• Morning roundup

    Compiled by Trent Shadid from wire reports | Updated: 4 hr ago

    After hiatus, Howard won't be U.S. starter vs Mexico Tim Howard returned to the U.S. soccer team knowing he'd be playing behind Brad Guzan at least through mid-October. Just don't call the 2014 World Cup standout a “backup.” After coach Jurgen Klinsmann Wednesday said Guzan would remain his starting goalkeeper — barring injury — through a critical playoff match against Mexico, Howard refuted the suggestion he'd view himself differently. “Never been a backup,” Howard said. “I think that's a mentality. I work my tail off every day. I know what it means to compete at the highest level, to have a certain level of excellence, and I do that. I've never been a backup, I never will be.” The

  • Final preseason games, few starters to see action

    By The Associated Press | Updated: 4 hr ago

    What to look for in Thursday's final preseason games. GIANTS AT PATRIOTS: Backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo gets his last and probably best chance in the preseason to prepare to be the opening night starter if Tom Brady's suspension holds. CHARGERS AT 49ERS: Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers' first-team offense have yet to score a touchdown in eight series, so more time together in the final preseason game could be the plan for first-year coach Jim Tomsula. RAIDERS AT SEAHAWKS: Even with the Seahawks' offense being less than impressive in the preseason, Pete Carroll won't deviate from his plan against Oakland, so don't expect to see Russell Wilson and Jimmy Graham for very long, and don't expect Marshawn Lynch at all.

  • Officials from college say Western Oklahoma State Collegeis stronger following probation

    BY K.S. MCNUTT Staff Writer kmcnutt@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    Western Oklahoma State College has strengthened and united the institution during work to restore its accreditation, its administrators told the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education on Wednesday. Western is a two-year college in Altus.

  • Norman notes

    BY JANE GLENN CANNON Staff Writer jcannon@oklahoman.com | Updated: 4 hr ago

    ‘Immortales' exhibition opens at OU NORMAN — Football fans traveling to Norman on Saturday for the University of Oklahoma's opening game against Akron might want to arrive early to take in a new exhibition at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. “Immortales: The Hall of Emperors of the Capitoline Museums, Rome” brings to the United States for the first time a selection of 20 busts from the collection of the world's oldest museum, the Capitoline in Rome. The exhibition opened Thursday and will remain on display through Dec. 6. It offers a survey of Roman portraiture from the age of Augustus in the first century, B.C., to the late Roman Empire, fifth century, A.D.

  • The Oklahoman poll

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    Results for the question: How many high school football games will you attend this season?   One: 6 percent Two to five: 16 percent Six or more: 7 percent I'll attend at least one game every week: 8 percent None: 63 percent   Today's question: Will you leave town for Labor Day weekend?

  • Suspect in near-beheading case receives life sentence

    BY JENNIFER PALMER Staff Writer jpalmer@oklahoman.com | Updated: 4 hr ago

    Isaiah Zoar Marin, 22, pleaded guilty to a first-degree murder charge. Marin admitted to killing Jacob Crockett, 19, in October.

  • Heat, humidity threaten artwork in great hall of Oklahoma City's First National Center

    By Steve Lackmeyer and Brianna Bailey Business Writers | Published: Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    Art historians, curators and preservationists warn that with the air conditioning turned off heat and humidity threaten to further damage the murals painted on the ceiling of the Great Banking Hall at the First National Center in downtown Oklahoma City.

  • Oklahoma City Fire Department recruits take oath

    From Staff Reports | Published: Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    Fifty-eight recruits to an oath Wednesday to join the Oklahoma City Fire Department after 17 weeks of training.

  • Jury in Norman finds man guilty in 2014 home-invasion style murder

    BY JANE GLENN CANNON Staff Writer jcannon@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    Isaiah Walker, 24, of Oklahoma City, was found guilty Wednesday night of first-degree murder in the home-invasion style killing last year of Justin Barnard, 24, in Norman.

  • Jury in Norman finds man guilty in home-invasion style murder

    BY JANE GLENN CANNON Staff Writer jcannon@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    NORMAN — A jury late Wednesday found a 24-year-old Oklahoma City man guilty of first-degree murder in the home invasion-style slaying a year ago of a Norman man. The Cleveland County jury deliberated more than seven hours before convicting Isaiah Walker of killing Justin Barnard, 24, on March 27, 2014, at his grandmother's house at 816 N Stewart Ave. In a second punishment phase, the jury of nine women and three men recommended Walker serve life in prison on the murder count and two 20-year sentences on companion convictions of first-degree burglary and robbery by force and fear. Walker is one of six men originally charged with killing Barnard.

  • OU football notebook

    BY JASON KERSEY AND RYAN ABER | Updated: 4 hr ago

    HOW OU PREPARES WHEN AKRON STILL HASN'T NAMED A STARTING QUARTERBACK Akron coach Terry Bowden still hasn't named a starting quarterback for Saturday's season opener at Oklahoma. Senior Kyle Pohl was last year's starter, but he's competing with sophomore Tra'Von Chapman for the job. Akron threw 14 touchdowns and 14 interceptions last season. “They give you a variety of different looks and formation groupings and spread the field out, so you've got to be ready,” OU defensive coordinator Mike Stoops said of Akron. “Anytime you look at a game and you look at 11 games from the previous year, there's just so much to look at. But, you know, when it comes down to it, they're a spread team, similar to what we see.

  • YWCA in OKC celebrates finish of emergency shelter

    By Heather Warlick  Staff Writer hwarlick@oklahoman.com | Updated: 4 hr ago

    The YWCA Oklahoma City is now equipped to serve more than twice as many women and children as in previous years. A ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday marked the completion of the YWCA Thelma Gaylord Emergency Shelter. The new shelter will have the capacity to house 120 women and children who are in dangerous domestic situations. “It's the only place we have to send somebody where they can be safe,” said Oklahoma City Police Chief Bill Citty during the ceremony. “Of anything I've ever been involved with, this building right here, and this program, I can tell you and promise you that it saves lives.” The YWCA has the only certified emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence in Oklahoma County.

  • Oklahoma City YWCA celebrates finish of emergency shelter

    By Heather Warlick  Staff Writer hwarlick@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Wednesday to celebrate the completion of the YWCA Thelma Gaylord Emergency Shelter in Oklahoma City. The shelter with have the capacity to house 120 women and children who are victims of domestic violence.

  • Civic Center Foundation narrows search

    By William Crum Staff Writerwcrum@Oklahoman.com | Updated: 4 hr ago

    A committee organized by the Civic Center Foundation to choose a partner for presenting its Broadway series plans to make a final selection before the end of September. The two finalists selected by the committee are the Nederlander Organization, of New York City, and Broadway Across America, based in Louisville, Ky. Teresa Rose-Crook, the foundation's interim director, said the Civic Center's 14,000 Broadway series subscribers will be assured a "seamless transition" through the 2015-16 season. "They are going to be taken care of," she said. The current "Best of Broadway" series has a three-show, mid-week run of "The Illusionists" coming up Sept. 15 through 17. "A Christmas Story — The Musical" is

  • Western State officials say college is stronger following probation

    BY K.S. MCNUTT Staff Writer kmcnutt@oklahoman.com | Updated: 4 hr ago

    The work done to restore accreditation to Western Oklahoma State College has strengthened and united the institution, its administrators reported Wednesday during a meeting of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. The two-year college in Altus was placed on probation in April 2013 after its accrediting board found the school's 10-day accelerated online courses didn't meet quality and rigor standards. Western was notified in July that the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools had restored its accreditation. “We are clearly stronger as an institution,” said Lisa Greenlee, vice president of academic affairs. “Our campus is in the best shape it's ever been.

  • Suffering in silence: Professional women are quiet victims of abuse

    By Heather Warlick  Staff Writer  Hwarlick@oklahoman.com  | Updated: 4 hr ago

    Years ago, Christy Simmons had an appointment to see her attorney. She showed up for the appointment only to learn that her lawyer had been murdered. The lawyer's husband, an abuser, had killed his wife the night before. Simmons had narrowly escaped a similar fate. Her abusive ex-husband was behind bars then, serving a sentence of 25-to-life. Simmons, like her attorney, was a member of a demographic that suffers largely in silence from the devastation of domestic violence — professional women. In fact, Simmons said professional women are part of “the broadest market that's out there still being abused.” These women, she said, are least likely to seek help and services. “I know, because they come to

  • High school football: Thursday's high school football predictions

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Updated: 4 hr ago

    Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state.

  • State college football preview

    BY CODY STAVENHAGEN | Updated: 4 hr ago

    Central Oklahoma: Quarterback Chas Stallard and running back Jake Gandara lead an experienced team picked fourth in the 12-team Mid-American Intercollegiate Athletics Association coaches' poll. East Central: The Tigers are aiming for back-to-back postseason appearances, but they will have to adjust to a new quarterback and a revamped defense. Langston: The defending Central State Football League champs are ranked 19th in the NAIA and open Friday against Lincoln University. Panhandle State: Chris McClendon returns after rushing for 1,170 yards, and the Aggies bring back a bevy of starters from last season's 7-3 squad. Southeastern: Coach Bo Atterberry heads into his second season after

  • High school softball notebook: Washington off to hot start with new group

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    WASHINGTON OFF TO HOT START WITH NEW GROUP After winning the past four state championships combined between fastpitch and slowpitch softball, it was expected that Washington would have some falloff after the graduation of six key players and a few others not returning to the team. That's not the case, though. Washington is off to a 15-0 start behind the emergence of several players who patiently waited for their turn. “We've responded well,” Washington coach Jace Brewer said. “We have a great bunch of kids, we really do. It shows the work that they've put in on the back end when they knew they wouldn't get a chance until this year has really paid off for this bunch.

  • District C-4 Preview

    BY ED GODFREY | Updated: 4 hr ago

    Everyone is chasing Fox Fox once again is the overwhelming favorite in District C-4. “Fox is kind of sitting up there by themselves,” Cave Springs football coach Tim Osborne said. Fox, which went unbeaten in the district last season and finished 11-2 overall, returns starting quarterback Seth Argo, who rushed for 1,109 yards last season and passed for 732 more. Argo also rushed for 17 touchdowns and threw for 10 scores for the Foxes, who advanced to the state semifinals last season where they were defeated by Tipton. In addition to having Argo back, Fox also returns running back Frank Davidson, who compiled more than 1,100 yards rushing and receiving last season. Davidson