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 By CLIFF BRUNT    Sports    October 22, 2021

Oklahoma St. coach Gundy agrees to perpetual 5-year deal

Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy has agreed to a new contract that will keep him on a perpetual five-year deal at his alma mater. The OSU/A&M Board of Regents has approved the recommendation from Oklahoma State president Dr. Kayse Shrum and Oklahoma...

 
 By CLIFF BRUNT    Sports    October 20, 2021

Oklahoma QB Williams among AP's Big 12 midseason honorees

Oklahoma quarterback Caleb Williams has started only one game, and just like that, he's The Associated Press' pick for the Big 12's top freshman of the first half of this season. The 18-year-old's strong arm and swift legs have injected energy into...

 
 By CLIFF BRUNT    Sports    October 13, 2021

Oklahoma coach Riley won't name starting QB before TCU game

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Spencer Rattler was the man heading into the season. Now he might not even be the starter. The Oklahoma quarterback had everything going for himself two months ago. He was a preseason Associated Press first-team All-American...

 
 By CLIFF BRUNT    Sports    October 7, 2021

Ex-Oklahoma QB Thompson's son leads Texas into rivalry game

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Former Oklahoma quarterback Charles Thompson never imagined he'd even consider putting up the "Hook 'em Horns" hand gesture. He's done it now, and for good reason. His son, Casey, will start at quarterback for No. 21 Texas...

 

Rodgers' return vs. Oklahoma still resonates 50 years later

Fifty years later, fans of all ages still ask Johnny Rodgers about that electrifying play. They want a first-person account of the bobbing, weaving, 72-yard punt return for a touchdown that helped Rodgers and No. 1 Nebraska beat No. 2 Oklahoma 35-31...

 

Nebraska-Oklahoma provided stage for Black stars in '70s

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Half a century ago, the Nebraska-Oklahoma rivalry games offered a grand stage for the best Black college football players while the South dragged its feet on integration. With Nebraska's Johnny Rodgers, Rich Glover and Willie H...

 

No. 2 Oklahoma holds on for 40-35 win over Tulane

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Spencer Rattler passed for 304 yards, and No. 2 Oklahoma beat Tulane 40-35 on Saturday in a game that was relocated from New Orleans because of Hurricane Ida. Oklahoma led by five in the fourth quarter and Tulane had possession...

 
 By CLIFF BRUNT    Sports    August 27, 2021

Oklahoma State backfield loaded with talent, depth

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Mike Gundy is heading into his 17th year as Oklahoma State's head coach, and he believes he has his best depth at running back. In the first depth chart released before the Sept. 4 opener against Missouri State, there are...

 
 By CLIFF BRUNT    Sports    August 20, 2021

No. 2 Oklahoma focused on short-term ahead of move to SEC

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — While Oklahoma's plans to eventually join the Southeastern Conference have generated plenty of excitement, the Sooners are focused on more immediate goals, such as chasing their seventh consecutive Big 12 championship and...

 
 By CLIFF BRUNT    Sports    August 20, 2021

Emerging defense leads the way for Oklahoma State

Oklahoma State has built its reputation under coach Mike Gundy with explosive offensive play. The defense has caught up and that makes the Cowboys a threat to contend in the Big 12 this season. Oklahoma State returns nine starters from a unit that an...

 
 By CLIFF BRUNT    Sports    June 9, 2021

Sooners top Florida State 6-2, force decisive Game 3 at WCWS

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Jocelyn Alo hit a go-ahead homer in the sixth inning, and Oklahoma beat Florida State 6-2 on Wednesday night to force a decisive Game 3 for the Women's College World Series title. The final game will be played Thursday...

 
 By CLIFF BRUNT    Sports    June 6, 2021

Oklahoma tops James Madison, advances to championship series

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Giselle Juarez struck out 11 in another stellar performance, helping top-seeded Oklahoma beat Odicci Alexander and James Madison 7-1 in a Women's College World Series semifinal on Monday. Behind Alexander's pitching, unseeded J...

 
 By CLIFF BRUNT    Regional    May 30, 2021

100 years after Tulsa Race Massacre, Black mistrust remains

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — There's been undeniable progress in the relationship between the Tulsa police and the city's Black community in the past 100 years. Then again, it's hard to imagine it could have gotten worse. Complaints about police bias and a...

 
 By CLIFF BRUNT    Regional    May 30, 2021

Black fear of Tulsa police lingers 100 years after massacre

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — There's been undeniable progress in the relationship between the Tulsa police and the city's Black community in the past 100 years. Then again, it's hard to imagine it could have gotten worse. Complaints about police bias and a...

 
 By CLIFF BRUNT    Sports    May 16, 2021

Strange losing season finally over for Oklahoma City

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma City Thunder finally can move on from the strangest of seasons. A franchise that had missed the playoffs just once in the previous 11 seasons finds itself in the draft lottery with a 22-50 record. It was the...

 
 By CLIFF BRUNT    Sports    March 28, 2021

Oklahoma State coach Mike Boynton agrees to extension

Oklahoma State announced a seven-year contract extension with coach Mike Boynton on Monday, a deal that will increase his compensation to $3 million annually. Boynton, 39, was set to make $1.85 million for this contract year, though he agreed to a...

 
 By CLIFF BRUNT    Sports    March 18, 2021

Oklahoma women's coach Coale retires after 3 Final Fours

Oklahoma women's basketball coach Sherri Coale is retiring after 25 years leading the program. The school made the announcement in a news release on Wednesday. Coale, a native of tiny Healdton, Oklahoma, is a member of the Women's Basketball Hall of...

 
 By CLIFF BRUNT    Sports    March 3, 2021

No. 17 Oklahoma State completes sweep of No. 16 Oklahoma

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — As freshman star Cade Cunningham soaked in the cheers following Oklahoma State's win over Oklahoma on Monday night, the home fans at Gallagher-Iba Arena chanted, "One more year!" He's not coming back — he was introduced w...

 

College softball an anchor for Olympic hopefuls in pandemic

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Division I softball is providing a training ground this season for players preparing for the 2021 Summer Olympics in Japan. UCLA's Rachel Garcia and Bubba Nickles and Arizona's Dejah Mulipola are on the U.S. squad that will go...

 

Cunningham shines, Oklahoma St beats No. 18 Texas Tech in OT

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Cade Cunningham scored 20 points and Oklahoma State got past Texas Tech in overtime for the second time this season, beating the 18th-ranked Red Raiders 74-69 on Monday night. Cunningham, the Big 12's leading scorer and...

 
 By CLIFF BRUNT    Sports    January 24, 2021

Butler's 22 lead No. 2 Baylor past Oklahoma State 81-66

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Baylor's depth and experience eventually overwhelmed an Oklahoma State team that was missing star freshman Cade Cunningham due to COVID-19 protocols. Jared Butler scored 22 points, and the second-ranked Bears rallied from...

 

Athletes act: Stars rise up against racial injustice in 2020

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — As the NBA neared its restart in late July, its players vowed to keep the calls for social justice reform at the forefront in the wake of the police killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. The basketball stars weren't the...

 

Overhauled roster, timeline, pandemic test new Thunder coach

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Mark Daigneault has quite a task ahead of him in Oklahoma City. He is heading into his first NBA head coaching gig at age 35, and he was hired to replace Billy Donovan a week before the draft and a month before the start of...

 
 By CLIFF BRUNT    Sports    December 9, 2020

'Full warning': Older basketball coaches at work in pandemic

Rick Barnes thought he was in the clear early in his bout with COVID-19. The Tennessee coach should have known better, given his texts with Tom Izzo, his Michigan State counterpart who also went through it. About a week into his quarantine, Barnes...

 
 By CLIFF BRUNT    Sports    December 6, 2020

No. 13 Oklahoma tops Baylor, earns trip to Big 12 title game

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Spencer Rattler's pass hit a Baylor defender in the hands, then somehow landed in Brayden Willis' arms for a touchdown. It was that kind of night for Oklahoma — ugly, but good enough. Rattler threw two touchdown passes, and...

 

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