Sunday, March 31, 2013
The No. 11-ranked University of Oklahoma's bats woke up in the fifth inning against Kansas on Saturday afternoon with seven runs to erase a six run Jayhawk lead, but it was not enough as Kansas scored three more runs and finished the three-game series with a 10-8 victory, ending OU's 13-game win streak.
Kansas (15-10, 3-3 Big 12) jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the first inning, but Oklahoma (25-5, 5-1 Big 12) responded with one in the bottom of the frame before a seven-run rally gave the Sooners an 8-7 lead in the fifth.
OU's seven-run, five-hit rally was led by a three-run homer from Max White and a three-run triple from Hunter Haley. Craig Aikin got the scoring underway with an RBI double, followed by White's three-run blast, which plated Jack Mayfield and Aikin. With two outs, Hector Lorenzana and Anthony Hermelyn drew back-to-back walks before Garrett Carey moved them up 90 feet with a single to left. Haley's triple to right center cleared the bases and gave the Sooners their first lead of the game.
In the first inning, Matt Oberste wasted no time continuing his school-record 30 game hit streak on the first pitch he saw with a double that scored Max White.
Oklahoma held the lead through the sixth inning, but the Jayhawks came back to score two runs in the top of the seventh, and Kansas shortstop Kevin Kuntz drove in another run on an eigth-inning double.
An errant throw from Kansas third baseman Jordan Dreiling in the bottom of the eighth erased a potential double play and provided another spark for the Sooner fans in attendance, but the OU bats stranded White and Aikin on second and third respectively to end the inning.
OU's next game comes on Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m. in Norman against Bedlam rival Oklahoma State.
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Saturday, March 30, 2013
"I'm very happy to get the win," OU head coach David Mullins said. "That's the first time this year that we've won the match after losing the doubles. We've been talking about these things a lot and it's nice to get that monkey off our back. They believe now they can win matches like this without the doubles point."
Oklahoma (10-6, 3-2) was swept in doubles play to open up the match. The Sooners fought back and took four matches in singles play to mark OU's first victory after losing the doubles point.
Entering the match Oklahoma's six losses occurred after losing the doubles point and all nine wins came with a victory in doubles.
Friday, March 29, 2013
"We played a very complete match today for the first time in a while," OU head coach John Roddick said. "San Diego is a tough team and I was proud of the way we competed."
The Sooners (12-5) began the match by winning a tight doubles point over the Toreros (11-7).
Thursday, March 28, 2013
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But if the Lions are looking to fill their vacant left tackle job with a rookie, there's a third option they might consider at No. 5 overall: Oklahoma's Lane Johnson.
Johnson played for Lions coaches at the Senior Bowl, so don't expect to hear much buildup on him coming from Allen Park.
Reid anchored OU’s pommel horse team, and his career-high score was a meet high on the event, 0.500 points more than the next largest mark. It is the highest pommel horse score for OU this season on the apparatus and tied for the fourth-highest total in the country this year.
The Killeen, Texas, native is ranked fifth nationally on the event with a 14.983 four score average and has helped the Sooners to a No. 2 team ranking in the event with a 72.783.
On Saturday, play was suspended due to darkness following a rain and thunder delay earlier in the day. Resumption of the second round was delayed Sunday morning, and the decision was made to end the tournament after 36 holes.
The Sooners, who were one of six ranked squads in the field, recorded a two-round 591 (+15). They carded a 295 (+7) in Saturday's first round and followed with a 296 (+8) in round two. OU finished 31 strokes behind champion and second-ranked Alabama, which won the tournament for the third straight year.
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Browns CEO Joe Banner said at the combine that a quarterback is "not the focus" with the team's first-round pick, but the club continues to do their due diligence. They'll conduct a private workout with West Virginia's Geno Smith and will bring Arizona dual-threat passer Matt Scott for a pre-draft visit. They're also studying Oklahoma's Landry Jones, Florida State's E.J. Manuel and Syracuse's Ryan Nassib.
Now in her 19th season at the helm of the Sooners, Gasso's record stands at 900-281-2 at OU and 1060- 340-3 overall.
The top-ranked Sooners (28-2) used a four-run fourth inning to take command, while senior pitcher Keilani Ricketts and the OU defense retired the final 13 Wichita State (12-16) batters of the game.
NFL teams are allowed to host as many as 30 national prospects at their facilities until one week before the draft, which runs April 25-27. The source did not specify when Stills will visit the Browns.
The 6-foot, 194-pound Stills had 82 catches for 959 yards and 11 touchdowns as a junior last season. In 2011, he compiled 61 catches for 849 yards and eight touchdowns, missing one game with a concussion and another after being charged with driving under the influence. In 2010, he tallied 61 catches for 786 yards and five touchdowns.
Beginning at 9 a.m. OU Football season ticket holders may enter the Switzer Center via Gates 1 and 12 on the south side of Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. An open house will be conducted at the Switzer Center until 11:30 a.m. Fans will have the opportunity for an exclusive tour of the OU Football facilities, including the locker room, Coach Bob Stoops' office, the Adrian Peterson Team Meeting Room, as well as the training and weight rooms.
OU Football season ticket holders entering the Switzer Center will receive a coupon good for the purchase of discounted $4 tickets for Oklahoma's home softball game vs. Iowa State at noon and OU's home baseball contest vs. Texas Tech at 2 p.m. Each game will require a separate $4 ticket. The Big 12 men's and women's tennis championships will also be hosted on the OU campus on Saturday with tickets to those matches available for $4.
ESPN has announced that the Oklahoma-Tennessee Sweet 16 matchup Sunday, March 31, will tip off at 3:35 p.m. Central.
Pam Ward (play-by-play), Rebecca Lobo (analyst) and Maria Taylor (reporter) will have the call on ESPN2's broadcast.
All-session tickets are on sale now for the Oklahoma City Regional at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Single-session ticket sales begin Thursday.
Junior pitcher Ralph Garza Jr. pitched his
first-career complete game as the No. 12 University of Oklahoma baseball
team extended its winning streak to 11 straight games with a 3-1 win
Tuesday night at Oral Roberts.
After he gave up a run in the first inning, the right-hander hurled eight scoreless frames for the Sooners (23-4), who played their first road contest in 1 games against the in-state Golden Eagles (8-16). Garza added a career high 11 strikeouts and faced just 29 batters on the night.
Before tonight, Garza's longest outing was 4.1 innings, and the most strikeout he threw was five, both two weeks ago against New Mexico State.
"My time at OU has been great," said M'Baye, who averaged 10.1 points and 5.2 rebounds this season en route to earning third-team All-Big 12 honors. "I'm 23 years old. My goal when I came to the United States was to take care of business in the classroom and by the time I was 23 to have a degree in my pocket. Now that I'm graduating in May, it's time for me to start taking care of my family the way they've taken care of me for so long.
"It's a tough process of saying goodbye to everybody because I love everyone here," continued the 6-9, 208-pound native of Bordeaux, France. "The coaches did an amazing job with me and with this team in general. Everyone was great here and I had an amazing time. I want to be able to come back down the road and help the program however I can, because it's given me a lot."
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
The No. 2 Oklahoma women's gymnastics team won its fifth Big 12
Championship in the last six years Saturday with a score of 197.200,
besting No. 25 West Virginia and Iowa State for the title.
OU junior Taylor Spears won the Big 12 all-around title with a score of 39.600 and tied for the individual titles on both bars and beam. Following the meet, Spears was also named the Big 12 Gymnast of the Year.
"She shows no fear," said OU head coach K.J. Kindler of Spears. "She's extremely competitive and aggressive on the floor and she believes in herself."
Oklahoma swept every individual event title and the all-around title outright, becoming the first school in Big 12 history to do so. Freshman Maile'ana Kanewa took the vault title, senior Brie Olson and Spears took bars, sophomore Rebecca Clark and Spears took beam and freshman Haley Scaman won the floor title.
The University of Oklahoma rowing team swept Big 12 rival Texas in the
varsity finals and won the first Longhorn Invitational team title in
convincing fashion Sunday on Lady Bird Lake in Austin, Texas.
For the first time in program history, the Sooners won every varsity race in a multi-day competition. The three-day regatta was capped by a four-race sweep of the Longhorns in the varsity events, a first for the OU program in its fifth season.
Against UT in the finals, OU notched its largest winning margin of the weekend in the varsity eight and second-largest victory in the second varsity eight. Both the varsity four and second varsity four continued their perfect starts to the season and are now 7-0 and 6-0, respectively.
The University of Oklahoma rowing team earned its second-straight
conference honor as the second varsity eight boat was named the
Conference USA Boat of the Week Tuesday after a perfect 4-0 weekend
helped OU win the Longhorn Invitational March 22-24.
The Sooners’ second varsity eight went undefeated in Austin, Texas, and posted double-digit wins in all four races against conference rivals Texas, Tulsa and Kansas State as well as San Diego. Their average margin of victory was 16.85 seconds, and the smallest win at the three-day event for the OU boat was 14.6 seconds against San Diego.
OU’s fastest time came in the finals against rival Texas, where a 6:37.0 was 17.1 seconds ahead of the Longhorns and capped off the perfect weekend.
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Kendric Maple became the first Sooner to take home an individual
championship in eight years, since Teyon Ware claimed the 141-pound
title in 2005, after he topped Edinboro's No. 4 Mitchell Port with a 4-3
decision. With the title, he becomes Oklahoma's 66th individual
national champion in program history.
"It's a feeling of absolute, total satisfaction," Maple grinned. "It's a great honor to be here, in this spot. I just love this sport."
Additionally, Maple is the first national champion produced by Oklahoma head coach Mark Cody.
"It's been a while since OU has had a national champion, so this was a long time coming," explained Cody.
"It's a wonderful accomplishment. It definitely sets the benchmark for the future of the program. With all the young guys in our program, and all the new ones coming in, we have to make a statement. If they're going to come to the University of Oklahoma, they have the potential to become a national champion."
The University of Oklahoma track and field team hosted the John Jacobs
Invitational this weekend, and despite intermittent light rain
throughout their only home event of the outdoor season, the Sooners
claimed 17 victories at John Jacobs Field.
The 24-event invitational showcased student-athletes from Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Grambling and Central Michigan.
The OU women boasted wins in every race they competed on the track. The Sooners won two of the five field events they participated in.
Monday, March 25, 2013
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Game times have been changed for No. 1 Oklahoma’s doubleheader at Wichita State on Wednesday.
Originally slated for starts of 3 and 5 p.m., the contests against the Shockers will now be played at 4 and 6 p.m.
Oklahoma (28-2) holds a 39-7 advantage in the all-time series with Wichita State (12-15, 3-2 Missouri Valley Conference), including a 9-4 mark in games played in Wichita.
Behind 27 points from Aaryn Ellenberg, six-seeded Oklahoma advanced past third-seeded UCLA to advance to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Women's Basketball tournament with a 85-72 victory on Monday.
Oklahoma will face University of Tennessee in the next round of the women's tournament in Oklahoma City on March 31.
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Evans continued to show the cool of a veteran out of the bullpen in OU's Big 12 Conference opening weekend series sweep of TCU. He nailed down his team-leading fourth save of the season with 1.2 scoreless frames of work Saturday, bailing the Sooners out of a one-out, bases-loaded jam in the eighth inning to preserve Oklahoma's 3-1 lead. On Sunday, he tossed two scoreless frames and earned the pitching victory to improve to 4-0 on the season. He has not surrendered a run in each of his last 10 appearances out of the bullpen.
Ikard injured his hand during the Sooners' first spring practice Sunday, March 10.
The source said Ikard initially believed he'd broken the ring finger on his snapping hand — which he fractured during Oklahoma's 2011 home win over Tulsa — but an X-ray revealed a displaced fracture near the base of his middle finger.
Friday, March 22, 2013
Services are scheduled for 1 p.m. Monday at First Baptist Church in Tulsa followed by a private graveside service.
Davis died in Sunday's plane crash in South Bend, Ind., along with 58-year-old Wes Caves of Tulsa. Services for Caves are still pending. (The Oklahoman)
Former Quarterback Steve Davis Dies in Plane Crash
Stoops, Switzer Issue Statements Regarding Death of Steve Davis
Monday, March 18, 2013
Gray fanned a career-high 12 in a complete-game effort to push OU (17-4) to a 1-0 victory last Friday over Northwestern State in the opener of a three-game weekend series at L. Dale Mitchell Park. Gray, who tossed his first complete-game shutout in the triumph over the Demons, has not allowed a run in 16 straight innings The reigning Big 12 Pitcher of the Week allowed just five hits, improving to 4-1 on the season. He ranks second in the Big 12 in strikeouts (39) and innings pitched (35.2).
"The University of Oklahoma is deeply saddened by the passing of Steve Davis," said OU vice president for intercollegiate athletics and director of athletics, Joe Castiglione. "We extend our sympathies to Steve's family and others whose lives he touched. He was a great champion and someone who set a wonderful example for others. We will miss him very much."
The plane is registered to 7700 Enterprises of Montana LLC in Helena, Mont. The company does business as DigiCut Systems in Tulsa, which is owned by Tulsan Wes Caves.
Saturday, March 16, 2013
Junior right-handed starting pitcher Jonathan Gray fanned a career-high 12 in a complete-game effort to push the No. 17-ranked University of Oklahoma baseball team to a 1-0 victory Friday over Northwestern State in the opener of a three-game weekend series at L. Dale Mitchell Park.
The Sooners (15-4) posted their third shutout in the last five games. OU blanked UCLA last Saturday in Los Angeles, 4-0, behind seven solid innings from Gray, then shut down New Mexico State, 8-0, on Tuesday in Norman.
Gray, who tossed his first complete-game shutout in the triumph over the Demons (9-11), has not allowed a run in 16 straight innings The reigning Big 12 Pitcher of the Week allowed just five hits, improving to 4-1 on the season.
Senior Michelle Gascoigne struck out 15 batters and No. 1/1 Oklahoma (24-1) posted its fourth shutout in a row with a 3-0 win over North Carolina State on Friday afternoon at the Judi Garman Classic in Fullerton, Calif.
It was only the fourth time this season that the OU offense failed to score more than three runs, but Gascoigne kept the Wolfpack (11-10-1) off the board as she moved her record to 10-1 on the season. It was the fifth shutout of Gascoigne's season and she finished just one strikeout shy of her career high.
She struck out at least batter in every inning and set down 10 N.C. State players in a span of 11 hitters between the second and fifth innings. Gascoigne allowed only three hits and one walk.
Friday, March 15, 2013
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In going 4-0 against Northern Colorado and Drake, Pendley hit .778 (7-9) while posting an on-base percentage of .857 and a slugging percentage of 2.333. Of her seven hits, four went for home runs and two were doubles. Pendley scored 10 runs, drove in 13 more, drew five walks and did not strike out.
For Pendley, who played at Arizona last season, it’s the first weekly conference honors of her career. She’s the second Sooner to be named Big 12 Player of the Week this year, joining Lauren Chamberlain who won on Feb. 12.
With the outdoor season about to begin, Brooks has already made quite an impression in 2013.
Just last week, she broke the collegiate shot put record with a mark of 63-0.75 en route to win her second consecutive NCAA indoor shot put title, and third-straight NCAA championship after claiming the crown in the outdoor shot put in 2012. Additionally, her throw marked the first time in collegiate history that a woman has surpassed the 63-foot barrier, which ranks fourth all-time among American women and currently sits fifth in the world for 2013.
The NCAA has released the brackets for all 10 weight classes of the 2013 NCAA Championships.
Five Oklahoma wrestlers - Cody Brewer (133), Kendric Maple (141), Nick Lester (149), Matt Lester (157) and Bubby Graham (165) - will compete for National Championships and All-America honors beginning on Thursday, March 21, at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa.
Three Sooners earned seeds for the NCAA Championships. Maple leads the way for Oklahoma as the No. 2 seed at 141 pounds, Graham is the sixth seed at 165 pounds, while Brewer is the final seeded OU wrestler as the No. 8 133 pounder in Des Moines.
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Carter, 24, was arrested late Saturday at the Texas Station casino in North Las Vegas. Security officials reported he was videotaped adding a $5 chip to three bets after the dice already rolled, according to a police report. Carter denied wrongdoing when police arrived.
Evans tore his right ACL early in fall camp last August and redshirted through the 2012 season.
Stoops said the injury occurred during a drill at Tuesday's practice, and that Evans' knee will require a second surgery.
The two Sooners were joined by Iowa State's Michelle Shealy who claimed Specialist of the Week honors. Spears is the Gymnast of the Week recipient for the fifth time this season, while while this is Kanewa's second award. Spears won her fifth all-around title of the year against No. 16 Arizona, posting a 39.600. The No. 3 all-arounder in the nation, Spears' performance was highlighted by a 9.95 on floor, tying a career high. The junior continued her strong performance on Sunday against No. 9 Stanford and UNC, including scoring a 9.925 on beam to help her maintain the No. 1 individual beam national ranking.
OU’s come-from-behind upset road victory was fueled by the Sooner rings team. With Oklahoma down by 6.050 points after the third rotation, OU scored a 74.700 on the fourth event, which cut the deficit by three points, nearly in half. It was the first event title of the season for Stehl, who posted OU’s highest individual score of the night.
The Houston native is ranked ninth nationally on rings with a 15.433 three-score average and has helped the Sooners to a No. 4 team ranking in the event.
Senior infielder Jack Mayfield lifted a sacrifice
fly to right field in the bottom of the ninth inning to push the No.
17-ranked University of Oklahoma baseball team to a 3-2 walk-off triumph
over New Mexico State Wednesday at L. Dale Mitchell Park.
The Sooners (14-4) won in walk-off fashion for the third time in 2013 and swept the midweek series over the Aggies (8-10) in the process. OU blanked New Mexico State, 8-0, Tuesday. Oklahoma takes a two-game winning streak into the weekend, bouncing back from a 1-3 four-game stretch last week.
"I think it's good to drop some games and keep our athletes' attention at this point in the season," said OU head coach Sunny Golloway. "Our young guys are doing a great job of keeping things simple and not trying to do too much at the plate, and same thing on the mound."
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Melvin Ejim had a
double-double and Will Clyburn fueled a 12-0 second-half run, helping
Iowa State survive an uncharacteristic 3-point drought to beat Oklahoma
73-66 on Thursday and end a seven-year losing streak in the Big 12
The Cyclones, who led the country and set a school record with 309 3-pointers, missed 11 of their first 12 from behind the arc and fell 14 points behind. But they found the range in the second half and hit six 3-pointers while chalking up their first conference tournament win since 2005.
In the semifinals on Friday, the fifth-seeded Cyclones (22-10) will meet the winner of the Thursday afternoon match between top-seeded Kansas and No. 9 seed Texas Tech.
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
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The announcement marks the first USA Track & Field Weekly honor for Brooks.
Brooks is the first woman in NCAA history to ever surpass the 63-foot barrier, and recorded the best throw in the shot put since North Carolina's Laura Gerraughty threw 62-10.0 (19.15m) in 2004. Additionally, she surpasses her own program-record of 62-4.00 (19.00m) set at last year's NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships.
The University of Oklahoma rowing team swept
Kansas and won six of its seven races to cap off the first weekend of the 2013
season at the OU Invitational on the Oklahoma River.
The Sooners hosted the fourth-annual event and welcomed Kansas, Kansas State, Minnesota, Tulsa and UCO to Oklahoma City for 49 races over two days.
The crews battled constant 20-25 mile per hour winds from the northwest that created a cross tailwind. It was a chilly day at the Exchange Boathouse that included occasional rain, but the teams made the best of it on the first weekend of the season.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
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It was another brilliant performance for redshirt senior Tia Brooks, as she crashed through the women's collegiate and NCAA championship shot put record with a personal-best throw of 63-0.75/19.22m at the Randal Tyson Track Complex on Saturday evening in Fayetteville, Ark.
“It feels amazing. That’s definitely been a goal all year, and to get there feels like a huge weight has been lifted," explained Brooks. "I feel so blessed to be able to do this."
She becomes the first woman in NCAA history to ever surpass the 63-foot barrier, and recorded the best throw in the shot put since North Carolina's Laura Gerraughty threw 62-10.0 (19.15m) in 2004. Additionally, she surpasses her own program-record of 62-4.00 (19.00m) set at last year's NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships.
Four University of Oklahoma student-athletes were named to the 2013 Academic All-Big 12 Wrestling Team, announced Tuesday by the conference office in Irving, Texas.
The group is highlighted by senior Patrick Graham and junior All-American Kendic Maple, who are the lone wrestlers in the conference with 4.00 GPAs. Graham and Maple are joined by senior Dillon Dennis on the All-Academic first team, while junior Nolan McBryde earned second team honors.
A total of 10 Big 12 student-athletes earned first team recognition, while eight individuals made up the second team.
For the first time in program history, the University of Oklahoma softball teams is the consensus No. 1 team in the nation.
The Sooners, 22-1 on the season, earned all 31 first-place votes in the USA Today/National Fastpitch Coaches Association Poll and 18 of 20 votes from the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Poll, both of which were released Tuesday.
The team has now been atop the USA Softball poll for five consecutive weeks after entering the season with just two appearances as the No. 1 team in either poll. It’s the second time the Sooners have been No. 1 in the NFCA poll, first earning the mark after winning the 2000 national championship.
It is Coale's first head coaching assignment with USA Basketball. Coale served as an assistant for the 2001 bronze-medal winning Junior World Championship Team and as a USA Basketball Women's Collegiate Committee member from 2005 to 2008.
"It was an absolute honor to serve USA Basketball as both an assistant coach and a selection committee member," Coale said. "Representing our country via this sport that I love is the ultimate opportunity--an opportunity that I don't take lightly and one that I am humbled to accept."
Oklahoma Football season tickets for 2013 will remain priced at the same
level for the second consecutive season OU vice president for
intercollegiate athletic programs and director of athletics Joe
"Thanks to the continued passion and loyalty of Oklahoma fans, there truly is no game day atmosphere in America quite like Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium," said Castiglione. "We are holding season ticket prices steady this season as a way to recognize and thank our dedicated fans for their unwavering support. Under the leadership of Coach Stoops, the Sooners are one of college football's most consistently successful teams, and we are looking forward to another exciting season in 2013."
Monday, March 11, 2013
The No. 3 University of Oklahoma women’s golf team carded a
third-round 292 (+4) Sunday to claim its third tournament victory of the
season, winning the 16-team Clover Cup in Mesa, Ariz. The tournament,
which featured five teams ranked in the Golfweek/Sagarin Top 35, was
played at the 6,209-yard, par-72 Longbow Golf Club.
OU posted a three-round score of 862 (-2) to finish 18 strokes ahead of second-place SMU. The Sooners placed five golfers in the top 20.
“We played solid all week,” said OU head coach Veronique Drouin-Luttrell, who watched her Sooners claim their seventh tournament title in the last three years. “Everyone had been practicing hard since our last event and it paid off for this one. I’m really proud of everyone for the hard work they’ve put in. We’ve been consistent and very focused this week. Practice was key.”
Oklahoma Gray's arm to a 4-0 victory at then-No. 12-ranked UCLA last Saturday in Los Angeles. Gray put together a masterful performance on the mound for OU, fanning a season-high eight over seven scoreless frames to improve to 3-1 on the season. The Sooners posted their first shutout since blanking Baylor, 1-0, in 10 innings on May 12, 2012. Gray is tied for fourth in the league with 27 strikeouts while ranking fifth in opponent batting average (.187) and seventh in innings pitched (26.2)
The hand is believed to be broken, though the Sooners are expected to get X-ray confirmation. If the hand is broken, as expected, Ikard could miss the rest of spring drills.
After ranking in the top spot two weeks ago, the Sooners scored a 197.875 and a 197.525 in two separate meets over the weekend to jump past Florida again with a 197.570 Regional Qualifying Score (RQS) compared to the Gators' 197.440. This week marks the fourth week in program history the squad has been ranked No. 1 after also doing so two different weeks during the 2010 season.
Osby, a senior forward, is OU's first first-team All-Big 12 selection since Blake Griffin in 2009. The Meridian, Miss., product, who transferred from Mississippi State three years ago, is the Sooners' leading scorer (15.7 ppg) and rebounder (6.9 rpg) this season. In Big 12 play, he ranked first in the league in field goals (109), second in scoring (17.8 ppg), third in field goal percentage (.540) and fifth in rebounding (7.3 rpg) and free throw percentage (.776).
Saturday, March 09, 2013
“Drew is working out and is waiting to see where — he’s going to graduate and have an opportunity to play somewhere next year,” Stoops said. “He’s a wonderful guy and will do well for somebody.”
Friday, March 08, 2013
Ellenberg, voted to the first team for the second straight year, was the Big 12's third-leading scorer with 19.0 points per game. The junior guard made an Oklahoma single-season record 98 3-pointers in 2012-13 and led the conference in 3-pointers made per game (3.3) and 3-point percentage (.428).
Joanna McFarland, who led the league in rebounding and totaled 10 double-doubles in conference play, was named to the All-Big 12 Second Team. Honorable mentions went to juniors Nicole Griffin and Morgan Hook.
Thursday, March 07, 2013
The Big 12 Conference announced Thursday that the University of
Oklahoma football road game at Baylor will be played on Thursday, Nov.
7. The game will be broadcast to a national primetime television
audience by either FOX or ESPN.
Further information regarding kickoff time and the network telecasting the game will be announced at a later date.
According to Orange Grove police, Rhett Bomar veered to avoid an officer with his emergency lights on to assist students in a crosswalk at a school zone.
Seven University of Oklahoma student-athletes have earned the Big 12's
second annual Dr. Gerald Lage award, the conference's highest academic
In order to be eligible for the accolade, student-athletes must have lettered at least once in their career while maintaining residence at their institution for at least one academic year. The honoree, which can only be recognized once, should have 100 hours of earned credit with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.80 at the time of the nomination.
Wednesday, March 06, 2013
A native of St. Cloud, Minn., Olson is a three-time All-American for the second-ranked Sooners who currently ranks in the top 25 nationally in the all-around and all four events, one of two gymnasts in the country to do so. The senior currently sits at No. 7 in the country in the all-around in addition to being ranked No. 5 on beam, No. 11 on floor, No. 16 on bars and No. 22 on vault.
Olson has tied or set new career highs in every event this season, helping Oklahoma to as high as a No. 1 ranking in the nation this season. Olson tied an OU record and recorded the highest all-around score by any senior in the country this season against No. 5 UCLA, recording a 39.700 in OU's win over the Bruins.
The National Football Foundation announced Tuesday that University of
Oklahoma alums Brian Bosworth, Randy Hughes and Rod Shoate are among
the 77 players listed on the 2013 College Football Hall of Fame ballot.
The announcement of the Class of 2013 will be made on May 7 and
inductions will take place at the 56th National Football Foundation
Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 10.
The University of Oklahoma will face West Virginia in a Big 12 Women's
Basketball Championship quarterfinal matchup at the American Airlines
Center in Dallas, Texas, Saturday, March 9, at 8:30 p.m.
The Sooners (21-9, 11-9 Big 12) tied for third in the Big 12 with Texas Tech, but earned the No. 3 seed with a regular-season sweep of the Lady Raiders after a 77-73 victory in Lubbock Monday night.
Tuesday, March 05, 2013
Four Sooners combined to break the school record in the 4,000-meter distance medley relay Friday night when they stopped the clock in 9:29.44 at the Alex Wilson Invitational in South Bend, Ind.
Frezer Legesse ran the first leg of 1,200-meters, and was followed by Jamel Wood and Malcolm Wankel who ran 400 and 800 meters, respectively. Patrick Casey, who took home two individual Big 12 titles just a week a go anchored Oklahoma with his 1,600-meter run to propel the quartet past the 9:30.00 barrier to own the school record.
University of Oklahoma women's gymnast Haley Scaman was named Big 12 Newcomer of the Week by the conference on Tuesday.
The award is the fourth weekly honor this season for Scaman, who earned recognition for her performance at TWU on Friday. The Riverside, Ill., native tied a career high on vault with a 9.9 to help OU to a top 10 all-time team score on the event. Scaman also recorded a 9.85 on floor, helping her maintain her No. 4 nationally ranking, tops among all freshmen in the country. Scaman is also ranked nationally on vault at No. 17 overall.
The second annual Big Boomer Barbeque is slated for Saturday, April 13,
prior to the University of Oklahoma Spring Football Game presented by
U.S. Fleet Tracking.
The Big Boomer Barbeque will be held immediately north of Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in the Brooks Street parking lot located near McCasland Field House. A total of 1,000 tickets will be available for fans wishing to enjoy barbecue from several local vendors, plus chips and a beverage for only $10. No advance tickets will be sold.
Competing against eight of the best international gymnasts, Dalton won the floor, rings, vault and high bar titles in addition to the all-around crown.
A letter winner at OU from 2010-12, Dalton's all-around score was over two points higher than Ukraine's Oleg Verniaiev, who finished second. Dannell Leyva, the only other U.S. gymnast selected to compete, finished sixth with an 85.265.
Texas Tech's seniors continued to make big play after big play, but
Oklahoma always found an answer and outlasted the Lady Raiders 77-73,
spoiling Monday's senior night at United Spirit Arena.
Aaryn Ellenberg scored 25 points and Joanna McFarland added 16 of her 18 in the second half as Oklahoma (21-9, 11-7 Big 12) secured the No. 3 seed for the Big 12 Tournament with a regular-season sweep of Texas Tech (21-9, 11-7).
"There were lot of heroes in the last four minutes," OU head coach Sherri Coale said. "Tech made big plays and we had to score. And every time we had to score, we scored.
Monday, March 04, 2013
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Oklahoma football coaches still have high expectations and big plans for sophomore Mike Onuoha.
Onuoha, a raw but developing defender from Edmond Santa Fe, will move from defensive end to outside linebacker for the 2013 season, a source close to Onuoha told The Oklahoman.
The No. 5 University of Oklahoma men's tennis team fell to No. 1 Virginia, 6-1, Sunday, March 3, in Charlottesville, Va.
"Virginia played very well today and showed why they are ranked No.1," OU head coach John Roddick said.
Virginia entered the match after winning the ITA National Team Indoors in Seattle, Wash., Monday, Feb. 18.
Oklahoma's doubleheader at Wichita State, originally scheduled for this
Wednesday, has been postponed to March 27 due to field conditions at
Saturday, March 02, 2013
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A trio of freshmen at the bottom of the order made an impact offensively for the Sooners. Catcher Anthony Hermelyn, infielder Kolbey Carpenter and outfielder Hunter Haley each drove in two runs to contribute to OU's cause, with Haley hitting his first collegiate home run to lead off the scoring barrage in the third.
Keilani Ricketts struck out 14 and extended her scoreless streak to 30.1 innings as Oklahoma topped Houston, 6-0, in front of 720 fans in the Sooners’ home opener at Marita Hynes Field. It was OU’s 11th shutout in 16 games this year and the team earned run average was lowered to a scant 0.79.
Friday, March 01, 2013
"Jay owns an impressive track record as both a coach and recruiter," Stoops said. "He possesses a wide range of coaching experience, competing in some of the nation's toughest conferences. He also has strong ties in the state of Texas, as well as recruiting relationships across the country that will serve us well at the University of Oklahoma. We enthusiastically welcome Jay back to his roots in the Big 12."