Thunder season fades fast after Westbrook injury
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A season filled with championship hopes came to a quicker-than-expected conclusion for the Oklahoma City Thunder.
A chance collision with Houston's Patrick Beverley knocked All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook out for the rest of the postseason, and the Thunder never recovered. Kevin Durant tried filling the void almost single-handedly, but even the 3-time scoring champion couldn't carry that heavy of a load.
After getting to the NBA Finals a year earlier, Oklahoma City's season ended in the Western Conference semifinals with a 5-game loss to the Memphis Grizzlies. Durant said Thursday that every great team and player goes through tough times. The goal is still to win an NBA title.
Said Durant: "I'm not satisfied just being in this league and losing."
Cambage reverses course, will play for Shock
TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Reversing her decision from the start of training camp, Elizabeth Cambage now plans to play for the Tulsa Shock this season.
The No. 2 pick in the 2011 draft, Cambage had said last month that she wouldn't play for Tulsa this season after also skipping last season to play for the Australian Olympic team.
The Shock announced Thursday that Cambage is expected to be in Tulsa in the middle of next week, just prior to the start of the regular season.
The 6-foot-8 Cambage said in a statement that she broke her wrist while playing in China and didn't think she'd be able to play in the WNBA this season. Instead, she was cleared and decided to join the Shock.
Cambage averaged 11.5 points and 4.7 rebounds as a rookie in 2011 and was an injury replacement in the All-Star game. She joins a team that added No. 3 pick Skylar Diggins in this year's draft.
NCAA Softball regional in Norman to start
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - The NCAA Softball Norman regional is to begin with second-seeded Arkansas taking on Fordham in the first game followed by top-seeded Oklahoma playing Marist.
The Arkansas-Fordham game is to begin at 5 p.m. Friday followed by the OU-Marist game.
The finals of the double-elimination regional will be Sunday.
Sheriff: Ex-NASCAR driver Dick Trickle dead at 71
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) - Authorities in North Carolina say former NASCAR driver Dick Trickle has died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 71.
The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office says authorities received a call believed to be from Trickle on Thursday saying that "there would be a dead body and it would be his." Authorities tried to call the number back, but no one answered.
The sheriff says Trickle's body was found near his pickup truck at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Boger City, N.C., about 40 miles northwest of Charlotte. Sheriff's Lieutenant Tim Johnson says foul play is not suspected.
Trickle was the Winston Cup series rookie of the year in 1989 but never won a Cup race. He won two Busch Series races.
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