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No student-athlete services will be affected by Wednesday's cuts

NORMAN — OU's athletics department announced budget cuts of approximately $13.7 million Wednesday, cost-cutting measures due to...

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OU football: Seven Sooners test positive for COVID-19, seven more had active cases before testing

Twelves coronavirus cases remain active among OU football players

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OU football: Four questions as Sooners open workouts Wednesday

NORMAN — A couple weeks after most Power 5 football teams commenced organized workouts, OU will open its facilities beginning...

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Opinion: 'Athlete A' Netflix documentary reminds us of OU gymnast Maggie Nichols' greatness on and off the mat

Maggie Nichols felt the love during her OU career. We lauded her. We praised her. We cheered her. It wasn’t enough. It can...

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Why I love sports: For Berry Tramel, watching grandkids play are most-cherished memories

The field sat at the bottom of a hill next to our house in Joplin. I was in first grade. We spent two years in Missouri,...

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OU football: COVID officer says school doing 'everything we possibly can' with players set for return

Dale Bratzler was announced as OU’s chief COVID officer on June 8, and since then, the state of Oklahoma has seen more than...

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Opinion: Players' actions could determine college football's fate

Many are the people who will make or break this college football season. With the coronavirus cases surging and the sport’s...

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Opinion: Story behind the story of 'Athlete A' and the USA Gymnastics scandal

In March 2016, I was recovering from a serious heart attack. My mother, for whom I’d been the primary caregiver for more than...

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Ahead of return to campus, OU football releases coronavirus protocols

NORMAN — With OU football players returning to campus beginning Saturday and facilities opening Wednesday, the school released...

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As OU football players prepare to return to campus, school releases coronavirus protocols

NORMAN — With OU football players set to return to campus beginning Saturday, and facilities opening Wednesday, the school...

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OU football: Sooner Schooner builder Don Werner thrilled to be maker of iconic wagon

NORMAN — Don Werner isn’t the biggest college football fan around. “Oh, somewhat,” he said when asked if he follows the sport....

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Edmond-based Skinz League founder confident in safety protocols after Buddy Hield tests positive for coronavirus

The Skinz League adopted a new policy for its games Wednesday night. “For preventative measures and everyone’s safety, we now...

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OU student-athletes surpass 3.0 GPA for 17th consecutive semester

NORMAN — OU student-athletes recorded a 3.17 grade-point average in spring 2020, extending their school-record streak of GPAs...

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Upgraded Sooner Schooner revealed

NORMAN — The Sooner Schooner is ready for action. After an accident last season left OU searching for a replacement for the...

Can Steven Adams open up the Thunder's offense?

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Thunder general manager Sam Presti made the suggestion and the hairs stood up on the back of fans’ necks. As of now, the Thunder isn’t going to get shooting out of its centers. As of now. "But maybe we can push Steven into a development...

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Report: Buddy Hield tests positive for coronavirus

Sacramento Kings guard and former OU star Buddy Hield has tested positive for the coronavirus, according to The Athletic.

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Upgraded Sooner Schooner revealed

After the Sooner Schooner toppled against West Virginia last season, OU has a more stable Schooner

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DJ Gasso, son of Patty Gasso, hired as Utah softball assistant

NORMAN — After two seasons as a graduate assistant under his mother, OU softball coach Patty Gasso, DJ Gasso has been hired as...

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Blake Griffin starts podcast to address mental, physical health

Former Sooner Blake Griffin is set to launch "The Pursuit of Healthiness," a podcast that will feature a famous lineup of...

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Athlete A: Netflix documentary focuses on former OU gymnast Maggie Nichols, first to report Larry Nassar abuse

NORMAN — Maggie Nichols was just 15 years old when she was sent to USA Gymnastics national team doctor Larry Nassar for a back...

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Ancer playing well but still seeking first win

He’s as smooth on the course as the silky tequila he’s associated with, and while Abraham Ancer hasn’t broken through on the...

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Former OU star Abraham Ancer still hasn't won, but he keeps getting closer

He’s as smooth on the course as the silky tequila he’s associated with, and while Abraham Ancer hasn’t broken through on the...

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Baker Mayfield urges Gov. Kevin Stitt to commute Julius Jones' death sentence

Baker Mayfield urges Gov. Kevin Stitt to commute Julius Jones' death sentence

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Why I love sports: Wayne Wells is a true Oklahoma sports hero

Editor's note: Three-time Olympic wrestler and former coach R. Wayne Baughman, who won the 1962 NCAA title while at OU, follows...

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College marching bands ponder pandemic performances: 'Didn't cover this in ... how to be a band director classes'

At the barest of bare minimums, the Michigan Marching Band could play “The Victors” with 32 people. If necessary, a song that...

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As athletes return to campus, what are they signing up for?

Ohio State calls it the Buckeye Acknowledgment and Pledge, a two-page document the school asked its athletes to sign before...

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PGA: Webb Simpson edges former Oklahoma standout Abraham Ancer for RBC Heritage championship

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — Nothing about this RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing golf tournament was normal. So maybe it was...

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Decision on State Fair of Texas will determine what OU-Texas looks like in 2020

The OU-Texas game in early October is about much more than football. It’s the Midway and Fletcher’s Corny Dogs and Big Tex and...

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Bennie Owen's 98-year-old daughter cherishes the memories of OU football's founding father

Dorothy Ann Bryan’s knees are gone, but otherwise she’s in great health, which puts her ahead of the curve, considering she is...

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OU projecting $25 million decrease in athletic department revenue in 2021

The OU Board of Regents is projecting at least a $25 million decline in revenue for the athletic department for the fiscal year...

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Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby says thinking football teams won't test positive for COVID-19 'not realistic'

At the moment, Texas has no plans to stop voluntary football workouts even though 13 Longhorns have tested positive or presumed...

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OU football: Lincoln Riley says Sooners have had 'a player or two' exposed or tested positive for coronavirus

OU football coach Lincoln Riley said in an interview on ESPN's Golic and Wingo show that multiple of his players have either...

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Former Sooner Roy Finch charged with felony assault and battery

NORMAN — Former OU running back Roy Finch was charged Wednesday with felony domestic assault and battery "resulting in great...

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Dr. Anthony Fauci: Football players need a 'bubble,' season 'may not happen' with coronavirus second wave

The returns of the NBA, WNBA, MLS, and NWSL amid the COVID pandemic are predicated around forming a "bubble" environment for...

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'The best softball facility bar none': USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium, home of the WCWS, goes from gem to crown jewel with recent renovations

Full disclosure: Craig Cress has a vested interest in Hall of Fame Stadium. He’s the executive director of USA Softball, which...

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Arizona Cardinals' Kyler Murray says he will kneel for national anthem in 2020 NFL season

Kyler Murray made a declarative statement on Wednesday when he talked to reporters about how, “I will always stand up for...

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OU football: Sooners pick up commitment from Oregon defensive end

Oregon hasn't exactly been one of OU football's recruiting hotbeds.

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Opinion: Big 12 football coaching jobs rank right with Pac-12, behind on the SEC

Big 12 ranks right with Pac-12, behind on the SEC, in status of football jobs

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Trailer for 'Athlete A' documentary featuring Maggie Nichols released, film set to premiere June 24

A trailer for 'Athlete A,' a documentary centering on former OU gymnast Maggie Nichols' sexual assault allegations against...

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Stoops latest Sooner to join HOF ballot

NORMAN — Josh Heupel and Roy Williams, two of the players who helped make OU national champions in 2000, are back on the...

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OU football: Bob Stoops, Josh Heupel, Roy Williams on College Football Hall of Fame ballot

NORMAN — Josh Heupel and Roy Williams, two of the players who helped make OU national champions in 2000, are back on the...

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Opinion: Can OU football form a new 'Triplets' leadership team of Lincoln Riley, Joe Castiglione and Joe Harroz?

Bob Stoops coached Sooner football for 18 years and six months. OU had one president during that time. Lincoln Riley had three...

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New name, images, likeness lawsuit against NCAA could put hundreds of millions of dollars at stake

Attorneys acting on behalf of two current college athletes on Monday filed a federal antitrust lawsuit against the NCAA and the...

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OU planning for a 'dynamic' ticket experience

Sooners have season tickets available

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OU football: President Joe Harroz calls Sooners' financial impact 'eye-opening and certainly a focus during the pandemic'

NORMAN — Joe Harroz arrived at Georgetown University for law school in 1989, fresh off an OU economics degree. He arrived...

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COVID-19 cases haven't deterred college football's quest to return, but when would they?

For all of the questions that lack answers, the biggest — for sports in our portion of the world, at least — keeps inching...

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'We never put anything in front of that': Lincoln Riley urges players to focus on mental health during time of pandemic, racial strife

With OU football players returning to campus on July 1 for voluntary workouts, the program will see its first step in a return...

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As college football begins its return, coronavirus cases at some schools show the roadblocks that may lie ahead

DALLAS — Not along ago, Texas football coach Tom Herman saw new offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich scribbling away on a...

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OU football: For president Joe Harroz, the 2020 college football season is a constant topic for Sooners and Big 12 in pandemic

You want percentages on the upcoming football season? OU president Joe Harroz will give you a percentage. Seventy percent....

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Trae Young on losing social media followers for protesting racial inequality: 'That's OK. That's necessary'

In the past, professional athletes often faced immediate backlash for speaking out on racial issues. Some lost endorsement...

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Opinion: We might be seeing a wild, wild west of college football and coronavirus testing

As college football players have returned to campus for voluntary workouts this month, we’ve seen a parade of announcements...

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Why I love sports: R. Wayne Baughman's All-American life made special by countless people

Editor's note: Three-time Olympic wrestler and former coach R. Wayne Baughman, who also was a three-time All-American and 1962...

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‘That’s what it should look like’: OU’s Skip Johnson sees loss of entire weekend rotation to MLB Draft as representative of program’s strength

Skip Johnson likely faces the daunting task of replacing his entire weekend rotation of pitchers going into the 2021 season...

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Big 12 basketball: OU's Lon Kruger, OSU's Mike Boynton say teams will have Nov. 3 Election Day off to vote

Oklahoma's Lon Kruger and Oklahoma State's Mike Boynton, along with the eight other Big 12 men's basketball coaches, released a...

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OU football: Athletic director Joe Castiglione says coronavirus testing for team could cost up to $18,000

OU athletic director Joe Castiglione shared some insight Friday morning about the pricing for coronavirus tests the Sooners...

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Opinion: If Kirk Ferentz leaves Iowa, would the Hawkeyes try to lure back a Stoops brother?

Kirk Ferentz is one of the more anonymous head coaches in college football history. He’s been Iowa’s coach for 21 years, which...

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Florida governor signs college athlete NIL compensation bill

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday signed into law a bill that will allow college athletes in the state to earn money from...

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Atlanta Hawks star Trae Young, family agree to donate $4 million for multi-sport facility in Norman

Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young is once again in the spotlight for his work in Norman. Young, the former OU guard and Norman...

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MLB Draft: OU catcher Brady Lindsly goes in fourth round to Washington Nationals

The Washington Nationals selected an OU pitcher in the first round of the MLB Draft on Wednesday. They added a Sooner catcher...

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Pete Kron, longtime OU assistant track coach, dies at 74

Oklahoma Baptist University assistant track and field coach passed away on Tuesday night at the age of 74.

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MLB Draft: OU's Dane Acker selected in fourth round by Oakland Athletics

Dane Acker "pitched a no-no earlier this year. He'll fit right in."

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MLB Draft: OU's Levi Prater selected in third round by St. Louis Cardinals

NORMAN — Oklahoma left-handed pitcher Levi Prater was drafted in the third round of the MLB Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals on...

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Joe C. says he learned much from protesters while marching with them Saturday

Castiglione says we've reached a tipping point in systemic oppression

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MLB Draft: OU pitcher Cade Cavalli selected in first round by Washington Nationals

OU junior pitcher Cade Cavalli was selected with the No. 22 overall pick Wednesday in the first round of the MLB Draft by...

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MLB Draft: Marlins select former Mustang star Daxton Fulton in second round

Fulton, the 6-foot-6, 220 pound left-handed pitcher from Mustang High School, was selected No. 40 overall in the Major League...

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OU football: Sooners center Creed Humphrey selected to Walter Camp preseason All-American team

The 2020 college football season is months away, but the honors are starting to roll in for Creed Humphrey.

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How 'The Last Dance' on Michael Jordan and the Bulls gave Trae Young offseason motivation

For five consecutive weeks, Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young spent his Sunday evening the same way nearly five million other...

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‘It was a total shock’: OU softball signee Jayda Coleman earns Gatorade National Player of the Year honor

OU softball signee Jayda Coleman was surprised when she learned she had been named Gatorade National Softball Player of the...

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MLB Draft: OU commit Ed Howard selected by Chicago Cubs

Oklahoma baseball commit Ed Howard was selected by the Chicago Cubs in the first round of the MLB Draft on Wednesday.Howard, a...

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OU is planning for fans, but making no predictions

Among the changes are digital ticketing and electronic concessions

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OU athletic director Joe Castiglione wants to make Nov. 3 election mandatory day off for student-athletes and staff

OU athletic director Joe Castiglione on Wednesday discussed the importance of voting and how the athletic department can...

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College baseball: NCAA grants roster relief for 2020-21

College baseball programs were granted some roster relief from the NCAA on Wednesday.According to D1Baseball.com, the NCAA...

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NCAA finalizing plan for extended college football preseason

After the pandemic wiped out spring practice for most major college football teams, an NCAA plan to extend the preseason by two...

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‘Everything just depends on the draft’: OU's Skip Johnson, OSU's Josh Holliday prepare for roster challenges with shortened MLB Draft

Between a shortened MLB Draft and every collegiate player receiving an additional year of eligibility, some college baseball...

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OU softball great Lauren Chamberlain headlines ESPN all-time team

As far as college softball first basemen go, Lauren Chamberlain is the People's Champ.

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Former UAB quarterback now a country music star

Watson Brown coached Hunt with Alabama-Birmingham

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Building bubbles: Cautious first steps toward college football season

College football is scheduled to kick off in less than three months and there are plenty of reasons to be hopeful that games...

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OU football: Lincoln Riley, three years after filling Bob Stoops' shoes, has Sooners on right path with a few steps left to take

In just three years, Lincoln Riley has taken over one of the most prestigious brands in college football, put his stamp on the...

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Why I love sports: Former Sooners broadcaster Bob Burke blessed to discover St. Louis Cardinals on KMOX in 1955

Editor's note: Oklahoma City attorney Bob Burke, an original member of the boards of the Jim Thorpe Association and the...

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'It can't just be mere words': OU athletes among marchers in Norman

NORMAN — For the second consecutive weekend, Justin Broiles was marching. A week earlier, it was in his hometown of Oklahoma...

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NCAA President Mark Emmert: 2020 college football season could look dramatically different

In a telephone call this week with Congressional leaders and several professional sports executives, NCAA President Mark Emmert...

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Why I love sports: The time Darrell Royal played catch with the kids in El Reno

The time Darrell Royal played catch with the kids in El Reno Sports gives us heroes. Growing up in El Reno in the ‘40s and...

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'I want to make a change': OU men's basketball assistant Carlin Hartman part of Coaches Coalition for Progress

NORMAN — OU assistant men’s basketball coach Carlin Hartman struggled, like many did, after seeing the video of George Floyd’s...

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'They just want justice for him': Trae Young, Russell Westbrook, Blake Griffin request Gov. Stitt to commute sentence of Oklahoma inmate on death row

NBA stars Trae Young, Russell Westbrook and Blake Griffin wrote to Gov. Kevin Stitt and Oklahoma's Pardon & Parole Board,...

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OU football coach Lincoln Riley amplifies Black Lives Matter message: 'All lives can't matter until the black lives do too'

NORMAN — There are no easy ways to figure out to navigate being the head coach of a predominantly black football team, OU coach...

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Atlanta Hawks star Trae Young returns to court in Skinz League debut, scores 43 in loss

Atlanta Hawks and former OU guard Trae Young laced up and played in an organized basketball game for the first time since March...

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OU football: Lincoln Riley says Sooners to quarantine prior to return to campus

OU football coach Lincoln Riley on Wednesday discussed his program's plan for a return to campus amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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MLB Draft: Daxton Fulton, Jace Bohrofen, Cade Horton might be OU teammates — or turn pro

MUSTANG — Daxton Fulton, Jace Bohrofen and Cade Horton posed for a photo while hoisting their Little League trophies in 2008....

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OU softball: Sooners' 2000 WCWS title provided blueprint, belief that changed sport forever

Tim Walton believes OU softball did more than win a national title in 2000. He thinks the Sooners kicked down a wall, too....

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NCAA considering six-week timeline for college football’s return

More and more, it looks like the ramp-up to what officials hope is a full college football season will begin in mid-July. Yahoo...

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OU football: Justin Broiles delivers a message that is 'simple and clear'

Justin Broiles felt that it was "God's plan" for him to say something. As Oklahoma City joined the list of cities nationwide...

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Mid-majors considering more regionalized scheduling

Conference realignment begat some crazy geography; is it time for an adjustment?

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'We shouldn’t be numb to it': OU football player Chanse Sylvie forms plan for police reform, seeks coalition

NORMAN — Chanse Sylvie was enraged watching the video of George Floyd’s death at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer....

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'This is bigger than me': Atlanta Hawks star Trae Young delivers unifying message in Norman

NORMAN — Trae Young stepped to the microphone to address an amphitheater dotted with protesters. Some were his family and...

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Opinion: As America burns amid protests after George Floyd's death, it's time to quit telling athletes to 'stick to sports'

Stick to sports was always a crutch for the comfortable and cowardly. It was a dirty, disgraceful lie, promulgated by those who...

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OU football's Connor McGinnis, rower Andrea Batchev receive Big 12's Gautt postgraduate scholarship

Former University of Oklahoma rower Andrea Batchev and football player Connor McGinnis are among the 20 student-athletes from...

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Watch: Trae Young, Atlanta Hawks guard and former OU star, speaks at Norman rally

Trae Young spoke in front of a hometown crowd Monday afternoon in peaceful protest of racial injustice and the death of George...

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In this time of heartbreak and strife, can churches succeed where sports has failed?

I wrote an NBA column before church Sunday, but it didn’t feel right. Debating basketball’s restart plans is fine subject...

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Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield is 'moving in silence' for new approach

The general manager who drafted Baker Mayfield first overall in 2018 is no longer with the Cleveland Browns, and the player who...

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Gadget guy or legitimate NFL quarterback? A look at what Jalen Hurts can do for the Eagles.

PHILADELPHIA — The question before the jury today is what, or rather, who is Jalen Hurts? Is he Lamar Jackson? Or is he Taysom...

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OU's Lincoln Riley, OSU's Mike Gundy weigh in on George Floyd's death, protests

Two of Oklahoma's most prominent sports figures released statements Sunday morning on George Floyd's death in Minneapolis last...

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'Watch and learn': OU safety Woodi Washington ready to break out after redshirt season

Like the rest of the sporting world, Oklahoma safety Woodi Washington has had an unconventional offseason. The coronavirus...

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Where are they now? The 2000 WCWS champion Oklahoma Sooners

Where are they now? What members of the 2000 national champion OU softball team are up to: Kelli Braitsch, SS: Braitsch has...

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College football schedules: USC ranks No. 1 among nonconference slates

Ranking the nonconference schedules of the 64 teams in the Power 5 conferences: 1. Southern Cal: Alabama in Arlington, New...

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'It is the national softball mecca': Women's College World Series' return to OKC will be bigger than ever

COVID-19 closed the road to Oklahoma City for the 2020 Women's College World Series but, with stadium improvements done, next...

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Could college football become more regionalized in pandemic's wake? OSU-Tulsa series part of a bigger scheduling trend

College football scheduling is more standard than John Rockefeller’s oil. With few exceptions, each conference has a model. The...

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'They were definitely our nucleus': Sooners' 2000 WCWS title team built on Oklahoma talent

NORMAN — Her first memory of playing in the Women’s College World Series was a simple one for OU’s Ashli Barrett. Before their...

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SEC schedules follow a familiar model

Only Georgia deviates much from the SEC standard scheduling

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Big 12 football: Bob Bowlsby 'bullish' that season will start on time

Bob Bowlsby is not an effervescent personality. The Big 12 commissioner is neither bubbly nor vivacious. He’s one of the...

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College softball: Arizona, OU and UCLA dominate the All-WCWS in OKC team

On the weekend when Hall of Fame Stadium would have been packed like never before for the Women’s College World Series, the...

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Big 12 presidents 'committed to fostering a culture of inclusivity' in wake of racial violence

The University of Oklahoma's Joseph Harroz and Big 12 school presidents issued a joint statement Friday afternoon saying the...

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OU football: Jalen Hurts named Big 12 male athlete of the year

Jalen Hurts can add another honor for his one season in Oklahoma.

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Former Sooner Ron Tatum III commits to UTSA

On Thursday, the Rivals four-star prospect Ron Tatum III announced on Twitter his commitment to the University of Texas at San...

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OU women's gymnastics: Maggie Nichols named Big 12 female athlete of the year

Former Oklahoma gymnast Maggie Nichols won the Big 12 Female Athlete of The Year for the second time in her career.

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'It's heartbreaking, gut-wrenching': ESPN softball crew feeling incomplete on week of canceled Women’s College World Series

Jenny Dalton-Hill sat on her porch and needed about 20 seconds to articulate her answer when asked what losing the 2020 Women’s...

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Why I love sports: SEC Network's Dari Nowkhah 'smallest kid in my class' determined to live out dream

Editor's note: SEC Network lead anchor Dari Nowkhah, a Tulsa native and OU graduate, tells The Oklahoman why he loves sports....

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College football's lessons from 1918: Old pandemic is a murky guide for sports

The image is striking: Fans watching a college football game in the midst of a pandemic, wearing masks with a smidge of social...

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OU football: FAQ for plan to re-open facilities July 1

Who has been involved in creating the plan for return? This plan has been developed by our medical staff, which has been...

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Morning roundup: Networks, conferences delay announcing early-season college football games

COLLEGES Networks, conferences delay announcing early-season football games College football conferences and television...

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Sooners plan to resume well after many other Power 5 schools

Voluntary workouts are not the traditional organized summer workouts

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West Virginia ranks No. 1 among Big 12 nonconference schedules

Texas, as usual, plays a great schedule, too

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'It’s softball time in Oklahoma': After 30 years in Oklahoma City, the WCWS has forged a bunch of memories

The Women’s College World Series was scheduled to start this week, for its 30th run in Oklahoma City. Alas, the coronavirus...

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Why I love sports: OU baseball coach Skip Johnson says, 'It reveals passion. It determines your future.'

Editor's note: OU baseball coach Skip Johnson tells The Oklahoman's Ryan Aber why he loves sports. Sports means relationships....

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These Duke doctors are working with NFL, Big 12 to mitigate coronavirus spread among teams

In the more than two months since the suspension of all NBA activities ushered in an unprecedented era without sports,...

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OU football: Chanse Sylvie working to stay sharp ahead of senior season

NORMAN — Chanse Sylvie only has one more opportunity. So recently, after working at home over the past two months, Sylvie...

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OU football: TV pioneer Johnny Shannon was a Bud Wilkinson-era staple

Johnny Shannon enjoyed doing things nobody ever did. And so Shannon did them, for WKY-TV over four decades. Shannon shot the...

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'Well, we’re watching grass grow': WCWS absence leaves a hole in OKC hearts

Drive across the parking lot to Hall of Fame Stadium, and you can’t stop looking up. If you’ve been to softball’s field of...

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Morning roundup: SEC, Big 12 to allow football workouts on campus next month

COLLEGES SEC, Big 12 to allow football workouts on campus next month Southeastern Conference schools will be able to bring...

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Coaches, ADs cash in on academic success as schools brace for financial woes

Amid financial difficulties related to the coronavirus pandemic, there are some aspects of college sports business proceeding...

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Momentum growing for fans this college football season

Gov. Greg Abbott has talked with Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby

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Ex-Sooner Dionnah Jackson-Durrett ready for her new role as the instructor of Texas' point guards

Over the course of her basketball career, Dionnah Jackson-Durrett has traveled to Austin plenty of times. In February of 2002,...

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OU football: Lincoln Riley says players back on campus is 'ridiculous.' Will he bring them back in wake of NCAA vote?

Lincoln Riley took on the Southeastern Conference last week. He’s not the first Sooner coach to take aim at the SEC; Bob Stoops...

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NCAA allows resumption of voluntary team activities in Division I football and basketball

The NCAA Division I Council on Wednesday voted to allow athletes in football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball to resume...

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OU's Maggie Nichols, Jalen Hurts nominated for Big 12 Athlete of the Year awards

OU women's gymnast Maggie Nichols and quarterback Jalen Hurts are among the nominees for the 2019-20 Big 12 Athlete of the Year...

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OU athletics announces transition to digital ticketing

NORMAN — OU will fully transition to digital ticketing for all sports, as well as for football parking, the athletic department...

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College football players could face coronavirus testing every two or three days upon return

Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said Wednesday he envisions college football players needing to be tested for COVID-19...

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Opinion: As college football plans are discussed, it's time for athletes to have a say

College athletes, your moment of ultimate leverage has arrived. It’s time to use it. All over the country right now, coaches...

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'I’ve dreamt of this': OU pitcher Cade Cavalli ready for MLB Draft

NORMAN — Cade Cavalli can barely contain the anticipation. “It’s crazy exciting,” the OU right-handed pitcher said of the...

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OU football: Some optimistic that fans could be in the stands this season

Let’s get straight to the biggest question in these parts since Who Shot J.R.? Will we have football in the fall? I’m generally...

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OU men's basketball: Sooners schedule home-and-home with Florida

The Sooners will play at least three SEC opponents in 2020-21

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Morning roundup: OU wrestling adds Virginia Tech transfer Mitch Moore

COLLEGES OU wrestling adds Virginia Tech transfer Mitch Moore OU wrestling coach Lou Rosselli announced the addition via...

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OU football: Army game at Michie Stadium could be imperiled by pandemic

OU-Army at historic Michie Stadium already was in danger once. Now it’s in danger again. The long-scheduled game, set for Sept....

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Pete Carroll or Bob Stoops: Which was the better hire?

ESPN ranks Saban, Swinney 1-2 in best coaching hires of the last quarter century

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NCAA medical chief explains what it might take for college football to return in 2020

Two weeks from the date some college athletics departments are targeting for allowing athletes to start returning to campus for...

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College football: Texas at Oklahoma State figures to be Big 12's most important game

We don’t know if or when college football will start, and we don’t know which games will remain intact, but to remind us of...

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College football: OU, OSU coaches learning new methods for virtual recruiting

Todd Bradford is always busy, but like so many people, the Oklahoma State director of football recruiting has seen his work...

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Why I Love Sports: OU's Jade Degouveia had competitiveness honed by gymnastics

Editor’s note: Former OU gymnast Jade Degouveia tells The Oklahoman why she loves sports. I think more than anything right...

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Oklahoma football season: Hope for the best, prepare...

Just like most every college football season, the anticipation is half the fun. Bedlam in Norman, which has become the best...

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OU football: 2021 commitment list

Here’s a look at the football players committed to OU for 2021: Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown (School) Ethan Downs DE 6-4 235...

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OU football: Building players' brands the new order in the NCAA

Endorsements and social-media money are coming to college athletes. Coming very soon. Going to be voted on in January. Likely...

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'A front-row seat to the magic': Sherri Coale says Courtney Paris' addition a big boost

NORMAN — Courtney Paris knew her playing career was wrapping up during the winter while playing overseas for Turkey's...

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Sooners pick up commitment from five-star WR Mario Williams

NORMAN — OU's 2021 recruiting class picked up some serious momentum Friday. First, the Sooners added five-star wide receiver...

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OU football: Four-star OLB Clayton Smith commits to Sooners

Smith is the Sooners' second big commitment Friday, joining five-star WR Mario Williams

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OU football: Sooners pick up commitment from five-star WR Mario Williams

NORMAN — OU's 2021 recruiting class picked up some serious momentum Friday.Five-star wide receiver Mario Williams announced his...

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'We've gotta be patient': Sooners coach Lincoln Riley pushes for restraint in college football return

NORMAN — OU coach Lincoln Riley wants football back badly and says it will happen. But Riley says he’s pushing against his own...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: OU cut her team, but sports eventually won her back and changed her life. She wants the same for kids living through the pandemic

Editor's note: This is the latest in an occasional series about former athletes who find themselves on the front lines of the...

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If Pac-12 goes conference-games only, an OSU-Michigan game makes a lot of sense

The pandemic could wreak havoc on college football scheduling

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Courtney Paris returning to OU as assistant coach

NORMAN — Courtney Paris is back in Norman. The biggest star in OU women’s basketball history was named an assistant coach for...

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OU football: Pandemic gives football coaches a chance for precious time with their families

When Alex Grinch says goodnight to 10-year-old Tyler and 8-year-old Corbi, the OU defensive coordinator adds a followup. “I’ll...

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OU places program record 13 on Academic All-Big 12 baseball team

NORMAN — A program-record 13 OU players were named to the Academic All-Big 12 baseball team, the conference announced...

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Courtney Paris returning to Sooners as assistant coach

Paris replaces Coquese Washington on Sherri Coale's staff

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'It's something out of dream': Shortening of MLB Draft leaves local OU, OSU, high school stars facing tough decisions

Dominic Johnson’s draft stock was supposed to take a big leap this spring. The speedy outfielder felt better than ever in four...

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Eliminating non-conference games would help administrative decisions

Leagues discussing all kinds of ways to save college football

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What if Troy Aikman had caused Mike Gundy to go to OU?

My what-if series of Oklahoma sports concluded recently, and it seems to have been well-received. I enjoyed writing the series...

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Why I love sports: OU football sideline reporter Chris Plank blessed to be a part of 'the ultimate uniter'

Editor's note: OU football sideline reporter Chris Plank tells The Oklahoman why he loves sports. I was Marcus Allen with a...

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OU football: A Caleb Williams commitment could boost Sooners, but he's in no rush

NORMAN — When quarterback Brock Vandagriff decommitted from OU on New Year’s Day, it appeared to be a big hit for the Sooners’...

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NCAA's name, image and likeness issue begs this question: What's the going rate for athletic endorsers?

The NCAA’s name/image/likeness debate reached new ground last week when its board of governors approved recommendations that...

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Harroz: ‘Belief’ is there for sports in fall

During his address at the OU Board of Regents meeting Friday, Joseph Harroz Jr., the school’s interim president, said he...

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NCAA's Mark Emmert says he can't see sports starting if schools are online-only

NCAA President Mark Emmert said Friday night he does not think sports can return at schools operating in an online-only...

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OU women's basketball selected as Play4Kay national winners

NORMAN — OU's women's basketball team was selected as the Play4Kay National Division I BCS winner, the Kay Yow Cancer Fund...

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OU interim president Joseph Harroz Jr.: Working on solutions 'daily' for athletics in the fall

Planning for football season 'being worked on in a very aggressive and planful way,' Harroz says

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Opinion: Get ready for college football chaos this summer, with no one in charge and leagues itching to play

For all its pageantry and popularity, college football has long been a disorganized, beautiful disaster with nobody in charge...

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With CeeDee Lamb on the field, the Dallas Cowboys’ offense might be as ‘Dak friendly’ as it can get

It was more than 10 years ago, 2009 to be exact, when Jerry Jones coined the phrase “Romo Friendly.” The Cowboys owner was...

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'They have a feel of an NCAA Tournament game': Sooners' Lon Kruger excited for OU-Arkansas neutral-site series

NORMAN — OU is trying to bring a bit of the feel of the Red River Showdown game to the hardwood. The neutral-site environment...

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Big 12 schools intend to open in fall, giving football hope

All 10 schools in the Big 12 Conference expect their campuses to be open in the fall, a key step toward launching fall sports....

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OSU football: Chuba Hubbard wins Cornish Trophy

STILLWATER — Oklahoma State star running back Chuba Hubbard is now officially the top Canadian player in the country.Hubbard...

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OU men's basketball: Sooners, Arkansas to play neutral-site hoops series in Tulsa

The first meeting will take place Dec. 12, with a second scheduled for Dec. 11, 2021.

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Opinion: ESPN poll confirms Trae Young’s superstar potential and one big weakness

It’s a great sign for the Atlanta Hawks that Trae Young is even included in ESPN’s poll on which young player that NBA...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Frontline workers thanked with free tacos, cameo from Bob Stoops

Shelter-in-place rules are being relaxed, but kindness is not taking a vacation. On Tuesday, frontline workers who have been...

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Former OU football coach Bob Stoops helps host lunch for first responders

Former OU football coach Bob Stoops, along with Constellation Brands and LaLuna Taco Taxi, hosted a Cinco de Mayo luncheon...

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Opinion: 10 ways colleges should cut bloated athletic spending during pandemic

ORLANDO, Fla. — We all know the dire economic repercussions for college athletics if there is no football season this fall — or...

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NFL Draft: Carson Wentz embracing Philadelphia Eagles' decision to select Jalen Hurts

The Philadelphia Eagles' decision to draft Jalen Hurts in the second round has been one of the most intensely debated NFL...

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Don Shula, NFL's winningest coach, had intensity that made him legendary

Uwe von Schamann used to sit in on the offense's meetings during his playing days with the Miami Dolphins. He didn't have to be...

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OU football: Five-star QB Caleb Williams has Sooners in final three

The top dual-threat quarterback in the 2021 recruiting class has OU in his final three.

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New NCAA rule can't harm parity -- there isn't any in college football

A small collection of schools are getting a bigger chunk of the talent