NORMAN — The best thing about the Big 12 Conference’s football media days, for all their pomp and circumstance, is what they signify.

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Enid will face the Syracuse Stallions for Game 1 of the TBL Finals on Wednesday, July 21 in Syracuse, N.Y. and host games 2 and 3 this weekend at Stride Bank Center. Tickets go on sale on at 9 a.m. Monday, July 19, 2021. 

After bouncing back from a 1-0 deficit in their series against Houston last week, the Enid Outlaws are moving on to the semifinals of The Basketball League playoffs, where they will play the San Diego Guardians in a three-game series.

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STILLWATER – Oklahoma State and Colorado have agreed to a home-and-home football series, with the Buffaloes visiting Stillwater on Sept. 13, 2036 and the Cowboys traveling to Boulder on Sept. 12, 2037.

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Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler has been named Big 12 Preseason Offensive Player of the Year by the league’s media. The Sooners also got running back Eric Gray named Newcomer of the Year. Rattler was Big 12 honorable mention in 2020.

When Oklahoma State men’s basketball fans pack inside Gallagher-Iba Arena this winter, they’ll notice new faces sitting beside Mike Boynton on the Cowboy bench.

From Lincoln Riley’s public embrace of Black Lives Matter two Junes ago, locking arms and marching with his team last August and his attempted reinvention of signing day and the spring game since becoming head coach, the Sooner football skipper has offered a progressive and pro-athlete stance on multiple fronts.

This will be the 25th year that Brandon Tyler has followed in his uncle’s footsteps as a football coach. And he has labored successfully in that trade for the most part outside the lights and attention of the big cities. So how has he managed to be successful year after year in towns where the whole population is just over or under 1,000 people?

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OKLAHOMA CITY — The faces were familiar. The memories shared were special. Phoenix Suns head coach Monty Williams’ thoughts of Billy Donovan are still meaningful to him three years after leaving Oklahoma City following the tragic loss of his wife Ingrid.

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OKLAHOMA CITY — Tim Tadlock and Chris Beard, two of Texas Tech’s most popular athletic figures, shared an enlightening moment earlier this month when detailing the stark contrast between the draft process in their respective sports.

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The Transcript is running a Thunder evaluation series, publishing one article a day on a different Oklahoma City player. We will start with the guards. Monday’s player is Russell Westbrook.

OKLAHOMA CITY — Remember when the Thunder placed Corey Brewer into their starting lineup and looked like they had changed as a team? Brewer was hitting corner 3s, scoring off cuts, defending meaningful perimeter players and flying in transition. Oklahoma City won its first six games with Brewer as its starting shooting guard, and OKC had its placeholder for defensive stopper Andre Roberson, who went down with a season-ending knee injury at the end of January.

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