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 By CLIFF BRUNT    Sports    June 12, 2022

Alo's choice of pro softball leagues shows sport's growth

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Jocelyn Alo had options — the kind that have eluded women's softball players in the past. Oklahoma's record-setting slugger was drafted by Athletes Unlimited, which is headed into its third season, as well as the new Women's...

 
 By CLIFF BRUNT    Sports    June 10, 2022

Oklahoma, Texas to make SEC softball even more formidable

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma and Texas — the two Women's College World Series finalists — are set to join the Southeastern Conference in 2025 and likely will make the powerhouse conference even more formidable. Oklahoma just won its fifth...

 
 By CLIFF BRUNT    Sports    June 5, 2022

Alo homers, Oklahoma beats Texas to reach WCWS semifinals

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma got revenge on Big 12 rival Texas and pitcher Hailey Dolcini. Jocelyn Alo homered and knocked in three runs to help No. 1 seed Oklahoma beat Texas 7-2 on Saturday at the Women's College World Series. Oklahoma opened...

 
 By CLIFF BRUNT    Sports    June 5, 2022

Tom Brady's niece, Maya, stars for UCLA with 2 HRs in WCWS

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Tom's not the only Brady who comes up clutch. The seven-time Super Bowl champion's niece, Maya Brady, hit two home runs for UCLA in a Women's College World Series semifinal game against Oklahoma on Monday. The Bruins won 7-3...

 
 By CLIFF BRUNT    Sports    June 3, 2022

Petty hits 3-run HR, Oklahoma State beats Arizona in WCWS

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma State's Karli Petty had been a part of big moments at USA Hall of Fame Stadium before. There were a few more people watching this time. The junior won two state championships for Southmoore (Okla.) High School in the...

 
 By CLIFF BRUNT    Sports    June 1, 2022

Defending champ Oklahoma expects challenge from WCWS field

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Many of the top seeds and familiar teams will be absent when the Women's College World Series starts Thursday. Oklahoma coach Patty Gasso believes those are good reasons for her top-seeded, defending national champion Sooners...

 
 By CLIFF BRUNT    Sports    April 24, 2022

Venables looks to take Oklahoma program 'from good to great'

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — New Oklahoma coach Brent Venables respects what the Sooners have accomplished in recent years, but he believes they can be even better. Lincoln Riley compiled a 55-10 record in five seasons before leaving to become head coach...

 
 By CLIFF BRUNT    Sports    April 22, 2022

Oklahoma QB Gabriel adjusts after transferring from UCF

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Dillon Gabriel won't let a higher profile or fancy new surroundings change his low-key approach. He has had plenty of success as a college quarterback -- he passed for more than 8,000 yards and 70 touchdowns at Central Florida...

 
 By CLIFF BRUNT    Sports    March 20, 2022

Mabrey's 29 points help Notre Dame roll past Oklahoma 108-64

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Notre Dame stormed into Oklahoma's building, played the Sooners' up-tempo style and dominated. Dara Mabrey scored a season-high 29 points, and the fifth-seeded Fighting Irish rolled past fourth-seeded Oklahoma 108-64 on Monday...

 

Tanner Groves scores 14 as Oklahoma tops Oklahoma St. in OT

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Tanner Groves had 14 points and 10 rebounds, and Oklahoma recovered from squandering a 14-point lead in the second half to beat Oklahoma State 66-62 in overtime on Saturday afternoon. Jordan Goldwire and Umoja Gibson each...

 

Oklahoma softball seeks repeat; rival OSU could challenge

The Oklahoma softball program is the gold standard after winning four of the past eight national championships under coach Patty Gasso. The Sooners are the defending Women's College World Series champions, and they are positioned to win it all...

 
 By CLIFF BRUNT    Sports    December 5, 2021

New Oklahoma coach Brent Venables turns attention to players

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Brent Venables already has received two Oklahoma welcomes fit for a king. Hundreds of Sooners fans who watched coach Lincoln Riley leave for Southern California last week flocked to Norman's airport on Sunday night to cheer...

 
 By CLIFF BRUNT    Sports    December 3, 2021

Oklahoma St's Gundy steadies program after tumultuous 2020

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — If Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy seems more calm, cool and relaxed in this high-stakes season, it is only because he withstood the heat in the summer of 2020. Running back Chuba Hubbard, a Black player who was coming off...

 

Oklahoma picks up pieces after Lincoln Riley leaves for USC

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione, school president Joseph Harroz Jr. and interim head football coach Bob Stoops combined to speak for nearly an hour on Monday about plans to steady the program a day after Lincoln...

 

Caleb Williams leads No. 12 Oklahoma past Iowa State 28-21

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma's imperfect season still could end with a Big 12 championship, and possibly more. Caleb Williams passed for a touchdown and ran for another, Jalen Redmond returned a fumble for a score, and No. 12 Oklahoma beat Iowa...

 
 By CLIFF BRUNT    Sports    November 4, 2021

NCAA denies Oklahoma St appeal, Cowboys get postseason ban

The NCAA on Wednesday denied an appeal by Oklahoma State in an infractions case, meaning the Cowboys will be banned from the postseason next spring — a decision that prompted a tearful coach Mike Boynton to declare there is no point in cooperating...

 
 By CLIFF BRUNT    Sports    October 31, 2021

Williams throws 6 TD passes, No. 4 Oklahoma routs Texas Tech

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma is starting to put it all together. Caleb Williams threw for 402 yards and six touchdowns and No. 4 Oklahoma rolled past Texas Tech 52-21 on Saturday. The Sooners won six of their first eight games by 12 or fewer...

 
 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...

 

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