Lauren Chamberlain resigns as WPF commissioner
Former OU softball star Lauren Chamberlain announced Thursday that she had resigned as commissioner of the Women’s Professional Fastpitch softball league.
The WPF just completed its second season and first with a team based in Oklahoma (OKC Spark).
“This decision wasn’t made lightly, as I have cherished every moment working alongside our incredible athletes and witnessing the support of our passionate fans,” Chamberlain wrote.
Hall of Famer Gil Brandt, who helped build Cowboys into ‘America’s Team,’ dies at 91
Gil Brandt, overshadowed by coach Tom Landry and general manager Tex Schramm as part of the trio that built the Dallas Cowboys into “America’s Team” in the 1970s, has died. He was 91.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame says Brandt died Thursday morning.
Brandt was the player personnel director alongside the stoic, fedora-wearing Landry and media-savvy Schramm, but had to wait almost 30 years longer to get into the Hall of Fame.
By the time Brandt was enshrined as a contributor, it was as much for his ability to remain involved in the NFL by adapting to the social media age as for the innovation the Cowboys brought to the draft process with computers in the early 1960s.
ACC sets presidents meeting, AP source says, with potential Stanford, Cal, SMU expansion unresolved
Atlantic Coast Conference university leaders are set to meet Friday morning as the league tries to come to a decision on expanding West with Stanford, California and SMU, a person with direct knowledge of the meeting told The Associated Press.
It was unclear if the presidents will take a decisive vote on adding new members, said the person, who spoke Thursday on condition of anonymity because the conference and schools were not making internal discussions public.
The ACC has been weighing expansion for several weeks. The presidents and chancellors were scheduled to hold a call Monday night to delve into expansion, but the deadly shooting of a professor at the University of North Carolina led the conference to put its business on hold. ESPN first reported Friday’s rescheduled call.
The presidents discussed adding schools three weeks ago but chose not to take a vote, knowing they likely didn’t have 12 of the 15 votes necessary for approval. Florida State, Clemson, North Carolina and North Carolina State have been against adding schools.
Since then, Commissioner Jim Phillips has been working on revenue distribution models that he hopes will bring consensus. Adding three schools would require ESPN to pay more in yearly media rights revenue to the ACC, but the new members would receive greatly reduced payments upon entry and slowly ramp up.
The interest from the ACC — and the urgency from Stanford and Cal — increased after the Pac-12 was plundered by the Big Ten and Big 12 and left with just four schools committed beyond this year.
The Northern California rivals have been scrambling to find a Power Five conference home for 2024-25 and beyond with the Pac-12 on the brink of extinction and only Washington State and Oregon State left to rebuild with.
ALABAMA: Alabama coach Nick Saban didn’t reveal his No. 1 quarterback this week _ or any other starter for that matter. Saban canceled the annual opening week depth chart reveal party heading into the fourth-ranked Crimson Tide’s debut against Middle Tennessee State. It’s no surprise that he wanted to keep the quarterback pecking order under wraps. It’s been a battle among 2022 backup Jalen Milroe, former five-star recruit Ty Simpson and Notre Dame transfer Tyler Buchner. They’re all vying to replace No. 1 NFL draft pick Bryce Young.
OKC DODGERS: Oklahoma City scored all six of their runs in the sixth inning as they defeated the Round Rock Express, 6-3, Wednesday night at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. The Express (34-19/78-49) broke a scoreless tie with a RBI double by Blane Crim in the sixth inning. The Dodgers (27-26/77-49) answered in the bottom of the sixth inning, tying the score, 1-1, when Miguel Vargas lined a RBI single into left field. Ryan Ward followed with a two-run double into left field to give OKC a 3-1 lead. David Dahl grounded a RBI double into right field before another OKC run scored on an Express fielding error before an out was made. A RBI single by Drew Avans later with one out boosted the Dodgers to a 6-1 advantage. The Express scored two runs in the ninth inning with two outs on a RBI double by Elier Hernandez followed by a RBI single by Evan Carter to cut the OKC lead to three runs.
—Staff and wire reports