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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...

 
 By CLIFF BRUNT    Sports    December 2, 2020

Oklahoma coach Riley taps Stoops to help with depleted staff

Former Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops is helping coach the Sooners again — at least for now — because of coronavirus issues. The Sooners had to postpone last Saturday's game against West Virginia and temporarily paused organized team activities due...

 

Jackson's 3 TD runs lead No. 21 Oklahoma St past Texas Tech

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Dezmon Jackson rushed for career highs of 235 yards and three touchdowns, and No. 21 Oklahoma State bounced back from a disappointing loss to rival Oklahoma to beat Texas Tech 50-44 on Saturday. Jackson had 36 carries in...

 

No. 21 Oklahoma State looks to rebound vs Texas Tech

Oklahoma State's high hopes have been replaced with a frustrating life lesson. The Cowboys entered the season expecting to contend a Big 12 title, but last week's 41-13 loss to rival Oklahoma made reaching the championship game a long shot and left...

 

Rattler leads No. 18 Oklahoma past No. 14 Oklahoma St. 41-13

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Spencer Rattler passed for 301 yards and four touchdowns and ran for another score to help No. 18 Oklahoma beat No. 14 Oklahoma State 41-13 on Saturday night and boost its hopes of winning a sixth straight Big 12 championship....

 

Thunder promote assistant Daigneault to head coach

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Much of the credit for Mark Daigneault's quick ascent to NBA head coach goes to the man he is replacing. The Oklahoma City Thunder promoted Daigneault to head coach on Wednesday, handing the team to the 35-year-old former...

 
 By CLIFF BRUNT    Sports    November 8, 2020

Stevenson's 2 TDs help No. 19 Oklahoma rout Kansas 62-9

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Rhamondre Stevenson ran for 104 yards and two touchdowns as No. 19 Oklahoma routed winless Kansas 62-9 on Saturday. Stevenson, in his second game back from a suspension, also caught four passes for 60 yards. Spencer Rattler pas...

 
 By CLIFF BRUNT    Sports    November 1, 2020

Billy Tubbs, former Oklahoma basketball coach, dies at 85

Billy Tubbs, the colorful coach with the high-octane system known as Billy Ball who brought Oklahoma basketball to prominence in the 1980s, died Sunday. He was 85. Tubbs' family said in a statement that he battled a form of leukemia since being diagn...

 
 By CLIFF BRUNT    Sports    October 25, 2020

Sanders, Hubbard lead No. 6 Oklahoma St. past Iowa St. 24-21

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Spencer Sanders passed for 235 yards and ran for 71 and a touchdown in his return from injury, and No. 6 Oklahoma State defeated No. 17 Iowa State 24-21 on Saturday. Sanders had been out since injuring his right ankle in th...

 

A different tune for college marching bands in a pandemic

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — As the Oklahoma marching band's rendition of "Sweet Victory" filled Memorial Stadium, everything was in place on the field. More than 300 Pride of Oklahoma members formed a perfect pattern from one goal line to the other...

 

Kansas State stuns No. 3 Oklahoma 38-35

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — A Kansas State squad that lost its opener to Arkansas State two weeks ago, had its roster depleted by COVID-19, and entered Saturday's game against No. 3 Oklahoma as a four-touchdown underdog overcame it all to pull off one of...

 

Oklahoma COVID-19 cases threatened game against Missouri St.

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley confirmed after the No. 5 Sooners' opening victory over Missouri State that the game Saturday night had been jeopardy of being postponed or canceled because of the Sooners' COVID-19 cases. Earlier,...

 

Missouri St coach Petrino returns to big stage vs. Oklahoma

For a day, Bobby Petrino will return to the big stage. The controversial coach will open his first season guiding Missouri State, a Football Championship Subdivision program, on Saturday night at No. 5 Oklahoma. Petrino has a 119-56 career college...

 

Spencer Rattler named starting QB for No. 5 Oklahoma

Spencer Rattler is the next man up in the Oklahoma quarterback factory. Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley named Rattler the starter over Tanner Mordecai on Tuesday heading into the fifth-ranked Sooners' opener Sept. 12 against Missouri State. Rattler, a...

 
 By CLIFF BRUNT    Sports    August 28, 2020

College athletes add voices to those protesting injustice

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — College athletes across the country added their voices to those calling for an end to racial injustice on Friday with football players and others marching on campus or stepping away from practices to protest the police...

 
 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...

 

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