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 By CLIFF BRUNT    Sports    June 9, 2021

Sooners top Florida State 6-2, force decisive Game 3 at WCWS

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Jocelyn Alo hit a go-ahead homer in the sixth inning, and Oklahoma beat Florida State 6-2 on Wednesday night to force a decisive Game 3 for the Women's College World Series title. The final game will be played Thursday...

 
 By CLIFF BRUNT    Sports    June 6, 2021

Oklahoma tops James Madison, advances to championship series

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Giselle Juarez struck out 11 in another stellar performance, helping top-seeded Oklahoma beat Odicci Alexander and James Madison 7-1 in a Women's College World Series semifinal on Monday. Behind Alexander's pitching, unseeded J...

 
 By CLIFF BRUNT    Regional    May 30, 2021

100 years after Tulsa Race Massacre, Black mistrust remains

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — There's been undeniable progress in the relationship between the Tulsa police and the city's Black community in the past 100 years. Then again, it's hard to imagine it could have gotten worse. Complaints about police bias and a...

 
 By CLIFF BRUNT    Regional    May 30, 2021

Black fear of Tulsa police lingers 100 years after massacre

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — There's been undeniable progress in the relationship between the Tulsa police and the city's Black community in the past 100 years. Then again, it's hard to imagine it could have gotten worse. Complaints about police bias and a...

 
 By CLIFF BRUNT    Sports    May 16, 2021

Strange losing season finally over for Oklahoma City

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma City Thunder finally can move on from the strangest of seasons. A franchise that had missed the playoffs just once in the previous 11 seasons finds itself in the draft lottery with a 22-50 record. It was the...

 
 By CLIFF BRUNT    Sports    March 28, 2021

Oklahoma State coach Mike Boynton agrees to extension

Oklahoma State announced a seven-year contract extension with coach Mike Boynton on Monday, a deal that will increase his compensation to $3 million annually. Boynton, 39, was set to make $1.85 million for this contract year, though he agreed to a...

 
 By CLIFF BRUNT    Sports    March 18, 2021

Oklahoma women's coach Coale retires after 3 Final Fours

Oklahoma women's basketball coach Sherri Coale is retiring after 25 years leading the program. The school made the announcement in a news release on Wednesday. Coale, a native of tiny Healdton, Oklahoma, is a member of the Women's Basketball Hall of...

 
 By CLIFF BRUNT    Sports    March 3, 2021

No. 17 Oklahoma State completes sweep of No. 16 Oklahoma

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — As freshman star Cade Cunningham soaked in the cheers following Oklahoma State's win over Oklahoma on Monday night, the home fans at Gallagher-Iba Arena chanted, "One more year!" He's not coming back — he was introduced w...

 

College softball an anchor for Olympic hopefuls in pandemic

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Division I softball is providing a training ground this season for players preparing for the 2021 Summer Olympics in Japan. UCLA's Rachel Garcia and Bubba Nickles and Arizona's Dejah Mulipola are on the U.S. squad that will go...

 

Cunningham shines, Oklahoma St beats No. 18 Texas Tech in OT

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Cade Cunningham scored 20 points and Oklahoma State got past Texas Tech in overtime for the second time this season, beating the 18th-ranked Red Raiders 74-69 on Monday night. Cunningham, the Big 12's leading scorer and...

 
 By CLIFF BRUNT    Sports    January 24, 2021

Butler's 22 lead No. 2 Baylor past Oklahoma State 81-66

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Baylor's depth and experience eventually overwhelmed an Oklahoma State team that was missing star freshman Cade Cunningham due to COVID-19 protocols. Jared Butler scored 22 points, and the second-ranked Bears rallied from...

 

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...

 

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