Softball: Erin Miller Among 10 Finalist For Senior CLASS Award

Oklahoma outfielder Erin Miller has been chosen as one of 10 finalists for the 2016 Senior CLASS Award in college softball.

To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition.


OU Assistant Steve Henson, UTSA Agree to Terms For Him Become HC?

From the San Antonio Express-News:

Multiple sources close to the process say Oklahoma assistant basketball coach Steve Henson is UTSA’s top choice and may have already agreed to head the Roadrunners’ program next year.

Henson, who visited UTSA on Tuesday, according to the sources, will be in Houston this weekend with the Sooners at the Final Four.

Bob Stoops Plans to Attend Final Four

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops stepped up to the scrum of reporters after Monday’s spring football practice for his first interview in more than three weeks, but his own squad wasn’t the first thing he wanted to talk about.

“How about that Sooner basketball team?” Stoops said with a grin.

W Gymnastics: Sooners Earn 10 Regular Season All-American Honors

Seven members of the No. 1 Oklahoma women's gymnastics team earned a total of 10 regular season All-America honors from the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches/Women (NACGC/W).

The Sooners' 10 awards stand as the second-most nationally, and their four bars honors matches the most in the nation on any event (three first-team accolades on the event are the most named to the first team). In the four years that regular season All-America accolades have been awarded, Oklahoma has totaled double-digit honors three times.


OU's Buddy Hield Named Unanimous AP All-American

Just like a #BuddyBuckets 3-pointer, honors for Oklahoma senior guard Buddy Hield keep pouring in. The Bahamas native was announced Tuesday afternoon as a unanimous selection to The Associated Press' 2015-16 All-America team after earning all 65 votes from the national media panel.

With the selection, Hield becomes a 2016 consensus All-American. Hield, OU’s first All-American since Blake Griffin in 2009, has also been announced as a first-team selection by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association, National Association of Basketball Coaches and The Sporting News this season.

MBB: Pair of OU Assistants Could Be Named HCs This Week

The Final Four will likely be the last four Lon Kruger and current assistant coaches Steve Henson, Lew Hill and Chris Crutchfield.

A source close to the situation told the Transcript Monday that Henson is the favorite to be named Texas-San Antonio's next head coach. The announcement will likely come before Saturday's game against Villanova.

Buddy Hield Named CBS Sports National Player of the Year

Buddy Hield is the CBS Sports National Player of the Year.

He earned the honor by consistently performing at a high level for a high-level team, by averaging 25.4 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.0 assists. He led the Sooners to a No. 1 ranking in the AP poll, a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament and a trip to the Final Four.

Buddy Hield Named to NABC All-America First Team

The list of honors for Oklahoma's Buddy Hield continues to grow. The senior guard was named to another All-America team, this time garnering first-team honors from the National Association of Basketball Coaches.

Already a first-team All-American by the United States Basketball Writers Association, Sports Illustrated and USA Today, Hield becomes OU's first NABC All-America First Team selection since Blake Griffin in 2009. Voting was conducted by member coaches of the NABC in NCAA Division I.


Report: Dalton Wood No Longer With Football Program, Again

Late Monday night, a source confirmed that McAlester’s Dalton Wood is no longer with the OU program.

Wood was given a second chance by coaches after signing a letter of intent and not showing up for the 2015 season. He was allowed to walk-on this spring and vowed in a Tulsa World interview that he would make the best of his opportunity.

Safety Hatari Byrd Dismissed From Team

Senior safety Hatari Byrd has been dismissed from the Oklahoma football team for violating team rules, coach Bob Stoops confirmed to reporters after Monday’s practice.

Because the dismissal came during the spring before his senior season and Byrd never redshirted at OU, he will have the opportunity to transfer with a year of eligibility left after sitting out next season, per NCAA transfer rules.

Buddy Hield Named to John Wooden Award All-American Team

The Los Angeles Athletic Club announced Monday that OU senior guard Buddy Hield was one of 10 players named to the 2016 John R. Wooden Award All-American Team, selected by hundreds of national college basketball media members and the award’s former winners. Additionally, Hield was one of five players invited to Los Angeles for the 40th annual presentation of the John R. Wooden Award to the men’s most outstanding basketball player.

The 40th annual presentation of the John R. Wooden Award will be the anchor presentation of the ESPN College Basketball Awards Show presented on ESPN2 on Friday, April 8 at 7 p.m. CT.


Jordan Evans Ready to Take Leadership Role

There’s little need for Oklahoma’s Jordan Evans to go full speed during spring drills this month.

Defensive coordinator Mike Stoops said as much this week when talking about OU’s only returning starter at linebacker. Still, it’s difficult for the senior to be placed in no-contact status during spring practice.


Lincoln Riley 'Understood' Cody Thomas' Decision To Leave Team to Focus on Baseball

Oklahoma offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley was asked earlier this month if he was disappointed to lose quarterback Cody Thomas, who chose to leave the football team to focus on baseball this spring.

“I wouldn’t say disappointed,” Riley responded. “I don’t think that would be the right word. I understood it. Guys have got to do what they are passionate about.”

OU-Oregon to Tip at 5:09

Making its ninth trip to the NCAA Elite Eight in school history, No. 2 seed Oklahoma (28-7 overall, 12-6 Big 12) will take on No. 1 seed Oregon (31-6 overall, 14-4 Pac-12) in Saturday’s West Regional final in Anaheim, Calif. The contest, to be played at the 18,336-seat Honda Center, will start at 5:09 p.m. CT.

Should it advance to the school’s fifth-ever Final Four, Oklahoma will face the winner of Saturday’s Kansas (No. 1 seed) versus Villanova (No. 2 seed) matchup next weekend in Houston (time TBA). 

The Elite Eight contest will be televised on CBS.

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Clippers Expect Blake Griffin Back for Playoffs

It's been almost three months since former Sooner Blake Griffin last took the court for the Los Angeles Clippers. In that time, the team has managed to cruise through some tough competition, going 26-13 and more or less securing the fourth seed in the Western Conference.

Still, this team isn't complete without its All-Star power forward, and any hope of advancing to the conference finals is more or less extinguished if Griffin can't play.

On that front, there's reportedly some good news for the Clippers. On Tuesday, coach Doc Rivers told reporters that he expects Griffin to return before the playoffs -- but he's not quite sure when Griffin will be back:

Rivers said he remains confident Griffin will be back before the playoffs.

“I can’t say that with 100 percent certainty, but I do feel like he’ll be back,” Rivers said. “I’m just not sure when.”

Rivers said Griffin’s hand injury is fine now, and he wishes Griffin could play to be able to test out his hand and have confidence in it when he does return to the court. (FOX Sports)

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W Gymnastics: Oklahoma No. 1 Overall Seed

For the second straight season, the Oklahoma women's gymnastics team has earned the nation's No. 1 overall seed heading into postseason competition, the NCAA announced today. The Sooners were tabbed as the top seed in the Iowa City Regional, where they will face No. 12 Nebraska, No. 13 Arkansas, Iowa, Kent St. and Central Michigan on Saturday, April 2.

OU, which holds a nation-best regional qualifying score (RQS) of 197.920, will aim for its seventh consecutive regional title and a 13th straight NCAA Championship berth at regional competition. Last weekend, the Sooners became the first team to capture five straight Big 12 titles, doing so with a score of 198.050, the highest championship score in conference history.


ESPN Personality: Titans Trade for DeMarco -- Best Offseason Move

ESPN's NFL insider John Clayton praised the Tennessee Titans' offseason trade for former Sooner DeMarco Murray on Monday from the annual NFL owners meetings in Florida.

Murray, the 2014 NFL Offensive Player of the Year, was dealt to Tennessee from Philadelphia earlier this month.

W Gymnastics: Sooners Claim Fifth Straight Big 12 Title

In impressive fashion, the No. 1 Oklahoma women’s gymnastics team snagged its fifth straight Big 12 title, securing the championship with a conference-meet-record 198.050. The event was held on Saturday inside Dr Pepper Arena.

The Big 12 Conference title is the ninth in program history for OU and the eighth under 10th-year head coach K.J. Kindler. OU is the first team to ever win five consecutive Big 12 titles. Last year, the Sooners became the first squad in conference history to win a fourth straight crown.

Buddy Hield Named Naismith Trophy Finalist

Just hours before the Sooners’ NCAA Second Round contest, OU senior guard Buddy Hield was named one of four finalists for the James A. Naismith Trophy, recognizing the most outstanding men’s college basketball player.

Joining Hield as finalists are: Malcolm Brogdon (University of Virginia), Tyler Ulis (University of Kentucky) and Denzel Valentine (Michigan State University).


MBB: Oklahoma Survives Against VCU To Advance to Sweet 16

Oklahoma senior Buddy Hield had the opportunity Sunday to steal votes away from his competition for national player of the year awards and send his team to the Sweet 16 for the second consecutive season in the process. He made the most of it.

Hield started slowly in a 85-81 victory over VCU in the second round of the NCAA tournament, but he caught fire in the second half, scoring 29 of his 36 points to carry the Sooners to a huge win in Oklahoma City. At one point in the second half, Hield had the crowd chanting his name.

It is the 11th time this season Hield has scored 30 or more points in a game and the ninth time this season he scored 20 or more points in a half.

The performance and how vital it was to Oklahoma advancing is likely to earn more votes for Hield for any national player of the year awards still up for grabs. The balloting for those honors is expected to be among the tightest races in years between Hield and Michigan State senior Denzel Valentine.(More at Yahoo! Sports)

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MBB: OU vs VCU Tips at 4:15

Making its 30th NCAA Tournament appearance and fourth straight under fifth-year head coach Lon Kruger, second-seeded Oklahoma (26-7 overall, 12-6 Big 12) won its opening-round game on Friday and advanced to play 10th-seeded VCU (25-10, 14-4 A-10) on Sunday in the round of 32. The contest will be played at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City and will tip at 4:15 p.m. CT.



Sam Bradford Engaged to Longtime Girlfriend

Former Oklahoma and current Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford is engaged to his longtime girlfriend Emma Lavy, according to TMZ Sports.

Another starting NFL quarterback is heading down the aisle ... this time, it's Eagles QB Sam Bradford who's officially engaged to his longtime girlfriend Emma Lavy ... TMZ Sports has learned!
Sources connected to the couple tell us the two have been dating for a few years ... and last week, Bradford popped the question during a romantic dinner at a fancy restaurant.

Earlier in the offseason, Bradford signed a two-year contract with the Eagles worth $36M.

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Gymnastics: 12 Sooners Named to All-Big 12 Team

Seven members of the No. 1 Oklahoma women's gymnastics team secured a conference-high 12 spots on the All-Big 12 Gymnastics Team, the league office announced on Wednesday.

This season marks the ninth straight year that the Sooners have led the conference in All-Big 12 selections and it is the seventh consecutive season that the Sooners have earned at least nine all-conference selections. The All-Big 12 squad consists of the top three conference gymnasts with the highest regional qualifying score (RQS) in each event in addition to the top two all-around gymnasts.


Softball: OU's Paige Parker Named Big 12 Pitcher of the week

For the second time this season Oklahoma sophomore Paige Parker has been named the Big 12 Pitcher of the Week.

Her latest honor comes after a dominating weekend where the Independence, Mo., native went 4-0, did not allow a run in 18.0 innings of work and threw the fifth no-hitter of career. She gave up just four hits and struck out 22 against just three walks while throwing two shutouts and combining on another. Opponents hit just .070 against Parker on the weekend.


Buddy Hield Named to USBWA Men's All-American Team

Oklahoma senior guard Buddy Hield, a leading candidate to win the U.S. Basketball Writers Association's Oscar Robertson Trophy for national player of the year, headlines the 2015-16 USBWA Men's All-America Team.

Hield, who was earlier named District Player of the Year by the USBWA in District VI, is the 14th Sooner in history to earn first-team All-America honors and the first since Blake Griffin (2009).

Former Sooner Jermaine Gresham Donates $34k in Apparel To Ardmore HS

NFL free-agent tight end Jermaine Gresham continues to give back to Ardmore.

Over the past three months, shipments of new uniforms, travel bags, travel shirts, backpacks and hoodies have arrived at Ardmore High School, as part of a generous donation of $34,000 for the Tigers’ football and boys and girls basketball teams made by the former Tiger and University of Oklahoma standout.


Former OU Athletic Director, Asst. Coach Donnie Duncan Dies at 75

Donnie Duncan, a college athletics coach and administrator whose career spanned over four decades of service and contributions, passed away on Saturday evening after a long battle with cancer.

“The entire Big 12 Conference is saddened to hear of Donnie’s passing,” said Commissioner Bob Bowlsby. “He was a great friend to all of us and one that we will miss dearly. Our condolences to his wife, Sally, and their entire family.”



M Gymnastics: Kanji Oyama Named Gymnast of the Week

Oklahoma men’s gymnastics senior Kanji Oyama added another honor to his haul for the week as he was named NCAA Gymnast of the Week on Friday. Oyama posted a career-best all-around score of 91.100 in Saturday’s Senior Night meet against No. 2 Stanford to help push OU to a team mark of 452.350, the third-highest total in NCAA history.

Competing for the last time in McCasland Field House, Oyama, who was named MPSF Gymnast of the Week on Wednesday, scored at least 14.850 on every event against Stanford, including a career-high 15.600 on rings to take the event title. He also placed third on floor (15.250) and vault (15.000), fourth on parallel bars (15.300) and third on high bar (15.100).


Wrestling: Six Sooners to Compete in NCAA Championships

The NCAA revealed the Division I wrestling championship brackets on Wednesday evening. The tournament will be held on March 17-19 inside Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Three Sooners received seeds in No. 5 Ryan Millhof (125 pounds), No. 4 Cody Brewer (133 pounds) and No. 15 Clark Glass (165 pounds). Davion Jeffries (149 pounds), Matt Reed (174 pounds) and Ross Larson (285 pounds) also earned bids to the championship.


RESULTS: 2016 OU Pro Day

Ryan Broyles runs the 40 at OU Pro Day. (Photo Credit: Oklahoma Sooners Athletics)
University of Oklahoma held their annual Pro Day on Wednesday at the Everest Training Center for NFL scouts, general managers and coaches.

Former Sooners Ryan Broyles and Roy Finch participated in workouts, while Eric Striker, Sterling  Shepard and Charles Tapper chose to sit out.