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Leagues pour money into daily fantasy betting

America's real-life kings of professional sports — its leagues, teams and media empires — are betting big on the make-believe of daily fantasy sports, which throw the traditional fantasy season into hyperdrive, add glitzy prizes and sidestep the country's online-betting bans.

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Wednesday 07/29/2015
Coale's Hall of Fame journey goes back a very long way
Posted: July 29, 2015

Of all the things Sherri Coale might have said when asked about her selection into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame 2016 induction class, the part Sooner fans might like the most had nothing to do with her induction.

Moore native comes home to help others succeed
Posted: July 29, 2015

 When Drew Wright was on the softball field, she played with an intense desire. The former collegiate all-American described herself as an extremely competitive person.

Shepard is the key to Sooners' offensive change
Posted: July 29, 2015

Outside of the uniforms and the iconic interlocking “OU” on the helmet, Oklahoma was hardly noticeable when the 2014 college football season ended. 

Tuesday 07/28/2015
Southerland's standout prep career culminates at All-State
Posted: July 28, 2015

TULSA — Hunter Southerland has always wanted to be known as a clutch player. Ever since he picked up a bat and ball, he envisioned himself coming through for his baseball team when they needed him the most.

Knight has experience, but also bad memories
Updated: July 28, 2015 - 9:00 pm

Experience is the one thing coaches covet because it’s something they cannot simulate in practice. If all things are equal, the guy who’s done it in a game almost always wins out.

NFL says Brady destroyed evidence, upholds his 4-game suspension
Posted: July 28, 2015

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell didn’t buy Tom Brady’s alibi and now the question is, will a federal judge believe him?

Monday 07/27/2015
Chamberlain earns Big 12 honor
Posted: July 27, 2015

NORMAN – A record-breaking career has garnered former Oklahoma softball student-athlete Lauren Chamberlain one more award as she was named the Big 12 Female Athlete of the Year Monday by the league office.

Sunday 07/26/2015
Oklahoma‬ driver looking to make name in NASCAR
Posted: July 26, 2015

It didn't take Christopher Bell long to figure things out. 

Saturday 07/25/2015
Sooners want to leave 2014's preseason turmoil behind
Updated: July 27, 2015 - 8:15 am

Saturday was a one-year anniversary Oklahoma did not commemorate. It was one year ago freshman running back Joe Mixon went from OU's most highly touted recruit to a lightning rod for why violence against women cannot be tolerated.

Westmoore softball has spots to fill after semifinal run
Posted: July 25, 2015

MOORE – With just 21 players, Westmoore head coach Jenny Rollins faces an anomaly heading into the 2015 softball season.

Friday 07/24/2015
Moore native comes home to help others succeed
Updated: July 24, 2015 - 7:46 pm

When Drew Wright was on the softball field, she played with an intense desire. The former collegiate all-American described herself as an extremely competitive person.

Thursday 07/23/2015
Sooners have secondary optimism
Updated: July 27, 2015 - 8:15 am

Late last fall, a collective sigh went over Owen Field whenever a visiting quarterback threw deep. He’d found another uncovered receiver gliding behind Oklahoma’s youthful and confused secondary.

Wednesday 07/22/2015
Winning big games is the only way to restore OU's confidence
Updated: July 27, 2015 - 8:15 am

DALLAS — College football teams usually must pass a summer test before they can accomplish anything of note in the fall. It’s the offseason that typically shows whether teams are willing to work to get better.

Jaguars try to maintain edge as summer winds down
Posted: July 22, 2015

With less than three weeks left before the high school football season kicks into gear, Westmoore coach Adam Gaylor is already looking forward to getting the 2015 campaign going.

Commissioner says expansion won't fly
Posted: July 22, 2015

Oklahoma President David Boren reignited the conference expansion debate in June, however Big 12 Conference commissioner Bob Bowlsby doesn’t see the league adding members anytime soon.

Sooners have a lot to talk about at Big 12 Media Days
Posted: July 22, 2015

The third full week of July is about to begin. That means football season is seven weeks away. The unofficial start to Oklahoma’s football calendar arrives Tuesday.

Might come as a shock
Posted: July 22, 2015

Despite having one of their most productive seasons, the Tulsa Shock doused fans with a cold dose of reality Monday when majority owner Bill Cameron announced plans to move the WNBA franchise to the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex after six years in Tulsa.

Tuesday 07/21/2015
Stoops faces Mixon discipline questions early 
Updated: July 21, 2015 - 12:15 pm

DALLAS — The question Oklahoma will face throughout this season and likely next came up quickly Tuesday morning: Why didn’t the Sooners dismiss running back Joe Mixon after he punched a female OU student one year ago?

Stoops says QB race remains a tight battle
Updated: July 21, 2015 - 12:15 pm

DALLAS — Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said quarterback Baker Mayfield’s right shoulder is fine, but he and Trevor Knight are in “tight battle” to win the starting job.

Might come as a shock
Posted: July 21, 2015

Despite having one of their most productive seasons, the Tulsa Shock doused fans with a cold dose of reality Monday when majority owner Bill Cameron announced plans to move the WNBA franchise to the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex after six years in Tulsa.

Friday 07/17/2015
Win a chance to attend Kevin Durant's basketball camp
Posted: July 17, 2015

Now through July 22, students (grades 1-12) can compete in an online essay contest sponsored by Oklahoma Toyota dealers for a chance to attend the Kevin Durant Basketball ProCamp for free and receive a pair of Durant’s signature NIKE shoes. 


Wednesday 07/15/2015
Thunder match Trail Blazers' offer to keep Kanter in OKC
Posted: July 15, 2015

The Portland Trail Blazers put Oklahoma City into a tough position Thursday. When it offered a 4-year, $70 million contract to center Enes Kanter, the Thunder brass had to make a difficult decision.

Lions' ballhawking ability on display
Posted: July 15, 2015

With no pass rush and receivers in 1-on-1 coverage, 7-on-7s are not a defense-favored game, but don’t tell Moore that.

Selmon returns to OU's adminstrative team
Posted: July 15, 2015

Former Norman High standout Zac Selmon is coming home. Oklahoma announced Thursday that Selmon is returning to the school’s athletic department to serve as senior associate athletics director/chief of operations.

Thunder All-Star launches the Westbrook 0 in Oklahoma City
Posted: July 15, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY — When Russell Westbrook arrived Saturday at the House of Hoops in Penn Square Mall, a line of fans were waiting on him. A line that stretched through the upper portion of the building with people of all ages dressed in Thunder apparel. 

Life's challenges aren't able to dampen the fun of WATERFEST at Lake Thunderbird
Posted: July 15, 2015

Jeanne Keller, 61, may never be mistaken for an athlete and may not have been one even before the stroke she suffered five years ago that continues to paralyze the right half of her body. On the other hand, Saturday, a stone’s throw from the Lake Thunderbird BoatHouse, she got herself in a kayak for the first time.

Going deep: Southmoore finishes summer with tons of depth in passing positions
Posted: July 15, 2015

One-third of the passes thrown by Southmoore ended in touchdowns in the final 7-on-7 of the summer Wednesday on its practice field.

Tuesday 07/14/2015
Oklahoma native cashes in big at World Series of Poker
Posted: July 14, 2015

ENID, Okla. — By the time most people reach the age of 50, they are looking to remove stressors from their life.

Thunder trade Jones to Celtics
Updated: July 14, 2015 - 4:46 pm

Oklahoma City has one problem most teams in the NBA wish it had. It has an abundance of young talent on its roster.

Sunday 07/12/2015
Thunder match Trail Blazers' offer to keep Kanter in OKC
Updated: July 12, 2015 - 10:02 pm

The Portland Trail Blazers put Oklahoma City into a tough position Thursday. When it offered a 4-year, $70 million contract to center Enes Kanter, the Thunder brass had to make a difficult decision.

Saturday 07/11/2015
Thunder All-Star launches the Westbrook 0 in Oklahoma City
Updated: July 11, 2015 - 10:30 pm

Thursday 07/09/2015
Thunder center receives huge offer from Portland
Updated: July 09, 2015 - 10:32 pm

The first domino in Oklahoma City’s free agency fell Thursday afternoon out in the Pacific Northwest and was heard all the way back in Florida.

Gotcha! MLB veterans make rookies pay dues through pranks
Posted: July 09, 2015

Rookie hazing has been around in baseball nearly as long as the game itself. The rituals gained some attention again this week when the St. Louis Cardinals sent four of their first-year players to a Starbucks across the street from Wrigley Field — in full uniform — with more than a dozen coffee orders.

Wednesday 07/08/2015
Texas youth is jumping for joy
Posted: July 08, 2015

To many people, jumping rope is an exercise people do to stay in shape or something athletes do to train for an upcoming season. For 11-year-old La’Travion Agu of Huntsville, Texas, it's a competitive sport that allows him to show off his creativity, coordination and skills.

Classic tourney capped by classic final group
Posted: July 08, 2015

It would have been a shame for anybody but Rick Parish to succeed David Lisle as Westwood Park’s head pro just for the sake of continuity.

Monday 07/06/2015
A display of dominance at Women's World Cup
Posted: July 06, 2015

The patrons at Summers Restaurant in Arlington, Virginia, hadn't even settled. They had barely sipped their beers, and they had yet to decide on food. They were pacing themselves to watch at least a 90-minute Women's World Cup final.

Sunday 07/05/2015
Durant eager for a return to the court
Updated: July 05, 2015 - 7:03 pm

This offseason has been an important one for the Oklahoma City Thunder. With the drafting Cameron Payne in the first round of the NBA draft and attempting to resign Enes Kanter during free agency being the two most popular storylines.

Saturday 07/04/2015
Thompson overcomes injury, ready for final season with Utes
Posted: July 04, 2015

When Kendal Thompson lined up to face Oregon last year, everything was coming together. After transferring from Oklahoma to Utah and finally winning the starting quarterback spot, the Southmoore alum said he was finally comfortable.

Thursday 07/02/2015
Amid all the Eagles' questions, Bradford's health and ability loom largest
Updated: July 02, 2015 - 8:32 am

PHILADELPHIA — The biggest gamble in the NFL walked off the practice field without a limp, but then again, he had not practiced fully. Sam Bradford approached the group of reporters with confidence, though the fact is, he has not played in a regular-season game since October 2013.

Wednesday 07/01/2015
Lingo takes reins at Southmoore
Updated: July 01, 2015 - 11:04 pm

MOORE — Southmoore boys basketball coach Wes Brown stepped down from his post less than two weeks ago. It didn't take long for the district to find his replacement and they didn't have to look very far to find him.

With Lakers, Knicks on prowl for stars, expect free agent fireworks
Updated: July 01, 2015 - 2:45 pm

When the NBA's free agent negotiating period begins at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, it will not be some wasted transition period in which players and teams twiddle their thumbs and patiently bide their time before the 2016 summer of Kevin Durant and the ballooning salary cap.

Thunder introduce Cameron Payne
Posted: July 01, 2015

When Oklahoma City drafted Cameron Payne Thursday with the No. 14 pick in the NBA draft, the Murray State product made sure everyone knew he was a tough and gritty player. Those were the traits that had gotten him to this point in his career.

OU guard to tryout for national team
Posted: July 01, 2015

Oklahoma guard Isaiah Cousins is one of 22 players who have accepted invitations to take part in the 2015 U.S. Pan American Games Men’s Basketball Team training camp.

Tuesday 06/30/2015
Thunder looking to lock in Kanter long term
Updated: June 30, 2015 - 10:45 pm

Cheeks, Williams join Oklahoma City coaching staff

Monday 06/29/2015
Fight over school prayer ignites in Oklahoma
Posted: June 29, 2015

ENID, Okla. — Oklahoma’s high school athletics governing body has reignited a fierce debate on the subject of prayer at football games, prompting state representatives to vow a challenge the organization’s controversial policy.

Sunday 06/28/2015
From worst to first, Tulsa Shock sitting atop the WNBA
Posted: June 28, 2015

Second-year coach Fred Williams has Shock atop the WNBA

Saturday 06/27/2015
Thunder introduce newest member
Updated: June 29, 2015 - 9:03 am

When Oklahoma City drafted Cameron Payne Thursday with the No. 14 pick in the NBA draft, the Murray State product made sure everyone knew he was a tough and gritty player. Those were the traits that had gotten him to this point in his career.

Thursday 06/25/2015
Payne brings chip on shoulder into NBA
Updated: June 26, 2015 - 1:31 am

Oklahoma City went into the 2015 NBA draft without any pressing needs. They didn’t need to find a super star or fill a starting spot.

Moore native, pro skateboarder in the spotlight
Posted: June 25, 2015

Moore native Kyle Walker, 21, looks at home on a skateboard. Understandable, as he’s been riding skateboards since he was 8.

 

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