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 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...

 

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...

 

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