in the first half, Devin Booker dropped two 3-pointers and Marcus Lee and Willie Cauley-Stein took turns soaring to convert alley-oop passes into dunks that had West Virginia fans longing to take the country road back home. Dakari Johnson scored 12 points and Cauley-Stein added 10 rebounds for Kentucky, which hasn't faced Notre Dame in the tournament since 1970. Juwan Staten scored 14 points to lead West Virginia. West Virginia's players promised they wouldn't be intimidated by Kentucky's spotless record, the school's blue-in-the-face fans or championship pedigree. In fact, Miles Jr. took it further, saying, "They're gonna be 36-1." Miles didn't score and didn't say much afterward, repeating "Kentucky played good" to every question. Kentucky's fans came prepared for a tougher matchup after easy wins over Hampton and Cincinnati to start the tourney. At "The Corner Alley," a restaurant bar where UK's faithful gathered before tip-off, a T-shirt was being sold that said: "They Hate Us Because They Ain't Us." No, there is no one quite like Kentucky. And Huggins believes it's going to take something special for the Wildcats to lose. "They're going to have to have a bad day," he said. "They had a good day today and we had a miserable day, so we lose by 40." TIP-INS West Virginia: The Mountaineers have made the Sweet 16 in six of their last nine NCAA Tournament appearances. ... The Mountaineers came in 5-0 all-time in Cleveland, including 2-0 in NCAA games — both in 2005 at Cleveland's Wolstein Center. ... Huggins has 765 career wins, 12th most in history and third among active coaches, trailing only Mike Krzyzewski and Jim Boeheim. Kentucky: Aaron Harrison dislocated the ring finger on his left hand, but got it taped and returned. ... The Wildcats aren't just tall, but long. Kentucky's 13 scholarship players have an average wing span of 6-foot-10 and freshman Karl-Anthony Towns stretches 7-foot-3 from tip to tip. ... The Wildcats improved to 22-3 in NCAA Tournament games under Calipari, seeking his fourth Final Four appearance and second national title. UP NEXT West Virginia: Season over. Kentucky: Faces Notre Dame on Saturday in the Elite Eight.
When Quicken Loans Arena opened to the public Wednesday morning, several fans wearing Kentucky blue filed in to watch practice.The Shelton family from Jasper, Ind., found a spot on the front row to cheer their Notre Dame Fighting Irish.A few dozen Clevelanders – devotees of LeBron James and his Cavaliers – showed up to watch some college ball.And then there was Dave Szamborski.Easy to spot in...
Loyal Wichita State fans headed to Cleveland for Sweet 16
Suzanne Perez Tobias, Associated Press | Mar 25, 2015When Quicken Loans Arena opened to the public Wednesday morning, several fans wearing Kentucky blue filed in to watch practice. The Shelton family from Jasper, Ind., found a spot on the front row to cheer their Notre Dame Fighting Irish. A few dozen Clevelanders – devotees of LeBron James and his Cavaliers – showed up to watch some college ball. And then there was Dave Szamborski. Easy to spot in his black-and-yellow sweatshirt, “Wichita State” emblazoned on the front, the 1975 WSU graduate who lives in Cleveland said he couldn’t wait to cheer on the Shockers. “It’s so great to see this team play,” Szamborski said. “Luckily they’ve been playing so well, I’ve been able to catch them on TV more this year. … But I’m really excited; I’m so happy that they’re here. “It’s a great program, a disciplined team. Wichita State – they’ve got panache.” This city on the shores of Lake Erie was cold and rainy Wednesday. But the team from Wichita already felt the warmth of hundreds of fans from Ohio and elsewhere making their way to watch the team’s matchup Thursday with Notre Dame in the Sweet 16. “I think we got the best fans of any college, period,” said freshman Shaq Morris. “I’m very proud that everybody from every which way is coming out to support us. I love that feeling.” Morris said a friend in Louisiana told him about seeing a bus full of Shocker fans. “And I was like, wow, that’s amazing, you know? We’re everywhere.” Junior Evan Wessel, a graduate of Heights High School in Wichita, said lots of friends and family members were en route to Cleveland, and he appreciates their support. “We always have a great fan base,” Wessel said. “Even out here in Cleveland, you can expect to see a lot of Shocker fans. … It’s always nice hearing the crowd cheer for you, and looking up and seeing those fans. It’s awesome support.” Most of the WSU contingent was still traveling to Cleveland on Wednesday, so Shocker fans were sparse during the open practice session. Nevertheless, each of the four teams playing in the region – WSU, Notre Dame, West Virginia and Kentucky – were introduced with their school’s fight song and polite cheers as they took the floor for practice. Coach Gregg Marshall smiled at fans, signed autographs and greeted friends and members of the media. Loren Eisner, a retired insurance salesman from Macedonia, Ohio, graduated from Bradley University, one of WSU’s Missouri Valley Conference rivals. But on Wednesday, he bought a bright yellow Sweet 16 shirt from the arena gift shop that featured WSU’s WuShock mascot. He put his new shirt on and spent Wednesday’s practice session shooting cellphone pictures of the Shocker team. “It’s kind of like how you say bad things about your brothers and sisters, but then you come to their defense whenever there’s an issue,” Eisner said. “That’s how this is. … I’d love to see the Shockers do well.” Marshall said he appreciates the Shockers’ fan base and looks forward to seeing them again in Cleveland. “They travel well. They love the Shockers,” Marshall said. “They wrap up all their enthusiasm for football and basketball season all into one to follow the round ball, so it’s really unbelievable. “They really make a lot of noise, and they’re having a lot of fun.” Reach Suzanne Perez Tobias at 316-268-6567 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter: @suzannetobias. Reach Suzanne Perez Tobias at 316-268-6567 or email@example.com. Follow her on Twitter: @suzannetobias. ——— ©2015 The Wichita Eagle (Wichita, Kan.) Visit The Wichita Eagle (Wichita, Kan.) at www.kansas.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC _____ Topics: t000002776,t000049144,t000002786,t000405348,g000221300,g000065627,g000362661,g000066164
Mar 24, 2015
First, the bad news. It snowed on us Monday night. I guess that’s your first clue that we didn’t make it back to Oklahoma. We hear it’s 80 back home. I can promise you this. It wasn’t 80 in Cleveland. Wasn’t Hot in Cleveland, even if Valerie Bertinelli stars in a show by that name. […]
Columbus travelblog: Wrong museum in Canton
Berry Tramel | Mar 24, 2015[img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/3/2015/03/nfl-jerseys.jpg]3612481[/img] First, the bad news. It snowed on us Monday night. I guess that's your first clue that we didn't make it back to Oklahoma. We hear it's 80 back home. I can promise you this. It wasn't 80 in Cleveland. Wasn't Hot in Cleveland, even if Valerie Bertinelli stars in a show by that name. See, that's the worse news. It snowed on us Monday night in Cleveland, and we're headed somewhere far worse. We're driving to Syracuse. When the Sooners were sent to the Northeast -- Columbus first, which is Midwest from a historical perspective but in truth is in the middle of the state that is the gateway to the American northeast, and then Syracuse -- we decided that if OU won two games and reached the Sweet 16, we'd just stay. Economically, it made sense. We were scheduled to arrive back in Dallas at 7 p.m., then drive home, which would have made it around 10:30. We'd have flown back to Syracuse sometime around noon Wednesday, which meant leaving home at 10 or 10:30. So for one full day and one partial morning back home, we'd have needed another round-trip ticket to a place that's expensive and difficult to reach. So we're driving to Syracuse, where the temperature was 11 degrees when I checked Monday morning. It looks like it might warm up into the 40s by the time the East Regional gets started. Which will be balmy by upstate New York standards. Until we get there, there are a few things to see along the way. CANTON PALACE The Pro Football Hall of Fame sits in Canton, about an hour south of downtown Cleveland, about 90 minutes north of Columbus. I'd been to Canton thrice, for the induction ceremonies of Tommy McDonald (1998), Barry Sanders (2004) and Troy Aikman (2006). I was scheduled to come in 1995, the year Lee Roy Selmon, Steve Largent and Tulsa U.'s Jim Finks were inducted, but I needed a pinch-hitter after a broken leg on the softball diamond the night before my flight. So I'd been to Canton during the fussle and bustle of Induction Weekend, when the grounds are covered with literally tens of thousands of football fans. The induction ceremony just gets bigger and bigger. When I first came, the festivities were conducted on the Hall of Fame's veranda, which is where McDonald gave his famously goofy speech and tossed his Hall of Fame bust into the air to show he still could catch. Fans spilled out on the grassy knoll below the veranda. By 2004, the inductions had moved to Fawcett Stadium, which is adjacent to the Hall of Fame grounds and part of famed Canton McKinley High School. For Sanders' induction, I had a seat in the Fawcett pressbox. Two years later, the party had gotten so big, there was a pecking order for media, and I didn't make the cut. I wasn't in the pressbox; my work space was a room with televisions in the Hall of Fame, though I could roam the stadium during the ceremony. So I was looking forward to seeing the Hall of Fame under a little more sedate conditions. I had come away impressed with the Hall on my previous visits. Even wrote that I thought it was better than the Baseball Hall of Fame, which I visited in 1976 and again in 2000. But I don't know. Didn't wow me this time. Maybe because I had been so much. It's still good. Still a must for NFL fans. Just nothing spectacular. And they got me started with a bad attitude on the opening kickoff. Tickets are $24, which is fine, and for $43, you get a two-day pass that includes admission to the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, which we plan to go through Tuesday. Seemed like a fine deal. But the gougers at Canton charge you $10 to park. I can understand paying to park. If you're in Midtown Manhattan. If you're in an urban downtown. If you're on a college campus. If you're on Main Street in Hometown, America, and the meter needs a quarter. But $10 to park in a spacious lot on an Ohio hillside? The Hall of Fame fundamentally is a place of business. You are there to spend money. They are not doing you a favor by letting you come on their land. You are doing them a favor. Sort of like the parking charge at Frontier City in OKC. Drives me nuts. Anyway, we went through the Hall of Fame, and here are my impressions on my first leisurely stroll through the Canton shrine: * The most interesting room is the Hall of Fame Gallery, which includes the busts of all the inductees. Do you remember the M*A*S*H episode where Frank and Hot Lips give Col. Potter an anniversary gift of a wooden bust of Potter? The Korean sculptor, who doubles as a trinket salesman, makes the Colonel look a little too Korean. I thought of the episode when I walked through the Hall's gallery. Some of those guys didn't look much like themselves. We started a playing a little game. Someone would cover the name, and I'd try to guess who the inductee was. I got Frank Gifford, and some of the later guys. But man, this wasn't a tiptop job. Some of that can be blamed on the lighting. The gallery is darkened, with individual lights shone on each bust, but not a bright light. More like a pinball light. As if they don't want fans to be able to see the unlikenesses. Some were OK. Tom Landry, sans fedora, looks just like himself. Jerry Rice. A few others. * The best part of the Hall of Fame is the uniforms. From old to new, uniforms are the best part of football memorabilia. In fact, I have a suggestion for the Hall of Fame. Dedicate a room to the uniform progression of each team. Showing the Packers through the years. The Broncos. The Buccaneers. That would be the most popular exhibit by far. [img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/3/2015/03/ssu.jpg]3612527[/img] * Lots of artifacts, which generally don't do much for me. A football shoe in 1952 compared to a football shoe in 2012 doesn't do much for me. But you still find nuggets. Like this: Larry Allen's football helmet from Sonoma State, an sUs type logo on the helmet that looks exactly like the vintage oSu logo on Oklahoma State helmets from the '70s. Somebody was trademark infringing, I promise you. This would be the second OSU/Sonoma State connection I know. Our man A.C. Slater of Thunder writing fame grew up in northern California and attended Sonoma State before transferring to OSU. * The Hall of Fame doesn't have nearly enough interactive video. Some, but not enough. You'd think you could go to a kiosk, punch up a team and view the 10 most memorable plays in Kansas City Chiefs history. But no. There's a big theater room that repeatedly plays "The Road to the Super Bowl," a 17-minute video that is falseness in advertising. It's not the road to anything. It's the Super Bowl itself. A 17-minute video about the most recent Super Bowl, except I guess we're a little too close to last Feb. 1, because they don't have the new video completed. We sat through a 17-minute video of the Seattle-Denver rout of 14 months ago. I thought the video was good, but nothing you can't see on NFL Network several times a day. A far better video was a seven-minute video shown while you're waiting in line to enter the theater room, this one about training camp. Lots of vintage footage of Vince Lombardi and Tom Coughlin and the like, from training camps through the years. I thought that was interesting. * To show you how the nation is spiraling into a place it doesn't want to go, the bottom level is billed as an interactive gallery. Ryan Aber remembers it as a place where kids could go and throw football and kick footballs and such. Now, it's all video-game based. You don't go onto a set and feel like you're throwing a football in Lambeau Field. You sit down with computer controls and simulate on a screen. I swear, if our nation ever falls, it's going to be computer-based. A foreign power will infiltrate our computer systems and we won't even know it. We'll be sitting inside somewhere, not paying attention. * I asked each of my pals what they thought of the Hall. Aber had been once, as a young adult. John Shinn had been as a kid. Guerin Emig never had been. Aber: Good, since it had a lot of Packers stuff. Shinn: Too much Packers stuff. (He's a Bears man.) "A lot of cool artifacts, and I like artifacts." Shinn liked Joe Namath's knee brace from Super Bowl 3 and seeing old logos, like a goofy Cleveland Browns from what I assume was the '50s. Emig: "Helps to be a Steelers fan." He liked the game-worn jerseys. Maybe it helps to have devotion to one team. Then you can revel in all the aspects of that team. All the guys took photos of the busts and memorabilia associated with their favorite team. I don't have a favorite team. I just like the NFL. Like the games. I almost always pick out somebody I want to win, but it's not like I'm a Packer fan, or a Ram fan, or a Giant fan. At the admission desk, they ask your zip code and your favorite team. I said, 73071 and whoever's playing the Redskins. I don't like Daniel Snyder. * The gift shop is big-time good. I could spend a lot of money in there. Old-fashioned pennants and banners for each team were unbelievably cool. A vintage Joe Namath jersey. Lots of good stuff. But I'm never tempted. Didn't buy anything. * The Hall seems to have moved away from some of its ties to the prehistoric era. When I first came 17 years ago, there was a ton of tribute to Jim Thorpe. I even wrote a column about it. Now a huge Thorpe mural adorns the wall and a big Thorpe statue sits in the rotunda, but that's about it. Thorpe was huge in Canton, because he signed with the Canton Bulldogs and helped found what became the NFL. So all in all, I'd have to say I was disappointed. Maybe the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame will be better. PRESIDENTIAL MISFIRE When we were down in Columbus, something made us think of President William McKinley and made us assume he was from Ohio, even though we didn't really know. And I forgot to look it up. Then we drove to Canton, and presto, it made sense. Canton McKinley High School. Then we saw the signs. McKinley Library and Museum. So I hatched a plan when we got to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. I told the guys I would take the car, go through the McKinley museum, then come back and get them. That way, I'd see something I'd never seen, and we could save that ridiculous $10 parking charge. But they talked me out of it. Said we'd go through the Hall of Fame, then go to the presidential library. OK. But we left the Hall at 3:50 p.m., looked up the McKinley library, and it closed at 4 p.m. Bummer. As you know, I went to the Truman Library a couple of weeks ago in Kansas City and enjoyed it. And I knew quite a bit about Harry Truman. I don't know much of anything about William McKinley, other than he was assassinated and he was president through the Spanish-American War victory. So I looked it up. Here's a quick history lesson. McKinley was the 25th president, serving from March 4, 1897, to September 1901, six months into his second term. He was assassinated in Buffalo. His vice president, Teddy Roosevelt, became president. McKinley raised protective tariffs (I'm against that) and maintained the gold standard for the U.S. (I'm for that). Even cooler, McKinley was the last president to have served in the Civil War, after which he settled in Canton, practiced law and eventually was elected to Congress. McKinley eventually became Ohio's governor and ran for president in 1896, defeating Democrat William Jennings Bryan. McKinley was generally a popular president, economic growth marked his years in the White House and the Spanish-American War brought the U.S. all kinds of territories, including the Philippines, Puerto Rico and even Hawaii to some degree. But on Sept. 6, 1901, Leon Czolgosz, a second-generation Polish-American, who was part anarchist, gunned down McKinley in Buffalo. I wish I had gone through the museum, so I could know why we remember John Wilkes Booth and Lee Harvey Oswald but not Leon Czolgosz. Next time I'm in Canton, I'll be at the McKinley library, not at the hall of fame that sits next to McKinley's football field. OHIO HILLS Eastern Ohio is not flat. It's hard to find level ground. Lots of rolling hills. The drive from Columbus to Canton was nice, with lots of scenic farms and the such. After we left Canton, we drove through Akron, and the University of Akron's new football stadium (constructed in 2009) sits hard by the interstate. The Zips play at OU in September, and their football stadium is very nice. Looks much more traditional (which means better) than, say, North Texas' new stadium at the I-35 fork in Denton. Akron is coached by Terry Bowden, so there's that angle. Akron played in the historic Rubber Bowl -- Firestone Tires, remember, is headquartered in Akron -- but it was miles from campus and in need of constant renovation. So the school built a new stadium. I've never heard that Akron had a big rival, but Kent State is only 10 miles away. I never realized Kent was so close to the Cleveland/Akron area. I looked it up, and yep, Kent State is the big rival for Akron. I guess I could have asked Darnell Mayberry; he once covered the Zips for the Akron Beacon Journal. Traffic wasn't bad through the Canton/Akron area, despite it being 4-5 p.m. I would have guessed we'd have hit some bad traffic. Akron is a big place. The fifth-largest city in Ohio, trailing the big C's (Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati) and Toledo. (Dayton ranks sixth, Canton eighth, Youngstown ninth). The Akron Metropolitan Statistical Area, which I assume includes Canton, had a 2010 population of 703,000. And of course, Akron and Canton are included in Cleveland's metro population, which counts 3.5 million residents and ranks 18th in America. We were headed to a Fairfield Inn in Streetsboro, Ohio, a southeast suburb of Cleveland. Got an $82 rate. We all had some work to do, and Ryan said he needed a drink before we checked in. So I looked it up, and there was a Sonic right across the street from our hotel. Sometimes clean living pays off. LOCAL FARE We had no dining knowledge. None. We could go chain, or go adventuring. So we went adventuring. Walked into a place called Jerzees, a sports grill near the Hall of Fame. It was pretty desolate, but turns out a good choice. They had a chicken wing special; 49 cents each. I got eight wings and fries. Ryan and I ate for $15 combined. Can't beat that. And it was good. For a late dinner, Guerin, Ryan and I drove down the road to a place called Rockne's. Sort of a local Chili's type place. Except I hate Chili's, so don't judge it by that. Yep, the place is named after Knute Rockne, for no good reason that we could tell. Rockne grew up in Chicago, got famous at Notre Dame and was killed by a plane crash in Kansas. Don't know what any of that has to do with Streetsboro, Ohio. The girls working at Rockne's were nice. One of them's grandmother lives in Oklahoma, but she didn't know where. Which I thought was both sad and illuminating. I had a steak salad, which was decent. I wish I had ordered the pork wings. I didn't know pigs had wings. Sort of gives new meaning to the term, when pigs fly. The place was decent. We could have gone to an Applebee's or a Ruby Tuesday, but what's the fun in that? MORE STREAMING In my hotel room, I watched the OU-Stanford women's game on my computer. The internet connection was hit and miss. When I put the game on full screen, it often got fuzzy. When I kept it partial screen, I had a tougher time seeing. I also got a good email from reader Curtis Ray, who tried to educate me on watching games while travelling. I appreciated his suggestions and thought I would pass them on: "I travel a lot and have the regular League Pass through Cox that also includes League Pass Broadband. Good hotel internet equals good quality playback. Obviously, your hotel’s internet was indeed terrible if it was buffering like you described. If the hotel is still using DSL, you’ll have issues. DSL is cheap compared to cable and FIOS, so many hotel owners choose it at their properties to save themselves money as well as force their guests to purchase their overpriced Lodgenet movies they offer instead of allowing guests to stream their own using Netflix, Hulu. Etc. "Now, if the Thunder game is also being shown on NBATV that night, keep in mind that it will not be available on League Pass. Silly rule, but it has something to do with the NBA’s blackout policy. To combat this problem since the Thunder has several NBATV games, I purchased a SlingBox that you can easily connect to your cable or satellite box. I bought mine at Best Buy, but you can get it at other places as well. You can then connect remotely via broadband and stream, watch and control your own TV from anywhere, in HD. So if the Thunder is on NBATV, no problem. I tap into the Slingbox and turn the channel to Cox 722 and watch It on Fox Sports Oklahoma. "Slingbox also has an app so you can watch your home TV from a smartphone or tablet. I sometimes watch local news, an OU or OSU basketball game, or pretty much anything I would watch at home that I cannot get on the hotel TV in whatever city I’m in. "One important detail, though. Whatever TV at home that you hook the Slingbox up to will be the one you control remotely. I now connect mine to my home office TV cable box since no one in my family is watching that one when I’m gone. I used to have it on my bedroom TV, but my wife isn’t a big basketball fan and didn’t want to be forced to watch the Thunder game on that TV when I was connected and watching from out of town. (I still love her though.) "I saw you mention watching the game and the limited screen size of your computer. I always bring an HDMI cable and connect my laptop to one of the hotel TV’s HDMI ports and change the input. Now, you can watch the game on league pass or through the Slingbox on your hotel TV! It’s now like having Fox Sports Oklahoma right there on your hotel TV. There are a handful of hotels that have disabled their remotes or use universal remotes that don’t have the input selector. But you can typically find it the side of the TV itself near the volume and power buttons. "I especially love the league pass app while in Vegas. I can place very small wagers on various NBA games that night and watch them all in my hotel room upstairs instead of having to sit in the sports book with all the idiots. I also like that league pass archives the games, so if I fly or drive at night during a game, I can watch the archive from the start on league pass after arriving at my hotel…that hopefully has decent internet of course. "I’ve been doing this double tiered League Pass/Slingbox method since 2005-2006 when the Hornets were here. Hotel internet was horrific than and is still awful at some properties today. However, if you are fortunate to stay at a hotel with a decent internet speed, you won’t have the buffering and start/stop/start problems." Now that's what I call information. I'm going to be lost for awhile on Slingbox and HDMI cables and the such. But League Pass comes with an archive function? That means when I get to my hotel room Tuesday night, I can hook up and watch Thunder-Lakers from the beginning? It's like DVR on the road. Great information, Curtis.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ideas fly from Gov. John Kasich like sparks from a flint. While explaining his prison reforms, he interrupts himself midsentence — his sentences, like some E. E. Cummings poems, are unpunctuated — to praise a Delaware church that buys prom dresses for low-income high school girls. His spirit would add spice and his policies would add substance to the Republican presidential...
George Will: Kasich waits in the wings
By George F. Will | Mar 19, 2015COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ideas fly from Gov. John Kasich like sparks from a flint. While explaining his prison reforms, he interrupts himself midsentence — his sentences, like some E. E. Cummings poems, are unpunctuated — to praise a Delaware church that buys prom dresses for low-income high school girls. His spirit would add spice and his policies would add substance to the Republican presidential contest. But only if Jeb Bush fails to gain momentum commensurate with his fundraising. In 1999, then-Rep. Kasich, chairman of the Budget Committee, tried to become the first person since Ohioan James Garfield to go directly from the House to the White House. Kasich’s five-month campaign for the Republican presidential nomination encountered the steamroller of the Bush family’s fundraising, an experience he is reluctant to repeat against George W. Bush’s brother. Elected to Congress at 30 in 1982, he left in 2001, and re-entered politics to seek Ohio’s governorship in 2010, defeating an incumbent governor by two points. No Republican has won the presidency without carrying Ohio, and last year Kasich was re-elected by 31 points, carrying 86 of 88 counties, including Cuyahoga (Cleveland). Events are pushing foreign policy to the center of presidential politics, which suits Kasich, 62, who spent 18 years on the House Armed Services Committee, meshing weaponry with strategy. He is a fact that refutes a theory — the theory that professional wrestling and American politics share a lack of honest emotion. This caffeinated son of a mailman from McKees Rocks, Pa., lacks the filter that other politicians install in their skulls to protect them from saying whatever they are thinking at the moment. In Congress, Kasich was the first iteration of Paul Ryan, mastering budget intricacies. He participated in the Clinton-era dramas that produced two government shutdowns (1995, 1996) and a balanced budget (1998). As governor, he has cut taxes by $3 billion. Death is no longer a taxable event in Ohio, and under his proposed budget, small businesses would be untaxed until their income reaches $2 million. Because of his focus on economic growth, the building trades unions supported his re-election. State colleges and universities are reimbursed on a per pupil basis, and now, he says, “do not get a dime” for a student who doesn’t graduate. Time spent with him and his colleagues is a bracing torrent of granular details about, among much else, criminal justice reform. He favors fewer mandatory minimum sentences and has instituted prison policies that prepare inmates for re-integration into communities. But it takes money to save money, meaning, he says, “recurring societal costs,” such as the $23,000-per-year-per-inmate cost of recidivism. So, Kasich angered Ohio’s Republican-controlled Legislature by disregarding it in order to accept Medicaid expansion. Without the money from this, he says, he could not find funding for the three cohorts about which he constantly speaks — “the mentally ill, the drug addicted and the working poor.” Kasich has committed another offense against the orthodoxy that is often stipulated by Republicans who have never run for any office or who represent safe districts. Like another Midwestern governor, Michigan’s Rick Snyder, Kasich would consider a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants, who might energize ailing cities such as Cleveland. His fervent Christianity stems from 1987, when both of his parents were killed by a drunken driver. Today he has twin teenage daughters and a serenity that has mellowed him. Up to a point. Undeterred by any unsettling echoes, he preaches compassionate conservatism. Compassion, however, is a passion, and the modulation of passions is one of the primary purposes of our political institutions. Kasich does not do modulation, and sometimes he suggests that opposition to him annoys God. It is, however, exhilarating to hear a governor who knows that “if you want to change lives you had better be working door to door.” An unmarried mother who had a child at 16 and another at 18 told him she “doesn’t think (her life) is hard.” This comes from “living in a community where everyone is just like you.” So, we “have to show them there’s a whole other world.” Jobs, he says, are the only way to change the culture of poverty. His sometimes sandpapery personality actually might be a sign of authenticity that helps him connect with people who, he says, think “he understands my problems and he kind of gets me.” There will be, he insists, other “twists and turns” in the path to the Republican nomination, and like a football player on the bench, “I’m suited up.” George Will’s email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. WASHINGTON POST WRITERS GROUP
Conner Miller, a lanky senior at the Khabele School, describes himself as a "movie buff," and last week he predicted that "Birdman" would earn the nod for best picture nod at the Academy Awards.He went with "Birdman" star Michael Keaton for best actor and Rosamund Pike of "Gone Girl" for best actress, choices that cost him some points in an Oscar pool put together by his high school's film...
Khabele’s Conner Miller emerges as a big man on small-school circuit
Danny Davis, Associated Press | Feb 24, 2015Conner Miller, a lanky senior at the Khabele School, describes himself as a "movie buff," and last week he predicted that "Birdman" would earn the nod for best picture nod at the Academy Awards. He went with "Birdman" star Michael Keaton for best actor and Rosamund Pike of "Gone Girl" for best actress, choices that cost him some points in an Oscar pool put together by his high school's film department. Still, with 14 correct picks out of a possible 22, Miller finished in third place. Miller's Oscars prediction percentage of .633 was pretty fair, but he posted more impressive numbers on the basketball court this season. Playing in all 26 of Khabele's games, the 6-foot-7-inch Miller shot 51.2 percent from the field, and he knocked down 44 percent of his 3-point attempts. With Miller averaging 21.8 points and 14.8 rebounds, Khabele posted a 17-9 record. The Lions placed third this past weekend at the state tournament for schools belonging to the Texas Association of Independent Athletic Organizations. "He's been our best player for the last two years," said Khabele's second-year coach, Sam Jones. "He's come through in a lot of tight situations." Raised in Florida, Miller is the son of former Rice tight end Deron Miller. The younger Miller began to favor basketball after a middle school growth spurt, and he wears No. 9 to pay homage to his favorite team (the Orlando Magic) and two of his favorite players (the Magic's Rashard Lewis and Nikola Vucevic). "I just like that all five guys can really have an impact," Miller said. "In terms of football, you have 11 guys. Soccer, you have 11 guys. Basketball, it's a smaller amount of people, but if you work for it, you can actually have the same kind of impact." Miller and his family moved to Austin during the summer of 2010, and he has spent four years playing for Khabele's varsity. After attending both public and private schools in Florida, Miller said he was drawn to Khabele by the private school's work-study program. The school's "project week" has led to internships for Miller with the Atlanta Falcons and ESPN, and he has decided to study sports business in college. About 500 students from pre-school age to high schoolers attend Khabele, which has a downtown campus for middle and high school students. In November, Miller signed to play basketball at Occidental College in Los Angeles, but he changed his mind about enrolling at the NCAA Division III school. He still has scholarship offers, he said, from the University of Tampa, Grinnell College and Rhodes College in Memphis, although he's considering attending Oregon solely as a student. Miller has had the opportunity to face tougher opponents on the club circuit while playing for the Austin Wildcats alongside St. Dominic Savio's Kevin Owens and Anderson's Kevin Fisher. But as the go-to player on Khabele's roster, Miller relished the opportunity to work on certain aspects of his game, whether it be ball-handling or the finer points of being a shooting guard. "It's obviously not Westlake or Hays or any of those guys," Miller said, "but if I can put up numbers here, that gets the (college) coaches' attention just as much as somebody else." UIL BOYS BI-DISTRICT PLAYOFFS CLASS 6A Tuesday Round Rock vs. Lake Travis, 6 p.m. (Vandegrift HS) Westwood at Hays, 7 p.m. Pflugerville vs. Anderson, 7:30 p.m. (Rouse HS) McNeil vs. Westlake, 8 p.m. (Vandegrift HS) CLASS 5A Tuesday Georgetown vs. LBJ, 6 p.m. (Pflugerville HS) San Marcos vs. SA Lanier, 6:30 p.m. (St. Mary's, San Antonio) McCallum at Vista Ridge, 7:30 p.m. Vandegrift at Reagan, 7:30 p.m. Lanier at Cedar Park, 7:30 p.m. Connally vs. Bryan Rudder, 8 p.m. (Pflugerville HS) CLASS 4A Tuesday Salado vs. La Vernia, 7 p.m. (Hendrickson HS) Taylor vs. Cuero, 7 p.m. (NB Canyon HS) La Grange vs. Houston Scarborough, 7 p.m (Morton Ranch HS) Burnet vs. Wimberley, 7 p.m. (Marble Falls HS) Liberty Hill vs. Navarro, 7:30 p.m. (Lehman HS) CLASS 3A Tuesday Lago Vista vs. Antonio Cole, 7 p.m. (Fredericksburg HS) Luling vs. Hallettsville, 7 p.m. (Flatonia HS) Jarrell vs. Natalia, 8 p.m. (Lockhart HS) CLASS 2A Thorndale, bye Tuesday Granger vs. Mumford, 6 p.m. (Cameron Yoe HS) UIL GIRLS REGIONAL QUARTERFINALS CLASS 6A Tuesday Bowie vs. Cedar Ridge, 7 p.m. (Cedar Creek HS) Stony Point vs. Spring Dekaney, 7 p.m. (A&M Consolidated HS) CLASS 5A Tuesday Cedar Park vs. Georgetown, 6:30 p.m. (Leander HS) Connally vs. A&M Consolidated, 6:30 p.m. (Giddings HS) Hutto vs. Bryan Rudder, 6:30 p.m. (Rockdale HS) LBJ vs. Vista Ridge, 7 p.m. (Connally HS) CLASS 4A Tuesday Giddings vs. Cleveland, 6 p.m. (Bryan Rudder HS) Wimberley vs. Brazosport, 7 p.m. (Columbus HS) Liberty Hill vs. Bay City, 7 p.m. (La Grange HS) CLASS 3A Tuesday Jarrell vs. San Antonio Cole, 6:30 p.m. (Lockhart HS) ——— ©2015 Austin American-Statesman, Texas Visit Austin American-Statesman, Texas at www.statesman.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC _____ Topics: t000002776,t000049132
The All Sports Association annually gives out $1,000 scholarships to an outstanding senior girl and senior boy graduating from a high school in the greater Oklahoma City area.
High school notebook: All Sports Association scholarship applications available
By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh | Feb 15, 2015The All Sports Association will once again give out two scholarship awards to high school athletes, and the application is now available to be downloaded. The All Sports Association annually gives out $1,000 scholarships to an outstanding senior girl and senior boy graduating from a high school in the greater Oklahoma City area. That includes Oklahoma, Canadian, Cleveland, Logan and Pottawatomie counties, as well as Newcastle, Tuttle and Bridge Creek schools. Applicant selection will be based on attributes consistent with the mission of the All Sports Association, including leadership, character, academics, athletic participation and accomplishment, and school/civic activities. In order to qualify for the scholarships, applicants must attend a two- or four-year Oklahoma college or university, have a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher, and a minimum ACT score of 22. The student must have participated in high school athletics, but cannot be receiving a college or university athletic scholarship, or be participating as a student walk-on athlete for any sport. Application deadline is April 3, and the recipients of the scholarships will be announced on April 20. The application can be downloaded at okcallsports.org/scholarship. THE OKLAHOMAN’S SPRING MEDIA DAY WEDNESDAY The Oklahoman’s annual Spring Sports Media Day has been set for Wednesday at McGuinness High School. The event begins at 3:30 p.m. and ends at 7:30. McGuinness is located at 801 NW 50 Street in Oklahoma City. The event will be held in the lobby of the McGuinness gymnasium, which can be entered from the Interstate 44 service road off Western Avenue. Each Oklahoma City-area high school participating in baseball, slowpitch softball, soccer, track, golf and tennis is encouraged to bring athletes to meet The Oklahoman’s high school coverage team for interviews, videos and photos that will be used throughout the upcoming season. OSSAA ANNOUNCES FOOTBALL REVENUE The OSSAA announced it that reimbursed schools the most amount of money ever for the football playoffs. A total of $491,463.59 was reimbursed, including $174,550 to participating schools for travel. A total of $316,913.59 was reimbursed to schools hosting semifinals and championship games. The organization netted $286,655.60, an increase of more than $4,000 from last year. Semifinals and championships were all held at neutral sites, with the most expensive being Tulsa University. The school charged nearly $10,000 per game. OSSAA executive director Ed Sheakley said it’s unlikely the OSSAA returns there unless it’s a Tulsa Union-Jenks matchup. NEW BOARD MEMBERS ELECTED Winners of the recent OSSAA board elections were announced by Sheakley. The new multi-high representative will be Northwest Classen principal Brad Herzer. The Southwest Division I representative will be Mustang superintendent Sean McDaniel. Northeast Division I will be represented by Sapulpa superintendent Kevin Burr. Northwest Division II’s representative will be Kingfisher superintendent Jason Sternberger. Rick Pool of Kiowa returns as the Southeast Division III representative.
Air Force football recruiting: Signing day listBrent BriggemanThe Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colo.)Because of the appointment process involved with entry into the Air Force Academy, and the fact that athletes are still recruitable to other teams while at the prep school, signatures collected by Air Force on national signing day are not technically binding and, subsequently, not released to the...
Air Force football recruiting: Signing day list
Brent Briggeman, Associated Press | Feb 5, 2015Air Force football recruiting: Signing day list Brent Briggeman The Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colo.) Because of the appointment process involved with entry into the Air Force Academy, and the fact that athletes are still recruitable to other teams while at the prep school, signatures collected by Air Force on national signing day are not technically binding and, subsequently, not released to the media. #BoltBrotherhood Tweets The following is an unofficial list compiled by The Gazette's Brent Briggeman of players who are expected to commit to the Falcons on Wednesday. The list was gathered through social media, recruiting sites and other sources. It will be updated throughout the day on Wednesday as more information becomes available. Please contact email@example.com with any needed changes to the information listed. Other Air Force recruiting coverage: 2015 Air Force signing day recruits (with video links below each profile) Tyler Adams DT 6-3 240 Goodyear, Ariz. (Estrella Foothills) Recorded 13 tackles for loss -- including four sacks in nine games as a senior; lists 40 time at 5.0 and vertical at 29 inches. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1662743/highlights/180136384 Yaquarri Adams DB 6-0 170 Lithonia, Ga. (Arabia) One of the latest commitments in the class, as he announced his intentions on Tuesday night. He lists a 470-pound squat. Goes by the name Dre. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwRW-wYHpIc Justin Agner QB 6-1 200 Woodstock, Ga. Also held an offer from Navy. Threw for 2,071 yards and 14 touchdowns and ran for 402 yards and nine scores. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Igiv_ss0_Ns Miles Alexander RB/CB 5-10 183 Overland Park, Kan. (Blue Valley Northwest) A burner with 4.44 speed. Ran for more than 1,300 yards as a junior. A native of Kansas City area, with its jazz-rich background, and is named after legend Miles Davis. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1489984/highlights/206703382 Garrett Amy WR 5-8 170 Dallas, Texas (Dallas Jesuit) Caught 61 passes for 1,346 yards and 18 touchdowns as a senior. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1793217/highlights/209758375 Eric Autry K/P 6-3 175 Lilburn, Ga. (Parkview) A kicker who can move a little, boasting a 4.85 40. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/3370174/highlights Sam Barry QB/DB 6-2 190 Colleyville, Texas (Grapevine) One of just three members of this Air Force class to receive a three-star rating (his from 247Sports.com). Held an offer from Northern Colorado. Runs a 4.64 40. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/776201/highlights/99489377 Streator Bates TE 6-3 220 Phoenix, Ariz (Brophy Prep) Caught 28 passes for 337 yards and five TDs. Doubled up as kicker, booting a 47-yard field goal. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2584364/highlights/220478391 Ryan Brand QB 5-10 190 Detroit, Mich. (U. of Detroit Jesuit HS) Three-star recruit according to several sites. Was invited by Trent Dilfer to the Elite 11, though his only other offer was Indiana State. "I would bet on Ryan Brand," Dilfer told USA Today. "I would stake my reputation on that kid. He'll do it. He will make it. He plays big. He eats up a lot of space physically, emotionally and mentally. When you're around him, you feel him. I just love this kid." http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1550176/highlights/168961375 Curran Brandt LB 6-1 205 San Mateo, Calif. (Aragon) Made 76 tackles with seven sacks, three interceptions and two forced fumbles. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/817620/highlights/167785376 Tommy Bruns OLB 6-3 205 Kings Mill, Ohio (Kings) Was a finalist for the National Football Foundation That's My Boy Award, given for success in football, academics and school/community activities. Led team to an 11-1 mark in 2014. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1578770/highlights/143125378 Jaylen Burgess RB 5-11 210 Maryville, Tenn. Had an offer from Army and was at West Point when Air Force won there in November. Rushed fore more than 1,000 yards in helping his team repeat at 6A champions. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1473615/highlights/161772375 Harris Cannon FB 6-2 210 Oviedo, Fla. Bruiser who could play tight end or fullback. Runs a 4.80 40. Had considered walking on at Central Florida. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1694755/highlights/204382377 Nick Capella OL 6-6 273 Ventura, Calif. (St. Bonaventure) Named the Marmonte League Offensive Lineman of the Year. Also carries a 3.51 GPA, scored a 28 on the ACT and is a member of the National Honor Society. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1598432/highlights/206789379 Eric Carrera SS 6-1 200 St. Louis, Mo. (Christian Brothers) Displays size, speed and ball-hawk skills that helped Christian Brothers to a perfect 15-0 season and a state title. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/540170/highlights/175545378 Cameron Castleberry WR 6-3 175 Keller, Texas (Fossil Ridge) Runs a 4.7 40 with a 28-inch vertical. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1914957/highlights/209688381 Campbell Clarkson OL 6-4 245 Houston, Texas (St. Thomas) Rare combination of 500-pound squat, 28-inch vertical and 4.99 40 with a frame that large. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/650778/highlights/207556387 Ronald Cleveland WR 5-9 165 Franklin Tenn. (Battle Ground Academy) Has family history in the Army, Navy and Air Force and held an offer from Navy. Will be used as a slot receiver and kick returner. "Any way to get me on the field and let me try to do something with the ball," he told The Tennessean. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/313855/highlights/214416375 Dalton Collins LB 6-1 200 St. Petersburg, Fla. (Admiral Farragut) Played quarterback and linebacker in high school. Runs a 4.67 40 and has a 33-inch vertical. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1097552/highlights/184333375 Blake Davis OL 6-2 270 Conyers, Ga. (Rockdale County) Played center and defensive tackle in high school. Also had an offer from Charleston Southern. Benches 340 pounds, squats 550 and runs a 5.1 40. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/923121/highlights/175448383 Lesley Dalger WR 6-5 205 Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (Westminster Acad.) Caught 31 passes for 482 yards and a touchdown, including 10 for 170 in his team's lone loss. Has a 38-inch vertical to go with that tall frame. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/3945947/highlights/163626380 Malik Dawkins DB 6-0 175 Conyers, Ga. (Rockdale County) Could profile as a tall cornerback for the Falcons with a 4.48 40 and a 38-inch vertical. Is a sprinter for the track team. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/3188837/highlights/168200376 Luke Dekker DT/C 6-3 240 Albuquerque, N.M. (La Cueva) Brother of former Falcons tight end Travis Dekker. Scored a 26 on the ACT and carries a 3.69 GPA. Moved to center as a senior and earned first-team all-state honors. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2997949/highlights/215589378 Cole Delgado OL 6-5 240 Phoenix, Ariz. (Pinnacle) The offensive tackle is one eight players in this Air Force recruiting class listed at at least 6-foot-5. Also plays first base for his school's baseball team. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2678101/highlights/185622375 Ryan DeLung OL 6-4 275 Glendale, Ariz. (Mountain Ridge) Honor student benches 365 pounds, squats 525, runs a 4.99 40 and, according to 247Sports.com, had an offer from Nevada. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2774873/highlights/77106400 Michael DeVries DL 6-2 250 Lafayette (Centaurus) The in-state two-way lineman runs a 4.84 40, according to his hudle.com profile, and plays basketball. Credited style of d-line coach Tim Cross for helping draw him to the academy. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/412936/highlights/105788377 Steve Dinneen OLB 6-5 220 Mountain View, Calif. (Saint Francis) Piled up 41 solo tackles and 14 sacks in 13 games and was named his league's top defensive lineman. Also had an offer San Diego. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1171374/highlights Dylan Draper OLB 6-4 208 Colorado Springs (Discovery Canyon) The Gazette's 3A-A Football Player of the Year after guiding the Thunder to an 11-1 record with 167 tackles, 17 sacks, four interceptions, four fumble recoveries and four blocked punts. He also had 367 receiving yards with two touchdowns. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1586740/highlights/211097382 Cade Erwin S 5-11 180 Flower Mound, Texas (Marcus) The free safety had initially committed to North Texas and also had offers from Southern Methodist, Eastern Michigan and Texas State. Averaged about eight tackles a game last year with two interceptions. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/911068/highlights/163558377 Cole Fagan LB 6-1 220 St. Petersburg, Fla. (Admiral Farragut) Runs a 4.86 40 with a 29.5-inch vertical, 350-pound bench press and 545 squat. Also a star wrestler, going 46-3 last year. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1398310/highlights/170142375 Blake Fall DB 6-0 190 Newhall, Calif. (Hart) The safety picked off three passes and defended four others in eight games according to MaxPreps. He also caught six touchdown passes. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2223330/highlights/175510383 Kyle Floyd S 6-3 205 Humble, Texas Held offers from Army and Cornell. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1624629/highlights/87772375 Matt Gaiter OL 6-4 250 Littleton (Chatfield) The in-state lineman held offers from Northern Colorado and South Dakota State. Was also recruited by Colorado State and Wyoming. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/961164/highlights/198865380 Gavin Graham DB 6-2 200 Austin, Texas (Anderson) Brother of Air Force basketball player Hayden Graham gave up basketball after his junior year, bulked up by 20 pounds and earned the D1 offer he sought. The only problem, his dad said, was paying for all the food that helped him put on that extra weight. "I'd be full because we just ate two hours ago and he'd want to eat again," said William Graham, a six-year starter for the Detroit Lions. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/805484/highlights/199275385 Parker Hammond OL 6-4 240 Colorado Springs (Pine Creek) Local recruit part of the dominant Pine Creek squad that has won back-to-back state titles and dominated Colorado Springs 4A for the better part of a decade. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2736321/highlights/177799377 Tristyn Hanson LB 6-1 212 Lakeville, Minn. (Lakeville North) Held offers from Illinois State and North Dakota. Runs a 4.68 40 and carries a 3.9 GPA. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/489427/highlights/175727380 Ben Harris DE 6-6 230 Peculiar, Mo. (Raymore-Peculiar) A three-sport athlete (football, basketball, baseball) has 4.99 40 speed to go with a large frame. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1181294/highlights/163748387 Alex Heil OL 6-2 250 Cleveland, Ohio. (Benedictine) Helped his team amass 4,200 rushing yards and a state title. He played guard, tackle and started the final four games at defensive tackle after a teammate was injured. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/672585/highlights/171453386 Danny Highland DE 6-3 240 Loveland (Thompson Valley) The in-state two-way lineman had offers from Chadron State and Cornell and interest from Wyoming, according to the Denver Post. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1800113/highlights/97020377 Elijah Hill K/P 6-3 195 Tumwater, Wash. Averaged 40.8 yards per punt as a senior. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1413322/highlights/164467379 Zach Honnold OLB 5-11 203 Clermont, Fla. (East Ridge HS) Made 75 tackles with three sacks as a senior. Falcons likely to look at him at the spur position, the hybrid defensive back/linebacker spot. "At one point it was Dartmouth and Valparaiso, but as soon as I stepped on [Air Force's] campus, there was no other choice," Honnold told the Orlando Sentinel. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1395129/highlights/171437379 Noah Hoxie OLB 6-2 215 Knoxville, Tenn. (Knoxville West) Physical tools include a 4.6 40, 31-inch vertical and 295-pound bench press, according to his hudl.com profile. Had offers from Army, Princeton and Yale, among others. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1351714/highlights/170778377 Braden Hucks ATH 5-11 185 San Angelo, Texas (San Angelo Central) District MVP threw for 3,070 yards and 32 touchdowns and ran for 1,339 yards and 22 touchdowns. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1601972/highlights/210893375 Jamie Hudson QB 6-1 210 Austin, Texas (Vandegrifft) Threw for 3,315 yards, 36 touchdowns and just four interceptions while rushing for 1,215 yards and 15 touchdowns, leading his team to the Class 5A, Division I semifinals. Was one of 25 finalists for the Mr. Texas football award. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/534034/highlights/207967400 RJ Jackson TE 6-4 215 Beloit, Kan. Versatile athlete who played fullback, tight end, defensive end and linebacker, throws the shot put, runs on relay teams and has logged a 52-second 400-meter time in track and plays basketball. Had an offer from Wyoming. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/931254/rj-jackson Ryan Jacobs K 6-2 172 Arlington, Texas (Lamar) All-state academic first-team honors, all-state honorable mention as a kicker. Hit 11-of-14 field goals, with two of the three misfires coming as the result of blocks. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/676764/highlights/105811400 Jalen Johnson RB 5-9 165 Avondale, Ariz. (Westview) Ran for 2,615 yards and 37 touchdowns over the past two years. Also caught 24 passes and returned kicks. Had an offer from Army. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1248238/highlights/205752375 Dominieke Jones DB 6-1 170 South Jordan, Utah (Bingham) Had 53 tackles, three interceptions and eight passes defended. Had offers from Army, Wyoming and Jacksonville State. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1637947/highlights/160857375 James Jones IV DB 6-1 180 Denver (Mullen) The in-state defensive back with 4.5 speed reportedly had offers from Army, Navy, Eastern Washington and Hawaii, among others. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1546520/james-jones-iv Garrett Kauppila SS 6-2 195 Rocklin, Ga. Safety picked off a pair of passes this past season, runs a 4.61 40 and claims to never have had a GPA under 4.0. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/147960/highlights/164478375 Josiah Klingenberg DE 6-3 240 Fort Worth, Texas (All Saints) Made 17 tackles for a loss and 4.5 sacks over the past two years. Also throws the discus and runs the 200 and 400 in track. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/372938/highlights/163764378 Griffin Landrum OL 6-1 283 Cumming, Ga. (South Forsyth) Had 93 pancake blocks as a senior. Held an offer from Army. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1731008/highlights/172981376 Patrick Lee DT 6-3 248 Kennesaw, Ga. (Mount Paran) Runs a 4.87 40 with a 29-inch vertical. Helped his team to a state championship as a senior. Two-time all-region, 165 tackles, 27 tackles for loss, 18 sacks. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/933547/highlights/162256375 Jacob Littlefield LB 6-0 200 Las Vegas, Nev. NevadaPrepReport.com calls Littlefield one of the most productive and active defenders in the state, crediting him with 200 tackles, eight sacks and two interceptions over the past two years. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/622556/highlights/199089375 Jake Matkovich WR 6-5 175 Milwaukee, Wisc. (Marquette Univ. HS) Was the Al Toon Award winner, given to the best receiver in Wisconsin after setting state records with 1,725 yards and 22 touchdowns. Had offers from Drake, Northern Iowa and Valparaiso. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1562086/highlights/206764381 Nick Maxey OL/LS 6-0 240 Phoenix, Ariz. (Pinnacle) Long-snapper had an offer from Cornell. No. 4 by Prokicker and No. 7 by Khol's in national long snapper ratings. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/867932/highlights/85553401 Drew McAdams DB 6-1 185 Coppell, Texas The football and lacrosse player made 69 tackles as a senior for a 6-5 squad. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1295821/drew-mcadams Sean McKinney OL/DL 6-2 265 Davidson, NC (Cox Mill) Late addition signed and committed on Wednesday. Levi McQuinn OLB 6-0 201 Fort Myers, Fla. Had an offer from James Madison. Being looked at for the spur position. Also an all-state wrestler and carrying a 4.4 GPA. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1635099/highlights/18913373 Malik Miller RB 5-10 200 Griffin, Ga. Runs a 4.52 40 with a 37.5-inch vertical, according to his hudl.com profile. Initially committed to Furman. Full stats are not available, but he had 1,579 rushing yards and 26 total touchdowns through 10 games as a senior, all victories for his team. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1259833/highlights/172307378 Stone Miller DE 6-4 245 Mason, Mich. Two-way lineman earned all-state honors with 98 tackles and nine sacks for an 8-4 team. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2993489/highlights/167717382 Chris Musselman LB 6-1 210 San Tan Valley, Ariz. (Poston Butte) Runs a 4.57 40. He is the first player from his high school program to commit to a Division I program. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1459105/highlights/160963376 Torre Parker Jr. ATH 5-10 180 Wildwood, Fla. Versatile player who runs a 4.66 40. He often played quarterback in high school, but might fit in elsewhere for the Falcons. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1222384/highlights/179591375 Carson Pearlman LB 6-2 215 Fort Myers, Fla. (Evangelical Christian) Versatile player who caught 10 touchdown passes this year and starred on defense with 118 tackles. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/936977/highlights/176475377 Jared Pulu OLB 6-4 225 Federal Way, Wash. Missed five games with an injury, but returned to help his team make a deep playoff run. The youngest of four brothers, including Andru, who played at Washington and had a free-agent look with the Seattle Seahawks. "There's no doubt he's the best," Andru told the Seattle Times. Jared reportedly had interest from Boise State, Colorado and Army. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1513147/highlights/107979382 Josh Rice OL 6-1 290 Lake Nona, Fla. Had at least 11 offers, including Army, Navy, Marshall, Georgia Southern and Georgia State. Benches 385 pounds, squats 545 and runs a 5.55 40. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/877132/highlights/214371386 Nick Searcy OL 6-2 270 Woodstock, Ga. (Etowah) The center and competitive weightlifter had offers from Coastal Carolina and Davidson. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1371301/highlights/167613381 Matt Smith ATH 6-1 237 Bakersfield, Calif. (Bakersfield Christian) Ran for more than 6,000 yards in high school will naturally get a look at running back. However, he is versatile enough to fit in elsewhere, too. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/430795/highlights/139941377 Dailen Sutton DB 6-1 170 Dallas, Texas (Bishop Dunne) Runs a 4.52 40 and has a 32.4-inch vertical. Had offers from Miami of Ohio, S.F. Austin and Yale. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1407975/highlights/172397376 Corey Taylor II RB 5-10 200 Tulsa, Okla. (Holland Hall School) Reports a 4.5 40, 37.2-inch vertical, 350-pound bench press and 450 squat. Ran for 1,233 yards and nine touchdowns, while adding 57 tackles and three sacks as a senior. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/631268/highlights/204318380 Lorenzo Thomas LB 6-2 220 Tulsa, Okla. (Union) Runs a 4.76 40. From the same Oklahoma powerhouse as former Falcons QB Kale Pearson. Had offers from Penn and Tulsa. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1597188/highlights/175167377 Nolan Thompson WR 6-4 190 Huntington Beach, Calif. Caught 40 passes for 682 yards and five touchdowns in 10 games as a senior. Father played in backfield for UCLA, brother played as San Jose State. Had an offer from Navy http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1564786/highlights/160530375 Sam Turner TE 6-3 203 Fort Myers, Fla. Spent his junior year solely as a blocking tight end, but said he worked on his route-running in the offseason and amassed 300 receiving yards as a senior. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2583808/highlights/195416388 Samuel Valleroy TE 6-3 255 Guyton, Ga. (South Effingham) A local magazine reported that Valleroy has wanted to be an aerospace engineer since the seventh grade and is thrilled to have the opportunity to play at a program that offers that major. He also had an offer from Army http://www.hudl.com/athlete/510262/highlights/91057375 Tyler Vaught ATH 6-1 170 Maryville, Tenn. Played a little at receiver as a junior before guiding team to unbeaten state championship run as a senior. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1473492/highlights Jonathan Vogt OL 6-4 277 Canutillo, Texas Tackle had an offer from New Mexico State. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1931244/highlights/214817378 Bryce VonZurmuehlen S 6-0 180 Coppell, Texas Second-team all-district cornerback. Picked off a pass and blocked a kick as a senior. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1295823/bryce-vonzurmuehlen Ethan Walton LB 6-1 220 Lilburn, Ga. (Parkview) Led his team with 85 tackles as a senior. Runs a 4.69 40. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2634994/highlights/199495392 Jacob Welborn DL 6-5 270 Dripping Springs, Texas Runs a 5.2 40, benches 295 pounds and squats 375 according to his hudl.com profile. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2644058/highlights Mitchell Williams OL 6-4 275 Bentonville, Ark. Earned all-state honors after helping his team to back-to-back state titles. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/410625/highlights/118577376 Parker Wilson RB 5-11 215 Coppell, Texas Starred at fullback in a prolific rushing offense. http://www.ncsasports.org/football-recruiting/tx/coppell/coppell-high-school/parker-wilson Arion Worthman QB 6-0 205 Normal, Ill. (University) A rarity with 4.43 speed while weighing in over 200 pounds, with those numbers from his hudl.com profile. Held six offers, including Army, Illinois State and several Ivy League programs http://www.hudl.com/athlete/673541/highlights/185741376 Daniel Zivney K 5-11 190 College Station, Texas (A&M Consolidated) First-team all district as a receiver and punter. Ran a 4.47 40 at a combine in Jan. 2014. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1434051/highlights/118800378 ——— ©2015 The Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colo.) 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Feb 4, 2015
As a kid, Kolar played on teams that rarely won. Kolar didn’t even start on Norman North’s 2011 freshman team. And when Kolar seemed poised to become North’s varsity quarterback for the 2013 season, Alabama quarterback recruit David Cornwell moved to town and enrolled at North.
John Kolar's journey to Oklahoma State is a reminder that good things happen to good people
By Berry Tramel | Feb 4, 2015NORMAN — With the reporters and cameras and parents and pep band and pom squad and students long gone, John Kolar remained in the Norman North gymnasium Wednesday morning. Tables and chairs needed to be stored after the signing day ceremony featuring 22 athletes from a variety of sports. Kolar and a friend were helping a couple of coaches put the gym back in order. No big-time attitude for this star quarterback. No too-cool-for-school persona for this big man off campus. Kolar’s school now is Oklahoma State; he was back at North only for the ceremony, since he was a January enrollee at OSU, and Kolar’s journey to Stillwater is a reminder that sometimes good things happen to good people. “John is just a great example of perseverance and a young man that just worked hard through the program,” said North coach Wade Standley. As a kid, Kolar played on teams that rarely won. Kolar didn’t even start on Norman North’s 2011 freshman team. And when Kolar seemed poised to become North’s varsity quarterback for the 2013 season, Alabama quarterback recruit David Cornwell moved to town and enrolled at North, the fourth high school Cornwell attended. “That was a big shock,” said Maria Kolar, John’s mother. The 21st-century response would have been for John Kolar to move, too. Continue the awful trend of high school free agency as frenzied as the NFL. Go across town to Norman High or some other nearby school that would love to have a 6-foot-4 quarterback with a big arm and a good head. But John Kolar has something else. A good heart. “At first, I was a little discouraged,” Kolar said. “Thinking to myself, what are the odds the No. 1 quarterback (in the nation) comes to my high school? But then I just kind of looked at it as, you know what, I’m going to put the team before myself.” Sometimes a test makes us stronger. Sometimes a curse becomes a blessing. OSU offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich drove over to the Tulsa football camp in summer 2013 to scout Cornwell. Norman North’s strapping backup quarterback caught Yurcich’s eye. When Cornwell suffered a season-ending knee injury in the fifth game of 2013, Kolar became the Timberwolf quarterback and played “like gangbusters,” Standley said. “When adversity hits, you can’t just take the easy way out,” Kolar said. “That’s how I look at it.” And Kolar’s parents — OU engineering professor Randy and OU law professor Maria — had to consider their job well done. “My job is to keep him grounded,” said Maria Kolar, the mother of five, of whom John is the oldest. “We definitely didn’t raise him to think he was better than other people. “We’re devout Catholics. We just think it’s a blessing to do well and have gifts. It’s your obligation to use them. It doesn’t make you better than anyone else.” Last September, the Timberwolves opened the 2014 season with a victory over arch-rival Norman, and John Kolar’s first touchdown pass of the season went to his little brother Charlie, a North sophomore. The family likes to remind John that it was a better catch than pass. The next night, the Kolar brothers strolled through the grounds of the Cleveland County Fair with their parents and visiting relatives, which is where you might find high school football heroes in 1957 but not 2014. Now, don’t get the wrong idea. The Kolar family was not thrilled when David Cornwell moved to Norman. It’s the untold story of the mass migration that goes in high school sports. The kid who grew up in his hometown, stays put, then gets displaced as the point guard or the quarterback. “He handled it a lot better than I would have,” said Charlie Kolar. “He was just calm about it. He was a really class act. He was tough. He really wanted it, he competed, Cornwell beat him out, so he moved to receiver to play. I was really impressed.” And in the end, Cornwell’s arrival helped Kolar in more than just exposure. “What a lot of people don’t realize is, David really pushed John,” Standley said. “I think John saw a whole other facet of the game when David came in, as far as studying the game and working and drill work and all those things you need to do to be a better quarterback. David was a great mentor to John.” By Valentine’s Day 2014, OSU had offered Kolar a scholarship. Three weeks later, Kolar committed to the Cowboys, and even when a flurry of other schools came calling, he stayed committed. No surprise there. Mission accomplished for Maria Kolar. OSU’s newest quarterback indeed is grounded, whether he needs to move to receiver or store tables in his high school gym. Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at newsok.com/berrytramel.
The evolution of defensive backs: Analyzing the development, recruitment and play of safeties and cornerbacksFeb 2, 2015
The rise of seven-on-seven in high school, integration of spread offenses in college and the visibility of NFL stars have, in some ways, redefined the defensive back position
The evolution of defensive backs: Analyzing the development, recruitment and play of safeties and cornerbacks
By Kyle Fredrickson, Staff Writer | Feb 2, 2015Back in 1984, Oklahoma State coach Pat Jones had two defensive backs selected in the NFL Draft. Cleveland nabbed Chris Rockins in the second round. The LA Rams picked Rod Fisher in the 12th. However, what these players became is as noteworthy as where they began. Jones was the Cowboy assistant who signed both out of high school. “Rockins was a very lightly recruited guy that I almost overlooked, but he long jumped over 24 feet,” Jones said. “Fisher was a split-back veer quarterback.” A common scenario in those days: Have a talented athlete lost on a skill-position depth chart? Throw him in at cornerback or safety. Not anymore. Tuesday night’s presentation of the Jim Thorpe Award in Oklahoma City given to college football’s top defensive back and Signing Day on Wednesday provides a fitting time line to examine the evolution of the position. Jones argues, “football players are football players, regardless of generations,” but changes at the high school level have made an imprint on the college and professional game. Gerod Holliman — the 2014 Jim Thorpe winner from Louisville — is a good example. “I knew I wanted to be a defensive back before I got to high school,” Holliman said. “I played corner most of my life in Pop Warner growing up.” With the integration and success of the spread offense, like so many top prep programs in warm-climate areas, Holliman’s high school team in Miami played extensively in seven-on-seven summer leagues. The pass-happy format gave Holliman countless game-speed repetitions that allowed him to develop his talents. It also aided those recruiting Holliman to play at the next level. “With as much seven-on-seven stuff,” Jones said, “it’s easier to evaluate defensive backs and wideouts probably than it was back before there was much of that.” Increased visibility leads to increased scrutiny. Andy Bogert — a 27-year Oklahoma high school football coaching veteran who retired after leading Heritage Hall on its 3A state championship run last season — says pure athleticism for defensive backs isn’t enough. College recruiters are searching for speed, soft hands, hard hitters, flexible hips, leaping ability and more. “You’ve got to find an unbelievable athlete to play defensive back in college or pro football,” Bogert said. “Before, you could have gotten away with a big guy that can run a little bit and really tackle.” Here’s where it gets even trickier. Holliman was well-deserved in winning the Thorpe Award this year. His 14 picks tied the NCAA record for single-season interceptions set by Al Worley (Washington) in 1968. Two of Holliman’s picks came against Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston of Florida State. He credits his success to, “capitalizing on all the mistakes of the offense and the different schemes that the coach put me in.” But are interceptions a true measure of a defensive backs worth? Darqueze Dennard, a Michigan State turned Cincinnati Bengal cornerback, won the Thorpe Award in 2013. He recorded just four interceptions that season. “I probably went five or six games where the quarterback didn’t throw to my side once,” Dennard said. “If you can take out a player, that’s huge in the game.” While the merits of taking a possession away and taking a threat away can be debated, there’s no doubt dominant defensive back play has become popularized in recent years. The Patriots’ Darrelle Revis and the Seahawks’ Richard Sherman have made sure of that, each becoming household names through their play and often brash public personas. That’s how it all loops back to the high school level. Just look at the latest edition of the Madden football video game series. In 2015, Sherman graces the cover. “As a kid growing up, I saw Michael Vick on the Madden game, I wanted to be like him,” Dennard said. “Now it’s the first-time ever to have a cornerback on the (cover). You’ve got big household names at the position. “Watching the game and listening to commentators saying this and that about them, you might have a different mindset about it. Instead of wanting to play quarterback, you might want to play defensive back.”
Feb 1, 2015
A list of some notable multi-sport athletes from Oklahoma high schools who went on to have standout careers in college and beyond.
Multi-sport Oklahomans: A look at some football stars from Oklahoma who excelled at multiple sports
BY BERRY TRAMEL | Feb 1, 2015More and more high school athletes are becoming specialized, concentrating on only one sport. But plenty of standout athletes have excelled despite playing multiple sports. Since 1990, here are some of the Oklahoma high school players who made the NFL or became elite college players after playing multiple sports in high school. Stephen Alexander, 1994, Chickasha: Before he went to OU and on to the NFL, Alexander was a hoops standout in Chickasha. Raymond Austin, 1993, Lawton Eisenhower: Austin was a hurdling star in high school, then made the NFL out of the University of Tennessee. Billy Bajema, 2001, Westmoore: Bajema was hailed as a baseball phenom as a freshman at Westmoore. But he also played football and chose the gridiron over the diamond after high school, going to OSU and then on to the NFL as a tight end. Justin Blackmon, 2008, Plainview: Blackmon physically manhandled college defensive backs while winning two Biletnikoff Awards at OSU. But Blackmon also physically manhandled high school basketball foes of Plainview. Sam Bradford, 2006, Putnam North: You name it, Bradford excelled in it. Football, basketball, golf, even hockey. Bradford focused on football at OU — and won the 2008 Heisman Trophy. He was the 2010 overall No. 1 NFL draft pick. Josh Fields, 2001, Stillwater: Fields was a great quarterback and power hitter not only at Stillwater High School, but OSU. Fields eventually made the major leagues with the Chicago White Sox. Kelly Gregg, 1995, Edmond North: The longtime NFL defensive lineman was a three-time state wrestling champion in Edmond. Cale Gundy, 1990, Midwest City: Just like his brother, Cale was a record-setting quarterback but also a great high school baseball player. Felix Jones, 2005, Tulsa Washington: Jones played several years as a Dallas Cowboys tailback, but he also was a starting guard on Booker T.’s 2005 state finals basketball team. Curtis Lofton, 2005, Kingfisher: The NFL linebacker was a high school basketball standout for the Yellowjackets. Alonzo Mayes, 1993, Douglass: The NFL tight end was a high school basketball star before going to OSU. R.W. McQuarters, 1995, Tulsa Washington: Super Bowl-winning defensive back was a football and basketball star in high school — and played both sports at OSU. T.J. Rushing, 2001, Pauls Valley: Rushing made the Super Bowl with the Indianapolis Colts, but before he went to Stanford, Rushing was a three-sport star at Pauls Valley, including winning four gold medals in the 2001 state track meet. Brandon Weeden, Edmond Santa Fe, 2002: A football and baseball star, Weeden was a second-round draft pick of the Yankees in baseball, then 10 years later was a first-round pick of the Cleveland Browns in football. Jason White, 1999, Tuttle: The 2003 Heisman Trophy winner was a basketball star at Tuttle. Rashaun Woods, 1999, Millwood: OSU’s receiver extraordinaire led the Falcons to one of their many state basketball championships.
Jan 21, 2015
On Wednesday, the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame announced the class that will be inducted in August. Terry will be one of the inductees, joining Sooner footballers Steve Zabel and Kurt Burris, Cowboy grapplers Yojiro Uetake Obata and Pat Smith and old-time basketball great Jack McCracken. Those men are just the latest in the string of sports legends with whom Terry has crossed paths.
Mantle. Mays. Williams. Ralph Terry has crossed paths with a litany of sports legends
By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Jan 21, 2015Ralph Terry remembers seeing Mickey Mantle play as a high schooler in Commerce. Not many people can say that. Even fewer can say that they saw Mantle play before he became a legend, then played with him in the majors. In fact, that is likely a list of one — Ralph Terry. On Wednesday, the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame announced the class that will be inducted in August. Terry will be one of the inductees, joining Sooner footballers Steve Zabel and Kurt Burris, Cowboy grapplers Yojiro Uetake Obata and Pat Smith and old-time basketball great Jack McCracken. Those men are just the latest in the string of sports legends with whom Terry has crossed paths. Ralph Terry encountered so many notables and witnessed so much history that Forrest Gump would be jealous. Seeing a young Mantle, then playing with him in Yankee pinstripes was just the beginning. “My whole life has just been sports,” Terry said. Born in Big Cabin halfway between Tulsa and the northeast corner of the state, Terry was signed by New York during his senior year at nearby Chelsea High School. The hard-throwing righy reported to spring training in Florida when he was only 18 years old. His locker was next to fellow Oklahoman Allie Reynolds. “My real idol,” Terry said. Reynolds became a mentor. “Throw your curveball,” Reynolds told Terry. “Round it off a little bit against those right-handers because you throw hard and hit that outside corner.” Just being a member of the Yankees in those days meant Terry played with a litany of legends. Mantle. Yogi Berra. Whitey Ford. Phil Rizzuto. Enos Slaughter. He faced some notable players, too. Terry, who made his Major League debut in 1956, remembers his first appearance in Boston. Ted Williams was late in his career, but he was still a fearsome bat for the Red Sox. “I walked him on four pitches the first time up,” Terry remembered. “The second time he comes up, I get two strikes on him, and he still hadn’t swung the bat. He’s looking me over and seeing how my fast ball moves and how the curve is breaking.” Yogi Berra, Terry’s catcher, called for a curveball but a low curve. Real low. At the ankles. In the dirt. “Aw,” Terry thought as he stood on the mound, looking in at Yogi, “nobody hits my curveball.” He threw one knee-high to Williams. “And whack,” Terry said, “that ball was hit so hard I never even saw it.” Terry faced plenty of other legends. Willie Mays. Hank Aaron. Roberto Clemente. But Terry’s most remembered encounter came in the 1960 World Series. The Yankees had largely dominated the series against the Pirates, but somehow, Pittsburgh pushed it to Game 7. And even more improbable, the Pirates got to the ninth inning tied. Terry, a starter used in relief that day, came in with two out in the eighth. The Pirates had just tied the game on a three-run homer. With Pittsburgh’s home crowd going crazy, Terry got a fly ball to end the inning. Leading off the bottom of the ninth was Bill Mazeroski, the Pirates’ eight-hole hitter who was best known for his defense at second base. But on a 1-0 pitch from Terry, Mazeroski became known for something else entirely. He smashed a towering shot to left field that became the first walk-off home run in World Series history. Many still consider it the greatest homer in baseball history. “They gave me a day in New York after the ‘60 World Series,” Terry remembered. “A day to get out of town.” He chuckled. He can laugh about it now, but at the time, he felt terrible. Not for himself. For his manager, Casey Stengel. That was the legendary player-turned-manager’s last game in a Yankees uniform. Terry walked into the manager’s office in the visitor’s clubhouse to see Stengel. “And he’s taking off the Yankees uniform for the last time,” Terry said, uttering a sentence that will give you chills. “Pants are down around his shoes. Shirt was open.” Stengel looked up at Terry. “What’s up, kid?” the manager said. “Case, I feel bad ending it for you this way.” “Well, how were you trying to pitch him?” “I was trying to give him breaking stuff low and away. He’s a high-ball hitter. I just couldn’t get the ball down.” Terry had warmed up on a steep mound in the bullpen, then found himself on a flatter mound on the field. His front foot was hitting early, and every pitch was coming in high. “Well, as long as you pitch,” Stengel said, “you’re not always going to get the ball where you want. That’s a physical mistake. But as long as you weren’t going against the scouting report, then I would sleep good tonight. Forget it, kid. Come back, and have a good year next year.” Terry still marvels at the wisdom in those words at a time that was undoubtedly difficult for Stengel. “It was the greatest advice you could ever give anybody,” Terry said. A year later, Terry and the Yankees would win the World Series. Then, they’d do it again the next year when Terry would be named the World Series MVP. Over those two seasons, he won 39 games. Terry would play a couple more seasons for the Yankees before going to Cleveland, Kansas City, then back to New York to play for the Mets. As Terry talked about his days with the Mets, he rattled off some of the pitchers on the roster. Nolan Ryan. Tom Seaver. Tug McGraw. “I taught Tug McGraw how to throw a screwball,” Terry said nonchalantly. You taught Tug McGraw, one of the game’s greatest screwballers, to throw the screwball? “I taught him how to throw it, yeah,” Terry said, his eyes sparkling. “I’m proud of that.” The crazy thing is, Ralph Terry had a second professional sports career after his baseball days. He turned a golf hobby into two years on the PGA Tour and a stint on the Senior PGA Tour. Of course, there were more legends crossing his path, Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer prime among them. “I’ll never forget, Nicklaus told me ... ‘Ralph, you’re gonna love golf. That golf bag will take you lots of places,’” Terry said. “And he was so right.” He would play in England, Scotland, South Africa and Japan among other locales before retiring. Now living in Larned, Kan., sports remain a major part of his life. The 79-year-old plans to bowl Thursday night in a league with his son. What a life. Terry recognizes the wealth of historic moments that he’s witnessed, even been part of, and abundance of amazing athletes who he’s encountered. To understand how rich a journey it has been, you need only know that Terry had talked at length about his career before he just happened to mention that he was one of the Yankees riding shotgun when Roger Maris broke Babe Ruth’s single-season home run record in 1961. “I used to sit on the bench watching him hit those home runs,” Terry said of Maris’ 61, “and I said, ‘Boys, history is being made. We’ll look back on this.’” Turns out, Ralph Terry knows quite a bit about seeing history in the making. Jenni Carlson: Jenni can be reached at 475-4125. Like her at facebook.com/ JenniCarlsonOK, follow her at twitter.com/jennicarlson_ok or view her personality page at newsok.com/jennicarlson. CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article included an incorrect spelling for Nicklaus. It has been corrected.
Jan 17, 2015
The only native Oklahoman to score a Super Bowl touchdown hasn’t forgotten Marlow, the town where he grew up. Hard to forget when you moved back there, and raised your kids there, and live there still, driving two minutes to work even on the days when traffic is heavy. And this week, a street was renamed after him.
Why former Oklahoma State, NFL player Terry Brown still loves and lives in his hometown of Marlow
BY BERRY TRAMEL | Jan 17, 2015Terry Brown’s buddies were giving him the business Wednesday at the Marlow Lions Club meeting. Brown’s hometown had renamed a stretch of South 7th Street. Terry Brown Avenue now runs a couple of blocks alongside Outlaw Stadium. Brown shut them up by telling his pals to be careful, else he’d put up a toll booth. It was an empty threat. This half-a-century relationship between a man and his hometown has been about giving, not taking. A toll booth on Terry Brown Avenue would hand out quarters, not require them for passage. The only native Oklahoman to score a Super Bowl touchdown hasn’t forgotten where he grew up. Hard to forget when you moved back there, and raised your kids there, and live there still, driving two minutes to work even on the days when traffic is heavy. “I loved the community,” said Brown, a 1965 Marlow High School graduate. “When they do things, they do it right.” A Christmas parade. A Fourth of July parade. Fireworks displays that rival far bigger cities than this town of 4,662 in Stephens County, between Duncan and Chickasha on Highway 81. The community loves Brown back. He’s been in business for 35 years, the State Farm Insurance agency on North Broadway. Been a civic leader and a contributor to causes and the radio voice of Outlaw football for three decades. A Minnesota Viking safety from 1972-75, the glory days of Bud Grant. Played in two Super Bowls. Recovered a fumble for a touchdown in Super Bowl IX, the Vikes’ 16-6 lost to the Steelers. Minneapolis is a nice place. Brown was a hero. When he finished his football career with the ’76 Cleveland Browns, Brown could have chosen to live anywhere. He picked Marlow. Here’s why. In 1961, John Junior Brown moved his family from Walters to Marlow, to take a job as head electrician for the city. His wife, Kate, saw after their three children. Karen, Jim and Terry. Karen had just graduated high school and was on her way to Central State College. Jim was a high school sophomore, Terry a freshman. The Brown brothers jumped into athletics, but “I don’t think they expected much out of us,” Terry Brown said. One coach suggested they’d make good managers. Might have been a little motivation. In 1964, tragedy struck. John Junior Brown, 43 years old, underwent open heart surgery to repair a valve. He never got off his back and he never woke up. Brown died of pneumonia three weeks later. Kate Brown took a job in a laundry at Fort Sill, about 25 miles to the west. Terry got a job at the Marlow Review, pouring lead in those prehistoric printing days, and building advertisements, often a letter at a time. Kate wasn’t sure she wanted her boys to play football. Marlow coach Sevil Pickett was Old School. A great coach — Marlow won the 1959 state championship — but Old School. “Coach Pickett had a reputation in southern Oklahoma as a tough, no-nonsense, rough-talking, stern, taskmaster,” said Mickey Hoy, who grew up in Marlow, became a high school football coach himself, coaching Davis to two state championships, and recently celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary with the former Karen Brown. For the Brown brothers, Sevil Pickett stepped into the void created by the loss of their father. “Coach Pickett was a great coach,” Terry Brown said. “Back then, they coached a little different. He was pretty tough. But he had a way of getting the most out of you. He was almost like a dad to us.” Pickett consoled Kate and her grieving sons. He was there when their house burned. There when Terry Brown needed advice for college. There to offer an idea that changed Brown’s life. Before Brown’s senior season, he was called to Pickett’s office. Brown had been an end in Marlow’s single wing. Pickett wanted to move Brown to fullback. “He knew something I didn’t know,” Brown said. The move ignited the Outlaws. They beat Bixby for the 1964 state championship and Brown became a star. He drew a variety of scholarship offers. Even asked Pickett where he should go. Pickett wouldn’t say. Pickett had played at Oklahoma A&M in the 1930s but didn’t want to steer his young charge one way or the other. But Brown indeed chose Stillwater, playing for Phil Cutchin at OSU, then getting chosen by the St. Louis Cardinals in the third round of the 1969 NFL Draft. Soon enough, Brown was a Viking. And just as soon as he could, Brown and his wife, Ann, returned to Marlow with children Kristen, Suzzane and Greg. “He could have moved anywhere in the world, but he chose to come back and raise his family there, because he liked what it was all about,” said Greg Brown. “He’s had his business there. Supported things financially as well as supporting everything in the town. Just been a mainstay in the town for a really long time.” And so last Monday, Terry Brown’s hometown gathered to honor him. A couple of former Sooners, Chuck Bowman and Clendon Thomas, made the trip. So did former Cowboy Derrel Gofourth. And OSU associate athletic directors Larry Reece and Kevin Klintworth. The family of Brown’s OSU quarterback, Bob Cutburth, was there. So was the widow of Wally Hilgenberg, the great old Minnesota linebacker who died in 2008 of Lou Gehrig’s disease. “It turned out quite a deal,” Terry Brown said. “Marlow does things right.” Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at email@example.com. He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at newsok.com/berrytramel.
Jan 16, 2015
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Not so long ago, the only reason a lot of people knew Cardale Jones was for a thoughtless comment on social media about not wanting to go to school.Now the national-champion quarterback is also a shining example for educators preaching to kids to get a degree.It's a turnaround almost as dramatic as the one he has taken in his Ohio State career over the past two months.The...
Ohio State's Cardale Jones says he's staying with Buckeyes
By RUSTY MILLER, Associated Press | Jan 16, 2015COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Not so long ago, the only reason a lot of people knew Cardale Jones was for a thoughtless comment on social media about not wanting to go to school. Now the national-champion quarterback is also a shining example for educators preaching to kids to get a degree. It's a turnaround almost as dramatic as the one he has taken in his Ohio State career over the past two months. The big quarterback surprised a packed crowd Thursday, declaring at his old high school in Cleveland that he would stay at Ohio State rather than jump into the NFL draft. "My decision was very simple," he said. "I'm going to return next year for school." That sentence was met with audible gasps in the gymnasium, then applause from students and teachers. Many thought that Jones, who could have jumped to the pros after a year spent at military school, a redshirt season and a year capped by starring for the Buckeyes, would make himself available for the draft. After all, it was just over two years ago he posted on his Twitter account: "Why should we have to go to class if we came here to play FOOTBALL, we ain't come to play SCHOOL classes are POINTLESS" Coach Urban Meyer suspended him. Jones later apologized, and now calls it an embarrassing moment in his life. He said he has matured a lot since sending out that message. He proved it by saying he was coming back to the Buckeyes. In his only college starts, he led Ohio State to wins in the Big Ten title game, the Sugar Bowl and Monday night's national championship. "It's everybody's dream and goal when they play football or any collegiate sport to make it to the next level," he said, wearing a gray T-shirt with his nickname "12 Gauge" because of his uniform number and shotgun-like arm. "At my point in my career, I feel like it's best for me to go back to school. One of the most important things for me to do is graduate. "When I make that decision to play in the NFL, I want to be done with school. I want to devote all of my time and all my effort to the film room and getting better at playing the quarterback position." Just a few weeks after coming from anonymity to take over the Ohio State quarterback job, his decision was broadcast live on ESPN. The cable network's draft guru, Mel Kiper Jr., said Jones could go as high as the second round of the draft. He, like many football experts, believed Jones, who recently became a father, would jump to the pros. "We put everything on a scale for him and education outweighed everything else. This shows the maturity he does have," said his mentor and coach at Glenville Academic Campus, Ted Ginn. "I'm so proud. He's a great kid, very intelligent, smart. I think the biggest thing to him was to be able to say to his baby, 'I went back,' and to set an example for all kids." Jones, his family, Ginn and Meyer met earlier Thursday in Cleveland. The day after the championship game in Texas, Meyer had said there might not ever be a better time for Jones to make the move to the NFL. "Cardale's brand right now has never been stronger, might never be stronger in his life," Meyer said. Instead, the 6-foot-5, 250-pound redshirt sophomore will battle two-time Big Ten player of the year Braxton Miller, a graduate student still recovering from shoulder surgery, and this year's quarterback of the year in the conference, sophomore-to-be J.T. Barrett (recovering from a broken ankle) for the starting job next season. "I want to go back and compete for the spot," he said. "I don't want anything given to me." Barrett led the Buckeyes all season after Miller reinjured his shoulder 12 days before the season opener, setting school records with 3,772 yards of total offense and 34 passing touchdowns. But when he was injured in the fourth quarter of the last regular-season game, Jones took over in style. He threw for 257 yards and three touchdowns in the 59-0 Big Ten title rout of Wisconsin and was selected the game MVP. Then, in the Sugar Bowl against top-ranked Alabama, Jones ran for 43 yards and threw for 243 yards and a touchdown in a 42-35 victory. In the national title game, he continually made huge plays. He ran for 38 yards on 21 carries and a touchdown, plus completed 16 of 23 passes for 242 yards and a touchdown in a 42-20 victory over Oregon. Jones was asked what he would say to people who believe he's making a mistake. "I can't say what I want to say to them," he said with a laugh. "It's my life. I have to live it. Not them." ___ Follow Rusty Miller on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/RustyMillerAP
Jan 15, 2015
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Quarterback Cardale Jones shocked the college football world in three late-season starts leading Ohio State to the national championship.He surprised a packed crowd again on Thursday, declaring at his old high school in Cleveland that he would return to the Buckeyes rather than jump into the NFL draft."My decision was very simple. I had to talk it over with my family, my...
Ohio State's Cardale Jones says he'll return to Buckeyes
By RUSTY MILLER, Associated Press | Jan 15, 2015COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Quarterback Cardale Jones shocked the college football world in three late-season starts leading Ohio State to the national championship. He surprised a packed crowd again on Thursday, declaring at his old high school in Cleveland that he would return to the Buckeyes rather than jump into the NFL draft. "My decision was very simple. I had to talk it over with my family, my friends, my coaching staff," he said. "I'm going to return next year for school." That sentence was met with audible gasps in the gymnasium, then applause from students and teachers. Jones, who spent a year at a military school and also had a redshirt season with the Buckeyes, could have turned pro. In his only college starts he led Ohio State to wins in the Big Ten title game, the Sugar Bowl and Monday night's national championship. "It's everybody's dream and goal when they play football or any collegiate sport to make it to the next level," he said, wearing a gray T-shirt with his nickname "12 Gauge" because of his uniform number and shotgun-like arm. "At my point in my career, I feel like it's best for me to go back to school. One of the most important things for me to do is graduate. "When I make that decision to play in the NFL, I want to be done with school. I want to devote all of my time and all my effort to the film room and getting better at playing the quarterback position." Then, before several hundred people at the Ginn Academy, part of Glenville Academic Campus, he added: "Thank all of you guys for coming out. I don't know why you guys made it such a big deal." Two months ago, almost no one knew who Jones was. On Thursday, his decision was broadcast live on ESPN. The cable network's draft guru, Mel Kiper Jr., said Jones could go as high as the second round of the draft. He, like many football experts, believed Jones, who recently became a father, would jump to the pros. "We put everything on a scale for him and education outweighed everything else. This shows the maturity he does have," said his mentor and high school coach, Ted Ginn. "I'm so proud. He's a great kid, very intelligent, smart. I think the biggest thing to him was to be able to say to his baby, 'I went back,' and to set an example for all kids." That's a glaring contrast from what Jones was best known for before those final three games. Just over two years ago, Jones infamously posted on his Twitter account that he hadn't come to Ohio State to "play school" but to play football. Now — in a decision he revealed while Ohio State was having classes 2 hours away — he has chosen to again do both. The decision was a big deal because of how the 6-foot-5, 250-pound redshirt sophomore played after taking over as Ohio State's starter just before the postseason. Now, he will battle two-time Big Ten player of the year Braxton Miller, a graduate student still recovering from shoulder surgery, and this year's quarterback of the year in the conference, sophomore-to-be J.T. Barrett (recovering from a broken ankle) for the starting job next season. "I want to go back and compete for the spot," he said. "I don't want anything given to me." Barrett led the Buckeyes all season after Miller reinjured his shoulder 12 days before the season opener, setting school records with 3,772 yards of total offense and 34 passing touchdowns. But when he was injured in the fourth quarter of the last regular season game, Jones took over in style. He threw for 257 yards and three touchdowns in the 59-0 Big Ten title rout of Wisconsin and was named the game MVP. Then, in the Sugar Bowl against top-ranked Alabama, Jones ran for 43 yards and threw for 243 yards and a touchdown in a 42-35 victory. In the national title game, he continually made critical plays. He ran for 38 yards on 21 carries and a touchdown, plus completed 16 of 23 passes for 242 yards and a touchdown in a 42-20 victory over Oregon. Jones, his family, Ginn and Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer had met earlier on Thursday in Cleveland. The day after the championship game in Texas, Meyer had said there might not ever be a better time for Jones to make the move to the NFL. "Cardale's brand right now has never been stronger, might never be stronger in his life," Meyer said. Instead of the NFL, however, now he'll be back to classes, conditioning and college competition. Jones was asked what he would say to people who believe he's making a mistake. "I can't say what I want to say to them," he said with a laugh. "It's my life. I have to live it. Not them." ___ Follow Rusty Miller on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/RustyMillerAP
Jan 13, 2015
DALLAS (AP) — While Urban Meyer was doing most of the talking, Cardale Jones owned the room.Ohio State's rising star quarterback was all big grins, silly smirks, rolling eyes and mischievous glances Tuesday, the day after he helped the Buckeyes roll Oregon 42-20 to win the first College Football Playoff national championship.Jones said that he's not ready for the NFL. But after just three...
With NFL talk buzzing, Cardale Jones says he's 'not ready'
By RALPH D. RUSSO, Associated Press | Jan 13, 2015DALLAS (AP) — While Urban Meyer was doing most of the talking, Cardale Jones owned the room. Ohio State's rising star quarterback was all big grins, silly smirks, rolling eyes and mischievous glances Tuesday, the day after he helped the Buckeyes roll Oregon 42-20 to win the first College Football Playoff national championship. Jones said that he's not ready for the NFL. But after just three college starts, the 22-year-old, third-year sophomore is in a unique position. Should he stay or should he go? "Cardale's brand right now has never been stronger, might never be stronger again in his life," Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said. On the other hand, the 6-foot-5, 250-pounder from Cleveland is still a raw — though enticing — prospect. "I'm amazed at the speed and quickness he has for a guy that weighs over 250 pounds," said former NFL executive Gil Brandt, who now works as an analyst for the NFL Network. "But his passes, some are on the money, some are low, some are high and some are wide." Jones is eligible for early entry to the NFL draft because he is at more than three years removed from graduating high school. The deadline for underclassmen to declare for the draft is Thursday. Brandt said Jones has the talent to be selected, probably somewhere in the back half of the seven-round draft, but he would be better served developmentally by another year playing college football. But there is the rub: Ohio State could have three star quarterbacks on the roster next season with Jones, J.T. Barrett and Braxton Miller. Jones is not guaranteed to be the starter. It's a strange position for Jones to find himself. Back in August, he was the Buckeyes' third-stringer. But after Miller hurt his shoulder in the preseason and Barrett broke his ankle against Michigan, it was up to Jones to lead Ohio State the rest of the way. In three games against Wisconsin (Big Ten championship), Alabama (Sugar Bowl semifinal) and Oregon, Jones was 46 of 75 for 742 yards passing and five touchdowns. "I mean, it's very odd," Jones said of going from Meyer's doghouse to considering an NFL career in such a short time. "You know, I'm going to be starting three games in three years, and you know, guys play their whole career to have that buildup and have that motivation to play in the NFL. "In my personal opinion, I'm not ready for that level yet. I mean, like Coach Meyer said, it's a conversation me and him will have later down the road. But to me right now, it's far out." So is Jones' personality. Meyer has been blunt in talking about how Jones' work ethic and maturity have been lacking over the last three years. The coach has seen a change he couldn't have expected. "I mean, it's kind of cool to be sitting here using the word NFL next to Cardale's name," Meyer said, a comment that prompted a sideways smile and giggle from Jones, who was sitting across from the coach on the dais. "He certainly has talent. Is he ready right now? That's a chat I guess we'll go and have at some point, probably not right here in front of everybody." Jones was goofing around with his teammates and coach after the national championship game Monday night, giving Meyer bunny ears as he sat for his postgame news conference and trying to distract Ezekiel Elliott with a cellphone while the running back answered questions. Jones seems to have the type of personality that could make him college football's next click-bait star. He can't cash in on that if he stays in college, but staying in Columbus, Ohio, might be best for him in the long run. Goofy is great for Twitter. The NFL is serious business. Is Jones ready for that? "Some guys change when they're 50 years old, it's too late," Meyer said. "Other guys change when they're going through the journey like we all did when we're 17 to 21 years old, 22 years old in his case. Very proud of him. But we have not had that conversation yet." ___ Follow Ralph D. Russo at www.Twitter.com/ralphDrussoAP
Jan 11, 2015
DALLAS (AP) — Ohio native, Buckeyes fan and Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James is making sure Ohio State's players are getting an earful at the national championship game.James helped each of the Buckeyes, who play Oregon on Monday night, get a pair of Beats By Dre headphones.Ohio State officials say that the gift was not a violation of improper benefits to athletes, and that the value of...
LeBron James makes sure Buckeyes have headphones for game
By RUSTY MILLER, Associated Press | Jan 11, 2015DALLAS (AP) — Ohio native, Buckeyes fan and Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James is making sure Ohio State's players are getting an earful at the national championship game. James helped each of the Buckeyes, who play Oregon on Monday night, get a pair of Beats By Dre headphones. Ohio State officials say that the gift was not a violation of improper benefits to athletes, and that the value of the headphones will be subtracted from the total permissible gift allowance offered to players in the game. "LeBron helped facilitate the connection with Beats By Dre," Ohio State team spokesman Jerry Emig said in a text message. "The headphones were donated to Ohio State (and I'm told also to Oregon as well) and were distributed within permissible NCAA limitations on awards." James, who represents the product, is an Akron native who has repeatedly said that had he not jumped directly from St. Vincent-St. Mary High School to the NBA he would have played at Ohio State. He has attended the Buckeyes' football and basketball games and has a dressing-room stall in the new men's basketball practice facility adjoining Ohio State's Value City Arena. A message was posted on Ohio State coach Urban Meyer's Twitter account on Saturday thanking James for the headphones, which were pictured. ___ Follow Rusty Miller on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/RustyMillerAP
Dec 28, 2014
Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones opened the season stuck behind one Heisman candidate and another talented enough to throw his name in the mix, too. Alabama's Blake Sims succeeded a Heisman finalist, outdueled a more heralded challenger and emerged as the Crimson Tide's offensive leader.The two quarterbacks will lead their teams into a College Football Playoff matchup Thursday night in the...
Sugar Bowl: Jones, Sims rise as unexpected stars
By RUSTY MILLER and JOHN ZENOR, Associated Press | Dec 28, 2014Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones opened the season stuck behind one Heisman candidate and another talented enough to throw his name in the mix, too. Alabama's Blake Sims succeeded a Heisman finalist, outdueled a more heralded challenger and emerged as the Crimson Tide's offensive leader. The two quarterbacks will lead their teams into a College Football Playoff matchup Thursday night in the Superdome in New Orleans. Sure, they won't get the hype of the matchup between the last two Heisman winners, Oregon's Marcus Mariota and Florida State's Jameis Winston, but the Buckeyes and Tide will also be banking heavily on their quarterbacks. Jones replaced an injured J.T. Barrett, who replaced an injured Braxton Miller. He started the 59-0 rout of Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship game. Sims beat out Florida State transfer Jake Coker after a preseason battle, and broke the single-season school passing mark of 2013 Heisman runner-up AJ McCarron. Here's the tale of the tape of the "other" two quarterbacks in the playoffs: Name: Blake Sims. Team: Alabama. Height: 6-0. Weight: 208. Year: Fifth-year senior. Career starts: 12-1. Coming out of high school: Sims was rated a four-star athlete at Gainesville (Georgia) High School, where he led his team to the AAA state championship game in 2009. First start: Sims passed for 250 yards against West Virginia in the Georgia Dome, a huge step toward declaring himself the Crimson Tide's No. 1 quarterback. Impressive stat: Was at his most efficient in the SEC championship game against Missouri. Sims completed 23 of 27 passes for 262 yards and two touchdowns. Troublesome stat: Sims was intercepted three times in the regular-season finale against Auburn, helping keep the Tigers in the game. But he threw only four interceptions in the other 12 games. On the move: Sims doesn't run a lot, but opponents have to be wary of the former running back's moves and quickness. Public perception: Many reporters and fans alike thought Coker would win the starting job. Now, Sims is a team captain heavily praised by coach Nick Saban and teammates for his leadership and perseverance. They said it: "I'd say it's pretty inspirational," Saban said about Sims' rise. "I'd say he has a lot of respect from his teammates and I'd say he has a tremendous impact on everybody around him." He said it: "We talk about what we can do," he said about the legacy he and this team will leave. "I keep telling them one game at a time. We can't live that legacy if we don't get past Ohio State, we can't doubt Ohio State. They're a very good team and they can beat you." Name: Cardale Jones. Team: Ohio State. Height: 6-5. Weight: 250. Year: Redshirt sophomore. Career starts: 1-0. Coming out of high school: Acclaimed recruit out of Glenville Academic Campus, a Cleveland high school he led to the state finals as a junior. Also spent a year at Fork Union (Virginia) Military Academy to reinforce his grades before enrolling at Ohio State. First start: After J.T. Barrett's broken ankle against Michigan, Jones started Ohio State's shocking 59-0 victory over Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship game Dec. 6. He completed 12 of 17 passes for 257 yards and three touchdowns without an interception to earn game MVP honors. Impressive stat: Says he can throw a football 85 yards. However, "It's not that important unless a guy can get down there to catch the ball." Troublesome stat: Has never faced defensive pressure like he will against Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. On the move: For a big man, Jones is deceptively nimble although he'll never be mistaken for Usain Bolt. Famously vaulted a couple of potential tacklers in games during mop-up duty this season — something he has been instructed to not try against the Crimson Tide. Public perception: He's the guy who two years ago infamously posted on his Twitter account, "Why should we have to go to class if we came here to play FOOTBALL. We ain't come to play SCHOOL, classes are POINTLESS." He was suspended the next day and now says it was a foolish mistake that he regrets. They said it: Ohio State coach Urban Meyer on Jones: "Cardale is a great story. It's still a process now. He's not the grown man that he needs to be, but he's getting close. You know, the thing that really struck me is when he made a mistake during the course of the (Big Ten title) game, and I gave him (a glare) and was ready to dive right in. He looked me right in the eye and said, 'I made a mistake, Coach. It won't happen again.' That's a good sign of maturity." He said it: Jones on his role on the Buckeyes: "It's not how well I've played in a game, it's how well we've played as a team and how our offense, defense and kicking game came together. So just basically, (I stay grounded by) letting myself know it's not over. The Big Ten, that's one of our goals around here. But we're chasing a national championship now."
Collected Wisdom: Mark Price, former NBA star, Charlotte Hornets assistant coach and Oklahoma nativeDec 27, 2014
After helping turn the Georgia Tech program around and then starring in the NBA, Mark Price is now an assistant for the Charlotte Hornets. He was in town on Friday night. And he shared some of his collected wisdom.
Collected Wisdom: Mark Price, former NBA star, Charlotte Hornets assistant coach and Oklahoma native
INTERVIEWED BY ANTHONY SLATER | Dec 27, 2014Among the growing list of basketball stars to originate from the state of Oklahoma, Mark Price is the only one to make an All-NBA First Team. The Enid native earned those honors in 1993 — one of the pinnacle moments of what has been a storied hoops career. And it’s not over. After helping turn the Georgia Tech program around and then starring in the NBA, Price is now an assistant for the Charlotte Hornets. He was in town on Friday night. And he shared some of his collected wisdom. My biggest memories from Oklahoma, well, my dad coached at different high schools and colleges, so I lived all over the state. Went to high school in Enid. But I just tell people Oklahoma is a great place, have great memories of my childhood. Great people, hard-working people. Any time you grow up in a smaller town, life is not going to be as fast-paced as a big city. So growing up in Enid, town of about 50,000 people, things were the same. And there’s a lot stability in that, growing up and having that environment. The 1982 state championship, that was one of the most fun years I ever had playing basketball. We were a small team. I think we might have been predicted to finish last in the conference. We were in a conference with Wayman Tisdale and all the Tulsa teams and yet somehow we were able to come together as a team. I got to play with my middle brother Matt that season. He was a sophomore. So I just have great memories of making that run. We didn’t play (Tisdale’s team) in the state tournament. But we had beat them earlier in the year when they were undefeated and the No. 1 team in the state. Oh, yeah (I remember that game). It was crazy. The little arena we had in Enid was just packed to the gills. Nobody gave us much of a chance. Our tallest guy was about 6-foot-1. And they had a frontline of about 6-9, 6-8, 6-7 and had Wayman obviously. So beating them, man, you talk to people that live there now and they still remember it vividly. We played a tight zone, tried to make them shoot outside, not kill us inside with the rebounding. About 90 percent of our shots were outside the paint. I had a really good game, but we also had a couple other guys step up and hit some shots as well. Just a great win for the town of Enid. Really gave us the confidence that we could go on and accomplish a lot that season. All the local schools recruited me hard — OU, OSU and even Tulsa with Nolan Richardson at the time. And I was really not planning on going that far from home, even looking at Kansas State close by recruiting me really hard. But I don’t know, examining all the situations, I was small coming out of high school and felt I needed to play a lot as a freshman to develop. A lot of the schools I would have picked locally I probably would have had to wait a year or two. Georgia Tech I felt offered me the best opportunity. And it was in a great conference. Ended up being the right decision. Caught a lot of people by surprise at the time, even my parents that I chose Tech. Because of all the programs at the time, it was probably the least-known program of all of them. But obviously we were able to build something special there (Price was a two-time All-American and four-time All-ACC performer, helping Georgia Tech to the ACC title his junior season). Maybe (my NBA career) is underrated in a sense from the national media because I played in Cleveland most of my career. But the people in the league and the players I went against, they all knew how good I was. I was voted to four All-Star games and picked for Dream Team 2. So from that sense I don’t feel I wasn’t appreciated. To me, I was always appreciated by the right people, my peers, the coaches. You can’t control the national media. My best NBA memory was probably making the Eastern Conference Finals in Larry Bird’s last season. We had to knock the Celtics off to get to Chicago. So that was very emotional. Went seven games and gave us a chance to face the Bulls. It’s great, I was really happy for the state when it got an NBA franchise. We didn’t have anything like that when I was growing up. It was basically just college games and Dallas was the closest NBA city. I always knew the state could support it. They love basketball here even though it gets the reputation as a football state. So I’ve just been really happy for the state and franchise that it’s doing so well. I feel good about (my current coaching situation). At first, I have four kids and a lot of them are at home, so I kinda went more of a developmental coach to shooting coach route to start with because I didn’t want to jump in with both feet. And it kinda progressed to where now I’m on the bench as a full-time coach and hopefully one day take the next step to be a head coach. No question, anybody that’s ever coached would like to get that opportunity to get that chance one day. If it happens, great. If not, just keep working and doing what I do.