• Deaths

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    ATOKA Parker, Florence, 86, homemaker, died May 2. No services (Hunn Black & Merritt, Eufaula). BARNSDALL McKinney, Mildred Pauline (Cook), 102, died May 1. Services 1 p.m. Saturday, First Baptist Church Barnsdall (Stumpff, Barnsdall). BARTLESVILLE Ruddick, David Howard, 60, retired Quick Trip manager, died April 30. Services 2 p.m. Thursday, Trinity Baptist Church (Stumpff, Bartlesville). BURNS FLAT Webb, Gayle Kay, 66, bookkeeper, died May 1. Celebration of life 11 a.m. Saturday (Martin-Dugger, Elk City). CHICKASHA Jobe, Douglas Dean, 83, died May 1. Services 2 p.m. Thursday (Sunny Lane, Del City). Kemp, Barbara Faye, 75, died May 2. Services 11 a.m. Thursday (Sevier

  • What We're Talking About

    AP | Updated: 2 hr ago

    CORRESPONDENTS DINNER-WILMORE: Comic Larry Wilmore says his “tone didn't fit the room” at his much talked-about White House Correspondents Association speech, but believes his use of a provocative term to address President Barack Obama may open an important dialogue for the country. The Comedy Central host said Tuesday that he's willing to take the heat for his performance over the weekend, which skewered media figures and politicians. “I may have underestimated the tone of how I was telling the jokes,” the “Nightly Show” host said, although “all of these revelations you realize after the fact.

  • Sooners whip ORU

    From Staff Reports | Updated: 1 hr ago

    NORMAN — Oklahoma started a four-game homestand with a 12-3 drubbing of Oral Roberts on Tuesday at L. Dale Mitchell Park. The Sooners wasted no time getting runs on the scoreboard. Sheldon Nuese had the bases loaded in the bottom of the first when he knocked in a two-RBI single scoring Jack Flansburg and Thomas Hughes. Two batters later, Hunter Southerland drew a bases-loaded walk to make it 3-0. Steele Walker would also score in the first on a wild pitch. Trevor McCutchin got the start for Oral Roberts but was removed after recording just two outs. Grant Glaze came on in relief and threw the wild pitch that scored Steele. Glaze gave up four runs in 1 2/3 innings. Freshman Dylan Grove got the start for the

  • Sports on TV: Tuning in for Wednesday, May 4

    Compiled by Todd Schoenthaler, Staff Writer, tschoenthaler@oklahoman.com | Updated: 1 hr ago

    WEDNESDAY MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 11 a.m. New Orleans at Oklahoma City KGHM-AM 1340 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 11:30 a.m. Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh MLBN (Cox 264) 1 p.m. Washington at Kansas City FSPLUS (Cox 68)/Cox 77 6 p.m. Texas at Toronto FSOK (Cox 37) 6 p.m. L.A. Dodgers at Tampa Bay KGHM-AM 1340 7 p.m. Boston at Chicago White Sox ESPN (Cox 29) 7 p.m. Philadelphia at St. Louis FSPLUS (Cox 68)/Cox 703 NBA 7 p.m. Atlanta at Cleveland TNT (Cox 31) NHL 7 p.m. Washington at Pittsburgh NBCSN (Cox 251) COLLEGE BASEBALL 6 p.m. South Carolina Upstate at South Carolina SECN (Cox 275) COLLEGE SOFTBALL 5 p.m. North Texas at Texas LHN (Cox

  • Purcell’s Nemecek hoping for 3rd straight title

    By Scott Wright Staff Writer swright@oklahoman.com | Updated: 1 hr ago

    TAHLEQUAH — The Purcell girls golf team heads into the Class 3A state tournament having won every event it has entered this year, including a couple of tournaments against Class 5A and 6A schools. Yet senior Ashton Nemecek says the Dragons haven't felt much pressure to perform. A hard-working group of players who hold each other accountable, the Dragons know they've done everything possible to prepare themselves for the final tournament of the year, Wednesday and Thursday at Cherokee Springs Golf Course. Nemecek, who has signed with Oklahoma Christian, hopes to help Purcell to its third consecutive 3A title for the second time in the last 12 years.

  • What if Leonard struggles beyond Game 2?

    By Buck Harvey San Antonio Express-News | Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    SAN ANTONIO — Kawhi Leonard got lucky. All anyone wants to talk about now is Dion Waiters pushing Manu Ginobili. When Waiters pushed around Leonard pretty well down the stretch. The same Leonard who looked in control in Game 1 looked like he was back in the final games of the Clippers series of a year ago. He was hesitant and out of rhythm. He scored one bucket in the fourth quarter, when two would have won the game. If Monday was a one-game blip, this will be forgotten soon enough. But if it continues in Oklahoma City? Leonard will hear less about this now because of the noise of the final 13.5 seconds of Monday.

  • Dodgers drop second straight

    From Staff Reports | Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    Jose De Leon's Triple-A debut went pretty good. Five scoreless innings, nine strike outs, only two hits allowed. Unfortunately for De Leon, and the Oklahoma City Dodgers, the bullpen didn't hold up and New Orleans won 2-0 on Tuesday night at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. Luis Avilan came on in relief in the top of the sixth inning. By the seventh, Avilan had walked two batters, allowed two hits and two earned runs. Dan Black's pinch-hit two-RBI double in the top of the seventh inning was all New Orleans need. Oklahoma City's offense never got going, sending the Dodgers to its second loss in as many games. The Dodgers scattered seven hits on Tuesday. Catcher Austin Barnes had three of them. But none of those were for

  • Chandler rallies to win Class 5A state title

    By Murray Evans For The Oklahoman | Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    The beauty of slow-pitch softball, Chandler coach Bryan Herring says, is anyone can be the hero and deliver the big hit. On Tuesday, in the bottom of the ninth inning in the Class 5A title game, that hero was the Lions' No. 10-hole hitter, junior Darby Duncan. Duncan's two-out single up the middle scored Baleigh Herring with the decisive run as the second-ranked Lions blew a late lead but rallied to beat No. 3 Valliant 11-10 at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium. Chandler (29-11) won its first-ever slow-pitch title. The Lions also avenged a 10-4 loss to Valliant (26-13) in last year's slow-pitch title game. Chandler led 9-7 entering the seventh inning.

  • Beyonce goes from 'Lemonade' album to watermelon water

    By The Associated Press | Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    NEW YORK — When life handed Beyonce lemons, she made ... watermelon water? WTRMLN WTR, a startup beverage company that makes cold-pressed watermelon juice, announced Tuesday that Beyonce has joined as an investor. Co-founder and creative director Jody Levy said in a statement that the entertainment icon, whose latest album is "Lemonade," is "aligned with many of our company's core values, especially our commitment to empowerment." Beyonce said in a statement that her investment is also "an investment in female leaders, fitness, American farmers and the health of people and our planet." The company didn't say how much the singer invested. It said the beverage consists of only watermelon and "a drop of organic

  • Heat beat Raptors after Lowry’s halfcourt heave

    By IAN HARRISON Associated Press | Updated: 1 hr ago

    TORONTO — Goran Dragic scored 26 points, Dwyane Wade had seven of his 24 in overtime after Kyle Lowry's halfcourt shot tied it at the buzzer, and the Miami Heat beat the Toronto Raptors 102-96 on Tuesday night in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series. Joe Johnson scored 16 points and Josh Richardson had 11. Hassan Whiteside had 17 rebounds for the Heat. Game 2 is Thursday night in Toronto. Lowry's improbable 3-pointer from his own side of the halfcourt line capped Toronto's six-point comeback in the final 20 seconds of regulation, but the Raptors couldn't deliver in the extra session. Toronto went scoreless for the first 3:46 of overtime before DeMar DeRozan hit a jumper.

  • Ratings watch

    By Mel Bracht Staff Writer mbracht@oklahoman.com | Updated: 1 hr ago

    The Oklahoma City Thunder television ratings continues to slump in the 2016 playoffs. The Thunder has averaged 12.6 in the Oklahoma City TV market for the first two games of the Thunder-Spurs second-round series, down 45 percent from the first two games of the 2014 Thunder-Clippers second-round series (23.0 average). The Thunder didn't make the playoffs in 2015. The series opener against San Antonio, in which the Thunder was routed 124-92, set an all-time franchise playoff low with a 9.8 on TNT. The low had been 13.0 (TNT 6.7, FSOK 6.3) for the first-round Thunder-Nuggets series on April 20, 2011. Sports events April 26-May 2 1. Oklahoma City at San Antonio, NBA playoffs, Monday, TNT, 15.4. 2. Oklahoma City

  • Clippers won’t break up their big three

    From wire reports | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Doc Rivers said Monday that he would not break up the Los Angeles Clippers' big three of Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and D'Andre Jordan during the offseason — regardless of any trade offers that may arise. "I like our core and I like our bench, which was really good this year," Rivers said three days after the Clippers were eliminated from the playoffs by the Portland Trail Blazers in six games. "I think they all want to come back, and we're going to make a strong effort to bring all our guys back. The good news about the free-agent guys who are opting out on their contracts — as they should because everyone knows what we can spend and what we can't spend — I can't find one who doesn't want to be here.

  • Villanova's Jenkins to stay for senior season

    From wire reports | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Villanova's Jenkins withdraws from NBA Draft The Villanova player who hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to win the national championship is sticking around for his senior season. Kris Jenkins and Villanova officials said Monday that Jenkins has withdrawn his name from NBA draft consideration. Jenkins says on Twitter that it was a good experience to go through the process but he's looking forward to graduating next year “and becoming a great leader.” Jenkins' 3 gave the Wildcats their first title since 1985. Villanova beat North Carolina in Houston last month. Jenkins averaged 13.6 points and 3.9 rebounds last season, while playing bigger in the Big East and NCAA tournaments. He averaged 18.5 points over

  • Lightning outlast Islanders in OT

    By The Associated Press | Updated: 1 hr ago

    NEW YORK — Brian Boyle scored at 2:48 of overtime to lift the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 5-4 victory over the New York Islanders on Tuesday night for a 2-1 lead in their second-round series. Nikita Kucherov tied it in the final minute of regulation, and Ryan Callahan, Victor Hedman and Vladislav Namestnikov also scored for the Lightning. Ben Bishop stopped 35 shots. On the winning goal, the Lightning were on an odd-man rush and Hedman fired a shot from the left side that was wide, but the rebound came off the boards and right to Boyle in front at the right side of the goal and he tapped it in for the win. Josh Bailey, back after missing the first two games of this series with an upper-body injury, had two goals for the

  • How Steven Adams saved the Thunder in Game 2 victory against the spurs

    By Erik Horne Staff Writer ehorne@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    A throng of media waited in the Thunder locker room as the team ushered Andre Roberson over to talk first. Normally, this would be a good time for Steven Adams to sneak out. The 7-footer often gets dressed quickly before cameras and microphones can get a hold of him. There was no escaping for Adams after the Thunder's 98-97 Game 2 win over San Antonio. It's becoming increasingly evident that the 22-year-old will have to get used to the attention. Adams logged 12 points and a playoff career-high 17 rebounds in the Thunder's win. In 25 career playoff games, Adams has had either double-digit points or rebounds five times. Four of those instances have come in the last four games. His frantic

  • High school girls golfers to watch

    By Scott Wright Staff Writer swright@oklahoman.com | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Here are a few girls golfers to keep an eye on during the state golf tournaments Wednesday and Thursday: • Chloe Black, 4A, Newcastle: The sophomore was state runner-up last year and is coming off a regional title last week. • Bailey Blake, 6A, Deer Creek: A regional runner-up, Blake led Deer Creek to the lowest regional team score in their first year in Class 6A. • ShaeBug Scarberry, 3A, Purcell: The 3A champ as a freshman last year, Scarberry will try to repeat individually, and help the Dragons to a third straight title. • Yujeong Son, 6A, Norman: Her stellar freshman season led to a runaway victory at regionals, firing a 64 at Earlywine's South Course last week.

  • Browns’ Ogbah aims to help turnaround

    By Kyle Fredrickson, Staff Writer, kfredrickson@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    Emmanuel Ogbah leaned back in a leather sofa, one hand clutching a phone and the other shaking his father's hand, with an expression equal parts elation and shock. From his family's Houston home, the former Oklahoma State star discovered he was the first pick of the second round Friday in the NFL Draft. The call arrived from the unlikeliest of teams. “I didn't have any private workouts or visits,” Ogbah said in his post-draft media teleconference, “so I had no idea that I was going to be a Cleveland Brown.” Is it a good fit? Browns' VP of football operations Sashi Brown said “being able to find an edge rusher in the draft was high on our list of priorities” as Cleveland ranked No. 28 in the league last

  • Underwood’s transition to OSU helped by Forte, Hammonds

    By John Helsley, Staff Writer, jhelsley@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    STILLWATER — Brad Underwood's early impressions of an inherited Oklahoma State roster have been limited. Still, what the new Cowboys coach has seen, he's liked, especially from seniors-to-be Phil Forte and Leyton Hammonds. “I'm ecstatic about Leyton Hammonds and Phil Forte from a leadership standpoint,” Underwood said. “Those are two guys who have tremendous leadership capabilities.” It's on Underwood and his coaching staff to change the culture of the Cowboys, but it's good to have help. And in Forte and Hammonds, two sharp veterans respected throughout the locker room, Underwood has two major assets in pressing what will be the new company line. “Those guys have been fabulous,” Underwood said.

  • Oklahoma City Council reviews fiscal year budget

    By William Crum Staff Writer wcrum@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    Preserving resources for police and fire protection shapes up as a primary goal for Oklahoma City government in what promises to be a down year in 2016-17. Whether violent crime will remain in check as money targeted for stepped-up patrols in high-crime areas is reduced emerges as the primary question. The city council got its first look at City Manager Jim Couch's proposed budget on Tuesday. Three public hearings will follow, with a vote on the final budget set June 14. The proposed budget includes a reduction of 44 authorized positions, ending a string of five consecutive years in which the city workforce has grown along with the population.

  • Colorado's voters will get chance to enter debate on fracking issue

    By DAN ELLIOTT Associated Press | Updated: 1 hr ago

    DENVER — Colorado's battle over who should regulate fracking — and how much — now shifts to the November election after the state Supreme Court overturned attempts by local governments to impose their own rules. The court ruled Monday that a ban on fracking in Longmont and a five-year moratorium in Fort Collins are invalid because they conflict with state law. State officials and the industry argued the state has the primary authority to regulate energy, not local governments. It wasn't the end of the debate, however. Coloradans face a loud and fierce campaign over fracking this fall if activists succeed in getting any constitutional amendments on the ballot to restrict oil and gas drilling or give local governments the