Oklahoma Sports

AT&T DIRECTV to Launch First 4K High Dynamic Range (HDR) Live Broadcasts in U.S. With Full Slate of Sports, Music and Events

14 12 2017

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Dec. 14, 2017 -- Imagine the reflection of freshly groomed ice as your favorite hockey players skate out for the first time. Now imagine the bright lights of the basketball arena as they light up the court like a Broadway stage. And think of the glistening sweat of your favorite musician as they perform in front of thousands of fans… Imagination becomes reality from the comfort of your couch as AT&T* DIRECTV becomes the first U.S. pay-TV provider to broadcast LIVE in 4K HDR with a full slate of sports, music and events.    The Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Vegas Golden Knights airing Dec. 14 at 10 p.m. ET will be the first event to air live in stunning 4K HDR, via a simulcast of NHL Network. AT&T DIRECTV will also broadcast 13 NBA games in 4K HDR this season. Last season, AT&T and NBA TV, jointly managed by the NBA and Turner Sports, provided fans in the U.S. with the opportunity to watch a live NBA game in 4K Ultra HD (UHD) for the first...

American Heart Association Announces 2017 Paul "Bear" Bryant Coach Of The Year Finalists

13 12 2017

HOUSTON, Dec. 13, 2017 -- American Heart Association (AHA) and 2017 Paul "Bear" Bryant title sponsor Marathon Oil Corporation announced today a powerhouse lineup of finalists for the 2017 Paul "Bear" Bryant Coach of the Year Award – the nation's top award for college football coaches. The winner will be announced live Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018 during the awards dinner and ceremony at the Hilton Americas-Houston. Representing the country's finest college football coaches, 2017 award finalists are: Paul Chryst - University of Wisconsin Clay Helton - University of Southern California Scott Frost – formerly with the University of Central Florida now with the University of Nebraska Gus Malzahn - Auburn University Jeff Monken - Army Kirby Smart - University of Georgia Dabo Swinney - Clemson University Coaching legend Steve Spurrier is the recipient of the Bear Bryant 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award and will also attend the dinner in January. Spurrier was the head coach...

USA BMX Celebrates 40th Anniversary with 20th consecutive year of hosting Grand National in Tulsa

07 12 2017

“This was my 20th year in a row here in Tulsa for Thanksgiving weekend, and it still gives me chills and gets my adrenaline pumping when I enter the stadium,” said Olympic silver medalist Alise Post. GILBERT, Ariz. December 07, 2017 The 2017 USA BMX Grand National, presented by Tulsa Sports Commission, concluded last weekend for a 20th consecutive year in Tulsa. Known as “The Greatest Race on Earth”, the event upheld that title with more than 2,900 riders from 46 states and 23 different countries participating in the year-end event. With more than 300 riders, it was truly an International field. “Having the 2017 USA BMX Grand Nationals in Tulsa for a 20th consecutive year while USA BMX celebrates 40 years, made for a perfect weekend,” said USA BMX CEO, BA Anderson. Nearly 3,000 riders from around the world migrated to Tulsa to celebrate the Greatest Race on Earth. "Every year, we love to welcome so many riders. This year, the International field nearly doubled. Thanks...

Bob Stoops to Announce the Paycom Jim Thorpe Award Winner

06 12 2017

OKLAHOMA CITY--As three of college football’s top defensive backs prepare to learn Thursday evening who among them will take home the coveted Paycom Jim Thorpe Award, it was announced today by the sponsor of the award, Paycom Software, Inc., (NYSE:PAYC), that former University of Oklahoma head football coach Bob Stoops will present the honor. Once a defensive back standout himself at the University of Iowa, Stoops will appear as part of The Home Depot College Football Awards show, scheduled to air live on ESPN at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, Dec. 7, from the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta. "We are proud to be the headline sponsor of the Paycom Jim Thorpe Award, and are grateful Bob Stoops agreed to present this year’s award," said Paycom's founder and CEO, Chad Richison. "Stoops developed a reputation as a defensive genius, and the way he's managed himself and his teams aligns with the core values shared by Paycom and the Jim Thorpe Association. Bob knows the talent...

BRONCHOS CHOOSE HELLAS MATRIX TURF FOR WENDELL SIMMONS FIELD

06 12 2017

EDMUND, OK – 6 Dec, 2017 – Each year as baseball season begins at the University of Central Oklahoma, so begins the scheduling nightmare. The constant battle with field conditions and the repeated scheduling and rescheduling of baseball games and cancellations of practice due to weather and field conditions will soon be a distant memory. The University has decided to switch Wendell Simmons Field from natural grass at to Matrix® Turf with Helix Technology by Hellas Construction.  The Bronchos baseball team had a great season this year, missing the opportunity to play in the World Series by only one game. UCO Bronchos Head Coach John Martin said, “We play 20-25 games each season on our home field and miss an average of 15 days of practice and games each season because of the field conditions.” The team has traveled throughout the Midwest, playing a variety of surfaces, including various types of synthetic turf. “We were one of the few that didn’t have artificial turf. The...

U.S. Soccer Foundation Launches It's Everyone's Game, A National Effort To Increase Access To Soccer Programming

06 12 2017

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Primal Fight League to Honor Military Families and Veterans at OKC Event

05 12 2017

January 6, 2018 at Farmers Public Market OKC Midwest MMA Event Promotion President and Vice President of PFL “Red, White & Bruised” will take place on January 6, 2018 We are excited to give back to military veterans and families with this truly special event.” — Vern Earwood, Vice President, Primal Fight League OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, USA, December 4, 2017 -- OKLAHOMA CITY, OK., Dec 4, 2017 - Primal Fight Promotions LLC will hold a veteran-themed Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) event, “Red, White & Bruised”, at Farmers Public Market in Oklahoma City on January 6, 2018.The family-friendly event has more than 15 bouts scheduled, with talent primarily hailing from the OKC area. Super heavyweight Pro MMA fighters Daniel Ray and Russell Lamons headline the main event, while amateurs Roy Kontos and John Trujillo are scheduled to battle it out for the first Primal Fight League 155 pound title belt.“We are excited to give back to military veterans and families with this truly...

Primal Fight League to Honor Military Families and Veterans at OKC Event

05 12 2017

OKLAHOMA CITY, Dec. 4, 2017 -- Primal Fight Promotions LLC will hold a veteran-themed Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) event, "Red, White & Bruised", at Farmers Public Market in Oklahoma City on January 6, 2018. The family-friendly event has more than 15 bouts scheduled, with talent primarily hailing from the OKC area. Super heavyweight Pro MMA fighters Daniel Ray and Russell Lamons headline the main event, while amateurs Roy Kontos and John Trujillo are scheduled to battle it out for the first Primal Fight League 155 pound title belt. "We are excited to give back to military veterans and families with this truly special event," says Vern Earwood, Vice President of Primal Fight Promotions. "Having served in the military, I understand the importance of giving back to this incredible community. We look forward to furthering our relationship with military veterans and families as we continue to develop more ways to honor their sacrifices and commitment to protecting our freedom." Cpl....

Liberty University Press Releases Revised “Recreation and Sports Ministry” Book

02 12 2017

Lynchburg, Va. December 02, 2017 Liberty University Press recently released the second edition of “Recreation and Sports Ministry: Impacting the Postmodern Culture,” which includes several new chapters and appendices as well as updated language and statistics that speak to a new generation of leaders. General Editor and author John Garner, along with several accomplished contributing authors, explain how recreation and sports offer the church one of the best avenues to impact a leisure-oriented culture and the methods for using them as ministry tools. Book topics include the history of church recreation, ethics, discipleship, organizational principles, and appendices of essential documents for sports and recreation programs. With many years of experience as a speaker, lecturer, and professor in sports ministry, and the national sports ministry leader at LifeWay Christian Resources for over 18 years, Garner has crafted a one-of-a-kind resource that is a must-have for all recreation...

OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY MASON RUDOLPH WINS THE 2017 JOHNNY UNITAS GOLDEN ARM AWARD®

30 11 2017

2017 Golden Arm Award Sponsors BALTIMORE, USA, November 30, 2017 -- Oklahoma State University quarterback Mason Rudolph is the winner of the 2017 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, presented annually by the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Educational Foundation, Inc.The native of Rock Hill, South Carolina has quarterbacked OSU to a 31-9 record as a starter and has led the Cowboys to 10 victories in games in which they trailed during the second half. Rudolph has beat every team in the Big 12 during his career and he holds no fewer than 50 school records. He enters the bowl game with 13,267 career passing yards, a mark that ranks fourth in Big 12 history.Rudolph hit a career mark of 323.6 passing yards per game which is third in Big 12 history. The senior ranks in the top three among the FBS active career leaders in passing yards per completion, passing yards per attempt, total passing yards, passing yards per game, total offense and total offense yards per play. He led the FBS with 4,553 passing...

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