Report: OU’s Sherfield eligible to play hoops this season
OU men’s basketball guard Grant Sherfield has been granted a waiver from the NCAA and is eligible for the 2022-23 basketball season, per a report from CBS Sports. Sherfield transferred from Nevada, where he averaged 19.2 points, 4.2 rebounds and 6.4 assists last season as a junior.
The 6-foot-2 Sherfield is a two-time transfer who required an NCAA waiver to play at OU. Before playing at Nevada, Sherfield spent time at Wichita State.
Home run queen Alo wins ESPY
Oklahoma softball slugger Jocelyn Alo was named an ESPY winner Tuesday night for the Best College Athlete, Women’s Sports. Others up for the award were Aliyah Boston (South Carolina, basketball), Jaelin Howell (Florida State, soccer) and Charlotte North (Boston College, lacrosse).
Alo led OU to its second consecutive Women’s College World Series softball championship this past spring. The two-time USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year finished her career with an NCAA-record 122 home runs. Alo became the first player in NCAA Division I history to hit 30-plus homers in a season while batting .500 or better.
BIG 12: Alo and award-winning golfer Chris Gotterup are Oklahoma’s nominees for Big 12 Female and Male Athlete of the Year. Track champion Taylor Roe and golfer Eugenio Chacarra are Oklahoma State’s candidates. The award winners will be announced the week of July 25. Each school in the Big 12 nominates a candidate for Female and Male Athlete of the Year.
OU’s Willits promoted to associate head coach
Oklahoma head baseball coach Skip Johnson announced Wednesday the promotion of volunteer assistant Reggie Willits to associate head coach.
Willits joined the OU staff in January and served as volunteer coach during the 2022 season in which the Sooners won the Big 12 Championship and reached the finals of the NCAA Men’s College World Series. The former big league player and New York Yankees assistant coach will continue to coordinate the OU offense and coach outfielders.
Inaugural River Bowl Classic set for Aug. 6
The OKC Black Alumni Coalition, Inc. (OBAC) will launch its inaugural community building project, the 2022 River Bowl Classic on Saturday, Aug. 6, from 10 am to 3 pm at RIVERSPORT OKC.
The event is the first of its kind and will feature competitive dragon boat racing and rowing events with alumni and students of the six predominately black high schools in Oklahoma City: Douglass, Dunjee, John Marshall, Millwood, Northeast, and Star Spencer.
Anyone from those schools interested in participating can sign up at www.okcbac.com.
Stenson joins Saudi tour, removed as Ryder Cup captain
The Ryder Cup captaincy of Henrik Stenson lasted all of four months.
Ryder Cup Europe removed Stenson as captain for the 2023 matches — still 14 months away from being played in Italy — when the Swede decided to choose the guaranteed money of the Saudi-funded rival league over the Ryder Cup.
The European tour and PGA Tour have suspended players who signed up for LIV Golf, which is handing out massive signing bonuses to go along with its $25 million prize fund in eight tournaments that feature 54 holes and no cut.
The third LIV Golf event is next week at Trump National in New Jersey. Sky Sports was among the first to report Stenson is leaving the European tour for the rival league, a move he confirmed on Wednesday.
In addition to Stenson, LIV Golf announced that world No. 36 Jason Kokrak and former OSU golfer Charles Howell III, both three-time winners on the PGA Tour, would play the event in Bedminster, New Jersey.
XFL: The XFL spring league will announce on Sunday its home cities and stadiums for the 2023 season. Former Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops will lead a team as well as train NFL stars Terrell Buckley, Hines Ward and Rod Woodson.
NBA: Charlotte Hornets forward Miles Bridges is facing three felony domestic violence charges in Southern California after being accused of assaulting his girlfriend in front of their two children last month. Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón said his office filed one felony count of injuring a child’s parent and two felony counts of child abuse under circumstances or conditions likely to cause great bodily injury or death. Bridges is scheduled to be sponsored Wednesday. Bridges was arrested on June 29 by Los Angeles police.
AUTO-RACING: NASCAR has added its first street course to the Cup schedule with a planned 2023 race through downtown Chicago. The Cup Series will race against the backdrop of Lake Michigan and Grant Park next July 2 in the debut race of a three-year deal with the city of Chicago. The new venue will replace Road America in Wisconsin on next year’s schedule.
Staff and wire reports