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 By Cliff Brunt    Sports    July 17, 2019

Oklahoma City Thunder's rebuild will take some time

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Yosef Maaroof wanted one more Russell Westbrook memory in Oklahoma City. When he learned Thursday night the Thunder were planning to send Westbrook to the Houston Rockets for Chris Paul and draft picks, the 20-year-old Tulsa re...

 
 By Cliff Brunt    Regional    June 14, 2019

Thunder GM Presti, wife donate $600,000 to hospital

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Thunder general manager Sam Presti and his wife, Shannon, have donated $600,000 to The Children's Hospital at OU Medicine. OU Medicine made the announcement Thursday in a news release. The donation will fund renovations and...

 
 By Cliff Brunt    Sports    May 30, 2019

Oklahoma, Oklahoma State could meet at Women's CWS

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma-Oklahoma State rivalry could add a special chapter this week. They are together in the Women's College World Series for the second time. And for the first time, they are on the same side of the bracket. That means...

 
 By Cliff Brunt    Sports    May 10, 2019

Oklahoma softball sets mark with 39th straight win

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma set a single-season Division I softball record with its 39th consecutive win, defeating Texas Tech 8-0 in six innings Friday in a Big 12 Tournament opener. The Sooners (49-2) had tied the mark South Carolina set in...

 
 By Cliff Brunt    Sports    January 31, 2019

Oklahoma football coach Riley's salary jumps to $6 million

Oklahoma football coach Lincoln Riley's salary jumped to $6 million and he had his contract extended a year, through the 2023 season. Riley and Oklahoma's Board of Regents agreed in principle to the extension and salary increase earlier in the...

 
 By Cliff Brunt    Sports    January 20, 2019

New Oklahoma DC Grinch says turnaround already in progress

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma bolstered its reputation as an attractive destination for offensive talent when former Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts transferred there last week. The Sooners believe they must become a preferred landing spot for top...

 
 By Cliff Brunt    Sports    January 13, 2019

Sooners QB, A's pick Kyler Murray declares for NFL draft

By CLIFF BRUNT, AP Sports Writer Kyler Murray, the first-round Major League Baseball draft pick and Heisman Trophy-winning Oklahoma quarterback, declared himself eligible for the NFL draft on Monday. Murray announced his decision in a tweet ,...

 

NFL could come calling for Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Watch any NFL telecast that involves a struggling team, and Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley likely will be mentioned as a potential candidate for that coaching job. It makes sense. In just 18 months since replacing Bob Stoops, Ril...

 
 By Cliff Brunt    Sports    December 5, 2018

Oklahoma QB Murray's 2-sport persistence pays off

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma's Kyler Murray pulled off an impressive triple play during a brutal 30-hour stretch in April. On a Friday night, he played center field for the Sooners' baseball team. The next day, he played quarterback in the...

 

Porous Oklahoma defense has had season to forget

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Ruffin McNeill often uses the acronym FIDO when he talks to his players about dealing with mistakes. It stands for "Forget It and Drive On." There have been lots of teachable moments for McNeill, the interim defensive...

 

No. 5 Oklahoma's explosive offense carries shaky defense

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma's offense is statistically one of the best in college football history. It still might not be good enough to get the Sooners a Big 12 title or a slot in the College Football Playoff. Coach Lincoln Riley's team leads th...

 

Oklahoma defense still struggling after coordinator change

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma changed defensive coordinators mid-season, yet the results have been painfully familiar. The past two weeks under interim coordinator Ruffin McNeill, the Sooners have been forced to try to win shootouts in the fourth q...

 

Oklahoma keeps finding ways in 15-game November win streak

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — There might be something to Oklahoma's "Championship November" mantra. The Sooners have won 15 consecutive November games dating to the 2014 season. They already have won two games this November heading into Saturday's game...

 
 By Cliff Brunt    Sports    October 28, 2018

Westbrook, George lead Thunder past Suns for 1st win

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Thunder didn't care that Phoenix had just one win this season, was playing the second game of a back-to-back and was missing its leading scorer. They just wanted to get a win. Oklahoma City finally broke through for the...

 
 By Cliff Brunt    Sports    October 26, 2018

Oklahoma opens post-Trae Young era with new faces

The Trae Young era has come and gone at Oklahoma, leaving a big hole for the Sooners to fill. It will likely be a group effort. As a freshman last season, Young became the first player to lead the nation in scoring and assists in a season and he is...

 
 By Cliff Brunt    Sports    October 26, 2018

No. 8 Oklahoma wary of Kansas State

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley doesn't care about Kansas State's losing record. He cares about the Wildcats' last game. Riley saw plenty to worry about in Kansas State's 31-12 win over Oklahoma State two weeks ago. The Wildcats l...

 
 By Cliff Brunt    Sports    October 21, 2018

Russell Westbrook set for season debut

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook will make his season debut Sunday against the Sacramento Kings. The Oklahoma City Thunder star missed the preseason after having a procedure to deal with inflammation in his right knee. He missed the...

 
 By Cliff Brunt    Sports    October 14, 2018

No. 9 Oklahoma seeks reset, better defense vs. TCU

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma can't wait to move on. The ninth-ranked Sooners want to change course after a 48-45 loss to Texas and the drama that followed when coach Lincoln Riley fired defensive coordinator Mike Stoops . After having a weekend...

 
 By Cliff Brunt    Sports    October 7, 2018

Oklahoma fires defensive coordinator Mike Stoops

Oklahoma fired defensive coordinator Mike Stoops on Monday after the Sooners struggled to stop Texas during their first loss of the season. Ruffin McNeill, the assistant head coach and defensive tackles coach, will be the defensive coordinator for th...

 

Murray throws for 6 TDs as No. 6 Oklahoma routs Baylor 66-33

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Kyler Murray didn't even start Saturday, yet his performance will go down in the Oklahoma history books. Murray didn't set his alarm clock properly Thursday night so he was late to practice on Friday, meaning he couldn't start...

 

No. 7 Oklahoma pieces together running game without Anderson

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma has pieced together a solid running game in Rodney Anderson's absence. Anderson, one of the nation's best running backs the second half of last season, suffered a season-ending knee injury against UCLA. In the three...

 

Oklahoma D glad to be moving on from Army's triple option

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma defensive coordinator Mike Stoops was a bit uneasy at his weekly media availability. He noticed how close the reporters were, joking the "vultures were circling." It's easy to see why he feels that way. The Sooners gav...

 

Army nearly stuns No. 5 Oklahoma; falls 28-21 in OT

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Army couldn't have played much better against Oklahoma. The Black Knights, more than four-touchdown underdogs on the road, held on to the ball for nearly 45 minutes and ran 87 plays to Oklahoma's 40. They had a goal-line stand...

 

Texas Tech arrives as Cornelius leads No. 15 Oklahoma St

Oklahoma State quarterback Taylor Cornelius has made an unexpected impression as a runner. The 6-foot-6, 225-pound senior looks like he's lumbering his way down the field, but he's tough and surprisingly agile and fast. Last Saturday, he rushed for...

 

Cornelius leads No. 24 Oklahoma St. past No. 17 Boise St.

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Finally, Taylor Cornelius has emerged from Mason Rudolph's shadow. The fifth-year senior ran for two touchdowns and passed for another to help No. 24 Oklahoma State beat No. 17 Boise State 44-21 on Saturday. Cornelius waite...

 

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