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NORMAN — Lincoln Riley remembers being on coaching staffs that would chart peelback blocks, which entailed receivers blocking off a defender below the waist, usually from their blindside.

  • By Eric Prisbell | CNHI Sports
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Conference play in the Big 12 will start this week with the league boasting more prolific quarterbacks than any conference in the nation.

  • By Bruce Campbell | CNHI Sports Oklahoma

 NORMAN — Parnell Motley didn’t come to the interview room following Oklahoma’s 56-14 romp over Tulane Saturday but the sophomore cornerback was still the center of attention.

  • By Tyler Palmateer | CNHI Sports Oklahoma 

Oklahoma’s search for a third straight Big 12 title begins against a program that has fallen fast.

  • By Jon Kocan | CNHI Sports Oklahoma
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I’ve been fooled the last three years, but this year is going to be different. I’ve failed enough times to know what it’s going to take to get the best of an old Cross Timbers buck.

  • By Dave Ruthenberg | Sports Editor
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Understandably, Sooner fans are feeling good this week, beaming and basking in the glow of Oklahoma’s 31-16 victory last Saturday over Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio.  But while revenge is sweet, OU fans should at least try to hold off on guzzling down too much of the Crimson Kool-Aid. The Buckeyes may not be as vaunted as their preseason billing indicated.

  • By Fred Katz | CNHI Sports Oklahoma
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Russell Westbrook has agreed to a 10-year extension that would keep him with Nike’s Jordan Brand through the 2025-26 season, according to ESPN’s Nick DePaula. The contract will be “the most lucrative total endorsement deal for a Jordan athlete to date,” DePaula writes. 

  • By Tyler Palmateer | CNHI Sports Oklahoma 

NORMAN — Dimitri Flowers moseyed his way behind the lectern Monday, the one that has served as a buffer for Oklahoma football players and coaches during press conferences that can range from tense to relaxed.

  • By Tyler Palmateer | CNHI Sports Oklahoma 

NORMAN — Oklahoma sophomore defensive lineman Amani Bledsoe is suing the NCAA over its decision to suspend Bledsoe for a year, after he tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs last October.

  • By Fred Katz | CNHI Sports Oklahoma

Sports Illustrated will release its list of the NBA's top-100 players in bits, starting Monday with players 51 through 100. So far, only one Oklahoma City Thunder player has made it on: Presumed starting power forward Patrick Patterson at No. 98.

  • By Austin Litterell | CNHI Sports Oklahoma

Selflessness, perseverance and toughness are just three terms that can be used to describe Minco senior Brendan Laub. He has proven himself to be someone who steps up both on and off of the field.He has seen plenty of success competing for the Yukon Rugby Club, but he has also shown a willingness to put others ahead of himself.According to Laub's father, Andrew, Brendan is someone willing to make sacrifices to put someone else's needs before his own. When someone was needed to take care of his grandparents, Brendan volunteered to transfer from Yukon to Minco to take care of them."He piped up and goes 'Well I'll go,'" Andrew said.When he transferred schools as a junior, Brendan knew there was a possibility of him being ruled ineligible when it comes to football. That possibility came true, and Brendan was not allowed to play a game during his junior season.The transfer was a tough adjustment for Brendan at first. As time has gone on, he has figured out a rhythm to life that makes things easier. Now that he has spent over a year in Minco, he loves it."At first it was a little hard having to travel back and forth," he said. "I enjoy it here a lot. The people here are great. [I] love the people of Minco, love all the students that I'm with."Despite not being to play under the lights for the Bulldogs his first season with the team, rugby was still there for Brendan to follow."One saving grace is rugby is a club sport," Andrew said.Brendan first learned about the sport as a freshman. He was a little apprehensive at first, but that all changed when he watched Yukon compete for the first time."I went out for a few practices and didn't really like it," Brendan said. "I remember the first game, just going out and seeing those guys play and seeing them hit heads. It was something else for me."Brendan plays what is called a loosehead prop. In other words, he is one of the bigger players on the field. As a center on the offensive line for Minco, the ball does not really come his way. In rugby, it does."I'm one of the three biggest guys on the field. When I get the ball, I'm there to run everybody over and kind of make holes," he said. "Being a lineman in football, never touching the ball, all the sudden guys give you the ball."Brendan has had enough success in his short amount of time playing rugby that he has been in contact with several colleges. According to Andrew, Brendan has an offer waiting from the University of Oklahoma. He has been contacted by schools as far away as North Carolina and Maryland. Colorado State and Nebraska have also reached out.And all that attention excited Brendan, who said he would love to compete at the next level."I think it'd be really cool for me to be able to go to that next level and play it in college," he said.When it comes to his son, Andrew talks with pride, and not just about what he has accomplished in sports, but the fact that Brendan was willing to help take care of loved ones in a time of need, putting their needs ahead of his."He's an amazing kid, very selfless. He's very family oriented ... very, very proud," Andrew said. "He's worked really, really hard."

  • Eric Prisbell | CNHI Sports Oklahoma

The outcome of this week’s marquee matchup, No. 5 Oklahoma at No. 2 Ohio State, will resonate throughout the Big 12 and help determine how narrow a path the league has toward earning a berth in the College Football Playoff.

  • By Fred Katz | CNHI Sports Oklahoma

The NBA’s Competition Committee is planning to vote next week on a rule change that would reform the league’s draft lottery process, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Passage would send a formal recommendation to the NBA’s board of governors, who would have the chance to make lottery reform official. 

  • Tyler Palmateer | CNHI Sports Oklahoma 

If you’re lucky enough to attend Saturday’s game at Ohio Stadium, you’ll want to watch ESPN’s College GameDay crew report live from Columbus, or watch the Ohio State band dot the “i” in Script Ohio.

  • By Jason Elmquist | CNHI Oklahoma Sports

STILLWATER, Okla.  — For somebody who hasn’t played college football in two years, Tyron Johnson was very confident in his argument with teammates leading up to the season opener.

  • By Jeff Hopper | CNHI Sports Oklahoma

As far as players that impressed in Oklahoma State’s beating of the Tulsa Golden Hurricane to open their season a week ago, there were several to choose from. The 59-24 romp showcased several players that looked to be in mid-season form. James Washington, Justice Hill, Mason Rudolph all continued where they left off the 2016 season, dominating.

  • By Jeff Hopper | CNHI Sports Oklahoma

Oklahoma State’s football season began a week ago, as it took on in-state, foe, the Tulsa Golden Hurricane. The Cowboys scored early and often on their way to a demonstrative victory by a final score of 59-24.