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Gabeljic Waived by OKC - Former SKC Wizards Update

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Things haven't exactly been looking up for Adnan Gabeljic since KC made him their first pick in the 2014 MLS Superdraft in the second round. He spent preseason with Sporting KC, but was eventually, quietly released by the team. Eventually he popped up in Oklahoma City, joining the growing number of Sporting OKC players there.

Richmond Kickers versus Oklahoma City Energy: USL PRO streaming, prediction, lineups, and gamethread

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The Richmond Kickers take on the Oklahoma City Energy for the first time ever.

Tonight is the Richmond Kickers' middle game of their three games in five days stretch, taking on the Sporting Kansas City-affiliated Oklahoma City Energy. The Energy are coached by former Sporting Kansas City goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen, have two wins and five losses so far on the season.

Thomas Named OKC Captain - Former SKC Wizards Update

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Sporting Kansas City's USL-Pro affiliate, Oklahoma City kicked off their season this past weekend in Los Angeles against Orange County and the LA Galaxy II. The team which features two loaned KC players, also features three former Sporting players and one former academy player. Of those six players with ties to Kansas City, another former Sporting player, Jimmy Nielsen, named one his captain.

Lopez Headed to Orlando

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Sporting KC today announced the third player going on loan to their USL affiliates this year. The team had already announced that Christian Duke and Jon Kempin were heading to Oklahoma City to join the Energy. Today the team announced that Generation Adidas midfielder, Mikey Lopez is headed to Orlando City to join the Lions for their 2014 USL-Pro season.

Major League Soccer

Freedom Kicks for 27 March 2014: Rowdies, Pig Wars, and Battles for OKC

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Rowdies, Pig Wars, and Battles for Oklahoma City: It's a very martial morning for your daily Freedom Kicks.

As my Freedom Kicks often do, there is a smattering of lower-division news to go along with MLS suspensions, the US men's national team, and soccer's Pig War. Let's jump in!

MLS Disciplinary Committee suspends Toronto FC's Jackson, Portland Timbers' Donovan Ricketts for one game | MLSsoccer.

NASL approves expansion to Jacksonville and Oklahoma City

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By DAN KARELL

Just as Major League Soccer has caught the expansion bug in recent seasons, the North American Soccer League has confirmed that they'll grow from seven teams at the start of the 2013 season to 13 teams by the 2015 season.

On Thursday at the NASL Board of Governors meeting in Dallas, Texas, the NASL announced that they approved for new teams in Oklahoma City and Jacksonville to join the league in the spring of 2015.

MLS Expansion: Oklahoma City Eyes Future Bid

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Get in line Oklahoma City, just get in line.

On Tuesday, new USL-Pro expansion side Oklahoma City announced the design team that would be heading up their stadium plans.ADG, Inc., a local company has been asked to design and build a soccer-specific stadium for the new team.

Once again, I love clubs that see the future and aren't afraid to tackle it.

Sacremento & Seattle

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After the 2007-2008 season, the Seattle Supersonics relocated to Oklahoma City and became the Thunder. At the time, the move ended 40 years of Seattle basketball. In 2009 the Seattle Sounders took the field for the first time as a Major League Soccer franchise. The City embraced the soccer team and crowds in excess of 35k soon crowded Qwest Field to cheer on their franchise.

On Our Radar: Lance Parker, FC Edmonton

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Mmmm, Tuesday's looking up isn't it? Images via Greg in Hollywood.

We've been jonesing for brand spankin' new (and naive) man meat to profile on our humble little site, and boy did our wishing, hoping and bartering with God pay off!

Allow us to introduce you to Lance Parker and his abs, who both play for FC Edmonton in the North American Soccer League.

What Sacramento's Fight for its Kings Means to MLS

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Today, it was learned the Sacramento Kings of the NBA will play on for at least one more season in Sacramento. Sacramento fans and its city organizers convinced ownership for one more chance at getting a new arena built. Ownership has felt a new arena will bring the profits needed to continue operations successfully.

North American Soccer League

NASL/USLPRO Ticker: OKC team named named Energy FC; Ayoze signs Cosmos extension; and more

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By MARC SERBER

Some four months after being awarded a USL Pro franchise, Oklahoma City's owners, Prodigal LLC, announced theclub's name, colors, and venue for the 2014 season at a press conference on Thursday afternoon. The teamwill be known as "OKC Energy FC" with ties to Oklahoma City's connections with industry.

Oklahoma City set to be awarded USL PRO expansion team

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By FRANCO PANIZO

As it turns out, NASL is not the only league eyeing Oklahoma City for expansion.

USL PRO, the third division in the United States, is expected to announce an expansion team in Oklahoma City on Tuesday, sources close to the situation told SBI. The announcement will be made at a formal press conference on Tuesday afternoon.

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Rick’s Cabaret Girls Congratulate Miami Heat

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Dancers from the famous Rick's Cabaret gentlemen's club in midtown Manhattan formed their own basketball squad several months ago and the team watched last night's NBA Miami Heat vs Oklahoma City Thunder contest with rapt attention.

The basketball game was shown on the club's numerous TVs and screens, and there was a private VIP viewing party on the Rick's Roof Deck Cigar Lounge which was attended by several top Wall Street bankers, celebrities, and other notables.

LeBron James is a Champion

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It's about damn time. That's what LeBron James said after winning the 2012 NBA Championship as the Miami Heat defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 5. For LeBron, who has taken a lot of criticism over the years for not being able to carry his team to the top, the wait must have felt like an eternity.

Heat Survive Game 3, Up 2-1

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LeBron James is halfway to his first championship ring. In a game that featured a ton of missed perimeter shots, the Miami Heat defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder by a final score of 91-85. LeBron led the way with 29 points and 14 rebounds for the Heat, who now lead the series 2-1.

Kevin Durant had a solid game for the Thunder.

Tony Parker Injury Update – Eye Injury

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After Tony Parker and the San Antonio Spurs were eliminated by the Oklahoma City Thunder in the 2012 Western Conference Finals, Parker's next order of business is traveling to France to play for his national team. However, on his way there, Parker suffered one of the most fluke injuries you'll ever hear about.

Kobe Blames Pau Gasol for Game 4 Collapse

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The Los Angeles Lakers walked off their home floor with another loss on Saturday night, leaving the team down 3-1 in the series and on the verge of playoff elimination. And though Kobe Bryant missed eight of 10 shots in the fourth quarter, he insists the 103-100 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder wasn't his fault.

Thunder Smash Lakers in Game 1

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The Oklahoma City Thunder versus the Los Angeles Lakers is the series everyone has been waiting for in the Western Conference. However, despite the hype, Game 1 turned out to be a laugher. The Thunder got up early and then destroyed the Lakers by a final score of 119-90.

Russell Westbrook was the player of the game, scoring 27 points, dishing out nine assists and puling down seven rebounds in only 27 minutes of play.

Video: Kevin Durant Beats Mavs

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The defending NBA champion Dallas Mavericks were able to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder last year in the playoffs. It looked like the Mavs were going to beat the Thunder in Game 1 on Saturday night. However, that was until Kevin Durant hit a shot to once again prove he's one of the best players in the NBA.

Thunder vs. Mavericks NBA Playoffs Prediction

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This is a fascinating matchup between the defending champion Dallas Mavericks and the Oklahoma City Thunder, a team many believe will end up winning this year's championship. What will win out? Will it be veteran experience or that youthful talent?

While I think the Mavs will play better in the postseason than they did in the regular season, the Thunder just have too much talent.

NBA Power Rankings – April Edition

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With ten days remaining before the end of the 2012 NBA season, it's time to take another look at the NBA power rankings. Who are the best basketball teams on the planet? That's the question we will be answering below.

Here is the April Edition of our NBA power rankings:

1. Chicago Bulls
With or without Derrick Rose, the Bulls are beastly.

Thunder Top Lakers, Remain in First

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The young guns in Oklahoma City continue to show they are the team to beat in the Western Conference. On Thursday, the Thunder traveled to Los Angeles for another test against the Lakers. The result? A 102-93 victory to move eight games ahead of the third place Lakers.

The Thunder were led by Russell Westbrook's 36 points.

NBA Power Rankings – March Edition

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With March drawing to a close, let's take a look at the best teams in the NBA. While this condensed lockout season has lowered the quality of basketball, there are still some great teams in the NBA. Here are our power rankings of the best of the best.

1. Miami Heat
The Heat remain the team to beat due to their talent.

NBA Power Rankings – Post All-Star Game

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The 2012 NBA All-Star Game is a thing of the past. That means we are now officially in the second half of the season. There are definitely some teams that have separated themselves from everybody else. Here's our look at the best teams in the league in this version of our NBA power rankings.

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Kevin Love Three-Point Shootout Champion

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Kevin Love is normally known for his ferocious rebounding. On Saturday night during the 2012 NBA Three-Point Shootout, Kevin Love showed off another one of his skills: his outside shot. The forward for the Minnesota Timberwolves took on some of the best shooters in the game and walked away as the 2012 Three-Point Shootout champion.

Tony Parker Wins Skills Challenge

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The events during All-Star Saturday weren't very exciting. Surprisingly, the most exciting event might have been the Skills Challenge. The Skills Challenge had a ton of talent and there was good effort by each participate.

The players in the Skills Challenge were Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Rajon Rondo of the Boston Celtics, John Wall of the Washington Wizards, Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder, Deron Williams of the New Jersey Nets and Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs.

Durant and Westbrook Combine for 91 in Win

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Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are considered two of the best players in the NBA. On Sunday night, they showed the world why. The pair of superstars for the Oklahoma City Thunder combined for 91 points as the Thunder toppled the Denver Nuggets by a final score of 124-118.

Durant had 51 points on 19-of-28 shooting from the floor.

Griffin, Clippers Stomp Thunder

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Blake Griffin had a night to remember on Monday. While it ended with a 112-100 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder, everyone was talking about something else: Blake Griffin's dunk over Kendrick Perkins. If you haven't seen it, you must click the link and watch the video.

Including those amazing two points, Griffin poured in 22 points, seven rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks.

Video: Blake Griffin Dunks on Kendrick Perkins

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Buckle up. This is one of the best dunks you will ever see. Watch below to see the Blake Griffin video in which he dunks over the top of Kendrick Perkins. Hide all women and children before you watch the video. I'm warning you now.

In the Blake Griffin video, he runs a pick-and-roll with Chris Paul.

Byron Mullens – Fantasy Basketball Sleeper

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If your fantasy basketball team is struggling to find a center, consider looking at a sleeper such as Byron Mullens of the Charlotte Bobcats. While the 7-footer out of Ohio State is barely owned in fantasy leagues, his potential is relatively high.

The 22-year-old spent the last two years at the end of the bench for the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Kevin Durant Fights with Russell Westbrook

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After the Oklahoma City Thunder were eliminated last year in the playoffs, the talk surrounding the team was concerning how well Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook could coexist. While Westbrook is a talented point guard, he's also a player who looks to score first and that doesn't mesh well with Durant, who is arguably the NBA's best scorer.

Thunder Choke, Mavs Go Up 3-1

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The Oklahoma City Thunder were on the verge of tying the 2011 Western Conference Finals. However, with about five minutes to go in regulation, the Thunder's youth showed ... as did the Dallas Mavericks' veteran mettle. After the game went to overtime, the Mavs continued to dominate on their way to a 112-105 victory.

Russell Westbrook is Overrated

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I've always thought Russell Westbrook was overrated. In the 2011 Western Conference Finals, the All-Star point guard for the Oklahoma City Thunder is being outed as a fraud. Yeah, he's a good player but he's far from the up-and-coming superstar he's made out to be. In fact, Russell Westbrook isn't even really a point guard.

Mavs Hang On For Game 3 Victory

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The Dallas Mavericks could do no wrong early on. Leading by as many as 23 points in Game 3 of the 2011 Western Conference Finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder, it appeared as if the Mavs would coast to a victory. However, the Thunder rallied late making it a four-point game in the final period before the Mavs were able to hang on for a 93-87 win.

Bench Powered Thunder Bounce Back

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After Game 1 of the 2011 Western Conference Finals, everyone was talking about Dirk Nowitzki. Quietly, what nobody cared to admit was that the Dallas Mavericks needed a career night out of Dirk simply to edge the Oklahoma City Thunder. In Game 2, the Thunder held Dirk in check and took home a 106-100 victory to tie the series, 1-1.

Dirk Nowitzki's 48 Points Powers Mavs

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Dirk Nowitzki is one of the best shooting bigmen of all-time. On Tuesday night, Nowitzki might have cemented himself as the absolute best. In Game 1 of the 2011 NBA Finals, the German superstar poured in 48 points on only 15 field goal attempts as the Dallas Mavericks defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder by a final score of 121-112.

Mavs vs. Thunder Preview and Prediction

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When the NBA playoffs tipped off, nobody would have imagined that the two teams left standing in the Western Conference would end up being the Dallas Mavericks and the Oklahoma City Thunder. Pundits saw the Mavs as too old and too much of a regular season wonder. The Thunder, on the other hand, were viewed as too young and not quite ready.

NBA Power Rankings - Second Round Edition

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With the second round of the 2011 NBA Playoffs about to begin, let's take a look at an updated NBA power rankings. This is the list of the best NBA teams in order 1 through 8. While any team could theoretically win the championship, expect one of the top four teams to eventually take home the Larry O'Brien trophy.

The Rest

Jazz End Spurs Winning Streak

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For the second time this season, the San Antonio Spurs had an 11-game winning streak. And for the second time, the streak ends with the team's three best players sitting on the sideline. This time, it was the Utah Jazz who ended the streak. Playing in front of their home fans, the Jazz won by a final score of 91-84.

Is 66 Game Schedule Better for the NBA than 82?

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With the NBA schedule in fult tilt since Christmas, the season has never seemed this action-packed. The reason is because the games are coming closer together and delivered faster to consumers.

There is more back-to-back scheduling for teams than other years, meaning they play two nights in a row and some back-to-back-to-back, meaning they play three nights in a row at times throughout the season, as well.