Recognizing the people with state ties that make game days special no matter what they do:
*NINE: Players who spent significant time cutting their baseball teeth in Oklahoma City were selected to the Texas Rangers' 40th anniversary All-Time Team. The Rangers, whose Triple-A prospects were stationed in Oklahoma City from 1983-2010, received nearly 65,000 online votes from fans in May. Former 89ers or RedHawks who made the anniversary team were third baseman Steve Buechele (1984, 1985); pitcher Jeff Russell (1986); outfielder Ruben Sierra (1986, 2000, 2001); outfielder Juan Gonzalez (1990); outfielder Rusty Greer (1993, 1994); infielder Michael Young (2001); second baseman Ian Kinsler (2005); outfielder Nelson Cruz (2007, 2008); and relief pitcher Neftali Feliz (2009). Hall of Fame pitcher Fergie Jenkins made the Rangers anniversary team. He was the 89ers' pitching coach for the 1988 and 1989 seasons. Go to www.texasrangers.com to see the Rangers' complete 40th anniversary team.
*NEW: Home of the Langston University softball team will be at T.G. Green Park, which is located near the NAIA school's campus. Since Langston started its softball program in 2007, the Lions have played home games at Guthrie High School. The new NCAA regulation-sized field opened Saturday with a game featuring university employees against citizens of Langston.
*RETRACING: The footsteps of his Cherokee ancestors, TsaLiDi Sequoyah, a 6-foot-9, 230-pound center, who signed to play men's basketball at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah. Sequoyah, who is from Cherokee, N.C., chose Northeastern State to major in Cherokee Studies. Tahlequah is the capital of the Cherokee Nation. “After watching him play, it was quite evident he has a lot of talent,” said RiverHawks coach Larry Gipson. Sequoyah was a North Carolina All-State pick after averaging 21.0 points, 16.9 rebounds and 4.9 blocks as a senior.
*ESPN: Televises it, so it must be sport. And with that, congrats to Oklahoma City native Austin “Gabe” Scott, who won the World Series of Poker on Friday in Las Vegas. Scott, 23, quit school at OU to begin a career as a professional poker player. After 7½ hours at the “final table,” Scott won poker's coveted gold bracelet and $361,797. He wore an Oklahoma City Thunder shirt during the championship round. More about Scott can found at www.wsop.com.