Sports

The Protojournalist
11:58 am
Tue November 11, 2014

The Secrets Of The Coxswain

The gold-medal winning U.S. rowing team — coxswain at lower left — at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
Danny Moloschok/Pool Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 12, 2014 9:09 pm

For British astrophysicist Stephen Hawking — subject of a just-released biopic — being one turned his life around. American newshound Anderson Cooper was one, the Yale Daily News reports. So was photographer Lord Snowdon, former husband to Princess Margaret, according to Rowing History.

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Business Intelligence Report
6:30 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Growth Is 'Goal' For Metro Soccer Programs

A member of the Rose State College Raiders women's soccer team goes in for the kick.
Kenneth Beachler Rose State College

Rose State College recently established both men’s and women’s soccer teams, hoping to kick off new interest in their college.

Called the “Raiders,” named for daring, barn-storming World War II bomber pilots; the teams compete in Division I, Region II of the National Junior College Athletic Association. But they also hope to garner interest in the college in the hearts and minds of would-be students and their parents.

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College Sports
3:58 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

NCAA Board Hands 5 Biggest Conferences More Power

Quarterback Cody Kessler #6 of the USC Trojans hands the ball off against the Fresno State Bulldogs during the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl at Sam Boyd Stadium on December 21, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. In 2010, as a result of recruiting violations, USC was required to vacate wins, return Reggie Bush's Heisman Trophy, and forfeit a BCS national championship. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Originally published on Thu August 7, 2014 1:37 pm

The NCAA Board of Directors overwhelmingly approved a package of historic reforms Thursday that will give the nation’s five biggest conferences the ability to unilaterally change some of the basic rules governing college sports.

If the 16-2 decision stands, there will be striking differences between the 65 largest schools and the more than 280 others in Division I beginning as early as Oct. 1, though few expect change to come that quickly.

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All Tech Considered
3:57 am
Wed March 19, 2014

For Pro Sports, Public Relations Going High-Tech, Real Time

In the NASCAR Fan and Media Engagement Center, 13 46-inch TV screens display charts, tweets and live races.
Michael Tomsic WFAE

Originally published on Wed March 19, 2014 9:28 am

Gone are the days of waiting for angry letters.

Social media allows the NFL, NASCAR and other pro sports leagues to hear from fans in real time. And that feedback has become so important, leagues have built what are essentially social media command centers to monitor trends and engage directly with fans.

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Sports
1:15 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

OKC Native Bradford Out For Year With Torn ACL

St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford attempts a pass against the Indianapolis Colts.
Credit Johnmaxmena2 / Wikimedia Commons

St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford will miss the rest of the season because of a torn knee ligament.

The Rams said Monday the extent of the injury to Bradford's left knee was confirmed after an MRI exam.

Bradford tore his anterior cruciate ligament in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 30-15 loss to the Carolina Panthers when he landed on his knee after being shoved out of bounds by Panthers safety Mike Mitchell.

Kellen Clemens replaced Bradford, who has thrown for 1,687 yards with 14 touchdowns and four interceptions this season.  

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High School Sports
1:39 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Oklahoma Sports Governing Board Faces Criticism

Union High School takes on Coweta High School in the 2012 Union/Jenks Basketball Invitational.
Credit Matt Wansley / Flickr Creative Commons

The organization that oversees tens of thousands of Oklahoma high school athletes, cheerleaders and other extracurricular activities is facing fierce criticism from parents, coaches and school officials over how it operates.

Several people testified Tuesday before the House Administrative Rules Committee about their experience with the private, nonprofit Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association. Legislators who requested a formal study of the association say they have received numerous complaints that there is little oversight of the organization.

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Assignment: Radio
1:04 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Going "Home" For the First Time

Credit Brant Morrell

“Ever since I could walk I’ve never been a home run hitter, I let the other guys do that and grab the glory.” says Craig Aikin, Centerfielder at the University of Oklahoma.

Craig Aikin is a freshman Centerfielder for the University of Oklahoma’s baseball team. He’s generously listed at 5’ 10” on the Sooners roster. He’s known for his speed, but he showed at a young age he has some power.

“It was coach pitch, I was six or seven,” says Aikin. “I remember my dad was standing there throwing, he was the coach, and I would get frustrated cause he wouldn’t throw me a strike.”

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Assignment: Radio
2:29 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Waltzing To Victory: An Interview With Luke Bryant

Track and Field athlete Luke Bryant throws a discus at regionals.

Luke Bryant was on the track team at OU and is currently ranked 6th in the nation. He won big 12 in the discus his freshman and senior years. He also won third at NCAA, and made it to the Olympic trials his senior year. Sitting down in Luke Bryant’s bedroom where dozens of trophies line the walls and shelves, said he first picked up the discus almost by accident.

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