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 By Cliff Brunt    Sports    July 24, 2020

Thunder look to recapture February, March form in restart

The Oklahoma City Thunder were one of the hottest teams in the NBA before the pandemic hit. The Thunder had won eight of 10 and climbed to the No. 5 spot in the Western Conference standings before the season was delayed. Now, they hope they can pick...

 
 By Cliff Brunt    Regional    July 24, 2020

Oklahoma high school fall sports planned to start on time

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The governing body for high school activities in Oklahoma plans for sports, including football to start on time in the fall while the organization is prepared to adjust as it navigates the coronavirus pandemic, it's director...

 
 By Cliff Brunt    Sports    July 10, 2020

Oklahoma coach Riley now pulling top QBs from prep ranks

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — On his official visit, Caleb Williams was scheduled to chat with Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley for 20 minutes. The conversation lasted two hours. "I was very comfortable, very peaceful," Williams said. "I guess you could say, li...

 
 By Cliff Brunt    Sports    July 8, 2020

Cunningham says Boynton key reason he stayed at Oklahoma St

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma State coach Mike Boynton kept star recruit Cade Cunningham from leaving the program, in part, because he was willing to lose him. Cunningham, one of the nation's top basketball recruits, has chose to remain at Oklahoma...

 
 By Cliff Brunt    Regional    June 24, 2020

White parents of Black children navigate a changing nation

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Izzy Simons has been fired up about the prospect of driving on his own. The 15-year-old has craved the freedom a license promises. He has proudly and effectively maneuvered the family's vehicles around the church parking lot...

 
 By Cliff Brunt    Sports    June 21, 2020

Oklahoma State's Cunningham staying despite postseason ban

Cade Cunningham, one of the nation's top basketball recruits, has chosen to remain at Oklahoma State despite the program being banned from the 2021 postseason. Cunningham won the Naismith High School Trophy given to the nation's best player. The 6-fo...

 
 By Cliff Brunt    Sports    June 17, 2020

Oklahoma St. coach Gundy apologizes for wearing OAN T-shirt

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — One day after Oklahoma State running back Chuba Hubbard lashed out at coach Mike Gundy on social media for wearing a T-shirt promoting a far-right news channel, Gundy apologized. Hubbard, who is black, suggested Monday he may...

 

Black cops feel pain of Floyd's death, duty to their uniform

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Black police officers find themselves torn between two worlds: They feel the pain of seeing yet another black man killed at the hands of fellow officers, yet they must also try to keep the peace during angry protests fueled by...

 
 By Cliff Brunt    Sports    May 24, 2020

Eddie Sutton, Hall of Fame basketball coach, dies at 84

Eddie Sutton waited so long to be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. He couldn't hang on long enough to make it to the ceremony. The man who led three teams to the Final Four and was the first coach to take four schools to t...

 

VIRUS DIARY: Of pandemics, parenting and ... Michael Jordan

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Back in the day, I watched Michael Jordan drop 63 on the Boston Celtics on a small black-and-white TV with dials. I was a teenager as Jordan became a global icon. I remember the crazy dunks, the commercials, the baggy shorts...

 
 By Cliff Brunt    Sports    April 17, 2020

Oklahoma St's Boynton could see turn with recruiting class

After some early rough patches, Oklahoma State coach Mike Boynton has finally built some momentum. A year after bring in a highly ranked recruiting class, Boynton has pulled in a group that Cade Cunningham has helped rank in the top 10 nationally on...

 
 By Cliff Brunt    Sports    April 12, 2020

Deserted icons: Oklahoma City loses NCAA softball WCWS

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Last spring, Brandon Baker seized a rare chance to break out his rain playlist in front of nearly 10,000 people. Storms near USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium had knocked out the right field lights during the May 31 evening...

 

McGriff scores 28, leads Oklahoma State past Oklahoma 83-66

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Cameron McGriff stepped up to be the exactly player Oklahoma State coach Mike Boynton has been looking for. McGriff, a senior forward, matched a career high with 28 points and helped Oklahoma State defeat rival Oklahoma...

 

Paul, Thunder surprising league heading into stretch run

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Chris Paul gets annoyed when the topic of the Thunder's "surprising" success comes up. Expectations for Oklahoma City were low for many after an offseason during which the Thunder collected draft picks, traded Russell...

 

Laurent, Boone lead Oklahoma State past No. 24 Texas Tech

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Jonathan Laurent and Kalib Boone each scored 16 points, and Oklahoma State beat No. 24 Texas Tech 73-70 on Saturday for its first win over a ranked opponent this season. Isaac Likekele added 14 points, seven rebounds, six...

 
 By Cliff Brunt    Sports    February 9, 2020

Paul, Gilgeous-Alexander lead Thunder past Pistons 108-101

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Nothing changed for the Oklahoma City Thunder before the trade deadline. As a result, nothing appears to have changed after — in their first game since, they won again with balanced scoring and solid defense. Chris Paul...

 
 By Cliff Brunt    Sports    January 26, 2020

Manek leads Oklahoma past Mississippi State 63-62

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — On a day in which Oklahoma and Mississippi State both shot below 40 percent, it was fitting that a defensive stop decided their game on Saturday. Mississippi State could have won at the end, but with his team trailing by a...

 
 By Cliff Brunt    Sports    January 19, 2020

Paul's 30 lead Thunder past short-handed Portland 119-106

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Chris Paul had become annoyed with Oklahoma City's recent slow starts, so he did something about it. He scored 21 of his 30 points in the first half, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the short-handed Portland Trail Blazers...

 
 By Cliff Brunt    Sports    January 5, 2020

Reaves scores 21 to help Oklahoma top Kansas State 66-61

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Austin Reaves scored 18 of his 21 points in the second half, and Oklahoma rallied to beat Kansas State 66-61 on Saturday. Oklahoma trailed by 11 early in the second half before the comeback. Kristian Doolittle added 19 points...

 

Oklahoma QB Jalen Hurts enjoying final college season

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Almost begrudgingly, Jalen Hurts is having some fun. His Oklahoma teammates and coaches have defended their quarterback when asked about Hurts seemingly aloof personality, saying there's more to one of college football's most...

 
 By Cliff Brunt    Sports    December 8, 2019

Thunder hit buzzer-beater to force OT, then top Timberwolves

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Thunder had found multiple ways to lose close games this season. Not this time. Chris Paul scored a season-high 30 points and Oklahoma City pulled off an improbable 139-127 overtime victory over the Timberwolves on Friday...

 
 By Cliff Brunt    Sports    December 6, 2019

Oklahoma QB Hurts, Baylor QB Brewer create havoc as runners

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley never imagined having his quarterback run the ball so much. He's also never had one quite like Jalen Hurts. The graduate transfer has rushed for 1,217 yards and 18 touchdowns this season and is...

 
 By Cliff Brunt    Sports    December 4, 2019

Stout defenses push Oklahoma, Baylor into Big 12 title game

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — During the first half of a showdown with Baylor last month, Oklahoma's defense looked a lot like the unit that ranked among the worst in the nation a year ago. Similar struggles during a loss to Kansas State and a late escape...

 
 By Cliff Brunt    Sports    December 1, 2019

Brooks leads No. 7 Oklahoma past No. 21 Oklahoma State

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts was a one-man show. Kennedy Brooks proved otherwise. He rushed for 160 yards and a touchdown to help No. 7 Oklahoma beat No. 21 Oklahoma State 34-16 on...

 

Gundy: Hurts makes Oklahoma's spread look like the wishbone

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley is such a maestro that he can run a completely different offense than what you actually see. At least, that's what Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy says. Gundy pointed out that Oklahoma quarterback...

 

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