• Oklahoma State football: Chance for immediate playing time a factor in Barry J. Sanders graduate transfer from Stanford

    By Kyle Fredrickson Staff Writer kfredrickson@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Feb 11, 2016

    Sanders told The Oklahoman in an exclusive interview he intends to join OSU as a graduate transfer from Stanford. The son of legendary OSU running back Barry Sanders, who ran for 2,850 yards and 44 touchdowns in 1988 to win the Heisman Trophy, is immediately eligible to play his final season in Stillwater.

  • OU vs. Kansas: The greatest game Dick Vitale ever called

    By Berry Tramel, Columnist, btramel@oklahoman.com | Updated: 4 hr ago

    Thirty-three years ago Wednesday, top-ranked North Carolina played second-ranked Virginia in UNC's famed Carmichael Auditorium. There were giants in the land in those days. Michael Jordan was back for his second year as a Tar Heel. Sam Perkins was back for his third. Carolina also had 6-foot-11 Brad Daugherty, a future overall No. 1 NBA Draft pick. And that was a good thing. Virginia had Ralph Sampson. The 7-foot-4 Sampson was in his fourth college season, having already pocketed two National Player of the Year awards. His teammates included Othell Wilson, who would get Virginia to the Final Four the next season, and sharpshooting Rick Carlisle. Yes, that Rick Carlisle, of Dallas Maverick fame.

  • Oklahoma County public records for Feb. 12, 2016

    From Staff Reports | Published: Thu, Feb 11, 2016

    Oklahoma County public records for Feb. 12, 2016

  • Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson discusses the impact Monty and Ingrid Williams had on his life

    Anthony Slater | Updated: 3 hr ago

    Back in August 2013, Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson's girlfriend committed suicide. Anderson found her body in her New Orleans apartment. He was completely devastated. His coach at the time, current Thunder assistant Monty Williams, got the first call. Monty rushed to the scene, dragged a heartbroken Anderson away and took him back to Williams' house. There, Monty and his wife, Ingrid Williams, prayed and consoled and helped Anderson through the toughest of times. It's an inspiring story of coping with a tragedy beautifully detailed by Sports Illustrated in November of 2014. And it's what made Wednesday's news of the car crash that led to Ingrid's death so hard for Anderson to grasp.

  • The Latest: Kerry calls for genuine negotiation on Syria

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest developments on the war in Syria, the refugee crisis and security talks in Munich, Germany. (all times local): 2:28 a.m. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says a long-term cease-fire in Syria depends on parties to its civil war engaging in "genuine negotiation." Meeting in Munich, diplomats from the U.S., Russia and other powers with interests in Syria's war agreed early Friday to try to secure a "cessation of hostilities" in a week's time. Kerry said that "the objective is to achieve a durable long-term cease-fire at some point in time" but that depends on future negotiations. Kerry acknowledged that differences remain over the future of Syrian President Bashar Assad but said "you have

  • Grant County man dies in crash

    From Staff Reports | Updated: 3 hr ago

    Donald Fitch, 79, of Medford, died this week in an ATV accident near Renfrow, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

  • With FBI ring tightening, last Oregon occupiers give up

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    BURNS, Ore. (AP) — With the FBI tightening its ring around them, the last four holdouts in the armed takeover of a national wildlife refuge in Oregon surrendered Thursday, ending a 41-day standoff that left one man dead and exposed simmering anger over the government's control of vast expanses of Western land. Federal authorities in six states also arrested seven other people accused of being involved in the occupation and brought charges against a leader of the movement who organized a 2014 standoff. Two more suspects remained at large. The last occupiers at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge gave up without incident a day after federal agents surrounded the site. Nearby residents were relieved.

  • Kansas Supreme Court invalidates school funding law

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Supreme Court threatened Thursday to shut down schools if lawmakers don't revamp the way the state funds public schools by July, ruling that a law enacted last year as a temporary fix underfunded poor school districts by at least $54 million. The high court unanimously decided that the Republican-backed law violates the Kansas Constitution's requirement that the state finance a suitable education for every student. The court gave lawmakers just four months to devise another system for distributing more than $4 billion in state funding to 286 public schools. Kansas House Speaker Ray Merrick said the court was holding taxpayers and schoolchildren hostage. A fellow Republican, Sen. Jeff Melcher,

  • Texas to let Baylor keep sex assault records private

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    DALLAS (AP) — Baylor University can keep private campus police records that detail sexual assaults committed by two former football players against students, according to an opinion issued this week by the Texas attorney general's office. Releasing the records would violate the victims' privacy rights, Assistant Attorney General David Wheelus said in the letter to a Baylor official. The Associated Press has requested Baylor police records regarding the department's investigation into sex assaults for which the two players were convicted. However, the AG's office said it was responding to a separate but similar request by ESPN's "Outside The Lines.

  • Media notes: TNT to air All-Star festivities beginning with Rising Stars Challenge

    By Mel Bracht Staff Writer mbracht@oklahoman.com | Updated: 4 hr ago

    TNT's NBA All-Star coverage from Toronto begins with the Rising Stars Challenge at 8 p.m. Friday and continues with the All-Star Saturday Night skills competition at 7 p.m. Saturday and the All-Star Game at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. The Rising Stars Challenge will feature a USA vs. World format with some of the league's top young talent in action, including New York's Kristaps Porzingis, Minnesota's Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins, Philadelphia's Jahlil Okafor and Milwaukee's Jabari Parker. Matt Winer, Grant Hill, Chris Webber and reporter Kristen Ledlow will call the game. TNT's Saturday night lineup will also include NBA Talent Challenge, a competition featuring NBA players demonstrating their off-the-court talents, at 5

  • OKC Thunder: Anthony Morrow, Kevin Durant, Billy Donovan react to tragic death of Monty Williams' wife

    Anthony Slater | Updated: 4 hr ago

    It was an understandably somber atmosphere around the Thunder's shootaround this morning in advance of OKC's game against the Pelicans on Thursday night. Ingrid Williams, the wife of assistant coach Monty Williams, tragically died on Wednesday afternoon from injuries suffered in a car accident in Oklahoma City on Tuesday night. The team was still trying to process the news. "Tried to think about what I was gonna say, but I just love Coach Monty so much," Kevin Durant told reporters, fighting back tears, before eventually having to walk away. "I feel for him, man. Somebody we all love, man. I just don’t know what to say, man. I’m sorry.

  • OKC Thunder: Monty Williams’ children ‘expected to be OK,’ according to OKC police

    By Erik Horne, Staff Writer, ehorne@oklahoman.com | Updated: 4 hr ago

    Two of the children of Thunder assistant coach Monty Williams remain in the hospital after an accident Tuesday night that resulted in the death of Williams' wife, Ingrid. In a Thursday press conference, Oklahoma City Police Department Capt. Paco Balderrama said one of the three children who was a passenger in Ingrid Williams' sports utility vehicle was released from OU Medical Center. The names and ages of the children were not disclosed. “The other two are banged up but expected to be OK,” Balderrama said. Ingrid Williams, 44, died Wednesday from injuries sustained in a head-on collision in southwest Oklahoma City on Tuesday. Per Balderrama, Williams was driving north around 1700 S Western Avenue a little

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Pelicans

    From Staff Reports | Updated: 4 hr ago

    It's the final game before the All-Star break. Follow live coverage of tonight's matchup from our Thunder coverage team and more from around the web.

  • Family awarded $53M in Kyle Field deadly demolition accident

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    HOUSTON (AP) — Relatives of a demolition worker have been awarded $53 million over his 2013 death after he fell four stories during renovation of Texas A&M's Kyle Field. Jurors in Houston on Wednesday decided on damages in the negligence lawsuit filed on behalf of Angel Garcia's mother and two children. Garcia was working for Irving-based Lindamood Demolition Inc. when a section of concrete fell onto equipment he was operating. Manhattan-Vaughn, a joint venture partnership between Oklahoma-based Manhattan Construction Co. and Houston-based Vaughn Construction Co., provided management services. The demolition company was found 25 percent liable. Manhattan-Vaughn was determined to be 75 percent liable.

  • VIDEO: Fan wins car at OKC Blue game on half-court shot

    Erik Horne | Updated: 4 hr ago

    Austin Mayes hadn’t played basketball since he was in eighth grade. That didn’t matter when it came to hitting a halfcourt shot to win a free car. At Saturday’s Oklahoma City Blue game at the Cox Convention Center, Mayes won a 2016 Ford Fiesta from Seth Wadley Ford when he sunk a half-court shot. The Blue presented Mayes with his new car Thursday morning at Seth Wadley Ford in Pauls Valley. Check out video of the shot above.

  • VIDEO: Russell Westbrook appears in new Mountain Dew commercial

    Erik Horne | Updated: 4 hr ago

    Russell Westbrook and his "nemesis" Rocky in the same commercial?! That's the setup in Mountain Dew's new spot. Entitled "Dew x NBA: Make an Introduction," the Denver Nuggets mascot appears first, and Westbrook appears last in the ad. It's Westbrook's first national ad for the Mountain Dew brand – his other Mountain Dew ads were for Mountain Dew Kickstart. Rocky and Westbrook are in separate scenes, so their long-documented history might not have come up in the making of this spot. Other NBA stars in the commercial include Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler and Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle.

  • Congress gives final OK to banning local Internet taxes

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress voted Thursday to permanently bar state and local governments from taxing access to the Internet, as lawmakers leapt at an election-year chance to demonstrate their opposition to imposing levies on online service. On a vote of 75-20, the Senate gave final congressional approval to the wide-ranging bill, which would also revamp trade laws. The White House said President Barack Obama will sign it. "The Internet is a resource used daily by Americans of all ages," said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who brokered an agreement with a Democratic leader earlier this week that helped clear the way for passage. "It's important that they be able to do all of this without the worry of their In

  • Sports on TV: Tuning in for Friday, February 12

    Compiled by Todd Schoenthaler, Staff Writer, tschoenthaler@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Feb 11, 2016

    FRIDAY NBA 6 p.m.; All-Star Celebrity Game; ESPN (Cox 29) 8 p.m.; Rising Stars Challenge; TNT (Cox 31) AUTO RACING 4 p.m.; Sprint Cup Practice; FS1 (Cox 67) 5:30 p.m.; Sprint Cup Practice; FS1 (Cox 67) NHL 6 p.m.; Los Angeles at New York Rangers; NHLNET (Cox 263) 10 p.m.; Calgary at Arizona; NHLNET (Cox 263) GOLF 6:30 a.m.; Tshwane Open; GOLF (Cox 60) 11 a.m.; Chubb Classic; GOLF (Cox 60) 2 p.m.; Pebble Beach National Pro-Am; GOLF (Cox 60) MEN'S COLLEGE  BASKETBALL 6 p.m.; Dayton at Rhode Island; ESPN2 (Cox 28) 6 p.m.; Ohio at Buffalo; ESPNU (Cox 253) 8 p.m.; UCLA at Arizona; ESPN (Cox 29) 8 p.m.; Monmouth at Rider; ESPNU (Cox

  • Lawmakers say budget squeeze could knock 111,000 Oklahomans off Medicaid rolls

    BY RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Feb 11, 2016

    More than 110,000 Oklahomans would lose Medicaid coverage under legislation that advanced Wednesday in the House of Representatives. Rep. Doug Cox, R-Grove, said he offered House Bill 2665 “with a heavy heart” in an attempt to give the state more flexibility in dealing with a general revenue drop expected to exceed $1 billion. The bill directs the Oklahoma Health Care Authority, which administers the state’s Medicaid program, to seek a federal waiver to allow it to exclude able-bodied adults younger than 65 from Medicaid benefits.

  • Einstein's right again: Scientists detect ripples in gravity

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — It was just a tiny, almost imperceptible "chirp," but it simultaneously opened humanity's ears to the music of the cosmos and proved Einstein right again. In what is being hailed as one of the biggest eureka moments in the history of physics, scientists announced Thursday that they have finally detected gravitational waves, the ripples in the fabric of space and time that Einstein predicted a century ago. The news exhilarated astronomers and physicists. Because the evidence of gravitational waves is captured in audio form, the finding means astronomers will now be able to hear the soundtrack of the universe and listen as violent collisions reshape the cosmos. It will be like going from silent movies