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October 23, 2014

Prosecution's Request to Remove Judge From Adrian Peterson Case Denied

A Texas judge swept aside a possible block Wednesday to a Dec. 1 trial for former Sooner and Minnesota Vikings MVP Adrian Peterson’s felony child abuse case.

Retired Texas Judge Jeff Walker declined the prosecution’s request to take Judge Kelly Case off the case.

Montgomery County, Texas, prosecutors had claimed Case is biased against their office. District Attorney Brett Ligon noted that Case had recently referred to him as a “media whore.” Peterson’s defense attorneys wanted to keep Case on the bench, saying the prosecutor hadn’t met the high standard necessary to remove the judge.

Baseball: Free Halloween Game to be Played Oct. 30

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The University of Oklahoma baseball team and head coach Pete Hughes invite the community out to L. Dale Mitchell Park for the team’s Second Annual ALS Awareness Halloween Game on Thursday, October 30 at 6:00 pm. Admission is free for fans and kids of all ages, who are encouraged to arrive in costume. The Sooners will take the field for an intra-squad scrimmage dressed in costume for the event.

Kids attending the game in costume will have the opportunity to trick-or-treat at the field and meet with players. Kids in costume will also be invited down to the field for a picture with the team at the conclusion of the game. Gates will open at 5:00 pm.

Last year an estimated 600 fans were on hand as familiar characters from Monsters, Inc., The Flintstones, Batman and Robin and more played between the lines. The game is the centerpiece of OU’s #StrikeoutALS campaign. The game will count as one of the team’s community service projects in its 2014-15 19 Ways campaign, an effort to impact the Norman community in 19 different ways throughout the academic year.

October 22, 2014

Coach Sherri Coale and Players Talk Upcoming Season at Annual OU Media Day

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The Oklahoma women’s basketball team officially began the 2014-2015 season with its first official practice on the floor of the Lloyd Noble Center Monday.

Head coach Sherri Coale and the Sooners gathered with members of the media in the Chesapeake Courtside Club above the practice facility of the Lloyd Noble Center for the Sooners’ annual media day before hitting the hardwood for their first full practice of the year.

“We have had a couple of training camps,” Coale said. “We have a defensive training camp and an offensive training camp where we go four days a week for each. That’s the look that we have had primarily. They have great energy; they seem to have a great deal of confidence and great chemistry together. We’re just young, unproven and we have to earn our way.”

The Sooners’ fifteen-person roster features five freshmen and six sophomores. Many of those youngsters are expected to play key roles for the Coale’s squad. One place that youth will be on display is at point guard, where freshman Gabbi Ortiz, sophomore T’ona Edwards and redshirt sophomore Maddie Manning are competing for the starting job.

Ford, Walker Expected to Return to Practice This Week

OU coach Bob Stoops anticipates running back Keith Ford returning to practice this week. Defensive coordinator Mike Stoops said defensive lineman Charles Walker is expected to return from a sprained knee this week, too.

The Sooners have been without Ford for the last four games. He was their leading rusher in the first three games, averaging 5.7 yards per carry and scoring five touchdowns.

Walker hasn’t played since suffering a knee sprain against Tulsa on Sept. 6. (Norman Transcript)

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Former Sooner Blake Griffin Accused of Slapping Man at Las Vegas Club

Former Sooner Blake Griffin has been accused of slapping a 39-year-old man inside a nightclub in Vegas this weekend ... TMZ Sports has learned.

Here's what we know ... a man named Daniel says he was partying at Tao nightclub in the Venetian in the early hours of October 19th when he tried to take a cell phone pic of the crowd.

According to a statement Daniel gave to Tao security, the man says Blake (who was partying at the club with his L.A. Clippers teammates) was bothered by the flash of the camera -- and "grabbed my phone with one hand."

October 21, 2014

VIDEO: Bob Stoops Press Conference (Week 8)



The Sooners head coach Bob Stoops looks back upon a difficult loss to Kansas State, as Oklahoma heads into its second bye week, before playing at Iowa State on Nov. 1.

Video via NewsOK.com

OU Men's Basketball Ranked No. 19 in USA Today Coaches Poll

Preseason recognition for the University of Oklahoma men's basketball team continues to roll in. The Sooners are ranked No. 19 in the initial 2014-15 USA Today Top 25 Coaches Poll.

OU's No. 19 position in the poll marks its first preseason ranking since the 2009-10 season when it was No. 16 in the coaches poll and No. 17 in the AP version.

The Sooners are one of four Big 12 teams that appear in the top 20. Fellow league members Kansas (No. 5), Texas (No. 10) and Iowa State (No. 14) are also ranked.

OU returns four starters and 68 percent of its scoring and 70 percent of its rebounding from last year's Big 12 runner-up squad, which finished 23-10 overall and earned a No. 5 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Sooners averaged 81.9 points a game in 2013-14, the nation's seventh highest figure and the program's highest in 20 years.

Running Back Joe Mixon's Trial Likely Delayed Until December

The misdemeanor trial for Oklahoma freshman running back Joe Mixon is tentatively scheduled to begin Oct. 27 but could be delayed into December.

At a jury selection hearing Monday at the Cleveland County Courthouse, district judge Steven Stice scheduled a Friday pretrial hearing where the date of the trial will become clearer.

Mixon’s attorney, Kevin Finlay, estimated the trail could take between five and seven days. Assistant district attorney Tyler Box estimated it would take three to four days.

October 19, 2014

Former Sooner DeMarco Murray Sets NFL Record

With a 1-yard run in the fourth quarter, former Sooner DeMarco Murray became the first running back in NFL history to open a season with seven straight 100-yard games.

Previously, Hall of Famer Jim Brown opened the 1958 season with six straight 100-yard games for the Cleveland Browns.

Murray finished with 128 yards rushing to eclipse Brown.

Murray entered Sunday's game against the New York Giants on pace for more than 2,000 yards and 424 carries, which would be a single-season record. (More at ESPN Dallas)

October 17, 2014

Sooners Football Chaplain Arrested on Larceny, Drug Complaints

The chaplain for the University of Oklahoma football team was arrested on Wednesday after he allegedly lured a man from his house by offering a bogus vehicle test drive and then stealing prescription medications while the man was gone.

Kent Bowles, 45, of Norman, who also serves as regional representative for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, a national sports ministry, was arrested on complaints of possession of a controlled dangerous substance, larceny, concealment of stolen property and obtaining cash or merchandise by bogus check or false pretenses.

Norman police were called about 6:45 p.m. Wednesday to a disturbance in the 2000 block of Morning Dew Trail and entered a house after hearing sounds of distress.