COMMERCE - Darrell Williams' Texas A&M-Commerce basketball teammates call him Big Bro. The nickname befits his age, 25, and the 6-8, 245-pound force he's become in his first and only season with the Lions. Mostly, though, it pays homage to him and how he got here.
When Desmond Mason was a rookie in the NBA during the 2000-2001 season, he was summoned to the league's Midtown office for a sudden meeting with then-commissioner David Stern. Nervously, the 6-foot-6 player for the Seattle SuperSonics headed into the pooh-bah's office.
The Oklahoma City Barons have announced the team will end operations at the end of the current American Hockey League season.
The team said in a statement Thursday that the decision was made after it was unable to complete an affiliation agreement with the NHL's Edmond Oilers.
Bob Funk Jr., the chairman of Prodigal, which manages the Barons, praised the Edmonton organization — but said without a better financial agreement the company can no longer justify investing in the hockey team.
Oklahoma City's Triple-A baseball team has been known as the RedHawks for almost two decades. But, following the Los Angeles Dodgers' purchase of the franchise in September, fans will have to get accustomed to a new team name.
Mandalay Baseball, LLC announced Wednesday the franchise will immediately replace the Oklahoma City RedHawks moniker and will now be known as the Oklahoma City Dodgers.
On Sunday, five St. Louis Rams players jogged onto the field with their arms raised by their heads, a stream of fog behind them: hands up, don't shoot.
The players — Tavon Austin, Kenny Britt, Jared Cook, Chris Givens and Stedman Bailey — were invoking the gesture that's been widely used in protesting the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson. This followed the announcement that a grand jury would not indict Wilson in Brown's death, and the release of a hefty batch of evidence shown to the jury by St. Louis prosecutor Robert McCullough.