Sooners Fall in WCWS Opener, 6-2

A first-inning home run by junior Shelby Pendley was the only hit of the contest for the seventh-seeded Oklahoma softball team in a 6-2 loss to No. 2 Alabama (51-11) in the opening game of the Women’s College World Series Thursday night.

"I feel like we had a little uncharacteristic approach tonight," OU head coach Patty Gasso said. "I know that we're a better offensive team. We hit a few balls hard. We had a couple of opportunities."

The Sooners (50-12) saw their five-game winning streak at the WCWS come to a close as they were unable to solve Alabama starter Jaclyn Traina. In addition to Pendley’s hit, OU walked five times, but Traina recorded nine strikeouts to quiet the Oklahoma bats.


Softball: Pendley, Chamberlain Named All-Americans

For the 10th straight season, the Oklahoma softball team features a pair of All-Americans as juniors Shelby Pendley and Lauren Chamberlain were recognized by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association at a press conference Wednesday.

Pendley was named a First-Team All-American for the first time in her career as an at-large at third base. It’s the second straight season that she has been recognized by the NFCA, adding to her second-team status from a year ago.


Rowing: Sooners Earn CRCA Awards

Oklahoma rowing senior Kristin Clift was named to the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) All-Region South First Team and 11 Sooners were named CRCA Scholar-Athletes.

In addition to the All-Region selection, Clift's growing list of honors includes both Big 12 and Conference USA Rower of the Year honors in addition to all-conference first team honors for each league. A member of the first varsity eight that won its races at both the Big 12 and C-USA championship regattas to help OU to team titles for each conference, Clift is also an Academic All-Big 12 First Team and C-USA Honor Roll honoree.

OU has claimed a total of seven All-Region selections in just six years of existence as a program, including at least one award in each of the last five years.

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Nominated student-athletes are evaluated on the strength of their team's regional finish, coaches recommendations and 2,000-meter erg score. Nominees must be eligible student-athletes who have competed in their teams' varsity boat in 75 percent of races this season. These athletes will be eligible for All-America awards selection following the NCAA Championships.

Clift also was one of 11 OU rowers on the CRCA Scholar-Athlete list, joining Marissa Beene, Rachel Cantrell, Reagan Collins, Laura Combs, Marilyn Kozlowski, Allison Kwiecinski, Kim Moldenhauer, Jennifer O'Grady, Emmie Preskitt and Megan Quinn.

The Sooners' 11 honorees tied for second most in the nation and marks the fifth straight year 10 or more OU rowers have been honored.

CRCA Scholar-Athletes must be beyond their first year of eligibility, participated in a minimum of 75 percent of spring races and have a 3.5 cumulative GPA or higher for their career.

Oklahoma is in Indianapolis preparing for the NCAA Championships held this weekend, May 30 - June 1. The Sooners are among the best in the country competing in the season's final weekend for the second consecutive year after finishing No. 17 in 2013.

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Report: Oklahoma Guard Isaiah Cousins Injured In Shooting

Isaiah Cousins, a former Mount Vernon basketball standout and current guard with the University of Oklahoma Sooners, was wounded Tuesday night when a errant bullet from one of two warring violent street gangs struck him in the back of the shoulder, police said.

Mount Vernon Police Commissioner Terrance Raynor said Cousins is expected to survive his wounds, but he was not sure if it would affect his basketball career.


Oklahoma Center Ty Darlington on Rimington Trophy Watch List

University of Oklahoma junior center Ty Darlington was named to the 2014 Watch List by the Rimington Trophy committee. The Rimington Trophy is presented annually to the nation's most outstanding center among FBS teams.

The Apoka, Fla., native has played in 12 games (one start) on the offensive line for the Sooners. Darlington is the top candidate to replace All-America Gabe Ikard at the center position for Oklahoma in 2014. Darlington started one game for an injured Ikard against Baylor in 2013.

MBB: Univ. of Houston Leading Scorer TaShawn Thomas Has Transferred to OU

University of Oklahoma head men's basketball coach Lon Kruger announced the addition of University of Houston transfer TaShawn Thomas (first name pronounced TAY-shawn) to the OU roster on Tuesday. Thomas, the Cougars' leading scorer and rebounder last season, signed a financial aid agreement and will have one season of eligibility left at OU.

The NCAA requires Division I transfers sit out a year before competing at their new institution. However, Oklahoma will file an appeal in an attempt to make Thomas eligible for the 2014-15 season.

A 6-8, 240-pound forward from Killeen, Texas, Thomas earned second-team All-American Athletic Conference honors during the 2013-14 season when he averaged team highs of 15.4 points and 8.1 rebounds in 31.6 minutes a contest. He also led the team with his .591 field goal percentage and his 2.7 blocked shots per game. He was a first-team All-Conference USA selection as a sophomore, averaging 16.9 points, 9.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.7 blocks per outing while shooting .552 from the floor. He was also named to the Conference USA All-Defensive Team that season.

OU Women's Golf Finishes Program-Best Fourth at NCAAs

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The 2014 University of Oklahoma women's golf team claimed its spot in the school records book by finishing in fourth place at the NCAA Championships on Friday, the highest national showing in program history. The 24-team tournament was played at the 6,194-yard, par-70 Tulsa Country Club.

The Sooners recorded their best score of the event in Friday's final round, a 1-over-par 281, bringing their four-round total to 1,147 strokes (+27). As one of the top four teams, OU received an NCAA team trophy.

Duke took the team title, finishing with a 10-over 1,130, edging defending national champion USC by two shots. UCLA finished third with a 1,145 (+25), while Arizona State completed the top five with a 1,150 (+30). USC's Doris Chen claimed the individual national title with a 6-under-par 274.

OU Softball Opens with Alabama Thursday at WCWS

Seventh-seeded Oklahoma (50-11) opens defense of its 2013 National Championship at the 2014 Women’s College World Series Thursday night at 8:30 against No. 2 Alabama (50-11) on ESPN2.

Making their fourth-straight WCWS appearance and ninth overall, the Sooners face off against the Crimson Tide in a rematch of the 2012 National Championship. OU is 2-2 all-time against Alabama in the WCWS, winning once in 2003 and taking one of three games in 2012.

Barry Sanders: Adrian Peterson Is Still Best Running Back in NFL

On ESPN’s SportsCenter Tuesday morning, NFL Hall of Famer and former Oklahoma State running back Barry Sanders was asked his opinion on who was currently the best running back in the NFL.

Last week, Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy went on the radio to say that he was the best running back in the NFL, not former OU rusher Adrian Peterson.



Report: Univ. of Oklahoma Will Propose Football Stadium Upgrades

The University of Oklahoma plans to put a proposal before its regents next month that would authorize the school to seek construction bids on a renovation project that would close the south side of Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, a source told ESPN.com.


Baseball: Cowboys Down Sooners in Bedlam Opener

The University of Oklahoma baseball team dropped its Bedlam Series opener to No. 6 Oklahoma State in front of 5,478 at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, Thursday night. The Sooners fell to 27-26 overall and 7-15 in the Big 12, while the Cowboys ran off their 11th straight win to improve to 40-13 and 17-5. OSU also claimed at least a share of the regular season title with TCU and has clinched the top seed in next week’s conference tournament.

Sophomore left-hander Jacob Evans (Broken Arrow, Okla.) pitched a career-high 6.1 innings of solid baseball in his eighth start of the season. However, a two-out three-run home run by right fielder Conor Costello in the sixth spoiled what would have been a quality start. Evans (3-5) took the loss after allowing four runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out five.


Softball: Record Eight Sooners Named All-Region

A school record eight Sooners were named to the 2014 National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division I All-Central Region Team, including four first-team honorees, the NFCA announced Thursday. The previous OU record of six was set in 2005 and matched in both 2007 and 2013.

Juniors Lauren Chamberlain, Georgia Casey and Shelby Pendley were joined by sophomore Kady Self on the All-Region First Team. Senior Brittany Williams earned second-team honors along with sophomores Whitney Ellis and Kelsey Stevens, while senior Destinee Martinez was placed on the third team.

Oklahoma joins Arizona and Hofstra as the only three schools in the country to have all eight of their nominees earn All-Region accolades.


Baseball: Oklahoma Junior Mac James Added to Olson Award Watch List

Oklahoma University's Mac James, front dives towards home plate as TCU catcher Kyle Bacak makes the tag for the out during the first inning of Friday's May 9, 2014 baseball game at Lupton Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas. Special/Bob Haynes
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Oklahoma Junior Mac James has been named to the Gregg Olson Award Watch list, given to the nation's Breakout Player of the Year.

After playing just nine games as a reserve catcher in his sophomore season, James has 51 games at five different positions, including catcher, first base, third base, left field and designated hitter. He is one of the top hitters in the Big 12 with a .347 batting average, while also leading the Sooners in runs batted in at 39 to go with 30 runs scored and five home runs.

OU Softball's Patty Gasso Named Big 12 Coach of the Year

For leading the Oklahoma softball team to an unprecedented three straight Big 12 Conference championships, Sooners head coach Patty Gasso has earned Big 12 Coach of the Year honors for the third year in a row, the league offices announced Tuesday.

Gasso and the Sooners became the first team to win three straight Big 12 titles as they went 45-10 overall this season and 16-2 in league play en route to earning the No. 7 national seed in the NCAA Division I Championships. The award is the seventh of Gasso’s career, while no other coach in Big 12 history has more than three.

Golf: OU Women Qualify for NCAA Championships

The 12th-ranked University of Oklahoma women's golf team qualified for the NCAA Championships for the third consecutive year by finishing in fourth place at the 24-team NCAA West Regional in Cle Elum, Wash., Saturday. The three-day event was played at the 6,252-yard, par-72 Tumble Creek Golf Course at Suncadia Resort.

The Sooners carded a 21-over-par 309 Saturday to finish with a 54-hole 895 (+31). No. 1 seed USC won the event by one stroke over No. 4 seed and host Washington with an 876 (+12). No. 2 seed Arizona State finished in third place at +25. Other teams to qualify for the NCAA Championships, to be held May 20-23 in Tulsa, Okla., were Michigan State, Iowa State, Texas A&M and Northwestern.


W. Tennis: Sooners Fall in NCAA Second Round

The Oklahoma women’s tennis team saw the season come to an end as the 18th-ranked Sooners fell to No. 12 Miami, 4-0, in the second round of the NCAA Championships.

"This has been a remarkable season and the team far surpassed my expectations," OU head coach David Mullins said. "It is sad to say goodbye to four amazing seniors but I am also excited about building on our progress from this year."

M. Tennis: Sooners Advance to Second Straight Sweet 16

The Sooners celebrated their head coach’s 100th win by punching a ticket to Athens, Georgia, and their second straight NCAA Sweet 16 appearance.

No. 2 overall seed Oklahoma (25-3) defeated Harvard (18-7), 4-0, at the Gregg Wadley Indoor Tennis Pavilion Sunday afternoon in an NCAA Division I Men’s Tennis Championship Second Round match.

Softball: Jessica Vest Highlights Sooners’ Academic Awards

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Oklahoma softball junior Jessica Vest was named Academic All-District and was joined by five of her teammates as Academic All-Big 12 honorees, it was announced Thursday.

Vest was selected to the 2014 Capital One Academic All-District Softball Team for District 7 for the second consecutive season after also taking home honors in 2013. The award recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom.

Bedlam Softball Win Gives OU Outright Big 12 Title

Clinching a share of the Big 12 title last weekend against Texas Tech wasn’t quite good enough for head coach Patty Gasso and the No. 13/10 Sooners.

“There are no celebrations going on because this team doesn’t want to share anything,” she said after the team swept the Red Raiders. “When they get that next one is when you’ll feel it a little bit more.”


Rowing: Clift, Crain Claim Big XII Yearly Honors

Senior Kristin Clift was named Big 12 Rower of the Year and head coach Leeanne Crain was named Big 12 Coach of the Year, the conference announced Wednesday.

Clift, a native of Anadarko, Okla., is a two-time All-Big 12 First Team selection who most recently rowed in the six seat for the Sooner first varsity eight that took first place at the Big 12 Championship last Saturday. The win by the 1V8 secured Oklahoma’s second consecutive Big 12 title.