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T. Boone Pickens, oilman and renewables advocate, dies at 91

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — T. Boone Pickens, a brash and quotable oil tycoon who grew even wealthier through corporate takeover attempts, died Wednesday. He was 91. Pickens was surrounded by friends and family when he died of natural causes under...

 

No. 4 Oklahoma seeks defensive consistency vs. S. Dakota

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — There were signs early in Oklahoma's opener against Houston that the Sooners defense might finally be ready to make an impact. Turns out there is plenty of work ahead. Oklahoma hired Alex Grinch as its defensive coordinator in...

 

Hurts throws 3 TD passes, No. 4 Oklahoma routs South Dakota

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma worked out a few kinks against an overmatched South Dakota squad. Jalen Hurts passed for 259 yards and three touchdowns in just over two quarters and fourth-ranked Oklahoma rolled past the Coyotes 70-14 on Saturday...

 

Oklahoma's offensive line reloads after sending 4 to NFL

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma's rebuilt offensive line is getting its usual results. Bobby Evans, Cody Ford, Dru Samia and Ben Powers all were drafted into the NFL from last year's team that reached the College Football Playoff. With new faces in...

 

No. 4 Oklahoma wary of Houston QB D'Eriq King

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley knows a good quarterback when he sees one. After all, he's groomed the past two Heisman Trophy winners __ Sooner signal callers Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray. That's why his words about Houston...

 

Hurts has 6 TDs, No. 4 Oklahoma beats Houston 49-31

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Even one of the best nights ever for an Oklahoma player wasn't good enough for Jalen Hurts. The new Sooners quarterback passed for three touchdowns and ran for three more, and No. 4 Oklahoma rolled past Houston 49-31 on Sunday...

 
 By Cliff Brunt    Sports    August 30, 2019

Lamb primed to be Oklahoma's next superstar receiver

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — It's CeeDee Lamb's turn to be Oklahoma's big-name receiver. The past two years, Marquise "Hollywood" Brown garnered much of the attention with his blazing speed and highlight-reel plays before leaving for the NFL. Now, Lamb is...

 
 By Cliff Brunt    Sports    August 25, 2019

Oklahoma looks to avoid repeat of 2016 slip-up vs. Houston

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma defensive lineman Neville Gallimore remembers his first game as a Sooner. It was an unpleasant stroll down memory lane. Oklahoma entered the 2016 season with high hopes after reaching the College Football Playoff. The...

 
 By Cliff Brunt    Sports    August 18, 2019

Oklahoma QB Hurts cramming for only year with Sooners

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Jalen Hurts has had all the answers since transferring from Alabama in January. One question had the new Oklahoma quarterback stumped. When asked what he does besides football and studying, he paused. "Um. I don't know," he...

 
 By Cliff Brunt    Sports    August 18, 2019

Ex Alabama QB Jalen Hurts named Oklahoma starter for opener

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — No. 4 Oklahoma has named Jalen Hurts its starting quarterback for the Sept. 1 season opener against Houston. Hurts played in three national championship games for Alabama and helped the Crimson Tide win the 2017 national...

 
 By Cliff Brunt    Sports    August 11, 2019

Oklahoma St choosing between QBs Brown, Sanders

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy has a blessing or a problem, depending on your perspective. Gundy has two quarterbacks he considers capable of starting in redshirt senior Dru Brown and redshirt freshman Spencer Sanders. He...

 
 By Cliff Brunt    Sports    August 11, 2019

Defense may holds keys to Oklahoma's title hopes

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Last time Oklahoma's defense took the field, it got shredded during a national semifinal loss to Alabama. It was an all-too-common occurrence last season — the Sooners' dynamic offense often pulled more than its share of the...

 
 By Cliff Brunt    Sports    August 4, 2019

Oklahoma State's Hubbard primed for big season

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma State running back Chuba Hubbard didn't get double-digit carries in a game last season until November. Now, he's a preseason All-Big 12 selection. Hubbard got an unexpected chance to shine when Justice Hill was...

 
 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...

 

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