• By Fred Katz | Transcript Sports Writer

DALLAS — Norris Cole was the first point guard off the bench for his initial four games after signing with Oklahoma City on March 1. He lost that responsibility quickly, though. Fellow floor general Semaj Christon took over backup duties in game No. 5, and it hasn’t changed since.

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NORMAN — Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon’s draft stock is beginning to rise, perhaps all the way to the first round.

OKLAHOMA CITY – Ben Pruitt shot a team-best 75 and took seventh place individually as the Ada High School boys golf team placed fourth Tuesday in the Mustang Bronco Invitational at the Lincoln Park West Golf Course.

DURANT – Dakota Finley slammed two home runs as the Durant Lions pounded out 13 hits and cruised to a 21-2 rout of the visiting Ada Cougars in 4 ½ innings on Thursday.

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STONEWALL — Host Stonewall rolled past Stratford 18-3 in a winner’s-bracket game Thursday at the Beast of the East Tournament.

Thursday, March 23

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Chris Berus is back.

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The Ada Board of Education hired former assistant Chris Berus as its new head football coach at a special meeting Thursday afternoon.

The East Central University baseball team will hit the road for the first time in three weeks, making the trip to Arkadelphia, Arkansas, Friday and Saturday to face host Henderson State.

OKLAHOMA CITY — Russell Westbrook would not shoot.

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  • By Clay Horning | CNHI Sports Oklahoma
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SEATTLE — If you can’t stop them, you can’t beat them, and Oklahoma did not begin to stop Washington Monday night inside Alaska Airlines Arena.

  • Clay Horning | CNHI Sports Oklahoma

NORMAN — The Oklahoma women may not have to own the boards to bounce Gonzaga from the NCAA tournament. On the other hand, it sure wouldn’t hurt and, if it wants to get beyond the Bulldogs and dance its way back to Oklahoma City, quickly becoming better rebounding team may be a necessity.

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ATLANTA — For a second straight game, 12th-ranked Oklahoma’s bullpen, which had been stellar the first 19 games of the season at home, was not so stellar away from home.

Thunder

  • Fred Katz | CNHI Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma City veteran Nick Collison got into a game Wednesday night for the first time since Feb. 11. Collison entered the Thunder's eventual 122-97 blowout of Philadelphia with about eight-and-a-half minutes remaining in the final period.

  • By Fred Katz | Thunder Beat Writer
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OKLAHOMA CITY — Russell Westbrook left the locker room following Monday night’s 111-95 loss to Golden State with a bandage around his right palm. But Oklahoma City coach Billy Donovan said he was “not at all” concerned about the floor burn on his best player’s shooting hand.

  • By Fred Katz | Thunder Beat Writer
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OKLAHOMA CITY — Golden State coach Steve Kerr responded Monday morning to an ESPN report that the Warriors were “furious and bewildered” about the Thunder’s handling of Kevin Durant’s return to Oklahoma City back in February.

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