• Del City heading east in Class 5A districts for 2016-17 seasons

    scott wright | Updated: 5 hr ago

    Looking to balance out the powerful west teams in Class 5A for the 2016 and 2017 football seasons, coaches decided to send Del City -- one of the top contenders for this year's state title -- to the east side of the state. Noble is also going to an east district, landing in a district with Del City, Shawnee, McAlester, Durant, Glenpool and two Tulsa schools. On the west side, the three powerhouse programs that have built strong district rivalries with each other -- Carl Albert, Guthrie and McGuinness -- remained together. Woodward will move into the western-most district that also includes the likes of Lawton MacArthur, Ardmore, Altus and Duncan.

  • Geography favored in Class 6A Division II districts for 2016-17 seasons

    scott wright | Updated: 5 hr ago

    Geography won out over a better balance of power in the new districts for Class 6A Division II for the 2016 and 2017 seasons. One proposed plan would have sent Stillwater to the east district and Sapulpa to the west, but the increase in travel was turned down in favor of a more geographically friendly plan.  The new districts reflect two notable changes, the first being the presence of Putnam City and Deer Creek in the west district. Putnam City is currently a Division I team, but will drop down to D-II based on the recently released attendance numbers. For the same reason, Deer Creek will be moving up from Class 5A. Secondly, Ponca City and U.S. Grant flip-flopped districts. Since U.S.

  • Oklahoma State football: Defensive line coach Joe Bob Clements discusses potential immediate impact of freshman defensive tackle Darrion Daniels

    Kyle Fredrickson | Updated: 5 hr ago

    STILLWATER — When news broke that sophomore defensive tackle Vili Leveni tore his Achilles during summer conditioning and would miss the 2015 season following surgery, a short list of replacements for the projected starter emerged. Sophomore Vincent Taylor and junior college transfer Motekiai Maile appear to be frontrunners, along with the potential for junior Eric Davis, sophomore Ben Hughes and others to contribute. But what are the chances OSU turns to a true freshman to help fill the void? Darrion Daniels, a 6-foot-3 and 320-pound defensive tackle from Bishop Dunne High School (Texas), was among the Cowboys' highest-rated signees of the 2015 recruiting class.

  • Media notes: NBC to broadcast Triple Crown winner American Pharoah's return at 4 p.m. Sunday

    BY MEL BRACHT | Published: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    American Pharoah, the 12th Triple Crown winner, is set to return to the track at 4 p.m. Sunday, at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J., in the $1 million William Hill Haskell Invitational on NBC. American Pharoah will begin his campaign to become horse racing’s first Grand Slam winner at the “Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series: Win and You’re In" race on Sunday. The William Hill Haskell, run at 1 1/8 miles for 3-year-olds, will award the winner an automatic berth into the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic. Sunday’s show is the fourth of 10 telecasts under the “Breeders’ Cup Challenge Win and You’re In Series” banner of automatic qualifying races leading into the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Oct.

  • Water quality issues face Rio, but OKC Boathouse director is confident they will be resolved before the Olympic Games.

    FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS | Published: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Sewage pollution has long been a problem for Rio de Janeiro, and officials promised they would use the 2016 Summer Olympics as the springboard to finally clean up this stunningly beautiful city's waterways. An Associated Press investigation shows that not only have they failed to do that, but that the waters are rife with illness-inducing viruses. The AP teamed up with a noted Brazilian virologist to test water at three sites where Olympic and Paralympic athletes will compete, and also at one of Rio's most popular tourist beaches. Since March, Fernando Spilki, coordinator of the environmental quality program at Feevale University, has conducted four rounds of tests.

  • Oklahoma State football: Talent, depth make WR a major asset for Cowboys

    BY JOHN HELSLEY | Updated: 5 hr ago

    Three starters appear to be set: Brandon Sheperd, who came on late last season as a dominant presence; David Glidden, the man of the reliable hands who led last year’s squad with 42 catches; and James Washington, whose six touchdowns a year ago ranked fourth nationally among true freshmen. Beyond them – and including them – the competition is on.

  • Sports on TV: Tuning in for Friday, July 31-Sunday, August 2

    Compiled By: Todd Schoenthaler Staff Writer tschoenthaler@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    FRIDAY MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL; 7 p.m.; OKC at Memphis; KGHM-AM 1340 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL; 6 p.m.; Washington at N.Y. Mets; MLBN (Cox 264) 7 p.m.; San Francisco at Texas; FSOK (Cox 37)/KEBC-AM 1560 7 p.m.; Colorado at St. Louis; FSPLUS (Cox 68)/Cox 703/KREF-AM 1400/98.5 FM 9 p.m.; L.A. Angels at L.A. Dodgers; KTOK-AM 1000 AUTO RACING; 10 a.m.; Sprint Cup Practice; NBCSN (Cox 251) 1 p.m.; Truck Practice; FS1 (Cox 67) 3:30 p.m.; Sprint Cup Practice; NBCSN (Cox 251) 6 p.m.; Xfinity Practice; NBCSN (Cox 251) GOLF; 8 a.m.; Match Play; GOLF (Cox 60) 8 a.m.; LPGA: British Open; ESPN2 (Cox 28) 11 a.m.; 3M Championship; GOLF (Cox 60) 1:30 p.m.;

  • Class 6A Division I districts set for 2016-17 seasons

    scott wright | Updated: 5 hr ago

    Aside from the addition of Enid and departure of Putnam City, there weren't many notable changes to be made in the football districts of Class 6A Division I for the 2016 and 2017 seasons. Two of the four Tulsa-area schools remained in each district, and west-side teams remained split in a manner that allows certain opening-week rivalries -- games like the Moore War, Norman's Crosstown Clash and Yukon-Mustang -- to remain intact. These district alignments will be submitted to the OSSAA board of directors for approval at their September meeting.

  • Bicyclist from Florida killed when struck by car in Oklahoma

    AP | Updated: 5 hr ago

    CANUTE, Okla. (AP) — A bicyclist from Florida was killed and another was injured when they were struck by a car on Highway 152 in western Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said Thursday that 25-year-old Patrick Wanninkhof of Key Biscayne, Florida, was dead at the scene of the accident and 22-year-old Bridget Anderson of Port Orange, Florida, was hospitalized in Oklahoma City in stable condition. An OHP report says the two were westbound on the highway when they were struck by a westbound car. The report says the driver of the car said she was distracted by looking at her phone when she crashed into the bicyclists.

  • Rescuers hope for 'best-case scenario' for boys lost at sea

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Mustering hope for a "best-case scenario" in the face of countless unknowns, search crews braced for a seventh day and night at sea Thursday in the hunt for two teenagers missing from their capsized boat. Five things to know about air-and-sea search for 14-year-old friends Perry Cohen and Austin Stephanos, who went missing last Friday off Florida's Atlantic coast: ___ THEY COULD BE ALIVE: The Coast Guard, which is leading the rescue mission, says it wouldn't continue searching if it didn't believe the boys could still be alive. Much remains unknown, including whether the teens are wearing life jackets, might have a cooler or some other object to cling to, or have drinking water or fo

  • Put down the phone and drive

    Erin Stewart, Deseret News | Updated: 7 hr ago

    No email, text or phone call is worth putting my family at risk with distracted driving.

  • Report: Thunder signs Josh Huestis to 4-year deal

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Josh Huestis will be a member of the Thunder this upcoming season. The second-year wing has reportedly signed a four-year rookie scale deal with the Thunder, according to Shams Charania of RealGM.com . Huestis, the No. 29 overall pick in the first round of the 2014 NBA Draft, played his rookie year in the D-League with the Oklahoma City Blue after agreeing with the Thunder to forego signing his NBA rookie contract. This summer, Huestis told The Oklahoman's Darnell Mayberry  he had no regrets about making that decision. Huestis' first-year salary would have been $1 million had he signed. Instead, it was closer to $25,000. “I think it was a great decision,” Huestis said earlier this month. “I think it was the best decision that I could make in terms of my own career. I think having an opportunity to play in the D-League for a year has really taught me a lot and has prepared me to move forward in my career. And I think if I had to make the decision again I would make the exact same one.”

  • Oklahoma State football: Position battles for punter and in the return game heat up as Cowboys enter fall camp

    Kyle Fredrickson | Updated: 6 hr ago

    STILLWATER — Oklahoma State special teams coach Robby Discher spoke with reporters for the first time Thursday since joining the program as a graduate assistant in spring 2014. Discher provided insight on position battles as the Cowboys enter fall camp without two key starters from a season ago: punter Kip Smith and return man Tyreek Hill. Discher says three players are in competition for punts: redshirt freshmen Zach Sinor (Medina Valley, Texas) and Matt Hockett (Norman), along with incoming freshman Lane Reazin (Woodward). “Sinor is very, very talented, obviously he’s on scholarship here,” Discher said. “If he wins the job, I have a lot of confidence in him.

  • Thunder TV analyst Nancy Lieberman expected to become Kings assistant coach

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    The Kings are expected to hire Nancy Lieberman, the 1996 Hall of Fame inductee and assistant general manager of the Dallas Mavericks’ D-League team, as an assistant coach, according to a report Thursday from the Sacramento Bee . According to The Bee, Lieberman said she will accept the offer.. Lieberman  joined Fox Sports Oklahoma in 2012 as an analyst on Thunder Live pregame and postgame shows. Kings vice president Vlade Divac said Thursday "definitely I'm going to offer her the job." Lieberman helped the Kings at the Summer League in Las Vegas. Lieberman's hire would make her the second full-time female assistant coach in NBA history, joining San Antonio Spurs assistant Becky Hammon, who was hired a year ago.

  • Dodgers send Olivera to Braves in three-way trade

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    The Los Angeles Dodgers acquired pitcher Alex Wood from the Atlanta Braves in addition to the Miami Marlins' Mat Latos and Michael Morse in a three-way trade that took 24 hours to get squared away. In the deal, the Dodgers are sending away Cuban infielder Hector Olivera - a Cuban infielder who was just signed two months ago to a six-year, $62.5 million deal. Olivera played just 19 games in the Dodgers minor league system - seven of which came with the Triple-A Oklahoma City Dodgers - before being placed on the disabled list in June . Olivera batted .387 in Oklahoma City. The Dodgers will also reportedly send injured reliever Paco Rodriguez, minor league pitcher Zachary Bird and a compensation draft pick to the Marlins in the deal. In addition to Wood, Latos and Morse, the Dodgers will also get pitchers Bronson Arroyo, Jim Johnson and Luis Avilan, and infielder Jose Peraza from the Braves.

  • China accuses US of 'militarizing' South China Sea

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    BEIJING (AP) — China's Defense Ministry on Thursday accused the U.S. of militarizing the South China Sea as Beijing makes increasingly bold moves to assert its claim to virtually all of the sea's waters, islands and reefs. Spokesman Yang Yujun's remarks were prompted by comments last week from the head of the U.S. Pacific Command, Adm. Harry Harris, criticizing Chinese projects to build up islands in disputed waters. Harris warned such work could undermine international norms that have long supported the global economy and political order. Speaking at a monthly news conference, Yang said China rejected such claims totally and accused the U.S. of ulterior motives. "The U.S.

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  • OK County hopes businesses play key role in jail tax passage

    By William Crum Staff Writer wcrum@oklahoman.com | Updated: 7 hr ago

    The Oklahoma County Commission will ask business leaders for help in gauging public support for a sales tax increase to construct a new 2,800-bed county jail. Sheriff John Whetsel called a study committee's recommendation to build a new jail and remodel the county juvenile justice center a “holistic” approach to chronic shortcomings in the current jail.

  • What are the biggest earthquakes in Oklahoma history?

    Adam Kemp | Updated: 7 hr ago

    On Monday, Oklahomans felt one of the biggest temblors in state history when a 4.5 magnitude earthquake struck near Crescent.  Explore the map below to see the nine biggest earthquakes in Oklahoma history. For more information about seismic activity in Oklahoma, be sure to check out the NewsOK Earthquakes page. [pagebreak] No. 1 The Big One The largest earthquake ever recorded in the state of Oklahoma struck Nov. 5, 2011. The quake had a magnitude of 5.6, and its epicenter was four miles east of Sparks in Lincoln County, according to the Oklahoma Geological Survey. The quake hit at 10:53 p.m. The quake was reportedly felt as far away as Illinois, Kansas, Arkansas, Tennessee and

  • Blue Moon

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    FILE - This Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010 file photo shows the full moon from Nairobi, Kenya; as the second one of the month, it is also called a "blue moon." A blue moon is expected to appear at 6:43 a.m. EDT Friday, July 31, 2015.